Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --Part One

I am a bit behind posting pictures from this Summer. These are some pictures from a trip we took in late July to Connecticut and Rhode Island. We stayed at Foxwoods Casino by night and had fun in the sun at Misquamicut State Beach during the day. I can't believe Summer is almost over. I hope everyone out there has had time to make a few memories with their families.


Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday: Connecticut and Rhode Island Trip 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Digging In The Dirt -- Part Four: It Takes A Community To Find Your Ancestors

Digging In The Dirt -- Part Four: It Takes A Community To Find Your Ancestors  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy


The folks in the genealogy community are some of the kindest most curious people you'll ever meet. They are problem solvers. They think outside of the box and they like to share what they know. People who carry these traits want you to be able to find your people. They find joy in it. 

I would like to thank two members of genealogy community who helped me recently. As a result, I think I found my 3rd great grandfather Cesar Jones listed in a probate record for a William Jones (born about 1764 -- died July 9, 1838) of Onslow County NC. This William Jones just so happened to be the father of Allen B Jones who I wrote about in my post, Digging in The Dirt --Part Three: Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?

My first thank you goes out to David French of the Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina. Part Three of this series I published on August 2nd and David read my post on August 4th. He sent me an email that night, mentioning he had just had dinner that very evening with his cousin, a descendant of John Starkey Jones who happened to be a brother of Allen B Jones. My other thank you goes out to Flavius Bennett Hall Jr., also a member of the Family History Society of Eastern North Carolina and author of several books about his family.

You remember what I said about genealogy people being naturally curious. First, David checked the will of William Jones and didn't see any names of slaves listed. He checked to see if there was a Cesar listed among the pages of probate records for several members of the Jones family and sent me a detailed email with links to those pages. David wasn't able to find Cesar but his email inspired me to go and look page by page through William Jones's probate record. 

I have to admit that years ago, I actually did a cursory search through William Jones's probate record looking for clues regarding my Jones family line. I didn't come across anything. That's because I didn't go page by page. What can I say? I was a newbie. I did a quick scan because I was in too much of a hurry looking for the next bright shiny new nugget of genealogy info. 

That email from David French was just the nudge I needed to go back and do things the right way. Guess who I found?


Digging In The Dirt -- Part Four: It Takes A Community To Find Your Ancestors  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy
Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  "North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKBP-TWY8 : 20 November 2015), William Jones, 1837; citing Onslow County, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 2,295,678.

Did you catch it? Here's a close up if you missed it.

Digging In The Dirt -- Part Four: It Takes A Community To Find Your Ancestors  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy

William Jones left his son Allen B Jones a group of slaves, one of whom was named Ceasar. I think this just may be my 3rd great grandfather.

                        

Friday, August 5, 2016

Oh Mr. Smith....Where Shall I Begin?

Can I tell you I was so relieved to learn that Elizabeth O'Neal of the blog Little Bytes of Life had extended the deadline on the July 2016 Genealogy Blog Pool Party! I thought I had missed out on all the fun. If you aren't familiar with the Genealogy Blog Pool  Party and this month's theme, please click here.

This month's theme:  Do you have an ancestor who makes your research absolutely miserable?

Ah yes, yes I do. His name is John Edward Smith or as I like to refer to him, Mr. Smith. 

Mr Smith, why oh why did my paternal great grandfather have to be named of all things --John Smith? Really, I mean REALLY :(

Yes. Really. (sigh)

Oh well. What'cha going do?

Here's how Mr. Smith is connected to me.


Oh Mr. Smith....Where Shall I Begin?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


What do I know of his life? Not much. According to the information that was listed on my grandmother Ethel Smith Murrell's birth certificate, his occupation was a carpenter and he was 35 years old when his daughter was born. My grandmother Ethel was born at John Walker Memorial Hospital in Wilmington, NC. Her mother Ella Kerr was born in Sampson County, NC so perhaps John Edward Smith came from the same county. Perhaps he was from Wilmington, or somewhere entirely different. The thing is, I just don't know. 


