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“Real” US Mail

Published November 18, 2009 by weavercat

I received a very nice card yesterday, from a gentleman in Ft. Payne, which I had been hoping to hear from.

It was a very nice Thanksgiving/Holiday and Christmas greeting. Well-written and heart-felt.

It also spoke of 2 upcoming events: 1) The Dixieland Delight Angus Sale, Nov 28th and 2) Christmas for Kids, Nov. 29th.

With this card came a new mailing address; which I will be sending greetings/letters to in the future.

Since he has a birthday coming up in December, I’ll probably be sending birthday greetings to him as well.

The past fews days have been very strange — but if you do the Flea market circuit, you have to be at the booth sites before sunrise, in order to get the better sales locations. What does this mean exactly?  For one thing it means setting the clock, and getting up when the alarm sounds at 4:30 or 5:30 in the morning — not a familiar thing for a night owl like me.

It feels very strange to be at the sales/booth setting up before sunrise…and having to settle for a spot that was not the greatest location for the day’s sells.

I can’t complain too much, Thursday/Friday/Saturday at Poor Man’s Trade in East Gadsden, went fairly well. And we hope to do several days there, again this week. Wednesday we will be trekking to Calcis (Alabama) to get measurements for the front porch repairs on Mom’s trailer. So, I’ll be signing off for now.

It’s after 11, and I am still very sore from helping Dave, Mark, and Brent move hundreds of banana boxes of salvage groceries in Piedmont Monday afternoon. Many of the boxes were nothing but salad dressing!

Anyhow, it’s been an interesting week thus far…and I’m exhausted.

If you wish to comment, please do. Many of my readers seem to enjoy ‘lurking’ — reading my post, but remaining anonymous — don’t be shy! If you enjoy my ‘blog’ speak up. I would be delighted to hear what you think… is my “blog” too im-personal? To ‘news-ie’, could it use more documentation as to where I found material that I post?

These are just a few concerns I have about making my ‘blog’ worth frequent visits.

Thank you, for stopping by. Please visit again, soon.



Genealogy perspective, ancestor’s influence

Published November 5, 2009 by weavercat

RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: Bruce Cooley Pusch



One thing that’s important to keep in mind when going back down a family tree is that each generation doubles the number of your ancestors.

What you are dealing here with are exponential numbers.

As you double the number of grandparents with each generation, you quickly see how fast the numbers are getting very large:

For example, when you get to the 64th generation, with my ancestors like Odin Woden or Woutan of Saxony King of Scandinavia born in 215 and Clodomir IV King of the Franks born in 251 you have had 9,230,372,036,854,775,808 grandparents at the various generational levels between each of them and me.

This number spelled out is: 9 quintillion, 223 quadrillion, 372 trillion, 36 billion, 854 million, 775 thousand, 8 hundred and 8.

Just to give you an idea of how big this number is:

If you had 9,23,372,036,854,775,808 grains of rice, it would be enough rice to cover all of India knee deep.

If you had that many pennies, those pennies would fill about 4,800,000 Empire State buildings.

You can see that there would probably be little bloodline influence on what any of us might be like today because of our relationship to any one ancestor that lived that far back in time. It’s difficult to imagine that any talents or faults that existed in one ancestor living far back in time could, so diluted, could influence us in any meaningful way today.

In other words, I don’t think I share many attributes with my distant ancestors Odin Woden or Woutan of Saxony King of Scandinavia born in 215 and Clodomir IV King of the Franks born in 251.

If you go back many generations more than the 64 discussed above, the numbers of our ancestors approach the numbers of stars in the sky or grains of sand on the beach.

Another view of these huge numbers of ancestors, is that some research would probably show the total number of people who ever lived is probably less than a trillion,

If that is so, the answer to this dilemma is that everybody’s tree eventually stops forking at various places (i.e., at some point, cousins married cousins, thus reducing the number of potential grandparents).

I myself am descended from two Cooley siblings

Nevertheless, no matter the exact huge number of our ancestors, a million, a trillion or a quintillion, it’s interesting to explore back through time, discover these ancestors, think about them and learn history through them.

