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Week 15 (April 9-15): Taxes

I suppose that this is a good week for this topic since we’ve just passed the official date to pay our federal and state income taxes. However, I don’t want to leave out the property taxes and personal property taxes of a couple of months ago. I really object to the personal property tax since it seems to me like rent on things that we own. Oh well, since my car needs to be re-licensed next month, I did pay them.

Thinking back to the distant past, it seems like taxes were something that our colonial ancestors didn’t have to contend with. There were enough other things for them to worry about. Then I did a little research on the early settlers from 1607 to 1700. They did indeed have fees and taxes in addition to the other problems like migration, Indians, sickness, crop failure, etc. You get the idea. Let’s look at some of the taxes they had to pay.

The Tax on Tithables was a poll tax charged households for all free caucasian males age sixteen or older; some adult female caucasians (usually widows) who were heads of households; all slaves age sixteen or older; Native American servants, both male and female, age sixteen or older. This tax was usually paid by the head of household. This money was put into the colonial treasury to support the government in carrying out the policies put into effect by the Assembly.

Quitrents was a land tax imposed by the Crown and paid to the royal treasury to support the expenses of the royal government in the colony. It was the equivalent of 2 shillings for every hundred acres of land. If the landowner failed to pay the quitrent for a specified number of years, the Crown had the right to take possession of the land and then to grant it or sell it to another owner.

County Levies was another poll tax regulated by the General Assembly and imposed by the county courts. These taxes were used to cover the expenses related to operating the county government, such as maintaining the jail, the courthouse and repairing the roads.

Parish Levies was another poll tax that was collected by the parish vestries. It was used to pay the ministers, keeping the church and/or chapels in good repair and for providing for the poor and the orphans.

Port Duties was passed by Parliament to regulate the commerce of the colonies. It was a hidden tax on a number of items that passed through the port of entry and was used to support the Royal Navy. Specific duties on the importation of slaves, wine, and gunpowder and shot, in addition to other items imported into Virginia, was charged by both Parliament and the General Assembly.

Export Duties was a tax of 2 shillings per hogshead, about 1,000 pounds, on all tobacco products exported from Virginia. The Crown required the General Assembly to impose this tax to pay the salary of the governor, the upkeep on the governor’s palace and to support the royal government in the colony. The General Assembly also imposed a tax on furs being exported from Virginia and devoted the money received to the maintenance of the College of William and Mary.

Fees were not taxes but they were imposed and regulated by law, sometimes under the direct authority of the Crown. Most of the local government officials charged fees to perform their duties and the General Assembly passed laws that regulated the amount of the fees that they charged. Fees had to be paid for registering deeds and proving wills, having land surveyed, granting land patents, inspecting tobacco at public warehouses, passing merchandise through the customs house, issuing licenses to operate taverns and ordinaries, and for many other routine transactions. This money was used to help pay the cost of running the offices and took the place of salaries for the officers.

One difference was that they could pay their fees and taxes in goods rather than money. Colonial legislatures gave locally produced crops (cereals, corn, tobacco, rice) official value for payment of taxes. Other lawful commodities included beaver skins, cattle, and wampum (black shells were valued at double the rate of white). In Hingham, Massachusetts, milk pails were accepted as tax payments.

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Week 14 (April 2-8): The Maiden Aunt

I was going to skip this week because I couldn’t locate a maiden aunt. When I first saw the title weeks earlier, I knew who I was going to write about even though I didn’t know much about her. However, things changed. I discovered that my dad wasn’t my biological father so she wasn’t really related to me. Then I couldn’t locate another “maiden aunt” so I decided to write about her anyway since she was the aunt of my adoptive father.

Her name was Susan Ann Cottingham. Sue, as she was commonly known, was born about 1870 in Georgia. She was the daughter of Robert Thomas Cottingham and Angelina L. Davis and the third of six children. She was named after her father’s sister, another Susan Ann Cottingham.

Sue worked as a dressmaker in Waycross, Ware County, Georgia. She never married and I haven’t been able to determine why. I wonder if, as the youngest daughter, she was expected to remain at home to help her parents or to take care of the grandmother who lived with the family. Maybe, maybe not. We’ll never know.

Sue died in Waycross in 1916 and was buried in the Lott Family Cemetery with other family members including her parents. The only physical reminder of Sue that I’m aware of is her gravestone, next to that of her brother, William, who also remained unmarried.



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Week 13 (March 26-April 1): The Old Homestead

I think that the only homestead that I have a picture of is the home of my 5th great-grandparents, John & Lucy (Brent) Curd.

John was the son of John Curd & Elizabeth Price. He was born 14 April 1726 in Goochland County, Virginia and died in 1801 in Jessamine County, Kentucky. John served in the American Revolution.

Lucy was the daughter of James Brent & Catherine Newton. She was born 25 November 1735 in Lancaster County, Virginia and died in 1810 in Mercer County, Kentucky.

