Monday, September 22, 2014

Wow! I Got an Award!!

I received a bit of a shock and a wonderful surprise. I was nominated for the "One Lovely Blog Award" by Valerie Hughes.

Valerie writes a wonderful blog over at Genealogy With Valerie. It's one of my can't miss blogs...more of those later.

Here are the rules for this award:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link to that blog 
  2. Share Seven things about yourself 
  3. Nominate 15 bloggers you admire (or as many as you can think of!) 
  4. Contact your bloggers to let them know that you’ve tagged them for the One Lovely Blog Award
Thank you Valerie. I am truly honored to be in such great company!!

Seven things about me
  1. I'm in charge of the care and feeding of two teenagers
  2. I need prayers...see above
  3. I am named Beverly after my grandfather, Beverly Clinton Tidwell
  4. I'm a hoarder, especially books
  5. I'm the oldest of three children, and the only daughter
  6. My favorite food is caramel (yeah, it's a food)
  7. I work full time for the phone company

15 Bloggers I Admire

This part is really hard. There are so many blogs that I love. I hate to leave any out, but decided to include a few you may not know about. Here goes (in no particular order)
  1. Geneabloggers by Thomas MacEntee
  2. Opening Doors in Brick Walls by Cathy Meder-Dempsey
  3. One of my favorite food blogs, Plain Chicken by Stephanie Parker
  4. Maybe Someone Should Write That Down by Kassie Ritman
  5. Jana's Genealogy and Family History Blog by Jana Last
  6. The Legal Genealogist by Judy Russell
  7. No Story Too Small by Amy Johnson Crow
  8. Genealogy Circle by Cindy Freed
  9. Conference Keeper by Jen Baldwin
  10. Strange Alabama by Beverly Crider
  11. GeneaDictionary by Jill Ball 
  12. Branching Out Through the Years by Fran Ellsworth
  13. Parallax View by Tony Proctor
  14. Dispatches from the LP-OP by Lee Peacock
  15. A Southern Sleuth by Michelle Ganus Taggart
  16. (bonus) Worldwide Genealogy by a collaboration of authors
Contact Bloggers
I'll be contacting the fifteen bloggers above, unless they happen to be reading and contact me first.

Thank you again Valerie Hughes!!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Josiah Tidwell 1789-1862 #52Ancestors #33

Josiah Tidwell was possibly the son of Revolutionary War Soldier Edmund Tidwell and Anna Gladden Hollis. He was born about 1789 in Fairfield, South Carolina. I have found no document showing his parents.

Josiah's family moved to Dickson County, Tennessee in the 1790s, where he married Louvenia "Louvice" Roden. They had eight children:
Harriett born about 1811; married George W Cowden
John Roden born about 1813; married Celia Huffstutler and Sarah Beavers
Orlena Arrena born June 11, 1816; married Rev. Deforrest F. Allgood
Rowan born about 1818; married Cynthia Ann "Cincianna" Cornelius
Kesterson born February 1819; married Nancy Huffstutler and Louisa Elizabeth Brown
Sheba born about 1828
Gazzam born about 1829; married Sarah J Montgomery
Vienna born about 1831

The first three children were all born in Tennessee. Josiah's growing family moved to Blount County Alabama between 1816 and 1818.

Josiah is enumerated in the Blount County census in 1830.

Josiah purchased land in Blount County, Alabama in 1833

and again in 1858

The 1850 Blount County census: 
Josiah Tidwell, 62, farmer, SC, can't read and write
Louvice, 60, SC, can't read and write
Sheba, 23, AL, can't read and write
Ghasm, 21, farmer, AL
Vianna, 19, AL

The 1860 census in Blount County:
Tidwell, Josiah 71 M W SC Farm Laborer, Personal Property 1500
 Lovisa 71 SC
Shelba 30 F AL
Vienna 25 F AL

Per the September 26, 1870 estate papers found at, Josiah died in "1864 or 5". The property mentioned above was in the possession of of the family of B. C. Allgood, who married the widow of Gazzam Tidwell.

The heirs of Josiah are listed:

There is no final disposition listed with these estate papers, but it appears it may have been resolved years later in the estate of Gazzam.

Josiah's final resting place is unknown

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Rowan aka Ryan Tidwell 1819-1873 #52Ancestors #31

Rowan Tidwell, also known as Ryan Tidwell, was the son of Josiah and Louvenia "Louvice" Roden Tidwell. He was born about 1818 in Allgood, Blount County, Alabama.

Rowan married Cynthia Ann Cornelius October 16, 1842 in Blount County.

Rowan Tidwell married Caney Anny Cornelius, Oct 16, 1842, Rowan & Centerson
Tidwell, bondsmen, p. 944, Book C, 1838-1844, Blount Co., Ala.
Married by John H Box, JP

Rowan and Cynthia had seven known children:
Louisiana "Sis" born 1844, married Benjamin Jerome Munkus
Phelan born 1847, married Sarah Elizabeth McCullough
Harriett born 1851, married E Holdridge Moncus (brother of the above Benjamin Munkus)
Beverly Cornelius born 1853, married Eva Sarah Locke
Hampton Clinton born 1855, married Palestine Gibson
Rowan B "Ryan" born 1859, married Zimmie Tubb
Brecusie born about 1861, died young

Rowan's first appearance I can find in the census was in 1850. He is found in the household of Nelson Word, a farmer in Blount County. I was rather surprised to see Rowan was listed as a student instead of a farm laborer.

