Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day 2015

George Newton Stanfill with wife Easie Stroud & children Joyce Sue & Eugene - Oklahoma late 1930's

William "Buck" Stroud with wife Caroline Forrester, children and grandchildren - Arkansas 1905

Jesse Carl Stanfill with wife Drusie Dorsey & children - Arkansas 1904

Elbert Gunn Rose with wife Sarah Anna Sanders, children and grandchildren - Alabama 1911
Robert V. Rose, Sr. & son Harry - Florida 1950's

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Sepia Saturday: James Green & Nancy Jones Gilbert

James Gilbert with his first wife, Nancy Jones.  Nancy died in 1892, so picture would have been taken prior to that date.

Thursday, June 11, 2015


A recent blog post at RootsBid by Amie Bowser Tennant got me thinking about the number of ancestors I have found who died during epidemics in the 19th and 20th centuries.  There were so many diseases that were fatal to not only individuals, but entire families, things we don't even have to think about today.

My third-great grandmother, Martha Burch Heard Tucker, the daughter of Revolutionary War hero and early Georgia governor, died along with four of her children in a scarlet fever epidemic that swept the Savannah River Valley in the 1823-24.  Martha and George, John, Richard and Biddie Tucker are all buried side-by-side at the former Heard family estate in Elbert, Georgia.  Her widower was left with five more children to raise alone until his remarriage.

My great-grandmother, Sarah Anna Sanders Rose, living in Nashville, died in 1919 during the great influenza pandemic.  She was age 60.   Two of my husband's great-uncles, Arch and Ira Sartin, died in the same epidemic in Jackson, Alabama.

Anna Rose (center) 1911

Eleanor McCullough Heaslet and two of her children, Anderson and Harried, died of typhoid fever in Alabama in 1833.  They had recently moved to the Talladega, Alabama area, then newly settled and there were no cemeteries established there yet, so Eleanor and her children were buried in Shelby County, with stones marking their burial place.  When Eleanor's husband Benjamin died, the Coosa River was so swollen from rains that his body was not able to be transported across it for burial with his wife and children.  He is buried on what was the family farm in Talladega.

Nora Ellis Gardner, a 32-year-old wife and mother of two living in Galveston, died days after giving birth, along with her newborn baby boy, in December 1918, of influenza.

I'm sure some more digging would reveal more of our ancestors who succumbed to these diseases. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Stanfill Grocery Employee Picnic at Grand Lake

 In the 1930's and 40's, my grandparents, George and Easie (Stroud) Stanfill, owned some small grocery stores in Nowata and Rogers counties in northeastern Oklahoma.  According to my mother (the little girl standing to the left of the group of children), the employees all had a picnic at Grand Lake (officially Grand Lake o' the Cherokees) every year in nearby Delaware county in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains.  My grandmother is the woman in the white brimmed hat standing near the right side of the picture; my grandfather is the man behind her to the left.  My uncle is standing in front of her to her right.  Everyone surely seems dressed well for a picnic!

I don't have a date for the picture, but I estimate it's around 1940.  George died in the summer of 1941, so it has to be prior to August 1941.

Here George (second from left) is posing with the male employees of the store.  I wish I knew their names!

Here is Grandma (left, being hugged form behind) with the female employees of the store.  Again, I have no names for the other women in the photograph with the exception of the very tall lady in the back - Velma Lawson. 

Here's another year with the employees at Grand Lake.  This looks like it late 1930's perhaps.

Grandma is on the left with mom in front of her.  The lady to her right is Ethel Reeves, with her son in front of her.  Velma Lawson is second from the right.  My uncle Eugene is the boy in the hat. 

 Mom and Uncle Gene in the back with the children of the store employees.

 Mom on the left, Grandma on the right, with Ethel Reeves.

Ethel, Mom and Grandma.

George, Uncle Gene and some of the other men head out in a canoe - in their shirts and ties! 

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia

These are some of the children's monuments I photographed on my last trip to Oakland Cemetery.  The cemetery is so big, I only made it through a portion of it, but I'll definitely be returning.  It has some of the most beautiful and unique monuments.  Definitely worth a visit if you are nearby.