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52 Ancestors – #11 Thomas Bullard

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I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks. I think this is an excellent challenge as I tend to focus on my brick walls, and this will force me to fan out in my tree and focus on other ancestors.

This is week eleven and my eleventh post in this challenge.  Thomas Bullard is my 5th great-grandfather, and an American Revolution Patriot.  I became a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution under Thomas Bullard.  This is Thomas’ signature taken from his pension application.

Thos Bullard signature

I made the video you will see below with information from his pension application and lots of research by myself, cousin Tony Davis, and documentation supplied from Billy Boykin.  If not for them, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.  Tony supplied the voice of Thomas and I narrated. Yes, I’m from Arkansas, and I apologize for sounding like such a hick!  🙂

There is no better way for you to get to know my ancestor than this video so without further ado, please met my 5th great-grandfather, Thomas Bullard.

I’ve been reluctant to share this video before now because there are still a couple of pictures I used in this video that I have had trouble finding the original owner of. The photos were just used on so many websites, it was impossible to find the owner. So if I have used your photo without your permission, it wasn’t from a lack of trying to find you I promise. Please contact me and I will make it right immediately.

I hope you enjoyed the story of Thomas Bullard and if you would like to put something similar together for your patriot ancestor, here are a few websites I used to find information about my patriot and/or information about battles, geography and the way of life from the time period.

  • Maps from 1779 available at Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • Transcripts of Pension Applications: http://revwarapps.org/index.htm
  • North Carolina Digital Archives for family records: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/digital/ncfamilyrecords/
  • Original Pension Applications, pay ledger and service ledger: www.fold3.com
  • DAR Headquarters for further documentation regarding the Patriot and descendants, in the Patriot’s file available for 25 cents a page, or you can order a copy from their website at www.DAR.org
  • Colonial Williamsburg has a wonderful website, and that is where I downloaded the song for the video – Touch Me Lightly. They also have other sound clips such as people from the time period telling their thoughts on the war, slave songs, Patrick Henry’s speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. I also bought some of the pictures for the video from their website. www.history.org
  • http://swampfoxbrigade.blogspot.com/ has quite a bit of information on the Revolutionary War for the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
  • http://flintlockandtomahawk.blogspot.com/ has quite a bit of information on culture, art, movie clips and general information from the time period.
  • http://www.google.com/earth/index.html Awesome application for charting the path of an ancestor, you can add place marks, photos, videos and they have really cool map overlays from many different time periods.
  • Tons of information here for Duplin Co., North Carolina: http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin.htm
  • Pictures in chronological order of the American Revolutionary War: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/american-revolution/pictures/index.html#central


This is how I descend from Thomas:

From Thomas Bullard to Me

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52 Ancestors – #5 William Lynn Davis

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I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.  I think this is an excellent challenge as I tend to focus on my brick walls, and this will force me to fan out in my tree and focus on other ancestors.

Please meet my 2nd great-grandfather, William Lynn Davis.  Week five and my fifth post in the challenge.

William Lynn Davis

William Lynn Davis

I would like to thank Tony Davis for his help with this week’s post. Lynn Davis is also the 2nd great-grandfather of Tony, and Tony is my 3rd cousin.

William Lynn Davis was born on 20 Mar 1854 in Lowndes Co., Alabama to John Thomas Davis and Jemima Jane (Bullard) Davis.

At about the age of ten he moved with his family to Sylverino, Lafayette Co., Arkansas, which is south of present day Texarkana.  This area later became Miller Co., Arkansas.

I have been unable to locate the family on the 1860 census.  On the 1870 census, not finding Lynn in the home of his parents, I believe I found him living in the home of the B.R. and Marguerite Attaway.  I’m not positive this is him though.