If this is my Rowan, where were Cynthia and the children they had by 1850?

They show back up in the state census in 1855 in Blount County:
Rowan Tidwell     Head of Family:
Males < 21= 2;
Males > 21 = 1;
Females < 21 = 2;
Females > 21 = 1

The family is found living in Village Springs in Blount County in 1860:
Rowan Tidwell 40 M W Farmer Value of personal estate 50 AL
Cinciana 41 F AL
Louisia 14 F AL
Fielding 12 M AL
Harriet 10 F AL
Beverly 8 M AL
Hampton 5 M AL
Rowan 7/12 M AL

The Civil War was soon upon them, and Rowan enlisted in Company I, 49th Alabama Infantry.
The 1862 Confederate Census of Blount County says it all:

"Tidwell, Rowan; has a wife and six children; Lousanna, 16 years old; Filding, 14 years old; Hariett, 12 years old; Beverly, 9 years old; Houston, 6 years old; Rowan, 2 years old; has 150 pounds; no corn nor anything else; in Captain Crump's Company; January 17, 1862; Beat No. 14; $75.00"

The documents I have found for Rowan's service:
Paid January 9 1863 for service from July 1 to December 31 1862

Paid November 16 1863 for service from January 1 to August 31 1863
Captured July 9 1863 at Port Hudson, Louisiana (exchanged after three months)
Payment for Clothing...with a signature!!!!

Here's a bit about the 49th Alabama from the Alabama Archives:
This regiment was orgnized at Nashville, in January 1862, and attached to the Kentucky brigade of Gen. Breckinridge. It took part in the battle of Shiloh, where it lost 113 killed and wounded. A few weeks later, the Forty-ninth was sent to Vicksburg, with Breckinridge's brigade, and was engaged in the defense of the place when bombarded in 1862. Aug. 6, the regiment fought at Baton Rouge with a loss of 45 killed and wounded. Joining the army of Gen. Van Dorn, the Forty-ninth was engaged in the assault on Corinth, and suffered very severely there. Ordered to Port Hudson, the regiment passed the winter in that quarter, and was brigaded with the Twenty-seventh and Thirty-fifth Alabama, and two Mississippi regiments under Gen. Buford, who was soon succeeded by Gen. Beall. The Forty-ninth shared the dangers and hardships of the 42 days siege of Port Hudson, losing 55 men killed and wounded, and the reminder captured. Exchanged three months later, the Forty-ninth re-organized at Cahaba, and was attached to the brigade of Gen. Scott of Louisiana, with the Twelth Louisiana, and Twenty-seventh, Thirty-fifth, Fifty-fifth, and Fifty-seventh Alabama regiments. Joining the main army at Dalton, the brigade was assigned to Loring's division, Stewart's corps. Having wintered at Dalton, the Forty-ninth participated in the Dalton-Atlanta campaign, doing much arduous service, but losing inconsiderably. Around Atlanta it was again fully engaged, and suffered severely. It moved with Gen. Hood into Tennessee, and came out of the battles of Franklin, and Nashville with a long list of casualties, and captured men. Transferred to the Carolinas, the Forty-ninth took part in the operations there. Reduced to a skeleton, it was surrendered at Greensboro, N. C.

Rowan survived the Civil War and in 1870 was found in Marion, Perry County, Alabama:

Tidwell Rion 50 M W AL Farm Laborer can't read & write
Sincina F can't make out age Keeping house AL can't read & write
Fielding 22 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Beverly 17 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Hampton 14 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Rowin 10 M AL Attended school within the year can't write
Brecusie 8 M AL Attended school within the year

Rowan was mentioned in the estate file of his father in 1870

Rowan purchased property in January 1873:
Perry Co., AL Deed Book "Y", pages 136, 137, 141, & 142:
Tidwell, Rowan & C. - Grantor
Dunkin, Elias - Grantee
Jan., 1873; T20 R8

Unfortunately, Rowan died later that year. In Cynthia's Confederate Widows
Pension Application she states Ryan Tidwell died Nov. 11, 1873 near Jericho, Perry County.

The Southern Argus (Selma, AL)
November 28, 1873
"Died in Perry Co., recently, Mr. Tidwell"

No grave site has been found.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Phelan Tidwell 1847-1933 #52Ancestors #30

Phelan was born September 27, 1847 in Blountsville, Blount County, Alabama. He was the son of Rowan and Cynthia Ann "Cincianna" Cornelius Tidwell. He was the second of seven children.

I have been unable to find the family on the 1850 census. In 1860 they were living in Village Springs, Blount County:
Rowan Tidwell 40 M W Farmer Value of personal estate 50
Cinciana 41 F
Louisia 14 F
Fielding 12 M [Phelan]
Harriet 10 F
Beverly 8 M
Hampton 5 M
Rowan 7/12 M

The Civil War began, and Phelan's father Rowan went to war. He served July 01, 1862 - August 31, 1863 in Co. I, 49th Alabama Infantry.

Phelan ran away from home to join the fight per his daughter Ella. He enlisted at Blue Mountain in Blount County September 9, 1862.  He would have been almost 15. He joined the 19th Alabama Infantry, Company B, 7th Regiment. It was later attached to Hood's Battallion.

