Elgin Cathedral

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One of the most beautiful ruins we’ve ever been to, Elgin Cathedral is in the far north of Scotland.

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Even after hundreds of years of being exposed to the elements, so much detail is as sharp as ever.

Brick Wall of the Month: John Snyder Dashiell

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My brick wall for the month of October is John Snyder Dashiell.

John Snyder Dashiell was born in 1807, Baltimore, Maryland. He married Barbara Shaw Graham in 1830, Davidson County, Tennessee. He died in 1887, Nashville, Tennessee.

He was a steamboat captain, prominent in the Masonic Lodge, and served as Alderman of Nashville.

I would like to find a conclusive connection to his parents, Levin Dashiell and Elizabeth Snyder, and I would like to find exactly where he was buried. He is listed as buried in the City Cemetery of Nashville, but surprisingly no stone exists. One source puts him in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, and he is listed on a tombstone there, with four other individuals, but was he truly buried there?

Would the Masonic Lodge in Nashville have further information on John?

I am grateful for how much I do know, but would like to learn more.

 

Guthrie Family Genealogy II

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This is an update to the post, Guthrie Family Genealogy I, published on May 3, 2013. When I figure out how to link to the first post, I will do so here.

This is information I was able to gather from visiting the Coleman County, Texas and South Carolina areas during the summer of 2013.

This is one of Travel Buddy’s lines, and her research is aimed pretty much at finding out all she can on her Guthrie line.

In Coleman County, we found some old maps at the courthouse that delineated the sections of property owned by her great-grandfather, William Guthrie. He bought up land whenever he could, and amassed thousands of acres of land. But when he died, the property was literally split between three siblings and their heirs, which makes it difficult today to understand exactly where the property lines were.  The maps definitely help with this.

In South Carolina, we located a list of Virginia marriages in a local library, one of which was the John Guttery and Mary Shay marriage in Christ Church in 1822.

Always looking for more.

Highland Cattle

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No pictures of Scotland would be complete without Scottish Highland Coos.
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The first two pics are from Culloden. The third is from Loch Lomond. The last three are from the Scone Palace grounds, where the ancient Scottish kings were invested.

Urquhart Castle

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Stunning ruin on the shores of Loch Ness. Though we have passed this castle every time we’ve gone, this was our first time to tour the ruins.

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A look through to the dungeon.
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Overview of the great hall and other rooms from the tower.

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View from opposite hill.

There are many, many ruins to visit here in Scotland. But this is one of the best.

The Bonny, Bonny Banks of Loch Lomond

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Griffin Family Genealogy II

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This is an update to the post, Griffin Family Genealogy I, published on May 2, 2013. When I figure out how to link to the first post, I will do so here.

This is information we were able to gather from visiting the Robeson County and Halifax County, North Carolina areas during the summer of 2013.

We discovered a roster of Union County Revolutionary Soldiers as taken from a monument on the courthouse grounds of Monroe, North Carolina that lists both Thomas Griffin and his father, Richard Griffin. We hope to visit this monument personally, in the future. 2015 is definitely looking like a strong possibility.

We also found an Anson County, North Carolina Abstract of Wills, 1750-1880 which lists both Thomas Griffin, and his brother, David. Lists the children still alive and around at the time of their father’s death.

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