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MEMOIRS

narrative accounts of our family history

SURNAMES

  1. Austin
  2. Blereau
  3. Cawood
  4. Faul
  5. Fortner
  6. Hall
  7. Keller
  8. Lavergne
  9. Lebert
  10. Lyman
  11. McBride
  12. Nelson

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LOCATIONS

USA

  1. Arkansas
  2. Florida
  3. Indiana
  4. Kansas
  5. Louisiana
  6. New Mexico
  7. New York
  8. Ohio
  9. Oklahoma
  10. South Dakota
  11. Texas
  12. Washington

CANADA

  1. Nova Scotia

ENGLAND

  1. Warwickshire
  2. Yorkshire

IRELAND

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NEW ARTICLES

Genealogical research will turn up more than you expected as you will see in Who's Your Mama? Are You Catholic? And Can You Make a Roux? by Denise Hall

Life Long Resident of Gravette Passes Away -- the obituary for Joseph Shelton Austin (12 January 1858 - 20 July 1940)

Links to information about Doctor John Hall, the son-in-law of William Shakespeare

Cawood

Apparently, the Cawoods originate in the town that bears their surname located in Yorkshire, England. The line of Cawoods leading to my great-grandmother sretches back to 1200 A.D. to a Johannes of Cawood. My link to the Cawoods is through my great-grandmother, "Okla Pearl Cawood" (Austin, Stewart). I had the pleasure of knowing this wonderful woman. I will have more to say about her later.

The Cawoods are of special interest to me (as are the Austins) because of the interesting lives that many of them led. "William Harrison Cawood" fought in the Civil War for the Union and followed Sherman on his march across Georgia to the Atlantic. My father, "Danford Austin Hall", has stated on many occasions that if any genetic connection could have contributed to our preoccupation with reading, writing, and education, such a gene was passed to us from the Austins or Cawoods. The Halls were good people, but as far as we can tell they, in general, tended to be a more handy and practical than concerned with books and learning. This is not to imply that the Halls are a less respectable branch of my family, but merely a fact. This is an important fact for understanding my father's life story and for comprehending my journey out of Oklahoma through Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and eventually to Florida. The pursuit of education is feared by my agrarian ancestors because it is not only a threat of discontinuity, but the embodiment of it. Education is seen as the force that drives family members apart to farflung regions of the county. While this is true to some extent, this view is a simplification of the general cultural clash between the agrarian culture and the corporate culture that is killing the former. This competition between agrarianism and capitalism is another theme of my family story.

Obituaries:

  1. Wednesday Rites Set For Mrs. Stewart, 84 -- "Okla Pearl Cawood"

Links:

  1. Cemetery Data from Benton County Arkansas for Cawoods

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