Friday, December 30, 2011

Where Did 2011 Go?

Last December I outlined my genealogy goals for 2011. At that time, I admitted that I am great at starting projects but terrible at finishing them. Nothing happened in 2011 to dispute that. 

Things got off to a good start and I was pretty much staying right on schedule through January and mid-February. By the end of March, when I thought about a quarterly update, things had already slowed down enough that I decided to wait for a mid-year update in June. By June, goals were no longer even on my radar. 

The good news is that I still managed to accomplish several things on my list, apparently by accident. (We won’t talk too much about what all I failed to get done.) 

Research: 
Working on the brick wall that is Theodocia Smith Lanier was at the top of my list. I didn’t make any real progress with her but have chipped enough pieces off of another brick wall to make a reasonable conclusion as to the father of my 2nd great-grandfather, John R. Petty. (Analysis/proof argument written and John R.’s father and siblings added to my database.) 

Traveling for research was high on my list – specifically to the Georgia Archives, the North Carolina Archives and Laurens County, South Carolina. I made it to Laurens County but did not make the other two. Even though I missed two of my three goal locations, I did manage to visit several other places. I researched in Pope County, Illinois, Livingston and Muhlenberg County, Kentucky and Whitfield, Murray and Forsyth County, Georgia. 

Now if I just had all of that research processed. 

Writing: 
I intended to write research plans for six brick wall ancestors and actually completed four so that’s not too bad. 

Blogging more about research challenges and successes was also on my writing list. I did a decent job with that, mostly covering my Petty research. Writing about what I had and where I needed to go next not only helped me sort things out and see what I had but it also attracted several other Petty researchers. 

Education: 
This is the category where I accomplished the most in 2011. I attended NGS, FGS, Georgia Family History Expo and the KGS Annual Seminar. I started the NGS Home Study Course and completed four of the six lessons on CD 1. The last two lessons are both in progress and should be finished before my year is up in March. 

Attending only four (instead of six) 2nd Saturday Family History Workshops hosted by KGS and KHS was the only slip in my education goals but I think I made up for that by “attending” at least a dozen webinars and some live sessions from Rootstech and SCGS Jamboree

Maintenance: 
This was (and always will be) my weakest event. I just don’t like the grunt work but did complete one big goal – reorganizing my digital genealogy files and moving them to Dropbox*. That is about all I accomplished in the maintenance category. There are still sources to clean up and stuff to scan. Maybe next year. 

Overall, this wasn’t actually as bad as I expected but it proved what I really already knew - yearly goals just don't work for me. I think it’s that feeling that I have all year to get it done that is my downfall so I’m thinking about a different approach for 2012.


*If you use the Dropbox link to set up an account, you will get a little extra free space and so will I.  

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Two Years!

Atelier Tally birthday cake: 2 years old

Time really does fly when you're having fun.

I had no idea what I was actually getting into two years ago when I started this blog but it remains the best genealogy related decision I have made. My genealogy life would definitely be different today if I had not taken that step. 

I wouldn't have nearly as many Facebook friends. It's unlikely I would be using Twitter or Google+. I probably wouldn't have attended two FGS conferences, one NGS conference and two Family History Expos or be planning a trip to Salt Lake City in a few weeks for RootsTech 2012. I wouldn't have so many genealogy friends. 

If I hadn't started a blog, I would still be plugging along with research and enjoying the process but it wouldn't be the same. It would not be nearly as much fun.



Image © ateliertally via Flickr under Creative Commons License.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

You Really Should Have a Genealogy Website

If you are doing genealogy research and don't have a website, you do not know what you might be missing. Even after almost two years of blogging, I still get far more inquiries because of my website simply because there are so many more people listed there than I have written about here. 

Today, I received an e-mail from a Neely family researcher. She found my website searching for her great-grandfather, Jefferson Davis Neely, and wrote to let me know that I had an extra "e" in his last name (I had it as Neeley). I have not done any research on Jefferson. I'm not actually related to the Neely family and only had him in my database because his daughter, Alma, married my grandfather's brother, James Dolphin Lanier.

After responding and thanking her for the correction, I heard back from her a little later. By that time, she had found my photo of Roy Neely's headstone. This time she told me that Roy was Alma's brother. She wondered about Roy's relationship to the Lanier family. Well, Kathleen's mother, Hettie Lanier, was James' sister so that means Kathleen married her uncle's brother-in-law. I had no idea that Roy and Alma were siblings and had never even realized that they had the same last name (maybe because I had the extra "e" in Alma's name but probably because I had not paid close enough attention to these people who married into the family).

