Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Henry and Robert Phaup

Grave of twin brothers Robert and Henry Phaup, born November 27, 1854.  Neither brother ever married and they lived together throughout their lives, dying within eight months of each other.   They are buried in Smyrna Cemetery in Buckingham, Virginia.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Stanfill Family

Joyce Sue, George, Easie & Eugene Stanfill

This picture was probably made about 1939 or 1940.  George Stanfill died in August 1941 at the age of 39.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Wednesday's Child - Joan Elizabeth Rose

Joan Elizabeth Rose was born on December 27, 1933 in Jacksonville, Florida; she was the ninth and youngest child of Robert and Mary Rose.  Like many families during the Depression, the Roses were not able to provide gifts for their children at Christmas, so the younger children went to the Florida Theater on Christmas Eve 1935, where the Salvation Army handed out stockings with an orange, apple, candy and a toy to each child.  Little Joan became ill after standing outside in the cold and suffered convulsions later that night.  She died of pneumonia the next day and was buried two days later, on her second birthday, at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville.  Her older brother, J.D., and her mother Mary are now buried with her there.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Herren's Cinnamon Rolls

Herren’s Cinnamon Rolls

Herren's Restaurant operated in Atlanta at the corner of Luckie & Forsyth Streets, from 1934 until 1987.  It was opened by prizefighter Charlie "Red" Herren, then bought by Guido Negri in 1939; the Negri family operated it until it closed in 1987.  I was fortunate enough to eat there a couple of times before it closed.  A basket of these cinnamon rolls came with every meal.  Cinnamon rolls are a wonderful gift at this time of year and these are great.

1 cup milk
¼ cup butter (cut into slices)
¼ cup sugar
1 ¼ teaspoon salt
2 packages yeast
¼ cup warm water
4 cups flour, sifted
2 cups sugar
4 tablespoons cinnamon
¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted

Boil milk in a heavy saucepan.  Add sliced butter, ¼ cup sugar and salt and set aside to cool.  Transfer to an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook.  In a small bowl, add yeast to water, then stir into the milk mixture.  Add flour, about a cup at a time, and beat well (dough can also be mixed by hand).  Let rest for 15 minutes.  Knead until smooth.  Place dough in a large buttered bowl, cover with a clean dishcloth, and let rise until doubled in size, about an hour.

In a bowl, combine the 2 cups sugar with cinnamon.  Lightly butter two 13x9”  baking pans and sprinkle with some of the sugar mixture.

Divide dough into 4 equal pieces.  Working with one piece at a time, roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to about ¼ inch thick and about 8 inches square.  Lightly brush surface with melted butter.  Sprinkle sugar mixture generously over entire surface.  Starting at one side of the square, roll up dough into tube.  Continue rolling back and forth until it’s about 12 inches long.  Cut into wheels about ½ inch wide and place flat in the pans, so that there’s just a little space between them.  Do not overcrowd pan.  Brush the tops with butter and sprinkle with sugar mixture.  Let stand at room temperature for 1 hour to rise.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes.  Let cool for 1 minute, then promptly remove rolls to prevent sticking.

Makes 60 rolls.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Wednesday's Child - Granny

Mary Herndon Fuller
Mary Herndon Fuller, born on December 18, 1896 in Atlanta, Georgia, circumstances and parents unknown.  She was adopted from the Atlanta Home for the Friendless soon after by Mr. and Mrs. Spann Fuller of Habersham County, Georgia.  The Fullers also adopted an older girl, Maude Everett, around the same time in order to have two female dependents that would qualify them for a homestead.  Mary was married Robert V. Rose, Sr. about 1916 and was the mother of nine children, two of whom predeceased her. 

These photographs were shared with me by the granddaughter of Maude Fuller, as well as several documents pertaining to the children's adoptions.  I connected with her on  No one in the family had seen them before.  And in another twist, a member of Maude's birth family, the Everetts, also connected with us on and was able to share a letter from Maude's birth sister explaining the circumstances that lead to her being placed in an orphanage.  You never know what you're going to find!
Mary died on December 26, 1987 at the age of 91.  She is buried at Evergreen Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida, along with her son J.D. and daughter Joan.

