Thursday, April 29, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday - Perry Hankins' Obituary


This obituary for Perry Hankins is a treasure because it contains some information I might not otherwise know. Perry died in Denver, Colorado of Tuberculosis which he contracted during military service, he had been in Denver for 7 weeks receiving treatment, his body was shipped back to Hopkins County, Kentucky by train, he spent 5 years in the US Army, he was buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Hopkins County (apparently without a headstone as he is not listed in Hopkins County Cemetery transcriptions) and his family were living in Earlington at the time of his death. What I still don't know is the date of Perry's death because it's not mentioned. [Finding the actual paper and date of publication is on my To Do list.]  

William Perry Hankins was the brother of my grandmother, Verda Hankins McCauley. This clipping was saved by their mother, Samantha Petty Hankins, and was no doubt published in a Hopkins County, Kentucky newspaper (likely Earlington or possibly Madisonville). I received the copy from Sue Morgan London, daughter of Perry's niece, Helen Hankins Morgan.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Pawleys Island, SC

I'm on vacation at my favorite beach so today's photos are some of the views I'll be enjoying for the next couple of weeks.

The view from the porch of The Old Gray Barn.
[I'm cheating a little, this one was taken last fall but it's one of 
my favorite pictures and I don't think I can improve on it.]

The Old Gray Barn

From the porch



To the left

To the right

No, there aren't many other people here.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Nancy Lair "Nannie" Taylor Harrison

Ramsey Taylor Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Nannie Harrison
Nov. 4, 1880 - Jan. 8, 1959

Nannie was the daughter of James Francis Taylor and Margaret E. Ramsey.  She married Henry T. Harrison on 20 May 1815 in Rockcastle County.  

Sunday, April 25, 2010

This Week in the Family History - Apr 25 - May 1

27 Apr 1839 (171 years ago) - Cecilia "Celia" Owens was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [2nd great-grandmother, Taylor line]

1 May 1625 (385 years ago) - James Cole married Mary Tibbes in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England. [10th great-grandparents, Hopkins line]

1 May 1738 (272 years ago) - Joseph Cole married Freelove Mason. [6th great-grandparents, Hopkins Line]

1 May 1777 (233 years ago) - Elizabeth "Betsey" Berry was born in Colony of Virginia. [4th great-grandmother, Hankins line]

1 May 1853 (157 years ago) - Spencer Mullins died in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [4th great-grandfather, Owens line]

1 May 1909 (101 years ago) - Joseph Smith Lanier died (location unknown). [great-grandfather, Lanier line]

May 1737 (273 years ago) - Capt. Thomas Carr died (exact day not known, location was probably Colony of Virginia). [7th great-grandfather, Hankins line]

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Surname Saturday - Finney

Today's surname is Finney, the name of one of my 3rd great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

4. John William McCauley (my paternal grandfather)
9. Nancy Jane Bennett
19. Martha Lucinda Gamble

Born abt. 1799, South Carolina
Married David Gamble 16 Mar 1814 Laurensville, Laurens County, South Carolina
Died Feb 1877, Heard County, Georgia
Buried Adamson Cemetery, Glenn, Heard County, Georgia

Born bet. 1775-1784
Married Agnes (maiden name not proven)
Died bet. 1820-1825, Laurens County, South Carolina

Click the links above for possibly more information on each ancestor and their family. If you are connected to this family, e-mail me.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Dave and Ida Owens

New Freedom Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Owens
David 1873-1953
Ida 1877-1960

William David "Dave" Owens was born 5 Apr 1875 in Rockcastle County and died there on 16 Jun 1953. He was the son of Madison Crawford "Matt" Owens and Cecilia "Celia" Owens. Dave's wife, Ida Belle Owens, was the daughter of James W. Owens and Averil Laswell. She was born on 7 Mar 1878 (this date is from actual birth records so 1877 on her headstone is incorrect) in Rockcastle County and died there on 12 May 1960. Dave and Ida were married in Rockcastle County on 19 Apr 1895.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

