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I guess those of you that were searching for Adkins – Metcalf were just checking up on me. I hope you like what you see. What I lack in personality, I make up for in dedication.

It’s a little painful to type this week, I cut my thumbnail in half and after two days, it’s still throbbing. So bare with me.


As for my Dolly Varden Cake… yum! I strongly recommend trying it at least once. I have several recipes for variations on the original recipe, just request it.


Portelia Adkins:
Now Telia was born Portela Eliza Jane “Tealia” Adkins about 1905 in Magoffin, Kentucky to Edward Edmond Adkins and Nancy Margaret Montgomery Adkins. She married James Mefford (1889-1975) in Whitley, Kentucky. As far I can tell, Ed and Nancy Adkins were not on the Wagon Train as previously reported by the Indian website. That info was provided by a relative and that may have been a mistake.

Portela we’ll call Tealia aka Eliza Jane, she was reported to have died as a child because she has been confused with her baby sister Ura M L Adkins. Ura’s death certificate says that she died from injuries sustained to her stomach inflicted by her brother (Kern) at the bus stop. In which, I thought was a little harsh for a death record to read, but I guess maybe they had to report it, that way, back then.

Tealia still hasn’t been reported as past away by the family and I can’t find any evidence of her passing under any of these names. If you have such evidence, please email me @ vvsfan@msn.com and I’ll update it on the family tree.

Tealia was the mother of 6 known children: Lillie M Mefford, Mattie E Mefford, William Dell Mefford, James Lewis Mefford, David Mefford, and Annie Merey Mefford.


Valentine Pieratt
I have 4 men known as Valentine Pieratt (Valentin) on my family tree, one Reuben Valentine Pieratt but I would assume you were looking for the oldest living on my tree. Valentine reportedly was born La Bresse, Vosges, Lorraine, France to * Dominique Jean Pierrat 08 Feb 1678 – 19 Mar 1754 and * Marguerite Coutret 27 May 1689 – 11 Feb 1751 they married: 27 Sep 1701 in Gérardmer, Vosges, Lorraine, France and had 4 known children; Joseph (1701 – 1788), Dominique (1704 – 1751), Valentine (1707 – 1788) and Barbe (1713 – 1792).

*I didn’t have these posted on my tree because they weren’t part of my original research.

Valentine Pieratt (1707-1788) married Barba (Haubert) Aubert (1709-1790) on 7 Feb 1730 in Labresse, Vosges, Lorraine, France. They had 10 known children. Helen Pierrat, Elope Pierrat, Barbe Pierrat, Nicolas Pierrat, Jacques Pierrat, Laurent Joachim Pierrat, Marguerite Pierrat, Elizabeth Pierrat, Marie Catherine Pierrat, and Valentine Pierratt or Valentin Pierrat(1753 – 1836).

Valentine Pierratt (1707-1788) was the son of Dominique Jean Pierret (1678- 1754) and Marguerite Coutret.  Dominique  was the son of Jean Demenge Pierat (1648-1709) and Anne Villaume Pierat (1654-1689). Jean was the son of Demenge Nicolas Pierrat (1625-1695) and Georgette Didler Pierat (1628-1652). Demenge is believed to be the son of Nicolas Gérard Pierattand Colate or Colette Marchal Pierat (1607-1635) .

* Jean-Baptiste-Dominique PIERRET Marne, France Marriages 1529-1907.


That’s about it for now. I still have a lot to look into.  You’ll have to forgive some of the Pieratt surname spellings. As with most families they hop around like that. Spell it however you’d like. I just got my first paycheck and they spelled Metcalf – Metacalf. I didn’t say a word and it cashed out just fine. So it should be fine.

Anyway, I’m hoping more will turn up. I do hope others will continue their research and will share their findings with us.


On a personal note:

Today, was my Mom’s birthday. She would have been 73. She as killed in a car accident in 1978, the year before I was married. I love and miss her terribly.  The years pass but the longing stays the same. If you have a living parent, please try to see them as often as possible. You’ll never regret it.

My son, Steven is back at College, living in house with less than perfect conditions. Brandy and the girls are back from their cruise. Mandy just finished her 10th Year Reunion weekend for the Valley View Class of 2000. Craig is working and I haven’t seen him in weeks. I do hope to rectify that real soon. They do grow up, but I plan on keeping them close.

I’m working hit – skip and miss but I do love it for the most part. Anthony is keeping busy as well. We’re all looking forward to the Holiday’s.  Well, some of us anyway. Life is good.

Best Wishes and thanks for your comments,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

To choose is also to begin. ~ Starhawk

I’m trying to keep it very simple this week. As most of you know, I’ve taken a new job. Well jobs really, I’m going to get to cook on Wednesday’s – Yeah and I’m the co-Activities director for an Assisted Living Facility. I really enjoy it, so I think I’ll stay for awhile. Its not too far from home, and I’ll have my evenings free. That just leaves poor Suki, she’ll have to stay at home with Steven everyday. That wouldn’t be a problem if he weren’t allergic to her. Got to love those allergies. He still really likes her and spends some quality time with her. I’m sure he’ll eventually be over it and she’ll end up in dogie daycare.


I also wanted to let you know that I’ve just back-posted a few Adkins marriage licenses from pre-1800 Virginia. I used the “Adkins” surname on all because they did come down that line. You’ll see the alternate Surname change they’ve used on their licenses and you’ll see that many descendants returned to Adkins or went went further with the changes. I’m sure I’ll get lots of emails on the corrections.


I don’t have spent a lot of spare time but I’ve spent a lot of it trying to trace down some odds and ends, here and there. I was trying to decide how many generations are to many to track. Mom’s cousin Frank had added the descendants of twelve generations, but how far down the rabbit hole should I go, when is it far enough? I tracked some of Jim Adams & Ella Jane Reed’s great-great grandchildren and then I thought to myself, this is just too many.

