Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Purefoy Hotel Cookbook

This cookbook lives in my house, although I have no idea who bought it or how it got here.  Along with three or four other old vintage cookbooks that sit decoratively on a shelf, but aren't used much.
1960 version of the Purefoy Hotel Cook Book

The Purefoy was located in Talledega, Alabama and was apparently renowned for it's southern cooking.  There were a number of cookbooks published, including this one from 1960.  It not only offers recipes, but also housekeeping maintenance, laundering, gardening, safety, first aid and child care suggestions!  

There are some interesting recipes, things I've never heard of, like deviled raisins (a side dish to ham or pork).  The Purefoy appears to have been famous for it's pies, especially pecan - here's the recipe from the cookbook - very simple.

A Most Delicious Pecan Pie

4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 stick creamery butter
1 1/4 cups white Karo syrup
2 cups pecans

Melt the butter in an iron skillet until light brown, add sugar, add eggs, one at a time, beating separately, add Karo, and pecans and pour on an unbaked crust and bake in moderate oven about 375 degrees about 30 to 35 minutes until brown and firm.  


Friday, August 23, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Lemon Ice Box Pie

One of the best things about summer for me is lemon desserts.  This is from Grandma's recipe book.  Very easy and good.

Judy Johnson’s Lemon Ice Box Pie

Vanilla wafer cookies

3 eggs, separated
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt

Line the bottom of a 9” pie plate with vanilla wafer cookies. 

In a bowl, beat egg yolks until foamy.  Add milk, beat well.  Add the lemon juice, salt and zest and whip to a cream.  Pour filling into cookie-lined plate.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Make a meringue using the egg whites and 3 tablespoons of sugar, beaten until stiff peaks form.  Spoon on top of filling, spreading to seal, and bake in oven until the meringue begins to brown.  Watch carefully to prevent burning.

Refrigerate pie for 24 hours before serving.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Davis McGee

Sacred to the memory of Davis McGee, whose many charitable acts and virtuous deeds remembered in the hearts of those who best knew his private character.

Davis McGee was born in Jones, Georgia in 1794.  He married his first cousin, Mary Sarah McGee, had nine children, and moved to Plantersville, Alabama where he became a successful planter.  The 1850 slave schedule shows him owning more than 40 slaves.  He also owned and operated a stage coach inn, where travelers stopped for food and lodging and horse traders from Tennessee would gather to sell and swap their stock. 

Mary Sarah lived until 1878.  They are buried together in the cemetery at the Plantersville United Methodist Church in Plantersville, Alabama.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Maritime Monday - U.S.S. Somers

Sinking of U.S.S. Somers off Vera Cruz, Mexico
On 20 March 1843, Lt. John West assumed command of Somers, and the brig was assigned to the Home Squadron. For the next few years, she served along the Atlantic coast and in the West Indies.

Somers was in the Gulf of Mexico off Vera Cruz at the opening of the Mexican War in the spring of 1846; and, but for runs to Pensacola for logistics, she remained in that area on blockade duty until winter. On the evening of 26 November, the brig, commanded by Raphael Semmes [later commanding officer of CSS Alabama], was blockading Vera Cruz when Mexican schooner Criolla slipped into that port. Somers launched a boat party which boarded and captured the schooner. However, a calm prevented the Americans from getting their prize out to sea so they set fire to the vessel and returned through gunfire from the shore to Somers, bringing back seven prisoners. Unfortunately, Criolla proved to be an American spy ship operating for Commodore Conner.
On 8 December, while chasing a blockade runner off Vera Cruz, Somers capsized and foundered in a sudden squall. Thirty-two members of her crew drowned and seven were captured. (U.S. Naval History Center)

My 2nd great-grand uncle's name, William Rose, is among those listed as having been lost when the Somers capsized.