29 April 2010

I Finally Found Nancy in the 1880 Census

I'm sure I've mentioned this before -- I am not fond of browsing census records. I use the index to a fault. If I am browsing, it means I've lost all hope of finding a family any other way. And I was almost there with my 3rd cousin, 5x removed in law Nancy Yarbrough. I tried every way I could think of to possibly spell her last name. I even searched on believed family members' first names to no avail.

For one final stop before the dreaded browsing commenced, I decided to check the USGenWeb Archives. I was betting on McMullen County, Texas for the location of Nancy in 1880, just a few years after her birth. While checking the census index transcribed by a dear volunteer, I found the family I was looking for. I hopped on over to Ancestry and soon found the right page. Nancy and family are listed next door to her maternal grandparents.

It was then that I realized why I had not been able to find Nancy before. The surname looks like Yearbrough, to me. However, a later search using that spelling did not produce the desired result, either. Who knows what she is indexed as there. It does not matter to me now, though. I am thankful the dear volunteer at the USGenWeb archives "corrected" the name to Yarbrough, otherwise I would have had to browse. And by the way, Ms. Smelley also hosts the John Swanson Yarbrough Archives. John Swanson Yarbrough was Nancy's paternal grandfather. There is lots of information there. A big shout out to Ms. Smelley and all she has done.

If you are curious, here is a shorthand transcription of the census entry for Nancy. Also included is the family of her maternal grandparents Headly and Lydia White.

1 June 1880
McMullen County, Texas
ED #110, Pgs 1-2, Families 7 & 8

WHITE, Headly (hoh) age 65 - Teamster - TNx3
WHITE, Lydia (wife) age 51 - Keeping House - OH - NC - TN
WHITE, Wm. (son) age 30 - Stock Hand - cannot read & write - b. TX
WHITE, Susan (dau-in-law) age 18 - TX - GAx2
WHITE, Lizzie (gddau) age 4 - b. TX
WHITE, Elvira (gddau) age 7/12 (Oct) - b. TX
WHITE, Johnithan (son) age 21 - Shepherd - b. TX
WHITE, Headly (son) age 13 - Shepherd - b. TX
WHITE, L. D. (son) age 11 - b. TX

YEARBROUGH, L. D. (hoh) age 37 - Stock Raiser - cannot read & write - TX - NC
YEARBROUGH, Nancy (wife) age 32 - Keeping House - cannot read & write - TX - TN - OH
YEARBROUGH, Serletha (dau) age 15 - b. TX
YEARBROUGH, Jno. S. (son) age 14 - b. TX
YEARBROUGH, Bettie A. (dau) age 11 - b. TX
YEARBROUGH, Headly (son) age 7 - b. TX
YEARBROUGH, Martha (dau) age 6 - b. TX
YEARBROUGH, Nancy (dau) age 3 - b. TX
YEARBROUGH, David J. (son) age 1/12 (Apr) - b. TX

24 April 2010

Surname Saturday: GIBBS

I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. My next surname is GIBBS. My first connection is my 2nd great-grandmother Annie Victoria Gibbs. This is another short line that needs a lot of work. Here are my theories back two generations.

16. Francis Marion Lincecum is the son of Benjamin A. Lincecum and Nancy Elizabeth Kenyon. He was born on 08 Jan 1857 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri. He died on 04 Jul 1931 in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.
17. Annie Victoria Gibbs is the daughter of George Gibbs and Mahala Caroline Sullinger. She was born on 15 Jul 1871 in Missouri. She died on 03 May 1934 in Stoddard County, Missouri.

Francis Marion Lincecum married Annie Victoria Gibbs on 04 Apr 1886. They had 6 children: Jesse (b. & d. 1889), Albert Lewis (1890-1961), Mary Elizabeth (1892-1957), Baby Girl (b. & d. 1895), Bertha May (1899-1979), and Charley Wilbur (1902-1990).

