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Thursday, February 27, 2014

GG grandfather Powell in NC

James Moore Powell
born Feb 27, 1791 in Bertie County, North Carolina, USA

Also lived in Warrentown, Warren County, NC when 29
Then married Nancy Jones Traylor on 20 Sept when he was 31 in Perry Alabama.
Then they moved with various family members to Dallas County, Alabama, where the state capitol had been laid out at Cahaba.  This census of 1830 has him at 39, married with 2 children, in a household with 22 slaves, 9 of whom were children under 10 years old.
Then more family moved together to Union District, LA, for the census of 1840 his household consisted of James, his wife, and 4 children, one had died in 1838.  The census of that year doesn't list slaves.  Ten years later, Census of 1850, this is the same location of the family.

My great great grandmother had married Richard Bass by the time of the 1850 Census, so the children at home still are Travis 19, John 17, Wm 14, and Emily 1.  Sons Lewis, John and Dr. William Pentecost POWELL have also moved out as they became adults. 

The 1860 census finds the family living in Walker County, Texas, which is also where my GG grandmother was now living.  

James Moore Powell died at age 77 in Old Waverly, Walker County, Texas.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Some rocks and mountains

Sepia Saturday for this week (click on the link to see lots of other fun postings, maybe on theme, maybe not. (look at links at bottom of their page for the other posts, usually a lot by Sat!)

Well, living near the Blue Ridge Parkway, in North Carolina, I chose to share some of the views I've seen there.  Maybe some rocks too.  Sorry, no musicians.

Arlene in the Big Ivy area in Pisgah National Forest (she's an artist).

Below a view of the Black Mountains from the Blue Ridge Parkway

And remembering to have a foreground with some rocks (and branches too) looking across the actual Blue Ridge Parkway down to Burnett Reservoir, the source of Asheville's water.  (Alan Burnett, I have to wonder if any of your cousins might have something named after them in America, though I actually don't know who the reservoir was named after, though I found another Burnett Reservoir in Mississippi.  No help there.)

 A winter scene of the Little River as it flows towards Hooker Falls near Brevard.  (I think that's the name of the river, so if I'm wrong, please let me know!)

In April, 2012 I was able to see this waterfall, way across a valley, with just my zoom on my little Nikon CookPix.  It's not visible in the summertime.  And of course if I'd had the telescope like the gentlemen on Sepia Saturday, I might have seen much more! 

And being very civilized, the Blue Ridge Parkway tells us just what we're looking at.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Then there was a Scottish connection too

Giles Fitz Rogers was the Rogers who came to America, and is a primary connection on my Family Tree of ancestors. 
Birth 1643 in Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland
in 1672 he married
Lucille Rachel Eastham inWorchestershire, England
Death 1730 in Dunkirk, King and Queen, Virginia

Edinburgh Castle, 1930s

I am not sure of this history of Giles Fitz Rogers, because apparently his parents were born and died in England.

Village church, Scotland
But he is reputed to be the mariner who sailed to Virginia, returned to England to marry Lucille Eastham, then brought her back to Virginia where they raised their family.  Their son John Rogers is the connection through my family tree.
That tree would look something like this:

3) Barbara Rogers (Heym) (1942- living) (my children are generation 2)
4) George Rogers (1914-1985)
5) George Elmore Rogers, Sr. (1877-1960)
6) William Sandford Rogers (1850-1879)
7) George Washington Rogers (1820-1864)
8) Micajah Clack Rogers (1795-1873)
9) Rev. Elijah Rogers (1774-1841)
10) Henry Rogers (c.1741-c.1794)
11) George Rogers (1721-1802)
12) John Rogers (1683-1668)
13) Giles Fitz Rogers (1643-1730)

Stonehaven Kincardineshire, Scotland

Another leg of my tree, on my mother's side, takes me back through Ireland to Scotland.
So here's that branch...
3) Barbara Booth Rogers (Heym) (1942-living)
4) Mataley Mozelle Webb Munhall Rogers (1917-2003)
5) Albert (Bud) Webb (1891-1919)
6) Annie Elizabeth Williams Webb (1862-1942)
7) William T. Williams (1824-1898)
8) Nancy Hansford Williams (1796-1860)
9) Margaret Beattie Hansford (1762-1861)
10) Martha Tate Beatie
11) John Tait (1703-1730) and 11) Elizabeth Edward (1703 - ?)
12) James Tait (1670-1725) and 12) Agnes Clerk Tait (1669-1739)

I spoke of Rev. Thomas Hansford, and his wife Margaret Beattie Hansford, HERE.  Her parents were the Beatties of Ireland, and earlier than that, there was a Scottish connection.

