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Rebecca Scarborough obituary, The Rosebud News, Rosebud, Texas, 14 December 1905.

Old Grandma Scarborough is seriously ill at her son J. S. Scarborough.

LATER MONDAY: Grandma Scarborough died Sunday night about 8 o’clock. Was burried at Powers Chapel Monday evening.

Later in the same issue.

Grandma Scarborough Dead.

Grandma Scarborough, aged 78 years, died at the home of her son, J. L. Scarborough, near this city Sunday night at 9 o’clock, after an illness of about three weeks.

Deceased was a devout Christian and was beloved by all who knew her. She leaves one son and daughter, J. L. Scarborough, and Mrs. Laura Copeland of Theo, besides a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

Her remains were intered at Powers Chapel Monday evening.

I am disappointed that it did not mention her by name.



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My musings about names and naming traditions have me thinking about a little mystery. Among Bull researchers there has been some debate about Rebecca H. Bull’s middle name. Some think her middle name was Hogan, some think her middle name was Ho(l)mes. While writing my post of Oct 30 about names, it suddenly occurred to me that maybe they both belong to her. There is a “four name” tradition in my branch of the family. Maybe it originated in the earlier generations.

As a child, I knew my great-grandmother as Cora Campbell Jordan, married name Moody. Turns out, and I didn’t know this until a few years ago, she was born Cora Southey Jordan. There was much debate about this in the family which was settled by consulting a great aunt who explained it all. She was named Southey after the English poet. Later in life she adopted the name Campbell, her father’s name, to honor her father. I briefly debated what I would do with this information and decided to acknowledge all of her names. I now list her as Cora Southey Campbell Jordan Moody. To shorten it for convenience would be bureaucratic and would not honor the story of her life.

Some years ago I came across information about her father’s family that included many second middle names that I had never heard. I doubted the information at first. Then I tracked down the cemetery where many of that family are buried and found evidence that at least some had indeed had a second middle name. For instance, Aunt Ann was Margaret Ann Jordan. She was listed on someone else’s family group sheet as Margaret Ann Augustus Jordan. Her gravestone reads “M. A. A. Jordon” supporting the idea that her middle name was both Ann and Augustus.  This still leaves the question of why her married name, Splawn, was left off (maybe they just ran out of room?). She died young, at the age of 37, and most likely the persons responsible for placing the original stone were her parents.

I always say, if unanswered questions drive you crazy, be careful about wishing for answers. Every answer inevitably leads to more questions. However, I know the answer to one question. “What’s in a name?”…the story.

So how am I going to prove or disprove my theory that maybe Rebecca is Rebecca Hogan Ho(l)mes Bull Scarborough Meek(s)?

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Martha Jordan obituary, Williamson County Sun, Georgetown, Texas, 1 April 1909.

Mrs. Martha Jordon

Granger, March 21. Mrs. Martha Jordon, better known as Grandma Jordon, died at the home of her son-in-law, J. H. Denson, on Saturday morning after a stroke of paralysis and three week’s illness. Mrs. Jordon was 86 years of age the day of her death. She was buried at the Macedonia cemetery this afternoon.

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Daniel Bull obituary, Plumas National Bulletin, Quincy, California, 29 November 1900, page 3, column 4.


A telegram was received by the Masonic Lodge in this place Wednesday announcing the death in Oakland that morning of a well-known former citizen of Plumas, Daniel M. Bull. This news came as a great surprise to friends here, for none of them knew that he had been ill. The funeral took place today under the auspices of the Masonic fraternity.

Daniel M. Bull was a native of Georgia and at the time of his death was 67 years old. He was an old-time citizen of California. In the early “seventies,” he was a wood contractor in the Truckee country and supplied many of the mines in Nevada with fuel and timbers. He returned to Plumas in the latter “seventies” and engaged in mining, particularly at Minerva Bar on the Middle Fork of the Feather River. Later, he devoted much attention to a “perpetual motion machine,” in which enterprise he had the financial support of many of our leading citizens. This, however, proved a failure. Most of Mr. Bull’s time during the past ten years has been spent at Verdi. He made an occasional visit to Plumas to look after some mining interests. In fact, he had but recently organized a company to develop a mining proposition near Quincy. Just prior to his death, he made a trip to Omaha on a business connected with this enterprise.

Deceased was a man well known to the people of Plumas and to those of western Nevada. He possessed considerable native ability and a fund of originality, which, with his peculiar bent of mind and his wonderful versatility, always made him entertaining. Like the rest of mankind, he had his peculiarities, but he was a kind-hearted and generous friend. For many years, he was a member in good standing of Plumas Lodge, No. 60, F. & A. M.

California State Parks Office of Historic Preservation

CERES State Historical Landmarks

Plumas County, California

Plumas County Museum Association

Plumas County Northern California Visitor’s Bureau

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Bull interments in the Murphree Cemetery, Hamilton County, Texas.

