Daisy McIntire Vickers Revisited – Recipes and More #2 of 52 Ancestors Update

After my blog on Daisy McIntire Vickers, several of her descendants responded.  As you may remember, Daisy was raised in Arkansas and a sister to my great-grandfather, Thomas Hendrix McIntire. Daisy had nine sons with eight living to adulthood. She was a young widow, raising the youngest sons on her own.

In her book, Pauline Mitchell Pierce Via mentioned Daisy’s jam cake and fruit salad recipes. Of course, I asked if anyone had the recipes.  My newly found Vickers cousins certainly came through.

Here’s the Jam Cake recipe in Daisy’s own handwriting, dated 1955 on the back.

 

Daisy McIntire Vickers' Christmas Jam Cake Recipe
Daisy McIntire Vickers’ Christmas Jam Cake Recipe

 

Daisy McIntire Vickers' Christmas Jam Cake Recipe back
Daisy McIntire Vickers’ Christmas Jam Cake Recipe back

For those of you who need modern instructions for the cake, here is the recipe updated by one of Daisy’s descendants.

 

Modern version of Daisy's Jam Cake Recipe
Modern version of Daisy’s Jam Cake Recipe

And here is a picture of the cake, made with boisenberry jam.  While the recipe says to put batter into 3 cake pans, the recipe made two layers for the cake below, so you might want to adjust the ingredients if you want a tall three layer cake. Looks pretty yummy doesn’t it.

 

Daisy's Jam Cake made with Boisenberry Jam
Daisy’s Jam Cake made with Boisenberry Jam

 

Grandma Daisy Vickers’ Christmas Fruit Salad

 In equal amounts:

 

  • Apples, peeled, cored and cubed.
  • Oranges, peeled, separated, seeded. Cut each segment in thirds if a large orange – or half if smaller.
  • Grapes (Grandma always used the large seeded ones – we had to cut in half and remove the seeds.) 

 

 16 oz can of cherries (I seem to remember they were red – but I don’t remember if sweetened or unsweetened – I think either would be OK – it would affect amount of sugar needed is all).

 16 oz can of pineapple. Drain juice and reserve.

 Add sugar and reserved pineapple juice.  (Don’t add a big amount of sugar.  Taste in a few hours, add more if needed.) The sugar draws the juice from the other fruit to mingle with the cherry and pineapple juice.

 Cover tightly (a jar or jug with a lid is ideal).  Refrigerate, at least overnight.  When grandma had her assembly line going at our house,  we didn’t have a refrigerator so we made it Christmas Eve and ate it on Christmas Day.  It is good for 2 or 3 days if refrigerated.

When ready to serve, add sliced banana (only in what is to be served at that meal). 

While these were recipes for intended for Christmas, with Easter coming up, how about including one or both of these recipes in your Easter Sunday meal? If you do, put pictures of Facebook and tell us what kind of jelly you used in the cake.

Remember this picture from the earlier blog – Daisy McIntire Vickers. Here is a better copy provided by a Vickers family member.

 

Daisy and William A. Vickers with all their sons-picture used by permission from a Vickers cousin Information on the picture states this is the William & Daisy Vickers family with all of their children, with the other couple Thomas Elihue Vickers and Clare Mae Wade Vickers.  My best guess based on size compared to ages from the 1930 census is starting from the three standing in the back – Wymond, Bordon, Richard. Then Elihue with his wife Clara, Forest, Jennings – standing just behind Ford, Ford, Ralph, Daisy and William. This picture probably taken around 1930.
Daisy and William A. Vickers with all their sons-picture used by permission from a Vickers cousin
Information on the picture states this is the William & Daisy Vickers family with all of their children, with the other couple Thomas Elihue Vickers and Clare Mae Wade Vickers. My best guess based on size compared to ages from the 1930 census is starting from the three standing in the back – Wymond, Bordon, Richard. Then Elihue with his wife Clara, Forest, Jennings – standing just behind Ford, Ford, Ralph, Daisy and William. This picture probably taken around 1930.

The next picture was taken 60 years later, on the occasion of Clara Wade Vickers  Brady’s 80th birthday. Clara is sitting front and center with the corsage surrounded by all her descendants. These are the descendants from just Elihue and Clara. No wonder Daisy’s post has been my most viewed blog post!

 

Clara Wade Vickers Davis 80th Birthday Party
Clara Wade Vickers Brady’s 80th Birthday Party

Below, one final picture of Daisy McIntire Vicker’s in her later years, still with a beautiful smile, high cheek bones and the white, white hair still seen in many of the McIntire family lines.

 

Daisy McIntire Vickers in a rocking chair
Daisy McIntire Vickers in a rocking chair

 

Written for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge at No Story Too Small.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho

 

A Great Week in Genealogy and It’s Only Thursday

First, I registered for Course 4: Writing and Publishing for Genealogists taught by Tom Jones, one of the best genealogy writers and editors. The week-long course is taught at Samford University’s Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research (IGHR) in Birmingham, Alabama. The class fills up very quickly, with on-line registration opening at 12 noon on Tuesday. I was on-line as the class opened up at 11:58 am, according my computer clock. After finishing registration for the class I realized, in my excitement, I’d forgotten to sign up for on-campus room and board for the week. Logging back in at 12:08, Dr. Jones’ class was already full!

Second, success with DNA testing. I administer 10 DNA kits for family members on FTDNA, along with my additional testing on 23andMe and ancestry. I’ve sent one wave of invitations to all my 973 23andMe matches and added over 200 cousins to my chromosome maps, without finding any close relatives. That all changed this week, when I send out a second wave of invitations to 65 new relatives. One person responded almost immediately. It didn’t take us long to find we are related through our Buckmaster line, with my dad remembering his grand father. My new cousin and I share Charles Wilson Buckmaster and Mahala Hopkins as our most recent common ancestors, motivation for me to analyze Charles’ 500+ pages of Civil War pension file records sitting in two 3″ ring binders on my shelf.

Third – new record on my blog. After the post on Daisy McIntire Vickers, my blog site has had over 100 views/day for the past two days, a record for my blog, with nice comments from some of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, but I’m still looking for the jam cake and fruit salad recipes. I’d love to share those, if anyone has her recipes.

Altogether a great week in genealogy and it’s only Thursday.

Copyright © 2014 Andrea Musgrove Perisho