Kirkdon of Maryculter Church

Her grandfather was John Tate, of  Maryculter, Kincardineshire, Scotland, who lived from 1703-1730.  Her grandmother, his wife, was Elizabeth Edward, born in 1703 in Kincardineshire, Scotland, where she died in an unknown year.  

Kincardineshire or The Mearns, on the north east coast of Scotland

Stone Circle, Kincardinshire, Scotland

Their daughter Martha Tate Beattie, was apparently born in Ireland in 1720, and she died in America.   There are some siblings of Martha Tate (or Tait) some of whom were born in Scotland, some in Ireland.

Balbegno Castle, Kencardenshire, Scoltand

Crofter's Cottage in Scotland

I follow the Tate's parents back through John Tate to his father James Tait, born in 1670 in Kincardineshire, Scotland, who died in 1725 in Labadoo, Convoy, Donegal, Ireland.  

Fisherwomen, Scotland

There are some interesting lists done by Root's Web World Connect Project HERE with many Tait's on the lists, including James Tait.

John's mother was Agnes Clerk Tait, born on 19 July, 1669, in Bendochy, Perthshire, Scotland.  It is believed she died at 70 in an unknown place, in 1739.  I don't have any information further back on their branch of the tree at this time.

Midlothian Scotland, St. Mary's, Dalkeith




Monday, February 24, 2014

Eugenia Almeta Whitty Booth

Here's my tree, not counting generations of my children (2) or grandchildren (1)
3) Barbara Booth Rogers (living)
4) Mataley Mozelle Webb Munhall Rogers (1917-2003)
5) Mozelle Booth Miller Webb Munhall (1897-1960)
6) Eugenia Almeta Booth Miller (1873-1936)
7) Eugenia Almeda Whitty Booth born 2.24.1852 Marshall, Harrison County, TX, d. 13 Jul 1875
Hempstead, Waller County, TX.
 married on 7.20.1869 (his second m) Hill County, TX
 (7  Richard R. Booth, born 23 Sept 1846, Jackson, IN, died 30 May 1879 Hempstead, Waller County, TX.
 her parents:  8) Carrol Whitty b. 6 Nov 1818 in Alabama,  d. 19 Sep 1898 in Texas
       married on 16 Jan 1843 Limestone County, AL
      (8) Susan E. Hoke Whitty, b. 12 June 1817 in Athens, Limestone County, AL, died 18 Dec 1895, Hill County, TX

Wikipedia tells me a bit about Marshall, TX (Eugenia Whitty's birthplace)

The Republic of Texas and the Civil War (1841–1860)

Marshall, TX was founded in 1841 as the seat of Harrison County, since the county was established in 1839, and was incorporated in 1843.. The city quickly became a major city in the state because of its position as a gateway to Texas on several major stage coach lines and one of the first railroad lines into Texas. The establishment of several colleges, including a number of seminaries, teaching colleges, and incipient universities, earned Marshall the nickname the Athens of Texas, in reference to the ancient Greek city state. The city's growing importance was confirmed when Marshall was linked by a telegraph line to New Orleans, becoming the first city in Texas to have a telegraph service.[8]
By 1860, the city was the fourth largest city in Texas and the seat of the richest county. The county had more slaves than any other in the state, making it a hotbed of anti-Union sentiment, though some residents of Marshall nonetheless fought for the North.
Eugenia Whitty was born on this date (Feb 24, 1852) in Marshall, TX, a city where her parents aren't on the census records as having ever lived.  They were in Athens AL in 1850, she was born in 1852, and they were all the way over in Hill County TX by 1860's census.  So I think they weren't planning to settle in Marshall at all...maybe were just passing through on their way to a better place to live.

Carroll and Susan Hoke Whitty had been a farming family in the 1850 census of Limestone County, AL, living next door to a brother Jackson Whitty and his wife Emily.  Susan Hoke Whitty's father, Joseph Hoke, (57), lived with her family.  She already had 5 children in AL. 

Athens, Limestone County AL was
Founded in 1818 by John Coffee, Robert Beaty, John D. Carroll, and John Read... one of the oldest incorporated cities in the State of Alabama, having been incorporated one year prior to the state's admittance to the Union in 1819. (Source Wikipedia)

Founders Hall, Athens College, Athens AL

By 1852 the family had taken to the road west.  They settled in Hill County, TX by 1860, which is another 175 miles or so west of Marshall.  In July of 1860 a census shows Carroll Whitty identifying himself as a Wagon Maker, and his two oldest sons are stocksmen (which I assume means cowboys, before the term came into use).

