29 May 2010

Surname Saturday: HUFFMAN

I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. My next surname is HUFFMAN. Here are my theories back six generations. There are many names I received from cousins, but nothing there to really tell who they were. Need to work on that.

22. Columbus Marion Robins is the son of Monroe Robins and Rachel Rhodes. He was born on 06 Apr 1875 in Bollinger, Missouri, USA. He died on 30 Sep 1951 in Bollinger, Missouri, USA.
23. Alice Mae Huffman is the daughter of Pinkney Sylvanis Huffman and Lucinda Catherine Yount. She was born on 16 Oct 1878 in Bollinger, Missouri, USA. She died on 04 Mar 1950 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, USA.

Columbus Marion Robins married Alice Mae Huffman on 14 Jul 1901 in Bollinger, Missouri, USA. They had 5 children: Belvia Elnora, Della Caroline (b. 1904), Norma Ethel (1906-2000), Lyman Sylvania, and Linus Monroe.

46. Pinkney Sylvanis Huffman is the son of Morgan Huffman. He was born on 16 Jan 1838 in North Carolina, USA. He died on 02 Feb 1908 in Bollinger, Missouri, USA.
47. Lucinda Catherine Yount is the daughter of Frederick Yount and Polly Mayfield. She was born on 13 Oct 1839 in Bollinger, Missouri, USA. She died on 29 May 1932 in Missouri, USA.

Pinkney Sylvanis Huffman married Lucinda Catherine Yount 25 Dec 1859. They had 11 children: Stephen Bennett (b. 1860), Christopher Columbus (b. 1863), Roxanna Jane (b. 1866), Charity Theodosia (b. 1868), Mary Ellen (b. 1871), Effa (b. 1873), Dema (b. 1874), Lucretia Ann (b. 1876), Alice Mae (1878-1950), Clara Ursula (b. 1882), and Henry M.

92. Morgan Huffman is the son of George Huffman. He was born 1815 in Burke, North Carolina, USA.

Morgan Huffman and an unknown spouse had 6 children: Elizabeth (b. 1840), Amie E. (b. 1841), Jane M. (b. 1844), Rebecca (b. 1845), Susannah K. (b. 1846), and Pinkney Sylvanis (1838-1908).

184. George Huffman is the son of Baltzar Huffman. He was born 1780 in Catawba, North Carolina, USA.

George Huffman and an unknown spouse had 1 child: Morgan (b. 1815).

368. Baltzar Huffman is the son of George Huffman and Catherine Rhyne. He was born 1741.

Baltzar Huffman and an unknown spouse had 1 child: George (b. 1780).

736. George Huffman was born 1713. He died 1794.

25 May 2010

Benjamin Fort Wright: From the Stagecoach to the Railroad

Sometimes I come across a person whose life just seems interesting for seemingly no good reason. There is no grand occupation, no scandal in the immediate family unit, and no tragedy in the newspaper. This was the case with Benjamin Fort Wright. He was the father of Mary Olivia Wright Love (1913-2003), my 5th cousin 3x removed in law.

I think what piqued my interest about Benjamin was his birthplace. He died in Laredo, Webb County, Texas. Though his death certificate claims he lived 73 of his 90 years there, I found his place of birth to be listed as Macon, Georgia. Since I don't live far from Macon, I began to wonder how much time he and his parents actually spent there and curiosity grew. I soon found out that Benjamin's father was a travelling man.

Francis Kimberly Wright was born between 1811-1820 in Massachusetts. I do not know if he came with his family or alone after reaching adulthood, but I do know Frank made his way to Georgia. He married Olivia Hill there before 1850. Mr. and Mrs. F. Wright were enumerated for the 1850 Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Federal census at the Washington Hall Hotel. This hotel, built in 1827, was located on the corner of Second and Mulberry streets in downtown Macon. Frank's occupation was stage contractor.

Frank and Olivia went on to have at least four children. Benjamin, the oldest son, was the second child born 29 November 1854 in either Macon or Americus, Georgia.

In those days, stagecoach operations were closely tied to government mail contracts. These contracts provided a good financial base that allowed the stage to also carry passengers and freight. Frank would be in this business for many years to come. In addition to being a stage agent, he was also a very successful planter. By 1860, Frank and his family (including a six year old Benjamin) were in Albany, Dougherty County, Georgia. Frank's real estate value was $56,000 and his personal estate was valued at $66,400. Frank was also the owner of F. K. Wright & Co., stage contractors.

In 1870, Frank and family were still in Albany. He was listed as a farmer, and his assets had dwindled some. His real estate value was $50,000 and personal estate was valued at $12,000. I'm sure the emancipation of the 50+ slaves Frank was showed as owning in 1860 hurt his planter business. Frank still managed to have a house keeper, four servants, and a laborer, though. They were all listed in the 1870 Federal census, even though his son Benjamin and Ben's older sister Annie were not. Maybe they were at school.

