If you have information, stories, photographs, etc., to share about anyone in my family, please contact me - howardka at earthlink.net. If you use anything from this blog, please contact me for permission to post/use elsewhere. I don't mind sharing but would like credit for these original posts and family photos.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to all who visit this blog. I will be back with new blog posts in the new year. I enjoy writing about my family who came before me, but my own family comes first at this time of the year.

By the way, the ornament in the photo is one I made in second grade. It was chosen to go on the huge Christmas Wish tree that was a tradition at my elementary school in Tallahassee, Florida. Ornaments and wishes were chosen from each grade level to be read by the principal to the whole school and then placed on the tree. The only time mine was picked was that second grade year. My wish (on the card behind the ornament in my very best handwriting) . . . "I wish my Grandmother in England could come see us." My wish came true in 1960. However, I did see my grandmother, Maud Kirkpatrick Langdale, for the very first time when my mother, brother and I went to England when I was 10 years old.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Remembering Frances Amelia Langdale Jowers

Frances Amelia Langdale Jowers, about 1944

December 7 is a national day of remembrance for our country - Pearl Harbor Day.  My sisters and brothers and I realize that if this day back in 1942 had never happened, there would be no us. My daddy, a country boy about 18 years old, joined the Navy and eventually ended up in England. My mother, a Londoner and teenager of about 17 or 18, joined the Women's Land Army in England and was sent to Cornwall to work on a farm. Cornwall is where they met and married.

Three years ago on December 7, 2008, my mother, Frances Amelia Langdale Jowers, passed away. It left a huge hole in my life and the lives of all those who loved her. My brother, Keith, emailed my sisters, brother, and me a sweet reminder about this day and our mother. He gave me permission to publish it. I'll let Keith tell more of the story.

 Hello Everyone,

It's 8:55 A.M. I'm sitting here thinking about what to say about mama. She was an amazing woman. Having lived through the perils and dangers of WWII, she undertook one more journey. She left her family, friends, and country to make a new home in a foreign country with her husband and new baby. Leaving everything behind had to be a tough decision. But, she made it. I believe this is one of the reasons she was amazing and it helped make her what she was. Once her mind was made up, she rarely changed it. Once here, she had to adopt and adapt to a new way of life. Food, money, clothes, jobs, and people were things she had to learn. She became a citizen of her new country, but never forgot her English heritage, nor her native England. You could tell this by the way she talked after one of her meetings with "The British Ladies of Tallahassee". Things I remember are of the "Christmas Season". The fabulous cookie machine. Oh what great cookies it made. The Ice Box Fruit Cake- Janice makes it now. Hanging Christmas cards on a string from wall to wall. The meal at Christmas. Seems like we had turkey until the end of January. These things stay with you no matter how long we may live. I also miss her cooking- collards, cornbread, southern cooked meals,and helping can corn peas, beans, squash, and other vegetables. However, of all the things I miss, I miss mama the most. I love her and daddy.


I would like to add that the new baby was Keith, who was about 2 months old at the time.

Manifest of Alien Passengers, "Queen Mary," May 10, 1946

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Memories

Mama and Daddy loved  Thanksgiving Day. 

Thanksgiving was big in our extended family because their children, grandchildren, and later great grandchildren made their way to Jowers Ten Acres for the day. We filled my parents' home to overflowing.  Mama and Daddy had 5 children, 5 daughters-and sons-in-law, 13 grandchildren, and 7 great grandchildren (several of the greats were born after Daddy passed away).

There are three Thanksgiving Days that stand out. One we almost didn't get to have.

One year sometime in the 90's a hurricane blew through Tallahassee just before Thanksgiving. There was no electricity at the Jowers Ten Acres house. Someone had loaned my parents a small motorhome which meant they had some level of comfort, but they weren't hopeful that our family feast would take place. Just before Thanksgiving Day the phone call came that said the electricity was on and to hit the road. Thanksgiving was back on the schedule. Hooray!

Thanksgiving Day, November 27, 2003, brought great sadness to my family. Daddy passed away that afternoon. Our meal was finished and we were about to celebrate his 3rd great grandchild's first birthday when the call from the hospital came. Most of the family was there at Mama and Daddy's that Thanksgiving. All three of my children were there, a rarity in itself. The night before Thanksgiving my sons, Jim and me, visited Daddy in the hospital. Daddy was in rare form telling stories and making us laugh at the funny things he said. Little did we know that was our last time with him.

