Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Virgil Floyd Rider b. 1912 d. 1967

Virgil Floyd Rider in an undated photo. Meet my grandfather, Virgil Floyd Rider.  Virgil was born August 11, 1912 in Kanawha County, West Virginia.  The birth certificate that I have was generated from an affidavit from his father when Virgil was 27 years...
Thanksgiving Traditions

Thanksgiving Traditions

Its that time of year again, Thanksgiving. Time for long held family traditions that often involve a turkey with all the trimmings and family gatherings.  This year we’re having dinner with my parents, my brother and his wife and of course the kids.  The dogs...
My Unknown Kin, Rider or Wills Lines, Kanawha County, WV

My Unknown Kin, Rider or Wills Lines, Kanawha County, WV

Posting a drawing here that just came into my hands (an electronic version that is).  It was owned by my great aunt, Marcelene Rider Keenan, the daughter of Ulrich Rider (aka Honzura “Poppy” Rider) and Lottie Mae Wills.  This man is presumed to be...
Helen Louise Boka 1920-2003

Helen Louise Boka 1920-2003

Helen Louise Boka, my grandmother on my father’s side, was born in Spring Hill or Ward, West Virginia on December 9th, 1920.  Her parents were Joseph and Julianna Boka and they resided in or near Ward, West Virginia, an unincorporated coal mining town in...