Friday, November 14, 2014

Busy as a Bee

I have been stealing two hours every evening to simply write.

What, you might ask, is causing me to spend two hours every evening typing away on my computer?
The Great American Novel!
Okay, okay, I figured you wouldn't fall for that! However, I am writing a novel that is the Great American Novel to me. It is a novel on my great-great-grandfather's life.
We haven't a lot to go on. His father as know it, is another of those whimsical McBean's named William. Family lore says he was a loyalist in the Revolution.  After the war, he received land grants at a place called Stoney Creek, which even today is a natural divider between Virginia and West Virginia.
We know that his property was sold off for back taxes because his widow could not afford the taxes in 1805.
We know that his eldest son, John, was placed as an indenture servant in February 1804. So we are "assuming" that he died before then. And in September his son William, my gr-gr-grandfather, was also placed for indenture. On his 12th birthday.
Family lore states that he had a younger brother, Roy, who was indentured with him at the same time. Roy either disappeared or ran away shortly thereafter. He was never heard from again. It is believed there may have been foul play and Roy was killed accidentally.
The novel is being written as fiction. The gaps being filled in by imagination.
I am in hope of finishing it about the first of the year. And so I am making good progress with it, and that my dear friends and family, is where I am hidden each evening. No phone calls will be answered during my writing time!
Do you have your Great American Novel yet inside of you! Explore with it. Perhaps you can write yours completely non-fiction! How great would that be? Unfortunately the family lore has been passed down and I am including that as part of the fiction, since I am unable to prove, or disprove it.
Give it try. I've spent years researching my family. And this is just one of many more books to come.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

I'm Ba-a-a-a-ck!

Not quite like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, but here I am! After more than a year's absence, due to health reasons, I find myself able to do nothing much more than work from an office desk. And what do I know better while sitting at a desk is that work I love most...genealogy research.

Unfortunately for our family, we have lost our eldest living siblings in the family.

On August 16th we lost Margaret Beane Loper.
Margaret was within 11 days of reaching her 100th birthday.

And just last evening we lost William McHarvey Beane.
Bill was 97 years of age, and had been struggling with health issues for some time. Please keep the family in your prayers.

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Have a great evening!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Shopping Saturday - Thanksgiving Menu Shopping

Okay, so this isn't going to be anything but short and sweet, and I mean S-W-E-E-T!!!

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Friday, November 22, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - No Bake Pumpkin Pie

This is by far the easiest pumpkin pie recipe ever. I've seen various recipes that based upon this same one, but none have quite the deliciousness that this one has! I've used this recipe for years when in a pinch during the holidays, and it's a never-fail option to the traditional baked version!
1 pkg.  (8 oz.)  Cream Cheese, softened
1 cup  canned pumpkin
[you can substitute the pumpkin pie filling just leave out the pumpkin pie spice below if you use that]
1/2 cup  sugar
1/2 tsp.  pumpkin pie spice
1 tub  (8 oz.) Whipped Topping, thawed, divided
 1 graham cracker pie crust
BEAT cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar and pumpkin pie spice with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Gently stir in 2-1/2 cups of the whipped topping. Cover and refrigerate remaining whipped topping for later use.     
SPOON cream cheese mixture into crust. 
REFRIGERATE 3 hours or overnight. Serve topped with remaining whipped topping. Store leftover cheesecake in refrigerator.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Annette's Cross

This handmade brass cross necklace has been passed down for four generations through the maternal line.
Adeline Eve received it from her mother, Annette Dubois Eve [1840-1870]. Annette died when Adeline was but 3 years of age. It was considered her most favorite possession.
Adeline Eve Banet [1867-1958] passed it down to her eldest daughter, Irene Caroline Banet when she turned 17 years of age and married.
Irene Caroline Banet Dreher [1906-1989] gave it to her youngest daughter, Lois Velleda Dreher, on her 16th birthday.
Lois Velleda Dreher Beane gave it to her eldest daughter, Cynthia Ann Beane, on her 21st birthday.
It is my intention of leaving this heirloom to my youngest daughter.
The cross is hand formed brass and has a tiny multi-faceted diamond at its center. It has been through numerous chains just since I have owned it. But the cross itself remains unchanged since Joseph made it prior to 1858. It is one of my most treasured family heirlooms.