Not much more progress on the Reed’s. I’ve all but given up hope of ever tying John Franklin Reed to any tree. I’m half convinced that after his unfortunate brush with destiny – that they must have changed their names.  I can’t find any “Reed” family living anywhere with similar sibling names under any spelling of “Reed”. So unless, some documents or family members come out of La Follette, Tennessee… I’m throwing in the towel.


I want to wish my sister Linda Ann Ball a very happy birthday tomorrow. I won’t get any of her cake, nor I didn’t mail her card to Belgium, sorry Linda, but I did post her one on Facebook. That’s like the second best way of being there. But I do love cake. LOL


Wednesday, is  Jeff & Sophia Metcalf’s Anniversary and I want to wish them the very best.


Thursday, is Chris Metcalf’s birthday and Maynard Ray and Lisa Argo’s Anniversary.


Saturday, will be Belinda Sue’s birthday along with my son Craig & April on their 11th anniversary. I’d like to congratulate them on yet another year or wedded bliss. And thank them for giving me two beautiful grandchildren. Happy Anniversary to you both!


Sunday, will be my sister Sharon’s anniversary – Happy Anniversary to you and Ron.


Valley View Schools, due to government mandates, will now have to go to all day – everyday Kindergarten and they’ll need to hire some new teachers and add some classrooms.  Rumor has it that the superintendent won’t hire from within the district, so who knows where they will find the teachers or the funds to pay for them?

I don’t really like the idea of strangers to the community, working with our children, maybe its just me, but I like to know the background of the persons that I’m trusting my children with. You know, I thought when my kids were out of the system, my worries would be over. I’m only learning now, that it never really ends. I’m so glad that my children moved out of Germantown. I never thought I would ever say that, but our school taxes are just too high.

I wonder what ever happened to the sales tax fund that was created to fund the schools. Who stole those funds?


That’s about it for now.  Not too much more to report.

Have a great week everybody!

Who then is free? The wise man who can govern himself. ~ Horace

It’s New Year’s Eve! All the excitement of starting a new year, sharing the moment with friends and family, and reflecting on the year past… this night is truly a magical moment. So wherever you are tonight, here’s to a New Year and many more magical memories. Let the countdown begin! 10… 9… 8…

The final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. ~ Anne Frank

by Lydia Maria Child

Over the river, and through the wood,
To Grandfather’s house we go;
The horse knows the way
To carry the sleigh
Through the white and drifted snow.

Over the river, and through the wood,
Oh, how the wind does blow!
It stings the toes,
And bites the nose,
As over the ground we go.

Over the river, and through the wood,
To have a first-rate play.
Hear the bells ring,
Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day!

Over the river, and through the wood
Trot fast, my dapple-gray!
Spring over the ground,
Like a hunting-hound!
For this is Thanksgiving Day.

Over the river, and through the wood,
And straight through the barnyard gate,
We seem to go
Extremely slow,
It is so hard to wait!

Over the river, and through the wood—
Now Grandmother’s cap I spy!
Hurrah for the fun
Is the pudding done?
Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!

thanks for the well wishes, calls, comments, cards and gifts. They made my birthday extra special…

We went to LongHorn Steakhouse on Tylersville Rd in West Chester, so that it would be easier to pick up and drop off our youngest son at college. I really wanted my family there. I hate that Brandy lives so far away and cannot make these kinds of events. But I’ll have other birthdays and I’m sure she’ll make a few of them. But it was a fun evening all the same.

Mandy and Alan made it with their brood. Craig and April came along with their kids and Brandon. And, Steven… poor kid, he always seems to be the odd man out. Not even sure why. But he had a good time and I was glad he was there.

The restaurant staff had to sing and clap some type of Happy Birthday song, not the traditional song, but something they sing to everyone, to 6 tables before mine. I felt bad for them. I guess, this just shows the results of the kiss at Midnight on New Years Eve… Ew… I know some would be grossed out by the fact they know they day/night in which they were conceived, but to be born on Oct 5th that is the reality. 40 weeks, conceived on New Years… Ew… too much information and/or ignorance is bliss.

Anyway, we had a great time, I did get upstaged at my own party last night! Craigie (my 9 year old grandson) almost jumped over the table when Rich Franklin and his party walked through the door. Craig (my oldest son) wouldn’t let him get an autograph, so he just sat and stared at him all night. LOL I had to laugh. How many 9 year old’s in this world, would or even should be able to recognize a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion when they see one? He went nuts, and was so excited. WHY?

Oh well, it can’t always be about the Grandma. I wanted to personally thank the party at another table for ordering too many desserts and sharing their extra Caramel Apple Goldrush dessert (untouched) with our table. Jessica (sitting at the end of the table) and her boyfriend were very appreciative. We had ordered the Chocolate Stampede to share with the kids and for my birthday, they give you a free chocolate sundae.

Anthony and I shared a dinner, so that I could eat dessert. We had a very nice waiter and I know he worked hard serving our entire section. That could not be easy. So thank you all for making my birthday a memorable one.

Love to you all,
Sheila Jean Adkins Metcalf

Ambition is a commendable attribute, without which no man succeeds. Only inconsiderate ambition imperils. – Warren Gamaliel Harding

To my oldest son, Craig and to my almost son-in-law, Tiger Zamora. May this be your Best Birthday, ever. We all love you both and want to wish you both an amazing day filled with lots of love, hope and cherished memories.

God asks no man whether he will accept life. That is not the choice. You must take it. The only question is how. ~ HENRY WARD BEECHER