Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Tuesday's Tip

I missed yesterday so I want to go back and re-blog about a website I use often. If you had family in South Carolina this is a great resource. I will break it down on how to find info.

The majority of my family from my 3rd great grandparents back to my 5th great grandparents were in the Ninety-sixth District, Abbeyville, Lancaster, Fairfield, Berkley & Edgefield.

The website I want to share today is a free resource for anyone searching South Carolina. I use it frequently. It's an amazing  site and full of a wealth of information.

South Carolina Department of Archives & History has put together many plats for state land grants, wills and criminal court records, records of confederate veterans and more.  Once you learn how to navigate the site (which is very easy) you will return many times, I have.

First off here is the link: South Carolina Archives & History - Database Search
 
Then once you're in, on the left under "menu"  there are a few links you can navigate but I mostly us the middle section!!
 
In the middle of the page you see the search area. On the "Record Group" I usually leave it at "all" but you can click on the drop down screen and search a specific record if you want. But seriously, the "All" tab will bring up everything they have on the individual you are looking up.
 
Next, add the surname you want in the :"Individual"  box and a list comes up and then you can just click on the "search" button at the bottom. You can also in the individual area, add the surname and the first name if you want but it will automatically  give you a list of all people just by adding that surname.
 
It's that easy. I also have a great one for Virginia & West Virginia that I am using for my McCarty/MCCartie Families. I will share that in another post. Meanwhile, Happy Hunting in South Carolina.
 
~Trish~
 

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Wedding Wednesday

My dad's parents wedding day and then on their 50th wedding anniversary. Jess & Virgia (Smith) Funderburg.  All 12 children and lots of grandchildren were able to attend.

~Trish~

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Sentimental Sunday

This article always tears at my heart.
As a child, I always asked my parents where they got my name. They always told me they each had a friend in school named Patricia. I found this newspaper article a few years back and then I knew where they got the name. My dad's brother and wife had lost a baby girl named Patricia. It tears at my heart to think about this. What if they had not asked if it was Ok to name me after her??? Sad to imagine waking up to find your baby dead :( Parents were my aunt and uncle Wilford and Betty Funderburg and Grandparents were Jesse Lee & Virgia Funderburg and J. R. Holmes.

~Trish~

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Those Places Thursday

Found on Eastland County, TXGenWeb Site.
Desdemona was settled by C. C. Blair in 1860, and in 1875, land was pre-empted by Benjamin and William Funderburg. By 1900 the population was 340 people with five stores. The most prominent business was operated by Capt. A. J. O'Rear.
Desdemona rode to fame under the name of "Hogtown" in the years between 1917 to 1922. It stands today a peaceful little village on the banks of Hog Creek near the eastern line of the county.
When old King Oil brought in 30,000 people, Desdemona had three banks, seven filling stations, ten grocery stores, two general merchandise stores, a post office, three barber shops, two blacksmith shops, three saloons, two medical doctors, one of them being Dr. Snodgrass, one drug store, 1,000 oil derricks within the city limits.
On January 6, 1921, the Lone Star Hotel and Cafe was burned with total damage of $20,000 and two lives, two women from a vaudeville -- a mother and her daughter. The hotel was situated next to the Wiley Theatre and was one of the largest in town. The fire started in the cafe.

