Sunday, April 27, 2014

#12 – William Stanley/Standley

William is my 6th great grandfather on my mother’s side. Here is what I know about William:

Born approx. 1720 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and died October 1784 in Henry County, Virginia.  He married Judith Mullins.  They had 10 children.

There is a published will . . . . the following information came from website:

The last Will and Testament of William Stanley (sic): In the Name of God. Amen. This seventeenth day of August in the eyar of our Lord God One Thousand seven hundred & Eighty four I William Stanley of Henry County being very sick but of a Perfect Mind and Memory thank be to God for it and calling to mind the Mortality of my boday and knowing that it is appointed for all man to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament tha is to say...and first all I give and recomment my Soul to God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be busy and in a Christian like manner at the descretion of my Execuors...That is to pay all my lawfull debts to be paid. Item I give and bequeathe unto my DEARLY BELOVED WIFE JUDY STANLEY my lands and tenements and all I possess, Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Hoggs, $ Household Furniture and at her decease my GRANDSON WILLIAM STANLEY to have a Riding Mare and to young then all to be sold and equally divided amongst ALL MY CHILDREN VIZ,. MARY STANLEY, JANE MULLINGS, JOGN STANLEY, WILLIAM STANLEY, JOSSES STANLEY, ANN ATKINS. I do make and constitute my Wife Judy Stanley and my son Richard Stanley my soul executors...witnesses, John Turner, William Hunter, William Mullings. 

1785 HENRY CO., VA WILL ABSTRACTS, VOL. 1 & 11, 1777-1820: I:101 Inv and App estate of William Standley, 26 May 1775, by John Turner, William Turner and John Hunter...livestock, furniture, horses, guns...T:58.4.3 

1790 Henry Co. Wa Will Abstracts, Vol 1 $ 11, 1777-1820, page 26, I:190 
Division of estate William Standley 22 Oct 1790 by Larkin Turner, Daniel Smith, William Gurner and George Reives. Ten children. each to recieve 6.6.11 (not named) 

1791 LAND: Franklin Co., VA Roll 31496, page 170 
Feb in the year of our Lord 1791 Richard Standley,m Executor of William Standley, decd., the county of Franklin of the one part and Luke Standifer of the other part witnesseth the said Richard Standley hath and doth for and in consideration of 41 punds, 5 shillings, and 6 pence current money of VA to him, the said Richard Standley. paid, said Luke Standifer the reciept thereof. He. the said Richard Standley, doth acknowledge himself fully satisfied and paid for one tract of land which he sold unto Luke Standifer. A parcel lying in the county of Franklin on the waters of Bueerom Town Creek containing by estimate 103 acres bounded as follows...crossing a fork of the said creek to a hickory north 47 degrees to have and to hold the above mentioned tract or parcel of land in promis of fee simple and the said Richard Standley, executor of mentioned William Standley, decd doth warrand and forever defend the tract... signed Richard Standley. 

William and sons Wm., Jr., John, Richard, and Robet all took the oath of allegiance in Henry Co. in 1777 (C40) thereby making them accepted as Revolutionary War patriots by DAR. William along with sons Wm., Jr., John, Richard, and Joseph were recorded in the personal property tax lists of Henry Co also in 1783-1784 byt was replace by Judith Stanley, his widow, in 1785. Jane continued on the personal property taxlists until 1789. 1767 William and sons William Jr., and John listed in tax list of Pittsylvania Co., Virginia 

14 Oct 1772: William purchased from Shem Cook, both residence of PittsylvaniaCo, Virginia 103 acres on Bueerum of Town Creek of Smith River (Henry Co 1776-1786 and then Frankin Co. after that) being part of tract Shem Cook obtained 16 Feb 1771. Witnesses: Gideon Buches, John Heard, Amas Richardson. 

1777: Virginia, Henry County Book 1, page 94 (Henry Co. was fromed from Pittsylvania Co in 1776) 
Made this =6th day October 1777 between Shenm Cook of Henry County and the one part and William Hunter of sd county...for 200 pounds paid by Wm. on Butram Town Creek of Smith River...303 acres granted by patent to Shem Cook on 16 Feb 1771...between sd Shem Cook and William Stanley... 

1778-1780 Tax Lists of Henry Co., Virginia: 
"An alphabetical List of Tax in the County of Henry for raising a supply of money for the Service of the United States. Delivered to Archaleus Hughes, Esq., Shrif of the said County to cllect, due the 20th day of February 1780... William Standefore, John Stanley, Robert Stanley, William Stanley. William Stanley (2nd), Richard Stanley, ...George Standford..." 

