Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, December 14, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Christmas Goodies

More recipes from Grandma's cookbook.

Opal Shouses’s Pecan Caramel Bars


1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup firmly packed brown sugar
½ cup butter, softened
½ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg


1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
2 eggs
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a bowl, mix the crust ingredients until crumbly.  Press into a 9x9” baking pan.  Bake for 15 – 17 minutes.

In a mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, eggs, flour, baking powder and vanilla extract.  Beat 2 minutes, then fold in pecans. 

Pour filling into baked crust.  Bake for 30 – 35 minutes or until set.  Cool completely, then cut into bars.

Christmas Butter Balls
(Grandma Berry)

1 cup butter, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups flour, sifted
½ cup powdered sugar
1/8 teaspoon almond extract
1 cup pecans, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. 

Cream butter and sugar thoroughly.  Add vanilla and almond extracts and mix.  Stir in flour and mix well.  Fold in pecans.

Form into tiny balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes.

Roll in powdered sugar while hot.

24 Hour Fruit Salad
(Grandma Berry)

1 3 oz. package of cream cheese
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 large can cherries, drained
1 large can crushed pineapple
½ package of mini marshmallows
1 jar of marischino cherries
½ pint of Cool Whip

Stir first six ingredients together in a large bowl.  Fold in Cool Whip.  Place in a container and freeze for 24 hours.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Black Sheep Sunday -Elmira Johnson

Elmira Johnson was the second wife of Peter Colwell, born about 1804 in Georgia (probably in Oglethorpe County).  Peter Colwell's first wife, Sarah Curry, had died shortly after giving birth to their 9th child, George Warren Caldwell, in May of 1825. (The spelling of the family name seems to have changed from Cowell to Caldwell some time in the mid-1800's.)   Three years later, Peter married Elmira Johnson in Morgan County.  From family accounts, Elmira was not thrilled to become a stepmother to Sarah Curry's children and was unkind to them.  Family stories say that Elmira "kindly dropped off" her stepchildren to be raised by others.   ("Kindly" being a southernism for "kind of;" she simply found other places for the children to live.)  In 1830, her seven-year-old twin stepdaughters drowned near the home they had been placed in.  Her stepson William Barnes Colwell apparently never forgave his stepmother for giving the children away and blamed her for the death of his little sisters and .  His grandson, Jack Caldwell, said that "Grandpa laid out in the potato patch for three weeks every night, hoping that she (Elmira) would come out of the house, but she never poked her head out after sundown, so he told Uncle George that he was leaving and would not be back, and the old bitch was not worth killing."  William moved to Morgan County and later he and his wife Lena and their children moved to Harrison, Texas, where he died in 1900.
William Barnes Colwell

Lena Peoples Colwell

Peter Colwell died in 1849.  Some time in 1858 or 1859, Elmira moved to Randolph County, Alabama. On January 19, 1859, she purchased 40 and 8/100ths of an acre at $.50 an acre, totalling $20.00 in Range 12, Township 21, Randolph County.  In February she purchaed anoher 79 and 22/100ths of an acre in the Southeast Section No 36 in Township 20 of Range 12.

According to an affidavit Elmira signed, she states that she is 48 years old, a widow and head of her family and is residing in Randolph County.  She says that she is so afflicted and physically diseased that she was unable to attend in person at the land office.  She also states that she has been residing in Randolph County since January 19, 1859, that she has a dwelling house, a corn crib and eight acres of land in cultivation.  On October 12, 1859, Robert Leverett signs as a witness for Elmira Colwell, saying that he is well acquainted with her.  The last date of a land sale to Elmira is on February 1, 1860.  She is listed on the 1866 Alabama state census in Randolph County, the last record I have found for her.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Hello Dollies

In the sugary spirit of the holiday season, here's a simple recipe that came from my grandmother Easie.  I've seen many variations on this recipe, with many different names; I'm not sure why they would be called Hello Dollies.  Easy to make and delicious.  However, I'm pretty sure it's best not to consider the number of calories or amount of fat in them.  It's just once a year, so go crazy.

