Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Liddia Kirkpatrick and Andrew Levi Foxworth

Liddia Kirkpatrick, born January 7, 1875 in Titus, Texas, was the daughter of John Silas Kirkpatrick, a Civil War veteran who moved his family from Georgia to Texas after the war.  On October 10, 1889, when she was just 14 years old, she married Andrew "Levi" Foxworth, age 44 (a year older than her father), also a war veteran.  Levi was born in Alabama in 1844 and served with the 57th Alabama Infantry, Co. D, enlisting in Ozark, Alabama.  He was wounded in the head at the Battle of Peachtree Creek in Atlanta in July of 1864, but presumably not seriously; he remained in the army until the end of the war the following year.  Liddie and Levi would have nine children together, the youngest born in 1914 when her father was 69.

Of course, the first question that I had was why on earth a young girl of 14 would marry a man older than her father.  The scenario reminded me of the book The World's Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All (by Alan Garganus), where a teenage girl marries a middle-aged Civil War veteran.  I looked to find any previous marriage for Levi, thinking he may have been a widowed father who needed someone to help him look after his children, but didn't find one.  He appears to have returned to Alabama after the war and resumed farming as a single man in Dale County.  How did they meet - Liddie grew up in northeast Texas, but did have one uncle living in Alabama - was she possibly visiting when they met?  I don't have the impression that any of the Kirkpatricks necessarily had money to use to go visit relatives.  Perhaps Levi was in Texas at that time.  I thought he may have been a friend of her father or uncle from the war, however, they served in different state's armies, so that doesn't seem likely.  Maybe a distant relative, but I found no such connection.  I haven't found a record of their marriage (the date comes from pension records), so I don't know if it occurred in Texas or Alabama.  This is one of those cases where an 1890 census would be so very helpful to piece together the story.  The next record is in 1899, when Levi applies for a pension in Dale, Alabama.  By now, he is the father of five young children, but claims he is unable to work due to "age, infirmity, paralysis, etc.", has no property and no income. 

By 1900, the Foxworth family is back in Texas, living near Liddie's parents. Levi is farming - more questions - if he couldn't farm in Alabama for the reasons listed in his pension application, how did he manage in Texas?  Possibly the older children were able to help or his wife's family, or maybe he wasn't as debilitated as he claimed.  At any rate, by 1910 they are back in Alabama, working a general farm in Geneva County, now with two more children.  The 1920 census has them living in Holmes, Florida, on the Alabama/Florida state line, with Levi farming - and two more children.  Eldest daughter Emma, now 29 and a widow, is living with them.  The constant relocating makes me think Levi didn't have a lot of success at farming, they seem to have moved almost every ten years.

I haven't found the family in the 1930 census, but Levi applies for a pension again in Camp County, Texas in October 1932 (this record indicates his previous claim was rejected).  He also states he has been a resident of Texas for 57 years, although this is clearly not the case.  I did search for other men with the same name, but unless other men with his name also had the same number of children with the same names and a wife named Liddie, it seems clear that the family moved around quite a bit in the previous years and didn't remain in Texas.  One of the witnesses who gives an affidavit on his behalf says that he knows Levi has lived in Texas for more than three years, which seems more likely.  This time his pension was granted.

In 1940, Levi (now age 95) and Liddie are living with their daughter Alma and her husband Becton Brown, in Gilmer, Texas.  Levi dies there in June of 1944, age 99.   The following month Liddie applied to continue receiving his pension, however, her claim was denied.  In order for widows to receive their husband's benefits, they had to have been born by January 1, 1875. Liddie was born one week after that date, and therefore, she was ineligible to receive the pension.

Liddia's letter requesting a pension

Liddie did receive $100 to help pay for Levi's burial, but presumably had to live the rest of her life being supported by her children.  Liddie died on October 9, 1950.  She and Levi are buried together at Enon Cemetery in Upshur County, Texas.
Dear Parents, Tho we miss you much, we know you rest with God

Liddie and Levi's story is one of many that I have been able to gather details on by reading the Confederate pension applications.  I am fortunate that Alabama and Texas have done a great job at making these records available in their entirety online; this isn't the case with every state.  It's so important to actually read through these records if you can.   I have found more details and information that have helped me put together the stories of some of my ancestors just with these records. 

