Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Monday, June 24, 2013

Military Monday - Reuben McGee - 30th Virginia Infantry

Reuben Henry McGee
Reuben Henry McGee grew up on a farm in Spotsylvania, Virginia.  He was one of five brothers, and ten children of Reuben Henderson McGee and his wife, Margaret Sorrell.  The battle of Chancellorsville was fought on the family farm in Virginia.  Reuben was not there at the time; he was serving in the Confederate Army.  His parents and two brothers were there during the battle.  The McGee's were truly a house divided during the Civil War.  Reuben fought for the Confederacy and remained a die-hard Confederate throughout his life; two brothers served in the Union Army, another was a spy for the Union, and one refused to fight at all.

The farm remained in the McGee family for several decades after the war.  Reuben eventually moved to Fredericksburg and died at the Soldiers Home in Richmond in 1922.  The farm was later known as Ashley Farm, then Mullins Farm.  In 2002, development of the area was planned, but apparently never took place. There is an article at http://fredericksburg.com/News/FLS/2002/112002/11062002/780225/index_html?page=1 regarding the possible sale of the land.  The Civil War Trust has worked to preserve battlefields and there are several acres in Chancellorsville that are a part of it.  I haven't been able to find out if the McGee farm is part of that.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my dad and all the fathers who came before us. 

Dad - Harry Rose

Grandfather - Robert Rose Sr.

Grandfather George Stanfill & children Joyce Sue & Eugene

Great-grandfather Elbert Gunn Rose & family

Great-grandfather Spann L. Fuller
Great-grandfather William Farl Stroud & family
Great-grandfather Jesse C. Stanfill & family
Great-great-grandfather Milton Stanfill & wife Rachel
Great-great-grandfather Alexander Dorsey

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Those Places Thursday - CCC Museum at Desoto State Park, Alabama

I recently visited the new CCC Museum at Desoto State Park in northeastern Alabama.  Desoto sits in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains near Ft. Payne.  The Civilian Conservation Corps. was one of the work relief programs begun during the Depression that built over 800 state parks, as well as roads, buildings and forests  nationwide.  My father-in-law was a part of the Desoto CCC in 1938; he was from a farm family in southern Alabama and would have been about 23 or 24 when he worked at the camp.  Desoto has a beautiful stone lodge and cabins built during that era, as well as a bridge that was to span Straight Creek, but was left unfinished due to the outbreak of World War II. The CCC camps were closed as the young men left to join the military.
Men were paid $30 a month, $25 of which had to be sent home



An example of the mens dormitories



 DeSoto State Park's Facebook page contains many wonderful photos of the CCC camp and the men who worked there.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/DeSoto-State-ParkFort-Payne-Alabama/353666125257.

PBS also had a documentary on The American Experience several years ago about the CCC http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/films/ccc/.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Oakland Cemetery

I had the opportunity to visit Oakland Cemetery in downtown Atlanta yesterday.  I was looking for some specific graves of non-family members; unfortunately, I didn't locate them. (the cemetery does provide you with maps and will find the grave you are looking for, however, the sections and lots are not marked within the actual cemetery. It's very large and that makes it hard to find anyone if you aren't familiar with the layout.) But I completely enjoyed just walking around and seeing the amazing statues, mausoleums and graves.  And I'm going back in the fall, because walking around Oakland in the hot summer is not conducive to taking the whole thing in.



Confederate Cemetery

Unknown Confederate Dead Monument
Grave of "Gone With the Wind" author Margaret Mitchell