1870 Census Possible Lynn Davis

1870 Census, Beach, Lafayette Co., Arkansas. Possibly Lynn Davis.

On 13 Sep 1874 in Lafayette Co. (later Miller Co.), Arkansas at the home of Charles and Rachel McBride, Lynn married Sarah “Sallie” Magdalene Robertson, the daughter of James Robertson and Anna (Lamberson) Robertson. His parents John and Jemima Davis, and her stepmother Delphy Robertson were in attendance. The McBrides were early settlers of the area, and probably close friends of the family.

1870 Possible Lynn Davis

Sarah “Sallie” Magdalene Robertson Davis.

To see the family bible records which record their marriage, and the births and deaths of family members, you can view them here, Bible of William Lynn and Sarah M. Davis.

According to his testimony on his own behalf in support of his homestead claim certified on March 8, 1884, he was on the original farm in September of 1877 and in October of that year moved into a box frame house of three rooms. He originally cleared and cultivated about 22 acres, and cleared and fenced an adjoining patch of eight acres, in total worth about $400.00. He raised six crops, although these were not specified. The land patent was issued on 30 Jun 1884.

William L Davis Land Patent

William L Davis Land Patent

As you can see on the screen shot below, he was granted 80 acres in Township 16S, Range 28W. On the map at the bottom of the land information, you can see where the township and range is, highlighted in orange.  The darker block inside the orange area is section thirty-five where Lynn’s land was.  The actual description of his homestead was: the south-east quarter of the south-west quarter, and the south-west quarter of the south-east quarter of section thirty-five, in township sixteen south of range twenty-eight west of the Fifth Principal Meridian in Arkansas, containing eighty acres.

Land Patent Info William Lynn Davis

Land Patent Info William Lynn Davis

This is the original land survey from the area, done in 1843. I have highlighted section 35, where Lynn’s homestead was. This is the section that is highlighted dark orange on the map above.

Land Patent Map 1843 Miller Co Sec

The Miller County Personal Property Tax records of 1893-1894 list the following personal property and its value:  4 horses-$125, 20 cattle-#100, 1 mule-$65, 14 sheep-$15, 30 hogs-$30, 2 carriages or wagons-$60, total value of personal property-$770.

Before 1900, Lynn and Sallie had eleven children.  Three of them would not live to adulthood.

  • John Thomas Davis named after Lynn’s father.  John was born 10 Dec 1881 and died 20 Jul 1882 and is also buried in the Concord Cemetery.
  • An infant daughter, born and died in 1882 and buried in the Concord Cemetery in Fouke, Miller Co., Arkansas.
  • Mary Georgia Davis born 30 Mar 1891 and died 18 Feb 1892.  Mary is buried in Sylverino Cemetery, Miller Co., Arkansas.

The other children (also listed in the bible) are as follows:

  • Magdalene “Maggie” Isabell Davis – (1876-1900) married James Arthur Alexander.
  • William Harley Davis – (1877-1955) married Martha Jane Giles.  Harley is the great-grandfather of Tony Davis.
  • James Harvey Davis – (1879-1952) first married Lula Giles, then married Florence Higginbotham, my great grand aunt.
  • Jemima “Jennie” Davis – (1884-1966) married Alfred Alonzo Aaron.
  • Mollie Agnes Davis – (1887-1967) married Thomas Owen “Major” Harris. My great-grandparents.
  • Joel Almus Davis – (1889-1968) married Maggie Elena Ray.
  • Nora Ola Davis – (1893-1974) married John Wesley Bull.
  • Mittie Ann Davis – (1900-1991) married first Horace Greeley Grigson, Sr. and second Bryan McBride.

This photo is of Maggie, Lynn and Harley Davis.

Maggie, Lynn and Harley Davis

Maggie, Lynn and Harley Davis

In this family photo, on the front row, left to right:  Jennie (Davis) Aaron, Lynn Davis, and Sallie Davis holding Almus Davis with Mollie (Davis) Harris standing next to Sallie.  Back row, left to right: Harley Davis, Maggie (Davis) Alexander, and Jim Davis.

Lynn and Sarah Davis Family

Lynn and Sarah Davis Family

There’s no shortage of photos of Lynn and Sallie, and this one here is one of my favorites.

