Wednesday, June 29, 2016

My Strongest Ancestor(s) Would Be...

My Strongest Ancestor(s) Would Be...--How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons Author Jbolden030170


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 for more information. 

For the June Genealogy Blog Party, tell us about your strongest ancestor. 

What situation did s/he endure? 
How did s/he survive?
What sort of strength did s/he display?
BONUS for GoT Fans: How does this experience qualify him/her to sit on the Iron Throne?
Not a Game of Thrones fan? No worries. Just tell us about your strongest ancestor. 


Game of Thrones is one of those series I've been meaning to get to but there seems to be so many good shows on TV and simply not enough leisure time to catch them all. One day soon though I'll get to it hopefully.

I take it that whoever is deserving of the Iron Throne must be someone who is is extremely strong both physically and mentally. Well, I would say that honor I would bestow upon my ancestors who survived the Middle Passage. Those brave souls were ripped from established lives in Africa. They were people with hopes and dreams. They were mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Their names I will more than likely never know but I wish to honor them. 

If I were to choose an ancestor out of the ones I've researched, I would have to pick my great grandmother Carrie Ethel Whitney Harrison. In my post Sentimental Sunday: I Have Now Lived Longer Than My Great Grandmother Carrie, I shared a little bit of why I believe she was very strong woman.  She took care of her family during a fire that took place in New Bern, NC in 1922.

You can read more about that fire here.


My Strongest Ancestor(s) Would Be...--How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
"The Planet" 1915, Vol. 1 No. 1
Image courtesy of the New Bern-Craven Public Library
Carrie Ethel Whitney Harrison
(Picture is from her high school yearbook)

My Strongest Ancestor(s) Would Be...--How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Picture of my great grandparents 
John T Harrison and Carrie Whitney Harrison.

Here are some other posts about my great grandmother Carrie:





Thursday, June 23, 2016

Digging In the Dirt --Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins?

Digging In the Dirt --Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins?   --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
Image courtesy of Find A Grave:  Created by: Robert Holland
Record added: Feb 19, 2012  Find A Grave Memorial# 85208945

Grave of Jonathan Hawkins

I see you Jonathan Hawkins. What I have right now is just circumstantial, but I believe there is a link between this man and my Jones family line who originated from Onslow County, NC.

If you missed Part One to this series, click here.

According to the stone at his grave, Jonathan Hawkins was born on January 25, 1786 in Onslow County, NC. He was a wealthy farmer who also owned and ran a salt works. He had at least 3 children, 2 sons John D Hawkins and William H Hawkins who also resided in Onslow County, and a daughter, Julia Ann Hawkins Eason.

I reviewed through the Federal Censuses for 1820--1860 and was able to learn a little bit about the man. He owned 3 slaves as early as 1820, one female who's age was listed as 45 and over and 2 girls under the age of 14. By 1830, he had 0 slaves but there were 2 free women of color, in his household.


Digging In the Dirt --Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins? --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

1840 Federal Census

Image courtesy of Ancestry.com. Source Information Ancestry.com. 1840 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.comOperations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.



You can see that things changed dramatically for Jonathan Hawkins by 1840. I believe the influx of slaves was due to an inheritance from his father. Could some of these slaves be from my Jones family line? It is a possibility. Let's take a look.

In 1840, my 3rd grandparents Cesar and Mary Jones would have been, 26 and 17 years old. Their oldest child Louis Oliver Jones would have been about 2 years old. If the family resided together, could they have been among the slaves belonging to Jonathan Hawkins? The answer: Yes, it's possible. For the 1850 census, the Jones household would have looked something like this. That is of course if they were lucky enough to be living together.

3x great grandfather Cesar  --Age:  36

3x great grandmother Mary  --Age:  27

2x great grand uncle Louis Oliver --Age:  12

2x great grand uncle Carolina --Age :  6

2x great grand aunt Violet --Age:  5


I kept in mind that ages are an approximation when reviewing slave schedules.When I review through documents, I generally look for someone who's age is within +/- 3 or 4 years of the age I am looking for. In the 1850 Slave Schedule  for Jonathan Hawkins I found an entry that may or may not have been for my for my Cesar Jones. (There's an entry that looks like it was written over. It looks like it started out as a 27 year old male but then possibly changed to 37.) I did find possible candidates for my Mary, Louis Oliver, Carolina and Violet. If Cesar was once owned by Jonathan Hawkins he could have been sold or maybe hired out. Of course he might not have been owned by Jonathan Hawkins at all.

I checked the 1860 slave schedule for Jonathan Hawkins and found there were possible matches for all members of the Jones family.

I decided to go back to the testimony that my 2nd great grand uncle Carolina Hawkins provided in his Civil War pension file that I featured in my post from May 27, 2015.


Have you ever been known by any name other than that given in your application for pension? If so, state it in full

Answer, When I arrived home from the army I found my family had changed their names to Jones.

Hmm... Changed their name to Jones. Makes me think that Carolina, his siblings as well as his mother Mary all went by the surname Hawkins except perhaps for Cesar. 

Were you in the military or naval service under a name different from that which you are now known? If so, state what it was.

Answer, Carolina Hauckins my father was a slave and I took the name of my master name Hauckins

I am really starting to lean toward the idea that Cesar was probably owned by someone else. Someone more than likely with the last name Jones. I have a couple candidates for who I think that individual might have been but that will have to wait until my next post. 

