Archive | October 2008

On This Day in 1923

85 Years Ago Today
Aunt Okie Grubb and Uncle Lacy Clarence Davis were married.
October 30, 1923
Parents of three children:
  1. Claude Davis
  2. Lacy Clarence Davis, Jr. – July 18, 1924
  3. Hobart Davis – October 13, 1929
Happy 26th Birthday
to Nicholas Matthew Bradley
My gg grandfather – his ggg grandfather was
John Jeremiah Brooks of Russell County, VA.

On This Day in 1866

(Thank you Janet Harless Peters for supplying this picture)

142 Years Ago Today

October 29, 1866 – January 7, 1917

William Benton Gregory was the 4th of 12 children born

to Franklin Clemons Gregory and Shelma Statira V. Shawver
near Shawvers Mill, Clear Fork, Tazewell County, VA.

  1. John C. Gregory
  2. Louisa Victoria Gregory
  3. Mary Claughton Gregory
  4. William Benton Gregory (1st cousin, 3 times removed)
  5. James M. Gregory
  6. Charles Edward Gregory
  7. Sarah Elizabeth Gregory
  8. Statiza Virginia Gregory
  9. George W. Gregory
  10. Minnie B. “Ninia” Gregory
  11. Baby Gregory
  12. Lewis F. Gregory

Does anyone have a picture of the old Shawver’s Mill?

On This Day in 1907

101 Years Ago Today

October 29, 1907, in Cleveland, Russell County, VA,
my aunt Ila Lillian Davis was the 3rd of 10 children born to
Asa C. Davis & Altha R. Brooks. Shown here on her mother’s lap.

Aunt Lillian had one of the warmest, prettiest smiles of any woman I have ever seen. She was always so kind to me, and I never saw her behave unpleasantly. In her failing years, Mom, Katie, Sarah and I visited her in a nursing home in Abingdon, VA. My Sarah has always been a pretty girl too, but through her alzhiemers, Aunt Lillian looked at Sarah and said, ” whose cute little boy is that?” At 11 years old, Sarah was highly insulted and big sister Katie still loves to tease her about that.

Although not appropriately dressed for the farm, Aunt Lillian and her husband Vince Jordan are standing in the chicken coup… and (below) with the cows and her son Gilmer. Who knew that polka dots were farm attire??????????

What was she thinking?

Ila Lillian Davis
October 29, 1907 – July 4, 2001
Mother of four – Unnamed Jordan, Gilmer, Altha Ann, Lacy Lee.

163 Years Ago Today (1845) Margaret Sutherland was born in Russell County, VA. She was my 1st cousin, 3 times removed.


165 Years Ago Today Patsy Kiser was born (1843)


119 Years Ago Today (1889) Sarah Margaret “Mag” Jessee was born.

On This Day in 1836

172 Years Ago Today
October 28, 1836
Nancy L. “Nannie” Moore is the oldest of 6 children born to
John Shannon Moore and Margaret A. Whitley in Tazewell County, VA.
  1. Nancy L. “Nannie” Moore
  2. Eliza Jane Moore
  3. David Whitley Moore
  4. Creed F. Moore
  5. James K.P. Moore
  6. William Jackson Moore

Nannie married David A. Daugherty 10-22-1858. They are buried at the Marrs Graveyard in Falls Mills, VA. The cemetery there is on property currently occupied by horses and the tombstones are quickly being destroyed by the animals due to lack of fencing. I have written to the owner of the property, but have not received a response to date. Also, I have written to a gentleman in Princeton, WV whose desire is to preserve and document Civil War veterans graves. It is my hope to facilitate adequate fencing around these remains and respectfully preserve this final resting place.


134 Years Ago Today

Josephine DeLashmutt married Isaac F. Dougherty.
Isaac was my 1st cousin, 4 times removed.

On This Day in 1870

141 Years Ago Today
October 27, 1870
Reace Dougherty married Emily Starbuck in Polk County, OR.
Reace was my 1st cousin, 4 times removed.
October 27, 1898 – 110 Years Ago Today
Patton Hamilton married Nancy S. Davis in Wise County, VA.
Patton was my 3rd cousin, 3 times removed.

Happy Anniversary

No recent photos, just memores through the years.

shared with our two wonderful daughters.

and of course, way back when…


Also, On This Day in 1865
143 Years Ago Today
Tomas A. Sutherland was the 7th of 11 children
born in Russell County, VA to
Jessee Sutherland & Mahala Kiser.
Thom was my great granduncle.

As We Enter This Time of Thanksgiving

Lindy’s new hubby, Lindy & Teresa Barnett
Hill cousins
Grammy and the gang
Sing to the LORD a new song;
Sing to the LORD, all the earth.
Sing to the LORD, bless His name;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength. Ascribe to the LORD the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts. Worship the LORD in holy attire; Tremble before Him, all the earth. Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; (Psalm 96)
James 1: 17 says Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
King David’s Psalm of Thanksgiving was this:
Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders. Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad. Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually. Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done…1 Chronicles 16:8-12
As we begin to think of Thanksgiving, let us look to the giver of all. Let us prepare to enjoy our blessings of life. Let us show our families His love during this blessed season of thanks.