Oct 222013

I only recently found out that my g-g-g-grandmother, Margaret King (1788-1868), was buried in the Elliott Cemetery outside of Ardmore, Tennessee. Her gravesite is on a hill overlooking I-65. I made the discovery browsing through Giles County cemetery records on Findagrave.com. Last month we had occasion to be in that area so I went by to see if I could find her gravestone and hopefully that of her husband, Arthur. Both have been “dead-ends” for me for quite some time. Initially I had no luck but finally found her small ground-level marker beneath a thick mass of grass near a larger upright headstone for her son Lewis Arthur King. I pulled up enough of the grass to take the shot below.

Margaret King

Margaret King (1788-1868)

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 Posted by at 1:24 pm
Aug 202013
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Silas Watts Lucas and Family
about 1891

You never know where and when you’re going to get a new tidbit in your family history research.

I was browsing through Findagrave.com last month and found the picture above posted on the Silas Watt Lucas memorial page.  This is the only picture I have seen that has my great-grandmother, Alice Lucas White (at the far right), as a child.  A caption with the picture noted,  ”See the Grace Armantrout Museum FaceBook Page for more Lucas family photos.”  Since the museum is near the small town of George West, Texas, I was curious how this picture ended up there.  To my knowledge,  none of the folks in the picture had never lived anywhere near that.  I sent a note to Kevin Mackey who posted the picture at Findagrave and got this response: Continue reading »

 Posted by at 10:15 pm
Jul 222013

Lloyd, Lavetta, Max, and Donna about 1980

I can’t let the day go by without mentioning my dad who, if still alive, would be 100 years old today.  He (Lloyd Kull) always listed his birth year as 1916 but I know from numerous sources (census records, my birth certificate, conversation with my cousin Henrik) that he was born in 1913.  Either way, we lost him too soon in 1984 on Easter eve.  It was very much unexpected as he led an active life style, was in good shape, and (we thought) good health.

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 Posted by at 12:19 am
Jul 112013

I was recently going through some boxes of photos in my basement and found a booklet entitled “Pioneer Profiles” (F. Johnson, Ed.). This was put out by the Madison Crossroads Homemakers Club in conjunction with the “Alabama Reunion 1989″. In their words: “It is hoped that this booklet will cause an awareness and appreciation of the rich heritage afforded by this community.”  It is a collection of histories and stories from the area one of which was submitted by my mother. The following is excerpted from that story.

The Homemakers thank Mrs. Lavetta Kull for the following insight (both historical and humorous) into the family/heirs of Max Julius Kull.

Max Julius Kull (known in America as Julius Max Kull) of Lenzburg, Switzerland arrived in America aboard the ship “Weimar” (a steam assisted sailing vessel) in 1892.  [NOTE: My information is that he actually arrived earlier around 1888 with his mother and brother.  There is a record of an 1893 arrival for Julius and his brother Fred but this was their return trip from Switzerland after going back to settle affairs after their father's death in 1892.]

Kull farmhouse

He settled in Chicago where he worked for Pullman Company. I have heard him tell the story about a land agent from Madison County, Alabama coming to Chicago to get settlers to come to Northwest Madison County. He and his friend Michael Ghidotti, an Italian, came to Madison County in the early part of 1895. He said when they arrived in Madison County and saw all the sage grass they thought this must be very fertile land. He laughed when he told this for he said he learned this was not true. He and his friend homesteaded adjoining farms on Stateline Road. The farm Julius acquired (158.5 acres) had been entered by someone else who failed to prove his claim. Julius bought the improvements and took up permanent residence on June 28, 1895.

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 Posted by at 2:22 pm
Jul 012013

From the Huntsville TimesFrom the “small world” file:  Last September, I went to my 45th year high school reunion in Huntsville.  It was great to reconnect with old friends and to find out that I wasn’t the only one cruelly betrayed by my mirror.  One of the folks I ran into was Bill Newman.  He was not actually part of our graduating class, but he did go to school with most of us from grade school on until he moved to another district.  Anyway, besides being an old classmate, he was also the great-grandson of Miss Addie, third and last wife to Fred Kull.  I’ve since been corresponding with him to find a little bit more about “Miss Addie”.
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 Posted by at 12:50 pm