Tonia's Roots http://www.toniasroots.net Family History and Genealogy Sun, 27 Jul 2014 12:32:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Some Alexander Death Notices http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/07/26/some-alexander-death-notices/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/07/26/some-alexander-death-notices/#respond Sat, 26 Jul 2014 16:26:47 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11283   This is part of an occasional series in which  I process information from a book called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index. I consulted this book  last year at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  I have lots of people from in and around Asheville, so […]

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Marriage and Death Notices in 1800's Newspapers

This is part of an occasional series in which  I process information from a book called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index. I consulted this book  last year at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City.  I have lots of people from in and around Asheville, so I was able to get copies of 24 pages that had surnames of interest to me. Today’s installment begins the “Death Notices” section of the book and focuses on the surname Alexander (all extracts below are from p. 58).

Extracts

“ALEXANDER, Alfred William, only son of A. M. and Susan C. Alexander and brother of Emma and Minnie Alexander, deceased, aged 7 years and 21 days, Oct. 29, 1862 (A. N., Nov. 6, 1862).”1

Comment: “A.N.” refers to the Asheville News, “founded in June, 1849, and published (with periodic interruptions during and after the Civil War) until at least as late as March 28, 1883, the date of its last-known extant copy. In 1868 and 1869 this journal was published as the Asheville News and Western Farmer and the Asheville News and Mountain Farmer, respectively.” 2 Alfred is a 4th-generation descendant of my ancestors, James Alexander and Rhoda Cunningham, so I won’t add him to RootsMagic (I generally limit myself to three generations).  However, I do want to make a note regarding his sisters, Emma and Minnie; Emma is the next entry and Minnie is listed a few entries down on this page.  This family lost three young children in the space of a few weeks.

“ALEXANDER, Emma F., daughter of A. M. and Susan C. Alexander of Buncombe County (born May 29, 1853), Oct. 4 1862 (A. N., Oct. 16, 1862).”

Comment: See previous comment.

“ALEXANDER, James, Sr., aged 88, a veteran of King’s Mountain, June 29, 1844, on Swannanoa, Buncombe County, (H. M., July 5, 1844).”

Comment: “H. M.”refers to the Highland Messenger: Extant and almost entirely complete from June 5, 1840, until some point between August 17, 1848, and September 27, 1849.” 3

This is the James Alexander who married Rhoda Cunningham.

To Do:  look for original image copy of death notice & probate records, if any.

“ALEXANDER, James Washington, aged about 40, June 27, 1859, at his residence on Swannanoa (A. N., June 30, 1859).

Comment:  At this time, he is unknown to me, but since he’s an Alexander who lived on Swannanoa, I bet he’s kinfolk.

To Do:  determine the identity of James Washington Alexander.

“ALEXANDER, John, one of the oldest citizens of Buncombe County, n.d., at his residence on Swannanoa (A. N., Feb. 5, 1857).”

Comment:  This is John C. Alexander, son of James Alexander and Rhoda Cunningham.

To Do:  look for probate records, if any.

“ALEXANDER, Mrs. Leah, wife of William D. Alexander, March 18, 1842, on Swannano, Buncombe County (H. M., March 25, 1842).”

Comment:  This is Leah Burgin, daughter of John Burgin and Elizabeth Mann.

To Do:  look for original image copy of death notice & probate records, if any.

“ALEXANDER, Minnie, daughter of A. M. and Susan C. Alexander of Buncombe County, n.d. (A. N., Oct. 16, 1862).”

Comment: See above comment under Alfred William.

“ALEXANDER, Mrs. Nancy, relict of the late Col. J.M. Alexander, Jan. 14, 1862, at her residence 8 miles north of Asheville (A.N., Jan. 16, 1862).

Comment: This is Nancy Foster, wife of James Mitchell Alexander.

To do: look for probate records.

Clues to be Pursued

Some issues of the Highland Messenger are available online as part of the Digital North Carolina Collection, so seek image copies of the death notices from that publication.

Work Plan

o   James Alexander, Sr.

o   Mrs. Leah Alexander

o   James Alexander, Sr.

o   Mrs. Leah Alexander

o   Mrs. Nancy Alexander

  1. Robert M. Topkins, compiler, Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers, 1840-1870: an index (Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1977), 58.
  2. Ibid, 1.
  3. Ibid.

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A New Look http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/07/19/a-new-look/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/07/19/a-new-look/#respond Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:08:34 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11271   Visitors the last couple of days will have noticed that Tonia’s Roots has a new look!  Making this change has been in the back of my mind for about a year, and the time finally came a  few weeks ago to move forward. The reasons for the update were mostly performance-based, but the site has […]

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Visitors the last couple of days will have noticed that Tonia’s Roots has a new look!  Making this change has been in the back of my mind for about a year, and the time finally came a  few weeks ago to move forward.

The reasons for the update were mostly performance-based, but the site has a fresh new look as well.  Tonia’s Roots has been around for almost seven years and has undergone several changes along the way.  The previous style change was implemented three years ago, so it was time for an update.

Framework change

One of the major back-end changes is switching from the Thesis framework to the Genesis framework. The prior theme was built on Thesis 1.x and I designed the theme myself, which involved a big learning curve.  Unfortunately, Thesis development went dark not long after I implemented it.  A couple of years ago they came out with Thesis 2.0, but it was completely new program that I would have had to learn (plus it wasn’t really ready for prime-time when it was launched).

Since I was going to have to learn a new program anyway, I decided to switch to the Genesis framework.  Genesis is produced by StudioPress, which is a Copyblogger company and I trust the folks at Copyblogger to keep it up to date.

Responsive theme

New look - tablet view

In today’s environment, it’s vital to have a responsive theme, which adjusts automatically to whatever screen a reader is using.  As a workaround, I had been using a mobile plug-in and theme, but I really wanted the main theme to be the one seen across all devices.  I found a responsive Genesis child theme that I liked and then tweaked the color-scheme to my preferences.