Thanksgiving Day in 2008 fell on November 27 that year.  Except for one grandchild and great grandchild, the entire rest of our family was there - 34 people in all. We all made sure we were there. For the first time since Thanksgiving, 2003, all three of my children were there. It was a good day with lots of laughter. The younger grandchildren enjoyed their time together. The older cousins talked. The greats loved playing outside in the big yard. The usual naps were taken. The food was plenteous and delicious, but none was prepared by the best cook in the family. Mama was not feeling well, cancer taking over her frail body. She seemed to enjoy everyone being there but it was a tiring day for her. This Thanksgiving Day, November 27, five years to the day after Daddy passed away, was Mama's last Thanksgiving. She still had a few more days left, but how wonderful that she had the people she loved most with her on one of her favorite holidays.

Thanksgiving, 2011, will be the first time for some of the family to be together for this holiday. My sister, Kathi, has invited us to her home to celebrate the day set aside to be thankful to God. Not everyone will be there as in years past. Hopefully, it will be a new beginning. We have so much to be thankful for, especially for the parents we had.

Here are some photos from Thanksgiving, 2008, in Tallahassee, Florida:

Good food and family


Mama and Daddy's children

Mama and Daddy's grandchildren

The older grandchildren

The younger grandchildren

The great grandchildren

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Cousin Edgar, Uncle Harmon and the USAF

Cousin Edgar recently sent me two emails regarding my "Veterans Day 11/11/11" post about family members in the service. I updated that post with the corrected information. I wanted to add his own words with more details and a wonderful story about Uncle Harmon.

Edgar wrote: "Just wanted to say thanks for the tribute to those of us in the family who served in the armed forces.  You may are may not know that our cousins Buford Wooten (US Marines, Viet Nam) and Jim Singletary (USAF, Iraq and Afganistan).  Jim recently retired with 20+ years in the USAF."

His second follow-up about Uncle Harmon:  "Uncle Harmon was a 20+ year veteran of the USAF and very proud of it.  He retired as a Technical Sergeant (E-7).  As a matter of fact he had great influence on me joining the USAF and strongly encouraged me to attend the USAF Office Training School, which I did.  As a matter of additional information trivia, he made sure he met me with Dad at the Pensacola airport after my graduation and commissioning.  He insisted I give him a dollar for his salute to a newly minted Second Lieutenant.  It is Air Force tradition for a new 2nd Lt. to give the first non-comissioned officer who salutes him a dollar.  He wasn't really the first, but I had to give him the dollar anyway."

I so appreciate Cousin Edgar's story and information. To all my family  . . .  sisters, brothers, cousins and others . . . I welcome any stories you have about our family. Send them to me. The more we know about our family, the richer we are.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanksgiving and Mama's Dressing Recipe

Today I scanned Mama's dressing recipe and emailed it to my sisters. That recipe has been in our family a long time. I don't know where it came from and never thought to ask Mama about it. It's just always been a part of my family's life. She only made it twice a year -- Thanksgiving and Christmas. She never missed making it except maybe her last Thanksgiving. One of my sisters might have made it that year.

 In 1971 Mama sent me the recipe when I lived in Spain. I couldn't eat Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas dinner in Rota without Mama's dressing! That's when I made her dressing for the first time myself. It was good, but somehow, it didn't taste the same. I knew that later that day Mama, Daddy, and my younger sisters and brother would be eating the real deal.

In 1972 Jim and I had been invited to have Christmas dinner at some friends' home near us in Rota. I offered to bring dressing. I was pregnant at that time with my first baby, Jeffrey, who was espected to come any day. A day or two before Christmas I made the cornbread that is the base for the dressing and I would finish making the dressing Christmas morning and bake it. Well, my labor started Christmas Eve day and Jeffrey was born at 1:06 am Christmas morning. Needless to say I wasn't going to be taking dressing to my friends' home. That day Jim jumped into action, He followed Mama's recipe and finished the dressing. I heard he did a good job!

 Later, when we lived in Orlando and Winter Park, Christmas dinner was alternated each year between us and Jim's brother, Mike and his family. Then I made Mama's dressing every other year, but I still got to eat it at Thanksgiving.

No matter what it's called . . . Mama's Dressing, Grandma's Dressing or Great Grandma's Dressing . . . it's part of my huge family's Christmas and Thanksgiving traditions.

Monday, November 14, 2011

William Ashley Gilley - Confederate Soldier

Here's a hallelujah moment . . .

