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The Book of Me, Written By You – Prompt 4

It’s week 4 in the Book of Me, Written By You….and here it is! :-)

Prompt 4 – Favourite Season
Do you have one?
A Happy Memory or association
Close your eyes and imagine your favourite season – write down what you see, feel, hear.


My favorite season is fall.  I love the feeling you get when you stand outside on a crisp fall morning.  The smell of leaves in the air and the first hints of fireplaces in use.

The birds are leaving us, but they’ll return, and the flowers in the yard disappear, some only for a while, sleeping through the cold months ahead.

Fall also means sweatshirts and hoodies, football games and chili.

Pumpkins, gourds, corn mazes and hayrides.

Shorter days and longer nights are great for night owls like me.


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Book of Me, Prompt three – Describe My Physical Self

I’ve been contemplating this post.  Should I make it private?  Of course, there are things about myself I wouldn’t want to say to just anyone…but can’t everyone just see that by looking?  I’m not hiding away in my house, never appearing in public.

I am 5’3″ and weigh a little more than I care to admit.  (This is one of those things that you can see for yourself ;-) )  Fair to medium complexion.

I have brown eyes, that comes from my dads side of the family..then his mom, then her mom.  It’s interesting to know exactly where my eyes came from, you see, all of the spouses had blue or green eyes.

Blonde hair.  My mom and dad both had blonde hair as children, though my dads hair got darker and went completely black.

The only scars I have are:  c-section from my first child, scar on my wrist:  I was about 7 years old and my brother and I had just got home from school.  Being a big brother he locked me out of the house.  I started banging on the back door until the glass cracked and my hand went straight through.  Needless to say, my brother let me in the house.   I also have a scar on my forehead.  I was with my grandmother at the local newspaper (she delivered papers for a little extra money) and I was walking along the curb, talking to some of the other kids.  I turned around and started to run toward the door of the building and *bam*…I ran right in to a meter.  I was short enough that the lower curve of the meter hit just above my eye brow.  It bled like crazy but was just a small cut.



The Book of Me – Week 1: Who Are You?


[Editors note: The Book of Me is a series of writing prompts to help genealogists and researchers write about themselves. You can find out more about it and join us by going here.]

Additions made 02 SEP 2013
Who Am I?

  • I am a Christian
  • I am a mom – to four great children (Josh 25, Tyler 20, Laikyn 18 and Kailyn 14)
  • I am a vegan – I was a vegetarian for about 8 years and recently decided to cut out all dairy and eggs.
  • I am a daughter
  • I am a wife
  • I am an animal lover
  • I am a teacher – I’ve been homeschooling my children since 2000, my youngest has never went to a traditional school, one only went to Kindergarten and one only through second grade. My oldest finished 6th grade before we pulled them out. They were teaching 6th graders things I wouldn’t want them teaching a 16 year old. Some things are just better learned at home…at least in our house.
  • I am a history buff
  • I am a genealogist
  • I am a writer
  • I am a conservative – Though I do have some views that seem a bit more liberal.
  • I am an individual
  • I am a music lover
  • I am currently living in Indiana, just north of Louisville, KY – I was born in Louisville, KY
  • I am the great-great granddaughter of both a union soldier and a confederate soldier – Confederate-Murphy and Union-Fenix. James Fenix is buried in the New Albany National Cemetery in New Albany, Indiana, not too far for me to visit. William Murphy was from Alabama and I have only been there twice, unfortunately.
  • I am equally proud of both of the aforementioned grandfathers.
  • I am not nearly as organized as I’d like to be. – Though I try very hard, I just really don’t believe it’s in me to be organized. I make lists, I try to keep things in order, I have a certain drawer for certain things…yet within a few days things are all mixed up again.
  • I am stubborn
  • I am a cry baby – If a movie can make *anyone* cry, I’ll cry.
  • I am shy

Wishful Wednesday – John Murphy

Of all the stories of all of my ancestors, the one that gets to me and really makes me want to know more is the story of my great grandfather John Murphy.


John and Lilly Floyd and family in Meade County Kentucky.

My grandfather, the son of John Murphy and Lilly Fenix, and his brothers told stories of their father. There is also a bible that sheds a little light on where John was before coming to Kentucky.

He was born in 1859 in Russell County Alabama. His parents were William S. and Sarah L. (Dickson) Murphy. Sometime after early 1897 and before 1902 John got in to some trouble, was arrested, escaped jail and fled to Kentucky.

What did he do, you ask? Well, his sons told family members that he had told them that he was arrested for assault. What type of assault and against who we may never know.

Not only did he leave Alabama, but he also changed his name from John Murphy to John Floyd. This changed generations of descendants and will continue to affect them for years to come. My maiden name was Floyd (should have been Murphy).

My John married Maggie Askew in Lee County Alabama and they had a son in 1897. We believe his name to have been Shephard (Shep, Sheppie, Sheppard, etc) Murphy.

After arriving in Kentucky John married Lilly Fenix (I am descended through this couple) 10 APR 1902.

Where was he from 1897 to 1902? That’s where I would love to go…just before he arrived in Kentucky. I want to ask him where he was, why did he run, was he arrested? Was he guilty? Why did he leave his Alabama family behind? (As far as we know, his Kentucky wife Lilly never knew of his wife or son in Alabama…his Kentucky children never knew about them and his youngest son was in his late 80′s when I found the information.)

See the Murphy child? What is his first name?

I would love to find the family of Johns first son. I’m not 100% certain of his first name. Take a look at this census and tell me what you think…it doesn’t really look like a name I’ve ever seen. Ciffy? Ceffy? We believe his name may be Shepherd because that was his grandfathers middle name, and we found a Shepherd Murphy at about twenty years old and he fits to be the same person.