WHO: William Spence Davis, Sr. Father of William Spence, Jr., Marilee, and Suzanne Husband of Mary Sue Delozier Son of James Pinkney Davis and Sue Burns Davis
WHAT: Photograph taken on his farm at the foot of the Smokey Mountains in Maryville, Tennessee.
WHEN: Taken in the early 1950s by his daughter, Marilee.
WHERE: His grandson, Robert Allen "Bobby" Shubert remembered his mom going out into the cornfield and asking to take his picture. Bobby said "Grandpa said reluctantly, oh, alright!" He was cultivating the cornfield with his Oliver 66 tractor.
WHY: This is one of my favorites because my husband, Bobby, treasures it. He spent many summers working on the dairy farm with his grandpa, his uncle, cousins and little brother. He enjoyed those summers and has many stories about the times he and his brother spent there. Bobby drove that tractor, saying he spent many hours gazing at the Blue Ridge just over the rise, then looking back at the uneven rows of his plowing!
I enlarged this little 3 x 5 picture to an 8 x 10 for Shubert's Christmas present a year ago. He was so surprised he was nearly speechless. He proudly tells our visitors stories about the picture, the Oliver 66 and his time on the dairy.
When I began to publish my blog Genealogy Traces last year I combined my husband's and my families and their ancestral lines, but I have quickly come to realize it is too much for the readers of one blog. I will continue tracing my family names Richards, Puckett, Gailey, Stone, Homsley, Cook, Brooks, Brock, Rowbury, Rogers and others on Genealogy Traces but will be using this new blog to properly showcase my husband's family.
His family is from East Tennessee and points further east. Family lines I will be researching are Shubert, Davis, Burns, Delozier, Cusick, Reese, Hitch, Conner, Cofer, Cooley, Brock, Rogers, and Graves. Listed among their places of birth are Pennsylvania, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Cardiff, Wales.