Sunday, September 28, 2014

Richardson Johnson 1820-1885 #52Ancestors #35

Richardson "Dick" Johnson is what I consider to be one of the most interesting ancestors on my husband's side of the family. He was born about 1820 in Alabama or Georgia. He had three wives and at least 14 children. Descendants of this family would be prime candidates for DNA testing!

He first appears in the 1840 census in Conecuh County, Alabama. This would have been with his first wife, Effa or Effie:

Series: M704 Roll: 2 Page: 276
Richardson Johnston
Under 5 0
5-10 0
10-15 0
15-20 0
20-30 1 (Richardson)
Under 5 1 (Agey)
20-30 1 (Effa)
 No slaves
Occupation agriculture

Richardson is not found in the Alabama 1850 census, but Effa and his children are still in Conecuh County:

Effie Johnson F 33 Georgia
Agey Johnson F 12 Alabama
Olley Johnson F 8 Alabama
Christopher Johnson M 10 Alabama
Richardson Johnson M 1 Alabama*
*Hard to determine. This is either a child named Richardson that died young, or Abram. If I'd have been Effa, I would have changed his name too.

So where is Richardson? It turns out he has disappeared with soon to be wife number two, who apparently he has been having an affair with for the last few years per the ages of their children on later censuses. He is not found in the 1855 Census either, but there is a possibility:

1855 Baldwin County, Alabama State Census:
Richardson, John 1 male over 21, 2 males less than 21, 1 female over 21, 1 female less than 21, total 5
 Effa is found with her children in the Mobile, Alabama 1855 State Census.
1855 Mobile County, Alabama State Census:
Johnston, Effa
2 males less than 21,
1 female over 21,
1 female less than 21,
Total 4, 3 children 8-16, 2 males 5-18, 1 female 5-18. Agey has either married or died.

Effa is not found again in the census. It is presumed that she died before 1860.
Richardson in the meantime married the "other woman", Mrs. Malinday Sorrels, on March 17, 1853 in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Note the Mrs. before Malinday

The note written on the side for those of you who dislike standing on their heads

In the 1860 census, Richardson is found in the Baldwin County Census with both Effa and Malinday's children:
1860 Baldwin County, Alabama Federal Census Stockton PO:
Johnson, Richardson – 36, male, GA, Occupation Overseer, Can't Read and write
Johnson, M. J. – 31, female AL, Can't Read and write
Johnson, Christopher – 16, male AL
Johnson, Olive – 14, female AL
Johnson, Mary – 13, female AL
Johnson, Abbe* – 11, female AL
Johnson, James – 10, male MS
Johnson, Monroe – 9, male AR
Johnson, Thomas – 5, male AL
Johnson, Catherine – 3, female AL
Johnson, Anette – 2, female AL
*Abe, Abram actually a male

As you can see from the birthplaces of the children, Richardson and Malinday had traveled at least as far west as Arkansas. Oral family history says that Richardson was wanted in Orange, Texas for cattle rustling before he came back to Alabama. Malinday appears to have died shortly after the 1860 census.

Once again relying on family stories, while Richardson was married to Malinday, a "wild Indian girl" came riding up on horseback to Blakeley. This is not exactly out of the realm of possibility, as the area nearby contained (and still does) many Creek Indian families. The Poarch Creek Tribe is nearby. The Indian girl's name was Mary Ann LaBonte. Richardson and Malinday took her in and finished raising her as their own child, but when Malinday died, Richardson married Mary Ann.

On April 5, 1863 Richardson married Mary Ann LaBonte at his home by C. W. Wilkins, Judge of Probate. Mary is the "wild Indian girl" of family legend. She was either the daughter or wife of Augustus Labonte of Canada. She is found in his household in the 1850 census:
1850 Baldwin County Alabama Census, Division 2, 91B, Household 174
Lebonte, Augustus 38 M Carpenter 200 England (1860 and 1870 have Canada)
Lebonte, Mary A 17 F Ala
Interesting (to me at least) is a marriage for "Augustus La Bontee" and Miss Mary Ann Toler dated December 25, 1847 in Baldwin County. If this is the same Mary Ann, she would have only been 15.

Richardson fought for the Confederacy in the Rives' Supporting Force, 9th Congressional District, Alabama. 