Discontinued TNG-Wordpress Plug-in

This was a biggie.  I’ve used the plug-in for about five years to integrate my TNG (The Next Generation of Genealogy Sitebuilding) family tree site into WordPress.  The plug-in started out good, but then the developer fell off the face of the earth and stopped supporting it.  Eventually, other people in the TNG community took it over and it works now, but it’s fussy.  It doesn’t respond well to site changes (like upgrades) and it doesn’t play well (or at all) with certain plug-ins and themes.  Moreover, it’s SLOW.

I tried several options to to keep the WordPress and TNG integration, but I finally decided to just let them run side by side.

Family Tree link

There is still a link in the primary navigation menu to take you to the Family Tree, but that portion of the site now has a somewhat different look than the main site (although keeping the same branding and color scheme).

Genealogy-logo-nav

To get back to the main site from the family tree, just click on the Tonia’s Roots logo.

Upgrade to TNG 10.x

During the process, I also upgraded TNG to the current version.  I had been using 8.x, but I was afraid to upgrade due to the aforementioned plug-in fussiness.  The new version is also mobile-responsive, which is big plus.  There is a new vertical ancestry chart, if you prefer that view to the traditional pedigree chart view.  My favorite part is that I was able to turn Google maps back on (it didn’t play well with the plug-in); maps are so essential to genealogy research that I hated not having that information readily available.

I imagine I will be making small tweaks and fixing unforeseen problems for several days.  If you see anything that looks wonky, please let me know.

 

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Death Certificate of Francis Marion Kendrick (1844-1932) http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/21/death-certificate-of-francis-marion-kendrick-1844-1932/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/21/death-certificate-of-francis-marion-kendrick-1844-1932/#respond Sat, 21 Jun 2014 13:25:09 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11157 Francis Marion Kendrick, my 2nd great-grandfather, died 6 November 1932 in Militia District 1011, Murray County, Ga., according to his death certificate. Transcript In the transcription below, boldface indicates the words penned into the pre-printed form: “Certificate of Death, Georgia State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.” PLACE OF DEATH County                                                            Murray Militia District […]

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Francis Marion Kendrick, my 2nd great-grandfather, died 6 November 1932 in Militia District 1011, Murray County, Ga., according to his death certificate.

Transcript

In the transcription below, boldface indicates the words penned into the pre-printed form:
“Certificate of Death, Georgia State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics.”

  1. PLACE OF DEATH

County                                                            Murray
Militia District (Number and Name)  1011
Registered No.                                            3
City or Town                                                [blank]
No.                                                                   [blank]
St.                                                                     [blank]
2.         FULL NAME                                    Francis Marion Kendrick
Residence (City or Town)                       [blank]
(Street and Number)                                [blank]
(State)                                                             [blank]
3.         SEX                                                      Male
4.         COLOR or RACE                             white
5.         Single, Married, Widowed, Divorced            married
5a. Name of Husband or Wife               Mrs. Barbara Kendrick
6.         DATE OF BIRTH                            [blank]
7.         AGE Years, Months, Days        88 [years]
8.         OCCUPATION                                Farming
9.         BIRTHPLACE                                 Tenn.
10.       NAME OF FATHER                     Thos. Kendrick
11.       BIRTHPLACE OF FATHER       Tenn.
12.       MAIDEN NAME OF MOTHER Mahala Lawson
13.       MOTHER BIRTHPLACE             Tenn.
14.       INFORMANT(Signed)                Mrs. Barbara Kendrick
           (Address)                                          Cisco Ga
15.       Filed                                                  Nov. 30, 1932
            Registrar                                           J. B. Higdon
16.       DATE OF DEATH                          Nov. 6 1932
17.       Physician Attendance               June 1931 to Nov. 5 1932
            Last seen alive                                Nov. 5 1932
            [time of death]                                10 A m
Cause of Death                                Cylitis and Cancer of Duodenum
            Duration                                           [blank]
CONTRIBUTARY                           [blank]
18.       Where disease contracted        [blank]
Did an operation precede death?        No
            Was there an autopsy?                No
            What test confirmed diagnosis?         Constant att.
            (Signed)                                             T. W. Colvard, M. D.
(Address)                                          Conasauga, Tenn
19.       Place of Burial, Cremation or Removal Calvary Cemetery
            Date of Burial                                   Nov. 7, 1932
20.       Undertaker                                     Kenemer Bros.
            Address                                              Chatsworth, Ga. 1 

Analysis:

The source reviewed is an original record.  It is a certified copy of the signed death certificate, which I obtained from the Murray County Probate Court on 31 Dec 2009.

The death date and other medical information were provided by the attending physician and would be considered primary. Alaculsey as the place of death is derived from two pieces of data, both of which are also primary: 1) his place of death is recorded as Militia District 1011, which was the “Alaculsey” district in the 1930 census, just two years earlier. Other documents state that he died in Cisco, but that is likely based on Francis’ and Barbara’s mailing address; their mail would have come through the Cisco post office at this time.

To Do: Obtain land records to ensure that this theory regarding his place of death is accurate. It’s possible that they moved to Cisco; many Alaculsey residents did. 2

Birth information was provided by his wife, Barbara, and is considered secondary. His age was reported as 88, which would mean he was born between December 1843 and November 1844. The 1900 census states that he was born Feb 1844, so the death certificate is consistent. 3  All known sources consistently report Tennessee as his birth place.

Parentage information was provided by Barbara; their names are considered primary information, but their birth places would be secondary. Thomas and Mahala Kindrich lived with Francis Marion and Barbara in 1880 and are named as his parents on the census enumeration, supporting the information on the death certificate. 4

Barbara was the informant on the death certificate. Her address would be primary information.

Lastly, regarding the burial information. . .I’m really not sure who would have provided the information.  Would it have been Barbara or the funeral home?  In either case, it is primary information.

On a side note, I was at Dr. Colvard’s house a couple of weeks ago when I did Murray on My Mind.  Had I known he was Francis Marion’s physician, I would have taken a picture of the house.

