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Friday, March 15, 2019

Our Elementary Schools

My husband can remember every teacher and every student he went to school with. He went to the same school (Houston Elementary) and had the same classmates every year. But I can't. I have no recollection of the names of my 1st, 2nd and (half the) 3rd grade teachers in Elizabethton, TN. I remember the schools but not the names of the teachers. My First grade was at a new school called Harold McCormack Elementary School. But, for some reason, they moved me to Lynn Avenue Elementary School. Lynn was an old school. Someone said it had originally been the high school. It was only a few blocks from McCormack. But I spent Second grade and half of Third Grade there before we moved to Spartanburg. Elaine went to half of the First grade at Lynn before we moved and she attended Whitney the rest of her First grade and all of the Second Grade. Melinda attended all her elementary school years at Chapman. I attended a church kindergarden, then McCormack, next Lynn, then Whitney and finally Chapman during my elementary school years. That's a lot of changes for a little girl who was shy and introverted! But I did enjoy my elementary school years. Here are the digital scrapbook layouts I did of elementary school before we moved to Spartanburg.

 Lynn Elementary has been torn down but I took photos of where it used to be.



Then we moved to Spartanburg, SC and Elaine and I went to Whitney Elementary.
The old photos of Whitney were shared by Peggy Garrett Kelly on Facebook and I used them to make my digital scrapbook pages of Whitney Elementary. The school was built in 1919 on the edge of the Whitney mill village. Just a little further on was the Lawson's Fork Creek and Whitney Mill was built on Lawson's Fork in 1880. They started tearing it down in 2000. Whitney Elementary is located on Hwy 221 (aka Chesnee Highway). Established in 1932, US 221 was connected from North Carolina, from north of Cowpens National Battlefield to Greenwood, connecting the cities of Spartanburg, Woodruff, Laurens, and Waterloo. It eventually replaced SC 110, SC 10 and SC 670. It runs from Perry in northern Florida to Lynchburg in central Virginia. In South Carolina, the highway runs north to south from the Georgia state line near Clarks Hill to the North Carolina state line near Chesnee.




In the third grade, Elaine and I both had Miss Ida Beatrice "Bea" Hewitt (11/14/1907-7/24/2000). She was a sweet lady and we have fond memories of her class. Every year she had her students make paper mache birds. She would assign each one of us a bird and we had to do a report about that bird and read it to the class. Mine was the bob white quail. It seems Miss Hewitt (who never married) had lived in or near Whitney her entire life and spent her teaching career at Whitney Elementary. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Hewitt, moved to Whitney in 1904.

In the fourth grade, I had Miss Ameille Rigby (5/10/1896-9/6/1995). She was also a very sweet teacher and I have good memories of her class. We spent our recess in the mown grass at the back of the school. In the Spring, I picked her a bouquet of violets during recess. I've loved violets ever since. Our class was in the basement with windows facing the back yard of the school. She read to us Charlotte's Web. Mother had read Heidi to us and Mrs. Rigby reminded me of my Mother reading to us. Every day, after lunch, she read us a book. I didn't particularly like Charlotte's Web because it was about a spider and the spider dies. But I loved her reading to us.

They built Chapman Elementary and it opened so that I attended 5th and 6th grades there. Elaine attended 3rd-6th grades there and Melinda attended 1st-6th grades at Chapman. Just last year, Chapman closed it's doors. It has been merged with the old Houston Elementary (where Stan and his siblings went) into the new Drayton Mills Elementary (across the street from the old Houston Elementary). Here are the digital scrapbook pages I did on Chapman Elementary.

My 5th grade teacher may NOT have been Miss Rigby as this page says. I believe she was my 4th grade teacher and Mrs. Helen Bishop Kanipe was my 5th grade teacher. Or vice versa. Both were sweet teachers and I get them mixed up. I have changed it on my scrapbook page that would be used to in a printed book. Mrs. Helen B. Kanipe (3/16/1922-6/9/2014) was married to Clarence Earl "Smokey" Kanipe, Sr. She was a teacher for 45 years mostly at Whitney and Chapman. She was living in Mauldin when she and her husband died. In the Sixth grade I had Mrs. Boston. I don't remember her first name so I'm guessing here based on Google searches. She may have been Roenia Holland (6/28/1929-12/25/2000) married to a Boston and then a Foster. She was the first black teacher I had and, despite all the civil rights upheaval going on in the 1960's, it never occurred to me that it was unusual. My parents had made sure we knew that God loved every person despite color or any other characteristic. Otherwise they kept us fairly protected from the ugliness in the world. So I was not shocked or confused when I had my first black teacher. She was just my teacher and I liked her. She was, as my previous teachers had been, a very sweet woman. I seem to remember her as being a little more quiet in nature, but then all my teachers in elementary school had been gentle women. The one thing in her class that I do remember was her letting us debate a subject with half the class assigned to one side of the subject and the other half of the class assigned to the other side. I found out I was a pretty good debater, LOL! Thank you Mrs. Boston!



It was junior high and high school that I began to have a lot of problems. I had to have major surgery in the Sixth grade. It was a life and death situation and took me a long time to recover. I was very fearful and nervous, sensitive and depressed. I think I suffered my first bout of depression in the 6th grade. After that I was so high strung. I guess the hormone changes worked with my health problems and depression to create a perfect storm type scenario. I was not always in my right mind during those last 2 high school years. I didn't do drugs, sleep around or things like that. I did begin drinking and didn't know my body well enough to know how it affected me yet so I had some problems there until I learned what I could tolerate and what I didn't want any part of. I hate to feel out of control and being drunk gives me a violently sick hangover the next day. I learned, after a couple of times, that I NEVER wanted to feel that way again so I learned to stop before it got that far. But you don't know until you experience it. Unfortunately, there are those who experiment with alcohol but become addicted. So it's not something I would suggest trying. It's really best to don't do it at all because if you do experiment you could figure out how much your body tolerates and when it's time to stop OR you could find out you're an alcoholic and, having seen alcoholism up close, it's not something I would wish on my worst enemy. So it's not worth it. To insure you never become an alcoholic, DON'T even start, don't take the first drink! My problems were more depression and suicidal ideation. And I still struggle with it. Fortunately, the last 6 months of high school, I met that Harris family. Elaine had started dating Ronnie (whom she married when she turned 18) and I met the family through her. I was at a point of deep depression and needing an answer. I had been saved at 8 years old (back when we were still living in Elizabethton) and was baptized in 1967 before we moved. I was a believer and I think, if I had died, I would have gone to Heaven. I really don't remember a time in my life when I didn't know and believe in Jesus Christ. But, in high school I had gotten confused and was struggling emotionally. Just before we met the Harris', their older daughter, Kathi, began to have migraine headaches and she thought she might be dying. She went to the little church in the neighborhood where they had grown up and she got saved. Then, it spread through the family. Each one, one after the other, got saved. Elaine began attending church with Ronnie and I went with them. I re-dedicated my life and I've never looked back. Stan, the oldest, was the last one to come to church. I was sitting with Elaine and Ronnie in the tiny church. The front doors opened directly into the little sanctuary. We had just got settled when we heard the doors open and close. I looked back and there was this gorgeous man sitting in the back pew. I punched Elaine and whispered, "Who is that?!?" and she said, "That's the oldest, Stan." It was love at first sight for me. I mean, I could almost hear the angels singing and heavenly light focus on him!!! LOL!!! Sure enough, Kathi and Elaine set us up for our first date. He was 5 years older than me so he was 22 when we met and I was 17. He didn't know where to take a Christian girl so his mother suggested the Billy Graham Crusade in Asheville. We went and he got saved that night on our first date! We got married in 6 months, 3 weeks after I turned 18 years old. As of 2019, We've been married 42 years. God is good! Elaine and Ronnie have been married 40 years and Melinda and Mike have been married 38 years. We all got married at 18 yrs old, as did our Mother and both Grandmothers. It sounds very young but it worked for all of us.

Here are the digital scrapbook pages I did of Stan going back to Houston Elementary School. In 2018 they closed the doors of Chapman and Houston Elementary. They merged them into Drayton Mill Elementary School. They had an open house for "alumni" to get a last look and we went up there.



Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Our niece, Jenny, has her hands full with her husband, Kyle who is in the Air Force, 4 children, 2 dogs and a big extended family. She is beautiful inside and out. She is truly my blue jean and mink coat inspiration. She tried coloring her hair pink and the first picture is my digital scrapbook layout with her pink hair.


The pink is fading out in this next photo taken a week later. She was encouraging other Mom's who may be in the midst of a struggle on Facebook. I made this digital layout of her post and her picture.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

Thriller Thursday - Boyce Lee Harris Murder

Boyce Lee Harris was born 1/16/1916 in South Carolina to James Samuel Harris, Jr. (DOB 10/17/1886 in NC; DOD 10/1971 in Towns County, GA) and Iona "Onnie" Lee Linder (DOB 11/8/1891 in Clifton, Spartanburg County, SC; DOD 9/6/1941 in Spartanburg County, SC). He was the third of 6 children.

Boyce was the son of Iona Lee Linder
Iona Lee Linder was the daughter of Mary "Mollie" Quinn Linder
Mary "Mollie" Quinn Linder was the daughter of James Wofford Quinn, Sr.
James Wofford Quinn, Sr. also had a daughter named Susan Ann Quinn (or Susannah Quinn) who married  Zadoc Coan. They were Stan's 2nd Great Grandparents.  Therefore my husband, Stan, is Boyce Lee Harris' 2nd cousin two times removed.

I don't know of any relationship between Boyce Lee Harris' father, James Samuel Harris, Jr. and Stan's Harris line.

