Sunday, April 15, 2018

Salmons in Stafford County, Virginia

A Salmons/Sammons researcher contacted me today.  He kindly sent me his family line.  I didn't get very far in reading how his family comes down from John Salmons of Cumberland County before I started thinking about the research that says John married Eleanor in Stafford County.  I have never proved nor disproved this John Salmons to be our ancestor.  I want to look at that today.

Here is what I have in my data base: [the 305 source says Valentine Papers (Pleasants), Vol 2, 983, info from Ruth Nassar, (rsn 263) Rec. DB 4 p. 548 Cumberland... I am not for sure exactly what the source means...need to look.  And the source 53 says Ruth Sammons Nassar's book]

Charles Rice says that he has a copy of the will of John Salmons, SR. listing his wife as Eleanor and listing his sons.  This will is from Cumberland County, VA.  There is a record of the marriage of John Salmons and Eleanor McCarty also. He says that he does not have a copy of the record of marriage.  He received the information from Garroll Sammons.

And here is the rest of what I have in my data base:

John Salmon, according to Ruth Salmons Nassar, moved up the James River to settle on acreage on Snowquarter Branch which he acquired from Benjamin Dumars about 1753, a part of which he sold to John Pleasants April 26, 1745305-ctx-.tiffAt the time of acquisition the land lay within the bounds of Goochland County, however in  1748 as the area became more populated it was decided that a new county should be created and another log court house built so the courthouse would be more accessible to settlers.  Thus Cumberland County was created.53-ctx-.tiff

Garroll Salmons says: “ We first pick up our line in Cumberland County, Virginia.  There on a small farm on the WIllis River south of Cartersville we find a poor man who apparently was having trouble paying his bills  He was John Salmons, Sr. of Southam Parish.  In 1761 we find John very sick and weak of a terminal illness.  He wrote his will naming his wife Eleanor and his four sons John, Lewis, Ezekia, and Rowland.  He died within the year.  He must have been in his forites for his sons were not grown and still needed to finish their schooling.  John Salmons, Jr. was the oldest following by Lewis, Ezekiah and Rowland in that order.  At this time I believe that Rowland was 1-5 years of age, Lewis was about 10, and John Jr. was 12-16 years of age.  This is just a guess.  It surely must have been a trying time for Eleanor with four sons and no one knows the number of daughters.  It is not known the problems that Eleanor had after John’s death, but sometime after that, between 1761 and 1770, the family moved to an area in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  This area later became Henry County in 1777.”  [note:  I know now that we can narrow down the date of the move more as I found John Jr. in “There is an entry in the vestry record dated February 1768 which records a levy laid on the membership to pay John Salmon for serving as reader for the parish for six months, for which he was paid 50 pounds of tobacco.  In the same entry, 33 pounds of tobacco was paid to George Rowland to recompensate for expenditures (Maude Carter Clement: History of Pittsylvania County)53-ctx-.tiff]

Will of John Salmon, Sr.  Will Book 1, page 219 [Cumberland County?]  [I found this in the folder labelled documents among Ruth Sammons Nassar’s information]

In ye name of God Amen the 29 January 1761 I John Salmon Sen’r. of Cumberland and Southam Parish being very sick and Weak in Body but of perfect and sound memory Thanks be given unto God therefore calling to mind the mortalltiy of my Body and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament that is to say Principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body I recommend to the Earth from whence it came to be buried in a decent manner Christian Burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall received the same again by the mighty power of God and Touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath been Pleased God to bless me with in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner  First of all I bequeath and desire for all my Debts as I owe in right of conscience to any Body to be fully paid and satisfied by my Executors hereafter named also I give bequeath all my Household goods and stock of horses Cattle and Hoggs to my wife Elioner Salmons during Widowhood not to be interrupted and if my Wife should die my eldest son John Salmons should servive I give and bequeath it into his care to be equally divided amongst my four sons John Salmons Lewis Salmons Ezkiah Salmons and Rowland Salmons after charges being paid for my three youngest Sons Schooling and maintainance and I bequeath and desire for my three youngest sons Lewis Ezekiah and Rowland to be under their eldest Brothers care and Jurisdiction until they come of age and years of discression to take care of themselves and further I appoint my Wife Elinor Salmons and John Salmons my eldest son my whole and soly Executors whereunto I hae set my Hand Seal this 29 day of January 1761.   John Salmons Sr. L.S.

