Thursday, August 5, 2021

William H. Remley, Advertises Land For Sale.

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I have been digging through old newspapers for a good year now.  I have been finding so many little tidbits, like the names of parents of infants that died young that I have been wondering about for years.  Marriage announcements that may tie a marriage record from a locality I doubted - - SURPRISE.  One of our mystery females I found so many little "social gossip" columns goodies it took me over a week to find them and type them all up, but, whewie, did I ever fill in lots of blanks and questions about her.  Found much tragedy, in one line, it was so perverse I had to set aside the research for now, it was just too overwhelmingly sad.

Now and then, I note a new paper has come on line, or I discover a paper that is not on one of the "pay to play" sites.  

All in all, it has been great fun.  And, a lot of typing. I have hundreds of articles waiting for transcription.  That part is not so much fun tho.  LOL

The other day, a new paper came online in one of my "pay to play" sites and it covered some early dates.  In a burnt county in South Carolina.  You know I hurried over there!  

And, yepper, here is something fun and new:

From the Charleston Courier, Charleston, South Carolina, Oct. 21, 1863.

Further rabbit hole snooping commenced, from the site "Names in Colleton County" I found this about Mashawville.  I had never heard of it.

"About four miles from Walterboro in the highway to Charleston are perhaps a dozen houses hugging the highway which form a community known as Mashawville."

Newspapers, truly my link to understanding and broadening my family tree.

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Saturday, July 17, 2021

Jumping From “Parents Unknown” to “That’s my Aunt”, Genie Style

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Let me introduce you to Mildred Cox, married to one of the Lashbrook distant cousins.  Up to a few weeks ago I did not have her parents names recorded.

Till I found this marriage announcement while playing around in newspapers dot com.  At first I almost did not open the link because “Arthur”.  I know him as Charles Arthur.  Then, I paused and said to myself, lets have a lookie see, one quick click and - - 

From the Blackwell Journal-Tribune, Blackwell, Oklahoma, published on July 3, 1927:
     Miss Mildred Cox and Arthur Lashbrook were united in marriage, June 27, at the home of the bride in Duncan, Okla., with only relatives and a few friends present.
     Mrs. Lashbrook is a member of the Chi Omega sorority at Stillwater and will be the head of that organization next year.
     Mr. Lashbrook is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lashbrook of this city, and a graduate of the local high school.  Both Mr. and Mrs. Lashbrook are seniors at Stillwater and will return to their school studies this fall.  They plan to make a trip to the Yellowstone park this month."

This led to a do-over search at Ancestry dot com, and in a data base that was not available to me the last time I searched this twig (could be as much as 10 years ago), up popped this tidbit:

Mildred Ruella Lashbrook
U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
No record image  Text-only collection
Name: Mildred Ruella Lashbrook
[Mildred R Lashbrook]
[Mildred Ruella Cox]
Gender: Female
Race: White
Birth Date: 15 Nov 1903
Birth Place: Lamont Grant, Oklahoma
Death Date: 18 Jun 1992
Father: Elzie E Cox
Mother:   Daisy N Ward
SSN: 440644770
Notes: 05 Jun 1972: Name listed as MILDRED RUELLA LASHBROOK; 25 Jun 1992: Name listed as MILDRED R LASHBROOK

Do you see it??  Parents names.  Well, did not take me long to find them on the census, and on Find A Grave.  And, then, I realized they both died on the same day in 1916.  Victims of a tornado that pretty much wiped out their little burg of Kemp City, Oklahoma. 

Cut to about 10 days later, while I was doing “mop up” input and research.  I realized they were buried about 265 miles from Kemp City, in Lamont, Oklahoma. 

I was now officially down a research rabbit hole.  Why were they buried so far away?  My suspicion was there was more family in Lamont.  Yep, there they are.

Next I am studying the other relatives and I discover that one of them authored the work, “Chariot of the Sun”.  

Her name, Catherine Ward Allen.  

Aunt of Mildred Cox.

And, yes, I have already found where I can purchase a copy or two on eBay and what libraries around the US have a copy (via WorldCat).

* Image of Catherine's book cover was located at her Find A Grave memorial thanks to Farley Calvert Hollibaugh.

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