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4-19-2015 Research Notes

April 19th, 2015 | No Comments | Posted in Uncategorized

I’m off on a tangent but wanted to record where I am nonetheless. My initial goal for today was to search for adoption records that might give us a clue about William Vorkink’s paternal grandmother Diena Willemson. (Sorry if I got that wrong, I just pulled it from memory and that’s not all that reliable anymore.) Instead I found myself at indices of Dutch birth records from 1616 – 1811 as found in two volumes that were microfilmed in 1993. They can be found at Family Search

with urls (that might not work) of

A-Küsters, Gerhardt:,346787801,346826601page 890   page 891


The reason for the note is that just cruising through these 500+ page documents I can see many possible variations of VORKINK (pages 890-891), including Borkink,  Vokkink (pg 880), Vorking (pg 890), Vorckink (pg 890), Vorkinck (pg 890), Vorkinks (pg 891), and Vorkinx (pg 891). I especially like the last one. Perhaps one day I will cross-reference the listed names with what we have in family records. Need to check to see if Lochem and Eibergen have equivalent records.

Family History Research – Weekly Recap 12-21-14

December 22nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History, Musings

Spent my research time on identifying two places that the Vorkinks (William & Hazel and 4 children) are shown living in the 1930 and 1940 census.  See William’s page for the details. (918 E Garfield Ave, Glendale & 901 S Bronson Avenue, Los Angeles) I posted pictures from Google maps for the Glendale property and checked the Los Angeles County online property records info to verify the size of the property, date built, etc. I need to do the same for the Bronson Avenue property next week.

Of course, my father Marshall was one of those 4 children and perhaps that’s why I find it so interesting to see where he and his family lived. From a strict genealogy viewpoint, especially when it comes to LDS Temple Ordinances, this might seem to be a side track, yet even now includes sections for photos and personal stories as just the basic birth-marriage-death info doesn’t tell much about the persons involved.

The bigger challenge is managing the project. At this time no one else in my extended family–to my knowledge–is working on any of these family lines and histories. While I started this current research with Ammons and Hucks, although a case could be made that my blogs on Bethune family history was the real restart, I’m constantly changing direction, almost at whim. Certainly from an LDS perspective there is an emphasis on identifying ancestors whose temple work has not yet been completed as those dearly departed souls might be waiting to accept said work on the other side of the veil. To a degree this seems at times like searching for a needle in a haystack, well it did at first as I believed that much of the work had been done by my grandmothers Hazel Whitehead Vorkink and Mary Bethune Hucks for their respective lines. So far I have found that on there have been some mistakes made on small details and some family members overlooked. Also, the research is much easier now than when my grandmothers were working on it 40-60 years ago.

Maybe that same trait that caused me to want to be an auditor is why I find myself wanting to correct the mistakes I have found in the work that has been done so far. Not that I have perfectly accurate information, but one of the problems I see over and over again is the repeating of bad info because no one has bothered to double-check it. Admittedly that is one of my purposes in the way that I am doing this research and recording it here. I am hopeful that those who come after me will have fewer inaccuracies to deal with if I can sort out some of the issues now.

Beyond the temple info research and correcting inaccuracies there is the desire to record something about my parents, grandparents, and great grands so that my siblings, cousins, and their descendants will have a better understanding of their ancestors’ lives. This is particularly challenging because of its scope. My mother is still alive and one of her brothers, and I have many cousins on both sides who all will have some memories of our grandparents. Lorene Ensley is threatening to get a Vorkink family reunion scheduled and has reported that she is working on some of William and Hazel’s history, but I truly understand how difficult it can be to do so. How much info does one include? What is most important?

Rather than be paralyzed by the magnitude of the challenge, I’ve decided to just start with what I can find and what I know. Hence, the information about where they lived, including photos where available. I’ll probably regret not recording some of the stories that my mother tells about her youth as I’m usually doing something while she is telling me and we’re not formally making a record. And how important are those stories anyway? As of yet my mother has not written any of her own history, although we do have hundreds of hours of recorded interviews she performed. Does anyone really want to listen to all of that?

What really does matter? From an LDS perspective it would be great to have conversion stories or testimonies, copies of patriarchal blessings, thoughts about the Gospel, records of spiritual experiences, lessons learned from a lifetime. Fortunately we have some of that for a few ancestors. From a family viewpoint it would be interesting to have a record of their achievements, their skills and traits, etc., to look for similarities in our own lives. To add historical perspective it would be enlightening to understand how their daily lives were structured, how they lived without electricity, indoor plumbing, radio, tv, the internet, modern medicine etc. We could learn so much.

