Thursday, April 10, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week - 14 - Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

When I became serious about pursuing my genealogy, my parents gave me a box that had a lot of pictures and letters from my grandmother Ruth Eileen McFadden (1905-1985) along with some items of my grandfather Clyde Lee Webb (1898-1987). 

Among the items in this box was a journal that my grandmother kept that began at the end of 1975 and ended at the beginning of 1977.

I don't know if she kept diaries or journals throughout her life but this is the only one that made it to today, whether on purpose or by accident.   

Here is a page from her journal from 38 years ago this month.

11-17 April 1976

 
Sunday April 11
Elizabeth (my mother) came over & we visited Sallie (don't know who she is).  She looks well and was in good spirits.  Will be operated on tomorrow morning.
 
Monday April 12
10:45 & going to bed.  Busy day packing for trip etc.  Started to drizzle tonight.  Talked to Beverly (don't know who she is). Sallie is doing well.  Today is Dr. Hamilton's birthday-96. (what I remember about Dr. Hamilton is that everyday my grandmother would go over and check on him.  Not sure what she did for him other than see him for a few minutes.  The one memory I have of him is of him on his porch yelling at us kids to shut up.  We were playing Nerf football in the front yard of my grandparents house in Fort Worth.  I was 10, my brothers were 12 and 6 and my sister 8.)
 
Tuesday April 13
Left at 11:15 for Miss. (My grandparents second daughter and her husband) Arrived in Monroe, LA about 4:45 PM-stopping at Ramada Inn had dinner at the Inn.   Drove (not sure what this means or relates to.)
 
Wednesday April 14
Left Monroe about 9:00am-decided to stop along the way for breakfast but did not see a decent place-so had a hamburger at Stucky's (I remember Stucky's.  When we went on family trips to Arkansas, to visit my fathers family, we'd look forward to stopping at the blue roofed Stucky's.  I'd always get the little pecan pie.)
 
Thursday April 15
M & B (my aunt and uncle) had class today (both were university professors) came home for lunch- Daddy came over about noon. (no idea what this means.  Came over from where? She definitely did not have the best handwriting.) Had a wonderful day- Bucky barbecued chicken which was delicious.  B. fixed Black Russians.  Had one, salad, home made bread, ice cream, cookies, wine. 
 
Friday April 15
Real nice day. M&B on vacation. We went to Stations (?) this afternoon.  Bought Rhoda & Nick (don't know who they are) a wedding gift.  Another delectable dinner-cheese souffle with shrimp sauce, homemade bread & salad.  10:15 PM getting ready to go to bed.
 
Saturday April 17
Real warm again today- Maureen hemmed her drapes and put them up.  Another delicious dinner.  Bucky made ice cream.
 
 
 


Sunday, April 6, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week - 12 - Arlie C. Campbell (1873-1966)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

Playing catch up.

Arlie C. Campbell was married to the brother of my maternal great grandmother.   She married Harry D. Neuland on 17 November 1897.


Harry and Arlie Neuland-65th wedding anniversary 1962
                                          I like the note she added to the back of this picture.  


 
I was smiling at first
but it took so long to snap
the picture, my smile
just faded out.
Our 65th Wedding Anniversary
 
My grandmother added a note:
Aunt Arlie died
July 3, 1966
 
 
 

52 Ancestors-Week - 11 Jeremiah Webb (1746-?)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

I've fallen a little behind so today I will cover one of my Revolutionary War ancestors, Jeremiah Webb.  I haven't found too much on him and most of what I have is from a deposition filed in open court in Harrison County, Indiana, 22 March 1823.





State of Indiana
Harrison County

On the 22 day of March 1823 personally appeared in open court being a Court of Record of the second Indiana ___________Circuit of the State aforesaid, Jeremiah Webb a resident citizen of said Circuit, age 77 years the 27th march 1823 who being first duly sworn according to law doth ______ his oath make the  following declaration in order to obtain the provisions made by the acts of Congress of the 18th March 1818 and of the first of May 1820. That he said Jeremiah Webb enlisted some time in the month of October as well as he can recollect, in the first commencement of the Revolutionary War that he enlisted in the company of Captain George Taylor in the Regiment Command by Colonel Cleveland in the line of North or South Carolina and he does not recollect which.  That he continued in said company during the war on the continental establishment and was then discharged and has not other evidence of his services having had his discharge burnt with all his possessions.  That he was at the Battle of Kings Mountain and at Tarlton's Defeat at the Battle of the Cow Pen.  That he was principally on the frontier against the British & Indians.  That he commanded at the White Oak Station in North Carolina and at Green River in the ________ for about six months.  That his skull was severely fractured in the Battle at Kings Mountain which wound has injured him in such a manner that he is frequently not himself.