For example, a, to me, very interesting ancestor from my own ancestral searches, is Queen Medb

According to the “Cooley Genealogy”, “One of the earliest references to the name Cooley is spelled Cualnge and appears in the 7th century when the great Celtic epic, “Tain Bo Cualnge, or “The Cattle Raid of Cooley” (County Louth) was first committed to writing. The name Cualnge may, of course, have been a place-name, not a patronymic, but many family names are derived from place names. This great epic is described as the chief and lengthiest romance of the Ulster cycle of literature, and has to do with heroes who Irish annalists and synchronists agree in placing about the beginning of the Christian era. During this primitive Celtic civilization no native coins were in circulation. The land in a pastoral country belonged to the tribe. A man’s property consisted of cattle and cattle-raids were frequent. Hence the greatest Irish epic is of a cattle-raid, the object being for Queen Medb to gain possession of an extraordinary animal known as the Brown Bull of Cualnge.”

Lord Byron, George Gordon – 6th Baron Byron

Published September 22, 2009 by weavercat

StateMaster – Encyclopedia: George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron

Born 22 January 1788(1788-01-22)
London, England
Died 19 April 1824 (aged 36)
Messolonghi, Greece
Occupation Poet, revolutionary


Milton, Pope


Pushkin, romanticism, Ebenezer Elliott, John Clare

George Gordon Byron, later Noel, 6th Baron Byron FRS (22 January 1788–19 April 1824) was an English poet and a leading figure in Romanticism. Among Byron’s best-known works are the narrative poems Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage and Don Juan, although the latter remained incomplete on his death. He is regarded as one of the greatest European poets and remains widely read and influential, both in the English speaking world and beyond. Byron’s fame rests not only on his writings but also on his life, which featured extravagant living, numerous love affairs, debts, separation, pederasty, and marital exploits. He was famously described by Lady Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know.” Byron served as a regional leader of Italy’s revolutionary organization the Carbonari in its struggle against Austria, and later travelled to fight against the Ottoman Empire in the Greek War of Independence, for which Greeks revere him as a national hero. He died from a fever in Messolonghi. 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Turner, 1823. … Byrons Don Juan (Penguin Classics version) Don Juan is a long narrative poem by Lord Byron, based on the legend of Don Juan. … Pederasty or paederasty (literally boy-love, see Etymology below) refers to an intimate or erotic relationship between an adolescent boy and an adult male outside his immediate family. … Lady Caroline Lamb See also Lady Caroline Lamb (film) The Lady Caroline Lamb (13 November 1785–26 January 1828) was a novelist and British aristocrat, the only daughter of the 3rd Earl of Bessborough and Henrietta Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough, with whom George IV fell in love. … The Carbonari (charcoal burners[1]) were groups of secret revolutionary societies founded in early 19th-century Italy. … Motto دولت ابد مدت Devlet-i Ebed-müddet (The Eternal State) Anthem Ottoman imperial anthem Borders in 1683, see: list of territories Capital Söğüt (1299–1326) Bursa (1326–1365) Edirne (1365–1453) Ä°stanbul (1453–1922) Government Monarchy Sultans – 1281–1326 (first) Osman I – 1918–22 (last) Mehmed VI Grand Viziers – 1320… Belligerents Greek revolutionaries United Kingdom France Russian Empire Ottoman Empire Egyptian Khedivate Commanders Theodoros Kolokotronis Alexander Ypsilanti Andreas Miaoulis Georgios Karaiskakis †Omer Vryonis Mahmud Dramali Pasha ReÅŸid Mehmed Pasha Ibrahim Pasha. … Sir Galahad, a hero of Arthurian legend In many myths and folk tales, a hero is a man or woman (the latter often called a heroine), traditionally the protagonist of a story, legend or saga, commonly possessed of abilities or character far greater than that of a typical person, which… An analogue medical thermometer showing the temperature of 38. … Messolonghi (Greek: Μεσολόγγι, Mesolóngi, older forms Mesolongi, Misolonghi, Mesolongion) is a town of about 18,000 people (2001) in central Greece. …

His daughter Ada Lovelace, notable in her own right, collaborated with Charles Babbage on the analytical engine, a predecessor to modern computers.

