Monday, November 28, 2016

Genealogy Blog Party: Celebrating Traditions --My Grandma's Rolls

If you are not familiar with the Genealogy Blog Party, be sure to stop over to host Elizabeth O'Neal's blog Little Bytes of Life to learn more.

November Theme:  Celebrating Tradition

Share a favorite holiday tradition.
Examples:  

  • A favorite family recipe or complete meal;
  • A display of treasured ornaments and decorations;
  • Watching special movies or TV shows together;
  • Attending parties and other gatherings.


One day, I will be able to recreate them. At least that is my hope. What am I talking about? I'm talking about being able to make my Grandma Murrell's rolls. Those rolls were only one of many culinary feats my grandmother was able to accomplish in her tiny kitchen. It's the smell and taste of those rolls I long for when the holiday season comes around.

Here's me with my grandma back when I was in high school, posing in her kitchen. 

Genealogy Blog Party: Celebrating Traditions --My Grandma's Rolls --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


You know anyone who owns an apron like that one means business in the kitchen. When I was a kid, the aroma of this sweet lady's home on the days she would bake was absolutely intoxicating.  It wasn't until I had a family of my own many years later and attempted to make rolls myself that I identified what one of the components of that scent was. It was yeast. Up until then my only bread making experience involved making biscuits. I wondered why my kitchen didn't have that same delicious smell my grandmother's had when I baked. That's because there's no yeast in biscuits. Silly me. :)

Thanksgiving was wonderful this year. I hosted and thankfully everyone was well and came hungry to my house. Sadly, I don't have my grandmother's recipe to refer to when baking. I think I wrote it down once when I was a kid but that scrap of paper was quickly lost. The recipe that I use now is from The Good Housekeeping Cookbook. The copyright on my edition is 2001. The recipe is located on Pg 595 and is for refrigerator rolls.

Very similar to that recipe is this one that I found at this link:
http://www.bhg.com/recipe/overnight-refrigerator-rolls/

Even though the recipe I use is not my grandma's, I still try to channel her spirit when I'm cooking. She put a lot of love into whatever she made and she truly enjoyed watching people eat her food. It was her way of passing on joy to those she cared about. 





Mappy Monday: Aerial View of Bridgeton

Mappy Monday:  Aerial View of Bridgeton
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

I learned today that I was just slightly off on my estimation of where Fort Anderson was located in New Bern, thanks to the a map I found on WikiMedia Commons. In my post, Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate, I used Google Maps to plot out points in Bridgeton, a town that's considered part of the New Bern metropolitan area. That map I created I am featuring here again and is shown above. The points noted on the map were areas mentioned in documents that described the location of the Barrington/Lincoln Estate, an area that my 3rd great grandfather had obtained a land lease for after the Civil War.


Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.





This is a map of the area involved in The Battle of Fort Anderson during the Civil War. The area noted with the red circle features the approximate location of the actual fort. Now, I don't know exactly when I might be able to make a trip to New Bern but thanks to YouTube I can get an aerial view of the area where the fort was and some more of the general area referred to as Bridgeton

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.


Mappy Monday:  Aerial View of Bridgeton
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

I turned these maps around to mimic the point of reference the video was shot from. It's nice to get a sense of the area where my 3rd great grandfather worked the land.



At 4:12 in on the video there's a nice view of Bridgeton on the left, the Neuse River, and then New Bern on the right in the distance. 

My thanks go out to Joe Charboneau for shooting this video. 

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016

I know I am a bit late posting this, but this is the first time today I've been able to sit down at the computer for a period of time. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful day spending time with friends and family. My kids had me cracking up earlier in the day with ideas of what Thanksgiving could be renamed. This was my favorite, Butter-giving. My daughter couldn't believe how much butter I needed to buy to make the meal. Well, butter does make it taste better :) 

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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Binghamton Fall Open 3: His First Fencing Meet :)

What a great day! My little man participated in his first fencing meet yesterday. In a post from earlier in the year, I shared how my son had decided to follow in his mother's footsteps and take up the sport of fencing. If you missed that post, here's the link:  Something About Me Saturday: Another Generation Takes A Stab At Fencing

I warned him before the meet that the point of attending was to try to score touches and to observe other more experienced fencers. Also, it was great practice for him getting hooked and unhooked to equipment more quickly. This was going to be a learning experience. He was the youngest participant (he's only 11) and he was competing against college aged and older folks. He was a winner for being there.

I have to say thank you to several of the Binghamton University fencers who were there yesterday and gave my son advice and words of encouragement just as he was knocked out of the tournament. It meant a lot to him and to me to have that support. Also, I have to say thank you to my brother and my brother in law who stopped up to cheer my son on.


Binghamton Fall Open 3:  His First Fencing Meet :) --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
My brother and my son.



Monday, November 14, 2016

Fall Festival 2016

Her papa and I are so proud! This girl is driven. She loves to practice and she just loves gymnastics. So glad she found something that she loves doing. This is a picture of her from Sunday. It was the first meet of the season at her gymnastics academy. 

Fall Festival 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Beam: 8.0 
Floor:  8.55
Bars:  8.3
Vault: 8.8

All Around --2nd Place 



Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate

Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Cooper - n. - a person whose work is making or repairing barrels and casks. (Definition courtesy of Merriam-Webster Dictionary.)

Bristow Harris was my 3rd great grandfather on my maternal line. On my post, Amanuensis Monday: Brister/Bristow Harris Found In Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, I made a short list of questions regarding his motivation to lease a particular piece of land at the end of the Civil War.


Here are the questions I came up with on from that post:

1) Why this piece of land? 
2)What was Bristow's connection to it? Was there a connection to the man who originally owned it--Stephen Barrington?
3) Was his choice to lease this particular piece of land linked to his occupation as a cooper.

