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November 21st, 2012

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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 08:27 am
I started this blog to share - photos, memories, documents, places and people - with other people.

Freely sharing was important to me because of the sharing of information I experienced in the early years of this journey when I asked for information.

On surname message boards. Hard to believe, but I still find posts of my own from 1999 on some of those boards.

Distant cousins found the blog in Google searches. I correspond with several of them still. All the other bloggers were right.

If you build it, they will come.
In the last few months, I've started getting emails that go something like this:
I am making sure that this e-mail doesn't bounce. I am researching a possible family connection in Arkansas. (That's the actual text of a message I found in my inbox this morning.)

I always reply to those, to let them know the email address is still good. Sometimes, there is a distant family connection.

Sometimes, people have seen how Arkansas-intensive my tracks are on the internet, and they just need help with their own trees.

What can I say? I'm a Scorpio, and always intrigued by a mystery.

Even when it doesn't have one of my own surnames on it.
You know how people say that they hope they don't find out they unwittingly married their own cousin?

I've always figured that somewhere downline - closer to my generation - I'd find out someone was a cousin of their spouse.

I decided last week to start looking at my nephews' and niece's families on the *other* sides of their families.

I started with my niece. Her father's surname is Rankin.

Started with her dad and went backward.

After about 3 hours, I sat here grinning like a fool.

Her dad is my 4th cousin, twice removed. The connection starts in 1877, when John James Rankin married Margaret Ann Lemley in Pope County.

Margaret Ann was the daughter of Ephraim Lemley, Jr. and Cynthia Elvira Burris.

So my niece is also my 4th cousin, three times removed.
Of course, I didn't stop with the pedigree.

I'm looking for bits and pieces of information that give the third dimension to the names, dates and places.

Turns out the Rankins (and their allied families) were quite the movers and shakers in Perry County, AR.

And some of its earliest settlers.

The Rankin family will have blog posts of its own.
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 10:10 am
A photo of my paternal grandmother, Addie Louise Herrington (left) and her sister Florence.

Florence was the only daughter of the five born to Jasper Monroe Herrington and Julia Ann Callaway who *was not* a twin.

Photobucket
Photo circa 1925




This is a Sepia Saturday post. Head over there for a look at other wonderful old photos.
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 02:41 pm
The person who emailed me answered my reply. She is interested in John Webb (some folks say his middle initial was L). I have a date of birth of 10 Sep 1798 in Tennessee, but no date of death. His wife, Sarah "Sally" Waters, died in 1882 and was buried in Fairplay Cemetery, Benton, Saline Co., AR

And that's all I know.

And that's all I know about what she wants to know.

Webbs are collateral members of my family tree. There have been scattered intermarriages of Webbs with my Stricklands and McCarleys - sisters of John Webb.

So now, I'm taking a look at the Webb family. There appears to be evidence of a large, well established family in Grant County made up of the children and grandchildren of John Webb.

It would be nice to have specifics about what my correspondent wants to know.

But I am intrigued anyway...
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Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 09:15 pm
I found something else.

Isn't that the way it always works?
In 1880, there were some people unrelated to Robert Newton Caldwell and Selina Sophia Webb in their household in Fenter, Grant Co., AR.

And one of them had a line drawn through his name when I looked at the image of the form.

Name: George Dallas
Age: 22
Birth Year: abt 1858
Birthplace: Mississippi
Home in 1880: Fenter, Grant, Arkansas
Race: Black
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Father's Birthplace: Mississippi
Mother's Birthplace: Mississippi
Occupation: Work On Farm


When I finished looking at the form, I went back to the transcription of the record.

And saw that little hint in the sidebar.

So I clicked on the link.

U.S. Federal Census Mortality Schedules, 1850-1885
Name: George Dallas
Gender: Male
Race: Black
Marital Status: Single
Place of Birth: Mississippi
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1858
Age: 22
Month of Death: Aug
Cause of Death: Thrown From Horse
Census Year: 1880
Census Location: (City, County, State)
Davis, Grant, Arkansas
Enumeration District: 96

So the 22 year-old farmhand, George Dallas, died in August 1879 after being thrown from a horse.

And his name was crossed out on the form why?

The instructions say the census year began June 1, 1879 and ended May 31, 1880.