Monday, June 27, 2011

Mystery Monday - Charles Y Trice Marriages

Charles Yancy Trice was married two times, according to his obituaries.  The mystery is where and when was he married?  Was he married to two women at the same time?  Did he get a divorce?

My grandmother was the daughter of Charles and his second wife Luna (Lena) Estelle Drake.  C Y, by which he was often known, supposedly married Luna about 1891.  They had three children, three girls.  Ruth was born in 1892 in Bourbon County, Kansas, and died in 1901 in Lamar, Barton County, Missouri. 

My grandmother Katherine knew her half-brother and half-sister.  Harriet and Odon were born in 1885 and 1886 respectively, so they were much older than my grandmother and her sister. 

The real mystery:  According to a headstone in Belle Vista Cemetery, in El Dorado, Kansas, Parlee (include various spellings) died in 1893.  There is also a death notice in the courthouse in Butler County, stating that she died in 1893.  However, Ruth daughter of Luna (second wife) and C. Y., was born about 1892 according to 1900 census records and obituary for Ruth. 

So, did Paralee and Charles get a divorce?  Were they ever married?  Or did Charles Y. Trice really marry Luna?  Just one of the numerous mysteries I need to solve.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Surname Saturday - Raymond V Poe (1920-2006)

Raymond Verne Poe was my father.  My mother was the second of his three wives.  The last visit I had with him was probably about 1951.  He is a mystery to me.  

The POE line as I know it:
Raymond Verne Poe (1920 Reno, NV – 2006 Oakland, CA)
Thurman Allen Poe (1888 Sherman, TX – 1979 Sparks, NV)
Zollicoffer C Poe (1853 MS – 1923 OK)
William Green (or Greenberry) Poe (1818 NC – 1877 MS)

William was probably in the confederate army during the Civil War (or the War of Northern Aggression).  He was probably married twice:  to Manerva or Minerva [last name unknown] (probably 1816 to 1859) and to Elizabeth (perhaps Sturdivant) (probably 1834-1923).  I am looking for documentation for this information.  I have looked at census records

Zollicoffer could be spelled Zollie Coffer Poe, Zolliecoffer Poe, etc. I believe I found him in the 1860 MS census, the 1870 Marshall County, Mississippi census and the 1920 Grady County, Oklahoma census.  I have been unable to find him in the 1880, 1900 or 1910 census.  I don’t have a death record for him.  I also don’t have a marriage record although I believe he married Lola Mont Swinney.  I have no photographs of him.  He also may have been married for a brief time to a woman named Mary.

Thurman Allen Poe is less of a mystery.  Thurman and his wife Olga Engdahl lived in Reno or Sparks, Nevada and are mentioned numerous times in the local newspapers.  They probably had 5 children but one son died at age 7 or so.  Olga’s story will be presented at another time but she was born in Sweden.  Again I have no photographs of him or any documentation.  The information was found through census records and online newspapers. 

I would like to have contact with some of the children of Ray’s sisters.  Perhaps they have memories of their grandparents they would be willing to share with me.

I am also trying to establish a relationship with some of the children of Ray and his third wife.  Because Ray was married when he died, I am hoping that family documents and records would be in the possession of one of these people and that they would be willing to share information.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

SCGS Jamboree Plus 10

Ten days ago I attended my second Jamboree in Burbank.  For four days (because I attended the writing seminar on Thursday) I listened to amazing speakers and learned so much.  It’s going to take me weeks to process all of the new ideas and techniques.  There are many new techniques and suggestions to help break down those “brick walls”.  I also bought some DVDs and recordings of some sessions that I was unable to attend (a conflict with another great session), so hearing and watching those are going to take at least 15 hours of time.

I appreciate the time the speakers put in before they arrived in Burbank, with all of the effort getting their presentations ready.  The speakers were also available before and after presentations to answer questions.  However, this event would never have occurred if it wasn’t for Leo Myers and Paula Hinkel for cochairing this event and the army of great volunteers who worked for hundreds of hours to make Jamboree possible.  So, Thank you.    

I was so busy attending sessions that I only spent a few hours in the Vendor Hall.  But, oh, what hours!!! There was SOOO… much energy in there.  There was a huge variety, I believe over 70, different exhibitors.  And there were more genealogy books, new and used, than I could probably read in the next 10 years.  It was great.

Jamboree is usually held in June.  I hope to see you at the 2012 Jamboree.  Of course, hopefully we’ll have met through the blogs and we’ll just be seeing each other for the first time.

Again, thank you SCGS members and friends for all of your efforts in providing this great opportunity for the genealogy community.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Welcome to my first blog post

Welcome to Karen's Genealogy Oasis blog.  I have been thinking about blogs since I attended the Blog Panel at the 2010 SCGS Jamboree in Burbank.  It’s taken me a year to get up the courage to start.  I would really like to thank Amy Coffin of WeTree blog for her encouragement and guidance during the 2011 Jamboree.

I have always loved mysteries and my family history is really a mystery. Unfortunately the solution will not be revealed by page 423 or even page 1051.  I have a gggrandfather who was supposedly bushwacked.  I have ggrandfather who didn't seem to marry, even though he had two wives.  And he didn't seem to die (at least no death records have been found) but I do have lengthy obituaries that were published in 1915 in two different states. 

I have numerous goals for this blog.  (Of course, these may change as I continue my detective work.)

1)   I want to share family information including photographs and other documents.  I have small books and booklets which have biographies and photographs of residents of some Indiana, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas towns.  Very few of these entries are my ancestors.  Perhaps they will help others.

2)   I hope this blog will help cousins in their detective work as well as encourage them to contact me and share their discoveries. Two, three, or many, heads have to be better than one.

3)   I would like to share techniques, web sites, books, and any other thing that I find that may help other researchers.  I appreciate learning techniques that other genealogists/family historians have used to discover ancestors.  And I have a lot of discovery to do. In fact my “brick walls” begin at generation 3.  Yes, that soon! 

4)   I plan to use this blog as a tool to organize my thoughts and plan for further searches.  This will essentially be talking to myself.  I just wish that when I ask questions I could be guaranteed good answers.

5)   I hope that writing this blog will help me become more organized and guide me with the other writing that I know must be started.   After all, my descendants deserve more than miscellaneous folders, notebooks and stacks of papers.

6)   And lastly, I will try to keep readers updated on conferences, seminars and other activities, particularly in Arizona, that may help them with their research and encourage them to meet with other genealogists.

So, I hope you will join me in the Genealogy Oasis and that you will visit often.  Together we can work on finding clues that may lead us to solving at least some of these amazing mysteries.