This Neely researcher also told me that Kathleen was in a Maytag ad in the 1960s. When I started typing a Google search for the ad, I really didn't expect to find it. But I did. She appeared in at least two issues of Life Magazine, probably many more considering the two I found are six months apart. This one from 17 Nov 1961 and another issue from 16 May 1962 are available in Google Books. There are even a couple of the actual magazine pages for sale on ebay for a few bucks. (Yes, I ordered one. How often do you find a relative in Life Magazine, even if it was an ad?)

from ebay


Granted this is not a big brick wall breakthrough (although I've had those thanks to both my website and this blog) but it is still interesting information that I might never have found on my own.



Monday, December 12, 2011

Blog Caroling

by footnoteMaven
It almost Christmas so that means it's time for 

My entry is:
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by The Temptations

Burl Ives didn't sing it like this.




Friday, December 9, 2011

My Rooted Technology - a Meme

With Rootstech 2012 fast approaching, Jill Ball of Geniaus started this meme about technology for genealogy. She invites everyone to join in the fun.

Here are the rules:
  • Technology you already use: bold face type
  • Technology you would like to use or learn more about: italicize (color optional)
  • Technology you don’t use, have no interest in using or no longer use: plain type
  • Explain or give opinions in brackets [ ] at the end of each bullet point.
Here are my answers:
  1. I have a tablet computer such as an iPad that I use for genealogy [An Android tablet that I'm still learning to use to it's fullest genealogy potential.]
  2. I have downloaded one or more apps to a Smart Phone or similar device. [Many, although there are just a few that I use on a regular basis.]
  3. I belong to a genealogy society that uses social media.
  4. I use GEDCOM files and understand the various compatibility issues involved. [I actually don't use them very much because of those compatibility issues.]
  5. I have added metadata to some of my files and digital photos. [Trying to do this as I go now but still have thousands of files that haven't been done.]
  6. I have utilized an API from a genealogy-related application or website.
  7. I have taken a DNA test related to my genealogy research.
  8. I have used the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  9. I have a Facebook account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  10. I use tech tools to help me cite my sources in genealogy research. [Mostly the sourcewriter feature in Legacy Family Tree software.]
  11. I have developed a genealogy-related app for a Smart Phone or similar device.
  12. I use a genealogy database program. [Legacy Family Tree]
  13. I use cloud computer resources to store my genealogy data. [Dropbox, Evernote, Mozy, SmugMug]
  14. I have made one or more contributions to the FamilySearch Research Wiki.
  15. I have attended a genealogy webinar.
  16. I have organized and administered a DNA testing group related to my genealogy.
  17. I use apps involving GPS and Geo-caching for my genealogy research.
  18. I have a Google+ account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  19. I have created and published a family history e-book.
  20. I have created a wiki related to my genealogy research.
  21. I have conducted a genealogy webinar as a presenter.
  22. I read genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research. [Of course! Hundreds of them.]
  23. I have one or more genealogy-related blogs to help improve my own research.
  24. I have a Twitter account and use it regularly for genealogy.
  25. I have one or more genealogy-related websites which I run and administer. [www.lfmccauley.com]
  26. I have created a screencast or video related to genealogy and posted it at a video sharing site (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.).
  27. I use one or more digital tools to capture and record my family history. [Camera, Voice recording app on smart phone]
I just noticed that this is my 500th post!


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Friendship Cemetery

Friendship Cemetery is located in Forsyth County, Georgia near Cumming. It is across the street from Friendship Baptist Church on Friendship Circle off of Hwy 20. The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 341437.531N - 0841113.774W.

Overview of older section

Mary E. "Mollie" Petty, daughter of John R. Petty and Margaret E. Thomas

Also buried in this cemetery:
Benjamin H. Hawkins (Mollie's husband)
Robert Lee Hawkins (Mollie's infant son)
Velvie Hawkins Bramblett (Mollie's daughter)
John Bramblett (Velvie's husband)

Bramblett and Hawkins Plots


Friday, December 2, 2011

Testing My Android Tablet

I'm still trying to figure out what my Toshiba Thrive Android Tablet (running Honeycomb 3.2.1) can and cannot do. Here are a few things I recently tested.

