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Thursday, December 30, 2010

New Year Resolutions

Calvin and Hobbs by Bill Watterson

Will you be making New Year's Resolutions? The top ten New Year's Resolutions are
1) Spend more time with family
2) Get in shape
3) Lose weight
4) Quit smoking
5) Quit drinking
6) Enjoy life
7) Get out of debt
8) Help others
9) Organize something
10) Learn something new

You can call them resolutions, goals, intentions, plans, prayer requests. Many people just make a wish list but they don't follow through. Do you seriously want to accomplish something this year? Here are some important tips to help you keep your New Year Resolutions:

* Make a list. Be specific. Don't be too broad in scope. For instance, to "Be a better person" is a nice sentiment but HOW are you going to be a better person. "Take anger management class" is a specific step to becoming a better person. Your goals should be realistic. And they should mean something to you. You won't be motivated if you don't really want to change.

* Make a plan to accomplish your goals. "Quit smoking" is a great goal. But how will you measure your success. Be realistic and measurable. Plan how you are going to quit smoking. So under the "Quit Smoking" goal, write down the steps you are willing to take to work the process. Take baby steps, one at a time. Consider adding these steps to your calendar. For example: 1/15/2011 Make appt with doctor, 1/20/2011 Have you been to the doctor and discussed weight loss program yet?, 2/1/2011 Weigh in day, 3/1/2011 Have you lost 5 lbs yet?, etc.

* Write your list of resolutions down and write down your plan to accomplish those resolutions. Have it in black and white.

* Make a "pro" and "con" list to help you stay motivated.

* Tell someone else so they can help keep you motivated and accountable. Don't tell a person who will knock you down and discourage you. And don't ask someone to help you be accountable if you don't want them to. Some relationships or people can get under your skin. You automatically tend to think they are nagging or trying to hurt or anger you. For instance if your spouse asks you how you are doing on your weight loss program and it hurts your feelings or makes you angry and defensive then don't ask your spouse to help you be accountable. For instance if my husband asks me if I've lost any weight, I automatically get my hackles up. It's an auto response. My sisters could ask me and I don't get defensive or hurt. Another example, if I ask my husband if he's gotten his shop organized, his auto response is to think I'm nagging. His friend could ask him the same question and he wouldn't feel defensive. A parent can tell their child not to smoke and they brush it off and ignore it. But a peer can tell them not to smoke and they hear it. It's just that way. So be careful who you ask to hold you accountable. Choose someone you can hear, listen to and be honest with.

* Begin to think positively about your goals. Don't allow your mind to undermine you. If you hear your mind say, "You can't do it" then immediately counter that thought with something more positive like, "I can do it." If you want to get in shape then make your plan, begin to work the plan and talk to yourself in positive ways about it. "I can get up early in the morning and walk around the block"; "I didn't lose weight this week but I'm feeling better"; "I've been able to increase my repetitions"; "I missed yesterday but I'm going at it again this morning"; "I'm loving the feeling after I work out"; etc. If you have negative mindsets that means that your thoughts have followed a negative path through the forest of your mind. If you let that happen often enough, that thought path becomes well worn and easy. But it's not good for you, so you have to forge a new path through the forest of your mind. Create new positive thoughts. If you deliberately forge and follow a new path, then eventually it becomes the well worn and easy way of thinking. At first it's very hard to make yourself think this new way. But it's well worth the effort. The Bible calls it "the renewing of your mind".

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.

