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Monday, February 14th, 2011 07:16 pm
Daniel Broder Parrish (1848-1919) was an older brother of Eada Belle Parrish, my g-g-grandmother. I think Eada may have been one of his favorite sisters, because he named one of his daughters for her. Daniel married Susan E Mailor on 17 Nov 1880.

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Martha Ellen Parrish (1844-1898) was one of Eada's older sisters. She married James Lafayette Truitt about 1865.
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Leander Hamilton Parrish (1854-1932) was another of Eada's older brothers, and is pictured here with his first wife, Elizabeth Katherine Wilkerson.
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Saturday, February 5th, 2011 06:55 pm
It was in a box of miscellany at a flea market. I have a hard time resisting those boxes.


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Unknown date and location.

I think it must have been a child's funeral procession.
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Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011 05:00 pm
I've always loved this photo for its simplicity.


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They are Mary Jane Franklin and James Franklin Burris, sometime before her death in 1888 in Allen County, KS.
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Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 08:05 pm
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George W Burris, Jr., and his sister, Dora Emma Crites, looking at his birthday gifts
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Saturday, January 29th, 2011 06:56 pm
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Louise Herrington Burris, on her 70th birthday in 1978
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Wednesday, January 26th, 2011 07:39 pm
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George Burris, Jr. with unidentified friends on the steps of Subiaco in Logan Co., AR.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 07:27 pm
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It wasn't his first car, but my dad earned his 1937 Ford.

He bought it from an elderly neighbor, Mrs. Toby, in 1952.

He paid $5 down, and $5 a week to her.

Until he got it paid in full, Mrs. Toby did not let him drive it, although she did let him back it out of the garage into the driveway and put it back again.

His father asked him one day how much he owed Mrs. Toby.

Dad told him after he made that week's $5 payment, his balance would be $10.

Granddaddy pulled a $10 bill out of his wallet...
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Wednesday, January 19th, 2011 02:15 pm
Mt Vernon School was in Pope Co., AR.

The text accompanying the photograph starts with identifications in the back row of the photo.


PhotobucketAt left is the teacher, Floy Beason. Others include: Front, from left - Arkie Burris, Ethel Wright, Gertha Wright, Alvis Coffman, Winford Coffman, Manuel Freeman, Melissa Coffman, Eula Wright and William J Coffman; second row - Edna Burris, Etta Coffman, Victoria Coffman, Nona Wright, Myrta Wright, and Laura Huffman; front - Hester Jobe, Iva Freeman, Minnie Coffman, Mabell Coffman, and Laura Coffman; bottom - Burris boy, Neadan Burris, Edgar Wright, Bill Jobe, Mike Jobe, Marvin Coffman, Fred Burris and Paul Burris. (Photo courtesy of Gertha Melton.)

From the surnames listed, it looks like this was a very small school and very much a "neighborhood" school.
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Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 04:01 pm
Okay, Burris family and allied other families...

Let's identify everyone as many people as we can in this Burris group photo, which looks to me to have left the spouses out - again.

Why did they do that?

I've compared the photo to others of the 50th wedding anniversary celebration for G W and Mary Burris on 27 Oct 1927, and Emma is wearing the same outfit. So this is one of the large family group photos of that event. (After they ran the Hills out of the county...)


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I'll go first and get the easy ones...after all, it's my blog.

Middle of the photo, seated: George Washington Burris. Going right of him: Mary Mathilda (Wharton) Burris, Dora Emma Burris Crites. Next row, standing from right and going left: Hazel Crites Allen on the end, George W Burris, Jr., don't know who, Margaret Jane Burris Moore, Jeff Davis Burris...and I don't know.

Seated on the grass, bottom left of photo: Ernest Arthur Burris. Standing behind him, Richard Benjamin Burris. To the right of Richard, holding a baby, William Homer Burris. Seated in the middle of a pile of kids in front and to the left of GW Sr., is Ottis Gileston Burris, who is holding a child.

That's the best I can do...

Next? Leave a comment, please...
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Monday, January 17th, 2011 04:15 pm
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Calvary Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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112 year old stone, Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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Mt Holly Cemetery, Little Rock, AR


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Oakland Cemetery, Little Rock, AR
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Saturday, January 15th, 2011 06:45 pm
This one was inspired by my cousin...

Guess who's on the ledge?

George Washington Burris, Jr., in 1954...
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My dad, about 1941/42...
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Louise Herrington Burris, in 1978...
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Louise Burris, and her daughter Jean, on Louise's birthday in 1978...They weren't technically "on the ledge," but they were very close to it...
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And could it be? Why yes, I think it is moi, probably about 1974...
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Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 12:58 pm
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I have no earthly idea who those guys were. It's another unlabeled photo courtesy of my great grandmother Maxie Williams.

I'll have to study photos of cars to date it, I guess. Obviously before great granddaddy went out of business.

Family stories for the reason about the demise of the family business in Russellville abound - many suggest he extended credit to too many folks.

I have to wonder if the 1906 fire had anything to do with it. He was way underinsured.
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Saturday, January 8th, 2011 10:47 pm
Well, I didn't remember the red corsages...but there they were...

George and Louise Burris, surrounded by all their grandchildren and a great-granddaughter, on their 40th wedding anniversary...

