What’s with all the “Washes”?

I have counted eleven George Washingtons in my incomplete family tree. They have eight different surnames, come from five different states, and were born from 1827 to 1880.

From what i can tell all of them used the name Washington and went by the nickname, “Wash.”  I saw a few GWs on some documents and a couple of headstones, but I never saw anything to suggest they went by the name George.

The surnames are Crouch (2), Green, Broyles, Haynes, Laird, Rose (2), Scott (2), and Bass. They were born in Indiana, Arkansas, Alabama, North Carolina, and Georgia. Here’s George Washington Crouch, my great great grandpa, born in Arkansas in 1848.

GW Crouch

George Washington Crouch

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Posted by on August 31, 2015 in Random Observations


Howww-deeeee! From Cousin Minnie Pearl

I have a scrap of paper with notes in my grandmother’s handwriting. It says:

Mrs. Henry Cannon

Sarah Ophelia

         Centerville, Tenn.

(Minnie Pearl)

Scott relation her mother & Grandpa Scott  William Charlie Scott

Grandma, Lela Mae Scott Rose, always said we were related to Minnie Pearl but I was too young to remember if she ever told us how we were connected and this scrap of paper is all we about it in writing.

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon as Minnie Pearl in 1965

Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon, Minnie Pearl, 1965

She was born October 25, 1912 in Centerville, Hickman County, Tennessee. According to this Minnie Pearl Geni page she is daughter of Thomas Kelly Colley and Fannie Tate Colley.

My Scott line goes back to John Scott, b. 1800 in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Sometime around the 1820s John and his siblings, two brothers and a sister, moved west. The oldest brother, James Bartlett, b. 1797, eventually settled in Maury County, Tennessee while the others, John; Isabelle, b. 1802; and William Thomas, b. 1804, ended up in Lauderdale County, Alabama.

In 1854 and 1858 Hickman County gained some area from Maury County. Hickman County is where Sarah was born. Grandmother’s note indicates the relationship is through Sarah’s mother and it’s my guess that she descends from James Bartlett Scott.

My  direct line from John Scott goes through his son Jeremiah Franklin (Frank), b. 1830, then to William Charlie Scott, b. 1860, who moved to Oklahoma with his family which included Avery Albert Scott, b. 1889. Avery married Caldona Crouch and Lela Mae, my grandmother, was their first daughter.

John Scott is my grandmother’s 2x great grandpa and she was born in 1911. Sarah was born in 1912, so it’s possible James Bartlett is her 2x great grandfather, which would make them fourth cousins.

Fannie Tate Colley is Sarah’s mother, according to the page, so I’m on a search for more information about her and who she comes from.

I’ve done very little research on James Bartlett, I have plenty of my own direct ancestors to keep me busy, but this Minnie Pearl link has me looking into him. Somewhere I found seven kids for James Bartlett so I’m looking for records to confirm that and then I’ll research their descendants which is a gigantic job. I don’t know if I’ll be looking for daughters or sons.

If I can find more about Fannie Tate Colley that will be the easier direction to search.

Sarah married Henry Cannon in 1937, but they didn’t have any children so I’ll be looking nieces and nephews to help me make the match.

Anyone out there have a great aunt Sarah, who was known as Minnie Pearl? I’d like to make the link to confirm what my grandmother knew.


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Posted by on August 8, 2015 in Scott


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House Calls

After the news of Mr and Mrs. Avery Scott returning from Mexico, in the March 1, 1907 edition of the Byars Banner I found an interesting section about medical fees.

Byars Banner 1907 Medical Fees on American Saga

These fees were established by the North Chickasaw Medical Society following guidelines adopted by the American Medical Association.

It cost $10 plus mileage to have a baby with normal labor. A difficult labor was $15.

If you were having twins (or more!) it was $5 extra for each additional baby.

Mileage was 50 cents or 75 cents. It’s not really clear, but you can read the article and see what you think.

Office visits for a prescription were 50 cents; and an office visit with an exam was $1 and up.  I guess the fee depended on what needed to be examined.

