Wordless Wednesday-Hickory, MS

Printer Tray Shadow Box

graves-002Today I want to focus on the details of my last post on this printer tray shadow box. This box was designed in memory of my great grandparents Thomas W Cox and Nellie Gamble.


DSC_0033_FotorThis box features a spoon handle from her silver service. One spoon got stuck in the garbage disposal. Oops! I was able to replace it, and now I have an interesting piece for my box.




This is a copy of their wedding invitation.






December 25, 1921. I made a Christmas box for their Christmas wedding.

Mr. Cox retired from the railroad so I created a train box next to a picture from his retirement.

This is a copy of the signature of a letter Thomas wrote to Nellie. I love how he signed it “I’m Your Friend”!


The bible represents the fact that Thomas and Nellie raised their children in a Christian home, and were very active in their church.

I love how shadow boxes can tell a story. If you have one you have made I would love to see pictures of it! I am considering writing these descriptions down and attaching them to the back of each box. What do you think?

If you want to try one for yourself you can find one here.

If you would like to read my review of this product you can check it out here.

52 Ancestors-Week#3 Bedie Lois Crews

My great grandmother, Bedie Lois Crews, was born  October 25, 1893 . She was the daughter of Peter Jefferson Crews and Mary Delany Rice. She was born in Neshoba County Mississippi.

I know very little about her. There are no pictures of her that I know about. She died at 19 years of age when my grandmother was only 2 years old. I really wish I knew what happened for her to die at such a young age. UPDATE: ask and ye shall receive ūüôā According to her grand daughter, Mary, she died of¬†phlebitis. Thank you Mary!


The first record I have is the 1900 census where she is 6 years old.

She married John Louis Hardy January 16th 1910. The next census record, in 1910, shows her 16 years old and living with her husband. She must have been a few weeks pregnant when this census was taken.

I visited her grave last November and she has a very simple stone. Only her name is inscribed on it. She is buried in the Bethsaidia Baptist Church Cemetery in Neshoba County Mississippi amongst many of her family members.

She died November 20, 1912


Wedding Wednesday-Robert and Marie Cox

Today for Wedding Wednesday I would like to feature my grandparents Robert & Marie Cox. They were married June 10, 1945. This is a transcript of the news paper write up.

“Miss Jewel Marie Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben L Smith of Boaz became the bride of Petty Officer Robert S Cox son of Mr. and Mrs. T.W. Cox June 10.The ceremony was performed at the home of the groom‚Äôs grandmother Mrs. R.O. Gamble, Boaz, with Rev. W.L. Stallings officiating.

An altar of greenery arranged with baskets of white gladioli and pink rosebuds and wrought iron candelabras with burning tapers formed the background for the ceremony. The candles were lighted by Miss Flora Mae Stone and Miss Josephine Gamble.

The bride, who was given in marriage by her father, wore a white lace trimmed silk pique dress with a sweetheart neckline. Her only ornament was a single strand of pearls. She carried a white prayer book covered with gardenias and rosebuds with satin streamers tied with forget-me-nots.

Mrs. Richard a Wilson, matron of honor, wore and ice blue crêpe dress.

James Earl Battles, shipmate of the groom, served as best man.

A reception followed the ceremony. The bride’s lace-covered table was centered with a wedding cake encircled with gardenias. Assisting in serving were Mrs. Woodrow Wells, Mrs. Oscar Gamble, Mrs. Albert Gamble, Mrs. Veamon Moultrie and Mrs. George Gamble.
Later in the evening the couple left for Mobile where the groom waited assignment to a ship. The bride is now living in Gadsden with her parents until the groom returns.”

Tombstone Tuesday-Robert Sessions Cox


My grandfather Robert Sessions Cox 1925-1995 and my grandmother Jewel Marie Smith 1926-2007. They are buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens in Satsuma, Alabama.

Maritime Monday-Robert Sessions Cox

robert-001Happy Monday! Hope your week is off to an amazing start. For Maritime Monday I want to feature my grandfather Robert Sessions Cox. He sailed with the merchant marines as a young man in the 1940’s. If anyone has any information about what being in the merchant marines would have been like at that time, I would love to hear about it!

Have a wonderful week!

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Fun Friday-Word Cloud

I just wanted to share with you all the fun word cloud I made with all my family surnames! It was really easy, and I am already thinking about other projects I can do with it. You can change up the text, shapes and colors.


I created this over at www.tagul.com for free, or they do have some paid options.

What would you create with a word cloud?



Treasure Chest Thursday-War Ration Book

mom and dad-002For Treasure Chest Thursday I want to share with you the WWII war ration book belonging to my dad. This find is full of fun information like his address, height and weight hair color. Looks like it was signed by my grandmother. Very cool!

I scanned all the pages and the coupons so I could assemble them all on one page. I think it is more interesting to see all the pages of the book at once. This also means I can share this page with family without worrying about handling the originals all the time. Plus, everyone can’t have an original!

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The background paper is from the Faded Memories 1 Combo Pack by designer Everything Erica.

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Vintage Nightgown

Marie-003This beautiful vintage nightgown was made for my great grandmother Nellie Gamble Cox, by her mother Sallie Umphress Gamble. A while back I took some pictures of Miss E (my daughter) in this gown. It is hard to show the details because of the color of the gown, so I scanned the lace on the top and used it as the embellishment on these pages.


Marie-002This scrapbook page is Sallie Humphress¬†Gamble in the frame, her daughter Nellie Gamble Cox, and my daughter Miss E in the gown. This would be Miss E’s third Great Grandmother! How neat for her to be able to appreciate heirlooms from so many generations back.


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I am excited to announce I will be giving away a free copy of My Memories Digital Scrapbooking software ($39.97 value) to one of my lucky readers! There are several ways you can enter to win.

Visit www.mymemories.com look through all the beautiful designer papers and leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite paper or kit!
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Contest will end Sunday July 27, 2014 at 12:00 PM CST. One entry per person, per day on each type of entry.
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Winner will be contacted by email by July 29, 2014
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#52 Ancestors- Week 1-John Wesley Sessions

I am really excited to enter this 52 ancestors in 52 weeks challenge posted by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com. The idea is to pick one ancestor each week to write about. I will try to get everything I know out there, and I hope some of¬†my relatives will add anything they know. I find the premise of this challenge fascinating, and maybe a tad overwhelming ūüôā I feel like even a little information about a person is worth sharing. Even though the year is half over, I am going to start with week #1 in July and continue (I hope) until next¬†July.

imageIn honor of July 4th I wanted to start off my year this John Wesley Sessions, my6th great grandfather. He was a patriot in the American Revolution, and he is the person I traced my lineage to Join the DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution).

I only recently ( in the last 3 years or so) really start to dive in to my family history. The first time I found someone who fought in the revolutionary war I was so excited. I was so surprised to find someone! What I would soon fin out is if you have one relative, you most likely have more. John Wesley Sessions was the one who I found the most information about, and could trace him directly back to me!

John Wesley Sessions was born May, 27 1758 in New Hanover, North Carolina. He was the son of John Sessions and Sarah Ransom. He married Mary Polly Thompson in 1779 in Putnam County Georgia.

He fought in the Revolutionary war as a private in the companies of Captains Bright and Heritage and Colonels Howe, Martin, Thaxton. 

The most interesting piece of information I found is a copy of his Revolutionary War pension record! This was amazing to read all about how his life turned out. From what I can tell he was indigent, but still proud of his service. This record was found on ancestry.com. It is actually what I used as the background of this page.

He died on the 4th of July, 1836

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