Monday, February 28, 2011

Lucinda's Life - Women's History

Cindy, abt. 1886
Lucinda Howard was a strong woman like most who grew up and lived in the mountains of eastern Kentucky. She was born, married and died in the Harlan County community of Wallins Creek but, unlike so many of those strong mountain women, she didn't spend her entire life there.

Cindy was born on 16 Feb 1867. She was the sixth of seven children born to John Covey Howard and Mary Morris but she was part of a much larger family. Her father had been married twice before he married her mother and he had a total of 20 children. Her mother also had a child prior to marrying her father so Cindy had six full and 14 half siblings.

Education, especially for girls, in that time period was often very limited. One of Cindy's grandsons wrote that she had two years of writing and spelling at school and that her older half-brother, Jacob Howard, was her teacher.

Jim, Cindy & daughter, Lula
1909
Cindy married James Arton Hokpins on 25 Dec 1885 at Wallins Creek. They lived there until about 1901 when they moved to Rockcastle County, probably in search of better farm land. Cindy and Jim bought a farm near Brodhead where they lived until 1919. Their next home and farm was just west of Brodhead in the community of Gum Sulphur. Around 1923 they made another move, this time to Warren County, Ohio.

When Cindy and Jim were living at Wallins Creek the Howard-Turner Feud was going on in Harlan County. One of the leaders of the Howard side of the feud was Cindy's nephew Wilse Howard (son of her half-brother, Hiram Brock Howard). According to Cindy, Wilse once came to her house looking for a place to hide from the law. Cindy put him under a feather mattress and made the bed up over him. Before long the sheriff and deputies came looking for Wilse, no doubt searching the houses of most everyone in the family. They searched her house but didn't find him hiding there under the feather bed. Wilse later left Harlan County, escaping charges there.

Jim & Cindy with 8 of their children
Cindy gave birth to 10 children over a twenty year span between 1886 and 1906. Her youngest child died as an infant but she raised one daughter and eight sons. Cindy was an outstanding seamstress. She made clothes for her daughter and herself and even made suits for her sons.

Jim died on 5 Jan 1933 in Warren County and was buried there in Morrow Cemetery. Cindy's sister, Sarah, became a widow just a couple of months later so Sary, as she was called, moved from Wallins Creek to live with Cindy in Ohio.

When Cindy's brother Henry died in 1931, he left his house at Wallins Creek to her. Technically, his wife had the use of the property for her lifetime and then the property went to Cindy. At the writing of Henry's will, Sary was living next to him. It appears that Henry left his house to Cindy so she could someday return "home" from Ohio. And that is what she eventually did.

Wallins Creek house Cindy inherited
The exact date is not known but Cindy and Sary moved back to Wallins Creek in the early 1940's, transporting all their belongings by train. The land that Henry left to Cindy was part of their parents' farm where she had grown up and started her family but the house was one Henry had built. Before Cindy and Sary made the move back to Wallins, the house was being rented out. The renters didn't want to move so they told Cindy that she wouldn't like it there because the house was haunted. Not missing a beat, Cindy told them that would be just fine because the ghosts would all be family and she'd be happy to see them.

Cindy died in that Wallins Creek house on 16 May 1957 at the age of 90. Her funeral was held in Morrow, Ohio and she was buried next to Jim in Morrow Cemetery.

poster by footnoteMaven

This post was written for the 103rd Carnival of Genealogy - Women's History hosted by Creative Gene.


More about that Harlan County Howard-Turner feud can be found in Days of Darkness; The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky by John Ed Pearce (Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky, 1994). 


Cindy was my great-grandmother. Click the links above for sources and additional information about her and her family and check out this gallery for more photos.



Saturday, February 26, 2011

Surname Saturday - Goodloe

John Emerson Goodloe and Eliza Ann Dobyns

John Emerson "Jack" Goodloe was born on 25 Mar 1811 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. He was the son of Henry Lewis Goodloe and Elizabeth Berry. Henry and Betsey had moved to Hopkins County sometime between 1801 and 1810 after being married in Clark County, Kentucky.

Very little is known about Eliza Ann Dobyns except that her parents were Edward Dobyns and Sarah Mott. They had moved to Hopkins County from Virginia before 1810 so Eliza was probably born in Hopkins County. Edward died there in 1817 leaving Sarah with six children who were all under 21 years old.

Jack and Eliza were married on 5 Oct 1836 in Hopkins County. They had four children and Eliza died between 1846 and 1848. Their youngest child was born in 1846 so it's possible that Eliza died from complications due to child birth. Eliza's burial place is unknown but it is very likely somewhere in Grapevine Cemetery in Hopkins County where most all of the Goodloes were buried. Jack's father actually donated the land for the Grapevine Church and cemetery. One of Henry's grandchildren was said to be the first person buried there. 

