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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2004
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I have a few corrections for inquiries.  SAMUEL WESLEY FARLEY’s wife is CAROLINA COLE, not HUNT, and grandpa WALLACE’s mother’s name is MARY QUISENBERRY, born Hillsville, Virginia.  Have grandma BURL, looking for information on surname.  Other correction JOHN THOMAS CREMEANS’s wife is LUCRETIA JEFFERSON FIFE CREMEANS.  Parents ABEL FIFE and MARY WAUGH, both of Barboursville, West Virginia.  Please send any information to Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220.

CAROLINA COLE is AMANDA HUNT and what is more, our GRANDMOTHER CREMEANS is called that, and LUCRETIA CREMEANS is step.  Real one is ALTA CAZAD.  Also would like information on INDEPENDENT ORDER OF FORESTERS.  My father HAL LEWIS got his commission in Court Stuart through them.  He was court deputy.  Please send any information to Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220.

Names researching are CREMEANS, WAUGH, FIFE, WALLACE, QUISENBERRY, HEANEY, FISCHER, BURL, COLE, SAWYERS and FARLEY.  Please send any information to Hal Lewis, 124 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14220.

Seeking parents of WILLIAM S. ROSS, who married ANNA CATHERINE BRINCKERHOFF.  Children: MATTHEW FREEMAN, JACOB BRINCKERHOFF, SARAH SWAN, MARY BRINCKERHOFF, HANNA LOUISA, WILLIAM ROBERT.  ANNA CATHERINE BRINCKERHOFF, who married my grandfather VALERIUS ELIA RAMSBURG mid-1800s - CAROLINE JOSEPHINE, DEWITT BRINCKERHOFF, EDWIN LESLIE.  Any information, please contact Catherine Reams Braly, 22668-B Nadine Circle, Torrance, CA 90505.

Klieforth-Munro book one that is a “must read” for Scots!
The Scottish Invention of America, Democracy & Human Rights by authors Dr. Alexander Leslie Klieforth and Dr. Robert Munro is a history of liberty from 1300 BC to 2004 AD.  The book traces the history of the philosophy and fight for freedom from the ancient Celts to the creation of America, asserting the roots of liberty originated in the radical political thought of the ancient Celts, the Scots’ struggle for freedom, John Duns Scotus and the Arbroath Declaration (1320), a tradition that influenced Locke and the English Whig theorists, as well as our Founding Fathers, particularly Jefferson, Madison, Wilson and Witherspoon. 

Author Klieforth argues the Arbroath Declaration and its philosophy was the intellectual foundation of the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence (1776). Thus, the work is a revolutionary alternative to the traditional Anglocentric view that freedom, democracy and human rights descended only from John Locke and England of the 1600s.   The work is the first historical analysis to locate and document the origin of the doctrine of the “consent of the governed” in the medieval scholar, John Duns Scotus (ca 1290s), four centuries before Locke and the English Whigs, and in the evolutionary progress of mankind.  The work contends that the Arbroath Declaration and its philosophy was the intellectual foundation of the American Revolution and Declaration of Independence. 

After showing the Scottish influence on the US Constitution, Bill of Rights, and the new Federal government, the Braudelian-style work traces the development of Scottish-style freedom and human rights through the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen influenced by Jefferson, Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address that transformed Jefferson’s Declaration, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s role in creating the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the foundation of the modern human rights struggle.
The book of 448 pages was available March 2004 for $52.00.  For more information, call 1-800-462-6420 or fax 1-800-338-4550.  Mail orders can be received at UPA, 15200 NBN Way, P. O. Box 191, Blue Ridge Summit, PA 17214-0191.  Ask for ISBN 0-7618-2791-9.  A special 15% off the price is given if ordered at <www.univpress.com>.

Open letter about The Rampant Lion Flag
The Family Tree received the following letter:
Have just read the article on The Rampant Lion Flag - To Fly or Not To Fly.
I have always had serious reservation about flying the Rampant Lion, and have even been told, after I questioned one individual concerning the validity of flying, that “We here on this side of the pond, could and would do as we ** please.”  Won’t go on with what else he had to say on the subject. I have always felt that this was the personal flag of the Queen, and only flew over her residency WHEN she was there.
I have, however, read many years ago, in one of our prominent Scottish papers, an actual letter that was supposedly written by her Majesty, to all of us here in “The Colonies,” (that) “She considered it a privilege that her flag was displayed at our Scottish functions.”  I am disturbed that there is a difference of opinion by representatives (?) of the Court of the Lord Lyon.

If there are any readers who might support my statements, I would appreciate hearing from them.  Sure wish I had saved the article.

