Tues. 4 Aug 2015
My office has less books on the shelves. One box was mailed to Baxter Co., (AR) Historical Society with memorabilia of Helen Hutcheson (Webb) and brother and sister, Elmer and Blondie Webb. All three attended Mountain Home Baptist College in 1922, '23, '24. We are happy that they had a need of the annuals and several photos of basketball team and literary societies. Both Helen and Blondie had scrapbooks. Not many people were identified but everyone will love seeing the campus, clothing and hair styles of that time period.
For the last few days I have been working through my Cleveland Family of Henry co, GA. When I got to James H and Frances Jackson Cleveland I had to take several days off. These are my great-great grandparents. They were both born in the 1820's, moving with their parents into Georgia, living in wilderness; suffering many hardships. Then came The War of 1861-1865. James died, time and cause unknown, during 1860's; Fanny was left with family of 8. Several of our children are sci-fi enthusiasts, never giving the past a thought. For me, it is about recounting the past for they are the ones that laid our foundation. In the Cleveland folder is much research, both mind and others, lots of documents and even more theories. I have a love for old dusty books, only wishing they contained the answers to questions that may never be answered. You talk to fellow family historians and they exclaim with much happiness that they can take their family back to Joan of Arc or someone else into 1600's or ealier. So far, on either side of my lines, Holt or McCleskey, can I take an ancestor back to Europe.
This is type of emotion I can type here but it has no place in "proven" research. Some one in another generation may find more data and information. So far, I have four proven Revolutionary Soldiers. John can prove a grandfather was with George Washington at Valley Forge during winter or 1777-78. One of John's great-grandfather surrendered with Robert E. Lee at Appomattox. John has a great grandfather serving with his father in Union Army in Arkansas. After the war, the younger man, marries a veteran of CSA. Many wonderful stories to read, do not need science fiction.