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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 18, Iss 27 Alva, OK - I'm Late! I'm late! I'm late for a very important date! Thanks for your patience, understanding. I was distracted while cleaning, fine-tuning my genealogy database on I accidentally deleted the wrong ancestor, which left a bunch of ancestors unlinked from certain individuals. I believe I have that worked out and cleaned up. We all are curious from whom we descended; where, when and why our ancestors came to America, aren't we?

My Great Grandfather John Robert Warwick (1857-1937) comes from a long line of John Robert's from the Warwicks who settled in the Virginias, connected to Lt. William Warwick (1690-1764) & Elizabeth Anne Dunlap (1716-1805), my 6th Great Grandparents from England.

What I am findings is that my Warwicks had a major part in the 1776 Revolutionary War and the French and Indian Wars. It all began with my 6th Great Grandparents:

My 6th Great Grandparents- Lt. William Warwick (1690-1764) and Elizabeth Anne Dunlap (1716-1805) emigrated from England in the mid-1700s.
5th Great Grandparents - John Robert Warwick (1744–1801) and Mary Powell (1745-1786).
4th Great grandparents - William Warwick (1780-1834) and Nancy Agnes Craig (1782-1860).
3rd Great Grandparents R- obert Craig Warwick (1801-1845) and Esther Hull (1804-1853). Robert Craig Warwick was the first son that crossed the Allegheny to pay his sister a visit, which resulted in connecting with Esther Hull, eventually marrying and settling on the Deer Creek homestead. They were the parents of 3 sons and 6 daughters.
2nd Great Grandparents- William Fechtig Warwick 1822-1902) and Phebe Anthea Pray (1833-1905).
1st Great Granparetnts - John Robert Warwick (1857-1937) and Signora Belle Gwin (1860-1934).
Grandparents - Constance Estella Warwick (1882-1968) and William Jacob Mcgill (1880-1959).

You can read more about Maj. Jacob Warwick in this weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid.

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NW Okie's Journey

Vol 16, Iss 38 Bayfield, CO - Have you ever traveled over Wolf Creek Pass between South Fork and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, stopping at the scenic overlook that overlooks the beautiful valley north of Pagosa Springs?

The images on the left were taken on a dirt trail at that overlook of some aspen trees that set beside, where travelers have carved their initials into the trees. Are your initials on these famous landmarks at the scenic overlook?

This week we pay tribute to Armistice (Veterans) Day (11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, when World War I came to an end with much to the disgrace of Germany and loss of lives of British and European soldiers. My Great grand Uncle (Robert Lee Warwick) enlisted with British forces and thought in that war. Read more concerning Armistice Day, 11 November 1918 in this week's The OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid.

I am still searching for a clue to connect the two following MCGILL pioneers. It is not easy am trying to find that needle in the haystack to connect my MCGILLs To the Mcgill-Hallock-Lusk family. You can view Mcgill-Hallock-Lusk Family Tree. This last link is the MCGILL lineage I have NOT made a connection to at this time. My Paris Pioneers-Master over at If you have an account, just look, search for paristimes.

Before I turn things over to Sadie Sadie, the Pug Editor, I want to share a clipping my friend, Joel Berg, sent me of an interview he made concerning a recent Sun City Anthem TV station recorded broadcast interview he took part in for a series, "Freedom Is Not Free," as a salute to veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Joel said It was a fun experience for him, and he hoped that you would enjoy it also. Here is the link to that interview: Interview with Joel Berg, a Retired Quartermaster, Sergeant Manny Peven Post #65, Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America ~

Good Night, Good Luck! Here is to our Veterans of All Wars since then (WWI)!
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Vol 16, Iss 32 Bayfield, CO - I recently connected to the person who bought the "Old Sam L. Lindsay place," 5 miles south of Monterey, Virginia. The reason this connection is important to me is because Sam Lindsay married my great grandmother's sister's daughter, Lucy Eckard. Let's see if I can make this family connection a bit clearer. My Great-Grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin, had an older sister, Rhuhama "Hami" Gwin, that married Jacob "Job" Eckard. Rhuhama and Job Eckard had a daughter Lucy (1883-1946) who married Sam L. Lindsay. Lucy was my first cousin twice removed.

I remember, slightly, visiting the Lindsay's on their farm at Monterey, Virginia area in the early 1960's. I especially remember the huge, staked tomatoes plants and vegetable garden that Sam had in his garden. The tomatoes were the biggest tomatoes that this young girl had ever seen. To big to fit in one hand. It took two hands to hold it.

Anyway, this week Perry Jones sent me some treasures that were found in the house by other owners. The best things Perry found are written proof that Sam and Lucy Lindsay lived in her house. Perry looked through some papers the previous owner left her and found some treasures for me, which she forward onto me, and I received the other day.

There were a couple of Capital Almanac's (1889 & 1890) that had belonged to Lucy Eckard when she was younger. Given to her by her father Jacob "Job" Eckard. There were also 5 penny postcards written to Miss Lucy Eckard. the postcard that stuck out and grabbed me was the one dated September 14, 1910, that my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill, age 27 years) wrote to Lucy.

Grandmother wrote (parenthesis are my notes: "Dear Cousin, I am sending this card to warn you that mother Siggie (Signora Belle Gwin Wawrick) leaves here (Alva, OK) Sept 18 for old Va. Going to make her first stop with Aunt Hami. Love Connie."

[click image for larger view.] -- I know that Grandmother and Great Grandmother Siggie went to Virginia beach in 1910, because I have a photograph of them both with two other young girls standing at the edge of the ocean with a dog. Now I believe one of those girls was Lucy Eckard, Grandmother's cousin, and it was around the mid to last part of September 1910.

Besides the 1910 postcards, the old Capital Almanacs from 1889 and 1890 were in good condition for being 125-124 years old. I have put some bits and pieces of the 1890 almanac in this week's OkieLegacy Weekly Ezine/Tabloid that I though you might find interesting.

Perry Jones tells me that the Gwin-Eckard cemetery is located on the Old Sam Lindsay farm, but needs some TLC because the cemetery is in a terrible state of disarray as the cows have been allowed to tromp around the stones all these years. One of the stones belongs to Job Eckard, who was Lucy's father. One is for poor Samuel Eckard, Lucy's brother, who died young. The last is Ellen, born Eleanor Dever Gwin. John Gwin, Nancy Gwin and Samuel Gwin may also be buried in the Gwin-Eckard cemetery, on Old Sam Lindsay's property. (Samuel Gwin and Ellen Dever were Rhuhama's parents. Also, there may be a Pvt. Alexander Terry there.

The new owners of the "Old Sam Lindsay" place have named one of our hills after Rhuhama because any woman who has 10+ children deserves a hill named after her. perry did tell me that she found Rhuhama's grave in the family cemetery. Rhuhama and Job share a marker. I am told that some of the stones are so faded they look smooth. Perry did find Samuel Gwin's headstone and John Gwin's headstone. Here is a link to the cemetery at Findagrave.

Perry also mentioned, "The property is absolutely stunningly beautiful. The farmhouse was built in 1934, so I think someone other than the Gwins built it. I plan to ask an old timer what he remembers and see what else I can find out. Our long range plan is to move to Highland County, raise goats and make cheese. We have named it 'Yodeling Springs Farm.' We are in the process of naming all the features on the property. We named the middle hill in the back 'Rhuhama Hill' (anyone with that many children deserves a hill named after her) and the gap which leads from the front pasture (unnamed) to the back meadow is now 'Gwin's Gap.' Mountain Grove is still in Virginia, but it's in Bath County. It is south and slightly west of Monterey. My property is located 5-miles south of Monterey on state route 220. The area is called Vanderpool after Vanderpool Gap. A John Vanderpool rode through on a horse and discovered it."

The deed to the Old Sam Lindsay's place mentions Sam Lindsay and Pauline Lindsay. The owners prior to me were the Kittels, and before that it was Swanson Dowling. Everyone in Monterey knows it as the 'Swanson place.'

Perry passed along some information from one of the older farmers who remembered that Sam Lindsay owned her house prior to Swanson Dowling. The old farmer also remembered that Sam was short, about 5 feet and a wonderful carpenter. We have learned that Sam did not have a driving permit and would catch the school bus into Monterey. Sam did carpentry work for the school. He was "very meticulous" and didn't force anything. He carried a pocket knife with him and would whittle down the wood until it fit perfectly. They also tell me they wouldn't be surprised if Sam were the one responsible for a lot of the woodwork in their house. The farmer couldn't remember if Sam built their house or not, but Perry's best guess is that he did. Perry also found remnants of two foundations in the yard.

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NW Okie's Corner

Vol 15, Iss 18 Bayfield, CO - Doing some genealogy searches along the lines, connections to my paternal MCGILL family, I ran across the CRAIGHEAD family, who would probably be considered "in-laws" in connection to my MCGILLs.

My ties to the Craighead family run through William Craighead (1778-1835). William had a son, Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889), who married Nancy McGill (1814-1898) (my 2nd great grand aunt). Nancy McGill was the daughter of William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832) and Nancy Anne Luttrell (1787-1860). Nancy McGill had a brother David Milton MCGILL (1808-1850) (my 2nd great grandfather), also a son of William Nathan MCGILL Jr.

That brings us to my great grandfather, William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), son of David Milton McGill (1808-1850) and Nancy McKelvy Pearson (1816-1908). nancy Pearson was the daughter of Jacob Pearson (1789-1844) and Jane Douglas (3rd great grandparents). Jacob Pearson was the son of Abel A. Pearson and Elizabeth Doyle (my 4th great grandparents).

My grandfather, William "Bill" Jacob MCGILL (1880-1959) we have mentioned earlier, who married Constance Estella Warwick, and had two sons: Gene M MCGILL (1914-1986) and Robert Lee McGill (1916-1954).

My MCGILLs settled in Hamilton county, Tennessee, near a community called "Soddy." In 1969 Soddy and Daisy, Tennessee were combined into Soddy-Daisy, located north of Chattanooga, Tennessee on Highway 27, in a rapidly growing area of Hamilton County. Daisy, Tennessee was the site of Poe's Tavern, where the first courts of Hamilton county were held. Hasten Poe, a veteran of the war of 1812, erected the tavern. It stood at the intersection of two heavily traveled highways and was a noted stopping place. The tavern was torn down about 1915.

Soddy, Tennessee took its name from Soddy Creek which runs through the community. Soddy is a corruption of the Cherokee word "Sauta" which is a form of Echota. Rev. Able Pearson (I believe this Able Pearson to be my 4th great grandfather) organized the Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church there in 1 December 1828 with the help of Benjamin Wallace, that helped establish the community of Soddy, TN. Col. William Clift, a large landowner and Hamilton county's first millionaire, was a pioneer citizen of this area and built his residence there in 1825.

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Duchess of Weaselskin

Vol 14, Iss 46 Bayfield, CO - We remember all Veterans of all wars. We give them our support and thanks for their sacrifices!

NW Okie's Uncle Bob McGill (in the left & bottom photos) fought in WWII. My grand uncle, Robert Lee Warwick (picture in the photo, upper-right), enlisted with the Canadian forces, fighting in WWI, and came back a broken man.

NW Okie's Uncle Bob battled lung cancer after he came back from war and died a young man in February 1954. NW Okie was only six years of age when her Uncle Bob died, so she did not know him very well. But we still respect our uncle and grand uncle for their devotion to our country and the World.

Thanks to all of our Veterans for their service to our country and the world! Let us give those Veterans our support, education and help finding jobs when they come home!

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Duchess & Sadie's Snowy Domain

Vol 13, Iss 5 Bayfield, CO - [This is a view of Vallecito Lake looking South South East, or something like that.] -- The last day of January 2011 brought a cold front and some fresh snow to our area here in Southwest Colorado Rockies. It started snowing earlier this Monday morning with a light dusting of new snow covering the old, with intermittent snow and sunshine breaks during the morning into the afternoon. By mid-afternoon the snowflakes got bigger and the falling snow blocked the view of the mountain peaks.

Nothing blew in like the Nor'easters that has been bombarding the East Coast the last few days, though. Sounds like the Midwest is expecting some snow/ice/sleet storms in the next 24/36 hours, starting in Oklahoma City tonight and moving Northeast towards Chicago and other midwest areas.

Have you ever heard of the "Great Blizzard of 1888" or "Great Blizzard of '88" (March 11 - March 14, 1888)? NW Okie's Grandmother (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) would have been six years of age back then and living in the Monterey, Virginia area.

The Great Blizzard of '88 was reported as one of the most severe blizzards in the United States. Snowfalls of 40-50 inches fell in parts of New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts and Connecticut, sustaining winds of over 45 miles per hour that produced snowdrifts in excess of 50 feet. Railroads were shut down and people were confined to their houses for up to a week.

The weather that year preceding the blizzard was unseasonably mild with heavy rains that turned to snow as temperatures dropped rapidly. The storm began shortly after midnight on March 12, and continued unabated for a full day and a half. Most of northern Vermont received from 20 to 30 inches in this storm, while the Nor'easter dumped 50 inches in Connecticut and Massachusetts; while dumping 40 inches in New Jersey and New York.

Drifts were reported to average 30-40 feet, over the tops of houses from New York to New England. There were reports of drifts covering 3-story houses. The highest drift of 52 feet was recorded in Gravesend, New York. The storm also produced severe winds; 80 miles per hour wind gusts were reported. The storm was referred to as the Great White Hurricane, that paralyzed the East Coast from the Chesapeake Bay to Maine, as well as the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

It was shortly afterwards that New York began placing it telegraph and telephone infrastructure underground to prevent their destruction. Back to the future, though! Hope you keep warm this Winter and help those homeless found shelter and warmth during the Winter!

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Duchess & Sadie's Domain

Vol 12, Iss 48 Bayfield, Colorado - When bedlam college football comes around this time of year, these pugs and other dogs out there might want to retire to another room other than the TV viewing room. Those humans can should get loud, excited when their favorite NCAA football teams battle it out, especially in Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Humans ain't so bad, though! We do get our little perks and treats! Our human counter parts regained their respect from us when they shared some small morsels of turkey with us Pugs on Thanksgiving! Sadie and I thought that was delicious!

NW Okie has been doing some website cleaning on her Family genealogy over at Paris Times Pioneers - powered by PhpGedView, which reads our GED files. NW Okie has her PARIS, MCGILL, WARWICK and WAGNER family genealogy updated on that site. So if you do not have a subscription to login into - paristimes, then you can check out our genealogy at "Paris Times Pioneers."

This is the Duchess' stress reducing motto all us Pug dogs work under, "If you can't eat or play with it, pee on it and walk away."

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Duchess & Oakie's NW Corner

Vol 6, Iss 38 Bayfield, Colorado -

Northwestern -- Rediscover the Treasure -- Duchess Rose - The Boss & Editor That is what we have been doing all this week. Rediscovering and discovering the treasures of some old Northwestern yearbooks.

It all began when Okie and I made our daily trip to the post office the beginning of this week. What was waiting for us was a book box of treasures. Three old Northwestern Yearbooks from 1926, 1937 and 1938. Can't wait until Oakie gets finished scanning, transcribing them for you all.

< ahref="">Castle on the Hill View - 1926, Alva, OKYep! This Precious Pug watches the birds, eagles and other mountain creatures while Oakie has been busy cranking up the old scanner -- starting the scanning, transcribing The Ranger 1926 "Castle On The Hill" Yearbook.

Okie has been consumed and transported back in time to the 1926's in NW Oklahoma. Finding, learning more about the Castle on the Hill each day. We are updating our with the following pages:
The Ranger 1926.

We have put the full-scanned pages of The Ranger 1926 Yearbook on our NW OkieLegacy Webshots.

Browse through both places and see what ancestors, friends and memories you might remember. Bookmark for future updates. This should keep Oakie busy for awhile, huh?

As to Rediscover the Treasure & Northwestern, You need to mark your calendars for September 30th thru October 2nd, 2004, Alva, Oklahoma. Join us and help rediscover the Treasure as the Community and the Rangers band together for another Cinderella Coronation and Homecoming celebrations at Northwestern's 2004 Homecoming. Hope to see most of you there! Yep! Okie and I will be crowding the downtown square the morning of Saturday, October 2, 2004, for the Ranger's Homecoming parade. We are looking forward to seeing Y'all there!

Liberty School - 1904-05There has been more Interesting Emails concerning the Photo of Liberty School District. We received an interesting email from Earl Fugit this week concerning the Liberty School photo with my grandmother, Constance Warwick (McGill) as the teacher.

Earl says, "The school was Liberty School located approximately 6-miles South and 1-East of Alva, about 5-miles North and one 1-East of Hopeton. This school was about 5-miles from the Warwick homestead."

Green Valley School

We found an answer to the question of the Hendrickson and Runnymede Hotels in Alva. Jim Richey enlightened us on the subject of the Hendrickson, Rhodes, Gunn and Runnymede Hotel. Thanks, Jim!

Remember the Burma Shave signs that kept you busy on long trips? Well! We have added a few of them in this Issue below. If you remembering any more that we don't have listed, send us some more of those sayings.

Okie says it times to wind this down and set the type-setter and punch the key to send this week's newsletter out for the weekend. So this precious political pug says, "See Y'all next weekend with more Okie Legacies!"

The Campus
A Silent message thru the ages
Is delivered to the races passing by,
And the wisdom of the sages
Flashes futily from the sturdy eye,
Watching Life's laughter, song and tears
Thru the eager march of onward years;
With quiet, unperturbed, mobile face
Inspires us to live with equal grace.
[taken from The Ranger 1926 yearbook]

~~ Linda "oaKie" & Duchess ~~

Here's to making America Stronger at Home - Respected in the World! Believe In America! We can do better!
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Millennium Edition

Vol 3, Iss 1 Slapout, Oklahoma - Here it is a week into the New 21st Century! Thanks for all the memories you have sent in the past Volumes of "Oakie's HTH." I am working on some Slapout, Oklahoma 2001 photos I took this week and hope to have them ready for you next week. Send me some history and memories of Slapout... If you get a chance.

We ate our good luck black-eyed peas in Buck's Hoppin John Recipe on New Years Eve for good luck to follow us into the New Millennium. I have stuck the recipe link below just in case someone wants to check it out.BucksHoppinJohn.doc

New Years Day found this Oakie on the road again back to Oklahoma, January 1, 2001. As to New Years traditions & black-eyed peas... Scott says, "My family always ate black-eyed peas on New Year's Day. Why? I haven't a clue."
< br /> My family also ate black-eyed peas on New Years for good luck. I don't know why or when the black-eyed peas tradition started. Does anyone out there have any clues to this mystery?

Some of you NW Oklahomans and Paris family relations out there might remember my Uncle Alvin. On our way back through Colorado to Oklahoma, we stopped and visited with my mother's older brother, Alvin Paris. Alvin worked with the McClure Loans & Insurance Company, in Alva back in the 1930s. Alvin & Naomi married in 1935 and lived in the Monfort Apartments before moving to 718 4th Street. I'm not quite sure where the Monfort apartments were located, but Alvin and Naomi moved from those apartments to the 718 4th Street home sometime shortly after the Castle on the Hill burned down. Does anyone have any clues to where the Monfort Apartments were located? Alvin and Naomi also lived in the two-story, framed, white house on the southeast corner of Choctaw & Third Street, across the street south from the Old Armory. Alvin Paris was born 1 Nov. 1912; married Naomi Warren (b. 1910), 3 February 1935. They will be celebrating their 66th anniversary, Feb. 3, 2001. Alvin is the next to the oldest of nine siblings of Ernest Claude Paris and Mary Barbara Hurt. Of the nine siblings (Leslie, Alvin, Vernon, Vada, Zella, Kenneth, Sam, Geneva and EJ)... the three remaining are Alvin (88, in Colorado Springs, CO), Sam (76, in Sand Pointe, ID) and Geneva (72, in Chester, OK).

Everyone knows about Pikes Peak and Colorado Springs, but what about the Cave of the Winds. These caverns are located near the small community of Manitou west of Colorado Springs, Colorado. You use a steep, winding, corkscrew mountain road to reach the entrance of the Cave of the Winds. The caverns have been around for over one hundred years.

They were temporarily lighted with electric lights 11 October 1904. On 4 July 1907 a new electric light system with arc lights were installed in the larger rooms of the cave for the first time. The entrance building was built in the spring of 1906 with a veranda for views of Williams Canyon and Manitou.

We stopped to take the tour so I could walk in the footsteps of my grandmother Constance Warwick who took the same tour in the early 1900s (1907-1909) before she married my grandfather, Bill McGill. I found this great old photo of the "Cave of the Winds" taken sometime during the early 1900s. There were NO names or dates written on the photo. The only clues to the dated items in photo are the long skirt and white blouse worn by the lady; the two horse drawn carriages in the sloping foreground; and the sign on the front of the building over the steps that reads, "Brilliantly Electrically Lighted." OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds.jpg
< br />You can view a January, 2001 view of the "Cave of the Winds" for comparison. OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01a.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01b.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01c.jpg OkieLegacy/image/cavewinds-jan01d.jpg

Nearby is a free public park called "Garden of the Gods." It has towering sandstone rock formations against a backdrop of snow-capped Pikes Peak and blue skies. In 1909, Charles Elliott Perkins' children conveyed his 480 acres to the City of Colorado Springs. It was/is known as the 'Garden of the Gods' and free to the public and maintained as a public park.
< br /> I did get a few shots of the 'Garden of the Gods' when we traveled through there January, 2001. If you look really hard, you might spot this Oakie leaning on a rock wall with the sandstone formations in the background at one of the overlooks.
OkieLegacy/image/gardengods1.jpg OkieLegacy/image/gardengods2.jpg

For the week of January 1 thru January 5... from SW Colorado to Oklahoma, the gas pump prices ranged from $1.55 (Durango, CO) all the way down to $1.19 at a Texaco, in central Oklahoma. The first of the week in Colorado Springs gas prices were $1.39. Boise City, out on the very tip of the Oklahoma panhandle, saw a $1.39 gas as did Guymon, OK. The gas prices in Alva during the mid-week came in at $1.35. Ames, OK which is southeast of Ringwood and norhtwest of Hennessey, Kingfisher and Okarche all sported a $1.34 price tag. A Texaco gas station in NW Oklahoma City showed a price of gas on Friday, January 5, 2001, at $1.19. What are the gas pump prices doing in your neck of the woods?
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NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 12 OKC, Oklahoma -

Well! Brrrrr!.... According to the Calendar, it's Springtime once again! Thursday March 20, 2003, brought in a chilly remindered that we were one day away from Spring... among other things - Winter is still with us for another day at least here in the heartland. By Friday, the temps were back in the 50's and 60's with sunshine to warm things up for the first day of Spring 2003! What will saturday bring?

Congratulations to the 2003 Alva High Ladybugs! ... The AHS Ladybugs took home the Class 3A State Champs title in the Basketball Championship play-offs this week in Oklahoma City. I hear that the last time AHS Ladies won that title was back in 1924. Way to go Ladybugs! We are Proud of You! You can read about it in the Alva-Review Courier, March 21, 2003 Edition. According to the Sports Spasm, March 21, 2003 written by Jim Barker for the Alva-Review Courier -- if you are so inclined to help, make your donation for Championship Rings for the Ladybug State Champs. You can contact the Alva Education Foundation, c/o Helen Thiesing, 506 14th St., Alva, Oklahoma 73717.

Grandma's July, 1909 Vacation in Colorado... Constance Warwick & Friends - On the Road to Helen Hunt's Grave - 27 July 1909Did I forget to mention last week about the 1909 Vacation Photo Album that I have included on Oakie's Webshots? These were photos that my Grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill put together of her trip to areas around Colorado Springs, Crystal Park, Helen Hunt's Grave and Seven Falls in Colorado back in 1909. From looking through the photos, things were rugged back then without paved roads -- mules, horse and buggy were used as their mode of travel. I love viewing the fashion of that time. They were still wearing the long, floor-length dresses, skirts.

27 July 1909 - Constance Warwick at Helen Hunt's grave AND... Who was this Helen Hunt that was buried on the summit of Mount Jackson, Colorado (a Cheyenne peak named for her, about four miles from Colorado Springs)? SEE Mailbag Links below. [You may Click image for a larger view.] Grandma Constance (Warwick) McGill is the young lady in the white dress in both pictures above.

1904 Pioneer Tidbits... There has been some additions to the Alva Pioneer Tidbits pages. In case you want to check them out, look for the 1903 Annual Report - Woods County Schools - In Oklahoma - Alva Pioneer Staff - 1st Newspaper and Eagle Furniture Store.

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NW Okie (Linda)

Vol 5, Iss 10

With March here, is Spring far behind? We were traveling to OKC from Alva the other afternoon, March 3, Monday. Out in the countryside a few miles south of Alva and west of Carmen, Oklahoma a huge gaggle of geese were heading north. When we were getting near Oklahoma City and traveling along the NW highway, a few miles west of OKC, we spotted another, but smaller, gaggle of geese heading northward.

Are we going to have an early spring and short winter? It sure seems like it!

18890s McGill Famil Quilt stitchesBesides the gaggle of geese, I now have in my possession a 108-110 year old family quilt that my great-grandmother (Isabelle Johnson McGill) had made for one of her sons, James. James Acel McGill carried it with him to the Oklahoma Territory around 1893 and the Cherokee Outlet Run. You should see the meticulous stitching, quilting in it. It is beautiful - fantastic quilting work. It measures 72"x80". The colors (Turkey red, Orange anemone, brown on an off-white linen-type background) are true, good condition, but the brown is worn in a few spots. It has always been in the McGill family. I had a chance to purchase it and keep it in the McGill family. So... I DID! Does anyone have any ideas how best to display this antique family quilt without hiding it away in a cedar chest or subjecting it to folded crease marks, dust, sunlight and other harmful things that plague antique quilts?

The 1906 Standard Atlas of Woods County... This thin book caught my eye this week when I was browsing for family pioneers that homesteaded land in NW Oklahoma. I did find some McGill's that owned land in the South half of Section 4-T26N-R14West Indian Meridian (WIM) - James & W. P. McGill - James was son of W. P. & Isabelle Johnson McGill). John R. Warwick (my great-grandfather, father of Constance Estella Warwick McGill) owned land in the NE quarter of Section 23-T26N-R14WIM, N half of Sec. 36-T26N-R14WIM, NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (north of railroad tracks at Phillips Station or Hopeton, Okla.). Wm. Warwick (possibly, John's father) owned the NE quarter of Section 35-T26N-R14WIM (south of railroad tracks at Phillips Station. SEE Twp. 26N-14WIM Map... Check out these maps to view other NW OK landowners of 1906.

For those of you interested in the Dacoma (Dakoma or Homer) area in Northwest Oklahoma, I scanned the 1906 Atlas map of Woods County, Twp. 25N-R13WIM that shows the listed owners of the land surrounding that area near Dacoma, Oklahoma, in northwest Oklahoma. That is where some of my PARIS ancestors settled, SW of the Dacoma area.

Waynoka Historical Society - Membership & Annual Fund Drive... We did our part this week when we made our donation to the Log Cabin & Depot Fund Drive to help out the Waynoka Historical Society. You can, too! They Need Your Help... to preserve their smalltown history!

As Sandie says in our Mailbag Corner this week, ".....Waynoka is a small town with a large history ... the society must rely on the help of friends who share their love of the town and its past, or those who have never heard of Waynoka before, but recognize and appreciate the value of preserving its great history. If you would like to be a part of this preservation, the Waynoka Historical Society -- Welcomes Your Donation of any amount. Their mailing address is PO Box 193, Waynoka OK 73860. President Sandie Olson's phone number is 580-824-5871; her email address is If you would like to earmark your donation for the Log Cabin or Depot Fund, please note that on your check. Visit their web site at"

The Waynoka Historical Society has copies of a map of the Cherokee Strip Livestock Ass'n Ranches for Sale in the Museum Gift Shop. They're $3, plus 9% tax. They are 11"x17" - and frame nicely.

The weathermen have promised a decent Friday and Saturday this weekend, with a slight change in weather to hit around these parts on Sunday. This outdoor-type lady has plans to enjoy as much of the sunshine and outdoors as possible. Help us preserve our ancestor's pasts anyway you can! See you all next weekend!

~~ Linda "oaKie" ~~

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Duchess & Sadie's Spring Domain

Grandmother's Pink Climbing Roses (1940s)

Vol 12, Iss 19 Alva, Oklahoma - We hope all the mothers and grandmothers out there had a great "Mother's Day" this Sunday.

NW Okie received Mother Day roses from an rose bushes via the internet and all the way from northwest Oklahoma. The pink rose bush on the left is an old bush planted by NW Okie's Grandmother Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill sometime back in the late 1940's. It has been blooming, growing ever since! The photo on the right is a closeup of one of those pink roses.

The red rose bush on the left is one NW Okie planted in the late 1980's, by the front door of her home in the eleven hundred block of Maple Street. It keeps growing and blooming for the last 20-plus years. Thanks to both of NW Okie's sons for sending these beautiful roses all the way of northwest Oklahoma!

We have included in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine a photo of Alva, Oklahoma's NEW mural that graces the eastside of the a building adjacent to the Old Bell Hotel. If you are ever visiting NW Oklahoma, you might take a tour of this "Mural city!"

We have also included some history of the Hindenburg crash of May 1937 and the first Bob Hope USO tour during World War II (1941) at California's March Field. We have included some videos of a few WWII USO's that we found.

While Oklahomans are experiencing a supercell storm this Monday, May 10, 2010, we here in SW Colorado Rockies were experiencing sunny spring-like weather with a few hummingbirds frequenting our hummingbird feeders that were set out.

How is the Storm and weather in the Heartlands? Did you experience any tornadoes and storms? We have been standing by and staying tuned to the national weather for updates on Oklahoma's supercell that has been moving through Central Oklahoma this afternoon, Monday, May 10, 2010. Sounds like Norman near Lake Thunderbird, in Central Oklahoma experienced a tornado that created some damages around the Lake Thunderbird area. Hope you Central Okie's have your radio, television and Local Weather station tuned in and are taking precautions this afternoon, evening.

Good Night and Good Luck!
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Duchess Deer Domain

Vol 11, Iss 47 HAPPY THANKSGIVING! ... Welcome to our Evening eZine/Newspaper! Seems like NW Okie has left this Duchess Pug with a heavy load the past few weeks. I'm goin' take a long snooze afterwards with my wildlife creatures in my Deer Domain ? AND ? GO ON STRIKE!

By the way ? Have you met my friend Mr. Buck pictured on the left while he was grazing on fallen wildbird seed mix?

Mr.Buck and other deer have been grazing in our backyard the past few weeks waiting for another cold front to come through here sometime after and around the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Mr. Buck says, "Hello!"

NW Okie is in the process of merging the Warwick McGill Paris Wagner families into one tree over at our family website. If you are already an member -- I have sent you a "Guest" invite to our family genealogy, come over and check it out -- leave a comment -- a family story -- help me refine the information that I have gathered so far.

NW Okie says, "If you don't mind the mess, drop over and see our 3980 family tree of our Paternal Maternal Wagner surnames.

NW Okie would also like to send you an invite to McGill-Paris-Wagner on, a place where we can learn more about our family history and share what we discover, together. You can view and print this family tree as well as historical records, images, stories, etc. that are attached to it.

If she has NOT already sent you a "Guest" invite and you are interested, let us know your email address so we can send you a "Guest" invite so you can view, comment on our family genealogy. allows you to participate by in our family genealogy by:
* Commenting on people, images, and stories
* Adding photos and stories
* Adding, editing, and deleting names

Did I mention this before ? The family tree already has 3980 people, 8 photos, 0 stories and 563 historical records. More old photos will be added later.
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Duchess' Domain

Vol 11, Iss 41 My friend Daisy has been sleeping over for the last few weeks. That is us snoozing' together on the sofa like a pair of "couch potatoes." Daisy is the small schnauzer and I have my nose snuggled in towards Daisy's cozy body.

mountain & clouds of VallecitoThe photo on the right shows the mountain peaks North of Vallecito that we took the other day, Oct. 7, 2009, while NW Okie zoomed in with her digital camera. NW Okie was a mile (or less) South of Virginia's restaurant and south of the marina, looking towards the North mountain peaks and slightly to the West of Irvin mountain. Just love the way the clouds are framing the peaks -- it was like viewing it with your head in the clouds.

An Okie Legacy
- the photo on the left is a picture of Young John Robert Warwick, my Great Grandpa.

I am trying to find the date that Great Grandpa Warwick left the Virginia's and headed West with his family and settled near Coldwater, Kansas before he eventually made the "Run of 1893" into Oklahoma Territory.

We know that G-Grandpa & G-Grandma Warwick had a daughter (born Oct. 1882) and son (born Nov. 1887) and both were born in Monterey, Virginia.

Did G-Grandpa leave Virginia sometime after 1887 ? or sometime between 1884-1886, leaving family at home until he found a place to settle? Does Kansas (Coldwater) archives have any records going back to that time period showing John Robert Warwick being counted near Coldwater? In John R. Warwick's Obituary, my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill) mentioned that John Robert Warwick taught school around Coldwater, Kansas.

If there are any Coldwater natives or inhabitants out there that would have access to any records that could help me with nailing down the timeline of Great-Grandpa's arrival in Coldwater, Kansas, it would be very much appreciated and helpful. Thanks!
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Duchess' Domain

Vol 11, Iss 33 Can you remember what you were doing 40 years ago, during the Summer of '69, August 15-18, 1969 to be exact? Were you one of those 450,000 rock-n-roll music lovers, hippies making their way to the "Peace & Love" Woodstock Festival at White Lake, New York? Lots was happening the Summer of '69!

This Duchess NW Okie was from that era of America Rock N Roll, but was stuck in Alva, Oklahoma, and had been a newly wed for a couple weeks and David was still either at National Guard summer camp at Ft. Sill or coming home.

The NW Okie did not make it to Northwest Oklahoma and Freedom's PCRA Rodeo and Old Cowhand reunion.

If someone out there in northwest Oklahoma has a copy of the Freedom Rodeo Program, NW Okie would love to have a copy for her archives. Send us a copy c/o Linda Wagner, PO Box 619, Bayfield, CO 81122.

We would love to see how our full-page AD for "The OkieLegacy" and "McGill Sisters L & C Corporation" turned out in the Freedom Rodeo program with a 1908 photo of Constance Warwick, McGill Sister's 1908 Old Cowhand.
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Happy St. Patricks Day!

Vol 11, Iss 11 Yep! The wearing of the emerald-green for some of us Irish is just around the corner. Tuesday to be exact! I am thinking about wearing my green into Durango and partaking of some Irish stew and green beer on St. Patricks Day.

We have gotten back to working on our Warwick family genealogy, somewhat -- following friends on Twitter and Facebook and setting up a Facebook - Warwick Genealogy Group on our Facebook site. For all those savvy Facebook addicts, you can Facebook Linda McGill Wagner and Twitter With OkieLegacy.

The reason I have been gathering Warwick family information is because someone asked me if I would write a story about the McGill Ranch North of Waynoka. To do the story justly, I need to take you back to when my Great-Grandparents John R. and Signora Belle (a.k.a Sigga B.) Warwick made the Run of 1893 in the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma Territory. That is just one of the projects that I have on my full plate of "To Dos."

I am remembering bits and pieces of our family trip back to the Virginia in 1960 or so ... It seems as though we visited, I think, Sam Lindsay, in West Virginia, and he had grown these huge tomatoes on stakes. I donot know if it was the virginia variety, or what, BUT ... they were gigantic in size. The tomatoes were bigger than my one hand could hold. I am hoping my sister will read this and help me out with more of those memories of the early 1960 trip to Virginia.

Anyway ... My dad brought some of the tomatoes and seeds from those tomatoes back to Oklahoma to plant in his vegetable garden out at the Ranch. Not sure the tomatoes ever got as big as they did in West Virginia, though!

A couple of weeks ago, Louise in Waynoka mentioned, "We need some rain, everything is trying to green up, but we have a moisture problem."

I Hope you NW Okies finally got some moisture along with a quick cold front this week. We hear it turned cold this week in the northwest parts with snow and ice."

The Balmer Fund has placed a FREE AD in our "Classifieds" that reads: "PEOPLE PERSON? ?Sell ads for Prairie Connection, flexible hours. Contact:" If you are in the area of Harper, KS and NW Oklahoma, you might give the Balmer Fund a shout and check out this job opportunity.

Someone always seems to ask me, "How much are the subscriptions to the OkieLegacy newsletter?" In reply I write back and tell them this is a FREE weekly online newsletter! There is NO CHARGE! It is a labor of love and devotion to publish this OkieLegacy ezine each week. If it helps one person out there make a connection in their genealogy records, then that is all the reward I need!

Here are some Crossword Puzzle instructions for those who have not figured it out on your own:
* Select a clue from the clue list to activate the puzzle space, then type in your answer.
* If you want to pencil in a temporary answer, click the pencil button on the left column, fill-in the answer.
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Happy Coming St. Patricks Day!
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1900 Insight Of Grandma At 18-Years

Vol 11, Iss 8 I dug out some early 1900s letters that my grandmother, Constance (Warwick) McGill, received from a "best friend," John C. McClure, in Altona, Knox Co, Illinois. In the October, 1900 letter he mentions "arter to fellow." I am not sure what he meant by that, though.

In October, 1900, Constance Warwick would have been 18 years of age, living in Alva, Oklahoma Territory.

It sounds as though, John C. McClure was 19 years of age, in school at Altona, Illinois. Was Constance Warwick teaching at the age of 18 years or was she a student at Northwestern Normal School, in Alva, O.T.? Did she go to the Philippines as John mentions in the letter? OR ... Did John head her off at San Fancisco? AND ... Who was Nellie Corben, Ikie & May and Bert Knox? Perhaps someone out there reading this old 1900 letter from a "Best Friend" can help us fill in the blanks.

I plan on scanning and transcribing more of these letters written in the earlier 1900s and placing them on my OkieLegacy website in PDF form. - Oct. 4, 1900 Letter From Best Friend to Constance Warwick

John McClure starts his letter: "Oct. 4, 1900, Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, O.T., Dear Connie:

"I received your most welcome letter this A.M. It was postmarked three times. Came to Quincy, laid there awhile, then to Galva, then back to Altona, But I've got it.

"When I got that beautiful souvenir (sic), the boys in Quincy said, I never hear from you again, on account of there being paper in it without any writing. But I didn't believe it. Then when I did not hear from you for so long, I thought perhaps you were mad about something you had heard, etc.

"I hope by some mishap you did not receive that letter I wrote last. you may send it back for me to burn up. I was the happiest kid you ever seen when I got your letter this morning.

"You tell that (arter to) fellow to go straight up. Tell me who he is Connie and I fix him when I come to Okla. I never received but one letter from Nellie. It came home while I was in Quincy. Pa knew it was not your writing, or anybody's else, so he took it upon himself to open it up and read it. It was so foolish that, they did not take the trouble to send it when I came home. I read it (and I burnt it up). In the letter she said if I would answer it, she would write me a hot old letter. That was hot enough for me. As for Miss Gateka, I just writing to her a longtime ago. She quit me rather. I suppose it was that other love affair you told me about once. A word for Miss Bliss, I never heard of her before. Thats all I need say for her. Now! Whats left, Miss Warwick. Tell the (arter to fellow) I do write to Miss W. and that he had better deliver those letters more promptly.

"So you are going to the Philipines (sic). Well! It would be nice if you could, but better that you shouldn't. Let me know when you start and I'll bet I'll head you off at San Francisco. I know you could pass the Civil Service Ex.

"I don't know where I will get a position yet. I am satisfied to stay at home for the present. Am getting lots of good things to eat. Yesterday mother and father went away to visit for the day, and I and my younger bro thought we would have something good to eat all by ourselves. So he caught a young chicken, dressed it and I fried it, and just as we had everything nicely fixed, the folks came home, and helped us eat our scrumptuous (sic) feast.

"There was a cyclone struck here about a week ago. A good many building were torn to pieces. It did no damage except laid our corn flat, and blew down some trees.

"We have got the funniest teacher down at our school house She tells the kids some of the craziest things. The other my bro and I were passing. She came out began talking, and I had never saw her before. She is only 19. You have students as old as I. How would you like to have me for a student.

"Is there anything going on at Red Shed for you to go to. Is Nellie Corben going to school. How is Ikie and May. The neighbors wrote some big stories to father about Bert Knox. Perhaps you heard them.

"I will close, with the sincere hope that you will not get mad at me for writing that letter, but I thought sure you had quit.

Your Best Friend, Altona, Ill. J. C. McClure."
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Pugs & SW Colorado Cooler, Drier Air

Vol 10, Iss 22 Well! What these horses hear from those SW Coloradians is, "We (NW Okie, David & The Pugs) left northwest Oklahoma early last Thursday morning and arrived at Bayfield, Colorado around 6:30 p.m. MDT after about a 12 hour drive through, western Oklahoma, southwestern Kansas and southeast Colorado."

They reached the 70 degree temperatures around Walsenberg, Colorado on Hwy 160. We hear the gas prices ranged from $3.81.9 in Alva, OK to $3.95.9 on westward through Kansas and Colorado. The highest gas price was at the Springfield, Colorado station on the south edge of town -- in the $4 range for regular. maybe they should have driven to the north edge of Springfield, Colorado and found the gas prices a few cents below the $4 dollar mark.

Memorial Weekend In Oklahoma
NW Okie spent last week's Memorial weekend placing red roses on her ancestors McGill/Warwick gravestones, especially her great-uncle Wilbur Warwick (Grandmother Constance Warwick McGill's younger brother) who had died at the age of one year in 1896. Wilbur is buried in Block eight of the Alva Cemetery with other young babies who died at a young age.

Horses @ Fairvalley
One our readers told me last week, that she really enjoys seeing photos of our horses. So... for those horse enthusiasts, you can check out our OkieLegacy YouTube site for a short movie files of our horses getting a squirt of spray to control the small flies buzzing them this while we up there last week. If that link doesn't get you there, then try Horses at Fairvalley, OK.

Scissortail Flycatchers In NW OK
A few days ago, our youngest son, Robert L. Wagner, took some movie clips of a Scissortail Flycatcher that likes to frequent Alva's northend of the park down by the pond. Robert says the Scissortail is quite friendly and likes posing for the camera. Have you been to Alva's park lately?

Alva High Reunions
While we were in Alva, OK last weekend, we hear that the Alva High Class of '63 held their reunion out at the VIP Club, South of town. AND... it seems the Class of '88 Goldbugs also met that same weekend. Are there any '63 or '88 Goldbugs out there that have more information on those class reunions held last weekend?

Colorado Hummingbirds
As to the SW Colorado hummingbirds had been without hummingbird juice for the couple of weeks that NW Okie was gone. The hummingbirds are slowly coming back, but most have gone to a more productive feeder.

Duchess says, "I love this cool, drier climate, 'cause this pug doesn't have to breathe so hard to cool off here in Colorado."
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Pugs Reporting From A Swing

Vol 9, Iss 30 Since NW Okie has gotten back and into the swing of things, these relaxing Pugs (Duchess & Sadie) have taken a vacation of their own as they report this weekend from a cool, relaxing swing.

Earlier this week NW Okie was asked if she was related to the McGill's who used to own a place North of Waynoka on hwy 14 and if she was one of the girls that was watermelon hunting on George Whipple's watermelon patch.

If you are speaking of the McGill place about 10 miles North of Waynoka right next to Eagle Chief Creek... Yes! BUT... if NW Okie was one of the girls watermelon hunting, that was a few years before her time. That must have been one of the older McGill Sisters.

That land North of Waynoka came down to the McGill's from their great-grandfather, John Robert Warwick, to NW Okie's Grandmother, Constance Estelle (Warwick) McGill, -- to Gene McGill, grandson of John Warwick. NW Okie is the third daughter out of four of Gene M. & Vada E. (Paris) McGill.

As a young girl, NW Okie remembers lots of fun riding her stick horses, making mud-chocolate coated cow terds, fishing with her dad and picnics with the Kelsey's of Waynoka, Oklahoma before Roscoe & Celinda Kelsey and their daughter, Diane, were transferred to Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Being six and five years younger than her older sisters, NW Okie has no recollection of the antics that the two older sisters experienced living on the old farm place. BUT... she is always interested in hearing those stories from others out there. Especially, the George Whipple watermelon story where all hell broke loose when he shot off his shotgun.
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88 Years Ago Today - 11/11/1918

Vol 8, Iss 45 This Memorial weekend finds NW Okie & Duchess "On the Road" again! This time we find ourselves traveling the by-ways and highways from northwest Oklahoma to southwest Colorado. Check back late saturday evening for the completed published edition of this week's "OkieLegacy" newsletter, Vol. 8, Iss. 45, 11/11/2006.

Eighty-eight Years Ago Today - 11/11/1918 -- Vada Eileen Paris was turning two-years-old, Nov. 11, 1918, when WWI was ending with the signing of the Armistice Agreement.

It was the 11th hour, 11th day, 11th month of 1918 when the "Great War (World War I)" ended. IF we could go back and talk to our parents, grandparents about that time, what would they say? Vada Paris & Uncle Bob McGill were two-years old and Gene M. McGill was going on four-years-old.

Grandma Constance Warwick McGill's younger brother, Robert Lee Warwick enlisted in 1914 with the US Army and served three years with the "Coast Artillery Corp., 5th Company." He then joined the "Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Canada" and was sent to France with the Canadian Army. Robert served through World War I and received his discharge June 29, 1919. He came home broken in health and after a few years entered the Western State hospital, Fort Supply, Oklahoma. That's where he died November 17, 1952, Western State Hospital, at the age of 65 years, and 12 days. He is buried in the Alva Municipal Cemetery, Alva, Oklahoma.