I did find some other interesting tidbits about Mr. Jonathan Hawkins. In the beginning of this post, I mentioned that he owned a salt works in Onslow County, NC as well as a farm. 

How did I find out about the salt works? I did some Googling using the search terms "Jonathan Hawkins,""salt works," and "Onslow" and found a couple of interesting newspaper articles.

Here's the first.
Digging In the Dirt --Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins? --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey
The Plow Boy (Wadesboro, NC,) Februaray 26, 1891, Page 1


So Jonathan Hawkins's salt works was destroyed in 1862 during the Civil War! Union troops must have come through Onslow County, NC. This newspaper article was from February 1891. Jonathan Hawkins's died in November 1871. So some 20 years after the death of their father and almost 29 years after the destruction of the salt works, William and John Hawkins were still trying to get reimbursed for damages.

Here's another article that provides some additional details about the Union Army coming to Onslow County.  


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Digging In the Dirt --Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins? Digging In the Dirt --Part Two: Who Was Jonathan Hawkins?   --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


 Wilmington Journal, September 11, 1862, Thu, Page 2

This is helpful because I now know exactly when Union forces arrived in Onslow County --August 14, 1862. The mention of "all the negroes, who gave them any information" were "carried off" makes me think this was when my Jones family made the move to Morehead City in Carteret County, NC. Carteret County was under Union protection at this time. My 2nd great grand uncle Carolina Hawkins enlisted in the 37th USCT, Co. A in Beaufort, Carteret County on December 26, 1863.

I love how newspapers can provide additional details about a particular time period. 


To be continued...



Sunday, June 19, 2016

Father's Day 2016

We visited Robert H Treman State Park in Ithaca, NY today. The weather was absolutely perfect, not too hot but hot enough where you didn't feel chilled getting out of the water. What a great start to the Summer!
Father's Day 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Father's Day 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Father's Day 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey


Father's Day 2016 --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Digging in the Dirt -- Part One: Names And A Place

Digging in the Dirt -- Part One: --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Digging in the dirt, stay with me, I need support
I'm digging in the dirt to find the places I got hurt
Open up the places I got hurt

Lyrics from "Digging in The Dirt" by Peter Gabriel

I decided to take a break from Carolina Hauckins my 2nd great grand uncle, just for a little bit. I have more to share about him but I will come back to that at a later time.  As a result of researching Carolina, my interest in his parents Cesar Jones and Mary Hawkins Mitchel Jones has become reignited. I want to know more about their lives when they were enslaved. So you know what that means. Yes, I've been doing some digging. 

While doing this digging, I also had the opportunity to watch the Roots reboot on The History Channel. If you missed the initial airing, find the time at some point to watch it. Seeing it reminded me that with every generation of my family that I research, there's a layer of mental and physical suffering just waiting to be uncovered. I believe that my ancestors live on within me and my children. These discoveries I make about my ancestors lead me to more of "those places I got hurt." Acknowledging the hurt, can allow for a healing to begin.

Cesar and Mary Jones are my 3rd great grandparents. Cesar was born around 1814 and his wife Mary in 1823. Their son Carolina Hauckins provided a written affidavit in his Civil War pension file that said his father was a slave. Carolina left the impression that his father's owner was someone with the last name of Jones and that he himself was owned or worked for someone with the last name of Hawkins.  According to his death certificate, my 2nd great grandfather Alexander Hamilton Jones was born in the town of Swansboro in Onslow County, NC. I chose to use Swansboro as my starting point to see if I could find evidence that would point me in the direction of who owned my Jones ancestors.


Digging in the Dirt -- Part One: --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey



I looked at the surnames associated with my Jones family line. Those names were Fenderson, Hawkins, and Devaughn. Folks with these surnames married some of my Joneses. Families who knew each other during slavery, often remained connected in subsequent generations. I suspected that if I looked for a cluster of these surnames in Onslow County, I might find an indication of where where my Jones family once lived.  


Image courtesy of Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009.  Pg.15.


Here's a page from the 1870 Federal Census for Swansboro, NC that features people with the Hawkins and Fenderson surnames. Pay special attention to the name noted with the red arrow. That is Nathaniel Fenderson. He would grow up to marry the granddaughter of Cesar Jones and Mary Hawkins Mitchel Jones. Her name was Mary Jane Devaughn. Mary's mother was Violet Ann Jones Devaughn.  Nathaniel's parents were a Stephen and Jane Fenderson. Jane Fenderson's maiden name just so happened to be Hawkins. Perhaps she was related to Mary Hawkins Mitchel Jones.
I turned the page.

Image courtesy of Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. 
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Pg. 16.

What do we have here? A couple more people with the last name of Hawkins. Look at the one marked with the red arrow. That is Jonathan Hawkins a white farmer with real estate valued at $4000 and personal estate at $1000. Comparing his property values with others in the pages before and after this, it appears Jonathan Hawkins was a man of wealth. Could there be a connection between him, Carolina Hawkins and my other Jones ancestors? 


To be continued...




Sunday, June 5, 2016

Four Baby Girls

Four Baby Girls --How Did I Get Here? My Amazing Genealogy Journey

Sometimes I like to play around with Fotor's free online photo editor. You can edit photographs, make collages and so much more.
If you aren't familiar with Fotor, click here to learn more.

Anyway, I thought it would be neat to do a side by side comparison of some baby pictures.

From left to right, you have my grandmother Mary Bryant Harrison Horton, my mother, me, and my daughter.

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