If one believes in a heaven of any kind where we will be reunited with loves ones, then the more information we have about them the more we should be able to relate to them once we meet them again. I look forward to talking with Marshall, William, Mary, Howard, Lisa and many other relatives who have already passed on and hope that I have learned enough in this life to more fully appreciate who they are and the lives that they lived.


Family History Research Weekly Recap 12-14-2014

December 14th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

Not a lot of new stuff this week/today. I’m still on the Sunday Morning Plan, so it was only a couple of hours of work, most of which was just double-checking. Now that I have individual pages for ancestors I need to go back through the weekly posts and transfer the pertinent information.  I also went through some of my paper files and found some interesting documents, one a photocopying of a report that Lena Temperance Hucks Padgett commissioned in 1949. Another was a 16 pages from an unnamed book that had Hucks genealogy, not all of which is correct. I have bits and pieces in my files from visits to a family history library going back almost 20 years. I’ll sort through it all and try and get the most accurate info transferred to the pages on this site.


Family History Research – Weekly Recap 12-7-2014

December 7th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History, Uncategorized

I made the decision this week to only work on family history on Sunday morning…a decision I might revisit. One of the challenges is that I’m not disciplined enough to just turn the switch on and off again at the same time each week.  If I’m excited to do some research I want to do it whenever I can, like reading a good book.  If I step away for a week it takes too long to get back to where I was.

As a result I didn’t get much research done this week. Last week I left it where I was putting info onto the various pages on this site, specifically I was listing Robert Lee Hucks’ children from his first marriage. Today I intended to list his children from his second marriage, or as least that’s what I was thinking last week. Instead I spend some time on the Vorkink line, registering for a Dutch site,, and tracking down my great-grandmother Johanna Gobel. I knew she had divorced my great-grandfather Hendrik Gerrit Vorkink before she came to America, and my grandfather William Vorkink was so disenchanted with his father that he left instructions Not To Be Sealed to him. It hadn’t occurred to me that after the divorce she used her maiden name.

I created pages for Johanna and the rest of my great-grandparents and some of my great greats.  I also registered for I haven’t given up on the Ammons or Hucks lines, just bringing some of the other lines up to speed.

Live and Let the Other Guy Die Young

December 3rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Kyani, Musings

Doing some research about a possible ad/meme for Kyäni that features Patricia Sheranian. One tacky idea was to ask the question “And where is most of the class of 1959 now?” and show a cemetery. While not all accidents are avoidable there are certainly some behaviors that increase the likelihood of living to a ripe old age.  Supplementing one’s diet with Kyäni products would be the takeaway.

Turns out that life expectancy charts are relatively easy to find. A little more challenging is to find a chart that shows how many people born in the same year will still be alive at age 50, 60, 70, and so on.  At I found some interesting interactive charts that gave me the type of information I was seeking, although it was for the UK.

Here are two images gleaned via screen shots. In the one of the left I input my age and it shows that my expected death is at age 80. Hmm.  Not too comforting. The one on the right is what shows when zero is input for the age.

survival chart 58 survival chart 0

So 27% of my fellow 58-year-old men are expected to live to age 87, which reminds me of the story of the bear and the two hikers: Two hikers are enjoying the trail one day and are startled to hear the sound a bear not far distant as it charges towards them. The first hiker takes off running as fast as he possibly can and the second bends over to tie his shoe laces. The first stops and yells back to his friend, “What are you doing!We have to outrun the bear!” His friend, now with securely tied laces, starts running and approaches his stunned friend and says “I don’t have to outrun the bear…I just have to outrun YOU.”

I guess that means that to make it to age 87 I have to outlive 73% of the guys my age. Ok….that might be doable.

The charts are fun to play with and I found it more encouraging than just looking at life expectancy tables. While there are no guarantees, I enjoy the thought that I might still have many good years ahead of me.

As far as the ad/meme goes, I doubt that we’ll use the cemetery pic. A bit too much.

Family History Research – Clarkie Brown

November 23rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

Not much is known about Robert Lee Hucks’ first wife, Clarkie Brown. Lena T Hucks has her parents as John Brown and Rebecca Larrimore.  She has a FindAGrave listing that shows she is buried in the Oak Grove Church Cemetery in Britton’s Neck, Marion County, SC, the same cemetery that her in-laws are buried. Her tombstone shows she died on September 21, 1907 “in the 52nd year of her age”. Her son Jefferson lists her being born in Britton’s Neck on his delayed Birth Certificate. One would hope that he would know where his mother was born, but he filled it out shortly before he died in 1950 and it’s possible he got it wrong.