Susan Whitty now had 9 children, two of whom are 6 year olds (I wonder if they are twins perhaps!)  And Eugenia is listed as 9 years old. 

 Hill County, Texas was founded in 1853, so the Whitty family was among the earliest settlers, and their property was listed in 1860 as "The Subdivision."   There no longer is another Whitty family nearby, nor any Hokes either.  If I ever get the time, I might try to trace where these families moved. 

In 1868 Richard Booth, an attorney like his father, was 22 when his first wife had died in childbirth (and the baby died within 4 months.)  (See Here for more on RRB)  Their 2 year old son had been named after his grandfather, William Lewis Booth.(see HERE for more on WLB)  Richard R. Booth married Eugenia Almeta Whitty on 7.20.1869 in Hill County, TX. 

William Booth residence, Hillsboro, TX, land purchased 1855

So by the Hillsboro Census of 1870, Richard and Eugenia and little William L. Jr,  were listed as living in a separate household next door to the senior William Booth's household, which included some of Richard's older siblings, who were also attorneys. 

On 7 Feb 1871, Eugenia Whitty Booth gave birth to Edwin Whitty Booth. And on 30 Jan 1873, she gave birth to Eugenia Almeta Booth, both children born in Hillsboro, TX. 

At some point in the next 4 years, the Richard Booth and the William Booth families moved to Hempstead TX. On July 13, 1875 Eugenia gave birth to a daughter who died the same day.  Eugenia Whitty Booth also died that day.
50 miles northwest of Houston,  Hempstead, TX was the home of the Booth families according to the 1880 census.   William Lewis Booth, Sr's household included his grandchildren: William Jr., 14, Ed, 9, and Eugenia A, 7.  Their father, Richard Booth, had been killed by a person he was prosecuting in the same town in 1879.  Hemstead is known as having been a distribution center between the Gulf Coast and the interior of Texas since 1858 when the Houston and Texas Central Railway reached it. 

Availability of transportation facilities and the surrounding area's large cotton production facilitated growth of textile manufacturing and cotton processing industries. Merchandising and processing grew rapidly between 1867 and the 1880s. The town prospered as a transportation center and became Waller county seat in May 1873. Hempstead's commercial, manufacturing, and processing sectors suffered large financial losses from fires between 1872 and 1876.  (Source: Handbook of Texas)
There are various spellings of Eugenia Almeta Whitty Booth's names, Almetta, Almeda, Witty, and so on.  I would be interested in finding out where the name, Almeta, originally came from.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Ada Phillips Swasey Rogers

Birth: Feb 23, 1886 in San Marcos, Hays, Texas, USA
Death: DEC 2 1964 in Houston, Texas
My paternal grandmother.  A woman of strength, leadership, wisdom and healing.  She was a second generation Christian Science Practitioner. She raised 4 sons to adulthood, after losing her first son and then her only daughter as children.  

I first posted about her last year HERE. 

She lived through the no-name tragic hurricane of Galveston in 1900 just five years before she got married.  Her husband was a bit of a card and made her look overly serious when they were socializing, at least from a granddaughter's (mine) point of view.

I don't know what reason her birth was so far from her family home in Galveston since San Marcos is about 200 miles away, and I know of no relatives there.  Her mother Zulieka Phillips Swasey had lost her own mother when she was a young girl, and been raised by two living aunts, Lizzie and Lucy, though both were living in Galveston as far as I know.  Ada did spend her youth in Galveston, so probably didn't spend much time in San Marcos.

Ada Phillips Sawesy says on this photo of herself: "This picture was taken when I was very sick, but later was healed in C.S. (Christian Science) 1888."

This may have been taken at the same time as the following, done by the same studio in Galveston.

When she was 14, the 1900 Census was taken on June 7 in Galveston, and she is listed as part of a household which was headed by her Great Uncle Chauncey Sweet. She and her sister and her parents are listed with their ages.  I've mentioned before how that terrible storm killed about 6000 people in September that year.  

But wait a minute!  The 1900 Census taken on June 12 shows her living with her parents and sister in their own home.  So this whole family got counted twice, and interestingly enough, these were different wards in Galveston.

Galveston was not at all a sleepy little vacation spot at that time.  It was a boom town, with shipping coming through bringing southeast Texas goods from all over the world, and exporting many crops, including cotton.  The train service had also begun in the last few years, thus linking the rest of the west to this port.

