Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Monday, December 22, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: Sallie V. Satterwhite Heaslet 1876 - 1894

Sallie Satterwhite Heaslet

Sallie V. Satterwhite Heaslet, daughter of Jimmy and Elizabeth Satterwhite, married Woolsey Franklin Heaslet in Coosa, Alabama on December 14, 1893.  She died just eight months later, on July 8, 1894, in Talladega, Alabama at the age of 18.  She is buried at Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery in Fayetteville, Talladega, Alabama.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday: James Cunningham Russell 1805 - 1882

James Cunningham Russell 1805 - 1882
Born in Abbeville, South Carolina, died in Talladega, Alabama.  Buried at the Fayetteville Memorial Cemetry in Talladega, Alabama.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Obituary Sunday: Benjamin Clark Heaslet, Jr. 1810 - 1895

B. C. Heaslet, Fayetteville Memorial Cemetery, Talladega, Alabama

This venerable pioneer passed away at his home the 21st day of January 1895. at the age of nearly eighty five years.

He was born Feb. 25. 1810, in the State of Tennessee. In 1812 his parents removed to Alabama and settled near Huntsville. In 1816 they moved again and settled in Shelby County, near Huntsville. Here the family remained until 1830 when they settled in what is now Talladega County. It was then a wilderness traversed only by Indian trails. They were among the first whites who settled in Talladega County and the county was covered by vast forest. Young Heaslet helped his father build the first house that was reared by white men in that part of the county. His father's name was B.C. Heaslet. In this section the rest of his life was spent. He was a man of strong constitution and encountered the hardships of life and labors incident to that day with hardihood and energy and patience. In the strength of his youth he helped to cut away the forest growth and plant in the wilderness the dominion of Civilized man. He belonged to that generation of men who opened up the fields, traced the roads, and built the homesteads of Alabama.

In 1835 he was married to Miss Ellen Rogers, and seven children were born by this first marriage. Of these five are still living and two are deceased. His wife died in 1847 and he remained a widower until August 1855, when he was married to Miss S.E. Russell. By this marriage, his second, nine children were born, seven still living and two deceased. He was baptized into the fellowship of the Fort William Baptist Church in 1857 and lived an honest consistent Christian life. He was a close student of the scriptures and grew familiar with all the promises of God. His conversation was largely concerning the meaning and interpretation of scripture. His manner of life was unpretentious. In speech he was of few words, candid, and straight forward, knew but one way to say a thing and that in the fewest words. In life he was earnest: in faith he was strong; in habit he was temperate. His will, his constitution, and his convictions were strong. Although he was a representative pioneer and lived to see the vast forests disappear and fields of corn and cotton take its place. For sixty-five years he has continually lived in Talladega County, and never had a spell of sickness.

In November 1893 he was thrown from his buggy and received the injuries which finally carried him off. He was confined to his room for fourteen months, during which time he suffered much bodily pain until death released him on the 21st of January 1895. He never murmured at suffering, but the strength of his faith sustained him when the strength of the body failed. He was buried in Fayetteville Cemetery on the 22nd of January and many were the friends who attended the burial service. By Pastor, Thomas Henderson.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday: Grandma's Charm Bracelet

I found this bracelet in with my grandmother's jewelry at my mother's house.  I've never seen it before, I imagine it was put away long ago.  The charms are for each of her grandchildren, with the child's name on one side and birth date on the other.   I'm the youngest child on it and two more were born after me, so I assume this bracelet was put away shortly after my birth.  I cleaned it up as best I could, although it's still a little dingy.  But a treasure, nevertheless.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Those Places Thursday: Stinking Creek, Tennessee

I've noticed a number of my ancestors from Campbell County, Tennessee lived in an area called "Stinking Creek."  Not a very appealing name in an area in the Cumberland Mountains that is incredibly beautiful.  I was curious as to how it earned this name; the Campbell County GenWeb page says that during a particularly cold winter in 1789-80, much of the wildlife in the area then called Sugar Creek, perished in the cold.  Their remains laid there until spring when the snow and ice melted, and -- you get the picture.  The Native Americans in the area began calling it Stinking Creek and the name remains -- without the stink.

If you're traveling on I-75 in northern Tennessee, you'll find Stinking Creek off of exit 144.  Don't let the name put you off.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014