Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Family Update

This will be on a  more personal note.

My mother died last Friday surrounded by her seven children and some spouses. It a blessing for her, as she has been ill for some time and unable to live alone. Her obituary follows:

Verna Challis

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Verna Fish Challis
Verna Fish Challis passed away peacefully on May 18, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. She is now reunited with her loving husband Donald W. Challis. She died as she lived, expressing her love for each of us, and brightening our lives with her hugs and smiles. Verna was born on March 10, 1924 in Snowflake, Arizona to Roland W. Fish and Susan Freeman. On January 8th 1943 she married her childhood sweetheart Donald W. Challis in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed with nearly 60 years together. She wanted everyone to know that she loved the Lord. She always strove to follow His example. She was a member of the LDS Church and served faithfully in many church callings, and also in the community. She was a wonderful mother. She knew, kept track of and cherished each of her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren. So many others, also, have been treated as family. In all of this love and service she remained a strong and independent woman. She had an amazing memory, and a love of learning. Her love for others was unconditional and never rationed or reserved. She knew each of us, our talents and interests. She admired and encouraged us. She loved so much and is loved by so many. We wish to thank Intermountain Hospice for their loving service. Survived by her children, Donald W. Challis (Lorraine), Suzanne Limburg (David), Lynne Rowley (Richard), Brian Challis (Gunn), Janet Dawson (Thomas), Woodruff Challis (Ruth), Winifred DeMann (Alan), Marlene Lane; 46 grandchildren; 107 great grandchildren; 5 great great grandchildren; and sister-in-law Ruth Challis. Preceded in death by her husband Donald W.Challis;, 5 brothers and sisters; and son-in-law David G. Limburg; grandson-in-law Scott Kessler.
Funeral services will be held Thursday May 24, 11 a.m. at the Murray South Stake Center, 5635 South Fashion Blvd. (approx 350 E) in Murray. Friends may call Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. at Jenkins-Soffe Mortuary, 4760 South State, and Thursday 9:30-10:30 at the stake center. Interment, Murray City Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please donate to the LDS Church Perpetual Education Fund. Online condolences:

Published in Deseret News from May 20 to May 21, 2012

Friday, May 18, 2012

William Robertson

William was born 18 jan 1812 in SC
Married Marian Robeson who was born 8 jun 1818 and died 24 mar 1849
Married Permelia E Keeney born 16 jan 1842 and died 28 oct 1875 Fairview, Caldwell, MO
We have the children of both wives

Need info on the parents of William. Anything on this family would be welcomed!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

William V Pettit

William was born abt 1823 in Wrightstown, Bucks, PA
He died before 1870 census
Married Rachel Philips 31 aug 1848 in Trenton, Mercer, NJ
Seven known children born in PA

His middle name may be Vaughan
Parents could be George and wife Catherine Ferrell
George was son of John and wife Mary Philips
George had brother named William Vaughan Pettit

Any information on this family would be appreciated, especially any links to Parents

Friday, May 11, 2012

Burns/Murphee Family

William R Burns was born abt 1796 in NC

Married before 1837 to an unknown wife who died before 1846

On 1850 census he is married to Anna and has a daughter Frances

Clarissa Murphee was born abt 1821 in Mississippi and died 1875 in Gonzales, Texas

Any info on these people would be welcomed!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

William A Humphrey

William was born abt 1810 in Alabama according to Census records
Married Orpha abt 1833 in Arkansas
Lived in Sevier County Arkansas from 1833 to after 1860
1870 Census they are in Upshur County Texas and is last record we have
They had at least 9 children in Arkansas and we have names and dates for them

Any information on this family would be very much appreciated
Would like to know Orpha's maiden name and her parents
Need William's parents names

Friday, May 4, 2012

1940 update

Here is the latest stats from FamilySearch:

 It’s great to see that we are not losing steam after our first month of indexing the 1940 US Census. In fact, the opposite is true. We’re still increasing the number of indexers joining our ranks by more than a 1,000 to 1,500 new indexers each day. By this next Monday, we may have passed the 100,000 mark of indexers who are working with us. That is a great milestone, but we can’t let up our efforts and sit on our laurels. Let’s keep telling our friends about this project and see how many more people we can get involved.
Below are the latest statistics for the 5th full week of our combined efforts to index the 1940 US Census. These are stats that everyone can be proud of.
  • So far, 26.85% of the entire project has been completely indexed.  That’s more than a quarter of the entire census completed!
  • We have 96,232 indexers and arbitrators.
  • Twelve states have been indexed and are being processed in preparation for posting on They include Alaska, Arizona, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Nevada, New Hampshire, Oregon, Utah, Vermont, Virginia and Wyoming.
  • Four states are 85% or more complete. They include: Hawaii, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Montana.
  • The Delaware, Colorado and Kansas indexes have been posted on and are available to the public for searching.
  • A total of more than 36.5 million records have been indexed and arbitrated to date.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

New Research Results

We are continuing, as time allows, to post previously completed projects.
Some have been updated with new records and additional generations added.
There are presently 19 projects that have been added to main website as well as RootsWeb's WorldConnect
WorldConnect gives a number of options that are not available with trees and is FREE
You can access my website and WorldConnect at this address: