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Kennedy Cousin Family Reunion

Saturday, June 25, we had our cousin reunion at Mineral Springs Park Community Center.  There was enough food to feed half of Iuka!!!  If there is one thing to take note, you will never go hungry around a Kennedy for all who cooked, knows how to cook well enough that you think your tongue is going to come out and slap your eyeballs out as you eat.  Meeting new relatives and seeing ones I already knew were such a joy.  We were all saddened to hear that cousin Gail (James’ wife) and Aunt Elsie could not make it due to sickness.  I hope all who read this will say a small prayer for their recovery.  I talked with Faye this morning and she reported that Gail is feeling much better.  I couldn’t help but tease and tell her that Gail was too mean to even think about getting ill and kicking the bucket, that she was as mean as me, and we both laughed because we know that there is none sweeter than Gail.  Jennell Trulove brought a quilt top that she has been working on that was absolutely stunning with various embroidery stitches and the Walker sisters brought a quilt that had dozens of pictures of their family screenprinted on material and put into a beautiful quilt.  Their quilt will absolutely become an heirloom within their family line.  As we visited, I was hoping Ollie didn’t realize I was drooling all over her and that I considered her at the moment my very “bestest of bestest” friends, cousin (whatever you wan’na call it) at the very moment she admitted that she had an accordian and knew how to play one.  That is something I have always wanted to do.  If things go as planned, she will be bringing it next year to play along with a keyboard.  Now, I wonder just how well that would sound if my son brought his trumpet, and anyone who had a guitar came and played.  It could become a yearly Kennedy Reunion Jam Session!!! LOL. When Mary Sue Wright arrived, she introduced us to her pets.  She had two “Mississippi Mosquitos”.  I have no idea what kind of plant these little critters were made of, but hide and watch me for some time soon I will be making some transplanted “Mississippi Mosquitos”.   Mine will be “Alabama Skeeters”!  Word of advice:  It pays to hang around Sue when she’s passing out seeds! 

Several different lines of the Kennedy Family were represented and are as follows:

  • Hannah Kennedy Wilson line (sister to John Gibson Kennedy)
  1. Billy West
  2. Dale Wilson
  3. Mary Sue Wright
  • John Henry Kennedy line (son of John Gibson Kennedy)
  1. Teeny Walker
  2. Ollie Walker
  3. Joy Smith
  • Caleb Kennedy line (son of John Gibson Kennedy)
  1. Jennell Kennedy  Trulove
  • Will and Mattie Robinson Johnson line also nephew to Ovie Johnson Kennedy  who was married to Caleb Kennedy.
  1. W E Johnson
  2.  Betty Johnson


 Samue Robert Kennedy line

  • Leander Walker Kennedy line (son of Samuel Robert Kennedy – grandson of John Gibson Kennedy)
  1. Faye Kennedy Robinson
  2. O L Robinson
  • Hattie Rosie Kennedy Burns line (daughter of Samuel Robert Kennedy – granddaughter of John Gibson Kennedy)
  1. Amy Rory
  2. Eithan Rory
  3. Stone Rory
  4. Branson Rory
  5. Drake Rory
  • Robert Williard Kennedy line (son of Samuel Robert Kennedy – grandson of John Gibson Kennedy)
  1. Edwin Kennedy
  2. Brenda Kennedy
  3. Seth Kennedy
  4. Hannah Ruple
  5. Emilyn Davis
  • William Dolphus Kennedy line (son of Samuel Robert Kennedy)
  1. Sue Kennedy Alderete
  2. Teresa Alderete White
  3. Drew White
  4. Ali White
  5. Kathy Bradley Alderete
  6. Charles Everett Edwards (grandson of William Dolphus)

Look for pictures very soon on this reunion.  If you could not make it this year, you were surely missed, and we look forward to seeing you next year!



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Robert E. Lee Kennedy Family

Robert E. Lee Kennedy
Robert E. Lee Kennedy
Born: 9 Jan 1890
Place: Burnsville, Tishomingo County, MS
Married: 06 Aug 1916
Died: 05 May 1929
Buried: Mt Gilead, Tishomingo County, MS
Father: John Henry Kennedy
Mother: Nancy Emmaline Robinson

Spouse:Verda Virginia Hearn
Born: 18 Aug 1900
Died: 21 Feb 1996
Buried: Mt Gilead, Tishomingo County, MS
Father: Willis B. Hearn
Mother: Ida Jane Francis

1. Vera Mae Kennedy (daughter)
Born: 02 May 1919
Place: Lepanto, Poinsett County, Arkansas
First Wife: Lillie Roach
Married: 25 Dec 1945

