Road Trip 2014

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Every year Travel Buddy and I take a road trip.

We visit family and friends, frequent places of historic significance, and always spend time on genealogy research.

This year we are traveling to Scotland. We will be there for several weeks, visiting folks, checking out the historic sites, and once again, doing some genealogy research. Just in the last few years we have learned a great deal about what areas some of our people came from, and as most were from the 1600s and 1700s, we have a ways to go climbing back through the years.

I am still in the process of working through the hours of research needed before we go, but it will be complete by the time it needs to be. By the time you read this, we will be on our way. Regardless of what we find (and you may expect plenty of posts on the subject) we will wholeheartedly enjoy the experience of simply being where our ancestors were themselves, once upon a time.

And sometimes that is not only enough; it is plenty.

Number 200!

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Wordsmithmagic is a blog I started a little over two years ago.

When I began, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, as I have many, many interests. But I wasn’t writing at the time, despite my many, many attempts to return to my writing projects (still in progress, as of now). So I created a “required” (at least in my mind) schedule, wherein I would post an entry every four days. This has turned out to be a really great exercise for me, as I have kept up that schedule of one post every four days ever since. Oh, I have truly derailed the whole process a few times, but I have always put in the time and the number of posts to catch up again when this happens, and thus, on average at least, I really do have one post every four days.

Over this time I have learned a lot about the outside blog reading world, too. I don’t get a lot of comments, but I get far more people stopping by to “like” my entries than I ever thought I would. And I have really enjoyed checking out their blogs in reciprocal fashion, too. Lots of folks out there writing about a wide variety of stuff.

I still focus on my main faves in my blogs: genealogy, writing, travel. Although I now have more posts with pictures, sometimes even just random stuff I like. Those are the posts that gather the most likes, so evidently many folks enjoy the same things I do, which is comforting in its own way. I rarely post anything about actual writing, however, as I haven’t spent any time on my projects. If I get back to it, though, I feel certain posts relating to that will emerge.

For those of you who are loyal readers, whether you “like” these posts or not, thanks for hanging in there. I can definitely promise you more of the same. As of this morning, I have almost 1000 followers on Facebook, over 500 on Twitter, and 285 following directly. That is really awesome and humbling at the same time. Thanks for the compliment — I don’t take it lightly.

So today, for my 200th post (written anyway, if not 200th posted) I thank all of you blogger posters and readers who help this world exist in the first place. A great big cyber hug for you all!

Albuquerque I

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Downtown Albuquerque.

Edmiston Family Genealogy

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My Edmiston line is very short. At least, so far. I just have two generations: Robert and Dorothy.

Robert was born about 1700 in Augusta County, Virginia, married Jean Buchanan in 1720, and died 6 August 1749, Augusta County, Virginia. He had at least three children: William, Dorothy, and James Buchanan. These are the three mentioned in his will, so if there were others, they did not live past 1747, when the will was written. The will mentions “the blanket I brought from Ireland,” which indicates he visited Ireland at some point. Could he have been visiting family who gave him the blanket? His wife, Jean Buchanan, was born in Ireland, so maybe they were visiting her family.

Where were the Edmistons originally from? If he married an Irish girl, maybe Robert’s family was from Ireland, too. The name Edmiston is Scottish in origin, but many Scots went to Ireland for a few generations before proceeding on to America. In time, maybe I will find Robert’s parents and grandparents, which will tell me more.

Dorothy, Robert and Jean’s daughter, was born in 1721 in Rockbridge County, Virginia, married Thomas McSpadden, Sr. in Timber Ridge, Augusta County, Virginia, in 1743, and died reportedly in 1786 in Gordon County, Georgia. I say “reportedly” because I have not found evidence as of yet for this information obtained from other researchers. Dorothy’s husband, Thomas, died in 1765 in Lexington, Augusta County, Virginia. So she survived him by more than 20 years. Did she move to Georgia with one of her children and their family? Archibald McSpadden, one of the middle children, died in Redbud, Gordon County, Georgia in 1840. Maybe Dorothy is buried nearby. I still have much research to do!

Random Pics

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When I was young, I loved reading westerns. One of my all-time favorites was Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Gray. We had sage growing around where I lived, but it never seemed to bloom. I always wondered what purple sage would look like.
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Now I know!

Random Texas Pics

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These pics are of the largest pecan tree in our county. It hasn’t produced pecans for at least 5 years, but we got enough rain this time around.

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But now the concern is that this many pecans may cause the limbs to bend under the weight. If the limbs can’t handle the pressure, they will snap, or even worse, the trunk may split.

With luck, this will just be a bountiful season, nothing more.

Brick Wall of the Month: Mary Jane Tomlinson

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My brick wall for the month of July is Mary Jane Tomlinson.

Mary Jane was born in Tennessee in 1822, married Samuel S. McCleary in 1839, and died in Fannin County, Texas, in 1901.

Or maybe not. We don’t really know much about Mary Jane, or at least her parentage.

My Travel Buddy’s aunt, who did extensive genealogy decades before personal computers arrived, always claimed that Richard Tomlinson of North Carolina was her father. This Richard Tomlinson married Nancy Waddill, and was from the Quaker community in North Carolina. This branch is originally from Ireland, and has flourished for many generations in North Carolina.

The facts seem to fit, but in the end, it is only strong circumstantial evidence that points to Richard, or at least this particular Richard, as being Mary Jane’s father.

Eventually, we will probably just have to accept this family line as fact without definitive proof. But because I like to tie up all the loose ends, I really would like to put this issue to rest for all time.

What kind of proof could there be? We have not located a will. The census at the time of Richard’s death (1831) does not spell out the family members. What should we be looking for that will definitively prove Mary Jane’s parentage?

I invite your thoughts and comments.

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