Five Years of Blogging and a New Year!

Five years ago I started this blog. Well, not exactly this blog and not exactly five year ago. Documenting the Details started out on 27 Dec 2009 on a different platform with a different URL. 2014 was a transition year. After thinking about a change for months, I switched from…

Thoughts on a Short Walk at Cumberland Gap

Last Saturday, I went for a walk at Cumberland Gap — Within the Shadows of the Cumberland Gap Heritage Walk. It took less than two hours to walk the 1.2 mile stretch of Wilderness Road Trail, stopping along the way to watch presentations by “former” Gap travelers. My ancestors who came…

52 Ancestors: #13 David Gamble

David Gamble, War of 1812 Headstone

  David Gamble was a War of 1812 soldier from Laurens County, South Carolina. He served in Captain Nathaniel T. Martin’s Company in Reuben Nash’s Regiment of the South Carolina Volunteer Militia from 1 Feb 1814 to 10 Aug 1814. Before we get to his story, I’d like to take…

52 Ancestors: #12 John Emerson Goodloe

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Last summer I made my third visit to Grapevine Cemetery in Hopkins County, Kentucky. It’s a large cemetery, and more than 100 people in my database are buried there, all connected to my paternal grandmother through the Goodloe family. John Emerson “Jack” Goodloe was her great-grandfather. Jack’s father, Henry donated…

52 Ancestors: #11 Emma Jane Owens

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To say I’m behind in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge from No Story Too Small is an understatement. Most participants are working on post #22 or #23 while I’m writing #11. In four and a half years of blogging, this eleven week “break” is by far the longest…

52 Ancestors: #10 Eliza Hopkins

Eliza Hopkins is often confused in online trees with her sister—Elizabeth. Yes, it may be a little unusual for parents to name one daughter Elizabeth and another Eliza, but Stephen Hopkins and Rachel McFarland did that.  Eliza married and moved away from the family while Elizabeth, often called Betsey, did…

52 Ancestors: #9 Charlotte T. Jackson

Charlotte’s birth and death dates are both in question. Her headstone shows she was born 15 Nov 1818 and died 26 Sep 1892; a family Bible owned by her grandson, William Larkin Lanier, says she was born 3 Nov 1818 and died 20 Oct 1892. Whenever Charlotte T. Jackson was…

52 Ancestors: #8 John Petty

Whitfield County, Georgia Probate Clerk’s Office Several days ago I came across a photo attached to John Petty in an Ancestry.com tree. Is it my 3rd great-grandfather who died before 1900? I messaged the owner. I’m still impatiently waiting for a response. (Do you know how much I wanted to…

52 Ancestors: #7 John Cook Taylor

Paw Taylor was one of three great-grandparents that I met. But I don’t remember him. He died when I was not quite two years old. We’d lived in the same town since I was six months old, part of that time two blocks from each other. I’m told we saw…