Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Yes, That's Me Fencing!

Yes, That's Me Fencing!  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


I mentioned not so long ago on this blog that I started doing fencing again over the summer. It seems like it was just the thing I was missing. I have to say it has been challenging. I am still trying to figure out how to fence in the body that I have now. You know the one that has birthed a couple of kids and is bit slower and heavier than it used to be. I wrap my knees now before practice and have a bottle of ibuprofen ready for afterwards. The good news is I've lost a few pounds and toned up quite a bit.

This whole process I am going through right now is about challenging myself and leaving my comfort zone behind. Being an introvert makes it all too easy for me to want to just stay up in my house and do nothing. Well that's not exactly true. I have to take care of the house and be there for my kids and husband.


Yes, That's Me Fencing!  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Oh yeah and there's that darn
 genealogy addiction that keeps acting up. 


Yes, that's me fencing up top on the left. I attended a tournament at Binghamton University, my alma mater, this past Sunday. Initially, I had planned to fence only one weapon, foil. I was still feeling energized after being eliminated early on in the competition. I thought to myself, "Hey why not?! I'll fence another weapon." So I signed up to fence epee too. In retrospect, probably not the best idea because that energized feeling I had quickly wore off. I forgot about the adrenaline rush you get from competing. When it came time for me to fence again, my mind had checked out. I was daydreaming about watching Netflix and relaxing on my couch. Needless to say, I didn't fence my best but the important thing is that I fenced. I got off my butt and was doing something I love to do. I will remain positive and will keep practicing. Got to keep moving the body!

Here's a few more pictures from Sunday: 


Yes, That's Me Fencing!  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Yes, That's Me Fencing!  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



Yes, That's Me Fencing!  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Saturday, September 26, 2015

More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas: Red Rock Canyon

I am so bad at keeping up with the pictures I take. I still have so many to share from the fun summer the family and I had. These were taken at Red Rock Canyon which is just 15 miles west of Las Vegas. 

More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kellehe


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher



More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher


More Pictures From Our August 2015 Trip To Vegas:  Red Rock Canyon  --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey, Andrea Kelleher

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #37 Margaret E Whitney Green --A Large Family Is All She Ever Knew

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #37 Margaret E Whitney Green --A Large Family Is All She Ever Knew, Hyde County


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 37 (September 10-16) –Feature an ancestor who had a large family or who was a member of a large family.

This week's ancestor was born into a large family and then later had a large family of her own. She's from my maternal side of the family on my Whitney branch. She's my 1st cousin 3x removed Margaret E Whitney Green.

Margeret E Whitney was the oldest daughter of my 2nd great grand uncle, Augustus Whitney and his first wife, Susan Ann Burns. Here's how Margaret and I are connected.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #37 Margaret E Whitney Green --A Large Family Is All She Ever Knew, Hyde County

Margaret was born on December 31, 1866 in a part of Hyde County, NC called Lake Comfort. She was the oldest in a family of ten children. Well, actually eleven (One of her sisters died in childhood.) Now to me ten is a lot but for Margaret, that was all she ever knew. In fact, ten probably felt like just the right number because she would go onto have ten children of her own.

She married Tully Green on February 22, 1885. Tully and his family were from the same area as the Whitney clan.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #37 Margaret E Whitney Green --A Large Family Is All She Ever Knew

The couple raised a family. The names of their 10 children were Augustus, Etta, Tully jr., Carrie, Mckinley, Nellie, Milton, James, Randolph and Pearl.

Margaret and Tully did not own their own land. From what I can tell from looking at the censuses, Tully sharecropped and Margaret worked as a laundress. They lived in Swan Quarter, Hyde County in 1900 but moved to Oriental, Pamlico County by 1910. Tully Green died December 18, 1915, leaving Margaret to care for the family. It could not have been easy with six children still living at home and by 1920 the addition of a grandchild. 


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #37 Margaret E Whitney Green --A Large Family Is All She Ever Knew --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Source Citation Year: 1920; Census Place: New Bern Ward 4, Craven, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1293; Page: 29A; Enumeration District: 25; Image: 462

At some point after the death of her husband, Margaret and her family moved to 12 Elm St in New Bern, NC. It looks like everyone in the household who could pitch in and find work did so.

Margaret and her daughter Etta worked as laundresses. Her daughter Nellie worked as private nurse while her son worked as a laborer at the tall shipyard. I bet her sons James and Randolph did whatever they could around the house to help their mother, even if it was just watching out for their baby sister Pearl or niece Esther. 


The address 12 Elm St intrigued me because I immediately knew what neighborhood the family was living in during this time.


1913 Sanborn Map of New Bern. Published by Sanborn Map Company November 1913
(FYI --Browns Ave is now called Hatties Lane)


Here's an old Sanborn Map of New Bern from 1913 where I labeled the locations of 12 Elm St was located and 10 Browns Ave. My 2nd great grandparents Samuel and Sarah Whitney resided at 10 Browns Ave and then later my great grandparents John and Carrie Harrison. Samuel Whitney was Margaret Whitney Green's uncle. Samuel's brother/Margaret's father, Augustus Whitney died in 1908. Perhaps Margaret moved to New Bern to receive help from Samuel and his family. Or perhaps my 2nd great grandmother Sarah Whitney who became a widow herself in 1916 and Margaret leaned on one another for support during this time. Shucks, they definitely lived close enough together for this to be the case. 

Margaret E Whitney Green moved to Pamlico County, NC by 1930. She remained in this county for the duration of her life and died on June 4, 1946 from a cerebral hemmorhage.  She's buried at St Stephen's Church Cemetery in Oriental, NC.
 

Sunday, September 20, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #36 William Henry Jones --Postmaster of Morehead City

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #36 William Henry Jones --Postmaster of Morehead City --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 36 (September 3-9) – Working for a Living: September 7 is Labor Day in the United States. Write about an ancestor and his or her occupation.

This week's ancestor is William Henry Jones, my maternal 2nd great grand uncle. He was a brother of my 2nd great grandfather Alexander Hamilton Jones and resided in Morehead City, NC.

From my Jones family line, I've found quite a few ambitious individuals. William most definitely was one of them. An interesting thing I learned about William Henry is that he was at one time the postmaster of Morehead City. That's right, an African American postmaster in North Carolina and before 1900!


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #36 William Henry Jones --Postmaster of Morehead City --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.  Original data: Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.

Here's a closeup of the above entry:


Source Information Ancestry.com. U.S., Appointments of U. S. Postmasters, 1832-1971 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.  Original data: Record of Appointment of Postmasters, 1832-1971. NARA Microfilm Publication, M841, 145 rolls. Records of the Post Office Department, Record Group Number 28. Washington, D.C.: National Archives.

This is an excerpt from a book called Morehead City Centennial Jubilee 1857--1957

William H. Jones, colored, was postmaster from Frebruary 15, 1890 until June 15 1893, in a small wooden building in the 900 block on Arendell Street. 



This is a portion of Sanborn Insurance Map of Morehead City from 1893 that shows the location of the post office. 

The post office was an integral part of the community. It was where people received letters, news and information.  To learn more about what it was like to be a postmaster during this time period, I suggest checking out this article that was written by Claire Prechtel-Kluskens called, The Nineteenth-Century Postmaster and His Duties. Here's the link:  https://twelvekey.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/ngsmagazine2007-01.pdf

William Henry Jones was born on or around July 5, 1854 in Onslow County, NC to Cesar Jones and Mary H Mitchell Jones. He settled in Morehead City, NC along with the rest of his family after the Civil War. He married Emma Shepard on November 16, 1881 and together they had eleven children, nine of which were still living as of 1910. His occupation that year was listed as "keeper" of a "restaurant."


