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This was in my recent newsletter from Rootsweb Review and thought it just out
Enjoy........Love the Dead Zone.............Beej--Fireflower
8. Humor/Humour: Dead Zone
Thanks to several sharp readers who found this one:
"As a cem-gin-eer I rely on my cell phone constantly. There are some areas
that it just won't work. I called the phone company the other day to find out
the problem and they asked me where I was calling from. I said the cemetery.
Their reply: 'No wonder the phone won't work, you're in a dead zone!'" --
Previously published in RootsWeb Review: Vol. 7, No. 2, 14 January 2004.
Barb, was not aware that my last three posts to the Indiana list had gone
thru. I get the list in digest form and have been getting demons that the posts
I have been sending were undeliverable!!
This is what has been at the top of the demon I receive from the Indiana list
Sorry, your message to ktdub(a)ksinc.net could not be delivered.
The specific error is: server error - unknown user ktdub(a)ksinc.net
The original Message was:
The ktdub(a)ksinc.net is not in my address book and I have no idea where it
came from. Thank you for letting me know that the posts had been delivered to
the Indiana list.
Is there somewhere where I can find out what it going on with my posting to
the Indiana list.
I belong to the DISABLED-GENIES-L and nothing has come back from that list
today at all. Strange they are both Rootsweb lists.
Thank you for any help you might be able to give in this matter.
Here is a list that I have subed to and not always a monthly posting with.
What he does have is worth the wait and he has a very large (now) data base
of many things. I am sure if you desire to sub you can thru one of the two
sites listed after his name at the bottom of this post. Beej--Fireflower
There have been lots of additions to the websites since the last
newsletter. (I know this one is late again. I get so wrapped up in
research that when I finally come up for air and look around, days
Anyway..the newest additions are posted at
I hope you find something in these new files that help in your search
Yahoo! Groups Links
To visit your group on the web, go to:
I do much research in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Virginia would it be
useful to this list if I posted what I found in way of marriages, maps of
counties of indiana, ky and va or anything else that might come in handy. I
don't have the time to do individual research but when in my own research I come
up with something I can send it on I usualy do that for various lists. I have
many county maps of IN as well of a state map with all counties listed by
name, state map of KY with all counties listed, with dates of counties as made
Does anyone do Indian/Native American research on this list? I have some URL
for this type of research. I have some colonial research info on URLs if
that would be of value to anyone. I have a URL saver just chuck full of
information an a variety of genealogical subjects. Accumulation since 1999 when I
bought into the into the system for a one time fee.
"OK, now I am feeling good. I have been able to contribute. Following URL is
for yrs. 1790 to 1930............"
Thank you, Beej!!! I don't know how many times I've come across a census sheet, and cannot make out some of the column headings. These abstracts are most appreciated.
Diane T (mzplum)
Do you Yahoo!?
Yahoo! Hotjobs: Enter the "Signing Bonus" Sweepstakes
OK, now I am feeling good. I have been able to contribute. Following URL is
for yrs. 1790 to 1930. Each census page is full page when printed out. What
I do I print out the pages,
1920 is a three page print out, just checked. If you are in a site where you
can not see the
top of the page as to what the info is in that colum refers to you have a
printed page you can read and refer to. If you wish to put info on the printed
page that can be done eaisly also.
I have used this method for yrs. even in libraries when I don't want to make
a copy just for one name as all info is on the printed page you have in hand
just write it in.
The colums are very easy to read in 10 pt print. If this is not explained
well for you just let me know and I will answer questions.
Genealogy.com: Census Record Abstracts
Following is a very interesting site. I have permission from the author to
share this with this/ these lists. I have recently joined this list to see
what was abvailable to be learned here. I have yet to get into the archives to
snoop around. Beej--Fireflower
Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 10:01:58 -0800 (PST)
From: Roger Kennedy <awesome_genealogy(a)yahoo.com>
Subject: Records of the Living 1623
This week I've added 8 new databases to my site,
The new databases can be found here:
List of Names of the Living in West and Sherlow
Hundred Virginia, February the 16, 1623
List of Names of the Living in Jordans Jorney
Virginia, February the 16, 1623
-- A continuing collection of names I've begun to
transcribe, these old records are like a census of the
adults for each area.
Emigrants to Bath County, North Carolina, April 13,1742
Emigrants to Bath County, North Carolina, March, 1742
Genealogical Data Relating to the German Settlers of Pennsylvania
and Adjacent Territory, 1787
-- This newspaper database is from the Germantauner
Zeitung - my newest addition to a variety of
Record of Servants and Apprentices Bound And Assigned
Before Hon. John Gibson, Mayor of Philadelphia,
December 7th, 1772
-- The records above contain both the name of the
apprentice and those they were in service to. Often
includes place of birth and/or parents. Check back
often as I add others like this database!
