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Adele's Family History

Updated December 18, 2004

Welcome to My Family History page. My love and appreciation of family history began with my maternal grandmother, Mildred Virginia Griffin-Rogers. She enjoyed talking about her mother's people and had an oral history that went back to the early 1800's. She was very proud of her Irish/Scottish heritage and often talked of the Davidson's, Griffin's, Mayhan's and McLean's.

In 1990 I was filling in the pages of my daughter's baby book and turned to my grandmother's "box" to get names and dates. It was filled with with her pictures, letters (some dating to the civil war), and momentos. She had letters written between her and her mother, sisters and brother in Texas spanning 60 years. She even saved the hospital bills from the births of her babies!!

Below I've posted some old family pictures (more on the way), family histories and a few links to web sites I enjoy and you might too. Check out Find a Grave (link below) and see the memorials to our ancestors!

Please Come back and visit. I will be adding more information and pictures as time allows.

Thanks for Visiting, Happy Hunting and God Bless!
Adele Ash

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Family Photos

  • Daniel, Mary and Harry (23 KB)
    Daniel Rogers, his aunt Mary M. Taylor and her son, Harry F. Skuse
  • Daniel "Raymond" Rogers (1 KB)
    My grandfather during his time in the Navy between 1927 - 1935
  • Ash-Jones Reunion (43 KB)
    L-R Standing-Porter Lee McBride, Annie Mae Jones-Moll, Tommie Nell Jones-Brown, Arley Rual Ash, Ruby Jean Ash-Hyer, Seated, Betty Jo Jones-Jackson, Faye Ash-Hyer
  • Mrs. Mildred Rogers and daughters (26 KB)
    Mildred V. Griffin-Rogers and her daughters, Virginia Nadine, seated beside her and Margaret Susan Rogers standing. Los Angeles, Ca. abt. 1950 I have a picture of my daughter, Caitlin when she was about the same age and she looks identicle to my mother (Margaret).
  • Mom and I - Sept 1966 - At our home on Devonshire (61 KB)
    I like this picture. My mother was always looking over (and out) for me. I miss her. Just a little trivia - The property in the back ground is The Hemet Stockyard - It was once a big race horse facility. The movie Sea Bisquit was filmed there.
  • Verna Nadine Mayhan (56 KB)
    My Great Grandmother, Verna Nadine Mayhan - My grandmother kept this photo in a beautiful pewter frame on her bedside table and now I have it in my living room. I never got to meet her, but somehow - I knew her. I was at my grandmother's side listening to her end of many of their telephone conversations, listening in as they talked about the weather; heat, rain, huricanes; Neighborhood cats the two of them had taken in, especially one particular tom cat of Verna's, that she was fond of; Family; who was having a baby, getting married, where they were working, who had come to visit her that day. They would remenisce about the early years and still gossiped about Mrs. Gerloff, the lady who had lived next door some 50 years earlier. Verna talked a lot about her youth in the letter's she sent to Gran. Stories of Newport, AR and her childhood, which had been so much different then that of her own children. When I think of her, I think of her as if I had grown up with her right next door like Gran and and I miss her too.
  • Daniel and Robert (11 KB)
    My grandfather Daniel R. Rogers and his younger brother, Robert Richard Rogers.
  • Mr. & Mrs. Daniel R. Rogers (15 KB)
    My mother's parents. Though they split up, they never divorced and would often have coffee together. Near the end of her life, Gran talked about "Raymond" often. I don't think I ever heard her say one bad thing about him. Well except that he was a poor businessman. She said he had started a tool and dye company. He went and bought a very expensive payroll machine but only had 2 employees...Hey, he had big dreams!
  • Rogers - Macura - White (18 KB)
    L-R Back Row - Norman White, Margaret Taylor Dolly Taylor-Macura, Wm Macura L-R Front Row Bob Rogers, Dorothy Macura, Daniel Rogers, Artly Ellis and Erna Macura seated
  • Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Ash (74 KB)
    Coleman Asbury Ash and his wife Mary Jane Hicks.
  • Virginia Nadine Rogers (12 KB)
    "Aunt Ginger"
  • Dad & Aunt Deloris (32 KB)
    My dad, Arley Alfred Ash and his siter, Deloris Anita Ash - What a couple of cuties. I was talking to "Neene" recently and she said "Beatrice's daughter Deloris was the prettiest little girl". When I was a child I thought the same thing. She was very Pretty. She passed it on to her girls too.
  • Mary M. Taylor-Skuse (2 KB)
    I recently found out that Mary performed in radio programs back before there was television and had hopes of becoming an actress in Hollywood
  • Mom Dad and I (48 KB)
    My dad was in the US Army -101st Airborne - Within weeks of this picture being taken, he would be in Stutgart, Germany. This is our only family picture they divorced when he came home from Viet Nam.