Her wedding on  June 6, 1905 was written with detail in the society column of the Galveston Times.  The couple spent their honeymoon in Denver.   She was 19, and her husband George E. Rogers, Sr. was 27.  Mrs. McCall and Mrs. King of Houston attended, aunts of the bride, according to the society write-up.  I haven't figured out exactly who they were, but will be looking for them on her tree.

The first 5 of their children were born in the house my grandfather built, and the youngest was born after they moved to Fort Worth.

1909  July, Elmore age 3, Alexander age 9 months. (NOTE: this same photo has been labeled differently in another source, calling the baby James, and the boy in the background as George, in Fort Worth.)

 Gummy and my father, George Junior or Juney as it was said with the Texas accent.
We called her Gummy.  She probably had lost some of her teeth by the time my oldest cousin was beginning to talk and gave her that name.  I never really noticed, but she did wear dentures many years later.

After about 10-13 years they moved from Fort Worth to San Antonio, where my father and mother went to the same high school.  After they married they moved to Dallas where I was born, and about that time Gummy and Poppy moved to Houston, where they lived the rest of their lives.
I admired Gummy and had a correspondence which was limited mainly by my own youth.  She had a sensible connection in my life, though I can see how my mother would be at odds with her at times.  Early on, according to the photo albums at least, my mother was embraced by the Rogers family even before she and my father became "romantically involved."  This could only be the romance that religion offered my mother, since Gummy was a Christian Science practitioner, and my mother was very interested in learning about it.  Or perhaps it was being around all the young men in my father's family.

But back to Gummy, I moved back to Texas as a young married woman, and visited her after having my first son.  I enjoyed her politics, which were not the same as mine.  She had lost her husband the year I graduated from high school, and I had not been close to him so didn't feel that made any difference in my life.  Of course it made a big difference in her life.  But as a twenty something mother, I wasn't at all aware of end-of-life considerations.

I was glad to have contact with her at the end of her life.  

 My mother and her mother-in-law, with whom she had a love-hate relationship.  Two strong women, but my mother learned a lot from Gummy.  She was the same age as the daughter that the Rogers family lost as a child.  My mother also became enamored with Christian Science which she studied and practiced the rest of her life in almost religious addiction.  I believe she also learned many homemaking skills from Gummy..

A very proud moment for my grandmother, being the second reader (of 2 who lead each Sunday service) for the Christian Science Church in Houston.

 Ada Rogers on right and her sister Stella Swasey Winslow on left.

My grandmother lived to see my first son as a 6-months old baby.  I drove from Corpus Christi and visited her home and we shared Thanksgiving dinner together, and that night she became ill.  I was worried, but had no way to help her, and the baby also demanded my attention. I also  was quite naive' with my own Christian Science up-bringing, so that I knew very little about medical problems and normal treatment for indigestion or anything that most people take for granted.  She continued to moan constantly, but would only take help through prayer and a "practical nurse," who wasn't hired for several days to only give her comfort, no medical care.
As my grandmother declined with an unknown illness, I had to move away from her home and stay with cousins after a night or two without sleep.  I drove back to Corpus Christi again, after going to her house and saying goodbye, for what I hoped was just the end of our visit.  But I had to return with my husband a short time later for her funeral.   She wasn't the first person I loved that died, but it was the first time I went to a viewing.  That was a big mistake, because that body in the coffin didn't have much resemblance to the lively strong woman I loved.

I thought long and hard about whether to include this last chapter of her life here.  But her difficulty letting go of life seemed as much a part of our relationship as our enjoyment of sharing talk about cooking, plants, children and current events.  I remember how much she didn't like Kennedy, who had died just the year before close to Thanksgiving.  I don't remember what she thought of LBJ, but at least he was a Texan.

Gummy had 4 granddaughters around, myself and my sister, and my older two cousins who had lost their father and then their mother remarried.  So Claudette and Sandra virtually lived at my grandparents during some of that time.  After my father and mother moved to St. Louis, there was correspondence, and sharing of photographs, and some rare visits.  I had 4 other cousins who lived in Wisconsin, and have recently made contact with a couple of them, thanks to this new ancestry interest.

Friday, February 21, 2014

3 suits of a sort

Many a man thinks of a three piece suit as a kind of uniform.  Big choice of each day is tie, and perhaps socks.  The rest is always pretty much the same, at least for work at an office.

What, you don't see this any more? OK, I'm dated, aren't I?

And I'm switching back to times before my mother and dad had jobs.  They were both students at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio...before the second world war.

