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Kookie’s 2012 Recap

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Today, I received a really great email from Kookie Hemperley, my cousin who makes guest posts here on occasion and I would like to share this with you:

Letter from Kookie Hemperley, my 3rd cousin 1x removed:

I really hate to see 2012 come to an end!  It has been such an amazing year in that through genealogy I have made new friends, found new cousins and made a few discoveries about myself.  Allow me to share some of it with you.

In December 2011 I connected with Susie Higginbotham Reynolds, descendent of Sarah Mildred Martin Williams, daughter of my great great-grandfather, Henry Washington Martin.  Early in January, Susie drove from her home in Mt. Vernon, Arkansas to my home on a quest to compare notes and share photos and stories on our Martin relatives.  From the moment she stepped out of her car, I knew she was my type of gal!!!  She was warm, friendly, and looked like a real go-getter.  Not only did she come bearing tons of photos, letters, etc., she also brought along another cousin, Gary Higginbotham and his wife Bessie.  I also invited Cheri Payton Atkins, a relative through Henry Washington Martin’s wife, Sarah Courtney (who remarried George Pill following Henry’s death).  We had a great day and have all become great friends besides being third cousins one time removed!

Kookie, Gary, Bessie, Cheri, and Susie

Kookie Hemperley, Gary and Bessie Higginbotham, Cheri Payton Atkins, and Susie Reynolds

Susie and I have spent countless hours on the computer emailing back and forth, texting, talking on the phone and sharing any hint of information that might lead to more discoveries about our ancestors. Sometimes we pull “all nighters” but together we have located her illusive Francis Hereford Williams and the history of his being the founder of the Highland Baptist Church in Texarkana along with another ancestor, Stephen Boullemet a native of Saint Domingue who settled in New Orleans. She’s also been back to visit several times during 2012.  How would I describe Susie?  She’s like a pugnacious little bulldog that just doesn’t give up!  Cheri and I have tromped around graveyards, visited cousins and made numerous trips to libraries and become “best buds”.

On the Stanley family tree, I was contacted by Michelle McBride during May.  Her great-grandmother and my grandfather were brothers and sisters.  Our Stanley relatives were also related to Pattillo’s and our genealogy searches have resulted in some results that one might not want to include in one’s history.  It seems my great-grandmother (a Pattillo) had a brother who shot and killed his father!  How could that be?  Well, after much research it seems the father had shot first and the son, who was charged with murder, was found not guilty of any charges at the trial.   Michelle and I agreed that it was a part of our family’s story and should be told and included in our trees.  While she and I have not had a face to face meeting, we have talked on the phone and are hoping a visit will be in store for 2013.  Michelle is also planning a visit with some of her older Stanley relatives shortly to gather more information and hopefully photos and family stories.

Then in November 2012 I was contacted by Kenneth Whitehead regarding the Hemperley family tree.  Ken is the curator of the East Point Historical Society. East Point was the area of Georgia many of the Hemperley’s lived during the 1800s.  Some of their ancestors remain in the area today.  In fact, the funeral home, which began in the early 1900s, is still offering service and comfort to those of the community.  More importantly the Hemperley’s left foot prints on the history of the area.

Ken has been most gracious in sharing documents, newspaper clippings, death certificates, etc. with me.  In fact, Lillie Ruth Hemperley has been written about in “Lil, In Celebration of Lillie Ruth Hemperley Stewart’s 99th Birthday on February 16, 2004”.  It was written by Regina Stewart.  One of Lil’s sisters, Ina Hemperley Short also wrote “As I Remember It” in celebration of her 90th birthday in October 1987. Ken has taken the time to scan over 600 documents, put them in a DVD and give it to me and other Hemperley relatives!!!  The DVD arrived a few days after Christmas and I thought, “What a wonderful belated Christmas gift”. How lucky can you be and wouldn’t it be wonderful if just one person in every family tree would save the treasures of their families and share with others.

Ken and I have also been doing a little research, via email, on members of the clan that he had not “fit” into the puzzle. Luckily, I found some information as well as did Ken.  Should you have relatives in that area of Georgia, I’m sure the East Point Historical Society would be willing to share information.  By all appearances, they have a great working society.  You can check them out on Face Book or check them out when you are in the area.

Ken Whitehead, Charles Chambers,  and Lee Barrett at the EPHS

Ken Whitehead, Charles Chambers, and Lee Barrett at the East Point Historical Society

East Point Historical Society

East Point Historical Society at 1685 Norman Berry Avenue, East Point, Georgia

While checking out the East Point Historical Society you might also want to visit Susie’s website at https://seekingsusie.com.  Not only does she post genealogy there, she also is documenting her family’s day to day lives in the hills of Arkansas.

