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September 4, 2009

Nanny and Dad, 1945

Stella Martin Watson with son, Varney Watson, circa 1945

Stella Martin Watson with son, Varney, circa 1945

This picture is a poignant reminder of the loss of my grandfather, Thad J. Watson, Sr. (“Daddy Thad”), who died in August 1944 just a few months before my father’s birth later that year. My grandmother, whom we called Nanny, is wearing Daddy Thad’s wings on her left shirt pocket, and I believe the insignia on her left sleeve was also once part of my grandfather’s uniform.

Note: This post created in response to GeneaBloggers’ Weekly Genealogy Blogging Prompt #35: Share a photo that conjures mixed emotions in you. Explain why this is the case as you detail the who/what/when/where/why of the subject matter.

March 27, 2009

Abraham Lowe and Margaret [–?–]

This week’s blogging prompt from Genea-Bloggers on Facebook is to write about a brick wall in the hopes that someone else can help break it down.

One of my brick walls is Abraham Lowe, born between 1795 and 1801 in Burke County, North Carolina, and his wife, Margaret [–?–], who was born about 1800 in Virginia. They married about 1822, probably in Haywood Co., NC, and had six children that I know of: Jesse (born about 1823, Haywood Co., NC, married 1853 in Macon Co., NC to Mary A. Butler), Bashuba (born about 1826, Haywood Co., NC), Rachel (born about 1829, Macon Co., NC), Gideon (born about 1831, Macon Co., NC, married 1855 in Jackson Co., NC to Naomi Miller), Nancy Ellen (born about 1835, Macon Co., NC, married about 1854 to Henry Woodfin Miller), and Mary Ann (born about 1844, Macon Co., NC).

Abraham and Margaret were enumerated in the 1830 and 1850 US censuses in Macon Co., NC, in the 1860 US census in Jackson Co., NC, and in the 1880 US census in Transylvania Co., NC. Chances are, they never moved and it was the county boundaries that changed around them.

A Nancy Lowe, aged 75 and born in NC, was enumerated with Abraham and Margaret in the 1850 US census, and again in the 1860 US census, where her age was given as 83. This may have been the Nancy Creaseman, daughter of Abraham Creaseman, who married a Jesse Lowe in 1803 in Lincoln Co., NC. This Jesse was subsequently enumerated in 1810, 1820, and 1830 on the US censuses for Lincoln, Haywood, and Macon Counties, respectively. It’s possible that Nancy was Abraham’s mother or step-mother, but I have yet to prove that. I have not been able, for instance, to locate any probate records for this Jesse Lowe. In fact, I haven’t found a lot on this family, period, outside of census records. It could be that I’m looking in the wrong place, and with pretty much all the “old” counties in Western NC to sort through, it could take me a while to find the right place or places to search.

Even if I can connect Abraham to Jesse Lowe and Nancy Creaseman, I still have to find Margaret’s family. If children Jesse and Nancy were named after Abraham’s parents (assuming that I can somehow reconcile Jesse and Nancy’s marriage date and place with Abraham’s birth date and place), then there’s a good chance either Bashuba, Rachel, or Gideon, or possibly all three, were named after Margaret’s family. It’s a shaky lead, and one that would have to be corroborated fully with other documents, but it’s about the only lead I have at the moment.