Yesterday I was reading a book about the last battles of the Civil War that took place in April, 1865, in Virginia, just before Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered. One of the battles took place on the road to Farmville, Virginia on the afternoon of April 6.
Gen. George Armstrong Custer led an attack on Confederate troops.

From the book . . . "Of about 3,000 rebels, only 600 escape Custer. But the general is still not satisfied. He orders three Union cavalry divisions to give chase, cutting men down as they run. In a rare act of lenience, those who make it into the woods are allowed to live. Later they will be rounded up as prisoners of war. For now their confinement is the woods itself; those who try to fight their way out are promptly driven back inside. More that 2,600 Confederates are captured."

My great grandfather's brother, William Ashley Gilley, was one of those Confederate soldiers who was captured. I found a record on Ancestry today that confirms that information. (See Prisoners of War record below.) W. A. Gilley lived in Alabama but he joined an infantry unit in Florida.

 The Battle Flag of the 11th Florida Infantry was captured at the Battle of Sayler's Creek by troops under the command of Major General George Custer.  (The Battle of Sayler's Creek took place the same day as the one in Farmville.

The 11th Florida Infantry Regiment has received little attention from those who study the War for Southern Independence. Likewise, little has been written of the Siege of Petersburg through which they endured...the longest siege in US military history. The 11th was born from the 2nd Florida Infantry Battalion and the 4th Florida Infantry Battalion. 

 From Ancestry:  Selected Records of the War Department Relating to Confederate Prisoners of War, 1861-1865

Also from Ancestry (taken from the List of Soldiers for the 11th Florida Regiment):

Name: William Gilley
Enlistment Date: 8 May 1863
Enlistment Place: Boynton Bluff, Florida
Side Served: Confederacy
State Served: Florida
Service Record: Enlisted as a Private on 8 May 1863.
Enlisted in Company C, 11th Infantry Regiment Florida on 8 May 1863.
Sources: 87
Height: 5'10 "
Eye Color: grey
Hair Color: dark
Complexion: fair

This information is from the Alabama Civil War Service Database

Last Name: Gilley
First Name: Wm MI: A

Branch: Infantry
Regimental Unit: 11th Florida Regiment
Company Unit: C
Enlistment Date: 1863/05/08
Enlistment Information: Florida, Boynton Bluff,

Remarks: The records show Wm. A. Gilley, Pvt., Co. C, 11th Regt., Fla. Inf., CSA enlisted at Boynton Bluff, May 8, 1863 by capt. Curry. Roll for Nov. & Dec., '64- last on file- shows him present.

Prisoner of war record shows him captured Apr. 6, 1865 at Farmville, Va.
and took oath of allegiance and was released at Newport News, Va. June 24, 1865.

11th Infantry Regiment Florida
Date of Organization: 8 Jun 1864
Muster Date: 9 Apr 1865
Regiment State: Florida
Regiment Type: Infantry
Regiment Number: 11th
Regimental Soldiers and History: List of Soldiers

Regimental History
Eleventh Florida Infantry

The 11th Florida Regiment was composed of the 4th Florida Battalion, seven companies, the companies of Captains Ochus and Robinson, of the 2nd Battalion, and Cullen's unattached

There is some confusion in the records that makes the
assignment of two of the companies; in this Regiment
uncertain. W. J. Robinson was Captain of Co. A; Adams A.
Ochus, of Co. D; Charles Beggs, of Co. E; John Tanner, of Co.
F; G. W. Bassett, of Co. G; W. E. Anderson, of Co. H;
Joe J. Chaires, of Co. I; D. D. McLean, of Co. K.

Like the 10th the story of the 11th follows closely that of
the 9th until the fateful April 6, when this Regiment with the
5th and 8th, under the command of Colonel Brevard, was sent by Colonel Lang, then in command of the Brigade, Finnegan having been transferred to Florida, by order of General Lee to
protect the wagon train.

These Regiments were captured by General Custer's Cavalry.
This accounts for the Regiment surrendering but 4 officers and
19 men on the morning of April 9 at Appomatox.

