An Oldie… But A Goodie!

One thing about it… we have always had plenty of love to spread around for each other. And have always enjoyed each other’s company!

Congrats Kyle!

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Well… the little Root Beer lovin’ boy finally graduated!

Congrats, Kyle!

Kyle graduated this May from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Meteorology, along with a minor in Journalism/Broadcasting and minor in Mathmatics. 

What a great accomplishment, Kyle!

Now, go have a Root Beer!

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More Great Stockton Genealogy

This is some great research I ran across on the internet on the Stockton line, which ties in nicely to some of our Stockton lines.  FYI

As posted @:

This page traces the ancestry of  ( mother’s paternal grandmother, Penelope Hightower Stockton. Penelope was the daughter of Andrew Jackson Stockton and Susan Hall and was born in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Penelope married Walter Shipman in 1895 in Hardin County, TN. To follow this family line back to Richard Stockton ca. 1640 in New Jersey click on the underlined link and follow it down the page. This Richard Stockton was the grandfather of Richard Stockton, who signed the Declaration of Independence as a Representative from New Jersey.

Most of the information is based on the work of  THE STOCKTON PROJECT, by Pam Jeglinski; FEB 2000. I did the research on the Andrew Jackson Stockton (my leaf on this tree) family with census records from Itawamba County, Mississippi, Franklin County, Alabama and Hardin County, Tennesse in the time period from 1840 – 1910.



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danielsarahesamplehallAbove Photo Courtesy of Randy Mink




STOCKTON, Martha Caledonia b: c 1872 Mississippi m: 20 December 1888 Itawamba County, MS d: June 1901 Burial: buried in Wates Graveyard on TN river. Probably Lauderdale Co., AL Census: 1880 Franklin Co., AL

…………….+BELL, James Wiley b 1: 03 August 1866 Alabama b 2: c 1867 Alabama d: 01 April 1956 Memphis, Shelby County, TN Burial: 01 April 1956 buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Saltillo, TN, Swift Funeral Home, Osceola, AR. Census 1: 1910 Hardin County, TN Census 2: 1880 Winston Co., AL Census 3:1900 Colbert County, AL.

……… BELL, Mary Jane b: 31 October 1889 Tupelo, MS d: 21 April 1982 Sikeston, MO
…………. +GANT, Marvin b: 08 May 1884 m: 14 February 1909 Saltillo, TN d: 08 October 1963 Dudley, MO Burial: 11 October 1963

……… BELL, Della Safrona b: 12 January 1896 Fulton, Itawamba Co., MS d: 27 April 1974 Bessemer, AL

…………. +HECTOR, Samuel Carmack b: 07 June 1884 Dell, AR m: 31 March 1918 Dell, Chickasawba District, Mississippi Co., Arkansas d: 11 April 1940 Oakgrove, LA Census: Btn. 16 – 17 February 1920 p 112 Hector Twp, Mississippi, AR

……… BELL, Ella Icy  b: 21 April 1898 d: April 1985 Tennessee

…………. +GOFF, Alton

……… Bell b: June 1901 d: June 1901

… *2nd Wife of James Wiley Bell:
……. +PICKENS, Willie Timothous “Miss Moodie” b 1: 10 August 1876 Huntsville, Madison County AL or Waterloo, Lauderdale County, AL b 2: 1877 m: c 1905 d: 30 May 1964 Died in Waterloo, Lauderdale County, AL while visiting sister. Burial: 1964 Shady Grove Cemetery, Saltillo, Hardin, TN Grave #3115

……… BELL, Male b: 1906 d: 1906

……… BELL, Willie Rheba b: 03 October 1907

…………. +JOHNSON, Earl

……… *2nd Husband of Willie Rheba Bell:

…………. +PARNELL, Claude Charles m: c 1925 d: 30 April 1973 West Plains, MO Burial: Out from West Plains, MO

……… BELL, Jimmie b: 30 September 1910 TN d: 25 December 1985 at home, Bono

…………. +GOFF, Alma b: 19 June 1919 TN m: 03 July 1937 New Madrid, MO d: 1987 Portageville, MO

……… *2nd Wife of Jimmie Bell:

…………. +HOOPER, Alberta “Audra” b: 20 September 1911 Hardiman Co TN m: 13 August 1958 Paragould, AR

……… BELL, Johnnie Hampton b 1: 14 February 1913 b 2: 14 February 1912 d: 26 June 1956 Burial: 1956 Shady Grove Cemetery, Saltillo, Hardin, TN Grave #3113

…………. +Laverne d: c 1958

Andrew Jackson Stockton, b. ca. 1849 d. between 1891 (birth of Jackie) and 1900, Susan is a widow.Spouse: Susan Jane Hall b. July 1842 in Itawamba county MS – parents were William C. Hall and Adeline Green. d. unknown – appears in the 1900 Hardin county Census ( as a widow) living in the house of her single son, John Stockton and his brother Dallas, and sister Jackie. She is gone by the 1910 census.

Married 16 December 1870 at Itawamba, Ms.


  • Martha (Marthy) Caledonia Stockton, b. 1872 d. 1901 m. Dec. 20 1888 to James Wiley Bell in Itawamba county MS.
  • John W. Stockton, b. June 1876, m. 1907 to Fannie Parnell (b. Aug. 12, 1891 d. Dec. 1966) d. 1951 buried in New Lebanon Cemetery on the border of Tishomingo and Prentiss county, MS.
  • Oscar Stockton, b. 1877 d. unknown
  • Almeda b. 1878 m. John Worley August 9, 1896 in Hardin county, TN
  • Penelope Hightower Stockton, b. September 1881, m. Walter Montgomery Shipman, 29 December 1895 d. 1957, buried White Sulphur Cemetery, Hardin county TN 
  • Dallas b. May 1885 married (#1) to Elzie Smith she died in 1929 (#2) , Jensey Fields, d. 1954 buried White Sulphur Cemetery, Hardin county TN
  • Jackie b. Sept 1891 m. 1907 to Edgar Cresap (b. Jan. 1879 d. May 1967) d. 1955 buried White Sulphur Cemetery, Hardin county TN

John Clayton Stockton

Birthday: ca. 1796
Birthplace: Guilford, Nc

Mother: Ann Pattison
Father: Joseph Stockton
Sex: male

(mother of first 12 children is believed to be named “Jency” )

Note:  It is rumored that Jency was Native American but no clear evidence has been discovered, to date.

