Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Gaddy Loom

Our CCHS June Quarterly came with a Gaddy family surprise.  I had seen this loom at the Heritage Center but  had no idea it was a family heirloom.

I know this is sideways, but Google likes it that way.

Article from the Carroll County Arkansas Historical Society Quarterly, June 2018.
Gaddy/Collins/Wymore Loom

Provided by Mary Margaret Torok

 The large loom has turned out many old-time handwoven carpets and rugs in its more than 100 years of service.

 The Loom first belonged to Solon and Jane Gaddy who lived at Denver, Carroll County, Arkansas.  It was given to their daughter, Laura, who married Clarence Collins; they wove rugs and carpets on it to sell.

 Later the loom passed into the hands of Lorene Collins, a niece of Laura Collins.  Lorene recalls her job as a child was tearing cloth into strips, sewing them together into long strips, and then winding them into a ball.  This was known as making carpet rag balls, which were later used as material to weave a rug or carpet on the loom.

 Lorene Collins married Orel Wymore, and they set up the loom in their home. They made rugs for sale to the public.

 Later the loom was dismantled and stored in a building in Alpena by Tom Wymore, Lorene’s son.  Lorene (Collins) Wymore Hearns and her son Tom Wymore assigned it to the Heritage Center as a gift from Wymore Family of Alpena.

William Solon Gaddy & Martha Jane Carpenter Family Taken about 1906 Front and center, William Solan Gaddy, Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy Back row left to right: James Reno Crawford holding Buell, Dollie Gaddy Crawford , Otto Hardesty, Arvilla Gaddy Hardesty, Clarence Collins, Laura Gaddy Collins, George Gaddy, Anna Robertson Gaddy Metz, Ora Gaddy. Seated on Front Row: left to right- Virgie Gaddy, Ben Gaddy, Alva Collins, William Solon Gaddy, Martha Jane Carpenter Gaddy, Edna Gaddy, and Huston Gaddy

Lest We Forget, Furry, Button, Bates

Along the way of searching for our ancestors The Three Sisters have made many discoveries about our family.  We often advise those searching for family history that one of the most effective research tools is finding an older family connection that has already done much work on our shared family history.  Two of our most useful bits of Powell history came to us from Furry, Button, and Bates.

James Furry passed on to us his copy of information from our  Charles Powell Bible.  James received this from William Garland Button.  The list of names and dates from this Bible has been one of the most useful tools in tracking down our early American Powell family history.

The Three Sisters have, I believe, more than paid this forward by sharing this and our other family discoveries with hundreds of other interested amateur historians.  We often see something on the net that seems to be a hint of something new only to find ourselves as the originator.

Hazel Bates had been researching her family before some of us were even born.  She shared generously and freely with us and others. One small copy of one piece of paper among the many she sent us that has proven most valuable in establishing our Charles Powell military history was a list of deserters from the Halifax County, Virginia Revolutionary Militia.  This is actually the only Revolutionary War document that we can definitively say is our own Charles Powell.  And, the DAR agrees because we have found DAR membership papers for Charles Powell descendants citing this Halifax County Militia service as proof of Revolutionary service.  However, we have yet to find any DAR document that in any way mentions this is actually documentation of desertion from that Militia.  Just the same, Hazel was a really big help to us in finding our Kentucky Powell family.

We remember.


by Fleta

Shackled and Chained,
Yoked and Bound,
Dreaming of Freedom,
New Worlds, New Ground.

Give him just one glance,
He'll never again be found,
Shackled and Chained,
Yoked and Bound.


Monday, July 16, 2018

Lilly Hazel Brown Bates 1914-2003

Hazel Lilly Brown Bates was born January 28, 1914 and died April 8, 2003.  She is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Palmyra, Marion County, Missouri.

Below is an article about our Cousin Hazel by Sister Patsy.

 Hazel Brown Bates was born January 28, 1914 to Matilda Gibson and Francis Brown.  She married James Bates in 1932 and they are blessed with one child, Mary Lu.  Hazel does research on the Cyrus Powell line.  Cyrus was a son of Charles and Leah Goldman Powell.  When we were novices in research, Hazel was our first lead in placing our Powells in this Charles Powell family.  This is her story as she told it.


