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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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What’s Your Name?

So yesterday I posted a bit about the Lard/Laird branch of my family tree and coincidentally today the Genealogy Tip of the Day was about last names.  How fixed are they?  Turns out not very.

In certain regions of Europe last names changed from one generation to another or were tied to the property on which an ancestor lived…

Learn about your ancestor’s country of origin and determine what the common practices were in that region…

Even before I started researching my family tree I’d heard names sometimes changed from the old country to the new world. Different languages, different accents, unknown spellings all played a part in the names new Americans acquired upon arrival. The name Vito Corleone is recognized as the main character in the Godfather. However, in the Godfather II it’s a young Vito Andolini who arrives at Ellis Island from Corleone, Sicily. As the boy is registered to enter the United States there are language difficulties and Vito is given the last name Corleone, which is actually the name of his home town.

However, It also seems to have happened to our names as we moved from state to territory to new frontier areas as we settled the country. My research into my great-grandmother Bessie Jane Belew Rose turns up relatives and ancestors named Belue, Beleu, Ballew and even Ballou, as in Cat Ballou. Remember that movie with Lee Marvin playing the drunkest gunfighter in the west? Cat—as in Catherine—Ballou hires him to protect the family ranch and then avenge her father’s death. It was a comedy by the way, made in 1965. But back to our story… The name is pronounced “blue” like the color, and that’s how it’s spelled in some families along with a very French version of Ballieux, or something like that.

Turns out I have a branch of Blues, like the color, on a different part of my tree. And a great great grandmother, Catherine Blue—I wonder if she was called Cat. These Blues came from Scotland by way of Nova Scotia and as far as I can tell the name was always spelled Blue. This is the same family that begat Ronald Reagan and makes the former president one of our distant cousins on my Dad’s side.

Speaking of French—back to the Ballieux spelling—Phillippe Du Trieux arrived in New Amsterdam in 1624 with the first immigrants on the ship the New Netherland to settle on Manhattan Island. In a few generations Philippe, became Phillip, and du Trieux became Truax. One of the du Trieux boys married Sarah la Roux, They named a son Larue, and his last name became Truex, with an “e” and then later the name settled on the spelling of Truax, with an “a”. About the same time someone named VanderVinck arrived in the area and over a couple of generations his name evolved to become Wink, as in Sansom Wink, my great great grandfather.

Other family names that have evolved over the years are Beavins, Bevins or Bivens, and maybe before that it was originally ap Evans, which means “of Evan”, as in “son of Evan” in Ireland and Wales.

Then there were different spellings, Talmadge became Talmage, as in America’s first spies. Stillwell, was spelled Stilwell sometimes. In looking for information about my great great grandmother Nancy Qualls, I can’t overlook Quarles and Quails.

Some of my family names have seemed fixed through the years: Rose, Miller, McKay, Scott… although Scott was written Schott in a marriage record once, Rose can turn up as Ross in some families; Miller can be Millar; McKay might be McKee… It’s good to keep these things in mind when looking for specific documents that don’t seem to exist.

How about your family names?  What differences have turned up in your research?

Jan

Here’s how I’m related to some of these people.

Me > Dad > Kathryn McKay, she was called “Kat” > Olive Wink > Sansom Wink > Jacob Adam Wink > Adam Wink > Jacob Wink, Esq. b. 1733, Bedford, PA > Sebastian Wink b. 1705 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands, immigrated and returned to die in France > Isaac VanDerVinck

Me > Dad > Kathryn McKay > Olive Wink > Sansom Wink > Jacob Adam Wink > Adam Wink > Jacob Wink, Esq. who married Elizabeth Truax > Larue Jacob Truex > Phillip Truex > Jacob Du Trieux > Philippe Du Trieux > Philippe DuTrieux, b. 1586, Roubaix, Nord, Nord-Pas-de-Calais, France, arrived New Amsterdam, 1624.