Witnesses were John Newton and John Salmons, Jr. 

At a court held for Cumberland County 22nd June 1761.  This last will and testament of John Salmons dec’d. was proved by John Newton and John Salmons the Witnesses thereto and by the Court ofdered to be recorded and on the motion of John Salmons the Executor therein named who made oath according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probat thereof in due Form giving Security whereupon he with John Newton his Security entered into and Acknowledged their Bond with Condition according to Law and Liberty is reserved to Elenor Salmons the Executrix therein named to join in Probat.  Test Thompson Swann Clk Ct

This paragraph is then repeated for Eleanor.  The document is signed Betty R. Walton, Deputy Clerk Circuit Court, Cumberland County, Virginia  [so this is answer….this was obtained from Cumberland Court]

I have other blog posts that deal with information at a later date for this family.  You can find them by using the search term Salmons or Sammons in the search box.  Today, I am thinking about the marriage of John Salmons and Eleanor McCarthy in Stafford County, Virginia 10 April 1748.  Does this date make sense for this couple?  Absolutely!  If indeed John Salmons, Jr. is about 10 years old in 1761, he would have been born c. 1751 which is close to the date of the marriage.  Who was the McCarthy family in Stafford County?  What do I know about Stafford County?  Stafford County was a very old county in Virginia:

When was Stafford County, VA Created?
Stafford County was established on 1664 from Westmoreland County.

Early on the western boundaries were fuzzy.  It seems to have been mostly the land along the Potomac and Rappahannock River.  There were not yet families on the frontier that far west.  It would have been families who settled along the river least that is my guess.

By 1720 families were beginning to move up the rivers of Virginia into what was the frontier at that time.  Families who moved up the Rappahanock settled in the Fredericksburg area and in what is now Orange and Culpeper.  You can tell this by the counties that were beginning to form in these areas as they received enough families that there was a request for local government.

By 1776 Stafford was still long and it had been during the year (1750) in which John Salmons and Eleanor McCarty married.  I have not yet found that marriage record for myself.  

So it turns out that I have the book:

The back cover says:  Four political jurisdictions are included in this volume:  Spotsylvania County, Stafford County, Orange County, and the independent city of Fredericksburg.  The marriages, recorded here in a master alphabetical listing, were extracted from minister's returns, marriage bonds, some newspaper notices, and in the case of Stafford County, marriages implied from early land deeds, family Bible records and cemetery records as well as the marriages recorded in Overwharton and St. Paul's parishes...  The book includes an index to brides.

So for right now, I remain unconvinced of this marriage in Stafford County.

There has been some rumor that Eleanor might have been a Rowland since the Salmons family and the Rowland family may have moved together from Cumberland County to what is now Henry County.  Also the youngest son is named Rowland.....and we who research the Sammons/Salmons name know that that name was passed down for generations.  One researcher who was a buddy to Ruth Nassar said that there were so many Rowland Salmons' in the hollers of Kentucky that they had to go by nicknames.

I am not convinced of the fact that Eleanor was a Rowland either at this time.  Hopefully either I will find proof one way or the other or someone will send that proof my way.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Richard Moore and family in Berks County, PA

March 2018, I drove to Boston for Rudy's birthday.  Crazy trip.  I drove up in storm Riley and drove back in a second storm that followed Riley.  But the storms actually made the trip more fun.  One of the fun things that happened is that I spent an unexpected day in the Berks County Historical Society's library.  It is a gem!  And the librarian who helped me was excellent!  Wonderful day!  Both of us agreed at the end of the day that I had probably found all that I would be able to find in their library about my Richard Moore and family.  I also bought a few books in the gift shop.

