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Picture Perfect Saturday #17 ~ Rosie Hayes and Orville Hughes

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!
This week I am showcasing my Grand Aunt Rosa “Rosie” Hayes and my Uncle Charles Orville Hughes. Aunt Rosie is my Grandmother, Virginia Bell (Hayes) Hughes’, youngest sibling. There is a 21-year difference in their ages. Orville is the firstborn child of my Grandmother, and he is only 4 years younger than his Aunt! So, they were raised more like siblings and friends, then Aunt and Nephew.

Aunt Rosie was a very adventurous woman. She loved the outdoors and riding horses. She played baseball with the boys and it is said she could run faster than any of them. After graduating, Rosie became a nurse and she loved caring for people. She never got married nor had any children of her own. Instead, she poured all her love into her large extended family.

Orville grew up to be a farmer. He got married when he was 23 years old, and they had 3 children, one son and two daughters, The firstborn, a daughter, is the only one that lived to adulthood. Aunt Rosie was there, taking care of the family throughout this difficult time.

I absolutely love this photo. It shows the close relationship that they shared. Aunt Rosie’s hat shows her fashion sense and the fact that she is riding sidesaddle shows she was attempting to be a proper lady. Orville’s face shows that he is not happy about having his picture taken! I also love the 2 carriages in the background. This photo was taken around 1914 at the Hughes Family farm outside Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri.
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Picture Perfect Saturday #11 William & Barbara Hughes

Picture Perfect logoI am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so, I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

 

William and Fidelia Hughes

 

This week I am showcasing this photo of my 2 times Great Uncle William Fletcher Hughes (1829-1906) and his wife Fidelia Barbara Rank (1832-1917). One of the things that makes this photo extra special is that it was taken on April 25, 1900, for their 50th wedding anniversary. They lived their entire married life in Benton County, Missouri. They had 4 sons and 3 daughters. At the time of this photo, they also had 32 grandchildren. William died 6 years later.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Large ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks ~ #31

f0ff87518dc8f285a33ba22e6db40da7Large could mean so many things. Someone with a large family, a large piece of land, or someone with a large head (joking), however, I do have all 3 of these in my family. Most of my ancestors had between 10 and 15 children, many were landowners of big estates, and yes a few had large heads. Trying to decide which of these to write about was difficult. At least until I decided to go another direction. So here is my interpretation of large.

I have many large gaps in my family trees. Too many of my ancestors seem determined to remain a mystery. They just appear in the tree, so to speak, because they have a couple of documents to prove they existed. However, there are no birth or death records to divulge where they came from and when they left.

One example is my maternal Great Grandfather, Pleasant Smith. I have Pleasant 1an iffy birth date for him because it was written in my baby book family tree. My mother filled in the little tree with names, dates of birth, and place of birth for both her side and my dads’ side. All of the information on the others in the tree have proven correct, so I assume his is also. The only documents I have found for Pleasant is his marriage record, his name on my Grandpas’ death certificate and also on Grandpas’ Social Security application. I can find nothing else that can be proven about him!

peters 1Another example, also on my maternal side is my 2nd Great Grandfather, Peter Walt. I found his “date of birth” on the 1900 Census. It states he was born in November of 1839 and his place of birth is Canada. It’s not definitive proof, but it is a start. I have his marriage record index information but no actual certificate. I did find his Civil War Draft Registration Record that confirms his age and where he was from. I am assuming he died between 1910 and 1920 because his wife is listed as married in the first and widowed in the second. Missouri has wonderful death certificates after 1910 so if he did die after that I should be able to find a record, but no! This is all I have for him.

My last example is my paternal 2nd Great Grandmother, Elisia JaneElisia 1 (White) Register. All I have for her is 2 Census records, one for 1880 and the other for 1900. I have her month, year, and place of birth from the last Census. It states she was born in November 1833 in Missouri. Missouri had been a State for about 4 years at the time of her birth and I can find no record for her. Her marriage date is also taken from this Census as it states how long they had been married. There are no death records to be found either.

I have a lot of “large” gaps the farther back in time that I go. These I would expect. Yes, they bother me, but not as much as these 3 that are so close to me. Maybe one day I will stumble upon something that will kick the doors wide open for me to find what I am missing. A girl can dream, can’t she?

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Picture Perfect Saturday #8 ~ James & Martha (Ogan) Hughes

I am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so, I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

This week I am showcasing my paternal great grandparents, James Monroe, and Martha Ann (Ogan) Hughes.

Martha Ogan and James Hughes
This is the oldest Hughes Family photo that I have. I love the look on their faces. I can’t tell if they were terrified or if they were bored. This photo was taken shortly before James passed away in 1876.