My grandmother Ethel didn't know her father. Her mother Ella moved to Philadelphia first and then later New York City. In 1920, Ella Kerr married a William Dixon in Manhattan and it's noted on the marriage certificate that this was her second marriage. The certificate also listed Ella's status as "widowed."

I believe at the very least he my Mr. Smith was dead by 1920.

Oh Mr. Smith, you frustrate me so much, sometimes I wish I could push you into a pool!


Oh Mr. Smith....Where Shall I Begin?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Digging in The Dirt --Part Three: Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?

Digging in The Dirt --Part Three:  Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Me and Mr. Allen B. Jones might have a thing going on. Well at least that's what I'm speculating here.

Sorry it's been a while folks. I hated leaving off in the middle of a series but I was in need of a break. I'm feeling refreshed now so it's time to dive back into things. 

If you missed the first two parts of this series here are the links:;

Digging in the Dirt -- Part One: Names And A Place

Digging In the Dirt -- Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins?

For those of you who are new to my blog, here's a quick summary of my Jones family line.

My Joneses were originally from Swansboro, Onslow County, NC and then later settled in Morehead City, NC sometime around the Civil War. My 3rd great grandparents Cesar Jones and Mary Hawkins Mitchel Jones and their children were slaves prior to the start of the war. Based on information found in their son Carolina Hawkins's Civil Pension file, it appears that Carolina was owned by someone with the surname of Hawkins, while his father's owner went by the surname of Jones. In an affidavit found in that file Carolina mentioned that he was surprised to learn that his family had changed their name to Jones prior to his return from the war. This gave me the impression that my 3x great grandfather Cesar was owned separate and apart from his family. 

In Part Two of this series I speculated that a wealthy farmer by the name of Jonathan Hawkins was a strong candidate for the owner of Carolina Hawkins, his siblings, and his mother Mary Hawkins Mitchel Jones. Who owned Cesar Jones then?

I believe that the answer to that question could possibly be Allen B Jones of Onslow County, NC.  I have to admit I don't have a lot to base this on. My gut just leads me to him.

Allen B Jones was born November 22, 1802 in Onslow County, NC to William and Sarah Jones. He was a wealthy farmer who by 1840 owned 36 slaves.


Source Information Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Source Citation Year: 1840; Census Place: Onslow, North Carolina; Roll: 367; Page: 136; Image: 287; Family History Library Film: 0018096

The one slave male aged 24--35 peaks my interest here because he just might be my 3rd great grandfather Cesar Jones. I silently scream to myself every time I find myself reviewing through slave schedules. The scream says, "What were your names?" Ah, but property of course was not to be listed by name. (Sigh) Just another one of the many indignities suffered by those who were enslaved. 

Is this Cesar Jones? I don't know. 

The 1850 Federal Census for Allen B Jones shows a 35 year old male who again, just might be my 3rd great grandfather.


Digging in The Dirt --Part Three:  Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Digging in The Dirt --Part Three:  Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

And then in the 1860 Federal Census Slave Schedule, there's a 43 year old male I have my eyes on. 


Digging in The Dirt --Part Three:  Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.


So yes there's someone who fits the correct approximate age listed on each of these censuses for my Cesar Jones. What else may lead me to think that there may be some sort of connection to my Jones family line. 

Let's talk about names. It's important to follow naming trends within families when researching your African American ancestors. Names are often passed down from generation to generation. Another thing to look at is the surnames of those who marry your family lines. Violet Jones was one of the children of Cesar Jones and Mary Hawkins Mitchel. Violet married a man by the name of Warren Devaughn. So with that information in mind, my eyes were really intrigued by a name that looked very similar to Devaughn listed on a census that Allen B Jones was listed on.  


Digging in The Dirt --Part Three:  Did Allen B. Jones Own My 3rd Great Grandfather, Cesar Jones?  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1860 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. 

