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Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 10:49 am
While scrolling through reel after reel of microfilm at the Arkansas History Commission earlier this week, I found the following - and nothing more on either event after these snippets.

BULLETINS

Hope, April 17 - (AP) - A man and a woman identified as Elwood Hatch, 41, and Mrs. Pansy Dobson Curtis, 26, were found fatally shot about noon today in a tourist cabin on the west edge of town, Hempstead county sheriff Frank Hill reported today. The Helena World,
Tuesday, 17 Apr 1945.

HELENA MAN ARRESTED ON MURDER COUNT

Bud Parks, Helena white man, was in the county jail today facing a charge of first degree murder in connection with the death last January 11 of Mack Alexander, aged negro, on the highway north of Walnut Corner.

Sheriff's officers, who arrested Parks at his home, 204 Jefferson street, late yesterday, said that he would also be charged with reckless driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to officers, another man, Mohlar Crews, was a passenger in Parks' Plymouth car at the time the negro was run over and fatally injured as he walked along the highway in front of the approaching car. The Helena World,
Wednesday, 18 Apr 1945.
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Tuesday, October 1st, 2013 11:02 am
And the FAG message board users are not happy.

One is particularly in a snit, and threatening to take all her photos down. (See this thread in The Lounge, and I don't know if you have to be logged in to view it.)

They are using all the symbols on their keyboards to indicate how large their individual snits are.

This thread was locked immediately.

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Here's a news release, posted yesterday by Ancestry.

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Jim Tipton didn't let his members know about this - Ancestry did.
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Thursday, September 26th, 2013 08:57 pm
For the past month, I've been working on the family tree of a dear friend of mine. He is African American, and the going gets tough.

I was helped out immensely by a cousin my friend didn't know he had. She found two of my Find a Grave entries for my friend's grandfather, Josh Martin, Jr., and Josh's mother, Mary E McCarroll Martin. The cousin contacted me, and we have been emailing and texting ever since.

There's a mystery surrounding the gravesite of Josh Martin, Sr. (Josh Martin, Jr.'s father). His death certificate says he is buried on Howard Plantation in Phillips County, AR.
When I first read that, I was dubious.

Josh Martin, Sr. died in 1945 of congestive heart failure while his children were teenagers.

I started researching any place in Phillips County called Howard Plantation. There was no cemetery by that name.

I looked back over the five death certificates I had for the Martins and McCarrolls, and saw that most of the burials had been handled by Jackson and Highley Funeral Home in West Helena, AR.

The ancestors smiled favorably on me. Jackson and Highley is still in business, although they do not have a website.

That was oddly a comfort to me. As I made the phone call, I hoped the voice of an elderly man or woman would answer the phone - someone who had been around Phillips County long enough to remember Howard Plantation, and be able to give me an educated guess as to why my friend's grandfather was buried there. (There was also another cemetery listed on the death certificates of my friend's great grandparents I couldn't find - Zion Travel, also in Phillips County.)
Twenty minutes later, I knew I had found him - the man who not only remembers Howard Plantation, but can give me directions about how to get there. (He also knows where Zion Travel is.)

Apparently, it was pretty common for African American sharecroppers to be buried on the plantation they farmed. Although there are several likely candidates for slaveowners with the surname Howard in Phillips County, right now I only suspect there may also be slave graves on Howard Plantation.

Next Wednesday, I'm going to Jackson and Highley Funeral Home in West Helena to meet and talk with the kindly gentleman who answered my call, and who was so gentle as he tried to let me down easily about the condition of the lands on which so many of my friend's direct ancestors are buried. As we talk, I hope I can get him to reminisce about Phillips County in the first half of the 20th century. I hope he will let me record him.

And then, I will follow his directions about how to get to Zion Travel Cemetery, and Howard Plantation. I want to take photos, even if there is nothing identifiable to see - no gravestones or monuments. Abandoned cemeteries are not new to me.

I want to lay some flowers even so. The history of some of Phillips County's abandoned African American cemeteries needs to be recorded - if possible with a list of some those buried there.

Everyone deserves to be remembered.
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Thursday, September 19th, 2013 09:05 pm
Genealogy Roadshow, premieres next Monday, 23 Sept on PBS.
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Tuesday, September 17th, 2013 05:58 pm
I have a death certificate for an African American woman who died in 1941 in Chicot Co., AR. The certificate says she was buried at Mt. Grove Cemetery, most probably in Chicot County because the funeral home was also located in Chicot County.

There is no modern day Mt. Grove Cemetery in Chicot County. I've found the following cemeteries in Chicot County with the word "Grove" in them:
Holly Grove, Holly Grove Number 1 and Holly Grove Number 2.

Holly Grove Number 2 appears to be an African American Cemetery, and has very few interments listed on Find a Grave.

Any thoughts or suggestions? The nearest Mt Grove Cemetery is Mountain Grove Cemetery (African American) in Faulkner Co, and given the distance, I just don't think that's it. This was a family of modest means.
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Saturday, September 14th, 2013 08:48 am
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been having delightful email and text correspondence with a woman who found some of my Find a Grave records on her family members.

I had gone graving one fine day in Desha and Phillips counties to locate graves and exact dates of death for my research on the Gordon/Martin/McCarroll family tree.
Virtually every family historian knows the importance of finding probate records for their ancestors and collateral relatives. You get so much good information from mining them.

But for African American family historians descended from slaves, 18th and 19th century (and earlier) probate records generally have a bittersweet quality.

They don't mine their ancestors' probate records from that time, because their ancestors didn't own things.

They were owned. And they were included in inventory lists of the master's and his descendants' estates.

My new friend just shared with me that in her quest to find out how her ancestor is related to a white family, she received a probate record with such a list.

And her ancestor was not among the slave inventory.
I can only try to imagine the feeling you have when opening that envelope or electronic file.

On the one hand, you really, really want to see your ancestor listed. So there has to be some disappointment if s/he is not.

And on the other, if your ancestor is on the list - although now you've got some vital information...Well, your mind would have to wander to what kind of life your ancestor might have had.

Keep those lists coming, folks. For those of us who had slaveowner ancestors, we need to post those lists. People are looking.

And yes, some of us had ancestors who owned slaves. I'm not going to pretty that up with some euphemistic phrase.
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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 10:14 am
This post is on the Massengale ancestry for one of my friends. We believe James D Massengale was the progenitor of this family. Not much is known about him, or his wife, Mary Sun. Some researchers say she was native, but absent a Y DNA test for some of her female descendants, that would be hard to verify.

There is also lots of quibbling on surname message boards about how many children James D Massengale had, and who they are.

My friend's direct ancestors in bold.
First Generation

1. James D Massengale was born in 1760.

James married Mary Sun.

They had the following children:

+ 2 M i. Warren Massengale was born in 1788. He died in 1855/1860.

+ 3 M ii. Reddick Massengale was born in 1789. He died about 1870.


Second Generation

2. Warren Massengale (James D) was born in 1788 in Nash Co., NC. He died in 1855/1860.

Warren married (1) Unknown in North Carolina. Unknown died before 1841.

They had the following children:

4 M i. Warren Massengale .

5 M ii. William Massengale .

6 M iii. John Massengale was born in 1806 in North Carolina.

7 M iv. Joseph Massengale died about 1864 in Shubuta, MS.

+ 8 M v. Jesse Massengale was born in 1812.