  • Danile R. Rogers and his son, Wain (18 KB)
    I never really knew my uncle Wain. He had disappeared in 1965 and when my mother was diagnosed with cancer in 1998, she asked me to help her find him. I wrote a letter to Social Security and within a few months I brought my mom to see him. He too was ill and in the hospital - We spent the day with him - the two of them reminisced laughed and cried. It was bittersweet but much needed. Wain passed away last year - God Bless Him
  • History in The Making, My kids, Caitlin and Thomas (57 KB)
    Caitlin and Tommy Last Summer (2003) Lodi, CA
  • My Grandfather (39 KB)
    My Grandfather, Arley "Rual" Ash
  • Robert Wain Rogers (19 KB)
    My mother said that Wain was a very sweet and sensitive little boy and I think this picture reflects that.
  • Frank Taylor Death Certificate (118 KB)
    Frank Newton Taylor - California Death Cert.
  • A Bunch of Good 'Ol Boys (48 KB)
    L-R My Great Grandfather, Arley Hershel Ash and his sons, Kenneth Doyle Ash, Arley Rual Ash and Jimmy Dean Ash
  • Mr. & Mrs. Arley Hershel Ash & Children (25 KB)
    Mr. and Mrs. Arley Hershel Ash, their children Arley Rual Ash, Ruby Jean Ash and Marian Faye Ash
  • James Riley Mayhan (23 KB)
    My GGreat Grandfather James Riley Mayhan - James was born in Newark, Arkansas but spent most of his life in Newport, Arkansas. He had a confectioners shop/bakery, he was a volunteer fire fighter and Chief for three years and he was a member of the Masonic Lodge.
  • James and Sarah Jones (48 KB)
    James Clinton Jones and Sarah Ellen Marion (Andis-Jones)
  • Four Generations (20 KB)
    John Notley, his daughter, Louise Notley, her son, Daniel Jonthan Rogers and his son, Daniel Raymond Rogers.
  • Mary Niles Davidson - Medley (35 KB)
    The back of this picture reads: "Mary Niles Medley - This picture was taken about 1925 in Fisher County, Texas. We moved to Dawson County in 1928. (she) passed away in 1934 at the farm where we lived NE of Lamesa." The picture was given to me by Julia J. Houston-Simpson. Of all of my old pictures, this one is my very favorite. She was born in 1844 and died at the age of 90. She loved Coca Cola and like to tell ghost stories! Gran told me that she was living in Los Angeles when "Mamie" as she was affectionately called, appeared at the foot of her bed. Gran knew something must be wrong and then she got a letter a few days later from her mother telling her Mamie had died. Gran was convinced she had come to say goodbye. Gran believed she and her mother were psychic! I've always been very facsinated with "Mamie" and have often hoped she would come to the foot of my bed!
  • Isaac Mayhan (39 KB)
    The inscription reads: - His Many Virtues Form the Noblest Monument to His Memory - Blue Springs Cemetery - Newark, Arkansas
  • Daniel and Robert (11 KB)
    Daniel Raymond Rogers and his brother Robert Richard Rogers
  • Daniel R. Rogers (3 KB)
    Easter Sunday 1934 Royal Oak, Michigan. Daniel was visiting his father and grandmother.
  • "Gran" (9 KB)
    My grandmother, Mildred Rogers - This is how I remember her. This picture was taken outside the Coach Light motel where she was a maid in Hemet, CA. My mom worked as a waitress at Curly & Alice's Cafe. They pulled their money together and got us raised. After we moved to Palo Alto, mom wanted her independence so Gran took an apartment...NEXT DOORS! Both mom and Gran were hard workers and very clean - Gran would always say "cleanliness is next to Godliness" - Our home was always spotless - Even after she moved next doors she would come and take care of the house for mom. They were very close and I loved to sit and listen to them talk. When gran passed away, mom locked herself in her room for three days and cried. When my mom died I finally understood why.
  • Sarah Mayhan (45 KB)
    Blue Springs Cemetery - Newark, Arkansas
  • Frank N. Taylor - Bob Rogers - Harry Skuse - (43 KB)
    Frank N. Taylor his grandsons Robert R. Rogers (Bob) and Harry Franklin Skuse and his daughter Marion Taylor Skuse-Walter - Golden Gate Park, SF 1934 Grandaddy Taylor was born in Atlanta. He worked for the railroad. He would go back and forth between Atlanta and Birmingham and it was on one of these trips that he met his beloved Flora. They spent their lives traveling moving from town to town by train. Following is a little story that his granddaughter, Janie Melissa Blackman-Tolen told me: "Grandaddy told a story of how their furniture was suppose to arrive by train on this particular day and he had said to Grandma (Flora) that they needed to go and find an apartment. Grandma told Grandaddy, "just keep our furniture on the train, I dont believe I want to live here. And so I guess they moved on. Whatever she wanted Grandaddy was agreeable to. I believe they were a very happy married couple."

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