Richardson is found in the 1866 Alabama State Census with Mary Ann:
1866 Baldwin County, AL State Census:
Johnson, Richardson – 54, male
Johnson, Mary Ann – 36, female
Johnson, Christopher – 21, male
Johnson, Abraham – 18, male
Johnson, Monroe – 16, male
Johnson, Thomas – 14, male
Johnson, Catherine – 12, female
Johnson, Joel – 4, male

1870 Baldwin County, AL Federal Census:
Johnson, Richard – 52, male AL, Occupation Wood Chopper
Johnson, Maryan – 35, female AL
Johnson, Thomas – 15, male AL
Johnson, Catharine – 13, female AL
Johnson, Joel – 6, male AL
Johnson, Willis – 2, male AL
Johnson, Christopher – 27, male AL
Johnson, Hannah – 18, male AL
Johnson, Monroe – 20, male AL

1880 Baldwin County, AL Federal Census, Sibleys Mill, Baldwin County:
Johnson, Richardson – 60, male AL, GA, NC
Johnson, Marion – 46, female, wife, AL, AL, AL
Johnson, Joel – 16, male, son, AL, AL, AL
Johnson, Willis – 12, male, son, AL, AL, AL
Johnson, Richardson Jr. – 8, male, son, AL, AL, AL
Johnson, Mary E. – 4, female, daughter, AL, AL, AL

This is from a taped conversation in 1984 by Candy Rider Johnson:
"I have a faint remembrance of that old man. I don't ever remember talking to him because I was always scared of him. He was blind and wore dark glasses and a big old black hat and used a walking stick. Walter's people lived at the Mixon place, up above the [Johnson] cemetery where the Murphy's live now. We use to come to visit Mama's family in Bromley and I would get Papa to stop there on the way to get some water from the bored well that belonged to Walter's family. I would pretend that I wanted water. They had crepe myrtle trees there that were in bloom and I was always crazy about flowers. I would want a bouquet of those flowers and Walter's mama [Mary Jane Curry Johnson] would always tell one of the boys to go up a tree and get me some flowers, and they would. I can remember him [Walter's grandpa] sitting on that porch. He was a big old man, not fat, but strong. He was blind and some say he dressed like an Indian.
I think he had about three wives. He married an Indian girl. They said she was wild and he caught her. That was Walter's grandmother...They said he hid buttermilk in a jug and drank it like water and he hung it up in a tree where the Johnson Cemetery is. You know he owned all that land, from that creek down there nearly back to Bay Minette. That's how all them Johnson's got their tracts of land, it was left to them by him...They said he went meet the boat down here for a bale of flour and they made a mistake and gave him sugar instead. He put it over his shoulders and walked back to Whitehouse. When he got home he discovered it was sugar, not flour, so he put it back over his shoulders and took it all the way back to the boat. They say he was a mighty man and strong."
This artistic work created by the United Kingdom Government is in the public domain.

In the same conversation, her husband Ralph Johnson says, "I can't remember if Papa [John Richardson Johnson] told me this or not, but somebody told me that Grandpa Dick Johnson was a cow rustler over about Orange, Texas. The law got after him and he had to run so he came down here to Old Blakeley. I went to see Howard Henderson and he said he had heard that also."

As well as I and other Johnson researchers can determine, these are Richardson's children by his three wives:

By Effa – born about 1817 GA; died 1855-1860 probably Mobile, AL:

1. Agey – born about 1838 AL; died unknown
2. Christopher – born June 17, 1841 Gravella, Conecuh County, AL; died April 27, 1919 Bromley, Baldwin County, AL; married Hannah D Miller
3. Olive – born about 1845 AL; died 1880-1900 probably Baldwin County, AL; married John Andrew Price
4. Abram "Abe"/Richardson– born about 1849 AL; died Dec. 26, 1881 Sibley’s Mill, Baldwin County, AL; married Alice Hardee. (Abe could possibly be the son of Maliday)

By Mandilou/Mandilen/Malinday White Sorrels – born about 1829 AL; died 1860-1863 probably Baldwin County, AL:

1. Mary Frances – born June 6, 1847 AL; died January 2, 1914 Rawls Springs, Forrest County, MS; married Isaac Newton Purvis. (It is also possible Mary Francis was the daughter of Malinday's husband Sorrels)
2. James – born about 1850 MS; died 1860-1866 probably Baldwin County, AL
3. William Monroe "Roe" – born about 1851 Arkansas; died February 24, 1908 White House Fork, Baldwin County, AL; married Tempy Johnson
4. Thomas Edward "Eddie"– born September 1855 AL ; died November 5, 1942 Bay Minette, Baldwin County, AL; married Emmaline Wright and Lillie Weaver
5. Mary Catherine – born May 9, 1857 Baldwin County, AL ; died March 3, 1924 Bromley, Baldwin County, AL; married Thomas Archie Quinley
6. Anette – born 1858 AL ; died 1860-1866 probably Baldwin County, AL

