Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Part of our family tree....

Honor O’Flynn Synopsis

Story Synopsis

In 1699, a fourteen year-old girl, Honor O’Flynn, is kidnapped in Ireland and brought to Maryland to be sold as a contract bride. She is devoutly Catholic and promises her father that she will remain chaste, return home, and become a nun. Throughout her odyssey, she is frustrated in her schemes to accomplish those goals and fights with God and the Man who buys her contract.

Under near slave ship conditions, Honor’s voyage to the colonies is horrific. She meets an English woman, Comfort Smyth, who helps her survive many indignities and begins to teach her what it means to be righteous. She becomes angry with God for what seems like punishment for imagined sins.

In Maryland, William Logsdon, a thirty five year old Anglican planter and a good man finds himself in need of a wife. He is attracted to Honor and agrees to purchase her as a house servant, and writes a letter to her father asking for money to send her home. It is against the law for a single man to have a single woman in his home without a chaperone, so William puts Honor up in a boarding house.

While separated, Honor is emotionally abused by the boarding house operator and over time William comes to desire Honor as a wife. He returns to Annapolis and attempts to persuade her to stay. She accuses him of inappropriate intentions and nearly destroys their budding relationship. If they wed in a Catholic ceremony, she will not be able to fulfill her childhood dream; if they wed and she returns home, he will not be able to remarry. Seeking another place for her to live, they visit with an Anglican Parson from whom they learn that if they wed in the Anglican Church, but do not consummate the marriage and she leaves, then he can get an annulment and re-marry. They agree to the Anglican wedding and to wait for the letter from her father.

At the plantation, Brotherly Love, Honor grows to love her new life, but remains adamant about waiting for the letter. During an Indian raid William is badly wounded, and Honor must nurse him back from death’s door. The nursing effort convinces Honor that she is needed in America and truly loves William. She prays for guidance and gets the message, “Plant you garden where you are and give God the glory for your increase.”

The couple goes to Baltimore to find a priest to remarry them in a Catholic ceremony. William learns that her father’s letter has arrived and he has sent the money and decides to tell her of the letter, but is compelled to first ask what she would do if the money came. She shares her belief that God wants her to be his wife and her willingness to stay.

Honor and William did marry, had eight children. Honor is mentioned on page 364 of Benjamin J. Webb’s 1844 book, Centennial of Catholicity in Kentucky, “Neither were the Durbins nor the Logsdons descended from stock that was known to be Catholic beyond a couple of generations previous to the appearance in Kentucky of the families spoken of in the text. An ancestor of one of the families — I am uncertain as to which — intermarried with one Honora O’Flynn, an Irish girl of great piety, and it was through her, no doubt, that is to be traced the faith that has distinguished one or the other of the Kentucky families referred to, both of which have for generations been consistent exponents of its teachings.”

The picture is just what a girl from Ireland might look like at 14 years.


Morris Fay Dotson

 Morris Fay Dotson was a very special uncle. He went into the Navy at 17 looking for adventure. We lived in a small town (Tipton, California) where there was not much for a boy man to look forward to. Everyone farmed or worked for farmers and this was not his dream. It was hard for me when he left, he was more like a brother than my uncle. We wrote to each other when I learn to write. He brought me things from far away places. My favorite is my gold locket that has his picture in it. But the Royal Blue Kitty was special too. I loved knowing where he was because he could tell me stories about places and the people. He was so smart, and our who family loved his adventures.
Dotson Ridge was named after him because he was part of a team that spent almost two years in
Antarctica when there were not the clothes and modern things to keep them warm. To explore such a cold barren place was done by few. The after math of this time there was many illnesses, and as a result he died very young. He was only 38 years young when he left us. It was a heartbreak for his in tire family.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Vinnie Pennington Davis

This is my Great grandmother....Vinnie Pennington Davis Miller. Married to John William Miller

Soloman Dotson b. 1816

Tedford Family

William Richard Stinnett

Joseph Stinnett

Joseph Stinnett b.1804

Grandpa Dotson with his family

Farncis marion Dotson, Ethel Alice Miller Dotson, Marcella Alic Dotson Stinnett, Mary Frances Dotson Steele, Moris Fay Dotson, Lily Ellen Dotson

John Tedford 1793-1865

Birth: Dec. 8, 1793
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: 1865
Newton County
Arkansas, USA

John Tedford
Sex: M
Birth: 08 DEC 1793 in Rockbridge, Virginia, USA
Burial: Jasper, Newton, Arkansas, USA

Father: James Black Tedford b: 1764 in Rockbridge, Virginia, USA
Mother: Betsy Houston

Marriage 1 Nancy Swafford b: 1796 in Greenville, South Carolina, USA
Married: 1814

