Monday, November 24, 2008

Eight Things About Me ... I've been tagged!

I was tagged by Jessica over at Jessica's Genejournal.
The rules for this meme are:

1. Each player starts with eight random fact/habits about themselves.
2. People who are tagged need to write their own blog about their eight things and post these rules.
3. A the end of your blog post, you need to choose eight people to get tagged and list their name.
4. Don’t forget to leave them a comment telling them they’re tagged and to read your blog.


1. I am interested in the paranormal and spirituality. Ok, it borders on obsession. I've been interested from a very young age. I've had a lot of experiences that have kept my interest high.

2. I like order around me. I am uncomfortable without it. I wish I could work in the middle of a mess. . . . . . ok so I don't really. I don't understand how people can work that way :o)

3. I'd like to write a book someday. Of course that is not a big shocker! Don't all of us hope to put down our ancestors stories? One day, if I live long enough. I do have an interesting format I would like to use with a twist!

4. I love creating web pages. I also love being a County Coordinator. I always wanted to be a CC. I learned how to make a basic page. Nothing else. When my county came up for adoption I applied. I didn't think I would even be considered. I was 'hired'. So I had to go on a html binge. I fell asleep on the books. I took every free course. I was terrified. I loved every minute. I have only my own county now. I still love it.

5. I hate 'girly' movies. I don't go to a theater because I tend to lose interest and want to wander off and work on something in the middle. I don't like gore either. I love those old Japanese sci-fi. You know the ones. Badly dubbed, motorcyle helmets without the shield, going to the moon sitting in lawn chairs, foil covered boxes as instruments. . . . .ok that is my secret. Old, bad sci-fi. Oh yes, I am a trekker. (I believe Picard was No.1, ok?)

6. I quilt. I have made many quilts, big and small. I don't do it so much anymore. My hands don't like to do it as much as I do.

7. I don't like to travel. We traveled so much when I was a child I think I burned out early.

8. I don't like to shop. I shop because I have to, not because I want to. My sister loves to shop. She thinks I'm nuts. She's probably right....

I am tagging . . . . . .

Msteri at Heritage Happens

Lee at The I Seek Dead People Blog

Janet at The Chart Chick

Cat at Diggin Up Dirt

Lori at Smoky Mountain Family Historian

T.K. at Before My Time

Shannon at AncestralSpace

Ruby at Genealogy Works

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Week - Adding New Information

In starting a new week I am trying to get a lot of new information added. This is going to be a week of adding new people and sources. I've been putting it off for a while, now it's time. This data involves my Alexander, Allman, Hovis and Bohall lines. I really find these lines interesting. Just recently though, I was sent a photo of my Henry Hovis. I didn't know there was a photo of him in existence so it was quite a delightful surprise! The same person sent me a photo of the grave of Henry Sr., father to the above Henry. What a great contact!! Hovis contact has been few and far between. Unfortunately, I have not made contact with any Bohalls. I would love to find contacts there.

So, my week is spoken for. . .

I do hope to have time to blog. I have not had the time lately. The weather has been so messed up that I have a headache full time now. One day it's 60 and the next 34. Hard to get used to.

Hoping for a good, productive week!!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Ermil R. Trapp - A TwigTale

Ermil R. Trapp
Born: August 28, 1923
Died: September 15, 1944 France
Buried: Marion Cemetery, Jackson County, Indiana
Ermil served in General Patton's 735th Tank Battalion in a light tank. He was killed in the Battle of Metz, France in September 1944.

Ermil Trapp Dies in Action September 15
Local Soldier Was Serving With Tank Group in France - Widow Gets Word

Technician Fifth Grade Ermil R. Trapp, age 21, was killed in action September 15, according to a telegram received late Sunday afternoon by his wife, Mrs. Joyce L. Trapp, 620 Euclid Avenue.