Hello Dollies
(Grandma Berry)

1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
1 ¼ cup of crushed graham crackers
1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in oven in a 9x13 pan.

When butter has melted, add crushed graham crackers and use a fork to mix and press to form a crust.  Sprinkle on chocolate chips, coconut and pecans.  Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. 

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned and bubbling.  Makes 18 bars.  Cool completely before cutting into bars. (But if you can sneak out a little bit before they're completely cool, being warm makes them even better.)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday - Slave Cemetery

Next to a subdivision and golf course in Kennesaw, GA, is a small, fenced-off cemetery.  I have driven past it for years, but only recently found out that this is the cemetery where the slaves of the Stanley farm were buried.  From what I have read, no one realized this cemetery existed until the homes and golf course were going to be built and it was found on old maps of the area.  A group of individuals built a fence around it and the burial sites are marked with small crosses.   While the cemetery is at the corner of a busy intersection, it is sectioned off and sits in a nice wooded area. 

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Black Sheep Sunday- Araminta Pennington

Araminta Cynthia (Minty) Pennington was the daughter of Wheeler Pennington, an early settler in Monroe County, Virginia (now West Virginia).   Wheeler Pennington's father William, moved the family from Pennsylvania to Virginia in the late 1700's.  Wheeler was married to Polly Sweeney, with whom he had eight children; Minty was the second oldest, born in 1801.  In 1817, when she was just 16, she gave birth to her first illegitimate child, Hardin.  Seven years later in 1824, she has another illegitimate son, Levi, followed by Elizabeth in 1826, Eli in 1828, Anderson in 1829, James in 1835, and Mary in 1837.  No marriage record exists for Minty, and her children all have the surname Pennington.  There is no indication who the father(s) was/were.  Minty and her five youngest children are listed in the household of her father in the 1840 census.  By 1850, Minty and her youngest child, Mary, are living in the household of William Phillips; she and Phillips are among couples who are indicted by Mercer County for cohabitation that year.  There is nothing to indicate that Phillips was the father of any of the children. 

There was some dispute as to whether or not Minty was actually Hardin Pennington's mother, however, she is listed on his death certificate.  Hardin married, moved to Kentucky where he farmed, and died at the age of 94 in 1911. 

Levi Pennington married his first cousin, Elizabeth Pennington,  in 1848 and became a farmer in Mercer County.  He joined the Virginia militia of the Confederate Army in 1862, and returned to his farm after the war ended.  He and his wife had at least 10 children.  He died in 1887 at the age of 62.
a painting of Levi Pennington

I find no record of Elizabeth or Anderson Pennington after 1842, in public school records in Monroe County.

Eli Pennington and his cousin, Issac Pennington, were convicted of a felony in 1852 in Mercer County.  This is the last record I find of him.

James H. Pennington is living in the household of his uncle, Highland Pennington, in 1860 and working as a laborer on his farm.  This is the last record of him.

Mary Pennington gave birth to her own illegitimate son, James Henderson Pennington on November 27, 1857.  She died shortly after at age 20.   Many of the Penningtons are hard to find on the 1860 census, but in 1870,  James is living with William and Araminta Phillips (though they never legally married) in Mercer County.  James married Sarah Denks when he was 19 and had five children; his family moved to Kansas. 

And for good measure, Minty was charged with horse theft in 1823. 