And in pursuance of the Act of the first of May 1820 I do solemnly swear that I was a resident citizen of the United States on the 18th day of March 1818 and that I have not since that time by gift or sale or in any manner disposed of my property or any part there of with intent thereby so to diminish it as to bring myself within the provisions of an Act of Congress entitled An Act to provide for certain persons engaged in the Land and Naval service of the United States in the Revolutionary War passed on the 18th day of March 1818 & that I have not nor has any person in trust for me any property or securities contracts or debts due to me.  Nor have I any income other that what is contained in the following schedule here to _______ ________ farmer by occupation but not much reduced by age have a wife named Malinda aged 76 years have six children but none of them living with us.

Schedule of property-One mare & colt, one cow & calf, one yearling calf, two beds & bedding, five pewter plates, three knives & forks, a pot & a skillet, one hoe, one tin cup, one ______ crock, four spoons, not debts due him, owes to the amount of about five dollars                        

Sworn to before me in open court.  Valuation of propert Fifty nine Dollars & seventy five cents. ($59.75)                                         A. Bayless                                    Jeremiah X(his mark) Webb
                                                       ________ Kirkpatric    


I have a court document from Chestnut Hill, Jefferson, County Tennessee, where Meredith Webb (my g g g g grandfather) states his father was Jeremiah Webb.

Jefferson County, Tennessee Court Minutes 1792-1795

pg. 113

John Burke            }
       VS                   }             Attachment
Jeremiah Webb     }

Meredith Webb a Guarnishee in this cause saith he doth
not owe anything himself to the Deft. but believes his
father Jeremiah Webb is indebted to the plaintiff.

I've tried to get the full record of this case and any supporting documents from Jefferson County, but so far have not been successful. 

I haven't proved yet that this is the correct Jeremiah, but so far it hasn't been disproven either.  My next step is to create a time line for both individuals and other family members then go from there. 

Thursday, March 20, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week - 10 Roxie Anna Hughes (1876-1961)

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.



Roxie Anna-date unknown


Roxie Anna Hughes (maternal great grandmother) was born about 1876 in Arkansas.  She married Charles J. Webb in 29 January 1893 in Gum Log, Pope County, Arkansas. She died in 19 December 1961.

They had 5 children:
     Othello M (Roberts)- 1894-1985
     Clyde Lee -1899-1987 (my grandfather)
     Tollie J.- 1901-1964
     Theron - 1903-1969
     Sybil (Reasoner)- 1907-1991


Roxie Anna with my grandfather Clyde Lee Webb

Roxie with my mother


Roxie in the 1940s
Visiting Happy Hollow amusement park in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Roxie-standing on left
Theron-tending bar
Unknown
Anne E. Reynolds-Theron's wife-far right
Sitting woman and child-unknown
 



Tuesday, March 11, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week 9- Dianacy "Dicy" Wallace (1830-1925)

Dianacy “Dicy” Wallace I believe is my paternal great great grandmother.  While there is some circumstantial evidence that points at a relationship between her and my great grandmother Celia E. Autrey, so far it has not been satisfactorily proven.

Dicy was born about 1830 in Mississippi.  On 3 October 1851 she married John Mabe Autrey in Union Parish where they resided until some time between 1870 and 1880.  After that they lived in the neighboring Parish of Lincoln.
John Mabe died some time between 1880 and 1903.  According to her Widows Pension application, he died on the first day of September 1903.  However according to the 1900 census for Hardin County, Texas, Dicy was already a widow and living with the family of one of her children, J. A. Autrey.
Widows Pension Application

The 1910 census has Dicy living by herself in Range, Texas County, Oklahoma and as far as I can tell there are no immediate family members living in the vicinity around that time. 

In 1920 she is in Beech, Miller County, Arkansas living with her daughter, Mary F. Tubbs and her husband Francis.  For some reason her name is listed as Mary Walace (sic). Sometime between 1920 and her death on 17 Sep 1925 the Tubbs along with Dicy moved to Waco, McLennan County, Texas.

Here death certificate has as the cause of death ‘senility’.  She is buried in Oakwood Cemetery in Waco, Texas.

Dicy WALLACE Autrey late in life
Possibly a post-mortem picture?
     There are several questions I have about Dicy and her later life:

1.   When and where did they live when John Mabe died? 
       (That 1890 census would really be nice to have for this case.)


2.   According to an un-credited source, The Descendants of Cornelius Autry, Immigrant of Edgecombe 
      North Carolina : Neil Culbreth of Sampson County, North Carolina, and Allied Familes, the Autrey's lived in
      Robertson County, Texas and owned a store.  So far I have not found any evidence for this.

3.   After John Mabe died, why did she move so often?  
      Possibly, and these are just guesses, she was making extended visits to her children and their families, or she      
      was already suffereing the effects of senility and was being shuffled around by family members.

4.   Is the picture of Dicy above a post-mortem photo?  Based on the rigid pose I lean towards a possible yes.

5.   Why in the 1920 census is she listed as Mary Walace?  Perhaps she is the one who spoke to the census taker and if she
      was suffering from senility maybe she got confused.
  

