Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Verda and Ralph McCauley

Verda Hankins McCauley and her youngest child, Ralph Raymond

Ralph was born on Aug. 7, 1932 and 
died 10 months and 22 days later on June 29, 1933.

Photo from the collection of my aunt, Elizabeth McCauley Carver; annotated "Mama and Ralph". 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Ralph Raymond McCauley

Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky
Ralph Raymond McCauley
Aug 7, 1932 - June 29, 1933

Ralph was the youngest son of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

This Week in the Family History - June 27 - July 3

28 Jun 1905 (105 years ago) - Golden Gladys McCauley was born in Daniel Boone, Hopkins County, Kentucky. Gladys was the daughter of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins. [aunt]

29 Jun 1628 (382 years ago) - Hugh Cole was born in Barnstaple, Devonshire, England. Hugh was the son of James Cole and Mary Tibbes. [9th great-grandfather, Hopkins line]

29 Jun 1933 (77 years ago) - Ralph Raymond McCauley died in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky at the age of 10 months, 22 days. Ralph was the son of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins. [uncle]

July 1666 (344 years ago) - Elizabeth Godson was born (location unknown). She was the daughter of Peter Godson and Sarah Hodgkins. [7th great-grandmother, Hankins line] 

1 July 1790 (220 years ago) - Jabez Hopkins died (location unknown). Jabez was the son of William Hopkins and Deborah Allen. [6th great-grandfather, Hopkins line]

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Surname Saturday - Berry

Today's surname is Berry, the name of one of my 4th great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

5. Verda Waller "Verdie Jane" Hankins
10. Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins
21. Isabella Jane Goodloe
42. John Emerson Goodloe

Born 1 May 1777, Colony of Virginia
Married Henry Lewis Goodloe 9 Apr 1801, Clark County, Kentucky
Died 20 Aug 1862, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Buried Grapevine Cemetery, Hopkins County, Kentucky

Married Elizabeth (maiden name unknown)
Died bef. 11 Apr 1811, Hopkins County, Kentucky

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

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Anna Finney Gamble

Adamson Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia
(currently known as Pleasant Grove Cemetery)

Anna Gamble
Died Feb. 1877

Anna Finney was born about 1799 in South Carolina. She was the daughter of John and Agnes Finney. Anna married David Gamble on March 6, 1814 in Laurens County, South Carolina. They had 10 children.

Anna was my 3rd great-grandmother [Lanier line]. Photo taken June 11, 2010

Monday, June 21, 2010

Research Trip - Lanier Reunion

Last week I wrote several posts about a recent research trip to Alabama and Georgia with a few family members. We didn't really accomplish a great deal on the research front but the trip was still well worth it just for the time we spent together in the area where our grandfather, John William McCauley, and his parents were born and grew up. The highlight of the trip was the Lanier Family Reunion we attended on June 12th.

Just over a year ago we were able to finally prove who our grandfather's parents were. Along the way we "met" (through e-mail) a new 3rd cousin and his wife who have been so helpful and supportive to our efforts that we will never be able to thank them enough. This cousin is the grandson of William Larkin Lanier who was our grandfather's 1st cousin. When the descendants of William Larkin decided to have a reunion this year, we were invited to join them. We had already been discussing a research trip to the area so worked out our schedules to get in a couple of days of research and attend the reunion.

Sisla Rebecca and William Larkin Lanier

William Larkin Lanier and his wife, Sisla Rebecca Williams had 11 children between 1889 and 1912. The children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren of those 11 make up quite a large group. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming to the five of us that we really felt like part of this wonderful family. Thanks to everyone for including us and a very special thanks to Fran and Oz, you two are simply the best.


Series of posts about a research trip to Alabama and Georgia, June 9-12, 2010:
Research Trip - Lanier Reunion

Sunday, June 20, 2010

This Week in the Family History - June 20 - 26

22 Jun 1825 (185 years ago) - Titus Fox died in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Titus was the son of James Fox. [5th great-grandfather, Hankins line]

23 Jun 1597 (413 years ago) - Robert Gydlowe [Goodloe] died in Aspull, Lancashire, England. Robert was the son of Rauf Gidlow. [The Goodloe spelling evolved over several 100 years from Gidlow to Gydlowe, Goodlaw, Gudlawe, Goodlowe and finally Goodloe.] [14th great-grandfather, Hankins line]



Saturday, June 19, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Prolific Dad

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

The mission for Father's Day is:
Determine who is one of the most prolific fathers in your genealogy database or in your ancestry. By prolific, I mean the one who fathered the most children.


