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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - April/May 2003
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The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society needs your articles!
The Southern Genealogist's Exchange Society is now collecting articles for its second volume of "Pioneers of Florida's First Coast." You do not have to be a member of SGES in order to submit an article. You do not have to be related to the person you write about.
Here are the criteria: Must have lived in Duval, Clay, Nassau, Baker or St. Johns County, Florida prior to 1920. The article should contain as much genealogical information as can be proven or concluded from evidence. It should be in paragraph form, not a printed Family Group Sheet or Ancestry Chart. It is appreciated if sources are cited.
No deadline has been set, but they really want to publish this volume in 2003. Please don't wait to submit your article(s). Good quality pictures which can be copied may also be included. There is no charge.
The published book will be for sale by the Society later. Copies of the first volume (good looking hard back and excellent print) are selling out, but can be seen at our library at 6215 Sauterne Dr., Jacksonville. This is a perfect opportunity to preserve the history of your friends and/or ancestors.
For more information, you my contact our library via telephone 778-1000 during the hours of operation, or via email at Check out their website at

Douglas P. Ross, 64, passed away Friday, January 31, 2003 at Carolinas Medical Center. A funeral service to celebrate his life was held at Idlewild Baptist Church with The Reverend Fallon Melvin officiating.
Douglas was a devoted husband of 44 years, a loving father to five daughters, and "Pop" to ten grandchildren. He was born March 5, 1938 in Iowa City, Iowa, as son of the late Cameron Mackenzie and Harriet Pemberton Ross.
He was President of the Clan Ross Association of the United States, as well as a Knight's Templar. He worked at Allstate Insurance Company for 30 years and retired as a Claims Manager.

Information needed on REDDOCH who came from Scotland Mid 1700s. Forebears of JAMES born 1782 in South Carolina, son (?) WILLIAM born 14 March, 1820 in Mississippi. Pat McDaniel, 2308 Middlecoff Drive, Gulfport, MS 39507.

Mason Bell was an outstanding high school and college athlete from Atwood, Kansas. He was a student at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, New Mexico. In October, 1999, Mason died tragically from a brain aneurysm at the age of 25. He was a very outgoing and spiritual man who always wore a smile.
In remembrance of Mason, the first ever Mason Bell Pentathlon was held on June 30, 2001. The second will be on June 6th of this year at Pojoaque High School track in Santa Fe, New Mexico. These annual pentathlons are a fitting memorial to mason who loved the challenges of competition.
Mason's father, Dennis Bell, will soon be submitting his application to join the Bell Family Association. Mason, a piper as well as an athlete, would have liked that.

Don't miss these Scottish web sites
If your research takes you to the Orkney Islands, try out the Orcadian Wedding Traditions web site at
For everything you might want to know about the tartans of Scotland, go to
For a list of archaic medical terms and definitions
Looking for Celtic clip art to download? Try
Thanks to the Scottish Genealogy Society, Chicago and Jean Zack.

Watch out for the golf balls!
A Scottish castle that was built to withstand cannon fire now needs new defenses - to protect it from stray golf balls!
Niddry Castle owner Richard Nairn has asked West Lothian Council for permission to erect a 230 foot long net to shield the 500 year old stronghold at Winchburgh.
One golfer at the Niddry Castle course admitted that at times it must be like living under fire as balls constantly zero in on the castle.
Thanks to Frank Beavin and The Scottish Society of Louisville, Inc. Newsletter, PO Box 32248, Louisville, KY 40232-2248,

