Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Military Monday - William M. Lay, Teenage Revolutionary War Soldier

According to an article by Helen Lay Dalgleish, my fifth great-grandfather, William Marion Lay, spent many years later in life trying to get recognition from the government for his service in the United States Army during the Revolutionary War.  William and his brother Thomas served in the same unit during the war, and Thomas received recognition and a pension for his service.  William's application was denied because he was unable to produce anyone who could verify his service. 

William was born around 1860 in Halifax, Virginia (in his application, he stated that his father did not keep records on the births of his children, so he was unsure of his exact age).  He grew up in Wilkes, North Carolina, and said he enlisted in the "United States" army near Camden, South Carolina "after the taking of Charleston by the British."  He also said he had tried to enlist before under Col. Cleveland as a substitute for a Sam Tucker, but was rejected because of his age. 

In 1780, he enlisted as a substitute for draftee Benjamin Howard under Capt. Charles Gordon.  The regiment was marched to Salisbury, North Carolina, where they joined the Regiment of the North Carolina Infantry under Col. Joel Lewis.  They remained at Salisbury through the spring of 1781.  William recalled that he was assigned to guard Tory prisoners there.  The regiment was then marched to the Deep River, then the Haw River, where they spent the remainder of the twelve month enlistment period protecting that section of the country from the enemy.  During this period, William was among a group of soldiers who stumbled on the headquarters of Tory leader David Fanning and his men. 

Toward the end of the twelve month period, the regiment was marched back to Hillsboro, North Carolina, where they would be discharged.  William was taken ill "with fever and ague which was then prevalent in the county."  He became so ill he was given a furlough to return home; the rest of the regiment returned to Hillsboro and was discharged.  William's father went to collect his discharge papers, which William left in his care.  Unfortunately, he never saw them again.

After the war, William married Sarah Martha Duncan in Wilkes, North Carolina, then appears to have moved to Pendleton, South Carolina, back to North Carolina and then on to Wayne, Tennessee; his 1842 court appearance for recognition of his military service says he had lived there for 14 or 15 years.

Beginning in 1840, William made a series of court appearances to try to prove his service.  His brother Thomas had died by then and there were no living persons he knew of who could verify his service.  The discharge papers he left with his father had been lost or destroyed.  He said he retained two lawyers in 1841 to help him file the correct papers and the court said they returned them to him, but he apparently never received them.  His attorneys failed to show up for hearings and because he was illiterate, William had no one to help him read the papers that were sent to him. 

In the end, at about 83 years old, very feeble and nearly blind, he was still trying to obtain his pension from the government.  He was never able to prove his service and no pension was ever paid.  William died in May of 1843 and is probably buried somewhere near Collinswood, in Wayne County, Tennessee.  Martha had died three years earlier. 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Funeral Card Friday - Wesley Bryan Berry

Wes Berry, my mother's stepfather, was born in Indian Territory in 1897.  He died in Nowata, Oklahoma in 1981.

Treasure Chest Thursday - Schoolbooks

My grandmother saved some of her father, Farl Stroud's, schoolbooks and they are now with my mother.  It's seems pretty amazing to look at books that were used in the 1870s and 1880s.  I'm so glad that someone didn't toss them thought ahead to preserving them for those of us who came along later. 

 Grammar treats of language is written on the left page.

This seems to list the initials of all the Stroud siblings.  Perhaps they all used this book.  

Farl has written "W. F. Stroud Book" on this - on the right side he has "when this you see, think of me."  On the left I can't quite make out all of it, but it's a phrase that runs along the same lines - with a doodle of  flowers?  Perhaps this was something like a yearbook or somewhere that his friends and fellow students signed remembrances.  