John & Lucy were married 7 April 1758 in Lancaster County, Virginia. They had 11 children – James, John, Elizabeth, Nancy, Catherine, Newton, Mary, Price, Daniel, Woodford & Merryman who was born either in route to or soon after arriving in Kentucky.
Their home in Jessamine County was also the location of the tobacco inspection station & the ferry across Dick’s River. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

I am descended through their son, John Curd & his wife, Ann Williams Curd, daughter of Richard Curd & Sarah Downer.







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Week 12 (March 19-25): Misfortune

This week, I want to talk about Cozar Anna Orr. Her misfortune began in 1815 in South Carolina when she married Joel Watkins Jones as his third wife.

A little background. Neither Joel or Anna were in my direct ancestors. Joel was a descendant of my 7th great-grandparents Arthur Moseley, Jr. & Sarah Hancock. I became acquainted with Joel, Anna & her sister, Keziah, through one of my DNA “cousins.” Genetically speaking, he is my 3rd cousin 5x removed. He was born 26 Jan 1778 in Buckingham County, Virginia to Capt. William Richard Jones & Agnes Walker. He died after 1870 in Dale County, Alabama.

Joel married his first wife, Sarah “Sallie” Cocke, on 8 Oct 1798 in Virginia. Sallie was born in 1770 & as far as I know, they had no children.

Sallie died prior to 25 Jun 1810 when Joel married Agnes Gibson, the daughter of Thomas Gibson & his wife, Agnes. Agnes was born in 1795. Joel & Agnes had one child, Mary Agnes Jones, born in 1818.

Sources say Agnes she died in 1883 in Alabama which is interesting because Joel married his third wife, Cozar Anna Orr. In 1815 in South Carolina. Anna, as she was known, was born in 1794 in North Carolina and died in 1828 in Georgia. Joel & Anna had six children – Henry born in 1817, a daughter born in 1821, Sophia born in 1823, George born in 1824, James born in 1826 & Nancy born in 1827.

Anna died in 1828 & Joel married her sister, Kizziah Orr, as his fourth wife on 18 Aug 1828 in Jasper County, Georgia. Keziah was born in 1794 in North Carolina & died in 1870. Joel & Keziah had four children – Cullen born in 1830, Franklin born in 1831, O.N. born in 1832 & Elizabeth born in 1834.

On 17 June 1828 in the Superior Court of Jasper County, Georgia, Joel & Keziah were tried for the recent death of Anna Jones. They were tried together & pleaded not guilty. Numerous witnesses were called to testify of the treatment to Anna Jones by Joel and Keziah prior to her death. They also testified to how she appeared sometimes with bruises on her body. Some testified that they witnessed Joel and Keziah whipping her, pinching her, and how they would run her out of the house. They also testified that Anna, "the old lady", was not sensible of some things. "She had a little house which she stayed in if she chose, if not she stayed out all night." "Old lady was deranged."

I have only found the beginning of the court record so far, but since they continued having children, it seems that they were found not guilty. However, it seems that Joel didn’t take marriage very seriously as records indicate that he married new wives while the previous ones were still living. As his first two wives weren’t around long after their marriage to him. I have to wonder if they were also unfortunate.



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Week 11 (March 12-18): Lucky

The topic this week is “Lucky.” As I looked over my list of ancestors trying to decide who I should write about this week, it occurred to me that the answer to that question was “ME.”

I am lucky to be the descendant of so many brave people. There were those who came to this great country when it wasn’t yet a country. There were those who left their homes to help expand the territory of the United States. They were farmers, teachers, doctors & many other things. They were hard working people & I respect them for that.

Yes, some of them were slave owners & I’m not particularly happy about that, but I try to keep it in perspective. I’m also not particularly happy about the fact that they took part in displacing the natives that were here before they landed. These things weren’t just a personal decision that they made, they were the way things were at that time. While I don’t approve of it, there are probably things in my life that would horrify those same ancestors.

They fought in the American Revolution; in the War of 1812; on both sides in the American Civil War; in various Indian wars; both World Wars; in the Korean War; and in Vietnam.

Yes, I’m the lucky one because of all of them.

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Week 10 (March 5-11): Strong Woman

I have to say that I admire many of my female ancestors & their female neighbors. I know that life was hard on the men beck then, but feel that it was even harder for the women. They had to be tough to survive.

One of my strong women was Ann Matthews. Some people insist that her name was Mary Ann but I have found no records calling her that. They all refer to her as Ann & she is one of the few women listed as a qualifying ancestor for the Jamestown Society.

Ann was born about April 1603 in England & arrived in Virginia in August 1620 aboard the Bonaventure..

Ann was married to John Price prior to her arrival in Virginia in 1620. She was listed, along with John & their infant daughter, Mary, in the Muster of 1624/25. They later had two sons, Matthew born about 1626 & John born 1627/28. John & Ann are my 10th great-grandparents. Their son John & his wife, Jane Wall, are my 9th great-grandparents.