Sunday, December 15, 2013


As the year comes to an end, I have been reviewing what progress I have and haven't made in my family research.  In 2013 I have made some finds that have brought some interesting new discoveries in our family trees.  I got a lot of research done, and was able to actually put together four binders with five generations of family records, pictures and information, to share with family.  Pictures and documents sorted into folders for each family, as opposed to the big box where everything is thrown together.  I still have some organizational work to get done, but I have made progress.

I am still looking at two big brick walls that I want to try to move past this year.  My third great-grandfather, Archibald Rose of Virginia; I have found there are an astonishing number of men with that name in Virginia and North Carolina during the late 18th and early 19th century.  Who knew?  Sorting them out from one another, trying to figure out if they are related in some way, and all those other Roses in the area - who are they?  It makes my head spin; I've had to take a step back from it to try to get some perspective and come up with a different plan to try to move past this wall.  The other is John Kirkpatrick, my husband's second great-grandfather.  While we have a good deal of information on him after his marriage (thanks to another relative who shared research she has done in the past), but his birth and parents are still a mystery.  I suspect that both of these men may have been first generation Americans and their fathers were immigrants.  My questions still outnumber my answers, but I will keep trying. . .

In 2014, I hope to make a few genealogy road trips - to Campbell, Tennessee, where both my husband and I had ancestors who settled there for a few decades before moving on to Arkansas and Alabama.  I also want to visit Chester, South Carolina, where my immigrant ancestors on my maternal grandmother's line, settled and fought in the Revolution.  And the Birmingham, Alabama area, to try to dig up some records on my husband's father's family.

I have found in my research that most of my ancestors, as well as my husband's, were Scots-Irish settlers in the southern Appalachians, which has made me interested in the history and culture of the area. 

I have had my first few "paying" research jobs, which is exciting - how fun is it to get paid to do something you love?  Hoping to continue to get more in the new year.

Anyone else making out their goals for next year?

Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday's Faces From the Past - Benjamin Franklin McGee

B.F. McGee & grandchildren
Benjamin Franklin McGee, born 1830 in Lancaster, South Carolina, died 1920 in Monroe, Louisiana.  He was the son of a wealthy planter who grew up in a home with more than 50 slaves in Alabama.  Benjamin was a sergeant in the 30th Alabama Infantry, then retired to a life of farming after the war.  He survived two wives and was the father of 14 children.  In his old age, he moved to Monroe, Louisiana to live with his eldest son and his family. 

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Mary Fuller and Friend

Mary Fuller (left) & friend, Habersham, Georgia

Military Monday - Memorial Marker of Glenn O. Colwell, Spalding County, Georgia

Glenn O. Colwell

Glenn O. Colwell enlisted as a private in Co. A, Georgia 53rd Infantry, CSA in April 1862.  He died of disease at a hospital in Lynchburg, Virginia on May 4, 1864, age 33, leaving a wife and five children.  He is buried somewhere near Lynchburg.  His widow had this memorial marker placed in the cemetery at her church, Rehobeth Baptist, in Griffin, Georgia.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

December Family Calendar - Marth Burch Heard Tucker - December 7, 1824

Martha Burch Heard Tucker, my third great-grandmother, daughter of early Georgia governor and Revolutionary War hero Stephen Heard, died on December 7, 1824 in a scarlet fever epidemic that swept through the Savannah River Valley, also taking the lives of four of her eight children.

Martha and her children George, Richard, John and Biddie are all buried alongside each other at the site of the Heard family home, Heardmont, in Elbert County, Georgia.  Martha was 36 at the time of her death.  The inscription on her tombstone reads: "She lived a Christian's life and died a Christian's death, precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his Saints."

