Archive for January, 2013

January 31, 2013

Who Were the Parents of Margaret Carpenter, born about 1840?

A while back, I posted the joyful news that I’d found Margaret (McConnell) Carpenter’s year of death among her late husband’s estate records. Margaret has always been a bit of a mystery. Like many women of her era, her history remains hidden by a society that considered her to be an extension of her husband and not necessarily a person in her own right. Parts of her life can be pieced together from land, court, and census records, but parts remain unknown, and may always remain so.

One aspect of her life that I’ve always been curious about is her appearance in the 1850 U. S. census with, in addition to several of her younger children, a girl named Margaret Carpenter, who was born about 1840 in Macon Co., NC, where the family lived.1 Many researchers believe the younger Margaret was the youngest child of William and Margaret (McConnell) Carpenter, but court records may paint a different story.

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January 29, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Joseph Pinson, 1754 – 1838

The marker of Joseph Pinson, Pinson Cemetery, Rabun County, Georgia.

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January 27, 2013

A Sunday Walk around the Blogs

I’m afraid I got a little carried away this week, but there were so many good posts and news articles!

Judi Scott writes about her week-long adventure at the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy as a student in the Advanced Genealogical Methods track, led by Thomas W. Jones. I’m so jealous. But someday, I shall be that student. Oh, yes, I shall.

Trouble with the genealogical terminology in Judi’s post? Elizabeth Shown Mills’ QuickLessons can help sort that out.

Randy Seaver writes about Pinball Genealogy using an example of how he handles hints. Randy’s inspiration for the post was DearMYRTLE’s post, The pinball approach to genealogical research, which was itself inspired by her time in Tom Jones’ Advanced Genealogical Methods track at SLIG. (Did I mention my envy?) The two debated this subject back and forth for several days after the initial posts. Be sure to read the follow-ups.

Sardis Methodist Church and Cemetery, located in the Buckhead community of Atlanta, have been listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

For those following budgetary issues with the Georgia Archives, you may be interested in reading Vivian Price Saffold’s post Governor’s recommendation indicates small cut at Georgia Archives Matters. Judy G. Russell also discusses this on her blog, The Legal Genealogist. Sounds like we still have our work cut out for us!

Family History through the Alphabet is a new genealogy blogging meme for genealogists to share topics, heirlooms, stories, and so forth beginning with that week’s letter. Julie Tarr’s post on GenBlog for this week is Family History through the Alphabet – Books, an excellent listing of books available to genealogists both through the library or on the Internet, including a few less well-known resources.

But what happened to Marthy? by Michelle G. Taggart of A Southern Sleuth details a search for a distant relative, and the unexpected places the search led.

Michael Hait answers the question of When you find a document that may be about one of your ancestors, what do you do with it? His answer may surprise you!

New Hope Cemetery, an African American burial ground located near Franklin (in Macon Co., NC), was rediscovered by one of my son’s fellow Boy Scouts, Andrew Baldwin, who is in the process of cleaning it up. Way to go, Drew!

Ok, ok, just one more. (I know I’m running a little long this week.) On The Migration of Jacob Wiley Eudy over at Job’s Children, all I can say is, Wow! Look at those pictures!

Happy hunting!

January 25, 2013

Rise and Shine, Boys and Girls!

When I was young, my mother listened to the early morning radio program by Apple Savage every school day. Apple undertook the job of informing parents if school was in session or if it had been cancelled due to inclement weather. What school-aged child could forget the wilting dread brought on by Apple’s booming voice announcing, “Rise and shine, boys and girls! There will be school today!”

But, oh, the hope that rose when the Atlanta weatherman predicted snow for the northern counties on the evening news. The next day, early in the morning, how many children pulled the covers down past their ears, baring them to a chilly room in anticipation of hearing, “No school today in Rabun County! I repeat, there will be no school today!”

I hope you’re enjoying your eternal snow day, Apple, and looking down on your former school children with a smile.

January 25, 2013

Upcoming Lecture at Rockdale County Genealogical Society, 10 March 2013

I have been honored by an invitation to speak again at the Rockdale County Genealogical Society in Conyers on 10 March 2013 at 3 p.m. Our topic for that day will be a continuation of August’s lecture on researching the poor, and will cover state censuses and tax records, as well as using a different perspective to look at all records in order to uncover information about the less well-to-do.

This society is a receptive group, and I am delighted to be able to work with them again.

January 24, 2013

The Darnell-Teague Connection

Harrison Darnell was my great-great-great-great grandfather. He was born by his own statement on 15 April 1815 in Wilkes County, North Carolina.1 His mother was Catherine Darnell,2 a somewhat mysterious woman who moved her small family from Wilkes County, North Carolina, to first Spartanburg District and then Pickens District, South Carolina, before settling finally in Rabun County, Georgia.

