Sunday, June 17, 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018
Marcellous was born in Longlick, Kentucky to William and Jemima Awbrey. I'm not positive that Jemima's maiden name was Veale, but have heard mention of that on some websites.
As a young teen, Marcellous joined the 5th Regiment of the Kentucky Cavalry, Company B, on the Confederate side of the Civil War. I'll try to find more information on his time in the 5th Regiment in a future post. So far, all I know for is that he was a Private and was a Prisoner of War at some point .
Before 1870, the family had moved to Stamping Ground, Kentucky where the second child, Annie Evelyn Awbrey - my great-Grandmother - was born. Stamping Ground is so named because bison used to frequent a spring there for decades if not centuries and it formed a bowl-like depression in the earth. Marcellous listed his occupation as "Farmer" in the 1870 census with a personal estate value of $300. In the 1880 census, Marcellous was still shown as someone who works on a farm and his wife Nancy's name is shown as "Nannie", probably her nickname. By 1882 Stamping Ground had 300 residents, four stores, two blacksmith shops, one school with 45 students, one distillery, one hotel, one undertaker, one photographer, four doctors, two churches, a "colored" school and church, a Masonic Lodge and a wool factory.
Their daughter Annie married my great-Grandfather a few counties over in Tarrant County (Forth Worth) during this time.
The 1900 census shows Marcellous as widowed and renting a farm in Texas. Curiously it shows three others in the household: Marcus who would have been 17, Artie who would have been 14, and William shown as 23 and born in 1876. Apparently the other report of William's death at age 5 is incorrect.
I'm not sure what brought Marecellous back to Kentucky as it is unlikely any of his children were there. We know that daughter Annie was out in Texas with her new husband John Washington Barker, daughter Addie would have been under 10 when they moved to Texas so surely she remained in Texas as an adult, and the other four children born in Kentucky had all passed away. Well, three given examination of the census data that shows William was alive and well in Texas.
Saturday, May 26, 2018
For his birthday, we took him out to dinner to the restaurant of his choice. He chose Fish House Vera Cruz. This is the first time we had dinner there, and it was delicious. Even my wife ate fish and that is the first time I've seen her order and eat a seafood dish in the 35 years we've been married! Note to self: it was the halibut she enjoyed.
Fernet is produced in Milan, Italy and is the best selling drink in Argentina. It is also very popular in San Francisco. Both of those places have large Italian populations, probably not coincidentally.
This photo shows the supplies you'll need to make the perfect Fernet and Coke.
The final ratio should be 1 part Fernet to 3 parts Coke.
Be forewarned that the first few sips are a bit strong and may make you reconsider your choice. But follow through and I almost guarantee you that you'll be loving this drink by the time you finish the first glass.
That is what happens to me each time I drink it: first sip is strong, then it mellows right out into a very very great drink. Enjoy!