There are plenty of large families in my direct line. A quick (manual) run through my data base found 22 of my various grandfathers with 10 to 14 children. Honorable mention goes to Henry Goodloe with 17 (all by the same wife) but the winner is John Covey Howard with at least 20 children.

I say "at least" because in addition to the documented 20 children listed below, there was a rumor or two around the family that he had an illegitimate daughter.

1st wife, Matilda Brock had 11 children: Mahala, James, Michael, John Covey Jr., Larkin, Hiram Brock, Nancy, Elizabeth, Mary, Matilda and Jacob.

2nd wife, Sarah Saylor had 2 children: Newberry and Ary

2rd wife, Mary Morris had  7 children: Idress, Henry, Armenta, Sarah, Lucinda, Madison and Bobby.

Nineteen of these children lived until adulthood which seems remarkable for that many children born between 1828 and 1870.

For more about John Covey Howard click on the link above or this one for a previous post about him.

Research Trip - Adamson Cemetery, aka Pleasant Grove Cemetery

The second cemetery where we had success was Adamson Cemetery in Heard County, Georgia. It's located less than a mile from the Alabama state line on State Road 109 in Heard County. Apparently, Adamson was the original name for the cemetery but, even though GoogleMaps shows that's still the name, the sign says it's Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

Buried in this cemetery are my 3rd great-grandparents, Anna Finney and David Gamble; their daughter, Mary Gamble Bennett; and their son, Thomas Ewing Gamble and his wife, Martha Connely. Other relatives buried here are Nancy Elizabeth Jackson Adamson (sister of my 2nd great-grandmother, Charlotte Jackson Lanier), her husband, Seaborn Henry Adamson and some of their children. There is also an unknown Union soldier buried in this small country cemetery in what was definitely Confederate territory. (More about that story in a later post.)

Graves of David & Anna Gamble, their daughter,
Mary and son, Thomas and his wife, Martha

David Gamble's marker has already been the subject for a Tombstone Tuesday post and the other individual markers will be in the next few weeks. Below are some overview shots of this cemetery.





Series of posts about a research trip to Alabama and Georgia, June 9-12, 2010:
Research Trip - Rocky Mount Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia
Research Trip - Where Is Nancy Jane Buried?
Research Trip - Is This My Emma E. Lanier?
Research Trip - New Hope Baptist Cemetery (maybe)
Research Trip - Adamson Cemetery, aka Pleasant Grove Cemetery
Research Trip - Lanier Reunion



Surname Saturday - Fox

Today's surname is Fox, the name of one of my 4th great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

5. Verda Waller "Verdie Jane" Hankins
10. Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins
20. Albert "Elvie" Hankins
40. Houston Hankins

Born abt. 1794, Burke County, North Carolina
Married Barnabas Hankins 1 Jan 1811, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Married James Matthews 15 Feb 1844, Hopkins County, Kentucky
Died bet. 1850-1852, Hopkins County, Kentucky

Born bet. 1756-1762
Married Elizabeth Wright 25 Aug 1780, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Died 22 Jun 1825, Hopkins County, Kentucky

Died abt. 1812, Hopkins County, Kentucky

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

Friday, June 18, 2010

Research Trip - New Hope Baptist Cemetery (maybe)

In previous posts I've discussed the lack of success on this trip in finding the grave site of my great grandmother, Nancy Jane Bennett Lanier's at Hillview Cemetery in LaGrange, Georgia and in locating the Rocky Mount Cemetery in Troup County where her Bennett grandfather was buried. We did have some cemetery success on this trip - locating two cemeteries and the graves we wanted to visit in each of them.

