Wednesday, August 25, 2010

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Wayne Walton Hughes

73, a native of Cainsville, MO and a graduate of Princeton High School, died in Decatur GA on June 11 2005.
Burial was at the Hughes Cemetery at Cainsville.
Mr Hughes, son of Kelly & Lelah (Hart) Hughes, was born in Cainsville, Mo on June 14 1931. He grew up on a farm, attended one-room grade schools in Harrison and Mercer counties, and graduated as salutatorian of his 1949 graduating class at Princeton High School. He graduated with honors from Chillicothe (Mo) Business School, attended Rockhurst College in Kansas City, MO and graduated from the New School of Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin. He was in the US Army from May 1952 to April 1954.
He married Rosella Alexander June 2 1954 in Gallatin, Mo. they later divorced. he married Virginia Brown in December 1992 in Decatur GA, she survives of the home.
other survivors include 8 children, David Hughes and wife Rose of Basel,Switzerland, Mark Hughes & wife Judy of Austin, TX, Gregory Hughes & wife Marcia of Roseville, CA, Catherine Hughes of Brookville, FL, Timothy Hughes & wife Halyna of Clearwater FL, Anna Rollo & husband Bill of Brookfield Wisconsin, Barbara Hughes of Mukwonago, Wis., and Paul Hughes & wife Mary of Scottsdale, AZ, their mother Rosella Hughes of Clearwater FL, 2 stepsons W Alan Loper of Atlanta GA and James Loper & wife Amy of Manassas, VA, two sisters Doris Sparks and husband Carl of St Joseph Mo and Cheryl Hughes of Prairie Village KS, 14 grandchildren, and 2 step grandchildren.
he was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Daniel.

Wayne S Hedrick

age81 of Greenfield IN died Thursday August 25 2005 at Brandywine Nursing and Rehab Center. Born on November 25 1923 he was the son of Floyd Hedrick and Cordelia (Axsom) Hedrick. He married Frances C. (Fish) Hedrick.
He worked for Eli Lilly as an inspector in Indianapolis. Mr Hedrick was a member of the Rivers of Living Waters Ministry. He also served in the United States Army.
Surviving him as his sons, Terry Hedrick of Ninevah and Larry (Teresa) Hedrick of Morgantown, daughter Brenda Boyd of Greenfield, brother Gene Hedrick sister Claris Anderson and five grandchildren. Preceding him in death were his parents, wife, Frances Hedrick, and brother Darrel Hedrick.

David G "Buddy" Axsom

age 65 of Jeffersonville, IN died Saturday June 18 2005 at Norton Audubon Hospital, Louisville, KY.
He was born Dec. 24 1939 in Lawrence County, son of Harry & Mable Ramsey Axsom. He was a retired auto body shop owner and a member of Church of God, Wooster, Ind.
Survivors include his wife, the former Mary Ellen Gorman, a son, Brian Axsom, Jeffersonville, two daughters, Lori Williams, Pekin, and Melonie Turner, Jeffersonville, his mother, Mable Axsom, Salem; a brother Alan Axsom, Henryville; a sister Marily Kay, Salem; five grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.
burial was in Franklin Cemetery.

Charles L. "Charlie" Axsom

age 73 of Bloomington, died Sunday October 23 2005 at Bloomington Hospitality House. He was born October 27 1931 in Indianapolis, the son of Cletus O and Mary (Lucas) Axsom. He owned and operated Axsom Sunoco on North Walnut St for over 47 years and was an Army veteran of the Korean War. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Burton Woolery Post #18 of the American Legion, AmVets, Loyal Order of Moose and the Eagles Lodge, all in Bloomington.
Survivors include one daughter Tammy Axsom of Greencastle; six sisters Helen Ethelene Tate and husband, Dwight, of Bloomington, Margaret Bock and husband Marion of Bloomington, Susie Verseman of Bloomington, Betty Barger of Fort Myers, FL, Sharon Varner of Gulfort, MS and Clara Axsom of Solsberry; and one brother, Chester Axsom and wife Shirley of Vail, AZ and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathy Axsom, three brothers, Cletus Axsom, Jr, Alva Axsom and David Axsom, and one nephew Karl Bock.
Burial was at Valhalla Memory Gardens, where the Veterans Honor Guard conducted militry rites.

David Seth Crabb

On Monday, August 15 2005 at 12:01 p.m. Brenda Axsom gave birth to a baby boy, David Seth Crabb. David weighed 7 1/2 lbs and was 21" long at birth.

Joseph H Axsom Sr
Samuel David Axsom
Alexander Axsom
John Turner Axsom
Alfred Elmer Axsom
Bernard Charles Axsom
Brenda Kay Axsom
m. Jason Crabb
David Seth Crabb

Trenton Lee Winegarden

On October 19 2005 Trisha Winegarden gave birth to a baby boy, Trenton Lee Winegarden. Trisha is the oldest daughter of Darla Haggard Winegarden.
Joseph H Axsom Sr
Samuel David Axsom
Alexander Axsom
John Turner Axsom
Alfred Elmer Axsom
Freeda Darlene Axsom
m. Jerry Lee Haggard
Darla Ann Winegarden
m. Marcus Edwin Winegarden
Trisha Raschel Winegarden
m. Donald George Winegarden
Trenton Lee Winegarden

Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Axsom Branch Archaeological Site

can you believe it? The United States Government has designated an archaelogical research site with the Axsom name in it!
The name "Axsom Branch" refers to a creek in southwestern Brown County, Indiana. The Axsom Branch currently flows northward and empties into Lake Monroe. Before Lake Monroe existed, Axsom Branch emptied into Salt Creek. William David Axsom's family farm was near Axsom Branch. Several other Axsom families in Samuel David Axsom's clan had homes in the valley that cradled Axsom Branch.

see for yourself at this website:

the information at the website contains the following:
Axsom Branch Genealogical Site (12BR12)
added 1995 Site #86000525
also known as 12 Br 12
Address Restricted: Nashville
Historic significance: information potential
area of significance: prehistoric
cultural affiliation: Late Archaic
period of significance: 2500-2999BC, 2000-2499BC, 1500-1999BC
owner: federal
Historic Function: domestic
Historic subfunction: village site
current function: landscape
current subfunction: natural feature

note that the location of the site has its address restricted. only the town of Nashville (IN) is mentioned.
William Neil Axsom said that the knows about the site but would disclose no other information-since it was restricted.