 

  1. Murray County, Georgia, death certificate no. 3 (1932), Francis Marion Kendrick, Murray County Probate Court’s Office, Chatsworth.
  2. Murray County History Committee, Murray County Heritage (Fernandina Beach, Florida: Wolfe Publishing, 1987), 309.
  3. 1900 U.S. Census, Murray County, Georgia, population schedule, Alaculsa District No. 1011, enumeration district (ED) 70, sheet 12-A (penned), p. 55 (stamped), dwelling 206, family 210, France M. Kindrick household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 18 Aug 2007); citing NARA microfilm publication T623, roll 213.
  4. 1880 U. S. census, Murray County, Georgia, population schedule, Alaculsey (G. M. 1011), Enumeration District (ED) 155, p. 9 (penned) p. 472 (stamped), dwelling 75, family 78, Francis Kindrich household; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Dec 2007), citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 159.

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Columbus Library Research Trip – 12 Jun 2014 http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/18/columbus-library-research-trip-12-jun-2014/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/18/columbus-library-research-trip-12-jun-2014/#respond Wed, 18 Jun 2014 23:12:42 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11194 I had a business trip to Columbus, Georgia last week and Columbus has a great genealogy section in their library, so I decided to do a little after-work research.  I knew that I would only have a couple of hours at the library, which made it essential that I go in with a plan. I […]

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Columbus-libraryI had a business trip to Columbus, Georgia last week and Columbus has a great genealogy section in their library, so I decided to do a little after-work research.  I knew that I would only have a couple of hours at the library, which made it essential that I go in with a plan.

I reviewed their online catalog and decided to focus on books with newspaper clippings and will abstracts.  I made a list of books in these categories that I wanted to review and then added the names of specific people and general surnames for each locality.  I made this list in Google Docs, so that I could access in on my tablet and make notes on what I found in real time.

I was able to review several books and got quite a bit of good information.  This is how my research report for this visit looks:

  • Findings are bulleted and in italics
    • Comments are indented and underlined

Newspaper Records:

Wilkes County (Washington), Georgia, newspaper abstracts 1810-1815 by Poss, Faye Stone.

1) Thomas Mackie.  2) Also John Mackie, Samuel Mackie, David McClesky

  • pp. 100-101, Thomas Mackey – entry dated 7 Mar 1812 regarding a Sheriff’s sale.  
    • Who is this?  My Thomas died in 1796.  Could this be a son or a nephew?
  • p. 235-236, Littleton Mackie – entry dated Oct 1815.  He is on a list of letters left at the post office.
    • Who is he?  The name Littleton intrigues me, because of Littleton Lytle.
  • There are two entries in the index for a John “McCluskey” or “McClusky,” but no McClesky

Wilkes county (Washington), Georgia, newspaper abstracts 1802, 1805-1809 : The Monitor and Impartial Observer 1802; Monitor 1805-1809  - GEN 929.3 G3wil Pos

  • p. 14, John McKey – entry regarding Administrator’s sale for estate.  
    • This is likely Mary Ann Mackie’s brother.  dated 10 Aug 1805
  • p. 131, Samuel McKie – entry dated 9 May 1807.  Land adjoining his was was to be sold for back taxes.  
    • This may also be Mary Ann’s brother.
  • p. 63, John McKee – another entry regarding administrator’s sale, dated 3 May 1806
  • p. 266, William McKee – entry dated 23 Sep 1809 regarding establishing a singing school.  
    • They may be Mary Ann’s brother
  • Index entries for Mark McCluskey and John McClusky, but nothing for David under any spelling variation

Milledgeville, Georgia, newspaper clippings (Southern recorder) by Evans, Tad. GEN 929.3 G3bal Eva 1 – Volume XII, 1866-1872 and (Misc Papers 1825-1841)

1) James Butler or Harvey D. Ward

  • There are several entries for James and J. B. Butlers, but they are clearly not my James.
    • This set of books needs to be reviewed in more detail.  It has entries for many GA counties (presumably because Milledgeville was the state capitol).  Also the Baldwin County, Georgia Newspaper Clippings (Union Recorder) set of books.

Deaths, murders and lynchings : abstracted from Lumpkin County, Georgia, newspapers / Jimmy E. Anderson. GEN 929.3 G3lu And 1

1) Forrester, Carnes, Nancy (Chapman) Patterson. 2) Levi Mote, Mary (Qualls) Mote, other Pattersons

    • This is another book that needs to be looked at in detail as it includes items picked up from other counties, such as Gilmer, Fannin, etc.
  • 2 entries for Forrester, but neither are mine
  • p. 62, entry for a Benj. Forrest who died 28 Nov 1878 in Stone Mountain
  • No entries for Carnes, Cearns, or Kerns
  • No entries for Patterson
  • Various Chapman entries, but none seem applicable
  • p. 304, death notice for Levi Mote, died 1900
  • 1 Quarles entry, but no first name given
  • Various Brooksher and Brookshire entries, but none seem applicable
  • Various Butler entries, none likely
  • One Cunningham, but no first name.
  • Looked at various other surnames: Garrett, Ward, Whitener, Weidner.  No hits.

Will Abstracts:

Elbert County, Georgia, abstracts of wills, 1791-1919 / Fred W. McRee, Jr. GEN 929.3 G3el McR

1) Rosannah (McIntyre) Mackie, Susannah (Patton) Hemphill.  2) Surnames: Hemphill, Mackie, McClesky

  • p. 10, abstract # 18, will for Thomas Mackie, found in WB B, p. 19
  • Nothing for Mackey, McKee, McKie, etc.
  • Nothing for McEntire, McIntyre
  • The only Hemphill is referring back to Thomas Mackie’s will
  • Entry for a Samuel “Patten,” but he doesn’t look like a connection
  • Nothing for McClesky, McClusky, McLesky, etc.

