The Unknown Team ~ Tully Woodard

unknownteamToday’s Featured Photograph stems from the mystery around what I have for some 15 years or more called The Unknown Team. This is a photograph that I dug out of a closet of my grandmother’s, Novaline Davidson Blackford. They’d belonged to her mother, Cleo Woodard Davidson.

I remember the day clearly, as it was a huge surprise to discover these old photographs and newspaper clippings in a cardboard box on the floor of a a random hall closet. It seemed my grandmother and great grandmother shared a penchant for saving odd little tidbits. In between horoscopes from the 1980s clipped from the local newspaper and myriad birthday cards from the 1950s and 60s were clippings of marriage notices and a huge pile of old photographs ranging from (I’m somewhat guessing) 1890-1930. Completely unorganized and wretchedly labeled for the most part. This one stood out, though, as America’s pastime and a glimpse at a man long passed.

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Veterans Day Salute to Charles T. Dorrie, 1925-2002

In honor of Veteran’s Day, I thought I would do a little profile of one of my DORRIE ancestors.

My maternal grandfather served as a Marine during WWII and Korea. The most memorable image I have of him is the one here. He looks so young, but so very proper and gentlemanly. This, naturally, led to my being curious about his military career.

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The Life and Infamy of Robert “Little Reddy” McKimie

     Several years ago, I found an old-timey Wild West paperback featuring the exploits of Robert “Little Reddy” McKimie.Cover of Bridwell book I didn’t have the book, and at the time, Googling was a dead end. (Yes, really, there was such a time when Googling led to diddly squat!) More recently, I was trying to decide what to do as an inaugural post for the blog, something that would set the tone and yet not be all “well, here I am”. Once I decided to begin as I meant to go on, deciding to explore the shenanigans of Little Reddy was a no-brainer.

Robert is mentioned in a number of books featuring tails of the “Wild West” of Texas and Ohio. He gained a rather solid reputation, both as a kind and generous man and as a notorious killer, depending on who you asked.

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Working Evernote into Your Research Process for Increased Efficiency and Consistency

When I decided to include my interest in technology a part of this blog, Trello and Evernote were at the forefront of my mind.

Evernote I’ve used off and on for years, with little consistency. I had my notebooks, my tags, all roughly in line with the organizational system of the McKemie One Name Study. But somehow, the habit never fully formed. The one where using Evernote felt second nature instead of the burden of an additional step. I still felt compelled to print finds out, to bookmark sites, to transcribe online discoveries—which made adding Evernote into the mix seem redundant and too much effort for too little reward. It vaguely felt like something I should be doing, like something I should appreciate. As a consequence, I never quite walked away from Evernote, but I never fully embraced it, either.

More recently, in exploring the assorted tools at a genealogist’s disposal, I’ve come back around to investigating the usefulness of Evernote. And this time around, I feel as though some bright light has illuminated all that I was missing. Perhaps its the new (to me!) addition of Clippings, perhaps its the IFTTT Recipes, perhaps its the realization that I am not happy being limited by Family Tree Maker and when I searched for something to replace my Excel source database, nothing seemed to fulfill my vision of what I needed to be properly organized.

I could see two distinct advantages of Evernote. Organizing for long-term success and storing my research in a temporary (or potentially long-term) sort of way.

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Biography of John C. McKemy, 1835-unk

Added to the McKemie One Name Study Biography section today:

From: A History and Biographical Cyclopaedia of Butler County Ohio, With Illustrations and Sketches of its Representative Men and Pioneers; Cincinnati Ohio. Western Biographical Publishing Company, 1882.
Pages 361 – 366.

John C. McKEMY, late judge of the common pleas court in Darke County, but now a resident of Hamilton, was born May 5, 1835, in Lexington, Virginia. His father and mother, William and Elizabeth (KIRKPATRICK) McKEMY, were both natives of Virginia, and descendants of the earliest settlers of that State. Both are now dead, the former having died April 8, 1882, aged seventy-nine. Farming was their life vocation, and they resided in their native State until death. W. D. McKEMY, a brother of John C., who was educated by the latter, after serving in the rebel army throughout the Rebellion, and for a long time a prisoner, being captured at the battle of the Wilderness, is now judge of probate at Dayton, and a lawyer of excellent ability.

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Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 & 2 – July 8, 1981

Link to MCKONS: Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981

by Edward Akin, published by B. B. Comer Library and located at the Alabama Mosaic website.
8 June 1994
[BIO 101]

Part One (Audio File)

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981

Part Two (Audio File)

Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 2 – July 8, 1981


Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 & 2 – July 8, 1981

Akin, Edward. “Mr. & Mrs. W. J. McKemie Interview Part 1 – July 8, 1981.” Alabama Mosaic. July 8, 1981. Accessed December 4, 2015.