Day 75 of Safer-at-Home here in Panama City Beach, Florida. This morning’s statistics for COVID-19 for Bay County are 97 confirmed cases and 3 deaths, and for Florida are 52,255 cases and 2,259 deaths. The United States is approaching 100,000 deaths from the virus and on Nicole Wallace’s show today she showed an aerial shot of a full University of Alabama stadium which hold 100,000 people. That graphic helped show that these numbers are not just statistics, but real people, who had a life cut short by this virus.
On my walk this morning I could not help but compare it to my walk at the same time on Sunday. Today I only met a couple of people while on Sunday the road had a lot more walkers on it. Today no one was at the Dolphin Street boat ramp, on Sunday there were trucks lined up to put their boats in the water. Today all the second homes had no cars in front of them, Sunday these driveways were full of Alabama and Georgia tags. The long weekend is over.
Today I spent some time on the computer. I wrote two articles for the Bay County Genealogical Society’s (BCGS) Newsletter. Caroline, the editor of the newsletter had sent me a reminder a few days ago, and so it had been weighing on my mind. I was able to cross that task off my list. I worked a little bit on the instructions for my Freebie Friday project.
The other thing I have been doing is researching one of my Revolutionary War ancestors, Thomas Neal (1735-1799). He is the one I used on my Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) application. I was a legacy as my grandmother was a very active DAR member and my mother was a member in name only and they had both joined using Thomas Neal as their patriot. But because that line was already proven I had never really done any research on who this man was. I know in Warrenton, Georgia at the courthouse there is memorial to the men who had fought in that war that resided there with his name on it. In fact I had stopped there once on a visit to my mother-in-law in Augusta, Georgia and taken a picture. But I knew nothing about his service. All I have found out is that he served in the Troop of Light Horse under the command of Captain Matthew Singleton, whose commander was Colonel Richard Richardson and this was in South Carolina.
For lunch I made some chicken salad and some gluten free zucchini fritters. I paired those with some of the remaining corn salad I made a few days ago. to entertain myself I watched the PBS Memorial Day Celebration that was aired last night. Because of the virus, this year’s show could not be live form Washington DC. I think they did a pretty good job of piecing everything together. And the songs and stories left me pretty emotional during the show. My father was in the Navy until I was in 6th grade. My husband was in the Navy before I met him. And many ancestors fought in wars all the way back to the Revolution. Luckily I have only found one great, great, grandfather to have died in a war, and this was Daniel Johns (1825-1862) who died in the service of Confederate States of America (CSA). This saddens me in more ways than one.
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