Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday's Faces from the Past: Who are these Drakes?

This pictures was among my Grandmother's, Nealie Drake Tapley's, things.  Thus, I believe they are members of her family.  I do not recognize the location of the photo either.  I would really like to know the identities of those in the picture... the ones looking at the camera.  I am also curious about who the man is who is in the bushes, with his back to the camera, and seemingly peeking in the window!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Lovick Drake

William Lovick Drake

b 02 Oct 1892
d 17 Dec 1912

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

son of
William John Drake
Emma Vermell Harrell Drake

Lovick was my grand uncle; my paternal grandmother's, Nealie Drake Tapley's, brother.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Military Monday: Memorial Day Roll Call

On this Memorial Day, 2013, I would like to start an annual tradition of recognizing and thanking those from my family lines who gave the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country in the military:

French-Indian War

- Samuel Ranny, 7th Co., Capt Herlihy, 1st Regiment (1st cousin, 9x removed)

Civil War

- Edward George Ranney, Unit Unknown, Killed at Gettysburg (1st cousin, 4x removed)
- Warren Kea, Unit Unknown, Killed at Antietam/Sharpsburg (husband of 2nd great grand aunt)
- Elias Price, Private, Co. F, 48th Regiment, Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Died at Richmond (2nd cousin, 6x removed)
- Harrell Solomon Horton, Private, Co. F, 48th Regiment, Georgia (1st cousin, 2x removed)
- Elisha Pullen, Unit Unknown (2nd cousin, 3x removed)
- Ezra Carter, 12th U.S. Infantry, Killed at Groveton, Virginia (2nd great grand uncle)
- Francis M. Tapley, 1st Corporal, Company F, 48th Georgia Infantry,  "Johnson County Battleground Guards", Killed at The Crater, Petersburg, Virginia (great grand uncle)
- John Nelson Key, Sgt., Co. G, 32nd Regiment, Georgia Infantry.  Died at Confederate Military Hospital, Savannah, Georgia.  (husband of 2nd great grand aunt)
- Lawson Y. Riner, Private, Co. F, Georgia 48th Infantry Division, Died in Hospital, Richmond Virginia (1st husband of 2nd great-grandmother)

 World War I

- Vertie L. Tapley, Unit Unknown, Died in Atlanta of influenza while on his way overseas (3rd cousin, 2x removed)

World War II

- James Cullen "J.C." Tapley, PFC, U.S. Army, 168th Infantry, 34th Division, Killed in Italy (1st cousin, 1x removed)
- Edward Tapley, Private, U.S. Army Infantry (4th cousin, 1x removed)
- James Elbert Tapley, Sgt., U.S. Army, 30th Infantry, 3rd Infantry Division, Killed in France (4th cousin, 1x removed)
- Willis Washington Wade, Jr., Ensign, U.S. Navy (4th cousin, 1x removed)

I am grateful.

If you are reading this and are related to or descended from one of these heroes, I would love to hear from you.  If you have a photo, I would like to include it next year.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Lester Ottis Foskey

"Lester O. Foskey 

 LAKELAND----Lester Ottis Foskey, 77, of 1329 W. Lime Street, died Friday. A native of Adrian, Ga., he had lived here 11 years, was a retired railroad bridge foreman and a member of Church of God. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Nellie Foskey; one son, Clifford Foskey, Georgia; one sister, Mrs. Maggie Bell Avery, Adrian; two half-brothers, Myrtice and Norman Foskey of Lakeland; two stepsons, Noah and Ollan Chestnut of Lakeland; one step-daughter, Mrs. Laura Maders, Tucson, Ariz."   

Johnson County GaArchives Obituaries.....Foskey, Lester Ottis May 16, 1969

The Tampa Tribune 5-20-1969 Page 15A

File at:

Lester Foskey was my 1st cousin, 2x removed.  

Mary Elizabeth Tapley
Gilbert Earl Tapley
My father
Nealie Drake Tapley
My grandmother
Emma Vermell Harrell Drake
My great-grandmother
William Robert Harrell and
Catherine M Odom Harrell
My 2nd great-grandparents
Nancy Jane Harrell Foskey
Robert & Catherine’s son; Emma’s sister; and my grand aunt
Lester Ottis Foskey
Nancy’s son and my 1st cousin, 2x removed

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ancestral Homes 150 Years Ago

From Randy over at Genea-Musings: 

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!
 Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1)  Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 June 1863 - 150 years ago.

2)  List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible).  Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?

3)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.

Here's mine:
*  My 2nd great-grandparents, George Washington Tapley (1814-aft.1880) and Elizabeth MNU Tapley (1824-aft. 1880) were living in Johnson County, Georgia.  I do not have a photograph of their home; it has long since been destroyed.  The household included my great-grandfather, James (Jim) Madison Tapley (1847-1912).  

*  My 2nd great-grandmother, Elizabeth Scoggins Page (1802-unknown), was living in Johnson County, Georgia.  Her husband, Solomon Page (1800-1860), had already passed.
*  My great-grandmother, Elizabeth Rebecca (Becky) Page (1844-1924) was also living in Johnson County, Georgia, probably with her mother.  I do not have a photograph of their residence, but my cousin has pointed out the location to me.

*  My 2nd great-grandparents, James William Drake (1829-1908) and Mary Ann R. Brantley Drake (1837-1891) were living near Adrian in Emanuel County, Georgia.  In 1863, James was serving in the Civil War in G Company of the 32nd Infantry from Georgia.  Also in their household was my great-grandfather, William John Drake (1857-1927).  

*  My 3rd great-grandparents, Francis Bryant Drake (1806-1875) and Selina King Drake (1812-1899) were living near Adrian in Emanuel or Johnson County, Georgia (Adrian sits half in each county).  I have no photographs of any of the ancestrial homes near Adrian.

*  My 3rd great-grandparents, James K. Harrell (1814-1895) and Nancy Beasley Harrell (1814-1898) were either still living in Darlington County, South Carolina or had already located to Emanuel County, Georgia.  In 1863, I believe my 2nd great-grandfather, William Robert Harrell (1838-1908), was still residing with his parents as he didn't marry until 1865.  

*  My 4th great-grandparents, Archibald Odom III (1798-1873) and Isabella Elizabeth Anderson Odom (1796-1873), were living in Emanuel County, Georgia.

*  My 3rd great-grandparents, Elijah Samuel Odom (1816-1870) and Rutha Goff Odom (1812-1895) were living in Emanuel County, Georgia.   

*  My 2nd great-grandmother, Catherine M Odom (1841-1875) had recently been widowed and could have still been living in Johnson County or with her parents in Emanuel County, Georgia.

*  My 2nd great-grandfather, George W. Schwalls Sr (1837-1908) was living in Johnson County, Georgia.  In 1863, he was serving in the Civil War in Company E of the 48th Infantry from Georgia. 
*  My 3rd great-grandparents, Zachariah W. Claxton (1806-unknown) and Lincelia Bush Claxton (dates unknown), were living in Edgefield County, South Carolina.
*  My 2nd great-grandmother, Lincelia E. Claxton (1839-1882) was recently widowed and living in Edgefield County, South Carolina.  

*  My 4th great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hubbard Ranney (1790-1868) was most likely living in Summit County, Ohio. 
*  My 3rd great-grandfather, Luther Boardman Ranney (1809-1890) was also most likely living in Summit County, Ohio.  My 3rd great-grandmother, Sarah Maria Carter Ranney (18121846) had passed away and Luther was remarried to Caroline Clapp Ranney (1821-1895).  
*  My 2nd great-grandfather, Comfort Ranney (1838-1920) was living in Boston, Summit County, Ohio and was serving in Company D, 61st Infantry Regiment during the Civil War.
*  My 4th great-grandparents, James Warren Hesser (1819-1906) and Sophia Humphrey Hesser (dates unknown), were living in Summit County, Ohio.