The persons mentioned here were contacts made through Ancestry.com.  Should you be contacted by someone through Ancestry, please take time to reply as you may never know what you are missing.  Don’t take everything you see on Ancestry as gospel for we all make mistakes.  And finally if you copy a photo or document from someone else’s tree, please give credit to the person who has spent endless hours collecting, proving and sharing with you.

As a reminder to those who search regularly for information on family members, I would urge you to make a New Year’s Resolution to (1) document each person in your family prior to adding them to your tree; (2) to label your photos; (3) to preserve your documents and (4) to share openly.

As sad as I am about 2012 ending, I am also happy for all the new contacts made and look forward to adding more “cousins” in the coming year.  To each of you I wish you a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year with lots of “green leaves”.


Thank you Kookie, for sending me this letter and thank you for singing my praises.  I am so glad to have found you and all the other cousins that I found in 2012 and I look forward to 2013 as well so that I might know my family better and continue to share the stories here on this blog.


Thanksgiving 2012

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I hope you all are as stuffed as we are around here.  We had a great time yesterday on Thanksgiving.

Knucklehead and I started the day off by posting a video with good wishes on Facebook.  Of course, he had to add his own flare to the end of it.

Then I got busy and set the two tables for our feast.

Dining Room Table

This is the smaller table I have set up in the kitchen:

Small TableThe night before Knucklehead and I made a banner that we hung on the mantle.  We downloaded a printable, cut it out attached the string and then we hung it.  Took about 20 minutes.

Our Mantle

Then I have to say, I forgot to take a picture of the Food before we started eating.  I probably couldn’t have even if I had thought of it.  As soon as it was ready, man everyone was on it like vultures.  We were hungry!  Also, Shrek had to photobomb the food shot.  I cracked up when I saw this picture.

Food photobombed by ShrekThis is my Mom and Dad.  I love them.

Mom and DadThis is Eddie Baker, Addie’s father and Bette Jarreau, Addie’s Aunt.

Eddie Baker and Bette Jarreau Dad and Knucklehead.

Dad and Michael

Knucklehead, I swear some parents have to worry about their kids not liking to have their picture taken.  Not so with Knucklehead.  He was saying, “Take a picture of me, take a picture of me.”  So I did, here it is.

KnuckleheadThen I set the camera up on the stand and took some group pictures.

This is my brother John, Addie his wife, Eddie and Bette.

John Addie Eddie BetteMe and Knucklehead.

Me and KnuckleheadMe, Addie and John.

Addie Susie and JohnThen I got a shot of everyone.

The GangThen as everyone was leaving, and I was walking them out and not paying attention to the living room area, I guess a certain someone decided to do a self-portrait.  When I started working on the pictures for this post, lo and behold I found this picture on the camera.

Knucklehead self portraitThat Knucklehead!  Never a dull moment I tell you.

If you didn’t notice, The Hubs is missing from my photos.  He had to take a job in Indianapolis and while I am very thankful for that, he will be there for at least six months and I miss him terribly.  The good news is, my wonderful cousin Robert Cowan lives there and they had The Hubs over for Thanksgiving.  He sent me these pictures.  Sorry for the fuzzy-ness of them.

The Hubs.

The Hubs Robert Cowan.

Robert Cowan

Holly Cowan, Robert and Chris’ daughter, and Chris Cowan, Robert’s wife.

Holly and ChrisSo all in all, it was a great holiday.  I missed The Hubs, Justin and William.  Justin is in Alabama with his father, and William is in Colorado going to school and loving it.

I guess most people are out today doing all that crazy holiday shopping.  I just can’t bring myself to do that so it’s tradition in my family to put up Christmas decorations the day after Thanksgiving so that’s what I will be doing today.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope your holiday was a good as mine.  I feel very blessed.


Hello 2012!

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I hope the Mayan’s aren’t right.  Every time I think about 2012, I think about that.  I don’t really think anyone can predict the end of the world, I mean after all, God says we won’t know when the time will be.

I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions.  I think I’ve broken every one I ever made, so why set myself up for failure.   Instead this year I have decided to adopt a word, and try to live by it.  Therefore, I’ve decided my word for 2012 will be Moxie.

Moxie means having courage, and nerve.  Being aggressive.  I think I will need that this year.  Courage to help my Mother, nerve to face the future, and aggressiveness to do it faithfully, forthright, and virtuously.

So, do you think I’ve chosen an appropriate word, and if you could pick a word to live by, what would it be?


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