AGM for Clan Baird Worldwide will be held in Kansas City at their games Saturday, June 12, 2004.  I plan on “retiring” for the second time after 12 wonderful years as President.
Thanks for all the wonderful things that have come about because of you and The Family Tree.
Yours Aye,
Dale F. Baird, Sr., President, Clan Baird Worldwide
2708 South Hooker Street
Denver, Colorado 80236-2508

Tartan Day celebrated by everyone
The following letter was received by The Family Tree:
Enclosed please find one photo of some of the attendees of a Tartan Day celebration at the Federal Correctional Institution at Sheridan, Oregon.


About 100 inmates attended this two hour event.  We featured three inmate speakers supplemented with audio and visual aids to educate the men at this facility about Scottish history and heritage.  The event was such a huge success, the staff want to allot us more time next year. Rest assured that we aim to promote this day, no matter what is in the future.  Our goal is to have Tartan Day as well known in the United States as Cinco de Mayo or St. Paddy’s Day. We enjoy  your newsletter.  A stock of The Family Tree Newsletters were on display at our event. Keep up the good work!
Richard Kemp

New California coin honors John Muir
California’s new quarter will feature Scottish conservationist John Muir when it is issued in January 2005.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger chose the coin featuring the famous Scot from twenty designs.
Mr. Muir, who was born in Dunbar in East Lothian, emigrated with his family when he was a child and developed his interest in the outdoors. He became renowned for his network of national parks and began with Yosemite in the Golden State.
Mr. Schwarzenegger said:   “John Muir has been a role model to generations of Californians and to conservationists around the world.”  He said Mr. Muir was the father of the conservation movement, encouraging people to protect, as well as enjoy, California’s parks, beaches and mountains.
US Mint Trivia:  Average life of a quarter in circulation - 30 years.
From the Palmetto & Thistle, P.O. Box 3325, Melbourne, FL 32902-3325.

The king is Scottish!!! Elvis!
Elvis Presley’s roots can be traced back to a village in Aberdeenshire, according to a Scottish author.  Allan Morrison, from Greenock, said he has discovered that the musical icon’s ancestors lived in Lonmay in the 1700s. Scotland was the location for The King’s only visit to the UK, a brief landing at Prestwick Airport, outside Glasgow in 1960. Mr. Morrison said the first Presley in America was a man called Andrew Presley who arrived in North Carolina in 1745.  Records show that his father, also Andrew, married Elspeth Leg in Lonmay in 1713.  The Presley roots in America could be traced right up to 1933, when Elvis’s parents married.  The singer was born two years later. Most of the Presleys living in Scotland during the 18th and 19th centuries could be found in Aberdeenshire.  They were based in Lonmay and the nearby villages of New Deer, Old Deer, and Tarves.
From the Palmetto & Thistle, P.O. Box 3325, Melbourne, Florida 32902-3325.

Rare old books re The Spalding Club and the Family Innes 
Frank S. McNatty of Blenheim, New Zealand is the owner of two rare books.  The Spalding Club, Aberdeen, dated 1864, is a hard back book of 286 pages, size 10 inches by 8 inches.  The book covers the history of charters and notes from the clan.  Also known as Ane Account of the Familie of Innes, the book was compiled by Duncan Forbes of Culloden and edited by Cosmo Innes.
The Chronicle of the Family of Innes of Edingight was written and compiled by Colonel Thomas Innes of Learney in 1898.  This book of 40 pages is a handmade book and is hard back.  It is 10-1/4 inches by 7-3/4 inches in size.  Inside the front cover is the signature of J. W. Innes with the date August 20, 1912.
If you are interested in more information, contact F. S. McNatty, Esq., 12 Beaver Road, Blenheim, New Zealand or email him  <
www.frank.maclear.net.nz>.

Piper Forrest wins $7,500 scholarship
Gordon M. Reid, president of the Clan Donald Charitable and Educational Trust of Pittsburgh, which conducts the Ligonier Highland Games, announced in March 2004 that the winner of the $7,500 scholarship awarded each year by the Trust was John Decker Forrest, a piper who formerly played with the L.A. Scots and has been awarded the scholarship for the second year, the first being in 2003.  Forrest will be using the scholarship to obtain his PhD from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, Scotland.  The Academy is affiliated with the University of St. Andrews.
Persons applying for the graduate study scholarship do not have to be of Scottish descent, but should demonstrate a strong interest in and knowledge of Scottish culture and heritage.  A field of thirty-two applicants competed for this scholarship and forrest’s background as a piper was obviously a factor in the Trust’s decision.
This annual scholarship is to be used for graduate study at any Scottish college or university.  Applications for the scholarship are received by the secretary of the Clan Donald Trust, Robert S. McGinnis, 218 Quaker Road, Sewickley, PA 15143.


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