William West Confederate Pension Application

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This is one of 17 pages of William West’s application for an Indigent Pension from the state of Georgia for his service in the Civil War. Questions for Applicant   Transcript [boilerplate is in regular font; written answers are italicized] State of Georgia Murray County } William West of said State and County, desiring to […]

The Brookshire Family Book

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One of the sources I’ve seen mentioned several times in my research on Brookshires is a book by Glenna Brookshire Beck and Charles Randolph Sheridan called The Brookshire Family. This has long been on my mental wish list of books to look at. Several months ago, I wrote down my wish list of family history books […]

David Sanford Butler’s Funeral Book – Treasure Chest Thursday

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I got a new item for my Treasure Chest last week.  My uncle found a memory book from the funeral of David Sanford Butler.  Dave was my grandmother’s grandfather and since I’m the keeper of the family history, my uncle brought the book to me (yay!). I’ve never seen anything quite like this.  It’s cardboard, […]

Millington Lytle Heir List

Millington Lytle Heir List

This list is from Millington Lytle’s estate file, a 133-page packet of information.  For my purposes, this is the most important page in the packet, because it lists his heirs, thus providing evidence of the parentage of a number of people, including Elizabeth Lytle, wife of John Lytle.  It also provides husband’s names for the […]

The Marriage of Andrew Baxter and Mary Lowery

Andrew Baxter-Mary Lowery Marriage License

Andrew B. Baxter and Mary Lowery applied for a marriage license in Murray County, Georgia on the first day of January, 1849.  Their marriage was solemnized before a justice of the peace on January 4th. Andrew and Mary are my 3rd great-grandparents and the parents of Barbara (Baxter) Kendrick.

James Baxter Married Elisabeth Lowery – Treasure Chest Thursday

James Baxter-Elisabeth Lowery

James Baxter and Elisabeth Lowery were joined in the bonds of holy matrimony on 14 December 1851.  They were married in Murray County, Georgia. James was the brother of my 3rd great-grandfather, Andrew B. “Dave” Baxter and Elisabeth was the sister of Dave’s wife, Polly Lowery.

J. A. Hemphill – World War I Draft Registration Card

J. A. Hemphill World War I Draft Card

This week’s Treasure Chest Thursday entry is another World War I Draft Registration Card.  This time the registrant is my great-grandfather, James Alexander Hemphill. So What Does This Record Tell Us? Name:  I think this is the only official document I have that spells out his complete name – James Alexander Hemphill. Residence:  Ramhurst, Georgia.  […]

Reviewing Old Records Pays Off

James Baxter household in 1860

It’s a good idea to go back and review documents that you found years ago, because you may see things today that you didn’t notice at the time you found the record or make new connections based on what you’ve learned since then. The Backstory Barbara Baxter and her parents are one of my brick […]