Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Minnie Lee Tyson Kight

Photo courtesy www.findagrave.com, Minnie Tyson Kight Memorial #

Minnie Lee Tyson Kight
b 09 Sep 1898
d 20 Nov 1967

 laid to rest at
Springfield City Cemetery
Springfield, Effingham County, Georgia

Wife of 
Amos G Kight

Daughter of 
Joseph "Joe" T Tyson & Millie O Flanders

Step-daughter of my cousin,
Curlie Powell Tyson

Monday, November 26, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Richard Drake Deed

"This Indenture made this the twenty fifth day of October One thousand Eight hundred and Eight Between Jordan Joyner of the County of Nash and State of North carolina of the one part and Richard Drake of the County and state aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of one Hundred Dollars to me in hand paid by the said Richard Drake at or before the Sealing and Delivering of those presents the receipt whereof I do hereby acknowledge myself fully satisfy'd contented and paid hath granted Bargained sold conveyed and confirmed unto Richard Drake his heirs Excr's Adm's and assigns for Ever a certain Tract of Land Situated lying and being in the County of Nash and on the head Waters of Town Creek lying and bounded as follows  Beginning At a  pine Winsteads corner and runing north three hundred and ninety six pole to a corner pine in Lamkins line thence along said Lamkins Line South forty degrees west one hundred and Ten pole to a maple and pine thence South three hundred and Twelve poles to a red oak thence East to the first station containing By Estimation one hundred and fifty Acres be the same more or Less to have and to hold the aforesaid Land by the bounds thereof and thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaining Unto the said Richard Drake his heirs Exc's and Adm's and assigns For ever and the said Jordan Joyner for myself my heirs Exec's Adm's and assigns do promise & use possess and enjoy the said Land and premises without any lawfull suit lot [??] trouble or In..tention of me the said Jordan Joyner my heirs Executors And assigns or any other person or persons claiming in by From or use them or any of them the same clearly aquited and Discharged from all Manner of Gifts grants bargains sales Leases Mortgages whatsoever and I the said Jordan Joyner for Myself my heirs and assigns the said Land and premises to the said Richard Drake his heirs and assigns and do Warrant And for Ever defend by these presents In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal The day and Date above written

Signed Sealed and Acknowledg'd

Jordan X Joyner (Seal)
      his mark

In the presence of us

John L. Lamkin
Wright W. Joyner

Nash County February Court 1812 the within Deed was In open court duly prov'd by the oath of John L. Lamkin and ordered to be Registered  Test

W'm Hall CC
and Is Registered Test ___  _______ P,Rv"

Nash County (NC) Record of Deeds, 1782-1813, Vols. 3, 4, 5, p.307-8, Microfilm Call #C.069.40002

 Richard Drake was my 4th great grandfather.  He was the son of Exum Drake.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Minnie Lee Tyson Kight

The Savannah [Georgia] Morning News 11-22-1967 Page 2A:

Mrs. Minnie T. Kight

 SPRINGFIELD---Mrs. Minnie Tyson Kight, 69, died Monday night at her home.  The native of Emanuel County lived in Springfield for the past 23 years. She was a member of the Springfield Baptist Church and of the Women's Missionary Board.
 Survivors are her husband, Amos G. Kight of Springfield; two daughters, Miss Ruby Kight and Mrs. Layton Sikes of Springfield; three sons, C. Murray Kight and J. Hilton Kight, of Springfield, and J. Oliff Kight of Rincon; nine grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. Trudie Lindsey of Wrightsville.
 Funeral services will be held at 3pm Wednesday at the Springfield Baptist Church.
 Leslie-Thompson Funeral Home of Springfield is in charge. 

Effingham-Emanuel-Johnson County GaArchives Obituaries.....Kight, Minnie Lee Tyson November 20, 1967

File at: http://files.usgwarchives.net/ga/effingham/obits/k/kight1850nob.txt
Minnie was the step-daughter of my 1st cousin, 1x removed, Curlie Powell Tyson.  She was the daughter of Joseph (Joe) T. Tyson and Millie O. Flanders Tyson.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Baby Name Wizard

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

Dear genealogists everywhere, it's Saturday Night!  Time for some Genealogy FUN.

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

 (This SNGF is based on the Baby Name Wizard at www.babynamewizard.com.)

1)  Go to the Baby Name Wizard site and see how popular your name was over the 20th century, and how popular a baby name it is today.  Check out your spouse, your children and your grandchildren (if you have some!) also.  

2)  What does your name mean (find out on http://www.babynamewizard.com/baby-name)?

