Friday, February 19, 2010

The Story is in our HANDS !

I have seen it more than once... and I'm now going to create a Chronicle of Family Hands...

This is my Hubby's family

Saving the family history      ~     picture is probably  90+ yrs old, showing EIGHT our of ten Children --  about 1915 starting on the back row... Chandler, OK?

1898           1900               1903            1907                 1909
Eliza             Robert            Pearl            Seewillow         Noble

17 yr            15 yr              12 yr             8  yr                 6 yr

1911        1874              1905         1872                       1913
Turner     Dad Boykin    Willie        Mom Boykin             Gladys
4 yr           41 yr            10 yr         39 yr                         6 yr

Here's the lineage:  From Dad & Mom Boykins (b 1876 JN - Jeannie Edenborough married Turner Boykins b 1874):  Out of their ten+ offspring, there was b. 1903 - Pearl Boykins who married Dimple Lewis,

 thus  a daughter was b. 1930 - also named Pearl who married Earl Kirk:   the children of this couple is b. 1953 - Lawrence Kirk (my husband) and his sister JoAnn Cookie Adams.

Lawrence's offspring: daughter is Lawry b. 1978, who has a daughter named Anayah (as well as son: Tony b 1982 whose son is Jalen Kirk b. 2005)

From Dad & Mom Boykins (1876 to 2008) tracing this lineage down to my granddaughter Anayah Shabazz (b 2008) :  this accounts for six generations spanning 132 years!  I think about how much I value family history... and cannot account for my direct lineage over the same time period for the Smith-Anderson-Sipuel family....  but it will come to pass!!!!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I could stare at Daddy's headstone all day long.... hmmmm

The Tomb-stone Tuesday

is presented as a Prepaid Head-Stone of Elder. Howard Jr. Huggins.   b 4-17-1928 MS, d. 6-14-1997 OK

It was his pride and joy,,,, a sense of self-sufficency, responsible living and dying.   So with his own hands, be bought and inscribed the headstone for Howard and wife, Helen, loaded it into his vehicle, levelled the area, and the story is told that be placed a penny underneath.

He didn't like for a black cat to cross his path, he believe so hard, that he knows he looked out the window and he saw Sante Claus going bye.   So for whatever measure,,, he had his way... and stood proudly.  

I really don't know who shot this photo with him...  He was proud.   Plus, I can say,,, at this time in his life, I had two good legs.   later past 1989 --- he was an amputee/wheelchair.

He's my hero... my champ... my daddy.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Terrific Tuesday... I Joined....

I'm expanding.....   I joined Find A Grave today..... 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It's surreal, unsettling.... but a constant

FACT that I revel in looking at, in touching, in knowing a record exists of my great-grandmother and gg-father.  

So, I spent an hour - propped on bed pillows - thumbing thru an oversized notebook full of pages (census forms) and Arkansas clippings about Chicot, AR.  The history is written for white individuals, and I continue to look for similarity of names and places in which the black - enslaved population lived and worked.
Sindia Smith
Family Record US Census 1880

Name Sindia Smith                                   Gender Female
Residence Railroad, Chicot, Arkansas       Marital Status Single
Birthdate 1848                            Age 32 years
Birthplace Louisiana USA           Occupation Cook

Relationship Head of Household (self)    
NARA Film Number 79-0040 
Father’s Birthplace Louisiana, USA Page 301
Mother’s Birthplace Louisiana, USA Page D
Race/Color Mulatto Entry Number 2483
Ethnicity American Film Number 1254040

Frank Smith, Kittie Smith, Loue Smith, Nannie Smith, Joseph Smith, Gertrude Smith

Family Search.Org location of Sindia Smith;c=1417683;r=1000107928397;role=principal

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

I learn from others....

There's not really a need to reinvent the wheel....  I just have to remind myself to give credit where credit is due!
He uses free-pages genealogy as a website,,, from  which for the first time... I really liked!

He also mentioned checking GoogleNews' newspaper
along with the Library of Congress'
Chronicling America -- having updates such as the Canfield, Ohio newspaper and Texas newspapers....  I'll have to look up small towns Oklahoma???

I did think this was cute computer crash...

and a good reminder (the old days) to organize and save my data via January 2010 (a new decade). 