In our younger days we operated a grade A dairy.  We raised registered quarter horses, producing seven or eight colts a year.  My husband showed our horses in horse shows.  Mary Lu and I rode in the Hannibal, Missouri parade several years ago, taking first place on our matched Arabian mounts.  We had a well known golden palomino named Golden Nip Ranch.  We had a red truck and trailer with this logo on the side.  We milked 22 Jersey cows by hand at the start.  Then we built a grade A dairy and our milk was trucked to St. Louis.  Jim was busy in our fields and Mary Lu and I did much of the milking with the help of the milking machines.  I worked for ten years in a shoe factory in Quincy, Illinois.  Later I worked for George Irwin, an art director.  My employment for Mr. Irwin lasted twenty years.  My duties included caring for his art work, keeping a sixteen-room mansion in order, and helping with parties.  Mr. Irwin entertained a lot.  One time Lady Bird Johnson was his guest.  I started researching my family in 1965 and have written twelve books on my heritage.


Hazel Brown Bates’ descent from Cyrus Powell is:


  1. Cyrus Powell / Matilda Porter Crane
  2. John Carpenter Gibson / Susan E. Powell
  3. Francis Augustus Brown / Cynthia Matilda Gibson
  4. Lilly Hazel Bates

William Garland Button 1918-2011

William Garland Button (Garland) died peacefully December 7, 2011 after a brief illness. He is survived by a daughter, Betty Button, of Austin; twin sons, William L. (Bill) Button of Dallas and Robert G. (Bob) Button and his wife, Nancy, and two very special grandchildren, Jeff and Amy of Murphy, Texas. He was preceded in death by his precious wife of 62 years, Margaret Miller Button. Garland is also survived by his sister-in-law Alma Ruth Sissel and her husband, Charles, of Eunice, New Mexico. He was preceded in death by his parents A.G. and Verba Jessee Button, and by a sister, Jean Rae Cantrell.


Garland was born December 1, 1918 in McKinney, Texas. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from East Texas State Teachers College in Commerce, Texas (now Texas A&M University-Commerce) in 1938. Upon graduation, he taught briefly in high schools at Lindale and Gladewater. In 1945 he joined Texas Power & Light Company (a predecessor of TXU) in Dallas. After working many years as a district and division manager, he was elected Vice President in charge of Operations in 1966. In 1970, he became Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed to the TP&L Board of Directors. For many years Garland worked tirelessly as a volunteer in support of his alma mater. Garland was appointed by Governor Preston Smith to the first separate Board of Regents of East Texas State University in 1969 and was elected its first Chairman. He served on the board for 16 years receiving appointments from three governors. Upon his retirement from the board he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree and named a Distinguished Alumnus of the University.

 Garland was a loyal, faithful member of The Episcopal Church for more than 50 years. He was a long time member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral in Dallas, serving in many capacities including Vestryman, Senior Warden, Chairman of the Endowment Committee, and Diocesan Convention delegate. He also served a 3 year term on the Board of Trustees of St. John’s Episcopal School of Dallas. Garland has been described as “Everybody’s Friend” who touched untold numbers of lives. He had an abiding love for his Church, his family, and his alma mater. We will miss his amazing intellect, his wonderful sense of humor, and his love for us all. A Requiem Eucharist will be celebrated at 11:00 am on December 17, 2011 at The Episcopal Church of The Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Road, Dallas, Texas with a reception immediately following. All are welcome. Garland will be privately interred in the Columbarium at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin, Texas.

William Garland Button was James Furry and The Three Sisters' 5th cousin once removed.  His ggg grandparents were Charles Powell Jr. and Leah Goldman through their son Dr. David Powell.  Around the time of the Civil War, David Powell migrated from Northern Missouri to Collin County, Texas.

William Garland Button's line from David Powell is  below:
  1. David Powell / Lucinda Shoemaker
  2. William Elliott Mallone / Mary ‘Polly’ Powell
  3. William Thomas Button / Lucinda Mallone
  4. Agustus Garland Button / Verba Button
  5. Wm Garland Button

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

James Furry December 26 1919 - April 29 2016

Funeral services for James Thurman Furry, 96, of Brownwood, will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at the Heartland Funeral Home with Rev. Shanna Neff officiating. Interment with Military Honors will follow in the Windham Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.

Mr. Furry passed away Friday in Brownwood surrounded by his loving family.

James Thurman Furry was born on Dec. 22, 1919 in Byrds to Claude Franklin and Bertha Ann Mallone Furry. On Dec. 8, 1940 he married Odessa Mae McGuire in Grosvenor and she preceded him in death on Feb. 24, 1997.

