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Monday, May 21, 2018

#52ancestors Post Twenty: Another Language

My father-in-law flew the Irish flag and I remember a Irish phrase on a bumper sticker on his car. 


The writing prompt for #52ancestors last week is Another Language. I have not had to deal other languages when researching as I have yet to find ancestors arriving in the US who didn't already speak English. 

Most of my families were probably in America prior to the American Revolution. Most of my husband's family members immigrated to the US from Ireland between the late 1800s and 1930. 

Although the Irish family members spoke English when arriving in the US, it is unknown as to how many also spoke Gaelic. I will never be able to answer this question, but thought I would learn a little about this Irish language. 

The first thing I learned is when we talk about the language of Ireland while speaking English, it should be referred to as Irish. When speaking in Irish, the language is referred to using the term Gaeilge.

Irish Gaeilge/Gaelic, Scottish Gaeilge/Gaelic, and Manx (Gaeilge/Gaelic), from the Isle of Man are all Goidelic languages. These Goidelic languages are one of two groups of Celtic languages, originated in Britain and Ireland, that still exist in modern times. 

There are five vowels and thirteen consonants in the Irish language and word order in sentences is very different from English. While we might say A boy saw a dog yesterday, in Irish it would be Saw the boy a dog yesterday.  

Irish is not anything like English or other languages you might learn at school. Click here to listen to a weather forecaster speak fluent Irish. 

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Diana
© 2018

Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn

Elementary Course of Gaelic. Web. 21 May. 2018. <http://www.smo.uhi.ac.uk/gaidhlig/ionnsachadh/ECG/>.

Irish Language - Wikipedia. Web. 21 May. 2018. <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_language>

Sunday, May 13, 2018

#52ancestors Post Nineteen: Drucilla Rhodes - Learning about my 3rd Great-Grandmother on Mother's Day.

Happy Mother's Day!

I spent a little of today (and yesterday) learning about my 3rd great-grandmother, Drucilla Rhodes. We each have 16 third great-grandmothers and Drucilla is one of eight I am able to identify. 

I am a descendant of Drucilla from my mother's Giddens family, this is how Drucilla is connected to me. 

Drucilla Rhodes married Edmond Bradshaw
Luellen Bradshaw married George Giddens
Charles Giddens married Mary Lucy Glynn
My Grandmother
My Mother
Me

I have seen Drucilla's name written as Drucilla, Drusilla, and Druzilla. And, have seen three different Drusilla Rhodes in the same area of North Carolina. The names may be the same, but the approxmate ages help to sort them into the correct families. 


The first, and oldest, Drucilla Rhodes found was probably born before or during the early 1770s. Merchant, James Rhodes purchased land from Lackey and Mary Phagin. A Drusilla Rhodes was a witness to this record on October 1, 1793. She could not possibly be the mother of my 2nd great-grandmother born in 1841.



The second, and youngest, Drusilla Rhodes** is seen in the 1850 census (Sampson County, NC) as the daughter of Ingram Rhodes and Sarah Cox. This Drusilla was born in 1828. She can't possibly be my 3rd great-grandmother as Drusilla Rhodes Bradshaw was also found in the 1850 census, in Sampson County, with my 2nd great-grandmother and four older children. 


The third Drusilla Rhodes found in records was probably born about 1805 in Wayne County, North Carolina. Her father was John Rhodes and her mother is said to be Mary Ingram. This Drusilla is my 3rd great-grandmother. 

Drusilla's father had a will dated April 20, 1808 and listed his wife, Mary, and nine children in his will.  The children were William, Tailor, Sarah, Bryan, Thomas, Ingraham, Drusilla, Moses and Mary. 

Drucilla married Edmond Bradshaw and had children Sophia, Nancy J., John R., Ephraim, Lewis, Mary, Sarah, and Luellen. Edmond died on February 10, 1845. 

In 1850, Drucilla Bradshaw was found in Sampson County, North Carolina. She lived with five children; Sophia (17), Lewis (13), Mary (11), Sarah (10), and Luelen (7). She owned her property and it had a value of about $800.


Some of Drucilla's property inventoried after her death. 

Drucilla died on May 10, 1858 and her estate records can be found at Ancestry.com. Thirteen pages detail her estate and the support for her minor daughter, Luellen Bradshaw (my 2nd great-grandmother). 

