Annie Josephine Naugher died 40 years ago today in 1969 at age 83. Annie is Tara's Great-grandaunt. She was born in Cherokee county AL on Oct 1, 1886 and died at age 83. Her parents were Moses Service Naugher and Sallie E. Savage also the parents of Annie's younger brother Horace Savage Naugher who along with Maxie Ruth Smith were Tara's Great-grandparents. Horace and Maxie married and had Moses S. Naugher in the fall of 1920. Moses married Haney Fortenberry on March 16th 1946 and begot Brent Stewart Naugher in 1952. Brent married Carol and begot Calum Stewart Naugher in 1976 and Tara Modesa Naugher in 1982.
Charles Sumner Cotton died 48 years ago today in 1961 at age 88 in Pittsburgh, PA. Charles is the boys' 2nd great-granduncle, the brother of Hubbard Cotton who married Mary Hazelitt and are the boys' 3rd great-grandparents.
Lotti B. Ray is 144 years old today, born in 1865 Lotti B. Ray is Steve's great great grandmother who we have talked about often. I'll only mention again that she was born on Christmas day in 1865, 143 years ago in Springfield IL to Charlotte Brown and Thomas B. Ray. Charlotte died 10 days later on January 5th 1866. After living 4 years with her father, Lottie went to live with her grandparents, Resin D. Brown and Rachel Earnest in May or June of 1870. Her father never re-married and died sometime after 1910 in Kansas. I don't know if they ever saw one another again.
Samuel E. Ray is 192 years old today, born in 1817 Steve's 3rd great-granduncle Samuel E. Ray. He was born on this day in 1817 in Gallatin, KY. Sam was the son of Thomas Ray and his first wife Polly Furnis. Polly died in 1820 when Sam was just 3 years old. Thomas married again to Susan ? and had 4 more children. The last one was Thomas B. Ray who married Charlotte Brown and begot Lotti B. Ray, also born on this day, who we talked about earlier.
Gertrude W. Hulgan is 133 years old today, born in 1876. Gertrude is Ella's 1st cousin 4 times removed. Her mother father is Stephan Nicodemus Hulgan, Ella's 3rd great-granduncle and brother of John Miller Hulgan, Ella's 3rd great-grandfather. John married Ruth J. Copeland and they begot Thomas Franklin Hulgan, Ella's 2nd great-grandfather.
Lillie Jane Burt is 136 years old today, born in 1873 Lillie Jane Burt was born on Christmas day in 1873 in DeKalb, AL. She later died at age 28 on July 21, 1902 in Lebanon AL. Lillie is Ella Marie's 1st cousin 5 times removed which must make their common ancestor Ella's 5th great grand parent. Let's see. Lillie Jane Burt is the daughter of Ella's 4th great-grandaunt Tempa Copeland from Dog Town. Tempa is the sister of Tillman R. Copeland who's parents are Ella's 5th great grandparents John Copeland and Martha Baxter. Martha's mother was also a Copeland, a relationship I'm still not sure of. Tillman is Ella's 4th great grandfather. He married Talitha Whitlock on Dec 12th 1853 in St. Clair county AL and begot Ruth J. Copeland in 1857. Ruth is the wife of John Miller Hulgan the parents of Thomas Franklin Hulgan who married Della D. Berryhill and begot Cecil Robert Hulgan in 1905. Cecil then married Nellie Chambers and begot Duard Robert Hulgan in 1953 who married Thereasa Ellen Myer and begot Kellie Marie Hulgan in 1980. Kellie returned the favor by marrying Aaron Hosler on July 7th 2007 and begot Ella Marie Hosler in 2008.
Isaac Allen Crow, Jr. is 161 years old today, born in 1848. Isaac is Ella and Caitlyn's 4th great-granduncle, the brother of John Christopher Crow, the girls 4th great-grandfather. They were born to Isaac Allen Crow, Sr. and Sarah Alice Cox. John Jr. married Mary Jane Cothern May 2, 1872 and begot 11 Crow children with Ella Mariah Crow being the 3rd born. Ella is the girls' 3rd great-grandmother. She married Oscar Routh Brown and begot 5 more Browns. Oscar Thomas Brown was the youngest. He married Donie Mae Mayne (Mama Brown) in 1936 and they begot Ella Ween Brown, Doyle Brown and Jerrel Brown.
Lee Vernon McMurrey and Nettie Adaline Reynold's 111th anniversary is today, married in 1898 when he was 21 and she was 16 years old. Lee is the girls' 3rd great-granduncle, the brother of Ida Jane McMurrey, the girls 3rd great-grandmother. They were born to William M. McMurrey and Lucy Ann Kelley who were married in 1873. Lee Vernon and Nettie begot 11 children with Hubert Loyd McMurrey being the 10th. Hubert married Mary Arline Owen and they begot Joey Alan McMurrey in 1959 who is the girls' 2nd cousin 3 times removed and doesn't live far from you guys.
