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Family Finders, Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society, PO Box
32, Yucaipa, CA 92399-0032.
you’re tracing your Cherokee roots, this book is for you
Cherokee Proud is a
second edition, paperback cover, book of 308 pages by Tony Mack
McClure, Ph.D. It is a guide for tracing and honoring your
Cherokee ancestors. The price is $22.95, plus $5.37 postage.
Make your money order out to
Prin. Chief William “Rattlesnake” Jackson, in care of the
American Cherokee Confederacy, National Tribe Office, 619 Pine
Cone Road, Albany, GA 31705.
to know what culverin, kill grief, and rumfustian really mean?
We hear the terms steer
clear of, hit the deck, don’t rock the boat, and to
harbor a grudge and give little thought to their
origin. Left together on ships for months, and often for years,
pirate crews developed expressions that made their way into
common usage. Terms for things related to life at sea became
idioms used by land lubbers, a term derived from the
holes in the platforms surrounding the mast that allowed sailors
to avoid climbing the rigging around the platforms. A lubber
was someone who was very clumsy, so a land lubber is
someone who knows nothing about sailing and rigging.
Terry Breverton has written a
delightful book titled The Pirate Dictionary that tells
you the origin of these little quips and many other words.
Reading through these words and phrases is an abbreviated trip
through history, with lists of major naval mutinies, a summary
of the slave trade, and even jokes. This dictionary is written
to be entertaining as well as informative, to give a flavor of
the interesting times from the 15th to 18th
centuries when pirates controlled many sea lanes. It also
contains a treasure trove of factual information about life
aboard the ship, important pirate haunts, and technical terms.
Terry Breverton is the author
of fourteen books, including: Black Bart Roberts: The
Greatest Pirate of Them All ($14.95 pb), the forthcoming
book Admiral Sir Henry Morgan ($14.95 pb), and
numerous articles. Mr. Breverton is a recipient of the Helm
Fellowship at the University of Indiana. He lives in Wales and
is a senior lecturer in marketing and management at UWIC
Business School in Cardiff.
The Pirate Dictionary is
192 pages with 28 illustrations, 5 maps and 3 tables. The price
is $14.95 pb original, ISBN: 1-58980-243-8. Readers may order
toll free from Pelican at 1-800-843-1724 or 1-888-5-PELICAN.
For more information, contact the Promotion Department at
504-368-1175. Or you can write to Pelican Publishing Company,
Inc. at 1000 Burmaster St., Gretna, LA 70053-2246.
Mineral Point, Wisconsin is
the site for the
Cornish Festival, September 24 – 26, 2004
The Southwest Wisconsin Cornish
Society and the Greater Milwaukee Cornish Society will again
co-sponsor a Genealogy Seminar in conjunction with the Cornish
Festival in Mineral Point.
The Seminar will be Friday and
Saturday September 24-25, 2004, at the conference room of the
Comfort Inn in Mineral Point.
Friday, September 24, 2004
and Browsing (coffee, juice & rolls)
9:00-9:15 Welcome &
9:15-10:15 “California Cornish Heritage: Welcome to Grass
Valley’s Wisconsin Hotel”, Gage McKinney
10:30-11:30 “Cornwall Family History Society, The Future of
Exploring the Past”, Mike Morrish
11:30-1:00 Lunch on your own; be sure to take time to
1:00-1:45 “Gold in Mineral Point”, Jim Jewell
2:00-2:45 “Cornish Records at the Wisconsin Room”, James
3:00-4:00 “Family History Sources in California”, Gage
Saturday, September 25, 2004
9:00-9:45 “Migration by
our Ethnic Ancestors”, Mary Freymiller
10:00-10:45 “Cornish in
Racine County Wisconsin”, Jean Jolliffe
11:00-11:45 “When Miners Sang: A Cornish Musical Heritage”,
Some of the planned events of the Festival:
Friday, September 24, 2004
Cornish Genealogy Seminar
Pub Night at the Kiddlywink,
Pendarvis Historical Site
Quilt show, Iowa Co. Fair
Saturday, September 25, 2004
Pancake Breakfast, Masonic
Continuing Genealogy Seminar,
Opera House, 9:00-11:45 a.m.
