Jun 212016



My two sons have done such a fantastic job being  great fathers to my four grand kids I could  not be prouder. But as I have told both sons “I love you guys and I’m proud of everything you have done but I really love and am so proud of your kids”.  In my eyes my grand kids can do no wrong.

My family line:

  1. John Henry Everhart 1865-1939
  2. George Everhart 1890-1977
  3. Arlie Everhart 1919-1985
  4. Jim Everhart 1951
  5. Brian Everhart 1973
  6. Matt Bozeman 1976

As I have worked on my family history  I have worked hard on knowing as much as I can about my ancestors. The Oddf-ellows picture was one another cousin had but did not know anything about it . I could recognize my grandfather George in the picture. It took me a while to figure out that the group was a Odd-fellows Lodge meeting.



OddFellows4 copy

OddFellows3 cropped copy  As179 copy

everhart men 1939  3 generations 1969 copy

3 generations copy  As177

I ran into a brick wall on dating the Odd-fellows group picture when I tried to find more information on where or when it could have been taken. The Odd-fellows keep information on membership and locations on a state level and the Tennessee records were destroyed a few years ago when the basement of the building they were being stored in was flooded by a leaking pipe. I got lucky when I joined the Smoky Mountain Historical Society this year.  http://www.smhstn.org/  The have a journal that has historical information in it. I looked at the past issues and the fall 2010 issue . On the cover is the same picture as above. They have the date as 1914 in Wears Valley.  I noticed the men on either side of George have a strong resemblance to him.  and a even stronger resemblance to each other.  The man on the left looks the oldest. Lewis would have been 29 and George 24 with John 49. I have been told by a couple of other family members that knew all three that Lewis and John were taller than George. The 1939 and the 1914  pictures bear out this thought. No one else known has a picture of John Henry that I can find. I feel very confident I am right in this theory. The Odd-fellows picture was taken a couple of years before George married.

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Till Next Time…

 Posted by at 2:13 PM
Jun 212016


Yesterday was my oldest son’s 43 birthday and I celebrated it with my first blog post. He is the proud father of my only granddaughter. My stepson has three boys.  As I told both of my sons I love you guys but I really love your kids. My sons had to mind what they did growing up but their kids get a pass as far as I care. They are just being kids. They have to mind their dad but I do not mind if they make a mess at my house. Fortunately for me they do not make a mess.

Now for the next time….

I learned something new last week. Even though I had looked at the 1910 census a bunch of times over the years. After watching a webinar about things you might have missed in the censuses I made an amazing discovery. Starting in the 1900 they listed on the wife how many children she had born. In 1910 they listed how many were born and how many were alive in 1910. My great grandparents had as shown below 6 children with 5 living. In 1900 the showed 4 children born.  That was a question I could have asked my grandfather. Now there is only one member of the next generation still living and she thinks that she remembers her mother mentioning a sibling that died as a baby. All five of the other siblings made it to adulthood. I am fortunate to have met all five of the great aunts and uncles. Other than my grandfather I only remember meeting the others only once each at a family reunion in 1955 when I was 4 years old.

1900 John Henry Everhart Family

1900 george family

1910 John Henry Everhart Family

1910 george

Another thing you can get from the 1910 is the number of marriage for the head of household and his spouse and how many years they have been married. Another good suggestion is to note all families on two pages before and two pages after plus the same page. This is often referred to as crowd sourcing or Fan Club Research (Friends Associates and Neighbors). There you will find parents, brothers and sisters and their families and Aunts and Uncles and their families. Most people married a neighbor or somebody in walking distance. Anybody listed in a census starting in 1850 forward is a candidate on marring their neighbors. After 1920 that in not true as much. Plus they did not show the number of marriage or number of children born any more. As I learn more on using Word-press lots more to come. 

Till Next Time….

 Posted by at 2:09 PM
Jun 032016

In 1983 I became interested in recording what my dad could tell me about the origins of his ancestors. Dad was the oldest living child in his family and the same for my mom in her family. Both sets of my grandparents had been deceased for almost 20 years and dad was in failing health so I figured had better find and save as much as I could for my own family history. Dad got me started with what he knew and I have spent the next 33 years getting to where I am today. Fortunately mom made it 22 more years so I could learn what she knew as he longest living member of her family.  She got interested in what I was trying to do and I spent the week of her birthday each year visiting and doing research on her side of my tree with her. She would spend much of her time he rest of the year contacting local relatives and checking local sources. It gave me lots to talk about when I called her each week. I treasure those memories. Now that I am retired I work daily to make my research as documented as I can. The links on my webpage are meant to help others with their research. As a teenager I would spend a week each summer visiting my dad’s parents. I wish now that I had gotten the genealogy bug sooner. I could have had so many questions answered more to come in the next couple of post. It is my purpose to help others and hopefully get my 4 grandchildren to know what I know about our family history. This post is long but I hope you will come back often, I hope you find this useful please feel free to ask questions or have request that I can try to help you with. I get great satisfaction helping others discover their family. Today’s younger generation get all their information online and that is why I hope to share through this blog the stories I can share. Otherwise it stands a great chance of being lost. Till Next Time…

 Posted by at 11:19 PM