34. George Gibbs was born Bet. 1840–1842 in Missouri. He died 1871.
35. Mahala Caroline Sullinger is the daughter of Nathaniel Sullinger and Delena Randol. She was born Bet. 1845–1846 in Missouri. She died 1882.

George Gibbs and Mahala Caroline Sullinger had 2 children: Charles (b. abt. 1868) and Annie Victoria Gibbs (1871-1934).

Obituary: Chet Lincecum

Here is an abstract of the obituary for Chet Lincecum placed in the Alexandria Daily Town Talk (Louisiana) 8 April 2008:

Chet Lincecum
- Chester "Chet" L. Lincecum died 6 April 2008 in Shreveport, Louisiana at the age of 66 years.
- A graveside service was held 10 April 2008 at Lincecum Cemetery in Georgetown.
- Mr. Lincecum was born in Georgetown and resided in Elm Grove.
- Chet served in the U. S. Air Force and was a Vietnam veteran.
- He was the former owner of All Season's Exterminating and a member of White Tails Unlimited.
- His parents Roy and Rose Lincecum and sisters Gale L. Busby and Elizabeth Ann Lincecum preceded him in death.
- Mr. Lincecum was survived by a wife, two daughters, a sister, a brother, a stepson, a stepdaughter, and seven grandchildren.

23 April 2010

3 Generations of Morris Leonard Yates

Morris Leonard Yates (1881-1946) was my 1st cousin, 3x removed in law. Upon his death, Morris was laid to rest in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery at Warthen, Washington County, Georgia.

Morris Leonard Yates, Jr. (1919-1971) was my 2nd cousin, 2x removed. Upon his death, this Morris was laid to rest in Balerma Cemetery at Sparta, Hancock County, Georgia.

Morris Leonard Yates, III (1950-2000) was my 3rd cousin, 1x removed. Upon his death, this Morris was laid to rest in the Deepstep Methodist Church Cemetery in Washington County, Georgia.

These three cemeteries are not all that far apart from each other. I know someone's final resting place is definitely a personal decision. Still, I can't help but think it's a shame the three Morris Leonard Yates' were not placed side by side by side for all eternity.

19 April 2010

Am I the Only One...? (Madness Monday)

...That thinks my 4th great grandfather Frederick Yount was still living on this earth after the year 1850 and even (gasp!) was married a second time?

I am not one who relies on other researchers to validate work I have done on my family tree. In the age of social media, however, you sometimes can't help giving a peak to what others say about your ancestor. Not to mention, collaboration is a good thing. Anyway, 99% (I use this percentage loosely; it's not likely I've seen all that is available) of what other researchers have posted online about my Frederick Yount is that he was married once (to my 4th great grandmother Polly Mayfield) and died in 1850 at Benton County, Missouri.

I debated on whether or not to add this viewpoint, and please note my opinion is not intended to offend anyone. It is, however, my opinion that of all the posters of information about my Frederick Yount that I browsed, it is likely only a handful are original thinkers. There are far more people out there that copy and paste or click and claim their family history. If you are a new researcher, I would take that as a "buyer beware" statement.

Anyway, the original point of my post is this: I challenge it all.

The first bit of information I have suggesting my 4th great grandfather was alive after 1850 is a land record. Ancestry's "U.S. General Land Office Records, 1796-1907" lists five entries resulting from a search of Frederick Yount. I believe the first four are about my great grandfather. The entries show all the land was located in Bollinger County, Missouri. This is inconsistent with the date of the very first entry, however. Bollinger County was not formed until 1851, and the first entry is for 14 November 1837. If you view the image, however, you will see the document pertains to Frederick Yount "of Cape Girardeau County." This makes much more sense. That time, Frederick purchased forty acres. The next two entries are dated 10 August 1841 and 1 January 1850. Both say he was from Cape Girardeau County, and he purchased forty acres each time.