There is some conversation on Rootsweb about Clarkie’s father being Daniel Brown: “Not sure why but had her parents as a John Brown and Rebecca Larrimore (no dates just names)? from Lena Temperance Hucks. I can?t find them. But there is a Clarky Brown daughter of Daniel Brown. I really am beginning to think he is her father. Clarky?s daughters death certificate says Clarkie was from Horry County, SC. So I really think this is right. Over the years her age gets younger and younger.” She is also listed there on Rootsweb with the middle initial “S”.

Is it reasonable to think that the Clarkey Brown, born in 1847 in Horry County, whose father was Daniel Brown, is our Clarkie Brown? If so, it would mean that she was really 60 years old when she died, not 51-52 as her family thought when they made her tombstone. Also, did her husband Robert, who was 20-21 years old when they got married, really marry a 30-year-old woman who had never been married before? (Or had she been married before?) In an era when 21-year-old men–like her son Jefferson–are marrying 14-year-old girls, was Robert so desperate that he married an older woman? And even though apparently (I haven’t seen a copy yet) her daughter’s death certificate says Clarkie was born in Horry County, I don’t put a lot of credence in that type of information as it is so often wrong.

So, how to resolve this? Maybe the Hucks books will help, once I get a chance to go to the Family History Library in SLC to view them, hopefully this coming week.  Lena got the name John Brown from somewhere and maybe I’ll find the source in her book. lists a variation of her name as Clarkie Brawn.

It apparently was common for folks from Britton’s Neck to marry folks from Britton’s Neck, and while Horry County isn’t far away (about 20 miles), it does beg the question “How did Robert and Clarkie meet?” if they weren’t neighbors? (Can you really do that, have two question marks in the same sentence? Did I mention I failed English a couple of times in school?)

I suppose I should search the 1860 and 1870 censuses for Britton’s Neck and see if there are any Browns or Brawns that show up. Be right back. Ok, no one jumps out at me in the 1870 census and the Browns I checked weren’t living near any Hucks families. If Clarkie was in her 52 year when she died in 1907, then she would have been born in 1853-1855, which would make her 14-16 years of age at the 1870 census. There aren’t any John Browns in Britton’s Neck listed in the 1860 census either (the population portion), but there is a John Brown in the 1860 non-population schedule, which makes me think John was what he was called but not his given name. Which brings me back to the idea that Clarkie might have been a nickname.

I’m not any closer at this point to figuring this out and it might turn out that Daniel from Horry was her father and truth is stranger than fiction and 21-year-old Robert married 30-year-old Clarkie and she reported herself as only 23 on the 1880 census when she was actually 33.  Adding to the fun is that Robert lists himself as 22 when he was 23.  Clarkie dies 27 years later and her family lists her as around 52, which doesn’t match with any census listing.

Next, I’m going to try and track down Clarkie’s children’s death certificates to see what is listed there. James Minick Hucks’ death certificate lists his mother as Clarkie S Brown, born in–very hard to read–but I think it says Marion Co. John Whiteford Hucks’ death certificate lists his parents but not their birth places. He was born on 29 Oct 1876 in Marion County and died on June 26, 1951, and the informant was his wife, Eva Gibson Hucks.  Millie/Mellie Hucks Hatchel’s death certificate does show Clarkie being born in Horry County, but was likely filled out by her son.

Still no luck finding son #2’s death certificate. It does appear that his name was Robert Neal Hucks, born June 21, 1878. That information comes from his WWI Registration card which he filled out himself and signed as Robert Neal Hucks. Confusing the issue is a number of censuses that list him with the middle initial O and one with the middle initial N. Various family trees list him as dying in 1968 but I haven’t found a listing on FindAGrave or a copy of his death certificate. He and his wife Minnie lived on Route 2, Conway, Horry County, SC for many years.  No record of them in the 1910 census, at least that I have found so far. They would have been married circa 1901-1902.  The 1920 census and beyond does not show any children living with them, so it’s easy to suppose they didn’t have any. However, there is the slight possibility that they had a child in 1902 who turned 18 and had moved out by the 1920 census. Not likely, but possible.

Family History Research – Weekly Recap 11-23-2014

November 23rd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

Well, what did I learn this week?

1) Where to start. Whether it be arrogance or ignorance, I tend to start off on my own and recreate the wheel.  Well, not entirely.  I have been using materials that my grandmothers (Hazel Vorkink, Mary Hucks) created or assembled as the basis for my research. This past week I’ve been focused on the John Robert Hucks family and there are plenty of unanswered questions. I’ve been using as my primary site, mostly for the census information. Only yesterday did I stumble on Rootsweb, which is a part of, and that led me back to’s list of genealogy books. Turns out that there are a couple of books, both written in the 1970’s that deal specifically with the Hucks line. Lesson learned…look to see if anyone has compiled/published a book on your ancestors. Oh, and Google searches are a great place to start. Use quotation marks for more specific results.