Lynn and Sallie Davis

On the 1900 census, enumerated in Days Creek, Miller Co., Arkansas. Lynn Davis, with wife Sallie and children Jennie, Mollie, Almus, Nora, and Mittie.

1900 Census - Lynn Davis Family

1900 Census – Lynn Davis Family

On the 1910 census, enumerated in Days Creek, Miller Co., Arkansas. Lynn Davis, with wife Sallie and children Nora and Mittie, grandchildren Albert and Calvin Davis, the children of Jim Davis, and a mulatto servant, Will Pines. Albert and Calvin were children of Jim and Lula Davis. Lula died in 1903, which is probably why their children were with Lynn and Sallie. In Oct of 1910 Jim remarried Florence Higginbotham.

1910 Census Lynn Davis Family

1910 Census Lynn Davis Family

This family photo, ca 1911 is amazing. What a great picture to have all the children and grandchildren in. Top Row – Left to Right: Osa (Alexander) Sloan, Doug Alexander, Almus Davis, Maggie (Ray) Davis, Leon Davis, Nora (Davis) Bull, Lynn Davis, Sallie (Robertson) Davis, Alice (Herring) Harris, Ed Harris, Elvie Davis, Mittie (Davis) Grigson McBride.

Front Row Left to Right: Alonzo Aaron, Jennie (Davis) Aaron, Jim Davis, Florence (Higginbotham) Davis, Albert Davis, Calvin Davis, Ruvelle “Man” Aaron, Arlie Aaron, Ruby (Aaron) Briggs, Exie Davis, Clarence Davis, Floyd Davis, Janie (Giles) Davis, Harley Davis, Vesta Davis, Major Harris, Mollie Davis Harris, Edna (Harris) Higginbotham.

Davis Family

Davis Family

I love the side view of the house.  In this photo, from left to right:  Doug Alexander, Osa (Alexander) Sloan, Nora (Davis) Bull, Sallie Davis, Lynn Davis and Mittie (Davis) Grigson McBride.

Lynn and Sallie Davis House

Lynn and Sallie Davis House

This photo, is of Lynn and Sallie with their children.  From left to right on the front: Jim Davis, Nora (Davis) Bull, Mollie (Davis) Harris, Mittie (Davis) Grigson McBride, Jennie (Davis) Aaron, Almus Davis, and Harley Davis. On the back row: Lynn and Sallie Davis.

Davis Family

Davis Family

There are a couple of cool things I learned about this photo, the first is that Melba Briggs Wood, a great-granddaughter of Lynn and Sallie through daughter Jennie (Davis) Aaron, has the original photo that hung on Lynn and Sallie’s wall.

Davis family picture, Melba Wood

Davis family picture, Melba Wood

The second and even cooler thing I learned is about the doll that Mittie was holding in the photo. Melba says that the doll was a gift from Lynn to Mittie, and that not only did he buy Mittie a doll, but he also bought Jennie’s daughter, and Melba’s mother, Ruby (Aaron) Briggs a doll at the same time. Melba still has the doll that belonged to her mother Ruby.

Melba Wood with Her Mother's Doll.

Melba Wood with Her Mother’s Doll.

What a great treasure!   I’ll speak more about other heirlooms that Lynn and Sallie passed down in a minute but first I want to continue to tell you what I know about Lynn, that Tony shared with me.

Lynn and his sons raised hogs in the bottoms near the Sulpher River in an interesting way. They would catch wild hogs (razorbacks!) by baiting a large wooden cage with corn. They would mark the hogs, and release them to forage as wild hogs will do. I guess after some period of time when they needed to eat some pork they would catch and slaughter a hog instead of releasing it back. The earmarks would let them know if they caught someone else’s hog or if it was theirs; the same if someone else caught one of theirs. At least this is what Tony was told.

