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What a pleasant surprise to wake and find that Jenny had given my blog the Ancestor Approved award.


Thank you, Jenny.

The award comes with a couple of requests:
1. List ten things that you have learned about your ancestors that surprised, humbled, or enlightened you.
2. Pass the award to ten other genealogy bloggers.

What I've learned:
1. My Burrises did not move from Arkansas county to county in the 1840s and 1850s, as I thought they did - the county lines moved. Lesson: the rotating census maps are my friend.
2. One of my paternal great-great grandfathers had a second family about a half mile down the road from the family compound in Pope County, AR.
3. Corollary to #2 - you almost never have the whole story with the "official" family oral history. Be open to those contacts and questions from other people seeking their roots.
4. My Callaways are *not* descendants of Daniel Boone. Not.
5. The story about great Grandma Maxie (Meek) Williams beating the Yankee solider over the head with a buggy whip as she was taking the cotton to market is not true. Grandma Maxie wasn't even a gleam in her daddy's eye during the Civil War, and she didn't grow up on a cotton farm, or marry into one. And my cotton growing ancestors did not take the cotton to market in buggies - they didn't even own buggies as far as I can tell.
6. The probable cause of Cedric Hazen Williams' reputation as a misfit and ne'er-do-well was most likely due to a brain injury he suffered as an 11 year old boy, when a wagon rolled over his head.
7. My branch of the Chapins, although descended from Deacon Samuel Chapin, did not remain in Massachusetts, and were not wealthy all their lives. They were, however, highly skilled wood workers who made fine cabinetry.
8. Great-great Grandma Mary (Dunn) Callaway Williams was Indian, as we had been told by my grandmother. DNA testing recently sought by one of my aunts has confirmed that. We do not know what tribe Mary's mother came from.
9. The Burrises did not own slaves, as I would have expected. The Callaways did, and increased the number of slaves they owned when Jonathan Owsley Callaway married Emily Hemphill, whose father, John brought many slaves with him to Clark Co., AR from South Carolina about 1818.
10. The innate curiosity of "reporting" runs in my family, and comes to me from my Baldings.

I'd like to present the Ancestor Approved award to these bloggers:
My Ancestors and Me
Nolichucky Roots
Our Georgia Roots
Little Bytes of Life
The Turning of Generations
Slowly Bring Driven Mad by the Ancestors
AncesTree Sprite
Hanging from the Family Tree
Tangled Trees
From Little Acorns

Date: 2010-12-04 03:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] (from
Kudos and thank you! I'm going to have to add this to my to do list for next week and am looking forward to it. Love your list, btw.

Date: 2010-12-04 03:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You are very welcome, and quite deserving...


Date: 2010-12-04 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] terri casteel (from
Thank you so much for the thoughtful award.
Theresa of Tangled Trees

Re: Thanks!

Date: 2010-12-04 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're very welcome.

Ancestor Approved Award

Date: 2010-12-04 07:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] donna peterson (from
Thanks for the honor Dee. It is greatly appreciated!

Re: Ancestor Approved Award

Date: 2010-12-04 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
You're quite welcome.

thank you

Date: 2010-12-05 02:05 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for the award, Dee. I appreciate it.

Date: 2010-12-05 06:02 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] karen fox (from
Thanks for the award Dee - you've put me in with some great company! I will work on adding this to my blog this week. :o)

Date: 2010-12-08 07:53 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Thank you for the award Dee! It was a nice surprise!
Michelle Goodrum


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