Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: A Smile Comparison

I couldn't quite place it until just the other day when I was looking at old photographs. At times, my daughter's smile has reminded me of the smile of her great grandmother, Ethel Murrell. Take a look and let me know what you think. 

Tombstone Tuesday: Ada Ellison Bedford

Ada Ellison Bedford
Wife of James E. Bedford
March 6, 1895?--May 20, 1943
Gone, but not forgotten
St Peter's Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery
Snow Hill, Greene County, NC. 
Image taken by Horace Wiggins courtesy of Find A Grave.
Ada Ellison Bedford was my 1st cousin 4x removed
Her father was Harvey Ellison and Irvin Ellison was her uncle.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part eight

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If you missed any portion of this series, here are the links:

When I first received my 3rd great grand uncle's file, I found that the paperwork was in a general reverse chronological order from the point he died, back to when the file was first created. The order in which things were in however, was not precise. I still haven't set things straight because I am enjoying a bit of the randomness of how I come across things.  When I was reviewing Irving Ellison's file recently, this page jumped out at me.

Civil War Division,
Inv. Ctf. No. 597504                                            MME.
Irwin Ellerson, 
Co. H, 36, U.S.C. Inf.                                          April 15, 1913.

     Mr. Irwin Ellerson, 

                         North Carolina.


               In response to your communication of the 3rd ultimo, received the 5th, you are advised that as five months and five days were deducted from your service on account of absence in confinement, the rate, $24. per month allowed for two years, six months, and twenty-six days' service, and seventy-one years of age is correct.

                                   Very respectfully,

                                              J. L.Davenport

"What's this?" I thought. A little more digging in the file provided the next two pages.

Civil War Division
Section 2, EXR,

Department Of The Interior,
Bureau of Pensions

Washington, D. C., Dec-31-191
Respectfully referred to the 
Adjutant General
War Dept
for period of soldier's absence from his company
without leave, in desertion, arrest and confinement
Cert No 597504
Irvin Ellersen
Pvt Co H. 36 U.S.C. Inf

J. L. Davenport

War Department,

The Adjutant General's Office,

                     Jan 7 1913

Respectfully returned to The Commissioner of Pensions, with the information that in the case of Irvin Ellerson, also borne as Irvin Ellerson, Co. H, 36 U.S.C. Inf., the records show that he was found guilty by a general court martial of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline not involving absence without leave which offense was committed on or about April 29, 1865, and sentenced to be confined at hard labor in charge of the regimental guard of his own reg't to labor during fatigue hours and be confined in regimental guard house while not at labor, said confinement to continue for three calendar months, to forfeit all pay to become due him during said term and to wear a ball weighing 24 pounds attached to his left leg by a chain six feet long while thus confined.  The proceedings, findings and sentence were approved and promulgated in orders dated Aug.1865. 
     The records also show him July 24, 1865 in reg't guard house and tried by Gen on old charges of May 165.
     Aug. 28/65 Sentenced by G.C.M. as stated above.
     Oct. 5, 1865 Released from confinement in regimental guard house by order of maj. W. H. Hart comdg. reg't.
     Nothing additional has been found bearing on inquiry.

Geo. Andrews

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Thankful Thursday: So Thankful Again For The Help

I would like to send a huge thank you out to a couple of individuals I have connected with on Facebook recently, who have ties to the city of New Bern. These individuals have been able to provide me with additional information about my great grandfather John T. Harrison Sr. In case you missed it, you may want to check out this prior post about my great grandfather: Tombstone Tuesday: John Thomas Harrison Sr. Revisited
Well, last evening I figured out something pretty interesting, due to the help I had recently received. I'll explain. These kind folks had access to old pictures of the city of New Bern and in particular of the place my great grandfather worked at Hills Clothiers. John Harrison worked as a tailor at what began as Hills Tailoring Co. The original location of the shop was at 79 Middle Street, but at some point later it moved to another spot a little further north on same street.  The following images are of that later location. 

This image is of Middle Street looking North. The sign for Hills is on the left side 
of the shot above Florsheim Shoes. The picture was dated 1971.

This is a view of Middle St looking south from the prospective of the right front of Hill's Clothiers.

When I saw this shot, it seemed familiar to me in some way, but I just couldn't place it. Then at some point later that night, I said to my self, "Wait a minute." I went into the entryway of my house and looked on the wall. I have hanging there different kinds of memorabilia such as post cards and black and white photos of the places that my ancestors had lived. I pulled this post card off the wall which I purchased about a year and a half ago and proceeded to take it out of it's frame.

A postcard of "Middle Street Looking South, New Bern, North Carolina."

I looked at the first two pictures again. Then I pulled up Google Maps for an additional reference.

Here's that first picture again.

