Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Friday, December 9, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Davis McGee, Jones, Georgia 1817

I previously published the will of Davis McGee (Jr.), who died in Perry, Alabama in 1855.  (  His father, also named Davis, was born in Somerset, Maryland in 1746 and moved south with his family in the early 1790's.  He and some of his siblings settled in Jones and Hancock counties, Georgia, where they were prosperous planters.  Davis died in 1817 and left the following information regarding slaves in his will:

To his son, Davis, he left one negro woman called Grace, one negro woman called Sall, and her increase, one negro boy Stephen, and one negro girl called Pate.

At his wife Penelope's (Shockley) decease, he willed his daughter Charlotte Lloyd (wife of Levi Lloyd) one negro girl called Mary.  He left his son Richard a negro boy called Nemrod, to be given to him after his mother's death.

Penelope McGee died shortly before her husband.  Charlotte McGee's husband Levi, and her brother Richard, both moved to Mississippi, where they died after the Civil War.  Davis McGee moved to Alabama; his wife and children also survived until after the war.  None of the slaves willed to him by his father are listed among those in his 1855 will. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of James G. Heard, Jefferson, Mississippi 1811

James Heard was born in Virginia in 1775, the son of Bernard Heard and Nancy Germany.  The family moved to Elbert, Georgia, where James married Ann Lanier Darden in 1805.  He died in 1811 in Jefferson, Mississippi, where many of the Darden and Heard family members had relocated.  James was only 36 at the time of his death and it appears he died without a will and with numerous debts.  Listed among the appraisal of the estate are the following slaves:

One negro wench named Nan at three hundred and fifty dollars
One negro girl named Maria, 6 years old, valued at one hundred dollars
One negro girl named Such? (Susan), 4 years old, valued at sixty dollars
One negro boy named Simon, 2 years old, valued at fifty dollars
One negro man named David, 30 years old, valued at five hundred dollars
One negro girl named Cate, 20 years old, valued at four hundred dollars
One negro boy named Ben, 20 years old, valued at four hundred and fifty dollars

 The papers later show that in January 1813, the following slaves were sold as part of James Heard's estate:

David, a negro, was sold at the sum of $112.00
Ben, a negro, was sold at the sum of $111.00
Jepe, a negro, was sold at the sum of $101.00*
Nan, and three children, Maria, Susan and Simon, were sold at the sum of $300.00

*The above negro, Jepe, was  exchanged and gotten by the admin. of the Estate (Hiram Baldwin) in lieu of rate mentioned in the appraisal of estate.

Hiram Baldwin later sells the slave woman Nan and her three children to James Heard's son, James, when he comes of age in 1826.  

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Rebekah Lodge, Marble, AR 1912

This photo is The Rebekah Lodge, the women's branch of the International Organization of Odd Fellows, taken in 1912.  My great-great-aunt, Mary Elizabeth "Bessie" (Stroud) Floyd, is the fourth from the left on the back row.  I believe this photo was published in the Madison County (AR) newspaper. 

Bessie Stroud was one of four children of William "Buck" Stroud and Cinthia Caroline Forrester, born in 1870.  She was the wife of Lewis Floyd and the mother of three; her eldest child died at age five in 1895.  Bessie and Lewis Floyd ran the Hotel Floyd in Marble, AR (also called Marble Hotel) for many years, as well as running their own farm.

Bessie died in 1950 at the age of 79. 

Floyd family in front of the Hotel Floyd

Bessie & Lewis Floyd with children Olney and Eunice
Bessie Stroud Floyd

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Joshua Stanford, Columbia, Georgia 1836

Joshua Whipps Stanford, Jr.  of Columbia County, Georgia, died in 1836 and names the following slaves; to his (second) wife Louisa (Johnson) he leaves a slave man named Dock.  He also names the following slaves to be given to his wife and her* children:  Sally, Charity, Susan, Big Nancy and her child Lewis, Cloe (?) and her child Robert, Little Nancy and her child Willis, Chaney, Minty, John, Obed, Jerry, and Caroline.  *I have not been determined if Louisa had also been previously married and had children. 

Joshua had children from his first marriage and names the following slaves to be left to them; to his son Oliver Perry H. Stanford, he leaves Joe, Amy and Alfred.  To his daughter Maria Farr, he leaves Dolly, Nelly and Lewis. (Maria's husband William Farr is shown as having 26 slaves on the 1850 slave schedule, and 24 on the 1860 schedule.)  To his son David, he leaves Sarah, Albert and George.  To his daughter Harriett Harris (wife of John Broadnax Harris), he leaves Harriett and Ben.

The will was probated in Columbia County in October 1836.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Hardin Dudley Runnels, 1789 - 1839, Madison, Mississippi

Hardin Runnels was a native of Elbert, Georgia.  He married Martha Darden and they had six children, one of whom was Hardin Richard Runnels, the sixth governor of Texas.  Hardin D. Runnels left the following will, probated in Madison, Mississippi, probated June 1829.



Hardin D. Runnels - Will

I the Name of God, Amen.
I, Hardin D. Runnels of the County and State aforesaid being sick in body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do by these presents make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit:
I resign my body to the grave, and my soul to Almighty God who gave it.

I wish all my just debts and contracts paid.

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha B. Runnels four Negroes such as she may wish to select out of my slaves.

