Griffen – Griffith Family in America

December 5, 2009

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays!
Hope everyone has Happy Holidays – despite the moody/cold/wet weather that may come our way before Christmas.

I know many have been dealing with issues that life seems to ‘surprise us’ with; but you have to remember, there are people who care about you, and will listen if you want/need to talk.
Yesterday I spent trying to get my hobby room in order – but I never realized exactly how much yarn, string, floss that I have collected — it would fill a small room! (so it nearly does.)

Now, that I have that ‘stash’ somewhat sorted – what do I do with the rest of my treasures? Old school yearbooks, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, old grocery list — outdated addresses/phone numbers on scraps of paper — You get the general idea…
Yes, CHRISTMAS is quickly approaching.
No, we have not completed our shopping list , yet.
Dave and I may end up creating gifts — at least a few. Others will be added as we can purchase them.
With the economy on the skids — I am sure everyone is trying to find ways to save money while not losing the true spirit of Christmas giving.
One long-tried tip? Trade days, flea markets and yard sales…
Not your style of gift source…well, give a try — you will never know what unique gift items can be found, and most very reasonable in cost.
The best quote I have heard lately — “Rare books, make for rare gifts”. So, most rare books won’t be found in a new bookstore.
Just a bit of a ramble for this first Friday of 2009.
Anyway, here’s hoping you have the best holidays possible. Drop a note my way if you get a chance during this hectic season.
— Cathy Ann Abernathy – weavercat@gmail.comhttp://weavercat.wordpress.com

November 20, 2009

MyFamily “Blog” – Day One, 2009

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Day One -MyFamily Blog
Yahoo! — No, not the browser; just an exclamation of excitement for a new addition for MyFamily.
Now, I can ‘chat’ to folks who view my “MyFamily” site(s) — and hopefully hear back from them.
No, this is not my first blog — have others;but this one will allow me to share bits of family research in a location where more people can view and “review” it.
Genealogy is an interesting quest — ongoing, and sometime elusive trying to solve age-old family mysteries…where did your ancestors come from?
That’s the first question; after the first few generations you are able to trace, the questions mount in number, and the pursuit of ‘knowledge’ about family members go through progressions — 1) how far back can our ancestors be traced. 2) What countries did they leave if they migrated to north America? 3) How many children did they have 4) Who were their neighbors 5) Who do I know from elementary/high school that may be distant kin? 6) Are we all distant kin?

November 10, 2009

Lost Colony – Blog

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Searching for the Lost Colony DNA Blog

Product Description
In 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh sent 116 men, women and children to Roanoke Island on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. They were to plant the first English colony in the New World. By 1590, they had disappeared. The colony was lost, and it remains America’s oldest unsolved mystery.

Carl Bowden, a university professor, has discovered a document that may prove an intriguing new theory of what may have happened to the colonists. He made one phone call to a trusted colleague. Three hours later he was found murdered under the rotunda of the university library. Someone does not want the mystery of the Lost Colony to be solved and is willing to kill to protect the secret.
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An excellent Blog that delves into the mystery of The Lost Colony.

— Cathy Ann Abernathy

November 6, 2009

New Blog: “Cherokee Cousins”

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Cherokee Cousins

I have thought long and hard about whether I should begin another blog related to my family tree research.

After months of trying to place bits of Native American genealogy data in my other WordPress blogs, I decided the time was right to begin this one. I and many of the people I know who have grown up in the south eastern US have family ‘oral traditions’ which say one or more of our ancestors were Native Americans who “remained behind” despite the massive Indian removal during the 1850’s.(…)

October 30, 2009

Speer/Spear men – during Civil War

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37th Alabama Regiment of Volunteer Infantry CSA | Slaton – Stalvy

Spear, Thomas
Company C
POW at Missionary Ridge TN on 25 Nov 1863 and sent to Nashville TN, Louisville KY and on to Rock Island Prison IL

Spears, Archibald C (“Arch”)
Rank Unknown (presumed to be a Private as he is also listed as “Musician”)
Company F
Enlisted 10 Aug 1861 (record predated formation of 37th AL CSA); Listed as “Musician”; Paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Company F

Spears, Henry W
Company A
Age at Enlistment: 32
Enlisted 5 May 1862 at Abbeville AL by A.C. Gorden; Listed as Private on Muster Roll of Company A dated 13 May 1862 at Auburn AL; Served as Teamster Sep & Dec 1862 and Jan 1863; WIA or sick as he signed his parole at Vicksburg MS on 13 July 1863 in City Hospital as a Private of Co. A of the 37th AL Infantry CSA, and is listed among sick or wounded aboard steamer H. Chouteau bound for Mobile AL via New Orleans LA; Died in service of unknown cause at unknown place/date; Claim for deceased soldier filed 14 Sep 1864 by R.A. Spears, widow

Spears, L
Company A
Enlisted (Conscripted?) __ Oct 1864; paroled at Greensboro NC 1 May 1865 as part of CONSOLIDATED 37th AL CSA Company A

