Archive | October 2008

As We Enter This Time of Thankgiving

Travis, Grammy Kelly, Katie, James
Sarah, Claire, Chad

Lindy’s new hubby, Lindy & Teresa Barnett
Kerry’s cousins (Hill)

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.


On This Day in 1842

166 Years Ago Today
Sallie Houston Dougherty and David Bradford were married
on October 25, 1842 in McMinn County, TN.
Sallie was a 1st cousin to Gov. John Letcher of VA.
Named Houston due to her relation to General Sam Houston,
my 3rd great grandaunt was the youngest of 9 children
born to John Dougherty and Hannah Letcher.
  1. John L. Dougherty
  2. William Houston Dougherty
  3. Clarinda Julia Dougherty
  4. Giles Dougherty
  5. James Thompson Dougherty
  6. Julia Ann Dougherty
  7. Mary Ester Dougherty
  8. Mary Hannah Dougherty
  9. Sallie Houston Dougherty b. 1812


October 25, 1942, 66 Years Ago Today Allye Shook was born. She married my 4th cousin, Benny Monte Harless of Bluefield, WV.

On This Day in 1879

129 Years Ago Today
October 25, 1879 marks the birth of
William Kinder “Jackie” Kiser, my 2nd cousin, twice removed.
He was the 2nd of 10 children born to
William L. Kiser and Elizabeth Sutherland in Russell County, VA.
  1. Walter Vermillion Kiser
  2. Wm Kinder “Jackie” Kiser
  3. Frank Fitzhugh Kiser
  4. John Trigg
  5. Elijah Otas Kiser
  6. Marcus Henry Kiser
  7. Douglas Daniel Kiser
  8. Martha Dicie E. Kiser
  9. Arnold Gaines Kiser
  10. Ora Jackson Kiser


162 Years Ago Today in 1846 Noah Kerman Rasnake was 8th of 9 children born to Jonas Rasnake and Rachel LaForce. He was my 2nd cousin, 3 times removed.

On This Day in 1917

91 Years Ago Today
October 24, 1917
Delphia Kiser married Banard D. Dotson.
My 2nd cousin, twice removed is the youngest of
10 children born to Lilburn Hendricks Kiser and Frances Sutherland
Russell County, VA.
Lilburn Hendricks Kiser


129 Years Ago Today
Viola Smith, 2nd cousin, twice removed was the 6th of 9 children
born to Jasper Newton Smith and Martha Jane Taylor Sutherland
in Russell County, VA.

On This Day in 1813

195 Years Ago Today
Margaret Buckland married Daniel Smith
in Monroe County, VA.
My 3rd great grandaunt was the 6th of 10 children
born to John & Susanna Buckland.
  1. Thomas Buckland b. 1775
  2. John Buckland b. 1781
  3. Rachel Buckland b. 1783
  4. Elizabeth “Betsy” Buckland b. 1784
  5. Stephen Buckland b. 1788
  6. Margaret “Peggy” Buckland b. 1793
  7. Daniel Buckland b. 1794
  8. Walter “Watt” Buckland b. 1795
  9. Susanna Buckland b. 1804
  10. Mary Ann Buckland b. 1805


Happy 40th Kevin Lee Gregory, my 4th cuz!

