These are my great-great-grandparents, Andrew and Mary (Gibson) Mitchell, and their family.

These are my great-grandparents, John and Henrietta (Albertson) Mitchell, with oldest daughters, Neoma and Blanche. He was a son of Andrew and Mary (Gibson) Mitchell and was born in 1839 in Putnam County, Indiana. He served 3 tours of duty during the Civil War. His first wife was Elmyra Jane Hall. My great-grandmother, Henrietta, was born in Agency, MO and was 39 years younger than him.

 This historical marker in Clark County, Kentucky is a tribute to my 4th great-grandfather, Capt. John Strode, builder of Strode's Station. His wife and my 4th great-grandmother was Mary Polly Boyle. Below is a layout of Strode's Station.

This is Alice Rosetta "Aunt Al" (Albertson) Brinker and husband, William. She was the fraternal twin sister of my maternal great-grand-mother, Henrietta (pictured above). They were born on December 1, 1878 in Agency, Buchanan County, MO. Their parents were Benjamin Archer and Hannah (Hohn/Honn) Albertson.

This is my great-great-uncle, Alonzo "Lon" Hodge, son of James E. Calvin and Phoebe Jane (Pollard) Hodge. He was from Tennessee and was of Native American ancestry. I'm not sure which tribe. I've heard they were possibly Delaware, but we also have Cherokee and Chickasaw in the family. He was a brother of my great-great-grand-mother, Josephine (Hodge) Crook, who married my great-great-grandfather, James F. Crook.

This is my paternal great-grandmother, Anna May (Crook) Spear, daughter of James F. and Josephine (Hodge) Crook. She was born in 1880 in Dallas, Texas. She married my great-grandfather, Geary Gibbons Spear. They had 4 children, Henry, Trella (my grandmother), Verna and Josephine "Jo." She suffered from Multiple Sclerosis and died in St. Joseph, Buchanan County, MO at the age of 49. Pictured with her is granddaughter, Elsie Pogue.

The headstone of Anna May (Crook) Spear at Green Lawn Cemetery, Platts-burg, Clinton County, MO. It was actually made by my paternal grandfather, Ellis Duncan Gordon, but the glass has been broken and the name is no longer visible. She is buried next to her husband who has a white military headstone.

This is my great-great-great-grandfather, Garrett Gibson, on the far right, with my great-great-great-great-grandfather, James Gibson, on the far left, and Garrett's son, Arthur, and Arthur's daughter, Clarissa

Augustus S. and Carrie Hohn/Honn in front of the house that his mother built. He is relation on my great-great-grandmother, Hannah Hohn's, father's side of the family. Her father was Enos Hohn/Honn who married three times. His first wife, Catherine Butcher, was my great-great-great-grandmother. She died when Hannah was very small. His second wife was Rowetta Jane Butler. And his third wife was Mary Jarrett. They resided in Mercer County, Missouri and are buried in Topsy Cemetery.

This Strode painting was released in the 1700s and hangs in Olga's Gallery in London, England.  Edward Strode II is farthest to the left. He was married to Joan Gunning born 1639 (pictured) in Bristol in 1657. They had nine children, the youngest child being Edward III, my ancestor.

In the 1680's, Edward II was involved in the rebellion against King James II. This attempted takeover was led by the Duke of Monmouth to remove the Duke's uncle, James II, from the throne. Edward sheltered the Duke after he fled from a defeat. Edward Strode II was arrested but got a pardon after paying the King 40 pounds. His brother and sister-in-law were beheaded due to the rebellion. Many of the Strodes fled to France. There the family boarded the sailing ship Paysay for the Americas. Their father/grandfather, Edward II, died in route.

Noticing all the dogs in the painting, it makes me wondering if this is where I got my fanatical love of dogs?!

Alma Iola (Mitchell) Anderson, daughter of John Harvey and Nancy (Roberts) Mitchell and wife of Cecil Anderson