The Internet has been great for finding relatives. I have come into contact with some wonderful relatives on the Internet. We have shared stories and pictures and made connections. I wish I could meet more of them in person. I have loved the experience of meeting some of them! One of the relatives that I met on the Internet had the same 4th great grandparents as I do. She shared so many pictures with us. This is a picture of my 4th great grandmother Mary Rebecca McKinney Myers. She was known as “Molly”. She was born on 2 March 1845 in Panola County, Mississippi. She died in Beeville, Texas in 1891. She married Green Benjamin Myers and had eight children. I have a picture of her husband’s headstone, but not hers. There are a lot of places where you can connect with relatives. We use Ancestry.com for one. You can make queries through their message boards or through public family trees. We have had a lot of success that way. Another website is genforum.com Here you are able to look at a lot of message boards of people trying to contact relatives. You can search by surname or locality. It is certainly worth a try and you never know what you will find!
John Naggas was my grandpa. He grew up on the beautiful island of Zakynthos in Greece. He left when he was about sixteen. If I remember right he had a few siblings die from yellow fever and it was hard on him to see his mother so sad. He went to a cousin in Patras, Greece who helped him book a voyage to the United States. When I was a little girl, I used to tell people that he was a stow-away. It sounded much more exciting that way! He arrived at Ellis Island on May 20, 1912. He married my grandmother, Effie Ann Woodson, in October of 1928. They lived in Monrovia, California, and had one child, my mother Dolores. He was a green grocer, which meant he had a little truck that he would take through neighborhoods and sell produce. He died when I was about 13 years old from emphysema. Here are some pictures of him and also a painting that my father painted of him with his produce truck.
My great-grandfather, Reuben Canterbury Woodson, lived most of his life on the farm in Shamrock, Missouri. He is pictured in the previous post with his wife, Mahala. After Mahala died in 1927, he moved to Huntington Beach, California. He is shown in the 1930 census in Huntington Beach with his son, Harry. Here is a picture of them in 1930 at their home. Reuben died in 1935, and was buried in El Monte, California. He was not able to be buried with his wife – though he already had his name on her headstone. Harry died a few years later in 1939 and was buried next to his father. Here are pictures of the two headstones for the same man. It is always good to clarify these things for future generations so it won’t be such a mystery to them. I was able to visit this cemetery in Missouri and was quite surprised to see Reuben’s name on the headstone. I had already found a picture of his “real” headstone on find-a-grave.com. Once I thought it out logically it made sense, but very few people would realize what actually happened. I am sure that it would have been very expensive to ship his body back to Missouri to be buried with his wife. This was in the middle of the depression.
This is the farmhouse that my grandma grew up in in Shamrock, Missouri. The couple on the front porch is my great grandparents – Reuben Canterbury Woodson and Mahala Ann Payton Woodson. I have better pictures of them, but there is something that I really like about this picture. I had the wonderful privilege of being on this property last summer. The house was gone, but another had been built in its place. It is still out in the middle of nowhere, but it is beautiful there. I had never envisioned it being so green! Maybe that is why the town was called Shamrock. Our guides for this tour were Grandma’s nephew and his wife. They took us for a Sunday drive out through to the farm, where she went to school, and where she went to church. We also went to the cemetery where many of the family were buried. What a great trip we had!
I found this picture this winter while going through pictures at my mom’s house. Andrew William Trabue is my great great grandfather and this is the only picture that I have ever seen of him. Andrew Trabue was born on 22 Feb 1850 in Woodford County, Kentucky. He married Lucy Jane Proctor on January 10, 1871 in Jessamine County, Kentucky. I can find him in several censuses, but I cannot find him in the 1910 census. In 1900 he is in Fort Osage, Missouri, and in 1930 he is in Los Angeles, California. Maybe he was moving in 1910. I went through all the pages in Fort Osage, Missouri and he is not there.
Elizabeth Ribelin Taylor
Lydia Taylor Trabue
l to r front row:
Pearl Esther Trabue Myers
Jack Orean Trabue
Pearl Esther Trabue Myers is my grandma on my dad’s side. I love old pictures like this! This other snapshot actually has four generations. They are mostly the same people as in this one and they go as follows:
l to r: Pearl Trabue Myers holding Doris May Myers, Lydia May Taylor Trabue, holding grandson, Quirl Burton Myers, Elizabeth E. Ribelin Taylor. Quirl Burton Myers is my dad.
One of the things that I love about genealogy is solving mysteries. It is so satisfying when everything suddenly falls into place. That is what happened with this picture. I have looked at it for years and years. No one ever knew who it was. On the back (in faded pencil) it seemed like it said Uncle Ord. I couldn’t figure out who Uncle Ord could be. I finally came to the conclusion that he was a friend to someone in the family. This winter, when we had the box of pictures out again it suddenly came to me. I knew who it was! It is Orlando K. Taylor, the brother to my great great grandpa, Cornelius Corwin Taylor! Orlando Taylor was born in 1867 in Illinois. Here is a picture of him as a child. I don’t know his death date, or if he ever married. I guess those are the new mysteries to solve!