Keeping time in eternity

Last week I mentioned Jesse Haines, the Hall of Fame Baseball pitcher. He was a pious man who kept his personal integrity in an often ribald profession, and when he retired from pitching, he was given a sundial, which he treasured so much it became part of his gravestone in Bethel Cemetery just north of […]

Some fresh Binkley documentation

One of the joys of doing genealogy comes in hearing from others who are working a related part of the puzzle. The point of creating this blog, in fact, was to make my files more accessible and useful to others. Last October, Annette Sease Stewart piped up with comments on her Binkley roots. While I […]

Uncle Arlie

Arlie Binkley was Grandma’s brother-in-law, but he was also one of my grandfather’s two best friends. From everything I’ve learned, I’d say he’s the better of the two — which is saying something, considering that the other was the bishop. The little I remember of Uncle Arlie was that he was a very kind and […]

Plus Mom

Taken just a few years after the formal sitting presented last week, this full-length composition features my dad in his Army-Air Force uniform. His new bride stands at the far left, in the row with his sisters and mother. Well, T.J. gets to stand in the front row. The lighting is front-on, and the backdrop […]

Formal family portrait

The spread of formal photo studio sittings into middle-class families could make for an interesting study. The earliest portraits, of course, were individuals who had to hold still for the image to set. Getting two or more people to cooperate simultaneously could present a challenge, though I do have the photo of Amos and Mary […]

A shift in the focus

When it comes to doing genealogical research, I know I’m not alone in that feeling that the further back we go in history, the more valuable our findings. Or something like that. My findings posted here reflect multiple stages of that drive. First was to connect my Ohio Hodson lines to earlier Hodgsons and Hodgins […]