John Price, the immigrant, was born about 1584 in Brecknock, Breconshire, Wales. He died in 1628 in Henrico County, Virginia leaving his young wife & three young children.

In 1629, Ann married Robert Hallom, by whom she had three children – Anne born in 1631, Robert Jr. born in 1632 & Sarah born in 1634. Robert Hallom died about this time, leaving Ann with six children to raise.

About 1638, Ann married Daniel Turner Llewellyn & had two more children - Margaret born in about 1638-1640 & Martha. Daniel was born in 1613 & died in 1664 while in England.
Ann (Matthews) Price-Hallom-Llewellyn died before May 1666 in Charles City, Virginia.

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Week 9 (February 26-March 4): Where There's a Will

Wills are a great resource in genealogical research, often providing information not found elsewhere.

My first ancestor on this continent was my 11th great-grandfather, Capt. Robert Beheathland who arrived with Capt. John Smith in May 1607. I haven’t found his will, if he left one, but I did find his son’s will that provided information on their ancestors in England. His will names his grandfather, Richard Beheathland, and states that he is deceased. It also mentions his mother who is in Virginia and an uncle, Charles Beheathland. Other court documents provide more information about this family.

My maternal great-great-grandmother was Ann D. Miles who married Porter Smith Campbell. Years ago, I ran across a reference to her as Andromedia Miles, but was not able to locate that record again. Recently, a cousin found the will of her father, Bedford W. Miles, in which he referred to her as “my daughter Andromedia.” His estate division refers to her as Ann Campbell, showing that she was known by both names.

My 5th great-grandfather, Eli Eley, left a great will. He not only named his children, he also named his sons-in-law & his grandchildren. This was a great help in finding his daughters & their families.

It would be so nice if all my ancestors were as considerate & left wills that were readily available & gave so much information. But the search goes on!

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Week 9 Where there's will about my father in law as his surname is Williams and this is 50 years of Vietnam War.

I never knew my father in law though I heard a lot of stories from my husband Charlie. Therefore I know very little about this man. I know he was a Sargent in the US Army honorable discharged he enlisted at the age of 17 years young on August 13, 1964 and I know he was still in the Army at age of 20 January 11, 1968. Charlie told me his father was quite a ladies man. I can see why in the photo's of him :) I was told by his brother that Charles Dale Williams was adopted by his maternal grandparents after his mother died as a very young child



I will eventually learn more about this man.


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Week 8 Heirloom #52ancestors

My only heirloom I have is a brooch of my father's mother Pearl May Combs Reising. I can tell that it is from the late 20's due to the hat grandma Pearl is wearing next to her picture is that of my grandfather Daniel Webster Reising.
Brooch its self has no markings on it for me to know what material it's made from no markings to tell who made the brooch. I've had this piece since my father passed away in 1989.



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Week 8 (February 19-25): Heirloom

I don’t have many heirlooms from my ancestors. The only thing I do have is two fruit bowls from my maternal grandmother. They are not expensive or anything especially grand, but to me that are worth a lot just because they were hers.

I remember when she got them. She received one for Christmas 1953 and the other for Christmas 1954. I remember being fascinated with the amount of fruit that could be stacked into one bowl. They were Christmas gifts from my mother’s boyfriend, who was a producer buyer for a number of grocery markets.

One is 10-1/2” wide and a little over 3” high. There are ornate designs cut into the outside of it.

The other is 12-1/2” wide, 3-1/2” tall and the glass is 3/8” thick. This bowl is a footed bowl and is very heavy with leaflike designs cut into it. It sat in the center of the table for years at my mother’s house.

I will add pictures to this when I find the cord to transfer pictures from my camera to the computer. I put it somewhere safe.

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Week 7 : Valentine 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks
My Valentine is my CRAZY husband Charles Huston Williams born April 13, 1970 to November 18, 2015. A very short life even shorter marriage May 14, 2014.

We meet in 2013 under very strange circumstances to say the least. My first impression was wow he's really rude! REason being I thought he was rude first thing he said to me " Do you have a phone" So I did him " Give it to me" Charlie called a mutual friend of ours. Next words out of his mouth was "Are you Linda?" and he gave me the phone to speak to Carolyn and he walked away.

Days after that meeting I was going to see if he was really that rude or not. I stopped in at Pastor Dan's place across from where I worked. (Need to tell you Charlie and his friend James were homeless,and Carolyn was helping them with their dogs they had). Charlie still didn't speak much.

Then I noticed he would come into the store I worked at in one door out the other looking to see if I was working. Charlie would be waiting at my car at the end of my shift with Skoo B Dew, slowly he began speaking and trusting me.

My family didn't like the idea at all that I was friendly to "those people" . One thing lead to another Charlie confided to me issues he had going on a little about his life growing up. He thought the world of his father.

