Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

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.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Motivation Monday - Setting Goals

The past few months have been ridiculously busy, leaving me with not nearly as much time as I would like to work on my family history.  There's no end in sight, but I am determined to get my Rose family history completed by the end of the year, at least to the extent it's possible to.  I was able to complete my mother's family history earlier this year and put it in a binder for her as a birthday present.  I would love to do the same for my dad by Christmas.  I am still stuck at g-g-g-grandfather Archibald Rose, who surprisingly, seems to have a fairly common name in Virginia at that time, leading me in all sorts of incorrect directions.  A genealogy report done a few years ago for a cousin regarding the family has turned out to have the "wrong" Archibald, so we're at the brick wall again.  My goals for the remainder of the summer will be:

1) Try to find a parent(s) for Archibald Rose and continue the family line past him.

2) Get bios for each generation completed.

3) Get pictures, documents, etc. organized and copied.

I would also like to get back to blogging more regularly, and making more field trips to local repositories to look for records.

This should certainly keep me busy until autumn, when I hope to make a couple of longer distance trips to search for records.