James was born August 10, 1829, and Martha was born on March 22, 1828. They married on March 9, 1848, when they both were 18 years old. They had 11 children in 23 years. James had been a homesteader, a farmer, and a cattle broker for most of his life. Martha cared for the home, raised her large family, and she also took care of the farm while James was away fighting in the Civil War. James died on July 15, 1876, at the age of 46. He definitely looked older than that in the photo. Martha lived to be 85 years old, dying on May 10, 1913.

As a side note. This photo is very special because neither James nor Martha have a gravestone to take a photo of. They were buried in Woodard Cemetery just north of Windsor, MO. The cemetery was paved over by the air force when they extended Whitman AFB in 1951. The stones were removed and piled under a tree and have since disappeared.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter

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Freaky Friday’s ~ It Was Murder!

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If you have read any of my blogs you know by now that I was not raised around my relatives. I had 2 years of my life where I lived near them and got meet and get to know a few of them. One set of relatives was my Dad’s youngest sisters’ family. Her oldest son was already married so I didn’t get to see him very often. The next son, Darrell was a few months younger than I, and we became fast friends. Her youngest child, a young girl was a late in life surprise for my Aunt and her husband. She was born when my Aunt was 44 years, quite old for the early 1960s! Her name was Madonna Rose, and she was quite a handful! I was 9 years older than her and at the time I wasn’t used to having young kids around.

When we moved away from Missouri and made California our home Aunt Margaret for blog olderwe were cut off from all family by my mother and her mental illness. For 5 years we had no contact. When my Dad was diagnosed with lung cancer I went behind my mother’s back and contacted my Aunt. She and Dad had always been very close. When we knew my Dads’ time was short, I invited my Aunt to come to visit. She did and they had a great time catching up. Of course, I had to pay the penalty for my actions after she left.

Fast-forward about 30 years. When I had begun my genealogy journey,Madonna age 6 I concentrated on finding my “older” ancestors and didn’t even think of trying to find the living ones. About 10 years ago I was searching through Facebook for people who lived in the small town in Missouri that my Aunt had lived. I saw that one of my Aunt’s granddaughters had an account, so I contacted her. We became “friends” and we exchanged information on our families. I was heartbroken to discover that my Aunt and Uncle had passed away. But I wasn’t prepared for the news that Madonna Rose had died 9 years before. My cousin began to tell me the story of what had happened.

Madonna had graduated from High School and got married. She had a palmer 3 generations 1987son and after a few years, the marriage ended. She remarried and soon had a little girl. 9 years later Madonna was told she had colon cancer, and she had surgery. Her prognosis was very good and was told with chemo she should have an excellent chance of beating it. She was a fighter and did everything she was told, however, her condition began to decline. On August 21, 2001, at the age of 37, she lost her hard-fought battle.

You may ask why is this blog called “It was murder” when she died from this horrible disease? Here is the rest of the story……

In 1990 Robert Ray Courtney, a pharmacist in Kansas City, Missouri began purchasing pharmaceuticals on the gray market and using them to fill prescriptions at his pharmacy. In time he began diluting prescriptions to increase profits. In 1998 an Eli Lilly sales representative noticed Courtney was selling three times the amount of the cancer drug Gemzar than he’d bought. Lilly initiated an internal investigation but found no evidence of illegality and closed the investigation without further action. In early 2001, this representative voiced his concerns to a nurse who worked for Dr. Verda Hunter, an oncologist in Courtney’s building, who was also one of Courtney’s customers. Hunter noticed that many of her patients were only suffering mild side effects, and their condition didn’t seem to be improving. Hunter had medication that had been supplied by Courtney tested. That test showed that the sample contained less than one-third of the drug prescribed, and upon receiving the test results back, Hunter immediately notified the FBI. Hunter submitted seven additional samples for testing by the FDA’s forensic chemistry lab. Tests on those samples revealed that they contained as little as 15 percent of the prescribed dosage, and at most only half of it. They immediately knew that they had to move quickly. While health care fraud cases normally take years to build, the investigators knew they didn’t have that long.

Investigators persuaded Hunter to help them in a sting operation. Hunter gave Courtney several prescriptions for fictitious patients. After Courtney mixed the drugs and sent them to Hunter’s office, federal agents had them tested. The samples contained less than half of the prescribed dosage, and in some cases contained less than one percent of the active drug. On August 13, 2001, federal agents raided Research Medical Tower Pharmacy. A day later, Courtney surrendered to authorities and was charged with one count of adulterating and misbranding medication.