Speer (Speir), Alfred A
Company I
Enlisted 28 Apr 1862 at Lafayette AL after serving 12 months in 7th AL Infantry Regiment CSA; Appears on Muster Roll of “Company ’I’ 37th Regiment, Alabama Volunteers at LaFayette, Chambers County, Alabama, March 6, 1862” published in 31 July 1901 issue of LAFAYETTE SUN (LaFayette, Chambers County AL) with Privates as “Speer, Alfred A.”; Witnessed the Confederate Pension application of Mrs. B. H. (Lucey) Hammack, widow of Benjamin H. Hammack (Co. I); Relationship unproven, but possibly related in some manner to Joseph Jarrell (Co. I) as his wife’s name known to be Mary Palestine Spiers – see Jarrell’s record

Martin – Coat of Arms, surname meaning

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The ancient surname Martin is patronymic, meaning “son of Martin”. As Martin was such a popular first name in the Middle Ages, it is not surprising that the surname is very widespread. The name comes from the word “mars”, meaning “god of war”, and developed through Martinus and Marinus to the present Martin. Early records show a Helewis Martin in The Red Book of the Exchequer Rolls in Cambridgeshire in 1166; a Johannes Martynson was recorded in Howdenshire in 1379. The ancient family motto was “Sure and Steadfast”. Source: The Heritage Collection. No genealogical connection is implied.

Williams – coat of arms, surname meaning

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This distinguished family name can be traced as far back as the Domesday Book, with a Robert filius Willelmi recorded in 1086; Richard William lived in Oxfordshire in 1279, and a John Wylyam was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls in Sussex in 1296. Legend has it that the family Williams is descended from Brychan Brecheiniog who was Lord of Brecknock at the time of King Arthur. His seat was at Llangibby Castle in Monmouthshire. The ancient family name motto was “Cywir in Gwlad”. Source: The Heritage Collection. No genealogical connection is implied.

October 5, 2009

Guion Miller Roll Results

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Guion Miller Roll Results

Total Records: 24 Number Surname Given Middle State Comments Page
1950 Griffin Andrew J. I.T. 120
19191 Griffin Charles I.T. 120
16142 Griffin Edna R. Tex. 120
28318 Griffin Eliza L. I.T. 120
10321 Griffin Emaline Ga. 120
11529 Griffin Jack I.T. 120
3644 Griffin James I.T. Jr. et al 120
27876 Griffin James D. I.T. 120
3644 Griffin James D. I.T. Gdn. 120
26232 Griffin Jennetta I.T. 120
8802 Griffin Jennette I.T. Gdn. 120
11786 Griffin Lizzie I.T. 120
18348 Griffin Loony H. I.T. 120
38952 Griffin Lucinda Ga. 120
6463 Griffin Martha Emaline I.T. 120
18349 Griffin Mary Ann I.T. 120
31937 Griffin Mary C. Tex. 120
26200 Griffin Nannie N.C. 120
39075 Griffin Neallie Ga. 120
17364 Griffin Nelia Ga. 120
44116 Griffin Rosia Ark. Written on Page 120
20050 Griffin Ruth Ora Tex. 120
20060 Griffin Vera G. Tex. 120
32261 Griffin W. C. Ga. 120
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Tribal Membership Requirements

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Native American Indian Tribal Enrollment

What are tribal membership requirements?
Tribal enrollment criteria are set forth in tribal constitutions, articles of incorporation or ordinances. The criterion varies from tribe to tribe, so uniform membership requirements do not exist.

Two common requirements for membership are lineal decendency from someone named on the tribe’s base roll or relationship to a tribal member who descended from someone named on the base roll. (A “base roll” is the original list of members as designated in a tribal constitution or other document specifying enrollment criteria.) Other conditions such as tribal blood quantum, tribal residency, or continued contact with the tribe are common.

September 22, 2009

Garrett, Howell – Celtic/Irish Origins

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Celtic Surnames

Many Norman families assumed the Mac having given up the style and title of Norman barons and adopted those of Irish chiefs. Hence we have MacWilliam, MacHenry, MacWalter–which in the Isle of Man became shortened to Qualter and Qualters–MacFheorais, shortened to ‘Corish’ and ‘Coriss’ from Feoras, a weakened form of Peoras or Piaras, i.e., Piers or Pierce, in modern French Pierre; MacRicard and Crickard, which latter may be compared with the Welsh-Norman Prichard. The Norman Fitz became Mac in Irish; hence Fitzgerald became MacGearailt, while from Gerauld or Geraud came the Christian name Gearóid, sometimes anglicised ‘Garrett’; Fitzgibbon became MacGiobúin, Fitzmaurice MacMuiris, &c. Of names originally Welsh, MacHale (for Mac Heil, i.e., MacHoel from Howell or Hywell), and MacArthur are instances, but there are others not so well known. No purely English names appear to have taken the Mac–any that may seem to be English, being really Danish or Norman.

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