Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

I Took a Wrong Turn on the Stroud Road

I recently - finally - had my DNA testing done through ancestry.com, hoping to connect to other cousins researching our families.  This testing led me to discover that my Stroud research had taken a wrong turn.  An ancestor named John Stroud in South Carolina, mid 1700s, no wife, father of Joshua, who I (incorrectly, I now know) connected to a Stroud family of Irish immigrants in Chester, South Carolina. 

Fortunately, the genealogy community is always so ready to help guide you back on track, and a couple of connections I made through DNA testing have put me on the right road to my Stroud ancestors.  Still in South Carolina, but in Spartanburg.  Descendants of British immigrants to Virginia in the 1600's, who moved into the Carolinas, Tennessee, and Georgia (as did the other Strouds). 

I'm still wading through the DNA information and trying to understand exactly what to do with it all, but it's good to know that you are looking at the right people and the right information in putting together your story. 


Friday, March 18, 2016

Friday Faces From the Past

William M. Sartin (seated, 2nd to left), Elizabeth Gilbert Sartin, Eliza Jane Sartin Shavers (holding baby Agnes), Jackson, AL 1916

Somehow, this photograph was buried under a stack of videos (yes, VCR-style videos) that we finally got around to cleaning up.  And here was this treasure, a photograph of my late mother-in-law's family taken around 1916.  She's the infant being held in her mother's lap in the center.  Her grandparents are to her left, and I am assuming the other people are their children, with their spouses and children.  I've been able to contact a couple of the other descendants of this family to help identify everyone.

I should clean more often.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Those Places Thursday: CCC Camp at Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain, a national park north of Atlanta, has a number of walking trails that are used today by hikers.  During the 1930's, the park was the site of Camp Brumby, a Civilian Conservation Corps. camp.  The camp was home to about 200 men who created the trails we use today.

The remains of Camp Brumby are on one of the trails that is at the base of the mountain.

Foundation of the tool house

Entry to the education building. 

Unknown structure

Foundation of the bath house

Unknown structure near the mess hall/food storage area

Foundation of the Mess Hall

Foundation of Food Pantry
Four barracks were set in a field that was surrounded by the other structures. 

The men in the CCC were put to work planting trees, grass and creating roads and trails in national parks.  They were paid $30 a month, $25 of which had to go home to their families.  They had the opportunity to learn a trade, to continue their education and were trained in a quasi-military organization that helped prepare them for the coming war.

The CCC disbanded when the U.S. entered World War II and many of the "CCC boys" entered the military.  This park, like so many others around the country, was made possible in great part to the work they did then.