Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Monday, July 7, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - The Sequel to a Horrible Murder

John Evans was born in 1878 in Jackson, Alabama, the son of Newton Evans and Catherine Marsh.  The Evans family were Native American and Caucasian people who had moved to Jackson from upper East Tennessee in the mid-1800s.  John married Ellen Judge about 1896 and worked as a farm laborer in Franklin, Tennessee (adjacent to Jackson, Alabama). As far as I can tell, they had no children.

In August of 1903, an elderly couple, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Bucher, were brutally murdered in their home in Franklin, near Winchester, Tennessee.   According to the Lewisburg (TN)  Tribune News, Mr. Bucker (Booker) was shot down in a potato patch and lived long enough to tell neighbors who found  him who committed the crime.  After shooting Mr. Bucher, the murderers burned his house with Mrs. Bucher inside.

Henry Judge, John Evans and Joe Delp were quickly arrested for the murder.  Judge apparently hired Evans (his brother-in-law) and Delp to commit the crime.  I found several articles from across the country reporting on their execution; one said that Judge wanted the Buchers killed in order to gain access to the timber on their land.  According to a another article, a mob of 300 to 400 men came to Winchester determined to lynch the three men, who were hurriedly put aboard a train for Nashville; as the train moved out of Winchester, it ran directly through the mob.  Judge, Evans and Delp were returned to Winchester soon after to stand trial.  They were tried and sentenced within a month of the crime, and on May 5, 1904, the three men were hanged.

 The Fayetteville Observer, 12 May, p.1

 A Triple Hanging The Sequel to a Horrible Murder

 Winchester, Tenn. May 5- Just as the sun began to creep over the eastern  horizon of the historic town of Winchester today, the lives of three human  beings were ushered into the presence of their Maker pursuant to the stern  dictates of the laws of the great commonwealth of Tennessee. Prepared though  they said they were for the hereafter, yet the crime for which they paid the  penalty was so brutal and atrocious in its nature and was so cold bloodied in its premeditation that the judgement of the courts of justice met with general  public approval, and the citizenship of Franklin county feels as if justice has not miscarried.

 Robert Judge, Jo Delph and John Evans were hanged this morning until they were  dead. Sheriff Stewart pulled the trap in the county jailyard, and within a few  minutes attending physicians pronounced the three men dead.

 The crime for which the three above mentioned men went to their death was the  killing of old man Simon Bucher and his wife on the evening of Monday, Aug. 3.  The murder occurred about six miles from Winchester on the side of the  mountain. It was Delph and Evans who were directly responsible for the  assassination, but subsequent developments showed that they had been hired to commit the bloody deed by Judge, who was a brother-in-law of Evans. He, too, was tried for murder and was convicted. Afterwards he was sentenced to death.

 Joe Delp, when the cap was brought forth and the sheriff asked if he had  anything to say, stepped slightly forward and said: "Gentlemen, if I hadn't been ready I never would have been here. I was led into this. All that I have to say is I have a better home to go to."

 John Evans, when asked to make his last dying statement, said: "I just want to  tell you all that I am ready and prepared to go. Of course, we all hate to  leave here, which is natural. I hope you all will be ready to go when your  time comes. The sheriff has been very kind to me in every way and I am glad to  be able to say that for him. I hope if you can ever be of any help to my  family you will do it. I am willing to go and am prepared."

 Judge when called upon for a statement said: "For the sake of my family I want  to say this. If I am guilty, I am just where I ought to be. There is but one  way to go to heaven and that is with a pure, clean and honest conscience. I  hope to meet all citizen of Franklin County in heaven. I ask that you remember  my dear children and my poor wife and help them to forget the black record  which I leave them. Two reasons why I hate to die are, the black record I leave for my family and on account of my wife and children." 

The three men were the last people hanged in Winchester, Tennessee.  