And I want to share my trio of "suits" which are worn by three lovely ladies, who are in some kind of ROTC marching group.

My mother was Mataley Munhall, the sweet young thing on the left.

An older photograph, 1906 Galveston, in the only photo I can find when my grandfather, George Rogers, was actually young.  He was just 29 in this picture.  All my other photos of him show him as an old man.  I was glad to find that he actually had some dark hair at one time, (and I think a jaunty moustache.)

Come over again to look at my various ancestors and their stories on other days here on this blog.  Today I'll make it short and sweet!

And for more interesting stories related to 3 suits, check out Sepia Saturday HERE, and go to the bottom of the page where other posts are linked as well!

Mary Ann Elizabeth Powell Bass

Mary Ann Elizabeth Powell was born on 21 Feb 1825 in Perry, Alabama, where her father had received a land grant from his service in the War of 1812.

She met and married (at age 14) Richard Bass (later to be called Col. following the Civil War) in her home town, (see Here for more on him) but they started a migration to Texas, stopping along the way for several years. By the time she was in a census at age 25, she had a daughter, Julia (9) born in Alabama, and a son, James (7) born in Louisiana, and daughter, Ellen (5) also born in Louisiana.  That census of 1850 showed the family living in Union Parish, LA.

In the 1860 census the family lived in Walker County, Texas, with a 5 month old baby Elizabeth, who was born in Texas.  Ellen is no longer listed, and another daughter, Nancy C. is 6 years old, born in Louisiana.  There's a cousin living with the family as well, whose name is Emily W. Traylor.

What is interesting about both the Union Parish LA census and especially the Walker County, Texas census, is the listing of various relatives along the same road...all farmers at this time. I'm pretty sure her parents lived on the next farm, but her younger brother who was a physician is also in the neighborhood.  

My great grandmother, Elizabeth "Bettie" Bass Rogers was born in 1861.  (More about her HERE)

Mary Ann Powell Bass died on 12 Oct 1871.  If the Ancestry.com family tree is to be believed, she had 4 more children before her death at age 46.  

Here's her headstone in the  Old Waverly Cemetery.,Walker Co., Tex

Her parents were buried nearby, James Moore Powell (27 Feb 1791 Bertie County, NC - 27 Feb 1868, Walker County, TX) 
and Nancy Jones Traylor Powell (16 May 1804, Oglethorpe County, Georgia - 27 Jun 1881 in Old Waverly, Walker, Texas) 

James Moore Powell (1791-1868)

Nancy Jones Traylor Powell 1804-1881

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Irish roots

George Beatty (or maybe Arthur Beatty) was born in Caven, County Caven, Ireland.  

When checking Wikipedia about Caven, this is what I found.

Copyright Oliver Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence
Clogh Oughter Castle
Clogh Oughter Castle is situated on an island on Lough Oughter. The Anglo Normans built this round tower in the 12th or 13th century when they tried to conquer the East Breifne area. It was once the stronghold of the O'Reilly Clan, rulers of East Breifne and used as a prison for the rest of the middle ages.
Lough Oughter played a pivotal role in the 1641 Rebellion. The castle was one of the last confederate strongholds to surrender in Ireland to the Cromwellian forces in 1653.

As you can see by the modern map, County Caven is a border county, south of Ulster. It is still predominantly Catholic.

The River Shannon begins in County Caven
 George Beattie was born in Caven (the town) and married there, as well as died there.  (I don't yet know which cemetery he was buried in, but someone on Ancestry has the dates and places...so I'll eventually find out.)  He died May 9, 1741.
Derver Graveyard, County Caven, Ireland

He married in...
Martha Cairnes, who was born in 1669 in Claremore, Tyrone, Ireland.

County Tyrone, Ulster, Ireland

There are 2 Claremores in this largest county of Northern Ireland, so I don't know which one she came from.  But the marriage took place in George's home town of Caven, probably in 1683. I only know of the one son who came to America, Francis who was born in 1715.  But Ancestry has lots of interesting possibilities.  It suggests she married Arthur Beatty, and had parents (with 2 different mothers named) and a lot of other children.

Caven is where the Beatty family lived, and Martha Cairnes Beatty died in April of 1743. 

I'm sticking with one simple story at this time.  I'm always willing to admit mistakes, and change my story later.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Soon to the Irish connection

 Francis Beattie (born 1715 in Ireland, died 1791 in Washington County, VA) who wrote a will, which summarizes well what his holdings were, and who his children were.  His wife, Martha Tate Beattie  was also born in Ireland in 1720, and died before he did, but there's no documentation of her death.  They had around 8 children, all born in VA.  However, her family tree does continue back to Scotland.