Burke County, North Carolina, surviving will and probate abstracts, 1777–1910 by Philbeck, Miles S. GEN 929.3 N8bur Phi

1) Captain Thomas Lytle.  2) Burgin, Dellinger, Hemphill, Lytle, Mann, McEntire, Mull, Pattillo, Patton, Stroud, Whitener, Dysart, Powell

  • No entries for Lytle or Little
  • abstract #308.  Entry for Robert Logan, proved by Alny Burgin, witness.
    • Robert Logan was one of the witnesses to Captain Thomas Hemphill’s will.
  • abstract # 324. Entry for John McDowell, witnessed by Robt. Logan, J. Burgin, Ben Burgin
  • abstract # 85.  Entry for Benjamin Burgin.
    • This is Pioneer Ben.
  • abstract # 165.  Entry for William England.  Benjamin Burgin, exec and Benjamin Mann, witness
  • abstract # 36. Entry for Benoni Banning.  Presented for probate by Jesse Burgin
  • abstract # 159. Entry for Sarah Edmiston. Exec Jess Burgin, Jr. Witness Rosamond Burgin
  • There are several Dellinger entries, but they are all late 1800s and none of the names look familiar.  Could be distantly related.  Not making copies.
  • abstract # 234. Entry for Jacob Harshaw.  Names daughter Mary Ann Hemphill and children of T. L. Hemphill
    • T. L. is the son of Andrew Hemphill and Catherine McDonald.
  • abstract # 249. Entry for James Hemphill, presented for probate by Robert Hemphill in April 1815.
    • Not sure who this is.
  • a Laura Hemphill witnessed a will for Ann Pearson  Not sure who they are.  No copy made.
  • abstract # 505. Entry for Michael Spainhour.  Names a Martha E. Hemphill
    • Apparently, this Martha married a LaFayette Hemphill.  Not sure who he is.  On a side note, found book of old Southern Bible records on Google Books.
  • abstracts #349 and #350.  entries for John & Samuel Mackey, dated 1820 and 1831, respectively.  John’s was proved by Robert Logan.
  • abstract #333, entry for James McEntire, dated Jul 1820. Names son William and widow Nancy.
  • abstract #334, entry for James McEntire, presented Jul 1830
  • abstract #335, entry for Thomas McEntire, Sr.  Thomas L. McEntire and Andrew Hemphill executors.
    • Is this Thomas Young Hemphill McEntire?
  • abstract #95, entry for John Carson.  Names a Rebecca McEntire.  Dated Oct 8142
    • Who is she?
  • abstract #535, entry for John Vanhorn, dated 1840.  Names several Mull daughters (one who married a Peter Mull) and grandchildren.  
  • There are lots of other Mull entries, but the given names do not look familiar and the dates are too late.
  • No entries for Patillo, Petillo, Potillo, etc.
  • abstract #369, entry for Babel Moore, dated 1873.  Names daughter Charity Patton, decd, & her children.
  • abstracts #410 – 416, several Pattons in a row.
    • Hopefully, this will help me sort out the Pattons.
  • abstract # 172, entry for Arthur Erwin, dated 1819.  Names daughter Polly Patton & her children
  • abstract # 539, entry for Martha Walton, dated 1865.  Names decd. daughter Louisa Patton.
  • abstract # 512, entry for Peter Stroud, dated Jul 1827.
    • This is likely the Peter who married Naomi and Rebecca.
  • No entries for Weidner or Whitener.  Two Whitner entries as witness.  Did not copy.
  • abstract # 446, entry for Elias Powell, dated 1832.
    • This is the Elias who married Anna Barbara Albright.
  • abstracts # 156 & 157. entries for Samuel & William Dysart.
    • Not sure who they are at this point.
  • abstract # 513, entry for John Sudderth.  Names decd. daughter Mary Powell.
    • Mary was the wife of Rev. John Bowman Powell, grandson of Elias Powell & Anna Barbara Albright

Burke County, North Carolina, Records 1755-1821 (Including Wills Index 1784-1900), Volume IV by Edith Warren Huggins

  • p. 46, chapter on court minutes, entry for John Petillo, dec’d.  Names heirs, including “Susannah Petillo (now Lytle)”
    • This book is available at the Calhoun library.  It has so much information that it needs much more time than I have today.

Abstracts of Book A, wills, guardians, administrations, Lumpkin County, Georgia, 1833-1852 – GEN 929.3 G3lu Wri

1) Forrester, Carnes, Nancy (Chapman) Patterson. 2) Levi Mote, Mary (Qualls) Mote, other Pattersons

  • There is a Berry Forrester mentioned.  No idea who he is.  No copy made
  • No entries for Carnes, Kerns, etc.
  • No entries for Patterson
  • No entries for Mote
  • No entries for Qualls, Quarles

Work Plan for Next Visit

Surry County, North Carolina, will abstracts, Vols. 1-3, 1771-1827. by Linn, Jo White.  – GEN 929.3 N8 Lin

1) James Burk. 2) Debord, Tucker, Burk, Brookshire

Rutherford County, North Carolina, abstracts will book A, 1779-1791. by Davis, Caroline Heath.  GEN 929.3 N8ru Dav

Baxter, Ward, Searcy

Wilkes County, N.C., will abstracts, books one & two, 1778-1811 by Absher, W. O., Mrs., 1915- GEN 929.3 N8wi Abs –

1) Mary Ann (Marlow) Brookshire 2) Brookshire, Debord, Powell, Tilley, Marlow, Burk

Caldwell County, North Carolina, will abstracts, 1841–1910 by Philbeck, Miles S. GEN 929.3 N8ca Phi –

1) Ann Barbara (Albright)Powell,  2)Powell, Albright, Whitener

Rowan County, North Carolina will abstracts GEN 929.3 N8row Lin 1

1) James Hemphill, William Brookshire, John Mann, Johannes Christopher Mull.  2) Alexander, Brookshire, Burgin, Mann, Potillo, Stroud, Hemphill, Mull, Debord, Davidson, Patton, Burk, Weidner, Albright, Cunningham, Summerville

Anson County, North Carolina : abstracts of early records by McBee, May Wilson. GEN 929.3 N8an McB

Lytle, Patton, Whitener, Poffh, Dellinger, Hemphill

York County, South Carolina will abstracts : 1787-1862 (1770-1862)  - by Holcomb, Brent. GEN 929.3 S7y Hol

Quarles, Cunningham

Abstracts of Will Book A, 15 March 1824–6 July 1849 Franklin County, Georgia  - by Hageness, MariLee Beatty GEN 929.3 G3fr Wil