The Davis family ear crop for their hogs was “crop, split, underbit right, underbit left.” A crop was a triangular notch cut off the top of the ear, a split is a cut in the ear at the top of the ear after the crop, and underbit was a little notch in the bottom of the ear.

Tony’s grandfather, Clarence Taylor Davis, told him the following about his great-grandfather:

“He owned about 280 acres along the Sulpher River, where Blackmon Ferry Road meets the river. A ferry used to operate there. He owned and operated a cotton gin, sawmill, and did a lot of hunting commercially, particularly ducks which he would sell to area restaurants and hotels. During the Depression he turned the operation of the businesses over to his sons. Harley Davis (Clarence’s father), operated the sawmill. It was a large operation, with logs brought in from Louisiana and Texas, as well as those cut locally.”

I love this picture of Lynn, with his dog sitting in the saddle.

Lynn Davis

Lynn Davis

On the 1920 Census, just two years before Sallie would pass away, we find Lynn and Sallie enumerated in Days Creek, Miller Co., Arkansas with daughter Mittie.

1920 Census Lynn Davis Family

1920 Census Lynn Davis Family

This next photo, is hanging in the home of Wesley Aaron, great-grandson of Lynn and Sallie. I imagine it also hung in Lynn and Sallie’s home.

Lynn and Sallie Davis

Lynn and Sallie Davis

Sadly on 11 Dec 1922, Sallie passed away in the family home.  When she passed, she and Lynn would have been married for 48 years.  Her obituary, from the Texarkana Gazette read:

Mrs. W.L. Davis, a native-born resident of Miller County who spent the whole 67 years of her life in the county, died yesterday morning at 5 o’clock at the family home on the Line Ferry Road eleven miles south of Texarkana.  Mrs. Davis is survived by her husband, three sons, Harley, Jim and Almus, and four daughters, Mrs. Alonzo Aaron, Mrs. Major Harris, Mrs. Wesley Bull and Mrs. Horace Grigson, all of the daughters being residents of Texarkana.  The funeral will be held at 11 o’clock this morning at the Sylverino church.  Rev. O.J. Wade officiating, with interment in the Sylverino Cemetery.”

I imagine after 48 years of marriage, this would have been extremely hard on Lynn. According to Melba Wood, Lynn remarried after Sallie died for companionship.  However, none of  Lynn and Sallie’s children were happy about this.

On 25 Sep 1927 Lynn remarried May Ella Temple, the widow of David L. Temple.  Melba shared this picture with me of May, as you can see “Love Birds” was written on the photo by one of the disgruntled children.

William Lynn Davis and his second wife, May

William Lynn Davis and his second wife, May

This photo of Lynn and May was in my grandmother Edna (Harris) Higginbotham’s photo album. It was not labeled Lynn and May, but I have a pretty good feeling its them.

May and Lynn Davis

May and Lynn Davis

On the 1930 Census, in Day’s Creek, Miller Co., Arkansas it’s just Lynn and May.

1930 Census Lynn Davis

1930 Census Lynn Davis

Then, on 19 May 1937 in his home, Lynn passed away. This is his obituary.

WL Davis Obit

WL Davis Obit

Notice the obituary doesn’t list May as a survivor? Poor May. She was listed as living alone on the 1940 census, and when she died in 1955 she was buried beside her first husband, David L. Temple in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Miller Co., Arkansas.

Lynn was buried beside Sallie, in the Sylverino Cemetery, Miller Co., Arkansas.

Headstone of Lynn and Sallie Davis

Headstone of Lynn and Sallie Davis

I mentioned earlier there were some other heirlooms that Lynn and Sallie handed down. One of which, I actually have. It’s their clock, and I have it hanging on the wall in my living room. The clock was given to Mollie, who gave it to my grandmother Edna, who gave it to my Aunt Jane. When Aunt Jane (Higginbotham Starks) passed away in 2012, Uncle Charlie gave it to me.  There was a note inside from Lynn stating the clock was to be given to Mollie, and he signed it “Papa”.

