Tuesday, September 30, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #39 Elizabeth Howland

My maternal 8th great grandmother Elizabeth Howland was born around 1640 either in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts or in Duxbury, Plymouth County, Massachusetts. Her father was Henry Howland and her mother's name was Mary (some family trees on ancestry.com have Mary's maiden name as Newland).

Elizabeth's father Henry was a brother of John Howland who fell overboard from the Mayflower but was rescued. Americanancestors.org lists Elizabeth's siblings as Abigail, Zoeth, Samuel, Mary, Sarah, and Joseph. This website also says that Henry "was a Quaker sympathizer and had allowed religious meetings in his house, which was against the law."

Elizabeth married Jedediah Allen around 1668. Their son Henry (b. 1679/80) is my 7th great grandfather and the father of Exercise Allen, my 6th great grandmother. I've seen several lists of the children of Elizabeth and Jedediah. For example, on capecodgenes.com for Elizabeth Howland (click on Elizabeth's name to see the information about her and Jedediah). Besides Henry, the following children are listed on that website: Elizabeth, Ephraim, Elisha "Eliashib," Nathan, Judah, Esther, Ralph, Benjamin, Mary, Patience, Maribah, Jonathan, and David. The family had moved to Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey, at least by 1686 when their daughter Maribah was born:

List of Elizabeth and Jedediah Allen's children born in Shrewsbury, Monmouth County, New Jersey from 1686 and 1689 (Ancestry.com, Quaker Meeting Records 1681-1994, Records of the Shrewsbury Monthly Meeting Friends, Marriages 1674 to 1853, Births 1645 to 1869, and Deaths 1666 to 1876, taken from original records by Hugh D. Vail, Philadelphia 1878.)

Jedediah died in Shrewsbury around 1711/1712. Elizabeth may have died there as well, sometime after 1711.

I haven't done much research on Elizabeth, and some of what I've found is conflicting. One of these days, I'll get back to finding out more about her.

**I thought I should add more information as to where Elizabeth Howland fits in my family tree:

1. Elizabeth Howland and Jedediah Allen
2. Henry Allen and Hannah Corlies
3. Exercise Allen and David Rulon
4. Henry Rulon and Theodosia Robbins
5. John Rulon and Sarah Burt
6. Sarah Rulon and John Adam Redles
7. John Adam Redles (same name as his father) and Jane Eliza Myers
8. George Albert Redles and Isabella Liming
9. William Liming Redles and Martha Leona Roberts
10. Leona Roberts Redles and Albert Sidney Pendleton, Jr.
11. me


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.


Monday, September 29, 2014

52 Weeks of Sharing Our Memories - Going to the Curb Market

This post is part of the 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy who has challenged us to write our memories for our future generations.

When I lived in Anchorage, Alaska, the local farmers' market was right across the street from where I lived. I went nearly every Saturday to stock up on vegetables for the week from about May when it opened to the beginning of October when it closed. It was so convenient! For a while, I also participated in the local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) and got a box of vegetables every other week from a farmer in the Matanuska-Susitna valley.

I was spoiled. When I moved back to Valdosta, the farmers' market was further away and not so conveniently located. It only takes about 15 minutes to get there, but it's way out of my Saturday circuit of grocery shopping and errand running.

Besides, this past spring, we decided to grow our own vegetables (organically, too). We did pretty well until I killed the plants. We'll try again next year, but in the meantime, I decided I should start going back to the farmers' market and make driving down there my treat for the day.

This past Saturday, when I walked into one of the markets on South Patterson Street again, the smell of the fresh vegetables took me back to my childhood when I used to go with my dad to the curb market in the late 1950s/early 1960s. I loved going with him and seeing all of the shelled peas in the wooden vegetable stands. I'd stick my hands in them, and my dad would say, "Get your dirty hands out of the peas." I don't remember what kinds of peas they were, but I bet they were field peas, acre peas (my favorite when I was a kid), black-eyed peas---all kinds. Not the round, green peas. I hated those with a passion when I was a kid. Although, I eat them now on occasion.

A curb market in Valdosta, Georgia, in 1934. That looks like the current City Hall building (formerly the post office) in the background on the left.
 Vanishing Georgia, Georgia Archives, University System of Georgia)

My dad would buy some of the shelled peas or butter beans and a bushel of the unshelled ones. I knew what was in store for me when I got home---shelling. For a little while at least. I would help my mom shell peas or butterbeans until I lost interest and ran off to play, leaving her with the chore. I still remember sitting with a colander in my lap that was filled with pods. I'd drop the shelled peas or butter beans into the colander as I went. When those were done, I'd get another handful. I also remember my sore thumbs from shelling!


