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Here’s Your Sign #5 ~ Rosewell Mansion, Gloucester Co, Virginia

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Love this TY Valerie!

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For many years I have been collecting photos of and information about the various signs that have been placed in honor of some of my ancestors. These signs are a glimpse into some event and/or place where they lived. Some of the signs are small like a placard with a few poignant words, some are large, and they go into great detail, and then there are those that are somewhere in between. Each one gives added life to those ancestors.

rosewell sign Mann Page

Mann Page Sr. (1691-1730), my 8x Great Grandfather, was born on the property that was to become Rosewell Plantation in Gloucester County, Virginia. His parents and his grandparents on both sides were all deceased by the time he was 16 years old and he was left with all of the property and wealth they had all acquired. The building of the mansion began in 1725. It was built of brick…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 30, 2020 at 4:05 pm

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Robert de Ros

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Deep research pays off!

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On this day 790 years ago, Robert de Ros (my 24th and two-times 25th great-grandfather) passed away.

Born in 1177, Robert was the son of Everard de Ros, Baron of Helmsley, and Rohese de Trusbut, daughter of William Trusbut of Wartre.

In early 1191, at the age of 14, Robert de Ros married Isabella mac William, widow of Robert III de Brus and the illegitimate daughter of William I “The Lion”, in Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland. Together, Robert de Ros and Isabella mac William were the parents to four known sons: William (my 23rd and two-times 24th great-grandfather), Robert, Alexander, and Peter.

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 26, 2020 at 4:15 am

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New Moon Solar Eclipse in Cancer, June 20-21, 2020

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Summer Solstice 2020 Solar Eclipse:

Libra Seeking Balance

This is quite an astro-event, since a New Moon Solar Eclipse landing on the Solstice is not exactly common. The New Moon at 0° 21′ Cancer on 20-21 June 2020, 11:42 PM PDT occurs only a few hours after the Sun enters Cancer. This suggests the themes presented on this lunation are going to be with us for the next six months, especially for those folks with personal planets and/or Ascendant at 0° in the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra and Capricorn). Powerful stuff!

The closest aspect in this chart is an inconjunct between the Cancer luminaries and Saturn in Aquarius. Cancer and Aquarius have very different ideas of what’s important. Aquarius is focused on the collective at large and Cancer on home and family. Both points of view are equally valid and necessary though at this time the differences are tough to reconcile. Saturn in Aquarius is all about…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 20, 2020 at 7:58 pm

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Hometown Tuesday ~ 7 Oaks, Nelson County, Virginia

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With my few early ancestors from ‘Amherst’ I appreciate Valerie’s research on the history of the area!

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hometown tuesdayWith the establishment of the Virginia Colony in 1607, English emigrants arrived in North America by the thousands. By the late 17th century English explorers and traders had traveled up the James River to this area. Early trading posts were established between 1710 and 1720. By 1730, many families moved into the area currently known as Amherst County. They came because of the abundance of land and the good tobacco-growing soil.

Originally known as “The Oaks” and “Seven Oaks Villagethis town started as a stage station on the Charlottesville-Lynchburg road. In 1806 the county took its present proportions when Nelson County was formed from its northern half. The county seat was then moved to the village of Five Oaks, which was later renamed Amherst. The original courthouse was built in 1809 on two acres of land purchased “from a Mr. Coleman for ten shillings.” The…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 18, 2020 at 12:57 pm

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Monday’s for Me ~ Stop Clowning Around!

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File65After the death of my Dad in 1974, we decided to move back to Tucson AZ. We moved into a new mobile home on the far west side of town. In the park where a lot of families with young children. I quickly made friends with several of the young mothers and I would help them with their young children. One of these women kept insisting on paying me for my help but I kept refusing. One day I was helping her clean out her storage shed and we came upon a large box of old Halloween costumes. On the very top was a clown outfit she had made several years before, complete with a detachable neck ruffle and gloves. I guess my face lit up because she asked me if I would like it and I said “Yes!” I had always wanted to be a clown and I had…

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June 15, 2020 at 6:34 pm

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The Stunning Purple Gallinule

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Such amazing photos!

