Thursday, September 29, 2011


Ahhh yes, the crisp morning air and fresh apple cider are both telling me that it is that time of year.  Saturday marks another month down, and the start of October. Not only do we get to dress up and ask for free candy later on this month, but its also Family History Month! I am sure that you are all just excited as am. My local library has all kinds of event that I hope I can make to at least some. Also something to be celebrating is has updated its documents, indexes, and records, including adding to Indiana's marriage records and now also have a civil war landing page. I am really excited to dig further and see what I can find on this *free* and very valuable website.  What else is there to do on the rainy days of October?

I recently was able to borrow family research that my late grandmother Jean Montag (Smith) did thanks to my loving Aunt.

I would like you to meet my Great Grandparents. Mr. Silas Dinsmore Smith and Edna Smith (Behling/Koetell). According to what is written on the back it was taken in 1922. 3 years before my grandmother Ellen Jean Montag (Smith) was born.

Thanks for reading, and feel free to comment or pass on.

*P.S.* Just a reminder that Mississinewa 1812 living history event will be in October. Come see me by the flag pole and the 3 lb. cannon along with the rest of the U.S. 2nd Light Artillery. 

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies. ~Shirley Abbott

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Oldest Structure in Perry County: Kentucky

Eversole Cabin
Hazard-Herald article

The links above takes you to a site that talks about about the oldest structure in Perry County, Kentucky that is still standing.  I would love to go see it in person, but for now I will be happy with just a photo.

 It was built sometime around 1800, by Jacob and Mary Eversole. At least 4 Generations of Eversole's lived there although I will have to do more looking into it to make sure. There were two battles at the Eversole cabin during the Civil war. The Union Major John Eversole and some of his men were at the home at the time when Confederate soldiers surrounded the cabin. Unfortunately for them the rest of the Majors unit was hiding in the bushes and fired on the Confederates while they were watching the cabin at least one was killed, no Union soldiers were killed. In the second go around, it was actually after the war, some Confederate Rebels went to the house and managed to kill the Major  and his brother Joseph.

Much love

Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Start

Ahhh yes, the blog. My first to be exact. I am sure I will be playing with themes and colors, but right now I can live with this one.
I plan on posting, at least once a week, photos, documents, stories, questions and the like that I come across in my journey through my family history.

So were do I start, at the beginning is usually the best place, but when you are working on family history where is that? Well, lets start at piece of interesting news. I am directly related to Pocahontas! Yes, that one.
I'm not going to do a history lesson that's not the point of this but I will give you some facts.
  1. You might find her under 3 (yes, three) names
    1. Pocahontas (the most common) a nickname meaning "Little Wanton" <playful girl>
    2. Matoaka (her birth name)
    3. Rebecca (her Christian name)
  2. No she did NOT marry John Smith, but actually John Rolfe.
  3. She died in 1617 of a respiratory illness, either pneumonia or tuberculosis.
  4. Disney's representation is mostly wrong. In fact the Powhatan tribe told Disney that they would work with them telling the story, but Disney refused.
You can check out more at Preservation Virgina and The Pocahontas Myth. Of course there are scores more, but I figure you can find them yourself.