Elijah at IBMA

Elijah stepping up to do The Barn Dance!

Posted by Elizabeth T. Greeson on Saturday, September 29, 2018

Malachi and Amelia jamming with the Lonesome River Band

Yeah, so Lonesome River Band is a pretty big deal too.  They posted this video on their Facebook jamming with Malachi and Amelia, and their new friend Jake Goforth on guitar.

IBMA Youth International Bluegrass Music Association #WOB #bluegrass

Posted by Lonesome River Band on Friday, September 28, 2018

Amelia singing with Flatt Lonesome

Flatt Lonesome is a pretty big deal in the bluegrass world with #1 songs and albums, as well as multiple IBMA awards.  They did a karaoke session at IBMA this year, and I signed Amelia up.  She’s singing their first #1 song “You’ll Get No More of Me” and they’re backing her up.  Flatt Lonesome streamed it on Facebook live.  Amelia comes on at about the 16:30 mark.  Enjoy!

We’re back LIVE with Bluegrass Karaoke!

Posted by Flatt Lonesome on Friday, September 28, 2018

Mom’s expanding influence over the years


Here’s a little timeline for Mother’s Day.  Sorry, I didn’t have one of just Jere, or one with Stephen as a baby.  (If anyone has pictures of Mom with all her kids to that point that aren’t shown here, PLEASE add them!)

Thank you for your never-ending work, sacrificing your time, talents, energy, health, sleep, sanity, money, and everything else you had for us over the years.  During the process we all gave you MUCH TOO LITTLE of the appreciation, respect, and love that you deserved.  And though it seemed like an almost constant battle with at least one of us at any given time, ALL of us can say that we are who we are because of your efforts, we’re the better for it.  Hopefully we honor you now by who we’ve become, and that you have been able to find joy and rejoicing in your posterity.  Thank you for continuing to bless our lives however you can.

Happy Mother’s Day, Mom!

We love you!

The Freeman 10

10Why does Will feel a need to hide behind his sisters?
Why does Will feel a need to hide behind his sisters?


Teaching the kids some Dodger history

OK, here’s another totally different family/baseball history note that some of you young’uns might not know. The Diamondbacks have only been around since 1998, so there is a “generation” of older kids in our family that actually DIDN’T grow up rooting for them. With Dad being raised in LA, we grew up as Dodgers fans. I don’t know if Jere and Melissa feel the same way, but one of the coolest things I remember from my school days is when our CVHS band marched on to the field at Dodger Stadium.   And while, according to our pedigree, all of us kids are half Phoenix and half LA, when the Dodgers play the D-Backs I’m always pulling for the boys in blue.

25 years ago (1988) the Dodgers won their last World Series.  The iconic moment from that series was when Kirk Gibson (yes, the current D-Backs manager) hobbled up to the plate on two bad legs with two outs in the bottom of the 9th and hit a walk-off two run homer off A’s Hall of Fame closer Dennis Eckersley (who by the way was baptized LDS, but was only active a few years in his youth) to win Game 1.  I called that home run, by the way.  We had just gotten back to the Smith’s house from a Scout hike at the Grand Canyon and with my 13 year old fan faith I just KNEW Gibson would come up and save the day.  I didn’t know he hadn’t played the whole game because of his injuries and that at-bat would be his only appearance in the Series.

With that being such a dramatic moment, people tend to use it to symbolize the ’88 championship season.  HOWEVER, the Dodgers had to get through the NY Mets in the National League Championship Series to even get to the World Series.  That NLCS series was one for the ages.  (Games 3, 4, and 5 were played at Shea Stadium in Queens, NY.  The field is now part of the Citi Field parking lot.)

Game 4 of that NLCS turned out to be pivotal in the history of both franchises.  The Mets (who were heavily favored, having won 10 of the 11 regular season meetings, most of them by decent margins) were up two games to one with their ace Dwight Gooden taking a commanding 4-2 lead into the 9th inning.  Then, from this spot 002










Mike Scoscia hits a two run homer to tie the game.  But the heroics weren’t over yet.  In the top of the 12th inning, from this same spot, Kirk Gibson hit a two out solo shot to go up one.

