Sunday, July 31, 2011

FGS 2011 - Special Events

It is only 37 days until the Federation of Genealogical Societies Conference - Pathways to the Heartland begins on September 7th and that means it is time to start making some decisions about sessions and activities. There will be something going on almost constantly beginning at 8:00 a.m. every day and running into the evening.

Let’s start with special events. All four of these are on my schedule.

Wednesday (6:00 - 8:00 P.M.)
An Old Fashioned Prairie Social is sponsored by FamilySearch and presented by the Illinois State Genealogical Society. Tickets are $8. President and Mrs. Lincoln will be there and anyone with Civil War era clothing is encouraged to come dressed for the evening's theme.

Thursday (6:00 - 8:00 P.M.)
The Exhibit Hall will have extended hours for the Society Showcase. It's a great chance to find out more about societies, visit exhibitors without missing a session, hang out with old and new friends and maybe even win a door prize. (Don't forget to register for the door prizes throughout the Exhibit Hall between the grand opening and the beginning of the drawings.)

Friday (6:30 - 9:00 P.M.)
The FGS 35th Anniversary Celebration includes cash bar reception, dinner, special presentations and 5 tickets for the Grand Prize drawing (a week in Salt Lake City including airfare, accommodations and other items sponsored by FamilySearch). Tickets are $39. The program will feature Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer.

Sunday (10:00 A.M. - Noon)
The final event of FGS 2011 will be a buffet style Farewell Brunch at the Hilton. Tickets are $16. I was happy to see this event on the schedule. Since I only have a four hour drive on Sunday, I'm in no big hurry to leave town. (I'm working in a few days of research on the way home.)

Are you attending any of these events? It's not too late to add them even if you already registered for the conference. Just sign in using your e-mail address and the PIN that was assigned when you registered.

Disclosure: I am an Official Blogger for FGS 2011. That includes complimentary admission to the Prairie Social but I purchased the other tickets. 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

An Assassination in Kentucky

The November 1899 election for governor and its aftermath was a wild and crazy time in Kentucky. Based on articles published in The Morning Herald in Lexington, this was far more than a hotly contested race between then Kentucky Attorney General William Taylor (R) and State Senator William Goebel (D). It was about as controversial, combative, suspect and scandalous an election as you will ever find and it resulted in the assassination of Goebel.

Last week in Those Places Thursday – Old Capitol Building, I showed you the plaque marking the spot where William Goebel fell. I also mentioned I have a family connection to the Goebel assassination. Books have been written on this subject so I can’t begin to cover the whole story here but before we get to my family connection some back-story is necessary. The highlights go something like this.

The election on 7 Nov 1899 saw the end of an extremely heated campaign but it was just the beginning of the controversy. Newspaper headlines the next day announced that Taylor had won by between 8,000 and 15,000 votes but Goebel did not concede. He contested pretty much everything and tried to have the entire vote in several counties thrown out but election officials eventually declared Taylor the winner. He became the 33rd Governor of Kentucky on 12 Dec 1899.

That did not stop Goebel. He continued his efforts to overturn the decision and eventually contested it to the General Assembly. A board selected and appointed by the General Assembly met for two weeks starting in mid-January 1900 to review the case. On January 30, Goebel and some of his friends/body guards were about to enter the Capitol when shots were fired mortally wounding Goebel. At the time of the shooting, Goebel was still a state senator.

While Goebel lay dying in his room at the nearby Capital Hotel, the board declared that he was entitled to the governorship but approval by the General Assembly was required to make it official. Governor Taylor did everything he could to prevent the vote but a quorum of 19 members of the senate and 53 from the house met in secret at the hotel on 31 Jan 1900 and accepted the board’s recommendation. Goebel took the oath of office that evening.

Goebel died on 4 Feb 1900 having spent his entire time as governor on his deathbed. There was still confusion about who was actually the Governor of Kentucky. “Senator Goebel Passes Away As The Shades of Evening Gather” was the sub headline of the article in The Morning Herald announcing Goebel's death but the article referred to him as both Senator Goebel and Governor Goebel.

Taylor continued to function from the governor's office and claim that he was indeed the governor of Kentucky. On 7 Feb 1900, J. C. W. Beckham (Goebel's Lt. Governor) held a reception in Cincinnati and announced that he was now the governor. For a few months, both Taylor and Beckham claimed to be the lawful governor and the case finally ended up in the courts.

The Circuit Court ruled in favor of Beckham and the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld that decision on 6 Apr 1900. Taylor appealed to the United States Supreme Court but that body declined to hear the case on 21 May 1900, leaving the lower court's ruling to stand. Taylor fled to Indiana amid rumors that Beckham would have him arrested.

And we haven't even gotten to the indictments and murder trials yet. (You knew that's where my family would come in - right?)

To be continued.

