Sorry, We're Closed.

This blog is essentially no more. Though I have left posts here, in most cases just for the sake of genealogy, there will be no more updates. Those posts I chose to move can now be found between two of my other blogs:

Southern Graves --

Stephlin's Mountain --

30 March 2009

Benjamin Franklin Vinson

Benjamin Franklin Vinson was born about August 1845 in Georgia to Benjamin Vinson and Mary Renfroe. He first married Jane Elizabeth Cherry. She was born 27 September 1842 in Georgia and died 24 May 1900.

Benjamin and Jane had seven children: William Emmette (1872-1961), Marcus Franklin (1874-1889), Ella Gertrude (1875-1892), Thomas Marvin, Mary McCallum, Kittie (1882-1896), and Joseph B. (1884-1885).

Benjamin later married Josephine Adams. She was born 3 May 1871 and died 21 February 1961. Benjamin and Josephine had a son, Benjamin Franklin Vinson, Jr. (1908-1991).

Benjamin, Sr. and his family can be found in Houston County, Georgia during the years of 1850, 1860, and 1870. In 1900, they are in Bibb County, Georgia.

Benjamin's occupation was listed as farm laborer. He was a leading planter in the Rutland District; Bibb County, Georgia.

Benjamin Franklin Vinson enlisted in the War Between the States at 17 and was active in the battles of Atlanta, Griswoldville (where he was wounded in the ear), and others around Macon. He was in Company G, 8th Regiment, Georgia Militia.

Benjamin, Jane Elizabeth, and Josephine are all buried in the Liberty United Methodist Church Cemetery; Bibb County, Georgia. Benjamin's gravestone reads as follows:

Benjamin Franklin Vinson
Veteran -- Confederate Army
Co G, 8th Regt, GA Militia
July 1863 - Apr 1865

Sources include:
- US Federal Census Records
- Tombstone Inscriptions
- History of Peach County, Georgia
- Obituaries
- World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918: This database contains an index and images of World War I draft registration cards completed by approximately 24 million men living in the U.S. in 1917 and 1918. Information that may be found for an individual includes name, place of residence, date and place of birth, race, country of citizenship, occupation, and employer.
- Joe Brown's Pets: The Georgia Militia, 1862-1865

25 March 2009

The Sasser - Blackshear Connection

Oftentimes, when inserting data into my family tree program, I am more concerned about how the individuals relate to me instead of how they relate to each other. I may know there is a connection between families, but don't really go out of my way to see what it is.

When looking for Lewis Henry Sasser in the US Federal Census, I had very little trouble finding him. In 1860, he and his family were in Henry County, Alabama. This included Henry, his wife Temperance Elizabeth, and their children: Jasper N., Solomon T., Rachael Jane, and E. P.

Like a good little researcher, I also scanned the families living around the Sassers. Good thing, as Temperance's parents Aquilla and Rachael Dyess were living next door. On the other side was the Joseph and Susanna Blackshear family. Wow! They're in my tree, too. What a nice coincidence. This is where I inserted data into my program without question.

In the 1870 US Federal Census, Lewis Henry Sasser and family are still in Henry County, Alabama. The family includes Lewis Henry and wife Temperance Elizabeth with children Jasper N., Solomon C., Rachael, James P., and Susan H. As before, I scanned the surrounding families. Just five doors down are some more Blackshears! Moses and his wife Elizabeth, to be exact.

Can you guess who is next door to Moses Blackshear? His brother Joseph and wife Susanna. What a find! When I got around to studying the entries for the Blackshears (remember, I was originally focused on the Sassers), I came across something interesting. Moses and Elizabeth Blackshear had two boys in their household: William and James Allen. Furthermore, Joseph and Susanna Blackshear had a girl by the name of Malissie Allen in their household. I had an "Aha!" moment.

Moses and Joseph Blackshear had a sister named Frances. Frances married Matthew Tolbert Allen. They were the parents of the three ALLEN children mentioned above. Both Matthew and Frances were dead by the time of the 1870 US Federal Census. It appears the Blackshear family took in their niece and nephews.

What does all that have to do with the Sassers? Well, Jasper N. Sasser, son of Lewis H., married Malissa Allen, daughter of Frances Blackshear. With that union, these Sassers and Blackshears are forever connected.

As research always does, this whole saga brings to mind more questions. I wonder if Jasper and Malissa knew each other as early as 1860? That would mean they knew each other as "little kids." When did Jasper begin to look at Malissa as a possible wife? Malissa was 16 years old when she married Jasper. Were the Blackshears anxious to get her "married off?" Did they think it was in Malissa's best interest to do so? Guess I'll keep digging.

23 March 2009

Samuel W. Ketchum: Cowboy, Husband, Father & Outlaw

Earlier today, George Geder of Santa Fe's African American Graveyard Rabbit posted a photo of a gravestone from Odd Fellows Cemetery in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The gravestone was for Samuel W. Ketchum, and it reads:

Samuel W. Ketchum
Cowboy, Husband, Father & Outlaw
Born Jan 4, 1854 Caldwell Co, TX
Shot & Captured by Posse And
Died Santa Fe, NM July 24, 1899
Brother of Thomas E. "Black Jack" Ketchum

Here are a couple of news articles regarding his death:

Santa Fe New Mexican 27 July 1899

The Brother of Samuel Ketchum Came to Attend to the Burial.

This morning G. W. Shield, sheriff of Tom Green county, Tex., and G. B. Ketchum, of the same county, arrived at Santa Fe to attend to the burial of Samuel Ketchum, who died from the effect of a wound received at the hands of a posse of officers seeking the robbers who held up a train near Folsom recently.

The scene when Mr. Ketchum first saw his brother's body was very affecting. Mr. Ketchum had neither seen nor heard of his brother for many years, and had hoped that perhaps the report of death was false after all. But when he saw the body he was convinced, and tears stood in the eye of the strong man. He was unwilling to speak upon the subject, and no information could be gathered from him in reference to the early life of the dead man. Mr. Ketchum is a highly respected and wealthy citizen of San Angelo, and the manner in which his brother met death was a terrible shock to him. The remains were embalmed some days ago by order of the brother of the dead man, and this afternoon Undertaker Wagner interred the body at Odd Fellows' cemetery.

After attending to the funeral of his brother, Mr. Ketchum and Sheriff shield left for their home in Texas.

The Biloxi Daily Herald 27 July 1899

Dead Robber
Santa Fe, N.M., July 26 -- Samuel Ketchum, the train robber, recently arrested at Cimmaron, is dead at the penitentiary of blood poisoning, resulting from the wound in the arm he received in the fight with the sheriff's posse. He refused to make a statement, although he knew he was dying.

Peter R. Ketchum, Jr., uncle to Samuel, was my 2nd cousin, 6x removed, in law.

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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