MckLinky Monday: Family History

Today I am asking about family history. My son has been very interested lately and that's what has had me digging up information for him. Luckily it's just one more thing my mom happened to pass to me...a big 'ol folder filled up with history from her family, mainly her mother's side, actually. This was something she worked on for many years, and what found us as Cherokee Indians, complete with registration cards.

But there is so much more in that folder. It goes back to 1746 when the first ancestors came over on a boat named Peggy from Hielbronn, Germany through 26 custom's ports. There were marriages and inter-weavings, and then blending of Indian blood.  Our family actually moved west here to Oklahoma directly ahead of the Trail of Tears.  They ended up in Pryor Creek, where then my great grandmother and her siblings became orphans when her father was shot and killed and then later her mother died.  Her father was murdered and the news stories were published in the Daily Oklahoman and Pryor Papers in September of 1908. We even have those clippings in the folder!  Also, in there is a copy of the hand written testimony of my great grandmother. Luckily, her Aunt and Uncle were able to find her and the siblings and raise them after they were orphaned. 

(Diagonal up left of Hearst story is the Waybourn murder. Levi Waybourn was my great grandmother's father)

(Waybourn's death center story)

(Great Grandmother Sadie's testimony at age 18 in 1921)

My mother also asked my grandmother and her sisters to write all their childhood memories down.  There are some very funny, interesting stories and memories in there!  I am so glad to have their personal stories. I highly recommend you have your older relatives do this if you are so lucky to still have them around. It's so interesting to read about their past from their viewpoint.

For my son, I was able to tell him what he wondered about his great great uncles and grandfathers in WWI and WWII. About his 4th cousin killed in Vietnam and listed on the "wall".  And about our relative Frank David Tincup who was a pro baseball player for Kansas City, Seattle and LA Angels. Perhaps this is where he gets his love of baseball? By far he was most intrigued by the fact someone died by being kicked by a mule back in 1904 and that another relative Asa, went missing in 1903 and was last heard of sometime in 1952? What a mystery there! 

As for the rest of our family story, I know there is some kind of published book somewhere in my grandmother's house about my dad's father's side. There is a lot more Indian in my family too from my dad's mother's side, but it's the kind that can't be proven, just spoken of now. My mom had a dream of making our whole family history project into a book as well and maybe someday I can finish that for her, adding in some more things I might find. 

If you are wondering about your own history, then I urge you to start asking those still alive with you today! Ask them to list all the names they can remember, that is how I remember my mom getting started back in the early 90's when my great grandmother was still here to share with us.  It was from there that she sought out the many records at public libraries here, there, and everywhere, and then happily Roots Web, were founded. When she started, there was very little on the Internet and we spent lots of hours in the library looking at microfiche. Do you even know what microfiche are? HA! That's a whole other history lesson.

Whatever your past, I hope you have the chance to share it with your future.  I'd also be happy to help in anyway I can! Just leave me a note in the comments and I can try and answer any questions.

Happy History Hunting,
Mrs. Sinclair

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