People would ask me "what's going on with you and Charlie?'" I didn't much of our relationship just that we were "friends" . I noticed some of his friends didn't like it that he was spending time with me (females got jealous). Charlie then told me he was getting some weird questions as well as to what was happening.

Two totally opposites from totally diffent worlds were falling in love! We decided that we wanted to marry, he was so sick back then he was afraid he didn't have much to offer me and he was very afraid he'd become like his father of not treating women well.

We married May 14th 2014 at the ROPE Center in Hudson we had a nice campsite to live in until we were able to get into house. That campsite was home for a few months and I think it was my favorite one as well.

Neither of us were married before which was odd at the ages we were then. He was and will always be my VALENTINE. We knew wouldn't have much time together due to his illnesses. They were the best time of my life .





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Week 7 (February 12-18): Valentine

When I first considered this week’s topic – Valentine – I had no idea what to do with it. I considered some of my much married ancestors, like Rosanna or Rosamond “Rose” (Sturman) Sheppard-Tucker-Gerrard-Newton that I wrote about last week. She wasn’t the only much married lady in my family & that doesn’t even consider the men. Then I wondered if I had any Valentine ancestors. If I did, they weren’t someone that I had done much research on since they didn’t readily come to mind. This is what I found.

There was my maternal 11th great-grandmother, Kinborough Valentine who married Robert Pyphoe. The only other thing I know about her is that she gave birth to my 10th great-grandmother, Ruth Phypo in 1598 in Curraghmore, Waterford, Ireland. Ruth died in Virginia on 17 June 1642 but I don’t know if she came to Virginia with her parents or with her husband, John Power.

Valentine Braswell who was born about 1679 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia & died about 1766 in Orange County, Virginia. Valentine is my 1st cousin 9x removed. His grandfather, Richard Bracewell (1652-1725) of Isle of Wight County, Virginia was the brother of my maternal 8th great-grandmother, Jane (Braswell) Stokes-Eley-Roberts.

Valentine Mathews is the brother-in-law of my maternal 4th great-aunt, Fanny Curd. Fanny married Valentine’s half-brother, Samuel Mathis. Valentine, son of George Mathews (1776-1849) & Maria Barbara Hay (1780-1855) was born about 1814 in Kentucky.

Valentine Lott is my paternal 3rd cousin 3x removed. She was born to Hiram Henry Lott (1805-1860) & Rebecca Arnold (1811-1893) in 1849 in Alabama & died in 1860.

Valentine Warlick is the husband of my maternal 2nd cousin 5x removed, Mary Watson. He was born 18 Dec 1800 in Lincoln County, North Carolina & died 8 Apr 1872 in Cleveland County North Carolina.

Last but not least is Valentine Allen. All I can tell you about him is that he is the 4th great-grandfather of the husband of my 1st cousin 4x removed, Elizabeth Williams Curd.

Please keep in mind that I have not researched any of these Valentines. The information I do have for them is what was given to me by someone else. I take no responsibility for the accuracy of it.

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Week 6 (February 5-11): Favorite Name

Wow! Favorite name. This was a hard one for me because there are so many possibilities. I finally settled on my maternal 8th great-grandmother Rosanna or Rosamond “Rose” (Sturman) Sheppard Tucker Gerrard Newton, daughter of Thomas Sturman & Ann Porter. Rose was born in 1629 in Hadman Parish, Buckingshire, England & died 4 Feb 1712 in Westmoreland County, Virginia. There are some who insist that she is not a Sturman & that her family is unknown but circumstantial evidence points to her identity as a Sturman. I am willing to change her birth family if someone can prove that the evidence is faulty & prove she is part of another family.

Rose is sometimes referred to Rosanna and at other times as Rosamond. There is no question that the various records are referring to the same woman.

Rose’s first husband was Thomas Sheppard of Northumberland County, Virginia. On 15 Aug 1657 she was mentioned as the wife of Thomas when a patent held by Thomas was transferred to Thomas Broughton. On 15 May 1658 Thomas & Rose Sheppard appointed Robert Lambden as their attorney in Northumberland County.

About 1662, Rose married her second husband, John Tucker of Westmoreland County. On the 23 Aug 1664 there is a Northumberland patent which mentions “…John Tucker who married Thomas Shepard’s widow…” They gave the power of attorney to James Claughton of Northumberland County on 6 Aug 1667. John & Rose had four children: Sarah, Rose, John & William Gerrard Tucker. John died in May 1671.

On 28 Jan 1672 Rose married Thomas Gerrard in Westmoreland County, Virginia. Thomas & Rose had no children together.

In Mar 1677 Rose married her fourth husband, John Newton. On 16 May 1677 there was a judgement to John Newton who married Rose Gerrard. John & Rose had four more children together: Gerrard, Thomas, Elizabeth & William.

This was also the fourth marriage for John. He had married Joan Barr in about 1656 in England by whom he had a son, John. He then married a second time & had a son Joseph. John married Elizabeth (Unknown) Laycocke, a widow about 1669 & had a son Benjamin.