9 F vi. Texas Anna Massengale .

10 F vii. Georgia Massengale .
Georgia married Bill Morris .

11 F viii. Bessie Massengale died before 1930.


Warren married (2) Susan MNU on 27 Apr 1841 in Jones Co., GA. Susan was born in 1815 in Georgia.

They had the following children:

+ 12 F ix. Elizabeth Massengale was born in 1842.

+ 13 M x. Thomas J Massengale was born in Sep 1845.


+ 14 M xi. Baldwin B Massengale was born in 1848.

15 M xii. Troup Massengale was born in 1855 in Georgia.

3. Reddick Massengale (James D) was born in 1789 in Nash Co., NC. He died about 1870 in Smithville, Monroe Co., MS.

Reddick married Sarah Francis Hawk about 1810, probably in North Carolina. Sarah was born in 1793 in North Carolina. She died after 1860.

They had the following children:

+ 16 F i. Mary Massengale was born in 1811.

+ 17 M ii. Alfred Washington Massengale was born in 1814. He died in 1879.

+ 18 F iii. Nancy Massengale was born in 1819. She died before 1880.

+ 19 F iv. Martha Massengale was born in 1822.

+ 20 F v. Lucinda Massengale was born in 1823.

+ 21 M vi. William Robert (Reddick?) Massengale was born on 13 May 1828. He died on 2 Jul 1903.

+ 22 F vii. Jane Massengale was born in 1830.

+ 23 M viii. James Massengale was born in 1830. He died in 1866.

+ 24 F ix. Anna Elizabeth Massengale was born in 1834. She died before 1880.


Third Generation

8. Jesse Massengale (Warren, James D) was born in 1812 in North Carolina.

Jesse married (1) Nancy Price on 7 Nov 1836 in Perry Co., AL. Nancy was born in 1819 in Perry Co., AL. She died before 1852 in Perry Co., AL.

They had the following children:

25 F i. Elizabeth H Bettie Massengale was born on 7 Nov 1837 in Perry Co., AL.
Elizabeth married J B Prole .

26 F ii. Mary Ann Mollie Massengale was born in 1839 in Perry Co., AL.
Mary married Tom Gills .

27 M iii. William Baxter Massengale was born in 1841 in Perry Co., AL.
William married Mary A Mollie Simms on 10 Feb 1867 in Perry Co., AL. Mary was born in 1850 in Alabama.


28 M iv. John H Massengale was born in 1844 in Perry Co., AL. He died about 1864 in Okolona, MS. The cause of death was measles during the Civil War.

29 F v. Eliza Jane Jennie Massengale was born in 1846 in Perry Co., AL.
Eliza married Charles Moore .


Jesse married (2) Jane Elizabeth Vaughn on 6 Mar 1852 in Perry Co., AL. Jane was born in 1822 in Alabama.

They had the following children:

30 M vi. Thomas Alexandria Massengale was born on 22 Jan 1853 in Perry Co., AL.

31 F vii. Sarah Lavina Massengale was born in 1855 in Perry Co., AL. She died in 1925.
Sarah married J Elijah Jones on 13 Jan 1872 in Rankin Co., MS. J Elijah Jones was born in 1839 in Alabama.

32 M viii. James Richard Massengale was born on 11 Oct 1856 in Perry Co., AL.
James married Mary Susan Burrow daughter of Andrew J Burrow and Mary J MNU on 6 Mar 1886. Mary was born in Jun 1866 in Alabama. She died on 29 Nov 1926.

33 M ix. Joseph Leander Massengale was born in 1859 in Perry Co., AL.

34 F x. Beatrice Alline Massengale was born in Aug 1863 in Perry Co., AL.
Beatrice married George Y King on 28 Oct 1879 in Rankin Co., MS. George was born in Dec 1858 in Mississippi.

12. Elizabeth Massengale (Warren, James D) was born in 1842 in Georgia.

Elizabeth married Taliaferro J Jarrell on 16 Sep 1869 in Jones Co., GA. Taliaferro was born in Apr 1849 in Georgia. He died on 17 Jan 1924 in Spaulding Co., GA.

They had the following children:

35 F i. Susan C Jarrell was born in 1871 in Jones Co., GA.

36 F ii. Annie D Jarrell was born in 1873 in Jones Co., GA.

37 F iii. Mary J Jarrell was born in 1875 in Jones Co., GA.

38 F iv. Mittie L Jarrell was born in 1876 in Jones Co., GA.

39 M v. Thomas Jefferson Jarrell was born on 10 Jul 1877 in Jones Co., GA. He died on 21 Mar 1955 in Macon, Bibb Co., GA. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Macon, Bibb Co., GA.
Thomas married Lula Forence Everidge in 1900 in Bibb Co., GA. Lula was born in Jul 1878 in Georgia. She died in 1949.

40 F vi. Lille May Jarrell was born on 23 May 1883 in Jones Co., GA. She died on

28 Mar 1918 in Bibb Co., GA. She was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Macon, Bibb Co., GA.
Lille married William Floyd Preston . William died on 20 Jul 1935 in Bibb Co., GA. He was buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Macon, Bibb Co., GA.

13. Thomas J Massengale (Warren, James D) was born in Sep 1845 in Georgia.

Thomas married Laura J Christian daughter of Lewis Christian and Hester Anne MNU on 7 Jan 1868 in Jones Co., GA. Laura was born in May 1848 in Jones Co., GA.

They had the following children:

41 M i. John T Massengale was born in 1869 in Jones Co., GA.
John married Mattie MNU in 1889 in Jones Co., GA. Mattie was born in 1863 in Georgia.

42 M ii. Andrew J Massengale was born in 1871 in Jones Co., GA.

43 M iii. Benjamin L Massengale was born in 1873 in Jones Co., GA.

44 F iv. Viola P Massengale was born in 1878 in Jones Co., GA.

45 F v. Beulah C Massengale was born in Mar 1880 in Jones Co., GA.

46 M vi. Alexander H Massengale was born in Nov 1883 in Jones Co., GA.
Alexander married Ida MNU in 1907 in Jones Co., GA. Ida was born in 1890 in Georgia.

14. Baldwin B Massengale (Warren, James D) was born in 1848 in Georgia.

Baldwin married Mary Anne Christian daughter of Lewis Christian and Hester Anne MNU on 31 Dec 1867 in Jones Co., GA. Mary was born on 6 Jan 1845 in North Carolina. She died on 24 Jan 1891 in Jones Co., GA. She was buried in Fortville Cemetery, Fortville, Jones Co., GA.

They had the following children:

47 F i. Lizzie Massengale was born in Aug 1869 in Jones Co., GA.

16. Mary Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1811 in North Carolina.

Mary married Joel A Osborn son of William J Osborn and Nancy MNU. Joel was born in 1811 in Georgia. He died in 1880 in Lamar Co., AL.

They had the following children:

48 F i. Mary J Osborn was born in May 1829 in Georgia.
Mary married Amaziah Stafford on 23 Aug 1849 in Itawamba Co., MS. Amaziah was born in Mar 1827 in Mississippi.


