Family Histories

Family Histories for the Rose and Kirkpatrick Families

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.