Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Monday - J.D. Rose

J.D. Rose was my uncle, my father's older brother, who died in 1949.  He served, along with his three brothers, in World War II.  He suffered physical and psychological wounds; my father said that he had "shell shock" after the war and had difficulty adjusting to civilian life.  His death was caused by a cerebral hemorrhage at just 26 years old.  My dad has this poem that  J.D. wrote about a friend who died during WWII.

"My Buddie"

This story is about a buddie of mine,
whose life ws taken in a very short time.
He was only a kid of eighteen years,
And now his mother is shedding her tears.

Jerry came over one cold rainy day,
To try and kill us and then get away.
My duddie and I were maning the gun,
And we had this Jerry on the run.

But Ho! In back of us came two more
So after more "ANG", my buddie tore.
He was almost back when I heard the cry,
Give them Hell Rose, or we'll all die.

As fast as I could, I turned around,
And I saw my buddie lying on the ground.
I couldn't leave the gun to give him a hand,
And I knew the pain was Hell to stand.

Jerry, he left, I don't know the cause, 
So I ran to my buddie to see how he was.
My first look told me he was already dead.
A machine gun bullet went right through his head.

I've seen them come and go before,
But this one hurt me all the more.
This War is something you can't explain,
When up on the front line bearing the pain.

Only God can understand,
What war means to a front-line man.
Back home before the people strike, 
I wish the'd think about this fight.

Think of my buddie and a million others,
Who won't get back to see their mothers.
He's gone for good but I'll remember the time,
That I always had with that buddie of mine.

                                                                                            By. J.D. Rose

J.D. is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, alongside his mother, baby sister and grandfather.

Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday Faces From the Past - Cousin Eunice

Back of the picture reads: "Hi Grandmaw. How are you? I am all OK. Love Eunice."
Eunice Easter Floyd, born 1902 in Madison County, Arkansas.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mother's Day

To all the mothers who came before us

Joyce Sue Stanfill Rose

Easie Mae Stroud Stanfill (r) & sister Beulah

Mary Fuller Rose

Sarah Elizabeth Sparks Stroud & family

Druesy Dorsey Stanfill & family

Sarah Anna Sanders Rose (3rd from top left) & family

Rachel Baird Stanfill
Eliza Jane Boyd Dorsey

Cinthia Caroline Forrester Stroud

Friday, May 10, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past - Who is Thelma?

This little girl's photograph was found with family photos that belonged to my grandmother's sister, Maud.  Both my grandmother and her sister were adopted; no mention of another little girl in the family was ever made by either of them. 
 This photograph is of Thelma and Mamie, the adopted mother of my grandmother.  It looks very much like a mother-daughter photograph to me.
A photograph of an older Thelma, with the name of a photography studio in Carrollton, Georgia on it.  The family lived in Clarkesville, Georgia, near the South Carolina state line.  Carrollton is southwest on the Alabama state line.

The name written on the back of the photographs is alternately Thelma Fuller (the name of the adopted family) and Thelma Everett.  Everett is the last name of Maud's biological family; however in a letter written to Maud by her biological sisters years later that named all of her siblings, no Thelma was mentioned.

The mystery continues.  So far, I've found no records of Thelma Fuller or Thelma Everett and I have no idea who she was or what happened to her.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Little Mary Phagan

Living in Marietta, Georgia, I have heard the story of the murder of Mary Phagan for many years.  She was a 13 year-old factory worker who was killed on April 26, 1913 at the National Pencil Factory in Atlanta.  Leo Frank, the Jewish manager of the factory, was arrested and tried for her murder, although there was no physical evidence that he had committed the crime.  By 1915, Frank's appeals had failed, but the governor of Georgia, believing there had been a miscarriage of justice,  commuted his sentence from death to life in prison.  A group of prominent citizens of Marietta, Mary Phagan's hometown, calling themselves the "Knights of Mary Phagan," took Frank from the jail he was being held in and brought him to Marietta, where he was lynched.   Frank is widely believed to be the victim of anti-Semitism; there was evidence that the real killer was a janitor who was in the factory that day and had been drinking heavily.  In 1986, the governor of Georgia pardoned Frank posthumously, stopping short of exonerating him.  Mary Phagan is buried in the Old Marietta Cemetery in Marietta, Georgia, just north of Atlanta.  There is a marker at the spot where Leo Frank was lynched, on Frey's Gin Road, just a few miles away.
Mary Phagan grave, Old Marietta Cemetery

Mary Phagan grave

Mary Phagan

Leo Frank memorial plaque

Leo Frank marker on Frey's Gin Road, Marietta, GA

Newspaper 1913

Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday Faces From the Past - Lula Belle Shoemake

Lula Belle Shoemake
Daughter of William H. Shoemake and granddaughter of John Shoemake, whose stories I related in earlier posts and, Lula Belle was born in December 1880 in Sebastian, Arkansas and died in 1961 in Muskogee, Oklahoma at age 81. 

Family Recipe Friday - Layered Salad

This salad always seemed to show up at holiday meals when I was growing up in the 70's.  It's actually quite good and easy to make.

Layered Salad

1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
6 ounces frozen green peas
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 ½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
8 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
4 ounces grated Cheddar cheese

In a large mixing bowl, mix first five ingredients together.

Mix mayonnaise and sugar together and pour over salad mixture.  Seal bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Crumble bacon on top of salad, then sprinkle grated cheese on top.