Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday - Little Fannie Elizabeth Russell

Finding sweet photos like this makes my day.  Little Fannie, born 1905 in Alabama.  Her relationship to our family is through marriage, so she's not a biological ancestor, but I adore the picture just the same.

Workday Wednesday - John Byron Little

Originally submitted to by LittleMike, this photo is of the husband of a distant cousin of my husband.  The caption reads:  Times were obviously very tough. Probably taken when he was working at the cotton gin in Langston, AL. Note mesh apron around his neck. Though obviously very tired and worrisome, the crystal blue of his eyes shows translucent white in this b/w photo.  

It appears to me to have been taken during the Depression era; Langston, Alabama is in Jackson County, in northeastern Alabama. 

Monday, January 28, 2013

Mystery Monday - The Disappearance of Seaborn J. Carter

Seaborn James Carter, born in 1826, mysteriously disappeared some time after 1886.  His last public appearance was at his daughter Savannah's wedding on 18 May 1886 at his home.  Some time after that, he disappeared; family history says that he may have been murdered, possibly by a family member.  One story says his body was dumped in a well.  No death record has been found, and although he is listed as being buried in Christiana Baptist Church Cemetery in Randolph, County, there is no marked grave for him there. 

Seaborn was born in Monroe, Georgia in 1826, the second of ten children of George Carter and Meheny Waller.  In 1851 he married Amanda Curtis, a half-blood Cherokee (she apparently went by a number of nicknames, including Manda and Maudy).  They moved west to Alabama before the Civil War and eventually homesteaded on land taken from the Creek/Muskogee Indians in Randolph County.  Seaborn served in the Confederate Army, enlisting as a musician in 1864 at age 38.  He was assigned to Capt. A. P. Love's 1st Battalion Calvary, Morehead Rangers.  He rode his own horse and was paid 40 cents a day by the army for rent on the horse.

After the war, he returned to his farm.  He and Manda eventually had 21 children, 18 of whom survived to adulthood, including two sets of twins.  The last set of twins died at birth and a daughter, Susan, was killed by a "wild boar hog" at age three. 

After daughter Savannah's wedding, there are no further records indicating Seaborn is alive, however, none that show a time or place of death, either.  Manda remained on the family farm until her death in 1925.  She is buried at Christiana Baptist Church, in a marked grave. 

Amanda Curtis Carter
Amanda's grave at Christiana Baptist Church Cemeter in Randolph County, AL

Friday, January 25, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Raisin Pie

National Pie Day was earlier this week, so it seems appropriate to post a family pie recipe.  I loved this pie when I was a child.  It's actually been years since I've had it, but it was a good one.

Raisin Pie

Pastry for a double 9” pie crust

2 cups raisins
1 ½ cups boiling water
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cook raisins in boiling water for 5 minutes. 

In a bowl, mix brown sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.  Add to raisins and cook, stirring until it begins to thicken.  Add the vinegar and butter.  Cool slightly, pour into pie shell and cover with top crust. 

Bake for approximately 30 – 40 minutes or until top crust is golden brown.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Orange Picnic Cake

This cake is another goodie from my grandmother Easie's collection.  I made it a few months ago and it is delicious.  Just the kind of cake to take to a church covered dish supper. 

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.

Note says this is “Very good – from RNA Mag.”

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Atlanta December 15, 1939

The movie Gone With The Wind premiered in Atlanta on December 15, 1939. 
1939 Premiere
 The Lowe's Grand Theater was located right in the heart of downtown Atlanta.  Over the years, the movie was re-released in the city and played at the same theater.

1949 10th Anniversary

1954 15th Anniversary
1967 - photos from GSU Library collection
The area where the theater was located is now the heart of the downtown business district. The theater burned in 1978, and while movies were still shown there, it had deteriorated pretty badly.  The building was torn down in the late 1970's and the Georgia Pacific building was built on the site.  I worked at Davison's department store, which was about a block north of the Lowe's during the time of the demolition.  Many people collected bricks to save as keepsakes of the old building.
Margaret Mitchell Museum
The apartment house Margaret Mitchell lived in when she was writing the book, known as "The Dump," has been preserved and is now a museum.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Mystery Monday - What Happened to Connie?

Connie Kirkpatrick (a male) was the youngest child of my husband's great-grandfather.  The Kirkpatricks were farmers in Shelby County, Alabama in the early 20th century.  In September of 1913, Connie and his brother, Jesse, were arguing over a crop that they jointly owned.  The argument lead to the death of their father, William, the next morning.

From an article in the Montgomery Advertiser, dated 9/30/1913

                                  FATHER IS KILLED WHEN SONS SHOOT
                                                 BIRMINGHAM, ALA.  

Sept. 20 - A special from Helena, Ala., says:  William Kirkpatrick, 66 years old, prayed fervently Saturday night that the differences between his two grown sons might be settled amicably.  Early Sunday morning he was shot to death when he stepped between Jesse Kirkpatrick, and Conny Kirkpatrick, the sons.  The contents of a shot gun in the hands of Jesse Kirkpatrick intended for the brother, entered the chest and abdomen of the aged man.  Death followed in less than two hours.
The brothers are said to have had a dispute Saturday morning over a crop jointly owned by them.  Jesse Kirkpatrick left the house, going to the house of a brother, Joe Kirkpatrick.  Conny Kirkpatrick is said to have gone to the house of a neighbor and borrowed a shotgun.  The brother is said to have borrowed a shotgun also and returned to his home.
As he neared the house it is said, Conny Kirkpatrick fired upon him.  Just as Jesse Kirkpatrick returned the fire, the father rushed from the house, ran between the brothers, and dropped mortally wounded.  The two brothers were to have been brought up for preliminary hearings today. 

