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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2003
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Looking for JAMES MORRISON born in New York about 1814, married a RHOBA PECK about 1840 or earlier in New York, or Pennsylvania. Lived in Wisconsin in 1870. Last time I found him he was in 1875 in Horicon, Dodge, Wisconsin. Oldest son was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania. Write Charlotte Clark, 2082 S. Sidewinder, Yuma, AZ 85364.

Things my Mom taught me
Mom taught me to appreciate a job well done. "If you're going to kill each other, do it outside. I just finished cleaning house."
Mom taught me religion. "You better pray that comes out of the carpet!"
Mom taught me logic. "Because I said so, that's why!"
Mom taught me irony. "Keep laughing and I'll give you something to cry about."
Mom taught me the science of osmosis. "Shut your mouth and eat your supper!"
Mom taught me about weather. "It looks like a tornado went through your room!"
Mom taught me about stamina. "You will sit there until your lima beans are gone!"
Mom taught me about hyprocrisy. "If I told you once, I've told you a million times, don't exaggerate!"
Mom taught me the circle of life. "I brought you into this world, I can take you out!"
Thanks to The Imperial Polk Genealogical Society Newsletter, PO Box 10, Kathleen, FL 33849.

Pinellas Genealogist creates a DVD presentation
The Pinellas Society has created a DVD presentation "Cemetary Tour Vol. 1 and Vol. 2." Each DVD is broken into four segments with scene selection for viewing ease. On this tour, the Pinellas Genealogy Society Cemetary Chair, Lesleigh Butts and videographer, Ann Cantlin , take viewers through many of the cemeteries in the area. Brief history and interesting stories are included during the tour. This tour was well received by the members of the Society and the DVD's have been added to the Genealogy Collection at Largo Library.
For more information visit

Ligonier Highland Games offers Scholarships
Amateur solo piping and drumming competitors in the EUSPBA sanctioned competitions at the 45th Annual Ligonier Highland Games will be eligible to win one of the $150 scholarships offered by the Clan Donald Educational and Charitable Trust, sponsor of these popular Scottish games which will take place this year on September 6 at Idlewild Park, Ligonier.
This will be the 22nd year that these scholarships have been awarded according to the Ligonier Executive Director David L. Peet.
Winners are those competitors with the highest aggregate scores in piping events Grades 1 through 4 Jr. and drummers in Grade 1 and 2.
In addition to the awards, the Clan Donald Trust also donates two Highland Dancing scholarships of $150 to competitors. Winners must wait two years before they are eligible for another scholarship award.
For more information visit

Lora Mae Forsyth Gardner passed away in her home March 4, 2003.
She was the oldest member of Clan Forsyth Society U.S.A., and proudly carried the title of Matriarch.
There was a photo in January 2003 issue of The Griffin shows her accepting the trophy for Honored Clan of The Ocala Highland Festival for October, 2002.
Lora loved to attend the festival and enjoyed the attention given to her by other clans. She was lively and spunky and was a pleasure to talk to.
She moved to Florida in 1972 from South Portland, Maine.
She was a homemaker and was also a member of Baha' of Largo, a past matron of Longfellow Chapter OES, South Portland and an active volunteer for more than 20 years with Hospice of the Florida Suncoast.
Lora was the mother of Clan Forsyth members Barbara Vaillancourt and our Florida Representative, Jack Gardner.

Bush warms to Scottish wool
Crittenden Rawlings of Oxford Clothes in Chicago is George Bush's personal tailor, and when he presented fabric samples to the President for his 2003 wardrobe, Mr. Bush chose wool from the looms of a tiny Dumfries-shire weaving company, Reid and Taylor. "The navy wool particularly caught his eye," said Mr. Rawlings. "I explained it had been woven in Scotland and he said, 'Even better.'" The 163-year-old Scottish company will charge the President about $100 per yard for the wool, and the finished suits will cost in the neighborhood of $3,800 each.
Thanks to CDSNA, 701 Montgomery Hwy. Suite 209, Birmingham, AL 35216-1833.