The first one was New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Fredonia, Chambers County, Alabama. Maybe. Since nothing is ever easy with this family, I'm not sure that's actually the name of the cemetery where my gg grandparents, Charlotte Jackson and William Washington Lanier are buried along with their daughter, Mary; son, James Jackson and his wife, Mary J. The New Hope Baptist Church is located at the intersection of Chambers County Roads 267 and 263 and there is a small, newer cemetery at the church but that's not where they are buried. Their cemetery is located on Chambers County Road 263 about a mile (or maybe less) past the current church location. GoogleMaps shows a cemetery in that location named Swint-Hammack Cemetery. The satellite view looks like the cemetery where the Lanier's are buried. (I've posted the question on the Ancestry Chambers County message board. Hopefully, someone from the area can explain.)

GoogleMaps Satellite View of Cemetery on Chambers County Road 263

The five Lanier family graves
Four of these markers have already been the subject of Tombstone Tuesday posts (listed here) using photos taken last year when other family members visited this cemetery. The fifth one (Mary Lanier) will be coming soon.

Overview shots of the cemetery

Coming soon - Adamson Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia (or is it Pleasant Grove?)


Series of posts about a research trip to Alabama and Georgia, June 9-12, 2010:
Research Trip - New Hope Baptist Cemetery (maybe)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Research Trip - Is This My Emma E. Lanier?

My grandfather had a sister named Emma E. Lanier. One of the goals on my recent research trip to Alabama and Georgia was to determine if she was the Emma Lanier who married Thomas Samuel Childers. Ancestry.com lists the marriage of E. E. Lanier to T. S. Childers in Chambers County, Alabama on July 4, 1889 in their index of Alabama Marriages 1800-1969. I had hoped the actual marriage record would give more information, like maybe her parents names or at least her father as the bondsman. It doesn't.


Emma is listed in the 1880 and 1900 census records in her father's household. They were in Randolph County, Alabama in 1880 when she was listed as Emma E., age 7 and born in Alabama. The family also lived in adjoining Chambers County, Alabama both before 1880 and after. They were in Monroe County, Mississippi in 1900 when she was listed as Emma, age 27, born in April 1873 in Alabama with marital status of widow. Just because she's listed with her parents in 1900 doesn't mean she really lived there. It seems that Joseph and Nancy listed all of their living children without regard to where they were living or accurate marital status. It is definite that three of the other children listed as living with them in 1900 absolutely were not and two of them were definitely married but were listed as single.

The E. E. Lanier and T. S. Childers who were married in Chambers County in 1889 appear to be living in nearby Coweta County, Georgia by 1900 (at least a couple of other researchers I've talked with believe it's the same couple but they didn't know anything about Emma's parents). T. S. was listed as Thomas and E. E. as Emma, age 27 born in May 1873 in Georgia. Thomas and Emma had been married for 11 years which matches the 1889 marriage. They had four daughters - Sallie (11), Nannie E. (6), Jeannie (4) and Ann (1 month). My Emma had a sister named Sallie and her mother's name was Nancy, sometimes listed as Nannie for whatever that's worth. The age is the same as the 1900 record for my Emma with her parents, the birth month is May instead of April and birthplace Georgia instead of Alabama so everything doesn't match perfectly but that's often the case with census records from various years.

By 1910, Emma Lanier Childers had died (or at least was gone) and Thomas was married to a 2nd Emma whose maiden name was Bony. The 1910 census in Coweta County lists Thomas as Samuel T. Childers and his wife as Emma Lou. They were listed as married for 3 years and it shows as a 2nd marriage for both of them. Emma Lou is listed as the mother of 3 living children and there are three children listed - Mattie Lou (7), Marie Viola (2) and John B. (8 months). So not only is the first Emma gone, so are all four of her children. The two older girls could have been married by 1910 and maybe even the 3rd one but 1 month old Ann would have only been 10 years old.

So, there is no real proof that this Emma E. Lanier Childers was my grandfather's sister, Emma E. Lanier. I really think she is but until something more solid comes along, I'm leaving all this information in Emma's research notes and not adding the husband and children to my database.

At least we have a solid possibility for Emma unlike their sister, Louisana "Lula" Lanier. There's not a trace of her to be found.

All thoughts and suggestions are welcome.


Series of posts about a research trip to Alabama and Georgia, June 9-12, 2010:
Research Trip - Is This My Emma E. Lanier?