The 19th Alabama saw some heavy combat. Just a few months before Phelan joined they were in the Battle of Shiloh and lost 219 killed and wounded.

Phelan would have been in the battles at Murfreesboro, Tullahoma, Chattanooga, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge in Tennessee, and then in Georgia at Dalton, Resaca, Cassville, Kenesaw, Peachtree Creek, the battle on the Decatur road, Ezra Chapel, Jonesboro, and Lovejoy's Station. The regiment went with General Hood into Tennessee, and fought at Franklin, Nashville, and also at Bentonville, North Carolina.

Phelan was discharged in April of 1865.

Phelan rejoined his family and they moved to Marion in Perry County, Alabama. Here they are in 1870:
TIDWELL RION 50 M W AL Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Sincina? F can't make out age Keeping house AL can't read & write
Fielding 22 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write [Phelan]
Beverly 17 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Hampton 14 M Farm Laborer AL can't read & write
Rowin 10 M Attended school within the year can't write
Brecusie 8 M Attended school within the year

In 1880 Phelan was working as a farm laborer for his uncle, Benton Cornelius in Chepultepec, Blount County:
Benton Cornelius 42 Farmer AL, both parents born SC
Elisabeth Cornelius 32 Keeping house, she & both parents born AL
Guye H. Cornelius 13 son
John L. Cornelius 10 son
Emartta Cornelius 6 daughter {looks more like Cinthella in orig. image}
Bennarick Cornelius 5 son
Tiny E. Cornelius 2 daughter
Pheba Cornelius 65 Mother
Phelan Tidwell 35 Farm Laborer

Phelan married Sarah Elizabeth "Bettie" McCullough of Perry County September 13, 1881 in Jefferson County, Alabama.
The T's weren't crossed on the marriage certificate for Bettie

They raised nine children:
McKesterson "Kess" born July 9, 1882
Zada Belle born December 1883
Zola Mae born March 1885
Martha Jane "Mattie" born August 1886
Beverly Clinton born October 8, 1888
Ella Debaugh born September 22, 1890
Madeline Virginia born 1891
Phelon Thomas Young born July 22, 1894
Deforest born July 25, 1898

Tidwell family about 1891
From left: Zada, Phelan, Ella, Kess, Beverly, Sarah, Mattie, Cynthia "Cincianna" Cornelius Tidwell, and Zola
I got lucky and have the 1890 census! Perry County has some of the only remaining census fragments.  The family was living in Perryville, Perry County in 1890:
Tidwell, Phelan, Head, Age 44, Born AL, Farmer, can read & write
Elizabeth 33, 5 children born, 5 living, Born AL, can read & write
McKetron (McKesterson) , son, age 9, born AL
Zada, daughter, age 7
Zola, daughter, age 5
Martha J, age 4, daughter, born AL
Beverly C, age 2, son, born AL

In 1900, they were still in Perry County, living at Oldtown. The census taker had the last name as Phelon:
Phelon, Tidwell 53 M W AL Sept 1847, 57, Married 19 years, Farmer
Phelon, Sarah E, Dec 1857, 42, 9 children, 8 living, born AL, Father TN, Mother AL
Phelon, Kessie, July 1882, 17, Farm Laborer
Phelon, Zada B, Dec 1883, 16
Phelon, Zola M, Mar 1885, 15
Phelon, Mattie J, Aug 1886, 13
Phelon, Bevley C, Oct 1888, 11
Phelon, Ella D, Sept 1890, 9
Phelon, Phelon, July 1894, 5
Phelon, D. Forest, July 1899, 11/12

In 1910, they had moved to Kingdom in Bibb County, Alabama:
Philan Tidwell 64
Bettie Tidwell 53
Clinton Tidwell 21
Ella D Tidwell 19
Phelen Tidwell Jr. 15
Forrest Tidwell 10
Married 30 years, 9 children, 8 alive
Indicates Civil War service
Bibb County, Alabama

Phelan Tidwell 1920s?

Phelon's wife Bettie died in 1913. I'm not sure where he was in 1920, as I can't find him in the census.
In 1930, Phelan was living with his granddaughter in Bessemer, Jefferson County, Alabama:
Bentley, Lucille B, Head, Rents, $40, Divorced, AL, parents AL, Occupation none
Bentley, Harlow B, son, 6, AL, parents AL
Tidwell, B. Clint, uncle, 39, single, AL, parents AL, contractor house, WW veteran
Tidwell, Phelan, Gr Father, 83, widowed, odd jobs, CW veteran

I was told Phelan went door to door and sharpened knives in Bessemer, Alabama
Phelan and his son Beverly Clinton, Bessemer, Alabama

Phelan died September 6, 1933 at Hillman Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama
He is buried at Mt Carmel Cemetery, West Blockton, Bibb, Alabama in an unmarked grave.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Thomas Kendrell Carter 1845-1881 #52Ancestors #29