Here's a view of Middle St. looking north courtesy of Google Maps:

Now the second picture.

Middle St looking south courtesy of Google Maps

That's when I realized that my great grandfather John may have played a hand in why I purchased that post card. I didn't know what I was looking at when I bought it but now I realize that it was a view my great grandfather would have seen when going to work each day.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: A Grandmother's Smile Can Light Up A Room

Mary Horton and Ethel Murrell. My maternal and paternal grandmothers visiting my parent's house in Lake Ronkonkoma, NY. I think this was Thanksgiving 1991. When I look at this picture, I just miss them so much. Blowing kisses to you both up in heaven.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

ProQuest...You Are So My Friend Right Now!

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Okay, if you haven't been aware of this, here's your notice that ProQuest.com has been allowing free access  to their Historical Black Newspaper's Collection, as well as, several other collections, in celebration of Black History Month. This free access is for the entire month of February. So if you haven't gotten over to their website yet to look for your ancestors....Get Going! :)

ProQuest, right now is my best friend. I have been able to find quite a few lovely nuggets on different ancestors in my family tree. This obituary which I found the other day, gave me the names of several female relatives. Laura Ellison, my 3rd great grand aunt, I knew of prior to this. She was born Laura Harper and married my 3rd great grandmother's brother Harvey Ellison. Harvey and his wife were buried at St. Peter Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Snow Hill, NC.  For pictures of their graves, you can find them shown in my blog post,  Why It's Important To Keep Digging.

This part of the family came from Snow Hill, NC originally, but later planted roots in Springfield, Massachusetts. Prior to coming across this article, I had been able to track the whereabouts of two of Laura Ellison's daughters, Mrs. Ada (Ellison) Bedford and Mrs. Gencie (Ellison) Barfield but the others remained a mystery to me. Now, I've got something to work with here!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Not So Wordless Wednesday On Thursday: More From the Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison--Part seven

In case you missed any part of this series, here are the links:

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part one

Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part two

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part three

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part four

Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part five

Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part six

I had all good intentions of getting this post completed yesterday but my eyes were about to fall out of my head last night and my hubby needed some attention. So it is, what it is. :) On part six of this series, I left off with the question, Who were G. Rumley Jr. and O. Rumley? They both gave testimony in defense of my 3rd great grand uncle, Irvin Ellison's character. So who were they?

It turns out that the G in G. Rumley stood for Gilbert. Gilbert Rumley (Sept. 19, 1855--Jul. 15, 1930) was the son of William Rumley and Henrietta Blount Rumley of Washington, NC.           
O. Rumley was Otway Rumley (Dec. 2, 1859--Nov. 16, 1924) and he was Gilbert's younger brother. I believe that Gilbert Rumley noted on the affidavit that he was a Jr. to distinguish himself from the other Gilbert Rumleys in the family. His grandfather went by the same name as well as an uncle. Since the Rumley brothers had their names and ages listed on the Neighbor's Affidavit, it was fairly easy to locate them in the census.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Washington, Beaufort, North Carolina; Roll: 952; Family History Film: 1254952; Page: 135B; Enumeration District: 007; Image: 0561. Source Information:  Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 

The family appeared to be owners of a farm as of 1880 and the household was headed up by Henrietta, Gilbert and Otway's mother.  Gilbert's occupation was listed as a farmer while Otway's was shown to be farm labor. According to the affidavit in Irvin Ellison's pension file, they had known him for a period of 26 years and that he had been employed on the farm during the 10 years prior to April 10,1894. So they had known of Irvin since about 1868. Amazing! Talk about a good character reference. Gilbert's grandfather had been a county clerk of Carteret County, NC.  I guess it must have been in the blood to serve the county, because by 1900, Gilbert Jr.'s occupation was listed as an official of Beaufort County. Otway Rumley was shown to be a provisions dealer

Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Washington, Beaufort, North Carolina; Roll: 1182; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0012; FHL microfilm: 1241182.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: Washington, Beaufort, North Carolina; Roll: 1182; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0012; FHL microfilm: 1241182.Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

Gilbert Rumley later went on to become the register of deeds of Beaufort County. I love Google! We are so lucky these days to be able to type in a few key words and instantly gain access to images and information. One of the things that I came across when I did this for Gilbert was this.

Image Courtesy of  the book, "Washington: North Carolina"  By Louis Van Camp.

I don't know how you guys out there reading this feel, but I love seeing some of the places my ancestors may have seen.

Ottaway Rumley continued to run the family farm until his death in 1924. Gilbert Rumley served as register of deeds until he passed away in 1930.

