Tag Archives: Genealogy
Winding Down

Winding Down

Posted 11 November 2010 | By | Categories: Family, Genealogy, Travels | 4 Comments

We left on this journey June 30th.  Now that we’re over four months in…and on our way home…I think I would opt for a shorter trip next time.  Not to say that we haven’t seen some incredible things…we have. There have been some great genealogy finds for me.  The quilt show in Houston was an [...]

Maryland History

Maryland History

Posted 30 September 2010 | By | Categories: Family, Fiber Arts, Genealogy, HCHS, Travels | 3 Comments

Those of us at the Humboldt County Historical Society were rightly proud of our facility, the Barnum House.  The Historical Society of Frederick Maryland has a pretty nice facility of their own. Earlier this week I spent the day in their library.  I had a great visit, doing some serious genealogical work.  There was a [...]

It’s a Whole New Day

It’s a Whole New Day

Posted 21 June 2010 | By | Categories: Donna, Durry, Genealogy, Pictures, Scenery, Travels | 7 Comments

We’re about a week and a half away from the Great Departure.  It seems like I’ve been making this trip for the last four or five months…going over the maps, looking at the camping books, measuring the driving days, looking at the area’s attractions, checking the campgrounds, going back over the maps, thinking about the [...]

Cornelius Family

Cornelius Family

Posted 29 March 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy, Pictures | 11 Comments

During my trip to Texas (see below), Mom and Mel and I spent several days going through old photos.  Most were from Mom’s high school, college and early married years.  There were pictures of my parents being goofy.  There were pictures of family and friends we didn’t know.  There were pictures of places we couldn’t [...]

James Monroe Watts

James Monroe Watts

Posted 20 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy, Pictures | 4 Comments

This is our Great-great Grandfather.  Born 15 December, 1839, probably in Jessamine County, he was the ninth child of John and Susan…the youngest of their brood.  We’re fortunate that a brief, contemporary biography exists for James, printed in the 1887 edition of Kentucky’s history. James M…was reared on the home farm and educated in the [...]

Susan and her Kids — Part II

Susan and her Kids — Part II

Posted 13 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 2 Comments

You start looking at these ancestral families and, if you’re like me, you begin to wonder what things were like for them.  Whether John C. died or just disappeared, Susan was left with a mess of kids, living on the other side of the county from her family (the Sagesers) and a farm to run. [...]

Susan and Her Kids

Susan and Her Kids

Posted 01 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 4 Comments

Thanks to the indenture recorded in Jessamine County Court on November 8th, 1850, we know the names of John and Susan’s kids.  Because it’s a legal document that assigns property rights, which were (and are) of primary importance in those days, we can safely assume that all the kids are mentioned specifically.  Here’s a later [...]

John C Watts, Jessamine County

John C Watts, Jessamine County

Posted 01 February 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 7 Comments

This is the guy from whom almost all Wattses in Jessamine County descend.  He is our (those of you related to me) Great-great-great grandfather.  He was born in Madison County in 1798 (in the related articles in the right column, click on “Earliest Watts” and “Jessamine County” for full discussion) and died in 1849.  There [...]

Jessamine County

Jessamine County

Posted 25 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Genealogy | 3 Comments

I spent the entire day looking into our Watts past and Jessamine County, Kentucky.  It’s safe to say we were in Kentucky early in the state’s history.  As early as 1797 we know William Watts was born in the state to George and Susan, living in what would become Jessamine County.  And now that we [...]

Earliest Watts

Earliest Watts

Posted 18 January 2010 | By | Categories: Durry, Family, Genealogy | 1 Comment

“What is the one question genealogists want to answer?”  That’s how a speaker at a genealogy conference started his talk.  You can imagine the various answers, none of which were correct.  Think about it.  I’ll answer later. Today’s story is about the earliest Watts I have been able to find in our family lineage.  It [...]