About Lori Crane

Bestselling and award-winning author of historical fiction and the occasional thriller. Dueling pianist. Cute shoes.

“Lori Crane is a Southern storyteller of the first order.” ~Writer’s Digest

“Lori Crane is a must-read author.” ~Readers’ Favorite

 

 

 

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A Day in the Life of Patootie” is named after my puppy Rudy Patootie. So far, he’s chewed up seven rugs, two pairs of shoes, and every throw pillow in the house. I love him! We also have a new love (below) named Pippa. She’s still a puppy and chewing up the house as quickly as Rudy.

 

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Native Mississippi belle, blonde, blue, 5’4″, Scorpio, residing with my trophy husband near Nashville, Tennessee.

 

 

 

 

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BIO

I’m a dueling piano player by night – the sales admin of a national manufacturing company headquartered in Nashville by day – and an indie author in my spare time. Stop laughing! Yes, there are 32 hours in a day. No, I don’t sleep; thanks for asking. I’m a die-hard genealogy buff, and you’ll find a majority of my blog is about history and family and the occasional snippet from one of my books or my work-in-progress. Click on the “select category” button on the right side of the page to find something/someone specific.

My writing/blogging schedule changes every year. I’ve decided to “float” in 2017, taking much needed time off from writing to work on my new house and my garden. Hopefully, I’ll get back on a schedule by the end of the year. Stay tuned. All I know for sure is I will continue to write “On This Day” blogs about various ancestors on the date of their birth, death, marriage, etc. There are over 9000 people in my family tree. We’re gonna be here a while.

Ok, let’s get on with it, shall we? Don’t be shy. Say something. Let me know you stopped by.

~ Lori ♥

 

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78 responses to “About Lori Crane

  1. Lori,
    Bumped into your blog via Ancestry, Culpepper. Seems we have a few things in common. I have ancestors in MS, (my Clark married a McMullan, mother a Culpepper, Newton MS) I also live in MI, am a DAR and a pending UDC candidiate. Oh, am an animal lover too. Will keep reading. Watch out, deer are starting their run.

    Melissa

    • Hi Melissa,

      Thanks for stopping by. Are you and I from the same Culpepper line? Do you think Clark Co is named from your ancestors? Where in MI? I’m outside of Lansing. I joined the Robert E Lee Chapter of the UDC in Meridian, MS. I wish I could attend meetings. Maybe someday. My DAR chapter is Grand Rapids because that’s where I work and I liked that they are very active. I just heard today from the insurance co that the darn deer totaled my car. Guess I’ll be car shopping next week.

      Lori

  2. Arizona, No Snow (well most of the time) few deer, but a lot of blue skies if you and Robert ever get out this way give me a call would love to show you the desert. I wanted to retire to Starkville area but the weather did not do well by my wife. Take care, keep writing and GOD BLESS YOU ALL

  3. Hi Lori, I read about you on Christoph Fischer’s blog this morning. I’m looking forward to reading your book. I was born in Michigan, but lived in north Florida (60 miles from Georgia) for 30 years. I prefer the south. Currently I’m typing my great grandfather’s Civil War journal to publish as an eBook. He was from Michigan’s second regiment and was in both Bull Run battles. He was wounded in the Battle of Knoxville and was taken prisoner for six months. I thought about doing what you did since I write fiction, but decided recently to simply get the complete journal out for others to enjoy.

