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Dee Burris Blakley ([personal profile] dee_burris) wrote2015-10-31 03:33 pm

Photographs and memories...

Burris clan in Russellville, Pope Co., AR, circa 1920/1921

There's a wall of photographs over my bed. I call it my dead relatives gallery, and I'm not really joking, although some of my family and friends laugh nervously when I say it.

I'm using this journal to share information I have acquired over the past several years for surnames in my family tree. The journal is "tag intensive" to make it easier to locate information and photos about specific surnames. (Tags list is in the left sidebar of the journal.)

They say you can choose your friends, but not your family. Personally, I find my family fascinating, and even more so the older I get. Sure, we have our share of archetypes - shrill, bossy women...strong "silent type" men...and the requisite number of "crazies." But hey, this is the deep South, and as Julia Sugarbaker said in Designing Women:

"...we're proud of our crazy people. We don't hide them up in the attic. We bring 'em right down to the living room and show 'em off. one in the South ever asks if you have crazy people in your family. They just ask what side they're on." Like Julia, mine are on both sides.

Primary surnames researched include Ashmore, Balding, Burris, Callaway, Chapin, Darter, Duvall, Grooms, Harkey, Hayslip, Herrington, Hill, Holder, McBrayer, Meek, Parrish, Pettit, Shinn, Wharton, Williams.

All comments are welcome, including anonymous comments. You do not have to be a Dreamwidth member to comment, and may use Open ID, i.e., Google, WordPress, etc., to comment.

ETA: Most of the photos you will find in this journal were taken over 100 years ago. Regardless of their age, these photos were falling out of albums, or lying loose among family papers and I have scanned them to preserve them for posterity. Photos of gravestones appearing in this journal were taken by me.

I said all that to say this - if any of these photos are of your family members, just right click and save them to your computer. No one associated with this journal is going to chase you down to try and prosecute you for copyright infringement, as long as you don't claim you took the photo.

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Email me at sharpchick13 at hotmail dot com.

[identity profile] 2010-11-02 05:48 am (UTC)(link)
First row, fifth from the left .... that kid is trouble. I can see it in his expression. He did not want to be there. There's mischief on his mind .... 90 year old shenanigans.

[identity profile] 2010-11-02 12:19 pm (UTC)(link)
That was one of the Barefield kids - we don't know which one. His brother is sitting to his right.

Love your blog

(Anonymous) 2010-11-06 08:32 pm (UTC)(link)
I'm just dipping into your posts, having found you via Geneabloggers. Can't wait to read more. What I've read so far is marvelous. Nolichucky Roots (

Re: Love your blog

[identity profile] 2010-11-06 08:46 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you very much. I had been wanting to do this for some time (I am sure I was boring most of the readers of my everyday blog out of their heads with genealogy posts).

So last Sunday, I had a Nike moment, and just "did it."
Edited 2010-11-06 20:57 (UTC)

photo with this post

(Anonymous) 2010-11-07 02:58 am (UTC)(link)
This is about the most perfect large-group family photograph I have ever seen. It's amazing that with so many people, every single one of them is still and looking toward the camera. This is a photograph to cherish! Nice blog. Welcome to geneabloggers.
Nancy from My Ancestors and Me at

Re: photo with this post

[identity profile] 2010-11-07 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
Thanks so much.

Just found your blog

(Anonymous) 2010-11-27 01:59 pm (UTC)(link)
I have just found your blog via Geneabloggers and I love. I am looking forward to spending this Saturday reading the entire thing.


Re: Just found your blog

[identity profile] 2010-11-27 02:16 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.

Hope you enjoy.

Ancestor Approved

(Anonymous) 2010-12-04 06:27 am (UTC)(link)
I wanted to let you know that I am giving you the "Ancestor Approved" Award for your blog. Please go to and pick up your badge.

Re: Ancestor Approved

[identity profile] 2010-12-04 01:45 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you.

(Anonymous) 2010-12-09 03:09 am (UTC)(link)
Was seriously hoping to see a Williamson in your list husband's ancestors from Russellville. :-)

I love this shots always amaze did they get the kiddos to sit still?
You know Julia Sugarbaker was dead on about us southerners, we've got plenty of crazy folks!

[identity profile] 2010-12-09 03:44 am (UTC)(link)
I only have 17 Williamsons in the tree.

Here's the index ( starting with that alpha section.

Looks like a few in Pope County, too...

I figure the kids were either 1)promised homemade ice cream, or 2) threatened with the infamous switch.

And yes, Julia was so right about so many things...
Edited 2010-12-09 03:45 (UTC)


(Anonymous) 2010-12-13 07:15 pm (UTC)(link)
A dear dear friend, who is gone now, was from Arkansas, and she would keep us in stitches with her "Southern Gothic" stories, as she termed it, about her neighbors, friends, and family.

How did you get the edge on your photo? - Please don't say Photoshop. The photo is so fabulous!
I can't figure out how to have the post with my ID so I will just include it in the post. . . . Margel

Re: Arkansas

[identity profile] 2010-12-13 07:30 pm (UTC)(link)
I don't honestly know...a friend did it for me, and then emailed me the end result.

I know I couldn't figure it out on my own...I can do minor edits to photos, but not anything major.

You can use Open ID, i.e., Google, FB, etc. to reply to entries. When you click on "leave a comment," there should be a little drop down box you can use for Open ID.


[identity profile] (from 2011-02-09 06:08 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you for the nice comment on my recent series of Hannah Lee's Overland Journal @ Those Old Memories blog. Nice to find your writings and to follow along!

(Anonymous) 2011-02-26 08:05 pm (UTC)(link)
You don't have 'Google Blogger' as an option for comments, but in Blogland I'm Jinksy - not anonymous at all. LOL. I like the idea of you 'dead relatives gallery' - I sort of have one too, on the wall in my hallway. But there are lots of people in my pictures who are still alive, as well!

[identity profile] 2011-02-26 08:57 pm (UTC)(link)
You can sign in with Open ID and Google is one of those options, if I recall correctly...

(Anonymous) 2011-02-26 10:53 pm (UTC)(link)
Oh I really like the term "dead relatives" and actually used it once when I took a holiday and went searching my dead relatives for Thanksgiving one year...and there are some in my living room too, as well as other places....not in the attic, never....these days our attics are like nothing...sad to say.....I loved my grandmother's old attic...not her scary basement with the octo furnance oh no! I like this family grouping photo, most everyone came with lighter colored clothes except for was is three ladies? Amazing story to be had by all these people I'm sure if we knew it!

(Anonymous) 2011-02-26 10:55 pm (UTC)(link)
Not sure why my name didn't appear but it's Karen S. email at for the above anonymous post.

(Anonymous) 2011-02-28 04:33 am (UTC)(link)
Hey, these people are better looking than my ancestors, and they look like a fine bunch of folks. Can I adopt them retroactively?

(Anonymous) 2011-02-28 06:16 am (UTC)(link)
How lucky you are to have a family portrait like this.
(reply from suspended user)

(Anonymous) 2011-03-14 04:53 am (UTC)(link)
Oh my. I often think of old photographs as time travel, but never to this extent. According to your date on this post we are now at Oct. 31, 2015. We are forward time travelers. This is not something every blog can claim!

[identity profile] 2011-03-14 12:08 pm (UTC)(link)
That date is to keep this entry as a static one at the top of the blog.

Good Job!

(Anonymous) 2011-03-14 06:36 pm (UTC)(link)
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