Thursday, June 30, 2011

Those Places Thursday - Kentucky State Capitol Building

This is the 4th Kentucky State Capitol building. It opened in 1910 and replaced the previous one built in 1830, which still stands in downtown Frankfort.

I lived in Frankfort for over 20 years so it still feels like home when I visit even though I moved away several years ago. 

Since I was killing time waiting for the archives to open, I didn't have enough time to go inside. I will save that for another day. 

It may look like I'm touring historic sites in Kentucky but I'm actually trying to learn how to use my new camera before I take it on a cruise in a few months. The historic sites just happen to be handy and make good photo ops. Since some of my ancestors were in Kentucky by the time it became a state in 1792 and others shortly after that, Kentucky's history is my family's history. 

All photos © 2011 Linda McCauley.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - McCauley Family

Jimmie, Verda, Will, Katie and David McCauley
abt. 1938
(Not the entire family, Will and Verda had 11 children.)

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery

Rockcastle County, Kentucky

Ramsey-Taylor Cemetery is located on Holt Drive in Mt. Vernon, near Renfro Valley, just north of I-75.  The GPS coordinates for the cemetery are 372233.315N -0841957.745W.

My 2nd great-grandparents, James Francis Taylor and Margaret E. Ramsey, are buried in this cemetery but do not have markers. Most people buried here had some connection to James and Margaret. Seven of their 11 children are known to be buried here and two others almost certainly are (but they don't have markers). Several of James and Margaret grandchildren are buried here along with James' sister, Elizabeth Taylor Ramsey, and some of her descendants and Margaret's sister, Harriet Ramsey Proctor. The list below is not a complete inventory of the cemetery but is simply a list of some of the markers I have photographed. 

See this album for more headstone photos from this cemetery. If you would like a copy of any of the pictures, e-mail me.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

FGS 2011 - Early Registration Discount Deadline July 1st

You only have a few more days left to take advantage of the early registration discount for FGS 2011 in Springfield, Illinois. Register by July 1st (that's this coming Friday) to save $50.

Haven't made up your mind yet about attending FGS 2011? Seriously, you don't want to miss this.

Did you know FGS has 500+ member societies representing more than 500,000 genealogists? Did you know the conference keynote address will be given by David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States (NARA)? Did you know there will be over 150 educational presentations by well-known speakers? Check out the FGS Fact Sheet for more things you may not know about FGS.

While you're at it, take a look at the Conference Program to find out more about those 150+ presentations. It doesn't matter if you are a beginner or an experienced genealogist or anywhere in between, there are plenty of sessions for everyone.

Disclosure: I'm an Official Blogger for FGS.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Surname Saturday - Hopkins

Stephen Hopkins and Catherine Clouse

Stephen Hopkins was born about 1770, probably in Rhode Island or Massachusetts but also possibly in Virginia. He was the son of Nehemiah Hopkins and Elizabeth Cole. Catherine Clouse was also born about 1770. She was the daughter of George Clouse and Elizabeth (possibly Jarvis).

It’s unknown exactly when and where Stephen and Catherine were married but it was probably around 1790 in either Tennessee or Virginia. Census records for Tennessee and Virginia aren’t available for 1790 or 1800. A census record for Stephen hasn’t been located in 1810 or 1820 but much of that time they were probably in the Claiborne County, Tennessee area. They were listed in Claiborne County in 1830.

Stephen and Catherine had eight children. Stephen died around 1835 and Catherine was listed as head of household in the 1840 census in Claiborne County. Nothing further is known about her and several of their children.

Children of Stephen and Catherine:
George was probably born between 1790 and 1800.

Nehemiah was born about 1795. He married Mahulday (maiden name unknown) and they had at least 2 children.

Isaac was born about 1802. He married Rebecca (maiden name unknown) and they had at least two children.

Stephen Jr. was born about 1805 in Tennessee. He married Rachel McFarland about 1822 and they had 12 children. After Rachel died between 1870 and 1880, Stephen married Barbary Saylor on 1 Nov 1880 in Harlan County, Kentucky. Stephen died before 13 Apr 1891 in Harlan County and was buried there at Jerry Branch in Molus.

William was born between 1810 and 1815.

Jabez was born in 1812. He married Loucinda (maiden name unknown) and they had eight children.

Polly (possibly named Mary) married someone named Donley.

Nothing at all is known about their son John.

