Wednesday, April 19, 2017

It Started With a Question

While I have been working hard on my second Caitlyn Jamison mystery, Fatal Dose, hubby has been working equally hard on his Decker family genealogy. This week I finished the third manuscript edit, and then spent over three hours utilizing Word’s “Find” feature to identify each time I used the word “had.” I was amazed at how often I use that word without knowing. During that process I also identified words and sentences that weren’t needed. The manuscript is now about 300 words lighter than when I started.

But back to genealogy. Yesterday hubby turned around and asked, “Do you have a Blanche Tucker in your tree? She was a school teacher.” My answer was, “I don’t know.”

That prompted me to pull out my Tucker genealogy and figure out where I left off. I opened the Index of names document I started several years ago and decided my first step would be to finish the Index. That accomplished, I printed it and also printed the Index I created from Jessie (Tucker) Agard’s journal entries (not finished), as well as notes I made from William Lanning Tucker’s 1924 diary. These Indexes will be a good resource as I go forward.

That done, I told hubby this morning, “Yes, I have a Blanche in my tree. She was married to Emmitt Tucker (b: 1887), son of Freddie Tucker (b: 1855), grandson of Ezra D. and Caroline (Lanning) Tucker.  Emmett and Blanche had a daughter, Grace. Grace married first, Nelson Sansouci (announcement in previous post).

Blanche (Rumsey) Tucker is the daughter of Mahlon and Adeline (Douglas) Rumsey of Newfield, NY. 

Emmitt and Blanche celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on 23 December 1966.