Starting the new year with a new blog & new look

Well I have officially done it! I’ve thought about it for a while and I finally decided to move on my idea…..what is that you ask? Well the idea I’ve had for a while is to move my blog from my old site at http://debsresearch.blogspot.com to this site.

I’m not sure what caused the abrupt change of attitude from thinking about it to doing it but I did.  Yeah!

As with most people when I move, I like to change things up a little and get a new look. So I’ve changed the look of the site as well.

Please let me know what you think.

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Happy Birthday Minnie!

My paternal grandmother, Minnie Frances Shofner, was born on this date in 1915 in Allendale, Green County, Kentucky. SOOO thanks to my public school education I know she would have been 100 years old today.

I have found these wonderful pictures of her as a young girl and young woman in family photo albums.

Minnie Shofner as a young girl
Minnie Shofner as a young girl in school
Minnie Shofner in about 1933 wearing a red dress

Happy Birthday Grandma and hope you enjoy the pictures.

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Mystery Monday – Eliza and possible Eliza

Ok I know I’ve asked you my dear readers to give opinions on family pictures the last couple of blog postings, but I really do value your thoughts and ideas. So here’s another chance for you all to give me your 2 cents. I have a wonderful picture of a young woman only recently found in family pictures. Of course there is no label or pencil marking(s) stating or hinting at her identity.

Here’s what I DO know:

  1. She’s pretty
  2. The picture is on metal probably tin
  3. Her earrings, necklace and lace are painted on or enhanced
  4. It was found with my maternal aunt’s family pictures – that narrows down the possibilities
Ok here is where your 2 cents come in……

The picture on the left is the newly found picture. The one on the right is a known picture of my great-great grandmother, Eliza Ann (Scott) DeSpain. So I put them side by side so you can see any similarities or differences they may have:

The longer I look at them the more I think they look alike. I will refrain from stating my opinion of their similarities so see what you all come up with.

As always thank you all so much for taking the time to read and comment on this blog of mine.

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Veteran’s Day – One mother’s thoughts on having a son at war

Wishing everyone a happy Veteran’s day. I found this clipping that my maternal grandmother, Gussie (DeSpain) Munday had posted in the newspaper. It is about how she (and probably the family) felt about her son, William L Munday, being in Germany and the war.

The clipping reads:

“Dedicated to my son, T/5 William L. Munday, in Germany.
Many months ago as the battles raged on and the old war clouds hung so low, we stood at the bus station one afternoon and watched our darling go. As we held him closely in our arms and bid him goodbye, we thought our hearts would break, but with bright eyes and a sweet brave smile, he said goodbye through falling tears. We watched him go as he stepped in the bus. We prayed “Dear God in Heaven, keep him through this awful war.”
Then the days and weeks went by, not knowning what we might hear, but praying continually to God to keep our soldier dear.
After weeks came a letter, telling us he had landed and was fine and now in Belgium. Our hearts rejoiced to hear again. He said, “Dear ones, don’t worry. I am trusting God, the one that can and will take care of me. Just take care of yourselves. I want you both living when I come home.”
But well we knew he was marching on to the battlefront; still our faith was unshaken in God who gives his angels charge over his children. Oh the days and weeks slipped slowly by, while across the sea he fought – a soldier brave helping to gain the victory, as he wrote “it was very, very thrilling to toss shells at the Germans and they would toss shells back at us.”
The fighting is over, the victory won; he filled his mission and now we hope how soon he can return. Oh happy day, when he takes that last boat ride, coming back to the good old country he loves so well.
– By his mother, Mrs. R. S. Munday.”

There aren’t any notations stating in which paper it was posted or what day.

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Mystery Monday – Possible Simon spotting

I have a mystery that needs solving and I hope you all can help with it. Are these two men the same person?

The two men on the right are the same person, he is my paternal great-grandfather, Simon P Tharp. The man on the left is found in a picture from a circa 1911 Road Construction I have recently come across. I will hold my thoughts until I get some feedback from some of you.

What do you all think? 

The two men on the right are my great-grandfather, Simon P Tharp.
The man on the left is the suspected Simon.

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Thankful Thursday – Look what I found!! New places to look for records

I don’t think we understand how thankful we should be for being able to do genealogical research in such a great time as today! Just when you think you can’t find anything new in research, a new website comes out or you find a new search engine that searches just genealogy sites. 

Allow me to back up a little….You might have read in a previous post about how I recently found enough documentation to allow me to make a solid connection to a Banta family through my paternal grandmother’s line. If not go ahead and read it now…..it’s ok, I’ll wait…………..oh you’re back great….

There is an 1893 published genealogy on the Banta family a lot of researchers use. Now, I have been researching long enough to know you don’t take ANY printed (or now online) genealogy as gospel. However, I also know an older genealogy CAN be used as a research guide to help you know where to look for sources, thus furthering your research and validating the older published work.

OK with THAT being said, this older genealogy has my Henry Banta (page 165) as being married to Charity Banta (a cousin of his) having 4 children (I’ll have to do a different post about this inaccuracy) and then….
“He removed from Mercer County, Kentucky to Hart County thence to Green County in the same state, and afterwards to Illinois, where he died in 1843.”1

Well that’s helpful…..I think….I mean he narrows it down to Illinois in 1843, but come on Illinois is a BIG state even in the early days. I would love to know who T.M. Banta spoke with when putting his book together that knew this information.

Oh yeah and beside the size of the state, the number of records and tax lists for that year is pretty slim…..But anyway I still kept looking for Ole Henry…..Oh yeah also did Charity (the wife) die in Kentucky before the move? If so, in which of the counties that he migrated through? or did she make it to yettobedeterminedplace in Illinois? All good questions.

So I was using a wonderful new genealogy search engine called Genealogy Gophers where you can search through 80,000 digital genealogy books…..Wow! 80 thousand and not one Facebook find on a recent person when you are looking for a person from the 1840’s…..but I digress.

I thought I would test out the new site by entering this long shot on Henry Banta and Illinois. When I do the search with his name and that location, it comes back with the same books that I have found before – none of which help with narrowing down where Henry went in Illinois.

So then I start putting in his children’s names with Illinois as a place (you know using the FAN club method)
Albert – nothing helpful, 
        Lambert – nothing helpful, 
               Abraham – nothing help……wait a minute what is this?

As you can see the fourth one down is titled “Nauvoo Journal” well that one caught my eye because of the names in the clipping. My Henry’s wife – Charity; daughter – Charity; son – Abraham. It was definitely worth clicking on to check out…..I mean after all I am on page 11 in the search results.

I find out that the Nauvoo Journal Vol 1 from 1989 has published an Nov 28, 1843 petition to the United State Congress from the Mormon residents of Hancock County, Illinois. This petition is officially titled, “Memorial of inhabitants of Nauvoo in Illinois, praying redress for injuries to their persons and properties by lawless proceedings of citizens of Missouri.”

Wait What! Nauvoo Illinois……but they were just in Hart County Kentucky tax records the year before….what a minute let me look how far away that is maybe it’s not that far…..HOLY COW….according to Google maps it is 444 miles (or 145 hours of walking) from Hart County to Nauvoo…

WOW that’s a lot of walking!

From this little break through I was able to find a couple more little tidbits that I didn’t have before. But all of that is food for another posting.

But to bring this posting full circle….the reason I am writing this is to show even after 122 years (2015-1893) modern technology has allowed us to know where in Illinois Henry and Charity Banta ended up.

But as always it only opens up more questions. Why did they go there? Did they stay there? Did they become Mormons?

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Sources:
1. “A Frisian Family, the Banta Genealogy : descendants of Epke Jacobse, who came from Friesland, Netherlands, to New Amsterdam, February, 1659” by Banta, Theodore Melvin,

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Slemmons Album page 24 & 25 revisited

Back in 2010 I was posting from a photo album my aunt had in her possession of family pictures. One of the postings titled Treasure Chest Thursday – Slemmons Album page 24 & 25 showed a picture of the Dripping Springs School my maternal grandfather (Richard S Munday) and his siblings attended in about 1904. It was a good group picture but I had always noticed how light parts of it were and it didn’t allow you to see all of the children’s faces.

I played around with it a little today and wanted to share the new touched-up version.

While it is really just darkened, darkening it allows the children’s faces on the right to be seen better.

As an aside I would be interested if anyone knows any of the other children in this picture. While my great-grandmother listed 11 children as you can see there are way more than that in the picture.

Please let me know if you are related to anyone of the children in the picture.

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