John William Elder (1836-after 1910)

Various people have listed John William Elder as being the son of Elizabeth and Alfred.  I haven’t made the trip to Charlotte County to investigate the Elder clan yet, but I have done a fair amount of research via census data.  John William Elder was born about 1835


By 1910, John W Elder is widowed and living with a cook and hired hand (Puse Adams and Julius Walker) amongst other Elders (Charles & Edward) and Ramseys (Elizah).  He’s a survivor of the war.


In 1900, John is living with Mattie D and his mother-in-law in Madison, Charlotte County, Virginia.  He’s 63 and a carpenter.  He can read and write, and owns his farm, albeit mortgaged.  Nearby live Robert, Joseph, Luther Elder.  His wife Mattie D has 7 living children of 9 total.  His mother-in-law has one of one. John and Mattie have been married 42 years.


In 1880, John is living in Madison, Charlotte County, Virginia with his wife and 6 sons.  He and Mattie are 43 and residing with them are:  Cabel, 20; John S, 14; Joseph W, 12; Leslie, 9; Luther, 7; Edward, 2.  John is a Farmer.


In 1870, John, 34, is living with Martha, 33, Richard, 11, William, 9,  John, 4, Joseph, 1.  John is a Farmer with a total value of $300.  Living next door is Elizah and Elizabeth Ramsey.


In 1850, there is a John aged 12 years living with Elizabeth Elder in Campbell County, Virginia.  Also in the home are Elizabeth, 45, Alfred, 19, Carpenter, Burwell, 14, John 12, Lucy A, 10, Martha J. 8, Mary E. 6, and Richard 4.  It is generally believed that this is John, his mother, and sibling.  Names and ages fit.


This leads me to question where is John’s father and where were they all in 1860?  Well, in 1860, we have Alfred and Elizabeth Elder living in Campbell County, Virginia.  Also living with them are Joseph, 26, Catherine, 24, Martha 18, Mary 15, and Richard O 12.  Alfred is a 55 year old laborer on a farm with a personal estate value of $50.  He’s also noted to be a convict.  Heading back to 1850, where Elizabeth is living alone in Campbell County?  At the same time, there is an A. Elder in Richmond in jail for manslaughter.  I haven’t found who he killed, but he’s served less than 10 years (or right at it)


Tracing forward again, I find an Elizabeth Elder living with Alexander and Mary E Little in 1880.  At this time, Elizabeth is 76 and divorced.   Also, in 1870, I find an Alfred Elder living with a black Pugh family in Charlotte, County, Virginia and in 1880 a divorced 75 year old Alfred Elder living alone in Campbell County, Virginia.

A trip to Charlotte & Campbell counties for some Elder research is definitely near future!

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Pictures don’t always tell a 1000 words

Picture of Allen sisters

Allen Girls, about 1910

For this photo, Grandmother Allen (Rosa Caudle Allen) took little Virginia and Margie to Troy.  It may be hard to tell from the photo, but this was no simple feat.  She had to get them up early and get a ride to the train station in Norwood (a couple miles away).   Then, they took the train from Norwood to Troy, a distance of about 15-18 miles as the crow flies.   It was coal powered, so they wore their old clothes for the trip.  Once they were in Troy, Grandmother picked up their new dresses and got them all gussied up.  The pair was finally ready for their picture!  After the picture, it was time to undo everything!  They changed back into their old clothes and carefully packed up the new dresses.  They rode the train back to Norwood and an uncle was there to pick them up.  What a long day!  But also, what a beautiful picture.

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Spring has sprung….not

So, just returned from a wonderful four day weekend at the beach.  Thursday was a bit cold, but Friday through Sunday were amazing.  Saturday and Sunday it was actually 78-80 degrees!  Needless to say, I’m more than ready for spring.  I understand it was warm here at home on Saturday, but about 10-15 degrees cooler on Sunday.  I spent the whole winter wishing for a snow, not minding the cold weather.  But now…I am done.  I’m ready for spring.  Daddy bought me some new capris and I’m set.

So what does a girl that’s totally done with winter do?  She wears her new capris and sandals.  What does the weather do?  Gets colder all day.  We ended up in the very low 40’s today…with rain.  Yep…Mother Nature said whaaaat?  I’m not done with you yet!

Fortunately, tomorrow is supposed to be back in the 60s…but it won’t last long.  So what does this girl do?  Does she continue to tell Winter to ‘bite me’ or dress appropriately again?