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - 10 Years Ago Today

David Hankins McCauley
July 12, 1926 - June 16, 2000

1927
abt. 1933
abt. 1938
abt. 1943
1944
Feb 1950
Dec 1951
Easter, 1957
Aug 1967
1980
1981
1989
1991
abt. 1995
1998
July 1999
Dec 1999

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Research Trip - Where Is Nancy Jane Buried?

That question still hasn't been completely answered. One thing on the To Do List for this research trip was to locate the grave site of our great-grandmother, Nancy Jane Bennett Lanier. Nancy Jane died in Atlanta, Georgia on 12 Oct 1926 and her death certificate lists her place of burial as LaGrange but doesn't specify a cemetery. LaGrange is in Troup County, Georgia and she had ties to that area. She was probably born in neighboring Heard County but could have been born in Troup. Her Bennett grandparents definitely lived in Troup County and her father had lived there with them after the family moved from South Carolina when he was a child. Nancy Jane and her husband, Joseph Smith Lanier, had lived in neighboring Chambers and Randolph Counties in Alabama but from all indications, she hadn't lived in this area since before 1900.

Nancy Jane's obituary from the Oct 14th LaGrange Reporter says her funeral was "held at Hilview cemetery this morning at 11 o'clock with Dr. John S. Jenkins, pastor of the First Methodist Church officiating."
14 Oct 1926, LaGrange Reporter

The obituary lists Hunter-Owen Funeral directors in charge of arrangements and the Troup County Archives has their old records. Nancy Jane's record shows her funeral was held on Oct. 13th and that her son, J. D. Lanier [James], paid $12 for her funeral expenses. Part of the cemetery name on the form is a black blob but the last part of the word is "view" and, of course, the section of the form where the details about her plot should be is blank.


We knew all of that before the trip but felt sure we'd be able to find the actual plot because the Troup County Archives has the Sexton records for Hillview Cemetery. Their records show the plot number, name of person buried, date buried and the owner of the plot. You guessed it - Nancy Jane isn't listed.

Hillview Cemetery is big. Not the kind of cemetery where you can just wander around and find graves very easily. Plus we are reasonably sure that Nancy Jane has no headstone (she's not listed in the cemetery transcription either). Her death certificate lists an Atlanta funeral director so maybe we can find their records - although it's unlikely they would have done a better job of documenting her grave site than the funeral home responsible for the actual burial. For now, we'll have to be satisfied believing our great-grandmother is buried there somewhere.

Aerial View of Hillview and Shadowlawn Cemeteries from GoogleMaps.
The section labeled Shadowlawn is actually the Hillview Annex
 and the large section to the left is Shadowlawn.
If you had ancestors in Troup County, Georgia, the Troup County Archives website is a great resource. They have cemetery transciptions, marriage records and deeds available online. If you visit the archives, Historian Forrest Clark Johnson III is most helpful.





Series of posts about a research trip to Alabama and Georgia, June 9-12, 2010:
Research Trip - Where Is Nancy Jane Buried?

Tombstone Tuesday - David Gamble

Adamson Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia 
(currently known as Pleasant Grove Cemetery)

Sergt. David Gamble
S. C. Mil.
War of 1812

David Gamble was born abt. 1789 in South Carolina and died bef. 1880 in Heard County, Georgia. He married Anna Finney, daughter of John and Agnes Finney on Mar. 6, 1814 in Laurens County, South Carolina. They had 10 children.

David was my 3rd great-grandfather [Lanier line]. Photos taken June 11, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Research Trip - Rocky Mount Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia

According to Family, Church and Community Cemeteries of Troup County, Georgia [1], my 3rd great-grandfather, Lewis H. Bennett is buried in Rocky Mount Cemetery and has a 4 ½ ft. Italian Marble upright marker inscribed with: "Sacred to the memory of Lewis H. Bennett, who departed this life Nov 6, 1851, in the 49th year of his age. He was a member of the Baptist Church at Antioch." Their directions to the cemetery are "behind the Rock Store at the corner of McCosh Road and Old State Line Road, up a high hill, rough." Keep in mind it was "rough" over 20 years ago. Today it's completely inaccessible.

This is what's left of the Rock Store.


This is what the area around the store looks like.

