Unearthing family history

Remember when I confessed to being a nerd? Well, it’s true. Here’s another little hobby: I’ve been researching my family tree. Which is no small feat when your last name is Smith. The project (which I hope to eventually turn into a Web site — you know, when I have time) got a boost when I started scanning in photos from my grandmother’s. I also recently found a book from 1881 with bios of some family members:

C.D. Hoskins
Is a native of (Grundy) county, and was born May 13, 1844; educated in the common schools of this county. He enlisted at the early age of seventeen years in company B, Second regiment Missouri volunteers, where he served for three years; was discharged May 5, 1865. His service was mostly rendered in Missouri, hunting bushwhackers; was in most of the heavy raids, but the hardest service he had was while after General Price. It would seem that he was not born to be shot, as he fought guerillas, not by skirmish but by the month, fighting the bands of Quantrell, Cole Younger, Anderson, Hayes, Hill, Dave Pool, and others. While on the Price raid he went four days at one time without anything to eat. After his discharge he returned home and has been engaged in the pursuit of farming since, excepting one year when he was in the circuit clerk’s office at Trenton. March 9, 1875, Mr. Hoskins married Miss Mary M. Dunlap. She was born September 2, 1851, in Belmont county, Ohio. They have two children: Emma, born February 5, 1876, and Vade, born May 25, 1878. His parents were among the pioneers of this county. His father is a native of Delaware and his mother of Ohio. She died August 6, 1877, at the age of sixty-five years. She was a member of the M.E. Church for about forty-five years.

Oh, yeah. Another hobby? Civil War history. Yep, that includes going to a few re-enactments. Nerd!

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  1. ok… so yeah, you are a nerd. but you also need to read my latest blog post and take part! love ya! *big hugs and kisses*

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