[I need to add an extra note into this blog post and don't know best place to do here it goes....My Moore buddies are some of my favorite genealogy buddies because each and everyone of them have such special genealogy gifts.  Two of them helped with editing suggestions after reading this post.  Pat asked me to clarify just exactly who was being discussed in this post.  It is my 7-gr-grandfather, Richard Moore who is the son of John and Jane Cureton Moore.  I believe him to be 3rd generation on these shores.  There is no indication that the first generations (James and Rose Moore) were Quaker.  However, James and Jane Cureton, who were second generation Moore family were Quaker and Richard and his family, who were third generation, were also Quaker}

The Schuykill River flows through the middle of Berks County and is of interest to my research as it separates the townships of Robeson and Exeter.  Robeson is on the southwest while Exeter is on the North East.  Oley is just north of Exeter.  The book above has large maps of each of these townships.  The maps are too late to show my ancestor's points of reference, but they are excellent for showing geographical details.  And the Friends Meeting house in Robeson is shown on the Robeson map and the Exeter Township map shows the Friend's District and the location of the Exeter Friend's Meeting House.

The library had a plat map that showed the original Warrants for Berks County.  The librarian showed me how to access this on the Pennsylvania archives website:

It is possible to zoom in and view the land on which many of Richard Moore's buddies lived.  Moses Embry 1737, John Scarlet 1737.  But Richard Moore is not on the map for Robeson Township.  So the question is:  Did he own land?  Is he in another township?  Did he buy land instead of receiving a warrant and thus would be found in the deed book instead of on the Warrant map.

"The third settlement of Friends was in Robeson township, on the west side of the Schuylkill River about the year 1740. Moses Embree, Owen Humphray, John Scarlet, Sr., John Scarlet, Jr., Thomas Thomas, Robert Long, Peter Marsh, Richard Moor, Evan Thomas, David Cadwallader, David Jenkins, John Wells, David Morris and Ephraim Jackson were the earliest Friends in this territory. “

While researching this time period for the Moore family, the librarian in the Berks County Historical Society library explained that in 1682 Penn formed Philadelphia County.  The East side of what is now Berks County which is the land on the east side of the Schuykill River was in Philadelphia County.  The land that is now in Berks County on the west side of the Schuykill River was in Chester County.  In 1729 Lancaster County was formed out of Chester.  So from 1729 until 1752 the land to the west of the Schuykill River was in Lancaster County.  I found many of Richard Moore’s buddies land on a plat map while I was there as they were given the original grants for their lands.  But Richard did not show up.  It is possible that he was a blacksmith and didn’t own land.  But it is also possible that I have not looked everywhere for his deed if he bought the land from someone who had originally obtained land from Penn or Penn’s land agent. 

[Ok, second note.  Joseph pointed out that while James (first generation on these shore) was a blacksmith as was his son John, there is no indication that Richard had followed that trade.  In fact, Joseph reminded me:   Also, remember that the only record found thus far of Richard's trade was his purchase of the 30 acres in Philadelphia Co., when he was named as a "mason." ]

The other significant information that I received from this trip was that I am now quite convinced that these Quaker families moved south to North Carolina because of the Indian problems in the area.  The Lenni Lenape Indians had lived in the area that became Robeson Township.  They were part of the Delaware Nation.  Lenni Lenape means original people.  A book that I looked at told about the Walking Purchase.  This transaction is explained in Chapter 3 of the book:

Prodded on by the French the Indians began taking their revenge on the settlers during the French and Indian War.  The atrocities took place between 1754 and 1763.  Most of the depredations did not occur any further south than Schuykill Couty.  But in all 150 inhabitants were killed and 30 captured in Berks County.

The Moore family stayed in Berks Co PA at Exeter MM until 1755.  The certificates from Exeter were received by Cane Creek MM in Orange Co NC on 6-4, 1757, for Richard Moore, his wife Sarah (Jenkins?), their son John and their daughter Prudence. 

