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The family trail...

Friday, December 24, 2010

Tracing family history has been especially interesting to my husband and me since we purchased the home we live in...in our family since the early 1800s. It is like solving a giant puzzle as one traces different ones through documents, photographs, stories and anything else that might help.

Today, DH and I visited a family cemetery to photograph some of the family headstones. This cemetery has been badly vandalized...and the search for information is made much more difficult by the damage. Still, my husband has found several graves that the family has been searching for....there are burials in a number of small cemeteries.

It is an interesting quest. My husband is more involved with it than I am...along with my aunt and some of my cousins. It is fun seeing the involvement as different ones uncover a fact or discover a document or, as in my husband's case, find a lost grave site!

Going to try to add photos. Keep forgetting that just 'cause I save 'em, doesn't mean I can find 'em! lol Here we go!!


My great great great great grandmother's headstone (as much of it as we can find so far)




Lydia's husband..my gggggrandfather



As you can see, little is left intact here. We will keep searching for clues and headstones.

  
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2CATS2LOVE1 12/29/2010 12:44PM

    Makes the resurrection hope more desirable, doesn't it?

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GAMOMMY3 12/26/2010 7:43PM

    How cool to find these. Years ago we were in Scotland after a business trip to England. We went to Scotland because my hubby's family came from there. There is a small coastal town called Montrose and his great great great (not sure how many greats) uncle was an Earl of Montrose. They had a statue of him in town and he looked just like our favorite uncle, who my oldest child is named after. We were also able to visit a family castle in another area - or what was left of it. And we found an old church were he was buried. So fascinating to be there and walk where family had been.

Now what I would really enjoy is finding out that I had family in the Caribbean to go visit! It is very cool that you were able to live in St Croix and have family from there.

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LOVINGMYSELF101 12/26/2010 5:01PM

    It will be so awesomw to be able to ask these people directly so many questions. What a history! WOW! Great pics!

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KADEJAH 12/26/2010 11:03AM

    WOW....Built in 1790??? what a piece of history! Is it considered an historic site? My oldest relative is my Aunt Kate, my father's sister, she's 93 and has an unbelievable memory, and every time I visit her I learn more and more about my family. It always puzzled me why she was sooo light skinned and my father was dark. She explained that my great great grand father was from England, moved to the U.S and hooked up with the housekeeper...Voila!! hence the variety in shades between her and the four brothers. When I commented on her age and how wonderful she looks (I swear she can pass for 60) and the fact that she has out lived all her brothers, my father being the last, she simply said "We'll I told them boys about eating their vegetables, they wouldn't listen"

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LOVE2WALK1 12/25/2010 10:41PM

    Like I've told you before, you stirred up a desire to find my heritage too. It is a thrilling jigsaw puzzle.

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BOOKWERME 12/25/2010 7:28AM

    I think our interest was kindled by the house we now live in...it is steeped in family history...built in 1790 and in our family since the early 1800s. As we met family connected to the house...there is a lot...we heard the family stories etc. Now as we become the older generation, we realize how much is lost when our parents and grandparents leave us...all the unanswered questions..many we just never thought to ask. It is an interesting quest...but will be even more so when we can ask these folks directly after the resurrection in the new system!

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CELEST 12/25/2010 4:49AM

    Yeah I hate vandals too. Its so unnecessary. Glad your finding your generations Asta. I barely know any of mine. My mom was ousted years before my birth for some misdemeanor and they have never connected again. Because of my unusual maiden name, I've many times thought of tracking some of them down....but never gotten around to it, got busy living in the moment with my own family.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/24/2010 9:05PM

    It's such a shame when vandals go in and dstroy the head stones or out right streal them.

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Its Raining...it's pouring...

Saturday, December 11, 2010

We were on our way to a memorial service for our friend Barbara who died yesterday morning.

It was raining hard...I hate being on the road when it is like this. We stopped and picked up Anne, an elderly sister who rides to all the mtgs with us. Right after we picked her up, my car dropped the serpentine belt! We made it as far as a park entrance.