Jack married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Pettus on 2 Jan 1849 in Hopkins County and they had two children. Jack died on 17 Apr 1899 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery. Based on newspaper clippings, Lizzie had a close relationship with her step-children. Several years after Jack's death she was even referred to as Isabella Jane's mother in one of those clips. Lizzie died on 24 Jun 1909 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery. 

Jack and Eliza's children:
Isabella Jane was born on 27 Jan 1838 in Hopkins County. She was married there three times. She married Albert Hankins on 24 Oct 1855 and they had four children. Albert apparently died and she married Thomas G. Yates on 3 Jan 1874. It's unclear what happened to Thomas but she married Thomas K. DeVault on 23 Nov 1879. Isabella died on 23 Jul 1905 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Elizabeth was born about 1843 in Hopkins County. She died on 18 Jul 1858 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Mary Waller was born on 25 Sep 1843 in Hopkins County. She married John Sandford Offutt on 8 Dec 1859 and they had three children. Mary died on 10 Oct 1868 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Thomas Henry was born on 13 Dec 1846 in Hopkins County. He married Martha E. Sick on 31 Dec 1874 and they had one daughter. Thomas died on 18 Jul 1925 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.


Jack and Eliza were my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Isabella Jane. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family leave a comment here or e-mail me

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Salem Cemetery


Salem Cemetery is located in Salem, Lee County, Alabama at the Salem United Methodist Church. It is about 10 miles south of Opelika on Hwy 280E (The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 323554.185N - 0851429.761W.)



My great-aunt, Hettie Eugenia Lanier White McRae, and several members of her family are buried in this cemetery. Hettie was the daughter of Joseph Smith Lanier and Nancy Jane Bennett. The list below is not a complete inventory of the cemetery but is simply the markers I photographed. Links go to the photos.

Mary White Scott (Hettie's daughter)
James Reese Scott, Jr. (Mary's husband)
Kathleen White Neely (Hettie's daughter)
Roy Cleophas Neely (Kathleen's husband)
probably Susie Eugenia Scott (Mary's daughter)


All photos © 2010 Linda McCauley. All rights reserved.


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Technology - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History #8

This weeks topic for 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History is Technology. What are some of the technological advances that happened during your childhood? What type of technology do you enjoy using today and which do you avoid?

Color Television. That was the first thing that came to my mind when I saw this topic. 

Just like most technological advances, Color TV existed long before it became mainstream. There were a few shows broadcast in color starting about 1953 and when Bonanza premiered on NBC in 1959 it was in color even though most everyone who had a TV at that time probably still just had a black and white one. At least that was the case here in small town Kentucky. 

I don't remember exactly when we got a color TV but I remember when my parents' friends got one. We all went over to their house to watch it. My guess is that was somewhere between 1961-1963. I remember a room full of people anxiously waiting for, what else, Bonanza to start. Everyone was so excited and so amazed at how great it looked. No doubt Bonanza was responsible for selling many color televisions but I bet it didn't look quite a great as we thought at the time.

Technological advances really exploded after my childhood. I remember the first time I heard about a VCR. It was sometime in the mid-1970's and a friend at the office called the only store in town that had one to check the price. It was $2,500.00. I'm not kidding. (And no, I didn't buy one for several more years.) My first VCR was a Betamax with the remote attached to a cord. I got a cell phone after the smaller ones came out. By smaller, I mean it wasn't a bag phone but it was still bigger and much heavier than cordless land line phones are today. It had a flat fee of something like $25 a month plus you paid for every call and it often didn't have a signal. Calls in my area (which was pretty small) were $.25/minute. Then there was also roaming fees and long distance charges. Needless to say I didn't use it much. My first digital camera was one megapixel. I don't think I ever took a shot with that camera that I didn't also take with my film camera. 

Genealogy is definitely the reason for many of my tech toys and most of the software I use. I wanted a GPS to mark cemeteries and historic family sites. The fact that it could help me find my way around was a secondary benefit. Without genealogy I would probably just have one computer and I surely wouldn't have four scanners.

I haven't really avoided any kind of technology but item that I don't have is an e-reader. There was a time when I would have loved one of those but I rarely read a hard copy book anymore (unless it's a genealogy reference type). If I'm sitting down with time to read, I'm usually doing something genealogy related. These days I get most of my "reading" done in the car with my iPod and books from Audible.com.

I couldn't have imagined back when we were all sitting around watching Bonanza in color for the first time that I'd someday be walking around with a phone/computer in my hand so that I could be in constant contact with not just family and friends but the world. 