Then comes the final entry. It is dated 3 January 1856. This time Frederick was "of Bollinger County," and he purchased 320 acres. All of the logistical information about the land, which I admit I do not understand, fits with each entry. All are from the 5th PM Meridian, Township 32-North, Range 9-East, and Section 20. The final entry adds sections 21 and 29. This fits nicely since Bollinger County was created from Cape Girardeau County. Frederick probably did not move from one county to the other. The county in which he lived changed names. Finally, it may seem like a large jump in the amount purchased. I don't think it is a stretch, though, since census records show Frederick's real estate value was always increasing.

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That already puts Frederick alive after 1850. Moving on, I'd like to point out his second marriage. Ancestry's "Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002" show Frederick Yount married Elizabeth Kneringer (widow of Rev. Jon. Kneringer) March 1860 in Perry County, Missouri. Even though I know that Perry County is in the region of where Frederick has lived, this still gave me pause. If you go further and view the image, you will see the letter states Frederick Yount was "of Bollinger County."

Census records taken 9 July 1860 for Bollinger County, Missouri show Frederick Yount with wife Elisabeth. Some of the children listed are from Frederick and Polly's marriage. I contend the rest belong to Elizabeth and her first husband.

This last one is the most tenuous. In the 1870 census for Bollinger county, Missouri is a listing for Frederick Yount, born about 1816 in Missouri. The birth year is four off of what I believe to be true, and I cannot positively account for the other individuals listed. Nonetheless, I still think this might be my 4th great grandfather. The real estate and personal values have gone up significantly, but that could mean the 320+ acres he acquired not long before the 1860 census have begun to consistently bear fruit.

I would like to check census records for Elizabeth and her first husband to compare the names of individuals listed in the 1860 and 1870 census records, but I cannot seem to get the correct surname spelling. Is it Kneringer? Knerringer? Kremminger? Something totally different? UGH!

Lastly, I submit to you that Frederick did not die in Benton County, Missouri. I don't have sound findings to support this, it's just a hunch. Frederick spent all of his time in southeast Missouri. This small clip of a Missouri county map shows the counties in which he inhabited and those surrounding him. Benton County, Missouri is located in the west central portion of the state. Now I have found death locations for other ancestors that have shocked me, so I'm not saying it's impossible. Maybe this tidbit will prove to be true, but I'm not buying it just yet.

OK. I've laid out why I think Frederick Yount was alive and farming after the year 1850. Is there no one that agrees with me?

17 April 2010

Surname Saturday: WATTS

I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. My next surname is WATTS. My first connection is my great-grandmother Cora Etta Watts. This is a pretty short line, and it needs a lot of work. Here are my theories going back two generations.

14. Samuel Prine is the son of Abraham L. Prine and Sarah Elizabeth Deckard. He was born on 14 Dec 1896 in Douglas County, Missouri. He died on 09 Aug 1929 in Ava, Douglas County, Missouri.
15. Cora Etta Watts is the daughter of James Riley Watts and Amanda Stubbs. She was born on 15 Dec 1887 in Missouri. She died on 12 Apr 1974 in Ava, Douglas County, Missouri.

Samuel Prine married Cora Etta Watts on 01 Dec 1917 in Douglas County, Missouri. They had 5 children: Elbert (1918-1975), Tracy (1920-2009), Grand Aunt, Grand Uncle, and Grandma.

30. James Riley Watts was born Bet. 1860–1861 in Missouri.
31. Amanda Stubbs was born Bet. 1857–1868 in Missouri.

James Riley Watts married Amanda Stubbs Abt. 1880. They had 7 children: Cora Etta (1887-1974), Nellie, William Robert (b. 1881), Harrison (1883-1957), Minnie M. (b. 1891), Leroy (1892-1966), and George T. (b. 1885).

Hannah's Timeline

Hannah Almiri Yount Rauls was my 3rd great grand aunt. She is another relative that lived a short but active life. She had at least ten children in a span of eighteen years.