On 8 Jul 1709 Rose made a deposition in Westmoreland County, Virginia which included her age & the fact that she was John Newton’s widow. She spelled out where he was from in England, the names & birth order of his three “English” sons, the fact that John had brought his sons to Virginia, and many more details.

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Week 6 Favorite Name : Davenport Wright - 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks

I pick my 2nd great grandfather on my maternal side of the family DAVENPORT Wright.

Davenport we usually think of as a surname and not a first name. We think of Davenport as a piece of furniture either a sofa or antique desk. It's a town in Florida as well as Iowa, California, Nebraska, etc. There is a college and university named Davenport in the USA.

My Davenport is also a classic he was born February 1830 Long Island New York who was a bayman - clam digger (happened to end up as family occupation ) Raised a large family near the Beach on the Island. He passed away between 1918 and 1920 Last record I can find on him was for November 15 1918 when he ran away from the Almshouse and / Poorhouse.

I hope to find out why he was given a last name as a first name .I haven't found any other family member with this first name so he's a most unique and colorful member of my family so far

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Week 5 (January 29-February 4): In the Census

Census records can be a great resource & can provide great clues to solving genealogical mysteries …… except when they don’t. That could be the fault of either the census recorder or the informant.

I searched for about 30 years for information about my paternal grandfather. He died in 1900 when my father was just two years old. I found a Charles Cottingham who was born at the correct time in Ware County, Georgia but that couldn’t be him. The information I had from the census reports didn’t match.

In the 1900 federal census for St. Louis City, it showed Charles E. Cuttingham was born in June 1872 in Canada Eng[lish] & immigrated to the US in 1876. Both of his parents were born in Ireland. Charles was a lineman for the telephone company. He was a boarder in a rooming house.

In the 1910 federal census for St. Louis City, it showed Charles Cottingham was born in 1872 in Canada. Both of his parents were born in Canada. Charles was the head of the household with his wife Sarah 33 who was born in Ireland, son Robert 7, son Melvin 5, son John 3 & son Vincent 1. All of his sons were born in Missouri.

Then I found his death certificate. My grandmother was the informant so I( was pretty sure the information on it was correct. According to this document, he was born in Canada. His father was Robert Cottingham & his mother was Mary Edwards. They were both born in England. Well, at least now I knew the names of his parents & that they were born in Ireland, Canada or England depending on the source.

A friend with worldwide Ancestry took on the challenge of finding Robert & Mary (Edwards) Cottingham. She found records for men named Robert Cottingham & she found records for women named Mary Edwards but nothing for the two names together. What’s going on?

One day I was looking at the death certificates for my uncles, who all died young from various causes. Looking at John’s death certificate, I really read the back of it for the first time. What???? It says his father was born in Waycross, Georgia. Where did that come from????? Apparently somehow, my grandmother had learned the truth between the time her husband died & the time their son John died 13 years later. His father was named Robert Thomas Cottingham & his mother was named Angelina L. (Davis) Cottingham.

I have no idea where the name Mary Edwards came from, but he was the Charles Cottingham that I had found years earlier in Waycross, Ware County, Georgia. Why did he leave Georgia & say he was born in Canada? I’m sure there’s a story behind that one, but it’s a story I’ll probably never have the answer to. How did my grandmother find out the truth? That’s another question that I’ll probably never have the answer to.

Once I found the truth, the rest was easy. I now have his line back to the immigrant, George Cottingham, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 aboard the “Primrose” with one of my mother’s early ancestors.

I learned a huge lesson from this. Use the census records for clues but don’t believe everything they say. They’re only as reliable as the informant, the census taker & the transcriber if there is one.

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Week 5 In the census New York Census of Inmates in Almshouse and Poorhouse

This is a story of my great great grandparents Valentine and Margaret Wright who entered the Almshouse and / Poorhouse with 3 of their 6 children. On December 15 1876 winter can be brutal on the Beach where they lived as Davenport was a bayman .

Census states due to weather they had no food or fuel to keep warm. Further states he probably will recover.

No other choice he at 50, his wife at 37 along with the 3 children Edward at 12, Frank 9 and Valentine 3 years old.

Doesn't state how long they were at the shelter.

41 years later Davenport ended back there for shelter in Bad health by his daughter in law Harriet Wright. At 91 he wasn't going to stay put for long this stay was recorded from October 15 1918 until he ran away on November 5 1918. This is where his paper trail stops.



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I would have loved to have dinner date with many of my family some for the first time others just one more dinner together. I'd would have been on cloud 9

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This story is about my great grandfather Valentine Wright 1873 - 1940 and Stella Clark Wright 1876 - circa 1916. Family story had Valentine as a drunk and not very nice to his wife Stella. On my maternal side of the family.

Dinner plans with Great Grand mother Stella would be more of a working dinner. I have so many questions for her.

