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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2003
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Looking for Robert Robertson. Robert Robertson was born ca 1833 NC., Robert and Catherine Garber were married September 3, 1859 in Douglas County, Illinois. He had six sons whom were born in Illinois and in Indiana, before the family settled in SE Colorado, where Robert died on April 8, 1905. His burial was in the Holly Cemetery, in Holly Prowers, Colorado. The burial came from the Presbyterian Church, Holly. If you have any information write Robinson, 2235 Juntura CT. S., Salem, or 97302-2222. Or call 503-589-9567.

Childers/Childress 2003 annual meeting planned for Nashville, Tennessee
The Childers/Childress Family Association will be holding an annual meeting in Nashville, Tennessee on September 4, 5, and the 6 which will be held Thursday through Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel and Conference Center, Nashville. This meeting will celebrate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Sarah Childers Polk, wife of President James K. Polk.

For newcomers that have never attended a Childers/Childress Family Association meeting, these meetings are work sessions for the researchers who are interested in their Childers/Childress ancestry.
All the members attending bring their family histories, books, documents, computers, pictures, programs, and any other data that they may have on the Childers/Childress and related lines. This is a national meeting, you do not need to be a member to attend. All Childers/Childress and allied lines are welcome. For more information email at: or

Ruffner Family Reunion set for Prescott, Arizona
The Ruffner Family Reunion will be held in Prescott, Arizona on June 20, 21, and 22 at Hotel St. Michael. All descendants of Peter Ruffner and Mary Steinman who settled in Luray, Virginia in the early 1700's and anyone who is researching collateral lines are welcome.
For more information email,,,, or

Annual Conference for Mock's, etc.
The Mock, Mauk, Mack, and Maag family is holding their 12th Annual Conference on September 19-21, 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Salt Lake City Plaza Hotel.
For more information write Babara Dittig, 366 Jacaranda Drive, Danville, CA 94506 or email and

Leuenberger/Lionberger family reunion planned for Independence, Missouri
This is a National Family Reunion for the Leuenberger/Lionberger family planned for Independence, Missouri on June 19, 20, and 21 of 2003.
For more information contact Charlotte Lionberger Tindall at 502 North Roger Independence, MO 64050-3213 or call 816-254-8696.

DNA project begun with Childress/Childers family`
The Childress/Childers DNA Project is officially up and running.  The DNA Project is used for the latest scientific DNA testing to help researchers of the Childress/Childers/Childers surname.  The DNA test compares 25 standardized markers with other people in the surname group. If 2 people match with 23 or 24 Allele values out of 25 markers they are likely to be related with a recent common ancestor.

The surname test is for males only and is the Y-Chromosome test. The Y-Chromosome is the only chromosome that is passed from father to son to his son to his son, unchanged, generation to generation. The chromosomes is uniquely positioned to help researchers track the DNA of their male ancestors. Comparing the DNA of several lineages permits a determination if they share a recent common ancestor. Participants will receive a testing kit that will require a cotton swab saliva sample from the inside of their mouth.
For more information contact or write to Gary Childress, DNA Project Coordinator, 8403 Seranta Dr., Whitter, CA 90603.

Elisha Hall was born in North Carolina on April 30, 1799, his parents/ family are unknown. Elisha Hall was married March 22, 1822 in Nashville, Tennessee to Anne Anderson Gulliford and they had 8 children, 4 boys, and 4 girls. Elisha and his family were Presbyterian. Elisha Hall served in the war of 1812 with Cpt. Daniel Bradford's Co. Vol. Inf. He started serving on Nov. 14, 1814. He is shown on all census records as his birthplace being North Carolina. His oldest son was James Gulliford Hall, born July 7, 1825. My Great Grandfather, Marion Proctor Hall was born March 7, 1831 in Nashville. Elisha and Anne and their children immigrated to Texas in an ox cart in 1854. His four sons served in the Civil War from Tennessee. Elisha died on March 25, 1879 in Austin, Travis County, Texas and he is buried in Oakwood Cemetery with his wife, Anne. If you have any information contact Nancy Hall NeSmith at: email or call 210-828-1618.

Laurita Houston Barlow of Wilmington, NC died Sunday, April 6, 2003 at Cape Fear Hospital. She was born February 11, 1922 in Brazil, daughter of the late Rev. Benjamin H. Houston, the 2nd and Laura Crump Houston, and preceded in death by her husband, Earle B. Barlow; and her son, Scott C. Barlow.
Mrs. Barlow graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Florida with a degree in Journalism, and was a respected Editor in the Gainesville, Florida area. She lived in Jamaica, West Indies for a number of years. Mrs.Barlow was a loving wife and mother, and is survived by two daughters, her husband, a granddaughter, and other relatives and friends. A memorial service will be held at Wesleyan Chapel United Methodist Church at a time to be announced.