1845 - 16th January: Hannah Almiri Yount was the last daughter born to Frederick Yount & Polly Mayfield of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

1849 - Hannah's brother George was born.

1850 - 16th November: Hannah and family were listed in the Cape Girardeau County, Missouri Federal census. Her father was a farmer with real estate valued at $1,000. It was noted that Hannah' mother could not read or write. Hannah's older brother John was also occupied as a farmer.

1859 - 25th December: Hannah's older sister Lucinda, my 3rd great grandmother, married Pinkney Sylvanis Huffman on Christmas Day.

1860 - 9th July: Hannah and family were listed in the Bollinger County, Missouri Federal census for German Township. Her father was still farming. He had improved his real estate value to $1,500. This time, he also had personal property valued at $1,100. The census taker noted that Frederick could not read or write.

1866 - Hannah's older sister Mary married David Statler in Bollinger County, Missouri.

1870 - 24th May: Hannah married Powhaton V. Rauls in Bollinger County, Missouri. Around this time, Hannah gave birth to her daughter Sarilda.

1871 - Hannah gave birth to her daughter Emley.

1873 - 23rd August: Hannah gave birth to her son, John Van Buren Rauls, in Madison County, Missouri.

1875 - Hannah gave birth to her son Samuel.

1878 - 24th March: Hannah gave birth to her son, Franklin Pinkney Rauls, in Marquand, Madison County, Missouri.

1879 - 8th December: Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Laura Ellen Rauls, in Bessville, Bollinger County, Missouri.

1880 - 1st June: Hannah and family were listed in the Crooked Creek, Bollinger County, Missouri Federal census. Hannah was saddled with the occupation of "Keeping House" and all that entails. She was a farmer's wife and a mother to five children under the age of ten.

1881 - October: Hannah gave birth to her daughter Dantha.

1884 - 31st August: Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Oda Elmer Rauls, in Bollinger County, Missouri.

1885 - 10th July: Hannah's daughter, Oda Elmer Rauls, died of congestion in Bollinger County, Missouri. She was laid to rest the next day in Trace Creek Cemetery.

Thomas C. Rauls
1886 - 16th April: Hannah gave birth to her son, Thomas Charles Rauls.

1888 - July: Hannah gave birth to her daughter, Clara Esther Rauls.

1891 - 22nd November: Hannah Almiri Yount Rauls died in Madison County, Missouri. She was laid to rest in the Old Trace Creek Cemetery at Glen Allen, Bollinger County, Missouri.

Hannah's tombstone at
Trace Creek Cemetery
Hannah was a wife and mother for a little over twenty years. During that time she had ten children. Though several of them went on to marry and have children of their own, it does not appear that Hannah was able to witness any of it.

I chose not to include any additional historical facts that might have impacted Hannah. This is because I get the feeling Hannah spent her days working her home, her farm, and her children. It seems Hannah was put on this earth to give life, whether that be in the literal form of giving birth to her children or taking on the important day-to-day job of raising them. Until her untimely death, that is.

14 April 2010

Gertie was a Street Car Conductor

Technically, I'm not related to Gertie Stroder. He was, however, a brother of William A. Stroder. William married my 2nd cousin 4x removed, Maggie D. Estes. Upon the deaths of William and Maggie, their children (my third cousins) often lived with their uncle Gertie and his wife. If you read Maggie's Timeline, you also know that things are made more interesting by the fact that Gertie's wife was also a step-daughter to Maggie. So learning more about the life of Gertie helps me learn more about the lives of several other relatives.

The 1930 Federal census for Cape Girardeau County, Missouri shows Gertie and his family living at 713 North Main Street in the city of Cape Girardeau.

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That puts them in downtown, on a street that ran along the Mississipi River. Gertie's occupation was listed as "street car conductor." To be honest, I have never really thought of a street car conductor as being a particularly tough job. Researching the position by reading some old articles on the subject changed my mind.