* Find alternatives to a behavior that you want to change. For instance, if your resolution is to get out of debt then look at your spending habits and try to determine cheaper alternatives. If you eat out a lot, then determine to make some less expensive meals at home, or go to cheaper restaurants. If you buy your lunch everyday, try changing your habit by taking your own lunch. Make those lunches interesting and fun. It doesn't have to be a pbj (peanut butter and jelly sandwich). That's boring and you are tempted to toss it and go out. If you're fun on Saturday is shopping, then resolve to find another way to spend your Saturday that is equally fun but not so expensive.
* Don't demand perfection from yourself or anyone else. It's an impossible demand. Human beings make mistakes. So give yourself some slack when you mess up. Perfectionism is unrealistic. But don't give up either. Pick yourself back up and keep trying. And remember to keep up your positive thoughts.
* Surround yourself with those who can help you meet your goals. If your goal is to quit drinking, then don't go out with your party buddies. If your goal is to get in better shape, make some friends at the gym or look for a running buddy. If your resolution is to enjoy life more, then cut out those who drag you down or who negatively impact your life or those who tempt you to do things you shouldn't. Social support is important.
* Celebrate your success by treating yourself to something that you enjoy that does not contradict your resolution. If you are trying to lose weight and you've lost a couple of pounds, celebrate! But not with a dozen donuts! Find another way to reward yourself. Maybe a new book that you've been wanting; maybe treat yourself to a movie you've been wanting to see.
* Track your progress. Keep a food journal or an exercise journal. I often use Facebook and my blog for tracking my progress. I like telling my friends and family what I've accomplished towards my goals. My goal today was to organize and put away my Christmas decorations. I did a blog post a week before Christmas on how to organize and store your Christmas decorations. When I started to take them down, I made an announcement on Facebook. Then, once I was finished, I updated my status on FB.  And if you see someone on FB working towards something and they announce an accomplishment, give them some encouragement and pats on the back. If you need it then they need it too.
* Our intentions need actions or they won't go anywhere. Once you've made your list and your plan, it's time to work the plan. Take action. Do something towards accomplishment.
* As a Christian, I believe the most important thing is to pray about your New Year's Resolutions or goals. Pray about what goals to make. Then pray and ask God how best to achieve your goals. Pray and ask God's help in meeting your goals. Praise and thank God when you see success and meet your goals. We can have the best intentions in the world, but without God it's a fruitless endeavor. God gives us strength, helps us overcome ourselves, and blesses our efforts. He also forgives us when we mess up. Make your New Year's Resolutions your prayer requests.
Here are my New Year's Resolutions:
1) Read at least 52 books
2) Find a church home and get involved
3) Continue going to the gym and working in the pool 3-5 times a week
4) Organize and declutter my office
5) Pay off credit cards
6) Try HRT
7) We would like to change out our windows with new ones
8) Fix the backyard so that our dogs can go outside
9) I would love to have one of my bedroom windows changed to a door to the backyard
10) Take vitamins

Those Places Thursday - Kindergarden Christmas Party In Iuka, MS

Those Places Thursday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Do you often think back to places where you lived and worked at one time? What about those places where your ancestors spent time? Post about “those places” with photos and stories on Those Places Thursday. Here is my submission.

Here is a photo of a Christmas party we had at our little daycare/kindergarden. I did this scrapbook page of our kindergarden Christmas party in Iuka, MS. Notice the old wooden desks? Yes, we sat at those in kindergarden! Also notice the door is open with just the screened in door. No coats and short sleeves. That's the kind of winter I like! Elaine is wearing the turquoise dress with matching lace pants that my Grandmother made me. It came with a turquoise blue velveteen coat and bonnet. We all had our photos made wearing it and then my niece, Jenny, has a portrait where she is wearing the same dress. I still have that dress, coat and bonnet.

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Sentimental Sunday - My First Baby Doll

Sentimental Sunday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. To participate in Sentimental Sunday we simply create a post with the main focus being a sentimental story or memory about an ancestor, or maybe even a touching family tradition.

This would be my 2nd Christmas and I was 16 mos old. I'm sitting on the couch with Aunt Judy. Notice that I'm already in total "mother mode" with the baby doll. As Beth Moore said, "I could mother a fence post.", well, so can I. Mothering, nurturing, loving and kissing were hardwired into me! Once Elaine and Melinda came along I started mothering them. Then their children and now little Brett. I look forward to mothering on Luke's baby girl, Savannah Marie, when she's born!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Our Last Christmas in Elizabethton, TN

This was our last Christmas in Elizabethton, TN. Mom & Dad had bought an old farm house with barn and some acreage along the river. Dad had totally remodeled the house and it was finished for this Christmas. We are in our new den for this 1967 Christmas. But we moved to Spartanburg the following February, 1968. I think this is the Christmas when I got a microscope and that little toy microscope was fascinating to me. Notice the strung popcorn on the tree? Yes, we really did that. We did the cranberries too.

Melinda's First Christmas

Our youngest sister, Melinda, was 4 months old for her first Christmas. I was 4 yrs old and Elaine was 2 yrs old. We were living in Elizabethton, TN by then. We lived in Elizabethton for 4 yrs before moving to Spartanburg, SC when I was 8 yrs old. At this Christmas we obviously got matching dolls from Santa. I also got this Fisher Price wooden radio. This may be the Christmas that we also got matching cradles for the baby dolls. But that was our big Christmas! Not much compared to children of today but we didn't know any different and were always very happy with what we got. We always had wonderful Christmases with our families. I don't know why we were looking so solemn in this photo. Little Brett always has that same solemn look too. In fact, Elaine looks so much like Brett in this photo!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Christmas At Papa's

We always went to Dad's parent's farm house for Christmas with his family. Grandma either had a cedar tree that Papa had chopped down or a silver tree with the colored spotlights pointed at it. I only have this photo of us at Papa and Grandma's. This is Aunt Ruth with Elaine and I. This was in the mid 1960's but I'm not sure what year. I'm thinking around 1965-1966?

