Prompt #146

Prompt #146: Names

a. Given name.

b. Possible names before you were born.

c. If I could choose any name for myself now, what would it be?

a. My given name is Amanda Kaye.

b. My Mom has told me that she considered Abigail or Sebastian if I were a boy.

c. This one is tough. I’m fine with Kaye as a middle name, always have been.  Maybe Corinne? Corinne Caye? I also like Julia. Julia Kaye. I don’t think it’s coincidence that those are forms of two of my three nieces’ names! What the heck, Lyndsay. Lyndsay Kaye. Or Linsy Kaye.  That is a difficult thing to consider, renaming yourself at this stage of your life.  Give it a try!

Honor Nights

This year, I presented the DAR Youth Citizenship Award to the same elementary school I did last year, plus two more!  I wrote about it last year here.  For me, it is an honor and privilege to represent the DAR and award the certificate and pin.  As I mentioned last year, when I was in 6th grade, I hoped to win it but didn’t.  I realized that every time I present this award it is like I’m winning it too.  What could be better than that?  I hope I get to present this award for a lot more years to come.

dar notebook

Prompt #141

I’ve missed some days! Since I moved to part-time hours at my day job, I have never been busier! In the last few days, I’ve had to present a DAR award and help with two school tours at the museum, keep up with the social media for the museum, and take care of a few things with ECIGA, such as getting our second newsletter out.  BUSY!

First of all, though, I need to publish a mea culpa…Joan Jett and the Blackhearts! Not the Heartbreakers. I’m old!

Today is day #141 of the year 2016.

#141: Which ancestor would I most like to meet and why.

This is actually really difficult. First of all, I don’t even know who all of my ancestors are! And, I’m sure all of the ones I do know about would be equally as informative and entertaining.  I most definitely would like to meet William Ballard (b: 1715) and find out who his parents are! He is my 6th-great-GF and lived in Virginia.  He is on my maternal side.  On my paternal side, I’d like to meet John Ford (b: 1809) and talk to him about his family and his travels.  Thirdly, I’d like to meet Ailesann (Dyer) McGuire (b: 1811).  I’d like to know who her parents and siblings are and what it was like growing up in newly-minted Indiana.


What ancestor would you like to meet? Share in the comments!

FFF~Week #48

The beginning of my 3rd generation maternal ancestors!  Looks like this will carry over into 2016.  Once I get into the 4th generation people, I might combine husband and wife pairs if I haven’t been able to research them.

Ancestor: My maternal 3rd-great-grandfather (Aaron Ballard)

Facts: Please look here and here.

I’d like to share how grateful I am that Aaron Ballard and his wife Nancy Pearson decided to settle here in Henry County, Indiana.  It’s a lovely county, rich with history, and I feel a special connection with these folks I never had the chance to meet.  Maybe someday I will.

I’m also thankful that I have this space in which to record my thoughts and share neat things about my family.  I appreciate you all for taking the time to read my gibberish.

Happy Thanksgiving all.

Genealogy Roadshow~Ohio Style!


Recently, I had the absolute pleasure of attending a meeting of the Butler County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society where the presentation was Genealogy Roadshow style.  For those of you who haven’t heard of it or seen it on TV, Genealogy Roadshow is broadcast on PBS.  From the website: “Part detective story, part emotional journey, Genealogy Roadshow combines history and science to uncover fascinating stories of diverse Americans.”  The Butler County Chapter put their own spin on the show’s format using Butler County families and ancestors.  They announced the meeting earlier in 2015 and asked for inquiries.  My 4th-great-grandparents were married there and lived there their entire lives.  My 4th-great-grandfather, James A. Fowler, left property in his will to his living children in the village of Darrtown, so I sent off my inquiry as to where might that property be located.  Along with four other entries, mine was also selected.


Nancy Porter, genealogist and membership chair for the Butler County chapter, handled my request.  She first located the land that my ancestor had owned and then worked her way back to how it came to him, plus gave some history of the village of Darrtown.  The above plat map shows the different lots Fowler owned and left in his will to his children.

The other four cases were interesting, as well.  Men of the same name, a lady’s name that came up in someone’s history but the research led to no evidence of her, and a story of children raised by others as their mother died young and their father couldn’t raise them plus work.

I very much appreciate all the work that went into this project.  This has given me a great starting point to get back to Butler County and further my research at the courthouse and, of course, take another trip through Darrtown!

FFF~Week #47

Ancestor: My paternal 3rd-great-grandmother (Elizabeth M. Ray)


  1. Born 14 June 1843 in Jackson County, Tennessee.
  2. Daughter of Samuel H. Ray and Nancy C. McCaleb.
  3. Granddaughter of Joseph H. Ray, great-granddaughter of James Ray, and great-great-granddaughter of James Ray.
  4. Died 15 December 15 1883.
  5. Finding the Pendergrass/Ray history was a huge find for me! More research to be done!

Info found here.

FFF~Week #46

Ancestor: My paternal 3rd-great-grandfather (John T. Pendergrass)


  1. Born 9 April 1833.
  2. Son of Jesse Pendergrass and Ann Witt.
  3. Was married first to Annie Donaldson.
  4. Married Elizabeth Ray around 1862 (birth of oldest child).
  5. Died 28 May 1921 in Putnam Co, Tennessee.

Found info here.