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Apr 112015

Today would have been my cousin Rosa’s 87th birthday. We lost her last August but she will always linger near in our hearts. Anyone who has an interest in our family history and roots owes a huge debt to her. She spent massive amounts of time and money digging out records to trace our ancestors.  This was well before the internet made these kinds of efforts so much easier.  She was always generous in sharing what she found and is, in large part, responsible for planting the interest in me.

Cousins Rosa and Max about 1955 at our grandparents' farm

Cousins Rosa and Max about 1955 at our grandparents’ farm

When I was just out of college and working outside of Washington, D.C., I made a couple of trips to places in Virginia to run down some information for her.  During that time she sent me a lot of photocopied correspondence from various state and county officials there.  In those days, there were no searchable databases.  You would Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:06 pm
Apr 062015

Ellen Wright, my cousin Rosa’s daughter, has been going through her mother’s collection of family photos and has come across some real gems.  With her permission, I’ll be adding a lot of these to the site.  I did want to put a couple here in the blog since these are some of the relatives that stayed behind in Switzerland.  The first one is a very nice shot of our family kin.  Mother, Selina Kull was the sister of Fred and Julius.  She was married to Adolph Hammerli and they had six children that I know of – Selina, Friedrich, Elsa, Eugen, Julius, and Arthur.

Seated - L to R: Selina, Adolph, daughter Selina Standing - L to R: Unknown, Elsa, probably Eugen

Seated – L to R: Selina, Adolph, daughter Selina
Standing – L to R: Unknown, Elsa, probably Eugen

Ellen’s information had the two young men as being possible spouses of Elsa and Selina.  I think it is more likely that they are brothers.  The one on the right looks like another Continue reading »

 Posted by at 11:15 pm
Mar 242015

As I age, I continue to lose more and more people who meant so much to me growing up. It seems that 2014 was especially tough in that respect. I lost my mother in July and though she had been in declining health for some time, it’s still hard to accept that she is no longer with us.  I’m comforted by the fact that she no longer suffers and that she is in a better place.

Rosa Gahn Wright and Lavetta Webster Kull at Stephen Kull’s wedding reception (2006). Lavetta passed away in July and Rosa in August.

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 Posted by at 10:38 pm
Jun 102014

I was doing some internet researching tonight and ran across an online obituary for one of our cousins, Louis C. Kull, Jr.  Prayers go out to his family.  Condolences can be left here.

Mr. Louis C. Kull, Jr. 88 of Covington passed away at Southwest Christian Hospice on June 2, 2014. Mr. Kull was born in Decatur, AL. to the late Louis C. Kull, Sr. and Mattie Hames Kull. He was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Conyers where he served as a Deacon for over 8 years. He proudly served his country during WWII and was retired from the United States Navy and was retired from the Georgia State Patrol after 23 years of service. Mr. Kull loved playing golf, camping, fishing and spending time with his family. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 59 years Ann M. Kull in 2005.

He is survived by his son Ronnie Kull of Panama City Beach, FL., daughter and son in law Christa and Al Faulkner of Newnan, Ga., grandchildren Ty Starnes and Mike Starnes, both of Hubert, NC., Andrea Buckles of Locust Grove, Ga. and Julie Andresen of McDonough, Ga., great grandchildren Ashley and Abby Starnes, Hannah Belle, Hallie Kate and Dane Andresen, Lydia and Madalyn Buckles, Hailey, Kyla and Sean Starnes and numerous other family members.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday June 4th, 2014 at 11:00 am in the chapel of Wheeler Funeral Home with Pastors Rick Stucke and Tim Riordan officiating. Interment will follow at Lawnwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tueday, June 2, 2014 from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Southwest Christian Hospice, 7225 Lester Road, Union City, Ga. 30291.

 Posted by at 11:09 pm
Jun 092014

The picture below was forwarded to me by Richard Phillips, grandson of Liddy Kull Phillips.  He scanned it from an old family slide.  He says it was taken in 1948 when Liddy was living with her father Fred.  The other two Freds are Liddy’s son Fred Phillips and grandson Fred Phillips, Jr.  Richard tells me he’s spending more time lately going through his genealogy records – updating, filing, and just doing a better job of organization.  If you’ve got family treasures like this, I hope you’re doing the same thing.  Even if you think nobody but you cares about them, identify them so that when someone comes along who does, they’ll be able to attach a name to them.  I’ve got a number of family pictures that nobody in the family has been able to identify.  I’ve got a bunch more that I can identify but I doubt there are more than 2 or 3 other people who can…and none of them are “spring chickens”.  The information needs to be preserved so our pictures don’t end up as nameless decorations on the wall of a Cracker Barrel somewhere.  Besides the people, don’t forget the home places.  Sadly, my Kull and Webster grandparents’ homes are both gone.  I’d really like for my kids to know what they were like.  I’ve also been going through my parents old slides and have found quite a few shots of both places.  I hope there’s enough to give them (and others) a feel for the places that held such fond memories.

Fred Phillips, Fred Jr., Liddy, and Fred Kull

 Posted by at 11:38 pm