In 2002, after initially being caught diluting several doses of chemotherapy drugs, he pleaded guilty to intentionally diluting 98,000 prescriptions involving multiple types of drugs, which were given to 4,200 patients, and was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. He is currently serving his sentence Littleton, Colorado.

Madonnas hsMy cousin, Madonna was one of the 4,200 patients who had received this diluted drug and she was not given the chance to effectively fight for her life. It was murder!

 

 

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter

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Picture Perfect Saturday #5 ~ Hughes Family 1937

Picture Perfect logoI am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

hughes family 1937

The fifth photo I am showcasing is of my Hughes Family taken in Lexington, Missouri in 1937. It includes my Grandparents, Charley and Jennie, and my Dad and his first wife. My Aunt Leola had died 5 years earlier but her husband is there. 2 of my Uncles died as toddlers so this photo has all 8 of my Grandparents’ 11 children that survived.

Left to right: Grandpa Charley Hughes, Winford Winningham (Aunt Leola’s husband) holding their son Charles, Aunt Margaret, behind her is Uncle Orville holding his son James and next to him is Aunt Meadie his wife, In front of Meadie is Jackie, Aunt Hazels daughter and in front of her is Irene, Aunt Leola’s daughter. Next is my Dad Douglas, and in front of him is his first wife, Mildred, behind my dad is Uncle James Raymond, then Aunt Hazel and in front of Hazel is her son Charles. Behind Hazel is Uncle Leonard, then Aunt Nellie, behind her is Aunt Cornelia (Uncle Leonard’s wife) holding their daughter Lucille. Next is Uncle Mitchell Willard (Aunt Ellie’s husband), then Aunt Ellie, and on the end is Grandma Jennie Hughes holding Jerry Lee, Aunt Nellie’s son. The two young boys on the right front row are Mitchell Lee, Aunt Ellie’s son and the other one is Carl, Aunt Hazels’ son.

I know the above is a bit confusing but I feel the need to acknowledge each one of these people. They have all passed away and I can honor their lives in this way.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Picture Perfect Saturday #4

Picture Perfect logoI am currently working on my Family Genealogy Group page for Facebook. In doing so I realized I have a tremendous amount of photos. I decided to feature one a week. No, not everyone is “perfect” however, they are to me!

The photo I am showcasing this week is of my paternal 1st cousins. These are my Dad’s oldest brother Orville Hughes’ 3 children.

This was definitely a much simpler life than most of us live today. The look on the children’s faces is both that of contentment and mischievousness. The car, though it looks old to us was a fairly new one for the time which was about 1937. From left to right are; James Allen Hughes, Thelma Louise Hughes, and Charlene Hazel Hughes.

Charlene, Thelma, James Allen Hughes Uncle Orvilles Kids enhanced

Charlene was born on April 29, 1931, in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. She is the only one of the three who lived past adulthood, who got married and had one daughter.

James was born on September 13, 1932, also in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. When he was 18 years old he was killed when his motorcycle collided with a car 5 mile south of Lexington. He sustained a severe head and chest injury and died at the scene. This was on June 16, 1851.

Thelma was born on May 25, 1933, again in Lexington, Lafayette County, Missouri. She developed Rheumatic Fever at a young age and died from mitral stenosis as a result of the fever. She passed away at the age of 12 on April 19, 1946.

This photo is precious because this is the only know photo of all siblings together.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Freaky Friday’s ~ “How Old Were You?”

Freaky Fridays imageI have always thought it is kind of freaky not knowing a birth date of an ancestor. I know in a lot of rural communities the county seat was far from where a family lived so a birth was sometimes reported and recorded up to a year after the event. However hard it may have been to remember the exact date the child was born, at least they could remember the year. Not so with my paternal Grandfather. In this case, I have proof of his date of birth but the year is up for grabs!

Charleys HS use thisCharles Hughes was born on December 20th. His Headstone says he was born in 1868, his death certificate says 1865, my Aunt Margaret’s handwritten genealogy says 1864, a page from the Hughes Family Bible says 1861 and the family tree in my babyCharleys DC book says he was born in 1867. This is a seven-year gap! There are no birth records to be found anywhere in the State of Missouri, not even in Benton County where it is said he was born. His parents had all of their 11 children in a span of 24 Bible transcriptionyears and there were several gaps between children so I can’t definitely say, “This is the only year he could have been born.” I have sent away to the state archives in Jefferson City and they can’t find anything. All of my Grandfather’s siblings passed away long before I was born. My Dad and all 10 of his siblings have passed as well the one in 1988. Out of over 60 first cousins, there are only 3 of us left, me and two much older ones. Neither of them knows for sure either. I have all but given up on ever finding the year of his birth.

