Authur McCaw is 106 years old today, born in 1904 Authur is the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed. He is the 4th child of the 8 that the 1st cousins reunion had. Parents, William F. McCaw Johnson and Nora Catherine Moore. William is the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed and Nora is the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed. Nora's line goes up through her mother Mary Frances Jones, the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed, to Maranda Johnson, Mary's mother and the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt. Maranda is the daughter of the boys' 4th great-grandparents, Mary Magdelaine Lefevre and James Johnson. Maranda's sister is Amanda Johnson who is the wife of Andrew J. Wooden and the boys' 3rd Great-grandparents. To complete the circle. William F. McCaw Johnson's father is Abraham Johnson, the boys' 3rd great-granduncle. His parents are, drum roll please, Mary Magdelaine Lefevre and James Johnson, the boys' 4th great-grandparents, and Abraham's sister is of course Amanda Johnson. First cousin's shouldn't marry, if for no other reason than, it confuses future geologists.
Charles Andrews Powers is 155 years old today, born in 1855. Charles is the boys' 2nd cousin 4 times removed. His mother is Lydia Ann Banks, 1st cousin 5 times removed. Lydia's father is David Bradley Banks, 4th great-granduncle and the 1/2 brother of Samuel Cheney Cotton, 4th great-grandfather, via their common mother Sally Gold.
Frederick Jeager Banks is 153 years old today born in 1857. Fred is the boys' 2nd cousin 4 times removed. His father is 1st cousin 5 times removed, Ira Bradley Banks. Ira's father is 4th great-granduncle, David Bradley Banks, the 1/2 brother of Samuel Cheney Cotton as before. Yes Steve, I believe that Fred was a meister!
John Wakeman and Elizabeth Hopkin's 382nd anniversary is today, married in 1628 when he was 26 and she was 17 years old in Bewdley, Worcestershire, England John and Liz are the boys' 11th great-grandparents. They begot Helena Wakeman in 1632 who later marred Lt. John Talcott, Jr.
Nancy Ann Cotton died 126 years ago today in 1884 at age 84 in Southport, Chemung, NY. Nancy is the boys' 5th great-grandaunt, the sister of Ira Cotton who married Sally Gold the daugher of Talcott Gold and Anna Barlow. Ira and Sally begot the aforementioned Samuel Cheney Cotton in 1815.
Thomas Ray is 216 years old today, born in 1794 Thomas is the boys' 4th great-grandfather and the father of Thomas B. Ray who married Charlotte Brown. Charlotte and Thomas begot Lottie B. Ray and Charlotte died 10 days later. Thomas B. was living at home when the 1850 census was taken and was 10 years old in Sangamon, Illinois. In 1860 he was shown as 19 and his mother had died and he and his 66 year old father Thomas, were raising Charles Johnson age 4. Marriage records show Thomas B. marrying Charlotte Brown on February 13, 1865 in Sangamon, IL. Later that same year Lottie was born on Christmas day and Charlotte died 10 days later on Jan 5th, 1866. Thomas and Lottie went back to live with his father and Charles Johnson and on the 1870 Census take on June 13th, it shows Thomas Ray age 76 with Charles Johnson age 14. Then it groups Thomas B. Ray age 29 with Charlotte (Lottie) Ray age 4. It goes on to list William O. Bryan 32, Martha A. Bryan 26, Alice Bryan 2, and Laura B. Bryan 1. I know that Thomas, the father, died the next year in 1871 but before that Thomas B. Ray sent Lottie to live with her grandparents the Browns. I know this because on the Browns census in 1870 taken on July 4th, just 3 weeks after the Thomas Ray Census, Lottie is also show. They must have been having hard times. It was just after the civil war and things were hard. Thomas was a farmer and after his father died Thomas moved to Howard in Bates county Missouri. That is south of Kansas City and 385 miles from Howard, IL which is just outside Springfield, IL. On the 1880 census he is only 39 but he is living alone and is a farmer. That same year shows Lottie at age 14 still living with her grandparents, but they have moved to Deepwater, Henry, Missouri. which is where the Lake of the Ozarks are now and only 55 miles away from her father. The next census available is the 1900 census that shows Thomas at age 59, now living in Wilson, Lane, Kansas, 449 miles from Deepwater and still alone. Lottie is now 34 in 1900, living in Appleton, St. Clair, Missouri and married to Samuel Cotton and has all three of her children. Appleton is just a few miles from where her grandparents live in Deepwater. The 1910 census shows Thomas, now 69 living with Martin A. Dowse age 51 and Glenna A. Dowse age 16 in Eminence, Woodson, Kansas. Woodson County Kansas is 371 miles closer to Deepwater than Wilson was. Thomas and Lottie now are only living 158 miles apart. I don't know what happened to Thomas from that point on, but since he doesn't show up on the 1920 census, he probably died before then. I don't know if Lottie and Thomas ever saw one another again. Kind of sad.
David Bell Stewart died 78 years ago today in 1932 at the age of 81 in Cherokee county, AL. David is Tara's 3rd great-granduncle, the brother of Frances Matilda Stewart. Both were born to John Thomas Stewart and Emily Caroline Bale. John and Emily begot 11 children with Frances being the first and David the 4th.
Kevin Jennings is 31 years old today, born in 1979. Kevin is the father of Caitlyn Belle Jennings born June 10, 2009 in Ft. Payne, Alabama. Kevin married Cristy Dale Hawkins July 8, 2006 in Taff Springs, Alabama HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG'UN!!!!
Nancy Davis died 152 years ago today in 1858 at age 47. She was only 47 when she died having been born in 1811. Nancy is the wife of the boys' 4th great-granduncle, Henry Kenley. Henry's parents are the boys' 5th great grandparents, John Kenley and Mary Warmsley. The line goes through their 4 child of 7, James S. Kenley, who married Mary Jane Gill and are the boys' 4th great-grandparents. Two of their daughters married David Stanford, the first and the boys' 3rd great-grandmother was Nancy Ann Kenley. David and Nancy begot Margaret Jennie Stanford who married Joseph R. Wooden who are the boys' 2nd great-grandparents and the parents of Walter William Wooden Sr.
Samuel Austin Stanford died 132 years ago today in 1878 at age 67 in Clay, Illinois. Samuel is the boys' 4th great-granduncle and the brother of Isaac Austin Stanford, the boys' 4th great-grandfather. Isaac and Catherine Kneff begot David Stanford who we just talked about. I still think it is weird that every time we have several people to talk about they are almost always intertwined some how.
Walter Arny Chambers is 126 years old today, born in 1884. Walter is Ella Marie's 2nd great-granduncle, born in 1884. He died last week on Jan 22, 1918. Walter is the son of John Henry Chambers and Sarah Matilda West, Ella's 3rd great-grandparents. Walter's brother is Noah Benjamin Chambers, Ella's great, great-grandfather. Noah married Dellia Keever and begot Nellie Chambers who married Cecil Robert Hulgan and begot Duard Robert Hulgan.
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