Friday, February 27, 2015

Keanu Reeves #CousinoftheWeek

Keanu Charles Reeves is your 12th cousin.
   →  Pop
your father →  Rufus S. Nichols
his father →  Tressie (King) Nichols
his mother →  Michael O. King
her father →  Margaret (Wright) King
his mother → James G Wright
her father →  William Wright
his father →  John Wright Jr
his father →  John Wright, Sr.
his father →  Anne Minor - Wright
his mother → Col. John Washington
her father →  Reverend Lawrence Washington
his father →  Richard Washington
his brother →  John Washington
his son → Richard Washington
his son →  Elizabeth Lanier
his daughter →  Lemuel Lanier
her son →  David Lanier, Sr.
his son →  David Lanier, Jr.
his son → Eliza Ann Nowlin
his daughter →  Virginia Arimstead Reeves
her daughter →  Charles Armistead Reeves
her son →  Samuel Nowlin Reeves
his son → Reeves 
his son →  Keanu Charles Reeves
his son

Monday, February 23, 2015


Lena Mae Nichols O’Neal, 96, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at Millcroft Senior Living, Newark, DE. Previously, she lived for 49 years in Hack’s Point, Maryland.Born on May 11, 1916 in Darlington, MD, she was the daughter of the late E. B. and Lula (Collins) Nichols.

Mrs. O’Neal moved to Bent Mountain, VA near Roanoke following the death of her mother in 1922 to be raised by her father and his family. She returned to Cecil County, MD in her teens and worked in the Wilmington area as a nanny. For the rest of her life she kept in close contact with her Virginia relatives.

Mrs. O’Neal worked for many years at the J.J. Newberry Department store on Main Street in Elkton in various departments. She retired at the age of 65 as the luncheonette manager, at this time the store was known as McCrory’s.

Lena was a kind and gentle person, good cook, avid reader, and amateur historian. She loved to garden, visit with family and take annual vacations to Ocean City, MD and Williamsburg, VA.

In addition to her parents, Lena was preceded in death by her husband Clifton J. O’Neal Sr. who died in 1987, daughter Theresa Alma O’Neal Turner, grandson Robert “Ted” Turner, and granddaughter Gina Lee O’Neal Raimond as well as her two brothers, Irven and Nelson.

She leaves behind a legacy to be enjoyed by her family for many years to come. Mrs. O’Neal is survived by her daughter Fairfax O’Neal Bauernschmidt of Newark, DE and her husband Robert and their three sons, Glenn, Alan and Paul. She is also survived by her son Clifton J. “Buddy” O’Neal Jr. of Middletown, DE and his wife Carol and their daughter Collette. Lena is survived by Marvin Wilson whom she raised in her home, and his wife Jane of Knoxville, TN. She is also survived by grandsons Jeffery Turner and Rennie Turner, 18 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

A viewing for family and friends will be held from 9:30-11:00 am on Saturday, September 15 at Daniels and Hutchison Funeral Home LLC, 212 N. Broad Street in Middletown Funeral services will be held at 11 am with interment immediately following at Galena Cemetery, Galena, MD.

The family would like to thank the kind staff of Millcroft Senior Living for the love they showed Lena.

In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorial contributions be made to the Hack’s Point Community Association for their Community Hall building fund, HPCA P.O. Box 648, Chesapeake City, MD 21915-0648.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Britney Jean Spears #CousinoftheWeek