3)  Tell us about it, and show us your graphs, in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, in a Facebook status or a Google+ Stream post.  

Here's mine: 

1)   My parents named me Elizabeth in 1967.  That name was ranked #17 during that decade.  Elizabeth has always been popular, but its peak was in the 1880s when it was the 4th most popular baby name for girls.  It's lowest dip in popularity came during the 1940s when it was ranked #25.  It had a surge in the 1980s and 1990s when it again climbed into the top 10.  As of 2011, Elizabeth was ranked #11.

(I couldn't for the life of me get the big chart to copy.  So I had to settle for the slimmed down version.)

2)  The origin of the name Elizabeth:  "Derived from the Hebrew elisheba' (God is my oath).  The name is borne in the Bible by a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary and mother of John the Baptist." From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

3)  Done!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Friday Funny

Maybe he'll have more luck than the rest of us with getting records from St. Louis! 

Cartoon courtesy of www.genetoons.com

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Wedding Wednesday: George Washington Tapley & Julia Beasley



By Hon. J. P. Pughaly
Ordinary for the County of Emanuel and State aforesaid.

To any Minister of the Gospel, Judge, or Justice of the Peace for said State:

You are hereby authorized to join in the HOLY STATE OF MATRIMONY, 

Mr. G. W. Tapley of Emanuel County
- and -
Miss Julia Beasley of Emanuel County

according to the CONSTITUTION AND LAWS OF THE STATE for which this shall be your LICENSE.

Given under my Hand and Seal of Office the 17th
  Day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight
  hundred and Eighty

J P Pughaly
Ordinary Emanuel County

This Certifies That G. W. Tapley
and Miss Julia Beasley were duly JOINED IN MARRIAGE 
on the 20th day of Sept. A.D. 
By me, Edward R[??] M O [?]
Recorded 7 day of July 1882 By D S Moore, Ordinary"

This particular George Washington Tapley was my 2nd cousin, 3x removed.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Billy Moye Claxton

Billy Moye Claxton
b Jan 29 1929
d Mar 13 2007

husband of
Grace Jackson Claxton

son of
Zachariah (Zack) J. and Mary Tapley Claxton

laid to rest at
Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery,
Bartow, Georgia

Billy was my second cousin.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Inventory of the Estate of E A Odom

"An inventory and appraisement of the Estate of E. A. Odom deceased

Home tract of land 374 acres
The Webb tract “   134   “
1 mule at
3 head of stock cattle @ 6 per head
11 “        fatning hogs
18 “       stock  hogs
60 bushels corn @ 75 cts per bushel
12 hundred lbs of fodder @ 75 per hundred
1 Blacksmith Shop
1 Box Tools
1 lot Sundries & Irons
1 Cradle
1 Syrup Boiler
   Farming implements
1 Cart
1 lot of plurides [?]
1 lot of household & kitchen furniture
1 lot of Seed Cane



State of Georgia
Emanuel County

We the appraisers of the Estate of E A Odom deceased do certify that the within is a true statement and appraisement of Said estate this Nov 15th 1884

Spencer Youngblood
A. W. Gillis
William Salter"

  from "Emanuel County State of Georgia Court of Ordinary Will Book B, 1857-1907"

I am not sure where E A Odom fits into my family tree as yet.  That's another addition to my research to do list.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Billy Moye Claxton

Billy Moye Claxton (MARTINEZ, Ga.)

Friday, March 16, 2007

MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest at University Hospital on March 13, 2007, Mr. Billy Moye Claxton, husband of Mrs. Grace J. Claxton of Martinez, Ga.  Mr. Claxton was born in Johnson County, Ga. to the late Zack J. Claxton and Mary Tapley Claxton.  He was a member of Hope Chapel and Woodman of the World.  Survivors:  wife, Mrs. Grace Jackson Claxton, Martinez, Ga.; three brothers, Zack J. Claxton, Jr., Grovetown, Ga., Glenn Claxton, Grovetown, Ga., and Eddie B. Claxton, Waynesboro, Ga.; two sisters, JoAnne Cushman, Martinez, Ga. and Shirley Hall, Augusta, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin R. Claxton.  Funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007 at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Glenn Claxton and Dr. K.C. Stevens officiating in the Thomas L. King Funeral Home Chapel.  Interment will be in the Nails Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Bartow, Ga.  Burial in Bartow will be at 2:30 p.m.  Visitation will be at the Thomas L. King Funeral Home on Friday, March 16, 2007 between the hours of 6 to 8 p.m.  Pallbearers:  Gary Claxton, David Claxton, Casey Claxton, Tony Claxton, John Claxton, and Adam Cushman.  Honorary Pallbearers:  Danny Jackson, Tommy Paschall, Tony Glisson, Glenn Couey, and Randy Couey.  Thomas L. King Funeral Home, 124 Davis Rd.  Florist:  9 a.m., Saturday.

