Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sentimental Sunday - My grandmothers 91st birthday party

While I was back in Alabama for vacation I was able to be with my grandmother for her 91st birthday party. Mary Bolt Lloyd turned 91 on May 22.  It was so nice to be there with her, my mother and my aunt, but the part that really choked me up was that my 2 year old son was there also and my grandmother was all smiles watching D run around and eat cake. I don't think D will remember the party when he grows up, though I do have pictures, but I will remember that 4 generations were there that day celebrating.

Photo by j l jones
Here is my grandmother trying to keep D
from diving straight into the cake ;)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Powers grave site

I was lucky to be able to get up to Marion Co, TN during my trip to Alabama, and so happy to be able to find McNabb Cemetery II to see and photograph the grave sites of Thomas Powers (my 4th great grandfather) Sallie McNabb Powers (4th great grandmother).

I am very thankful to the lady working at a nearby gas station who gave me directions to the cemetery since somehow my printed map to the cemetery never made it across the country (I blame fairies). The road the cemetery sits on is a lot like a roller coaster. 12.9 miles down a twisty turny road in the rain, with the Tennessee river on my right and the mountainside on my left. The scenery was beautiful.

View of the river out of my car window
taken by Jeri L Jones

About the 4th time I thought "I'm on the wrong road, I'm lost, I didn't come all this way to not find the cemetery" there it sat, between the road and the Tennessee River, McNabb Cemetery II (well I was hoping it was II)

Gates of McNabb Cemetery II
taken by Jeri L Jones
So, though the rain was coming down good, and I could hear the thunder getting closer, there was no way I was staying in the car; all the way from Denver Co and Thomas and Sallie's graves were just a few feet away.  I wandered around not knowing which area the graves would be in and then I spotted a nicely kept group plot down the hill a bit.

Powers family plot
taken by Jeri L Jones

It was them: Sallie, Thomas, daughter Mary Jane, son Silas and his wife, 1 child of Silas and another child who may be Silas' or from another child.

Thomas Powers Jan 2, 1826-
Jan 3, 1906
(daughter Mary Jane Powers shares a stone
with her father, though she does pose a
new mystery)
Photo taken by Jeri L Jones

Sallie Powers
Mar 20, 1836-
Jan 10, 1927
Photo taken by Jeri L Jones

I also spent some time in the library and found the early deed from 1880 when Thomas Powers purchased land from David McNabb (I think David is Sallie's father, but no proof). The deed info is going to take some serious investigation since the boundaries are listed as: the Tennessee River, beginning  with a box alder on the property of Silas McNabb, passing by a walnut by the old road, thence up the mountain and cornering with the black hickories. Yep, that tells me he at least had a river view :) There are a few names listed on adjoining properties but I'm not too sure the hickories and box alder will still be a good landmark.

I took a few more pictures at the cemetery and wanted to take more but the thunder and lightning finally got close enough to make me want to take cover. I will try to get back at some point and take pictures of all the graves in the cemetery as many of them are crumbling and becoming more unreadable.  

Monday, May 23, 2011

Lots and lots to share.

Hi all, I'm finally back from my trip back home to Alabama, and did I get lucky in the genealogy department.  I'll start sorting through all the pictures, books and info over the next few days and start sharing, I just wanted to say hi and that I had not forgotten about the blog while I was gone.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ready for research trip!

Ok, I've been neglecting this blog, but in my defense, I've been printing out family group sheets, questionnaires for family members, maps, and contacting libraries.  I'm heading to Alabama for my yearly visit and plan on hitting up a few (ok, 5) libraries while I'm there, so I've had to get packed and get all my genealogy paperwork in order.

I have called libraries to verify they are open, printed maps to rural cemeteries, and planned my day trip to Tennessee, oh yea, packed clothes for me and my son (I guess clothes are important).  So I think I'm ready.  I hope to be able to post while I'm away, but don't know how much.

So, to all my readers :) have a great week, I'll be digging in the stacks.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Research Advice Needed, Please?

Hi all, I will finally get a chance to do some research in Marion County TN, my problem, well, I get 1 day. Yes, not much time but I will take that 1 day and make the most of it.

So here is my question: Has anyone done any research in Marion Co, TN, and if so do you have any advice on making the most of my day? I know I will spend most of the day at the library and will be venturing to McNabb Cemetery II for some photos (yippee) and possibly Walker Cemetery (still looking for some info before I go there).

Are there any secret filing cabinets that are not in plain site I might want to look at (I've heard of a few in other libraries)? Does anyone know if McNabb Cemetery is still kept up and accessible (I did post that question on with no reply).

Any bit of info on this would be greatly appreciated, I really don't want to run around in circles on my 1 day.