Saturday, April 5, 2014

Martin White Descendant Query

I wrote a 300-word biography on our mutual ancestors, the Rev. Martin and Kiturah Ann (Fletcher) White and placed it on my History Nut of Missouri blog, click here to read.

I have a request -- I am completing my grandmother's research on them because I am a promise-keeper and I have found much new information that she was not able to obtain during her own research because 1.) she was collecting as much as she could on all the descendants which was a huge undertaking in the days before the internet and 2.) the information was just not available to her or her assistants, even though she traveled to Kentucky where he was born, to Illinois, Kansas and the Missouri border area where he eventually died.

I'm seeking two things especially, but do have a list of other things I'd like to have or know. The two things I would like to have especially is a photograph of Martin and Kiturah (Kitty, Katie). Grandma was able to obtain photographs of some of their children and grandchildren which was eventually published in her 1983 White book.

The other thing I would like to have is samples of his handwriting. Do you have any letters or documents with his signature that's been handed down in your family that is not from the internet, that you would be willing to scan or photocopy to share with me? I need family samples to verify what I have found on the internet. If you have either thing, please leave a comment for me in the comment section below. I moderate all comments before I publish them, so if you have personal information such as an email or a home address in your comment, it will not be published -- it's safe with me. However, if you wish to be counted as a member of the family, it would be best to make two comments -- one for me to keep containing your personal information and one to publish here.

You would make my day if you have either requested item or another personal object of Martin's such as a photo of his Bible, his hymnal, a ministerial logbook, sermons, his pulpit or powder horn or something of Kiturah's like a handwritten recipe, a list of Bible family records, her favorite Bible verse, a hand-crafted object and so forth. Thank you in advance!

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Missouri Cemetery Law

Here is the current Missouri Law concerning protection of cemeteries and the consequences of defacing or destroying any part therein:

From the Missouri Revised Statutes -- Chapter 214, Cemeteries, Section 214.131 (passed into law in 1987).

Tombstones, fences, destroying or mutilating in abandoned family or private cemetery, penalty--abandoned or private burying ground, is defined as

214. 131. Every person who shall knowingly destroy, mutilate, disfigure, deface, injure or remove any tomb, monument or gravestone, or other structure placed in any abandoned family cemetery or private burying ground, or any fence, railing, or other work for the protection or ornamentation of any such cemetery or place of burial of any human being, or tomb, monument, or gravestone, memento, or memorial, or other structure aforesaid, or of any lot within such cemetery is guilty of a class A misdemeanor. For the purposes of this section and subsection I of section 214.132, an "abandoned family cemetery" or "private burying ground" shall include those cemeteries or burying grounds which have not been deeded to the public as provided in chapter 214, and in which no body has been interred for at least twenty-five years.

Source: "History Spotlight: MoSGA Fights to Protect Abandoned Cemeteries." By Martha Henderson, MoSGA Historical Director. Show Me State Genealogical News, Columbia, MO, Spring 2014. Vol. 35, No. 1.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Presidential Greetings

Greetings from the President are available for a birthday if your loved one is 80 years or older or for a couple celebrating their 50th (or higher) anniversary. My aunt ordered one for my grandparent's 50th anniversary celebration, had it nicely framed and displayed with their photo album and other marriage memorabilia.

If you wish to do this for a birthday or an anniversary, you must send in your request at least one month in advance. Please type your request or print out the name and address legibly, so it gets to the right person, correctly spelled. Send your request by snail mail to: The White House Greetings Office, Room 39, Washington, D.C., 20502-0039.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Ancestor Trading Cards

I just found the coolest thing on Pinterest -- Ancestor Trading Cards. This website will tell you how it's done:

Sunday, January 12, 2014

It Might Be In Your Genes!

What’s your family disease heritage? While doctors cannot predict 100% of the time you or your descendants will have certain diseases, the predisposition to some seem to be genetic in nature, depending on your combination of inherited DNA genes. Some of our ancestors have had appendix, various types of cancer,  diabetes, febrile seizures, gallbladder problems, and mental illness.
Which makes me curious to know where I inherited my pigmentary glaucoma from, because I’ve never heard of any ancestor who has had this disease. It’s a birth defect. Mom said she really messed me up! LOL! I also have several other conditions that I live with on a daily basis. The blue eyes I was born with will eventually turn brown. Right now they are a hazel color.
January is National Glaucoma Month. Just like you get your breast exams in October (men shouldn’t be excluded from this as they also can get breast cancer), so January should be your month to get your eye exams. I was diagnosed several years ago with the pigmentary glaucoma. It usually pops up in a persons middle age and mine did too, right on schedule. It’s a fairly rare disease I’m told. My eye doctor told me to think of it this way = 100% is the population of the United States = 5% of that 100% have some type of glaucoma, whether they are aware of it or not. 1% of that 5% of all glaucoma patients have my type of glaucoma. And just recently one of my sisters was told she is losing the pigment cells in her irises, a precursor to this condition.
I don’t live my life as a hypochondriac in fear, but I’ve become more aware of the physical legacy handed down from my ancestors. I’ve also told our son of the diseases that we know about, so that he can inform his doctor should anything crop up. If you are one of my family members and know of an ancestor or of another descendant in our generation who has or might have had this condition, please drop me a line in the comment section below. If you wish to know more about pigmentary glaucoma or other types of glaucoma, click here.

Happy National Glaucoma Month and to Healthy Eyes!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Family Bibles

Hey, Missouri relatives, I would like to transcribe your antique Family Bibles for the (births, deaths, & marriages) for publication in the Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal. If you have an old family Bible you are willing to loan me for the duration of the transcription process, please let me know and we'll make arrangements. Contact me here. .

Thursday, December 12, 2013

How You Live Your Dash

By Linda Ellis.

[This poem was written by Linda Ellis in memory of her friend Marguerite "Peg" Clark Hansen (1917-2001) to be read at her funeral. Peg was the wife of Glenn Ellsworth Ullom Hansen, of Rantoul, IL.]

I read of a man who stood to speak at the funeral of a friend:
He referred to the dates on her tombstone.
From the beginning . . . to the end.
He noted that first came her date of birth
And spoke of the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For the dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth. . .
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars . . . the house . . . the cash.
What matters is how we live and love and
How we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard . . .
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
That can still be arranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile . . .
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your life's action to rehash . . .
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?