Otway Rumley (December 2, 1859--November 16, 1924)
Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, Beaufort County, NC
Image courtesy of Find A Grave

Gilbert Rumley (September 19, 1855--July 15, 1930)
Oakdale Cemetery in Washington, Beaufort County, NC
Image courtesy of Find A Grave

Why all the fuss over these two guys? Well there is something to be said for having good character witnesses. If you recall from part four of this series, I showed the Physicians Affidavit that was written by a J. H. Baker on Jan. 4, 1893, which subsequently led to Irvin Ellison's pension being revoked. It was later reinstated after another doctor, P. A. Nicholson, examined Irvin Ellison and wrote up another Physician's Affidavit contrasting the prior doctor's findings. I can't imagine the hardship that my ancestor went through during that period of time when he went without his pension. I bet after that occurred he tried to do whatever he could to ensure he would not lose it again. He knew he needed the backing of the right people.

One thing that my mind longs to see when researching my ancestors, is to find those folks who along the way were willing to show some compassion. I feel this was the case with the Rumley brothers. They came from a place of means. They didn't have to write an affidavit. That was of their choosing. While researching the Rumleys, I found a passage in a book called "Washington and the Pamlico" edited by Ursula Fogleman Loy and Pauline Marion Worthy. The passage reads as follows:

Gilbert Rumley, father of ex-sheriff William Rumley, was Register of Deeds and was also greatly beloved by everyone. 

It would seem to me that these folks had a bit more compassion than others of the time.  For what it is worth, I would like to say thank you to Gilbert and Otway Rumley for submitting the affidavit for Irvin Ellison.

Thankful Thurdsay: Thankful For My Partner In Life

Okay, I lied on my last post when I said that my next post was going to be a continuation of my series on my 3rd great grand uncle's Civil War Pension file. But this is a good lie, because it is Valentine's Day. 

My husband and I shortly after we began dating.
Picture was probably taken in August or September 1995.

I met my sweet husband during the second week of May 1995. I had finished college and had just begun my first "grown-up job." I was selling advertising time for a local radio station and I decided to walk into my husband's store to see if he would be interested in purchasing air time. Well, he didn't buy any advertising but, I guess you already know how things worked out :)

Happy Valentine's Day Sweetie!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part six

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If you missed the other parts to this series, here are the links:

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part one

Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part two

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part three

Amanuensis Monday: Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part four

Civil War Pension File of Irvin Ellison --Part five

To review, Irvin Ellison was my 3rd great grand uncle on my maternal line. He was the brother of my 3rd great grandmother Caroline Ellison Bryant.  He served in Co. H of the 36th regiment of the U. S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. 

This post's focus is a neighbor's affidavit dated April 10, 1894. 

Neighbor's Affidavit

For the testimony of EMPLOYERS or NEAR NEIGHBORS of soldier (other than relatives), showing his present physical disability, as required under the provisions of the Act of June 27, 1890.

State of North Carolina  , County of Beaufort  , SS
     In the matter of the application for pension of Irvin Ellison No. 597504 Co. H 36 Reg. U.S. Col Vol Infty a Private.
     ON THIS 10th day of April , A.D. 1894, personally appeared before me a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County duly authorized to administer oaths G Rumley Jr.(merchant) aged 38 years, a resident of Washington in the County of Beaufort and State of No. Ca. whose Post-office address is Washington No. Ca.
well known to me to be respectable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows:  That they have been well and personally acquainted with claimant Irvin Ellison for 26 years, and 26 years respectively, and that We hereby certify that the said Irvin Ellison is a man of good character and so respected by all who know him that we have resided near him a distance of 1/2 mile and that the claimant has been in our employ on farm at different periods for past 10 years and has at all times been regarded a trusty competant man and not given to any vicious habits whatever and that questions indicated in paragraph 3 viz:  frost bite of right foot, disease of eyes & rheumatism even not caused by any vicious habits and that frequently while in our employ the claimant was subject to the complaints as alleged and could not perform regular labor therefrom.  This testimony was written in our presence from our oral statement made at the time at Washington, No.Co. Apl 10th 1894 to J.F. Buckman and we did not use and was not aided or prompted by any written or printed statement or recital prepared or dictated by any other person and not attached as an exhibit to this testimony

we further declare that we have no interest in said case and are not concerned in its prosecution.

                                                                       G. Rumley Jr.
                                                                       O. Rumley  
      Note--The witnesses if not themselves equal to the task of drawing the affidavits, should go to some Notary Public, Justice of the Peace, or other officer or competent person, and have the blank filled out and properly executed.

State of North Carolina, County of Beaufort, SS
     Sworn to and subscribed before me on this day by the above name affiants, and I certify that I read said affidavit to said affiants, including the words___________________________
_________erased , and the words_______________________
_____________added, and acquainted them with its contents before they executed the same. I further certify that I am in nowise interested in said case, nor am I concerned in its prosecution; and that said affiants are personally known to me, and that they are credible persons.

