Majors and Moore family histories published

Majors and Moore regional family histories were recently published in the book Great Sage Plain to Timberline, Our Pioneer History by the Montezuma County Historical Society. I submitted the article on the Majors family, which is shown here. The William Andrew “Andy” Majors Family Settled in McElmo Canyon from the Oklahoma Indian Territory in 1887 Having crossed the plains in a wagon-train, William Andrew “Andy” Majors arrived in McElmo Canyon 17 Aug 1887 from the Oklahoma Indian Territory, along with Henry Bowdish and George Edmonson.  The following summer, Andy Majors ran the plow teams building the Lone Pine and Hermosa ditches … Read more

Photo Detective write-up on tintype of my 4th Great Grandfather

Back in July of 2009, Maureen Taylor, the Photo Detective, did a write-up on a “photo” I discovered of my 4th Great Grandfather, William Riley Majors.  In the photo with William were his two children from his first marriage: my 3rd Great Grandfather William Andrew “Andy” Majors and his sister Martha Etta Majors. The photo was at the house of a 2nd cousin 2 times removed in Cortez, Colorado, but she had not known who was in the photo until we met in October 2008.  So we both made a fantastic discovery that day! “Electronic files are wonderful for sharing pictures, … Read more

Frank and Jesse James lived in the same neighborhood as my great great great Grandfather. So THAT’S what my great Grandmother was always alluding to…

Check this out: In 1860, in Clay County, Missouri, Frank and Jesse James are found living in the same neighborhood as my great great great Grandfather James S. Holt. [See 1860 Federal Census images below].  Jesse James and James S. Holt were the same age and would have gone to school together. Also, by around 1910, still in Clay County, Missouri, James S. Holt’s son, Charles N. Holt (my great great Grandfather) can be found living just down the road from Frank James (Jesse James had been shot and killed in 1882). [See map below from around 1910 with the … Read more

Astrophotography

Moon 23 September 2004, 9PM.  Using Meade Lunar and Planetary Imager (LPI) on Meade ETX-125 UHTC telescope. Sun and sunspots 07 November 2004, 347PM.  Using Meade LPI with on ETX-125 UHTC telescope; stacked 20 0.008 second exposures Jupiter and 4 moons 07 November 2004, 6AM.  Using Meade Lunar and Planetary Imager (LPI) on Meade ETX-125 UHTC telescope; stacked 40 0.088 second exposures.  

Temple, Basilica, Cathedral, and Church

Left to right:   Wat Arun Rachawararam, the Temple of Dawn, 1-Feb-2004 (Bangkok, Thailand – 17th century) Saint Basil’s basilica, 19-Nov-2003 (Moscow, Russia – 1554) Saint Louis Cathedral, 4-Aug-2003 (New Orleans, Louisiana, United States – 1720) Christ Church, 8-Jun-2003 (London, England, United Kingdom – 1845)

Road-trip to Belize, summer of 1990

Map of Belize Hand-drawn map of Belize, drawn after returning to Colorado.  We began the 1990 driving trip to Belize in Denver, Colorado, traveling through New Mexico, Texas, down along Mexico’s Gulf Coast, and into Belize.  Along the way, and in Belize, we camped on the beaches and lived off the land for several weeks. Ancient Mayan Artifacts Artifacts discovered at Shipstern, an unexcavated Mayan ruin in northeastern Belize.  Clockwise from upper-left: rock sphere used for grinding grain, bead, human tooth, black coral, small jade cooking axe/knife. Artifacts from a Shipwreck Artifacts discovered on the coastline near Shipstern, an unexcavated … Read more