52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History is a series of weekly blogging prompts created by Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog to encourage researchers to write about their own lives. Details can be found at GeneaBloggers

TV Clipart courtesy of Clker.com


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Surname Saturday - Hankins

Houston G. Hankins and Mary Weeks

Houston G. Hankins was born about 1811 in Hopkins County, Kentucky and grew up there. He was the son of Barnabas Hankins and Sarah Fox. His grandfathers fought in the Revolutionary War but from different states (John Hankins from Virginia, Titus Fox from North Carolina) and then both settled in Hopkins County in the early 1800's.

Mary "Polly" Weeks was born about 1816 in Ohio but her family moved to Livingston County, Kentucky around 1820. She was the third of six children born to James Weeks and Delinda Younger. Polly's father died when she was about 11 years old and her mother later remarried. The family may have lived back and forth between Pope County, Illinois and Livingston County since her father's estate was settled in Livingston County in 1827, her mother married Elisha Shaw in Pope County in 1831 and Polly married in Livingston County in 1833. 

Houston and Polly were married on 17 Jul 1833 in Livingston County. The bondsman was Polly's step-father and her mother gave consent. Houston and Polly had 10 children. Census records for 1840, 1850 and 1860 show them living in Hopkins County so it appears that they lived there all of that time, however, that may not be accurate. Their 7 year old son, Madison, was listed in the 1850 census as born in Illinois. Ten years later he was listed as born in Kentucky so it's unclear which is actually correct.

Houston died on 16 Nov 1861 in Christian County, Kentucky but his death was recorded in Hopkins County so he was apparently still living there. Polly also died sometime before 1870 - at least she hasn't been located in the 1870 census. Burial places for Houston and Polly are not known.

Houston and Polly's children:
Mary Elizabeth was born in 1837 in Hopkins County. She married Albert G. Browning on 6 Jan 1859 in Hopkins County. They had four children and Mary died in 1901. She was buried in Grapevine Cemetery in Hopkins County.

Albert Elvie was born about 1838 in Hopkins County. He married Isabella Jane Goodloe there on 24 Oct 1855. They had four children and Albert died between 1863 and 1870. His burial place is unknown.

Angelina was born about 1839 in Hopkins County. She married James Lovan there on 11 Sep 1861. They had at least one child but nothing further is known about Angelina.

Josephine was born about 1841 in Hopkins County. She married Thomas B. Davis there on 18 Sep 1860. Nothing further is known about her.

Madison was born about 1843 in either Hopkins County or Illinois. Nothing further is known about him.

Eliza Louisa was born about 1844 in Hopkins County. She married Lewis H. Davis there on 4 Nov 1863. Nothing further is known about her.

Martha was born about 1847 in Hopkins County. She married John T. Bailey there on 26 Mar 1867. They had at least one child but nothing further is known about Martha.

Linn Boyd was born about 1849 in Hopkins County. Nothing further is known about him.

Ella Hankins was born about 1853 in Hopkins County. Nothing further is known about him.

James was born about 1855 in Hopkins County. Nothing further is known about him.


Houston and Polly were my 3rd great-grandparents through their son, Albert. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Blogging Pays - Petty Research

Last week I wrote a 4-part series on Searching for John R. Petty's Parents and it's already paid off. Sunday I received an e-mail from someone who read those posts. He knew who John Petty's daughters, Martha and Angeline, married and their locations in 1870 and 1880. This information doesn't prove that my John R. was the older John Petty's son but it definitely puts more pieces of this family together and I'm convinced that will eventually lead to a solid determination that John R. belonged to it. And if it doesn't, it will at least be helpful for my Petty research buddy who is descended from one of John's known sons.

My contact said that Martha Jane Petty married John W. Martin on 23 Apr 1867 in Whitfield County, Georgia and that Martha Jane was John Petty's daughter. He went on to say that John W. Martin apparently died before 1880 and Martha married John Erwin Martin on 28 May 1882 in Whitfield County (any relationship between the two Martins is unclear). John Erwin Martin was the 2nd great-grandfather of my contact so he's not even related to the Petty family but, lucky for me, he knew something about Martha. He also said that Angeline Petty married Wiley Long and that John Petty was living with Martha and Angeline in 1880 in Whitfield County. Census records and a Georgia marriage index back-up this information and I'll get into more details about that another day.

After getting the e-mail about Martha and Angeline, my Petty research buddy and I have done some more digging. We have found several more leads and possibilities for the Petty family. It's amazing what one e-mail can open up. I really appreciate getting this information. I should also add that having a research buddy is a good thing. We live in opposite ends of the country and have never met but we're making progress.

