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If you want to ask me a quick genealogy question here is the post to do that!

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“Whether you believe you can or whether you believe you can’t, you’re right.”
-Henry Ford

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Curtis James Metcalf

Birth 17 Feb 1957 in Dayton, Montgomery, Ohio, USA
Death 24 Feb 2015 in Franklin, Warren, Ohio USA

METCALF, Curtis J. Age, 59 of Franklin, Ohio passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the Sycamore Medical Center. He was born December 17, 1955 in Dayton, Ohio the son of James Edward and Ethel Marie (Lamb) Metcalf. Curt was formerly employed with Sycamore Creek Country Club for 38 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and 1 brother, Edward Gene Metcalf in 2009. Curt is survived by his wife of 38 years, Julie Metcalf; a son, Shawn Metcalf; a daughter, Dianah South; 4 sisters; 2 brothers; 5 grand daughters and 1 grandson.
Funeral service will be Monday 10:00 am at the Anderson Funeral Home 1357 East Second Street, Franklin, with Pastor Dave Bowling officiating. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Woodside Cemetery.

Personal note: Our special thoughts and heartfelt prayers are with you and your family during this time of sorrow. God Bless.

~ beverages ~
Coffee – Sweet Tea
Pop – Water

~ soup ~
Chili

~ main ~
Pork loin
Smoked Sausage in Sauerkraut
Hot Dogs

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Gravy
Black Eyed Peas
Hominy
Cornbread
Beets
Fruit & Cheese Tray
Crackers
Cranberry Sauce
Chips
Relish Tray

~ desserts ~
Banana Pudding
Sweet Breads
Cream Cheese & Jellies
Cookies
Candy Buffet

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Resolution One: I will live for God. Resolution Two: If no one else does, I still will. ~ Jonathan Edwards & me

Nicholas Lee Pearson
Birth: 29 Jul 1979 in Kettering, Montgomery, Ohio
Death: 25 Dec 2014 in Carlisle, Warren, Ohio

PEARSON, Nicholas Lee Age 34 of Carlisle, Ohio passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, December 25, 2014. He was born on July 18, 1980 in Kettering, to Keith Leonard and Debra J (Gilbert) Pearson. He is preceded in death by his grandparents, James Paul and Geneva Mae (Gross) Pearson and grandfather, Amos Gilbert Sr. In addition to his parents, Keith and Debbie Pearson, Nick is survived by his children, Corbin Lane and Mercedes Monroe Pearson; sister, Serena Lynn (Tim) Humerick; grandmother, Delora J Gilbert; nieces and nephews, Travis (Emily) Humerick, Samantha Humerick, Tabitha Humerick, Heaven Humerick, Kolton Humerick and many aunts, uncles and cousins. Nick graduated from Valley View High School in 1999 and has been employed with Pearson Brothers Body Shop. Friends and family may visit from 10am– 12pm on Wednesday, December 31 at Gebhart-Schmidt-Parramore Funeral Home. Funeral service will begin at 12pm on Wednesday, also at the funeral home. Interment following at Highland Memorial Cemetery. If desired, memorial contributions may be given to National Bank & Trust, 655 Central Ave. Carlisle, Ohio 45005 where a fund has been set up for Nick’s children. Personal condolences may be left for his family by visiting http://www.gebhartschmidtparramore.com. – See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/dayton/obituary.aspx?pid=173640494#sthash.ArPq4Qyq.dpuf

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On a personal note: Both myself & Anthony thought the world of Nick.  He grew up with our oldest son. They were very close at one time. An Memoriam never really tells the history of a person, their personality, whom they really were as a person, or how much they meant to someone. Nick was a really sweet boy.

I didn’t realize just how quickly time passed; it gets away from us.

I can’t even remember the last time that I had seen Nick in passing or talked to him, but I do remember the last time he came to visit me. He drove up to show us his new motorcycle. We talked for two or three hours, about what, I don’t remember. He wanted to show me how much weight he had lost & his new boots. Silly things really, but importantly enough to him, at the time, to want to share it with me.

I only wish I had followed up with him more.  I didn’t really see him much after that. He didn’t come to visit. I do remember a conversation, we had later, about his buying a house & having a small dispute with the little lady next door over a property line survey that he’d done. He laughed and said, “I don’t care. I love it, she’s trimming my bushes, so that I don’t have too!” [It stuck in my mind.]

It may seem like lot’s of uninteresting small talk to people, but ours lives consist of lot’s of little seemly unimportant events, small talk if you will, our day to days, but we should share them more often with our family and friends. Trust me, it won’t bore them. Don’t let years pass without calling and saying, “Hey! I bought a new________ or do you like my boots? Its the little things that mean the most.

Nick passed away, too young, in my opinion, but grew into a wonderful family man with two beautiful children and that is something to be very proud of.

I wish, only the best his family, his children, you’ll forever be in my prayers.  May God bless and comfort you always.