The last widow of a Union veteran dies
The Los Angeles Times reported on Monday, 20 January 2003, that the last surviving widow of a Union veteran has died at the age of 93. Mrs. Gertrude Janeway had married John Janeway, 81, in 1927. She was 18 at the time. He had died in 1937 when he was 91.
As a Union veteran's widow, she had been receiving a $70 monthly check from the Veterans Administration. The place of her death was a three room log cabin her husband had bought several years after they married. The cabin was apparently located near Blaine, Tennessee.
Her death leaves Alberta Martin, 95, of Alabama, as apparently the only surviving widow of a Civil War veteran. Alberta's husband was a veteran of the Confederate Army.
One interesting thing is that for many decades after a war ends, the federal government may be paying pensions and thus there may be records of interest to genealogist. The basic reason is that an elderly war veteran may have married a very young woman who then became entitled to a pension upon his death.
According to the VA, the last pension related for service in the Revolutionary War was paid in the early 20th century; the last pension related to the War of 1812 in 1946; to the Mexican War in 1962, and now the Civil War, in 2003 (or perhaps 02). Since the federal government didn't pay pensions to Confederate veterans, it appears now the boos will be closing on Civil War pensions as well, nearly 140 years after the end of the conflict.
Thanks to the Los Angeles Times and Doug Mason.

On-line translation tools now available
So you've traced your line back across the pond to the homeland and you've even found the church records that list your ancestry for several generations back in time. But, they are all in the language of your forefathers and you don't speak much less read the language! Don't despair! There are several translation tools available on-line.
AltaVista provides one of the best at Text can be converted to English from French, German, Italian, Korean, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish in blocks of text of up to 150 words.
Two other sites are which is a portal for may sites and which offers "a single point of access to 28 of the best systems for over 38 different languages.
Thanks to The Collin County Genealogical Society, PO Box 865052, Plano, TX 75086-5052.

Marshall C. Guthrie, Jr., age 87, of Hockessin, Delaware passed away on December 26, 2002.
Marshall was born in the Panama Canal Zone on December 15, 1915, the older son of Dr. Marshall C. Guthrie, the commanding surgeon of the Canal Zone, and Harriet Harding Guthrie. He was raised in Chevy Chase, Maryland, and graduated from Haverford College in 1937, and earned a Master's Degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He began a lifelong career at the Dupont Company. Trained as a chemical engineer, he managed a Dymetrol, a polymer strapping product that he helped to bring to an international market.
He was a very active Episcopalian. He is survived by a brother, his children, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Col. Robert E. Harrison awarded House of Gordon 2003 Allan M. Adams Award
The Indiana and Kentucky Divisions, of the United States Branch of the House of Gordon, a Scottish Highland Clan, are proud to announce that Col. Robert E. Harrison, FSA Scot has been chosen to receive the Allan M. Adams Award. The Adams Award is presented annually to an individual, group, or organization for their outstanding contributions in the field of public education with regard to Scottish culture and heritage.
Col. Harrison, a prominent criminal defense attorney living in the Glasgow, Kentucky area and Fellow with the Royal Museum's Society of Antiquaries for Scotland, serves a President of the Glasgow Highland Games, Inc., and is a well-known public speaker on topics related to Scotland.
Born and raised in Maine, and a 30 year veteran of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps, Col. Harrison is as American as you can get, yet he proudly honors and holds dear his Scottish Ancestry. Col. Harrison attended the University of Maine majoring in Government, the Washington University School of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate, and the U.S. Army Command and Staff War College. Col Harrison is also the Past President of the Clan MacKenzie Society in the Americas.
Nominations for the Adams Award are submitted by the members of the Indiana and Kentucky Divisions of the House of Gordon and the previous winners of the award. The active members and prior winners then submit ballots with their votes to the State Convener for tabulation. The winner is presented the award during the opening ceremonies of the Glasgow Kentucky Highland Games, which are held the first weekend in June at Barren River Lake State Resort Park in Lucas, Kentucky. The Glasgow Highland Games Inc. and Barren River Lake State Resort Park are both proud past winners of the Adams Award themselves.
Established in 1997, the award is named for the philanthropist Allen M. Adams, a publisher, entrepreneur, and decorated U.S. Naval Aviator with service in the Pacific theater during WWII, who until his death actively encouraged people to investigate their heritage and culture. Mr. Adams was often heard telling young people that the only way to truly succeed in the future was to have a firm understanding of the past.

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