If you know anything about John Petty or his children, please leave a comment or e-mail me.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Angeline Tribble Wasn't Angeline Petty

Well, that didn't take long.

Just three days ago in Searching for John R. Petty's Parents - Part 4, I outlined a few "To Do" items for moving forward in determining if John R. Petty was the son of John Petty from Bradley County, Tennessee. Determining Angeline Tribble's maiden name was on the list. It wasn't too big a stretch to wonder if the Angeline Tribble who was caring for one of John R.'s children in 1880 in Forsyth County, Georgia was the Angeline Petty from Bradley County who could be his sister.

My plan was to check for a marriage record for James and Angeline Tribble. Nolichucky Roots suggested that I check the 1860 census in Georgia for Angelines. A quick check of the 1860 census in Forsyth County located a 4 year old Angeline Phillips, daughter of William Phillips. (Angeline Tribble was 24 in 1880.) FamilySearch has a Forsyth County marriage record indexed showing J. W. Tribble (James' middle initial was W. in census records) and A. B. Phillips, daughter of William Phillips, were married on 1 Feb 1870. James W. and Angeline Tribble were listed with his mother in the 1870 census in Forsyth County. Angeline was listed as 14 years old. 

So that's settled. Angeline Tribble's maiden name was Phillips, not Petty. 



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Surname Saturday - Gamble

David Gamble and Anna Finney

David Gamble was born about 1789 in South Carolina. He had a brother named James but their parents are unknown, at least to me. David fought in the War of 1812 as a member of the South Carolina Militia.

Anna Finney was born about 1799 in South Carolina. She was one of six daughters born to John Finney and Agnes (maiden name unproven but possibly Munford).

David and Anna were married on 16 Mar 1814 in Laurensville, Laurens County, South Carolina. Between 1830 and 1840 they moved to Heard County, Georgia apparently in order to claim David's bounty land from his military service.

David and Anna had 10 children. They lived in the community of Glenn, near the Alabama line in southwest Heard County. David died there between 1870 and 1880 and Anna died there in Feb 1877. They were both buried in the Adamson Cemetery at Glenn which is also known at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery.

David and Anna's children:
Catherine married Robert Young. Nothing further is known about her.

Thomas Ewing was born on 15 Feb 1822 in South Carolina. He married Martha E. Connely and they had nine children. Thomas died on 17 Jan 1896 and was buried in the Adamson Cemetery near his parents.

Nancy Jane was born in 1824 in South Carolina. She married Charles Cumbie and they had seven children. She died on 8 Nov 1891 in Greenwood, Sebastian County, Arkansas and was buried there in Liberty Cemetery.

Robert H. was born about 1826 in South Carolina. He married Burnetta Pitts and they had four children. Robert died during the Civil War on 3 May 1862 in Columbus, Lowndes County, Mississippi and was buried there in Friendship Cemetery.

Mary C. was born on 5 Oct 1828 in South Carolina. She married David A. Bennett and they had eight children. Mary died on 28 Jul 1865 and was buried in Adamson Cemetery.

Martha Lucinda was born about 1830 in South Carolina. She married John T. Bennett (who was the brother of David Bennett who married her sister Mary). Martha and John had nine children. She died before 1900 and her burial place is unknown.

Sarah A. R. was born about 1833 in Georgia. She married Francis Milton Johnston and they had 5 children. Nothing further is known about Sarah.

Samuel Houston was born on 30 Sep 1836 in Georgia. He married Permelia Allen and they had five children. Samuel died on 6 Aug 1906 and was buried in Barnes Cemetery, Georgiana, Butler County, Alabama.

John Henry was born about 1839 in Georgia. He married Maranda Caroline Barnes and they had five children. Nothing further is known about John.

Nathan G. was born about 1841 in Georgia. Nothing further is known about him.


David and Anna were my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Martha Lucinda. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, please leave a comment or e-mail me.


Thursday, February 10, 2011

Searching for John R. Petty's Parents - Part 4

Continued from Part 3.

To recap: John R. Petty and the family of the older John Petty were the only Petty families living in Bradley and McMinn County, Tennessee and Whitfield County, Georgia. John R.'s age was a good fit to be the older John's son. John R. seems to have joined the same Confederate army unit that the three Petty brothers joined. One of the older John's sons appears to have moved to Kentucky along with John R. The older John had a daughter named Angeline and John R. named a daughter Samantha Angeline. 

I spent three days in Bradley and McMinn Counties last fall and the only records I found for John Petty's family were the marriage records for two of his sons (and the sad thing is I already had them from Ancestry). James married Sarah Longwith on 11 Sep 1865 in Bradley County and Rash married Sarah Ann Foster on 20 Oct 1865. That's it. There was nothing else, no deeds, no mention in indexes of court records, no mention in cemetery books, no mention in county histories, not even a researcher submitted report in the family folders. Nothing. Maybe the most disappointing thing was there were no marriage records for any Petty women - not the three known daughters from 1860 or the potential older three daughters from 1840. 

