Favorite Name

Following the prompts of Amy Johnson Crow  for 52 weeks 52 ancestors- Week 6’s prompt is – Favorite Name

Name-Week 6

With a progeny of family names it is not difficult to choose a favorite. This name is unique and combines information from both mother and father thus tying this person to their family each day.


Larnell, [lawr-nel], is a combination of her parents names, Lawrence and Nell. Her mother originally spelled her name Laurnell however people kept prounouncing it incorrectly so the u was quickly deleted.

Having a unique name has it’s benefits and its’ disadvantages.When she was young her name caused confusion many times. However, if  pronouncing Larnell was bad trying to figure out how to pronounce her last name, Smaihall [smey-hawl], was worse.



Following the prompts of Amy Johnson Crow  for 52 weeks 52 ancestors- Week 5’s prompt is – CensusUpp-1910 census

In 1995 my father asked me to search for his biological families’ information since I was living in Ohio and that is where he was born. Find his biological father, Kenneth Upp, son of Josephine and “Squire” Upp.

I was fortunate to be able to accompany my husband on a business trip to Salt Lake City so I headed to the Family History Library. Finding a different copy of  this census record the information was the same but next to Kenneth’s name were the initials “ss”. Having NO training in family research I took this information up to the assistant at the FHL and asked, “What does ss mean?” to which he nicely replied “step-son”.

Sharing this information with my father at the time was fun but it also started a quest to find the biological father of Kenneth Upp. Information regarding “Mr. Haskins” was confirmed by cousins who provided primary information to support the census. This quest has been interesting to follow for the past 20 years. It is hopefuly that DNA and other information will help to discover the biological father of my biological paternal grandfather.

52 Weeks 52 Ancestors

52 Weeks and 52 Ancestors – Week 2 – Favorite Photo

The beginning of 2018 Amy Crow Johnson, developed an idea to prompt people to share information they have found on their ancestors 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks. Trying to blog once a week had been a goal that was derailed last year because of life, therefore it is once again on my list of goals for 2018.

The flu knocked me for a loop for the past three weeks so I am trying to catch up on some of the goals I had set for this year. Therefore I will start with the prompt for Week 2 – Favorite Photo

Dosch Grandparents and Grandchildren

This is a photograph of Jack and Rose Dosch reading to their grandchildren Keith and Melinda Dosch during Christmas of 1963. This is one of my favorites because I found it when digitizing Dosch family slides last year but it shows the priority reading was for my family. It is nice to see this tradition started when I was young and that I can remember extremely happy times reading like this for my children as well.

“Reading to Grandchildren”, slide, 1963, digital image,2017, Dosch Family Archive [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE] Magnolia, Texas. Slide taken by Charles Dosch inherited by Melinda Dosch Culpon for the Dosch Family Archive in 2015.

Matriarch and Patriarch

Larnell and Doug


Currently the matriarch of the Dosch family is Larnell Smaihall Dosch. The patriarch of the Culpon family is Douglas Holmes Culpon, Jr. (aka Doug)  Larnell’s family has roots from Texas,Louisiana, Austria-Bohemia and England. Doug’s family is from Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Germany and England.

Less than fifty miles separated members of both the Dosch and Culpon families in the northern  part of Yorkshire in the 19th century. We are lucky that over a hundred years later these families could unite in Texas and share their culture and heritage.