Saturday, July 31, 2010

Surname Saturday - Waller

Today's surname is Waller, the name of one of my 5th great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

5. Verda Waller Hankins
10. Thomas Leander Hankins
21. Isabella Jane Goodloe
42. John Emerson Goodloe
84. Henry Lewis Goodloe

169. Dorothy "Dollie" Waller
Married Thomas Allen Goodloe abt. 1776, St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Died aft. 1812, probably in Kentucky

338. John Waller
Born abt. 1701, Berkeley Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia
Married Agnes Carr abt. 1730
Died abt. 1776, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

676. John Waller
Born 23 Feb 1672/73, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, England
Married Dorothy King abt. 1697
Died abt. 1754, St. George's Parish, Spotsylvania County, Virginia

1352. John Waller
Born abt. 1645, England
Married Mary Pomfrett 13 Jan 1668/69, Walton, Buckinghamshire, England
Died Aug 1723, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshive, England

2704. Thomas Waller
Born abt. 1610
Married Anne Keate
Died abt. 1682

5408. Edmund Waller
Born abt. 1582
Married Mary Smith
Died abt. 1667

10816. Thomas Waller
Born abt. 1546
Married Dorothea Gerrard
Died Sep 1626

21632. William Waller
Born abt. 1510
Married Jane Bowland
Died abt. 1558

43264. Robert Waller
Born abt. 1482
Married Elizabeth Fryer
Died abt. 1545

Most of this Waller information is from articles published in the Virginia Magazine of History and Biography and the William and Mary Quarterly. 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, July 28, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - Daisy and Grant Hopkins

Daisy and Grant Hopkins

Grant was the son of James Arton Hopkins and Lucinda Howard. He was born on 2 Aug 1902 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky and died on 8 Mar 1963 in Tucson, Arizona. He married Daisy Hollon in 1926 in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Thomas Ewing Gamble

Adamson Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia
Born Feb. 15, 1822 - Died Jan. 17, 1896

Thomas was the son of David Gamble and Anna Finney and the husband of Martha Connely.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Is This John & Martha Bennett's Robert?

John Bennett and Martha Gamble had at least 9 children - Nancy Jane, Justian, Thomas, Sarah Ann, Teresa, Mary, Martha, John and Robert. Most of the children haven't been located (at least not by me) after they disappear from their parents household in census records. So far, my great-grandmother, Nancy Jane, and her twin sisters, Mary and Martha, are the only ones I've found after the 1880 census. I might have found Robert but I just can't be sure yet. See what you think.

In the 1870 census John and Martha were living in Rock Mills, Randolph County, Alabama. All nine children were listed with them although Nancy Jane probably did not actually live with them. (She was already married and was also listed in Chambers County with her husband and infant daughter.) Robert was listed as 6 months old and born in Alabama.

In the 1880 census John and Martha were still in Randolph County (but in the Burson district) with six of their children. Robert was listed as 10 years old and born in Georgia.

By 1900 Martha has died and John was living in neighboring Chambers County, Alabama. Daughter, Mary, and her children (Lem, Jettie and Warren Hester) were living with him. Back in Randolph County, in the Burson district where John and Martha had been in 1880, there was a Robert L. Bennett with wife, Ida and 4 children. This Robert was listed as 30 years old, born Dec 1869 in Georgia so he's the right age to be John and Martha's Robert.

In 1910 Robert and Ida Bennett were living in Balleyton, Cullman County, Alabama with 8 children. Cullman County is in central Alabama, north of Birmingham. John Bennett had also moved to this area and was living in Ryan Crossroads in Morgan County along with twin daughters, Mary and Martha, and Mary's children. Morgan County joins Cullman on it's north border and Balleyton is 6.6 miles from Ryan Crossroads by today's roads.

In 1920 Robert and Ida were living in Eva, Morgan County, Alabama with 7 children. John Bennett had died by this time but Mary and Martha were still living in Ryan Crossroads in Morgan County.

In 1930 Robert and Ida and the Bennett twins were all still living in Morgan County.

It should be noted that none of the 10 children listed with Robert and Ida in various census records have names found in John and Martha Bennett's family. That seems a little odd but maybe they just didn't like naming children after family members. They didn't even name one of their five sons Robert.

