Thursday, March 31, 2011

John Petty's Daughters - Charlotte & "Mrs. Milsapp"

My Petty research buddy found a message board post from 2000 indicating that John Petty had a daughter who married a Hambright and one who married a Milsapp but it doesn't give first names for either of them. If this is true, they would be the two previously unidentified females who were listed in John's household in the 1840 census.

On March 21st I posted a clip of the 1880 census record for John Petty and two of his daughters (Martha and Angeline). Listed next to them was a 49 year old female named C. A. Hambright and her two daughters, Ellen W. Hambright (25) and Malissa A. Hambright (15). A check of other census years finds C. A. Hambright to be Charlotte A. Hambright. So far there is no proof that she her maiden name was Petty but here is what else is known. 

In 1860 Charlotte Hambright was living in McMinn County, Tennessee in the town of Calhoun. That is the same place my John R. Petty was living. He is listed as dwelling and family #1068 on page 146. Charlotte was dwelling and family #1045 on page 143. Of course, that doesn't prove any relationship but they lived relatively close together. Charlotte was listed as 29 years old making her born about 1831. The composition of the older John Petty's 1840 household included 2 females 5-10 so her age fits to be one of them. Charlotte was working as a weaver and had four children but her husband was not listed with them. Her children were Rebecca Jane (15), John B. (11), Nancy E. (9) and Ellen (4). 

By 1870 Charlotte Hambright (39) was living in Whitfield County, Georgia with John (21), Nancy (19) and Elenor (14) and Melissa A. (5). Charlotte's household was listed in the 12th Land District as dwelling #126, family #125 on page 65. Also in the 12th Land District as dwelling and family #70 on page 56 was John Petty's daughter, Angeline (Wiley and Ann Petty Long). Again, nothing to prove a relationship but living relatively close to someone in the Petty family.

Charlotte was living in Murray County, Georgia (which borders Whitfield) in 1900 in the household of William Thompson. Charlotte was listed as William's mother-in-law and his wife was Malissa Thompson (35). It is noted that Charlotte was the mother of six children and only four were living at that time. Five children were listed in various census records so there was a sixth child whose name we don't know and one of the known children died by 1900.

So what do we really have here? Charlotte's husband isn't around starting in 1860 yet she apparently has at least one child after he's gone. In 1860, 1870 and 1880 she was living near someone in the Petty family (assuming my John R. belongs to this Petty family). A message board post says one of John Petty's daughters married a Hambright. A marriage record hasn't been found to prove that Charlotte Hambright's maiden name was Petty but it certainly seems like a possibility. And there's one more thing. Charlotte Hambright and her family haven't been located in the 1850 census. Remember who else can't be found in 1850? John Petty.

That brings us to the daughter who might have married a Milsapp. I'm afraid that's the only lead there is for her. There was a family named Milsapp in McMinn County in 1850 and they had three sons who would have been old enough to be married by 1860 but they disappear from the area by then. 

There is one last post coming up and then the Petty family will take a break.

What needs to be done:
Continue looking for a Milsapp who could be John Petty's daughter.
Find the marriage record for Charlotte and Mr. Hambright. (That will be harder than it sounds. I already know that the only marriage records for Pettys in Bradley or McMinn County, Tennessee in this time period are for John's sons, James and Rash. There also isn't one in Whitfield County, Georgia which is the 3rd location where the family lived.)

Other recent posts related to Petty research:

Monday, March 28, 2011

One Lovely Blog Award

Over the past 10 days I've received notification from four wonderful bloggers who have given me the One Lovely Blog Award. I apologize for being so slow to thank them but I seem to be running in circles lately and never getting anything accomplished.

Thanks go to:
Cyndi at Mountain Genealogists
Marian at Climbing My Family Tree
Marion at A Couple of Whiles
Jenny at Are My Roots Showing

If you aren't already following be sure to check them out.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

23andMe Results - Two Months In

It's been two months since I received my DNA results from 23andMe so I thought it was about time for an update on how things are going. The simple answer to that question is "not as well as I would like" but I'm learning about this process and a little progress has been made. With over 600 initial matches I had envisioned having lots of new cousins by now but that hasn't happened yet. (Patience is not my best event.)