Here is the transcription of his will (Excerpt from RootsWeb, Hakel - Beatie Ancestorshttp://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lhakel&id=I2010)
Washington County Will, September 17, 1789
In the name of God Amen. I Francis Beattie of Washington Co. of Commonwealth of VA. being at present of sound mind and memory and considering that it is appointed for all men once to die but not knowing the certainty of the time thereof do hereby make this my last will and testament that is to say first and principally I recommend my sould to God who gave it and my body to the earth there to be decently buried.
Item: I will and bequeath to my daughter Rosannah Stuart and John Stuart, her husband the plantation we now live on with all the farming utensils thereon such as plows, hoes, axes, adzes, my negro man named Isak, that is to say on the condition that they or either of them so keep my daughter Sarah Beattie and son Francis Beattie during their lives in good warm clothing, victuals, & drink sufficient to support them decently, and if either John or Rosannah Stewart should die or neglect to take care of said children-then the executors to have it in their power to detain so much of the benefits of said plantation as will be sufficient to support them in decency. And to my son David Beattie and my daughter Mary Beattie I leave and bequeath to each of them a cow worth three pounds.
I will and bequeath to my daughter Jan Bustard twenty pounds to be paid in horses and cattle by the executors out of my personal estate and to my daughter Margaret Hansford I will and bequeath twenty pounds to be paid in horses or cattle by the executors out of my personal estate.
And to the rest of my personal estate if any, I leave to John and Rosannah-and i do hereby appoint my friends Matthew Ryburn and James kincannon executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me before made. In witness hereto I subscribe my name and affix my seal this seventeenth day of Sept. 1789.
I think it is remarkable that a first generation American was able to have a plantation/farm which he could leave to his daughter and her husband, as well as various other valuables to the other children.  It is noteworthy that Washington County, VA is actually on far the western side of the state, just before getting to the Cumberland Gap and Wilderness Trail going to TN and KY.   

My ancestress was his daughter Margaret Beattie Hansford (as I've talked about for the last 2 days).  She and her husband travelled away from VA to KY in the early days of its statehood, following Daniel Boone through Cumberland Gap.

I don't know birth dates for Sarah or Francis, but because Rosannah and her husband were to receive the home and farm, as well as a slave apparently...this was on the condition that they cared for Sarah and Francis.  To me this means that they were too young to be on their own, perhaps pre-teens.

Francis Beattie Sr, is listed as having died in 1791, three years after making this will.  Margaret was married to Rev.Thomas Hansford in 1788.  They may have still been in the community when the will was written.  There is evidence that they lived in Pulaski County, KY by 1799 when the first county court was held in their home.

But how about Ireland?

Francis' father was George Beattie, born in 1665 in Caven, in County Caven, Ireland.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

As far back as I can go...farther

Well, the fun of Ancestry took me back across the seas to Ireland and Scotland.

But I also found information suggesting this ancestress (Margaret Beattie Hansford) lived to be at least 97 years of age.  That is if the census taker didn't mess up, or the interviewie didn't lie too much.  There was an error in the age of her son, who was head of the household, saying he was only 59 when in actuality he would have been closer to 66.  So maybe mom's age was not quite accurate either.

Anyway, that 1860 census is the source of her age.

And the Ancestry folks connected her to parents as well, who came through Virginia and then the Cumberland Gap to Kentucky, actually to Somerset, Pulaski County, KY...as well as Crab Apple, KY.
So I've gone ahead and saved various tidbits from Wikipedia about the great trek of my ancestors from VA to KY.
 The Appalachian Mountains form a natural barrier to east–west travel, from Pennsylvania to Georgia. Settlers from Pennsylvania tended to migrate south along the Great Wagon Road through the Great Appalachian Valley and Shenandoah Valley. Daniel Boone was from Pennsylvania and migrated south with his family along this road. From an early age, Boone was one of the longhunters[3] who hunted and trapped among the Native American nations along the western frontiers of Virginia, so-called because of the long time they spent away from home on hunts in the wilderness. Boone would sometimes be gone for months and even years before returning home from his hunting expeditions

The route of the Wilderness Road made a long loop from Virginia southward to Tennessee and then northward to Kentucky, a distance of 200 miles (320 km).

