Li: ritual, propriety, etiquette. Hsiao: love within the family (parents for children and children for parents. Yi: righteousness--the noblest way to act in a situation. Xin: honesty and trustworthiness. Jen: benevolence, humaneness towards others. Chung: loyalty to the state and authority. --Confucius (Kong Fuzi)

All articles appear in reverse chronological order [newest first].

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I believe the past is relevant, sometimes more than others of course. In most cases we are seeing history being repeated, so it is most relevant.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Beating A Speeding Ticket.

An older lady gets pulled over for speeding:Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Older Woman: Is there a problem, Officer?
Officer: Ma'am, you were speeding.
Older Woman: Oh, I see.
Officer: Can I see your license please?
Older Woman: I'd give it to you but I don't have one.
Officer: Don't have one?
Older Woman: Lost it, 4 years ago for drunk driving.
Officer: I see...Can I see your vehicle registration papers please.
Older Woman: I can't do that.
Officer: Why not?
Older Woman: I stole this car.
Officer: Stole it?
Older Woman: Yes, and I killed and hacked up the owner.
Officer: You what?
Older Woman: His body parts are in plastic bags in the trunk if you want to see.

The Officer looks at the woman and slowly backs away to his car and calls for back up. Within minutes 5 police cars circle the car. A senior officer slowly approaches the car, clasping his half drawn gun.

Officer 2: Ma'am, could you step out of your vehicle please! The woman steps out of her vehicle.
Older Woman: Is there a problem sir?
Officer 2: One of my officers told me that you have stolen this car and murdered the owner.
Older Woman: Murdered the owner?
Officer 2: Yes, could you please open the trunk of your car, please.

The woman opens the trunk, revealing nothing but an empty trunk.

Officer 2: Is this your car, ma'am?
Older Woman: Yes, here are the registration papers.

The officer is quite stunned.

Officer 2: One of my officers claims that you do not have a driving license.

The woman digs into her handbag and pulls out a clutch purse and hands it to the officer.
The officer examines the license. He looks quite puzzled.

Officer 2: Thank you ma'am, one of my officers told me you didn't have a license, that you stole this car, and that you murdered and hacked up the owner.
Older Woman: Bet the liar told you I was speeding, too.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

courtesy of Felicia Thompson

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bathing Your Cat:

Please forward to cat lovers everywhere who are very concerned about their cat's
  1. Thoroughly clean the toilet. 
  2. Add the required amount of shampoo to the toilet water, and have both lids lifted.
  3. Obtain the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the
  4. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids (you may need to stand on the lid so that he cannot escape). CAUTION: Do not get any part of your body too close to the edge, as his paws will be reaching out for any purchase they can find.
  5. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power wash and rinse" which I have found to be quite effective.
  6. Have someone open the door to the outside and ensure that there are no people between the toilet and the outside door.
  7. Stand behind the toilet as far as you can, and quickly lift both lids.

The now-clean cat will rocket out of the toilet, and run outside where he will dry himself.



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Redneck Halter Top:

Good googily woogily!
                                                       originally posted 12-8-08

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Group Page Cover Photo 2

The banner art from the top of James Francis Williams and Myrtle Ethel Montgomery's Marriage License. A 76 year old, still intact document. courtesy of Jo Littrell

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In the past when man's curiosity was peaked he sought out more information, but today…

We seem to live in a society where in spite of an ever increasing abundance of resources to obtain accurate information on virtually any subject we are overwhelmed by a cacophony of inaccurate and dishonest dissemination of falsehoods and misinformation.

Too many of us are either too lazy or too easily distracted to make use of the available resources and instead accept the barrage of misinformation that is thrown at us. It comes at us from many entities: political parties or their extremist by-products, religious zealots and their ‘chosen ones’, rebels and outliers, corporate lobbyist, wall street ad agencies, cable TV & news, talk radio, social media,and even the well intentioned but equally mis-informed information junkie.