    • Hi P.C. – Thank you for stopping by. It was a tough decision on how to write “Okatibbee Creek.” The heroine had 14 brothers and sisters, who all had six, eight, ten children each, so there are literally thousands of descendants living mostly in AL, LA, MS and TX. It started as a family document, but was such an amazing story, it morphed into a novel. You’ll see when you read it that it’s a strange mix of both.
      Hurry and finish your book. I look forward to reading the story from the Union side.
      Oh, and, I prefer the South also. May move back to MS one day.
      Lori

  4. Hi..I am Kathy Paul Cayton. My mother is Katie Bell Culpepper Paul Cardwell. She is the daughter of William Clenon Culpepper your granddaddy Earl’s brother. My mother is 83 and currently living in a nursing home up here in North Carolina by me. I just ordered your book Okatibee Creek for her to read and am looking forward to the others. I read your background on the Culpepper boys. My grandmother Eloise did not die at 30 she and my grandfather divorced and she remarried to a Tew and he remarried to Thelma. They were married until he died. I was little when he shot himself and always hated the fact he would have had so many stories to share had he not done that. I had no memory of him before he shot himself. I do remember going to Uncle Earl’s and Aunt Ina’s house everytime they came to visit. I loved going there. My grandmother Thelma was my heart I loved her like no other I would have fought anyone that referred to her as my step grandmother. They were married to each other when I was born. She had to learn how to drive when he shot himself and she did take care of him until she died. I heard many stories about the day he shot himself. Uncle Fred lived next door and he crawled into the bathroom window and found him when he would not open the door. My Mamaw said he never locked the door and she had heard a noise but she thought it was just something outside. I also order your book for my ereader because I did not want to wait until my mom finished reading it. She will be very excited to read it. I love your sight. I own the Culpepper Book and love looking at it. 😉

    • Hi Kathy,
      A while back I sent you a message on Facebook, but instead of it going in your “message” folder, it probably went in your “other” folder. Facebook is getting a little picky. Anyway, it’s sooooo very nice to hear from you. I am really confused about Eloise. I was told she died of breast cancer at age 30. Stories get changed as they are told, so it’s hard to keep track. I loved Uncle Clinton and Aunt Thelma dearly. Such sweet people. I went way out there to the cemetery when I was in Meridian at Christmas. Did Katie Bell and Mary Ann grow up with their mom after the divorce? Do you know when Eloise died?

      Here’s one for ya: Clinton’s mom was Annie Blanks Culpepper. Her mom was Martha Lettie Carpenter Blanks. Her dad was Rice Benjamin Carpenter.
      AND, Eloise’s dad was James Ransom Snowden. His dad was James Gray Snowden. His mom was Bethanie Sanderford Snowden. Her mom was Sarah “Betsy” Carpenter Sanderford – who was Rice Benjamin Carpenter’s older sister.
      That makes Clinton and Eloise very distant cousins. I wonder if they knew that.
      Your line to Mary Ann Rodgers in the book would be your mom, Clinton, great grandma Annie Josephine Blanks Culpepper, 2nd great grandma Martha Lettie “Mattie” Carpenter Blanks, and 3rd great grandma Mary Ann Rodgers Carpenter Jolly. I hope you like the book.

      ~Lori

  5. I started it last night 🙂 Awesome and to have the connection explained to me is great. My grandmother Eloise died around 1980. My mom got married at 15 to a USMC and moved to North Carolina they divorced she moved to Mobile and she married my dad around 1953. Last time I was in Meridan was when my brother died in 1997. My mom then moved from Meridan to North Carolina with me. I used to stay with my Aunt Mary every summer when I was little so I have alot of good memories of that ruddy dirt road she lived on with the house and its wrap around porch. Uncle Luther peeling apples for me and Christine tolerating my childest self in her teenage world. I love seeing all your research on my roots I am learning so much. Look forward to getting to know you too. 😉

  6. Hi Lori! …Just Nin~a popping in to say hi! cool blog! Keep up the great work in everything you do :)). Patootie, how cute!!!

  7. Wow Lori… I love your enthusiasm about genealogy! I am an archivist….so….I tend to be the best friend of a genealogist. I also work on my family history. The tree painting is such an awesome idea!!! Did you finish?? I would love to see how that came out!? What genre of musician?? You also seem like you have a great personality. Very funny with the “cute shoes” n “trophy husband” n was it “dietPepsiaholic?” HaHa!
    ~~~Felicia

    • Hi Felicia,
      Thanks for stopping by! Yes, an archivist is definitely a best friend to a genealogist. I haven’t painted the tree yet. We were looking to buy a new house, so I was waiting for that. I’ll post photos if I get it done.