James moved to Washington County, Arkansas, Rash settled in Blount County, Tennessee and it looks like Joseph went to Kentucky but there is no way to track the daughters without a clue to their married names. Their father was still in Bradley County in 1870 and seemed to have re-married. Of course, I didn't find a marriage record for him either but 57 year old Tabitha Petty was living with him. Since John was still in Bradley County you would think at least some of the daughters would have been married there. 

John R. and Margaret moved from Logan County, Kentucky to nearby Hopkins County. Margaret died in 1876 from complications related to the birth of their 10th child who also died and John R. seems to have disappeared (although there is a Whitfield County marriage record for a John R. Petty marrying M. C. Bohanan in 1878 so it's possible he returned to that area). In 1880, five of their younger children were living with Margaret's sister, Mary Echols (and her husband, James), in Forsyth County, Georgia. Samantha and Henry were both still living in Hopkins County. Samantha had married Lee Hankins there in 1879. It is unknown where their oldest daughter Melissa was living or even if she was living. Their son, Oliver Perry, was not living with his Aunt Mary but he was in Forsyth County living with a James and Angeline Tribble who have no known relationship to the family. 

Could she be Angeline Petty? That would certainly be the piece to really tie John R. to the Bradley County Petty family. Oliver's relationship is listed as adopted son, not nephew so that's no help. It's unclear if there was really an adoption or not but Oliver used the surname Petty throughout his life. He did apparently maintain a connection to the Tribbles because in 1900 one of his children (listed as a boarder) was living with them. Angeline Tribble was listed as 24 years old and born in Georgia in the 1880 census. In 1900 she was listed as 44, born Feb 1856 in Georgia. Angeline Petty was born in Tennessee about 1848 (according to the 1860 census) so the age is definitely off but the name sure is a big coincidence and it's worth some further research.

To Do List:

  1. Determine Angeline Tribble's maiden name. 
  2. Determine if the John R. Petty who was married in 1878 in Whitfield County, Georgia was this John R. Petty.
  3. Search the 1850 Census at Heritage Quest (just in case they might have page that Ancestry and FamilySearch are missing).
  4. Search marriage records in neighboring counties in Tennessee and Georgia for the daughters and for the marriage of John and Tabitha. 
  5. Contact the owners of two Ancestry trees that have James Petty and his family. One doesn't list any siblings for James and one lists Martha, Angeline and Mary but no brothers.

If you know anything about these Petty families or the Tribbles, please e-mail me. Oh, and research suggestions are also welcome.


Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Searching for John R. Petty's Parents - Part 3

Continued from Part 2.

Even though the Petty family hasn't been located in the 1850 census, there are a few of other things that seem to tie John R. to the Bradley County family. 

From a couple of newspaper clippings about John R.'s daughter (my great-grandmother), Samantha Angeline Petty Hankins, I know that John R. served in the Confederate Army during the Civil War. Samantha said she was born in Dalton, Georgia (Whitfield County) in 1861 and that's where her family lived during the war. She said that shortly after the war her father moved the family to Tennessee and later to Kentucky. 

There were several Confederate soldiers named John Petty but the only one likely to be John R. was the John R. Petty who joined the 43rd Infantry on 13 Nov 1861 at Charleston, Tennessee. Also joining that day at Charleston were James Petty and Joseph A. Petty, no doubt the sons of the older John Petty. Even though John R. was living in neighboring Whitfield County, Georgia, it would make sense that he returned home to join the army, especially if James and Joseph were his brothers. The third brother from John Petty's 1860 household, Rash, joined this same unit at Charleston on 1 Dec 1862. He was listed as R. P. Petty in muster records but that is also how he is listed in later census records. 

There is a discrepancy between the age of my John R. and the John R. Petty who joined the 43rd. His age was listed as 35 when he joined in 1861 when my John R. would have been about 25. (He was listed as 24 in the 1860 census and 34 in 1870.) I'm not willing to rule him out just based on this because everything else makes sense. I know John R. was in the Confederate army and I know he lived in the Dalton, Georgia area at that time. There were four John Pettys who joined from Georgia but all had different middle initials and none joined near the Whitfield County area. There were also four other John Pettys who joined from Tennessee but three had different middle initials and all four joined units that were formed far away from the area where John R. lived. There were also a few John Pettys who joined Alabama and North Carolina units but none of them were in a location near Dalton either and most of them had different middle initials. Therefore, based on the records available, the John R. Petty in the 43rd is the only one who could be my John R.

