Saturday, April 18, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #15 Caledonia Kerr Barnhill --How Do You Spell That?

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #15 Caledonia Kerr Barnhill --How Do You Spell That?

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 15 (April 9-16) – How Do You Spell That? What ancestor do you imagine was frequently asked that? Which ancestor did you have a hard time finding because of an unusual name?

Lately, I've been absolutely obsessed with researching my Kerr ancestors of Sampson County, NC. I didn't want to change direction in my research so luckily, I was able to come across an ancestor from this line that was suitable for this week's theme.

Caledonia Kerr Barnhill was my paternal 2nd great grand aunt. She was born around 1858 in Franklin Township, Sampson County, NC. Her parents were Jacob Kerr and Clara Kerr, my 3rd great grandparents. I am a descendant of her brother Henry Kerr who was my 2nd great grandfather. 

The name Caledonia I wasn't familiar with so I of course looked up it's meaning. The following definition I found on a website called ThinkBabyNames.com.

Caledonia:  as a girl's name is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Caledonia is "the Scottish highlands". Originally the name of the people conquered by the Roman general Agricola in that area around 80 AD. 

This name undoubtedly must have been picked up from the family of John D. Kerr who my Kerr relatives purchased land from. John D. Kerr's grandfather, Daniel Kerr Jr., was born in Scotland and settled in Sampson County, NC.  

Caledonia Kerr Barnhill wasn't the only girl named Caledonia in the family. Caledonia Kerr Barnhill had a brother who happened to also be named Daniel Kerr. My 2nd great grand uncle Daniel Kerr chose the name Caledonia for one of his daughters.

Caledonia married Hardy Washington Barnhill sometime around 1886 based on information provided on the 1900 Federal Census.

Source Information Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.Source Citation Year: 1900; Census Place: Lake Creek, Bladen, North Carolina; Roll: 1183; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 0012; FHL microfilm: 1241183

As far as I can tell this appears to be her first marriage and Hardy Barnhill's second. So far, I've identified two daughters that Caledonia had with Hardy, Lillie Barnhill Boykin and a Rosa Barnhill. They owned their own land. Caledonia kept house while her husband Hardy ran the farm. Caledonia and her family lived in the Lake Creek, Bladen County for a number of years before returning to Sampson County by 1920. The 1920 Federal Census shows that they were living in Lisbon Township at that time.

Source Information Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: Lisbon, Sampson, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1322; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 88; Image: 254

Caledonia Kerr Barnhill died on April 24, 1924. The cause of death listed on her death certificate was an abdominal tumor. She was buried at the "Jacob Kerr Burial Ground." One day I hope to find this burial ground so I can pay respect to my Kerr ancestors.


Source Information Ancestry.com. North Carolina, Death Certificates, 1909-1975 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2007. Original data: North Carolina State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. North Carolina Death Certificates. Microfilm S.123. Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh, North Carolina.

**Important to note that her birth date is listed here as March 11, 1861. The year may not be entirely accurate. Caledonia's age on the 1870 Federal Census was listed as 13. That would make her birth year 1858.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: A Day At The Park --April 2015

Here's some pictures from our family outing to Arnold Park in Vestal, NY this past Sunday. We finally have started to have some weather that resembles Spring in my area. Here's hoping it lasts.



Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Wordless Wednesday:  A Day At The Park --April 2015  How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Time to go home.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I Had An "I'm A Dummy Moment"

I Had An "I'm A Dummy Moment" --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


I had to share this "I'm a dummy moment" with you. If you have been following my blog as of late, you know I have been working on my Kerr line from Sampson County, NC. I have been doing all sorts of reading on Sampson County history, reviewing land maps, and figuring out how all these Kerrs from Franklin Township in Sampson County were connected. I kept going back to the Sampson County Register of Deeds Online portal and staring at the index page I pulled up for surname Kerr and knew that there was something I wasn't seeing. I know my Kerr ancestors must have been shouting at me as I stared at the computer screen. They were probably saying, "It's right there...just click that dang button already." I just wasn't seeing it, that is until the other night. 

Let me explain. First, if you happen to have any ancestors of your own who came from Sampson County, NC you should take yourself over to the following link:  Sampson County Register Of Deeds Remote Access Site

Once you go there you will see a screen that looks like this:



Click on where it says "Acknowledge Disclaimer 
to Begin Searching Records"


For older records, go to "Scanned Index Books (Imaged Index)" 
and click on that.




When this screen comes up, click on the drop down window and choose the date range you wish to search. For this example I chose "2-Land (Inception of County--1977)" After you make your selection, click on where it says "Next."




A "Sub-Type" drop down window will appear. 
You can choose whether you want to search by "1-Grantor, 2-Grantee or 3-Trustee (Grantee)." For this example, I chose "1-Grantor." Then click "Next"

"Select Year Range" window pops up. For this example, I used "Inception of County -1940." Then click "Next."

"Input Name" field will come up. There's only one
 choice for this first drop down window and that's "Human/Corporation." The field that pops up just
 to the right of that is where you type in the 
name you wish to research. This is where 
I typed in "Kerr." Then click on "Search."


So this is what comes up.  If you look at the left side 
of the screen you will see a listing of surnames. I have "Kerr" 
noted with the red arrow. Click on the surname 
you are looking for. I clicked on "Kerr."