I give and bequeath unto my son Edward S. Runnels the following Negroes, viz: Harry, Luce and three children named Louiza, Rosa, Anne, and Henry, Lucinda and two children named Daniel and Gabriel Washington, Ann and one child named Mahala, Frederick, Craddock, Jane and Charles, fifteen in number.

I give and bequeath unto my son Hiram A. Runnels the following Negroes, viz: Juba, Lethe and two children named Cassandra and Elizabeth, Kite, Emeline, and two children named Tabitha and Isaac, Buck, Mulinda and one child, named Lucy, Joe, Elizabeth and one child Jacob, in case the woman let he given above who is now pregnant shall have a child not to live until the 1st of January next. It is my wish that my son Hiram A. Runnels receive a negro child in lieu thereof the age of one or two years from amongst my slaves not otherwise disposed of.

I give and bequeath unto my son Hardin R. Runnels fifteen Negroes when he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years of the same value as near as can be of the two lots given to my sons Edmund S. and Hiram A. Runnels.

I give and bequeath unto my son Howell W. Runnels fifteen Negroes, when he shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years of the same value as near as can be the two lots given to my sons Edmund S. and Hiram A. Runnels.

I give and bequeath unto my wife Martha B. Runnels eleven Negroes of the same value together with the four Negroes given heretofore as near as can be of the two lots given to my sons Edmund S. and Hiram A. Runnels during her natural life or widowhood.

It is my wish and desire that the property not given away shall be kept together on the plantation where I now reside until my son Howell W. Runnels shall arrive at the age of twenty-one years unless by consent of all parties they agree to sell said lands.

It is my wish and desire that William Porter in case he should go to Texas should have the use of my negro girl now in Texas as a slave so long as said negro shall live, also to have the use of all my tools in Texas of all kinds.

It is my wish after all the legacies have been given off and my debts paid, the balance of my Estate to be equally divided between my wife Martha B. Runnels and my four sons, Edmund S., Hiram A., Hardin R., and Howell W. Runnels.

I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my beloved wife Martha B. Runnels Executrix and her to select others a sufficient number Executors of this my last will and Testament to see that the same be faithfully fulfilled.

Given under my hand and seal this 25th day of June. 1839

William Rayner
A. Voinard
James B. Slade

Probated September Term of Court, 1839

Friday, September 16, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Washington Darden, 1781 - 1830, Madison, Mississippi

Washington Darden was born in Elbert, Georgia and moved to Mississippi, along with several family members, in the early 19th century.  He died in March 1830 in Madison, Mississippi, and left the following will at his death,

Will of Washington Darden
Will Book A, page 2

In the Name of God amen.
I Washington Darden being weak in body but of sound mind and perfect memory knowing the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make and ordain and seal this as my last will and testament in the words and form following to wit:
Item 1st     I assign my body to the grave and my soul to the care and protection of Almighty God who gave it.

Item 2nd    I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann Darden our __ of my estate both real and personal to wit: seventy three acres of land lying in the counties of Madison and Hinds also one half of a town lot in the town of  Fa__ Jefferson County in the possession of P. Williams together with twenty two negroes (To wit: Tom, Hanna, Ellen, Charlotte, Joseph, Nacy, Bill, Ratan, Andy, Allen, Zachary, Jim, Wilks, Carter, Leany,  K__, Jane, Elly, David, Jack, Rob, Classey. I do furthermore give and bequeath to her two hundred and fifty dollars, money that I have now in my possession.

Item 3rd    I do also give and bequeath to my children to wit: Evelina B. Reed,  Martha A. Darden, Elizabeth Darden, John M. Darden, Allen S. Darden, George D. Darden, Mary Jane S. Darden, also my ___ Machall Walton son of P__ H. Walton ____ ____ ____ ____    Machall ________ ________ all the remaining ______ of my ________ ________ and tenements to be divided equally ___ among them by valuation as they may become of lawful age or marry and the property not to be ____ in any other
____ and the ___ or portions allotted to my daughters to wit: Evelina B. Reed, Martha Ann and Elizabeth M. J. Darden.  I do also give and bequeath to them and their heirs or heirs of their bodies.

Item 4th    The tracts or parcels of land containing the farm, outbuildings wherein I now reside is not to be divided until the youngest child becomes of lawful age or marries.

Item 5th    I do also give and bequeath to Soaky and Elijah who not mentioned in with above list of slaves their freedom at the marriage, pleasure or death of my wife Ann Darden.

Item 6th     I do also give and bequeath to the heirs of John B. Doat [?] of the County of Jefferson one negro man slave by the name of Jock together with all the stock and furniture belonging to ___ that they hold in their possession.

Item 8th    I do appoint , constitute and ordain Caleb Reed and Joseph Vickers executors to my estate and my wife Ann Darden executrix clothed with full power and authority to all in this my last will and testament.  Madison County State of Mississippi February 22nd 1830.
/s/ W. Darden
Witnesses- H. O. Russell, J.R. Kilborn, David Bailey 

Ann Darden died three years later, in February 1833, and only directed that her estate be divided equally between her surviving children, without listing any slaves by name.  

