08 July 2009

Lincecum Grocery

This is how I remember my great grandparents, Georgia Ellen "Trigg" Hector and Charley Wilbur Lincecum.

In this second picture, Grandpa Charley is holding me. It's Thanksgiving 1975 in Missouri. I can see clearly that I am happy in his arms. Little did I know that I had less than 10 more months to have them all to myself. My brother was born September 1976. :-) I don't remember much of life before my brother, and it's hard to imagine Trigg and Charley had a life before me!

The newest edition of the Smile for the Camera Blog Carnival has a topic of "Worked." I could easily have discussed the farm. Charley's father, Francis Marion Lincecum, left his land in Hickory Ridge, Missouri to be divided among his children when he passed on. Charley farmed his portion and eventually bought out his siblings to own and operate all of the land. I can recall seeing a picture of Charley in his farming attire, surrounded by farming equipment. If memory serves correctly, it was a newspaper clipping in which he was interviewed about the Great Depression. And family stories suggest Grandma Trigg was a good gardener. I do not have possession of any photos to illustrate these times. But that's not the occupation I want to focus on, anyway.

In about 1950, Charley and Trigg bought a grocery store in Delta, Missouri. I'm not really sure why they decided on this. Maybe they knew, as they began to age, it would be harder and harder to keep up with farm maintenance. I believe another reason for the purchase was it was intended to be Lincecum & Son Grocery. My grandfather, however, had other plans. He entered the U.S. Air Force instead of sticking around Delta. I'm sure Great-Grandpa Charley was a little upset, but there were no hard feelings towards his son. Grandpa B. J. went on to see the world, and he made sure he shared it with his parents.

This is my favorite picture from the days of Lincecum Grocery. Charley and Trigg at the register -- posing, but not quite posing. The date on the back says December 1954. Next is a truely awesome photo from inside the store. Trigg is near the register, and Charley is across the aisle from her.

I wasn't around to watch my great-grandparents during the days of Lincecum Grocery. I have been driven by the old brick store,though, and it still stands today. I'm thrilled to have the knowledge of this bit of family history, as well as a few photos to "see for myself."

This final image is in a frame on a shelf a little more than a foot above my computer screen. The frame is a simple one. At the top is printed "A Family Is Forever." Lord, I'm glad that is true.

30 May 2009

Planters, Farmers, Sharecroppers -- I Descend from Them All

...And I have loved
The calloused hands
Of a Kentucky coal miner,
The sad, solemn eyes
Of a hungry child,
The bent shoulders of a
Georgia sharecropper
Digging crab-grass from
His new-ground corn patch...

Abe Prine & Family

I descend from a Georgia sharecropper. Actually, I descend from many "types" of farmers: A fourth great grandfather of mine was a planter. He was a large, wealthy landowner and conducted his business "plantation style." A second great grandfather of mine was a poor farmer. He owned his property, but that was about it. Finally, a great grandfather of mine was a sharecropper. He farmed his whole life, but never owned anything. These men (of no relation to one another) are examples of the wide spectrum of tenders of the good Earth found in my family tree.

Both of my grandfathers have shared stories of their upbringing on the farm. Grandpa Lincecum has told of nothing being wasted, and how meat was sometimes scarce. There was always good food from the garden, though. Grandpa Logue has told stories of questioning his mother as to why he had to sweep a dirt floor, as well as being very afraid of the king snake living in the barn that kept the rodent population down.

Half of my great grandparents were gone before I was born, but I vividly remember great grandpa Chester Campbell and the chicken coop in the backyard. A garden was present there, as well. In fact, I can also remember what seemed like a huge garden in the backyard of the Logue household (the whole backyard seemed a lot bigger when I was younger). To this day, Grandma Logue has a small patch of land she tends.

You might think all this reverence for the good Earth by my ancestors would mean I would have a green thumb, or at least translate into a love of being outdoors... Nope. That didn't make it's way to me.

However, the gifts and lessons that were passed down to me include a deep appreciation for our good Earth as well as a passion for preserving it, and the knowledge that the farmers of today deserve my utmost respect and gratitude for providing me with the good food I eat. For that, I can thank the generations of planters, farmers, and sharecroppers that came before.