Dropbox* - Using their Android App, files that were already loaded to Dropbox can be viewed or downloaded and new files can be added from the tablet. Works well.

Blog Talk Radio - I started testing this on some random show one Firday night and continued playing with it during a episode of GeneaBloggers Radio. There is an Android app for Blog Talk Radio, which is good for listening. If you want the chat board, you have to switch to the browser and use the website. From the browser, I could see the chat board and could post to it but it wasn't all smooth sailing. When I started to type a comment, the virtual keyboard covered the window where I needed to type into so I had to adjust that every time I wanted to comment. This might work better with a real keyboard but I don't have one so can't test that. The scroll bar in the chat window doesn't like to go backwards so it was hard to look back at anything I missed. Bottom line - listening to Blog Talk Radio works but the tablet would not be my device of choice if I wanted to participate in the chat.

CoverItLive - This is the live blogging platform used by Miriam for Scanfest and my favorite sports site for live blogging games. I tested it on the sports site and found that it works pretty well. I could see what others were posting and could make comments myself but it did not auto-scroll so I had to do that manually. It turns out that auto-scrolling is a nice feature.

Webinars - GoToWebinar does not work in the browser and I could not find an app. When trying to connect from the e-mail link to the webinar, I received the message "your computer's OS or Web browser are not supported." The recorded webinar's from Legacy Family Tree that are available for a few days after the live presentations will play. The tablet must be in vertical position because in horizontal only the upper part of the slide can be seen and there is no way (that I could find) to reduce the size to get it to show the full frame. I have not tested webinars from any other platform or provider yet.

YouTube - I tried several random videos and they played fine in both small and full screen mode.

There is still more to test so there will be more results later. Let me know if you have something specific you would like to see checked out.

*If you create a Dropbox account using this link you will get a little extra free space and so will I. 

Other posts about the tablet:
Blogging from My Toshiba Thrive
The Paperless Research Trip Was Successful
Why Don't I Love My Tablet

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Happy Birthday, Mama McCauley

Verda Waller Hankins McCauley (my paternal grandmother) was born 127 years ago today. 

Verda
abt. 1904

Verda and Will with daughters, Vernon and Gladys
abt. 1908

Verda and Will with John, David and Kathryn
1927

Jimmie, Verda, Will, Kathryn and David
abt. 1937

Will and Verda
abt. 1941

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Georgia Family History Expo

Last Friday and Saturday, I attended Georgia Family History Expo in Duluth. The schedule was a little different this year - instead of starting early Friday morning, the Exhibit Hall opened at 1:00 Friday afternoon and the Opening Session started at 2:00. After spending the previous four days researching in north Georgia, I was happy to have the morning to relax a bit.

The late start meant a late end to the day with the last session ending about 8:40 P.M. Based on the feedback given at the closing session, not everyone loved the new schedule but after hearing that this schedule would keep registration costs down by saving an extra days rent on the facility, it seemed most people agreed it was just fine. I can see why people who were commuting from home might not like getting out later but this schedule also probably saved a good number of people the cost of a Thursday night hotel room and allowed some people to take less time off work.   

I apparently made good choices because the seven sessions I attended were all very good.

Arlene Eakle knows so much more about Georgia Land Records than she can begin to cover in a 50-minute session but luckily she has a new book on the subject. By the time I made it to her booth on Saturday, she was sold out but it will be in my mailbox in a few days.  

In The Clothesline Approach to Documentation and AnalysisDearMYRTLE gave us a visual concept for analyzing sources. If one end of the clothesline is the most reliable source and the other end the least, where would you hang the document you are evaluating? Thinking in those terms can really help you break down the information contained in any source. 

Special Sources for Confederate Research in the National Archives and Records Administration and The Campaigns Forgotten: American Wars after the American Revolution and before the Civil War Records in NARA by Robert S. Davis were both great sessions - informative and entertaining. Did you know that the saying "God willing and the Creek don't rise" was a reference to the Creek Indians, not some creek that was about to flood? 

Lisa Louise Cooke presented three sessions - Ultimate Google Search Strategies, Google Earth for Genealogy-Rock Your Ancestor's World and How to Create Awesome Interactive Family History Tours with Google Earth. I'd heard good things about these presentations so I was very happy when I learned Lisa would be in Georgia. Not to take anything away from her Google search session or any other presentation at Expo but those Google Earth sessions were beyond explanation. No one can tell you how amazing those presentations are. Mind blowing. I bought the book and the DVD's even before I saw the presentations and that turned out to be a good decision. I could just enjoy the show without worrying about taking notes.   

