Thursday, April 17, 2014

Today is my daddy's birthday !

I was loved....greatly.  Spoiled.  He gave us-six kids his absolute best.  He loved mama!

My daddy, and Lawrence's daddy.... gone.   But not forgotten.  Ache... hurt, miss'm

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Good Thursday in 2014!!!

In a drawer -- found a cassette tape player via playing a couple of
tapes.way back in 80's and 90's..listening to Harry S Wright @ St John MBC and St. James, Spencer OK.... A mighty word, timeless truth!    PS..yes I'm @ work....

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

Life's Journey !

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming ‘Wow! What a Ride?’!’

                   -Hunter S. Thompson

Friday, January 24, 2014

Uncles + Genealogy Inquiries !

I miss my Uncles today.... I was blessed to know only two uncles....   Warren Fisher

and Uncle DD - James Charlie Morgan

Uncle Lemuel was known to my older brothers......

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Avid Genealogist ..... I am that I am !

Addicted Genealogist You know you're an Addicted Genealogist when you hyperventilate at the sight of an old cemetery, if you'd rather browse in a cemetery than a shopping mall and if you'd rather read census schedules than a good book.

How's Your Dad's Church ? Madison Street COGIC ..that is????

My reasons for going back over to visit Madison Street are dwindling per the past year.     I don't know what 2014 holds?   yes slight void in my life....   What once was.... is not anymore!

Madison Street Church of God in Christ

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Church of God in Christ
1929 East Madison Street
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
Madison Street Church of God in Christ is a medium-sized church located in Oklahoma City, OK. Our church is affiliated with the Church of God in Christ (COGIC).
Services: Sunday School 9:45am
Sunday Morning Worship 11:15am
Sunday Evening Worship 7:00am
Attire: Informal or casual attire is common
Leaders: Elder Harvey W. Stocker, Pastor
Mother Maethella Walker, Church Mother
Howard Huggins, III, Church Clerk
  • The Church of God in Christ has an Episcopal form of government where churches are organized in jurisdictions each under the authority of a bishop. The jurisdictions are further partitioned into districts. 

  • Districts consists of a number of local churches. The Jurisdictional Bishop appoints individuals to oversee and assist the local churches in each district. These individuals are denoted as District Superintendents. 
  • The Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction consist of over 50 churches across the state of Oklahoma. 
  • Each church within the Oklahoma Southeast Jurisdiction is assigned to one of eight districts: 

Geary OK - A reporter's memories.....of Mitchell Paxton

The Oklahoma Municipal League recollections from 2012 article....


Mary Hays, Clerk Treasurer has been with the city for 23 years, serving as clerk-treasurer since 1995. In addition to Ms. Hays, there are two or three other ladies that work in the city hall office and when I was visiting, city hall was abuzz with activity.

One of my fondest memories of Geary was when my son was a high school wrestler and the “Geary Invitational Tournament” was always a big event of the year. This tournament, known not only in Oklahoma but throughout the country, was started by Bob Steagle, a former wrestling coach, and still continues 67 years later. Schools from across Oklahoma and even out-of-state schools from Arizona and Kansas participate each year. Mary said that many of the former wrestlers have gone on to become coaches in other schools and states and they all tend to return to the tournament each year with their teams.

How can a city the size of Geary with 1,280 citizens host such an event, especially since they do not have any hotels/motels in town? For Geary, that is an easy answer: visiting schools are housed in local homes, churches, and even classrooms. Some families will host an entire wresting team during this weekend. Many of the citizens of Geary turn out for the tournament, a great indicator of how much of a generous, courteous, and friendly community this is.

As you exit I-40 heading north towards Geary, there is a Cherokee Restaurant that is in Geary corporate boundaries. This is the largest generator of sales tax for the city. There used to also be a hotel connected to the restaurant, but it burned down and existing water pressure is not adequate to rebuild the hotel. All of that may be changing soon as the city just completed a 12 inch water line out to the area, which was funded by a $1 million dollar loan form OWRB. They are waiting for the final inspection.

Sadly, Geary mayor Mitchell Paxton recently lost his battle to cancer and it was obvious his absence is still being felt by those at city hall. Vice-mayor Leslie Swinerton has stepped in to fill this position until a new election is held. She happened to be at city hall when I was there and could have been easily mistaken for one of the office staff, as she was at the copy machine, working away. We had a nice visit and discussed many of the federal and state agency regulations that affect cities and towns. I shared with her what OML is doing in this regard and that we were hopeful for changes.