Me > Dad > Kathryn McKay > Donald Graham McKay > Robert McKay who married Catherine Blue > Donald Daniel Blue (great great grandfather of Ronald Reagan) > Donald Neil Blue b. 1799 in Kilcalmonell, County, Argylshire Highlands of Scotland

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2014 in McKay, Miller, Rose, Scott

 

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Pvt. John Wesley Rose, Co. B 314th Infantry

Ed Rose
Oklahoma City, OK

April 20, 1944

Dear brother and family

I got your letter today. Sure was glad to hear from you all but I sure have been places since I seen you all last. I have been in Boston, Mass. A friend and I went on a pass and went to Providence, Rhode Island and stayed overnight. …
Well I am a long ways farther from  home than Boston now. I am in England somewhere, I can’t tell you just where. I went on a pass and went to Liverpool, England. …
Tell the kiddos hello. Will try to write more next time.
So long, your loving brother, John.

May 2, 1944

Dear Brother and family

I received your letter today that you mailed the 17 of April, I sure was glad to get it too. Well this much I can tell you all, I am still in England and pretty good. … Ed when have you been down to Willies last and how was he? You can tell him when you see him again that I am getting ready to pay a visit to the Germans. …tell him that I am in England going further some of these days. …
Well our camp is located on a golf course and we are all living in tents. We have a nice camp and pretty good eats. …
Well Bub, I think of you all every day and I know you all do me. I will quit for this time. I have to go write to my wife yet.

When Uncle Wes wrote that letter seventy years ago he was in Company B, 314th Regiment of the 79th Division of George S. Patton’s 3rd Army. He was billeted at Goldbourne Park, a golf course between Liverpool and Manchester. It was April 1944, late in the preparations for the invasion and quartering was scarce. Plans were for the 79th to remain in reserve with the 3rd Army until it was time to break out of Normandy and onto the plains of France. But German movement caused a change in plans and in May they were reassigned and moved to an assembly area near Southampton on the southern coast of England.

On June 13, one week after the initial D-Day invasion, the 79th was en route across the channel. Battle debris still filled the crossing. When they disembarked they marched up Utah Beach, through the messy remains of the D-Day battle, seven days past. They marched toward Cherbourg and on June 19 orders came down committing the regiment to its first combat. It was October 24—127 days later—before the 314th Regiment was withdrawn from combat for a needed break at Luneville. For the first time in months the men ate hot meals, slept in beds with a roof over their heads, enjoyed hot showers and clean clothes.

In the meantime, in a letter of September 23 Uncle Wes writes that he has been in the hospital “2–3 weeks.” I haven’t been able to find out when or where he was wounded and when he returned to his unit, but he was back on the front lines in October and November 1944. Sometime in November, Pvt. John Rose was separated from his unit and lost behind enemy lines. Several letters to him were returned stamped Missing. He survived his time behind German lines and managed to rejoin his unit November 27. Three days later, Nov. 30, 1944, he was killed in action in the difficult fighting to take Haguenau in the Alsace region of France.

Uncle Wes was 36 years old when he died. He and his wife Ruby didn’t have any children, and they spent a lot of time with my mom and her brother. Wes never failed to ask about “the kiddos” in his letters home. He wrote his wife Ruby every few days but since they didn’t have children I don’t know if anyone else in the family has those letters. My mom has the half-dozen or so letters he wrote to his brother Ed “and family.”

Private John Wesley Rose was first buried in France and then disinterred and returned home after the war to be buried in the Lexington Cemetery. He is listed on the veterans memorial in Lexington, Oklahoma.

 

 

 
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Posted by on June 7, 2014 in Rose

 

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Reuben Belue—Another Patriot Found

I found a new cousin a few days ago. She read my post about John Wesley Belew and since she has Belue ancestors in her line she asked for more information and we’ve been untangling a little snarl in a branch of my tree.

