Monday, January 16, 2017

Mystery Monday: John Henderson

United States Telegraph (Washington, DC)
1 January 1829

INFORMATION WANTED

Of a Mr. JOHN HENDERSON, about 45 or 50 years of age, a native of Scotland, who lived near Dumfries, Prince William County, Virginia, and moved from there about 20 years ago and more. Settled afterwards, not far from Bath, then of Berkely County, Virginia, and who, about six years ago, left there for North Carolina. Should this reach the eye of any one who knows where he resides, the information will be thankfully received by one interested in his fortunes.  Address to M. H. Georgetown, D.C.

Dec 29-3t

[I wonder if the seeker ever caught up with Mr. Henderson.  --cgl]


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Sunday's Obituary: James Nokes

Critic-Record (Washington, DC)
4 Septmeber 1875

Died.  NOKES. -- At his residence, Nokesville, Prince William county, Virginia, on Thursday, September the 2d, James Nokes, in the sixty-eighth year of his age, a native of Winchester, Virginia, but for forty-five years a resident of this city.

His funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon, September 5th, at 3 o'clock, from the residence of his son, No. 509 Second street north west.  The friends and acquaintances of the family are respectfully invited to attend.

[In 1865, James Nokes was a witness for David Herold in the conspiracy trial before the military court with regard to President Lincoln's assassination.  He is buried in Congressional Cemetery in Washington, DC.  --cgl]


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Family Tree Maker: To update or not to update?

In this age of computers and digital information, software to keep track of ancestors and their history has become a must-have for the armchair genealogist and professionals alike.  Each software program has its advantages and disadvantages as well as strengths and weaknesses.  Essentially, the software you choose is what works for you -- from complicated charts and electronic filing to simple, easy to use trees.

I have been using Family Tree Maker ("FTM") since the 1990s.  It has always been simple to use and flexible; so much so that I never felt the urge or the need to change.  The software developer also made annual updates and upgrades to the program that helped it keep up with the times as genealogy research began to migrate from paper to online resources.  

The rights and developers for FTM changed hands a number of times, until they were eventually purchased by Ancestry.com, the online giant that has a reputation for snapping up smaller genealogy sites and programs and turning them into vehicles for the company's profit.  While Ancestry maintained the software for a number of years, in December 2016 it announced that it would no longer support Family Tree Maker, leaving long-time users to fret (again) over what would happen to their years of research and data.  

Ancestry has since announced that the rights to Family Tree Maker have been acquired by MacKiev Software.   Last week, MacKiev began selling an updated version of Family Tree Maker on their website for both MAC and Windows platforms.  According to both Ancestry and MacKiev, the software will continue to be able to access Ancestry's 'leaf hints' in addition to incorporating new features.  

MacKiev has provided an FAQ for long-time users of FTM.  For those with significantly older versions of the program (mine is the 2009 edition), MacKiev is offering an upgrade for purchase.

Having invested more than 15 years in FTM, I am personally torn between upgrading this popular software with yet another "owner/developer" or whether it's time to explore other genealogy software avenues.  Especially since either option requires my spending hard-earned $$.

Decisions, decisions ...



Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year!


WE THANK YOU

     We wish to express to our patrons and customers our appreciation of their trading with us, and trust that we may be favored with a continuance of their patronage.
     During the coming year we hope to serve you with greater efficiency than before, and we hope you will make our store your marketing place.
     A happy and prosperous NEW YEAR to you!

J. L. BUSHONG, Grocer
Service - Quality - Courtesy
Manassas, Virginia

[29 December 1921 Manassas Journal]




Echoing Grocer Bushong's sentiment from 1921, I would like to thank my readers for taking the time to visit this blog and for your contributions over the years.  My resolution for 2017 is to include more articles of substance in addition to transcriptions of newspaper and court documents.

Wishing you a 2017 full of happiness and blessings!

Carolyn

Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday's Faces from the Past: Genevieve and Alyce Keys Chapin

This family photo is a lost heirloom discovered by a good Samaritan in an antique store in Ashland, Oregon that found its way "home" to my cousin Gentsia.  Dated 1901, it shows Alyce Keys Chapin with her daughter, Genevieve.

Alyce was the daughter of Henry Armistead and Sarah Frances (Lynn) Keys of Prince William County.  She married Paul Chapin, son of Gurden and Julia Paul Chapin, on 7 October 1896 in Washington, DC.

(Thank you, Gentsia, for sharing!)

Genevieve and Alyce Keys Chapin, circa 1901
(used by permission of  Gentsia Zimmerman)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Wednesday's Child: James Bean

Manassas Journal
27 June 1935

SAD ACCIDENT AT LAKE JACKSON

James Bean Dies While Swimming

The Bradley neighborhood was deeply shocked Sunday afternoon when word was received of the death of James [Bean] Bradley, age 17, who apparently died of some unknown cause while swimming in Lake Jackson.

In company with his brother William and a friend, Edward Weeks, he was swimming in deep water when he collapsed and sank.  It is stated that Mr. Weeks made a great effort to save his friend, nearly losing his own life.

Upon receiving world in Manassas, representatives of the Manassas Volunteer Fire Department hastened to the scene, where, in the meantime, the body had been recovered by Earl Cox and Harry Whitmer.

Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at Bradley Church by Rev. J. Murray Taylor and burial was in the Bradley cemetery. The deceased is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bean, and by six brothers and sisters, all of whom have the deepest sympathy of many friends in their deep bereavement.


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday: Clerenda Fitzwater

Valley View Cemetery, Nokesville, Virginia

CLERENDA FITZWATER

Born
July 28, 1843
Died
November 26, 1911
Aged 68 years, 5 mos., 28 days

Another link is broken
In our household band,
But a chain is forming
In a better land