Friday, October 21, 2016

Family Friday: Warren

Continuing my search for distant  cousins who are descended from siblings of Great Uncle Jeremiah Warren, I decided to try looking at the lineage of his nephew Epps Warren (1807-1871)*, the son of Jeremiah's brother Robert Warren (1783-1851). This branch of the stayed in Hancock County, Georgia.

Johnnie Maud Warren (1904-1931) was the great great granddaughter of Epps through his son William Madison Warren's second son Thomas Gresham Warren (1870-1925) which makes her my 4th cousin, once removed. The youngest of five children, she was only two years old when her mother died. She married Roger Dewey Jackson (1902-1998), pictured here with her, in 1923 and the couple moved to Warren County where Johnnie died at 27 along with an infant child, leaving three other children.

[Johnnie Maud Warren Jackson and R Dewey Jackson, about 1925 - Warrenton, Georgia.
From her profile in oak1205's tree.]

*Epps, who Jeremiah didn't want to benefit from his estate, will be getting his own post soon.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Thursday Night Free Webinar: "Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal" by Angela Packer McGhie

I don't work for Legacy Family Tree, but I always enjoy their webinars!

The webinar "Educational Preparation for Certification: Many Paths to the Same Goal" by Angela Packer McGhie, CG is for those who are considering the certification from the Board for Certification of Genealogists, and anyone who wants to improve their genealogical skills:
Developing the skills necessary to produce work that meets the Genealogical Proof Standard (GPS) takes time and effort. This presentation will highlight some of the educational options that are helpful in learning about each element of the GPS including thorough research, citations, evidence analysis, written conclusions; as well as each element of the application portfolio. The goal is to both understand and be able to meet genealogy standards. There are many educational paths to choose from, and both formal and independent study options will be discussed. 
This webinar is hosted and sponsored by the Board for Certification of Genealogists

Run time is 1 hr 14 minutes, and is free for non-subscribers through November 1, 2016.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Working on Wednesday: Jeremiah Warren Part 5, The Codicil

Sometime after Great Uncle Jeremiah Warren signed and sealed his will in front of witnesses, he wrote out this codicil:

[Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990, images,
FamilySearch, Hancock - Wills and administration records 1831-1840 vol N - image 80 of 376; county probate courthouses, Georgia.]

And lastly it is  express will and desire and I do hereby
order and appoint that if any dispute difference question
 or controversy be moved or arise concerning any gift or
bequathed or thing in this my last Will given and bequeathed
expressed or contained that no suit  in law of equity or otherwise
shall be brought for and concerning the same but that it be
refered to my friends Joel Crofford and James Thomas of
Sparta and what   determined shall be binding and conclus-
ive to all intents and every person therein concerned also
it is my wish that my mother Elizabeth Warren Sr. shall
have one choice mule.

Also it is my wish that the support for the first year
to be reserved at the Parker place for said negroes--
also it is my wish that my negroe woman Amey
shall have fifty dollars to be paid when the final division
takes place aso two sous and bigs to be applied for the
use of the above negroes at the Parker place.

Jeremiah Warren

It's clear from this final provision Jeremiah knew he had put items in his will that were likely to cause trouble so he named two of his friends whom he wanted to make the final, binding decisions.

What can we find out about these men?

James Thomas (c.1799-1866) was born in Hancock County and became a successful lawyer whose law practice was based in Sparta. In the 1830 U.S. Census the entry for the Hancock County household of James Thomas lists 4 free white persons: 1 male 20-30, 1 male 30-40, 1 female under 5 years of age and 1 female 20-30. There are also 8 enslaved persons for a total of 12 people.

Joel Crawford's* entry in the same census lists a household comprised of 100 persons, 5 free white persons: 1 male 40-50 and 2 little boys under 5, a female 30-40 and a young girls under 5; of the the 95 slaves, nearly half were under the age of 10.
by Johnson, Rossiter, 1840-1931, ed; Brown, John Howard, 1840-1917, ed. Published 1904.
Source: digitized from the collections of the New York Public Library.]

And at times Mr. Crawford served as a Justice of the Hancock County Inferior Court:

["Georgia Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch, Hancock > Wills and administration records 1831-1840 vol N > image 30 of 376; county probate courthouses, Georgia.]