      I was raise on classical piano, then played gospel in church for years. I currently perform a dueling piano show for Norwegian Cruise Lines. Looks like I’m going to be out of the country on various ships Dec ’til June, so my ancestry tree is going to have to wait until I get back. 😦

  8. You have a great eye for words; you also have a great future ahead of you in the beautiful world of writing. Don’t ever lose that spark that makes your readers want more.

    Keep your pen busy!
    Your Friend & Creative Writer – Alex.

  9. Hi Lori, I just stumbled upon your books while googling for a website I once read about Claims for Indian depredations. I wanted to go back and read the documents more since it listed our Rodgers. My husband is a descendant of Elly’s daughter, Margaret (Peggy) Rodgers who married William Phillips. I, on the other hand, am a descendant of Sophia McGillivray Durant, the “friendly Creek” side of the McGillivray/Durant clan, through her daughter, Rachel. Interestingly, my husband also descends from Henry H. Crane, of Lauderdale, MS. We can’t wait to get your books and read them!

    • Hi Marla,
      Thank you so much for commenting. Looks like we’re cousins from a couple lines. Let me know what you think of “Elly” and the Indians. I find it fascinating that your family is from both sides. I won’t be around much until January (working out of the country) but please get back with me in the new year. I’d love to learn more about your side of the family. Tell your husband I am descended from Peggy’s brother Hays. Happy New Year. Talk to you soon.
      ~Lori

    • Thank you for stopping by, Victoria. I love “Cold” and will get over to read more. I live in Michigan, where the snow is alive and well, but I’m from Mississippi and write Southern historical fiction. I’m tempted to move back south to a warmer climate and thought about VA. You’ll have to let me know where to go visit.

  10. Nice to meet you Lori!
    Now I have another book to read 🙂
    I am a DAR and UDC also, Georgia Belle, living in Florida.
    My oldest son is near Traverse City in Michigan. His in-laws have a lovely summer house that his wife’s grandfather built on the shores of Lake Huron in the UP. I wish we could visit more often. My husband is world traveled but settled in Sarasota as a teenager and I don’t think we will ever leave the South. Looking forward to getting to know you.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, SK! My UDC chapter is in Mississippi, so of course I never make meetings. I’d love to move back to the South, but life keeps making other plans for me. When you come up to Mich, give me a shout. When I’m home, I’m always running somewhere around the state. Maybe we’ll end up in the same place at the same time. BTW, I love the name of your book, Red Clay! Not many Yankees know what that is. haha.

  11. Came across your blog today. I have been doing research on my husbands family, Culpepper’s of Henry County Alabama. We are getting his paper work together for SAR.

    • Hi Susan,
      Thanks for stopping by and saying hello. I’m in the DAR under Joseph Culpepper who served in South Carolina. Good luck getting all that paperwork together. It’s quite a task.
      Lori

  12. Lori, my wife and I just finished a cruise with you this morning and caught all your Dueling Piano shows. You played Bobby McGee at our request last night and as with your shows earlier in the week, you nailed it. We were there with our three kids and it was my 12 year old daughter who had you play that “uplifting” Adele song earlier in the week. You truly have a great stage presence to complement your incredible piano and vocal skills. I am the only musician in our house (piano) and it was so great to see my family excited to go to your shows each night. Oddly, I rarely get tips when I play at home.
    We were so impressed with you, that my wife and I Googled you when we got home and we’re happy to learn of your other talents as an author. Looking forward to reading one of your books soon. You offered many toasts on the cruise (I had to explain Chicken Pot Pie to a couple of the kids) so I hope you don’t mind me leaving a toast for you. May the seas be calm, the bar always open and the music forever in your soul.