To begin with why were you the one who was put in Jail for 6 months when your husband didn't take care of the family (providing for family).

Second Do you think if Prohibition was law during this time do you think it would have helped you? Maybe if he wasn't able to drink alcohol things may never have gotten this bad.

Third was any of your family living near you? I'm sure they would have noticed the abuse and lack of your husbanding providing for the family. I understand women had no rights during this time, you'd be surprised things have gotten better since the

Fourth a story that was past down was that you set him on fire during one of his drunken state, did anything happen like that? My research is telling me something totally different. Valentine out lived you.

I'm sorry that you experience the abuse that you did. Unfortunately abuse against women is still happening. Law has come around in 1919 women won the right to vote we still need change to make women equal partners. Maybe one day women will no longer be abused.

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Week 4 (January 22-28): Invite to Dinner

If I were able to invite an ancestor to dinner, it would have to be my paternal grandmother. I have so many questions to ask her since I know almost nothing about her.

I’ve been trying to research my paternal grandparents since 1985 & they sure haven’t made it easy.

My grandfather lied about where he was born & where his parents were born. He said he was born in Canada & that his parents were born in England. I have no idea what the reason was for this deception but I’m sure there was a story behind it. His death certificate in 1910 said he was born in Canada so apparently my grandmother believed that. Sometime before the death of one of their sons in 1923 she found out the truth. That’s where I discovered that he was actually born in Waycross, Ware County, Georgia. I’d like to ask her if she knew why he had lied about it & how she found out the truth.

I had always thought that she came to the U.S. alone. It was my grandfather’s obituary that showed that she came with at least two of her sisters. It took 30 years to find his obituary because his last name was spelled incorrectly on it. But it did give me two clues into my grandmother’s birth family in Ireland. With the names of the two sisters I was able to find their death certificates & find out the names of their parents – Martin Walsh & Bridget Harkin. I couldn’t believe how many Martin Walshs there were in County Mayo, Ireland. Seems like there was at least one in every family. I’d like to ask her about her birth family: her parents, grandparents, siblings, etc.

She came to the U.S.l in 1898 but didn’t become a citizen until the 1940s. She had previously registered as a resident alien during World War I & World War II. I would ask her why she waited so long & what made her decide to do it then.

My dad died when I was 6 years old. I would ask her to tell me about him.

There are so many things I would like to ask her about. I never saw her again after my dad’s death.

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The Week 5 prompt is "In the Census." What intriguing find have you made in a census? What has a series of census records shown you? Do you have an ancestor who constantly ages only 7 years between censuses? (Those are fun!)

It doesn't have to be the federal population census. It could be a state or local census or a non-population census, like the agricultural schedules or the 1880 schedule of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes.


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I will post dinner invite later today

Question on this week Census ? Federal and or state census ! I'm assuming both would be included.

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Week 3 (January 15-21): Longevity

When I saw the title of this week’s ancestor, my mind immediately went to one person. Meet my paternal third great-grandfather, Stafford Davis.



Stafford was born 17 April 1786 near Augusta, Georgia as the 7th child of Arthur Davis & Mary Vick.

When he was about 24 years old, he moved from Montgomery County, Georgia to Coffee County, Georgia. There he met Penelope “Penny” Lott, daughter of Mark Lott & Judith Delilah Jones. He & Penny were married 10 October 1814 in Montgomery County. They had 17 children. Penny died in 1860 in Broxton, Coffee County, Georgia.

In 1872, at the age of 87 years old, Stafford married Elizabeth J. “Eliza” Hursey. Eliza was born in 1847.

Stafford was easy to research because he was well known as the “Indian Herb Doctor” and as a pioneer doctor known to cure cancer. There were many published articles about him and interviews with him, such as the ones below.





Stafford fought in the War of 1812 & later served in the Georgia Militia.

I even found his gravestone to be interesting. I wish I had met him.






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Week 3 : Longevity
Norman Reising (1935 - 2009) my father's baby brother out lived his 6 siblings all males. Uncle Normie even out lived his father.

Father Daniel Webster Reising 1909 to 1941 - 31 yrs old
Siblings. Ray M Reising. 1927 to 1989 - 61 yrs old
Ronald J Reising 1929 to 1974 - 45 yrs old
Burton S Reising 1930 to 1977 - 46 yrs old
Ollie Reising 1931 to 1981 - 49 yrs old
Henry C Reising 1933 to 1989 - 55 yrs old

One more sibling Lester Reising died as an infant.

I'm sure why Normie outlasted all the men in his immediate family. Maybe because he never married  or more likely he never worked for Sid Harvey oil burner parts company. Back in the day that was a very dangerous job - chemicals / acid and fumes were deadly.

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Jackie, you are so right. This challenge is causing me to view my research in different ways. I knew who this picture was but had never really looked at it before.

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That is a great picture! Just seeing it without knowing about it - I saw a happy couple with their daughter, caught by the camera, outdoors together. Not thinking they were going for a walk but more likely on their way to an event with their car on the curbside...