This post was written for the 73rd Carnival of Genealogy
Topic = the Good Earth

1. Excerpt from poem entitled "And I Have Loved" by Don West, 1946.

05 May 2009

Great, Great, Great-Grandpa Benjamin Lincecum Twice Enumerated

I started out today with intent to gather some information about Hickory Ridge, Missouri. I know that my 3rd great-grandfather down to my grandfather lived in the area. I casually went to verify a township for Hickory Ridge in the 1860 US Federal census, where I know my 3rd great-grandpa Benjamin Lincecum was.

The page where I knew grandpa Benjamin to be did not have a township listed, or a post office, for that matter on the image. It was listed in Hubble Township by Ancestry.com. However, The census taker wrote "Hubble Township" part-way down the page (#21), in between family 150 and family 151. I took this to mean Hubble township started with family 151. My grandpa Benjamin was head of family 149.

In re-tracing some steps maybe taken by the enumerator (Mr. George H. Shell, by the way), I found the following:

- Liberty Township was enumerated beginning 1 June 1860 with 80+ families.
- Welch Township was enumerated 6-8 June 1860 and ended with the 144th family.
- Hubble Township was enumerated beginning 8 June 1860 and started with family 151.

Since grandpa Benjamin was family 149, he was actually in Welch township, Hickory Ridge post office, though Ancestry had his entry's image listed in Hubble township. [There's a lesson there!]

None of this is really a big deal, I guess, except I found another entry for Grandpa Benjamin and family on the last page listed as Welch Township (page #20). Very strange. Since I am quite bad about relying on indexes (I only browse when I have to), I had not seen this entry.

I know it is not uncommon for individuals to be counted twice in the census. I've seen this happen many times. What is a little odd in this instance, is that grandpa's family was counted twice on the same day, with only a small number of families in between the two enumerations. Once was as family 144, and the second as family 149. Didn't grandpa ask the dude why he was back so soon?

The entries are not exactly the same, of course, but they are close. The first entry has Benjamin Lincicum the neighbor of the Kinion family. Understandable since Benjamin's wife was a Kenyon. The second entry has Benjamin Lincecum the neighbor of a Gibbs family. Benjamin's future daughter-in-law would be a Gibbs:

Welch Township
Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
8 June 1860
P.O. Hickory Ridge

Page 20
Family 144 (line 37)
LINCICUM, Benj - 35 - m - Farmer - $150 personal estate - birthplace blank [Missouri] - cannot read or write
LINCICUM, Elizabeth - 25 - f - birthplace blank [Missouri] - cannot read or write
LINCICUM, Mary - 6 - f - birthplace blank [Missouri]
LINCICUM, Frances M. - 3 - m - birthplace blank [Missouri]

Page 21
Family 149 (line 16)
LINCECUM, Benj - 30 - m - Farmer - $100 real estate - $150 personal estate - birthplace blank [Missouri] - cannot read or write
LINCECUM, Nancy E. - 28 - f - birthplace blank [Missouri] - cannot read or write
LINCECUM, Mary - 7 - f - birthplace blank [Missouri]
LINCECUM, Francis - 4 - m - birthplace blank [Missouri]
VANGILDER, Nancy [+child]
PATTERSON, John [+children]

19 March 2009

My Last Name Should Not Be Lincecum, But I'm Not a Kelly

Yes, it's true. My last name should not be "Lincecum." Yet, it is. It's all a bit confusing, so I'll try to type clearly. :-)

My name is Stephanie Lincecum.
My father is Michael Lincecum.
My grandfather is Billy Lincecum.
My great-grandfather is Charley Wilbur Lincecum.
My ggreat-grandfather is Francis Marion Lincecum.
My gggreat-grandfather is Benjamin Lincecum.
My ggggreat-grandfather is Harmon Lincecum.
My gggggreat-grandfather is Asa B. Lincecum.

Going back further is where things get tricky. Asa's mother was Sarah Lincecum, daughter of Gideon Lincecum and Miriam Bowie. I do not know who Asa's father was, nor do I know why Asa chose to keep the Lincecum name. I presume Sarah knew who Asa's father was, but stranger things have happened.