49 F ii. Nancy Osborn was born in 1835 in Georgia.

50 F iii. Martha Osborn was born in 1838 in Georgia.

51 M iv. Julius Osborn was born in 1839 in Alabama.

52 F v. Elvira Osborn was born in 1841 in Mississippi.
Elvira married James B Gilmore on 6 May 1866 in Itawamba Co., MS. James was born in 1842 in Mississippi.

53 M vi. George W Osborn was born in 1843 in Mississippi.
George married Mary Elizabeth Pearce on 9 Nov 1864 in Monroe Co., MS. Mary was born in 1844 in Missouri.

54 F vii. Rhoda A Osborn was born in 1845 in Mississippi.

55 M viii. William Rolen Ausborn was born in Mar 1847 in Mississippi. He died in 1924 in Monroe Co., MS. He was buried in New Hope Cemetery, Hatley, Monroe Co., MS.
William married Mary Jane Thomas in 1863. Mary was born in Sep 1845 in Mississippi. She died in 1925 in Miles, Runnels Co., TX. She was buried in New Hope Cemetery, Hatley, Monroe Co., MS.

56 F ix. Carolina Osborn was born in 1847 in Mississippi.

57 M x. James Osborn was born in 1850 in Mississippi.

58 F xi. Amanda Osborn was born in 1857 in Mississippi.

59 F xii. Samantha Osborn was born in 1859 in Mississippi.

17. Alfred Washington Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1814 in Nash Co., NC. He died in 1879.

Alfred married Rhoda M Tyre on 5 Dec 1838 in Itawamba Co., MS. Rhoda was born in 1820 in Alabama.

They had the following children:

60 F i. Lucy Francis Massengale was born in 1840 in Itawamba Co., MS.
Lucy married T W "Tom" Walker on 6 Jan 1869 in Monroe Co., MS.

61 F ii. Nancy Ann Massengale was born on 18 Feb 1842 in Itawamba Co., MS. She died on 23 Oct 1903 in Monroe Co., MS. She was buried in Hatley Cemetery, Hatley, Monroe Co., MS.
Nancy married Jesse James "JJ" Nash son of William Nash and Martha Hubbard on 19 Aug 1874 in Monroe Co., MS. Jesse was born on 18 Nov 1818 in Anson Co., NC. He died on 1 Mar 1899 in Hatley, Monroe Co., MS. He was buried in Hatley Cemetery, Hatley, Monroe Co., MS.

62 F iii. Martha Jane "Mattie" Massengale was born on 28 Feb 1844 in Itawamba

Co., MS.
Martha married F Marion Little on 24 Aug 1880 in Monroe Co., MS.

63 F iv. Elizabeth T "Betty" Massengale was born on 9 Sep 1850 in Mississippi. She died on 5 Jan 1922 in Monroe Co., MS. She was buried in New Hope Cemetery, Hatley, Monroe Co., MS.
Elizabeth married Calvin Lafayette Brasfield son of John Calvin Brasfield and Nancy Hancock on 16 Jul 1877 in Monroe Co., MS. Calvin was born in 1850 in Alabama. He died in 1929 in Monroe Co., MS. He was buried in New Hope Cemetery, Hatley, Monroe Co., MS.

64 M v. James Massengale was born in 1852 in Mississippi.

65 M vi. John Thomas Massengale was born on 20 Apr 1854 in Itawamba Co., MS. He died on 26 Apr 1911.
John married Mary L Reedy in 1881 in Itawamba Co., MS. Mary was born on 1 Apr 1854 in South Carolina. She died on 10 Nov 1907.

66 F vii. Mary Lucinda Massengale was born on 15 Jul 1855 in Mississippi. She died on 3 Jun 1914.
Mary married William Z (F) Little on 5 Aug 1877 in Monroe Co., MS. William was born on 3 Mar 1855. He died on 6 Oct 1895.

67 M viii. Joseph H Massengale was born in Aug 1857 in Mississippi.
Joseph married Henrietta Hawkes on 23 Dec 1885 in Monroe Co., MS. Henrietta was born in Dec 1850 in Alabama.

18. Nancy Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1819 in North Carolina. She died before 1880.

Nancy married Joel Marshall Coker about 1843 in Alabama. Joel was born in 1822 in Alabama. He died on 9 Mar 1888 in Monroe Co., MS.

They had the following children:

68 M i. Joel Lafayette Coker was born on 2 Nov 1854 in Mississippi. He died on 10 May 1926 in Smithville, Monroe Co., MS. He was buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Smithville, Monroe Co., MS.
Joel married Cordelia Francis Ritter in 1881. Cordelia was born on 15 Apr 1862 in Mississippi. She died on 17 Nov 1934 in Smithville, Monroe Co., MS. She was buried in Bethlehem Cemetery, Smithville, Monroe Co., MS.

69 M ii. William Franklin Coker was born in 1856.
William married Fannie Higginbotham on 22 Jan 1880 in Monroe Co., MS.

70 M iii. Thomas Benton Coker was born on 6 Jan 1858. He died on 19 Mar 1923 in Kaufman Co., TX.
Thomas married (1) Jina Dowly .


Thomas married (2) Carrie Frances Wilson .

71 M iv. Columbus W Coker was born in 1844 in Alabama.

72 M v. Francis M Coker was born in 1846 in Alabama.

73 F vi. Laura J Coker was born in 1848 in Alabama.

74 F vii. Sarah C Coker was born in 1850 in Alabama.

19. Martha Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1822 in Georgia.

Martha married Harvey (Henry) Sullivan on 3 Dec 1839 in Itawamba Co., MS. Harvey was born in 1813 in Tennessee.

They had the following children:

75 M i. William H Sullivan was born in 1840 in Itawamba Co., MS.

76 M ii. John W Sullivan was born in 1841 in Mississippi.

77 M iii. James H Sullivan was born in 1842 in Mississippi.

78 F iv. Elizabeth Sullivan was born in 1844 in Mississippi.

79 F v. Martha J Sullivan was born in 1846 in Mississippi.

80 M vi. Daniel H Sullivan was born in 1848 in Mississippi.

81 F vii. Susan C Sullivan was born in 1850 in Monroe Co., MS.

20. Lucinda Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1823 in Georgia.

Lucinda married Sampson Stafford on 10 Jul 1844 in Itawamba Co., MS. Sampson was born in 1823 in Tennessee. He died before 1880.

They had the following children:

82 F i. Margaret "Peggy" A Stafford was born in 1845 in Itawamba Co., MS.

83 F ii. Lucinda Virginia Stafford was born in 1853 in Mississippi.

84 M iii. Thomas Stafford was born in 1859 in Itawamba Co., MS.

85 M iv. William H Stafford was born in 1862 in Itawamba Co., MS.

21. William Robert (Reddick?) Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born on 13 May 1828 in Georgia. He died on 2 Jul 1903 in Durant, Bryan Co., OK. He was buried in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Bryan Co., OK.

William married Mary Feltcher Williams, daughter of Thomas Stafford Williams and Martha C "Peachy" Reddin on 28 Mar 1861 in Itawamba Co., MS. Mary was born on 13 Aug 1846

in Mississippi. She died on 13 Feb 1924 in Bryan Co., OK. She was buried in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Bryan Co., OK.