1920 US. Census of Morgan, Cherokee County, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1690; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 15, "James S. Harris"
James S. Harris, Head, Rent farm, M(ale), W(hite), 35 yrs old (DOB 1885), Married, Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Onnie Harris, Wife, F, W, 28 yrs old (DOB 1892), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Thomas C. Harris, Son, M, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1915), Single, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Boyce Lee Harris, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Carrie Louise Harris, Daughter, F, W, 4/12 mos old, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC

1930 U.S. Census of Spartanburg, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Page: 25A; Enumeration District: 0063; FHL microfilm: 2341946, "James S. Harris"
James S. Harris, Head, Owns farm, Owns radio set, M(ale), W(hite), 36 yrs old (DOB 1894, sic), Married at age 29 yrs old (DOM 1923), Can read and write, Born in NC, Both parents born in NC, Farmer
Onie Harris, Wife, F, W, 30 yrs old (DOB 1900, sic), Married at age 18 (DOM 1918), Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Boyce L. Harris, Son, M, W, 14 yrs old (DOB 1916), Attends school, Single, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Carry L. Harris, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1920), Attends school, Born in SC, Father born in NC, Mother born in SC
Sarah Harris, Daughter, F, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1924), Attends school, Born in SC, Father bron in NC, Mother born in SC

A photo of a small town fair in 1935

SC Death Certificate #9548, Registration District #40-A, Registered #321, Boyce Lee Harris, DOD 6/14/1935, Spartanburg General Hospital, Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC
Male, White, Single, 19 yrs old, DOB 4/1915 in SC
Occupation: Farmer
Father: James Harris, born in SC
Mother: Onie Linder, born in SC
Informant: James Harris, Converse, SC
DOD 6/15/1935 at 11:50pm
Cause of death: "Stab wound in left ventricle of the left ventricle of the heart"
Homicide
Buried: 6/16/1935 in Linder Cemetery

FindAGrave.com
Boyce Lee Harris
BIRTH 16 Jan 1916
DEATH 14 Jun 1935 (aged 19)
BURIAL Linder Cemetery, Cowpens, Spartanburg County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 29310809


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 6/15/1935, Pg 6
Youth, 19, Fatally Stabbed At Clifton
Spartanburg, June 15 - Boyce Lee Harris, 19, died here at 12:30 o'clock this morning shortly after having been stabbed in the heart at a carnival at Clifton.
James Hicks was given emergency treatment at a hospital here for wounds on the neck. Both men resided in the Clifton section.
Sheriff Sam M. Henry began an investigation of the stabbing early this morning.
Harris was a son of J.S. Harris.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 6/16/1935, Pg 7
Hicks Held In Fatal Stabbing
Witness Says Saw Him Cut Boyce Lee Harris At Clifton Carnival
Spartanburg, June 15 - A coroner's jury today held James Hicks of Converse for further investigation in connection with the fatal stabbing last night of Boyce Lee Harris, 19, Clifton, at a carnival at Clifton mill No. 1.
Luther Gossett, Pacolet youth, told the jury he saw Hicks stab Harris after Hicks had walked up to him and asked, "Do you want to settle it now?", and after Harris had replied, "I'd just as soon settle it here as anywhere."
Both men were taken to the General hospital here where Harris died 45 minutes later, Hicks was transferred to the county jail.



The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 6/21/1935, Pg 14
Boyce Lee Harris
Clifton, June 20 - Funeral services for Boyce Lee Harris, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Harris who died at a local hospital early Saturday morning, were conducted from the graveside in Linder cemetery at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Thomas B. Wilkes, pastor of the Methodist church, conducted the services, assisted by the Rev. W.H. Long, and the Rev. Jess Tomlinson.
Mr. Harris is survived by his parents, one brother, Thomas C. Harris; three sisters, Louise, Sara and Bettie Harris.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 7/25/1935, Pg 2
Jury Considers Fate Of Emory At Spartanburg
Tucapau Operative Charged With Slaying Of Bivings, Negro Fireman
Spartanburg, July 24 - Twelve jurors early tonight deliberated on the fate of Fred Emory, Tucapau mill operative, on trial for the murder of Gus Bivings, a negro fireman, in the mill village at Tucapau on June 7. No verdict had been reached after 10 hours of deliberation...
James Hicks, charged with murder, growing out of the fatal stabbing of Boyce Lee Harris at a carnival near Clifton mill, No. 1, June 15, went on trial today after the Emory case had been given to the jury. The evidence was completed this afternoon.
Witnesses for the state in the Hicks trial testified the defendant provoked the assault, cutting Harris while his arms were folded. Defense testimony indicated Harris advanced on Hicks with a knife when Hicks drew a weapon and fatally stabbed Harris while his back was against a tent at the carnival.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 7/26/1935, Pg 2
Emory Gets Life In Slaying Case
Tucapau Man Convicted Of Slaying Negro - Jury Out For 12 Hours
Spartanburg, July 25 - Fred Emory, found guilty of murder by a jury in the court of general sessions last night, this afternoon was sentenced to life imprisonment by Judge G. Dewey Oxner. Sentence was passed after Judge Oxner overruled a motion of defense counsel for a new trial. The jury hearing the case brought in the guilty verdict with a recommendation of mercy after it had deliberated 12 hours. Emory was charged in an indictment with shooting and killing Gus Bivings, a negro boiler-room worker at Tucapau mills June 7, during the progress of a strike of textile workers...
James Hicks was sentenced to a term of three years this morning after a plea of manslaughter was agreed upon Wednesday between opposing counsel and after most of the evidence in the case had been heard. Hicks was charged with murder growing out of the fatal stabbing of Boyce Lee Harris near Clifton June 14.
In ruling out the motion for a new trial for Emory, Judge Oxner told attorneys had he been sitting on the jury he "could not have accepted" Emory's self defense testimony. He said he rarely had seen a petit jury more intelligent than the one that tried the case.
Judge Oxner passed sentence on Hicks with the remark he was convinced both he and Boyce Lee Harris cut each other. Testimony of prosecution witnesses and defense evidence conflicted on this point.


Peculiar Names I've Collected

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm deeply into genealogy. I come across unusual, peculiar, bizarre names and I started a little collection. These are all first names or first-and-middle names, NOT last names. It's possible that I saw a misspelling of the names, but I have no way of knowing that unless I'm researching that person. Most of these names I come across doing my genealogy research through American records (not foreign names unless they are being used in America). I have yet to cross the ocean in my researches. These names are amazing and I have them grouped by male unusual names and female unusual names.

Male Names

Abel Everel
Abie Dubert
Agee
Alanson
Allefaire
Alma Zemira
Alopholus
Aloysius
Alti Minton
Ambrister
Ammons Hollingsworth
Amzi
Amzy
Aradara
Arbutus
Arenus
Armester
Armistan
Armister Heath
Arphad
Asaberry
Asaph
Asberry
Asbury
Ashcraft
Ashery
Atticus Granville
Aubrey
Auburn
Aulyses
Aven
Averitte
Avon
Aydlette
Azry
Balthazar
Barnabotte
Bathus
Beriah
Berius
Berriman
Besar
Bevlin
Birdell
Bolin
Bowater
Boxter
Breckinridge Stovall
Breece
Brockden
Brockholst Livingston
Bronny
Broughton
Brownlow Onis
Bruice
Buell
Burgin
Burgwyn
Burlin
Burnan
Busta
Cadwallader Colden
Calleflower
Carlos Felda
Carmi
Carmon Selathian
Caulie
Charner
Chesley
Chevis
Chrisanberry/Christenberry
Cicero
Clegg
Clennie
Cleophus
Clois/Cloyce
Clonnie Elgin
Clynch
Clyton
Constant
Coriolanus
Coyett
Craighead
Croker Candor
Croson
Crowson/Croson
Cryel
Curge
Curgus
Cuthbert
Cutliff
Cyldren
Damcold
Darling
Daven
Deck
Dellard
Deotis
Deusenberry
Devaud
Devotion
Diecary
Doctor Gradon
Dolphus Shadric
Dorris
Doss Dee "Dossie"
Doyne
Drifty
Drude
Dunston
Durwood
Earsy Orville
Eben
Eiman
Elbrage
Elcana
Eldon
Eldredge Bryson
Electer
Eleven
Eliphelet
Elippalett
Eliphus/Eliphas
Elivan
Elkanah/Elcanah/Elcana/Elkana/Elcany
Elmer Alberta
Elzaja
Elzaphan
Elzie
Ephrioditus
Epter
Ersey Orville
Esculapius
Esmore Durant Ashmore
Espie Aldon
Estill
Eulas/Eulis
Evastus
Exie
Falkan
Festus
Fidelia
Finis
Flake
Flave
Flay
Fleenor
Floy
Folane
Fontain
Free
Freebie
Frontes
Gadberry
Garnold
Garriot
Garson
Gassaway/Gazaway
Gaved
Gemirah
Gibboney
Gillom
Girley
Gland
Goolspring
Gotch
Grandison
Granville
Green DeBerry
Greenberry/Greenbury
Greenlee
Greenup
Grogan
Gurdine
Gust
Hanch or Hanche
Hannibal Hill
Hant
Harcanus
Harce
Harkel
Harleston
Havones
Hegwood
Helpher
Hermes
Hieronymous
Hilbred
Himerick
Hinshaw
Hinton Helpher
Hobgood
Homa
Hord
Hovey Bristow
Hudie
Hummie
Hurley
Hurstel
Ibson
Ignitions
Ireland
Irenus
Irenus Portepart
Isham
Ivor
Japaul
Jaran
Jarvis Selathian
Jehiel
Jerusha
Jock Delves
Joeberry
John Fant
Josslyn
Judethan
Juel
Juke
Kasmer
Kindred
Kinion
Knighton
Lacy
Lake Carnegie
Lawful Wright
Leander
Leaner
LeCont
Lecoy
Lemming
Lemon
Leonidas
Lessie
Lightner
Lihue
Lince
Lippitt
Locke
Loda
Lovere
Lowe/Low
Loyon
Lycurgus
Lyntine
Lyther Foy
Malice or Milas
Manatheniel
Mancil
Mangle Minthorne
Manly Dolphus
Manzona
Masirah
Mastin
Mawgan
McCagga
Melchoir
Melmoth
Melmouth
Meribah
Merida
Micager
Michaelberry
Milas
Milledge
Milligan
Mina
Mitt
Mixon
Monco
Mondon Brisco
Montravile/Montreville
Montseniur
Moosebruggers
Morlton
Mostyn
Mott
Needham
Neely Pameanus
Nelius
Netherton
Oberian
Offie
Offut
Oklah
Oliphant
Omer
Oneomous
Oney
Orlistus
Otheniel
Otho
Othur
Pallas
Pardee Chapel
Parley
Parthemus
Partridge
Paschal
Percival Clovis Adelbare
Perno
Perno D. Head
Petticord
Pettigrew
Pharmon
Phibben
Philander
Philpott
Picket
Pinckney Decalve
Pines
Pingree
Pizort
Pleadus
Pleas
Posey
Power Weathers
Poweton
Pranklin
Prather
Preserved Fish
Preserved Orphansent Fish
Prettyman
Purthenia Purple
Purvey
Puryear
Ranselear
Ransom
Rasberry
Rasmus
Rastus
Realis
Relief Crappo
Relius Dixon
Rial
Rosen Burnside
Rounae
Rouvin
Ryker
Sacheverell
Salathial
Sansberry
Sarsenet
Sefton
Selders
Selton
Shafter Arel
Sheard Sherdie Loag
Sherod
Shofford/Shufford/Showford
Shuler Lebert
Siphrous
Skipwith
Snepmard
Solden
Spyers or Spirus
States Rights
Straughlin
Swan/Swann
Swim
Talton
Tapley Gee
Tarpley
Tazwell
Thayer Soule
Thepheus
Theron
Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve "Gildy" (old radio show)
Thurl
Tolson
Torquhil
Toseland
Toy Delno
Trace
Traywick
Tresvan
Treven
Treveril
Tulius Otto
Tyre
Ubert/Urbert
Ulys
Vance Goodson
Vandyne/Vandine
Varner Vestal
Venie Joe
Venoyd
Veritas
Vites
Vogel
Void
Voille Vernell
Von
Waite Angell
Waitstill
Waitsill
Waitus
Whilden
Wiggs
Williamson
Winsberry
Wint
Workman Hardlabor
Worley
Wrestling
Yoder
Youell
Zadick
Zadock
Zaydyn
Zealotus
Zealous
Zebrel
Zenas
Zimri
Zin
Zollicoffer
Zurbey

