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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66 Years Ago Today

Douglas and Margaret
Douglas and Margaret

My Mother, Emmajane Smith and my Dad’s sister Margaret Hughes met when they were 18 years old and living in Lexington Missouri. They became fast friends. During a visit to the Hughes Family Farm in 1937 my Mother met my Dad, Douglas Hughes. They really didn’t like each other!

My Mother was already married to her first husband, Earl Joseph Wilson (1936), and had my brother Gordon Wilson (1937) when the two of them first met.

In November of 1937 my Dad married his first wife Mildred Marie Shockley and in February 1938 they had a son, Benjamin Hughes. 3 months later Benjamin died of Acute Bronchial Pneumonia. One month later Mildred died of Tuberculosis at the age of 17 years old.

George Lierman newspaper

I do not know what happened to Earl but I do know that by 1940 he was no longer in the picture. My Mother then married George Charles Lierman in Lexington Missouri. They did not have any children. George and my Mother divorced sometime in 1945. George (Charles) remarried and was killed in a house fire in May of 1948. The gas stove in their house exploded and George and his 3 stepsons were the only ones at home. All four died of their burns.

dad, mildred, lolaIn 1945 my Dad married Mildred McQuillen. Although Mildred was only 18 years old she had already been married previously and had a daughter named Loretta. They never had any children together. In early 1948 my Dad and Mildred got divorced.

For 11 years my Mother and Dad saw each other quite often mainly because of the friendship between my Aunt and my Mom MLMother. After his divorce from Mildred my Dad began to drink heavily. I don’t know if he drank much before this time but my Aunt said at this time he would drink anything alcoholic, even rubbing alcohol.  When my parents decided to get married the only condition was that my Dad stops drinking. On December 13, 1948 my parents ran away to Arkansas and got married. My Dad kept his promise and never had another drink.

My parents were married for almost 26 years when my Dad died of lung cancer in 1974. My Mother never remarried and lived until she was 80 years old dying in 1999.

Hughes family Dec 1955This picture is of my Mother, Dad, my sister Mary and me in December of 1955. This was taken shortly before moving from Lexington, Missouri to Tucson, Arizona. That is me sitting on my Mother’s lap.

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