Monday, January 23, 2017

New finds from Kentucky Marriage Records

Ancestry. Kentucky, County Marriages. 107 of 443.

I am taking a brief break from the research on the Du Trieux family and their arrival from Amsterdam while waiting on research from the Association of Philippe Du Trieux Descendants. In the meantime, Ancestry has added images on Kentucky County Marriages from 1783-1965. I do not recall seeing these before, so I will take some time to look back at these for the Kentucky ancestors in my tree.

A quick look has already revealed a few marriage bonds that I have not previously viewed. The first image above shows a marriage bond between my 3rd-great-grandparents Robert Jackson Wheatley and Melissa Catherine Grinstead, dated 14 September 1860. This record misspells Robert's name as "Whitney". It also look like it includes his signature on the document. The next entry shows they were married on 15 September 1860 in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky.
Source: Ancestry. Kentucky, County Marriages. Image 126 of 228.

After Melissa died sometime before 1864, Robert married Martha T. Hays. Their marriage bond from 11 March 1872 is very useful, and includes Robert's signature as "Robert J. Whitley". He would later go by the older family spelling Wheatley after moving to Texas.
Source: Ancestry. Kentucky, County Marriages. Image 119 of 653.
Another record new to me is a marriage entry for my 3rd-great-grandparents Guilford Dudley Read and Ellen Holtzclaw (or Holsclaw), dated 7 and 9 September 1863 in Spencer County, Kentucky. The record shows that Guilford and Ellen were married at the home of her father, Enoch Holsclaw, in Taylorsville, Spencer County.
Source: Ancestry. Kentucky, County Marriages. Image 327 of 601.
More to follow.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

A march with history


Yesterday my wife, sister, daughter and many friends and neighbors joined over 1 million others in Washington DC for the Women's March. Other friends and colleagues marched in Los Angeles, London, Indianapolis, Denver, Boston and places far and wide, making their voices heard. For our daughter, this was her first protest. It will be a long four years. Those who marched and supported from afar are determined to challenge this administration, hold them to account, and vote them out at the next opportunity.

Photo by L. Jones. Washington DC, 21 Jan 2017.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Follow the sun

Image from Pano LA short by Joe Capra.

It has been a good few days here in LA, even with the rain. Today the clouds have cleared and it is a beautiful day on the Best Coast. The image above showing the Santa Monica Pier is from a wonderful time lapse video called Pano LA by Joe Capra.

As much as I would like to stay a little longer, it is time to return to DC. My thoughts are with family and friends at the Women's March in DC and around the country today.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Playa Vista, 21 Jan 2017.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Above the clouds

Photo by Patrick Jones. Above Otis, Colorado, 18 Jan 2017.

I am back in LA for meetings. Yesterday on my flight I captured a view of frosty fields above Otis, Colorado. Thanks to flight tracking, I can see the exact path of the plane as it delivered me West. I did not capture a picture as we passed over the Grand Canyon and snow-capped mountains outside LA, but it was a beautiful sight. I know I am lucky to see this view of the country, peaceful and scenic above the clouds.
Source: Flightaware. Route from 18 Jan 2017.

Monday, January 16, 2017

5th Anniversary

I started this blog five years ago this week, back in January 2012. At the time I had no idea where this would go, but nearly 1250 posts later, it has been quite a journey. This has been a creative outlet and a place to publish my research, photos from my travels, and nuggets of personal and family history. I have used this blog to breakdown brick walls and connect with distant cousins. It has been an interesting and enjoyable platform for sharing what I find.

My most-read post continues to be my recap on my 9th-great-grandmother, Elizabeth Grinstead Key, published in February 2012. She has such a fascinating story, and I hope to locate original documents relating to her case with the Virginia General Assembly at some point in 2017 from the Library of Virginia in Richmond.

The beauty of the blog is I can publish what I want, in the order I want. Sometimes I publish an article aimed at a wider audience or aimed at potential cousins who may stumble on the research. In other cases, I am publishing photos or bits for my kids to see later, as they start to learn more about the great history in the family.

I plan to keep writing and posting for the foreseeable future, and if the blog goes another five years that will be quite an achievement.