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Cousin Eunice

My grandmother had two drawers in the dresser of her guest room that were filled with pictures.  One of my favorite things to do when I was visiting her was to look through the pictures.  Although I had seen them all many times, I never got tired of sorting through them again.  There were two pictures I always looked for - her cousin, Eunice Floyd.  One picture was Eunice as a child, another as a young woman.  She was a beautiful girl, which is probably why I found the pictures so attractive; people in old photos always look as though they are terrified and frozen in stone.  Eunice was the daughter of my grandmother's aunt Bessie Stroud.  Bessie married Lewis Floyd, a merchant in Marble, Arkansas.  I believe they also operated a hotel at one point. 
Stroud famil portrait, made about 1905.  Top row L-R:  Sarah Sparks Stroud, Easie Stroud, Lewis Floyd, Eunice Floyd, Bessie Stroud Floyd, Tinley Floyd, Hiram Sparks, Arlie Sparks, Easter Stroud Sparks, Lizzie Selby Stroud.  Bottom row L-R: William Farley Stroud, Earl Stroud, William Buck Stroud, Cinthia Forrerster Stroud, Clarence Stroud, Bale Stroud
Back of this picture reads: "This is Eunice and her doll.  Presented to Grandmaw."
Back of this picture reads:  "Hello Grandmaw.   How are you?  I am all ok.  From Eunice"

Eunice had two siblings, a sister named Odie Alma, who died at age 5, and a brother James Olney.  Eunice married Henry Holland in 1916 when she was just 14.  Her only child, a daughter named Ertle, was born two years later.  Eunice and Henry operated Holland Store in Marble, Arkansas for more than 40 years. 

Eunice Easter Floyd Holland
From Madison County Record:Eunice Easter Holland, 91, of 203 East Osage, Arkansas City, Kan., died April 4, 1993, at Medicalodge East in Arkansas City, Kan. She was born March 27, 1902, at Purdy, Ark., the daughter of L.W. and Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) Stroud Floyd. She owned and operated Holland Store at Marble, Ark., for 44 years. She was a Baptist and was preceded in death by her husband, Henry K. Holland, on May 11, 1980. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Ertle May Miller of Arkansas City, Kan.; one grandson, James W. Miller of Arkansas City, Kan.; one great-granddaughter, Mrs. Karen Sue Tharp of Arkansas City, Kan.; one great-great-granddaughter, Miss Candace Leigh Voegele of Arkansas City, Kan.; one nephew; and one niece. Graveside services were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 6, at the Alabam Cemetery with the Rev. Harold DuVall officiating. Arrangements were under the direction of Brashears Funeral Home.Memorial may be made to Medicalodge East Chapel, 203 East Osage, Arkansas City, Kan.  

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Wednesday's Child

The Children of Martha Burch Heard and Bartlett Tucker

Martha Burch Heard was my 3rd great-grandmother and the daughter of one of Georgia's early governors.  She died in December of 1824 during a scarlet fever epidemic.  Before her death, she lost four of her nine children in the epidemic that lasted from 1823 - 1824.   Martha and her children are buried in the family cemetery in Elbert County, Georgia.

Martha Heard Tucker, age 35
George Tucker, age 14
John Tucker, age 12

Richard Tucker, age 9
Biddie Tucker, age 7

Friday, October 12, 2012

Family Recipe Friday

My aunt Louise's wonderful cream cheese pound cake - delicious!

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 stick butter (24 tablespoons)
3 cups of sugar
6 eggs at room temperature
3 cups cake flour, sifted
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Do not preheat oven.

Grease and flour a tube pan.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the cream cheese and butter until light and fluffy.  Add the sugar, beating slowly.  Add the eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla and beat well.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake at 300 degrees for approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Do not open door of oven during baking.

** This recipe specifies that oven should not be preheated**

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Old Dan Tucker

Some of my father's family come from the little mountain town of Elberton, Georgia, in Elbert County on the South Carolina state line.  There is a small monument to the Revolutionary War Soldiers from the county that includes the name of my 4th great-grandfather, Godfrey Tucker.  Godfrey was one of eight children of Robert Tucker and Frances Coleman of Virginia.  The next to the youngest of the Tucker siblings was Daniel, who is thought to have been the inspiration for the folk song, "Old Dan Tucker." 

