Sunday, February 1, 2015

Sentimental Sunday

On October 28th, 2014, I had to say goodbye to my faithful companion of the past 14 years. Unlike when her big brother passed in 2000, her death hit me hard because I didn't see it coming. Seemed like one day she was fine and the next she wasn't. By the time I realized something was seriously wrong, she was already in the last stages of kidney failure.

So, today, I thought I would remember my sweet Shelby on this Sentimental Sunday.

Until We Meet Again at Rainbow Bridge

All the pictures of Shelby are from my personal collection. The Rainbow Bridge video is from You Tube.

Friday, January 2, 2015

Goals for 2015

It's so hard to believe that another year has ended and new one has begun and I'm sure I'll be saying the same thing next year at this time. The older you get, the more time just seems to fly by.

Except for a few blog posts, I can honestly say I don't feel like I got much accomplished genealogically on the maternal side of my family.

So, I've got a few general goals to start out the new year. Later today or tomorrow, I'll list some specific goals for the remainder of the month.

So, here are a few goals for 2015. Many of these are similar to the ones posted on Conversations with my Ancestors.

  • Get back to blogging and researching
  • Get the nearly 30 years of research I've done organized. One of these days I hope to hand all this off to  someone and I would like for them to be able to figure out what I've done.
  • Plan a research trip to Greene County, GA to try to find more information on my Pierce line.
  • If time and funds allow, attend a genealogical conference, seminar, or class.
  • And most importantly, because life is so fragile and so short, do a better job of staying in touch with my family. 
I'm looking forward to 2015 and hope that you are too.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Funeral Program Friday - Cousin Bunt

Bernice Hosch Pebbles
July 7, 1928 - July 12, 2014

Of all my mother's paternal first cousins who passed this past year, it was her cousin Bernice's passing, that seem to strike me the hardest. Born in the same year, separated by three months a a few days, my mother and Bunt were essentially the same age and as far back as I can remember, always seemed very close.

As mom explained it to me, she and her brothers and sisters tended to buddy up with their Hosch first cousins based on age. So, it only made sense that she and cousin Bunt would have been the two that bonded. 

During my lifetime, I remember them writing each other, exchanging pictures of their children and in Cousin Bunt's case, grandchildren. I think this meant a lot to mom and especially cousin Bunt. Her daughter Pamela, whom I had never met prior to the funeral, thanked mom for all the correspondence with her mother through the years and told mom how much they meant to cousin Bunt.

After we got word that Cousin Bunt had passed, both mom and I recalled one of our most favorite times of visiting with Cousin Bunt and her family, Mom, Dad, and I were on the way back home from dad's college Alma Mater homecoming. Cousin Bunt's house was on the way home, and mom wanted to stop by and visit with her cousin. While there, her youngest daughter, at the request of dad the former band director, played her flute for us. Remembering that was a wonderful and precious remembrance and one I'll probably never forget even though at the time that it happened I think I was being a brat.

Cousin Bunt was laid to rest in the same cemetery where her parents and several of her siblings are interred.

And with Cousin Bunt's passing, it also brings the realization that mom only has one paternal first cousin left. And even though that is heart breaking but I'm also thankful that mom has gotten an opportunity to reconnect with her first cousins over these past few years and see most of them in person.

RIP Cousin Bunt. You will be sorely missed.


Funeral Card Friday is part of an ongoing series that was started by Dee of Funeral Cards & Genealogy.

Cousin Bernice's "Bunt" Funeral Program is part of my personal collection. In posting her funeral program, and due to privacy concerns, I chose to black out the names of her children and grandchildren.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Motivation Monday - October 2014

You know, even though I came no where close to meeting my September goals, and we are already almost half way through October, overall, I feel okay about my Genealogy activities during the month of September. I will say that most of those activities were performed on the paternal side of my family and you will be able to read about them, once I get them posted, on Conversations With My Ancestors.

So, the only goal that I seem to have gotten accomplished is I got back to blogging even if all my blogging was done using memes. But hey, it's a start to finally be seeming to get back into the groove.

Blogging wise, my goal was to do a minimum of 2 posts, not including Motivation Monday, for the month of September and I actually got 2 posts done. So, for the month of October, I hope to expand upon that and get three posts done, outside of Motivation Monday posts. But folks, I'm warning you ahead of time that most of these will probably be memes but like I said earlier, it's a way to begin again.

And yes, I still have those other two goals that have been hanging around for over a year and maybe I will get them done during the next month and a half.

In case you have forgot what they were.

In the area of Organization

  1. Get the Office / Craft room back in order
  2. Start organizing and making sure my citations are in order for my individual files
BTW, since we are already half way through October and I have tons on my plate, I'm giving myself until the end of November to get both of these accomplished, but hopefully, I will at least have made some progress by the end of October.

And in the area of actually getting back to the Research

  1. Read Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets.
It occurred to me last month that I might have already read this but since I don't remember anything about it, I think even if I did already read it that it wouldn't hurt to go through it again.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Funeral Program Friday - Cousin Doris

On March 23rd, our family lost another of my mother's paternal first cousins, Doris Hosch Pulliam Greer.

In the past few years, partly thanks to me, mom and Cousin Doris had reconnected and were constantly calling each other. I too looked forward to being around Cousin Doris. She was a dear and sweet older cousin and if she was able, would do anything she could to help.

