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The Ellen Payne Odom Genealogy Library Family Tree
The Family Tree - June/July 2003
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Clan Carmichael is honoured Clan
Clan Carmichael will be the Honored Clan at the Eighth Annual Tennessee Highland Games held October 3-5 2003 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
The Annual General Meeting, which will feature elections of five members of the Board of Directors, will be held in conjunction with these games on Saturday, October 4, after the conclusion of the field activities.
A board meeting will be held during the day. Jeanette Simpson and Kath Gambill are planning another tea for the AGM which will be an event not to be missed. The annual meeting and the tea will be held in the meeting room of the Hampton Inn.
For more information contact The Eagle Gate, Clan Charmichael USA, Grover T. Brinson, Editor, 1332 Hermitage Road, NE, Rome, GA 30161-3435.

Georgenia Youmans MacLeod of Flint, Michigan, the mother of incoming Clan MacLeod Treasurer, Richard MacLeod of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, died on February 10, 2003 in Chandler, Arizona.
Born January 13, 1913 in Flint, she was 90 years of age, and had lived her entire life in the Flint area. For many years, Mrs. MacLeod practiced Optometry in Flint. On April 20, 1940 she married Archie MacLeod, who died in 1987. Mrs. MacLeod was a lifelong member of the Dexter Street Gospel Chapel, and a longtime member of Clan MacLeod Society.
In 1986, she and Archie were part of a group of MacLeods who took part in a reception to welcome to Michigan the then president of the Clan MacLeod Society of Scotland, Donald Alistair MacLeod and his wife, Estelle, prior to their attendance at the 1986 Annual General Meeting in Charleston, South Carolina, where Donald Alistair was the guest of honor. Survivors include Charles and Nila MacLeod, Robert and Maureen MacLeod, Richard and Cynthia MacLeod, Dorothy and Douglas MacLeod, three grandchildren, two great grandchildren, and her lifelong friend, Vivian Richards.

Lorena B. McLeod, a retired registered nurse, and a Life member of Clan MacLeod Society, died in Mannsville, New York. She had previously lived in New York City and Blauvelt. She was a member of the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church of New York City, the Greenbush Presbyterian Church of Blauvelt, and the Nature Conservancy at Pulaski.
Born in Utica, New York in 1921, she graduated from high school in Rochester, received a registered nurse's degree from Strong Memorial Hospital in 1942, and Bachelor of Science degree in nursing education from Oneonta State University in 1968. With her Baccalaureate and teaching certificate she worked in the New York City vocational training system and taught practical nursing to hundreds of young adults.
She married Dr. Stuart W. McLeod on June 14, 1944. He was a physician and Naval Officer, and they both served in the armed forces during World War 2. She was a proud McLeod and was inspired by the Motto of "Hold Fast." After the war, the couple settled in upstate New York where Dr. McLeod was a family physician associated with the Oswego County Health Services, where he died March 29, 1976. Survivors include three sons, two sisters, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Occupational Hazards! What do these mean?
Try your luck at guessing the job descriptions for the following job titles...
1. Allsorts Stripper
2. Ankle Beater
3. Beater
4. Batter
5. Bluffer
6. Body Ironer
7. Bottom Shooter
8. Clouter
9. Cow Leech
10. Knocker-Up
11. Mugger
12. Slapper
13. Striker
14. Tiger
15. Twist Hand
16. Wailer
17. Fear-Nothing Maker
18. Twangey
19. Nimgimmer
20. Spragger
21. Up and Down Man
22. Bummaree
23. Saggermaker's Bottom Knocker

Occupational Hazards?! Answers:
1. Allsorts Strippers - A sugar confectionery worker who prepared the licorice for rolling and cutting.
2. Ankle Beater - A young boy who assisted a drover in driving cattle to market.
3. Beater - A Fuller. In charge of a machine which disintegrates and softens fabrics.
4. Batter - A woman who beats raw cotton with a bat.
5. Bluffer - The landlord of an inn.
6. Body Ironer - A laundry worker who ironed the starched parts of shirts on a special machine.
7. Bottom Shooter - Similar to a bottom sagger.
8. Clouter - maker of nails.
9. Cow Leech - veterinarian.
10. Knocker-Up - A man paid to wake up mill workers who were on early shifts, by using a long pole to knock on bedroom windows.
11. Mugger - (also a Pigman) A seller of crockery (Pig = common earthenware).
12. Slapper - A pottery worker who prepared clay for the potter by a slapping process.
13. Striker - Blacksmith's assistant.
14. Tiger - A small groom who wore traditionally a yellow vest with black stripes.
15. Twist Hand - A lace machine operator.
16. A Wailer - A boy employed in a mine to pick out impurities, such as slate from coal.
17. Fear-Nothing Maker - A weaver of a thick woolen cloth known as Fear.
18. Twangey - A Tailor.
19. Nimgimmer - A surgeon
20: Spragger - A worker in a mine or quarry who is in charge of filling and emptying carts and wagons.
21. Up and Down Man (Also known as a Coal Whipper). An unloader of coal from ships which required a whipping action by jerking it up and down onto the deck using a mechanical device.
22. Bummaree - A middleman between a wholesaler and retailer at a fish market.
23. Saggarmaker's Bottom Knocker - The sagger maker was a pottery maker who made the containers that fine stoneware was put into before firing. The bottom knocker was a young boy who assisted him.
With thanks to the wonderful Stovall Journal!

