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Newsletter Subtitle: FINAL ISSUE OF 2010:  SPECIAL GIFT!
Month Day Year:  DECEMBER 21, 2010

Hi, everybody!  We want to take this opportunity to wish all of you a Happy Holiday Season which includes, but shall not be restricted to, any one of the religious holidays that abound this time of year.  Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza, Merry Christmas, and to all of us a Happy New Year filled with lots of discoveries about the exciting people who populate the ever-growing branches of our family trees!


This will be my last newsletter for this year, but I will be back again in the New Year on January 4, 2011, with even more of the books that are on our shelves ready for sale, but are not on our website.  There are over 900 books, charts, maps, goodies, etc. on the website, but that leaves almost 39,100 that are not.  Time simply does not permit me to write the descriptions of all these books.  As Ray, teasingly used to say, "Pat, you are buying them faster than we can read them or sell them!"  [I must have a deadly resistance to running out of books to read!]  I have never seen an American History Book I did not want to read!


Getting this information out is very important to me, but my retirement budget does not provide me enough cash to put all of them on the website at once. 


Plus I hesitate to put my used books, of which I usually have only one copy, on my website, because if I do, it is likely I will get three orders for that one book on the same day six weeks after I first post it there. 


Plus you don't want them, all of your books, up there at once, because that would be a major headache in keeping them sorted and finding any special one of them when somebody ordered one of them.  People don't always understand that when a publisher has just one of something left, and when it is sold, he may never have that book for sale again.  Used books are scarce, and used genealogy books are even harder to find!  Also, to print a single book can cost big bucks, and I do not really want to print 100 of many of these books because of the storage problems. 

I have one warehouse filled with 85 boxes of books, and I can't find the one book I want because I don't know what is in any of them.  It is just like Christmas Morning when I send a helper out to bring in a box of books so I can do a new crate.  Heaven only knows what I will find, and lately I get a sense that He may be getting a little confused as to which book is in which box, too!


Checking and Reviewing the website alone takes about ten hours a week.  I spend some time every day checking to see if I have everything and it takes a whole year to get all the way through it.


Writing the newsletters takes two full days for each one.  I'm not complaining because I do love reading or re-reading these books and reviewing and abstracting indexes for you.  If you know about the book, and you find your surnames in it, that book may provide just the information you need to advance your lineage into the past. It is so neat being a genealogist because we are only making progress when we are going backwards!  Remember, helping genealogists IS what we do here; and I love sharing all I have learned since 1972 about genealogy!


Here is the first of today's books:


IL - CRAZY CRATE YOGS 81:  BOOK !: OBITUARIES, BENTON EVENING NEWS, FRANKLIN COUNTY, ILLINOIS, 1922-1930.  By Carla Pulliam.  1994.156 Pages, 8" by 11", bound in cardstock covers, glued and taped binding, ex-lib. A small spine location label and the withdrawn from library notice are the only signs of previous ownership.

Seven years of part-time research at the library by the author went into the making of this book.  Three others are planned or were available in 1995.  She is careful to tell us that she was not able to copy all the articles in their entirety.  This book deals mostly with full obituaries, and she was working at that time on another book to cover 1920 to 1930 with more obituaries and other tidbits contained in it.