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Female Names

Achsa/Achsah
Acmira
Adalyn
Adora
Airy
Alalee
Allifair
Alabama
Almeta
Almeta
Alpha
Alsingbeth
Althea Vertillie
Alvertia
Amassa
Amazing Grace
Amberzine
America
Americus
Ammerier
Amorette
Amorit
Annever
Appalonia
Aquilar
Arabella
Araminta Cornelia
Arbie
Arburty
Arcelia
Ardenia
Argentine
Arpantha
Artemisia
Ellafair
Artimisse
Artinsey
Asenath
Assie
Athaliah
Athlea
Aureline
Avenell
Avera
Awilda
Azubah
Azzie Lepsy
Bank Minervia
Barzella
Bashi
Beada
Benona Anceline
Berdell/Byrdelle
Bertia
Bethia/Bethiah
Bineta
Bliss
Bomhardina
Booke Trout
Brynlee
Burtis
Calpernia
Cansadia
Catterout
Ceovia
Charlsie
Charolette
Chassie
Civilla
Clarcia
Clemia Euphemia
Clemmie
Clevie
Clora
Cloris
Cloteel
Clovie
Colista
Conette
Crescentia
Cunigunda
Decia
Delcuria
Deliska
Delodious
Dessie
Diadema
Dimariah
Dimple
Dixie Mahatma Fair
Domasina
Dorvigella
Dosha
Dossie
Dozena
Edelyn
Edith
Evalena
Elender/Ellender
Elgeva
Elizime
Ellissiffe Americanus
Elsabe
Elvena/Elvine/Elvine
Elzada
Elzina
Era Necoma
Ercel Mae
Eshy
Estalena
Etelka
Etha Bell
Ethelwynne
Ethens
Etrulia
Eufazene
Eunicie
Eupherzine
Eusenia
Eyelebeth
Fairlee/ Fairleigh
Felicina
Fleeter Ola
Floride
Frace
Gaffelia
Gay
Gaynelle
Gertha
Glodean/Glowdeen
Goldena
Gova
Graceola
Gry
Gulielma
Gwladys
Hachaliah
Hadessa
Hamo Leaky
Hartintha
Haseltine
Helopika
Hepsabeth
Hulliett
Hypolite
Idella
Idina
Inkabo
Iola
Ione
Ipolene
Iretus
Isaphene
Isla
Istelena
Izora
Lowetia
Jalane
Jaylene
Jerene
Jestine Avalena
Kansas
Katron
Keturah
Kiziah  "Kizzie"
Laborious
Ladora
Laney Calpernia
Laodicea "Dicey"
Launia
Leava Little
Lebishea
Legare
Legunia
Leila Ransom
Lemma
Lenia
Leoma
Leonabelle
Leota
Lessie
Letherenda
Leuranah
Levicy
Lidabell
Lignum Vitae
Lockee Lou
Lodema
Loma Dessie
Loma Jenica
Londyn
Lotha Mehelia
Loudema
Loy
Luexa
Lujeet
Luldes
Lura
Lurinda
Luzena
Maclama
Madama
Madie
Mahalia
Malisega
Mardecil
Marilla "Rilla"
Mary Belzora
Mary Willie Laura Benilla Belle
Mehetible
Melcena
Melona/ Melonia
Merle
Metra
Milberry/Milbry
Minetta
Minta Lezetta
Mintor
Mittie Zelpher
Mohri Winona
Moon
Mozella
Munira
Mylantha
Nacy
Napossie
Narie
Neta
Netty Brasilla
Nevaeh (Heaven backwards)
Noaty
Noirfalise
Nomina
Northa
Obelia
Octa Ora
Octava/Octova
Odeline
Omi (sometimes it's short for Naomi, but not always)
Ondina
Ora/Orrie
Orda
Oressa
Orga
Ornali
Other
Ouida
Ozelle
Palina
Palisa
Pansey Blossom
Pardina
Parthina/Parthinia
Perlixna
Permelia
Phetoma
Phillypenia
Poplin
Punella
Purchase
Quadaisha
Racie
Ramouth
Rebelgia Hestella
Rejoice
Return
Retzy
Rhetta
Rintha Aletha
Roaney
Roburla "Burlie"
Roosevelt
Rovenia
Roxcillan
Rozella
Ruhama
Rulaney
Saba/Sabey
Sabra
Sabret
Safonsbay
Salathiel
Salomea
Samira Medlin
Saphria Louvenia
Saptrony
Sarepta Egusta
Savilla
Scholastica
Seawillow
Sedera
Sequa
Serepta Egusta
Severine
Shakema Uraih
Sharla
Sibbie
Sina
Sonora
Sophronia
Stelma
Submith
Surrilda
Tansas
Tecoa
Telitha Cumiah (Talitha is a feminine name meaning "little girl" in Aramaic, given in reference to the Biblical story in the Gospel of Mark in which Jesus Christ was said to have resurrected a dead child with the words "Talitha cumi" )
Telola
Temperance
Flowerdew
Thankful
ThankTheLord
Thazella
Theopa
Theophylline
Theresia
Thessaly
Thursey
Tintia Louvenia
Tobiatha
Tommie
Topia Lula
Trelia
Tursia
Tilmena
Uldine
Una
Ur
Urza
Valda
Valina
Vanita/Vanneta
Vara
Vatiina
Veranda
Vernelle
Vernetta
Versie
Vertia
Vestena
Vestina
Viogy
Volnora
Vunavesta
Wanema
Wealthy Sunshine
Whelempe
Ximena
Yallie
Zoda
Zelemal
Zella
Zelpha
Zelphia
Zene
Zeola
Zora Velula


Another thing I've come across are the MANY ways the name "Elizabeth" can be remade. The nicknames and variations of Elizabeth seem to go on and on! It is one of the top female names throughout the world and for a very long time. Mary, Margaret and Martha have always been very popular names as well.

The variants of Elizabeth:
Ailsa, Alsingbeth, Alzbet, Alzabeta, Alyssa, Alizabeth, Babette, Belita, Beta, Betta, Bettina, Beth, Betsy, Betty, Bett, Bet, Bella, Bethan, Bess, Bessie, Bizzy, Buffy, Elisabeth, Elisabetta, Ellspet, Ellspeth, Eliza, Elissa, Elyssa, Ellyza, Ellie, Ellen, Elsie, Elsa, Elspeth, Elza, Etti, Etty, El, Elle, Iza, Ilse, Ilsa, Issa, Isa, Izzy, Isabelle, Isabella, Isabela, Isabel, Isabelita, Lib, Libby, Lisa, Lilibet, Lilabeth, Lisa, Lissa, Liz, Lizzie, Lizzy, Lily, Lilly, Liza, Lizbeth, Lizbet, Liset, Lisette, Lyzette, Lizanne, Lisanne, Sabella, Tess, Tibby, Tizzy, Ysabel

For boys the top names have always been William, John, James. William has a lot of variants and nicknames:
Will, Willie, Willy, Wills, Willis, Bill, Billy, Billie, Liam, Willem, Illiam, Gil, Guy, Wim, Wimble, Wilby, Willaby, Wiliby,

Now I will end with a list of names that I like. If I'd had a couple of dozen children, they would have been well named! LOL!

Male Names I Love:

Robert Edward Lee "R.E.L." Harris
Jefferson "Jeff" Finis Davis Harris
William Ambrose Harris
Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson Harris
Julian Rhett Harris
Worthington Calhoun Harris
August Southerland Harris
Micah Malachi Harris
Hezekiah "Kie" Southerland Harris
Garrison Clark Harris
Hamilton Knighton Harris
Gregory Mark Harris
William Granville Harris
Jamison Gazaway Harris
Laird Stanson Harris
Eldredge Bryson Harris
Aubrey John Harris
Giles Vander Harris
Gamewell Calhoun "Cal" Harris
Armister Heath Harris
Conrad Cutlass Harris
Avery (girl or boy)
Jackson
Grayson/Greyson
Treven
Wythe
Scout
Auburn
Moncrief
Trace
Locke


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Valentine's Day Scrapbook Pages 2019

Here are the Valentine's Day digital scrapbook pages I made from photos of some of our grandnieces. The first one is Brooke, then sisters Reagan and Blaire, and Brooke's sister, Natalie, is the last one.





Thursday, February 14, 2019

Uncle James At Auburn University In The 1960's

Both of my maternal uncles, Glenn and James, attended Auburn University. I made these digital scrapbook pages of James during his years there in the 1960's. I included photos, college annual pages, his graduation photos and being in the R.O.T.C. He went on to the University of TN for his doctorate and when he got out, Vietnam was just ending and he didn't have to serve after all.

Just before his death, James pulled their old films, slides, negatives and photos had them digitalized. He shared their college films with Auburn who wrote a magazine article on them which is what the last digital scrapbook page is about.




Enjoying An Early Spring Day

Our grandnieces, Reagan and Blaire, were enjoying an early spring day playing outside last week. It was so warm. Their grandmother, Stan's sister, Kathi, snapped these photos and they were so cute that I had to make this digital scrapbook layout. It was a sparkly day (thus the scatter of gems), the sun was shining thus the rays and the chartreuse graphic. I used colors from the photos. It makes you think of Spring so the flowers reflect springtime.


Brooke Isn't So Sure About Great Aunt Sharon's Matchmaking

As a genealogist, I come across unusual, peculiar names all the time. I started keeping a running list and collecting them. It's a family joke about me and my odd collection of names. I tease the kids all the time about what I would have named them if they had been mine. And we laugh and giggle about all the strange names. Recently, I was teasing them again and telling them I had found them a perfect boyfriend or girlfriend to marry. I was texting with our niece, their mother, Jenny. I was saying they may not be goodlooking but they have weird names and then I would throw out some of the weirdest on my list of names. The older ones were howling in laughter. When I got to Brookie, she wasn't sure what to think! Her mother snapped the picture and you can tell she wasn't sure whether to laugh or if I was really serious. Anyway, we had so much fun with it and I had this picture so I had to make a digital scrapbook layout. I'll continue to tease them with awful names and they will continue to think I'm a little crazy but it sure makes us all laugh.


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

William Ashby Lee Kelly Murdered By His Son

William Ashby Lee Kelly is my husband's 3rd great uncle. As I was working on the Kelly line I came across his story. Unfortunately, I have no details or backstory to help me understand what happened. But here is what I know.