We are so bombarded with useless information that instead of using information to discover real truths, we succumb to the bombardment and accept anything thrown at us as either a complete falsehood or the righteous truth dependent on how immediately it appeals to our preconceived notions.  Religious leaders, politicians and wall street can just throw things(lies and half-truths) against the wall (us) and see what sticks.

As a result of this we tend to confuse our religious leaders with or political leaders, our economic system (capitalism) with our form of government (democratic republic). We don’t see our founding fathers as men of principle who when discovering differences of opinion had the character and patience to seek compromise without abandoning their principles. We now see them as men who embrace our particular political party (which did not exist in their time)



Monday, January 9, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Profile Pictures 2

In the family book we will need several pictures. Profile Pictures will be needed similar to the ones in the montage below. If you're not in the montage then I don't have a profile picture for you so send me one. If you don't like the one in the montage send me a different one. The profile picture should be a head and shoulders shot. It can not be a full body shot because the picture will be small in the profile part of the book. If you don't have a head and shoulder shot then you can 'crop' a larger picture. If you don't know how to crop a shot just send it to me and I will do it. All profile pictures will be cropped to a square.
HOW TO SEND ME A PICTURE: Post and share to this group. Take a selfie and share it to this group. Facebook email (messenger) it to me. Email it to . Mail it to me at PO BOX 20794, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-0794. OR call me to come and get it!!!!!.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Profile Pictures 1

How well do you know your Williams Family?
Us the comments to identify (with picture number and name) as many as you can.
No cheating by looking at other's responses.

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

The Montgomery/Williams Project: Family History Book & Photo Album.

In addition to this group page the Project includes the publishing of a family history book, a photo album, a picture CD and possibly a video DVD.

The Book Project:

The book will consist of two parts: a family history section and a photo album section. The size and content of both parts will be dependent upon how much is contributed by family members, you, your siblings and your cousins. We’re not talking about money when we say contributions, we’re talking about information and items to go into the book.

The family history section:

Relying on information and research already collected is not going to be enough. Most of it is historical and will have to be verified and supplemented by additional research. In addition there is virtually no documentation on the descendants of James and Myrtle Montgomery Williams -- the focal point of the book.

Most of what we need from everyone for this section is:

Memories of family stories, saved letters your willing to share, copies of birth and death certificates, marriage license, military papers, newspaper clippings (birth, announcements, obituaries, news stories), etc.

The family history part of the book will be organized as follows:

  • Introduction & Historical background
  • Chapter 1: The families migration story
  • Chapter 2: The Pope Family
  • Chapter 3: The Montgomery Family
  • Chapter 4: The Brown Family
  • Chapter 5: The Williams Family
  • Chapter 6: Myrtle Montgomery and James Williams Descendants
  • The Photo Album

The photo album:

I have already scanned and indexed 515 photos from mine and Jodi’s collection. 371 have already been sorted out for possible inclusion in the photo album,* but like anyone's photo collection the emphasis is on their own family. In all only about 30 of these pictures will be useful in the photo album, and most of them will be of her family. We need photos from everyone, especially old photos of aunts, uncles, grandparents, etc. (most of the older photos of siblings and ancestors of Myrtle and James will appear in the Family History Section)

The Photo album format will be:

  1. Mr. & Mrs. James Williams
  2. The children of James Williams (Siblings) 27 photos each = total 18 pages
  3. The grandchildren of James Williams (First Cousins) 18 photos each = total 34 pages
  4. The grandchildren of James Williams (Second Cousins) 9 photos each = total 12 pages
  5. Third Cousins with children (third cousins without children will be with their parents)

As you can see we are looking at about 64 pages of photos. It could be more are less depending on how many cousins there are (who knows right now?), how many photos are contributed, and how many photos will actually be usable.

As you can see both parts of the Book Project require participation of everyone for it to be a success. We will start requesting information from everyone soon, but you can start contributing to the project right now by sharing family pictures and information to this group page.