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Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows. ~ Pope Paul VI

Anthony & I would like to wish each and everyone one of you and your families all the warmth this Holiday Season has to offer. Have a wonderful Christmas and a New Year filled with hope, faith, love, peace and joy that you truly deserve. God bless you on this special day. Merry Christmas! ‪#‎endlessprosperity‬ ‪#‎blessings‬ ‪#‎Lovethatkindlestheheart‬

1 c. persimmon pulp from VERY ripe persimmons
1 tsp. baking soda
2 c. all purpose flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
½ tsp cloves (optional)
½ tsp. salt
½ c. butter
1 c. brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. chopped dates (optional)
1 c. raisins or dried cranberries
1 c. chopped nuts (optional, but if you use them, toast them first)

Mash persimmon pulp with baking soda. Set aside (mixture will appear curdled). Mix all dry ingredients together in a separate bowl. Cream butter and sugar together; add egg and vanilla, then persimmon-baking soda mixture. Next, add all dry. Mix gently, just until combined (to avoid toughening). Finally, add in dates, raisins and nuts if using. Drop by spoonful’s (or use small cookie scoop) onto parchment-lined baking sheet; bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes or until slightly browned and puffy.

Christmas cookies and happy hearts, this is how the holiday starts. ~ me & somebody a very long time ago. LOL

Aaron Adkins (1845-1929)

Adkins , Aaron ” Little Aaron” ; b. 1845 ; s/o Allen and Fanny Adkins ;married Frances Toney . CSA. PVT 129th. Regiment VA Militia (Capt. Barnett Carter’s Co.). August 27,1861-. Served three days and left sick. 1st. Bat. VA Mounted Rifles (Capt. Barnett Carter’s Co. ) August 26, 1862 to December 1, 1862 . 34th. VA CAV. Co. D from December 1,1862-Feb. 1,1863. He was shot three times in the leg, arm and body. He fought at Gettysburg. Tradition says he was sent out to forage for food and came back with a dead hog on his back. Aaron died in 1929

I believe from just glancing, Aaron is down from Parker Adkins son Hezekiah, who along with brother Millington and father Parker fought at Mt Pleasant Va. in Rev War. ~ Stan Adkins

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Andrew Lewis Sias (1842-UNK)

Andrew Lewis Sias

Andrew Lewis Sias

Sias, Andrew Lewis ” Lew” ; b. May 28, 1842 in Mercer Co. VA ; d: between 1894 and 1896 in Lincoln County , WV; s/o James William and Rebecca (Adkins) Sias ; married Martha Ellen Lambert d/o Jeremiah and  Sarah (Hedrick) Lambert. He enlisted on August 26, 1862  at  the Logan County Court  House  in  the 34th Batt’n  VA CAV , Co. D ( Capt. B. Carter’s Co. 1 Batt’n Virginia Mounted Rifles )  as a PVT.  He deserted  and joined General Floyd’s command. He enlisted on December 1,1862 to Feb. 1, 1863 . He was wounded on the 3ed day of fighting at Gettysburg , PA (Pickett’s Charge) and taken prisoner at Hagerstown, Maryland on July 8, 1863   Another record says he was captured at Funkstown, MD. He was transferred to Seminary Hospital, Hagerstown, Maryland in August of 1863 and later moved to General Hospital in Chester,P on abt. September 17,1863 . Andrew was transferred  to Hammond  General Hospital, Point Lookout, MD on October 4, 1863  and appears on the list at Wayside or General Hospital # 9 on March 6,1864. and at  Chimborazo Hospital # 3  in Richmond, VA on March 7, 1864 . He was furloughed on March 11,1864.

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Boy, he looks just like an Adkins, doesn’t he? Amazing; the Adkins look. ~ Stan Adkins & me. [I think it’s the nose.] Stan Adkins ~ Nose, eyes,… and the big ears! Lol This guy could be my brother. Quite extraordinary.

My brother Ralph & his son Justin both have those eyes. I’ve seen them on a few people that I wanted to have DNA tested for proof they were a descendant, but of course, I can’t stop strangers on the street & ask for DNA or can I?

Also, as I had quoted, in the past, an excerpt from a book written in 1914 about a Parker Adkins, written by a man that knew him personally, that he had a nose the size of a man’s fist, which I’m hoping was a slight exaggeration on the writers part. But my Papaw Kell had a very dominate nose, one that I seem to be rocking myself. No complaints here; it makes me whom I am. I guess, looking at past relatives we can see a future for our children. Our Adkins lineage will live on through the generations, that we may see William V in all his generations. That is quite extraordinary.

Thank you, Stan for findings. God Bless & happy hunting!

Thanksgiving Dinner Menu

~ appetizers ~
Meatballs
Relish Tray

~ beverages ~
Pop – Water – Sweet Tea – Coffee

~ soup ~
Beef Barley Soup

~ main ~
Turkey & Dressing

~ sides ~
Mashed Potatoes
Turkey & Brown Gravies
Baked Beans
Sweet Potato Casserole
Green Bean Casserole
Jiffy Corn Casserole
Cranberry Relish & Jellied Cranberry Sauce
Deviled Eggs

~ bread/rolls ~
Dinner Rolls
Pull Apart Bread

~ desserts ~
Pumpkin Pie w/ Whip Cream
Pumpkin Spice Cake
Cheesecake
Mom’s Ambrosia

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Cranberry Relish

2 cans whole berry cranberry sauce

1 can mandarin oranges in water, drained

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 6oz package chopped pecans

Optional: Fresh lemon zest.

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All that we behold is full of blessings. ~William Wordsworth

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