Sharon and Her First Snowman

Daddy was a TVA Engineer and they moved him all over Tennessee and, once, to Mississippi. They had a pink and white trailer in order to move us. Mom wanted us to have familiar surroundings no matter where we went. Anyway, we moved to Iuka, Mississippi and spent a winter there. They had a rare snow there and this is my first snowman. I made this scrapbook page of my first snowman.

Brett's First and Second Haircut

Our little grandnephew, Brett, is getting his 1st and 2nd haircut in these photos. So I did this digital scrapbook page of his first haircuts. This happened last year but I'm just now getting around to creating the page.

Welcome Scarlett Alyssa Reese

My cousin, David, and his wife, Candace, had a beautiful little girl in October. They named her Scarlett Alyssa. Here is the newborn scrapbook page I did of her newborn photos. I haven't seen her in person yet and she's already nearly 2 months old.

Preston Lights Up Our Life

My cousin, David, and his wife, Candace, have the cutest little boy named Preston. They had this great photo taken of him with the Christmas lights. I did a few things to the photos to make them more dramatic and then did this Christmas Lights scrapbook page.


Our nephew Lee had some good photos this year and I wanted to make him a special page. So this is year in summary scrapbook page!

Redneck Yourself

There is a website at Buckwear where you can "Redneck Yourself". The results were so funny and gross! So I made a joke scrapbook page.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Talented Tuesday - Stan Is So Talented!

Talented Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Got ancestors who had a special talent? Be it musical, comical, or any manner of skill, post at your genealogy blog through words and pictures. Here is my submission today:

My husband, Stan Harris, is so talented! He is a Maintenance Manager/Plant Engineer and can do anything mechanical, electrical, industrial. He can work on any machine and designs things too. He got this from his father, Billy Harris. Billy was a natural with machinery. He was uneducated in his field and yet was one of the best. He worked in the maintenance department of Draper Corp for most of his working life and could fix anything. He was the Dept Supervisor and he hired Stan. Stan worked at Draper Corp for 8 years under his father and he learned a lot. Stan continued to work in this field as he continued his education in Engineering. Stan's brother, Ronnie, seems to have this talent too. And Ronnie's son, Luke, definitely has the touch! Another Harris nephew, Evans, loves to work on vehicles and is good at it. Evans' brother, Aaron, may have that touch too. They all have this ability to tear down a machine, sit in it and learn by building it back. Same with construction. Now Evans and Aaron are very intelligent and did well in school and college. So they can do the school thing too. But all of them also learn by feel, touching it, tearing it down, almost by osmosis. They make mistakes but they learn from them. It just makes sense to them. It reminds me of my nephew, Lee, and his musical abilities. He just sat at the piano and did it. It made sense to him and it flows out of his fingertips. Those kind of miraculous, natural born, God given talents amaze me!

Stan also has a wide range of talents in contruction. My Dad taught his son-in-laws when we all built our first homes and the men did most of it themselves. Since then we have extensively remodeled two other homes. He has done everything from building a gazebo, to remodeling his shop from the studs. He can do plumbing, electrical, framing, welding, etc. What he can't do, he knows someone who can. He is so handy to have around the house, I don't know what I would do without his skills!

And his talents don't stop. He has written a book and has a second one in the works. He used to sing on our church's Praise and Worship Team. He is a good artist in several different mediums. He also loves to cook and grill and he is always coming up with new recipes.

He is a hard worker and very talented.

Stan recording his book.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Organizing and Storing Christmas Decorations

You finally got the Christmas decorations out and now I'm already talking about how to organize and store your Christmas decorations! Sorry, but unpacking and putting out my Christmas decorations made me start thinking about better ways to organize and store Christmas decorations. How do you store wreaths? How do you organize and store Christmas lights? How do you protect and store your Christmas tree ornaments? What about storing Christmas villages? There are so many different sizes of things to store... from Christmas linens to Christmas wrapping, from artificial Christmas trees to outdoor Christmas decorations. If your decorations look like this, you need to spend some time organizing when it comes time to take the decorations down and store them.

