22 July 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Clay & Powell

Headstone images by Mark Krugman

The joint stone inscriptions for Jesse H. Powell & his wife, Nancy "Nannie" Clay Powell. 
Jesse married Nancy Clay, daughter of Edmund B. Clay & Sarah Jones in 1867 in Decatur County, Georgia.  They rest together in Bethel Baptist Cemetery, Decatur County, Georgia.
Nancy is a second cousin several generations removed.

                         BELOVED WOMAN PASSES TO BEYOND 

In the death of Mrs. Nannie Clay Powell, Cyrene and community have lost one of their most prominent citizens. As a result of a third strike of paralysis, the end came on Saturday afternoon, July 10th, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Donalson, in Cyrene. The news of her death brought a shock to the community though she had been in very poor health for more than a year.

Mrs. Powell was born and raised in Talbot county and shortly after the Civil War came to Decatur county with her two brothers, David and John Clay. In 1867 she was married to Mr. Jesse H. Powell, and together they established a home known by many for its royal hospitality and prominence in the upholding of the section and community. For forty years this Christian couple lived and taught by precept and example, the blessed truths of righteousness. No begging hand ever left this home empty nor was a deaf ear ever turned to a needy call. Two citizens have invested their lives in a most genuinely useful and helpful way than did this Godly couple. Since childhood, she had been an active and consistent member of the Baptist church. Nothing brought to her more pleasure than serving in some capacity for the progress and maintenance of her church.

She leaves two sons, W. G. Powell, of Cyrene and J. T. Powell, of Brinson and eight daughters, Mrs. E. S. Perry, of Iron City; Mrs. E. Rich, Mrs. A. J. Rich, Mrs. J. B. L. Barber, of Bainbridge; Mrs. P. D. Rich, of Colquitt; Mrs. W. C. Sims, of Brinson; Mrs. J. B. Donalson, of Cyrene; Mrs. Walter Love, of Jacksonville, Fla.; more than thirty grandchildren and great-grandchildren loudly lament the loss of this admirable woman.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Bethel church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. H. H. Shell, of Bainbridge. By six of her stalwart grandsons, her body was borne to the grave and there deposited by the side of her husband, who preceeded her several years.

 *The Post-Search Light*, Bainbridge, Georgia, on microfilm (Bainbridge, Georgia: Gilbert H. Gragg Library), obituary for Nannie Clay Powell, vol. 6 no. 16, Thursday, 22 July 1920, page 1.

21 July 2014

Monday Musings

Been a busy few weeks here and an awesome weekend to top it all off.   We've been staying busy with yard work.  This past winter was so cold here in Michigan and the snow amounts were so bad...  I know I've not seen this much snow here since I moved here 21 years ago.  That said,  our roses took a major hit.  After much research and discussion we opted to cut them back drastically and see if maybe over the next few months they will come back.  I'm pretty sure that at least two are done.   We have many flower beds here at Karma Gardens and keeping up with them at times can be a daunting task.  That's okay, the beauty they provide more than outweighs the work we do to keep them up.

Took a break from the upkeep of the property and went to Lansing on Friday and Saturday for the Summer Seminar put on by the Abrams Foundation & the Michigan Genealogical Council.  What a great job they did.  A wide variety of speakers covering a wide spectrum of topics.  I think all the attendees really enjoyed themselves.  Friday night was the lock in,  38 lucky persons were "locked" in the Michigan Archives for an evening of research.  What a great evening.

There will be another seminar at the library on Saturday November 1st.   All the details are in process but from what I saw at this past weekends seminar, the focus will be German & Pennsylvania research.  Mark your calendars!  I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Happy Monday everyone!


07 July 2014

Monday Musings

This weekend Mr. Brown Eyes and I returned from a week of researching and hanging out with friends in Ohio.  We had a great time researching, chatting and porch sitting with some great friends from the Darke County area of Ohio.

As usual when you spend a week researching you return with lots of great information.  We enjoyed some research time at the Montgomery County Records Center & Archives,  Garst Research library and the Brethren Heritage Center.

One of the fabulous things that happened was that the Brethren Heritage Center had just gotten a donation of funeral home records and we were given the opportunity to go thru those.  What a gold mine of information that was!  We had great weather for our entire time away.  As usual its great to go away but always so wonderful to return to our home here at Karma Gardens.  (Yep, we named our property! Been pondering that for a while now.)

On the home front,  we are to be grandparents again in January!  Our daughter and her husband recently announced they are expecting baby #3. This will be grand baby #5 for us.  Needless to say we are so excited.

The construction is now complete on the kitchen redo that we were working on.  Its so nice having all that dust gone and the new kitchen up and functioning.  We are so blessed to have been able to get that major project done.

The Michigan State Archives is sponsoring a two day genealogy seminar on July 18th & 19th (wow! Only two weeks away!).  You can read more about it here.  I do know that the lock-in is already full, but I'm sure there are plenty of good seats open for the rest of the seminar.  I will be speaking there on Saturday the 19th.

I'll be spending lots of time typing over the next few weeks.  How are you spending your summer?

Happy Researching!