Bus Tours of Mineral Point
Village Green Faire
Taste of Mineral Point
Cornish Afternoon at Opera
“Crowdy Crawn” at Pendarvis
Mineral Point Room, Open 10
a.m. to 5 p.m.
Quilt Show, Iowa Co. Fair
Sunday, September 26, 2004
Special Church Services at
Trinity Episcopal and United Methodist Churches
Bagpipe Procession on High
Music, games and refreshments
at Liberty Park
Pendarvis Historic Site Tours,
all days 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last tour at 4 p.m.
Orchard Lawn (Gundry House)
Tours, Friday & Saturday 1-5 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
For more information about the seminar and
festival, contact Tom Rowe, 4525 S. River Ridge Blvd.,
Greenfield, WI 53228, phone 414-529-2518, or by email
AGM scheduled for Clan
Moncreiffe Society of North America
The seventh annual general meeting (AGM) of the
Clan Moncreiffe Society of North America (CMSNA) will be held
in Atlanta, GA at the Stone Mountain Highland Games on Friday,
October 15, 2004. The meeting will be held at the Stone
Mountain Hampton Inn from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Lunch will be
available. All members are encouraged to attend. For more
information, please contact publicity chairman Rachel
vital Interest to genealogists…
Yizkor books (Holocaust
memorial books) are classified as rare books. When copies
become available, they often cost hundreds of dollars. The
Yiddish Book Center is now selling reprints of hundreds of
yizkor books at a cost of $90.00 for Yiddish Book Center members
and $120.00 for non-members. Tax-deductible membership is only
$36 per year.
The reprints were made using
the new digital printing technology. Original yizkor books were
scanned using high resolution equipment, and the images were
then used to reproduce the reprints. Samples were on display at
the re International Conference on Jewish Genealogy last summer
in Washington. The quality of the text was quite good; the
picture reproduction only fair. The Center’s Website is at
Meanwhile, the New York Public
Library (NYPL) announced plans to put digitized images of its
complete collection of yizkor books – more than 700 books – on
the Internet. It has already placed nine of these books
representing twelve towns at their site. The portal to this
collection is at
What is the oldest
permanent Polish settlement in the United States? According to
the American Record of Historical Places, it is Panna
Maria, Texas. Panna Maria was established December 24, 1854,
making this its 150th anniversary.
In 1854, about 100 families
came to America from villages in the southwestern part of
present-day Poland known as Upper Silesia. A Franciscan monk
and missionary from Silesia, Father Leopold Moczygemba, had
worked in Texas since 1852. He encouraged the immigration which
was made by train to Bremen, Germany, then by ship to Galveston,
by smaller boat to Indianola, and finally, by walking nearly 200
miles to San Antonio. They eventually settled at what became
Panna Maria, about 55 miles southeast of San Antonio, now in
A museum and historical society
seek to retain the history of Panna Maria. Contact Panna Maria
Historical Society by email to
email@example.com; write to them at PO Box 52, Panna
Marie, TX 78144; or visit their Website at
http://www.pannamarie.tx for information on the community’s
history and special events celebrating the area.
The Scottish Archives has
launched the Ordinance Survey large-scale Scottish town plans
Website, featuring over 1,900 high-resolution zoomable map
http://www.nls.org.maps Included are maps of Scotland
1560-1929, Pont’s Maps of Scotland c.1583-ca.1596, 18th
century military maps of Scotland, and Ordinance Survey Town
The National Library of
Scotland houses one of the ten largest map collections in the
world. The National Library is the world center for the study
of Scotland and the Scots. The library has United Kingdom
deposit status, making it a vast reference library covering all
topics from art to mountaineering, and from the earliest times
to the digital age.
To contact the library visit
the Web page at
http://www.nls.uk/contact/index.html or write National
Library of Scotland, George IV Bridge, Edinburgh, EH1 1EW,
Source: Federation of Genealogical
Societies FORUM, PO Box 200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940.
The Wonder Cat
And her assistants,
Jinx and Beth
Check out this calendar of events!
