Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

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