Monday, November 11, 2013

Military Monday - Yerby Stroud

While researching my mother's family, I came to the William Stroud family, Irish immigrants in the mid-1700s who settled in South Carolina, along with other Protestant Scots-Irish families fleeing persecution.  William had ten children, eight of them boys, all of whom appear to have become passionate patriots during the Revolutionary War.  One of Yerby's older brothers, William, was said to have killed more Tories than any other soldier in South Carolina; he was caught by the British and hanged from a tree by the side of the road, where his body remained for three weeks as a warning to other patriots.  Eventually, a group of friends (and possibly William's mother and sister) cut his body down during the night and are said to have buried it beneath the tree.  Yerby was likely too young to fight in this war; after he married, he and his family moved from South Carolina to Henry County, Georgia, one of the first settlers of the area.  Yerby served in the War of 1812 in the 4th Regiment (Jones) Georgia Militia.  Yerby and his immediate familiy are buried at the Stroud Cemetery in Henry County, on Stroud Road. 

Stroud Cemetery

Yerby Stroud's grave

It was exciting to be within easy traveling distance to see his burial place and find other Stroud ancestors in the area, as most of my more recent ones in that line are from Arkansas and Oklahoma. 

Revolutionary War soldiers listed on monument at Catholic Presbyterian Church, Chester, SC. Includes William Stroud, and sons William, Thomas, Hampton and John.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sentimental Sunday - Miss Ethel Sanders and two suitors

Miss Ethel Sanders with two suitors, Mr. Gilbert Yaeger and Mr. C. A. Wooten, Helena, Arkansas, May 1895.  Mr. Yaeger won out and they were married in October 1897.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Black Sheep Sunday - Lewdness

In the tangled family tree of the Chavis, McGraws and Lumpkins of Campbell County, Tennesse in the early to mid-1800s, there are three (or four) names that pop up in relation to a certain kind of bad behavior.  The three families were part-Native American, possibly Melungeons, who moved from  North Carolina to upper East Tennessee in the early part of the 19th century, probably in an effort to avoid removal to Oklahoma.  James Madison "Spotted Buck" Lumpkins married Susan Chavis in 1840.  Susan was said to be "Black Dutch," or a descendent of European, Native American and African ancestors.  Susan's sister (or cousin, depending on which account you read) was Sarah Chavis.  Sarah was married to William Jarrett McGraw in 1844. 

 In May of 1855 Susannah Lumpkins, Sarah McGraw and James Lumpkins had charges brought against them in Campbell County by the state of Tennessee for lewdness.  The charges brought against Susannah Lumpkins indicate she was "being lewd" with Mr. John McGraw.  William McGraw's father was named John, although I have no idea if he was the other party in this case.  Sarah McGraw and James Lumpkins were charged with "lewdness" together.  The parties were all ordered to pay a fine of two hundred and fifty dollars, voided on condition they make periodic appearances before the court. 

Both families were in Cedar, Arkansas by 1870, the same year that William Jarrett McGraw died.  Susan Lumpkins was apparently ill for many years prior to her death in 1884.  Her widower married her sister (or cousin) in December of 1885, causing his children to stop speaking to him.  They were said to have never visited him again, and he never saw any of his grandchildren. 
Marriage record of James Lumpkins and Sarah Chavis McGraw

James and Sarah lived in Arkansas until his death in 1898.  He is said to be buried at DeGray Cemetery in Arkadelphia.   Sarah lived until 1917, living with children from her marriage to William McGraw after she was widowed.  She is buried at Buggy Hill Cemetery in Sebastian, Arkansas, near her son Joseph McGraw.
Sarah Jane Chavis McGraw Lumpkins

Friday, October 4, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Cornbread

I make cornbread, probably - at least - twice a week.  I don't have to look at the recipe anymore.  I grew up eating it a lot and I continue to do so.  It goes with everything - you can make it to go along with soup, stew, fried chicken, chili.  So why not?  I found this recipe in the Atlanta Journal several years ago.  It is the one used at the Colonnade Restaurant in Atlanta, the place to go for authentic southern cooking.   This cornbread is very moist and crumbly - not dry at all. 