2) What to believe. As far as the Hucks line goes, plenty of mistakes have been made and are repeated in family trees that show up on and elsewhere.  Even the two books mentioned above are likely to contain errors, unverified info, or flat out guesses. I’m ok with that, and yet I see the need to go back over the same ground and double check it. Maybe it’s my background as an auditor. Regardless, I’ve learned to accept that not everything is a proven fact, certainly not census info, birth certificates, death certificates, or even tombstones. To err is human. After all, my grandmother Hucks, has “Lucille” her headstone and in fact her middle name was “Lucile.” Or is it a fact?

3) Keep at it. While genealogy is a popular hobby, it doesn’t appeal to everybody and the effort can be lonely at times. Fortunately, as far as the Hucks-Ammons-Bethune lines go, I have my mother to talk to and get some validation for what I am doing regarding our ancestors. I don’t expect my siblings to participate and so far none of my children have shown much of an interest. And it’s not like I am breaking new ground or blazing a trail. I am following the path trod by others and checking its accuracy and hopefully making the trail easier to follow for those who come after me.  There is SO much to be done when it comes to family history! I can’t imagine a bigger project. Perhaps my multi-year yard projects have helped prepare me for what I’m doing with family history as there are some similarities. I tend to have multiple projects going at once, much like working on more than one family line, and I’m ok with getting a little done here and there, without a sense of needing to complete the project to be satisfied with its progress. (I’m pretty sure my neighbors feel differently.)

4) Technology is cool. I’ve had on my To Do list scanning my grandmother’s genealogy books, as well as maybe her sister Florence’s book. As it turns out they have already been scanned and some are available via the site in PDF format. That’s very cool! I’m not worried about copyright issues so I am working on uploading them to maybe this site or the site.

5) Get to know your ancestors. It might sound a bit macabre, but on more than one occasion my mother has mentioned how our chats about family history are interesting as she anticipates seeing many of them in the not-too-distant future. And while I can wait a few more decades to meet them–God willing–it would still be a great accomplishment to know my ancestors back 4, 5, 6 or more generations on all my lines. To know them I first have to find all of them and I’ve got some lines where it goes back 10+ generations and others that stop at 5 generations.

6) I’d like to visit a site where it describes common life by US region by decade, going back to the 1700’s. For example, I would be interested to learn what life was really like in Marion County in 1850. No electricity, no indoor plumbing, most people couldn’t read or write, healthcare was poor, etc. How did they spend their time from the moment they woke up? What kind of clothes did they wear, what food did they eat, where was the outhouse, what did they really look like, and a hundred more questions. I would think that much of this information is contained in books, but it would make for a neat website to be able to dial in the specific time frame, locale, and economic stratus, etc., and come up with a description.

Family History Research – John Robert Hucks & Family

November 22nd, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

(NOTE: This post was written as I was researching information and should not be considered the last word. For my latest info on John and his wives, please go to their respective pages on this site. I’m leaving this post as is so the gentle reader can follow my research logic is so desired.)

Just getting started reviewing the information on these this ancestor (and his family), Jefferson Dozier Hucks’ grandfather.  The family group sheet copies that I have were prepared by Lena Temperance Hucks and she cites her sources as the census, war records, and a family bible. Here’s how she lists the family:

John Robert Hucks, born 1813, Horry County, SC.

Anne Rebecca Larimore, born 1830, Marion County, SC.

Mary Ann Hucks, born 1847, Horry County, SC.

Anne Hucks, born 1850, Horry County, SC.

Rebecca Hucks, born 1852, Georgetown, SC.

Robert Lee Hucks, born 11 Oct 1854, Horry County, SC.

William Woodrow Hucks, born 3 May 1856, Horry Co. SC.

Vander Hucks, born 1858, Horry Co. SC.

Ellen Hucks, born 10 June 1860, Horry Co. SC.

Now let’s take a look at what we can find on the censuses about these two guys:

There is an 1850 census listing for a John R Hux 37, his wife Ann 20, daughter Anne 3, and another daughter Ann 6/12. Ann was a popular name in the family it seems. There is also a David Hucks 20 shown. At this time John is living at Prince George Winyah, Georgetown District, SC. Census taken 21 Aug 1850.

1860 – John R Hucks is right at the top of page 4 of the census for Britton’s Neck , Marion County, S.C. It was June 2, 1860 and the Hucks family was the 23rd group listed for that area.  The family is listed as John R Hucks, 47, Ann R Hucks 28, Ann H Hucks 10, Wm H Hucks 8, Robt L Hucks 3, Evander Hucks 3/12.