Mackie

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Jim Butler’s Military Service http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/14/jim-butlers-military-service/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/14/jim-butlers-military-service/#comments Sat, 14 Jun 2014 12:26:04 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11142 James B. Butler, my great-grandfather, enlisted in the United States Army on 10 November 1901 in Ellijay, Georgia for a period of three years. At the time of his enlistment, he was a 21-year-old farmer, described as being  6 feet tall, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. 1 Two months later, […]

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James B. Butler, my great-grandfather, enlisted in the United States Army on 10 November 1901 in Ellijay, Georgia for a period of three years. At the time of his enlistment, he was a 21-year-old farmer, described as being  6 feet tall, with blue eyes, light brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. 1

Two months later, he arrived in Manila on the U.S.A.T Hancock. 2  He was stationed in Calbayog, Samar Province, Philippines, as part of  Co. K, 9th Infantry 3, during the Philippine-American War.  On 10 May 1902, he transferred to Co. I, 1st Infantry, in Tacloban on the island of Leyte. He left the Philippines on 4 April 1904.

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Jim was honorably discharged with the rank of Corporal on 9 November 1904 at Fort Porter, New York.  He was in good physical condition, having received no wounds in service. 4

  1. “U.S. Army, Register of Enlistments, 1798-1914,” digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 Jun 2010), vol. “1901 May – 1902, A-K,” p. 122, entry no. 3241, James B. Butler, 9th U.S. Inf., enlisted 10 Nov. 1901, Georgia; citing Registers of Enlistments in the U.S. Army, 1798-1914, National Archives microfilm publication M233.
  2. James B. Butler U. S. Army Discharge Paper 4 Nov 1904; Kendrick Family Papers, 1904—, privately held by Tonia Kendrick, {ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,} Chatsworth, Georgia. This original signed document was passed from Butler’s daughter V. B. Kendrick to the current owner in 2014.
  3. Compiled service record, James B. Butler, Pvt., Co. K, 9th Inf.; Carded Records, Volunteer Organizations, Spanish American War/Philippine Insurrection; Records of the Adjutant General’s Office, 1780s–1917, Record Group 94; National Archives, Washington, D.C.
  4. James B. Butler U. S. Army Discharge Paper.

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Murray on My Mind http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/08/murray-on-my-mind/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/06/08/murray-on-my-mind/#respond Sun, 08 Jun 2014 16:46:16 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11171 I spent the last week learning all about Murray County history.  “Murray on My Mind,” offered by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, is a class taught by recently-retired history teacher and local historian, Tim Howard.  If you want to know about Murray County history, Tim is your first call.  He has taught this week-long course for many, many […]

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I spent the last week learning all about Murray County history.  “Murray on My Mind,” offered by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society, is a class taught by recently-retired history teacher and local historian, Tim Howard.  If you want to know about Murray County history, Tim is your first call.  He has taught this week-long course for many, many years and I’ve always wanted to take it.  This year, I decided that I didn’t want to wait any longer and possibly miss my chance (like the advanced methodology course at IGHR, about which I’m bitterly disappointed), so I took a week off work for an intense stay-cation.  The class is from 8 AM to 3 PM every day and takes participants all over Murray County, with stops at historic buildings, cemeteries, and other interesting sites. As we were riding around the first day, it occurred to me that it’s very much like the bus tours offered to tourists in historical cities, but this tour is all about home.

Old Spring Place Methodist Church

The old Spring Place Methodist church was “home base” for the week.  We started and ended each day here.  This is the oldest public building in Murray County.  It is on the National Historic Register and is now owned by the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society.  The first morning, we stayed at the church for a couple of hours, while Tim gave us an overview of Georgia and Murray County history.  I knew most of this already, but I did pick up a couple of interesting facts.

  • The Old Federal Road was started in 1805, under great opposition.  James Vann wanted the road to be built so that he could set up trading posts.  The road started in Athens, Georgia and forked at Ramhurst, with one fork going to Nashville and the other following the path that U. S. Highway 411 follows today.  This explains why Ramhurst figured so prominently on a map I saw in a presentation on migration patterns that I attended in Richmond.
  • The song “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” was written and published in Dalton. (This is not Murray County history, but still very interesting.)  I had no idea.

Then we loaded up on a school bus and set out to tour Spring Place, which was the original county seat of Murray County.

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Our first stop was the Treadwell Cemetery.  This is one of the oldest family cemeteries in Murray County, with burials going back to at least 1847.  This cemetery is famous, because the face Smith Treadwell appeared on his tombstone soon after it was erected in 1893; the story was picked up by Ripley’s Believe It Or Not in the 1930s.

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Not being a Spring Place girl, I had never visited any of the springs for which the town is named.  We had lunch at the main spring and enjoyed freshly dipped water.  The Lucy Hill Institute stood near here, which is where my two great-aunts, Blanche and Edna, went to school.

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We also visited God’s Acre, burial ground for the Spring Place Mission, which was founded by Moravian missionaries in 1801.

Tuesday was devoted to the south end of the county.  One of our first stops was at Center Hill Cemetery, formerly known as the Osborn Family Cemetery.  Here we heard a story of murder and mayhem.  Coleman Osborn was murdered late at night in 1927.  The story was quite a sensation and was reported in newspapers nationwide. Three people were arrested (by my great-grandfather, Jim Butler) for the murder – a white man, white woman, and black man (a former Negro League baseball player).    All three were sentenced to execution, with Eula Thompson being the first woman in the state of Georgia sentenced to the electric chair.  The two men were executed, but Eula escaped the chair when her sentence was commuted by the governor.  It’s a fascinating story and if you want the read more,  the newpaper accounts are online.

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Another famous Murray County connection was revealed on a hilltop in the middle of timber land.  Trees were being felled even as we stood there.  This is the Connally family cemetery.  It has only a few graves, because the Connally’s children moved to Texas. One of their descendants was Governor John Connally.  Yes, the Governor Connally who was shot and wounded during the assassination of President Kennedy.

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Lunch was at Rock Spring Farm, known locally as Carter’s Quarter.  All the markers in the family cemetery are this same style, which thrills a genealogist’s heart.  Each tells not only the name and vital information of the deceased, but also includes spouse, marriage date, parents’ names and their vitals.