William Ashby Lee Kelly (aka W.A.L. Kelly and sometimes found as Ashley Kelly instead of Ashby Kelly) was born 7/17/1863 to Jamison Gazaway Kelly (aka Jameson Gazaway Kelly, Jamison Gasaway Kelly, Jamison Gassaway Kelly, J.G. Kelly, Jimison Gazaway Kelly, Jemmison Gazaway Kelly) (DOB 4/15/1836 in Pinckneyville, Union County, SC to Thomas Norman Kelly, Sr and Melissa Elizabeth Hames; DOD 10/5/1906 in Pinckneyville, Union County, SC) and C. Elizabeth Free (DOB 1/25/1835 in Union County, SC; DOD 1/5/1901 in Pinckneyville, Union County, SC). He was the 5th of 10 children. Jimison Kelly and Elizabeth Free had 4 boys and 6 girls and W.A.L. Kelly was the 4th child, the 3rd boy in the family.

1870 U.S. Census of Pickney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: M593_1510; Page: 484A; Family History Library Film: 553009, "J.G. Kelly"
J.G. Kelly, 35 yrs old (DOB 1835), M(ale), W(hite), Farmer, $1,800 Real Estate Value, $800 Personal Estate Value, Born in SC, Can read and write
Elizabeth Kelly, 35 yrs old (DOB 1835), F, W, Born in SC, Can read and write
Christiana Kelly (sic, Christiann Melissa Kelly), 15 yrs old (DOB 1855), F, W, Born in SC
Belton Kelly, 14 yrs old (DOB 1856), M, W, Born in SC
Silas Kelly, 11 yrs old (DOB 1859), M, W, Born in SC
Ada Kelly, 9 yrs old, M, W, Born in SC
Ashly Kelly (sic, Ashby Kelly), 7 yrs old (DOB 1863), M, W, Born in SC
Selma Kelly, 5 yrs old (DOB 1865), F, W, Born in SC
Listia Kelly (sic, Letha Kelly), 3 yrs old (DOB 1867), F, W, Born in SC
Lella Kelly (sic, Ardella "Della" Kelly), 4/12 mos old (DOB 1/1870), F, W, Born in Jan, Born in SC

1880 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: 1242; Page: 584B; Enumeration District: 158, "Jameson Kelly"
Jameson Kelly, W(hite), M(ale), 44 yrs old (DOB 1836), Head, Married, Farm laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
C. Elizabeth Kelly, W, F, 44 yrs old (DOB 1836), Wife, Married, Keeping house, Farm laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Thomas B. Kelly, W, M, 23 yrs old (DOB 1857), Son, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
A. Silas Kelly, W, M, 21 yrs old (DOB 1859), Son, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Addie Kelly, W, F, 18 yrs old (DOB 1862), Daughter, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Ashby Kelly, W, M, 16 yrs old (DOB 1864), Son, Single, Farm Laborer, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Selma Kelly, W, F, 14 yrs old (DOB 1866), Daughter, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Della Kelly, W, F, 10 yrs old (DOB 1870), Daughter, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Mary Kelly, W, F, 7 yrs old (DOB 1873), Daughter, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Wallace W. Kelly, W, M, 2 yrs old (DOB 1878), Son, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

William Kelly married Josie Thompson Turner about 1883. She was born 10/1864 in SC. They had 9 children:

1) J. Edgar Kelly (DOB 10/19/1884 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/18/1933 in SC) married ?

2) Bessie Kelly (DOB 2/25/1887 in Union County, SC: DOD 9/1978 in Spartanburg, Spartanburg County, SC) married Benjamin Griffin Faucett (DOB 9/6/1891 in SC; DOB 12/25/1957 in Union County, SC). They had William Monroe Faucett, Jack Griffin Faucett, Sr., Bessie Kelly Faucett, Helen G. Faucett, Marjory H. Faucett.

3) Barth Jeter Kelly (DOB 8/5/1889 in Union County, SC; DOD 6/26/1968 in Jonesville, Union County, SC) married Beatrice Faucett (DOB 2/14/1888 in SC; DOD 8/17/1969 in Jonesville, Union County, SC). They had Mattie Louise Kelly, Frances W. Kelly, Mary Josie Kelly, Margaret Evelyn Kelly, Barth Jeter Kelly Jr., Letha Faye Kelly, Martha Ferol Kelly.

4) William "Billy" Thomas Norma Kelly (DOB 2/22/1892 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/24/1922 in Union County, SC) married Lady Pauline A. Lancaster (DOB 7/4/1898 in SC; DOD 5/27/1934 in Union County, SC). They had Robert Hayne Kelly, William "Billy" Kelly.

5) James Barto Kelly (DOB 8/6/1894 in Union County, SC; DOD 11/27/1953 in Union County, SC) married Ossie Mae Proctor (DOB 6/14/1907 in SC; DOD 6/26/1981 in Union County, SC). They had William Ashby Kelly, James Ellis Kelly, Geraldine Kelly, Bill Kelly.

6) Andrew Broadus Kelly (DOB 1/19/1897 in Union County, SC; DOD 7/1982 in Inman, Spartanburg County, SC) married Grace Sprouse (DOB 6/9/1904 in SC; DOD 8/13/1968 in Union County, SC).

7) Elizabeth Kelly (DOB 2/1/1900 in Union County, SC; DOD 6/13/1994 in Pauline, Spartanburg County, SC). Never married.

8) Dewey Kelly (DOB 6/21/1903 in Union County, SC; DOD 2/10/1993 in Union, Union County, SC) married Myrtle Eaves (DOB 10/9/1917 in Union, Union County, SC; DOD 6/21/2007 in Union, Union County, SC). They had Louise M. Kelly, Elizabeth Catherine Kelly, Thomas Turner Kelly.

9) Wallace T. Kelly (DOB 11/26/1906 in Union County, SC; DOD 11/1/1944 in ? ). Never married. Died during WWII. He was in U.S. Army, 7th Infantry, Co. D, Sergeant.

1900 U.S. Census of Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina; Page: 2; Enumeration District: 0073; FHL microfilm: 1241544, "W. Ashby Kelly"
W. Ashby Kelly, Head, W(hite), M(ale), Born July 1863, 36 yrs old, Married 17 yrs (DOM 1883), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm with mortgage
Josie T. Kelly, W, F, Born Oct, 1864, 35 yrs old, Married 17 yrs, 7 children with 7 living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Edgar Kelly, Son, W, M, Born Oct, 1884, 15 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer
Bessie Kelly, Son, W, F, Born Feb, 1887, 13 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer
Barth Kelly, Son, W, M, Born Aug, 1889, 10 yrs old, Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer
William Kelly, Son, W, M, Born Feb, 1891, 9 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Barlow Kelly (sic, Barto Jeter Kelly), Son, W, M, Born Aug, 1894, 5 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Brandus Kelly (sic, Andrew Broadus Kelly), Son, W, M, Born Jany, 1897, 3 yrs old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Elizabeth Kelly, Daughter, W, F, Born Feb, 1900, 4/12 mos old, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1910 U.S. Census of Union and Kelly Road, Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T624_1474; Page: 25B; Enumeration District: 0118; FHL microfilm: 1375487, "William A. Kelly"
William A. Kelly, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 46 yrs old (DOB 1864), 1st Marriage, Married 27 yrs (DOM 1883), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer, Can read and write, Owns farm with mortgage
Josie T. Kelly, Wife, F, W, 45 yrs old (DOB 1865), 1st Marriage, Married 27 yrs, 9 children with 9 still living, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Edgar Kelly, Son, M, W, 26 yrs old (DOB 1884), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Bessie Kelly, Daughter, F, W, 23 yrs old (DOB 1887), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Can read and write
Barth Kelly, Son, M, W, 21 yrs old (DOB 1889), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Norman Kelly, Son, M, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1892), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Bartow Kelly (sic, Barto Jeter Kelly), Son, M, W, 15 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Broadus Kelly, Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1897), Single, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer, Can read and write
Lizzie Kelly, Daughter, F, W, 10 yrs old (DOB 1900), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Dewey Kelly, Son, M, W, 6 yrs old (DOB 1904), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Wallace Kelly, Son, M, W, 3 yrs old (DOB 1907), Born in SC, Both parents born in SC

1920 U.S. Census of Jonesville Rd, Pickney (sic Pinckney), Union County, South Carolina; Roll: T625_1713; Page: 2A; Enumeration District: 138, "William A. Kelly"
William A. Kelly, Head, Owns farm, M(ale), W(hite), 56 yrs old (DOB 1864), Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Josie T. Kelly, Wife, F, W, 55 yrs old, Married, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Barto J. Kelly, Son, M, W, 25 yrs old (DOB 1895), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer
Andrew B. Kelly, Son, M, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1898), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farm laborer
Lizzie Kelly, Daughter, F, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1901), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Dewey Kelly, Son, M, W, 16 yrs old (DOB 1904), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, No occupation
Wallace Kelly, Son, M, W, 13 yrs old (DOB 1907), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, No occupation

SC Death Certificate #12905, Registration District #4205, Registered #8, Thomas Norman Kelley (sic), DOD 7/24/1922 in Pinkney (sic), Union County, SC
Male, White, Married, DOB 1892 in SC, 30 yrs old, Occupation: Farmer
Father: W.A.L. Kelley (sic), Born in SC
Mother: Josie Turner, Born in SC
Informant: (blank)
DOD 7/24/1922
Cause of death: T.B. Pulmonalie (sic)
Buried: 7/25/1922 in Foster Chapel

1930 U.S. Census of Main Highway, Pickney (sic, Pinckney), Union County, South Carolina; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0013; FHL microfilm: 2341949, "W.A.L. Kelley" (sic, W.A.L. Kelly)
W.A.L. Kelley, Head, Owns farm, M(ale), W(hite), 66 yrs old (DOB 1864), Married at age 20 yrs old (DOM 1884), Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Josie T. Kelley, Wife, F, W, 65 yrs old (DOB 1865), Married at age 19 yrs old, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Edgar Kelley, Son, M, W, 46 yrs old (DOB 1884), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Broadus Kelley, Son, M, W, 34 yrs old (DOB 1896), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Dewey Kelley, Son, M, W, 27 yrs old (DOB 1903), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer
Lizzie Kelley, Daughter, F, W, 29 yrs old (DOB 1901), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC
Wallace Kelley, Son, M, W, 24 yrs old (DOB 1906), Single, Can read and write, Born in SC, Both parents born in SC, Farmer




Josie Turner Kelly died 4/29/1931 in Pinckney, Union County, SC.

SC Death Certificate #8818, Registration District #4207, Registered #16, Joseph Thompson Kelly (sic, Josephine Thompson Turner Kelly), DOD 4/29/1931 in Pinckney, Union County, SC
Female, White, Married to W.A.L. Kelly, 65 yrs old, Born in SC, Occupation: Housewife
Father: Thompson Turner, Born in SC
Mother: Elizabeth Turner, Born in SC
Informant: W.A.L. Kelly, Rt #4, Union, SC
DOD 4/29/1931
Cause of death: Chronic fibroid phithis
Buried: 4/30/1931 at Foster Chapel

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Josephine Thompson “Josie” Turner Kelly
BIRTH 13 Oct 1864, South Carolina, USA
DEATH 29 Apr 1931 (aged 66), Pinckney, Union County, South Carolina, USA
BURIAL Foster Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 57352805

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J Edgar Kelly
BIRTH 19 Oct 1884
DEATH 18 Jul 1933 (aged 48)
BURIAL Foster Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 112580402

I could not find a death certificate for him. He was living at home for his 1918 WWI Draft Registration. He was not living at home in 1920 and I couldn't find him in the 1920 U.S. Census. But he was back to living at home in the 1930 U.S. Census.