Source Information Ancestry.com. 1910 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.Original data: Source Citation Year: 1910; Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T624_1095; Page: 21B; Enumeration District: 0002; FHL microfilm: 1375108

Children of William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard Jones I've been able to identify:

Fred Douglas Jones (b. Aug 13, 1883 -- d. Feb 17, 1915)
William Thomas Jones (b. Feb 14, 1886 -- d. Dec. 9, 1918)
Oscar Dunn Jones (b. Feb. 29, 1888 -- d. Jul 29, 1943)
Henry C Jones (b. Feb 10, 1892 --Jan 1966)
Nicholas Jones (b. 1894 -- ?)
Willis Harvey Jones (b. Feb 6, 1894--Nov 25, 1967)
James Edward Jones (b. Jan 8, 1895-- Jan 1972)
Elizabeth B Jones (b. Jun 5, 1897 -- d. Jan 30, 1983)
George White Jones (b. Apr 28 1899 -- Sep 28, 1927)
Caesar N Jones (b. Jun 6, 1901 -- Jun 1966)

After becoming the postmaster of Morehead City,William Henry Jones became ill with consumption. His failing health was mentioned in a newspaper article from 1895 that I just recently came across. This news piece provides details regarding an insurance fraud case that was tried in Morehead City. Due to the length of the article, I will share it via a series of upcoming posts.

On to Prompt 37! Have to get caught up.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Tombstone Tuesday: Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones and Ula Goodrich Jones

Tombstone Tuesday:  Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones and Ula Goodrich Jones Grave
Image courtesy of Find A Grave. Find A Grave Memorial# 141405508, Created by: Paul R.

Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones Sr. (b. 1888--d. 1943)
Ula Goodrich Jones (b. 1889--d. 1955)
Arbutus Memorial Park
Arbutus, Baltimore County, MD


Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones Sr. was my 1st cousin 3x removed. His father, William Henry Jones and my 2nd great grandfather, Alexander Hamilton Jones, were brothers. You can read more about Dr.Oscar Dunn Jones and Ula Goodrich Jones in these posts:






52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook Photo
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Dorothy Thelma Pierce 

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 35 (August 27 – September 2) – School Days: Many kids have returned to school by this time. What do you know about your ancestors’ school days? Do you have any yearbooks? Have you found him or her in a local school census?

I decided to go along with this week's prompt because I love this yearbook picture I found of a cousin of mine and this seemed like the perfect time to share it. The picture is of my 2nd cousin 2x removed, Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond.

Here's how Dorothy and I are connected on my maternal line.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Bristow/Brister Harris was my 3rd great grandfather and he had two families. The family headed up by Rose Anderson resided in Wilmington, NC while the one headed up by Amy Brown resided in New Bern, NC. You can learn more about my 3rd great grandfather in the following post:  52 Ancestors: #22-- Bristow Harris Or Was It Bristoe, Brister or Bristol?  I am a descendant of Bristow's New Bern family while Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond was a descendant of his Wilmington family. 

This picture of Dorothy I think shows a lot of her personality. I never knew her but she seems like she was a real down to earth person. She probably had a real good sense of humor. I love her smile.

Dorothy Thelma Pierce was born on December 31, 1923 in New Rochelle, NY based on information found on her U.S. Social Security Application. Her parents were a Bertha F Lawson of Ossining, NY and a Henry C Pierce from Boston, MA. The family resided at 119 Winthrope Ave in New Rochelle, NY in 1930. 


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002. Source CitationYear: 1930; Census Place: New Rochelle, Westchester, New York; Roll: 1663; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0273; Image: 991.0; FHL microfilm: 2341397

By 1935, the family had moved to Henry Pierce's hometown of Boston. This is where Bertha Pierce did most of her growing up.

Yearbooks can provide helpful details about the lives of our ancestors. On the page where I found her yearbook picture I also found this.

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Things learned:

Address in 1942:  14 Clarendon Avenue
Grammar School:  Ellis Grammar
Clubs:  Member of the drama committee
Career interest:  She wished to become a nurse and was training at Boston City Hospital


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook 
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.



52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #35 Dorothy Thelma Pierce Bond Yearbook Picture --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
 Cambridge High and Latin High School Yearbook Photo
Cambridge, Massachusetts. Year:  1942. Source Information
Ancestry.com. U.S., School Yearbooks, 1880-2012 [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010.

Image from the 1942 Yearbook of the
 Cambridge High and Latin School in Boston, MA.