Daniel Tucker was born in Amelia, Virginia in 1740.  According to a 1965 article published in Georgia Magazine, he came to Elbert County in 1798, after having served as a soldier in the American Revolution,  and purchased land from John Heard (another ancestor) for $1000; a tract of land of the "Cook's Ferry Tract" on the Savannah River, with a ferry and "all the appertenunces thereof and thereabout."  The Georgia Legislature authorized him to keep a public ferry in 1817, from his own land to that of John Spear on the opposite shore.  It operated as Tucker's Ferry until the automobile made it obsolete. 

Dan Tucker's land was rich farmland and he became a planter, as well as a minister.  His legend says that he had a deep sense of responsibility to the slaves and spent his time praying with them and instructing them in religious matters.  It is said that he was esteemed by his fellow planters as well as the slaves.

The song itself was published in 1843 by Daniel Decatur Emmett (writer of the song "Dixie") who also claimed to have written it.  Dan Emmett performed in blackface in minstrel shows in the 1840's.  Some history of the song says that it was written by slaves to whom Rev. Tucker ministered.

Daniel Tucker lived in Elbert County until his death in 1818 at age 78.  His grave is on the site of his home, Old Point.  There is an historical marker near his home, and he is listed on the Revolutionary War Memorial in Elbert County.

Revolutionary War Memorial in Elbert County, GA

1965 Georgia Magazine article
Old Dan Tucker was a fine old man
He washed his face in the frying pan
He combed his hair with a wagon wheel
And died of the toothache in his heel
Get out the way for old Dan Tucker
He's too late to git his supper
Supper's over and dishes washed
Nothing left but a piece of squash
Old Dan Tucker went to town
Riding a mule and leading a hound
Hound barked and mule jumped
Threw old Dan right over a stump
I come to town the other night
I hear the noise and saw the fight
The watchman was arunning around
Crying "Old Dan Tucker's come to Town"
Old Dan he went down to the mill
To get some meal to put in the swill
The miller swore by the point of his knife
He never see'd such a man in his life
Tucker is a nice old man
He used to ride our darby ram
He sent him whizzin' down the hill
If he hadn't got up, he'd lay there still
Old Dan begun in early life
To play the bango and the fife
He play the children all to sleep
And then into his bunk he'd creep

Friday, September 28, 2012

Family Recipe Friday - Cherry Pudding

If you love super-sweet desserts, this is a good one.  It's a bit of a cross between a pudding and a cobbler.  If you add that second 1/2 cup of of sugar on top, you could well go into sugar shock. 
Cherry Pudding
(Easie Berry - Her Favorite)

1 stick of butter (8 tablespoons)
1 cup of all-purpose flour
2 cups of sugar, divided*
3 tablespoons baking powder
¾ cup whole milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 15 oz. can cherry pie filling
1 15 oz. can cherries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  In a 9x13 pan, melt butter in oven. 

In a large bowl, mix flour, 1 ½ cups sugar, baking powder and milk.  Spread this batter in pan with melted butter.  In a separate bowl, combine the canned pie filling and cherries.  Spoon over batter.  Dribble the vanilla on top.  Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup sugar on top of this.* 

Bake for approximately 40 minutes – 1 hour.  Makes 10 servings.

*That extra ½ cup of sugar makes this pudding super sweet.  You can omit it if you prefer.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Thankful Thursday

One of the most amazing things that has happened since I began researching my family, has been the discovery of information and photos about my father's mother, who was adopted in the 1890's.  There was virtually no knowledge among the family, with the exception of when and where she was adopted and then went to live, about her life before she married.  Through and connections I've made with others there, we not only have a much clearer picture of her youth, but photographs of her as a baby and young woman. 