Have a Great, Safe Veterans Memorial weekend.
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Duchess & Sadie's Spring Domain

Taste of Durango (Colorado)

Vol 12, Iss 21 Bayfield, Colorado -

It has been a beautiful mountain week and weekend here in the Southwest Rockies. This Monday morning we awoke to an inch of snow on the cars and rooftops. The temperatures this past week during the day were anywhere from the sixties to the mid seventies.

The weekend before this last weekend, we took this photo on the left and right of the "Taste of Durango" that took over a few blocked off blocks on Main Avenue, in Durango, Colorado. This was the biggest crowd that NW Okie has seen in the last the few years. Durango's Manna Soup Kitchen uses the Taste of Durango to raise funds for their soup kitchen.

The birds, including hummingbirds, have been flocking in to feed at the feeders. What the birds drop the chipmunks and squirrels scurry around and eat. Except when Sadie and I are on outside bird, squirrel and chipmunk watch. That Sadie Pug is fast! Faster than this Duchess Pug, but I am going on 7-1/2 human years and Sadie is a couple of years younger than me. Sadie has a lot to learn yet! BUT she is getting there!

We hear that the Nescatunga Arts Festival is coming Saturday, June 4, 2010, on the downtown square of Alva, Oklahoma. Also, the Alva High Class of 1960 will be having their class reunion that weekend.

Linda and Bill Beeler send out this invitation to the Class of 1960, " We would like to invite all to stop by the class of 1960 canopy and say hello and visit awhile. It should be fun for all. Remember, if you will be in town come on down to the Alva square and join the fun."

Capron OK 1900 has been growing on Mark Tidwell just added a photo showing a 1918 Capron Bank, Woods County, Oklahoma. View all new photos.

If you have any old photos or stories of Capron, Oklahoma to share stop by - Capron OK 1900 and join the fun of reminiscing.

We understand, May 19th, that some Oklahomans awoke to the sound of thunder and marble-sized hail that was pelting their house and windows, besides doing damage to trees that lost their leaves when the hail stones had beaten the leaves off the trees.

You will perhaps notice a NEW item on the right of the OkieLegacy Ezine that includes random, recent photos connecting our Facebook and Flickr sites to the OkieLegacy. Also, there is a NEW menu at the top "Blogs/WebCams/Photos" where you can move your mouse over to view a connection to other photo galleries at our OkieLegacy Flickr account. The photo galleries are listed under "Okie's Galleries." check out our Old Postcards that our Grandmother Constance Estella Warwick McGill collected over her lifetime. We do not have all of Grandma's postcards scanned, but you can view what we have scanned so far. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Giving Thanks & Genealogy Info

Vol 10, Iss 47 As a dry, cold front settled through Southwest Colorado by mid-week we encountered gas prices falling below the $2 mark in Durango, Colorado.

Also... Nugget, Quoti and Maggie were caught on film this week with friends at Clark's West Ranch in Northwest Oklahoma.

Meanwhile, NW Okie has been busy updating and moving her genealogy database to a new site. We deleted our genealogy database.

NOW... Our Paris-Conover-Hurt ( can be found at these two links - (Paris Family Site).

When you click the MyHeritage site link you will be able to pick between the "Paris-Conover-Hurt" pages and the McGill-Warwick-Gwin-Hull & Wagner-Williams-Zimmerman .

I also received this week some Louthan family history and information from Tom Fetters in Illinois. I haven't got it all transcribed yet, but I am still working on merging that information into my maternal genealogy data for the Paris/Conover/Hurt family file.

There are two different genealogy sites we are trying out, the MyHeritage site, which allows photos and comments, and the site which has the traditionally, indented family tree form -- which makes for easier viewing and navigating.

See what you think and let me know which one you like the best. If you have a genealogy site that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to use, we would love to hear from you.

HAPPY THANKSGIVING is just around the corner. Take a few moments and reflect on things around you, and for what you are thankful for this year.
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Duchess Corner

Vol 8, Iss 20 We find ourselves struck with the mid-May Spring-fever that hits so many this time of year. We did get some tomato plants planted in large pots on our patio. We will keep you advised as to their production in the future.

We have been working on our "Old Opera House Mystery Chronology the past few weeks. We have started compiling our next sequel of the "Old Opera House Mystery" for the "Prairie Connection" July/August edition. So... stay tuned!

We found an old photo of our grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill that we date back to the 1910 era, give or take a few years, to give you an idea of the women's clothing of that time period (between 1907 & 1910). That is the photograph on the left. Our Grandmother McGill was around 26 or 27 years old in 1910 and married our grandfather, Bill McGill, March 24th of that same year.

This is short, sweet this week so we can get out of here and enjoying the rocky mountain sunshine this weekend and get caught up on our outside chores.
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Spring Debut & Other Things

Vol 9, Iss 12 By mid-week the Official Calendar Spring made its debut with rainy, chilly weather here in the valley south of Bayfield, Colorado that totaled an inch since yesterday. AND... it was foggy, cloudy this Saturday morning when Duchess woke me up early to do my chores in the falling mist.

I noticed when I looked west and north towards the mountain peaks yesterday, it looked as if the peaks received a hint of fresh snow during the wet, chilly front that passed through on the first day of Spring.

AND... Let us not forget the herds of deer that come down from the mountains to graze in our front pasture (yard). The photo to the left was a digital taken around dusk earlier this week with the nightshot setting on my camera. That is why it is dark. These last few years have seen some strange weather changes! How does that affect the wildlife? Or does it?

This Friday, March 23 was an important MCGILL family date. Our Grandpa Wm. "Bill" Jacob McGill and Grandma Constance Estella Warwick were united in marriage, in Ashley, Oklahoma on this date in the Spring of 1910, at the ages of 29 and 28 years, respectively. They were married for 34 years and divorced July, 1944. Grandpa Bill remarried in the early fifties, but Grandma remained a single boss lady of the farm/ranch manor. Grandpa & Grandma's legacy can be viewed at

We have an inquiry that we are helping another lady to find if The Bank of Nashville, (a.k.a. Farmers and Merchants Bank), Jct. US 64 & Main, in Nash, Oklahoma was still standing? We understand it is/was listed on the National Register of Historical places. But we think it was razed with nothing remaining that even remotely looks like an architectural significance of the building. We are trying to find the name of the big corporation who built a huge plant (or building) near Nash (Oklahoma) recently. AND... What is/was the name of the president of the bank in Nash?

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Oakie's Ancestors...

Vol 7, Iss 14 A lot of Okie's ancestors on her father's side of the family were from Old Augusta County, Virginia. The McGILL's stretched down into Tennessee. We are finding out that the HULL/HOHL ancestors came down to Virginia from Lancaster & York (now Adam) Counties, Pennsylvania.

The farthest back on the HULL side of the family leads us to a Peter Thomas HOHL/HOLL born in Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland-Pflaz), Germany. In 1741 (May 30), Peter (age 28, a miller) migrated to the Philadelphia area of America on the ship Francis & Ann, from Rotterdam, Netherlands. Next we find Peter Thomas HULL/HOHL moved to Cub Run, present day Rockingham County, Virginia prior to 1755. Our HULL side of the family married into the WARWICK clan through Esther HULL when she married Robert Craig WARWICK.

The quest for our WARWICK, GWIN/GUINN/GWINN, HULL/HOHL/HOLL has lead us to Old Augusta County, Virginia that we speak of in the next feature story. There was a lot of misinformation about the HULL/HOHL side of the family that got passed down from when our grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill did her research. If you search through Geo. W. Cleek's book, Early Western Augusta County, you need to becareful what you use. There are some families with misplaced children and no documentations. Another path to take is to read through Lyman Chalkley's compilation of Virginia's court records.

We are hoping that when we get through refreshing, rebuilding, updating our family database, we will have an organized idea of where to continue the research. We haven't even starting putting the PARIS/CONOVER/HURT families into the database. Okie says, "Let's just work this side of the family first. Otherwise, we will be overwhelmed by all the surnames. Sometimes... when you run onto an unidentified photo, you wish you could go back in time -- ask your grandparents more about the family ancestors. All I have now are old faded notes, newspaper clippings, letters, postcards, unmarked old photos. Trying to put some order, organization into it all for the next generation keeps me preoccupied lately. It is addictive. AND... a never-ending... journey!"

Maybe someday Okie will pack this Precious Pug into the Pickup and venture back through Old Augusta County for a few weeks, month of digging for family roots.

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Our NEW Grand Niece

Vol 7, Iss 13 March 24, 2005 we received news that our NEW grand niece made her appearance known. That's our grand-niece on David's side of the family. Erin Lillian was born 0743 EST, March 24, 2005, in Atlanta, GA, weighing in at 6lb. 14 oz., 21 inches. We hear that Mother and baby Erin are doing well. Welcome, Erin, into our family!

That has spurred this family historian to dust-off the family genealogy program and do some updating. BUT... I have had to start from scratch to rebuild the family genealogy database. Since I've changed computers over the last few years, I can't seem to find any of my "gedcom" files. I've had to print out my webpages and start inputting families in from scratch -- starting with my "Family Tree Legend" -- -- MCGILL Genealogy. I'm hoping to get the WARWICK, HULL/HOHL, GWIN/GUINN/GWINN, PARIS, HURT & WAGNER families added in the coming weeks. I know there are programs (ged2html) out there that translate gedcom files to gendex.txt files to use on your webpages. BUT... is there any program out there that will translate the gendex.txt files back to gedcom files? It seems like a few years ago there was something like that. It would sure help about now in the rebuilding the family genealogy database. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Old Military Uniforms

Vol 7, Iss 8 I found another interesting photograph taken by Hugh Donnan way back when, but not sure of the date. We think that it might date back to the Spanish-American War (1898). Why are there flowers sticking out of the tips of the guns. AND... take a look at the spats covering the top parts of the boots from the knee on down to under the sole of the boot. Looks to be a dress uniform. The photo is glued onto a cardboard decorative display imprinted with the Hugh Donnan logo. Anyone out there know anything about old military uniforms or guns that could help us out here?

This is one of those times that I wish I could reach out into the world beyond the living and pick my Grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGills knowledge of who, when, where the photo was taken. If anyone out there has any expertise, knowledge or runs across any websites that might help identify the year this photo was taken, I would love to hear from them. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Walking With Sweet Silly Sadie

Vol 18, Iss 27 Alva, OK - I know my human has been a little distracted this last week, 'cause during my Doctor Vet annual wellness checkup, we found out this eleven year old Pug has the beginning of cataracts in both of my eyes. I Know some humans use seeing eye dogs to get around. I guess this "Sweet Silly Sadie" is going to use NW Okie as her seeing eye human.

This weeks OkieLegacy Ezine/Tabloid is a mixture of the Warwick family lineage of NW Okie, and how much she has compiled over the years. Plus other items from the 1912 Republican & Progressive Bull-Moose split and Pres. Teddy Roosevelt's campaign fora third term as President.

Major Jacob Warwick (1743-1826)
From the Historical Sketches of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, by William T. Price, page 234, we found this Warwick legacy of Jacob Warwick, who is the 6th Great Uncle of NW (Linda Mcgill Wagner).

The compiler of these memorials, deeply impressed that something should be attempted to perpetuate the memory of these persons (Jacob Warwick and Mary Vance, his wife) had availed himself of such facilities as had been in reach. He was largely indebted to John Warwick, Esq., Judge James W. Warwick, and Mrs. Elizabeth McLaughlin for the information from which these sketches were compiled. All these persons have since died, at a very advance age. This article first appeared in the "Southern Historical Magazine for August, 1892. Mrs. McLaughlin, a daughter of William Sharp, lived with Mrs. Warwick at intervals, as a friend and visitor in the family, and for whom Mrs. Warwick manifested special attachment.

The father of Jacob Warwick came to Augusta County, from Williamsburg, Virginia, during colonial times, between 1740-50. William Warwick was a Lieutenant in the service of the British Crown, and was employed in surveying and locating land grants in Pocahontas County, which County included territory of which States have since been formed. Lieutenant Warwick located and occupied the Dunmore property for his own use. He married Elizabeth Anne Dunlap, near Middlebrook. He was one of the English entry whose families settled in Virginia in consequence of political reverses in England, and whose history was so graphically given in Thackeray's Virginians.

After operating extensively in lands; and securing the Dunmore property in his own name, Lieutenant Warwick concluded to visit England. He never returned, and being heard of no more, he was given up fro dead. Meanwhile, Mrs. Warwick settled on the Dunmore property, had it secured by deed to Jacob and afterwards married Robert Sitlington, but remained at Dunmore a number of years after her second marriage. Jacob Warwick seemed to have remembered but little of his own father, and always cherished the highest filial regard for Mr. Sitlington. When Jacob attained his majority, Mr. Sitlington moved to his own property near old Millboro, the estate now occupied by Mrs. Dickinson, daughter of the later Andres Sitlington. Upon her decease, Mrs. Sithointon left a bequest of one thousand dollars to Windy Cove Church the annual interest of which was to be paid to the pastor of that congregation. For a long while it was managed by the Messrs Sloan. In the hands of Stephen Porter it was finally lost through financial failure.

Upon reading legal age and coming into possession of his estate, Jacob Warwick was married and settled at Dunmore. When it was decided that Lieutenant Warwick was dead, the grandfather of David Bell, of Fishersville, Virginia, was appointed guardian of Jacob Warwick. William and James Bell were the sons of this guardian, and James Bell was the father of William A. Bell and David Bell well remembered citizens of Augusta County.

Dunmore was Mr. Warwick's first home after his marriage. His wife was Miss Vance, daughter of Col. John Vance, of North Carolina. He died on Back Creek, at Mountain Grove, Virginia. Col. Vance's family moved to the vicinity of Vanceburg, Kentucky, except Samuel Vance, Mrs. Warwick, and Mrs. Hamilton. The last named was the mother of Rachel Terrel, of the Warm Springs, and John Hamilton, Esq., of Bath County. Governor Vance, of Ohio, and Senator Zeb Vance, of North Carolina, were of the same family connection. The Vances, originally, from Ooecquon, near Winchester, Virginia.
Mr. Warwick remained at Dunmore a number of years. His children were all born there. He was industriously and successfully occupied in accumulating lands, and managing large herds of cattle and droves of horses. His possessions on Jacksons River were purchase from a certain Alexander Hall, of North Carolina. Mr. Hall owned from the Byrd place to Warwickton. One of his sons, being charged with horse theft, the penalty being death by hanging, refugees to Bath County. The elder Hall came to Dunmore to see Mr. Warwick, and proposed to sell this land to provide means to send his refugee son to Kentucky so as to elude arrest. Mr. Warwick had sent out one hundred head of cattle to be wintered in the cane brakes. This herd was taken by Hall as part payment for the Jackson River lands. The cattle rated at eight pounds a head (about $0). The Clover Lick from the east avoided hollows and ravines, keeping along high points and crests of ridges, so as to be more secure from ambuscades and Indian attacks. The original way out from Clover Lick, going east, after crossing the Greenbrier near the mouth of Clover Creek avoided Laurel Run, kept along the high point leading down to the river, and passed close by the McCutcheon residence. Mrs. Warwick had the first road cut out, up the Laurel Run, in order to bring the lumber for the new house from Woaoddell's in the Pine Woods, now Greenbank and vicinity. She gave the enterprise her personal attention.

Quite a number of interesting incidents were given by tradition illustrating the character of Mrs. Warwick. While renting Clover Lick, her husband and others were making hay. A shower of rain came up very suddenly and dampened their guns and horse pistols. Late in the afternoon the men fired them off, so as to load them with fresh charges. Someone hearing the report of firearms in quick succession brought word to Mrs. Warwick, at Dunmore, that the Indians were fighting the men at the Lick. She at once mounted a large black stallion, put a colored boy on behind, and went at fall speed and swam the swollen river in her effort to see what happened. This colored boy was old "Ben," sho died at Clover Lick, and was remembered by many of the older citizens.

Upon another occasion, when the Shawnees were returning from one of their raids to the east, forty or fifty of their warriors were sent by Clover Lick with the intention, it is believed, to pillage and burn. A scout from Millboro warned Mr. Warwick of their movements. With about twenty others he waited for them in ambush on the crew of the mountain south of Clover Lick. The fire was very effective, and every man killed or wounded his victim. The Indians in their surprise hastily retreated, and were pursued as far as Elk Water in Randolph County. Upon hearing of the result, Mrs. Warwick at once followed her husband and friends, attended by servants carrying provisions for them. She met them at the Big Spring on their return, and the weary hungry party were greatly refreshed by her thoughtful preparations.

She was eminently pious, and was a member of the Windy Cove Presbyterian Church. She never felt herself more honored than when ministers would visit her home and preach. The visiting minister would receive a nice horse, or something else as valuable, as a token of appreciation. She was conscientiously rigid in her domestic discipline. Her brother once made this remark, "Mary, I used to think you were too strict with your family, and you have been blamed for it. I see now you are right. You have not a child but would knee in the dust to obey you. I let my children have more liberties, and they do not care near so much for me."

The Rev. Aretas Loomis came from Beverly, for a time, every four weeks, and preached at the Warwick residence. She was highly emotional, and during the services often appeared very happy. As to her personal appearance she was toll, slender, and blue eyed, hair slightly tinged with auburn, and lithe and agile in her carriage. So she was distinguished for symmetry of person, beauty of feature, and force of character, all of which she retained even to an advanced age. She was very benevolent, and her kind deeds were done upon the principle of not telling the left hand what the right might be doing. Persons in her empty would always be overpaid. Polly Brown, whose lot it was to support her blind mother, received two bushels of corn every two weeks, and no one knew where the supply came from at the time. A person named Charley Collins, who was renowned as an athlete, and whose name was given to one of the meadows of Clover Lick, did a great deal of clearing. It was reported that he was but poorly paid, but before Mrs. Warwick was done with him his family was doubly paid by the substantial fights dispensed with her open hands.

Among her many other generous deeds, it was told how a rather worthless character, disable by frozen feet, was received into her house, clothed and fed until he could walk. His name was Bosier. This man afterwards died from the effects of burning tree falling on hi, against which he had made a fire, while on his way from Big Spring to Mace's in Mingo Flats. George See, a grandson of Mrs. Warwick, heard his cries and came to him. In his efforts to rescue him, he exerted himself so laboriously that he ws never well afterwards.

It should also be remembered, that Mrs. Warwick, in her old age, gathered the first Sabbath School ever taught in Pocahontas County. In the summer her servants would lift her on her horse, and she would then ride about four miles to a school house near where the Josiah Friel cabin stood, now in the possession of Giles Sharp. The exercises would begin at about nine o'clock. There was no prayer, no singing; but she would read the bible, talk a great deal, and five good advice. The scholars would read their bibles with her. The exercises would close at two int he afternoon. After this continuous session of fiver hours Mrs. Warwick would be so exhausted as to require assistance to arise and mount her horse.It was her custom to go to William Sharp's, dine and rest awhile, and then go home later in the day. To use the language of one of her scholars, the late Mrs. Elizabeth McLaughlin, who died near Huntersville in 1895, aged over ninety years, "She would give such good advice. If all would do as she told hem, how well it might have been. She was the best woman to raise girls I ever saw, if they would take her advice how to act and how to do. She has talked to me for hours, and its often thrown up to me that old Mrs. Warwick made me proud because I tried to do as she advised me."

The school was mainly made up of Josiah Brown's family, John Sharp's, William Sharp's and Jeremiah Friel's. The lamented Methodist preacher, Rev. James E. Moore, once belonged to her Sabbath school, and received from her his earliest religious instructions. By common consent it was agreed that he did more for his church than any two mindsets who had ever preached in this region.

Not a great while before her death, during one of Mr. Loomis' ministerial visits, she received the communion. Upon receiving the elements, her emotions became so great that her husband and children, fearing results, carrie her to her own room. For four weeks she was helpless from nervous prostration. All her children from Bath and Pocahontas were sent for. She died at the ripe age of eighty years, in 1823, at Clover Lick, and there she was buried. There were no services of any kind in connection with her burial.

Jacob Warwick was one of the persons who made permanent settlements in what was then Pocahontas and Bath counties, Virginia and West Virginia.

It had been already stated that he commenced his business life at Dunmore; purchased Clover Lick, where he resided for a time; then moved to his immense possessions on Jacksons River, and then returned to Clover Lick. In addition to these estates he acquired some equally as valuable. He endowed his seven children with ample legacies, and besides bequeathed a competency to ten or fifteen grandchildren.

Mr. Warwick was an alert and successful Indian fighter, and had a series of conflicts, narrowly escaping with his life on several occasions; yet he was never sure of killing but one Indian. Parties now living remember seeing a tree on the lands of John Warwick, near Greenback, where Jacob Warwick killed that Indian in single combat. It always grieved him that he had done it. Not very far from this place is the laurel thicket where Colonel Washington was killed in 1861.

Upon a subsequent occasion MR. Warwick went to Randolph County. It was night when he returned. His horse shied at something in the road, which he at once recognized as the fresh husks of roasting ear. The presence of Indians was at once suspected, and upon approaching the house cautiously hit was found that the row of cabins were burned and the premises ransacked. In their glee, the Indians had caught the chickens, picked all their feathers off and let them go. The place had been left in the care of a closed man named Sam and Greenbrier Ben, aged ten and twelve years. Sam made good his escape to the woods, but Ben hid in a hemp patch so near the cabin that when it was burned he could hardly keep still, his buckskin breeches were so hot. From his retreat Ben saw the Indians pick the chickens, leaving their tails and topknots, and laugh at their grotesque appearance. He saw them run the wagon into the fire, after the cabin near the spring had become a smoldering heap of coals. This wagon was the first that ever crossed the Alleghenies. It was brought from Mountain Grove, up Little Back Creek, about three miles above where the Hunersville road first crossed the stream going east; then across Knapps Spur, along by Harper's Mill; then straight across to Thorny Creek, through the Lightner place, past Bethel Church, to the Sunders place on Thorny Creek; thence up the ridge to the top, and then along down to the Knapp place on the Greenbrier River; thence to Clover Lick.

The most memorable event of his life was his being in the expedition to Point Pleasant, under General Andrew Lewis. The march from Lewisburg to Point Pleasant, one hundred and sixty miles, took nineteen days. It was most probable that he was in the company commanded by Captain Mathews. This conflict with the Indians was themes decisive that had yet occurred. It was fought on Monday morning, 10 October 1774. It was a matter of regret that the recorded history of this battle does not accord full justice to the memory of a very deserving person. It was conceded by all, so far as there was any record, that up to the time when there occurred a lull in the battle the advantage was with the Indians. The question arises, why should a warrior as skillful as Cornstalk call a halt in the full tine of success, and suddenly cease firing and pressing upon a receding foe, with victory just in his grasp?

Had it not been for this, no troops could have been safely detached for a flank movement. Flank movements were only a good policy for those who were pressing the enemy, and not for the retreating party. When Cornstalk ceased to press, the victory was decided in favor of the Virginians, and lost to him. Had the battle been lost to our people and the army sacrificed, unspeakable disasters would have befallen all settlements west of the Blue ridge mountains; the Revolution would have been deferred for all time, possibly, and the whole history of america far different from what had been.

How was that lull in the battle to be accounted for, which resulted in victory to the Virginians? Dr. Foote said, in his account, which is one of themes minute and extended of all in reach of the writer, "towards evening, Lewis seeing no signs of retreat or cessation of battle, dispatched Captains Shelby, Mathews, and Stewart, at their request, to attack the enemy in their rear. Going up the Kanawha, under the cover of the banks of Crooked Creek, they got to the rear of the Indians unobserved, and made a rapid attack. Alarmed by this unload for assault, and thinking the reinforcements of Colonel Christian were approaching, before whose arrival they had striven hard to end the battle, the savages became dispirited, gave way, and by sunset had recrossed the Ohio. Colonel Christian entered the camp about midnight, and found all in readiness for a renewed attack.

Colonel Kercheval, who claims to have derived his information from Joseph Mayse and Andrew Reed, of Bath County, stated on their authority "that about two o'clock in the afternoon Colonel Christian arrived on the field with about five hundred men, the battle was still raging. The reinforcements decided the issue almost immediately. The Indians fell back about two miles, but such was their persevering spirit, though fairly beaten, the contes was not closed until the setting of the sun, when they relinquished the field.

There were persons recently living in Bath almost in speaking distance of the residence where Joseph Mayse lived and died, who were certain that Mr. Mayse gave the credit of that cessation in battle and falling back two miles on the part of the Indians, to Jacob Warwick and the persons with him. According to Judge Warwick's statement, Mr. Mayse's statement was emphatically confirmed by Major Charles Cameron, a lieutenant in the battle. Mr. Mayse often repeated the fact that Jacob Warwick, an obscure price in the ranks, was detailed with a number of others, perhaps fifty or sixty in all, to bring in a supply of meat, that rations might be supplied for a forced march to the Indian towns, as Governor Dunmore had so treacherously given orders. These persons crossed the Kanawha about daybreak, and while at work in the hunting grounds and slaughter pens, they heard the firing beyond the limits of the camp, and so far up the Ohio they supposed it to be a salute to Governor Dunmore, who was expected at any time by the soldiers generally. But the firing continuing too long for this, it was surmised the troops were putting their arms in order for the contemplated march over the Ohio. Finally they suspected it was a battle. Mr. Warwick was one of the first to ascertain this to be so, and immediately rallied the butchers and hunters, in order to return to camp and join the battle. This was noticed by the enemy, and Cornstalk was of the option that Colonel Christian was at hand. He ceased in the reach of victory, and took measures to withdraw from the field, unobserved by our exhausted troops. For nearly two hours they had been falling back, and when the flank movement was made to communicate with the hunters, supposed to be Colonel Christian's advance to join them. What fighting occurred afterwards was with the rear guard of Cornstalk's retreating army of demoralized braves.

If all this be true, and considering the sources of information, the write of this book saw no reason to doubt its authenticity in the main, it illustrates how important results were sometimes made to depend, in the providence of God, upon fidelity to duty on the part of the most obscure, and it brings to light the leadings of God's hand in human affairs.

The reputed hero of Point Pleasant appears in bronze, an honored member of the group wherein stand Henry, Jefferson and Marshall, while the humble man whose hand turned the fortunes of that most eventful day sleeps in his obscure grave on the west bank of Jacksons River, six miles from the Warm Springs. Were it the grave of Campbell's "Last Man," it could not be in much less frequented place.

Major Warwick's sons and daughters were all born at Dunmore, Pocahontas County. The eldest daughter, Rachel, remembered when the settlers would fly to the fort near her home, when she was a little girl. The fort was near the spot now occupied by Colonel Pritchard's mill.

Good Night! Good Luck!
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Rummaging Through Time

Vol 1, Iss 9 It was Thursday, September 23, 1999, that NW Okie wrote about her "Rummaging Through Time (Penny Postcards of Life)."

"Sometimes a person has to go back, really back to have a sense, an understanding of all that's gone to make them before they can go forward." -- Paule Marshall

That's what I have been doing with Granny's old penny postcard collection these last few weeks. I found a great photo of Grandpa Will "Bill" McGill that was taken June 15, 1909 in Muskogee and sent from Guthrie, Oklahoma, July 26, 1909 to Miss Constance Warwick who was staying in Colorado Springs, Colorado during this time. I assume, Constance and Bill were courting around that time while he was off playing baseball in an Oklahoma League. I believe it was between 1904 and 1907 that Grandpa McGill also pitched for a Texas League (called the Austin Senators).

Grandpa was a striking figure in his suit, bow tie, white hat and seated on a chair reading a letter with another fellow behind him reading over his shoulder. I have no clue of what or who the letter was from and can only speculate.

You can see the Penny Postcard to check it out for yourself at my website. Let me know it it rings a bell with anyone out there. Maybe someone has this photo amongst their grandparent's collections of memories.

On the back of the card which is postmarked August 14, 1909, Guthrie, Okla. 2-PM, it says, "Just arrived back at Guthrie. Will pitch Monday. Got your letter yesterday. You may not have a dozen awaiting you though at Colorado Springs for I have been home working hard. Will write today."

Another postcard dated August 27, 1909, depicts an Oil Field around Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The wooden derricks and tanks are scattered over the hillside of the Sapulpa landscape. Let's turn the postcard over and read the message WJ (Will) wrote to Constance. "Am looking for a missive (written message). We lost today for the first time in long while. I work tomorrow. Ever, WJ."

If you aren't tired of strolling with me through Granny's old postcards, I have thousands of them to show you. Come up, drop by, Snail/Email and see me some time. Let me show you my ancestor's memorabilia. Here's a dandy postcard of a baseball game at Guthrie, 1909. That link is Baseball at Guthrie, 1909. Grandpa Will's message on the front to Constance reads, "A few rooters. Don't you wish you were here?"

Do you ever get so engrossed in a project and forget about time? Sometimes I am gazing over Granny's postcards and before I know it the day has gone from sunrise to sunset. I could go on forever and ever. Sometimes I tend to ramble on and on. A friend of mine keeps telling me, "You need to not ramble anymore then necessary. Remember, 90% of the people out there that are reading these ezines, have very limited time with work and family."

So on that note I leave you with one last thought & a Cowboys Prayer.

Postcard of Cowboy's Prayer
"O Lord, I've never lived where churches grow;
I've loved creation better as it stood
That day you finished it, so long ago,
And looked upon your work and called it good.
Just let me live my life as I've begun!
And give me work that's open to the sky;
Make me a partner of the wind and sun,
And I won't ask a life that's soft and high.
Make me as big and open as the plains;
As honest as the horse between my knees;
Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains;
Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze.
Just keep an eye on all that's done and said;
Just right me sometime when
turn aside;
And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead --
That stretches upward towards the Great Divide.
-- Author Unknown."
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Walking With Sadie

Vol 16, Iss 38 Bayfield, CO - My favorite human, RL Wagner, took these images of an eagle perched in the dead tree on the Northeast side of Vallecito Lake. Thought maybe you would enjoy viewing some precious mountain scenery, wildlife we encounter daily in our neck of the woods.

Golden Eagles are sometimes known as kings of the Colorado skies in some opinion. They are large, strong raptors that often cause other raptors to disperse. Large eagles will have wingspans that exceeds 7 ft! In Colorado, they are numerous in the western half of the state all year, and in the eastern half, are found mainly during the winter months.

Fledglings are very dark birds and young birds (0 to 4 years old) will have tail feathers that are typically white toward the base of the tail and some white at the base of their primary flight feathers. Mature birds (5+ years) will have a beautiful mix of brown, tawny, golden, and grey colors. Once you have seen a few of these birds, you will not mistake them for young Bald Eagles.

NW Okie wanted me to let you know that this week's OkieLegacy Ezine in a tribute to her Great Grand Uncle Robert Lee Warwick, who fought for the British Coast guard during World War I; her Uncle Major Robert Lee McGill, who fought overseas in World War II; and all veterans of all wars from those two wars to present day. Hey! I think she even had a great grandfather (Henry Clay Paris) that fought for the North during the Civil War (1861-65).

Woof! Woof! Good Night & Good Luck
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NW Okie's Ramblings

Vol 12, Iss 32 Bayfield, Colorado - We have continued our sculpturing on our Eagle Totem. We are now up to Day 16th sculpturing. Lately we have done some body shaping of the Eagle and shaped in the legs, claws of the Eagle so that our soaring eagle might be able to land and take a load off of its wings in flight.

As to Northwest Oklahoma Rodeos, when is/was the 74th Cimarron River Stampede Rodeo, sponsored by the Waynoka Chamber of Commerce, takes place at the Waynoka rodeo arena, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday with performances each night at 8 p.m.? Is it the weekend of around August 12-14th? Or was it this last weekend? Who is this years Waynoka's honored cowhand?

I know that the 73rd Annual Freedom Rodeo and Old Cowhand Reunion will run from Thursday through Saturday nights Aug. 19-21, 2010. Look for McGill Sisters full page ad in the rodeo program with a photo of an old one-room Liberty 35 School 1904-1905, with teacher, Constance Warwick. If you have any other information about this photo, we would love to hear from you.

We would love to share some of your rodeo photos in the OkieLegacy, since we will not be able to get back to northwest Oklahoma in time. Save us a Freedom Rodeo progman, too. Thanks! View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

NW Okie's Ramblings

Vol 12, Iss 26 Liberty 35 School, Oklahoma - This NW Okie and others have noticed that no one looks happy in this 1904-1905 Liberty 35 School, in Woods (M) county, in northwest Oklahoma photo on the left. Do they look mad to you? Even the Teacher, Constance Estella Warwick? Wonder what the deal was? Bad Day? Hard times? Anyway, look for this photo in the 2010 Freedom Rodeo Program later this Summer!

I have been told that the handwriting on the back looks like our grandma's handwriting. Did grandma have a system for writing down the names listed on the back? Did she just start writing down the names from left to right, as she remembered them? Did she list everyone in photo? NOT! Four more students than we have names!

Here are the names as listed on backside of the 1904-05 photo of Liberty 35 School. If you can help us established an order to how the names were listed or recognize any of the 1904-05 Liberty 35 School students as your grandparents or relatives, let us know which one they are in the photo so we can tag them correctly. We have also put the same photo on our Facebook - NW Okie site under "my photos - Camera Vault Photos" for those networking with Facebook. Check it out and help us tag your grandparent or relative in the photo. We have also noticed counting the faces in photo and the names on the back, that we are short about 4 names not listed at all.

Here is the List that we have so far:
Joseph Endicott,
Earl Benningfield
Clarance Endicott
Ernie Benninfield
Ada Graham (Murrow)
Gertrude Douglas (Porter)
Olive Fugit
Lonnie Fugit
Roy Snyder
Jessie Kuiech (Mrs. Roy Snyder)
Erma Benningfield (Mrs. Lancaster)
Sylvia Fugit
Elsie Snyder (Mrs. Orval Brown)
Lula Snyder (Mrs. McDaniel)
Mable Fugit (Mrs. Will Ross)
Lizzie Snyder
Millie Wright (Mrs. Wise)
Nora Aviatt
Bessie Wright
Ethel Benningfield
Clara Wise
Constance "Connie" Estella Warwick (married Wm. J. McGill), Teacher.

As to one-room schoolhouse teachers, Jerry mentioned, "Linda, you are right about the teachers not being married. My Mother had to stop teaching when my folks got married."

Rod recognized a relative in the photo and says, "Ada Graham married Frank Murrow. Frank's siblings were Luther (my grandfather), Lionel, Clay, and Blanche (married Walt Bergersen). Two other siblings died in infancy, a sister Gladys Bula and a brother William Ora Leonard."

Dale says, "BEAUTIFUL picture! You and others should post more of them for Identifications. Notice the little boy in the front row with his lunch bucket. It must be full of good stuff because he doesn't want to let go of it, even for a picture. What is the little tie thing around the shoulder of our little lunch pail boy? Maybe that morning he had to both dress himself and fix lunch for school."

As to the little boy with the tie thing around his shoulder, this NW Okie asks, "Is it a strap of a school bag hanging over the little boys shoulder?"
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School Photograph The Pioneer Teacher.

The Pioneer Teacher, Constance Warwick - 1904-05

Vol 6, Iss 38 Liberty School District, Oklahoma -

List of Liberty School Students & Age in 1905 & 1911
Name DOB # Spouse DoMarr. Age 1905 Age 1911
Roy Snyder 12/18/1889 Jessie Kirk 10/30/1910 16 22
Clarence Endicott 1890     15 21
Lonnie Fugit 8/31/1891 Verna Galbreth 2/26/1911 14 20
Ernie Benningfield 1896 Rosa Weese   9 15
Earl Benningfield 1900 Gladys McClain   5 11
Joseph Endicott N/A        
Bessie Wright       est. 16 22
**Nora Oviatt 4/8/1890 Oval Walker 12/22/1910 15 21
Millie Wright est. 1893     15 21
Clara Wise 1891     14 20
**Jessie Kirk 1892 Roy Snider 10/30/1910 13 19
Ethel Benningfield 1893 Clarence Livingston   12 18
Elizabeth Snyder est. 1893     12 18
Sylvia Fugit 7/29/1894 William Behel 4/12/1916 11 17
**Eva Benningfield 1895 Al Lancaster   10 16
Elsie Snyder 1895 Orval Brown   10 16
Gertrude Douglas 1896 Joseph Lloyd Porter   9 15
Mable Fugit 7/28/1897 *William Ross 12/24/1919 8 14
Lula Snyder 1898 Flynn McDaniel   7 13
Ada Gaham 1899 Murrow   6 12
Olive Fugit 1/16/1900 *William Ross 9/??/1917 5 11
Connie Warwick 1882 Wm J. McGill Mar. 1910 23 29
* William Ross after the death of Olive married her older sister Mabel.
** Name correction.
# When year only is shown it was based on U.S. Census. Accurate to 1 year ."
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1909 Vacation to Colorado

Vol 11, Iss 12 This is a photo of the group that toured the Colorado Springs area in 1909. I believe that the lady seated down front, on the right in the dark suit dress, with glasses and looking away from camera, is my grandmother, Constance Estelle Warwick, who married William Jacob McGill in March, 1910.

My grandmother, Constance Estelle Warwick McGill, took a trip to Colorado Springs, Garden of the Gods, and surrounding areas with a group of friends when she was 27 years of age during the Summer of 1909 in July. I scanned that scrapbook and put it into a movie file to share with others and family members. It is also on my OkieLegacy/YouTube Site
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Insight Into Grandma

Vol 11, Iss 9 This weeks insight into grandma Constance Warwick McGill takes us back 106 years to 1903, with another "Dear Connie letter" from John C. McClure, in Quincy, Illinois, where John was going to school with 900 other students.

It is September 21, 1903, in Quincy, Illinois, at 5:30 p.m. when this letter was postmarked to Constance Warwick in Alva, Oklahoma. It arrived in Alva, Okla. September 23, 1903 in the A.M., two days after it was sent.

We also learn the name of the college in Illinois where John is going to school (GCBC) in Qunicy, Illinois where John was enrolled.

Quincy, Ill., Monday. -- "Miss Constance Warwick - Dear Friend: I answered your letter before I came to Q'cy but have received no reply, but I suppose you are mad. Please write and tell me if you are. I came back to school two weeks ago today. Am taking Short-Hand. You had better come to Q'cy and go to school. The school has the largest enrollment in its history. About 900 students I believe.

"I went to Canton, Mo. on an excursion Sat. night. Canton is about 20 miles north of Quincy.

"Last Fri. Eve The Christian gave a reception to the College students. Had a fine time. The Methodist held there (sic) Conference here last week. Quite a comparison isn't it. Well, Connie, I suppose you are teaching school by this time. I am writting (sic) this in school on Short Hand paper. Please answer soon. Ever Your Friend, John McClure, 524 North 9th St., Quincy. Bye Bye Connie. S. H."

Next letter, dated October 4, 1903, 10 P.M., G.C.B.C., Quincy, Ill., postmark to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Okla., received in Alva, Okla., October 6, 5 A.M., 1903.

It starts out: "Quincy, Ill., Sunday, afternoon, Miss Connie Warwick: I received your letter a few days ago. Was surprised that you did not get my first letter. I can't imagine what could have ever went with it. Mebby (sic) it will come to light some sweet day.

"I was surprised to hear that Edith Thompson was married. You must not write me such sad news. it nearly broke my heart. But I have recovered from the shock, and you must tell me who she married, and all about it next time. I want you to congratulate May and Ikie for me.

"You had better come to the G.C.B.C. It is a fine school. It takes about a year to finish the two courses that you spoke of. Although you might finish in ten. I believe you could finish in less than ten. But I would advise you to just take the Short Hand course. Did you ever receive a catalogue. I expect to finish up in five months more. So you are going to the fair. Well! So am I. I want to go there and get a job, and stay till it is over. You spoke about spelling. Well you have to be a good speller. The examination is held every moth, and you have to spell 95 words out of a hundred in Short Hand course and 85 out of a 100 for the Bus. Course.

"The Short Hand exam is fierce. I have taken spelling all the time and the last Ex I succeeded in getting 94. If you are comming (sic), I would advise you to send for the text book of both Short Hand and spelling, and you could finish in probably a month sooner. Letter writting (sic) is also in the courses.

"I hope you will come to the GCBC. It is a good thing for Mrs. Snyder to have somebody to tell her troubles to. I want you to ask her what she thinks of me; and then tell me next time.

"It rained awful hard here last night and is cloudy now. it is rather lonesome here now. Where are you going to teach. Oh yes I guess you told me, and how you was going to make the kids stand around.

"Hows is the attendance as the N.T.N. Did you go to Institute last Summer. Well I guess I will close my information bureau. Hows is Mr. S.? Good by, Connie. Your T. F., J. C. McClure, 524 North 9th, Q'cy."

Our third letter was received Nov. 25, 5 a.m., 1903, at Alva, Okla., from Altona, Knox Co., Ill, addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Okla.

The next letter starts, "Christmas Night, Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, O.T., Dear Constance.

"I have been waiting quite awhile for an answer to my last letter, but have not received it. I suppose you are having to good a time during your vacation for such matters

"I attended a christmas tree in town last Eve. It was real good. I was home today, and put in the day pretty well eating.

"It is to late to wish you a merry Xmas, but I wish you a Happy New Year, and hope you had a merry Xmas.

"Grandmother will give a dinner to her three sons, their families on New Years Day.

"I am going to a Xmas tree tomorrow eve at Galva. Old Santa brought me several nice presents. I suppose he has reached Okla by this time, as I sent him there direct.

"Our school mom had a little tree for the children.

"It rained here night before last, but is frozen up now and threatens snow. We have not had snow enough for sleighing yet. What kind of weather are you having down there? Have you had any snow?

"I am thinking of going to Peoria after New years. I will close. Write soon. Yours Sincerely, John McClure."

"Alton, Ill, Dec. 30 - 1903 -- Miss Constance Warwick:

"Hello, Connie - I am going to start this letter before New Years anyway. you said you thought my last letter had lost it self. I began to think the same thing. I am just getting over a terrible cold.

"I wish I were in Okla. this winter instead of here. The roads are so rough, that a person has to stay at home all of the time. I would sure like to attend the Literary Society at R. S. ___ all debates.

"Oh say - I did not quite understand about Al Thompson's and his soap wrappers. How did he advertise? Explain more fully. I am interested, but you just as well throw away your soap wrappers.

"You spoke about Ikie being in the soup. I think I would have been in the soup about the evening of Mrs. Snyder's surprise. That is if I had been there. if I were there now Sense and Snyder would have no show. Do you think so? I don't see what Bert Snyder want to go away of up there after a girl for. Really I don't. Miss Herod has sure got my sympathy. Now you don't need to lay any blame on my Nellie's.

"I'm sorry I had to disappoint you at Xmas time. But I am going to burst the glass some day soon, because I am growing uglier every day.

"Do you ever see Walter Ross. I guess I owe him a letter. he thought that Ross girl was the whole cheese.

"I will go back to Q'cy about the middle of Jan. or 1st of Feb. You had better come to the Gem City to get your Commercial Education. What did Santa bring you for Xmas? We had a Xmas tree at our school house. It was nice. There is going to be a big dance at Galva tomorrow eve.

"I'm not going you know. I never dance because it is wicked. I never danced but once and that was at Ikie's house. That was the night I made Bert Snyder drunk, you know. I will close wishing you a happy New Year. Write soon. Don't wait as long as I did. Bye Bye. S. H. Altona, Ill., J. C. McClure."
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McGill Bros. - Gene & Bob

Vol 10, Iss 23 The photo on the left is a picture of the McGill Brothers, Gene (left) & Robert (right), taken out at the ranch on Hwy 14 sometime around 1944 as the McGill Bros. were standing in front of Gene's light airplane.

My Dad, Gene McGill, was many things to many people. Some people probably did not care for him or his politics. BUT... He put on no airs and was himself. He worked hard and overcame many things growing up through two world wars (WWI & WWII) and the "Dirty 30's" or "Dust Bowl" days.

Gene wasn't perfect, but who is? BUT... He had his dreams, passions and fought for the rights of the little guys. He was one of the leading forces that established the "Flying Farmers!" He was an outstanding Northwest Oklahoma Democrat of the 1950's through the earlier 1960's.

Gene came from a family with a domineering, business-like Mother and a Father who was a lefthanded, fast pitcher for the Minor Southwest Texas League (1906-1907), Austin Senators, and pitched one season (1907) in the Majors for the St. Louis Browns before he headed back to Oklahoma in 1907 and went into the furniture business fulltime with his older brother, James McGill.

My grandpa, Bill McGill, married my grandmother, Constance Warwick McGill, in the Spring of 1910 and they had two sons, Gene (1914) and Robert (1916).

Gene's younger brother, Bob, was a handsome gentlemen and Veteran of World War II who earned the title of Major and fought overseas with the 193rd/165th & 27th Infantry Division.

Uncle Robert Lee McGill was a Lt. with the 193rd Tank Bn. for only a short time in the Hawaiian Islands around 21 October 1942. This outfit attached to 165th Inf. & 27th Inf. Divn. WWII. On Makin Island, was known as 193rd, and changed to 762nd Tank Bn., when sent on to Saipan and participated in "mop-up" operations at both locations.

