Monday, April 25, 2011

Giles Hawkins and the Revolutionary War

Shannon found the following information concerning our direct line (gggg-grandfather).  Something good to read.
On 2 MAR 1833, Giles HAWKINS went before the JP of Jessamine CO., KY and stated that he was born inFrederic Co., MD on 15 MAR 1755. An Act of Congress had been passed the previous year to grant benefits to veterans of the Revolution.
He stated that shortly after the Declaration of Independence had been signed, the government learned that there was a preconcerted plan of the British with the Indians. They planned to distress the frontiers of the US. with a combined chain of hostilities from the west side of Georgia on to the outer or northwest edges of the Carolinas, the western part of VA and the NW part of PA., to the lakes oif Canada, and had actually commenced hostilities by the Cherokee Indians and others who were at that time distressing the people living on Holston River in the state of VA.     
So the government ordered an army to be raised to go against the aforesaid Indians, by draft or volunteers to serve as militia or soldiers. He moved from the state of MD to Bedford Co., VA, and on 1 SEP 1776 he was called on by his captain to serve a tour of duty in the militia. for six months, and turned out a volunteer in the militia, and served the tour under Capt. Christopher Irvine, Lt. Jas Rupert and Col. Christian, commandant of the regiment, he went in and marched with Bedford Co., VA, against the Cherokee Indians and others along the SW part of VA on the Holston River.
On their march, while still 3 -4 miles from the Holston River, they passed the battleground where the Indians and their men had a skirmish, and saw the remains of several dead Indians on the ground. After passing the Long Islands, they joined with NC militia or troops. Then they marched on the Indian town and burnt up everything. The commanding officers offered the Indians terms of peace, but only some of them would accept the terms, so after waiting some time, the army received orders to return home, and started out.
They proceeded on the march until arriving on the Long Island in the Holston River. There they were overtaken by an Express bearing a flag from the Indians who had before refused the terms offered them. The army was stationed there until peace was ratified with the Cherokes and the US. On his return home to Bedford Co., he was discharged, which discharge he has either lost or mislaid, and could not find it.
He further stated that he removed from Bedford Co. to Botetourt Co., VA, where he was again called on in the fall of the year, 1781 - 1782, to go against the British , and turned out as a volunteer in the militia of the US to defend the Lead Mines on New River, in the state of VA. They marched toward the mines, and when they arrived near them, they received intelligence that the British had withdrawn their forces from the community. So they returned home and were discharged.
 He then moved to KY until the time he appeared in court. He relinquished every claim whatever to a pension or annuity except the current one, and declared that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency of KY or any other state.
 Jacob Rohrer, a clergyman living in Jessamine Co., KY and James Noonan certified that they were well acquainted with Giles, that he is 77 years old, that he had been reputed and believed in the neighborhood where he lives to have been a soldier of the Revolution . Then the JP, Thomas Butler, certified that Rohrer was a clergyman of Jessamine and that Noonan was a respectable citizen of the county and that both had sworn to him for the county.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sounds of Home

Sometimes it is a sight, sometimes it is a smell and sometimes it is a sound that takes us back to the love of our Penrose home.  I captured this sound this morning to share with you on this lovely sunshine day.

Do Not Disturb: Wisdom is Incubating Here

Happy Birthday.  You are being made well to take care of your flock.

Happy Birthday, Judy

The pictures taken of Judy at Ralston are the earliest that I know of. I always loved this picture (there are two of the same subject, but this one shows more of Mother). The saggy brown socks, which Louise and I suffered through, the helmet cap (warm) with Judy's blonde hair peeking out, the happy grin on Judy's face, which reflects Judy's sunny outlook on life, all are a reflection of this time. I don't remember much of anything negative about Judy - and I was five when she was born. Her ability to have fun helped me to lighten up a lot ("I know a dark secluded place - It's called Hernando's Hideaway), as we sang and played through a lot of situations. She was the guardian of the troublesome (sometimes) duo of Ann and Steve, who could be full of mischief.
The big wind almost blew Steve away, and also blew over a huge cottonwood tree at Emmy's. I got out Dwight's old Baby Brownie Kodak, and took pictures of kids climbing on and sitting in the tree. Doesn't she look innocent? I put a "halo" around her just to prove that point. Now, Judy, you have grown up to be very wise about many things, and to know how to get answers to questions by your patient insights into the rest of your family and our extended family. You do make our life more complete and joyful. Love to you on this birthday.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Elizabeth and Ron

Another delightful couple.  I stole this picture from Sonja's Facebook.   The photo was taken at Denton's wedding in March at Bosie.   They are cute, aren't they?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Love This Picture

