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Grange Hall School, Robertson County, TN

Grange Hall School

I inherited this photo of my grandfather, Robin Earl Bowie (1912-1991) and his brother Lucian Bowie and classmates at the Grange Hall School in Robertson County, Tennessee. It’s probably from around 1918-1920 or so if Robin was born in 1912. All the rest of the students and teachers are unidentified, so perhaps you can help with the rest. This is the Mt. Sharon and Palestine community.

Grange Hall school children, Bowies

The pile of wood debris in front of them looks like the school must have had the wooden roof shingles torn off and the door to the school appears to be on the far left edge of the picture.

When researching my Clinard family deeds, I ran across the deed for the land being set aside for this school in 1874. It is in the Robertson County Archives in Deed Book 19, pg 95. It reads:

May 27th, 1874

F. J. Carter to Wash Clinard & others

For the promotion of education and the dissemination of learning among the white population of my vicinity. I, F. J. Carter of the County of Robertson and the State of Tennessee, do hereby grant unto Wash Clinard, John T. McAfee, David H. Parker, W. J. Benton, and Chas D. Woodson as a body of Trustees, and their successors in office composing a board of trustees, the following lot or parcel of land lying and being in Civil District No. 16 of said County, and bounded as follows, viz, Beginning at J. C. Crawford’s North West corner in Mrs. Sarah Anderson’s South boundary line, running thence West, with said line 12 2/3 poles to a stake in the said line, thence South 12 2/3 poles to a stake, thence East 12 2/3 poles to a stake, thence North to the Beginning 12 2/3 poles. Containing one acre be the same more or less. To have and to hold the same upon which there is now being erected a house for the use of White Schools, Good Templar’s Hall, and Grange No 590 and I hereby bind myself, my heirs and assigned to forever warrant and defend the title to said Land, to said Trustees, and their successor’s forever. Now should it in the course of events happen that this property should fail to be used either for white schools, Good Templars, or Grange for the space of 5 years in succession, then the said property is to revert to the donor. In witness thereof, I have this 27th day of May, 1874 set my hand and affixed my seal.

F. J. Carter

(witnesses) W.B. Hoff, S. Clinard

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My great-grandparents, John Willie “Jack” and Jessie Clinard Bowie lived off Betts Road in the Robertson County 16th District, just a mile or so from Old Hwy 431. My great uncle, James Boyd Bowie, younger brother to Robin and Lucian Bowie in the photo, remembered attending Grange Hall until the third grade. He described it as being located about where the “Mulch & More” business is today in front of the BP Douglas Market gas station between the old and new 431.

I found more information in the “History & Recollections, Palestine United Methodist Church 1857-2007” about Grange Hall at the Robertson County Library. I think there is also a copy at the Robertson County Archives.

“Since church and education was such an important part of our ancestor’s lives, both church and schools had to be built in close proximity to the homes of the people. The current Old 431 Highway was known as Whites Creek Pike and for many years it was a dirt road. Churches and schools were built close to this highway. the children walked to Palestine Church, Valley Grove School and Grange Hall. When the latter two schools consolidated into Sharon School, they rode on a flatbed truck. However, the children who lived on Palestine Road walked to the church to catch the truck….”

Margaret Walker’s “History of Robertson County Schools, 1789-1989”, compiled by Doris Moss Hill and Marjorie Shores Pike and printed in 2002 gives more information about Grange Hall and other community schools. There is a copy at the Robertson County Library.

“The early people realized the need for education. Schools were first held in the homes. Later schools were supported by subscription and tuition. School was held at Palestine Church with Dr. Gamble as teacher. Among the pupils were W. W. Porter, Welborne Porter, Shelly Binkley and Charlie Cobbs.

Joe Carter, grandfather of Travis Clinard, gave the land for Grange Hall. The Grangers, an organization of farmers, donated a sum of money for the building and reserved a room for their meeting place. Grange Hall was located on a hill with a pond nearby on the East side of the highway near the curve on the now Old Highway 431 which was referred to as “Uncle Sam’s Curve”. The curve got its name when Roy Haun built his mailbox as a statue of Uncle Same USA in the 1950s.