Axsom Cemetery Cleanup Initiated by Norma Zanetti

(Axsom Newsletter June-Dec 2005)
Norma Zanetti wrote an email in late October, 2005 about her recent visit with her husband Joe Zanetti to the old Axsom Family Cemetery in Surry County, NC. She & Joe drove to the old farm where the cemetery is located.
"We went to the end of the roadbed where we thought the cemetery would be. Joe got our of the car & looked, but couldn't find the cemetery. My heart sank. I thought someone had destroyed the stones. But Joe kept walking and finally found it. The reason we couldn't spot that copse of trees was because the corn had been planted all the way up to the trree line. Joe got back in the car & drove over the cornstalks. He helped me get into the trees far enough to get by the M.C. Anthony stone-the big one that is more modern. I could see some of the other stones, but couldn't get close to them. Joe couldn't get to all of them either. We had an old sheet in the car. I got Joe to tear a strip off and we tied it to a tree on the edge of the cemetery. That may help someone find it, but I think it will be hard for anyone who hasn't been there before to spot it.
The condition of the cemetery saddens me, but I really don't know what to do about it. It looked great after Alton cleaned it (in 1995) and after the men Red Axsom hired to clear it (in 2000.) I think that last cleanup was $500. I can't see spending that much money to just let the cemetery go and get back in the same condition in a year or two. We really need someone to maintain the cemetery. If we could get someone to commit to keeping it cleared, it shouldn't cost nearly as much and the initial clearing. I don't know how many cemeteries there are in Surry County like ours, but I think it would be a great project for churches or other organizations to 'adopt a cemetery'..."
A few days later Norma wrote to say that her son Joe Zanetti, Jr who is between jobs, would be willing to clean the cemetery for $275. The officers agreed to have Norma's son do the cleanup. Joe Zanetti Jr took some pictures of the cleanup activity. he didn't take a chainsaw but needed one. The cemetery is full of roots. Some Joe could not cut. He said he would go back in the spring and take the chainsaw if we want, he will spray Roundup.
Norma says the reason the cemetery grows up so fast is because of all the roots there. Its not known if one spraying of Roundup will kill everything and we would be left with dirt for awhile. There is no grass in the cemetery. It is all briars and a little bit of everything growing there.
Norma noted that her son Joe and his wife Tina ventured into the old farmhouse on the property. It is believed that the farmhouse & farm belonged to the Cockerham family. Joseph H. Axsom Jr.s oldest son, James Monroe Axsom married Nancy Jane Cockerham. Joe &Tina concluded that the house is haunted. They said they heard what sounded like footsteps upstairs, but couldn't find anyone. Joe said the mantle in the house is just like the one that his mother, Norma got from the house thought to belong to Joseph H Axsom, Jr. The mantle had the same round decorative pieces that Norma's had. Joseph Jr. was a carpenter and he may have made that mantle for his son's wife's parents.
A big vote of thanks and appreciation to Joe Zanetti Jr and to his Mom Norma, for this effort.
We do have a continuing challange, however. Year after year, this cemetery needs a cleaning. A once-a-year cleanup should be less expensive than a cleanup every 5 years. The challange is to locate a responsible person to do the cleanup-or a responsible organization that would take on the annual cemetery cleanup as a project. We need some suggestions on how to handle this challange!

Ashley Crawford is a Kappa Delta at Mizzou!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Nathan James McCue

new son of Tricia & Jim McCue of Folsom, CA born Mary 1 2005 agt 6:15p.m. at that time he was 6lb15oz and 20'. Tricia & Nathan are doing well as are Nathan's grandparents Neil & Helen Axsom of Bloomington, Indiana.

1.Joseph H Axsom
2.Samuel David Axsom
3.William David Axsom
4.Theodore Estus Axsom
5.William Neil Axsom
6.Tricia Eileen Axsom
m. James Francis McCue
7.Nathan James McCue

Norma's Civil War Notes

by Norma Zanetti

Compiled Military Service Records are mostly comprised of muster rolls, pay rolls, hospital rolls, regimental returns, etc. The records usually show name, rank, unit,date of entry, discharge or death dates. there are references made to capture, absences from unit, and other events. sometimes a physical description and/or personal papers are included. generally the records for Union soldiers are more complete because many Confederate records were lost or destroyed during the war. the Confederate Records that survived are those records surrendered or captured after the War. since records may be incomplete (for either side) one may be led to believe that a soldier deserted, when in fact his absence was temporary for reasons unknown to the officer making the roll and later records showing additional service do not exist in the Compiled Military Service Records. other sources may provide evidence of a soldier's continued service. anyone interested in the Civil War service of their ancestors and gaining valuable information about those ancestors should search beyond Compiled Military Service Records (e.g. surrender rolls, medical records, various state & federal records, and pension records.)
pension records often contain detailed information, personal & family history, battles fought, wonds, marriage dates, etc. for example, Israel Axsom's Compiled Military Service Records listed him on a Roll of Honor with the notation: "killed in battle at Winchester." when his widow filed an application for a pension in 1901, a detailed &horrid account of his wound and death was given: "was a soldier & wounded in the left knee on or about 25May1862 and his leg had to be cut off twice and from said effects he died in a few days, he was wounded in the Battle at Winchester, VA..." fewer Confederate soldiers and their widows rec'd pensions because Confederate pensions were granted by states & generally were made available at a later date than Union pensions. as a result, many Confederate soldiers and their spouses had died by the time pensions were made available to veterans. some soldiers rec'd pensions although their records listed them as deserters and the requisite for pensions was honorable discharge. it is assumed those soldiers were able to present other evidence to support their claims.
Lest We Forget: This year (2005) marks the 140th Anniversary of General Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox on 09April1865 and the virtual end of the bloodiest war in our nations's history.

Norma Zanetti

John Andrew Axsom in the Civil War

by Norma Zanetti

son of Joseph H Axsom JR
John Andrew was residing with her parents in Surry Co NC in 1860. he enlisted in Capt. Burroughs' Company, Tennessee Light Artillery (Rhett Art'y) 09Jul1864 at Lead Mines (Austinville, Wythe County, VA) for the duration of the war. He would have been about 19.
the records are scant for John A. Axsom. military records from the National Archives only include muster rolls that show John was present from the time of his enrollment through October1864. John has not been located on any census in 1870. By 1880 he was living in Yamhill Co, OR. John returned to Surry Co NC & Married Martha J Lundy 31March1886. it is assumed Martha returned to OR with John &that she died before 1900. John was listed on the 1900 Yamhill Co OR census as single, but in 1910 & 1920 he was widowed. 1910 census notes he was a survivor of the Confederate Army. John was a wheelwright and carpenter. he died in Washington Co, OR 06MArch1929 age 84.

