Friday, January 07, 2011

Meet the family for January 7, 2011


Cora E. Stanford
died 131 years ago today in 1880 at age 2 in Clay county, Illinois.   Having been born on Aug 3rd, 1877 to David Stanford and his second wife Nancy Ann Kenley.  Cora was their 7th of 9 children, the last two were the twins Etta and Effa born in 1880.  Cora is the boys' 2nd great-grandaunt.  David and Nancy are the boys' 3rd great-grandparents. Cora's oldest sibling is Margaret Jennie Stanford who married Joseph R. Wooden October 29, 1884 in Illinois.  They are the parents of Walter William Wooden and Leroy Oliver Wooden.


James Russel McCaw
is 105 years old today, born in 1906 the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed was born on this day in Owen IN in 1906.  Ok, this is another weird one. Help me here.   Russel's father William McCaw Johnson (follow the name change) is the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed.  Russel's mother, Nora Catherine Moore, is the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed +.  William's father is, Abraham Johnson, the boys' 3rd great-granduncle.  Abraham's parents' are the boys' 4th great-grandparents, James Johnson and Mary Magdelaine Le Fevre. Abraham's sister is Amanda Johnson, the boys' 3rd great-grandmother.  Ok, back to Russel's mother, Nora Catherine Moore, the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed +.  Nora's mother, Mary Frances Jones, is the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed. Mary Frances' mother, Maranda Johnson, is the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt, (ok, here it is) and her parent's are, drum roll please, James Johnson and Mary Magdelaine Le Fevre. Da, Da, Boom.  That means Maranda Johnson, Abraham Johnson and Amanda Johnson are all siblings.  It also means they all figure into the blood line through a different spouse.  Abraham's son William McCaw Johnson is our first cousin.  Abraham's sister Amanda is the boys' 3rd great-grandmother, because she married Andrew J. Wooden.  And their other sister Maranda Johnson, the boys' 3rd great-grandaunt had a child, Mary Frances Jones, the boys' 1st cousin 4 times removed, who had a child, Nora Catherine Moore, who really married back into her own family, William McCaw Johnson, to become the boys' 2nd cousin 3 times removed.  I just did the math and our original subjects parents, William McCaw Johnson and Nora Catherine Moore are first cousins once removed.  Maybe that is why he changed his last name to McCaw from Johnson.  Wow, that was a long, long way to go, but much fun.  That answers many questions about our family behavior.


John Cotton
is 292 years old today, born in 1719.  John Cotton is 290 today.  He was born on Jan 7, 1719 in Middletown, Connecticut.  John is the boys' 7th great-granduncle.  John's parents and the boys' 8th great-grandparents are Samuel Cotton and Experience Hall.  John was their oldest, our direct relative, William Cotton born 1720 was number 2 of 9.   Life was very hard in the 1700's.  Samuel and Experience married in 1716 and had John 3 years later.  They married when Samuel was 40 and Experience was 32.  William was born when Experience was 36  Daniel 39, and Phoebe when she was 40.

Joshua M. Brown
died 144 years ago today in 1867 at age 41 in Sangamon, Illinois.  Joshua Brown is the boys' 4th great-granduncle.  Joshua was Resin D. Brown's younger brother.  Resin is the boys' 4th great-grandfather, the husband of Rachel Earnest and the Father of Charlotte Brown who was the mother of Lottie B. Ray.  Looks like Resin and Rachel were both born in Kentucky and moved to Sangamon IL where they had all 12 of their children.  They then moved to Appleton City MO where they are buried.


Joseph Dedrich "JD" Myer
would be 90 years old today, born in 1921 J.D. is the kids' Great-granduncle.  Joseph is the oldest of the 11 Myer children born to Dedrich Homer Myer and Cora Augusta Edge.  J.D. was born in 1921 in Tucker's Chapel, Cherokee, AL, and died  October 25th of 2009.  J.D. married Louise who was born Aug 2, and they had two children, Sherry and Bradley, who are the kids' 1st cousins twice removed.

Maggie May Lane is 110 years old today.  Maggie May Lane was born on this day in 1901 at Tuckers Chapel, Cherokee co., AL.  She died Nov 21, 1902, not yet 1 year old.  She is buried at Welcome Hill Baptist Cemetery.  Maggie is the kids' 1/2 -2nd great-grandaunt.  Maggie was born to Dawson B. Lane and the kids' 3rd great-grandmother Lucy E. Burnett.  Dawson was Lucy's second husband.  Her first of course was Dedrick Henry Meyer.  Maggie was born to Lucy when she was 42 years old.  She had just had a still born "Baby Lane" the year before.  Lucy and Dawson had two other boys, William N. Lane born around 1897 and Budgut K. Lane born around 1898.


Henry Lee McMurrey
is 108 years old today, born in 1903.  Henry is the kids' 1st cousin 4 times removed.  His father is Lee Vernon McMurrey the kids' 3rd great-granduncle, brother of Ida Jane McMurrey, the kids' 3rd great-grandmother, who married William Mitchell Mayne and begot Donie Mae Mayne, the kids' great, great-grandmother.

Constantine Joseph Coss Brown is 156 years old today, born in 1855.  Constantine is the kids' 3rd great-granduncle, the brother of Oscar Routh Brown.  Oscar Routh Brown married Ella Mariah Crow, and are the kids' 3rd great-grandparents.

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