January, 2009

In Memoriam: Lee Chester Manson, 1928-2007

Another Tale of Regret Yesterday was the second anniversary of the death of Lee Chester Manson, my grand-uncle, who lived in Midland, Texas. He was the son of Silas Leroy Manson (1897-1974) and Estelle Thomas (1906-1980).  He was the grandson of Otis Manson (1874-1950) and Bettie Sanford (1872-1955). Two years ago, the Midland Reporter-Telegram ran the following obituary: Lee Chester …Continue reading →


Happy Dance Days Are Here Again!

65th Edition of the Carnival of Genealogy: The topic for the next edition of the Carnival of Genealogy is: “The Happy Dance. The Joy of Genealogy. Almost everyone has experienced it. Tell us about the first time, or the last time, or the best time. What event, what document, what special find has caused you to stand up and cheer, …Continue reading →


Back to Some Hard Genealogy . . .

Seems it’s been a while since we did any hard genealogy here.  The best way to handle that is simply to just jump into it.  Our subject today is one of my most resistant brickwalls. I’m going to describe my research and solicit ideas about how to proceed. So as they  used to say on that early 1960s game show, …Continue reading →


Around the Research Circle

I’m doing some hard genealogy that I’ll write about very soon. But I had an interesting experience this evening:  I was trying to track down some information about Marydale Plantation in Tensas Parish Louisiana.  I went first to Google and listed among the results was a bookmark on diigo.com for Marydale Plantation!   Placed there by me . . . I …Continue reading →


Another Bowie Mystery

As I’ve written about from time to time, my Bowie line descends from one James Bowie (c. 1795-1832), a so-called “free man of color” who resided in Louisiana.  My cousin Steve Bowie has set out the history and genealogy of the James Bowie FMC descendants at his excellent site, http://www.jamesbowiefmc.com/. We don’t know where James Bowie was born nor who …Continue reading →


Nana’s 100th Anniversary

JESSIE BEATRICE BOWIE 1909-1973 Jessie Beatrice Bowie was my paternal grandmother.  She was born in San Antonio, Texas, on January 11, 1909.  She was the daughter of Elias Bowie, Sr.(1874-1970) and Hattie Bryant (1888-1944). Hattie had been  born on the Texas Gulf Coast.  After a brief marriage at age 15 and another relationship, she headed for San Antonio with her …Continue reading →


Scores of Things About My Genealogical Activities

I’m not sure who started this meme, but I first found it at Msteri’s Heritage Happens.  She called it 104 Tidbits About My Genealogical Habits.  It can be a good goal setting tool. The list below  should be annotated in the following manner: Things you have already done or found: bold face type Things you would like to do or …Continue reading →


Who Is This Man?

This photograph was found in St Louis, Missouri, along with many others depicting members of the Micheau family of Prairie du Rocher and Sparta, Illinois.  No living relative among those that I interviewed had anyy idea who he might be.  Is this a family member? A friend? How old? Occupation? Just what is his story? When was the picture taken …Continue reading →


2009: Day 3

Is the honeymoon with the new year over already? I’m betting that by Monday morning, that’s what of us will be thinking! But I’ve had a good first three days! On the one hand, I missed the Carnival, which broke one of my resolutions, but it was unavoidable. Plagued by connectivity problems all week (which are now solved), I was …Continue reading →


New Year’s Eve

[UPDATED 1/1/2009, 4:00 PM, PST: Added missing links; minor corrections] Settle an argument, willya? Is today New Year’s Eve 2008 or is it New Year’s Eve 2009? Well, on the one hand, it is December 31, 2008, but it’s the eve of the new year 2009. (Did that help?) Whichever it is, we need to get cracking with the last …Continue reading →

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