According to the University of Houston's Digital History, "The Life Stories of Undistinguished Americans As Told By Themselves was originally published in 1906. It collected interviews with a number of ordinary Americans such as former slaves, immigrants, sweatshop workers, housewives, and farmers wives. These articles were first published in Holt's reformist newspaper The New York Independent during the early 1900s." One such article was Experiences of a Street Car Conductor. Here's an excerpt:
Working on the back platform of a street car is generally the last resort of a man who has lost everything but industry. I do not say this to belittle conductors or motormen. I consider it high praise. What I mean is that I know of no form of labor, however difficult, that is harder than working on a street car. Many men who fail in business, cannot make ends meet in their profession, or lose clerical positions, say "No, thank you," when they are offered positions on the cars. They would sooner beg, steal or live off their friends. You may rest assured that the conductor or motorman, whatever his faults, is not afraid of hard work. It must not be assumed that it is easy to secure employment on the cars. In the last few years there has been a slight increase in the pay, and there are hundreds waiting for men to die or resign. Some of them do one or the other, after a while; and now and then but rarely tho some man is discharged. In my time, and since the introduction of the trolley in Chicago, where I first went on the cars, there has been a distinct improvement in the class of men who seek the work. And yet the business is not made up wholly of Chesterfields and college professors. It could not be.
The conductor being interviewed reported earning between $2 and $2.40 for a 10-11 hour work day. He goes on to say, "A conductor on a trolley car can scarcely call his soul his own. This may sound strange to the casual observer, who regards the conductor as a petty tyrant, lording it over his poor passengers. As a matter of fact, he is subject to the whims of the most insignificant person who enters his car. Any one can report him for incivility or worse lie about him, and he has a black mark put down against his name at the office. Then there is that awful book of rules and regulations. Every man employed by the company has to have one, and every man has to learn the regulations by heart. He soon discovers that there is a fine and a threat of dismissal for nearly everything under the sun except breathing..."

Another article found in a February 1897 edition of the New York Times describes a situation in which new conductors get very little work. When first starting out, however, they are still required to show up at 4 a.m. every morning and "required to hold himself in readiness of duty" until 2 p.m. This is regardless of the fact they may only receive one day of work every couple of weeks. At the end of a year, if able to get on regularly, a salary could be $1.35 to $2 a day.

The common thread through all the articles read includes long, hard days with little pay, as well as precious little time left for family. I now have a new-found respect for the street car conductor.

13 April 2010

Thomas Charles Rauls (Tombstone Tuesday)

Thomas Charles Rauls
Apr 16, 1886 - Nov 30, 1937
Gone But Not Forgotten
Whitener Cemetery
Marquand, Madison Co, MO
Isn't he dashing?
Thomas Charles Rauls (my 1st cousin, 4x removed) was a son of Powhatan Rauls (1849-1922) and Hannah Yount (d. 1891), as well as the husband of Myrtle Alexander (1894-1960).  The final resting place for Thomas and his wife is Whitener Cemetery in Marquand, Madison County, Missouri.

Photos from original images by David & Judi Cloninger via FindAGrave. Enhanced images shown here by S. Lincecum, © 2010.

10 April 2010

Surname Saturday: PEAVY

Oops! I missed last week. Hopefully, I'm back on track now.

I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. My next surname is PEAVY. My first connection is my great-grandmother Ophelia Lugean Peavy. Here are my theories back five generations.

12. Asa Lorenza Logue is the son of William Benjamin Logue and Sara Evelyn Brown. He was born on 19 Jun 1877 in Hancock County, Georgia. He died on 16 Aug 1957 in Tennille, Washington County, Georgia.
13. Ophelia Lugean Peavy is the daughter of Michael C. Peavy and Sarah Ann Rebecca Turner. She was born on 05 Jun 1890 in Washington, Georgia, USA. She died on 17 Oct 1958 in Middle Georgia Hospital, Bibb County, Georgia.

