22 February 2009

Minnie Lewis Avant Hammock

Minnie Lewis Avant was born 7 April 1876 in Georgia to James Russell Avant (1847-1919) and Mary E. Harry (1845-1912). She married James Francis Peavy Hammock 29 June 1910 at Liberty Chapel in Bibb County, Georgia. James was born 6 February 1877 in Byron, Georgia to William Warren Peavy and Scynthia A. Hammock. He died 18 January 1960.

Minnie and James had a daughter, Sara. She was born 24 May 1911 in Georgia and died 17 March 2003.

Minnie and her family can be found living in Bibb County, Georgia during the years of 1880 and 1900. They were found in Houston County, Georgia during the years of 1912, 1920, 1930, and 1959. They were living on Dunbar Road in 1920.

Minnie died 20 December 1959 in Bibb County, Georgia. She, her husband James, and her daughter Sara were all buried at Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery in Bibb County, Georgia.

Minnie was my second cousin, two times removed in law. May she rest in peace.

Sources Include:
- Obituaries
- Newspaper Articles
- US Federal Census Records
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- Georgia Death Records: This database is an index of more than 2.7 million deaths recorded by the State of Georgia, USA.
- History of Peach County, Georgia

My, What a Big Family You Have!

Moses Brown (1805-1870) and Epsy Mims (1811-1879) were married around 1827-1832. They had several children. When I say several, I mean at least thirteen! Some researchers suggest there were sixteen. Here they are:

Elizabeth Jane (b. 1828)
John C. (b. 1832)
Mary Ann (b. 1834)
James L. (b. 1836)
Williamson (b. 1837)
Sarah Ann (b. 1839)
Drury (b. 1840)
Robert (b. 1842)
Sintha / Cynthia (b. 1844)
Felix (b. 1846)
Frances Elizabeth (b. 1847)
Isham (b. 1849)
Lavena Cinderella (b. 1850)
Henry Moses (b. 1851)
Sebron Sidney (b. 1853)
Nancy Rebecca (b. 1855)

I can personally account for all of the above except Elizabeth Jane, Sebron Sidney, and Nancy Rebecca. I can find Lavena Cinderella listed as "infant" in the 1850 US Federal Census, but I cannot account for her name.

(Epsy Mims is my 3rd great grand aunt.)

Great-Great-Grandpa Peavy's Application for an Artificial Arm

[Note: I recently had a blog identity crisis and posted the following on another blog, though it should've been posted here. My apologies for the duplicates.]

Michael Peavy was my great-great-grandfather. He fought with Company C, 54th Georgia 1862-1864. He lost his right arm from amputation 18 June 1864 at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia.

When Ancestry added the Georgia, Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960 database to their service, my first instinct was to search for Michael Peavy. I have other veterans in my family tree, but Mike is my most direct link to the Civil War.

Michael Peavy's pension file was over 30 pages. While there was no new information for me, I was a little surprised at how much information was included. At the very least, this file provided confirmation of some details and is another source for documentation.

Before I go further, I want to note: Georgia's online Virtual Vault also contains Confederate pension files. When searching for Michael Peavy, I only found a couple of pages. Those couple of pages were not found in the search at Ancestry.com. Odd.

The first image in the file was Michael Peavy's 1880 application for an artificial arm, valued at $60. Mike Peavy appears before the Washington County, Georgia ordinary and deposes that he was a bona fide resident of the state of Georgia; that he enlisted in the military service of the Confederate States as a private in Company C, Regiment of 54th Georgia Volunteers; that while engaged in such military service, at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain in the state of Georgia on 18 June 1864, he was wounded in the arm, and that the same was amputated above the elbow; and he has not received payment allowed him.

Something on this page that struck me was Michael Peavy's signature. He must've been right-handed, and without this hand, had to sign left-handed:

The next image contained AN ACT. To carry into effect the last clause of Paragraph 1, Section 1, Article 7 of the Constitution 1877:

Section I states that a Georgia resident and Confederate veteran who lost a limb or limbs during military service is entitled to money for an artifical limb ($60 for an arm extending above the elbow).

Section III states "that no applicant shall receive the sum allowed under this act oftener than once in five years."

Michael received another payment of $60 in 1886.

During the late 1880's and 1890's, Michael was on a "regular" pension roll. He received $100 a year. In 1889, his application was slightly more detailed. Michael says under oath that he has been a resident of the state of Georgia his entire life. He enlisted in the military service of the Confederate States during the war between the States, and served as a private in Company C of 54th Regiment of Georgia Volunteers, Mercer's Brigade. While engaged in such military service, at the battle of Kennesaw Mountain, he was wounded as follows: "by a minnie ball, shattering the right arm above the elbow, necessitating its amputation."

9 January 1907: M. Peavy signed with a shaky hand one last time for his disabled soldier's pension. He died 20 November of that same year. The next year, his widow Sarah Ann Peavy filed the paperwork to receive Michael's pension owed him just prior to his death. An affidavit was supplied to prove Sarah was Michael's widow.

In October 1919, Sarah Ann Peavy submitted another application for a widow's pension. She had to answer some questions, have a witness answer some questions, and provide a copy of her marriage certificate with Michael Peavy.

Some information provided by Mrs. Sarah Ann Peavy 4 October 1919 in Washington County, Georgia:
- Mrs. Peavy was residing in Harrison, Washington County, Georgia.
- She had been a resident of the state of Georgia all her life.
- Sarah married Michael Peavy 9 October 1870 in Hancock County, Georgia.
- Michael died November 1907 in Johnson County, Georgia.
- Sarah and Michael were living together when he died.
- Michael was placed on the invalid soldier pension roll in 1890. He was getting $100 per year.
Mrs. Peavy also recounts Michael's Confederate military service. One additional note: Sarah Peavy always signed with an "X".