The smiles are happy and welcoming.

Knowing that it is an old picture I read in their faces - happiness and looking forward to what the future might hold.

I wonder if their world turned out to be what pleased them, if they were successful and happy in their quest...

I wonder if it "was now" how they would view our world. Would they have the same smiles and anticipation as they did then?

Old pictures tell so much more to the viewer and genealogist - my imagination gets running away from me...

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Week 1 (January 8-14): Favorite Photo

I had a picture chosen but after seeing that an upcoming prompt was Longevity, I decided to save that ancestor. Instead, I am choosing the picture below.



It looks like a normal family photograph – a couple & their child out for a walk. Well, thanks exactly what is was, a married couple out with their child; however, it is not their only child. It is their youngest child – my mother. Since my mother was born in 1925, I’m guessing that this picture was taken in about 1927-1928.

When I first saw this photo a couple of years ago, I was surprised to find out who the people were. For some reason, I always pictured them on a farm barely scraping by to feed themselves and their nine children. No one ever told me that. It’s just something I came up with on my own.

They did start out in Kentucky in farming country & I believe that they were both born to farming families. That is confirmed by census records. They moved to Evansville, Indiana where my mother & her siblings grew up.I suppose that was considered the big city.

This is the only picture of my mother with her parents that I am aware of.

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Just posted week 2 my favorite photo


My favorite photo for week 2 of 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks
Boy did I have trouble deciding which photo to pick for this 2nd week challenge.

Then I ran across a photo of My Grandmother Pearl that I used to carry with my as a young teenager after her passing in 1972. I even took this photo with me all the way to RAF Mildenhal England. Grandma Pearl was the most amazing woman I ever knew and ever will know.

This is Pearl May Combs Reising 25 July 1907 to 25 Oct 1972. A mother of 7 boys widowed to raise 6 of the boys when her husband passed away March 1941.




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Not knowing much about my father's side of the family


When my father Henry Charles passed away in January 1989 sparked an interest in finding out about his family. I knew his mother Grandma Pearl and my uncle's. That my grandfather Daniel Webster Reising died when my dad was 7. Grandma Pearl (Combs) Reising raised 7 boys alone with the help of family. Meet a couple of dad's Aunt's from Grandpa Danny side when I was quite young that was about it.

Henry Charles went by the name Charlie he didn't like his first name of Henry at all. Long Island New York was home, born in the town of Islip. He and his family spent much time between Inwood Nassau County New York and Islip Suffolk County New York.

One brother died as an infant Lester. Other brothers are Ray, Ronald, Olis, Burton, and with Norman being the youngest brother.

That was my starting point of what I knew. In 1989 spent many hours in the library with microfilms going through federal and state census's. What a rush with every find!

I came upon brick walls finding my paternal grandfather side of Reising though I found much on my maternal grandmother side of Combs. Combs family line is confusing as my great grandmother Lulu maiden name was also Combs as her married name.

Now I get to do my research a more modern way I do have to input all I have on paper to computer.





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Week 1 (January 1-7): Start

Robert Beheathland is my ancestor of choice for week 1 because he was the ‘start’ of my family in this new world. He arrived with Capt. John Smith on this continent in May 1607 & had an active part in establishing the first permanent English settlement here…..Jamestown.

This information is proven by four references to him, by name, in Capt. Smith’s journal.
Robert was first mentioned as one of the men named who had accompanied Capt. Smith on the journey from England to new settlement.

“In February 1608 he was among those who accompanied Smith and Christopher Newport on a visit to Powhatan at Werowocomico on the York River.

“He was then noted accompanying Smith in the final meeting of Smith with Powhatan in December 1608/January 1609 while attempting to negotiate the purchase of corn. In a sudden danger of attack by the large number of Pamunkey Indians, Smith deployed his small band and mentioned that he"took ... Master Beheathland to guard the dore".

” Finally he was present at Smith's confrontation with Opechancanough when the survival of the little group depended so much on Smith's quick action in threatening the chief's destruction.” 1

He was later referred to as Captain Beheathland.

In May 1615, Robert & his brother, George, filed suit in the court at Cornwall, England against Ursula, the widow of their deceased brother, Anthony for their interest in the estate. In 1618, the judge ordered Ursula to pay 80 pounds to the relatives of her deceased husband, Anthony.

“His name next appears as a signer on a petition to the King in 1620 requesting the appointment of a permanent governor of Virginia and expressing a willingness to return to Virginia if that was done.” 1

He is one of only a couple of members of this first group that is known to have descendants living today.

Robert was married to Mary, commonly believed to have been the daughter of Francis Nicholson. They had three children: Dorothy born about 1608 in England, John born about 1612 in England, and Mary born about 1615 in Virginia.

Robert died prior to November 1628 when Dorothy was mention in records as the step-daughter of Lt. Thomas Flint of Elizabeth City.