Louise Clinard Winters attended Grange Hall as well as Hazel Fryer Boyte Jones. Hazel remembers the day the stove pipe fell, cut and covered Crockett Frey with soot. She also remembers that the students went skating on the pond. It is recalled that Turner Frey and Edna Mae Fryer began their courting days at Grange Hall School.”

I was curious who the other students and teachers might have been so looked at the 1920 census. Here are a few pages of neighbors in the community.

Jack Bowie, 1920UnitedStatesFederalCensus_249092518

Grange, 1920UnitedStatesFederalCensus_Tennessee_Robertso_249092519

Poor House rd, 1920UnitedStatesFederalCensus_Tennessee_Robertso_249092520

Would love to see other photos of the old schools and churches. Share if you’ve got some!

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Villines Cemetery, Robertson County, Tennessee

On my way through Cross Plains one spring day, I was drawn to stop off at the Villines Cemetery on Hwy 25. It contains graves over 200 years old and holds several of Robertson County’s earliest settlers.

Villines Cemetery, Thomas Kilgore sign

Villines Cemetery iron gate

Villines Cemetery, stone wall

Villines Cemetery view to road

Villines Cemetery, big tree stump

Thomas Kilgore is the cemetery’s most famous inhabitant and his grave is in the corner closest to the road.

Villines Cemetery, Thomas Kilgore corner 2

Villines Cemetery, Thomas Kilgore

The following is excerpted from Goodspeed’s History of Robertson County, TN, originally published in 1886.

“The first settlement in Robertson County {The facts in regard to Kilgore’s settlement were condensed from the articles written by Dr. J. S. Mulloy, for the Springfield Record.} was made by Thomas Kilgore on the waters of the Middle Fork of Red River, three-fourths of a mile west of Cross Plains. The Legislature of North Carolina passed a pre-emption law securing to settlers of Tennessee 640 acres of land provided the settlement was made prior to 1780. In the spring of 1778 Kilgore left North Carolina with some ammunition, some salt, and a few grains of corn. Traveling on foot he passed through East Tennessee, and plunged into the wilderness beyond. Guided alone by the sun and the north star, he pushed on, seeing no white people until he reached Bledsoe’s Lick, where he found a colony of six or eight familes. After resting a few days, he went on some twenty-five miles west where he located. As a safe hiding place from the Indians, he selected a cave a mile west of where Cross Plains now is. It had a bold stream of water running from it into the Middle Fork of Red River, and by wading the stream he could enter the cave without leaving a trail.

After finding a location to suit him he kicked up some of the rich alluvial soil of the cane brake, and planted a few hills of corn. It is said that in order to secure his land it was necessary for him to remain until the corn matured, that he might carry a few ears back to North Carolina. He spent the summer in watching his little crop, meeting with several narrow escapes from the hostile savages. During this period he had no other food than the game which he killed. In the fall he gathered two or three ears of corn, returned to North Carolina, and had the title to his land confirmed. In the spring of 1779, with a few families besides his own, he returned to the spot, where he had passed the previous summer. A stockaded fort, “Kilgore’s Station” was at once erected to protect them from the Indians. This fort was situated on a commanding eminence about three-fourths of a mile from Cross Plains. Kilgore’s Station, from that time for years, was a land-mark in the overland emigration to Tennessee.

In 1780 or 1781 Maulding’s Station was built. It was located one mile west of the present Louisville and Nashville pike, and four miles east of Kilgore’s. That was the next settlement in Robertson County, but the Indians were so hostile that they abandoned it for a time and united with the people at Kilgore’s. Among the occupants of the latter station at this time were the Kilgores, Mauldings, Masons, Hoskinses, Jesse Simmons, Isaac Johnson, Samuel Martin, Yates, and several others. The first Indian massacres in the county occurred in 1781. A small colony had located in Montgomery County, near where Port Royal now is.