Kentucky. Lexington. The Morning Herald, 1899-1900.

Klotter, James C. William Goebel: The Politics of Wrath. Lexington: The University Press of Kentucky, 1977.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

FGS 2011 – Springfield Sightseeing Plans

If you are going to FGS 2011 in Springfield, Illinois and you enjoy mixing in a little sightseeing with a conference, you are in luck. Historic attractions are all over the place in the city that was home to Abraham Lincoln before he became the 16th President of the United States. Some of the biggest ones are even in walking distance of the Prairie Capital Convention Center and the conference hotels.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum is just about four blocks away. There will even be free tickets available to FGS attendees for a behind-the-scenes tour of the library. Check out the FGS Conference News Blog for more information about that tour and the available times.

The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is three blocks south of the convention center and hotels. The Old State Capitol and Lincoln-Herndon Law Offices are just a couple of blocks to the west but you will need a vehicle to visit Lincoln’s Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Check out Springfield's website and the FGS Conference News Blog for more attractions.

I'm planning to arrive in Springfield early enough on Tuesday to visit Lincoln's Tomb and the Presidential Library and Museum that afternoon. Does anyone else have sightseeing plans?

Disclosure: I am an Official Blogger for FGS 2011. 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Those Places Thursday - Old Capitol Building

This building served as the Kentucky Capitol from 1830 to 1910.

The only state governor in the U. S. to be assassinated was shot right in front of this building.

See the plaque in the lower left-center?

Here it is up close. 

I'm not related to Goebel but do have a family connection to this.

I'll tell you about it in a few days.

It involves a trial.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Heritage Pie Chart

Saturday's mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musing was:
1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents with their birth, death and marriage data (dates and places). [Hint - you might use an Ancestral Name List from your software for this.]
2) Determine the countries (or states) that these ancestors lived in at their birth and at their death.
3) For extra credit, go make a "Heritage Pie" chart for the country of origin (birth place) for these 16 ancestors. [Hint: you could use the chart generator from Kid Zone for this.] [Note: Thank you to Sheri Fenley for the "Heritage Pie" chart idea.]
4. Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a post on Facebook or google+.

OK, so it's Monday morning but I'm on vacation and spent most of the weekend traveling.

Here is my list:

16. William Washington Lanier, son of James Lanier and Polly Smith, was born on 15 Mar 1813 in Jasper County, Georgia and died on 11 Feb 1892 in Fredonia, Chambers County, Alabama. He married Charlotte T. Jackson on 22 Oct 1835 in Meriwether County, Georgia.

17. Charlotte T. Jackson, daughter of Samuel W. Jackson and Lavinia Malone, was born on 15 Nov 1818 in Jasper County, Georgia and died on 26 Sep 1892 in Fredonia, Chambers County,

18. John T. Bennett, son of Lewis H. Bennett and Teresa [maiden name unknown], was born on 7 Feb 1831 in Edgefield District, South Carolina and died on 15 Mar 1910 in Morgan County, Alabama. He married Martha Lucinda Gamble [probably in Heard or Troup County, Georgia].

19. Martha Lucinda Gamble, daughter of David Gamble and Anna Finney, was born about 1830 in Laurens County, South Carolina and died between 1880 and 1900, probably in Alabama.

20. Albert Elvie Hankins, son of Houston G. Hankins and Mary Weeks, was born about 1838 in Hopkins County, Kentucky and died between 1863 and 1870 in Hopkins County. He married Isabella Jane Goodloe on 24 Oct 1855 in Hopkins County.

21. Isabella Jane Goodloe, daughter of John Emerson Goodloe and Eliza Ann Dobyns, was born on 27 Jan 1838 in Hopkins County, Kentucky and died on 23 Jul 1905 in Hopkins County.

22. John R. Petty was born about 1836 in Tennessee. He married Margaret E. Thomas on 20 Sep 1857 in Whitfield County, Georgia.

23. Margaret E. Thomas, daughter of Jesse Thomas and Rebecca [maiden name unknown], was born about 1836 in Georgia and died on 28 Jul 1876 in Hopkins County, Kentucky.

24. Stephen Wolfenbarger was born about 1838 in Virginia and died in 1863 in Tennessee.

25. Eliza Hopkins, daughter of Stephen Hopkins, Jr, and Rachel McFarland, was born on 22 Feb 1837 in Claiborne County, Tennessee and died on 16 Jan 1912 in Butler County, Missouri. [Eliza and Stephen were not married.]

26. John Covey Howard, son of John Howard and Mary Risner, was born on 6 Mar 1806 in Knox County, Kentucky and died on 20 Nov 1899 in Harlan County, Kentucky. He married Mary F. Morris on 10 Mar 1856 in Harlan County.

