Sunday, December 4, 2011
Big Time Texan Sticking To The Story
Curses Foiled Again Or That's My Story And I'am Sticking To It
I had barely gotten to bed . The clock read 3:45 A.M. and only one eye felt drowsy enough to let me drift off.
With a start I jumped up, looked around and saw my daughter looking at me. My first question to her was, What time is it?
I had fallen asleep on the couch and she was sitting on the love seat reading the paper and sipping coffee. I keep saying "she" but my daughter's name is Latisha.
Anyway, she told me it was 9:30 A.M, took another sip of her coffee, and looked back down again at the paper.
Since I was still groggy I asked her if she had a pen. She reached down in her purse, pulled out a pen and tossed it to me.
I wrote down 147 then headed to the little room to get ready for the rest of the day.
I didn't want to seem so excited so I casually went to the computer, turned it on and waited for the AfriGeneas chat room to open.
Wondering If I made a mistake I went back to where I had placed the note that had the number 147 on it and expanded it to 149.
Finally, Art Thomas, Angela Walton Raji, Selma, Valencia, Seventies Soulchild and a few others came in. We started talking about topics like DNA, US Colored Troops, current research finds, All roads lead to Virginia with a few laughs thrown in.
I looked at the clock. Did I see a 145? Durn-it, I may have written down the number wrong again so back to my notes. I changed my number from 147 to 145.
After chat was over, I finally relaxed and went about my business of connecting my numbers to my jumbled thoughts. My jumping up out of my sleep was because of that number 147.
There was this book that I have by Vivian Lehman and Edith Smith called No Land,Only Slaves. Volume 4 Harrison, Hunt, and Kaufman County Texas. Deeds and conveyances are in in this particular book and I look at it quite often. This book was in my dream.
In my dream I saw the book opened and thrown out in the front yard all dirty and trampled on. This was not my front yard but a yard that was like a rolling hill with really green grass. I was heart broken and upset in this dream.
Looking around and screaming out, Who stole my book, Who in the ^%$^ stole my book?
I picked up the book and saw that half of the pages were torn out and the binding was ripped out in places.
Who tore out the pages in my book, I screamed!
I don't remember what happened next except there was a person who I had never seen before said something like " they left 147, see".
I looked down at the pages of the book,and that is when I woke up.
In my nervousness all I could think of at that point was Mariah, my elusive 3rd great grandmother. My brick wall Mariah, My Texas Wind Mariah, My Harrison County Grandmother the 3rd Mariah who loves to play jokes on me.
Was this the clue I had been looking for? Did I finally beat her at her own game? After all, I hear others say in this genealogy arena that the ancestors will speak to you when they are ready.
I started to stick out my chest because I now know that my dream was a sign. I am so Confident thatI think that was why I was taking my time to get my book and look at page 147.
It was quiet in the house as I slowly turned the page to 147.
The first thing I noticed when I turned the page was Book T. My heart started beating faster and faster because Mariah's last name was Taylor.
As I was scouring the pages there were no Mariah's that fit the bill. It was a good thing I expanded my page numbers because I read each and every entry up to page 149. I then went back down to page 145, then 144 all the way to page 140.
Nothing,zilch,nada which means I need another plan!
Now, I am looking at Book A : Starting with every H meaning Harrison County that has the number 140 - 149 in it until I get to the last book for this county.
Book A Har 145 2 Jan 1838 Hughes, Isaac of Johnson County Ark to his sister-in-law Kerzia Mason of Pope County Ark. Gift. Buck, m, 45; Hannah,F,45* for my love and affection. Wit. Walker,William and Rogers, Jacob of Johnson Co. ARK. Justice of the Peace for Johnson Co. Ark: Powers, Thomas (* Book A, Pages 162-163 Clarksville, Johnson Co. Ark)
Now that my eyes are tired and I need to take a break, I think I will bake some muffins. I just have to remember not to eat them all up in one sitting. Yummy!!
Next time I will go buy me a pick three lottery ticket, number 147.