Wagon Trains West

Wagon Trains West

Friday, May 2, 2014

Samuel's Bible

Samuel's Bible
(Samuel Pounds was my 4 great grandfather)

Samuel Pounds brought the bible with him to Indiana and Illinois when he migrated from North Carolina to Illinois in l813 or 1814. Samual Pounds, who died in Illinois, gave this Bible to his son, Joseph Pounds, who gave it to his sister, Naomi Pounds Cooper, who at the death of Joseph Pounds, adopted his son, her nephew, James Reynolds Cooper (born Pounds) and I am passing it. This Bible was brought to Nebraska shortly after the Civil War in 1865 or 1866 when Naomi Pounds Cooper came with her husband. T. L. Cooper. They settled in Johnson County, 8 or 9 miles southeast of Tecumseh. The Bible was carried by Samuel Pounds during his service in the War of 1812. While not a regular enlisted man in the U. S. forces he acted as scout and guard for the U.S. Troops.

Taken from "The Days of a Midwesterner" by Col. A. T. Cooper, autobiography, #92078 in library.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Lenna Wilburn Earp, 1895-1914 

I was born in Adair County Kentucky in 1895. My parents lived in Little Cake, if you can imagine a name like that. My dad was a day laborer--didn’t have his own farm.

I don’t remember just when it was that Daddy brought us all to Oklahoma Territory, but I do remember we lived on a farm in North Keokuk Township in Lincoln County near the big town of Stroud. I was fourteen and Daddy had his own farm.

On the next farm was a boy named Hughie Earp, which was homesteaded by his parents, and he was seventeen. I liked this blonde, blue-eyed man, so different from me with my brown eyes and long dark hair. He must’ve felt the same way for we married in 1912. He was nineteen and I was seventeen. Our parents thought we were too young to know what we were doing, but Hughie did a man’s work all day with his dad in the fields and raising horses, and I knew how to keep house and take care of kids. I had little brothers and sisters.

Two years later we had a baby boy, and we named him Kenneth Hugh. He had my brown eyes and dark hair. Then eight days later I was dead from an infection. The doctor had come from delivering a baby calf at a neighboring farm and hadn’t washed his hands good afterward.

They buried me in Black Cemetery northwest of Stroud. Hughie put up a beautiful tombstone there. It says, "We Shall Meet Again," and "Gone But Not Forgotten".

And his sister Coy wrote a nice obituary. It told how I was converted and joined the church, and about my marriage and the birth of baby Kenny. I liked the little poem at the end.

 Lenna F. Wilburn Earp 1895-1914
"Heaven retaineth now our treasure of earth. The lonely casket keeps
and the sunbeams love to linger where our sainted loved one sleeps."

I don’t know about "sainted," but Elder Perkins preached, it said, "in the presence of a large audience."
Note: Lenna is buried in Black Cemetery, N.W. of Stroud, Lincoln Co., OK. She was the first wife of Hugh E. Earp, my grandfather.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Wart Hogs, Mama Hens and FAG

One of the most rewarding genealogy sites online is FAG or Find-A-Grave. It is so special and fulfilling to be able to build a memorial to one of one's loved ones. There are some of us, like myself, who only build memorials to our family members. There are also those who have taken it upon themselves to survey a whole cemetery and record all of the graves with pictures as well as interment information. These people find great fulfillment in doing this public service and I am grateful for the hours they spend in this effort.
The problem comes when these people who do the survey and record graveyards for a hobby, etc. feel like they own these memorials just because they created them. Instead they should look on this effort as a contribution to the community and be more than willing to pass the care of these memorials on to family members who desire to own, contribute to and cherish these memorials. When she or he decides that he owns a certain memorial and sits on it like a wart hog or a big fat mama hen spreading her wings over her baby chicks, then the FAG community is not being well served.
What is there to do when this happens? Right now there is not a lot one can do. Recently I heard that Ancestry.com had purchased FAG and I have hope that this situation will be changed and that some other FAG systems will be changed to work more efficiently. The rules for passing on the care of a memorial to another person need to be changed so that the original creator cannot  refuse to share the memorial just because they feel possessive and don't want to give up their ownership rights. Now if the original creator is family, that is one thing, and that person should not have to release the ownership. However if she or he is not a family member and created the memorial in the process of surveying the cemetery, then he or she should be required to pass on the care of the memorial to a family member upon request. I know that FAG has some guidelines similar to that, but they are much too stringent. They should be changed.