Saturday, January 23, 2016

Delmar Had Their Snow Removal Equipment Out Today

Saturday Comments

Jewell St in Delmar Yea it is a mess but think how much worst it could be.  I am of the age where snow and winter no longer has any magic in it, I just want for it to go away.

But did you know that today is National Pie Day? Not to be confused with the irrational Pi day March 14th,  So to hell with diets and diabetes go for some pie.

I recently was reading a book called "Pride of the Sea" by Tom Waldron.  It is about the sinking of the original "Pride of Baltimore" clipper that sank in 1986 leaving four dead.  One of the problems that contributed to the sinking was the position of one of the hatches.  I never really thought about why hatches on sailboats'ships are in the middle, it is just something you accept as part of the design but since sailboats tend to lean into the wind and in rough weather may have a part of their deck underwater if the hatch is off center water would be allowed to flow into the hull of the boat, as opposed to if the hatch is in the center of the boat the chance is lessened.

In 1981 The Pride was docked at Chestertown Md. and I went over to see it.  Took the above photos.  it was a Small thing, I wouldn't want to sail the Ocean on it.

It is just a good day to stay in and well you know.

Ancestry has a number of commercials on TV.  They imply that it is a snap to do your family tree using them.   To some degree it is, in comparison to other methods of developing a family tree.  The easiest one is to go to that relative who has made a family tree and get a copy of it.

The two draw backs to Ancestry is first most of their data that is useful is made up of members submitting their family trees to Ancestry.  With the exception of those who label their family tree private you can access all the public family trees and combine that person data into your family tree.  The drawback is you do not know how accurate their data is but it is quick.

The second drawback is you can easily be drawn into developing a large unmanageable family tree.  For the most part a family tree with about 2,000 people in it is manageable.  Those who have 40 and 50 thousand people in their family tree, to me, is just unmanageable.  The way the large tree happens is the "leaf" hint.  Ancestry gives you a "Leaf' if there is a member of your family tree mentioned in some record or other members tree.  What will happen is you may have a great aunt that was sister to your grand father the aunt is just a footnote she really doesn't come into your blood line tree that descend to you, but ancestry will give you a hint as to her spouse and then a hint as to her husband family and before you know it you have added another 100 people into your tree that continues to produce Hints from ancestry of people you really are not interested in. 

Ancestry has scanned a number of year books so I was able to find a photo of my wife cousin Rebecca Mae Howard in a Pocomoke Papoose yearbook - 1955.  It was convenient instead of seeking out a copy of the yearbook.

Another yearbook I accessed was in California for some Hummel members of the family.  This was in 1942 so I assume an all girls school club called the Horizon club has a different implication then it would today.   Again I was drawn into this due to the hints as I really have no great interest in the California Branch but just the branch that came to Salisbury. 

It's a little warmer out there but the wind will blow you away

I can't believe this crap that is going on with the Oscars.  People want to boycott the Oscars because no Blacks were nominated this year.  Maybe people just aren't impressed with how often "motherfucker" is said in a movie and they don't consider it acting.   So the racebaiters and liberal activist have now screwed up an event that I normally don't look at anyway but whom ever does win an award will be apologizing for winning it.  The award people apparently are going to back down on this issue rather than tell these people Tought Shit do some acting and maybe you will be nominated.

Friday, January 22, 2016

A Short Ellis Family Story

As we know in Western Sussex County and Wicomico County some of the major surnames everyone seems to have in their family tree are Hearns, Ellis, Waller and Hastings.   There is a story concerning the Ellis family you may be interested in.  Joseph Ellis (1718-1785) lived in old Somerset county (Today Wicomico County) and he was married to Easter Culver.  Easter and Joseph produced at least eleven known children.  One of the children was Stephen Ellis who is the person most people around Delmar are descended from.  This however is not a story of Stephen.  This is about how after Joseph died in 1785 his wife Easter took the younger children and migrated to Georgia.  At this time there was a number of families from the Eastern Shore migrating to Georgia  and Creek Indian country. Easter and her family traveled with the Mattox family to Georgia.  At least one son, Levin, was already established in Hancock County Georgia.  Easter seem to have settled around Greene County as in 1787 her youngest daughter Temperance (Tempy 1783-1865) had gone to visit a neighbor’s family – James Scarlett.  While at the Scarletts, Creek Indians attacked the Scarlett farm taking Tempy captive, plus Elizabeth Scarlett (Wife of James) , James Hambrio and Harry a negro boy captive  and killing James Scarlett, and Stephen Scarlett.  Tempy was about 5 years old at the time.  She would be held by the Creek Indians as a slave until 1796 when she was about 14.
Tempy was freed from the Indians by Milly a person who ran a tavern and had a toll bridge on “Norcoce Chappo” creek which was on a trade route between Pensacola and Mt Pleasant, Alabama (today it called Milly Branch after Milly) .  Milly had heard rumors of the white child and went to see the Chief where she traded ten ponies and six head of cattle for her.  Eventually Tempy would make her way back to the home of James Seagrove, superintendent of Indian affairs at St. Mary Georgia. 