Much more will be written about Drucilla and her family - three of her children married into the Giddens family. 

**A note to my cousins with DNA at Ancestry.com - There are many Public Member Trees at Ancestry.com showing Drusilla Rhodes (born in 1828) as our 3rd great-grandmother AND, showing parents, Ingram Rhodes and Sarah Cox, as our 4th great-grandparents. These incorrect trees carryover to Ancestry DNA Circles making it look like fact. However, this is NOT true. Ingram Rhodes was the brother to our Drusilla Rhodes Bradshaw (born about 1805). 


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Diana

© 2018

Sources

1850 United States Federal Census for Drusilla Bradshaw. 1850. Web. 12 May. 2018. <https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/8054/4204423_00370/12999522?indiv=try&h&db>.

Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Wills and Probate Records, 1665-1998.  Web. 13 May. 2018. <https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/9061/007673179_00946/2574116?indiv=try&h&db>

Bradshaw, Barbara B. The Bradshaw Family & Other Kin-Folks. Texas, 2000. Print.

Find A Grave. Elizabeth Luellen Giddens (1841-1890) 
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/139641052/elizabeth-luellen-giddens

The Graphics Fairy.Vintage Roses and Lily of the Valley. Web. 13 May. 2018. <https://thegraphicsfairy.com/vintage-roses-lily-valley-image/>.

Watson, Joseph W. Kinfolks of Wayne County, North Carolina, 1793-1832. J.W. Watson, 1986

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Repairing Cemetery Stones in Bienville's Bryan Cemetery

The Bryan Cemetery
Near Ringgold in Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Click to enlarge

I posted The Bryan Cemetery in Bienville Parish - History, Photographs, and Disrepair in March. It was sad to see the old stones in need of repair. 

Jane Stewart Slater, a descendant of Reddick and Elizabeth Bryan took photos and contacted Campbell Monument Company. The cost to repair two of the stones is $250. Jane is going to the cemetery with the owner of the monument company to look at the stones and determine how to repair the third stone (cost is not yet known).  I believe the third stone is that of Georgia Ann Frances, but I might be wrong as Reddick's stone is in several pieces as well. If not able to be restored, it will be cleaned up and laid flat in cement.  

As of now we have a promise to fund the cost of the third stone (cost unknown) and another donation. We are currently in need of $200.

Some Bryan family descendants have expressed an interest in helping with the cost.  If you would like donate a small amount toward the cost of the repairs, please click here to contact me. OR, if you are a friend of Jane Stewart Slater,  you may contact her through Facebook. 

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Diana

© 2018

Friday, May 11, 2018

#52ancestors Post Eighteen: Close Up - Hugh H. Lawson, Ida Stephens, and Belle Stephens


Recently, I posted this photo of some young people who I thought were in Bienville Parish, Louisiana around 1900. However, most of those pictured lived nearby in Red River Parish. 



As last week's writing prompt for #52ancestors was Close Up, I decided to look more closely at Ida and Belle Stevens.  I found they were actually Ida and Bell Stephens, daughters of Samuel Nehemiah Stephens and Ollie Jane Allums.  

At Find A Grave, I easily located Ida as the wife of Hugh H. Lawson and Belle as the wife of Andrew J. Lawson. Hugh H. Lawson was also found in this photo so included him in this post. Hugh and Andrew J. don't appear to be brothers, but with similar family names, I wonder if they were cousins. 

In 1900, Belle (age15) and Ida (age 13) were living at home in Red River Parish. 
Hugh, living nearby with his parents, M.J. and A.J., was 17 years old.  

Belle Stephens Lawson was only thirty-years-old when she died in 1915. Public member trees at Ancestry.com indicate she had eight children between 1902 and 1915. Belle is buried in Springhill Cemetery in Ringgold. Her husband married Clara Earnest Pepper after Belle's death.


Ida and Hugh appear to have been lifelong residents of Red River Parish. More information can be found in their obituaries. 
Hugh H. Lawson 1883-1969
From the collection of Marguerite Cook
Clark - this obituary was held together by
a band-aid so the portion telling about
the funeral is missing. 