October 2, Georgia, Atlanta: The
Georgia Genealogical Society announces its quarterly meeting “A
Day with George G. Morgan.” More information can be found at
the society Web site
http://www.gagensociety.org or by emailing
October 7-9, Missouri, Kansas City:
POINT (Pursuing Our Italian Names Together) will hold its 4th
Biennial National Conference. Speakers will be Sharon DeBartolo
Carmack, Suzanne Russo, Dan Neimiec, Lou Alfano, Joseph
Mastrangelo, Ugo Perego, Mrs. V. G. Johnson, Gary Toms, Mary
Burtzloff, and Marilyn Finke. Further information is available
by contacting Danny Zangara at PO Box 2441, Kansas City, KS
66110-0441; by email at
firstname.lastname@example.org or see the Web site at
October 8-11, Texas, Arlington: The
2004 Bobo Family Reunion has been announced. Featured speaker
will be Bill Hocutt. For more information on this reunion of
descendants of Gabriel Baubeau, contact Chuck Bobo,
FamilyBobo@aol.com or see the Web site at
http://www.familybobo.org. In addition, the group can be
contacted by phone at 256-468-5059.
October 9, Wisconsin, Elkhorn: The
Walworth County Genealogy Society announces its annual Family
History Month Genealogy Fair. More information can be found by
contacting Donna Kjendlie at 608-363-0554 or Peggy Gleich at
October 10-16, Utah, Salt Lake City:
The International Society for British Genealogy and Family
History announces its 4th Annual British Institute,
featuring Anne Wuehler, Claire Smith-Burns, and Sherry Irvine.
Three tracks will be offered in this week-long learning event.
More information and registration can be found at the society’s
http://www.isbgfh.org, send an email to
email@example.com or write to ISBGFH, PO Box 350459,
Westminster, CO 80035-0459.
October 15-16, California, San Diego:
The San Diego African American Genealogy Research Groups will
present its 4th Annual West Coast Summit on African
American Genealogy “Looking to the Past to Create the Future”
featuring William B. Gould. More details can be found by
phoning Margaret Lewis at 619-262-5810 or email at
October 16, New Mexico, Roswell:
The Wilson-Cobb History and Genealogy Research will present its
fall workshop featuring John Sellers. For information, contact
the library at 505-622-3322, or email Wilsoncobb@zianet, or
write to PO Box 1216, Roswell, NM 88202.
October 16, Pennsylvania, Gettysburg:
The Mid-Atlantic Germanic Society’s fall meeting “Researching
German Ancestors: Vital and Church Records, Names and Marriage
Customs!” will feature Robert Minert. Contact the meeting
registrar, Diane M. Kuster at 732-606-6032 or see the society’s
Web site at
http://www.rootsweb.com/~usmags for more information.
October 23, Illinois, Bloomington:
The McLean County Genealogical Society (MCGS) announces its Fall
Conference featuring Marion Schuetz. More information can be
found by emailing the society at
firstname.lastname@example.org, by writing to the society at PO Box
488, Normal, IL 61761, or see the society’s Web site at
October 23, Indiana, Bristol: The
Elkhart County Genealogical Society announces its Fall Workshop
featuring Curt B. Witcher. More information can be obtained by
writing to the Society at PO Box 1031, Elkhart, IN 46515-1031;
or see the society’s Web site at
October 23, Kansas, Lenaxa: The
Johnson County Genealogical Society announces its Annual Seminar
featuring Christine Rose. More information about this event can
be found by sending an email to Carrie Kirk at
October 30, Oklahoma, Tahlequah:
The Cherokee National Historical Society, Inc. announces a fall
workshop “Preserving Your Family Photographs.” For more
information, see the society’s Web site at
http://www.cherokeeheritage.org or email
November 6, Illinois, Grayslake:
Lake County Genealogical Society announces its 12th
Annual Workshop with speakers Sandra Luebking, Dan Niemiec, and
Beverly Smallwood. More information can be obtained from the
society’s Web site at
http://www.rootsweb.com/~illcgs, by sending an email to the
LCIGS@yahoo.com, or by contacting Carol Knigg at 8206 Penny
Lane, Richmond, IL 60071.