Data Back Up Day is on the first of every month.    I picked up these hints from Elyse’s Genealogy Blog.

Such as...What Should I Back Up? Everything! include my database files, pictures, documents, bookmarks of your favorite genealogy websites, your blog and blog template, your notes - al the stuff that relates to my family story.   I have several big paper notebooks since I like to thumb thru the actual findings....

Then for the HOW TO......  Elyse's suggestion was a remote backup service that I think I'll check into.... just sign up and specify my computer files that I want backed up and how often.  Easy download...two popular companies that do remote backup services: Mozy and Carbonite. I look into them!
Next up was something I have done....via this being my workplace computer... and lord knows I'd like to retire out of this JOB....    Use Flash drives/CDs -- I also have RootsMagic4 and will have to utilize the Roots-To-Go via flash drive!

Toombstone Tuesday..... Ahhhh...haaaa

What shall I show and tell?

In 1917, the Fifth Annual Convocation of the Church of God in Christ

The Board of Seven

1. Bishop Wyoming Wells

2. Bishop A.B. McEwen, Chairman Emeritus

3. Bishop O.M. Kelly

4. Bishop J. Bailey, Chairman

5. Bishop J. O Patterson, Secretary

6. Bishop L. H. Ford

7. Not Named


One hundred years ago, the Gospel preached by mainline churches failed to create enthusiasm among the masses. The revivals of the Second Great Awakening in the 1800s did refocus the attention of the nation upon man and his salvation, but failed to re-establish the New Testament church’s charismatic experiences. Meanwhile, Rev. Charles Fox Parham, critical of his church’s modernistic teachings, rediscovered God through a personal healing and formed a holiness-slanted Bible college in Topeka, Kansas. There, while Parham was away on a speaking tour, students in prayer began speaking in other languages, considering this a gift bestowed upon them by God.

Newspapers reported this Kansas phenomenon, as did other ministers and colleges. Similar occurrences in Wales and at the Azusa Street Mission in Los Angeles confirmed the Kansas students’ experiences. Many believed these outpourings to be the “latter rain” spoken of by the prophet Joel. G. B. Cashwell, editor of a monthly North Carolina-based Apostolic magazine, made a trip to Los Angeles to investigate. During his visit, he received the baptism in the Holy Spirit.

In January 1906, Cashwell returned to North Carolina to open a revival in Durham. A year later, he visited Memphis to bring the message to L. P. Adams, pastor of the Independent Holiness Church, holding services in his home at 736 Richmond (one block southwest of the East McLemore/Mississippi Blvd. intersection).

Adams, a well-educated lawyer and teacher, together with Rev. Charles H. Mason, an Azusa Street visitor-turned-believer, co-founded the Church of God in Christ. Mason, head of the African-American segment, and Adams, the Caucasion, often worshiped together in tents and rented halls.

In 1908, the Adams group raised a tent on Trigg Avenue between Florida and Adelaide Streets, attracting hundreds. That autumn, a downtown storefront was rented at the corner of 129 Jefferson Avenue and N. 2nd Street. In 1911, the church---called the Grace and Truth Church of God in Christ---added to its membership Ralph M. Riggs, a young man who 42 years later became the General Superintendent of the Assemblies of God.

The following year, the Church of God in Christ, several Pentecostal churches and Apostolic Faith Assemblies were invited to participate in an informal conference in Hot Springs, Arkansas during the first week of April 1914.

Attending from Memphis were Adams, Mason, Riggs and Paul Van Vaden. Planned as a means for Pentecostal fellowship, the convention culminated in the organization of the Assemblies of God fellowship.

Upon returning to Memphis, white man and a black man, respectively == Adams and Mason remained with the Church of God in Christ.

Always in search of any manuscript or bio that would include by grandfather.....  these four men's pictures are listed on the bottom of the photo-board.....

Bishop T. B. Sipuel
Rev. Carl Prather
Rev. John D. Goodman
Rev. Jone Kemp

U.S. State and County Boundry Maps and Old American Atlases

U.S. State and County Boundry Maps and Old American Atlases

Monday, February 1, 2010

Luv My Mama..... A Brand New smile!

You know, she's lived 80 + + (plus) years... and getting a top set of dentures is a milestone!