On April 5, 2014, my husband, Tom, our son, Brian, and I took a day trip over to Desdemona for a look at the ghost town of "Hogtown" as it was called before the oil boom.  Desdemona, a peaceful little village on the banks of Hog Creek, a tributary of Leon River, near the eastern line of Eastland county, was settled by C. C. Blair in 1860, and in 1871, land was pre-empted by Benjamin and William Funderburg. The town of Desdemona was a well established community by the 1870's. My great great grandfather, William Henry Funderburg and his brother, David pre-empted the land on which Desdemona is built (History of Eastland County, Texas). The Funderburg brothers sold their pre-empted land later to William Brown. I had already sent and recieve copies of the land records for William and David. We had the pleaseure of running into an older gentelman (Brown) and it turned out to be the grandson of this William Brown. He said that he still owned and lived on the land that was owned by the Funderburg's. He said that HIS grandfather homesteaded the land but he may be confused by another piece of land that his grandfather purchased and homesteaded. The reason is,the Funderburg's had already homestaeded their land and sold to Brown. So he said he would show us part of the land and we followed him up the road and he pulled off at a gate and we got out and talked. He said (and pointed) all of the land off the west of that highway was Funderburg land. This man has inherietd much more land over the years from other land dealings from his grandfather. After he left, we went back into this very small town and took photos of the buildings. It consisited of the old bank, grocery store and drug store, that were all run back in the old days by this William Brown and his son. The drug store is now the post office and the store and bank are closed. There was a very small brick building across the street which use to be the jail. That is all that is left of the town. The cemetery down the road, DESDEMONA CEMETERY, is on land donated by the Jones Family for a "public graveyard" in 1880. The Jones bought David W. Funderburg's pre-empted land survey and deeded one acre for the cemetery. There are no Funderburg's buried there as they had all left the area by then. Although there may have been Funderburg's who died in Hogtown, I  would not know where they would have been buried. There is an old Ellison Family Cemetry on another road that was established in 1876 for the Ellison family. The Historical Marker along the road says "although intended for family burials, the plot has always been available to friends and others in need." There was no road and it was pretty grown up so we did not want to try going in. We went back into to town as there was a small cafe and we wanted some lunch. We visited the Desdemona First Baptist Church and we were allowed to go in and take pictures. The woodwork had been restored to a beautif shine. The church was established in 1872.
 
Ben Funderburg, son of Henry M, was an uncle to William Henry and David Washington Funderburg. I have not found land records for Ben from the state of Texas but the did sell his land when the younger men did. Each of the three men purchased 160 acres to homestaeds which lay in Eastland and Erath counties, from an act approved August 12, 1870. William Henry had his land surveyed October 20, 1871.  David W. had his surveyed June 15, 1872. William's paperwork from the sell does list his wife as M. A. and shows the name B. Funderburg
David sold his 160 arces in the Milam Preemption to James Ellison for the sum of $500.00 on Nov 19, 1875 in the county of Erath, Patent # 359, Vol 3. file #809
William Henry sold his 160 acres in the Milam Preemption to William Brown for the sum of $500.00 on Nov 20, 1875 in the county of Eastland. Abstract No 139, Patent No 360 in VOL 3,  file #808.
Ben sold his 160 acres, in the Milam Preemption, county of Eastland, to James Ellison on Nov 19, 1875, one day before William. Abstract # 140. Patent # 359 in VOL 3, file #808 (this may have sold for $500.00 also but no papers).
William and David next appear on June 25, 1880 in the Agriculture Schedule in Precinct 3, Callahan, Texas.
 
 

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Wednesday's Child

Two children's headstones I saw while taking photos in the Boyd Cemetery for a Find A Grave requests.  Like they are still lying in their beds.

~Trish~

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sibling Saturday

Children of John Thomas Ward and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Scarborough. My 3rd great grandparents.
~Trish~

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Wordless Wednesday

 My dad's Uncle Zach is the young man behind the counter, He owned his own meat market in Erick, Oklahoma.

~Trish~


Monday, July 18, 2016

Amanuensis Monday


The Will of Sarah (McCarty) Funderburgh where she made her mark in 1837. Sarah died Sept 23, 1839in  Autauga, Alabama at the age of 76.  She was my 4th great grandmother on my dad's side.

In the State of Alabama, Autagua County:

Sarah Funderburgh's Last Will and Testament
State of Alabama
Autauga County
In the name of god I do give grant or bargain unto my Son W.B.(Walter) Funderburgh my Negro Boy Ambrus (could be Andrew). I do also give grant or bequeath my Negro girl Dafney unto Martha Celona Funderburgh Daughter of my Son W.B. Funderburgh her said Dafney and her increase unto my above wrote Grand Child Martha to her and her heirs of her body for ever. I also give grant or bequeath one feather bed and furniture unto each of my daughters Lucinda Foreman and Charlotte Oden. I do also give grant or bequeath my Stock of Cattle unto my Son W.B. Funderburgh and the more better to secure the title of my Negro Girl Emily which I have given unto my Daughter Elizabeth McCarty. I do give grant or bequeath the said girl Emily and her increase unto the Said Elizabeth and the heirs of her body for ever in witness whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal this August 29 day 1837. Nevertheless I will that I retain the use and command of the above Described property during my natural life time.
Attest her
Linus Northrup Sarah x Funderburgh
E.M. Williams         mark
Wm. Norris

