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Wordless Wednesday – Unidentified Photo #5

Featuring unidentified photos from our collection.

Photograph of Unknown Cassity Kin, Cassity Family Photos; privately held R. A. Cathcart, Highland Mills, New York, 2012. This series of 4, 3×3.25 photographs has no writing on the reverse to identify the individuals or timeframe. This collection of photographs from the estate of Alice Lucille (Flowers) Cassity (1911-1993) was passed from M. (Dixon) Flowers (1921- ) from whom the current owner received them.

Photograph of Unknown Cassity Kin, Cassity Family Photos; privately held R. A. Cathcart, Highland Mills, New York, 2012. This series of 4, 3×3.25 photographs has no writing on the reverse to identify the individuals or timeframe. This collection of photographs from the estate of Alice Lucille (Flowers) Cassity (1911-1993) was passed from M. (Dixon) Flowers (1921- ) from whom the current owner received them.

A Second Bradley Connection

Email-buttonLast week’s post regarding our Bradley-Covington crossover point came down to one specific element – A Cousin Connection.  In case you missed it you can read that entry here:

“The Link That Locks The Lines”

I’m in New York, the folks in this tree are almost entirely Deep South. I get home so seldom I am loath to give up any of my visiting time to research. Which means most of this work is done on the internet. Texas is pretty good for records online, Louisiana is fair and Mississippi is downright awful. I rely heavily on those kind souls who are seeking their place in our shared heritage to tell me their stories. Sherry Rhodes was not the only cousin to reach out to me through this site in April.

Kim Parker, who also decends from the Tolbert Bradley line, was kind enough to share information regarding her little piece of our tree. You wont notice the additional information much as the folks she updated me on are living. But to me, her information was invaluable. Names, dates, places, parent-child relationships…all things I might not have discovered for years on my own.

Armed with new information and fresh motivation I’ll be installing an updated database this week. I’ll also be rejoining the Wordless Wednesday blog prompt with more unidentified photos.

My most sincere thanks to those who contribute. Without you, this site wouldn’t exist.

Rorey Cathcart

Copyright (c) 26 August 2013

The Link That Locks The Lines

Linking the Covingtons and Bradleys

Copyright (c) P S Cathcart, 11 August 2013

It is beyond cliché that we southerners are all related. My English teacher was a cousin. A couple of my best friends and a boyfriend were cousins. Heck, if you dig in the roots deep enough I think even my stepdaddy and I are cousins. That’s just what you get when you hail from a small, rural area.

A cousin here, a cousin there…but where do my two lines cross?

Clarence Covington (1891-1929) was said to have married Clara A Bradley (1894-1981). My original source for Clara’s maiden name was family interviews. While researching the Bradley lines, an Altha C Bradley was never attached to a marriage of her own. Clara A vs. Altha C – I’d always suspected they were one in the same but as this was early in my research I let myself get distracted by some other shiny new thing and poor Clara/Altha languished unresolved.

Enter Sherry Rhodes.

Sherry is a Covington descendant. She found us here at Lore and was kind enough to reach out via our email contact. We shared pictures and stories and questions galore. I hope I was helpful to her. I know she was helpful to me. Quoting from her mother via our email exchange dated April 27:

“…Clara A. Bradley had a sister named “Neva” Bradley.  My Mother says that “Tall” Bradley was Clara and Neva Bradleys’ Father.  Mother also told me that Clara and Neva had a brother named “Teen”…”

What’s that you say, dear cousin? “Of course, everybody knows that…”  To which I would reply: Feel free to share anytime, I’d love to hear from you, but I didn’t know.

So now it’s time to chase the paper.

Knowing and showing are two different things. I have very little beyond census records for either lady which lacks the detail we need.  I don’t know when or where Clarence and Clara were married making it difficult to justify ordering microfilms. However we are not without options. The wonderful folks at the Franklin Parish GenWeb have plenty of obituaries transcribed. My first order of business will be to begin searching for obituaries on all of Tolbert Bradley’s family. Mentions of Clara Covington or Mrs. Clarence Covington should give me the indirect evidence I need to pin this down.