This Week in the Family History - Apr 18 - 24

21 Apr 1718 (292 years ago) - Thomas Hopkins died in Providence, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. [8th great-grandfather, Hopkins line]

23 Apr 1862 (148 years ago) - William Taylor married his 3rd wife, Delilah Cox in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. [3rd great-grandfather, Taylor line]

23 Apr 1929 (81 years ago) - Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins died in Madisonville, Hopkins County, Kentucky. [great-grandfather, Hankins line]



Saturday, April 17, 2010

Surname Saturday - Malone

Today's surname is Malone, the name of one of my 3rd great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

4. John William McCauley (my paternal grandfather)
8. Joseph Smith Lanier
17. Charlotte Jackson

35. Lavinia Malone
Born abt. 1801, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Married Samuel W. Jackson
Died abt 1863, probably in Heard County, Georgia

70. John Malone
Born 14 Sep 1778, Colony of Virginia
Married Gracie Eaves abt. 1800, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Died bet. 1860-1870, Meriwether County, Georgia

John's father may have been Robert Malone who was in Rutherford County, North Carolina around the time it was founded in 1779 but that has not been proven. Click the links above for possibly more information on each ancestor and their family. If you are connected to this family, e-mail me.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ancestor Approved Award

I have been honored with a second Ancestor Approved Award. This time by Kathleen Brandt at a3Genealogy. Thanks Kathleen I really appreciate it. Recipients of this award are to list 10 things they have learned about their ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened them and pass the award on to 10 other genealogy bloggers who are doing their ancestors proud. Check out my lists here.

Treasure Chest Thursday - Lee Hankins, Memorial Card



Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins died in Hopkins County, Kentucky on 23 Apr 1929. The card notes that he was 71 but he was actually a few months short of his 71st birthday which would have been June 13th.

Lee was my great grandfather. Card courtesy of Sue Morgan London from the papers of her mother, Helen Hankins Morgan.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Matt and Celia Owens

Madison Crawford and Cecilia Owens
This photo was taken in 1901 when Matt was 65 and Celia was 62.

"Matt" and "Ceila" were my 2nd great-grandparents

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - George Washington Owens

New Freedom Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Dec. 6, 1866 - May 12, 1950

George was the son of Madison Crawford Owens and Cecilia Owens. He married Sibbie Jane Hamm on 1 Feb 1888 in Rockcastle County and they had three children (Lora, Johnnie and Ellen). George and Sibbie Jane were divorced before 1898 and he never re-married.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

This Week in the Family History - April 11 - 17

11 Apr 1781 (229 years ago) - Deborah Allen Hopkins died (location not known). Deborah was the daughter of Isaac Allen and wife of William Hopkins. [7th great-grandmother, Hopkins line]

16 Apr 1718 (292 years ago) - Diana Vivian Minor died in Middlesex County, Colony of Virginia. Diana was the daughter of John Vivian and Margaret Smith and the wife of Garrett Minor. [8th great-grandmother, Hankins line]

16 Apr 1882 (128 years ago) - Emma Jane Owens was born in Freedom, Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Emmie was the daughter of Madison Crawford Owens and Cecilia Owens. [great-grandmother, Taylor line]

17 Apr 1899 (111 years ago) - John Emerson "Jack" Goodloe died in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Jack was the son of Henry Lewis Goodloe and Elizabeth Berry. He was married twice - first to Eliza Ann Dobyns, second to Elizabeth Pettus. [3rd great-grandfather, Hankins line]

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Surname Saturday - Ramsey

Today's surname is Ramsey, the name of one of my gg grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

7. Emma Ewers Taylor (maternal grandmother)
14. John Cook Taylor
28. James Francis "Jim" Taylor

[John C. Taylor's parents were 1st cousins so they have the same Ramsey line. James Francis Taylor's Ramsey connection is also covered here to avoid repeating some of the Ramsey line again later when I get to his mother.]