Samuel J Axsom in the Civil War

by Norma Zanetti

son of Andrew Axsom
Samuel J married Phoebe Nicholson 19Dec1857 in Surry Co, NC. they resided in the Dobson District of Surry Co. in 1860. Samuel was listed as a tenant on the Census, he did not own real estate. Samuel enlisted in Company A, 28th Regiment, NC Infanty 18May1862 in Dobson, Surry Co, NC. age 26, 5'7", sandy hair, sandy complexion, blue eyes. listed on a Receipt Roll dated 10April1862 as having rec'd a bounty payment of $50.00. Samuel was captured at Hanover Courthouse, VA 27May1862. confined at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, and later exchanged at Aiken's Landing, James River, VA. evidently he was sick when released. A report dated for the period 01May through31October1862 listed him as absent and in the hospital. He was approved for a 30 day furlough on 12Nov1862 by the Medical Director's Office in Richmond, VA. 19Nov1862 paid for the period of 01Sept1862-31Oct1862 in the amount of $22.00. (2 months pay at $11.00 per month). That same day, he appeared before a Notary Public in Henrico Co., VA and under oath stated that he had rec'd his bounty payment, clothing allowance, his last regular pay and the payments were just & fair. Samuel died at home in Surry Co, NC 12Dec1862. the cause of death was reported as disease. His burial place has not been located. is is assumed he was buried in an unmarked grave. 10Jan1863 his widow Phoebe appeared before a Justice of the Peace in Surry Co. and under oath stated she was the legal heir of Samuel J Axosm & was entitled to any amount of pay due Samuel from the Confederate States. That same day, she retained Attorney V.T. Crawford of Richmond, VA to represent her regarding her claim to allsums of money or other claims found due for the services as rendered the Confederate States of America by Samuel J Axsom. 24May1864 the Treasury Dept. of the CSA approved Phoebe's claim for services of Samuel J from 31October1862 to the date of his death, which amounted to one month and twelve days, at $11 per month. ($15.40)

Hezekiah Axsom in the Civil War

by Norma Zanetti

son of Samuel David Axsom
Hezekiah married Mary A Hillenburg 15April1854 Lawrence County IN. in 1860 they resided in Johnson Twp., Brown Co., IN. he enlisted in Company G, 31st Regiment, Indiana Infantry 05Septber1861 in Terre Haute , Vigo Co., IN. mustered in 20Sept.1861. described as age 30, 5'10" fair hair & complexion, blue eyes, born in Surry Co, NC. occupation farmer. The Company Muster Roll for Sept-Oct1861 noted Hezekiah sick & in hospital in Henderson, KY. roll for Jan & Feb1862 noted Hezekiah had been sent to the hospital in Evansville, IN 14Jan1862. By March,1862 counted as present on Muster Roll. remained present throughout 1862 and 1863. wounded in the shoulder 19 or 20Sept1863 during the Battle of Chickamauga (GA). a record of "Returns" included with Hezekiah's military records show that Hezekiah was transferred back to the 31st in Ooltawah, TN 01April1864. From May through August 1864 Hezekiah was detailed to guard the Division ammunition train. Hezekiah was mustered out of service on 15Sept1864 due to expiration of his term of service(3 years). The Muster Roll dated 15Sept1864 at Chattanooga, TN noted that the amount for clothing in kind or money advanced was $18.83, bounty paid, $0.00, due, $100.00. Transportation and subsistence was furnished to Nashville, TN. after being mustered out, Hezekiah returned to Brown Co, IN where he returned to farming. by 1900 Hezekiah & Mary were living in Bloomington, Monroe Co, IN. sometime after 1900 Mary entered the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home in Lafayette, Tippecanoe Co, IN. Mary died at the Home on 25Sept1908. Hezekiah was living in Jackson County, IN in 1910 but was a resident of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Home by 1920. Hezekiah died at the Home on 03Aug1921 at the age of 89.

Israel P Axsom in the Civil War

by Norma Zanetti

son of Martin Axsom.
Israel married Jennetta Nicholson 21Dec1849 in Surry County, NC. He & Jennetta lived in the Dobson District of Surry County in 1860. He was a farmer & enlisted in Company H 21st NC Infantry 05June1861 in Dobson, Surry County, NC. for a period of 12 months. He was 32. He was present & accounted for (reported at sick camp in September & October1861.) until he was wounded in the knee at Winchester, VA on 25May1862. Israel died at Winchester on or about 15July1862 following two amputations. It is not known if his body was returned to Surry Co. A claim was filed with the Office of the Confederate States Auditor for the War Dept. by M. Axsom, Administrator, on 19March1863. (M. was likely Israel's father, Martin.) there is no record of any payment. Israel's widow, Jennetta, filed a widow's claim for pension in Surry Co, NC in 1885 under the provisions of an act entitled "An Act for the relief of certain soldiers in the late war between the States." ratified 11March1885. in 1901, age 75, Jennetta again applied for a widow's pension under the provisions of the same Act ratified 11March1889, as amended by the General Assembly of 1891, 1893, 1895, and 1901.

Alexander Axsom in the Civil War

by Norma Zanetti

son of Joseph H Axsom SR, Alexander married Mary maiden name unknown about 1847. In 1860 Alexander & Mary resided in Mecklenburg County, NC. Alexander was a member of Company G, 34th Regiment, NC Infantry, but the date and place of his enlistment were not reported. He was issued clothing on 14Nov1864 and 17Nov1864. That was probably soon after enlistmetnt. if so, he would've been about 39 yrs. old. Alexander was captured near Petersburg, VA 02April1865. he was confined at Hart's Island, New York Harbor, on 07April1865. he was released 17June1865 after taking the Oath of Allegiance. Alexander was described as having been 5'10" with black hair, dark complexion, & hazel eyes. He signed his name with a mark. by 1880 Alexander & his family had moved to neighboring Gaston County, NC. Alexander was a laborer and farmer. Death records for Alexander & Mary have not been located, but they were probably buried in either Mecklenburg or Gaston County.

James S. Axsom in the Civil War

(son of Joseph H Axsom Sr)
James married Jane D. maiden name unknown. He & Jane probably married in Surry Co, NC about 1841. James moved his family to Panola Co, Mississippi between 1846 & 1849. James & Jane were residing in DeSota Co, Mississippi in 1860. he enlisted in Company B, 9th Battalion, Mississippi Sharpshooters (formerly Chalmers' Brigade.) on 13May1862 in Corinth, Mississippi for a period of 2 years. His age was listed as 37 years old. according to census records, James would have been about 45 years old in 1862. (deb's note.....hmmmm.) The Company Muster Roll dated 30June1862 reported James present, and noted that bounty commutation and pay were due since enlistment. The Muster Roll for 30June1862 through 31October1862 listed James as present, bounty paid, $0.00, due, $50.00. In November and December of 1862 James was reported as absent with the remark taht he was at the hospital since 21Nov1862. James appeared on the Register of the C.S.A. Post Hospital in Dalton, GA as having been admitted 18Nov1862 for "rheumastism chronica" and returned to duty 04Feb1863 (this card noted Co. B, 1st Battalion Georgia SS with 9th Battalion Mississippi written above.) However, the Muster Roll for March and April 1863 still listed James as absent and in the hospital since 17Nov1862 by order of the Chief Surgeon. James rec'd pay of $44.00 on 25May1863 & pay of $22.00 on 30June1863. On 10July1863 James rec'd a pair of pants, a shirt, and shoes at Fair Ground Hospital in Atlanta, GA (noted necessary for his comfort). The July & August 1863 Muster Roll noted that James was sent to the hospital 17Noc1862 but that time it was noted he was absent without leave. The Company Muster Roll for September & October 1863 noted that James had been dropped from the rolls as a deserter since 07Sept1863. James & His family were living in Harrison County, TX in 1870. by 1880, James & Jane were back in Mississippi. James was a blacksmith & a farmer. Death records for James & Jane have not been located.