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday - Glenn O. Colwell

Glenn Colwell was the son of Glenn and Sarah (Moore) Colwell, born in Pike or Spalding, Georgia in 1831.  Glenn was married to Polly McKneely in 1852 and they became the parents of five children over the next ten years.  The 1860 census lists Glenn as a farmer - 1st year, in Spalding, Georgia.

Glenn enlisted in the 53rd Georgia Infantry in April 1862.  He was captured at Sharpsburg in September of that year and later exchanged.  He died of pneumonia at Lynchburg, Virginia in May 1864 and is buried at the Confederate Cemetery there.   A stone in his memory was placed at Rehobeth Baptist Church in Griffin, Georgia, the church attended by his widow and children. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Heard Family, Elbert, Georgia, Part 4: James Devereaux Jarratt, M.D., 1789 - 1844

James Jarratt, born in Georgia in 1789, was a physician in Elbert, Georgia.  He married Suzanne Heard in 1825, and she died several months later after having given birth to their first child.  He married Jane Jack in 1829 and had three children.  He died in September 1844 and listed the following slaves in the inventory of his will:

To his wife Jane, he left the following slaves:

Tom, age 30, and his wife Lucinda, 28, and their children:
   Cloe, 14,
   Casee, 12
   Oliver, 10
   Richmond, 8
   Jefferson, an infant
Juda, 50
Frances, 15

To his daughters Sarah Ann and Cintha Eliza, and his son James Jarratt, all minors at the time of their father's death, the following slaves, to be held by his wife Jane, until the children reached adulthood or married.*

Joy, a man, 40
Henry, 38
Daniel, 46
Mark, 27
Jacob, 33
Randle, 26
Medleton, 25
Pern (?), 25
Dave, 32
John, 32
Bedford, 25
Adam, 24
Andrew, 34
Simon, 23
Will, 13
Wilson, 13
?rash, 12
Cyrus, 11
Peggy, 44
Lucy, 9
Margaret, 8
Martha, 7
Fancy, 15
Mora or Moira, 20
Rena, 15
Sophy, 27
Lucy 4
Hannah, 3
Matilda, 2
America, 1
Jincy, 20 and her two children
Evaline, 26
Mary, 11
Charity, 9
Jesse, 8
Sally, 7
Columbus, 6
Louisa, 13
Edy, 40
Lucinda, 2
Mary Ann, 8
Robert, a child
Pamaly or Parmuly, 2

*James Jarratt, Jr. died some time after 1850; Sarah Ann married Porter Ingram in 1848; Cynthia Elizabeth married Henry Malone Jeter in 1853.  Both of these men died after the Civil War.

Jane Jack Jarratt died some time before 1860, when her estate showed 30 slaves on the 1860 slave schedule.  I have not found a copy of her will.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Heard Family, Elbert, Georgia. Part 3: Will of Singleton Walthall Allen, 1791 - 1853

Singleton Waltham Allen was the husband of Jane Lanier Heard, daughter of Stephen Heard.  He was a wealthy planter in Elbert County with an estate worth of $60,000 (close to $2 million in 2016) in 1850.  He died in 1856 at the age of 62, leaving a large family to inherit his estate.

After his death, most of his property and his 175 slaves were sold.  All of the buyers were family members.  The slaves were sold in lots and were inventoried in his will as follows:

Lot #1(sold to Young L. G. Harris, son-in-law of Singleton Allen)
Gib, a man, age 47
Daphney, his wife, 37 and child Lavonia
Amelia, a girl, 17 and her child Giles
Henry, a boy, 13
Biddy, a girl, 10
Robert, a boy, 7
George, a boy, 11
Sarah, a girl, 9
Amy, a girl, 6
Reas, a boy, 5
Emmeline, a girl, 2
Cuffee (?), a man, 41
Moses, a man, 22
Samantha, a girl, 8
Simon, a man, 40
Doctor, a boy, 17
Pleasant, a boy, 16
Lindsay, a man, 23
Antoinette, a woman, 20

Lot #2 (sold to Rebecca Allen, daughter of Singleton Allen)
Isaac, a man, 50
Mary, a woman, 30, and child Jo, 2
Matthew, a boy, 14
Andrew, a boy, 10
Lucy, a girl, 6
Roberta, a girl, 12
Simeon, a boy, 9
Shadrach, a boy, 4
George, a man, 37 (a pilot)
Letty, a woman, 60
Judy, a girl, 12
Edney, a woman, 27 and child America
William, a boy, 9
Lucinda, a girl, 4
Linda, a girl, 3
Abram, a man, 21
Emily, a girl, 17
Jim, a man, 28
Charly, a man, 65
Judy, a woman, 45
Calame, a woman, 57
Butter, a man, 55

Lot #3 (sold to Gerard M. Allen, son of Singleton Allen)
Lewis, a man, 43
Harriett, a woman, 36
Louisiana, a woman, 19
Eleanor, a girl, 14
Miles, a boy, 16
Ginnett, a girl, 9
Solomon, a boy, 4
David, a man, 22
York, a man, 26
Nelly, a woman, 24
Johnson, a boy, 8
Barney, a boy, 4
Harrison, a boy, 2
Jerry, a man, 26
Eliza, a woman, 30, and her child, Walter, 14 months
Peter, a boy, 8
Monroe, a boy, 6
Antoinette, a girl, 4
Mary, a girl, 12

