Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: Public Market --Barbados

Public Market, Barbados, B.W.I.


Writing about my 1st cousin 2x removed Herbert Cheeseman on my last post, made me pull out my scrapbook I have of postcards of my ancestral places. Herbert emigrated from Barbados and settled in New York City. If you missed that post, here's the link:   52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #19 Herbert Cheeseman --There's A Way.

Each face in this picture has a story. Oh if only postcards could talk.

Monday, May 18, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #19 Herbert Cheeseman --There's A Way

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #19 Herbert Cheeseman --There's A Way
 SS Saint John Saint John, N.B., Canada
Published by Valentine-Black Co. Ltd, 11 Duncan Street, Toronto. Printed in Great Britain

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 19 (May 7-13) – There’s a Way: What ancestor found a way out of a sticky situation? You might also think of this in terms of transportation or migration.

So I decided to go along with using the theme this week. Herbert Cheeseman was my 1st cousin 2x removed on my paternal side. My paternal great grandmother was Frederica Augusta Inniss. She had a sister named Martha Elvira Inniss Cheeseman who was Herbert's mother. 



This branch of my family tree comes from Barbados. My grandfather ,Harold Murrell, came to this country in search of a better life. He arrived on September 29, 1927 in New York, NY. I had no idea that he had family here until I found him listed on the 1930 Federal Census. 


Source InformationAncestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.Source CitationYear: 1930; Census Place: Manhattan, New York, New York; Roll: 1577; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 1020; Image: 367.0; FHL microfilm: 2341312

Herbert Cheeseman and my grandfather Harold Murrell resided together with two other lodgers at 393 Edgecomb Ave in New York City. According to this census entry, it says that Herbert arrived in the U.S. in 1917. When my grandpa came to New York, I am sure he appreciated the guidance his cousin Herbert provided him. It's good to know that they had each other to rely on for support.

I learned how Herbert Cheeseman had "made his way" to New York when I reviewed his naturalization records.


Source Information:Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Petitions for Naturalization from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1897-1944; NARA Series: M1972; Reference: (Roll 1272) Petition No· 359459 - Petition No· 359898

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Petitions for Naturalization from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1897-1944; NARA Series: M1972; Reference: (Roll 1272)  
Petition No· 359459 - Petition No· 359898

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. Selected U.S. Naturalization Records - Original Documents, 1790-1974 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009. Source Citation National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Washington D.C.; Petitions for Naturalization from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, 1897-1944; NARA Series: M1972; Reference: (Roll 1272)  
Petition No· 359459 - Petition No· 359898



Herbert made his declaration of intent to become a U.S. citizen on February 11, 1938.  At that time, he was living at 42 West 139th St, NY, NY.

According to this document, he was born in Bridgetown, BWI (Barbados) on September 26, 1896. Herbert stated that "his lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, NY under the name Herbert Cheeseman on March 25, 1920 on the vessel, SS Asquam."

There's a little bit of a discrepancy here on his timing of arrival between the 1930 census and Herbert's naturalization papers. The census said 1917, the papers said 1920. Perhaps this change of date was due to a memory lapse on my cousin's part when he was filling out his papers? In any event, I found Herbert Cheeseman's World War I Draft Registration Card which was registered on June 5, 1917. He probably arrived in America a few months prior to that.




Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005. Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

In 1930, Herbert Cheeseman's occupation was a "porter" in an "office building." By 1938, he was in a different line of work. On his naturalization papers, his occupation was listed as a "seaman." That wasn't the complete story though. Luckily, I came across records for a few of his travels.


Source Information Ancestry.com. New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Source Citation Year: 1938; Arrival: New York, New York; Microfilm Serial: T715, 1897-1957; Microfilm Roll: Roll 6191; Line: 6; Page Number: 212

He was a waiter on board the SS Saint John! This shows a partial list of the crew who arrived in New York on August 3, 1938 from the port of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. In fact when I reviewed through Ancestry.com's New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957 on-line database, I found Herbert listed on a several ship manifests during the years 1938--1940. He would sail from New York to Yarmouth, Nova Scotia quite often. 

Source Information Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Source Citation Year: 1940; Census Place: New York, New York, New York; Roll: T627_2669; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 31-1874

In 1940, Herbert Cheeseman was still living at 42 West 139th St. His sister, Eleanor Cheeseman, and Gertrude Dallas, a lodger, resided there as well. His occupation was accurately noted as "waiter" on a "boat." My grandfather, Harold Murrell married my grandmother Ethel in 1932 so I am guessing that's probably the year that he moved out of Herbert's place.


On January 20, 1941 Herbert took the Oath of Allegiance and became a U.S. citizen. From this point on, his circumstances took a turn for the worse. His World War II Draft Registration Card indicated he was unemployed. Perhaps he had fallen ill? 

The reason why I think he may have been sick is this.