The State of Alabama } Before me H_____ Brown Judge of the County Court of
Autauga County } Autauga County personally appeared Linus Northrup who being duly sworn saith that he saw Sarah Funderburgh execute the foregoing instrument as her last will and Testament and that this affiant and E.M. Williams and William Norris the other two subscribing witnesses subscribed then named as witnesses thereto in the presence presence of each other and in the presence the testator and that the said Sarah Funderburgh was at the time of sound mind and memory.
Linus Northrup
Sworn to before me }
this 27th January 1840 }
H_____ Brown JCC }

~Trish~

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday's Child

Sacred to the memory of Oregon Cologne Funderburgh who was born May 24th, 1845 and departed this life in a few days. "Mother and I lie close by".

~Trish~

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday

Zack Funderburg, my dad's uncle who owned the "City Market" in Erick, Oklahoma.

~Trish~

Tuesday's Tip

South Carolina Archives & History - Database...

www.archivesindex.sc.gov/onlinearchives/search.aspx

This is the best South Carolina resource I have found while researching my South Carolina ancestors. I have found Wills, Plat Maps and other sources from this. I highly recommend this if you had family in South Carolina.

~Trish~

Monday, July 11, 2016

Mappy Monday

This is a map showing a plat for 100 acres for a plantation  that was laid out for Anthony Funderburg, my 5th great grandfather, dated the 14th of Dec, 1764 in Berkley County South Carolina. along the Broad River.

~Trish~

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Sunday's Obituary

Thomas Oliver Funderburg. My dad's uncle Tom who lived in Amarillo, Texas. He was very prominent in the cattle business.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Surname Saturday

Hector Buchan 1799 North Carolina. My ggg grandfather.
  
Hector is said to have fought in the war of 1812 as Hector Buchanan, a Private under Captain Lewis' company with the Mississippi Volunteers. I have not located any record for this.


   In 1840 he is living in Washington Parish, Louisiana with a family consisting of one male under 5, one male 5 thru 9, one male 40 thru 49. One female under 5, one female 5 thru 9 and one female 40 thru 49 . 3 slaves,  a male and female both under 10 and a female 10 thru 23. Hector's wife was Elizabeth (maiden name unknown) and no record of a marriage for them. This census would mean that he had a daughter and a son born around 1830 ad 1835. So a marriage would have occurred about 1825 to 1830. Daughter Elizabeth, my gg grandmother,  was born Oct 1841 in Washington Parish, Louisiana. So Hector & Elizabeth would have had 4 children between 0 and 10 yeas old, two sons, two daughters.


   I am not sure where this family is in 1850, I have not been able to locate them.
   In 1860 Hector and his wife Elizabeth are living in Winn Parish, Post Office at Goodwater. Listed are Hector age 61, Elizabeth age 56, daughter Elizabeth age 19 and son James A age 14.
 

   I am not sure where this family is in 1850, I have not been able to locate them.
   In 1860 Hector and his wife Elizabeth are living in Winn Parish, Post Office at Goodwater. Listed are Hector age 61, Elizabeth age 56, daughter Elizabeth age 19 and son James A age 14.
  
David born 1831/1832 in Washington Parish appears to be the son of Hector. He married Nancy C (maiden Name unknown at this time). Record found on Fold3: He served in the Civil War as a Pvt. Co. C. 12th La. Infty. En. Aug. 18th, 1861, Camp Moore, La. Present to Oct., 1861. Fold3 gives this record. 17 pages.....He enlisted at Monroe Feb 27, 1862 for 12 months. Shows he was absent July & Aug 1863. Remarks say he was captured at Baker's Creek, Vicksburg May 16, 1863 and was in a "Yanky Federal Prison". Another page says he was captured at Champion Hill May 17, 1863 by the Army of Tennessee and sent to Memphis May 25th. In July, 1863, he was sent from Ft Delaware, Del. to City Pt, . Va for exchange. He appears on a Prisoner of War list at Point Lookout, Md., date of arrival from Ft Delaware Sept. 22, 1863. Remarks; Transferred to Hammond Hospital Oct '63 where he was admitted on the 22nd at Point Lookout, Md. for "debilitas" ( weakness or feebleness). He died Dec 11, 1863.