Ida Stephens Lawson 1886-1974
The Times, 10 Jun 1974, Mon,
Main Edition, Page 12 Newspapers.com




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Diana
© 2018

Sources

Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.

 Newspapers.com.  Web. 11 May. 2018. <https://www.newspapers.com/clip/19931102/found_in_group_photo_mcc_collection/>

Springhill Cemetery in Ringgold, Louisiana - Find A Grave Cemetery. Web. 11 May. 2018. <https://www.findagrave.com/cemetery/69041/springhill-cemetery>.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

#52ancestors Post Seventeen: William W. Noah Is Buried in the Bethel Cemetery in Erath County



This week's writing prompt for #52ancestors is cemetery. One of my favorite visits to a cemetery was my 2003 visit to the Bethel Cemetery in Erath County, Texas. This was not because I found a lot of family in the cemetery. William W. Noah is the only one. But, because my grandmother grew up in the very small community of Bethel. The Hairstons, Noahs, and Thompsons left Falls County to live in Bethel in about 1883. Phillip A. Hairston, my great-grandfather, and his sisters, Permelia Hairston Noah and Mattie Hairston Chisum Thompson, all settled in the Bethel School Community. This community no longer exists, but seeing the landscape and the surrounding areas added a little more to my family history. 

William W. Noah was born April 7, 1866. According to the 1880 census record, he was born in Texas.  He was the first child of Permelia Ann Hairston and Joseph Sydney Noah. His only sibling was Oscar Edward Noah born in 1871. William, also seen as Willie, was about seven years old when his father died in Falls County. Ten years later his family moved to the Bethel School Community. 

William died only about a year after arriving in Erath County on November 15, 1884. It is said he took arsenic to control his epilepsy and died as a result of too much arsenic. 




Visit Find A Grave to see more of the Bethel Cemetery and learn a little more about the Bethel School Community. 


Click on the family tree to see an enlarged version. 

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Diana
© 2018

Sources

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday's Photo: Plymouth Rock

Bill and I visited Plymouth in 1985.
We were looking at historical landmarks and buying
bargain antiques - NOT thinking about ancestry. 

I started two posts this week, one for my NC Giddens family and one for Bienville Parish families, but got a little distracted and haven't finished them as I found I am only one generation away from connecting my mother's Reed family to a Mayflower Passenger. 

I have been researching for 20 years and never looked at this family beyond what my mother found when she was searching in the 1980s. What a surprise to see other family trees at Ancestry.com connecting my family to Francis Cooke, a Mayflower passenger. 

I sent $35 to the General Society of Mayflower Descendants and learned the first five generations were proven and I would have to document the remaining. I have documentation for all except one generation. I will need to work on that one with hopes I can do most of it from home. However, another trip to Plymouth might be fun.  

So, if you are one of my cousins, who descends from Charles Giddens and Mary Lucy Glynn, this may be your family. 

Francis Cooke

Mary Cooke (his daughter) married John Tompson/Tomson

Hester Tomson married William Reed

John Reed married Mary Wheeler

Peter Reed married Lucy Hugens

Benjamin Reed married Huldah Pratt 

I need to prove Benjamin Reed (born about 1752) is the son of Peter Reed.

Nancy Reed married Joseph T. Glynn

Mary Lucy Glynn married Charles Giddens

My grandmother

My mother

Me


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Diana
© 2018 

Sources 

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Diana Bryan Quinn.

Reed, John Ludovicus. Reed genealogy: descendants of William Reade, of Weymouth, Mass., from 1635-1902.  Internet Archive. Web. 27 Apr. 2018. <https://archive.org/details/reedgenealogydes01reed>.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: A Young Crowd in Bienville Parish




This photo, found in the Marguerite Cook Clark Collection, shows a group of young people in the late 1800s or very early 1900s. The location is not written, but the names lead us to Bienville Parish. For some of these young people, more can be found in Marguerite Cook Clarks file's and I will post that information in the next week or so. 

I've enlarged the faces (to the best of my ability) and they are posted below. 

Jessie Huckaby and John Wimberly

Hugh Lawson and Josie Allums

Henry Wimberly

Allen Woodard

Mary Huckaby

Belle Stevens (Lawson)

Matt Allums

? Allums


Will Huckaby

Ida Stevens (Lawson)


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Diana

© 2018

Source
Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.