 I find it impossible to rule out that the peace loving, non-violent Quaker families decided that it was time to move to safer land.

I also copied some pages from the History of Robeson Township compiled and edited by Shirley Shirey and Paul F. Seidel.  These pages are in my cubby for Moore in my office.  There is more information about the founding of the Quaker Meeting houses in those pages.

A man by the name of John E. Eschelman was well known as a local Quaker authority and as a regional Historian.  His valuable manuscript book, The Quakers of Berks, is available on line as well:

And finally while I was at the Berks County Library, I looked at a typewritten volume that was compiled from the original by John E. Eschelman.  It is the births, deaths and meeting records of the Exeter; Maidencreek; Pottstown; Reading; Robeson; and Tulpehocken Meetings, Berks County, PA.  I have not looked to see if this is available at Family Search nor on Ancestry.  It is possible that it is.  On page 232 both Joseph Moore and Richard Moore's families are listed.  I have also filed these pages in the cubby for Moore in my office.  As I read the pages tonight I interpret what I am reading in the following ways:

Joseph Mooney died in Wrightsboro Ga 10-2-1774  he married Mary Moore daughter of Richard and Sarah in 1747 in Robeson.  John Moore married a Perkins female while Abigail Moore married a Thomas in 1764.  I think it likely that Mr. Eschelman annotated the records with research of his own on latter happenings of each of the families.

I also bought the book:  "Rememb'ring our Time and Work is the Lords" The Experiences of Quakers on the Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania Frontier by Karen Guenther.  It is also in the cubby in the office labeled Moore.  This is the book that talks about Richard Moore's financial problems.

I already owned a book called Oley Valley Heritage The Colonial Years: 1700-1775 by Philip E. Pendleton that I bought many years ago.  I wish I could remember what I was visiting when I visited.  However, I think that at the time I believed that my Webb family line was the Webb family intermarried with the Boone family.  I have never proved that fact nor have I disproved that fact.   This book is on the shelf in the office.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Trip to JAX 2018

I am on my way home from my routine visit to Mayo in JAX.  If all goes well with appointments today, I hope to drive to the area shown on this map tonight:

I stopped quickly at a rest stop on the way down and picked up a map of the area, and realized how much I might like to do some research in the area....then much to my surprise, google found this:

It seems "meant to be".....Here are a few maps of interest for this area:

Luan indicates that the Morrison group may have already moved on to Sumner County near Nashville by 1796.

And that they were preparing for this move in 1795:

7th July 1795
William acted as attorney for Patrick in land sale in Greene County.

And from:

And here is the idea that I want to explore....possible reason for the move back to Pittsylvania County or is this in the wrong time period?  Information is from:

ll the settlements thought they were in Virginia territory and away form the tyranny of the NC Governor, but a survey of the area by John Donelson and Alexander Cameron discovered they were actually in NC territory. Government of Carolina orders all settlers to move back across the mountains. Robertson and the others now knew they could not gain title to the land but still ignored the order. The Watauga settlement and the Nolichucky joined together and decided to deal with the Indians directly. Indians allow settlers to stay until the crops were harvested and then Little Carpenter negotiated a deal that allowed the settlers to rent the land for 10 years. Indians were to receive manufactured products as rent payment. For the next several years the Indians and settlers lived in peace and actually helped each other. 
 The Wataugua Association 1. First written constitution in North America (a constitution is a document that sets up the framework of a government). 2. The Laws Drawn up were called: The Articles of the Watauga Association Formed a court of five members to exercise judicial matters, a sheriff, and a clerk to record deeds etc. Major concerns of the court were road maintenance, militia, and tavern rates 
10  The Transylvania Purchase Land: Europeans believed that land could be bought and sold – Indians believed that the land could be controlled for the whole tribe to use and that anyone could claim use of the land Indians thought that land was only used temporarily. Judge Richard Henderson along with other North Carolinians' offered to buy Indian lands for goods built in the colonies. Why did Judge Henderson want to buy the Indian’s land? 
11  The Transylvania Purchase Judge Richard Henderson along with other North Carolinians' offered to buy Indian lands for goods built in the colonies. Judge Henderson offered six wagons of goods for the Cherokee land. Indians send Little Carpenter and Nancy Ward to North Carolina to inspect the goods. Indians and members from the Transylvania Land Company meet at Sycamore Shoals in the Watauga settlement March 1, 1775 WHY DID THEY MEET IN MARCH? 
12  The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals Meeting lasted five day with lots of festivals As many as 1,200 people (settlers and Indians) showed up for the meeting. Trading of pelts and manufactured goods between settlers and Indians went on All seemed well between settlers from the Wataugua Association and Indians 
13  The Treaty of Sycamore Shoals Meeting lasted five day with lots of festivals Dragging Canoe (son of Little Carpenter) was one of the Indians that did not approve of the sale of Indian lands. He argued that the Indian was giving away their home. On March 14 th the other chiefs voted to accept the offer of six wagons of goods for most of their land. Dragging Canoe told them that Kentucky and Middle Tennessee would be bloody ground and it would be dark and difficult to settle. Native American Indian Treaties and Agreements 
14  Little Carpenter father of Dragging Canoe Nancy Ward and Little Carpenter were known as Peace Chiefs. During times of Peace the Chiefs wore white. The war council was composed of additional chiefs and only sat on the council during times of war. During times of war the chiefs wore Red. Thus the color white symbolized peace and the color red symbolized war. Most of the modern American History books contain the name of Little Carpenter as having fought with the Americans in the American Revolution. His son, Dragging Canoe fought on the side of the British, Chief of the Chickamauga Cherokees. Nancy Ward and Little Carpenter often warned the settlers of impending Indian attacks. 
15  Nancy Ward Nancy Ward was born in the Cherokee town of Vhota and was a member of the Wolf Clan. Nanyehi and Kingfisher fought side by side at the Battle of Taliwa against the Creek in 1755. When he was killed, she took up his rifle and led the Cherokee to victory. This was the action which, at the age of 18, gave her the title of Beloved Woman. Nancy Ward and her husband Kingfisher had two children, Catherine and Fivekiller. Nancy then married Bryant Ward, a South Carolina colonist and Indian trader, and their child was Elizabeth Ward, who became the Cherokee wife of General Joseph Martin. In the revolutionary War, Ward warned the whites of an impending attack by Dragging Canoe, an act that has made her a Patriot for the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. 
16  Dragging Canoe Tsiyu Gansini "He is dragging his canoe", known to whites as Dragging Canoe, (c. 1738 – March 1, 1792) was a Cherokee war leader who led a dissident band of Cherokee (joined by Chikasaw, Shawnee, and Indians from other tribes/nations, along with British Loyalists, French and Spanish agents, renegade whites from the colonies, and runaway slaves), against the United States in the Revolutionary War and a decade afterwards, a series of conflicts known as the Chickamauga wars, becoming the pre-eminent war leader among the Indians of the Southeast of his time. He served as principal chief of the Chickamauga, or Lower, Cherokee from 1777 until his death in 1792, upon which he was succeeded by John Watts. 

Patrick Henry Morrison of Cabell County says he was born in TN in the 1850 census.  He reports his age to be 59 which would have made him born c.1791 in TN.

William/Billy Morrison of Cabell County who is said to have been brother to Patrick Henry married Elizabeth Jones in Pittsylvania County in 1813.  He is said to have been born in Pittsylvania County in 1786/87.  Why did this family move to TN and then move back to Pittsylvania County?

Elizabeth was born c.1781, so likely she was born in Pittsylvania County.  And her first child was born c. 1810/11 in Pittsylvania County.  Thus we begin to narrow down....

I don't think William resided in Sumner Count/Mero District before 1794. The Chickamauga Cherokee war wasn't settled until then, and the raids in the Mero District had been much worse and more frequent than in the Nollichucky Settlement/Washington District.–American_wars. At minimum, William had property and family in Nollichucky Settlement, and property and no family in Mero District before 1794.