More than any other single artist, Britney Spears was the driving force behind the return of teen pop in the late '90s. Not only did she sell millions of records, she was a media fixture regardless of what she was (or wasn't) doing; among female singers of the era (many of whom followed in her footsteps), her celebrity star power was rivaled only by Jennifer Lopez.
She was born Britney Jean Spears on December 2, 1981, the second child of Lynne Irene (née Bridges) and James Parnell Spears. She is of English heritage through her maternal grandmother, who was born in London, and of distant Maltese descent. Her siblings are Bryan James and Jamie Lynn.
The middle of the three children, Spears developed an interest in performing at a young age. "Ever since I was 7 or 8 years old, my mom would have company over, and I was always performing for everybody in front of the TV. . .Even when I went to school, I was always the weird child; I would go outside and instead of playing, I wanted to have 'Star Search' competitions," Spears told Hollywood Reporter.
When she was eight, she auditioned for a spot on the Disney Channel's The New Mickey Mouse Club. Spears did not get the part, but she did eventually achieve one childhood dream: showcasing her vocal talents on the popular entertainment competition Star Search in 1992.
Spears tried again for The New Mickey Mouse Club when she was 11. This time, she was picked for the cast, which also featured other up-and-coming talents such as Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, and actress Keri Russell. Spears appeared on the children's variety show for two seasons. "We had an amazing amazing time; we got to sing and dance and do everything," she later explained to Hollywood Reporter.
After its cancellation, Spears focused on developing her musical career. She eventually landed a contract with Jive Records. In December 1998, Spears released her first single, "...Baby One More Time." The catchy pop tune reached the top of the pop charts at the end of January 1999, propelled in part by its music video. In the video, the teenaged Spears wore a skimpier version of the traditional Catholic schoolgirl uniform, drawing sharp criticism from the parents of her young fans. Despite her racy outfit, Spears claimed to be a sweet, innocent Southern girl at heart.
The entire . . . Baby One More Time album hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 charts that same year, and went on to sell more than 22 million copies worldwide. At the 1999 Billboard Music Awards, Spears picked up three awards Female Album Artist of the Year, Female Artist of the Year, and Best New Artist of the Year. She was part of a teenage pop music wave, which included fellow Mickey Mouse Club alumni Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson.

Britney Jean Spears is your 14th cousin.
   →  Pop 
your father →  Mamie C. Nichols (Collins) 
his mother →  Daniel J. COLLINS 
her father →  JOHN H. COLLINS 
his father →  Elizabeth Boothe 
his mother → Abner Boothe 
her father →  Isaac Abner Boothe, Sr. 
his father →  George Boothe, Sr. 
his father →  Stephen Boothe, I 
his father →  Rebecca Boothe 
his mother → Mary Morehouse (Hill) 
her mother →  Eliphalet Hill 
her father →  William Hill 
his father →  Sarah Greenleaf 
his mother →  Elizabeth Duncan 
her sister →  Samuel Duncan 
her son →  Hannah Scott 
his daughter →  Joseph Scott 
her son →  Joseph Scott 
his son →  Nehemiah Scott 
his son →  Bethany Scott 
his daughter →  John Magee 
her son → Daniel Ira Magee 
his son →  Jacob Ira Magee 
his son →  Bertha Thompson Magee 
his daughter →  Lexie May (Thompson) Forbes 
her daughter → Emma Jean (Forbes) Spears 
her daughter →  Jamie Spears 
her son →  Britney Jean Spears 
his daughter

Monday, February 16, 2015


Clarissa Nichols (Peggy) Hoback, 88, of Salem, Va., passed away Friday, October 30, 2009. She was born January 20, 1921, in Floyd County, Va., daughter of the late Rufus and Mamie Collins Nichols.

 She was also preceded in death by a brother, Maynard Nichols; and four sisters, Hettie Dunford, Irene Hancock, Hazel Woods and Elsie Isom.

Mrs. Hoback was a member of Central United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Builders Class and taught preschoolers Sunday school for over 35 years.

She is survived by her loving husband, A.B. Hoback; daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Rodney Overstreet; grandchildren, Matthew and Katie Overstreet; brothers, Wilburn Nichols and wife, Hazel, and Howard Nichols and wife, Lorraine; sisters-in-law, Sadie Nichols and Lavene Nichols; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday, November 2, 2009, at the chapel of John M. Oakey and Son, Salem with the Rev. David Mucha officiating. Interment will follow at Sherwood Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 1, 2009, at John M. Oakey and Son.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Hoback's name to Salem Rescue Squad or to the Central United Methodist Church Building Fund. 540-389-5441.

Published in Roanoke Times from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2009

Friday, February 13, 2015

Abraham Lincoln #CousinOfTheWeek

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA is my 12th cousin. 

→ Pop 
your father → Rufus S. Nichols 
his father → Tressie (King) Nichols 
his mother → Michael O. King 
her father → Margaret (Wright) King 
his mother → James Wingfield Wright 
her father → Mary Whitledge Grant 
his mother → William Grant, of Crichie 
her father → Elizabeth Grant 
his mother → William Leslie, X. Baron of Balquhain 
her father → Janet "Jane" Forbes, Countess of Athlon 
his mother → Elizabeth Barlow 
her mother → Rt Rev William Barlow, Bishop of Chichester 
her brother → Elizabeth Barlow 
his daughter → Rachel Day 
her daughter → Margery Constable 
her daughter → Francis Constable 
her son → Anne Lee 
his daughter → William Constable Lee 
her son → William Lee, of Richmond 
his son → William Lee 
his son → Ann "Nanny" Hanks (Lee) 
his daughter → Lucy Hanks 
her daughter → Nancy Lincoln 
her daughter → Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the USA 
her son                             

Monday, February 09, 2015

Valentine Nichols #MemorialMonday

Born and died in 1927 on February 14, my uncle now lies buried in a grave next to his loving mother, May Collins Nichols in Jacksonville Cemetery, Floyd, Virginia. At the time of death he was unnamed but the family refer to him as Valentine.

