This picture of my Uncle Albert Thomas Vaughan, Jr. and his nurse "Aunt Miley" was taken around 1908. Nurse Miley looks straight out of a Victorian novel.
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Monday, August 26, 2013
|1860 population schedule, Georgia, Gordon, Freemans|
In the 1850 census, Sarah and her husband P. L. Smith were living in Murray County, Georgia, and had two children listed in their census enumeration:
Lodeske J Smith, male, age 2 [born ca 1848]
Mary E Smith, female, age 1 [born ca 1849]
By 1860 the Smith family was listed as living in Freemans, Gordon County, Georgia, this time with four children:
Pemelia J Smith, female, age 12 [born ca 1848]
Mary E Smith, female, age 10 [born ca 1850]
Hendrix L Smith, male, age 8 [born ca 1852]
China A Smith, female, age 4 [born ca 1856]
Moving to 1870, the Smiths and their five children were now in Calhoun, Gordon County, Georgia:
Loduskey Smith, male, age 22 [born ca 1848]
Mary E Smith, female, age 20 [born ca 1850]
Hendrix L Smith, male, age 18 [born ca 1852]
Chinna Smith, female 13 [born ca 1857]
John D Smith, male, age 9 [born ca 1861]
By 1880 we find the Smith family now enumerated as living in Coosawatee, Gordon County, Georgia, son Henry [Hendrix] is now married and living near by, and only two children are still at home with Prior and Sarah:
Jane Smith, female, age 22 [born ca 1858]
John D Smith, male, age 18 [born ca 1862]
Sarah and Prior are finally empty nesters by 1900 where the census records that of her five children, three are living. Son Hendrix is living near by.
Widow Sarah Smith is living with her son Hendrix in 1910 and is still recorded as having three of five children living at that time.
Here's part of the mystery. What are the actual names of the children highlighted? If I trace the children according to their approximate birth years, it looks as if the same child is recorded as Lodeske J Smith, male in 1850, and Pemelia J Smith, female in 1860, a dramatic change in both name and sex. China Smith may also be the same person as Jane Smith, a decidedly less drastic change than Lodeske / Pemelia. Maybe the China A in 1860 was really China J who later was recorded as Jane.
I also wonder what happened to Lodeske / Pemelia after 1870. Was this one of Sarah's children who had died before 1900?
As for the whereabouts of Mary, Jane, and John Smith after 1880, it is like looking for the proverbial needle in a haystack with that combination of common names! I continue to search marriage records, cemetery records, census records and even online family trees to no avail. Maybe someday I'll stumble upon a few answers. Until then "The Case of the Changing Children" goes unsolved.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
|Image by Samuel Tan, uploaded to Wikimedia Commons|
From time to time, I have new information to add to some of my previous posts.
After hearing from several people who inquired about the photo of Calder Baynard Willingham, I e-mailed them a copy of the photo. I seemed to receive the most responses from the "Post It" notes I had added to family trees on RootsWeb.com where Calder's name and family were among their branches. One individual and I corresponded further. After I received a mailing address from this person, I was able to send the photo to its new home 1500 miles away. This person plans to post the photo on a family related website and may eventually send it on to a closer relative.
I had visited the T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogy Library in Greeneville, Tennessee, looking for original documents about a family marriage. Some time later, I was telling a friend about my trip. Turns out that T. Elmer Cox was a half-brother of her great grandmother and thus related to her. Small world!
I'm still looking for military information about my husband's uncle Louie Love Padgett. Our original request to the National Archives was returned with a form requesting more detailed information. It seems that his record may have been part of the large number destroyed in a fire in 1973, so they are looking at alternative records for these World War One veterans. There are a number of specific questions needing our input as well as a request for photocopies of any documentation we have. Glancing over the new questionnaire shows that we unfortunately have little new information to submit. We will send a picture of Louie's grave marker (showing his rank but not a military style marker) as well as photocopies of a page of the Emory University 1921 yearbook (listing his military service), a page from his passport application (indicating the military unit he was with in France), and his obituary (mentioning his National Guard service and rank) . Hopefully, this story isn't over.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
It is one of my favorite times of the year - that day in August when Family Tree Magazine posts its yearly list of "101 Best Websites". Here is the link to this year's great list.
