"PIONEERS, MEMORIES AND
This site is about our families and their
the generations and trails they left behind of MEMORIES,
and the reasons for our fondness of LADYBUGS.
& allied families we have researched, to date,
contain 3,326 individuals - some back 16 generations -
with an average life span of 59 years and 10 months.
The earliest ancestor we have found is Robert Josey - Born 1565.
Welcome to our Helfrich and
Josey web site. This cover page is from the celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary in December 2002.
Chuck and I wanted to thank our family for the many memories
during that time when the entire family came in to celebrate our
50th anniversary. So, what could be more appropriate than
"Thanks For The Memories" as background music on our main
page. That entire family, consisting of four sons and their wives, and
seven grandchildren, all cooperated with so many events, and we all had
so much fun. The pictures of all
of us above gives one a peek at the good times had by all. Then, we got ourselves
together, cleaned up and you will find a more presentable picture of all
of us on the 50th Anniversary Page.
We hope you will come back often as this is an ongoing project.
Chuck and I have walked the paths of so many of our ancestors over the
years, going to their home places, schools, relatives, neighbors,
friends, etc. to garner as much information as possible. We have
lost track of the number of cemeteries we have strolled through, looking
for any ancestors possible. We are scanning thousands of pictures
and transcribing scores of interviews we have conducted over the
past 50 years. Chuck and I have put pen to paper and composed the
stories of our lives and our ancestors. This web site has been
almost three years in the works, and many months
spent looking for the appropriate graphics and music to fit each page.
Please do turn up your volume and enjoy the music on each page. The purpose of this web site is to
have a CD of all of this for each of our sons and their families and,
hopefully, find others who can connect with our
families. We hope this will be a lasting legacy for all of our
descendants who follow after us.
This web site consists of an individual page with the life history of
each of our grandchildren, our four sons and their wives, Chuck, Jackie,
our parents, our grandparents, some great-grandparents and
combined pages for each of our ancestors after the great-grandparents,
in addition to several "other pages" that we hope may be of interest to
many of you. We also hope you will come back often and read
a few more chapters each time. These graphics and colors on this
page seemed apropos, since Chuck and I could consider ourselves
in the autumn of our lives. Our main focus has been to have each page
be as much of a surprise, as possible, when it is opened and catch and hold your
attention. Hopefully, we have succeeded, for the most part, and
we look forward to your comment (s) in our guest book below.
and the ones we write about on these pages are about the
Our sons and daughters-in-law are the current events and hope of
Our grandchildren are the
building blocks and future of tomorrow.
Yesterday is history;
Tomorrow is a mystery;
Today is a gift -- That's why it's called the
We have many other allied names mentioned here, but
the main names written about on this web site are:
Bishop, Blount/Blunt, Burrus/Burress, Carter, Collins, Davis,
Greene, Hatfields, Helfrich, Herr, Hubbell/Hubble, Hunt, Josey,
McCoy, Philyaw, Ray, Sims, and Sprung.