We called my kids...no answer. We called and finally got someone to pick up Anne. We called AAA. It took 45 minutes for AAA to come. It turned out to be the same tow truck guy that collected us the other time the van dropped the same belt. It apparently is a flaw in this model vehicle....you hit a puddle and the belt slips!

SO, we missed the memorial service. The car got towed home and now I am grounded. Bruce able to fix my car...at least not till Monday.

NEVER a dull moment!

  
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HONEYDRIPPER 12/12/2010 6:03PM

    When it rains it pours doesn't it? Hope tomorrow is sunshine and roses.

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BOOKWERME 12/12/2010 4:46PM

    Thanks. We have a second vehicle...Bruce has it today for MS school. Plus he has a work van, so I am not really grounded altogether. With today's cold and snow...I am content to be home. Wish I were DOING more. but that's another story.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 12/12/2010 4:34PM

    So many being lost. Our speaker brought out today that many are losing family or cong members and that it's an added tribulation. Hope nothing comes up before Bruce can fix your van. emoticon

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CELEST 12/12/2010 1:47PM

    Oh my word, did I send the van jinx over to you? LOL mines running smoothly since hubby fixed it. So many deaths in this old system, we just had a brother die in our congregation too. He has only been married 5 yrs (older brother). His heart stopped during an op. Ugh I hate all this sadness. Roll on the paradise when we see them all again.

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ANGELHRT1971 12/12/2010 1:45PM

    AWWWW SORRY TO HEAR THAT YOUR FRIEND DIED AND SORRY YOU ARE HAVING SUCH A HARD DAY:( HOPE IT GETS BETTER FOR YOU!

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RASCALSMOMMA 12/12/2010 10:26AM

    sorry darlin' that your having trouble. but it is nice to see that you have a friend close by that is willing to help. Thank you Calla! HUGS to you and Bruce!

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CJSARGENT1 12/11/2010 11:41PM

    Some days are stones.

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COOLCALLALILY 12/11/2010 11:21PM

    If you ever need to, I have two vehicles. I can drive the Jeep and you can borrow the Mazda if you ever need to. (Or you can drive the Jeep, I don't care!) Sorry you're having car troubles. Hate that. It was a full house at the Memorial service, despite the TORRENTIAL downpours. Missed you. emoticon

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phone harassment

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

GRRRR.

I have been getting as many as 5+ calls a DAY from an 800 number. If I answer, they hang up on me. If I don't answer, they don't leave any message.

A google search revealed that this is Allied Interstate, which is a debt collection agency with a very bad reputation according to comments on the internet.

BUT, I don't HAVE any outstanding debts.

The constant calling..which has been going on for weeks, is harassment. I used to get calls pertaining to a former inlaw...but at least they would TALK! This is ridiculous.

I tried calling back the 800 number and sat on hold for over 15 minutes. Thank goodness for the loudspeaker feature on the phone! Then I looked up their info on the internet and tried their customer service number. THAT got disconnected after just a few rings.

I AM on the do not call list, but I don't think that applies to this situation.

Anyone have any suggestions?

  
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AMJSATURN 12/29/2010 11:47PM

    This is a common way for the collection agencies to look for people. They use cross reference tools and search for people using the same last name and the first initial. Whitepages.com most don't use paper phone books any more internet searches are more prevailing.
As far as hanging up on you they commonly use a automatic dialer. It is hard to say when the employee will be on the other line since the phone rings we/you answer and no one is there. You may have answered to early. So the call hangs up.

There are many more ideas that have run through my mind... sometimes people us give the wrong number and that is why we are harassed. In the state of LA they have the option of call privacy which the caller would need to id themselves before the call would be placed, I am not certain if the receiver can hear it before they answer or not. But I wish I could come up with a marketable idea ... This would be a money maker for me!!!!

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BOOKWERME 12/2/2010 3:47PM

    AMAZING!!! I finally got a real person when I answered today...asking for Lillian. I told her no one by that name lives here and that "you folks are driving me crazy calling five times a day." She apologized and said she would take me off the list. Whoo hoo! Now, it remains to see if she DOES!