Lot #4 (sold to William M. McIntosh, son-in-law of Singleton Allen)
Peter, a man, 29
Safronia, a woman, 25, and her child Matilda
Biddy, a girl, 7
Thomas Jefferson, a boy, 6
Susan, a girl, 3 1/2
Katherine, a woman, 55
Eliza, a girl, 18
Riney (?), a girl, 11
King, a boy, 7
Rachel, a woman, 20
Edmund, a man 53
Abram or Sam, a boy, 13
Wilson, a boy, 15
Eliza, a woman, 62
Russell, a man, 19
Lucy, a woman, 50
Peter, a boy, 17
Leana, a girl, 13 1/2
Thornton, a boy, 9 1/2
Kit, a boy, 6

Lot #5 (sold to George Williams, son-in-law of Singleton Allen)
 Louisa, a woman, 58
Milly, a woman, 37
John, a man, 35
Jane, a girl, 18
Cynthia, a woman, 33
Stephen, a boy, 14
Nancy, a girl, 12
Jeptha, a boy 7 1/2
Delia Ann, a girl, 4 1/2
John Henry, a boy, 3
Madison, a man, 36
Malinda, a woman, 38
Asa, a boy, 14
Margaret, a girl, 12
Hannah, a girl, 9
Phil, a man, 70
Joe, a man, 28
Katherine, a woman, 26
Matilda, a girl, 8
Riley, a boy, 6
Adam, a man, 60
Chloe, a woman, 74

Lot #6 (sold to Jane L. (Heard) Allen, widow of Singleton Allen)
Jim, a man, 35
Malinda, a woman, 32 and her child, Mary, 8
Jim, a boy, 11
Elizabeth, a girl, 9
Wm. Henry, a  boy, 7 1/2
Albert, a boy, 6
Martha, a girl, 4
Rosena, a girl, 2
Izzy, a woman, 35 and her child, Sarah, 9 months
Frances, a girl, 14
Robert, a boy, 7
Henry, a boyo, 4
Eugene, a boy, 2 1/2
William, a man, 24
Elsey, a woman, 15
George, a man, 20
Willis, a man, 22
Hannah, a woman, 25 and her child, Moses, 1
Katherine, a girl, 4
Susan, a woman, 45 and diseased
Rachel, a woman, 70
Rinery (?), a woman, 65 and diseased

Lot #7 (sold to Milton Comer, son-in-law of Singleton Allen)
Seaborn, a man, 54
Betsy, a woman, 40 and her child
Indiana, a woman, 20
Martha, a woman, 18
Mincy or Wincy, a girl, 16
Wyatt, a boy, 14
Louisa, a girl, 11
Milton, a boy, 9
George, a boy, 7
Erskine, a boy, 5
Fanny, a girl, 3
Jim, a man, 54
Pinsy or Pansy, a woman, 32
Antoinette, a girl, 16
Jane, a girl, 14
Frances, a girl, 13
Milly, a girl, 11
John, a boy, 9
Jackson, a man, 20

Lot #8 (sold to George R. McCalla, son-in-law of Singleton Allen)
Elijah, a man, 35
Mary Ann, a woman, 30 and her child, Gilbert
Milledge, a boy, 12
Beatrice, a girl, 10
Dorcas, a girl, 8
Susan, a girl, 6
Rincy, a girl, 3 1/2
Henry, a man, 29
Angeline, a woman, 25
Henrietta, a girl, 7
Sharlotte, a girl, 5 1/2
Laura, a girl, 3
Bedford, a man, 23
Joanna, a woman, 21
Oliver, a man, 19
Parthena, a woman, 16
Adaline, a woman, 21 (?) and her child, 1
Mahaly, a woman, 39
Mary, a girl, 3 1/2
Ritter, a woman, 65

Friday, August 26, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Heard Family, Elbert County, Georgia, Part 2: Will of John Adams "General" Heard

John Adams "General" Heard (1793 - 1829) left the following inventory of his 58 slaves in his will, probated in March 1829:

Jack, a man                                     
William, a man
Barbara and her child, Jacob
Lucy, a girl
York, a man
Armistead, a man
Henry, a boy
Jim, a boy
Estes and her child, Desdamona
Orry, a girl
Sarah, a woman, and her children:
   Polly, a girl
   Jack, a boy
   Graves, a boy
Mariah, a woman, and her child, Nathan
Roll, a man
Clark, a boy

Simon, a boy
Mary, a girl
George, a boy
Sophia, a woman, and her children:
   James, a boy
   Jackson, a boy
Dennis, a boy
George, a man
Simon, a man
Monday, a man
Hunter, a man
Rachel and her child, Jeremiah
Lucy, a woman, and her children:
   Mary, a girl
   Alsey, a girl
John, a boy
Susan, a woman, and her children:
   Jack, a boy
   Burr (?), a boy
Violett, a woman
Flora, a girl
Ellick, a boy
Marian, a girl
Mary, a girl
Harriett, a girl
Hannah and her child, William
Tom, a boy
Lucinda, a girl
Sam, a man
Zachariah, a man
Fanny, a girl
John, a man
Hagan or Hagar (?), a woman
George, a man
Harry (?), a woman
Lolly, a woman and her children (unnamed)