William Ashby Lee Kelly was killed 3/24/1934 in Pinckney township, Union County, SC. It seems his son, Dewey Kelly, crushed his head with two blows from an ax.
SC Death Certificate #6542, Registration District #4207, Registered #13, William Ashby Lee Kelley (sic), DOD 3/25/1934 in Pinckney, Union County, SC
Male, White, Widowed, 71 yrs old, Born in Union County, SC, Occupation: Farmer
Father: Jemmison Kelley (sic), Born in Union County, SC
Mother: Elizabeth Free, Born in Union County, SC
Informant: A.B. Kelley, R#1, Jonesville, SC
DOD 3/25/1934
Cause of death: "I held post-mortem killed by axe - skull crushed"
Homicide at home, skull crushed with axe, killed by man
Signed: A.P. McElroy, Union, SC
Buried: 3/26/1934 in Foster Chapel
Undertaker: Bailey Und. Co., Union, SC

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W A L Kelly
BIRTH 17 Jul 1863
DEATH 25 Mar 1934 (aged 70)
BURIAL Foster Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesville, Union County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 112580354


The Index Journal, Greenwood, SC, 3/26/1934, Pg 1
Farmer Is Found Beaten To Death In Union Home
W.A.L. Kelley (sic) Of Pea Ridge Section - Son Is Questioned
Union, Mar. 26 - W.A.L. Kelly, 71, farmer of the Pea Ridge section of Union County, was found beaten to death in the dining room of his home last night and authorities today were conducting an intense investigation.
Coroner George Noland who began an inquest and then adjourned it until Thursday said Dewey Kelley, 22, son of the dead man, was being held in jail for questioning.
Noland said he found no apparent reason for the slaying of the aged Widower farmer who was found with the front and back of his head crushed.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 3/29/1934, Pg 3
Kelly Inquest To Be Held 3 O'Clock
Union, Mar. 28 - Dewey Kelly is in the Union county jail held for questioning when the coroner's jury will resume the investigation of the death of W.A.L. Kelley (sic), 71, with one fracture of the skull in the forehead and another in the back of the head early Sunday afternoon.
The investigation will be held at R.F. Fowler's store at Kelly's on Thursday afternoon at 3 O'Clock.
Mr. Kelly's body was found in the dining room of his home on Pea Ridge Sunday evening and an examining physician was the only witness called to testify Sunday evening. He stated that the deceased came to his death from blows struck by some blunt instrument.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 4/1/1934, Pg 2
Charge Son With Slaying Father
Dewey Kelly Held By Coroner's Jury In Union - No Motive Revealed
Union, Mar. 31 - Dewey Kelly, 25, was charged with murder today following an inquest into the death of his father, W.A.L. Kelly, found dead from axe wounds in the yard of his home near here several days ago.
The coroner's jury found the elder Kelly met death from two blows on the head with an axe in the hands of the son.
The motive for the slaying was not brought out.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 5/26/1934, Pg 1
Convict Son Of Killing Father
Dewey Kelly Gets Eight Years After Being Found Guilty Of Manslaughter
Union, May 25 - Dewey Kelly was convicted of manslaughter by a general session court jury here today in connection with the killing of his father, W.A.L. Kelly.
Judge Thomas S. Sease sentenced him to serve eight years on the chaingang or in the state penitentiary.
The trial lasted for two days.
The killing occurred several months ago.


The Greenville News, Greenville, SC, 1/15/1935, Pg 1
Time Cut Down
The eight-year sentence of Dewey Kelly, convicted of manslaughter in Union, was commuted to three years.


Dewey Kelly married Myrtle Eaves (DOB 10/9/1917 in Union, Union County, SC; DOD 6/21/2007 in Union, Union County, SC). They had 3 children:

1) Louise M. Kelly (DOB 1934 in SC; DOD ?) married Jack Garner

2) Elizabeth Catherine Kelly (DOB 1940 in SC; DOD ?) married Arnold England

3) Thomas Turner Kelly (DOB After 1940 in SC; DOD ?) married ?

1940 U.S. Census of Union, Union County, South Carolina; Roll: m-t0627-03843; Page: 11A; Enumeration District: 44-17, "Ben G. Faucett"
Ben G. Faucett, Head, M(ale), W(hite), 49 yrs old (DOB 1891), Married, Attended college 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Manager of Tea Room
Bessie K. Faucett, Wife, F, W, 52 yrs old (DOB 1888), Married, Attended high school 2 yrs. Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Asst Mgr Tea Room
Monroe W. Faucett, Son, M, W, 23 yrs old (DOB 1917), Single, Attended college 4 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Clerk in US Post Office, Income $894
Jack G. Faucett, Son, M, W, 19 yrs old (DOB 1921), Single, Attended college 2 yrs, Attends school, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Typist in college office, Income $425
Bessie K. Faucett, Daughter, F, W, 18 yrs old (DOB 1922), Single, Attended college 1 yr, Attends school, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Helen G. Faucett, Daughter, F, W, 12 yrs old (DOB 1928), Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Both parents born in SC
Margie H. Faucett, Daughter, F, W, 11 yrs old (DOB 1929), Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Dewey Kelly, Lodger, M, W, 37 yrs old (DOB 1903), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Laborer oil mill, Income $560
Myrtle L. Kelly, Lodger, F, W, 22 yrs old (DOB 1918), Married, Attended school thru 7th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Waitress in private home, Income $250
M. Louise Kelly, Lodger, F, W, 5 yrs old (DOB 1935), Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Elizabeth C. Kelly, Lodger, F, W, 0/12 mos old, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935
Oscar Sullivan, Lodger, M, W, 23 yrs old, Single, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in Gaffney, SC in 1935, Service station operator in gas industry, Income $1040
Clyde R. Bratton, Lodger, M, W, 24 yrs old, Single, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in SC, Lived in Newberry, SC in 1935, Insurance agent life insurance company, Income $1600
Martha Maylin, Lodger, F, W, 23 yrs old, Single, Attended college 1 yr, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Bookkeeper for retail furniture company, $850
Lolan T. Adams, Lodger, M, W, 40 yrs old, Attended school thru 6th grade, Born in SC, Lived in the same place in 1935, Deliver salesman oil products, Income $1027
Barlow T. Stranger, Lodger, M, W, 53 yrs old, Widowed, Attended high school 4 yrs, Born in NC, Salesman candy co, Income $960

U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
Name: Dewey Kelly
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 21 Jun 1903
Death Date: 10 Feb 1993
Claim Date: 25 Mar 1968
SSN: 24709****

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Dewey Kelly
SSN: 247-09-****
Last Residence: 29379 Union, Union, South Carolina, USA
Born: 21 Jun 1903
Died: 10 Feb 1993
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (Before 1951)

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Dewey Kelly
BIRTH 21 Jun 1903, Union County, South Carolina, USA
DEATH 10 Feb 1993 (aged 89), Union County, South Carolina, USA
BURIAL Union Memorial Gardens, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 179832275

Myrtle Eaves Kelly
BIRTH 9 Oct 1917, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
DEATH 21 Jun 2007 (aged 89), Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
BURIAL Union Memorial Gardens, Union, Union County, South Carolina, USA
MEMORIAL ID 58210866

Obituary of Dewey Kelly
Union - Dewey Kelly, 89, of 314 S. Mountain St., died Feb. 10, 1993, in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a long illness.
A native of Union, he was the husband of Myrtle Eaves Kelly and son of W.A.L. and Josie Turner Kelly. He was a member of Unity United Methodist Church and was retired from Excelsior Mill.
Also surviving are two daughters, Louise Garner and Catherine England of Union; a son, Thomas Turner Kelly of McBee; a sister, Elizabeth Kelly of Spartanburg; eight grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel by the Rev. Manley Campbell. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
Name: Myrtle Kelly
Last Residence: 29379 Union, Union, South Carolina, USA
Born: 9 Oct 1917
Died: 21 Jun 2007
State (Year) SSN issued: South Carolina (1952)

So that's the facts. Why did Dewey Kelly hit his father twice with an axe? Front hit and back hit. But only twice. So he hit once and then again. But not a frenzy of multiple blows. If it was somehow an accident, he wouldn't have hit his father twice, front and back. If it was a rage killing, would there have been more blows? According to the newspaper reports, no motive or reason was given and he was sentenced to "manslaughter" and not "murder". His sentence was only 8 yrs and then commuted to 3 yrs. This leads me to believe there was a motive and one that was understood by the authorities, judge and jurors because the charge was downgraded to manslaughter and the sentence was pretty lenient for an ax murder.

Dewey Kelly evidently was married to a young Myrtle Eaves because their first child was born in 1934, the year of the murder. The following two children were born after he got out of prison. So Myrtle stayed with him the rest of his life. If he was a scary man, would she have waited for him? She didn't divorce him.

In the 1940 U.S. Census, Dewey, Myrtle, their first child and their new baby were living with his sister, Bessie Kelly, and her husband Ben Griffin Faucett. If there were hard feelings in the family, they wouldn't be living with his sister even as a lodger. Also Dewey stayed in Union, SC. I.e. he was still accepted in the community where he had committed patricide with an axe. He was working in the 1940 census and his obituary said he was retired from Excelsior Mill. So his incarceration didn't keep him from getting a job.

So we have an ax murderer who killed his own father. But there must have been some unsaid extenuating circumstances. What motive could give Dewey a lenient sentence for an ax murder?

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Sunday, February 10, 2019

Jenny's Funny Stories

Our niece, Jenny, can tell some funny stories about life with 4 children and she's good at writing them. I have to scrapbook her stories as she shares on Facebook. Sometimes I have to find a way to do it without pictures of the actual "event". This first scrapbook layout I used a photo from a couple of weeks ago of Jenny and Brooke in the car. Then I located photos of Chic-Fil-A I found on the internet to create the visuals for the digital scrapbook page. Chic-Fil-A is one of Jenny's favorite fast food restaurants and her story referenced their support of Christian values so I wanted to include a little history and company philosophy on Chic-Fil-A that I got from their website. I included this in the journaling section of the layout. Then I copied Jenny's story and some of the funny comments from Facebook.



On this digital scrapbook page, Jenny did snap a photo that I could use with her story. The photo showed her nice purse and Starbucks coffee cup against a grocery store background. So I was seeing it as a mixture of formal and casual like wearing a mink coat with bluejeans. So I tried to accentuate that with using some formal elements with casual elements on the scrapbook layout. Then her story was about some "me time" away from her 4 children's chaos so I added the doodles and scribbles in the background. Not overpowering since they weren't there. But in the background to show they are always on her mind.