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica, August 30th, 1743
Naturalization of Jews in Jamaica, November 29th, 1743
Awesome Genealogy http://www.awesomegenealogy.com
Opened Ishaah's post and saw this, opened it and had to send this out before
I closed for the nite. Have fun and this is ssssssssssoooooooooo
A Poem For Computer Users Over 40 - Ishaah's Inspirations
I have received word that I may share this with other lists so here is some
info that I hope with help others. Beej
Date: Mon, 29 Dec 2003 11:47:44 -0800
From: "Carolyn McDaniel" <cmacdee(a)centurytel.net>
Subject: [AMXROADS] Hampshire-Mineral County, Virginia (now) WVA
The Hampshire-Mineral county USGenweb site has put together some good,
searchable records, including importantly, Sims Index to Hampshire Land
Grants 1763- 1866. Hampshire was created from Frederick and Augusta
Counties. Frederick from Orange.
You might want to take a look at George Washington's Journey over
the mountains on our Potomac Perimeter pages as you think about the families
who settled Hampshire county.
>From a brief history included on the Mineral pages:
"Mineral County was created by an act of the General Assembly on
February 1, 1866, from parts of Hampshire County. The county was named in
honor of the abundant minerals located in the county.
"John Lederer, a German physician and explorer employed by Sir
William Berkeley, colonial governor of Virginia, was the first Englishman to
set foot in present day Mineral County. Heexplored the area in 1669. One of
the earliest settlers in the county was a farmer named Brown. He entertained
George Washington in his cabin when Washington passed through the county in
1748 on behalf of the Ohio Company, a land investment company. In 1755,
Colonel George Washington gave the order to build a stockade and fort on the
east side of Patterson's Creek, at the present site of Frankfort. The Fort
(later called Ashby's Fort, in honor of Colonel John Ashby who commanded the
militia there for many years) served as part of the colonists' line of
defense during the French and Indian Wars (1754-1763).
"Part of the land where the county seat, Keyser, is located was
originally purchased from Lord Fairfax by Christopher Beelor in 1752. He
became the town's first, permanent English settler, but a band of Indians
forced him to abandon the area in 1773. He died in 1774 and his widow, Mary,
inherited the land and soon afterward returned with her new husband, George
Kyger. When her second husband died in 1807, she fold the farm to James
Mosley of Baltimore for 2,000 pounds. The other part of the land on which
Keyser is currently located was originally owned by Abram Inskeep. He
granted it Patrick McCarthy in 1802. McCarthy was one of the earliest
settlers in the area, arriving in 1780. After he bought the land, the area
became known as Paddy's Town. The McCarthy family soon became the most
prominent in the region, owning and operating the general store, several
mills and an iron foundry. In 1852, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad extended
into the region and the town's name was changed to New Creek. During the
Civil War, Keyser served as a key supply point and reportedly changed hands
14 times between 1861 and 1864. The town's name was changed to Keyser to
honor William Keyser, vice-president of the railroad, when it was
incorporated in 1874.
"Nancy Hanks, Abraham Lincoln's mother, was born on the Doll farm on
Mike's Run, near Keyser."
"This information was compiled by: Dr. Robert Jay Dilger, Director,
Institute for Public Affairs at West Virginia University. Special thanks to
Dr. Dilger for granting permission to use his information."
Love, Your Cousin, Carolyn
I am a subscriber to this newsletter and this article was in this months
I thought it a great story of American History and am sending this out for
Maybe ancestor of yours is listed herein. Beej
THE HERITAGE TOWN CRIER - 15 December 2003
Celebrate Life - Explore Your Heritage
Karen Ackermann, Editor
Copyright 2003 by Heritage Books, Inc.
THE GREAT IRON CHAIN ACROSS THE HUDSON - Jack H. Westbrook
In 1778, during the Revolution, as a defense against British
naval incursions up the Hudson River, a 1700' iron chain was
made in New York State and emplaced across the Hudson at West
Point. It was one of the longest and largest chains ever
forged and remarkably constituted not only a military and
metallurgical success but also a triumph of ad hoc management
involving mass production, numerous contractors and
subcontractors, interchangeable parts, and quality control,
all advanced concepts for the 18th c. In the 1700s the use
of iron chain was a new idea in military defense. Early in the
war, chains had been put across the Richelieu River in Canada,
at the narrows at Ticonderoga, and across the Hudson at Fort
Montgomery. These had all failed, either metallurgically or
because their emplacement locations were outflanked. General
James Clinton in Nov 1777, following up on an earlier
suggestion by Jacobus Van Zandt, recommended production and
installation of a new, very heavy chain at West Point. George
Washington himself chose 32yr - old Lt. Thomas Machin to be
the engineer in charge of the project. Machin (1744-1816)
had been a participant in the Boston Tea Party, wounded at
Bunker Hill, and had helped place the captured cannon brought
from Ticonderoga to Dorchester Heights outside Boston. He
had little formal education and his engineering experience
was limited to 4 years as assistant surveyor and paymaster
for an English canal project and an even briefer experience
as a mining consultant on a study that brought him to America.