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Sunday, January 2nd, 2011 01:31 pm
One of the things I notice that my grandparents did was pose for sibling photos.

My sisters and I don't do that much. We probably should, if for no other reason than to continue family tradition.


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Left to right: Idelle (Sandage) Herrington, Bernice Josephine (Herrington) Stevens, Florence Isabell (Herrington) Evans, Eunice Catheline (Herrington) Granite, Addie Louise (Herrington) Burris, and Hattie Inez (Herrington) Horne.


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Left to right: Dora Emma (Burris) Crites, George Washington Burris, Jr., William Homer Burris, Ottis Gileston Burris, and Walter Monroe Burris. Photo taken 11 May 1958.


From the background in the photo above, I can tell they were at St Joe Cemetery in Pope County, on Decoration Day.

I'm also pretty sure that a certain unnamed woman had no idea her best side was showing.


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Friday, December 31st, 2010 04:50 pm
A mystery photo from yesterday's scanning session.

Completely unlabeled.

I have studied it.


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Most of the photos and documents I got were related to the Herringtons, followed by McBrayers, and last, Burrises.

This one was among the Herrington and McBrayer scans.

It's not Mary Dunn. Most of the Herrington and McBrayer women had dark hair.

The simple dress doesn't really give me a clue about date, nor does the background.

Another mystery photo...I have no idea who these people were, but I know I am related to them somehow.
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Wednesday, December 29th, 2010 07:41 pm


That one was stuck in the Williams family photo album.

I'm guessing around World War I? I can't count the stars on the flag...

Some of the men are in shirt sleeves, and the trees at the far end of Main Street appear to be fully leafed out. So I'm saying early summer...

ETA: Thanks to Ryan - who has a very good eye for detail, I know now that this was Main Commerce Street, Russellville, AR.

And it could be before 1914...
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010 06:51 pm
It's a Catholic icon in Arkansas. Established after successful negotiations for the necessary acreage with the Little Rock and Fort Smith Railroad Company in 1877, Subiaco is a Benedictine monastery in Logan Co., AR within the Roman Catholic Diocese in Little Rock.

It is also near to the heart of one of my aunts and several of my cousins, as the Henry Lensing family were some of the German immigrants to the United States and Logan County whose lives were entwined with the church for many years.

One of my cousins and I visited Subiaco last summer on a blitz to locate gravestones of several of her ancestors on her father's side of the family.

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As we were touring the inside of the church admiring stained glass windows, she whispered for me to come here.

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That window was donated to the church by her father's favorite aunt, for whom my cousin was named.

It was a wonderful discovery during a trip seeking her roots.
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Friday, December 17th, 2010 07:31 pm
Super fast shipping on the Flip Pal Mobile Scanner. I ordered it two days ago.

I think I am in love.

It is as easy as they say, right out of the box. Moving parts are kept to a minimum. (Tip: do not discard your USB adaptor, thinking it is one of those little screaming plastic anti-theft things on the end of the packing...)

The default settings are scans at 300 dpi and 2 minutes before it goes to "sleep mode." I changed those. The only editing of photos I have done is cropping.

But I did scan this photo first at 300 dpi...



And then, at 600 dpi...



(That's my nephew several years ago...isn't he a cutie?)

All the remaining scans in this post were scanned on the 600 dpi setting.

It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of stitching. The photo below is the same one I posted yesterday. The photo in that post was scanned on my desktop scanner.



A newspaper clipping from 1943...



Other than the amazing portability of the scanner, I was most intrigued by the demo on 3D scans...

So I went hunting for grandma and great grandma's jewelry...

My grandma's necklace, purchased eons ago when she went to the Bahamas...

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A piece from Great Grandma Williams...it was always handed around the circle of oohing and aahing little great granddaughters, who were told it was the coral lavalier. It now hangs on the end of my prayer beads.



Some of you may not like smoky quartz clusters, but look at the detail of the dust that clung to the window protector sheet I used to keep from scratching the scanner glass!



Okay, and a couple of hairs from my Tigger cat...

I love this little guy...the only caution I have is that the little green "go" button is quite touchy...when you have the lid off and are picking the scanner up to move on to something else, it's real easy to get inadvertent scans.

Go on and get one. You know you want it.

Same disclaimer as before. I paid them. And it was an exceptional investment.
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Thursday, December 16th, 2010 09:18 pm
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It's another of the undated and unlabeled photos from the Williams family photo album.

If it's around 1870-1875, then I think it's probably a photo of the millinery shop that Mary Emily (Conner) Meek owned in Grenada County, MS.

If not, then I have no idea...
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Wednesday, December 15th, 2010 06:35 pm
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Front row, left to right
Walter Homer Burris, 1887-1974
Ernest Arthur Burris, 1880-1952
Ottis Gileston Burris, 1893-1979

Back row, left to right
George Washington Burris, Sr., 1856-1929
Mary Mathilda (Wharton) Burris, 1859-1938
Richard Benjamin Burris, 1878-1944
George Washington Burris, Jr., 1890-1974
Dora Emma (Burris) Crites, 1885-1982

The George W Burrises had moved from the farm to town. My grandfather (back row, second from right) would shortly be on his way to the Panama Canal Zone.