Stephen and Catherine were my 4th great-grandparents through their son, Stephen Jr. Click on the links above for sources and some additional information. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment or e-mail me.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Those Places Thursday - My Old Kentucky Home

Just to be clear, it's not actually "my" old Kentucky home, it's THE My Old Kentucky Home.

Originally known as Federal Hill, the home of John Rowan was built between 1795 and 1818. Rowan was a lawyer and prominent politician serving as Kentucky's Secretary of State, a judge in the Court of Appeals, a Representative in the Kentucky House and a United States Senator. He also served as president of the Kentucky Historical Society from 1838 until his death in 1843. Stephen Collins Foster was said to be a cousin of the Rowans and, according to legend, Federal Hill inspired him to write "My Old Kentucky Home." Three generations of the Rowan family lived at Federal Hill until the property was sold in 1922 to the Commonwealth of Kentucky. It became a state park in 1936.

Photography is not allowed inside the house but there are more photos of the grounds from my June 17 visit here

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

FGS 2011 News Is Everywhere

Are you planning to attend FGS 2011? Are you giving it some thought but haven’t decided yet? (What’s the hold up? You know you want to go.) Do you want to know what’s being planned? It’s easy to find all the details.

The FGS Conference News Blog has information about sessions, presenters, special events, nearby research facilities and points of interest in the Springfield area. More will be added in the weeks ahead.

"FGS 2011 Conference Highlights" was the topic for last week's My Society Blog Talk Radio Show. If you missed it live, you can still listen. Thomas MacEntee interviewed Conference Co-Chairs, Paula Stuart-Warren and D. Joshua Taylor, about speakers, sessions, special events, door prizes and more.

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who Is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor?

Sometimes Saturday night fun has to wait until Sunday. This week's mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings is:
1) Determine who your most recent unknown ancestor is - the one that you don't even know his or her name.
2) Summarize what you know about his or her family, including resources that you have searched and the resources you should search but haven't searched yet.
3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status on Facebook.
I guessed who this would be in my tree before I even looked. It is the mother of my 2nd great-grandfather, John R. Petty. I don't have a hint for even her first name.

In the past year, I've spent a lot of time trying to determine if an older John Petty who was in Bradley County, Tennessee in 1860 and 1870 and neighboring Whitfield County, Georgia in 1880 was my John R.'s father. I blogged about this extensively starting in February with the four-part series Searching for John R. Petty’s Parents and continued with more posts in March and April (see links below).

If this John Petty was John R.’s father, then his mother was probably deceased by 1860. At least she wasn't listed in the older John’s census household. She would have been living in 1850, since the youngest child was born about 1851, but I haven’t been able to find the family in 1850. (Isn’t that always the case?) The only thing I know about her is that she appears to be listed in the 1840 census as a female between 20 and 30 years old.

Of course, if this John Petty wasn’t John R.’s father, then there would be a tie for my most recent unknown ancestor - both of John R.’s parents.

More about the Pettys:

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Surname Saturday - Dobyns

Edward Dobyns and Sarah Mott

Edward Dobyns was born on 19 Dec 1774 in Richmond County, Virginia. He was the son of Edward Dobyns and Amony (maiden name unknown). Sarah “Sally” Mott was born on 18 Feb 1775 in Northumberland County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Randolph Mott and Nancy Ann Walker.

Edward and Sally were married on 26 Dec 1797 in Richmond County, Virginia. The Dobyns and Mott families were apparently close as Edward’s brother, Frederick, married Sally’s sister, Lucy and his sister, Tabitha, married her brother, Joseph. Sometime before 1810, Edward and Sally moved to Hopkins County, Kentucky along with Frederick and Lucy.

Edward and Sally had six children who were all under the age of 21 at the time Edward’s will was written on 28 Feb 1817. Edward died within a few months of writing his will as it was probated in May 1817. He was 43 years old. The date of Sally’s death is unknown but it was after 1820 as she appears in that census.

Children of Edward and Sally: [The birth order of the children is not known, they are listed here in the order they are mentioned in Edward’s will.]

Fidelia married Samuel D. Hawk on 18 Sep 1823 in Hopkins County.

Sally was born 18 Feb 1801 in Virginia. She married Absalom Ashby on 8 Jan 1819 in Hopkins County and they had one child. Sally died on 3 Aug 1883 in Union County, Kentucky.

Jenetta married John Robertson on 15 Mar 1826 in Hopkins County.