Ligonier Highland Games to present Dr. Smith!
The annual Ligonier Highland Games, Pennsylvania's big Scottish festival that will be taking place in Westmoreland County the weekend of September 5-7.
Dr. Philip Smith, Jr., president of the International Association of Tartan Studies and a fellow of the Scottish Tartans Society will be conducting a day-long free seminar about Scottish tartans at the Winngate Inn, US Rte. 30, in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, from 9 AM - 4 PM on Friday, September 5. Since space is limited anyone interested in attending this session is asked to make an advanced registration with the Ligonier Highland Games.
For more information call 412-851-9900 or email

The name was what?
Sometimes your ancestors may have gone by a name, or a nickname, that was different from their real name. Remember that Polly and Molly were often used interchangeably for the name Mary. Nabby meant Abigail. Becky meant Rebecca. Bessie, Libby, Betty, Betsy, and Lizzie stood for Elizabeth. Anna, Hanna, and Nancy were often used interchangeably. Sally often meant Sarah. Sulkey was used for Susanna. Patty stood for Martha. Maria was often pronounced Miriah. Jo - written with a little dash, meant Jerome, not John or Jonathan. Harry often meant Henry. Jack is a common nickname for John and Rob for Robert.
Thanks to the Swain Newsletter, Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 32, Yucaipa, CA 92399-0032.
...and, in Scotland
When researching women in Scotland, look for their maiden name, as that is what appears in all legal transactions, including death records. Their maiden names remain their legal names throughout their lives.
Thanks to the Swain Newsletter, Yucaipa Valley Genealogical Society, Inc., PO Box 32, Yucaipa, CA 92399-0032.

Maurice Schwarzmann, one of the founders of the Clan Farquharson Society in California, died on January 23, 2003. He and his wife, Patricia, were very active in establishing the clan association and in manning a tent and attending gatherings beginning in 1992. His professional career was with the Canadian Government, firstly as one of the two Ministers in the then called Industry, Trade and Commerce Ministry. He was in charge of International Trade Treaties. In 1973 he became Canadian Ambassador to Mexico and Guatemala. In 1975 he became Ambassador to Venezuela and Santo Domingo. He was born in 1920 and died in 2003, age 82.

David J. Fargason was born August 10, 1912 and passed away August 23, 2002. David is survived by his wife, 3 children, and 5 grandchildren.

Felicity Farquharson of London, UK passed away on February 1st at the age of 87. A story was wrote about David in the Spring 2002 issue of the Cairn. Felicity served as VAD with the RAF then joined BOAC after the war and flew as air stewardess until 1970. Felicity was the first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean 500 times, while a stewardess of British Airways.

G. MARION McCOY born June 8, 1833 died Nov. 15, 1904. G. Marion first appeared in the census in Lincolnton, Lincoln Co., N.C. He died in Lincolnton and is buried there next to his wife JANE at the Laboratory Methodist Church graveyard. His first name was most likely GEORGE. There is a record of a GEORGE M. McCOY marrying a JANE REDDING on August 13, 1861 in Wilkes County. I would like to know more about both G. MARIONand his wife JANE, particularly who their parents were. Please contact Linda M. Burnett, 25619 Cielo Ct, Valencia, CA 91355, call 661-255-3546, or email if you have any information.

CARRIE McCOY born around 1907 to JAMES CLINTON McCOY(son of G. MARION McCOY) and MARY E. HENDERSON McCOY. She disappeared as a young woman and was never heard from again even though an advertisement for her was placed in the newspaper upon her father's death on May 1, 1925. It is thought that she was married breifly to someone with the last name of LAW before she left home. Please contact Linda M. Burnett, 25619 Cielo Ct., Valencia, CA 91355, call 661-255-3546, or email if you have any information.

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