Sunday, November 28, 2010

Sunday's Obituary - Charles R. McCullough

Charles R.
Dies in T.F.

Charles R. McCullough, 55,
died Wednesday morning at his
home, 821 Main avenue west,
after a long illness.

He was born Jan. 15, 1908 at
Tarkio, Mo., and married Minnie
McClain Sept. 9, 1927, in Mount
Zion, Mo.  They moved to Twin
Falls April 1, 1947, from Spring-
field, Mo. He was a steam elec-
tric engineer for Amalgamated
Sugar company until he retired
11 months ago due to poor
health. He was a member of the
Twin Falls Southern Baptist

Surviving besides his widow,
are two sons, Dwain McCullough,
Pocatello, and Dearl McCullough,
Fairfield; three brothers, Earl
McCullough and Orville McCul-
lough, both Springfield, Mo. and
Arthur McCullough, Sparta, Mo.;
two sisters, Mrs. Ada Brazel,
Springfield, Mo., and Mrs. Zola
Allen, Ava, Mo.; his mother, Mrs.
Lola McCullough, Springfield, 
Mo., and six grandchildren.

Funeral services are pending 
at White Mortuary.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Carnival of Genealogy, 100th Edition - There's one in every family!

The topic for this 100th edition of the COG is "There's one in every family!", I have been pondering this statement for a couple of weeks now. What is there one of in my family?

There is no black sheep, lone wolf, or blue-ribbon cook, and I only wish there was a story-teller. I don't think there is a geek, but my nephew called me a computer nerd once.

As for a family recipe, there really isn't one, however mom's barbecue is way better than Manwhich. I couldn't share that recipe with you because then I would have to kill you (actually, I don't know the recipe). I have never made it. Hubby doesn't like barbecue or any kind of sloppy joe stuff. (I know, that's almost un american!)Sister makes it all the time though.

So here's what I came up with. Every family has an inherited trait or characteristic, or even a family resemblance, right? The most prominent family trait we have, I call -

The PRICE lips, courtesy of my 3rd great-grandfather, Simon Price. Just check out the seven generations of full, voluptuous lips:

(Don't pay attention to my drawing.  I couldn't draw a straight line if my life depended on it!)

The SMEDLEY calves - Sister and I have these big solid thick calves. I mean, knee socks - it ain't happenin'. Dad would always say, "You girls have the Smedley calves.  I have never actually seen or checked out any of my aunt's calves so I am taking his word on this one.

Then there's the PIGGOTT walk - Mom, sister, brother, and I all walk the same. If I recall, I think one of my aunt's has this same walk. Picture this, years ago when mom worked at the Holiday Inn my step-cousin's husband gave her the nickname "Daffy" because of her "waddle". Let me tell ya, we sometimes get grief from our spouses.

Check out these family resemblances:

I found this fun little Family Traits Trivia game.  

Can you roll your tongue? Do you have a hitchhiker's thumb or a widow's peak? Check out these Myths of Human Genetics

Well I am going to take my big calves and waddle on out of here (I need some chapstick).

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday's Obituary - Cecil Kelsey

Cecil's wife was my second cousin once removed.


Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, November 15, 1966, page 26.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

History 101- Blanche Theora Barker PIggott Dunn

The following history was written by my aunt.

Written by a daughter JEAN PIGGOTT PUGMIRE

My roots in Bloomington began when my (great)grandparents moved into the valley from Salt Lake City to first Liberty and then Bloomington. They were William Henry & Elizabeth Cannon Piggott.  He owned & operated a saw mill & 3 daughters when he was called to serve a mission in England.  He was told that when he returned the Lord would bless him with a son.  That is where my grandfather William Cannon Piggott came into the picture.  Elizabeth taught lessons on her melodian & also taught dress making.  When William Henry became too ill to work at the mill he was appointed postmaster of Bloomington.

My grandfather Wm. C. (Bill) was the town blacksmith.  He was a very hard worker & did many jobs & favors free of charge.  He was a kind, jolly man, big in stature both physically & characteristically & he loved to pull jokes on the people that would come to his shop.  Grandma Hazel Rebecca Madsen Piggott was a very good cook & we all enjoyed listening to her play the harmonica.

My father was their firstborn.  My parents are William Madsen Piggott & Blanche Theora Barker Piggott Dunn.  My father was (in Mom’s words) honest, had high ideals & morals & was very ambitious & hardworking.  My mother was very talented & played the piano & organ in many church positions & also in a dance band.  She was a righteous, wise & compassionate woman.  She gave her all to her family & anyone else that needed her.

Mom & Dad were married during the depression & my father had to leave the valley at times to find work.  Later he purchased a saw mill but could not work it till spring so he went to work for the railroad.  Spring came & dad was very sick.  It took months to find out what was wrong with him.  In July they discovered he had leukemia & on July 15, 1945 at age 33, he passed away leaving behind 5 children.  The oldest was 10-Rodney Barker Piggott, Merrill William & Carolyn (Pendleton) twins were 8 years old, Joyce (Smedley) 2 years, 9 months old & Jean (Pugmire) was 17 months old.