1782 Personal Property tax list of Henry Co. 

1784 Henry Co. Virginia Will Abstracts, Vol. 1 and 11, 1777-1820: pg-- I:91 LWT 

WILLIAM STANLEY. very sick...17 Aug 1784 PR 28 Oct 1784. Wife JUDY STANLEY to have estate during her lifetime and at her death GRANDSON WILLIAM STANLEY is to have a horse. then the balance of the estate to be equally divided among all my CHILDREN; MARY STANLEY, JOHN STANLEY, WILLIAM STANLEY, MOSES STANLEY, RICHARD STANLEY, HANNER ROBERT STANLEY, JOSSES STANLEY, JANE MULLINGS (sic), JUDY BUCK, ANN ATKINS. Exors to be wife Judy Stanley and son Richard Stanley. Wit: John Turner, william Hunter, William Mullings. Exors Judity Stanley and Richard Stanley sec George Rives and William Mullings.

Saturday, April 26, 2014

#11 – Grades 7 & 8

Grade 7 – Junior High!  Oh, wait.  Levy failures.  Double-shift with the High School.  Closed several of the elementary schools.  The high school had 9-12 in the morning and 7-8 in the afternoons.  4-6 grades were at the Junior High.  No change for kindergartners or 1-3.

We were known as the Yellow Jackets.  Met lots of new people that came from the other schools.

I loved the library – was able to read a lot of books.  I can remember a class having walked down to the junior high for something and having a conversation with a teacher on our way back to the high school about the books I was reading.  She was amazed I was reading adult books.  I don’t think she realized that I was reading on my own since I was about 4 years old.  What was sad, was that by the time I got back to the high school, there weren’t any books left in the library that I was interested in reading.

One of my memories is walking with Scott Keating from our science class to our next class, Math.  There were several others that also were in both classes.   One day, Scott was talking with me and when we got to the Math class our teacher (Mrs. Allen) wasn’t present.  Several people decided to tease Scott & I by writing on the blackboards several things like “Marcy + Scott = Love”.  Scott was so upset, he kept erasing them (there were 3 blackboards in the classroom).  They had him jumping all over the room and I was just sitting in my seat laughing.  (I had learned that lesson from the previous year).  To make matters worse, I received a birthstone ring for Christmas from my parents.  Classmates thought it came from Scott. 

Grade 8 – We finally had a levy pass!  Schools opened back up and we were back at the Junior High (and yes, it was called Junior High and not Middle School).  I worked in the Office for one period.  Got to work the mimeograph machine!  Wow, do they even use that now?  Block class was fun – the teacher was Mr. McDermott (I had his mother (in law??) as my 5th grade teacher.  Block class consisted of English & History.  We did a lot of fun things (and the teasing that went on – even Mr. McDermott was involved! And that’s unheard of now a days).  One of the things we did was giving speeches.  I hate public speaking.  We had to write a topic on 3x5 cards.  They were collected, shuffled, and we had to take one and give a 3-5 minute speech with only about a minute prep to get your thoughts in order.  I was one of the last students (only 4-5 cards left).  Went and pulled my card and just about died when I read the topic.  (Remember me saying the teacher loved to tease . . .), the topic was “Why I liked Craig Mason”.  (He was a boy in the class that I had a crush on).  I gave the speech.  Then they said it was a joke and here are the real cards.  The real topic was about drugs.  I did worse on that then the joke.

This was also the year that I got to learn a little bit of Spanish (only the students in band or choir got to take a foreign language) during our Reading classes.  That gave me the taste that I ended up taking 4 years of Spanish in High School.

I attended several dances for the first time – sock hop and our 8th grade graduation.  Classmates did it again . . . they cornered Craig & I for a school photo.  Hmm . .  . wonder what happened to that photo?  

Saturday, April 19, 2014

#11 - Christopher Columbus Maynard

Known facts about Christopher –

·        Born in 1750 in North Carolina
·        3 Children – Christopher “One-Eyed Kitty”, Nancy & James
·        Wife’s name may be Elizabeth Greenstreet

Some people have his wife as Elizabeth Jenny Greenstreet.  Others indicate his mother is Jenny Greenstreet.  However, I haven’t seen documented sources to indicate which is true.

Found a copy of some old minutes of the Roaring River Baptist Church in Wilkes County, NC that references a Christopher Maynard, Gibson Maynard & a James Maynard in the 1790’s.  This may be this family.

