Sunday, June 29, 2008

Family Reunion.....Success

The family reunion was a great success. Everyone who attended seemed to have a wonderful time and look forward to next year. Check out the slide show I posted earlier today. The slide show consist of pictures from the reunion. Please if you took pictures email them to me so that I can add them.... We will keep the post going as long as possible, and it would help a great deal if you would post items throughout the year. I'll try to remind you from time to time in your email. That way we can keep up with each other. Thanks to all of you who came yesterday the cleanup was really appreciated. I don't know about you but I was exhausted..... Sorry it was warm, when we got there it was really cool.... I should have thought about bringing fans but lesson learned. Anyway, so next year with more people working on the reunion I bet it will go off absolutely perfect. Feel free to comment and have fun....


Tuesday, June 24, 2008

New Cousin You Will Meet At The Reunion

Our cousins name is Katy and she first met Aunt Hattie...... If you get a chance send her an email and say hi....... Her family split from ours with the John Fletcher era...

Hey Cousins,

I'm the cousin from Ark.. Jill was telling you about, and I am so excited & so much looking forward in meeting all of you. My brother Kenneth who lives in Germany put me in touch with Leon Hamiter (a 4th cousin) on this genealogy which I am so glad as i found a lot of relatives (this includes all of you) that I haven't seen or been in touch with for years.

Here is a bit of information about me: I'm Katy (Hamiter) Silvernail I was born in Ozan, Ark. (Hempstead County) to Guy Lester and Mary Elbe Hamiter on Oct. 7, 1936. My grandfather was Tippet Monroe Hamiter and G-Grandfather was John Fletcher Hamiter. My Grandfather was born Jan 6,1861 in Claiborne Parish,La.and he died in Hope, Ark. on Jan 21,1938 and buried in Old Macedonia Cemetery (Hempstead County Ark). My Great Grandfather was born in 1837 in Alabama and died in 1901 in (Cove, Ark.) Polk County, Ark. He is buried in Foote Cemetery Polk Co.

My husband Ray & I have been married for 52 years have 3 children and 8 grandchildren we have lived here in Sugarland, Texas for 28 years and all the kids and grand kids live close by.

Looking forward seeing you----


Saturday, June 21, 2008

Hamiter Family Trivia

First Installment Of Hamiter Trivia.............What Do You Know?

1.What service did Obe perform using pliers for the community?

2.For how much per acre was the Hamiter land originally purchased?

3.What were the names of Kathryn Miller's parents?

4.What are the names of Obe's and Orene's eight deceased children?\

By: Glynis and Jill

Not Long Now


Well, it isn't long now..... did you notice the counter at the bottom of this blog? I just wanted to let you know that I am really excited that the blog is going over so well. We have actually had family members find it that we don't even know. Anyway, some of us have put together some trivia questions and as I have time I will post some on the blog for you to think about... no answers of course. Not until after the reunion... but they will be included on the dvd I'm putting together for you guys and hopefully there will be some things on there that you don't know and some things for your kids to find out about their family history.... If you can come up with any email them to me include the answers....and if I have time I will at least print them for the reunion. It is too late to include them on the dvd as currently I am working on timing and animation so the time to add pictures and trivia is over.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

March Through Time

Time is a global phenomenon in which we all travel. It is categorized as past, present, and future. However, if you really think about it, the past is only memories, and with a tick of the clock, the future becomes the present, and the present becomes the past. It stands to reason that family reunions are focused on the past.

I was always told I was an only child, but I was never convinced. Read on and you'll see why. In 1914, Obe and Orene Hamiter had a baby girl and named her Mary Hattie (my mother). My Grandmother, Orene, died at 34 years of age, giving birth to her eleventh child, leaving one older and seven younger children behind for Mary Hattie to help raise--Lynn (Buddy), Clyde, Marvin, R. E., Ernest, Glenn, and her two "Special Treasures", Alma and John (Clarence), because they were still just babies. Since untimely death made these siblings her first children, their children seemed more like her grandchildren than her nieces and nephews.

Years later, I was born. I had a hard time understanding how I was an only child when my mother had already raised eight kids and had a whole passel of grandchildren (nieces and nephews), who were really my first cousins--Tim, Patsy, Ivey, Yvette, Glendon, Hilda and Margaret (step cousins), Bobbie, Carol Lynn, Obie, Raymond, Robert, Judie, Kay, Garry, Johnny, Connie, Reba, Debbie, and Jill (the youngest; but feistiest). All of this made me a very lucky only child. Because of twists of fate, some of these first cousins seem like my inherited brothers and sisters.

Now, I have a child of my own, Jordan, and the saga continues. He entered a family of great aunts--Alma, Glenn, Arlene, Nettie, Bonnie, Ria, and Gladys--and great uncles--Marvin, R. E., Earnest Covington, Ernest Hamiter, Jerry, Clarence, Buddy, and Clyde. However, Jordan also seems to have an Aunt Reba Jo; an Aunt Connie and Uncle Danny; an Aunt Judie and Uncle Dale; an Aunt Jill and Uncle Steve; an Aunt Debbie; and an Aunt Bobbie. A stranger to the Hamiter Clan would have trouble unraveling how Jordan, whose mother is an only child, ended up with all these aunts and uncles. But we understand.

Jordan may have all these aunts, uncles, and cousins, but there is only one Grandmother, Mary Hattie, and they love each other dearly. She is the oldest living descendant of Obe and Orene Hamiter.

Thanks to all of you for giving me this great-big wonderful family!

*Obe and Orene Hamiter had approximately 94 direct descendants; 84 of which are still living. What an amazing legacy!!!


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Zipper

A man walked into a supermarket with his zipper down. A lady cashier walked up to him and said “Your Barracks Door Is Open.” Not a phrase men normally use. He went on his way looking a bit puzzled.

When he was about done shopping, a man came up and said, “ Your fly is open.” He zipped up and finished his shopping. At the checkout, he intentionally got in the line where the lady was that told him about his “Barracks Door.” He was planning to have a little fun with her, so when he reached the counter he said, “ When you saw my barracks door open, did you see a marine standing in there at attention?”

The lady (naturally smarter than the man) thought for a moment and said,

No, No I didn’t. All I saw was a disabled veteran sitting on a couple of OLD DUFFLE BAGS.


A Family is a blessing.
It means so many things
Words could never tell The joy a family brings.
A family is a bond of faith That even time can't sever.
A gift to last all of our lives.
A family is forever.