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - Rose Family, 1910 - Vincent, Alabama

"Grandpa and Ma, Aunt Essie, Henry, J.D. and Anna Lillian Hatter.  Clara Bell is in Grandpa's arms."
This photo is of my great-grandfather, Elbert Gunn Rose, great-grandmother Sarah Anna Sanders Rose, their son Henry (on step), daughter Essie Louise Rose Hatter Bridgewater, and her children J.D. and Anna Lillian Hatter, and Clara Bell Bridgewater.  Taken in front of the family home in Vincent, Alabama, 1910.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Sunday's Obituary - William Farley "Farl" Stroud

William Farl Stroud Died
Tuesday After Long Illness

William Farl Stroud, age 73 and one of the most successful War Eagle farmers died at his home near McConnell Chapel Tuesday morning after several months illness.  Funeral services were conducted at the home at 1 o'clock and at the Alabam church at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Jake Drake, Chas. L. McElhaney and Jerry J. Simpson, and interment was made in the Alabam Cemetery.  The pallbearers were Herman Culwell, Mack Reeves, Ewell Seals, Burse Reeves, Dewey Harris and Mack Officer.  Arrangements were directed by the Bruce Brashears Undertaking Co.

Mr. Stroud was a native of Madison county and resided in same all his life.  He engaged extensively in farming and stock raising and was widely regarded for his industrious management of his farming affairs.  He was married December 25, 1898 to Sarah Sparks and is survived by her and three children, Earl Stroud and Mrs. Beulah Easterling of Huntsville and Mrs. Easie Stanfill of Nowata, Okla., also by one brother and two sisters, J.R. Stroud of Aurora, Mrs. Bessie Floyd of Marble and Mrs. Easter Sparks of Webb City, Mo.  

Madison County (Arkansas) Record, August 23, 1939

Friday, September 19, 2014

Family Recipe Friday - Never Fail Chocolate Cake

Originally published in the Huntsville (Ark.) Record, this is another recipe from my grandmother's cookbook, and a very tasty, moist chocolate cake. We've baked a few of these over the summer.

Never Fail Chocolate Cake

2 cups sugar
2 cups cake flour
½ cup cocoa powder
1 ¼ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup canola oil
1 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup hot water

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Mix wet ingredients, except hot water, in a separate bowl, then add to dry ingredients and mix well.  Add hot water and mix.  Batter will be thin.

Pour into a prepared 10 ½ x 15 ½ pan.  Bake for approximately 30 – 40 minutes or until tester comes out clean.


1 cup granulated sugar
¼ cup cocoa powder
¼ cup milk
½ stick butter (4 tablespoons)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients except vanilla in a saucepan and mix.  Bring mixture to a boil, boil for 1 minute.  Add vanilla, then beat the mixture until it cools (putting the saucepan in a bowl of ice water while you beat the frosting will cool it faster).  Spread over warm cake. 

This is a very moist cake.  You can sprinkle chopped nuts on top if you wish.

Recipe originally from the Huntsville (Arkansas) Record.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday - Alabama Highlands - CCC in DeSoto State Park

My father-in-law, Mack Kirkpatrick, was one of the CCC boys who built DeSoto State Park near Ft. Payne, Alabama in the 1930's.  The CCC built a lodge and a number of cabins in the park, as well as footpaths that are still used today.  While I was searching for information on the Civilian Conservation Corps., I found this video on youtube, showing the work being done in various parks around the state.  (There are similar videos for other parts of the country.)  While we don't know if Mack was one of the men shown in the video, it does give us a look at what their life was like there and the work they did. 

Wordless Wednesday - Sarah Ella McGee

Sarah Ella McGee (Hicks), Crawford, GA 1855 - 1924

Monday, September 15, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - Murdered by the Rebels

In October of 1862, Confederate forces under Brig. Gen. Joseph Wheeler took control of London, Kentucky and moved his troops into the Cumberland Gap.  This portion of southeastern Kentucky and northeastern Tennessee had a number of families who were Union sympathizers.  The Confederate bushwackers were on the lookout for men who were not in Confederate uniforms.

Squire Perkins was on Jellico Mountain in Campbell County, Tennessee, putting out salt for his cattle, when the bushwackers came by his home looking for him.  Not finding him there, they took quilts, chickens and a calf, then set out to find him.  When they found Squire, his brother-in-law Simon Snyder, and a friend, Clint Roe, they took the three men to Cherry Bottom, where they were accused of being Union spies because they were not in Confederate uniforms.  They were immediately hanged there (some accounts say they were shot, but family stories indicate they died by hanging) and left.  Squire's father William came by later and cut them down.   Squire and Simon are buried in Jellico Cemetery in Jellico, Tennessee.  Their grave markers say that they were murdered by the rebels.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014