Sometime between 1870 and 1880, Frank decided to go west. I'm not sure if he received a government mail contract and then moved, or vice versa. I can tell you he relocated his family to Texas and settled in Austin, Travis County. They were enumerated there for the 1880 Federal census. Living on Live Oak Street, Frank was a stage proprietor. His son Benjamin joined him as a state agent. They were living with Ben's sister Annie and her husband John W. Orr. John was also a stage proprietor.

I was able to follow Benjamin and his father over the next several years with Ancestry's Morrison & Fourmy's General Directory for Austin, Texas. In 1881-2, Benjamin F. Wright appears to have been in business with his brother-in-law John Orr. The company of Wright & Orr (consisting of B. F. Wright and J. W. Orr) was a "Texas Transfer and Mail Company" located on the southeast corner of Congress avenue and Pine. Benjamin was listed in the home of his father F. K. Wright, also a mail contractor, whose residence was on the southeast corner of Live Oak and Brazos. They lived just a couple of blocks from the Colorado River.

Some time between 1882 and 1885, Benjamin decided to leave the stage and mail business. From 1885 to 1890, he was a clerk for the grocer David F. Wright (I've found no relation as of yet). During this time, father Frank was still a mail contractor.

At some point in between 1890 and 1893, Francis Kimberly Wright died. In 1893 his widow Olivia H. was living in the home of her son-in-law John W. Orr. John was still a mail contractor. The directory came out in 1894 and stated John died 28 June 1893. In the same directory Benjamin F. Wright was listed as a salesman for Wm. Lochridge Co. and living at 302 W. 6th. Olivia and her daughter Annie were living at 305 E. 2d.

From 1897 to 1901, Benjamin F. Wright was a member of King & Wright. They were men's furnishers, hatters, and tailors, also dealing in boots and shoes. They were located at 616 Congress ave. Olivia H., widow of F. K. Wright, was still residing with her daughter Annie Orr at 305 E. 2d. from 1897 to 1899. During those years, Benjamin boarded at 303 E. 11th and resided at 300 E. 13th. The 1898-9 directory was the last one to include Benjamin's mother Olivia Hill Wright.

I have been unable to locate Benjamin F. Wright in the 1900 or 1910 census. By 1920, however, I find him in Laredo, Webb County, Texas. He was married to George (aka Georgie, Georgia) Graham after 1910. They had at least three children. The oldest was Benjamin Jr., and the second child was my cousin Mary.

During all the years Benjamin was working as anything but a stage agent, the stagecoach lines were giving way to the railroad. By 1920, Benjamin had rejoined the transportation business as a railway auditor. His stage and other business experience prepared him to scour over records to determine the financial status of the railway company for which he worked. He continued this business through to at least the early 1930s.

The 1920 Federal census for Laredo, Webb County, Texas shows Benjamin and family residing at 1617 Juarez Avenue. A 1925-30 map of the area from the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection, part of the Texas State Library and Archives Division, shows this address as being not far from Ft. McIntosh, in between the Rio Grande and the city park.

The Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division in Washington, DC has a photo of Laredo, Texas in 1920:

Laredo, Texas 1920 (Click to enlarge)
Railroad yards that Benjamin might have walked at one time or another are
in the foreground.  To the right is the Rio Grande and the International
Railroad Bridge that crosses into Mexico.

The map mentioned and pictured above describes Laredo: "Health and Wealth await you in Laredo and an opportunity to Play Golf - Hunting Big Game and the fascination and freedom of old Mexico." Benjamin Fort Wright lived there until his death on 22 June 1945. He was laid to rest in the Episcopal section of the City Cemetery. His wife George Graham Wright joined him less than six years later.

15 May 2010

Surname Saturday: LANCASTER

I'm following my ahnentafel report for my Surname Saturday posts. My next surname is LANCASTER. Here are my theories.

20. George Moore Campbell is the son of Thomas Henry Campbell and Louvina Minter. He was born on 11 Jul 1883 in Carnack, Massac County, Illinois. He died on 23 Jan 1974 in Morley, Scott County, Missouri.
21. Hattie Ann Lancaster is the daughter of Charles Monroe Lancaster and Victoria Dickerson. She was born on 02 Nov 1883 in Morley, Missouri. She died on 08 Jun 1933 in Morley, Scott County, Missouri.

George Moore Campbell and Hattie Ann Lancaster were married on 13 Dec 1901 in Metropolis, Massac County, Illinois. They had 12 children: Gladys Marie (1903-1941), Marvin Roland (1907-1974), Raymond Sylvester, son, Pearl Ovilia (1914-2000), Ovie (1916-1946), Roy Lee (1921-1995), a daughter, Jessie Mae (1904-1904), Elmer Lloyd (1913-1913), Veda Inez (1917-1918), and Chester Wesley (1905-1994).

42. Charles Monroe Lancaster was born on 11 Jan 1856 in Alton, Madison County, Illinois. He died on 10 Dec 1932 in Big Prairie, New Madrid County, Missouri.
43. Victoria Dickerson is the daughter of Louis Dickerson and Zilphy. She was born Bet. 1860–1863 in Scott County, Missouri. She died Bef. 1932.

Charles Monroe Lancaster and Victoria Dickerson were married on 05 Apr 1881. They had 1 child, Hattie Ann Lancaster (1883-1933).

