Never Forget

“Never Forget!”

Rode past an elementary school this morning; US flag at half-mast…for about 3 seconds I wondered why.

Today is the 11th of September, it is hard to fatham that it has been 18 years since that horrible morning.

For younger people, that represents their lifetime (or more) — for me, it seems too “fresh” a memory to be from that many years ago.

How will I hold this day is reverance for the many lost souls for that day? Sitting quietly, at the keyboard — listening to the wall of wind-up clocks tick (tick, tick). I try to make some sense of what if anything remains of the unity that that attack brought to this country.

On a more personal note: that was also the year (within several weeks) that my maternal grandmother died. So, the grief was compounded, and my emotions shut down for a while, from the overload.

“9/11” — So many, gave so much to save the ones trapped in that horrible attack; some eventually lost their lives due to the hazards the walked through to get the(se) survivors. Families of these first-responders have sought “a little repsect” and some financial help to care for the responders’ health/medical issues. Some progress has been made…maybe.

As for bringing the “culprits” of this horrible attack to justice?

I have my doubts the ring-leaders ever got what they should have. Too much has been swept away by time, “spin control”, and desires to keep the armed conflict going — in the name of justice.

18 years — Have we found justice for this attack?
Unity was the strongest response to this terror attack; unity in standing up to an un-seen ‘terrrorist group’ — saying “we will not be intimidated!”

How do you view the anniversary of the foreign-backed attack, on US soil?

I will keep the day as one of quiet reflection, as long as I am able — at some point I am sure the silent vigil will be broken; by a beep, ding, or telephone ring…until then I will sit quietly, and remember.

— C A Abernathy


Well, we did get the trailer off-loaded today.

Got settled in here, after doing lunch at Li’s Place (Buffet) in Alexandria.

I wanted to get the windows 10 laptop hooked up to an external monitor, but the one closest that I plugged in does not seem to agree with the windows 10 computer [or the OS, Hard drive or something else has gone daffy on it].

It is above 75 degree upstairs, but the should not be enough of a heat factor, for the laptop. [It did have to do a ‘drive scan’ sometime last week].


Maybe I should be doing an incremental backup just to be on the safe side. [Have software that should be doing that already, but I don’t really trust it completely.

Okay, so I am rambling yet again.

The laptop has had several minutes of rest, let’s see what it does, now. Shall we?

— C A Abernathy

11 pictures for you

A few family snaphots from my older PC hard drive.


The Historic Tutwiler Hotel | Birmingham365 [Link/Snippet]


I am doing research about this structure — a friend has recently become the owner of a key “from the front door of the Tutwiler Hotel…” Wanted to see what information I could find, to add to a frame display to accompany the key.

— C A Abernathy


The Tutwiler Hotel was first envisioned by Robert Jemison, Jr., who later became the Vice-President of the hotel company, as a facility that would help Birmingham attract meetings and visitors. He wanted to convince the American Iron and Steel

[…complete text on source site…]

Source: The Historic Tutwiler Hotel | Birmingham365

RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: Epperson and Sanders Family Tree [Excerpt/Note/Leads — LINK] Cherokee in Alabama

ID: I0541
Name: John Buck Blankenship
Sex: M
Birth: 1793 in Green County, Georgia
Birth: 1793
Death: 8 OCT 1857 in Coosa County, Alabama
Born in 1793 in VA? (per White Book) he served with the Tennessee Volunteers during the Creek Civil War. Moved to Shelby County, AL after his marriage .
Returned to Cherokee Nation in 1835 to settle the estate of his father-in-law. When he returned to Alabama he brought 3 of his wife’s sisters with his family and settled in the new land of Coosa County, AL

He assisted other Cherokee mixed families in relocating to the area.

Anna, Morning, and Jane Thompson were his wife’s sisters.

John was instrumental in the relocation of certain Cherokee people who wished to escape the forced removal of the government. He was married to Millie Thompson, a full blooded Cherokee and the daughter of Capt. John Thompson, a Cherokee officer.

Upon learning that all Indians and those married to Indians were to be removed to the Oklahoma territory, he conspired with Chief Whitepath to help those who wanted to escape this process.

They were headed for the Creek lands that were now vacant due to the Creek War. (The Cherokee people were the instrument used by the U. S. Government to remove the Creek from their lands)

In conjunction with Henry Blankenship, Chief Whitepath, and a minister called preacher Foscue, John orchestrated the move of the Cherokee fleeing the removal. Once in the State of Alabama, preacher Foscue would marry the Indians and the Whites and Henry Blankenship, a county commissioner would arrange for them to get clear title to land.

Source: “The White Family Record” – Thomas (Ridge) White Oct, 25, 1995

[…much more on original site]

Source: RootsWeb’s WorldConnect Project: Epperson and Sanders Family Tree