Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday's Faces From the Past: Baxter Jordan 1842 - 1896

Baxter Jordan, Sergeant, Company C, Alabama 24th Infantry, CSA
Baxter Jordan was photographed wearing a state-issue seven button fatigue uniform prescribed after the earlier AVC regulations.  The shell jacket, probably made at Mobile, is light grey with darker facing color (a medium blue for infantry) on cuffs, collar and cloth shoulder straps.  The kepi appears to be dark blue, bearing the brass letters "DB" for "Dixie Boys."  His musket is a M1816 with cone-in-barrel conversion probably captured (January 1861) inventory from the Mount Vernon Arsenal with locally made russet leather US pattern accoutrements.  The rectangular belt plate is gilded, obscruing the surface detail.

From Pickens, Alabama, Baxter Jordan enlisted in the "Dixie Boys" at Navy Cove near Ft. Morgan as company 4th Corporal.  Archive records are lacking, but Jordan apparently ended the war as a sergeant, later moving to Whiteville, Arkansas, and living until at least 1890.*  The 24th Alabama served in the Mobile fortifications and later marched with the Army of Tennessee from Murfreesboro to Atlanta.  The regiment was decimated at Franklin, the survivors fighting at Bentonville and surrendering with Joe Johnson in April 1865.

From the book History & Families of Baxter County, Arkansas

*Baxter Jordan died July 21, 1896 in Baxter, Arkansas.  He is buried at Cooper Creek Cemetery, with is wife Mary and their four children.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Mystery Monday: Seaborn James Carter

Seaborn James Carter was born in 1826 in Putnam, Georgia, the son of George W. Carter and Meheney Waller.  The family lived in Monroe County, Georgia for sevearl years, where Seaborn married Amanda Curtis, a young woman whose mother was half-Cherokee, in 1851.  They moved to Tallapoosa, Alabama, along with the rest of the Carter family, before 1853, where Seaborn and his father and siblings made a living as farmers.  When the Civil War broke out, Seaborn served as a Private in the Alabama 4 Battalion Cavalry.

After the war ended, he returned to his family and farmed in Randolph County.  In 1880, Seaborn, Amanda, and ten of their 20 children were living on a farm in Marshall, Alabama. 

After 1880, the story of Seaborn becomes somewhat murky.  According to a remembrance by one of her granddaughters, Alice Lindsey, Amanda no longer lived with Seaborn after 1881; Alice didn't know if he had died or they had separated.  Seaborn is shown as owning property in Marshall County in 1883 and being present at his daughter's wedding in 1886.  This is the last record found for him.

Not until May of 1898 is there any mention of Seaborn in family records.  In a letter dated May 1, 1898, his daughter Georgia Ann wrote to her Aunt Josephine (probably the widow of Seaborn's brother Nolin) regarding her father's death.  No date or cause of death is given, but the will was was probated in Blount County, Alabama in May 1898.  He named several of his children as his heirs, but there is no mention of Amanda, who is still living at the time.  His burial place is not known; presumably it is somewhere in Blount County.  Between 1886 and 1898, there is no record of him, so his whereabouts during those years are a mystery.

We would have to assume that Seaborn and Amanda separated at some point after 1880 and lived separate lives after that - she lived until 1925 and is buried at Christiana Baptist Church Cemetery in Randolph, Alabama, along with three of her children.  

Monday, January 19, 2015

Mystery Monday: Frances Lavona Blevins Death in 1904 - Mystery Solved

In October, I found among the documents in the Dawes Packet of my step-grandfather's family, testimony relating to the death of his mother, Frances L. Blevins.  Frances had always been a mystery to me; she was never spoken of and my mother and grandmother sometimes said that she had died a suicide at a young age, but we were never able to pinpoint a date or cause of death.  I wrote about partially solving the mystery through the Dawes testimony.  Frances did indeed die young - only 23 years old.  She had divorced her first husband, Robert Berry, and taken their youngest child, a baby girl named Maud, while Robert kept the two boys, Wes and Lee.  Frances then remarried to William Maberry.  Little Maud died the day before her first birthday, in August 1903.  Frances apparently made a request to Robert after that to see her two sons, which he denied.  She must have been despondent about her children (and possibly about her marriage; Mr. Maberry had twin girls with her sister three months after Frances's death).  In April of 1904, she took her own life, which I confirmed through this newspaper clipping from The Weekly Examiner in Bartlesville, Indian Territory.  (The article reads as if she was separated from Mr. Maberry, however, her first husband was the father of her children.)  I don't know the means by which she died, and Oklahoma didn't issue death certificates routinely until several years later.  POSTSCRIPT:  I found another article in The Weekly Examiner dated April 9, 1904 regarding Frances's death (unable to get a clear picture, unfortunately). Frances died of poisoning, having drunk carbolic acid.