In 1782 the Indians became very hostile. Samuel Martin and Isaac Johnson were attacked, surrounded and captured; Johnson afterward escaped and returned to the station. In the same year the young Masons, while watching for deer at Clay Lick, saw a party of eight or ten Indians [p.830] approaching. The young men fired and killed two of the number, and then fled to the fort. That night John and Ephraim Peyton, on their way to Kentucky on a surveying expedition, came to the station, having left Bledsoe’s Lick in the morning. During the night the Indians stole all the horses at the fort. Pursuit was immediately made, the trail led across Sulphur Fork, and up one of its tributaries toward the ridge. About noon the pursuers overtook the thieves on the bank of the stream, fired on them, stampeded and recovered their horses. While returning to the fort the pioneers stopped at Colgin’s Spring for water. Here they were attacked by the Indians, who anticipating this, had managed to get in front of them and were lying there in ambush. One of the Masons was killed and Joseph Hoskins, fatally wounded. The condition of the occupants of Kilgore’s Station having by this time become so perilous, they abandoned it, and joined those at the Bluff, where they remained during 1783. The next year the colony, augmented by new accessions, returned. There they remained until Indian hostilities ceased, when they separated, and began forming independent settlements. Thomas Kilgore, after living half a century on the land which he had acquired by his heroic daring, died at the advanced age of one hundred and eight years.”

Here’s some other snapshots…

Villines Cemetery, Effie Tucker, Bert

Villines Cemetery, full view

Villines Cemetery, George W. Tucker, Effie

I loved this sweet little lamb

Villines Cemetery, lamb on headstone

Villines Cemetery, pine tree view

Villines Cemetery, Thomas Kilgore corner

Villines Cemetery, Thomas Kilgore grave, left corner

Villines Cemetery, William Winfield

To find individual headstones of the 48 known graves, visit the Findagrave website page at:

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Robertson County Survey Book, 1824-1890s & Mansker Station Survey

When doing my research at the Robertson County Archives in Springfield, Tenn., I ran across a treasure amongst their holdings. I was researching property deeds in the early 1800s for my Lawrence Clinard, and happened upon their Robertson County Survey Book 1824-1898 of Tennessee Land Grants. To learn more about Tennessee Land Grants visit:

RC Survey Book No. 1824-

I opened it to find my Lawrence along with his sons, Joseph and John in the survey book…

Clinard, Lawrence, Miller, John, 1825 2 surveys

Clinard, Lawrence, Miller, John, 1825 2 surveys

Survey, Ben. Rawls, Andrew Clinard

What’s so great about this survey book is you have the tract drawn out, along with the property description, neighbors on the property boundaries, sometimes mention of land grants and their numbers, and the chain bearers that helped carry the chains for the survey. These were usually family, friends or neighbors so gives you some relationship identity. The surveyors are Anderson Stewart and Thomas Shaw. I’m pretty sure that the Millers were related to Lawrence’s wife, Rosina Miller, but have not been able to prove it yet.

Here’s some old survey information to help you do your calculations…

When deciphering the survey description, the little hand pointer is the “beginning” corner.

1 Acre = 43,560 square feet – 1 Acre = 160 poles

A pole used for surveying was a wooden poled that was 16.5′ long. It was also sometimes called a perch.

A surveyor’s chain was made of 100 links and measures 66 feet long.

There are exactly 640 acres in a square mile and many of the land grants were in parcels of 640 acres

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Mansker Station Heritage Days & Bowen House survey

A few years ago, my mother and I visited Historic Mansker Station in Goodlettsville, Tenn., for their spring Heritage Days. This special event fit perfectly with my survey book discovery as they were re-enacting a surveyor plotting off the land for the Bowen House as they would have done it back in the early days of Tennessee.

