Archive | November 2008

On This Day in 1877

131 Years Ago Today

November 28, 1877

Margaret Bennett Ritter was born in Burkes Garden, Tazewell County, Virginia. She later married my granduncle, George Robert Sylvester Buckland, brother of Grandaddy Buckland, LW Sr. She was the grandmother of my cousin, John Pratt.

Cousin John Pratt with Aunt Margaret and Uncle Robert
picture taken August 2008

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136 Years Ago Today

November 28, 1872

1st cousin, three times removed, Joseph R. Gregory was born to Richard Shadrack Gregory and wife Julia Ann Higgenbothan. His short life ended on August 7, 1876 and he rests at the Richard Shadrack Gregory Cemetery in Clear Fork, Tazewell County, VA.

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155 Years Ago Today

November 28, 1853

My great granduncle, Egan O. Buckland was the son of Jacob W. Buckland and Martha W. “Patsy” Compton and 8th of 11 children.

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On This Day in 1879

129 Years Ago Today
November 24, 1879
My great grandparents were married in Russell Co., VA.
Mary Polly “Pop” Sutherland and
William M. “Bill” Brooks.

William was the 10th of 13 children born to
John Jeremiah & Elizabeth “Betty” Hill Brooks.
Mary was the 3rd of 11 born to
Jessee & Mahala Kiser Sutherland.
I don’t have a picture of Mary, but would love to have one.
She died at age 33 6 days after the birth or her 6th child.
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166 Years Ago Today
William’s uncle Benjamin (my 2nd g-granduncle) married
Margaret Smart on November 24, 1842.
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53 Years Ago Today
It must be a Brooks day.
Happy Birthday to my 3rd cousin, Linda Sue.

Personal Items…

The first Thanksgiving was a feast that lasted many days, a celebration of gratitude to God for a good harvest and a fervent prayer of hope for a successful winter.

Today we gather with friends and family acknowledging God’s blessings, much as the pilgrims did. We enjoy one another’s company with plenty of food; talking, sharing, loving. This is a season when I reach into my cluttered cabinets, pulling out family treasures from generations past. Each item brings warmth to my heart with fond memories of the aroma in kitchens of my childhood.

Such are these two vintage Watt Pottery pieces. They carry me back to Grandma Davis’ house where her love language was to cook up somthin’ good for her family, no matter when we surprised her with a visit. We’d arrive in Tazewell and find her sitting on the porch glider, clothed in a dress and white apron. No sooner did we climb the front steps to greet her, than she’d jump to her tiny feet, give us a big hug and head to the kitchen. Seems like only yesterday, but she’s been gone 28 Thanksgivings now. My how we miss her.

Thanksgiving is somehow better in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Leaves turn many shades of oranges and reds, become crisp and fall to the ground while the trees hunker down for winter snow. Spring always comes awakening with warmth and growth assuring us that the cycle continues, just as He planned.

Personal Items…


The first Thanksgiving was a feast that lasted many days, a celebration of gratitude to God for a good harvest and a fervent prayer of hope for a successful winter.

Today we gather with friends and family acknowledging God’s blessings, much as the pilgrims did. We enjoy one another’s company with plenty of food; talking, sharing, loving. This is a season when I reach into my cluttered cabinets, pulling out family treasures from generations past. Each item brings warmth to my heart with fond memories of the aroma in kitchens of my childhood. Looking for spices, I rediscovered this stove top salt and pepper in jadite with badly bent lids. The set belonged to Grandmother Buckland and causes me to think of her when I see them. I loved going to the big brick house, playing with the round push-button light switches and watching Grandaddy eat his peas on a knife. Can you remember that dining room table full of food… and a childs long wait, until the adults had finished their meal?

Thanksgiving is always good; in fact, it’s my favorite holiday. But it is somehow better in the mountains of southwest Virginia. Leaves turn many shades of oranges and reds, become crisp and fall to the ground while the trees hunker down for winter snow. Spring always comes awakening with warmth and growth assuring us that the cycle continues, just as He planned.

On This Day in 1849

159 Years Ago Today
November 22, 1849
My 1st cousin, three times removed was born in Russell County, VA.
John Laforce was the 10th of 13 children born to
James Laforce, Sr. and Dicie Kiser.
  1. Elijah Laforce
  2. Lucinda Laforce
  3. Bethany Laforce
  4. Joseph Laforce
  5. Mary P Laforce
  6. Margaret Laforce
  7. Monsuer H. Laforce
  8. James Laforce, Jr.
  9. William Warren Laforce
  10. John Laforce
  11. Rachel Matilda Laforce
  12. Mahalia Laforce
  13. Aaron Laforce

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123 Years Ago Today
November 22, 1885
My 1st cousin, three times removed,
Richard “Dick” Sutherland married Unicy Powers.