Monday, December 1, 2008

Holiday Recipes

It's that time of year again - more great holiday recipes from!

Thanks to Darlene Mitcham for sharing these recipes with us again this year.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Grouply has been known to grab e-mail lists and send out bogus invitations. If you get an invitation to join Grouply, proceed with caution. Better yet, don't join at all!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Obituary for Carl Dean Munsell, Sr.

From: The Topeka Capital Journal
Carl Dean Munsell, Sr.

Carl Dean Munsell, Sr. went home to be with his beloved Mildred on Tuesday, October 14, 2008. He was born July 28, 1926 in Cunningham, Kentucky. He served in the United States Navy as a Navy Seal and was a P.O.W. of WWII. Carl married Mildred Hardten on May 19, 1946 in Grantville, Ks. She preceded him in death on January 17, 2005. Survivors include his son, Charles D. Munsell (Kelli) of Topeka; eight grandchildren, the 4 Ts, Travis, Trent, Tori, and Tyler, and Loudean, James, Connie, and Evelyn; eleven great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a son, Carl Dean Munsell, Jr. in 2006, his daughter, Connie Lea Munsell in 1971, and a grandson, Kevin Dean Munsell in 2005. He loved his family, his country, his flag, and the freedom he fought for. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, October 18, 2008 at Penwell-Gabel Parker Price Chapel, 245 NW Independence, Topeka. Interment with military honors will be at Topeka Cemetery. Mr. Munsell will lie in state after 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home where the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. To leave a special message for the family online, visit .

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Does Anyone Know Nora?

Texas Deaths, 1890-1976
Infant Baby Shipp (female)
Date of Death: 26 Jan 1913
Place of Death: San Saba County, Texas
Date of Birth: 14 Jan 1912
Birthplace: New Locker, Texas
Cause of Death: Pneumonia
Father: Charles Shipp - Locker, Texas (Informant)
Born: Texas
Born: Texas

If anyone has information on Nora Munsell and family please contact Nancy West or Nancy Cunningham.

Nancy West

Nancy Cunningham

Monday, August 11, 2008

New COWHEY (COWEY) Mailing List

For our Cowey cousins...

Did you know that the Cowey family has a new Mailing List on RootsWeb? It is listed as COWHEY but is for all Cowey name variations. This is another great place to leave messages because your postings will be fully searchable on the Internet. Hope to see you there!

To learn more about the COWHEY (COWEY) Mailing List, go to: .

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Paul Munsell Death, brother to Ilous Munsell

From: Dillard Munsell
Aug. 9, 2008 12:15 PM
Subject: Paul Munsell Death, brother to Ilous Munsell

Paul Muncell
Saturday, August 09, 2008

CLINTON, Ky. - - - Services for Paul C. Muncell, 96, of Grand Prairie, Texas, formerly of Clinton, will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Arlington. The Revs. Larry Byassee and Scott Ballard will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Bardwell.
He died at 9:35 p.m. July 30 at the Metroplex Nursing & Rehab Center in Grand Prairie. Mr. Muncell was a retired nurse. He was a member of the Assembly of God in Clinton.
Survivors include one son, Larry Muncell of Lewisvile, Texas; one sister, Vurvle Moyers of Louisville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Dolly Lavern Fuller Muncell; two sons, Charles Richard Muncell and Thomas Dale Muncell; one sister; and two brothers. His parents were Razzie Muncell and Captola Gray Muncell.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 this evening at the funeral home.
Dillard Munsell

A Note from Nancy: Once again, we extend our condolences to Dillard Munsell and his family for their loss.