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P3010891 ADULT GALLINULE NESTING Reinforcing nests…

“There is nothing in which the birds differ more from man than the way in which they can build and yet leave a landscape as it was before.” – Robert Wilson Lynd

P3000434 PURPLE GALLINULE FORAGING FOR lotus while two immatures stretch and preen Adult Purple Gallinule and Juvenile

With long yellow legs and exceptionally-long toes, the Purple Gallinule paints the wetlands’ landscape with its handsome presence. Quite skittish in most settings, this species has adjusted to the presence of humans in the nearby Parque la Vegas in Portoviejo Ecuador.  It joins a small cast of feathered occupants that claim this petite little man-made marsh not far from my apartment. (I suspect that it was built on earthquake rubble.)  For the past two weeks I have visited the ‘segua’ often to record the rapid growth of the newest generation of Purple Gallinules.

P3030331 PARQUE LAS VEGAS SEGUA

P3020237 june 9 baby gallinule big foot Baby Gallinule, what big feet you have!

P3020177 june 9 baby gallinule foot detail The better to scratch my itchy face with!

The new chicks…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 14, 2020 at 8:49 pm

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Thursday at the Cemetery ~ When There is No Stone

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A constant issue in genealogical searches: Another issue: states that don’t protect old graves and cemeteries from bulldozers even though a protective law may be on the books. 😦

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pic TATCWorking on this blog I search through my ancestors looking at where they are buried and then searching for their headstones on Find-A-Grave. In the last couple of weeks, I realized that there are a great many where the place of burial is known but there is no stone for them. I have also come across a few that were buried somewhere on the family farm, but the location is not known.

I have been racking my brain as to how I can include them in myNo stone grave “Thursday at the Cemetery” series so they too may be honored and remembered. I know some of them to have photos I could use instead of a headstone, but most do not. I try to write a small biography about the person I am listing.  Perhaps I could write a more detailed one for those who have no photo to include?

cross on farmI also…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 11, 2020 at 5:40 pm

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Research: Mary Ann Hunter (nee Wright)

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Thank You Tony such thorough research!

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My 2x great grandmother, Mary Ann Wright was born in Burton Pidsea on 5th November 1879. She was one of 4 children: Timothy (1878-1950), Mary Ann (1879-1966), Thomas (1881-1937) and Charles (1885-1960). Their parents were Thomas and Isabella Wright (nee Thompson).

Mary Ann was baptised on 15th January 1880 in Burton Pidsea, East Yorkshire. I have included her baptism record, that I found online, below.

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On the 1881 Census, 1 year old Mary Ann was living somewhere between Nancy Row and Elm Tree Farm, which are located on Carr Road in Burton Pidsea. She was living there with her parents, and 2 of her brothers Timothy (3) and Thomas (under 12 months). A 33 year old nurse called Francis Borrel was living with the family too.

The following photograph shows Mary Ann’s father, Thomas Wright, stood on the side of the road in Burton Pidsea. Thomas, sometimes referred to as…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 7, 2020 at 5:25 pm

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The Invisible Fence

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A lovely journal as usual with intriguing photos and artwork!

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P1750084 green vine yellow flower black fruit on fence wire at pond‘The memory is a living thing – it too is in transit. But during the moment, all that is remembered joins and lives – the old and the young, the past and the present, the living and the dead.’ – Eudora Welty – One Writer’s Beginnings

(This was written a few weeks ago ‘between painting sessions.’  Short internet checks have kept my communication skills hobbled, but it seems timely today to ignore the emails, the news updates (I am anxious to check – but will wait to post this.) I often realized my good fortune to have had so much practice with self-imposed isolation. This present marathon of isolation has barely affected my moods – as long as there are paints and brushes and pencils and books to occupy my time, I am happy. (I do miss my connection with nature.)

Even when recovering from the dengue-chikungunya co-infection in 2015…

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Written by Jude Cowell

June 1, 2020 at 3:50 am

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