Savannah and Will

I made this digital scrapbook page of Savannah and Will. I tried to make the scrapbook page look like a dream catcher.

Monday, February 04, 2019

Jenny In Profile

Jenny bought some new crawler earrings and snapped this profile photo to show them off. She has such a beautiful profile. We are so proud of our niece. Here is my digital scrapbook page  of her profile.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Fast, Easy Super Bowl Recipes


Fruit - This might take more time but everyone in the family loves it, especially in the winter! I get some fruit. Whatever I can get. If I do blueberries, strawberries, fresh pineapple chunks, and some cantaloupe then I'll cut them up, throw in a bowl and toss with powdered sugar. The powdered sugar keeps the fruit fresh and adds sweetness. If I make an apple salad then I cut the apples up, finely chop some celery, throw in some black walnuts and then toss with a dressing I make. I use Duke's mayo (not meant to be an endorsement, it's just the only mayo I use), add some balsamic vinaigrette and sugar to sweeten. I throw in some poppy seeds and whisk. Taste and adjust the ingredients until you like it. If these don't appeal to you, make a congealed fruit salad with some mandarin oranges, orange Jello and grated coconut. Throw in some nuts (everyone likes fruit and nuts together) and whisk in some Cool Whip and put in the refrigerator to set. Not to endorse Jello and Cool Whip, just what I use.

Beanie Weanies - My two fast rules are to only use Hebrew National hot dogs and Bush's Baked Beans. I chop up the wienies in bite size pieces, throw them into a casserole dish and add the baked beans. Pop in the oven and there you are! By the way, I don't mean to endorse a product, I make no money from endorsing them, it's my own opinion and it's just what I use. Make your choices based on what your family prefers.

Homemade Salsa - I use my Vitamix mixer (you can use a food processor, blender or emulsifier). I throw in either canned roma tomatoes (for more flesh and less seeds) or fresh tomatoes, depending on the season. I add washed chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped onion, a clove of garlic, salt and pepper. You can add something hot if you like it that way. Turn on the mixer and pour into a bowl! Serve with tortilla chips.

Homemade Guacamole - For this I use my emulsifier. I use 2 ripe avocados, some chopped onion, a clove of fresh garlic, washed and chopped fresh cilantro leaves, salt and pepper, a little lemon and/or lime juice. Emulsify and you're done! Serve with tortilla chips.

Sausage Cheese Crockpot Dip - Brown a lb of sausage and a lb of beef, drain and throw into your crockpot. Add a package of taco seasoning and 2 cans of diced roma tomatoes. Throw in a package of cream cheese and a 16 oz package of Velveeta white cheese (again, not meant to be an endorsement, it's just what I use). Heat up your crockpot but keep it on warm. If it's too hot, it tends to separate and it can get real thick if it's too cool. So use your trusty crockpot on a low setting. Serve with tortilla chips.

Wings - You can do this on the grill or in the oven. Throw your wings in a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, add the BBQ sauce of your choice. As soon as the wings come to a boil, drain the water and toss the wings in the mixing bowl of BBQ sauce. Then bake or grill to finish them off. Some variations to the recipe are some hot sauce for some spice; use Ranch dressing instead of BBQ sauce; sprinkle fresh chopped cilantro leaves over the finished wings; toss the wings in a mustard sauce and sprinkle sesame seeds on top; use a wasabe sauce for a dip. Cut you some celery sticks to go with it.

We have a Krispy Kreme here so my dessert would be donuts. Can't get any easier or more delicious. If you don't have a KK, then maybe some cookies or cupcakes. Leave off the dessert if you are worried about empty calories.

This may not be the healthiest but it's not bad either. You have fruit, vegetables (avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, celery, onion), carbohydrates and protein (cheeses, beans and meats).


I used to love watching football and the Super Bowl usually meant a small family party. I haven't watched football since they began "protesting" by refusing to show honor during our National Anthem. My way of protesting is by turning them off and not going to any games. It's one thing to protest injustices but it's quite another to disrespect our entire country, government, military and democracy because of the perceived injustices done by a few. Of course there is some injustices and some racism because, with human beings, you are always going to have a few rotten apples in the bushel. But America is one of the few places in the world, and in the history of mankind, where injustice and racism are no longer wanted and we have striven to make our country a more level playing field (excuse my pun) for everyone: black, white, male, female, rich, poor, young, old, etc. So to target America (the place where everyone wants to live BECAUSE we offer better opportunities) is silly. Especially protests done by privileged, highly paid players of a game who are usually treated like superstars. It's a little hard to see past their bank accounts, their expensive sports cars and their shiny gold chains to see what injustices they are talking about. They seem to have risen through the ranks despite any "injustices". Their hard work and commitment to their sport has paid off BECAUSE they have the opportunity, in America, to excel. If there were real injustices, they wouldn't have had the opportunity to excel and become sports superstars with big checks no matter how much they wanted it or worked hard to get it. So, excuse me, if I don't feel your pain. Go protest a real injustice and I'll be behind you. But don't protest my country when it's the best humanity has ever come up with! I won't be watching the Super Bowl, even for the commercials. I think I'll stick to the Puppy Bowl or Kitten Bowl!

Revelation 15

Revelation 15:1 Then I saw another great and marvelous sign in heaven: seven angels with the seven final plagues, with which the wrath of God will be completed.


"Chronologically speaking, remember that we are first given a graphic description of six seals (6:1-17), but the seventh (8:1) is never described. We are only told that when it is broken, there is silence in heaven (8:1). The implication is that the seven trumpets come out of the seventh seal and actually express the content of the seventh seal (8:1-9:21; 11:15-19). This seventh trumpet takes us up to the return of Christ and includes within its judgments the events of the seven last plagues or bowls of chapters 15 and 16, which occur rapidly at the end. The final great event is the return of the Lord Jesus Christ in glory (19:11-21).
"Again, let’s not forget that chapters 10:1-11:4; 13-14; and 17:1-19:10 are interludes and do not advance the Tribulation events chronologically. They simply fill in the picture of the Tribulation giving important details about key personages, events and concepts." - Bible.org

John is given a "a great and marvelous sign in heaven". The first divinely given sign was a woman clothed with the sun (12:1 And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head). The second sign was an enormous red dragon (12:3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon with seven heads, ten horns, and seven royal crowns on his heads), and the third sign consists of seven angels with the seven last plagues. A sign points to something important and to give direction. These signs tell us the end times are here, God's wrath will not be withheld any longer, all patience is gone, Jesus will then come in triumph and God's perfect kingdom will be established.

The number seven (or derivatives such as “seventh”, “seventy”, etc.) appears in the Bible 562 times. Revelation uses the word “seven” more frequently than any other book where it appears 55 times. The Hebrew language is structured so that most words are based on three-consonant root words. Adding vowels to the root words produces other derived words with different meanings, but they are related because they share the same root word.

A Hebrew root word is "sh-v-a". Add a vowel and it is “sheva” (Strong’s #7651), Hebrew for “seven”. The Hebrew word “sheva“ is related to other words derived from its same root word. Two other such words derived from sh-v-a are:
“soba” (Strong’s #7647), which carries the meaning of fullness, wholeness, abundance, completeness.
“shaba” (Strong’s #7650), which means swearing an oath.
So the number seven carries with it the meaning of “wholeness” and of a “sworn oath“. A seven-fold entity in scripture generally refers to the wholeness of that entity from start to finish, and it comes as an oath from God. A seven-fold entity is one whole entity revealed in seven stages. For example, creation is one whole event revealed in scripture as seven days. The first use of the number 7 in the Bible relates to the creation week in Genesis 1. God spends six days creating the heavens and the earth, and then rests on the seventh day. So from the very start, the number 7 is identified with something being perfect, finished or complete. In Revelation, the number 7 refers to 7 things but also means whole, perfect, complete and sworn to be true.

Let's look at all the times the number 7 appears in Revelation.

Adam, the first man, was created on the sixth day of creation. Six is associated with mankind. In Revelation “the number of the beast” is called “the number of a man. That number is 666" (Revelation 13:18). God’s number is 7, man’s is 6. Six falls short of seven, just like “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). With the book of Revelation, the Word from God to man was complete.:

Revelation 22:18 "I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book"



Leviticus 26:21 If you walk in hostility toward Me and refuse to obey Me, I will multiply your plagues seven times, according to your sins.

The seventh seal includes the wrath of God, which will be dispensed via seven trumpets and seven final plagues. These seven plagues complete the wrath of God. These judgments will accomplish a perfect and complete work on earth.

Many people will lose their lives in the first four seals, aka the four horsemen of the apocalypse (Revelation 6:8). Many more will die during the third trumpet plague (Revelation 8:11), and a third of the remaining population will die through the sixth trumpet (Revelation 9:15, 18). In spite of these apocalyptic horrors, mankind will continue to reject God and will even worship the beast and take on the mark of the beast.

plagues = πληγὰς (plēgas) = Noun - Accusative Feminine Plural Strong's Greek 4127: A blow, stripe, wound; an affliction, plague. From plesso; a stroke; by implication, a wound; figuratively, a calamity.

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Revelation 15:2-4 2 And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, beside which stood those who had conquered the beast and its image and the number of its name. They were holding harps from God, 3 and they sang the song of God’s servant Moses and of the Lamb:
“Great and wonderful are Your works,
O Lord God Almighty!
Just and true are Your ways,
O King of the nations!
4 Who will not fear You,
O Lord,
and glorify Your name?
For You alone are holy.
All nations will come and worship before You,
for Your righteous acts have been revealed.”

First let's look at some of the words in the beginning of this scripture in Strong's Exhaustive Concordance:

of glass = ὑαλίνην (hyalinēn) = Adjective - Accusative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 5193: Glassy, made of glass, transparent. From hualos; glassy, i.e. Transparent.

with fire, = υρί (pyri) = Noun - Dative Neuter Singular
Strong's Greek 4442: Fire; the heat of the sun, lightning; fig: strife, trials; the eternal fire. A primary word; 'fire'.

had conquered = νικῶντας (nikōntas) = Verb - Present Participle Active - Accusative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3528: To conquer, be victorious, overcome, prevail, subdue. From nike; to subdue.


We have seen a "sea" in a couple of previous places in Revelation. Let's look at that:

Revelation 4:5-6 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. 6 And before the throne was something like a sea of glass, as clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and back.

This comes from a description of the throne room of God. This perfectly calm sea is like glass and "clear as crystal". On the other hand...

Revelation 13:1 The dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. It had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on its horns, and on each head a blasphemous name.

This is a very different "sea". This is the sea of humanity and it's anything but calm.

Daniel 7:2-3 2 Daniel declared: “In my vision in the night I looked, and suddenly the four winds of heaven were churning up the Great Sea. 3 Then four great beasts came up out of the sea, each different from the others.