(I should note that I am using the transcription and not my own. Also, this Hucks family is living next to a bunch of Lowrimore families, which is important because it is likely that John R’s wife, whom I see listed as a Larimore in our family records, is likely a Lowrimore, just as Hucks is sometimes listed as Hux.)

1870 – Jno R Hucks is shown as age 62, Ann R 38, William W 18, Robert 13, Evander 10, Mary J C 7, Ann R 5, Charity Hucks 16.  Listed as part of Woodberry Township.

1880 – John R is listed as 69 and Ann R as 48, along with Agness A. R. 13 and Louise E 10. Also Ann H. Wallace 5, a granddaughter, is shown. The census is for Woodbury Township #14. The next family listed is Hucks Robert L. 22 and his wife Clarkey 23, their sons John W 3, Robert 2, James M 8/12. Census taken on June 4th and 8th 1880.

Everything matches perfectly! Nope. Let’s start with John R and will ignore the variant spellings.  We have our choice of year he was born, based on census listing, anywhere from 1808 – 1813. Robin Moore’s FindAGrave listing for John Robert Hucks shows his birth date as Aug. 14, 1810 in Britton’s Neck, SC.  Apparently he is buried in the Oak Grove Church Cemetery in Britton’s Neck. (Maybe I will drop her a note and see where she got her info.) The cemetery date would agree with the 1880 census in that John hadn’t yet had his 70th birthday at the time of the census. I’m not surprised that the 1870 listing is wrong as they census taker spelled his name Jno and it probably went downhill from there.  However, the 1850 and 1860 censuses both indicate he was born in 1812, in that supposedly the age they recorded was as of June 1st.  Still a bit of a mystery.

John’s wife’s age bounces around a bit, too, and I have a guess as to why. She’s 20 in 1850, 28 in 1860, 38 in 1870, 48 in 1880. If in fact she was truly just 18 at the 1850 census, that would mean she got pregnant with her oldest child (Mary) Ann when she was 14-15 years old. Unless Anne R was not his first wife! There is a John R Hucks shown in the 1840 census in Horry County. There are only 2 people shown in the household, a male and a female, both between 20-29 years old. Could it be that this female/wife dies sometime after (Mary) Ann is born in 1846-1847? John then marries Anne R (which Lena indicates happened in 1845), and they have another daughter at the end of 1849 or beginning of 1850. I realize it is a stretch, but it would also help explain all the Anns.  Yet another mystery.

Continuing on with Anne Rebecca Larimore’s story, there are many public trees on that shows her birth date to be 16 Sep 1831, which agrees with the later census listings. Sorry, no source shown at this point.  These same public trees show the oldest daughter to be Mary Jane, born 1847, and it would have to be before June 1 as she appears as “Anne 3″ on the 1850 census.  If, as Lena suggests with her info, the couple was married in 1845, then Ann Rebecca would have been 13 or 14 and John 33 or 34. Yikes! Not that it is much better if they marry in 1846.

The 1900 census shows an Ann R. Hucks, born Sept 1831, age 68, listed as Mother. The head of the household is John H. Woodberry 40, his wife is Luease E. 27, born Aug 1872. Ann is listed as having giving birth to 8 children, only 3 of which are living as of this census. Lena, who’s information for this family we’ve proven to be sketchy, suggests that there are five who should be living as of 1900. Could it be that Ann misunderstood the question? We know that William, Robert, Mary Jane and Louise E (Ellen) are still living because they show up on the census. Evander has died by then (1880), and we think Ann H. has too (1875). That leaves Anne/Mary Ann, and Agness Ann R.

Ok, so what about the oldest daughter? Is she Anne, Mary Ann, or Mary Jane? She only appears in the 1850 census. One of the public family trees lists her as being born in 1847 in Georgetown and dying in 5 Dec 1932. No married name shown. So, where would a 13 year old girl go in 1860? I guess we can’t rule out marriage, based on the age that Anne Rebecca likely got married. And, there’s no saying that she actually was born in 1847 and not 1846. So another almost 14 year old bride? Hmmm. How about she couldn’t get along with her step-mother Anne Rebecca and she left to go live with relatives? Or maybe she just died prior to the 1860 census. Lena’s info has her married to a James Larimore. Let me see what I can find on that road.