There have always broken bones to set and fees for treating a fracture started at $5 for a finger or toe; a forearm was $15; arm, $15; and a broken thigh was $35. The fee doubled for compound fractures and of course mileage was extra.

Then there was a section about amputations.

Why on earth is there such detail about the fees for amputations? What kind of farm accident or machinery were they using that would cause injuries that led to an amputation? Fees started at $5 for a finger or toe, but bigger body parts were more expensive to amputate than to treat if it was just broken.

The Sept. 7, 1906 section provided the answer.

The Purcell Register was compiling these historical news snippets from the Byars Banner which was published from 1904 until 1911. The editor of the Register didn’t print all the gory details, but on Sept. 7 noted there were a number of articles about severed limbs due to falls from trying to board a moving train!


Then there was this:

Dee Ferguson tried to board a moving train near Byars, got his foot caught between the wheel and the brake and had to have his foot amputated by Dr. Johnson and Dr. Tyree, who pronounce him recovering now.

There was no fee listed for amputating a foot, but since the cut would have to be made on the lower leg, the $45 for a leg amputation would probably apply.

Plus mileage.

In other news:

“A woman whiskey peddler was arrested in her tent near an Oklahoma Central Railway camp, with lots of whiskey.”

In October a street car in Muskogee left the tracks, overturned and two people were killed and many were injured.

A few days later Mrs. Jefferson Davis, wife of the President of the United States passed away. Jefferson Davis was president of the Confederate States, not the United States, but oh well.

Here’s the article I pulled this from.


There was political news, the Constitutional Convention was coming up. Oklahoma would become a state in November, 1907.

Dr. Anderson moved here from Alabama to set up an office. Seems like a good move for him with all those severed limbs, train accidents, lightning set fires, and babies being born.

Interesting reading.



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Posted by on July 4, 2015 in Random Observations


Avery Scott and Onie Crouch Get Married

Avery Scott and Caldona Crouch were my great grandparents and they married on October 6, 1906. We called them Mommie and Poppy.  I don’t have a copy of their marriage license, but I found a newspaper announcement in some of my grandmother’s old things.

In 1977 the Purcell Register ran a series of old news collected from the Byars Banner which was published from 1904 to 1911. Byars is a little town in McClain County, just a couple of miles south of the South Canadian River which is the county line. My grandmother remembers as kids they would walk to the river and cross on the railroad trestle. Oklahoma Highway 102 crosses there now and in McClain county it’s called Railroad Bridge Drive.

November 9, 1906 the Byars Banner ran this notice:

Avery Scott and Onie Crouch were married on Oct. 6.

That’s all. Here, in the left column, you can see what the Purcell Register printed.

ByarsBanner1906-07 Scott News

A second clipping dated March 1, 1907 says “Mr. and Mrs. Avery Scott have returned from Old Mexico and said they would never return there as things weren’t as presented by the Mexican Colonization Co. They said there had not been any rain in that part of Mexico in more than 1 1/2 years thus one could not grow crops and parrots and blackbirds infest the country.”

Very interesting.

It appears to me they got married and headed south. Apparently it didn’t take long to realize it wasn’t the place to be and they came back home before they’d been married less than five months. They married in October. The announcement was published in November and they returned from Mexico by February of the following year.

I would love to find the promotional materials that enticed them to go to Mexico. A library at UCLA, about 1100 miles away, has materials related to the Mexican Colonization Company. However, the Byars Banner is archived on microfilm (yeech! Microfilm makes me dizzy.) at the Oklahoma Historical Society in Oklahoma City. That’s only 12 miles away, so that’s a trip I can make.

My great-grandmother  Caldona Crouch was born in December 1892 so she was only 14 years old when she married. With promotional materials created to draw settlers to Mexico, I wonder if the promise of cheap land created a sense of urgency and they married earlier than they otherwise might have. Probably not, but I can just hear Poppy say he’s going to Mexico and if she wants to come with him it’s time to get married.