They had the following children:

86 F i. Sarah Jane Massengale was born in Sep 1862 in Itawamba Co., MS.
Sarah married Garrett . Garrett died about 1894.

87 F ii. Nancey Ann Massengale was born on 9 Sep 1865 in Itawamba Co., MS. She died on 7 Oct 1906 in Honeyville, Box Elder Co., UT. She was buried in Honeyville Cemetery, Honeyville, Box Elder Co., UT.
Nancey married James Lawrence Wise son of James W Wise and Mary Jane Harris on 1 Jan 1884 in Itawamba Co., MS. James was born on 14 Sep 1865 in Amory, Monroe Co., MS. He died on 25 May 1933 in Corrine, Box Elder Co., UT. He was buried in Honeyville Cemetery, Honeyville, Box Elder Co., UT.

88 F iii. Mary Lucinda Massengale was born in Jun 1868 in Itawamba Co., MS.
Mary married James B Garrett son of Joseph Garrett and Samantha C MNU on 9 Jan 1887 in Itawamba Co., MS. James was born in Nov 1866 in Alabama.

89 F iv. Martha Ellen Massengale was born on 18 Aug 1869 in Itawamba Co., MS. She died on 13 Mar 1937 in Chickasaw Co., MS. She was buried in Rosehill Cemetery, Chickasaw Co., MS.
Martha married (1) George Washington Stafford son of Amaziah Stafford and Mary J Osborn on 11 Sep 1887 in Monroe Co., MS. George was born in Aug 1869 in Itawamba Co., MS. He died before 1907 in Mississippi.
Martha married (2) Butts . Butts was born in Alabama.
Martha married (3) Hughes .

90 F v. Hattie Massengale was born in 1875. She died in 1879. The cause of death was diptheria.

91 M vi. George Thomas Massengale was born in 1877.
George married W M Garrett on 7 May 1892 in Itawamba Co., MS.

92 F vii. Susannah Elizabeth Massengale was born on 24 Sep 1879 in Mississippi. She died on 3 Jan 1946 in Durant, Bryan Co., OK. She was buried in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Bryan Co., OK.
Susannah married David T Haskett on 30 Jan 1898 in Itawamba Co., MS. David was born in 1874 in Alabama. He died in 1932 in Durant, Bryan Co., OK. He was buried in Highland Cemetery, Durant, Bryan Co., OK.

93 M viii. James Walter Massengale was born on 21 Jun 1881 in Mississippi. He died on 7 Nov 1954 in Bald Knob, White Co., AR. He was buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Bald Knob, White Co., AR.

James married (1) Mary L "Polly" Doyberry on 26 Jul 1901 in Monroe Co., MS. Mary died about 1907.

James married (2) Susan Cordia Hancock, daughter of Abner Perry Hancock and Susan Alice MNU on 11 Mar 1906 in Bryan Co., OK. Susan was born on 17 May 1885 in Izard Co., AR. She died on 27 Mar 1965 in West Plains, Howell Co., MO. She was buried in Salem Cemetery, Salem, Fulton Co., AR.

22. Jane Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1830 in Georgia.

Jane married Burrel Pearce on 27 Feb 1850 in Itawamba Co., MS. Burrel was born in 1829 in Mississippi. He died before 1860.

They had the following children:

94 M i. John Pearce was born in 1852 in Itawamba Co., MS.

95 M ii. George Henry Pearce was born in 1854 in Itawamba Co., MS.
George married Fannie MNU . Fannie was born in 1862.

96 F iii. Sarah L Pearce was born in 1857 in Itawamba Co., MS.

23. James Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1830 in Georgia. He died in 1866.

James married Elizabeth J Bennett on 13 Apr 1854 in Monroe Co., MS. Elizabeth was born in 1836 in Mississippi.

They had the following children:

97 i. Abram M Massengale was born in 1865 in Mississippi. Abram died in 1867 in Mississippi.

24. Anna Elizabeth Massengale (Reddick, James D) was born in 1834 in GA or AL. She died before 1880.

Anna married Randy Coleman on 4 Nov 1852 in Itawamba Co., MS. Randy died before 1880.

They had the following children:

98 M i. Hunley Coleman was born in 1858 in Mississippi.
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Monday, September 2nd, 2013 09:51 am
I'm trying to get some hits by researchers of the Massengale/Hancock/Roach families of North Carolina, Missouri and Arkansas.

This is one of the other family trees I research. Comments are welcome. (For guests who comment, you can post a comment anonymously, but will not see your comment until I unscreen it. Not to worry, it's there...)

My friend's direct ancestors in bold.
First Generation

1. John Thomas Hancock was born in 1782 in Randolph Co., NC. He died on 24 Feb 1841 in Randolph Co., NC.

John married Mary Saunders. Mary was born in 1785 in North Carolina.

They had the following children:

+ 2 M i. Abner Perry Hancock was born on 22 Jun 1811. He died on 10 Mar 1846.

+ 3 M ii. John Pipkin Hancock was born in 1817. He died in 1880.

+ 4 M iii. Hilary Hogan Hancock was born on 2 Mar 1820. He died on 3 Sep 1898.

+ 5 F iv. Nancy Hancock was born on 17 Dec 1823. She died on 14 Jun 1901.

+ 6 M v. Elias Henderson Hancock was born in 1827.


Second Generation

2. Abner Perry Hancock (John Thomas) was born on 22 Jun 1811 in Randolph Co., NC. He died on 10 Mar 1846 in Randolph Co., NC.

Abner married Mahala Cox on 14 Feb 1832 in Randolph Co., NC. Mahala was born on 10 Sep 1810 in Randolph Co., NC. She died on 15 Oct 1861 in Randolph Co., NC.

They had the following children:

7 F i. Mary E Hancock was born in 1836 in Randolph Co., NC.

+ 8 M ii. John Milton Hancock was born on 27 Aug 1838. He died on 3 Jan 1877.

9 F iii. Nancy Jane Hancock was born on 8 Jun 1841 in Randolph Co., NC. She died on 16 Mar 1927 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. She was buried in Asheboro City Cemetery, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC.
Nancy married Randal Presnell . Randal was born on 17 Dec 1848 in North Carolina. He died on 10 Oct 1925 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. He was buried in Asheboro City Cemetery, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC.

3. John Pipkin Hancock (John Thomas) was born in 1817 in Randolph Co., NC. He died in 1880.


John married (1) Minerva Anne Elliott on 18 Feb 1848 in Wiselane, Randolph Co., NC. Minerva was born in 1830 in North Carolina. She died on 16 Apr 1865 in Lebanon, Leclede Co., MO.

They had the following children:

10 F i. Louisa Jane Hancock was born on 4 Aug 1849 in Randolph Co., NC.

11 M ii. Winfred Scott Hancock was born on 12 Aug 1852 in Randolph Co., NC.

12 F iii. Sarah Elizabeth Hancock was born on 28 Aug 1854 in Randolph Co., NC.

+ 13 M iv. John Randolph Hancock was born on 23 Jun 1857. He died on 29 Oct 1932.