1 ½  cups white cornmeal*
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspooon salt
4 teaspoons sugar (optional)
2/3 cup cold water
½ cup vegetable oil
½ cup buttermilk
2 eggs

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spray 12 muffin cups or an 8x8” pan with cooking spray.

Mix dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl.  Add water, vegetable oil, buttermilk and eggs; mix well.  Pour into 12 prepared muffin tins or an 8x8” pan. 

Bake at 425 degrees for approximately 15 – 20 minutes or until cornbread is golden.

* Martha White with "Hot Rize" is my favorite cornmeal to use in this recipe.  


Monday, September 30, 2013

Mappy Monday - The Elk River Intruders

The Intruders were white settlers who were (supposed to be) passing through lands in southern Tennessee/northern Alabama that then belonged to the Cherokee and Chickasaw.  After the Cherokee ceded lands in 1806, more settlers came in and essentially squatted on the land.  Federal troops tried to remove them periodically, but many ended up staying, among them one of our ancestors, Henry Evans.  Henry was actually part native American and his wife Nellie, is said to have been a full-blood Cherokee.  The Evans family remained in Mississippi territory (now Alabama), living in what is now Jackson County, Alabama.  Henry's name appears on a petition in 1810 to the President and Congress by the intruders, asking to remain on the land.  Federal soldiers had made numerous trips into the area to remove the intruders after 1809 and the 450 people whose names appear on the list were actually living in Limestone, Alabama, at Simms Settlement, when they filed this petition. 

106 [--108]       Mississippi Territory

[WD:AGO, Old Recs., Div.:DS]

Mississippi Territory, Elk River, Sims'es Settlement
September 5th 1810--      

To his Excellency James Maddison President of the United States of
   america and the honourable Congress assembled:

   We your petitioners humbly sheweth that a great many of your fellow citizens have unfortunately settled on what is now called chickasaw land- which has led us into difficultys that tongue cannot express if the orders from the ware department are executed in removeing us off of said land. However in a government like ours founded on the will of the people we have reason to hope and expect that we shall be treated with as much lennity as the duty you owe to Justice will permit. We therefore wish, Without the shade or colour of falshood, to leve to your consideration the main object of our setling of this country In the first Place, we understood that all the land on the north side of tennessee river was purchased of the Indians which was certainly the Case, and further we understood that this was congress land as we call it and by paying of two Dollars per acre we should obtain An undoubted title to our lands and avoide the endless law suits that [107] arise in our neighboring states in the landed property under these and many other impressions of minde that appeared inviteing to us to setle here a great many of us solde our possessions and Came and settled here in the winter and spring of 1807 without any knoledg or intention of violating the laws of government or Infringing on the right of another nation and we remained in this peacefull situation untill the fall of 1807 when General Robertson Came on runing the chickasaw boundary line and he informed us that, though the cherokees had sold this land, yet the chickasaws held a clame to it as their right. And now as booth nations |had| set up a clame to this land and Government haveing extingushed the cherokee clame; and we who are well acquainted with the boundarys of this country do think in Justice that the cherokees had undoubtedly the best right to this land we could state our reasons for thinking so, in many cases, but we shall only refurr you to one particular, that is when Zacheriah Cocks (1) made a purchase of parte of this country and came in order to settle it he landed on an island in the Mussell Shoals, and was making preparations to ingarrison himself but when the cherokees Understood his intentions they got themselves together and sent in messingers to him telling him if he did not desist and remove his men out of their country they would certainly imbody themselves and cut him off. And Cocks took the alarme And left the Island in the night. And if the cherokees had not defended this country at that time it may be persumed that it would have been taken from the chickasaws without asking of them anything about their right to it. For the cherokees do say that they have held an antiant clame to it which they never lost by sword or treaty untill extinguished by government. And should this be the camse and appeare to your satisfaction that the cherokees had at least as good a right as the chickasaw and you haveing that right invested in you-and you are allso willing to pay the chickasaw for their clame and they refuse to sell it where then can there remain a single doubt In the publick Minde of doing the chickasaws any kind of unjuistice in makeing use of the cherokee clame and saying: if they will not take a reasonable price for their clame we will not remove our fellow citizens off which will bring many women and children to a state of starvation mearly to gratify a heathan nation Who have no better right to this land than we have ourselves And they have by estemation nearly 100000 acres of land to each man Of their nation and of no more use to government or society than to saunter about upon like so many wolves or bares whilst they who would be a supporte to government and Improve the country must be forsed even to rent poore stony ridges to make a support to rase their famelies on whist there is fine fertile countrys lying uncultivated and we must be debared even from inJoying a small Corner of this land but we look to you the [108] boddy of government as a friendly father to us and believe it Compleatley within your power Whilst you are administering Justice between us and the chickasaws to say with the greatest propriety that we have once purchased this land and we will not remove our fellow citizens off but let them remain as tennants at will untill the chickasaws may feell a disposition to sell us their clame therefore we your humble petitioners wish you to take our standing duely into consideration and not say they are a set of dishoneste people who have fled from the lawes of their country and it is no matter what is done With them.for we can support our carractors to be other ways and it is our wish and desire to protect and supporte our own native Government we must informe you that in the settling of this country men was obliged to expose themselves very much and the Climate not helthy a number of respectable men have deceased and left their widows with families Of alphan [orphan] children to rase in the best way they can And you might allmost as well send the sword amongst us as the fammin the time being short that our orders permits us to stay on we wish you to send us an answer to our petition as soon as posable and, for heavens Sake Pause to think what is to become of these poore alphan families who have more need of the help of some friendly parish than to have the strictest orders executed on them who has not a friend in this unfeeling world that is able to asist them Either in geting off of said land or supporting when they are off we are certain in our own minds that if you could have A true representation of our carractor the industry we have made. and the purity of our intentions in settling here together with the justice of our cause you would say in the name of God let them stay on and eat their well earned bread. Perhaps our number may be fare more than you are apprised of from the best calculation that we can make there is Exclusive of Doubleheads reserv (2) 2250 souls on what is called chickasaw land and all of us could live tollerabie comfortable if we Could remain on our improvements but the distance is so great if we are removed off that we cannot take our produce with Us and a great many not in a circumstance to purchase more will in consequence of this be brought to a deplorable situation We shall therefore conclude in hopes that on a due consideration we shall find favour in the sight of your most honourable Body which will in duty binde your petitioners to ever Pray &c.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Civil War Pension Records

I hope that anyone who has found Civil War pension records for ancestors who were soldiers or widows or soldiers takes the time to scroll through them, as they can be a source of a lot of information, as well as a window into the lives of these ancestors.  My husband's great-grandmother, Sarah Carter Kirkpatrick, applied for her husband's pension after his death in 1913.  The questions she answered in the application gave us some information we had not previously known:

Sarah's family moved to Alabama, but we had not been able to locate census or land records that told us when - this application states she moved with her family when she was an infant.  She also says her father died during the Civil War.  His exact death date is still not known, but this gives us a general idea of when he died. 

This form gives a list of Sarah's possessions, which are pretty meager - $100 in household furniture, a clock and a wagon.  It also shows her making her mark on the form rather than signing it, so we can also assume that she was unable to read and write. 

I have made a point of looking for these records whenever I am researching an ancestor who served in the Civil War.  Pension records have provided a great deal of information that has been helpful in piecing together their stories.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Kennesaw Mountain

This year marks the 150th anniversary of many Civil War battles, including some fought in North Georgia.  Kennesaw Mountain, just a couple of miles from my home, was one of the last battles before the Union Army made it's way into Atlanta.  The area is now a large national park, with many of the cannons and earthworks used in the battle preserved, and there is a small museum as well.  The park is now mostly used for recreation; there are walking, biking and riding trails throughout, but it's also a great place to visit if you are interested in this time in our history.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Purefoy Hotel Cookbook

This cookbook lives in my house, although I have no idea who bought it or how it got here.  Along with three or four other old vintage cookbooks that sit decoratively on a shelf, but aren't used much.
1960 version of the Purefoy Hotel Cook Book

The Purefoy was located in Talledega, Alabama and was apparently renowned for it's southern cooking.  There were a number of cookbooks published, including this one from 1960.  It not only offers recipes, but also housekeeping maintenance, laundering, gardening, safety, first aid and child care suggestions!  