The Augusta Chronicle-March 16, 2007

From the Friday, March 16, 2007 edition of the Augusta Chronicle

Billy Moye Claxton was my second cousin.  Our grandfathers, Franklin Morgan Tapley and Lusion Keman Tapley, were brothers.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

A tribute: Harry Earl Tapley Jr

Today would have been my nephew's 44th birthday.  Yes, Harry Jr., was only 17 months younger than me.  So he was more like a brother.  He and his sister, Missi, used to spend six weeks with us during the summer when we were kids, along with a week at Christmas.

Today would have been my nephew's 44th birthday.  I say "would have been" cause he was killed on March 9, 1986.  Such a long time ago, but it seems like yesterday that we got that horrible call.  The "how" of his death is not as important as the significance of his life.  In the short 17 years he was in this world, he made an impact.  He was loved and he loved.  He made people smile and laugh.  He loved horses and cars and his sister and even his bossy Aunt Elizabeth.  He would have been the greatest uncle, as well as father one day, I'm sure. 

Oh we fought, like kids do.  Missi and I were so jealous of him cause my daddy (their grandpa) let Harry by with things that Missi and I couldn't dream of getting by with.  And Harry loved to play practical jokes on us.  Like sneaking up on us and making us scream.  He thought that was hilarious.  He was a boy; he loved to aggravate the girls.

He loved his grandma's cooking.  He loved cornbread and sweet tea.  He loved rock music and being outside.  He loved riding horses and driving Grandpa's Jeep.  He loved popping the horse whip.  He had a kind heart and a sweet soul.  He hurt easily, though he tried so hard not to show it. 

There are so many things I don't know or I don't remember.  I only got to see him a few weeks a year.  Now he's been gone for 26 years.  More than half my life.  I can't remember his voice.  I do have a cassette tape locked away in the safe.  I recorded one side and then sent it to "the kids" as we always called them, and they recorded on the other side and returned it.  So I have his voice.  When I can bring myself to listen to it.  Now I don't think I own a cassette player.  His child voice is forever frozen on an obsolete piece of technology.

The last time I saw him was the Thanksgiving before he died.  He was excited cause he drove himself and Missi from Jacksonville to Swainsboro.  Right by themselves.  He took me for a ride during that visit.  Just the two of us.  He was so proud.

Thanksgiving 1985

The night he died, a piece of my heart died also.  Well-meaning people will tell you it gets better with time.  It does not.  Oh I cry less.  And I smile when I remember him.  But the missing him is always there.

Harry Earl Tapley, Jr., my dear nephew.  I love and miss you every day.  You have not been forgotten.  I feel you with me.  I know you keep tabs on what I'm up to. I just know you are up there humming a Foreigner song.  I look forward to seeing you again.

(Music has always been important to me, and in many cases, songs can express what I'm feeling better than I can in words.  This song "Who You'd Be Today" by Kenny Chesney is one of those.)

Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Funny: How to Confuse your Descendants

Rules for our ancestors
How to confuse your descendants

(1) Thou shalt name your male children: James, John, Joseph, Josiah, Abel, Richard, Thomas, William.  
(2) Thou shalt name your female children: Elizabeth, Mary, Martha, Maria, Sarah, Ida, Virginia, May.
(3) Thou shalt leave NO trace of your female children.
(4) Thou shalt, after naming your children from the above lists, call them by strange nicknames such as: Ike, Eli, Polly, Dolly, Sukey.---making them difficult to trace.
(5) Thou shalt NOT use any middle names on any legal documents or census reports, and only where necessary, you may use only initials on legal documents.
(6)Thou shalt learn to sign all documents illegibly so that your surname can be spelled, or misspelled, in various ways: Hicks, Hicks, Hix, Hixe, Hucks, Kicks.
(7) Thou shalt, after no more then 3 generations, make sure that all family records are lost, misplaced, burned in a court house fire, or buried so that NO future trace of them can be found.
(8) Thou shalt propagate misleading legends, rumors, & vague innuendo regarding your place origination.
     (A) you may have come from : England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales....or Iran.
     (B) you may have American Indian ancestry of the______tribe......
     (C) You may have descended from one of three brothers that came over from______
(9) Thou shalt leave NO cemetery records, or headstones with legible names.
(10) Thou shalt leave NO family Bible with records of birth, marriages, or deaths.
(11) Thou shalt ALWAYS flip thy name around. If born James Albert, thou must make all the rest of thy records in the names of Albert, AJ, JA, AL, Bert, Bart, or Alfred.
(12) Thou must also flip thy parent's names when making reference to them, although "Unknown" or a blank line is an acceptable alternative.
(13) Thou shalt name at least 5 generations of males, and dozens of their cousins with identical names in order to totally confuse researchers.
courtesy of http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~tracers/