Sarah went on to marry Mr. Tyre Kelly, and that union produced several children. I have come across nothing to suggest Tyre was Asa's father, and I do not believe he was.

It is a family history mystery, for sure. Something that disturbs me more than not knowing who Asa's father was, though, is when other researchers are all to eager to "solve" the mystery and attach me to the Kelly name. I have found myself listed on many a websites listed as Stephanie Kelly. Some are a little more generous and call me Stephanie Lincecum Kelly.

Please hear me now. My name is Stephanie Lincecum. Period. That's it. It's a name I'm proud of, so please get it right.

06 March 2009

Dr. A. L. Lincecum's FBI Case File

Another interesting find on Footnote -

FBI Case File
Old German Files, 1909-1921

Report Made By: Erby E. Swift
Place Report Made: Laredo, Texas
Date: 6/26/17
Title of Case and Offense: Dr. Oscar J. Mayer / German Matter

At Laredo Texas:

If the number of unfavorable reports partly substantiated count for anything, the man listed in above caption is certainly playing a highhanded game of intrigue.

The Military, Immigration, Health and Customs Depts. have all stated to me that they believe Dr. Mayer is very pro-German. Dr. A. L. Lincecum, Asst. State Health Officer while here recently stated to me that he was actually afraid of the man as he was making from one to five trips monthly into the states from Tampico Mexico without apparent reason. That he writes him (Lincecum) letters of such a nature that if they were read by anyone it would be thought that he was an intimate personal and professional friend, while he hardly knows the man and has no business relations with him whatsoever. That these letters are written from all points in Mexico and the U.S. and refer to Colonization, Health, friendly meeting etc. and that he cannot explain such uncalled for letters except that Mayer is doing it with intent to make him a 'goat.'

Attached to special Agent in Charge Barnes' copy of this report are two original letters which Dr. Lincecum sent me as samples with the request that I bring them to the notice of the Dept. I will only quote one which I must admit certainly has an unusual compostition in view of the statement of Dr. Lincecum that he has no relations of any nature to in any way justify such mystifying letters which infer decided intimacy between the two. The one letter reads as follows:

Monterrey, Mexico, May 24th, 1917.

Dr. A. L. Lincecum, Asst. State Health Officer, Austin Texas.
My Dear Doctor: Just to tell you that I am on my way to Mexico City where I will stay some 3-7 days. I may then have to go to Washington or return to Laredo prior to going back to Tampico. I will keep you informed so you are posted. Trusting you are attending to our mutual interests, I am, with best regards.
Yours very tryly,

In the other letter attached written from New York and date June 16th, last he informs the Dr. Lincecum that he is in Washington on matters of great interest about which he will acquaint him (Lincecum) when he seems him etc.

Lincecum assures me that the letters are absolutely unwarranted in their freedom of expression, apparent familiarity and the appearance of professional relations and that he believes this man Mayer may be simply using him as a protection.

Dr. Mayer is at all time interested in al Germans detained at the Detention Quarters of the Immigration. While he claims to have only a benevolent interest I distrust him as does every person who knows him.

His unwarranted letters to Dr. Lincecum, his too frequent trips to our cities of New York, Washington etc. from Tampico where he is simply a physician, his general appearance and the many reports from Tampico as to his anti-american stand there at which place he is the official physician of the German interned sailors causes me to consider him as up to dangerous work which he is "putting over" in a very delicate manner.

He crossed to Mexico through this port yesterday and will return soon. It is possible that more would be gained by closely watching him than in searching as he would be more apt at seeing someone than in carrying papers etc. Could I have instructions regarding him? [End of first report.]

About 10 months later, another report was written on the subject of Dr. Oscar J. Mayer, Pro German Suspect, and his relationship with A. L. Lincecum:

Report Made By: R. W. Tinsley
Place Report Made: San Antonio, Tex.
Date: April 27, 1918
Title of Case and Offense: IN RE: DR. OSCAR J. MAYER / PRO GERMAN SUSPECT

At San Antonio, Texas.