So, again Robin Moore seems to have some additional info, as per Mary Jane Hucks Laurimore’s FindAGrave site.  She was married to a William James Lowrimore/Larimore/Laurimore. (Take your pick.) It would appear that the Mary J.C. Hucks listed as a 7 year old in the 1870 census is Mary Jane, although technically she should have been listed as 6 because it appears her birthday was June 7th and they were supposed to report as of June 1st.  It doesn’t look to me that either Lena or the Ancestry public trees I saw have it right listing John’s oldest daughter as “Mary,” although I supposed it is possible that she was a Mary Ann (not Ginger) and she had a younger sister named Mary Jane. Why not? The alternative is that she was named Anne and had a younger sister named Ann, actually two younger sisters named Ann. Makes perfect sense to me. Bottom line is Lena appears to have it wrong on this one.

At this point we haven’t pinned down much. Let’s take a look at Ann H. Hucks, age 6 months at the 1850 census and fortunately age 10 at the 1860 census. Yay! Consistency! Gone as of the 1870 census when she would have been 20. What can we find? Lena has Anne Hucks being born in 1850–good so far, if in fact she was born in January–and marrying David Wallice, which is probably Wallace as there are Wallace families in the same Neck (pun intended) of their woods.

We’re in luck! The very next entry, although it is on the next page, of the 1870 listing for John R Hucks’ family is a Daniel Walis 22, his wife Ann H 20, and their son Francis A 1. Daniel, David, whatever. Close enough. Or is it? According to Lena’s info, Ann H dies in 1875. The 1880 census has a Daniel W Wallace living in the same area, only now his wife is named Rebecca and she’s 26 years old…and Frances A is now Frances A R and is a girl. Well, I’ve got no good answer for Frances’ sex change, and I wish I knew what the A R initials stand for as they show up more than once. And normally I would say a change from Ann to Rebecca suggests two separate individuals, only there are plenty of Anns in the picture, including a couple of Ann Rebeccas. As for the reduction in age of 5 years for Daniel’s wife? To me that means it’s his second wife. The 1900 census puts David Walis right back in between some Hucks families with Rebecka as his wife, though 4 years older. She is shown as having been born in 1853. Frances has flown the coop.  I’m leaning towards thinking that Ann died in 1875 and Daniel marries his second wife, Rebecca. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to find any info on FindAGrave to support this and I don’t know where Lena got her info. Interesting to note that there is an Ann H. Wallace living with John and Anne in the 1880 census, suggesting the possibility that her mother Ann died in childbirth or shortly thereafter.

Let’s jump to one of John’s children that we are pretty certain about:  William W. Hucks was born May 3, 1852 in Horry County, SC. He married Mary Rebecca Sweet and unless she went by Fannie (per his death certificate) then he married a 2nd time after Mary died in 1907. (Per the Tucker/Hendrick family tree on his 2nd wife was named Frances.)  William died Jan. 23, 1936. This info can be found on his FindAGrave site.  The censuses were accurate, but Lena was not as she puts his birth 4 years later on the same day. School records show that  P. Parker swore before G. Woodberry that he taught poor children in January 1858 that included 2 of John R. Hucks’ children, Ann and William. This makes sense as William would have been 5, Ann 7-8. This helps us understand that Ann born in 1850 (or late 1849) was called Ann and not Mary Ann or Mary Jane.

So far we’ve got nothing much on the Anne, or Mary Anne that was born in 1846-1847 and we don’t know much else. Her younger sister (or half-sister) Ann H appears to marry Daniel Wallace and she dies around 1875. William is born in 1852 and is accounted for. That brings us to my direct ancestor, Robert Lee Hucks. See his page for his info.

After Robert is Evander. Lena has him being born in 1858, dying in 1880, no spouse shown. Evander shows up in the 1860 and 1870 censuses living with his parents, but is not present in 1880. (No record found in an search.) No FindAGrave info at this point either.

Mary Jane C Hucks I addressed earlier and is known to have married James Larimore.

Next is Ann R 5, per the 1870 census, Agness A R 13 per the 1880 census.  Is this the same person? Robin Moore, among others, links a Annie Rebecca Hucks Larimore to the family via FindAGrave. However, her birth date is shown as 29 Jul 1861. That’s a big spread…either she was born in 1861, 1864-5, or 1866-7.

As if this wasn’t already too complicated, I’m pulling some info from the Tucker/Hendrick Family tree on, always a challenge as there is no guarantee of accuracy. However, this tree does have some interesting bits of info, like some sources refer to Anne Rebecca Larimore as Anne Roene Larimore. Also this tree shows the oldest daughter born in 1848 as Sarah A and marrying James Murchison Larimore, born 1833. I have a hard time believing this, partly due to the James’ FindAGrave page lists his first wife as a Sarah A McColl, and he was Anne Rebecca’s brother, which meant he would be marrying his niece or step-niece.

