Thursday, June 30, 2011

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History - Songs

Week 26:  Songs. What was the #1 song during the week of your birth? Enter your birth date at This Day in Music ( and find out. If you were born before 1946, you can enter the year of your marriage, the birth dates of your children or some other significant event.

 This is fun stuff!  I was so glad to see that this was the "52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History" topic this week since I missed Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Fun last weekend! 

On my day of birth, June 16, 1967, the number one song in the U.S. was "Respect" by Aretha Franklin:  

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I couldn't stop there!  Turning 18 was a big deal in my life; I had only been counting down the days for three years!  The #1 song in the U.S. on June 16, 1985 was "Heaven" by Bryan Adams.  Music videos were around by this time!

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I was and still am a huge Bryan Adams fan!  This album was probably the first cassette tape I ever bought for myself! 

The next big date in my life would be my wedding day, April 24, 1993.  I had to switch to country music #1s at this point because I did not recognize the #1 pop song!  The #1 country song in the U.S. that day was "She Don't Know She's Beautiful" by Sammy Kershaw:

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Oh I did love that song!

Music is very important to me, and I do relate it to the important moments in my life.  I enjoyed sharing this little glimpse into those memories.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wedding Wednesday: Margaret Skipper and Gilbert Tapley

Gilbert Earl Tapley and Margaret E. Skipper
were married
December 21, 1945
in Folkston, Charlton County, Georgia

They both lived in Jacksonville, Florida.  
Evidently Georgia did not require a waiting period, so they
drove north to get married.
They both lied about their age.  Daddy was all of 17 
and Margaret was 18.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday: Verta Drake Tapley

Verta Drake Tapley
born January 18, 1896
died October 19, 1918

laid to rest at Cornith Methodist Church Cemetery,
near Meeks, Johnson County, Georgia

daughter of Ira Jack and Amanda Sumner Drake

first wife of Homer Frank Tapley

I am connected to Verta in two ways:
On the Drake side, we are 2nd cousins, 2x removed; and
on the Tapley side, she was married to my 1st cousin, 1x removed.

{Keep Verta in mind... she will figure into an upcoming story.}

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Sunday's Obituary: Elizabeth V. Tapley Powell

Elizabeth V. Tapley Powell
  "Aunt Lizzie"

February 12, 1873 - June 19, 1959

daughter of James Madison "Jim" Tapley and Rebecca "Beckie" Page Tapley

Aunt Lizzie was my grand aunt, the sister of my grandfather, Lusion Keman Tapley.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Grandma's Diary, Part 24

(To read prior entries from my maternal grandmother's 1933 diary, please click on the tab "Posts by Topic" and then go to the topic "California."  All posts are listed there.)


The writer is Ethel Ranney Tapley.
Alice is her sister.
Kenneth is her brother.
Her parents.
          H = her boyfriend, Hazel Avery Plumlee
          Delma = Hazel's little sister
          Earl = Hazel's brother
          Verda = Earl's wife
          Dorothy Lee = Hazel's niece (Earl's child)
          Otho is Otho Hesser, her father's cousin.
          Viella is Otho's wife.
          Ruth & Kathryn are Otho and Viella's daughters.
          Uncle Jont is Jonathan Hesser, Otho's father and her father's uncle.
          Aunt Kate is Sarah Katherine Hall Hesser, Jonathan's wife and Otho's mother
          Herman (Williams) is Alice's boyfriend.  

Sun., June 18:  "Kenneth came about 6 am.  Alice & I went to Verdas awhile.  We made some ice cream.  Kenneth & mama went for a ride to Berdo."

Mon., June 19:  "I picked cherries.  Alice & dad worked at Wests.  H. & I went over to Earls for awhile in the eve."

Tues., June 20:  "I picked cherries.  Alice picked cherries at Coopers in the afternoon.  In the eve. Alice, Delma, H. & I went over to Maries & made ice cream."

Wed.., June 21:  "I picked cherries.  Earl & Verda & D.S. had accident in H. car at noon.  They hit light pole.  Earl was burned terrible are afraid he won't live.  Went to hospital to see him in eve.  Car burnt up."

Thurs., June 22:  "We washed in the morning.  I stayed with Delma in the afternoon.  Clint took H., Delma & I went to see Earl in the eve.  We stayed at the hospital till 12 pm.  Earl had a bad night." 

Fri., June 23:  "We went down to see Earl in the morning.  He is still delirious.  Delma & I stayed with Verda in the afternoon.  Went to see Earl in the eve.  H. is staying all night with him.  Delma is staying here." 

Sat., June 24:  "Mr. Plumlee came by for Delma & I & took us up to his house.  In the afternoon we went to San Berdo with Dietrichs.  Went to the hospital Earl was resting better."

Another post by "child" Liz:  

June 19, 1975:  "My Daddy's birthday."