Category Archives: Introduce Yourself

So…Who Am I?

A lifelong friend asked me to describe myself. As an author, historian, and genealogist I’m used to describing others. I believe I do it well. To describe one’s self, though, is not so easy. My “self” can get in the way. The problem was to get my “self” out of the way.

Connie Otto
Connie Otto, Actress, 1969

My friend, Connie Otto, and I have known each other for almost fifty years. We met as actors, doing a Broadway show road tour. When Otto left show business to become a Jungian psychologist and holistic health professional, she adopted her professional name of Chaitania. I’ve been privileged to be among the few she allows to still call her Otto.

In all our time, I’ve also come to respect Chaitania. I’ve learned It is Chaitania who pulls me out of my comfort zone in a way no close friend who loves you can. After I married a second time, Chaitania and her husband came to visit. Within the first twenty-four hours, Chaitania asked me directly, “What are you doing with this woman?” I responded, “I want to be married again.” Chaitania replied, “But you’re a good person.” That was all to our conversation. Chaitania’s skills left me to assess what was said.

Chaitania now has a blog, where she does the same thing for others as she’s done so long for me. She’s installed a new section on her blog Chaitania under the menu link “Amazing People.” That’s when Chaitania asked me to describe myself. Among all the people she has known, I am privileged to be her first subject. Otto is the one who asked me to describe myself, but I also recognized that this is Chaitania’s blog.

Chaitania Hein
Chaitania on her blog today

You cannot snow job a lifelong friend, and you dare not even try with a Jungian holistic psychologist who knows more secrets of the universe than you alone can imagine.

In answer to the request to describe myself, I wrote, “So…Who Am I?” For Chaitania, I believe my “self” has been written away. For my dear friend Otto, she will still recognize me.

You can read “So…Who Am I” HERE.

Indiana Cousins of Zerelda Elizabeth Cole-James

John B. Cropper
John B. Cropper 1825-1916, great-grandson of Richard James Cole & Anne Huabbard+
Candace Hollingsworth
Candace Hollingsworth-Cropper 1830-1910

A new line Cole family cousins have been found in Indiana. Before Lucy Cole of Woodford County, Kentucky married Jonathan Sebastian Cropper, the Cropper family’s ancestry reached back to 1685 and the birth of Ebenezer Cropper in Snow Hill, Worcester County, Maryland. After Lucy Cole Cropper died, Sebastian Cropper married Provey Dorsey of New Castle, in Henry County, KY.

Sebastian & Lucy Cole Cropper’s son, Joseph Yates Cropper born in Woodford County, married Rebecca Pollard of Shelby County. Their family lived briefly in Shelby County before moving northward to Augusta in Marion County, Indiana, John B. Cropper was born and married Candace Elizabeth Hollingsworth

The daughter of John B. and Elizabeth Hollingsworth Cropper is Goldie Edith Cropper. Goldie married William Owens of Bedford, Indiana. Their family moved to Indianapolis.

Goldie E. Cropper
Goldie Edith Cropper-Owens 1889-1965
Matthew Cleveland Cropper, Brother of Goldie Edith Cropper
Willard Owens 1922-1979

Their son, Willard Owens, served in World War II and returned home to work for General Motors until his retirement. His work for GM led him to become a painter in his retirement for the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Donald Robert Owens & Kathy McHaffey


Willard’s son is Donald Robert Owens. Donald’s wife, Kathy McHaffy, who has documented her husband’s genealogy which links him to the Cole ancestry of Frank & Jesse James.






Donald Robert Owens & Kathy McHaffy

. Willard Owens & Virginia Elizabeth Hankins

.. William Owens & Goldie Edith Cropper

… William B. Cropper & Eliza Ward

…. John B. Cropper & Candace Hollingsworth

….. Joseph Yates Cropper & Rebecca Pollard

…… Jonathan Sebastian Cropper Jr. & Lucy Cole

……. Richard James Cole Sr. & Ann Hubbard

…… Richard James Cole Jr. & Ann Yates

….. James Cole & Sarah Lindsay

…. Zerelda Elizabeth Cole & Robert Sallee James

… Jesse Woodson James / Alexander Franklin James


Cole Descendant – Thomas Jesse Cole of Landers, Wyoming

Cole Descendant – Film Star Gloria Stuart

Cole Descendent Ermina Jett Darnell

Cole Family Historical Sites

Best Pictures Ever of a New James Arrival – 2011

Of all the pictures that are collected & contributed each year that find their way into the archives collected by The James Preservation Trust, most are of pictures of  James family children. There’s always baby pictures of new born infants who are the new arrivals into the family.

In 2011, one set of pictures of a newborn arrival stood out among all the rest. Those are the pictures of  Hazel Augusta Harmon.

Shown here are Hazel parents, James Milton Harmon, known as Jamie, and his lovely wife Ashley Hubbard.

Jamie is a Harvard graduate with a degree in government. He first worked for Essex Investments, a Boston based money management firm where many James descendants have been employed. Today Jamie is a vice-president and portfolio manager of Fidelity Investments. Ashley is a talented ballerina who trained with the Royal Academy & went on to study at The English National Ballet School in London.  She has performed with The English National Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Ballet West. Since 2005, Ashley dances in the company of The Suzanne Farrell Ballet.

Here are Jamie & Ashley extraordinary pictures of their daughter Hazel Augusta Harmon, taken shortly after Hazel’s birth in September.

Congratulations to Jamie & Ashley Hubbard Harmon, and to their daughter.


Pedigree of Hazel Augusta Harmon

Hazel Augusta Harmon

. James Milton “Jamie” Harmon & Ashley Hubbard

.. John Watson Harmon & Gail McGreevy

… Milton M. McGreevy & Barbara James

…. Thomas Martin James III & Gertrude Jones

…. John Crawford James & Fannie Shouse

….. Thomas Martin James I & Susan Ann Woodward

…… John M. James & Mary Poor

We’d be remiss if the outstanding photography of Grazier Photography of Boston is not acknowledged.



Doug & Sara Whitaker, with daughter Kylie & Bailey

About a year ago Doug and Sara Whitaker moved to Indonesia with their two daughters Bailey and Kylie. Ever since, they’ve been blogging and posting pictures about their adventure.

The title of their web site is Our “Every Tribe.” Be sure to check out their Wants & Needs section. They’ve found some necessities are not found in foreign lands.


Quinton Douglas Whitaker

. Jerome Bishop Whitaker & Judy Vaught

.. Welty Eugene “Gene” Whitaker & Mildred Susan Meece

… Charles Columbus “Lum” Whitaker & Alma Christie Herrin

…. Allen Custer Herrin & Ruth Alice DeBord

….. Joseph Allen Harriett & Susan Harriet James

…… Rev. Joseph Martin James & Rhoda May

……. John M. James & Clara Nalle