There is also a discrepancy with Joseph's and James' age. James and Joseph were listed as 16 and 14 in the 1860 census but were 22 and 18 a year later when they joined the 43rd. Rash's age was not listed in his service record. As with John R., I still believe this is the same James and Joseph Petty. Remember, there were no other Petty families in Bradley County in 1860 or 1870. What are the chances some other Pettys with the same names showed up in Bradley County in 1861? 

Another thing that seems to tie John R. to the Bradley County family is the 1870 census. John R. and Margaret had moved to Logan County, Kentucky. Also living in Logan County in the same district was 23 year old Joseph Petty who was born in Tennessee with his wife, Nancy, and son, Robert. Nancy and Robert were both born in Georgia. It sure looks like the brothers moved to Kentucky together. In 1880, Joseph and his family were still in Logan County and he was listed as Joseph A. Petty. 

And one more thing that might indicate a relationship between John R. and the Bradley County family - the names of some of his children. John R. and Margaret had a daughter named Mary and a son named Joseph. Granted those are pretty common names (and Margaret had a sister named Mary) so that could mean nothing but the middle name of Angeline for my great-grandmother, Samantha, is also the name of one of the John Petty's daughters. That's certainly a less common name.

Where to go from here? See Part 4

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Searching for John R. Petty's Parents - Part 2

In Part 1, a possible father for my 2nd great-grandfather, John R. Petty, had been identified based on their geographic proximity in adjoining counties in the 1860 census, both being named John and John R.'s age falling in line to be a sibling to the children listed for John Petty. Obviously that's not enough to prove a relationship so let's keep going.

Finding John Petty in the 1850 census turned out to be a big problem - so far it's been impossible. I searched every way I could think of in Bradley County and moved on to the same exercise in McMinn County. Nothing. The search was expanded to all of Tennessee and Georgia. Still nothing. I eventually browsed the entire Bradley and McMinn 1850 census page by page but still did not find the Petty family. I did find a James and Nancy Petty (both 64 years old and the only two in their household) living in McMinn County in 1850 who could be candidates for the older John Petty's parents.   

Based on the ages of John Petty's children, he would have been married in the 1830's so I moved back to the 1840 census. There was a John Petty in McMinn County who could be this John Petty. That household was composed of 1 male 5-10, 1 male 20-30, 2 females under 5, 2 females 5-10 and 1 female 20-30. The adult male fits in John's age range and the adult female would probably be his wife. If John R. was a son in this family, he would have been the male 5-10. The three sons listed in 1860 were all born after 1840 so that still fits. Assuming Martha from 1860 was a daughter, she would have been one of the 2 females under 5. That leaves three more daughters not found with the family in 1860 but they would all have been old enough to be married by then. This could definitely be John Petty's household twenty years before the 1860 Bradley County census record. 

In addition to not finding the elder John Petty's family in the 1850 census, I didn't find my John R. Petty in any other household either. (Another reason to believe he's a part of this family? I think so.) I'm pretty much convinced that either the family was missed in 1850 or the page they are on is missing from both Ancestry and FamilySearch.

There is more that seems to tie John R. to this family. That's coming up in Part 3.



Monday, February 7, 2011

Searching for John R. Petty's Parents - Part 1

John R. Petty was my 2nd great-grandfather. I've had a decent lead on his father for years but had not done any research beyond the web to try to prove the connection. I really believed that was the only reason I hadn't been able to prove that my John R. was the son of John Petty of Bradley County, Tennessee. I finally made the 3 hour drive down I-75 to Bradley County last fall but instead of finding the proof I was sure would be there, I mostly came back with a long list of books and record groups that did not mention anyone in either Petty family. I guess the good news is that I didn't find anything to disprove a relationship between John R. and John either so it's still a possibility. 

Where to go from here? A complete review of everything - what is proven, what is possible, what can't be found - seems to be in order. This is going to take some time. Part 1 starts now.

John R. Petty and Margaret E. Thomas were married on 20 Sep 1857 in Whitfield County, Georgia after being issued a marriage license the previous day.


Margaret was the daughter of Jesse and Rebecca Thomas who were living in Lumpkin County, Georgia in 1850 and Murray County, Georgia in 1840 and 1860. Whitfield County was formed from parts of Murray and Walker Counties in 1851.