Three ways to contribute:

  1. Post information to this group page
  2. Email it to me:
  3. Postal mail it to me. I will return everything by mail. Glenn Littrell, PO Box 20794, Indianapolis, Indiana 46220-0794

THE COST: It cost between 30 to 50+ dollars to have a 200 page book printed.

  • If we are unsuccessful in collecting enough information to produce a book then I will provide copies of the book free of charge to those contributing to the book. This is the risk I assume in undertaking this project. These free copies will only be provided to those contributing to the project.
  • If we are successful in collecting enough information copies will be made available at cost.
  • The CD: The CD will contain as many of the pictures collected that the CD will hold. It will be included free with each copy of the book in the initial distribution.



1] Hidden Figures
2] Captain America: Civil War
3] Nice Guys
4] Guardians of the Galaxy 2
5] Jungle Book
6] Free State of Jones
7] Eye In The Sky

Deep Water Horizon
9] The Edge of Seventeen
10] Sing Street
Midnight Special
The Secret Lifes of Pets
Dead Pool
Rogue One
Hacksaw Ridge
The Finest Hours
La La Land
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Magnificent 7
Doctor Strange
Suicide Squad
Manchester By The Sea
X-Men: Apocalypse
Money Monsters
ey, Tango, Foxtrot
I Saw The Light
Bad Moms
Independence Day
Batman vs. Superman
The Huntsman: Winter's War
The 5th Wave
***Titles in green denote 2017 movies***
***Titles in red denote most recently seen.***

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Nee, nee, nee, a horse is a horse of course…

updated 2-24-2017

I have come across a public notice from a 1932 newspaper (below) concerning a family I’m researching. The notice either clears up the identification of the family, or creates more questions than it answers. This is a common paradox of genealogy, that most evidence proves something while raising more questions.

In the case of the following article the usage of a certain word is the culprit. Does the word have a narrow, specific, legal meaning?

The dilemma:

  • What I knew before discovering this article: That an ancestor, James Pope had a daughter named Maggie, and that Maggie married Pastor Sidney M. Puryear… all of Indianapolis.
  • What I suspected: That Maggie might have died in 1916.
  • What I didn’t know: If Maggie and Sidney had any children, who was Sidney’s family, and what ever happened to Sidney.

The article:

In The Court Marion County, Indiana
Estate Docket 88 Page 30234
Daniel W. Jones
Executor Of Estate Of John A. Puryear, Deceased, Laura Bennett, et. al.
To Laura Bennett and Holman P. Bennett her husband, Maggie Puryear Kimbro, nee Puryear, and Edward Kimbro, her husband, Sidney
M. Puryear and Clara Ellison.
You severalty hereby notified that the above named petitioner as Executor of the estate of the aforesaid, has filed in the Probate Court of Marion County, Indiana, a petition, making you defendants thereto, and praying therein for an order and decree of said court authorizing the sale of certain real estate belonging to the estate of said decedent, and in said petition described to make assets for the payment of debts and liabilities of said estate; and has also filed an affidavit averring that you and each of you are non-residents of the State of Indiana, or that your residence is unknown and that you are necessary parties to said proceedings, and that said petition so filed, and which is now pending, is set for hearing in said Probate Court at the court house in Indianapolis, Indiana, on the 6th day of September 1932.

Witness the Clerk and Seal of said court, this 2nd day of July 1932
GLENN B. RALSTON. Clerk of the Probate Court of Marion County
R. L. Bailey. Atty. 7-9-32

The question and word that causes some possible confusion is “nee” (emphasis added above). The use of the word in genealogy has fallen in signifigance as divorce and remarriage has become more common. The original use of the word was to indicate the maiden name of a women. Nee being added after the married name and before the maiden name. What is more common today is to indicate the maiden name by having it preceed the married name and usually indicated by quotes or parentheses. The practice of a woman keeping her maiden name and hyphenating it with her married name has further eroded the use of the word nee. In addition with divorce and remarriage (wash, rinse, and repeat) the “nee” becomes useless in its original use, to indicate maiden name, and would have us ‘nee, nee, neeing’ like a hungry horse.

