Returned not used: How I Almost Wasn’t

Wyatt Paul GILLESPIE was born at the end of the Civil War; his wife to be, Laura Cecile DONALD was born 11 years later.  He grew up during Reconstruction and they lived their married life in Lexington, Virginia in the Jim Crow south. In 1907, for $400, they bought a home at 108 Houston Street from … Continue reading

If you don’t ask, you won’t know

I was searching for records for my grandfather, Gilbert Gillespie, and a passenger list popped up for him.  This seemed quite silly. He was born and lived his early life in Lexington, Virginia and then in later years lived in Robbinsville, NC and Rabun Gap, GA and spent his final days in Bedford, VA. What … Continue reading

The Summer of 1942

My great grandfather Wyatt Paul Gillespie died on February 19, 1941. The Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Gilbert Gillespie was 27; his wife was 24. They had a 4 year old daughter and a 1 year old son.  What were the thoughts that ran through their heads on that morning when they heard … Continue reading

Right around the corner from home

So I’ve started the story of my maternal grandmother, know I’d like to introduce my paternal grandfather, Gilbert McClung Gillespie.  That’s him on the back row on the left. I remember him well, visiting him and my grandmother “Judy” in Rabun Gap, Georgia.  He’d take me, my sister and two cousins to the local convenience … Continue reading

Random thought for the day…

Genealogy begins as an interest, Becomes a hobby; Continues as an avocation, Takes over as an obsession, And in its last stages, Is an incurable disease. –Author Unknown

North Carolina in the 1920’s

Life in the 1920 is not life in the 2010’s.  I went searching for information in the 1920’s, specifically about North Carolina, to try and gather some perspective about the life of Jennie Elizabeth Payne and how her life was different than mine. I know that prohibition began in the 1920’s and women were given … Continue reading

The Questions a Record Begs Us to Ask

Census records are great for giving us birth events, names and relationships (stated or presumed) and depending on the year other various event and identity information.  But I do believe that every census tells a story, with the questions it begs us to ask. My grandmother was Jennie Elizabeth Payne and she was born in … Continue reading

Let’s Begin …

When I first started doing genealogy it was all about growing the tree, going back one more generation. But before too long I had a tree with a bunch of records attached.  Something seemed to be missing.   I still needed to be in touch with who these people were. Genealogy or Family History is not … Continue reading