She’s At It Again!

 Posted by at 12:02 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 272015

If you think Miss Terry is a happy camper, you’re right. With the mailing out of the way, it’s weaving time. It’s been too long since she’s had time to work on her loom so she spent yesterday warping a new project onto her loom that’s she’s been looking forward to getting busy on. When I asked her what she was making this time around she said it would probably be wash cloths. Probably? Will she change horses in midstream and come up with something totally different? I guess only time will tell.

While she was busy with that I spent part of the day working on my new book. Just like with Terry’s weaving project, sometimes I am surprised with the direction a story takes off in. A couple of times in this one the darned characters have blindsided me and taken the reins away to go off on their own path.

When that happens sometimes I go along for the ride, and other times I step away for a while and come back to see where they ended up at. This was one of those times. I decided to leave them to their own devices and spent a couple of hours on genealogical research, something I really enjoy but never seem to have time for. That was quite productive and I was able to find some new information on the Family Search website, including marriage licenses for four of my father’s siblings and the headstones of a couple of his brothers on Find A Grave.

Genealogy is a hobby that fits well with the RV lifestyle. It’s one thing to look at records on a computer screen, but something else entirely to go to the communities where your ancestors lived and walk down the same streets they did, or visit their graves. This is John Sanders Stephens, my father’s maternal grandfather, who was in the Union Navy during the Civil War.

John Stephens

He lived in Ludlow, Kentucky, across the Ohio River from Cincinnati, and worked on riverboats before and after the war. While I have not been able to confirm it yet, I believe he was a “brown water” sailor. During the Civil War we didn’t have highways and there weren’t that many railroads, so rivers were important transportation routes. Whoever controlled major waterways like the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers had a major advantage. I like to think that that he played some small role in the Union victory.

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Highland Passage

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