The entries are very nicely done, contain birth, marriage and death date information when she had access to it.  Plus lots of family detail.  The every-name index appears to be complete for the entire book.  Here are those surnames listed with three or more first name entries:  Adams 26, Adkisson 4, Aiken 27, Akin/s 4, Alden 5, Alexander 20, Allen 6, Alsop 12, Anderson 4, Armes 3, Artman 3, Baggett 15, Bailey 7, Bain 20, Baldwin 7, Batts 4, Bauer 12, Bay(e)s 3, Beat(ey/ty/y) 4, Bell 7, Bennett 6, Bevis 3, Biggs 10, Biley 6, Bird 3, Bishop 6, Black 4, Bond 4, Bowman 8, Boyd 4, Braden 3, Brayfild 3, Briley 4, Britton 9, Brown 30, Browning 30, Brownlee 4, Brun(n)er 3?, Bryant 8, Campbell 8, Cantrell 5, Cardy 4, Carlton 4, Carter 6, Chandler 5, Chaplain 5, Chapman 6, Clark 13, Clayton 5, Clinton 9, Cole 9, Connor 11, Cook 26, Cordell 4, Courtney 5, Cox 3, Craddock 20, Crain 4, Crawford 6, Crider 7, Darnell 3, Davis 11, Dees 3, Denham 11, Dial 3, Dillon 14, Dimmick 3, Dixon 17, Dloge 4, Dollins 4, Dorris 5, Doty 11, Drummond 3, Dryer 3, Dunbar 5, Duncan 12, Durham 5, Dye 3, Eldridge 3, Elliot/t 4, Elstun 9, Espy 5, Eubanks 13, Ezell 4, Fabert 11, Far(r)is 5, Farmer 3, Fish 10, Fisher 3, Fitzgerrell `10, Flannigan 4, Fleming, 3, Foster 10, Foulk 12, Frederich 3, Freeman 4, Frost 13, Fultz 5, Gant 4, Glenn 3, Glover 12, Graham 3, Grant 4, Gray 8, Grayson 3, Greenwood 3, Griggs 14, Grimes 4, Grove 3, Guiney 5, Gunter 12, Haithcoat 11, Hall 8, Hammond/s 9, Hampton 14, Harrell 4, Harris 9, Harrison 19, Hartl(e)y 3, Hartman 10, Heard 8, Heinzman 5, Hemphill 3, Hesler 9, Hicks 3, Hill 28, Hinch 5, Hindman 7, Hobbs 19, Hodge 3, Hogan 4, Holland 9, Howell 6, hudason 6, Hungate 8, Hurst 7, Hutchens 4, Ing 7, Isaacs 14, Jacobs 12, Johnson 16, Jones 58, Joplin 3, Jordan 8, Jordon 4, Keller 4, Kern 3, Kimmell 6, King 19, Kirk 10, Kirkpatrick 16, Kist 6, Knight 5, Kreis 6, Lager 20, Lambert 5, Lane 7, Learned 5, Lee 18, Lefler 10, Lehr 4, Lemon 8, Lemons 8, Lewis 4, Lipe 20, Little 17, Lowery 7, Lowry 10, Ludwig 13, Luster 5, Mabry 5, MacDonald 4, Maddox 9, Mannen 4, Marlin 3, Marquis 3, Martin 16, Mason 20, McCann 8, McClure 7, McCollum 4, McCormack 5, McCreery 16, McDonald 9, McFarland 12, McKenzie 9, McPherson 5, Meadows 10, Miller 16, Mills 23, Minor 4, Mitchell 7, Moore 90, Morris 16, Mumbower 14, Murphy 15, Myers 3, Naylor 5, Neal 20, Neighbors 3, Neulist 6, Neunlist 6, Nolen 14, Norcross `10, Odle 13, Odum 10, Overturf 7, Page 1`5, Pankey 3, Park 7, Parker 5, Payne 34, Pearce 11, Peek 5, Pemberton 14, Penny `10, Perrine 7, Perryman 10, Peterson 7, Phil(l)ips 19, Pickard 13, Plasters 7, Ponaetti 4, Pool/e 3, Pope 22, Potter 7, Powers 4, Price 17, Prigmore 4, Puckett 23, Purcell 8, Quillman 6, Raney 8, Ray 8, Rea 9, Reed 8, Rice 13, Roberson 3, Robertson 3, Rogers 7, Russell 11, Sanders 9, Sandusky 14, Sears 12, Seibert 11, Shaffer 3, Shaw 10, Shelton 9, Shepard 5, Shephard 3, Shepherd 7, Shetler 5, Shew 10, Shirley 10, Short 3, Sicklin 3, Silkwood 7, Simmons 10, Simpson 26, Smith 47, Snider 7, Snyder 4, Souther 3, Spani 12, Spears 10, Spencer 3, Spiller 6, Stewart 5, Stockton 6, Stotlar 9, Sulcer 3, Summers 15, Swaf(f)ord 4, wain 28, Swartz 8, Swisher 5, Swoffard 4, Swofford 10, Tadlock 5, Tanner 5, Tate 7, Taylor 27, Th(r)el(d/k)eld 9, Tip(p)ling 6, Todd 4, Treat 4, Trout 5, Tucker 10, Uhls 16, Vantr(ease/ess) 6, Vaughn 11, Ventress 4, Vise 12, Walker 18, Waller 8, Ward 21, Watson 4, Weaver 3, Webb 56, Webster 3, Weeks 5, Welch `15, Westbrook 4, Whaley 5, White 3, Whiteside 7, Whittington 38, Wilburn 4, Wilhite 5, Williams 15, Wood 3, Woods 13, Young 17 and Zweng(al/el/le) 5.  USED BOOK. PRICE:  $24        


