Christmas has come and gone; as well as New Year celebrations, Valentine’s Day and Mardi Gras celebrations. Children are about to have a break from their schooling. Thinking about what it would take to foster children. Too old to adopt so perhaps fostering may be something I may think about. Then again, there is the very short term through Volunteer of America program where children are placed in very temporary homes for the removal from their parents’ home till danger has passed. As I understand, one doesn’t have these children too much more than two or three weeks. VOA supplies toys, computers, food and such for needs and entertainment while in home. Something to do; something to do; paying it forward.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch with my work and thoughts: All is well, just feel the need to tighten those details that need tightening. We have seen rain for quite a few days this week; not hard rain, but steady rain. Yard is soaked. Weeds and grass growing. Work in the springtime with mowing, planting, etc. Thinking fruit trees and river bamboo cane, the spreading kind all around the borders. I like cane. I have an idea on that spreading; perhaps in the helping it to spread in the right directions.

Make some tabs to this blog for the posting pictures for all to catch a glimpse of those with some of the same blood that runs through each of us.


Demanding and Controlling

Do we perhaps as children are reared, put too many demands on our children? I tend to look at mama birds pushing their babies out of the nest when they naturally know they can fly. I know there are some mothers who stay in demanding mode throughout the different stages of their children’s lives. Would this be a form of controlling the actions of their children through their lack of ability to trust that they have taught their children enough of the tools it takes to venture out into the real world to secure their place in life?

Since July 2013?

Yikes, USAs birthday has come and gone and headed toward another celebration since my last post. From right before the federal holiday known as Thanksgiving all the way through the federal holiday, New Years, a lot has happened. Some good and some not so good, but a whole bunch of self-discipline was applied to gather the stamina to carry me through this period.


What is fun? Does it cost a lot to have fun? What do I need by way of buying for this fun to happen? Is fun ever free?

Fun is possibly either digging for worms or buying some and casting that line out to perhaps see that bobbing thing go under. Fun can be a trip to the bowling alley and throwing a ball down the aisle in hopes to make as many stand-up things fall down. Fun can be a trip to a state park within your state to look at the lay of the land or different species of flying, walking or crawling things.

Fun costs. To what degree of cost is dependent on the partaker of the fun.

Daddy’s great grandparents first cousins

Daddy’s great grandparents of Michael Eagan Van Osdell and Valeria AVERY Jones first cousins are:

1.  Marie Van Osdell’s children – 1a. Emma Rebecca Iler; 2a.  William E Iler

2. Emma Rebecca Van OSDELL Vandergrift childless.

3.  James Avery’s children?

4.  Ruth Holliman’s children?

5.  Robert L Holliman’s children? marriage?

6.  Jesse Holliman’s children?

7.  Elizabeth Holliman children?

8.  Blake Jr’s children – 1a. Sophronia E Holliman; 2a. Richard Holliman; 3a. Nancy Holliman; 4a. Amanda Holliman

Daddy’s great grandparents Charles Robert Delatte and  Mary Carmelite Lopez first cousins would be:

1.  Genevieve Maria children? marriage?

2.  Remigio children – 1a.  Amelina Delatte; 2a.  Remigio Delatte Jr; 3a.  Leocadie Delatte; 4a.  Alcide Delatte; 5a.  Joseph Siderio Delatte; 6a.  Eugenia Marie Delatte; 7a.  Mary Valentine Delatte

3.  Charles children? marriage?

4.  Jacinthe Bon children – 1a.  Edward Parmely Delatte

5.  Victoria children? marriage?

6.  Alcide children – 1a.  Ramie Delatte; 2a.  John Alfred Delatte; 3a.  Victoria Marthe Delatte; 4a.  Mary Delatte

7.  any suggestions on the Lopez’s? This would be her father, Joseph Angelo Lopez’s father, Felix’s other children’s children?

Marie Carmelite Lopez’s first cousin.