Thanks again for this information from
Federation of Genealogical Societies FORUM, PO Box
200940, Austin, TX 78720-0940.
from the Soul (The
Comyns’ First Role Models)
Reverend Scott C. Hall
Contact Reverend Hall at 5508 South 37th Terrace,
St. Joseph, MO 64503
The serene looking village of
West Linton, Peeblesshire, some eighteen miles southwest of
Edinburgh on the A 702, has a significant niche in the story of
Clan Comyn (Cumming). It is not very evident, however, because
traffic from/or to Edinburgh pushes one along so fast it is
difficult to see anything! Nevertheless, the significance is
secure in Comyn lore; namely: Here may have been the family’s
first recorded charitable gift to the Christian Church within
Having said that, even tough
evidence may show another was the first, this act was
very early in the recordings of such gifts. The date was about
The Comyns were following an
established religious pattern of the Middle Ages in contributing
properties and income from them to the Roman Catholic Church.
They were given to specific churches or Christian institutions
such as monasteries. The reasons were varied: Charity from a
sense of piety; in thanksgiving for restored health; a
celebration of family events; as an act of penance for sins; or
to honor the memory of someone’s life. Advance payment for
regular masses for their souls after death was also a common
Christian practice. Such gifts should be seen in the context of
the times, wherein the reality of hell and purgatory created a
pragmatic motivation. In other words, gifts to the Church could
purchase spiritual insurance – a blunt way to put it, but a
useable definition of a way to ease the transition from this
world to the next. Again, when seen in that theology, the
intent is understandable.
In this case, Richard Comyn and
his wife, Hextilda, about 1160, gave the Church of Lynton –
Roderick – now the site of St. Andrews Church of Scotland
(Presbyterian) – to the Abbey of the Blessed Virgin and St. John
at Kelso. There was already a long history here as a place of
Christian worship, dating back to the missionary work of St.
Mungo’s disciples in the 6th century. Roderick
refers to the Christian King of Strathclyde, Rydderich Hael –
Roderick the Liberal – who supported the saint’s work. Lynton
carries the name of the small river, Lyne Water, which flows
through West Linton.
At this time the village and
its lands were owned by the Comyns, Richard and Hextilda, who
received them by a grant from Henry, son of David I, King of
Scots. They, in turn, later gave the church to the abbey, St.
Mary of Kelso, along with a “half-ploughgate of land” for its
support. Their grant was the first mention of Lynton – Roderick
(West Linton) in historical records. (T. C. Atkinson)
“West” was added to Linton in
the 18th century. And a “half-ploughgate” of land is
twenty to forty Scots acres. This is as close as I could
understand the definitions which changed over the years and
varied between Scottish and Norman English measurement!
A brief mention of this place
and the gift of its church by Richard and Hextilda are found in
Mrs. M. E. Cumming-Bruce’s The Bruces and Cumyns, pages
395-396. A footnote in the text indicated the church “with its
burying ground was on the banks of the Lyne, on the west side of
the village, at a place called Linton.” When we found ourselves
driving through West Linton, we stopped to see if we could find
that church’s site. Time was too short for us to do much more
than photograph the two churches we found: St. Mungo’s and St.
Andrews’s. We did, however, record the minister’s name for the
former and wrote him from Missouri to see more information about
this story. He gave our letter to Mr. Colin Baxter before
transferring to another parish and so began an arm and
interesting correspondence! And, even though we thought St.
Mungo’s was the church site from Mrs. Cumming-Bruce’s book, he
kindly secured a book about West Linton by Atkinson as quoted
above, material on St. Andrew’s and the name of their parish
clerk! And she graciously confirmed permission to copy
photographs and/or text from their church leaflet! Through this
very pleasant correspondence, we learned the basic information
was indeed true.
Back to that story: Richard
and Hextilda gave the church and land in its support to the
monastery at Kelso for “the weal” (or well-being) of Earl
Henry’s soul. Sine he had given this area of Peeblesshire to
the Comyns he had died. Secondly, it was given on behalf of the
soul of John Comyn, a son of Richard and Hextilda who was
deceased before 1159. Both Earl Henry, who would have been King
of Scots, and John were interred at the abbey. Thirdly, the
gift was on behalf of Richard, Hextilda and their family’s
Some six hundred years later,
in 1781, a new church was built on the site and then it was
extensively remodeled in 1871. Remnants of earlier structures
have been found in these rebuildings: stones with carvings of a
cross and shears in relief. (M. E. Cumming-Bruce, page 395; Mr.
Baxter suggests the shears were symbols of the wool industry.)
A colorful brochure of St. Andrew’s speaks of a pre-Reformation
church and manse remains in the old churchyard and it notes that
there are two holes in the wall where the ministers kept bees.