VA - CRAZY CRATE 81  BOOK 2:  REVOLUTIONARY WARRIORS AND WIDOWS OF HENRY, FRANKLIN, PATRICK AND FLOYD COUNTIES OF VIRGINIA.  Pension Applications.  Transcribed and Annotated by C. Leon Harris.  New Papyrus Publishing Company.  2008. 376 pages, 8" by 10", glued binding, colorful covers.


I love the dedication to this book!  The author says, "To all the old soldiers without whom this country would not have been possible, and especially to the following old soldiers without whom I would not have been possible. Then he lists the thirteen soldiers that helped him be possible.  A fitting tribute, I would say!


If you have not considered your ancestor may have been a soldier in the Revolutionary War, you should check out this book.  These appear to be   verbatim transcripts of the actual papers or microfilm thereof.  These applications for a pension give great detail about a soldier requesting one.  Check out the preface in this book for more information.  Veterans applying for a pension had to prove their services by naming their officers and regiments and by describing their travels and battle engagements.  This was especially important for militiamen, because written records of their service, if kept at all, were in county or state archives rather than in the War Department in Washington.  During the Revolution all able-bodied men between 18 and 55 were required to belong to the militia of their county, and they volunteered or were called out as needed to serve tours of several weeks or months.  In contrast, Continental soldiers either enlisted or were drafted to fill state quotas as set by Congress, and they typically served for 18 months, or for two or three years, or for "during of the war.  Both militiamen and regular soldiers usually served in companies with their neighbors.


The applicants generally had to state their ages, and depending on which act the application was made under, they had to provide information about their families and where they had lived.    

The first act of interest here was passed in 1818 and applied only to veterans in the Continental Line (Regular Army) and only if they were in "reduced circumstances".  Even with these restrictions an enormous number of veterans applied - so many that in 1820 Congress required those pensioners to prove their need by describing their property and families.  In 1832 Congress finally provided pensions for all surviving Revolutionary War Veterans, regardless of need or whether they were Continental or Militia soldiers, and it required the applicant to state when and where he was born and where he had lived. [What an easy way to check out a migration trail!]  Congress later provided pensions and bounty lands to the widows of veterans and those applications are especially rich in genealogical information, sometimes including original family registers from Bibles and copies of marriage bonds.      


