Saturday, September 1, 2012

New family tree information

Just found the following information about my 4th great grandfather on my mother's side of the family.

Jesse Davis was a Captain in the Revolution and served under the immediate command of General Washington, who in general orders commended him for bravery (Virginia Gazette Jan 23 1778).... Jesse's widow Nancy Melton was allowed a pension (W8652) and a Bounty Land Warrant (#2325) for 300 acres. Jesse also received lands grants of 5100 acres in Jefferson County and grants of 1700 acres in Nelson County, Kentucky (Virginia land grant books A:128; 4:536, 537, 608; 7:279; and 10:489)

Davis, Jesse (Va).  1st Lieutenant 11th Virginia, 17th November 1776; Captain 11th September 1777; Regiment designated 7th Virginia, 14th September, 1778; retired May 1779.

I also know that according to the 1810 Census that he owned 11 slaves.

I'm trying to understand the think of someone who put his life on the line for a document that reads, "We believe ... that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with certain inalienably rights", could 'own' another person.

I know that I shouldn't judge (lest ye be judged) and that it was a different time and a different place ... but it is still hard to get my mind around.

And then, of course, is the fact that on my father's side of the family, very possibly, there are ancestors who were slaves, who were owned, who were property.

I wonder what all my combined ancestors would think of me?

Eggs to order breakfast at Cutty's Des Moines Camping Resort

The last "eggs to order" breakfast at Cutty's this year.
Tomorrow we will have "all you can eat pancakes and French toast".  And on Memorial Day we will have "Huge breakfast burritos"  Our last three community breakfasts this year.  We still have one community meal planned, a "Chili Cookoff" dinner scheduled for a week from today.  There may be some community campfires in the fall also.

Breakfast started at eight and has been fairly steady.
However, now that there are only 15 minutes left, the 
crowds are starting to show up.  I have gotten to know
so many people here, through this community meals.
I hope that when we find a place to anchor for the 
winter in Texas, that we can find the same kind of

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2012 August 21-28

Tuesday 21st
We babysat with Lorelia and William. We took the kids with us when we attended the funeral of our daughter-in-law’s father.  Then, after babysitting, we went to John and Dawn’s house for supper.  Annika’s (former exchange student) arrived in Des Moines in the evening and she went to Nathan & Beth’s to stay while she’s here.

Wednesday 22nd
Free Pie day at Village Inn.  Yep! That and the fact that I worked from 3:30 to 9 is the only thing I remember about Wednesday the 22nd.

Thursday 23r
Both Ella and I had the day off from work.  We babysat Lorelia and William and visited with Annika.  I took them to International House Of Pancakes (IHOP) for lunch.  IHOP is one of Annika’s favorite places to eat.

Friday 24th
I spent the morning at the VA Healthcare being reviewed for physical therapy and then having physical therapy.  I have exercises to do at home and then will go to the VA twice a week for three weeks for additional therapy.  Then I worked from 3:30 to 10 p.m.

Saturday 25th
Ella worked the clubhouse at Cutty’s from 1 to 11:30 p.m. due to a wedding and reception at the clubhouse.  I went to our Saturday Praise Service at Union Park UMC.  I had cooked anasazi beans in the crockpot all day and when I got home from church I added a lot of shedded carrots and shredded romain lettuce.  I then took this to Ella for supper.  I stayed with her at the clubhouse until she was off work.

Sunday 26th
I preached at Cutty’s and Ella worked the afternoon/evening shift

Monday 27th
We both had the day off.  Annika, Beth, Lorelia and William came for a visit and Annika got a tour of the Excel and the Hitch Hiker RVs.  After they left for lunch with some friends, we took our paychecks to the bank.  From there we went to Kmart on Hubbell to look for some pants for Ella.  While she was looking for clothes, I checked out the vacuum cleaners.  We still need a vacuum to take to Texas in the Hitch Hiker.  Neither of us found anything worth purchasing.
We took a drive through downtown Des Moines, which we hadn’t done in a long time, and stopped at the Salvation Army Store.  We didn’t find anything there that we needed.  We stopped at Ryan’s Steakhouse for lunch.  We have been cutting way back on our meat intake lately and eating more veggies.  However, at Ryan’s I had both chicken and pork on my plate before I even considered veggies.  After lunch we stopped at another Kmart where we once again purchased nothing at all.  On the way home we stopped at Wellspring Book and Bible and bought a 3 CD set of hymns to give as a Thank You gift to Teresa.  Teresa has been our worship music leader for the last two years at Cutty’s.

Tuesday 27th
I worked the fee booth from 8 to 4:30.  Ella babysat.

Wednesday 28th 7:15 a.m. I’m sitting typing this post.
I just returned from dropping Ella off at the doctor’s for an endoscopy.  She has been having trouble swallowing.  I have to leave for work as soon as I’ve posted this.  I have only 7 days of work left this season.  The last day being the 29th on the evening shift – the very last shift at the fee booth for the year.