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1. "The Complete Works of Captain John Smith 1580 163 L", Edited by Philip Barbour., Jamestowne Colonist, 1 p208,216, 11 p 141; Expeditions I p231,243,252,253, Il pp. 102, 200, 202.
2. "Virginia Gleanings in England",VMHB, Vol XI, 1904, p363 note
3. Jamestown Society Newsletter, Vol 25 2, Oct 2001; Vol 26 2, Oct 2002
4. "Narratives of Early Virginia 1606 1625", by Lyon G. Tyler; Charles Scribner's Sons,NY,1907
5. "Cavaliers and Pioneers Abstracts of Virginia Land Patents and Grants 1623 1800", by Nell Marion Nugent; Press of the Dietz Printing Co, Richmond, VA, 1934, Vol I p94

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Don't know if I used #52ancestors correctly or not.

Not knowing much about my father's side of the family on blogger

First attempt. emoticon I'll get it figured out I'm sure

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Now that does make sense why I couldn't get the results to download to ancestry com.

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SCAREOFMYLIFE most other sites will allow you to upload DNA from Ancestry to their site; however, Ancestry is very proprietorial & will not allow other DNA tests to be uploaded to their site.

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Sandy, I am so glad that we are going to do this challenge here! I signed up to do the challenge, and hopefully by having Amy Crow and here both will be lead to me completing 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks! emoticon

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My heritage website I was trying to download my DNA results to ancestry com wasn't able to. I've used both sites before most of my family use ancestry com.

I have quite a bit information from the old days in file cabinet to pull out. I stopped research after the thrill of spending weeks and months at the library with the micro films such a high when I finally made a connection after months of research. LOL

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Sounds like fun I'm willing to try it! In fact I just downloaded my DNA to a site I will be using

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For some reason (???) I decided to join this challenge for 2018. I thought about it in 2017 but didn't do it. I invite you to join me & others this year.



52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Let's Get Started!

Thank you so much for joining the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge!

The response has been tremendous. There have been a few questions that keep popping up, so before we get started I thought I'd address them here.

"I don't have a blog. Can I still participate?"
Yes! You don't have to blog. The goal with 52 Ancestors is to develop the habit of writing/recording our family history discoveries and getting them into a format that can be shared. The data that we've accumulated in our genealogy software and in our binders and folders doesn't do a whole lot of good just sitting there. We need to do something with it.

Blog. Write in a journal. Send an email to your cousins. Create a scrapbook page. Make a copy of a photo and write (in pencil) on the back. Make a video. There's no limit to what you can do.

"What if I can't do all 52 weeks?"
No worries. I know that 52 weeks can seem daunting starting out. But I encourage you to start, because anything that you do will be more than what you had before you started.

"Do I have to focus on my direct ancestors? I don't think I have 52 of them."
Talk about whomever you want.

"Is there a certain day we have to post?"
No. The prompts are designed to run Monday-Sunday, but you can participate any time. (And before anyone asks, yes, you can post even after a specific prompt has "ended.")

"What's this hashtag #52ancestors thing?"
If you share what you've done on social media, feel free to include the #52ancestors hashtag. For example, if you've done a blog post and you share the link on Twitter, you could tweet "I wrote about my ancestor John Jacob Jingleheimer-Schmidt for this week's #52ancestors challenge ".

When I ran this challenge a couple of years ago, there were people who followed the #52ancestors hashtag on social media and it became a way to discover what other people were writing about. Not only was it a way to possibly find some cousins (yay, cousin bait!), but it also served as inspiration for our writing and our research.

Ok, let's get to the prompts!

The prompts are a bit vague (or outright ambiguous) on purpose. The idea is to get you thinking about an ancestor who fits how you interpret the prompt. (For example, a prompt that I had in an earlier version of this was "King." Some people focused on ancestors with that surname, some people wrote about a royal ancestor, and at least one person wrote about her ancestor with the first name of Roy since "roi" is "king" in French.) It's completely up to you. There is no right or wrong way to interpret the prompt.

The prompts for January are:

Week 1 (January 1-7): Start
Week 2 (January 8-14): Favorite Photo
Week 3 (January 15-21): Longevity
Week 4 (January 22-28): Invite to Dinner
Week 5 (January 29-February 4): In the Census

Let's talk about Week 1 "Start." Some ideas include starting with yourself or whoever the "home person" is on one of your family trees. Maybe you focus on the person who got you started in genealogy or the ancestor you wanted to find first. You could talk about a relative who started a business.

I can't wait to see what you come up with! (By the way, I'll be highlighting some of the posts that I see, both here in the email and on my social media like my Facebook page!)

Next Monday, I'll send you an email reminding you of the Week 2 prompt, share some ideas for how you might approach it, and highlight some of the neat things from week 1.

Let me know if you have any questions!

Remember -- this is all about doing something. It doesn't have to be long. It doesn't have to be perfect. It's all about progress.

Until next time,
Amy



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