Sources: 

[1] "Louisiana, Marriages, 1816-1906," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4C2-Z5T : accessed 21 Apr 2013), John Autry and Dianacy Wallace, 03 Oct 1851.

[1] 1870 U. S. census, Union Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, p. 42 (written), dwelling 319, family 319, John Autry; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 534.

[1] 1880 U. S. census, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, pop. sch, p. 59 (written), dwell 488, fam. 501, John Autrey.
[1] Vivian Mayo Bundy, The Descendants of Cornelius Autry, Immigrant of Edgecombe County, North Carolina : Neil Culbreth of Sampson County, North Carolina, and Allied Familes (Charlotte, N.C. : Herb Eaton Historical Publications, 1996), 33.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week 8 - Margaret "Sister Donata" McFadden

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.


Margaret "Sister Donata" McFadden- She was the sister of my maternal grandmother.
Born: 18 August 1894-Roscoe PA
Died: 14 November 1953-Scranton Pennsylvania

She was a nun with the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Sister Donata with two unknown people
She is listed on IHM deceased sisters page.  

Here is her Find A Grave   memorial page.


On back:
Mom,
This was taken just for you.
"Three Pittsburghers"
"Me" Aunt Kate Marie Dolora (Ann Legnard)
May 1940

Margaret is on the left.  Aunt Kate may be in the middle.  I don't know if she is an actual aunt or if it is a term on endearment.   Maria Dolora may be the "sister" name for Ann Legnard on the right.

I don't have a lot of information on Aunt Margaret yet.  I did contact her order and they did not have any additional information. 

My next step is to contact the diocese and then any local repositories that may have such records.

Update:  After posting this I went back through my emails and found this from the IHM.

"I know she was stationed in Poughkeepsie, NY for a time.
 
We had a fire at the Motherhouse in 1971 and unfortunately many records were destroyed."
 
So far, all the records I have found regarding Aunt Margaret had her living in Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania.  Hopefully, NY may have some records about her that survived.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

52 Ancestors-Week #7-John Mabe Autrey

This post is part of Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge.  The object is to write something about 1 ancestor each week.  More information can be  found at her blog No Story Too Small.

Here are the basic facts I have about my probable but so far no conclusively proven paternal great great grandfather John Mabe Autrey:

He was born in Selma, Alabama 12 Aug 1828 to Absalom and Elizabeth H. Norris.(1) 

In 1850 John is in living in Absalom's household in Union Parish Louisiana. (2)

On the 3 October 1851 John and Dianacy Wallace were married in Union Parish, Louisiana.(3)

1860-1870 John and Dianacy lived in Union Parish and had about 10 children during this period.(4)

In 1880 the Autrey's are living in the neighboring parish of Lincoln, Louisiana. (5)

By the 1900 census, Dianacy is living in Hardin, Texas with one of her son's family and is listed as a widow. (6)

In 1911, Dianacy filled out a widows pension  application and stated that John had died in 1903.(7)

John served the Confederate army during the Civil War.  He enlisted on 11 May 1862 in Monroe, Louisiana and was discharched on 8 June 1865. (8)

After 1880, John Mabe seems to have disappeared completley.  No death, probate, property or tax record has been located in Louisiana or Texas.   
My next step is to visit Hardin,  Texas and see if I can locate anything. 

I have also seen unsourced references to them living in Robertson County, Texas and owning a store.  So far, nothing I've checked verifies this so it looks like I'll be taking a couple of road trips in the not too distant future. 

Sources:

(1) Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Births [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2001.
(2)1850 U. S. census, Union Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, p. 791 (written), dwelling 706, family 706, Absalom Autrey; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432 roll 241.
(3)"Louisiana, Marriages, 1816-1906," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/F4C2-Z5T : accessed 21 Apr 2013), John Autry and Dianacy Wallace, 03 Oct 1851.

[4] 1860 U. S. census, Union Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, p. 25 (written), dwelling 154, family 154, Jno Autry; digital, image, Ancestry.com, (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication, M653, roll 426.Ancestry.com. Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.

[4] 1870 U. S. census, Union Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, p. 42 (written), dwelling 319, family 319, John Autry; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 534.

[5] 1880 U. S. census, Lincoln Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, p. 59 (written), dwelling 488, family 501, J. H. Sample; digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 456.

[6] 1900 U. S. census, Liberty County, Texas, pop. sch., p. 237 A (stamped), dwell. 252, fam. 252, Dianacy Autrey. digital image, Ancestry.com (http:www.ancestry.com: accessed 11 April 2013); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623.


[7]Ancestry.com. Arkansas, Confederate Pension Records, 1891-1935 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.
[8]National Park Service. U.S. Civil War Soldiers, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007.
Original data: National Park Service, Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System, online <http://www.itd.nps.gov/cwss/>, acquired 2007.