  • William Carroll Stockton born ca. 1827 at Itawamba, Ms
    William Carroll served in the Union army during the Civil War.
  • Elizabeth Stockton (2) born ca. 1829 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Juliann Stockton born ca. 1830 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Lowery Stockton Judge born ca. 1834 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Martha Stockton Twin born ca. 1836 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Thomas Stockton Twin born ca. 1836 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Martin van Buren Stockton born ca. 1837 at Itawamba, Ms
    Martin served in Union Army in Civil War, died May 12, 1863 in POW camp in Bolivar TN.
  • Mary Ann Stockton born 29 May 1838 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Wesley C Stockton born 29 May 1839 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Amanda Stockton born ca. 1840 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Samuel Stockton born ca. 1841 at Itawamba, Ms
  • John W Stockton born ca. 1842 at Itawamba, Ms
    John W. served in Union army with 17th Regiment / Connecticutt Volunteers.  Married to Rutha Watson, 10 September 1844 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Joseph Stockton born ca. 1845 at Itawamba, Ms
    Joseph Stockton served with the Confederate Army in the 2nd Mississippi Infantry.
  • Polk Dallas Stockton born ca. 1847 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Melissa E Stockton born December 1847 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Andrew Jackson Stockton born ca. 1849 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Francis Marion Stockton born 14 January 1850 at Itawamba, Ms
  • Married to Jane Hall, 8 October 1857 at Fulton, Itawamba, Ms
  • James Lafayette Stockton born February 1858 at Fulton, Itawamba, Ms
  • Died 6 November 1865 at Itawamba, Ms

 Joseph Stockton (9), b. ca. 1765, d. October 1844Spouse: Ann Pattison

Married 13 December 1787 at Guilford, Nc.


  • Daniel Stockton, b. ca. 1788
  • William P Stockton, b. ca. 1789, m. Sarah (Wid Eaton) Smith, 7 April 1818
  • Sarah Stockton, b. ca. 1791, m. Charles Pettit, bef. 1811
  • Joseph P Stockton, b. ca. 1793, m. Nancy, ca. 1820, m. Mariah H Stout, 1 March 1857, d. ca. 1865
  • Mary Stockton, b. September 1794
  • John Clayton Stockton, b. ca. 1796, m. Rutha Watson, 10 September 1844, m. Jane Hall, 8 October 1857, d. 6 November 1865
  • Elizabeth Stockton, b. ca. 1800

Daniel Stockton (4), b. 17 February 1727, d. 8 April 1804Spouse: Mary Clayton, b. 16 September 1735, d. 12 March 1818.

Married 2 January 1752 at Hardwick Mtg, Sussex, Nj.


  • Mary Stockton (11), b. August 1753, m. Richard Lundy, 16 June 1773, d. 6 April 1838
  • Sarah Stockton (14), b. 1758, d. bef. 1800
  • Elizabeth Stockton (13), b. 1763, m. Thomas Lundy, 17 March 1779
  • Joseph Stockton (9), b. ca. 1765, m. Ann Pattison, 13 December 1787, d. October 1844
  • Clayton Stockton, b. 28 August 1768, m. Nancy Patton, 20 January 1791, d. 25 January 1858
  • John Stockton (7), b. ca. 1769, m. Phoebe, ca. 1800
  • Content Stockton, b. ca. 1772, d. aft. 1800
  • Doughty Stockton (3), b. 8 June 1776, m. Elizabeth Perkins, bef. 1798, d. 29 December 1855

 Joseph Stockton (5) , b. 5 May 1697, d. 15 March 1770Spouse: Elizabeth Doughty, b. 17 March 1707, d. 9 December 1781.

Married 2 January 1725 at Flushing, Long Island, Ny.


  • Amy Stockton (2), b. 3 May 1725, d. 13 February 1777
  • Daniel Stockton (4), b. 17 February 1727, m. Mary Clayton, 2 January 1752, d. 8 April 1804
  • Elizabeth Stockton (10), b. 1 January 1728, d. March 1729
  • Elizabeth Stockton (11), b. 28 December 1729, d. March 1777
  • Mary Stockton (9), b. 22 December 1731, d. 20 August 1805
  • Joseph Stockton (7), b. 22 May 1734, d. April 1760
  • Hannah Stockton (7), b. 5 March 1736
  • Doughty Stockton (2), b. 19 January 1738, d. 30 November 1811
  • Samuel Stockton (8), b. 7 January 1740, m. Abigail Burr, 5 March 1777, d. 10 April 1816
  • John Stockton (4), b. 6 March 1742, d. aft. November 1777
  • Sarah Stockton (16), b. 2 December 1743, d. 19 October 1744
  • Sarah Stockton (11), b. 26 May 1745, m. Richard Stockton (15), 22 January 1768, d. 1 August 1813
  • Esther Stockton, b. 26 April 1747
  • Jacob Stockton Twin, b. 22 September 1748
  • Richard Stockton Twin, b. 22 September 1748/9, d. March 1750

Richard Stockton (9), b. ca. 1660, d. July 1709Spouse: Susannah Witham, b. 29 November 1668, d. April 1749.

Married 8 November 1691 at Burlington Mm, Burlington, Nj.


  • Richard Stockton (7), b. 2 April 1693, m. Esther Smith, 11 October 1717, d. March 1760
  • Samuel Stockton (6), b. 12 February 1694/5, m. Amy Doughty, 4 June 1719, m. Rachel Stout, 12 May 1726, d. bef. 12 December 1739
  • Robert Stockton (4), b. 3 April 1699, m. Rebecca Phillips, 5 March 1740, d. 1744/5
  • John Stockton (2), b. 8 August 1701, m. Abigail Phillips, 21 February 1729, d. 20 May 1758 ****This is the father of Richard Stockton, who signed the Declaration of Independence, as a representative from the state of New Jersey.****
  • Thomas Stockton, b. 1702/3

Richard Stockton (25), b. ca. 1640, d. September 1707Spouse: Abigail, d. aft. 1714Children:

  • Richard Stockton (9), b. ca. 1660, m. Susannah Witham, 8 November 1691, d. July 1709
  • Job Stockton (11), b. ca. 1670, m. Anna Petty, bef. 1712, d. December 1732
  • Abigail Stockton (6), b. ca. 1673, m. Richard Ridgway Sr, 1 February 1693, d. 1726
  • Mary Stockton (15), b. ca. 1673, m. Thomas Shinn (2), 6 March 1692/3, m. Silas Crispin (4), 28 December 1697, m. Richard Ridgway Jr, 11 September 1714
  • Sarah Stockton (10), b. ca. 1673, m. Benjamin Jones (2), 1 September 1693, m. William Venicomb (2), 12 May 1706
  • John Stockton, b. ca. 1674, m. Mary Leeds (2), 1704, m. Ann Knott, aft. 1715, d. 29 March 1747
  • Hannah Stockton (4), b. ca. 1680, m. Philip Phillips, ca. 1701, d. bef. 1710
  • Elizabeth Stockton (23), b. ca. 1683, m. William Budd (4), 2 February 1702, d. 1738 


Our Newest Little Family Member! Meet Tiki!



