Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Last Night: My Grandson asked me...

WHY WERE YOU SMILIN ? ? ? ?  Now, he repeatedly jumps on my back for a ride/throw-down.  This is as I place my pattern pieces on the floor before sewing....  I told him "You're getting heavy... you used to be just a baby!"
He jumped off, ran and grabbed the 11-17 inch birth photo of himself -- Just so happens I keep this treasure among his toy area, bottom shelf of bookshelf!  (Papa holding him, and I lay back grinning on the afternoon of 6-17-2005!  He's is wrapped with a cap on his head, eyes closed.   So we are beaming!)

SIDE-NOTE:  this is my following of Mavis Jones @ Georgia Black Quilters.... she mentioned:  Randy Seaver’s, Genea-Musings, Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. (I also lifted her quote about ancestry... thanks girlfriend!  You are quite inspiring.  Could we be play-relatives???

This week’s challenge is as follows:        Tell us about your "other" hobbies or interests outside of genealogy and family history research, writing, speaking, etc.   Write a blog post of your own, respond with a comment to this post, or add a comment on the Facebook version of this post

Back over to Tooos-day Travis Cemetery

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Day Eight in Haiti ~ A Helping Hand

Thousands of United States Marines and other troops are moving into Haiti to assist with relief efforts one week after the country's deadly earthquake. Also Tuesday, the United Nations authorized sending more peacekeepers and police to the devastated nation to help maintain security. U.S. helicopters landed on the ground of the shattered presidential palace in Port-au-Prince.

Crowds of Haitians cheered as the troops arrived and began to distribute aid.  The deputy commander of the U.S. military effort in Haiti, Army Major General Daniel Allyn, says military units will continue to deliver food, water and other critical supplies. "The delivery of capability here in Haiti is a balancing act that requires troops on the ground to distribute humanitarian assistance, the supplies for them to distribute and the mobility necessary for them to be able to reach the communities that are most stricken," he said.

As paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne provided security for the city's General Hospital, a U.S. Marine Expeditionary Unit landed west of the capital.  The Marines will distribute aid in the area and establish a hub for delivery of relief supplies elsewhere.

While there have been reports of looting, General Allyn says U.N. and Haitian forces continue to have lead responsibility for security, which he says has been good despite extremely difficult circumstances. "We are watching for signs of instability. At present, there are pockets in areas of Haiti and the U.N. security forces are working with the Haitian national police to address those pockets as they arise," he said.

U.S. commanders say more than 10,000 military personnel will be in Haiti or offshore within the next few days.Also Tuesday, the United Nations Security Council unanimously agreed to authorize as many as 3,500 new peacekeepers and police for Haiti.  U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon says the Council's decision sends the message to the people of Haiti that the world is with them. "We must do all we can to get these extra forces on the ground as soon as possible, so that they can help maintain order and deliver humanitarian assistance," he said.

Mr. Ban says distribution of tents, medical supplies, food and water is increasing daily. "We distributed daily food rations yesterday for nearly 200,000 people. We expect to be reaching approximately one-million people within a week," he said.

Meanwhile, across from the presidential palace, relief workers delivered water to some of the huge number of people left homeless by the quake.  Inoge Laviette is with the aid organization Action Against Hunger and spoke with VOA's Jeff Swicord in Port-au-Prince. "Sometimes when they are desperate; they will drink any water - even dirty water with bacteria - to survive," he said.

Mirland Xavier's house was destroyed and for the past week she and her family have been sleeping under a tree. She says they are running out of food and money and have yet to receive assistance. "No one has distributed anything to us. Whatever we have, we manage to share," she said.

Thousands of people are still believed to be buried under collapsed buildings, while streets continue to be littered with debris and decomposing bodies.  The desperate circumstances have led some Haitians to flee the capital for the countryside.

Officials estimate the earthquake killed about 200,000 people and affected an estimated 3 million, about a third of Haiti's population.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

It was Spring ~ May of 2008 that two carloads of us Huggins-Kirk Klan drove from OKC, OK thru Arkansas and then onto the State of Mississippi.  Stopped overnight in Memphis, TX. 

There were stories to look for Dr. Mallory's "Saints Industrial College" in Lexington.  Mama Dooley, my uncle DD, Aunt Ruth, Ain Hattie and my daddy JR had lived on BALANCE DUE road in the town.

MLK, Lorraine Motel, Memphis TN

Saints College, LEX, MS

It was a long, dusty, quaint and unimpressive, rural, lazy, laid-back portion of the town.   We went on to visit the Mallory school, and the First Church St Paul's COGIC - historically.   A rewarding trip, thankful that my family hitched up and we did it.