Turns out we both descend from Renney Belue, Revolutionary War soldier, who lived in the area of Union, South Carolina. He’s my 6th great-grandfather. He was married to a woman named Ann who apparently left him during his illness at the end of his life. Here’s what he says about her in his will:

First I give and bequeath unto my wife Ann the sum of one dollar and whereas she has Eloped from me – and left me in my sickness and been gone some time and has formerly Trangressed in such like manner and has practised dealing Greatley to my loss and disadvantage & for other good causes me thereto moving. I do deny her being a wife to me and hereby debar her from any further claim to any part of my Estate as by Dower or Otherwise.

We don’t know if she was the mother of his children, or a second wife, but it appears she was not faithful to her husband. Renney wanted to be sure she didn’t receive any of his estate after his death.

Renney had nine children who are also named in his will.

…my Nine Children Namely Zachariah, Rubin, Susan, Renny, Sarah, Judith, Elizabeth, Jesse and William

In my previous post about John Wesley Belew I had Zachariah as next in line in my tree, but turns out my line descends from Reuben. It goes like this:

Renney Belue
Reuben Belue
Jacob Belue
William Pierce Belew
John Wesley Belew
Bessie Jane Belew m.Will Rose
Thomas Edwin Rose m. Lela Scott were my grandparents

I had Jacob Belue as son of Zachariah, and curiously I also had Jacob Belue as a son of Reuben. Previously I noticed that and while the birth dates were different, the date of death was the same. It wouldn’t be unusual to have cousins with the same name born about the same time, but dying on the same day—except in time of war—is unusual. I made a note to look into it when the answer fell into my lap this week.

Paul Belew, one of Zachariah’s descendants, has researched and written an extensive history on Renney Belew and his family. His book, Our Belew Line, lays it all out.

As for my line, I haven’t found everything laid out so neatly, but I’ll do my best to flesh out the family history and tell it here. Not in this post here and now, but eventually.

I’ve found out Reuben was a saddle maker while his brothers were farmers. Reuben also served—with his brother Zachariah—in Col.Brandon’s South Carolina Regiment during the Revolutionary War.

Jacob Belew, Reuben’s son, moved the family to Tennessee ending up in Carroll County. His son, William Pierce Belew was born in Lauderdale County, Alabama, just across the Tennessee state line but evidently lived most of his life in Tennessee. It was his son, John Wesley Belew, who would later move his family—including my great-grandmother Bessie Jane—west again to the newly opened Oklahoma Territory

Any comments or corrections?

Jan

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2014 in Rose

 

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My Connection to America’s First Spies

I love a good spy story. And if you put it  in a historically accurate context, all the better. So I’m looking forward to the new AMC series Turn, which starts tonight. It’s tagged The story of America’s first spies.

When I saw the first promos a few months ago I had to find out if it was based on real events or if it was historical fiction. Turns out it’s based on real events, and The Culper Ring, as the group was called, had a part in winning the American Revolution. The spy ring was organized by Benjamin Tallmadge, who became George Washington’s chief intelligence officer.

The name Tallmadge sounded familiar so I did some exploring through my very rudimentary family history and turned up Thomas Talmadge Sr., possibly my 12th great-grandfather. He was born in England in 1595, and died in New Netherland (later renamed New York) in 1653.

My “research” was more like a quick glance, but it seems Benjamin Tallmadge, the revolutionary war spy, also descended from Thomas Talmadge Sr. Note the name Talmadge is spelled differently in different places at different times. Pretty tricky when looking for records about these guys.

Thomas Talmadge, Sr. brought his family from England to New Netherland maybe about 1633. Among his family members were sons Thomas Talmadge Jr., 1617-1691—possibly my 11th great-grandfather—and Robert Talmadge, 1622-1662, Benjamin Tallmadge’s 3rd great grandfather.

Cool, huh?

So it could be the story of America’s first spies is also the story of a long-lost cousin. Makes watching it all the more interesting.

