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 do

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.

[Would the historical society have a copy of this for sale?]

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)

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:

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

McKinsey in Ohio and Indiana

This post is not only about my McKinsey family, but also the wonderful serendipity that this hobby brings!  Roberta McReynolds and I have had a long history of sharing information.  She researches a couple who married in Sullivan County, Indiana in 1820:  Eleazor Elmore and Rachel Elliott Elmore.  These are ancestors of her husband.

I research a couple who married in Warren County, Ohio in 1816:  Nehemiah McKinsey and Catherine Elliott.

This story is about the fact that neither of us would have discovered much of what we know about these families without the other person.

This week Roberta sent me copies of photos that had been sent to her by a relative of her husbands.  Not only is it a much prized photo of Nehemiah and his wife (called Kate on the photo), but it is further proof of the fact that Rachel and Catherine are sisters:

And the back of the photo:

Some of the many pieces of information that Roberta and I have shared over the year about this family line:

 Here is the original e-mail message that Roberta sent:

Hi Marsha,

I found your address on the Rootsweb Quaker site.

I am researching Rachel Elliott, b. Apr. 11, 1802.  She married Eleazar Elmore on May 29, 1820 in  Sullivan co. IN.  However, the marriage license records show that the license was taken out in Vigo Co. 

Their children that I know of were Abraham Elliott Elmore, Ruth, Mary Ann, Elizabeth Catherine, Ambrose Milton Elmore, Alfred, Johab and Eliza Jane.

Is she possibly a daughter of Abraham Elliott?   I thought since their first son was named Abraham Elliott Elmore that that was a good clue.  Have you ever heard of her?

Thanks so much for your time.

Roberta McReynolds

It turned out that I had found an abstract of the will for Abraham Elliott on a research trip to Indiana.  And I was sure of all of his children except for Rachel.  I descend from Abraham Elliot's daughter Catherine Elliott.  The question was:  Are Rachel and Catherine sisters?  Rachel is not mentioned in the abstract of the will.  

Later it turned out that I found 
Rachel was the only child not mentioned in the transcription of Abraham’s will.  The transcriber indicated that there was a hole in the document just after Abraham’s mention of his other three daughters.  She is not mentioned either later in the document when Abraham adds some more items that he wants his daughters to receive.  I can only guess that the reason for her not being mentioned is that her father had just given her wedding presents as she had just married the year before.  It is also possible that she had moved away while the other girls were living close.  

and from Roberta:

Rachel Elliott Elmore on the 1850 and 1860 census records puts her place of birth as Tennessee.  She was born in 1802. 

This piece of information led to my spending many hour on very fun research on Lost Creek MM in TN.  I even visited the Lost Creek MM a couple of years ago.  I wrote at least one blog post about this part of the Elliott family's migration from NC to Ohio and Indiana:

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Traveling Church

After all of the many hours that I spent looking at the John and Mary (notlong) Hawkins family line and the Traveling Church, I am surprised that I don't find something about this event on my blog.  I suppose that the research done on this event was before my blogging days.  It is now looking as if I will eventually have to give all of these people up as possible ancestors or related lines as it is looking as if Family Group #2 of the Hawkins DNA project may be the connected family group.  However, I haven't yet absolutely for sure made that connection.   It is the daughter of this couple, Mary, who married Tolliver (Taliaferro) Craig and was the mother of the Craig children many of whom were a part of the Traveling Church.
I was looking something up today and much to my surprise couldn't find a link on my blog.  So this post is a place to organize my links and my information.  Below is part of what I have written in my data base for Lewis Craig (son of Tolliver and Mary Hawkins Craig).  I have taken this from the Franklin County, Kentucky website (see link):

Lewis Craig was born in Orange County, Va about the year 1737.  He was raised on a farm, receiving very limited education, and, in early life, was married to Betsy Landers.  He was first awakened to a sense of his guilt and condemnation about the year 1765 under the preaching of Samuel Harris.....there are several pages of information on his preaching in Orange....During a revival in Upper Spotsylvania, in  1776, over one hundred were added to its membership (referring to Dover Association) This church prospered as long as Mr. Craig remained with it in its first location....He was now in the vigor and strength of manhood--a little under 45 years of age.  He had been fourteen years in the ministry, had enjoyed extraordinary success, and had had a wider and more varied experience than most men have in a life-time.  
    Mr. Craig continued to serve Upper Spottsylvania church as pastor, til 1781 when he moved to Kentucky.  So strongly was the church attached to him, that most of its members came with him.  At exactly what time in the fall they started has not been ascertained.  But Mr. Craig was on the Holsten river on the road leading from his former home, by way of Cumberland Gap, to his destination in Kentucky on the 28th of September, 1781, for on that day, he aided in constituting a church at that point, then the extreme western settlement in Virginia.  

    Dr. S H. Ford, in the Christian Repository of March, 1856 says of Craig and his traveling charge: “about the 1st of December, they passed the Cumberland Gap....and on the second Lord’s day in December 1781, they had arrived in Lincoln (now Garrard Co.) and met as a Baptist CHurch of Christ at Gilberts Creek.  Old William Marshall preached to them, with their pastor, the first Sunday after their arrival.” ....there is more good information on Lewis Craig in this book.    

 I am looking for lists of what surnames were represented among the group that formed the Traveling Church and found other links that I don't want to loose.

I actually bought a copy of Mr. Ranck's book via amazon just now so it should be in my library.  However, it is available on-line at the URL above.