Avery and Onie had a son, Luther, in August 1907; and my grandmother, Lela Mae, was born in 1911.  I have a hunch there will be a snippet of information about the births in the Byars Banner. The  Banner stopped publishing in 1911, but grandmother was born in February so I hope I can find something about her. I plan to set a day to go to check out the archives and see what other nuggets I might find.

Finding this clipping helps fill in bits of my family history in a couple of ways. First, it tells me I’ll probably find their marriage records in McClain county. At various times they lived across the river in Cleveland County, and they were just a few miles west of the Pottowatommie County line where they also lived. I couldn’t decide where to go first to look for those family records.  And second, I learned Mommie’s nickname. As an adult Caldona was known as “Doan”, so “Onie” is a sweet nickname for a little girl.

Here’s one of the few family photos of the Avery Scott family. It was taken about 1913 because Aunt Syble, Sylvia Estelle, was just a baby and she was born that year. They would have two more children, Dorine, who was called Bill, and Raymond Rayford, who was called Mac.

Avery Scott Family on American Saga

Don’t ya just love the hats!  And grandmother, striking such a stylish pose. So cute.

I have some really, really old eyelet trim that came from a dress my grandmother had as a little girl. They could only afford one “church” outfit so I wonder if that lace is on this dress.  Guess we’ll never know. Mommie’s family, George Washington and Rosanner Fortner Crouch also went to Mexico. They stayed longer than a few months but soon they were back in Oklahoma..

Do you know if you had family members who tried to settle in Mexico?

I guess there were land speculator that tried to make a buck off any chunk of available land.

That’s all.


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Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Scott


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The Oklahoma Scott Family Reunion 2015

The first Sunday in June is the time, and the park in Wynnewood, Oklahoma is the place of the Oklahoma Scott family reunion. We heard about it just in time to go. Wynnewood was the home of William Charlie Scott, my great great grandpa, and for years dozens of descendants of his ten kids would gather for the day.

Family of William Charlie Scott

The family of William Charlie Scott taken on the day of his funeral. He died April 20, 1933. His wife, Judia Isabelle Lard Scott is front left. Nancy Scott, his daughter with Nancy Qualls is next, then his oldest sons Jesse Andrew and Avery Albert. Apart from Mamie, I’m at a loss as to who’s who  on the back row. Any cousins out there who can help?

When I was a kid we filled the park. Food covered all the picnic tables in the pavilion and we spread out across the park on lawn chairs and picnic blankets. The food was all homemade, except a couple of loaves of the mandatory Rainbow bread. White bread and butter went with every meal. There was fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, baked beans, cole slaw and tons of other stuff. Banana pudding was a mandatory dessert, sometimes several versions, cakes in all flavors, and lots of pie. Apple pie, cherry pie, pecan pie, peach cobbler, blueberry cobbler, and there was probably a pan of brownies.

Someone brought a set of horseshoes and after selecting the biggest shady spot they could find, the stakes were measured off and pounded into the ground where the men would congregate, most of them smokers. The clank of horseshoes and smell of the air, stopping only long enough for one of the eldest attendees to say grace before the meal. Well the clanking paused for a minute or two, the smoke was continuous. The women folk—that’s old-timey talk for moms and grandmas—set up lawn chairs and spread pallets—usually handmade quilts—under the shade of a different tree. Every patch of that shade was covered with a picnic blanket, usually anchored by a picnic basket or thermos to keep them from blowing away in the Oklahoma wind.

Us kids were left to fend for ourselves so we made use of a few swings, a couple of wooden teeter-totters, and one of those old merry-go-rounds you have to get a dad to push to go really fast, and if you don’t hang on you’ll slide to the edge and get slung to the ground, Probably why most parks have taken them out in recent years. I always sat  in the middle and squeezed my eyes tight to keep from getting sick.

There might be seventy or eighty kin gathered for the day. And that didn’t include the kids. But times have changed. This year there were maybe thirty or so adults at the park. There were just a few smokers (all the old-timers died of smoking related causes, mostly heart attacks) and no one brought horseshoes. Much of the food was store-bought. We even picked up chicken at Homeland on our way down. And after the food  was spread out (there was plenty!) there was still room for all of us to sit and eat at a picnic table in the shade of the pavilion. No need for lawn chairs or pallets on the ground. Alas.