Uncle Bob died young of lung cancer, 21 February 1954, while he was married to his second wife, Dr. Felicia Monfort. Whether Uncle Bob's illness was from his tour of duty during WWII, we are not sure, but suspect. Bob was only 38 years when he died in February, 1954 -- only four days before this NW Okie's 6th birthday. My memories of Uncle Bob are slim!

The McGill Bros., Gene & Bob, will be remembered fondly and perhaps not so fondly by those whose lives they touched throughout their lives.
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Wm Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick

Vol 9, Iss 31 Last weekend we did a tribute to our Great-Grandpa John Robert Warwick.

This week we are carrying that tribute to include John's parents & NW Okie's Grea-Great-Grandparents, William Fechtig & Phoebe "Phebe" Anthea (Pray/Prey) Warwick.

I just love this photo on the left of Great-Great Grandma Phebe Anthea Warwick. The picture on the right is Great-Great Grandpa William Fechtig Warwick in his early years.

As I mentioned last weekend, John Robert Warwick was one of eleven children 911) of William Fechtig & Phoebe Anthea (Prey) Warwick. There were lots of John, Jacob, Williams listed in the Warwick family that originated (I think) from Scotland.

William Fechtig Warwick was born 11 August 1822 and died 20 December 1903, Mountain Grove, Virginia. William married Phoebe Anthea Prey (Pray). We are still need doing some genealogy work on these Great-Great grandparents.

This photo is a picture of William F. & Phebe A. (Prey) Warwick in their later years. I have also included a couple of links to our McGill/Warwick/Hull family genealogy: John R. & Signora Belle (Gwin) Warwick & Wm F. & Phebe Warwick.
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Wishful Thinking

Vol 9, Iss 13 Have you ever wished that you could go back in time? You know - take a time travel adventure back to a certain period to ask, listen, learn, and be more attentive to your grandparents -- learning more about the ancestral family stories. Or . . . is it only wishful thinking!
[Photo on the left is a picture of my grandma Constance Warwick McGill (standing) and another young lady (seated) in the early 1900s somewhere in Colorado.]

I am assuming there are lots of people out there that have grownup with regrets of not taking the time to learn the family stories from their parents, grandparents while they were alive.

When we were teenagers we were so involved with trying to fit in with our peers that we failed to ask, learn of how our grandparents faired during the depression and their covered wagon journey westward for a new start and territory.

Now it is too late and our grandparents are deceased. We rummage through old photos, diaries, notes, etc... to learn their past. BUT... we still search for what life was like in 1907 as Oklahoma became the 46th State, November 16, 1907.

AND . . . do not let us forget our ancestral stories of the civil wars, depression, world wars, prohibition, suffrage movement and much more.

Since I have been working on my OkieLegacy, I have come across dates, old photos, mysteries and other pioneer stories that leave holes and unanswered question. I know grandpa and grandma could shed some light on a few of Oklahoma's past mysteries.

What I do have though are old photos, diaries, newsclippings, scrapbooks of grandpa's minor and major league baseball with the South Texas League (Austin Senators) and St. Louis Browns. Grandpa played with the St. Louis Browns for only a season in 1907. It was during the time period when the fast, lefthanded pitcher could pitch a shutout. AND... Grandpa did a few of those. It was also a time when baseball players played the game for the enjoyment of the game - not for the outrageous salaries they receive today.

I know it is only wishful thinking on my part to want to go back in time - putting myself in my grandparents shoes - looking through the looking glass -- listening to grandpa's and grandma's family stories of their journey westward by covered wagon at a young -- settling in Oklahoma Territory, where they both taught school in the early 1900 one-room schoolhouses before settling down to marriage, March 23, 1910.

Go! Grab those ancestral family stories while your grandparents are alive to talk about them. AND... jot them down on paper, recordings, or whatever is handy! Thanks for everything!
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Robert Lee Warwick, WWI Soldier

Vol 9, Iss 4 My grandmother, Constance Warwick McGill had a younger brother, Robert Lee Warwick, that fought in WWI with the Canadian forces.

In 1914, Robert Lee Warwick enlisted in the U. S. Army where he served three years with the Coast Artillery Corp. 5th Company. Warwick then joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Canada and was sent to France with the Canadian Army. Robert Lee Warwick served through World War I and received his discharge June 29, 1919. He came home broken in health and after a few years entered the Fort Supply hospital in Fort Supply, Oklahoma.

The image on the right is a worn copy of his discharge papers from the Canadian Forces. See the backside - CLICK HERE. This Clipping is a letter from the King for Warwick's service in the Canadian forces and signed by King George V. We also have an old photo of Robert Warwick's Costal Artillery Corp group that we will include in next week's newsletter. We only wish we knew what Robert Warwick looked like back then. We never really knew him. View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

An Answer For A Nephew

Vol 8, Iss 49 We received a surprise email from a nephew this week. He was inquiring about a MCGILL family tree. His mother (our baby sister, Amber) seems to think that Gene McGill paid a professional to draw-up a MCGILL Family Tree.

If he did, a lot of those alleged records were pirated, locked away from some of us during our parents probate estates. BUT... that's another story for another day. Most of you living in northwest Oklahoma have probably heard of the "McGill Probates from Hell"... haven't you?! Maybe someday we will expand a bit more, but not now.

We have no information about Gene having a family tree chart prepared, but we believe he did send off for a McGill coat of arms. AND... we do know that our Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, did sufficient research to qualify as a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) around April 1, 1925, using her ancestor Captain David Gwin.

Awhile back when we were just beginning our family search, genealogy webpages, we scanned several coats of arms for our HULL, GWIN, WARWICK, McGILL families and placed them on our family website over at ParisTimes Genealogy.

There have been questions about Gene McGill and his involvement with the Masons & Shriners. We do know that Gene was a "32d degree Mason" and a member of the "India Shrine" in Oklahoma City, but that's all we know about his involvement with the Masons & Shriners. Perhaps the "India Shrine in Oklahoma City" would be the place for our nephew who is doing his own research to obtain more information about his grandfather's involvement with the Masons & Shriners.

Maybe someone out there could, would have more information than we have and could point him in the right direction.
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Edwards County, Kansas - Wayne Cemetery

Vol 8, Iss 44 We made it to Lewis, Kansas and found the Wayne Cemetery east of Lewis and went looking, walking through in search of the McGills buried there. We took some pictures of three grave markers for some McGill's we found: Benjamin & Harriet N. McGill (parents of Frank McGill) and Wilburita McGill, sibling of Frank McGill. Wilburita died in infancy.

When we were walking through the Wayne cemetery east of Lewis, Kansas looking for McGill's we noticed some TALLMAN surnames. We didn't figure them into our genealogy until we got to Alva and started looking through our family tree database. Our WARWICK side of the family had some TALLMAN surnames listed that married into the WARWICK's through Elizabeth WARWICK (Benjamin Tallman descendants. We are going to have to go back to Lewis, Kansas, Wayne cemetery and get some pictures of the TALLMAN surnames buried there to see if any of them match up.
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OkieLegacy - A Passion

Vol 8, Iss 31 Yes! We are still doing The OkieLegacy Ezine. It is just a couple of days late this week. Our OkieLegacy ezine can NOW be viewed, read at two different links in different formats. See which one of the following sites that you prefer and then let us know by either leaving a comment or emailing the NW Okie - OkieLegacy Ezine & OkieLegacy Tabloid.

Like we told someone earlier this week last week, "This is not a business, but a passion of ours for learning and preserving our heritage, history and genealogy. The NW Okie was born and raised in NW Oklahoma, the third daughter of Gene M. & Vada (Paris) McGill. So... our roots run deep through our Warwick/McGill/Hurt/Paris genealogies through the Oklahoma Territory. Although, NW Okie is semi-retired and living part-time in southwest Colorado, she continues her quest for learning, preserving our northwest Oklahoma history, heritage and family legacies."
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NSTC 1938 Seniors - Ina Warwick...

Vol 6, Iss 33

Last week we mentioned Ina Warwick. This week we received a photo of Ina that was listed with other seniors in the 1938 Northwester State Teachers College yearbook showing her as a senior, Freedom, Oklahoma -- working on her B.S. degree.

Ina is of interest to the Warwick side of our family, because she may be the distant cousin of our grandmother (Constance Warwick-McGill) and niece of our great-grandfather (John Robert "JR" Warwick). Is this is the same Warwick relation that stayed with JR -- doctoring him through his open wound of cancer of the jaw while he lived on the farm about 10 miles north of Waynoka, on hwy 14 before he died December, 1937?

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Uncle Bob's WWII V-mails...

Vol 7, Iss 42 The NW Okie got her Uncle Bob's (McGill) V-mail scanned and put up at NW Okie's Webshots - Uncle Bob's V-mail for those WWII enthusiasts out there. That NW Okie even found a 1938 Oklahoma Operator's license for Bob McGill. In October 22, 1942, we find Bob stationed in the Hawaiian Islands. January, 1945 he was in Belgium; February, 1945 he was in Holland; and April & May, 1945 we find Uncle Bob stationed in Germany with the 75th Div HQ APO451. Bob McGill in 1942 was a Leutenant; by April, 1945 he was a Captain; and by May, 1945 he was a Major. Most of the letters were written to his mother (Constance Warwick McGill) and his wife (Helen Soaper McGill). View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

About The NW Okie

Vol 10, Iss 12
This is for those of you who have just recently joined us here or want to know more about the NW Okie, editor & publisher of The OkieLegacy. Who is that lady collecting Okie Legacies? AND... Why? You can read a short "bio" about me over at my ParisTimes Genealogy site.

It was 60 years ago, 11:35a.m., Alva General Hospital, a third (3rd) daughter was born to Vada Eileen (Paris) McGill (31 years) and Gene M. McGill (33 years). Linda Kay was a Winter baby weighing in at 6lbs-10oz. Her parents arrived just in the neck of time on that February, 1948 morning, at the Alva General hospital with 1-1/2 hrs to spare before Li'l Linda's arrival. My sister Dorthy gave me my name.

My Father... Gene McGill, was a flying farmer, bearded custom harvestor in the 1940's and a Democratic State Chairman in the 1960's.

Gene McGill was born December, 1914 and died June, 1986 on Father's Day. He was the oldest son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Gene had a younger brother, Robert "Bob" McGill, that was born August, 1916 and died February 1954. My father got his pharmacist degree from OU in 1937.

My Mother... This photo taken of my mother, Vada Eileen Paris, was her high school graduation photo taken when she was 18 years of age.

Vada Paris was born November 11, 1916 and died July, 1992. She was the fourth child and oldest daughter of Ernest Claude Paris and Mary Barbara Hurt from around Chester (Tailholt), Oklahoma, Major County. Vada had six brothers and two sisters. I think only Uncle Sammy is alive, living in Sand Point, Idaho today. Vada was a homemaker who went back to school in the early fifties to get her teaching degree in Home Economics from Northwestern State Teachers College.

My Sisters & Me... This is a 1955 photo of two of my sisters and Me, in the backyard of 703 7th Street, Alva, OK. The photo shows Linda, Dorthy, and Amber perched on a picnic table in the backyard, of 703 7th Street, Alva, Oklahoma. The oldest sister (Connie Jean) is NOT pictured -- and not quite sure why?

Sweet Li'l Linda Kay was raised one of two middle daughters of the four McGill Sisters in the Gene & Vada Paris McGill family.

My life began sixty years ago, as one of the Baby Boomers and raised as a Democrat, in a Small, Rural Community located in Woods County in the NW Corner of Oklahoma.

My Schooling began at Horace Mann Elementary in Kindergarten and progressed thru Washington Elementary, Alva Jr. High, Alva High. I hated the little snobby, elite, cliques that formed during the Jr. High and High School years. I chose not to belong to any of them. I finished my college education at Northwestern State College in 1971 with a BA Degree in Art & Sociology.

A 1969 Mid-Summer, July Wedding united David M. Wagner & Linda Kay McGill after a year courtship during our time at Northwestern State College (NSC). In the Early-Fall of 1970 our oldest Son, Michael, started our family while we were living, working, and finishing College at NSC in Alva, Oklahoma. (It was back in the mid 1960's during the days of the Viet Nam War, Peace, Love, and Hippies.. [Although, I never was a Hippie.]

In the Early-Summer (June) of 1973 David, Linda and son (Michael) were blessed with their second son, Robert. David was working for Kerr-MaGee Research & Engineering in OKC -- we were living in Edmond, OK, USA. In (or about 1975) David got a job with Exxon Engineering, Baytown, TX and the four of us became Texas-Okies for five or six years before we moved back to Alva, OK about 1980.

I love to listen to music of the "'40's" and "Rock-n-Roll Oldies" of the 50's, 60's, 70's! I also like a little of the "Classical, Jazz, Blues, Soul and Country!" One of my favorite Radio stations back in my earlier childhood was KOMA. You could find this transistor sister walking around Alva with her transistor radio tuned to KOMA radio station.
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In Memory of...

Vol 7, Iss 29 Gene M. McGill, Harvester, Flying Farmer, NW Oklahoma Democrat. SEE In Memory of Gene McGill

Some called him "Gene," "Merle," "The Flying Farmer," and others knew as "The Democrat" from NW Oklahoma. AND . . . his four daughters called him "Dad!"

Gene M. McGill was born 27 December 1914, Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, the oldest son of William "Bill" Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Gene met Vada Eileen Paris in the Summer of '38, -- married March 24, 1940. They created their family the Summer of '42, Summer of '43, Winter of '48 and Spring of '49. Gene died the weekend of Father's day, June 16, 1986, Alva, Oklahoma. This photograph on the right is a picture of young Gene's early school classmates in Alva, Oklahoma. Does anyone out there know who some of the other students are? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Another Instance of Reconnecting

Vol 7, Iss 7 We connected with a grandson of Ray Porter (WWII Commander) this week. The first Ray Porter was the commanding general of the 75th Infantry Division during WWII and signed my Uncle Bob McGill's citation for the bronze star award back in May of 1945.

It was 24 May 1945, when the General Order Number 149, dated 24 May 1945 came down from Headquarters, 75th Infantry Division, Office of the Commanding General. Citation - Under the provisions of AR 600-45, the Bronze Star Medal was awarded to Major (and Captain) Robert L. McGill, 0 389 481, Headquarters 75th Infantry Division, for meritorious service in connection with military operations against the enemy from 24 December 1944 to 9 May 1945, in Belgium, France, Holland and Germany. Uncle Bob was serving as Ground Liaison Officer, instituting policies and procedures for air-ground cooperation and impressed all divisional units in taking important objectives. Major McGill exhibited outstanding judgment and skill in the coordination of the execution of the tactical plan by which enemy resistance to our forces was overcome. Entered military service from Alva, Oklahoma. The certificate was signed by Ray E. Porter, Major General, U. S. Army, Commanding. General Order Number 149, 24 May 1945.

I was only about 5going on 6 years of age when my Uncle Bob McGill died, in February, 1954, of lung cancer. So I did not know him all that well nor did I have that many memories of him. What memories I do have are all the letters, photos, etc... that his mother (my grandmother, Constance Warwick McGill) saved in an old trunk in her basement. I love hearing from those whose paths may have crossed and connected with my family -- especially my Uncle Bob. You can read more about the Kelsey & Porter connections in the Mailbag Corner below. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

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Vol 15, Iss 8 Bayfield, CO - As we rummage through old family letters of grandpa's from the 1937 era, we ran across the following. One from September, 1937, concerning a letter Grandpa wrote to his youngest son about his auto accident, and another written by our grandma to Uncle Bob.

1937 - McGill Family Letters

September 29, 1937 - Letter from Grandpa McGill postmarked September 30, 1937, 5:30p.m. to his youngest son, Bob McGill, at Kemper, Booneville, Missouri, reads as follows:

"Dear Bobolinkus," Grandpa begins by asking for Bob's humble pardon because of the time limit since he had last written concerning the car accident, and begins with the fourth paragraph as Grandpa writes, "Yes I came pretty close the other day. I went out to play tennis and the boys were not there right when I got there and I thought I would go home and get a broom to clean off the court. Well just as I got turned around and started North, just at day light, I looked one way and the other, and went on low, on to the pavement. This old boy hit me on the side I had turned to him. I soon turned the other side and he hit me there too, nearly, as he turned me clear around, but neither car turned over. He must have been right in that little draw, coming from the West, and he was coming too, for he slid his tires 21 steps and knocked me 13 steps and he went 5 steps further on. Now you can guess whether he was coming or not.

"It cut my arm all to pieces and busted a rib and hurt my right knee. I didn't know anything for a few seconds. Didn't hurt either of us much like it might have. If he had hit me 2 feet farther back he would have caved my car in and sure have got me.

"They wanted $325.00 at Joe Edwards to fix my car, but I saved quite a bit going to Enid. I traded in a gun on it at 45.00. That helped quite a bit, I will tell you. I don't know whether I can get anything out of the kid or not. He hasn't anything I think. I am to see him in the AM. Well its pretty lucky we both were. He had been drinking. I could smell it on his breath."

Oct. 3, 1937

This is a letter from Constance McGill postmarked October 3, 1937, Newton to Bob McGill at Kemper.

Page 2 - page-3 - Page 4 - Page 5.

Sunday, 2:30 p.m., Grandma writes to her youngest son, "Dear Baby Cadet Bob, Gene, helped G.Pa (J. R. Warwick) went to the ranch several days, killed all the doves I wanted and gave G.Pa some thrills shooting prairie dogs. 42 in so many shots."

Grandma mentions this about Grandpa's car that was being fixed over at Enid, "The Enid man drove Dads car over this a.m. but it was not accepted the brakes were not okay so back it went. He will never have the same feeling car. It is now made over."

Oct. 11, 1937

This letter from Constance McGill postmarked October 11, 1937, 1:00 p.m., Alva to Bob McGill at Kemper. READ page-2, page-3.

Grandma McGill begins her letter to her youngest son, "Dear Little Bob or should I say Robert Taylor as mother Strawn says." Grandma writes about the weather during October, 1937, "Awful nice rain the 8th of friday, 1-1/2 in. Just what we needed for wheat not any of mine out west has been sowed. The hoppers are bad, ate up G.Dad (J. R. Warwick) rye at the Benton Place. Howard Galbreth is expecting "blessed event." Mother Galbreth went to Savannah, Missouri. Has cancer, did not operate."

Grandma gives her youngest son some advice and writes, "I am expecting the 1st month report soon. Anxious to see the grades. Do hope your October is a success if you kids could keep together and get in a university you could pay your way. You want to be looking for every chance. Do you realize this is your great opportunity and it seldom knocks at our door more than once."

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Vol 14, Iss 53 Bayfield, Colorado - On this last day of 2012 December 31st, here in Southwest Colorado, we are experiencing a fresh coat of snow that seems to be getting heavier and heavier as the day progresses. You can barely see the mountain tops across the way here at the north end of the Vallecito Reservoir, North of Bayfield, Colorado. When we have our UStream - Okielegacy up and broadcasting, you can view a piece of Southwest Colorado weather.

We always love hearing how our website has helped others searching for their genealogy legacies. We heard from Desiree Kirby Rahman, who stumbled onto our Prairie Pioneer News website, when she was looking for some information on Alva's "Castle on the Hill." Her interest in Alva and northwest Oklahoma extends several generation.

Desiree's great grandmother, Olive Ruth Littlefield Whitehead, attended when NWOSU was a Normal School. Her family legend says she was in the first class. Desiree's grandmother, Sarah Ann Whitehead Ackley, attended the Teachers' College and later graduated from the State College along with Desiree's father, Robert Kirby, in 1959. Her mother Ruth Ann Ackley Kirby graduated in 1966 or 1967 and later got a Master's degree from the State University.

Another interesting tidbit I found while reading through Oren F. Morton's, "History of Rockbridge County, Virginia," the mention that a William Warwick, who had married Elizabeth Dunlap, had four children (Jean, Martha, John and Jacob). Jean and Martha were killed by the Indians about 1759. John settled in Kentucky in 1784. Jacob was an extensive owner of realty and livestock in Pocahontas. The widow of William Warwick married Andrew Sitlington of Bath.

I was glancing, searching through the old newspaper at Chronicling America, and found an interesting little news tidbit that I have never heard before about my grandpa William J. McGill. The article on page four of The Mathews Journal, dated 14 November 1907, mentioned in the first paragraph under the heading "The Field of Sport: "McGill, the new pitcher of the St. Louis Browns, is studying for the ministry and won't play baseball on Sunday."

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Vol 14, Iss 50 Bayfield, Colorado - [Photo on the left is a picture of my 2nd great grandmother, Eleanor Dever Gwin, mother to Signora Belle Gwin, my great grandmother.] - In the Rockbridge History of Virginia there is mention of John Gilmore (1700-1759), my 6th great grandfather, that was killed in an Indian raid 10 October 1759, along with four members of his family and five of the ten members of Robert Hamilton's (my 7th great grandfather) family were afterward slain. The Indians did not go any farther.

The GILMOREs come into my family through the DEVER side of my paternal ancestry with John DEVER (1798-1862), who married Elizabeth GILMORE (1802-1882), daughter of Samuel Gilmore (1760-1848) and Eleanor BAILEY (1758-1832). Samuel Gilmore was a son of James Gilmore (1710-1782) and Martha B. DENNISON (1720-1785). James Gilmore was the son of John and Agnes A. (Hamilton) Gilmore that died in the Indian raid.

John DEVER and Elizabeth Gilmore had a daughter, Eleanor DEVER (1834-1896), my second great grandmother, who married Samuel Gwin (1825-1871). And that brings us to Signora Belle Gwin that married John Robert Warwick (1857-1937).

And that brings us to my paternal McGill-Warwick ancestors, where I found the following information concerning the CRAIG family: genealogical and historical notes about the CRAIGs of America, Fayette county, Ohio, which shows the Craigs and Warwick families marrying with the mention of Andrew Warwick, son of John (or William, Jr. Could this have been William John, and he used the John as his first name?) Warwick of Pocahontas county, West Virginia, married Elizabeth Anna Craig, daughter of Robert Craig 2nd, and Nancy Agnes Johnson. Do not know how accurate this information is but found some known relatives listed in these historical genealogical notes.

If I am reading this correctly, Andrew Warwick and Nancy Agnes Johnson Warwick's third son, John Warwick Esq., resided near Edray, Pocahontas county, West Virginia, and was a prominent and influential citizen. His first wife was Hanna Hanna Moffett, only daughter of Andrew Gatewood. His second wife was Caroline Craig, youngest daughter of George E. Craig, merchant, in Hunersville, and Ruling Elder. [from Southern Historical Mag. for August, 1892, page 65.]

It also shows that Andrew Warwick had a brother William Warwick (my 4th great grandfather), who married Nancy Craig, sister of Elizabeth (wife of Andrew). They settled on Bear Creek and were the parents of three children: Elizabeth (married Benjamin Tallman); Margaret (married John Hull); Robert Craig Warwick (my third great grandfather), who married Esther Hull and had three sons and six daughters. Robert and Esther's daughter Catherine Hidy Warwick married Major William Wallace Bird (Bird children were: Elvira Louisa, Robert Craig, john Henry, George Newton, William Lee). Other daughters were: Nancy Jane (married Jacob Lightner); Sarah Elizabeth (married Daniel Matheney); Margaret Ann (married Nelson Pray); Hanna Rebecca (married Capt. George Siple). [Part of sketch of William Warwick from History of Pocahontas county, West Virginia.]

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Vol 14, Iss 40 Bayfield, CO - Besides taking in the golden cools of the aspens in southwest colorado, I have been busy reading a Southern Historical Magazine published in August, 1892 and concerning some Pioneer History of my WARWICK ancestry. The history takes us through my 5th great grand uncle, Jacob Warwick (sometimes referred to as John or Jake).

I think my Warwick lineage runs something like the following "Alledged Warwick Lineage" below, but I am confused as to those listed as children of Lt. Warwick and Elizabeth Dunlap.

West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia by Jim Comstock or the most recent publication is History of Pocahontas County, West Virginia, 1981. This latter publication, pages 475 and 476, lists Jacob Warwick's parents as Lt. John Warwick (sometimes referred to as John, William & Jacob) and Elizabeth Dunlap of Middlebrook, VA. and goes on to say that John was employed in service to the King in locating and surveying land grants. He owned property in Bath County and Mathewsville, VA (Now Dunmore). There is some further information about John.

The Immigrant WARWICK Brothers

It is believed that William had a brother, John, that emigrated from England to America. There was another genealogy web page showing the eldest brother, William, married Elizabeth DUNLAP of Middlebrook sometime around 1737 in Orange County, Virginia. The following year John Lewis' frontier settlement was removed from the jurisdiction of Orange and the new eminence Augusta County was formed. Elizabeth was the daughter of Alexander DUNLAP and his wife Janet Ann McFARLAND (sometimes referred to as "Jenot" or "Jeani"). Alexander is said to have been the son of a soldier who was at the siege of Londondarry. Mrs. DUNLAP was a descendent of Calan McFARLAND.

Alexander & Ann McFARLAND DUNLAP had originally settled near Philadelphia before moving to Middlebrook, a settlement at the head waters of the Middle River in Virginia.

In the early 1740's the DUNLAPs moved west over the Great North Mountain and settled on the Calfpasture River. It is said that they were the first to live on the "Pastures" (the area around the Calf, Cow & Bullpasture Rivers) and at that time the farthest most western settlers on the Virginia frontier.

In 1743 Alexander DUNLAP was appointed Captain of horse in the militia, but the following year, 1744, he died. His widow later married Robert BRATTON.

Captain Alexander and Ann DUNLAP are known to have had at least four children: John, Robert, Alexander Jr. and Elizabeth, wife of William WARWICK.

William and Elizabeth WARWICK joined Capt. DUNLAP when he ventured into the pastures to raise their family in Middlebrook. It shows the following children of Lt. William and Elizabeth Dunlap Warwick as: Janet or Jean, James, Martha, William Jr., John and Jacob, the latter being the youngest born in 1747. This is what I show. Is it correct?

In the "Southern Historical Magazine - August, 1892" it shows us through Rev. Price's piece on "Pioneer History" that Lt. Warwick and his wife, Elizabeth Dunlap, had four children: Charles, Elizabeth, Jacob and John. So . . . I am confused! Is the William Warwick, Jr (II) misnamed, misplaced? And . . . how does that effect William Warwick III? Is William Warwick III misnamed, misplaced? I need more research to figure this out this puzzle, huh?

Alleged WARWICK Lineage

  1. Jacob WARWICK (1743 - 1826), 5th great grand uncle
  2. Elizabeth DUNLAP (1690 - 1805), 6th great grandmother, Mother of Jacob.
  3. (?) William WARWICK Jr (1749 - 1796), 5th great grandfather, Son of Elizabeth (?)
  4. (?) William WARWICK III (1772 - 1834), 4th great grandfather, Son of William (?)
  5. Robert Craig WARWICK (1801 - 1845), 3rd great grandfather, Son of William
  6. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), 2nd great grandfather, Son of Robert Craig
  7. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), great grandfather, Son of William Fechtig
  8. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), grandmother, Daughter of John Robert
  9. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), father, oldest Son of Constance Estella
  10. Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene McGill

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Vol 14, Iss 39 Bayfield, CO - While we were researching the "History of Pendleton County, Virginia,"written by Oren Frederick Morton, we found mention of Frederick Keister II (1730-1815), who was the son of another Frederick Keister (1704-1787), my 6th great grandfather.

The second Frederick Keister was my 5th great grandfather, who married Hannah M. Dyer (1738-1819). One of Frederick and Hannah's daughters was Esther Keister (1767-1825), who married Adam HOHL/HULL (my 4th great grandfather). Adam Hohl/Hull and Esther had a daughter, Esther Hohl/Hull (1804-1853) that married Robert Craig Warwick (1801-1845). Esther and Robert Craig Warwick's oldest son was William Fechtig Warwick (1822-1902), my 2nd great grandfather, married Phebe Anthea Pray/Prey (1833-1905). One of many children of William Fechtig & Phebe Anthea Warwick was my great grandfather, John Robert Warwick (1857-1937), who married Signora Belle GWIN (1860-1934), and later moved westward in the late 19th century to Kansas and then Oklahoma Territory.

From Keister to McGill the lineage is as follows:

  1. Frederick KEISTER II (1730 - 1815), 5th great grandfather
  2. Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825), Daughter of Frederick
  3. Esther Hohl (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther
  4. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther
  5. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig
  6. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert
  7. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella
  8. Linda Kay MCGILL, third daughter of Gene McGill and Vada Paris

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Vol 14, Iss 37 Bayfield, CO - As we scour the historic newspaper for bits of genealogy in search of our ancestry, we found the following in the historic American newspapers for Highland Recorder, out of Monterey, Highland county, Virginia, 16th, 23rd & 30th of August 1907, concerning Martin Dever (dec'd ) and a public filing of his administrator, Charles P. Jones vs. Samuel G. Dever and others.

The object of the suit was to have ascertained, the proper heirs and distributes of Martin Dever, dec'd, and to have his estate settled under the control and protection of the court.

It reads as follows: "And it appearing from affidavit filed that Walter Gwin, Signora Warwick, John Andrew Moore, I. Price Moore, Harry S. Gum. Paul L. Gum, the unknown heirs of Lee Dever, Dennis Dever, Alice Barnett, the unknown heirs of George Lantz dec'd, the unknown heir of Minnie Fultz dec'd, and Hugh Dever were all nonresidents of the state of Virginia. It was ordered that they do appear within fifteen days after due publication and do what is necessary to protect their interests. Teste" J. C. Matheny, Clerk and Chas. P. Jones & son p.q.

Signora Warwick, as mentioned in an earlier newsletter, was my great grandmother on the father's mother's side of the family. Walter Gwin was my Great Grand Uncle, and Signora's older brother.

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Vol 14, Iss 32 Bayfield, CO - I was going through some old paternal photographs and found this photo on the left. I believe it was taken around 1938 in the Virginia with my grandmother, Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill (second from the right, front row) and my father, Gene McGill (standing behind everyone and center). If any Gwin's, Hull's, Warwick's and Eckard's recognize any of the rest of these Virginia or West Virginia family, I would love to hear from you.

When I was reading more about the History of Pendleton County, (West) Virginia, I have been finding mentions of a few of my paternal ancestors (Hull/Hohl and Eckard's). There was a HULL/HOHL that could be a possible distant ancestor, which was a lieutenant of William Ward's and Robert Davis seems to have been particularly obnoxious to the Tories.

I know that my HULL/HOHL's married into the ECKARD and GWIN ancestors. I am not sure which HULL/HOHL nor who the ECKARD woman was that was mentioned in this story. It was about the time when visits with hostile intent were sometimes made to his vicinity. BUT . . . the Eckard woman from Brushy Fork would usually give the settlement a forewarning. On one occasion, believing Davis home on furlough, the band came down to seize him, and in their disappointed vexation Hull called Mrs. Davis a damned liar. Her son John, a boy of about fourteen years, took aim at Hull, unobserved by the latter, but the mother interfered to prevent a tragedy and a burned home. The factional strife ended by a conference between Davis and Ward held near the site of the schoolhouse. The principals were unarmed, but a neighbor of Davis posted himself near to guard against treachery.

I did also found out that my 5th great grand uncle, James Dyer, was one of a few men designated to comprise the first court of Rockingham. At least four were Pendletonians: John Skidmore, Robert Davis, James Dyer and Isaac Hinkle. Check out the Pendleton County History in this week's OkieLegacy Ezine for the rest of the story.

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Vol 14, Iss 30 Bayfield, Colorado - Does anyone out there know when most of the trees were planted on the grounds of the "Castle On the Hill" (also known as Northwestern Normal School), in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma Territory?

The photo on the left is a photograph that my grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill had saved in her photo collections. It was taken 22 January 1901. I left it as a large image file so that others with high broadband connections might zoom in and see what relatives they could find among the Northwestern Normal School group of January 1901.

I believe that both grandma Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill and grandpa Wm. Jacob McGill and a few other McGill's are in this photo. Behind the group posed in front of "Castle on the Hill," I counted at least eight young trees. See if you count any more.

We know that the history of the Castle on the Hill (Northwestern Normal School), in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma Territory, was dedicated on March 9, 1900 by the president of the school, James Ament. The cost of the structure was about $100,000. It began as a vision in 1895 when a bill was introduced in 1895 for the purpose of establishing a Normal School in the growing rural city of Alva and the county of "M" (Woods) county, in the Northwest corner of Oklahoma Territory.

The committee appointed to to sell the idea of this normal school were: S. L. Johnson, chairman; H. L. Ross, secretary; W. F. Hatfield, editor of the Alva Pioneer; James Kelley, editor of the Alva Republica; C. C. Hudson, editor of the Alva Review; A. H. Andrews, city attorney, and Jesse J. Todd.

We also know that the "Castle on the Hill" burned to a shell of itself March, 1935, and was rebuilt. The Castle stood where the Jesse Dunn building stands today, looking North down College Avenue (6th Street) on Oklahoma Blvd. To read more information and view old "Ranger" albums of Northwestern State Normal School CLICK this LINK.

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Vol 14, Iss 29 Bayfield, Colorado - Reading the History of Pendleton County, (W) Virginia and the beginning of the settlement, I found mention of my 6th great Grandfather, Frederick Keister (1704-1787), who had a son by the same name (Frederick Keister (1730-1815)). Frederick Keister, Jr. had a daughter named Esther (1767-1825) who married into the HOHL family.

The Keister-Hohl-Warwick-McGill Family Lineage:

  • Frederick Keister, I (1704 - 1787), my 6th great grandfather; married Hannah Green Batton Smith (1715-1790)
  • Frederick KEISTER, II (1730 - 1815) was born ca 1730 in Germany, Son of Frederick; married Hannah M. Dyer (1738-1819) about 1755, daughter of Roger Dyer (1699-1758) and Hannah Green (1706-1780). It is believed his family arrived at Philadelphia on Ship Virginia Grace 24 Sept 1737, and he pioneered on South Fork ca 1750. Roger and son William were killed in Ft. Seybert Massacre 28 April 1758; son James and daughter Sarah, widow of Henry Hawes, were captured. James escaped after two years and rescued Sarah when she had been captive about five years. Hannah Dyer, with daughters, Hannah Keister and Esther Patton, escaped harm as they were in Shenandoah Valley with relatives. Hannah Keister was devised 437 acres near Moorefield by her father. Frederick Keister was naturalized in 1762 along with other Germans neighbors. He was a Revolutionary War soldier serving as a Lieutenant in Rockingham County Company of Virginia militia in 1778, member of a band of Indian scouts and a 1st Lt. in 46th Regiment of VA militia in 1782. The Keister homestead encompassed the area of Brandywine village and part of the originial land is still in the family. Frederick and Hannah are buried on some of the originial land where the DAR placed a stone for Frederick with the dates of 1730-28 Nov 1815; Hannah's stone is chipped reading 1735-181_.
  • Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825), Daughter of Frederick, II; married Adam Hohl (1754-1836)
  • Esther Hohl (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther; married Robert Craig Warwick (1801-1845)
  • William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther; married Phebe Anthea Pray (1833-1905)
  • John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig; married Signora Belle Gwin (1860-1934)
  • Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert; married William Jacob McGill (1880-1959)
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella; married Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992)
And that leads us down to this NW Okie, Linda Kay McGill Wagner.

Enough of my ancestry, though. We had an OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 7, Iss. 6 -- 2005-02-12, concerning Danny Ray PARIS Family. Michele says, "I am your dad's older sisters daughter. My name is Michele Hewet and my mom is Virginia Paris Hewett. Have you found your dad? I have been trying to find him for a while now. He usually keeps in touch with my folks and we haven't heard from him in a while."

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Vol 14, Iss 22 Bayfield, CO - We Remember and Honor All Veterans of All wars! The photo on the left is a few photos of my Uncle Robert Lee McGill, who fought overseas during World War II. The photo in the upper-right of that same image may be a photo of my Grand Uncle Robert Lee Warwick, who enlisted in the British forces overseas and fought in World War I (1919).

In honor and respect for our ancestors, relatives and friends who fought in the Revolutionary War, World War I & II and All Veterans who served their country from then to the present day . . . Yes! We do remember, honor and stand with you then and now.

This week's newsletter takes us back to the 1850's when the filibuster began. It also takes us back to the 1950's thru the 1964 just after World War II during the industrious, baby boomer and desegration era. It was not a perfect decade, especially with the Civil Rights Movement for "desegregation."

We had some trouble with uploading and changing profile photos on Facebook this weekend. We were also unable to "comment" and "like" to due error in writing to Facebook database. So if you found "no" image profile associated with our Facebook page, that is why. Checking out Facebook's troubleshooting forum, I found others in the same situation. Did anyone else have any trouble?

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women & Obstructionism! Let us move FORWARD with solutions and equality for all!"
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Vol 14, Iss 19 Bayfield, Colorado - [images of Heaton/Clark family connection on the left and the McGill-Heaton connection on the right. Click images for larger view.]

There is a friend of mine back in Northwest Oklahoma that shares a 2nd cousin connection with Joseph "Joe" David Heaton. Joe D. Heaton died this past week, 2 May 2012. I have always teased my good friend, J. L. "Bud" Clark, about our ancestrial relationship, getting a slight grin and chuckle out of Bud as he denies any genealogical connection.

Our connection runs back to one specific person, Gladys P. McGill (1900-1988), as the key figure, who married Joseph William Heaton (1898-1965), settling near Capron, Woods, Oklahoma, raising three sons, John David (1924-2012), Richard Mac and Ronald Ray Heaton.

Gladys P. McGill was the daughter of Thomas David McGill (1862-1945) and Ida May Edwards (1867-1962). Thomas and Ida May (Edwards) McGill raised the following children were: Vella May (1890-1982; married Morton McKean), Glenna McGill (1891-1922), Carlos Leonardo (1894-1971; married Helen Ham), Mary Isabelle (1899-1900), Gladys P McGill (1900-1988; married Joseph Wm Heaton), Alba Rose(1909-1929).

My Great Uncle was Thomas David McGill, an older brother to my paternal grandfather, William Jacob McGill (1880-1959).

My Great Grandfather was William Pearson McGill (1835-1918), who married Isabelle McClure JOHNSON (1845-1926), raising the following children: Thomas David McGill, Wm Jacob McGill, Alice Elizabeth (1865-1929; married James D. Harris), Mary McKelvey (1869-1922; married Augustus Grant Vinson), James Acel (1872-1955), Charles Robert (1884-1971; married Elizabeth Nelson-Kidd), Lulu Belle McGill (1887-1975; married John Spencer Erskine).

My grandmother, Constance (Warwick) McGill would take us young kids to Gladys & Joseph W. Heaton's farm near Capron, Oklahoma to get eggs and chickens.

As it turns out, J. L. "Bud" Clark is this NW Okie's "1st cousin - 1x removed of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed." In other words ... Bud's mother Ida Cloe Heaton Clark (1889 - ?) married Joseph Lawrence Clark and they raised three children: Arvilla J, Jessie B, and J. L. "Bud" Clark, the youngest of three siblings.

Bud Clark's maternal grandfather was Jacob Cassleman Heaton (1863 - ), who married Minnie Laverne (unknown maiden name). Jacob Cassleman & Minnie Laverne Heaton raised the following children: Ida Cloe (married J. Lawrence Clark), Jacob Smith Heaton, Hallie C. Heaton, Berha M.Heaton, Eunice Heaton, Loyd T. Heaton, Liberty Heaton, Wyona Heaton.

Bud Clark's Great grandfather, Thomas Creighton Heaton (1833 - 1917), was from Fayette, Ohio; married Mariah Walker McNaught, raising the following children: Nathaniel C., Joseph Henry (1861-1944), Jacob Cassleman (1863-?), Ida May, Lyddie A., Edward Smith, Bertha Evaline, Agnes Maud, Homer C. Heaton.

Bud Clark's Great Uncle was Joseph Henry HEATON (1861 - 1944), born in Victoria, Knox county and died 12 January 1944, in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma. Joseph Henry Heaton married Talitha Louella Bachman and their children were: Pearl, Thomas Creighton, Edith, Clarence Earl, and Joseph William Heaton (1898-1965). Joseph William Heaton brings us to Bud Clark's relationship connection to Linda K. McGill Wagner (1st cousin - 1x removed of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed).

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women"
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Vol 14, Iss 17 Bayfield, Colorado - A few weeks ago someone contacted us about a German/English booklet they had found at a secondhand store in Germany to see if we wanted it. It was interesting to this NW Okie because on the inside cover it had stamped on the upper-left corner, "Camp Alva 23.4.45." It has 100 brief English for export and Import.

On that same page in the center it was stamped with a German POW's name and POW number, stating "Prisoner of war camp, Camp Polk, LA, Personal property of Gerhard Widmann, 8WG-16811, By order of the stockade commander."

I am wondering which POW World War II camp came first: Camp Polk in Louisiana or Camp Alva (23.4.45) in Alva, Oklahoma. I would love to find out more about they Gerhard Widdmann and what happened to him and his family after World War II. Has anyone run onto any POW camp records in Louisiana and Oklahoma showing the time that POW's were listed?

I do know that in December, 1941, Uncle Bob McGill was leaving Leesville, Louisiana via train through New Mexico to San Francisco, before being deployed to Hawaii. As to NW Okie's Uncle Robert Lee McGill WWII timeline, Robert McGill was in training at Leesville, Louisiana around 1941. In a letter dated 19 December 1941 to his mother Constance Warwick McGill. Uncle Bob mentions that he was on a train from Leesville, Louisiana headed west towards San Francisco and passing through New Mexico. He gave is mother instructions as to car keys, insurance, etc. that he left in Leesville with a LT. Robert Kalbfell at 753 tk bn.

Tell the GOP, "Stop the War On Women, Senior Citizens & Poor!"
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Vol 14, Iss 15 Bayfield, Colorado - We had a few interesting emails this week concerning the "Old Sam Lindsay" home place south of Monterey, Virginia. We did found out that the 77.9 acre someplace and old house are "For Sale!" It is a three bedroom a bath home that sets next to the highway 220, south of Monterey, Virginia.

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Sam Lindsay married my 1st cousin 2x removed, Lucy Eckard/Echard, who was the daughter of Reuhama "Hami" Gwin and Jobe Eckard (my Great aunt and uncle). Hami and Jobe Eckard had a daughter, Lucy, that married Sam Lindsay. Jobe Eckard had a brother Isaac Eckard. As for Reuhama, she was the middle child and older sister of my great-grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin. There was also an older brother, Walter P. Gwin. I was told that the Gwin/Eckard cemetery is located in an overgrown field on that piece of property with the stones having been knocked down by the cows grazing in the pasture. My great-grandmother, Signora Belle Gwin married John Robert Warwick. Sometime in the late 19th century, after 1887, they moved to Oklahoma Territory via Coldwater, Kansas. Signora and J. R. Warwick's children were: Constance Estella (1882-1968) and Robert Lee Warwick (1887-1952), both showing born around Monterey, Virginia. Another son Wilbur William WArwick was born in Alva, Oklahoma, but died in his first year or so and is buried in the Alva Cemetery.

Also, we received an email from another person concerning a booklet (instructional manual) on how to write commercial english letters that was printed in 1940 in Germany. What is so fascinating about this booklet is not the booklet itself, but someone, maybe a POW or another person, had written a note into the booklet about "Camp Alva" and dated the remark "1945."

Klaus Scholoesser had found the booklet last week at a shop, where they receive things from people who do not need them any more, like books, clothing, household items and such. Anyway, he was getting the booklet in the mail to this NW Okie. Can not wait to see what the inscription is about "Camp Alva."

We also passed along to Sandie Olson with the Waynoka Historical Society, a person who is researching the "Old Lindbergh Line (TWA)" that went through Waynoka, OKlahoma on its way to California. Dr. Robert F. Kirk and his wife live in California. Dr. Kirk is writing a book about the Lindbergh Line, pictures of their trip at the airports that still exist. Dr. Kirk was born and raised in Oklahoma City and met his wife at University of Oklahoma. You can view some of Dr. Kirk's books by clicking this link.

Did you finally get on to the government archives of the 1940 census last week? I checked into it through my account (paristimes) to find my grandparents, Wm. J. & Constance McGill, on page 7, enumeration district 76-3A, living at 815 Maple Street, Alva, Woods, Oklahoma, with William listed as head of household (age 60) and Grandmother (age 58). William was listed as joint owner of furniture business. On page 8 it listed my Dad, Gene (Merle) McGill (age 25), as joint owner in ranch, in same house as Constance and William McGill; and Bob Lee (23 years) listed as absent.

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Vol 14, Iss 14 Bayfield, Colorado - Today was the day that 1940 U.S. Census archives came out and you can start your search in the 1940's collection featuring more than one billion hand-selected U.S. records to help you locate your family in the 1940 and years beyond. You might find it overloaded with requests, though, so keep trying.

Gerald was telling us this week that there was another older Hugh McLaughlin that married the daughter (Agnes Nancy Gwin) of David Gwin. The Sq. Hugh McLaughlin Gerald was talking about last week was born in 1801 and married the granddaughter of David GWIN.

I also asked Gerald about the "Old Sam Lindsay place" and to see if I can get a recent photo of the place, where it was located. I understand it is where the Gwin/Echard cemetery is located. Would love to see some photos of it today and how to get to it from Monterey or Mountain Grove, Virginia.