Another freaky thing about my Grandfather is that his first marriage was in the year Grandparents H1900. He would have been between 32 and 39 years old. In those days most people didn’t wait that long in life to get married for the first time. He had only waited 9 months between when his first wife died and when he married my Grandmother. I have copies of both of these marriage records but I can’t find anything prior to these. Unfortunately, the name Charles or Charley Hughes was a common name in Missouri. I have found a couple of possible records but the information on them is too vague. Both of the records just state that he is over the age of 21 at the time of the marriage. Both of his other marriages were in Benton County, MO and I was told that the actual marriage licenses were lost during a tornado back in 1910. So, this makes it more difficult.

I know having the lack of proof regarding these events is pretty common, but I find it especially “freaky” that both of them happened to Grandpa Hughes.

 

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

864, A page from the Hughes Family Bible says 1861 and the baby book family tree says he was born in 1867.

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ James M. Hughes ~ Woodard Cemetery, Knob Noster, MO

pic TATCWoodard Cemetery, at one time, had 51 graves. The first person was buried here in1843 before the city of Knob Noster was established in 1856. In 1942 this site was picked to build what would become Whiteman Air Force Base. It started out as the Sedalia Army Airfield and it functioned as this until 1952. Construction then began to expand the Base and the grounds of Woodard Cemetery were part of that expansion. They wanted to use that land for a missile site. All of the headstones were removed and piled on one side of the Base boundary. Families of those buried there were told that their loved ones would be moved to Laurel Oak Cemetery in Windsor, MO. As far as anyone knows this never happened.

 

James Monroe Hughes HSOf the 51 people buried at this site, 21 were my ancestors. They included my paternal Great Grandparents, James Monroe Hughes and his wife Martha Ann Ogan and my 2x Great Grandparents, William Douglas Ogan and his wife Jane Gibson Goodin. There are also several cousins, Aunts, and Uncles interred there as well as my Grandfather, Charles Hughes’ first wife Clara Hester Braden. Only one headstone made it to Laurel Oak Cemetery and that was James Monroe 
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHughes. When my husband and I looked for the cemetery in Knob Noster we had to stop to ask about its location since we couldn’t find the address. The 6th person we asked told us that the graves had been moved to Windsor. When we found Laurel Oaks Cemetery we were told there was no record of the families being transferred there but yes, they did have the headstone for James.

 

I am grateful that I at least found his marker, even though he is not there.

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Monday’s for Me ~ My Baby Shoes

me babyGrowing up with a mentally ill mother wasn’t easy. We didn’t know from one day to the next what we were waking up to in the morning. When we left Missouri for California in 1969 my mother either gave away or threw away all of our things. Even our memorabilia’s. I remember the day before we got on the road she gathered almost all of my clothes and took them to a neighbor. I saw my dad get in the garbage can and pull out a small box of photos and he put them under the front seat. I ran to the can, opened the lid and started digging through it. I found my baby shoes, so I stuck them in my small purse. I was going to keep looking but I heard my mother coming down the street, so I closed the lid and ran inside.

We lived in California for 5 years and my dad passed away from lung cancer. All my mother and sister wanted was to go “home” to Tucson, AZ. We sold most of our belongings and we packed up what we were hanging on to. I saw her sneak out the small box of photos that belonged to my dad and threw them away. I waited until dark and I went and got it out of the trash and I put it under the driver’s seat. Neither my mother nor my sister drove so I knew it would be safe.

dad ccc

Fast forward several years when I married my current husband. Over the next 33 years, we moved around, a lot! I never looked in the small box of photos and I kept the pair of baby shoes in an old trunk but they always went with us wherever we moved. I believe I didn’t take them out because I was afraid that something would happen to them. About 5 years ago I finally took out the photo box and went through it. It was amazing. There were photos of my dad when he was 3 years old in 1918. There were pictures of both of his previous wives, his family and a bunch from his time in the CCC Camp in Lake Tahoe, CA in 1935.

baby shoes & wrist band

Over a year ago we moved into a new home. I was setting up my curio cabinet when my husband brought in the old trunk. He wanted to know where to put it. I said “Right there” and he set it down. Imagine my surprise when I found the baby shoes, I had totally Wrist bandforgotten about them. I decided I should include them with my other treasures in the cabinet. When I picked up the shoes one slipped out of my hand and fell to the floor. It made a rattling sound! I picked it up and looked inside. Surprise! There was my baby bracelet with my last name on it that they put on my wrist right after I was born. I literally cried. I had never seen it before. I placed it and the shoes in a prominent place in the cabinet.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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