There are some interesting recipes, things I've never heard of, like deviled raisins (a side dish to ham or pork).  The Purefoy appears to have been famous for it's pies, especially pecan - here's the recipe from the cookbook - very simple.

A Most Delicious Pecan Pie

4 large eggs
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 stick creamery butter
1 1/4 cups white Karo syrup
2 cups pecans

Melt the butter in an iron skillet until light brown, add sugar, add eggs, one at a time, beating separately, add Karo, and pecans and pour on an unbaked crust and bake in moderate oven about 375 degrees about 30 to 35 minutes until brown and firm.  


Friday, August 23, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Lemon Ice Box Pie

One of the best things about summer for me is lemon desserts.  This is from Grandma's recipe book.  Very easy and good.

Judy Johnson’s Lemon Ice Box Pie

Vanilla wafer cookies

3 eggs, separated
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt

Line the bottom of a 9” pie plate with vanilla wafer cookies. 

In a bowl, beat egg yolks until foamy.  Add milk, beat well.  Add the lemon juice, salt and zest and whip to a cream.  Pour filling into cookie-lined plate.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Make a meringue using the egg whites and 3 tablespoons of sugar, beaten until stiff peaks form.  Spoon on top of filling, spreading to seal, and bake in oven until the meringue begins to brown.  Watch carefully to prevent burning.

Refrigerate pie for 24 hours before serving.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Davis McGee

Sacred to the memory of Davis McGee, whose many charitable acts and virtuous deeds remembered in the hearts of those who best knew his private character.

Davis McGee was born in Jones, Georgia in 1794.  He married his first cousin, Mary Sarah McGee, had nine children, and moved to Plantersville, Alabama where he became a successful planter.  The 1850 slave schedule shows him owning more than 40 slaves.  He also owned and operated a stage coach inn, where travelers stopped for food and lodging and horse traders from Tennessee would gather to sell and swap their stock. 

Mary Sarah lived until 1878.  They are buried together in the cemetery at the Plantersville United Methodist Church in Plantersville, Alabama.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Maritime Monday - U.S.S. Somers

Sinking of U.S.S. Somers off Vera Cruz, Mexico
On 20 March 1843, Lt. John West assumed command of Somers, and the brig was assigned to the Home Squadron. For the next few years, she served along the Atlantic coast and in the West Indies.

Somers was in the Gulf of Mexico off Vera Cruz at the opening of the Mexican War in the spring of 1846; and, but for runs to Pensacola for logistics, she remained in that area on blockade duty until winter. On the evening of 26 November, the brig, commanded by Raphael Semmes [later commanding officer of CSS Alabama], was blockading Vera Cruz when Mexican schooner Criolla slipped into that port. Somers launched a boat party which boarded and captured the schooner. However, a calm prevented the Americans from getting their prize out to sea so they set fire to the vessel and returned through gunfire from the shore to Somers, bringing back seven prisoners. Unfortunately, Criolla proved to be an American spy ship operating for Commodore Conner.
On 8 December, while chasing a blockade runner off Vera Cruz, Somers capsized and foundered in a sudden squall. Thirty-two members of her crew drowned and seven were captured. (U.S. Naval History Center)

My 2nd great-grand uncle's name, William Rose, is among those listed as having been lost when the Somers capsized. 