The last time I was there was some 40 years ago when Dad flew us back to Virginia when my sister, Dorthy, was attending Greenbrier College for Women. Anyway, I remember a few things from that trip like the huge staked tomatoes, Virginia ham and homemade biscuits that Sam's wife, Lucy made for us. I believe now that some of the "old" Virginia photos I have put up on Picasa and Flickr showing my dad, grandmother Constance Warwick McGill and Gwin/Echard relatives posing in front of what I believe is the Gwin/Echard farm place near Mountain Grove, in the Highland Valley of Virginia. We know that the GWIN/Echard cemetery is located on the "Old Sam's Lindsay" place, and the house was/is a two-story house. Is it still standing, though? We would love to see what it looks like today and if it is still owned within the Gwin/Echard family.

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Vol 14, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - We just received an inquiry concerning our Vol. 9, Iss. 13, dated 2007-03-31, concerning an article, "St. Louis Browns - 1914," that Jim Bradley shared with us and said he had a 38 inch by 12 inch picture of the Browns.

Matt Shed asks, "Do you still have the St. Louis Browns photo from 1914? My great-grandfather played on the team."

My grandfather, Bill McGill, was not playing for the Browns in 1914, because he had retired from professional baseball back in 1909 or 1910 when he married my grandmother, March 24, 1910. That is why there is no McGill in either picture during 1914.

In The OkieLegacy Ezine, Volume 5, Iss. 5, 2003-02-01, S. Fox tells us that, "Foxtown, KY is north of McKee on Rt 89. It is an intersection of 89 and Foxtown Rd. Former post office / general store is on the left just before intersection. What cemetery are you looking for? ~s fox"

We received this bit of information from Gerald McLaughlin concerning Jacob Warwick. We would love to find this newspaper, but it is before the Library of Congress collection starting date. Does anyone out there know anyone or another place we might look for this article?

Main Entry, Richmond Enquirer (Richmond, Virginia, 1815, Semiweekly). Jacob Warwick died at the house of Col. Charles Cameron of Bath County (Virginia) on January 11, 1826, mentioning that Jacob Warwick, late of Pocahontas County, in his 80th year, survived by children. (p. 3, c. 5). Publication, Tuesday, January 31, 1826.

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Constance Estella Warwick McGill

Vol 14, Iss 11 Bayfield, CO - My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, was a strong-willed, determined woman in her lifetime! Anyway, that is how she appeared to this NW Okie. I sometimes wish I could now go back to when she was alive to see what she thought of what is going on with the injustices the male congress have imposed on women's rights to make their own healthcare choices today.

This last week (10 March 2012) at the "Women in the World Summit" in New York City, New York, Hillary Clinton stated, "There is much we can do together! . . . . . Women should have the right to make their own choices about what they wear, how they worship, the jobs they do, the causes they support. These are choices they have to make for themselves, and they are fundamental test of democracy. Clinton asks why extremists want to focus on controlling women. I also would like the answer to that question!

Hillary Clinton is not the only women who inspires this NW Okie today. I do like what she said about women and that, "America needs to set an example for the entire world!"

Who, What inspires you about women in the World? What can you do to shape your own destiny?

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Vol 14, Iss 8 Bayfield, Colorado - Besides continuing to reading about the History of Highland County, Virginia, we have been hooked on watching PBS's Downton Abbey of life in England. BUT . . . back to Highland County, Virginia, we found an early issue of The OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 12, Iss. 49, 2010-12-06, which showed a Google satellite map of Highland County, Virginia we will again share with you this week. SEE BELOW.

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We have also connected with some WARWICK and GWIN descendants from the Highland area and have added more Warwick / Gwin photos to our Warwick / Gwin Albums. Scroll down to see the cemetery markers for the Gwin and Eckard family cemetery. Gerald McLaughlin sent us some cemetery markers of Capt. David Gwin and Maj. Jacob Warwick of Virginia. Capt. David Gwin's marker is located in the Clover Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Highland County, Virginia. This following link is information on Capt. David Gwin at showing the grave marker. My 4th great grandfather, Capt. David GWIN (1742-1822) was reported as being born in Orange, Virginia and dying in Clover Creek, Highland, Virginia. My Grandmother Constance Estella Warwick McGill researched for her DAR certificate in the mid-1920's using her family ties to Capt. David Gwin.

Maj. Jacob Warwick's marker is on the banks of the Jackson's River just west of Warm Springs. The Meadow Lane Cottages is on that property.

Clover Creek Chapel
Clover Creek Chapel was the former chapel of McDowell Presbyterian Church, established in 1881 in Clover Creek, central Highland County, Virginia,four miles south of McDowell on Rt. 678 (Bullpasture River Road). The land for the chapel and cemetery behind it was donated by the McClung family since 1821. William McClung married Rachel Gwin and held title to the surrounding farm. The original owner of the land was probably Wallace Estill, who in 1743, obtained a 344-acre land patent in then Augusta County.

The cemetery predates the chapel by many years, originating as a family graveyard used by the farm owners. Among those buried there is Captain David Gwin (1742-1822). Gwin fought in the Virginia Militia at the Battle of Point Pleasant under General Thomas Lewis, prior to the Revolution. Gwin was captain with the Revolutionary forces, serving at Guilford Court House and Yorktown. He was twice married and had thirteen children. Gwin's grave is marked by a stone tablet erected by the South Branch Valley Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Capt. David Gwin was the grandparent of Samuel Gwin, whose daughter, Signora Belle Gwin, was my Great grandmother.

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Vol 14, Iss 6 Bayfield, CO - It takes awhile, but you can make distant family connections if you put yourself out there through this web media. I just love all of this!

About two years ago in The OkieLegacy Ezine, dated 2010-02-08, Vol. 12, Iss. 6, we featured a 30 November 1935 letter from my grandmother's cousin in Tesla, West Virginia that was mailed to Constance Warwick McGill in Alva, Oklahoma. It was from her cousin (Ethel G. Tinney) in Tesla, West Virginia that had heard from her youngest son Forrest Noel Tinney, that Constance's mother, Signora Belle Gwin Warwick, had died in 1934.

I searched back through my family tree in search for Ethel G. Tinney and see that the connection of Ethel and Constance were cousins via Constance's mother's (Signora Belle Gwin) older brother, Walter P. Gwin. Ethel Gertrude Gwin Married John Campbell Tinney and had seven children with the oldest son dying at 3 months of age. Children were: Paul Noble (1906-1906); Russel (1907-1972); John B. (1912-1982); Robert W.; Clarence Keith (1917-2005); Cecil Kyle (1917-); Forrest Noel (1920-2003).

Letitia Tierney commented on the OkieLegacy Ezine link above and says, "I just found this article about Ethel Gwin Tinney who was my great-grandmother. Her youngest as mentioned in the letter was my beloved grandfather Forrest Noel Tinney. If we can provide more info for you I can be contacted at the provided email."

I will be contacting this distant cousin to see what family stories and legacies that I might be able to add to my DEVER-GWIN-TINNEYancestry.

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Vol 13, Iss 27 Bayfield, Colorado - [Identities of the 1909 Guthrie baseball team in photo on the left: backrow, left to right: Herman Leuttke (captain), Clare Patterson, Bill McGill, Norman Price, Clyde Geist, Thomas Reed; Middle row: Red Davis, Tony Anderson, Howard Price (manager), Ted Waring, Milton Pokorney; Seated: Floyd Willis, Jesse Clifton, Clarence Nelson.]

On this weekend as we celebrate Independence Day with our special comfort foods across American, we remember an old saying from our youth that went something like this, "Baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. They go together in the good 'ole USA." Do you remember what year that advertisement came out?

Back then, Mom really did make apple pie from scratch in the kitchen. Grandpa and Dad played ball in the yard with the kids, and everyone ate a hot dog or two at the ballpark. AND . . . there seemed to be a Chevy parked curbside, as Americans were living what seemed to be the American dream back then.

What could be more American than baseball? Is baseball known as American as apple pie? That brings us to our topic this week . . . baseball in pre-world war I and II.

The photo above, on the left is a group shot of the Guthrie baseball team taken around August 1909, in Guthrie, Oklahoma. Grandpa Bill McGill is on the backrow, third from the left. We have also included the names of the rest of the team that we have recently run across.

We heard from a baseball historian at Oklahoma University, who is compiling another baseball book on small town professional baseball in Oklahoma before World War II. The historian tells me that the book will follow the format of Territorians To Boomers that was released on June 4.

This Oklahoma baseball historian wrote to ask if he could include a couple of photographs that I had of the 1909 Guthrie baseball team, of which my Grandpa William "Bill" J. McGill was a pitcher. I have included those two photographs here.

The photograph on the right is another postcard dated around mid to late August 1909 that Bill McGill sent to his sweetheart, Constance Estella Warwick, who was staying in Colorado Springs around that time when Bill McGill was playing baseball with the Guthrie baseball team.

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Vol 13, Iss 22 Bayfield, Colorado - Last week we shared some ancestry lineage of our connection to President Andrew Jackson (Jackson's relationship to me is 1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of husband of 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of William Nathan (Jr.) and Nancy Anne (Luttrell) McGill.

We heard from another Craighead descendant on a genealogy forum that says, "Don't know if the following is helpful to your search but is found in the Craighead and McGill family histories: Nancy (last name unknown), born 1787, died 1867, was married first to William McGill of Hamilton Co., TN. They had eleven (11) children including a daughter also named Nancy. William Nathan McGill, Jr. died in May of 1832. Nancy Anne then married Thomas Craighead, of Soddy, TN, in 1835, who had five children from his first wife, Mary Gillespie. Thomas died in September 1839, and is buried at Soddy, Tennessee."

I did happen to find out that my 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy, the daughter of William and Nancy McGill, married Samuel G. Craighead, who was the son of William Craighead (1778-1835) and Jane "Jennie" Gillespie. William Craighead was a brother of Thomas Craighead. Thomas Craighead and Nancy McGill were married February 22, 1838.

I am still reading and searching about the CROCKETT side of the family to see if there is a connection to David "Davy" Crockett of Tennessee. I have NOT found any connection so far, but there must be a really distant connection between my CROCKETT's that married into the WARWICK and MCGILL side of our ancestry.

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Vol 13, Iss 21 Bayfield, Colorado - Well! It appears I have found another interesting ancestry that has crossed this NW Okie's ancestry path! This time it is the 7th President of America (Maj. Gen., Senator, Representative, Attorney General, attorney of Tennessee) Andrew Jackson, Jr. (1767-1845).

Jackson's relationship to me is 1st cousin of husband of 1st cousin 1x removed of husband of 2nd great grand aunt. Got that? Let me see if I can add some clarity to that relationship.

President Andrew JACKSON's mother was Elizabeth HUTCHINSON (1737-1781), the daughter of Cyrus & Margaret (LISLE) HUTCHINSON. Elizabeth had a sister, Jennet "Jane" HUTCHINSON, who married Edward Alexander CRAWFORD. Edward and Jennet had a son Edward Alexander CRAWFORD Jr. (1770-1846).

Edward CRAWFORD Jr. married Margaret Jane DUNLAP (1774-1841), who was the daughter of Agnes Nancy CRAIGHEAD (1740-1790) and George DUNLAP (1737-1807). Agnes Nancy Craighead was the daughter of Rev. Alexander Holmes CRAIGHEAD (1706-1766).

Rev. Alexander H. CRAIGHEAD also had a son, Capt. Robert CRAIGHEAD (1751-1821). Capt. Robert CRAIGHEAD had a son, William Craighead (1778-1835), and that leads us back William's son, Samuel Geddes CRAIGHEAD (1814-1889), who married Nancy MCGILL (1814-1898), the daughter of William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783-1832). AND . . . You know the rest of the story if you have been following NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage for the past few weeks.

  • Elizabeth Hutchinson (1737 - 1781), Mother of Gen. Andrew Jackson, Jr.; Cyrus Hutchinson, father of Elizabeth Hutchinson and Jennet Hutchinson;
  • Jennet "Jane" Hutchinson, Daughter of Cyrus & Margaret (Lisle) Hutchinson; married Edward Alexander Crawford, Sr.;
  • Edward Alexander Crawford Jr. (1770 - 1846), Son of Jennet "Jane" & Edward Alexander Crawford, Sr.;
  • Margaret Jane Dunlap (1774-1841), Wife of Edward Alexander Crawford, Jr.;
  • Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740 - 1790), Mother of Margaret Jane Dunlap;
  • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706-1766), Father of Agnes Nancy Craighead;
  • Capt. Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead;
  • William Craighead (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt. Robert Craighead;
  • Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead;
  • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead;
  • William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783 - 1832), Father of Nancy McGill;
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of William NathanMcGill, Jr.;
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill;
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill;
  • Gene M Merle MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella Warwick.
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Vol 13, Iss 20 Bayfield, Colorado - Last week I promised a bit more possible information concerning a really distant connection to one of Benjamin Franklin's older sisters. As I have recently found, it turns out that Benjamin Franklin was a brother-in-law of the 1st cousin 3x removed of Samuel Geddes Craighead (husband) of our 2nd Great Grand Aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of Wm Nathan McGill, Jr. See Notes and Link. In another feature of this week's OkieLegacy newsletter we have included a short biography of the infamous printer, inventor, politician, statesman and free-mason, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790).

As I said earlier, Mary Franklin (1694-1731) was an older sister of Benjamin Franklin by about 12 years. Mary was married twice. Her 1st husband was Arthur Aylsworth, when they got married and Mary was 14 years of age, in 1708 and had her first child in 1710. Mary's 2nd husband was Robert HOMES, married 3 April 1716, in Boston, Massachusetts. Mary and Robert Homes had three children: William, Abiah and Robert, Jr.

Robert Homes (1720-1744) was a 1st cousin 3x removed of Samuel Geddes Craighead, who married our 2nd great grand aunt, Nancy McGill, daughter of Wm. Nathan McGill, Jr. and Anne Nancy Luttrell.

Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889) of Tennessee, was a son of Wm. Craighead and Jane Gillespie; Wm. Craighead was the son of Capt. Robert Craighead and Hannah Eleanor Clark; Capt. Robert Craighead was the son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead and Jane Agnes Brown; Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead was the son of Rev. Thomas Craighead and Margaret Holmes Wallace, which leads us back to Rev. Robert Craighead and Agnes Hart, and their daughter Catherine Craighead, who married Rev. William Homes, who had the son Robert Homes that was the second husband of Mary Franklin. Are you thoroughly confused yet?

This is how the Franklin lineage from Mary Franklin (1694-1731) runs through the HOMES, CRAIGHEAD AND MCGILL ancestry to this NW Okie and her sisters.

Ancestry Lineage:

  • Mary Franklin (1694 - 1731), wife of 1st cousin 3x removed of husband (Samuel G. Craighead) of my 2nd great grand aunt (Nancy McGill);
  • Robert HOMES (1694 - 1727), 2nd Husband of Mary Franklin;
  • Catherine CRAIGHEAD (1672 - 1754), Mother of Robert Homes;
  • Rev. Robert Craighead (1633 - 1711), Father of Catherine Craighead;
  • Rev. Thomas Craighead (1664 - 1739), Son of Rev. Robert Craighead;
  • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706 - 1766), Son of Rev. Thomas, Craighead;
  • Capt. Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead;
  • William Craighead (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt. Robert Craighead;
  • Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead;
  • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead;
  • William Nathan MCGILL Jr. (1783 - 1832), Father of Nancy McGill;
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of William Nathan McGill, Jr.;
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill;
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill;
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob and Constance Estella Warwick. Gene married Vada Eileen Paris in March 1940, and had four daughters: Connie Jean, Dorthy E., Linda Kay and Amber Ann.
If you follow all of the above, it sounds like Benjamin Franklin was an in-law of in-laws of really really distant cousins. So . . . was he related, or NOT? Whatever the outcome, it does not really matter to this NW Okie, except to find out some interesting "founding fathers" possibly crossed the MCGILL ancestry paths! Can not wait to see who else has crossed our ancestry lineage.

I am still trying to find out how the CRAIGHEAD ancestry and the LUTTRELL ancestry connect through a Nancy Craighead (possible birth & death dates, 1757-1867), who allegedly married a Edward LUTTRELL, and who had a daughter Anne Nancy Craighead (1787-1860), who married William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832).

I did find where a George DUNLOP (DUNLAP) that married Agnes Nancy Craighead, but do not believe they are the same Nancy Craighead. The Agnes Nancy Craighead (1740-1790) that married George Dunlop was on trial for witchcraft in Waxhaw, South Carolina for killing her first husband. George Dunlop proposed to Agnes Nancy Craighead after she had been acquitted of witchcraft in the Waxhaw, SC witchcraft case. Agnes Nancy Craighead was accused of murdering her first husband, the Rev. William Richardson, who was found strangled by a bridal in 1771, 12 years after marrying in 1759. George and Nancy moved from Waxhaw, SC to Charlotte, NC. Their son, David Richardson Dunlap, apparently derives his middle name, "Richardson" from his mother's first husband's surname.

The reason this Nancy Craighead is interesting to me is because there is a DUNLOP (DUNLAP) connection with our WARWICK ancestry. There is always something interesting that pops up in your genealogy search of ancestry. I guess that is one of the reasons I am so hooked on my ancestry, genealogical legacies! To see what I can find and who I possibly am!

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Vol 13, Iss 19 Bayfield, CO - In a past "OkieLegacy Ezine I mentioned that I am at a roadblock with my LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD ancestors that married into my MCGILL ancestors. I am presently doing research and searching books, memiors and family histories for the CRAIGHEAD (name also spelt CRAIGHEID, CRAGHEDE, CRAIGIE, CRAGGY, CREAGHEAD and CRAGHEAD) and the LUTTRELL's descendants to see if I can unblock these roadblocks. I did find where a possible Craighead connection married the sister of Benjamin Franklin. More about that next week.

I know that my LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD ancestors settled around Knox and Hamilton county, Tennessee. I have found a Agnes Nancy Craighead that married a George Dunlap, which would possibly connect the Craighead's to the Warwick ancestors. BUT . . . the Nancy Craighead I am searching shows, she may have married Edward LUTTRELL, and had a daughter, Anne Nancy Luttrell that married William Nathan McGill, Jr.

This is what I have so far in my MCGILL / CRAIGHEAD family lineage below for Nancy Craighead.

Nancy Craighead (1757-1867)

  • Nancy CRAIGHEAD, my 4th great grandmother; married Edward Luttrell; their daughter was Anne Nancy Luttrell (1787-1860), born in Virginia, died in Hamilton County TN;
  • Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787-1860) Daughter of Nancy Craighead and Edward Luttrell; Anne Nancy Luttrell (1787-1860) was born in Virginia, died in Hamilton county, TN; married William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832), 10 Mar 1807, Hamilton County, TN; Children were: Hugh McGill (1802-), Walter Marshall McGill (1807-1878); Elizabeth Betsy McGill (1812-); William McGill (1813-); Nancy McGill (28 Feb 1814-17 Nov 1898) (Linda Kay McGill Wagner's 2nd Great Grand Aunt), born in TN, married Samuel Geddes Craighead (1814-1889), son of William and Jane Gillespie Craighead; born 13 May 1814; married in 22 Feb. 1838 to Nancy McGill (born 28 Apr 1814-), resided at Sulphur Springs, Rhea County, Tennessee, Samuel Geddes Craighead was a part of the fourth generation of the Craighead family, Children: Beriah G Craighead (4 Aug 1846-); William H. CRAIGHEAD (6 Nov 1840-6 Dec 1840); Margaret E. CRAIGHEAD (22 Oct 1842-1867) married 6 Apr 1865 to William I Julia; Newton C. CRAIGHEAD (5 Apr 1849-10 Nov 1868;

    Other children of Anne & William McGill were Newton McGill (1822-); Susannah Margaret McGill (1823-1894); Martin McGill (1825-); James McGill (1827-1839); Martha Ann McGill (1830-1848); John McGill (1831-1863)
  • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850) Son of Anne Nancy Luttrell and William Nathan McGill, Jr. (1783-1832), born Monroe County, TN, died in Hamilton county, TN; married in 1834 to Anne Nancy McKelvy (1816-1908); Children: William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), Samantha Jane MCGILL (1837-1882), Newton Anderson MCGILL (1839-1929), John David MCGILL (1842-1849), James Abel MCGILL (1844-1844), Nancy McKelvie MCGILL (1846-1884), Zachary Taylor MCGILL (1849-1918)
  • William Pearson MCGILL (1835-1918), born in Soddy, Hamilton, TN, died in Alva, Woods, OK; Son of David Milton McGill and Nancy McKelvy Pearson (1816-1908); married 20 Nov 1861, TN to Isabelle McClure Johnson (1845-1926), daughter of Thomas C. Johnson (1815-) and Mary Ann Johnston (1816-1875); Children: Thomas David MCGILL (1862-1945), Alice Elizabeth MCGILL (1865-1929), Mary McKelvey MCGILL (1869-1922), James Acel MCGILL (1872-1955), William Jacob MCGILL (1880-1959), Charles Robert MCGILL (1884-1971), Lulu Belle MCGILL (1887-1975)
  • William Jacob MCGILL (1880 - 1959), born in Galva, McPherson, KS, died in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma; Son of William Pearson McGill and Isabelle McClure Johnson (1845-1926); married 23 Mar 1910 in Alva Oklahoma to (1.) Constance Estella Warwick (1882-1969); married in 1945 (2.) Blanche Rankin Miller; Children of Wm J. & Constance E. Warwick: Gene M McGill (1914-1986), Robert Lee McGill (1916-1954)
  • Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), born and died in Alva, Woods, Oklahoma; Son of William Jacob McGill and Constance Estella Warwick; married 24 Mar 1940, Vada Eileen Paris (1916-1992); Children: Connie Jean McGill, Dorthy Eileen McGill, Linda Kay McGill, Amber Ann McGill
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Vol 13, Iss 17 Bayfield, Colorado - [The photo on the left is a picture of my father, Gene McGill, on the left, and my Uncle Bob seated on the paint pony on the right. It was taken somewhere in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma at a dirt tennis court. Do the houses in the background look familiar to any Woods county residents out there? I believe it to be taken in the early 1920's.]

I was sitting here trying to decide which paternal or maternal lineage to bring you this week. I decided to bring you the LUTTRELL / CRAIGHEAD paternal side of my family lineage where I have a bunch of roadblocks that has me scratching my head and wondering more about this limb of our family tree.

Edward LUTTRELL is one of many deadends, which I have little information, dates, etc. I know that he married a Nancy CRAIGHEAD in the late eighteenth century and had a daughter named Anne Nancy LUTTRELL, who was born circa 1787.

I would really like to know more about the LUTTRELL/CRAIGHAD side of the family. Doing a search online at I have seen a Nancy CRAIGHEAD married to a DUNLAP, but not to a MCGILL.

* Edward LUTTRELL is our 4th great grandfather, married Nancy CRAIGHEAD in the late eighteenth century;

* Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787 - 1860), 3rd great grandmother, Daughter of Edward and Nancy Craighead; married William Nathan MCGILL, Jr., 1807, in Knox, Tennessee;

* David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), 2nd great grandfather, Son of Anne Nancy LUTTRELL and Wm Nathan MCGILL, Jr.; married Anne Nancy McKelvy PEARSON in 1834;

* William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), great grandfather, Son of David Milton & Anne Nancy McKelvy PEARSON; married Isabelle McClure Johnson in 1861;

* William Jacob "Will" MCGILL (1880 - 1959), grandfather, Son of William Pearson & Isabelle McClure JOHNSON; married Constance Estella WARWICK in 1910;

* Gene M "Merle" MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Father, Son of William Jacob McGILL and Constance Estella WARWICK; married Vada Eileen PARIS in 1940;

* Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene M "Merle" McGILL & Vada Eileen PARIS.

Maybe there is someone out there that can help me break this roadblock of the LUTTRELL & CRAIGHEAD family tree connection.

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NW Okie's Ancestrial Lineage

Vol 13, Iss 13 Bayfield, CO - Were the GWIN / GWYNN / GWYN / GUINN / GWYNNE / GUINN of Irish or Welsh descent? That is what I am trying to research now. From what I have come across so far, some reports say they could have been mostly Irish instead of Welsh descent.

The last couple of weeks we have shown you our CRAIG & VANDERVEER ancestrial lineage. This week We shall bring to light and share our paternal grandmother's GWIN / GWINN / GUINN / GWYN lineage.

My grandmother, back in the mid-1920's researched and did her DAR lineage to Capt. David GWIN. Grandmother Constance Estella WARWICK MCGILL ordered a coat of arms for the GWIN's but what I am reading that coat of arms was commonly sold to suspecting GWIN relatives, but was not a GWIN coat of arms.

At least one arms bearing GWYN family in Wales claimed Irish descent. As late as the 19th century, the GWYNs of Breconshire claimed descent from a 5th century Welsh king, Brychan Brycheiniog. Brychan was born in Ireland, the son of an Irish prince named Anlach and his wife, Marchel, heiress of the Welsh kingdom of Garthmadrun which later became known as Brycheiniog (Brecknock in English). The specific ancestry of Prince Anlach is unknown.

Claiming descent from Brychan, the GWYNs of Breconshire adopted the attributed arms of Brychan. You will often see these arms advertised by various companies as a coat-of-arms for all GWINN families which they are definitely not. Click the following URL for more information on King Brychan.

My GWINN Lineage:
1. "Sir" GWINN (1695 - ?), 6th great grandfather [I have seen some showing this as Sir Edward GWINN. I am still searching for more information on this GWINN to make a better connection.]
2. Robert GWIN (1720 - 1785), 5th great- grandfather
3. David (Capt.) GWIN (1742 - 1822), 4th great-grandfather
4. James GWIN (1774 - 1844), 3rd great-grandfather
5. Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871), 2nd great-grandfather
6. Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934), Great-grandmother
7. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), grandmother
8. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Father
9. Linda Kay MCGILL (a.k.a. Linda McGill Wagner & NW Okie), daughter of Gene M McGill

Concerning the Irish Immigration to America, I found the following quote from a sermon delivered in the eighteenth century on the eve of sailing of a ship from Ulster to America. I forgot to list the Google books that I was reading it and can not find the exact quote right now.

BUT . . . Maybe someone out there has seen this quote that gives the reasons for the immigrants coming to the New World of America from Ulster, British Isles. The quote goes like this, "To avoid oppression and cruel bondage; to shun persecution and designed ruin; to withdraw from the communion of idolators; to have opportunity to warship god according to the dictates of conscience and the rules of his word."

Have we, in America, forgotten why our ancestors came to America? Why don't we have the tolerance for others religions since we should know through our history what our ancestors went through in their own countries that caused them to emigrate to America!

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NW Okie's "The Good Old Days"

Vol 13, Iss 11 Bayfield, CO - [The image on the left is the CRAIG family Crest we found online while searching our CRAIG ancestors.]

While the temperatures in the SW Corner of Colorado, San Juan mountains have been in the the mid-fifties, we hear from Perry, Oklahoma and Roy that he has yell daffodil (Jonquils) in bloom and more of them about to be. Here isn Southwest Colorado we are slowly melting the snow on the mountains and the creeks, streams are running rapidly.

WOW! Where does the time go when you get hooked on genealogy research? It seems like one things leads to another and the hours only seem like minutes that pass by too quickly. I have been looking for some Irish ancestors since St. Patrick's Day is just around the corner. I think most of my Irish that I have found are only Scotch-Irish (the term of Scotch-Irish was invented in America).

For instance, the CRAIG ancestors on my paternal side of the family that married into the WARWICKs. Some of the CRAIGs were born in Ulster, Donegal, Ireland, BUT . . . their ancestors were from Scotland. I am still trying to verify some of these CRAIG's, and have listed the lineage that I have come up with so far.

* William Craig (1662 - 1744), 8th great grandfather
* William Alexander Craig (1685 - 1759), Son of William Craig
* Robert Thomas Craig (1712 - 1788), born in Ulster, * Donegal, Ireland, Son of William Alexander Craig
* Robert CRAIG (1741 - 1804), born in Augusta, Virginia, Son of Robert Thomas Craig
* Nancy Agnes CRAIG (1776 - ) born in Green Bank, Pocahontas county, Virginia, Daughter of Robert Craig
* Robert Craig WARWICK (1801 - 1845), Son of Nancy Agnes Craig
* William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Robert Craig Warwick
* John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig Warwick
* Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert Warwick
* Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella Warwick
* Linda Kay MCGILL, daughter of Gene M McGill

The Surname CRAIG

The surname of CRAIG is a local name, meaning "at the craig" from residence thereby. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land and indicated where he actually lived. As the name appears in early Scots records in many parts of the country it must have originated from more than one locality.

The surname is very numerous in Counties Antrim, Derry and Tyrone. In the 15th century there were three families "of that Ilk." Johannes del Crag witnessed a charter by William the Lion. John of the Craig "with his band of 300" played a decisive part in the Battle of Culblean on 30th November 1335.

Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God, however much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. Among the humbler classes of European society, and especially among illiterate people, individuals were willing to accept the mistakes of officials, clerks and priests as officially bestowing a new version of their surname, just as they had meekly accepted the surname they had been born with.

In North America, the linguistic problems confronting immigration officials at Ellis Island in the 19th century were legendary as a prolific source of Anglicization.

A notable member of the name was John Craig (1512-1600) the Scottish reformer. He lost his father at Flodden in 1514. He was educated at St. Andrews, he joined the Dominicans there but fell under the suspician of heresy, and after a brief imprisonment in 1536, he went to Rome. He gained admission to the Dominican convent at Bologna.

Sir Thomas Craig of Riccarton born in 1538, was the Scottish writer of feudal law. In 1573 he was appointed justice-depute of Scotland and in 1573 of Edinburgh. The arms for Craig were registered in Riccarton, Scotland 1818. The associated arms are to be found in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory 1884. Ulster King of Arms 1884.

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days of 1920's

Vol 13, Iss 4 Bayfield, Colorado - This week we are going to share a photo that I believe was taken in the 1920's (maybe mid to late 1920's), in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma at the old Presbytarian church that stood on the Northeast corner of Seventh & Church Street. My Dad, Gene McGill, is the young boy standing on the left end, frontrow. Does anyone recognize any of the other young children in this photo and the teachers?

We venture this week into the late 19th century memories of Oklahoma and Indian Territories with excerpts taken from the Langston City Herald, Langston City, O. T., dated October 5, 1895. Was there really Gold found in the Wichita mountains of the Wildlife Refuge located in the southwest part of Oklahoma?

Here is some 1895 information about the Woods County Fair, in Northwest Oklahoma Territory, October 1895, "At the Woods county fair it was decided that Minnie Reaves is the handsomest girl in Woods county under 12 years of age."

Anyone have any ancestors who might have known and/or remembered Minnie Reaves, who was 12 years old in 1895? Minnie would have been around the same age, if not a year younger than my grandmother, Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. Grandmother Constance McGill was born October 10, 1882 and died in 1968.

Back to 1895 ... You can also read a short paragraph about the notorious outlaws, "White Horse Doolin" and "Zip Wyatt." Zip Wyatt was also known as "Dick Yeager" and "Wild Charlie," the most notorious outlaw in the Territory of Oklahoma. Nathaniel Wyatt acquired the nickname "Zip" from a man who lived near Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Back in October, 1895, there were some Kingfisher county people still prowling around in the Wichita mountains "camping" until they could come back with the black sand. What was the "Black Sand" and the Gold Fever in the Wichita mountains?

According to Oklahoma Gold Prospecting / Panning Treasure, "Prospectors say the hills near Turner Falls have gold deposits from the days when glaciers cut through the landscape and left the gold behind. Since Coronado's explorations for the Seven Cities of Cibola in the 1500s, gold has been sought after in Oklahoma. The Wichita mountains in SW Oklahoma are filled with tales of lost treasure and small fortunes being made. Even in the 1700s, Mexican miners, following earlier explorer's footsteps, still traveled from Santa Fe to mine an area known as Devil's Canyon next to Soldier's Peak. During the height of the Indian Wars in the 1870s, cavalry troopers from Fort Sill had more problems with illegal miners trying to get in to the state than they probably ever did with Native Americans fighting just to keep their land."

I found this link on Google Books when I did a search for "black sand" and "wichita mountains": The Historical Atlas of Oklahoma by Charles Robert Goins, Danney Goble, James H. Anderson, John Wesley Morris. Scroll down to page 25 to see the historical atlas of Oklahoma.

Remember when "Girls in bloomers" would play ball at the Payne county fair?

Remember when "A prairie fire" eight miles wide swept across Garfield county the last week of September, 1895?

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NW Okie's R & R - The Good Old Days & Sayings

Vol 13, Iss 3 Bayfield, CO - This week's old photo dates back to 29 December 1922, showing Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill, William J. McGill and their two sons, Gene (front row, in front of William McGill) and Robert (standing with his bike next to Constance). Constance and William Mcgill and family appear to be standing in their backyard in Alva, Woods county, Oklahoma. Does anyone recognize the two-story home across the street? Is it still there today?

Gene seems to have a rope loosely hanging around his neck and attached to something. What is it?

Have you ever wondered where some of the old saying began? Where did the saying come from that states, "Okay, but it will cost you an arm and a leg."? Does this date back to the old days when paintings, portraits were done to capture a likeness instead of photography?

Roy in Perry reported last Sunday, January 9, 2011, that Oklahoma had it's first snow and a cold front came through.

Was this what caused the newly elected Governor to miss state that she would "offend" instead of "defend" the Oklahoma state laws? Did they have to redo the governor's swearing in on the steps of the capitol, in Oklahoma City?

Our temperatures in Southwest Colorado have reached 45 degrees this Monday afternoon. They say some winter storms might come through by mid-week. Hope it brings snow!

We are looking for other old sayings and idioms! If you know of some old idioms that you would like to share and tell us where they originated, we would love to hear from you.

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NW Okie's Ramblings

Vol 12, Iss 37 Alva, Oklahoma - Where has the month of September gone. I know it is only reaching mid-way, but why do the days past so quickly?

Only a little over a week plus a few days until Northwestern OSU has their Fall Homecoming 2010. How many homecoming does this make for NWOSU (a.k.a NTN, NSTC, NSC)? 1899? I have lost track, but know that I have run across the first homecoming somewhere in my notes and research. Maybe someone out there reading this could enlighten all us Northwest Oklahomans.

In less than two weeks we will be stomp, clapping to the school bands marching around the Alva downtown square. The YouTube video was taken 1 November 2008 of the marching bands.

According to our research on Northwestern, in Volume II, Issue 81, dated 21 October 2000, titled "A Homecoming Mystery Bands, Floats & Celebrations," a celebration with floats in a great parade was being planned as far back as 1 July 1899. Was this the first homecoming? July 1, 1899 -- The work on the building of the famous Castle on the Hill had so advanced that a committee began the preparations for laying the corner stone under the main tower in front. The program consisted of the usual ceremonies, led by the Masons. Governor Barnes and several other territorial officers, and Grand Master E. M. Bamford were present. President Ament introduced Governor Barnes as the first speaker. He was followed by Judge McAtee, S. L. Johnson and Hon. Temple Houston.

The following is a list of articles that were placed within the corner stone -- Roll of officers and members of the grand lodge and local lodge A. F. & A. M.; same of the Alva Commercial Club; same of the legislature 1897; copies of the Alva Pioneer, Courier, Review and Cleo Cheiftain; copy of program of the day's exercises and names of President Ament, Miss Bosworth and Mrs. DeLisle.

The day was one of general celebration, the businesses of the town being represented by floats in a great parade. The crowd present was guessed at 4000 to 6000. Some More Normal History can be found on our website at this link Northwestern Normal School, 1895-1935 - beginning & conception

Barry Kelsey remembers, "We used to call it Northwestern State Teachers College. When my Grandfather went there it was called something like Northwestern Normal School."

Monet Monfort Lion says, "Yes, I believe it started out as Northwestern Normal School. I have many photos of The Castle on the Hill and a painted plate depiction made for Monfort Drug Store's China department! Rod reminds us that, "The original title of the institution was Northwestern Territorial Normal School, founded in 1897, 10 years before Oklahoma's statehood."

Marvin Henry says, "There are probably others who remember attending NSC while still in elementary school and jr high school. During the time Washington School was being rebuilt, about 1945, my 3rd grade class was held in the upstairs, first room on the left in what was known as Horace Mann building, now the education building. Junior High, 7th & 8th grade was on the second floor of the Horace Mann building. Industrial Arts (Shop for the boys) ground floor and Home Ec (girls) second floor of the Fine Arts building."

Off the subject of NWOSU and onto our family genealogy that I have at - Wagner genealogy, the subscription runs out around October 10, 2010, and I have decided not to renew that genealogy site. BUT it will not be a loss, because I have that information over at my family genealogy for the Warwick, McGill, Paris, Conover, Hurt and Wagner families.

Until November 21, 2010 our Paris-McGill-Warwick family genealogy will still be up for awhile at MyHeritage for the Paris-Conover-Hurt-Warwick-Gwin-McGill-Wagner Family. I may or may not renew this site in November, 2010, because a more updated version is over at my genealogy site. We shall see!

David, the two Pugs and myself are going to try to make it back for Northwestern's Homecoming. While there we need to check out our new little 2010 filly, black and white paint horse that grazes with her momma paint horse at Clark's East Farm, in Alfalfa County, Oklahoma. I hear it is a beauty!

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Immigrants Make Up America

Vol 12, Iss 27 America - With the talk of Independence Day, and this being the day after the 4th of July 2010, We ask you, "Aren't we all immigrants or Descendants of Immigrants?"

America is a land of immigrants and Native Americans. What would America be today if immigrants from all ver the world had not set foot on the eastern shores of the 13th Colonies, pushing the Native Americans westward onto reservations. Killing and slaughtering their buffalo beyond extinction?

What part did my migrating ancestors play in the westward movement of the Native Americans? I did some searching back through my family genealogy to figure out where each of my ancestral immigrants came.

We start with our paternal ancestors. The Warwick ancestors were English. The Gwyn/Gwin/Guinn were from Wales. The Hull/Hohl ancestors came from Rhineland Palatinate (Rheinland-Pfalz), Germany. The McGill's were Scottish from Scotland, migrating to Ireland and finally making their way to the America's.

Our maternal ancestors were the Conover (VanKouwenhoven), Dutch and settling in New Amsterdam (also known as New York, Flatlands). The Paris/Parris were English. The Hurt/Hurtosci were from Czechoslovakia (Bohemia), known also as Austria-Hungary. That brings us to our Great Grandmother, Anna Wallman (1863-1902), who married our Great Grandfather, Joseph P. Hurt, who migrated from Czechoslovakia around 1876. I do not know much about her because she died at the young age of 39 when she was struck by lightning in 1902.

I always thought that our Wallman ancestors were also from Czechoslovakia, but I found a 1880 U.S. Census that shows an Anna Wallman (born 1863, Russia) the daughter of Jacob Wallman (born 1833, Russia) and Maria (born in Russia). Could this be another Anna Wallman or could it be my Great Grandmother Anna Wallman Hurt?

The 1900 US Federal Census shows Joseph P, and Anna Wallman Hurt (born in Bohemia) and their family living in Bishop, Woods, Oklahoma Territory.

Great Grandmother Anna Wallman arrived in the USA around 1876 or 1877 through Bremen, Germany. At the young age of 16, Anna married Joseph P. Hurt, in Nebraska, about 1879. As I said earlier, Anna Wallman Hurt died in 1902, in Bishop, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, at age 39 when she was struck by lightning. She is buried in the Hurt family cemetery, on the Martin property, North of Chester and West of the Orion Cemetery.

That brings us to my husbands ancestors, which includes Wagner's from Germany.

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George Nickel Family Restoration Continues

Vol 11, Iss 45 Is this photo on the left part of the Nickels family? Notice at the top of the photo lightly, faded and scrawled in pencil is the name "Simple Nickols." Did someone just misspell the name "Nickels?"Could "Simple" be the "S" in Lena's name? Was my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill) friends of this "Simple Nickols?" Why was this photo amongst my grandmother's old photos? Lots of unanswered questions to unravel! Can you help us?

Here is what Mark Bellah (Email: says, "The picture of Simple Nickols that you sent is very interesting in that if you look closely the O in nickols almost looks like an E that almost closed.

Mark goes on to say, "Makes you wonder if maybe that was either Lena or Muriel. Im sure there are descendants somewhere that could fill all the blanks in if I could ever find them. Good find though, keep me posted!"

"From the research I have done George and Lena had only 1 daughter Muriel, she was born 1897 or 1898, Leona was their adopted daughter about the same age. Justine Harms was his niece that lived with them for quite a few years here and quite possibly moved with them to Ca in 1931?ish. Most records indicate they moved to Los Angeles. However, I have found a tidbit from San Francisco, also ? but no date.

"I think I have traced the death of Muriel to Franklin, Arkansas 1949, unmarried or changed her name back to Nickel. George died in Los Angeles, I believe, in 1941. I have found no info on Lena other than her middle initial is S.

"There was a story that Lena had run over a child in front of the mansion in the early 1900's resulting in his/her death that I have been researching also.
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Insight Into Grandpa McGill

Vol 11, Iss 44 We were looking through our old family photos this last week and found this old photo of our Grandpa William J. "Bill" McGill in his younger days seated on a courthouse lawn with one of his girl friends and another young couple. We can identify Grandpa without much trouble, but who are the others? AND ? Where is this courthouse and lawn?

If you look close in the photo you will see the backsides of old model-type autos with the canvas tops lined up along the side of the courthouse square.

BUT ? What courthouse? Where is it? Is it Woods county's courthouse or a courthouse in another part of Oklahoma? Kansas? Texas? Missouri?

Bill McGill & friends on courthouse lawnAt first glance, I thought the young lady with grandpa was young Constance Warwick, but I am not sure and absolute about that assumption now.

I do know that Grandpa Bill McGill went to Friends University in Kansas, around the 1904-05 era and played baseball at Minneapolis, Kansas.

We also know that the McGill ancestors came through McPherson, Kansas and settled around Pratt, Kansas before settling in Northwest Oklahoma.

Bill McGill traveled between Alva, Oklahoma Territory to Austin, Texas to play baseball with the Austin Senators around 1906 -- in 1907 he played baseball with the St. Louis Brown's, Major League.

So ? perhaps this courthouse could be anywhere from Alva in northwest Oklahoma all the way down south to Austin, Texas and East towards Missouri and North towards Kansas.

Did Grandpa have a girl in every port he passed through? He was a distinguished looking gentleman, at that!

If anyone can help us identify the others in the photo or the old courthouse, we would love to hear from you.
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Insight Into Grandma & Warwick's

Vol 11, Iss 43 With no more letters from john C. McClure, we assume that the communication of letters ceased to exist after August 1906 and Constance moved on to her next beau. Was it William J. McGill? We are not sure yet, but suspect as much.

NW Okie has been working on more of the Warwick census reports over at and updating information in NW Okie's Genealogy pages for Warwick / McGill / Paris / Wagner Family and adding old photos to the Family Photo Albums at her genealogy site.

Warwick Brothers: Peter, William N. John R. Meanwhile, while we leave you standing in the wings for more insight into Constance Estella Warwick McGill, we want to share this great old tintype photo we found of Constance's father and two of his brothers, Peter (Pete on left) and William N. Warwick (standing in back, center) and John Robert Warwick, the older brother is seated on the right.

Notice that Pete is holding in his left hand a pistol of some sort on his older brother John Robert Warwick. I love the old hats Pete and William are wearing. The old western shirt that Pete is wearing dates back to the 1880's and the civil war cavalry boots that Pete and John have on help date the photo, but not sure where the old tintype photo was taken.

John R. Warwick This is another old tintype photograph that I just adore of my great-grandfather John Robert Warwick that shows him perhaps in his early twenties. I do not know the exact date or where, but assume it was taken in the Virginia's.

John R. Warwick This other photograph is not a tintype, but is a photo mounted on cardboard and printed at McPherson, Kansas, C. Forell, Cabinet. Pete and John seemed to be dressed in their best farming duds with real cowboy boots instead of the civil war cavalry boots. You can tell John R. Warwick's hairline is reseeding and is holding an interesting looking hat in his hands. They both are sporting longer mustaches, but Pete's looks to have one of those handlebar mustaches without a pronounced, wax, curled ends like some did in those days.

Can anyone help identify/date when these photos were taken? Especially, the photo taken in McPherson, Kansas? Perhaps 1890s? What age would you suspect for Pete and John in this photo?
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Looking Back ... Early 1900 Baseball & Grandpa Bill

Vol 11, Iss 30 They were known as "Alva the Champions!" The Baseball team pictured on the left played in the Alva, Greensburg and Hopeton area around 1904.

Listed Left to Right, Front Row: George Brannan, Jess Clifton, a dog, Lynn White, Ramsey; Middle Row: A Helena boy, Frank Crowell, Wilhite; Back Row: Museller, Quinlan, Bill McGill, Rolly Wilton, Ross Frazier.

Grandpa Bill McGill was born William Jacob McGill, 29 June 1880, died 29 July 1959, Alva, Oklahoma. On 23 March 1910 he married my Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick. They divorced around the earlier 1940s and Grandpa married Blanche Miller in 1945.

Grandpa's baseball years ranged from 1902 to 1908. Beginning in 1902 & 1903, William "Bill" attended Northwestern Normal and was active in sports. By 1904, Bill was attending Friends University in Wichita, Kansas where he was considered to be a one-man track team, played football and baseball at Friends.

Around 1905 & 1906 he was pitching for the Austin Senators in the Texas Baseball League in Austin, TX. In 1907, Bill went to the Big Leagues and played with the St. Louis Browns.