It's unlikely anyone is ever going to see the Rocky Mount Cemetery again, at least I'm pretty sure I'm never going to see it, so I'm grateful to the people who transcribed it years ago when it could still be found.

[1] Dorothy McClendon, Lillie Lambert and Danny Knight, Family, Church and Community Cemeteries of Troup County, Georgia (LaGrange, Georgia: McClendon, Lambert and Knight, 1990)


Series of posts about a research trip to Alabama and Georgia, June 9-12, 2010:


Research Trip - Rocky Mount Cemetery, Troup County, Georgia

Sunday, June 13, 2010

This Week in the Family - June 13 - 19

13 Jun 1858 (152 years ago) - Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Lee was the son of Albert Hankins and Isabella Jane Goodloe. [great-grandfather, Hankins line]

14 Jun 1753 (257 years ago) - Hugh Cole died at the age of 70. Hugh was the son of Hugh Cole and Deborah Buckland and was born Swansea, Plymouth Colony. [7th great-grandfather, Hopkins line]

16 Jun 2000 (10 years ago) - David Hankins McCauley died in Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky at the age of 73. David was the son of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins. [father]

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Surname Saturday - Eaves

Today's surname is Eaves, the name of one of my 4th great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

4. John William "Will" McCauley
8. Joseph Smith Lanier
17. Charlotte T. Jackson
35. Lavinia Malone

71. Gracie Eaves
Born 10 Nov 1780, North Carolina
Married John Malone abt. 1800, Rutherford County, North Carolina
Died abt. 1855, Meriwether County, Georgia

142. Burwell Eaves
Married Izza Malone

284. Graves Eaves
Lived in Northumberland County, Virginia and Rutherford County, North Carolina


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

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Papa

aka Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Lanier
March 1, 1875 - July 20, 1959

I'm traveling today to the four county area on the border of Georgia and Alabama (Heard & Troup, GA; Chambers & Randolph, AL) where Papa and his parents were born and grew up. 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Research Trip Prep - My Bags Are Packed

In Almost Ready To Go I talked yesterday about some of the research materials for this trip and mentioned that I'm not going alone. This trip is to research my paternal grandfather (John William McCauley) and his family in the area where he and his parents were born and raised. There are four others going with me - two cousins, my brother and sister-in-law. There was to be one more but we just found out last night that another cousin had to cancel - and I'm bummed. It won't be the same without her.

Last summer four of us went to Mississippi to research our grandfather's life before he moved to Kentucky in about 1903. Not only was it wildly successful on the research end, we had a great time. If you have never taken a research trip with family, I highly recommend it - with the disclaimer that everyone must share your interest in the subject or it might not work out so well.

This trip was planned in conjunction with a family reunion that we will be attending on Saturday - with a group of 3rd cousins we have never met. The reunion is for descendants of William Larkin Lanier who was our grandfather's 1st cousin. We became acquainted (on-line) with one of William Larkin's grandsons and his wife last year while we were doing some intense research on our grandfather. They have been so helpful and supportive to us and when their branch of the family decided to get together, they invited us to join them. Isn't that exciting?

I haven't really blogged about our grandfather (who his children and grandchildren all called Papa) other than the occasional Wordless Wednesday photo and the Surname Saturday posts on his family lines. His story is long, complicated, incredible - almost unbelievable. We just put all the pieces together last year. It will take a book to tell everything and someday we will get it written. Telling the story of how our family searched for 50 years for Papa's roots could almost be another book.

I hope to do some blogging from the road but it's possible we'll be so busy there won't be time and it will have to wait until next week.


Other posts about this trip:
Research Trip Prep - Getting Started
Research Trip Prep - Almost Ready To Go

Tombstone Tuesday - James Jackson & Mary Jane Lanier

New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery
Fredonia, Alabama

J. J. Lanier
Born Oct. 13, 1938
Died June 21, 1892

 M. J. Lanier
Born July 13, 1840
Died Sept. 26, 1910

James Jackson Lanier was the son of William Washington Lanier and Charlotte Jackson. He married Mary J. Knard abt. 1865 in Alabama. They are buried next to his parents.

On Saturday I'll be attending a family reunion held by grandchildren of James and Mary's son, William Larkin Lanier who are my 3rd cousins. 

