In the past month or so I have had a lot going on, and I hope that it will start to calm down after the holidays. I took 2 months off from school because a) I needed a short break, and b) so I would have time for research. And research I have been doing, though I have been jumping back and forth between trees. Anyway, what I have been up to:
1) I had a mishap a couple of months ago with photographs to post at The Georgia Anna Project. My son got his hands on some photographs and mixed them up. So I will need to go back through and separate them all out (currently some of the Pennsylvania photos are mixed in with the Vermont photos, but luckily I remember which group most go in). Last month I did post new photographs that I purchased from a little shop down the road here and at least one of them is from Brooklyn, New York. The name of that gentleman is Edward Shields. Go check it out!
2. I got started on a new genealogy blog, Beyond the Indian Rolls, dedicated specifically to American Indian heritage and genealogy. This is a special project that came up due to my Granddaddy’s friend William Hendrix Yernipcut. I have started researching his family and I have to say it is really interesting! The information takes a while to compile, but I am really excited about it.
3. When I get frustrated with my own family tree I find that it is nice to have a different family to work on. SO, I currently have several trees I started for a few friends. Some of the surnames include:
- Gorman, Carroll, Morton, Flynn
- Kelly (includes adoption)
- Moreno, Martinez, Escalante
- Rucker, Harris, Windom, Walden, Stonestreet, Head, Cole
- Strange, Henderson, Orr, Bailey
- Nichols, Powell, Salmon, Rickman, Armes, Sullivant
4. In addition, I am still working on my tree and still trying to solve some mysteries:
- The exact date of death for John Spencer DeMumbrie. If you remember, I decided that he died sometime between May 1, 1875 and September 4, 1876 (that post is here). I am still looking to narrow it down!
- Who did Peter McQueen kill? I had found a newspaper article that listed the murdered man’s last name (that post here) and I set out to figure out who it could possibly be. Here, you can see an example of my in depth, extremely technical research:
I had come to the conclusion that it must have been John Flowers, b. abt 1814. Unfortunately, though, it isn’t. I was able to get in touch with one of his descendants and she confirmed that he didn’t die until 1869, four years after Peter killed the man. So who was it? Both her and I have gone through the Flowers families in the area (Choctaw County, Mississippi) and every single male can be accounted for, either through death in other years or appearing on the 1870 census. Sigh.
- Where is the death certificate for Eppie Nettie Willhite Craft? I know from her daughter Cofie’s letters that she was born in August of 1860 and died on January 29, 1938. I am unsure where she died, though I am VERY confident it was in the state of Tennessee. Great-aunt Kat remembers that after Eppie’s husband John died (December 3, 1936) Eppie came to live with them for just a little bit. She doesn’t remember how long, but if we are to believe Henry Corbit Craft on the 1940 census record then it means they were in Houston County, Tennessee at the time. Kat doesn’t remember where Eppie went when she left their home, though I imagine she would have moved in with one of her children (possibly Cofie?). Eppie is buried at Double Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Gibson County, Tennessee (again, I know this because of the letters Cofie wrote), the same cemetery that John C Craft, Henry Corbit Craft, Katie Clady Cathey, Louise Craft, Jesse Porter Craft, Wretha Jane Harris, Maggie Nell Craft, and Woodrow Wilson Phillips are buried.
- And speaking of Craft, I have been working on a few Craft cousins’ trees. Well, I can’t be certain that they are blood Craft cousins, but I can always keep my fingers crossed! I got some interesting information for Frederick Owen Craft that makes all of the previous research done on him (concerning his parents) suspect. I need to figure out where the current information about his parents came from, though, before I can determine which path to take during research.
If anyone has any information about any of this, let me know! I would love to hear what you have!