Fifth Grade Memories

[Last fall, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings suggested thinking about your fifth grade memories. The time is often a pivotal point in a person’s life. I was speaking with my friend Aauriane about her fifth grade experiences and suggested she write about it.  Here are some of her memories.]

Fifth Grade Memories

By Aauriane Veleda

Guest Blogger

Fifth grade was a year of new beginnings and explorations for me. Fourth grade had introduced me to the concept of men being teachers and I loved Mr. Kruger dearly but he left us mid-course of the year for health reasons. Soon fifth grade followed and not only did we begin changing rooms for subjects this year, but I had three male instructors! This year we had three subjects – math, English and everything else was in home room. Mr. Long was my homeroom teacher but he also taught me science and history. I was one of those kids who loved to learn and for Christmas I asked for microscopes and biology sets – things you used to be able to get through Sears catalogs. Mr. Long fostered that learning and let me bring my biology set to school. He taught me dissection before and after school. I fell in love with science even more and thanks to Mr. Long’s love of history and artistic expression, I was learning about the American Revolution through drawing and coloring maps, costumes, uniforms and books. It was when I decided I loved to learn even more! Mr. Locke was my math teacher. He was ok, but I decided I did not like math, much less fractions. However, he got me started in math to the point I did it well, even though, I still don’t like it today. Mr. McLaughlin was my English teacher – with a thick Irish accent. I don’t remember much about him or that year. I remember Mr. Long the most. I still appreciate all he did for me and he didn’t have to – he loved to teach and went above and beyond for those who wanted to learn.
            The fifth grade brought another first – a boyfriend. Up to this point, boys were boys and some were friends. We had a huge sand pit outside our classroom door and a few of us went there early, on dry mornings, where we would have long jump competitions before class rooms were opened. I wasn’t always the farthest but I did win a few and I was the only girl willing to get dirty and have fun and match the guys. During this time one boy – Kenneth O’Brian – decided he liked me and I liked him because he was sweet and brave – he wasn’t afraid to talk to me. And he wanted to hold my hand. He was my first boyfriend, and officially so, because he asked if he could be. I received my first kiss from him. He wasn’t anything extraordinary, in fact he was a bit heavy set with freckles and red curly hair. His kisses were wet and sloppy, but quick. I told my mom he was my boyfriend and she giggled. Then she had to meet his mom. But we were taken to each others house to visit and be boyfriend/girlfriend. Nothing more than an occasional kiss and hand holding ever occurred, but lots of affection and gifts. He made it known I was his girl and he defended me. I thought this was a new and neat concept I had never considered in a guy before. He started me on the path of understanding relationships. At the end of our fifth grade summer, right before sixth grade, Kenny had to move. I never saw or heard from him again. I wonder how he turned out?
            The only other things I remember from this year is a baby sister, lots of carnivals and fairs as mom was on the committee for events and a sack race and three-legged race on May Day events the school held for us and we all got to go outside and have fun. I don’t think they do these anymore. I learned to be on time and walk between classrooms as our middle school was all portables and multi-storied buildings and we had to find out way. My fifth grade was preparing us for the bigger schools to come. Our classes were in the very back and furthest portables so we walked the furthest, but we were also made to be aware we were the big kids on campus and we had to watch out for and help the smaller kids. This made us feel large and in charge. I didn’t realize how much I remembered of 5th grade but it was a good year!
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Elizabeth LNUs

Randy Seaver’s blog, Genea-Musings, often gets me thinking about things. His recent blog posting, “How Many Elizabeth “LNUs” are in Your Family Tree Database,” got me wondering, how many do I have? In my trees, women without known spinster surnames are easy to determine. I give “last name unknown” (LNU) individuals the last name of their spouse in parenthesis. It might not be standard, but I find it more descriptive than using LNU, “unknown,” or just leaving the surname blank. Anyway, in my Brown/Montran tree of about 4400 individuals, I have five Elizabeth LNUs. Of them, two are direct ancestors, a 7th great-grandmother Elizabeth (Mannin) and an 11th great-grandmother, Elizabeth (Posey).

Randy’s blog also suggests taking a fresh look to see if any on-line records now provide clues to the person’s surname, so I decided to take a quick look at my two Elizabeth LNUs.

Elizabeth [Mannin] (c.1725-…)

Elizabeth had five children that I know about. John, Boaz, Samuel (my ancestor), Henry, and Davis. John, the oldest, was born about 1750, so I guess that Elizabeth married Meredith Mannin about 1749. Meredith was born about 1720, so, I’m going to guess that Elizabeth was born about 1725. Henry and Davis were born in Buckingham County, Virginia so I speculate that the family might have came from Buckingham County, also.

My search of Ancestry yielded several entries that didn’t seem to fit what I think I know about Meredith and Elizabeth. However, there was another researcher’s tree that suggests that Elizabeth was born in 1730. I emailed the individual to find out if they might have a source for that birthdate.

I know that I don’t know much about Elizabeth. I appear to have lost the sources of the information that I do have, so I know I need to recreate my previous research. I also think the pedigree information that I have is questionable and needs a lot more research. I would love to hear from anyone who can shed some light on this family.

Elizabeth Humphery (1626-1676)

In looking at Elizabeth [Posey][1], I realized I hadn’t researched her since I found some other individuals GED files back in the 1990s. I had imported details from three different GED files, a practice I wouldn’t do today.

From those files I had entered/accepted the following:

Elizabeth was born about 1626.
She came to America in 1643 and settled in Maryland.
She married Francis Posey about 1643 in Charles County, Maryland.
Her daughter, Ann Posey (my ancestor), was born about 1650 in Charles County, Maryland.
Her Son, John Posey, was born 20 Jul 1652.
Her husband, Francis, died about 1654.
She married John Belaine sometime before 1663.
They had at least two children, Grace & Nicholas.
Her husband, John, died in 1663. 
She married Alexander Smith about 1665.
Elizabeth died before 1669[2].

Looking at what I have reminded me that I need to do some in-depth research regarding her, also. The good news is a quick search of Ancestry.Com found several Ancestry Trees that contain an Elizabeth Humphery, the wife of Francis Posey. That family tree also includes several sources. I’ll add reviewing these trees’ sources to my list of tasks and apply them to Elizabeth and the other family members as appropriate.

Again, I am grateful for Randy’s blog Genea-Musings. It makes me look at things I haven’t looked at in years and reminds me of the mistakes of my past practices.

Lessons remembered:

Be sure to fully document the sources of all facts.
Don’t accept facts other individual’s trees without doing a fresh analysis of the facts presented.
Use other individual’s sources as hints for research and make your own assessment of its applicability and validity.

Research Areas

Redo my research leading to Merideth and Elizabeth (LNU) Mannin and document how I got to them.
Do fresh research regarding Francis and Elizabeth (LNU) Posey.


[1] GED-184257.ged, Date of Import: Nov 5, 2000. FILE: Melissa Kennedy – DATE: 26 Sep 2000
[2] GED-225807.ged, Date of Import: Nov 5, 2000. FILE: Alex Myers Tree – DATE: 24 Jul 2000.
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