Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Wednesday's Child: Willie Cox

Monument for Willie Cox, died August 11, 1887 at the age of 3 years and 3 months.  One of the beautiful monuments at Atlanta's Oakland Cemetery.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Moses Formwalt, 1820 - 1852

Moses Formwalt was the first mayor of the City of Atlanta.  He was born in Tennessee in 1820, moved to Decatur, Georgia about 1836, and opened a tin shop, where his bestselling product was stills.  He was elected the first mayor of Atlanta (formerly Marthasville) in January 1848, representing the Free & Rowdy Party.  The Rowdies were opposed by the Moral Party, which advocated temperance and chastity.  Many of the Rowdies were operators of brothels, bars and distilleries, lucrative businesses in what was then just a rough town on the railroad line. 

The city council met at Jonas Smith's store (in what is now Five Points) and during his term, roads were dug, a jail built and some form of law and order established.  He was just 28 when he was elected and served for a year.  Two years later, Formwalt was Deputy Sheriff of DeKalb County, when he was stabbed to death by a prisoner he was escorting to jail. 

He is buried at Oakland Cemetery in downtown Atlanta, where this monument was later erected to his memory.  There is also a Formwalt Street near the cemetery.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Sentimental Sunday: Easie Stanfill with Children

This is a photo of my grandmother, with my uncle and mother, taken in the late 1930's.  I love the composition of this photo, with the two children on either side of their mother.  

Friday, September 18, 2015

Family Recipe Friday: Muscadine Pie

Muscadines (or Scuppernog) are grapes that are native to the southeastern United States; they begin showing up in the supermarket in August.   Usually we see them used in wine making and jellies, but I recently ran across a recipe for a Muscadine Pie in The Progressive Farmer's Southern Cookbook (pub. 1961).

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Shopping Saturday - Stanfill Grocery & Market

This is a newspaper advertisement from the November 18 1943 Nowata Star for my grandmother's store, Stanfill Grocery & Market, in Nowata, Oklahoma.  How would we love to get 10 pounds of potatoes for 29 cents or pay 28 cents a pound for a pork roast?

The store was long gone before I was born, but I have a couple of pictures of the inside.  My mother is the little girl in the front; Grandma is the woman on the left.  My grandfather died in 1941 and the woman on the right, Velma, helped Grandma with the store and keeping the children and home while she worked.  Mom remembers Grandma working very long hours at the store and she and Velma would pack up a dinner to take to her at work.   

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

52 Ancestors - Lewis J. Stanfill 1832 - 1897

My 2nd great-grand uncle, Lewis J. Stanfill, was born in 1832 in Campbell, Tennessee, the son of Sampson and Rhoda (Ellison) Stanfill.  He was one of ten children that grew up in Elk Valley, in the Cumberland Mountains near the Kentucky state line. 

I recently found Lewis's will in the new collection of wills and probate records.  The Stanfill children all appear to have gone into farming, including Lewis.  According to Goodspeed's Biographical Sketches of the Residents of Campbell County, Tennessee, 1887:

L. J. Stanfill was born in Campbell County, August 22, 1832. He is the son of Samson and Rhoda (Ellison) Stanfill. The father is a native of North Carolina, and was born January 1, 1800. He is a very old and well respected citizen of Campbell County, and has served the county as one of its officials. His wife was a native of North Carolina, and was the mother of a family of nine children, seven sons and two daughters. Our subject is the fifth son, and was reared on the farm and educated in the country schools. He has devoted nearly all his life to farming, and recently suspended farming, and engaged in merchandising at Jellico. However he has been in the mercantile business for a number of years. November 19, 1860, he married Ellen Falkner. The marriage has been blessed by two sons and two daughters; their names are Nannie, William C., Mary Susan and Joshua F. August 18, 1868, the mother of these children died, and left the children to the care of the father, who has been a worthy father, a successful business man and an useful citizen. He commenced with capital and has been a financial success.

Lewis married Ellen Faulkner in 1860 and they had two sons and two daughters; Ellen died in 1880 when the three younger children were still at home.

Lewis's will indicates he had amassed a great deal of property in the Campbell, Tennessee and Whitley, Kentucky area; the will was drafted in 1892 and left the bulk of his estate to his three children Nancy, Mary Susan and William, and their children.  Joshua is left $50 as he has "already received an advancement of his portion of the estate."  Before his death, Lewis made a codicil to the will leaving $1,000 to Joshua's wife and children (who were not mentioned in the original will), with no mention of Joshua, who was still living at the time. 

Lewis died on June 1, 1897 and is buried next to his wife in the Stanfill Cemetery in Elk Valley. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

New Blog - Our Grandmother's Kitchen

I've started a new blog that will focus on one of my favorite subjects - food!  More specifically, I'm going to explore vintage cooking and recipes, both my own family's and what I find in cookbooks and online.  I'm hoping to focus on the region where most of my ancestors came from, the southern Appalachians, and the south in general.  I hope you'll take a moment to check my new blog and join if you'd like.  My blog is called Our Grandmother's Kitchen.  Our Grandmother's Kitchen.