Monday, October 8, 2018

I found some of my Rue cousins !

I've recently been chasing down a new branch of my tree... or maybe its up a branch?  Anyway!  It is the Rue family line. Here's what I knew prior to this bit of research:

Not a lot of data there.  So, I contacted a few of my DNA matches on Ancestry and got replies !!  One lives very close to me and one lives in Colorado.  Both were very sweet and graciously shared their genealogy data and some photos with me.  One REALLY filled out some holes in this line and added several ancestors to another, all the while telling me to be sure to check out his sources and make sure his conclusions are correct.  I seriously love how supportive and helpful most genealogists are to one another, freely sharing information and themselves with their new-found cousins!  It does a heart good to be part of this family of researchers!  Now, I'm off to verify the information and start adding it to my tree.  I will update with a new tree graphic post as soon as I get that done.

Monday, September 3, 2018

I realized this morning that I never posted anything about my dad's going to Heaven this past January.  Perhaps its still too hard to realize that he's not with us anymore.  We've even had an Ogle reunion without him now.  It was hard, but we hugged each other and did it.  It was good to be together again.  We lost several very special Ogles in the past few years.  We missed the Strauss family, who had a schedule conflict.  Anyway.  Here is my dad's obituary content, except I corrected the typos and mistakes that newspapers always end up making.  I will post more about him in a few days.  When I can.

Oma Ogle, 89, went to be with the love of his life, Peggy Ogle, on Jan. 19, 2018.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. Jan. 22 and a service is 10 a.m. Jan. 23, both at Waldrope-Hatfield-Hawthorne Funeral Home, 307 E. Sandstone in Llano, (325) 247-4300. The Rev. Richard Dye, pastor of First Christian Church of Plainview, will officiate. Interment will follow at Llano City Cemetery.

He was born Oct. 28, 1928, to Charlie Clinton Ogle and Ollie Lena Hawkins in East Grand Plains in Crosby County, Texas, and raised in Crosbyton. 

He married Dolores Peggy Jane Granath on Feb. 24, 1948, in Levelland. He started his life long career with Pan American Oil in 1949, which later became Stanolind Oil, Standard of Indiana, and Amoco Oil, from which he retired in 1984.

He and Peggy lived in Hobbs, Artesia, and Tatum, New Mexico, before moving to Llano in 1997, bringing with them their lifelong love for square dancing.

His career was only a small part of his life. While they lived in Tatum, he was a member for 18 years of the Tatum Board of Education and served in all the board offices; a lifelong Lions Club member; and a fire department volunteer fighting raging grass fires across eastern New Mexico.

When they came to Llano, they joined First Christian Church of Llano, where he was a deacon, board member, and longtime treasurer. Oma and Peggy were also founding members of the Llano Food Pantry.

After Peggy’s passing, he also became an active volunteer for Special Opportunities. He was a regular worker at the Llano Crawfish Open benefiting Llano charities, including his beloved Food Pantry and Special Opportunities, and, of course, a charter member of the morning donut shop club.

Oma was preceded in death by his dear wife, Peggy, and was the last survivor of the four daughters and seven sons of Charlie and Ollie. 

He is survived by all of his children, Douglas Clinton Ogle of Fritch, Debra Kay Strauss of Midland, Melba Jholene Olsen of Plainview, and Kyla Michelle Bayang of Tomball; grandchildren, Scott Alan Strauss, Gregg Patrick Strauss, Sara Katrina Olsen Wall, Richard “Eric” Leif Olsen III, Stephanie Michelle Strauss Watty, Martin Kyle Bayang, and Victoria “Vicki” Lynn Bayang; great-grandchildren, Aiden Kane Strauss, Nathan Goodwin Strauss, Natalie Paige Wall, and Carter Colby Strauss; sisters-in-law Billie Jo Fields Granath of Odessa, Juanda Kay Granath Edmondson of Llano, Myrna Lea Granath Stark of Hobbs, and JoAnn Granath Heflin of Llano; brother-in-law Pat Granath of Lovington, New Mexico; and countless nieces, nephews, and cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make memorial contributions to the Llano Food Pantry, 8203 Texas 29 West, or First Christian Church, 1105 Oatman, Llano, TX 78643.
The family would also like to send out a thank-you to Velma and Michelle.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Found another fun record today that made me do a happy dance.  Then I made myself use my newly created "Document management system" and spent a couple hours making sure its properly sourced and attached where it needs to be.  I realized that I could probably work about 4 months on my Rinker line and barely make a dent in it.  I've got some real work to do there, thanks to finding some really awesome genealogy buff Rinker cousins.  They sent me ALOT of stuff to process and attach.  I also received an entire large envelope of Rinker photos that I know fit in my tree somewhere, but I haven't exactly figured out where yet.  But I will start on it!  Anyway.  Here is the cool record I found.  First, who is it?  This marriage record belongs to my great-great-grandparents.

Kyla Ogle - Dolores Peggy Jane Granath my mom - Blanche Ella Goodwin  my grandma - Ella Jane Rinker my great-grandma-  then the 2 in this record are Ella Jane's parents:

It reads:
"To the Judge of the Probate Court of the County of Champaige, Ohio.  Married on the 6th day of October A.D. 1853 Samuel H Rinker and Mary Ann Pinkerton by me, Enos French, M.G. "
(Minister of the Gospel)

From the Marriage Records of the Probate Court of Champaign County, Urbana, Ohio, 1849 to 1856, Book E.  Found on  "Early Marriage Bonds of Ohio, copied by the DAR"

More on this family branch soon!

Sunday, November 5, 2017

I took a little time today to reexamine and transcribe into my RootsMagic notes some of my existing records and I noticed something very sweet.  My great-great grandparents, Moses Ogle and Mary Ann George, were married on Valentines Day in 1833 !   Here is the snippet in the Georgia Archives, Record of Marriages, Book A.  (Click on the image to see the full version.)

I found this example of a 1833 wedding dress:  

I wonder if she wore something like this?  How I wish I could find some details about their wedding somewhere.  Hmmm.  It appears that they were married by the Justice of the Peace?  Does that mean down at the courthouse?  More research to do!

We have reason to believe that the previous year, Moses was a 'winner' in the Georgia Cherokee Land Lottery of 1832.  At the time of their marriage, he was 25 and she was 24.   If he indeed did receive that 40 acres of land, then that was a very good start for them.  I'm off to research the area, check for newspapers or church records and see if I can find some land records!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Followup to my previous post.  I did some Internet searching and found a song entitled, "Little Jack Frost" that was published in a book called, "Songs and Games for Little Ones" by Gertrude Walker, publication date was 1887, which would fit the time period of my grandfather's participation in the town Christmas program.   The book is "Prepared by" Gertrude Walker, so she doesn't seem to be claiming to have written the contents.  Makes me wonder if it is a folk song... at any rate, it gives me joy to try to imagine my little ole Pappy reciting this when he was a gangly 11 year old... wondering if his momma was proud, and if his dad was in attendance or not (they were divorced in 1900).

I hope you enjoy this:

Little Jack Frost

Little Jack Frost went up the hill,
watching the stars and the moon so still.
Watching the stars and the moon so bright,
and laughing aloud with all his might.

Little Jack Frost ran down the hill,
Late in the night, when the winds were still,
Late in the Fall, when the leaves fell down,
Red and yellow and faded brown.

Little Jack Frost walked through the trees,
"Ah, sighed the flowers, "We freeze, we freeze
"Ah!" sighed the grasses, "We dle, we dle!"
Said Little Jack Frost, "Good-bye, good-bye!"

Little Jack Frost tripped 'round and 'round,
Spreading white snow on the frozen ground,
Nipping the breezes, icing the streams,
And chilling the warmth of the sun's bright beams.

But when Dame Nature brought back the Spring,
Brought back the birds to chirp and sing,
Melted the snow and warmed the sky,
Little Jack Frost went pouting by.

The flowers opened their eyes of blue,
Green buds peeped out and grasses grew,
It was so warm and it scorched him SO,
Little Jack Frost was glad to go!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Found this little article today, tucked into a stack of papers.  Really started me thinking about how awful my Research Workflow really is.  I've been considering a Genealogy Do-Over, and read through some really good blogs today, looked at some charts and been thinking alot about what I do and what I don't do when it comes to my research.  I started with The Organized Genealogist blog and facebook group.  I wonder how long it will take me to really feel like I'm organized? 

This is my Grandfather, Walter Edward Granath, in his hometown of Dolores, Colorado, newspaper, the Dolores Star, December 26, 1902.  He was 11 years old.  What I wouldn't give to have a time machine, to be able to travel back and hear his recitation of "Jack Frost" and "Star, Scepter and Crown".  Perhaps next I will conduct a websearch to see if I can find the words to those...

Sunday, October 1, 2017


Number 1:                                    Important Beginner's Tip!  
Before you start entering places in your Genealogy database, CAREFULLY consider the format that you are going to use.  STANDARDIZE your place names by using the following format:
city, county, state, country
Better yet, if your software has a standardized place name feature that includes GeoCoding, DO IT!  Save yourself and other researchers VALUABLE time.

How I wish that my younger self had heard and heeded this tip !