Category Archives: PORTER ~ BOWLES ~ MEREDITH ~ SMITH

Charles Oscar PORTER’s Death Certificate

I was totally surprised when I came across this death certificate for my maternal great-grandfather the other day in a new database I found. I always assumed or maybe even believed that Charles Oscar PORTER died from a heart attack … Continue reading

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My Grandma Ruby Irene PORTER WILLIAMS

The focus today is on my grandma, Ruby Irene PORTER WILLIAMS in celebration of Mother’s Day. She was one of my three moms. She stepped in as my mother-figure when my mom passed away suddenly when I was 19 years … Continue reading

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Moses and Polly Porter with Their Children ~ Wordless Wednesday

Moses Franklin and Mary Ann “Polly” ROSENBERGER PORTER and their children. Edward T. Porter wrote, “The family in Oxford, Kansas ca. 1895. Note the flowers! I saw this house when I went there. It was then a pig farm, and … Continue reading

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One Pie for Grandma and One Pie for Everyone Else ~ Plus Gooseberry Pie Recipe

My mom, Carol Elizabeth WILLIAMS LAKEY, always had to make two Gooseberry Pies every year for my Grandma’s birthday. One completely for her and one for everyone else to share. Grandma, Ruby Irene WILLIAMS PORTER, would share pretty much everything … Continue reading

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Moses PORTER and Daniel PORTER Families in 1880 Census

My third great-grandfather, Moses Franklin PORTER, was born January 20, 1826 to Henry PORTER (1778-1868) and Nancy BOWLES (1792-1836) in Muddy Creek, Madison, Kentucky.  Moses died December 26, 1900 in Oxford, Sumner County, Kansas. His second wife, Mary Ann “Polly” … Continue reading

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Florence Mary RIAN PORTER and Ruby Irene PORTER WILLIAMS ~ Wordless Wednesday

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Charles Oscar PORTER’s WWI Draft Registration Card

Charles Oscar PORTER was my great-grandfather on my maternal grandma’s side.  He was born April 2, 1884 in Oxford, Kansas. When I began studying this record, I was surprised when I saw that he did not register for the draft … Continue reading

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Moses Franklin PORTER’s Obituary and Portrait

“Moses Porter was born in Kentucky, Jan 20, 1826, died at his home near Oxford, Kan., Dec. 26, 1900, aged 74 years 11 months and six days. He with his parents moved to Illinois when he was 1 year old, … Continue reading

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March 24th ~ On This Day in Our Family History…

Ruby Irene PORTER {24 Mar 1928 – 13 May 2010}     ~     My maternal Grandma, whom I miss DEARLY, was born on this day in the year of 1928. Carol Elizabeth WILLIAMS LAKEY {4 Mar 1947 – 20 Mar 1987}     ~     … Continue reading

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Mary Polly Boone ~ Is She or Isn’t She THE Daniel Boone’s Sister? ~ The Saga Begins…

I got ALL excited when I discovered that we MAY be related to THE Daniel BOONE!  It was really looking good, too.  At first, my plan was to simply find “proof” of our direct line to Mary Polly BOONE (some … Continue reading

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