Squeeky (that’s little Clynese) and Jon have a special new addition to their beautiful family.  Everyone… meet:

“Tina Kaye!”

What a “very pink” precious little angel!

They call her “Tiki” for short!  That’s too cute!

I know Teen and Jimmy are just BEAMING!


Tiki weighed 6 pounds 5 oz. when she was born.  She is 18 1/2 inches long.  She came into this world at 7:52 am on Feb. 3, 2009.
Squeek says:  “She is a really good, sweet baby.  Not fussy at all.  I feel so blessed to have her.  I had forgotten how magical it is to have a little infant around.  I am just head over heels in love with her.  🙂  We are both doing well.  I had a c-section, and they let me go home after only two days.  I was happy about that.”


Drop them all a note and congratulate them if you get a chance!

You are my Sunshine…
My only Sunshine!
You make me Happy…
When Skies are Grey!

Cathedral Caverns II: Isom Wright and Indian Joe Muhlkey

The Story of Isom Wright and Indian Joe

As told by Truman Wright

Added to Ancestry Family Genealogy Site  by lpat47 on 16 Feb 2009

The year was 1809. Isom Wright was a mere 16 years old, when he and his four brothers first came to Wright’s Cove from Kentucky, after a year of barely surviving the other brothers returned home. Isom stayed and made himself a permanent camp by what is now known as Wright’s Spring, just under the crest of the mountain northeast of “Bat Cave”. There were several families of Cherokees living in the cave we today know as Cathedral Caverns.

While trying to catch a squirrel in a January snow, Isom slipped on an icy patch and broke his hip. After lying in the snow for hours he crawled in between some rocks for protection from the wind. About noon of the second day Isom heard the Cherokees walking through the woods. He didn’t know if he should call to them or not. His movement made a noise and they took him to their cave.

For the next two years Isom lived in the cave with the Cherokees. The cave gave excellent protection winter and. summer with a year round temperature of 50 degrees. They used the creek running through the cave for storing meats and generally keeping food fresh, as well as a permanent water supply. Being a pioneer made Isom familiar with the lifestyle and foods of the Cherokee. During this time Isom became a “blood brother” to the Cherokees and best friends with Indian Joe.

Isom eventually settled two miles northeast of Bat Cave at Wright’s spring. He built a cabin, married and had two sons, John and James. Within in the next twenty years the settlers and the Cherokees lived side-by-side, giving and sharing information and food needed for living an everyday existence.

Until the final removal or Trail of Tears in 1837 Isom was a friend and champion of the Cherokees. Although his whole family was removed Indian Joe refused to leave his mountain. He disappeared into the woods. The only connection he had with anyone was a tree one-quarter mile from Isom’s cabin, in Wright’s Cove between his cabin and Bat Cave. It was here a flour sack of supplies was left every Friday. The list was very simple coffee, salt, tobacco, flour and in later years ammo. Isom presented Joe with his first rifle, until then he did all his hunting with bow and arrow. Life was not easy for Indian Joe. He was shot twice, and the government agents were always after him:  His woods were disappearing.

Eventually John and James moved out of the cove, James to Texas and John to Aspel over close to Woodville. John Wright had three children Isom, John, and Mattie. John’s son Isom moved back to his Grandfather Isom’s cabin to look after him and helped take care of Indian Joe. This was after his Grandfather took arthritis in his right hip and had difficulty walking.

During the Civil War the Government slacked off their search for Joe. He was then in his 70’s. Young Isom served in the southern army, fighting in several major battles. He returned home around 1866, as did most southerners.

In 1882 Young Isom moved to present day Babe Wright’s Road. He built a country store and accumulated a considerable tract of land, from Wright’s Cove to Birch Hollow. From the back of his store he could see one quarter mile south to Joe’s spring and stream, with a clear view of the tree where Joe picked up his supplies. On his way to and from the store Isom would watch for signals, the white sack in the tree other than a Friday would signal something wrong with Joe. Only once was this system used, on a Tuesday Joe hung his bag in the tree. Isom went quickly and found Joe one hundred feet from the tree partially conscious. Joe had pneumonia and was near death. Isom carried him home and nursed him back to health. Joe was now diminished from his average height and weight, looking old and wrinkled in the face. His right side was drawn and weak from age and weathering. Anyone seeing him could easily recognize his derby hat with a tail feather standing up. These were the only trademarks left.

Indian Joe settled in Birch Hollow for his later years. He would bring in food to Isom, pick-up corn from the barn, even milk the cows during the night. The Wrights were always proud of noises in the night, it was just Joe, the dogs wouldn’t even bark. Joe was even known to mend fences at the backside of the property, or remove fallen timber. Isom kept his word to his Grandfather, even becoming best of friends with Joe. The old smoke house on the Isom Wright place had a special room where Joe could come in and sleep in his later years.

Today Birch Hollow lies south of Truman Wright’s property line. The spring is only one half mile east of his home in Swearengin. There is a large gum tree by the spring, but Truman says he doesn’t think it’s the same tree. A cave with a water source nearby is about 500 feet south of Truman’s land line with a rock wall built up inside. You can still find arrowheads scattered in the fields around the spring. Some say it was a battlefield, some say it was just Joe hunting.

Misty Mountain News

Cherokee Tribe of Northeast Alabama
P.O. Box 66
Grant, Alabama 35747

The newsletter is undated but was postmarked from Birmingham 18 Oct 2004.



Taken from The Arkansas Historical Quarterly, Autumn 1955

The site of the Vaught Cemetery, which is about five miles northeast of Mountainburg (Crawford Co., Arkansas) in the Big Frog Valley, will be covered with water when the dam above Lake Fort Smith is completed and its reservoir fills. This dam was authorized by the city of Fort Smith to create an additional water supply for the city. According to the contract for building the dam, it will be completed in early 1956.

This century-old cemetery has been used as their burial ground as long as the present generation can remember. A report from B. A. McConnell who had the contract for removing the graves, states that “488 graves were moved from the original Vaught Cemetery and 18 graves from an old cemetery on East – making 506 graves in the new Vaught Cemetery.” The site of the new Vaught Cemetery is three and a half miles south of the old location. It is on Highway 71 and near the Shepherd Springs road. This new cemetery was dedicated on Sunday, Aug. 28, 1955.

