Happy 90th Birthday Aunt Kathleen

Today, January 31st, Aunt Kathleen celebrated her 90th birthday with a party given by her children in Lebanon. My mother Lucille (87 shown below with Kathleen) and my brother attended and enjoyed meeting family and friends. Lucille is the daughter of Altha R. Brooks (Davis), half sister of Kathleen. Time seems to have a way of going on forever with this family and many others of this era. My grandmother Altha died in 1980 at the age of 96, and her baby sister is celebrating her 90th in 2009. What a span of time!

January 28, 1919 – Lora Kathleen Brooks (Dye) was the youngest of eight children born to Wm M. “Bill” Brooks and Orpha Narcissus Jessee in Russell County, VA.

  1. Lula Brooks
  2. Maude Brooks
  3. Hobert Ezekiel Brooks
  4. Effie Brooks
  5. Audra Brooks
  6. Clayton Brooks
  7. William Vaughn Brooks
  8. Lora Kathleen Brooks (my half grandaunt)

William Brooks’ first wife Mary Polly Sutherland, died at 33 – six days after the birth of their sixth child. Kathleen’s half siblings are:

  1. Armalda Vernon “Malvie” Brooks
  2. Emory Luther Brooks
  3. Altha Rudolph Brooks (my grandmother)
  4. Emily V. Brooks
  5. Rose Belle Brooks
  6. Duard Brooks


126 Years Ago Today
January 31, 1883
Elijah Beauregard Sutherland married Winnie Kiser. He was one of ten children born to Elijah Sutherland and Mary Polly Childers.

  1. Elihu Sutherland
  2. Martha Jane Taylor Sutherland
  3. Elizabeth Sutherland
  4. Rebecca Sutherland
  5. Cynthia Sutherland
  6. Phoebe Sutherland
  7. Frances Sutherland
  8. Elijah Beauregard Sutherland
  9. Mary Sutherland
  10. Noah Sutherland

Winnie was the youngest of 12 children born to James S. “Bell Clapper” Kiser and Susan Sutherland.

  1. Dicy Kiser
  2. Andrew Jackson Kiser
  3. Francis Kiser
  4. Elizabeth Kiser
  5. Sereldia Jane Kiser
  6. Margaret Kiser
  7. Mary Kiser
  8. Fullen Kiser
  9. Jessee Sutherland Kiser
  10. Phoebe Kiser
  11. Allen Kiser
  12. Winnie Kiser


148 Years Ago Today
January 31, 1861
Martha Artrip, my 2nd cousin, three times removed, married Johnson Rasnick. Martha was one of ten children born to Wm. Artrip and Mary Sutherland.

  1. Rachel Artrip
  2. Harmon Artrip
  3. Ellender Artrip
  4. Elizabeth Artrip
  5. Martha Artrip
  6. Nancy Artrip
  7. Mary J. Artrip
  8. Samuel Artrip
  9. Melvina Artrip
  10. William Artrip

84 Years Ago Today
January 31, 1925
Clyde Edison Jessee married Mona Edith Davis in Bristol, TN. Clyde was one of five children born to William Albert Jessee and Bertha S. Buchanan.

  1. Claude Bryan Jessee
  2. Burleigh Bhurman Jessee
  3. Clyde Edison Jessee (grandson of my g-grandmother, Nancy Jessee Davis)
  4. Woodrow Jessee
  5. Maude L. Jessee

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