Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
The newlyweds left straight from the church to move to Orlando, stopping Palatka to pick up Bill's good buddy, Swilley. An overnight stay at the Satsuma Hotel was the extent of their honeymoon as Bill was required to work the following day at Butler's Shoe Store on 3 North Orange Avenue. (It amazes me that my grandfather can remember every address known to man, but what seem like some of the most obvious memories get all jumbled up).
Monday, June 28, 2010
Named after her mother's oldest sister, Frances Newton was born on 20 Nov 1919 at the family home in Minneola, Lowndes, GA to Charles Edwin and Margaret Julia Burney Newton. She was an only child, so naturally she was the subject of numerous photo shoots.
I am so fortunate that she left me A Gift of Memories from Grandma, where she answered questions about growing up. The booklet is completed in her handwriting and gives so many details about her life.
As a child she was awarded 10 cents per tooth from the tooth fairy and earned 50 cents per week for her allowence, starting at age 10. She liked to spend her money on toys and movies. She "could go to the movies two times for a quarter and have 5 cents left over for popcorn."
She described the house she grew up in as grey with two stories, a pretty lawn, shrubs, five pecan trees and a barn out back. There was a paved sidewalk in the front where she skated with her friends and a porch that wrapped around three sides of the house where she and her mother "took trips all over the world in our porch swing." They had electric lights and a wood stove to cook on. Fireplaces and wood heaters were used to heat up the house in the winter time and to keep it cool in the summer time, they simply opened the windows.
As with any child, the holidays were extra special to her. She recalled that on Thanksgiving, her Uncle Will (William Wirt Burney) always sent their family a live turkey and they enjoyed a big dinner, including her moms specialty items, mashed potatoes and dressing. During Christmas, Santa filled her stocking with apples, oranges, raisens, a candy cane and one or two small gifts. The family celebrated the Fourth of July with a picnic at the Blue and Gray Park in Fitzgerald and she always had a new dress to wear for the event.
Frances attended Third Ward Grade School, Fitzgerald High School and Southern Business University in Atlanta. She enjoyed History, Geography and English and hated Math and Science. She played Basketball and Tennis, was on the Debate Team and was in the Dramatic Club and the Glee Club.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
The picture below was not labeled, but using the pictures above I believe this is William James Burney and his first wife Rachel Foreman. William was 53 when he got remarried and he is very aged in his picture at 55 years old.
According to A History of Savannah and South Georgia, Volume II by William Harden:
"In 1861 [William J Burney] volunteered his services to the Confederate government, and was with the Fourth Georgia Calvary in the coast defense until 1862. In the latter part of that year he put in a substitute, and after returning home removed his family, slaves and stock to Thomas County, where he bought four hundred and seventy acres in lot 331 of the Boston district. In 1864, when Sherman invaded the state, he again enlisted, this time in the Eleventh Georgia Infantry, and was at the defense of Atlanta and with the regiment in other service until the close of hostilities. Upon being parolled, he returned to the farm and [was a resident there until his death].
Together, William and Rachel had ten children:
1) Alexander Hamilton Burney was born on 17 Jun 1857 in Glynn County, Georgia. It appears that he was named after his father's brother, who died in the Civil War. Unfortunately, after just turning two years old, young Alexander died on 30 Jul 1859.
2) Frances "Fankie" Melinda Burney was born 31 May 1858 in Glynn County, Georgia. In 1882 she married a gentleman, five years her junior, named Walter P Jennings who was born Dec 1863. Fankie and Walter had an infant child who died on 28 May 1893, which no doubt resulted in a miserable 35th birthday for Fankie just three days later. On 8 Nov 1895 the couple had a son, named George S (probably Strickland after Walter's father). According to the US Census, the family of three lived in Jennings, Hamilton County, Florida in 1900, 1910 and 1920. In 1920, Fankie's younger sister, Claude also lived at the Jennings home. On all three census records, Walter was listed as a real estate dealer, however he also served on the House of Representatives in 1911 - 1912 and again in 1922. Walter's younger brother, Thomas Albert was the Speaker of the House in 1911.
Walter P Jennings and son, George S in 1902
Walter P Jennings
In 1922 Walter passed away in Hamilton County, Florida and by 1945 Fankie had moved to her son's house at 1223 E Osborne Ave in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida. At age 89, in October 1947, Fankie faced heartache when learning of her 52 year old son's death. She had him transported for burial to Evergreen Cemetery in Fitzgerald, Ben Hill County, Georgia, where she would also be buried. Some time between 1945 and her death on 21 Dec 1950, she moved to Fitzgerald Georgia and lived with her sister, Margaret Julia Burney Newton. Also living there were her niece Frances Newton Hall, France's husband, William Andrews Hall and their young daughter Margaret Hall. Margaret Hall remembers a time when she and Aunt Fankie got locked in the bathroom and they sang songs together until someone came to rescue them. William Andrews Hall described Aunt Fankie as someone who read a lot, did not talk much and kept to herself.