Come on Spring!  I’m ready!

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Still Pondering

I’m going to see how things go for the next few weeks as I ease back in to running and other exercise. I’ve been eating like crap (not compared to a year and a half ago, but compared to a 6 months to a year…yes). I haven’t been moving much because of this stupid toe. 

I’ve maintained a 55-60 pound loss for 6 months. I am still considered obese. The 15 pound loss would put me soundly inside of overweight. I haven’t even considered losing enough to get me into a ‘healthy’ weight range. 

So let’s see how the next few weeks go!

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The Dreaded Plateau

I think I’ve found my plateau. And I struggle. I’ve never tried really hard to lose weight. I ate better and exercised and the weight loss happened. Now, I think is where it gets hard. I’m not sure I want to lose 15-20 more pounds that badly. On the one hand, I do. But on the other, I’m healthier and fitter and between 55-60 pounds less than I was. Ugh…I would like to run more, but I can’t do that atm. Nothing else is really appealing to me atm. Such a quandary!

I’m super proud of how far I’ve come. But now, do I really want to work and lose more. And if I do, how hard will I want to work to keep it off.

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Stupid Toe

So week before last, right after returning from my half marathon, I stubbed my toe. I took a week off thinking I was giving it enough time to heal. I mean, it was a stubbed toe. Yes, a bad one, but I was fairly sure it wasn’t broken.

So last week I ran twice and did Zumba twice. By Sunday morning, I couldn’t get a shoe on my foot. I wore slippers to church. emoticon Yesterday I made a trip to the doctor. The prognosis…a sprained toe.

Who sprains their toe? Their pinky toe! What does this mean? I need to go easy for a few days to a few weeks. Kinda vague huh? All low impact. No running. So that screws up my running training schedule with my buddy. He said I could use the stationary bike and after some time walk on the treadmill. No elliptical, no impact in zumba.

I got up to go spinning this morning, but still no shoe will go on that foot. So, I’m waiting another day.

/sigh Yes, I’m bummed. Very bummed. I wanted to be back to where I could run an entire 5k at my new speedy pace (lol, it’s not fast by any one else’s standards!). That won’t be happening this month….or likely the next.

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My Half Marathon

was amazing. My dad and I got to the expo and he looked around and said, “This is a pretty big deal, huh?” I just laughed. He knew it was a big deal for me, but didn’t realize it was as big as it was.

I have been consumed with this half marathon for weeks. The last two weeks nearly driving the hubs crazy. he actually got out and power-walked with me to convince me that yes, I could indeed finish in the time allotted Part of that is a previous blog that never got done here. Maybe I’ll catch it up before posting. Of course, his powerwalking is my wogging pace!

My friend, her daughter, and I started at the back of the line. I told her I had to do intervals and she said she’d do it with me. Her daughter hadn’t ran at all in months. But she was getting in better shape through her PE’s. We weren’t the only ones timing, and that really screwed me up until I realized that it wasn’t my clock going off every time!

I pulled them through the first half. Encouraging, slowing down to walk some for the daughter. About mile 6, the daughters lagging more and more, not keeping up with the intervals and so my friend decides we’re just going to have to leave her. This pisses the daughter off and she comes back after us! As she catches up, we slow down for her.

The hubs and daddy are at the half way mark. I’m all smiles, feeling the best. After a brief convo, we strike out again and it hits me. I didn’t refuel quick enough and I crash. So now, it’s my friend pulling me. Encouraging me. Miles 8-10 were bad. I hurt, I was tired, my body couldn’t catch up with refueling. Ugh!

Thanks to my friend for pulling me through it. Ended up walking 2 minutes and running one. At mile 10, we could see the light at the end of the tunnel and started pushing through. We only had a 5k left! We still mostly did 1:2, but we did some 2:1 intervals. The miles at the end were longer than the ones at the beginning!

At the last water station, the fella told us we had 1.1 miles left to go. Whew! We made it! We were on cloud nine, and started pushing through that last mile. A half mile in to that, we saw the sign…the 12 mile sigh. Mentally, that messed with me. I didn’t know if I had .6 miles left or 1.1, but that distance kept getting longer. My friend pushed me, encouraged me, and drug me. And we went.

Finally, the finish line. I’m telling you, those miles and minutes kept getting longer and longer and longer! But I made it! And it felt fabulous!

After some retraining (another blog post), I’m ready to do it again. I’m not sure I’ll ever do a marathon, but halfs? Yep, I’m a half girl!

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