Seventeen years ago today, my great grandma died. It was a very difficult day, as I was only 17 at the time, and as an older cousin said recently, that day was really our first experience with death.
Years earlier, when I was a sophomore in high school, she had bought my class ring for me. She said it was my graduation present because she would not be there for my graduation. April 15, 1990 was about 6 weeks before I graduated.
First and foremost, I want to wish you all a very Happy Easter!
I have done a lot of work on the site this week, but unfortunately, my update does not show it! I have lost about 3 days of work, but not to a computer error. I decided I didn’t like the changes I had made, so yesterday morning I scrapped it all and downloaded what I had online and started over! I am proud of how much I accomplished in the past 24 hours, tho!
Now, on to the updates!
Wow, this is hard to believe, but I’ve done it. I didn’t think I would get to this point, but now I’m here! All of the children of William Corel and Rebecca Oney now have their own page!
My next goal is to go back over everyone who is posted and more completely tell their stories. I have more information about most of the children, and their parents. I even know I have more to say about William Jr., I just don’t know where I read the info at! I thought I had read more details about William Corel in the Agnes Hall manuscript, but I didn’t find it there. So, it must have been one of the many letters I have been reading lately. I need to go back through each of the letters and do what I did with Agnes’ manuscrpt last night, make notes on a copy calling out each section I want to write about.
Happy weekend everyone!
With a HUGE amount of help from Teresa this week, I have finished Rebecca’s page and have her uploaded. I am very thankful to Teresa for all of her help and guidance this past week! I have added some additional links in my writing on Rebecca. Most will go to pictures of items that I haven’t quite found a home for yet, but wanted to share. Especially Rebecca’s death certificate!
Rebecca lived through a very difficult time, as did all of the Corel Children. Yet she did endure and left a wonderful legacy of strength. Being the only child of William Corel and Rebecca Oney to not migrate to the Missouri-Kansas area, she was left being a young mother without the support of her parents and siblings. Recall that Alexander Graham Bell did not invent the telephone until 1876, so it was not as it is today, with family only a phone call away.
I just had to come back and tell you all thank you so very much for all of the comments and emails from my last blog! In case you missed anything, read the blog early before many comments were posted, or didn’t even realize that the comments existed, you can click here to go back and read what everyone talked about! Sorry, comments are no longer available.
Unfortunately, I’m still stuck on the last question and haven’t been knocked over by another mystery I have encountered! To recap, I am dying to find out where Rebecca Oney Corel’s house was built. Thanks to Bobby Dobbins Title, I now have a digital version of a map with who had claimed where, at least in 1857. And thanks to Mom (Connie Bishop) I know where to see the full sized map of the area!
Not nearly all that I have is up, but I do have the basics. I found that I kept going back and back wanting to add more and more. I have to find a stopping point and move on to the next child. I already know that I need to go through all of the children to add more. A couple of the children may be as far as they can be until new information is found on the child’s life, or until I get into the stories of their children.
You know, the ‘hugeness’ of this task is starting to hit me. All previous projects I have undergone in the past were ones that I would finish easily in a week or two. LOL (LOL is ‘cyber-ese’ for Laughing Out Loud) This has already taken a month and I’m not through the first 13 people (William, Rebecca, and the children who lived to marrying age), and there is so much more to be entered just on them!
With a name like that, she deserves to have so much time taken on her page! She has an extra page, like James Pickens, crediting and showing a wonderful map I found online. I’m pretty sure I have the areas marked correctly, but I certainly hope that Bobby will let me know if I need to make any changes!
Nancy is another I have given some extra attention to. I wanted this page to be perfect (I hope it is, but will survive if it isn’t!) to honor not only Nannie, but her great granddaughter, Bobby Dobbins Title. At this time, I have not included a ‘future link’ for the LaHay family, because I have not found a great deal on this line, outside what you will find on Nancy’s Corel Cousins page and Bobby’s Rootsweb page.
OK, I received an email from Mom, so I thought I should at least post a blog to let everyone know what’s going on!
This has been an unusually busy week at work, not allowing me the normal time I have to work on personal things. Additionally, I became a bit sidetracked while working on the next page, Nancy Maryland Corel. I am about halfway through with what I have mapped out in my mind.
And KU is the #1 seed for the West! Of course my brackets will show KU going all the way. It’s who I choose every year. Of course, the guys I work with laugh at me every year, but it’s OK, because this year just may be the year! After winning the Big 12 tourney in OT, who’s to say they don’t have a chance? It’s been their best year under Coach Bill Self, and I think it’s time that they give him a National Title. Only time will tell.
Did you know that the Corel family is connected to the father of basketball, James Naismith? His daughter, Margaret married George Stanley. George is the son of Anna Corel and J.R. Stanley. Anna is the youngest daughter of James Pickens Corel.
OK, that’s a bit more than what I’ve accomplished so far, but just a bit! Jemima and Louisa are uploaded and I am now working on Margaret. I have also made some minor updates, that many will likely not even notice.