Source: Soldiers of Florida in the ... Civil War ... page 236

Battles Fought
Fought on 15 Aug 1863 at Green Cove Springs, FL.
Fought on 15 Jan 1864.
Fought on 8 Feb 1864 at Boynton's Bluff, FL.
Fought on 8 Feb 1864 at Boynton Bluff, FL.
Fought on 8 Feb 1864 at Boyington's Bluff, FL.
Fought on 3 Apr 1864 at Richmond, VA.
Fought on 4 Apr 1864 at Burkeville, VA.
Fought on 1 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 4 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 6 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA.
Fought on 10 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 13 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 15 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 22 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 23 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 24 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 Jun 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
Fought on 27 Jun 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 29 Jun 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
Fought on 1 Jul 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 2 Jul 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 9 Jul 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 30 Jul 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 10 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA.
Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at White House Station, VA.
Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 21 Aug 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
Fought on 22 Aug 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA.
Fought on 22 Aug 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 24 Aug 1864 at Reams' Station, VA.
Fought on 10 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 11 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 14 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 15 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 20 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 24 Sep 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 27 Sep 1864 at Marianna, FL.
Fought on 4 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 23 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 26 Oct 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 2 Nov 1864 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 10 Dec 1864 at Weldon Railroad, VA.
Fought on 1 Feb 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 9 Feb 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 20 Feb 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Petersburg, VA.
Fought on 2 Apr 1865 at Hatcher's Run, VA.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Richmond, VA.
Fought on 3 Apr 1865 at Howard's Grove Hospital, Richmond, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Harper's Farm, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Farmville, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Sailor's Creek, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Newport News, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Archer's Farm, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Danville, VA.
Fought on 6 Apr 1865 at Burkeville, VA.
Fought on 7 Apr 1865 at Burkeville, VA.
Fought on 7 Apr 1865 at Amelia Court House, VA.
Fought on 10 Apr 1865 at Macon, GA.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day 11/11/11

I wish to pay tribute to members of my family who were veterans, some during time of war.

Homer Edgar Jowers, US Navy, World War II - my daddy
Thomas Henry Jowers, US Army, World War II and Reserves - my uncle
Harmon Jowers, US Air Force (20 years) - my uncle
Edgar Jowers, US Air Force - my cousin
Buford Wooten, US Marines (Viet Nam) - my cousin
Jim Singletary, US Air Force (Iraq and Afganistan) - my cousin
James (Jim) Howard, US Navy - my husband

Homer Jowers, 1944
Henry, Homer, Harmon, 1950's

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Green Berry and Caroline Hicks Jowers

The photographs below are of my great grandparents, Green Berry and Caroline Hicks Jowers. They are my granddaddy's parents and my daddy's grandparents (obviously). I remember seeing this framed photograph as a young child. I really didn't give it much thought other than it was somebody in Granddaddy's family. The original photograph is rather large and it hung in my grandparents', Hilliard Edgar and Annie Gilley Jowers, home near Leonia, Florida for many years. After my grandmother died, it hung in my parents' home in Talllahassee, Florida. Now my brother, Kevin, has it in his home. Now I treasure it as a link to the past and am very glad it has survived all these years. I wish there were more early photos of the Jowers family members.

I used my camera to take a picture of the original. Then I cropped the original into larger photographs of Green Berry and Caroline Hicks Jowers.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New Addition to the Family Tree

On November 1, 2011 I added someone new to my family tree. My son, Jeff, married Kristin in Orlando, Florida. I've started adding her to my records. Congratulations to the newlyweds. We had a fun day.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Private Family Tree on Ancestry

This post is for my family members. I've been working the past couple of weeks adding ancestors and sources to my Jowers/Gilley/Langdale/Kirkpatrick private family tree on Ancestry dot com. If you are interested in seeing this family tree, leave a message here or email me or leave a message on facebook or call me. I will get in contact with you with more information on how to get access. One important thing to know is Ancestry never posts any names or information of living people in the tree. I'm the only one who sees that. This tree is not public for just anyone to see and the only people who can view it are ones I approve. I am by no means finished putting information on this tree. It's just a start.

So . . . contact me if you're interested.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Edna May Bourne Langdale

My Aunt Edna died a few months ago. She was married to Uncle George, my mother's brother. Cousin Georgina gave me permission to post the wonderful tribute she wrote that appeared on the website of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, a charity Aunt Edna supported.

Edna May Langdale

Enda May Langdale nee Bourne died on 11th April 2011. 

Mum was born and brought up in North West London and lived in Cainfield Avenue her whole life. As a girl she attended Wykeham School where she was a bright and exemplary pupil and a Prefect. Mum made long term friends, some still to this day.
During the war Mum was an evacuee and sent to the south coast to a nunnery arranged by Aunt Alice. When it became too dangerous she was sent to Western super mere [Weston-super-Mare in Somerset] , but was found starving with a jam sandwich, living in a coal hole and was promptly bought back to London, where she did experience the bombing.