Bull, James C., 1833-1911 (double stone)
Bull, Isabell Hawkins, 1838-1919 (double stone)
Bull, Dorcas Leah, 1863-1936
Bull, Ambrose Mack, 1875-1936
Bull, Frank, 15 July 1899-1 August 1921
Bull, Robert J., 5 September 1873-21 December 1950 (double stone)
Bull, Lydia Dunn, 10 September 1877-7 July 1934 (double stone)
Bull, Finis, 16 March 1910-17 March 1910
Bull, Isabell Bull Smith, 1867-1888

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This picture circulated on an email list a few years ago. The young woman is purported to be Martha Bull’s sister, Rebecca Hogan Bull.  Rebecca was 4 years younger than Martha. It’s said she was born in Georgia 18 Jun 1826 and died in Falls County, Texas 10 Dec 1905. I have yet to find her place of burial.

Looks to me like she had beautiful brown eyes and dark hair. Since I have never seen a picture of Martha (my ggg-grandmother), I like to look at it and think that maybe the sisters looked very much alike.


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Because I have been spending so much energy on this genealogy thing lately, I have not been attending to my studies as I should. I was sitting in pathophysiology class last night daydreaming about family history. We were discussing congenital and genetic disorders. The subject of the first part of the lecture was mendelian genetics and inheritance. (It was a review for me so I felt ok about daydreaming.)


<boredom alert> 


In a nutshell, each one of us has two chromosomes, one contributed by mom and one contributed by dad, for each trait we inherit. Some chromosomes are naturally dominate. Let’s consider eye color. Brown eyes are dominate, blue eyes are recessive. In order for you to have blue eyes, both parents have to carry the recessive chromosome and pass it along to you. (Gregor Mendel didn’t know about chromosomes and genes so he called them alleles or traits, same thing for our purposes.) Let B represent the trait for brown eyes and b represent the trait for blue eyes.

BB represents someone that inherited the brown-eyed trait from both parents. This person has brown eyes.

bb represents someone that inherited the blue-eyed trait from both parents. This person has blue eyes.

Bb represents someone that inherited both traits from their parents, one from each. This person has brown eyes (they’re dominant) but also carries the blue-eyed trait that can be passed along to their children (the grandchildren).


I’m still daydreaming but now I’m watching the professor drawing on the whiteboard.


When calculating the probability of producing a brown-eyed child or a blue-eyed child, it starts to look like this.


BB   +   BB   =>   BB   BB   BB   BB

Both parents have brown eyes with no recessive trait for blue eyes: 100% of their offspring will have brown eyes, none are able to pass along blue eyes to their children.


bb   +   bb   =>   bb   bb   bb   bb

Both parents have blue eyes with no dominate trait for brown eyes: 100% of their offspring will have blue eyes, none are able to pass along brown eyes to their children.


Bb   +   BB   =>   BB   BB   Bb   Bb

Both parents have brown eyes, one carries the recessive trait, one does not: 100% of their children will have brown eyes with 50% inheriting the recessive trait for blue eyes.


Bb   +   Bb   =>   BB   Bb   Bb   bb

Both parents have brown eyes, both carry the recessive trait: 25% of their children will have brown eyes with no recessive trait, 50% of their children will have brown eyes with the recessive trait, 25% will have blue eyes.


Bb   +   bb   =>   Bb   Bb   bb   bb

One parent has brown eyes and carries the recessive trait, one parent has blue eyes: 50% of their children will have brown eyes with the recessive trait, 50% will have blue eyes. (Here are the light Jordans and the dark Jordans, 50/50.)


Here’s where I actually become engaged in the lecture.


James Jordan, according to the family oral history, was fair, red-haired and blue-eyed. Martha was darker, raven-haired and brown-eyed. Some in the family say Martha was native american indian. If she was 100% indian, the children would have all looked like her because she wouldn’t have carried the recessive traits for blue eyes and red hair.

A few years ago, another researcher provided some info on Martha’s family. Supposedly, (I say supposedly because I have no evidence as yet. I’m still stuck in Arkansas and Texas.) her father was Robert Bull, a physician of English descent. Her mother was Susannah Sullivan, the daughter of a man named Sullivan and a Creek mother. This makes sense and validates Aunt Jip’s claim that the Bulls were English. It also validates the story that Martha was indian.

I’m taking notes now. This is strictly speculation.


                               Sullivan father          Creek mother

                most likely Bb or bb          +          BB   (Is Sullivan Irish?)


                   Robert Bull         Susannah Sullivan

   most likely Bb or bb      +       BB or Bb   (Most likely Bb if dad was bb.)


James Jordan          Martha Bull

         bb            +            Bb       


9 children – roughly half resembling Jim and half resembling Martha


The big question is, did Martha have siblings with blue eyes or were they all brown-eyed? This is where my esteemed professor, while still lecturing, wandered to the back of the room and glanced over at my notes. Was I the only one writing furiously? <nervous grin>

I think I’m ready for the exam now.

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