I now have 746 matches, up from the initial 614. 23andMe gives a "Predicted Relationship" and also a "Relationship Range" for each match. Forty-six of those are predicted as 3rd to 7th cousins with relationship ranges anywhere from 3rd to 10th cousins. The rest are predicted as "distant cousins." Some of the distant cousins have ranges of 4th to 10th, some have no range at all listed. 

My best match is a predicted 3rd cousin with a range of 3rd to 4th cousin. You know I really want to hear from them but, so far, no response to my March 13th request. That has actually been the case for most of the requests to share information that I've sent out. Early on I was getting requests from others and was spending time trying to figure out our matches I so only sent out a very few requests myself. Once that initial round of contacts slowed down, I took a little break from 23andMe to get some other work done. If you don't pace yourself, this could almost become a full time thing.  

As of today, I've sent out 38 requests to share information and have heard back from nine of them. Most have been sent out this month so, hopefully, they just haven't had a chance to respond yet. I wish 23andMe had an option for a person to indicate they have no interest in genealogy and don't wish to be contacted. That would eliminate them getting unwanted requests and would also let those of us interested in the genealogy aspects of the test know not to waste our time hoping to hear from someone who is never going to respond.

At this point, I've only determined my relationship to two people. One was predicted as a 4th cousin with a range of 3rd - 10th cousins. We are actually 5th cousins, 3 times removed through my maternal grandfather's maternal line - at least that's the only relationship we have uncovered. The other was someone I actually know. We live in the same town and I already knew exactly how we are related. We are also predicted as 4th cousins with a range of 3rd to 10 cousins. We are definitely 3rd cousins once removed through my maternal grandmother's maternal line.

This is going to be a long term process.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Surname Saturday - Morris

Littleton Morris and Martha Mark

Littleton Morris was born about 1802 in North Carolina. He was one of eight children born to George Morris and Mary Fisher. Martha "Patsy" Mark was also born about 1802 but in Virginia. She was the daughter of Samuel Mark and Elizabeth Denny. 

When and where Littleton and Patsy were married is not known but they were living in Harlan County, Kentucky in 1820. It is not known exactly how many children they had. There was a female under 5 in Littleton's 1830 census record and a female 10-15 and another one 15-20 in 1840 census record. One of those girls would have been their daughter, Mary, but the second one is unidentified. She may have been another daughter or was possibly someone else who was living with them. Littleton and Patsy probably also had a son.

Patsy apparently died before the 1880 census as Littleton was living with daughter, Mary, and her family. Littleton and Patsy were both buried at Watts Creek in Harlan County.

Littleton and Patsy's children:
Mary F. "Polly" was born about 1830 in Harlan County. She married John Covey Howard there on 10 Mar 1856 and they had seven children. Polly died between 1910 and 1920.

Samuel was probably their son but nothing else is known about him.

Littleton and Patsy were my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Polly. For sources and additional information, click the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

John Petty's Daughters - Caroline and Mary

John Petty's 1860 census record in Bradley County, Tennessee lists three daughters - Martha, Angeline and Mary. John hasn't been located in the 1850 census yet but in 1840 he appears to be living in McMinn County, Tennessee (which borders Bradley County). In that census there are three more potential daughters based on the age break-down of the females in the household. Caroline was one of them.

Mary Petty was nine years old in 1860 and was no longer living with John by 1870. One of her descendants recently advised that Mary married John Cooper in 1869 in Webster County, Kentucky. A quick trip to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives uncovered Mary and John's marriage record and a bonus older sister.

On 29 Sep 1869 Caroline Young, wife of Lemuel Young, gave consent for her sister, Mary Elisabeth Petty to marry John Cooper. Mary and John were married the next day.

Caroline and Lemuel Young have not been located in any census records and their marriage record also has not been found but Lemuel joined Company I of the 43rd Tennessee Infantry in Charleston [Bradley County], Tennessee on 1 Dec 1862. That is the same unit that John Petty's three sons (James, Joseph and Rash) and my John R. Petty joined. Lemuel and Rash joined on the same day, about a year after the other three. Just like the four Petty men, Lemuel was captured and released at Vicksburg, Mississippi and like James, Joseph and Rash, he appears to have later joined the Union 10th Tennessee Cavalry although he joined a different unit and at an earlier date than any of the Pettys.

