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DigiScrap Awesomeness: Count on Me Templates by Cornelia Designs

A few years ago, I released a series of number templates.  They are simple, versatile, and, being sized 1200×1200 pixels (the numbers, themselves, are a little less), more than one can fit in a conventionally sized layout.  And, of course, they’re free.  Always a bonus!  :)

However, if you’re looking for something a little fancier, and are willing to pay a little, I’ve found these amazing templates by Cornelia Designs at GingerScraps.  These are so cute.  I just love them.  As yet, only #1 and #2 are available.



Dixon Wives: Penelope Keel

From what I’ve been able to piece together, Penelope Keel was born in about 1797 in the Durham’s Creek area of Beaufort County.  She was the daughter of Hardy Keel and a woman named Hannah.  There seems to be a lively debate on the genealogy boards on whether that Hannah was Hannah Peed or Hannah Taylor.  Initially, I found conversations, like this one at GenForum, that led me to think it was Hannah Peed.  Ancestry.com says she was Hannah Peed, daughter of Henry Peed and Hannah.  But look at the dates.  It says she was born in 1806, but had children in 1796 and 1806.  Yeah.  So…

According to Visiting the Past, Hannah Taylor married three times.  First to Hardy Keel, then to Thomas Bland II sometime between 1834 and 1839, and, finally, to Spencer Wise April 3, 1856.  She was about 83 years old at the time of her last marriage and she died not long after, between 1857 and 1859.  I’ve yet to find anything on her parents.  Suzy Bennett lists the children of Hardy Keel and Hannah Taylor, with some of their marriages, in this post.

The children of Hardy Keel and Hannah Taylor were:

  • Hardy Keel (1794-1840) who married Susan Tuten
  • Penelope Keel (1797-between 1850 and 1860) who married Roland Chosewell Dixon
  • Elizabeth “Betsy” Keel (1798-?)
  • Benjamin Keel (1799-?)
  • Frances “Fannie” Keel (1807-1860) who married Asa Rowe
  • Henry T. Keel (1810-?)
  • Matilda Keel (1811-?) who married Frances Delamar Mallison
  • Mary Keel (1812-?)
  • Sarah P. Keel (1813-1883) who married Thomas Didymus Dowdy
  • Ann “Anna” Keel (1817-1859) who married Joshua Rawls

Visiting the Past gives a different order, and there are a couple of “Unnamed Keels” in there.  Looking at the gap between Benjamin and Frances makes me wonder if there really was a first marriage to Hannah Peed.  Just not the Hannah Peed listed at Ancestry.  Which would make Penelope’s mother Hannah Peed instead of Hannah Taylor.  It’s something to think about.

Hardy Keel is just as difficult to figure out, maybe even more so, because there was more than one living in the same, general, time period.  One of these was Penelope’s brother who married Susan Tuten.  He and his family moved to Tennessee in the mid 1840s.  Another Hardy Keel, this one in Bertie County, was born around 1725/1730.  Here’s a list of some of his descendants I found at RootsWeb.  As you can see, there are two other Hardy Keels on that list.  One born in about 1745, the other in 1818.  There is a Hardy Keel who was the son of Frederick Keel and Elizabeth Gullett, but he was born in 1793.  None of these are my Hardy Keel, who was born in about 1770.  In this post at Genforum, Ron Keel says that Hardy was the son of Joseph Keel and Ruth, Joseph the son of Nathaniel, and Nathaniel the son of William.  These dates, at least, certainly fit.

Roland Dixon is the son of William Dixon and Lydia Caton.  He was born January 24, 1786 or 1789, I’ve seen both.  If it was 1786, then he was the oldest, if 1789 then his brother, William, was.  William was born in about 1787.

When Rollan Dickson married Penelope Keel in Craven County July 6, 1813 with James Martin as bondsman, their son, Pearce, was already a year old. In 1814, we find Rollin on the Muster Roll for the 2nd Regiment, 5th Company, detached from the Craven County Militia.  I’ve yet to find them in the 1820 census, but some of it is hard to read, so I could have missed them.  Or the census taker might have.  In 1830 (163A), Rowlin and Penelope live in Craven County next to Zachius and Nellie Paul.  I’ve also found them in the censuses for 1840 (39A), and 1850 (350A – Roland is listed, for some unknown reason, as Robert, and their youngest son, another Roland, as Robin).  Penelope does not appear in the 1860 census (166A) , where we find Roland living with a Lucy Dixon, aged 13.  I wonder if she’s the daughter of Pearce Dixon.  I haven’t been able to find anything about him beyond his birth.