    • Best toast ever! I may have to steal that one from you. 🙂 I’m glad you all had a good time on the ship and glad the family found an appreciation for your love of music. Put a tip jar on your piano. Ya never know! Happy New Year to you all!!! Stay in touch!

    • Thanks, Vivian. I love that little munchkin. When people ask me what kind of dog his is, I say, “He’s a Pettin’ Puppy.” He’s like a real live muppet. He’s actually 1/2 Skye Terrier and 1/2 Bichon. One of a kind.

  13. Just found your website when I googled Culpepper Charlemagne. My dad was named after him- Charles Curran Culpepper. My interest in Charlemagne was recently piqued while watching Vikings. I’m also taking a World History class and he is mentioned there as well as in another book I’m reading called Vikings: A History

  14. I just got into the family tree and love it. If you’re not busy I would love to talk about what I have and have learned. You can call me anytime at (804) 398-2687.

  15. Hi Lori,

    I write Northern historical fiction (mainly about a family from New Jersey). I also love genealogy. My family goes back to 1630. I’m a direct descendent of Jonathan Foster who fought at Lexington and Concord. Another family member was captured by the British and I have a copy of his release papers.

    Something about knowing just the names of family is comforting and exciting.

    • Hi Adrienne,
      Thanks for stopping by.
      I’m currently writing a 4-book series on 1650-1670 Virginia. Learning a lot about that era and place. I’ve looked around online for colonial records, but I guess you have to go there. 🙂 I’d love to get my hands on some documents.

  16. Hi Lori. I just popped in to say hello after reading one of your posts (re-blogged by Chris The Story Reading Ape).I am glad came by and will be having a poke around as there is lots to see here! 🙂

  17. Hi Lori. Thanks for following my blog. I look forward to reading about Tennessee. Someone in the comments mentioned you singing Bobby MvGee on your last cruise. Just the other day I watched a concert on Irish TV, broadcast live from Dublin and featuring The Chieftains. Kris Kristofferson was a surprise guest and sang that song, one of his best IMHO.

    • Not many people know that he wrote that song. It’s one of my favs. Thanks for coming by. It’s very nice to meet you, and I look forward to seeing you around the ole blogosphere. 🙂

  18. Hi Lori, Thanks for the follow on my blog. I like your style. Although I’m Canadian, I’ve always had an interest in American History! Looking forward to reading more of your work…Thanks….Dave 🙂

    • Thanks, Dave! Glad to connect here. I’ve always thought the history around the Great Lakes was a joint/shared history. I look forward to visiting your page often. 🙂

  19. Lori, I’ve been pursuing the moonshine still incident from the perspective of the revenue agent who died. I found his tombstone at New Ireland Baptist Church in Newton County. My mother’s relatives ran moonshine in Neshoba County during the same time period; our family always said it was the only way to pay the bills and keep the family together. They also swore they never drank the stuff. . .

    • That’s really interesting, Marjory. People around that time usually worked in the vicinity of their homes, so I’m not surprised he is in Newton County. Do you remember his name? I’ve heard my great grandfather served his time for the murder and was released. I’ve also heard he was pardoned and released early. I haven’t examined any court documents to find out which is correct. I wonder if they knew each other before the incident. Couldn’t have been the first time a revenuer came around to collect money.

  20. Hi, Lori –

    William Henry Blanks (1755-1823) is my 5th great grandfather, and I was delighted to find information about him and his family on your blog. By any chance do you have documentation/evidence of the birth and/or death of his daughter Mary Polly, child of his first wife, Mariah Robertson? And any evidence of the link between the generations?

    Mary Polly Blanks married John Henry Whatley in Greene, GA, and William Blanks Whatley was their eldest child. That part of the family migrated to Henry County, AL, as land opened up, and some of their descendants ended up back in Georgia in the 20th century.

    Many thanks –
    Catherine

    • Well, hi, Cousin!!