We have been through this before...my DIL's mother has someone by the same name/ nearby town, getting into financial trouble all the time. Then the calls to US start. At least I know now who they are after! emoticon

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DEECAFFEINATED 12/1/2010 9:20PM

    Had similar situation n found a website where you can post and find posts about a particular number. Email me if you want it. You can also go to do not call and post a complaint. They are phishing calls.

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NTSOHLTHNT 12/1/2010 6:31PM

    If you have the number on caller ID, you can have it blocked. Also, you can call the BBB and report the company. Good luck.

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CELEST 12/1/2010 11:08AM

    That is more than annoying. I used to get calls from "someone" (think its my exes current ex) at 2am. I tried everything and in the end changed my number...that suddenly ended that calls. Then when I sold the farm my ex and I jointly owned and had to furnish my new number, suddenly I got calls at 2am again. I imagine it was once again from his current ex/married again/separated/living together...goodness knows what their current status is. I changed my number again and peace!

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BOOKWERME 12/1/2010 7:34AM

    VandyJ, I HAVE answered the phone. They immediately hand up! They have not left one single message.

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VANDYJ 12/1/2010 7:11AM

    I had the exact same situation happen to me last month. When I finally answered them after several rude messages on the phone. They were looking for someone with the same last name and similar first name. Once I verified it was not me and they had the wrong person they quit calling. I found out that they are a large collection agency for the pay day loan companies. I think they are just going through the phone book looking for people in households with the same or similar names. Extremely aggravating. So I would answer the phone and see who it is they are looking for. It probably isn't you. The same thing happened to my father last week. They were looking for my ex sister in law that still has my Dad's last name and used his address some 15 years ago.

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CINA-MINI 11/30/2010 9:53PM

    Depending on your phone service provider, you can get "call block". You can block the call. If they find another way to call you or if they change the number they are calling from, you can add that to the call block list.

I know how frustrating it can be. We had some one calling and it was a computer voice saying, "Hi, this is Jennifer, there is not a problem with your credit card but we need to contact you....." that is about how far I get when I hang up. I was getting calls even at 1am!! I called the phone company and had it blocked. Now, when some irritant calls, I just add the number.
Hope you get some relief soon.
Cinamin

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BOOKWERME 11/30/2010 9:36PM

    I hadn't thought of calling the phone company.

I have the phone number from caller ID...all umpteen zillion times they have called.

I looked them up on the internet. I have an address and phone number...but who knows if they are valid. I tried the number. Have called the 800 number as well. No success.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/30/2010 9:24PM

    Yes it does, take note of the number and time of call and make a complaint. I turned in dozens of them when we had coller id. They almost completely stopped. Sometimes they do leavve a message, name and number so I turn them in.

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GAMOMMY3 11/30/2010 7:06PM

    emoticon How frustrating! Sometimes it is very hard to get these people to stop calling. Maybe you can find another way to contact them or to call the phone company?

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RAMALEX 11/30/2010 6:50PM

  Have you called the phone company to complain? There must be someplace, other than the 800 number, to call and get it to stop.

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KELLYERIN 11/30/2010 6:08PM

    So frustrating! I would say the best thing to do would be call back unfortunately!

I hope the calls stop for you soon!


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RASCALSMOMMA 11/30/2010 6:05PM

    Odd that you should mention this asta cuz i got the same thing just today! hmmm HUGS Laurie

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COOLCALLALILY 11/30/2010 6:01PM

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Kids...

Monday, November 29, 2010

say the funniest things.

My granddaughter was here recently. As I was cleaning up after dinner, she thanked me for the meal. Then she said: "I'd be glad to eat some strawberries....if you have them, that is."

"I'm sorry, sweetheart, I don't have any strawberries."

"You don't? How about blueberries?"

"Sorry, sweetie."

"You don't have ANY???"

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GAMOMMY3 12/1/2010 12:02PM

    Kids say the cutest things sometimes. Another gift from Jehovah to make us smile I think.

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BOOKWERME 11/30/2010 4:41PM

    re: the Kids blog...she was asking for strawberries and blueberries..but this is from a kid who won't eat fruit most of the time and never wants or willingly eats veggies. emoticon She was winsome indeed as she asked for goodies following a full meal!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/30/2010 4:23PM

    Awesome she was asking for healthy things, most want sweets.