From the Southern Christian Advocate, dated 10/2/1913

Tragedy Occurrred Near Pelham Sunday Morning
Kirkpatrick Brothers

Helena, Ala., Sept. 29 - Early Sunday morning Jesse Kirkpatrick shot and almost instantly killed his father, William Kirkpatrick, at their home near Pelham, a short distance from Helena.
It is alleged that two brothers, Jesse and Conny Kirkpatrick, had a dispute Saturday morning over a crop jointly owned by the two, when after a little clash between the two boys, Jesse was forced to leave home to avoid further trouble.  Jesse went to his brother Joe's house to spend the remainder of the Saturday and Saturday night.
It is further alleged that Conny went to a neighbor's house and borrowed a shotgun to use on Jesse in case he returned to his father's home.
Having learned of this fact, Jesse also secured a shotgun and being very hungry, not having anything to eat since breakfast Saturday morning, started back home Sunday to get some breakfast.
When he came near the house his brother, Conny discovered him and sprang out on the front porch and opened fire on him.  The father rushed out to quiet the two boys, when the return shot from Jesse's gun aimed at Conny, struck the father in the chest and abdomen, causing his death in less than two hours later.
Mr. Kirkpatrick was 74 years of age and has been a prosperous farmer of Shelby county for a number of years.
The saddest feature of the tragedy was the fact that the aged father prayed most earnestly Saturday night that the differences between his boys might be satisfactorily settled.
Mr. Kirkpatrick leaves a widow and a family of several grown boys and girls - Birmingham Ledger.
Jesse Kirkpatrick, who is charged with firing the fatal shot that killed his father Sunday morning near Pelham, was arrested by Deputy Sheriff Oscar Cox Sunday and brought here and lodged in jail.  Conny Kirkpatarick was also arrested but made bond in the sum of $1,000.

*William was actually 71 when he died; his age was given as 66 and 74 in the articles.

 The death was eventually ruled an accident.  According to a family story shared with me by the granddaughter of their brother, Joe, Connie left Alabama for Texas because his siblings blamed him for their father's death.   She said that he did return at some point, offering brother Joe money for his forgiveness, but Joe was not moved and didn't ever forgive his brother.

I'm not sure if this is actually true or just a family story - we don't find Connie on any census records in Alabama after 1910 when he is still living in his parent's home.  To support the story that he moved to Texas, there is a C.B. Kirkpatrick, born in 1894 in Alabama, living in a rooming house in Tarrant County, Texas in 1920.  Many of the Kirkpatricks moved to Texas from Georgia and Alabama after the Civil War, so he may have gone west intending to find family, however, none of them settled in Tarrant County.  I have found a number of "C" Kirkpatricks in Alabama, but haven't made a direct connection with any of them.  However, there is this poster that shows Connie was in Shelby County, Alabama a year after his father's death:

 The date on the poster is more than a year after William's death.  I don't know if this poster has to do with the death of William or this is a separate incident.  This is where the brick wall appears in Connie's life.  I have not found any records for Connie after this date.

Jesse married and had a son named Jesse, born in 1929.  In 1940, he was living with his brother Odie, also divorced, in a rooming house in Calera, Alabama and working as a farm laborer.  He died later that year at the age of 48.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Brick Walls - Tangled Up in Archibald Rose's Family Tree

My third and fourth great-grandfathers were both named Archibald Rose.  At the first Archibald, I hit a brick wall in the family history.  The conflicting information, dates, names, etc. are making it difficult to discern who is who in this tree.  During the late 1700s - early 1800s, the Rose family seems to have lived in Surry, Sussex and Lunenburg counties, Virginia.   The birth dates and death dates I have are all estimates, none definitive and I have not located any birth or death records.  Even the marriage records are tangled - one indicates the elder Archibald was married to Elizabeth Hickerson, but she has no birth or death record; the younger Archibald is estimated to have been born between 1780 - 1790, but his father's marriage to Elizabeth Hickerson was not until 1805, so there must have been a previous wife, but no records located for one.  Records for the younger Archibald indicate that he was married to Elizabeth Mason Holloway in 1818, but no birth, death or census records found for her.  Elizabeth Holloway appears to have first been married to James Rose in 1814, perhaps a brother or cousin?   There is also an Archibald Rose who married Mariah Culpepper  in 1842.  He was born in 1820 and lived in Nash County, North Carolina.  Because my second great-grandfather, Thomas Archibald, was born in 1828, he could not have been a child of this Archibald, but possibly a cousin - or possibly there is no relationship at all!  Who knew Archibald Rose was such a popular name? 

My searches on are giving me all kinds of information about Archibald Rose(s), none of which is consistent.  A search of the Surry and Sussex County Deed books and other court records at the genealogy room of my library gives me lots of information on Rose family members and even a couple that refer to Archibald, however, the dates are not lining up as they should with my ancestor.

And so it goes. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Wedding Wednesday - Happy Anniversary

                                                    Happy 62nd Anniversary Mom & Dad