Friday, April 6, 2018


April 2018

I decided to continue using the 2016 A to Z logos since I had created the pages but not the posts.  I have over 20,000 people in my family tree so have lots of possibilities for posts.


My Maternal Great (x3) Grandmother is Phariba Hatfield.  Don't you just love that first name!  So far, I haven't found any other family members with that name other than her oldest daughter.  Of course, Phariba was born in 1795 so that makes records pretty scarce, especially when you are unable to travel to the family locales.  

I've tried to see if there was a family connection to the infamous Hatfield's of the Hatfields and McCoys, but other than that Phariba was born in Virginia, I can't make the connection.  Just discovered another tree that has her birthdate as 1791 which makes more sense.  Her first child was born in 1808. Looks like she had 18 children including three sets of twins.  No wonder there are 139 members in her DNA Circle on

Some confusion as to her date of death.  Some people have it at 1840, but I found her in the 1850 census so I believe she died sometime in the 1850's since I couldn't find her in the 1860 census.

Monday, January 29, 2018

G is for George

Well, I wrote this a couple of years ago and never published it.  So decided to go ahead and publish it now.

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.  Each blogger can choose whatever subject matter they want.

Obviously, my interest is in Genealogy (categorized as History/Mythology for the Challenge), so I'll be posting short bios of my or my husband's ancestors.  Hopefully, this will give me the incentive to keep it up, at least for a month. Who knows, it might create a good habit.  

(b 30 April 1850 - d 27 Jan 1933)

One of the first things I remember learning about my Great Grandfather was the fact that he was named George Washington.  This was kind of funny because my Mother's 3 Grandfathers were all named for Presidents.  George Washington Strunk, Abraham Lincoln Weddle, and her Step-Grandfather, Thomas Jefferson Jeffers.  
George W  Strunk and Dillie McDonald marriage record.

George married Dillie McDonald on 18 Nov. 1875.   They had 13 children.

His family in the 1900 Census
Dillie died in 1901.  In 1902, George married Lizzie Lancaster Toomey and added three step-daughters to the family.  The oldest Step-daughter, Mabel Toomey married his son, Edward Luther Strunk.

Snapshot of George on Marsh Creek probably taken in the years shortly before he died in 1933.