And from Luan:

The document I refer to as the Petition for the State of Franklin was made to the General Assembly of North Carolina in December 1787. It is also known both as “Petition from Inhabitants of Western North Carolina Concerning a Separate Government” and “Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country.” This version was the one signed by the Morrisons. Site attached with information. I ordered my copy from the State of North Carolina archives.

[Note from me:  I found a typed copy of this document on a NC website with lists of those who signed:

Among the signers are:  James Morrison, Gabriel Goad, Owen Atkin, John Good, Jr. , William Good, Patrick Morrison, Benjamin Henslee.]

My David Morrison was reported on a later census by his son Adlai Morrison to have been born in North Carolina. I believe he was born AFTER William Morrison's move to Nolichucky Settlement area and before 1786 and before William's second marriage, so probably early 1780s. If David was a young child when his mother died, and if my William Morrison married Rachel Witcher just after that time, Caty and David and any other siblings would probably have been raised by Rachel and William. They could easily have moved to Pittsylvania County. When my David showed up in Smith County in 1802, he was in the company of John Goad, related to Daniel Witcher, all in the immediate area. It well may be that David was raised around the Witchers and Goads. 

December 1787
William Morrison signed Petition of the Inhabitants of the Western Country with Patrick, James, John, and David Morrison.

5 Aug 1790
William Morrison bought land "adjoining Patrick" on Jarrots Branch (Sullivan County Deed Bk 2, Pg 499)

17 Nov 1790 
Patick Morrison received Land Grant for 200 Acres on Lick Creek (Greene County Deed Bk. D, pg 96)

Ok...that ends information from Luan.

 I wanted to add a few more thoughts.  At the genealogy event at the library, there was a man who was quite knowledgeable.  His name is Allen Jackson.  His e-mail and  phone number are  in my contacts list.  His specialty is military history.  But he was quite knowledgeable about local history to that area.  

The group indicated that two of the historical information groups of the area are:

Johnson Wags Wautauga Association of Genealogy 
Boones Creek Historical Trust.

I am going to place the maps and copies from books in a file labelled Jonesboro, TN 2018 and place it in the cubby for Morrison.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Civil War Service of Samuel Sterling Harris

In chatting with Fran and Damon, Fran asked if I might like to have her submit a short piece about Samuel Sterling Harris' service in the Civil War for a book that a group that she works with that is being written about Buckingham County.  At first I was thinking that Samuel W. Harris was too old to serve.  And that Samuel Sterling Harris was too young to serve.  However, much to my surprise, Samuel Sterling was too young at the beginning of the Civil War.  But the minute he turned 16, he enlisted.  Here is what Fran and I submitted:

Also referred to as STERLING SAMUEL HARRIS
Samuel Sterling Harris was born February 18, 1848 in the portion of Buckingham that was annexed to Appomattox County, Virginia.  He first married Elizabeth M. Jennings in 1872 and they had four children.  His second wife was Louise Frances Woodson, whom he married in 1882 and they had nine children.  Samuel’s parents were Samuel W. Harris and Nancy W Apperson.  I believe his father is the man who signed the petition in 1832 AGAINST the formation of Appomatix County from Buckingham County.
Samuel enlisted October 20, 1864, in the Army at the age of 16 and served in Co. A, Virginia 19th Heavy Artillery Battalion.   Lieutenant Colonel John W. Atkinson and Major N. R. Cary were in command.  He was at Appomattox Court House at the surrender and proclamation.  He died on February 11, 1934 in Davy, McDowell County, West Virginia where he had moved to work in the coal fields. 
Submitted by Marsha Moses and Fran Harris-Hill

 I sent the following photos.  I don't know if they will include either of them.  In the below photo, Samuel Sterling is the only man in the photo with a dark jacket on and sitting down.  Louise Woodson Harris is sitting next to him.  They are in the middle row. 

In the above photo, Samuel Sterling is sitting in a chair on the porch.  Grandma Lou is standing and holding the porch column.