With the loss of father, mother became everything.  Her faith & testimony of the Gospel were guidelines for her to live by & to raise her children by.  She was a true mother in every sense of the word.  Mom struggled to make a living for her family.  She cleaned the church house for a while & did typing at home to earn extra income.  Later she got a job as county deputy assessor.  Mom played the piano for people to sing solos & such.  She worked in the MIA & Sunday School & loved those she worked with & the young people whom she taught.

Everyone made her feel welcome at parties & dances, but she said she always felt like a fifth wheel.

For 26 years she was alone & then she met & married a most wonderful man.  His name is Loren Cecil Dunn.  Her dreams had come true, her prayers had been answered.  She finally had a companion she could attend the temple with, go on a mission, work in the temple, & grow old with.  She retired from the assessors office when she we.  Cecil’s grandfather was John Barker, the first baby boy born in Bloomington & mother’s father’s name was John T. Barker.

As children we were anxious to grow up & leave the valley, but as adults we realize that some of our best years were being able to be raised in Bloomington.

The influence of the residents to the children of Blanche was really profound.  They helped to fill the void of dad & we learned a lot from the things they taught us, & the examples they were to us.

I remember the Gold & Green Balls, helping at the Old Folks Parties, the sleigh rides around town & a peaceful feeling inside.  Good town, good people.  I will always cherish my memories of Bloomington.

During Mom’s struggle to raise her family alone there were many townspeople who helped her when she needed it.  To you people she was ever so grateful & we as her children want to “Thank You”.
Jean & Blanche Piggott

Monday, November 15, 2010

Amanuensis Monday - Tribute to Grace Smedley

Today I wanted to share this tribute that was written about grandma Smedley:

Tribute to Grace Smedley
written by Cheryl Eborn & given by ward 
President Sandra Passey March 21, 1992.

There is a time for some things,
And a time for all things;
A time for great things,
And a time for small things.

Sister Smedley has always made time for visiting teaching.  When accepting the call, she did so with a firm dedication and love for those with whom she served as well as those she was to serve.  There never was any heart truly great and gracious, that was not also tender and compassionate.  Sister Grace has shared her heart with many by her smile and loving spirit.  In visiting with those who have known her many of the feelings she engendered were expressed with great love and admiration.  Her cheery smile, her sparkling eyes, her beautiful complexion were features most admired.  Her good nature and ability to be pleasant no matter what the circumstances has been a blessing to those who have worked with her.  This may also be the reason vor her ability to visit in homes where many others were not  able to. She has always had a great desire for knowledge and still does much reading.  A past visiting teacher remembered how she has always read the lesson and knew it well.  Her first memory of visiting teaching was of pushing her youngest in a buggy which was about the year of 1941.  These past fifty years have seen many homes blessed and  many lives touched by Sister Smedley's testimony.  The Savior said, "these things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  This is my commandment.  That ye love one another, as I have loved you. ....Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my  name, he may give it you.  These things I cammand you, that ye love one another."  John 15:11-17.. Sister Grace, a befitting name, yo have brough forth fruit as commanded by loving one another, truly a friend of our Savior.  May your joy be full for loving the sisters of our ward.

They also presented me with a beautiful
book, "My Neighbor, My Sister, My Friend"
by, Ardeth Greene Kapp

Friday, November 12, 2010

Funeral Card Friday - Adelia Barker Scofield


Adelia was my great-aunt.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Madness Monday - Will the Real Abigail Cary Please Stand Up!

The past couple of weeks I have gone absolutely mad trying to put an end to the controversy of the identity of Deacon John Cary's wife Abigail.

John Cary, Jr., how he is most referred to in town records, was born 4 November 1645 in Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts and was the son of John Cary and Elizabeth Godfrey who arrived in Plymouth Colony around 1634.

When he went to Bristol, he became the Deacon of the first Congregational church there and remained so until his death in 1721.

John Cary, Jr was married 7 Dec 1670 in Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts to Abigail Penniman, however there are those that still subscribe to the notion that he was married to Abigail Allen, daughter of Samuel and Margaret French Allen (Samuel Allen has his own conflicts).

It all started in 1866 when a man by the name of Bradford Kingman, Esq. of Brookline, Mass wrote and published the book HISTORY OF NORTH BRIDGEWATER. He listed on page 463 in the Family Register section that John Cary, Jr. and Abigail Allen were married Dec. 7, 1670. He gives no clue as to where this particular information came from.

A year later this same information is published in the NEHGR in vol. 21 in the article, "Marriages in the Town of Bridgewater Previous to its Division".

In 1916 NEHGS published "Vital Records of Bridgewater Massachusetts To The Year 1850",vol II - Marriages and Deaths.
Their entry for John Cary reads like this: 
John Jr. and ____ ____[Abigail Allen, P.R.103.].
The two blank lines mean that the wife was unnamed in the original record. The information in brackets refers to the private record from "Marriages in the Town of Bridgewater Previous to its Division" mentioned above.

