Wednesday, February 28, 2018

New finds in Cockburn/Williams ancestry

My 5th great-grandmother was Frances Cockburn, wife of George Cockburn (1750-1799) of Martin and Edgecombe Counties, NC.  I had her maiden name as possibly Williams for a long time, but without much evidence.  (I can't remember where I found that now.)

I recently found a remarkable document online.  "Pedigree of My Mother's family, a part of which, is as was told to me by my Gr. mother,Mary Lanier, in 1856."  compiled by Cornelia S. Dickson ("Aunt Nealie") based on correspondence with family members.  This was posted to Geocities (!) in 1997 by Nita Munoz.

This document lists the children of one Joseph Williams Jr. and Mary Hix:

  • Joseph Williams married Mary Hix daughter of Daniel Hix and his wife Edith Fonville, of Hix's ford, Virginia.
    His children were: Ben, Daniel, Theolopus, Hester, Susanna, Frances, Esther, Elizabeth and Mary.
    1. Ben Williams, son of Joseph, lived in Brunswick, N.C.
    2. Daniel Williams, son of Joseph, served through all of the Revolutionary War, moved to Dickson County, Tenn., which county was named for his nephew, Dr. William Dickson, as a compliment for services in Congress.
    3. Theolopus was killed.
    4. Hester Williams married Wm. Whitfield of Lenoir Co., Neuse River, N.C.
    5. Susanna Williams married Frederic Barfield, Duplin Co. N.C.
    6. Frances married George Cockburn of Birtie Co. N.C.
    7. Esther married James Morris of Newbern, N.C.
    8. Elizabeth married Charles Hooks.
    9. Mary married William Dickson of N.C.
Line 6 is clearly my ancestors, so this looks like pretty good evidence that Joseph Williams and Mary Hix are Frances' parents.

It also relates the following family tradition:
Theopolus and Ben Williams (fourth in descent from Oliver Cromwell through his daughter Frances) came from England. 
Theophelus Williams settled near Halifax, N.C. 
Ben Williams, Sr. married Christian Bryan. His sons were: Ben, John, James, Louis and Joseph.

If true, the bit about Oliver Cromwell is pretty interesting, that would be my most famous direct ancestor by far.
I think there is an error here about the husband of Christian Bryan.  I found another researcher that has done extensive research on the Williams family and he lists Christian's husband as Theophilus Williams rather than Ben (apparently they were brothers).

The Williams page can be found here.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

The distinguished Moultries

Dr. John Moultrie (1702-1771) was born in Fife Scotland, and came to America in 1733.  He was said to be at the head of his profession for 40 years in Charleston, with a talent for finding out the hidden causes of disease.  According to one biographical sketch, "The year following his death an unusual number of females perished in childbed, apparently from despondency."

His children:
a son who graduated at Edinburgh at 1749, a distinguished scholar and eminent practicioner of medicine in Charleston.  (I am not sure if this matches one of the sons named below or not.)

Dr. John Moultrie (Jr.) (1729-1798).  Graduated at Edinburgh at 1749, a distinguished scholar and eminent practicioner of medicine in Charleston.  Moved to East Florida (now just called regular Florida) in 1767 and became a planter, then became deputy governor before the Revolution.  Acting governor from 1771-1774.   He was an English loyalist who returned to Britain in 1784 when they ceded Florida to Spain.
Dr. John Moultrie (Jr.)

General William Moultrie (1730-1805).  Prevented the British from taking Charleston.  He designed a flag with the word "Liberty" on a crescent moon on a blue field.  This flag was shot down in the defense of the fort, and held aloft by Sgt. William Jasper, rallying the troops.  The fort was named in his honor.  This flag became the basis for the South Carolina state flag.  Moultrie, Georgia is named for him, as is Moultrie County, Illinois.

General William Moultrie, portrait by Charles Wilson Peale.
Moultrie flag.

James Moultrie (1734-1765), chief justice of British East Florida.

Capt. Thomas Moultrie (1740-1780), killed in action in the Revolutionary War fighting for the Americans.

Alexander Moultrie (1742-1743) died in infancy.