Mum eventually met Dad - George. They married and together brought us up their two children Dale and Georgina. Among their many happy childhood memories are the big family Christmases that were celebrated at Aunt Peg’s or at home. The only thing we didn’t like was having to wait until the evening to open our presents.

After school Mum became a hairdresser. She worked for a number of years at Barry’s in Neasden employing all the techniques of the day such as tonging. When we came along she stayed at home to look after us, but continued to work from home cutting neighbour’s and friend’s hair. Mum was lucky to learn the style of cutting from Vidal Sassoon for Aunt Peggy. We will always remember the smell in the house on Thursday which was always perm day.

In the early 1970s Mum joined BT. She was involved in clerical work and rose to become a Higher Executive Officer. She was once invited to become part of the computer team due to her knowledge of Binary Code. Mum worked at BT until her retirement at sixty.

It was a proud day when Georgina married David in 1978. The family has now expanded to include grandchildren Mark and Alex.

There have been a number of things Mum has enjoyed over the years. She was a talented portrait painter and produced work that anyone would be proud to hang on the wall, Dad and ourselves were her models. She always loved music of all kinds and from all eras and she loved to dance. She continued to paint and dance into her latter years and she also took up knitting.

Another of Mum’s loves was shooting. She represented her club in Kiel in Germany and Fuengirola in Spain, where she came second in the ladies competition. In later years Mum’s arthritis prevented her from competing, but she still enjoyed watching Dale shoot and especially looked forward to trips to Bisley. At one time the family owned a caravan at Bisley which was painted in Mum’s colour choice – vivid blue. She enjoyed gardening, flower arranging and Bowls down at Roundwood Park playing in competitions.

There always have been dogs in the family. The last three were Skipper, a Black Labrador, Milly, the mad Patterdale terrier, and Benjamin, a Miniature Dachshund who was always at Mum’s side, following her everywhere.

Mum was a proud grandmother and she always took great pleasure from her trips to visit Mark and Alex. Mum loved her visits to Bedfordshire. The boy’s memories are of her coming to pick them up from school and their visits to London for lavish meals and play with her dogs.

There are two events in Mum’s life which both involve flying and were highlights for her. On her sixtieth birthday Dale arranged for her to go up in a hot air balloon helping her fulfil a lifelong ambition. The other flying experience took place in Canada where her nephew took her up in a plane allowing her to take the controls and once even wing tipping around the CN Tower.

Unfortunately Dementia started in her late 60s, but she was still able to enjoy holidays at the caravan, at Shirley’s in Southsea and Havant and with Gina and David and boys in Bedfordshire and Devon. In her final years she loved to sing and dance, and listened to 50’s to 70’s music till the end.

We would like to thank all for their kind words and hope that you will remember Mum in your own way.

Dale and Georgina

When I come to the end of the road

When I come to the end of the road
And the sun has set for me,
I want no rites in a gloom-filled room.
Why cry for a soul set free?
Miss me a little ~ but not too long
And not with your head bowed low.
Remember the love that we once shared.
Miss me ~ but let me go.
For this is a journey that we all must take
And each must go alone.
It’s all a part of the Master plan,
A step on the road to home.
When you are lonely and sick of heart,
Go to the friends we know
And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds.
Miss me ~ but let me go.
Author Unknown

After Glow

I’d like the memory of me
to be a happy one.
I’d like to leave an after glow
of smiles when life is done.
I’d like to leave an echo
whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
and bright and sunny days.
I’d like the tears of those who grieve,
to dry before the sun
of happy memories
that I leave when life is done.

Added by: Georgina Faithful on 15 May 2011.

This tribute can be found online at the RNLI website.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

World War I Draft Registration Cards

Ancestry dot com has been celebrating 15 years of being in business and has offered free access to some of its records. Today it is World War I Draft Registration Cards. I was looking to see if I could find something new in that department, but I didn't.  I would like to share a few records I had previously downloaded for the Jowers and Gilley families from the aforementioned website.

The first card belongs to my grandfather, Hilliard Edgar Jowers. He registered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was 36 years old at the time, married about 11 years, had 3 living children: Sammy (who died almost 3 months after the date of this registration), Hubert and Mozelle, and one child on the way who was born 4 months after the draft registration date, Thomas Henry.