From the Long Island of the Holston River (modern Kingsport, Tennessee), the road went north through Moccasin Gap of Clinch Mountain, then crossed the Clinch River and crossed rough land (called the Devils Raceway) to the North Fork Clinch River. Then it crossed Powell Mountain at Kanes Gap. From there it ran southwest through the valley of the Powell River to the Cumberland Gap.
After passing over the Cumberland Gap the Wilderness Road forked. The southern fork passed over the Cumberland Plateau to Nashville, Tennessee via the Cumberland River. The northern fork split into two parts. The eastern spur went into the Bluegrass region of Kentucky to Boonesborough on the Kentucky River (near Lexington). The western spur ran to the Falls of the Ohio (Louisville).[8][9] As settlements grew southward, the road stretched all the way to Knoxville, Tennessee, by 1792.[10]
Because of the threat of Native American attacks, the road was so dangerous that most pioneers traveled well armed. Robbers and criminals also could be found on the road, ready to pounce on weaker pioneers.[11] Although the Transylvania Company had purchased the region from the Cherokee, and the Iroquois had ceded it at the Treaty of Fort Stanwix, other tribes, such as the Shawnee, still claimed it and lived there.
Often entire communities and church congregations would move together over the road to new settlements. Hundreds of pioneers were killed by Indian attacks.

Defensive log blockhouses built alongside the road had portholes in the walls for firing at Native American attackers. They were often called "stations". No one knew exactly when the next attack would happen. The Shawnee came from the north, while the Chickamauaga (Cherokees who rejected the land sale treaty) came from the south. The tribes were resentful of the settlers taking their ancestral hunting lands, and the French and Indian War had further stirred up their passions against the white man.[13]
The Scots-Irish were great fighters. They had lived in Ulster, an English colony in Northern Ireland, for a hundred years before coming to America. They had taken over land previously owned by the Irish and had much experience as fighters in defending their homeland.[14]

In 1774, Richard Henderson, a judge from North Carolina, organized a land speculation company with a number of other prominent North Carolinians called the Transylvania Company. The men hoped to purchase land from the Cherokees on the Kentucky side of the Appalachian Mountains and establish a British proprietary colony. Henderson hired Daniel Boone, an experienced hunter who had explored Kentucky, to blaze a trail through the Cumberland Gap into central Kentucky.

Judge Richard Henderson had made a treaty with the Cherokee at Sycamore Shoals in 1775, purchasing over 20,000,000 acres (8,100,000 ha) of land between the Cumberland and Kentucky Rivers. On March 28, 1775, he left Long Island (Kingsport, Tennessee) with about 30 horsemen on the grueling trip down the Wilderness Road to Kentucky. At Martin's Station 40 to 50 additional pioneers joined the venture. On their way, they met nearly a hundred refugees fleeing Native American attacks further down the road. Despite the danger, the party kept going toward Kentucky. Since some of the streams were flooded, the pioneers had to swim with their horses. On April 20, they arrived at Boonesborough, a fortified town, named by Judge Henderson in honor of Boone
After 1770, a surge of over 400,000 Scots-Irish immigrants arrived in the colonies to escape the poor harvest, high rents and religious intolerance of Ulster. Since the better lands had already been taken, they constantly pressed onward to the western frontier of the foothills of the Carolinas.
The flood of Scots-Irish, German, and others immigrants kept coming. Over 200,000 pioneers came over the Wilderness Road, enduring severe hardships. In the winter of 1778-79, the weather was so cold that the Kentucky River froze to a depth of two feet. The frontier settlements alongside the road struggled to survive. Many of the cattle and hogs froze to death. The settlers had to eat frozen cattle and horses to survive
Often the Chickamauga, under the leadership of Dragging Canoe, would hide in ambush for weeks between Cumberland Gap and Crab Orchard, a distance of 100 miles (160 km). They would not attack large groups but wait for weaker ones who were not able to defend themselves. More than 100 men, women and children were killed in the fall of 1784 along the Wilderness Road. Many families, even in ice and snow, crossed the creeks and rivers without shoes or stockings; they often had no money and few clothes. They lived off the land by hunting in the woods and by fishing in the streams.[19]
Since they had hardly any money, entire families sometimes walked hundreds of miles after landing in America. They even used cattle as pack animals to carry their heavy loads. Cabins were built and land was cleared of trees and undergrowth so crops could be planted.

George Bingham's painting of Daniel Boone coming over Cumberland Gap

 Kentucky the 15th State
According to a 1790 U.S. government report, 1,500 Kentucky settlers had been killed in Indian raids since the end of the Revolutionary War.[27] In an attempt to end such raids into the state, George Rogers Clark led an expedition of 1,200 drafted men against Shawnee towns on the Wabash River in 1786, one of the first actions of the Northwest Indian War.

