Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Old Family Photos

Just thought I'd share a few of the hundreds of my family heritage pictures that I'm compiling for my heritage site.  I have a wonderful, godly heritage and love old pictures.  When I was born, I was blessed to have 1 great-great grandmother still living, as well as, 3 Great-grandfathers, 4 Great-grandmothers and all my grandparents.  Both sets of grandparents (Papaw & Mamaw Renison and Popie & Marmie Journey) are still going strong and my children are so blessed to have them still around!

John "Scrappy" & Veva Wakefield Family
 (My Dad is the second from right on the front row in the white shirt)

My family (In the early 1970's in Grass Valley, CA)

The Willie & Nonie Renison Family
 Their two sons Jack and Jerry and their families.

Papaw Jack and Mamaw Olliefaye Renison
Larry (my Dad), Danny & Debbie

My Great-Granparents, Willie & Nonie Renison
and their sons Jerry & Jack (my grandpa)

The Lon McDaniel Family
My Grandmother (my Mom's Mom) Lorene Journey is in the back row- third from left.

My Great Grandparents - John Seburn and Vicky Viola Journey

My Grandparents Lonnie and Lorene Journey
and two of their girls, Linda (my Mother) and Beverly Applegarth

My Great-Great Grandpa - Benjamin Franklin Carlton
My Grandma Olliefaye (Wakefield) Renison is the little girl on the left.

The Benjamin Carlton Family
My Great-Grandmother, Veva Carlton Wakefield, is the little girl in the front.

This is a pic of my Great-Great Grandmother Fannie (Smith)Renison and some of her family.
Her son Willie pictured on the left is my Great Grandfather.

My Great-Great Grandmother Antoinette (Smith) McDaniel
Believe it or not, she was still alive when I was born... I have a picture of her and I somewhere.

This is a pic of my Grandma (Lorene Journey, front row on left) and her sisters.  They had a singing group.

My Great Grandparents - Lon and Minnie McDaniel

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Celebrating 19 Years!!!

Wedding Day
February 17, 1990
Stockton, CA

Still in love and having fun!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

George Washington trivia: 

Washington was the only Founding Fathers to free his slaves. 

The nation's capital, along with 1 state, 31 counties and 17 cities (Maybe 18 counting the town of "George," in central Washington State) are named in his honor. 

He was the only president who did not live in Washington D.C. 

As a farmer, Washington grew marijuana on his farm and promoted its growth. (In the 1790s, the crop was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization. It was many years later that the recreational and illegal use of marijuana became popular.) 

As a farmer, he is credited with introducing the mule to America. 

He was the first Mason to serve as president. 

He was the only president to win a unanimous vote of the Electoral College.

Washington's 2nd Inaugural Address was the shortest ever delivered - 135 words. 

George Washington started school when he was six years old. He left school at 15 to become a surveyor because his mother couldn't afford to send him to college. 

At 26, he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow who already had two children, Jackie and Patsy. Washington never had any children of his own. 

At six feet, two inches tall, and 200 pounds, he was one of our biggest presidents. 

Some of his favorite dishes were cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms. 

He bred hound dogs that he treated like members of the family. He gave some of them unusual names: Tarter, True Love, and Sweet Lips. 

Toothaches bothered him for years. When he was 57, he had all his teeth pulled. From then on, he wore ivory false teeth set in a silver plate. 

Although he helped plan the nation's new capital city that was named for him, he never lived there. New York City and, later, Philadelphia were the nation's capitals while he was president. 

Abraham Lincoln Trivia: 

Lincoln was seeing the play "Our American Cousin" when he was shot. 

Lincoln was the first president to have a beard while in office. He grew his beard out of the suggestion of an 11 year old girl. 

Lincoln, Nebraska was named after Abraham Lincoln. 

Abe Lincoln's mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, died when the family dairy cow ate poisonous mushrooms and she drank the milk. 

A plot was developed to steal Lincoln's body, so a secret society to guard his tomb was formed. 

Lincoln was the tallest president. He was 6 feet and four inches tall. 

Lincoln once had a dream right before the fall of Richmond that he would die. He dreamt that he was in the White House, he heard crying and when he found the room it was coming from he asked who had died. The man said the President. He looked in the coffin and saw his own face. A week later Lincoln died. 

Lincoln was shot on Good Friday.  

Robert Todd Lincoln arrived too late to stop three separate presidential assassinations. He met his father, President Abraham Lincoln, at the theatre after John Wilkes Booth had fired the shot. He went to a Washington train station to meet President Garfield, arriving only minutes after he was shot. And, he traveled to Buffalo, New York to meet President McKinley, but got there after the fatal shot had already been fired.  

Lincoln had a cat named "Bob," a turkey named "Jack," and a dog named "Jib." 

He was the first president to be photographed at his inauguration. John Wilkes Booth (his assassin) can be seen standing close to Lincoln in the picture. 

Lincoln was the only president to receive a patent, for a device for lifting boats over shoals. 

Lincoln's brother, half-brothers, and brothers-in-law fought in the Confederate Army. 

Lincoln's favorite sport was wrestling. 

Lincoln worked as a deck hand on a Mississippi flatboat.   

Lincoln had a wart on his right cheek, a scar on his thumb from an ax accident, and a scar over his right eye from a fight with a gang of thieves. 

John Wilkes Booth's brother once saved Abraham Lincoln's son's life. 

Abe Lincoln is the U.S. president most frequently portrayed in films.  

He was named after his grandfather. 

Lincoln loved the works of Edgar Allan Poe. 

Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original thirteen colonies. He was born in Kentucky.

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