And, of course, one of the best things about any genealogy gathering is socializing with other genealogist. I believe this group of bloggers enjoyed Expo.




Thursday, November 17, 2011

Why Don't I Love My Tablet?

As I explained a few weeks ago, I bought a Toshiba Thrive mainly because of its SD card slot and USB port. Most tablets don't have those features. I especially wanted the SD card slot in order to view and backup photos on vacations. These extra features make the Thrive thicker than other tablets but I decided that the extra features were worth the trade-off.

While on a cruise last month, I was unhappy with the way my pictures looked on the Thrive. I finally figured out that the screen brightness was set on "auto" which probably makes the battery last longer but it sure doesn't make pictures look very good. Turning the brightness all the way up improves the look of pictures although I still think it could be a little sharper, especially when you zoom.

Last week I took the Thrive on a research road trip and to the Georgia Family History Expo. Again, I'm just not feeling the love for the tablet. The main purpose for a tablet, at least as I see it, is the portability. Tablets are much smaller and lighter weight than laptops but have a much bigger screen and virtual keyboard than a smart phone.

Here's the thing. I already had a netbook.

The netbook and tablet are pretty much the same length and width.

With the case, the tablet becomes a little bigger than the netbook.

If the netbook didn't have the extended-life battery, 
the thickness would be about the same with the case.
That battery makes the netbook a little heavier than the tablet
but it also makes them pretty much even in battery life.

See why I'm wavering about loving the tablet? I haven't really gained anything from what I already had. There was not one thing I did with the tablet last week that I couldn't have done with the netbook. Except for typing my notes, I could have done it all with the phone. (Technically, the notes could be typed on the phone too but that much typing on a tiny virtual keyboard is not for me.) 

I fought the urge for a tablet from the time the iPad was released almost two years ago because I already had the netbook. Finally, the feeling that I was missing out on the latest tech toy (and I do love tech toys) got the best of me and I bought the tablet. 

I need to start using the tablet more around the house and find a niche where it beats the laptop, netbook and phone. Maybe if I keep it on my nightstand instead of in the office I'll start using it for reading at bedtime. I want to love it and there is still hope that can happen. Any suggestions?


Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Toshiba. All opinions given here are mine alone.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Paperless Research Trip Was Successful

Let me clarify that a bit. I did not find much information that helped with my research goals for this trip but the paperless experiment worked very well, even though there were a couple of glitches in my initial plan. 

When I was prepping for this trip, I realized that the Families app didn't include the "general" to do items from my Legacy Family Tree database. The individual to dos show up but there is no way to access anything not tied to a specific individual in the database. (I ask Families about this. They said they would add it to their next version.) No big problem. I just created a To Do List report from Legacy, loaded it to the tablet and referred to it at each facility. My tablet doesn't have 3G, it's WiFi only, so everything I might need had to be loaded in advance. Frankly, I would have done that even if I had 3G, you never know when a cell signal will fail you.

I started last Monday morning in the Probate Clerk's Office in the Whitfield County, Georgia courthouse with my Android Tablet, Wand Scanner and Android Phone (used to take the photo below). Over three days, I also researched at the Whitfield-Murray Historical Society and the Murray County courthouse. I did not print one piece of paper. I did not write a word on a piece of paper. I copied everything with either the wand scanner or an app on my phone and typed all notes into Evernote on the tablet. 


I have used the CamScanner app on my phone in the past and been very happy with it. It was one of the first apps I loaded to the tablet but I hadn't tried to use it until this trip. Turns out it doesn't really work on the tablet. The image looks extremely distorted even before taking the picture. Apparently, it hasn't been optimized for Honeycomb (the tablet's version of the Android operating system) so my plan to copy things using that app on the tablet didn't work out. Again, no big problem. I could still use the app on the phone and I had the wand scanner.



Since this was a test for going paperless on a research trip, I used both the wand scanner and the CamScanner app to copy most everything in order to compare the results. The above marriage record was copied with the wand scanner. (I reduced the size for this upload but I have a larger size file.) Here is an example of the same record using the app. (I could have cropped it down to look just like the one above but just didn't do it.)  

For individual records, I really prefer the wand (which saves to JPG) over the app (which saves to PDF) but both give very good copies. For multi-page items, I prefer the app because you can save multiple pages to one document. If you are coping pages from a book, start with the title page, or even the cover, and then add the pages you want. You will have the info you need to write a source along with all of the pages in one document. 