14 F v. Levina Anne Hancock was born on 16 Mar 1861 in Lebanon, Leclede Co., MO.

15 F vi. Mary Ellen Hancock was born on 17 Oct 1862 in Lebanon, Leclede Co., MO.

16 F vii. Malcy Hancock was born on 16 Apr 1865 in Lebanon, Leclede Co., MO.


John married (2) Debora Bess MNU on 26 Sep 1875 in Randolph Co., AR. Debora was born on 17 Feb 1830 in Missouri. She died on 18 Jul 1898.

They had the following children:

17 F viii. Mary Susan Hancock was born in 1867 in Lebanon, Leclede Co., MO.

4. Hilary Hogan Hancock (John Thomas) was born on 2 Mar 1820 in Randolph Co., NC. He died on 3 Sep 1898.

Hilary married Eutha Cole on 14 Jan 1843 in Randolph Co., NC. Eutha was born in 1823 in North Carolina.

They had the following children:

18 M i. William H Hancock was born in 1844 in Randolph Co., NC.

19 M ii. E A Hancock was born in 1847 in Randolph Co., NC. He died before 1860 in Randolph Co., NC.

20 M iii. Abner C Hancock was born in 1850 in Randolph Co., NC. He died before 1860 in Randolph Co., NC.

21 M iv. Edward Caswell Hancock was born in 1852 in Randolph Co., NC.

22 M v. Raiford C Hancock was born in 1856 in Randolph Co., NC.

23 F vi. Elizabeth Hancock was born in 1859 in Randolph Co., NC.

5. Nancy Hancock (John Thomas) was born on 17 Dec 1823 in Randolph Co., NC. She died on 14 Jun 1901.

Nancy married Dawson Lewallen on 2 May 1848 in Randolph Co., NC. Dawson was born in 1825 in North Carolina.

They had the following children:

24 F i. Mary A Lewallen was born in 1849 in Randolph Co., NC.

6. Elias Henderson Hancock (John Thomas) was born in 1827 in Randolph Co., NC.

Elias married Lavinia Lewellen on 22 Nov 1846 in Randolph Co., NC. Lavinia was born in 1827 in North Carolina.

They had the following children:

+ 25 F i. Mary Jane Hancock was born in 1848.

+ 26 M ii. Abner Perry Hancock was born on 12 Jul 1849. He died on 8 May 1932.

27 M iii. John J Hancock was born in 1852 in North Carolina.

+ 28 M iv. Benjamin Franklin Hancock was born on 28 Jul 1856. He died on 14 Mar 1940.

29 F v. Minerva A Hancock was born in 1859 in Missouri.

+ 30 M vi. William M Hancock was born in May 1860. He died in 1938.

+ 31 M vii. Robert Lee Hancock was born on 8 May 1863. He died on 11 Jan 1952.


Third Generation

8. John Milton Hancock (Abner Perry, John Thomas) was born on 27 Aug 1838 in Randolph Co., NC. He died on 3 Jan 1877 in Randolph Co., NC. He was buried in Asheboro City Cemetery, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC.

John married Lydia Jane Page on 26 Sep 1872 in Randolph Co., NC. Lydia was born on 2 Feb 1845 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. She died on 2 Dec 1922 in North Carolina. She was buried in Asheboro City Cemetery, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC.

They had the following children:

32 F i. Minnie Lee Hancock was born on 14 Dec 1873 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. She died on 30 Oct 1959 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. She was buried in Asheboro City Cemetery, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC.
Minnie married William Cicero Hammer . William was born on 24 Mar 1865

in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. He died on 26 Sep 1930 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. He was buried in Asheboro City Cemetery, Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC.

13. John Randolph Hancock (John Pipkin, John Thomas) was born on 23 Jun 1857 in Lebanon, Leclede Co., MO. He died on 29 Oct 1932 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

John married Predonia Jane Tompkins on 24 Dec 1876 in Randolph Co., AR. Predonia was born on 4 Feb 1860 in Kentucky. She died on 16 Oct 1921 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. She was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

They had the following children:

33 F i. Mary Lou Hancock was born on 28 Nov 1877 in Randolph Co., AR. She died on 9 Apr 1953 in Randolph Co., AR.

34 F ii. Lora H Hancock was born in 1881 in Randolph Co., AR. She died in 1962 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. She was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.
Lora married John A Rogers . John was born in 1873. He died in 1949 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

35 F iii. Kate T Hancock was born on 22 Oct 1883 in Randolph Co., AR. She died on 21 Aug 1925 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. She was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.
Kate married Hiram S White . Hiram was born on 29 Oct 1887. He died on 17 Apr 1968 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

36 F iv. Gusta E Hancock was born on 10 Aug 1885 in Randolph Co., AR. She died on 31 Mar 1959 in Randolph Co., AR. She was buried in Masonic Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.
Gusta married Bass .

37 M v. John Willie Hancock was born on 11 Jan 1887 in Randolph Co., AR. He died on 15 Jan 1911 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

38 M vi. Burley Henderson Hancock was born in 1889 in Randolph Co., AR. He died in 1928 in Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

39 M vii. Emmett Winfield Hancock was born on 1 Apr 1891 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He died in 1950 in Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.


40 M viii. Charlie Wesley Hancock was born on 14 Oct 1894 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He died on 22 Jan 1971 in Kidder Co., ND. He was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Steele, Kidder Co., ND.

41 M ix. Thomas Quillert Hancock was born on 5 Feb 1897 in Randolph Co., AR. He died on 28 Nov 1923 in Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR. He was buried in Sutton Cemetery, Pocahontas, Randolph Co., AR.

42 F x. Bessie M Hancock was born on 3 Feb 1900 in Randolph Co., AR. She died on 8 Jan 1997 in Morgantown, Monongalia, W VA.

25. Mary Jane Hancock (Elias Henderson, John Thomas) was born in 1848 in Randolph Co., NC.

Mary married Benjamin F Whittenberg on 1 Nov 1868 in Jasper Co., MO. Benjamin was born in 1842 in Tennessee.

They had the following children:

43 M i. L H Whittenberg was born in Feb 1870 in Dent Co., MO.

26. Abner Perry Hancock (Elias Henderson, John Thomas) was born on 12 Jul 1849 in Randolph Co., NC. He died on 8 May 1932 in Ozark Co., MO. The cause of death was cancer of the skin, mouth and throat per death certificate. He was buried in Bakersfield Cemetery, Bakersfield, Ozark Co., MO.

Abner married (1) Susan Alice MNU about 1870 in Fulton or Independence Co., AR. Susan was born in 1852 in Arkansas. She died about 1897 in Fulton Co., AR.

They had the following children:

44 M i. George H Hancock was born in 1871 in Fulton Co., AR.

45 M ii. Walter Hancock was born in 1877 in Fulton Co., AR.

46 M iii. Faburn Lee Hancock was born on 15 Sep 1884 in Izard Co., AR. He died about 1927.
Faburn married Tennie A MNU in 1909 in Fulton Co., AR. Tennie was born in 1895 in Arkansas.

47 F iv. Susan Cordia Hancock was born on 17 May 1885 in Izard Co., AR. She died on 27 Mar 1965 in West Plains, Howell Co., MO. She was buried in Salem Cemetery, Salem, Fulton Co., AR.