27. Mary F. Morris, daughter of Littleton Morris and Martha Mark, was born about 1830 in Harlan County, Kentucky and died between 1910 and 1920 in Harlan County.

28. James Francis Taylor was born on 8 Jul 1830 in Garrard County, Kentucky and died on 10 Jun 1894 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky. He married Margaret E. Ramsey on 11 Oct 1855 in Rockcastle County.

29. Margaret E. Ramsey, daughter of Thomas Ramsey, Jr. and Rhoda Ann Lavender, was born on 15 Nov 1840 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky and died on 23 Jun 1892 in Rockcastle County.

30. Madison Crawford Owens, son of Alfred Owens and Rebecca Mullins, was born on 4 Jun 1816 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky and died on 21 Mar 1920 in Rockcastle County. He married Cecilia Owens on 7 May 1863 in Rockcastle County.

31. Cecilia Owens, daughter of Wesley Owens and Louis A. Mullins, was born on 27 Apr 1839 in Rockcastle County, Kentucky and died on 18 Nov 1908 in Rockcastle County.

Born: Kentucky - 8, Georgia - 3, South Carolina - 2, Tennessee - 2, Virginia - 1
Died: Kentucky - 9, Alabama - 4, Missouri - 1, Tennessee - 1, unknown location - 1

Heritage Chart of Birth Places for 16 Great-Great-Grandparents

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Surname Saturday – Lavender

John Lavender was my 4th great-grandfather. I know very little about him.

He may have been born in Virginia but that is not definite. I have no idea who his parents were. I have no idea who his wife was, at least the wife who was the mother of his children. I have no idea when he came to Kentucky other than he was in Lincoln County by 1820. He was also probably the John Lavender who was in Madison County in 1810.

In 1810, there were only two John Lavenders listed in the U. S. census, one in Franklin County, Virginia and one in Madison County, Kentucky. The household breakdown for the one in Madison County matches up pretty well with 1820 John Lavender in Lincoln County. (The only slight mismatch is a daughter under 10 in both years who would probably have to be the same person.)

On 28 Apr 1837, a John Lavender married Nancy Tudor in Lincoln County. If he was this John Lavender (and there is no reason to doubt that he was), Nancy was definitely not the mother his daughters, Rhoda Ann (my 3rd great-grandmother) or Amelia. Rhoda Ann married Stephen Bradford Lair in 1829 and Thomas Ramsey, Jr. in 1839. Amelia married Edward Syria in 1821. The 1820 census indicates five children in John’s household so that would also mean Nancy was not the mother of Joseph, Elizabeth Jane and Allen either.

If you know anything about John Lavender or any of his children, leave me a message or send me an e-mail.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

A Birthday Party in 1999

When my father was about to turn 73 my brother and sister-in-law had the idea to throw him a surprise party. It was a little bit last minute and we talked about waiting until the next year in order to have more time to plan things but in the end we went ahead with the party.

This picture was made seconds after Daddy rounded the side of my brother's house and saw everyone in the backyard. He thought he was going to the annual immediate family birthday party that we always had for him and my nephew whose birthday is a few days after his. The cars that would have given away the surprise were hidden on the other side of the house so he really had no clue anything different was going on until he saw the crowd.

Over 50 people attended including his five sisters who all traveled 200 miles to get there. (There had been 11 children in their family but by 1999 only six of them were living.) There were several nieces and nephews and, of course, his 4 children and 7 grandchildren. 

The party was a huge success. I will be forever grateful that we didn't "wait until next year" because next year did not come for Daddy. He would have been 85 today.

David Hankins McCauley
12 Jul 1926 - 16 Jun 2000

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Those Places Thursday - Daniel Boone's Grave

Daniel Boone and his wife, Rebecca, were re-interred in Frankfort Cemetery (Frankfort, Kentucky) in 1845 in a spot that has a great view of the Capitol and downtown.

Note: Daniel Boone is not in my family tree. 

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Genea-Bucket List

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings:

1)  What is on your Genealogy Bucket List? What research locations do you want to visit? Are there genea-people that you want to meet and share with? What do you want to accomplish with your genealogy research? List a minimum of three items - more if you want 
2)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own (please give me a link in Comments), a comment to this post in Comments, or a status line or comment on Facebook.
Think big! Have fun! Life is short - do genealogy first!  

Here's my list.
  1. Take an extended research trip – minimum of a month, two would be great. This trip would focus on Virginia and North Carolina since practically every line I have spent time in one or both of those states. 
  2. Visit every county in the United States where an ancestor lived. I don’t have any idea how many counties that might be but I have probably only made a tiny dent in it.
  3. Spend two weeks researching at the Family History Library. If I go to RootsTech2012, this might actually be possible.
  4. Get my research organized well enough so that anyone could pick it up years later and start where I left off. (He said to think big.)
  5. Break down my top five brick walls.