Friday, August 8, 2008

Ilous Nevel Munsell

From: Dillard Munsell
Aug. 5, 2008 8:20 PM
Subject: Ilous Nevel Munsell

Saturday, July 26, 2008
The Paducah Sun

CUNNINGHAM, Ky. - - - Ilous Nevel Munsell, 94, of Cunningham died at 4:55 a.m. Friday at the Parkview Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Paducah.
Mr. Munsell was retired from farming and from the Deena Lamp Factory. He was a former boilermaker for TVA and a member of Family Chapel.
He is survived by two daughters, Shelba Jane Berry of Cunningham and Linda Faye Selman of West Paducah; one son, Dillard A. Munsell of Waterloo, Ill.; one sister, Vurvel Moyers of Bardwell; one brother, Paul Munsell of Texas; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-children; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Marylee Modell Gunn Munsell; one son, Dewayne Munsell; one sister Virge; and one brother Curtis Monroe Munsell. His parents were Razzie and Captola Gray Munsell.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Milner & Orr Funeral Home in Bardwell. The Rev. Mark Burnett will officiate. Burial will be in Zoar Cemetery.
Friends may call at 10 a.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Dillard Munsell

A Note from Nancy: Our condolences go out to Dillard Munsell and his family for the loss of his father.

Happy Birthday to John Marshall

John Marshall, our premier researcher on the line of Cyrus/Silas Munsell of Kentucky, will be 80 years old tomorrow. Happy Birthday, John!

New Casner Web Page

Do you have a Casner family connection with the Munsell(e)s? Nancy Cunningham has created a new web page for the Casners:

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Update on New Web Page

Nancy Cunningham has just released this update on our new web page, Munsell/Munselle Family Genealogy:

We are pleased to announce a new Munsell family web page. We are happy that it now includes a guest book, web album of over 500 photos, and a wiki where any researcher can add their own page, comments and collaborate with others. You can find the page here:

The snip url is here: [www_griffincunningham_net]

If you have a Munsell(e) family connection we want to hear from you! Our branch of the Munselles moved to Texas from Jefferson County, Illinois and Licking County, Ohio in the late 1890s and continued to live there through 1990s. Some of the connected families are: Shipp, Casner, Cowey, King, Ransom, Smith, Odom, Bollinger, Estes and many others.
My most recent gedcom is up and you can check the surnames here to see if we have a connection:

Please contact me, Nancy C. or my research partner of 20 years Nancy W. for more information:

Nancy Cunningham

Nancy West
(That is a zero after the "t" in tourgirl.)

Friday, August 1, 2008

Mary Griffen Munsell family history...from g.g. granddaughter

July 30, 2008 4:57 PM
Subject: Mary Griffen Munsell family history...from g.g. granddaughter

Hello Nancy,
I have been working on my families genealogy and think I can help with the Mary Griffen lineage.

I am "Mary Elizabeth Griffen Butler Munsell's" great, great Granddaughter. See Mary's first marriage was to my great, great grandfather, William A. Butler and it produced my great-grandfather, Oscar Leroy Butler. They were divorced and Mary married Lewis B. Munsell (b. Oct 1848)...they had 3 children Earl Lewis Munsell (died in his mid-20s), Walter E. Munsell (b. Sept. 13, 1899 and d. Mar 1980), and Leslie Munsell (died as a baby).

Mary was born on May 26, 1859 in West Stockbridge, MA and her parents names were PHIL C. Griffen and Almura E. Gould. Mary died in Apr 5, 1939.

I should have more info. down the road as I have personally met one of Walter E. Munsell's sons, Richard Munsell.

Look forward to hearing of any information you might be able to share with me too.

Jill Lundberg

New Web Page: Munsell/Munselle Family Genealogy

We have a new web page designed for Munsell(e) researchers! It is still under construction but you can use it now. This is the place to lookfor quick links and information on the line of Lorenzo Dow Munselle of Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. Please take a look and let us know if you have any comments, additions, or corrections.

NOTE: Don't forget to sign our Guest Book! You can also leave messages for other Munsell(e) descendants in the Guest Book and we will pass them along.

The new web page can be found at:

Monday, July 28, 2008

Correction: Picasa Website

Try that again: Picasa website is at

New Photo Website

We have a new photo website on Picasa at:

If you would like your photos included on this site, please send them to Nancy Cunningham or Nancy West, or if you are a member you can post them to the MyFamily Munselle and other connected families website.