This family tree also suggests that there was a John R Hucks, Jr. born in 1855. Interesting, in that as I think about it, Ann R lists 8 children, but if John’s oldest daughter was her step-daughter, then there would need to be another child. John Jr. doesn’t show up on any censuses, which would be accurate if he died as a baby/child before the census. Again, it’s unfortunate that this family tree has some inaccurate info, listing Robert as born in 1854, when the census indicates he was born in 1856-7. Perhaps John Jr. was born in 1854?

For more fun and adventure, let’s take a closer look at Louise E, shown as 10 during the 1880 census. I’ve suggested above that she could be the Luease Woodbury (born Aug 1872) that Ann R Hucks is shown living with in the 1900 census. I made that leap because Ann R is listed as Mother and there really isn’t any way she was John Woodbury’s mother. So, we come to the sticky point of how old is this Louise? Was she born in 1869-70 or 1872-3? We have census reports for both.  The Tucker /Hendrick family tree shows her marrying a 2nd time to William J Cribb, and there is a FindAGrave listing for an Ellen Cribb born Aug 25 1873.  Again, none of the dates match up, which could be attributed to poor memory of the deceased’s loved ones. Certainly it would help to get some additional documentation! And it’s entirely possible that Robin and others who post to FindAGrave have said documentation.  There is a death certificate for an Ellen W Cribb, parents Bill and Annie Hucks, 60 years of age, dated Oct 7, 1934. Which is totally weird because the tombstone of Ellen Cribb listed a few sentences ago clearly shows she died on Nov 13 1933. Two Ellen Cribbs, about the same age and living in the same area?  The 1930 census shows an Ellen W Cribb, age 57, married at age 17, head of household.  She has two sons, Meadows and Jimmie, living with her and those same two names appear in the 1920 census as living with her and her husband William J Cribb.  If all this info relates to the same person, then how do we reconcile the death certificate not matching the tombstone?

I’ve just stumbled across (actually googled) a book by Joseph Howard Hucks titled As I Knew Them that is apparently the source of much of the Hucks family info. There is a copy at the SLC Family History Library. Specifically it apparently contains info like John’s first wife was Sara Ann Tindall. She and John were married on 7 Oct 1847. She died on 28 Jun 1848.  They had a child, Sarah Mary Ann Hucks, born circa 1848 in Horry County, SC.  I have a couple of questions at this point.  I can buy that Sarah is listed as Anne in the 1850 census, but I have a hard time believing that she was reported as 3 if she was only 2, especially if her mother died in childbirth or shortly thereafter. Sara only lived 9 months and 21 days after her marriage, which is enough to have a child. Lena shows Sarah being born in 1847, which is possible if she was conceived out of wedlock. Still, she would have had to have been born prior to June 1st 1847 for the census to be correct in reporting her as 3. John then marries Anne Larimore, whom this book lists as Ann Roene Larimore, on 22 Apr 1849 and they have their first child, Ann H Hucks, on 25 Jan 1850, 9 months later. That birth date agrees with the census that shows her as 6/12 as of June, although she hadn’t quite made it to 6 months yet.

Other info listed (I’m getting this from a RootsWeb page that cites the book, as well as a deed transfer of the Mary Tindall, Rhoda Williams, John R. Hucks for his wife, and John G. Tindall to Samuel Tindall) is John birth date as 14 Aug 1810.  Ann Roene Lowrimore”s birth date is shown as 16 Sep 1831 in South Carolina.

Other info on the Rootsweb page: William W is listed as William Williams Hucks, born 3 May 1852, in Marion County. John Roberts Hucks Jr is listed as born 29 Mar 1855. Robert Lee Hucks born 10 Oct 1856 in Marion County. Evader born about 1860 in Marion County, Annie Rebecca “Becky” Hucks born 29 Jul 1861. Mary Jane C Hucks born 7 Jun 1863. Agnes Ann R Hucks, born about 1865. Louisa Ellen? Hucks born 25 Aug 1870.  As much of this information seems to have been gleaned from census records I have my doubts about its accuracy. For example, they are listing both an Annie Rebecca and an Agnes Ann R and that would mean that Ann Roene/Rebecca gave birth 9 times instead of the 8 that she lists in the 1900 census.  Also, she would have too many children with the name Ann or some derivation. No, I think that the better explanation at this point is these two Anns are the same person.


Today’s Weights Workout 11-21-2014

November 21st, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Exercise

I suppose I should wait until the end of November to check how I am doing against my goals, but I had a good workout today and I’ll report a bit early. This is what I put for my November goals:

Curl and Press – 10 reps with 50

Butterfly – Same, unless I get motivated and give 140 and 90 a try.  Hard to imagine being able to max this machine, but…

Lat Pull Down – 10 reps with 200

Seated Rowing – 10 reps with 190

Tricep machines – Same

Chest Press – 10 reps with 225.  Another machine that is going to be hard to max…300 lbs.