Axsoms in the Civil War

Lest We Forget

by Norma Axsom Zanetti

When Joseph H Axsom Sr died in 1833, he & his wife Nancy, had ten living children: six sons and four daughters. Among the six sons, the three youngest served the Confederate States of America during the Civil War: Joseph Jr, James S, and Alexander. By the beginning of the war in 1861, Joesph had grandsons of the age to serve. Of those grandsons known to have served were Israel P. Axsom, Hezekiah Axsom, Samuel J. Axsom, and John Andrew Axsom. All served for the Confederacy with the exception of Hezekiah. Hezekiah's father, Samuel David, migrated to Indiana in the 1830s. The state of Indiana was established as a free commonwealth & was one of the earliest states to volunteer for the Union.

The following is a list of Joseph H. Axsom's descendants who served in the Civil War wtih a brief description of their service gathered primarily from Compiled Military Service Records obtained from the National Archives.

Joseph H Axsom Jr son of Joseph H Axsom SR.
Joseph Jr married Mary Setliff about 1838. Joseph Jr enlisted in Short's Local Defense Comany C 5th Regiment, North Carolina Senior Reserves in Dobson., Surry County, NC on 16 July 1864. The Senior Reserves were mainly used to relieve the regular troops and serve as guards at Salisbury Prison and railroad bridges. The Company Muster Roll dated January & February 1865 noted that Joseph was absent because he had been detailed from January 25 to July 23 1865 by order of Major Mallet. Joseph's age at the time of his enlistment was 48 years, 5 months, 6 days. He was described as having been 5 feet 10 inches tall with fair complexion, red hair, and blue eyes. His occupation was listed as mechanic. Joseph Jr died in Surry County, NC on 14September1888 at age 72. His widow Mary died in 1900.

to be continued....

Axsom Reunions

I believe the Branson reunion was in 2001. I could've gotten to Branson. I seriously meant to go. I was on surgery leave for hernia surgery, so had the time off. It was within driving distance. But when it came go time, I had no $. my sister Lisa drove to Branson for the family dinner. I bought tshirts from 2 reunions.

my dad met Larry Axsom at a reunion in Cainsville or Saline when Koren & Kj were young. he gave me his address, I got the first Axsom book & started corresponding with Larry, giving him what info I had, & getting him in touch with Grandma Pauline Shafer Axsom for the rest.

when they drove to Missouri for the Branson reunion, Larry & Ruth drove up here & came to our house to visit. that was cool.

I joined the AAA & contributed our family births & deaths to the newsletter.

I always said I'd buy a tent, take Koren & KJ & Lisa & John, & we'd drive to Indiana for the annual Axsom reunion there. there was a campground in the area we could camp at. did this ever happen? (no.)

I have all 3 Axsom books by Larry, & the cd.

at the reunions they did all kind of cool things.....silent auctions....a family quilt that I don't think I ever got the block done for....and a family cookbook (I think? I would've bought it if there was one...but no more than I crack a cookbook, not even sure where they all are!)

I always meant to go. I have declared myself the family genealogist! but I don't spend much time on it anymore. and no there are no more National Reunions. The AAA was disbanded after Larry's death, the $ in the treasury donated to a college in his memory. no more newsletter. Larry did a lot for the Axsoms. when I was a kid, I didn't know any other Axsoms but my grandparents & uncle in California. but there were lots of them out there! and Larry found a lot of them. so now I just post any new family births, deaths, marriages, etc. on here. maybe someone will find them...

Axsom Reunion Cancelled

less than 15 people were planning to attend the reunion in Bar Harbor Maine.
where are all the Axsom descendants located?
by looking at the members listed in AAA roster database for all years since 1995:
AL 1
AR 2
AZ 6
CA 20
CO 2
DE 2
FL 4
GA 1
IL 3
IN 55
KS 1
KY 1
MI 1
MN 1
MO 9
MS 1
NC 39
NE 1
NH 1
MN 1
NV 2
NY 1
OK 12
OR 1
PA 3
SC 1
TN 2
TX 4
UT 1
VA 5
WA 4
WI 1
WV 1
total 190

the eastern most circle of Axsoms includes about 113 known addresses.
center circle about 86 known addresses
western circle about 31 known addresses.

Kaden Louis Axsom

making his entry into the world this morning, 2MAy2003 at Queen of Peace Hospital in Mitchell SD was Kaden Louis Axsom. parents Jerry & Kathy Axsom.

1.Joseph H Axsom
2. Samuel David Axsom
3.Andrew Jackson Axsom
4.Samuel David Axsom
5.Ellis Axsom
6.Gary Lee Axsom
7.Jerry Axsom
m. Kathy
8.Kaden Louis Axsom

Delila Axsom

an article by Norma Zanetti from the Axsom Association of America Newsletter

Norma researches the branches of the Axsom family and sends the following notes from her many findings. This article illustrates how the history of a person and family can unfold with persistent research and follow through. In the census listings that follow, the three state abbreviations refer to the state of birth for the individual,the individuals father, and mother, respectively.

Until checking the 1870 Monroe County, IN census, I was not aware that a Martin Axsom, age 25, cabinetmaker, b. NC, was listed in the same household with Samuel David Axsom.
This was likely MArtin H. , son of Andrew Axsom of Surry Co, NC, -same age. And, Martin had not been found on any 1870 NC census. Martin was still in NC in 1869 as evidenced by a deed dated 1869 (Surry Deed Book 12, p.421), Martin Henry (?) Axsom sold to William E. Axsom 25 acres on both sides of Snow Creek. This may have been part of the land that was conveyed to Martin and brother, Francis, by Andrew in 1867 (Surry Deed Book, 12, p.419)

evidently, Martin sold his land & moved to Indiana.

Clark Co, IN Marriage Records 1855-1880 Books G-K V.2 found at

Name Delila Axsom
spouse Martin H. Axsom
marriage date 04Dec1874
Book J
OSPage 601
County Clark

The 1880 US Census OR Polk Co. Dallas Precinct
The Town of Dallas ED#105 Sheet #9 Line#26

Axsom, Martin H. Carpenter age 34 NC NC NC
Delila wife keeping house age 22 IN NC IN
son (not named) 3 ms. b. May

It looks as if Martin H. Axsom moved in with Samuel David Axsom & absonded with Samuel's daughter in 1874. Delila would have been 16 years old and Martin H would have been 29.

Martin H Axsom age 25 born in NC was in Samuel David's household in 1870.
Delila Axsom & Martin H Axsom marry in 1874.
Martin H. Axsom age 34 born in NC foundon 1880 OR Census with wife Delila, age 22, born in IN, and unnamed son, 3 mos. old, born in Oregon.

However, Delila was back in Indiana by 1885. she married Rial Martin in either MArch or December 1885. (dates on marriage record conflict.)

