Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Life Voyage

My Life Voyage
            In 1881 March 13 near Mayfield, Kansas. I was born on a pioneer farm, am about the middle of a large family, grew up on the farm got a little education at Long Branch school enjoyed the hard work and fellowship of Sisters and Brothers and a Christian Father and Mother who tried to teach us the true and living way.
            I gave my life to Jesus at 12 years of age and have tried to follow him ever since although not as close as I should as there has been lots of sorrows, trials, and hardships all along the way although the joys far out numbered them all.
At 20 met a lad I loved and had a great sympathy for as he was left without parents at an early age altho a little wayward and rough. The spirit seemed to say marry him and save him for me. I prayed several weeks before launching on such a voyage but finaly yielded as the Spirit still plead with me to save him from Sin and Destruction.
So there has been years of anxiety and worry yet Jesus has always been near comforting and helping me at all times and the word of Our Pastor (R.L. George) who left the table of a friend and came to the well when I was drawing water and said, "God Bless You", and those words have tided me over many trying places when almost to give up in despair.
At 33 I had the great joy of seeing Hubby Saved by Grace about 14 years later but he has always been faithful and kind and ready to help those in need.
At 34 lost my dear Father in 1915. He had always been true and faithful to his family and God. I will never forget the sweet rememberences of the family alter and the lessons we learned around it in prayer which always helped me to stand the trials and hardships as the family had  [couldn’t read rest of the sentence].
At 35 we now had 8 children all healthy and happy with their share of sickness and trials of a large family, but all were spared through the Love of Jesus.
Many a time when trials pressed hard the tempter would say, give up, but there would seem to appear two pair of little hands at the Golden Gate beckoning me to be faithful. Hands of two little brothers that went on years before I was born but Thank God for his all wise Judgements and keeping power and guidance if we will but follow.
Then I had a severe sick spell in 1916 and but little hope was had for me for several days.  But God through his loving kindness saw fit to spare my life although at times before I had wished for Him to take me Home where all sorrow is over.  During this sick spell 3 times my life just hung on a thread as I had 3 bad hemorages and as I was recovering one day, just after dinner I was lying quiet and there seemed to appear Angels from Heaven and took me up with them a little ways and then I fell back to earth then again they took me higher to fall back and the third time away up in the most Beautiful Clouds I ever saw and the most beautiful peace I cannot express. But the need of the children were so great and they seemed to need me so bad that down I came with a great crash to earth again. But, Oh, if Heaven is just as great and beautiful as those clouds and the sweet experience was it will be worth striving for.
When this sickness came on me I prayed earnestly nearly all night to be spared for the children’s sake. Which prayer was answered.
At 37 lost a dear Brother in a Motorcycle accident in 1918 which was a severe shock to all of us.
Then in October when the flu was raging the Master came to me and said there is a Baby at Jefferson go get it and rear it for Me, or you will go to Hell. How I plead and made excuses but we must obey God rather than man, so lost a dear cousin and took her son, as she was called home to Heaven.
My youngest was born on February 4, 1920 with another severe sick spell but we were spared thro God’s Love took another little baby in 1921 as his Dear Mother went home to Heaven.  He also had a severe sick spell in which he almost passed over to be with her in peace and joy and no sorrow and sickness.
At 42 lost our Dear Mother in 1923, but her precious acts of kindness and self sacrifice still live in our memory. She is now rejoicing in Glory.
Then lost Our Dear Sister Nellie in July of 1923 which left 3 Motherless children which God said to me as each time before take the little babe. But, Oh, what a burden it seemed but I have always tried to obey the masters voice. Each of these little ones had as kind, patient, loving, self-sacrificing, and God fearing Mother as I ever saw. This sinful world was no place for them.
But we have been cencured and ridiculed and held down for taking these, by people instead of being helped.  But God said, “In as much as you did it unto these you did it unto me.” And He has always been graciously good and kind to us always. Altho at times it looks dark ahead but the Master was always present to comfort and help in time of need.
Then in Spring 1927 lost our Oldest Brother who was always faithful to his loved ones.
Then in October 1927 My Dear Hubby had an operation and severe sickness which almost took his life, but God through his Divine Goodness and Answer to prayers saved him for us.
Then in September of 1929 I was operated on. All throught I had passed over but the Master saw fit to spare me again. But as I was taken to the Hospital it seemed the Strong arms of the Master was beneath me bearing me up. I could feel them there all the time during my stay at the Hospital and had no fear for when Jesus is near, “He casteth out all fear and giveth a strong hope of Eternal Life.” My greatest regret is I have not lived closer and did more for Him, but he sees and knows how frail we are.
In the fall of 1930 we moved to Arkansas, have enjoyed the country and dearly love the people and their way. Altho have had sickness, accident, and sorrow. Jesus has always been near to Bless and Comfort in these trying hard times.
Oh, that all would strive more faithfully to do the Masters Will each day and hour. As God has promised to care for his own. And what else matters if we know our names are written in the Lambs Book of Life.
God will care for our own children as he has asked me to care for these little motherless ones that their Father’s have deserted.
Gods Love and a Mothers Love always abideth forever. Also most Father’s Love, Praise God for the Love and sympathy of my Dear Hubby for Motherless children and the oppressed although a great sufferer himself. God through his Great Love is Mighty to save and Strong to Deliver in times of need and destress.
May we all put Our whole trust in Him who can save and delier and seek his forgiveness from Sin and accept the Holy Ghost which is promised to all who will except Him.
                                                                        MOTHER LAMB
Handwritten at the bottom:
Died May 27, 1939 mother died.  58 years old when died. 