I searched the Internet for ideas on how people have tackled this. In the old days, people would cut down a small tree and string some popcorn and cranberries to decorate it. But today, marketers have convinced us that there should be no limit to decorating for the holidays. The home decorating shows on cable TV channels are really ads. They create a desire and need for everything Christmas. I watched "Celebrity Christmas Houses" and the decorators stripped the homes of their normal furnishings and started with a blank slate. I thought that was a bit much. Every surface was decorated, even the ceilings. Marketers are savvy enough to push all this in order to make money. And we stock up and then we have to store what we've bought.

One thing that I did last year was to buy a smaller tree, about 3' tall. I put the lights and decorations on it. After Christmas I covered it with a plastic bag and stored it in the attic with all the lights and decorations still on it. This Christmas we took the bag off and brought it downstairs. Voila! It was so much easier than anything I've ever done before. But they do make artificial Christmas tree bags and tents. The cardboard box that the tree came in originally won't last long and it's always harder to get the tree to fit back in that original box.

I have plastic bins. They are all the same size and are stackable. Big enough to hold what I need but not so big that they are too heavy to lift. I like see through plastic containers. But I also like the idea of a representative color like red and/or green for Christmas. It makes it easier to distinguish between your Christmas decorations and your Halloween decorations. I personally don't like cardboard boxes for storage as they can make for good bug homes and rodents can get in them especially if they are stored in the attic, garage, or basement.

It's essential to label your boxes with the contents.

Sort through your decorations and throw away or donate things that you no longer want.

Wash and dry your decorations. Don't store dusty knick knacks or stained linens. Wash your Christmas linens (or have them drycleaned) before you store them. Wash all the tabletop decorations.

Once they are clean and sorted, make sure you carefully store them. Wrap them in tissue paper, paper towels, bubble wrap. Don't use newspaper so you won't get newsprint ink on the ornaments.

You could use blister packs to help protect ornaments. Here are some apple blisters.

For those that aren't fragile, you can group them by color or size in plastic baggies.

There are some things that you won't want to store in extreme temperatures so be aware of this. For instance, if you have to store your decorations in the attic or the garage then they will be subject to extreme temperatures so don't store Christmas candles in them. Just be aware of those kinds of things. One tip for storing special Christmas candles is to store them in old socks to keep them from getting scratched.

Be sure not to put fragile items on the very bottom or very top of a box.

Keep extra metal hooks or metal hangers in a box or plastic bag and store with your ornaments so you will have what you need next year and aren't looking through drawers and boxes for hooks.

To store strands of lights you can purchase things that are made just for that.

Or you could wrap them around pieces of cardboard. You could even use a shoebox but using the top of the shoebox to wrap the lights around. You cut the sides off the top and then wrap the lights and place them in the shoebox.

You could also use a hosepipe reel like this.

You don't want your Christmas wreaths to get smushed so these wreath storage ideas are great to keep your wreaths fresh looking.

You may want to organize your decorations by theme, color, room, maker, etc. For instance you could have a box for the living room decorations and another one for the dining room decorations. Or you could sort them as to who made them such as all the ones made by your daughter and all the ones made by your son. My sister-in-law purchases new ornaments for each of her 3 sons every year. I'm sure she has storage containers for each son's ornaments because she plans to give them their ornaments once they get married. Or you might sort your Christmas villages by theme. Do you have a 1950's village and a Dickens village, then group them together. Or you might group all your white and silver ornaments in one box and your red and green ornaments together.

If you have some arrangements that you particularly like, then take snapshots of them and print them and enclose those photos in the boxes. I do this to make a scrapbook page each year of how I decorated my house. It's part of my Christmas scrapbook. For instance, maybe you love the way you arranged the mantle in the living room... take a photograph of the arrangement before you take it apart and print the photo and place in the box with the decorations. You can also take photos of how to put together the artificial tree and use that as your instructions.

Don't pack away your Holiday Planning Notebook. You will need this notebook during the year to keep track of recipes, address changes, gift ideas and gifts purchased.

You may have a box that is opened at the very beginning of the season. It could contain your advent calendar, tree stand, Christmas cards, or whatever you need at the beginning of the Christmas season.

I like to place Christmas sachets in the boxes. I love the Christmas smells of evergreen and I love getting that as soon as I open the storage boxes.

The best option for storing Christmas villages is to keep all of the boxes that your village came in. This way you can simply repackage them in the Styrofoam, put them into the box and store them in a plastic bin. If you don't have the original boxes, then carefully wrap them in bubble wrap and store in plastic bins. Be sure to carefully wash it or dust it before storing.

