Thursday, December 8, 2016

Family Tree/ Christmas Tree

Christmas is a time for family, past & present.
As family genealogists we look for ways to share the past.

I look for small photo frames to hang on our tree.
I hang photos of ancestors & present family members.

Nieces & nephews like to find themselves on the tree.
While they are looking I point out ancestors & tell them stories.

These little frames also help me to feel like my parents & my grandparents 
are a part of our celebration of the holidays.

Make your tree a family tree.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Alford Family in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent Co., VA

The Vestry book of Saint Peter's Parish, 1682-1758; New Kent County, Va.,
(Parish Record Series, No. 3). (1905).
 The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia.
Reprint by Southern Historical Press, Greenville, SC, 2006.

1698.. Mr. John Alford aplying [sic] him self to this vestry to help to cleer [sic] the Roads in the presints [sic], it ordered all the tithable which formerly belonged to David Clarkson and within his presints [sic].” Page 49; [John Alford, c 1645 VA – 1710 VA]

1701. “Whereas, Mr. John Alford and Mr. Will. Major made complaint to this vestry that they have never had their lands prossessioned according to Law, the orders being Lodged in the hands of Coll. John Lightfoot, who never put the Same in Execution; Therefore, ordered that John Wilson, John Lightfoot, Esq’r, Mr. Will. Major, Mr. John Alford, Dan’ll Parks, Esq., and William Millington forthwith goe on prossessioning and reamarks [sic] Each others’ bounds, and make returns of this order to the next vestry.” Page 63; [John Alford, c 1645 VA – 1710 VA]

1710. “To James Alford’s Acct Allowed for keeping a p’sh Child…0420” page 105; [James Alford, c 1687 VA – c 1730 VA]

1713. “To Mrs. Alford for Keeping Mary Delign & her child 4 mon… 1400” page 114

1713. James Alford’s bill…350” page 114; [James Alford, c 1687 VA – c 1730 VA]

1715. “To Mrs. Alford for keeping Mary Design… 00688” page 119

5 Oct 1735. “At the petition of Wm Paisley, on Oversees of the High Road from the Old Church to Mr. Chamberlayne’s Ordinary, That he have Wm. Atkinson’s Titheables, Stephen Brookes, Lodowick Alford, Goodrick Alford and Julius Alford, Mich’a Harfield, Tith’s, Rich’d Ross, Major Dandridge, John Lightfoot’s and Colo. Curtis’s Tith’s at the old Quar’r and upon the River.” Page 172; [ Lodowick, Goodrich & Julius Alford, sons of James Alford, c1687 VA – c 1730 VA]

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Census Sunday: A Man who Never Moved

Sometimes we get lucky and a person we are tracking stays in one place. That is the case with Elbert Weston Ott. Elbert lived in one place from childhood and on into his adult life. At times you can find siblings or other family members living on the same road.

Looking into the future, I wonder how many of us will be that easy to track. My husband and I have moved a couple times but stayed in New York State. Our children have all lived in different states. Our son, who has been married only four years has lived in three different states and is now in the Air Force and headed in new directions. His descendants will have difficulties tracking all his moves.

Elbert Weston Ott, 1855 – 1924
Son of Charles Ott & Margaret Ann Tate
My 1st cousin 4x removed

1860 US Census, Louisiana, Washington Parish, Ward 2, Roberts post office; page 18;

Charles Ott, 60 b SC farmer
MA 47 b VA
Serepta 21 b LA ; school teacher
Mary A 19 b LA
Ema A 17 b LA
David J 13 b LA
Charles D 11 b LA
Walter F 10 b LA
Elbert W 5 b LA
Adolphus E 2 b LA
Mary M 2 b LA

1880 US Census, LA, Washington, Edward Dykes; SD 1, ED 194, Page 38;

Margaret A. Ott [widow] 67 b VA; keeping house
Serepta A., 41, at home
Charles D., 32, farmer
Elbert W., 24, farmer
Adolphus E., 22, works on farm
Emma Porter, 34 [daughter, widow]
William E. Porter, 17  b MS [grandson]
James E. Porter, 14 b LA  [grandson]
Ella V. Porter, 11 b LA [granddaughter]

1900 US Census, LA, Washington, Ward 2;

Elbert W Ott, 44 b Sept 1855 LA; merchant
Mattie E., 34 b Sept 1865 MS; mother of 8/5 living
Victor L., 13 b Nov 1886 LA
Norman D., 12 b Mar 1888 LA
Percy W., 10 b Sept 1889 LA
Edward S., 7 b Dec 1892 LA
Leo G., 5 b July 1894 LA