William of Normandy, William the Conqueror

Published September 22, 2009 by weavercat

StateMaster – Encyclopedia: William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror


William I
Robert Curthose
William Rufus
Adela of Blois
Henry Beauclerc
William II
Henry I
Empress Maud
William Adelin
Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester

William I (c. 1027 – September 9, 1087), was King of England from 1066 to 1087. Known alternatively as William of Normandy, William the Conqueror and William the Bastard, he was the illegitimate and only son of Robert the Magnificent, Duke of Normandy, and Herleva, the daughter of a tanner. Born in Falaise, Normandy, now in France, William succeeded to the throne of England by right of conquest by winning the Battle of Hastings in 1066 in what has become known as the Norman Conquest. From [1], in the public domain This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. … From [1], in the public domain This image has been released into the public domain by the copyright holder, its copyright has expired, or it is ineligible for copyright. … The Normans (adapted from the name Northmen or Norsemen) were a mixture of the indigenous Gauls of France and of the Viking invaders under the leadership of Rollo (Gange Rolf). … This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. … Robert (called Curthose for his short squat appearance) (c. … William II (called Rufus, perhaps because of his red-faced appearance, or maybe his bloody reign) (c. … Adela of Blois (c. … Henry I (c. … William II (called Rufus, perhaps because of his red-faced appearance, or maybe his bloody reign) (c. … Henry I (c. … Empress Maud (1102 – September 10, 1167) is the title by which Matilda, daughter and dispossessed heir of King Henry I of England and his wife Maud of Scotland (herself daughter of Malcolm III Canmore and St. … William Adelin (1103 – November 25, 1120) was the only legitimate son of Henry I of England and his wife Maud of Scotland. … Robert of Gloucester also frequently refers to the historian Robert_of_Gloucester Robert, 1st Earl of Gloucester (~1090 – October 31, 1147) was an illegitimate son of Henry I of England, and one of the dominant figures of the English Anarchy period. … Stephen (1096 – October 25, 1154), the last Norman King of England, reigned from 1135 to 1154, when he was succeeded by his cousin Henry II, the first of the Angevin or Plantagenet Kings. … Events March 26 – Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II Holy Roman Emperor. … September 9 is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years). … Events May 9 – The remains of Saint Nicholas were brought to Bari. … This is a list of British monarchs, that is, the monarchs on the thrones of some of the various kingdoms that have existed on, or incorporated, the island of Great Britain, namely: England (united with Wales from 1536) up to 1707; Scotland up to 1707; The Kingdom of Great Britain… Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area – Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population – Total (2001) – Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion… Events January 6 – Harold II is crowned King of England the day after Edward the Confessor dies. … Illegitimacy was a term in common usage for the condition of being born of parents who are not validly married to one another; the legal term is bastardy. … Robert I (or Robert the Magnificent) (c. … The Duke of Normandy is a title held (or claimed) by various Norman, English, French and British rulers from the 10th century. … Herleva (or Arlette) was the mother of William the Conqueror. … Falaise is a commune in the Calvados département, in the Basse-Normandie administrative région, in Normandy, north-western France. … Normandy is a geographical region in northern France. … The Battle of Hastings was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman conquest of England in 1066. … Bayeux Tapestry depicting events leading to the Battle of Hastings The Norman Conquest was the conquest of the Kingdom of England by William the Conqueror (Duke of Normandy), in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings and the subsequent Norman control of England. …

Darlington School: Alumni (Horace Miller Sproull, Jr.)

Published June 25, 2009 by weavercat

Mr. Sproull, a native of Anniston, was born the son of Horace Miller Sproull Sr. and Sara Powers Sproull on April 29, 1920. His mother died five days after giving birth. In 1950, he became the third generation president of The Anniston Hardware Company and The Gadsden Hardware Company, family owned businesses founded by his grandfather James Creswell Sproull, Wade Cothran Sproull and J.A. Cheney in 1887. He was widely known as an astute businessman and civic leader.

