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Ralph Scott Williams Jr. – 1938 Wellston (OH) High School Football

May 11th, 2010 No comments

1938 Wellston (OH) High School Football Team Picture

1938 Wellston (OH) High School Football Team Picture (Back)

My maternal grandfather, Ralph Scott Williams Jr., was on the 1938 Wellston (OH) High School Football team.  He is pictured in the front row, second-from-left (# 43).  He wrote the names of all the players on the back of the picture.  Below is the certificate he received for participation on the team.

Ralph Williams 1938 Wellston (OH) High School Football Certificate

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Ralph Scott Williams Jr.

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Wordless Wednesday – Damaged Williams Family Picture

April 28th, 2010 No comments

Williams Family Picture

Although it’s damaged, I really like this picture of my mother’s family.  The Williams Family (Left to Right): my mother, Christine Davis (Williams), my grandmother, Madrith Jean Williams (Williams), my aunt, Teresa Lynn Kaiser (Williams), and my grandfather, Ralph Scott Williams Jr.  Picture taken approx. 1955 in Goodlettsville, Tennessee.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams)

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Tombstone Tuesday – Emmit Rowland Gibson (1894 – 1918)

April 27th, 2010 2 comments

Emmit Rowland “E. R.” Gibson, my first cousin three times removed, was born 1/11/1894 in Smith County, Texas. He was KIA in France on 11/2/1918 (nine days before the armistice 11/11/1918) during World War I.  Emmit served as a Private in Company A of the 360th Infantry 90th Division. His gravesite is located at Noonday Cemetery in Noonday, Texas.  Many thanks to Gary Mosley for the pictures and information.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis – Margie Leaine Davis (Kirkpatrick) – Burla Eugene Kirkpatrick (Gibson/aunt of Emmit Rowland Gibson)

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Treasure Chest Thursday – Donald Edwin Williams Omega Railroad Pocket Watch

April 22nd, 2010 No comments

This Omega railroad pocket watch was recently restored and given to me by my mother, Chris Davis. It belonged to my great grandfather, Donald Edwin Williams.  The watch was given to him upon his retirement as a machinist with the Norfolk and Western Railway. He passed away 9/7/1992 in Minford, Scioto County, Ohio. If you have any family treasures you’d like to contribute, please take a picture of the item and email it to me.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Madrith Jean Williams (Williams) – Donald Edwin Williams

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YouTube Videos – 8mm Davis Family Home Movies

April 14th, 2010 No comments

I recently sent some old 8mm film reels to for conversion to DVD. I have uploaded the series of three videos to YouTube.  The videos include footage from my early childhood in Orange, Texas and Clinton, Iowa approx. 1975-1981.  Also included, is an Easter trip to Petronila, Texas.

Brian Davis

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Wordless Wednesday – Mike Davis Mud Football Pictures

April 14th, 2010 2 comments

My father, James Michael Davis, participating in the Texas A&M Mud Football Intramurals. Individual and group photos taken approx. 1969 in College Station, Texas.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis

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Jackson, Ohio Obituary – Judith Ann Suarez (Williams)

April 8th, 2010 No comments

This obituary is of my first cousin twice removed, Judith Ann Suarez (Williams), and was featured in the 12/28/1988 edition of the Jackson, Ohio Journal Herald:

Judith Suarez

Judith Ann Suarez, 58, of Portsmouth Street, Jackson died Thursday at her home.

Born October 16, 1930 in Jackson County, she was the daughter of Lorelle Fite Williams of Jackson and the late Roland [sic] Williams.

Besides her mother, she is survived by two sons, Peter of Jackson and Jon of Platsburg [sic], New York; a daughter, Rebecca Christanne of Syracuse, New York; and a brother, Dr. Robert Williams of Jackson.

Memorial services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at the Jackson Christian Church with Rev. Clayton Garland officiating. Arrangements are under the direction of the Mayhew Funeral Home.

Many thanks to Mike Deaterla, CG for his assistance in locating and mailing the obituary.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams) – Madrith Jean Williams (Williams) – Donald Edwin Williams (uncle of Judith Ann Suarez)

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Wordless Wednesday – Christine Williams Toddler Portrait

March 31st, 2010 1 comment

Christine Williams Toddler Portrait

My mother, Christine Williams. Photo taken approx. 1955, in Ashland, Kentucky. My mother and I recently came across a box of pictures and old 8mm film reels. This picture was in the box, along with many others, that I’ll be posting on here in the near future. I’m sending the 8mm film reels to for conversion to DVD. Upon receipt, I’ll be posting the old home movies on YouTube.

Brian Davis – Christine Davis (Williams)

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World War II Project – Lt. Col. Ewing Stuart Watson (1918 – 2008)

March 31st, 2010 No comments

Lt. Col. Ewing Stuart Watson, the father of my aunt, Fran Davis (Watson), was born in Bowie, Texas, on 5/21/1918.  Stuart served during World War II as a B17 pilot in the 533rd Bombardment Squadron, 381st Bomb Group.  He flew 47 B17 missions over Europe and received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and the European-African-Middle Eastern (EAME) Campaign Medal with 6 Bronze Service Stars.  Stuart passed away 1/13/2008 and is buried in Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.

Ewing Stuart Watson and Crew Picture

Many thanks to Fran and Paul Watson for providing many pictures, documents, and information on their father’s service for my family tree World War II project. Please check back periodically for updates on the project. If you have anything you’d like to contribute, please send me an email.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis [brother of Kenneth Allan Davis (son-in-law of  Ewing Stuart Watson)]

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Tombstone Tuesday – Richard Ruel Tarrant (1859-1911)

March 23rd, 2010 4 comments

My family and I took a recent road trip to Tyler, Texas. On the way, I took pictures of Pleasant Hill Cemetery, located southwest of Bullard, Texas on FM 2137.

Richard Ruel Tarrant, my 3rd great grand uncle, was born 8/13/1859 in Cherokee County, Texas.  Richard was 51 years-old at the time of his death. His gravesite, along with those of his wife, Melissa Gabrielle Tarrant (Cole), and several members of her family are located at Pleasant Hill Cemetery.

Brian Davis – James Michael Davis – James Nead Davis – Margie Leaine Davis (Kirkpatrick) – Woodie Tarrant Kirkpatrick – Mary Louise Oliphant/Kirkpatrick (Tarrant/sister of Richard Ruel Tarrant)

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