Born 15 Nov 1840, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Married James Francis "Jim" Taylor 11 Oct 1855, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died 23 Jun 1892, Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery, Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

57. Martha "Patsy" Ramsey (mother of James F. Taylor)
Born abt.1799, Virginia
Married William Taylor 2 Jun 1825, Garrard County, Kentucky
Died 13 Feb 1852, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried Ramsey-Hiatt Cemetery (currently named Hiatt Cemetery), Renfro Valley, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

58. Thomas Ramsey, Jr. (father of Margaret E. Ramsey)
Born abt. 1782, Virginia
Married Atly Percith 23 Feb 1818, Pulaski County, Kentucky
Married Millie Welsh 12 Feb 1820, Lincoln County, Kentucky
Married Rhoda Ann Lavender (Lair) 20 Jan 1839, Lincoln County, Kentucky (mother of Margaret)
Died abt. 1852, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Buried Elmwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

114/116. Thomas Ramsey, Sr. (father of Martha and Thomas Jr.)
Born abt. 1758, Essex County, Virginia
Married Martha (maiden name not proven) abt. 1772, Colony of Virginia
Fought in Revolutionary War
Died 5 Jun 1843, Garrard County, Kentucky

Thomas Sr.'s parents were probably Francis Ramsey & Elizabeth Ferguson but I haven't done any research on the Ramsey line prior to Thomas.

Click the links above for possibly more information on each ancestor and their family. If you are connected to this family, e-mail me.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Wesley Alfred Owens

Roberts/Old Freedom Cemetery
Rockcastle County, Kentucky

W. A. Owens
Born Apr 28, 1872
Died Jan 10, 1934

Wesley Alfred Owens was the son of Madison Crawford Owens and Cecilia Owens. He lived in Rockcastle County his entire life, never married and had no children.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Ancestor Approved Award

I was pleased to learn yesterday that I had received the "Ancestor Approved Award" from Brenda Joyce Jerome at Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog. (Thanks Brenda.) As a recipient of this award, I am to list 10 things I have learned about my ancestors that have surprised, humbled or enlightened me and then pass the award on to 10 other genealogy bloggers who I feel are doing their ancestors proud. 

It seems that practically everything I've learned about my ancestors fits into at least one of those categories but I'll try to pick ten.
  1. It was surprising, humbling and enlightening to realize how many people had to meet in order for me to exist. I had always known that my parents grew up in opposite ends of Kentucky and met at Union College but until I started genealogy research it simply had not occurred to me what an enormous number of people had to have met under similar random circumstances. 
  2. It was surprising, humbling and enlightening to learn that many of my ancestors came to this country very early. Of the lines that I can trace, I haven't found one single recent immigrant - and by "recent" I mean post Revolutionary War. (Surely there are some and I just haven't found them yet.)   
  3. Genealogy research in general can be very enlightening if you dig deeper than just names, dates and places. I dare say I've learned more history and geography through this process than I ever learned in a classroom.
  4. It is enlightening to visit a place where an ancestor lived even though the area has probably changed tremendously since your ancestor was there. Maybe it's seeing and handling actual records that were created during their lifetime but you just get a feel for things that you can't get through a computer screen. 
  5. It was surprising, humbling and enlightening to finally identify my paternal grandfather's parents just last year through a joint research effort with several cousins.
  6. It was surprising, humbling and enlightening to learn that I had several ancestors (around 10 identified so far) who served in the Revolutionary War although I guess it makes sense because so many of them were already here by that time. The most surprising thing among them was that my 4th great grandfather, Thomas Ramsey, was at Valley Forge.
  7. It was surprising to learn that my 2nd great-grandfather, John Covey Howard, was divorced twice before he married his 3rd wife (and my 2nd great-grandmother) in 1856. 
  8. It was surprising to learn that Benedict Arnold was my 4th cousin, 8 times removed. (Yes, that Benedict Arnold.)
  9. It was surprising to learn that my 1st cousin, 7 times removed, Dabney Carr was a good friend of Thomas Jefferson and even married Jefferson's sister, Martha. Dabney and Martha are buried in the Monticello Graveyard along with the former President. 
  10. It was surprising to learn that my mother's Owens ancestors and my father's Fox ancestors all lived in Wilkes County, North Carolina at the same time and later moved to different areas of Kentucky. David Owens and Titus Fox both fought in the Revolutionary War from North Carolina. David Owens served under Benjamin Cleveland and Cleveland is also mentioned in Titus Fox's pension application. I wonder if the families knew each other. 
There are so many wonderful genealogy blogs that I enjoy reading (some of them are listed in sidebar) so selecting 10 is difficult but here goes.

