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Here I am on my deck enjoying a beautiful Kentucky autumn afternoonSince I've had several requests to do so, here is a picture of me taken in the fall of 1999 on the deck behind my house in Bowling Green, Kentucky.
Kentucky Colonel Certificate - Click for a larger view I was commissioned a Kentucky Colonel in 1991.  

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Sons of the American Revolution Notice - click for larger viewCertificate of Membeship to the SAR - click for larger view

On May 7th, 2003, my application for membership to the Sons of the American Revolution was accepted.  Above is the notification and the membership certificate I received from that organization.  My Revolutionary ancestor on my father's side of the family was Jasper Cather, my 4th great-grandfather. 

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Confirmation of Supplemental SAR application - click for larger viewZebulon Hallock SAR Certificate - click for larger view
On February 16th, 2005, my supplemental application for membership to the Sons of the American Revolution was accepted, thus confirming involvement in the Revolution on both sides of my family.  Above is the notification and the membership certificate I received from that organization.  My Revolutionary ancestor on my mother's side of the family was Zebulon Hallock, my 4th great-grandfather. 

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When I'm not working on my web page, I am generally reading  historical novels or Civil War auto-biographies.

Be sure to check out the Kinship page.  It's a listing of all of the names in my family tree and how I am related to each individual.  Is your name in there somewhere?   PDF format
Vacation pictures of Washington D.C. Under Construction - the link on the left does not work.  Soon I hope to have pictures of our trip to Washington D.C. 

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Then and Now - Shortly before our trip to Washington D.C., I was given some old family photographs by my mother.  In those photos, were pictures of a trip she had taken in 1928 with her father to the same area.  With that knowledge, I purposely took two snapshots from roughly the same camera angle when visiting Mount Vernon, the home of our first President.  The first shot is of George Washington's grave.  The second if of his Mount Vernon home.  It's interesting to see how much has changed in 72 years, yet how much  remains the same..
George Washington's Grave in 1928 - click for larger view.George Washington's Grave in 2000 - click for larger view.
Mount Vernon in 1928 - click for larger view.Mount Vernon in 2000 - click for larger view.

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Cannon fire at Perryville, KY Civil War reenactment - click to go to photo albumOn October 7, 2000, I went to a reenactment of the Civil War battle at Perryville, Kentucky in 1862.  Click on the photo to see the complete set of pictures.

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The old gun, a family heirloom

The old gun - click for larger viewThe old gun - click for larger viewEver since I was young, I was always fascinated with a very old gun we had in the house.  After becoming an adult, it was given to me by my father, Harold Petznick.  He told me that it has been handed down in the McKee family and given to him by his uncle, Leo McKee, who lived in Backoo, North Dakota.  According to tradition, the gun is supposed to be handed down to the youngest male in the family.
A photo of the trigger and hammer of the old gun - click for larger viewMarkings on the gun that show the name of Josh - click for larger viewThe gun is a smoothbore (no rifling).  According to a gun-savvy family friend from several years ago, it was his belief that the gun was manufactured in the early 1800s.  It is a converted flintlock, evident by the holes in its side by the hammer.  There are no serial numbers on it.  The only discernable marking is the name "Josh", which can be seen clearly in the photo on the right.
Marking that appear to be notches of some type on the barrel - click for larger viewThere are two markings on the barrel that appear to be notches of some kind.  I also have a powder horn for the gun, which is hanging up in my den.

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Additional Hobbies, etc.

The Music Room Box I created for Mom's 83rd birthday - click to see more picturesIn January of 2000, I gave my mother, Mary Louise Pine Petznick a Room Box I had made for her 83rd birthday, in honor of her many years of teaching music.  Click on the  photo to go to the album to view all of the pictures.
A picture of the decks and landscaping behind our home - click to see more picturesNot professing to be a carpenter, I managed to design and build a new deck  on the back of our home.  Click on the photo to view before and after pictures of the project.

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