Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Picture Mystery Solved

Below is a picture that I have of unknown ancestors. Well, they were unknown to me and the little piece of paper that was taped to the back that listed these people had long since fell off. The picture was in with all of the Lloyd/Adams papers and pictures so I figured they were somehow related to that line. When I was last in Wilcox county Alabama I did drive around looking to see if there was a porch that had the same wood work pattern as shown in the picture, no luck.

Left to right, front row: Mrs. William Eugene Lloyd, 
Claudia Lloyd Stanford, William Lloyd Lazenby, 
Martha Barge Reynolds. Back Row: Ella Lloyd Lazenby, 
William Holt Lloyd, Mary Frances Reynolds Lloyd, 
Emma Reynolds Lloyd, Emma Reynolds Smith, 
James H. Reynolds, Harry Lazenby.

This month I finally made a trip to Salt Lake City for a few days of family history fun. While searching for more information about my ancestors in the Wilcox County Heritage book I found my picture printed. Yep, I almost fell out of my chair and I did want to jump up and down with joy.

My little mystery is finally solved, the bearded, balding man on the left is William Holt Lloyd (1841-1912), brother to my great great grandfather James B. Lloyd (Mr. J.B as he was known is mentioned in several of my earlier blog posts). Yeaaaaaaaa. I finally have names to put to the picture, and I only had to travel to Salt Lake City to find him. Now that I do have a name for him I can see the family resemblance when I look at pictures of J.B. Lloyd.

I have a few more finds I'll post over the next couple of weeks.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Salt Lake City finds - still sorting

My trip to Salt Lake City was great; though I could have stayed an extra week or two in the library. I'm still sifting through all of my finds and figuring out where I stand with a few of my ancestors. I did have a few great finds that answered a few questions and of course a most finds have led to many more questions.

As soon as work lets up a little this week I will post about finding out the names to a group of people in an old photo I have. Yep, had to go all the way to Salt Lake City to find the answer.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Going to Salt Lake

I received news yesterday that in September I'm going to Salt Lake for 3 days. Yep 3 days to explore the Family Search Library. I'm super excited and yet a bit panicked; I thought when I planned my trip I'd have more planning time. Oh well, I'll get all my research ducks in a row and hit the ground running when I get there.

If anyone reads this that has been to the library in Salt Lake and has any advice to give I'd greatly appreciate it.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jumping back in

Well, it has been a rough year and the past 6 months have been spent in a haze of grief, but I'm jumping back into my genealogy research.

I've took the plunge and started a tree on Wikitree. I'm entering the 1st few generations by hand since I have way too many weird notes in Reunion for Mac and I'm not sure how to keep those notes private when doing a Gedcom download. My tree is slowly growing and I'm trying to figure out the html codes to make the sources look nice and pretty but info will be added.

Thank you all for your kind words after my last post and for the handful of private messages that were sent to me. And if there are any distant cousins out there waiting for my return, feel free to message me any time. I may not have been very active in the Gen world lately but I will always enjoy meeting distant cousins.

Ok, all for now, I'll have a real Gen related post up soon.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wednesdays Child - Daniel

As a family historian I search to find the stories of our family so that I can share these stories with other family members. These stories are of our ancestors some we knew and loved dearly and others we will never know much about. I know a lot about todays Wednesday Child, he was Daniel James G., my son. Daniel died on Feb 17, 2012 from complications from Leukemia. In the past month since Daniel’s death several of my ancestors keep creeping into my mind, their lives and stories helping me on my journey.
I think of Daniel’s 4th great grandfather Dr. David Adams. When he practiced medicine a  child presenting with signs of Leukemia would have died painfully within weeks, a month or two if the child was lucky. Would Dr. Adams be glad to know that in this day and age this terrible disease can be cured and that Daniel was able to have 8 good months after his diagnosis and these months were relatively pain free due to advances in medicine.
I think of Maggie H Adams Lloyd, daughter of Dr. David Adams, who died June 22, 1884, 2 months after her 7 month old son John Bartow Lloyd passed away. Family history says that both Maggie and her son John were ill after his birth and neither ever thrived. I can believe that passing of John left Maggie so heartbroken that she was never able to recover.
I think of my 4th great grandmother Naomi Ann Cox LLoyd, she bore 18 children. Three of her children died before they reached the age of 6. Three more of her boys lost their lives during the Civil War. People say a mother should never have to bury her child; and they are right. Naomi buried 6 of her children, six children that I am sure never left her heart or mind.
 My grandmother, Juanita Butt Jones passed away December 21, 2005, and so many times I could see her sitting Daniel down and giving him a piece of cake or a cookie. Daniel would have loved to go with her out to her flower garden to enjoy the beautiful roses she so cared for. Daniel enjoyed sitting on the wooden swing beside my grandmother’s garden, and I was saddened that she was never able to sit with him on that swing as she had done with her other grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mostly I think of my grandfather James Compton Lloyd, who died June 27 2007. Daniel was born 1 year after my Papa died so the 2 never had a chance to meet but I often thought of the wonderful things Daniel and Papa would have done together. My grandfather loved taking walks in the woods; listening to the birds, looking for bugs and snakes under rocks, going fishing, all things Daniel was already enthralled with. I could envision Papa showing Daniel how to put a worm on the hook, pointing to a birds nest in a tree, teaching Daniel how to whistle, and mostly I could always see the love that my Papa would have had for Daniel and Daniel for him. The two of them would have been perfect companions on journeys through the woods.
Daniel is now on a list I never wanted him on; the list of relatives that have passed before me. I will keep our ancestors close while I continue my journey, and I will find comfort knowing that no matter what may cross my path these ancestors and my son will always be side by side in heart.

Daniel James G
Sep 23,2008-Feb 17, 2012
Forever Three, Forever Loved, Forever Missed