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Find Me Friday – Unidentified Photos

I have a lot to say about these two old tins.

First they were found in the two boxes of stuff I got from my Aunt Jane that had all the Higginbotham photo’s in it of Rufus F. Higginbotham Sr., and some of his children.

Secondly, they were wrapped in an old plastic bag from a pair of pajamas.

Thirdly, after comparing a picture that Harry Short has on James Oliver Higginbotham, with Jane Harriet Holley Higginbotham sitting beside him, I believe this lady just might be Jane Harriet Holley Higginbotham.  So does this mean the man is Sanford Higginbotham?  And which of the children would it be?


Family legend has it that Jane was an Indian, and taken in as a baby by the Holley’s to be raised as their own.  This lady has the look of an Indian.  No one has ever found any proof that Jane was an Indian, so if she was, I would say the Holley’s covered it up.

This is the photo that Harry Short has:

This is what Harry says about the picture: Believed to be James O. Higginbotham, with wife Edith Burnham Higginbotham and his mother, Jane Higginbotham.  Clothing and photo appear to be about 1860’s.

Look at the lady sitting, believed to be Jane. Her hair, the bone structure on her face, and the way her shoulders are all match with the lady in the tin.  It is my opinion that is the same lady.

There are others that are of the belief that it is Edith Burnham Higginbotham sitting in the chair, and Nancy Edith Higginbotham Barner standing next to her husband Robert Barner.

I think I disagree with that theory for this reason, I think the lady in the tin is the same one sitting in Harry’s photo, no matter who she is.  I imagine if the tin were of Edith Burnham Higginbotham, one of her descendants would have it.  I think it is more likely that my 2nd great-grandfather, Rufus F. Higginbotham Sr. kept the tin of his mother.  It is for this reason I believe it to be Jane.

But I could be wrong.  Who’s to know for sure without the pictures specifically identified by someone that knew them, or we find another picture with them positively identified.

What do you think??


Tombstone Tuesday – John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis – my 3rd Great-Grandfather.  I wish I knew more about him.  I got his photo from Billy Boykin, my 2nd cousin 1 time removed.  I love having photos of my ancestors, it’s such a treasure to be able to put a face with a name.



Big Mama’s Tea Cakes

My in-laws, Al and Glenn, along with their cousin Nell, came through town yesterday on their way home from a family reunion they went to in Mt. View, Arkansas.  We didn’t have time to go grocery shopping before they came so I thought I would try to whip something up quickly they could snack on.  I decided to try out Big Mama’s Tea Cakes, the recipe that my cousin Nedra sent me. She got it from Aunt Maudie, and she got it from her mama, and my great-grandmother Mollie Harris, aka “Big Mama”.

Anywho, they loved the Tea Cakes, and Nell even took the them home with her. Well, okay, there were only three left and I saw no need to fight her for them.  I’ll just make more.  I have a feeling she will too as she took the recipe home with her.  After a little trial and probably a lot of error, here are the Tea Cakes.

I know, if The Pioneer Woman happens to stop by,  I’m sure she will be ashamed of my picture-taking skills, but I’ll get there one day!  In the mean time, you will at least get the jest of what to do!

So, gather the ingredients:

Got them?  Ok, the first thing you must do is cream the butter (one stick) and one cup of sugar thoroughly.  Grab your mixer and add the butter…

Now, add the sugar to the butter and let them mix until they are thoroughly combined.

Now, add one egg and beat well, and don’t waste time wondering if it was the egg or the chicken that came first….

Add your dry ingredients together, 2 cups of flour, 1/4 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of soda, and 2 1/2 tsps of baking powder…

And sift them….

Add 1/2 tsp of vanilla to 1/3 cup buttermilk.  Now, alternately add the dry ingredients, and milk until mixed well.  Here’s the dry….

Here’s the wet….

Now, the next step of the recipe calls for rolling the mixture out on a lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness and cutting with floured cookie cutters and placing them on a greased baking sheet.  My concoction didn’t quite work out for me like that, so I dropped them on the greased pan, and in the end, this was ok.

Now sprinkle with 1/2 cup of sugar….

Throw those babies in the 350 degree oven….

And 15 minutes later, you got this….

And these two happy ladies.  Cousin Nell on the left, and my mother-in-law Glenn, on the right.  I think at this point as they were eating, they were secretly plotting to keep them away from my father-in-law Al, who is in the background reading the newspaper.

After you try them out, let me know how yours turned out.  I was looking forward to rolling them out and using all my cute little cookie cutters, but it just didn’t happen for me.  In the end, it didn’t matter, they were still good and we enjoyed them off and on, all day long!

 ~Susie Higginbotham~

Big Mama’s Tea Cakes
Recipe Type: Dessert
Author: Susie Higginbotham Reynolds
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Southern Tea Cakes from my great-grandmother, Mollie Davis Harris.
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp soda
  • 2 1/2 tsps baking powder
  • 1 stick of butter
  1. Cream butter and one cup of sugar thoroughly.
  2. Add egg and beat well.
  3. Sift dry ingredients and add alternately with milk and vanilla and mix well.
  4. Roll on lightly floured surface to 1/8 inch thickness.
  5. Cut with floured cookie cutter and place on greased baking sheet.
  6. Sprinkle with 1/2 cup sugar and bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes.

I ended up dropping them on a cookie sheet instead of rolling them out and using the cookie cutters. This really made no difference in the taste, they were still really good.



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I have a confession to make.  I have Internet ADHD.  I feel like Dug, the little dog in the movie UP.

Instead of getting sidetracked by squirrel’s, it’s all the cute little links, to all the information that I need to know.

It’s uncontrollable.  I sit down with my To-Do list, and I’m going to stick to the plan seriously this time I tell you!!  But, then the ADHD kicks in, and I end up following link after link to different blogs or websites.  I start out at, and I’m going to track a relative, but maybe I can find this person on FindAGrave, or maybe on Rootsweb.  No luck, so Google here I come.  Maybe I can find a tip on where to look next.  But, Oh!!  That looks interesting, so I click that link.  Then hey!!  What’s this all about?? So off to that link I go.  Next thing I know, two hours later, I stare dumbly at the screen and wonder what I was doing on here anyway.  But hey, I’ll just check out Facebook, and switch the laundry around and grab a coke, maybe then I will remember how this day was supposed to go!!

Is there help for this??

I need to join a club, or support group to learn to control my link hopping.  Am I the only one that get’s side tracked by all the information out on the web?  Surely, I’m not.  What do you do to stay focused and on task?  I’m sure there’s a link out there that will tell me.  I’ll be right back, going to check……..

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Find Me Friday – Unidentified Photos

I will be using Find Me Friday blog posts to showcase one or more of the unidentified photos that I have in hopes that someone will identify them.  Occasionally I will post a picture of someone who is identified, but I don’t know who they are, in that case maybe I can place a picture with a family member that previously didn’t have one.

I don’t know if these gentlemen are friends, or siblings, or maybe even cousins.  This photo was unidentified.

These ladies look like they are about to go for an afternoon stroll.  They are also unidentified.

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