The following information from A. L. Lincecum, Capt. E.R.C. Co. 9, 3rd Battalion, Camp Greenleaf, Chickamauga Park, Ga, dated April 25, 1918, has been received at this office:

"In reply to your request for information as to the whereabouts of Dr. Oscar J. Mayer, formerly of Tampico, Mexico, I will state that I have heard nothing from or of him since last July or possibly August first. The last correspondence I had from him I sent to Mr. Swift by D. H. C. Hall of Laredo, Texas. I was in Tampico in September 1917, but Dr. Mayer was not there. Harry Greer of Tampico thought your department possibly had him in charge at that time. Dr. Mayer's wife resides in San Francisco, and her brother in Chicago, so Mayer told me. My suspicions were first aroused by his scheme to colonise American-German farmers in the state of Vera Cruz adjacent to the oil bearing territory. He then began to wire me of his moves in Mexico and the U. S. Those telegrams I could find I sent to Mr. Swift."

Copies of this report are being furnished the New York Office and Major Barnes, Intelligence Officer, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, for their information. [End of second report.]

The file contains further information about the searching for Dr. Mayer in New York. He was not located. I sure would like to know if he was ever found!

05 March 2009

Letha Gandy Lincecum Researched Her Family History, Too!

I found something pretty cool on Footnote. My 3rd cousin, Letha Gandy Lincecum (husband of Dr. Addison L. Lincecum) wrote a letter in 1928 to the Commissioner of Pensions in Washington, DC. She was inquiring about a pension file for a Revolutionary War soldier named Edward Patrick. She was hoping to use information found in the file to gain membership into Daughters of the American Revolution. She wrote the letter on her husband's professional stationary.

"El Campo, Tex
June 30 - 28
Commissioner of Pensions
Washington D.C.

Dear Sir: - Please help me find the Rev. war record of Edward Fitz Patrick or Edward Patrick, the Fitz was dropped from the name but we do not know when but after coming from Scotland. He served in the Rev war in the State of N. Carolina and his wife and widow Mary (McCord) Patrick drew a pension from the U.S. Gov. while living in the State of Tenn - after her removal to that State after her husbands death --

Please help me get this war record so can join the D.A.R.
Most sincerely
Mrs. A. L. Lincecum
El Campo

Letha did receive a reply to her letter, confirming the details of Edward F. Patrick's Revolutionary War service and receiving of pension, as well as his marriage to Polly McCord and her receiving a widow's pension. I'm not sure if this information helped Letha get into DAR, or not.

03 March 2009

Ruth Lincecum Crosby Loses Her Father & Husband on Same Day?

Addison L. Lincecum, son of Lucullus Garland Lincecum and Fanny Rainwater, died 6 December 1965 in Lavaca County, Texas. Here is a Texas newspaper article devoted to his death.

Dallas Morning News
7 December 1965

Widely Known Physician, Dr. A. L. Lincecum, Dies
EL CAMPO, Texas (AP) - Dr. A. L. Lincecum, last surviving member of the Baylor Medical School's first graduating class and widely known country doctor for 5o years, died Monday. He was 91.

Moments after his daughter, Mrs. Ruth Crosby, a want ads employee for the Houston Post, learned of his death at his isolated ranch near El Campo, her husband, certified public accountant T. A. Crosby, 64, suffered a fatal heart attack.

Dr. Lincecum set up practice in Wharton County a few years after his graduation in 1903 from the medical school. He retired in 1953 and devoted himself to his role of "roving reporter" for KULP radio station in El Campo until he was paralyzed by a stroke in 1958.

He was a soldier with Teddy Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the Spanish-American War, got a special Texas Rangers commission to help hunt the bandit Pancho Villa in Mexico after a fellow doctor and friend was killed in a border raid, and served as a combat surgeon in France in World War I.

He is credited with making the first report that the malaria-bearing anopheles mosquito from Mexico was in this country in 1905. He later won recognition for research on bubonic plague.

Funeral services for Dr. Lincecum will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Wheeler Funeral Chapel in El Campo.

In addition to his daughter, he is survived by two sons, Bill Lincecum and Barney Lincecum. Dr. Lincecum's wife, Letha, died in 1959.
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