Robert Lee Bennett died in Falkville, Morgan County on 13 Nov 1949. According to his death certificate, he was born in Randolph County, Alabama on 19 Dec 1870 [close but the year should be 1869 if he's John and Martha's son] and was buried in Etha Cemetery, Cullman County, Alabama. His father was listed as Alley Bennett and his mother's name was unknown by the informant, A. C. Bennett (probably his son, Abbie C.).

Alley Bennett? This would be so easy if it just said John. There is only one Alley Bennett in the 1870 census (in the whole country) and she was just 5 years older than Robert so definitely not his father. The only Robert Bennett in 1870 and 1880 in Randolph County is John and Martha's Robert. And one last clue — Mary Bennett Hester's great-grandson remembers as a child meeting someone named Bob once or twice. Bob lived in the area and was related to his great-grandmother. He believes Bob was her brother although he can't be sure.

So, even though there are a few confusing twists, I really think this Robert L. Bennett is the son of John and Martha Bennett. I'm just missing that one bit of solid proof.

Opinions?

Sunday, July 25, 2010

This Week in the Family History - July 25 - 31

26 Jul 1739 (271 years ago) - Elizabeth Cole was born in Swansea, Bristol County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Joseph Cole and Freelove Mason. [5th great-grandmother, Hopkins line]

27 Jul 1852 (158 years ago) - Nancy Jane Bennett was born in Heard County, Georgia. She was the daughter of John T. Bennett and Martha L. Gamble. [great-grandmother, Lanier line]

27 Jul 1918 (92 years ago) - Lois Marie McCauley was born in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins. [aunt]


28 Jul 1876 (134 years ago) - Margaret E. Thomas Petty died in Hopkins County, Kentucky. Margaret was the daughter of Jesse Thomas and Rebecca (maiden name unknown) and the wife of John R. Petty. [2nd great-grandmother, Hankins line]

29 Jul 1687 (323 years ago) - Mary Bosworth Buckland died in Rehoboth, Bristol County, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of Edward Bosworth and Mary (maiden name unknown) and the wife of William Buckland. [10th great-grandmother, Hopkins line]

29 Jul 1810 (200 years ago) - James Lanier married Polly Smith in Jasper County, Georgia. James was the son of Nathaniel Lanier and Mary (maiden name unknown). Polly's parents are not known. [3rd great-grandparents, Lanier line]

29 Jul 1856 (154 years ago) - Henry Lewis Goodloe died in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He was the son of Thomas Allen Goodloe and Dorothy Waller and the husband of Elizabeth Berry.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Surname Saturday - Cooke

Today's surname is Cooke, the name of one of my 5th great-grandmothers. (I've included Ahnentafel numbers to make the relationships clearer.)

4. John William McCauley
8. Joseph Smith Lanier
16. William Washington Lanier
32. James Lanier
64. Nathaniel Lanier

129. Mary Cooke
Married James Lanier abt. 1746, Brunswick County, Virginia

258. Henry Cooke

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, July 21, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - George and Lois McCauley Dockins

George and Lois McCauley Dockins
abt. 1936

This picture is one of my personal favorites. Since next Tuesday would have been Aunt Lois' 92nd birthday, it seems like a good time to share it.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary C. Gamble Bennett

Adamson Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia
Born Oct 5, 1828 - Died July 28, 1865

Mary was the daughter of David Gamble and Anna Finney and the 1st wife of David A. Bennett. 

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - I Write Like . . .

Sometimes Saturday night genealogy fun can happen on Sunday night. Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings has posted this week's mission for some Genealogy Fun yesterday as follows:


Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:
1) Find something that you have written that you are really proud of - the best of your work. Do an Edit > Copy of it.
2) Go to the website http://iwl.me/ and Paste your text into the waiting box.
3) Tell us which famous author you write like. Write it up in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog, or post it on Facebook. Insert the "badge of honor" in your blog if you can.



This was certainly interesting.

I tried - Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins.

The results:


I write like
H. P. Lovecraft
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

I have to admit I am not familiar with H. P. Lovecraft so I checked. Wikipedia says he was an American author of horror, fantasy and science fiction. Seriously! Are they saying my short bio about my wonderful grandmother is written like a horror story? Sorry Mamaw.

You know I had to try again after that one.

Second try - A Tribute to Women! - Emmie's Story (Part 1)

The results:


I write like
Margaret Mitchell
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

That sounds better. I'll take Scarlett and Rhett over horror stories any day.

But now you know I had to try one more time.

Third (and last) try - Preserving Your Research For Posterity


I write like
Dan Brown
I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!

Well that covers a lot of ground. Does this mean that I'm flexible or that I have no style?