In 1908, Bill was back in Oklahoma teaching school three miles north of Cherokee and in Woods County. He was also courtin' my Grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick, who was also a school teacher in Woods County, Oklahoma.
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Fairmont, Marion County, WV

Vol 11, Iss 11 We found this unknown family photo in my Grandmother's treasure chest of genealogy photos. Why Grandma Contance Warwick McGill had it ... I do not know! The backside was dark and you could barely make "Palatine" scratched into the backside. The old photograph is one of those photographs you see on cardboard type photo-backing. When did they start and end doing photographs like that?

We did a Google search for Fairmont, WV and found some history of Fairmont, Marion County, WV.

Birdseye view of Fairmont-Palatine WV WV-Fairmont Map.

Here is some of what we found and you can read the rest of it on my Facebook site: "Fairmont is a city in Marion County, West Virginia, United States. It is the county seat of Marion County[3]. Established in 1820 as Middletown, then in Monongalia County, it was chartered by the Virginia General Assembly in 1843 as Fairmont, a contraction of "Fair Mountain."

Fairmont is located in the North-Central region of the state, along West Virginia's I-79 High Tech Corridor, about 18 miles southwest of Morgantown, and about 23 miles northeast of Clarksburg.

Fairmont State University, established in 1865, is located in Fairmont. The former head of the art department of the school, Luella Mundel, was the subject of a documentary called American Inquisition by Helen Whitney. Mundel was the victim of blacklisting during the McCarthy era, and the documentary showed how the negative effects of that era reached even smalltown West Virginia. This documentary was the subject of a very famous case about the First Amendment.[5]

Marion County was created by an act of the Virginia Assembly on January 14, 1842, from parts of Harrison and Monongalia counties. The county was named in honor of General Francis Marion (1732-1795), the legendary hero of the American Revolutionary War.

Oral history indicates that in 1808 Boaz Fleming made his annual trek to Clarksburg to pay his brother's Harrison County taxes. While in Clarksburg he attended a social gathering that included Dolly Madison, his cousin. He complained to her about having to travel over a hundred miles each year from his home to pay his Monongalia County taxes and his brother's Harrison County taxes.

Dolly Madison supposedly suggested that he create his own county to save him all that travel. Six years later, Boaz Fleming circulated a petition to do precisely that, naming the proposed county Madison County, in honor of Dolly and President James Madison.

The petition failed to gain sufficient support to be presented to the Virginia General Assembly. He then focused on creating a town near his farm. In 1819, a road was built from Clarksburg to Morgantown. His farm was about halfway between the two, making a good resting point.

He laid out the town on the west side of the Monongahela River in 1819. It was incorporated on January 19, 1820 as Middletown. It is unknown if the town was called Middletown because of its location mid-way between Clarksburg and Morgantown or because Boaz Fleming's first wife, Elizabeth Hutchinson, was originally from Middletown, Delaware.

Middletown was named newly-formed Marion County's first county seat on February 18, 1842. At that time, William Haymond, Jr. suggested that the town's name be changed to Fairmont because the town had a beautiful overlook of the Monongahela River, giving it a "fair mount." The Borough of Fairmont was incorporated in 1843 by the Virginia General Assembly.

In 1838, the town of Palatine was laid out on the east side of the Monongahela River, opposite Middletown. It was settled by Germans from the Palatinate States of southwestern Germany and they named the town after their homeland. It was incorporated in 1867. In 1899, Fairmont, Palatine, and neighboring West Fairmont were merged into a single city.

In 1865, a privately-owned normal school opened in Fairmont to train teachers that would be required to fill the state legislature's mandate of having free public schools in every county. In 1867, Fairmont Normal School was accepted as one of three normal schools owned and operated by the state of West Virginia. In 1917, the school was named Fairmont State Teachers College and is currently known as Fairmont State College.

In 1793, Jacob Paulsley built a home on the east side of the Monongahela River in present-day Fairmont. At that time, most of the future city was a dense, laurel thicket.

When Middletown was formed in 1820, its initial trustees were: John S. Barns, John W. Kelley, Josiah Wolcott, John W. Polsley, Jesse Ice, Benoni Fleming and Thomas Fleming. John S. Barnes served as mayor.
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NW Okie's Warwick Connection

Vol 10, Iss 47 This is an early picture of my great great grandfather, Wm Fechtig Warwick, as a young boy.

Some have asked how I am connected to the Warwick Family. You can click on the following link to view my McGill-Warwick-Gwin-Hull genealogy.

From the Wm Jacob Warwick & Elizabeth Dunlap lineage my Warwick's flow down through the Warwick family through John Warwick & Mary Powell.

From that union we continue further through William Warwick & Nancy Agnes Craig. From there we continue our Warwick journey through Robert Craig Warwick & Esther Hull. Robert & Esther's son, Wm. Fechtig Warwick married Phoebe Anthea Pray/Prey (my great-great-grandparents).

Wm & Phoebe had a son, John Robert Warwick that married Signora Belle Gwin. My great grandparents John Robert "JR" & Signora Belle "Sigga" (Gwin) Warwick had three children: Constance Estella, Robert Lee and Wilbur (Wilbur died at 1 year of age. in Alva, M county, Oklahoma Territory).

My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick, married my grandfather, William Jacob McGill, in Alva, Oklahoma, in March, 1910. Their two sons were: Gene M. McGill & Robert Lee McGill. My father, Gene M. McGill, married Vada Paris and had four daughters: Connie, Dorthy, Linda & Amber. I am the third daughter of that union. My great grandparents, JR & Sigga Warwick, grandmother Constance Warwick McGill (in the middle, front), my father as a young boy sitting down front next to Sigga Warwick (on right) and my Uncle Bob McGill semi-hidden behind Gene are pictured in photo on the left.

Grandmother Constance is the lady in white and white hat of some sort on the front steps (in middle) of the Mountain Grove, Virginia homestead.
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Once Upon A Warwick

Vol 10, Iss 17 Once upon a time very long ago, William Fechtig Warwick was born 11 August 1822 in Augusta County, Virginia to Robert Craig & Esther (Hull) Warwick. [See WARWICK Genealogy.]

Sometime in William Fechtig Warwick's early thirties, he meet and married a young girl from the Pray (Prey) family, Phoebe Anthea Pray. Phoebe was born 3 May 1833 and died 1 May 1905.

To the union of William F. & Phoebe Anthea Warwick eleven children were born: Amelia E., born 16 July 1853; Paul McNeel, born 1856; John Robert, born 9 April 1857, Frost (Dunmore), Pocahontas County, WV; Charles Fechtig, born 31 August 1865; Amanda Gabrielle "Gabie", born 1871, marr. John Landis; James, Louisa Catherine; Nelson Pray; Peter "Pete" Hull, born 1862, in Virginia; Sallie.

From the third offspring born, John Robert Warwick, begins our journey from the Virginia countryside to Oklahoma Territory. BUT... First, the 25-year-old John Robert from Pocahontas County, WV, meets and marries a 22 year old girl from Vanderpool, VA. Signora Belle "Sigga" Gwin and John Robert Warwick were married 16 January 1882 in Harpers Ferry, WV. [See John R. Warwick's Obit]

Around nine (9) months later in Monterey, Virginia, John and Signora Belle's oldest child, Constance Estella Warwick, came into the world, 20 October 1882. About five years later a second offspring, Robert Lee, made his debute 5 November 1887, in Monterey, VA.

Sometime between the second child (1887) and the third child (1895), in 1893, John & Signora Warwick made their trek westward towards Kansas with a ten (10) year old daughter and a five (5) year old son. They settled around the Coldwater, Kansas area where John Robert Warwick was a teacher for a brief time before they settled permanently in the Cherokee Strip Outlet, known as Oklahoma Territory.

Eight years after their second child, a third child (Wilbur "William" Warwick) was born 13 October 1895, in Alva, Oklahoma Territory. John Robert "JR" & Signora "Sigga" Belle's third offspring, Wilbur, died in infancy, 26 May 1896 and is buried in the Alva Cemetery, Block 08-028-08, Woods County, Oklahoma. Wilbur's lonely little grave is located on the South & West side of the cemetery while his parents and siblings are buried on the South & East side of the Alva cemetery.

Of John & Signora's remaining two childern, Constance Estella Warwick, continued the Gwin/Warwick lineage when Constance, age 28, married William Jacob (John) "Bill" McGill, age 30, 23 March 1910, Woods County, Oklahoma.

After four years of marriage, William & Contance's oldest son, Gene M. McGill was born 27 December 1914, Alva, OK. Two years later a second son, Robert Lee McGill, was born 23 August 1916, in Alva, OK.

The marriage of William J. McGill & Constance E. Warwick lasted 30 years when they divorced and went their separate ways in 1940. Constance never remarried, but W. J. "Bill" McGill married his second wife Blanche Rankin Miller in 1945.

Bill McGill died at the age of 79 years, 7 August 1959, Alva, OK. Constance Estella Warwick McGill died 19 August 1968, two months short of her 86 birthday, in Alva, OK.

The youngest son of Bill & Constance McGill, Robert Lee McGill, was married twice, but no offsprings were born of either marriage. After serving in WWII, Robert L. McGill died of lung cancer, 21 February 1954, at the age of 37 years, in Alva, OK, while he was married to his second wife, Dr. Mariam Felicia Monfort (marr. 21 June 1950 'til Bob's death Feb. 21, 1954). Bob and is first wife, Helen Louise Soper (marr. 1 June 1944), were divorced 22 June 1948.

That brings us to the four daughters of Gene M. McGill & Vada Eileen Paris. I was the third daughter of four. My name is Linda Kay McGill Wagner (a.k. a. NW Okie). That is me on the left with Dorthy in the middle and baby Amber on the right.
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Claud Baird Poems

Vol 10, Iss 7 This week we received an email from the granddaughter of Claud Baird. We also learned a bit more about the man, Claud Baird, who wrote Patriotic and Other Poems.

While digging through some back issues of our family treasures and "OkieLegacy Ezine (Vol. 5, Iss. 12)" we found this McGill Bros' copy of Patriotic and Other Poems - written, published back in 1917 by Claud Baird.

Patriotic & Other Poems was printed by Renfrew's Record Print, Alva, Oklahoma and published, copyrighted around 1917, in Alva, Oklahoma by Claud Baird. This was supposedly his first volume published for the public. Claud Baird dedicated it to the one who had given him his greatest inspiration -- his mother.

Among the selection of poems you will find is a poem Baird wrote for the Pilgrim Bard. It is entitled... To The Pilgrim Bard - (SEE pg. 3, of the scanned pages of Baird's Patriotic Poems.)

    "Sweet Singer of the Western plains!
    I come not to disturb thy blissful melodies
    With harsh and untried meter.
    Thy fame is great, thy songs have long since
    Been sung by thy fellow pioneers....."
We don't know for sure, but that book of poems may have belonged to our Grandpa Bill McGill or Grandma Constance (Warwick) McGill. Whoever it belonged to, we wonder what paths Grandpa and Grandma passed with Claud Baird. If they personal knew each other back in the 1917 era of Northwest Oklahoma.
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Ghostly Spirits of Alva's Old Hospital

Vol 9, Iss 42 With Halloween just a few weeks, days away, we thought we would throw in some mention of possible ghostly spirits that may, may not roam the halls of the Old Alva General Hospital.

One of Alva's most famous ghostly, haunts of ghostly spirits is the Old Alva General Hospital that sets at the top of Fourteenth & Maple Street, looking East down Maple Street. Actually, it is about three blocks up the hill from my house.

Is it haunted? The old hospital, that is? How did the red spot get on the old hospital's hall black & white tiled floor? How come it keeps coming back after they clean it? What is the story of how it got there?

I don't have those answers, BUT... I do know that the old Alva hospital was built in 1932, Alva, Oklahoma. It was used as a hospital until.... I'm not sure exactly what year they built the new hospital in the South part of town, South of the University Campus.

I've never experienced any ghosts up at the old hospital, but I hear others have felt the cold, leery stares of the ghosts from the past.

I remember when I was just a young girl, say about 5 or 6 years old, and had my tonsils out. At least I think it was around that age. That's been over 50 years ago. What I do remember those infamous backless gowns that loosely tie in the back at the neck and somewhere else down the back. Instead of rolling down the hall to the surgery room on a rolling bed cart, Dr. Travis gave me a piggy back ride on his back. Of course, you probably all expected that this five year-olds tiny bare backside was showing, mooning all those we passed in the hospital hall on the way to the surgery room! BUT... being only five years old, what did I know of being embarrassed! I was just thrilled with the piggy back ride. What a treat for a five-year-old!

I another memory I have about the old hospital was around February, 1954, when my Uncle Bob McGill was in the hospital and Dad took all of us up to visit Uncle Bob in this small, dark room. That was the last time I saw my Uncle Bob McGill alive. He died shortly afterwards of lung cancer. I never really got to know my Uncle Bob, but from reading some of his old letters to family members and his WWII memorabilia that Grandma Constance McGill saved, I got a special glimpse of this good looking gentleman, WWII Major and soldier.

Another old hospital memory I have takes us back to August, 1968, when my grandmother Constance Warwick McGill died.

All these memories of visiting the old hospital to visit dying relatives seems kind of morbid, doesn't it? Are they some of those spirits souls that haunt the old hospital? Do you have any memories or heard any ghostly talk about the "Old Alva Hospital?"
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Looking Back At 2005...

Vol 7, Iss 52 January 2005 -- Tsunamis in Thailand -- ice storms in Oklahoma -- Christmas snow in Galveston TX -- snow storms in Colorado! snow started to fall Friday evening (7th of January)

Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School... Catch up on the Strickland/Horner Airport & Flying School that was located about 7-miles East of Alva, southside of the highway, in the mid-1930's. Leo and Roscoe Horner's airport (on the Strickland homestead) which celebrated the airports 3rd. birthday. It was started January 2, 1938 by Leo (Strickland) and Roscoe (Horner) with 2 brand new 40 Horsepower Piper Cubs.

By Mid-January There were reports that the approximate total snowfall accumulated over the first couple of weeks of January was 67-inches up at Vallecito, Colorado. The newspapers reported that they had to close Wolf Creek Pass SW (Colorado) due to 10-feet of snowfall.

One of our readers sent us some items that appeared in Renfrews Record, dateline - Dec. 12, 1913, Alva, Oklahoma. 2 stories written by I. T. Strickland which were published in one or more of the early day newspapers of Alva. Dateline is Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma, Friday December 12, 1913. The contents are about hunting and Indian encounters on the trip's. Also copied were several other articles in the paper on the front page. These are news items of Alva. One concerns a hearing in court of a man named Charlie Bower being held for murder in Cherokee (Oklahoma). He was being charged with murdering a man named Jay French near Ashley on the night of November.

Towards the last of January, 2005 we were searching for whatever happened to Kenneth Root. Here's the rest of the story: Kenneth Root (17 years of age in 1941). Kenneth shot a Donald Benson (22 or 23 years of age in 1941). I am assuming that this Benson worked at the Alva Flour Mill and had a sister that Kenneth was dating back then. There was this dinner at the Rose Hill School that Kenneth and Benson were at when the shooting occured. Kenneth Root was arrested by Sheriff Ken Greer and charges were filed against Root by County Attorney Bill Gruber. The presiding judge was JJ Gaiser and the defense attorney was CH Mauntel. We are told that after the trial Kenneth went free.

Ernest Martin's Fathers Legacy website and paintings touched, left impact on others... "Thank you. It has been a wonderful journey through your life and paintings. I started on the internet to find a picture of a dirt road to go in my church bulletin with the writing 'Dirt Roads' and with God's help, I found your site. Your work is wonderful and your writing made me homesick for my home town of Tarboro, North Carolina and I wanted to see my Grandmother even though she has passed away (15 yrs ago). I wish you had sketches or paintings to go with your writings. I can picture my growing up places with your words and I just want to go home! Your painting of the 'Farm' is the type of place that I would love for my 7-year-old grandson to grow up. Thank you for touching my heart and soul today. Your work has meant a lot to me."

February 2005 - Ashley Baseball Team... Beginning of February we were asking,"Whether it be derogatory or the term 'Okie' carried proudly amongst though of us who want to share, preserve our memories of this great Okie heritage that has been passed down from one generation to another."

We were searching for information on a fire in Woods County, perhaps in Cedar Twp, about 1918. Three children were believed killed in that fire (maybe others). The known names are: Melvin, Alice and Galen OSBURN. Have seen the surname as OSBORN, also. These children, along with their father George (spelled Gorge on his headstone) Harvey OSBURN, siblings Dollie, Oscar and Dazie are buried in White Horse Cemetery.

Dacoma, OK was losing a business icon with the closing of Dacoma's Cowboy Grill, in the rural community of Dacoma (Dakoma), Oklahoma. Billy and Floy Whittet are finally retiring and closing down the Cowboy Grill after 80 some years in their lives.

Dacoma (Dakoma) & Jot-em-Down Store� "Murrow's Jot-em-Down Store, Dacoma, Oklahoma "I received three photos of the old Jot-em-down Store (the original Murrow's Grocery in Dacoma, Oklahoma) from Patti Kilbourne. She 'retrieved' them with her digital camera from an album of photos owned by Billy and Floy Whittet in Dacoma - who are in the process of closing down the Whittet's Store & Cowboy Grill.

The majority of OkieLegacy readers were proud to be called "Okie"

We learned about history of the Faulkner's was taken from the "Pioneer Footprints Across Woods County", pgs 213-215, as told by Greta Faith and Opal French. Charles Fredrick Faulkner was born 7 Aug. 1864, Springville, Virginia; died 5 Apr. 1910, Alva, Oklahoma. Mattie A. Greear was born 7 July 1869, Grant, Virginia; died 23 Oct. 1944, Alva, Oklahoma. Charles and Mattie married at the GREEAR home, 18 July 1888, Grant, Virginia. Charles was a farmer and blacksmith for 5 years in Virginia. About 1893 they loaded their family of six children, father and mother into a wagon & team -- headed westward for greater opportunities and adventures. They sold their Virginia home and headed west to Taneyville, Missouri (first stop on their westward adventure).

We learned Hugh T. Donnan that had a photography studio in the Alva, Oklahoma and Kiowa, Kansas area in the late 1800s and early 1900s. We also know that Hugh Donnan married Lilla Wilhite, April 18,1899, in the home of Fanny and Frank Hatfield in Alva, Oklahoma.

We were remembering the Air Tour, June 1, 1946, in Waynoka, Oklahoma? AND... Remember the Green Cars of NYC? The Green Cars Tours started from Hotel Bartholdi, Broadway & Twenty-third Street in NYC."

March 2005 -- The OkieLegacy was reborne and merged into its interactive database with the help of our son, Michael. Enabling readers, viewers to leave comments after each feature.

This was also the year that We heard from a lady in California whose family has had two framed Sketches of John Jacob WARWICK and Mary Jane VANCE WARWICK that her husband's father had picked up at an auction. It has been hanging on their wall for 40 years or so and they are looking for some WARWICK family to sell it to.

We also learned about the Man who invented the 'Okie' term dies in California -- Named an 'honorary Okie' in 1968 - By S.E. Ruckman, Staff Writer - Posted October 27, 1997 TEMPLETON, Calif. -- Newspaper publisher Ben Reddick, credited with coining the term 'Okies' when he was a freelance writer during the Depression, died Thursday. He was 82." - SEE Ardmoreite News dated 10/27/97: The Daily Ardmoreite - dated 10/27/1997 - Headlines -- Named an 'honorary Okie' in 1968.

Alva, Oklahoma had another NEW mural in the 600 block of Barnes Avenue, in downtown Alva. It depicts the Hot Rod Days of Alva, Oklahoma. behind that building is about where McGill Bros. Swimming pool once resided. We believe now it has been filled in and no longer exist.

1938-39 Lookout (Oklahoma) Sunday School Students were identified. Thanks to Rod... we have identified all the Sunday School Students in the old Lookout, Oklahoma photo. They are: 1 - Frank Neukirch; 2. Mathesia (Knabe) Myers; 3. Mrs. Roy Carlson; 4. Kenneth Bliss; 5. Marjorie Bliss; 6 - Alfred Beagley; 7 - Earl Hackney; 8 - Ray Neukirch (brother of Frank); 9. Mary Ellen Hackney; 10. DeWayne Hodgson; 11. Beagley; 12 - Joy Neukirch (cousin of Frank and Ray); 13 - Colleen Hackney (sister of Earl); 14 - Shirley Neukirch (Joy's sister, also cousin of Colleen Hackney Nixon). Scroll down to the Mailbag Corner to click on the photo.

We saw where 2 years ago (2003) at this time that our OkieLegacy visitor counter clocked a total of 200,000 visitors. We believe our counter for December 2004 clocked in with 325,000+. As for December, 2005, we took a look at our OkieLegacy counter to find it over the 400,000 mark (436,697).

We were wondering if... this Alpha Updegraff of the Freedom and NW Oklahoma is the same "Al Updegraff" who was injured in a Bat Masterson's last shootout, April 17, 1881, Dodge City, Kansas?

April 2005 -- March went out like a "lion." Bellowing it's last few breathes of Winter Wednesday and Thursday with April on the horizon -- making it's debut on a sunny, calm Friday morning here in the valley of SW Colorado.

We learned that in 1937 (two years after the burning of the Castle on the Hill) that the small, rural community in Northwest Oklahoma gathered, organized for the Dedication of Jesse Dunn Hall that replaced the old Castle on the Hill, at Northwestern State Teachers' College, in Alva, Oklahoma. That was not the only building they were dedicating on Northwestern's campus. Across campus to the west was Horace Mann Hall. two-day dedication, Thursday, March 11 & Friday, March 12, 1937. Even the First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, made an appearance on this special dedication ceremony, 12 March 1937.

We traveled back to 1947 to take a gander at Alva's Senior Class of '47. According to The Alva Review-Courier, dated Wednesday, May 21, 1947, the frontpage headlines of the Annual Graduate Edition 1947.

Jim filled us in about the present high school (14th & Flynn Avenue) that sits on the land once occupied by the Alva Golf and Country Club. The Country Club purchased the land north of Alva for the new course sometime in the mid 1950's. The northeast corner of the old course was the corner of 13th and Flynn. The old course was sold to the Alva School District and the new building was ready for classes in the fall of 1956 (Jim said he was in the first class that graduated from that building in the Spring of 1957). Jim couldn't remember how far south the course ran, but thinks it must have been fairly close to the old hospital. The old country club building was used as the high school industrial arts building for several years.

May 2005 -- We shared some of our Uncle Bob McGill's "Old Kemper Military School Pics" that were among Uncle Bob's treasure chest AND... Kemper military days in Booneville, Missouri back in the years 1936 thru 1938.

We passed the 60th Anniversary of VE-Day (May 8, 1945) in May, 2005.

1947 - Wrecks Kill Two Collegians... Taken from The Alva Review-Courier, dated 21 May 1947 - Oklahoma City, May (UP) -- "Two college students returning home for the weekend were killed in automobile accidents last night and early today to raise Oklahoma's May traffic total above the month's record last year. ack Lyon, 20, Wichita, was killed last night when a car driven by Gilbert Valdes, 21, also of Wichita, left U.S. Highway 77 north of Perry in a driving rain and overturned. Sheriff Merl Harmon, who investigated the accident, said both men were war veterans and students at Oklahoma A. and M. college. Valdes was not injured in the accident. Albert Jackson Harris, whose wife was a local newspaper reporter until recently, was found dead in the wreckage of his automobile at 5 a.m. today. The machine had crashed into a bridge abutment on a county road norhteast of here.

Around the last week or so, we were also transcribing an old July, 1937, Alva Review Courier newspaper.

We were searching for information on a fire in Woods County, perhaps in Cedar Twp, about 1918. Three children were believed killed in that fire (maybe others). The known names are: Melvin, Alice and Galen OSBURN. Have seen the surname as OSBORN, also. These children, along with their father George (spelled Gorge on his headstone) Harvey OSBURN, siblings Dollie, Oscar and Dazie are buried in White Horse Cemetery.

Dacoma, OK was losing a business icon with the closing of Dacoma's Cowboy Grill, in the rural community of Dacoma (Dakoma), Oklahoma. Billy and Floy Whittet are finally retiring and closing down the Cowboy Grill after 80 some years in their lives.

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Among Other Things...

Vol 7, Iss 30 We received an email this week from Mario, whose grandfather (Karl Wegmann) was a German Air Force soldier in North Afrika during WWII. Karl came to Camp Alva in 1943 as a prisoner and worked in the camp kitchen. Karl was from Theilheim, near Wuerzburg, Germany and died in 1982. Mario is looking for anyone that could share stories and information concerning Karl Wegmann. Mario's Email address is listed in the Mailbag Corner. Thanks for any stories, information that you might be able to share with us and Mario.

We have also made contact with Dewey Charles Mosshart the fourth Great-grandson of D.C. Mosshart and William Dee "Doy" Julian of Alva, Oklahoma, concerning the Old Postcard of Ora F. Mosshart that was sent to our Grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill.

Hope Y'all are keeping cool during these Dog Days of Summer. It can't last much longer. Hang in there. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Jacob & Mary (VANCE) WARWICK's Sketches...

Vol 7, Iss 14 Jacob & Mary (Vance) Warwick's framed sketches have found a family home. A lady (Carolyn) in California contacted us this week. Her family is directly related to Jacob & Mary... 4th great-grandparents through Rachael Primrose WARWICK (daughter of Jacob & Mary).

Linda went back through her WARWICK's and find that Jacob & Mary Vance WARWICK were her 5th-Great Uncle & Aunt through Jacob's brother John (Linda's 5th great-grandfather). From there on down to Linda McGill Wagner it reads as such...

  • John Warwick - m. Mary POWELL (5th-Great-Grandparents)
  • William Warwick - m. Nancy Agnes CRAIG (4th-Great-Grandparents)
  • Robert Craig Warwick - m. Esther/Hester HULL (3rd-Great-Grandparents)
  • William Fechtig Warwick - m. Phoebe Anthea PRAY/PREY (2nd-Great-Grandparents)
  • John Robert Warwick - m. Signora Belle GUINN (Great-Grandparents)
  • Constance Warwick - m. Wm J. MCGILL (Grandparents)
  • Gene McGill - m. Vada PARIS (parents)
  • Gene & Vada's Daughters (Connie, Dorthy, Linda, Amber) - 1st cousin 6x removed from Rachel Primrose Warwick
  • Gene & Vada's Grandchildren
  • Gene & Vada's Great-Grandchildren
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Alva Teachers - 1907-1908

Vol 7, Iss 8 Alva Teachers 1907-08... While I was digging through some of my grandmother's old photo, I found this photograph of Alva Teachers from 1907-08 school year posed on the steps of a school in Alva. I haven't showed this to you before, have I?

From left to right, Frontrow: Estella Stull, Lulu Keith, Jessie Converse, Edna Kelley, Edith Norris, Jenny Monfort, Guy Lisk; Backrow: Connie Warwick (McGill), Mary McKelvey (McGill) Vinson, Miss Anna Stevens, Pearl Bickel, Stella Earnest, Cal Jackson, (janitor).

As to Mary McGill... Mary was married to Augustus Grant Vinson (b. 12 JAN 1866, d. 27 APR 1940); Mary McKelvey McGill b. 1 JUN 1869; d. 14 SEP 1922; Father: William Pearson McGill; Mother: Isabelle McClure Johnson. Mary is also the sister to Grandpa Wm Jacob "Bill" McGill. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Grandpa, Baseball 1904

Vol 1, Iss 5 This is what NW Okie wrote about her Grandpa Mcgill, on a Thursday, February 3, 2000, "Grandpa, Baseball 1904, etc."

The old copper shadow of Earth on the Moon was out Thursday. At a little after 10pm CST the skies cleared in time for the lunar eclipse to show it's full beauty as the shadow of the earth passed over the Full Moon when the Sun, Earth and Moon were aligned in a straight line with each other.

After watching it for some time after the total eclipse, more of the copper color came out. I wtched it through the bare tree limbs of the tree out front of my home. What a sight! Spectacular! Did you get to see it? The last Lunar Eclipse was back in 1996 and the next Lunar Eclipse will be in 2003.

I've been working off and on my Grandpa's baseball scrapbook that started at Friends University in 1904 and goes through his baseball career days with the Austin Senators and St. Louis Browns. He also played some baseball around the Alva, Greensburg area. Will also played for a Minneapolis, Kansas baseball team in 1904. He played on a team that also palyed against an Indian team called "Chilocco Indians." Has any one out there run across any information concerning this Indian team?

Starting in 1904, my Grandpa Will "Bill" McGill was a considerably handsome young man. He (No doubt) probably had a young lady in every baseball port he played. If you or some of your friends and family run across any Surnames that are familiar while reading these old 1904 Newspaper clippings of my Grandpa's, please Email me. I would love to hear from you.

Some of the Surnames you might read in "Grandpa's Baseball Legacy" are McGill, McCully, Jeffries, Rich, Jones, Thompson, Boone, Loomis, Solter, Finger, Smith, Barker, Burton, McCluggage, Brown, etc.

Some other family info about Grandpa Wm. J. "Will" or "Bill" McGill is as follows" McGill, William Jacob was born 29 June 1880, died 29 July 1959, Alva, OK. On 23 March 1910 he married my Grandmother (Warwick, Constance Estella) and they divorced around the 1940s. Around 1945 he remarried Blanche Miller.

His baseball years ranged from 1902 to 1908. Beginning in 1902 & 1903, William "Will" attended Northwestern Normal and was active in sports. By 1904, Will was attending Friends University in Wichita, Kansas. He was considered to be a One-man track team, played football and baseball at Friends.

Around 1905 & 1906 he was pitching for the Austin Senators in the South Texas league in Austin, TX. In 1907, Will went to the Big Leagues and played with the St. Louis Browns. In 1908, Will was back in Oklahoma teaching school three miles north of Cherokee and in Woods County. He was also at this time courtin' my grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick, who was also a school teacher in Woods Count, Oklahoma.

From reading through the first few pages of his "Baseball Scrapbook" (the 1904 years) Will McGill was known for his fast, curved balls and struck out many.

I will have Grandpa's 1905 and 1906 Baseball Legacy years next weekend. See you then! Enjoy the little things around you while you have the chance.
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Logan County Oklahoma & 1909 baseball

Vol 17, Iss 5 Logan Co., OK - The postcard on the left shows the Logan County High School of Guthrie, Oklahoma. This is a 1908 Penny Postcard. The 1909 photo on the right shows my Grandfather, Bill McGill, and the 1909 baseball team at Guthrie, Oklahoma. It is also a 1909 Penny Postcard that McGill sent to his sweetheart, Constance Warwick in 1909.
,br /> The following article, Oklahoma Issues Up To Voters, Sept. 15, 1907 from the St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat concerns Tuesday Territories Ballot (Sept. 17, 1907) on Charter, Prohibition and State Ticket; "Coyle Clipper Editor Was A Self Taught Man."
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Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Formation & Early Middle Period (1787-1818)

Vol 14, Iss 34 Pendleton Cty, (W) VA - As we learn more about our ancestors of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, we have found many names listed below showing up in our paternal genealogy of the Warwick/Gwin/Eckard ancestors. Especial how the Poage/Poague family married into the Warwick family. I have tried to include in parenthesis those in my ancestry tree.

Abraham Eckard's relationship to this NW Okie is as a paternal grandfather of wife of great grand aunt (Reuhama Gwin). Such as, Abraham Eckard (1791 - ), relationship to me: paternal grandfather of wife of great grand aunt; Absalom Eckard (1825 - 1898), Son of Abraham; Job E Eckard (1847 - 1911), Son of Absalom; Reuhama "Hami" GWIN (1857 - 1921), Wife of Job E.; Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871), Father of Reuhama "Hami"; Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934), Daughter of Samuel; Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of Signora Belle; Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of Constance Estella Warwick McGill; and that leads to me, Linda Kay MCGILL Wagner, daughter of Gene McGill.

Between the Early middle period of 1788-1818 we find that the county of Pendleton began its separate existence as the ninth of the counties which now constitute West Virginia. It entered upon a long career of peaceful and steady development. The Redstone insurrection of 1794 and the war of 1812 were remote from its borders.

At the close of 1787 the population of Rockingham was nearly 7000, including about 700 slaves. Two fifths of its area lying beyond the high, broad, and infertile Shenandoah Mountain, the time had come when it was too inconvenient to travel from 30 to 60 miles to reach the courthouse. Accordingly the State legislature passed an Act, December 4, 1787, for the formation of Pendleton county, Virginia.

Within the limits defined by the Act of 1787, the area of Pendleton was perhaps 850 square miles. On the east, north and west, the original boundaries had remained unaltered. On the south there had been two subsequent changes. The original boundary included the northern portion of the Crabbottom and all the rest of the present county of Highland that lies north of the watershed between the streams flowing into the Potomac and those forming the upper basin of the James. near Doe Hill the line therefore fell even northward of its present location.

The population and distribution of Pendleton inhabitants between the three valleys lived mainly along the larger watercourses with the mountains being an unbroken forest.

Seraiah Stratton house was decreed that the new county should be organized and the first term of court be held, laid about a fourth of a mile south of the Ruddle postoffice, only a few yards tot he west of the present highway, and close to a watering trough. The only present vestige of the dwelling was a mound of rocks marking the site of the chimney and from the midst of which rises a young tree. Tradition states that the court used the barn instead of the house. Whether the house or barn ws used, the charge of four dollars for the whole period of time during which the premises were used as a county seat does not look exorbitant.

The organization of the county government was described in the records as such: "Be it remembered that at the house of Seraiah Stratton, in the county of Pendleton, on the 2nd day of June and in the year of our Lord 1788, and in the 12 year of the Commonwealth, Commissions of the peace and of Oyer and Terminer, directed to Robert Davis, John Skidmore, Moses Hinkle, James Dyer (NW Okie's 5th great grand uncle), Isaac Hinkle, Robert Poage/Poague, James Skidmore, Matthew Patton, Peter Hull (NW Okie's 4th great grand uncle), James Patterson, and Jacob Hoover, Gentlemen, was produced and read and thereupon the said Robert Davis took the Oath appointed by the Act of Assembly giving assurance of fidelity to the Commonwealth, and took the Oaths of a Justice of the peace, of a Justice of the county court in Chancery, and of a Justice of Oyer and Terminer, all of which Oaths were administered to him by the said John Skidmore and Moses Hinkle. Robert Davis administered all the aforesaid Oaths to the said John Skidmore, Moses Hinkle, James Dyer, Isaac Hinkle, James Skidmore, Matthew Patton, and James Patterson."

"A commission from his excellency the Governor to Robert Davis, gent. to be high sheriff of this county during pleasure was produced by the said Robert Davis and read, thereupon together with Seraiah Stratton, Francis Evick, Roger Dyer (NW Okie's 6th great grandfather), James Davis, Isaac Hinkle, and George Dice, his securities, entered into and acknowledged two Bonds for the said Robert Davis's due and faithful performance of his office, which are ordered to be recorded. And then the said Robert Davis took the oath for giving assurance of fidelity to the commonwealth and was sworn sheriff of said county."

Of the eleven justices, Davis, Dyer and Patton were brothers-in-laws. The Hinkles were of one family, and the Skidmores were of one other, and were related to the Hinkles. It is quite probable that still other relationships existed.

The organization of the county government was perfected by the following selections: President of the court, John Skidmore; Clerk of court, Garvin Hamilton; Prosecuting Attorney, Samuel Reed; Deputy sheriffs, John Davis, and John Morral.

Overseers of the Poor, James Dyer, John Skidmore, Christian Ruleman, Ulrich Conrad, John Dunkle.

Constables, Gabriel Collett, George Dice, Jacob Gum, Johnson Phares, Isaac Powers, William Ward, George Wilkeson. County Lieutenant, James Dyer. Regimental Militia Officers: Colonel Robert Poage/Poague; Lieutenant Colonel, Peter Hull; Major Henry Fleisher.

Overseers of Roads: North Fork; (north to south) Michael Eberman, Abraham Hinkle, Isaace Hinkle, Moses Hinkle, South Branch; George Fisher, Michael Alkire, Francis Evick, Christian Pickle, Nicholas Harper, McKenny Robinson, George Nicholas, South Fork; John Wortmiller, James Dyer, Roger Dyer, Henry Swadley, Jacob Hoover, Christian Ruleman.

After building the courthouse on the lands of Francis Evick, and to hold the next court at his house, James Patterson was directed to attend the surveyor in laying out the courthouse grounds. He was also appointed jailer. To make the seat of local government more accessible, road surveys were ordered to Roger Dyer's, to brushy Fork, and to the North Fork at Joseph Bennett's.

The first grand jury met September 1, with Jacob Conrad being foreman. The other members were Michael Arbogast, Lewis Bush, Jacob Coplinger. Abraham Eckard (paternal grandfather of wife of NW Okie's great grand aunt), Nicholas Harpole, Isaac Hinkle, George Kile, Adam Lough, Robert Minniss, Frederick Propst, George Puffenbarger, Jacob Root, Joseph Skidmore, John Sumwalt, Philip Teter, and Peter Vaneman. With Hardy and Hampshire, Pendleton became a judicial district with the court sitting at "Hardy Courthouse."

Robert Davis was of a welch family that settled in North Carolina and moved to Virginia. He may have been the son of Robert Davis, an early settler of Augusta and its first constable. He settled a half mile below Brandywine, at least as early as 1764, purchasing land in that year of Matthew Patton. About this time he married Sarah, daughter of Roger Dyer and widow of Peter Hawes. His older brothers, John and William, settled also on the South Fork.

Whether John Davis was the one who was a justice of Rockingham and was appointed to let the building of its first courthouse was not really known, though. William died in 1773, and Robert was his executor. Robert was a major in the Continental army and saw active service, especially among the Indians west of the Alleghanies. He was present at the killing of Big Foot, a noted chief.

In 1779 he was commissioned Captain of militia for Rockingham, resigning in 1781. He was one of the first justices of that county, but owing to his military duties, he was not present to take his oath of office until May 25, 1779. In 1780 and 181 he was the leader if the South Fork patriots against the Tory faction. The disturbance was brought to an end by a truce he arranged with Ward and Hull. In 1784 he was recommended as coroner. In 1785 he and James Davis were the committee to view the repairs on the new Rockingham courthouse. In 1786 he became sheriff of Rockingham, and held this office until he became the first sheriff of Pendleton. He was again sheriff in 1804, and served his county as member of the house of delegates in 1793-94. He was a justice of the peace from 1778 until his death in 1818 at an advanced age. he was frequently called upon in the settlement of estates and in other matters of public business, thus indicating a high degree of practical judgment. he was one of the substantial residents on the South Fork. On his land stood with one exception the first mill in that valley and probably the very first schoolhouse.

Matthew Patton was one of the very first members of the Dyer Settlement, and after the murder of Roger Dyer he became a leading citizen of the Pendleton territory. he was commissioned a justice of the peace, August 19, 1761, and for a number of years he took the lists of tithables for this portion of Augusta.

James Dyer, brother-in-law to Patton, has been elsewhere mentioned. he was a prominent and well-to-do citizen, and much concerned in the public affairs of the county. The Skidmores of the South branch were enterprising citizens and large landholders. Captian John Skidmore had a military career in the Indian wars and doubtless also in the Revolution. He was wounded in the battle of Point Pleasant, and is said on one occasion to have killed an Indian in single combat.

Moses and Isaac Hinkle, cousins to Captain Skidmore, were progressive and energetic and of more than usual ability. Isaac was a sheriff of Rockingham a little prior to 1783. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Pendleton County, (West) Virginia - Pendleton Under Rockingham

Vol 14, Iss 32 Pendleton Cty, VA - This week as we continue our journey of Pendleton county, (West) Virginia, as written by Oren Frederick Morton around 1912, we learn that Augusta county has been a mother of counties in Virginia. It was the spread of the population and the increasing inconvenience of attending court that caused one county after another to be lopped off.

In 1777 Rockingham was created with its first court meeting 17 April 1778 at the house of Daniel Smith, which was two miles north from where Harrisonburg stands. But the town of Harrisonburg did not begin its existence until two years later. Harrisonburg was named after the a prominent family of the early days.

John Smith, father of Daniel, came from England as an officer in the French and Indian war. John Smith was compelled to surrender a fort at Pattonsburg in Botetourt county. His French and Indian captors being angered that he had held them off with a very weak force, they took him to Point Pleasant, treated him with harshness and made him run the gauntlet. He was passed on to New Orleans and taken to Paris. This is where he showed a copy of the terms of surrender. John Smith was released, treated with respect, and at London was given quite an ovation. John Smith married a lady of Holland, returning to America and settling in Rockingham county, Virginia. He wished to serve in the American army and was indignant when he was adjudged too old. But he had eight sons in the service of his adopted country. Abraham being another of these. Daniel Smith, a son of Daniel, became an eminent jurist.

The new county was defined as being all of Augusta east of a line. To begin at the South Mountain, and running by Benjamin Yardley's plantation so as to strike the North River below James Bird's house; then up the said river to the mouth of Naked Creek, leaving the river a direct course so as to cross the said river at the mouth of Cunningham's Branch in the upper end of Silas W.'s land to the foot of the North Mountain; then 55 degrees west to the Alleghany Mountain and with the same to the line of Hampshire.

The Fairfax line, passing near Petersburg and Moorefield, was at first the country between Frederick and Augusta. In 1753 the western part of Frederick became the county of Hampshire. When Rockingham was created, the country line between Hampshire and the new county was moved southward nearly to the position of the north line of Pendleton.

Its definition in the legislative act read as follows: "Beginning at the north side of the North Mountain, opposite to the upper end of Sweedland Hill and running a direct course so as to strike the mouth of Seneca Creek, and the same course to be continued to the Alleghany Mountain; thence along the said mountain to the line of Hampshire."

But it was not quite all of Pendleton that formed a part of Rockingham. A strip along the southern border was still a part of Augusta, and a fringe on the opposite side was a part of Hampshire.

The men designated to comprise the first court of Rockingham, at least four were Pendletonians: John Skidmore, Robert Davis, James Dyer (NW Okie's 5th great grand uncle) and Isaac Hinkle. Skidmore and Davis were not present, being with the the army. Thomas Lewis, previously surveyor of Augusta, became the first surveyor of Rockingham. The population appeared to have been rather less than 5000, about a fourth being in the Pendleton section. There was neither a tavern o=nor a wagon in the new county. The act creating Rockingham provided that its voters should elect 1 May 1778, twelve able and discreet persons to form a vestry.

By this time America was in the midst of the Revolution and the infant county had to deal with the grave problems interwoven with the questions of enlistment and finance.

It was in October, 1778, that some counties had not raised the quota of soldiers required by an act of the preceding year. The state now called for 2216 men for the Continental service. Each soldier was to have a bounty of $300 if enlisting for eighteen months, and $400 if enlisting for three years. He was also to receive clothing and a Continental land bounty. In May of 1779, 10 battalions of 500 men each were ordered, a bounty of $50 being offered. Two of these battalions were for service on the frontier. In October of 1780, the quota for Rockingham was 49 men out of a levy of 3000. The same Act of Assembly offered a bounty of $8000 for an enlistment of three years, and $12,000 for an enlistment of drink the continuance of the war. The man serving to the close was to have his choice of these two additional rewards. It was May, 1781, a bounty of $10,000 was promised, to be paid when the soldier was sworn in.

Six months afterwards the army of Cornwallis was added to the 1000 prisoners the state was feeding at Winchester, and the long war was practically at an end. It had never been popular wight he English people, and even before the surrender at Yorktown, William Pitt, spoke in the British Parliament, pronouncing the struggle the most accursed, wicked, barbarous, cruel, unnatural, unjust and diabolical of wars.

In 1781 the poll tax was $40, and in 1781 a man taking his dinner at an ordinary could be charged the stunning price of $30, when he had eaten nothing more luxurious than corn pone, bacon, potatoes, and sauerkraut, washed down with a cup of herb tea and smug of cider.

A month after the surrender of Cornwallis, the legislature ordered paper money to be turned into the treasury by the first of October of the following year. "Worthless as a Continental Bill" became a byword for many years.

The county was hard put to raise enough revenue for the public needs. In 1779 something had to be done for the families of indigent soldiers. In 1781 and 1782 the sheriff was ordered to collect a tax of one shilling on every glass window. A tax of two percent in specie was levied on all property. It was permitted to make payment in tobacco, hemp, bacon, four or deerskin.

As to the royalism in the Pendleton section of Rockingham, the recorded information gives only a partial glimpse, and for the rest of the story we have to depend on the recollections that have come down to us through the space of a hundred and thirty years. The trouble was evidently most acute in the later years of the war. The American cause was then hanging in the balance, taxation, as we have seen was very high, and very hard to meet, and the depreciated paper currency was causing great hardship. The disaffection in Pendleton took the form of an armed resistance that fell within the verge of domestic war. There were petty raids by the tories, but there would seem to have been little bloodshed. The only loss of life that we locate was the killing of Sebastian Hoover by a settler from Brushy Fork. The Virginia law of 1781 declared the man civilly dead who opposed by force the statute calling out the men to the public defense. The disaffected person might be exiled, and if he returned he could be executed without benefit of clergy. Free male inhabitants had to swear allegiance to the state through commissioners appointed by the county court.

In Hampshire was John Claypole, a Scotchman, who had a band of 60 to 70 men. They resisted the payment of taxes, and at their meetings they drank toasts to the health of the king and damnation to Congress. General Daniel Morgan, the hero of the Cowpens, was sent against them in the summer of 1781, and smothered the insurrection in a few days. The tories were pardoned. Claypole appealing for clemency and pleading ignorance of the real situation. There was no fighting, although one tory was accidentally shot.