Nancy Cunningham:

Nancy West

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Lorenzo Dow Munselle: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

I am going to start posting this information on my branch of the Lorenzo Dow Munselle family of Texas. Nancy Cunningham and I have most of the Death Certificates in our files, so if you have not been able to visit the website we will be happy to send you a copy of any Death Certificate that you might need. I urge everyone who is doing Texas or other research to visit the website and obtain these Death Certificates while they are available free at:

Lorenzo Dow Munselle
Texas Deaths, 1890-1976

Name: Lorenzo Dow Munselle
Death date: 13 Apr 1907
Death place: Near Richland Springs, San Saba, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): White
Age at death: 79 years 3 months 12 days
Estimated birth year: 1828
Birth date:
Birth place: America
Marital status:
Spouse name:
Father name:
Father birth place:
Mother name:
Mother birth place:
Residence: near Richland Springs, Tex
Cemetery name:
Burial place:
Burial date:
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2050091
Digital GS number: 4165842
Image number: 1208
Reference number: v X cn 50491

*Death Certificate on file.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

John G. Munselle New Web Page

Nancy Cunningham has created a new web page on the Munselle/Munsell Family Website for Dr. John G. Munselle. John was the brother of Lorenzo Dow Munselle of Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas. You will enjoy viewing this page even if you are not a member of the Texas Munselle branch of the family.

See it at:

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Obituary for Thomas Monroe Munselle

This is my grandfather's obituary.

June 1963
San Saba, Texas

Rites Held for Former Grocer

Funeral services for Thomas Monroe Munselle, 74, a grocer here for the past nine years, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Howell-Doran Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Melvin Williams, pastor of the Assembly of God Church, with burial in City Cemetery.

Howell-Doran Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Munselle, who had been in ill health for the past several months, died early Saturday in a local nursing home where he had been a patient two weeks.

He was born Nov. 22, 1888, in Dewitt county. He and the former Mary Viola Hare were married July 21, 1912 , in Wilson.

He came to San Saba about nine years ago and first operated a grocery store and station at the location presently occupied by Davidson's. He later built a building near his home on Pecan St. where he operated a neighborhood grocery store.

Survivors include his wife; two son [sic], Charles R. Munselle of Amarillo and James A. Munselle of Detroit, Mich.; two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth Williams of Big Spring and Mrs. Iva Brady of San Saba; a brother, Harvey Munselle of Austin; three sisters, Mrs. Dewey Wilkerson of Llano, Mrs. Edna McKinney of Kenedy and Mrs. Arlena Padgett of Angleton; and nine grandchildren.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Townes Van Zandt Biography

Excerpts: full text available at

...Townes was born on March 7, 1944. He lived in a number of areas growing up, but is most strongly associated with the Houston/Austin axis of the '70s, and has lived in Nashville since the 1980s. Although none of his recordings sold extremely well, several of his songs have been major hits for other artists ( especially Pancho & Lefty and If I Needed You). He toured the world regularly, usually appearing alone with his guitar, although he has appeared with Guy Clark on some tours, and fronted various acoustic and electric bands, mostly throughout the 1980s.

More on Townes' lineage and biographical data (provided by the Van Zandt Society and Jeanene Van Zandt, updated 5/26/01 with info provided by Robert Hardy):

...Jacob Van Zandt Sr. was born about 1750, came from Holland with the Moravian Colony that settled in Pennsylvania and later moved to North Carolina. He married Catherine Moon of Virginia who was born in 1751. About the beginning of the 19th century they moved to Franklin County, TN. Both are buried in Salem TN.

Jacob Van Zandt Jr. was born in 1786 and died in 1834. He married Mary Isaacs, born in 1795 and died in 1840. Both are buried in Salem TN.

Isaac Van Zandt was born in Franklin County, TN July 10, 1812. In 1833 he married Francis Cooke Lipscomb born 18 in 1816. He died October 11, 1847 and is buried in Marshall, TX. She died in Fort Worth in 1909 and is buried in Oakwood Cemetery there.