3) Rachel Ella Burney was born 11 Aug 1859 in Glynn County, Georgia. She did not marry and lived with her sister, Lula McQueen and nephew, Ralph B McQueen in 1930 in Sarasota, Florida. She was also listed on the 1935 Florida State Census at 703 Bryan St in Sarasota, Florida with this family. Rachel passed away in 12 Jun 1937 in Sarasota, Florida, one year after her sister, Lula. She is buried at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton, Forida.
4) Lula Johnston "Scrap" Burney was born on Valentine's Day in 1862 in Thomas County, Georgia. The nickname "Scrap" was given to her as a child because she was tiny girl and the name stuck into her adult life. She was married to D B McQueen and together they had two children, an infant daughter who died 13 Jun 1895 in Boston, Georgia and a son named Ralph B McQueen, born 17 Aug 1896. I cannot determine whether Lula was divorced or widowed from her husband. On the 1900 US Census, she lived with three of her siblings in Thomas County, Georgia and was listed as "single." Her son lived with his Grandpa William Burney at the time. In 1910 she and her son were back together, living with Lula's sister, Ella Rachel in Thomas County, Georgia. Lula was listed as a widow and working in a milliner retail store.
An article in the Weekly Times Enterprise was published on March 16, 1906 about Mrs. Lula B. McQueen, titled: Stylish Millinery and Fancy goods Fresh From the Metropolis
"One of the oldest millinery stores in Boston is that of Mrs. McQueen, on Jefferson Street, near the post-office. Mrs. McQueen has been in the millinery business about seven years in this city. She was formerly associated with Mr. F. C. Ivey, but about four years ago she opened an establishment of her own. She had previously been with C. S. Hawkes in the millinery business in Quitman, and in Thomasville with Mrs. Epply. Her experience, as well as the opportunities she has enjoyed through frequent visits to Atlanta and Baltimore, have enabled her to make a great success. She is ably assisted by Miss Maggie Burney, who has also had large experience and opportunities to study the latest trimmings in the millinery business. One of the specialties of Mrs. McQueens's establishment is the ribbon line, staples and fancy. Her business has steadily grown and she has customers in Thomasville, Barwick, Pavo, Pidcock and even down in Monticello, Fla. "One price and same treatment to all" has been the motto she has followed.
The personal popularity and attractiveness of Mrs. McQueen and Miss Burney have largely contributed to her wide success."In 1920, 50 year old Lula lived in Sarasota, Florida with her son and she was listed as a widow. She remained in Sarasota until her death on 30 Nov 1936. According to her death certificate, she was divorced. She is buried at Manasota Memorial Park in Bradenton, Florida along with her older sister Rachel Ella, her son Ralph B McQueen and her daughter in law Mabel T McQueen.
Without knowing the full name of D B McQueen, it is difficult for me to follow whether or not he died or they actually divorced. I am leaning toward divorce and imagine she claimed widow to avoid the stigma associated with divorce.
10) Henry Lee Burney was born 11 Jul 1877 in Thomas County, Georgia. He married a young lady named Mary and they had at least one child, a son named James. Henry passed away 22 Jan 1943 and is buried at the Boston Cemetery in Thomas County, Georgia.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Driving west, the Orthodox Church is on the right hand side and is the only church in the village. The construction on the existing church began in 1974 and was completed in 1988. The stained glasses and alter from fieldstone were made by local residents. The old stone fence surrounding the church was preserved from the 19th century.
A little further down the road on the right is a small roadside chapel and from what Greg's mom told me, before a person was buried, their body would stay the night in this chapel. It is no longer used for that purpose, but now it is common for the body to be set up outside the chapel prior to burial, for family and friends to say their last farewell. Also located at this corner is an informational plaque written in Polish and English, describing briefly the history of the village, focusing mainly on the history of it's Orthodox religion.
At this corner a right turn will lead you to the Orthodox cemetery where several of the Osipiuk relatives are buried. We were able to walk a short way into the cemetery, following the fresh tracks of someone who had visited their relative. Unfortunately the trail ended and the snow was too deep to continue to find anyone we were looking for.
Entrance to the Orthodox cemetery in Klejniki
Each village is marked with a cross marking the beginning and one marking the end of the village. This cross sits on the corner of the Osipiuk house.
A more contemporary way of marking the end of a village or city in Poland is the name of the city with a red line through it.