My Monday... is my Tuesday today......

So Tombstone Tuesday...  

My Paternal Grandmother called
Mama Dooley...
Pearlie TRAVIS Morgan - Huggins
b.  7-10-1900   d.  2-27-1968 in Chicago, IL

Birthplace of my father Howard Huggins Jr:  CITY OF TCHULA, MS

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ain Nan

Her Father:  ANDERSON, LT/Captain James A. (b. 1830)

Her Children  Ada (b. 1901)    Estelle (b. 1899)   Eula (b. 1903)
Married:  Yes  . . . Mr Winston
Her Mother:  SMITH, Lucinda Cindy (b. 1848)

Her Name: Nan Smith Bush

Date of Birth: Monday February 08, 1875     Date of Death: April 1968  (Est. Age at death: 93 years, 2 months)   Last known residence: City: Little Rock   County: Pulaski    State: Arkansas  ZIP Code: 72206


Madness Monday.... Ready to Learn....

Let remember a family member....In the Seven-Smith Family Tree......  This will be my first area of emphasis on Mondays....  Here are the Five pictured off-spring of   Lucinda

The father of these 7 to 14 offspring.... was James A Anderson:
General: James A. Anderson (1830-????)

Cemetery: Lake Village, Arkansas
Regiment: “Trotter’s, Co B”

Birth: Jun. 2, 1830    Death: Jun. 14, 1905
James A. Anderson_ Spouse: Susan Anderson (1835 - 1881)_Burial:Dermott City Cemetery, Dermott, Chicot County,_Arkansas, USA  This white spouse was born Jul. 27, 1835   Death: Apr. 18, 1881 Susan Anderson/Spouse:James A Anderson (1830-1905)_Burial:Anderson Cemetery, Chicot County,_Arkansas, USA

• Enlisted in Co. E, 24th Arkansas Infantry, at Monticello, Arkansas, June 16, 1862;
• appointed third lieutenant, June 16, 1862;
• captured at Arkansas Post, January 11, 1863;
• confined at U.S. Military Prison, Camp Douglas, Illinois;
• exchanged at City Point, Virginia, April 10, 1863;
• resigned, March 1, 1864;
born June 2, 1830; died June 14, 1905;
buried in Dermott City Cemetery, Chicot county, Arkansas;
widow Mattie Anderson
• filed Arkansas pension application #29293 from Chicot county, August 15, 1927.

Anderson, James A _Third Lieutenant-

Monday Madness and with Gladness - Lucinda Smith

My Great Grandma Cindy ( listed on Census at Sindia  via Lucinda)

About Lucinda's Tree, folks we realize we can never repay Lucinda and we can only imagine the sacrifice she must have made to survive slavery. Cousin Ada Lois, lawy professor, retired, and our guest speaker gave us some enlightening history regarding the practice of chattel slavery, including the bit abot Lucinda having to name her children Smith when they were Andersons for fear of Captain Anderson, and his wife.

Remember, Lucinda was the slave master's cook, and a single parent of seven. She must have worked long hours preparing food for his family in addition to her own. A hard worker, our hero. What strength can we learn from her: Together, we will explore the strengths that brought her through and teach our children.

"Fruit does not fall too far from the tree," a reflection of her strength may be seen by looking at her fruit.

A "Someone you should know" person may reflect something of Lucinda. They are our family heroes and our role models. Who are they? We will learn who they are and of their accomplishment so we can educate, motivate, and show our children there is a bleak of hope, even in hard times, they made it... so can we.
General: 1994 Smith Family Reunion -Memphis TN

Smith Family Newsletter,  Winter Edition 1994


Interesting site to follow in Mississippi

Remembering the KING.....

A life well lived..... too quickly stolen..... but never forgotten!

Friday, January 8, 2010

I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom;

2   Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.
3  For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
4  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.
5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand.
7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
9 Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me

And my daddy would say... don't forget to come see me....!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday!

. . . .creating a post with the main focus being a family treasure, an heirloom or even an every-day item important to your family.

My first thought are of a ancient Sunday School or YPWW booklet.... read, taught and treasured! Foundational to my mom and dad's church life.   I was reading thru the small book of First Timothy last night, reflecting on Paul's life, along with the fact that so many great men and women strive to model Jesus Christ and then to be able to speak, to look Backwards & to look Forwards... as did the Apostle!

II Timothy Verses 14-17
But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them;

And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.

ll scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

That the man/woman of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.