According to the 1860 census, John R. and Margaret were living in Calhoun, McMinn County, Tennessee. He was listed as 24 years old, born in Tennessee. He didn't own real estate. They had two children, Melissa (age 2) and Henry (age 3 months) - both born in Tennessee. There were no other Pettys in McMinn County but there was one (and only one) Petty family in neighboring Bradley County, Tennessee. McMinn and Bradley Counties share a border along the Hiwassee River. The McMinn County town of Calhoun is on the north side of the river just across from the Bradley County town of Charleston. It should also be noted that Bradley County shares it's southern border with both Murray and Whitfield County, Georgia

from Bing Maps
John Petty (age 51, born in Tennessee, owner of no real estate) was the head of household in the 1860 Bradley County Petty family. Additional household members were Martha (21), Rash (19), James (16), Joseph (14), Angeline (12) and Mary (9) - all listed as born in Tennessee. John was probably the father of the younger household members although Martha could have been a much younger wife. If so, she wasn't the mother of any of the children.

John's household was in District 1. There were 13 districts in Bradley County in 1860 and the 1st District covers 14 pages of names. The first two pages list the Post Office as Charleston and even though the remaining 12 pages don't list anything on the PO line, that seems to indicate the 1st District is located near Charleston and, therefore, near the McMinn County line. 

The 51 year old John Petty looks like a promising candidate for 24 year old John R.'s father. John R.'s age fits in line with John's other children, they were living in adjoining counties (possibly both near their common county line) and, of course, there's the whole same name thing. All I need is the 1850 census where John R. will no doubt be listed with the elder John along with his mother and siblings.

If only it was that simple.



[Note: If you are seeing Part 3 of this series in Google Reader prior to this post, I hit publish instead of save by mistake so just ignore it for now.]

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Radio and Television - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History #6

This weeks topic for 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History is Radio and TelevisionWhat was your favorite radio or television show from your childhood? What was the program about and who was in it?

Favorite TV show? Just one? I had several favorite TV shows and a couple of favorite radio stations. I'll try not to turn this into a series of posts.

My favorite western was Roy Rogers. My brother, sister and I would wear our cowboy hats and sit on the floor in front of the TV to watch the King of the Cowboys catch the bad guys with some help from Dale Evans (his wife) and Pat Brady (their friend). If you remember that Roy's horse was Trigger, Dale's was Buttermilk, their German Shepherd dog was Bullet and Pat's jeep was Nelliebelle - well, then you're old.

Family sitcoms were big in the 50's. Re-runs of many of them are still playing somewhere right now. My favorites were Ozzie and Harriett (Ricky always sang at the end) and The Donna Reed Show.

Variety shows were also big in the 50's and 60's. I remember watching Lawrence Welk, George Burns and Gracie Allen, Dinah Shore, Jackie Gleason and, of course, Ed Sullivan. Old Ed brought us the Beatles so he could have been my  favorite if it weren't for Shindig, Hullabaloo and Laugh In. (Before you ask, yes, I had a pair of white go-go boots.)

Now let's get to the shows that were really, really my favorites.

American Bandstand was a favorite but so was the less well known Where the Action Is. It was a rock and roll variety show that was on after school 5 days a week. From memory, I would have said it was hosted by Paul Revere and the Raiders but after checking Crazy About TV I remembered that the 1st season was hosted by Steve Alaimo before they took over. I didn't remember that his co-host was Linda Scott or that it ran for two years with 454 shows.

The teenage soap opera Never Too Young was set in Malibu and one of the main characters, Alfy, ran a beach hangout named The High Dive where all the kids, what else, hung out. Sometimes in the middle of all the drama, a recording artist would drop by The High Dive and sing. It was also on 5 days a week after school. You can't find very much on the web about this show but Wikipedia says it was on less than a year starting in September 1965. It seems longer in my memory.

And then there was The Man from U.N.C.L.E. The spy thriller where Illya Kuryakin (played by David McCallum) and Napoleon Solo (played by Robert Vaughn) fought the evil organization named T.H.R.U.S.H. That might sound silly if you weren't around in the 60's but really it wasn't. You see, U.N.C.L.E. stood for United Network Command for Law and Enforcement and T.H.R.U.S.H stood for, well, no one ever really knew what that stood for but they were definitely against law and enforcement.

There seems to be a strong music theme running through my TV favorites so it's no wonder that I spent many more hours listening to the radio than I did watching TV. That is really amazing considering how limited my radio choices were. We had a local radio station but it was all country and no teenagers were listening to that. Besides it went off the air at 5 or 6 P.M. every day. I had to depend on stations from pretty far away that had a strong signal to give me the music I wanted to hear. WAKY in Louisville came in during the day but it started to fade in the late afternoon. Luckily I could pick up WLS in Chicago at night and I often went to sleep with it playing on my small transistor radio under my pillow. I don't know why I didn't use the earphone. (Yes, I know I said earphone, not earphones. In those days, you just got one - for one ear.)



