I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

22 December 2013

June Stowe remembers Fannie Gray

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This 4 generation picture was taken in 1955. Fannie Gray was 61 years old in this picture, but I think she looks much older than that. I hear she had a hard life. She passed away 4 years after this picture was taken, in the year 1959. She died before I was born, so I asked my grandma to tell me about her.

After the war (WWII), the brothers all bought lots next to each other and their children grew up together. At Christmas time they drew names for presents. On Christmas Eve, all of Fannie's children and grandchildren went to Grandma Fannie Gray Stowe's house. Sometimes Aunt Flora's. (Ten of Fannie's children grew to adulthood, the youngest one, the11th- died as a baby).  They exchanged gifts and had cookies. Then they hurried home, to make sure they were in bed when Santa came.  On Christmas Day they had a nice family meal together. Probably a nice meal with chicken as the main course that Fannie cooked herself. She kept chickens in the back. She cooked on a wood burning stove. Her sons would bring in the wood for  her. My grandma said she could not believe the most amazing biscuits and fried chicken her grandma (Fannie Gray Stowe) made on that wood burning stove! That she was such a great cook! She said she always remembered seeing her grandma in an apron, except to go to church. Looks like she took it off for this picture too. I asked my grandma for permission to post this note she wrote for me about 10 years ago. She happily agreed.
      "Grandma always wore black shoes that were laced up with a thick heel and she would have her stockings rolled down. I remember during World War II when she and grandpa had I think seven sons in the war, we would be playing gin rummy,  on Sat or Sun night. And on the hour when the news came on the radio we were shushed and not a word was spoken while they received the latest news on the war and held their breath as they anticipated where their boys were. My own father was in the Pacific in the US Marines. All sons came home safely! 
     Shortly after returning-a few years I guess it really was, Arthur was killed in an accident at work.
My grandparents received the news while listening to the radio. Our family made a trip to Arizona to my grandparents house there to move them back to Illinois. They had gone there for grandpa's asthma. Their son Shirley lived there as well as daughter Catherine. 

      Grandma could wring a chicken's neck in the AM and have it on the table for dinner, and I've seen her do it. She had a hard life. I often went to the local grocery and bought her snuff and grandpa's chew. My mother always said grandma was very clean about spitting her juice in a can. I never thought anything about it. It was just something she did. My mom said she was the best mother in law on earth. She was a person with no guile. I would like to have her very special qualities of love and kindness for her family and all those around her. When my own parents could not decide on a name for me, she was the one who named me. Thank you grandma. I love you very much and I miss you." 

What Christmas traditions do you have? Ask your family what they did during World War II. Did they listen to the radio for news? Did they use their benefit to get a house close by other family as Fannie's sons did? Do you go visit your grandparents for Christmas? What did you do at Christmas when you visited your grandparents? Type up a paragraph or so about that, and email it to your children or other relatives. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

09 March 2013

Virginia Veterans at the Virginia War Memorial- Part 2

If you see a name of interest on any of these pictures and would like a copy of the picture, email me. I'll be happy to send you a copy of the picture I took
Each name, the museum knows a little about the person, such as unit, which family member was informed of their death, and where they were from. Here are the pictures of veterans from Mecklenburg and Brunswick, Virginia. Click on any of the pictures and you can view them full screen.

Mecklenburg, VA- WWII
Brunswick, VA- WWII
Korean wall

Mecklenburg, VA- Korea

Brunswick, VA- Korea
top of Vietnam wall
Brunswick, VA- Vietnam

Mecklenburg, VA- Vietnam
Persian Gulf- none from Mecklenburg or Brunswick posted

I have one more picture to add that isn't from Brunswick or Mecklenburg. But his family was. Paul Stafford Gray, the son of Thomas B. Gray (Born Mecklenburg) and Lelia Edenbeck (born Brunswick). He died in WWII. So this is a picture of Danville city:

Here is the names that are in those pictures below. In WWII there were 78 from Mecklenburg and 37 from Brunswick. In Korea there were 6 from Mecklenburg and 3 from Brunswick. Vietnam there were 11 from Mecklenburg and 4 from Brunswick. None from more recent than Vietnam on the wall. See previous post, part one for address to museum: web address, and location and phone number. I spent a lot of time checking, double and triple checking the names. But if I still goofed, please point out the error so I can fix it. The numbering keeps glitching in the post right now.

