Wednesday, June 12, 2013


                      " Happy Days "

May the road rise to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
The rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

May God be with you and bless you;
May you see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortune,
Rich in blessings,
May you know nothing but happiness
From this day forward.

 May the road rise to meet you
May the wind be always at your back
May the warm rays of sun fall upon your home

And may the hand of a friend always be near.  
May green be the grass you walk on,
May blue be the skies above you,
May pure be the joys that surround you,
May true be the hearts that love you.

I'm so out of date on my blog but maybe today I can get myself restarted  with this  *;;) batting eyelashes  the wedding of my 2nd Greats
On this day 12 June, 1860 at St. Ann's Church, City of Dublin
By her Uncle, Rev. Joseph Medlicott, Vicar of Potterne, Wiltshire
Jane Bury Scriven, spinster, of 33 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin
Youngest daughter of John John Scriven, Royal Marine

Edward Kentish Evans, bachelor, Esquire of Amaroe, Parish of Caledon, County Tyrone
Youngest son of Rev. Edward John Evans, Vicar of Rostrevor Church
Witnessed in the presence of W.B.B. Scriven and Henry H. Hamilton

WBB Scriven - William Barclay Browne Scriven - Jane's older brother had wed Sarah Hamilton earlier in 1854. 

Edward roughly 28 years old and Jane age 32.  Not what we think of as spinster age now.  I don't think that even exists anymore!

Their father, Captain John John Scriven, Royal Marine had died in 1850 but I'm sure there were plenty of male relatives around to give away the bride. 

Happy Summer  Katie

Friday, August 24, 2012

Major General Robert Ross of Bladensberg, a Scriven cousin

                   Major General Robert Ross
                             Of Bladensberg

                                     "The War of 1812" 
                         June 18th, 1812 to February 18, 1815

August 24, 1814  Ross led the British forces into Washington.  The White House and other buildings were burned.  If you really read the details of this history, Ross actually curtailed the British forces from burning Washington city to the ground.

Only days later on September 12, 1814, Ross will be sniper shot and die at Bladensberg, Maryland.

This is a very brief account but there is much more if your a history buff and interested.  Right now the Smithsonian's Nation Gallery has an exhibit of the above portrait on display for the 1814 anniversary rememberance of this. The link just below will take you to it

O.K. that's neat but what's it got to do with my Scriven family?

Major Ross was married to Elizabeth Catherine Glascock, and her Mother was Elizabeth Scriven Glascock.

A lot of writing would be soooooooo confusing, so I will say Jane Bury Scriven Evans & her husband, Edward Kentish Evans, were both 2nd cousins of Elizabeth Scriven Glascock.  By their Scriven GrandMothers.

Jane and Edward both were born after Robert Ross dies in 1814, but grew up knowing their Aunt, Mrs. Major General Robert Ross of Bladensberg.  Mrs. Ross dies in 1845, the same year as her Aunt, Mrs. Elizabeth Scriven Evans/Crawford.

In London there is wonderful statue to General Ross at St. Paul's Cathedral in London, England.  link below,_St_Paul's_Cathedral.jpg

At Rostrevor, Ireland were the Ross family lived on Carlingford Lough there is a beautiful monument to him, link below

PHew! That's a lot of history

In England, Ross was hailed as a hero and rewarded by the Crown with the title "Ross of Bladensburg".
If you were an Irish family coming to the United States almost 50 years after 1814, would you tell anyone you were related to the 'Man Who Burned Washington'?   I don't think so

So today we remember the day Washington, D.C. burned, August 24.  
Altho' the true anniversary is 2 years away in 2014.  I'd expect to see a larger rememberance of it then, even over in England and Ireland.

Happy Trails,  Katie

Monday, June 13, 2011

DON'T PANIC ~ it's not 42 #s Madness Monday

.Shoot! my numbers don't work with 42 - except for this tidbit

Mom's born 1921
...................age 21 in 1942 that's just the beginning

Sorry Douglass Adams, that's all I can find so far.

. After working with so many dates and numbers, some part of the brain starts to notice things. So you start making little figures and notes on the side. Play with your #'s and see what you can find !

Tinkering to see how far it will go and what I can come up with.

