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I MAY BE DAR YET


It has been a long time since I have pulled out the records to review. An unexpected meeting of two ladies at McDonald’s who needed a calendar, got me rejuvenated about my Patriot Ancestor.

I have been invited to a meeting on October 3rd, I am very excited,. The President of the Stephen’s Chapter will review my documents for authenticity and approval.  I had been given paperwork in 1996 from my grandmother’s cousin, Dorothy Parry, who had done most of the research! Wish me luck!

ALEXANDER EWING 2 ALEXANDER EWING 4

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MY FATHER’S LIFE A SCRAPBOOK HISTORY


Digital scrapbooking is really the way of the future. No more cutting, pasting, sticking slicing and choosing the right paper. This is all digital, and you can MAKE IT YOUR OWN. I have been working on a scrapbook for my dad the last couple of months. He is having memory issues, and I wanted to make something he could look at and maybe recount some good times throughout his life. I did a chronological story and added photos to go along with them. Different phases from childhood to marriage, military and good friends.

I have begun working as an Independent Publishing Consultant with Heritage Makers. You can make so many wonderful projects. Here are two pics of his album and a link to look a the rest of it. I hope he likes it.

If you are interested in making a similar project, or a story book such as I made my mom, please contact me. I can show you how with Heritage Makers. It is an easy system, no software to download. You simply go to their website, upload photos, store them in albums and ” Drag and Drop” them into a project. Add some embellishments and your own words, and that is it!!

http://www.heritagemakers.com/projectBrowserStandAlone.cfm?projectID=2487406&productId=507&sponsorID=601955

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY


I AM FORTUNATE TO HAVE MANY PHOTOS OF MANY COUPLES IN THE FAMILY….TIL DEATH DO US PART. QUITE REMARKABLE, NUMBERS OF YEARS PEOPLE STAYED TOGETHER.

Hershel and Louise Pickens 7/23/1960

MY PARENTS, 52 years this year

CLIFFORD RILEY MCCALL AND EDITH DUSKIN MERRY JULY 4, 1917

MY GREAT GRANDPARENTS, 34 YEARS

Homer and Josie Jeffers Bankston, my great grandmother’s sister, Sept 14, 1913

MARRIED 64 YEARS

Harvey and Mamie Pickens , married 1931

MY PATERNAL GRANDPARENTS, WERE 53 YEARS

Ruben and Blanche Dean Sept 20, 1940

MY MATERNAL GRANDPARENTS, 41 YEARS

Theo and Odessa McCall , 1933

MY GREAT AUNT AND UNCLE, 47 YEARS

TOM AND RUTH EWING

MY GREAT UNCLE AND AUNT, 42 YEARS

Military Monday…..our family heroes


I don’t come from what you would call a ” military family “

but, we have lots of family members who have served their country.

Hershel Pickens Enlistment

In doing my family research, I was most fascinated to learn of ancestors who fought in the American Revolution. Alexander Ewing for instance, on my mothers side.He was in Pennsylvania during the Revolution. I have since found other ancestors on each side that helped establish our country. I am quite proud of that fact.

In the civil war, my third great-grandfather, Joseph McCall was an Irish Immigrant. He came to America somewhere between 1829-1849. He married in Georgia, and fought in the 46th Georgia Regiment.

My father was enlisted in the Air Force. He was a photographer while enlisted, and took photos of plane events, such as recording plane crashes. He also played on the basketball team.

My mom’s brother, Albert Dean was in the US Marines. His son,  Bill Dean, was in the US Navy.

My grandmother’s brother, Thomas E. Ewing was in the US Army, during WW II. He enlisted June 9, 1942.

Aircraft photo by Hershel Pickens

Thomas Ewing, United States Army

Hershel Pickens Air Force Collage

Albert Dean USMC

Sentimental Sunday …..1427 1/2 Myrtle St


THIS IS THE HOUSE IN WHICH MY MOM GREW UP…..

1427 1/2 MYRTLE ST, FRANKLIN PA

I started visiting Franklin Pennsylvania when I was ten years old. At the top of the hill was Myrtle St.and Sassafras St., they met up in the bend of the road. The house sloped a bit, meaning it always felt like it was going to slide off the side of the hill into 15th street!! You walked into the living room at the back of the house, and there was a slant. At ten, I thought it was neat. . Upstairs, there were two bedrooms. And there was a narrow set of stairs that led up to them. At this time, my grandfather had not yet been moved downstairs for care. He later was, so grandmother could help him more easily. There were two large beds in the front bedroom which faced down onto the street.For some reason, I remember when it stormed, my grandmother did not like that. I did, and still do like sleeping during storms.

At the base of those stairs, there was also a large bathroom, my mother said had been converted some years ago. Plus side, a large claw foot tub, which I loved. There was a wringer washer too. I have many great memories of our visits.

My mom grew up here, along with her brother Albert. They would tell all kinds of stories about a runaway wagon, overturned outhouses and of the neighbors they knew from way back.

From this house, you could walk through the woods and get to the top of the mountain to Franklin Heights. From the top of the mountain, you could see all the way downtown to Franklin, one of my favorite views.

Soon after my grandmother moved in the apartment in downtown Franklin, the house was demolished. I see the door to the root cellar still there, I never went in it!!

Attached are some photos of the house when my mom was very young with the family, and some with her brother.

Family Photos

WEDDING WEDNESDAY


WHO KNEW THAT TWELVE YEARS LATER THEY WOULD MEET?

My grandmother Mamie McCall and my grandfather Harvey Pickens. Mamie was 6 in this picture, which would make it 1916. My Papa looks to be about 12 or more. He was born in 1901, so these pictures were taken close to the same time. They were married in 1931 and were together 53 years, until my grandfather passed away in 1984. They never made a big deal about their 50th anniversary, nor did we know at that time when it was. THey had two children, my father Hershel Harvey Pickens and Ann Marie Pickens, and six grandchildren.

I regret I do not have a wedding picture or marriage certificate. I am going to request a marriage certificate from the state of Florida.

MYSTERY OF THE PLUM CAKE…..RESOLVED


I WAS GOING THROUGH PHOTOGRAPHS TODAY…..this was not unlike any other day that I had the time to do this. I have been sorting, and sorting and scanning and blogging!! Whew!! It is time to be completely organized. While going through the EWING box, I came across this photo, labeled Great Grandmother Ewing , cc 1887, granddad Ewing’s mother. So, indeed, this must be Mary Richael, Aaron Ewing’s wife….maker of the Thin Plum Cake. The setting is right, as it looks like a cabin they may have lived in the Bruin community in Butler county Pennsylvania. Mary Richael Ewing is buried with son, John Wesley Ewing and Thomas in Bear Creek cemetery in Petrolia, Bultler county Pennsylvania.

Great Grandmother Ewing, Mary Richael Ewing

Also, I have located a postcard, dated 1906, This was sent from Melva Tamor ( ? ) to Lizzie Ewing, daughter of Aaron and Mary. Lizzie’s address was in Pittsburg at the time, and would have been 26 years of age. Family research says she married John Say. I can make no connection to Melva Tamer or Tamer.

Aaron Ewing died in Bruin, in 1910 at the Poor Home. His death certificate states that he was a widower. His wife Mary, above, died in 1909. Aaron was the grandson of Patriot Alexander Ewing. You can find more on the Alexander Ewing lineage here.

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