Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Parshall Terry III, 3rd GreatGrandfather

Parshall Terry the third was born 30 Sept 1778 in the middle of the revolutionary war at Ft. Niagara, Ontario New York. In 1802, he married his cousin, Hannah Terry. They had 13 children, the first 8 of which were born in Palmyra New York, from 1803 to 1819. The last 5 children were born in Canada where the family had moved around 1820.
They were familiar with the Joseph Smith family who had moved to Palmyra in about 1815. Several kids overlapped in ages. When missionaries from the Church in Missouri came to Ontario Canada in 1838, Parshall and his family joined. He was baptized on 27 Sept 1838.
He died in 1861 in Draper Utah. His obituary in the
Deseret News Weekly published 25 Dec 1861

We come through his 10th child, Marilla.

Monday, September 29, 2008

The Fair Maid of Kent

Joan of Kent was born 29 Sept 1328 at Woodstock palace. She was also known as Joan Plantaganet, the Princess of Wales, or "the Fair Maid of Kent." In 1361 she married the Black Prince (her cousin) and in 1367 she gave birth to the boy who would become King Richard II. As the mother of the young monarch, Joan was a very influential figure in early part of Richard's reign. According to tradition, Joan was the extremely beautiful woman who was the inspiration behind Edward III's Order of the Garter. Chaucer may have had some personal interaction with Joan during his lifetime (many believe that a famous manuscript illustration depicts her sitting in the audience as Chaucer reads his poetry). (Crowned woman in blue in the first row.) In any case, Chaucer received mourning garments for her funeral in 1385.

She is our 22nd Greatgrandmother through her son Thomas de Holland, 2nd Earl of Kent, via her first husband, Thomas de Holand who died in 1360.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Queen Ermentrude of Orleans : 35th GGrandmother

Queen Ermentrude of Orleans was born 27 Sept 823. She is a 35th to 41st great grandmother, more than 100 different ways. She married Charles the Bald, in 842. he was the grandson of Charlemagne. Together they had nine children. We come through two of them, her daughter Judith,Oueen of Brittany and her son Louis the II, King of France also known as 'the stutterer'.

Ermentrude had a gift for embroidery and an interest in religious foundations. Her husband gave her the Abbey of Chelles. ...She died in 869. Ermentrude was buried in the Basilique Saint-Denis, Paris, France.

Michael Heneage 11th Great Grandfather

Michael Heneage, was born 27 Sept 1540 in London Middlesex England. He received a BA and MA from St. Johns College, Cambridge in 1563 and 1566. In 1571, he became a member of Parliment, representing first, Arundel, then East Grinstead (1572) and later Tavistock (1588-1589) and Wiggin (1592-1593). He was an antiquarian and was appointed keeper of the records in the Tower. He was a member of the Society of Antiquaries (founded in 1572). Two of his papers, read before that society, were later published, On the Antiquity of Arms and On Sterling Money.
He had ten children with his wife Grace Honeywood. Michael died on 30 Dec 1600. We come through his daughter Lucy, whose son John Read was one of our immigrant ancestors to Massachusetts in the mid 1600's.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Ross Solon McGee: Grandfather

Ross Solon McGee, Dad's dad was born 24 Sept 1882 in Missouri. Here is a photo with seven of the ten kids of his parents. (One missing and two having died earlier.) This photo was taken sometime during 1951 when Grandpa Ross was in his late 60's. Dad identified who is who. Grandpa wrote a sketch of his life (dated in 1952) I've given excerpts before. Here are some more describing some of his childhood:

While in, or near, Adair [Oklahoma], we [his fathers family when he was under 10 years old] rented a farm and had raised corn
and wheat and a few hogs and the like. I say we. Some of we boys
were pretty young at the time. But after all, there isn't one of
us lads can remember when we were too young to help with the
work that had to be done on the farm and around the house. With
six rough and roudy boys there was plenty to do. And we had a
most wonderful and patient mother to guide us in our work and in
our lives. ...

Our father and the older boys wanted to get land of our own, so
in the early Spring of 1893, I think March or April, we moved
about 30 miles east, near Vinita, Indian Territory, and located
on 160 acres of new land under the Cherokee rights. At that time
very sparingly settled, the nearest town of any Vinita, which
was 18 miles away. Our post office, 3 miles, Ruby, Indian
Territory. Our neighbors were scattered and far between. Our
nearest neighbors lived about three-fourths of a mile away. A
Mr. Webb and family. So our environment was mostly around the
home and home was in the making. At times it wasn't so easy sledding.

The house put up, the fencing of 160 acres and fixing for spring
plowing and planting our crops. All in a pioneer way. The older
boys did most of the work with the sod plow, and old "Tobe and
Mal", (a mule team). We had a few other small horses, but old
"Tobe and Mal" were the old stand-by.