This Week in the Family History - July 18 - 24

20 Jul 1959 (51 years ago) - John William "Will" McCauley died in Owensboro, Daviess County, Kentucky. He was the son of Joseph Smith Lanier and Nancy Jane Bennett. [paternal grandfather, Lanier line]

23 Jul 1905 (105 years ago) - Isabella Jane Goodloe died in Hopkins County, Kentucky. She was the daughter of John Emerson Goodloe and Eliza Ann Dobyns. [2nd great-grandmother, Hankins Line]

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Surname Saturday - King

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

7. Emma Ewers Taylor
15. Emma Jane Owens
31. Cecila Owens
63. Louis A. Mullins

127. Mary King
Born bet. 1785-1795, North Carolina
Married Spencer Mullins
Died aft. 1860, Rockcastle County, Kentucky

254. Edward King
Born 1746, North Carolina
Married Felicia Lewis, Jan 1767, North Carolina
Died 1800, Ashe 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, July 14, 2010

David and Winefred Owens Divorced in 1820 - Who Knew?

Several years ago I downloaded David Owens' Revolutionary War pension application from Heritage Quest. The application was filed by David and Winefred's surviving children on behalf of their mother's estate so it contains some good genealogical data - names, birth dates and some death dates for David and Winefred's children, Winefred's date of death, the year David died. I was happy - but I didn't know what I was missing.

Sometime in the past year, I learned that the pension apps on Heritage Quest are just parts of the complete pension file - supposedly selected pages with the most genealogical value. The complete files are available from NARA but are also online in the collections at Footnote.com and Ancestry. When I downloaded David's file from Footnote, I found quite a surprise.

I haven't done a complete analysis of the entire file yet but this page certainly caught my attention as I browsed through the 75 page file (only 9 pages were in the HQ version).


This page is a record for two divorces granted on 4 Feb 1820 by the Kentucky Legislature - one is for David and Winney Owens of Rockcastle County. There are tons of online trees containing this couple and I've corresponded with a few Owens researchers over the years but I've never seen a mention of this divorce.

Transcription:
"Chap. CCCCXCVII [497]
An act of divorce of David Owens of Rockcastle County and Rebecca Atkins of Franklin County.

Approved February 4, 1820
Sec. 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. That the marriage of David Owens with Winney Owens shall be and the same as hereby totally dissolved.
Sec. 2 (Divorces Rebecca Atkins from Willis Atkins.

Session acts 1819-1820 page 862.

The foregoing is a true copy of the title and [???] Section of an act of the Legislature of Ky. copied by me from the Session acts printed and published by authority of law.
Dec. 20, 1853
Isaac Caldwell"

So, it seems that, after 13 children and 40 years of marriage, David divorced Winefred just a couple of years before he died in 1822. From all the affidavits in the pension file from their children and neighbors, it doesn't appear that others were aware of this divorce - at least it wasn't mentioned by anyone that I've found so far. This pension application was originally approved but later rejected. I haven't found an explanation for the rejection but I'm guessing the divorce could be it. So far, I haven't found a single reference anywhere in the file about this divorce, just the transcribed copy of the Legislature's action.

I've never researched the Kentucky Legislature's records for divorces (although I have another one, from the 1850's that I need to find) so I have no idea if they have additional information - like the grounds for the divorce - but you can bet I will be checking at the first opportunity.

I wonder who reviewed David's file and made the determination that this divorce wasn't of any genealogical value?  

[David and Winefred were my 4th great-grandparents.]

Wordless Wednesday - John William "Will" Lanier

July, 1871 - March 19, 1902

Will was the son of Joseph Smith Lanier and Nancy Jane Bennett. [my great-uncle]

Photo from McKnight Collection, Evans Memorial Library, Aberdeen, Mississippi

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Preserving Your Research For Posterity

There was an interesting question posed at Nolichucky Roots this week in the post "Madness Monday: If I Die". Basically the question is - How can you ensure your research out lives you? Maybe not the happiest subject to consider but, after all, we are dealing mostly with people who have died and, sooner or later, we're all going to join them. Genealogists often discuss backing up their computer files so valuable research isn't lost in a computer crash but what about backing up records for the really long term?

