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Right: My great-grandfather, Ned Sizemore.


The Owen & Charlottie Sizemore Clan.
My father, Floyd, born 1892, 9th child of 10.


My grandparents Charlottie & Owen Sizemore.

First wife

Dad & his first wife, Lethia (1920s?).


Dad, late 1940s or early '50s — his heaviest drinking days.



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11 Responses to Ancestors

  1. Constance Pohl says:

    I love these photos. Do you know where any of their descendants are now? What state was the clan living in? My ancestors were in Ireland. No photos.

  2. Jim says:

    Thank you for asking about my ancestors, Constance. My Grandfather, Owen Sizemore, was born in Wyoming County, West Virgina, in 1852. My paternal grandmother was also born there in 1854. They were married in 1875 and my father, the ninth of their ten children, was born in 1882. The clan moved around a bit and somehow wound up in Covington, the county seat of Allegheny County, Virginia. That’s where I was born in 1937. Most of my relatives still live in that area. I’m planning a trip down there this fall to meet my brother Ernie’s seventh wife. Life goes on.

  3. Liat Miller says:

    It’s quite amazing to me that you can trace your family so far and have pictures from so long ago. The earliest picture the family owns is a picture of my grand-father, Herman Schonfeld in uniform, from World war 1, on the side of the Kaiser. He was assigned to a cavalry unit; being a pacifist, and very short-sighted too, he came up with the idea of falling from the other side of the horse each time he mounted one. He ended up in a hospital, taking care of injured soldiers, an assignment which was better suited to his temperament, life philosophy and acute short-sightedness. My son, the Civil War buff was very disappointed that his great-grand father did not stick with the cavalry. You just can’t pick your family!

  4. Jim says:

    Thanks for the delightful comment, Liat. So visually funny—I can just see your grandfather sliding off the horse time and time again, like a running joke in a Jerry Lewis or Wood Allen comedy.

  5. Wanderer says:

    Great post and pictures. I always wanted to find more about my ancestors. But it remained just that- one more thing that I want to do . One day…

  6. James Edgar Sizemore says:

    Who is the Mother and Father of Ned, and person with him in photo? Please forgive my nosiness, I ask because I’m wondering if we’re related. My search of birth records in Laurel and Clay Counties in Kentucky, started circa 1800 – 1820’s when first census started. So any information before this period is difficult to find and verify. My information indicates John H. Sizemore, bef.1740 abt. 1803 married Molly Gregory, in Halifax, County in Virgina list Ned, with twelve other brothers and sisters.

    Thank you for your kind attention.

  7. Jim says:

    I have a bit of genealogical information in folders sent to me by distant relatives, but I don’t have time right now to look through it. I’m very busy with work and a huge house move. I’ll try to get back to you with more info ASAP, but it may be a month or two. Meanwhile, I can tell you that my name is James Edward Sizemore, very close to yours. Thanks for your interest.

  8. Shirley unroe says:

    Hey Jim , how r u ? I enjoyed your piece on your mom. There r things in our lives that stick with us forever. I hope u have a very nice Christmas. Your niece shirley

  9. Jim says:

    And a great Christmas to you, too, Shirley, and a Happy New Year. I haven’t been down that way for several years, but when I do, I’ll try to get over to see you again.

  10. Jim says:

    I think you’re right about the timing, Vince. Thanks for the comment.

  11. Alvera Winkler says:

    I am a bit late, but enjoying the family photos and comments. Fascinating!

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