Many soldiers, one dating back to the War of 1812, are buried in this cemetery. It was started on land once owned by Samuel Caswell Vaught. He settled near Fayetteville in 1842 but removed to Crawford County in 1846 and established his home on the road between Mountainburg (the Narrows, then) and what is now known as Winfrey. About 1850 Caswell Vaught buried an old Cherokee Indian (Indian Joe Muhlkey/Mulkey) in one corner of his land down by the Big Frog Creek. This Indian had attached himself to the family and befriended them during their first days in the valley. Later Caswell gave the plot to the community to use as a burial ground.




Isham Wright was early scout for wagon trains heading west. Son of James Bradford Wright and Mary “Polly” Smith. Older brother of Elmira (Mariah)Wright. Mary “Polly” Shepherd Wright was sister of John “Jack” Shepherd, daughter of Uriah Shepherd and Elizabeth Smith.

SHEPHERD WRIGHT, Mary - Crawford County, Arkansas

WRIGHT, Elizabeth R

Wife of J.B. Wright

Order of the Eastern Star symbol

Born Feb 05, 1838
Died Oct 14, 1880

WRIGHT, Elizabeth R. - Crawford County, Arkansas





WRIGHT, Mary - Crawford County, Arkansas


Wife of John Shepherd and daughter of James Bradford Wright. Came to Crawford County with family from Jackson County AL. Grave located near water tower at south end of cemetery.

WRIGHT SHEPHERD, Elmira - Crawford County, Arkansas


Born Jan 17, 1[833?]
Died Apr ??, ????

“He is gone but not forgotten”

This stone had been broken, and roughly repaired, in two places. The death date was unrecognizable.

WRIGHT, J.B. - Crawford County, Arkansas

Genealogy of William Jackson “Jack” Wright

Genealogy gives us a little window into the past:  into “our past.”  The blood of these strong folks who came before us now runs through our veins.  For me, it’s fascinating to research the family tree and sometimes find information that provides a small glimpse into their lives… these sometimes very illusive, mysterious family members long since gone.

What were they like?  What did they do every day?  What were their struggles?  Due to the period of time they walked this earth, life was most likely much harder than it is for us.  Regardless, I know that they laughed, they cried and they loved much as we do now. They had their joys and their sorrows.

This post honors one of those families:  William Jackson (John) “Jack” Wright (son of Ardell Wright and Martha) and his beautiful bride, Sarah Frances Thomason (daughter of Montgomery L “Tobe” Thomason and Mary Mexico Harper).

This will be the first of many genealogy related posts.  And as I learn more about each of these individuals or families, I will return to that post to add the new information.  So check back from time to time!  Now, lets get to know Jack and Sarah!

William Jackson (John) “Jack” Wright

Birth:  09 Jan 1876 in Woodville, Jackson Co. Alabama
Death: 27 Jan 1949 in Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee

Sarah Frances Thomason

Birth: 17 Mar 1882 in Woodville, Jackson Co. Alabama
Death: Dec 03 1966 in Memphis, Shelby Co., Tennessee


Jack & Sarah’s Children:

Verna G Wright     1900 –         

William Herbert “Hub” Wright     1902 – 1971

Nathan Delmar Wright     1902 – 1976

Gladys Marie Wright      1906 – 1945

Odie Milburn Wright     1907 – 1959

Verbon Robert Wright     1909 – 1988

Ruby Blanche Wright     1910 – 1965

Orville David Wright     1913 – 1965

Raybon Talmadge Wright     1915 – 1990

Wendell Clyde Wright     1915 – 1957

Mary Idell Wright   1922 – 1971

Kenneth Wright   1925 –        

(Jake Wright  –        ?)


Folks, We Have A Mystery… Help Us Solve It!

There are two pairs of Jack & Sarah Wright’s children whose birth dates seem unusually close together.  William, b. 27 Aug 1902, and Nathan, b. 20 Dec 1902. These dates are verified by the SS Death Index.  The second pair of children: Raybon (Abe), b. 16 Feb 1915, and Wendell, b. 15 Dec 1915.

Jack & Sarah were married on the 6th of March, 1898 in Jackson Co, Alabama by the Rev. David Derrick.


Jack has been rather hard to find.  Below is the 1880 Census record which proves why genealogy research can be an extremely challenging experience. (Our very own Louis found this census record, using his master research skills!)

Name: John Might
[John Wright] 
[William Jack Wright] 
Home in 1880: Kinnemers and Kirbys, Marshall, Alabama
Age: 4
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1876
Birthplace: Alabama
Relation to Head of Household: Son
Father’s Name: Rdele (Ardell)
Father’s birthplace: Alabama
Mother’s Name: Martha
Mother’s birthplace: Alabama
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Gender: Male
Cannot read/write:                           Blind: 

Deaf and dumb:

Otherwise disabled:

Idiotic or insane:

Household Members:
Name Age
Rdele Might 45
Martha Might 34
David Might 8
Mary Might 6
John Might 4
Maragret Might 7M




William Jackson “Jack” Wright’s World War I Draft Registration Card

1917-1918  –  Jackson Co., Alabama Records


williamjackwright-family-pic(L to R) Gladys Marie, Sarah Frances Thomason, Verbon, Odie, William Jackson “Jack,” William “Hub” and Nathan Delmar Wright

sarah-frances-thomason-wrightSarah Frances Thomason Wright in her later years.

Still a very pretty lady!


William Jackson “Jack” Wright’s Certificate of Death


Sarah’s Certificate of Death


The Wright Family

Added to Ancestry Family Genealogy Records
by lpat47 on 27 Jan 2009
The Wright Family

The Story of Woodville and Community AlbumBy John Robert Kennamer, Sr.

The Wrights came from South Carolina to East Tennessee to Southeast Kentucky, then came to Madison County before settling in Jackson County, Alabama. Old Isom Wright settled at Wright’s Spring in Wright’s Cove, about twenty years before the Indians were removed to the Indian Territory.

All his salt, ammunition and farming supplies were bought at Hunstsville[.] He had two brothers and a sister who settled near Aspel.

Children of Old Isom Wright: (1) John Wright m. Charlotty Hill, a granddaughter of Hans Kennamer. The Post Office records show John Wright was appointed Postmaster at Woodville, August 5, 1867, and served until the office was discontinued Feb. 14, 1870. He and wife “Lottie” lived in Wood’s Cove. Children: (a) Nancy Wright m. Asap Kennamer. (b) Martha Wright m. Wade Cline. They went to Texas in a wagon. (a) Isham A. Wright m. Margaret Susan Thomas. Children: John Will, Silas S., Martha, Joseph W., Robert I., Charles David (Dea), Nannie A., Emmer A. Ida Dellar and Bentley M. Wright.