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #38 Harriett Jones

Harriett Jones was my paternal 3rd great grandmother. She was born in about 1818 to Solomon Jones and Elizabeth Woodson, and she is the grandmother of my great grandmother Hattie Finney. There is more information in my post Will the Parents of Kate and Hattie Please Stand Up plus copies and references for most of the census records I mention below.

After Harriet's mother Elizabeth died, her father Solomon married Sarah Davis in 1821. Harriett had at least one half brother, William B. Jones (b. about 1825). She may have had another half brother named Thomas S. Jones (b. about 1827), as her daughter Irene was living with Thomas and his family in Thomas County, Georgia, at the time of the 1860 U.S. census. But we haven't found a connection. Also, there is a 15-year-old girl named Sarah Jones living with Harriett and John Finney in the 1850 census. This could be Harriett's half sister. Harriett's step-mother Sarah Jones is also living with them.

Harriett married John Finney, possibly around 1840 in Laurens County, Georgia. I haven't found a marriage record for them in Georgia's Virtual Vault in the Laurens County records. I haven't searched other counties yet. However, there is a John Finney in the 1840 Laurens County census with a wife of about the right age to be Harriett.

Harriett and John had six children: Irene (b. 1841), Sarah (b. 1843), Eliza (b. 1845), William (b. 1848), Rebecca (b. 1850), and Virginia (b. 1853). By the 1850 U.S. census, they had moved their family to Washington County, Florida, where her brother William was living. John died sometime before 1857, maybe by 1855. Harriett married Ira Shine Williams and gave birth to a son George Washington Williams. Ira had left by the 1860 census and was living in Seven Leagues, Smith County, Texas, with his older children.

At the time of the 1870 census, Harriett was in Walton County, Florida, with her daughters Sarah, Rebecca, and Virginia Finney, her son George Williams, and her granddaughters Kate and Hattie (whose last name is listed as Williams in the census). In 1880, Harriett is in Rosa County, Florida, and her granddaughters (listed in the census with the surname Finney) are still with her.

Harriett died on January 20, 1892, and is buried in Hart Cemetery in Okaloosa County, Florida.

The illusive Jones and Finney families haven't been easy to research. For more information, here's a link to some of my cousin Jerry Merritt's research into our Jones and Finney branches The Finneys of Washington, Walton and Escambia County Florida. Jerry is a descendant of my great grandmother Hattie Finney's sister Kate.


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.


Thursday, September 18, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #37 Martha Webster

Martha Webster was my paternal 5th great grandmother. I have that she was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in August 1714 to John Webster and Mary McDaniel. She was the mother of Benjamin Gilbert, my 4th great grandfather (and husband of Hannah Butler) and the grandmother of Martha Gilbert, my 3rd great grandmother (and wife of Coleman Pendleton).

Bedford County, Virginia, as of 1776 (from http://www.randymajors.com/p/maps.html)

Martha married Samuel Gilbert on April 26, 1733, in Baltimore. Sometime between 1733 and 1776, they moved to Bedford County, Virginia, where Samuel died in 1776. Martha died sometime later.


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.


52 Weeks of Sharing Our Memories - Skinned Knees

This post is part of the 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy who has challenged us to write our memories for our future generations.

I found this photo the other day while looking for something else. Seeing the colorful band aids on my knees reminded me of skinned knees. It seems I was always falling down or falling off my bike or something. I thought I would have permanent scars from all the skinned knees, but over time they disappeared. My mom would put mercurochrome on our cuts and scrapes. It didn't sting like merthiolate did! I loved these colorful band aids. It seems we also had some with cartoon characters on them.

Me squinting into the sun on one of our family vacations.
Notice the colorful band aids on my knees.


Monday, September 8, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #36 Hannah Tanner

My paternal 6th great grandmother Hannah Tanner was born around 1687 probably in Virginia. I don't know if the birth year I have is correct. Her father was Thomas Tanner, but I don't have a mother listed. Some family trees on ancestry.com list her mother as Mary Atwell. Hannah had at least one sister named Frances. See the will index below for Thomas Tanner.