Tempy’s life would be haunted again by mishaps. After she married Thomas Frizzle (Frazell) around 1806 in Georgia.  They would move to Pike County Alabama and have at least six children.  Her husband would die in 1857 by poisoning from their cook, thirty other people would be sick and six would die (see Below writeup)
From the New York Times September 25, 1857, Page 2
The Late Poisoning Case in Alabama

From the Montgomery (Ala.) Mail
One of our subscribers, from Pike County, informed us yesterday of a most horrible and atrocious case of poisoning in that county, just below the line of Montgomery, and in the neighborhood of Bruceville. The annals of crime will hardly show a more extensive and diabolical piece of villainy.
It seems that a German, or Hungarian, whose name our informant had forgotten, was on intimate terms with a negro woman, the property of old Mr. Thomas Frazell, one of the earliest settlers of Pike, This man had once been in the employ of Mr. F, and was familiar With his premises. Some time since he had been detected in gambling with Mr. F.'s , negroes, and Mr. F. had instituted prosecution against him. On Saturday evening, 12 Inst., he was seen in conversation with the negro woman alluded to, at the well, although he had received orders from Mr. Frazell never to come about his premises.
On Sunday there were some 37 persons dining at Mr. Frazell's House, of whom about 30 were visitors from the neighborhood. All these became sick soon after eating, vomiting violently and the cook being arrested immediately, on a suspicion of poisoning at once proceeded to state as follows: She said that the white man above referred to, while at the well, had given her a vial containing arsenic, which he had instructed her to mingle with " the meal, the milk, the butter and the coffee". He was particularly desirous that it should go into every article of food because Mr. Frazell was in delicate health, and generally ate very sparingly. The Negro woman said she followed the instructions of her lover to the letter - who by the way, added to his instructions the remark "after the old man had taken that, he would hardly prosecute him in that case."
The poison was administered, as we have seen, but too successfully. The whole assemblage of persons were put under its influence: and at the last accounts six had died from Its effects.  Old Mr. Frazell died about sunset Sunday, the day of the poisoning. His overseer's wife and two children, Mrs. Cloud a widowed daughter of Mr. F., and Mr. F.'s grand-daughter died the next day. Several others were lying in a critical condition, and doubtless there will be more victims of this awfully fiendish crime.
Mr. Jack Frazell, son of the old man, happened to be out of meal, on the day of the poisoning, and sent to his father's and borrowed a bushel. All who partook of this, including a brother who had declined to eat at his father's, having come in after some of the company had got sick, were more or less affected.
After we had written the above, our informant, Mr. J. M. Johnson of Pike, called on us again, and gave us the name of the poisoner, which is Comiska.
Mr. J. further states that the infuriated people of the neighborhood have burnt the negro woman, and will perform the same service for Camiska on next Monday, In the meantime he is safely lodged in jail at Troy.  He neither denies nor admits anything.

Temperance Ellis Frizzle would die on August 22, 1865 at age 62.  At one time her story was taught in Alabama schools. 

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Matapeake Ferry

Today I was adding a couple of photographs to my Ancestry family tree.  One of which was
Audrey Redden (Photo taken in 1945) sitting on a Matapeake ferry.  Audrey would marry Jimmy Abell and they ran a sub shop in Pocomoke.  What is interesting however is the ferries that made the run from Annapolis to Matapeake Kent Island.  I was about nine years old when they finally stopped running in 1952 and I can still recall the three mile backup to get on the ferries which usually would take about 75 vehicles and about 800 passengers.  Note; bumper to bumper there are about 390 cars in a mile.  So allowing for a few trucks and some spacing between vehicles it might average 320 vehicles per mile, either way a mile of backup is going to be about 4 to 5 ferries loads.  Due to the amount of time delay of the backup Busch's Chesapeake Inn started up

Two of the ferries;  the Gov. Herbert R. O'Connor and the Gov. Harry W. Nice were sold to the Washington State ferries for use on Puget Sound.  They were towed the 6,000 miles to Washington state. The" Nice" was renamed the "Olympic" and the "O'Connor' was renamed the "Rhododendron", the state Flower of Washington.

The Olympic was used up until 1993 when it was mothballed and sold to a private owner.  it sits moored at Ketron Island Washington. 

The Rhododendron was sold in 2013 for $275,000 to Atlantic Capes Fisheries on behalf of Island Scallops of Vancouver Island B. C.  It will be used as a floating platform for an aquaculture farming operation.


Delmar Planning and Zoning Will Meet Thursday

Yea It's Like That Outside

Monday, January 18, 2016

Safe Zones and Kirk G. Phillips

I recently did a short writeup on Kirk Gunby Phillips.  He was born in 1851, west of Delmar.  At 15 he left home and headed west, by 1876 he was in the gold fields of Deadwood, South Dakota.  There he married and established a drug store and invested in gold mines.  He was Mayor of Deadwood and ran for Governor of South Dakota (he lost).  In 1913 he died.  In his will, besides taking care of his wife he made sure his three unmarried sisters in Barren Creek Wicomico County Maryland ( Jennie, Emma and Sallie Phillips) received funds to live off.  He is buried in Mt Moriah Cemetery in Deadwood with other notables from Deadwood such as wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane.   He didn't look for a safe zone because word hurts.  He did something with his life.


Sunday, January 17, 2016