Cordelia Morrow is the daughter of Jim Morrow and Victoria. She was born on 20 Oct 1890 in Scott County, Missouri. She died on 12 Sep 1972. Charles Monroe Lancaster and Cordelia Morrow were married 1904. They had 7 children: Baby Boy (1905-1905), Otis Monroe (1906-1990), Cora Thelma (b. 1908), Leslie Lee (1910-1911), Edith Irene (1912-1913), Eva Marie (1914-1962), and Ethel Evelyn (1916-1979).

Charles Monroe Lancaster and LaVina Parker had 7 children: James Ray (1889-1970), Margret Mary (b. 1891), Arthur (1892-1971), Mittie Isabella (1894-1919), Homer John (1895-1968), Bessie (1895-1923), and Robert Roland (1897-1974).

07 May 2010

Facebook and Follow Me (52 Weeks to Better Genealogy #18)

I have been such a slacker with Amy Coffin's "52 Weeks to Better Genealogy" prompts. But! When I saw this week's challenge, I had to give it a write-up. Why? Because I want you to join me! Join me in what? Read on.

Here is Amy's latest challenge:
Dip your toe in the social networking pool. Genealogists are some of the friendliest people on the block. Networking with them by using “social” web sites will help your research and provide you with new friends. If you’ve never used social networking tools, this Social Networking in Plain English video by Common Craft is a good place to start. Picture the ways you can use social networking to meet and collaborate with other genealogists. Some of the more popular social networking sites are Facebook, Twitter and even Linked-In (though this site is more business-like in its purpose). You do not have to join these sites if you do not feel comfortable doing so, but you should at least know they exist and that they can benefit genealogy research. Those that are well-versed in social networking can refer others to the video. Bloggers are encouraged to discuss how they use various social networking sites in their own research.
To be quite honest, I am not a social butterfly. I reserve that title for my aunt. Nonetheless, social networking is awesome. You can participate as much or as little as you want.

The main, "well known" social networking sites I use are Facebook and Twitter. All my blog posts are linked to both. I share other things on Facebook, too, so that status is updated more than Twitter. I might share a link to a cemetery in trouble or tell you what I had for dinner! I do not play a lot of "Facebook games" so those are not in my timeline much, but that doesn't stop me from being friends with others that do.

As for genealogy, Facebook and Twitter are the best ways to keep up with what's going on in the online community. Not only the industry, but with the friends I have discovered since joining. I've learned about new blogs to follow, free genealogy company trials, research resources, tips on breaking through a brick wall, organizing my research files, cemetery photography, and so much more. And, yes, I have even connected with new-found cousins, shared in their joys and sorrows, and even swapped Christmas cards. Research and daily life connect beautifully here.

I work with Twitter slightly less, simply because stuff happens so fast there. Unless I am involved in direct messages, I am usually behind on the conversation. I just don't access Twitter 24/7. I still like it, though. A search on "genealogy" or "cemetery" will flood you with lots of conversations to follow and/or join.

I am on Linked In, as well. It is very business oriented, and I have not found it to have a large genealogy community just yet.

I would like to point out something else. Just because you aren't on Facebook or Twitter doesn't mean you have never been involved with social networking. Ever posted a comment on a blog? Ever joined a conversation in an online forum? Ever done something as simple as rate an article? Even the slightest interaction is a form of social networking. In the footer of this blog is a retaggr card showing several ways to connect with me. Facebook and Twitter are only two. There are several other places mentioned. All have the ability to be a part of "social networking."

Interested in connecting with me? I'm here!

Facebook - SLincecum
Twitter - southerngraves
FindAGrave - Stephanie Lincecum
The Cemetery Club - Stephanie
Library Thing - southerngraves
YouTube - southerngraves

My other blogs:

Southern Graves
Southern Obituaries
Rose Hill Cemetery

Hope to "see" you soon, whenever and wherever that might be.

02 May 2010

Cerebrovascular Accident

Nancy Pairlee Yarbrough Tilley Brown was born 28 April 1877 and died 7 February 1968 in the state of Texas. While looking at her death certificate, specifically the cause of death and medical certification section, I came across something I had not seen before.

The first part was self-explanatory: Section 18, Cause of Death - Part I - Death was caused by (immediate cause) Cancer of Bladder. Part II is where I saw something new to me: Under "Other Significant Conditions Contributing To Death But Not Related To The Terminal Disease Condition Given In Part I" was Arteriosclerosis. C. V. A. I remember from school that arteriosclerosis is hardening of arteries, but I had to search on C. V. A. It stands for "cerebrovascular accident" and means cousin Nancy had a stroke. From eMedicinal.com:

"Arteriosclerosis (build-up of calcium on the inside of artery walls) and atherosclerosis (deposits of fatty substances) have about the same effect on circulation. Either condition causes strokes, coronary disease (angina), and high blood pressure...Older people are at greater risk for this kind of heart trouble. When arteriosclerosis occludes the arterial supply of blood to the brain, a cerebrovascular accident (CVA), or stroke occurs."
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