Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Tombstone Exposed: John Clementine and Kissiah Abbie Willite

Some folks may think that the pursuit of our ancestors in cemeteries is a bit strange.  However, to those of us bitten by the genealogical bug, cemeteries are absolute gold mines of information and high on the list of places to visit to further our research.  Unfortunately, time and the elements have a way of eroding the tombstones of the dearly departed and can make them very difficult to decipher.  Such is the case with the monument marking the final resting place of my second great grandparents on my mother’s side of the family—John Clementine Fisher (b. 15 Oct 1866, d. 22 Jan 1926) and Kissiah Abbie Willhite (b. 23 Feb 1869, d. 1907).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Henry Elbert Wright: A Family Renaissance Man!

During my trip to Springfield, Missouri last year, I had the opportunity to interview many relatives and combine that information with multiple visits to the Springfield Green County Public Library for additional research on a number of family lines. One of my most pressing research goals was to learn more about my maternal great grandmother Pearl Davis’ first husband, Henry Elbert Wright (b. 8 Jan 1874, d. 1 Apr 1908). I actually descend from Pearl’s marriage to her second husband, Frank Grover Fisher and am not directly related to Henry Wright. However, he has been a fascinating figure I have wanted to learn more about for years.