Mary and John Cooper haven't been located the year following their marriage in the 1870 census but by 1880 they were living in Johnson County, Illinois in the community of Elvira with three daughters and John's mother, Liddie Cooper. All three of their daughters were born in Kentucky and the youngest was five years old so they apparently moved to Illinois between 1874 and 1880. Elvira, Illinois is due west of Webster County, Kentucky where Mary and John had been married and where they possibly lived until the move to Illinois.

By 1900, Mary and John were in Whitfield County, Georgia. A daughter was shown as born in Illinois in 1881 and their next child, a son, as born in Georgia in 1884 so they returned to the general area where they had grown up and settled in Whitfield County where Mary's father and some of her sisters were living between those dates. Mary died in 1903 and was buried in Deep Springs Cemetery in Whitfield County. John died in 1920 and was also buried in Deep Springs Cemetery.

It should be noted that, prior to his marriage to Mary, John Cooper had also joined the Tennessee 43rd but a different unit than the Pettys and Lemuel Young. After being captured and released at Vicksburg, he also joined the Union 10th Tennessee.

It's interesting to me that Caroline was living in Kentucky by 1869 and Mary was there with her for at least a short time before her wedding. Mary and John also lived somewhere in Kentucky for a few years. Webster County borders Hopkins County where my John R. Petty was living after 1870. It is 3 counties away from Logan County where John R. was living in 1870 and where Joseph was living in 1870 and 1880. Again no real proof of any relationship to John R. but just something else to make me feel like he belongs in this family.

Coming up next - the other two older Petty daughters.

What needs to be done:
Find Caroline and Lemuel Young in census records.
Find the marriage record for Caroline and Lemuel. They were probably married prior to 1860 since Caroline wasn't living with her father and siblings.

Other recent posts related to Petty research:

Monday, March 21, 2011

John Petty's Daughters - Martha and Angeline

Just a few days after publishing the series Searching for John R. Petty's Parents, a reader contacted me with information about two of Bradley County John Petty's daughters, Martha and Angeline. The following is a summary of that information along with more that has been learned about Martha and Angeline and what still needs to be done regarding them.

The index for Georgia Marriages, 1808-1967 at Family Search lists the following two marriages:
Martha J. Petit married John W. Martin on 23 Apr 1867 in Whitfield County
Ann Petty married Wiley Long on 11 Nov 1868 in Whitfield County

According to my contact, Martha J. Petit and Ann Petty were Martha and Angeline Petty, daughters of John Petty from Bradley County, Tennessee. The 1880 census seems to confirm that.

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M. J. Martin (female,  45, widow, born in Tennessee) was head of a household in Whitfield County. Living with her were Wiley Long, his wife Ann and four of their children. Ann's name is listed as Dida Amie (or Annie) A. but in other census records with Wiley and some of these children she is listed as Ann. The relationship for Wiley is blank and the relationships for Ann and the children are to Wiley (wife and sons) rather than M. J. Martin. The key piece of this household is 72 year old John Petty listed as father (apparently to M. J., Wiley Long's father was Lunsford Long). Bradley County John Petty was 51 in 1860 and 62 in 1870 so the age matches. He was not in Bradley County in 1880 after being listed there in the 1860 and 1870 censuses. Whitfield County, Georgia borders Bradley County, Tennessee to the south. This certainly seems to indicate that Martha Martin and Ann Long were indeed John Petty's daughters. Since Ann's age matches up with Angeline's they are almost certainly the same person.

Martha and John Martin were living in Whitfield County in 1870 in Dalton. John was listed as a butcher, 70 years old, born in Virginia. He owned real estate valued at $3000 and personal property valued at $1000. Martha Petty was listed as 21 in 1860 so should have been 31 in 1870 and 41 in 1880. Martha Petit Martin's age was listed as 40 in 1870 (so about 9 years off) and M. J. Martin was listed as 45 in 1880 (about 4 years off). Varying ages certainly isn't enough to rule her out as our Martha, especially with the 1880 census showing John Petty living with her.

It does not appear that Martha had any children and based on John's age he had probably been married before but he hasn't been located in previous census records yet. He apparently died between 1870 and 1880, probably in Whitfield County since she was a widow in 1880.

Martha Petty Martin may have married a 2nd time. There is a marriage record in Whitfield County for Martha J. Martin and John E. Martin on 28 Mary 1882. Any relationship between John W. and John E. Martin is unknown. Martha may have died prior to 1900 as she hasn't been located in that census.