She was just as crazy about her nieces and nephews as she was her own children, grandchildren and great grands, and I swear she probably knew each and every one of her approximately 100 nieces and nephews.

On the back of the funeral one of the pictures included in the program is of Cousin Doris and Mom (in the blue T-shirt and hat).


Funeral Card Friday is part of an ongoing series that was started by Dee of Funeral Cards & Genealogy.

Cousin Doris' Funeral Program is part of my personal collection. In posting Cousin Doris' Program, I chose to black the location of members of her family.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - Gwendolyn Hosch Hunter

This past year, my mother lost three of her remaining four first cousins on my grandfather's side of the family. Today and again on upcoming Funeral Program Friday(s), I will post about these three women. Two of whom my mother was very close to.

Sunday's Obituary is a weekly blogging meme that was started by Leslie Ann of Ancestors Live Here.

Gwendolyn H. Hunter

MOCKSVILLE - Gwendolyn Hosch Hunter, 82, died Nov. 20, 2013, 

in Taylorsville.

Mrs. Hunter is survived by son John Hunter of Detroit; two daughters, 

Carolyn and Renee Hunter of Detroit; brother Graham Hosch of
Mocksville; and two sisters, Doris Greer of Salisbury and 
Bernice Peebles of Winston-Salem.

Service: 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24 in the chapel of Graham Funeral Home,

Mocksville. Rev. Shirley Timmons will officiate and burial will 
follow in Boxwood Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Visitation: The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service.

Graham Funeral Home of Mocksville is serving the family.

Published in Salisbury Post on Nov. 22, 2013

The obituary for cousin Gwendolyn was obtained via

Monday, September 1, 2014

Motivation Monday - September 2014 Goals

You know, since my father died in 2011, I've found myself on several occasions declaring I was ready to get back to my research. I can't guarantee that this time will be any different than those previous attempts to find my way back to the research and blogging but it feels like something is finally happening.

For one, while attending the funeral of my Aunt Dorothy this past weekend, I actually grabbed my camera and took it with me to photograph the tombstones of relatives that I knew were buried in this particular cemetery. So, I'm praying, hopping and taking that as a sign that I'm finally back.

So, let's try once again, to set a few monthly goals and yes most all of these are the same ones from back in April.


  1. Write a minimum of two posts for the month.

  1.  Get Office / Craft Room back in order. Unlike back in April, I can at least move around in the room, and I have done some decluttering / organization since April but there is still a lot to do to get the room back in order. Goal Date: September 6, 2014
  2. Organize and make sure citations are in order for the individual folders that I have for myself and my parents. Goal Date: September 27, 2014


  1. Read Slave Genealogy: A Research Guide with Case Studies by David H. Streets. I purchased this book last year but can't remember if I ever got around to reading it. Since I'm back to this time period on most of my lines, I'm hoping that this reading will help me develop other approaches in finding my enslaved ancestors. Goal Date: September 20, 2014
I should add that I did get part of one goal from my April Goals accomplished, which was doing the Patriclan Test from African Ancestry on my Maternal Grandfather's line. I received the results this past week and will hopefully reveal them during the upcoming week.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday

John Amos is the son of my grandfather's cousin, Eli Hush.

The picture of the tombstone for John Amos Hush and his wife Cleola Charles Hush was obtained via FindaGrave and taken by S. L. Bradley

Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Book of Me Written By You, Prompt 17 - Toys and Games

The Book of Me Written by You is a 15 month project that was started by Julie Goucher of Anglers Rest and consist of a series of weekly prompts to prompt us to take about our personal journey through life. You can read more about the project here.

Prompt 17 is Toys and Games and the instructions for this prompt are

  • Can you remember your first toy or game?
  • Do you still have it?
  • Who did you play it with?
  • Did you play board games?
  • Have you inherited any of your family games & toys?
  • Share some pictures if you would like to?
I had a variety of toys and games growing up. The first one that I truly remember was my Betsy Wetsy Doll. Betsy was the start of in addition to making my clothes as well as her own, my mother also had to make clothes for the dolls. I had the best dressed dolls in the neighborhood. 

Although not with me, I actually still have most of my dolls. They are in my old toy chest back at my childhood home. That is provided my mother hasn't gotten rid of them. But they were there the last time I checked.

One of my favorite games was Fascination

(Picture obtained via eBay)

This game contained the tower, which indicated who won, and the two boards which had a maze on each side. Each player had 3 balls with the object of getting them from the middle of the maze to the three holes at the top of the board. The game required two players and you were racing against the person you were playing against to get your balls in the 3 holes first. As an only child, I of course played this game many times with my parents. I also had fun playing it with my friends and cousins. Is it still around, last time I checked it was still in the basement at the childhood home but my mother has been thinking about moving back into our home and has done some major cleaning out of the basement, so I've no clue if it's still around or not.

I actually have an inherited family game, via dad's side of the family. It's called The Magnetic Bible Quiz. It was at Aunt Martha's house and the Jones grandkids played it often when we gathered at Aunt Martha's house during the summer months.

The object of the game was to take the bishop / shepherd (sorry I really never knew which one it was, maybe neither) figurine and place it in the little cup on the left. These are the questions, the player would turn the figure to a question and then try to answer the question. The figurine has a pin in one hand that you point at the question. Then you place the figurine in the spot on the right where it provided the correct answer.

There are several sheets with questions and answers that were provided with the game. I always thought it was the coolest thing even if it was a bit challenging as a child. It was just fun spending time with the cousins.