What happened to Martin? did he die or did they divorce?
and what happened to the 3 month old son?
(written 9-29-00 -9-11-00 nz)

USGenWeb Archives Polk Co, OR Dallas Cemetery established 1847
file contributed by Sheila Raymond Lodestein (

Dallas Cemetery, 2065 SW Fairview Ave, Dallas OR 97338

Axsom MH b.9/8/1845 d.1/26/1883
Axsom Willie b. 5/21/1880 d.9/23/1880
Axsom Martha L. b.2/12/1875 d.2/20/1877
children of MH & Delila

This find brings on sadness at the thoughts of what must have been a very difficult and trying period for Delila. Delila would have been about 7 months pregnant when she married in 1874 if she went full term. Martin & Delila probably left for Oregon soon after their marriage. Their daughter, Martha, died when she was 2 years old. Son, Willie, born in 1880 died at 4 months old. Martin died 3 years later. Delila buried two children & a husband by the time she was 25 years old. She was alone far away from home. She did manage to return to Indiana & marry a second time.

Norma Znetti 6/29/2001

Riley Martin married Louisa Cummings 03Feb1875 in Jackson Co. IN

1880 Lawrence C IN Census Pleasant Run Twp. page 367d

Rial Martin age 28 b. IN NC TN
Louisa wife age 25 b. IN NC IN
Jas. N. Michaels cousin age 15 b. IN NC TN

not known if divorced or if Louisa died.

Rial Martin married Delila Axsom 23March1885 in Brown Co,IN

1900 Morgan Co IN ED 54 Washington Twp. sheet 35b

Martin, Riley b. June 1850 age 49b. IN NC IN
married 15 years day laborer
Delila wife b.March1858 age 42married 15 years
5 children born 3 living B IN NC IN
Lillie dau. b. July 1889 age 12 b. IN IN IN
Ethel dau. b. May 1890 age 10 b. IN IN IN
Mabel dau. b. Oct 1894 age 5 b.IN IN IN

1910 Vigo Co., IN ED 171 Harrison Twp. Terre Haute, sheet 11b

Martin Delia age 53 widowed b. IN NC NC dress maker
Ethel dau age 19 B. IN IN IN clerk
Mable dau. age 15 b.IN IN IN dipper

It is assumed Riley/Rial Martin died before 1910 since Delila was listed as being widowed in 1910.

Have not been able to locate Delila in Vigo County in 1920. However, her daughter, Lilly, was living in Vigo Co in 1920 & 1930

there was a Delia Martin listed on the 1920 Clark Co, IN Census, ED 8 Jeffersonville sheet 5b

Martin, Delia age 61 widowed b.WV WV WV

this Delia/Delila was of the approximate age of Delila Axsom, but if the census is correct & she was born in West Virginia, she would NOT have been Delilah Axsom. However, Delila may have had ties in Clark County. She & Martin Axsom lived in Clark Co.

Delila Axsom Martin was still living in 1927 according to the obituary for her half brother, Samuel J. Axsom, who died in 1927. Lyla Martin was listed as a surviving sister.

Lilly Martin d/o Riley/Rial Martin & Delila Axsom:
Lilly Martin first married Cephus Earl Shelburn 02Oct1905 in Sullivan Co IN

1910 Jasper Co MO ED76 Lake Side Precinct, sheet 2b

listed among boarders in a hotel with propietor, Willam Moore??

Shelburn, Sephas E boarder age 46 married 2 times b. IN IN IN shooting gallery
Lille boarder age 22 married 1 time 1 child 1 living b. IN IN IN
Thelma P boarder age 2 b.MO IN IN

Lilly married a second time to James B. Miller 20Sept1960 in Vigo Co, IN

1920 Vigo Co IN ED115 Harrison Twp Terre Haute sheet 3b

Miller, James B age 35 b.IN IN IN
Lillie wife age 32 or 33?? b. IN IN IN
Violet I da age 4mos. b. IN IN IN
Shelburn, Thelma P, stepdaughter age 11 b. MO IN IN

1930 Vigo Co IN District 21 Terre Haute p.1a

Miller James B age47 age33 when married first time
Lily wife 42 age 18 when married first time
Violet I dau. age 10
Cecelia M dau. age 8

this is as far as I have gotten with the family of Delila (Axsom) Axsom Martin. if anyone has a death date for Delila, please let me know. it's possible she remarried. I am also trying to find a death record for Delila's twin sister Delitha. Delitha married John H. Taylor & lived in Lawrence County, IN. Delitha was still living when her brother, William David Axsom, died in 1936.

Norma Zanetti 12Aug2003

(deb's note. I so admire the way Norma sunk her teeth into a mystery & just didn't give up, piling up her sources & facts & presenting them. She did so much for the family genealogy. she is missed! )

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Clarence (Chuck) W Axsom

87 of Tempe AZ passed away May 21 2003. he was born March 23 1916 in Cleveland VA. he is survived by his wife Mary K Axsom, two daughters Sally Axsom Compton of Tempe & Kathy Axsom of Fresno, CA; six grandsons, Brion, Kenneth, Michael, Robert, Aaron, and Seth and one great grandson Austin. A memorial service to celebrate his life was held 4p.m. Saturday May 31 at Lakeshore Mortuary, Mesa AZ.

1.Joseph H Axsom
2.Andrew Axsom
3.Francis A "Frank" Axsom
4.Joseph Andrew Axsom
5.Clarence Willord "Chuck" Axsom

Leona K Clark

age 89 of Indianapolis died Tuesday April 29 2003 at St Vincent Hospice. She was born Jan 21 1914 in Brown County, Indiana, daughter of Theodore E and Ida Hanner Axsom. She rec'd a Masters Degree in Education from Butler University. She was a retired 6th grade teacher where she worked in several Indianapolis area schools, including Fleming Garden. She began her teaching career in one room rural schools. She was an over 50 year member of the Third ChristianChurch, Indianapolis; Marion County Retired Teachers Association; Delta Kapp Gamma Social Sorority; IndianapolisCouncil of Women; AARP; American Legion Auxiliary; Indianapolis Historical Society; Indianapolis Repertory Theatre; Broad Ripple Order of the Eastern Star; a corresponding secretary for Welcome Wagon in Indianapolis; The Brown County Art Association and the Axsom Association of America. Survivors include sisters Ruth L Hillenburg of Sarasota, Florida and Mary Lou Gardner of Solsberry, Indiana; brother William Neil Axsom of Bloomington, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her husband James R Clark; brother Leverett T Axsom; sisters Iona Axsom & Thelma Jacobs.

1.Joseph H Axsom
2.Samuel David Axsom
3.William David Axsom
4.Theodore Estus Axsom
5.Leona Kay Axsom
m. James R Clark

wedding bells!

Joseph T. "Joey" Zanetti Jr married Tina Wilson Sulkosky Sunday August 3 2003 at The Penn House in Reidsville, NC. Joey is the son of Joe Zanetti, Sr and Norma Axsom Zanetti. their children are Casey, Dillon, & Abbey Sulkosky.

