Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Family Recipe Friday: Purefoy Hotel Creamed Corn

Someone asked me several months ago to post the recipe for The Purefoy Hotel's  (Talladega, Alabama) recipe for creamed corn.  Sorry so tardy.  Here it is.

Purefoy Creamed Corn

12 large ears corn
1/2 cup bacon drippings
2 Tbs. butter
1/4 cup sugar
2 tsp. salt

Cut corn very lightly, then scrape with a dull knife.  Put in a porcelain lined vessel with four cups of boiling water and 1/2 cup bacon drippings.  Cook until half done, add butter, sugar and salt.  Cook from 30 - 40 minutes over slow heat, stirring constantly to keep from burning.  

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Saturday, December 19, 2015

52 Ancestors: Rachel Baird Stanfill 1823 - 1910

Photo from the Madison County Genealogical & Historical Society.  Seated:  Rachel Baird Stanfill.  Back  row:  Doyle McCarver, Bruce McCarver, Louisa Stanfill McCarver, Onno McCarver, William Stanfill, Lassie McCarver, Otto McCarver, Lewis Stanfill, Sallie Stanfill, Martha McCarver
Rachel Baird Stanfill, my great-great grandmother, was born in December 1823 in Whitley, Kentucky.  At that time, northeastern Kentucky was still a frontier; Rachel's father, Lewis Millard Baird, had moved there from North Carolina before 1819, when he married her mother, Elizabeth Woosley, who had recently come from Virginia with her family.  Rachel grew up with 11 siblings in the Cumberland mountains of southeast Kentucky.

Rachel married Milton Stanfill in 1842, when they were just both 18.  Milton's father had also come to Kentucky from North Carolina, and had a farm in Campbell, Tennessee (which borders Whitley, Kentucky), where Milton spent his childhood.  In 1844, Rachel and Milton had the first of fourteen children, a daughter named Nancy.  Eight more daughters and five sons followed over the next 15 years.  Two daughters, Hannah and Rhoda, appear to have died in childhood.

Milton had a prosperous farm in Jacksboro, Tennessee for the next few years.   When the Civil War broke out, he joined the Union Army and served in Co. B, Tennessee National Guard.  Like many in Upper East Tennessee, the Stanfills and Bairds were Union sympathizers and their men served in the Union Army.  Rachel's brothers also fought for the Union; in October 1862, while they were away from home, Confederate guards arrested their father, Lewis, because it was well-known that his family were Union sympathizers.  He was taken to Salisbury Prison in North Carolina, where he remained until his death in May 1864, refusing to ever take an oath in support for the Confederacy.

After the war, Milton continued farming in Campbell County until his death in 1887 at the age of 64.  In the late 1880's, the farmland in this area was beginning to be less productive, and Arkansas was offering free land in exchange for a commitment to farm it for five years.  Many of the Stanfills chose to leave Tennessee for Madison, Arkansas, a community in the Ozark mountains in the northwestern part of the state.  Some of Rachel's children chose to make the move; others remained in Tennessee (son Lewis moved to Arkansas, but later returned to Tennessee).  Rachel chose to go to Arkansas and by 1900, she was living with her sons Lewis and William in Richland Township, where they had a farm.  It must have been a hard choice to leave the only place she had ever lived, as well as many of her children and grandchildren, at a relatively late stage of life.

Rachel was living with her daughter, Louisa Stanfill McCarver, a widow, and Louisa's children in April 1910, when the census was taken.  Her son Jesse (my great-grandfather) and his family lived next door.  She died later that year at the age of 87.  She is buried at Drake's Creek Cemetery in Madison, Arkansas.  Milton is buried at Jacksboro Cemetery in Campbell, Tennessee.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday's Child: The Eatman Children

We know that childhood mortality was much higher a century or two ago and that many families lost more than one child before they reached adulthood.  Today I found the Eatman family of Mountain Home, Arkansas, descendants of my Jordan line.  Clem Eatman and his wife, Jane Jordan, were the parents of nine children.  Five of these children died when they were still young children.  The Mountain Home Cemetery, where Clem and Jane are buried, also has the resting places of these children.

Ida C. Eatman, born February 1873, lies next to her baby brother Henry, born August 1877.  Both Ida and Henry died on September 23, 1877. 

Mattie E. Eatman, born in January 1878, died just 9 months later in October.

Robert N. Eatman, born November 1882, died July 1853, aged 9 months.

Another child, possibly James, born and died in 1870, is listed as "Infant Eatman" with no stone.