Plan where you will store your Christmas decorations boxes. This depends upon your house and family and how many decorations you have. Some people really go all out and have multiple trees, outdoor decorations, different villages, etc. You might need to set aside a whole section of the basement or attic to store all this. Set yourself up some shelving and go for it. Some people live in apartments and don't have room to store more than a few Christmas decorations. In that case you might can use a top shelf in a closet or a drawer in your chest or drawers. You don't want your decorations to be so difficult to get to that you tend to say, "Let's just forget about it." For instance, if you store 6 heavy plastic bins on a top shelf in the garage, you will dread having to drag out a ladder and reaching down those heavy boxes so you may procrastinate until you don't decorate at all. If that happens, then declutter and donate, trash or gift all that extraneous stuff. Nobody says you have to do any more than bare minimum in decorating for the season. If you have children, then, yes, you need a Christmas tree, stockings and some fun things. But you don't have to cover every surface with decorations. If it's not fun to put up and take down and store the decorations then you need to re-think what is important to you. I like for my house to be inviting and attractive, but I don't overdo it because it's too much trouble for just 3-4 weeks of the year. I've tried to scale down so it's not such a daunting task. You want your family to enjoy the season not dread it. Most of us can simplify more than we do. But there are those who get a lot of joy out of the decorations and more power to you! I love to drive around and see the Christmas lights in people's homes.

One last note... Always take your Christmas holiday decorations down in a timely manner. Nothing looks worse than drooping Christmas lights still strung on a house in April or a dusty Christmas tree still sitting in the living room in June or a Christmas wreath still on the door on Valentine's Day. If you can't take them down and store them, don't buy and set them out to start with. If you can't take the lights down off the house, don't put them up to start with. There is no law that says you have to put lights up on your house. We don't because my husband likes to put them up and hates to take them down and he is one of those who would leave them up rather than take the time to pull them down and that gets on my nerves. It makes a house look neglected and sad.

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Talent Tuesday - Horseback Riding

Talented Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. Got ancestors who had a special talent? Be it musical, comical, or any manner of skill, we post at our genealogy blog through words and pictures.  Here is my story today.

My sisters, Elaine and Melinda, were wonderful horsewomen. From an early age they loved horses and horseback riding. My parents were able to give them horseback riding lessons very early and they had horses most of their lives up until about 8-10 years ago when age and Fibromyalgia (we all three have it) forced them off their horses. Before we could no longer ride, Melinda taught me to ride and I was able to ride one of her horses for about 3 years before I had to give it up. They continued to ride for awhile. Since I'm the oldest, by the time they reached my age, they also had to give it up. But I can say I was able to keep up with them on a lot of trail rides. I especially enjoyed the mountain trail rides we got to do especially the last one which was arranged for my birthday. It was unforgettable because we had a good ride up and a wonderful picnic lunch. But a thunderstorm came up on us and we had a hell of a ride back down in the pouring rain and thunderous lightening. It's something we laugh about even today!

There is a story about one of our Great Grandmothers, Noda Vesta Miller Lamb. She was supposedly a good horsewoman. They lived in the western NC mountains when it was a very poor area. For her to have her own saddlehorse says something about her horse skills and her husband's ability and desire to give her a horse.

Noda Vest Miller was born 11/6/1887 in Madison County, NC to Anderson Miller and Cynthia Ann Hickam. She got pregnant at the age of 18 yrs old and had a daughter named Pearl Juanita. She married John Edward Lamb, aka Ed Lamb, on 10/9/1904 in Madison County, NC. He raised Pearl as his own daughter. He must have really loved Noda. Noda and Ed added 4 more girls to their growing family: Sueda Lamb (DOB: 10/23/1906 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 8/1918 in Madison County, NC of the Spanish Flu Epidemic); Artie Mae Lamb (DOB: 4/3/1908 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 12/28/1999 in Blount County, TN; married Clyde Bovy Johnson); Fannie Marie Lamb (DOB: 2/2/1911 in Madison County, NC; DOD: 12/29/1988 in Greenville County, SC; married Conrad Cutlass Copeland); and my Grandmother, Geneva Margaret Lamb (DOB: 2/14/1915 in Cocke County, TN; DOD: 7/23/1984 in Spartanburg County, SC; married Wilford William Reese).