In regards to the ‘legal’ use of the word the paragraph naming the defendants is what troubles me. Does the word here have a specific, narrow, legal use similar to the traditional and genealogical use of specifically designating the woman’s maiden name?

  • Maggie Puryear Kimbro: I would normally assume this was Sidney’s wife who had remarried, to Edward Kimbro, but “…nee Puryear” raises a suspicion that this Maggie might be a different Maggie, a Puryear by birth, either a sister, aunt, niece, or cousin of Sidney’s. I would have been surprised to find that Maggie and Sidney had divorced and would also be surprised to find a divorced and remarried daughter-in-law being included in an estate settlement.
  • I would have assumed Laura Bennett to be the a married relative of the deceased and that Clara Ellison is an unmarried relative, probably a grandchild of the deceased. Why isn’t Laura Bennett identified by “nee (maiden name)”?

Most of my encounters with legal notices and documents in genealogy research can usually be clarified with other evidence such as additional probate records or census data, but this is the only thing I have that identifies Sidney’s family, or anything on either Maggie or Sidney after 1916. It is also my first encounter with probate/legal records in Indiana.

If not for the use of the word “nee” in this notice the following is what my probable assumptions would be:

  • That Maggie (Sidney’s widow) had remarried to Edward Kimbro, but the executor had no knowledge of her whereabouts or if she was still living.
  • That Laura Bennett was probably the married daughter of the deceased and sister of Sidney’s.
  • The executor presumed that Sydney is probably deceased, but not certain.
  • That Clara Ellison was an unmarried granddaughter or niece of the deceased

My experience has always been that legal notices and documents did not follow strict verbiage, form, and semantics in the 1700 and 1800s to the same degree that they do today, but this is the newest (1932) probate notice that I have dealt with to date.

In the 1700 and 1800s doctors and lawyers didn’t always need a license or formal education to practice law or medicine. Dealing with my first legal document from the 1900s, particularly the 1930s, I wonder if the rules had yet become so defined or formalized. Thus my inquiry from a legal person like yourself.

I hope you can help me on this, and welcome any opinion legal or otherwise, but if you can’t don’t worry, the beauty of doing this kind of research is its like a never ending detective story… answering one mystery while creating a new one that needs to be solved.

I apologize for my grammatical and spelling errors. I have to save the favors of my proofing editor (my daughter) for the big projects.

Thanking you in advance, your 1st cousin, once removed,

Glenn Littrell

Rex’s reply:

Hi Glenn.  I am Rex and Nancy’s son.   My mom asked me to review the message you sent to her and my sister Penny relating to your questions relating to the use of the word “nee” in the 1932 probate record for John A. Puryear.    As you know, that post related to the use of the phrase “nee Puryear” following the name Maggie Puryear Kimbro.  I am not a probate attorney – and certainly was not one in 1932 in Indiana – but I think your initial inclination that the word “nee” denoted a maiden name of possibly another Maggie may be correct.  I did a quick check of some other much more recent Indiana probate records on line, and the word “nee” appeared to be used to denote a maiden name.  Of course, without further proof, there is no way of know if the court clerk in 1932 was using the term in that manner, but that would be my assumption.  I am not aware of any formal legalese or formal rules relating to the term.  If my assumption is correct, it would not appear that “Maggie Puryear” was the Maggie Pope who married Sidney Puryear. 

I wish I could offer more, but that is my take on the situation.  I am sure this is the type of puzzle that makes genealogy so fascinating and so frustrating at the same time.  Good luck with your search!


As luck (translation: my occasional confusion) would have it my dilemma, though real, was misstated. Maggie Pope did not marry Sidney Puryear, her sister Hattie did. In spite of my mistake the reply by Rex cleared up not just my mistake but led me to find me additional information and the identification of the Puryear extended family and Hattie’s family.


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