This subject has been bugging me more and more lately because I have no long term backup plan. I'm a fanatic about backing up my computer files but what would happen to all those GB's of data if I was gone? Would it be left on a hard drive for years until all of the technology used to create it was completely outdated rendering everything inaccessible? There's a good chance. After all, it was over 20 years after my grandmother died before I took a serious interest in everything she had written down about the family history. If her information had been in computer files instead of on paper would I have been able to access it when I was finally ready?

I didn't become interested in genealogy until well into the computer age so I've never really kept paper records. I have never filled out a single Family Group Sheet or Pedigree Chart by hand and very little of my data is on paper (except for records and other information I've copied during research - much of which has been scanned). What I'm saying is you can't look at my genealogy data without turning on the computer. When I decided to share my research publicly, I decided on a website. My thought process at the time was that (1) more people are searching the Internet than area public and society libraries; (2) I'm not ready to write books; (3) I can add new information as often as I want; and (4) mistakes in my work can be corrected so at least the latest people to find it will get the corrected version. So in 2007 I set up a family history website (McCauley, Lanier, Hankins, Hopkins & Taylor Families) but it won't last forever. It's my own domain on space I pay for so that information will be gone once my credit card is no longer valid.

Even if my research was on a free website, like Rootsweb, what are the chances such a site would remain free or even exist in 10 or 20 or 50 years? It would seem that as long as genealogy remains popular, Ancestry is likely to exist. Should I break down and put everything (sources, notes, pictures, documents and all) in an Ancestry Tree? The thoughts of all my stuff being endlessly attached to the wrong people until it's a scrambled mess with no basis in fact just doesn't seem like the right answer to me.

I recently decided to print out some quick and dirty "books" created from my data base. At least there will be one hard copy of all data, including sources, but that's not a long term solution to this dilemma. Carol at Reflections From the Fence commented on the Nolichucky Roots post saying she donates printed material to major libraries as well as some smaller one. I've always intended to do that at some point - like when I'm "finished" researching and ready to write books - but I'm starting to realize that would likely mean waiting too late. Most research libraries have surname files so contributing to them seems like a great interim measure to preserve the data until it's time to write those books.

The bottom line here seems to be that, even though technology has taken over most of our world, paper housed in both major and local research libraries still looks like the option that gives the highest percentage of probability for long term survival of our research.

I'd love to hear other options and opinions. Leave a comment here or at Nolichucky Roots.

Tombstone Tuesday - Nancy Elizabeth Jackson Adamson

Adamson Cemetery, Heard County, Georgia
Feb 28, 1839 - May 9, 1926

Nancy was the daughter of Samuel W. Jackson and Lavinia Malone. She married Seaborn Henry Adamson.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

This Week in the Family History - July 11 - 17

12 July 1926 (84 years ago) - David Hankins McCauley was born in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky. He was the son of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins. [father]

13 July 1728 (282 years ago) - George Goodloe married Diana Minor in Christchurch, Middlesex County, Colony of Virginia. George was the son of Henry Goodloe and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). Diana was the daughter of Garrett Minor and Diana Vivian. [7th great-grandparents, Hankins line]

15 Jul 1713 (297 years ago) - Jabez Hopkins was born in Lincoln, Providence County, Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. He was the son of William Hopkins and Deborah Allen. [6th great-grandfather, Hopkins line]

17 Jul 1833 (177 years ago) - Houston G. Hankins married Mary "Polly" Weeks in Livingston County, Kentucky. Houston was the son of Barnabas Hankins and Sarah Fox. Polly was the daughter of James Weeks and Delinda (maiden name unknown). [3rd great-grandparents, Hankins line]

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Surname Saturday - Clouse

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

6. Elmer Dennis Hopkins
12. James Arton Hopkins
25. Eliza Hopkins
50. Stephen Hopkins Jr.

101. Catherine Clouse
Born abt. 1770
Married Stephen Hopkins Sr.

202. George Clouse
Married Elizabeth (maiden name probably Jarvis but not confirmed)
Died 1810

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.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

What I Do Meme


Thomas at GeneaBloggers has started a meme today called "What I Do". According to Thomas "you basically list what you use in terms of technology to either run your genealogy business or pursue your family history as a hobby." See what other geneabloggers are using here

Here's my list.