Record found on Fold3: John also joined Company C of the Louisiana Infantry as a Pvt. He appears on a list of men belonging to Allen's Brigade. He joned at Camp Moore , La  Aug 18, 1861 and is on the company muster roll  for a period of 12 months. (This means he joined before his brother David.) He was present Aug 18 thru Oct 31, 1861, May & June 1862. Remarks say he was sick in his quarters May & June.  He was present Nov & Dec 1862. Present again for Mar & Apr 1863 and again in May & June 1863 and remarks here say he was absent in Vicksburg since May 1863. July & Aug remarks say he was absent and was captured and paroled at Vicksburg July 4, 1863. Same for Sept, Oct, Nov & Dec 1863. In May & June 1864 the remarks say he is "now in Parole Camp, La" and the same for July & Aug 1864. Note: this is 3 years after he joined. Next page, not dated, says  he apperas in a Roll of Prisoners paroled at Vicksburg, Mississippi. On Juyl 6, 1864, John Buchan signed his C.S.A. parole paper.

  
  

Elizabeth OCT 1841 • Washington Parish, Louisiana married Green B White born ABT 1826 • Alabama. They had Drew Hector born JULY 1863 • Winn Parish, Louisiana, Susan E. born DEC 1870 • Winn Parish, Louisiana, Mary born 1873-74 • Winn Parish, Louisiana, *Sarah Jane born 28 AUG 1875 • Winfield, Winn Parish, Louisiana, John E. born 1879 • Louisiana, David born AUG 1879 • Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana and Margaret E. born  SEPT 1883 • Natchitoches, Louisiana.

James A. born about 1845 in Louisiana. Only found in 1860 and I have not been able to find anything more.

I am still working on other children for Hector and his wife.

~Trish~


















 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Funeral Card Friday

Aunt Ruby. Born Ruby Mae Hudson, oldest daughter of John Robert Hudson and Annie Lois Willis. My mom's sister.

~Trish~

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Those Places Thursday


This was a family picnic at a swimming hole probably taken at a place where my dad and mom's families worked. A place only known to me as the Garrett Ranch. I remember it only vaguely as a small child. It was a working ranch and not sure who the owners were or why my parents and other aunt's & uncle's worked there. I was not even born when this was taken apparently. I am not positive that this is where this photo was taken.

~Trish~

Wordless Wednesday


Since I missed this yesterday I am posting a photo of my parents headstone.

~Trish~

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday


This is Robert Armstrong McGough born 1 MAY 1854 Union Parish Louisiana and died 3 OCT 1908 Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana. My GG Grandfather. Son of Joseph McGough and Mary Ann Taylor. The McGough's are from County Down, Ireland as are the Carson's who married into the McGough family,

~Trish~

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Sentimental Sunday


Katie Irene Willis and Samuel Willis. Two young children born to George W and Sarah Jane (White) Willis. Katie was born   NOV 1896 Louisiana  about died about 1901 Dallas County, Texas. She and Samuel are both listed in 1900 living in Police Jury Ward 5, Ouachita, Louisiana but both have disappeared by 1910. Samuel was born FEB 1899 Louisiana 
If Katie died in Texas, George and Sarah  must have been visiting someone. I have not found a birth or death record for either one. Sarah lost 3 children who died young.  

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Sibling Saturday:


My mother's family. Annie(her mother), Rob (her father), Jay(the oldest), Bud( 2nd), Ruby(3rd), Mary(4th), Betty(5th and my mother), Thelma(6th).