Image courtesy of Ancestry.com

 I will have to order the death certificate to find out what happened.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #19 Herbert Cheeseman --There's A Way


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wordless Wednesday: View of Tomahawk Depot

Image courtesy of the Sampson County History Museum's book
 Images of America:  Sampson County, Kent Wrench, Editor

Over the last week, I've been looking through the pages of a book from the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing. The book is called Sampson County and was created by the Sampson County History Museum and edited by Kent Wrench. I keep coming back to this image of Tomahawk Depot.

In my last post, I featured a map that showed where the descendants of my 3rd great grandfather, Jacob Kerr, lived. If you missed that post, click here. I wonder how close the depot was to where their land was. If I could only ask the folks in the picture a few questions.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

The town of Tomahawk, NC was one of those places that seemed to spring up out of the middle of nowhere thanks to the railroad. Long leaf pine trees covering the land made turpentine and lumber profitable lines of work during the late 1800's to the early 1900's.To learn a little bit more about Tomahawk, here's a link to an article that was originally published in The Huckleberry Historian, the Sampson County Historical Society newsletter. This shortened version of the original provides a good summary of how the town developed. Here's the link to the article on Clintonnc.com: http://www.clintonnc.com/news/history-localnews1-local_features-news/5023441/The-village-of-Tomahawk.

This town is the place that many folks from my Kerr family line called home. My 3rd great grandfather, Jacob Kerr, purchased land here that was passed down to his children upon his death in 1895. You can read more about how Jacob's land was divided in my post, Where There's A Will, There Is A Way: Jacob's Kerr's Will.

This map I came across courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds. It shows clearly how this was one solid family unit working and living together.

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Image courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds
Book 292 Page 599

Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds
Book 292 Page 599


Where The Heirs Of Jacob Kerr Lived --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

A) Hayes Kerr 
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

On the map, his property is referred to as lot #9. I believe it reads 28 acres.

B) Henry Kerr (my 2nd great grandfather)
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

Lot #8 -67 acres.

C) Daniel Kerr
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

Lot #7 -67 acres.

D) Caldonia Barnhill
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  daughter

Lot #6 -67 acres.

E) Andrew Kerr
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son 

Lot #5 -67 acres.

F) Caroline Hayes
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  daughter

Lot #4 -67 acres.

G) John W Kerr 
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  grandson --This may very well be the only son of Gabriel "Gabe" Kerr I mentioned in my post 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #17 Gabriel Kerr --Putting Together The Pieces Of His Story

Lot #2 -70 acres.

H) R. T. Kerr (Robert Tate Kerr)
     Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  son

Lot #3 -70 acres.

I) Frances Boney
 Relationship to Jacob Kerr:  ?
It appears to say in this section "Lamb heirs." Have to look into what connection there is to the Kerrs if any exists.

You can see the A. C. L. Railroad (Atlantic Coast Railroad) noted on the map.  The Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad (C.F.&Y.V.R.R.) was the predecessor to the A.C.L. There's a site I found on line called Abandoned Rails.com that indicates where the rails for Cape Fear & Yadkin Valley Railroad ran through Tomahawk, NC. The site is a neat resource for seeing where abandoned rail lines ran in places all across the country.



"The Kerr" tract with a portion of the "Rich" tract attached.
as surveyed and divided among the heirs of Jacob Kerr deed.

                                                          J D Johnson Surv.
Aug 31-98-
             The above is exact copy of J. D. Johnson's Plat with his explanation therein. Copied June 19, 1918

                                                          
For the life of me, I can't quite figure out what that name is at the very bottom right of the page. Any thoughts?



Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

When you look into your mother’s eyes, 
you know that is the purest love 
you can find on this earth.

--Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Friday, May 8, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #18 Where There’s a Will

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  Where There's A Will --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

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 18 (April 30 – May 6) – Where There’s a Will: Do you have an ancestor who left an interesting will? Have you used a will to solve a problem? Or, what ancestor showed a lot of will in his or her actions?

I've chosen to share a link to a post I did in May 2013. 

Amanuensis Monday: The Will Of Mary Mitchel Jones


Mary Mitchel Jones was my maternal 3rd great grandmother. She was born in Onslow County, NC on January 21,1823. Although born in Onslow County, she would not remain there. After the Civil War, Mary and her husband Cesar Jones would establish a life together in Morehead City, Carteret County, NC. Mary died on February 22, 1900. She outlived her husband Cesar by just six months.

My 3rd great grandparents were early property owners in Morehead City. Mary Mitchel Jones's will features the distribution of her assets to her children.

To learn more about my 3rd great grandparents, check out these posts: 

52 Ancestors: Week #7 --Mary H Mitchel Jones

52 Ancestors: Week #6 --Cesar Jones



In The Meantime, Let Me Get Down To The Transcribing.