By Mary Ann Labonte – born about 1833 AL; died before 1900 probably Baldwin County, AL:

1. Joel M. "Piggy"– born August 10, 1864 Baldwin County, AL; died March 6, 1924 Bay Minette, Baldwin County, AL; married Sarah Annis Allen and Isabel "Belle" Douglas
2. Willis Norman "Buddy"– born July 17, 1868 Baldwin County, AL ; died October 12, 1926 Gulfport, Harrison County, MS; married Anna Braxton
3. John Richardson "Pid" – born May 10, 1872 Baldwin County, AL ; died April 7, 1953 Crossroads, Baldwin County, AL; married Mary Jane Curry
4. Mary Aline "Lena" – born August 16, 1875 Baldwin County, AL; died December 21, 1942 Rabun, Baldwin County, AL; married Andrew Wiley Wilson**my husband's great grandmother**

Death certificates of the children were not a lot of help sorting these out. There were a lot of "don't know" entries for parents. Two of them give interesting clues though.
Mary Frances – parents given as Richard Johnson & Mandilou White (the missing maiden name for Malinday)
Willis – parents given as Richard Johnson & Mary Ann Tolle (Toler was the maiden name of the Mary Ann that married Augustus LaBonte)

Richardson is responsible for a large part of the Johnson population of Baldwin County, Alabama. He is buried in the Johnson Cemetery, White House Fork, Baldwin County, Alabama.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Killed by a Washpot Fire - Leila Janet Wilson 1904-1916 #52Ancestors #34

Sometimes people call out to you for their story to be written. Leila is one of those. She is no one's ancestor...she didn't live long enough.

Leila was the daughter of Andrew Wiley Wilson and his wife Mary Aline "Lena" Johnson. She was born December 1904 in Blacksher, Baldwin County, Alabama. She is only found in one census record:

Series: T624 Roll: 1 Page: 1

Wilson, Andrew A 38 M W AL , Turpentine Distiller, both parents AL, reads & writes
Wilson, Lena, 37, married 19 years, 7 children, 6 living, born AL, Father NC, Mother AL, reads & writes
Wilson, Veta, daughter, 17, reads & writes
Wilson, Hollis, 15, odd jobs, reads & writes, did not attend school
Wilson, Carele [Carrie], 13, reads & writes, did not attend school
Wilson, Wiley, 8, read-write is blank, did not attend school
Wilson, Lela, 6, read-write is blank, did not attend school
Wilson, Cally, 0

Leila died Monday, June 19, 1916 in Little River, Baldwin County. She was 11 years and 1 month old. Her dress caught fire from the fire around the washpot, and she died ten hours later. I can only hope that she was unconscious for most if not all of that time.

Leila was buried in the Blacksher School Cemetery which was lost to time.
The photo is of the schoolhouse we believe was located on present day Earle property, which at the turn of the century was the heart of the community. It was located just east of a large green barn that still stands. Helena Rost Wilson, schoolteacher in circa 1914-1917, told her daughter, Dorothy Wilson Kempton, about the children buried beside it. About the little girl (Leila Janet) burned in a washpot fire who "belonged" to Andrew Wilson. We now call this small wrought iron fenced-in cemetery the Blacksher Cemetery due to the fact there are several little cemeteries in and around the Blacksher area. It was just rediscovered in Feb. 2007. The Charles Y. Wilson family is buried inside the fence and others with unmarked graves and two marked graves around the outside. It has basically been reclaimed by the timberland. --Carolyn Hastings Dickinson

Thanks to the efforts of the descendants of the Wilson family, Leila now has a memorial in the Wilson Cemetery located on Highway 59 in Blacksher.

Photo by Carolyn Hastings Dickinson

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 and Bernita Allen.

Valerie writes a wonderful blog over at Genealogy With Valerie. It's one of my can't miss blogs. Bernita writes a great blog too - Voices Inside My Head.

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 and Ancestral Breezes by Jen Baldwin
  10. Strange Alabama by Beverly Crider
  11. GeneaDictionary and GeniAus 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
  17. There is also a blog roll further down the page of blogs I'm following
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 and Bernita Allen!!  

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Josiah Tidwell 1789-1862 #52Ancestors #33

Josiah Tidwell was probably 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, but I do have a DNA connection to the Hollis line of Anna Gladden Hollis.

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 and Centerson (probably his brother Kesterson) 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

I thought I had found Rowan in the 1850 census. This Rowan is found in the household of Nelson Word, a farmer in Blount County. IHe 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 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 sold 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 (now UAB Medical Center)
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
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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.
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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.

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