Originally buried on his grandfather's farm, he was later moved to his final resting place along with his mother and father after his father died.

Rest in Peace little Valentine.  

Baby Boy / NICHOLS / Feb. 14, 1927
Jacksonville Cemetery
Floyd County
Virginia, USA

Friday, February 06, 2015

Justin Bieber #CousinoftheWeek

Justin Drew Bieber is my 21st cousin twice removed.
   →  Mom 
your mother →  Pvt. Garnett Hancock, WWII Veteran 
her father →  Ida Mae Hancock 
his mother →  Robert Lee Linville 
her father → Moses Linville, Jr. 
his father →  Hannah Scarlett Linville 
his mother →  Elizabeth Margaret Morgan 
her mother →  John Jarman 
her father →  Arthur Jarman 
his father → John Jarman 
his father →  Thomas Jarman 
his father →  Gwen Jarmen 
his mother →  Sir Rhys Gruffydd, MP 
her father →  Jane Stradling 
his mother → Thomas Stradling Esq 
her father →  Sir Henry Stradling 
his father →  Jane [Joan] Stradling 
his mother →  Cardinal Henry Beaufort, Bishop of Winchester 
her father → John of Gaunt, 1st Duke of Lancaster 
his father →  Philippa of Hainault, Queen consort of England 
his mother → Guillaume III de Hainaut, graaf van Holland 
her father →  Marie d'Avesnes 
his sister →  Jacques I de Bourbon, comte de la Marche 
her son → Jean I de Bourbon, comte de la Marche 
his son →  Louis I de Bourbon, comte de Vendôme 
his son →  Jean II de Bourbon, comte de Vendôme 
his son →  Jacques de Bourbon, seigneur de Ligny 
his son →  Catherine de Bourbon Vendôme 
his daughter →  Françoise d'Estrees 
her daughter → Charles de Longueval 
her son →  Antoinette de Longueval / Longval 
his daughter →  Anne Convent / Couvent 
her daughter →  Mathieu Amiot dit Villeneuve 
her son →  Anne-Marie Amiot dite Villeneuve 
his daughter →  Marie-Françoise Huard 
her daughter →  Charles Couture dit Bellerive 
her son → Pierre Couture dit Bellerive 
his son →  François Joseph Couture dit Bellerive 
his son →  Marthe Couture 
his daughter →  Ambroise Babin 
her son → Marguerite Louse Babin 
his daughter →  Venant Eugene Henry 
her son →   Dale (Henry) 
his daughter →   Mallette (Dale) 
her daughter → Justin Drew Bieber 
her son

Monday, February 02, 2015


WOODS, Hazel Nichols, 75, of Roanoke and formerly of Bent Mountain, passed away Monday, October 16, 2000 in Roanoke. She was preceded in death by her husband, Irvin Thomas "Taz" Woods. 

She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Betty Mae Woods-Myers and Harry Carl (H.C.) Myers of Roanoke, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Robert Lee (Bobby), Sr. and Linda Gale Woods of Copper Hill, Va.; four grandchildren, Stacy Woods of Roanoke, Va., Robert (Robbie) Woods, Jr., Connie Woods, Cathy Woods, all of Copper Hill, Va.; one great-grandchild, Lacy Woods of Copper Hill, Va.; four sisters and one brother-in-law, Hettie N. Dunford of Montvale, Va., Ruby Irene N. Hancock of Stuart, Va., Peggy N. and A. B. Hoback of Salem, Va., Elsie N. Isom of North Carolina; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Maynard and Sadie Nichols of Salem, Va., Wilburn and Hazel Nichols of Montvale, Va., Howard and Lorraine Nichols of North Carolina; three sisters-in-law, Lavene Basham Nichols of Salem, Va., Audrey Craighead Woods of Vinton, Va., Frances J. Woods of Houston, Texas. 

Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Gardner Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Restvale Cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. Wednesday at Gardner Funeral Home where the family will be Wednesday and Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. both evenings. 


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