After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County.[29] Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia. Ten constitutional conventions were held in the Constitution Square Courthouse in Danville between 1784 and 1792. In 1790, Kentucky's delegates accepted Virginia's terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to be admitted to the union. Isaac Shelby, a military veteran from Virginia, was elected the first Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
The Wilderness Road served as a great path of commerce for the early settlers in Kentucky. Horses, cattle, sheep and hogs found a waiting market in the Carolinas, Maryland and Virginia. Hogs in groups of 500 or more were driven down the Road to market. Beef in Eastern markets had become a main source of income for farmers in Kentucky.[22]
A postal road was opened in 1792 from Bean Station, Tennessee through Cumberland Gap to Danville, Kentucky. This was due largely to the efforts of Governor Isaac Shelby of Kentucky. This connection of Kentucky to the East was a great advantage. Frontier settlers considered the postal riders heroes and waited eagerly for their arrival for news from settlements along the trails as well as getting their mail and newspapers.[23
I'll next post some info about her father, Francis Beattie (born 1715 in Ireland, died 1791 in Washington County, VA) who wrote a will, which summarizes well what his holdings were, and who his children were.  His wife, Martha Tate Beattie was also born in Ireland in 1720, and died before he did, but there's no documentation of her death.  They had around 8 children, all born in VA.

Monday, February 17, 2014

William Lewis Booth

  • Birth 17 Feb 1818 in Farmington, Ontario County, New York
  • Death 24 Feb 1894 in Hillsboro, Hill County, Texas,
  • father of Richard Booth (1846-1879, who was murdered as an attorney in Texas, and his life described here.)
  • grandfather of Eugenia Booth Miller, (my great-grandmother, her life described HERE.)
  • attorney in Hillsboro, TX, founding father of that town.
He lived during the time a man by the name of William Booth started a Salvation Army, and a man named John Wilkes Booth assassinated a president.  Neither of them were related to him, to the best of my knowledge.

I've written a bit in Richard Booth's post (see above link) and about how William and his family with his brother Charles, immigrated from their original homes in NY, through Indiana and Illinois, to finally end up in Hillsboro, Texas.  Here's the family home as it survived into the 1990s.

William Booth Home, 208 N. Waco St, Hillsboro, TX, purchased land on 12 May 1855, (photo 1993)

Here is his obituary, which calls him Col. Booth.  I find it interesting that people who keep these clippings so often neglect to date them, nor say which publication printed it.  Perhaps it was on the back, in 1894.

His second wife, Hanna Conn Booth, had died ten years prior, in 1884.   His brother, Charles Booth would live just 3 more years.  And Lucinda Booth Slocum, his only sister living at this time, was the one mentioned in Minnesota.  She lived until 1906. 

This obituary gives me information that I didn't have before, that his son W.L. Jr was still alive at this time. This son wasn't a true "Jr." as his middle name was Legrand, not Lewis.

His daughter Miss Cinnie Booth was well known in Hillsboro, TX.  His youngest daughter, Annie Booth Attaway, had already given birth to his three grandaughters, two of them were to become my Great-Aunts Alice and Gertie Attaway, and will be honored elsewhere.  I don't think I ever met Aunts Alice and Gertie, but I received beautifully hand embroidered dresses and wrote thank you letters to them (they living in El Paso, me living in St. Louis) in the 1950s.

William Booth was a county judge, at a time when law was difficult to enforce in Texas.

I was very interested to see that he identified himself as a Spiritualist, as well as a republican.  Maybe the former was the reason his burial was presided over by a minister who was from Waco, rather than Hillsboro.  Just guessing.  Spiritualists have often been disdained by more conservative religious groups, and he was the President of the statewide Spiritualist organization.  I wonder if he ever contacted his descendents during a seance.

William Lewis Booth

Texas Find-a-Grave has a picture of the city cemetery in Hillsboro.  I'm interested to read there that he...
was called "Colonel" by the locals, although he would have been too old to fight in the civil war, he was a Texas volunteer serving on the homefront. "
 These are his children and their dates from that source.  Richard R. Booth is not on this list for some reason.

His first wife was Mary Ann McManus (1818 – 1842), the mother of his first three children.  He married Hannah Leak Conn (1818 – 1884) in Indiana in 1843, who was mother of his 6 younger children.

 His parents have already been honored on this blog under other posts.  Jane McElhaney Booth,(Here) and Isaac Booth (HERE)