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Caprock Canyon

At the end of the summer in 2013, Travel Buddy and I visited the Texas Panhandle.
While I had visited Palo Duro Canyon before, this was my first visit to Caprock Canyon.
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When it was apparent that the last of the American Bison were dying out, Charles Goodnight, of the Goodnight-Loving Trail, kept a small herd of them alive on his ranch, thus preserving an important link in American heritage.…

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Brick Wall of the Month: Charles Cocke

Brick Wall of the Month: Charles Cocke

My brick wall for the month of August is Charles Cocke.

Charles Cocke was born 12 November 1750, Halifax County, Virginia.
He married Eleanor Ewing (daughter of George Ewing) and they had at least one child, a daughter: Ellender Cocke.
Ellender was born in 1788, Fincastle, Virginia, and married John Lee Dibrell in Kentucky, 1805.

I do not know what happened to Charles and Eleanor after the birth…

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Road Trip 2014

Every year Travel Buddy and I take a road trip.

We visit family and friends, frequent places of historic significance, and always spend time on genealogy research.

This year we are traveling to Scotland. We will be there for several weeks, visiting folks, checking out the historic sites, and once again, doing some genealogy research. Just in the last few years we have learned a great deal about…

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Number 200!

Wordsmithmagic is a blog I started a little over two years ago.

When I began, I really wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about, as I have many, many interests. But I wasn’t writing at the time, despite my many, many attempts to return to my writing projects (still in progress, as of now). So I created a “required” (at least in my mind) schedule, wherein I would post an entry every four days.…

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Edmiston Family Genealogy

My Edmiston line is very short. At least, so far. I just have two generations: Robert and Dorothy.

Robert was born about 1700 in Augusta County, Virginia, married Jean Buchanan in 1720, and died 6 August 1749, Augusta County, Virginia. He had at least three children: William, Dorothy, and James Buchanan. These are the three mentioned in his will, so if there were others, they did not live past…

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Albuquerque II
Random Pics

When I was young, I loved reading westerns. One of my all-time favorites was Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Gray. We had sage growing around where I lived, but it never seemed to bloom. I always wondered what purple sage would look like.
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Now I know!

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Brick Wall of the Month: Mary Jane Tomlinson

Brick Wall of the Month: Mary Jane Tomlinson

My brick wall for the month of July is Mary Jane Tomlinson.

Mary Jane was born in Tennessee in 1822, married Samuel S. McCleary in 1839, and died in Fannin County, Texas, in 1901.

Or maybe not. We don’t really know much about Mary Jane, or at least her parentage.

My Travel Buddy’s aunt, who did extensive genealogy decades before personal computers arrived, always claimed that Richard Tomlinson of…

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Random Texas Pics

These pics are of the largest pecan tree in our county. It hasn’t produced pecans for at least 5 years, but we got enough rain this time around.

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But now the concern is that this many pecans may cause the limbs to bend under the weight. If the limbs can’t handle the pressure, they will snap, or even worse, the trunk may split.

With luck, this will just be a bountiful season, nothing more.

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Dutoi Family Genealogy

The Dutoi family came to America about 1700. They were Huguenots, looking for a safe place to live. The English settlers on the James River disliked the French-speaking newcomers, so pushed them to the west of Richmond, hoping the local Indians would wipe them out. Instead, the Huguenots flourished, trading with the Indians on a regular basis.

The Dutoi family, from Geneva, Switzerland, were one…

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