In 1900, "The Mayflower Descendant" published THE VITAL RECORDS OF BRIDGEWATER, MASS. literally transcribed from the original records by George Ernest Bowman who has been described as the greatest genealogical scholar of Plymouth Colony. The original entry for John Cary reads as follows:

The Day and yeare of the Berth of the children of John Cary Junior heare in the towne of Bridgwater is as ffolloweth and his mariage was the 7th of Desember 1670

Finally, in "New England Marriages Prior to 1700", published by Clarence Almon Torrey and Elizabeth Petty Bentley in 1985, the entry reads: 
CARY, John (1645-1721) & [Abigail] [PENNIMAN/ALLEN?] (1651-) (PENNIMAN prob cousin Mrs. BARDAY); 7 Dec 1670, ?6 Dec 1670; Bridgewater/Bristol, RI
(I don't even know what all that means.)

So here you have four different sources for the same marriage and none of them match! The most obvious marriage source to go with is the literal transcription of the original record, but you cannot name his wife at this point. 

*note of interest - professional genealogist prefer citing the 
version of Bridgewater Vital Records published in The Mayflower Descendant from 1900 to 1914 in preference to the two-volume set published in 1916 by NEHGS.

So thereafter any published works about Deacon John Cary had Abigail Allen slapped right in as his wife without regard to the original record.

For proof that Abigail Penniman was John Cary's wife we look to the probate records. 

The will of Abigail Cary of Brist., Widow "being aged," dated 7 May 1722 and prob. 12 Feb 1729/30. Only dau. Abigail Wife of Samuel Howland of Brist. Grdaus: Abigail Cary dau. of son John dcd., Abigail Cary dau. of my son Eleazer, Abigail Cary, dau. of my son James, Abigail Cary, dau. of my son Benjamin, Abigail Howland, dau of my son-in-law Samuel Howland & Jemima Cary dau. of my son Josiah.  My husb. Deacon John Cary dcd. Our eldest son John Cary dcd, grson. John Cary son of my son John Cary. Witns Charles Church, Samuel Smith, & Henery Bragg [6:353/4].
--Inv. of est. of Abigail Cary of Brist. dated 12 Feb 1729/30, pres by Benjamin Cary & Samuel Howland, execs, mentions Abigail dau. of John Cary, Abigail dau of Eleazor Cary & Abigail dau. of Samuel Howland {6:354/5}

...Bristol County, Mass Probate Records, by H. L. Peter Rounds, page 180

In the will of "Lidia Wight", Abigail's mother, dated 22 Dec 1673 and proved 27 July 1676 she noted "as for that small portion of worldly goods which the Lord hath graciously given & left by the last will of my former husband James Penniman I have according to my best understanding faithfully performed his will & have truly paid unto my five daughters which are married, the full sum of twenty pounds to each of them," and bequeathed the £80 which was due to her from "my son Samuel Penniman which is the remainder of the price of the several parcels of land which I have sold to him as appears by deed" as follows: £20 to "my daughter Mary Penniman"; £10 to "my daughter Lydia Addams"; £10 to "my daughter Sarah Robinson"; £10 to "my daughter Bethiah Allen"; £10 to "my daughter Hannah Hall"; £10 to "my daughter Abigail Carie"; and £10 and a great kettle to "my daughter Mary Penniman"; "my son Samuel Penniman" to be sole executor and "my loving cousins Jacob Eliot and Theophilus Frary" to be overseers.

The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. Vol. 1-3. Boston, MA, USA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995. 

John Cary and Increase Robinson, the husband of Sarah Penniman, were among the commisioners who divided the estate of Lt. John Hall of Taunton, husband of Hannah Penniman, on 29 Dec 1694.

In May of 1692 Increase and Sarah Robinson "conveyed to John Cary of Bristol in consideration of thirty pounds, twenty acres of land in Bristol." Sarah Robinson is Abigail Penniman's sister.

Source: The Robinsons and their kin folk

 By Robinson Genealogical Society, 
Robinson Family Genealogical and Historical 
Association, page 18.

The following excerpt is from the 
original bond of the estate of 
Increase Robinson:

The above James Adams is the son of 
Edward and Lydia Penniman Adams.

The Robinsons and their kin folk

 By Robinson Genealogical Society, Robinson Family Genealogical and Historical Association, page 25.

According to this message at Genforum, John Cary of Bristol deeded land in Bridgewater to the heirs of Increase Robinson, my brother-in-law," deceased, on 25 May 1704.  I am still trying to track this record down.

There is also another publication I am trying to track down.   Clifford L. Stott has provided evidence and careful arguments for the identity of the spouses of James Penniman's daughters in "The American Genealogist "71 (1996): 12-18.

There has also been a misconception that Abigail Penniman was married to a Samuel Neale. Braintree records, p 719, includes the marriage of an Abigail Penniman to Samuel Neil in Braintree on 18 April 1678.  An examination of a microfilm of the original record shows that she was actually "Abigaill Beniamin" (FHL film#940,974)

The above information, I believe, is sufficient enough to prove that Abigail Penniman, daughter of James and Lydia Elliot Penniman, is indeed the wife of Deacon John Cary.


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