Category Archives: Family Ancestry

THE FAMILY ALBUM: Forrestville Cemetery

Near the northern boundary of Madison County, Indiana, Boone Township is nestled up to the Grant County line. It is here that my ancestors pioneered and settled this little corner of Indiana. Few, if any, family members still reside in … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Teddy Roosevelt visits Indiana in 1902

While doing some research for one of my writing projects I discovered President Theodore Roosevelt visited Indiana in 1902. While passing through a Massachusett’s city, a trolly car ran into the president’s horse-drawn carriage.  The president was propelled from the … Continue reading

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O, FOR HISTORY: Abraham “Jack” Lincoln II

Abraham and Mary Lincoln only had one of their four sons to live into maturity. Their eldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln (August 1, 1843 – July 26, 1926), would marry, celebrate the birth of three children, and prosper as an attorney, US … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Death Certificate

This afternoon, my friend Nancy Sumner, located and sent my the death certificate of my great-uncle Ronald Monroe Clary who died from a brain injury after being thrown from a horse on the family farm in Boone Township, Madison County, … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Generations

“Love and comfort to you and your family as the last member of this generation passes.” – Alice Kay Lovelace noting the passing of my last great-great uncle. When I was born in 1964, I was blessed with many generations … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Along the tracks

I was fortunate to have grown up or to have at least known, all my grandparents, all but one great-grandparent, and only two great-great grandparents. I was even more blessed to know many of my great uncles and aunts, 2nd-great … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: William & Harriet Greenlee

I located a photograph of my fourth-great-grandparents, William & Harriet Greenlee. William Greenlee 23 Feb 1816  Charleston, Kanawha County, West Virginia, USA 11 Jan 1898  Madison County, Indiana, USA Harriet Sayre Greenlee 24 Jun 1822   Pomeroy, Meigs County, Ohio, USA 13 Jan … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Front Porch Swing

Where I live, in the Dayton suburbs, I rarely see front porch swings. Once upon a time, you could walk through your neighborhood and nearly every home had folks sitting on the front porch.  It was a neat adventure calling … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: Andrew Taylor Greenlee

While thrashing through some items I located this article printed in a Madison County Indiana newspaper in 1983 about, and by, my third great-grandfather, Andrew Taylor Greenlee. The genealogical line: Andrew Taylor Greenlee Anna Greenlee Jones Mary Belle Jones Clary … Continue reading

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THE FAMILY ALBUM: The Ice Fishing House

    On a cold, snowy day in January 1970, my maternal grandfather and I hopped into his blue and silver Buick Skylark for the two-hour drive north toward Syracuse and North Webster.  We were spending the day ice fishing … Continue reading

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…WWII Photographs…

My grandfather, Leroy Barmes, enlisted for WWII, and was stationed in Florida when he contracted Rheumatic fever.  He had been studying radio operating with the Army-Air Corps up in Wisconsin. Here are some of the nurses and soldiers at the … Continue reading

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…Contents from a Jewelry Box…

While going through several boxes of items belonging to family, especially my grandparents, Leroy & Donna Barmes, I came across the jewelry box containing some neat items…. The locket contains two photos I’ve never seen.  The top photo is of … Continue reading

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…An End of an Era: Mother Retires from EPD…

This morning, my brother, Destin, and I received an email from Mother: As of February 3rd, I am retired from the Elwood Police Department. Despite the fact Mother had expressed some consideration along this topic, we were not aware that … Continue reading

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…Enter ANGELS, Stage-Right…

Since childhood I have always sensed energizing, protective, and unseen guiding presences in my life.  For several years a lovely lady visited me regularly during my sleep – or at least, what I thought was my sleep.  Today, at age … Continue reading

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Red River Valley…

  RED RIVER VALLEY arranged and adapted by Arlo Guthrie From this valley they say you are going We will miss your bright eyes and sweet smile For they say you are taking the sunshine That has brightened our pathways … Continue reading

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CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010)

Jose and I just returned from seeing CLASH OF THE TITANS (2010). A very good movie, indeed. I can remember seeing the original in 1981 when I was a sophomore in high school. I recall very little of that movie, … Continue reading

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USA Military Themes

I have always been a fan of the musical themes associated with each division of our country’s military. When I was conducting bands regularly, I could not wait to conduct THE ARMED FORCES SALUTE. Men’s Chorus, The Vocal Majority, performing … Continue reading

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Grandpa Leroy…

June 3, 2004, on a Thursday morning at 10:55am, my grandfather, Leroy Barmes, passed away. Grandpa loved nothing more than to make people laugh.  In fact, it was his gift to us.  Of course, it goes without saying that he … Continue reading

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A legacy of humor… Grandma Jones

Today, June 2nd, would have been my great-great grandmother’s birthday. Anna Greenlee Jones, the daughter of Andrew Taylor Greenlee and Prudence Anna Ball, was born in 1875 in Boone Township, Madison County, Indiana. As young girls, Anna and her sisters, Carrie, Mary … Continue reading

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Grandma Coo Coo

Today is a day I have always enjoyed celebrating – the birthday of my great-grandmother, Mary Belle Jones-Clary. This is a post from December 20, 2005… Once upon a time, there was the most darling little lady, christened Mary Belle … Continue reading

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