Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

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.