Mary was very appreciative to OML for conducting the New Officials Institutes (NOI). As a long-time city clerk-treasurer, she understands the need to be current on state laws and regulations that affect municipal government. She is required to have training as a clerk-treasurer and she said that it is very helpful for the new council to also have this training. She noted that keeping them informed on things happening legislatively was another valuable service OML provided for their city. She also said she uses the inquiry department and other resources when needed.

The first Oklahoman to receive a total artificial heart (bionic heart) was from Geary. Troy Golden, who was a minister in town, had received a mechanical artificial heart and was the first person who was able to leave the hospital and come home for several months after receiving the heart. He has since died but his story was very touching and inspirational.

In addition to the Cherokee Restaurant, other sources of revenue include a couple of restaurants, gas station that also services trucks and vehicles, and a Quick Stop. A fairly new business in town, called the Plum Krazy Cottage, originally began with the conversion of an old church into a hair salon. It has grown to now include a craft store, nail and massage shop and ‘bistro’ that currently operates three days a week during lunch and offers ‘healthy’ meals. A greenhouse has also been added.

Geary has its own school system consisting of grades Pre-K through 12, with approximately 400 students. They also own a park and pool that opened for the summer on Memorial Day. The pool is old and is sometimes a challenge to maintain. They were able to open on Memorial Day, which has not always been the case because at times they have difficulty getting students trained and certified to work as life guards.

The fire department is all volunteer and consists of 13 members. Geary maintains a police department, with a chief of police and five officers, along with six dispatchers (some are part time). They hold municipal court one day a month and most offenses are traffic related.

Mary was delightful to visit with and I am certain anything you want to know about the town, she will have the answers. If you are in the area or passing through stop by and say “hi.”

Beulahland COGIC

Another Family name was PAXTON in Geary OK

The Driving Distance from OKC to Geary = 53 miles /// about 58 minutes   !!!  

Geary is a city in Blaine and Canadian counties in the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The population was 1,280 at the 2010 census

Median household income ($) : $63,456

Population: 880
Households: 381
Family households: 229 (60.1%)
Non-Family households: 152 (39.9%)

White Population: 721 (82.1%)
Black Population: 12 (1.4%)
American Indian Population: 115 (13.1%)
Multirace Population: 30 (3.4%)

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Family Names from Geary, OK COGIC

This might be an area of research........   The Colberts,  

My google search found this tid-bit
Karen Y. Howell
Diocesan Missionary
Missionary Karen Colbert Howell was born in Bridgeport, Oklahoma. She was the third child of eleven born to George L. & I. Marie Colbert. Along with her family, she attended Beulah Land Church of God in Christ in Geary, Oklahoma where Elder Howard Huggins was the Pastor.
After moving to El Reno, Missionary Howell became a member of Holy Temple Church of God in Christ, Elder Herbert Sanders was the officiating pastor at that time. She served as Choir Director for approximately 2 years.
A new church named Faith Temple COGIC was built in El Reno under the guidance of Elder George Nelson as pastor, there she served as Choir Director, Church Secretary and Adult Sunday school teachers.
Missionary Howell is the mother to five beautiful and gifted children, grandmother to eight and great grandmother of three wonderful little ones.
God has been very good to me in my years and my greatest desire is to please GOD. I remember a scripture in the Bible that reads "I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the Lord which made heaven and earth" Psalm 121:1-2.

The Reformed Churches of God in Christ International 

Church Roots COGIC in Oklahoma !

I google-searched to find information on the Pastor..??
 This shows the address of South and Blaine Avenue..... This was a small house near the church !!!

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Beulah Land Church God & Christ
725 South Blaine Avenue
Geary, OK 73040
(405) 884-2828

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Experiencing ERROR messages from blogger

during the day - everyday - where I use my workplace computer.... yucky!   and even this evening I'm not able to post pictures...

U talk about stuck in a rut!!!!!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

The Year Begins with a Bang

of smiles, good news, Poppie Kirk @ our house,  Granny Huggins doing fine!

Monday, December 30, 2013

The Four Generations of Job

... and he saw his sons, and his sons' sons, even four generations......

Beverly               1954
Anthony             1982
Jalen                   2005
His first born .. say 25 years.... would be the approximate yr 2025.... I would be blessed to live to be 71 years old !!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Pre Civil War Thinkers.....

