Funday Friday ~ #2 ~ Initials

friday_funday_bannerUsually, on Friday’s I post a blog called “Freaky Fridays”. I have published one each week for the last 29 weeks. I have had a lot of fun with it, however, I did notice that lately, they have been getting more negative in the content. So, I decided to try something new. As a change of pace, at least for a while, I will try to make Friday’s Fun.
This week I thought we could try something a little different. While thinking of what might be both fun and informational I thought about using our initials. This week we will find three ancestors whose first name starts with the first initial of your first, middle, and last name. My initials are VJM, so I will write a short paragraph about 3 ancestors, each one’s name will start with one of these initials. I look forward to reading about your three ancestors.


Vivian Gould 1930V– Vivian Elizabeth Gould is my 3rd cousin. She was born on November 5, 1912, in Oregon. She is the daughter of Cora Ida Simcosky and Edwin Reuben Gould Sr. Her family moved to Parsons, Kansas in 1920. She married William Howard Breckenridge on June 13, 1937, in Louisburg, Kansas. Vivian had 3 sisters and 1 brother and they were a close family. I have over 50 photographs of Vivian, her parents, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, her husband, and her children. Many of the photos are large group ones. Vivian died in 1965, in Louisburg at the age of 53.


J– Jane Ann Hardin is my 3rd Great Grandmother. She was born in Jane HardinKnox Creek, Tryon County, North Carolina in 1764. She is the fifth of fifteen children born to Colonel Joseph Hardin (1734-1801) and Jane Gibson (1742-1817). She married Alexander Goodin (1762-1844) in 1784 in Knoxville, Hardin County, Tennessee. They had 10 children, 4 sons, and 6 daughters. In 1817, she moved with her husband and family to Saline County, Missouri. Jane died in 1832, in Saline County at the age of 68.


Harriett Ellen Hughes 1905H- Henrietta Ellen Hughes is my Great Aunt. She was born on April 1. 1872, in Cole Camp. Benton County, Missouri. She is the last of 11 children born to James Monroe Hughes (1829-1876) and Martha Ann Ogan (1828-1913). At the age of 16, in 1888, she married William Lincoln Chism (1863-1909) and they had one daughter, William died in 1909 and Henrietta married Wesley Clark (1863-?) on December 25, 1911, in Clinton, Henry County, Missouri. They never had any children. It is said that she married 2 more times but no marriage certificates have been found to verify this. She died on January 14, 1962, in Clinton at the age of 89.


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2 thoughts on “Funday Friday ~ #2 ~ Initials

  1. Have enjoyed looking over your pictures. Harriett Ellen (Hughes) Chism, Clark, Arveaux, Phillips is my great grandmother. I noticed you listed a daughter but not her son William Monroe Chism who married Ina Hunt Morris.

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