~Trish~

Friday, July 1, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past


Joseph "Joe Daniel" Hudson (my great grandfather, mom's dad's father)  born 9 NOV 1877 Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana and died 3 MAR 1916 Farmerville, Union Parish, Louisiana. He was the son of John Thomas Hudson and Susannah Jane Goyne. He was born in eastern Union Parish near Farmerville. On 12 March 1902, Joe Hudson married Mary Elizabeth McGough (Aug 1885 – after 1930), the daughter of Robert Armstrong McGough and Sarah Ann Elizabeth Ward. Joe and Lizzie farmed near Farmerville in 1910. He died in 1916 during a typhoid fever epidemic, along with his younger sister and brother. He and Lizzie had two children, John Robert Hudson (mom's dad) and Thelma Hudson. He was a very good looking young man.  My profile picture is his mother who was also very adorable. 

~Trish~

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Treasure Chest Thursday



These were given to me by mom. She made a turkey in this pan every year. She also used it throughout the year for other things. I remember her getting the roaster and this turkey platter at a Five and Dime store when I was young. We shopped for everything there.  She gave me these after she stopped cooking because I was the only one of the kids that would ever use them.  And yes I did. My husband and I use to make the holiday dinners and have my parents over. They enjoyed coming because I was the only one of the girls to to have family gatherings.

~Trish~

Those Places Thursday



While doing research on my father's mother's dad, James Harve Smith born 23 OCT 1879 Knox County, Tennessee and died 13 JUL 1959 Clarendon, Donley, Texas I discovered that there were still Smith family living in Stony, Texas. So.... I said to my husband, lets take a little drive. Harve Smith was someone my dad always talked about, aka..."Grandpa Harve". My great grandmother, Josie Mosier had been married to Harve just a short time and they had 3 girls , the oldest being my grandmother, and a infant son who died young. Josie divorced Harve and late re-married to a Funderburg brother of my dad's dad. But trying to locate Harve while doing research has been a hard  hill to climb. Finally I did get a breakthrough and I found that he later had lived in and around the towns of Decatur and Ponder Texas. So we took a drive up there and asked some questions of a lady out in her yard. She made a phone call to one of the Smith's who lived in this tiny area. We were invited to their home. We located this fence along the road going into Stony and took a few pictures. After talking and telling all I knew of my Smith side and getting info and photos of their Smith side, I was told that this fence was on property of another Smith relative. I did not get a chance to stop and talk to these people. The building here was an old store that sat just down the road at one time but was bought by this relative and moved onto his property and he has been adding all these  old saw blades, horseshoes, wheels and whole lot of stuff to it.  Love the old windmill. Love to photograph them.


~Trish~


Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wordless Wednesday


My mysterious Great Grandpa, George Washington Willis. Born 10 NOV 1865 Mississippi and died 5 OCT 1941 Monroe, Ouachita, Louisiana. Great Grandma Sarah Jane White born 28 AUG 1875 Winfield, Winn Parish, Louisiana and died 3 MAY 1965 San Jose, Santa Clara, California.  Married 25 Sept 1894Mineola, Wood, Texas. These are my mother's, mother's, parents. Grandpa, your birthplace is unknown for certain because almost every census gives a different state, however, your youngest son's death certificate says Mississippi.  I have four census and they each give a different state! Are you trying to be elusive for me? Supposedly........Sarah had one son prior to her marriage to George out of wedlock. Or so goes the stories that were told to cousins when we were growing up. The story goes that "Granny Willis" met and fell in love with a married man, got pregnant and then he would not leave his wife. So she married George, possibly under protest. They married, had a family. He raised the oldest boy, Jack Brady,  as if he were his own. That's him behind George. We were always told she was mean and spiteful to her husband George so I can only imagine that you  must have been a ball to live with. Anyway many years later and a few great grandchildren later who do genealogy, we find that that was a story that you most likely made up. And little did you  know that in 1910 you  revealed the truth yourself!!! There it is, the census record shows that you  both had had a previous marriage. Granny, how could you lie about it.  I will always be searching the family tree for any clues. And though I have not found the marriage record for either one of the marriages for you or Grandpa Willis, YET, I will not quit. So thank you for telling the truth in 1910 and for not lying to the census taker. As for Grandpa, I will keep digging until I can locate his birthplace and his parents.....

As far as John Wiley "Jack" Brady,  I have tracked down his real father through the U.S. Social Security Applications and Claims Index. Shows his father as Kelley Brady and his mother as Sarah White.  His birth date and his birth place, Munroe, Ouachita,  Louisiana, match up.

~Trish~