Monday, June 7, 2010

Research Trip Prep - Almost Ready To Go

Research trip time is just about here - traveling on Wednesday, researching on Thursday and Friday then attending a family reunion on Saturday. It's going to be a busy week.

I started talking about this trip a few days ago in Research Trip Prep - Getting Started when I was working on the "To Do" list, calling repositories to find out what records are available, identifying area cemeteries to visit, etc. That's all done and today I'm finishing up with printing everything that might be needed on the road.

As noted in the earlier post, I use Legacy Family Tree software and am making full use of their "To Do List" function for this trip. The to do items have been identified, prioritized, sorted by research facility and printed. Below are a couple of examples, one for a general item and one for an individual:
Each to do item is printed on a separate sheet with some blank lines for notes (you can control the number of lines and depending on how much information you have for description and results, one item can be multiple pages). When researching, I make all notes on the to do sheets so the information can be easily entered into Legacy later. Once entered, there's no need to keep the hard copy since I can find everything that's been done with a click or two.

In addition to the to do items, I've created lists for the cemeteries I want to visit, a few reports that might be needed for reference when the laptop isn't available and printed out maps and directions for repositories and cemeteries. Yes, I have a GPS and will be using it but my experience with technology says to always have a backup plan plus some of the cemeteries and areas where my ancestors lived are rural and don't have an address that can be plugged into a GPS

Most of this information has been bound into booklets - a brilliant idea that I stole adapted from Karen over at Genealogy Frame of Mind who wrote about her research notebooks a few weeks ago (imitation is the sincerest form of flattery).



So, it looks like we are about ready to go. Yes, I said "we" - I'm not taking this trip alone.

More about that before "we" hit the road.

Disclaimer: I have no connection to Millennia (creator of Legacy Family Tree software), receive no compensation from them and did not discuss this post with anyone connected to the company. I've just loved Legacy from the first day I started using it in 2007.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

This Week in the Family History - June 6 - 12

8 Jun 1885 (125 years ago) - John Cook Taylor married Sarah "Sally" Ramsey in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. John was the son of James Francis Taylor and Margaret E. Ramsey. Sally was the daughter of  Goldman P. Ramsey and Serena Green. [great-grandfather and his 1st wife, Taylor line]

10 Jun 1894 (116 years ago) - James Francis "Jim" Taylor died in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. Jim was the son of William Taylor and Martha "Patsy" Ramsey. [2nd great-grandfather, Taylor line]

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Surname Saturday - Mullins

Today's surname is Mullins, the name of two of my 3rd great-grandmothers and one of my 4th great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer but when it comes to the Owens and Mullins families it's not always clear.)

7. Emma Ewers Taylor (my maternal grandmother)
15. Emma Jane Owens
30. Madison Crawford "Matt" Owens
31. Cecilia "Celia" Owens

61. Rebecca "Becky" Mullins (mother of Matt)
Born abt. 1802, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Married Alfred Owens, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died 1 Feb 1875, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

63. Louis A. Mullins (mother of Celia)
Born abt. 1802, North Carolina
Married Wesley Owens, Rockcastle County, Kentucky
Died bef. 1860, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

121. Winefred Mullins (mother of Alfred and Wesley Owens)
Born 20 Mar 1766
Married David Owens 16 Dec 1780, Wilkes County, North Carolina
Died 26 Feb 1842, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

122. Champ Mullins (father of Becky)
Born bet. 1770 - 1775, North Carolina
Married Elizabeth (maiden name unverified but possibly Calloway)

126. Spencer Mullins (father of Louis A.)
Born abt. 1775, North Carolina
Married Mary King
Died 1 May 1853, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

244. Henry Mullins (father of Champ, Spencer and Winefred)
Married Mary "Polly" Terry
Died abt. 1811, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

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

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - William T. and Mary E. Taylor

Ramsey Taylor Cemetery, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

William T. Taylor
Aug 11, 1856 - Feb 2, 1904

 Mary E. Taylor
May 10, 1860 - Aug 19, 1919

William Thomas "Tom" Taylor was the son of James Francis Taylor and Margaret E. Ramsey. He married Mary Elizabeth Fletcher on 7 Jan 1880 in Rockcastle County. Her parents are unknown.