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This is Dennis Mill, which was once the center of a thriving community.  Work is being done to get this area named as a historic district.

On Wednesday, we toured the northeast part of the county, including Eton, Crandall, and points farther north.  Eton, which now sports one traffic light, had three hotels once upon a time.  It was a popular stop on the railroad and traveling salesmen needed a place to stay.

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This beautiful view is the lake at the Cohutta Springs Conference Center.  This resort was built in the 1980′s, but there were two other resorts in the Cohutta Springs area, going back to Civil War days.

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Cisco School was established in 1904, but this two-room schoolhouse wasn’t built until 1924.

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Former students and other members of the community have turned the school into a fabulous little museum.

The big excitement of the day was when we drove up Doogan Mountain in a school bus.  To put this in perspective, the road up Doogan is a twisty-turny, National Forest dirt road.  I’m comfortable driving it in my four-wheel drive SUV.  But in a school bus, and a long school bus at that?  We all agreed that Six Flags could charge people for that ride.

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We spent Thursday on the northwest side of the county.  This is the view from Sumach Cumberland Presbyterian church.  I have a number of McEntire relatives buried in the cemetery here, and in fact, the McEntires donated part of the land for the church.   We also visited Center Valley Cemetery, where Levi Branham is buried. Levi Branham was born into slavery, then became a school teacher, historian, and author.

 

Friday was devoted to Chatsworth, with stops at the Wright Hotel, Chatsworth Depot, the Murray County Courthouse (one of only three domed courthouses in Georgia), and more.

As you can see, it was a very full week, and this post only includes a smattering of what we covered.  For news of future sessions of “Murray on My Mind,” follow the WHMS on Facebook or check the website.

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Genome Mate – A New Tool in my DNA Toolbox http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/05/31/genome-mate-a-new-tool-in-my-dna-toolbox/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/05/31/genome-mate-a-new-tool-in-my-dna-toolbox/#comments Sat, 31 May 2014 13:41:32 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11119 Those of us who have done DNA testing know that two of the biggest challenges are keeping track of all the information and narrowing down that information into smaller buckets that can be analyzed to determine common ancestors.  The analysis tools have gotten a lot better in the last year, but there really hasn’t been […]

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Those of us who have done DNA testing know that two of the biggest challenges are keeping track of all the information and narrowing down that information into smaller buckets that can be analyzed to determine common ancestors.  The analysis tools have gotten a lot better in the last year, but there really hasn’t been a good way to keep everything organized.  I think Genome Mate is the answer to my problems, because it builds off the available analysis tools and provides one place that I can pull all my DNA information into, sort through it, and keep track of what I’ve done.

Between my own testing at both Family Tree DNA and 23andme and then testing my parents at FTDNA, I have around 4,000 DNA matches (and I know many people have way more than that).  I think we can all agree that when the numbers get into the thousands, some kind of system is essential.  Spreadsheets are my go-to tool for any kind of analysis and organization and my test of any software application is this – is it really better than a spreadsheet?  I currently have about 20 spreadsheets I use with DNA and I also use Evernote for more extensive comments; I will likely still use some spreadsheets and notes, but others are going to be replaced by Genome Mate.

The developer has a blog, as well as several YouTube videos that demo Genome Mate and show you how to get started.  I’m not going to repeat that information, but I do want to share some features and screen shots that have sold me on the program (which is free, by the way).

First of all, I can import my results from FTDNA, 23andme, and Gedmatch.  This includes chromosomes and segments for me and my matches, profile information from the matches, in-common-with data from DNAgedcom, and my own gedcom. Furthermore, when I have more matches, I can do another import and Genome Mate recognizes the matches I’ve already imported as duplicates and does not import them again.  Importing FTDNA info is easy if you use downloads from DNAGedcom.  23andme is a bit challenging the first time (it took me about an hour), but it should be easier going forward.  Gedmatch, unfortunately, has been down since I started playing with Genome Mate, so I haven’t had a chance to try importing from there yet.

So, once I’ve imported everyone, I get this nice list, by chromosome, that shows all my matches and their segments.  Brown is from FTDNA and blue-green is from 23andme (I’ve redacted the first names, for privacy).  I can see, at a glance, which segments overlap, regardless of which testing service they used. (Click on images to enlarge.)

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So that’s great, but what if I have a specific person I’m working with?  I don’t want to see everyone; I only want to see the people who have overlapping segments with him or her.  I can click on the little icon next to my name on that person’s row and now I have a short list to work with.

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I can also mouse over the little people icon next to the specific person’s name and it highlights the in-common-with group for that person.  When I do that with Abney, I see that she is related to my mom and to Mason.  So, I’ve narrowed down the match group to three and I know which side of my family tree to look at for a common ancestor.

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Now, let’s look at a segment profile.  When I click on the segment for Abney in the graph, I get this screen, which I just love, because this is where everything starts pulling together.

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I haven’t manually typed anything on this screen (yet).  I can add information to the “Match Note,” “Relative Note,” or “Research Comments” boxes, when I start working on this match.  Everything you see here was pulled in during the import process.  I can see the match’s name and email address.  If I click on the Send Email link, then Outlook opens automatically with an email addressed to her, a form letter is automatically generated, and Genome Mate captures the date of the email in this profile, so that I know when I contacted her.  My DNA correspondence log?  Replaced.

Any surnames that she had entered on her FTDNA profile are automatically pulled into the light green box in the middle and right below that the program identifies surnames that we have in common.  Then on the right-hand side in the box that says “Possible Connections,” Genome Mate has pulled in my ancestors that have those surnames.  How awesome is that!  I can mouse over any of those possible connections and their details populate in the gray box below.

One of my favorite features is the button right above the “Possible Connections” box that says “Gedcom Compare.”  If I have a copy of a match’s gedcom file, I can click on this button, choose their file, and Genome Mate will run a comparison.

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It pulls up my ancestors on the left and those from the other gedcom on the right.  Surnames in common are in the middle and if I click on one, then only people with that surname are displayed.  In this example, I clicked on Cunningham, so I can see my Cunningham ancestorss and hers, side by side.  No more going blind trying to look at someone else’s family tree.  Of course, the challenge is getting those gedcom files for comparison, but that’s another story.