(2) (Particular) James Wright m. Harriett Hill. He made guns for the pioneers. Fifteen children were born to this union. They emigrated to Texas before there were any railroads. Many of their children died on the road.

(3) Jacob Cline married a daughter of Old Isom Wright. They went to Texas.

(4) Martha Wright m. Sampson Wilder, Jr. They also went to Texas.

There were other Wrights in Marshall, Madison, and Jackson Counties. William (Bill) Wright m. Amanda Jane Manning. He lived to be 87 years old; died in Peter’s Cove where he is buried. One of his sons, Delbert Wright m. Ethel Ashburn. They live in Peter’s Cove. There is another family of Wrights only slightly related to William Wright. Jack Wright was a cripple—made shoes for my father and others. He worked in Woodville a few years. His brother, Andill Wright lived on my father’s farm many years. He married Martha Smith. Children (1) David Wright (1872-1946) m. Susie Paseur, (2) W. J. (Jack) Wright m. Sarah Thomason, (3) Margaret, (4) Eliza Wright m. George Woody.

Published by East Alabama Publishing Co., Inc.

Lanett, Alabama · West Point, Georgia

1950   –    pp. 298-9


The Wrights in North Alabama

Added to Ancestry Family Genealogy Records by lpat47 on 22 Jan 2009


Gleanings of History and Genealogy


The Wrights in North Alabama

The first record we have of any Wright in this part of the state is John Wright, Captain of the Militia in Madison County, Mississippi Territory, now Alabama, Dec. 4, 1816. John Wright married Sarah Moon, Sept. 20, 1820 in Madison County, Alabama. What relation he was, if any, to the three brothers and their sister who settled Wright’s Cove and Aspel before this county and state were organized December 13 and 14, 1819 respectively, I do not know. These Wrights came from South Carolina to East Tennessee to Southeast Kentucky, where they lived a few years near Sampson Wilder. St., then came to Madison County before settling in Jackson County.

Old Isom Wright settled at Wright’s Spring in Wright’s Cove, about twenty years before the Indians were removed to Indian Territory. All his salt, ammunition and farming supplies were bought at Huntsville.

His brother, “Old Bucky” Buchanan Wright settled just across the cedar ridge west of Aspel. Another brother whose name I do not have settled at a spring on the side of the mountain near the old stage road from Huntsville to Belletente, of between Woodville and Aspel. His home was burned when the Indians were being removed west 1836-38.

His daughter married John Giddeon. All this branch of the family moved west years ago.

Brooks Smith, Sr., married first a sister, whose name I do not have, of these Wright brothers. Children of Old Isom Wright: (1) James Wright married Harriet Hill born about 1809. James was called “Particular Jim”. He made guns for the pioneers. Fifteen children were born to this union. They moved west.

(2) John Wright married Charlotte Hill (called Lottie). They lived in Woods Cove.

Jacob Cline married a daughter. They went to Texas.

Sampson Wilder, Jr., married Martha Wright and they went to Texas.

“Old Bucky” Wright’s children: (1) Calvin Wright who married Ann Shook, daughter of Milburn Shook. Children were (a) Buchanan. (b) Minas, (c) Laura married Tom Huggins. They moved west. Minas Wright married Mary Woodall, youngest daughter of Dr. Presley Woodall and wife Demaris Busby. Buchanan Wright married Bell Lindsay. Children: Effie Wright married Moke Walls. Jane Wright married Porter Walls. Elmer Wright married Mamie Watson. Oakland Wright—single. Barton Wright died in 1944. Calvin or Cal Wright had two brothers; one went west years ago. The other brothers died young, leaving 3 children who were reared by Cal. One boy was named Wiley Wright, another one was named Cam Wright.

There are other Wrights in Jackson County. David Wright said: “My grandfather Wright came from Virginia and settled in Paint Rock bend in Madison County, Alabama. He had been married twice before his death.[”]

Elijah Whitaker later owned the homestead. Children were: (1) William or Bill Wright; (2) Jack or John Wright, (3) Ardil Wright, and (4) Elizabeth or Bettie who married Jeff Tate. Children of Bill Wright were Ardil, Joe, Pleas, and Jeff Wright. These all lived in Humpton, which is in Marshall County near Butler’s Mill.

Jack Wright was a crippled man, who was a shoe cobbler. He made shoes for my father’s family. He worked at Woodville a few years and was serving as Postmaster at Woodville when this office was discontinued early in 1870 for a few months.

Ardil married Martha Smith, daughter of Ambrose Smith. The latter lived at the place later known as the Joel Barclay place. He had two sons—Bud and Andy Smith. Ardil Wright lived on my father’s farm many years. His children were (1) David Wright, born June 9, 1872 and died Jan. 22, 1946 and married Susie Paseur. David was a true friend of the writer.

(2) Jack Wright married Sarah Thomason. They reside at Glen, Miss.

(3) Margaret Wright. (4) Eliza Wright married George Woody, now deceased. His widow lives in Chattanooga.

John Wright was related to those Wrights just mentioned as living in Marshall County. He could have been a son of John Wright who married Sarah Moon in Madison County. He married Martha Fletcher who was a sister to Amanda Fletcher, who was the wife of James Whitaker. John Wright and his family went north to escape the horrors of the Civil War; returned after this conflict was ended.

Children: (1) Governor Wright married Sis Finley. (2) Robert or Bob Wright married Laura Wallace, daughter of F. M. Wallace, minister of the Church of Christ. (3) David Wright. (4) William or Bill Wright married Amanda Jane Manning, sister of Mart and Joe Manning. William lived to be 87 years old—dying about 4 years ago—buried in Peter’s Cove. Children: (a) Ed Wright married Lillian Blanton. (b) Carrie Wright who married John Peters. (c) Mart Wright who married Della Brewer. (d) Delbert Wright married Ethel Ashburn. They reside in Peters Cove. (e) Daisy Wright married Jess Hall.

Sarah’s Parents:


Montgomery L “Tobe” Thomason and Mary Mexico Harper

Montgomery “Tobe” Thomason and his wife, Mary Mexico Harper Thomason pictured above with their grandchildren, Granville and Beatrice Lewis.




New Photo of Sweet Ava


A sweet, new photo of Lee’s beautiful granddaughter, Ava (daughter of Richard and Lacey).  What a precious baby girl!