Asa Lorenza Logue married Ophelia Lugean Peavy on 06 Sep 1914. They had 8 children: Asa Mike (1915-1978), Anna Bessie (1918-2004), Sara Evelyn (1921-1963), Eugene (1923-1941), Lunie Veloria (1925-1993), Grandpa, Hillery (1929-2000), and Fred Eldredge (1932-1999).

26. Michael C. Peavy is the son of Littleton Dickson Peavy and Ann Mims. He was born on 13 Jan 1835 in Perry, Houston, Georgia, USA. He died on 20 Nov 1907 in Johnson, Georgia, USA.
27. Sarah Ann Rebecca Turner is the daughter of James Wilson Turner and Lephvicia Carrington. She was born on 05 Oct 1852 in Washington, Georgia, USA. She died on 11 Aug 1901 in Sandersville, Washington County, Georgia.

Michael C. Peavy married Sarah Ann Rebecca Turner on 09 Oct 1870 in Hancock County, Georgia. They had 8 children: Henry L. Stevens (1872-1940), D. Bose (d. 1954), Charles Greene (1874-1939), Lee Andrew (1880-1936), Willie Long (b. 1883), John Otha (1887-1940), Ophelia Lugean (1890-1958), and Sallie Mae (1892-1962).

Michael C. Peavy married Mary Anne Hardy on 05 May 1854 in Perry, Houston, Georgia, USA. They had 5 children: Littleton D. (1855-1931), James Monroe (1857-1922), Michael C. Jr. (1859-1933), Mary Ann (1867-1948), and Robert S. Lee (b. 1867).

52. Littleton Dickson Peavy is the son of Michael Peavy and Susannah Dickson. He was born Jan 1800 in Perry, Houston, Georgia, USA. He died on 30 Jan 1861 in Camilla, Mitchell County, Georgia.
53. Ann Mims is the daughter of Williamson E. Mims. She was born Bet. 1804–1809 in Warren, Georgia, USA. She died 1839 in Perry, Houston, Georgia, USA.

Littleton Dickson Peavy married Ann Mims 1826 in Perry, Houston, Georgia, USA. They had 5 children: William Henry (1827-1890), Charles Williamson (1830-1881), Cynthia Ann (1834-1912), Michael C. (1835-1907), and Drury (b. 1837).

Littleton Dickson Peavy married Nancy Worsham on 15 Apr 1841 in Crawford County, Georgia. They had 5 children: Thomas Jefferson (1842-1921), Sarah Elizabeth (1844-1923), Robert Littleton Leonidas (1848-1927), Mary E. (1850-1893), and John Wesley (1856-1934).

104. Michael Peavy is the son of Michael Peavy. He was born Bet. 1770–1777. He died Bef. 1830.
105. Susannah Dickson is the daughter of Robert Dickson and Susannah Jones. She was born Abt. 1772.

Michael Peavy and Susannah Dickson had 1 child: Littleton Dickson (1800-1861).

208. Michael Peavy was born Abt. 1741.

Michael Peavy and unknown spouse had 1 child: Michael.

09 April 2010

Maggie's Timeline

Hannah Yount (1848-1911) was my first cousin, 5x removed. She and her husband James Estes (1847-1885) were married 22 December 1867 in Bollinger County, Missouri. They had seven children, the youngest being Margaret Dorthula Estes. She lived an all too short, but eventful life as shown in this timeline.

1883  March 17th - Margaret Dorthula "Maggie" Estes was born in Bollinger County, Missouri to James Estes and Hannah Yount.

Otto Sylvester Estes
1884  Maggie's brother Otto Sylvester died at the age of 3 years.  He was laid to rest at Lessley Ridge Cemetery in Bollinger County, Missouri.

1885  January 22nd - Maggie's father died before she was 2 years old.  He was laid to rest at Lessley Ridge Cemetery in Bollinger County, Missouri.  A couple of months later, Grover Cleveland was inaugurated as the 22nd president of the United States.