Allen B. Jones is noted as "A. B. Jones" here. I marked his entry with a yellow arrow as well as "John S. Jones" and "L. B. Hustson agt." John S Jones was one of Allen's brothers and L B Hutson was an agent acting on the behalf of the estate of Edward Starkey Jones, who was another Jones sibling. Things get interesting when you get to the red and blue arrow. The red arrow is next to the name "M. W. Dvaughn." He was a 26 year old man who's occupation was "overseer" for D. W. Sanders. Perhaps this man had some sort of connection to Warren Devaughn, the husband of Violet Jones, my 2nd great grand aunt.

The blue arrow points to the name D. W. Sanders which stands for David Ward Sanders who was another wealthy farmer from the White Oak district of Onslow County, NC. Besides owning many slaves he had something else in common with someone I wrote about in a prior post.

He owned a salt works. Hmm sound familiar. Well, that's because Johnathan Hawkins who I wrote about in Part Two of this series also owned a salt works. Here's an excerpt of the newspaper article I featured in that post. It's from the Wilmington Journal dated September 11, 1862, Page 2 and gives a description of when Federal forces arrived in Swansboro, NC on the afternoon of August 14th.

On their arrival at Swansboro, every dwelling house was searched and all the arms found were carried off; they stold all the negroes who gave them any information relative to our loyal citizens or where to find and plunder, and carried them off ; destroyed Mr. Sanders and Mr. Hawkins Salt Works and done whatever other mischief they saw fit and left on the next Wednesday in high spirits.

Were these two in business together or did they each own a salt works? What was their connection to Allen B Jones?

To help answer the first question, here's a portion of a letter I found online on a site called Ehistory created by The Ohio State University. To see the letter in it's entirety please click here.


The letter was dated August 20, 1862 and was addressed to Major General H. W. Halleck from Major General J. G. Foster.

The vessels rendezvoused at the mouth of White Oak River, Swansborough, landed, and took possession of the town. The next day the two ligtest-draught steamers started up Stumpy Sound, and, having proceeded 2 miles, landed a detachment of troops, who, marching down the banks of the sound, found and destroy the salt-works of a Mr. Hawkins, with a store-house partially filled. These works were quite extensive and well filled up, and had a capacity of about 7,000 bushels per annum. The force then proceeded to the works of Colonel Saunders (capacity about 2,500 bushels per annum), which they destroyed, and hearing of no other works of any consequence, the detachment returned to their vessels.

This gives me the sense that we were probably talking about two separate enterprises but they were close in proximity to one another. Folks in the same business and same town probably run in same social circles. They may have done business together or possibly employed some of the same slaves.

Now what about the connection to Allen B. Jones. When looking at the 1860 census page I featured above you see Mr. Jones and Mr. Sanders were enumerated one right after the other. I would be willing to bet that Allen B. Jones probably hired out some of his slaves from time to time, perhaps even to his neighbor D. W. Sanders.

Let's speculate that my 3rd great grandfather Cesar Jones was owned by Allen B. Jones and hired out to work for D. W. Sanders at his salt works. If Cesar was skilled in this kind of work, it would make sense that he may have worked at more than one salt works. Perhaps he was hired out for a period of time to work for Jonathan Hawkins.

I know it's a lot of speculation but this is where putting the pieces together of our ancestors lives often begins. You look at the evidence and build a theory. As you uncover more information, you see what holds true. 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

If You've Been Looking For Me...

If You've Been Looking For Me... How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


If you've been looking for me, I've been doing some traveling with the family. Life is good and don't worry I'll be posting something genealogy related soon. Just needed a little rest and relaxation. Hope all of you are having a wonderful Summer!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Something About Me Saturday: Cape Cod 2016

Sorry it's been a while. We've been back from vacation for two weeks and just now I finally found time to post these pictures. It's been busy over this way since we returned home. In between shuttling the kids to camp and gymnastics practice, I've been working on a systematic de-cluttering of our house. The end result I am so looking forward to --a more peaceful and better functioning home. I think I will probably need another vacation when it's done:) 

Had a lovely time with the family on Cape Cod. You can see from the pictures that my little people aren't so little anymore.


Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey






Cape Cod 2016  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey






Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey









Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Cape Cod 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey





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