Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

The Memorial Says It All

I have been working the last few days on finding Indiana death certificates from 1899 to 2011 on Ancestry.com. I have worked my way down the list of people who I suspect died there (Percivals, Chinns, Kirtleys, etc.) to those I know died there. Today, I hit Julia Owens nee Stannard. I knew how she died, but the Find-a-Grave Memorial here says it all.

Here is the report in the Utica (NY) Newspaper.


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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Busy Spring Time

It's been a few weeks since I last blogged. It was a very busy month of May. Husband and I moved some stuff around in the yard and relocated our garden. I like the new location. It gets 6 hours of sunlight followed by some shade. If the darn critters would stay out of my raised beds that would be good. They decimated my cantaloupe plants.

When shopping for some plants, I picked up a large pot single-handed. Big mistake number one. Big mistake number two? Not wrapping it. Here I am about two weeks later, with a wrist brace. It makes typing less painful but also gets in the way.

I've attended a few webinars on the Legacy Family Tree Webinar site recently. Very informative. While waiting for the webinar to start on Wednesday, I discovered Indiana death certificates. Oh yeah! Found a Percival I didn't know about on Ancestry.com! Very cool.

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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Thriller Thursday - Charles A. Watkins Family

 Charles Allen Watkins was my grandfather John S. Percival's cousin. He was born December 31, 1887 in Richmond, Missouri. He married Elizabeth Drake and they had two children, Martha and Charles. This is the newspaper account of  their deaths.

Four In Family Drown in River

Fort McPherson Captain, His Wife, and Two Children Die When Auto Plunges Into the Coosa River.


Center, Ala., July 3. (AP) -- Captain C. A. Watkins of Fort McPherson, Atlanta, Ga., his wife and two children were drowned last night when their automobile plunged into the Coosa river, at the Leesburg ferry, near here. The bodies of Watkins and his five year old daughter have been recovered.

According to information obtained here, Watkins and family were on their way to Nashville ans Red Boiling Springs, Tenn., to visit Mrs. Watkins' mother, Mrs. Boyd L. Drake.

It is presumed that Captain Watkins was unfamiliar with the highway at this point and did not realize he was approaching a river crossing.

The ferryman, who was on the other side, immediately summoned aid and the automobile was dragged out of the stream after about 30 minutes.

The body of Watkins' five-year old daughter was found in the machine and that of the army officer in the water nearby. Search will be continued tomorrow for the body of his wife and two year old son.

RESIDENTS OF ATLANTA.

Atlanta, Ga., July 3 - (AP) - Inquiry at Fort McPherson late tonight developed only that Captain C. A. Watkins, his wife, young son and daughter, reported drowned near Center, Ala., were absent from camp on an automobile trip. Their intended destination was unknown.

Captain Watkins was a resident of Atlanta.

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