52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History is a series of weekly blogging prompts created by Amy Coffin of The We Tree Genealogy Blog to encourage researchers to write about their own lives. Details can be found at GeneaBloggers



Saturday, February 5, 2011

Surname Saturday - Bennett

Lewis H. Bennett and Teresa

Lewis H. Bennett was born about 1804 in South Carolina. His parents are unknown. Lewis's wife, Teresa, was born about 1806, also in South Carolina. Teresa's maiden name and parents are unknown. 

Lewis and Teresa were probably married about 1826. They were living in Darlington County, South Carolina in 1830 but had moved to Troup County, Georgia by 1840. They remained in Troup County for the remainder of their lives. 

They lived in the Antioch area of Troup County which is the north west corner near the Heard County line. They attended the Antioch Baptist Church - at least Lewis' headstone says he was a member of that church.

Lewis died on 6 Nov 1851, probably in Troup County, and was buried there in Rocky Mount Cemetery. His marker is 4 1/2 ft. tall and Italian marble. It is inscribed "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." That information is from "Family, Church and Community Cemeteries of Troup County, Georgia" by McClendon, Lambert and Knight which was published in 1990. I'm not sure how they found the cemetery even in 1990 because this is what the area looked like when I tried to find it in 2010.

Teresa died sometime after 1880 and was probably buried in that same cemetery. She may not have had a marker or at least not one that survived to 1990 since she is not listed in the above referenced cemetery book.

Lewis and Teresa's children:
Susan was born about 1827 in South Carolina.

David A. was born on 6 Feb 1828 in South Carolina. He married Mary C. Gamble and they had eight children. Mary died in 1865 and David later married Mary Jane (maiden name unknown). David and Mary Jane had five children. David died on 21 Jan 1901 in Oklahoma and is buried in North Hickory Cemetery, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma.

John T. was born on 7 Feb 1831 in South Carolina. He married Martha L, Gamble and they had nine children. John died on 15 Mar 1910 in Morgan County, Alabama and was buried there in Welcome Baptist Church Cemetery. [Note Martha and Mary Gamble who married John's brother, David, were 1st cousins.]

Eliza was born about 1833 in South Carolina.

Richard D. was born in Oct 1834 in Georgia. He married Susan F. Brown and they had five children. Richard died between 1910 and 1920.

Martha A. was born about 1837 in Georgia.

Roland was born about 1839 in Georgia.

Lewis H. was born about 1840 in Georgia.

William was born about 1842 in Georgia.

Jesse was born about 1844 in Georgia.

George W. was born about 1848 in Georgia.

Obviously there is much research to be done on Lewis and Teresa and their children.


Lewis and Teresa were my 3rd great-grandparents through their son, John. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me.



Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - McCauley Sisters

Seated: Gordon and Vernon McCauley Lucas, Rhea and Vashti McCauley Wells
Standing: George and Lois McCauley Dockins


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Digital Files Reorganized! - Part 2

This is a continuation from Part 1.

One of the first things I thought about when I decided to start this process of moving files to Dropbox was the amount of time it takes to upload a large volume of files. If you use Mozy or one of the other online backup services, you know how long that initial load of a high volume of data can take. I wanted to avoid having the laptop constantly transferring files for days so I moved blocks of data that would only take an hour or two to upload. This probably resulted in the entire project taking more days to complete but it allowed me to work on the reorg for short periods of time and to not feel like the it was running my life. 

Along that same line, all of this data had to be downloaded to the other computers I set up. I made sure those devices were turned on whenever I was moving files so they could keep up.

There are free Dropbox apps for smart phones so I now have access to my files from my Android phone. The phone app does not automatically download all of the files to your phone like it does to computers so there is no worry about the available space on your phone. My experience with the Android app is that you can look at jpgs from Dropbox but when you open a PDF, Word or Excel doc that file will be saved to your phone. You will need to delete those once you are finished if you don't want them to remain on the phone. 

One thing I decided not to move to Dropbox is my digital photo collection. If I did that I would need to upgrade to the 100 GB plan for an additional $100 per year and I wouldn't have very much room for growth before that would be maxed out. I have been using Mozy as my online backup service and will continue to use it for photos, my email (since I don't think it will work properly from a different folder) and a few other files where the program seems to want them in a specific location. Two years of Mozy costs $103.95 so that's cheaper than upgrading to the next level of Dropbox and I won't run out of space. 

Oh and since I am keeping Mozy and it's unlimited, my Dropbox folder also gets backed up there so my genealogy files are doubly backed up to the cloud. 


Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Mozy or Dropbox. However, if you click on the Dropbox link and sign up for an account, I will get some free space (500 MB) added to my Dropbox account but so will you (250 MB).