By choosing these two prominent men in the community that he called his friends Jeremiah was probably hoping that his final wishes would be respected.

*Since the transcriber of the original document into the probate record underlined words that were misspelled and Crofford was partially underlined, when I didn't find anyone with that surname in the 1830 enumeration for Hancock County I tried Crawford and hit gold.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Please Let Me Have Been Barking Up the Wrong Tree!

Job Taylor, wife Betsey, and possible children Simeon Taylor, Betsey Taylor, and George Taylor.  All other records I find of "Simeon" list him as Simon.  1850 U.S. census, Johnson County, Iowa, population schedule, Washington township, p. 130 (stamped), dwelling 67, family 67, Job Taylor; digital image, ( accessed 18 Oct 2016); citing NARA microfilm publication M432, roll 185.

I've spent every which way trying to figure out Sarah Lynchard and Thomas Taylor, and have been disappointed that not one of my mother's DNA matches seems to track in any meaningful way with what I know of those two.  A doubt has been growing in my mind that they are not actually our ancestors.  The woman I thought was their daughter, Elizabeth Taylor (b abt 1845 in Ohio), married George Marion Tomlinson in 1860, and my mother has plenty of DNA confirmation for those Tomlinsons.  But no Taylors from Maryland (well, some moderate matches back in the 1600s but that isn't very promising considering how common the Taylor name is).

So I decided yesterday to get back to basics.  First, was the Elizabeth Taylor who married Tomlinson the daughter of Thomas Taylor and Sarah Lynchard?  Why was I assuming that?  I have no direct evidence that she was, except that she was in the right place (Washington County, Iowa in 1860) and of marriageable age (although I was pushing it, as she was only about 14 or 15 in 1860).

When I had decided to settle on Thomas Taylor and Sarah Lynchard as the parents a few years ago, I thought I had exhausted the likely Elizabeth Taylors in the area of marriageable age.  But being new to the game, I managed to overlook a certain BETSEY Taylor (b abt 1835 in Ohio) who lived in the area between Washington County, Iowa and neighboring Johnson County, Iowa.  An area somewhat closer to where George Tomlinson was living in 1860.  She would have been about 25 (George would have been about 21).

And when I checked my mother's highest Taylor DNA matches, sure enough she had both a Very High Confidence match (51 centimorgans shared across 3 DNA segments) and a Good match (19.2 centimorgans shared across 3 DNA segments) to descendants of this Betsey Taylor's brother, Simon Taylor , who lived most of his life in Washington County, Iowa.

Hello!  Could this be my big Taylor breakthrough, finally?

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Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Is for Mothers: Timney P. Watts (1805 - 1863) - Probate Records, Part 4, More Doctor Bills

The second physician to attend my great great great grandmother Timney P. Watts Warren Phillips during her final illness was Dr. William D. Hall.*

My transcription:

Mrs Timney Phillips
1863                                                           To Wm. D. Hall Dr
May  20     To visit P. & med to MA** (3.00) 2 large Pl. must.*** & 4 small (1.00)     4.00
         21      "  visit    "      "     "     "    morning & Evening     5.00
         22      "  visit    "      "     "     "    -----     2.50
         22         visit    "      "     "     "    -----     2.50
June  12         visit P. & med to Self (5 pills Blue mass**** & opium     3.50
         13         visit "     "     "     "     -----     -----   3.00
Aug   17     Div. Pulv. (25) (19) visit P. & Med to Self (3.00)     3.25
                   mustard Plasters 50 ---         .50
          20     visit P. & med to self   Am ----  must. Pl to back (50)    3.00
         21      visits per day   P. & med                 5.00
         22      visit P. & med     P.M.                      2.50
         23       visit     "     "                                   2.50
24, 25 & 26   Quinine, mus  1. Laud. & morphine            2.00
Sept  1          mustard (1.00)                   1.00


[Description : Estate Papers, Phillips, Nancy (Minor) to Piques, Sarah. Source: Alabama, Wills and Probate Records, 1753-1999 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data: Alabama County, District and Probate Courts.]