My only source of information on Christopher comes from Roland B. Maynard’s book, The Maynards of East Kentucky: From Pioneers to the Tenth Generation.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

#10 Movie Time

Movies were expensive for us so we didn't go very often when I was growing up.  The earliest memory I have is when the family went to the drive-in theater.  I think it was a Disney movie like Mary Poppins or Chitty-Chitty Bang Bang.  We brought our own popcorn and I don’t think we (my brother and I) made it through the entire movie before falling asleep in the back seat.

When I was in high school, I remember meeting a girlfriend at our local movie theater (Fox Theater in Centralia, WA) and we saw “I Never Promised You a Rose Garden”.  Not what I expected.

I didn’t have any dates when I was in high school, so movies were a rarity.  Again, because we didn't have the finances.

I've gone to more movies as an adult.  The first date with my husband was at the Capitol Theater in downtown Olympia.  We saw an old Hitchcock movie (The Birds or the Rear Window – can’t remember which).  That was neat – we had popcorn and soda pop right in the seating area.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Sunshine Day means Road Trip

Today was a gorgeous day.  With taxes done and most of my personal finances caught up, we went for a Sunday drive, enjoying the beautiful Pacific Northwest weather.

We did a route that was done last fall - went to McKenna and stopped at Stewart's Meat Market for some of their delicious jerky & pepperoni.  Today, we bought the Old Fashioned Beef Jerky (it had no sugar) and Beef Pepperoni stick.  We enjoyed the jerky the most.  It tasted heavily of pepper so drank plenty of water.  The pepperoni was spicy but seemed blah.

We then headed towards Mt Rainier.  Such a beautiful sight - no cap and lots of fresh snow.  We went as far as Longmire.  Walked around and took some photos (will have to post them later).  As it was getting to be late afternoon, we decided to head back and not go up to Paradise.  Instead of heading towards Eatonville (the way we came), we headed south to Morton then took Hwy 508 towards Onalaska..  However, we didn't go all the way to Onalaska, we turned off on the Centralia-Alpha road and went to Centralia.

We ate dinner at O'Blarney's in Centralia then headed towards home with a stop at Dairy Queen in Grand Mound.

Saturday, April 12, 2014


I wanted to combine my two blogs into one.  So, at the moment I'm working on a transitional blog.  I have two pages on this blog that link to my other blogs - Sharing Memories Challenge and 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks.  Eventually, I will relocate those entries to this blog and close them out.

This will also allow me to do blogging of our various vacation trips.  So, stay tuned now that Tax time is over I will work on additional entries in the challenges.

Update 4/14/14 - old blogs have been transferred to this blog and then they were deleted.  This will make it easier for me to share entries between the various genealogical challenges out there.

Now on to new entries . . . 

#9/10 Favorite Female Relative

Hmmm.   That is a tough decision but I guess I will have to say my mother.  

Joycelyn Bea Keesee was born 22 Aug 1938 at home in the community of Glenoma, Lewis County, Washington.  Her parents are E B Keesee and Fern Reynoldson.  Joyce was their 4thchild out of 9.  When she was 2, the family had moved to Randle (just down the highway from Glenoma).  She attended some schools in Centralia, Washington when the family lived in Salzer Valley just outside of  Centralia.  She graduated from Rochester High School in 1956.

She met William Edward Kludt on a blind date that was set up by their friends.  Joyce & Bill were married 30thof Aug 1957 in Rochester.  Shortly after their marriage, they lived in Seattle, Washington.  Then they moved back to the Kludt family farm outside of Centralia in Zenkner Valley.  They lived there until 1961 when they bought their own dairy farm in Grand Mound, Washington.  In 1967, they moved back to the family farm.  They still live in the valley but not in the original home.

Joyce worked as a dental hygienist before her marriage.  Afterwards, she was a stay-at-home mom that helped run the dairy farm and the beef farm.   After my brother & I were in school, she went to work for a friend as a meat wrapper.  After the business was sold, she went to work for the Chehalis School District as a bus monitor for the special needs.

Joyce did a lot of canning and freezing produce from our vegetable garden.  She also sewed a lot of my clothes.  She currently does a lot of quilting and is currently the Superintendent of the Living Arts Department at the Southwest Washington Fair.  She is also the Family Living Director of her local subordinate Grange, Oakview #311.

Mom was my Girl Scout leader and 4-H leader.  She also helped us out as an honorary female leader when I was in Explorer Scouts Search & Rescue Post.  I learned a lot on cooking, sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery and managing finances from my mom.