      Thanks for reaching out. It’s always nice to connect with a cousin, especially one who loves to dig into our ancestors as much as I do.

      I don’t have documents of Mary Polly’s birth and death dates. As far as links between generations, you’d have to be a little more specific as to who you’re trying to link.

      I have WH and Mariah married as follows:

      Name: William Blanks
      Spouse: Marian Robertson
      Marriage Date: 10 Jan 1782
      Marriage Location: Halifax County, Virginia
      Source Information
      Dodd, Jordan. Virginia, Marriages, 1660-1800 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
      Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Virginia.

      And Mary Polly’s marriage:

      Name: John Whatley
      Spouse: Polly Blanks
      Marriage Date: 24 Jun 1803
      Marriage County: Greene
      Marriage State: Georgia
      Source Information
      Dodd, Jordan. Georgia Marriages to 1850 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
      Original data: Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Georgia.

      I have on my ancestry tree that her birth and death dates were 1790-1827, but I don’t think the death date is correct. I got the dates from other Ancestry users with no documentation, as usual. The problem with the death date is: I see John married Elizabeth James 8 Oct 1821 in Jasper, Georgia, so Mary Polly was more-than-likely dead before then. I know John had kids back-to-back from his marriage to Mary Polly in 1803 through 1840. Looking at the dates, I’m sure she gave birth to Thomas Jefferson 1804, William Blanks 1807, and John G 1813. Then there may be a lapse of 7 years before the next child, a daughter, was born in 1820. What strikes me is they named her Polly Ann. It wasn’t unusual at the time for a daughter to be named after a deceased wife. So, that’s something to think about. If I had to guess, I’d say she died between 1813 and 1820ish. If Mary Polly did give birth to Polly Ann, that could have been her cause of death in 1820. If Polly Ann was the daughter of Elizabeth, then either her birth date was not recorded correctly, or John and Elizabeth were waiting for a long time for a traveling preacher to show up and marry them (since they didn’t marry until Oct 1821).

      Since Mary Polly’s marriage record says “Polly Blanks,” I bet you’d have more luck if you searched for that and dropped the “Mary” part.
      Also, if you look up her children’s records, maybe you’ll find information about Mary Polly.
      Too bad the records from back then were only head-counts with no real information.
      Good luck! If I run across anything, I’ll certainly let you know.

      Sorry I’m not more help. I didn’t research that line, only names and vague dates. I come from Mary Polly’s half brother, WH Blanks II. Sure was a big family.

      Stay in touch, Catherine!
      ~Lori

  21. Good morning, Lori – and thank you for your kind reply and the details.

    Yes, the records from the early 19th century are particularly problematic, especially for the folks who were moving into the new Southwest territories of the time. I’ve been working on connecting William Blanks Whatley conclusively to John H. and Polly Whatley for years, but the best I’ve been able to do is build a case using later land, census and probate records in Alabama. Nothing has surfaced to date that links William B. to Polly – except the use of her maiden name as his middle name and a biographical sketch of one of their grandsons (found in the Alabama archives). Given the ages of children of John H., I think William is the oldest of the children with Polly.

    Perhaps another way at this would be for me to document William Henry Blanks in Virginia and Georgia. I’ve seen WHB’s father’s will in Spotsylvania Co., VA, listed, but it doesn’t include information about a wife or children for William, and it seems that WHB didn’t have a will in Greene County, Georgia. So it looks like I’ll start digging in the Virginia archives to see what I can find!

    All the best –
    Catherine

  22. Hi Lori. Mom and I have read your work and love it. My mom’s mother was Ida Mae Howington (Sanderson then McDaniel were her married names). Ida was born December 5, 1902. She had sisters named Eleanor, Nancy, Mary, Julia and brothers named Max, Sug, Howard. We would like to know if we are related and if so, how. Thank you so much.
    Holly Boyd
    hboyd7777@yahoo.com

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