Yes, indeed!  “Simply Perfect,

Our So Very Pink, Sweet, Little Pig-tailed Ava!”

Hey folks!  Post a note to Lee!

Dick Attempts To Quit Smoking

smoking-main_fullThere was a time when cigarettes were advertised everywhere!  TV, magazines, radio… it was glorified, really.  Glamorized!  And lots of folks smoked.

Dick was one of them.  And as we all know, smoking is a very addictive habit.  But as time went by, the dangers of smoking became apparent and there was a movement that encouraged smokers to quit.  Dick found himself square in the middle of this movement.

He wasn’t thrilled.  He enjoyed smoking, but he vowed to give it his best shot.

Dick loved to stay busy.  He worked with his hands a lot, so this helped.  He was a crafted carpenter and would build things.  He made little miniature chairs for the little great nieces and nephews and birdhouses… along with other nice things. And because he was an engineer, everything he made was beautiful.  He always used the best materials and put all he had into each piece.

Well, as some of you x-smokers know, it’s hard to quit smoking.  His wife, Teen, and a few other family members had to run errands one day.  Dick decided he wanted a cigarette and it was a good time to discreetly one!   He went outside to the yard so nobody would smell smoke in the house.

backyard06He found a nice spot in the shade, just to the side of the house.  Standing near the hedges, not worrying a bit that  he would ever be discovered, he fired up the cigarette and inhaled. Nobody was in sight… and he was only going to smoke one!  “What would that hurt,” he thought!

He looked around and surveyed his yard.  Things had sure been dry that year. No matter how hard they tried, they had struggled keeping everything watered. The shrubbery and grass had really dried up from the extreme heat and no rain.  His yard was usually green and beautiful, but now “just an ugly brown!”

Suddenly… as he was enjoying his much needed cigarette, to his shock and surprise, his wife’s car pulls up into the driveway.  His family had returned and he was right in the middle of a good smoke!  They sure made a quick trip to the store!   He thought he would have enough time.  He looked around in a panic… he had to get rid of the evidence but there was “no time…!”   They were getting out of the car!

He quickly tossed the cigarette down on the ground, under the bush he was standing next to!

As the family walked towards him… the bush went up in flames!

bush_burningWell, needless to say, they all realized what had happened and had a good laugh.

And after that, teased him unmercifully about the “burning bush.”

They called him Moses!


Left to Right:  Jimmy, Icy, Teen, Dick

Oh, and by the way… maybe that experience helped him, because we are pleased to report that he was eventually successful and ‘did’ whip his long held habit… he was able to completely quit smoking, which made everyone who loved him extremely happy!  (And an additional benefit:  the “fire risk” around their house went way, way down.)

We sure do miss you… you always made us smile!

Doodle Bug!

Nathan had a nickname for Doc.  He called his brother-in-law “Doodle Bug.” 

docDoc called Nathan “Jelly!” 

When Nathan got off work, he and Icy would often load all the kids up in the car and make a track to the country to see Doc and Vivian.

nathan_icy_cigar_croppedBecause it was usually late when he got off work, they were often arriving in the wee hours of the morning.  On this particular trip, Nathan was not familiar with where Doc’s house was.  They drove around for a bit and growing frustrated and tired, Nathan finally picked out the house he thought was his brother-in-law’s.  He was sure of it… it just had to be Doc’s house! 

Icy said, “Nathan, that’s not Doc’s house.”

Nathan protested, “I think it is, Icy!”

Back and forth they argued about it.  Finally Icy said, “Well go bang on the door and see…!”

So Nathan pulled in front of the house and beat a path to the door.

“Bang!   Bang!   Bang!”  (…at 2:00 a.m. in the morning!)

“Doodle Bug!  Doodle Bug!  Get Up!  Open Up Doodle Bug,” Nathan hollered as he banged loudly at the door!

A very sleepy, grumpy man finally dragged himself to the door and said, “WHO IN THE WORLD IS DOODLE BUG?”  

Nope!  It wasn’t Doodle Bug!   Yes, as you have probably guessed by now, they had the wrong house!

I wonder if Icy couldn’t resist telling Nathan, “I told you so!”  (If she didn’t, I’m sure she thought it!)

Nathan explained to the startled, tired man who “Doodle Bug” was, and the man directed him to Doc’s house.

And if you are wondering where in the world Nathan came up with the nickname “Doodle Bug,” we can only guess.  My wild guess is that it most likely came from his workplace.  They used to call some of the trains…. yes, “Doodle Bugs!”

jellyroll1And “Jelly?”  Oh, that’s easy!  “Jelly Roll!”

Or was it from:   jelly-roll-morton-1923-24-posters1

Jelly Roll Morton – 1923/24




Doodlebugs live on in historical train information

Doodle Bug Train

Memories at the ATS… Doodle Bugs

doodlebug-with-wingsDoodlebug with wings!

Popular Music

“Doodlebug” or “Song of the Doodlebug” – U.S., 1928
Echoing the children’s rhymes of American antlion folklore, the lyrics of this song claim that a doodlebug can be enticed out of its hole by putting one’s mouth near its pit and singing:

Doodle, doodle, doodle. . . hop up bug!
Doodle, doodle, doodle. . . hop up bug!
That doodle jump up and look all around
and doodle back in the ground.

Originally performed by the Georgia Yellowhammers, the “Song of the Doodlebug” appears on several contemporary folk recordings…

The Special Gift: A Labor of Love

Cheryl writes:   “During one of our family’s many trips to see everyone, I received an invitation to spend the night with Clynese’s eldest daughter, Sheila and her husband, Louis.  I was thrilled.  I have always loved Sheila and Louis.  They were (and still are) brilliant in my eyes, never too busy to listen to my early teenage silliness or spend time talking with me.  They always treated me as though I were an adult and I liked that.

So off we went!

We had a lovely time.  Sheila and Louis have always been fascinating, as was their home.   It was a warm, fun place to explore and to my delight I discovered that they shared the same love that I had for books.  They had an entire wall covered with books.  There were books everywhere!  I was in heaven!  I dreamed of having that many books of my own some day.


We shared a great evening, but nighttime  came quickly…

They fixed a place for me on their couch and went off to bed.  The only problem….  I wasn’t sleepy yet.  So I stayed up, looking through more of their wonderful books.  They wouldn’t mind…


I had never seen that many books before, except at the library back home.  There seemed to be a book for every subject you could imagine.  I must have flipped through them all.  As the night ticked away… as I thumbed through book after book, I noticed that they didn’t seem to be arranged in any sort of way.  

books_big_little1I had always arranged my books by size.  Their books weren’t like that.  There were big books next to little books…  They were just all messed up.  This was no good!  It didn’t look “pretty,” I thought.  So, I decided to rectify this problem immediately and surprise them the next morning.