Eliza Ann married John Emerson Goodloe on 5 Oct 1836 in Hopkins County. They had four children and she died between 1846 and 1848.

Edward was probably born between 1800 and 1810 as he appears to be listed as under 10 in the 1810 census.

Washington was born on 23 Apr 1813 in Hopkins County.

Edward and Sally were my 4th great-grandparents through their daughter, Eliza Ann. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. If you have a connection to this family, leave a comment or e-mail me.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


David Hankins McCauley
July 12, 1926 - June 16, 2000

abt. 1933
abt. 1938
abt. 1943
Feb 1950
Dec 1951
Easter, 1957
Aug 1967
abt. 1995
July 1999
Dec 1999

This is a re-post from June 16, 2010.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Two Truths and a Lie

It’s Saturday night so it’s time for some Saturday Night Genealogy Fun brought to us by Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings.
This week’s challenge is:
1) Play "two truths and a lie." Tell us three facts about your family history -- two have to be true and one has to be a lie.
2) Put them on your own blog post, in a Facebook status or in a comment on this blog. Ask readers to guess which one is a lie.
3) After one day, be sure to put the right answer as a comment to your blog or Facebook status.

Here you go:

1. I have one post-Civil War immigrant ancestor.

2. My 10th great-grandfather was a musician in the Court of Queen Elizabeth I of England in the 1500s.

3. Two people in my family tree were hanged for murder.

Which one do you think is the lie? Scroll down for the answer.

Answer Added June 15th:

(2) Nicholas Lanier, my 10th great-grandfather, was a musician in the Courts of Queen Elizabeth I and King James I of England and also of King Henry II of France. His sons and most of his grandsons were also court musicians. His grandson, Nicholas (not my ancestor), was the subject of a famous painting by Van Dyck which hangs in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna.

(3) There are indeed two people in my family tree who were hanged for murder. Neither were a direct ancestor and the two of them were not related to each other. 

That means #1 is the lie. I don't have any ancestors who came to this country after the Civil War. Actually, I have not yet identified an immigrant ancestor who arrived after the Revolutionary War. (Surely there are a few among my brick walls, I just haven't found them yet.)

Three people guessed the right answer. 

Surname Saturday - Goodloe

Henry Lewis Goodloe and Elizabeth Berry

Henry Lewis “Harry” Goodloe was born on 10 Mar 1779 in Virginia, possibly Spotsylvania County. He was the son of Thomas Allen Goodloe and Dorothy Waller. About 1791, the Goodloe family moved to what was then Fayette County, Virginia but became Fayette County, Kentucky in 1792. According to an article written in 1909 by Rev. W. H. Moore (Harry’s grandson-in-law) titled “A Stroll Through Grapevine Cemetery,” Harry was 12 years old when the family moved to Fayette County in 1791. Thomas Goodloe appears on the 1790 Tax List but that was mandated to start in Aug 1790 and be completed within nine months so it is possible that they were not actually in Fayette County until 1791.

Elizabeth “Betsy” Berry was born on 1 May 1777 in Virginia. She was the daughter of John Berry and Elizabeth (maiden name unknown). The Berry family moved from Virginia to Clark County, Kentucky before 1800.

Harry and Betsy were married on 9 Apr 1801 in Clark County, Kentucky. By 1810, they were in Hopkins County, Kentucky, probably having moved there with Betsy’s family. Harry and Betsy raised eight children. Harry donated the land for the Grapevine Church and Cemetery. One of his grandchildren is said to have been the first person buried in that cemetery.

Harry died on 29 Jul 1856 in Hopkins County and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery. Betsy died there on 20 Aug 1862 and was buried beside Harry in Grapevine Cemetery.

Children of Harry and Betsy:
Thomas Kemp was born on 12 Feb 1802 in Kentucky, probably either Fayette or Clark County. His middle name was the maiden name of Harry’s paternal grandmother, Frances Diana Kemp. He married Diana Dunkerson about 1826 and they had two children. Kemp died on 23 Dec 1887 in Hopkins County and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Lucy Waller was born on 11 Nov 1805 in Kentucky, probably in either Fayette, Clark or Hopkins County. Her middle name was the maiden name of Harry’s mother, Dorothy Waller. Lucy married Horace Pritchett on 1 Nov 1827 in Hopkins County and they had six children. Lucy died there on 11 Jun 1887 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Mary “Polly” was born in Sep 1808, probably in Hopkins County. She married Thomas G. Yates on 15 Dec 1830 in Hopkins County and they had one child. Polly died on 4 Jun 1900 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Nancy was born about 1810 in Hopkins County, Kentucky. She married Henry Goodloe Yates on 14 Jul 1834 in Hopkins County and they had two children. Nancy died before 1850.