Some information provided by T. H. Waldon, "the witness," 4 October 1919 in Johnson County, Georgia:
- Mr. Waldon knew Michael Peavy from 1862 - 1907.
- Mr. Waldon was a member of the same company as Michael during the Civil War.
Mr. Waldon also recounted Michael's Confederate military service.

Michael Peavy's Confederate Pension application file also contained affidavits from a few individuals swearing to Michael's military service. Several attorney appointments and payment receipts were included, as well.

09 February 2009

Is This Sam & Cora's Wedding Photo?

Some time ago, a generous cousin shared this photo with me. The woman standing is Cora Etta Watts Prine, my great-grandmother. The gentleman sitting next to her is Cora's husband, Sam Prine.

I've often sat with this photo in front of me, stared at it, and wondered all about it. Could this be Sam and Cora's wedding photo? It looks possible to me. I know the photo is not in color, but that dress Cora is wearing is at least a very light color. She has on a ruffled dress, and a pretty hat. Her clothing suggests something pretty important, to say the least.

My great-grandparents were not financially well off. I think the photo suggests that, as well. There is no fancy photographer's studio. Nope. Just standing outside with a quilt hung behind them as a backdrop. I wonder if Cora made the quilt.

Something else I notice in the photo is the age difference between Cora and Sam. Cora was 9 years older than Sam. Bless her heart, she looks it in this photo.

Above all else, I know how precious this photo is. Cora and Sam were married in 1917 in Douglas County, Missouri, and Sam died less than twelve years later. He passed away five months before his last daughter, my grandmother, was born.

Cora Etta Watts Prine never remarried. She was a single mother, raising five children during the Great Depression. My great-grandmother was one tough lady. I say that even though I didn't really know her. She died when I was about 15 months old. Even still, I have a strong connection with and am completely drawn to her and her story.

05 February 2009

Our Family History Trunk in Maryland

I've been having a field day with Genealogy Blogging Prompt #5: Genealogy on Vacation. I've written one post about visiting cemeteries while on short getaways with my Aunt and Mom over at Southern Graves. Another trip that comes to mind when thinking on this topic is the trip to visit my Dad in Maryland about 5 years ago. While we were, of course, there to visit him, the trip also coincided with the recent opening of the World War II memorial in Washington, DC. So a metro ride over there was included.

At my father's house in Maryland, there is a family history trunk. My grandparents gave it to him for safe keeping, and 5 years ago was the first time I got to peek in it. Back then, I didn't have as much memory on my digital camera as I do now. I was a little worried about space, so I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked. You can bet I will be fully armed for such a task the next time I'm able to sit and sift through the memories. [OMG! Has it been 5 years since I've been to my father's house? I'm feeling like a bad daughter right now.]

The trunk includes letters, pictures, obituaries, and lots of other documents. Here is a little bit of what I found:

Merchant License for my great-grandparents Charley and Georgia Lincecum to open and operate Lincecum Grocery in Delta, Missouri in the 1960's.

My grandparents.

My father and his parents.

Memory Card for Norma Ethel Robins Campbell, my great-grandmother. Text: "Norma Ethel Campbell, 93 years old, of Cape Girardeau, Missouri died Saturday, May 13, 2000 at 2:50 a.m. at Beverly Health and Rehab of Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

She was born in Bollinger County, Missouri, on November 28, 1906, the daughter of the late Columbus and Alice Mae Huffman Robins. On October 15, 1926, she married Chester W. Campbell who died on May 1, 1994.

Norma, was a self employed seamstress, and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, she was also a former member of the First Baptist Church of Delta, Missouri.

She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, a son, three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral [services] will be 2:00 p.m. Monday, May 15, 2000 at the Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Chaffee, M[issouri],...

Burial will follow in the Old Morley Cemetery in Morley, Missouri."

Dad at Christmas

Levi Sullenger Obituary. Text: "Levi L. Sullenger, 84, Succumbs Here; Rites to be Held Tuesday

Lev[i] L. Sullenger, 84 years old, a pioneer resident of Cape Girardeau and Scott Counties, died at 1:30 a.m. today at the home of a daughter, Mrs. James Utley... He had been failing in health for two years and for the past month was seriously ill with a heart ailment and other complications.

The body was removed to the Hamen Funeral Home and will remain there until 1 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, when funeral services will be conducted at the General Baptist Church by the pastor,... Later services will be held at the Fairview Church near Advance and burial will be in the church cemetery.

Born at Chaffee.

Mr. Sullenger was born March 1, 1850, near the present site of Chaffee and spent a greater part of his life in Scott County, where he was a teamster for many years. He was married 64 years ago to Miss Sarah Ann Blocker, who died in 1874. Two children, twins, were born to this union. They are Edgar Sullenger,... and Elmon Sullenger,...

Mr. Sullenger was married again in 1876 to Miss Marcella Lincecum of Rum Branch. Nine children were born to this union, four of them dying in infancy. A daughter, Mrs. George Sellers, died last November in St. Louis. Those living are Mrs. James Utley and Claty and Leamon Sullenger..., and Dewey Sullenger... A sister, Mrs. Clara Tidwell resides in Cape Girardeau. There are also 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Class at Hickory Ridge School, 1909. Many Lincecums are present.
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