Thursday, May 15, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - A Romantic Marriage

The Randolph (Alabama) Leader
Wednesday, October 1, 1902


Last Sunday afternoon occurred a marriage with enough of the romantic about it
to make it of more interest  than ordinarily attaches to such events. For some
time W.G. Holley had been planning to evade parental restrictions on the part
of the parents of a young lady whom he sought to make his bride, but not until
last Sunday was he successful in carrying out his heart's desire.  It was at a
singing at High Pine church that he met and eloped with Miss Daisy Waller,
accompanied by a few couples of select friends.  The party hied away toward
the south and first called at the home of Esquire S.N. Sledge, but his honor
was not at home.  Nothing daunting, however, the lovers proceeded down towards
Chambers county and a few minutes later they met Rev. H.J. Holliday, returning
from his appointment.  He was not long in grasping the situation and in
welding the nuptial bonds.  This was done in the public highway, the
contracting parties not alighting from their vehicles.

The happy pair are now receiving congratulations from their friends whom they
are receiving at the home of Mr. and Mrs. G.T. Sapp where they are stopping
for awhile.  The groom is a popular young man and the bride is the daughter of
Mr. S.S. Waller, a well known citizen of this county.

Eighteen-year-old Daisy Waller eloped with twenty-five-year-old William Glover Holley in late September 1902 "despite parental restrictions" on the part of her parents.  What her parents objections were is unknown, but the Holleys lived together for only 18 years before William died from asthma in 1920.  They were the parents of six sons and one daughter and made their home in neighboring Carroll County,  Georgia.  Daisy died in 1954, never remarrying, and they are buried together at the Bowden City Cemetery in Carroll County.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - Thomas Jordan, Quaker's new database of Quaker records has been a great source of information about my Jordan family line in Virginia.  Thomas Jordan, born 1634 in Isle of Wight, Virginia, is the first Jordan to become a Quaker.  His wife, Margaret Brashare (or Brasseur), was a French Huguenot Protestant who joined the Society of Friends when she was 16.  When she married Thomas two years later, in 1658, he joined her as a Quaker. 

Quakers often suffered for their beliefs in largely Puritan Virginia.  Thomas was imprisoned in 1661 for six months for holding a meeting in his house, and again later that year for attending a meeting in another house and "refusing to swear according to their wills and against the commands of Christ."  He was sent to Jamestown for ten months, leaving his wife "in a distressed condition, with a young child at her breast. . . which servant was kept nine weeks and released by order of the Governor." Upon his return, the sheriff took two feather beds, two feather bolsters, and furniture, as well as over 3,000 pounds of tobacco, ten head of cattle and an indentured servant with three years left on his indenture.

Thomas and Margaret settled in Nansemond County and had ten sons and two daughters between 1660 - 1685.  All of their names appear frequently in the U.S. Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, (a great source for finding names, dates, marriages, etc. ) as well as the other Quaker records on  The Jordans attended the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting in Nansemond County.  The children (with the exception of one son who joined the Episcopal Church later in life, and another who left slaves among his property when he died, indicating he must have left the Society of Friends, who were staunch abolitionists) continued to worship as Quakers, and two sons became ministers.  Thomas's memorial in 1699 is recorded in the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting :

1699, 10, 8.

Thomas Jordan of Chuckatuck in Nanesemond Co. in Virginia was in ye yr 1634 and in ye yr 1660 hee received ye truth & abode faithfull in it & in constant unity with ye faithful friends thereof & stood in opposition against all wrong & deseatful spirits having suffered ye spoiling of his goods & ye imprisonment of his body for ye truth sake & continued in ye truth unto ye end of his dayes is ye beleefe of us his dear w & ch above written He departed this life ye eight day of ye tenth mo on ye sixth of ye weeke about ye second hour of ye afternoon & was bur ye twelfe day of ye said mo on ye third of ye week in ye yr 1699. 

Margaret continued to be persecuted by the local authorities, who seized 120 pounds of tobacco for "priests dues and Church Rates" in 1701.  She died in 1708 in Nansemond, and her memorial, written by her son Samuel, appeared in the Chuckatuck Monthly Meeting:

Margaret Jordan, the daughter of Robert Brasseur, was born the 7th month in the year 1642 and was convinced of the Truth about 16 years of age, from which time she served an exemplary life in all her conversation until the day of her death and was a sufferer with my father both by confinement and the spoiling of their goods by the Adversaries of the Truth.  She was a good wife and also a kind neighbor.  About 63 years of age she was taken witha disposition of the body which continued near three years in which time she was much weakened.   A little before her death some friends came to see her to whom she signified her content and spake much of the goodness of God to her.  At 6 o'clock at night she died in remarkable quietness the seventh day of the tenth month in the year 1708 having lived about 66 years and survived my father about 9 years lacking 18 hours and was buried the 11th day of the aforesaid month.