The Table of Contents lists the surnames of the soldiers [and many times their widows maiden names which do not appear here in this newsletter, but whose applications are also in this book:  Abshire, Adams, Adcock, Agee, Akers, Allee, Alvis, Andrews, Anglin, Arnold 2, Arthur, Asbury, Ashworth, Atkins, Ay(er/re)s 2, Banks, Barn(e)s, Barrett, Beasley, Belcher 2, Bernard, Bishop, Blackard, Blanchet/t, Blankenship, Blevins, Boaz, Bo(w)man, Booth, Bowles, Boyd, Breden, Brizendine, Brock, Bryant, Burchell, Burdett, Burruss, Campbell 2, Carper, Carter 2, Cassaday, Choice 2, Cloud, Cochran 2, C(o/u)ff, Conner Cooper, Corn 2, Craig, Critz, Couch, Crowley, Dale, Davis, Dehaven, Deshazo, Dickinson, Dillen, Dixon, Drake, Duncan, East, Edwards, English 2, Estes, Fain, Farmer, Fields, Fitzgerald, Fleeman, Fodrell, Franklin, French, Fuson, Gardner, Gibson, Gilley, Going, Goodson, Gowen/s 3, Graves, Green 2, Greer, Griffith, Hale, Hall, Hanby, Hancock, H(a/o)pper, Harris 4, H(ea/u)rd, Helton, Hendrickson, Hendricks, Hickey, Hicks, H(e/i)lton, Hix, Hodges, Holland, Holliday, Howard, Howell, Hudson 2, Huff, Hundly, Hutts, Hylton, Johnson, Johnston, Jones 3, Ke(a/e)ton 2, Kemplin, King 2, Lands, Law 2, Lawson, Lesueur, Lumsden, Martin 2, McGraw, McGinnis, McHone, McLaughlin, McNeil, Midkiff, Milam, Miller, Mitchell, Mullins, Murphy, Pace, Paine, Pharis, Phillpott, Percy, Pilgrim, Poindexter, Pollard, Prater, Price, Pugh, Ramsey, Ray 2, Redd, Renfro, Reynolds 2, Richardson 2, Robertson, Royal, Saunders, Scales, Scroggins, S(ea/i)mmons, Seay, Shackleford, Sharp, Shelor, Shumate, Sims, Sink, Smith 6, Spencer 3, Stagel, Stanley, Stephens, Stewart, Stratton, Sullivan, Sutherland, Tarrant, Taylor, Terry, T(e/i)nch, Townsend, Trail, Tramell, Varner, Vi(ah/er), Viers, Whitecotton, Williams, Woods, Woody, Wright 2, and Young.  There are also five appendices, which include a chronology of Virginia's efforts in the Revolutionary War and more information on the battle of Guilford's Courthouse, in which the tactics used by the colonists caused the English General to say, "I do believe we have won the battle, but I fear we have lost the war!  [The next encounter was Yorktown, where the British surrendered.] There is a listing of the HenryCounty Militia, a bibliography listing for further research and an index.  To assist you in understanding there are 22 illustrations, showing actual documents belonging to some of these men who served so nobly.  Here you see the Revolutionary War in the words of 200 participants, annotated with additional materials on arms and tactics, The Battle of Guilford Courthouse, HenryCounty Militia, and Virginia in the Revolutionary War.  Also included are extracts of the widow's pensions, many with family records.  This book is completely indexed with over 1,000 surnames!  PRICE:  $30.  Multiple copies are available.

We are going to conclude this newsletter with a continuation of the review of the index to Indiana wills.  This is my Christmas present to all of you this year.  If you simply copy all of these Abstracts of the Wills Book, Phase 1 to 1850, then put them in alphabetical order, you will assemble the names of every surname which has two or more people who left wills in Indiana prior to 1850.  I am only eliminating those surnames that show only one person who left a will in Indiana that had that surname.  The first part of the alphabet was done three weeks ago.  We are starting here with the Gs through the Ls.


