Monday, February 28, 2011
James Howel was born 11 December 1860. His wife's name is yet unknown. His father was Thomas Jefferson Howel, born 17 February 1840. His mother was Mary Ann Lamerson, born 1 April 1836. These dates are taken from the page of a family Bible which Granny Ewen had kept with her throughout her life. A picture of this page is shown at the post called "A small piece of history", 30 August, 2010. I still do not know if they had any children, these Howels? But, the picture kept by Granny shows their life. Pictures are like that.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Say hello, May Millicent. What stories would you have told to your family? Those dark eyes, looking forward. You have the Ewen eyes and that Ewen round head! She is buried between her two sisters at Nada, just outside the front of the "Sunday Go to Meeting" church pictured in a previous post. Her grandfather and grandmother are buried just above. Forever part of the family...we certainly missed you.
Monday, February 14, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Monday, February 7, 2011
The Y-chromosome seems to get most of the attention, at least for the male of the species. The mtDNA often gets lost in the tree branches along the way, as the family grows for generations. Interesting that it was the mtDNA that opened the doors to the world of genetic genealogy and the study of our DNA existence upon this planet. Not surprising that it is the females who often keep the family's stories, and pass them on to later generations. This was especially true in my family.
The picture to the right shows my immediate mtDNA. Mom standing with her Mom. It must have been a bright and sunny summer day. Summer dresses, sun glasses, sandals, and oh yes, another picture to be taken. Granny has her arm around Mom, holding her left shoulder. My mtDNA to you, my dear, it seems to say. Granny squinting her eyes against the sun's bright rays. I can not tell if Mom is wearing her wedding ring yet, but I guess this picture would have been taken in the mid-to-late 1940s. Granny has a flower placed in her dress, and I know how much she loved flowers and plants. Their shadows are cast almost directly backward. Yes, my Y-chromosome gets most of the attention in these posts, but it is this mtDNA that takes up half.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
Another measurement was the "rod". One rod = 16.5 feet = 5.5 yards = 5.0292 meters.
A "pole" was 1 square rod. This would be 16.5 feet x 16.5 feet.
These terms are frequently used in the surveys made in colonial Virginia. Now you know!
1 Rod = 16.5 feet = 5.5 yards = 5.0292 meters.
1 Pole = 1 square rod.
1 acre = 160 square rods = 10 square chains.
1 mile = 5,280 feet.
1 square mile = 640 acres.
A Gunter's Chain was 22 yards long (20 meters) and divided into 100 links.
22 yards = 66 feet = 4 perches = 1/10 furlong.
1 link = 6 foot 6 inches long.