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 -- http://blog.southerngraves.net

Stephlin's Mountain -- http://stephlinsmountain.blogspot.com

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...
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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

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

09 May 2009

My Trip to The Cove

I took an awesome family history drive in the country this past week. I went a mere 75 miles from my home to visit an area in Meriwether County, Georgia known as The Cove. What's so special about this place? It's where my 3rd great-grandaunt and uncle, Epsy Mims and Moses Brown, settled in the early to mid-1800's.

Epsy (1811-1879) was the daughter of Williamson Mims, of Houston County, Georgia. [Grandpa, if you read this, Williamson was also the father of Ann. She was the wife of Littleton Peavy.] Moses Brown (1805-1870) was the son of John Brown and Jane Miller.

Moses and Epsy, along with four other Brown siblings and their families bought a lot of land in The Cove. Moses alone purchased over 500 acres. Moses's brother William owned at least that much, as well.

I didn't quite know what I would find (if anything) when I reached the area. My focal point was a marker the state of Georgia erected describing the area. I had an idea where it was located, and I was determined to find it.

I was so excited when we came across the marker. I pulled the car over and got out to take a picture. My guy (who was with me) was quick to ask, "Is this what we drove all this way for?" My response was a ramble about my ancestors and how it is a wonderful feeling to know you are possibly standing where they once stood over 150 years ago. The smell of honeysuckle was strong and the crape-myrtle were in full bloom. I was in Heaven!

This is what the marker said: "The Cove Gorges of the Flint - Pine Mountain to the south makes a complete loop forming a beautiful basin 4 miles in diameter known as "The Cove." It is joined on the south by Oak Mountain, another hard quartzite ridge. Flint River has avoided an easier course on either side and has chosen this spot where it had to cut through four ridges, instead of two, forming picturesque rocky gorges."

In short, once you're in the Cove, you are surrounded by mountains. It's quite beautiful. I offer the following few photos, though they do not do the scenery justice.




I found a couple of other descriptions of The Cove in the book Browne / Brown And It's Variant Spellings Family Genealogy and Ancestry: England to America, South Carolina to Georgia: Meriwether County -- Worth County -- Thomas County -- Georgia to Florida by Lanette Brown Hill Brightwell:

"THE COVE - Meriwether County, GA History:
There is only a couple of ways to get in or out by road. One is by Cove Road just south of Woodbury and the others are from Chalybeate Springs. The Cove was a valley that during prohibition was one of the largest producers of corn liquor. The biggest advantage was if anyone came into the Cove that no one knew, a shot would ring out by road watchers to warn all of the valley that a stranger had just entered the area."

"The Cove had bootlegged whiskey and fiddle playing, and had a great river valley. This is an impoverished land where people lived as sharecroppers on unmechanized farms, where planting, harvesting, and maintenance were done with the aid of mules and black field hands, who worked for a dollar and a half a day. The roads were unpaved, radio reception was poor and staticky, electricity was available on a very erratic basis, and most farms had no electrical appliances."

With these two descriptions in my head, I was expecting a much poorer area. That is not the case today. Much of the land we passed through was dominated by beef cattle farms. And most of the homeowners also appeared to be large landowners.

While explaining to my guy that I wanted to drive around and "see whatever there is to see," he responded with, "Well, there's a cemetery right there." Woo Hoo!

The Cove Baptist Church and cemetery was full of Brown descendants. While I did not find Epsy or Moses, I found many familiar family names. There were several Johns and Williams. Other surnames I know intertwine with the Browns included Bishop and Alford. I was quite confident when I exclaimed, "these people are kin!"

A short distance down the road was another family cemetery. More Browns and familiar names were found. I have a lot of research to do to find where they all fit.

As we continued our drive, we found several streets with familiar names: John Brown, Wesley Brown, and the like. On one road, where I was turning around, we passed an older gentlemen coming off the farmland in a pickup truck pulling a horse trailer. Only after did I see the street name was another 'Brown.' I wonder if he and I are related?

I didn't stumble upon a Brown Family Cemetery containing the graves of Moses and Epsy, and I don't think we ever reached the "picturesque" locations mentioned on the marker. But I know I drove and walked the same land walked upon by my ancestors, and that is a priceless memory. What a day. I won't soon forget it.

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]
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