I first heard this Quote from Martin Luther King !!!
The arc of the moral universe is long,
But it bends toward justice
--Abolitionist Theodore Parker, c. 1850s
As I search thru census records....... the 1830-1850 - Pre Civil War Thinkers
Who Was Theodore Parker?
He was born in Massachusetts 1810-1860.... and known as an American Transcendentalist and reforming minister of the Unitarian church. 
 A reformer and abolitionist, his words and quotations which he popularized would later inspire speeches by Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr.
Theodore Parker rejected all miracles, and saw the Bible as full of contradictions and
mistakes. He retained his faith in God but suggested that people experience God
intuitively and personally. He thought that individual experience was where people
 should center their religious beliefs.[

In Boston, Parker led the movement to combat the stricter Fugitive Slave Act enacted with the Compromise of 1850. It required law enforcement and citizens of all states- free states as well as slave states- to assist in the recovery of fugitive slaves. Parker called the law "a hateful statute of kidnappers", and helped organize open resistance to it in Boston. Parker and his followers formed the Committee of Vigilance, refusing to assist with the recovery of fugitive slaves, and helping to hide them.[11] For example, they smuggled away Ellen and William Craft when Georgian slave catchers came to Boston to arrest them. Due to Parker's effort, from 1850 to the onset of the American Civil War in 1861, only twice were slaves captured in Boston and transported back to the South. On both occasions, Bostonians combatted the actions with mass protests
Parker's abolitionism became his most controversial stance, at a time when the American union was beginning to split over slavery.[20] He wrote the scathing To a Southern Slaveholder in 1848, as the abolition crisis was heating up. Parker defied slavery[21] and advocated violating the Fugitive Slave Law of 1850, a controversial part of the Compromise of 1850 which required the return of escaped slaves to their owners. Parker worked with many fugitive slaves, some of whom were among Parker's congregation. As in the case of William and Ellen Craft,[22] he hid them in his home. Although he was indicted for his actions, he was never convicted.[8]

During the undeclared war in Kansas (see Bleeding Kansas and Origins of the American Civil War) prior to the outbreak of the American Civil War, Parker supplied money for weapons for free state militias. As a member of the Secret Six, he supported the abolitionist John Brown, whom many considered a terrorist. After Brown's arrest, Parker wrote a public letter, "John Brown's Expedition Reviewed, "defending his actions and the right of slaves to kill their masters.

Book Reading Adventures

After the Glory

The heroics of black Union soldiers in the Civil War have been justly celebrated, but their postwar lives largely neglected. Donald Shaffer's illuminating study shines a bright light on this previously obscure part of African American history, revealing for the first time black veterans' valiant but often frustrating efforts to secure true autonomy and equality as civilian...more The heroics of black Union soldiers in the Civil War have been justly celebrated, but their postwar lives largely neglected. Donald Shaffer's illuminating study shines a bright light on this previously obscure part of African American history, revealing for the first time black veterans' valiant but often frustrating efforts to secure true autonomy and equality as civilians. "After the Glory shows how black veterans' experiences as soldiers provided them for the first time with a sense of manliness that shaped not only their own lives but also their contributions to the African American community. Shaffer makes clear, however, that their postwar pursuit of citizenship and a dignified manhood was never very easy for black veterans, their triumphs frequently neither complete nor lasting. Shaffer chronicles the postwar transition of black veterans from the Union army, as well as their subsequent life patterns, political involvement, family and marital life, experiences with social welfare, comradeship with other veterans, and memories of the war itself. He draws on such sources as Civil War pension records to fashion a collective biography--a social history of both ordinary and notable lives--resurrecting the words and memories of many black veterans to provide an intimate view of their lives and struggles.


 Like other African Americans from many walks of life, black veterans fought fiercely against disenfranchisement and Jim Crow and were better equipped to do so than most other African Americans. They carried a sense of pride instilled by their military service that made them better prepared to confront racism and discrimination and more respected in their own communities. As Shafferreveals, they also had nearly equal access to military pensions, financial resources available to few other blacks, and even found acceptance among white Union veterans in the Grand Army of the Republic fraternity. "


After the Glory is not merely another tale of black struggles in a racist America; it is the story of how a select group of African Americans led a quest for manhood--and often found it within themselves when no one else would give it to them.

Hardcover, 282 pages

Published July 1st 2004 by University Press of Kansas

7 Things I might find in a really...GOOD OBITUARY

...or Death Notice....


1.     Name (spelling) of the relative, their year of birth

2.     Names of their parents…. Their designated birth order in the family

3.     Names of their spouse (multiple)… their children’s names and grandchildren

4.     Names of special friend/supporter

5.     Names of the towns and how long they may have lived in each one

6.     Age of spouse, marriage date, and date spouse may have died.

7.     The relatives date of death, name of cemetery, date and place of the funeral home

8.     Significant names of pallbearers and Minister

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Won't You Be My Neighbor....?????