2003 National Axsom Reunion

from the Axsom Newsletter
May-August 2003

by Friday morning 43 Axsom descendants, spouses, & friends registered at the Ocean Creek Resort. The old Axsom Cemetery situation regarding efforts to get approval to build a fence was presented by Larry Axsom and Norma Zanetti reported on her efforts to get the burial site registered wtih the North Carolina Cemetery Registration Project
silent auction included election posters for Carl Axsom's bid for sheriff.
another 24 Axsom descendants arrived for the family dinner. they honored those Axsom descendants who have passed on since the 20014 reunion. we remembered Donald Ayers of Indianapolis, IN son of Alva & Goldie Axsom Ayers; James Francis Axsom of Elizabethtown, PA son of William Sherry Axsom; Steve Hutchinson of Eden, NC, husband of Bambi Hutchinson; Mildred Axsom Medley of China Grove, NC daughter of Martin Cornelius Axsom; Edgar William Barber of Elkin,NC, husband of Julia Axsom Barber; Andrew Blake Clark, grandson of John & Shelby Axsom of Eden, NC; Edelle Axsom of Columbus, IN wife of Ora Axsom; Dorcas Axsom of Morro Bay, CA wife of James Clark Axsom Jr; Reita L Axsom of Owasso, MI wife of Ernast Dexter Axsom; Loyal A Axsom of Whitney County, IN son of George Wheeler Axsom; Lester Junior "Bub" Axsom of Bloomington IN son of Lester Harold Axsom; James Melvin Axsom of NC, son of Gurney Houston Axsom; Cleta Rose Eads, of Solsberry, IN daughter of Roscoe A and Mary Axsom Covey; Leona Axsom Clark daughter of Estus Axsom and sister to William Neil Axsom.
following dinner one person or more from each family group stood & introduced their family members, sharing some of their family heritage.
Alton Axsom & his extended family numbered 23 or more. There were families with young children attending: Jim & Kim Caruso. There were families with all their children present: Matthew Axsom family, Ralph Axsom family, Bambi Hutchinson family, Teresa Dunovant family. There were families with adult chldren & their families attending: Alton & Betty Axsom & dau. Rhona Sherill; Larry & Ruth Axsom, son Matthew & family; Charles & Kitty Miller and their daughters Vicki Nester & Myra Peele and their husbands; Kathleen Caruso & her son Jim & family; Cassie Dickerson & her daughters Teresa & Dixie & son Jimmy; Gene & Faye Axsom & their daughters Cathy Spangler & Beth Sacrinty; and Bambi Hutchinson & her son Michael.
there were several sets of siblings:
brothers Charles & Sam Miller
Chad & Ross Dunovant
Cathy Spangler & Beth Sacrinty
Betty Axsom Huffstetler & Daphane Axsom Preslar
Myra Peele & Vicki Nester
Teresa Farria & Dixie Cassell & Bambi Hutchinson
brothers & sisters:
Alton Axsom & Gene Axsom & Cassie Dickerson
Marguerite Jenkins & Dean Axsom
Andy & Monica Axsom
Grant & Hannah Axsom
Tony & Luciano Pacifico
Renee Chandler & Kay Dunovant & Jimmy Dix
Rehanna Hutchinson & Michael Hutchinson
Charles Brown & Thelma Elmore & Pauline Malott

Axsom descendants attended the dinner from :
Arizona (1)
Oklahoma (4)
Missouri (5)
Michigan (5)
Indiana (6)
North Carolina (40)
New Hampshire (4)
Florida (2)

$543.25 was made at silent auction for the Axsom Cemetery fund.

forest fires!

editor of the Axsom Association of America newsletter Larry Axsom sent an email to Louise & Ron Axsom of Mesa Arizona last fall when forest fires were burning near their summer home in Pinetop, AZ. here is Louise's reply.

As you probably know, there is a forest fire neaer Whiteriver and 15 miles SW of Pinetop/Lakeside. Today we have a slight wind blowing to the South toward Whiteriver from Pinetop.
There is no immediate danger to these communities. All we have to do is stay tuned to the local radio station for the latest. We do not watch any tv news because they are prone to panic people and make it worse than it really is. Remember, we have experience with this sort of disaster. Eyes and ears open and nose to the wind. Above all the radio tells us, do not panic.
Since the Chediski fire last year, the Whiteriver Apaches have been clearing the scrub brush from their land. from the reservation line on hwy.260 by Hon-dah, on both sides of the road, turning off to hwy 73 down to Whiteriver, it has been cleared of scrub brush. this is what is burning 5 miles sw of Whiteriver. it is a ground fire in very rough country. Hope I didn't tell you more than you want to know about this.


Delila Axsom

an article in the Axsom Association of America by Norma Zanetti
(my version....)

Delila was the daughter of Samuel David Axsom & Melvina Hall Axsom.
born March 8 1858.
married Martin H. Axsom a cousin from North Carolina 4 Dec 1874 in Clark County Indiana.
they moved to Oregon shortly after marriage. Delila had 2 children, Martha & Willie. Both children died in infancy as evidenced by Polk County, Orengon cemetery records. Martin died in Polk County in 1883. he is buried with the children at Dallas Cemetery in Dallas, Oregon.
Delila returned to Indiana & married Rial Martin 23March1885. they had 3 daughters Lilly, Ethel, & Mable. in 1900 they were living in Morgan County, Indiana. by 1910, Delila was living in Vigo County, Indiana. the census listed her as widowed. that leads to the assumption that he died after the 19000 census & before the 1910 census.
couldn't find Delila on any other census after 1910, but could follow her daughter Lilly through 1920. I did not have a death date for Rial or Delila. Bycoincidence, a few days after the publication of the last AAA newsletter that had my research notes on Delila I recieved an email through the Lawrence County Rootsweb mailing listing written by Mary Durland. she wrote "My grandmother Lilly Martin & her parents Riley MArtin & Delilah Taylor lived in Lawrence Co, IN when Lilly was young. she may have been born there. According to my aunt they lived near Huron on the White River. Lilly was born July 12 1887. her younger sisters were Ethel Martin born May 1890 & Mabel Martin born Oct 13 1894. Riley drowned in the White River in the early 1900s. Any information you could find on this Martin family would be appreicated. I knew this was the same family although Mary thought Delila's maiden name was Taylor.
After learning from MAry that Rial died in the early 1900s, I began a search for a death record. I located a death record for Rilas (sic) Martin in Morgan Co, Indiana. the cause of death accidental drowning. Rial is buried at Hilldale Cemetery. Rial's parents were Moses Martin & Catherine Helton Martin. Mary provided the date of death for Delila: 12 May 1933.
I could not convince Mary that Delila was an Axsom-family tradition is hard to break. But I received email from Mary in November and she informed me that she had proof positive that Delila was indeed an Axsom. I admire Mary for taking the iniative to do the research herself and not rely on my research or others. Genealogies are often riddled with errors.