Posting again

I can't believe it has been so long since I posted on this blog.  I started doing research for my Aunt and haven't done a lot of research on my own lines recently. However I found a typed four page narrative in my parents papers yesterday. It was written by my Great Grandmother, Myrtle Olive Parker, who married Leeland Henry Lamb.  Before I post the transcription, I want to tell you a little bit about her.

Ollie was born on 13 March 1881 and died on 30 May 1939 in Wellington, Sumner Co., KS.  She raised 13 children.  When I first started researching, I was told that some of the children were neighbor children who had lost their parents. As I did more research, I realized that some of the children were probably her sister's children. This narrative confirmed that all of the foster and adopted children were relatives, one from a cousin, and her sister's three children.

Leeland Henry Lamb & Myrtle Olive Parker
Married 30 June 1901
Wellington, Sumner Co., KS

Thursday, February 16, 2012

African American Genealogy Program

DeSoto Public Library
11:00am - 12:30pm

I'm doing a program on African American Genealogy this Saturday in DeSoto.  If you are local, drop in. 

Monday, February 6, 2012

African Americans in American Revolution

The DAR has put together a downloadable book about African Americans, Native Americans, and those of mixed blood who contributed to the success of the American Revolution.  Female descendants of these individuals are eligible to join the Daughters of the American Revolution and there are over 6,600 individuals identified in the book.   Check it out at:

Monday, January 23, 2012

Arphax was at ALA (American Library Association) Midwinter today.  Greg Boyd gave me a demo of the new subscription website based on the county land maps that they publish.  It was awesome.  His vision of the future of the website is awe inspiring as he intends to add many more maps to   The new website allows you to add custom markers to the maps. For instance, Greg showed me one marker of a postcard attached to the corner where the picture was taken.   I didn’t think to ask if everyone else can see the postcard, too.  I didn’t find that information on the website either.   

The website is like the books in that it has wonderful information but it is not really intuitive.  I’ve stumbled around in the website because I’m a hands on kind of person, but it looks like I’m going to have to watch the videos that explain how to use it.  I had to read the introduction and explanations in the books before I really understood how to use them, too.   Sometimes it really is worth it to read (watch) the directions. announced their new library subscription this weekend.  I’m hoping my local library gets it so I don’t have to get it.   If you want more information about the new website, Dick Easton reviewed it back in early January at

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

George Evans and Harriet Bunce

Another Evans who lived in Adams Co., MS during the mid 1850s.

1.       George Evans & Harriet Bunce
a.       Marriage Book, Adams County, MS – Oct. 21, 1844 p 666
George Evans to Harriet Bunce
b.      Deed Index book – Adams County, MS
                                                               i.      March 23, 1839 – Grantor, Alvah Sanders – Grantee, George Evans, bill of sale, Book BB, p551
                                                             ii.      June 1840 – Grantor – Grantee, Alvah sanders, bill of sale, Book CC, p 201 (Dec. 8, 1840)
                                                            iii.      1847 – Grantor, George Evans, et al – Grantee, John B. Pryor, deed, Book GG p 357
                                                           iv.      1849 – Grantor, Wm Gay – Grantee, George Evans, deed, Book HH, p197
                                                             v.      1851 – Grantor,  - Grantee, G. Malin Davis, mortgage, Book II p304
                                                           vi.      1854 – Grantor, George Evans & wife – Grantee Edward P. Bunce, mortgage, book KK, p265
                                                          vii.      1854 – Grantor, George Evans & wife – Grantee, Harrison W. Brown, mortgage, Book KK, p275