John Emerson “Jack” was born on 25 Mar 1811 in Hopkins County. He married Eliza Ann Dobyns there on 5 Oct 1836 and they had four children. Eliza died between 1846-1848, possibly in childbirth when their fourth child was born in Dec 1846. Jack married Elizabeth Pettus on 2 Jan 1849 in Hopkins County and they had two children. Jack died on 17 Apr 1899 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Elizabeth Ann was born on 16 Nov 1813 in Hopkins County. She married Samuel H. Hall there on 20 Oct 1841 and they had one child. Elizabeth died on 8 Aug 1883 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Henry Lewis Jr. was born on 21 Jan 1815 in Hopkins County. He married Elizabeth Collins on 17 Feb 1845 and they had one child. Henry died on 22 Nov 1893 and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Jane was born on 10 Jun 1821 in Hopkins County. She married William B. Davis on 7 Jan 1846 and they had four children. Jane died on 23 Oct 1897 in Hopkins County and was buried in Grapevine Cemetery.

Harry and Betsy were my 4th great-grandparents through their son, John Emerson. 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.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

This Is The Face of Genealogy

Nancy Jane Bennett Lanier

My father's paternal grandmother. 
He never saw her. 
Without Genealogy, I would have never seen her picture.

Update: To see many more faces visit the "The Face of Genealogy" Facebook page.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Surname Saturday - Weeks

James Weeks and Delinda Younger

Very little is known about James Weeks. He was the son of Job Weeks who fought in the Revolutionary War from New Jersey then later lived in Ohio County, Virginia, Pope County, Illinois and Livingston County, Kentucky.

Delinda Younger was probably born between 1790-1794. She was the daughter of Nehemiah Younger of Anne Arundel County, Maryland; Ohio County, Virginia; and Washington County Pennsylvania. Nehemiah had three wives. The third one was certainly not Delinda's mother but it is unknown exactly which of the other two was. If Delinda's estimated birth year range is accurate, then her mother was likely Nehemiah's first wife, Hannah Osborn.

James Weeks married Delinda Younger about 1811, probably in Ohio County, Virginia. Both Job Weeks and Nehemiah Younger were listed in Elizabeth Township, Ohio County, Virginia in the 1810 census. James and Delinda have not been located in the 1820 census but James first appeared on the Livingston County, Kentucky Tax List in 1820. They had six children and James apparently died about 1827 or 1828.

Delinda married Elisha Shaw on 13 Mar 1931 in Pope County, Illinois. They had one son, John W. Shaw, born between 1832-1834. Both Delinda and Elisha died sometime before 5 Jan 1835. Delinda's son Nehemiah Weeks, was named as guardian for his minor siblings, including his half-brother.

Children of James and Delinda:
Sarah was born about 1812. She married Joel L. Hankins on 17 Mar 1829 in Livingston County, Kentucky. They had four children. Joel died about 1838 and Sarah married James H. Hearn on 19 Dec 1844 in Pope County, Illinois. They had one child.

Nehemiah was born about 1814. He married Sarah Louisa Clark on 10 Jun 1835 in Pope County, Illinois.

Mary "Polly" was born about 1816. She married Houston G. Hankins on 17 Jul 1833 in Livingston County, Kentucky. They had 10 children and Polly died between 1860-1870, probably in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

Lucinda was born about 1820. She married Uriah Fox on 9 Sep 1836 in Livingston County, Kentucky. They had six children.

David was born about 1825. He married Harriet Clark on 29 Oct 1848.

James was born between 1825 and 1827. Nothing further is known about him.

James and Delinda were my 4th great-grandparents through their daughter, Mary. For sources and additional information, click on the links above. Some of the information in this post has been discovered since my website information for this family was last updated so all sources are not included. If you have a connection to this family, would like sources that aren't noted in the links provided or have any questions, leave a comment here or e-mail me.

NOTE: Correction made 18 Jun 2011 to name of Delinda and Elisha Shaw's son. It was incorrectly listed as James but was actually John W. Shaw.