Archive | November 2008

On This Day in 1876

132 Years Ago Today
November 20, 1876
Noah D. Keman Jessee & Elizabeth Ann Davis
were married in Russell County, VA.
Noah was my great granduncle;
brother to my great grandmother, Nancy C. “Nannie” Jessee.
128 Years Ago Today
November 20, 1880
Charles Henry Davis & Mary Ann Fields
were married in Russell County, VA.
Charles was my great granduncle;
brother to my great grandfather, Doctor Caleb Davis.
Doctor and Nannie were married.

162 Years Ago Today
November 19, 1846
Cinderella Brooks married Joel Joseph Tessenier in NC. Cinderella, my 2nd great grandaunt, was the 8th of 10 born to Constantanople “Constantine” & Rutha Daily Brooks, my 3rd great grandparents. Constantine is believed to have been half Indian.
  1. Bryant Brooks
  2. John Jeremiah Brooks (my 2nd great grandfather)
  3. Joseph Brooks
  4. Nancy Brooks
  5. Ransom Brooks
  6. Benjamin Brooks
  7. Sarah Brooks
  8. Cinderella Brooks
  9. Elizabeth Brooks
  10. Arzilla Brooks
Cinderella (1825-1902) and Joel Joseph had 7 children.
  1. Benjamin Tessenier
  2. Margaret Tessenier
  3. Permelia Tessenier
  4. Leah Tessenier
  5. Nancy Jane Tessenier
  6. Elizabeth Tessenier
  7. Nicholas Tessenier

Thanks again to Shirley Fields and Kathy Haynes
for this treasured family history.

A Day With the Dogs

I couldn’t find any relatives to celebrate today,
so I’ll share some close friends with you that I’m mothering
this week. Our daughter is out of town, so her high energy dog
is at Nana’s and Pop’s for the week. Our neighbors are enjoying
a week at the Biltmore. We are home with these beautiful
and crazy motley mutts.

Our cherished baby, SOPHIE:)
High energy DRIBBLE!

The one and only adorable PONGO

A FAVORITE Thanksgiving Recipe

Today I began to write my menu for our eagerly
anticipated Thanksgiving meal. I’ll dig through
the pantry in search of items on hand and
make a grocery list for those things I need.
One very special dish at our house is the
It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving at the Kelly’s
without it , so I’ll share the recipe,
in case you want to give it a try.

1 lb. sweet potatoes, cooked and mashed
1 c. white sugar
2 eggs, well beaten
1 c. milk
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix mashed potatoes, sugar, eggs, milk, nutmeg and cinnamon. Pour into buttered 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.

3/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup Rice Krispies
1 stick butter
1 c. pecans, chopped

Melt butter. Blend in brown sugar and pour over Rice Krispies. Spread the mixture over the cooked sweet potatoes. Bake 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until bubbly, hot and browned.

Yum – this is my family’s favorite.

If you have a special dish or old family recipe, please click on the comments link below and share with us.

On This Day in 1875

133 Years Ago Today
November 16, 1875
Lucy B. Davis was born in Russell County, VA.
and married James M. Castle from Scott Co., VA.
My great grandaunt was the 10th of 15 children
born to Thomas Jefferson Davis (Surry Co., NC)
and Sarah Ann Combs (TN-probable Indian descent).
  1. John Davis
  2. Doctor Caleb Davis (my g-grandfather)
  3. Charles Henry Davis
  4. Elizabeth Ann Davis
  5. Hannah J. Davis
  6. Sarah “Sallie” Catharine Davis
  7. Thomas Jefferson Davis
  8. Martha E. Davis
  9. James A. Davis
  10. Lucy B. Davis
  11. Hugh C. Davis
  12. Margaret Davis
  13. Liddy Davis
  14. Jane Davis
  15. Virginia Davis

Thomas Jefferson Davis
Father of Lucy

On This Day in 1857

151 Years Ago Today
Mary Dougherty, my 1st cousin, 4 times removed from Augusta Co., VA.
married Andrew Jackson Pervine on November 15, 1857.
They were parents to at least 4 children
1. Jordan J.
2. Cyrus W.
3. Louise
4. Charles McClellan
Mary was the middle of 10 children born to
Giles Dougherty(Rockbridge Co, VA) and Mary Polly Doak.
Mary is buried at the Zena Cemetery, Polk County, OR.
  1. John M. Dougherty
  2. James W. Doutherty
  3. Walter M. Dougherty
  4. Reace Dougherty
  5. Mary Doutherty
  6. Bolivar Dougherty
  7. Andrew Jackson Dougherty
  8. Isaac F. Dougherty
  9. Charles William Dougherty
  10. E. I. Dougherty


108 Years Ago Today

November 15, 1900 – March 22, 1916
Greenlee D. Letcher, my 3rd cousin, three times removed,
was the grandson of Virginia’s Civil War Governor
John Letcher and Mary Susan Holt.
He was the son of Captain Greenlee Davidson Letcher
and Katherine Seymour Paul. Greenlee is buried at the
Jackson Cemetery, Lexington, VA.

Greenlee’s parents, G.D. Letcher & Katie Paul
and grandmother, Mary Susan Holt Letcher (widow of governor)


77 Years Ago Today

Norman Gregory was born in Bluefield, VA
My 3rd cousin, once removed. 1931- 1991