In the meantime, just for fun I put together how our tree would look if I can prove Clara and Altha to be one in the same. I’m at the very bottom. Covingtons are in pink, Bradleys in blue:

Covington Bradley Linked Tree

Rorey Cathcart

Copyright (c) 18 August 2013

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Citation for this post is: Rorey Cathcart, “The Link That Locks The Lines” posted 18 August 2013, Lore, Legends and Lies ( : accessed [DD Month YYY]).

We’re Just Not There Yet…

We’re Just Not There Yet…

I thought I’d take a moment to update you on why Lore has been on hiatus for awhile.

I feel the site has turned out beautifully overall. Hopefully you find it pleasant to look at, easy to navigate and most of all, useful. Unfortunately, the TNG(database)+Wordpress(blog) integration simply hasn’t worked as anticipated. Only the blog half of the equation has been properly indexing in Google. This limits the ability of newcomers and fellow researchers to find us here. On the web, if people can’t find you, you might as well not exist. For a few short weeks more we are trying to make the existing site work. If we are unsuccessful we might try a less elegant work around. Ultimately though, the database is the essential element of the site. If I have to, I will revert to a database-only set up. Thank you for sticking it out with me.

I’ve uploaded a new, work-in-progress database today to give you a feel for how an individual’s timeline and source citations are changing.


There are some odd issues with timelines I’m searching for work arounds on. In some instances, burial sorts before death. Any notes associated with a death event are automatically labeled as the cause of death. Most frustrating to me, marriages do not show up as an event within the timeline but rather are solely in the family segments after the timeline. I’ll continue to play around with solutions.


  • By the Genealogical Proof Standard, RootsMagic allows me to define for each asserted fact whether the source is original or derivative, the information is primary or secondary and the evidence is direct or indirect. However, this Quality Rating feature translates in gedcom to TNG as a Reliability Scale of 1-3. That 1-3 scale really isn’t very informative to you, the reader.
  • The new citation style is currently preceded by an asterisk (*) to help you differentiate between the old generated citations and the new, corrected citations. This mix of old and new will persist for some time to come. It’s a large database with much correction work yet to do.
  • Some citations will start with generic category words such as *Burial. Louisiana. This is a product of how I organize my sources within RootsMagic. If you are interested in lifting a citation but aren’t sure how much of it is relevant, please email me. I’d be happy to clarify for you.
  • In addition to the homepage links within a citation, I have tried to include direct links. These will be preceded by either $$$$ or FREE so that you may know in advance if the links take you to a subscription service.


While I work to clean up citations and research for each individual within our database, I am simultaneously adding them to a clean version of the database. When I’ve reached a critical point of correction on the major lines I’ll switch to uploading only that clean database. This is the best, easiest way to deal with the many problems associated with the original download. It will eliminate the stray media links, unused/incorrect source citations and the many stray notes that I can never really quite seem to delete.

As part of that clean database, I’ve decided to eliminate from upload all contemporary generations. By way of example: my grandfather Preston Shivers, my grandmother, aunts and uncles will be included (with the living properly privatized). The spouses and children of my aunts and uncles will no longer be included. These contemporary generations, living or deceased, will be updated in a separate database off the web. I believe this adjustment is the best solution to both keeping track of these generations for myself and protecting their privacy. How – and when – those folks will filter back into the primary database is yet to be determined.

If you’d like to see some of these changes to the timeline and citations in action see any of the following individuals:

Charles Gordon Cassity, Jr., Leamon Carl Shivers, Charles Gordon Cassity, Sr. or Preston David Shivers.

Copyright (c) 10 March 2013, Rorey Cathcart

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Rorey Cathcart, “We’re Just Not There Yet…” posted 10 March 2013, Lore, Legends and Lies, ( : accessed [DD Month YYYY]).

Wordless Wednesday – Unidentified Photo #4

Featuring unidentified photos in our collections


Wordless Wednesday Unknown Shivers Kin

Unknown Shivers Kin


Photograph of Unknown Shivers Kin, Shivers Family Photos; privately held R. A. Cathcart, Highland Mills, New York, 2011. This 3×4 photograph has no writing on the reverse to identify the individuals or timeframe. This collection of photographs from the estate of Ella May (Shivers) Williams (1903-1999) was passed from B. J. (Williams) Crowley (1931- ) to B. A. (Jeager) Norleen (1954- ) from whom the current owner received them.