While we are still unsure of the circumstances of her birth and who her biological family was, through connections with her adopted sister's family, we've discovered more about their adoptive parents.  I'm thankful for the information that has been found so far and hopeful that there is more to come.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

James Madison "Spotted Buck" Lumpkin

While researching the Shavers family, I came across the story of James Madison Lumpkin, husband of Susan Belle Chavis.  James Madison was half Cherokee and his Cherokee name was "Spotted Buck."  He was born around 1815 in Georgia, and was probably the son of Dickson Lumpkin, a respected chief of the Cherokee, and his second wife, Susan Luker.  Dickson Lumpkin, whose Cherokee name was White Path or Nunatsunega, was born about 1763.  He was a headman of Turniptown, near Ellijay, Georgia, and had fought against the frontier whites in Tennessee and Georgia as a youth.  He later fought against the Creeks and was cited for valor by President Andrew Jackson.  Dickson served on the Indian Council for many years, and in old age, owned a farm in present-day Jones County, Tennessee, then the southwestern part of the Cherokee nation.  Dickson owned no slaves and spoke no English, although he could read and write the Cherokee language.  The 1835 census shows him living in Ellijay, Georgia; his household consisted of two fullbloods, one weaver, one spinner and one reader of Cherokee.  He died in 1858 at about the age of 95.

James was reared with his Indian tribe.  He went with the tribe on the Trail of Tears, but left near Chattanooga, Tennessee, saying he would rather be a "damn dog" than live under the conditions the Indians were experiencing.  He left the tribe and went to live among the whites; family history says he looked like a white man, otherwise, he would not have been able to live with them.

James married Susan Belle Chavis in 1840 in Campbell County, Tennessee.  The 1850 census shows James and Susan and their five oldest children living in Campbell County, where he is a farmer.  They live next to Dicey Chavis, age 80.  I have seen Dicey listed as Susan's mother, however, if Dicey is 80 in 1850 and Susan is 25, that would have made Dicey 55 when she gave birth.  I suppose it's not out of the realm of possibility, but it may not be correct.  Given how young girls were when they married then, I think Dicey could be her grandmother.  Also living nearby is Susan's sister, Sarah DeGraw, and her family.  Sarah would marry James Madison after her sister's death.

By 1860 the family, now with nine children, are living in Grundy, Tennessee, and are in Clark County, Arkansas by 1870, now with 11 children.   They are living next door to Sarah McGraw, by then a widow, in 1870.  According to a story by Edith Holmes, James Madison Lumpkin's great-granddaughter, Susan Lumpkin was ill for a long time prior to her death.  Within a few months of her death in 1884, James married her sister, Sarah McGraw.  There were rumors that they were having an affair while Susan was still living and that some of her children were his, although this doesn't seem possible, as she was 61 when they married in 1885.  His children were angry with him over the marriage and refused to speak to him.  According to Mrs. Holmes' story, he tried to get his children to communicate and visit with him, but they wouldn't, and his grandchildren never saw him or knew anything about him.  He died about 1898 and is buried in DeGray Cemetery, near Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Ironically, Mrs. Holmes story about the Lumpkins also indicates there were rumors that the family was related to Georgia Gov. Wilson Lumpkin, who devoted most of his career to removing the Cherokee from their land.

Susan and James' oldest son, George Washington Lumpkin, enlisted in the 17th Tennessee Volunteers, Confederate Army, on March 6, 1861.  This is the same unit that his cousins (Susan's brother Willis's sons, Andrew Jackson, Nathan and Samuel) were in.  He was discharged in June of 1862, re-enlisted two months later, and spent nine months fighting with General Cleburn's division, Hardee Corps. at the Battle of Stones River in Murfressboro, Tennessee.  He was killed in action.  The back story to this is quite interesting.

According to a family story, George took his sister to a dance and a drunk fellow came and sat down on her lap.  George killed the man and joined the army.  He later deserted and went home; the army sent two men to bring him back.  While traveling back, they stopped at a creek to get a drink and one of the men got down from his horse and leaned his rifle against a tree, before he kneeled down to drink.  George took the rifle, shot both men and went back home.  His conscience began to bother him and he returned to the army.  On December 31, 1862, George and a man named Crabtree (Crabtree told the family this story) were going into the battle at Murfreesboro.  They came to a buffalo wallow that was full of water and mud.  Crabtree turned his horse and went around the water hole, but George started to ride his horse through it.  He was hit in the back by a cannon ball.  The other men put him between two old mattresses and he was left as the others went into battle.  When they returned he was dead and was frozen to the mattresses from the blood he had lost.