Susan married James Walter Massengale, son of William Robert (Reddick?) Massengale and Mary Feltcher Williams on 11 Mar 1906 in Bryan Co., OK. James was born on 21 Jun 1881 in Mississippi. He died on 7 Nov 1954 in Bald Knob, White Co., AR. He was buried in Shady Grove Cemetery, Bald Knob, White Co., AR.


48 M v. John R Hancock was born on 13 Aug 1887 in Izard Co., AR. He died in Sep 1973 in Fulton Co., AR. He was buried in Union Cemetery, Union, Fulton Co., AR.
John married Addie MNU . Addie was born in 1887 in Arkansas.

49 M vi. Buford Noone Hancock was born on 30 Apr 1889 in Izard Co., AR. He died in 1957 in Fulton Co., AR. He was buried in Salem Cemetery, Salem, Fulton Co., AR.
Buford married Lottie Pearl Lee . Lottie was born in 1894. She died in 1985 in Fulton Co., AR. She was buried in Salem Cemetery, Salem, Fulton Co., AR.


Abner married (2) Sarah Belle Bratton daughter of John Bratton on 14 Feb 1900 in Fulton Co., AR. Sarah was born on 30 Oct 1868 in Tennessee. She died on 16 Mar 1935 in Ozark Co., MO.

They had the following children:

50 F vii. Dora J Hancock was born on 29 Sep 1903 in Wiseman, Fulton Co., AR. She died on 10 Mar 1920 in Bakersfield, Ozark Co., MO. The cause of death was influenza, per death certificate. She was buried in Bakersfield Cemetery, Bakersfield, Ozark Co., MO.

51 M viii. Frank Hancock was born in 1914 in Fulton Co., AR.

28. Benjamin Franklin Hancock (Elias Henderson, John Thomas) was born on 28 Jul 1856 in Asheboro, Randolph Co., NC. He died on 14 Mar 1940 in Kingfisher Co., OK. He was buried in Kingfisher Cemetery, Kingfisher, Kingfisher Co., OK.

Benjamin married Mary Elizabeth Armstrong daughter of James K Armstrong and Lydia L MNU on 12 Nov 1876 in Newton Co., MO. Mary was born on 2 Nov 1857 in Davis Co., IA. She died on 1 Nov 1935 in Kingfisher Co., OK. She was buried in Kingfisher Cemetery, Kingfisher, Kingfisher Co., OK.

They had the following children:

52 M i. James Harvey Hancock was born on 14 Feb 1880 in Shoal Creek, Newton Co., MO. He died on 14 Mar 1919 in Logan Co., OK. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.
James married Mary L Ballard . Mary was born on 17 May 1885. She died on 14 Nov 1914 in Logan Co., OK. She was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

53 F ii. Clara B Hancock was born in Oct 1884 in Kansas.

54 F iii. Minnie Minerva Hancock was born in Jul 1887 in Indian Territory, OK.
Minnie married George E McKinney .


55 F iv. Mary E Hancock was born in Aug 1890 in Oklahoma.

56 M v. Franklin Henderson Hancock was born on 7 Aug 1893 in Logan Co., OK. He died on 17 May 1930 in Brownsville, Cameron Co., TX. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.
Franklin married Anna R MNU .

57 M vi. Robert Perry Hancock was born on 11 Mar 1897 in Logan Co., OK. He died on 24 Jul 1965 in Logan Co., OK. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.
Robert married Lucile C MNU .

58 M vii. Benjamin George D Hancock was born in Mar 1899 in Logan Co., OK.

30. William M Hancock (Elias Henderson, John Thomas) was born in May 1860 in Missouri. He died in 1938 in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS.

William married (1) Unknown . Unknown was born in Missouri.

They had the following children:

59 F i. Nola M Hancock was born in May 1881 in Missouri.


William married (2) Maggie C Ironsides daughter of George R Ironsides and Emily Kenison in 1886. Maggie was born in Feb 1868 in Indian Territory, OK. She died in 1938 in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS. She was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS.

They had the following children:

60 F ii. Luella Hancock was born in Dec 1886 in Indian Territory, OK.

61 F iii. Jessie L Hancock was born in Oct 1888 in Indian Territory, OK.

62 M iv. Robert L Hancock was born in May 1890 in Indian Territory, OK. He died in 1931 in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS. He was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS.
Robert married Unknown .

63 F v. Nelly I Hancock was born in May 1893 in Indian Territory, OK. She died in 1976 in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS. She was buried in Elmwood Cemetery, Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS.

31. Robert Lee Hancock (Elias Henderson, John Thomas) was born on 8 May 1863 in Cuba, Crawford Co., MO. He died on 11 Jan 1952 in Logan Co., OK. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

Robert married Ruth Ellen MNU in 1883. Ruth was born on 28 Nov 1863 in Illinois. She

died on 17 Jul 1928 in Logan Co., OK. She was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

They had the following children:

64 F i. Leona A Hancock was born in Jun 1885 in Indian Territory, OK.

65 F ii. Mary Jane Hancock was born on 15 Nov 1887. She died on 6 Dec 1887. She was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

66 M iii. Elmer Henderson Hancock was born on 17 Sep 1889 in Indian Territory, OK. He died on 11 Nov 1927 in Logan Co., OK. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

67 F iv. Oma Ann Hancock was born on 5 Mar 1891 in Guthrie, Logan Co., OK. She died on 15 Aug 1894 in Guthrie, Logan Co., OK. She was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

68 F v. Ruth Rebecca Hancock was born on 20 Jan 1894 in Logan Co., OK. She died on 13 Feb 1928 in Logan Co., OK. She was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

69 M vi. William F Hancock was born on 14 Feb 1897 in Oklahoma.

70 M vii. Robert Luther Lee Hancock was born on 25 Jan 1900 in Logan Co., OK. He died on 6 Apr 1987 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., OK. He was buried in Harmony Cemetery, Cedar Valley, Logan Co., OK.

71 F viii. Lavinia E Hancock was born in 1902 in Logan Co., OK.

72 M ix. John A Hancock was born in 1906 in Logan Co., OK.
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Sunday, August 25th, 2013 11:11 am
Have spent a lot of time the past two weeks on several family trees.

For the ones unrelated to my own family, there are friends looking for answers.

They didn't even know there were questions, because - well, every family has some secrets. If not created in recent generations, then the secrets of the ancestors can be startling and unwelcome surprises to their descendants.
I have no farther to look for evidence of family secrets than my own great great grandfather, who had an entire second family a half mile away from his farm.

For at least 14 years, James Littleton Burris had a relationship with a woman young enough to be his daughter. They had at least 5 children together, possibly more.

You can't really call that a fling. So I wonder...did my great great grandparents have some sort of understanding? Our family lore says Elizabeth Adeline Ashmore walked beside James Littleton Burris on almost the entire journey from Lawrence Co., TN to Arkansas in 1838, and fell deeply in love with him. So, did she just look the other way when he left to go see his other family three decades later? Was my great great grandpa polyamorous, and his wife accepted that?
Then, there are the other families...

The yearning and pain I see in the eyes of two half-brothers, who desperately want to find the body of their half-sister who just disappeared one day, and whom they fear was murdered by her own parents...

