8 March 2000
No, Mary, I'm sorry, I didn't receive any E-mail from anybody since January 7, 2000.Looks like my dippy system is still messed up.My in-box still only has a letter from January 7, 2000, as my last E-Mail.Before that date, I went four months before any active E-mails appeared anywhere.Then in January, I suddenly was able to access over 150 items in my box dating back to the time when I last knew I was getting any mail.Make any sense?
My point is, I doubt if I will be able to read any of my recent E-mail until I get my system fixed, but this format can work for me for the time being if it will work for you.
Sorry for all the problems.
I also want to tell you that I have reconstructed rather complete military service records and summaries for WILLIAM C. and also for his and his wife's direct ancestors, but not siblings.This includes Unit Flags and Colors when known, and Uniform details.I do have some of our HEDGES & WITCHER sibling's data, but have never had the money to send for full records from the national archives, as all my loot was reserved for sending for my direct ancestors only.There are many War of 1812 and Revolutionary War veterans in our direct lineage, not to mention dozens of their siblings.
I will try to continue progressing in the preparations of all this material for releasing it bit by bit if necessary.
I checked my enormous HEDGES file, and found the Xeroxes of most of my HEDGES pictures which I mailed to FLOSSIE HEDGES HAYES (2nd child of GEORGE WASHINGTON HEDGES, b.c.1903), and which she labeled for me and returned in c.1989.I used this data from her and overlapped it with the same questions and answers I posed to FLOSSIE's older brother REV. WILLIAM FULTON HEDGES (1901-1996) during the same months concerning the same pictures.
The baby photo of your dad also has his brother in it.It's real cute, circa turn-of-the-century, etc."VICTOR AND DANIEL HEDGES", written on the back in my great-gramma LILLIE's handwriting.VICTOR is wearing a certain kind of white sailor or boating hat with a black band that has "-MARINE-" stitched on it in white.And he's wearing a white shirt and white knickers or shorts and sitting on a short stool.He has on a looped sort of bow-tie and his knee socks and shoes are black.Standing next to him is DANIEL, wearing the typical toddler's white "dress" of the period, and has a baby white knit stocking cap on his head, and in both hands is holding a penny whistle (resembling a flute or recorder).CUTE!
The photo of the 4 girls has them all together in a sort of diamond-shaped seating/standing arrangement.MAYTHEL, NAOMI, SADIE, and AUGUSTA, all wearing their cotton Sunday best clothes, some white and some light colors, apparently.All of them have bows in their hair, seemingly with the exception of the baby, who is up on a high chair front-and-center.There is a question as to the identity of this baby.It was supposed to be NAOMI, but I have mistakes in my birth order for these children.FLOSSIE had a question about the baby also.Could it be VICTOR?The little dresses these babies and toddlers all wore - male or female - had a practical side in the changing of diapers, but makes it tough in old photo identification sometimes.This baby doesn't appear to have a bow in its hair like the older girls, but then again, it didn't have very long hair here.Also, I will have to closely examine the original photo instead of this Xerox.There may be a tiny, light-colored bow in the hair after all, but I can't tell.
There is a handsome but smile-less picture of FULTON and DILLIE side by side.She looks remarkably like actress KATHERINE ROSS in the old-time photo segment of the movie "Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid" also starring PAUL NEWMAN and ROBERT REDFORD.Very piercing eyes.I think this picture may be their WEDDING PHOTO, but they are only shown from the waist up.She has no hat, veil, or headdress on, and this simply may be a formal photo taken after their marriage.With FULTON being a pastor, it's certainly possible that they could have other photos taken even for "P. R."But the very high collars of both outfits indicate more of an 1890's or early 1900's era 9they were married in 1899), rather than a World War I era.???
I also have a photo of FULTON by himself, apparently before marriage.It has to be about age 17, circa 1898.Melancholy but handsome.
I also have some snapshots of family groups, siblings, the main brother-and-sister-in-laws, etc. from HEDGES family reunions in the 1930's(?) and 1940's.DILLIE appears in some, as does some of the Arkansas kinfolk, etc., all in their golden years by then.MARTHA RENN was so old and dumpy I couldn't make out who she was from any of her earlier pictures, but uncle JOHN RILEY HEDGES was unmistakable.Some AUSTINS, WILLIAMS, RENNS, HARTS, BRADLEYS, and WAGNERS also, naturally.oodles and gobs of kinfolk.FLOSSIE helped me with all of these, as she's in them also.
Well, I had to come home today to work for a while, and must go now.
God bless you, Mary.