Claypole had followers on the South Fork in Pendleton. One of these at Fort Seybert, who claimed his oath of allegiance was not binding, was taken to Patton's still-tub. He was doused three times in it before his German obstinacy was sufficiently soaked out to permit him to hurrah for Washington. This style of baptism does not seem to have been administered by Morgan's men, who scarcely came this far up the river. It was perhaps at the same time that a party of tories, pursued through Sweedland valley, were noticed to throw the corn pone out of their haversacks, so as to make better time with their feet.

The other center of disturbance was in the south and southwest of the county, where its memory lingers in the name of Tory Camp Run, Randolph county. Here Uriah Grady headed a band of tory refugees. The leader in this quarter was one William Ward. There were two men of this name, an older and a younger, the latter being perhaps no more than a boy at the time of the Revolution. The elder William Ward was a South Carolinian and is first mentioned in 1753. In 1763 he was a road surveyor, and in 1774 he was a soldier in the Dunmore war. In 1765 he was under sheriff of Augusta. In 1781 he was living on the Blackthorn. For tumult and sedition words he was bound over by the court of Rockingham in the sum of 1000 pounds, Andrew Erwin being his surety. The next year (1780) he was delivered up by Erwin and Ralph Loftus, another surety, was given a jury trial, fined 100 pounds, and given twenty-four hours in jail. The records at Staunton say that he was found guilty of treason in Augusta and sent to the capital for trial. Erwin was himself indicted for propagating some news tending to raise tumult and sedition in the state. John Davis, apparently a resident of the North Fork, was adjudged guilty of treason by the Rockingham court and sent up to the General Court. His bondsmen were Seraiah Stratton, William Gragg, and James Roger. In 1779 Henry Peninger was indicted for speaking disrespectful and disgraceful words of the Congress and words leading to the depreciation of the continental currency. A true bill was returned against him. His bond was fixed at 5000 pounds, and those of his sureties, Sebastian Hoover and Henry Stone, were each of half that amount. Peninger informed on one Gerard, but he himself did not appear for trial.

One Hull (possibly a distant ancestor of NW Okie) was a lieutenant of Ward's, and Robert Davis seems to have been particularly obnoxious to the tories. Visits with hostile intent were sometimes made to his vicinity, but an Eckard woman from Brushy Fork usually gave the settlement a forewarning. On one occasion, believing Davis home on furlough, the band came down to seize him, and in their disappointed vexation Hull called Mrs. Davis a damned liar. Her son John, a boy of about fourteen years, took aim at Hull, unobserved by the latter, but the mother interfered to prevent a tragedy and a burned home. The factional strife was ended by a conference between Davis and Ward held near the site of the schoolhouse. The principals were unarmed, but a neighbor of Davis posted himself near to guard against treachery.

The capture of Cornwallis in the fall of 1781 made it highly advisable for the Tories to accept the situation. It would seem that the episode was passed over lightly. At all events we find the former Tories remaining on the ground, acting as good citizens, and holding positions of trust.

In 1782 a list of claims from the furnishing of military supplies came before the Rockingham court for settlement. The claims were very numerous, though of small individual value. Many of them were from Pendleton. For registering these claims Henry Erwin was allowed 100 pounds, a good salary for that day.

In 1781 took place what seems the last Indian raid into this county. A party of redskins, led by Tim Dahmer, a white renegade, came by the Seneca trail to the house of William Gragg, who lived on the highland a mile east of Onego. Dahmer had lived with the Graggs, and held a grudge against a daughter of the family. Gragg was away from the house getting a supply of firewood, and seeing Indians at the house he kept out of danger. His mother, a feeble old lady, and with whom Dahmer had been on good terms, was taken out into the yard in her chair. The wife was also unharmed, but the daughter was scalped and the house set on fire, after which the renegade and his helpers made a prudent retreat. The girl was taken up the river, probably to the house of Philip Harper, but died of her injuries.

There was now a long period of domestic peace, broken only by the incident of the "Whiskey Insurrection of 1794." At least one company of Pendleton militia under Captain James Patterson formed a part of the army of Governor Henry Lee that marched to the Redstone district of Pennsylvania, the scene of trouble. At a Pendleton court martial sitting the same year, it was ordered that the names of the officers and privates who marched from this county to Redstone be recorded. The list does not seem to be in existence. A fine of $36 was imposed upon each of the 11 men who avoided going. In one instance the fine was remitted.

In 1782 there were three militia districts. Robert Davis commanded the company on the South Fork. Garvin Hamilton, the company on the South Branch, and Andrew Johnson was captain of the North Fork company. John Skidmore was recommended as major the same year the county was organized, but he was not commissioned. Other militia officers of the period were the following: Captains, Roger Dyer and Michael Cowger; Lieutenants, Frederick Keister and John Morral; ensigns, John Skidmore, James Skidmore, and Jacob Hevener.

Among the civil officers we find Isaac Hinkle, a deputy sheriff in 1780, and Robert Davis, commissioned sheriff, October 30, 1786. As constable we find James Davis, George Kile, George Mallow, Jacob Eberman, Samuel Skidmore and Lewis Waggoner. Thirty road overseers were appointed in 1778. Of those serving in Pendleton during the ten year period (1778-88) we have the names of George Mallow, Jacob Eberman, Samuel Skidmore, Lewis Waggoner, and James Davis. In 1779 Joseph Skidmore had charge of the roads of the middle valley to the line of Hampshire. The next year George Kile had the territory from the Coplinger ford to the Hampshire line, and George cop linger had the roads from the same ford to the Augusta line. In 1786, Pendleton, as the portion of Rockingham west of North Mountain, was made the fourth overseer of the poor district, and Robert Davis was appointed to superintend the election of the necessary official. This brings us to the establishment of Pendleton county. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Highland County Virginia - Land Ownership

Vol 14, Iss 17 Highland County, Virginia - [The photo on the left is a penny postcard sent by R. B. Doyle, Vanderpoole, Virginia, 6 September 1907, to Miss Constance Estella Warwick, received 10 September 1907, in Alva, Oklahoma.]

We have learned that the letter of the law, the unoccupied lands of colonial Virginia belonged to the king, as a personification of the state. The public domain was parceled out to private individuals in a way very much like the homestead law by which a great part of the West had been settled during the last half-century.

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Those hunting land had a tract set off by the county surveyor, and this survey being the basis on which a patent was issued after a lapse of one, two or perhaps more than a dozen years. The patent was signed by the royal governor as the king's proxy. The fees for the survey and patent were small, but the head right, without which the land seeker might not lawfully enter a selection, was dependent on his having paid his passage from Europe.

The intent of this condition appears to have been the elimination of worthless persons, so that the land might be held by men who would make desirable citizens. The patent required that a least six per cent, of the entry be reduced to tillage within a specified time. The fulfillment of this condition was in favor of the genuine settler and against the land monopolist.

The survey could be transferred and was often patented by another person. Oftentimes, the size of the entry seemed very small, considering the unlimited appearance of the public domain. But in an age of hand labor, only a small tract could be made use of by a person controlling no labor but his own.

It was thought back then that proper and expedient to grant a large body of land to an individual or a company, who in turn would put settlers upon it within a stated time. So the governor and his senate would issue an Order of Council in favor of one, but usually a number of persons, authorizing the grantee or grantees to select 30,000 acres front he public lands. This would not be taken in a single body but in choice tracts, the cull lands being left on the hands of the state.

These choice selections were then sold to actual settlers at what might seem a nominal price, but which must have seemed none to light when money was not plenty and when a little would go a great way. But when, as in the case of the Bullpasture Valley, the surveyors found settlers already on the ground, their selections might at the pleasure of the grantee be confirmed to them without purchase.

Although the homestead regulations of the colonial and early state governments were generally good, the advantage of surveying a county by a regular system, such as was afterward used in the West, was not observed, and consequently the individual survey was likely to have some complex and perhaps absurd outlines. The line ran for different persons would often interfere with one another, and the patches of cull land would be left in shapes that would throw into the shade the figures on a crazy quilt. This utter lack of system was, therefore, a fruitful source of confusion and lawsuits.

At a later date the state was less careful of the rights of the actual settler, and huge areas would be conveyed to an individual or a company, the same being held indefinitely by absentee owners to the disadvantage of the counties in which they lay. This indefensible monopoly appeared in Highland in the Hollingsworth survey on the west side of the county, and the Chambers survey on the east side.

Before the crown government passed away in 1775, all the more desirable lands in Highland had passed into individual or corporate ownership. The second-class and the cull lands were gradually absorbed, being a long while before the entire area had come under private ownership.

The crown patent, under which all lands were conveyed by the state prior to American independence, was a cobweb of finely-spun legal verbiage. It seemed to have been the intent of the lawmakers of that age to throw a mystery into the processes of law, and to render them hard of comprehension to the uninformed. It was under our independence that a much simpler method of wording deeds came into use, though.

In the list of surveys and patents and dating from before 1790, compiled front he records in the Surveyor's office of Augusta and in the Land Office of Virginia, the name of the person for whom the tract was surveyed or patented was followed first by the number of acres, by the year of the survey or grant, and then by a description of its location. Unless this was followed by a capital P (Patent), the tract was a survey. Otherwise, it was a patent granted in the same year.

The descriptions on record were often vague, and sometimes of little or no service. Owing to this circumstance, doubtless a few of the tracts mentioned are really within the limits of Bath or Pendleton, while a few thought to belong to one or the other of those counties may belong really in Highland. The original descriptions have generally been followed, and sometime it was evidently better to give a landmark of the present day. The date of patent was not in every case given. This was not always owing to a difficulty in identification. Sometimes the tract has been thrown into an inclusive survey of later date. Many of the surveys toward the end of the period were not patented until after 1790.

Abbrevations: CP for Copasture; BP for Bullpasture and BPMn for Bullpasture Mountain; Jr for Jackson's River; CB for Crabbottom; BC for Back Creek; SC forStraight Creek; br for branch or draft; n for near; mo for mouth; NF for North Fork; SF for South Fork' SB for South Branch; h'd for head; adj for adjoining; for for corner; NW for northwest, etc. "Adjoining himself" referred to a tract surveyed or patented by the person at an earlier date.

Going down through the listing I did find a few ancestral names that married into my Warwick, Gwin and Hull (Hohl) ancestry. There were the ARbogast, Carlile, Estill, Given, Gum, Hines, Lockridge, Matheny, Seybert, Slaven, Steuart, Wiley, Lightner.

My 4th Great Grandfather, David Gwin, is listed as such:

  1. (1) 48- 1780 JR - P. 1787.
  2. (2) 380 - 1780 - n. h'd of BC - P. 1786.
  3. (3) 56 - 1781 - BC, adj. Sam'l Gregory - P. 1787.
  4. (4) 100 - 1789 - JR.
  5. (5) 268 - 1789 - Dry Br. - P.

My 4th Great Grandfather, Peter Thomas Hull, III, had listings such as:
  1. (1) 97 - 1772 - h'd of JR, at Osten's Camp - P. 1773.
  2. (2) 160 - 1781 - CB, adj. himself - P.
  3. (3) 341 - 1782 - CB, adj. himself - P.
  4. (4) 198 - 1783 - CB.
  5. (5) 198 - 1783 CB.
  6. (6) 157 - 1785 Straight Fork?
  7. (7) 115 - 1785 - CB.
  8. (8) 32 1787 - h'd of N.F. on an "old path".

Peter's half-brother George was also listed along side of Peter. Peter as a popular name in my Hull ancestry with three or four Peter's to follow, before it split to an Adam and the female Hull's married into the Gwin's and Warwick's. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Highland County Virginia - Civil War 1861

Vol 14, Iss 14 Highland County, Virginia - This week we explore Highland county of Virginia and it's history and attitude of Highland people and the militia companies and the Battle of Camp Alleghany (13 December 1861, 105 acres, Pocahontas County, West Virginia) in the war of 1861 (Civil War) and how it affected Highland.

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In the presidential contest of 1860 the two great sections of the Union were arrayed against one another, each having a radical and a conservative candidate. The North presented Lincoln and Douglas. The South presented Breckenridge and Bell. Lincoln and Breckenridge represented the extremes in the four-sided contest. Only a handful of Southern men, and these in the border states, voted for Lincoln (Republican). Only a handful of Northern men, except in the small area where a fusion of the Douglas and Breckenridge followers was attempted, voted for Breckenridge. The conservative Douglas had a considerable number of votes in the South and the conservative Bell a considerable number in the North. Lincoln won the election because he was the successful candidate of the more populous section. Lincoln lacked a million votes of having a majority over the other three men.

It was the temper of the times that caused the political fight be be followed by the appeal to arms. In each section the conservative element came over to a more or less complete support of the radical, except in portions of the border states.

Highland gave a majority of more than 100 to Douglas, the Northern conservative. The vote in Highland was significant of the feeling of the people. It was Unionist from the Southern viewpoint. Secession was not in favor. Nine-tenths of the people were white, and the organization of society was more Northern than Southern.Yet the political sentiment was Southern. The river bottoms were largely held by a wealthy and influential class of slave holders. The commercial outlets were eastward, where the distinctive Southern feeling was still more pronounced. Unlike many counties west of the Alleghany, its social and industrial contact with the North was slight.

When the crisis came, in April of 1861, the people of Highland Valley followed their honest conceptions of civic duty, just as people did in all sections of the Union, both North and South. The mass of the Highland people sided with the action of their state, but there were some persons of undecided convictions. Some could not bring themselves to uphold secession and kept out of military service or went within the Federal lines.

George W. Hull was a delegate to the convention of 1861, opposed secession until President Lincoln's call on Virginia for 2,700 volunteers to help put down the revolution in the cotton states brought matters to a crisis. George Hull reluctantly, supported the measure.

George W. Hull/Hohl was a my 1st cousin 5 times removed through the following ancestors:

  1. Hannah KEISTER (1757 - 1837), Mother of George W.
  2. Frederick KEISTER (1730 - 1815), Father of Hannah Esther KEISTER (1767 - 1825) Daughter of Frederick
  3. Esther (Hester) HULL (1804 - 1853), Daughter of Esther
  4. William Fechtig WARWICK (1822 - 1902), Son of Esther (Hester)
  5. John Robert WARWICK (1857 - 1937), Son of William Fechtig
  6. Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968), Daughter of John Robert
  7. Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986), father of Linda Kay McGill Wagner.

For the May term of court all the justices were summoned, and of the 20 the following were present: John Bird, Thomas L. Brown, Cornelius Colaw, Samuel C. Eagle, William W. Fleming, William Hevener, Josiah Hiner, Felix H. Hull, Henry C. Jones, Peter H. Kinkead, Franklin McNulty, John H. Pullin, Henry Seybert, Adam C. Stephenson, David Stephenson, Edward Steuart, and Zachariah Tomlinson.

The Highland company was mustered into service at Monterey, May 18, 1861. Its officers were Felix H. Hull, Captain; J. William Myers, 1st Lieutenant; Samuel A. Gilmor, 2nd Lieutenant, and Jesse Gilmor, 3rd Lieutenant. It marched the same day to join the army under Porterfield in its advance on Grafton. It was in the skirmish at Philippi and the small battles of Laurel Hill and Rich mountains. The defeated army had to move down the Cheat to the Northwestern Turnpike, follow that road into the South Branch Valley at Petersburg. It then marched up the river, reaching Monterey July 19, 1861. In this retreat the men suffered severely from bad weather and roads, hard marches, and a lack of equipment and provisions.

It was by this time that re-enforcements reached Monterey. The Highland company was over 100 strong, but it was divided. All the men front he east of Highland were put into a separate company, styled B, with Robert H. Bradshaw, Captain; William R. Keister, 1st Lieutenant; Andrew S. T. Davis, 2nd Lieutenant; and Harrison H. Jones, Orderly sergeant. At West View, in May of the 1862, there was a reorganization, where Bradshaw being re-elected. W. R. Lyman, a cadet of the Virginia Military Institute who had acted as drillmaster and had volunteered as a private, was now elected 1st lieutenant. Jones was promoted to be 2nd Lieutenant, and William C. Kincaid became 3rd Lieutenant. After the death of Bradshaw at Port Republic, Lyman became Captain. He resigned in the early spring of 1864, and the company was thereafter commanded by its Lieutenants, Kincaid and Pullin.

The other company was designated as E. Its captain was S. A. Gilmor, later succeeded by J. C. Matheny. The Lieutenants were J. S. Gilmor, A. F. Swadley, and David Bird. The two companies were attached to the 31st Regiment, Virginia Infantry.

General Robert E. Lee took command in this section, and while in Monterey his headquarters was in the old corner house opposite the Methodist Church. He advanced to the Greenbrier, whence, September 11 and 12, he moved against General Reynolds, in position at Cheat Mountain and Elkwater. Finding the Federal position too strong he fell back after some skirmishing in which Colonel Washington was killed and some prisoners taken on each side. Some say that the orders of Lee were not properly followed. Son afterward he returned to Richmond leaving six regiments and two batteries not eh Greenbrier.

Finding transportation to the Greenbrier to difficult, Edward Johnson fell back up the Alleghany to pass on the turnpike a mile west of the Highland boundary. Here is where he established a fortified camp and went into winter quarters. Possession of this important thoroughfare was of much interest to each party.

On December 13th, guided by deserters, Milroy assailed Camp Alleghany at day break. Milroy's two columns of 900 men each failed to strike simultaneously and were repulsed and driven back after a hot engagement of eight hours. The Confederate force at this time consisted of the 25th, 31st and 52d Virginia Infantry, Hansborough's Battalion, the 12th Georgia, and the batteries of Lee and Miller; in all about 1,400 men. Four days after the battle the county clerk of Highland was ordered to remove his papers to a place of greater safety. The court protested against the use of its jail as a military prison, and orderd the commandant at Monterey to remove a Federal soldier named Thomas Carr.

The beginning of April the Army of the Northwest under Johnson consisted of 3,000 men and 12 guns. There were six regiments of infantry, the 12th Georgia, and the 25th, 31st, 44th, 52d and 58th Virginia, and a small force of cavalry. The main army was at Camp Alleghany, but there were small commands at Franklin, Crabbottom, Monterey, and Huntersville.

After the Civil War, the first county court after the close of hostilities met September 21, 1865. Eighteen members were present. During a subsequent period, ending with the restoration of local state government in 1870, many citizens were ineligible of local state government in 1870, many citizens were ineligible to office, being unable to act because of the nature of their connection with the Confederate army or government. Citizens on assuming office took the oath of allegiance to the Federal government. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

Great Uncle Robert Lee Warwick

Vol 13, Iss 34 Oklahoma - Our great uncle Robert Lee Warwick was the younger brother of our grandmother, Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill. During WW I, Robert Lee Warwick joined the Canadian Expeditionary (WW I 1919) and the C.A.C. (Coast Artillery Corp 1914). I know have written about this before in the archives of the OkieLegacy Ezine, but for those just now coming on board, I will reiterate this part of the family story.

In an old family bible we found a rather delicate, worn and taped WWI Reservists Descriptive Card; a letter from Buckingham Palace; and a Canadian Expeditionary Force Discharge certificate for R. Lee Warwick dated June 29, 1919. Robert Lee Warwick served in Canada Force Corps in France. He enlisted in the Canadian Corps, April 12th, 1917. The demobilization of the service was the reason for his discharge in Toronto, Canadian, June 29, 1919. Here is the rest of the story at Great Uncle Robert Lee Warwick & WWI.

I am still trying to verify if the pictures of the two football players and the CAC could be photos of my great uncle, Robert Lee Warwick. Robert was born November 5, 1887, Monterey, Virginia, son of John Robert and Signora Belle (Gwin) Warwick. In 1914, Robert L. Warwick enlisted in the U. S. Army where he served three years with the Coast Artillery Corp (CAC) 5th Company. He then joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Toronto, Canada and was sent to France with the Canadian Army. He served through World War I and received his discharge June 29, 1919.

Inscription on the old time football players in the photoreads as follows:

  • "Pillow Top, manufactured by The Harry M. Muller Co., Mfgs of Photo Pillow Tops, 411-413 Montrose Ave., Chicago, Ill." Agents Name - Phillips; ship by mail; town & state - San Francisco, Cal.; remarks - Zenobia satin. The football has "Pug Ugly Twins" written on it. Is the writing on the backside of photo, at the bottom "(either 104 or P04) Kanis 148 CO?" Could this "148 CO" have reference to the "148th CAC CO?"
  • The football uniforms are similar to U of Washington's 1903 uniforms and 1903 Tampa. The city and state are San Francisco, Cal.

    148th Coast Artillery Corp (CAC) 1914 In our OkieLegacy Ezine, Vol. 11, iss. 39, dated 2009-09-28, we showed a photo of the 148th Company of the Coast Artillery Corp (CAC) was in operation during WWI. The photo on the left shows a baseball team with the emblem of the 148th CAC on their shirts and equipment laying down front of the seated group of men.

    Since the photo was amongst some of our grandma's keepsakes, we assume that one of the young men was Robert Lee Warwick. BUT... Alas! We are not sure which one that is, because we have no recollection or photo to compare it with.

    Is there anyone out there that remembers the Coast Artillery Corp Company & the soldiers that fought in WWI with the Canadian/British forces?

    Robert Lee Warwick enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary forces, April 12th, 1917, serving in France. We know Robert Lee Warwick was with the C.A.C. in 1914 before he joined the Canadian Expeditionary forces. He enlisted at Fort McDowell, California, January 19th, 1914 and furloughed to the western department in Class A reserve, 18 January 1917, Fort Terry, New York. About four months later he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force under the name of "R. Lee Warwick." READ MORE. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    1949 Alva High Graduates & MORE

    Vol 13, Iss 10 Alva, Oklahoma - [The photo on the left is an old 1949 news clipping of a couple of Alva High senior graduates: Lee Denner and EJ Paris.]

    Feature #348 -- Francis Melkus gives us these Alva, Oklahoma memories, "The B & B Cafe was owned by Loraine Wright And Ruth Turner, sisters. Loraine was the head cook and Ruth was the Head waiter, she also was very Red-headed. Frankie Harth was also a waiter. My grandmother was a dishwasher there at one time. I worked next door at Blakemore's a grocery store from September 1954 until April of 1957. I then went to work at Safeway on the North side of the square. SAFEWAY was bought by Homeland. I was an assistant manager for Safeway for 9 years. I worked in Alva, Cherokee, Lubbock, Texas and in 5 locations in Amarillo, Texas. My career lasted for 46 years. I retired in June of 1999. What a ride. Thanks for letting me tell a short part of my life. - Francis R, Melkus a former OKIE"

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    Frank Schmitt & DeGeer's Land -- Alva, OK - Grandpa R. I. DeGeer... Feature #1924 Margaret says, "My name is Margaret Schmitt Snow, my dad Frank Schmitt farmed Roy DeGeer's land when I was a little. girl."

    Farry, OK & James Family Inquiry -- Feature #801 -- I am Nancy (James) Harger and I live in Freedm, Oklahoma. I am the daughter of Edwin and Joan James and my brother Gene lives in Perry. I would like all the imformation I could get on the Farry place and do have a lot from dad. I would love to get to know more of the family. My address is Nancy Harger po box 97, Freedom, OK 73842."

    Another 1864 Home Comfort Stove FOR SALE - Feature #980 -- Dalton Morgan comments, "I have the same stove and it is a 1864 model. I was wanting to know what kind of price you had on yours. I need to know something so I can sell mine. Mine is in great shape to." View/Write Comments (count 4)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Vincent Gray Warwick

    Vol 5, Iss 13 West Virginia - Vincent Gray Warwick, born February 8, 1927 -- This photo shows Vincent Gray Warwick at 10 months of age when taken on December, 1927.

    Click Photos for larger views.

    Nelson & Hazel Warwick Nelson & Hazel Warwick

    I know these Warwick's must be some sort of cousins to my grandma Constance Warwick McGill, but not quite sure at the moment where they fit in or how. I just found the photos in my grandmother's photo album the other day.
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    1935 Letter From Tesla, WV

    Vol 12, Iss 6 Recently, I have come across a November 30, 1935 letter from my Grandmother Constance Estella Warwick McGill's GWIN cousin, dated November 30, 1935, Tesla, West Virginia, and mailed to Mrs. Wm. McGill (Constance), in Alva, Oklahoma.

    It begins, "Dear Cousin Connie, Guess you will be surprised to receive a letter from one of your W. Va. cousins. I wanted to ask you about your mother.

    "Some time ago I had a letter from my son who is located near Charlottsville, Va. We had been visiting some of the folks near Vanderpool, and in some way had heard that Aunt Siggie had died a year ago (1934). I did not understand that the news of her death had come direct from you folks, so thought perhaps it was a mistake.

    "I would like to hear from you concerning her. I did not tell my dad what I had heard. Just thought I would wait until I heard from you.

    "Mother and dad are getting quite old. Both in eighty. Mother has been in a wheel chair for years, and a month ago dad fell and broke a bone in his leg. He hobbles a little on crutches, but is getting better, think he'll be all right in time.

    "My youngest brother (Walton L. Tinney) and his wife are here at home. I am here. Have been a widow for 12 years. I have 6 sons. Two married, one in Virginia and three are here. My baby is nearly 16 and I have twins 18 years old.

    "I made my first visit to Virginia last summer a year ago. Only stayed two weeks, would liked to have stayed longer but could not. Would like to hear from you. Hope you and family are well.

    Your cousin, Mrs Ethel G. Tinney, Tesla, W.Va."
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    January 1901 Castle On the Hill

    Vol 11, Iss 44 It has been awhile since I brought out this old photograph taken 22 January 1901, of the Castle On the Hill, or otherwise known as Northwestern State Normal School, in Alva, Oklahoma Territory.

    I left it as a large file so if you click on the image you might click again in your browser and zoom in on the Students and Faculty down front and help identify some of your relatives in the picture.

    I believe that Bill McGill and Constance Warwick and other relatives of the two are somewhere in the 1901 photo. See if you can find your ancestor's face.
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    1900 Census - Oklahoma Territory, Liberty Township

    Vol 11, Iss 43 The 1900 Census, Liberty Township, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, District 229, ? The 1900 Census for Liberty Township, Woods, Oklahoma Territory, Roll T623_ 1343; Enumeration District: 229., on page 6 of shows Constance E. Warwick (17), Oct. 1882, born in West Virginia living with her parents (John R. & Siggie B. Warwick) and her younger brother Robert L. (12), Nov. 1887, West Virginia, and going to school.

    1900 census, O.T. On page 5 of that same census it shows John R. Warwick's younger brother, William N. Warwick (34 years), single, and living nearby John R. & Siggie B. Warwick, in Liberty Township, Woods, Oklahoma Territory.

    Other Surnames listed in the Liberty Township area were: Miller, Baker, Venosdel, Matthews, Craft, J(?), Yohn, King, Elliott, Sims, Billings, Bevis, Snyder, Kiss, Ash Bittner, Stanberg, Ertmoed, Hemken, Watson, Avery, Mondy, Kemp, Mosshart, White, Ikeler, McGill, Johnston, Culbertson, Osboun, Hollas, Gatz, Mandy, Kiss, McKnight, Bloss, Torrey, Smithson.

    We would love to hear from other Liberty Township, Woods, Oklahoma Territory descendants.
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    Remembering September 1943

    Vol 11, Iss 38 What were you/your ancestors doing around the 12th of September 1943? NW Okie was not born yet. Not even a twinkle in my parents eye, but my older sister Dorthy was 12 days old!

    WWII had been unraveling for a few years and my Uncle Bob McGill was off being trained at Kentucky University and other military camps across the USA before he was finally shipped out, November or December, 1944 -- Bob's Timeline of WWII .

    Here are some 1943 history tidbits from the September 1943 edition of our local Northwest Oklahoma newspaper, The Alva Review Courier. It was found amongst my grandmother's stored treasures and memories of yesteryear.

    If someone out there reading this has any other memories or treasures to interject here, please send them along for us using the "HELP! NW Okie" email link in this newsletter below. It doesn't have to be about Oklahoma! Thanks!

    I'm going to jump through some of the pages and start with pg. 1, section C, Vol. XLIV, "1943 Alva Review-Courier". There was a short paragraph concerning the first school taught in the Cherokee Strip and it reads as follows, "J. W. Buckles, a young man from Harper, Kans., began a subscription school October 6, 1903, in a little building on a residential corner in Alva. This was believed to be the first school taught in the Cherokee Strip."

    Does anyone out there know where this building in the residential corner of Alva stood?

    Going to section B, front page, of that same newspaper, as you scroll down the page you run across an article about the first election of 1894, "The first election to vote bonds for waterworks in Alva was called June 14, 1894, was held on July 6, and for the sum of $13,000. However, the bonds were cancelled before any work was done."

    On that same page, at the lower righthand corner, the small headlines reads, "Hollywood's Best Brought to Alva By Three Theaters." Homer Jones was the manager of the Jones Amusement company and a native of Texas. He entered the show business at Atoka, Okla., in 1919. In 1923 he sold his interests at Atoka and entered the theater field at Kingfisher, coming to Alva in 1929. After a short time Mr. Jones bought the interest of the Momand Enterprises, co-owners of the theater businesses here at that time.

    "In July, 1923, Mr Jones built and constructed the Ritz theater which opened November 19, 1933. In the spring of 1936 he built and constructed the Ranger theater which opened December 6, 1936. The Ranger was named after the football and basketball teams at Northwestern State College."

    Today Homer's son, Johnny Jones, still operates the Rialto Theater on the north side of the square. The Ritz and the Ranger Theater no longer exist as theaters, but the buildings remain. They have seen many changes since they closed their doors. Alva is down to one theater with multiple screens today.

    Essie, Grace & ConnieContinuing on in the 1943 newspaper and on the same section is an article about Essie (McKitrick) Nall that my grandmother (Constance Warwick McGill) went to Northwestern Normal School with and continued their friendship as long as they lived.

    The article headlines read, "Mrs. Nall long active in NW Alumni Group."

    It goes on to say, "A long-time member of the Northwestern Alumni association and one of its most enthusiastic workers is Mrs. Essie (McKitrick) Nall. Mrs. Nall enrolled at the college on the day it opened, in 1898, and attended her first classes in the Congregational church before any college buildings were erected. Twice president of the Alumni association -- In 1933 and 1934 -- she is its secretary at the present time (1943). Mrs. Nall plans some day to write a history of the college."

    Did Essie (McKitrick) Nall ever write a history of the College? Has anyone out there run across this history?

    I would love to know more. Meanwhile, here is a picture of Essie Nall that appeared 12 September 1943 newspaper with the article. Also, I found a group picture of Essie (McKitrick) Nall (left), Grace Brooks (center), & Constance Warwick (right) that was taken in the early1900s. Notice the hats the three ladies are wearing.

    As we briefly scan through section D, frontpage of the newspaper, you can't help but read about the McClure Insurance & Loan Agency and how it started in 1919 at Capron, Oklahoma.

    It catches my eye, because Uncle Alvin Paris is mentioned a few lines into the article. The article tells that George McClure (graduate of Northwestern State College, 1917) moved to Alva from Capron in 1937. The McClure Loans and Insurance Agency got its start in Capron in 1919, after which Mr. McClure moved to Alva and located in the Bell Hotel building. The Bell Hotel still stands today at 5th & Barnes in downtown Alva. the only residents, the pigeons, that used to occupy the upper floors have been kicked out due to remodeling being done today by the Ryerson family.

    Anyway ... McClure took Alvin Paris (My uncle, one of my mother's older brothers) as a partner in the company. During 1943 the McClure Insurance company was located at 509 College Avenue. Mr. McClure was well known in Alva, having played basketball at the college, playing in all of the states west of the Mississippi and five east of the Mississippi. He had been a representative for the Hartford Fire Insurance Company for twenty-four years. During 1943, Miss Betty Ratzlaff was the stenographer for the company, coming to Alva from Ringwood, Oklahoma, in May of 1943.

    At the present time McClure Insurance is still in business and operated by the McClure descendants. It is located up on the southside of hwy. 64 (Oklahoma Blvd), just west of Logan street and east of Noble Street.

    Let us flip the pages back to section B, pg. 4, for a few minutes and read about the first elections and sheriff of the County.

    The first election was held 13 years before statehood (1894). H. Clay McGrath was one of the first to reach Alva on September 16, 1893, and in 1894 was elected the first sheriff of this county. Two years later he was elected to his second term in that county office. McGrath was one of the first Alvans to offer land to be used by the Normal School.

    During that first election some of the elected officials were:
    * James P. Renfrew, treasurer 1894;
    * Fred Hardy, registrar of deeds;
    * J. P. Gandy, first territorial councilman, 1894 and 1898;
    * Joseph Porter, county attorney;
    * James Walker, probate Judge;
    * W. S. Ross, county clerk;
    * W. E. Oxley, county superintendent;
    * J. H. Gilmore, county surveyor;
    * A. E. Frazier, coroner; and
    * J. W. Lappin, J. J. Bishop & A W. Stone, county commissioners.

    * L. D. Williams was the 1st trustee of Alva township, appointed in 1894 by the county commissioners and at the first election of town trustees on May 7, 1894. He was also chairman and first mayor of Alva and re-elected in 1895.

    * Other important founding fathers at the time were: J. D. Scott, John C. Roberts, S. B. Share and William Whitworth, trustees; L. H. Bougham, Jr., clerk; E. Rall, treasurer; J. D. Carwile, justice of peace; W. H. Dunkin, assessor; and Fred B. Jones, marshal.
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    Old Penny & Leather Postcards

    Vol 9, Iss 8 We re-found our old leather penny postcards with some extra information about them. It seems the leather postcards were produced between the years 1904-1908.

    There are 1906 postmarks dates on the majority of my grandma's leather postcards. There are two leather postcards that are NOT used, postmarked: Statue of Liberty postcard (shown on the left) and the Jamestown Virginia postcard.

    The other leather postcards were postmarked and were addressed to our grandma, Constance Warwick, before she married Wm. J. McGill, and sent to Alva, O.T. You can see the other leather postcards on NW Okie's Flickr site.

    What year do you suppose the Statue of Liberty and Jamestown, VA leather postcards were produced? I would say that the Jamestown card may have been produced around 1907 for the anniversary of Jamestown's founding.

    One of our readers was inquiring about a penny postcard picture of the St. Nicholas Hotel. Is it still standing?

    The last I knew, it was still standing on College Avenue, west side of the street, just north of Choctaw Street, in Alva, Oklahoma. Does anyone out there have any other information for Marvin concerning the St. Nicholas Hotel, in Alva, Oklahoma?

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    Other Tidbits

    Vol 8, Iss 38 We have had some corrections by a couple of McGill Sisters this week concerning the 1947 photo that was in last weeks newsletter. The photo was taken at the Warwick/McGill ranch house on hwy 11, north of Waynoka, Oklahoma.

    To clarify some other things... Uncle Bob McGill married Felicia Monfort in 1950; the little blond child in the middle looks to be almost 2-years and a boy. Connie Jean McGill (on left) would have been about 4-years and Dorthy McGill (on right) would have been about 3-years. AND... a reminder that Max Devine is the young boy down front. AND... Could that little blond boy and the taller girl (next to Dorthy) be related?

    We hear from those in Oklahoma that gas prices around El Reno have dropped to $2.09 for regular unleaded. Southwest Colorado gas prices in Bayfield, Colorado this week dropped another 10-cents to $2.749 earlier this week. BUT... we are still higher on our gas prices than those we have been hearing about in Oklahoma. While in Durango, Colorado this Saturday, we spotted the lowest price for regular unleaded gas going for $2.709.

    Finally!... Did anyone out there watch the OU Sooners v. Oregon Ducks college football game last weekend? That game should have been OU Sooners because of bad officiating. According to what Yahoo! Sports reported and quoted Pac-10 Commissioner, Tom Hansen, as saying, "Errors clearly were made and not corrected, and for that we apologize to the University of Oklahoma, coach Bob Stoops and his players. They played an outstanding college football game, as did Oregon, and it is regrettable that the outcome of the contest was affected by the officiating." READ MORE of that article at this link: Pac-10 suspends officials for one game - NCAAF - Yahoo! Sports.

    Do you have any thoughts or opinions you would like to share in The Dogs Blog concerning the BAD officiating in the OU v. OU college football game last weekend?
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    Shawnee Chief Cornstalk...

    Vol 6, Iss 8 Another reader sent us some information he found online concerning the Shawnee Chief Cornstalk and the Battle around Point Pleasant and Lord Dunmores battle in Virginia in the late 18th century. The reason that tidbit of information is interesting to this writer is because one of my Warwick ancestors (Jacob Warwick the 2nd) was a captain in that battle. Jacob, II and John Warwick were two of the sons of Lt. Wm Jacob Warwick. I believe I figured that Jacob, II was my 5th-Great-Uncle and John was my 5th-Great-Grandpa. My 4th-Great-Grandpa (Wm. Warwick) married Nancy Agnes Craig and they settled in Greenbriar county above Sinking Creek near the Richlands. As the lineage progresses back to this writer it is as follows... Robert Craig Warwick & Esther Hull (3rd-Great-Grandparents)- Wm. Fechtig Warwick & Phebea Anthea Pray (2nd-Great-Grandparents) - John Robert Warwick & Signora Belle Guinn (Great-Grandparents) - Constance Estella Warwick & Wm. J. McGill (Grandparents) - Gene McGill & Vada Paris (Parents) - Linda McGill & David Wagner - Michael & Robert Wagner (sons). You can find out more about the Warwick's, Point Pleasant Battle starting over at Warwick/.

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    Our Great-Grandpa, John R. Warwick

    Vol 9, Iss 30 I just love this old photo (dated January 1903) of Great-Grandpa John Warwick on the left. Great-Grandpa John Warwick is seated on the right with his brother, Pete, on the left. We are not quite sure who the gentleman standing in the background. It may have been another brother ... or friend.

    Lots of things have happened since those 100+ years that our Warwick & McGill pioneers settled here in the northwest corner of the Cherokee Strip, near Alva, Freedom and Waynoka. It all began with our Great-Grandpa, John Robert Warwick, a pioneer citizen of Woods County (M), Oklahoma Territory.

    John R. Warwick was born April 9, 1857 at Frost, Pocahontas County, West Virginia. John married Signora Belle Gwin at Harper's Ferry, West Virginia, in January 16, 1882. Three children (Constance Estelle, Robert Lee & Wilbur) were born to this union.

    As his obituary states, 'John Warwick, as known to the entire county, came from a long line of fighting stock, and was never known to be afraid. Panics, hard times, sickness, death itself could come, but he remained calm. He lived on the theory that the sun set - but that it later arose!

    John Warwick's sense of humor never failed, nor his hospitality, as no one, either Friend or outcast, ever went away hungry. Much of his determined character may have come down to him through a family trait, as revealed in an old history of West Virginia. It tells of his ancestor, Major Peter Hull who, coming from England in 1772, settled in this same valley where John Warwick later was born. Of this Major Hull, the historian wrote, 'He was of great influence, but very domineering.'

    This spirit which had run through the family for generations led him to independence of action later when he came to Kansas -- taught school at Coldwater, waiting for the opening of Oklahoma�s Cherokee Strip for settlement. John made the Run, September 16, 1893.

    As he was accustomed to the water & wood in abundance on the wooded hills & plains of West Virginia, he looked first for wood & water when looking for a homestead. He staked a claim 7 miles south of Alva, on Eagle Chief, but learning by experience that more abundance lay in the level wheat lands - he sold his wood & water farm -- bought level wheat land 5 miles south of Alva. This is where John and his wife (known to many in the Freedom area as 'Sigga') lived until 1929 when they moved to Alva. John's wife preceded him in death three years, almost to the exact time of his death, dying in November, 1934.

    John Warwick's land passed down to his daughter, Constance Estelle (Warwick) McGill - to his great-granddaughters - eventually, forming the McGill Sisters family farm Corporation which has continued in operation in the Fairvalley & Freedom area since 1982, in Northwest Oklahoma.
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    Warwick, Gwin, Hull and Eckard Relations

    Vol 16, Iss 28 Monterey, VA - I recently gathered some old family photos my Warwick, Gwin, Hohl (Hull) and Eckard relations that lived in the vicinity of Monterey, Vanderpoole and Mountain Grove, Virginia. I have put them on my Facebook page in a photo album entitled Monterey Virginia.

    Check them out below and see if any are related to your ancestors. My dad (Gene McGill) is the young boy, seated on porch, third from left. I believe it was taken in the 1920s when my grandmother (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) was doing her research for her DAR for Capt. David Gwin. Anyway . . . Grandmother got her DAR papers around 1925. Besides the Facebook album (Monterey Virginia), you can see more Warwick-Gwin photographs at Paristimes Pioneers (Warwick Album).

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    Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia

    Vol 15, Iss 3 Augusta County, VA - The Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia was extracted front he original court records of Augusta county, Virginia of 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley, Dean of the College of Law of Kentucky University, late judge of the county court of Augusta county, Virginia. It was publish by Mary S. Lockwood, honorary Vice-president general, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, and completed in three volumes, copyrighted 1912.

    We find that in 1745, all that portion of the Colony of Virginia which laid west of the Blue Ridge Mountains was erected into a county which was named Augusta. In December, 1745, the county court was organized and held its first sitting. Prior to that time it had become the refuge and abiding place of a strong body of Scotch-Iris immigrants. The bounds of the new county were limited on the north by Fairfax's Northern Neck Grant and the boundaries of Maryland and Pennsylvania to the westward of Fairfax. On the east by the Blue Ridge mountains; on the south by the Caroline line. On the west its territory embraced all the soil held by the British without limit of extent. The county court of Augusta, for twelve years, was the only curt and repository of records within that district.

    At frequent intervals, its jurisdiction was restricted by the erection of other counties as the den ads of the settlers required. Its original constitution embraced all Virginia west of the Blue Ridge, with the exception of the Northern Neck Gran, whose southern boundary was in the present county of Shenandoah, and western, through the counties of Hardy, Hampshire and northward tot he Potomac. It also included the whole of the present state of West Virginia, and a portion of the present Western pennsylvania, including Pittsburgh, which was, at times, the seat of the county court. It also included the lands on the waters of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.

    The abstracts of the original court records of Augusta county, Virginia, were compiled by Judge Lyman Chalkley, and were purchased by the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1905. The 21st Congress, NationalSociety of the DAR, held in Washington, DC, April 15-20, 1912, presented these records as a gift outright to Mrs. Mary S. Lockwood, Honorary Vice-president General, National Society of the DAR. We did a search of Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement In Virginia for some of our ancestry surnames: Gwin, Warwick, Magill, and Hull. The following, sorted by date is some that we found.

    11 February 1745
    Of interest to this NW Okie, I found mention of a Wm Magill and Thos. Stinson, dated 11 February 1745, same from North River to John Anderson's. I am assuming it had something to do with the overseers road form David Davis Mill to top mountain above Wm. King's. Do not which Wm. Magill is or how I am connected. More research is need.

    12 May 1746
    Robert Gwin was appointed Constable at head of Great Calfpasture. Road ordered from the Great Lick in the cow pasture at Col. Lewis's land to Andrew Hamiltons in Calfpasture. Andrew and George Lewis, Commanders, to mark it off. There was also mention of Edward Boyle sentenced to stacks and fined for damning the court and swearing 4 oaths in their presence.

    18 June 1746
    James Hogshead, Thomas Black, William Wright, William Guy, Robert Gwin, Charles Hays, George Anderson, Adam Miller, James Robinson, Thomas McCulloch, appointed Constables last court qualified.

    20 November 1746

    Hugh Thompson and This. Stinson appointed overseers from Wm. Thompson's to the Meeting house. Wm. McGill appointed Constable.

    28 May 1751

    Edward Davis, servant of John Gilmore of Albemarle, died at the home of James Brown, near the court house, in the town of Staunton, leaving goods and money supposed to have been stolen from Samuel Dunlop of Isle of Wight.

    31 May 1751
    Margaret, relict of Wm. McGill.

    30 November 1751
    John Madison to have made books and presses for the preservation of the books and pears of the county. John Warwick, a witness.

    2 December 1751
    James Brown asks administer of estate of Edward Davis. Benjamin Borden says administer was already granted in General court to James Dunlop; James's wife, Agnes, comes and says she would not believe Benjamin on oath and is fined 40 shillings.

    21 August 1752
    James Patton and Wm. Elliott ask counter security from Anne Dunlop, Admx. of her decd. husband. She has since married Robert Bratton. Rev. Alexander Craighead, a dissenting minister, took the oaths, subscribed the test, and the 39 articles, except what is exempted by the Act of Toleration, which is ordered to be certified. Robert Bratton in open court made oath to his deposition in favor of Margaret Woods, proving her to be the lawful wife of James Woods. Nicholas Smith, a free mulatto, has moved out of the county and left five small children, to be bound out.

    Petition, 1752, of inhabitants from Forks of Roanoke to James Neiley's Majority have to travel 25 to 30 miles to work on ye road from Reed Creek to Warwick. Petition to have road laid off into precincts. William Bryan, John Bryan, James Bryan, William Walcker, James Campbell, Alexander Ingram, Robert Bryan, Henry Brown, James Bane, William Bryan, Jr., Joseph Love.