Lynn Davis Clock

Lynn Davis Clock

The next heirloom, is the family photo album. This is where all these great pictures were that Marilyn Metcalf Huber was kind enough to let me scan. It’s also a music box. Marilyn is the great-granddaughter of Lynn and Sallie through their daughter Mittie.

Photo Album of Lynn and Sallie Davis

Photo Album of Lynn and Sallie Davis

In the very back you can see the music box, it also has the songs written on it that it played. I don’t think it works any more. Neither does my clock, but maybe one day I will have it fixed.

Photo Album of Lynn and Sallie Davis

Photo Album of Lynn and Sallie Davis

Last but certainly not least as you will see, is the organ of Sallie Davis. It still works, and is in good condition after some maintenance and upkeep was done to it by Marilyn or someone in her family. I couldn’t really remember the story on how Marilyn ended up with it, or remember about them fixing it up, but as soon as I get in touch with her about it, I will update this story. Here’s the organ, it’s beautiful!  I can just imagine Sallie sitting there playing it.

Organ that belonged to Sallie Davis

Organ that belonged to Sallie Davis

Marilyn played it a bit for Nedra and I.

Organ that belonged to Sallie Davis

Organ that belonged to Sallie Davis

It still has books in it.

Organ that belonged to Sallie Davis

Organ that belonged to Sallie Davis

I hope you have enjoyed this long-winded post from Tony and I, and if any of you Davis descendants out there have an heirloom or more information that you would like to share, please let me know.

This is how I descend from Lynn and Sallie Davis.

Susie to Lynn Davis

Mappy Monday – Thomas Bullard’s tracks during the American Revolution

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Do you have an ancestor that served during the American Revolution?  Did you ever wonder where all he traveled during his service?  Well, I did!  So, I decided to trace the foot steps of my 5th great-grandfather, Pvt. Thomas Bullard based on his personal testimony from his pension record.

So, in his own words, this is where all he went.

Tracks of Thomas Bullard

  1. Thomas started at Duplin Co., North Carolina.
  2. Then he went to Elizabethtown.
  3. Then on to Purrysburg, So. Carolina.
  4. Then he went up the Savannah River to Black Swamp.
  5. Further up the Savannah River and he crossed at Augusta.
  6. Then down the Savannah River to White’s Ferry.
  7. Crossed White’s Ferry to Stono Ferry.
  8. Then to Beaufort.
  9. Then to Crosscreek which is now Fayetteville.
  10. Discharged over Big Peedee River opposite Long Bluff Ferry.
  11. Then he moved to Bladen Co., No. Carolina and re-enlisted voluntarily and went to Big Bridge in New Hanover Co. 10 miles above Wilmington until he was discharged again.


And I can’t even get Knucklehead to walk to the mailbox!

I mean seriously, that is a lot of walking, and he only served a total of 12 months and 12 days.

I’ve posted about Thomas Bullard before and you can see that post here: Thomas Bullard Private in the American Revolution.

If you would like a better view of the maps I used above, they are 1779 maps and are available at Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page

If you’d like to check the transcripts of your revolutionary ancestors, you can find them here:   http://revwarapps.org/index.htm and you can also check www.fold3.com for the originals.

Day Four of My DC Trip

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This was a day I have dreamed of for a long time.

OK, just for about four long years, but Hey!  That’s a long time.

On this day, August 5th, the fourth day of my trip, I went to the Daughter’s of the American Revolution headquarters.


I became a member this past year.  It took me four years to prove my line of descendancy from my 5th great-grandfather, Thomas Bullard down to me.  Since the first moment I found out that I had an Ancestor that was part of the American Revolution, I have wanted to find out more about him and his role during the American Revolution and I wanted to actively participate in keeping his memory alive for the sacrifice he made in order to secure our freedom, so I decided to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Little did I know then, I had four other ancestors that also played parts during the American Revolution, but I didn’t find them until just this year when I started working on my mother’s side of the family.