John Heard was unmarried and had no children to leave his estate to.   His brother Thomas Jefferson Heard, was executor of his estate. After John's death, he hired out his slaves as follows:

From December 1829 until December 1830, slaves are hired out as follows:

Simon to Wm. M. Bowman
Denis to H. D. Tucker
John to Lemuel Banks
Ellick to Zach Bowman
Mary to Zach Bowman
Harriett to Elizabeth Heard
Orry to Thomas J. Heard
Violet to Peter Butler
Little Mary to Jeremiah Nash
Hunter, Lucy and child to Wm. F. Briver (?)
Monday, Rachel and child to A. Hammond
Susan and child to John Downer
Clark to Zach Clark
Simeon to Joseph Davis
Sophia and 3 children to Jase (?) Downer

Hired from December 1829 until February 1830:

Armistead to B. C. Wall
George to Wm. M. Bowman
Henry to D. B. Hudson
Roll to Hiram Jones
Jim to A. Hammond

Slaves sold on February 1, 1830 in Elberton, Georgia:

Armistead to Joseph Downer
York to William M. Richardson
George to William Pulliam
Roll to Hugh McGehee
Sam to Benjamin Houston
William to Jeremiah Thornton
Jack to S. W. Allen
Jim to Christopher Orr
Henry to S. H. Tucker
Sarah and 2 children to Stephen White
Hannah and 3 children to Stephen Tucker
Ester (?) and child to ? Tate, Jr.
Mariah and child to B. C. Cook

Monday, August 22, 2016

Mystery Monday: Mystery Solved - Who was Marion Francis Chapman?

My great-grandmother, Sarah Elizabeth Sparks, was married to my great-grandfather, William Farley "Farl"  Stroud, on Christmas Day 1898, in Madison, Arkansas.  She was 24 years old at the time of what was thought to have been her first and only marriage.  It was only after my mother looked at the old family Bible, that she saw entry for a marriage to a man named Marion Francis Chapman.

In October 1892, Sarah had married a man named Marion F. (Francis) Chapman in Madison County.  His birth and death dates are entered in the Bible, along with their marriage date.  This is all the information we had about him; Sarah never spoke about this man or their marriage.  According to the Bible entry, Marion Chapman died on May 23, 1896, three and a half years after their marriage.  The only other clue we had to this previous marriage was a letter of dismissal for Sister Sarah Chapman from The James River Baptist Church of God, dated December 1896, six months after her husband's death.

The James River runs through southwestern Missouri, so I began by searching the counties around it for a Chapman family.  Obituary and death record searches did not bring any results; and although I did find Chapman families in the southwestern Missouri area, I couldn't make a definite connection and the mystery remained unsolved.

Recently, an article was found in The St. Louis Post-Dispatch regarding the death of railroad worker near Springfield, Missouri in May 1896.  The man is identified as "F. M." Chapman, but the date of death is the same as that entered in our family Bible.

Train Went Over Him
F. M. Chapman, a Memphis Section Hand, Killed
Found With His Head Crushed
A Foot Also Cut Off - Said to Have Been Overworked During the Flood

F. M. Chapman, a section hand employed by the Kansas City, Fort Scott and Memphis railroad, was killed last night near Turner, a few miles east of this city by a passing train.

Reports of the accident received by the railroad company do not give did not give details and it is not yet known what train did the work.  Coroner Ormsbee left for Turner at 1 o'clock this afternoon, and an inquest will be held over the body.

The body was found by passenger train No. 2, the one that left this city (Springfield) at 5:15 this morning going east.  The dead man was found with a deep gash in the head where the skull was fractured, which had caused immediate death, and one of the feet was cut from the body by the heavy trucks.  These were the only marks on the body.

Chapman had been regularly employed by the Memphis Company and during his life made his home near Turner.  The recent rains, which have washed away and caused so much damage to the railroad's property at Turner had kept the entire force of section men working day and night, hunting and repairing dangerous places.  Chapman is said to have been on duty for three days and three nights, which caused a supposition that, totally exhausted, he fell asleep on the track and was not awakened by the approaching train that killed him.

 An inquest was held (I have found the index, but not the actual record) and presumably, his death was ruled an accident.  I have not found an obituary for him.  Based on the information, I was able to find his burial place in Webster County, with his parents and sister, making a definitive connection to his family.  Looking further back at them, I found his grandparents living in Madison, Arkansas in the late 1800's. Perhaps Sarah met Marion when he was visiting his family in Arkansas, or possibly through her brother Hiram, also a railroad worker who lived in Jasper, Missouri. 

Based on the records and Sarah's church dismissal letter, I assume she returned to her parent's home in Arkansas after her young husband's death. Hiram Sparks was married to Farl Stroud's sister, a family connection that probably led to their marriage.

Sarah and Farl were married until his death in 1939; they had three children, including my grandmother, Easie Mae Stroud.  Sarah died in June 1949 at the age of 74.

Farl & Sarah Stroud wedding picture 1898

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Heard Family, Elbert County, Georgia, Part 1: Will of Barnard Carroll "Major" Heard 1787 - 1827

Stephen Heard, born in Virginia in 1741, was a revolutionary war hero and briefly, the 8th governor of Georgia.  He was awarded nearly 7,000 acres of land in north Georgia (Wilkes and Elbert counties)  for his service in the revolutionary war, where he built a home called Heardmont and became a prosperous planter.  Stephen's life was saved by two of his slaves during the war.