Angeline Petty was listed as 12 in 1860. Ann Petty Long was 22 in 1870, 30 in 1880 and 48 in 1900. Again, varying ages but close enough that Angeline is the only one of John Petty's daughters who could be Ann.  Ann and Wiley Long were living in Whitfield County in 1870 and 1900, in addition to 1880 when they were living with her sister and father. Ann and Wiley had five children - John E., Ezekial, James W., Benjamin and Rosa Lee. Wiley died on 1 Jan 1920 in Dalton. His death certificate lists him as widowed so Ann apparently died prior to that and before Georgia started issuing death certificates in 1919. Wiley was buried in West Hill Cemetery in Whitfield County. Ann's burial place is unknown.

Oh, and back to that 1880 census record. Did you notice C. A. Hambright living next door to the Petty family? More about her later.

Does any of this help tie my John R. Petty to this Petty family? Maybe. Stay tuned.

What needs to be done:
Get copies of those marriage records for Martha and Ann.
Check property records in Whitfield County (John W. Martin apparently owned land).
Check Whitfield County cemetery information for Ann Long, Martha Martin and both John Martin's 
Check out anyone in the area named Petit or Pettit since that may have been an alternate spelling for Petty.

Other recent posts related to Petty research:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Surname Saturday - Howard

John Howard and Mary Risner

John Howard was born about 1775, probably in Virginia. He was the son of Thomas Howard. His mother is widely accepted to be Lettie Durham but as far as I can determine, there is absolutely no proof of that. John's nickname was "War Jack" but it's unclear why. 

Mary Risner was born between 1785 and 1790 in Virginia, possibly Scott County. She was the daughter of Michael Risner and Catherine (maiden name unknown). 

John and Mary were probably married about 1801. They had 10 children. John died between 1824 and 1825 when most of their children were still pretty young. They were living in Knox County, Kentucky in 1810 and Harlan County in 1820. It's possible that they didn't actually move as Harlan was created in 1819 from part of Knox County.

Mary married Gabriel Jackson on 15 Feb 1827 in Harlan County. They had two sons, Gabriel and Robert. Nothing further is known about Mary.

John and Mary's children:
Larkin was born about 1803. He married Elizabeth Brock and they had eight children. Larkin died between 1850 and 1860.

Elizabeth was born about 1804. She married James Brock, Jr. and they had 11 children.

John Covey was born on 6 Mar 1806 in Knox County. He married 1st Matilda Brock, 2nd Sarah Saylor and 3rd Mary Morris and had a total of 20 children. John died on 20 Nov 1899 in Harlan County. 

Michael was born about 1811, probably in Knox County. He married Rachel Hendrickson and they had eight children.

William R. was born about 1812. He married Julia Howard and they had 11 children.

Mary was born about 1815. She married William Coldiron and they had eight children.

Sarah was born about 1818. She married James McFarland and they had eight children.

Catherine was born about 1819. She married James White Howard and they had nine children.

Phoebe Cumile was born about 1820. She married Rice W. Johnson and they had nine children.

Robert was born on 17 Jan 1824 in Harlan County. He married 1st Lucinda Bingham and 2nd Mary Lundy. He had a total of 13 children. Robert died on 2 Sep 1901 in Bell County, Kentucky. 

John and Mary were my 3rd great-grandparents through their son, John Covey. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

John Petty of Bradley County, Tennessee - The Research Continues

Last month I wrote a series of posts about searching for the parents of my gg-grandfather John R. Petty summarizing what I knew at that point. There is lots of circumstantial evidence that at least allows the case to be made that John R. was the son of John Petty who lived in Bradley County, Tennessee in 1860 and 1870 but I'm still looking for that "one big thing" to really solidify the relationship.

At the end of that series, I came up with the following list of things to do next and I'm happy to report that there has been progress made on several of these items.  
  1. Determine Angeline Tribble's maiden name. Done. She's not Angeline Petty.
  2. Determine if the John R. Petty who was married in 1878 in Whitfield County, Georgia was this John R. Petty. Nothing definite but new information found makes me believe this is my John R. Post coming soon.
  3. Search the 1850 Census at Heritage Quest (just in case they might have page that Ancestry and FamilySearch are missing). Not started yet.
  4. Search marriage records in neighboring counties in Tennessee and Georgia for the daughters and for the marriage of John and Tabitha. In response to the previous posts, spouses for daughters Martha and Angeline were identified by a reader. Much more progress has been made in locating the other daughters. Posts about them coming soon.
  5. Contact the owners of two Ancestry trees that have James Petty and his family. One doesn't list any siblings for James and one lists Martha, Angeline and Mary but no brothers. Done but no luck there. 
Over the next couple of weeks, I'll be detailing the new information about the Petty family and discussing how any of that information might further imply a link to my John R. Petty. 

