Saturday we learned that Marjorie passed away during the night. This news was received with great sadness, but it was also occasion to reflect on a special and remarkable person. Marjorie was a woman who, possibly more than any I’ve known, could not have been faulted for a nihilistic view of life, from the hardships and tragedies it dealt her. But, that was not Marjorie, not at all. She was always buoyant, animated, even exuberant. I can’t recall her complaining about anything; I can recall her enthusiasm about family, golf, cards, everything. She could talk about anything; the breadth of her knowledge and scope of her conversationalism often left me hard pressed to keep up.
I don’t think anybody could intimidate her; yet she was unpretentious and unassuming. She could cut through any kind of hodge podge and make a point with succinct and incontrovertible insight; yet she was empathetic and open minded. I think above all else she valued and treasured family. In this regard, I feel like I let her down. She would never say so, of course; if somebody sought forgiveness she would insist there was nothing to forgive. So, let me add magnanimous to the list of qualities that made her so special. As so often happens at the loss of a loved one, I wish I had spent more time with her, in person or even just by phone. Any time spent with Marjorie was time well spent. I miss her already; a lot.
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I received an email from our cousin Adrian Sheppard, who visited the UK last year. While there, he located a document about the history of the Hillesley Baptist Church, with the following entry:
Hillesley Baptist Church 1730-1980, by Kathleen CHAPPELL Page 18. “Three members, Frank Cooper, George Davis and Jesse Chappell, emigrated to America in 1906. George Davis later returned from Missouri, bringing an American wife. Frank Cooper trained for the ministry, achieved his doctorate and was for many years a Baptist minister in Decatur and in Princeton, Illinois. Jesse Chappell also became a Baptist minister but did not keep in contact with this Church, so no details of his ministry are known.”
Adrian was also kind enough to provide a certificate of birth for Jesse’s sister, Georgina. The following links will bring up either a jpg image or pdf file. Note the absence of identification of the father, as was the case with Jesse’s certificate. It indicates the father’s occupation as “domestic servant”, however, this may actually have referred to Charlotte rather than the father. I’ve noticed, however, that the certificate gives Georgina’s date of birth as Jan. 1, 1807, obviously an error. The upper portion of the certificate recites that it’s an 1861 birth which is consistent with information we already had. Note, also, that her birth name is given as Georgina Rose, rather than Sarah. One of Jesse’s brothers, Charles, had children whom he named “Jesse” and “Rose”, apparently naming them after his brother and sister.
One of my projects for the day was launching the Chappell Famly Calendar. Google launched its Calendar feature a few weeks ago, touting it as useful for groups such as clubs, teams, organizations, etc. It immediately struck me as holding great potential for families. We’ll see. I fear it may turn out to be about as popular as the famly blog. However, for those who already have a Google account, such as Gmail, and who already have their own Google Calendars, this synchronizes very nicely. Although I’ve been playing around a bit with my own Google Calendar, I haven’t actually adopted it as my main calendar, yet. I can see, though, that I might eventually do so. Besides sending “alerts” of upcoming events via email, it can also send text messages via cell phone. I gotta say, those Google folks are going places. I may even switch from Yahoo go Google for my browser default home page. Maybe it’s not actually too late to buy stock and still see impessive gains. However, if I buy their stock, it will be the kiss of death.
Speaking of browsers, I’ve been using the Avant browser a lot lately. It runs off the Internet Explorer engine, but has features that give Firefox a run for the money (it’s free, BTW). If nothing else, it seems to me to be a bit faster than Firefox.
And speaking of genealogy, there haven’t been any developments along that line for some time now. Hmm. Mayhaps I should renew contact with a few of those newfound relatives that cropped up a while back.