*  My 3rd great-grandparents, Jonathan Hesser (1791-1876) and Casena Viers Hesser (1800-unknown) were probably living in Ohio, too, though I have not confirmed that fact.  They were in Ohio by 1870.  
*   My 2nd great-grandmother, Mary Margaret Hesser (1842-1920) was also living in Summit County, Ohio,  mostly likely with her parents. I have no photographs of any of the ancestrial homes in Ohio. 

*  My 3rd great-grandparents, Samuel Carter (abt. 1815-unknown) and Polly Marie Ozmun Carter (1817-unknown)  were probably living in Summit County, Ohio.  Their son, my 2nd great-grandfather, Charles K. Carter (1843-1916) may or may not have been living with them.  

*  My 3rd great-grandparents, Richard Schoonover (dates unknown) and Sara Ozmun Schoonover (1800-1870), along with their daughter, my 2nd great-grandmother, Sarah Melissa Schoonover (1840-1918) were living in parts unknown in 1863.  They were probably in Ohio, but I do not know if Charles and Sarah were married by then or any other details. 

I believe that is all of my ancestors alive in 1863 - 3 great-grandparents, 12 second great-grandparents, 15 third great-grandparents, and 5 fourth great-grandparents.  The lived in Georgia, Ohio, and South Carolina.  

I have no pictures of homes where they were living in 1863.  In most cases, I do not even know a location.  I also see where there are huge holes in my research as to the 1860 census and where many of my ancestors were living at that time.  MUST GET BUSY researching.  

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Hosea Redman

Photo courtesy of FindaGrave contributor Renae Burgess Lynn

Hosea Redman

b 1775 or 1780
d 1865

laid to rest at
Redman Family Cemetery
(on private property)
Iredell County, North Carolina

husband of
Lucretia "Creasy" Williams Redman

son of
Thomas Erastus Redman
Mary Elizabeth Tapley Redman

(Obviously there are errors on the grave markers in this cemetery.)

Hosea Redman was my 2nd cousin, 5x removed.

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Scrapbooking Sunday: Pet Layouts

My sweet Gracie girl.  Things WERE all good for her back in 2009.  Her brother and tormentor, Zeus, had not joined the family yet!

My Daisy-dog. 
Spoiled rotten, too!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Own Scavenger Hunt

From Randy over at Genea-Musings: 

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 
time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) You're going on a scavenger hunt - for records of one of your relatives.  You can pick a relative who lived in the 1800 to 2000 time period.  A brother of one of your ancestors might be best (since males don't change their name).  Or the husband of a sister of your ancestor.  
Tell us the name of your chosen relative. 

2)   Go to FamilySearch and search for records for that relative.  Start on the Search page -  Search any way you want.  

3)  Tell us what you found in the FamilySearch record collections.  Did you find something new about that relative?   

4)  Write your own blog post, comment on this post, or write something on Facebook or Google Plus.

Here's mine:

1)  I chose Elijah Anderson Odom, date of birth and date of death unknown.  Elijah was the brother of my 2nd great-grandmother, Catherine M. Odom Harrell, thus he was my 2nd great grand uncle.  He was the son of Elijah Samuel Odom and Rutha Goff Odom.  Based on the birthplace of his parents and siblings, I surmised that he was also born in Emanuel County, Georgia.

2)  I first searched by name and a birthplace.  Then as an approximate birth year became apparent, 1843, I added the range of 1843-1845 to the search criteria.

3)  Here are the three results I found: 

* Elijah A Odom, U.S. Census, 1860, 395th District of Emanuel County, Georgia, age 16

* Anderson Odom, U.S. Census, 1880, 395th District of Emanuel County, Georgia, age 37.  Married to Marentha Odom, age 29, with 5 children and a nephew living in the household.

* Anderson Odom listed as the father of Perry A. Odom in "Florida, Deaths, 1877-1939."  

I had expected to find 1850 and 1870 census records; however, I did not.   

I did not know Elijah Anderson's children's names so that will give me some more research avenues to follow.  

4)  Done!