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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Time Line Thursday William Bella Millsap Great Grandfather 3x Great



Recently I have been putting together the records I have on William Bella Millsap and decided to start a time line on his life to help me see what I have and to help search for more.

1797 10 January born to Robert and Marcia (Lacy) Millsap in Green, Tennessee
1821 26 July married ElizabethMcGuyer at the age of 24 years old Lawrence, Indiania
1822 daughter Nancy is born
1824 son Gamaliel is born
1825 daughter Elizabeth is born Lawrence, Indiania
1830 is living in Indiania
1832 son Flavious Armenenious is born ( my grandfather)
1835 son J A is born
1835 wife Elizabeth passes away
1837 married Jane Bunch in Washington Indiania
1837 son Irenus is born
1839 wife Jane passes away
1850 residing in Flinn, Lawrence, Indiania with daughter Sophronia and sons Flavious and Irenesus
1856 living in West Fork, Iowa
1870 living in Decatur, Decatur, Iowa
1880 census has him living in Boon, Bates, Missouri with son Flavious and his family
1885 census has him in Bloomington, Decatur, Iowa with Flavious and his family
1885 15 August passes away in Decatur City, Decatur, Iowa
I am putting a copy of this in family note book with Bella's information and in my traveling research binder so I can remember all the states he lived in with family.


Thanks for stopping by... Grace

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Identifying ZION Family Photos Who Are These Relatives



I have a pile of photos that are relatives. Problem is they are not identified and everyone who may of known are no longer around for me to ask.

First photo I know 4 people for sure.

Squatting on the ground in the front second young male is my father

Next row back women with her arms around young girl's waist is my grandmother Alta mother of my father and the young girl is my aunt Alice twin sister to my father. Two ladies to the right ( facing photo ) little women in the dark dress is my great grandmother Rachel Millsap Zion mother of my grandfather Perry.

I do not recognize my grandfather Perry so either he is not in the picture or that is him back row right side hiding behind the child. I am guessing that the young man on my dad's side may be his brother George and on other side brother Joe.

I am dating the picture mid 1930's. My father and his sister were born October 1921 and they are probably about 13 or 14 years old in this picture.

More work to be on this photo to see if anyone else can be identified. Oh how I wish some one would of written on the back of this photo

Second photo is from my father's side I think, but so far I can not identify any one in it.

I will be sending a copy to some cousins to see if they can identify any one. I need to accomplish as much of this as I can or my children and grandchildren will have no clue.

One of my goals this year is to work on family photos and trying to identify those that I can. If I should luck out and someone sees from the name Zion in the title and thinks they are related please let me know in comments.

Thanks for stopping by.. hope that you will stop again

Monday, December 27, 2010

Amanuensis Monday 05 1952 Polio Epidemic In The News

Genea-blogger John Newmark (who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog) started his own Monday blog theme many months ago called Amanuensis Monday.

What does "amanuensis" mean? John offers this definition:"A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Last week I shared a letter that I had come across that my mother wrote to her family June 1952. She wrote this on letter head from a company my father either worked for or had worked for. The letter is newsy but also she is sharing that she is not feeling well. She would be taken to the hospital with days and be diagnoised with Polio.


Last summer my sister and I with our husbands took a day trip to Baytown, Texas. Our parents lived there in 1952. We found the house we had lived in, had lunch and then went to the library to find articles of the Polio epedimic at that time.

It is so much different to read these articles when you see your mother's name in print.


All articles are from the Baytown Sun ... Baytown, Texas


June 14th 1952

Polio claims second life

Concern over the polio epidemic in Baytown increased after the death of Jules N Weathers, 35. A Cyrpress street housewife was also added to the list of patients. Mrs. A. R. Zion of 1201 Cypress was taken to Hedgecroft clinic Fiday morning in a Paul L Lee Ambulance.




June 16th 1952

Latest Polio Victim Taken To Hospital

Mrs. A. R. Zion, 1201 Cypress Baytown's latest polio patient, was reported Monday to be in serious condition in Hedgecroft clinic in Houston.



June 17th 1952
Three Iron Lung Cases From Area Reported Critical

Three polio patients from the Baytown area were in Iron lungs at Hedgecroft clinic ( Houston) Tuesday and were reported in critical condition.
There were Lee college Instructor J C Chamberlain, Mrs. A. R. Zion 23 year old Baytown housewife and George Mathis of La Porte.
A special nurse was being sought for Chamberlain, Mrs. a W Costley, a friend of the family said that she had been able to obtain one on a temporary basis after calling all day yesterday in the Baytown area.
She asked that any available nurse call her.
Other polio patients from this area were reported resting comfortably.


June 18, 1952
Shortage of Nurses Is Biggest Problem Says Hospital Chief

Still critical
Three polio patients from Baytown in Hedgecroft clinic remained in critical condition Wednesday. There were Lee college Instructor J. C. Chamberlain and Mrs. A R Zion of Baytown and George Mathis of La Porte. All remain in iron lungs


Late Bulletin
Eleven new patients, one of them the mayor of Richmond, Texas were diagnosed Wednesday as having polio and four others were listed as " possible " cases as the outbreak continued unabated in Houston and Harris county.


It is interesting to read newspapers from this time period. My mom came out of this horrible disease alive, many did not. She was handicapped, wearing a brace and using crutches her whole life.
This never stopped her. She could of sat home and felt sorry for herself but did not.
She raised my sister and me and had two more children. Arthur Jr who passed away shortlay after birth and my brother David. She was involved in the church and my school. She is my inspiration.

thanks for stopping by and reading some of my sharings of my mother.
I hope that you will return soon. Grace

Sunday, December 26, 2010

On This Day McCormick Zion Dies in 1863


On this day December 26th 1863 McCormick Zion passes away. He is one of my third great grandfathers

McCormick was born January 22, 1795 in Virginia to John W Sr and Lucy McCormick.

McCormick was married twice, first to Sally Stuart with whom he had Sarah Zion. Sally died young some time before 1818.

McCormick then married Mary Gobble shortly after Sally's death in 1818.

McCormick and Mary had four children, Eliza , Mary, John Henderson ( my ancestor ) and Andrew.

I have copies of historical documents from a family bible where McCormick has recorded his marriages. You can see them here if you like.

They are surely a pleasure to own these copies with our family history regarding McCormick

Rest in peace grandpa... grace