Ernest Hogan said in his publication that Granny let me borrow:
 “Grandfather served many years as a Sunday Achool Superintendent and lived by the Good Book.
     He also says: “Grandfather had been a soldier in the Civil War and served for a time under Stonewall Jackson.  A master storyteller, Grandfather, loved to recount his experiences as a Confederate soldier.  He often told us about a time at Appomattox, Virginia,when he stood just outside the courthouse as General Lee surrendered to General Grant, ending the war between the states.  He would cause us to laugh each time we repeatedly asked, “Grandpa, did you ever kill a Yankee soldier?

   “Well, he would say, “I really don’t know for sure, but I think I ran one to death....and I was out in front the whole time!”

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The Woodson Orphans

I woke up this morning thinking about the Woodson orphans.  About 20 years ago I was obsessed by the Civil War.  I would visit battlegrounds.  At some of them there would be a recording that one could listen to and I would listen and cry.  And then as suddenly as the obsession had begun, I was no longer interested in the Civil War and I was on to the Revolutionary War.  Probably because my research had gone back a generation or two earlier on many of my lines and these people were living during the Colonial and early America days.

But one of the things that I remember about the families after the Civil War were the joyful homecomings of husbands!  And the other thing that I remember about the time just after the Civil war were the MANY old maids!  Some had boyfriends who did not return from the war and remained unmarried....there were just not enough men to go around after the war.  And I am sure that the Buckingham/Appomatox area of Virginia was exactly the same.

This post is about the orphans of James E. Woodson and his wife, Martha Routon Woodson.

 From my good buddy, Fran:

From Fran:  James Woodson, enlisted as a Private in Co F. 18th Virginia Infantry Regiment on March 16, 1862 in Farmville, VA.  His service record shows he died in Winchester of Fever on October 25, 1862.  His death register states he died of typhoid fever.  His wife, Martha, died about 1864, leaving five children to be cared for by their family.   The 1870 census shows Louise and her brother living in the household of their Uncle, Grandmother and two old maid aunts. 

also from Fran:

1870 census shows children in homes of the following Uncles:
Uncle James H. Routon caring for Richard and Louisa Woodson
Uncle George D. Woodson caring for George E. & Lucy Virginia Woodson in Appomattox Co.
Uncle Peter H. Routon caring for Samuel Woodson in Bedford Co

So why are these orphans on my mind this morning?  Two reasons.  One my mother-in-law, Sue Harris Moses,  just died this past month. [I have written several blog posts about my mother-in-law.  If you have interest you can find them by using search words of Harris and Woodson in the search box on the main page.]  Sue VERY MUCH loved her grandmother, Louise Woodson Harris!  She told many stories about her relationship with her grandmother and every single story was about how great her grandmother was!  At least one or two of the blog posts are about this relationship.

The second reason is that Damon Woodson read one of my blog posts and got in touch with me this winter.  He descends from another of the Woodson orphans:  George who was living in his Uncle George's home in 1870.  After chatting with Damon, I started thinking about these children split up between various relatives.  Louise was only about two when her mother died.  So I am guessing that the grandmother and maiden aunts and Uncle took in the two youngest children while the older children went to live with the families of other uncles.

If you are reading this and have any information to add about any of these orphans and their lives after they grew up, I would love to add your information here.  Please send information to me at my e-mail address: and give me permission to share.  Also tell me if you want your name mentioned and if you want your e-mail added to your information so that others can contact you or if you prefer to remain anonymous.  marsha

Monday, February 5, 2018

Signature of Mordecai Moore in Wilkes County, GS

I am sorting, throwing away and filing piles tonight.  One if the pieces of paper mentioned that the Joseph M. Toomey Collection of loose Wilkes County records had been restored and was available at the Georgia Archives free web site:  the Virtual Vault.  Wonder if there is anything of interest?  Wrightsboro would have been in Wilkes County until Warren County was carved out in 1793.  This site might be worth exploring at another date to see if there are other things of interest.

Very exciting!  There is a document on which Mordecai Moore's signature appears:

Mordecai died the next year....however he was still alive in 1790 and I feel sure that this is MY Mordecai!