The next time I connected the tablet to WiFi, all of the notes I took in Evernote synced with my online account making them accessible from my laptop and other devices.  

Switching back and forth between Evernote, the Families app (my genealogy database) and the To Do report was simple. Since my tablet has a USB port, I could also connect the wand scanner, download the scans to the tablet for backup and ensure I had a good copy before I left the facility. 

So. It is definitely possible to research without creating any paper. From now on, this will be my routine - unless I'm visiting a repository that doesn't allow scanning or photography. There are still some of those around. 

Even though this process worked, I'm still on the fence about the tablet. More about that tomorrow.


Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with any of the companies mentioned in this post other than I use the products. I purchased the Families app and Legacy Family Tree Software but use the free version of Evernote.   

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - A Veteran's Service and Gravesite

Looks like I haven't had any Saturday Night Genealogy Fun in months. My last SNGF post was in July. Time to rectify that. This week's challenge from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings is:

1)  To celebrate Veterans Day, pick one of your ancestors or relatives with a military record and a gravestone.

2)  Tell us about your ancestor's military service.

3)  Tell us about your ancestor's gravestone - where is it, what is the inscription, when were you last there?  Show us a picture of it if you have one available.  

4)  Write your own blog post about this ancestor and his gravestone, or share it in a Comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook, or in a Google Plus Stream post. 



My maternal grandfather, Elmer Dennis Hopkins, served in the U. S. Army twice. He enlisted the first time on 4 Dec 1911 at Middlesboro, Kentucky and was discharged 3 Dec 1914 at Ft. Bliss, Texas. He served in Troup E of the 15th Cavalry. 

Elmer on left
According to his discharge papers, he "participated in the internment of the Mexican Federal Army after their evacuation of Ojinaga, Mexico January 10-20, 1914." During the Mexican Revolution, Pancho Villa led the war in the northern part of Mexico on behalf of the revolution. In January 1914, Pancho Villa and his army drove the Mexican Federal Army out of Ojinaga. To avoid being captured by Villa, the Mexican Army crossed the border into Texas and surrendered to U.S. troops. The Mexicans were interned in Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Wingate, New Mexico for almost a year. Elmer was involved in the interment at Fort Bliss.

His second enlistment was during World War I. He was inducted 24 May 1918 at Mt. Vernon, Kentucky and was discharged 12 Jun 1919 at Camp Zachary Taylor, Kentucky (near Louisville). He was stationed in France from 6 Aug 1918 to 28 May 1919 with the 315th Infantry Supply Company. 

Elmer is buried in Elmwood Cemetery in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky beside his wife, Emma. Headstone transcription: HOPKINS, Emma E., Oct. 24, 1900, Jan. 18, 1978; Elmer D., Apr 2, 1894, May 26, 1980.

Elmer's VA marker transcription: Elmer D. Hopkins, Cpl US Army, World War I, Apr 2, 1894, May 26, 1980.

The last time I was at Elmer's grave was a few days before Memorial Day this year.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Veterans Day - Honoring Those Who Served

Pictures of some family members who served in uniform.

Orin Edward Taylor
Orin is my only relative (that I know of) who died in service to our country so he gets the top spot in this Veterans Day post. He enlisted at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas on April 1, 1941, was a 1st Lt. with Company E of the 4th Ranger Battalion and died at the age of 24 on January 31, 1944 in Anzio, Italy during WW II. [1st Cousin, once removed]


David Hankins McCauley
1926-2000
WW II - US Navy 1944-1946
[Father]

Joseph Lee McCauley
1913-1985
WW II - US Army and US Navy
[Uncle]

John William McCauley, Jr.
1921-1992
WW II - US Navy
[Uncle]

J W Dukes
1923-2001
WW II - US Navy
[1st Cousin]

Marvin Ray Dukes
1927-1971
WW II - US Navy
[1st Cousin]

Jason Gordon Lucas, Jr. (on right, my Dad on left)
1926-2007
WW II - US Navy
[1st Cousin]

Elmer Dennis Hopkins (on left, person on right unknown)
1894-1980
Pre-WW I - US Army 1911-1914
WW I - US Army 1918-1919
[Maternal Grandfather]

John Covey Hopkins
1886-1969
WW I - Career US Army 1905-1935
[Great Uncle]