A dear friend who didn't find out until he was in his 30s that his grandmother stabbed his grandfather to death with a kitchen knife. Had she finally decided, after leaving him and moving to Memphis with their daughters, that she just wasn't going to take one more beating after he arrived drunk at her house that Saturday?
Sometimes the answers died with them.

But it doesn't make me stop wondering. And if nothing else, I'll ask them on the other side...
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Saturday, August 24th, 2013 09:53 am
They say patience is a virtue. If so, then I'm not so virtuous. I also haven't mastered that thing about becoming more patient as you get older.

Right now, I am waiting on several phone calls and emails to connect some more dots in three [different] family trees I research.

Although I am not feeling very patient, there is one thing I've learned over the last decade of shakin' the family tree.

If I gather up several different requests and spend an evening emailing, filling out forms and mailing them with $10 checks, then I'll get a consistent dribble of responses over a period of weeks.

And the neat ones that yield certificates and land deeds, or detailed information about who is buried in that cemetery with that surname will make up for the ones that say...

I'm sorry but we couldn't find the record you were looking for. Thanks for the $10.
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Saturday, August 10th, 2013 09:54 am
Have done quite a bit of work on the family tree. Not my direct ancestors, but some of the families that married into mine, as well as my grand aunts, uncles, and their children.

And just got an email from one [apparently] budding family historian, asking why one of my many times removed cousins committed suicide at the asylum where she had been committed three years prior to her death. My correspondent read one of my blog entries. One of her aunts died at the same asylum.

Only my cousin didn't commit suicide. She died of hardening of the arteries, and I posted the death certificate on the blog entry.

I have plenty of other relatives who DID commit suicide, so for me, it's both a cause of death and a cause to try and look deeper into their lives. I blog about that, too.

However, we family historians have to READ EVERYTHING FULLY. We are the story-tellers. Failing to fully read all the historic stuff we find means we are telling a story AND putting our spin on it, as if it was truth.

That's just wrong, and leads to other, more accurate family historians spending years trying to correct a construct of someone else's imagination...
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Friday, August 9th, 2013 03:35 pm
For Joseph Dannash and Gizella Bercsényi, who married on 4 Sep 1899 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., OH.

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This record shows the names - as best as they were understood at the time - of both sets of parents.
A Find a Grave volunteer who created Gizella's memorial did some excellent research that allowed me to finally connect some dots - back to the Old Country. Hungary to be specific.

The variant spellings of both surnames make research next to impossible challenging to say the least.

As I have looked at this couple I've found the following variant spellings.
Dannash, Dannish, Danish, Dienes, Diennes
and
Bercsényi, Beresényi, Bercheny

I'm going to use the spelling on Gizella Dannish's death certificate as the primary surname spelling for that generation. I already know some of Joseph and Gizella's kids spelled the surname Diennes and Danish - split 50/50 from among them.

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And now I found Gizella's parents.

I love it when this happens.
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Sunday, August 4th, 2013 07:13 am
There may or may not have been an obituary for John Donald Burris. He died the day before his fourth birthday in Lubbock, TX of laryngeal diphtheria. He was the son of Ira Herbert Burris and Etta Minnie Price.

I found his death certificate while researching the children and grandchildren of William Andrew Burris and Maria Isabell Wharton.

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Laryngeal diphtheria can cause a membrane to form in the throat, cutting off the supply of oxygen. That's why this death certificate notes that John Burris had a tracheotomy.

The combination diphtheria and tetanus toxoids for pediatric use was first licensed in the U.S. in 1947 - too late to have saved John Donald Burris.

He was buried in Becton Cemetery, in Lubbock County, TX.
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Saturday, July 27th, 2013 10:13 pm
Got this one for a bargain today at the flea market.

I paid 80 cents.

One of my other hobbies is keeping an eye out for old family photos that have become separated from their rightful owners by time and distance.

I look for the ones with writing on them.
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I found a tree on Ancestry with some of these folks in it.

Sent a private message to the owner, asking if he wants the photo.

Now, we wait...
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Wednesday, July 24th, 2013 07:52 pm
The lady at the Old Fort Genealogical Society meant well.

I know she did.

And she gave such prompt attention to my email inquiry.

But my 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth Harris Chapin, did not die as a result of a fall down some stairs.

That was Mrs. E J Chapin who fell down the stairs.

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Sad Accident
Last evening Mrs. E J Chapin called upon the family of J C Moore of the Fort Scott saw mill, to administer to the care of Mrs. Moore, who is quite sick, when by some unfortunate accident, Mrs. Chapin fell down the stairway in Mrs. Moore's residence, breaking her shoulder blade and dislocating her shoulder. The unfortunate lady was instantly cared for by those in the house. Dr. Aikman was summoned and rendered assistance. The shock to the lady's nerves was severe, but all the skill that medical aid could render was immediately applied.
Source: The Fort Scott Daily Monitor, Wednesday, 7 Sep 1887, page 5, column 4.

Mrs. E J Chapin was Mrs. Elmer Judson Chapin, nee Hannah Elizabeth McIntosh.

And she didn't die. Not immediately. Or even a month later.

Hannah Elizabeth McIntosh Chapin died on 13 Nov 1925, and was buried beside her husband in Maple Grove Cemetery, Fort Scott, Bourbon Co., KS.

Elmer Judson Chapin and my 3rd great grandfather, Nathaniel Foster Chapin, were 6th cousins, once removed.
For the time being, I have the Chapin family lore about how Granny died - from those injuries in the buggy accident when my great grandmother was just an infant.

But now there's this thing that really puzzles me. Why did it take so long to bury her? Her funeral was the day after her death on 4 Oct 1887. Yet the records of Evergreen Cemetery in Fort Scott say she was not interred there until 30 Oct 1887.

Where was she for 25 days?

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Died
At 2 o'clock p.m., yesterday, at her home in East Fort Scott, 321 Mulberry street, Mrs. E H Chapin, in the fifty-sixth year of her age. The deceased was born in Bradford county, Pennsylvania, November 20, 1831, married N F Chapin in 1852, and enjoyed the full fruition of life for the past thirty-five years. She was the mother of ten children, seven sons and three daughters, nine of which and the father are now at home mourning her loss. The funeral will take place today at 2 o'clock p.m. All friends of the family are invited to attend.
Source: The Fort Scott Daily Monitor, Wednesday, 5 Oct 1887, page 3, column 5.
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Thursday, July 18th, 2013 10:41 am
Immogene. Emma, she was called in a lot of documents.

And Uncle Linky's notes said she married a guy named Will Nutz, and they had one child, a daughter named Helen. The notes also said that Immogene was buried in KS, date of death missing.
So, I looked and found the record of Emma Chapin's marriage to W H Nutz (born in 1866), on 12 Mar 1889, in Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co., KS.

And I found William H Nutz, a machinist, living in Ft. Scott in the 1889 City Directory. The address for his residence was 1120 East Oak.

William H Nutz lower left column, left page

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And I can't find anything else on them.

My city directory and census searches of Ft. Scott around, prior to, and after Emma and Will's marriage show that there were several people with the Nutz surname living in Ft. Scott for quite a while. They had to be part of Will's extended family. But as I track them, I can't find a parent or parents from among the folks of the right age.

Makes me wonder if he was orphaned early and taken in by family members. That happened a lot back then.
There is an Immogene Nutz buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Ft. Scott.