This takes you to an index page for those with the surname Kerr. 
I have noted with the red arrow where I found the listing 
for my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr and his son Gabe Kerr. 
The yellow arrow is next to the book number and page number the deed can be found in. 


Once you have the book number and page page number,
 you type in that information up where it says "View Image."
 Then you click on "View."

This is when the "Document View Page" comes up. This allows you to see scanned copy of the deed you chose. This page can be maximized so you can view the deed in full screen.


Once you've maximized this window, you can scroll 
down the document. I've noted on the left with a red arrow 
where you can find the "Previous Page" and "Next Page" buttons. This comes in handy when the deed you are looking at continues on to the next page. 

So finally, I get to my "I'm A Dummy Moment." I think I chalk this up to the fact that I was so happy to find my 3rd great grandfather's deed that it temporarily shut down part of my other brain functions.

For some reason, it never dawned on me that there was more than one index page of Kerrs. I'll try to explain this further using one of my earlier screen shots.

Somehow I missed this area on the left on my earlier perusals.

That's right Page 1 of 14.

For now, let's just say I have a few more deeds I need to transcribe.
A few of these deeds involve my 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr. Then there are a few that involve a couple of Jacob Kerr's sons. At least for a while, it looks like these Kerrs will be keeping me busy. 

To be continued...

**All screen shots were courtesy of  the Sampson County Register of Deeds Remote Access Site.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Where There's A Will, There Is A Way: Jacob's Kerr's Will


In the case of my paternal 3rd great grandfather Jacob Kerr of Sampson County, I think one could say that, "Where there is a will, there is a way." Jacob Kerr's will detailed how his property was to be divided and passed down to his children upon his death. This will paved the way for his descendants to continue their way of life, living off the land and being self sufficient. 


If you missed any of my previous post about Jacob Kerr, here are the links:

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #11 My Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather Jacob Kerr

A Look At A Few Of Jacob Kerr's Neighbors

Jacob and Gabe Kerr Purchase Land


Jacob Kerr signed his will on June 30, 1895. His will was probated on November 8, 1895. It appears then he died sometime between those two dates. 


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org.:  North Carolina Probate Records 1735-1970, 
Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol 3. Image 360 of 365.

Will
In the name of God Amen! I Jacob Kerr of Tomahawk Sampson County, N.C. do hereby make publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking any and all wills by me here to fore made.

1st I direct my executors here in after named to pay my funeral expenses. 

Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,
 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

and all of my just debts and liabilities soon as can conveniently after my decease.
2nd I give and bequeath to my son Andrew D Kerr and equal portion of my land to begin viz.  Commencing at the south and extending north East and west covering the entire tract till it contains an equal part which he is entitled.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,
 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365


3rd I give and bequeath to my son Hayes B Kerr and equal part of my land to begin at the termination on my son Andrews and containing as above described. 
4th I do give and bequeath to my son Henry R. Kerr an equal portion of my land to begin at the termination of my Hayes, and continue as above described.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,

 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

5th I do give and bequeath to my son Robt T Kerr and equal portion to begin at the termination of my son Henry's and continue as above described till it contains an equal part.
6th I do give and bequeath to my son Jacob D Kerr Jr. an equal part as described above to begin at the termination my son Robert as above described and the balance to the house tract including the house he is living in.


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,
 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

7th I do give and bequeath to my son Gabe equal or portion and a track near South River known as the Ed Rich tract. 
8th I do give and bequeath a portion to my Grandson John T Kerr and one grape vine in the Johnson field at the house where my son Jacob is living.
9th I do hold the house tract where I am living for myself and my son Hatties L Kerr and he is to have a portion of the above first described. I go give and bequeath to my son Daniel


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina Probate Records, 1735-1970,

 Sampson County Wills 1868-1895, Vol. 3, Image 361 of 365

something if not land something he can use. Last wills conflict with this one are null and void. I do here unto set my hand and seal this June 30, 1895
          his
Jacob X Kerr    Tomahawk, N.C.
               mark

Witnesses
 James T Hayes Tomahawk
                          County of Sampson State of
                North Carolina

 William H Hayes  Tomahawk Sampson
 County State of North Carolina.


Thursday, April 9, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition : #14 Lemuel Richard Harrison --Family Photo

Amy Johnson Crow, the author of the blog No Story Too Small, is the host of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Blog Prompt series. If you are not familiar with the project please click on the following link:  Announcing 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: 2015 Edition.

Week 14 (April 2-8) – Favorite Photo: Who is in a favorite photo of yours? Or tell the story of the photo itself — where was it taken, what was the event?

My maternal grandfather, Lemuel Richard Harrison, is one of the people featured in this treasured family photograph. The other person is my mother. I just love this photo! Of course it is extremely difficult to choose a favorite among all the family pictures I have. This one is high up on the list though.


Mom with her dad.

If you would like to learn more about my grandfather Lemuel Richard Harrision, take a look at these links:

Monday, April 6, 2015

Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two: MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

This year we decided to visit some place new during our stay in Siesta Key, Florida. We visited the MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium and had a wonderful time looking at all sorts of sea life. Here's some pictures from our visit. For more information on MOTE, please check out this link: https://mote.org/


Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
 "Hey Mom and Dad....Come check out this turtle!"


Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Turtle says, "Hey kid."


Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey




Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Siesta Key 2015 Vacation --Part Two:  MOTE Marine Laboratory & Aquarium --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



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