David Barnett is 233 years old today, born in 1776. David is the girls' 6th great-grandfather. He married Sarah Phillips April 7, 1791 in Oglethorpe, GA and they begot 13 children with Abel M. Barnett being the 7th born in 1813. Abel married Rachel and they begot David Barnett in 1833 who married Jane C. and begot Lucy E. Barnett in 1858. Lucy, the first of their 7 children, 5 girls and 2 boys, married Dedrick Henry Meyer from Hanover Germany some time prior to 1875. They begot 6 children before Dedrick was killed helping put out a fire in Winterville, GA April 11, 1889. Their last child was Dedrich Homer Myer born in 1889. Dedrich married Cora Augusta Edge January 19, 1920 and they begot 11 more Myer children with Roland Max Myer being the 7th born. Roland (Dick) married Ella Ween Brown March 31, 1956 in Trenton, GA and they begot the famous "Myer girls."
James Julious Sims died 49 years ago today in 1960 at age 66. James is Steve Jr's 2nd great-granduncle. He was born in MO on October 5th 1894 to Thomas Nuton Sims and Matilda Ann Boudinier. James was the youngest of 7 children and the brother of Margret Izora Sims Steve's Great great grandmother, Gram.
Nancy Wiseman died 147 years ago today in 1862 at age 56 in Harrison county, Indiana. Nancy Wiseman who was born on Sep 8th 1806 in Shenandoah, VA , is Steve's 5th great-grandmother. Nancy married George Conrad in July of 1825 in Harrison Indiana and begot Mary Ann Conrad around that same time. Mary Ann married Daniel G. Everhart several years her younger and they begot Thomas Jefferson Everhart in 1849. Thomas married Mary Jane Martin and were Steve's 3rd great-grandparents and the parents of the one and only Elmer Elsworth Everhart (Gramp). Gramp married Gram and begot Lola Everhart who married Al Steible and begot Betty Steible.
Olive Bell Bennett is 129 years old today, born in 1880 Steve's 1st cousin 4 times removed, Olive Bell Bennett, born on Christmas day in 1880 in Tolono, IL. 128 years ago. She later died at age 80 in Bowdre IL in 1961. Olive is the daughter of Steve's 3rd Great-grandaunt Catherine Ethilinda Stanford, the 11th of 12 children from Isaac Austin Stanford and Catherine Kneff, Steve's 4th great-grandparent's. They are the common ancestors. Catherine Ethilinda's older brother was David Stanford who married Nancy Ann Kenley on Feb 27th 1865 in Clay county IL and begot Margaret Jennie Stanford on November 25th of that same year. (I''ll help you with the math, that's 2 days shy of 9 months.) An interesting side bar on the David Stanford family is that they named their second daughter Catherine Ethilinda Stanford. That is the same name as her aunt who is just 8 years older.
Troy Hawkins and Willie Belle Dorsett's 65th anniversary is today married in 1944 when they both were 22 years old in Round Mountain, Cherokee, Alabama. Troy and Willie Belle are Caitlyn's great-grandparents. They begot Jimmy Dale Hawkins and Brenda Hawkins. Jimmy Dale married Beverly Myer and they begot Cristy Dale Hawkins and Brandon Max Hawkins. Cristy married Kevin Jennings and they begot Caitlyn Belle Jennings. The mean children in school call her flower head.
There is the birthday 2014 years or so ago of the father of man. A carpenter's son from a small town called Nazareth, who's was born probably on Aug 22 but is celebrated on this day.
In everybody's line, his birth celebrated today around 6 B.C. was Yeshua, or Jesus of Nazarene. Born to Mary in Bethlehem, who was engaged to marry Joseph, while they were in town to answer to the census being taken. Jesus was one of 7 children that Mary and Joseph had. Jesus had 4 younger brothers and at least 2 sisters. The Roman Catholics believe that the brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ were the children of Joseph by a former marriage. Christ, it is written in the Bible, lived a sin free life and died in 27 A.D. a martyr on the cross.
The Jews believe that Jesus named Yeshu'a ben Panthera, was the illegitimate child of the union between his mother and a Roman soldier named Tiberius Julius Abdes Panthera. And the Moslems believe in the Koran that " a full-grown man forced his attentions on Mary, and in her fear of the disgrace that would follow she left the area and bore Jesus in secret." I won't go into his blood line here, but many books have been written on the subject. My point is, that no matter our heritage, even the greatest man to have ever lived had no control over it, but it is most interesting to know why our eyes are blue or why our legs are long. Those are our ancestors gifts.
I would just like to close by wishing Jesus a happy birthday and all of you a merry Christmas.
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