09 August 2009

Rebel or Yankee? Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Makes Me Wonder.

I've always considered myself a Southern gal. And I am, being born in the great state of Georgia and all. Thanks to Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, however, my rebel roots are in question. Just how deep do they run?

Here was the assignment:

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 - 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

4) If you don't know all 16 of your great-great-grandparents, then do it for the last full generation you have.

5) Write your own blog post, or make a comment on Facebook or in this post.

I didn't follow Randy's directions exactly, but follow me for a moment.

Here's my list:

- Francis Marion Lincecum, b. 8 Jan 1857 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
- Annie Victoria Gibbs, b. 15 Jul 1871 Missouri
- John William Hector, b. 30 Dec 1870 Missouri
- Louella Summerlin, b. Missouri
- George Moore Campbell, b. 11 Jul 1883 Camack, Massac County, Illinois
- Hattie Ann Lancaster, b. 2 Nov 1883 Morley, Missouri
- Columbus Marion Robbins, b. 6 Apr 1875 Missouri
- Alice Mae Huffman, b. 1879-1880 Missouri
- William Benjamin Logue, b. 1852 Hancock County, Georgia
- Sara Evelyn Brown, b. 1848-1852 Georgia
- Michael C. Peavy, b. 13 Jan 1835 Perry, Houston County, Georgia
- Sara Ann Rebecca Turner, b. unknown
- Abraham L. Prine, b. 4 Feb 1862 Tennessee
- Sarah Elizabeth Deckard, b. 8 May 1868 Douglas County, Missouri
- James Riley Watts, b. 1860-1861 Missouri
- Amanda Stubbs, b. 1857-1868 Missouri

According to my math, here are the results:

62.5% Missouri
18.75% Georgia
6.25% Illinois
6.25% Tennessee
6.25% unknown

Some would say this would conclude I am a deep rooted rebel. However, we cannot assume this! Georgia and Tennessee are easy southern states, and Illinois is an easy northern state. We all know about Missouri, the Mason-Dixon line, and the compromise. But it's so much more complicated than that. The "show-me" state might have been considered southern, but it is rumored to have large pockets of northern sympathizers. My great-great grandparents had nothing to do with the Civil War (except for one). This has nothing to do with slavery. This is identity. How did my ancestors think of themselves? Did they consider themselves to be from the South, or from the (gasp!) North?

All of this brings to mind an unfortunate memory. Just so you know, I don't like tea. Sweet or unsweet, I don't like it. Anyway, when I was little, Grandpa Logue would always act shocked and dismayed whenever I said I didn't like tea. The conversation would go like this:

"Stephanie! You don't like tea?!"

"No sir, I don't like tea."

"Well, you ain't from the South if you don't like tea."

Did Grandpa know something I didn't? Lord, please don't let anybody down in Dixie find out about this...

Thank-you, Randy, for a fun assignment!

06 August 2009

Happy Birthday, Great Aunt Tabitha!

My great grand aunt in law Tabitha Alice Jennings was born 116 years ago today (1893) in Douglas County, Missouri to William Daniel Jennings and Mary Emaline Evans. She married Ellic Prine in 1915. The photo was taken about 1976. Tabitha died 11 May 1980, and she was laid to rest in Walnut Grove Cemetery; Douglas County, Missouri.

05 August 2009

Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie Biography

"Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie was born August 10, 1846, at "Cleveland," the home of his parents, near Forestville, Prince George county, Maryland. He was a student at St. Timothy's Hall, near Baltimore, and later at Washington College, Kent county, Maryland. He then attended lectures at the Medical University of Maryland in Baltimore. In 1869 he was appointed one of the clinical assistants at the Baltimore Infirmary. He took his degree in medicine at the University in the class of 1870, and became assistant physician to the Baltimore Infirmary. Later he resigned this position and went to Montant Territory, where he pursued his profession for several years, but finally returned to Baltimore and resumed practice in that city. He was one of the organizers of the "Northwestern Dispensary," as well as attending physician to that charity for years. He was a member of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty and Curator, as well as visiting physician to the Church Home for a long time; he retired from active practice in 1890, and resided at his house on North Eutaw street (Hamilton Terrace) in winter, and at his country place near Catonsville during the summer.