Update 10 Mar 2013. On the top right of this blog are pages. Click on the tab "Virginia War Monument" and you will see a list of all the names in the pictures, by each picture.

Virginia Veterans at the Virginia War Memorial- Part 1

Wall of Honor starting with USS Cole
picture two of first half
flags & fallen soldier

My husband and I went to Richmond, Virginia to celebrate our anniversary. We both love history, art, and photography. I made two stops to take pictures and notes for my blog. (The Virginia War monument and Chimborazo hospital museum -which will be the next subject for a post). It was a very cloudy, overcast day, which I knew would be perfect for photographing the war monument, (regarding reflections on the glass walls). The last time I went, I heard they were just about to expand the monument. I wanted to see what they did, plus take pictures of all of Mecklenburg and Brunswick county names on the walls.

Part 2
If a person's name is on the wall, that means they died as a result of battle. This monument begins with WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and continues to the present. Virginia is the only state with a monument like this. There is a temporary display for all the more recent soldiers who have died from Virginia, including their picture. Starting with the USS Cole. There were 4 Virginians on the USS Cole. Here are some pictures of that exhibit of the most recent soldiers, on the right. Some unit flags in the theater room are on the left. Then a couple other museum pics below, centered. In the museum there are manikins dressed in uniforms from Virginia for each war or conflict, including women's uniforms. Near the entrance there is a symbolism display for missing in action soldiers. There are a number of movies to watch too. There's also a library you can visit and research by appointment. If you had a relative who fought for Virginia, if you are interested in Virginia veterans, or just love veterans, you will love and appreciate this monument and museum. This post is just a little glimpse of what is there and available.

This is the website:   http://www.vawarmemorial.org/VAWM/default.aspx
address and phone:
621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, Virginia 23220

I will post in a few minutes all names from Brunswick and Mecklenburg, Virginia as Part 2.  Click on any picture to view full screen. All these pictures were taken by my husband and I, -1 Mar 2013.

top of Vietnam wall

Persian Gulf

17 February 2013

Granderson Glover, seizures, genetics

I wear leg and knee braces daily, and have complicated migraines. I use a walker and now have a wheel chair. A few years back I tried to fight things more than I should have. I tried so hard to exercise so when I visited Mecklenburg, I wouldn't be in leg braces. (Then I'd wear myself out.) I was afraid people would think I was fragile, and I wanted to see this cemetery. Well, the day arrived and I was still not able to get out of leg braces. But it turned out to be a good thing. Lindbergh Tudor asked me if I wanted to take a ride on his wagon he made. I got a better tour of the farm this way. And Lindbergh and I got into a discussion when I told him that my walking problem was neurological. He listed a few family members with neurological problems. Here's what I know about neuro stuff in my Glover line. There may be more, but this is what has been confirmed.

Granderson's first wife was Clarkey Anderson. Clarkey had a sister name Emmeline Anderson (b. 1821- after 1880 Census-Smith County, TN.) Emmeline was listed as insane in the Census, believed to mean, seizures.

Granderson Glover and Clarkey Anderson had:
1. Dorcas C. Glover (1842-1863) died single
2. Tabitha Glover (1844-1864/1866)-married Edward Kidd
*3. Tennessee Jordan Glover (1847-1919) -married Alvin Dortch. Oldest child, Theresa Dortch Gray died from seizures

Granderson Glover and Arimenta Kidd had:
1. Mary Elizabeth Glover ( 1855-1901)- married James Lundy Clary. Betty had grand mal seizures
2.  Richard Field Glover (1856-1929)- married Laura Quigly
3. Oliver P. Glover (1859-1929)- married Orie Foster
4. Christine Ann Minnie Glover (1861-1930) - married Charles Allen Tudor. A descendant (child or grandchild) had Bell's Palsy.

A grand daughter of James Lundy Clary wrote me. She told me Betty's 10 year old daughter used to rush home from school to check on her mom every day, worried about her seizures. At the time I read the letter, my daughter was 10 and it hit me real hard, because my daughter worried too. A friend of mine has a medical book from that time period. They treated seizures with arsenic and mercury! Crazy! Living with neuro stuff probably wasn't very easy then and it isn't so easy now either. But thankfully medicine has improved. There is still a lot unknown about the brain.  But the struggles we have, we can bet our ancestors had them too. We can assume our ancestors had health problems and had to raise their children with health problems and very little money. It definitely helps me to remember I have other ancestors with "ornery brains" like me! We can learn and be encouraged from those who went before us.