John Evans picture as it appeared in the Winchester Truth before his hanging

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Sentimental Sunday - Fathers

Elbert Gunn Rose & family, early 1900s
Jesse Carl Stanfill & family, about 1902

William Farley Stroud & family, about 1905

William "Buck" Stroud & family, about 1905

George Newton Stanfill & children, about 1933

Monday, June 9, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - William M. "Buck" Stroud & Cinthia Caroline Forrester Stroud

My second great-grandparents, Buck & Caroline Stroud

William M. "Buck" Stroud
1839 - 1914

Cinthia Caroline Forrester Stroud
1842 - 1930

Aurora Cemetery
Madison County, Arkansas

Thursday, June 5, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Nathaniel Bunch

Nathaniel Bunch is my 4th great-grandfather in my mother's mother's family line.  He is also a common ancestor I share with President Obama (who is his 5th great grandson).  Nathaniel was born about 1793 in Louisa, Virginia, the son of Charles Albert Bunch and Mary Bellamy.  The Bunch family had been in Virginia for several generations, but appear to have begun moving west into Tennessee,by the early 1800s. 

Nathaniel married Sarah Wade Ray, who was born in 1793 in Virginia, the daughter of Archibald Ray and unknown mother, on November 15, 1810 in Overton, Tennessee; they were married by Justice of the Peace John Rollins.  They settled in Overton County, where they remained through 1840.  Nathaniel's occupations are listed as farmer, blacksmith and mechanic.  He was drafted in Overton to serve in the War of 1812 for a period of three months in November 1813.  He actually continued in service for four months and six days and was discharged at Fayetteville, Arkansas  on February 10, 1814.  According to family history, was at the Battle of New Orleans with Andrew Jackson.  His original discharge papers state "I certify that Nathaniel Bunch, a private in my company of Tennessee Militia under the command of Major General Andrew Jackson, in the expedition against the Creek Indians, has served from 4th day October 1813, to the 10th day February 1814, and is honorably discharged."  Signed by Abel Willis, Captain 2nd Regiment, V/W.T.M., Charles Sevier, Major, 2nd Regiment, V/W.T.M.

Nathaniel and Sarah had eleven children:  Mary "Polly", John, Anna, Charles, Calvin, Bradley, Obedience, Nathaniel, Jr., Nancy, Larkin, and Frances.  Shortly after 1840, the family moved to Arkansas, settling first on the Osage Creek in Boone County, then in Newton County.  Nathaniel received 80 acres in Newton County in 1850 for his service in the War of 1812.  (The land is said to still be owned and lived on by the Bunch family.)  Nathaniel died on February 16, 1859 (cause of death recorded in the family Bible is pneumonia fever). 

When the Civil War broke out, all of Nathaniel's sons enlisted in the Confederate Army.  All of them survived, returning to their homes in Arkansas and Missouri.  Sarah lived until February 28, 1878.  She and Nathaniel are buried together in the Liberty Cemetery in Newton, Arkansas. 

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Liddia Kirkpatrick and Andrew Levi Foxworth

Liddia Kirkpatrick, born January 7, 1875 in Titus, Texas, was the daughter of John Silas Kirkpatrick, a Civil War veteran who moved his family from Georgia to Texas after the war.  On October 10, 1889, when she was just 14 years old, she married Andrew "Levi" Foxworth, age 44 (a year older than her father), also a war veteran.  Levi was born in Alabama in 1844 and served with the 57th Alabama Infantry, Co. D, enlisting in Ozark, Alabama.  He was wounded in the head at the Battle of Peachtree Creek in Atlanta in July of 1864, but presumably not seriously; he remained in the army until the end of the war the following year.  Liddie and Levi would have nine children together, the youngest born in 1914 when her father was 69.

