Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, let's not forget all of our ancestors that came before us.  If you have the opportunity to be with your extended family, try to sneak in some interviews or videos.  If they aren't keen on videos, just ask them about something from their childhood and let them talk.  We cannot let their stories be lost to our children.

Take care of each other and keep on searching those roots!


Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Curran's in Ireland

Curran's Fish and Chips in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland



Curran's Pharmacy in Ennistymon, County Clare, Ireland

We took a trip to Ireland in 2013 for Spring Break.  While there we visited County Clare (I believe my Curran ancestors may, possibly be from there).  I took the above photos in the town of Ennistymon.  It was fun seeing my (maiden) last name up there on those businesses.  Someday I hope to find out where my Curran ancestor, Terence Curran, actually came from.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Jackson Monroe Laycox and Bonnie Swafford

Jackson Monroe Laycox (1877-1942) and Bonnie Fevel Swafford (1893-1972)
Married 27 May 1909, Monterey, Tennessee
They had 7 children.
These are my husband's Great Grandparents, the grandparents of his mother. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...with a few words. Troy Waller Bussey

Troy Waller Bussey (1909-1991)
My Maw-maw (Great Grandmother)

This is one of those photo booth photos.  My grandmother has the original and I took a scan of it during one of my visits back to Georgia.  This is my great grandmother Troy Eugene Waller Bussey.  She told me once that she she was named after the doctor that delivered her.  She was the second of the nine children born to Charlie Henry Waller and Ina Myrtle Brown and the oldest of the girls.  I remember her very well.  She lived in Southwest Fulton County near the Lakewood Fairgrounds.  She took me on my first ever bus ride.  We took the bus to Candler Drug store where she could show me off as her great grand daughter and to buy me a milkshake.  She told me lots of stories about her childhood, that I wish I could fully remember.  She revealed family secrets to me; I'll share those one day on this blog.  I miss her all the time.  She passed away when I was 14; she had Alzheimer's disease.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veteran's Day...Remembering the Veterans in our Family Tree.

I'm proud of the long history of military service that my family contains.  I'm listing below the direct line members of my combined tree that I have discovered that served in the military.  There are likely many more that I am not aware of as well as uncles and cousins.  As I learn more I will add their names here.

I'm starting first with recent service since I have photos of these.  Then starting with the Revolutionary War and working forward.  Thank you for all your hard work and sacrifice!

Presently in the Military




LT Cody Schaal, US Navy,  my husband
formerly US Air Force



Elmer Jack Laycox, US Army and then US Air Force; Cody's grandfather
John C Schaal, US Army (my father-in-law)



Donald V. Curran, US Army (my grandfather)

Revolutionary War


James Todd Livingston (1754-1812) 5th Great Grandfather

Samuel Whatley (1762-1826) 5th Great Grandfather

John Niswanger  (1729-1788) 6th Great Grandfather

Richard Tennant (1744-1823) 6th Great Grandfather

Peter Haught SR (circa 1720-post 1810) 7th Great Grandfather

Thomas Forshey (circa 1751-1836) 6th Great Grandfather

Martin Dial (1744-1844) 6th Great Grandfather

John Ephriam Mayo (1759-1842) 6th Great Grandfather

Civil War

David R. Laycock (1826-) Husband's 3rd Great Grandfather {TN}

Philip Schaal (1825-1866) Husband's 3rd Great Grandfather {Missouri, USA} 

Levi (Doc) Marlow (1830-1907) 3rd Great Grandfather (VA)

Thomas J Bussey (1818-1908) 3rd Great Grandfather (GA)

William Lewis Thomason (1835-1912) 3rd Great Grandfather (GA)

John Fields Chapman (abt 1841-1905) 3rd Great Grandfather (GA)

John Edgar Allen (abt 1833-?) 3rd Great Grandfather (GA)


World War 1

John Colvin Bussey (1892-1976) Great Grandfather 








Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wordless Wednesday...Conrad F. Wuerz

Conrad Francis Wuerz 1900-1973
Cody's Great Grandfather
Copy of photo in possession of Marion Wuerz Schaal