Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, November 30, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Hello Dollies

In the sugary spirit of the holiday season, here's a simple recipe that came from my grandmother Easie.  I've seen many variations on this recipe, with many different names; I'm not sure why they would be called Hello Dollies.  Easy to make and delicious.  However, I'm pretty sure it's best not to consider the number of calories or amount of fat in them.  It's just once a year, so go crazy.

Hello Dollies
(Grandma Berry)

1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
1 ¼ cup of crushed graham crackers
1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in oven in a 9x13 pan.

When butter has melted, add crushed graham crackers and use a fork to mix and press to form a crust.  Sprinkle on chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.  Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. 

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and bubbling.  Makes 18 bars.  Cool completely before cutting into bars. (But if you can sneak out a little bit before they're completely cool, being warm makes them even better.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Slave Cemetery

Next to a subdivision and golf course in Kennesaw, GA, is a small, fenced-off cemetery.  I have driven past it for years, but only recently found out that this is the cemetery where the slaves of the Stanley farm were buried.  From what I have read, no one realized this cemetery existed until the homes and golf course were going to be built and it was found on old maps of the area.  A group of individuals built a fence around it and the burial sites are marked with small crosses.   While the cemetery is at the corner of a busy intersection, it is sectioned off and sits in a nice wooded area. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Black Sheep Sunday- Araminta Pennington

Araminta Cynthia (Minty) Pennington was the daughter of Wheeler Pennington, an early settler in Monroe County, Virginia (now West Virginia).   Wheeler Pennington's father William, moved the family from Pennsylvania to Virginia in the late 1700's.  Wheeler was married to Polly Sweeney, with whom he had eight children; Minty was the second oldest, born in 1801.  In 1817, when she was just 16, she gave birth to her first illegitimate child, Hardin.  Seven years later in 1824, she has another illegitimate son, Levi, followed by Elizabeth in 1826, Eli in 1828, Anderson in 1829, James in 1835, and Mary in 1837.  No marriage record exists for Minty, and her children all have the surname Pennington.  There is no indication who the father(s) was/were.  Minty and her five youngest children are listed in the household of her father in the 1840 census.  By 1850, Minty and her youngest child, Mary, are living in the household of William Phillips; she and Phillips are among couples who are indicted by Mercer County for cohabitation that year.  There is nothing to indicate that Phillips was the father of any of the children. 

There was some dispute as to whether or not Minty was actually Hardin Pennington's mother, however, she is listed on his death certificate.  Hardin married, moved to Kentucky where he farmed, and died at the age of 94 in 1911. 

Levi Pennington married his first cousin, Elizabeth Pennington,  in 1848 and became a farmer in Mercer County.  He joined the Virginia militia of the Confederate Army in 1862, and returned to his farm after the war ended.  He and his wife had at least 10 children.  He died in 1887 at the age of 62.
a painting of Levi Pennington

I find no record of Elizabeth or Anderson Pennington after 1842, in public school records in Monroe County.

Eli Pennington and his cousin, Issac Pennington, were convicted of a felony in 1852 in Mercer County.  This is the last record I find of him.

James H. Pennington is living in the household of his uncle, Highland Pennington, in 1860 and working as a laborer on his farm.  This is the last record of him.

Mary Pennington gave birth to her own illegitimate son, James Henderson Pennington on November 27, 1857.  She died shortly after at age 20.   Many of the Penningtons are hard to find on the 1860 census, but in 1870,  James is living with William and Araminta Phillips (though they never legally married) in Mercer County.  James married Sarah Denks when he was 19 and had five children; his family moved to Kansas. 

And for good measure, Minty was charged with horse theft in 1823. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cousin Eunice

My grandmother had two drawers in the dresser of her guest room that were filled with pictures.  One of my favorite things to do when I was visiting her was to look through the pictures.  Although I had seen them all many times, I never got tired of sorting through them again.  There were two pictures I always looked for - her cousin, Eunice Floyd.  One picture was Eunice as a child, another as a young woman.  She was a beautiful girl, which is probably why I found the pictures so attractive; people in old photos always look as though they are terrified and frozen in stone.  Eunice was the daughter of my grandmother's aunt Bessie Stroud.  Bessie married Lewis Floyd, a merchant in Marble, Arkansas.  I believe they also operated a hotel at one point. 
Stroud famil portrait, made about 1905.  Top row L-R:  Sarah Sparks Stroud, Easie Stroud, Lewis Floyd, Eunice Floyd, Bessie Stroud Floyd, Tinley Floyd, Hiram Sparks, Arlie Sparks, Easter Stroud Sparks, Lizzie Selby Stroud.  Bottom row L-R: William Farley Stroud, Earl Stroud, William Buck Stroud, Cinthia Forrerster Stroud, Clarence Stroud, Bale Stroud
Back of this picture reads: "This is Eunice and her doll.  Presented to Grandmaw."
Back of this picture reads:  "Hello Grandmaw.   How are you?  I am all ok.  From Eunice"

Eunice had two siblings, a sister named Odie Alma, who died at age 5, and a brother James Olney.  Eunice married Henry Holland in 1916 when she was just 14.  Her only child, a daughter named Ertle, was born two years later.  Eunice and Henry operated Holland Store in Marble, Arkansas for more than 40 years. 

Eunice Easter Floyd Holland
From Madison County Record:Eunice Easter Holland, 91, of 203 East Osage, Arkansas City, Kan., died April 4, 1993, at Medicalodge East in Arkansas City, Kan. She was born March 27, 1902, at Purdy, Ark., the daughter of L.W. and Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Stroud Floyd. She owned and operated Holland Store at Marble, Ark., for 44 years. She was a Baptist and was preceded in death by her husband, Henry K. Holland, on May 11, 1980. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ertle May Miller of Arkansas City, Kan.; one grandson, James W. Miller of Arkansas City, Kan.; one great-granddaughter, Mrs. Karen Sue Tharp of Arkansas City, Kan.; one great-great-granddaughter, Miss Candace Leigh Voegele of Arkansas City, Kan.; one nephew; and one niece. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Alabam Cemetery with the Rev. Harold DuVall officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home.Memorial may be made to Medicalodge East Chapel, 203 East Osage, Arkansas City, Kan.