Friday, June 17, 2011

Add Another to the Tree

Our family trees just aren't about the past, but the present too.

Today, we welcome my niece Mandy into the Griffith family!!!  Congratulations to my brother & sister-in-law!

I hear she's gorgeous, but seeing as I haven't gotten to see her yet, we'll await further judgment for a later date.  :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Virgle E. Griffith

It isn't always direct lineages we find when looking for our family history.  Last week, I came across a record on that made me sad, but supported a theory I had from an incorrect census record.

You see, James & Stella Griffith had a son named Virgil.  He was born April 18, 1900, and passed away September 1, 1900.  He's buried in Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Coalmont, Clay County, Indiana.  I want to give a heartfelt "Thank you" to Miss Amanda Trill who originally photographed his burial location, then posted it on Find A Grave.  When I contacted her regarding the dates originally listed on the web page, she went back through her pictures and confirmed his dates for me.  She then transferred his memorial page to me so he can be with family.

Virgil was only five months old when he passed away.  The 1900 US Census had him living with his mother and father.  Sadly, he's listed incorrectly on that same Census as being born in 1880, but only 1/12 (1 month old) - the same year his father was born.  I've been looking for confirmation of exactly when he was born.  Thanks to Miss Trill, we now know.  Had it not been for that incorrect census, my curiosity wouldn't have been aroused, and I wouldn't know who he is or what happened to him after that census.

You can view his memorial page by clicking here.

One little boy made his mark on the world, and now, Great Great Great Uncle Virgle, you can rest easy.

Image Courtesy Amanda Trill.  Aug. 14, 2010