Other Posts related to Petty research:

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Surname Saturday - Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins and Rachel McFarland

Stephen Hopkins was born about 1805 in Tennessee. He was one of at least eight children born to Stephen Hopkins and Catherine Clouse. Rachel McFarland was born about 1808 in Tennessee. Her parents are not yet known. 

Stephen and Rachel were married about 1822 and had 12 children. They were living in Claiborne County, Tennessee in 1830 and 1840. They were in Hancock County in 1850 and 1860 although they probably had not moved. Hancock County was formed in 1844 from parts of Claiborne and Hawkins Counties. Between 1861 and 1865 they moved to Harlan County, Kentucky.

Rachel died at Jerry Branch in the Harlan County community of Molus between 1870 and 1880. According to family legend, she died from a nose bleed. Stephen married Barbary Saylor on 1 Nov 1880 in Harlan County. He died in 1891. Stephen and Rachel are both buried at Jerry Branch.

Stephen and Rachel's children:
George was born in Dec 1823 in Claiborne County. He married Elizabeth (maiden name possibly Saylor) about 1848 and they had 10 children. George died between 1900 and 1910 in Harlan County.

Rebecca was born between 1825-1829 in Claiborne County. She married John Arthur and may have moved to Indiana.

Nancy was born 30 Aug 1828 in Claiborne County. She married Lewis Anderson and they had several children. Nancy died on 15 Aug 1900 and was buried in Sunset Beasley Cemetery, Montague County, Texas.

Elizabeth was born about 1830 in Claiborne County. Betsey, as she was called, had two children but as far as can be determined never married.

Mary was born about 1832 in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her.

Catherine was born about 1833 in Claiborne County. She married Matthew Daugherty and they had seven children.

Sally was born about 1836 in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her.

Eliza was born on 22 Feb 1837 in Claiborne County. She had two sons but was not married to their father who was possibly Stephen Wolfenbarger. Eliza married Ephram Simpson on 11 Oct 1866 in Harlan County and they moved to Indiana and later Missouri. Eliza died on 16 Jan 1912 in Epps, Butler County, Missouri. She was buried there in Sparkman Cemetery.

John was born about 1839 in Claiborne County. He married Elizabeth Sprinkle and they had 4 children. John died before 1870.

Martha was born about 1843 in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her.

Calvina was born about 1846 in Hancock County. She married Silas W. Saylor in 1865 in Harlan County. They had seven children.

Serena was born about 1853 in Hancock County. She married Elisha Saylor and had two children.

Stephen and Rachel are my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Eliza. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment here or e-mail me

Note: Evidence of Rachel's maiden name was just recently found in Eastern Cherokee applications for the children of her daughter, Nancy. Prior to this discovery, the daughter Nancy was unknown. My website has not been updated to show Nancy and her family (which is why there is no link for her) and the source listed on the website for Rachel's name refers to her daughter Eliza's death certificate which lists her name as McFardan and was the name I previously listed for Rachel. 

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Android App - CamScanner

When I finally upgraded to a smartphone in late November, I loaded some of the most popular apps based on suggestions from friends and on-line reviews. Somewhere along the way I heard about and loaded CamScanner but I had never really tried it out until yesterday. I actually wondered how it could be any different than just using the built-in camera since you "scan" basically the same way you would use the camera. Well, my results were definitely different.

The image on the left was made using my Samsung Captivate's camera. It's completely unedited. It's certainly usable if it happened to be the only way you could capture an image and it might be helped some with editing but it's definitely not great. The picture actually looks lighter on the phone than it does after it's transferred to the computer. The image on the right was made using the CamScanner app on the same Samsung Captivate phone. The document was not moved, the lighting was not changed and this "scan" was done immediately after snapping the regular photo. CamScanner does some auto-editing and cropping. I let it do what it wanted and accepted that outcome with no intervention. Big difference.


The lighting for the above images wasn't very good. For the next set of images, I improved the lighting and the camera did a better job but CamScanner was still by far the best of the two. The first image was taken with the phone's camera and the second one was done with the CamScanner app.

According to the Android Market, this app (which is free) allows a "limited number of docs/pages for trial" but I can't find anything that gives an actual number for that limit. The license which allows for unlimited use costs $4.99. 

Now, when I find an original record of any kind I will likely still get a paper copy whenever possible rather than use this process. However, I will definitely be using this app instead of making copies of pages in books at any facility that allows cameras. 

And just for one more comparison, these images were scanned using my desktop scanner. A real scanner definitely does the best job but you can't carry it around in your hand.

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DISCLAIMER: I have only had an Android phone for a few months and I know absolutely nothing about how apps work in the background or what kinds of problems they might cause you or your phone. I have a security app installed on my phone and you probably should too. Use any smartphone app at your own risk. Your results may vary.

I have absolutely no connection to Samsung, Android Market or IntSig Information (creator of CamScanner) and have received no benefits for this review.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Surname Saturday - Thomas

Jesse Thomas and Rebecca

Jesse Thomas was born about 1802 in South Carolina or Georgia. His parents are unknown. Rebecca was born about 1807 in Georgia. Her maiden name and her parents are both unknown.

Jesse and Rebecca were listed in the 1840 census in Murray County, Georgia with 2 sons under 5, 1 daughter under 5 and 2 daughters between 10-15. In 1850, Jesse and Rebecca were living in nearby Lumpkin County, Georgia with five children age 2 - 14 and by 1860 they were back in Murray County.

Jesse probably died before 1870 as Rebecca was living in Logan County, Kentucky near her daughter, Margaret. Her son, Daniel, was living with her along with grandson, John Echols, and possible grandson, James Thomas. Rebecca probably died before 1880, at least she hasn't been located in that census.

Jesse and Rebecca's children:
Mary was born 14 Jun 1828 in Georgia. She married James M. Echols on 16 Jan 1845 in Forsyth County, Georgia and they had one son. Mary died on 22 Aug 1899 and was buried in Friendship Cemetery in Forsyth County.

William was born about 1836 in Georgia. He and Margaret were both listed as age 14 in 1850 but it is not known for sure if they were twins.

Margaret E. was born about 1836 in Georgia. She married John R. Petty on 20 Sep 1857 in Whitfield County, Georgia and they had 10 children. Margaret died on 28 Jul 1876 in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Nancy was born about 1840 in Georgia.

Oliver P. was born about 1845 in Georgia.

Daniel W. was born about 1848 in Georgia. 

There was an unidentified daughter and also an unidentified son based on the 1840 census. 

Jesse and Rebecca were my 3rd great-grandparents through their daughter, Margaret. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family leave a comment here or e-mail me. 

Friday, March 4, 2011

Fearless Females #4 - Marriage of Verdie Hankins and Will McCauley

To celebrate Women's History Month, Lisa Alzo at The Accidental Genealogist has outlined 31 blogging prompts in a series titled Fearless Females.

Day 4 - Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one. 

These are records from the marriage of John William McCauley and Verda Waller Hankins, my paternal grandparents. The marriage bond was signed in Hopkins County, Kentucky on 26 Sep 1904 by the groom and the father of the bride (Thomas Leander "Lee" Hankins).

The marriage license was issued on the day the bond was signed and the wedding took place the next day on 27 Sep 1904 at the home of the bride's parents in Earlington. The ceremony was performed by James H. Dame who, no doubt, was a friend of the bride's father. Lee Hankins and Dame both belonged to the General Baptist Ministers Association. Witnesses were W. T. Hodges and Samuel Wyatt. Wyatt was married to Lee Hankins' cousin, Dicie Goodloe, but the relationship, if any, with Hodges is unknown. 

This clipping announcing the marriage was published in the Earlington Bee on 29 Sep 1904. 

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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Fearless Females #2 - Emmie Jane and Emma

To celebrate Women's History Month, Lisa Alzo at The Accidental Genealogist has outlined 31 blogging prompts in a series titled Fearless Females.

Day 2: Post a photo of one of your female ancestors. Who is in the photo? When was it taken? Why did you select this photo?

This is actually a photo of two of my ancestors. My great-grandmother, Emma Jane Owens Taylor, and her daughter (my grandmother), Emma Ewers Taylor Hopkins. This picture was taken about 1935 and I selected it because it's the best picture I have of the two of them together after my grandmother was an adult.