I spent most of the night, working diligently into the early morning hours, arranging each books according to it’s size.  From big to little, from the top shelf to the bottom shelf, and from left to right I stacked each books carefully.  Once done, I stepped back to behold the “magnificent order”  I had created!  It looked beautiful and “so organized!”

I could hardly wait to show them what I had done for them!  I slept hardly a wink in anticipation.

hug1Morning came quickly, and when Sheila and Louis entered the room I proudly pointed to the bookcase to show them what I had done for them.  They were so surprised!  They thought it looked very nice and I was so pleased that they liked it and appreciated all my hard work.

Years later… they told me, with a smile, that they had their books organized “alphabetically.”


Well… you gotta love ’em for how they handled it.  They could have really devastated me, but instead, they chose to handle it with love.


And I loved them all the more for it.

Happy New Year Family!

Yigaquv osaniyu adanvto adadoligi naqvv utlogasdi nihi
(May The Great Spirit’s Blessings always be with you)


Oh, Father Time… slow down, please!

What’s the big hurry?


Merry Christmas Family – I Love You All!

Do you know that each of us have an impact on a minimum of 3 generations?   Knowing this, and realizing the positive impact so many of you have had in my life,  it confirms that I come from “good stock”  and have an extremely high standard to live up to!

I have every birthday card you ever sent to me, tied up in ribbons.  The graduation cards, letters of encouragement… all of them.  You may have thought they were insignificant when you sent them, but think not.   I often think of how blessed I’ve been to have your constant love and support all these years, loving me in spite of my flaws!


I would like to say that I am very thankful for each and every one of you.  I have been so blessed in my life to have you.  I am thankful for my grandparents and great grandparents (generations back…) on both sides, who gave me two wonderful, Godly parents to love and care for me.  I am thankful for my brothers and my sister who I love dearly.  And what has been so unique about this family is that our extended family has been the same source of strength, encouragement and love.  My cousins are like my brothers and sisters.  And I had relationships with not only aunts and uncles, but also great aunts and uncles!  That’s a rare and special thing.

No one on earth has had better parents;  nor better siblings;  nor better in-laws;  nor better aunts and uncles than we’ve had;  nor better great aunts and uncles;  nor better cousins;  nor better nieces and nephews…  I am proud to be part of such a wonderful family.

The past years have been filled with much laughter and love… so abundant that it can’t be measured!  It fills me up.  The memories are sweet and will forever be in my heart.  God has blessed us more than any of us realize by giving us each other.  We need to embrace that and keep sending back out what we have so generously received.

I pray for God’s blessings in each of your lives.  May the new year bring you all good health, peace, much joy and an abundance of God’s goodness and grace.  This weblog of memories is my gift to you all.  I hope you enjoy it.  Let’s keep it going, growing and keep the love flowing!

Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take,

but by the moments that take your breath away!


Note:  For the ones not featured yet, please email me with photos and stories to share with the others!  Let’s use this weblog to keep everyone up-to-date and connected with each other!  I want to include everyone!  Omissions are only due to lack of time, lack of photos, lack of stories, etc.   Your submissions are welcomed and encouraged!

We may not have it all together… But together we have it all!

God Bless and Keep You All!

Merry Christmas!


Sweet Memories

 I can close my eyes and transcend back in time to ‘those two little white houses on Carnes.’  Such happy, safe places… embedded forever in my memory…

jn-fam1(Front Row) Debbie, Michael, Teresa;  (Back Row) Johnny, Verna, Icy

Johnny, Verna and Nathan and Icy lived side-by-side there.  Maybe that is why Johnny and Verna’s kids were so close to their Mamaw and Papaw!  They saw them every day.  They fed and cared for them just as their parents did.

teresa_deb_cherylLeft to Right:  Teresa, Debbie, Cheryl

Being a cousin who lived out of town, I was so envious of that.  Not in a bad way.  But I would dream of being able to walk out my front door and see my grandparents whenever I wanted.  I thought Michael, Debbie and Teresa were so lucky…


Left to Right:  Cheryl, Teresa and Debbie

We mostly visited around Christmas or Easter, so those times of year always brings back good memories for me.  I remember the long drive in our blue stationwagon.  Me and my brothers laid out a blanket in the back and played i-spy or games.  We were always so excited to see the cotton fields and share croppers’ homes, because that meant we were getting close.  And shortly after we would see the bridges stretched across the Mississippii River and be reminded that our grandfather helped build one of them. 

I usually stayed at my Uncle Johnny’s house.  And Debbie and I were absolutely inseparably from the time we arrived, until the moment we left.  We are only one month apart in age and had so much fun together!

mamawdebbie-cherylLeft to Right:  Debbie, Icy, Cheryl

cheryl_nathan_debLeft to Right:  Cheryl, Nathan and Debbie

At some point during our visit, all the aunts and uncles would come over.  They were aunts and uncles who lovingly kept in touch with us throughout the year, always remembering birthdays or coming to visit with us at our home in the country.  All the cousins seemed more like siblings back then.

My very sweet great aunts and uncles would come too.  Uncle Abe and Aunt Gladys, along with my Uncle Doc and Aunt Vivian.  We were blessed to have relationships with them, as well.  And sometimes there were folks there I didn’t even know, the family and friends were so many!  ‘The more the better,’ as far as our Mamaw and Papaw were concerned.

the-crowdLeft to Right:  Joe, Geneva (back) Clynese (front), Jimmy, Sara, Michael

If the weather was good, the day was filled with everyone playing horse shoes or washers (played the same way as horse shoes but with great big washers) in the back yard.  Nathan was pretty darn good… weren’t too many that could beat him.  He laughed a lot.  It was something he loved almost as much as fishing.  (He would stand ‘knee- deep’ in a pond  and fish with a metal fishing pole during a lightening storm!  I know that because I saw him do it.)

If the weather was bad, everyone just crowded in the house.  There were people everywhere.  Everyone was ‘just happy to be together’ and there was lots of catching up to do.  It was fun just to be in the midst of it all.  Usually there was a card table or two set up or they were gathered around the kitchen table, playing cards and dominoes.

the-menLeft to Right:  Winnie, Dave, Johnny, Joe, Jimmy (Child, Larry)

Oh how they loved to play cards!  They say that Gladys, Nathan’s sister also had a love for playing cards and that as she played, she would just ‘chew that gum as she kicked that leg! ‘  She was pretty, from photos I’ve seen.  I can just see her doing that, and I hear them saying, “…go to the bone yard!”  Nathan and Abe, laughing together, smoking on their pipes or fat cigars…  I have one of those pipes and ‘I treasure it.’ 