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday's Child - The Atlanta Home for the Friendless

The Home for the Friendless was begun as a home for indigent people in Atlanta in the 1880's.  It eventually evolved into an orphanage and home for foster children.  My father's mother was adopted from this home as an infant in 1897.  This newspaper article is from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1911, several years after her adoption, however, it does show the same building she would have been in.  The building burned down in the 1920's, along with most of the records.

Thanks to the generous volunteers at the Acts of Random Genealogical Kindness on Facebook for helping locate pictures of the building.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Workday Wednesday - Occupation: Huckster

I have run across a couple of ancestors in the 1870 census whose occupations are listed as "huckster."  This immediately brings to mind a devious snake-oil salesman, and the origin of the word seems to be someone who resold watered-down goods to those too poor to buy quality products.  However, during this time period, the word appears to have merely meant salesman.  Anything from selling products from a wagon to having a shop in a stall at a market.

Green Colwell, Huckster, 1870 Tallapoosa, AL
Green Colwell had been a farmer in earlier census records, however, here he is at age 62 in post-Civil War Alabama.  I would love to know what he was selling.  By the next census, he was back to farming.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Old Waxhaw Cemetery

The Waxhaw settlement in what is now Lancaster, South Carolina, near the North Carolina/South Carolina border, was settled by Scots-Irish immigrants in the mid-1700s, and named for the Waxhaw Indians who once inhabited the area.  The old Presbyterian Church still stands and the cemetery is now on the National Register of Historic Places.  As I said in my previous post, Andrew Jackson lived there as a boy with his mother and siblings, as did one of my family's ancestors, Issac McCulloch.

Old Presbyterian Church
 The church is not the original meeting house built in the 1750's, but is still one of the oldest churches in the region.
Statue to Elizabeth Hutchinson Jackson, mother of Andrew Jackson

Monday, July 22, 2013

He Taught Andrew Jackson His Letters - Joseph McCullough

Researching a new branch of the family brought us to Joseph McCullough, born in 1747 in Augusta, Virginia.  Joseph was a soldier in the American Revolution, and a surveyor and civil engineer, surveying the wilderness of East Tennessee in the late 1700's - early 1800's.  Joseph was also a schoolteacher and is said to have "taught Andrew Jackson his letters" when Jackson was a boy.  Like Jackson, Joseph's parents were Scots-Irish Presbyterians who immigrated to America and eventually settled in the Waxhaw community in South Carolina.  Whether or not Joseph truly taught Andrew Jackson his letters is questionable, however, his parents undoubtedly lived in the Waxhaw settlement at the same time Jackson and his family did.  One of Joseph's sons served under Jackson in the War with the Creeks, so a family connection seems possible.

Joseph was married to Eleanor Kennedy and had eight daughters and two sons.  He died in 1822 in Jefferson, Tennessee at the age of 74.

His parents, Issac McCulloch (the spelling of the surname is spelled both McCulloch and McCullough in the family) and Mary Robinson, are buried at the Waxhaw Cemetery in Lancaster, South Carolina. 
Here lies ye body of Issac McCulloch, who departed life in ye 73 year of age 1780 RD

Here lies the body of Margaret McCulloch, who departed this life in ye 41year of her age Jan 13th 1759 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Dinner on the Ground

One of the best Southern food traditions is Dinner on the Ground.  No, you don't sit on the ground.  And it's not actually dinner, if you consider dinner your evening meal.  Dinner on the ground is a pot-luck buffet after church on Sunday and it is southern cooking at it's finest; not fancy, just delicious and there's lots of it.  When I was a child, one of the best things about a visit to grandma was these dinners.  It was worth sitting through a long-winded sermon at the First Baptist Church.  A room full of every kind of casserole, fancy salad and the most wonderful desserts.  My favorite dessert was, and is, blackberry cobbler.  The kind with a pie-type crust on top, warm with vanilla ice cream on top.  Heaven.  Here are a couple of family recipes that are perfect for dinner on the ground. Tip: Get in line early and make your take-home plate before the dishes are cleared.