I especially appreciate the way these best genealogy websites are organized by geographic areas as well as by topic. Included are the best sites are researching southern, northern, midwestern, and western states in the US. Some of the sites listed are familiar ones while others are new resources to me. I'm also going to be looking at some of the sites listed under the photo and mapping topic, especially those sites that provide access to historical maps.
It is definitely worth looking at this annual list from Family Tree Magazine. You'll probably decide to bookmark this list for future reference. I know I have.
Thursday, August 15, 2013
|"Exploration" by gnokii; openclipart.org|
Sunday, August 11, 2013
|Magnolia, photo by Alan on Flickr|
She became more real to me as I was looking at The Roster of Confederate Soldiers in Georgia. My intent was to see which of my relatives might have been serving in the Confederate States Army in a unit with my husband’s relatives. As I was taking notes of names and regiments to check within our family trees, I noticed my growing list of Hillhouse men serving in the Confederate Army.
|Name||Military Unit||Relationship to Nancy|
|Elijah Hillhouse||Co D, 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry||husband|
|Samuel W Hillhouse||Co D, 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry||brother-in-law|
|John Floyd Hillhouse||Co B, 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry||son|
|George Haynes||Co B, 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry||son-in-law|
|Robert W Hillhouse||Co B, 34th Regiment, then ransferred to Co D, 28th Regiment, Georgia Infantry||son|
|Thomas Nelson||Co B, 34th Regiment, Georgia Infantry||son-in-law|
Thursday, August 8, 2013
|1860 US Census, population schedule, Wild Cat District, Cherokee County, Georgia, USA|
(Hillhouse family outlined in blue, Putnam family outlined in pink)
I had to interrupt my husband's yard work to share my finding with him. Oh course, I was mentally doing my happy dance because I had just felt I would someday find something like this. Ever the realist, he asked what we would do with this information. This has lead to a few plans that could serve as answers to his question.
First, I decided to post about it. I see this as an example not so much of trying to prove what you think might have happened, but instead to be more aware of other people, relationships, or events that might become apparent when you are researching an ancestor.
Next, I'll be using HathiTrust Digital Library to look more closely at various regiments listed in the Roster of the Confederate Soldiers in Georgia. With so many relatives in my family and my husband's serving in the Confederate States Army in the companies coming from Cherokee County, Georgia, there may be members from both our families who served together in the same regiment or even the same company.
Later that same day, while looking through a Cherokee County Marriage Book. available online through the Georgia Virtual Vault, I noticed my 2nd Great Grandfather, William Hiram Dean, was listed as the minister performing a marriage. My husband's 2nd Great Grandfather, Elijah Hillhouse, was a Justice of the Peace in the same county at about the same time. Previously I had used the marriage books to attest to the names of spouses or the date of a marriage. Now I'll pay more attention to the minister's name or that of the Justice of the Peace who performed the marriage. There may turn out to be more family connections that occurred long before my husband and I ever met!
Finally, this had all been another reminder that these aren't just names on a census page. They are people. It is my husband's Great Grand Uncle Robert who had his spinster sisters Harriet and Elizabeth living with him for many years, even as he and his wife Semeline raised their three children. It is also my 3rd Great Grandfather Daniel Putnam, one of so many born in the Carolinas, lured to Georgia through the Cherokee Land Lottery of 1832 and the eventual resells of many lots, farming his land with my 3rd Great Grandmother Mary McConnell Putnam as they raised nine children. Real people with real stories worth celebrating.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
When researching your family history, one can never have too many trusted places to look for information. If you haven't visited this site before, I urge you to visit the HathiTrust Digital Library at www.hathitrust.org. It just may become one of your favorite sites.
