Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Hush Puppies

Hush puppies, if you aren't from the south, are a delicious little fried dough ball.   The standard story of how they originated is that someone's granddaddy was sitting around the campfire on a hunting trip and the dogs were barking, so they threw them one and told them to "hush, puppy." 

Grandma's recipe

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Lewis Millard Baird

Lewis M. Baird was a resident of Campbell County, Tennessee during the Civil War.  He was a Union sympathizer and had four sons serving in the Union Army.  According to family stories, Lewis was taken prisoner by the Confederate Army in October of 1862 for refusing to take the oath of allegiance to the Confederacy.  He was sent to Salisbury Prison in Rowan, North Carolina, an old cotton factory that was converted into a prison during the war. 
In April of 1864, a letter was sent from a fellow prisoner at Salisbury, addressed to Lewis's son Samuel.

To the sons of Lewis M. Baird:

I, as a comrade of your father in prison, deem it my duty to write to you at this time, to let you know his present condition.  He is in the hospital and to all human appearance must soon be numbered with those who have been taken from the evils of this world.  There is no particular diseases apparent, but old age and confinement has done its work.  Having become acquainted with him soon after his arrest, and been with him ever since, he now seems like a father to me.  I can truly sympathize with you.  We have slept together and I have been able to obtain many little necessaries for him.  He has stood it very well until lately.  I have often heard him say that he would love to know how you all were and let you know how he was, but he never got to hear from any of you at home.

I have often talked to the old man upon the subject of religion.  He always expressed himself as being prepared, which is a great consolation.  I assure you that all that is possible for me to do will be done for your father.  Pray that God in His great mercies may spare him yet to return home.  He wishes for me to say if he does not live to see you in this world that you will strive to so live as to meet hm above where parting and sorry are no more.  

Very truly yours,

Thomas Cayton

Lewis died on May 11, 1864 and is buried with an estimated 5,000 other Union soldiers on the grounds of Salisbury prison.  This plaque is at the prison:

Friday, February 15, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Cherry Cobbler

From the July 1980 recipe insert in the Nowata Daily Star, Nowata, OK. 

Tip:  That second cup of sugar is a killer.  You can leave it off unless you like super sweet desserts.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday - Samuel Woosley & Phebe Bailey

Samuel Woosley and his second wife, Phebe Bailey, were among the first settlers in Grayson County, Kentucky, moving there from Halifax, Virginia in the early 1800s.  They had twelve children, in addition to the two children from Samuel's first marriage to Elizabeth Francis. 

Both Samuel and Phebe are buried in the Dan Woosley Cemetery Pioneer Cemetery in Grayson. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Sunday's Obituary - William & Martha Jordan

William Baxter Jordan, born in Virginia in 1808, and his wife, Martha, born in Alabama in 1821, were among the first settlers in Marion (now Baxter) County, Arkansas.  William was the father of my great-great grandmother, Sarah Jordan Rose.  Until a few days ago, I believe that Martha was also Sarah's mother; when I found this obituary and did some additional research on William and Martha, I found that William was married before to Miss Mary Phaup of Virginia in 1829, and she was the mother of Sarah and another daughter, Mary.  He married Martha Gammill in 1838 and had five additional children.  Sarah and her sister Mary remained in Alabama after the rest of the family moved to Arkansas after the Civil War, when much of his property was destroyed.  Sarah met and married my great-grandfather, Thomas Archibald Rose,  when he was a carpenter living on the family property; they had married in 1851 and made their home in Alabama for the rest of their lives.  The Jordans became quite prosperous in Arkansas and remained there until William's death in 1897 and Martha's in 1900. 
Mountain Home Cemetery

Friday, February 8, 2013

Family Recipe Friday - Betty Budget

My grandmother's cookbook is full of recipes she cut out from magazines and newspapers.  At one time, the Nowata Star, in Nowata, Oklahoma, featured a column by Betty Budget, reprinting recipes sent in from readers and offering tips on cooking and general housewifery. Unfortunately, there are no dates on the newspaper clippings, but I'm guessing they would be from the 1940s - 1950s.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Catholic Presbyterian Church, Chester, South Carolina

In 1772, Reverend William Martin, the first ordained Covenanter (Reformed Presbyterian) in Ireland, together with about a thousand other Covenanters and some Roman Catholics, left Ulster on five ships; the James and Mary, Lord Dunlace, Pennsylvania Farmer, the Hopewell, and the Freemason.  They were bound for South Carolina, leaving to escape the discrimination they experienced from the Anglican church in Ireland.  Rev. Martin has received a call to settle in Rocky Creek; the majority of the group who traveled with him settled there, too.  They opened their own meetinghouse there in 1774 and when the War of Independence broke out, Rev. Martin openly supported the Patriots and urged others to do so as well.  Many of the congregants fought for the American side and are buried in the cemetery at the church.  The meetinghouse was burned down in 1780 and Rev. Martin was imprisoned for his support of the patriots.  A plaque stands in front of the cemetery now, with the names of the patriots who are buried there, many of whom were immigrants from Ireland, including my Stroud ancestors.
Facade of current building, built in 1842
Plaque of Revolutionary War soldiers