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Happy Blogoversary to me :)

My thought process is fragmented tonight so I will just proceed to make some statements to commerate this accomplishment:

* Today is this blog's second blogoversary. 

* I am proud of that.

* I am happy to share the information I learn about my family here.

* I am grateful for the cousins I have found or who have found me through this blog.

* I appreciate the followers of this blog.

* I wish more would share family pictures with me!

* I wish more people would comment on my posts, especially now that I'm doing regular posts again!

* Nothing is so exciting to me as genealogy.  I am happiest when I am writing a blog post, transcribing a deed, or visiting a cemetery.

* Whether you have visited here on purpose or by accident, left a comment, liked a post on Facebook, helped me transcribe a deed, provided me information for a blog post, e-mailed me, sent me pictures, or simply started asking questions about your own family, then I am grateful for you.  Thank you.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Hattie Drake Wise

Hattie Lay Drake Wise
b Sept 10 1886 (or 1884)
d July 25 1912

Wife of 
George Wesley Wise

Mother of 
Minnie Sadie Wise

Daughter of
Rev. William John & Emma Vermell Harrell Drake

laid to rest at
Poplar Springs Methodist Church Cemetery
Adrian, Georgia

cause of death:
Typhoid Fever

Hattie was my grand aunt, the sister of my grandmother, Nealie Drake Tapley.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Deed of Exum Drake

  "This Indenture made this twenty second day of January in the year of our Lord God One thousand seven hundred and seventy Nine Between Edmund Harrel & Mary his wife of Edgecombe County and State of North Carolina of the one part & Axum Drake planter of the other part.  Witnesseth that the said Edmund Harrell & Mary his wife for & in consideration of the sum of One hundred and seventy pounds proc money to him in hand paid by the said Axum Drake before ensealing & delivering of these presents the receipts whereof the sd  Edmund Harrell doth acknowledge thereof & of every part & parcal thereof doth fully clearly and absolutely acquit consecrate & discharge the said Axum Drake his Heirs Exc'rs  and Adm'n forever.  Have given granted bargained Sold alienate confessed [??] and confirmed and by these present doth give grant bargain sell alienate confess [?] and confirm unto the said Exum Drake his Heirs and Assigns forever the following trac or parcel of land containing one hundred one hundred acres more or less lying in the County of Edgecomb & province afores'd.  Beginning at a Birch on Town Creek  David Scarboroughs Corner thence along the said line to Henry [??]  thence West to a red Oak thence North to a Maple in a Branch thence down the said Branch to the first partion containing One hundred acres more or less with all buildings cleared ground Woods and underwood.  To Have & to Hold the said parcal of land with all & Singular the Promise thereunto belonging unto him the said Axum Drake his Heirs and Assigns forever & further the said Edmund Harrell for himself his Heirs Exc'rs and Administrators and assigns doth promise & agree to and with the said Axum Drake his Heirs & Assigns that the said parcel of land & of every part and parcel thereunto belonging to the said Axum Drake his Heirs & Assigns against him the said Edmund Harrell his Heirs and Assigns or against every other person or person or persons whatsoever he the said Edmund Harrel will Warrant & forever defend by these presents.  In Witness whereof the said Edmund Harrell hath hereunto set his hand & seal this 22nd day of January 1779.