Howard Doctor "Doc" Hopkins
1900-1988
WW I - US Army
Post WW I - US Navy
[Great Uncle]

Grant Hopkins
1902-1963
Post WW I - US Marines 1921-1924
[Great Uncle]

Jimmy, Elvie and Perry Hankins
in France during WW I
[Great Uncles]

James Bailey Hankins
1901-1974
WW I - US Army 1917-1919

Albert Elvie Hankins
1882-1859
WW I - US Army

William Perry Hankins
1898-1922
WW I - US Army 1916-1920


Monday, November 7, 2011

A Paperless Research Trip

Have you ever gone on a research trip without printing anything to take with you? I'm talking about to do lists, research plans, maps, directions, family group sheets, timelines - all the stuff you need to remind you what you already know, what you want to find and where you need to go. 

I have experimented with this idea a couple of times on day trips to the Kentucky Archives and it worked out just fine. When I went to the archives, I had my Legacy Family Tree database on an Android phone using the Families app and a list of people I wanted to research in a memo app on the phone. From the memo, I knew which people in my database to check for "to do" items. I walked into the archives with a blank legal pad, pencil and my phone and walked out with the records I was looking for each time.

Now I'm ready to go paperless on a four-day research trip out of state. Since my test with the phone, I bought an Android tablet and that is what I'll be using for the most part on this trip.  

Granted, the thoughts of no back-up directions made me a little nervous after Lula (my GPS) got me seriously lost a couple of months ago so I saved Google Maps directions to PDF and loaded them to both devices in advance. That way I'm covered if Lula or cell service fails me in rural Georgia. 

The fun starts this morning. I'll report back later in the week.

Friday, November 4, 2011

John R. Petty Could Have Made Things Easier for Me

Really. All he had to do was serve as surety when his (I'm 95% sure) brother, Joseph, got married in Logan County, Kentucky in 1869. That would have been the smoking gun I'm looking for to prove that John R. (my 2nd great-grandfather) was the son of John Petty of Bradley County, Tennessee and Whitfield County, Georgia. 

I have a ton of indirect and circumstantial evidence that ties John R. to the John Petty family (much of it has been covered here in a variety of posts, see below for the list) but I'd still like something a little more straight forward. 

Today I ran over to the Kentucky Archives (it's just 80 miles and I actually had to be in Lexington anyway so really just about 20 miles away from there) to get a copy of the marriage record for Joseph Petty and Nancy Thomas hoping that there would be some clue in it to help my case. 

The elder John Petty had a son named Joseph. John R. Petty (his wife, Margaret and their children) and Joseph Petty (his wife, Nancy and their son) were all in Logan County, Kentucky in the 1870 census - in the same district with only one household separating them. Both of the Petty men were born in Tennessee - they have to be brothers, don't they? 

I had incorrectly assumed that both Petty families moved to Logan County from Tennessee sometime after the Civil War (when John R. and Joseph along with two other sons of John Petty served in the same Confederate unit). Turns out there was a slight flaw in that theory recently uncovered by a Colorado friend of my Petty research buddy in Oregon. (Fresh eyes are often a very good thing.)

The flaw - Joseph did not actually get married until after he was in Logan County but his wife seems to be a very interesting twist. Joseph married a Nancy Thomas who was born in Georgia. John R.'s wife, Margaret, was a Thomas from Murray and Lumpkin Counties in Georgia, she had a sister named Nancy and Margaret and Nancy's mother, Rebecca Thomas lived in Logan County in 1870. Nancy Thomas who married Joseph appears to be a few years younger than Margaret's sister but it still looks like the Petty brothers married the Thomas sisters. 

If only John R. has served as surety on Joseph and Nancy's marriage bond that would have tied everything together with a nice bow but the surety was E. W. Northington. I didn't find an E. W. Northington in Logan County but Edward O. Northington was listed next to John R. in the 1870 Logan County census. (He is not the household between John R. and Joseph but on the other side of John.) Of the 25 Northingtons in Logan County in 1870, he is the only one with a first initial E. Oh goody, someone else to research. 

While working on this post I noticed another little "situation" - Joseph and Nancy were married in 1869 in Kentucky and were there in 1870 but their apparent child living with them in 1870 named Robert Petty was three years old and born in Georgia. He could be their son born prior to the marriage or he could be either Joseph's or Nancy's child from a previous marriage or relationship.   

Nothing is ever easy with this family.