So when you look at the original survey plats, this is what it would have looked like… Their surveyor is pictured in the red coat – you can just imagine him as Anderson Stewart, surveyor for Robertson County in the 1800s with his elegant handwriting and detailed drawings… His assistant is in the burnt orange jacket.

manskers, Master and Jr Surveyor

manskers, surveyor & Jr

manskers, surveyor & crew  manskers, surveyor compass on pole

The chain bearers stretch the chain between two points for the surveyor to get his measurement. They then drive a stake and move to the next section.

manskers, surveyor, chain holder

Manskers, master surveyor, pole:stake

manskers, surveyors compass face

They had to post guards around the perimeter as Indians were still a menace then. They would have been trekking through the wilderness – there were no cleared fields at that point. Can you imagine the ticks and chiggers they must have suffered from after a day of surveying???

manskers, surveyors:guard kneeling

manskers, Jr Surveyor

manskers, kneeling guard

Keeping a safe perimeter around the Bowen House while they survey…

manskers, guards:Bowen house

After we watching them working on the survey a while we headed up to the Bowen House for a tour. This was our first time to visit.

manskers, Bowen house

Now, back to those survey book pages.. I’m sure you’ll want to know if your ancestor is in the survey book so here are the index pages.

RC Survey Bk Index 1

RC Survey Book Index 2

RC Survey Book Index 3

RC Survey Book Index 4

RC Survey Book Index 5

RC Survey Book Index 6

RC Survey Book Index 7

RC Survey Book Index 8

RC Survey Book Index 9

RC Survey Book Index 10

RC Survey Book Index 11

RC Survey Book Index 12

RC Survey Book Index 13

RC Survey Book Index 14

RC Survey Book Index 15

Clinard, Lawrence, 47 aceres, 1826

Clinard, Lawrence, 50 acres, 1825

Clinard, Lawrence, 56 acres, 1826

Clianrd, Miller, Duncan, 1825 surveys

Cothran, henry, 48 acres, 1826, Clinard cb

Cothran, Henry, 50 acres, Clinard chain, 1825

Dulin, John, 64 ac, 1839, Clinard cb

Hollis, W.T, 289 acres, Clinard cb

Martin, GW, 15 ac, W Clinard, Farmer cb, 1858

Miller Survey Book index

Miller, John, 6 ac, pg. 175, 1828

Miller, John, 14 ac on Millers Cr., 1833

Miller, John, 50 acres on Brushy Fork, 1825

Miller, John, 50 acres, Millers cr, 1825 (2)

Miller, Joseph, 3 surveys, pg 191, 1829

Miller, Joseph, 10 ac adj Clinard, 1826

Miller, Joseph, 75 acres, pg. 153, 1827

Miller, Joseph, 95 acres, 1841

Miller, Joseph, 100 acres, 1829, pg. 192

Miller, Joseph, 100 acres, 1831, pg 202

Miller, Joseph, 200 acres, p. 191, 1829

Miller, Joseph, 242 ac, 1839

Miller, Joseph, 970 ac, 1840

Miller, Joseph, pg. 226, 1,000 acres

Miller, Jospeh, 100 ac, 1829, pg. 192

Parker, John, 228 acres, 1831, Clinard cb

Rawls, Benjamin, 80 acres, 1826  Binkley, Jacob Jr., 100 acres, 1826, Hinkles cb

RC Survey Book Joseph Bradley

That’s all for now! Hope you find a nugget of your history amongst these pages. If anyone knows anything about the surveyor in Robertson County, A. Stewart, let me know. I can’t seem to find any details about him.

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Historic Mansker’s Station Heritage Days, Goodlettsville, TN

Mansker Station,  Heritage Days & Surveying, Goodlettsville, Tennessee

A few years ago Mom and I thought it would be fun to visit Historic Mansker’s Station in Goodlettsville, Tennessee for their annual spring Heritage Days gathering. It was neat to get lots of pictures of how our ancestors would have dressed and see how they lived. We had a bonus for my research that they were doing a survey re-enactment of the property.

manskers, fort from above

To learn more about Kasper Mansker, here’s a link to a family website history of him:

I went to the Sumner County Archives a few weeks ago to do a bit of research and as I was looking through records I ran across the will of Kasper Mansker and jotted it down just in case it came in handy. Here it is for those interested in who Kasper Mansker was related to and who got what after he died.