    23 March 1753
    Sheriff to sell estate of James Gwin, who lately died in the house of James Miles.

    17th July 1753
    Inquistion on body of Nicholas Grout (Trout), 17th July 1753. Jurors do say that the said Nicholas Trout, in simplicity, without malice, playing with Peter Hull and seizing a gun in said Hull's hands and pulling its muzzle towards him she accidentally went off without any act or knowledge of the said Hull and discharged herself with a ball and two great shots into ye breast of said Trout, of which he died immediately on ye spot, and quit ye gun wherewith he same as done was entirely in fault for not keeping her bounds, but going off without force or consent. In test: Peter Scholl, Coroner; John Stevenso, Ledwick Francisco, John Mac Michel, James Bruster, Thomas Wats, Thomas Crawford, patrick Milican, John Wilson, Jacob Harman, Niclas Noll, Hennery DAly, Jacob Nicholas.

    19 January 1754
    19th January 1754, Andrew Lewis entered two 400-care tracts on petter's Creek, a branch of James River, between Adam Dickinson's and the Indian Path; 200 on Warm Spring Mountain, joining the tract formerly Hurden's; three 400-acre branches of James River, near a survey made for William Warwick, and on some of the head branches of ye Back Creek.

    March, 1754
    Kinkead vs. Lockridge - William Kinkead, an infant under the age of 21 years, son and heir-at-law of Thomas Kinkead, late of county of Augusta, by James Lockhart, his next friend. Bill filed May, 1753. Thomas Kinkead, in 1747, removed from the Province of pennsylvania with orator and Thomas's family. On 19 November 1747, Thomas bought 263 acres joining John preston, Robert Lockridge, Robert Gwin, in Augusta county. Thomas died in 1750 intestate, leaving a widow and children, of whom orator is eldest. Bond of James Lockridge, of Augusta county, with Thomas Kinkead of Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, dated 19 November 1747.

    29 April 1756
    Claims, propositions and grievances: James Beard, claim for ranging; John McClenachan, claim for going express; Robert Bratton, claim for ranging; George Wilson, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; Abraham Smith, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; Israel Christian, claim for ranging and provisions; Joseph Kenaday, claim for ranging; Patrick Lowrey, claim for ranging; George Campbell, claim for ranging; John Dickinson, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; James Dunlop, claim for ranging and provisions for his Company; Archibald Stuart, claim for ranging; John Campbell, claim for ranging.

    17 February 1762
    Ordered that Michael O'Hara, aged 12, September 11th last, be bound to Alexander Millroy. James Lettimore, servant of Alexander Stewart. john Stuart, aged 18, orphan of James Stuart, chose Joh Hamilton his guardian. Ralph Stuart, aged 15, orphan of James Stuart, chose Robert Stuart his guardian. Ordered that the following orphans be bound: William Meek to William Warwick, Mary Meek to Andrew Settleton, Martha Meek to James Walker, James Meek to William Wilson, Jane Meek to Moses Moore.

    25 March 1767
    John Warwick and John Davis (Hunter), sureties.

    18 August 1767
    John Robinson appointed surveyor of highway from his mill by the Den to the County Road leading to Warwick.

    16 March 1768
    Following orphans of Charles Whitman to be bound: Hurson Mathias Whitman, to James Gregory, to learn trade of a weaver. Catherine Whitman, to Andrew Sitlington. Jacob Whitman, to John Warwick, to learn trade of shoemaker.

    10 March 1772
    James McGill vs. John McClure - Slander. Writ, 1770. "Would hang as high as Gilderoy." John declares that Archibald Campbell, of Caroline county, is a material witness, and that as he is a single person and, from his father's declaration, he cannot get the benefit of his evidence in the usual way. Prays a commission. 10th March 1772.

    18 May 1774
    Ephraim Richardson and Wm. Martin, road surveyors from Francis Wier's, on Monongahela River, to Thorny Creek, on waters of Greenbrier. John Warwick, Richard Elliott and Ralph Stewart are exempted form working on above road until it is built. William Hadden is ordered to clear from Thorny Creek to Nap's Creek, with tithables living below him on Nap's Creek, and from Alexander Dunlap's to William Sharp's on Greenbrier. Jacob Warwick, road overseer, from William Warwick's to Back Creek, with tithables from Thomas Cartmell's up Greenbrier to the the head and down Nap's Creek to Moses Moore's.

    20 August 1776
    Christopher Warwick, servant of Joseph Bell, punished for raising a riot in the court yard.

    20 May 1777
    Mathew Wilson, recommended Captain; John Boyd, recommended Lieutenant; Samuel Weir, recommend Ensign;Michael Coger, recommend Captain, vice Capt. William Nalle, resigned; Samuel Vance, recommended Captain; Jacob Warwick, recommend Lieutenant; John Boyd, recommended Ensign.

    21 May 1778
    Jacob Warwick as First Lieutenant, David Gwinn as Second Lieutenant, Jonathan Humphreys as Ensign - recommended for appointment in Capt. Samuel Vance's Company.

    16 March 1779
    Joseph Crouch as Catain, Jacob Warwick and Slexander Maxwell as First Lieutenants, qualified.

    15 February 1780
    John Kinkead allowed certificate for 50 acres for services as a soldier in Capt. Wm Preston's Company of Rangers. major Andrew lock ridge, guardian of orphan of Robert Graham, deceased, is allowed certificate for land for Graham's services as a soldier in Capt. preston's Company, 1758. Following allowed certificates for land for military services: John Kinkead, Thomas Hicklin, Robert Gwin, Lofftus Pullin, William Black, patrick Miller, William Jackson, in Capt. Wm. preston's Company of Rangers, 1758. Wm. Kinkead, Thoms Kinkead, John Montgomery, of Capt. Lewis's Company, Boquet's Expedition, 1764. Thomas Smith, eldest son and heir-at-law of Thos. Smith, who served as a soldier in Capt. Dunlop's Company of Rangers, 1758, and also as proper heir-at-law of Wm. Elliot, who served also, granted certificates for land. Andrew McCaslin, James Gay, Anthony Johnston, appointed Constables. (?) Gay to be summoned to show cause why he doth not use his apprentice, John Harris, according to law.

    14 March 1780
    John Warwick allowed 50 acres for services as soldier in Boquet's Expedition in 1764. Samuel Erwin, of Capt. Hog's Company, 1757, allowed 50 acres. Robert Stuart, of Capt. Dickenson's Company, 1758, allowed 50 acres. John Blair, of Capt. Hog's Company, 1758, allowed 50 acres. John Kinkead appointed road surveyor from Wm. Black's to Joseph Givin's.

    21 August 1781
    Barnette Lance appointed road surveyor, vice john Gum. John Hogshead appointed road surveyor, vice John Kirk. Administer of estate of John Hogshead granted to An Hogshead. William Tate qualified Captain. Charles Cameron recommend Colonel of 2d Battalion, vice Colonel Hughart, resigned. Samuel VAnce recommended Colonel, vice John McCreery, who had resigned. William Jordain exempted from levies. Thomas Hicklin recommended Captain of the Company he formerly commanded; James Bratton in room of Capt. Kinkead, resigned; Joseph Gwin as First Lieutenant in Capt. Hicklin's Company; Joseph Day as Ensign in Capt. Poage's Company. John McKittrick was appointed Ensign in the room of Ensign Gardner of Capt. Trimble's Company, resigned. Thomas Bratton and James Hicklin qualified Captains.

    21 May 1784
    Hugh Gwin exempted from pole tax and levies on account of age and infirmities.

    March, 1786
    Ann Warwick, infant, by John Warwick, her next friend, vs. Mary Moor, daughter of Levy Moor. Case Writ, 19 July 1781.

    April, 1793
    We, the undersigned jurors for the Commonwealth of Virginia, present that Alex. Sproul did, on the 18th day of January let, in the county aforesaid, unlawfully make a forcible entry into the house and possession of George Almarode, with arms, of which he was then possessed, and does continue to keep out the said Almarode, to his hurt and damage. In witness whereof the under named jurors have hereunto set their hands and seals this 13th day of February 1792. (Signed) Francis Hull, John Summers, Robt. Morris, Robert Cooper, Samuel McCutchan, Andrew Donaldson, Thomas Boyd, John McCoskry, David Humphreys, James Cunningham, George Everts, Jacob Wehrly, John Cunningham, Robert Hanna, John McCutchan, Henry Venus, Ro. Tate, Hugh Dougherty, Henry Minger, William McCutchan, John Foulwidder, John Logan, Mexard Berryhill, James Henry.

    September, 1802 (A to G)
    Court of Rockbridge vs. Steel. - List of delinquents in county levy with the District of Hawkins Windell, Commissioner, for the year 1796: Lasty F. Ayten, Frecnhbroad; Eden Bales, Kentucky; James Bales, Kentucky; James Buckerage, Cumberland; John Cowan, Cumerland; James Curry, removed; John Collins, Holsteen; John Duff, Tennessee; Samuel Aires, Bath county; Mark Biggs, runaway; John Brown, Botetourt; Caleb Beggs, Botetourt; Jacob Collier, Pennsylvania; Samuel Corwen, Botetourt; James Caul, removed; Jesse Dolter, Augusta; Adma Dickey, dead; George Gabbert, Greenbrier; Cutlip Gannert, Augusta; James Henton, Rockingham' John Hamilton, Kentucky; Joseph Hanmin, Botetourt; James McGill, Roanoke; Jacob Oyler, Botetourt; George Rule, Botetourt; Joseph Snodgrass and Benjamin Snodgrass, Kentucky; Henry Standoff, Bath county; Anthony Watson, Tennessee; John Miller (shoemaker), runaway; Humphrey Ellis, Botetourt; Armstrong Ellis, Botetourt; william Gill, Botecourt; Jean Henry, Clinch; David Henry, Pennsylvania; John Jinkins, runaway; Mark Morris, Jr., Roanoke (Botetourt; Wm. Reid, runaway; James Sewell, Kentucky; Wm. Stuart, removed; Nicholas Lusong, Tennessee; John Varner, Botetourt; Jacob Way, runaway; Robert Shields, Tennessee. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Highland County Virginia Pioneers & Battle of Guilford

    Vol 13, Iss 16 Highland County, Virginia - The "History of Highland County Virginia", by Oren Frederic Morton, shows that our Paternal 4th Great-Grandfather, Capt. David GWIN, fought in the Battle of Guilford.

    The History of Highland County Virginia, also states this about the Augusta pioneers, "The Augustans also backed up their words with bullets. Men who at that time or later were residents of Highland served in Washington's army. They also helped to guard the western frontier against the Indian allies of the British. Highland county men under Captain David GWIN marched to the support of General Greene in 1781 and took part in the Battle of Guilford.

    There a large majority of the Virginia militia fought so well that Greene wished he could have known of it beforehand. He had reason for his doubts, because the American militia had often behaved badly in battle. But on the field of Guilford the raw Virginians helped very much in making the nominal victory of Cornwallis a crushing defeat in reality. He lost a third of his men and had to get out of North Carolina in hot haste.

    The companies raised in Augusta were expected to consist of expert riflemen. Each man was to "furnish himself with a good rifle, if to be had, otherwise with a tomahawk, common firelock, bayonet, pouch or cartouch box, and three charges of powder and ball."

    What was a "cartouch box?"

    On affidavit that the rifleman could not supply himself as above, he was to be supplied at public expense. For furnishing his equipment he was allowed a rental of one pound ($3.33) a year. His daily pay was to be 21 cents. Out of this was an allowance for "hunting shirt, pari of leggings, and binding for his hat."

    Our KINCAID Family Lineage and how it fits in to our GWIN Lineage with Captain David GWIN. See below:

    * James Kincaid (1612 - 1700) is your 8th great grandfather
    * James Kincaid V (1635 - 1700) Son of James, 7th great grandfather
    * David KINCAID (1683 - 1779) Son of James, 6th great grandfather
    * Jean Kincade (1718 - 1790) Daughter of David, 5th great grandmother
    * David (Capt.) GWIN (1742 - 1822) Son of Jean, 4th great grandfather
    * James GWIN (1774 - 1844) Son of David (Capt.), 3rd great grandfather
    * Samuel GWIN (1825 - 1871) Son of James, 2nd great grandfather
    * Signora Belle Gwin (1860 - 1934) Daughter of Samuel, great grandmother
    * Constance Estella WARWICK (1882 - 1968) Daughter of Signora Belle GWIN, grandmother
    * Gene M MCGILL (1914 - 1986) Son of Constance Estella, father
    * Linda Kay MCGILL, 3rd daughter of Gene McGill & Vada Eileen PARIS View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

    Great Grandpa Wm. Fechtig Warwick

    Vol 11, Iss 32 The picture on the left is an old photo of William Fechtig & Pheobe Anthea (Pray) Warwick, parents of John Robert (great-grandpa) and Paul (great-uncle) Warwick, of Mountain Grove, Virginia.

    William Fechtig WARWICK was born Aug 11 1822, Augusta Co, Virginia and died Dec 20 1902 (Age: 80). Phoebe Anthea Pray/Prey was born May 3, 1833, and died May 1, 1905 (age: 71).

    Their children were Amanda "Gabie", born 1871, married John Landes; George Craig; Charles Fechtig; Peter Hull; John Robert (G-Grandpa); PaulMcNeel; Amelia E; James; Louisa Catherine; Sallie; and Nelson Pray Warwick.

    You may view my McGill/Warwick genealogy by clicking on the following link showing William Fechtig Warwick Family Tree.
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    Looking Back ... Great Grandpa J. R. Warwick

    Vol 11, Iss 31 Besides being born April 9, 1857, at Frost, Pocahontas County, West Virginia, John Robert Warwick was later a pioneer citizen of Woods (M) county, Oklahoma Territory.

    John R. Warwick came from a long line of fighting stock, and he was never known to be afraid. Panics, hard times, sickness, death itself could come along during his life, but he remained calm. John Warwick lived on the theory that the sun set --but that it later arose!

    John Robert Warwick was one of a family of 11 Children, four of whom survive him. He was also raised in the Methodist faith.

    John's sense of humor never failed, nor his hospitality, as no one, either friend or outcast, ever went away hungry. Much of his determined character may have come down to him through a family trait, as revealed in an old history of West Virginia. It tells of his ancestor, Major Peter Hull who, coming from England in 1772, settled in this same valley where John Warwick later was born. Of this Major Hull the historian wrote. "He was of great influence, but very domineering."

    This spirit which had run through the family for generations led him to independence of action later when he came to Kansas and taught school at Coldwater, waiting for the opening of Oklahoma's Cherokee Strip for settlement. He "made the run" Sept. 16, 1893. As he was accustomed to the water and wood in abundance on the wooded hills and plains of West Virginia, he looked first for wood and water when looking for a homestead. He staked a claim 7 miles south of Alva, on Eagle Chief, but learning by experience that more abundance lay in the level wheat lands--he sold his wood-and-water farm and bought level wheat land 5 miles south of Alva. [also known as the 3/4 Quarters that was in dispute in Gene McGill's Trust.]

    Here is where John R. and his wife, Signora Belle Guinn Warwick lived until 1929 when they moved to Alva. John's wife preceded him in death three years, almost to the exact time of his death, dying in November, 1934. John R. Warwick loved his chewing tobacco and eventually died of cancer of his jaw.

    John Robert Warwick loved land and became a large land proprietor. He also was vice-president and director of the Hopeton State Bank, Hopeton, Oklahoma, for many years. Until the day he died John took care of his own business and managed his farms South of Alva; East of Freedom at Fairvalley; and North of Waynoka along Hwy 14.
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    1909-1910 Alva Rest Room Guestbook

    Vol 17, Iss 9 Alva, OK - Northwest Oklahoma had a community resting place in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma known as "Alva's Rest Room" where travelers, country folks and others used as a stopping off place to rest before the long journey back home.

    Some should come in town by train from other states, but most were from around Northwest Oklahoma and a few from the other parts of the State of Oklahoma.

    The Matron of the Rest Room from February, 1909 to around October, 1909 was Mrs. Thompson. Mrs. Conner took her place after Mrs. Thompson moved away. The Alva business men and the women's groups had something to do with the Alva Rest Room, giving travelers a place to rest between train depots. Also far families used it before the long journey back home.

    Few signatures found in 1909 Guestbook

    August 2, 1909 -- Notation of "Closed for painting" underneath the first couple of signatures.

    August 5, 1909 -- "Mrs. W. T. Beadles, Avard, Oklahoma finds the rest room nice. A comfortable and enjoyed a rest very much and think the city of Alva a nice place to trade."

    August 19, 1909 -- "Mrs. Hary Zacher, Dacoma, Okla. We find the rest room a great advantage over sitting on the street or walking in the hot sun and especially for children. We sincerely hope it may continue for the benefit of everyone."

    "How pleasant it is to go and rest yourself. It is very nice of the business men of Alva to furnish a rest room for the tired mother and children. - Grace Bartlett"

    August 26, 1909 -- "so thankful to the merchants of Alva for providing such a nice place to rest."

    "Mrs. L. A. Swisher, 316 S. 4th St., OK. City - This rest room of Alva is certainly a neat quiet home like place for a weary tired traveler. And the good ladies & citizens who contribute to this are to be commended for their work. Mrs. Swisher is in city a few days in interest of the Oklahoma children's Home Society. This Society has placed 350 dependent & homeless little ones in good homes. It is located at Guthrie & State wide in its work."

    Sept. 9, 1909 -- "The Rest Room is certainly a blessing to tired country folk. The instigator of the rest room proposition is certainly to be complimented on her good judgment in proposing such a refuge. - Mrs. I. T. Strickland, Ashley (Oklahoma)"

    Sept. 10, 1909 -- " Mrs. McMillen - Being strangers in Alva and our friends failed to meet the train, we were setting around on the street when the matron of the rest room came and gave us a most cordial invitation to the rest room. We were certainly glad to find such a lovely place to rest and received kindly treatment at the hands of the matron."

    Jan. 8, 1910 -- During my recent visit through southern Kansas, I found nothing that compared to our Alva Rest Room for usefulness for our country friends, much credit should be given to our few aggressive women who have labored so earnestly for its support. Also our businessmen who give so L____ly to keep it going & the matron who we always find in her place who keeps things all in fine order. -- Mrs. E. T. McKnight"

    A few years ago I found and scanned the pages of the 1909-1910 Alva Rest Room Guestbook that I found in my grandmother's (Constance Warwick McGill) family treasures. The pages were so mostly written in pencil and have become faded, but perhaps some of you can find some ancestors listed through these PDF files.

    On the last page, notice the circled name and address (Mrs. Nettie P. Self, 120 Barnes Ave., Alva, OK, phone No. 196). I do NOT know if this was a guest who signed or could it be a possible location of the Rest Room.

    Just CLICK each PDF File on the right of website, under "Guestbook PDF Files" to open and save to your computer. At first glance of the PDF files you will notice they will need to be flipped 90 degrees in your Adobe Acrobat program.

    If you know of someone or see some familiar names that others might be of interested to others, please feel free to share these files. Hope it helps someone out there locating an ancestor that passed through NW Oklahoma between 1909 and 1910.
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    1889 Capital Almanac of Miss Lucy Eckard

    Vol 16, Iss 32 Virginia - This is one of the old almanacs that belonged to Lucy Eckard that was recently sent to me by the lady who recently purchased the Old Sam Lindsay Place, five miles south of Monterey, Virginia.

    In the year 1889 my grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, would have been six years of age. Around the same age as Lucy Eckard, her cousin. Lucy would have been my first cousin twice removed. Lucy's mother, Rhuhama "Hami" Gwin Eckard, was my grandmother's older sister. They also had an older brother, Walter P. Gwin. Their parents were Samuel Gwin and Eleanor "Ellen" Dever.

    In 1889 there were five eclipses, three of the Sun, and two of the Moon. A total eclipse of the Sun, January 1, 1889 was visible to the larger portions of North America and the North Pacific Ocean, being total along a track eighty miles wide, extending from the Aluetian Islands, and running centrally through Point Arena, California; Winnemuea, Nevada; Mountain Meadows, Idaho; and terminating about Lake Winnepeg. Elsewhere it would be partial. It was invisible east of a line drawn through New York City and Ogdensburg. A partial eclipse of the Moon, January 16-17, 1889, was visible more or less to the world generally, except to Asia and Australia.

    An annular eclipse of the Sun, June 28, 1889, was visible to the southern half of Africa, extreme Southern Asia, and the Indian Ocean.

    A partial eclipse of the Moon, July 12, 1889, was invisible. It was visible to the northern half of South America and the most of Africa.

    Estimating A Storm's Distance

    Here is an interesting little tidbit we found in the 1889 almanac. It concerns estimating a storm's distance. First, observe how many seconds elapse between a flash of lightning and the thunder, multiply them by 1142, the number of feet sound travels in a second; the product will be the distance in feet. In the absence of a watch, the pulsation of the wrist may be counted as seconds, by deducting one from every 7 or 8.

    Thunder can scarcely be heard more than 20 or 30 miles from the flash that produces it. Lightning on the other hand may be seen (or at least the reflection called sheet lightning) a distance of 100 or 150 miles.

    Powers of Locomotion And Average Velocity

    This is quite interesting, as to the powers of locomotion and the average velocity, as it relates miles in hours and feet in seconds.

    • A man walks 3 miles per hour, or 4 feet per second;
    • A horse trots 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second;
    • A horse runs 20 miles per hour, or 29 feet per second;
    • Steamboat runs 18 miles per hour, or 26 feet per second;
    • Sailing vessel runs 10 miles per hour, or 14 feet per second;
    • Slow rivers flow 3 miles per hour, or 4 feet per second;
    • Rapid rivers flow 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second;
    • A moderate wind blows 7 miles per hour, or 10 feet per second;
    • A storm moves 36 miles per hour, or 52 feet per second;
    • A hurricane moves 80 miles per hour,or 117 feet per second;
    • A rifle ball moves 1,000 miles per hour, or 1,466 feet per second;
    • Sound moves 743 miles per hour, or 1142 feet per second;
    • Light moves 192,000 per second;
    • Electricity moves 288,000 miles per second.
    • Government Officials of the United States

      President Grover Cleveland,of New York; Vice-President (Vacant); Secretary of state Thomas F. Bayard, of Delaware; Secretary of Treasury Charles S. Fairchild, of New York; Secretary of War William C. Endicott, of Massachusetts; Secretary of Navy William C. Whitney, of New York; Secretary of Interior William F. Vilas, of Wisconsin; Postmaster General Don M. Dickinson, of Michigan; and Attorney General Augustus H. Garland, of Arkansas.

      The Census of United States

      The census of the United States: 1790, 3, 929,328; 1800, 5,395,923; 1810, 7,239,814; 1820, 9,638,131; 1830, 12,866,026; 1840, 17,069,453; 1850, 23,191,876; 1860, 31,443,321; 1870, 38,558,371; and 1880, 50,152,866.

      The Territories

      New Mexico, organized 1850, 121,201 Square miles; Utah, organized 1850, 84,476 square miles; Washington, organized 1853, 69,994 square miles; Dakota, organized 1861, 150,932 square miles; Arizona, organized 1863, 113,916 square miles; Idaho, organized 1863, 86,294 square miles; Montana, organized 1864, 143,776 square miles; Wyoming, organized 1868, 97,833 square miles; Indian, organized 1834, 68,991 square miles; District of Columbia, organized 1790, 64 square miles. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      2nd Great Grandmother Ellen Dever Gwin

      Vol 16, Iss 28 Virginia - Two years ago we published, The OkieLegacy, Vol 14, Iss 50, concerning information on my 2nd Great Grandmother (see photo on the left showing Eleanor "Ellen" Dever Gwin, mother to Signora Belle Gwin, my great grandmother).

      In the Rockbridge History of Virginia there is mention of John Gilmore (1700-1759), my 6th great grandfather, that was killed in an Indian raid 10 October 1759, along with four members of his family and five of the ten members of Robert Hamilton's (my 7th great grandfather) family were afterward slain. The Indians did not go any farther.

      The GILMOREs come into my family through the DEVER side of my paternal ancestry with John DEVER (1798-1862), who married Elizabeth GILMORE (1802-1882), daughter of Samuel Gilmore (1760-1848) and Eleanor BAILEY (1758-1832). Samuel Gilmore was a son of James Gilmore (1710-1782) and Martha B. DENNISON (1720-1785). James Gilmore was the son of John and Agnes A. (Hamilton) Gilmore that died in the Indian raid.

      John DEVER and Elizabeth Gilmore had a daughter, Eleanor DEVER (1834-1896), my second great grandmother, who married Samuel Gwin (1825-1871). And that brings us to Signora Belle Gwin that married John Robert Warwick (1857-1937).

      And that brings us to my paternal McGill-Warwick ancestors, where I found the following information concerning the CRAIG family: genealogical and historical notes about the CRAIGs of America, Fayette county, Ohio, which shows the Craigs and Warwick families marrying with the mention of Andrew Warwick, son of John (or William, Jr. Could this have been William John, and he used the John as his first name?) Warwick of Pocahontas county, West Virginia, married Elizabeth Anna Craig, daughter of Robert Craig 2nd, and Nancy Agnes Johnson. Do not know how accurate this information is but found some known relatives listed in these historical genealogical notes.

      If I am reading this correctly, Andrew Warwick and Nancy Agnes Johnson Warwick's third son, John Warwick Esq., resided near Edray, Pocahontas county, West Virginia, and was a prominent and influential citizen. His first wife was Hanna Hanna Moffett, only daughter of Andrew Gatewood. His second wife was Caroline Craig, youngest daughter of George E. Craig, merchant, in Hunersville, and Ruling Elder. [from Southern Historical Mag. for August, 1892, page 65.]

      It also shows that Andrew Warwick had a brother William Warwick (my 4th great grandfather), who married Nancy Craig, sister of Elizabeth (wife of Andrew). They settled on Bear Creek and were the parents of three children: Elizabeth (married Benjamin Tallman); Margaret (married John Hull); Robert Craig Warwick (my third great grandfather), who married Esther Hull and had three sons and six daughters. Robert and Esther's daughter Catherine Hidy Warwick married Major William Wallace Bird (Bird children were: Elvira Louisa, Robert Craig, John Henry, George Newton, William Lee). Other daughters were: Nancy Jane (married Jacob Lightner); Sarah Elizabeth (married Daniel Matheney); Margaret Ann (married Nelson Pray); Hanna Rebecca (married Capt. George Siple). [Part of sketch of William Warwick from History of Pocahontas county, West Virginia.] View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Grandpa Baseball Legacy 1904-1909

      Vol 15, Iss 19 Alva, Oklahoma - Wm. J. "Bill" McGill played baseball from 1904 to 1909. He started in Alva, OK and continued to Friends University and then on the the Southwest League in 1906 to play for the Austin Senators. From there he was sold for $500 in 1907 and moved up to the Major American League with the St. Louis Browns.

      Grandpa had a fast south paw pitch and pitched many no hitter games. He married in 1910 March to Constance Warwick and moved back to Alva, Oklahoma. Grandpa Bill "Parsons" McGill, minor pitching began in 1905, at age 25 Minneapolis, Kansas. In 1906, he pitched in the Southwest Texas League with the Austin Senators. His baseball legacy continued through 1907 with a season with the St. Louis Browns of St. Louis, Missouri. In 1908 he was pitching for Enid and Guthrie in the Western Association, in Oklahoma, until 1909.

      The Austin Senators were a charter member of the Texas League in 1887. They were frequently members of the Texas League from that point through 1914. Additionally, they played in the Texas-Southern League in 1896 and the South Texas League in 1906. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Historical Crystal Park Colorado

      Vol 12, Iss 52 Crystal Park, Colorado - Back in July 1909, my grandmother Constance Estella Warwick (before she married my grandpa Wm. J. McGill, march 24, 1910) traveled to Colorado Springs and toured Crystal Park and other sites around that area in Colorado.

      Because of the scrapbook Grandma kept and that I scanned and put up on my Oakiepics Webshots, I have heard the following from the Historical committee for the Crystal Park, in Colorado.

      Mike Doughty commented, "I am on the Historical Committee in Crystal Park Colorado. I found your photos of your ancestor on a burro ride to Crystal Park very interesting. We would love to get scans of these photos for our archives. Let me know if that is at all possible, please. Thank you."

      Mike Doughty ran across our OkieLegacy, Vol. 5, Iss. 12 concerning Grandma's July, 1909 Vacation in Colorado -- Constance Warwick & Friends - On the Road to Helen Hunt's Grave - 27 July 1909Did I forget to mention last week about the 1909 Vacation Photo Album that I have included on Oakie's Webshots? These were photos that my Grandmother Constance (Warwick) McGill put together of her trip to areas around Colorado Springs, Crystal Park, Helen Hunt's Grave and Seven Falls in Colorado back in 1909.

      From looking through the photos, things were rugged back then without paved roads -- mules, horse and buggy were used as their mode of travel. I love viewing the fashion of that time. They were still wearing the long, floor-length dresses, skirts. 27 July 1909 - Constance Warwick at Helen Hunt's grave. Helen Hunt was buried on the summit of Mount Jackson, Colorado (a Cheyenne peak named for her, about four miles from Colorado Springs. oakiepics webshots - 1909 - Old Family Vacation Photos - 1909 - Old Family Vacation Photos

      Here is another link to our Picasa Album concerning Grandma's 1909 trip to Colorado:

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      Insight Into GWIN's of Virginia

      Vol 12, Iss 6 The image on the left is the Federal Census for Otter, Braxton county, West Virginia; Roll 2527; Page: 1B; Enumeration District: 14; Image: 318.0.

      In the 1930 Federal Census for Braxton county, West Virginia we found another paternal relative of our GWIN ancestors -- a cousin of my Grandmother Constance Estella Warwick McGill.

      See this week's feature entitled, "1935 Letter From Tesla, WV" concerning Mrs. Ethel G. (Gwin) Tinney letter to Mrs. Wm J. McGill.

      In the 1930 Federal census, dated April 9, 1930, done by Frank Skidmore, Braxton county, Otter District, West Virginia it shows Ethel G. (Gwin) Tinney (47 years of age), married at age 22 years, widowed, living in her parents home with five of her sons, on US Route #19.

      Ethel Tinney's children living with her were at that time were John Basil (17 years); Robert W. (16 years); Twin sons, Cecil Kyle and Claron (Clarence) Keith (12 years); and Forrest Noel (10 years).

      Ethel's parents were listed as Walter Gwin, 73 years of age, born in Virginia, occupation listed as farmer, was not a veteran; married Florene H. (a.k.a. Florence K). Florene was listed as owner of the home, 75 years of age, no occupation, and born in Virginia.

      Through some research on, we found that Ethel's full name was Ethel Gertrude Gwin, born Oct. 1882, Virginia, USA, died 1965.

      Ethel Gwin married John C. (Campbell) Tinney (1881-1923) around 27 July 1905, Braxton, West Virginia. Ethel and John Tinney's children were:

      * Clarence (Claron) Keith Tinney (1917-2005)
      * Cecil Kyle Tinney (1917-)
      * Forrest Noel Tinney (1920-2003)
      * John Basil Tinney (1913-1982)
      * Paul Noble Tinney (1906-1906)
      * Russell Lee Tinney (1907-1972)

      More Federal census research on helped us find that Walter P. and Florence K. Gwin's children were:

      * Cecil E. (1879-)
      * Ethel Gertrude (1882-1965)
      * Helen M. (1884-)
      * Walton L. (1888-)

      Walter P. and Signora Belle GWIN were brother and sister with Signora (a.k.a. Sigga B.) the youngest of three siblings. Their parents were Samuel and Ellen (DEVER) GWIN, married in 1854, had the following children:

      * Walter P. (1856-)
      * Rhenhama (a.k.a. Ruhama) (1858-)
      * Signora Belle (1860-1934)

      I just love the name of Great Grandmother Signora Belle and her older sister, Rhenhama (a.k.a. Ruhama). Where did the name Rhenhama or Ruhama originate? I know the GWIN's were Welsh from Wales.
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      Insight Into Grandma & John C. McClure

      Vol 11, Iss 42 August 11, 1906 -- This letter from John C. McClure written on "The First National Bank" stationery to Miss Constance Warwick at Alva, Oklahoma Territory. It is a short note just before John heads for Altona.

      "Dear Connie, I do not know whether I will get up tonight or not. I'm going home in the morning, so if I don't see you. Good bye. Yours, Jno. Write me at Altona, Illinois."

      August 15, 1906 -- This letter finds Miss Constance Warwick receiving her mail at Pringey, Oklahoma Territory. John C. McClure is writing from Altona, Illinois. John's letter begins: "Alva, Okla., Monday Morning, Miss Constance Warwick.

      "I got home Sun. about noon. The trains were all late. We had a pullman out of Alva. There was quite a crowd of Alva people so we had a good time. I laid down yesterday afternoon to take a nap and when I got up I had a cramp in the back of my neck and back and still have. I can't hardly move my head. I don't believe I will give you that surprise. I am scart to. You would write (no) in great big black letters.

      "Now write me a letter everyday and I'll pay you when I come back." write soon. J. C. McClure."

      August 16, 1906 -- This letter finds Miss Constance Warwick getting her mail forward to Pringey, Woodward Co., Oklahoma Territory (O.T.) and John is writing from Altona, Illinois on a Thursday. The letter begins: "I rec'd your letter yesterday. Was kinder glad to hear from my Dearie. I ain't very mad any way.

      "We are having nice weather here. I have not seen any rain since I left Oklahoma.

      "I guess T. P. was trying to bunt in while I was gone wasn't he> Otho told Miss Caplin that I was going home, that is the reason she was so wise. I am going to a hours show today. I'll be home Monday eve at 11 o'clock. Meet me. Yours affectionately, J. C. Mc."

      August 22, 1906 -- This letter finds John C. McClure back in Alva, O.T. and First National Bank. Miss Constance Warwick in receiving her mail in Alva, O.T. It is just a few lines written on "The First National Bank" stationery that reads:"Alva, O.T., Tues Eve, Miss Constance Warwick, Dearest, Got home all ok and tired to death. Let me hear from you. Bye Jno."

      August 27, 1906 -- This seems to be the last letter that I have found of John C. McClure's to Miss Constance Warwick. It is dated August 27, 1906 and addressed to Miss Constance Warwick at Alva, Oklahoma Territory. John's letter on "The First National Bank" stationery. It sounds like Constance has been buggy riding with another fellow. Could it be Wm. J. "Bill" McGill?

      It begins: "Alva, Okla., Mon. Morning, Dear Connie. I looked for a letter from you all day yesterday, but did not get one, and I did not care to go up there without receiving one, or I might be bunting in the fire. I naturally suppose you had a date with the same fellow that you were out buggy riding with.

      I can't for a minute think why you thought I acted indifferent that last eve. I surely did not walk up there in the rain for fun. Let me hear from you. Sincerely, J. C. McClure."

      You can re-read John's letters to Miss Constance Warwick at Grandma Legacy - Letters.
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      Penny Postcards

      Vol 11, Iss 27 Grandpa was a striking figure in his suit, bow tie, white hat, seated on a chair reading a letter with another fellow standing behind Bill McGill. I have no clue of what or who the letter was from and can only speculate.

      It was either a letter from a baseball fan; an acceptance letter from a minor/major baseball league or a love letter from Constance. Being the romantic that I am - I assume the latter. There are times I wish that I could travel back in time and - Talk with grandma and grandpa to ask them a few questions and fill in the blanks that I am running across today. Don't we all?

      On the back of the 1909 postcard that Bill McGill sent Miss Constance Warwick, it gives Constance's mailing address as 829 Lincoln Ave., Colorado Springs, Colorado, July 26, 1909, 5p.m. The handwritten message says, "Lost my game yesterday 4-1. Will pitch against Enid about the 29th if I don't come out to Colorado." Backside Postcard

      Here is another penny postcard of a 1909 baseball game at Guthrie, Oklahoma. Grandpa Bill's message on the front to Constance reads, "A few rooters. Don't you wish you were here?"

      On the back of the card which it is postmarked August 14, 1909, Guthrie, Okla. 2-PM, it reads, "Just arrived back at Guthrie. Will pitch Monday. Got your letter yesterday. You may not have a dozen awaiting you though at Colo. Sprg. for I have been home working hard. Will write today." -- Backside of Guthrie postcard to Constance

      This is an interesting postcard dated August 27th, 1909 that depicts an Oil Field around Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The wooden derricks and tanks are scattered over the hillside. I'm not quite sure what part of Sapulpa it was taken.

      Backside of Sapulpa postcard. The backside of this postcard is postmarked Aug. 27, 1909, 2-PM, Sapulpa, Oklahoma, addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Oklahoma. It reads as follows, "Am looking for a missive (written message). We lost today for the first time in long while. I work tomorrow. Ever, WJ"

      This is an interesting postcard of a 55,000 bbl storage tank of some oil fields near Sapulpa, Oklahoma around 1909. On the backside it shows the postmark as Aug. 28, 1909, addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, Oklahoma, with the following message, "Glad to know you are home again. Will be there soon. I know somebody that won his game today 8-1. The only one that we won here. We go to El Reno tomorrow for 3 games. Then home for 3 then to Enid for 2 days. Ever, W."

      I leave you with one last thought and "A Cowboys Prayer" found on this Penny Postcard: "O Lord, I've never lived where churches grow; I've loved creation better as it stood That day you finished it, so long ago, And looked upon your work and called it good. Just let me live my life as I've begun! And give me work that's open to the sky; Make me a partner of the wind and sun, And I won't ask a life that's soft and high. Make me as big and open as the plains; As honest as the horse between my knees; Clean as the wind that blows behind the rains; Free as the hawk that circles down the breeze. Just keep an eye on all that's done and said; Just right me sometime when I turn aside; And guide me on the long, dim trail ahead -- That stretches upward towards the Great Divide. --- Author Unknown."

      There are more of Grandma's Penny Postcards on our Flickr - nwokie.
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      Capt. David T. Gwin - Revolutionary War

      Vol 11, Iss 11 Back in 1920s, or perhaps closer to the mid-1920s, my grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, begin her compilation of Guinn/Gwin/Gwyn ancestors. I know this, because I have my grandmother's DAR certificate that was dated around 1925. She used Capt. David T. Gwin has her Revolutionary ancestor.

      Capt. David T. Gwin was the son of Robert Gwin and Jean Kincaid. David was born in 1742 in Orange County, Wales and died in 1822 at Clover Creek, Highland county, Virginia. His Will is signed, seal and dated April 18, 1820. The south branch valley chapter of the Virginia Daughters of the American Revolution placed a memorial marker over his grave, together with a government marker on August 14, 1936.? The government marker was secured through the efforts of George W. Cleek, Staunton, Virginia, a descendant of Captain David Gwin.

      Capt. David Gwin married (1st time) in 1768 to Jane Carlile who was born 11/26/1746 and died 1787, buried on Jackson River, Bath County (now Highland county, Virginia). Jane Carlile was the daughter of James Carlile, Jr. and Rachel Campbell.

      Capt. Gwin's second marriage was 11/11/1790, when Capt. Gwin gave a marriage bond for Viola (Violet) Crawford. Viola Crawford Gwin is buried at Clover Creek, Highland County, Virginia. Viola was the daughter of William Crawford and Margaret Henderson of Dry Branch of Jackson River near Mustoe, Highland County, Virginia. (Ibid., Vol. II, pg 288 gives marriage bond for his second marriage). I wish someone please explain what a marriage bond consisted of back in those days?

      David Gwin amassed a sizeable fortune which he disposed of in his will dated April 18, 1820 and recorded in Will Book 2, pg 416 on January 1822 in Bath County, Virginia.? The Will reads as follows:

      In the name of God, Amen:
I, David Gwin, of the county of Bath, State of Virginia, being advanced in years but of sound mind and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and the numerous inconveniences which might arise from my dying intestate have thought proper to make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me made:

      In Primus: I direct my executors hereinafter named as soon as may be after my decease, to pay my funeral expenses and all my just debts.? Item: I give and bequeath to my son David Gwin all the lands I purchased of John and Thos. Peoples whereon I now live including the mountain tract to him and his heirs forever, but as my death may happen before my said son David Gwin arrives at lawful age, in case of such an event, it is my will and desire that the property before devised be managed by my executors or rented out at their discretion until my said son arrives at full age and the proceeds thereof be applied at their discretion to the support and maintenance of such of my daughters as may then be unmarried and the maintenance and education of my said son David Gwin and his heirs forever one thousand pounds in money which I hereby direct my executors to pay over to him when he shall arrive at the age of twenty one years.? I also give and bequeath to my son David Gwin and his heirs forever my rifle gun, my desk and bookcase, my four tables, all my chairs, my bed and furniture and three chests, all which property I direct my Executors to have good care taken of and delivered over to my said son on his arriving at age aforesaid.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson David Gwin Kincaid, son of Thos. Kincaid the lands allotted to him by Adam Lightner, James Campbell lying on the waters of Jackson's River in the County? of Bath, being the same land whereon the said Thomas Kincaid now lives to him and his heirs forever, but it is my will and desire that the said Thomas Kincaid and his wife Sally and the longest liver of them shall have the right and privilege to live on and enjoy the whole of land during their natural lives upon condition they continue to reside on the same, but if they should, at any time, remove from said land then the benefits intended them by this devise shall cease and terminate and from the date of such removal the rents and profits and the right to use and occupy the land aforesaid shall rest in my grandson David Gwin Kincaid.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my son Robert Gwin and his present wife, Polly Gwin, and the longest liver of them the right during their natural lives to live on and enjoy the lands on Jackson's River allotted them for their son David by Adam Lightner and James Campbell and after the death of the longest liver of the said Robert and wife, I give and bequeath the said land to David, my grandson (and son of Robt. and Polly Gwin) to him, his heirs and assigns forever.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my son John Gwin and his present wife and the longest liver of them, the right to live on and enjoy the lands allotted them for their son David by Adam Lightner and James Campbell on Jackson's River and after the death of the longest liver of the said John and wife, I give and bequeath the said land to my grandson David Gwin (son of the said John) to him and his heirs and assigns forever.

      Item:? I give and bequeath to my said Grandsons David Gwin Kincaid, David Gwin (son of Robert) and David Gwin (son of John) all my lands in the Big and Little Valleys on the waters of Wilson's Mill Run in the County of Bath to be equally divided between them, to them their heirs and assigns forever.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Isabell and her heirs forever, one negro girl named Agnes and her future increase.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret and her heirs forever one negro girl named Betsy and her future increase.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel and her heirs forever one negro girl named Jane and her future increase.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan and her heirs forever one negro girl named Violet and her future increase.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Robert Lockridge and Polly his wife and their heirs forever two dollars to be paid them by my executors in full for their portion of my estate.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my son James Gwin, one hundred pounds in money to him and his heirs forever to be paid him by my Executors soon after my decease.

      Item: To my sons Robert Gwin and John Gwin, I give and bequeath the sum of two Dollars cash to them and their heirs forever.? To Thos. Kincaid and Sally his wife the sum of two dollars. To Jas. Wiley and Nancy his wife two dollars.? To John Cleek and Jane his wife the sum of two dollars and to Samuel Givens and Elizabeth his wife the sum of two dollars which said legacies I hereby direct my Executors to pay as soon as may be after my decease, it is my will and desire that my Executors herein after named soon after my decease take into possession of the slaves Isaac and Fown which I loaned to Robt. Gwin, a negro named Ned I loaned to Thos. Kincaid and a negro woman named Daffney I loaned to John Cleek which said several slaves were loaned to be returned whenever demanded.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel one feather bed and furniture also sum of sixty pounds in money to her and her heirs forever.

      Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan one feather bed and furniture also the sum of sixty pounds in money to her and her heirs forever.

      Item: It is my will and desire that my Executors as soon as they shall have paid my funeral expenses and just debts and satisfy all the legacies hereinbefore named do proceed to ascertain the amount of all the residue of my estate of every kind whatsoever including my slaves not hereinbefore devised, my debts, money, stock, etc., which residue when so ascertained I desire shall be divided into seven equal parts.? One-seventh thereof I give and bequeath to my daughter Isabella her heirs and assigns forever.? I give and bequeath one-seventh part thereof to my daughter Margaret her heirs and assigns forever.? Same to my daughter Susan her heirs and assigns forever.? One-seventh part to be equally divided among the children of my daughter Elizabeth Givens and to be paid over to them by my executors as they come of age resp. but it is my wish and meaning that out of this seventh part shall be deducted the amount of bonds due and owing to me from Samuel Givens the husband of my said daughter Elizabeth.? I give an bequeath one-seventh part thereof to be equally divided among the children of my daughter Jane Cleek and to be paid over to them by my Executors as they come of age resp. and the remaining one-seventh of said residue I give and bequeath to the children of my daughter Nancy Wiley by her husband Jas. Wiley to be equally divided between them, to them and their heirs forever and to be paid over to them by my executors as they respectively become of age.

      Item:? It is my will and desire that if any of my sons or daughters, sons-in-law or daughters-in-law, or any of my grand children shall be dissatisfied with the disposition I have made herein of my property and shall attempt to set aside this writing as my true last will and testament, they shall be excluded from all benefit of any portion of my estate whatever and every devise herein made to such person in such case shall be null and void.

      Lastly, I appoint Wm. Hogshead, my son-in-law, my son Jas. Gwin and my friend, Otho Wade Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby repeating the same to be such and renouncing and revoking all former wills by me made.