Isaac Lycurgus Van Zandt was born January 5, 1840. He married Ellen Henderson who was born in 1849 in Shelby County TX. He died in 1935 and both are buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Ft. Worth.

Townes' paternal grandparents were: William Liscomb Van Zandt was born Feb. 3, 1875 in Tarrant County TX. He married Bell Wiliams [born June 30, 1882] also of Tarrant County TX. He died April 8, 1948. She died in Feb. 24, 1965. Both are buried in Dido Cemetery, Tarrant County.

Townes' parents were: Harris Williams Van Zandt born 1913 in Dido Community, Tarrant County, TX. He married Dorothy Townes of Houston, TX in 1940. He died in Houston in Jan. 1966, and she in Sept. 1983. Both are buried in River Oaks Cemetery in Houston.

...Townes third and final marriage was on March 14, 1983 in Austin to Jeanene Munselle, who was born in Corpus Christi, TX . on February 21, 1957. They produced a son and daughter, William Vincent Van Zandt born March 24, 1983 and Katie Bell Van Zandt born February 14, 1992, all living as of 2001. They were divorced May 2, 1994 and lived apart for the last three and a half years of Townes' life, she in Smyrna, Tennessee, and he in Nashville (briefly), and then in Mt Juliet, Tennessee.

Townes died at his house on the lake in Mt Juliet, TN of either a heart attack or a blood clot following hip surgery on New Years Day, 1997, the same day his idol, Hank Williams, passed away. Some of his remains (ashes) are buried in Dido Cemetery, Tarrant County, Texas.

Much more biographical information can be found on the Blue Sky and Lone Star Webstation websites.

Townes Van Zandt - Blue Sky Homepage:

A Lone Star Webstation:

Jeanene Van Zandt's website
Townes Van Zandt Central:

The Official Townes Van Zandt MySpace Page (Townes Van Zandt Central):

Will Van Zandt (Townes' son), showcasing his artwork:

Friday, April 25, 2008

Jeanene Munsell and John "Townes" Van Zandt

Descendants of Harvey Otto (H. O.) Munselle:

Jeanene Munsell (Melvin2, Harvey Otto (H. O.)1) was born on 20 Feb 1957 in Nueces Co., TX. She was the daughter of Melvin Munsell (1928-2003) and Delores Pauline Zoch. Jeanene married John "Townes" Van Zandt, well-known musician and poet, on 14 Mar 1983 in Austin, Travis Co., TX, son of Harris Williams Van Zandt and Dorothy Townes. John was born on 7 Mar 1944 in Houston, Harris Co., TX, died on 1 Jan 1997 in Tennesse at age 52, and was buried in Dido Cemetery, Tarrant Co., TX.

Children from this marriage were:

1. William Vincent Van Zandt, born on 24 Mar 1983 in Austin, Travis Co., TX.

2. Katie Bell Van Zandt, born on 14 Feb 1992 in Austin, Travis Co., TX.

Line of Harvey Otto (H. O.) Munselle:
1. Lorenzo Dow Munselle (1828-1907) of Richland Springs, San Saba Co., TX and 1st wife, Phydelia Smith (1830 - )
2. James Lawrence (Jim) Munselle (1864-1934) and 2nd wife, Margaret Josephine (Maggie) Patterson (1875-1837)
3. Harvey Otto (H.O) Munselle (1894-1974). Harvey Otto (H. O.) Munselle married Mattie Jewell Neyland (1894-1976), daughter of Warren Joshua Neyland and Martha Bernetta Winn.