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LOVE2WALK1 11/30/2010 3:42PM

    I work in a prescool and love the adorable things the children say. Aren't they precious!

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CELEST 11/30/2010 9:11AM

    That is so cute. Talking about polite - we were invited to dinner by a family who at the time had a 5yr old son. When asked if he'd like more, he politely responded "no thank you, I've had an ADEQUATE SUFFICIENCY" wow jawbreaker for such a little thing.
Kids are great cos they say funny things and they tell it as it is. I love that.

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BOOKWERME 11/29/2010 9:57PM

    Yeah...I was surprised, too! She was so ladylike and polite, too!

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COOLCALLALILY 11/29/2010 9:50PM

    Wow! I'm mostly surprised that she was actually asking for FRUIT! emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 11/29/2010 9:46PM

    DO You have any CHOCOLATE???! HUGS Laurie

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I love Gail!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Today my friend Gail and her daughter Abby headed back to St. Louis.

They arrived Wednesday...having driven through heavy rain much of the trip. We all went to meeting together that evening. JWs are family wherever they go!!!

Thursday brought very warm but windy weather most of the day. Abby got to meet my granddaughter and the two girls hit it off immediately. They are a year apart in age and about a foot apart in height. They really enjoyed some 4-wheeling out in the cow fields, romping all over the place and being active. All that gave Gail and me a chance to visit some! That night, heavy rain came through here...we got an inch or so. The temperatures dropped also. Because the girls behaved so well together, dgd got to spend the night here. Big treat for them both.

Friday, after a good breakfast, we all headed out to Shutterbelle photography. Amanda did a great job, including a couple of "girlfriend" shots.







Gail and Abby are both very photogenic!!!

After the photo session, ALL of us went to a new barbecue place for lunch...including Amanda, Ted and Andrew. After lunch, our gang made a dash through the grocery (found fresh turkeys for 29 cents a pound!!!) and then headed home. THANK YOU Gail for the lovely Italian dinner you prepared for all of us..including Katara's parents and brother. I am so glad Gail and Dianna got to meet and get acquainted. Shortly after our dinner, Amanda called to tell us that the photos are online (not all are edited). Wow..that was fast!

So now, Gail and Abby are en route home. The linens are washed and ready for our next visitors, whomever that might be. I was up waaaay too early this morning so I am not in high gear right this minute but will shortly go out to walk in this beautiful, chilly weather.

  
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MARIE4950 12/2/2010 2:56PM

    I am thrilled you got to meet each other. I would love to have that picture of you two. Thanks for letting us in on your visit. Love you both
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BOOKWERME 11/27/2010 7:53PM

    Thanks for all the comments.

re:turkey - I bought two large turkeys..20+ lbs each@ 29 cents per pound. One cost 5.56 and the other 6.30 for a savings of $53.00 and change. I wish I could have bought one for everyone!

re: the pics online Shutterbelle.com and then go to albums, look for Gail and Abby. Hope Gail won't mind me sharing where to look. Most of the pics have not had any editing.

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CINA-MINI 11/27/2010 7:15PM

    Asta, Thank you for sharing those great pics. The two little girls look like long time friends. I love being in such a fantastic organization that we can have true brothers and sisters. As the last two WT articles showed, it's our love that separates us from the rest of the world and at the same time unites us a brotherhood.

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SHARISHORTCAKE 11/27/2010 6:54PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your visit with us! The pictures are beautiful! emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 11/27/2010 6:49PM

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing everything with us including the pictures!
Couldn't find them on line.

Comment edited on: 11/27/2010 7:01:15 PM

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GAMOMMY3 11/27/2010 5:58PM

    Sounds like a wonderful visit! Great pics too. The little girls are adorable. Isn't it great to have true brothers and sisters all over the world? What a blessing!

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CELEST 11/27/2010 4:20PM

    Sounds like a wonderful time, and you are so right about JW's being family no matter where you go.
Ps that price of the turkey was fabulous. I did some calculating and this is what I got. The cheapest I can buy chicken here in SA is R16.99pkg which is 2.37 us dollars.
So your 29c sounds incredible.

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