Name:Hannah Tanner
Date:10 Aug 1708
Notes:Tanner, Thomas, 10 August 1708; 29 September 1708. Sister Hannah Tanner of Honiton in Devon if living; daughters Frances and Hannah Tanner 150 acres of land.
Prove Date:29 Sep 1708
The index record for the will of Hannah's father Thomas dated 1708. From ancestry.com

Hannah married John Aubrey/Awbrey and was the mother of Hannah, Jemima, Kernhappuck, Keziah, and Chandler (b. 1710 and my 5th great grandfather). She was the grandmother of Martha Aubrey (who married Philip Pendleton), my 4th great grandmother.

I have that Hannah died in 1724. Her husband John died in 1726.


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.


Friday, September 5, 2014

52 Weeks of Sharing Our Memories - Back to School

This post is part of the 52 Weeks of Writing our Memories by Lorine McGinnis Schulze at Olive Tree Genealogy who has challenged us to write our memories for our future generations.

I remember the excitement of preparing for going back to school, at least in my later elementary school years and beyond. Mom would take us shopping for new shoes and we'd get new school clothes and school supplies. We'd shop for shoes at Patterson Jones in downtown Valdosta. I loved shopping for shoes. I remember Mom would let me wear my new shoes home from the shoe store, but I had to put them away when we got home to save them for the first day of school.

I remember one year, I got a new pair of saddle oxford shoes. I loved them but they looked too new! I wanted to wear them before school started to scuff them up so they wouldn't be such a bright white. They looked huge on my big feet.

Saddle Oxford shoes
(By Paul A Hernandez [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)],
via Wikimedia Commons)
Here I am with my 4th grade classmates. I loved that little sailor dress!


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks - #35 Martha Aubrey

The daughter of Chandler Aubrey and Elizabeth Sorrell, my paternal 4th great grandmother Martha Aubrey was born about 1747 in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Westmoreland County, Virginia as of January 1, 1728 (from http://www.randymajors.com/p/maps.html)

I don't have any siblings listed for Martha. I have that her mother died in 1748, not too long after Martha was born, but I now don't know if this is correct. I found a will index on ancestry.com for Chandler Aubrey (see below) dated December 9, 1755/September 25, 1756, which lists his wife Elizabeth:

Virginia County Records, New Series, Volume I, 1913: Westmoreland County
 Westmoreland County Wills
Boook XIII
Westmoreland County Wills Book XIII.
Name: Chandler Awbrey 09 Dec 1755 25 Sep 1756
Son James at 21; dau. - Awbrey ; to -; wife Elizabeth ; sister Hannah McAulay ; niece Mary McAulay ; Mrs. Elizabeth Atwell ; Sarah Atwell ; my children -.

Martha married Philip Pendleton (my 4th great grandfather) about 1767:

Name:Martha Awbrey
Marriage Date:Abt 1767
Spouse Name:Philip Pendleton
Marriage Location:Virginia, United States
From ancestry.com.

Their children were Henry, Joseph, Martha, Philip, Robert, Elizabeth (b. 1765), Gabriel (b. abt 1767), James (b. abt 1768), Rebecca (b. abt 1775, and Coleman (b. August 4, 1780, my 3rd great grandfather).

In 1785, it appears that Martha sued Philip for divorce and alimony. The allegations are shocking. Some court documents are transcribed in David Ellis Pendleton's The Descendants of Philip Pendleton A Virginia Colonist (the Philip named in the title is this Philip's great grandfather). He was accused of raping a daughter named Sarah. David notes on page 48 of his book, "It is not clear why Sarah Pendleton is not included as this Philip's daughter in the various genealogical studies of this family." Philip was held in custody, then released. Reading the transcription, I'm not sure why he was released. There's a mention of "good behavior" and "no witness." He moved to Pittsylvania County, Virginia, afterward. The first time I read about these charges against him, I couldn't believe it was against "my" Philip. The Pendletons are supposed to be so upstanding!

I haven't researched the plight of a divorced woman in the late 1700s after the end of the Revolution, but I don't imagine it was very good unless maybe she had family to help her or she remarried soon after. Martha had at least her five youngest children still at home (I don't have birth years for the older ones). I thought I'd seen where Martha remarried after the divorce, but I couldn't find where I saw that and nothing about this is in my files. She died sometime after 1785.


This post is part of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small.