But the heroics STILL weren’t over.  In the bottom of the 12th, with two outs and the bases loaded, Orel Hershiser (having started the day before on three days rest from his Game 1 start) came to this spot















to get Kevin McReynolds to fly out, earning the save, and tying the series at two games each.  Hershiser would later pitch a complete game shutout in Game 7 and earn NLCS MVP honors.

After that Game 4, the Dodgers would win game five, heading home with a lead in the series, eventually winning both this NLCS and the World Series.  The Mets, on the other hand, would see the end of an era.

Of course, the Mets and the Diamondbacks have both been to the Word Series since the last time the Dodgers were there.  I guess that’s why as Dodgers fans events/memories from Dodger lore are all we have to hold on to.  That, and the annual hope of not blowing yet another NL West lead heading into the All-Star break, just to be fighting for a wild card spot in the fall.

Family History Questions – Part 5

This is the final installment…

JRF’s maternal grandparents were John Jay Stocking and Catherine Emaline Ensign.  Catherine’s ordinances were all done in October 1891 in the Manti Temple.  It looks like she died after five kids and 10 years of marriage, but three more kids are listed after her death.  It looks like John Jay married Catherine’s younger sister Harriet eight months after Catherine’s death in 1841, so those last kids may be theirs.  He was baptized about a year after Catherine’s death, and was sealed to Catherine in the Endowment House in 1869.

James Homer Stocking was born in Massachusetts, six months after John Jay was baptized (FEB 1842) and 18 months after Catherine’s death.  James Homer died in Nauvoo shortly after his third birthday (1845), so they moved to Nauvoo at some point between 1842 and 1845.  John Jay received his initiatory and endowment in the Nauvoo temple FEB 1846, right before the Saints traveled west.  He would have been about 40 years old at the time.

So John Jay Stocking, DEFINITELY lived in Nauvoo.  When did he move there?  Where did he live?  Can we find that spot when we’re there?  Angeline Amaret Stocking, JRF’s mother, was six years old when her mother died in Massachusetts, and would have been 11 when they left Nauvoo.

Interesting stuff!  Who wants to find what?  Ready…….GO!

Family History Questions – Part 4

Mysteries abound on Jeremiah Reuben Freeman’s side as well.  All four of his grandparents were born “back east” and died in Utah, except his maternal grandmother (Catherine Emaline Ensign) who died in 1841 in Massachusetts, so it’s safe to say that was the first generation to be baptized.  But the dates are what make things interesting.

JRF’s paternal grandparents, John Freeman and Nancy Smoot, were born in Kentucky and married there as well (1826).  John and Nancy’s ordinance records have their initiatory, endowment, and sealing all happening 2 APR 1857 in the Endowment House.  John’s baptism is listed as 16 MAR 1857, with his confirmation 1 JUN 1844.  Nancy’s baptism is also listed as 16 MAR 1857, but her confirmation was back on 1 JUL 1835.  Did they re-baptize people in the Endowment House before performing the other ordinances (two weeks, in this case)?

They appear to still be in KY in 1838 when their 8th child (Columbus Reed) is born.  However, their next three children were born in southern Illinios (the tip between Missouri and Kentucky) between 1840-1845.  So, with the dates above, it would appear that Nancy joined in KY and John joined later in IL.  Two of those last three children who were born in IL (four year old Levi and 21 month old Rosaline) died at Winter Quarters in 1847.  William Hamblin Freeman, JRF’s father, was born in KY and would have been 14 years old at Winter Quarters.

There’s another child listed (Martha) who was born in 1849 in northwest Missouri (AndrewCounty–near the Nebraska-Kansas border), and died in Provo.  Did the Freemans not leave with the Saints from Winter Quarters, staying back and drifting southward, but eventually moving out to Utah later?  Did they move on with the Saints, and Martha perhaps was an adopted orphan (or something like that) who they took in later?

Looking at the dates, when did the Freemans meet up with the Saints?  They were still hundreds of miles from Nauvoo a year after Joseph Smith died.  Did they move to Nauvoo BEFORE the Saints left, or meet up with them somewhere between Nauvoo and Winter Quarters?  IF they DID move to Nauvoo at some point, where did they live, and could we find the spot when we’re there?

We’ll finish with the Stockings…