James entered the Army Air Corps on Nov. 29, 1943 in Dallas. After proudly serving our country during WWII, he was honorably discharged as a Corporal at Sheppard Field on Nov. 2, 1945. He attended Daniel Baker College in Brownwood, worked in the oil industry and was a Petroleum Engineer with Russell Engineering in Abilene, when he retired in 1981.

Survivors include three daughters, Thurlene Joy Price and husband Roy of Cloudcroft, N.M., Linda Darlene Payne of Brownwood and Judy Kay Trollinger and husband Michael of Brady; a daughter-in-law, Ginger Furry of Silver City, N.M.; nine grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Larry Wayne Furry of Silver City, N.M.; three sisters, Thelma Adele Furry St. Ama, Jewell Elizabeth Furry Wyatt and Emily Claudean Furry Windham; and by one brother, Charles Troy Furry.

James was The Three Sisters' 5th cousin.  His gggg grandparents were Charles Powell Jr. and Leah Goldman through their son Dr. David Powell.  Around the time of the Civil War, David Powell migrated from Northern Missouri to Collin County, Texas.

James' descendant from David Powell is:
1. David Powell / Lucinda Shoemaker
2. William Elliott Mallone / Mary Polly Powell
3.  David Powell Mallone / Martha Ann Byrd
4.  Charles William Mallone / Emily Taylor
5.  Claude Franklin Furry / Bertha Ann Mallone
6. James Furry...

James, in his own words, from our Powell Times and Lines newsletter, 1995.

I was born and grew up on the farm owned by my Great-Grandfather Mallone.  I lived the good ole country life that I love to re-live in my thoughts.  I was back and forth between Brownwood and that farm until I entered the service.  Odessa [his wife] lived between these two placed.

My grandfather Charles William (Buck) Mallone lived in the house where I was born.  I was his first grandchild and he was my buddy.  He taught me to hunt and fish, where to set my traps, to train my dogs, and where the ole catfish was hiding and how to catch him.  The only time I ever heard Granny and Granddad have words was when he traded a fat hog for a little old pot-bellied bluetick hound pup for me.  Granny almost ran us off the place.

I spend 35 years working in the oil fields, the last 15 years as aa production supervisor.  I had no training, I just went out and did the job.  I had been trained in business and accounting.  My brid of 54 years and I raised four great children.  After our last child was born, 1951, I started doing family research and have been hooked on it every since.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Mary Katherine Allred Powell

Mary Katherine Allred Powell, age 76 of Nashville, went to her eternal home on Monday, April 30, 2018 in Nashville. She was born December 10, 1941 in Osage, Arkansas to the late Booker Euclyde Allred and Bessie Grace Smith. She was a home maker and of the Baptist Faith. Mrs. Powell loved her flowers and gardening. She enjoyed doing her gardening along with her husband. She was a lady of wanting things to be done right. Her first love was her Lord and Savior, but her second love was her family, (wife, mother and grandmother), this was her life.

She was the last of her family, preceding her in death was her parents, two sisters; Bonnie Mae Collins, Betty Jo Allred, three brothers; Chancie, Johnnie and Troy Allred.

Her survivors include; the love of her life and best friend for 57 years and 12 days, Donnie Powell of Nashville.  Two children; Shawn and wife Vicki Powell of  Nashville, Peggy Powell Friend of Nashville.  Two grandchildren, Aaron Sanford and Holland.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Of Naming, quilts and people

Thanks to Laura and Betty's friend Amy our quilt pattern has a name.  It is commonly known as Rolling Stone, and also Broken Wheel.  Several websites say this quilt pattern is easy to make into a beautiful quilt.  I think that may be fake news.

Here is my diagram of the quilt pattern in excel.  Until I drew it out by hand on top of the photo and then transferred my lines to excel, I could not really see the whole pattern, which is just two rows repeated.

The yellow squares are white in our original quilt.

This is a representation I found of the pattern. The dotted squares in this pattern are white in our quilt.

The google capture above and below show how different the finished quilt will look just by arranging the colors differently.

This capture was a capture from a broken wheel pattern search.  Again, this is the same exact pattern with different placement of the colors.

Thanks to Betty, Laura and Amy for help in naming this quilt.

I have put names and identities to 26 of the 30 named squares.