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Aug 262016

This picture has been in my “most wanted” section for over a year.  It was found in my Aunt Elaine Webster’s collection after her death.  Thanks to Bill Atkinson of Winfield, Alabama, we now have names to go with these faces.  Front left to right: Samuel M. Atkinson, Nancy Atkinson, Susan Nix Atkinson.  Rear left to right: William Charles Atkinson, Bascom Poole Atkinson, and David Hollis Atkinson.  Samuel and Susan were “next door” neighbors as children in Pickens County, South Carolina.  They married  there in the early 1870’s and started a family.  By the early 1880’s they had moved to Georgia (don’t know the county since the 1890 census burned up).  They relocated to Fayette County, Alabama in the early 1890’s.

 Posted by at 12:58 pm
Apr 062016

census_sheetThat’s actually good news.  I just recently discovered that the folks over at familysearch have apparently made all the U.S. Census images available there and they can be viewed for free.  Their search function is not as capable as the ones at ancestry.com and other pay sites but the price is certainly better.  This was really good timing for me as I was nearing my disk quota limits on the site so I can save a lot of space by linking to the images at the family search site.  The only downside is that if they ever change their url’s, all the links here (and there are a lot of them) will be broken.  I’ve put enough information on the link descriptions so that, even if that happens, you should still be able to find the images on their site.  Browse your relatives on the site and if you see this icon bookicon you can click it to view the census image.

 Posted by at 11:52 pm
Jan 252016

James Terrell Webster b. 1854     d. 1909 lived in either Fayette or Marion County Alabama all his life….buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery with his Father Theodore Silmon Webster and many other Websters…..I have no direct descendants and would hate for this portrait to be thrown away by whoever does my estate.   Or worse sold at an estate sale for a few bucks….

If you are a direct descendant and would appreciate this picture please reply.


Jim Webster

Jan 252016

I am from Weatherford, Texas and have lost touch with my ancestors of Fayette County, Alabama, however, I would like to pass on some old pics of the Websters to some direct descendants of James Terrell Webster.    I have no descendants so I want to get this old beautiful portrait to someone who would appreciate it….He and many other relatives are buried in Harmony Grove Cemetery.

Jun 262015

I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history. – Cardinal Francis George (2010)

 Posted by at 11:57 pm