Gayle's Salad

1 head of lettuce, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
½ green bell pepper, chopped
6 ounces frozen green peas
4 hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 ½ cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sugar
8 slices crisp bacon, crumbled
4 ounces grated Cheddar cheese

In a large mixing bowl, mix first five ingredients together.

Mix mayonnaise and sugar together and pour over salad mixture.  Seal bowl tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Crumble bacon on top of salad, then sprinkle grated cheese on top. 

Orange Picnic Cake

1 ½ cups orange juice
1 cup quick cooking oats
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup white sugar
½ cup brown sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 ¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup chopped pecans
1 teaspoon orange zest

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Spray a 13x9 pan with cooking spray.

In a saucepan, heat the orange juice to boiling and pour over oats.  Set aside to cool.

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with white and brown sugars. Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add vanilla extract and beat to combine.

In a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon.  Add to creamed mixture alternately with orange juice and oat mixture, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Fold in nuts and orange rind.  Pour into prepared pan and bake for approximately 40 minutes or until golden brown and cake tester comes out clean.  Cool on wire rack.


½ cup brown sugar
¼ cup butter, softened
Zest of one orange
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 cup flaked coconut
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts

Mix the sugar, butter, orange zest and juice in a saucepan and heat to boiling.  Boil for 1 minute, take off heat and stir in coconut and nuts. Pour on top of warm (not hot) cake.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Workday Wednesday - H.A. Fuller & Sons Grocery, Atlanta, GA

After the Civil War, Henry Alexander Fuller left his family's burned farm in Habersham County, Georgia, to take advantage of the boom in business in Atlanta.  He opened the store Fuller & Oglesby on Whitehall Street in downtown Atlanta.  The store took up an entire city block and was the largest wholesale grocery store in Atlanta during Reconstruction.  The store later became Fuller & Sons; his three sons, as well as two of his brothers (one of whom was my great-grandfather, Spann Fuller) worked in the store alongside the regular employees. 
Mr. Fuller's health declined as he grew older and he moved to Bradenton, Florida, where his son Walter lived, opening a small grocery store there.  He was predeceased by two wives, Carrie and Julia.  He died in Florida in 1912 at the age of 77. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - William and Martha Sanders

 I'm a day late for Sunday's obituary, but it was one of those weekends.  I ran across this Saturday night, the obituary for my third great-grandparents, William Sanders, and his wife, Martha Matilda Ditmer.  They died within days of each other, he on March 15, 1872, after what appears to have been a long illness; she on March 29, of pneumonia.

The flowery language in the obituary is typical of the time, and makes them seem downright saint-like. 

Anderson (South Carolina) Intelligencer, April 18, 1872

Friday, July 12, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Prize Winning Peach Cobbler

It's peach season in Georgia, so it's a perfect time to share this recipe I found in my grandmother's  cookbook. 

Prize Winning Peach Cobbler


3 cups sliced rip peaches (Flossie won with Elberta peaches)*
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar (or to taste)
2 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Spray an 8x8” pan with cooking spray.

Mix ingredients into a large saucepan and put on low heat until good and hot.  Then let cool.


2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup Crisco

Put above in a large bowl and mix with a pastry blender or fork.  Add 4 tablespoons of water.  Form into a ball and divide in half.  Roll out each half large enough to fit and cover an 8x8” pan.

Line the pan with half of the pastry.  Add the fruit.  Put the rest of the pastry on top.  Bake for about an hour or until crust is golden brown.

*This recipe was on a newspaper clipping from the 1970s.  This is the information written about the recipe in the clipping:

A 30 year old resident of Porter, Okla., is busy baking peach cobbler for the cobbler contest at the Porter Peach Festival next Saturday, Aug. 4.

Flossie Reeser, whose cobbler was the prize winner in that contest in 1977, says she’ll take the trophy again this year – if the contest isn’t like last year’s.

She did enter last year’s contest, but a few days beforehand gave her recipe to another Porter woman who, to Flossie’s delight, baked a better cobbler and won the contest.

“It wouldn’t be fair if I won every year,” she says generously.