"The Secretary of War desires me to express his deep regret that your husband, Technician Fifth Grade Ermil R. Trapp, was killed in action on September 15th in France. Letter follows," read the telegram, signed by J.A. Ulio, adjutant general.

Sgt. Trapp entered the service on January 8, 1943, receiving his training at Fort Lewis, Wash., as a member of a tank battalion. He had served overseas since February 1 of this year. Mrs. Trapp's last letter from her husband was dated September 6.

Lived at Chestnut Ridge.

Born in Jennings county, T.5 Trapp was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Trapp, of Chestnut Ridge, six miles south of this city. He spent most of his life in the Chestnut Ridge community, attending school there. He was employed throughout the county on various farms and also worked at Camp Atterbury before entering the armed forces.

T.5 Trapp was widely known both in this city and throughout the county and a host of friends join with relatives in mourning his death.

Survivors include the widow, the former Miss Joyce Jaynes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Jaynes, with who she makes her home; a fourteen-months-old daughter, Judy Kay Trapp; the parents; five sisters, Mrs. Fern Russell, of Beanblossom, and Marjorie, Carol, Vivian and Phyllis Trapp, all of Chestnut Ridge; and three brothers, all of whom are in service. Ernest Trapp and Murrel Trapp, both serving overseas in England or France, and Donald Trapp, serving on a Navy destroyer in the South Seas.
~frontpage: Seymour Daily Tribune, Seymour, Indiana

Brick at the Veteran's Memorial - Seymour, Indiana


Grave photo: owned and taken by Tina Brock Smith
Photo: in possession of Former Judy Kay Trapp
Obit: original in my possession

Brick Photo: owned and taken by Sheri Bush
for: Veteran's Day Post 2008

I have 2 step-nephews and 1 full nephew serving right now. One already had several tours in the US Navy and is stateside now. Two will soon be going.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Oh, Baby! Huh?

This is it?

I thought I'd add a photo of me. Showing my attitude toward life. Confused. I still have this expression most of the time.

Wish I still had that stroller! Notice the bumpers? Is that rubber baby buggy bumpers??

Submitted for:
Smile for the Camera
10 November, 2008

Monday, November 3, 2008

Henry Hovis - A TwigTale

Henry W. Hovis was born on July 1, 1840 in Noble County, Ohio and he died June 11, 1935 in Nashville, (Brown County) Indiana. He was the son of Henry Hovis and Sarah Hogg. On July 9, 1864 he married Elizabeth Ellen. Bohall in Brown County, Indiana.
Elizabeth, daughter of George David Bohall and Catherine E. Draper, was born June 17, 1844 in Jackson County, Indiana and died July 17, 1897.

This is an entry in *1886: History of Jackson County, Indiana. Brant and Fuller.

This church was organized March 15, 1878, three miles
northeast of Clear Spring. Members: Prudy Elkins, Sarah
Martin, Martha Scott, Hanna Scott, Nancy Cobb, Ollie Winein-
ger, W. A. Williams, Sarah Williams, Mary B. Smith, John C.
Bowman, Adaline Bowman, Martin Beavers, Mary A. Beavers,
Henry Hovis, Elizabeth Hovis and William Paris; ministers:
Elders R. J. Gorbet, David Sexton, J. R. McCoy, J. W. Maynard
and H. Hovis.

As you can see, Henry is also listed as a minister.

They had 4 children: Seth, Mary C., Margaret C. and Martha Jane. Margaret C. Hovis is my great-great-grandmother. My grandmother spoke of her often and said she was her favorite person. Seth was divorced by his wife for violent behavior and died in the County Farm in Independence, Missouri . I have not found Mary or Martha yet.

The church no longer stands.

*Title: History of Jackson County
Publisher: Chicago: Brant & Fuller 1886
Page: 424
Jackson County Public Library/History Resources Online

A Short Break

I have stayed busy, just not as genealogically busy as normal. I did remove my DNA kit from FamilyTreeDNA. I had read all the TOS and Privac...