Monday, February 4, 2013

Military Monday - Hugh M. Heaslet

Hugh Heaslet was born in Alabama in April of 1839, the son of Benjamin Clark and Eleanor Rogers Heaslet.  He enlisted in the 10th Alabama Infantry, Company K in the summer of 1861. 
The 10th Alabama Infantry was organized in Montgomery in June of 1861.  Hugh would have just been 22 years old at that time.  They fought in many battles, including the battle of Antietam in September 1862 at Sharpsburg, Maryland.   The record from Chimborazo Hospital in Richmond, Virginia shows Hugh admitted in July of 1862 for "debility."  Debility being defined as a loss of strength, or being weak or feeble; perhaps he was recovering from an illness and was unable to serve at that point.  He was returned to service in August, and died at the battle of Antietam on September 17, 1862.  He left no widow or children, and his father Benjamin, applied for his pension the year after his death.  In April of 1863, Benjamin was legally declared Hugh's heir in Talladega County, Alabama.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Black Sheep Sunday - Alexander Bowden Dorsey

Alexander Bowden Dorsey in his CSA Uniform
Alexander Bowden Dorsey, born 1830 in Warren, Tennessee, is my 2nd great-grandfather.  While searching for some information about his daughter, my great-grandmother Drusie, I happened to come upon a story written by someone researching the family several years ago.  I had previously found an excerpt from a book on the history of northwestern Arkansas in which Alexander (and his father, Bennett) were mentioned in very favorable terms:

Alexander Dorsey,one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Richland Township, Madison Co., Ark., was born in Warren County, Tenn., in 1830, January 29, and is a son of Bennett and Ann (Dennis) Dorsey, who were natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. The father's birth occurred January 19, 1800, and he died in Madison County, Ark., when about [p.1090] eighty-three years of age. He became an early resident of Tennessee. but came to Arkansas in 1838. He was a farmer, and accumulated a fine property, which was lost during the war, his houses and barns being burned, and his property being destroyed. He was a Southern sympathizer. His wife was born in 1807, and died in 1886, being a worthy and consistent member of the Baptist Church. Twelve children blessed their union, Alexander being their fourth child. He made his home with his parents until his marriage to Lavina Hillis in 1854. She was born in Tennessee, and died about 1858, leaving two children, Mary E. and Joseph. December 29, 1859, Mr. Dorsey married Eliza Boyd, and their marriage resulted in the birth of four sons and four daughters. He is a prosperous farmer, being the owner of 860 acres of fine land, and one of the most extensive stock raisers in Madison County. In February, 1863, he enlisted in Company B, First Arkansas Infantry, Federal service, and was a faithful soldier until the close of the war. He is now a member of the G. A. R., and belongs to the Republican party.

What I stumbled on was a little less admirable:

From XX:  XX was the granddaughter of Alexander Dorsey and his second wife, Eliza Boyd, and lived to be about 90 years old before her death a few years ago (from 2005).  Evidently Alexander Dorsey was "quite the ladies man and liked the younger women."  It appears that Alexander Dorsey is the father of John Hunt Dorsey.  Here's the story:

Alexander was first married to Lavina Hillis; they had several children and Lavina died.  Alexander then married Eliza Boyd about 1854 (1859?) and Eliza had 11 children.  According to XX, Alexander was always "messing around with the younger girls."  Supposedly, he had several children with other women.  XX told that he got one young girl pregnant and the girl died giving birth to a daughter.  Alexander brought the baby home with him and told Eliza that she was going to raise the baby girl.  I suspect that this infant was either Mary or Betheni as appear below in the 1900 census, since they are only 1 year apart in age.

In the 1900 Madison County census, Richland Township, household #29 it shows:

Alexander Dorsey, age 70
Liza Dorsey, wife, age 63
Mary, daughter, age 31
Betheni, daughter, age 32
Jason, son, age 21

Then, two households down, in 1900 census, Richland Township, household #31:

Mary Goolsby, head of household, born Jan 1855, age 45, 11 children born, 11 children alive.
James Goolsby, son, age 21
Hunt Goolsby, son, age 18, born August 1881
Mandy, daughter, age 16
Sherman, son, age 14
Simanthia, daughter, age 12
Sherridon, son, age 10
Martha, daughter, age 8
Millie, daughter, age 6
Lincoln, son, age 3

According to XX, after the death of Alexander's wife Eliza, shortly after 1900, Alexander then married Mary Goolsby and all of Mary's children began using the name "Dorsey."  Why?  Because all of Mary's children were fathered by Alexander.  I'm not 100% certain, but I believe that Mary's children also shared in Alexander's estate.  Alexander died in 1908 and is buried in the National Cemetery in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  I assume that he served in the Civil War.