8.  Leocadie children? marriage?

9.  Anna children? marriage?

10.  Louise Onaya children – 1b.  Leocadie Rodriguez

11.  Aloye Marie Ambrosia children? marriage?

12.  Joseph Andrew children – 2b.  Joseph Samuel Rodriguez

13.  Theresa Marguerite children – 3b.  Julia Chidester; 4b.  C Charlotte Chidester; 5b.  William Adolphus Chidester; 6b.  Benjamin Samuel Chidester; 7b.  Mary Chidester; 8b.  Frank S Chidester; 9b.  Olivia Chidester; 10b.  Lucy Chidester

14.  Andrea Lauriantina children? marriage?

First cousins Daddy’s grandparents

The further back one goes to get the first cousins to a grandparent; great or great great, the more one needs to pull out the concentration of staying on point with the mind. One slip of the thought or finger and all could go wrong.

Daddy’s grandfather, Henry Berry Thompson’s first cousins:

1.  Priscilla Maria children – 1a.  Isaac Denham

2.  Thomas Surall children – 1a.  Henry Thompson; 2a.  William Duncan Thompson; 3a.  Robert Thompson; 4a.  Peninah Elizabeth Thompson; 5a.  Thomas Jefferson Thompson; 6a.  George W Thompson; 7a.  Daniel Albert Thompson; 8a.  Edmund Henshaw Thompson

3.  Mary Ann children – 1a.  Elizabeth J Ellzey; 2a.  Martha Ann Ellzey; 3a.  Nancy A Ellzey; 4a.  Rufus A Ellzey; 5a.  Lafayette T Ellzey; 6a.  William Judson Ellzey; 7a.  James Newton Ellzey; 8a.  Mary Theodosia Ellzey; 9a.  Henry B Ellzey

4.  male Thompson who I don’t have a name but pretty sure that he existed between 1820-24, but nothing more even children.

5.  Nancy Jane children – 1a.  Ervin Leon Bailey; 2a.  Edward T Bailey; 3a.  Thomas Tilford Bailey; 4a.  Sophronia J Bailey; 5a. Martha H Bailey; 6a.  Lott H Bailey; 7a.  Marshall Marsalis Bailey

6.  Zilphia Margaret children marriage death?

7.  Martha A children – 1a.  Rosa A Denham

8.  James Marshall children – 1a.  Mary M Thompson

Daddy’s grandmother, Nannie Elizabeth Wilson’s first cousins:

1.  Mary Jane’s children – 1a. Nathan Columbus Smith; 2s. William Austin Smith; 3a. George Albert Smith; 4a. Pinkney Wilson Smith; 5a. Mary M E Smith; 6a. John James Preuett; 7a. Frances E Preuett; 8a. Martha Sirena Preuett; 9a. Emory Russell Preuett; 10a. David Monroe Preuett; 11a. Margaret A Preuett

2.  Margaret’s children – 1a. Henry James Hartley; 2a. John Dudley Hartley; 3a. Charles Adams Hartley; 4a. Louisa Alice Hartley; 5a. Shira Knar Hartley; 6a. Levisa Miranda Hartley; 7a. Richard Austin Hartley; 8a. Mary Hartley; 9a. George Love Hartley; 10a. Elias Leon Hartley; 11a. Margaret Louisa Hartley; 12a. Nannie E Hartley

3.  Emily Ann’s children – 1a. Margaret Calpernia Hartley; 2a. John Almina Hartley

4.  John A’s children?

5.  Henry A’s children?

6.  Hardin Dudley’s children?

7.  Louisa E’s children – 1a.  Josiah Zachariah Starnes; 2a.  Ruth Elizabeth Starnes; 3a. Moses James Starnes; 4a. Minisa Adelia Starnes; 5a. Margaret A Starnes; 6a. Mellie Corinne Starnes; 7a. Erastus Wheeler Starnes; 8a. Mary Virginia Starnes; 9a. Hollie Kendrick Starnes; 10a. Emmie Louise Starnes; 11a. Arabelle Starnes

Daddy’s maternal grandparents’ first cousins are:

1. James children – 1b. William Van Osdell; 2b. Virginia Van Osdell; 3b. Wade Van Osdell

2. Andrew’s children? marriage?

3. Mary Rebecca’s childless?

4. Enoch Jr children – 1b. Enoch Van Osdell III; 2b. Thomas Edward Van Osdell

5.  Herman’s children? marriage?

6.  Thomas Jefferson’s children – 1b. Jennie F Van Osdell; 2b. Tommy Van Osdell; 3b. Rebecca Lavinia Van Osdell; 4b. Grace Palmer Van Osdell; 5b. Ethel S Van Osdell

7.  Francis Elizabeth children? marriage?

8.  Preston children? marriage?

9. Isidore Balthasard Francois’ children – 1b. Joseph Laurent Delatte; 2b. Leonce Joseph Delatte; 3b. Walton Francis Delatte; 4b. Linden Francis Delatte

10. Mary Frances’s children? marriage?

11.  Rosalie Theodore’s children – 1b. Emily Anna Wood; 2b. Mary Ann Wood

12.  Margaret’s children – 1b. Joseph W Bouche; 2b. Ada Bouche; 3b. Bernard A Bouche

13.  Joseph’s children? marriage?

14.  Louis’ children? marriage?

15.  Bernard Hyacinthe’s children? marriage?

16.  John Louis’ children – 1b. Louis Bernard Delatte; 2b. Lou Ella Delatte; 3b. Mary Josephine Delatte; 4b. Adrienne Beatrice Delatte; 5c. Angeline Sullivan Bennett Delatte; 6c. John Oscar Delatte; 7c. Lillie Louisa Delatte; 8c. Wickliffe W Delatte; 9c. Elsie Delatte; 10c. James Curtis Delatte; 11c. Forrest Delatte; 12c. Nettie Lucille Delatte; 13c. Stella Clarinda Delatte; 14c. Bertha Irene Delatte; 15c. Ethel Lorena Delatte; 16c. Robert Ellis Delatte; 17c. Alton Elmore Delatte

17.  Julia Theresina’s children – 1b. James H Robertson; 2b. Emily Anne Robertson; 3b. Ester Amanda Robertson; 4b. Francis V Robertson; 5b. Raymond Robertson; 6b. Samuel Robertson; 7b. Evelyn B Robertson; 8b. Jessie Robertson; 9b. Bertha Robertson; 10b. Lucille Robertson



First cousins to Daddy’s parents

To get to first cousins one must go through uncles and aunts for their children:

First cousins to Thomas Ullman Thompson aka Grandpa Teddy; Perla; Bonnita Bell aka BB; Vardaman Lamar aka Shorty; Dezine Dorothula; Nanarae Elizabeth; Henry Berry; Loramae Blanchette; Robert Julius; Behrnell Theodore aka BT THOMPSON

1.  Charles Edward’s children – 1a.  Freddie Herbert Thompson; 2a.  Mary M Thompson; 3a.  Charles E Thompson Jr; 4a.  Edith Lucille Thompson; 5a.  Wilbur Thompson; 6a.  Elmer E Thompson; 7a.  Claude A Thompson; 8a.  Sybil A Thompson

2. Olive A’s children – 1a.  Ebinor Clyde Whittington; 10a.  Enos Jewett Whittington; 11a.  Altamae Whittington; 12a.  Thomas Monroe Whittington

Grandpa Teddy and siblings’ first cousins on his daddy’s mother’s side would be Callender and Emanuel. After Mary Margaret Callender’s first husband, Henry P or J(echonias, died, she remarried Samuel Oscar Emanuel and bore children to that marriage.