The wills of some of Gov. Heard's sons and his daughter's spouses contain inventory lists of the slaves they held.  Below are some of the inventories of slaves belonging to the Heard family.

Barnard Carroll "Major" Heard (1787 - 1827).  His brother, Thomas Jefferson Heard, was made guardian of Barnard's minor children, and oversaw the estate until they were adults.  Some of the slaves were hired out (leased). 

Dated December 1837, promises to pay Henry Bourne for the hire of a negro woman named Jinny and her child, Milly.

No date, lists the following slaves:

Bill, Jim, Peter, Jinny, Chloe and her two children, Levy, Milly, Lucinda, Aaron, Dali (?).

Dated 1839, Thomas Jefferson Heard, guardian of Barnard Heard's children, lists the following negroes to be hired out:

Rose and her 4 children to Thomas J. Christian
Cloe and 1 child to Thomas J. Christian
Bill to Zodoe (?) Smith
Peter to Henry Bourne
Ginny and 1 child to Henry Bourne
George to Wiley Dennard
Jim to Robert Hester


Peter and wife Ginny and child to Jos. Jones
Rose and 2 children to Jos. Jones
Bill to Jos. Jones
Jim to Jos. Jones
Silvy a girl to Jos.  Jones
Lucinda to J. M. Kimbee
George to H. Bourne

Dated 1841, lists the following slaves and who they hired out to:

Bill to H. (Henry) Bourne
Jim to R. Goulding
Peter to H. Bourne
Jinny to H. Bourne
Chloe and her two children to H. Bourne
Silvy to H Bourne
Milly to H. Bourne
Lucinda to H. Bourne
Rose and her four children to H. Bourne
George to B. Smith
Easton to R. Hall

Barnard Heard's children all died after the Civil War.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: McGee Family, Alabama 1855

Davis McGee, born in Jones, Georgia in 1794, died in Dallas, Alabama in June of 1855.   He owned a large cotton plantation in Plantersville, and is shown on the 1850 slave schedule with 50 slaves in his household.  The inventory of Davis McGee's estate, probated in June of 1856, showed the following slaves (some names were hard to make out).  The documents were contained in the Alabama Wills & Probate Records on

1 man Dennis
1 man Andy and his wife Pat
1 man Andrew
1 woman Rosetta and her child Nancy
1 man ?ath and his wife Mariah
1 man Stephen
1 man Willie
1 woman Marina
1 man Archer (blacksmith)
1 woman Malinda
1 man Piffin (?)
1 woman Martha
1 boy Jerry
1 boy Albert
1 girl Hester
1 girl Alisin (?)
1 man Benjamin
1 woman Lucy
1 man John
1 man Jacob
1 woman Jain and child Angelina
1 man Will
1 boy Major
1 girl Betsy
1 girl Safrona
1 boy Henry
1 boy Alexander
1 boy Jim
1 boy Jno (?)
1 man Lewis
1 woman Liza and her children
1 girl G?ham
1 boy Tom

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Davis's son, Commodore Decatur McGee, died in October of 1855 in Shelby, Alabama, leaving the following information in his will.  The 1850 Slave Schedule had listed 10 slaves in his household.

1 Negro boy Henry
1 Negro boy Eli
Sold to J. P. West
1 Negro boy Peter
Sold to L. Williams
1 Negro woman America
1 Negro woman Charlotte
Sold to T. A. Goodwin
1 Negro man Tony and his wife Margaret
Sold to Jas A. Peeples

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Friday, August 5, 2016

Family Recipe Friday: Lemon Ice Box Pie

A recipe from Grandma's cookbook titled "Judy Johnson's Ice Box Pie."  This is a delicious, refreshing pie for hot summer days.  An alternative to the vanilla wafer cookie crust would be a graham cracker crust. 

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Vanilla wafer cookies

3 eggs, separated
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Zest of 1 lemon
1 can sweetened condensed milk
Pinch of salt

Line the bottom of a 9” pie plate with vanilla wafer cookies. 

In a bowl, beat egg yolks until foamy.  Add milk, beat well.  Add the lemon juice, salt and zest and whip to a cream.  Pour filling into cookie-lined plate.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Make a meringue using the egg whites and 3 tablespoons of sugar, beaten until stiff peaks form.  Spoon on top of filling, spreading to seal, and bake in oven until the meringue begins to brown, about 10 - 12 minutes.  Watch carefully to prevent burning.