Revelation 7:1 After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back its four winds so that no wind would blow on land or sea or on any tree.


The winds churn up the sea of humanity until the angels hold them back in Revelation 7. But this gives us the idea that the sea of humanity churns and rolls with the tides, crashing waves of war and swirling eddies of intrigue and disasters.

But now, back to this scripture, we see the floor of the throne room of God is not only calm "like glass" but it's "mixed with fire". Fire is purifying judgment. It separates the impurities from metal where it can be skinned off the top and leaving the purest gold. It burns away the trash and dross.

"The wild beast rose out of the sea (Revelation 13:1); the evil-hearted woman sits upon many waters (Revelation 17:1); they draw strength from the wild, and ungoverned, and short-sighted impulses of human passion; in opposition to this near the throne of God is the calm and translucent sea of God's counsels of righteousness and love, now clear as crystal, now ruddy with the fire of righteous indignation, the expression of His eternal will against sin. Such is the appearance of this glass-like sea now that the angels of the plagues are going forth." - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers


Who are these who hold a harp (we would call it a lyre which is more of a handheld harp, NOT the big floor standing harp) from God and sing the song of Moses? Let's look at a couple of other translations:

Revelation 15:2 (Contemporary English Version - CEV) Then I saw something that looked like a glass sea mixed with fire, and people were standing on it. They were the ones who had defeated the beast and the idol and the number that tells the name of the beast. God had given them harps

Revelation 15:2 (Good News Translation) Then I saw what looked like a sea of glass mixed with fire. I also saw those who had won the victory over the beast and its image and over the one whose name is represented by a number. They were standing by the sea of glass, holding harps that God had given them.

These standing around the sea of glass and fire and holding lyres and singing... they have conquered, defeated, won the victory over the beast, it's image, it's name and number. They are the ones who refused to worship the beast and refused to have his name/number written on their heads/hands. The very ones who are martyred by the anti-Christ and his false prophet because of their faith in God and their refusal to fall down and worship him. Because of the extremity of their duress during those times, yet they refused to fall to temptation, they are given high honor. We saw them once before when we studied Revelation 7.

Revelation 7:9-17 9 After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!”
11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength to our God forever and ever! Amen.”
13 Then one of the elders addressed me: “These in white robes,” he asked, “who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.”
So he replied, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason,
‘They are before the throne of God
and serve Him day and night in His temple;
and the One seated on the throne
will spread His tabernacle over them.
16 Never again will they hunger,
and never will they thirst;
nor will the sun beat down upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the center of the throne
will be their shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’ ”

1 Peter 1:3-9 (NET) 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he gave us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 that is, into an inheritance imperishable, undefiled, and unfading. It is reserved in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are protected through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 This brings you great joy, although you may have to suffer for a short time in various trials. 7 Such trials show the proven character of your faith, which is much more valuable than gold – gold that is tested by fire, even though it is passing away – and will bring praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 8 You have not seen him, but you love him. You do not see him now but you believe in him, and so you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, 9 because you are attaining the goal of your faith – the salvation of your souls.


The song of Moses is a song of praise for the victory over Pharaoh. And, so, these martyrs also sing a song of praise for the victory over the beast and satan! Moses and the Israelites stood on the shores of the Red Sea after they had crossed on dry ground. The Egyptians followed them into the Red Sea but had not made it out to the other side. As Moses and the people watched, God let go of the sea and it swallowed Pharaoh and his Egyptian army. They saw God overthrow the world power of their day just like we shall see God overthrow the world power in the end times and overthrow satan in the end. Satan, his demons, the anti-Christ, the false prophet and all who refused Christ will be thrown into a Lake of Fire in judgment. And the martyrs of the Great Tribulation will have front row seats. We shall sing praises to the One who saves us from judgment and the One who overcomes evil once and for all! These two songs are not word-for-word identical but are both songs of praise for God who defeats a world power and shows His mighty strength and His righteous judgment. Praise and worship for the One who saves us from His wrath and who gives us eternal life.

Let's look at the story of Moses' song.

Exodus 14:26-31 26 Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back over the Egyptians, over their chariots and their horsemen.” 27 So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state at daybreak, while the Egyptians were fleeing right into it; then the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 The waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen, even Pharaoh’s entire army that had gone into the sea after them; not even one of them remained. 29 But the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 When Israel saw the great power which the LORD had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD, and they believed in the LORD and in His servant Moses.

Exodus 15:1-21 1 Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said,
“I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted;
The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.

2 “The LORD is my strength and song,
And He has become my salvation;
This is my God, and I will praise Him;
My father’s God, and I will extol Him.

3 “The LORD is a warrior;
The LORD is His name.

4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his army He has cast into the sea;
And the choicest of his officers are drowned in the Red Sea.

5 “The deeps cover them;
They went down into the depths like a stone.

6 “Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power,
Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.

7 “And in the greatness of Your excellence You overthrow those who rise up against You;
You send forth Your burning anger, and it consumes them as chaff.

8 “At the blast of Your nostrils the waters were piled up,
The flowing waters stood up like a heap;
The deeps were congealed in the heart of the sea.

9 “The enemy said, ‘I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil;
My desire shall be gratified against them;
I will draw out my sword, my hand will destroy them.’

10 “You blew with Your wind, the sea covered them;
They sank like lead in the mighty waters.

11 “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD?
Who is like You, majestic in holiness,
Awesome in praises, working wonders?

12 “You stretched out Your right hand,
The earth swallowed them.

13 “In Your lovingkindness You have led the people whom You have redeemed;
In Your strength You have guided them to Your holy habitation.

14 “The peoples have heard, they tremble;
Anguish has gripped the inhabitants of Philistia.

15 “Then the chiefs of Edom were dismayed;
The leaders of Moab, trembling grips them;
All the inhabitants of Canaan have melted away.

16 “Terror and dread fall upon them;
By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone;
Until Your people pass over, O LORD,
Until the people pass over whom You have purchased.
17 “You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance,
The place, O LORD, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established.

18 “The LORD shall reign forever and ever.”
19 For the horses of Pharaoh with his chariots and his horsemen went into the sea, and the LORD brought back the waters of the sea on them, but the sons of Israel walked on dry land through the midst of the sea.

Psalm 90:14-16 14 Satisfy us in the morning with Your loving devotion, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. 15 Make us glad for as many days as You have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen evil. 16 May Your work be shown to Your servants, and Your splendor to their children.


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Revelation 15:5-8 5 After this I looked, and the temple—the Tabernacle of the Testimony—was opened in heaven. 6 And out of the temple came the seven angels with the seven plagues, dressed in clean and bright linen and girded with golden sashes around their chests.
7 Then one of the four living creatures gave the seven angels seven golden bowls full of the wrath of God, who lives forever and ever. 8 And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from His power; and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.


This shows a scene in heaven and the stage is the "Tabernacle of the Testimony". We can learn about the earthly Tabernacle of Testimony in Exodus. The Children of Israel, the Jews, had been in Egypt for 400 years and they had been made slaves of the Egyptians. They were blessed by God to have many children and their population was growing so much that the Egyptians were becoming afraid that their slaves would soon be able to rise up and overcome their cruel masters. The Pharaoh of the time issued a decree to kill all the babies of the Israelites to slow their growth. Moses was born during this time and his mother tried to save his life by fashioning a basket and leaving the newborn in the basket floating in the river. She instructed her older daughter, Miriam, to watch the basket. While Pharaoh's daughter went to the river with her entourage, she found the basket with the newborn Hebrew boy in it and she decided to adopt the child and raise it in Pharaoh's court. Miriam ran up to her and offered to find the baby a nurse and so Moses' mother was brought in to nurse the baby. Moses grew up and was chosen to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt. The story goes on about how reluctant Pharaoh was to let the slave population of the Israelites go and it took an ever increasing destructive set of plagues until he finally conceded to let them go. The Israelites got to the Red Sea when Pharaoh again changed his mind and got his chariot army in order to chase after them. God instructed Moses to walk to the edge of the Red Sea and stick his famous staff into the Red Sea. Immediately the waters parted into towering walls on both sides and the ground dried. The millions of Israelites walked across to the other side. The Egyptians got there and decided to cross too. But as the last chariot entered the depths, God caused the walls of water to let go and drowned Pharaoh and his chariot army. Moses and the Israelites saw it all and Moses and Miriam sang songs of praise to God for His deliverance, protection and provision. The Hebrews were now free, no longer slaves. But they faced a hostile wilderness and there are more stories of how God provided for them and then He began to give them their new religion. He started by calling Moses up to the mountain top and giving him the carved stone tablets with the Ten Commandments on them. Later God gave Moses more instructions about holy feasts of remembrance, established a priesthood, gave them Laws and finally gave Moses a pattern for their mobile worship place. God wanted to dwell among His people, so this mobile place of worship would be kept in the center of their camp. The priests would be the ones who put it up and took it down and carried all the pieces, furnishings and implements before the people whenever they moved. This mobile place of worship was called the Tabernacle, a tent of meeting. Let's look at how it came to be:

Exodus 12:35-36 35 Furthermore, the Israelites acted on Moses’ word and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold, and for clothing. 36 And the LORD gave the people such favor in the sight of the Egyptians that they granted their request. In this way they plundered the Egyptians.

Exodus 25:1-9 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring Me an offering. You are to receive My offering from every man whose heart compels him. 3 This is the offering you are to accept from them: gold, silver, and bronze; 4 blue, purple, and scarlet yarn; fine linen and goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and fine leather;a acacia wood; 6 oil for lighting; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx and other gemstones to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece. 8 And they are to make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make the tabernacle and design all its furnishings according to the pattern I will show you.

Exodus 31:1-11 1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 2 “See, I have appointed by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. 3 And I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, understanding, and ability in all kinds of craftsmanship, 4 to design artistic works in gold, silver, and bronze, 5 to cut gemstones for settings, and to carve wood, so that he may be a master of every craft. 6 Moreover, I have selected Oholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, as his assistant. I have also given skill to all the craftsmen, that they may fashion all that I have commanded you: 7 the Tent of Meeting, the Ark of the Testimony and the mercy seat upon it, and all the other furnishings of the tent— 8 the table with its utensils, the pure gold lampstand with all its utensils, the altar of incense, 9 the altar of burnt offering with all its utensils, and the basin with its stand— 10 as well as the woven garments, both the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments for his sons to serve as priests, 11 in addition to the anointing oil and fragrant incense for the Holy Place. They are to make them according to all that I have commanded you.”

Exodus 35: 4 And Moses spake unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD commanded, saying, 5 Take ye from among you an offering unto the LORD: whosoever is of a willing heart, let him bring it, the LORD'S offering; gold, and silver, and brass; 6 and blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats' hair; 7 and rams' skins dyed red, and sealskins, and acacia wood; 8 and oil for the light, and spices for the anointing oil, and for the sweet incense; 9 and onyx stones, and stones to be set, for the ephod, and for the breastplate. 10 And let every wise hearted man among you come, and make all that the LORD hath commanded;

Exodus 35:20-22 20 And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. 21 And they came, every one whose heart stirred him up, and every one whom his spirit made willing, and brought the LORD'S offering, for the work of the tent of meeting, and for all the service thereof, and for the holy garments. 22 And they came, both men and women, as many as were willing hearted, and brought...