1886  October 28th - The Statue of Liberty is dedicated.

1889  March 4th - Benjamin Harrison is inaugurated as the 23rd president of the United States.  A month later, Oklahoma is opened to settlers.

1890  - Battle of Wounded Knee is fought in South Dakota -- the last major battle between Indians and U.S. troops.

1896  May 27th - A series of 18 tornadoes touch down in eastern Missouri and southern Illinois.  One tornado destroys a large section of St. Louis, killing 255.

1897  March 4th - William McKinley is inaugurated as the 25th president of the United States.

1898  - Spanish-American War:  the U.S. defeats Spain and gains control of the Philippines, Puerto Rico, and Guam.

1900  June 8th - Maggie and her family were enumerated for the 1900 census of Bollinger County, Missouri.  They were living next door to her uncle Pinkney Estes and family.  A couple of months later on August 12th, Maggie married William A. Stroder.  Since Maggie was under the age of eighteen, her mother Hannah had to give consent for the marriage.

1901  September 6th - President William McKinley is shot and later dies from his wounds.  He is succeeded by vice-president Theodore Roosevelt.

1902  - Maggie and William had a son, Elmer Dale.

1903  - The United States begins digging the Panama Canal. The canal opens in 1914, connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

1904  April 30th - The World's Fair opened in St. Louis, Missouri.

1905  - Maggie and William had a son, William.

1907  - Maggie and William had a daughter, Ubba.  Later that year, Maggie's husband died.

1908  - Henry Ford introduces the Model T car, priced at $850.

1909  March 4th - William Howard Taft is inaugurated as the 27th president of the United States.  Less than a month later, on April 19th, Maggie married John M. Austin at Bollinger County, Missouri.  This was John's second marriage, so Maggie became step-mother to John's children from his previous marriage.  At the time of their marriage, that included three children living at home.

Robert Estes
1909  June 16th - Maggie's brother Robert died.  He was laid to rest at Mount Zion Cemetery in Bollinger County, Missouri.

1910  May - Maggie and John Austin are enumerated for the 1910 census of Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

1911  February 5th - The Missouri State Capitol was completely destroyed by fire after being struck by lightning.  Two months later, on April 17th, Maggie's mother died.  She was laid to rest at Lessley Ridge Cemetery in Bollinger County, Missouri.  That same year, Maggie had John had a son named Utah.

1913  March 4th - Woodrow Wilson is inaugurated as the 28th president of the United States.

1914  Maggie and John had a daughter, Gladys.

1916  - Jeannette Rankin of Montana becomes the first woman elected to Congress.

1917  - The United States joins World War I.

1918  January 16th - Maggie and John had a son, Clyde.  Less than a month later, on February 3rd, Margaret Dorthula "Maggie" Estes Stroder Austin died in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.  The cause of death was Puerperal Septicemia.  This is also known as puerperal fever, or "childbed" fever.  It is a serious form of sepsis contracted by a woman during or shortly after childbirth.  Maggie had been under a physician's care since four days after the birth of her youngest son, but she could not be saved.  Maggie was laid to rest at Stroderville Cemetery ("Stroder Graveyard" per death certificate) in Cape Girardeau County, Missouri.

All of Maggie's children were raised by the Austin and Stroder families.  In a neat twist of fate, one of John Austin's daughters from his first marriage married a brother of Maggie's first husband.  In 1920 and 1930, the children of Maggie and William Stroder are living with Gertie K. Stroder (their uncle) and his wife America Roxie Austin (their step-sister / aunt).

In doing research for this timeline, I noticed something Maggie missed.  A little more than a year after her death, the governor of Missouri signed a law granting presidential suffrage to women.  The 19th amendment to the U. S. Constitution was added 26 August 1920.  I wonder if this was something Maggie was interested in, or maybe passionate about?

(The style for this timeline was inspired by Apple of Apple's Tree and the timeline she created for her second great-grandmother Sarah Ann Wisner Camfield. Thanks for the inspiration! I hope I didn't copy too much!)

