Friday, September 04, 2015

After Two Weeks

In case you've been wondering exactly where Raf and I have been spending a portion of each day for the past two weeks, wonder no more.  I was prescribed antibiotic infusions for my ongoing UTI that has been plaguing me since last February.  

Since neither Mineral Wells, nor Weatherford, has an infusion clinic, I had the option of driving an hour into Fort Worth in city traffic each day or going up to Graham, Texas, a forty-minute trip with little traffic.

And what did I choose?  Graham, of course.  Our daughter, Christi, recommended Harmony House, and it was an excellent recommendation.  The staff is great, and the treatment is very personal and professional, all at the same time.

Each of my treatments took about thirty minutes, so the driving was the longer problem.  I had my picc line installed at Palo Pinto General Hospital (this could have been done in Fort Worth, too, but - no thanks), and it was removed a Harmony House.

Two weeks of antibiotics makes you wonder what's worse, the disease or the cure, but it's over now, and after a few days of rest - from the antibiotic and the driving - we will both be right as rain.

I see Dr. Rojas next Wednesday for a follow-up, and, God willing, this will be a thing of the past.

I thank all of you for your prayers and support.  

God is good!

Harmony House is located at 1309 Brazos Street, Graham, Texas 76450.  The telephone number is 940-549-2223, and the fax number is 940-549-5411.  If you need infusions, you can't beat Harmony House!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Going Offline

Will be back when infusions are complete...we are just exhausted.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Bath Time

Obviously this is not a picture of me, and, anyway, my daily trash bag wrap goes clear to my shoulder, but this is the sort of thing I have to wear every day to bathe.  

I do love a shower daily, but, man-oh-man, this is a pain in the patoot.  Poor Raf has to string me up with duct take and masking tape.  Then I have to hold my left arm up in the air, and lean it against the side of the shower, while washing all over and shampooing my hair.

So far, so good, though.  I haven't gotten any of the bandage wet yet.  The part in the next photo is what I must not get wet, and the covering you can see in the photo is the top of a man's sports sock.  They recommended tube socks, but, unfortunately, no one has heard of tube socks - guess they are a thing of the past!

As you can see from this photo, too, my office/studio/whatever is a mess, as usual, but you get the idea about the size of the bandage.

One more interesting thing is the shirt I am wearing.  I bought this one from Ulla Popken, and I liked it so much I bought 3 more when they came on sale - not knowing I would have to have a picc line.  This was one more little God-send!  These shirts have worked great for each infusion!

Today will be my seventh day of infusion, then I just have seven to go - God willing.  I will have to keep the picc line in, just in case, for about a week while tests are run.  Then we shall see.

God's will be done.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Routh Family

R.D. Routh with sisters Mollie and Mattie in front of Brown County Courthouse

Routh Family, from A Short History of the Family of Routh, by Lt. Col. H. C. Edric Routh, R.A. (retired) of “Little Copse”, Long Sutton, Basingstoke, Hants, England. Published 1953

The Routh family is fortunate in that our Norman ancestor, Richard de Surdeval, was entitled to bear arms and that his descendants followed suit.  For, apart from land tenure, heraldry has proved to be the most valuable aid in tracing descent up to the time when parish registers became available.

The Routh family has one other very valuable source of information which has given them a great advantage in this respect.  At the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the reign of Henry VIII, many of the records were lost or destroyed, but those of the Abbey of Melsa or Meaux (which was originally called Routh Priory) survived almost intact and have been put on record in the British Museum.

The “Melsa Chronicle”, as it is called, contains records of the family Routh for many generations from 1100 to 1300, a period over which other records are scanty; this was due in large part to the fact that the land on which the Abbey was built was adjacent to the village of Routh and that there were many land transactions between the Cisternian Monks and Meaux the lords of the Manor of Routh.

The Rouths have always been a prolific family and their pedigree is exceptional for its breadth, i.e., the number of branches shown even from the earliest times.  As some of the early branches became extinct through a lack of male issue, other branches and sub-branches were established in England, Ireland, Wales, and other parts of the world.  At least six branches are known to have been established in Canada and the U.S.A.

Our ancestor Sir Peter de Routh was born about 1300 and was a son of Sir William de Routh of Bainbrigge in Wesleydale, County York, and a grandson of Thomas de Routh who was born in 1265 in the old Manor House of Routh and was in the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.  Sir Peter de Routh’s brother, John “FitzWilliam” Routh founded the Irish branch, and his brother Thomas founded the Leicestershire branch of the Routh family.