2. Vera Lee Kennedy (daughter)
Born: 08 Mar 1922
Place: Lepanto, Poinsett County, Arkansas
Married:  19 Dec 1945
Spouse:  Jack Metcalf
Died: 26 Jan 2001
Place: Victorville, San Bernardino County, California

3. Muriel Kennedy (son)
Born: 20 Dec 1923
Place: Burnsville, Tishomingo County, MS
Died: 14 Jan 1946
Place: Walthall, MS
Buried: Mt Gilead, Tishomingo County, MS

4. Charles T Kennedy (son)
Born: 08 May 1926
Place: Burnsville, Tishomingo County, MS

5. Alvin Joe Kennedy (son)
Born: 14 Sep 1928
Place: Lepanto, Poinsett County, Arkansas
Died:  02 Nov 1987
Married 1953
Spouse:  Wanda Goodman

6. Robert E. Lee Kennedy Jr (son)
Born: 09 Mar 1929
Place: Lepanto, Poinsett County, Arkansas
Married: 1950
Spouse:  Juanita Parson
Died: 21 Feb 1989
Buried: Mt Gilead Cemetery, Tishomingo County, MS

I hope I got this copied over right….I was kind of distracted by hot biscuits and jelly my daughter made lol


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Shopping Saturday~A Southerner in a store in Pennsylvania

  • This week I had a comment on one of my posts with the Kennedy family and after quite a few e-mails between each other, I came to the conclusion that we were third cousins.  I have a yankee cousin!!!!  Who would have “thunk” it???  Yes, you heard me correctly….I said thunk and not thought.  I just had to bring in a little bit of my southern roots in order to give my new found yankee cousin a laugh when she reads this.  Are Southerners illiterate? In no way are we in my family.  We just know how to use words and to pun them in order to get a laugh, which is why I have to tell the story of my trip into the deep Yankee lands of New York.  Did I mention that we travelled thru’ Pennsylvania?  Even with the beautiful scenery we passed, it too was almost as much of a culture shock as New York was to this (coughs) gentle (coughs again) southern bred child. 
  • My sister was living on a military base in the most Northern part of New York when she became pregnant with my niece.  As time got close for my niece’s big debut into this world, my mother flew to New York to be with her.  The plan was for her to be there for the birth and once it happened, my father and I would drive up to see the family and to bring mother back home.  Well, anyone living up North knows what kind of weather we faced in our journey when my niece was born on February 25, but we bravely packed our bags and headed into unknown lands wondering if we would safely return home unscathed.  Things were going great until we reached Pennsylvania and pulled off the Interstate for fuel.  We were already debating on how much further we could travel due to the blizzard that was hitting the state.  Dad began to pump the gas into the car and told me to look into the glove compartment for an “ank pan”.  I searched that whole car over looking for that particular item and never could find it.  Grabbing my billfold, I walked into the little “rinky-dink” “mom and pop” service station/store so I could buy that “ank pan”.  Up one aisle and down the other…Up the third aisle and then retraced my steps in search for my treasure with no luck of espying the one thing I wanted more than anything in the world at the moment.  Finally, I gave up and walked up to the counter where this young girl was standing, waiting on customers, and chit chatting with the locals who were gathered around drinking coffee.  I wasn’t sure if it was the coffee they were enjoying as much as the company of the young clerk.  Maybe it was being inside where it was warm but they all definitely watched as I approached the counter and began to open my mouth to speak.  I asked the girl, “Do you sell ank pans?” She said, “Do what?”  I once again asked the question, “Do you sell ank pans?”  Again, with a puzzled look on her face, she asked, “Do we sell what?”  By this time, I was beginning to get frustrated because I knew I was speaking perfect English!!!  What on earth was wrong with this kid????  Don’t she know what an “ank pan” is?  Finally, I took my hand and held it like I was writing up in the air and said, “I need to buy something to write with….an “ank pan”.  And with a look of surprise on her face as our “locals drinking coffee” were avidly watching the exchange, she blurts out, “OHHHHHHHHHHHHHH  I thought you were needing something for the car, like a car part, you know….oil pan….ank pan….I was trying to figure out what part you needed!”  By then my gentle southern ways exploded to the forefront and in my most drawled out southern voice I replied, “Wellllllll, Honeeeeeey, I am frummmmm da South.  Now, Do you happen to so kindly have an “ank pan” I can buy?”  By then, the locals were laughing so hard, I looked for any moment to see several just absolutely lay down on the floor and roll around.  It’s amazing what one woman can get herself into over a simple ink pen and the desire of pleasing her father by providing this item so he could keep up with the gas mileage on this trip.  I have had several online Pennsylvanian friends and many have wanted to call and talk with me but I warn them….”I live in Alabama and speak English, and your language is????”
  • The next few posts I will be concentrating on sending her information on the family, some verified, some unverified, in hopes that we get confirmation from different family members to help confirm or to give the correct information so you all will have to bear with me in my current quest to help her.  The only reason I am posting the unverified information is that possibly it will give her a path she can follow in case she has not done so as of yet.


