Tuesday, July 27, 2010

A Treasure is Found

Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin died July 25, 1907
Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin died July 25, 1907
Lindsey Hamilton Scoggin died July 25, 1907

OK - this may not be a treasure to you, but to the Scoggin/Scoggins genealogy researchers this is big, huge, MAJOR! Not until today it has not been documented when this man died. Researchers knew within several years because of tax rolls and censuses, but there was not a date for this event. In fact the marker that was made and laid in the ground this past May has 1909 as his death date.

My Great-Great Grandfather
The truth came out today, and I was there to witness this event. My two distant cousins and I went to the cemetery again for some more documentation, then we went to the Grayson County courthouse to the land deeds that have been filed. We were in search of when and where the land was located, purchased, and sold. There the treasure was in the land deeds. It was more than we were hoping to find. Linzy's heirs sold his land and listed he and his wife, Julia, death dates. WOW! Talk about a "happy dance" being done - right there in the basement of the courthouse. I assure you these cousins will make many phone calls tonight to tell all researchers the treasure that was found today.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Summer Update

Before we started
It has been several days since I have updated. Rick and I went to Kansas City for the summer mission construction trip. We took 65 people with about 50 of them that would go to work on the church.  Our task was to cover the outside of a new church with gysum board. In four days we got 98 percent finished. It was a total blessing for them and us.
At the end of the week

The other item that has taken Rick and my time is ballgames. Both of his oldest grandsons are great baseball players and played in the state tournaments and one of them played also in the national tournament. This meant trips to Sulphur Springs and Longview on the weekends. We had not planned on going to Longview but soon as we got home from Kansas City, we got the phone call that we were the only grandparents that were not there. So away we went to the ballgames. The boys did win championships!

The third thing that has been taken our time is canning jelly. We bought peaches, plums, and peppers. The canning is going great, just time consuming. I believe that I have about 80 jars at this time, and I am about 40 percent done.

It saddens me to say that my summer is almost over. I know that it would go slower if I did not try to pack so much in to this time off.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Hot and Spicy - My favorite

I made my first jars of salsa for the summer. I was afraid that I was not going to get to have the opportunity to make salsa this year, because of the garden. It has a great deal to be desired this year. The cows that refuse to stay in their pasture and the drought has really caused our gardening this year to be a challenge. However, I did come up with enough tomatoes and peppers to make seven jars. Hopefully, this is just the beginning of the homemade "hot and spicy."