IN - YOGS CRAZY CRATE YOGS 80 BOOK 11-I: HHIN-WLS1: INDIANA WILLS PHASE I (TO 1850)  Phase I - Softbound, 94 pp., 8.5" X 11"  in alphabetical order.  This is a continuation of an abstract of all surnames, with the exception of those surnames having only one entry, which are listed here with the number of first names which include the lines of information:  [Today we start with the Gs; found on page 28.]  Gainey 2, Galey 7, Galla(u)gher 2, Galloway 2, Gamble 2, Gamelin 2, Gardner 3, Garrett 2, Garrison 5, Gay 3, Gentry 2, Gibson 9, Gilbert 6, Gillespie 3, Gillum 2, Gilm(a/o)n 2, Gilmore 2, Ginn 2, Glass 2, Glenn 2, Glidewell 2, Glover 3, Godson 2, Golay 2, Goodwin 5, Gookins 2, Gordon 5, Goss 3, Gossett 2, Gough 2, Grable 2, Graham 8, Grave 2, Graves 2, Gray 9, Greathouse 3, Green 12, Greenle(e/y) 2, Greenstreet 2, Greer 2, Gregg 2, Gregory 3, Gresham 2, Griff(e/i)n 3, Griffith 7, Grimes 5, Gros(e/s 2, Guerin 2, Guthrie 7, Gwin/n 2, Hadley 3, Hahn 3, Haisley 2, Hall 18, Halstead 2, Ham/m 3, Hambleton 2, Hamilton 8, Hammond 3, Hancock 7, Hanna 2, Hannah 3, Hansel/l 4, Harbi(n)son 3, Hardesty, Hardin 6, Harding 4, Hardman 2, Hardwick 2, Hardy 3, Hargrove 2, Harley 2, Harmon 4, Harper 9, Harrah 2, Harrell 2, Harris 13, Harrison 5, Hart 2, Hartman 5, Harvey 7, Hatton 2, Hawk(e/i)ns 7, Hay 3, Haymond 2, Heap 3, Heath 3, Hedrick 4, Heflin 2, Helm/s 3, Henderson 6, Hendri(cks/x) 3, Hendrickson 2, Henry 6, Hensley 3, Henthorn 2, Her(r)on 2, Hess 2, Hester 2, Hewit/t 4, Hornbrook 2, Horner 3, Horton 3, Hough 4, How/e 3, Howard 7, Howell 2, Hubbard 2, Hubbell 2, Hudson 3, Hueg(el/le) 2, Huff 4, Huffman 4, Hugh/es 6, Hume /s 4, Hunt 16, Hunter 10, Hurst 4, Huston 3, Hutchens/on 3, Hutch(e/i)son 3, Hyatt 3, Iden/s 2, Ireland 2, Irvin/e 4, Irwin 5, Jackson 10, James 5, Jamison 2, Jay 4, Jeffers 4, Jeffr(e)y 2, Jemison 3, Jenkin/s 7, Jennison 2, Jessop 4, Jessup 7, Jewel/l 2, Johnson 50, Johnston 10, Jones 48, Jo(u)rdan 5, Just(ice/us) 3, Karr 2, Keasbey 2, Keen 4, Keener 2, Keith 3, Keller/s 3, Kelley 4, Kelly 17, Kelsey 3, Kelso 3, Ken(n)edy 9, Kenworthy 2, Kern 2, Kerr 2, Kes(s)ling, 5Kibbe/e 2, Kiger 2, Kil(l)gore 2, Kimb(a/e)ll 2, Kimble 2, Kinder 3, King 12, King(e)ry 4, Kink(ai/ea)d 2, Kinman 4, Kinnear 3, Kinney 2, Kirby 4, Kirk 2, Kirkpatrick 2, Kitche(m/n) 2, Knapp 3, Knight 4, Knox 2, Koons 2, Kramer 2, Kuns 2, Kuntz 2, Kurtz 2, Kuykendall 2, Kyle 3, Lackey 2, Lacy 2, Ladd 2, Lake 2, Lamar 3, Lamb 3, Landrum 2, Lane 3, Latham 4, Law/s 3, Lawrance 3, Lawrence 6, Layton 2, Leatherman 3, Lee 8, Leffler 2, Lemaster/s 3, Lemon 4, Leonard 5, Lester 3, Lewell(e/i)n/g 3, Lewis 19, Lindley 8, Linds(a/e)y 8, Linville 2, Littell 3, Little 7, Litton 2, Livingston 2, Lock 2, Lockhart 4, Lockridge 2, Loder 2, Logan 11, Long 9, Lopp 2, Loring 2, Louden 2, Loughery 2, Lowe 6, Low(e)ry 3, Luc(a/u)s 2, Lutz 3, Lynch 5, Lyons 5. 

We have now completed the alphabetical list of all surnames which have two, or more than two people, who left wills in all the early recorded books of Indiana Wills.  We have finished 48 of the 88 pages of this book.  This is part of the Christmas gift to all of our newsletter subscribers.  The remainder of this book, done in like manner will come to you in the month of January.  You are granted permission to download for your personal use only, one copy of this abbreviated abstraction of our book.  You are specifically NOT allowed to make any commercial use of this gift.  Thank you!  I have to retain some rights to the material which took us over three years of time to research and put into these books.  After all, this free newsletter is only free to you.  It is certainly not free to me, but my mother always told me that my life was God's gift to me, and the good I could do for the other people on the face of His earth was my thanks to him.  

Now completed are letters A through L and pages 1 to 48 of 88 pages in this book.


This will be my last newsletter of this year.  My family and I have many plans to spend time together in the next two weeks, as I hope you and your family do.  May all the blessings of this time of year be yours in this special Holiday Season.  I will be back on duty, preparing your new 2011 season of newsletters on January 4, 2011. 


Thank you for allowing me to share with you the excitement of this hobby and the well-being of helping others to extend their family tree until all our branches touch each other's branches; and we recognize that our family tree is unique and special to us, and it also touches so many other family trees, that we should be careful to keep a smile on our faces for everyone we see and kindness in our interactions with everyone whose lives we touch.  After all, many of those people may well be cousins we have just not yet proven!     






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