Harrison was supposedly the son of Catharine’s first husband, whose name is unknown. She married second to a Darnell, whose name Harrison took, and then a third time to Benjamin Grist, a veteran of the Revolutionary War who was himself a widower. Of these suppositions, the only one that has thus far been documented is Catherine’s marriage to Benjamin Grist, which took place on 2 April 1834 in Pickens District, South Carolina.3

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January 22, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Richard and Sarah Lewis, Old Stone Church Cemetery, Pendleton, SC

One of our favorite historical sites in Upstate South Carolina is the Old Stone Church and cemetery in Pendleton, SC, located near Clemson University. The following two markers, those of Richard and Sarah Lewis, are located in the older section of this large cemetery.

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January 21, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: William McConnell, deceased, to David McConnell, 27 February 1837

Source: Macon County, North Carolina, Deed Book E: 66; Register of Deeds, Franklin.

This indenture made the 27th February 1837 between William McConnell
Deceased of the one part Heirs of the state of North Carolina Macon County
and David McConnell one of the said heirs of the county and state
aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that we the heirs of the above
bounden Wm McConnell for and in consideration of the sum of
two hundred and fifty Dollars to them in hand paid by the said
David McConnell the receipt whereof his heirs doth hereby acknowlege [sic]
hath given Granted bargained sold and delivered and confirmed by these
presents doth give grant bargain and sell alien and confirm
unto the said David McConnell his heirs and assigns forever
a part of the tract of No 30 in the 15th District lying and being
in the county of Macon Beginning on a Black Oak on the
West side of the Tennessee River running West to a white Oak
corner thence South to the branch thence down the meanders of the
Branch to the Tennessee River thence down the Tennessee River to
the Beginning containing forty acres more or less and the said David
McConnell is to have hold and enjoy all the woods [illegible] waters watercourses
mines minerals and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any
wise appertaining his heirs and assigns forever and the said
heirs of the said William McConnell Dec. do bind themselves
their heirs administrators and assigns Jointly and severally to
warrant and forever defend the said right and title unto the
said David McConnell and his heirs against the claims of them
selves their heirs administrators and assigns and against the
lawful claims of all other persons whatsoever as witness our hand
and seals the day and date above mentioned
Test Milas his mark M,sup>cConnell Jurat

Milas his x mark McConnell Elizabeth Cabe Sanford Carpenter
Martha her x mark McConnell J. D. Dryman Patience her x mark Carpenter
Enos Scroggs Rachel her x mark Dryman John McConnell
Jane Scroggs Sarah her x mark McConnell Mary her x mark McConnell
John Scroggs Margaret her x mark Carpenter William McConnell
Mary her x mark Scroggs Jonathan Denton Sarah her x mark McConnell
Wm Cabe Agnes her x mark Denton Charles Stiles
Kesiah her x mark Stiles

State of North Carolina } Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
Macon County } March Sessions 1846
The within Deed was duly proven in open court by the oath of Milas McConnel a
subscribing witness therto and is recorded in Book D Page 150 for registration

Witness J K Gray clk

January 20, 2013

A Sunday Walk Around the Blogs

Trust Judy G. Russell to start the week off with a bang. In Monday’s post, O death! Thy name is woman, Judy explores women who received the death penalty in the United States, from colonial times to the last woman executed.

The Knitting Genealogist published a fascinating look at the transformations wrought by the Industrial Revolution in the U. K. and their effects on her ancestors and their communities, “Those infatuated creatures calling themselves Luddites.”

Dave Tabler of Appalachian History writes about the life of Gertrude Dills McKee, a native of Jackson Co., NC, and the first woman to serve in the North Carolina State Senate.

The Rally at the Capitol in support of funding for the Georgia Archives received news coverage from The Clayton Daily News. Don’t forget to write your local representatives to the General Assembly about this important issue.

Well, we almost got snow here. I think a few parts north of us did, so here are some snow day recipes from Alison Murray at North Carolina Miscellany for y’all.

As an aside, my mother used to make snow cream for us using snow, milk, sugar, and vanilla. Yum. Now, if we could just have some actual snow…

January 17, 2013

Free Webinar: Tarheels in Your Family

The North Carolina Genealogical Society is releasing a webinar tomorrow presented by Helen F. M. Leary called “Tarheels in Your Family.” Leary is the editor of North Carolina Genealogy and Local History and a well-known and respected Southern genealogist.

The NCGS is making the webinar available to the public from the 18th through the 20th of this month. After that, it will be available only to members. For more information, visit the society’s web site.