I changed up my workout a bit and decided to do just 1 set of 5. Here are today’s results:

Curl and Press – 5 reps with 50. Don’t think I can get more than 6, so getting to 10 will be next month.

Butterfly – 5 reps with 140 and 100 respectively. GOAL ACHIEVED.

Lat Pull Down – 5 reps with 200, but I can do 10. GOAL ACHIEVED, MACHINE MAXED

Seated Rowing – 5 reps with 200. I can probably do 8 at 200, 10 at 190. GOAL ACHIEVED, MACHINE MAXED

Tricep machines – 5 reps with 200. GOAL ACHIEVED, MACHINE MAXED.

Chest Press – 5 reps with 225.  Not going to make it to 10 reps by the end of the month.

I’ve also started to do some lower body machines.  Today I just did the leg press, 60 reps (10, 20, 30) at 400 lbs. GOAL ACHIEVED, MACHINE MAXED. Earlier in the week I did leg extensions, 10 at 180, 10 at 200. GOAL ATTAINED, MACHINE MAXED. Also, hamstring curls, 2 sets of 10 reps at 120.

So, of the 9 machine based exercises, I am maxing out 5 of them with at least 5 reps. The remaining four, butterfly both ways, chest press, and hamstring curl, are very difficult machines and it’s hard for me to imagine being able to max out on them.

Having said that, I believe that I am stronger today than ever before! The only question I have is about 15 months ago when was doing the Y Be Fit program and working out at BYU. The machines are a bit different and I wasn’t going to the Orem Fitness Center in there so I can’t truly compare. Still, to be 58 and be the strongest of any time in my life is pretty exciting!

As far as cardio goes, I’ve been pretty consistent the last few weeks with 20 minutes on the Helix Lateral Trainer.  The readouts at the end showed 2.3 miles and 230 calories burned at the end of October and today it was 2.67 miles and 274 calories. Cool. Heart rate once I’m warmed up ranges from 142-160 and I’ve got good wind control.

Interesting note: I’m losing some inches, slowly, but I am losing. Waist is currently about 38.5, so I can squeeze into my 38w 34l pants. Stepped on a scale at the dentist’s office and fully dressed with jacket and boots, 258. I’m figuring I’m still around 250, bare ass naked. I tell myself that I have lost 25 lbs of fat and put on 10 lbs of muscle, but maybe the only thing I’m putting on is myself.

Family History Research – Ancestor Pages

November 16th, 2014 | No Comments | Posted in Family History

For some time now I have believed that we’ll end up with a wiki page about our lives that includes text, images, audio and video. We have the technology now and are on the cusp of making it happen with the FamilySearch and sites, among others. I’m already faced with the challenge of what to do about my sister Lisa’s boxes of “stuff” that have been collecting dust for 16 years now. Photos, letters, slides, etc etc. Ugh. I love Lisa and want to remember* her, yet I can’t seem to start that project. Then there’s my dad. He died 13 years ago and while I don’t have near the physical material/media to review, there is still a story to be written should I so choose. And what about my mother?! She’s almost 82 and has plenty of memories and stories that haven’t been recorded, hundreds of hours of recorded radio shows and internet TV shows, modeling pictures, etc etc etc. Boxes and boxes and boxes.  Let’s not forget my own story. I know more about me than anyone else and who better to dig through the stuff and come up with a summary of me?

So, like any GIGANTIC, HUMONGOUS, OVERWHELMING, NEVER-GONNA-BE-FINISHED ELEPHANTINE project, I’m just going to take some small bites. Just a few steps down Lao Tzu’s thousand mile road. Hence the pages on this site for my grandparents, greats, great greats and beyond. Yes, most of this should end up on FamilySearch or Ancestry and maybe I will get to that or maybe I won’t. I’m not 100% pleased with FamilySearch at the moment due to the vast amount of bad info that well-intended folks have submitted and needs to be waded through.

Obviously the further we go back in time the less information each ancestor’s page will likely contain. I might even draw a line somewhere and limit the pages if there isn’t anything interesting to add beyond what a pedigree chart or family tree might contain.  If nothing else these pages will (hopefully) contain my research notes, thoughts and speculations.

*We have a family tradition on Lisa’s birthday where we measure up against the wall and see how much the young ‘uns have grown in the past year, and then we have pizza and root beer–our “Lisa Party” in remembrance of the times when I would take the kids over to her apartment so we could get some pizza and A&W out of the scrutiny of GeriLynn’s watchful eye.