We little girls learned early that if we jumped up on their laps as they sat around the table, ‘pretending to be sweet’ and they would usually give us a quarter!  That quarter bought a lot back then!  We would run down the block to the little store on the corner and buy candy.

nathan_icy_cigarLeft to Right:  Nathan, Icy

The women, I remember, sometimes sat around talking while they snapped beans, preparing the meal.  As a young girl, I can remember being recruited to look through the beans and pick out the little rocks.  I didn’t like beans much but I loved the process of getting them ready to cook.

The women were usually in the kitchen, cooking up the big dinner.  Mamaw always put on an apron as she cooked.  The food was always good.  Makes my mouth water to think of it.

The men were served first (…I think the men came up with that rule) at the big table, the children were next, and then the women finally ate.  And, of course, the women had the chore of clean-up.  (These were two traditions that really needed upgrading!)

Mamaw Icy would ask Papaw where something was and he would say, “Right cher!”

Icy always had a lot of puzzles and things for kids to play with.  And she loved to work them with us.  Nathan loved puzzles too!  And oh, how Nathan loved babies.  But when they got bigger, he didn’t know what to do with them.

After dinner someone would put some music on.  Usually Jimmy, because he has always loved and collected music!  Sara and the sisters would start jitterbuggin, pulling whoever they could grab out on the floor and the kids would watch in amazement.  They could really “cut a rug!”


I usually stayed at Uncle Johnny’s with Debbie.  Michael had the little room in the back that I thought was just the greatest!  I loved going back there and hanging around him.  I thought Michael was ‘it!’

I remember a closet we kids would crawl through, from one room to another when we played hide-and-seek.   We were forbidden from going into Uncle Jimmy’s room…. it looked so inviting!  His room was always so NEAT!  Everything in it’s place.  The forbidden was so intriguing! But sometimes we were ‘invited in’ and that was a special privilege.  We’d sit on the floor,  look at his pictures, talk and listen to the oldies!

Best of all, I remember sitting on the front porch or sprawling out in the floor (in everyones’ way), coloring with Debbie with the gigantic box of colors I got for Christmas (that had a built in sharpener and every color in the rainbow).

The two houses were always so safe and warm because love dwelled there.  Christmas time was extra special… the tree decorated with shiny, silver ice sickles and big, glittery Christmas balls dangling…  the glittering tree towering over  the many presents stacked high beneath!   And the smell of sugar cookies and laughter was in the air…  Oh how I wish I could be there, playing, laughing, talking… just one more time, surrounded by everyone, including all those who have since crossed over.   I think we would all appreciate it more…

I hold these memories deep in my heart.  No one can ever steal them.  It is a place I can go to renew myself at any time.  It reminds me how richly blessed I am to have a family bound together by love.  I know our family is not perfect and we have had our bumps in the road.  But as the Garth Brooks song says… “I could have missed the pain, but I’d have had to miss the dance…”  So, I put any pain away, and say thank you for the dance!


To each of you, I say thank you.  The best gifts you gave me could never fit under a tree… but they are forever tucked in my heart.


Life is what happens while we are busy making other plans…

Take time to enjoy the journey this year!

Icy and Nathan’s Love Story

When Nathan first saw Icy, he knew he wanted to marry her.  Love at first sight.  She was singing in church.  He said she looked like an angel, standing up there singing in the choir!


Left to right:  Gladys Hollaway (Nathan’s younger sister who died at a young age) with her husband Allen behind her (their children: Melvin, Bobby and Junior)  When Gladys died, Allen was a very gentle and sweet man.  He married again and lived in Buntyn, making a living by working on and selling sewing machines; center front is the beautiful, sweet Gladys, wife of Abe Wright with Abe standing behind her.  What a beautiful couple they were, both so handsome and stylish;  right front is Icy with Ken standing behind her.  No finer people were there than these two amazing people.

He was friends with her brother.  He discovered that she was ‘ornery’ and he like that about her!  He also thought she was the most beautiful girl he had ever seen.

Grandma Hall didn’t like him at first.  Actually, she despised him.  She forbid him from taking her daughter out.  She thought Icy was way too young to be dating.  He worked hard and finally won her over.

Their courtship was sometimes rocky.  They quarreled a bit when they were dating.  But nothing serious.

Nathan asked Icy to marry him while driving in his car.  Her first answer to his proposal was ‘NO!’

But… he obviously got her to say ‘YES’ at some point!



Nathan and Icy were married for 55 years until Nathan’s death in 1976.   They had a wonderful, blessed life together.  Icy passed away on December 4th, 1997, the day before their wedding anniversary.  I guess she was just ready to celebrate their anniversary together once again!  But gosh, how we miss them!


Nathan was short in stature, but was a giant of a man and the most wonderful dad anyone could have.  He was very polite , always tipping the hat he always had on.   He would say “How-dee doo,” as the southern gents always did.  He would say “roast-neers”  for corn-on-the-cob (short in the south for roasting ears).  He would say “might-neer” for almost.


Granddaughter, Cheryl and Nathan (1959)

Although he only went to the 8th or 9th grade because he was needed on the farm, he was an extremely smart man.   He could do plumbing work that was passed by the city inspectors, working under master plumbers’ licenses.  He could do electrical work on new homes and did it to perfection.  He could do carpenter work, building rooms onto his house.  He could fix his vehicles, regardless of the problem. 

His job was a railroad watchman.  With his limited education, it was all he could find.  He also cut hair for 25 cents all around the neighborhood and it was great to have the extra cash, as there were 6 kids to feed, cloth and get through school.

Bums, as the homeless men were called in those days, were usually nice people who were just down on their luck.  They would knock on our door and were never turned away.  Icy would insist they sit on the steps outside because she had so many children to take care of.   She would give them cornbread, beans and milk and they seemed to really appreciate her friendly manner towards them.  They usually said “God bless you” as they left, fed well and rested.

Nathan rode a bike to work, with a place to fasten his lunch box on the back.  He loved to eat egg sandwiches.  Folks didn’t know that was not good to eat so much of, but the bike probably helped him to live as long as he did.  Perhaps he could have lived into his 80’s if he hadn’t eaten some of the things he did. 

They had two cows named “Tiny and Daisy.”  Nathan loved those cows and would sing to them, while milking.  One day Daisy caught her horns on the telephone pole and Nathan had to cut her horns to free her, while all the children watched and cried.

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