c.       Census Records
                                                               i.      1850 Adams county, MS Census, City of Natchez, p33 Household 253
Evans, Geo age 46 – Machinest bn PA?
                Harriet age 30 – bn MD
                Robert age 5 – bn MS
                George J. ? (name partially obscured by tape) age 2 – bn MS
                                                             ii.      1860 Adams county, MS Census, Post Office, Natchez p.76  (1 of 3 Evans households in Adams Co.) Household #558
Evans, Harriet age 39 bn Pennsylvania, Property- $1,000, Personal Property - $1,000
Evans, George age 12 bn MS
Evans, Anna age 9 bn MS
Evans, Louisa age 5 bn MS
                                                            iii.      1870 Adams county, MS Census, post office, Natchez, MS (Aug 1st, 1870)
Orphans in St. Mary’s Asylum
Evans, Louisa, age 14 bn MS
d.      Roll #0892101 V.12 Year 1855 Probate Court Records,  Adams County,  MS
                                                               i.      P.444, Harrick B. Evans granted letters of administration; 
         Levin M. Patterson
         Joseph D. Sheton
         James A. Hester? Shisti?
                                                             ii.      P 447, April 15, 1859 – George Evans, deceased
Harriet Evans, administrator
Peter Hinder (Hunder) – approved security for Harriet Evans
                                                            iii.      P. 467, Wed., June 29, 1859 – Harriet B. Evans presented appraisement
                                                           iv.      P. 571, Wed. June 27, 1860 – In the matter of George Evans, court ordered Harriet B. Evans, administrator, to settle account by June 1861.
e.      Record book at the Episcopal Church in Natchez, MS
March 1869 – George Evans was killed in the explosion of the ship, “Princess” on the Mississippi River. [too late to be the father, but could be the son, age 9 in 1860 census]
Oct. 18, (1865?)- Mrs. Harriet Evans; age 45, buried at Natchez City Cemetery

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Eliza Evans, sister to Robert C. Evans

Again, not part of our family but hopefully it will help someone.  When I do research that ends  up being a wrong track, I take solace in knowing I have proved that the person I'm seeking is not this Evans.  The one I seek is still out there waiting to be found.

1.       Eliza Evans (never married)  bn April 20, 1807 in Natchez, MS

a.       March 22, 1839 (Deed) – selling land on Pearl St. to Eustis in Natchez.
                                                               i.      Brother, Thomas L. Evans & wife,  Anna L.
                                                             ii.      Brother, Robert C. Evans
                                                            iii.      Sister, Catherine Evans
                                                           iv.      Parents, Louis Evans and Sarah Rhodes. 

b.      Deed Index, Adams  County, MS
                                                               i.      April  1838 – Grantor – Grantee, Lydia Dowell – Deed, book, AA, p 221
                                                             ii.      1839 – Grantee – Grantor, Randell H. Cashell – Bill of Sale, Book BB, p70
                                                            iii.      June 1841 – Grantor – Grantee, George W. Turner – Deed, Book DD, p. 451 (9 Nov. 1842)
                                                           iv.      1847 – Grantor – Grantee, Stephen D. Elliott – Deed, Book GG, p 14
                                                             v.      1858 – Grantor – Grantee, James Dougherty, Deed, Book MM, p 169
                                                           vi.      1860 – Grantor – Grantee, Ayres P. Merrill Jr. – Deed, book N, p 36
                                                          vii.      1860 – Grantee – Grantor, Frederic B. Ernest – Transfer, book NN, p 160
                                                        viii.      1866 – Grantor – Grantee, D.L. Monahan – Lease, book OO, p 331
                                                           ix.      1870 – Grantor – Grantee, Patrick L. Monahan – Deed, book QQ, p 185

c.       Removal from records of Trinity Episcopal Church in Natchez, MS (no date listed)
Miss Eliza Evans
Robert Evans

d.      Baptism Records – Cathedral Church, Natchez, MS (Catholic Church)
                                                               i.      Eliza Mary Evans, baptized on May 18,1860 having been previously baptized in the Episcopal Church. Daughter of Louis Evans and Sarah Rhodes.  She was born in Natchez, MS on April 20, 1807. [Sister of Robert C. Evans] (See image under Robert C. Evans).

                                                               i.      1860 – Adams County, MS –Post Office, Natchez,  living alone (1 of 3 Evans households in Adams Co.)
Household #834 – female, age 45, bn in MS, no occupation, value of property- $10,000, value of personal property - $6,000
                                                             ii.      1870 – New Orleans, LA
Evans,   Eliza age 63 (See Baptism records)
Maria  age 40
Madden, age 22
Lawrence, age 15 (See Baptism records)
Lelia, age 12   (See Baptism records)
Walters, James, age 46
Brown, Philip, age 10

f.        Cemetery Record – Natchez Cemetery, Adams County, MS –
Eliza Evans,  1814 – April 11, 1885

g.       Death Records by City Sexton, City of Natchez
Book: “Death & Burial Records 1819 – 1921, Natchez, MS. Vol. 1” compiled by Robert Shumway, 1988.
Eliza W. Evans – April 11, 1885 from Vidalia, LA buried in Fields Plat