Thomas Kendrell Carter was born October 21, 1845 in DeKalb County, Georgia. He was the son of Samuel M and Agnes Coursey Carter. This is his family in the 1850 census:
Samuel Carter M 34y
Agnus A Carter F 38y
Wm J Carter M 14y
Isabella Carter F 12y
James H Carter M 11y
Samuel M Carter M 8y
Mary A Carter F 6y
Amanda Carter F 5y
Thos Kendrall M 3y
Not named 3m (Hiram)
(Thomas and Amanda's ages are switched)

In 1860 the family was living in Stones District, Fulton County:
Carter, Agnes J, 50, SC
Carter, James H, 20, GA
Carter, Samuel M, 18, GA
Carter, Mary A, 16, GA
Carter, Thomas K, 14, GA
Carter, Amanda, 13, GA
Carter, Hiram, 11, GA

In 1870, Thomas was still at home with his parents. They lived in Buchanan, Haralson County:
Occupation Farming, Value of Real Estate 1000, personal 500
Agnes 60 born SC
Thomas 23 Farm Laborer, born GA
Hiram 19 Working on farm, born GA

December 14, 1873 Thomas married Artemesia "Artie" Wheat of Campbell County.

I have been unable to locate the family in the 1880 census

Thomas died at the age of 36 December 21, 1881 leaving Artie widowed with five children, the youngest being only 18 days old, and the oldest being six.
Their children were:
Mary Agnes Frances born February 18, 1875, married Walter Millwood;
Lela Ann born April 19, 1876, married James Benjamin Blackwell;
Samuel Thomas born July 13, 1877, married Mary Alice Warnick;
Augustus Felton born November 7, 1878, married Mary Ella Franklin;
William Jackson "Jack" born December 3, 1881, married Elizabeth "Lizzie" Salter.

Artie moved to Alabama with her children, and never remarried.

I do not know where Thomas is buried.

Samuel M Carter 1816-1882 #52Ancestors #28

Samuel M Carter was born in South Carolina to parents currently unknown. He married Agnes Coursey, also from South Carolina. They were living in Georgia by 1836 where their first child was born.

There is a Samuel Carter found in DeKalb county in 1840, and the 1850 census shows the family in Black Hall, DeKalb County:
Samuel Carter M 34y
Agnus A Carter F 38y
Wm J Carter M 14y
Isabella Carter F 12y
James H Carter M 11y
Samuel M Carter M 8y
Mary A Carter F 6y
Amanda Carter F 5y
Thos Kendrall M 3y
not named M 3m (Hiram)

In 1860 the family is found in the Stones District of Fulton County:
Agnes J, 50, born SC
James H, 20, born GA
Samuel M, 18, born GA
Mary A, 16, born GA
Thomas K, 14, born GA
Amanda, 13, born GA
Hiram, 11, born GA

In 1870 the family had moved to Buchanan in Haralson County, where Sam and Agnes would remain the rest of their lives:
Occupation Farming, Value of Real Estate 1000, personal 500
Agnes 60 born SC
Thomas 23 Farm Laborer, born GA
Hiram 19 Working on farm, born GA
Buchanan GA
By Seth Ilys at en.wikipedia [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], from Wikimedia Commons

The 1880 census finds Sam and Agnes in the 1077 Militia District in Waldrup, Haralson County:
Carter, Samuel, 65, Farmer, unemployed during the year, SC, Parents SC?
Carter, Agnes, 69, wife, keeping house, born SC, Father SC, Mother ?

Samuel died three months after Agnes, in November of 1882. They are buried in the Brooks Cemetery in Haralson County, Georgia.
Photo by Stacey Bland on Used with permission

Agnes Coursey Carter 1811-1882 #52Ancestors #27

Agnes Coursey is believed to be the daughter of Charles and Isabella Anderson Coursey. She was born January 13, 1811 in South Carolina.

Agnes married Samuel M Carter, either in South Carolina or Georgia. Their first child, William J, was born 1836 in Georgia. Other children were Isabella born 1838, James H in 1840, Samuel M in 1842, Mary A in 1844, Thomas Kendrell in 1845, Amanda in 1847, and Hiram in 1850.
There is a Samuel Carter in DeKalb County in 1840, and the family is found there in 1850.

In 1860, the family is found in Stones District, Fulton County. By 1870, the family had moved to Haralson County where Agnes and Samuel would live the rest of their lives.

Agnes died at the age of 71 on August 15, 1882, and Samuel died in November of 1882. They are buried near their daughter Amanda Carter Brooks in the Brooks Cemetery, Haralson County, Georgia.

Photo by Stacey Bland on Used with permission

Thursday, August 14, 2014

She's Her Own Ma-Jane McKinzie McNamara- #52Ancestors #32

I've been searching for some time for information on Jane McKinzie McNamara. I first learned of her from her daughter Lizzie's death certificate. Lizzie was my great grandmother, wife of Patrick McGowan. Lizzie was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1864, so her parents had to be there. Somehow they have managed to remain well hidden in the census records.
I had found another daughter, Rose, from her marriage to John Hogan, listing her parents.

I estimated Jane's birthdate to be about 1835, give or take a few years, and I knew she was born in Ireland. I knew her husband Dan was born in 1836, and had died in 1902, per the record of his death in Pittsburgh. His death registry listed his parents, as well as the cemetery he is buried in. It also stated he was married, so Jane was still alive. The 1910 census had several Jane McNamara's in Pennsylvania.