In The Meantime, Let Me Get Down To The Transcribing --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


In my last post regarding my Sampson County kin, 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #17 Gabriel Kerr --Putting Together The Pieces Of His Story, I had come across a newspaper article that discussed briefly the illnesses suffered by individuals in the black community of Lisbon township and how "some fifteen deaths had occurred in close succession." The article was from the Semi-weekly Messenger dated April 30, 1896. I suspect this is how and when a number of folks from my Kerr family line may have died including my 2nd great grand uncle, Gabriel Kerr. I was hopeful that there would be some other mention of this in newspapers of the time or perhaps an obituary for one or more who died. No such luck. Darn. I will keep looking though. In the meantime I have a bunch of deeds that need transcribing, so no better time than the present to get started. 

This deed is regarding land Gabriel Kerr purchased from Edward Rich on March 20, 1873. This was just 14 days after Gabe and his father Jacob were issued a deed for quite a large section of land in Sampson County, NC that I featured in my post Jacob and Gabe Kerr Purchase Land.



In The Meantime, Let Me Get Down To The Transcribing --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey  Sampson County, Deeds, Gabriel Kerr

Image courtesy of the Sampson County Register of Deeds

Edward Rich To Gabriel Kerr
State of North Carolina Sampson County 
This Indenture made this the 20th day of March 1873 between Edward Rich wife Teracy of the first part and Gabriel Kerr of the second part Edward Rich of the County of Bladen and Gabriel Kerr of the County of Sampson. Witnesseth, That the said Edward Rich wife for said in consideration of the sum four hundred and ninety eight and a half dollars to them in hand paid by the said Gabriel Kerr for three pieces of land in the County of Sampson.  First piece beginning at a Cypress on the bank of South River at the mouth of a branch & runs up said branch to Isom Rich line then with the branch line S 38 E 87 poles to a pine thence S 51 West 102 poles to the bank of the said river thence up the river as it meanders to the beginning.


In The Meantime, Let Me Get Down To The Transcribing --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Containing 45 acres and a half.  Beginning at a stake in the middle of long branch the Beg Corner of a 129 acre grant of Isham Rich thence running the last line of said survey with the meanders of said branch 36 ch to a south courner & goes pointes on the east edge of said branch in being the Last Corner of said 129 acre survey thence N 62 W 36 1/2 ch to a pine corner on the north side of an old field formerly owned by Smith thence N 113 E 37 1/2 chs to the main road thence with the road S 60 E 2 1/2 chs thence with the road S 5 1/2 E 2 1/2 chs thenc with the road South 65 1/2 E 14 chs then with the road S 36 1/2 E 4 1/2 chs to a pine stump on the inside of Watkins field in the Corner of his fence thence S 84 W 3 1/2 chs to the Beg. Containing one hundred twenty five acres of land


In The Meantime, Let Me Get Down To The Transcribing --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

     Third Piece Beg at a beach green corner & green pointes on the East edge of the long branch it being the last Corner of the 129 acre Survey granted Isham Rich and runs south with the last line of that Survey running S 62 E 21 3/4 chs to a stake in that line thence N 25 E 36 chs to a stake in the first line of the 129 acre survey thence with that line west 17 chs 35 chs to a stake in the run of long branch it being the Beg. Corner of said 129 acre Survey thence down the long branch as is it meanders to the beginning containing sixty acres four acres in the boundary exempted called the Watkins land & I receive pay for fifty six acres in this boundary me Edward Rich wife Tearcey have this day bargained sold & conveyed the above


In The Meantime, Let Me Get Down To The Transcribing --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

 described pieces of land with Gabriel Kerr (Col) We do for ourselves, our heirs Executors administrators & assigns forever warrant & defend the right title of the above described land free & clear of all incumbrances whatever and from the claim of all persons whatever unto the said Gabriel Kerr His heirs Executors Admins & assigns In witness whereof we herewith set our hands to seals date above written signed sealed and delivered in the presence of                                                          his       
                                                               Edward X Rich  Seal
                                                                           mark
Test Albert Rich                                                 her
        John Cain                                     Tearacy X Rich  Seal
                                                                          mark            
    
North Carolina Sampson County

I Robert Cain Justice of the Peace do hereby certify that Edward Rich wife Terracy Rich of Bladen County said state personally appeared before me this day and acknowledged the due execution of the annexed deed of land of the said Tearacy Rich being by me privately examined separate and apart from her said husband to making her voluntary execution of the same doth state that she signed the same fully and voluntarily without fear or compulsion of her said husband or any other person and that she doth still voluntarily assent thereto Witness my hand and private seal This 23 day of May 1889 
                                                                Robert Cain JP Seal 

North Carolina Sampson County,
The foregoing certificate of Robert Cain a Justice of the Peace of Sampson County is adjudged to be correct. Let the instrument  and the certificates be registered This September 14th, 1889


Registered September 30th, 1889 O. G. Herring Regr. J D Bizzell ofc
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