Thanks very much to Nancy Cunningham for sharing her excellent research on this family.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Aaron Prescott: Ancestor for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas

From: Nancy Cunningham
4/13/2008 8:44 AM
Subject: FW: Maxwell or Prescott Family

Maxwell comes in with Eddie Cleo [Munsell] dau of LD Jr. [Munsell] and Winnie Bollinger
As you can see anyone descended from that group would become a daughter of the Rep of Texas

From: Leonard Oliver
Sent: Sunday, April 13, 2008 9:27 AM
To: Nancy Cunningham
Subject: RE: Maxwell or Prescott Family

Thank you for sending me the info on the Prescott's. I recently proved Aaron up as an ancestor for the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. Anyone descended from him would be eligible. If you or any of the relatives you are in contact with would be interested I would be happy to help you. I am the organizing President and Registrar of a Brady [Texas] Chapter. I recently met our cousin Georgia Cowart and she gave me many Prescott pictures most of which I have posted in Ancestry.Com. not all yet.
Mary Ann [Maxwell] Oliver
your distant cousin


1. Lorenzo Dow Munselle of Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas and second wife Margaret Emily Dirickson Bodine
2. Lorenzo Dow Munsell, Jr. and Winnie Bolinger
Born: 12 July 1915
Richland Springs, San Saba County, Texas
Died: 27 Feb 1984
Crane, Crane County, Texas

Spouse: Beason D. Sheppard
Born: 10 June 1910
Died: 12 Jan 1974
San Saba, San Saba County, Texas

Married: 29 July 1933

Parents of Beason D. Sheppard:
Father: Thomas J. Sheppard
Born: 1878

Spouse: Leona M. Maxwell
Born: 28 June 1881
San Saba County, Texas

Married: 25 May 1902

Parents of Leona M. Maxwell:
Father: Thomas Wallace Maxwell
Born: 09 Apr 1856
Abingdon, Washington County, Virginia
Died: 27 Jan 1946
San Saba County, Texas

Mother: Texana Prescott
Born: 24 Mar 1860
Goldthwaite, Brown County, Texas

Married: 18 Apr 1877
San Saba County, Texas

Parents of Texana Prescott:
Father: Aaron Prescott
Born: 1822
Died: in San Saba County, Texas
Burial: IOOF Cemetery (now San Saba City Cemetery)

Mother: Arzula May Feazle
Born: 1838
Died: 14 Sep 1913
San Saba County, Texas

Married: 1854

For more information on the Munsell(e) family, see:

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Munsell(e) and connected families Obits

We have just acquired a collection of Munsell(e) and connected families obituaries from San Saba County, Texas. They are on the Munselle Family website at:

We have obituaries for the following persons:
T.W. Maxwell - 7 Feb 1946
Thomas Wallace Maxwell - 31 Jan 1946
John Munsell 11 Apr 1930 (from IL)
Lorena Munsell - 14 Mar 1998
Louis Edgar Munsell - 6 Apr 1939
Lusetta Holliday Munsell 8 Feb 1930 (from IL)
Margaret Emily D. Munsell - 11 Dec 1902
Sarah Jane Estes (Mrs T.T.) Munsell - 10 Mar 1910
Ransom Munsell - 6 June 1929 (One and Two)
Thomas T. Munsell - 1 Aug 1923
Willie Pearl Munsell - 30 Mar 1939
Mrs Tom Munselle
May (Mrs W.O.) Shipp Munselle - 4 May 1916
Beason Sheppard - 17 Jan 1974
Marion Shipp - 31 Apr 1966 (One and Two)
Jack Spurlock - 25 Aug 1966
Julia Terry - 12 Jul 1934

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Announcing the End of an Era

From: Ancestry.Com
Dec. 19, 2007

Online Family Tree is retiring shortly - but don't worry, we've got a plan in place to help you transition to the free and easy to use Ancestry Member Trees.

You can make the transition anytime between now and March 2008. After that point you'll no longer be able to open or edit your file using Online Family Tree.

Questions? Concerns? Comments? Check out our blog post on this topic to get more information:

NOTE*: The moving process looks complicated at first but it's really very easy. Just follow the links! I moved all nine of my trees yesterday and it went without a hitch.Don't put off moving your family trees until it's too late.