Exodus 36:5-7 5 and they spake unto Moses, saying, The people bring much more than enough for the service of the work, which the LORD commanded to make. 6 And Moses gave commandment, and they caused it to be proclaimed throughout the camp, saying, Let neither man nor woman make any more work for the offering of the sanctuary. So the people were restrained from bringing. 7 For the stuff they had was sufficient for all the work to make it, and too much.



Exodus 36-38 sums up all that was made for the Tabernacle of the Lord. This includes the Tabernacle and it's furnishings. When we use the word "furnishings" we think of a couch, table, chairs, etc. But in this case it means the altar, the bronze basin or laver, the table of shewbread (aka altar of shewbread), the candelabra or lampstand, the altar of incense and the Ark of the Covenant with it's Mercy Seat lid. It's a good time to explain that each piece of the Tabernacle from the curtains, to the pillars, to the furnishings, etc symbolize Jesus Christ in some way. Even down to the colors chosen by God for the tapestry curtains! I have done an extensive study on the Tabernacle. Here is Part One, Part Two, The Outer Court, The Inner Court, The Holy of Holies, and What Happened To The Ark Of The Covenant. The Tabernacle is called:

The House of Jehovah
The Temple of Jehovah
The Dwelling of God
The Tabernacle
The Tabernacle (or Tent) of Meeting
The Tabernacle (or Tent) of Testimony

Exodus 38:21 This is the sum of the things for the tabernacle, even the tabernacle of the testimony, as they were counted, according to the commandment of Moses, for the service of the Levites, by the hand of Ithamar, the son of Aaron the priest.

The outer layer of covering is a waterproof skin.



Ark of the Covenant

When King David was over Israel, he determined to make a permanent place of worship in Jerusalem. God led him to do it and to gather all the materials to start construction of the Temple. But it was actually his son, King Solomon, who would build the permanent Temple. It was magnificent. It was built along the same pattern as the Tabernacle, only permanent and much bigger and more magnificent.

If the Tabernacle could be that intricate and gorgeous and the Temple could be that huge and magnificent... imagine what the Tabernacle of Testimony is in Heaven!!!! You see, what was made on earth, according to God's pattern, would replicate, in a small way, the Tabernacle of Testimony in Heaven.

Exodus 25:8-9 (God speaking to Moses) 8 And they are to make a sanctuary for Me, so that I may dwell among them. 9 You must make the tabernacle and design all its furnishings according to the pattern I will show you.

Exodus 25:40 See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

The building of the permanent Temple in Jerusalem.
1 Chronicles 28 1 Now David summoned all the leaders of Israel to Jerusalem... 2 Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brothers and my people. It was in my heart to build a house as a resting place for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and as a footstool for our God. I had made preparations to build it, 3 but God said to me, ‘You are not to build a house for My Name, because you are a man of war who has spilled blood.’... 9 As for you, Solomon my son, know the God of your father and serve Him wholeheartedly and with a willing mind, for the LORD searches every heart and understands the intention of every thought. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever. 10 Consider now that the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary. Be strong and do it.”
11 Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the portico of the temple,a its buildings, storehouses, upper rooms, inner rooms, and the room for the mercy seat. 12 The plans contained everything he had in mind for the courts of the house of the LORD, for all the surrounding rooms, for the treasuries of the house of God and of the dedicated things, 13 for the divisions of the priests and the Levites, for all the work of service in the house of the LORD, and for all the articles of service in the house of the LORD... 19 “All this,” said David, “all the details of this plan, the LORD made clear to me in writing by His hand upon me.”
20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do it. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished. 21 The divisions of the priests and the Levites are ready for all the service of the house of God, and every willing man of every skill will be at your disposal for the work. The officials and all the people are fully at your command.”


Earlier in Revelation, we saw some descriptions of the heavenly dwelling place of God, let's review:

Revelation 4:2-11 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne standing in heaven, with someone seated on it. 3 The One seated there looked like jasper and carnelian, and a rainbow that gleamed like an emerald encircled the throne. 4 Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and on these thrones sat twenty-four elders dressed in white, with golden crowns on their heads.

5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder. Before the throne burned seven torches of fire. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. 6 And before the throne was something like a sea of glass, as clear as crystal. In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, covered with eyes in front and back. 7 The first living creature was like a lion, the second like a calf, the third had a face like a man, and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. 8 And each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around and within. Day and night they never stop saying:
“Holy, Holy, Holy,
is the Lord God Almighty,
who was and is and is to come!”
9 And whenever the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to the One seated on the throne who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before the One seated on the throne, and they worship Him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for You created all things;
by Your will they exist, and came to be.”

Revelation 5:5-14 5 Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David, has triumphed to open the scroll and its seven seals.”

6 Then I saw a Lamb who appeared to have been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which represent the sevenfold Spirit of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And He came and took the scroll from the right hand of the One seated on the throne.

8 When He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp, and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song:
“Worthy are You to take the scroll and open its seals,
because You were slain,
and by Your blood You purchased for God
those from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
10 You have made them into a kingdom,
priests to serve our God,
and they will reign upon the earth.”

11 Then I looked, and I heard the voices of many angels and living creatures and elders encircling the throne, and their number was myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands. 12 In a loud voice they said:
“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
to receive power and riches
and wisdom and strength
and honor and glory and blessing!”
13 And I heard every creature in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying:
“To Him who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb,
be praise and honor and glory and power
forever and ever!”
14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

Revelation 7:9-19 9 After this I looked and saw a multitude too large to count, from every nation and tribe and people and tongue, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10 And they cried out in a loud voice:
“Salvation to our God,
who sits on the throne,
and to the Lamb!”

11 And all the angels stood around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. And they fell facedown before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength to our God forever and ever! Amen.”

13 Then one of the elders addressed me: “These in white robes,” he asked, “who are they, and where have they come from?”

14 “Sir,” I answered, “you know.”

So he replied, “These are the ones who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 For this reason,
‘They are before the throne of God
and serve Him day and night in His temple;
and the One seated on the throne
will spread His tabernacle over them.
16 Never again will they hunger,
and never will they thirst;
nor will the sun beat down upon them,
nor any scorching heat.
17 For the Lamb in the center of the throne
will be their shepherd.
He will lead them to springs of living water,
and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.’"
18 The nations were enraged, and Your wrath has come.
The time has come to judge the dead,
and to reward Your servants,
the prophets and saints,
and those who fear Your name,
both small and great,
and to destroy those who destroy the earth.”
19 Then the temple of God in heaven was opened, and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple. And there were flashes of lightning, and rumblings, and peals of thunder, and an earthquake, and a great hailstorm.

I put this together from my imagination on how the throne room of God might look. And I'm sure it's WAY better than this!

Acts 7:44-50 44 Our fathers had the tabernacle of the testimony with them in the wildernessIt was constructed exactly as God had directed Moses, according to the pattern he had seen. 45 And our fathers who received it brought it in with Joshua when they dispossessed the nations God drove out before them. It remained until the time of David, 46 who found favor in the sight of God and asked to provide a dwelling place for the God of Jacob. 47 But it was Solomon who built the house for Him.
48 However, the Most High does not dwell in houses made by human hands. As the prophet says:
49 ‘Heaven is My throne and the earth is My footstool.
What kind of house will you build for Me, says the Lord,
or where will My place of repose be?
50 Has not My hand made all these things?’

Hebrews 8:5 (New International Version - NIV, parenthesis mine) They (the Jewish priests) serve at a copy and shadow of the heavenly sanctuary. That is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle, “See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.

Hebrews 9 1 Now the first covenant had regulations for worship and also an earthly sanctuary. 2 A tabernacle was set up. In its first room were the lampstand and the table with its consecrated bread; this was called the Holy Place. 3 Behind the second curtain was a room called the Most Holy Place, 4 which had the golden altar of incense and the gold-covered ark of the covenant. This ark contained the gold jar of manna, Aaron’s staff that had budded, and the stone tablets of the covenant. 5 Above the ark were the cherubim of the Glory, overshadowing the atonement cover. But we cannot discuss these things in detail now.

6 When everything had been arranged like this, the priests entered regularly into the outer room to carry on their ministry. 7 But only the high priest entered the inner room, and that only once a year, and never without blood, which he offered for himself and for the sins the people had committed in ignorance. 8 The Holy Spirit was showing by this that the way into the Most Holy Place had not yet been disclosed as long as the first tabernacle was still functioning. 9 This is an illustration for the present time, indicating that the gifts and sacrifices being offered were not able to clear the conscience of the worshiper. 10 They are only a matter of food and drink and various ceremonial washings—external regulations applying until the time of the new order.

11 But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, He went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. 12 He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but He entered the Most Holy Place once for all by His own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. 13 The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. 14 How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!

15 For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that He has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.

16 In the case of a will, it is necessary to prove the death of the one who made it, 17 because a will is in force only when somebody has died; it never takes effect while the one who made it is living. 18 This is why even the first covenant was not put into effect without blood. 19 When Moses had proclaimed every command of the law to all the people, he took the blood of calves, together with water, scarlet wool and branches of hyssop, and sprinkled the scroll and all the people. 20 He said, “This is the blood of the covenant, which God has commanded you to keep.” 21 In the same way, he sprinkled with the blood both the tabernacle and everything used in its ceremonies. 22 In fact, the law requires that nearly everything be cleansed with blood, and without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.

23 It was necessary, then, for the copies of the heavenly things to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. 24 For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with human hands that was only a copy of the true one; He entered heaven itself, now to appear for us in God’s presence. 25 Nor did He enter heaven to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the Most Holy Place every year with blood that is not his own. 26 Otherwise Christ would have had to suffer many times since the creation of the world. But He has appeared once for all at the culmination of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself. 27 Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment, 28 so Christ was sacrificed once to take away the sins of many; and He will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.


Now the 4 living creatures give out the 7 bowls (or vials) of judgment to 7 angels to be poured out in judgment.

In looking back through Revelation we have seen the Seven Seals (7 Seals), the Seven Trumpets (7 Trumpets) and now the Seven Bowls (7 Bowls). Lets briefly review what we learned about the Seven Seals and the Seven Trumpets.

In Revelation 6 we see the Seven Seals. The first four are the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. A white horse, a red horse, a black horse and a pale horse. Use this chart to refresh your memory.

There is an interlude between the 6th and 7th seal where the 144,000 are sealed (see Revelation 7). With Revelation 8, the 7th seal is the start of the Seven Trumpets. When it is broken, there is silence for half an hour and then an angel hands out the Seven Trumpets.


The 7th trumpet is another interlude and then begins the 7 bowls, or vials, which is where we are now.


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