Thursday, November 20, 2014

Abilene to Van Horn Texas, Two Days On the Road

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

(Most notes from my Facebook page.  Photos taken with my iPhone.  Windows were spotted, dirty, had large dead bugs, ick.)  Substandard quality, but, I was lazy and Sony Too was buried in the back of the truck.  No excuse, really,  just lazy.)

On the way to Abilene. Stopped for fuel. Bio diesel. No fuel here. (Man will not put bio diesel in Jolly, unless forced too, warranty from Dodge states don't put more than 5% bio in this truck.  Becoming a issue.)

But someone had some serious ice.  (Believe it came off the undercarriage of a truck or car and dropped off here.)

Went right over us.  (Cool, eh? We were near an air force base.)

Cotton fields. Wind mills.  

(Later in the evening, I posted:)

So, now that we are as far south as we go this trip, for right now, we spent 4 nights freezing our backsides off near Weatherford Texas (as did almost everyone else in the USA, no, we are NOT special, we were C*O*L*D tho! LOL)

So, now, we are headed west. We had been told about the oil boom off of I-20 around Midland- Odessa- Pecos. Told campsites were tough to get and if you could find one, then, expensive.  So, rather than drive into the middle of that mess, we stopped east of it, for tonight.

(Next day.)

Oil and wind. Powering our nation.  

Have oil wells. Have storage. New ones are rusty till painted.  

Stunning what an oil boom does and looks like.  (And, then, I took some photos and posted.)

What oil boom looks like. Odessa Texas.  (Loads of equipment.)

(Jobs to be had.)

(Many new hotels and building going on.  By the way, if you needed housing, you could rent a small FEMA trailer for $400.00 a week.  Yep.)

(Further down the road.) Distant mountains. Ahhh. 

(Soon we passed from the oil boom and then, reality, ghost towns, many miles where you see little but scrub brush, I posted.)

Just drove by Toyah. More ghost town than not. Shock after all this oil boom we have been seeing. One out of maybe fifteen buildings were useful or lived in.

More Mountains:

I can look all day.

We stopped for two nights at Van Horn Texas.  

Next, Las Cruces, New Mexico.

There ya have it, two days on the road thanks to a crappy iPhone and Facebook.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Sunday's Stories, 52 Ancestor Weeks, Week # 46, William Seeds, Where DID You Come From?

Copyright 2014, CABS for Reflections From the Fence

This is week 46 of my participation Amy Johnson Crow's, once a week challenge to blog about one ancestor a week, tell their story, biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem — anything that focuses on that one ancestor. More about the challenge can be found at her Blog, No Story Too Small.

William Seeds was born, well, not sure, he is a brick wall of mine. Before his marriage, I have no record of him.  Still looking.

William marries Melia Morris (she is also known as: Permilia "Pamilia\Amelia\Melia" (nee) Battin) May 27/28, 1809 per Minister's Returns, Isle of Wight, Virginia. She is the widow of Hezekiah Morris, who died before December 1808.

William Seeds appears on the 1810 census (record taken from published book, not actual census report) of Isle of Wight, Virginia as follows: 2 males between 16 - 26 years of age, 2 females under the age of 10 and 1 female between 16 - 26 years of age.  I am not sure why there are two males, ages 16 to 26 listed, but I feel that one of them is William, the female between 16 and 26 would be his wife, Pamilia Battin Morris, the female under the age of 10 could be Margaret Morris, daughter of Pamilia and Hezekiah Morris, for who William Seeds is found to be the guardian (see Isle of Wight County, Virginia records).

There is a William Seeds listed in the 3rd Regiment of Boykins Virginia Militia in the Soliders of the War of 1812.  Is this is the same William?  I found William on the Index to Virginia Soldiers in War of 1812, however this work needs to be revisited. Further research may prove helpful.  Here is the compiled service card image, found at Fold3.  I looked up Addison Littleton, in the same record set, and did not find a reference to William.  More research I guess.  SIGH

In my data base I have recorded that William and Permilia had the following children:

Mary Ann Seeds
Edmund Seeds
Nancy Seeds
Permilia "Pamilia" Seeds
William Seeds.

On January 1, 1827 William Seeds is the surety on a marriage record for Mary Ann Seeds and Armstrong Turner.  Per work by Mable Van Dyke Baer (Research for James Otis Wright, 6100 Wing Lake Road, Birmingham, Michigan), titled Darden-Lassiter Lineage of Isle of Wight and Nansemond Counties Virginia in 1965, Mary Ann Turner is William's daughter, as stated in his will of 1835.

William Seeds appears on the 1830 census of Isle of Wight County, Virginia as follows:  1 male 10 - 15 years old; a male 15 - 20 years old; 1 male 40 - 50 years old; 2 females 5 - 10 years old; 1 female 40 - 50 years old, and 9 slaves.

It is believed William died in or around Isle of Wight County, Virginia before January 4, 1836.

William has a Will recorded in Will Book 20, pages 198, 199 & 200, Isle of Wight County, Virginia.  I do not seem to have a copy of that will digitized or recorded on the data base.

Wish list for William Seeds, birth information, including parents.  Find out more about possible service in the War of 1812. Information on death, and place of burial.  Digitize Will and transcribe into the data base.

* Additional source data can be obtained by contacting me, see the right hand column for a yahoo email address.

** 52 Ancestors Weeks Button courtesy of Amy Johnson Crow.

*** I use many resources to research, is a free site. is a pay site for which I pay, no discounts, etc.  Fold3, is another site I subscribe to and pay for. None of these sites have asked me to review them, or use them.  See my Disclaimers page for further details.