Signed Sealed & delivered in presence of us
Rev. Jesse Drake; Sterling Waller

Edmund x Harell (Seal)
       (his mark)
Mary x Harell (Seal)
Simon Harrell (Seal)

Edgecombe County  February Court 1779~~

The Execution of the within deed of sale was duly proved in open Court by the Oath of Jesse Drake one of the subscribing Witnesses hereto.  Ordered to be Registered.  Test     Edward Hall CC" 

Edgecombe County (NC) Real Estate Conveyances, 1775-1779, Vol. 3, p.382, Microfilm Call #C.037.40005

As you can imagine, this deed was a BEAR to transcribe.  As a matter of fact, I had to call in help.  Ginger Smith of Genealogy by Ginger's Blog graciously spared her time and not only transcribed the words that eluded me, but taught me some tips in the process.  Following is an excerpt from the notes she sent me:

"In North Carolina documents written in the 1700s, you will often see letters that look like "fs" which are really two "ss" put together. So Jesse looks like Jefse or Jeffe. And Assign looks like Afsign. Also, in this deed, the person who wrote it made his Capital "E's" look like S's but you can see the difference when you look at his Capital "S's". His capital S's have a bottom loop that goes from the right across the bottom, then from the left over to the right across the top. His capital "E's" look like the Capital S's but have no bottom loop. So look at the small word after Heirs and you will see the abbreviated version of Executioners - the first time it is Exc^r and the 2nd time it is kind of mushed up as Ecr^s.
If "Said" is abbreviated, transcribe it as such - "Sd"
I'm not sure about the use of Consecrate. This deed was very oddly written, one I've not seen before. It used a LOT of additional not-needed words. My advice is to read more Edgecombe county deeds from the late 1700s to see if you can find some with these additional words. The typical deed says "granted, bargained, sold alienated and conveyed".

Thanks, Ginger!

If any of my readers have any insights to share pertaining to transcribing 18th and 19th century deeds, please feel free to leave a comment below. 

Exum (or Axum) Drake was my 5th great grandfather.

In addition, I am also descended from Harrells.  I am not sure how Edmund and Mary fit in, but I'd be very interested to find out whether they are my ancestors!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day

Today I offer my humble gratitude for the sacrifices that many of my ancestors made as they went off to war or served at home. The following are just a few of whom I actually have photographs.

{Left to right from top left:  Uncle Bob Plumlee, Air Force; Cousin Gary Tapley, Army (Vietnam War); Uncle Russell Tapley, Army (WWII); Uncle Hugh Dorsey Tapley, Army (WWII); Grandfather Charles "Pop Pop" Tapley, Navy (WWII); Cousin J.C. Tapley, Army (WWII - gave the ultimate sacrifice); and Brother Harry Tapley, Marines (Vietnam War)}

I give thanks to all those who serve our country so selflessly this day and every day.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who Is Your 3rd Most Recent Unknown Ancestor

From Randy over at Genea-Musings:

Dear genealogists everywhere, it's Saturday Night!  Time for some Genealogy FUN.

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

 1) Who is your TMRUA - your Third Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the third lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name. 

2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don't you scan it again just to see if there's something you have missed? 

3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your TMRUA?

4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google Plus. 

Here's mine:

1)  My Third Most Recent Unknown Ancestor (TMRUA) is #26, the father of my second great-grandfather, George W. Schwalls (January 1, 1837 - January 21, 1908).  

2)  While I haven't searched for this information recently, I am very familiar with what I do know.  Unfortunately, what I know about George W. Schwalls, "ain't much":  

George was born in Germany (One document mentioned Bavaria).  Sometime in the 1850's, he came to America with at least one cousin, maybe more.  His cousin, George Michael Schwall, settled in Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia.  George W. Schwalls (he added the "S", by all accounts, to be differentiated from his cousin) settled in Johnson County, Georgia.  

There are stories that they came to this country because they had gotten into some kind of trouble and had to flee their home.  The stories state that the boys were smuggled over on a ship from France.  I do not know if that is true; however, I do know that I have been unable to locate their names on any ship manifest coming from Europe during the 1850's.  

Thus, with so little information, I have been unable to determine where in Germany George was born and, therefore, unable to identify his father.

3)  I have done exhaustive searches of ship manifests, Civil War records (George fought in the war.), actually any and all records I could find on Ancestry.com and Family Search that might have a mention of George's birthplace recorded by him.  He did not even list the town on his Civil War Pension Application!  I have tried in vain to find a descendant who knows the family history by using the Ancestry.com message boards and this blog to get my query out there.  I have searched at the Georgia Archives, Dublin (Georgia) Public Library (which has a fine genealogy resource room for the geographical area), and NARA in Washington D.C. for any information about George's place of birth and ancestors.  

I have also done numerous searches for his cousin's ancestry, to no avail.

I have come across some message board posts on Ancestry.com with names of possible parents of George W. Schwalls.  However, none of those messages were sourced, and I was unable to confirm any of the information.

4)  Done!  I have written numerous blog posts about my elusive George Schwalls... please visit "Posts by Topic" above and search under "Schwalls."