. Joseph Scriven was born September 10, 1819
my Dad, was born September 10, 1921
my Mom, was born September 15, 1921

I'm born 1953

Mom's age in 1953 32
Mom dies 1985 I'm 32

Jane Bury Scriven marries in 1860 age 32

Here's another one: Look at these #'s

I'm born 1953...................... 1974 I get married
.................. + 21 .....................- 1921 Mom's born
..................1974 ........................53 Mom's age 1974

Pretty weird, Huh!

Here's another set;

1971 I graduate High School - Mom is 50

2003 my girl, Carla, is - 21 - I am 50

1971 + 50 ( if I should live so long!) 2021

2032 Carla will be age 50

Here's another one:

Carla is born September 19, Joseph was born 1819

I tried to make this simplier, but the page keeps making it justified to the left side of the page and screwed things up every time.

Happy Trails, Katie

Sunday, March 13, 2011

"What A Friend We Have In Jesus" & St. Patrick's Day on Sentimental Sunday, Katie Morris


St. Patrick's Day
March 17 - 2011

I just finished reading a lovely little book, as the author travels the circuit around old Ireland & writes his impressions. He remarks that in almost every little hamlet & wayside stop, he could always see in windows of the shops, dwellings & homes he was invited into, postcards like these . Written from family & friends overseas ... or ... for sale to send. You know whole towns & hamlets in Ireland were saved during the Potato Famine by cities here in the United States of America. The Irish here sending over money to see them thru hard times. Then and later sending money and presents of goods from here in America, back to their loved ones.

I was curious about my Great Grandfather, EWM ~ Mervyn Evans. I wish I could have known him and listened to him talk. I asked my older cousin Alyne, about him one day. She remarked, "Oh no, he didn't sound Irish at all, no accent". Well, of course, when the family came over from Ireland in 1869, he was only about 9 years old, so growing up here he lost the Irish voice. I was disappointed hearing that.

I'm sure his parents, Jane & Edward, would have kept the Irish in their voices all their lives.

I was thinking that Janes older brother, Joseph Medlicott Scriven, would probably have kept the Irish in his voice all his life too. What a treasure it would be with all the technology we have today, . . . . . if we could have "What A Friend We Have In Jesus", in his own Irish'r voice.

When I was growing up, we were always told, "Oh yes, your Irish & German & English ....."
I sort of knew the old people came from those countries. Only living life here in this current life of days passing, those other places were like a wisp from an almost forgotten dream. Unreal to me.
Doing the genealogy is a wonderful course in geography, history, biographies & more. For me it makes these unmet ancestors come alive and be real persons. I can see them all as in a Masterpiece Theater story.

Now that we'll be celebrating St.Patricks' Day for Ireland this Thursday, I wish we had a day to celebrate for Germany & England & all the other countries as the calendar year goes by. I think that would be great fun!

~ ~ ~REMEMBER ~ ~

Everyone is IRISH on
St. Patrick's Day
so be sure to wear some Green somewhere ~ somehow ~ someway . . . . so you don't get pinched!

Happy Trails, Katie Morris

Monday, March 7, 2011

Pilgrim Memorial, Provincetown ... Mayflower Monday Madness

Howdeee All,

Attended my 1st Mayflower Society luncheon on
February 26th. A birthday treat to myself. What a lovely group of happy people.

We met at the Cattlemens' Restaurant in Petaluma, CA..
Started off with the Pledge of Allegiance, which I found very refreshing to stand up and say. There was a roll-call, for which Pilgrim we came from. Fun to see there were 5 others from Governor William Bradford like me.

Surprising to find I sat across the table from 2 sweet ladies, Barbara Millet Webster & her sister, Myrna. Barbara was the best friend of Blanch Evans when they were growing up !!! Blanch - my mother's cousin. Of all the people in the room ~ they are the ones I chatted with right off and shared the dishes with.

Barbara told me her Mayflower ancestor actually had gone overboard during the crossing in a storm. But that he was able to grab some ropes and get back aboard. God! How scary is that and almost unbelievable. That the ship was swaying so much, it leaned so far to the water he could grab ahold and get back aboard. How fantastical
The world isn't just small ~ it's a Mobius strip!