I have just scratched the surface of the capabilities of this program.  I’m still learning all the nuances, myself.  I mentioned earlier that there is a blog and YouTube videos.  I strongly suggest taking advantage of both, especially before you start importing.

I really think that Genome Mate, combined with the native analysis tools at FTDNA and 23andme and the resources available at DNAGedcom are going to make a big difference in my DNA success rate.

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Library of Virginia – Monday Finds http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/05/10/library-of-virginia-monday-finds/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/05/10/library-of-virginia-monday-finds/#respond Sun, 11 May 2014 02:34:42 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11109 I spent all day Monday at the Library of Virginia. This is a brief summary of what I found. Monday was all about County Books from Albemarle, Fairfax, and Bedford counties, which contained either abstracts or indexes. I was able to get copies of the original images of some of these items (more on that […]

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Lib-VAI spent all day Monday at the Library of Virginia. This is a brief summary of what I found. Monday was all about County Books from Albemarle, Fairfax, and Bedford counties, which contained either abstracts or indexes. I was able to get copies of the original images of some of these items (more on that in upcoming posts).

Albemarle County
* Will abstract for John Ballard, names his daughter Mildred. Dated 11 Jun 1779.
* Will abstract for Thomas Ballard, dated 13 Jun 1779. A brother to John perhaps?
* A William Ballard witnessed a deed in 1752. He is a candidate to be John’s father. More research needed, obviously.
* Henry Tilley witnessed a deed in 1752.
* Henry Tilley sold land in 1776.
* Henry Tilley sold land in 1777.
* John Ballard witnessed a deed in 1768. This same deed mentions Timothy Dalton, as the land ran along his line.
* Henry Tilley sold land in 1768. This deed names his wife, Ann. I have two Henry Tilleys and don’t know the wife’s name for either. I don’t which Henry this is yet (or even if he is one of mine), but this was still an exciting find.
* Henry Tilley bought land in 1769.
* Edmund Tilley was named in a court record in 1762 and owing money to a David Lewis.
* Henry Tilley Jr. and his wife Jane sold land in 1766.

Fairfax County
* Will abstract of Thomas Simmons named Sarah Brookshire as executrix. I’m not sure about the relationship between these two. Sarah was a Simmons by birth, but I have a different given name for her father. This bears more research. I also think it’s interesting that a female was named to execute the will; I need to figure out how and why that happened.

Bedford County
* Elizabeth Dalton married William Arthur, Jr. in 1762. Consent was given by Timothe Dalton.
* Timothy Dalton wrote a will in 1775.
* Elizabeth Dalton witnessed a will for Matt. Talbot in 1758. This will mentions a child with the surname Arthur (see two bullet points up).
* William Hinton sold land to Timothy Dalton in 1765.
* “Bartholamie” Lawson sold land in 1763.
* John Talbot sold land to Matthew Talbot in 1762.
* John Talbot sold a horse and four slaves in 1763.
* John Talbot sold two tracts of land in 1763.
* John Talbot sold two tracts of land in 1764.
* John Talbot sold land in 1765.
* Matthew Talbot “to perform duties as sheriff” 1757.
* Matthew Talbot & wife Mary sold land in 1763.
* Matthew Talbot witnessed a deed in 1765.

All of this information must still be analyzed to determine if and/or how it fits into my family tree.

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My Big Find at the Georgia Archives http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/04/27/my-big-find-at-the-georgia-archives/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/04/27/my-big-find-at-the-georgia-archives/#comments Sun, 27 Apr 2014 13:49:42 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11100 I went to the Georgia Archives for the first time yesterday, and while I found lots of good information, one item stands out above the rest, and made the whole trip worthwhile. Here’s the backstory. Harvey D. Ward, my 3rd great-grandfather, fell off the face of the earth after 1870. He was a young man, […]

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I went to the Georgia Archives for the first time yesterday, and while I found lots of good information, one item stands out above the rest, and made the whole trip worthwhile.

Here’s the backstory. Harvey D. Ward, my 3rd great-grandfather, fell off the face of the earth after 1870. He was a young man, aged 30, when he appeared on the 1870 census, with a wife and three children, ages eight to two. In 1880, his wife, Mary, was head of household, with the same three children living there. Mary was reported as “married,” not as “widowed,” so where was Harvey?

I had heard a rumor that Harvey had gone crazy after the Civil War. I had not pursued this rumor, both from lack of time and lack of knowledge in how to go about it.

So, yesterday afternoon, I was paging through this book, which is basically an inventory of the Archives’ holdings related to Gilmer County:

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I was getting tired by this point and decided take one last look at the index for surnames of interest. I spotted an entry for Harvey D. Ward and a couple of entries for H. D. Ward! I flipped to the entry for Harvey D. Ward first, which turned out to be a list of guardianship records from 1835 to 1939. The year 1876 was included with Harvey’s name – so this record was created six years after his last sighting.

I assumed this record was going to be about establishing a guardian for Harvey’s children and that it would provide evidence pertaining to his death. Then I read the introductory paragraph and realized that it was a list of wards (lower case ward, meaning the person for whom a guardian was being appointed). This meant that a guardian had been appointed for Harvey!  Could this be evidence of the rumor about him?

The book didn’t tell me where these records would be found, so I pulled up the Archives’ web site on my ipad and searched the Finding Aids for “guardianship.” Gilmer County popped up as one of ten results, so I took this up to the nice ladies at the Reference Room desk. They first thought it was going to be on microfilm, but in looking more closely, realized they were original documents. They filled out the form to get the box pulled for me and about 15 minutes later, I was in the Original Documents room looking at an aged and stained piece of paper, which stated that “Harvey D. Ward is declared to be insane and incapable of managing his effects.”

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The bond was posted by Harvey’s father Frederick A. Ward and brother Hampton P. Ward, and was dated 22 May 1876. Frederick was appointed as Harvey’s guardian.

So, now I know a little more about what happened to Harvey.

The next step in this story is to find out if he was sent to Milledgeville,  the location of the state’s mental hospital since 1842, and which was known at that time as the “Georgia Lunatic Asylum.”