It's hard to imagine that anyone who could shoot three people to death (one for just sitting on his sister's lap!) would have an attack of conscience and go on to die in battle, but who knows?

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Black Sheep Sunday - Father Is Killed When Sons Shoot

Connie is alleged to have fled to Texas after his father's death,  returning later to try to mend his relationship with his family.  Joe Kirkpatrick and his wife, Bo, were said to have tried to hide the guns in the floorboards of the house before the law arrived.  We don't know what happened to Connie, except that he was apparently in trouble with the law again a year after his father's death, according to the poster below (although it is possible that the charges on the poster are in regard to his father's death, the date is one full year later).  Family stories say that Connie returned to Alabama to try to make amends with his brother, Joe, but Joe refused to forgive him, despite Connie offering him money to do so.  After William's death, the only record of Connie is a 1920 census record in Ft. Worth, where he is a boarder in a rooming house.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Sepia Saturday

A sweet family portrait of Mary Elizabeth Allman, a cousin to my great-grandmother Sarah Anna Sanders, her husband Charles Fisher and their children.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday

In researching my Stroud family line, I found the first immigrants from Ireland, William Stroud and family, settled in Chester County, SC, shortly before the beginning of the Revolutionary War.  One of the sons, Yerby, later moved to Henry County, GA, along with several other families from Chester County, and was one of the first settlers there.  Henry County is only about an hour from where I live and last winter I went to try to find the small cemetery where Yerby and family are buried.  The cemetery is the one of the first in the county, and is located on Stroud Road.  We drove down the road until the pavement ended and were then on a dirt road.  The cemetery sits off in the woods, away from anything but a house here and there - I suppose this would have been the property the family lived on.
Stroud Cemetery, Henry County, GA
Yerby Stroud Grave

Jane Kitchens Stroud, Yerby's wife

William T. Stroud, son of Jane & Yerby Stroud
There are a number of stones that are not marked and/or illegible, so I don't know exactly who  is buried here.  The back corner of the cemetery has a small children's section.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Family Recipe Friday

My absolute favorite cookies as a child.  I have no idea who Mary Lee was.  There are a couple of recipes with her name on them in my grandmother's cookbooks; I suppose she was a friend in town.   
Mary Lee’s Cookies
(Grandma Berry)

1 cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 eggs
2 cups flour
2 cups quick-cooking oats
2 cups Rice Krispies
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.  Line baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars together until light and fluffy.  Add eggs and mix well.  Add vanilla and mix.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, oats, Rice Krispies, baking soda and baking powder.  Combine dry ingredients with the butter and sugar mixture and mix well.  Fold in coconut. 

Drop by spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets.  Bake at 450 degrees for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown. 

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Young Love

George Stanfill & Easie Stroud

George & Easie

George & Easie

At George's brother's farm in Kansas
Kid sister Beulah (right) tagging along
My grandparents, George Stanfill & Easie Stroud, around the time of their marriage.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Benjamin Franklin Shavers & Eliza Jane Sartin

