DINNER TIME – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  November 10, 2011

Dinner time is usually called supper time in our house.

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad both worked.  We would have dinner a couple of hours after they got home.  They would spend a few minutes talking with us and each other and then they would fix dinner together.  As we got older, we would help them with fixing the dinner.

I became the main cook for dinner by the time I was a teenager.  Cleanup was a family affair from the time I can remember.  As teenagers, we were assigned chores to do around the house and one of us would have to do the dishes each night.

When dinner was ready, we would put the food in the middle of the table and everyone would fix their plates and we would sit and eat dinner together.  Sometimes, we would take our plates into the living room and we would eat dinner while we watched TV.  We wouldn’t just sit there and silently watch TV though.  In our family, it has always been common for us to talk about the topics raised in the TV show.  Dinner was the time when everyone would talk about everything that had went on that day at school or work.

We have always been a family that spent a lot of time talking about everything that goes on in the world.  We would watch the news and then spend the rest of the evening discussing what we heard about on the news or the events of the day.

Dinner time is now very similar to then.  Dinner is the time when we catch up on the days news – whether it is the personal news of a family member or news from the world we have heard about through the news.

Week #32 – Dinner Time

Week 32: Dinner Time. On a typical childhood evening, who was around the dinner table? Was the meal served by one person, or was it a free-for-all? What is dinner time like in your family today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 6, 2011 through Friday, August 12, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic

Family Roots and Branches: The Top Ten Indicators That You’ve Become A Gene-Aholic.

I saw this post today and just had to share it!  I think I might be a Gene-Aholic!  Oh Well, I have a support group (My local genealogy society!) so maybe I will survive!

 

Originally Published January 23, 2011.

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Johnny says Grace or Not!

Originally Published February 10, 2012.

Say A Prayer?

Little Johnny and his family were having Sunday dinner at his Grandmother’s house.  Everyone was seated around the table as the food was being served.  When Little Johnny received his plate, he started eating right away.  “Johnny!  Please wait until we say our prayer,” said his mother.  “I don’t need to,” the boy replied.  “Of course, you do,” his mother insisted.  “We always say a prayer before eating at our house.”  “That’s at our house,” Johnny explained.  “But this is Grandma’s house and she knows how to cook.”                       —Copied

via Eastside Missionary Baptist Church | 325 N Crossover Road, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

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THANKSGIVING – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Originally Published:  December 16, 2011

The foods we have now for Thanksgiving are pretty much the same as they have been since I was a small child.  We have a turkey, dressing, ham, potato salad, mashed potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, cornbread dressing, baked beans, and rolls.  The deserts have varied a lot over the years but are the same kinds of desert.  Chocolate is a big feature.

My mom’s mother used to make homemade chocolate and lemon pies.  These pies were the best things about any holiday dinner at their house!  My dad’s dad would make this wonderful rocky road fudge!

Thanksgiving when I was a kid was a day of traveling.  We would visit both sets of grandparents and there would be all (or at least almost all) of the aunts, uncles and cousins at the dinners.  We would have lunch at one and supper (or dinner for those from the north) at the other grandparents.

At mom’s family dinner there was usually about 30 people!  At dad’s family there was usually about 20 people.  We would have a great time at both families and would eat all day!

 

Week #48 – Thanksgiving

Week 48. Thanksgiving. What was on your family’s Thanksgiving table? Do you serve the same dishes now as your family served in the past?

This challenge runs from Saturday, November 26, 2011 through Friday, December 2, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

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Sam Barnes Family Photos

There are a few images of Sam Barnes in my digital images collection from scanning my grandmothers photos.

 

Sam Barnes as an older man

Minnie, Sam and Arthur Barnes

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Sam Barnes FindaGrave Memorial Page

Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed 11 November 2017), memorial page for Samuel Arter Barnes (27 Dec 1869–20 Dec 1940), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12296211, citing Alco Cemetery, Alco, Stone County, Arkansas, USA ; Maintained by OkieBran (contributor 46530611) .

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Sam Barnes 1940 US Federal Census

By the 1940 census, Sam is a widower living alone.  However, Corbin is living in the next home listed on the census.  Corbin is living with his wife Ethel and children Melba Gene and Ruby.

Note:  Ethel is not the same wife that Corbin had in the 1930 census.  

Name: Sam Barnes
Respondent: Yes
Age: 70
Estimated birth year: abt 1870
Gender: Male
Race: White
Birthplace: Arkansas
Marital Status: Widowed
Relation to Head of House: Head
Home in 1940: Locust Grove, Stone, Arkansas
Map of Home in 1940: View Map
Farm: Yes
Inferred Residence in 1935: Locust Grove, Stone, Arkansas
Residence in 1935: Same Place
Sheet Number: 2B
Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 33
Father’s Birthplace: Arkansas
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
House Owned or Rented: Owned
Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 300
Attended School or College: No
Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 6th grade
Weeks Worked in 1939: 20
Income: 0
Income Other Sources: Yes
Native Language: English
Veteran: No
Social Security Number: No
Usual Occupation: Unable To Work
Neighbors: View others on page
Household Members:
Name Age
Sam Barnes 70

Source Citation

Year: 1940; Census Place: Locust Grove, Stone, Arkansas; Roll: T627_177; Page: 2B; Enumeration District: 69-15

Source Information

Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.

Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

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Sam Barnes Family 1930 US Federal Census

By the 1930 census, Sam’s household in Locust Grove Township, Stone County, Arkansas includes his son Corbin and his wife Nora (Chadwick) Barnes and their child Melba.  Sam was married at 18 years old (To Mary Jane Berry).  Corbin was 27 and Nora was 17 when they were married which puts their marriage approximately 1.5 to 2 years prior (approx 1928).  Sam owns the family farm valued at $600.

Note:  Some researchers have mistakenly counted Nora as a daughter of Sam but she is in reality the daughter-in-law and wife of Corbin.

Name A Samuel Barnes
Birth Year abt 1870
Gender Male
Race White
Age in 1930 60
Birthplace Arkansas
Marital Status Married
Relation to Head of House Head
Home in 1930 Locust Grove, Stone, Arkansas, USA
Map of Home Locust Grove, Stone, Arkansas
House Number 8
Dwelling Number 49
Family Number 51
Home Owned or Rented Owned
Home Value 600
Radio Set No
Lives on Farm Yes
Age at First Marriage 18
Attended School No
Able to Read and Write Yes
Father’s Birthplace Arkansas
Mother’s Birthplace Arkansas
Able to Speak English Yes
Occupation Farmer
Industry Farm
Class of Worker Working on own account
Employment Yes
Household Members
Name Age
A Samuel Barnes
Corbin Barnes
Nora Barnes
J Melba Barnes
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Samuel Barnes Family in the 1920 US Federal Census

By the 1920 census, Sam and Jane are living in Locust Grove Township in Stone County, Arkansas with several of their younger children.

Name: Sam A Barnes
[Samuel Arter Barnes
Age: 50
Birth Year: abt 1870
Birthplace: Arkansas
Home in 1920: Locust Grove, Stone, Arkansas
House Number: Farm
Residence Date: 1920
Race: White
Gender: Male
Relation to Head of House: Head
Marital Status: Married
Spouse’s Name: Jane Barnes
Father’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Mother’s Birthplace: Tennessee
Able to Speak English: Yes
Occupation: Farmer
Industry: General Farm
Employment Field: Employer
Home Owned or Rented: Own
Home Free or Mortgaged: Free
Able to Read: Yes
Able to Write: Yes
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Household Members:
Name Age
Sam A Barnes 50
Jane Barnes 50
Corbin Barnes 17
Orvil Barnes 15
Walter Barnes 13
Arthur Barnes 8
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Blogging Interrupted Again: In the Hospital For a Week

Originally Published December 16, 2010.

Well, I started back to blogging after my bronchitis and setup my posts for most of last week.

Then, my leg started hurting.  I really thought it was muscle cramps!  I called the doctor thinking he could give me some muscle relaxers to stop the pain.

But, he had me come in to see him.  Then, sent me for a Doppler screening.  I had a blood clot in my right leg.  I was admitted to Springdale Hospital and spent most of last week there getting blood thinners.

This week, I have been recuperating so no blogging.  However, I hope to get back to my regular blogging schedule this weekend.

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