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Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 13:33 PM

Since a divorce and a life change of working part time and taking care of my mom, I've made some life changes.

I've really gotten into history trivia. As an example, I love readying about the Civil War from both sides. This is especially enjoyable when I get to visit areas I read about.

Here is some trivia I found out this year ...

In the lower part of Ontario Canada, there was a factory which manufactured cannons and sold them to the south, to fight against the north. There was also an 'underground railroad' route from the south, up through Ohio and into the Niagara-On-The-Lake (Jordan Ontario) and they are very proud of the fact they helped run away slaves and freed men/women. Interesting stuff!

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 13:38 PM

Sharing some personal trivia:

Recently completed a family history of my Mom's family (her father) and found out my Great Grandmother was 'voted out of the church' for living with my Great Grandfather for three years before they were married. A 'delegation' of women confronted her from the church and gave her the news. Her reply: "Do what you have to do!"

My Great Grandmother was 1/2 Native American so her family (Full blood Native American) did not approve of her relationship with my Great Grandfather, a white Englishman. They married and went on to have 8 children. The youngest was my Grandfather.

abbycadabby posted 4/24/2014 13:44 PM

I love this!

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:22 PM

Recently discovered! Lost caves, beautiful artwork! Amazing!

http://asi.nic.in/asi_monu_whs_ajanta_images.asp

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:23 PM

Abby, no need for anyone to ever be BORED with all the wonderful 'stuff' out there to discover!

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:25 PM

Here is a YouTube video of the beautiful 'discovered' caves. Hard to imagine how long it took to create these caves and artwork and carvings!

I want to go see them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmQP69exo1o

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:29 PM

More family trivia: My Great Uncle had 8 daughters. Between the 8 daughters, he had 22 son-in-laws because that branch of the family got lots of divorces! My Grandfather said his brother could NEVER remember any of his son-in-laws names since his daughters were always getting new husbands!

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:30 PM

I visited the home of Margaret Mitchell, author of "Gone with the Wind." Beautiful place in Atlanta. Do you know Margaret Mitchell died as a result of being ran over by horse and buggy, near her home?

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:33 PM

In Tupelo, Mississippi, one can visit the small home birthplace of Elvis. It's a 3 room, 'shotgun' house. The bed he was born in is still there. There is a museum out back and the car they used to move from Tupelo to Memphis is there, along with a lot of other Elvis 'stuff.'

To me it was a lot more fun to visit than Graceland.

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:41 PM

Oklahoma:

Oklahoma is a very diversified state as far as scenery.

There are many flatlands, many lakes and mountain ranges and even a salt plains area.

There is a national wildlife preserve which is home to many buffalo, in the Wichita Mountains.

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 14:50 PM

Oklahoma is the birthplace of many famous people.

Jim Thorpe

James Garner

Roger Miller

Carrie Underwood

Reba McIntire

Vince Gill

Garth Brooks

Wilma Mankiller, first female Chief of the Cherokee Tribe

Will Rogers

Maria Tallchief, First American Prima Donna

Gene Autry

Gary Busey

Lon Chaney

Joan Crawford

Ron Howard

Rue McClanahan (Golden Girls!)

Chuck Norris

Brad Pitt (his mom goes to my beauty salon when she visit back 'home')

and last but not least ... The Chainsaw Kittens and Flaming Lips.

MartlArts posted 4/24/2014 18:01 PM

T/j on Wilma Mankiller of Oklahoma: how did she get the name? Is it a coincidence that she was the first female chief, or did she simply eliminate the male contenders?

Jeaniegirl posted 4/24/2014 20:43 PM

"Mankiller" is just an old Cherokee family name.

LOL @ Wilma eliminating the male competition.

My family heritage is Cherokee so I take a lot of pride in her. We lost a great lady when she passed.

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