            Amt forwarded                          40.75
     Med.     a/c of 1862                   $3.45
     St[??]      "     "     1862 & 63           3.40

     Dec 28th ---  Received J.D. Phillips admt.
     Forty Seven & 60/100 Dollars in full of the above
     a/c,                 Wm. D. Hall

Allowed [probate court note]

State of Alabama
Macon County
Personally appeared before
me, John L. Carmichael, an acting
J.P. in & for Sd. County, Dr. Wm. D. Hall, who being duly sworn
deposith & saith, that the above accounts are just &
true & that they have not been paid, nor any part of them.
Sworn to & subscribed before me on this
26th December 1863                          Wm. D. Hall, M.D.

John L. Carmichael Justice of Peace

You may recall from my post about Timney's obituary in the Southern Christian Advocate that stated she died of "bilious fever" which could be a number of different diseases including typhoid or yellow fever.

It appears that Timney's final illness was serious enough that Dr. Hall, who had begun treating her on August 17th, felt the need to confer with her other physician, Dr. Hodnett, 6 days later. Thereafter both doctors made daily visits to their patient who died on September 2nd. The obituary ended with this:
From the commencement of her illness, she seemed conscious of her approaching dissolution, and often spoke of it with composure, expressing herself as willing "to depart and be with Christ," after admonishing those who came to see her as well as those around her, to prepare for death and the judgment.
Since her death occurred nearly two months after the fall of Vicksburg which split the Confederate states along the line of the Mississippi River, it's unlikely that her oldest son J.T.S. Warren (my great great grandfather in Texas)  would have been aware of his mother's illness and death for some time.

*I'm not certain which William D. Hall is referred to as I haven't been able to find a record of a doctor of that name in Macon County in the 1860s.
**Is this Martha Ann?
***You can read more about mustard plasters here.
****Blue mass was a laxative given in small doses with opium to counteract the constipating effects of the drug.

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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Sunday Drive: San Diego, the Working Port

Checking out the news this weekend, I find that it's "Maritime Month" here in San Diego and our Port is again sponsoring free bus and boat tours of their facilities like the one I took back in 2012 when I took this photo of cars being unloaded at the Pasha Automotive Services. It's amazing how quickly the whole process goes.

[From my personal collection]

 Last year over 400,000 cars (many different brands including Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi) came into the country through the National City Marine Terminal which means that 1 in 10 vehicles on our roads pass through San Diego.*

Note: Here's a link to a story earlier this year when the cars were arriving too fast to be unloaded right away.

*And let's not forget all the bananas and other tropical fruit that Dole ships to the Tenth Avenue Marine Terminal every week in one of their yellow boats. (And they give you a free banana when you board the Port's tour bus.)

[Photo: Unified Port of San Diego]

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Comparing First Cousins: Elizabeth Taylor, Archibald Mullenix, and Elizabeth Henrietta Mullinex

Elizabeth Taylor (1844-1863), who married George Tomlinson. Courtesy of Olive Kennedy.

I am deeply uneasy about my 2nd great grandmother Rufina Tomlinson's maternal upline through her mother Elizabeth Taylor, primarily because I have not found one single confident DNA cousin match for my mother to either of Elizabeth's parents (Thomas Taylor and Sarah Lynchard).  In contrast, we have plenty of Rufina's father George Tomlinson cousin matches.  Am I barking up the wrong tree?  Or did we simply not get much of their DNA?

Or, do we already have a bunch of DNA matches but they are all to people who do not have public trees for me to compare?  I'm hoping that is what is happening, and that more Taylor/Lynchard descendants just need to put up both their DNA and develop their trees [let's get cracking on that, people!].

Although I don't put too much stock in looks to discover if people are related, I feel a little better when comparing the photo above of Elizabeth Taylor to known photos of her first cousins through her mother Sarah Lynchard's sister Mary Polly Lynchard Mullenix's children, Archibald Mullenix and Elizabeth Henrietta Mullenix.

What struck me was Archibald Mullenix's (1846-1916) jawline compared to Elizabeth Taylor's jawline.  They are quite similar. Image shared by Ancestry user scoutmaster87.

Elizabeth Henrietta Mullenix (1852-1895). Dark hair seemed to run in the Lynchard side, although I think I read that the Mullenix's were dark.  I haven't a clue what a Lynchard looks like. Image shared by Ancestry user DawnOBrien41.

And Rufina:

Daughter of Elizabeth Taylor and George Tomlinson.  Her jawline is similar to my eyes as to her mother and uncle Archibald. Courtesy of Olive Kennedy.

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