Thomas and Margaret's burial places are not known; it could have been at the Chuckatuck Meeting House or on their own land.  Quakers marked their graves with fieldstones, if they marked them at all.  Later in the 1700's, many Quakers (including two of the Jordan sons) moved to North Carolina to escape the persecution they experienced in Virginia.  The Chuckatuck Meeting House appears to have disbanded about 1769.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Rachel Baird Stanfill

I recently found this picture of my 2nd great grandmother, Rachel Stanfill, grave in the Drakes Creek Cemetery in Madison, Arkansas.  Thank goodness for the kind souls who take the time to photograph these cemeteries and share their pictures online.  Some of my ancestors are in parts of the country I may never make it to, so this is certainly a great service for many of us.

Rachel was born in Whitley, Kentucky in 1825, the daughter of Lewis Millard Baird and Elizabeth Woosley.  Lewis later died in a Confederate prison during the Civil War because he was a Union sympathizer who refused to give up the whereabouts of his sons, who were Union soldiers.  Rachel was married to Milton Stanfill in 1842 when she was just 17.  They became the parents of 14 children and worked a farm in the Campbell, Tennessee area until Milton's death in 1887.  Rachel moved to Madison, Arkansas with several of her children, including my great-grandfather, Jesse Carl, who relocated in the Ozark Mountain area of northwest Arkansas.  She died there in 1910 at the age of 85. 
Milton Stanfill and Rachel Baird

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Thriller Thursday - Luther Bineham

