Monday, February 24, 2014

52 Ancestors - Week 9 - Rachel Tinsley

My 6th great grandmother.

Rachel Tinsley was born in Antrim Parish, Virginia in 1718.

She married John Cargill in 1739 at the age of 21 and died on April 9, 1777 at the age of 59.

There are 252 connections on I have not reviewed yet but for now, that's all the information I have. Like all of us researching family, it is a long and involved process. It took two years to really understand my great grandmother on my father's side and just when I thought I had it down, two pieces of important information appeared to change what I thought I knew. I know eventually I will find more clues but with that many people with her in their trees leads me to believe I am still on the right track to the Mayflower.

Now I begin to wonder if any of us have correct information. I guess the easiest way to determine what is correct is to mail in my descendant list and see if John and Rachel Cargill are the correct descendants from the Mayflower. There is a lot of information on John Cargill but there are several Cargill's that come up when researching.

Since I am doing 52 weeks and this is week 9 - I can change my focus and wait for the California Mayflower Society to get back to me.

One point that makes me suspect that there might be an error her is the death date for John and Rachel. It is the same date and it appears to be on everyone's tree. In his will, he left his wife comfortable. The will was dated 1777 and they both died on April 9, 1777. Looks a little fishy to me and there is no documentation to confirm the dates.

Monday, February 17, 2014

52 Ancestors - Week 8 - Elizabeth Sarah Cargill

Elizabeth Sarah is my 5th great grandmother. At this point, I am related to a lot more people. There are over 300 connections for her on 

John Cargill and Rachel Tinsley had 10 children. John was very fair in dividing up his property. He made sure that his "beloved Rachel" got what she needed to survive without him but for some reason it appears that he and Rachel died on the same day. I can't find any information that says differently but I suspect the information may be incorrect. 

The other thing I find interesting is that Elizabeth is not mentioned in the will. She was married to Wettenhall Warner and the land went to him. Wettenhall was the Justice of the Peace in the Orangeburgh Distict during the Revolutionary War. There is a side note here, it is mentioned that he may be a possible descendant of Pocahontas. There is no information to back that up so it's one of those legends that gets passed down. It may or may not be even close to the truth.

Wettenhall and Elizabeth were charter members of the oldest Baptist Church in South Carolina. Several of their sons and son-in-laws were ministers.

Elizabeth was born in Lunenburg, Virginia on February 4, 1749. She married Wettenhall at the age of 17 on July 29, 1766.

She passed away on March 17, 1787 at the age of 38. She had given birth to fraternal twin on March 5, 1787 so one has to guess that her death at such a young age was related to the birth of the twins although there is no documentation to support the theory. What a loss for her children.    

Monday, February 10, 2014

52 Ancestors - Week 7 - Charlotte "Lottie" Warner

Charlotte "Lottie" Warner is my 4th great grandmother. The further back I go, the more connections I find. On, I have connected with 300 more people who also have her in their tree. That good but they don't seem to have much more information than I have. Still, it tells me that I am related to a whole lot more people.

Charlotte was born in Craven, South Carolina on July 10, 1775. I don't have a copy of the birth record but there is a transcribed note:

"The following bible record is found on the LAGenWeb Archives at: http://files.usgwarchives,net/la/state/bible/ This record is "bible1-4.txt" in the list of records Bible Records Published by Louisiana Genealogical and Historical Society."

The letter was written by J. T. Warner, son of Thomas Cargill Warner, brother of Charlotte.

It says: "Their daughter Charlotte born April 10, 1775 and married Billy Morris. They settled on Pearl River southeast Louisiana."

The note goes on to talk about their children, one of course, was Mary B. Morris. The records indicate that she died in 1826 in St. Tammany, Louisiana.

Now, on to Elizabeth Sarah Cargill, Charlotte's mother.

Friday, February 7, 2014

The A to Z challenge is coming up - April 2014

I did this challenge last year with my California blog. I did a California destination for each letter of the alphabet. On the challenge, you post every day but Sunday which works out to 26 days.

This year, I am doing my Yeakley/Jones family. I am already doing the 52 ancestors in 52 weeks which is hard to do because while I know things about this side of the family, I am woefully ignorant about ancestors beyond my immediate family. Fortunately, I have had two cousins miraculously appear this week which has given me new material to research.

When I originally decided to do the A-Z, I thought I'd go back in time and pick ancestors who had interesting stories. Then it occurred to me, with all my aunts and uncles gone, it would be a good idea to put down what I remembered about them. My perspective is that of a child growing up with these people. 

The problem with genealogy and family history that we tend to overlook the obvious. We quite often lament that we didn't ask the questions when we had the chance. With this challenge, I have the opportunity to share what I remember and the photos I have. So for part of the 26 days, you will get to meet my family. It probably won't be all that interesting as they were all nice people (for the most part). No one divorced and they were all happily married when they died.

What I am going to do for the other 18 days is open to what comes my way. Ernest Marvin Yeakley and Nancy Ellen Jones had 8 children. Some of them I knew well and some, not so much. Still, that gives future family historians a little bit of personality to go along with the boring and sterile birth and death dates for my aunts and uncles. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

52 Ancestors - Week 6 - Mary B "Polly" Morris

Mary B "Polly" Morris, my 3rd great grandmother. This is uncharted territory and I don't know much about her.

She was born in 1798 in Craven, South Carolina. She married William B. Fussell in September of 1821 in Louisiana. She moved around a lot because in 1840, they were living in Rankin, Mississippi.

The first five children were born in Louisiana and the other eight were born in Mississippi. They lived in Mississippi until at least the 1850 census but in 1876, when she died at the age of 78, they were living in Woodville, Texas.

There is a write up in a book about the family that mentions that she was the wife of William B. Fussell. That's an encouraging tidbit because it verifies the marriage record.

Even more exciting, while I was writing this, I got my DNA results back from I find several 3rd and 4th cousins with a DNA match who are also related to Mary Morris and they have some sources I have not seen. Tells me I am on the right track.

With that, I am moving to Charlotte "Lottie" Warner, the next in line to the Mayflower.