Finally, paydirt!  Sort of. I did find a death certificate for Jane McKinzie McNamara. With great excitement I slowly read the information. Date of birth March 17, 1842..St Patrick's day! Awesome! Widowed is correct since Dan was already deceased.  Date of death November 30, 1922..Slowly scrolling down...parents!! Yes!  Oh No!!

Father is Daniel McNamara (her husband)...and she's her own mother. Surely the informant had to be a son in law, but no, it turns out he was the undertaker. He must have spoken to one of the children, and asked Father? Mother? Understandably distraught, they gave their own parents instead of Jane's.

Oh well, still glad to have found this much.
Using the birthdate and location, I was also able to find Jane in the 1920 census, and a previously unknown daughter Anna.

Name: Jane Mc Namara
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1920
Event Place: Penn Hills, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States
District: 307
Gender: Female
Age: 78
Marital Status: Widowed
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Can Read: No
Can Write: No
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Own or Rent: Own
Birth Year (Estimated): 1842
Birthplace: Ireland
Immigration Year: 1869
Father's Birthplace: Ireland
Mother's Birthplace: Ireland
Sheet Number and Letter: 18A
Household ID: 283
Line Number: 49
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: T625
GS Film number: 1821516
Digital Folder Number: 004384985
Image Number: 00629

Household Role Gender Age Birthplace
Jane Mc Namara Head F 78 Ireland
Anna Mc Namara Daughter F 32 Pennsylvania
William Daugherty Boarder M 23 Kentucky

Citing this Record:
"United States Census, 1920," index and images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 13 Aug 2014), Jane Mc Namara, Penn Hills, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing sheet 18A, family 283, NARA microfilm publication T625, FHL microfilm 1821516.

Shortly after finding the above, I ran across another daughter, Mary, from her death certificate. At least she had the correct parents listed.

Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear from you.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

John T Meigs or Meggs 1760-1844 #52Ancestors #25

John T Meggs or Meigs was born about 1760. Tradition says he was born in Virginia, but the only census records I have found show him in North Carolina.
Tradition and online trees state that John served in the North Carolina Militia in the Revolutionary at about age 16. He also was said to have fought in the War of 1812. I haven't followed up on these yet.

A John Meggs was issued a Land Grant of 300 acres in Anson Co., NC on December 12, 1816. Grant # 2386, Book 130, Page 426, File #6261.

John married Miss Polly Gordon. They had at least eight children, all born in North Carolina:
Martha Margaret born 1788, never married, died 1843
James born 1789, married Sarah Elizabeth Thomas, died 1821
John born 1790, married Charity Lassiter, died 1854
Stephen Strider born 1792, married Lucinda Adeline Johnson, died 1867
Isaac born 1794, married Anna Balkin, died 1900
William born 1799, married Mary Tubbs and Caroline Goodman, died 1880
Thomas born 18078, married Karonhappuc Tubbs (sister of Mary Tubbs), died 1880
David born 1813, married Nancy, died 1881

Many online trees cite the John Meggs found 1810 in Anson, North Carolina as the same John  Meggs
Series: M252 Roll: 38 Page: 25
Jno Meggs
Under 10 2
10 to 15 2
16 to 25 2
26 to 44 1
45 up 0
Under 10 1
10 to 15 0
16 to 25 0
26 to 44 1
45 up 0

The dates are not quite matching up, John and Polly both would have been 45 up, 4 sons would have been 16-25, 1 son 10-16, and 1 son under 10.

The family moved to Hall County Georgia by 1820. In 1830 and 1840 they are in Campbell County, Georgia. Dates still not completely matched up.
1830 Campbell Co., Georgia
1 male 10-15=David about 18
1 male 15-20=Thomas about 23
1 male 60-70=John about 70
1 female 60-70=Polly about 70

On July 1, 1843 John was granted 202 acres of land in Carroll county from the Georgia land Lottery. It is not known if he ever moved there. He died in 1844.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Eleanor Nelly Morris Mills 1739-1833 #52Ancestors #24

Eleanor Morris, known as Nelly, was the daughter of William Morris and his wife, Esther Phalby. She was born 1739 in James River, Williamsburg, Virginia.

She married William Mills October 12, 1765.

I found a very interesting account of her life in the book Chronology of North Carolina, showing when the most remarkable events connected with her history took place, from the year 1584 to the present time, with explanatory notes

"William Mills emigrated to the " block house" on the Catawba, and thence to Green River, now Rutherford County, in 1766. He was of English descent, and was born on James' River, Va., the 10th of November, 1746. At an early age he married Miss Eleanor Morris, of South Carolina, and together they journeyed happily through life for sixty-nine years. They were surrounded by Indians several times, and twice driven from their homes, having their houses and all their contents pillaged and burned. At one time he returned home from hunting, and found his house robbed, his wife gone, and everything laid desolate, which set him perfectly wild ; he commenced moaning and tearing out his hair, when, like an angel, his wife suddenly appeared unharmed. As the Indians entered the house she crept out at a small window in the garret, and down the chimney, making her escape to a swamp near by where she lay concealed till she heard her husband's voice. At another time she escaped in a similar way, and when a whole troop of Indians were ripping up feather beds and yelling over their plunder she raised a shout solitary and alone- in a swamp near the house — " Hurra for King George and his army,'' with such rapidity and vehemence, that the whole horde of savages took to their heels, and she gained a bloodless victory, and saved most of her property. She was not only bold, but a most exemplary woman and Christian, having been a member of the Methodist Church for over fifty years previous to her death, which occurred in the spring of 1833, at the age of ninety-four years, beloved and lamented by all who knew her."

