Thursday, September 25, 2008

Susan Gower/Gauer = FOUND

Hi all,

Long time, I know. I've actually been quite busy wedding planning! I'm getting married in exactly 2 weeks on October 9, so things have been pretty crazy.

I just wanted to share some information that Marylynn Glover has sent my way regarding the Gower/Gauer family. Previously I had mentioned that I thought David and Percilla's oldest daughter, Susan, had died as a child. Turns out I was wrong!

Apparently Susan was listed as "7" on the 1870 census and not "1" as I had previously thought. She was born 12 Dec 1862. She married Truman Miller in 1882 in Maryland. They had 8 children.

Always good to find a new branch to the tree! I'll post again when I have organized all the information I've found on her.


Monday, June 16, 2008

Family Photos

A very big thank you to Carolyn McNeff who sent me this photo of her great grandfather Columbus Lafayette McCrobie this weekend. Columbus was the oldest son of Abraham Archibald McCrobie.

Columbus is third from the left (with two of his sons to the left of him) working on the railroad in Tunnelton, West Virginia.


Special thanks again to Carolyn!

Monday, June 9, 2008

Calling All Family!

Hi everyone,

So I know I'm a big liar, and I really haven't been on here as much as I promised I would be. My fiance and I have a photography hobby on the side, which recently turned into a part time business! I know, excuses, excuses, but sadly that has meant my research has taken a bit of a backseat for a few weeks.

So I apologize to all who have left comments and haven't heard back for awhile! I'm trying to catch up again. I am now to the point where public records are getting a little too recent, and I'm depending heavily now on the contacts I've made to fill in the missing generations from about 1930 on.

If you have left comments on this blog, or are connected to this branch of the family in any way - PLEASE EMAIL ME!

I have over 300 pages and 750 descendants on John William's line alone. This does include transcribed records. I'm going to start editing it down to the bare basic information soon and put it up for proofreading very soon. If anyone would like to be involved in this process, your help would be much appreciated!

Thanks to all that have helped thus far. This is just the beginning of a very long journey down history.


I'm also searching for pictures! Please contact me if you have any!!

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Rounding the 20th Century

Hey everyone,

For those of you who think I might have disappeared, I'm still here! I know I haven't posted much in the way of research, but I have been slowly chipping away at it. I just rounded 1900 in John William's line, and I'm proud to announce I have over 550 descendants of John William alone. Slowly but surely they will make their way up here.

Also some exciting news: I just upgraded to Reunion 9 for my genealogy software. (Sadly, there's a serious lack of genealogy software options out there for Macs.) So not only am I busy adding more family members to my chart, I've also been busy updating my gedcom files.

Thanks so much for all the help of those who have contacted me with family info. All of it is much appreciated!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Kight & Likins Family Pictures

Here are some Kight and Likins family pictures that Franklin Bishop sent me.

Henry Thomas Kight III and Malinda Jane McRobie

Henry Grant Likins and Laura Alice Kight

Back: Hazel Frances Likins, Henry Thomas Kight III, Joseph Earl Likins
Front: Sylvia Leanna Likins, William Baker Likins

Henry Likins and Sylvia Leanna Kight

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ola Florence Likens - Mystery Solved

So I'm very happy to report that my mystery surrounding Ola has been solved, and much more quickly than anticipated. Thanks to my new friend Franklin Bishop, I have confirmed that Ola did not die when she was just a few months old, and did indeed live until the 1970's. Franklin is Ola's adopted son and has been a huge wealth of information. We're still not sure why there is a death register for Ola in 1895, but I guess we may never really know why. He has sent me a whole packet (including pictures!) on his branch of the family which I have already started to absorb into my research.

I have scanned the pictures and once I touch them up a bit, I'll post them.

Thanks again, Franklin!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Ola Florence Likens

My newest mystery seems to surround Ola Florence Likens. She was the daughter of Laura Alice Kight and Henry Grant Likens. According to her birth register, she was born 20 Sep 1895 in Mineral County, West Virginia. The mystery comes with her death. According to the West Virginia death records, Ola died on 5 Oct 1895. She was 16 days old. Yet, miraculously, she appears with her father and siblings in 1910, living with her Aunt Sylvia.

Here are the records:

Birth records from West Virginia, 1895

Death record from West Virginia, 1895

1910 Census for Sylvia Leanna Kight Abernathy, Mineral County, West Virginia.

So of course, I'm royally confused. The "O. Florence" listed on the 1910 census is the correct age, so if it is indeed her, why did her parents report her dead on 16 days after her birth in 1895? Furthermore, all research on other family trees have Ola married to at least one man, Louis Ernest Bishop, and some even list two more possible husbands, George Montgomery and John Gridley. None have Ola as having any children. If ANYONE has any information that could prove the truth one way or another, please please please email!