In Alexander's will he left property to "wife Mary Jane Dorsey etc. and on her decease to her and my joint bodily heirs, which are Hunt, Mary Richardson, Sherman, Simantha, Sheriden, Martha Worlsey, Millie Livania and Lincoln Dorsey.

Until I read this story, I didn't realize there had been a third marriage.   When I began investigating the 1900 census, I believe I found that the person who wrote this story was incorrect about the ages of daughters Mary and Betheni; Mary was Alexander's eldest daughter from his first marriage, born about 1856; Bethani from his second, born 1867.  The dates listed on the census record do appear to be 1868 for Mary and 1869 for Bethenie, however, Mary's age is listed as 41, which would have made her birthdate about 1859. 
So the story of the illegitimate daughter being brought home doesn't appear to be true. 

Alexander's third wife, Mary (Perry) Goolsby, is living two households away from the Dorsey family; Mary is a widow living with her nine children. 

She and Alexander married in 1902 and all the children except the eldest, James, took the Dorsey name.  Whether this is because Alexander is their biological father or they simply took his name after he married their mother, I don't know.  The wording of his will:  "wife Mary Jane Dorsey etc. and on her decease to her and my joint bodily heirs, which are Hunt, Mary Richardson, Sherman, Simantha, Sheriden, Martha Worlsey, Millie Livania and Lincoln Dorsey." does leave some question.  James Goolsby is apparently not named in the will.

Alexander died six years after his marriage to Mary Goolsby at age 78.  Mary died at age 69 in 1924, living with her son, Lincoln, and his family in Kansas.  I have not found a record of her marriage to Goolsby and one note I have seen indicates she was married twice before she married Alexander. 
Lincoln & Myrtle Dorsey's wedding photograph
Son Hunt was shot and killed by his father-in-law in 1913:

From newspaper Hindsville Democrat, dated 23 May 1913:


A deplorable tragedy occurred near Hindsville late Wednesday afternoon of last week when T.E. Turner killed Hunt Dorsey.  It was the culmination of a bad feeling that had existed between the parties for several months.  Dorsey, who was a son-in-law of Turner, blamed Turner with being the cause of the separation between him and his wife. This blame Turner denies and is sustained by his daughter, Dorsey's wife, in her divorce proceedings which finally resulted, her evidence eing that she and her father's family had not visited each other within two months immediately prior to the separation.  The trial was heard at the last February term of chancery court, but Judge Humphreys continued it until the next term for final decree. By a temporary order of the court, the children were awarded Mrs. Dorsey with the understanding that Hunt be permitted to visit them at all reasonable times and places.

Mrs. Dorsey has resided at her father's home since leaving her husband, and Dorsey frequently visited his wife and children before and after the divorce proceedings.  Turner says he had lost heavily by property being stolen and damaged during this time, which resulted in him using subpoenaed before the last grand jury and Dorsey being indicted for petty larceny.  And recently Turner swore out a warrant in justice court charging Dorsey with cutting a lot of wire fence on Turner's farm.  Dorsey stood trial and was acquitted of this charge.

The killing occurred at Turner's yard gate and in the presence of Turner's family and Ben Plummer, Dorsey's brother-in-law, who had accompanied Dorsey.  The weapon used was a double-barrel shotgun and  only one shot was fired, the full load striking Dorsey in the right breast.  The shooting was at close range, Turner being inside the yard and Dorsey attempting to enter the gate.  Dorsey lived about one hour.

Turner claims that he acted in self defense.  He did not attempt to escape but went to summon help to care for Dorsey and returned home, where he was arrested later by Constable W. R. Barren.  He was brought to Huntsville yesterday and placed in jail to await a preliminary trial, which will be held at Hindsville tomorrow.

Son Sherman died in 1934 when he pulled a knife on a sheriff's deputy after they had exchanged words earlier in the day, and was shot dead.

Sepia Saturday - Stanfill Family

L-R:  Donald Felix Stanfill, Cora May Stanfill, Tennessee Zelda Stanfill, James L. Stanfill, Benjamin Franklin Stanfill, Mary Frances Harrison Stanfill, Flora Stanfill, Ora Parlee Stanfill.  The man on the end (unnamed on back of photo) is probably John Dunn, a hired man that lived on the property according to the 1910 census.  (photo from, submitted by MillerMaggart)
A newly found picture of great-grand uncle James L. Stanfill and family, taken around 1910 in Lincoln, Oklahoma.