In 1840, specifically August 10, Roland Dixon was among the commissioners appointed by the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions for Craven County to lay off one year’s provision, what’s called the widow’s dower, for Patsy Scott, widow of John Scott.  If you’ll remember, Roland’s son, William, would marry their daughter.  He also purchased a few things at John Scott’s estate sale August 22.  This is according to John Scott’s probate papers.

I read somewhere, I can’t remember where at the moment, that Roland served, very briefly, in the Civil War, in the 31st North Carolina Infantry.  But, this record of military service says Rowland Dixon was 24 when he enlisted, so it must have been the son, not the father.  This is interesting, because, later in the War, young Roland was fighting for the Union.  Not an uncommon occurrence in this area after the Yankees captured New Bern, but, in April 1864, he requested a transfer to a New York regiment.  I don’t know if he got it, because he died of yellow fever September 30 of that year.  Roland, Sr. died  not long after, on November 26.  Probably also of yellow fever.  There was a major Yellow Fever Epidemic going on in the New Bern area at that time.

Roland and Penelope Dixon had the following children:


DigiScrap Cuteness: Bippety Boppety Whoo by LouCee Creations

Found this this morning at Pickleberry PopBippety Boppety Whoo by LouCee Creations.  I love the elements included in this kit.  The owls are just adorable.  The grey one and green one look like they’re about to have a wizard’s duel.  And check out the little bottles with Worm Oil, Bat Wings, and Eye of Toad.  “Double, double, toil and trouble…”  :)


There’s an add-on you get free with purchase that has another cute owl about to throw down with the eye of toad!


And, if that isn’t enough, there are a couple of freebies posted on her blog.  Frog Legs and Nail Clipping Marmalade, anyone?

DigiScrap Cuteness: Reading Room and How Sweet It Is by Sherry Ferguson Designs

While browsing at Gotta Pixel yesterday, I saw these two adorable kits by Sherry Ferguson Designs.  The first, Reading Room, has a theme dear to my heart.  And the little book room is really cute.  And you’ve gotta love the glasses.


Second is How Sweet It Is.  I love the candy.  Just look at those gummy bears.  Of course, as kid, I preferred gummy worms because they grossed out my little sister.  :)



Aden has a title!

Earlier today, Nalini Singh announced on her blog that Aden’s book will be titled Shards of Hope.  And, even better, it has a blurb.

The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action”* of Nalini Singh’s New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.

And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she’s too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden’s passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

Zaira was one of the defected Arrows Judd met with in Venice in Tangle of Need.  I didn’t actually remember that on my own, but had to refer to the Psy/Changeling Character Guide at Wicked Scribes.  I’ll admit, I was kind of hoping Aden would be paired with a Forgotten.  I remember asking in another post if Dev had an unattached sister.  The dynamic between Aden and Dev in Shield of Winter was awesome.  I was hoping to see more of that.  Plus, the strange abilities manifesting in the Forgotten are fascinating.  But, Zaira’s cool.  At least we’ll learn more about the Arrow Squad.  And I still hope that Aden will become part of the new Ruling Coalition.

What do y’all think?

Dixon Wives: Margaret “Peggy” Scott

William Draper Dixon married Margaret Scott May 12, 1853 with M. W. H. Sumrell as bondsman.  According to their tombstone, he was born January 23, 1820, she November 25, 1827.  His parents, as we already know, were Roland Dixon and Penelope Keel.  We can find them in the census data for 1830 (William was, probably, one of the male children between 15 and 20, the other being his brother, Hardy), 1840 (39A), and 1850 (350A – Roland is listed, for some unknown reason, as Robert).  Penelope does not appear in the 1860 census (166A) , where we find Roland living with a Lucy Dixon, aged 13.  A granddaughter, perhaps.

Like his brother John, William attended school in District 21, according to this list of 1841 of Craven County School Children.  Margaret is there as well.  She is immediately preceded on the list by Riley Scott and Julia Scott.  Siblings, maybe?  Going with that, l looked at the 1850 census again. There are two Margaret Scotts on page 368A.  One, aged 34, is the wife of Joshua Scott, the other, aged 20, is the daughter of Patsey Scott with siblings Julia, aged 25, and Riley, aged 30.  Looking at the Craven County Marriage Bonds, Groom S-T, there are two instances where a male Scott married someone named Patsy or Martha.  John Scott married Patsy Bland November 7, 1806 with Joseph Dixon as bondsman, and Joshua Scott married Patsey Bland February 16, 1838 with James Banks as bondsman.  Given that Margaret was born in 1827, Joshua couldn’t be her father, so, John it was, but I can’t help but wonder if it was the same Patsy Bland in both marriages.  I found this Index to Craven County, NC Estate Files, 1663-1968.  There is a John Scott who was probated in 1840.  His probate papers mention his widow, Patsy, and children John, Riley, Julia, and Margaret.  John Scott, Jr. is the guardian of his younger siblings.

