Surname Tree

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I created my Surname Tree at You can choose from different shapes and colors and order t-shirts, mugs, bags, etc., with your creation on them. I think it’s a cute idea and a perfect way to introduce some more of my family…

The surnames in this tree are those of my 16 great-great grandparents:

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Happy Birthday Grandma


This coming Tuesday, August 13th, would have been my grandma’s 96th birthday. I can’t imagine my grandma 96 years old. She died in 2000 at the age of 83, but so many of my memories of grandma are from when I was a young girl in school. When I think of her, that’s the grandma I see in my mind.

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Great Grandpa Tom Coleman

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Tom died in 1934 at the age of 49. He became ill while out working in the field with my Grandpa Everett, who was only 14 years old at the time. Grandpa managed to help his dad back to the house where Tom died a short time later. According to the death certificate, Tom died of paralysis. After a little research, I found that death certificates from that time period often listed paralysis for strokes and polio. Based on information from the family, it sounds like it was a stroke that was the cause of death.

Tom died on November 14, 1934, and was buried on the hillside near his home.

Hit By C&O Railroad Locomotive

Death Cert. Green H. ThackerGreen Harmon Thacker was my Great Grandma Molly Coleman’s dad. I didn’t know anything about Green until I started researching my family history. I had never heard any stories about him from my dad or Grandpa Everett.¬†Green was born on September 10, 1865, and died on September 15, 1939. His parents were Greenville Thacker and Molly Blackburn.

Green married Rachel Kendrick on February 15, 1887, at the age of 21. He and Rachel had 9 children including Grandma Molly (I assume she was named after Green’s mother, Molly).

According to his death certificate, Green was killed instantly after being hit by a C&O Railroad Locomotive. I was very surprised when I first read this information. I would think that this would have been a story known to my dad. Again, I had never even heard his name mentioned. I did ask dad about this, and he said he had never heard anything about Green’s death. By the time I had found this death certificate, my Grandpa Everett had already passed away.

Some time a few years later, I did get a chance to talk to my grandpa’s sister, Madge, about their Grandpa Green. I was very curious at to the details of Green’s death. What happened to cause a 74-year-old man to be hit by a train? Was alcohol involved or did he suffer from some sort of dementia? Could there have been any foul play? Well actually, it was none of the above. According to Aunt Madge, her Grandpa Green was very hard of hearing. He was evidently walking on the tracks and simply didn’t hear the train.

No drinking and no mysterious circumstances, at least not that we know of anyway. Still though a very tragic, gruesome death.

Zola’s Wedding Trip

Zola Bell Fields

My grandmother, Zola Bell Fields (1923-1970), was born at her parents’ home on Frozen Creek of Raccoon in Pike County, Kentucky. Grandma had never been out of Pike County until she traveled to Kansas to get married.

She met Lawrence Arnett (1916-1981) while he was home on leave from the Army and they fell in love. Some time later she traveled by herself on the bus to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, so that they could marry. They were married on the base by the Army Chaplin on May 1, 1943. My grandparents were invited to dine at the Captain’s table that evening. One food served was turtle soup, something new to the both of them.

Grandma Zola spent a week there with her new husband before he had to ship out to the Solomon Islands. She returned home by herself and waited for him to return from the war, 29 long months later.