Dorothy Ward is 339 years old today, born in 1671. She lived to be the ripe old age of 26, and died in 1697 in Springfield MA. Dorothy is the 6th of the 9 children born to William Ward and Phoebe Fenner, the boys' 10th great-grandparents. Dorothy's sister Phoebe Ward married Samuel Hall and begot, Experience Hall in 1683. Experience was Samuel Cotton's second wife and the mother of the boys' 7th great-grandfather, William Cotton. William married Rebeckah Ward and begot Thomas Cotton in 1764. Thomas married Anna Hubbard in 1787 and begot Ira Cotton in 1788. Ira married Sally Gold the daughter of Talcott Gold in 1811 and begot Samuel Cheney Cotton in 1815. Samuel married Almira Walker in 1834 and begot Hubbard Cotton in 1838. Hubbard married Mary Hazelitt in 1861 and begot Samuel Hazelitt Cotton in 1862. Samuel married Lotti B. Ray in 1887 and begot Marie Antoinette Cotton in 1891. Marie married Walter Wooden in May of 1910 and begot Charlotte Marjorie Wooden in 1917, Walter Wooden Jr. in 1924 and Jerry Wooden Sr. in 1927.
Rachel Earnest is 194 years old today, born in 1816. She died April 11, 1906 in Appleton City, MO at age 90. Rachel must have been a great woman. She is the boys' 4th great-grandmother. She and her husband Resin D. Brown begot and raised 12 children and some grandchildren too. She is the mother of Charlotte Brown who married Thomas B. Ray and begot Lottie B. Ray the boys' 2nd great-grandmother. When Charlotte died and Thomas couldn't raise Lottie, she went to live with her grandparents Rachel and Resin who raised her until she married Samuel Hazelitt Cotton in 1887.
Martin Happer Galt died 100 years ago today at age 68, 1910 in Shenandoah, Iowa. Martin Happer Galt is the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt's husband's brother. Martin's brother is James Junius Galt who married the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt Mary Ann Brown. Mary Ann is from the same family as Charlotte Brown who we just talked about.
Arnot Smith, Jr. died 10 years ago today in 2000 at the age of 90 in Eldred, McKean, Pennsylvania. Arnie is the boys' 4th cousin 3 times removed. His father is, 3rd cousin 4 times removed, Arnot Mathew Smith, Sr., his mother is, 2nd cousin 5 times removed, Waite L. Cleveland. Waite's father is, 1st cousin 6 times removed, Morgan R. Cleveland whose mother is, 5th great-grandaunt, Nancy Ann Cotton, the sister of Ira Cotton. Both were born to Thomas Cotton and Anna Hubbard in Middletown, CT. Ira is the boys' 5th great-grandfather who married Sally Gold, the daughter of Talcott Gold and Anna Barlow.
James Tappin, Sr. and Anna Garrett's 353rd anniversary is today, married in 1657 when he was 14 and she was 13 years old, in guilford, New Haven, CT. Either I have the marriage date wrong or this was an arranged marriage. Nevertheless, James and Anna didn't have their first born until 1662, five years after their supposed marriage. The couple are the boys' 10th great-grandparents and begot Anna Tappin in 1662, James Tappin in 1665, and Mary Tappin in 1668. Anna went on to marry Thomas Ward, Sr. and the normal age of 21 and begot only Thomas Ward, Jr. that I know of. Thomas Jr and his wife Rebecka Birnham are the boys' 8th great-grandparents, the parents of Rebeckah Ward who married William Cotton in Middletown in 1742.
Emma Naugher is 91 years old today, born in 1919. Emma died at age 19 on January 10, 1939. Emma is Tara's 1st cousin twice removed. Emma's parents are James Loid Naugher Jr. and Minnie Lee Roberts. James is Tara's great-granduncle and the brother of Horace Savage Naugher Tara's Great-grandfather.
Elizabeth Stewart is 203 years old today, born in 1807. Elizabeth is Tara's 4th great-grandaunt, the sister of John Thomas Stewart, who we talk about so much. They were born to Archibald Stewart and Rachel Akins. Elizabeth was the 2nd born and John the 8th born of the 12 siblings. Elizabeth was born in York, SC and died in Calhoun AL. John was born in Morgan, GA and died, of course in Corinth, Mississippi.
Frank Ince and Rebecca Elizebeth Sims's 105th anniversary is today. They were married in 1905. Frank was 19 and Elizebeth was 15 years old. Rebecca is Steve's 2nd great-grandaunt. Rebecca's sister is Margret Izora Sims Steve's 2nd great-grandmother. Margret married Elmer Elsworth Everhart in 1902 and begot 10 children, the second of which is Lola Ray Everhart who married Ceasar Alford Steible in 1928 and begot Betty Steible. Betty married Jerry Wooden in 1950 and begot Steve Wooden in 1956. Steve married Mittie Marie Reeves in 1976 and begot Steven Ray Wooden Jr. in 1983.
Kenneth Wendell Wooden and Leola C. Mezzacasa were married on this day in 1955, 55 years ago. Kenneth was 31 and Leola 36. Kenneth is Walter Wooden's brother Leroy Oliver Wooden's son. Leola was Kenneth's second wife and the mother of one of his 2 living children, James L. Wooden. Kenneth was first married to Lillis Biles in the 1940's. They had a daughter, Kay Wooden whom I have been in email contact. She teaches music therapy in Kansas City, Kansas. Kenneth is the boys' 1st cousin twice removed and Kay and James are 2nd cousins once removed. Kay married Jim Lockerby in 1970 and had two children, Loey Rana Lockerby in 1971 and David Joseph Lockerby in 1976. Loey is a film critic for a newspaper in Kansas City, KS. David is a manager for a manufacturing plant that makes metal storage systems also in Kansas. They are the boys' 3rd cousins. David married Angela McClain in June of 2000 and had Riley Charles Lockerby April 23, 2005. Riley is the boys' 3rd cousin once removed. Pretty cool, huh?
Lucy Louise Crow is 129 years old today, born in 1881. Lucy is the girls' 3rd great-grandaunt, the sister of 3rd great-grandmother, Ella Mariah Crow. Lucy was the 6th born and Ella the 3rd born to John Christopher Crow and Mary Jane Cothern's 11 children. Most all of this happened in Mentone, Alabama. Ella later married Oscar Routh Brown and they begot 5 boys. The last of which is the next contestant, who was also born on this day.
Oscar Thomas Brown is 98 years old today, born in 1912. Oscar is the girls' 2nd great-grandfather. He married Donie Mae Mayne in 1936 and they begot Ella Ween Brown in 1937, Doyle Brown in 1939 and Jerrel Thomas Brown in 1941.
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