What a remarkably brave woman!

Eleanor Morris Mills is buried in the Mills Cemetery in Henderson County, North Carolina.

Mourning Stone Mills #52Ancestors #22

Mourning Stone was the daughter of Thomas Stone and his wife Alexandra Brown. She was born about 1725 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

She married Ambrose Mills about 1745. They first settled on the James River in Virginia. They had several children, the oldest being William.

The family moved to the wild frontier of South Carolina at some point.

Mourning and all their children except William were killed at Pine Tree Hill, Camden, South Carolina by Cherokee Indians during the French and Indian war of 1755-61. William was with his father at the time.

Hung as a Tory-Colonel Ambrose Mills 1722-1780 #52Ancestors #26

Kings Mountain Death of Ferguson
Ambrose Mills was born in Derbyshire England. He was the son of William Mills and Mary "Marty" Walton. Tradition says that he came as a baby with his family to Maryland. He became a farmer in Virginia where he lived on the banks of the James River.

Ambrose married Mourning Stone about 1745 in Augusta, Virginia. They had several children, one of which was William. The family moved to the area of Wateree, South Carolina at some point. At the time this was wild frontier land.

Mourning and all their children except William were killed at Pine Tree Hill, Camden, South Carolina by Cherokee Indians during the Indian war of 1755-61. William was with his father at the time.

Ambrose married Anne Brown and they had six children who were mentioned in his estate: "Thomas Mills, John Mills, Ambrose Mills, Milly Mills, Polly Twitty, Pamilea Mills, Anna Mills the youngest." About 1765 they settled on the Green River in North Carolina. Ambrose was issued a land grant of 600 acres filed December 16, 1766 in Craven County.

"In 1770, he bought a tract of land containing 640 acres in Old Tryon County from Thomas Reynolds for 100 pounds on both sides of Green River, including the mouth of Walnut Creek. Reynolds had bought the property in 1760 and there was a cabin on it called Powell's cabin.
He established a trading post and a sawmill by a spring. It is said the basin was hewn from solid rock. (Jackson tradition is that it was either Gabriel Sr. or David Sr. who carved the basin for Mills). It was called Mills Spring."

Ambrose was a loyalist, as was his son William. Military actions included actions against the Cherokee Indians in 1776, in ignorance (or defiance) of the alliance between the Cherokees and the British.

"In 1778, Ambrose Mills and Colonel David Fanning raised a corps of 500 loyalists for the purpose of joining the royal standard at St. Augustine in East Florida, but this scheme was frustrated by the treachery of a traitor in the camp betraying their plans to the enemy. Colonel Mills and sixteen others were apprehended and taken to Salisbury jail.
One of the first engagements of Colonel Ambrose Mills after his liberation was the action at Baylis Earle's ford on the North Pacolet river, North Carolina, when he surprised and attacked the American camp of Colonel Charles McDowell on the night of 15 July, 1780.
Ambrose Mills  commanded the North Carolina loyal militia in the memorable battle of King's Mountain and was taken prisoner. The subsequent severity of his treatment as a prisoner and his execution has been the subject of hostile criticism. Lord Cornwallis in his protest against his execution describes him as "always a fair and open enemy," a verdict which was endorsed by his opponents. (Correspondence of Lord Cornwallis, Vol. I, p. 67).
The memorable battle of King's Mountain was fought October 7, 1780, between the Americans under the command of Colonels Campbell, Shelby, Cleveland, Sevier, and Williams, and the loyalists commanded by Major Patrick Ferguson, composed of detachments from the King's American regiment, the Queen's Rangers, the New Jersey Volunteers, and South Carolina loyal militia, and :was one of the most desperately fought battles in the Southern Colonies.
...the combatants on both sides fought with unsurpassed courage and determination. The exploit of the Americans deserves all the praise bestowed upon it as one of the finest examples of the application of Washington's disregarded advice to Braddock to seek cover behind trees, and of the splendid marksmanship of the Americans.
...the battle of King's Mountain may be regarded as the turn of the tide in the South, leading to the heartening and the re-organization of the American forces in South Carolina for the final triumph in the war of Independence."

From This Day in History:
"Major Ferguson's Tory force, made up mostly of American Loyalists from South Carolina and elsewhere, was the western wing of General Lord Cornwallis' North Carolina invasion force. One thousand American frontiersmen under Colonel Campbell of Virginia gathered in the backcountry to resist Ferguson's advance. Pursued by the Patriots, Ferguson positioned his Tory force in defense of a rocky, treeless ridge named King's Mountain. The Patriots charged the hillside multiple times, demonstrating lethal marksmanship against the surrounded Loyalists.

Unwilling to surrender to a "band of banditti," Ferguson led a suicidal charge down the mountain and was cut down in a hail of bullets. After his death, some of his men tried to surrender, but they were slaughtered in cold blood by the frontiersmen, who were bitter over British excesses in the Carolinas. The Tories suffered 157 killed, 163 wounded, and 698 captured. Colonel Campbell's force suffered just 28 killed and 60 wounded."