Do you remember when.....
" You could get your weight for a penny?
" Doctors made house calls?
" Everyone dressed up for church?
" Humor was clean and funny?
" Families ate their meals together?
" People hardly ever locked their doors?
" Drivers used their arms as turn signals?
" "Fibber McGee and Molly" and "Amos n" Andy" were the popular radio shows?
" Sweethearts rode in the rumble seat?
" Burning the midnight oil meant keeping the lantern lit?
" One doctor took care of all your ailments?
" You eagerly watched for Burma Shave signs along the road?
" Saturday night baths in a No. 10 washtub?
" You had to rewind the alarm clock every night?
" Central heat came from a pot-bellied stove?
With thanks to The Stovall Journal.

About war...
War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
A man who has nothing for which he is willing to fight, nothing he cares about more than his own personal safety, is a miserable creature who has no chance of being free, unless made and kept so by the exertions of better men than himself.
Author unknown. Thanks to The Stovall Journal.

Civil War photographs wanted!
If you have a photo of your ancestor who fought in the War Between the States on either side, that picture is very important to the US Army Military History Department. For many years, they have been seeking photographs of the men who served in this war. If you have a picture like this, please send a good copy, with information on state, regiment and company, to the Army Department. They will acknowledge your photo and it will be catalogued and filed. You can also request a search for a picture of one of your ancestors that you don't have - as someone else may have sent it in to them. There is no charge for this service.
Contact the Department of the US Army Military History Institute Carlisle Barracks, PA 170913-5008.

Ethel K. MacNeal Scottish Harp Scholarship awarded to Cathcart
Royce Neil McNeill, FSA Scot, Chairperson, COSCA (Council of Scottish Clans & Associations) Scottish Harp Scholarship Committee, announces that Mrs. Cynthia Cathcart of Silver Springs, Maryland is the 2003 scholarship winner.
Mrs. Cathcart has studied harp for nine years with Bill Taylor, Alison Kinnaird, and Ann Heymann. She will use the scholarship funds for private study with a Smithsonian Scholar in early music or to study with a member of the Folger Consort.
Mrs. Cathcart has won the National Harp title twice, once in Texas and once at Grandfather Mountain.
She has presented concerts at St. James Episcopal, St. Paul's - the Diocesan Convention at the National Cathedral and was the opening concert at the Somerset Harp Festival. She is also a pianist.
She is connected to Scotland by Clans Ogilvie, Hamilton, Lamont and Macneil. She is a Friend of Fraser.
Those interested in applying for the 2004 Ethel K. MacNeal Scottish Harp Scholarship may contact Royce Neil McNeill, COSCA, 1824 Stoneyridge Dr., Charlotte, NC 28214.

<> offers historical GA newspapers
The main feature of is an easy-to-use database of newspapers that are preserved on microform for use by researchers. These newspapers date from 1763 to the present and span the entire history of Georgia as a state as well as some of the history of Georgia during its colonial period. The newspapers listed are available on microfilm from many libraries across the state.
For more information on OnceNews contact Fernleaf Solutions, PO Box 903, Watkinsville, GA 30677.

Does anyone know of a tie between the McCORD and the GLECKLER families? I have just learned of a SARAH McCORD GECKLER (McCORD is the middle name and GLECKLER is the surname), born 22 September 1847 and died 18 September 1908. She was the daughter of German parents, JOHN GOTTLIEB GLECKLER and MARY MAGDALENE DILLYARD/DILLARD/DILGER. The families were between Germany and Illinois. If you have any information, please contact Scott & Roxanne Munns at

Pomeranian Town Hall Seminar set for October 2003
An all day seminar featuring Martha and Les Riggle, Pomeranian Genealogists presented by The Pomeranian Special Interest Group of the Immigrant Genealogical Society.
The seminar will be held Saturday, October 25, 2003 at the Magnolia Park United Methodist Church, 2828 West Magnolia Boulevard, in Burbank, California 91505.
For more information contact Toni Perrone at: 909-696-1756.

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