As far as I know there were only two of Charlie’s ten kids were represented at the reunion with descendants of Jesse and Avery in attendance.

Jesse Andrew Scott, the oldest, born in 1886, had lived in Wynnewood near his folks and some of his kids and grandkids still live in the area. It’s that bunch that organizes the reunion and keeps it going. Some of them came up from Texas just for the reunion. The second son, Avery Albert, born in 1889, was my great grandpa. There were four of us there. Mom, one of her cousins, Kay Scott Talley, her husband Lester, and me.

I printed the person pages for each of William Charlies kids and took it to use as a reference point for introductions. It was very helpful. I wrote the barest bit of family history I could put on a half-a-sheet of paper for those who might not know where we came from. I overheard someone say “They came from Alabama?” so the history was also helpful.  Here’s what I wrote.

A Brief Scott Family History

John Scott was born in 1800 in Buncombe County, North Carolina in the vicinity of present day Ashville. About 1820 he moved to Alabama (opened for settlement in 1818) by way of Tennessee where his two brothers settled. John and his sister Isabelle Scott Lambert settled in Lauderdale County in the far northwest corner of the state. John was single when he obtained his land, but in 1823 he married and started a family. He had ten kids when his wife died so he remarried and had four more kids. All 14 of his kids were born along Bumpass Creek near Waterloo, Alabama in Lauderdale County.

John donated some of his land for the Bumpass Creek Free Will Baptist Church, which still has an active congregation. My mom, Darlene Miller painted a picture of the church from a photo taken during a visit to the area. I photographed the painting and have made some postcards of the church.

Jeremiah Franklin was born in 1834, one of John’s of the first ten kids. “Frank” married Mary Harriett Serelda Steely and they started a family in Lauderdale County.  They would have 13 kids, all born in Alabama.

William Charlie, born in 1860, was Frank’s 2nd son. Charlie married Nancy Qualls and after they had a daughter Nancy died. Charlie then married Judia Isabelle Lard (Laird) and they had nine kids, eight sons and one daughter.

The Scotts had filled up most of their neck of the woods along Bumpass Creek in Lauderdale County and started moving west.  Jeremiah Franklin’s oldest son moved to Texas where he married and had three sons. Of the remaining nine kids, six came to Oklahoma—the others stayed in Alabama—Charlie was one of the six who came and brought his family.

Charlie and Judi had three sons, then between 1891 and 1894 they moved to Oklahoma, near Box in Cleveland County, and had six more kids.

Avery, Charlie’s 2nd son, was my great grandpa. “Aunt Lela” was my grandma. My mom is Darlene Rose Miller and I’m Jan Miller Stratton.


The William Charlie Scott Family, circa 1900. On the front row from the left: Rayford Charley, 1900; William Charlie, 1860; Eldry, 1896; Judi Lard Scott, 1867; Ernal Mason, 1896. On the back row from the left: Jesse Andrew, 1886; Colbert, 1894; Stanley Luther, 1891; and Avery Albert, 1989

This is a picture we’ve had and apart from Charlie and Judi, we didn’t know who was who. But thanks to mom’s cousin Kay Scott Talley, we think we figured it out.  She knew for sure the one on the back right was Avery, her grandpa, and the one on the back row with the ruffled collar was Colbert. Based on that we made an educated guess and named the others.

Avery and Colbert would grow up to marry sisters, (Doan and Chub Crouch) so we were double cousins with Colbert’s kids and grandkids.. Colbert and Avery both lived in far southeast Cleveland County near the community of Box so we knew those cousins better than some of the others. Charlie and Judi first settled in Box when they came to Oklahoma, but after all the kids were born they moved south to eventually settle in Wynnewood.

That’s about the sum of it for this year. Colbert and Chub’s kids (there are just a couple of their eleven kids left), grandkids and great grandkids have a “Scott Cousins Reunion” is what  they call it. We’ve been invited to that  later this summer. There’s talk of a reunion in Waterloo, Alabama as well which I would love to turn into a family research trip if the timing works out for me to go.