Tuesday, May 4, 1915

Corpus-Christi Caller & Daily Herald 
Arthur Thomas Charged With Killing Luther Bineham Last Sunday Morning Was Given Examining Trial
State calls a number of witnesses to stand during the hearing – no witnesses for the defense were offered – Thomas released from jail.
Arthur (Red) Thomas last night was released under $1000 bond for appearance before the grand jury on a charge of manslaughter growing out of the stabbing and death Sunday morning of Luther Beinham near the ? transfer tracks, the account of which appeared exclusively in the Caller Sunday morning.
At the close of the examining trial yesterday afternoon, in which Thomas was charged with murder, County Attorney Taylor told the court that he believed the state had shown sufficient evidence to warrant holding him for the grand jury on such a charge and under the peculiar circumstances attested to by the State’s witnesses no more serious charge could be made and he suggested that bail be fixed within reason so as to allow the defendant to gain release pending the grand jury finding.
Sensational Case
(first paragraph unreadable)
The case was called in Justice Miles’ court yesterday afternoon at 2 p.m.  All preliminaries were waived by the defendant through his attorney (?) H. H. Russell, and the redress by the state was begun.  No witnesses were called for the defense.
Had Quarreled
Several witnesses were placed on the stand by the state, the defense ? itself for cross-examination.  ? ? the quarrel between the two men, Thomas and Bineham, over the latter’s alleged actions in returning to Mr. Thomas’s ?, when Bineham was slapped and knocked down and the subsequent (?) ? . . . resulted in death of Bineham from a knife wound to his chest, ? ?. 
A small crowed attended the proceedings.  Thomas entered the court with Constable ? ? . . .
When the blood-soaked clothes of the dead man were ? . . .
Chief Fowler Testifies
Chief of Police Fowler was the first witness.  He told of finding Thomas and Bob Shaw near the post office about three o’clock Sunday morning.  when Thomas called him to the automobile in which they were riding and told him, “I had some trouble with a man out here and I’m afraid I hurt him.  I want you to get somebody and go look it over.”
The witness said he ? the car and it was driven toward the police station.  Finding Assistant Chief White near the ?, the ? was turned around and driven toward the ?.  Thomas left the front seat to sit between Fowler and White on the way out.  He said Thomas there told him of having a fight with Bineham. 
At a point east of the tracks where the road leads under the tracks, the party left the car and was directed to Bineham’s body by Thomas, the witness stated.  The dying man was lying face down on the edge of the railroad ?, the body parallel to the tracks.  Witness said he rolled the body over and finding blood on the shirtfront, sent White for a doctor.  No account of any statement made at this time by the defendant was allowed by the court on the grounds that he was virtually under arrest, though not actually.  The Chief admitted during the argument of the attorneys on this point, that he would not have allowed the defendant to go then. 
He said that shortly thereafter, Dr. C. O. Watson arrived and after viewing the wound and feeling the pulse, announced that he “was almost gone.”
Doctor’s Testimony
Dr. C. O. Watson told of having been called to attend to a man whom he was told was hurt and whom he found at the place described by Chief Fowler.  The man, he said, was not breathing when he reached his side, but may have had a slight pulse.  He said he found a wound in the left breast just above the collarbone about a half inch wide.  He said he did not probe the wound or investigate farther because the man was then dead.  He said the blade very likely severed the jugular vein.
Undertaker’s Testimony
F. C. Allen, of ?-Allen Undertaking Company, said that he made an examination of the body within an hour of when it had been placed in the mortuary, and that he found besides the wound in the breast, a slight cut on the middle finger of the left hand and bruises about the face and body.  The breast wound, he said, was about a half in ch wide and ranged downward toward the right and center of the body and that he thought it passed through the jugular vein.  He said he believed the man died from loss of blood because of it. 
The left eye, he said, was badly bruised, both above and below, that the right eye was bruised, though not as severely, that below the lower lip and the point of the chin was another bruise, and that in the left groin there were marks of bruising as well.  No one of these, he said, were cuts.
He said the shirt and underclothing were saturated with blood and that the left hand bore the appearance of having been bloody, though most of this had been wiped off.
Witnessed Struggle
Ilene Westbrook, testified that she knew Arthur Thomas and that she knew Luther Bineham when she saw him.  Her testimony was subsequently as follows:
Bineham came to her house about two o’clock Sunday morning and called the house next door by telephone, asking for “Arthur,” and cursing.  The line was cut off and he left.  Going out, she asked why he was so dirty and he told her he had had a fight with Thomas and that Thomas had whipped him (Bineham) when he was drunk but that he “would get him yet.”  She watched Bineham go into the street in front of the house next door, cursing and calling “Arthur” to come out.  When a man came out on the porch of the house, Bineham was on the track above the street still cursing.  The man told him to go home and behave and that he would meet him Monday when he was sober.  She saw the man go up on the track, saw them meet and struggle.  Bineham fell, Thomas left him, going into the house.  Bineham arose, saying, “Yes, you’ve hurt me, but if I don’t die, I’ll get you yet.”
Another Woman Witness
Florence Anderson testified substantially, as did the other woman, but she said she heard one man say, while the two were struggling on the track, “I’m drunk, don’t hit me.”  After he fell, he said:  “You’ve cut me, but if I don’t die, I’ll get you.”  She said the man on the porch told the other on the track that if he did not go away he would cut his throat.
Testimony of Shaw
Robert E. Shaw told of finding Bineham about 2:30 Sunday morning, in the rear floor of the car he was driving for Thomas that night, of trying to get him out of the car and of calling on Thomas to help him get the man out.  He said Thomas made the man get out but that Bineham did so only with a struggle and cursing whereupon Thomas slapped him down.  He said he drove away then.  Coming back after a half hour to town, he said Thomas told him to go look around for Bineham and that if he did not find him they would go on out to the camp established by them about ten miles from the city.  He said he found someone sitting near the track but that he did not know who it was and told Thomas so.  Thereupon they went to town for the officers.
Bloody Clothes Produced
The clothes in which Bineham died were produced and made of record.  The shirt was saturated with blood in front and had a clean cut about a half-inch wide just below the left shoulder seam.  The collar was smeared and soaked with blood in two places near the front.  The underclothes were bloody.  The coat, a dark blue serge, had a half inch cut just to the left and below the notch of the lapel.  Stains of blood on this garment were not noticeable. 
No weapon of any sort was introduced, the subject of means by which Bineham was stabbed to death being broached only once during the trial.  There was no cross examination of one of the witnesses as to whether she could see with what the blow that struck Bineham to the ground was made.  She said she could not see in the dark and distance.
The trial was concluded at 5:45 yesterday evening.  Thomas was released within three hours after, bond being furnished upon signature by John Gant, E. G. Castleberry, George Kenedy, and Henry Shaw.

This newspaper article was difficult to read, but the gist of the story is Luther Bineham was killed in a drunken altercation with Arthur Thomas.  Bineham was just 35 years old, but had already lived a colorful life - he had spent some time in the state penitentiary in Huntsville a few years earlier, and seems to have moved around a great deal, working as a cook in restaurants.  Luther is buried at the Rose Hill Cemetery in Corpus Christi (where Thomas was later buried when he died in 1951).