08 April 2010

FindAGrave Shout Out

I awoke this morning to a wonderful surprise in the my email inbox. Eleven subject lines read, "Find A Grave Photo Request: Success!" -- ELEVEN! Imagine my shouts of Yippee! and Woo Hoo! You should have seen my Happy Dance.

An awesome lady named Molly took time out of her life to help me have 11 photos of my ancestors' and relatives' tombstones. I already gave her thanks on her contributor page, but this is my more public shout out to her and FindAGrave. With the success of the recent genealogy related tv shows, there are bound to be many coming online to search for their roots that have never even heard of this site. If you are one that has not yet discovered FindAGrave.com, go right now and give it a thorough browse. The site is awesome, and it works!

Something else I suggest: ALWAYS request a photo. Though your request will not always be fulfilled, receiving a photo does many things. It adds validity to what was posted on the memorial. Oftentimes, it also provides more information than found on the original memorial. Do not assume a creation of a memorial is the same thing as a transcription of the actual tombstone. I've created memorials based on death certificates and obituaries. Though I always add my source in the note section, others might not. Also, some contributors only provide the name and dates of the deceased. A photo might show a much longer epitaph including a quote or poem. I love seeing everything that is on the stone. You never know what clues or insight you might gain, enabling you to further enhance your knowledge of your ancestors' lives.

Some examples from my recent gifts:

- The memorial (#23744676) for my 3rd great grand uncle has his name as "Powahatan" Rauls. The photo provided has the name as "Powhatton" Rauls. Also, the birthdate on the memorial and the birthdate on the tombstone are not exactly the same. Finally, the tombstone photographed appears to have been added some time after his death. I would have known none of this without the photo.

- The memorial (#12819984) for Fred Robins lists only the year of his birth with a complete death date. A tombstone photo reveals the fuller name of "Frederick S." and complete dates of birth and death.

- The memorials for Rachel (#12819957) and Monroe Robins (#12819962) were also enhanced with photos. A picture of their tombstone reveals a quote from the poem Mortality by William Knox. I also see a small American flag placed at the bottom, likely in tribute to Monroe's Union service during the Civil War. Not to mention the symbols of the open book and finger pointing toward Heaven.

- A photo of H. Frank Robins' (#12819948) tombstone reveals his wife's name was Margarette. While this information might have been located by further browsing FindAGrave, it was not found on his particular memorial.

- The memorial for Alice Mae Huffman Robins (#30882382) has a slightly different birth year than her tombstone shows. The photo also reveals a nice sentiment inscribed at the bottom.

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06 April 2010

What's In a Name?

Hannah A. Yount (1845-1891), daughter of Frederick Yount and Polly Mayfield, was my 3rd great grand aunt. I've only just begun dipping my toe into the waters of her short life history. My first post connected to her is really about her husband. My 3rd great grand uncle was named Powhatan V. Rauls (1849-1922). At least that is how I think his name was spelled. I've already seen Powhauttan, Powhattan, Pauhatton, Pawhatton, Pawhattan, Pohatan, and Powhatton. Less ambitious folks usually went with "P. V." And don't forget Rawls and Ralls.

P. V.'s first name intrigued me, so I did a Google search. I probably should have already known this bit of Native American history, but I did not make the connection until after doing some reading. It seems Powhatan is the name of a Virginia Indian tribe, as well as the name of a powerful confederacy of tribes which they dominated. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries, a chief known as Powhatan created a powerful chiefdom by affiliating 30 tributary peoples, whose territory was much of eastern Virginia, called Tsenacommacah, meaning "densely-inhabited land." Chief Powhatan was the father of Pocahontas. [source: Wikipedia.org]

P. V. was born in Tennessee, so knowledge of the tribe(s) is not a stretch. But I still wonder what caused P. V.'s parents, John and Sarah, to name him Powhatan? I certainly would love to know!

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