Seems like there aren’t as many family reunions as there used to be. How about you? Got plans to see family this summer?


John Scott > Jeremiah Franklin Scott > William Charlie Scott > Avery Albert Scott > Lela Scott Rose > Darlene Rose Miller > Jan Miller Stratton



Posted by on June 8, 2015 in Scott


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Mid-Century Style

No matter what’s going on in my life, when February 16 pops up on my computer screen or date book I think of  Grandma and Grandpa. It’s their birthday today. Grandma would be 104 and grandpa would be 106. I’m talking about  Thomas Edwin “Ed” Rose  and Lela Mae Scott Rose.

Ed and Lela Rose and Me

This was Easter Sunday and I was just a few weeks past my first  birthday. Grandma was 43 and Grandpa was 45.

I love grandpa’s double-breasted suit. According to mom he was quite the dandy. As a construction worker he wore dungarees, similar to, but not quite jeans, and  chambray or flannel work shirts; but on Sundays he was always in a suit and tie. I never thought of President Eisenhower as a trendsetter, but here in the midst of the “Eisenhower Years” that military-style jacket Grandma is wearing has to be influenced by the General. There’s something very practical about the waistband at the bottom of the jacket. In a military uniform it would keep the tail of your jacket out of the way of your sidearm. The matching shirt cuffs tie the look together. On the battlefield the flapped pockets protected military orders and maps, but here thy add an element of style. The jacket looks perfect with  the slim a-line skirt. High-heeled pumps would look out of place with this suit, so grandma completes the look with fashionably updated oxfords.

And then there’s me, with my cute little dress coat over my Easter dress.

So Happy Birthday to my Grandma and Grandpa!

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Posted by on February 16, 2015 in Rose, Scott


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The James Miller Plantation on the Catawba River

When I first started looking for family on I wanted to find where my dad’s family came from before Florida. We knew it was South Carolina, but that was all we knew. My search wasn’t easy because my dad was the fifth James Miller in the line, and it’s a common name, so there are James Millers all over the place.

I finally tracked them down to Lancaster County, South Carolina until 1870 when they were in York County. While looking for more details over the weekend I found an 1825 map of Lancaster County.  It was excellent quality and high-resolution and when I zoomed in on the details I realized it included the names of families who lived there.

I recognized many names I from the U.S. Census reports I’d been studying. And then I was amazed to find my family! “Jas Millers” was labeled on the east side of the Catawba River, just north of Twelve Mile Creek.


Lancaster County is south of Charlotte, North Carolina along the South Carolina/North Carolina state line. The county was named for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Both counties are populated with Scots-Irish immigrants. Stephen Miller was born in the area in 1740. He was the first of four generations of Millers born in Lancaster County.

After General Tecumseh Sherman’s “scorched earth” policy scorched through Lancaster County at the end of the Civil War circumstances were pretty bleak. The family owned $1700 of real estate in 1870 but they were counted in neighboring York County not Lancaster County where they’d previously lived.

My next search will be for land and tax records. Until I find something to the contrary, it’s my guess the family home was destroyed during the war but they still owned the land. I don’t know if they lost the land because they couldn’t pay the taxes, or if they simply abandoned it because they couldn’t make a living on it anymore, but for one reason or the other they left South Carolina for a better opportunity. Soon after 1870 the family moved south to the area that would become Kissimmee, Florida.

James Miller, born on the Catawba River in 1824 died in Florida in 1875. He was just 51 years old. He is buried in Rose Hill Cemetery in Kissimmee, Florida.

There’s much more to this story, but I don’t have time to tell it now. I’m moving. After the dust settles and the boxes have been recycled I’ll write more with more pictures and details.


PS – Yes, that’s President Andrew Jackson’s birthplace just a few miles east of the Miller Plantation. He was born in 1767 and in 1825 he’d just lost a 1824 bid for president. He would win in 1828.



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Posted by on January 6, 2015 in Miller


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