Did you know there is symbolism in the folding of the American Flag?

Have you ever noticed the Honor Guard pays meticulous attention to folding the American Flag correctly? Each fold has a special significance and symbolism..
The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
The second fold is a symbol of our belief in the eternal life.
The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veteran departing our ranks who gave a portion of life for the defense of our country to attain a peace throughout the world.
The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well as in times of war for His divine guidance.
The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of Stephen Decatur, "Our country, in dealing with other countries, may she always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.
The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all her enemies, whether they be found within or without the boundaries of our republic.
The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered in to the valley of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor mother, for whom it flies on mother's day.
The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through their faith, love, loyalty, and devotion that the character of the men and women who have made this country great have been molded.
The tenth fold is a tribute to father, for he, too, has given his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were first born.
The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen, represents the lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies, in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.
The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the father, the Son, and Holy Ghost.
When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost, reminding us of our national motto," In God we Trust."
After the flag is completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George Washington and the sailor and marines who served under Captain John Paul Jones who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights, privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
From The Flag Folding Ceremony, U.S. Air Force Academy
Thanks to Cloud Family Association, 508 Crestwood Dr., Eastland, TX 76448.

Crypto-Judaic Annual Conference set for August 2003
Annual Conference of the Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies in San Antonio, TX is being held August 3-5,2003. Contact: Gloria Trujillo, at

Missouri Database available now
The Missouri State Archives has a database of over 185,000 records of births, stillbirths, and deaths in the state of Missouri prior to 1909. For more information go to

The most aggravating thing about the younger generation is that I no longer belong to it.
Albert Einstein

Arline Barsamian, died in Milwaukee from complications suffered while undergoing surgery. Born Ruth Arline Potterson, she and her husband Nick had been married 42 years. Arline was a past president of the Welsh Woman's Club and the Welsh Gymanfa Ganu Association of Wisconsin. She also served as a co-chairperson of the Milwaukee '97 National Welsh Gymanfa Ganu. Arline was also the loving mother of Donald Ramsey, Sandra Ramsey Brake, Loree Simuncak and Nicholas Barasamian. And the grandmother of six and great grandmother of nine.

You're Invited to a day with Helen Leary
This all day event suitable for every genealogical skill level will be held at the Walnut Creek Country Club five miles east of Goldsboro just off Highway 70.
Helen F.M. Leary, CG, CGL, FASG, FNGS, has been active in genealogy for more than twenty-five years and as a professional genealogist since 1978. She is a Certified Genealogist, Certified Genealogical Lecturer, Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, and a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society, receiving its Award for Merit in 1987. She is past president of the Board for Certification of Genealogists and past President of the North Carolina Genealogical Society and has held numerous other elective offices in the field. She is a member of the adjunct faculty of Samford Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research and is a founding member of the Genealogical Speakers' Guild. She is coeditor and a contributing author to North Carolina Research and has published widely in genealogical and historical periodicals.
For registration forms and complete information mail to: NCGS Summer Workshop, PO Box 22, Greenville, NC 27835-0022 or see their website at: or e-mail them at:

United States Statistics for your life!
The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.
Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.
Only 8 percent of the homes in the United States had a telephone and a 3 minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.
There were only 8000 cars in the United States and only 144 miles of paved roads.
The maximum speed limit in most cities was 10 m.p.h..
Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee each were more heavily populated than California.
California was only the 21st most populous state in the Union.
More than 95 percent of all births took place at home
Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.
The average wage in the United States was 22 cents per hour.
The average worker made between $200 and $400 per year.
Thanks to Ballentine Branches, 2714 Phyllis Dr., Copperas Cove, TX 76522-4311.

Cauthon Family Reunion planned for July
The Cauthon Family Reunion will be held on the Third Saturday of July 2003, at the Osceola, Missouri Community Center. Sign-in will begin at 9:00 AM. Come early for family history discussion and viewing of printed material. Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM, and a group picture will be taken at 1:00 PM.
Please bring your favorite homemade recipe and drinks for the buffet table. There will be many door prizes given, games to play, new acquaintances to meet and newly found cousins to visit. Our theme is "Island Party" so dress accordingly if you wish.
For more information please call 1-816-358-4070 or 1-321 268-1201.

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