The battle of King's Mountain was a decisive victory for the Patriots. The Loyalists were used to fighting in a line, while the Patriots had learned the best way to fight was to use trees for cover and they were able to shoot as they came up the mountain. The Loyalists had camped at the top of the mountain thinking they could easily defend it..

There are some good youtube videos on the subject. A good one that was shown on A&E can be found with part 1 here and part 2 here.

From King's Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain:
"Under the law as cited by Colonel Shelby, while the tribunal was, no doubt, practically, a court-martial, it was nominally, at least, a civil court, with two presiding justices. There was no difficulty on this point, for most of the North Carolina officers were magistrates at home — Colonel Cleveland, and four or five others, of the Wilkes regiment alone filling that position. The jury was composed of twelve officers — Lieutenant Allaire, in his Diary, denouncing it as " an infamous mock jury." " Under this law," says Shelby, "thirty-six men were tried, and found guilty of breaking open houses, killing the men, turning the women and children out of doors, and burning the houses. The trial was concluded late at night; and the execution of the
law was as summary as the trial."

How much of the evidence, hurriedly adduced, was one-sided and prejudiced, it is not possible at this late day to determine. Colonel Ambrose Mills, the principal person of those condemned, was a man of fair reputation, and must have been regarded chiefly in the light of being a proper and prominent character upon whom to exercise retaliatory measures ; and yet it was necessary to make some specific charge against him — the only one coming down to us, is that related by Silas McBee, one of the King's Mountain men under Colonel Williams, that Mills had, on some former occasion, instigated the Cherokees to desolate the frontier of South Carolina, which was very likely without foundation.
Photo by Holt Felmet, used by permission

Early in the evening, the trials having been brought to a conclusion, a suitable oak was selected, upon a projecting limb of which the executions were to take place. It was by the road side, near the camp, and is yet standing, known in all that region as the Gallows Oak. Torch-lights were procured, the condemned brought out, around whom the troops formed four deep. It was a singular and interesting night scene, the dark old woods illuminated with the wild glare of hundreds of pine-knot torches ; and quite a number of the Loyalist leaders of the Carolinas about to be launched into eternity. The names of the condemned Tories were —
Colonel Ambrose Mills, Captain James Chitwood, Captain Wilson, Captain Walter Gilkey, Captain Grimes, Lieutenant LafFerty, John McFall, John Bibby, and Augustine Hobbs. They were swung off three at a time, and left suspended at the place of execution. According to Lieutenant Allaire's account, they died like soldiers — like martyrs, in their own and friends' estimation. " These brave but unfortunate Loyalists," says Allaire, " with their latest breath expressed their unutterable detestation of the Rebels, and of their base and infamous proceedings ; and, as they were being turned off, extolled their King and the British Government. Mills, Wilson and Chitwood died like Romans."

Legend says that Martha Biggerstaff and a slave buried the nine excecuted men in a common grave on Biggerstaff's farm near Gilbert Town, Rutherford County, NC.

Ambrose's son William also fought in the Battle of Kings Mountain. Lucky for him (and me), he was left for dead. From King's Mountain and Its Heroes: History of the Battle of King's Mountain:
"... William Mills, was born on James River, Virginia, November tenth, 1746. He was very popular, and served in 1776 against the Indians. He acted as Major under his father at King's Mountain, where he was badly wounded, and left for dead ; and was subsequently saved from being executed by the interference of leading Whigs who knew his worth and goodness. In after years, he settled in the mountain region of the south-western portion of North Carolina on Clear Creek, in now Cleveland County. Mills' River and Mills' Gap, in that section, were named afler him. He married early in life Eleanor Morris, by whom he had two sons and five daughters. He was a handsome, noble, generous man. He died, in consequence of a fall from his horse on his birthday, November tenth, 1834, at the age of eighty--eight years. He had lived a happy married life of sixty-nine years — his venerable companion surviving him."

I have seen a lot of references to Tory lands being seized by the Patriots. Apparently this didn't happen to Ambrose's land. Ambrose's estate is found in Rutherford Co, NC Wills & Miscellaneous Records 1783 – 1868
P 76.  15 Apr 1797.  Proved April Term 1797.  Whereas Ambrose Mills, decd died intestate in the year 17?? Leaving a widow Anna Mills and seven children to wit:  William Mills, Thomas Mills, John Mills, Ambrose Mills, Milly Mills, Polly Twitty, Pamilea Mills, Anna Mills the youngest.  Col James Miller in the year 1782 administered on the estate.  The said Anna Mills, the widow, intermarriaged with John Carrick in Feb 1790.  Such proceeding have been had and such management with the estate as appeared in the copy annexed and certified.  Richard Lewis Esq & William Mills has been appointed guardian of Ambrose, Milly & Anna Mills, one petition is to require bond and security for the estate and action of debts, in part of the second sale of a negro, a wagon, a note on McCaffenty, horses, cattle.  Bond to be on Admnr James Miller, John Carrick & Anna his wife.  This indenture witnesses that William Mills & John Carrick have agreed to settle their suit in law, and other disputes about the estate of the decd.  The widow to have her dower in the old home place, William Mills to pay court cost, attorney fees.  John Carrick shall not claim any more of the personal estate of the decd than he had or left at the old home place when he went to Cumberland.  Wit:  Waightsill Avery, John McKinney, John Goodbread.  Signed:  William Mills & John Carrick

Legend says that Martha Biggerstaff and a slave cut down the bodies and buried the nine executed men in a common grave. Martha's husband, Captain Aaron Biggerstaff , a Tory, was mortally wounded in the battle.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

John Raymond McGowan, Jr 1932-1979 #52Ancestors #23

John Raymond McGowan, Jr. was the oldest of five children born to John and Georgia Fratoddi McGowan. He was born October 1, 1932 in Birmingham, Alabama. You can see his baby book here.