Hardware: Dell Inspiron 1525 Laptop, Intel Core 2 Duo CPU, Ram 3.00 GB, Windows Vista; HP Pavillion Desktop, Intel Core 2 CPU, RAM 2.00 GB, Windows XP; HP Mini (Netbook), RAM 1.00 GB, Windows 7 Starter

External storage: 2 flash drives - 4 GB & 8 GB; 500 GB WD MyBook

Online storage: Dropbox, SmugMug (for photos), Picasa (for blog stuff)

Backup: Mozy (online), 2 Seagate 500 GB external HDs, Dropbox

Firewall: McAfee

Virus protection: McAfee

Spyware: n/a

File cleaner: n/a

Printer: HP Photosmart Premium C309 (3-in-one) [new and I'm loving wireless printing]

Phone: Just a plain old cell phone

Mobile media: None - unless you count that I can text (barely) from my plain old cell phone.

Music player: iPod 30 GB

Car audio: Whatever came in the car, mostly use the input jack to play iPod.

eBook Reader: n/a

Browser: Google Chrome, Firefox (occasionally)

Blog: Blogger

RSS: Google Reader

FTP: FileZilla

Text editor: Notepad

Graphics: Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.0, Print Shop 20, PhotoStudio 5.5, IrfanView

Screen capture: MS OneNote

Social media: Facebook, Twitter

Social bookmarking: n/a

Social profile: n/a

URL Shortner: n/a

Office suite: Microsoft Office 2007

E-mail: Windows Mail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail

Calendar: Google Calendar

Accounting: n/a

PDF generator: doPDF 6, MS Word

Genealogy database: Legacy 7.4

Genealogy tools:  GENViewer, Genelines, Ancestry, Footnote, County Locator, Find A Grave

Other tech stuff: Garmin Nuvi GPS, Canon 8600F Scanner (haven't full tested the scan function in the new 3-in-one printer, might no longer need this), Canon CanoScan Lide 200 (travel scanner), Sony Digital Voice Recorder, Canon S5-IS & SD880 Digital Cameras

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Wordless Wednesday - James Francis Taylor (probably)


James Francis "Jim" Taylor was born July 8, 1830. This is almost certainly him but I can't be 100% sure and I have no clue who the child was.

Photo from the collection of W. H. Taylor.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Mary E. Lanier

New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery
Fredonia, Chambers County, Alabama
Sep. 4, 1849

The date on this marker is Mary's birth date. She probably died between 1870 and 1880 based on census records. Mary was the daughter of William Washington Lanier and Charlotte Jackson and she is buried next to them.

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Independence Day



In honor of this day, I'm taking a look at ancestors who fought for independence during the American Revolution.  

Titus Fox was born between 1756-1762 and died on 22 Jun 1825 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He enlisted from Wilkes County, North Carolina. [5th great-grandfather, Hankins line]

Henry Goodloe was born about 1730 in Spotsylvania County, Virginia and died there about 1820. He enlisted from Virginia on 18 Dec 1780. [6th great-grandfather, Hankins line]

John Hankins was born about 1760 in Frederick County, Virginia and died after 1833 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He enlisted from Frederick County, Virginia. [5th great-grandfather, Hankins line]

James Lanier was born on 11 Nov 1724 in Brunswick County, Virginia and died about 1786 in Pitt County, North Carolina. He enlisted from Pitt County, North Carolina. [5th great-grandfather, Lanier line]

David Owens was born on 21 Sep 1759 in Halifax County, Virginia and died in 1822 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. He enlisted from Wilkes County, North Carolina. [4th great-grandfather, Taylor line]

Thomas Ramsey, Sr. was born about 1758 in Essex County, Virginia and died on 5 Jun 1843 in Garrard County, Kentucky. He enlisted from Essex County, Virginia on 15 Feb1776. [4th great-grandfather, Taylor line]

This is not necessarily a complete list, just the ones I've identified so far. I haven't found a loyalist yet in my direct line although Benedict Arnold was my 4th cousin, 8 times removed.


Graphic courtesy of Webweaver

This Week in the Family History - July 4 - 10

8 Jul 1830 (180 years ago) - James Francis Taylor was born in Garrard County, Kentucky. Jim was the son of William Taylor and Martha "Patsy" Ramsey. [2nd great-grandfather, Taylor line]

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Surname Saturday - Mott

Today's surname is Mott, 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
43. Eliza Ann Dobyns

Born 18 Feb 1775, Northumberland County, Colony of Virginia
Married Edward Dobyns 26 ec 1797, Richmond County, Virginia
Probably died in Hopkins County, Kentucky

Born abt. 1741, Richmond County, Colony of Virginia
Married Nancy Ann Walker abt. 1765, Richmond County, Colony of Virginia
Died abt. 1789, Northumberland County, Virginia

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.