With warm spring weather coming and the blooming of beautiful
wild flowers that were plentiful in that wide open prairie
country, it made things look very pleasant.

With all the work and chores there were to do, we, as boys, had
plenty of time for fun and play. By this time we had pretty well
surveyed all the country aroundabout. We picked out the best
"Swimming holes", as we would call them, for part of our
summer's recreation. Ice skating in the wintertime, etc. And as
time went on, some of the boys rated pretty good in swimming and
springboard diving. I mean as we became older.

Now back to some more work. With a pretty good crop of corn, it
had to be shucked and put in the crib which we had built during
the summer. We rasied sweet potatoes, pumpkins, and all kinds of
melons, vegetables and so on. With the fall work done, including
the cutting of the wild grass for hay, and with the corn put
away, and a few pigs fattening for our meat, we were all ready
for a hard, cold winter. We also raised sorghum cane and made
molasses, as this insured us pretty well for feed for our stock
and something in the way of food for ourselves.

Now there were other things for us to do, such as our winter
fuel. We had learned how to find coal, by the formation of the
rocks on the creek banks, where we would dig down from 4 to 6
feet and find coal with a depth of 12 to 14 inches. As time went
on and we became older, some of the boys got pretty good at
digging coal. When we would sell it we would get $1.00 per ton
on the ground. So you, the reader, can imagine how much money we
would make. But what we did get, we got the hard way.

... More later.
Grandpa Ross raised 11 kids and passed away just before he reached 96.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Thomas Philbrick(Brook) 10th GGrandFather

Thomas Philbrick, was born on 13 Sep 1584 in St. Marys, Bures, Suffolk, England. He was christened on 23 Sep 1584 in St. Marys, Bures, Suffolk, England. Thomas with his wife and six children, emigrated from Lincolnshire, England, in company with Governor Winthrop, Sir Richard Saltonstall and others. We come through his daughter Elizabeth. They arrived in Massachusetts Bay, June 12, 1630, after the tempestuous passage of seventy-six days on the ship Arabella. They attempted a settlement where is now Salem, Mass., but in July, with Sir Richard and others, they went ot a place now called Watertown.

In 1639, the second summer after the settlement of Hampton, N. H., John (son of Thomas) PHILBRICK moved to Hampton, and his younger brother, Thomas, soon followed him. We are told that "The first settlers of Hampton were attracted to the place by the fishing, the fowling, the best of clams, and the salt marshes, almost ready for the scythe."

In 1645-6, Thomas Philbrick, Sen., a grantee of eight lots, sold his estate in Watertown to Isaac Stearns, and in 1650 or '51 he had removed to Hampton, where his elder sons lived. In 1661 he bought of John Moulton, land joining the farms of his son James and his son in law, John Cass. His wife, Elizabeth, died, 12 mo. 19, 1663 and in March, 1664, when he made his will, he calls himself "very aged." He d. in 1667.

He was buried in Seabrook, Rockingham Co., NH. in Quaker Line Church Cemetery.

Thomas1, the emigrant, was said to have been a shipmaster in the old country. His children settled near the ocean and not a few of them were drowned in it, passing by water into the future state. A natural affection for the sea, appeared among his descendants for generations. The young men took to the water as young ducks take to the stream, and seemed never more happy than in their "Home on the rolling wave."

There is an online resource for descendents of this family.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Ruth Amelia Newell: 2nd Great Grandmother

Ruth Amelia Newell born 22 Sept 1822 in New York is our 2nd Great Grandmother. She married Solomon Joseph Despain in 1842 in Illinois. We come through their first born son, William Joseph Despain, who was a twin, but his brother twin died at birth in 1843. Interestingly, their next child, born in 1845 was named Hyrum Smith Despain although the family didn't join the church until 1851. They had a few more kids in Illinois but soon after they were baptised, they moved to Arkansas where children were born in 1853, 1856 and 1858. They avoided the Civil War by finally moving to Utah where the last three kids were born in Granite in 1861, 1863 and 1866.
We should probably have a photo of Ruth but I don't have it at the moment.
She lived till 1901 and was buried in the Granite Cemetery.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Deborah Cooper; 7th GGrandmother

Deborah Cooper was born 21 September 1664 in Massachusetts. Her parents had been born in England in 1630 and 1635. Her sister, Elizabeth, is our 8th GGmother on a different line. Deborah married Hezekiah Peck in 1686 and together they had 8 or 9 kids. She died at age 65 in 1730.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Happy Anniversary

Linda and Dave
Sorry I don't remember how many years but here's to many more!
love ya!
p.s. I still haven't gotten invited to read your trip blog

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Sir Roger Fiennes: Sheriff of Surrey

Sir Roger Fiennes is an 18th Great Grandfather. Roger was born on September 14th, 1384 in Hurstmonceaux Castle, Halisham, Sussex, England.1 Roger's father was Sir William de Fiennes Sheriff of Sussex and his mother was Elizabeth Battisford. His paternal grandparents were Sir William de Fiennes and Joan de Saye; his maternal grandparents were William Battisford and Margaret Peplesham. He had three brothers named William, Richard and James. He was the oldest of the four children. He died at the age of 65 on November 18th, 1449 in Hurstmonceaux Castle, Halisham, Sussex, England.1

He served as Sheriff of Surrey in 1423 and again in 1434. In 1440, he built Herstmonceaux Castle, the first castle in England to be built in brick. Over the years it fell into ruin, but was restored by later owners during the early part of the 20th century. It is now the site of the Royal Observatory.