Col. Alexander Moultrie (1750-1807) [apparently they reused the name after the death of his brother].  An American Revolutionary soldier.  State attorney general in SC, impeached 1792 for embezzlement.  (I report the good and bad both!)  There is a letter from him to Thomas Jefferson here and if you click on his name at the link you can see his correspondence with four of the first five presidents.
Hon. Alexander Moultrie of SC, b. abt. 1750, son of immigrant Dr. John Moultrie. First Attorney General of South Carolina, US Representative. From The South Carolina Historical and Genealogical Magazine, Vol. 5, No. 4 (Oct., 1904), pp. 229-260 Published by: South Carolina Historical Society

Ruth Moultrie (1769-1830) , who married Daniel Cook and died in Trigg County, Kentucky.  Her daughter Margaret Cook married Holden Barrett and came to Franklin County, Alabama with her daughter after his death.  (Margaret and Holden are my ancestors through the Kimbroughs and Narmores.)

New Rump Immigrant discovered

Previously I have written a lot about my 3rd-great-grandparents, August Christian Wilhelm Rump and Anna Sophie Diederike Hinrich Rump, who emigrated to America about 1867-1868, arriving at New York (at least Mrs. Rump and the children), and somehow winding up in Huntsville, Alabama by 1870.  I had heard family stories about them for years before finally finding records of the family in Germany that let me extend their tree back two more generations, including finding birth records of August's siblings and cousins from German church records.

Using Ancestry DNA, I found a couple of Americans with Rump ancestry who had a common DNA match with me, but they were not from the Rump line who came to Alabama.  Looking at their Ancestry trees, they trace back to an immigrant to New Jersey, Charles Rump (1871-1951).  One person, who lists the New Jersey death certificate as his source, has a birthdate for Charles of 27 July 1871, which exactly matches the German church birth records for August's cousin Carl Friedrich Rump.  Furthermore, he lists the nickname "Carl".  Not only that, he lists the parents names as Friedrich Rump and Amelia Neckrog.  From the German records, that matches (except for spelling) Friedrich Hermann Rump and Louise Frederike Amelie Nicking.  I don't believe the person who entered this (I am waiting to hear from him.) was using the German records for this information because the spelling differs and he cites the death certificate.  So we have a multiple DNA match (from New Jersey, where I don't have any known relatives for many generations), a birthdate match, and a close name match for Charles/Carl and his parents from the US records and the German records.

So, I am pretty confident that August's cousin Carl Friedrich emigrated to America like his cousin around 1885, about 17 years later.  August became the head of a large family in Alabama and Charles in New Jersey.  I wonder if he Charles knew about August.  Interestingly, Charles' occupation on the census is variously listed as dock laborer, freight barge, and boat man (coal company).  August had been a sailor and a ship's carpenter, and their was another Rump on some of the crews with him when he was with the North German Lloyd (Norddeutscher Lloyd) shipping company.  So it seems the Rumps had an affinity for sailing.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Felix Paden

After receiving an unexpected photo of my great uncle Felix Paden, who was a policeman in Detroit, I started searching and turned up a bunch of old newspaper stories about him.  I thought I would share the pictures, and since I have enough information to do a biographical sketch, here it is.

Felix Vester Paden was the third of seven siblings born to David Leroy Paden and Minnie Viola Gardner Paden.  The family lived in Mynot in western Colbert County, Alabama.

In June 1929, he married Lydia Bendall, an Alabama native.  They must have moved to Detroit at this point because he appears in a news story there in August.  In the 1930 census, he is listed as a patrolman.  They had one daughter.  Felix and Lydia divorced in 1934.  At the alimony hearing, he argued with the judge to ask him to raise  his payment (to the great astonishment of the news writer).
In 1948, he married Marion Law, a Michigan native, They traveled to Alabama to get married before returning to Detroit.  He retired from the force in 1951 and they remained in Detroit until his death in 1972.  Marion moved to Virginia and only died a few years ago (2011).  Felix and Marion had one daughter.

[Daughters names omitted for privacy; I don't know their whereabouts.]

There are some quite interesting stories about his activities.

* A thief pulled a gun on him, which he wrestled away.  Then the thief pulled a second gun on him and Felix shot him.
*He was made an honorary member of the Sioux Indian tribe.
*He was responsible for providing baseball uniforms for neighborhood youth.  I am amused to see one of the teams seems to be named Padens.
*He helped raise funds for a bedridden boy to buy a television set (when they were brand new).
*An arrest in an organized crime case.
*He testified on behalf of someone accused of being a Communist.

It's interesting to see how my relatives' lives were touched by things I know from history, like the Red Scare and the 1930's organized crime.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

An unexpected photo find

Angel wings?
Unknown children

Maybelle Paden and Lester Williams

Ed and Alonzo Gardner, brothers of Minnie Viola Gardner (Paden), Goldie's mother.
Minnie Viola Gardner Paden  (and grandchildren?)

Vester Felix Paden? and wife Marion Law?