As for my Talmadge immigrant line, it goes like this:

  • Thomas Talmadge Jr., 1617–1691 >
  • Nathaniel Talmadge, 1643–1716 >
  • John Talmadge, 1678–1764 >
  • Elizabeth Talmadge, 1703–1772 >
  • Elizabeth Hedges, 1731–1778 >
  • Robert T Crockett, 1755–1835 >
  • Jemima Crockett, 1763–1853 >
  • Elizabeth Bivens, 1803–1873 >
  • Maggie Cochran, 1838–1915 >
  • Mittie Bryant, 1864–1931 >
  • Will Rose—my great grandpa—1885–1972 >
  • Ed Rose, my grandpa, 1909–1985 >
  • my mom,
  • then me.

Here are links to previous posts with more about my Rose line, and about the Crockett connection.

Coincidentally, Turn, is based on Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring a book written by Alexander Rose. I wonder if he’s another long-lost cousin.

 
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Posted by on April 6, 2014 in Rose

 

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John Wesley Belew, Born Today in 1850

When John Wesley Belew was born on Feb. 20, 1850 his father, William Pierce Belew, was 30, and his mother, Elizabeth Chambers Belew, was 27. He grew up in Carroll County, Tennessee.

According to the actual census records John W. Bellew was less than a year old when he was counted in 1850. In 1860, 10-year-old John W. Belen and in 1870, 20-year-old John W. Belew continued to live in Carroll County. Notice the various spellings of the last name.  The “Belen” spelling is probably a transcription error but the spelling variations are one reason it’s hard to confirm details of this family line. By the way, no matter how you spell it, it’s pronounced “blue”. And coincidentally on my dad’s side I have another Blue family. They came from Scotland by way of Nova Scotia and Toronto before arriving in Illinois. I’ll tell that story on another day.

But back to our story…

In 1871, 21-year-old John Wesley Belew married Margaret Eveline Black in Carroll County and the young couple had two sons before Margaret—maybe she was called Maggie—died in 1885. Two years later, in 1887, John married Mary Louisa Simpson in Carroll County. Together they had five children, two girls and three boys. The oldest daughter Bessie Jane, born in 1888 was my great-grandmother. The family continues to show up on the Carroll County US Census reports until 1900.

Sometime in the next six or so years the family moved west to newly opened Oklahoma Territory and set up housekeeping in far south Cleveland County. I heard they made the trip by covered wagon. In May 1907 19-year-old Bessie Jane married Will Rose in Cleveland County, Oklahoma.

In December of 1907 Eroy Belew, 28, the youngest son of John and his first wife Margaret, went to Purcell to buy Christmas gifts for the family. I think he lived in Corbett, which is about 6 miles east of Lexington. There was no bridge between Lexington and Purcell so ferries were used for the crossing. On the way home he lost one of his packages in the river and he jumped into the icy water to retrieve it. Unfortunately he got sick from the ordeal and died on December 30.

Bessie and her husband started a family in short order and in 1908 named their first son John Wesley Rose. A year later my grandpa, Thomas Edwin Rose was born. Two months later Bessie died and was buried in the Lexington Cemetery next to her brother. My grandpa, just two months old, lived with Grandma and Grandpa Belew while his brother John Wesley and his dad, Will Rose, moved back to the Rose family home just a few houses away.

Belew-Ed GmaBelew Wes

Grandma Belew, Mary Louisa Simpson Belew with her grandsons, Ed (my grandpa, Thomas Edwin Rose) left, and Uncle Wes (John Wesley Rose). Uncle Wes went to France during the Invasion in June 1944. After surviving several days lost behind enemy lines he returned safe and sound only to die a day later just prior to the Battle of the Bulge. 

John Wesley Belew lived to the ripe old age of 87 and died in 1937 in Purcell. He’s buried in the Lexington Cemetery. His wife died in 1946 at the age of 80 and was buried next to him.