4. Annabel Isabelle’s children – 1a. Essie Belle Cammack; 2a. Sarah Rosalie Cammack; 3a.  Samuel William Cammack; 4a. Mary Alice Cammack; 5a. Katie Emma Cammack; 6a. Annie Florence Cammack

5.  Sarah Jane’s children – 1a. Mary Grace Edwards

6.  Samuel Eugene’s children – 1a. Lorelle Eugene Emanuel; 2a.  Jennie Irene Emanuel; 3a. Sheldon Hayes Emanuel; 4a. Dwight Emanuel; 5a; Mildred Edith Emanuel; 6a. Samuel Percy Emanuel; 7a. Ruth Ivy Emanuel; 8a. Doris Evelyn Emanuel; 9a. Bennett Cammack Emanuel

7.  Mary Penelope childless?

Grandpa Teddy’s first cousin through his mother’s lineage:

1.  James Perry Wilson – childless? married?

2.  Moses Hardin’s children – 1a.  Robert Wilson; 2a.  Bettie Wilson; 3a.  Ellis Wilson; 4a.  Lonnie Wilson; 5a.  Ola Wilson; 6a.  James V Wilson; 7a.  Johnny Lou Wilson; 8a.  Mattie M Wilson; 9a. Doris L Wilson; 10a. P C Wilson

3.  Mary E (Molly E) Wilson – marriage? children?

4.  John Austin children – 1a.  Nellie Ray Wilson; 2a.  Nick Wilson

First cousins of Daddy’s mother,  Gladys Emma Van Osdell and her siblings:

1.  Mary Emma’s children? marriage?

2.  Johnny Roland’s children – 1a.  Edna Van Osdell; 2a. Johnny Roland Van Osdell Jr; 3a.  Edgar Eagan Van Osdell; 4a.  Robert James Van Osdell; 5a.  Sadie Van Osdell; 6a.  Benjamin Smith Van Osdell; 7a.  Cora Louise Van Osdell; 8a.  Walter Hammond Van Osdell; 9a.  Olive Mae Van Osdell; 10a.  Rose Van Osdell; 11a.  Anna Mae Van Osdell

3.  Willie children? marriage?

4.  Annie Ola children – 1a.  Jennie G Penny; 2a.  Annie Belle Penny; 3a.  Ruth May Penny; 4a.  Beatrice Valloria Penny

5.  Sarah Emeline Jones’ children? marriage?

6.  Charles T Jones’ children? marriage?

7.  Robert Charles children – 1b.  Robert C Delatte; 2b.  Thelma Delatte; 3b.  Richard H Delatte

8.  John Alcide children – 1b.  John Alcide Delatte Jr; 2b.  Albert Delatte; 3b.  Margie Alma Delatte; 4b.  Dorothy May Delatte; 5b.  Lucille Delatte; 6b. Joseph V Delatte; 7b. John Harold Armstrong Delatte

9.  Mary Antoinette children? marriage?

9.  Victoria Delatte children – 1b.  James Rankin Hull; 2b.  Shie Jeannette Hull

10.  Laura Ethel children – 1b.  Gracie Payne; 2b.  Esther Payne

11.  Alma Helena children – 1b.  Beverly Payne; 2b.  Juanita Payne; 3b.  Lucille Payne; 4b.  Henry C Payne; 5b.  Grant Payne; 6b.  Mary Payne; 7b.  Albert Payne; 8b.  Virginia Payne; 9b.  Myrtle Payne

12.  Wallace Eugene children? marriage?

13.  Pearl Alburney children – 1b.  Beverly Lea Washington; 2b.  Mildred Lucille Washington; 3b.  Juanita Bernice Washington

14.  Evelyn Irene children – 1b.  Leo Paul Langlois; 2b.  Woodrow J Langlois; 3b.  Jules Joseph Langlois; 4b.  Lawrence Allen Langlois; 5b.  Eugene Langlois; 6b.  Dorothy Ann Langlois; 7b.  Lorraine Langlois

15.  Alfred LeRoy children – 1b.  Mary Lou Delatte

16.  Louis B children? marriage?

16.  Lawrence children – 1b.  Wallace Lionel Delatte; 2b.  Shirley Fay Delatte; 3b.  Alfred Leonard Delatte; 4b.  Alice Delatte; 5b.  Melba L Delatte; 6b.  John Boyd