This can be viewed at:

There are several more pages that deal with the court case.  I did not read them tonight.  But I wanted to be sure to mark the information for future use.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Sue Harris Moses

My mother-in-law died this week.  She was a wonderful mother-in-law and an exceptional woman.  I could spend hours telling her stories.  There are probably many of them on this blog.  Just put Harris in the search box to read some of them.  Here is the obituary from the Huntington, WV paper:

SUE HARRIS MOSES, 98, of Huntington, widow of Jackson F. Moses, died Jan. 23 in Woodlands Retirement Community. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church. Visitation will be one hour before service at the church. Donations may be made to the Marshall University Foundation or Hospice of Huntington. 

Here is the bigger one in the Huntington Herald Dispatch Friday, January 26:

SUE HARRIS MOSES, 98, passed away peacefully on January 23, 2018, at Woodlands Retirement Community in Huntington, West Virginia. Sue was born in Twin Branch, West Virginia, on September 29, 1919, the daughter of Hewitt Samuel and Mattie Lee Harris. Sue was preceded in death by her parents, her three siblings, Nora, James and Everett, her husband of more than 60 years, Jackson Fitzgerald Moses (founder of Moses Auto Group), and her son, Jackson Fitzgerald Moses II. Sue is survived by her two sons, Robert Lee Moses and his wife Nikki and John Steven Moses and his wife Doris of Charleston, W.Va.; her daughter, Barbara Sue Moses Cook and her husband Ted of Knoxville, Tenn.; and her daughter-in-law, Marsha Hawkins Moses of Huntington, W.Va.; and her 13 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren. Sue was a loving wife and mother and a delightful grandmother who amazingly never forgot a single birthday. Sue graduated from Welch High School in 1937 and then attended college at Roanoke Business College. Sue was the first of her family to graduate from college. After graduation, Sue worked for Appalachian Power as a bookkeeper while her husband, Jack, was overseas fighting as a Captain of the Ninety-Ninth Company Division of the United States Army in World War II. Jack and Sue met through a mutual friend at a dance, which Jack later said was the greatest day of his life. They married in 1943, while he was on furlough, and later honeymooned on his return in 1946, at The Hotel Roanoke. The $11,000 Sue saved during her seven years working for Appalachian Power while Jack was deployed served as the seed money to help Jack buy his first Lincoln Mercury dealership in Welch, W.Va., in 1947. Sue and Jack were active in their local communities. Sue was a longstanding member of Welch's Women's Club and was chosen to represent her chapter at the National Convention. Upon moving to Huntington, Sue became an avid bridge and tennis player and also excelled at needlepointing. She was one of the first members of her community to take up jogging and earn her 1,000-mile jogging award. She was an honorary member of Guyan Country Club in Huntington, W.Va., as well as the Bent Pine Golf Club in Vero Beach, Florida. Sue and Jack loved to travel and visited every state in the union. Sue was also a faithful congregant of the Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church in Huntington, W.Va., for more than 71 years. Her warm and caring nature coupled with her abilities as a talented cook made the Moses household a magnet for family and friends alike. She was a wonderful person who will be greatly missed. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff and nurses at Woodlands and her devoted caregivers, Wanda Adkins, Gail McComas and Jill Hatfield, who helped her so much in her later life. Services to honor Sue's life will be held Saturday, January 27, 2018, at Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church, 513 10th Street, Huntington, at 11 a.m., with Rev. Terri Deane officiating. Friends and family may call after 10 a.m. Burial will follow in Woodmere Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Marshall University Foundation or Hospice of Huntington. Beard Mortuary is assisting the family.

Published in The Herald-Dispatch on Jan. 26, 2018

Sue in 1938 at National Business College In Roanoke, Virginia:

Sue's sailfish:

Sue with son, Jack on her 80th birthday:

Sue with Marsha and Jack's grandkids 2011:

Granny and Drew:

Granny and Sarah and Rudy:

Granny with Suzanne and Virginia: