Starting the new year with a new blog & new look

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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!

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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

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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

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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

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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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