"Doc" Early Paden, his wife Gertrude, and  Felix Vester Paden, who was a policeman in Detroit.  My great uncles and aunt.

No idea who these gentlemen are.  Can anyone identify the uniform, or the plane?  I'm not aware of any Asian(?) relatives.  Maybe someone was stationed overseas?  From the style of photo I am guessing late 1970's or early 80's.

Showing off a snake?

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Alabama Naramores in the Civil War

In a previous post, I discussed the children of Joseph Naramore (1790's to 1837?), who were the ancestors of most of the Narmores of North Alabama.  Most of these families ended up using the spelling Narmore by the 1900's.  I have tried to spell names as they most commonly were spelled, but don't take my spelling of any particular name as authoritative.

As I said in the earlier post the American Civil War was the most tragic time in our nation's history, and this family was hit especially hard by it.

Here is the family of Joseph, as presented earlier.

1. JOSEPH1 NARAMORE was born about 1795. He died after 1837. He married Delila Reid on 03 Jun 1819 in Jefferson, Alabama, USA. She was born about 1802 in  Alabama.  She died in Aug 1879 in Jefferson County, Alabama. 

Joseph NARAMORE  and Delila Reid had the following children:

1.1. EDITHA2 NARAMORE was born on 29 Mar 1820 in Alabama.  She married Lewis Franklin on 28 Sep 1837 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama. He was born on 25 Apr 1813 in Kentucky. 

1.2. JOHN NARAMORE was born about 1822 in Walker Co. AL.. He married Melissa Wray about 1849. She was born in Apr 1832 in Alabama. 

1.3. LEVI NARMORE was born in 1824 in ALABAMA. He married Celia Ann Hopkins on 17 Dec 1848 in Jefferson, Alabama. She was born in 1830 in ALABAMA. 

1.4. ELIZABETH NARAMORE  was born about 1827 in ALABAMA. She married John Brown  on 09 Sep 1849 in Jefferson, Alabama. He was born about 1823 in Tennessee. 

1.5. MARY ANN "POLLY" NARAMORE was born about 1827 in ALABAMA. She married Calvin Johnston, son of Jesse Johnston and Barbara LaGrone in 1855 in Jefferson County, Alabama. He was born on 06 Sep 1817 in Jefferson County, Alabama. 

1.6. REUBEN NARAMORE was born on 14 May 1827 in Walker County, Alabama. He married Mary (Polly) Ann JOHNSTON, daughter of Jesse Johnston and Barbara LaGrone on 09 Oct 1846 in Jefferson County, Alabama. She was born on 17 Jun 1826 in Perry County, Alabama. 

1.7. WILLIAM  NARRIMORE  was born in 1834 in AL.  He married Frances A. M Jarvis, daughter of Braswell Jarvis and Susanna Narramore [This family came from Georgia and probably SC before that.]  on 13 Jul 1858 in Perry, Alabama, USA. She was born on 05 Jul 1840 in GA. 

1.8. JOSEPH NARAMORE was born in 1836 in AL.  He married REBECCA (UNKNOWN). She was born in 1836 in ALABAMA. 

When the war started, Joseph was already dead, or perhaps he had left.  (His exact fate is unknown but Delila remarried and ended up getting special dispensation for her second marriage from the State of Alabama.)  Five sons would go to war for the Confederacy, all leaving wives and children at home.  Only one of the five would return.  Here is the fate of Delilah's sons and sons-in-law in the Civil War.

John Naramore.  Served in the 43rd Alabama Infantry, Co. K.  Captured at Cumberland Gap in Tennessee.  Died of measles as a POW in Knoxville on Jan. 19, 1864.  Buried in the City Cemetery, also known as Old Grey Cemetery, in an unmarked grave.  Left a widow, Melissa (Wray) Naramore.
Levi Naramore.  Served in Company B, 1st Alabama Cavalry volunteers, Davenport's Battalion.  He was the only brother to survive the war.
Reuben, husband of Polly Ann Johnston (sister of Calvin, so siblings married siblings).  Served in the 43rd Infantry, Company K with his brother John.  Died at Cumberland Gap in Tennessee on Mar 5, 1863 in the battle where John was captured.  
William.  Served in 28th Alabama Infantry, Co. A.  Died in 1862.
Joseph.  Served in the same company as William. Died of typhoid fever in the 4th Street Hospital in St. Louis as a POW.  His wife Rebecca (maiden name unknown) was widowed.

This flag was flown by the 43rd Alabama Infantry.  It is now in the Alabama State Archives.
Additionally, of Joseph and Delila's three sons-in-law, one was already dead, one served in the war, and the third one I'm not sure about.