These photos from the website for the
Pilgrim Memorial Monument at Provincetown.
I had never heard of this before and it's on the cover
of The Mayflower Quarterly booklet for this last December 2010. So naturally curious I looked it up online. A great website with loads to look at.
Anyone taking a trip to see Mayflower or Pilgrim stuff, this is 1 place I'd definitely go see. I'm sure it's on the hit list with schools and groups to visit. They are probably mobbed all school year.

Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum

Sorry to say I have lost my Youtube video link to the story about Joseph Scriven :(
It's not on Youtube anylonger. If I find it again, I'll post it. It was a nice video about his life and the photography in it was great.

I thought it was something I did when I changed my background for the Blog. I wasn't looking forward to working on the nuts & bolts to fix it.

ANyway I poked around for awhile trying to find what happened to it, and found it's gone. PHEW! A relief to know it wasn't something I'd done.

Happy Trails, Katiebird

Monday, February 28, 2011

What A Friend We Have In Jesus - Madness Monday

Howdeee Everyone
NOT LeapYear

Since my birthday was last week. I bet everyone with February birthdays follow whether it's a Leap Year or not. So many things to share but will just do the following for now.

I'm a Science Fiction fan since I could pick up a book. I clearly remember reading "Zip Zip and the little Red planet ~ or ~ little something?" When I was in elementary school. & I fell in love with the books of Andre Norton by age 9 and kept on going from there.

I just watched the movie "The Troll Hunter" & loved it so much I wrote to the director,
Andre Ovredal, on FACEBOOK. What the heck does this have to do with Joseph Medlicott Scriven? Well, if you watch the whole movie you'll find out! & when I did, I cracked up laughing
And it does really connect to a madness theme for Madness Monday, so this all ties together.

Katie Morris February 25, 9:05 pm to Andre Ovredal

I LOVE the whole movie "The Troll Hunter". I live in California & only know English but I don't even remember reading the subtitles ( which were very well done, Thank you )
I cracked up laughing when Hans plays "What A Friend We have in Jesus". Joseph M. Scriven who wrote this was my Great Great Uncle. His sister Jane ... was my Great Great Grandmother.
My blog for her is "Katie's Scriven Hall".
I am recommending the movie to my friends & family. & I will watch it again. Congratulations on your good work & everyone who was involved in making it!
Best Regards, Katie

André Øvredal February 26 at 4:56am
Dear Katie! How great! Wonderful that you liked the movie so much and great fun that your Great Great Uncle wrote the song! It was just the perfect song for that moment, we searched high and low for the correct one. It was a lot of fun putting the ideas of the fairy tales, like the "fact" that they can smell Christian man´s blood, into a real context, then adding twists like having the trolls react to Christian themed songs and setting up questions like - what about people of other faiths? It was fun all around :-)

Anyway - really nice of you to contact me, and

my best wishes,


p.s. I will say I found the poster on Google images saying it may be copywrited. So if anyone wants to tell me to take it down - I'll happily comply - until then here it is

Happy Trails Katiebird

Saturday, February 12, 2011

"RIP" Edward Kentish Evans .... Surname Saturday

Edward Kentish Evans, Esquire

15 February 1892

Husband of Jane Bury Scriven Evans, dies this day
at their home in Alameda, California.

Edward a native of County Armagh, Ireland, came to the United States in 1869 with Jane and their children; Edward William Mervyn "EWM", Elizabeth "Alice", Edward John, Catherine "Kate" Jane, Adalaid Dora, & Blanche Emily who was born in South Carolina, USA.

Born 5 June, 1831 he died at age 50 years old. He attended Trinity College in Dublin. Brother of Reverend John Evans, & Dora Jane Evans Disney. Son of Reverend Edward John Evans & Elizabeth Kentish. All of who "Crossed the Bar" before him.

Unfortunately his son, Edward was to be married in Alameda on the day he passed away. The wedding has been postponed for the funeral.

Edward is buried in Mt. View Cemetery, Piedmont, California. His site is on the high hill just a couple of rows below & in front of the Crocker Memorial, facing the West & sunset. The year of 1892 will give a clear view to San Francisco and the bay, with none of the trees obstructing the view that will grow up over the years. The Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, & the San Rafael/Richmond Bridge all as yet unbuilt.

Jane will 20 years later, be buried with Edward when she dies in 1912.

- Rest In Peace -