In the 1850 census, Patsey and the children live next to a John Scott, aged 40, and his wife Nora.  A John Scott married a Leonora Scott January 31, 1840 with Samuel Scott as bondsman.  I think that John and Nora are the family listed under John Scott in 1840 (page 39A) with 1 male and 1 female in the household, both between the ages of 20 and 30.  I don’t see a Patsy Scott as head of any household in 1840.  Could she be the female aged between 40 and 50 in the household of Joshua Scott (page 60A), who was also aged between 40 and 50?  If so, she was widowed again by 1850.

By 1860, all of the Scott children, including Margaret, are married.  Riley Scott married Jane Delamar May 8, 1851 with John B. Oxley as bondsman, and Julia Scott married Joshua Lee August 27, 1854 with Abner Lee as bondsman.  I don’t see John and Nora in 1860.  The only John Scott on the census rolls for that year is a John Scott, Jr., married to Sarah Paul, daughter of Zaccheus Paul and Nellie Bennett.  This John, Jr. is 32, whereas our John, Jr. would have been around 50.  His son, maybe?  I don’t know.  And wouldn’t he be John Scott, III if he was?  And I don’t know where Patsy was at this point.  She doesn’t show up in the 1860 census.  She may have died, or, less likely, she might have remarried.

Margaret and William do appear in the 1860 census.  They’re on page 191, living next door to John and Mary Catherine.  Their daughter, and my great-great-grandmother, Margaret Ann, is just 6 years old.  In 1870, they live near Swift Creek in Township 1 in Craven County.  If you scroll down a bit, you’ll find Margaret Ann’s future brother-in-law, James Summurlin, in the household of Freeman Stilly, who will become his father-in-law later in the year.  I’m intrigued by the Sarah, aged 6, below him on the list.  Sarah Summurlin?  And, if so, who was she.  She raises all kinds of questions.

Back to William and Margaret.  By 1880, Pamlico County had been created, and that’s where we find them, living next to Margaret Ann and her husband, Joseph F. Sumberlin.  Unfortunately, most of the 1890 census was destroyed in a fire at the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. in 1921, so I don’t know where anyone was at that date.  I’m one of the researchers who despair at the loss, because it would answer some major questions I have about ancestors on my Mom’s side.  More about that later.

According to their tombstone, William Dixon died June 4, 1896.  In 1900, Margaret is living in the town of Stonewall, Township 2, Pamlico County.  In her household are her son, Noah, and granddaughter, Tina Paul.  Tina was the daughter of Rebecca J. Dixon and Henry Taylor Paul, son of Zaccheus Paul and Nellie Bennett.  Next door, are Joseph and Margaret Sumrell, their children, and a niece, Minnie Paul.  Notice that Tina and Minnie were both born in March 1894.  Twins.

In 1910, Margaret, Noah, and Tina still live together, but Noah is now head of the household.  Margaret is 82/83.  Her tombstone says she died the following year on August 6.  After that, Noah and Tina may have moved in with Margaret Ann and Joseph, but Joseph died of pneumonia March 18, 1918 (his tombstone says February 27, 1918).  By 1920, they, along with Margaret Ann, lived in the household of her son-in-law, Clarence Nobles.  Margaret Ann died of apoplexy, what we’d call a stroke, August 5, 1929.  Noah and Tina lived by themselves by 1930 and by 1940, it was just Noah.  Tina Paul died March 25, 1939, Noah August 24, 1944.  I don’t know what happened to Minnie.

DigiScrap Cuteness: Love Peanut Butter and Jelly by Lindsay Jane Designs

I realize it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything that even remotely has to do with digital scrapping.  There are, as always, a few things I’m playing with when I can, but nothing’s complete.  Or anywhere near it.  But, I just saw this on the Lindsay Jane Designs blog this morning and thought it was just too cute.  I’d never thought to create a kit with this theme.


LibraryReads November List

library_reads_logo_websiteLibraryReads has released their November List.  Of the ten books on the list, one and only one caught my interest:  Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover:  The Fourth Rule of Scoundrels by Sarah MacLean  I’ve been looking forward to the book since I read the last sentence in A Good Duke Never Goes Unpunished, the previous novel in the series.  It even made it onto my most anticipated reads list for 2014.

What other books can’t I wait to read in November? Over the Waterfall by Ron Rash and Archangel’s Shadows by Nalini SIngh.