Here’s my direct line of Belew family ancestors.

Beleu-1738

I have a couple of directions I’m looking to extend this line. There’s a Ballieau family from France that moved to Ireland before coming to America.  There’s a similar, but different spelling of the name that comes from England to America. I’m working on both directions hoping one leads to my 6X great-grandfather Renny Beleu who was part of the South Carolina Militia during the Revolutionary War. The movie The Patriot, with Mel Gibson, is loosely based on events in South Carolina during the war. The Belews lived in Union County, South Carolina. Renny and all of his sons of the right age fought for independence during the war including my 5X great-grandfather Zachariah Belew, Sr.

I found a website with census records for Carroll County, Tennessee yesterday and took a look to see what I could find.  I found a lot. In addition to four Bellew families, I found the Simpsons (Mary Lucinda’s family) as well as Sellers, Tosh, and Prichard, which are families that intersect with mine as we spent some time in Carroll County, Tennessee.

There is a lot more to tell and I’ll keep working on it and share more on someone else’s birthday bio. So happy birthday to my (2x great) Grandpa Belew.

Any questions?

Jan

 
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Posted by on February 20, 2014 in Rose

 

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Sharing Direct Line Ancestors ~ a Cheat Sheet

It’s one thing to track down your ancestors and totally another to figure out how to share it with friends and family. Another trick is trying to remember which line some of your new finds go with. Especially as you get deep into maternal lines where the surname may only appear once on your tree. So I created a form to help me keep things straight for 16 generations all on one page. I call it my Direct Line Worksheet.

DL-Rose-Sample

How do ya like them apples?

This sample is pretty easy to follow, it’s my Rose line which goes from my mom back to Jamestown. The left side of the page is for Direct Line ancestors—in this case all Roses—while the right side is for the spouses.

The far left column identifies each generation from you. There are two rows for each ancestor to allow room for basic details. There are cells for places and dates of birth, death and marriage. Two rows for each entry provide room for you to add a nickname or military title for your relative.

This is meant to be a cheat sheet not a complete picture of your family line. I provided space at the bottom for notes that don’t fit into the space allowed. Place names can be especially long so there’s room in the footnote to spell out parish, city, county, state and country if you want.

To fill this out, I start with me, mom and dad, grandparents and other people and details I know from memory. Then I check my notes and type in more details that are handy. When I reach a dead-end I print what I have so far. I can take this page and look for additional information and I’ll make a note of footnotes I want to include. My footnotes have tended to start at the bottom and go up. I don’t think it matters as long as I keep them in order. And I’ve used the same number more than once when the same information applies.

When you finish, you can fill out the summary at the top. Start, is the place to put the earliest year and that location. Names is where you put the sequence of Direct Line surnames.  On this page, Rose is the only name listed. The migration line is for the locations where your family was born, married and died. I just list each place once.

Here’s what the blank form looks like.

DirectLine-Blank-PDFRight click on the image to download a scruffy copy you can print for making notes on.

I have at least one family line that will need more space. I’ll see if I can figure out which one it is and make a two-sided worksheet for longer family lines. In the meantime, take a look at this and see what you think.

Here’s another sample. This one is my Scott family line. DL-Scott-1803I’m open to suggestions. I don’t have a place to provide this for free, but I can put it on Etsy for a couple of bucks. (It will cost a little bit to list it.) You’ll be able to download a clean pdf image and the excel spreadsheet that you can fill in on your computer.

Maybe no one needs this but me, but I’ve sure filled in a lot of them the past few days. I’m going to keep a print copy in each family file folder, and a digital copy in each family folder on my computer. I’ll punch holes in a set and keep them alphabetized in a notebook on my desk as a quick reference. I’ll make a set for my mom (who isn’t online). A completed set would be a great addition to a baby book or gift for newlyweds!

Any suggestions, besides more lines for footnotes?

Jan

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2014 in Resources

 

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