Benjamin Franklin (Ben) Shavers was one of Obediah and Manerva's five sons.  He was born on June 12, 1887 in Anderson County, Tennessee.  He would have been about 8 years old when his father died, and 11 when his mother remarried.  The 1910 census shows him living next door to his mother and stepfather in Jackson County, and working a farm with Jim Reynolds.  He married Eliza Jane (Jennie) Sartin on February 9, 1911 in Jackson County.  Jennie was the daughter of William Minor Sartin and Nancy Gilbert.  She was one of nine children.  The Sartins lived in Pisgah, Jackson County.   According to family history, William homesteaded 160 acres in Jackson County.  The 1900 and 1910 census show him living in Pisgah with his family. William died in 1917 when he was cutting timber and a tree fell on him.  He and Nancy are buried in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Jackson County.
William Minor Sartin
William & Nancy Sartin's grave, Friendship Church Cemetery, Jackson County, AL
Ben and Jennie Shavers had six children, including a baby that died at birth in 1912.  Walter Shavers was born in 1911, Alvin Calloway in 1913, Agnes Ardella in 1915, Lois Minerva in 1918, and Eulas Roy in 1920.  The 1920 census shows them living in Pisgah, with Ben's occupation listed as farmer.   By 1930, they are living in Ft. Payne, DeKalb County, AL; his occupation is still listed as farmer.  They remained in Ft. Payne for the rest of their lives.  Jennie died on April 12, 1971 and Ben on October 28, 1978.  They are buried in Friendship Cemetery in Jackson County.
Eliza Jane & Benjamin Franklin Shavers, Friendship Church Cemetery, Jackson County, AL
This photo is of a family reunion of the Shavers in Limerock, AL; I would estimate probably in the 1930's.  Andrew Jackson Shavers Jr. is the man in the center wearing glasses; he would have been a cousin to Ben. 

Monday, September 3, 2012


Food is an important thing to me.  I like to eat, but I also like to read about it, shop for it, cook it -- basically, I just like food.  My grandmother Easie was a wonderful cook and my memories of visiting her and being at her home always seem to involve some sort of food, and usually one that was sweet.  There was a deep freeze in the utility room, where the cooking was done on an old gas stove and oven (the kitchen oven and stove weren't used; in fact, the oven held boxes of cereal).  The freezer was literally full of baked goodies, fruit, cassaroles - probably enough food to last for months.  Earlier this year, I borrowed some of her old cookbooks from my mother and picked out some recipes to put into a sort of cookbook to be given to the younger generation of the family.  As I went through the recipes, I discovered a few things; (1) my grandmother really like cherry desserts - there were at least a dozen variations on cherry pudding and cherry pie; (2) she also had a thing for pineapple, mostly in "jello salads," (3) there was a disturbing amount of Dream Whip and Cheez Whiz in these recipes.  I'm guessing a lot of them were from the 1970's, maybe the golden era of processed foods.  The cookbook has yet to materialize, although I do have quite a few recipes on my computer and the best intentions to get it done.  However, I do think that I will put a few here.  And I'll begin with the one that our family associates most with her, which is Banana Cake.  This cake is really good.  You can frost it with a cream cheese frosting, or one that she used to make that was a can of evaporated milk, a teaspoon of vanilla and enough powdered sugar to create a consistency you could frost it with.

Banana Nut Cake
(Easie Berry – Her Favorite)

1 2/3 cups sugar
2 ½ cups cake flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 ¼ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
2/3 cup Crisco*
1 ¼ cups overripe bananas, mashed
2/3 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
2/3 cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

* Can substitute 2/3 cup of butter or do 1/3 cup Crisco and 1/3 cup butter.  Butter should be softened.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Lightly spray two round cake pans or one 9x13 pan with cooking spray.

Mash bananas and set aside.

In large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  Add Crisco or butter and mix well.  Add mashed bananas and mix well. 

After mixing bananas into batter, add 1/3 cup of buttermilk and mix very well.  Add remaining 1/3 cup of buttermilk and mix.  Beat in eggs one at a time.  Add vanilla and mix.  Fold in chopped pecans.

Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes.  (Original recipe just says to bake until done)

Hall Family

These are some photos of Noah Hall's mother and children.  The group photo looks very much like it was taken at the same time as the photo of Noah, Manerva and children.  Most likely, the families had a day when all were photographed in groups.

The elderly lady in the center is  Noah Hall's mother, Nancy Rickles Hall.

Foster Evans, Nancy Rickles Hall, Alice & Dora Hall
Private Carroll Jackson Hall
Carroll Hall (right) & his son Shorty 1966
Lydia Hall Russell & family
Solomon Hall & family
Solomon & Polly Hall
Solomon Hall