He retired from the hardware business in 1976 when the business was sold to a local group of investors. As a young boy, he was a member of the Boy Scouts of America and earned the Eagle Scout badge. He attended Anniston public schools through the tenth grade. He graduated in 1937 from The Darlington School, Rome, Ga., a college preparatory school, and received his B.S. degree in Economics from Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., in 1941. While at Davidson, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and the varsity tennis team. He joined the U.S. Navy in July of 1941 prior to Pearl Harbor.

Following his graduation from Midshipman School in 1942, he was assigned to the Pacific Theatre where he served during World War II, participating in six naval battles against Japan. He was honorably discharged as a Lt. Commander from the Navy in October 1946. Upon returning to Anniston he was made Vice President of The Anniston Hardware Company. In 1947, he married Barbara Crook Vaden and they had six children. He survived a tragedy in June, 1959 when he suffered second and third degree burns over 67 percent of his body during a mishap at a Father’s Day get together with family and relatives at his home.

A lifelong member of The First Presbyterian Church, he was an Elder and a Deacon. He was a teacher of The Sam Russell Bible Class there for thirty years. In 1962, he helped raise money to build the educational building for the church. He also helped to found and was President of The Soup Bowl, a charitable organization feeding the hungry.


via Darlington School: Alumni.

Lee Roy Abernathy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Published May 31, 2009 by weavercat

Lee Roy Abernathy (August 13, 1913(1913-08-13) – May 25, 1993) was an American vocalist and composer.



* 1 Early years

* 2 Musical career

* 3 External links

* 4 References

* 5 Notes

[edit] Early years

Abernathy was born in Canton, Georgia into a sharecropping family that frequently relocated during his teen years. He began singing at the age of five in his father’s group, the Atco Quartet,[1] and learned to play piano by the time he was 14. In addition to sitting under shape note instructors like James D. Vaughan and Adger Pace, Abernathy studied at the Conservatory of Music in Atlanta, Georgia.

[edit] Musical career

Abernathy wrote a number of gospel classics including “He’s A Personal Savior,” “A Newborn Feeling,” “Wonderful Time Up There (Gospel Boogie)” and a parody of that song called “Terrible Time Down There.” He was also noted as a Southern Gospel music instructor, particularly for his “Modern Gospel Piano Course By Mail.” Abernathy is credited as being one of the first to introduce sheet music and mail order piano courses to Gospel music. Along with Dwight Brock, Abernathy was one of the first to play “turnaround” type introductions on songs. He also served as a vocal coach to individuals (like London Parris) who went on to have great success in the industry.

Abernathy was also well known as a performer. He pulled stints with the Rangers and the Homeland Harmony Quartet. Abernathy and Carroll “Shorty” Bradford also performed together as the Happy Two, billed as a “two man quartet.” In 1983, a recording titled Command Performance paid tribute to the songs of Abernathy, with performances by the Rex Nelon Singers, Gold City, the Singing Americans, the Hemphills and others.

via Lee Roy Abernathy – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Gospel Music of Elvis Presley

Published May 31, 2009 by weavercat

Sure enough!! Elvis recorded his first session with RCA on January 10, 1956, with Scotty, Bill, and, D. J. . That day, “I Got A Woman”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, and, “Money Honey” were recorded. On January 11, 1956, Gordon Stoker was called by Chet Atkins to do a session with a “new-probably-wouldn’t-be-around-long kid, named Elvis Presley”—oily hair, pink shirt, black trousers. RCA had, also, just signed “The Speer Family“. Chet asked Gordon to sing with Ben and Brock Speer so he could use them. On that day, “I’m Counting On You” and “I Was The One” made history by being the first recording session that Elvis, did with vocal background. By April 1956, “Heartbreak Hotel” was “No. 1”. After having done several more recording sessions in New York with Scotty, Bill and D. J., Elvis flew to Nashville on April 14, 1956, to record “I Want You, I Need You, I Love You”. Gordon was called, again, to sing a vocal trio with Ben and Brock. After the session, Elvis took Gordon aside and told him (not knowing, at the time, why all the Jordanaires were not there) that he wanted “the” Jordanaires on all his future recording sessions. This time, Stoker saw to it that it was known – and – true to his word – Elvis used the Jordanaires on nearly every one of his recording sessions for the next 14 years. (…MORE)

via Gospel Music of Elvis Presley.