A while back, I wrote about pinpointing my priority surnames in order to provide a better focus to my personal research. I have had a bit of luck learning more about a few of those ancestors, and wanted to share a little of what I’ve found.
W. M. Carver
Born Sept. 26, 1828
Died Jan. 12, 1920
I don’t have very many Aha! moments with my own family anymore, but this is one of them. Today, I was browsing through the death certificate images for Rabun County (available online through Georgia’s Virtual Vault) when one of those exciting moments happened. I was actually looking for death certificates for the Gillespie family of Rabun County, and was browsing because the spelling on old records is unreliable. I found an entry for one Samuel M. Carver. Not being familiar with him, I clicked on the link to view the image. Imagine my surprise when Samuel’s parents were listed as William Carver, born Spartanburg S.C. and Elizabeth Morris, born Cobb Co., GA.
My first thought was, this is my family!, followed closely by, but William and Elizabeth didn’t have a son named Samuel! So I pulled up my trusty database and, sure enough, no son named Samuel. But there was a William M. Carver whose birth and death dates matched the same dates on the death certificate of “Samuel M. Carver” exactly. I’m not sure exactly why the name was different, but I am thankful for the inclusion of the mother’s maiden name; this is the first definitive proof I have of Elizabeth’s family name, and I hope that this death certificate will be the springboard I need to find her parents.
William M. Carver was buried next to wife, Malinda Jane, in Godfrey Cemetery, located in the Chechero community of Rabun County.