1.Joseph H Axsom Sr
m. Nancy May
2.Samuel David Axsom
m. Winnie Matthews
m.Melvina "Vina" Hall
m.Anna Hedrick
3.Delila Axsom
m.Martin H. Axsom
m. Rial (Riley) Martin
4.Lilly Martin
m.Cephus Earl Shelburn
m.James Bradley Miller
5.Thelma Pauline Shelburn
m.Chauncey Lee Akers
6.Mary Ann Akers
m.Robert Edwin Durland

Norma Axsom Zanetti

Madilyn Grace McDonald

Sherri Weidman has a new granddaughter Madilyn Grace McDonald born May 26 2003 7:42a.m. 8.5lbs 21 inches in Louisville, KY. parents are her daughter & son-in-law Angela & Danny McDonald.

her lineage:
1.Joseph H. Axsom
2.Samuel David Axsom
3.William David Axsom
4.James Roscoe Axsom
5.Paul Edward Axsom
6.Cheryl Lynn "Sherri"Axsom
m. Victor Paul Weidman
7.Angela Janell Weidman
m. Daniel McDonald
8.Madilyn Grace McDonald

Garrett Blake Axsom

John Lloyd Axsom Jr and his wife Shelby of Eden NC are grandparents again. Garrett Blake Axsom was born 09 November 2003 at St Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC. Garrett weighed in at 7lbs 14oz. The proud parents are John Lloyd "Johnny" Axsom III & Whitney Hinson Axsom.

his lineage:
1.Joseph Axsom Sr
2.Andrew Axsom
3.Samuel J Axsom
4.Ephraim Rayton Axsom
5.Andrew Houston Axsom
6.John Lloyd Axsom Sr
7.John Lloyd Axsom Jr
8.John Lloyd "Johnny" Axsom III
m. Whitney Hinson
9.Garrett Blake Axsom

Bryant Edwin Ekstrom

his grandmother Barbara Ekstrom announces the arrival of her newest grandchild: Bryant Edwin Ekstrom. he was born December 26 2003.

his lineage:
1.Joseph H Axsom
2.Samuel David Axsom
3.Hezekiah Axsom
4.Stanley Axsom
5.Jason McKinley Axsom Sr.
6.Lorena Jasena Axsom
m. Robert V. Cooley
7.Barbara Ann Cooley
m. Kevin Arlan Ekstrom
8.Brett Edwin Ekstrom
m. Shawna Nicole Cadieu
9.Bryant Edwin Ekstrom

2003 North Carolina/Virgina Axsom Reunion

The annual Axsom reunion was held October 19 2003 at the Cascade Community Center in Cascade, Virginia. approximately 75 family members & guests.
family member traveling the farthest to attend was Doris Chilton Arnold. she had not attended the reunion in many years because her husband was in the military & they were usually stationed in distant places. She is the daughter of the late James Chilton & Bessie Axsom Chilton. She & Doug currently reside in Shalimar, Florida.
Cathy Axsom Spangler displayed her collection of Axsom photographs old & new. She is an excellent photographer & takes pictures at reunions and other gatherings.
After a delicious covered dish meal, a country music band provided entertainment. Eugene "Gene" Axsom stole the show. Gene lives near the Community Center & had been taking dancing lessons there. The ladies were waiting in line to dance with him.
It was an enjoyable afternoon for all. Thanks to Gene & Faye Axsom for making the arrangements at the Community Center. And to Cathy Axsom Spangler for mailing postcard invitations.

200 Years of Axsom Descendants!

September-December 2003 Axsom Association of America Newsletter
(my version....)

The first child of Joseph & Nancy Axsom was born 200 years ago in 1804. Martin Axsom was the first born in the first generation of Axsoms that Joseph & Nancy started. Lewis & Clark started on their epic exploration of the northwestern extent of our country in the same year that Joseph & Nancy started raising the family that sired all of us Axsom descendents!
Both Meriweather Lewis & his patron, President Thomas Jefferson, were from Virginia-the state just north of North Carolina where Joseph & Nancy lived. The many presentations of the Lewis & Clark adventures that we see today in the celbratory spirit of their 200th anniversary provide clues to life in those early days of our country. The Corps of Discovery traveled mainly by boat which was sometimes powered by a sail but many times was propelled by "poling"-pushing the boat with poles powered by members of the Corps. They also traveled on horseback for a few weeks of their three-year adventure. No internal combustion engines, no steam power-just nature and muscle-moved them towards their goal. They traveled on rivers and through mountains. Our ancestor Joseph, born about 1778, was just about 4 years younger than Lewis who was born in Albemarle Co. VA on August 18 1774. Joseph was certainly as old as many of the members of Lewis & Clark's crew.
The tasks of getting food, shelter, & warmth were paramount in importance...we know from records that there was no retail store where Joseph traded-however he was not wealthy and so had to procure his food as inexpensively as he could-which meant hunting and farming. The hills of Surry Co. undoubtedly provided meat for their table as they raised young Martin-and Martin was certainly old enough to eat that meat...
The daily chore of chopping wood for the stove was upon Joseph...and their house...what was it like? We don't know anything about their house, except that it existed in the early 1800s and wasn't in town. Likely it was not on their own property when Martin was born. Their first recorded entry on the county tax list was not until several years later. They had no running water or electricity...all chores done by hand...washing clothes, pots and pans and diapers!
What do we know of Martin himself? A marriage bond was posted by Martin Axsom, groom, and Susannah Lundy, bride, in Surry County on 3 May 1826. In 1827 his name appeared in the Surry County tax list as having 20 acres on Dutchman's Creek. In 1829 the Surry County Tax List credited him with 100 acres on Pheasant Branch.
In 1830, the US Census showed Martin Axsom living in Surry County-no slaves in household. 1840 Census shows him in same person in family involved in agriculture and one person involved in manufacturing and trade. Living in Marshes District on 11 October 1850, according to US Census, were Martin Axsom, a 45 year old farmer, his wife Susannah age 51 & daughter Elizabeth, 16.
1870 US Census: Martin Axsom 67 year old farmer, Susannah age 71 keeping house, and three of their grandchildren: Martin age 16 farm laborer, Nancy age 14 & James age 11 both listed as "at school."
If "Marshes District" is the same as Marsh Township, then Martin lived north of the Yadkin River. His mother Nancy also lived in the North Division of Marshes District in 1850. Unlike his two older brothers, Martin had a small family-4 children. His son, Israel lived in Surry County according to census records. Martin Axsom died 02 January 1873 (tombstone) nearly 69. Susannah died 10 April 1879 about 80. Both were buried in what we now call the Axsom Family Cemetery in Surry Co, NC.
Martins occupation was listed in census records as both farmer and wagon maker. From other records we know he was a Justice of the Peace. 1860 census lists Susannah as "tayloress".
Census records tell us that Martin (as well as most of Joseph & Nancy's children) was literate. When he died he owned a home tract of 200 acres, 8 town lots in Dobson, NC, and an additional 112 acres. While not wealthy, one gets the impression that he was fairly well to do for his time. At the time of his death he held several notes--money owed to him by various people.
Four children were raised in their home: Isaac Lundy (a stepson on Martin's), Isreal, Nancy, & Elizabeth. Israel died after two amputations from wounds received in the Civil War in 1862. Nancy had five children. Elizabeth had 6-one named Tennessee Margaret Lundy lived until 1947 & died in Surry County.
And so the first offspring of Joseph & Nancy lived until 1873 in and around Surry Co. He was born as Lewis & Clark were discovering what Indians lived in the west. He died after the conclusion of the Civil War when the west was being taken from the Indians by the US military and pioneers.