4)Could I pinpoint where the land he leased was located?


My 3rd great grandfather had at least two families. One of these families resided in Wilmington, NC while the other (the one I am descended from) lived in New Bern. From the evidence I've found so far, I believe he split his time between these two cities His occupation was listed as a cooper in a 1875 Wilmington City directory. This was a trade he probably had been doing for quite a long time. I think Bristow was probably doing this in 1865 when he leased land that was referred to as the Barrington estate. This leads to the answer to question one.

The land in question was located somewhere in an area in New Bern called Bridgeton. In 1865, long leaf pine trees covered the area surrounding New Bern. Tar, pitch and turpentine were products that were manufactured from long leaf pine. Someone whose occupation was making barrels probably had experience manufacturing turpentine and other naval store products. Bristow Harris would have resided close to resources that would have made it possible for him to earn a living. 

Did my 3rd great grandfather have a personal connection to Stephen Barrington? For now, I have not been able to identify one. I have however been able to get a better understanding of the general area Bristow worked based on information I've been able to dig up on the Barrington family thus far. 

I should start with noting that the land referred to as the Barrington Plantation was originally known as the Lincoln Plantation. Stephen Barrington (born abt. 1828) married Elizabeth Lincoln (born abt. 1832), the daughter of James Foster Lincoln. Elizabeth Lincoln Barrington died after the birth of her son Walter Barrington. When James Foster Lincoln died he left land to his grandson Walter Barrington. Since Walter was a minor, his father Stephen Barrington, cared for his interests. 


Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
"United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872", database with images, 
FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q1-GS46 : 1 September 2016), Brister Harris, 1865-1872.


"Brister Harris has lease for as many trees as he can cut."


Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


"Jan 12 Brister Harris, Col, all the trees"

So there. Now that I've got that all out, I'll get back to the lease agreement.  I've featured here pages from the Freedman's Bureau Land and Property Records that mentions my 3rd great grandfather Bristow Harris. His lease was described as follows, "a lease for as many trees as he can cut."


Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
"United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872", database with images,
 FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q1-GW94 : 1 September 2016), Brister Harris, 1865.

The U.S. Government needed resources for rebuilding after the Civil War and Brister Harris needed resources so he could provide for his two families as well as his workers. A "one equal fourth part of the production realized by the cultivation and working of the plantation" was to be delivered to the authorized Agent of the United States in Newberne" by January 1 1866.

Sounds like Brister had a bit of an operation going on here. But where was he specifically working? Here are some clues I found in sections of his land lease that have helped me get a better sense of location.


Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

"North Carolina, Freedmen's Bureau Assistant Commissioner Records, 1862-1870," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V611-9WY : 12 December 2014), Brister Harris, 1862-1870; citing NARA microfilm publication M843 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,616,876.

1)On E side Neuse river opposite RR and the Neuse River

Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
"United States, Freedmen's Bureau, Land and Property Records, 1865-1872", database with images, 
FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2Q1-GQHZ : 1 September 2016), Brister Harris, 1865.

2) "...on the East side of the Neuse River and between the two forts."

After doing a little research, I learned the names of two forts that existed on the east side of the Neuse River across from New Bern. I believe the forts mentioned in the Freedmen's record were Fort Anderson and Fort Chase. 

 

Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

Point A:  Approximate location of Fort Anderson.
Point B:  Approximate location of Fort Chase.


3) James Foster Lincoln was Stephen Barrington's father in law. When he died in 1854 he left half of his lands to Stephen Barrington's son. I found additional clues in Lincoln's estate record to give indication of the general area Bristow Harris may have worked. 


Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
"North Carolina Estate Files, 1663-1979," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:VKJM-J2R : 20 November 2015), James F Lincoln, 1854; citing Craven, North Carolina, United States, State Archives, Raleigh; FHL microfilm 1,845,546.


...the following bounds from the mouth of upper Broad Creek with said Creek to Morgan's Swamp & then up the said Morgan Swamp to flat branch to the head of Wiggins Creek then with said creek to Neuse River and then with said River to the mouth of Broad Creek the beginning Excepting two hundred acres in fork neck...

I've been able to identify where Upper Broad Creek, Morgan's Swamp, Neuse River. In regards to Wiggins Creek, I'm still trying to figure out it's location. I pointed out a possibility on this map. 

Bristow Harris and The Barrington Estate --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Google Maps.

I decided to plot on a map all these references to places just to see how things would look all laid out. I also, included the address 710 Hatties Lane. That's the address Bristow Harris's wife Amy Brown Harris resided at with her daughter Sarah J Harris and son in law Samuel Whitney in her later years.

I like plotting things out on a map and having all these names of places noted in space. I know I will be referring back to this map as more details about Bristow Harris's life are revealed to me. 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

The Strangest Thing I've Ever Found While Doing Genealogy Research Was...

My bad! I almost completely forgot about the Genealogy Blog Party going on over at Elizabeth O'Neal's blog Little Bytes of Life. Elizabeth put forth the theme of sharing the strangest thing you've come across while doing genealogy research. Well, this was mine.

The Strangest Thing I've Ever Found While Doing Genealogy Research Was...--How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

A cousin of mine was kind enough a few years back to share several pictures of folks from my Jones family line, including this one. This picture isn't in the best condition but you can still make out that it is a medical student performing an autopsy of some sort. It is a picture of my 1st cousin 3x removed William Thomas Jones. 

He was born in 1886 in Morehead City, NC to William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard Jones. He was a promising young medical student in this photo. His life was tragically cut short by influenza in 1918.  

Even though the subject matter is a bit strange, I am still glad that I have this picture. Pictures help to strengthen our connection to those who lived before us. 


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