Ailey C. Tedford b: 1816 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
George Washington Tedford b: 1820 in Corinth, Mississippi, USA
Elizabeth Tedford b: 1820 in Monroe, Mississippi, USA
David Walter Tedford b: BET 1820 AND 1825 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
Larkin Tedford b: 1824 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
Nancy Tedford b: 1825 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
Mary C. Tedford b: 16 FEB 1826 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
John S. Tedford b: 09 NOV 1827 in Louisville, KY
Mahala Tedford b: 12 MAY 1830 in Indiana, USA
Malinda A. Tedford b: 1833 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
Amanda E. Tedford b: 14 JAN 1836 in Marion, Tennessee, USA
William Augustus Tedford b: 1837 in Logan, Arkansas, USA
James K. Polk Tedford b: 1840 in Logan, Arkansas, USA

Family links:
Nancy Jane Swafford Tedford (1796 - 1870)

John S. Tedford (1825 - 1920)*
Nancy Tedford Neighbors (1826 - 1880)*
Mary Tedford Nixon (1827 - 1912)*
Mahala Tedford Braden (1830 - 1906)*
Fannie Wilson Tedford (1831 - 1891)*

*Calculated relationship
Sexton Cemetery
Mount Judea
Newton County
Arkansas, USA

Created by: Bobby and Carol Babin E...
Record added: Sep 07, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 76148794

- Bobby and Carol Babin Estes
Added: Sep. 7, 2011

Sarah Jane Stearman

Sarah Jane Stearman Oct 12, 1809-march 8, 1880

Benjamin Franklin Stinnett 1821-1916

Birth: Sep. 24, 1821
Todd County
Kentucky, USA
Death: May 9, 1916
Lewisburg (Logan County)
Logan County
Kentucky, USA

Family links:
Elizabeth Lindsay Stinnett (1823 - 1910)

Donna Belle Stinnett Sutton (1860 - 1947)*

*Calculated relationship
Maple Grove Cemetery
Logan County
Kentucky, USA

Created by: Betty Wakeland
Record added: Jan 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 63988685
Benjamin Franklin Stinnett
Cemetery Photo
Added by: R & S Fine
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Last name: De Bruin Recorded in many spellings from Brown, Broune, and De Bruyn, to Brauner, Bruni and Brunet, this ancient and prolific surname derives, from a pre 7th century Germanic and Anglo-Saxon word "brun" or the Olde Norse personal name "Bruni". Originally this name would probably have been a nationlistic or tribal nickname for a person with a brown complexion or hair, although it may also have referred to someone who habitually wore brown clothing, such as a monk or cleric. The baptismal name as Brun or the latinized Brunus, was a popular name in the period upto the introduction of surnames in the 12th century, see below. Irish name holders derive from 12th century Norman sources. In the west the Browne's are the descendants of a knight called " Hugo le Brun", amd form one of the ancient "Tribes of Galway", as recorded in the "Annals of the nine kings". The Browne's of Killarney form a separate branch and are descended from a later Elizabethan settler. Amongst the early surname recordings are those of Hugh Bron of Stafford, England, in the year 1274, and Hugo Brun of Erfurt, Germany, in 1407. Christopher Browne is recorded as being one of the very first settlers in the new American colonies. In the very first listing of the colonists of New England he is shown to be "living in Virginea, on February 16th 1623".The first recorded spelling of the family name anywhere in the world is probably that of William le Brun, which was dated 1169, in the Pipe Rolls of the county of Northumberland, England. This was during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The church builder", 1154 - 1189.

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William Browne D. Bruin 1169-1208

research #1

William Ownby (Wm. Cuberston "Cub") 1835-1914 and his wife Sarah Bohanan (1840-1917) have a farm worth $1,100 and newly married with one daughter (Martha) own the lands of the Sugarland nature walks at the visitor center and across the road towards Laurel Falls along the branch. Cub had a store off the left side of the road that later was operated by the Bohanan's. His grandson showed me his grave (now unreadable) in the old Wm Stinnett (Upper fighting Creek) Cemetery.
Preacher Richard Evans (1824-1901) with wife Mary "Olive" Ownby (1821-1908) with 8 children are living at today's Park headquarters. He had the Fighting Creek church that today would have sat right in the middle of the Park road at the cemetery. He's the first big stone heading up the steps. His daughter married the old William Stinnett that the old William Stinnett cemetery is named about half mile from there.
William Stinnett (1824-1909) married to Elizabeth "Betty" Evans (1840-1888) have 3 children in the house. When Betty dies, than William marries Cub Ownby's daughter (40 years his younger) and has one child, Ashley Stinnett.
Joel Kear (1796 NC - 1871) and wife Sarah Huff (1809-1886) with 9 children on a farm worth $2,000 are along Dudley Creek areas. But, could be in on the center hill of Gatlinburg at the time above the White Oaks Cemetery because that is where the Huff's are located.