      In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 18th day of April 1820 and have caused the same to be witnessed in my presence.
      His mark
David T. Gwin (SEAL)

      The above writing was signed, sealed, and declared to be the last will and testament of David Gwin in our presence by him and at his request and in his presence we subscribed the same as witnesses. John Steuart, James Hicklin, John Carlile, Martin Coyner
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      This Day In History

      Vol 12, Iss 52 America - (Dec. 27) -- It was 96 years ago, 27 December 1914, William Jacob and Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill greeted, brought their oldest son, Gene M. McGill into their lives, in Alva Woods county, Oklahoma. Gene McGill made his mark in the Democrat political arena in the 1950's through the 1960's when you could show your differences between political parties and still have respect for each other. It was nothing like it is today. Gene M. McGill died on Father's Day, June, 1986, at the age of 71. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, DAD!

      (Dec. 28) --
      * 1694 Queen Mary II of England died after five years of joint rule with her husband, King William III.

      * 1832 John C. Calhoun became the first vice president of the United States to resign, stepping down over differences with President Andrew Jackson.

      * 1856 Thomas Woodrow Wilson, the 28th president of the United States, was born in Staunton, Va.

      * 1846 Iowa became the 29th state to be admitted to the Union.

      * 1897 "Cyrano de Bergerac," a play by Edmond Rostand, premiered in Paris.

      * 1905 The forerunner of the NCAA, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States, was founded in New York City.

      * 1945 Congress officially recognized the Pledge of Allegiance.

      * 1958 The Baltimore Colts won the NFL championship, defeating the New York Giants 23-17 in overtime at Yankee Stadium, in what has been dubbed the greatest football game ever played.

      * 1973 Alexander Solzhenitsyn published "Gulag Archipelago," an expose of the Soviet prison system.

      * 1982 A black man was mortally wounded by a police officer in a Miami video arcade, setting off three days of race-related disturbances that left another man dead.

      * 2005 Former top Enron Corp. accountant Richard Causey pleaded guilty to securities fraud and agreed to help pursue convictions against Enron founder Kenneth Lay and former CEO Jeffrey Skilling.

      * 2008 The Detroit Lions completed an 0-16 season, the NFL's worst ever, with a 31-21 loss to the Green Bay Packers. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      MORE ? History of Highland County Virginia

      Vol 11, Iss 45 Biographic paragraphs taken from the book, A History of Highland County Virginia, Chapter XXIII, page 223, gives us some insight into the families and particular mention of the Highland Men of more or less prominence.

      Such as?

      John Bradshaw, son of the pioneer, was county surveyor eighteen years and was also a veteran teacher, a number of persons of some prominence being his pupils. He wrote the will of John Graham, which, through no fault of his, led to a noted lawsuit. Eighteen hours of rigid cross-examination failed to bring out any flaw in his testimony. His son, Captain Robert H., had a promising career cut short by his death at Port Republic.

      Thomas Brown?Tomaso Bruno in Italian?merits mention as our only pioneer of that nationality. He is said to have been a sea captain in the War of 1812, about which time he came to America. He lived a while near the city of Washington.

      Andrew H. Byrd, the legislative father of Highland County, served twelve years in the House of Delegates. His son, John T., was in the legislature one term, but declined a renomination. In the great war, he served with much ability as a leader of Confederate cavalry. Prior thereto he was a major of militia. As a farmer, he is one of Highland's best. His sons, Clifton E., Adam M., and H. Houston, are graduates of the University of Virginia, and all are in professional life, the last named being the present Commonwealth's Attorney of Bath.

      The father and paternal grandfather of the pioneer Campbell were Presbyterian divines. His son Thomas possessed fine mathematical ability and was the first surveyor of Highland. Austin W. was one of its best read citizens and perhaps the first one to join the Masonic Order. Walter P., now engaged in the real estate business at Roanoke, was Commissioner of the Revenue for 21 years. Still other members of the connection have held positions of honor and trust.

      Cornelius Colaw was a justice of the war period. His son, John M., received the Master's degree from Dickinson College in 1892, and after taking his Bachelor's degree from the same college studied law at the University of Virginia. For three years he was principal of the Monterey High School. Though an active attorney, Mr. Colaw has cultivated his strong mathematical gift. He is a member of the American Mathematical Society, a frequent contributor to mathematical journals, and the author of mathematical textbooks.

      Collingwood A. Dickson, a well-read merchant of Trimble, is a son of General Sir Collingwood Dickson of the British Army.

      William W. Fleming, a native of Nova Scotia, came to Highland shortly before the formation of the county. He was a man of strong intellect cultivated by constant reading. His personality was felt in every phase of public enterprise, and in particular he was a sturdy friend to the cause of education. He was recognized as an honest, upright, and intelligent citizen.

      NOW ? This Highland County Gentleman is of particular interest to this NW Okie, because ? This is the same Captain David Gwin that my grandmother Constance Warwick McGill did her research on for her DAR certificate. Captain David Gwin, a wealthy landowner of Jackson's River, was a steadfast soldier in the wars with the Indians and British. He was one of the men who went to the relief of the Wilson family, and his military career continued until the close of the Revolution.

      Jacob Hevener, Jr., was a wealthy and prosperous stockgrower of Crabbottom, as have been his sons also. Benjamin H. Hiner graduated in law in 1892, but even before his admission to the bar he was nominated as Prosecuting Attorney of Pendleton, holding that office eight years. In 1908 he was a candidate for Congress, and though defeated he ran ahead of his ticket by 1,500 votes. Mr. Hiner is a very active attorney.

      The Hull family, particularly, Peter Hull/Hohl, is another ancestor of NW Okie that finds its way into the Gwin and Warwick families around "Crab bottom." The Hull family was very prominent in our early annals. The pioneer himself was a man of large means for his day. Peter, his oldest son, increased the estate, owning a large portion of the Crab bottom, his possessions in 1818 including 16 slaves, 19 horses, 43 cows, and 60 sheep. He was an officer in the Revolution, a colonel of militia subsequent thereto, and a legislator also. He was very influential, but also domineering. Major Peter Hull, his son, lived at McDowell, where he was a heavy landholder. He also sat in the Legislature and held various local offices. This branch of the Hull family is locally extinct in the male line. The late Joseph, a well-to-do farmer and upright citizen, is kindly remembered by his associates.

      John Sitlington, son-in-law to Colonel Peter Hull, was a large landowner and cattleman, first in Crabbottom and afterward at McDowell. He was also in local public life.

      Lucius H. Stephenson took up the study of law at Lexington in 1859, and practiced his profession at Monterey until his death in 1911. He was Commonwealth's Attorney 26 consecutive years, a Visitor of the Virginia Military Institute, and a Director of the National Valley Bank of Staunton. He was also an incorporator and promoter of the Citizens' Bank of Highland. Mr. Stephenson was not only an energetic, painstaking, and successful attorney, but a prosperous man of business. He acquired large possessions and during his long and active life he wielded a great influence among his fellow citizens. In matters of local history he was exceptionally well informed. -- For more on A History of Highland county Virginia Click this link.
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      Warwick Family Tree & Google Maps

      Vol 11, Iss 9 My grandmother Constance Estella Warwick was born around Monterey, Virginia to Signora Belle (Guinn/Gwin) and John Robert Warwick at Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, 1882. Here is a link to my - McGill/Warwick/Gwin family tree at My

      I did a search on Google Maps to find Clover Lick and other Virginia towns that my Warwick's were associated with. Click this Google Map Link where I have marked some towns that are connected with my Warwick/Gwin family tree.
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      Great Grandma's Bible

      Vol 15, Iss 4 Alva, Oklahoma - Back in 2002, I had rummaged through some old family boxes of memories, finding what I thought to be some great family treasures. One of those treasures was my Grandmother's (Constance Estella Warwick McGill) bible that was handed down from her mother Signora Bell Gwin Warwick.

      My Great-Grandmother's book (bible) was received when she was thirteen almost fourteen years of age. On the inside she wrote, "Siga B. Gwin's Book" with the date she received it: "February 27th, 1876."

      It's what I found folded between the pages inside that are the real treasures. One was an old Alva newspaper clipping dated November 23, 1934. It showed Gr-Grandmother Signora B. (Gwin) Warwick's Obituary. On the backside of the November, 1934 Alva Paper was some interesting tidbits concerning the history of the Salt Fork River bridge, which we put in The OkieLegacy a few weeks ago.

      The Obituary of Signora Belle

      "Signora Belle Gwin was the daughter of Sam and Ellen Gwin. She was born near Monterey, Virginia, August 31, 1861 and departed this life at her home in Alva, Oklahoma, November 16, 1934, at the age of 73 years, 2 months, and 15 days."

      What was interesting to me was the facts about the three children born to John Robert & Signora Gwin Warwick. The clipping stated that, "To this union were born three children, Constance, Robert Lee Warwick and Wilber."

      Wilber is the child I had never heard my grandmother, father mention. Wilber died at the age of one year. Perhaps a childhood disease like influenza. Wilber was the youngest. He was born and died in Oklahoma Territory after John & Signora, including Constance and Robert, of their family came West around 1894 (or later) to homestead land seven miles south of Alva, just North of Hopeton, Oklahoma. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Grandpa's Model T Torpedo Roadster of 1912

      Vol 14, Iss 18 Woods County, Oklahoma - [Click images to view larger images of Grandpa Bill McGill and his 1912 Model T Torpedo Roadster.]

      Whoever was taking the picture may have been looking towards the southeast to catch the "Castle on the Hill" in the background. If someone else has a better description of the composition, I would love to hear from you via comment or email. What about the image in the shiny gas tank? I can see grandpa's image, but what is the white image? Is it a lady in white with umbrella? Flowers? Can not quite make the white image out.

      In the image on the left you can see in the background on the right the west side angle of the "Castle on the Hill" known as Northwestern Normal School back then. I believe this photo was taken in the middle of the 800 block of Maple Street in Alva, Woods County, Oklahoma where Grandma and Grandpa were living.

      In The Hickman Courier, dated 13 June 1912, out of Hickman, Kentucky, we found this ad for a Model K-20, Torpedo Roadster, fully equipped, $685.00. Mohair top, side sustains, top boot, Troy windshield, Prest-O-Light tank, two gas head lights, oil tail light, horn, jack, pump and repairer kit. 32x3 tires with clincher rims, 96 inch wheel base, and enameled trimmings throughout.

      The ad mentioned that they were going to give away this two passenger Marathon automobile to the person holding the lucky corresponding number drawn from their ballot box. They began giving tickets away on Saturday, June 22, 1912. They had 36,000 duplicate tickets and were giving you with each cash dollar spent three chances on this automobile. all you needed to do was write your name and address on one end of the ticket, drop it in the ballot box, holding the duplicate of same. When they had given away all 36,000 tickets they held a drawing, and the person who was lucky enough to have the corresponding number would get this $685.00 automobile FREE.

      I do not believe that is how my grandpa came to get is Model T Torpedo Roadster of 1912, though. Grandpa Bill McGill and Grandma Constance Warwick McGill had been married for a couple years (24 March 1910) before this photo was taken and did not have any children until December 1914, when my Dad, Gene (Merle Eugene) McGill was born. Robert Lee came two years later (1916). View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Great Grand Uncle Walter P. Gwin

      Vol 14, Iss 16 Braxton county, West Virginia - Walter P. Gwin was my great grand uncle, older brother of Signora Belle and Reuhama Gwin, and son of Samuel and Eleanor "Ellen" Dever Gwin. Walter was born 22 April 1856, in Highland Virginia and I believe he died in Braxton, West Virginia in the late 1930's, but have not pinned down the exact date as yet.

      In 1879, Walter P. Gwinmarried Florence K. Stephenson (Nov. 1851-27 August 1939). Their four children were Cecil E. Gwin (1879-), Ethel Gertrude Gwin (1882-1965), Helen Mabel Gwin (1884-1971) and Walton Lee Gwin (1888-). Ethel Gertrude Gwin married John Campbell Tinney, 27 July 1905, in Otter, Braxton, West Virginia.

      Ethel's letter of 1935 to Constance Warwick McGill -- In November 30, 1935, Tesla W. Virginia, Ethel wrote a letter to my grandmother and Ethel's cousin, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, which read:

      "Dear cousin Connie, Guess you will be surprised to receive a letter from one of your W. Va. cousins. I wanted to ask you about your mother. Some time ago I had a letter from my son who is located near Charlottsville, Va. We had been visiting some of the folks near Vanderpool, and in some way had heard that aunt Siggie had died a year ago. I did not understand that the news of her death had come direct from you folks, so thought perhaps it was a mistake. I would like to hear from you concerning her. I did not tell my Dad what I had heard, just thought I would wait until I heard from you.

      "Mother and Dad are getting quite old, both in eighty. Mother has been in a wheel chair for years, and a month ago Dad fell and broke a bone in his leg. He hobbles a little on crutches, but is getting better, think he'll be all right in time.

      "My youngest brother and his wife are here at home. I am here. Have been a widow for 12 years. I have 6 sons. Two married, one in Virginia and three are here. My baby is nearly 16 and I have twins 18 years old.

      "I made my first visit to Virginia last summer a year ago. Only stayed two weeks, would liked to have stayed longer but could not. Would like to hear from you. Hope you and family are well. Your cousin, Mrs. Ethel Tinney, Tesla, W. Va." View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Highland County (Virginia)

      Vol 13, Iss 48 Highland County, Virginia - In chapter one of Images of Highland County, by Chris Scott, it says that when settlers arrived in the area of Highland county, there were no real roads. Only trails existed over mountains; wagon roads were not even carved out until much later.

      Early roads in Highland county often followed the paths of streams and rivers and meant with an occasional crossing. The ford in Vanderpool is located south of Monterey on Route 220. Dutch explorer John Vanderpool discovered the gap that was later named for him.

      A young pastor moving into the area was forced to bring only what a pack mule could carry, leaving all his furniture behind. Roads started to wind through the county, though, with their creation driven by commerce and necessity, as early roads in Highland county were toll roads with a fee for use.

      The Staunton-Parkersburg Turnpike was completed in the 1840's with Claudius Crozet as chief builder. The constructionists began at each end and met in the middle in 1847. It was known by many that Highland county was formed because of the road.

      The Staunton-Parkersburg thoroughfare opened up the county to the outside world like never before. It was improved, paved in the early part of the 1930's, officially known as Virginia State Route 250. It continues to serve as a vital conduit for goods and people into and out of the county.

      Taking a trip over these roads was a special event, rare business opportunity. In addition to the automobile industry, a failed attempt was made to bring railroads into Monterey in the early 1900's.

      As to the image above, left, which shows a 1909 postcard view of turkeys on main street of Monterey, Virginia (which my grandmother Constance Warwick McGill had a copy) I found out the exact date the photo was taken, Dec. 10, 1909.

      In the book Highland County book there was an identical postcard showing the Monterey main street with turkeys. The notes under the postcard photo says, "Everything from Highland county had to cross the mountains to get to market. Before the days of big trucks, turkeys were herded on foot over the mountains, and that meant being driven right down Main Street in Monterey, the county seat. The flocks of turkeys would walk all day and roost in the trees along the sides of the road at night. The farmers made what they called "turkey shoes" to protect the turkeys' feet. Waling the turkeys through hot tar and then immediately over sand created tough, protective layers.

      It also stated that on the back of the postcard, in the book it had this note written, "1,361 turkey's sold to Swift and Co. of Chicago by Highland Merchants, Dec. 10, 1909. A nice little bunch for the rich to eat at christmas."

      The book goes on to state that turkey houses dotted the landscape of the county. To this day, poultry continues to be an important cash crop for the farmers of Highland county. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Alva's Westside School (Oklahoma)

      Vol 13, Iss 39 Alva, Oklahoma - Some have asked over the years where the West Side School was located, in Alva, Oklahoma. The photo on the left shows some Alva 3rd graders of 1910, with Mrs. Constance Estella (Warwick) McGill as the teacher at the Westside school.

      The photo on the right shows the City School Faculty of 1907-08. This clipping of the Alva Westside Third Graders of 1910 (on the left) and the City School Faculty, 1907-08 (on the right) were taken on the steps of the Westside School.

      Some of you will remember the location of the Westside school as where Washington Elementary School is now, on the west side of Seventh street, between Barnes and Center, across from the City Library . . . Is where the Westside two-story School once stood before it was condemned and torn down. The Washington Elementary went up in it's place. View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      HOHL/HULL's & History of Alleghany County, VA

      Vol 13, Iss 12 Virginia - According to A Centennial History of Alleghany County of Virginia, by Oren Frederic Morton (1857-1926), on page 206, there is mention of Peter Thomas HOHL, who married Susannah F(D)IEFFENBACK(H) in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania. It said that Susannah was the second wife of Peter Thomas HOHL and the mother of his fourteen children, but I have found differently in my research.

      During the Revolution War, Peter Thomas HOHL changed his surname to HULL; moved to the Calfpasture of Virginia; and about 1763 to the Crabbottom area of Virginia.

      It said there was a Peter HULL/HOHL that married Barbara Keith, and was a Captain in the Revolution War and sat in the State Legislature. I do not have a Barbara Keith in my records and not quite sure which "Peter HULL?HOHL she married.

      It also mentioned other children of the pioneer were Adam, who married Esther Keister and had about ten children; William; George, who went to Greenbrier; David; John.

      Another son called himself Peter HULL married a Linkenfelter, and lived in Rockbridge. This other Peter HULL had a son John, who settled in Highland county, Ohio, in 1811. A son of this John HULL was Dr. Albert Y. HULL, prominent in Iowa as an editor and abolitionist. While a member of the state legislature, he was the chief instrumentally in moving the capitol to Des Moines, where he and his father owned some land.

      J. A. T. HULL, a son of Dr. HULL, was a Congressman from Iowa, and for nearly twenty years was chairman of the committee on Military affairs. John A. HULL, son of this Congressman, received the distinguished service medal in the World War for his work in the Judge advocates's department.

      Henry, son of the second Peter, was born February 6, 1780, purchased the Matthew Patton farm in Pendleton, and married Hannah Harness. His children were: William (born 1803) married Irene Scott; John H. (born 1804) married Sally Lackey; Joseph (born 1806), single; Sarah C. (born 1808) married Jacob Palzell; Laban (born 1810) married Martha Tucker and went to Missouri; Eliza A. (born 1811), single; Jemima C. (born 1813), single; Rebecca A. (born 1816), single; and so on to page 207.

      Like I said earlier, I do not have all the HULL's listed here with their wives and immediate families. Perhaps some of this information will ring a bell with someone out there. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Constance (Warwick) McGill's DAR Certificate

      Vol 11, Iss 42 Constance E. Warwick McGill received her DAR certificate #207348, which was admitted January 31, 1925 and it was given/presented to Constance April 1, 1925, using her ancestor, Captain David Gwin, as the Revolutionary War soldier. The certificate was signed by Lora Haiurt Cook, pres. general; Alice Lye Briggs, recording sec. general; Inez S. Stansfield, registrar general.
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      Mrs. Essie Nall & Northwestern Normal Alumni

      Vol 11, Iss 28 A few weeks ago I shared this photo of Essie, Grace and Connie. That Essie Nall on the left was written about in 1943, in a local newspaper.

      The 1943 article is about Essie Nall that my grandmother, Constance Warwick McGill, grew up and went to school with as they continued their friendship through the ages.

      The article headlines read, "Mrs. Nall Long Active In NW Alumni Group."

      It goes on to say, "A long-time member of the Northwestern Alumni association and one of its most enthusiastic workers is Mrs. Essie Nall. Mrs. Nall enrolled at the college on the day it opened, in 1898, and attended her first classes in the Congregational church before any college buildings were erected.

      "Twice president of the Alumni association -- In 1933 and 1934 -- she is its secretary at the present time (1943). Mrs. Nall plans some day to write a history of the college."

      Did Essie Nall ever write a history of the College? Has anyone out there run across this history? I would love to know more.
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      Davy Crockett (1786-1836)

      Vol 13, Iss 21 Tennessee - Remember the Alamo? Remember "Davy! Davy Crockett! King of the Wild Frontier?" Remember Davy Crockett? Did he really wear a coonskin cap? Did he kill a bear when he was three? I believe that last to be only a myth.

      My next journey of genealogy research takes us to the surname of CROCKETT, since it has been popping up in the research for our Craighead, Warwick, Dunlap and McGill ancestry. I found the following, A Narrative of the Life of David Crockett, of the State of Tennessee, written by David Crockett, and published in 1834, entered according to the Act of Congress, 1 February 1834, By David Crockett, in the Clerk's office of the District Court of the District of Columbia.

      This is a quote that Davy Crockett had on one the front pages, "I leave this rule for others when I'm dead, be always sure you're right -- Then go ahead!"

      In the Preface of the book Crockett writes, "In the following pages I have endeavored to give the reader a plain, honest, homespun account of my state in life, and some few of the difficulties which have attended me along its journey, down to this time. I am perfectly aware, that I have related many small and, as I fear, uninteresting circumstances; but if so, my apology is, that it was rendered necessary by a desire to link the different periods of my life together, as they have passed, from my childhood onward, and thereby to enable the reader to select such parts of it as he may relish most, if, indeed, there is any thing in it which may suit his palate." (Quote taken from page 6. preface runs through to page 11 and was written February 1, 1834, Washington City, by David Crockett. Chapter I begins on page 13.)

      Crockett's father was John Wesley Crockett, of Irish descent, either born in Ireland or on a passage from that country to America across the Atlantic. John Crockett was by profession a farmer, spending the early part of his life in Pennsylvania. John Crockett married Rebecca Hawkins, an American woman, born in the state of Maryland, between York and Baltimore. John Crockett was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, fighting in the Battle at "Kings Mountain" against the British and Tories. John Crockett at some time lived in Lincoln county, North Carolina, before he moved from there to the country, which embraced the east division of Tennessee before it was a state.

      Davy's Grandfather and Grandmother were both murdered by the Creeks, in their own house, and on the very spot of ground where Rogersville, Hawking county now stands. John Crockett had a brother, Joseph, who the Indians wounded by a ball which broke his arm. Another younger brother of John Crockett was James, (deaf and dumb) and could not make his escape from the Indians, was taken prisoner and remained with the Indians for 17 years and 9 months. James was discovered and recollected by John Crockett and his eldest brother, William Crockett, when he was purchased by them from an Indian trader.

      David Crocket was born 17 August 1786, where is folks lived at the mouth of Lime Stone, on the Nola-chucky River. Davy Crockett's father and mother had six sons and three daughters with David being the fifth son. Davy's family was very poor, living far back in the back woods, with limited schooling opportunities for the children.

      During another move of the family, John Crockett settled in Jefferson county, Tennessee where he opened a tavern on the road from Abbington to Knoxville. His tavern was small and the principal accommodations he kept, were for the waggoners who travelled the road. This is where Davy lived until he was 12 years of age.

      Narrative of the Life of David Crockett
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      The Good With The Bad Ancestry Stories

      Vol 13, Iss 16 Highland County, Virginia - There are probably some out there that only want to learn the good about their ancestors and sweep the bad under the rug.

      Besides the good, this NW Okie is in search for the alleged bad side of her ancestors, if that be the case here. Doesn't it gives a particular flavor and character to those who came before us? How do you feel? Do you embrace both the "good" and "bad" stories of your ancestral lineage?

      The reason we brought this up is a story we re-found in the History of Highland County, Virginia, page 230, by Oren Frederic Morton. Morton wrote, "The good record of the county in this respect was marred by a lynching in the month of January 3, 1884."

      Morton goes on to state that a man from Michigan (he may have been originally from Massachusetts), Porter (alias Atchison), came to the west of the county after his release from the Pocahontas jail. It was believed that Porter was not a well-behaved person, and during a game of cards with a citizen of Back Creek, a quarrel arose between two intoxicated men. Porter (Atchison) being one of them. Atchison struck the other person a blow with his knife, but inflicted only a slight wound in the breast.

      You know how exaggerated reports of the altercation can spread like wildfire. As the story goes . . . a party of citizens broke into the jail, shot Atchison in his cell, and then hanged him to a tree on the Vanderpool road, where the same crosses the brow of the conical hill south of the town.

      Although I have not seen the news clippings, it was reported that all but one of the lynching party was identifiable. One citizen was tried by a jury of Rockbridge men but was acquitted. The others who were assumed to be implicated in the unfortunate occurrence left the county never to return.

      History of Highland County Virginia, page 230 -- This was all that we found in the History of Highland County, Virginia history book. BUT . . . a year or so ago we heard from someone that had done more research on the Highland county lynching of 1884 through news clippings and interviews of grandnephews of those involved. What he had to add to the story is below and may have included some of our WARWICK relatives from Highland County, Virginia. We are still not certain if the Robert Warwick concerned here was the same as our Great-Grandpa or if it might have been Great-Grandpa's uncle with the same name.

      1884 Lynching in Monterey, Virginia

      This story takes us back to the old days when laws were carried out when mobs of intoxicated men carried out justice with lynchings from an infamous hanging tree. Monterey, Virginia had one of those lynching mobs back in January 3, 1884.

      What we have heard from other's research, on Christmas Day, 1883, E. D. Atcheson and Sidney Ruckman got into argument while drinking. Atchison did not wound Ruckman badly. Ruckman did not pursue the matter with the authorities.

      It is rumored that Atcheson had a reputation as a "mean" man and as someone of less than stellar integrity. He had served most of the past year in a Pocahontas County, West Virginia, jail for stealing a horse, and that had been the latest of his "deeds."

      Word of Atcheson's "assault" on Ruckman spread around the community, and Atcheson was immediately arrested and placed in the Monterey jail on or about January 3, 1884. Once in jail, Atcheson reportedly stated that he had at least "seven men to kill and one woman."

      The one woman it is alleged was his estranged wife, Gladys (Howdyshell) Atcheson. The seven men could have possibly been the family or families who lived close by to Ruckman.

      It was alleged that the members of the "mob" had met at Lightner's Store near Mill Gap in Highland County to put together their plans for getting Atcheson before he got them. It was further stated that Atcheson had previous run-ins with many members of the mob, including a rather nasty fight at the local saw mill only weeks earlier. Once Atcheson started threatening from his jail cell that he had people to kill, the plan was put into place to get Atcheson first.

      It was thought that Atcheson was serious, given his previous actions, and it probably boiled down to a "Get him before he gets one of us" kind of situation.

      When the mob arrived at the Monterey jail, they demanded the keys from the jailer, Joseph Hiner. Hiner refused, and the men promptly left. They returned a short time later armed to the teeth with guns, pistols, and shotguns and with a rather large log. Their intent was to ram the door of the jail with the log in order to break in and to then extract Atchison.

      Joseph Hiner stood between the men and the door and refused to budge. It was reported that as Hiner stood in defiance of the men, Robert Warwick raised his shotgun and fired at Hiner. However, at the very last possible moment, another member of the mob, Henry Morgan Tomlinson, struck a blow to the underside of the neck of Warwick's rifle causing the shot to go into the air over Hiner's head.

      If not for the actions of Tomlinson, Hiner would have been killed himself in the defense of Atcheson. It is believed that, at that point, Hiner had his own life in mind and he moved out of the way, realizing there was little to nothing he could do.

      As we are told from other's research and news clippings that we have not seen, on the night of January 3, 1884, the "mob" of ten men reached the Monterey jail after an evening of drinking. The jailer on duty that night, Joseph Hiner, stated that all ten of the men smelled of alcohol.

      The mob demanded that Hiner turn over the keys to the jail as they were there to get Atcheson. Hiner stated that he "was not in possession of the keys" and could, would not open the jail and cell. At that point, the men took out their pistols and began shooting up the jail.

      Hiner reported that they began firing into the cell holding Atcheson and were, at times, at such close range that Atcheson actually knocked the guns away of at least 2 men. After nearly 2 hours, the men finally were able to bust into the jail and get Atcheson.

      Hiner reported later that Atcheson was shot at least 4 times and was nearly unconscious and dead when the men pulled him from the jail. Atcheson was quickly bound by the hands and feet and dragged away from the jail. As they left with Atcheson, one of the men yelled to Hiner that he could find Atcheson "by a particular tree in Monterey in the morning."

      When daylight broke, Hiner followed the trail in the snow and indeed found Atcheson hanging by the neck from the tree, dead. He had been lynched.

      Hiner immediately swore out warrants for the 10 men in the mob. Though they had arrived wearing masks, Hiner testified that the masks had either slipped off or came off altogether as the hours wore on while the men were firing their weapons into the jail.

      Hiner stated he could identify 9 out of the 10 men. He saw the face of the tenth man but did not recognize him. Arrest warrants were then sworn out for the following 9 men:

      * John Anderson Chestnut
      * James Beeson
      * Joe Beath
      * Luther Wade
      * L. N. Gibson
      * Giles Harrison Gum
      * Henry Morgan Tomlinson
      * John Adam Lightner
      * Robert Warwick

      In the immediate aftermath of the lynching, most all of the men fled the area. Several of the men, including Giles Harrison Gum, Henry Morgan Tomlinson, John Adam Lightner, and Robert Warwick, all ended up in Coldwater, Kansas.

      As I said earlier, the information is a combination of information researched by another and from Giles Harrison Gum's grand-nephew as well as from news articles and accounts in different newspapers at the time. News of what took place was published in newspapers as far away as New Jersey and New York Times! This NW Okie has not seen those news clippings herself until recently in the Daily Dispatch of Richmond, VA

      Giles Gum, his brother-in-law Henry Tomlinson, and Giles' eventual son-in-law, John Adam Lightner, all lit out for Coldwater, Kansas. Before they stopped talking altogether, a descendant or two of Giles and Henry stated that Giles and Henry hid their belongings in 4 wagons of straw, then climbed in under the straw, and the wagons were pulled out of town in order to make their escape. Giles' wife, Hester, and Henry's wife, Priscilla, returned to Highland County, Virginia, in 1891 and quickly and quietly sold their respective farms. Arrest warrants were still in effect for Giles and Henry, so they didn't dare make the trip back to Virginia to sell the farms themselves. After the sale, the wives high-tailed it back to Kansas.

      John Adam Lightner eventually married in 1892 to the daughter of Giles Harrison Gum. Giles Gum and Henry Tomlinson were brother-in-laws as Giles married Henry's sister and Henry had married Giles sister. Both Luther Wade and John Chestnut were distant cousins of them as well. They were all connected either as "family" or as neighbors in Highland County at the time.

      John Adam Lightner was a first Cousin to our Great-Grandpa John Robert Warwick. Lightner's mother, Nancy Jane (WARWICK) Lightner (a younger sister of John Robert's father, William Fechtig Warwick). Plus, upon Lightner's death in Coldwater, Kansas, on June 16, 1925, the following lines were published as part of his obituary:

      "Mr. Lightner is also survived by two brothers and two sisters, Robert and Brown Lightner and Mrs. Etta Gum and Mrs. Cena Cleek, all of whom live in Virginia. A cousin, Robert Warwick, and Mr. Warwick's daughter, Mrs. Wm. McGill, both of Alva, Okla., arrived here in time to attend the funeral."

      As I said earlier, I am in search of who was the lone, identifiable man in the lynching party who was tried and acquitted by a Rockbridge jury of men? Could it have been my great-grandfather or his uncle with the same name? Or another Robert Warwick?

      So has not been easy to pin down the exact Robert Warwick listed in the list of the ten men. I am also trying to research and pinpoint the exact time that Great-Grandfather John Robert Warwick and his wife, Signora Belle Gwin, and his daughter, Contance Estella Warwick (1882-1968), and a son, Robert Lee Warwick (1887-1952), came to Oklahoma Territory by way of Kansas. I know that John Robert taught school in a rural school in Coldwater, Kansas before he made the Run into Oklahoma Territory in 1893.

      I need to make a trip to Virginia (Rockbridge & Highland counties), to search through their historical files to sort all this out for myself! View/Write Comments (count 2)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Insight Into Grandma & John C. McClure

      Vol 11, Iss 41 While John McClure was writing Constance two letters in April, 1906, Bill McGill was posing on April 2, 1906, with a few southwest Texas League baseball buddies from the Austin Senators.

      That is why this week's insight shows Bill McGill's and baseball buddies, instead of Constance Warwick's photo.

      April 16, 1906 -- This one page letter was addressed to Miss Constance Warwick, Alva, O.T., and began, "Alva, O.T. Mon Eve, Miss Constance Warwick. My Dear little Girl:

      "I reckon you think I don't love you any more, but I do, and I'm going to come out the first nice night. A week ago yesterday I was not feeling well, but went out Monday eve. When you heard me coming you ran away. I was out to Capron yesterday. Went up Saturday eve, came back last eve. I want you to go with me Friday at the Normal, but will see you before then if I can. So bye bye Sweetness. J. C. McClure"

      April 19, 1906 -- This short little note begins, "I don't seem to get you over the phone. I don't know whether I will be able to get out tomorrow or not. I guess I will come out to get you if I can. I don't know whether I can get away from the bank, or if you can come into to Bolte's. So, if I can't get away you will be here. Yours, J. C. McClure."
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      NW Okie's Distant Craighead Ancestors

      Vol 13, Iss 19 Tennessee - Well! I have finally found a connection to the Craighead ancestors that I have been researching, but have NOT found the connection to Nancy Craighead (1757-1867) that married Edward Luttrell.

      Distant ancestors of NW Okie (Linda Kay McGill Wagner):

      • Rev. Thomas Craighead (1664 - 1739), relationship to this NW Okie: 2nd great grandfather of husband (Samuel Geddes Craighead) of 2nd great grand aunt (Nancy McGill, daughter of William Nathan McGill, Jr. and Anne Nancy Luttrell).
      • Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead (1706 - 1766), Son of Rev. Thomas Craighead
      • Capt Robert Craighead (1751 - 1821), Son of Rev. Alexander Holmes Craighead.
      • William CRAIGHEAD (1778 - 1835), Son of Capt Robert Craighead
      • Samuel Geddes CRAIGHEAD (1814 - 1889), Son of William Craighead
      • Nancy MCGILL (1814 - 1898), Wife of Samuel Geddes Craighead
      • Anne Nancy LUTTRELL (1787 - 1860), Mother of Nancy McGill
      • David Milton MCGILL (1808 - 1850), Son of Anne Nancy Luttrell
      • William Pearson MCGILL (1835 - 1918), Son of David Milton McGill
      • William Jacob "Will" MCGILL (1880 - 1959), Son of William Pearson McGill
      • Gene M "Merle" MCGILL (1914 - 1986), Son of William Jacob McGill & Constance Estella Warwick; married Vada Eileen Paris 24 March 1940; Children: Connie Jean, Dorthy Eileen, Linda Kay, Amber Ann.
      I am still wondering about Nancy Craighead (1757-1867) that married Edward Luttrell. How does Nancy Craighead fit into the Craighead ancestors? View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Old Alva Depot Buggy Ride

      Vol 15, Iss 5 Alva, OK - OK! Ten years ago (2002) we asked, "Who Is This Young Couple in the early days of Alva, Oklahoma Territory?" We still do not know who is in this picture. We suspect it might be a McGill relative of some sort! Does it ring a bell with anyone?

      We deduce it is in Alva (Oklahoma) at the Train Depot. The Alva Depot no longer exists at its location on the north edge of Alva! They tore it down awhile back.)

      Looking on the back of the image we found no names or no identification of this couple. We suspect this could be Bill McGill and Constance Warwick in their courtin' days during the early 1900's. If it isn't Constance, then it is another girlfriend of Bill's.

      Maybe someone out there will recognize this couple and give me some assurance of who they are and when it might have been taken. Why didn't people write names, dates on back of old photos for the other generation like myself. I am really playing a guessing game here guys. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Air Castles & Dreamers

      Vol 11, Iss 26 This NW Okie comes from a long line of dreamers with roots in Oklahoma. My grandmother, Constance Estella Warwick McGill, wrote in letters from a friend, John C. McClure, of the places she wanted to go and see when she was younger in the early 1900s. John accused Constance of building "air castles."

      One of those places was San Francisco, Philippines, and other places around the world. It was not until the late 1930s thru 1950s that she saw some of her "air castles" developed into reality. She never made it to the Philippines, but did travel to England and back to New England.

      Grandma mainly stayed around Northwestern Oklahoma Territory and saw it through it Drought, Depression and Dust Bowl days, raising a family of two sons and acquiring ranch and farm land. Marrying William J. McGill in March, 1910 and divorcing in the 1940s.

      Grandma's younger son, Bob McGill, fought overseas in World War II and died at an early age in February, 1954 of lung cancer.

      Constance's oldest son stayed around Northwest Oklahoma after his graduation from Oklahoma University in December, 1937, instead of going off to Washington, DC. His grandfather, John Robert Warwick made Gene and offer he could not refuse, "All this would be yours if you stayed and work the farm and ranching business."

      Little did Gene know at that time that his mother would control everything and use young Gene as a hired hand. By-passing her remaining son in her Will & Trusts when she died in 1969 -- leaving mineral interests and the majority of landholdings to her four granddaughters, equally.
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      Looking Back ... 1904 Friends University Baseball

      Vol 11, Iss 32 Back in 1904, while Grandpa Bill McGill was playing baseball at Friends University, Constance Estella Warwick was in Alva, Oklahoma Territory going to Northwestern Normal and teaching in rural schools in the area and communicating through letters with John C. McClure.

      We found this little song ditty amongst Grandpa's baseball clippings:

      Quakers Baseball Song (Friends University)
      Hi Quaker, Ho Quaker, Come along with me,
      Hi Quaker, Ho Quaker, Hi Quaker ball boys,
      Sweeter than honey at a huckle-berry bee,
      Hi Quaker, Ho Quaker ball boys.

      [Same as first except third line.]

      3rd line - 2nd, verse.
      Burpee in the left field, Shorty in the right,

      3rd, line - 3rd, verse.
      Ginder on the third base, Texas on the stop,

      3rd, line - 4th, verse.
      McCully on home plate, McGill in the box,

      3rd, line - 5th, verse.
      Boon-ee in the center field catching all the flies,

      3rd, line 6th, verse.
      Rich is on the second base put e'm out at first,

      3rd, line - 7th, verse.
      Jefferies on first base, mighty sure and good.
      We'll never come up, come up,
      We'll never come up, come up,
      We'll never come up, come all the way up to Fairmount.
      They haven't got any team, their pitcher is minus the steam,
      And for all their good batters, they've got soda crackers,
      And they, er all the good men on the team.

      Bill McGill left Alva, O.T. in 1903 and attended Friends University for three seasons and then went to Washburn and then on to the Kansas State League and later to the Texas League from whence he went to the majors.

      It was late 1907 September and McGill returned to Alva to go into the furniture business and found little time thereafter to devote to organized baseball. He did take a short fling in the old Western Association with Guthrie and also pitched a few more games for Alva.

      During McGill's brief major league career one whacky sportswriter dubbed McGill "The pitcher with the millian dollar arm and the ten cent head." BUT ... The allegation was decidedly unfair as McGill was considered one of the smartest pitchers of his time.

      McGill denies being smart, "I didn't have an ounce of brains. I can see it now. If I had been smart I wouldn't have spent seven of my best years pitching college ball for nothing when I could have been drawing down big money in the majors." McGill grimaced and said, "Daw gawn-it!" McGill began college pitching at 21 and was near 30 when he reached the majors. View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      Nellie's 8th Graduation Photo..

      Vol 7, Iss 9 "The graduation picture is in my grandmother Nellie Fugit (Oviatt) family photo albumn. It is labled 1905 - 1st Woods County 8th Grade Graduation Class. Standing from left to right: Bessie Wright, Bessie Snyder; middle row: Nora Oviatt, Nan Snyder; Seated: Nellie Oviatt (Fugit). I beleive all of these girls were taught at one time by Connie (Warwick) McGill. Most are in the photo you have labled The Teacher, NW Oklahoma." -- Earl View/Write Comments (count 0)   |   Receive updates (0 subscribers)  |   Unsubscribe

      1836 Book - The Life of William Penn

      Vol 8, Iss 43 This 1836 little book of "The Life of William Penn" was in our grandmother Constance E. (Warwick) McGill's treasure chest.

      William Penn was the settler of Pennsylvania, the founder of Philadelphia, and one of the first law givers in the colonies, now the United States, in 1682. The book contains his celebrated treaty with the indians; purchase of their country; valuable anecdotes of Admiral Penn; Also of King Charles II, King James II, King William, Queen Anne; curious circumstances that led Wm Penn to become a Quaker. A view of the admirable traits in the character of the people called "Friends" or "Quakers." Published by Uriah Hunt, No. 101 Market St., sold by Booksellers throughout the USA, 1836. It was written by M. L. Weems, author of the Life of Washington.

      We just got the the front page scanned to give you an idea of what was inside. Flipping through the book, though, we did quickly glance the surname of "WARWICK." BUT... NOW we can't weem to find that page - again. We are in the process of reading this little 1836 book and see what legacies we can derive from it and find that mention of the "WaARWICK" surname.
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      1929 - Public Schools of Today

      Vol 10, Iss 18 [Essay written around 1929. Not sure if it was a paper that my Grandma, Constance Warwick McGill, wrote for a college class at NWSTC ... or what? Who wrote it? I am not sure! These questions have not been answered completely.]

      Public schools of today have diverged a great deal from the "little red school house" of yesterday. children in our present day public schools have more activity, larger freedom, and greater responsibility. The class room made for passive listening is fast giving way to the school room made for active doing.

      One of the most noticeable changes in the modern school is in the appearance of the class room. In many of the schools fixed desks have been discarded. Instead there are movable desks, so that everything in the room may be moved aside, leaving an open space, if the instructor so desires. it is not unusual in the school of today, to see children in one room, informally gathered about in groups with desks moved aside, perhaps feeding or caring for a cat, dog, or other pet. Children bring their pets to school and care for them, leaning much about their nature and habits.

      The changed conditions in the modern world demand a change in the school. The narrow curriculum of earlier days is fast giving was to a program of work and play wherein the tools of learning are mastered in their relation to every day life. In some schools, for example, the children learn the science of botany from first hand experience in the school green house. They learn about cooking and planning meals in the school cafeterias -- about decoration and arrangement of furniture in the school room by actually helping decorate and arrange, and so on. Even in the upper grades the schools have become modernized and there is a flexible environment suitable for active work, whatever it may be.

      There is an interesting school of the modern type in San Francisco. It is the pioneer Burk School, in a connection with the San Francisco State Teachers college, and is a school of individual instruction. The child in this school studies at his own rate of speed. In the fourth grade, for instance, a pupil may be doing third grade arithmetic, fourth grade reading, fifth grade spelling, and so on. If a child can advance faster in one study, and more slowly in another, he does so. This seems a better plan than holding an entire class of different individuals together in spite of everything.

      In the Burk school the tool subjects are individualized, and by the tool subjects is meant reading, selling, phonics, arithmetic, and formal grammar. Some parts of other subjects are also individualized, such as history, geography, etc. The time saved in this type of school is said to be enormous. Most children finish their tool studies a year or two ahead of time, and no child has taken more than 8 years for his studies. Moreover, no child has failed.

      In some modern schools the children organize themselves into clubs, joining those in which they are most interested, and in these clubs they are taught various things. For example, one group of students might become interested in the study of astronomy, organize a club, and pursue their studies in this way. Another group may belong to a sewing club, cooking, manual training, book lover's, and so on. Children in the lower grades are usually only allowed to belong to two or three of the clubs, but in the upper grades there may be no limit.

      One can readily see the advantage of this club idea. In this way a pupil may choose the things he likes best and thus his individuality is better developed.

      There is a plan of education known as the Scarsdale plan, which originated in Scarsdale residential community, 18 miles from New York City. This plan began to develop in 1923 in this residential community of 8000. Students in this school, or type of school receive individual instruction. Much of the responsibility for learning is placed upon the pupils themselves, although the instructors are responsible for careful guidance.

      One step toward change in the secondary schools is that of dividing the course into 2 units of 4 years each, preceded by a six year elementary course. This includes, besides the usual four years of high school, two years in college, or the junior college. This plan promises to meet the changing needs of today, and is proving successful. It is an economy in money, as well as in time.

      Everywhere in the world schools are different. In every country there are experiments in education being carried on in order to find better forms through which the spirit of the new age may express itself.

      Bibliography: School Life - June 1929, National Education Association Journal, January 1929; March 1929.
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      Vol 8, Iss 18 4/30/2006 - "It seems that in October of 2005 we bought a WWII Barrack that was moved here from Alva. We bought it knowing it was military built in the 1940's (that is the date on the title guarantee). We assumed that the rest of our property was an instillation as a branch of Camp Nazi in Alva but we found out recently this barrack was moved to this location in Buffalo, OK. It measures 100 X 20 so there are numerous things that this could have been used for, is there anything that I can look for to help me find out more about my new home?" -- Kathi Bearden

      4/30/2006 - "Ruby Williams and Verna Hill also taught at Warwick because they were my teachers.I attended Warwick school for 8 years 1941-1949." -- Leslie Ruth Oliver Ken

      4/24/2006 - "Thanks for the history on Lincoln County and the Sac and Fox Indians. I grew up near the Indian Agency." -- Gloria Johnson Nedell

      4/21/2006 - "Based on other events and dates shown in the McGill (BOB) WWII Timeline, his V-Mail Christmas Card from Hawaii was sent in December, 1942. He arrived in Hawaii in December, 1941, however, V-Mail did not exist until June, 1942, (see this web site: Postal Museum ). Therefore, this card was not sent in 1941. The last Hawaii entry in the timeline was in October, 1942, and the next entry has him at Camp Cooke, California, in May, 1943. While you cannot be positive, I think you can logically conclude based on the evidence that the V-Mail card was sent from Hawaii, that he was still in Hawaii in December, 1942. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your excellent site and hope this information helps." -- John Patton
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