On October 7, 1879, Dr. Bowie married Laura Virginia Berkley, only daughter of Edris Berkley and his wife Virginia (Enders) Berkley. Though born in Fairfax county, Virginia, Mr. Berkley for a great number of years lived in Baltimore. The history of the Berkley family is interwoven with that of Virginia for nigh three centuries, and its men have assisted in upholding the honor of the "Old Dominion," both in peace and in war for many generations. The progenitor of the Virginia family was John Berkley, of Worcestershire, England, who emigrated to Virginia in 1658 (?). His son, John Berkley 2d, died in 1692, and left a son, John Berkley 3d, who married a widow, Mrs. Susanna Linton, daughter of Thomas Harrison, of Dumfries, Prince William county, Virginia. John Berkley 3d's fourth son William Berkley Sr., married Elizabeth ____, and their eldest son, William Berkley Jr., born about 1720, married a widow, Mrs. Barbara Reid, daughter of George Walker, of Westmoreland county. His son, Benjamin Berkley, married Lucy Newman, and had two sons, John Walker Berkley, who married Elizabeth Brewer, and George Newman Berkley, who was father of the late Mr. William Berkley, of Alexandria, Virginia, whose wife was Elizabeth Pattison. Edris Berkley, son of John Walker Berkley, married Virginia Enders, and had two children: Mrs. Howard Strafford Bowie, as previously shown, and Dr. Henry J. Berkley, of Baltimore, who married Ella Linthicum, a great-granddaughter of Governor Robert Bowie. They have one child. Issue of Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie and his wife Laura: Virginia Berkley, born July 8, 1880; Edris Berkley, born May 9, 1882; Allen Strafford, born November 13, 1884; Eleanor Howard, born August 15, 1888.

Dr. Howard Strafford Bowie died at his residence, 811 Hamilton Terrace, February 26, 1900, after an illness of about two weeks, from heart failure. The remains were interred in Greenmount Cemetery, Baltimore. His death was a distinct loss to the community, in which his position was of the highest.

Devoted to his profession, he was deservedly crowned with its choicest rewards. To attain success he never resorted to extraneous means, or any of the arts by which popularity is often purchased at the expense of science and of truth. He rose by patient, arduous, unremitting toil, unfaltering courage, and inflexible determination to succeed. Possessed of a thorough classical and medical education and innate talents, he loved science for science's sake, and was over-enthusiastic in his efforts to elevate the standards of his profession. His marked public spirit was evidenced by both word and deed, and he accomplished much for the benefit of his city, particularly with regard to public hygiene and general sanitary measures. A man of deeply imbedded convictions as to right and duty, he was true to them as is the needle to the pole -- of large faith and a great heart, and wealthy in his sympathy with sorrowing, and ever ready to contribute to alleviation of distress. His culture and refinement, coupled with his genial manners and his warmth of attachment to friends, secured him a highplace in the affections and esteem of a large circle of friends. Perhaps the richest and most beautiful traits of his character was his strong domestic sentiments and habits, which impelled him to seek his completest happiness in the family circle, and rendered him its joy and light."

Source: Baltimore: Its History & Its People. Lewis Historical Publishing Company, 1912.

02 August 2009

Cousin Timmy Baird Would've Been 68 Years Old Today

However, he was shot and killed 26 May 1974.

Everett Timothy Baird, Jr. (1941-1974) was born in Bexar County, Texas. When he died, he left behind a wife and young children. Everett was laid to rest in the historic Marcelina Baptist Church Cemetery; Wilson County, Texas. For more information, visit his memorial on FindAGrave.

Timmy was my 4th cousin.
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