If you don’t know this, when you apply to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, you have to prove who your parents are, who their parents are, and so on and so on, all the way up to the Ancestor that participated in some way in the American Revolution.  To do this, you have to submit birth certificates, death certificates, marriage licenses, etc., anything that proves your tie to your Ancestor.  This is NOT easy when you get back to the years before states started keeping public records.

What a trip to the DAR headquarters means for either a non-member, or a member of the DAR is that you can search for your Ancestor and if you find them, you can look in their file.  Anyone, who has become a member under your Ancestor, has submitted all the documentation listed above, and then some, to prove their relationship to the Ancestor, and if it’s in the file you can make a copy of it!

So, what did I do? I made as many copies as I could, but you’ll learn about that in a minute.

First, Leslie dropped me off on her way to work, and since I was a little early, they had not opened  yet.

DAR Headquarters

I decided I would walk around a bit and see what all was outside the building.

Here, in the photo below this, I am trying to get a selfie with the building behind me, but it is so huge, just like my head, that I couldn’t get the whole building in the picture.  Probably, I should have gotten more building and less head, but then it wouldn’t be a selfie right?  And don’t even ask what’s up with that hairdo of mine, cause I thought it looked great when I left Leslie’s but this selfie proves I was sadly mistaken!  I’m pretty sure I walked around all day like this too!  I guess that’s what I get for not getting up early enough to do more to my hair.  You will actually see that throughout the whole rest of the trip.  It seems I could never get going enough in the mornings to do much with this mop I call hair.

Me at DAR


Next, I walked around to where Memorial Continental Hall was.  I never actually went into Memorial Continental Hall, because Hey! I was here to look up Ancestors and I just wanted to spend as much time on that as possible.

DAR Headquarters

Then on around the building there was this lovely statue.

DAR Statue

Then I looked at my watch, 8:30 am!  Whooo Hoooooo!  Who cares what’s on the other side of the building!

So, I got a move on to the inside of the building.

On my to the research entrance, this was on the ground, so I did pause briefly to get this. Briefly though, I was on a mission!


Next, I secured my pass for the day.  The dot means I’m a member, and the red means I visited on a Monday.

Visitor DAR

I headed straight to the room where you can get on the computer and look at your ancestor files.  When you find a page you want a copy of, you hit the print button, and 25 cents later, that copy is in your hand!  I was able to find bible records, the burial locations of some of my ancestors, read obituaries and see some pictures of relatives, all these things that I would have probably never been able to find anywhere else because some of these were personal records submitted by a cousin, that are not public records.


So, on my first day, this is how much I was able to print off from my Ancestor files.  I got information from the files of John Smith, John Roberts, Abraham Neighbours, William Hooks, and Thomas Bullard.

DAR Papers

Boosh Boosh!!!  Whoop Whoop!!

Oh, did I mention save your money??

Yeah, that’s 25 cents a copy there folks.

Do I regret it?  NO WAY!

Would I spend that much on copies again?  OH YEAH!  ABSOLUTELY!

I printed every single thing I could.  But guess what?  I wasn’t even done!  I had to stop because I wanted time to go in the library.  Plus, I was hungry.  I thought I heard a dinner bell, but my imagination was running wild, it was actually the phone of the girl sitting at the computer next to me.  When I realized it wasn’t, my stomach didn’t care it was growling and I realized it was already after noon!  I texted Leslie, and she brought BBQ (she only works a couple of blocks from the DAR), and we sat in the break area they have and had lunch together.

Then I went into the Library after Leslie went back to work, and Oh my!  I wish I had taken a picture, but I’m pretty sure since they have a strict, and I mean strict, rule about cell phones in the library, I shouldn’t push my luck.  It was amazing though.  Two stories, and I mean an upper and lower level in the library, of information just waiting to be looked at!