Just wondering who these two kids are.   Pretty good looking couple who are far from beet fields and coal cinders.  This was buried in the pictures that Dwight shared with me some time ago.  I'm stealing it now.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Going After the Cows and a Lifelong Munchie Habit

Has anyone besides me acquired a lifelong habit of needing a few munchies or goodies to take with you when you go on a walk or for an errand?  My wife asked me where I got this compulsive behavior of thinking I needed something to suck on, chew on, or eat when I leave the house.  I explained that it came from going after the cows.  When we lived in Ralston during WWII, the cows pastured on a boggy field by the canal just above our home.  We had to go up the lane near the ditch rider's house, open a wire gate, collect the cows, and drive them home.  Since it was summer, we found a lot of what we took with us to eat from the garden.  At various times, I remember plums, sand cherries, and carrots.  We didn't have much candy in the kitchen cupboards, but usually there was a bag of hard lemon drops and maybe another variety once in awhile.  In Penrose, Eliz was promoted to chief cow collector and she became the expert, although I do remember going a few times.  Before I went, I had to find something to eat on the way.  Now I have a bigger variety of options for goodies, but every time I go I remember going after the cows.  And that is why I look for something to munch on before I leave the house.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Family pictures in Olympia in 1981

Tanner family

These pictures are the end of the pictures I took in Olympia on the day of Mother's funeral.  We all searched within ourselves for a shred of humor and lightheartedness to ease the burden we all faced that day.  I had to fly home immediately afterward because I had to start teaching at BYU on the first day of school the next day and we had just barely accepted the position there and moved to Utah.  I still have many questions to ask Mother and even a gripe or two.  She wrote me a letter every week of my struggles to get through college working nights and going to school days.  These letters bolstered and supported me more than any financial help they might have given me but were unable to do.  Some times her pen or pencil drifted off the page of the letter late at night while she was writing but it was always waiting for Ezra the mailman the next day to begin its journey to Laramie and help me keep going another week.  And then another.  And then she came to my graduation from the University of Wyoming in 1953 a degree she earned no less than I.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Bloods and Wasdens in Olympia 1981

 Shannon and Ross
 Sheryl, baby, and Dad
 The Wasden siblings, minus David: Sofe, Brooks, Elna, and Cindy
A contest for captioning this photo

Friday, April 15, 2011

More Family in Olympia 1981

 Lorraine and Brooks
 Lorraine and Cindy
 Louise and Verne
Dwight, doing what he was trained to do

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Petersen Family Photos 1981

Just a few more of these photos from Olympia in 1981.

Polly Hawkins

Polly is very possibly a sister to our Giles Hawkins.  Shannon discovered this info in her "search".  It is located on Wikipedia.  It is good to know that the women were courageous and did good work.

"Bryan Station (also Bryan's Station, and often misspelled Bryant's Station) was an early fortified settlement in Lexington, Kentucky. It was located on present-day Bryan Station Road, about three miles (5 km) north of New Circle Road, on the southern bank of Elkhorn Creek near Briar Hill Road.

The settlement was established circa 1775-76 by brothers Morgan, James, William and Joseph Bryan from North Carolina. The occupants of this parallelogram of some forty log cabins withstood several American Indian attacks. The most important occurred in August 1782 during the American Revolutionary War, when they were besieged by about 300 Shawnee Indians and British Canadians under Captain William Caldwell and Simon Girty. The attackers lifted the siege after Indian scouts reported that a force of Kentucky militia was on the way. The militiamen pursued Caldwell's force but were defeated three days later at the Battle of Blue Licks, about 60 miles (100 km) northeast.

The Lexington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution erected a monument in August 1896 to commemorate the importance of a nearby spring in helping preserve the fort from the attack by Indians and Canadians. The pioneer women, led by Mary "Polly" Hawkins Craig (wife of "Traveling Church" patriarch Toliver Craig, Sr.), fetched water from the spring to defend against the use of burning arrows by the attackers. If the fort had burned, the attackers could have reached the women and children sheltering there.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Judy was kind enough to post the finished piece, this is what we started with.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Steve's New Work

I am hoping that if I post the first picture, that Steve will post the rest and tell the story.  Isn't this BEAUTIFUL?

Family Photos from Olympia 1981

 Verne and Elizabeth
 Aunt Lorraine Wasden, Elizabeth, Louise, and Velna
 Elna, Dad, Cindy, Norman, Sofe, Joleen: Mom's album held many memories
Aunt Lorraine and Louise