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Yes, That's Me Fencing!

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I mentioned not so long ago on this blog that I started doing fencing again over the summer. It seems like it was just the thing I was missing. I have to say it has been challenging. I am still trying to figure out how to fence in the body that I have now. You know the one that has birthed a couple of kids and is bit slower and heavier than it used to be. I wrap my knees now before practice and have a bottle of ibuprofen ready for afterwards. The good news is I've lost a few pounds and toned up quite a bit.
This whole process I am going through right now is about challenging myself and leaving my comfort zone behind. Being an introvert makes it all too easy for me to want to just stay up in my house and do nothing. Well that's not exactly true. I have to take care of the house and be there for my kids and husband.




Oh yeah and there's that darn  genealogy addiction that keeps acting up. 

Yes, that's me fencing up top on the left. I attended a tournament at Binghamton Univer…

More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas: Red Rock Canyon

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I am so bad at keeping up with the pictures I take. I still have so many to share from the fun summer the family and I had. These were taken at Red Rock Canyon which is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas. 


























52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #37 Margaret E Whitney Green --A Large Family Is All She Ever Knew

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Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:   Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 37 (September 10-16) –Feature an ancestor who had a large family or who was a member of a large family.

This week's ancestor was born into a large family and then later had a large family of her own. She's from my maternal side of the family on my Whitney branch. She's my 1st cousin 3x removed Margaret E Whitney Green.

Margeret E Whitney was the oldest daughter of my 2nd great grand uncle, Augustus Whitney and his first wife, Susan Ann Burns. Here's how Margaret and I are connected.



Margaret was born on December 31, 1866 in a part of Hyde County, NC called Lake Comfort. She was the oldest in a family of ten children. Well, actually eleven (One of her sisters died in childhood.) Now to me ten is a lot but for Margaret,…

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #36 William Henry Jones --Postmaster of Morehead City

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Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:   Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.


Week 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living: September 7 is Labor Day in the United States. Write about an ancestor and his or her occupation.

This week's ancestor is William Henry Jones, my maternal 2nd great grand uncle. He was a brother of my 2nd great grandfather Alexander Hamilton Jones and resided in Morehead City, NC.

From my Jones family line, I've found quite a few ambitious individuals. William most definitely was one of them. An interesting thing I learned about William Henry is that he was at one time the postmaster of Morehead City. That's right, an African American postmaster in North Carolina and before 1900!


Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line…

Tombstone Tuesday: Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones and Ula Goodrich Jones

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Image courtesy of Find A Grave. Find A Grave Memorial# 141405508, Created by: Paul R.
Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones Sr. (b. 1888--d. 1943) Ula Goodrich Jones (b. 1889--d. 1955) Arbutus Memorial Park Arbutus, Baltimore County, MD

Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones Sr. was my 1st cousin 3x removed. His father, William Henry Jones and my 2nd great grandfather, Alexander Hamilton Jones, were brothers. You can read more about Dr.Oscar Dunn Jones and Ula Goodrich Jones in these posts:
Sunday's Obituary: Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones
Amanuensis Monday: The Will And Probate Record Of Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones.
Amanuensis Monday On Tuesday: Probate Record Of Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones --Part two
Sunday's Obituary: Another Obituary Reveals Clues.
Looking For Clues On The Life Of Ula Goodrich Jones

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture

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Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook Photo Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Dorothy Thelma Pierce 

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days: Many kids have returned to school by this time. What do you know about your ancestors’ school days? Do you have any yearbooks? Have you found him or her in a local school census?

I decided to go along with this week's prompt because I love this yearbook picture I found of a cousin of mine and this seemed like the perfect time to share it. The picture is of my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond.

Here's how Dorothy and I …

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #34 Louis Oliver Jones --My 2nd Great Grand Uncle

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Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.
I am going to try and knock out a couple of posts in the next couple of days so I can finally get caught up on my 52 Ancestors posts. Something had to give this summer and for me that was slowing down on how often I blogged. I wanted to refocus my energies on getting healthier and starting an exercise regimen again. Woohoo! I've been successful. I've gone back to the sport I had a blast with while I attended college and that is fencing. 
Not this...

...but rather this

Now I'm no Olympic class athlete, not even close.  I have to say I'm having fun and I'm actually learning a few things too. So here's to getting fit :)
Okay, back to genealogy. Ancestor #34 is Louis Oliver Jones who was a maternal 2nd great grand uncle …