Frances is buried at Dewey Cemetery in Dewey, Washington County, Oklahoma, not far from the graves of her husband and sister. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #1 Mary F. Rose

Mary F. Rose, born about 1832 in Lunenburg, Virginia, the daughter of Archibald Rose and Elizabeth Mason Holloway.  Mary was the sixth of Archibald and Elizabeth's seven children.  Her elder sister, Louisa, was married at 18 to Henry Gary, a widower twelve years her senior.   Henry was already the father of five; he and Louisa  they had two children together - Mary, born 1845, and Thomas, born 1850, before her death about 1851. Her sister Mary then married Henry before 1853.  They had two sons, Hartwell (Henry) in 1853, and Charles in 1856.   Mary was 21 at the time of her marriage; Henry was 45.  While she did inherit her sister's children with her marriage, Henry's older children were either grown or living with their mother's parents.

I've come across several instances of women marrying their sister's widower.   It seems to have been a common practice at the time, I suppose in the interest of making sure children were cared for, and keeping property and money in the family.   It also seems to have been a family tradition; Louisa and Mary's mother, Elizabeth Holloway, had been married to a James Rose before her marriage to Archibald.  It doesn't appear that Archibald and James were brothers, but I'm certain there is a family connection.  Since marriage was traditionally not necessarily a romantic relationship, and women had few rights to property or options for living outside of marriage (or under the roof of a male relative), it makes sense that they would choose to make a marriage that would allow them to keep whatever property rights they may have had, as well as making sure their sister's children were well taken care of.

Mary outlived Henry, who died between 1860 - 1870.  In 1870, she is living in one stepson's household, and in 1880, in another.  She doesn't appear on any census records after 1880, so she presumably died some time after that date. 

Saturday, January 3, 2015


In the past, my research has been a "little" disorganized, and while I have made progress in organizing the various branches of my tree, I do still tend to get distracted easily.  I can start with a goal to find specifics about one person and end up in an entirely different place.  So this year I have made a plan to take one family line per month, and work on it.  I've pretty well exhausted all online, and some on site, record searches on direct ancestors, so I'm beginning to search for more information about their family members - children, siblings, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, cousins - in an effort to see if these people can bring me around to my direct ancestor.  Coincidentally, I saw a post from Amy Johnson Crow, on her blog, No Story Too Small, about declaring this year her year of "collaterals," and why searching for them can bring you the information you seek on someone you directly descend from.

This month I'm searching for the Rose family, and specifically, more information about my 3rd great-grandfather, Archibald Rose of Virginia.  I've corresponded in the past with Christine Rose at the Rose Family Association, and as I understand it, she is pretty much the definitive authority on the family in the United States.   Unfortunately, that didn't really bring any answers - I'm thinking that this may be the year for DNA testing to see if I can connect to anyone else.  There were two Archibald Roses living in Virginia and North Carolina during the same time period, and they keep getting tangled up in research.

Another mystery I would love to make progress on is how my paternal grandmother came to be in an orphanage in Atlanta.  Her adopted sister found her adoption records back in the 1930s and I'm hoping I may be able to find something in the records of Fulton County or Habersham (where her adopted family lived) that might point me toward where, and possibly who, she came from.  The orphanage burned down in the 1920s, taking all their records with them. 

So my January blog posts should be about my research, and hopefully progress! in finding out more about Archibald and his family.  I would love to find out if he was the immigrant ancestor to this country and how the family came to be here.

City of Richmond VA Tax List, 1791