Who Am I?
Posted on January 24th, 2018 @ 9:15 pm

Lately, I have been working on my family tree.  Thanks to my paternal grandparents, I think I am related to nearly every American historical figure with English ancestry.  By the way, Grandma was from the South and Grandpa was a Yankee.  He joined the military and was stationed at Ft. Campbell, KY.  It was being close to Nashville that led to him meeting her.

Grandma’s mother, or Mom as we called her, was born a Norris.  She was born in Mississippi, but she comes from the stock of the Norris / Lott / Watts / Edmundson / Wiggins clans, on her father’s side alone. On her mother’s side, she had Byrds, Hiltons, and Kellys.

Seems based upon this, anyone with southern roots is tied to her.  There is a belief out there that she’s also descendant from the Lee / Armistead / Lightfoot families.  A Lightfoot is believed to marry the Lott she comes from. And if that’s a case, there’s a Mayflower in there to boot. There’s also a chance that Lightfoot is really just an half Cherokee woman that could be using the Lightfoot name to honor the Lightfoots she knew.

So many conflicting stories!

All I know is these family migrated originally from Virginia and Maryland. As for the previously mentioned Byrds, yes, as far as I can tell, it’s that Byrd family.

Then, on Grandpa’s side of the family, his mother was an Adams.  She didn’t come from the Presidential Adams line, but its believed that her Adams is related to those Adams. For certain, she is related to Helen Keller. I knew Helen’s mother was an Adams, and they always claimed she was from the Presidential family. My dad said growing up, it was a family story that his Grandma was one of those Adams.

Family stories usually have a tint of truth with them.

This same grandmother is related to Mather family, nearly a majority of the founders of Hartford, CT and Springfield, MA, and a majority of the Boston Brahmans.

On my mother’s side of the family, I haven’t had much luck.  My grandfather’s side is going to be hard since his parents came from Austria-Hungary.  Yes, I said Austria-Hungary.

Grandmother’s side, however, is interesting. Her great-grandfather could be a Coloured man. He was born in South Africa but lived a majority of his life in Canada.  I can’t get anymore details than that.  If true, his father was Scottish and his mother was KhoiKhoi. Nothing I can prove at the moment.

She had another great-grandfather die in the Civil War as a Confederate POW.  He died in Georgia, but I don’t know if he died at Andersonville or Camp Lawton.  My heart tells me he died in route from Andersonville to Camp Lawton.  His body isn’t buried too far from Savannah, so I did visit it, once.  And this great-grandfather’s wife is descendant from traitorous Loyalists that chose the Crown over the Colonies.  Yes, one literally moved his entire family to New Brunswick because they were that loyal to the Crown.

On her mother’s side, she’s descendant from Robert the Bruce. And one of her mother’s best friends was L.M. Montgomery. I do recall my grandmother loved watching “Anne of Green Gables” when on TV. I still see Collen Dewhurst on my screen when I think of Anne.

But the one united factor in all these stories?  They were always on the move. They were the rebellious ones. They risked wealth for adventure or for other means. They were sinners and they were saints.

I joked with my dad he needs to take one of those DNA tests.  I think he’d ruin it for everyone. And if the KhoiKhoi is there if I took the test, I would laugh.  My family is all pasty white.

But still, who am I?  I feel so small compared to some of these people in my line.

But hey, it’s pretty cool knowing my distant cousins are Amelia Earhart, Helen Keller, and Juliette Gordon Low, to name a few. Amelia and I share Thomas Stanley. Helen, Juliette, and I all share Robert Adams.  There could be more, but these are the most direct links at the moment. However, these are all awesome women I grew up having as roles models AND I have visited their birthplaces. And then there is also the fact that one of my best friend’s husband is a distant cousin. Those Edmundsons also married the Blounts, as well as the Smithwicks did, and that led to our relationship. I have proven it on the Smithwick side; now to to show how the Edmundsons come into play.


2017 In Review
Posted on January 11th, 2018 @ 10:51 pm

Sorry this is late. I got sick as soon as the year started. Still sick. 🙁

1. What did you do in 2017 that you’d never done before?
Visited Mexico

2. Did you keep your New Years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
2017 sucked. That is all.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Aunt Mary did. MY extended family isn’t really close to me.

5. What countries did you visit?
Besides living in the US, I got to go to Mexico this year. I went on a cruise, with my sister, and we stopped at Cozumel. We went to the San Gervasio ruins for our excursion. Sure, the bugs bit us (well, Nicki got it a lot worse than me), but it was fun.  We shared some tacos at the ruins so we can say we had real Mexican food.  As we left, our bus broke down.  Our tour guides played along with the tour group having fun about the whole situation.  Before we went back to the boat, we also stopped at a beach.  The waters were too rough to get into the water, but it was nice to see the beautiful waters.

Tire Swing at the beach

6. What would you like to have in 2018 that you lacked in 2017?
Membership into all the genealogical societies.

7. What dates from 2017 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
May 4th and 5th were pretty rough. I had a nervous breakdown.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Surviving this year.

9. What was your biggest failure?
My mental breakdown.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
See the post on my nervous breakdown.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
Nothing I can brag about this year.

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Nothing really this year.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
My own.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills, bills, bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Just the cruise to Mexico and Key West.

16. What song will always remind you of 2017?
I don’t have a song for this year.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
happier or sadder? Sadder
older and wiser? Both
thinner or fatter? About the same. I need to return to the gym.
richer or poorer? Poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

20. How did you spend Christmas?
Sleeping, working on my family tree, and then going over to my sisters for dinner and board games.

21. Question #21 is in a black hole.

22. Did you fall in love in 2017?

23. How many one-night stands?
Big fat negative.

24. What was your favorite TV program?
Didn’t really get into one.

25. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
My once favorite singer of all time. I knew he had an asshole side to him, but after what he did back in January 2017, I had enough.  He’s become an asshole 24/7.  He can claim it’s he’s just not giving a shit anymore at his age, but the venom that spews to those that dare even question him is horrible.  I don’t need that negativity in my life. Be gone.

26. What was the best book you read?
Didn’t really read one.

27. What was your greatest musical discovery?
Nothing this year.

28. What did you want and get?
A cruise!

29. What did you want and not get?
Peace, love, harmony, and a diamond ring.

30. What was your favorite film of this year?
Wonder Woman.

31. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Let’s not talk about it. Ok, a nice quite dinner at my sister’s house.

32. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
More travel? No bills!

33. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2017?
One big fucking mess.

34. What kept you sane?
The want to stay away from the nut hut again.

35. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

36. What political issue stirred you the most?
Probably the mess that is the FBI and the dossier stuff. Hate Trump all you like.  It’s fine.  However, if we start eroding civil liberties to bring down politicians we don’t like, like illegal wiretaps, then the whole structure of our law enforcement is in trouble.  If they can get away with this against Trump, what’s not to say they can’t turn it back on you.  I wish the anti-Trump people could put aside their hate for one moment and plug in any other American into the same spot. If it’s wrong for anyone else, then it’s wrong, period. Then again, that just be my strong sense of justice and wanting to see things in black and white talking.

37. Who did you miss?
My mother, as always.

38. Who was the best new person you met?
There were so many!

39. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2017:
I can survive and don’t keep a girl from her restless legs pills.

40. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over ’cause you’re gone

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