For starters, as the website indicates on the opening screen, "HathiTrust is a partnership of academic & research institutions, offering a collection of millions of titles digitized from libraries around the world." The partnership has digitized over 10.7 million volumes, many of which are available for viewing in their entirety online The partnership itself is impressive - major universities, The Library of Congress, The New York Public Library, and others of similar stature.(1)
I became a fan of HathiTrust while looking for the complete Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, all five volumes, when I was researching my Second Great Grand Uncle Samuel Howard Dean. Some sources had parts of a few pages from specific volumes, but I wanted to find all five volumes so that I could refer to it for a number of my relatives as well as my husband's. All five volumes were digitized and available to download or else to read online through HathiTrust. I was surprised to see so many other genealogy / historical resources available considering the academic nature of the library's partnerships.
Since then, I have found myself returning to HathiTrust and finding other digital resources from an out-of-print genealogy of a 2GGrandparent (The Genealogy of the Benson--Latimer ... Families by Mary Benson Maxwell) to a listing of lumber yards in Manitoba which showed my grandfather as a purchasing agent for one of them. Both of these were available in full view online with digital images of the original pages and even the covers. The "search within" box helped me quickly find my information, even in a lengthy book. For resources with limited, search-only view, you have the opportunity to migrate to OCLC World Cat to see which libraries have that resource available. This makes it easy to consider using an interlibrary loan or to plan a visit to specific library to use that resource.
I'm using HathiTrust enough that I have established a free, "friend account". A friend account brings with it the ability to create personal collections of digital resources. My collection currently holds the five volumes of the Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia as well as Mary Benson Maxwell's Genealogy of the Benson--Latimer ... Families, resources I know I will be using in the future. One special benefit of setting up a collection is the ability to search within my entire collection for a name, location, or event. This has been particularly helpful in searching for names in the thousands of pages of the Roster of ... Soldiers volumes. Even without the friend account, I could still have this searching ability, just one volume as a time.
|Screen capture of my Genealogy Resources collection|
(1) HathiTrust. "Home Page." Database and images. HathiTrust. http://www.hathitrust.org : 2013.
Thursday, August 1, 2013
|T. Elmer Cox Historical and Genealogy Library|
Something else old, my reason for visiting the Cox Library was to hopefully locate more information about my husband's Great Grand Uncle, Humphrey Padgett. According to information I found in a variety of sources, Humphrey Padgett married Mahala Holston in Greene County in 1848. I went to the Cox Library to see if I could locate more than an index listing of their marriage.
Shortly after I arrived, the helpful lady in the library office pulled an index for me which listed this marriage. She asked if I wanted a copy of the county's paperwork for this marriage. Oh, yes! Within a few minutes I saw her walking toward the library's copier holding two pieces of brittle, tan paper with frayed edges - the original marriage bond and marriage license documents for Humphrey and Mahala. It is one thing to read historical facts in a published index. It is quite another to see the actual 165-year-old paper even if it was only for the length of time it took her to make my copies.
|Marriage License (inside) for Humphrey Padgett and Mahala Holston (copy)|
original housed in the T. Elmer Cox Library, Greeneville, TN
|Marriage License (outside) for Humphrey Padgett and Mahala Holston (copy)|
original housed in the T. Elmer Cox Library, Greeneville, TN
Now I have great support for saying that Humphrey Pagett (sic) and Mahala Holston were married in Greene County Tennessee on 28 September 1848 by Justice of the Peace George Kenney. Furthermore, I appreciated those in Greene County, Tennessee who decided to move so many of the old records from the Courthouse to be stored at the Cox Library.
Now for something new. I upgraded to a smartphone last month, and I put it to great use at the Cox Library. I took pictures of a number of pages from some of the library's collection. Another researcher started doing the same thing at her table, and for a few minutes we sounded like "dueling iPhones". Once home I moved the photos to Dropbox, and now I can look at them on my desktop monitor. Sweet!
Something else new, the two computers in the Cox Library were in constant use throughout my visit. No problem. I used my smartphone to log into the regional library consortium and hunt for resources using the online catalog for the Greeneville Greene County Library System. I just might not grumble so much about the cost of my data plan when I get the next bill for my new phone.