Sunday, May 26, 2013

This Week in the Family History: May 26–June 1

May 26
Elmer Dennis Hopkins died in Harlan, Harlan County, Kentucky in 1980.

May 28
Lily Vashti McCauley was born in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1909.

Icy Vernon Lucas married Jason Gordon Lucas in Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1925.

May 29
Joseph Love Ramsey was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1842.

Hettie Eugenia Lanier was born in Chambers County, Alabama in 1878.

May 31
Margaret Lula Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1868.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

No Trace of Five Bennett Siblings

It seems that some of my ancestors' brothers and sister just disappeared. Earlier this year I wondered What Happened to Melissa A. Petty? and was Looking for Lula Lanier. I'm still no closer to finding either of them but there are others I'd like to feature so I'm going to start writing about these "missing" siblings on a monthly basis. This month it's the Bennetts. 

A marriage record hasn't been located for my 2nd great-grandparents, John T. Bennett and Martha Lucinda Gamble but they probably married in 1850 or 1851 in either Heard or Troup County, Georgia. Of their nine children, five haven't been found beyond the last census when they lived with them. 

Records place John and Martha in Heard County, Georgia in 1860 and in Randolph County, Alabama in 1865, 1870 and 1880. Martha died before 1900. John lived in Chambers County, Alabama in 1900 and Morgan County, Alabama in 1907 and 1910. He probably died in Morgan County in 1911. 

Based on census records from 1860, 1870 and 1880, John and Martha's nine children were:
  • Nancy Jane (born in 1852)
  • Justian E. "Joe" (born abt. 1854)
  • Thomas (born abt. 1856)
  • Sarah Ann "Sallie" (born abt. 1858)
  • Teresa (born abt. 1860)
  • Mary "Mollie" (born in 1863)
  • Martha "Mattie" (born in 1863) (Mollie and Mattie were twins.)
  • John "Jack" (born abt. 1866)
  • Robert (born in 1869)

Nancy Jane (my great-grandmother) married Joseph Smith Lanier, had 12 children and died in 1926 in Atlanta at the age of 74. Mollie married Warren Hester, had three children and died in 1933 in Morgan County, Alabama at age 70. Mattie never married, lived with her twin Mollie and her family or Nancy Jane most her life. She died in 1952 in Morgan County, Alabama at age 88. I believe Robert married Ida Arrington and died in 1949 in Morgan County, Alabama. (That isn't fully proven but you can judge the possibility for yourself.)

Joe and Teresa last appear with their parents in the 1870 census in Rock Mills, Randolph County, Alabama; Thomas, Sallie and Jack last appear in 1880 in Bursons, Randolph County, Alabama.

Granted I haven't looked everywhere but I've been to Randolph and Chambers County and there are no marriage or other records there for these five Bennett siblings. They don't show up in later census records — at least not in a location where you could think it's them. I haven't even found an online tree with any information about them beyond what's in the census records with their parents. 

If you know anything about this Bennett family or have a connection, please e-mail me.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

This Week in the Family History: May 19–25

May 19
Harriet L. Ramsey was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1844.

May 20
Wesley Owens was born in Wilkes County, North Carolina in 1801.

May 24
Columbus Hopkins was born in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky in 1896.

Sunday, May 12, 2013

This Week in the Family History: May 12–18

May 14
Thomas Leander Hankins married Samantha Angeline Petty in Hopkins County, Kentucky in 1879.

Elijah Hopkins died in Mt. Vernon, Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1975.

May 16
William Robert Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1895.

Verda Waller Hankins McCauley died in Greenville, Muhlenberg County, Kentucky in 1942.

Lucinda Howard Hopkins died in Wallins Creek, Harlan County, Kentucky in 1957.

Sunday, May 5, 2013

This Week in the Family History: May 5–11

May 7
Madison Crawford Owens married Celia Owens in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1863.

Alford Taylor was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky in 1875.

May 8
Job Weeks was born in Gloucester County, New Jersey in 1755.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Why Genealogy Conferences?

Why are you coming to FGS 2013? What are your favorite parts about genealogy conferences? What are you most looking forward to at FGS 2013? Why should genealogists attend conferences?

The Federation of Genealogical Societies asked the FGS 2013 Ambassadors to answer those questions as the first blogging prompt in a series leading up to the conference in August. For me, the short answer to all five questions is one word. People. The longer answer comes with pictures.

People attend conferences. They won't roll their eyes or tune you out if you start a conversation about genealogy. They are happy to discuss the lecture you just heard or recommend a must-see speaker. They may even have a location or surname in common with you.
People speak at conferences. Many of the best genealogy educators in the country are on the FGS 2013 program. We can all become better genealogists by listening to them and applying what they teach to our research process. And don’t forget about the opportunity to ask them questions. Check out the Journey Through Generations program for details about speakers and topics.
People run exhibit hall booths at conferences. Some sell books, software, maps and services. Others represent major online genealogy companies, repositories and genealogical, historical or lineage societies. See the Exhibit Hall page for specific information about this year's vendors.
People become friends at conferences. When I attended my first genealogy conference in 2010, making friends wasn't on my radar. But it happened and it continues to happen at every conference. Several friends are planning to attend FGS 2013. I'm looking forward to spending time with them and meeting new friends.

Make plans to attend FGS 2013 August 21–24 in Ft. Wayne, Indiana. People will be there.

If you'd like to be an FGS 2013 Ambassador, it's not too late to register