  1. Linda at Flipside
  2. Carol at Reflections From the Fence
  3. Tina at Gen Wish List
  4. Amy at We Tree
  5. Astrid at Of Trolls and Lemons
  6. Greta at Greta's Genealogy Bog
  7. Karen at Genealogy Frame of Mind
  8. Staci at Wading in the Gene Pool
  9. Cathy at In Deeds
  10. Nancy at My Ancestor and Me
This award was originated by Leslie Ann Ballou at Ancestors Live Here.

This Week In The Family History - April 4 - 10

9 Apr 1801 (209 years ago) - Henry Lewis "Harry" Goodloe married Elizabeth "Betsey" Berry in Clark County, Kentucky. [4th great-grandparents, Hankins Line]


Saturday, April 3, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Degrees of Separation

It's Saturday night so that means Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings has posted this week's mission for some Genealogy Fun:

Find an ancestral line that stretches back to the time of the US Revolutionary War (1775-1783), about 230 years. Define your person-to-person connection (the person actually met the next person on the list) back to a historical figure from that time.

1. I knew my great grandfather, John C. Taylor (1863-1953). Granted I was less than 2 years old when he died and I don't actually remember him but I'd lived in the same town where he lived since I was 6 months old so I definitely met him.

2. John C. Taylor (1863-1953) knew his father, James Francis Taylor (1830-1894).

3. James Francis Taylor (1830-1894) surely knew his grandfather, Thomas Ramsey, Sr. (abt. 1758-1843). Jim was 13 years old when his grandfather died. During his early childhood he had lived in the same county as his grandfather so Jim probably knew his grandfather pretty well.

4. Thomas Ramsey, Sr. (abt. 1758-1843) met George Washington. OK, I don't know for a fact that Thomas actually met Washington, chances are he didn't but it could have happened. Thomas served in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted in Essex County, Virginia on 15 Feb 1776 and served for two years in the 2nd Virginia Regiment under Col. Alexander Spotswood in the Company of Samuel Hawes. Thomas fought in the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown and was honorably discharged at Valley Forge in Feb 1778. Washington led the Continental Army in the Battles of Brandywine and Germantown and he was, of course, at Valley Forge so they were at least in close proximity. Surely Thomas at least caught a glimpse of General Washington at some point.

That's 3 degrees of separation from me to my 4th great-grandfather who could have met Washington and 4 degrees between me and Washington. "Genealogy Rumors" [read online trees] say that my 6th great-grandmother, Elizabeth Washington, was some sort of cousin to George but I don't have any proof of that and even if it was true there would be a few more degrees of separation in that path.

Surname Saturday - Morris

Today's surname is Morris, the name of one of my gg grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

6. Elmer Dennis Hopkins (maternal grandfather)
13. Lucinda Howard

Born abt. 1830, Watts Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky
Married John Covey Howard 10 Mar 1856, Harlan County, Kentucky
Died bet. 1910 - 1920, Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky

Born abt. 1802, North Carolina
Married Martha "Patsy" Mark
Died abt. 1880, Harlan County, Kentucky

Born North Carolina
Married Mary Fisher abt. 1795, North Carolina
Died abt. 1844, Andrew County, Missouri

Click the links above for possibly more information on each ancestor and their family. If you are connected to this family, e-mail me.