Noda's daughter, Pearl, married her first husband, Dewey Roberts, in May, 1916 in Cocke County, TN. She and her husband had a daughter named Edna Roberts about 1918. The story goes that there was some heavy rain and Noda worried about Pearl and Edna being caught in a flash flood. She saddled her horse and rode down to their house and rushed in and told them to leave immediately. Pearl had just bought a new Easter hat. She grabbed the baby and the new hat and they made it out of the house just before the water came and, sure enough, flooded the house. They would have drowned if not for Noda.

Noda was possibly newly pregnant with another little girl when this happened. This little girl would be her namesake.

As we know, the Spanish Flu Pandemic hit the world in 1918 and it hit little Madison County, NC too. In August of 1918, their daughter, Sueda, died of the flu. She wasn't yet 12 yrs old. In January, 1919, Noda also came down with the Spanish Flu. She gave birth but only lived 4 days after her baby girl was delivered. She died on 1/26/1919 in Madison County, NC. Little Noda Vesta Lamb didn't live a full 2 months before following her mother and older sister in death. The 3 of them are buried in the Old Antioch Cemetery (it's been virtually abandoned now for the newer Antioch Cemetery). There are 2 headstones but the last time I visited their graves, the tombstones are barely legible.

Ed moved his remaining 3 girls, Pearl, Dewey, Edna and his widowed mother-in-law down to Laurens, Laurens County, SC to work as a carpenter for one of the mills there. They are found there in the 1920 U.S. Census. Eventually he put the girl's in a girl's boarding school back in Madison County, NC. But they thought it was an orphanage and they were terrified that they would be adopted seperately and would never see each other again. They thought my little Grandmother was so pretty that she would go first so whenever someone would travel by the school, they would grab little Geneva and run to the fields where they would hide in the grass. Eventually Ed remarried to a neighbor woman that he knew (she and her family had lived near them). Bess' husband had died a couple of months before Noda had and she had 4 children too. The marriage was not a good one but back then you just lived with it. Ed and Bess had a son named Daniel Lamb. Ed Lamb died 2/27/1939 in McDowell County, NC. Bess Freshour Harkelroad Lamb died 7/31/1958 in McDowell County, NC.

Tombstone Tuesday - Kelly Family Cemetery

Tombstone Tuesday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites. To participate in Tombstone Tuesday simply create a post which includes an image of a gravestone of one or more ancestors and it may also include a brief description of the image or the ancestor.  Here is my submission:

I heard about the Kelly Family Cemetery but could find no directions. It's one of those small cemeteries lost in the woods of somebody's private property. Fortunately, Richard Kelly saw my blog and contacted me and gave me directions on how to get to the small cemetery. It is on someone's private hunting land so I don't recommend you going there. It's fairly isolated. But I do want to give the GPS coordinates so this family cemetery won't be totally lost and forgotten.  Take Hwy 9 to Kelly Town (it's also known as Kelton or Kelly community) where the Kelly One Stop convenience store is. Pass the convenience store and turn left on Pea Ridge Rd. Pass Foster's Chapel church and then turn left on Eisontown Rd. Look for Hart Rd on the left. Just past Hart Rd look for an old dirt road on the left. It has a gate. You follow the dirt road and keep looking into the woods on the left to find the cemetery. The GPS coordinates to the dirt road are 34 50.447' and -81 35.788. There are 6 head stones and most of those are barely legible. I used chalk to highlight them and you can see the before and after photos. There are a good many rocks marking graves and I suppose we will never know who they represent, whether family or slaves. We've been twice now. Once in the summer when we found it. But we came back this Fall after the leaves had fallen so we could better see the lay of the land and to clean up. There were some seedlings coming up on the graves so we brought some nippers to nip them down. We don't want trees growing up and toppling the stones and losing the grave spots. So we nipped around Elizabeth and J.G. Kelly and Thomas Kelly's graves. We didn't want to do too much since it's private land. By the way, it's best to ask permission from the owner whenever you go cemetery hunting on private land and use good manners. Don't leave trash, don't root around outside of the actual graves or build fences, be aware of hunters, etc. It is someone else's property.

The oldest tombstone is this one for Thomas Kelly.

Here it is chalked so you can read it.

Here is Stan next to his Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather, Thomas Kelly's grave.

These two gravestones are for Thomas Kelly's son, Jamison Gazaway Kelly and his wife, C. Elizabeth Free Kelly.

Here is Luke standing next to Jameson Gazaway Kelly's grave, his Great-Great-Great-Great Grandfather.

Here is Stan standing next to Jamison G. Kelly's tombstone, his Great-Great-Great Grandfather.

There are many stones marking graves.

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