1910 US Census, LA, Washington, Ward 2, Mt Herman Rd; SD 4, ED 126, Sheet 22;

Elbert W Ott, 54 b LA; merchant in general store
Martha L., 44 b LA
Norman, 22 b LA; bookkeeper, general store
Starland, 18 b LA, clerk, general store
Leo, 16 b LA, labor, home farm
Ellenaor, 7 b LA

1920 US Census, LA, Washington, Ward 2;

Weston E Ott, 64 b LA; merchant, general store
Martha L., 54 b MS
Ellenor, 18 b LA

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Book Includes my Ancestors in New Kent Co., Virginia

In searching for my Virginia ancestors I Southern Historical Press and looked at the books on the topic. This book had many relevant entries.

The Parish Register of Saint Peter's New Kent, County, Virginia 1680-1787 
(Parish Record Series, No. 2). (1904). Richmond, VA: 
National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Virginia: 
Reprint, Greenville, S.C., Southern Historical Press, Inc.

1698           “Jacob Winfrey & Eliz. Alford Married Nov’ 3, 1698.” Page 52

1709/10      “Jn Alford Sen’ Departed this Life March ye 14th, 1709/10.” Page 73

1709/10      “William Alford Departed this Life Febry. Ye 11th, 1709/10.” Page 53

1711           “Robert Wood & Mary Alford were married October ye 21st, 1711.” P 52

1713           “James son of James Alford born February ye 7th Xnd April 12, 1713.” Page 10

1715           “Warren son of James Alford Baptized August ye 28th, 1715.” Page 10

1717           “Frances Daughter of John Alford Born 8ye 4th, 1717.” Page 73

1717           “Julius son of James Alford born in September 1717.” Page 73

1719           “Elizabeth Daughter of Jn Alford Born July ye 1st, 1719.” Page 74

1723           “Isaac Alford son of Jn Alford Departed this Life Aug 21st, 1723.” Page 53 [unknown connection]

1723           “Unity Daughter of --- Alford & Grace born 16 Dec at 3 morn.” Page 74

1726           “Frances Alford Dyed April 27, 1726.” Page 54

1726           “Jn Alford Dyed May ye second, 1726.” Page 54

1734           “William son of Lodowick and Elizabeth Alford born July 31, baptized August 2.” Page 113

1735           “Elizabeth wife of Lodowick Alford, dy’d May 29.” Page 119

1736           “Elizabeth Daughter of Lodowick & Susannah Alford, born Decem’r 22, baptized Feb’ry 6.” Page 125

1736           “Lucy Daughter of Goodrich Alford and Sarah Alford, born Feb’ry 25, baptized March       27. “ Page 126

1738           “Jacob son of Lodowick and Susanna Alford born Decem’r 12, baptized Feb’ry 18.” Page 137

1739           “Susanne Daughter of Goodrich and Sarah Alford, born Oct’r 5, baptized Nov’r 18.” Page 142

Monday, November 14, 2016

Mappy Monday: Smith Family in Maps of Pike Co., MS

Family maps of Pike County, Mississippi:
with homesteads, roads, waterways, towns, cemeteries, railroads, and more
Gregory Boyd - Arphax Pub. Co. – 2005

Mr. Boyd's books are full of family data! I wish he would publish even more.

Smith, Calvin    Sec 28   1115-06-20     Calvin Smith, 1812 MS – 1881 LA; s/o Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon
                        Sec 35   1840-11-10
                        Sec 34   1854-12-01
                        Sec 27   1859-02-01
                        Sec 34   1859-02-01
                        Sec 34   1859-02-10
                        Sec 34   1859-02-01

Smith, James     Sec 15   1892-07-20     unknown at this time
                        Sec 15   1892-07-20

Smith, Jeremiah Sec 2     1849-12-01     Jeremiah Smith, 1821MS  – 1894 MS; s/o Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon
                        Sec 34   1849-12-01

Smith, Rosa       Sec 28   1885-06-20     unknown at this time

Smith, Wyatt     Sec 27   1840-11-10     Wyatt Smith, 1809 LA – 1894 MS; s/o Jeremiah Smith & Joanna Dillon
                        Sec 26   1849-12-01
                        Sec 27   1849-12-01
                        Sec 27   1851-09-01
                        Sec 26   1853-08-01
                        Sec 35   1853-08-01
                        Sec 33   1854-12-01
                        Sec 34   1854-12-01
                        Sec 26   1860-10-01