                                                                 T. J. Carmalt
Notary  Public

I ________________, Clerk of the County Court in and for aforesaid County and State, do certify that __________, Esq., who has signed his name to the foregoing declaration and affidavit, was, at the time so doing_____________ in and for said County and State, duly commissioned and sworn; that all his official acts are entitled to full faith and credit, and that his signature thereunto is genuine. 
     Witness my hand and seal of office, this _______day of _______189 .

                                                      Clerk of the ____________

Note. --This can be executed before any officer authorized to administer oaths for general purposes.  If such officer uses a seal, certificate of Clerk of Court is not necessary.  If no seal is used, then such certificate must be attached.

You might be asking, why did I feel it was so important to highlight this affidavit? Well, the reason is this. It turns out that G. Rumley Jr. and O. Rumley were important people in the city of Washington, NC in 1894. We'll learn more about them in my next post.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday: We Met At Last!

Earlier in the week, I mentioned that something truly special occurred this past Saturday. I had wonderful time over the weekend visiting New York City with my husband and two kids. Well, they are not the only people I had a wonderful time with. Those of you who have been following my journey for sometime now, may recall a series of posts I did last year that revolved around discovering long lost family members that were connected to my maternal grandfather Lemuel Harrison's brother, William Arthur Harrison. If you missed those posts, here are the links:

A Comment Goes Unnoticed --Part one

A Comment Goes Unnoticed --Part two

Thankfull Thursday: A Comment Goes Unnoticed...No Longer!

On Saturday February 2, 2013, I finally met with my cousin Bill's wife, Erika and their lovely daughter Kiira for lunch in New York City. Bill is the son of William Arthur Harrison Sr. Unfortunately, Bill was not able to attend...but at last it was so good to see and hug family in person.  What lovely people!

Erika and Kiira

To Erika and Kiira, thank you so much to both of you for such a memorable experience. In addition to meeting them, I also had the pleasure of meeting an old family friend, Eloise and her mother. Eloise grew up with my cousin Bill. 

Eloise is seated on the far right and her mother is in the center.

This is why I blog people!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: John Thomas Harrison Sr. Revisited

John Thomas Harrison Sr. --my maternal great grandfather's grave
Greenwood Cemetery, New Bern, NC.

Broader view of the gravesite

Picture of my great grandparents John and Carrie Harrison

A very special gathering took place this past Saturday afternoon that I was blessed to have had the chance to attend. In light of this, I thought it would be good to re-post some of the things that I know about my great grandfather grandfather John Thomas Harrison Sr. I will share details about this special happening in an upcoming blog post. 

New Bern Sun Journal
June 25, 1974

 My great grand father John Thomas Harrison Sr., was a tailor until he passed away in 1974. He had worked most of his life for Hill Tailoring Co. in New Bern. I was able to pull up an article online regarding the place he worked at. It is from "The Illustrated City of New Bern, North Carolina, 1914."

HILL TAILORING COMPANY.—Makers of clothes that gentlemen wear. Among the high class tailoring house of this city, that of the Hill Tailoring Company is worthy of prominent mention. The location of the concern is in the heart of the city at 79 Middle Street, with phone 740. Mr. H. M. Hill is the proprietor. He is one of the city’s well known business men and stands among the very leaders in the tailoring trade. He carries an immense stock of high-class suitings and turns out the most fashionable and perfect fitting garments at reasonable prices. This business has been established for three years, and keeps steadily growing in volume.

Before he was a tailor, he had a connection to Pepsi. Well, a lot of people from New Bern have a connection to Pepsi, since it is the birthplace of Pepsi Cola. John Harrison was a porter at one of the Bradham's Drug Co. locations in New Bern according to the 1916 "Official Directory of the City of New Bern" published by Chas. S. Gardiner. I think if he were alive today we might have to have a discussion about the age old battle of "Coke vs Pepsi", because I prefer Coca Cola. Nah...We probably would have a talk about a few other things first.

My great grandfather John Harrison is the one listed residing at 10 Brown's Alley

*Portions of this post originally appeared here on this blog on July 12, 2011 , July 13, 2011, and July 26, 2011.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Taking a Break to Make a Memory :)

This past weekend was absolutely wonderful! Took time out to visit New York City with the kids. It was their first time seeing the Museum of Natural History and the wonderful dinosaur exhibits they have there. Here are a few of the pictures.

No my husband and daughter are not space aliens although, their eyes might say otherwise. LOL!

Dad says, "Hey check this out."

"This is pretty cool!"

How something could have been this big boggles my mind.

"Today, we are here to talk about dinosaurs. Let's begin."

"Ahh! Did somebody say dinosaurs?!"

"Okay, seriously on the subject of dinosaurs..."

"We love dinosaurs! Hey, where's dad?"

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