If you've browsed my family site....  please consider following this + + + my blog!

Follow my Blob Button...... copy and past or Google sign up!

Follow the family money   ! . ! . ! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Barack Obama

Because we have tasted
the bitter swill
of civil war and segregation,
 and emerged from that dark chapter
 stronger and more united,

we cannot help but believe
 that the old hatreds shall someday pass;
 that the lines of tribe shall soon dissolve
; that, as the world grows smaller,
 our common humanity
 shall reveal itself.…

Wilkerson, Isabel (2010-09-07). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Kindle Locations 9531-9538). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

memories of the sirring and ma’aming back in the South

Research Tools ~ Family Search.Org

 Wilkerson, Isabel (2010-09-07). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Kindle Locations 8370-8371). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Missing Pieces via US Census Records......

Nevertheless..... and all the more......     Just Maybe.....

Randomly..... JCP had winter shirts....???   I just couldn't resist snapping a photo of my mother's Birth Year!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

New Moon and Superstitions

The New Moon is ... the Full Moon....

Being without money when seeing a new moon is thought to be unlucky but if a person has some coins and turns them over without taking them out of their pocket, they will have plenty money over the month ahead ...

Somehow.... from my Mississippi Daddy.....   I'd see him look to this Moon...wanning moon...... and he and I...I think.... interpreted this as the beginning... New Moon.

The Great Migration - from Holmes Cty, Mississippi to Chicago IL (1946)

Howard Jr Huggins (b. 1928) graduated from Saints School in Lexington MS in the Spring of 1946...
He moved to Chicago IL at @ age 19.
we get off the train.
We hug our suitcases,
fearful of pickpockets.…
We are very reserved,
for we have been warned not to act green.…
We board our first Yankee street car
to go to a cousin’s home.…
We have been told
that we can sit where we please,
but we are still scared.
We cannot shake off
three hundred years of fear
in three hours.
RICHARD WRIGHT, 12 Million Black Voices
Wilkerson, Isabel (2010-09-07). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Kindle Locations 4110-4118). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Where would the six Huggins (Travis Off-spring) be today ???

Had not Uncle Son and My daddy participated in the GREAT MIGRATION from the deep south.... up North...!!!???

Crossing that Mason-Dixon Line.....

The lazy, laughing South With blood on its mouth.…
Passionate, cruel, Honey-lipped, syphilitic—
That is the South.
And I, who am black,
would love her
But she spits in my face.…
So now I seek the North—
The cold-faced North,
For she, they say,
is a kinder mistress. —


Wilkerson, Isabel (2010-09-07). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Kindle Locations 4101-4109). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013


I was leaving without a qualm,
without a single backward glance.
The face of the South that I had known was hostile and forbidding,
and yet out of all the conflicts and the curses …,
the tension and the terror,
I had somehow gotten the idea that life could be different.…
I was now running more away from something than toward something.…

My mood was:
I’ve got to get away;
I can’t stay here.

Wilkerson, Isabel (2010-09-07). The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration (Kindle Locations 3122-3132). Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Surprise.... my first time -hearing this quote!

"Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better." ~Maya Angelou


Monday, August 12, 2013

What is the essence of life?


Your life is blessed when:
Peace is in your spirit,
Perception is in your decisions,
Patience is in your trials,
Purpose is in your work,
Purity is in your character
Praise is in your soul,
Power is in your witness,
Passion is in your calling,
Prayer is in your heart.
borrowed from a fellow quilter!

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Ancestor Death Record Finder

copyright Lorine McGinnis Schulze
Olive Tree Genealogy

Can't find your ancestor in death records?
Most genealogists search death records such as Cemetery records, Obituaries and Vital Stats (Death Registrations or Certificates). If we don't find our ancestor in one of those death records, we're stuck! Where to search next? My ADF (Ancestor Death Finder) can help.
What happens when a loved one dies? What events take place around the death of a family member? What kind of death record paper trail is created on the death of an individual? The answers to these questions will lead you to other sources of death records and hopefully end that brick-wall.

When an ancestor dies, many records of that death might be created. Let's talk about records kept before an ancestor death and those created after a death.

Was your ancestor ill before death?
Look for records of your ancestor in health care records before death

Your Ancestor Dies - what happens now?

Depending on the type of death (accident, suicide, murder) an inquest might be held. A coroner's report might be filed. There may be a newspaper account of the death. There will be a doctor certificate of death and possibly registration of the death.

Look for death records in

Friends and relatives have to be notified

Look for death records in

Arrangements have to be made for a funeral

A coffin is needed. Let's look at the kinds of death records that can result from arranging a funeral

Your ancestor has to be buried.