 Sumner County, Tennessee Abstracts of Will Book 1 & 2, 1788-1842, Pg 31

Will of Kasper Mansker

Wife Elizabeth Mansker part of tract of land I live on. North of creek. Her life. To nephews George and William Mansker sons of my brother Geo Mansker land lying on south side of creek and 110 acres land on herd Lunsey’s fork (Looney’s Fork). My niece Mary Miller daughter of my brother George Mansker and to my nephew Lewis and John Mansker sons of my brother George Mansker and to my nephew Lewis and John Mansker sons of my brother George rest of estate. Appoints Isac Walton and Geo Smith exec. 31 July 1820. Proved Feb. 1821. (pg. 323).

manskers, men gathered outside fort

manskers, girl in cabin door

manskers, pelts hanging, vert

manskers, powder measures

manskers, augers:drills tool bench

manskers, augers, door straps

manskers, auger, draw blades

manskers, another cabin hearth

manskers, 2nd cabin interior

manskers bed, hori

blacksmith working bellows

manskers, colonial men from above

manskers, colonial man in navy

manskers, carved horn

manskers, candle crosses

manskers, cabin with dining table

manskers, cabin ladder:room

manskers, cabin int wall, hooks

manskers, book man

Manskers, blanket chest

manskers, blacksmith

manskers, bed, vert

manskers, girls sewing, pug

manskers, girl in cabin 2

manskers, girl and pug

manskers, Friesian man, fort behind

manskers, Friesian horn carver

manskers, fireplace tools hanging

manskers, fire in hearth 2

manskers, father and daugs

manskers, dulcimer and kitter player

manskers, couple

manskers, men standing, hori

manskers, men standing outs fort

manskers, men standing out fort

manskers, men facing

manskers, men at camp

manskers, little girl with horn book manskers, ladder

manskers, knitter, chair, dulcimer

manskers, hearth & bed, fire, cabin

manskers, group in cabin, book:pistol

manskers, group at outdoor oven

manskers, Greenbrier girls

manskers, more men standing

manskers, mom in hat:toma

The Bowen House

manskers, Bowen house

The baker was busy putting bread in the outdoor oven.

manskers, baker at oven

manskers, group at outdoor oven

These young fellows looked like they were up to something…

manskers, boys group

manskers, boys on move

The surveyor’s at work…

Manskers, master surveyor, pole:stake

So that was our day at Mansker’s Station.  This year’s Heritage Days event is Saturday, April 13, 9-3. Learn more at:

My next blog will feature the Mansker Station surveyor’s at work and a glimpse into the 1800s Robertson County Survey Book.

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After our Ogle(s) history tour in Northumberland, England, a few of us decided since we were so close, we wanted to hop over to Amsterdam in the Netherlands for a few days. Wally’s Arizona cousins had visited before so I wouldn’t have to worry about travel arrangements. They took care of everything and we just went along for the ride – which was REALLY nice! Here are just a few highlights…

ams-jamie in door

ams-ams warehouse, red shutters

The Anne Franks house,

ams-anne frank house

ams-boys on canal boat

ams-canal boat:horse statue

ams - flower mkt vert


Tulip bulbs abound in the famous Flower Market or “Bloemenmarkt”, along the canal in Amsterdam. However, you have to be careful that you buy the bulbs that are specifically packaged with a certificate saying they are for export to the U.S.

ams-flower mkt tulips

ams-flower mkt weed

A coffee shop next to our hotel. I loved the bamboo island decor. Being Amsterdam, they sold more than just coffee.

ams-jim on coffee bar steps

ams-coffee bar

ams-coffee:tiki bar seat

The water taxis are a great way to get around to different parts of the city and to see it too. You can buy a day pass so you can jump off and on to sightsee.

ams-guys in canal boat

ams-jamie, wally, cousins in boat

ams-hotel whole arch

To Wally’s dismay we stumbled upon a huge flea market on our walk. There were a few booths with antiques and collectibles but most was new things such as clothing, fabrics and “stuff”. It was a great place to sample a variety of cheap food at their food tents.

ams-jamie at flea mkt

ams-jamie on canal


Cousin Starr in front of our hotel, the Albus Grand Hotel. It was conveniently located near the Flower Market, shopping district, museums and more.

ams-starr in front of hotel

We sampled quite a bit of Heineken while there…ams-wally & heinekin sign, canal

  ams-wally, cousins on street

ams-wally, tower, vert

Be sure and walk some of the streets in the residential area – it’s quite pretty.