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Sarah Davis 2nd GGmother

Sarah Davis was born 13 Sept 1815 in Indiana. She married James Giles McGee in 1830. Their twelve children were born and raised in Tennessee. Her husband died in 1888 in Missouri. We come through her tenth child, Solon Huff McGee born in 1853. Seven of Sarah's ten kids were born in Missouri, but the youngest three were born in Oklahoma (1892, 1894, 1897). Sarah Davis McGee died in Oklahoma in 1896 and soon thereafter the Solon Huff McGee family joined the Church and moved west to New Mexico.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Daniel is 5 Months

Hey sorry that this is late but because the 4 month one went out so late I had to wait till something new happened.
So anyways Daniel now weights 16lb 8oz and is 26" tall. His new favorite thing is to roll over, although he gets stuck on his tummy and gets very mad when he cant get back. I think it is kinda funny to watch. So we let him try to figure it out for a few min and then help him get on his back, just so he can do it all over again...
Daniel has also discovered that toys are really fun to chew on especially the ones at the store. On Monday I went grocery shopping and Daniel was with me. He started to get kinda fussy so I told him that he had to wait till we were done and then he could have a bottle. So he kinda settled down. Until we got in to the baby isle... And as i was getting the cans of formula he started to laugh and just smile. So i looked up and saw this toy on the shelf, it had big red ears and a black nose and when you pull his tail it vibrates. So i picked it up and said "Hey what do you think of this" and he started to laugh. I guess that i put it to close to his face cause before i could move it he stuck it in is mouth. So we had to buy it we call him Paches Daniel loves him although he makes Daniel really excited so Paches has to stay in the living room not in Daniel's bed.
It is so much fun to watch him grow and to discover new things. I cant wait to see what he decides to do next.
Well hope that all is going well for all of you and will talk more later.

Love Adam Betsy & Daniel

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Louis IV, King Of France

31st to 37th GreatGrandfather

Louis IV (10 September 920 – 30 September 954), called d'Outremer or Transmarinus (both meaning "from overseas"), reigned as king of France from 936 to 954. He was a member of the Carolingian dynasty, the son of Charles III and Eadgifu of England, a daughter of King Edward the Elder....

He was crowned king at Laon by Artald, archbishop of Rheims, on Sunday 19 June 936....

In 939, Louis became involved in a struggle with the Emperor Otto the Great on the question of Lorraine, but then married Otto's sister Gerberga of Saxony (914 – May 5, 984). They were parents to eight children:

we come through one of his later children, Charles, Duke of Lower Lorraine (953-993)

Louis IV fell from his horse and died September 10, 954, at Rheims, in the Marne, and is interred there at Saint RĂ©mi Basilica.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Our very own website

Just wanted to let everyone know that we now have our own website. You can see it at www.adamandbetsy.net. It is still a work in progress but is coming together and the home page and gallery are on-line. We will be posting all of our pictures and videos there. We also have new email addresses. for adam it is adam@adamandbetsy.net and for betsy it is betsy@adamandbetsy.net and for both of us it is adamandbetsy@adamandbetsy.net.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Thirty years ago

As indicated on the last entry, Dan was born 30 years ago on Sept 4th. My grandfather, Ross McGee passed away the very next day Sept 5th, 1978. ( I was a bit too preoccupied to even register it till later) He was almost 96. He had just turned 70 when I was born, but still active working around the yard raising chickens and some crops like very fat carrots and beets while I was little. I remember family visits during the 60's eating watermelon on the front yard and jumping from a large tree stump into my dad's arms. The attached photo shows his second family started when he was 39. He remarried 2 years after his first wife died. At the time of the remarriage, he had five kids ages 2.5 to 12. The picture shows the six kids from the second marriage along with Aunt Elise
who stayed home to take care of them until they passed on.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Gilbert de Clare; 23rd GGrandfather

Gilbert De Clare born 2nd September 1243 was introduced earlier as the son of Richard. Check the link for his portrait in Stained Glass and for picture of a castle he built. A good link for his and other castles is available.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Happy Birthday!

Happy 77th Birthday Mom(Grandma, GGma-to some)! Hope you had an awesome day!
Love you tons!
Glad we can share another year with you. Here's to many more!