Lewis Franklin, husband of Editha.  Died before the war in 1860.
Calvin Johnston, husband of Polly Naramore.  He was a Private in the "Home Guards under Carson".
John Brown, husband of Elizabeth.  Fate unknown--I have not yet identified which John Brown this is.

Dr. Hewitt Johnston, a nephew of Reuben Naramore and also of Calvin Johnston, in his reminiscences entitled Salmagundi, relates some stories of the men of his community who had been in the Civil War.  Many of them were in the 43rd Alabama Infantry in which John and Reuben served.  Other neighbors who joined Co. K in Tuscaloosa include Bart Rhea [possibly related to Melissa "Wray"?], Larkin Johnston, Con and Jack Davis, Ab Knight, John Richardson, William A. Thompson, John Gilbert, Dick Winchester, Bill and Jack Gilbert, Henry Jackson, and Joe Humber. Dr. Johnston points out that the men were "'mustered' (not inducted)" although I am not sure what the distinction is.

This unit was present (after John and Reuben had died) at the Siege of St. Petersburg, Florida,  Petersburg, Virginia, which included the "Battle of the Crater" where Union forces set off a large quantity of dynamite in a tunnel, creating a large crater 170 feet long and 9 feet deep which can still be seen.

Most interesting to me is his story of the end of the war.  The Siege of St. Petersburg was a nine month long trench warfare affair.  The battle was at a stalemate and with food and ammunition running low, the men on both sides knew it was only a matter of time before the South capitulated.  The sentries got to know each other and would even trade tobacco and other items.  Men began to desert and the some of the Confederate officers even told their men they wouldn't hold it against anyone who wanted to leave.  Several of the Confederate soldiers went over to the other side.  Dr. Johnston's father Allen (brother of Calvin and Polly Ann Johnston who married Naramores) was among those and was given the choice between joining the Union army or working in the mines.  Not wishing to fight his former comrades, he was sent to West Virginia to mine coal.  As tragic as the loss of lives was on both sides, it seems the men mostly just wanted to get back to their lives rather than holding a vendetta against the enemy soldiers.

Here is a regimental history of the 43rd.

The 43rd Alabama Infantry Regiment was organized in May 1862 at Mobile. It was at once ordered to Chattanooga and placed under Gen'l Danville Leadbetter. It moved into Kentucky in Gen'l Edmund Kirby Smith's column but was not actively engaged. having passed the winter at Cumberland Gap, the regiment joined Gen'l Braxton Bragg at Tullahoma, being in a brigade under Gen'l Archibald Gracie. The regiment subsequently went back to East Tennessee and operated there for some months. Rejoining the main army, it participated in the battle of Chickamauga with severe loss. As part of Gen'l James
Longstreet's 1st Corps, the 43rd was shortly after sent towards Knoxville and took part in the investment there, with few losses. It was also in the fight at Bean's Station, also with few casualties. Following the winter campaign in East Tennessee, the regiment reached Gen'l P. G. T. Beauregard at Petersburg in May, 1864. When Union Gen'l Sheridan swooped down toward the outposts of Richmond, the 43rd fought against him. At the Battle of Drewry's Bluff, the regiment was hotly engaged with heavy casualties. Then, it was in the trenches of Petersburg from June 1864 until the close, fighting continually and taking part in most of the battles that occurred by the attempts of the enemy to flank the Confederate lines. At Appomattox, the 43rd, with other portions of the brigade, had just driven back a line of the enemy and taken a battery when the capitulation of the army was announced. It surrendered as part of Moody's Brigade (Col. Stansel of Pickens commanding), Bushrod Johnson's Division, Gordon's Corps, and about 50 men were present for duty. Of the 1123 names on the muster rolls of this regiment, about 100 were killed, about 225 died of disease, and 161 were transferred or discharged.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Toasts for Independence Day

In honor of Independence Day 2017, I give you this lengthy record of the toasts from an 1840 Independence Day celebration in Rockville, Alabama, which includes a toast from my 5th great uncle Reuben Blankenship, a Revolutionary veteran.

"The right of the humblest citizen to interrogate any candidate for office; honor exalted the station he aspires to, and the co-extensive obligation to answer directly and explicitly, one of the jewels won by the blood of '76, when surrendered by the People, the first step will be taken to tyranny and despotism."

The rest is interesting, toasts to Washingon, Lafayette, less remembered names like DeKalb, women, a lot of political toasts for and against various candidates, and several references to log cabins and hard cider.