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Scratching the One Side of My Head That Has Hair

Yep, that’s right!!!!  I am scratching the one side of my head that has hair because the other side of my head???  Is totally bald from pulling it out over census and birth records that I cannot find!!!  Let me lay some groundwork for you….My grandfather’s name is Frank Estrada Alderete.  My grandmother’s name is Helen McGlothlin.  She was born in 1896 and he in 1897 possibly 1898.  My father was born 18 Feb 1934.  I can find my grandfather on the 1920 census in San Antonio, Bexar County, TX.  Supposedly he was born in Floresville, Wilson County, TX.  I have searched from 1932 all the way up thru 1940 and you will understand why in a few.  I have found no birth record whatsoever of my father in these records, BUT I did find the birth record of his half cousin he was born on his birthday when he was 6.  Now here’s the funny thing.   Supposedly my grandfather had a half-brother and his name was Aurelio Rodriguez.  The son he had on my father’s birthday was named Aurelio Alderete Jr.  with the mother’s name Francisca Herrera.  The weird thing is that when I looked at his birth record that was listed with the state of Texas, it has ***DO NOT ISSUE*** where the father’s name is and I know for a fact that he had other brothers and sisters. I also know he wasn’t stillborn that he died in his 40’s.   I have not checked their birth records yet to see if the same thing was listed or not on the father’s name with the siblings like Aurelio Jr’s,  but in time I will.  This Aurelio Jr was also born in Williamson County, TX.  I did find an Aurelio that was born in 1895 living with his brother on the 1900 census but my grandfather was not listed there from what I can tell.  My father is very sure that Aurelio was born after his father was which does not really match up with this Aurelio on the census.  Dad says that my grandfather’s mother died when my grandfather was approximately 2-3 years old.  His father remarried a Rodriguez and they had Aurelio and my grandfather was supposedly born like I said earlier either in 1897 or 1898.  and I want to say there were one or two more children from that union also but have no documented proof.  Also on this 1900 census record is the in-laws and a daughter listed on his brother.  The strange thing is the in-laws last name is Esterindo.  Mighty close to Estrada isn’t it?  Could over the years the names and ages etc. could have possibly gotten mixed up in passing down family history by word of mouth?  I cannot find a marriage record on my grandparents either.  I will be having to search at least for that between the years of 1920-1934.  Now here is something else to think about.  Isn’t it strange how close Wilson County and Williamson County sounds as you pronounce them?  Could it possibly have been Florence, Williamson County instead of Floresville, Wilson county for his birth in 1898? And then when he became a young man he went to San Antonio where he found work and a place to lodge, which was with his employer who owned a funeral home.

I talked with a friend of mine that runs a lot of documents for a company in the state of Texas.  She informed me tonight that I needed to run a trace on my grandfather’s middle name that was his mother’s maiden name.  She said it is very common for the Mexican men to take on their mother’s maiden name as their last name to honor her when they get married, even tho legally they still have their father’s surname.  That sometimes they would jump back and forth between the two names.  I do have a newspaper clipping where my father had the Alderete surname in 1948 where his coach had listed him as one of the returning football players for the high school team.  I have been told all of my life that we came from Italy to Texas but as I dig further and further into this I am beginning to wonder if we actually came from Mexico.  On top of this, I think my grandmother fell out of the sky and met my grandfather for I can’t even find a trace of her either.  So yeah, I have already gone half bald over this brick wall and I am now working on the other side of my head…..hey!!!  don’t fuss!!!  I gots to match it up…..i may walk lopsided with only half a head of hair!!!  Anyone willing to help me pull the rest of my hair out??? LOL

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Introduction and Disclosure

What am I doing here?  OHHHHH myyyy gawddddd……Can I learn how to blog? I hear it’s the raging thing now on the internet and for years I fought it as I pulled out my hair while trying to put java and html and anything else I could put together to make music pages.  So, now I am ready to take the easy way out and try to make some sense out of my family!!  I have been searching for years for information on my father’s parents – been thru many computers – many genealogy programs – and websites and still have not been able to find them soooooo I am going to attempt to go thru the census for the whole state of Texas starting with Bexar, Comanche, and surrounding counties and will provide information on the McGlothlin and Alderete families as I find them on the census.  An in between times…. I may ramble and rant and rave and git down in da floor and laugh my hiney off for no particular reason – Am I crazy?  Maybe so but this will be one heck of an adventure!!

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