Axsom Association of America

Larry Axsom & Norma Zanetti were the driving forces behind 2 important genealogy tools for my family....The Axsom Association of America & The Axsom Page. both are deceased....when I tried to go to the sites after finding some old Axsom Association of America newsletters today so I could post a link from here....neither are available. So, I'll post some of the stuff out of the newsletters on here....a little at at time!

I also own all 3 Axsom books...the first was just typed pages that you had to put in your own binder. The 2nd & 3rd are bound volumes. and I have the Axsom CD. if anyone needs info from these....I can look it up for you.


Hometown Boy

Kevin's great uncle Duane Dailey has written a newspaper column for years entitled Hometown Boy. It appears in our local newspaper: The Mirror.

Farm Camp refreshes family's farmland heritage

A week of Farm Camp allowed me to become reacquainted with the family farmland, my grandson and my accepting relatives. To me, all hold high value.
July 4, 2009, at a family reunion, we hatched a plan for Farm Camp for Grandson Samuel from Florida. On his short visit then for a multi-generational gathering of in-laws and out-laws, Sam didn't get a true view of farm life. There were family gabs, big dinners, fireworks, marshmallow roasts and more talking around a campfire. Oh, yes, there was the pond fishing.
This Camp offers grandpa and a grandson more used to Snorkel Camp a closer look at the farm. There are cows, hay baling, rain, corn and soybeans, farm dogs, cats, ticks, poison ivy, and manure. And, there's history. Our ancestors started arriving soon after Missouri became a state; even before the counties we now know.
We wonder and marvel at why they did that. Reading between the lines, they must have been independent-minded cusses who just didn't require much government. And the recognized the bounty of this land.
I've heard stories of one great-grandfather, who now lies in his grave on this family farm, knew a broad stretch of land as well or better than we know our own backyards. Back then, it was a case of living off the land. He knew, I was told by a man who held similar knowledge, the location of every bee tree, nut tree, fox den, duck slough and quail covey. He would walk over a two-or-three county area on an outing.
Need I say this was before Wal-Mart and John Deere? He knew how to make things out of what we consider nothing. Once in awhile, I must stop my hectic pace and contemplate that.
There must have been times when I'd encountered bureaucratic stupidity so profound, I feared blowing a cork. At that point, I'd stopped right there, closed shop and headed back to the farm to spend time sitting on a hill, under an evergreen treeon a mossy spot not farm from those ancestors' graves. From that view, what I thought were imponderably profound problems became tiny specks on that timeline of my ancestors, who originally came from distant lands to help create this land of the free.
With those thoughts, I came to realize, that indeed I do have an obligation to sustain this land and this choice of freedom, open to future generations. Long ago, those ancestors with the sharpest sword must have won. Closer to my generation, but before my time, another great-grandpa was quick with his fists when riled by some Damn Democrat.
That's not my way. No fights. Just words and attempts at analytical thinking.
At farm camp, at sunup one morning with first cup of caffeine, we held a mini-seminar on how hard it is to find commonsense in hired hands and politicians. I discovered that fine grandson, who I see once a year, is developing a fine wit and sense of irony, but no cynicism.
He seeks wisdom. Those freedom-seeking ancestors would be proud to see him here--on their land.
He brings skills. Sam outfished his grandpa and great uncle. He caught bigger and more fish to earn honors as Bass Pro. Best of all, he brought computer skills. He is armed to tackle the modern world. He fixed one virus-bound computer on the farm, installed new operating softward on another and drivers for the printers. Best of all he installed updated Photoshop software on his grandpa's computer.
That was in his spare time, when not driving four-wheelers. Some things don't change. He drove the pickup around the pasture learning great shifts. That's how I started.
Did I mention, he is 15 and arrived with a new and unused learners permit?
It was a good farm camp/computer camp/fish camp with a lot of commonsense learning.

X-mas card from the past....

I've been doing a bit of cleaning....found this card from my cousin Chris Crawford & family....

"Hope this Christmas finds you and yours well. We are busy as usual trying to keep up with the girls. They are growing up so fast so we are trying to enjoy them while we can. Ashley is 16 and now and driving. I thought it was terrifying riding with her and then she scored a 94 on her driving test. I am sure I only got in the 70's. Now she corrects my driving. Anyway she is a sophomore and is on the pom pons squad, in band, every club she can think of and still dancing 4 hours a week. Tara is 11 and in the 5th grade. She also dances 4 hours a week but she is into sports too. They both love school and love to compete against each other on who has the best grades. Chris and I did find time to go to the Nascar races this year and had a blast. Mostly we all just feel fortunate to have such wonderful friends and family to share our lives with!

Chris, Robin, Ashley, & Tara Crawford."

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Jerry Lynn Haggard

found on facebook.....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Logan Family Reunion Held

The Mirror July 14 2010

Todd & Linda Siemer and Faith hosted the Logan family reunion July 4th at their house. Those present were Brett & Roseann Logan, Alex, Zach, & Jake from Selma, NC.; Bruce & Deanna Logan, Kelli Logan from Carlisle, IA.; Phillip & Kristine Brown & Logan Ann from Des Moines, IA.; Bryan & Susan Hashman Wesley & Brett, and Donna Hashman from Mercer. A great meal was enjoyed and watching the kids play.

Hague & Bradford to Wed

John & Cheryl Riead of Chillicothe, Missouri, have announced the engagement & approaching marriage of their daughter, Lacey Lee Hague to Cody Wayne Bradford, the son of Tim & Sandy Bradford of Faucette, Missouri, & the late Martha Bradford of Westminister, Colorado.
The bride-elect is also the daughter of Jack & Bev Hague of Chillicothe, Missouri. She is the granddaughter of Junior & Erma Martin of Mercer, Missouri, and John Riead II of Cameron, Missouri.
The prospective groom is the grandson of John & Betty Bradford and Tom & Alva Munds of Denver, Colorado, & Ed & Yvonne Holt of Maple Grove, Minnesota.
The wedding is planned for Saturday, September 18, 2010, at the First Baptist Church in Chillicothe.
Lacey is a 2005 Chillicothe High School graduate. She is a 2008 graduate of Northwest Missouri State University with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is currently employed as an employment specialist wtih the Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries in Overland Park, KS.
Cody is a 2004 graduate from Mid Buchanan in Faucett, MO. He has an Associate Degree from Ashford University in Sports and Management & is currently employed as a sales manager for 24 Hour Fitness in Overland Park, KS.

visitin' relations....

from The Mirror July 28 2010 Mercer News:

Visitors of Marie Dailey Hass, Elijah Dailey and Joann Dittbenner have been Duane Dailey, Columbia; Samuel Lawrence, Tampa, FL; Deanna & Frank Schreffler, Des Moines, IA. Sam & Duane are spending time on the farm, where Sam is to learn what it means to live on a farm.