Since 1039 members of the Routh family have borne seven coats of arms.  The arms adopted by Sir Peter de Routh in the 14th century:  “argent a chevron sable inter three lions’ heads argent” with creast: “out of a mural crown gules a talbot’s head argent” are the arms which our line of Rouths have borne continuously from the time of Sir Peter de Routh to the present day.
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Early Rouths in America, by Maj. Gen. Ross Routh (retired) of El Paso, Texas, entitled Routh Family Revisited

The first record of a Routh in America was a John Routh who landed in Virginia with a group of immigrants about 1650, but no further record of him or his family has been found.  The Rowan County, North Carolina, 1759 Tax List (earliest settlers in entire NW section of North Carolina) listed a Jeremiah “Ruth” and a Zachariah “Ruth”, but neither of them was found on any later record, and it is believed that they are the same Jeremiah Routh and Zaccheus Routh who received English land grants in the Natchez District (which was then a part of British West Florida) of 500 and 1,000 acres on 13 October 1777 and 16 January 1779, respectively.

The earliest Routh about whom a family record was found was Lawrence Routh, a member of the Bainbrigge and Hawes branch, who accompanied his cousin, William Penn, to America with his wife and two children.

Lawrence Routh was born about 1660 in Hawes, married Ann Metcalfe 24 May 1683 in Hawes, and became the father of Thomas (born 9 June 1685 in Hawes) and Lawrence (born 16 Jan 1687 in Hawes).  The family left England early in 1688 and landed in Maryland, where Rachel was born 28 Oct 1688 in Easton, Talbot County.  The family then moved to Chester County, Pennsylvania, where Francis was born 21 Oct 1690, and the elder Lawrence died 16 Jun 1691.  His widow, Ann, later remarried Humphrey Johnson, the family attorney who settled Lawrence’s estate, and had several more children by him.

Thomas Routh, son of Lawrence, acquired land at “Spaniard’s Neck, Queen Anne county Maryland, and about 1713 married a young widow, Jane Pratt, who had children by her first husband.  Thomas and Jane became parents of one son, Christopher Cross Routh, and Thomas died in Queen Anne County about 1738.  Christopher Cross apparently never married, or had no issue if he did, for his will dated 17 Feb 1775 and proved 15 Feb 1776 left all of his property to cousins, none with the surname of Routh.

Francis Routh, born 21 Oct 1690, youngest son of Lawrence (1660) married a Barbara (surname unknown) about 1714 and was the father of at least five children by her.  All available records, including his will dated 30 Sep 1767, indicate that he and his descendants remained in the Chester and Delaware County area of Pennsylvania.  A Francis Routh who served with the Pennsylvania troops in the Revolutionary War was apparently a grandson of Francis (1690).

Lawrence Routh (1687), (our ancestor, we believe) son of Lawrence (1660), married a Mehitable (surname unknown) and in 1710 moved to Piscataway, Middlesex County, New Jersey, where their four sons were born:  Thomas (born 5 March 1710), Edward (born 25 March 1713), Zacheus (born 3 December 1717), and Lawrence (born 26 June 1719.

No record has been found of whom the three elder sons of Lawrence (1687) married, or where they settled, although diligent search has been made in civil and church records of that period (including Quaker records).  So many records were destroyed by fire and during the Revolutionary War that no proof remains.

Lawrence Routh (1719), youngest son of Lawrence (1687) and his wife Mehitable, married Elizabeth Smalley on 19 September 1745 in the Piscataway Seventh Day Baptist Church, but there is no record of issue.  His father deeded his property in Piscataway to the younger Lawrence shortly before his death about 1752, indicating that the older sons had moved away.

The last record of Lawrence Routh (1719) was a notice published by the High Sheriff of Middlesex County in 1750 and again in 1753 offering a reward of five pounds for his apprehension after he escaped from debtors’ prison.  This notice described him as a “short, slim fellow, thin faced, and one of his eye lashes is half white; had on when he disappeared a patched corduroy coat, a gray homespun jacket, is a shoemaker by trade, pretends to be a merchant, and did live in Boundbrook.”

The first Lawrence Routh (1660) was a friend (Quaker) but none of his sons were found in Quaker records so apparently did not adhere to that faith.  Records of the Seventh Day Baptist Historical Society of Plainfield, New Jersey, were also search, and no Rouths were found.  However, cousins in England believe that 60% to 80% of the Rouths in America were descended from one of more of these sons of Lawrence Routh.

Genealogy of our Rouths:

Lawrence Routh was born about 1660 in Hawes, Yorkshire, England, and died June 16, 1691, in Chester, Pennsylvania.  He was married to Lady Anne Metcalfe who was born in 1665 in Hawes, Yorkshire, England and died about 1748 in Chester, Pennsylvania.  They had four children:

Thomas Routh, born June 9, 1685 in Hawes, Yorkshire, England    
Lawrence Routh, born January 16, 1687 in Hawes, Yorkshire, England and died about 1752 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey.
Rachel Routh, born October 29, 1688 in Easton, Talbot, Maryland
Francis Routh, October 21, 1690 in Weston, Chester, Pennsylvania

Our ancestor, Lawrence, married Mehitable, who was born in 1709 in England and died in 1752 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey.

Their children were:

Thomas Routh, born March 5, 1710, in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
Edward Routh, born March 25,1713, in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey, and died in 1803.
Zacheus Routh, born December 3, 1717, in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey
Lawrence Routh, born June 26, 1719 in Piscataway, Middlesex, New Jersey

[Here is one part of our story.  I cannot decide or find evidence of which of these stories is true.  Here goes:
An Edward Routh was born in Middlesex County, New Jersey, on March 25, 1713.  He married a Miss Hamner/Hammer.  They had three children, Joseph, born ca 1747, Isaac, and Jane.  There were twelve other Edwards, but none so close to this date.  If this Edward is our Edward and he was Jacob’s father, Jacob could have been born between 1731 and 1751 or so, and then could have married Martha Redfern, at age 18-20, in 1769-1770.  Isaac was born in 1772.  Also a Joseph, son of this Edward, married Mary Redfern, the daughter of James Redfern. According to some papers Mary and Martha were sisters, and logically they could have married the Routh brothers, Jacob and Joseph.]

Or our Ancestor Edward married Hannah Hammer/Hamner/Reemer in Rowan, North Carolina, in 1744.

Their children were:

Jane Routh 
Joseph Routh, born about 1747 in Anson, North Carolina
Isaac Routh, born about 1772 in Randolph, North Carolina

Of their children, Isaac was our ancestor.  He died in 1840.
He was married to Mary Blakley, born in 1780 in Montgomery County, Virginia, and died in 1840 in Tippecanoe, Indiana.

Mary Blakley is one of the question marks for on an old chart I received, her name is not given but Isaac’s wife appears to have been born in 1776 and died in Grainger County, Tennessee, before 1840.  Right now Mary Blakley is taken on faith!  However her parents may have been Charles Blakely and Margaret Davis.

Isaac’s children include:

Jacob, born 1795 in Tennessee
Stephen, born in 1797 in Sevier County, Tennessee, married Sarah Mc Cluskey on July 10, 1817, and died on May 20, 1871.  Hezekiah, born July 2, 1798, in Tennessee, married Elizabeth Posey on October 3, 1816, and died December 25, 1876
Jonathan, born July 4, 1800, in Tennessee, married Catherine Barringer on February 22, 1827, and died August 21, 1864
John born in 1805 in Tennessee, and married Sarah Benton on January 3, 1830.

Isaac, born June 4, 1809 in Tennessee, married Frances Gillihan on October 23, 1831, and died on December 7, 1875
Hugh (who traveled with Levin), born in 1813 in Tennessee, married Mary Elizabeth Brown on July 25, 1839 and died in 1866
Levin (our ancestor) born March 27, 1816, in Grainger County, Tennessee, married Violetta Brown, born January 6, 1816 in Bedford, Virginia, and died March 12, 1896, in Brown County, Texas, (sister of Mary Elizabeth, Hugh C.’s wife) on August 12, 1838 in Greene County, Missouri, and died September 3, 1890, in Brown County, Texas; I have a copy of their marriage license from Greene County, Missouri.
William Jeremiah born 1824 in Tennessee, married Hannah Elizabeth Mills on September 2, 1845
Susanna Routh, who married Levi Lakey

Levin and Violetta/Violet had the following children:

Amazhar M. born April 1840 in Greene County, Missouri, died February 11, 1925, married Mary E. Byrd on December 12, 1866. Amazhar’s second wife was Rebecca Manley.
Elmira born in 1845 in Missouri, married William Carter on January 30, 1868;
Dollie P. (Dicey) born in 1848 in Collin County, Texas, married Wiseman; 
Inez D. born in 1850 in Collin County, Texas, married Inman;
Rebecca J. born in 1852 in Collin County, Texas, married William H. Teague on March 31, 1870

Robert Devon (our ancestor) born February 28, 1854 in  County, Texas, and died December 2, 1944, in Brown County, Texas.  Robert Devon (R D or Uncle Bob) was our ancestor.  He married three times.  The first was to Rosa/Rosie Cane/Cain/Crane in Jack County, Texas.  She died in 1898.  He also married Martha J. Esters, 1877-1967, and Jennie Bolton (Aunt Jennie).
Elizabeth A. born in 1856 in Collin County, Texas, married George W. Faulkner
Nancy M. born in 1858 in Collin County, Texas
Mary Violette born in 1861 and died in 1944

R D Routh and Rosa had six children:

Lord Byron (Kaiser) born December 15, 1897, in Jack County, Texas.  He married Hattie Ethel Bowden on September 15, 1901, and died on November 13, 1964.
Lora Day (Bee) who was born January 14, 1882, in Jack County, Texas.  She is our ancestor.  She married Marvin Tilden (M T or Dock) Bowden, December 124, 1905, in Dublin, Texas.  She died March 23, 1959, in Dublin, Texas.
George C. born July 1884
Amazhar born December 1885
Mary born December 1888
Fred born September 1890

Lora Day and M. T. had two children. Marvin Tilden Jr. who died as an infant and Rose Elizabeth Bowden, born April 19, 1910, in Rising Star, Texas. 

Rose married John McBee Ficke who was born on October 6, 1913, in Wheeler, Texas, and died on November 2, 1961, in Gainesville, Texas, in a automobile accident.

Rose and John had one child, Johnette Sue, born December 18, 1942.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Monday, August 24, 2015


This is a fictitious tale about my great-grandfather, Bob Routh - fiction based on fact!  I published it several years ago.

“You ‘member Uncle Bob Routh, don’t ya?  He rode with the Texas Rangers down in Brown County durin’ the Indian troubles in the 1870s, right?”  

“Yup, he did that, and he sure had hisself an opinion on most anything you wanted to ask him ‘bout.  Even give his thoughts to the Brownwood Bulletin on more’n one occasion, and let me tell you, he was somethin’, that ole man.  He was somethin’.”

“Shoot, I ‘member when he whupped that preacherman from here to yonder. Rode his hoss right into the little Methodist Episcopal church, roped the feller, and drug him right outside in front of God and everbody.  Never did understand ‘xactly what happened there, but the rumor was that ole circuit rider had done messed with Uncle Bob’s oldest daughter, Mz. Bee.  Guess the reverend deserved the horse whippin’ he got, and that sure put the icin’ on the cake far as stories about ole Uncle Bob is concerned.”  

“Least-wise Mz. Bee married that Bowden boy what owned the furniture store.  Hope she had a happy life, but I heard she never was right after that, whatever that was.”

“Say, do you ‘member that time, back ‘bout 1875, when Dick Cheatham and Dick Smith run ‘crost that Comanche raidin’ party what kilt the whole of Bill Williams’ family whilst he was in town buyin’ supplies and what not?”

“Yup, ole Bill was one of them fellers what believed Comanches was jest misunderstood, peaceable folk with not a mean bone in their bodies.  Otherwise he’d never ‘ve left Mz. Williams and those two little mites there without some sort of protection.  Why I heard tell he didn’t even leave her with no gun!”

“That’s what I heard, and when he come home to his ranch, ‘member it was up on the Jim Ned, he found poor Mz. Williams a dyin’, one of the children dead, and the other poor little thing probably carried off by them blood-thirsty Injuns.  Never heard from her again, ‘s the way that story goed.”

“Times back then was dangerous, that’s for shore!  Times is better now.”

“Well, maybe so, but ole Bob Routh’s still a purty dangerous feller, and he’s, what, 91 or so.  Sure wouldn’t want to be held in jail there with him the jailer and Mz. Jenny cookin’ the food.  Heard she’s one terrible cook and meaner ‘n a snake on Sunday, you ask me.  But not meaner Uncle Bob!”

“Yeah, well, back to that raidin’ party o’ Comanches.  ‘member that there was the last Injun fight in Brown County, or so they say.  Took place, it did, up on Clear Creek, when Smith and Cheatham run acrost them Injuns.  Think it was right after they’d kilt Mz. Williams, but I knows for certain sure they didn’t have no children with them.”

“Yup, that fight didn’t last too long neither, and, ‘cept for one or two, all the Injuns was kilt, and Smith brought one dead Injun back into Brownwood and done set him up in the winder of Mr. Dave Hutchinson’s blacksmith shop.  They kept him there for a few days, ‘til the stink was God Almighty awful.  Then all the businessmen in town took that body out on the old Comanche Road and stuck it up in the big ole liveoak as a warnin’.”

“Oh, yeah, I ‘member what happened then.  The body finally fell outtin’ that tree down onto the ground and some of them roamin’ hogs done et it up.  Think that showed them Comanches who’s boss.  Never were no more raids after that.”

“But do you ‘member the time that old man, can’t ‘member his name, who kilt once too many times.  Shot his brother-in-law, carved a second notch on his gun.  Why, I hear tell he shot that feller in the mornin’ and went to a church picnic that afternoon.  Onliest thang was, Uncle Bob and ole Captain James found out all ‘bout it, and they shore went down to that picnic and arrested that old man.  77 he was, too, but meaner a snake.  Believe they hanged him before the next Sunday.  ‘course, Uncle Bob weren’t ‘fraid to bother church people, ‘specially after he horse whipped that preacher man.”

“Now, that Captain Jason James was a fine man, weren’t he?  Didn’t take nothing offen no body.  Not even ole Bob Routh!  Why, you know ole Captain James may ‘ave been a member of Quantrill’s Raiders. After all, his first cousin, Jesse, and Jesse’s brother, Frank, were both part of that band with the Youngers and all.”

“Yup, they surely was, but I don’t know about Captain James.  Mean as he was, he was always on the right side of the law, if you know my meanin’, and him and Uncle Bob was in some mighty scary situations, but they’s always after them Injuns or some other sorta bad guys.”

“One thing is for shore, Captain James looked ‘xactly like his cousin, Jesse.  Why they coulda been twins!  And he always carried a photograph of Jesse in his shirt pocket.  He told Uncle Bob onced he hoped he’d never have to go after Jesse, but I ‘spect he would if he hadda.”

“ ‘member the time James went down to Pecan Bayou to arrest that feller who was camped down there?  Believe that feller was a horse thief or some such, but Captain James went alone, way those Ranger always do.”

“Yup, he got down there to the Bayou, and the feller seemed all peaceable and such.  He told James he’d surely ride into town with him, and he asked James if he coulda got his coat outta his wagon.”  

“I ‘member.  James was bein’ particularly nice that day, I guess, and he didn’t cuff him or nothin’, let the feller go into the wagon, and the next thang he knowed the feller reached under the wagon seat, pull out his hand gun, and fired at James.”  

“ ‘course if was real close range, and James was hit hard, but he pulled his gun and shot back, and he kilt that sorry so-and-so.”  

“Yup, and Uncle Bob come along about then and carried James back to town.  James stayed at that roomin’ house over on Fisk what was run by Mz. Hattie Bowden, and it took him a few months afore he was back in the saddle and off rangerin’ again with Uncle Bob.”

“I think Uncle Bob took that shootin’ hard, and when his enlistment was up is when he gave up rangerin’ and went to runnin’ that general store with Mz. Jenny.”

“Well, one thing’s for shore.  Uncle Bob were one interestin’ feller.  Wish I knowed him better, but when I was a little ‘un I was plum skeert to death of him.  And I shore don’t want to get to know him from a jail cell!”

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Why Do I Believe?

John 6:60-69  60 Many of his disciples, when they heard it, said, “This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?” 61 But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at it, said to them, “Do you take offense at this? 62 Then what if you were to see the Son of man ascending where he was before? 63 It is the spirit that gives life, the flesh is of no avail; the words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. 64 But there are some of you that do not believe.” For Jesus knew from the first who those were that did not believe, and who it was that would betray him. 65 And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me unless it is granted him by the Father.” 66 After this many of his disciples drew back and no longer went about with him. 67 Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also wish to go away?” 68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life; 69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.”
Why do I believe that Jesus is the Holy One of God?  Of course, at age 73, I have certainly made up my own mind, but because of the people in the photo above, Rose and John Ficke, my parents, I was brought up in a household, a church, a community, a family that believes that Jesus is the Holy One of God!  Because of this I have never doubted that Jesus Christ is Lord and Savior of us all!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

New Adventure

This was done yesterday so that I can have 14 straight days of infusion antibiotic.  There is no pain and only mild discomfort - mostly from the band that is holding the tail close to my arm - and the act of bathing without getting the tail-end wet is another thing.  I covered the arm with a trash bag.  Now I smell like trash bag deodorant!

I am having these infusions in Graham, Texas, as Harmony House, and it sure beats driving through Metroplex traffic each day.

The Picc was installed yesterday at our local hospital.  Then we drove to Graham, 50 miles away, for the infusion which lasted about 45 minutes.  Harmony House is a nice facility, and they people who own it are very good.

I will endeavor to keep up with my writing, etc., although it is a little uncomfortable to type.

We are blessed with all the medical advances that make this sort of thing possible!

God is good.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Skywatch Friday

Following the cold front in Texas.


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