My Chapins seemed to favor that cemetery. The spelling of her first name is strikingly coincidental.

But the birth year is wrong. Immogene Chapin was born 23 May 1869, not 1860.

The FAG record was created from a cemetery transcript, or book the church ladies put together, or some other document like that.

I've requested a photo of the grave to see if there was a typo in the document used to create the record.

Add Immogene to the Chapin brick walls...
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 09:38 pm
Sometimes, I spend a little more time, dig just a little deeper, and examine images of documents a little more carefully when I'm looking for a family.

It's harder when you find a family in peacetime that seems to have husband and wife in different locations for a significant portion of their marriage.

That's what happened with Willard Chapin and Dee Rowland. He was gone to other towns in California, and I think I've found him in Pershing NV in the 9120 census with two male [business] "partners" in or close to a mining camp.

And Dee Chapin was holding down the fort in San Luis Obispo, supporting herself and the couple's 4 and then 5 daughters by running a boardinghouse.

It must have worked for them. They were married for at least 33 years. Dee Chapin died in 1921. I don't know when Willard did.

So I am looking harder at them, trying to account for all the kids (I'm missing one who must have died young and in between census years), and now noting who the kids married, whether they had children, etc.

And no one else is looking for this family. I kid you not.

How can that happen? Will I be the only person who makes information about this family and its subsequent generations available in electronic (or any) form?

Or somewhere, is there some man or woman staring at a box - or twelve - of "stuff" they got when an older relative died, and wondering...

WTH?
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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 06:23 pm
I'm back to work on that branch of the family.

Due to some family history notes compiled by my grand uncle, Russell Ellington Balding, I have some new leads. (We always called him Uncle Linky.)

The notes were provided to me by my first cousin, once removed. Some of the information has proven to be untrue, and some has been accurate, but I have run ~ temporarily ~ into a dead end.

All of it has made me dig deeper into some useful but under-utilized resources.
From Linky's notes, I thought I might find a news article about an accident suffered by my 3rd great grandmother, Elizabeth Harris Chapin.

According to the notes, she and my great grandmother, Hattie Belle Chapin, were involved in a buggy accident when Hattie was four months old. Elizabeth was seriously injured, and those injuries led to her death.

I emailed the Old Fort Genealogical Society a couple of days ago about searching for an old news clipping.

In less than an hour, I had my answer. Elizabeth Chapin did die from injuries suffered in an accident, but not one involving a buggy. She fell down some stairs. The woman at the OFGS also said that what I previously thought was Elizabeth's date of death - 30 Oct 1887 - was actually the date of her burial. She died 4 Oct 1887.

The researcher wondered why there would be such a delay in her funeral. The only thing I could think of was getting all the family rounded up.

But that kind of delay doesn't seem likely, particularly given the limitations on preservation of bodies during that era. I'll be interested in the publication date of the news clippings - including her brief obit - when I get them in the mail.

Uncle Linky's notes also say that there was speculation that Elizabeth Harris was born Elizabeth Pancoast, and after her father died, Sally Miller married James Elisha Harris.

I do know that Elizabeth is referred to in historic documents as E H Chapin, but I will explore the Pancoast angle also.
I thought I hit pay dirt with Willard N Chapin, and in a way, I did. I started looking harder to find him after Uncle Linky's notes corroborated some unsourced information I had seen about Willard on the internet.

All of the adult men in Nathaniel Foster Chapin's family, excluding George and Ward Chapin, are listed in the 1889 City Directory for Fort Scott, KS.

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According to Uncle Linky's notes, Willard Chapin b 4 May 1865 Olean N.Y. Moved with family to Kansas about 1882. m Dee ___. Buried in Calif. Date of death missing. His 4 daughters were living in San Luis Obispo, Calif. when last heard of.

I finally found a record of Willard's marriage. He married Delana L Rowland on 25 Apr 1888 in Ft. Scott, Bourbon Co., KS. She was called Dee.

I haven't found Willard in any census with his family yet. I did find Dee Chapin, the proprietress of a rooming house in San Luis Obispo, in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. She was born in Missouri on 26 Sep 1864.

The 1910 census said that Dee was the mother of six children, five of whom were living at the time of the census. I have only been able to account for four of the daughters - Helen Chapin Gardner, divorced and living with her mother in 1920; Icy Chapin Justus, married to Felix Orlando Justus and the mother of four sons; Rosetta Chapin Baxter; and Margaret Chapin.

Icy Chapin died on 1 Mar 1959 in Santa Clara Co., CA. Rosetta Chapin died on 9 Aug 1980 in San Joaquin Co., CA.

Dee Chapin died on 19 Aug 1921 in San Luis Obispo, CA, and is buried in San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo Co., CA.

I still don't know when or where Willard died, or where he is buried. He's going to be another brick in the wall for me.

But I'm getting closer...
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Tuesday, July 16th, 2013 06:40 am
At least one of them is. She usually incites the other one.

I'm trying to figure out if there's an actual cycle to this. Maybe they've gotten tired of shopping, tennis, or whatever other interests they pursue in the "off" cycle.

I suspect there is some consternation that there hasn't been a really recent Chapin entry.

Not to worry, dear cousins (and I use that term facetiously)...

There will be an entry (or two) soon. Because it looks like Broshia has gotten some of her story twisted up.

Or maybe she just wrote it down differently in that Bible...
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Friday, July 12th, 2013 08:18 pm
Photobucket

In addition to the hundreds, maybe thousands, of scans of old family photos I have, I also have framed portraits and framed prints of some of the scans. After I scanned the tintypes of my Meek ancestors, I had them framed to preserve them. Tintypes are not original photos I throw away after they have been digitized.

My dead relatives' gallery is spread throughout my home. From time to time, I wander through looking at them, peering intently to see if I can find physical similarities between the ancestors and descendants.

And occasionally, I pause in front of one or two. The Jefferson John Meek family is a good place to stop for contemplation.
In this entry, I talked about my black sheep great-great grandfather, James Alexander Meek, who left his family in 1868, and was apparently vilified by his son ever after, even down through two more generations.

It was the letter by James' great grandson, Joe Thomas Meek, that made me realize I have no photos of James Alexander Meek dated later than 1868.

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James' daughter, Maxie Leah Meek - my great grandmother - never knew her dad. She was born on 10 Feb 1869, after James was gone. Her mother, Mary Emily Conner, remarried before Maxie was two years old, and the new blended family moved to Russellville, AR.

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Maxie had quite a few photos of her dad in the photo album given to her and the man she married - Jo Desha Williams - the Christmas before their marriage.

That's where the tintypes were - in that album.

I think it's unlikely that Maxie's mother permitted her as a child to travel back to Mississippi to visit the father who abandoned her. Perhaps Maxie had a relationship with her paternal grandparents before their deaths in 1889 and 1891, when she was a young wife and mother.

She got the photos from someone. Maybe she inherited them when her father died in 1917. Her brother would not likely have wanted them, given his animus toward their father.

The photos of James Alexander Meek, as well as those tintype photos which were taken long before Maxie was born, make me feel the wistfulness of a daughter who wished she'd had a dad.




I am taking the Family History Through the Alphabet challenge, albeit starting a few months late.