Several years ago I met, via email, a cousin I didn't know I had. We have been sharing family history and secrets for all these years. Turns out we only live 6 hours apart! I told Cathie (my cuz) we were selling our house in Montana and moving back to Colorado. Several months ago I invited Cathie, her husband and mother to come and visit. Well, lo and behold, I received an email about a week ago saying they would like to come!!!! What a great surprise!! We set up all the times and I sent directions and last Tuesday arrived Cathie, Lynn and Ella Mae. We talked genealogy until our ears almost fell off. Cathie is a great genealogist, organized and what a memory! Wow, it was wonderful. They were only able to stay about a day and a half but that day and a half was great. Ella Mae is my 2nd cousin and Cathie is my 3rd. I am related to them through my mother's mother (my grandmother). What a blessing that visit was. Abby
We older people need to learn something new every day...
Just to keep the grey matter tuned up.
Where did "Piss Poor" come from?
They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot.
And then once it was full it was taken and sold to the tannery...
if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor".
But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot...
They "didn't have a pot to piss in" and were the lowest of the low.
The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature
Isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be.
Here are some facts about the 1500's
Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May,
And they still smelled pretty good by June. However, since they were starting to smell,
Brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.
Hence the custom today of carrying a bouquet when getting married.
Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water
We know you have a ton of old genealogy materials hanging around. AND you are terribly busy.
We know that delving neck deep into research is more interesting than going through that old junk AND we know how big of a job it is.
Still, maybe it's time to take the bull by the horns and start going through the pile. Every day new genealogists start on their journey through their family tree. You could really help someone out by going through your materials, old research books and interesting items and list them on Abbys.
It just take a minute per item to list on Abbys. AND unlike ebay, you don't have to list over and over. Do it one time and it will stay published until it sells.
See you inside!
Today Abby's is featuring the diary of David Reid.
This journal was written 1833/1834 by David P. Reid who was aborad the Ship-of-the-Line Delaware.
A beautiful old book in great condition. You can see it here
Numerous volumns of the 1880 Census of West Virginia are available in the Books section of Abby's classified site, along with 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners Frederick County, 1815 Directory of Virginia Landowners & Gazetteer, and A Guide to Church Records in the Archives Branch Virginia State Library. If you have ancestors from virginia country this is a fabulous find.
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