amst- vert man on bike

I discovered several antique and book shops

amst-antique shop


Bikes, bikes, everywhere…

amst-bikes on railing

amst-boat bumper

I caught Wally hanging out with this busty brunette while I was shopping…

amst-wally and pirate chick

amst-wally with gay pride flags

The Rijksmuseum (pictured below) was one of the highlights of our visit. Being able to stand within touching distance to the works of Rembrandt and Vermeer and many other masters is amazing. Besides the art, there is also decorative arts, military collectibles and more – Wally even appreciated it. This needs to be on everyone’s bucket list when they do Amsterdam.

Rijks Museum

Our Amsterdam group – Arizona Ogles cousins Starr, Shawn and Jim

Wally, Jamie & cousins, Amsterdam

ams-hotel top, arch

ams-jamie:wally on street

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Day 4, Eglingham Hall, Tankersville Arms Pub, St. Maurice Church

This was one of my favorite days of our Ogle’s family tour – it had an antique-filled manor house, dogs (including a corgi), sheep, fabulous gardens, a delicious lunch and local brew at a centuries-old pub and a lovely little church with bees in it’s eaves…

Eglingham Hall, an Ogle residence dating from the 16th or 17th century

The estate passed out of the Ogle’s family in 1890 to the Bewick family, and today, April Potts, a descendant of that family, resides there. The estate has 450 acres that remained from what was originally thousands, and they have a sheep operation. When you walk through the door it’s like stepping back in time. It is untouched and generations of treasures are lovingly lived amongst by the family.

Eng-Eglingham hall front

Eng-Eglingham gardens:house

Today’s owner of the manor is April Potts, in the middle of the below picture with the Arizona Ogles cousins. She’s as down to earth as any farmer you’d meet and loves Elvis! She welcomed us into the house and didn’t seem to mind that we freely roamed throughout the house and grounds (and attic ; ) They need to film one of the English road show episodes here!

Egling, AZ cousins with April

Egling Ogles on stoop, April

A photo of Eglingham Hall dressed up for a party…

Egling ballons

Eng- colin and April, owner Egling

The courtyard at the back of the house is the entrance to the stables. I loved the clock!

Eng-courtyard at Eglingham

Doggy “time-out” for one of the collies

Eng- Eglingham dog kennel

Now check out the inside…

Egling arched window silhouette

Egling bench with blankets

Egling cardi corgi

Egling corgi under chair

Egling cousins in foyer

Egling cupboard, hawks

Egling dog boot scraper  Egling fireplace

Egling garden roses Egling garden, sundial

Egling griststone table

Egling honeysuckle

Egling ladies parlor

Egling ladies portrait, chest

Egling library

Egling living room, ceiling

LOVE the antique rocking horse

Egling rocking horse

Roman pots found in the area

Egling roman pots

Egling rose arbor, house

Egling rose arbors

Egling ships

Egling, cousin at outdoor table

Egling, cousins in billiards room

Egling, Wally, chest

I love this picture of George and Jim Ogles – brothers born in Manchester, Tennessee and my husband’s great uncles. They were so fun to spend time with on the trip!

Eng- George & Jimmy vert laughing

Eng-George & Jimmy, Elgin hori

Boys will be boys… especially when they find REAL swords just sitting behind a door in an umbrella stand!

Eng- guys playing with swords

Eng-cousins on Eglingham stoop

Eng-cousins on stoop 2, chicago

Eng-Egling topiary

Their sheep corral – pretty cool if you’re into sheep! (and I am)

Eng-Eglingham sheep corral

    Me and the resident corgi

Eng-jamie with corgi, eglingham

Their view from the front door…

Eng-jamie, jim, shawn, corgi

The dog topiary was so CUTE!

