Inventory of Family Papers

by Tonia Kendrick on November 23, 2010 in Evidence

As I wrote about on Sunday, the second assignment in Lesson Two of the NGS Home Study Course is to make an inventory of family papers found at home (or at a relative’s) and to include the paper’s provenance and genealogical information and clues.  My list (limited to ten items) is below:

  1. Article regarding funeral services for my great-great-grandfather, Martin LaFayette Roberts: this article was published in The Chatsworth Times on April 9, 1925.  A microfilm printout was given to me by my cousin, D. Davis in early 2010.  It contains a wealth of genealogical information:  it names his death date and residence, birth date and place, his wife’s full name (including her maiden name), and all eight of his children and their residences at the time.
  2. Military discharge paper for my father, which was given to me by him in 2009.  It includes his birth date, residences at the time of his entry into active service and after discharge, along with various detail regarding his military service
  3. Letter from Mary Jane (Hemphill) Stroud to Malinda “Josephine” (Hemphill) Butler:  This letter was given to me by mother, who obtained it from my father’s aunt, Edna Josephine Butler (Josephine’s granddaughter and namesake).  Mary Jane and Josephine were sisters and the letter was written in 1910 after their father’s death.  It refers to both their residences at the time, discusses some questions regarding the disposition of their father’s estate, and remarks that their mother lies in an unmarked grave in North Carolina.
  4. Georgia Life magazine, Autumn 1974 edition.  The magazine includes an article about my great-grandmother, Rachel (Johnson) Ward, and was given to me my mother in 2010.  Genealogical information included in the article includes her age at the time, how long she and my great-grandfather had lived in Chatsworth, Georgia, that they were both natives of Fannin County, Georgia, how long they had been married, the number of children they had, and it names one of their daughters as Mrs. Alfred Flowers (which tells me her husband’s name).
  5. Program from a commemorative service honoring Captain Thomas Hemphill, an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution.  I attended the service, which was held on June 13, 1998.  The program includes a miniature copy of a certified copy of payment to Thomas Hemphill for his service in July 1790 from the North Carolina Historical Commission.  It also includes a brief biography of Thomas including his parents’ names, approximate birth date and place, information about his military service, names his wife, her parents and birth and death dates, and the names of their 13 children and spouses
  6. Delayed birth certificate for my grandfather, John Edward Hemphill.  This was given to me by mother.  It includes my grandfather’s birth date and place, parents’ names and birthplaces, and address at the time the certificate was issued (1957).
  7. A cancelled check written by my great-grandfather, J. A. Hemphill, dated January 11, 1928.  This check was given to me by my grandmother, J. A.’s daughter-in-law.  The check is supposed to have been for the purchase of the family farm (I need to verify this through deed research).
  8. A set of pedigree charts, family group sheets, and supporting documents.  These were given to me by my paternal grandmother and were prepared by her sister in 1992.  There is too much genealogical information included to be listed here.
  9. DAR application for Rosa Hemphill.  This was given to me by my mother, who received it from a cousin, Nina Greenlee.  It includes genealogical information on our mutual patriot ancestor, Captain Thomas Hemphill, including birth information, wife’s name, and the name of one son and his spouse.  It also includes a photocopy of Thomas’ father’s will, which names his wife and children.
  10. Photocopy of military discharge for my grandfather, John Edward Hemphill.  This was given to me by my mother.  It includes my grandfather’s date and place of birth, residence and occupation at the time he enlisted, a physical description, and various details about his military service.

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