Hilliard Jowers lived in the country, RFD #5, near Hartford, Geneva County, Alabama. He was a farmer. He didn't list an employer's name, so he may have been an independent farmer. His birthday was written as July 27 1880, when in fact he was born on that date in 1882. I don't know why there is a discrepancy in the year. He was of medium height with a medium build, had dark brown (D. B.) eyes and black hair.

The interesting thing about this registration card escaped me the first few times I looked at it after I initially downloaded it. My grandfather probably couldn't read or write as evidenced by the "signature" at the bottom of the left page. Sandwiched between his middle and last names is this:  X and the words "his mark." I never knew about that until I saw this card. It made me a little sad to know about it. I was 10 years old when he died and he was 75 years old. That he couldn't read or write was never discussed in my family.

He was a farmer all his life, having grown up in a farming family and farmed as an adult. He and my grandmother, a farmer's wife, raised nine children to adulthood. Today we would probably view it as a hardscrabble life, but in his later years, my grandfather was able to buy a house and land in Holmes County, Florida, near the spot in the road named Leonia. I'm not sure the exact year that happened, but most of the nine children had "left home."

The remaining World War I draft registration cards were for my grandmother, Annie Gilley Jowers' five brothers. Except for Green Gilley, I have seen my grandmother's brothers at family reunions at her home near Leonia, Florida.

Marvin Gilley, born November 28, 1879, was 39 years old when he registered for the draft. His permanent address was RFD Black, Geneva County, Alabama. That's where his wife, Lula Gilley, lived. (Lula Bell Jowers Gilley was the sister of my grandfather, Hilliard Edgar Jowers.) Marvin Gilley worked as a logger for Alabama and Florida Lumber Company in Holmes County, Florida, just over the state line. At the time of his registration, September 19, 1918, he had two sons. He was tall, of slender build, with brown eyes and dark hair.

Ernest Gilley lived in Holmes County, Florida when he registered on September 12, 1918. His address was RFD #1, Noma, Holmes County, Florida. He was 34 years old, married and a farmer. He was tall,  had a slender build, brown eyes and dark hair. His wife was listed as Mrs. Ernest Gilley. (My research notes show her first name was May, but I don't know her maiden surname.) He had four children at the time.

Lee Gilley was 28 years old when he registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. His date of birth was May 20, 1889 and he was born in Newlon, Alabama. (I haven't been able to locate Newlon, Alabama on a map.) He was a farmer who worked for Leon D .... (can't figure out the last name) in Hartford, Geneva County, Alabama. He had a wife and one child. According the my research his wife was named Fannie and the daughter was Ruby Lee Gilley.  He was tall, had a slender build, had brown eyes and black hair.

Warren Isaiah Gilley, born January 18, 1894, registered for the draft on June 5, 1917. He was 23 years old. He was born in Wicksburg, Geneva County, Alabama and lived in Bonifay, Holmes County, Florida at the time of the draft. He was a logger who worked for Babois Lumber Company in Bonifay, Florida. He had a wife at the time. His wife's name was Essie, according to my research. Like his other brothers he was tall with a slender build, brown eyes, black hair.

Green Gilley was the youngest of the Gilley brothers. He was born November 27, 1897 (year is unreadable on the draft and I wrote the date from my research notes).
 He was 20 years old when he registered for the draft on September 12, 1918. He was a self-employed farmer and married to Lela M. Gilley (no maiden surname listed, but I have now learned her full maiden name was Leila Maude Steverson). They lived in Hartford, Geneva County, Alabama. He was tall and slender with BLUE eyes and LIGHT hair.

While he was the youngest Gilley brother, he was the first brother who survived to adulthood to die. He was 25 years old when he died in 1923, leaving a widow and three very young children.

So . . . there you have it for the World War I draft registration cards for the Jowers and Gilley families. To my knowledge none of them participated in the war.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Ancestry dot com

I've been spending some time the past couple days working on family trees on Ancestry. I currently have two trees: 1) a public tree named Jowers/Gilley/Langdale/Kirkpatrick Family Tree and 2) a private tree named Jowers/Gilley Family Tree.

If you are a registered member of Ancestry, you can access the public tree. That tree contains barebones information for several generations of ancestors, American and British. The private tree isn't available for viewing. I'm putting detailed information on this tree.

You can get a FREE account on Ancestry.com to see the public tree listed above and take advantage of their other free things. You don't have to pay.