Of course, the first question that I had was why on earth a young girl of 14 would marry a man older than her father.  The scenario reminded me of the book The World's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (by Alan Garganus), where a teenage girl marries a middle-aged Civil War veteran.  I looked to find any previous marriage for Levi, thinking he may have been a widowed father who needed someone to help him look after his children, but didn't find one.  He appears to have returned to Alabama after the war and resumed farming as a single man in Dale County.  How did they meet - Liddie grew up in northeast Texas, but did have one uncle living in Alabama - was she possibly visiting when they met?  I don't have the impression that any of the Kirkpatricks necessarily had money to use to go visit relatives.  Perhaps Levi was in Texas at that time.  I thought he may have been a friend of her father or uncle from the war, however, they served in different state's armies, so that doesn't seem likely.  Maybe a distant relative, but I found no such connection.  I haven't found a record of their marriage (the date comes from pension records), so I don't know if it occurred in Texas or Alabama.  This is one of those cases where an 1890 census would be so very helpful to piece together the story.  The next record is in 1899, when Levi applies for a pension in Dale, Alabama.  By now, he is the father of five young children, but claims he is unable to work due to "age, infirmity, paralysis, etc.", has no property and no income. 

By 1900, the Foxworth family is back in Texas, living near Liddie's parents. Levi is farming - more questions - if he couldn't farm in Alabama for the reasons listed in his pension application, how did he manage in Texas?  Possibly the older children were able to help or his wife's family, or maybe he wasn't as debilitated as he claimed.  At any rate, by 1910 they are back in Alabama, working a general farm in Geneva County, now with two more children.  The 1920 census has them living in Holmes, Florida, on the Alabama/Florida state line, with Levi farming - and two more children.  Eldest daughter Emma, now 29 and a widow, is living with them.  The constant relocating makes me think Levi didn't have a lot of success at farming, they seem to have moved almost every ten years.

I haven't found the family in the 1930 census, but Levi applies for a pension again in Camp County, Texas in October 1932 (this record indicates his previous claim was rejected).  He also states he has been a resident of Texas for 57 years, although this is clearly not the case.  I did search for other men with the same name, but unless other men with his name also had the same number of children with the same names and a wife named Liddie, it seems clear that the family moved around quite a bit in the previous years and didn't remain in Texas.  One of the witnesses who gives an affidavit on his behalf says that he knows Levi has lived in Texas for more than three years, which seems more likely.  This time his pension was granted.

In 1940, Levi (now age 95) and Liddie are living with their daughter Alma and her husband Becton Brown, in Gilmer, Texas.  Levi dies there in June of 1944, age 99.   The following month Liddie applied to continue receiving his pension, however, her claim was denied.  In order for widows to receive their husband's benefits, they had to have been born by January 1, 1875. Liddie was born one week after that date, and therefore, she was ineligible to receive the pension.

Liddia's letter requesting a pension

Liddie did receive $100 to help pay for Levi's burial, but presumably had to live the rest of her life being supported by her children.  Liddie died on October 9, 1950.  She and Levi are buried together at Enon Cemetery in Upshur County, Texas.
Dear Parents, Tho we miss you much, we know you rest with God

Liddie and Levi's story is one of many that I have been able to gather details on by reading the Confederate pension applications.  I am fortunate that Alabama and Texas have done a great job at making these records available in their entirety online; this isn't the case with every state.  It's so important to actually read through these records if you can.   I have found more details and information that have helped me put together the stories of some of my ancestors just with these records. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - A Romantic Marriage

The Randolph (Alabama) Leader
Wednesday, October 1, 1902


Last Sunday afternoon occurred a marriage with enough of the romantic about it
to make it of more interest  than ordinarily attaches to such events. For some
time W.G. Holley had been planning to evade parental restrictions on the part
of the parents of a young lady whom he sought to make his bride, but not until
last Sunday was he successful in carrying out his heart's desire.  It was at a
singing at High Pine church that he met and eloped with Miss Daisy Waller,
accompanied by a few couples of select friends.  The party hied away toward
the south and first called at the home of Esquire S.N. Sledge, but his honor
was not at home.  Nothing daunting, however, the lovers proceeded down towards
Chambers county and a few minutes later they met Rev. H.J. Holliday, returning
from his appointment.  He was not long in grasping the situation and in
welding the nuptial bonds.  This was done in the public highway, the
contracting parties not alighting from their vehicles.

The happy pair are now receiving congratulations from their friends whom they
are receiving at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Sapp where they are stopping
for awhile.  The groom is a popular young man and the bride is the daughter of
Mr. S.S. Waller, a well known citizen of this county.