Refrigerate pie for 24 hours before serving.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Will of Handy Waller, Putnam, Georgia 1846

Handy Waller was a prosperous cotton planter in Putnam, Georgia in the early 1800's.  When he died in 1845, his son, Dr. Isaac Waller, executed his estate with the following slaves being accounted for as a part of his property:

Mimsy and her child
Dilly, a girl 8 or 9 years old*
Sarah, a girl 8 or 9 years old
Billy, a boy 3 or 4 years old
Larson (?), a boy 17 or 18 years old
Lenny (?), a boy 15 or 16 years old
Jordan, a boy 9 or 10 years old
Simon, a boy 3 or 4 years old
Sylva and her child 2 years old
Flora, a girl 17 or 18 years old
Gus, a boy 7 or 8 years old
Elbert, a man 26 or 27 years old
Hariett (?), a girl 13 or 14 years old
Auda (?) and her child
Hannah, a girl 11 or 12 years old
Susan, a girl 11 or 12 years old
George, a man 44 years old
Elisha, a man 23 years old
Jeff, a boy 12 or 13 yeras old
Tom, a boy 14 or 15 years old
Elijah, a man 23 or 24 years old
Austin (?) 40 and his wife Kizz 40 years old
Clary, a girl 9 or 10 years old
Ludy, a man 48 (?) years old
Betsy, a woman 22 years old
Susan, 35 or 40 years old
Ava, a girl 10 or 11 years old
Reuben, a boy 8 or 9 years old

*Dilly was named specifically to be deeded to Handy's daughter, Martha. 

The 1860 slave schedule showed Isaac Waller with over 30 slaves in his household.

The 1870 Putnam County census shows a number of African American families with the surname Waller and the first names of many of the slaves listed in Handy's will.  The ages do not always exactly match the ages given in the will, however, strict records were obviously not kept for the birth of slaves.   Pages 173 and 174 of the Putnam census in 1870 show several families named Waller living in the Eatonton district, including Reuben Waller.  

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Friends of Friends Friday: Audley Harrison Bills of Sale, Warren County, Tennessee

Audley Harrison was born in Virginia in 1791 and moved to the then wilderness of Warren, Tennessee before 1820.  The following bills of sale for slaves are found in the Warren County, Tennessee Deed Book, 1814 - 1896. 

Know all men by these presents that I Oliver Towls (Fowls) of the state of Alabama Have this day bargained and sold unto Audley Harrison, a certain negro man Buck, a slave for life, for the sum of five hundred and fifty dollars, the Receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and do by these presents bargain and sell said Buck, aged about 25 or 6 years.  To have and to hold said boy Buck to him said Audley and his heirs forever, and I do hereby warrant the title to said boy and that he is sound in all respects, both in body and mind, as witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of December 1840.  
(Book M, page 295)

Know all men by these present that we Aaron Burleson and Lucinda Burleson is wife, formerly Lucinda Forest, now this day bargained sold and by these presents do claim and sell and convey, for and in consideration of the sum of six hundred and fifty dollars to us in hand paid, to Audley Harrison of the same county and state, a certain negro woman named Rose, aged about 18 years, of black complexion and her child Esther, aged about 10 months.  We do covenant to and with the said Audley Harrison his heirs and assigns that we warrant and forever default to him and to them to the said Rose and her child Esther against the claim of all manner of persons.  We further covenant that the said Rose and Esther are slaves for life and that they are sound healthy and sensible.  This 5th day Sept 1842.
(Book O, page 5 - 6)

Know all men by these presents that I John W. Brinks of the county of Warren, Ten. for and in consideration of the sum of Six Hundred fifty dollars to me in hand paid by Audley Harrison have this day bargained and sold and by their presents do bargain and sell to the said Harrison a negro man of Black complexion named George.  I warrant the said negro to the sound healthy and sensible and to be a slave for life and I further warrant the title to the said negro to the said Harrison against the claims of all previous, this 19th day of December 1848.
(Book Q, page 193)

When Harrison died in 1852, he willed slaves Tout (?), Jepe, George, Clara, Sarah and Esther to his widow, Elizabeth; this is surely the same Esther he purchased as an infant with her mother Rose (Rose is not listed).  George is probably the man he purchased in 1848.  He left a slave named Lenor to his son Alexander, a man named Jack to his son Thomas, a woman named Mandy to his daughter July, and a woman named Philis to his daughter Mary.

Audley Harrison will
Audley Harrison estate inventory
Harrison's will was disputed; the case eventually made it to the Tennessee Supreme Court in 1871, at which point the slaves in these documents would have already been freed. 

Monday, June 27, 2016

Sartin Family: Spanish Flu Pandemic 1919

Arch Sartin (third from left, top), Lucy Stodsgill Sartin (far left, seated) and Ira Sartin (far right, seated) all perished in the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918-1919

The photograph above, of William & Nancy (Gilbert) Sartin and their children, along with their spouses and grandchildren, was taken in Jackson, Alabama about 1916.  William Sartin would die a year later, crushed by a falling tree while cutting timber.  The little grandson he is holding, Robert, child of his son Bill, who was born an "invalid," died in January 1918. 

Two years after this photograph was taken, the Spanish flu pandemic would strike the United States and would take several members of the Sartin family.  Arch Sartin and his wife, Lucy Stodsgill, died a day apart in January 1919.  His brother Ira died six days later, just one month after his youngest son was born, leaving three young children.  The five children of Arch and Lucy Sartin (with the exception of the baby seated on Lucy's lap in the photo; she is not accounted for after 1916) went to live with their mother's brother and his family.  Ira Sartin's widow remarried just seven months after his death, to a widower with several children of his own.

