Monday, August 23, 2010

Madness Monday - Nanny Nanny, Boo-Boo

Yeah.  So.   I have quite a few ancestors that I'm mad at and/or about.  A mixture of crazy and frustrated.

And maybe it was because we attended the Pointer family reunion in Iowa last month.

Or it could've been because of Great-Aunt Dorothy's personal tour of the Pointer [and related] family tombstones.

Or maybe it was the morning Cousin Roger gave us a personal tour of the Iowa Aviation Heritage Museum in Ankeny that included Pointer family military uniforms and memorabilia.

Or perhaps it was when Great-Uncle Donald gave me the disc of approximately 1500 scanned Pointer [and related] family photos.

Or it could have been when Great-Uncle Donald gave me a disc of scanned digital images of Pearl (Williams) Pointer's scrapbook.

Or better yet, it could be when Great-Uncle Donald gave me a print copy, a digital copy, and a voice recording of his memoirs.

Or maybe it was all of the above that made me have "Pointer" on the mind when my daughter asked me yesterday, "Mom, if you could choose just one and only one ancestor to bring back to answer questions, who would it be?

Who would I rather mercilessly interrogate interview?  Have a sit-down, let's-unearth-all-the-family-skeletons chat?

Hm.  I've done a lot of work on my husband's 2nd great-grandfather, Daniel Pointer.  The birth, the marriage [or in his case, marriages], death [only one], residences, occupations.  You know, the usual.  And other than the whole "4 wives" thing, he hasn't really made me mad.  Crazy.  Frustrated.  In fact, I'm quite happy with Daniel right now.  Why? Because Great-Uncle Donald had a picture of Daniel, and Great-Aunt Dorothy took me to visit his grave.  [And it hasn't escaped my attention that it took 2 Pointer's to get Daniel Pointer off my bad list. *snort*]

Nope.  The Nanny Nanny, Boo-Boo Award goes to Daniel's father, Lemuel Pointer.  And here's just some of the questions I'd like to ask:

  • I'm having some trouble with your origins, Lemuel.  I know you didn't just appear in about 1803.  Were you born in Virginia?  If not, where?  Who were your parents?  Was William your dad?  How about your siblings?  Aunts?  Uncles?
  • I can't tell if you and your wife, Sarah Mountz, stayed together, if y'all separated or if y'all divorced.  Can you help me out?
  • Depending on the answer to the above question, why did y'all separate the children?  And how did y'all decide who went with who?
  • Oh, and wow.  You certainly liked to move around, didn't you?  A lot.  After leaving Knox, Columbiana Co, OH, you skippety-doodad your way through Iowa and then Kansas.  Why did you keep moving?  When and where did you die?  Where were you buried?
  • Dude,  would it have killed you to leave me some more clues?  Hm?
Who makes me mad?  Crazy?  Frustrated?  Who would I love to question?

Lemuel Pointer.  
b. abt 1803 in maybe Virginia
m. 30 May 1826 Sarah Mountz in Columbiana Co, OH
maybe m. 15 Aug 1856 Fanny/Nancy Lotington in Boone Co, IA
d. some time after 1 Mar 1875 maybe in Kansas or elsewhere [You are dead, aren't you?]

That's who.  And Lemuel?  Stop the "nanny nanny, boo-booing".  It's so unbecoming of an ancestor.  [Rolling eyes heavenward.]


  1. You made me laugh! Your post is great..

  2. Lol...enjoyed your post....I'll have to think about who'd I interview if given the chance! Who to pick? Hmmmm

  3. Thanks, Kathleen. Sometimes, we just have to laugh at our ancestors. Thanks for commenting and reading!

    It's an interesting question, isn't it Melissa? So many ancestors, so many questions. Thanks for reading & I'm glad you enjoyed it.


  4. Pretty clever! But just think, by using your brain so much and keeping it active your are warding off old-timers disease!

  5. "Dude, would it have killed you to leave me some more clues?" just cracked me up!! I think that's going to be my new saying as I'm researching and getting stuck - not sure how those around me will react, but oh well :-)

    Thanks for a great take on Madness Monday!

  6. I found recently that an ancester William Isabel was repeatedly fined for going to church drunk.

    I'm glad to know I'm not alone in the strange ancestors

  7. This post was a perfect start to my day! I'm with DianaR "Dude, would it have killed you to leave me some more clues?" Definitely a new saying.

  8. hi there, i know you posted this a while ago, but I bookmarked it and have only just round to reading it! What a great post - very funny. Love the idea of blogging your family history the way you have - might have to try it myself. Now I am off to read some more of your writings!


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