A monument or gravestone might be purchased, What kinds of burial records might be found?

The funeral is over, your ancestor is buried, what happens next?

Look for death records in
  • Thank you from family for support shown placed in local newspapers
  • Will is probated
  • Debts If the person had debts they may have had to be settled
  • Land Records - property may have to be transferred
  • Orphan records and Guardianship Papers may be filed if minor children are left as orphans
  • Insurance Claims [$] may be made. These often include age, date of death and cause of death
  • Family members may make an entry in a Family Bible recording the death
  • Memorial Death Cards may be sent out one year after the death
  • Diary or Journal Family members or friends may record the death in a diary or journal
  • Letters about the death may be sent out by family or friends. Also see Past Voices - Letters Home

Death Records for Military or Criminals

If your ancestor was in the military or was killed during a war, you might find him in Military Death Records such as:
If your ancestor died or was killed while in prison, you may want to search Criminal Death Records such as:
Get Help finding Ancestors with Ancestor Birth Record Finder | Ancestor Marriage Record Finder | Ancestor Death Record Finder

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Nope, I can never forget.... It just hurts

and it's just is and was never fair!

I cried this morning..... for my daughters' encounter with racial oppression....., Trayvonne, Rosewood FL, Dick Rowland 1921, Emmitt Till, MLK, JFK, Bobby, Malcolm, , Medgar, Hurricane Carter, my son's sacrifice

Oklahoma is largely populated by pioneers from other States. Some of the white pioneers are former residents of Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas, and other States more typically southern than Oklahoma. These have brought with them their anti-Negro prejudices. Lethargic and unprogressive by nature, it sorely irks them to see Negroes making greater progress than they themselves are achieving.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Visiting the US Census Bureau - 2013

PS it's my 13th work-related trip to the DC area.....


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dancing among the Dead......

Children at play.... in the cemetery.    MEMORIAL DAY 2013 @ Pearl Myrtle Kirk

They found beauty in straightening out the wind-blown flower pieces....they said LOOK.... another face on the grave-stone.... I showed them the word MOTHER or FATHER.... one guy was name LAWRENCE.... another was a soldier!

 Their innocence is unique.  



Thursday, May 23, 2013

Cleveland Hero Charles Ramsey

Since I'm on a memory of things in my life.... is the good old USA !

This guy is really worth remembering....   I think his life struggles make him who he is!
The man responsible for saving three kidnapped women who were held captive for nearly a decade is now getting a life-time supply of burgers from McDonalds, the same fast food chain that he picked up grub from before his existence was forever changed.

"I heard screaming," Ramsey told reporters after the rescue. "I'm eating my McDonald's, I come outside, I see this girl going nuts trying to get out of her house. So I go on the porch and she says, 'Help me get out, I've been here a long time.'"

Chickasha Memories..... and My 4th - 6th Grade Friend.....

Daddy Knew of ~ Lived Thru ~ and talked of Tornados . . .

Following what is called a MONSTOR Tornado in South Oklahoma City surburb of Moore, OK......

 . . . . .After a relatively quiet start to the tornado season, tornadoes have been erupting from Texas to Minnesota over the past week. A cold front advancing to the east appears to be to blame. That pocket of cold air has run into warm air from the Gulf, causing the warm air to rise and spawning powerful thunderstorms. "It's kind of like the perfect setup,"

 . . . .the geography of America's midsection makes it more prone to tornadoes than any other region on Earth. That's because the Rocky Mountains tend to impede the eastward flow of moist air, while the Great Plains allow frigid Arctic air to stream southward from Canada and meet up with warm, humid air from the Gulf of Mexico. It's the collision of that warm and cold air that breeds powerful twisters.

"Tornado Alley" generally refers to the region centered in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and points north, where tornadoes are most frequent — but multiple studies indicate that the deadliest twisters occur to the east, in a region that's come to be known as "Dixie Alley."

Before and After Neighborhood Pictures.....

The reasons for that have to do with geography and demographics as well as meteorology in the southeastern United States: Storms tend to move faster, and they're more likely to strike at night. There are more trees and other obstructions to raise havoc. Population densities are generally higher, and the region has many manufactured homes that lack basements in which to take shelter.

The United States has the highest incidence of tornadoes, with an average of more than 1,000 every year, according to the National Climatic Data Center. But other regions of the world have twisters as well. Canada is No. 2 with about 100 per year, followed by northern Europe, western Asia, Bangladesh, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, China, South Africa and Argentina. Britain has more tornadoes than any other country, relative to its land area.