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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - October/November 2004
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Rallying the Clans, Long’s Peak Scottish Festival, Estes Park, Colorado 2003.

Flowers of the Forest:

   MSgt. John Carroll Buzhardt, USAF (Ret.) born January 24, 1936 and died December 16, 2003 in Warner Robins, Georgia.  Carrol, 67, passed away at a local hospital.

   MSgt. Buzhardt was born in Greenwood, SC to the late John Chalmers and Ruby Dilleshaw Buzhardt.  A 20-year veteran of the United States Air Force, he was awarded two Commendation Medals.  He was also retired from Civil Service after 15 years as an electronic specialist at Robins Air Force Base.  MSgt. Buzhardt was a member of the Middle Georgia Genealogical Society, the Edgefield District and 96 District of South Carolina Genealogical Society and AARP.  In addition, he was a 32nd Degree Mason in Tyrian Lodge 111.  He was of the Baptist Faith and a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans.

   Survivors include his wife, Dolores Wise Buzhardt, Warner Robins; children Hans R. Buzhardt, Warner Robins; John Christopher Buzhardt, Byron; Kurt A. Buzhardt, Kathleen; Thomas E. Jester, Stuttgart, Germany; Mary Joan Marshall, Warner Robins and Clyde Summer Jester, Warner Robins.  He is survived by eleven grandchildren – Jeffrey Paul McGee, Legion Jester, Chris Braddy, Brittany Jester, Alex Jester, Ariel Jester, Jonathan Paul Buzhardt, Chad Buzhardt, Levi Joseph Buzhardt, Cassidy P. Buzhardt and Arai Brooke Buzhardt; and two great grandchildren – Cassandra Jester and Shyla Jester.

   The Reverend Doctor Lonnie M. Sibley, First Chief & Founding Member of The St. Andrew Society of Baton Rouge, born December 21, 1923, died on April 19, 2004.  He was a patriot scholar, leader, shepherd, founder, pastor, counselor, husband, father and friend.  He was married to Eleanor Yeargan in May of 1946 and father to three sons.

   Donald (Gregg) and Deborah Davidson of Rockmart, Georgia, lost their 8-year-old daughter, Jessica Davidson, on March 13, 2004, following a cerebral cardio-vascular accident.

   Anna Davidson wrote to inform us that Roger Davidson of San Rafael, California, passed away May 31, 2004 following a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.  Roger was a member of  the Clan Davidson Society-USA since 1998.








A beautiful Scottish lady…Huntsville, Alabama Scottish Festival 2004

What is your umbilical line?

The term “umbilical line” refers to a single, very specific matrilineal line, that is, the mother’s mother’s mother ad infinitum.  In an ancestral table, it comprises individuals numbered 1, 3, 7, 15, 31, 63, etc.  It is analogous to the sequentially numbered paternal line that follows a specific surname over generations.  Although genealogists have long been obsessed with patrilineal-surname research, since the early 1970s the importance of umbilical lines has been stressed.

Source:  Kinfolks, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652. 

A young Scot marching with the Gordons at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games 2004.

Did you know?  More kilted men march in the Parade of Tartans at Grandfather Mountain Highland Games than marched with Bonnie Prince Charlie to the Battle of Culloden Moor, 1745.  It’s true.

Remember, next year is the 50th Anniversary of The Grandfather Mountain Highland Games held the weekend after the 4th of July each year at MacRae Meadows near Linville, North Carolina.

Early epidemics were bad news!!!

            European epidemics were introduced into the southeastern part of the United States by the DeSoto expedition, and are estimated to have killed at least 75% of the original native population.  How much the Cherokee suffered from this disaster is unknown, but their population in 1674 was about 50,000.  A series of smallpox epidemics (1729, 1738 and 1753) halved this number.  The population remained fairly stable at about 25,000 until their removal to Oklahoma on the famous Trail of Tears in the 1830s.

Source:  Website

Thanks for this article go to Kinfolks, newsletter of the Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.

The Parade of Tartans at the 2003 Culloden Highland Games & Scottish Festival in Culloden, GA.

For most of the year the population of Culloden is counted in triple digits…for the weekend of the Games…some 10,000 visitors come to the tiny middle Georgia town!

We are all proud of our Scottish heritage…but we are also very proud Americans!

Veterans Day, a day to honor special Americans

            Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day and was celebrated on November 11, the day the fighting was ended in World War I.  In 1954 Armistice Day was changed to Veterans Day and was made a national holiday to honor Americans who had served their country in all wars.

Source:  Kinfolks, Southwest Louisiana Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 5652, Lake Charles, Louisiana 70606-5652.

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