Nonetheless he had earned a reputation as a prototypical
As the first step, Machin and Deputy Quartermaster General
Hugh Hughes studied the available iron manufacturers of New
York and chose Sterling Iron Works (Peter Townsend,
proprietor) in Orange Co. as prime contractor. A detailed
3-page contract was drawn up and signed on 2 Feb 1778 which
provided for design and specifications for the chain, 9
months exemption from military service for the workers, an
outside quality control board, and payment amounts and
delivery schedule. The chain was to be made of 2 1/4" square
bar, forged into links 31 1/2" long on average and 10" wide,
weighing about 130 lbs. each. 750 links were required,
together with 8 swivel pieces to prevent twisting and 80
clevises to connect individual sections of the chain. Each
section of 8 or 9 links, weighing about 1/2 ton, had to be
hauled in mid-winter on sledges or wagons, depending on the
weather, by 2-yoke of oxen 30 miles north up Central Valley
to New Windsor, south of Newburgh. There the sections were
joined together with the clevises and pins at Brewster's
forge on the south side of Murderer's Creek, stapled to
huge 2' d., 16' long logs, and floated down the Hudson to
West Point. The price paid Sterling for the chain itself,
not including anchors and incidental hardware, was $92,000
(about $10 million in today's money).
The Sterling works consisted of their own magnetite iron
ore mine, a cold-air blast furnace equipped with a pair of
water-powered bellows, 8 fining forges, and 10 welding units.
The furnace produced cast iron pigs, 3 to 10' long, 4-5"
thick, weighing 135-1000 lbs. each. These were then reheated
in a finery forge to burn out the excess carbon. The pig was
slowly fed in, melted into a pool on the hearth, and reacted
with the oxygen of the air. The process was repeated two or
three times, the melting point increasing as the carbon
content was reduced. The finery product was a bloom that
was then heated and hammered using a water-powered trip-
hammer to form a dumbbell-shaped ancony. The final step in
producing the wrought iron bar was at the chafery forge where
the bulbous ends of the ancony were reduced to uniform size,
and the bar elongated and worked to effect a favorable
disposition of the slag stringers within the bar. Next,
under another trip-hammer, the bars were scarfed (flattened
at the ends for subsequent welding), bent around a giant
mandrel while hot, and the scarfed ends welded to create a
link. The work went on 24 hrs. a day, employing 60 iron
workers, and an almost equal number of miners, wood cutters,
and teamsters. This tremendous effort resulted in completion
of the enormous project in a matter of weeks; the chain was
in place across the river by 30 April 1778, an incredible
accomplishment! It was fastened at each shore by huge,
sunken, stone-filled wooden cribs and further strengthened
by anchors. The hazards of winter's ice required the chain
to be hauled out each November and re-emplaced the following
March by a man-powered capstan, designed and built by Machin
for this express purpose. The chain was an outstanding
success; in place for five years, it was never broken by
current, tides, ice, or British warships.
After the War the chain was disassembled, sold for scrap,
and remelted. But few of the original links remain today:
13 are in a memorial on the grounds of the West Point
Military Academy; 10 others are known to exist in various
museums; three such are mounted on the marble wall of the
rotunda of the old NYS Educational Building in Albany.
Altogether the chain project was, for its time and any time,
a remarkable engineering and industrial achievement in
design, productivity, and management organization and
coordination. More detail on the project can be found in
L. Diamant's book, "Chaining the Hudson", Carol Publishing,
1989, on which much of this account is based.
Submitted by Jack H. Westbrook, Ballston Spa, New York
Here is another post I thought would be of interest to other lists. Beej
I hope all had a very Happy, Safe and Healthy New Year..............My
Jefferson Co. IN.
ancestors came from VA just after discharge out of the Rev War. Beej
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 21:59:46 -0500
From: "Derrell Oakley Teat" <margaret.teat2(a)verizon.net>
Subject: [VAROOTS] Some Documents of Burned Virginia Counties
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Wednesday, December 31, 2003 12:21 AM
Subject: [HH] Some Documents of Burned Virginia Counties
Dedicated genealogists may want to explore this Library of Virginia
website to see what has turned up in the past decade or so.
No transcripts on
line--just lists of documents. Tell your cousins who research Virginia.
This was in todays posts thought I would send this along. Beej
Date: Wed, 31 Dec 2003 07:32:18 -0800
From: "Freddie Spradlin" <fspradlin(a)earthlink.net>
Subject: [VAROOTS] Statutes at Large
Volume 2 of Hening's Statutes at Large, is complete, at
11 more volumes to go in this project ....<groan>