Eighteen-year-old Daisy Waller eloped with twenty-five-year-old William Glover Holley in late September 1902 "despite parental restrictions" on the part of her parents.  What her parents objections were is unknown, but the Holleys lived together for only 18 years before William died from asthma in 1920.  They were the parents of six sons and one daughter and made their home in neighboring Carroll County,  Georgia.  Daisy died in 1954, never remarrying, and they are buried together at the Bowden City Cemetery in Carroll County.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Thomas Jordan, Quaker's new database of Quaker records has been a great source of information about my Jordan family line in Virginia.  Thomas Jordan, born 1634 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, is the first Jordan to become a Quaker.  His wife, Margaret Brashare (or Brasseur), was a French Huguenot Protestant who joined the Society of Friends when she was 16.  When she married Thomas two years later, in 1658, he joined her as a Quaker. 

Quakers often suffered for their beliefs in largely Puritan Virginia.  Thomas was imprisoned in 1661 for six months for holding a meeting in his house, and again later that year for attending a meeting in another house and "refusing to swear according to their wills and against the commands of Christ."  He was sent to Jamestown for ten months, leaving his wife "in a distressed condition, with a young child at her breast. . . which servant was kept nine weeks and released by order of the Governor." Upon his return, the sheriff took two feather beds, two feather bolsters, and furniture, as well as over 3,000 pounds of tobacco, ten head of cattle and an indentured servant with three years left on his indenture.

Thomas and Margaret settled in Nansemond County and had ten sons and two daughters between 1660 - 1685.  All of their names appear frequently in the U.S. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, (a great source for finding names, dates, marriages, etc. ) as well as the other Quaker records on  The Jordans attended the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting in Nansemond County.  The children (with the exception of one son who joined the Episcopal Church later in life, and another who left slaves among his property when he died, indicating he must have left the Society of Friends, who were staunch abolitionists) continued to worship as Quakers, and two sons became ministers.  Thomas's memorial in 1699 is recorded in the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting :

1699, 10, 8.

Thomas Jordan of Chuckatuck in Nanesemond Co. in Virginia was in ye yr 1634 and in ye yr 1660 hee received ye truth & abode faithfull in it & in constant unity with ye faithful friends thereof & stood in opposition against all wrong & deseatful spirits having suffered ye spoiling of his goods & ye imprisonment of his body for ye truth sake & continued in ye truth unto ye end of his dayes is ye beleefe of us his dear w & ch above written He departed this life ye eight day of ye tenth mo on ye sixth of ye weeke about ye second hour of ye afternoon & was bur ye twelfe day of ye said mo on ye third of ye week in ye yr 1699. 

Margaret continued to be persecuted by the local authorities, who seized 120 pounds of tobacco for "priests dues and Church Rates" in 1701.  She died in 1708 in Nansemond, and her memorial, written by her son Samuel, appeared in the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting:

Margaret Jordan, the daughter of Robert Brasseur, was born the 7th month in the year 1642 and was convinced of the Truth about 16 years of age, from which time she served an exemplary life in all her conversation until the day of her death and was a sufferer with my father both by confinement and the spoiling of their goods by the Adversaries of the Truth.  She was a good wife and also a kind neighbor.  About 63 years of age she was taken witha disposition of the body which continued near three years in which time she was much weakened.   A little before her death some friends came to see her to whom she signified her content and spake much of the goodness of God to her.  At 6 o'clock at night she died in remarkable quietness the seventh day of the tenth month in the year 1708 having lived about 66 years and survived my father about 9 years lacking 18 hours and was buried the 11th day of the aforesaid month.

Thomas and Margaret's burial places are not known; it could have been at the Chuckatuck Meeting House or on their own land.  Quakers marked their graves with fieldstones, if they marked them at all.  Later in the 1700's, many Quakers (including two of the Jordan sons) moved to North Carolina to escape the persecution they experienced in Virginia.  The Chuckatuck Meeting House appears to have disbanded about 1769.