The first wave of the flu struck Alabama in September 1918, with 25,000 cases appearing within a week.  Within two weeks, 37,000 cases were reported.  The first wave was not as deadly as the second, during which deaths spiked in January 1919.  A report sent to the U.S. Public Health Service during the pandemic said that "...[Doctors were] overwhelmed with work [and] were handicapped by inadequate transportation and two days behind in making calls; many patients . . . had been sick in bunk houses and tents for several days without nourishment, or medical and nursing attention, the sanitary conditions of the bunk houses were deplorable; the mess halls were grossly unsanitary and their operation much hampered by the lack of help; the existing hospitals were greatly overcrowded with patients; and patients were waiting in line several hours for dispensary treatment, and were greatly delayed in obtaining prescriptions at the pharmacy. The epidemic was so far progressed that the immediate isolation of all cases was impossible."  Another report said "We worked like dogs from about seven in the morning until the last patient of the day had been checked in or out-usually about 10 o'clock that night. The men died like flies, and several times we ran out of boxes to bury them in, and had to put their bodies in cold storage until more boxes were shipped in. It was horrible."

The Sartins were undoubtedly only one of the many Jackson County families struck by the pandemic.  Nancy Gilbert buried two sons and a daughter-in-law within a week of each other.

Friday, June 17, 2016

52 Ancestors: Capt. William Tucker 1589 - 1644

My newest genealoby project is researching my earliest ancestors in America; I was surprised to find that I have several who were among the earliest immigrants to this country and were among the settlers in Jamestown.

Capt. William Tucker was born in England in January 1589, the son of John Tucker, a clothworker,  and Alice Pelham.  William was a merchant, which would indicate he had risen several levels above his father socially.  He was an early investor in The Virginia Company and had kinsmen that made the trip to the Virginia colony before him.  The book Colonial Virginians and Their Maryland Relatives: A Genealogy of the Tucker Family (Norma Tucker, pub. 1994) says that William arrived in Jamestown, Virginia in 1610.  Another account says he came aboard the "Mary and Thomas" in 1610 with the fleet that brought Lord de la Ware to the colony.  Others show him arriving in 1618 and 1620, as the Captain of the "Mary and James."  If he immigrated in 1610, he would have arrived at the end of The Starving Time, when many of the Jamestown settlers died of starvation and Indian attacks.  I think it's more likely William arrived later; however, he may also have made trips back and forth during that time period.  He appears to have married Mary Thompson in 1618 in England and she followed him to Virginia in 1623, along with three of her brothers, on the "George."  William is also a member of the House of Burgesses (for Elizabeth City)  in 1619, so he was certainly in the colony before 1620.

After an Indian attack in 1622, William was placed in charge of Elizabeth City's inhabitants.  In May 1623 he led an expedition up the Potomac to rescue some male colonists the Indians had captured. He was given authorization by the Governor to board departing ships to detain debtors attempting to leave without paying their debts and to levee taxes on tobacco.  In 1624, William patented 150 acres on the James River in Elizabeth City, where he and his wife, their infant daughter Elizabeth, and 18 servants (including Mary Tucker's brothers) resided among three residences and a palisades.  William appears to have held a position of authority in Elizabeth City over the next few years, making a number of court appearances, settling debts and disputes.  He made several voyages between the colony and England over the next few years and was in England in 1639, where he said he had been detained for three years due to charges made by Sir John Harvey.  (Harvey was Governor of the Virginia Colony and appears to have charged several prominent people of overstepping their authority.)

Unfortunately, there are some less admirable incidents in the life of William Tucker.  He was involved in an infamous incident where natives who had come to sign a peace treaty were served poisoned wine.  At the end of negotiations, William proposed a toast with the wine poisoned by Dr. John Potts.  Two hundred Powhatan Indians died from the poison and 50 more were slaughtered, ending the threat from the Indians to the colonists.

William Tucker also has the (dubious) distinction of being the owner of the first black American born in the Virginia colony.   William came to Virginia with two African indentured servants, Antonie and Isabelle; their son William, born in 1624, was the first black child born in Virginia.   Antonie and Isabelle were among 22 African servants who were brought to Virginia with settlers.  

William and Mary had at least four children:  Elizabeth, William II, Mary and Thomas (some accounts list more children).  He made his will in London in 1642,  leaving his estate to his sons William and Thomas, and his daughter, Mary (no mention is made of Elizabeth, indicating she had probably died).  His will also names a wife named Frances; I have found no marriage record, but this would indicate that Mary Thompson was dead and William had remarried.  The will says that he is soon to sail for Ireland.  This is the last record for William.  His death is recorded as having been in Elizabeth City, with burial in the Tucker Family Cemetery, and also as being at sea off the coast of Ireland.  The Tucker Family Cemetery in Hampton City, Virginia does list William among those interred there. 

Family Recipe Friday: Four Bean Salad

Published in the July 18, 1980 Nowata (OK) Daily Star

This type of bean salad was a staple at summer covered dish suppers during my childhood.  This particular recipe was published in the Nowata Daily Star's annual recipe edition, when local cooks had their best recipes published.

Four Bean Salad

1 cup canned cut green beans, drained
1 cup canned cut yellow wax beans, drained
1 cup canned kidney beans, drained
1 cup canned garbonzo beans (chickpeas), drained
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/2 cup thinly sliced onion

Combine the beans in a large bowl.  In a medium saucepan, mix together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt and pepper.  Heat, stirring constantly, until the sugar is dissolved; pour over the beans and stir to coat.  Add onions, mix lightly but thoroughly.  Refrigerate overnight.  Serves 10 - 12