I found several things in the library in books that actually cleared up a few things in my genealogy!  Yay!!  First, I found a book called Dennard Heritage by Norris Dennard.  There was quite a bit of information in there about my 3rd great-grandfather John F. Ball and his wife Hellen Dennard Ball.  I also discovered that Hellen’s father Kenady Dennard was in the war of 1812, and his father Jacob Dennard served in the American Revolution.

Wait, what?

Another Patriot!

And guess what, I forgot to look in Jacob Dennard’s file while I was there!  Can you believe that??  I’m still kicking myself in the rear right now.  It’s totally bruised.

Anyway, I copied a few pages of that book, and then I looked through some books about Texas.  Then I looked in some Methodist Books hoping to find something on my 3rd great-grandfather, Rev. John J. Triggs but I just didn’t have enough time.

I soon realized it was almost 4 p.m. and I knew this was when they closed, so I wrapped it up and headed over to their museum to mosey on through it for a minute.  They had an exhibit on the timeline of women’s clothing and had many, many beautiful dresses on display.

Sometimes, I wish ladies still dressed like this.  Then I think about feeding my chickens in a dress and not NO, but you know what NO!

Clothes DAR

I found the Red Cross uniforms to be really interesting.

Red Cross Uniforms at DAR

Did you know the founder of the Red Cross, Clara Barton was a Daughter of the American Revolution?

Did you know the Red Cross is located right next to the DAR?  They have a beautiful campus!

Another interesting piece I saw in the museum was this Life Mask of Gen. George Washington, the first President of The United States.  This was made by Signor Auguste Lenci of Philadelphia and he made it from a mold that was taken by French Sculptor Jean-Antoine Houdon at Mt. Vernon in 1785.   Emmanuel Leutze used it as a model for his historical paintings of Gen. Washington.  He’s the one that painted Gen. Washington crossing the Delaware.  Did you know that?

Life Mask of George Washington DAR

Amazing, right?

It’s almost like looking right at him.  How in the world did he sit still for that?

Then, I got kicked out.

Well, not really, but they politely informed me it was closing time so I went outside and hung out for a while until Leslie got off work and picked me up.  We went back to her apartment and she cooked steaks for dinner and we watched Netflix.

It was a great day, and have I mentioned how much fun I had just hanging out with Leslie? It’s the best!

Veteran’s Day

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Field of Heroes at Cleburne Co. Courthouse in Heber Springs Arkansas

This picture is from the Field of Heroes at the Cleburne County Court House in Heber Springs, Arkansas.  What a nice way to honor our veterans.  Each flag has a tag on it with the name of the person who served with information about them on the tag.  They are taking the flags down today in a ceremony and the family will get to keep the flag.  I wish I had known about this in time to get a flag or two.  Of course if I honored every one in my family that served I would have gone broke.

I am very proud to say that there have been many of my family members that have served our country.

My husband, John Reynolds.

My father-in-law Al Reynolds, a cousin Erby Harris, and a cousin Harry Short, all of whom served in Vietnam.

My grandfather William John Parks, my great-uncle “Son” Sam Ball, my great-uncle Sonny Cowan, a cousin Hubert Aaron (gave his life), and a cousin Walter Harris who all served during World War II.

Four of my 2nd great grandfather’s served during the war between the states;  Rufus F. Higginbotham, Francis H. Williams (head wound), John D. Parks, and Kennedy Wade Ball (leg wound).

I even have an ancestor that served in the Indian Creek War, Sanford Higginbotham and one who served in the American Revolution, Thomas Bullard.

Others that have served are my cousin Gary Higginbotham, my cousin Lauren McKeehan, a nephew (still serving) Matthew Nold, a niece Jennifer Nold Bohannon, and many, many friends.

I’m sure I have accidentally left someone off the list.  If I did, please forgive me, they deserve recognition as well and please leave their name in the comment section below so I can keep our family list updated.

Some of the people I listed are long gone, and some are still here protecting our freedom.  I’d like to thank each and every one of them for their service.

I would also like to thank every service man and woman.  You are all heroes.  May God bless you.

As Elmer Davis once said, “This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.”

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