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Some Buncombe County Marriage Notices http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/04/12/some-buncombe-county-marriage-notices/ http://www.toniasroots.net/2014/04/12/some-buncombe-county-marriage-notices/#respond Sat, 12 Apr 2014 21:34:04 +0000 http://www.toniasroots.net/?p=11081 I‘ve been working through a book I found at the Family History Library called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index, going through page by page and analyzing the information found.  Today, I reviewed several pages, which included Alexander, Brooksher, Burgin, Cunningham, Davidson, Deboard, Hemphill, and Lytle (there were more names, but these […]

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I‘ve been working through a book I found at the Family History Library called Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N. C. Newspapers 1840-1870 An Index, going through page by page and analyzing the information found.  Today, I reviewed several pages, which included Alexander, Brooksher, Burgin, Cunningham, Davidson, Deboard, Hemphill, and Lytle (there were more names, but these are the surnames of interest to me).  Extracts are in bold below.

Extracts

“ALEXANDER, Miss Sophronia, daughter of George C. Alexander, to Calvin Patton, all of Buncombe County, Feb. 9, 1842, on Swannanoa (H. M., Feb 18, 1842).”

Comment: “H.M.” refers to the Highland Messenger, “Asheville’s first known newspaper, published from June 5, 1840, until sometime between August 17, 1848 and September 27, 1849.”  Sophronia’s father, George C., was a son of James Alexander and Rhoda Cunningham.   I have Pattons in western North Carolina, as well.  I do not know who Calvin is at this time, but I expect he will turn out to be connected to my Pattons.

“BROOKSHER, N. W., to Miss Mary A. Warren, both of Buncombe County, April 11, 1852 (A. M., April 21, 1852).”

Comment: “A.M.” refers to the Asheville Messenger, the successor paper to the Highland Messenger.  It was “published from the 1848-1849 period noted above until at least as late as January, 1853.” I have Brookshires who lived in Wilkes County, which is a couple of counties away from Buncombe, also in western North Carolina.  I don’t know at this time if N. W. is connected to my Brookshires.

“BURGIN, Alney, of Burk County, to Miss Drucilla W[hitson] of Buncombe County, Feb. 8, 1842, on Swannanoa (H. M., Feb. 18, 1842).”

Comment:  Alney is the son of John Burgin and Elizabeth Mann.  He had an uncle named Alney, but the uncle was born in 1797, which doesn’t completely rule him out as the bridegroom, but makes it much more likely that this notice refers to Alney, the younger.  Additionally, the younger Alney appears on the 1880 census with a wife named Drusilla, while the elder Alney died in 1868.

 “BURGIN, Miss Harriet, daughter of John Burgin, to Samuel M. Young, Dec. 1, 1859 (A. N., Dec. 8, 1859).”

Comment:  “A. N. refers to the Asheville News, which was published between 9 Jan 1851 and 18 Nov 1869.  At this time, I can’t identify Harriet or her father, (I have 10 John Burgins in my database and more than one is the right age to be Harriet’s father).  Samuel could also turn out to be related, as I have Youngs from western North Carolina, as well.

“CUNNINGHAM, Col. F. H., to Miss Jane Cairnes, Jan. 22, 1846, in Asheville (H. M., Jan. 30, 1846).

Comment: A preliminary search on Ancestry.com indicates that Col. F. H. Cunningham is actually Enoch H. Cunningham, a great-grandson of Humphrey Cunningham and Rhoda Summerville (parents of Rhoda Cunningham who married James Alexander).  If so, this puts him outside the scope of my research.  The next three entries on this page appear to be his children, so I’m not going to list them.

 “DAVIDSON, Maj. A. T. to Miss Elizabeth A. Howell, daughter of Col. N. G. Howell, all of Haywood County, Oct. 12, 1842 (M., Oct.21, 1842).”

Comment: A preliminary search on Ancestry.com indicates that this is Allen Turner Davidson, a great-grandson of John Davidson and Mary Morrison, which also puts him outside the scope of my research.  The next entry on the page appears to be his brother and all of the other Davidsons listed appear to be outside my scope, as well.

“DEBOARD, Miss Priscilla C., daughter of George Deboard, to O. N. Harbin, March 16, 1854, in Buncombe County (A. N., March 30, 1854).”

Comment: I believe that George is the son of John Debord and Martha “Patsey” Edwards, making him the brother of my fourth great-grandmother Anna Debord, who married Hiram Searcy.

 “HEMPHILL, James, to Miss Salina Holcombe, both of Buncombe County, March 22, 1859 (A. N., March 31, 1859).”

Comment: James is the son of Andrew Hemphill and Catherine McDonald and grandson of Captain Thomas Hemphill and Mary Ann Mackie.  This was his second marriage.

“HEMPHILL, Thomas L., to Mrs. Ann Huffman, daughter of Jacob Horshaw, June 2, 1857 (A. N., June 18, 1857).”

Comment: Thomas is an elder brother of James from the previous entry.  This was his second marriage, also.

“LYTLE, Miss Matilda, to Avery Gragg, Oct. 20, 1858, at Mr. Gragg’s (A. N., Oct. 28, 1858).”

Comment: Matilda is a daughter of Millington Lytle and granddaughter of Captain Thomas Lytle.  I knew who she had married from her father’s probate file, but did not know the date until this record.

“McENTIRE, Miss Minerva, of Franklin County, Georgia, to Rev. John S. Henley of Clayton, Rabun County, Georgia, April 14, 1842 (H. M., April 29, 1842).”

Comment: I don’t know yet who Minerva is; however I have other people who intermarried with McEntires and who moved from western North Carolina to the Franklin County, Georgia area.

Source:  Topkins, Robert M., compiler. Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C., Newspapers, 1840-1870: an index. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1977.

Next Steps

  • Look for images from the original papers at the North Carolina Digital Collection.  http://digitalnc.org/collections/newspapers
  • Cemetery Inscriptions of Buncombe County, N.C.: volume one and Cemetery Inscriptions of Buncombe County, N.C.: Volume Three.  Look for these brides now that I have their married names.
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