In 1929 portions of the
baptismal font from the pre-Reformation church were salvaged
from Lyne Water. They were combined with other pieces held by
the parish and set on a wrought iron stand. In use once again,
it creates a meaningful tie to the worshippers of yesteryear.
When the Comyns conveyed the church to St. Mary’s of Kelso, it
was moved from the supervision of the Bishop of Glasgow to the
Abbot of Kelso until the Reformation of 1560. The abbey was
virtually destroyed in 1544 and 1545 by troops under the orders
from England’s King Henry VIII, who sent them with “fyre and
sworde”! (The Intelligent Traveler’s Guide to Historic
Scotland by P. A. Crowl, page 197.) Therefore, the chances
are nil that any trace exists of the burials of Earl Henry, John
Comyn (or Richard and Hextilda?) at Kelso.
Even though the church building
of 1160 is long gone from this small Victorian flavored village
with narrow streets, its legacy, in a Christian sense, still
undergirds St. Andrew’s. Its heritage also lives in the village
through a deep rooted Scottish identity. And the gift of Lynton
– Roderick was a model to succeeding Cummings who contributed to
the spiritual life of Scotland.
I wish to give a word of thanks
to Mrs. Margaret Ramsay for permission to use information from
the church’s brochure and to copy its photographs; also to Mr.
Colin Baxter for his many letters responding to questions from 2
Americans who made an unscheduled stop in West Linton one March
We need your help with these queries!!!
need family portraits! Ancestors known ISAAC BEESON
1729-1802 and PHEBE STROUD (Quaker). Harpers
Ferry and Hopewell, Virginia. Slaves? Also MARY
ADELINE WHEELER who married JOHN DURKEE, 8 April,
1823, Baltimore, Maryland news Archbishop MARECHAL.
Please contact Richard Morrissey, 26209 Chambers, Sun City,
J. CLAUDE RABISCHUNG
(1610-1666), wife KLARA SHERMAN, glass workers and
blowers, St. Amarin, France may have been parents of
CHRISTOPHE RABISCHUNG, 2 March, 1672. He wedded
ANNE MUELLER. Proof-Suspicion? If
you have any information, contact Richard Morrissey, 26209
Chambers, Sun City, California 92586.
Hal Lewis of 124 Cumberland Avenue, Buffalo, New York 14220
is looking for information on JAMES and ELIZABETH
TURLEY CREMEANS son, JOHN THOMAS CREMEANS,
wife ALTOC CREAMEANS. May 26, 1895. CREAMEANS, J. T.,
23; CAZAD ALTOC, 17, b. Cabell County, Massachusetts.
CREMEANS, JAMES, 21; TURLEY, ELIZABETH, 19, and
information on surname TURLEY, and funeral of LILLIE
S. LEWIS 1886-1973, Dalton, IL., buried Woodmere,
Huntington, WV. Who attended funeral and where her family is
buried. ISABELL LEWIS, born 1906, Chicago, IL.
LESLIE THOMAS LEWIS, JOHN & ISABELL.
Pat Carby, 7285 32nd Avenue, Crystal, Minnesota 55427
User770295@aol.com) is seeking information on a WILLIAM
CALHOUN that was born in 1773 in East Pennsboro,
Pennsylvania to SAMUEL CALHOUN (b.1721 d.1773) and
MARY CLENDENNIN/CLENDENNING? SAMUEL was the son of
HUGH CALHOUN (b.1692 d.1753) and AGNES JANE
McCLEARY? They are descendents of ADAM CALHOUN
9b.1601 d.1634) and LADY CHRISTIAN LINDSEY. The
information appears in ORVAL CALHOUN’s books. ORVAL
has written quite a bit of information about most all of
the other children of
and MARY CALHOUN, but it only shows a birth year of 1773
for their son WILLIAM.
Calling all McDANIELS – if your line is in North Carolina
back of 1830. My line is NEIL ARCHIBALD; DANIEL; JAMES;
JOHN; ARCHIBALD; DANIEL. Counties Moore, Richmond,
Onslow, Duplin, Edgecombe. Send charts. I hope to get book out
within the year. Please contact Wimberley Winden, 1511
Buckmann Court, Houston, Texas 77043-3301.