Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Fearless Female Addilee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris, Late in Life



My maternal great-grandmother, Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977).  I'm not quite sure when or where this photo was taken, other than it appears to be later in her life.  This picture is in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016.


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Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Faces From the Past: Happy Birthday to My Fearless Female Sister!


My sister Karen and me at our maternal grandmother (Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald)'s home, 1118 Bay Oaks in Houston, Texas.  The slide this image comes from was stamped March 1965, so the photo was taken in or before that month.  Our mother, Geraldine Margaret Guokas Pape, made our jumpers of velveteen.  While not identical, they match of course - we are Irish twins, you know!


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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Fearless Female Addilee Harris, Date Unknown



My maternal great-grandmother, Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977).  I'm not quite sure when or where this photo was taken, other than she looks more or less like she does in a photo from about 1927-1929.  This picture is in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016.


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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Snow and Sunshine - Fearless Females Neva Marie and Florida "Sally" Wolfe, ABT 1930



According to the label on this picture (in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016), this is a photograph of my great aunt Neva Marie Wolfe Ely (1912-1995) and her sister-in-law, Florida Louise "Sally" Lasyone Wolfe (1911-1963).  The photo was taken at the "big white house, Pasadena, TX, around 1930, where Adilee & Charles Harris lived."

Adilee would be my great-grandmother Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977), and Charles Burroughs Harris would be her third husband (1887-1959).  On the 1930 Census, they were living (with Neva, who always went by Marie) on S. Shaver Street in Pasadena, Texas, so that is probably the house referred to.

The name Neva derives from the Latin word for snow, and of course Florida makes me think of sunshine, hence the title of this post.  I've written about Marie in a previous post; here's what I could learn about Sally.

Florida Louise "Sally" Lasyone was born April 24, 1911, in Verda, Grant Parish, Louisiana.  She was the fourth and youngest child of Florian "Foy" Lasyone (1860-1911), who died a month before she was born, and Mary Adeline Chelette (1866-1957).  I suspect that is why she was named Florida - to honor her father - but my mother knew her as Aunt Sally.

I don't know where Sally was in 1920.  I have not been able to find her, nor her mother, nor her older brother and sister in that census (another sister had died in 1900).  Family stories indicate that she married my great uncle, Lloyd L. Wolfe (1906-1993) on May 31, 1927, when she was just 16 years old.  I am guessing that they met because Sally was a first cousin to Peter Lee Chelette (1902-1997), who married Addilee's sister Pearl Vivian Shelton (1909-1923) the year before, on June 16, 1926.

By the time of the 1930 Census (taken on April ), Sally and Lloyd are living at 3303 Gano in Houston, with a family of four rooming with them.  By this time, Sally has already had one child who has died (based on the birth certificates of her two daughters).

Sally's and Lloyd's children were Jeannine Yvonne Wolfe Canaday Alton Coon Jefferis (1930-2008), and Joyce Elaine Wolfe Whitehead Simpson Starritt Taylor (1932-2011).  In the 1940 Census, the family is living at 4918 Wipprecht Street in Houston.

Sally died from leukemia on April 29, 1963, just after her 52nd birthday.  She is buried in Forest Park Cemetery in Houston.


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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: "Heart" - Fearless Female Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe, ABT 1919-1922



My maternal great-grandmother, Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977).  I'm not quite sure when or where this photo was taken, other than she looks more or less like she does in photos from about 1919 and about 1922.  No idea who wrote "Heart" on the photo.  This picture is in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sentimental Sunday: Fearless Female Addilee Shelton Harris' 83rd Birthday, 1973



Yesterday, March 4, was the birthday of my maternal great-grandmother, Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris.  She was born in 1890, in Sardis, Winn Parish, Louisiana, and died in Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, on August 22, 1977,  at the age of 87.  This photograph was taken when she was living with/near her son Lloyd L. Wolfe at Crystal Lakes Estates near Lake Livingston, Texas, where she lived at least 1973-1974.  This newspaper clipping is in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016.


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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Fearless Female Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe, ABT 1905-1909





My maternal great-grandmother, Addilee Tennessee Shelton Wolfe Odom Harris (1890-1977), taken in Winnfield, Louisiana, by traveling photographer J. H. McBride.  By the time of the 1910 Census (April 25 in their case), Addilee and family were living in Shreveport, so my guess is that this picture was taken sometime between 1905 (when she married my great-grandfather, Louis Henry Wolfe), and 1909.  This picture is in an album owned by my first cousin twice removed Shirley Thompson, which I got to see at a Shelton family reunion in June 2016.


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Saturday, February 25, 2017

Sibling Saturday: My Siblings, Probably August 1966



My siblings Karen (about 8), Mary (almost 2), Mark (age 6), and Brian (age 4), probably on Mark's birthday in August 1966 (the slide film was processed in December 1966).  That's my hands and legs and blue sleeve and hair on the far right.


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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: GEDmatch Eye Color Prediction - Mom

Did you know that if you upload DNA test results to GEDmatch, you can use an eye color prediction tool on their site?

According to the site, the eye color predictor works best with DNA results from 23andMe.  In addition, the utility "used samples from the GEDmatch database which consists mostly of European descendants. As such, it will be less accurate for other ancestries."

So, knowing this in advance, I ran the predictor on my mom's DNA test results.  I did her autosomal test with Ancestry.com, then uploaded the raw data to FamilyTree DNA, and then ran a separate mitochondrial test on a new sample there. I'm not sure if this predictor uses autosomal or mitochondrial DNA or both.

Mom is of mostly European extraction.  Here is the result:




The results page also provides the following information:

"Read rules from top to bottom. In some cases, a rule cancels out results from rules above it.

CT at: rs17762363 - Increased melanin production. Adds yellow, amber, or brown. Some darkening. Contributes to brown.
CC at: rs3794604 - Blocks some melanin. Often gives light colored eyes.
GG at: rs7174027 - Blocks some melanin. Often gives light colored eyes.
CC at: rs4778241 - Low Melanin. Basis for Gray, Blue, Green, or Yellow Eyes if no other pigmentation is present.
CT at: rs3947367 - Contrasting sphincter around pupil.
TT at: rs1129038 - Penetrance modifier. Blue.
GT at: rs1470608 - Medium melanin on Anterior Epithelium. Gives dark eyes.
AG at: rs11634406 - Flecks (Nevi).

8 rules were used to make this prediction. There are 61 active rules in our evaluation model, utilizing 41 SNPs.

Please note that your FTDNA Illumina results do not contain many of the SNPs used by this utility, and therefore a considerable amount of accuracy is lost."

And here is my mom's eye in a photograph from February 2017:




Another picture of her eye, this time from Thanksgiving Day, 2016.  I don't have any color photos that clearly show her eyes from her younger days.





The website asks you to rate the accuracy of the prediction.  Here are the choices:
  • It's exactly right.
  • Color is correct. It missed one or two tiny details, but it's very close.
  • Came close on the color(s), and got a lot of the details.
  • Got some of the colors in my eye, but missed a lot of details.
  • The color is not exactly close, but it's not a complete miss either.
  • The prediction missed the color completely, but it picked up a few other details.
  • Completely wrong. The color's not even close.
So what do you think?  Let me know in the comments!  I'm thinking this one is pretty close.


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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sibling Saturday: Mary and Mark, 1966


My youngest sister Mary and my brother Mark, sometime during or before December 1966, based on the processing date on the slide mount.  I think this was Mark's birthday in August 1966, based on the gifts behind him.  My parents gave me the piece of furniture they are standing in front of (a mahogany china cabinet), and I had it until late December 2005, just before I moved back home to Texas from Washington state.

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