Such a Tangle

I’ve “borrowed” a couple of photos for you today.  They are of Curaco Harbor in Venezuela in 1939.  A fellow/sister blogger posted these originally.  I hope I have this right – her dad went to Venezuela as a young man.  Her blog of his adventures can be found ______.  ((I am having trouble accessing my own collection of photos.)


Voyage to Venezuela (4) – Trip on Grace Line Ship, S.S. Santa Rosa – December, 1938 – January, 1939

I love the post, particularly the postcard.

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This is the  beginning of a series of posts concerning Lad’s Voyage to Venezuela, taking a similar route as John Jackson Lewis during the first portion of his journey, about 88 years later. Lad and Dan had been hired by their Uncle Ted Human (husband of Helen (Peabody) Human, Aunt Helen), sister of Arla Mary (Peabody) Guion, Grandpa’s wife who had passed away in 1933 after a long illness.

The following are documents my Dad had to obtain and/or deliver before he even set foot on the ship that would carry him to Venezuela. Dan had gone through this same process in September and October of 1938.

Here are some documents regarding Lad’s trip on a Grace Line ship, the S. S. Santa Rosa, from New York to Curacao, Venezuela, in 1939.


S.S. Santa Rosa Passenger List – cover

SS Santa Rose Passenger…

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Notable Ancestors

This is the first of a planned series of blog posts about specific ancestors.  The first ancestor I have chosen is Sir Henry Norris, c. 1482-17 May 1536.  The cause of death was Decapitation – he was beheaded on Tower Hill, London.  He was among those accused of treason and adultery with Anne Boleyn.  Most historical authorities argue that the accusations were untrue and part of a plot to get rid of Anne.  Henry Norris’ occupation was listed as Groom of the Stool to Henry VIII.  He lived and died in turbulent times.  He was my 12th Great Grandfather.

Sir Henry Norris Sir Henry Norris   (google image)

My Ancestors (34) and (35) – Enoch Lewis (1776 – 1856) and John Jackson Lewis (1825 – 1919)

I’ll try to do the ancestor challenge also. Need to keep focused!

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

Last June I read about a Challenge, 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, and I was intrigued. I decided to take up the challenge. Some Ancestors may take more than one week, but I still intend to write about 52 Ancestors. I hope you enjoy reading about My Ancestors as much as I am looking forward to researching and writing about them.

  • Enoch Lewis; (2) John Jackson Lewis; (3) Edith May (Lewis) Rider; (4) Marian Edith (Rider) Irwin; (5) Marian Dunlap (Irwin) Guion; (6) Judith Anne Guion

Enoch Lewis was born January 29, 1776 in Radnor (Chester Co.), Pennsylvania.  He married Lydia Jackson, born April 27, 1825.  They had several children, the oldest, John Jackson Lewis was born April 27, 1825, in Wilmington, (New Castle Co.), Delaware.  two other sons were named Edward and William.

John Jackson Lewis was 25 years old when he embarked on his Voyage to California to…

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Honoring All Servicemen and Women – Especially My Dad and Uncles – 1942-1946

"Greatest Generation" Life Lessons

This post first appeared on my Blog February 12, 2013. It was part of a series of Guest Posts written by gpcox  concerning areas of interest during the War. 


I’m pleased to present this Guest Post from gpcox addressing how the Technical and Ground Forces all worked together to create success in their endeavors, which ultimately won the war. Without cooperation between all seven departments, nothing could have been accomplished.

As readers of my blog, are aware, my father, Everett “Smitty” Smith was a sharpshooter trained as a paratrooper and gliderman with the 11th Airborne Division in WWII, this put him in the Ground Force.  But, neither he nor the rest of the soldiers would have gotten very far without the Technical services as each department of the Army worked to support the other.  Should one fail in the chain, a devastating domino effect might hinder or…

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A New Member of My Extended Family!

A puppy tale of love from my friend Liz in Scotland.

Northern Lace

As some of
you may know, my son Nick and his partner Jen have just got a new puppy. A collie from working stock, who is 7 weeks
old, and is called Melan.

I went over to see him on Thursday (his first visitor) and yesterday afternoon Nick and Jen brought him here.  It was the first time he had gone out into the big wide world, so their other two collies stayed at home.

My two were
very interested in him. To start with,
one of us held Melan while one of my two had a nose at him. Eilidh was fascinated, and Magnus very excited.

After a while Nick took Melan and Eilidh outside and put Melan on the ground.  Eilidh was very good, and obeyed the instructions to keep her distance until he became more confident. 

Then he became interested in her and they interacted well.  Eilidh…

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Japanese Surrender

Pacific Paratrooper

11th Airborne Recon Battalion Honor Guard, Missouri 9/2/45

The above photo shows the 11th Airborne Reconnaissance Battalion Honor Guard as they presented arms to the Allied and Japanese delegations upon their arrival.

General Douglas MacArthur, despite the irate fuming of the Soviets, was to be the Supreme Commander in Japan for the Occupation and rebuilding of the country. No occupational zone was given to the Russians irregardless of their protests. The Soviets were insisting that they were to receive the Kuriles, Hokkaido and northern Honshu as their ‘spoils of war.’ Stalin sent an emissary with these plans to MacArthur, who in reply threatened to sent the messenger back to Moscow rather than allow him to remain in his observer status. Stalin also sent a telegram to Truman with the same demands. At first, the president felt he would just ignore the irrational request, but then decided to just send a…

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11th Airborne Division in Japan

Pacific Paratrooper

Smitty’s, Broad Channel, NY

Atsugi Airfield, Japan

Just as General Douglas MacArthur said to Gen. Robert Eichelberger that it was a long road to Tokyo, so it was for Smitty. Yes, the stretch from Broad Channel to Camp MacKall and finally Atsugi Airfield was a long and arduous road, but here, the 11th Airborne Division arrives in Japan to begin the Occupation and to help start the rebuilding of a country.

Aerial view, Atsugi Airfield

With the initial arrival of the division, rarely was a female between the ages of 8 and 70 seen on the streets. The Japanese had heard their government’s propaganda for years as to the American looting and raping, so they were understandably afraid of the conquering troops. But many were confused about the peaceful attitude of the soldiers and a member of the 511th regiment was stopped one day by a Japanese officer, he asked…

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A Quick Photo Shoot

Knitting patterns by Liz Lovick.

Northern Lace

Elly and I
had already arranged to meet for lunch this week. When the day proved to be glorious we decided
to do some pix for the Orkney book.

Those of
you who follow any of my online doings will know the Peedie Sea from my dog walks. This was the perfect setting for a fairisle
skirt I have recently finished. The
pattern was taken from a sweater worn by a bloke in one of the Archive’s

The skirt
is knitted in DK yarn, using a dark mix for the background and a gradience set
for the pattern.

Next we went along The Street (proper name Albert Street) to one of Kirkwall’s ‘monuments’, the Big Tree, which won Scottish Tree if the Year in 2017.  This 200 year old sycamore has lost the inside of its trunk, and is shored up by an iron post.  It was here I…

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