Tuesday, May 5, 2015


In honor of Cinco de Mayo, two photos from Mexico City. And a link to an article worth reading on the holiday from the Smithsonian and Zocalo Public Square. For good measure, here's a link to my post from last year on my great-grandfather Plutarco Campuzano, reflecting back on my Mexican heritage and the holiday.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mexico City, 5 Mar 2009.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Mexican Flag in Mexico City.

Setting up the next generation

In continuing with the review of Boone County land deeds involving my 4th great-grandfather James Vail, the next deeds in the set involved a land swap on 28 February 1865 between James, his oldest daughter Mary E. Vail and her husband, Thomas Wesley Lankford. In the first deed, James bought 20 acres in Boone County from Thomas Lankford in exchange for $600. On the same day, Thomas Lankford bought 40 acres to James and Selina Vail in exchange for $1400.

In the 1860 Census, the young couple of Thomas and Mary Lankford appear in Sugar Creek Township, Boone County, Indiana. James and Selina were living in neighboring Franklin Township, Montgomery County in the same year.
Source: 1860 US Census, Sugar Creek Twp, Boone County, Indiana
By 1870, Thomas (appearing under his middle name Wesley) and Mary were joined in Sugar Creek Township by Mary's brothers William and Leander Vail with their young families. The Lankford's land value had increased quite a bit from 1860, very likely this is due to the purchase from James and Selina Vail.

On 10 January 1865, James Vail bought the land he would sell to Thomas and Mary Lankford a month later. James paid $1400 for the land, so he got his money back in February when Thomas and Mary bought the 40 acres. Perhaps he purchased the land only to sell to Thomas and Mary.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Enjoy Cinco de Mayo

From the 4 May 1962 Tucson Daily Citizen (via Newspapers.com):
Source Newspapers.com

63 Acres in Boone County

In August 1868, my 4th great-grandfather James Vail bought 16 acres of land in the North west quarter of Section 4, Township 19, North of Range 2 West in Boone County, Indiana. James bought this land for $350 from George and Margaret Elrod, a young couple who later moved to Miami County, Kansas. I am hoping James' land records in Boone and Montgomery Counties will help connect me to his parents or other members of the Vail family. I am still not certain on his connection to others in the Vail family who were in the area around the same time.
Original from Boone County Court.
It is interesting to see in these deeds that James is listed as being from Montgomery County, Indiana. A year after his purchase of 16 acres, James paid $1000 for 32 acres of land in the North west quarter of Section 6, Township 19 North of Range 2 West. He bought the land from Larkin B. Hobson and his wife Phebe Hobson.

There does not appear to be a family connection between the Hobsons and James Vail. The deed entries were out of order, so the next in the set was a 15 acre purchase from Larkin and Phebe Hobson to James Vail on 20 February 1868. This transaction was for $400.

There are a few more in the set prior to 1868, and I'll describe these in the subsequent post.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Post Alley

Seattle's Post Alley and grimy Gum Wall provides a view of punk rock culture. It is hard to call this street art, unlike other scenes that I seek out in cities around the world. But this does evoke a connection to Seattle's rock music culture. I was in town late last week for some meetings and to join my wife while she had a conference.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Pike Place Market, Seattle.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Post Alley, Seattle.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Post Alley, Seattle.
I did manage to find a cool stencil in the alley of an elephant, which I have blown up to a bigger view in order to show the detail. Nice work signed by S. T. Rivera.
Photo by Patrick Jones. Elephant stencil, Pike Place Market alley.
Seattle was a fun city. We managed to visit the Experience Music Project Museum, which currently has an exhibit on Nirvana and the punk rock scene in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest. This was the music of my college years, and bands such as Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, Alice in Chains, and later, the Foo Fighters and Sleater-Kinney were in regular rotation in my radio (and still are today).

Walking around Seattle today one can see how grunge became a huge trend, it fits perfect with the city's damp weather.