John was baptized October 16, 1932 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in West End by Rev Walter J. Tobin.
Blessed Sacrament
He attended West End High School, where he graduated in 1951. From his 1951 yearbook, he was known as Jungle John and Shag. His ambition was "To be a success in everything I undertake". His activities were "Various Session Room Offices, and Student Teacher". His Quotation was "The paths of glory lead but to the grave".
John broke his knee cap playing football. He walked around on it anyway. This resulted in a limp and built up shoe for the rest of his life.
Senior picture, 1951
John went to work for the Birmingham News/Post Herald where he would work in the engraving department all his life.

John married Anna Tidwell  August 16, 1958 at Wylam Baptist Church in Jefferson County, Alabama.

John was the father of three; myself, John Tidwell McGowan, and William Neal "Bill" McGowan.
Family Photo. Bill wasn't born yet.

John was a lover of the outdoors and could be found hunting or fishing every chance he got. He dipped Gold Seal Snuff and chewed Red Man Tobacco, and always drove a Chevrolet truck with step sides. There was usually a dog box in the back for his hunting dogs. If you looked hard enough, you might find a bottle of MD2020 stashed somewhere in the truck, but sweet tea was downed by the gallon at home. There was always a gun rack in the cab, and a snake bite kit in the glove box. He was a member of Tombigbee Hunting Club in Boligee, Alabama, where he could be found every Saturday during deer season. We always had venison in the freezer.
We never knew what kinds of animals would turn up. I can remember having geese, a fox, and a squirrel. We always had a pen full of hunting dogs.
That is no doubt some Red Man in his cheek

He was also strong as a bear, although the bear got the best of him in this wrestling match.

This beautiful tribute was written by family friend John E. Phillips
John died January 19, 1979 of liver cancer. I found out years later that printer's ink can cause liver cancer. John is buried in Hueytown, Alabama at Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.

Happy Father's Day Daddy! I love and miss you!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Louvice Roden Tidwell #52Ancestors #21

Louvice Roden, aka Lavisa, Leuvice, Louvenia, was born about 1790 in South Carolina. She was the daughter of Revolutionary War soldier Jeremiah Roden and his wife Susannah Kirkland. The Roden family had moved to Blount County, Alabama by the 1830 census.

Louvice Roden married Josiah Tidwell about 1810. They had possibly been neighbors in South Carolina before the marriage. In 1802 Jeremiah Roden sold land to Edmond Tidwell, father of Josiah, in Chester, South Carolina.

Louvice and Josiah settled in Blount County, Alabama. In June 1833 Josiah was issued a land patent for 80.44 acres in section 27 of Blount County. In March 1858 Josiah was issued another patent for an additional 120.66 acres on section 27.

Louvice and Josiah had at least eight children:
Harriett born about 1811 in Tennessee, married George W Cowden
John Roden born about 1813 in Tennessee, married (1) Cecelia Huffstuttler and (2) Sarah Gilliam Beavers
Orlena Arrena born 1816 in Tennessee, married Rev. Deforest Allgood
Rowan "Ryan" born about 1819 in Alabama, married Cynthia"Cincianna" Cornelius
Kesterson born 1819 in Alabama, married (1) Nancy Huffstuttler  and (2) Louisa Elizabeth Brown
Sheba born 1828 in Alabama
Gazzam born 1829 in Alabama, married Sarah J Montgomery
and Vienna born 1831 in Alabama.

Louvice died sometime after the 1860 census of Blount County, Alabama. She was not mentioned in the estate of Josiah, which was filed September 28, 1870.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Karonhappuc "Carry" Tubb Meggs 1806-1898 #52Ancestors #20

Karonhappuc "Carry" A Tubb or Tubbs was the daughter of Samuel Tubb(s) and Mary Terry. She was born 1806 in Tennessee. Karonhappuc is a Biblical name. Keren-Happuch was the 3rd daughter of Job (Job 42:14). This Karonhappuc was also named after her father's sister, Karenhappuck, who married her first cousin, John Tubb (but that's a whole 'nother blog post) .

Carry married Thomas Meggs October 10, 1826 in Perry County, Alabama.

They had at least 12 children:
Mary A born 1827, married Gabriel J McCullough.
Davis Willis born 1829, married Mary Jane Whitman.
Elizabeth born 1832, married George Rolison.
Stephen David born 1835, married Penelope Digby.
Sarah born about 1836, never married.
Nancy born 1837.
Mahala born 1838.
Lavinia born 1840.
Martha born 1841.
Thomas J born 1843,
James M born 1847  and
Adaline born 1852, married Charles Wesley Warren.

Carrie died about 1898 in either Bibb or Perry County, Alabama