On This Day in 1832

176 Years Ago Today
Stanford Lea Jessee was the oldest of 5 children born to
Jefferson Jessee and Nancy Counts.
Birth: 23 OCT 1832 in , Russell Co., VA
Death: 10 JAN 1862 in Battle of, Middle Creek, KY
Source: 1860 Russell Co., VA Census, pg. 28.They lived on a farm near Carterton (later called the Sam Jessee place). He joined the Confederate Army, serving in Capt. William Jessee’s Company. At the battle of Middle Creek, KY, he was stationed with the commissary wagon; but when the battle began, he seized his gun, rushed into the action and was killed by a minnie ball. The Castlewood Baptist Church adopted this tribute:”It has pleased an all-wise providence to remove from our midst our much beloved brother, Stanford L. Jessee, in the thirtieth year of his age, who was killed in the battle of Middle Creek, Ky, on the 10th day of Januray 1862. he became a member of our church at the early age of ten years from which time to the time of his death he was an exemplary and consistent Christian. In his last moments, having fallen in the midst of battle at the hand of an invading foe, he still trusted in that God he was accustomed to serve as was evidenced from the last words that fell from his lips, which were: “Tell all my friends I died a soldier and died at my post. I have done all I can do and will soon be in a better world than this.’…Or church has lost a useful member. He was a regular attendant of our church meetings, and his deportment as clerk of the church was at all times that of a Christian.”Standford and Sarah are buried on their homeplace:Source: “Some Descendants of John Counts of Glade Hollow” by E.J. Sutherland.Source: “Russel County History,” Bk. 2, pg 335.Source: The research of Marshall Jefferson Jessee, PO 182000, Casselberry, Fl 32718-2000 who provided detailed information in the form of a GEDCOM file.Source: James Kimble (, sent 12/30/1999, information indentifying this marriage of Sarah Jessee, da. of Archer and Rachel Herndon to Abraham Crabtree. “They located to Wayne Co., VA sometime between 8/1853 and 8/1856 and lived there the rst of their lives. Abraham Crabtree served with the 16th VA Cavalry, CSA.”Source: Michael Dye []Sent: Wednesday, September 27, 2000 4:53 PMStanford L. Jessee & Sarah Fuller were married abt 1851. They had5 children, George Cowan, b: 29 Jan 1852 being the first & John Henry b: 16 Jun 1860 the last. As you know Stanford was killed in action at the battle of Middle Creek, Ky. Sarah never re-married and in 1888 received a widows pension in Russell Co. She is on the 1909 pension list, six years after Sarah, wife of Abraham, had already died in Wayne Co. I have Sarah “Fuller” Jessee’s death as abt. 1920 in Russell Co. I haven’t sent off for it, but her death cert. should be on file and available to order. I may name her parents on it.Source: The Virginia Regimental Histories Series. (VARosterC) Published in 1987, and posted on, 2/2/2002, by Geniebug [].Stanford L JesseeBorn on 23 October 1832.Service Record:Enlisted as a Private on 10 July 1861 in Russell, VAEnlisted in Company A, 29th Infantry Regiment Virginia on 10 July 1861Killed on 10 January 1862 in Middle Creek, KY
Change Date: 17 JAN 2004 at 20:18:41Father:
Jefferson JESSEE b: 1802 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA
Mother: Nancy COUNTS b: 1803 in Cleveland, Russell Co., VA
Marriage 1 Sarah “Sallie” FULLER b: 1833/1836 in , Russell Co., VA
Married: ABT 1851 in , Russell Co., VAChildren
George Cowan JESSEE b: 29 JAN 1852 in , Russell Co., VA
Nancy C. “Nannie” JESSEE b: 21 JAN 1854 in , Russell Co., VA
Thomas Jefferson “Big Jeff” JESSEE b: 18 DEC 1856 in Mill Creek, Russell Co., VA
Noah D. Kernan JESSEE b: 9 APR 1858 in , Russell Co., VA
John Henry JESSEE b: 16 JUN 1860 in Reeds Valley, Russell Co., VA

On This Day in 1914

94 Years Ago Today

Paul “Jack” Hensley Cook

October 22, 1914 – September 22, 1994
He was my 1st cousin, once removed.
Jack was the youngest of four born to
Dock Emmett Cook & Almalda Vernon “Malvie” Brooks.

  1. Ruth Cook
  2. Don Cook
  3. Maynard Chesley Cook
  4. Paul Hensley Cook m. Mabel Duty


158 Years Ago Today
My 1st cousin, 3 times removed,
Elizabeth Sutherland was the 6th of 14 children
born to James Sutherland and Nancy Ann Counts.
  1. Phoebe Sutherland
  2. Noah Baldwin Sutherland
  3. Ezekiel Sutherland
  4. Margaret Sutherland
  5. Daniel Boone Sutherland
  6. Elizabeth Sutherland m. Noah Deel
  7. John Counts Sutherland
  8. Orpha Sutherland
  9. James H. Sutherland
  10. Rebecca Sutherland
  11. William Beauregard Sutherland
  12. Richard “Dick” Sutherland
  13. Nancy Maryland Sutherland
  14. James E. “Little Jim” Sutherland