After high school, my 2nd cousin 2x removed resided in Boston with her husband, James C Bond. Dorothy outlived her husband James, who died on died July 6, 1981. Dorothy passed away on April 9, 2005 in Silver Spring, MD.



Friday, September 11, 2015

52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #34 Louis Oliver Jones --My 2nd Great Grand Uncle



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.

I am going to try and knock out a couple of posts in the next couple of days so I can finally get caught up on my 52 Ancestors posts. Something had to give this summer and for me that was slowing down on how often I blogged. I wanted to refocus my energies on getting healthier and starting an exercise regimen again. Woohoo! I've been successful. I've gone back to the sport I had a blast with while I attended college and that is fencing. 

Not this...


...but rather this


Now I'm no Olympic class athlete, not even close.  I have to say I'm having fun and I'm actually learning a few things too. So here's to getting fit :)

Okay, back to genealogy. Ancestor #34 is Louis Oliver Jones who was a maternal 2nd great grand uncle of mine.  He was born on January 14, 1838 in Swansboro, Onslow County, NC. I believe he was the oldest of my 3rd great grandparents, Cesar and Mary Jones's children. The Joneses settled in Morehead City either at the end or just after the close of the Civil War. Louis Oliver may have been one of the first of the family to relocate to Morehead because he's the only Jones I could locate on the 1870 Federal census.


52 Ancestors 2015 Edition:  #34 Louis Oliver Jones --My 2nd Great Grand Uncle --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Source CitationYear: 1870; Census Place: Morehead City, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: M593_1127; Page: 224B; Image: 480; Family History Library Film: 552626

In 1870, my 2nd great grand uncle worked as a musician in a hotel. I wonder what instrument he played. The piano was the instrument of choice for many of my Jones and Bryant ancestors. It would be interesting to know if this was the instrument he chose to play. 

On November 3, 1867 Oliver married Esther Lincoln in Carteret County, NC. You can see a copy of the handwritten marriage record that was made by Methodist minister William J. Moore on my post, Oliver Jones And Esther Lincoln Were Married By William J. Moore.


Source Information:  Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Source Citation Year: 1880; Census Place: Morehead City, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: 956; Family History Film: 1254956; Page: 115D; Enumeration District: 024; Image: 0232

By 1880, Oliver and Esther Jones were living near his parents, brothers and sisters. His occupation changed from the 1870 census from musician to farming. Being closer to family made it probably easier for everyone. They could pool resources together so no one would do without. 


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: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: 1186; Page: 14A; Enumeration District: 0022; FHL microfilm: 1241186


Oliver Jones changed occupations between 1880 and 1900. On the 1900 Federal census his line of work was listed as an "oysterman." Oliver and my 2nd great grandfather, Alexander Jones, owned their own homes and provided well for their families.

Oliver and Esther Jones had 8 children:  Malachi, James, Warren, Isaac, George, William Oliver, Benjamin, and Violet. The family lived on Bay St in Morehead City, NC not very far from where my 2nd great grandparents lived on what is now known as 1400 Fisher St.

Image courtesy of Google Maps.

1505 and 1503 Bay St were the addresses that William Oliver Jones and Violet Jones,
 children of Louis Oliver Jones, resided at.  I bet that's the family homeplace land. 

I should write a letter to the Carteret County Register of Deeds to see if I can obtain a copy of the deed so I know a more precise location. Another thing to put on my to do list. 

My 2nd great grand uncle returned to farming by 1910 based on information found on the census for that year. Oliver and Esther Jones were lifelong residents of Morehead City. Esther passed away in 1917. Oliver lived on for another 8 years, tending his garden. He shared his home with a son, daughter and two grandchildren. 


Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. Source CitationYear: 1920; Census Place: Morehead, Carteret, North Carolina; Roll: T625_1284; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 3; Image: 862


Image courtesy of Find A Grave.  
Originally Created by: Mojo Warren
Record added: Mar 29, 2011 
Headstone of Oliver Jones and his wife Esther Lincoln Jones
Oliver Jones (b. Jan 14, 1838 -- d. Dec 28, 1925)
Bayview Cemetery, Morehead City, NC

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