ENG-wally w:dog topiary, Eglingh

After wishing we had inherited the manor and having checked it out as thoroughly as time allowed, it was time for lunch just down the road at the Tankerville Arms Pub. A 17th Century Coaching Inn set in the picturesque town of Wooler, North Northumberland, we couldn’t have asked for a better place for lunch. They are also a hotel if you want to visit:

They had tables laden with delicious homemade food waiting on us  – but first – BARTENDER!!! I’ll have a lager and lime! Most everyone enjoyed sampling the variety of local brews on tap. I was instantly in love with their addition of a liquidy lime juice that gives the beer a ZING!

Our trip coordinator and fearless leader, cousin Jim Ogle from Snellville, Georgia and Wally

Eng-Wally & Jim with pints, Tankersville

Our buffet almost ready to be devoured… this was the best meal in England besides the fish and chips in Alnmouth.

Tankersville buffet almost ready Eng-Wally at Tankersville Tav

Here’s a variety of snapshots of the Ogle(s) cousins. Sorry guys – I don’t remember anyone’s names!

Tankersville 2 ladies, cousins

Tankersville 3 cousins

Tankersville 4 ladies cousins

Tankersville couple, cousins

Tankersville interior, dining room

Eng, pub, Shawn, Wally, Unc Jim

Eng-Wally in pub - Egling

Our driver – note, no beer for Billy!

Tankerville, Billy the driver  Tankerville, Wally and AZ cousins

Tankerville bartender & waitress

Eng- bar girls from Tankersvile

The waitresses and bartenders had sufficiently fortified us for a trip to the church next…

Off we walked, which was a good thing as we needed to walk off lunch – and beer

Eng, Ogles walking down lane

St. Maurice Church is the church near Eglingham Hall where the Ogle’s lived centuries ago, worshipped and are probably buried. According to Wikipedia: “The 13th-century parish church is dedicated to St Maurice and may originally have served as a fortified pele tower where the villagers could take refuge from marauding bands of cattle thieves, or Border Reivers. The church bell, cast in the Low Countries, is one of the only two foreign bells in the Diocese of Newcastle; the other is at Lambley.”

Our group had gathered a donation for the church to help with upkeep and restoration. The far side of the church had an overgrown cemetery area and bees were living up in the eaves.

Eng- Ogle chapel exter

Eng- Ogle Chapel tower

Eng- Ogle Chapel window, mark ogles

Eng- inside Ogle Chapel, Egling

Ogle chapel tower vertical

We were probably having too much fun to be in church…

St. Maurice Church, tipsy Ogles

What a GREAT day! I want to go back – maybe April will let us stay with her and herd sheep and root through the attic more.

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Warkworth Castle, Flodden Field, Alnmouth, England

Continuing on with our Ogle Reunion trip in England several years ago, on day three the group was scheduled to take an all-day bus trip to visit several historic sites. Having been on the road for a week and a half by this time, constantly driving, we decided to skip the long day trip. Instead we rested, and then for lunch drove up the coast just a ways to the tiny seaside town of Alnmouth, England. We ate in a little pub and their fresh fish and chips were delicious. Here’s a few snapshots…

eng- sun inn, alnmouth

eng-alnmouth street

eng- wally leaning at alnmouth beach

eng-alnmouth castle wall flowers

eng-alnmouth oldest 9-hole course

eng-jamie waving on alnmouth beach

eng-wally walking on beach

jamie at english beach

Cousin Jim Ogles from Arizona shared his photos from their day trip, so you can see the historic sites too. Thanks Jim!

Warkworth Castle was their first stop…

Eng, Warkworth Castle sign

Eng, Warkworth castle entrance

Eng, Warkworth Castle entry sign

Eng, Warkworth Castle gate view

Eng, Warkworth castle grounds

Eng, Warkworth Castle tower gate Eng, Warkworth castle tower

Eng, Warkworth crumbling tower

Eng, Warkworth, Jim on gate

Flodden Field was the site of a bloody battle in 1513…

Eng, Flodden Field sign

Eng, Flodden Field

Eng, Flodden Field church

Eng, Flodden Field cross

Eng, castle ruins

That’s it for today… tomorrow we visit Eglingham Hall, a local pub for lunch and a lovely little church.

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Ogle Castle & The Church of St Mary Magdalene, England

Our Tuesday tour was of Ogle Castle in Ogle Village in the Whalton Parrish, today a stone manor house standing where a castle once stood 900 years earlier. Located about 15 miles from Newcastle, England, today the regal manor house is a bed and breakfast.

eng-ogles castle vert w:flowers

According to the history on the Ogle Castle website, “In 1346 King David II of Scotland was taken prisoner at the Battle of Neville’s Cross and brought to Ogle, where he was held until taken to the Tower of London. The small window of the room in which he was imprisoned can be seen on the second floor of the house in what was formerly a tower.”

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A print hanging in the manor house shows what the original castle was thought to look.

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A bedroom in the Ogle Castle manor house – today guests can stay overnight at the B & B

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The Ogle crest is inset in the carriage house

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Shawn and Jim posing with their Ogle coat of arms tattoos under the carriage house Ogle crest

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The Illinois? cousins

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Mark Ogles hanging out in the front yard

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Crazy cousins… there is never a dull moment with the Arizona cousins!

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Great Uncle George Ogles on right

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The owners of Ogle Castle opened their house for us to roam and provided a delightful tea as well.

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We had fun wandering in the gardens too.

Ogles castle garden


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Ogle Castle Ogles cousins

In the fields surrounding the Ogle Castle were sheep! I LOVE sheep so had to have our picture taken with them in it.

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The countryside in Northumberland is beautiful and the flowers were gorgeous!

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Our next stop after Ogle Castle was just up the road at The Church of St. Mary Magdalene. Several of the Ogle ancestors are buried and memorialized here.

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Eng. St. Mary church & cemetery

Learn more about the church and history of the village at:,_Northumberland

These photos were a combination of Arizona cousin Jim Ogles and mine. That’s all for today…

Next up, more castles and battlefields, and Wally and I play hooky and go on a coastal village excursion.

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Northumberland England with the Ogles

I’ve recently been digging around in the Tennessee Ogle (s) family history, so thought it would be a good time to post our Ogles Reunion trip pictures from our trip in 2008 to England. As several of Wally’s great uncles and cousins were going on the trip to visit the Ogles family history, I was able to convince him to go along.

It was a wonderful trip, featuring pubs, manor houses, castles, churches, chapels, cemeteries and quaint historic towns. I’ll break by day as I took lots of photos – as always. Hope you enjoy traveling along to visit the Ogles ancestral sites! They are planning another reunion trip in 2014 for those that missed this one.

We stayed at Longhirst Hall, just a few miles outside of Morpeth, England – this is a photo from their website.

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I’m including a map so you’ll know where we went – Northumberland is in the northeast corner of England, close to the Scottish border. Wally and I flew into Edinburgh, Scotland the week before the England reunion and drove all over Scotland for a week before driving down to Morpeth just above Newcastle on Tyne. It was in July of 2008 and we had packed for summer. Unfortunately it was COLD so I hit every charity thrift shop I saw and found some fabulous handmade Scottish wool sweaters for under $10 to keep me warm.


On Monday morning we packed onto the bus and Hexham Abbey was our first stop of the day. It was established in the 7th century A.D. and contained an Ogle Chapel where ancestors were buried. This is a photo outside the Abbey with Wally waiting for the rest of the group. Here’s a website to learn more about Northumberland and the town of Hexham.

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hexham abbey, ogles chantry letter

After touring the Abbey we had free time to wander the streets of Hexham and get some lunch. We chose a little fish and chips takeout place and it was great.

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Some of the cousins like to ham it up and are not afraid to draw attention to themselves just for the entertainment factor. ; )

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Wally and Jim Ogles, UK

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We enjoyed watching the lawn bowling in the town of Hexham

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Our next stop after leaving Hexham was the Prudhoe Castle that had some Ogle connection. It was neat to wander around the grounds and imagine ourselves back in time…

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Learn more at:

On the way back to Longhirst Hall we stopped off for a quick peek at this Roman site.

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Then it was time for cocktails, dinner and rest for the next day of touring.

Eng, Longhirst, family drinks

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Coming up… Ogle Castle, coat-of-arms, chapels and cemeteries…

Eng, Ogle coat of arms

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