Wordless Wednesday: Pictures Received Yesterday, Great Grandmother Etta (Wright) Henderson

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Sunday’s Obituary: Ada Marian (Winn) Anderson died 06 Feb., 1937, Hannibal, MO

The above is the obituary of my great grandmother Ada Marian (Winn) Anderson, as published in the Hannibal Courier Post, Hannibal, MO, about 8 Feb., 1934. Here’s the text:

WOMAN DIES, ILL 4 WEEKS FUNERAL FOR MRS. ADA ANDERSON TO BE HELD TUESDAY Following four weeks’ illness, Mrs. Ada Marian Anderson, widow of Charles P. Anderson, 1915 Chestnut street, passed away in Levering hospital at 9:50 o’clock Saturday night. The remains were removed to Smith’s funeral home and at 10 o’clock this morning were taken to the family residence. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock from the Bethany Baptist church, west of Philadelphia, with the funeral cortege leaving the home at 12:30 o’clock for the church. The Rev. E. C. Abernathy, pastor of Calvary Baptist church, assisted by the Rev. A. A. Braungardt, will have the service. Burial will be in the Bethany cemetery. A native of Hannibal, Mrs. Anderson was born December 23, 1875. She was well and favorably known to many people in this city. Her husband passed away March 10, 1934: – Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Lamberson of this city; three stepsons, J. B. Anderson of Hannibal, Wayne Anderson of Pocahontas, Ia., and Carter Anderson of Alamosa, Cola.; four grandchildren and other relatives.

In this picture, she is shown before her marriage with her brother, Benjamin Winn

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A Friend of Friends Friday: Slaves named in Worcester Co., MD, property records, Book AX (incomplete)

The following are transcriptions of records I have found in the Land Records of Worcester County, Maryland, Book AX, related to slaves during the year 1831. I do not believe these are all such records in this book during this time period, but I transcribe such records as I find them…

Page 104

To all whom it may or doth concern. Be it known that I David Long of Worcester County and State of Maryland for divers good causes and considerations me hereunto moving as
also in further consideration of three hundred dollars current money to me in hand paid have released from Slavery, liberated manumitted and set free the following negro slaves to wit Hannah whom I bought oo Cap. Lev. Henderson now thirty five years old and her children to wit Henry L. Purnell was born October 26th 1826 John W. Purnell was born January 27th 1828 all able to work and gain a sufficint livelyhood and maintenance and thus the said Negroes Hannah and her children to wit

Page 105 Henry L. Purnell and John W. Purnell, I do hereby declare to be free and their spous also to be free manumitted and discharged from all manner of servitude or service to me
my heirs Escro. admis. or assigns forever. the true intent and meaning of these presents is that the said Negros are free. In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of May Anno Dom. 1831.Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Abra. Melvin and James Willis.David Long (SEAL)
Worcester County State of Maryland. Be it remembered that on the day and year first herein before written personally appeared David Long before me the subscriber one of theJustices of the Peace for the County and State aforesaid and acknowledged the within Instrument of writing to be his act and Deed and the negroes therein mentioned to be free and discharfed from all manner of service to him his heirs Escro adms. or assigns
together with their Spe– according to the purport true intent and meaning of the same and the acts of Assembly in such cases made and provided. Acknowledged before Abra. Melvin

May the tenth day Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and thirty one there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing Deed of Manumission in order to be enrolled among the
records of Worcester County, which said Deed of Manumission together with the acknowledgement thereof thereon endorsed are accordingly recorded among the same records in Liber AX folio 104 and 105. John C. Handy, clk


List of Negroes brought from the State of Virginia into Worcester County State of Maryland on the 20th day of March 1831 by Matthias N. Lindsey in right of his wife Ann Hocomb – Negro woman Agness 21 years of age. Negro girl Charity. 2 years 6 months.Tp John C. Handy, clk. Matthias N. Lindsey
May the tenth day Anno Domini Eighteen hundred Thirty one there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing List of importation of Negores in order to be enrolled among the records of Worcester County, which said List of importation of Negroes is accordingly recorded among the same records and Liber AX folio 105. John C. Handy clk.


Page 472A List of Negro man. imported by the subscriber on the Nineteenth day of January one thousand Eight hundred and thirty two from Accomack County in the State of Virginia to
Worcester County in the State of Maryland to wit- a Negro man named George aged 32 years a title to which negro man I acquired by intermarriage with a certain Ann Hocomb of
Accomack County in the State of Virginia. given under my hadn this 17th day of February 1832. Matthias N. LindseyTo the clerk of Worcester County February the Seventeenth day Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and thirty two there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing List of importation of a Negro in order to be Enrolled among the records of Worcester County which said List of Importation of a Negro is accordingly recorded among the same records in Liber AX folio 472. John C.
Handy clk.


…Page 472This Indenture made on this eleventh day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty two between Thomas Johnson of Somerset County and State of Maryland of the one part and John Johnson of Worcester County and State aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth

Page 473that for and in consideration of the sun of one hundered and twenty five Dollars current money by the said John Johnson to the said Thomas Johnson in had paid at and before the sealing and delivery of these presents the receipt of which he doth hereby acknowledge and himself to be therewith fully satisfied counted and paid the said Thomas Johnson hath bargained & sold by these presents doth bargain and sell unto the said John Johnson one Negro Girl called Hanna aged nine years- to have and to hold the said Hanna to him his heirs and assigns forever- which Negro Girl I shall and will warrant and defend forever by these presents against the claims of all persons whomsoever. In testimony whereof the said Thomas Johnson has hereuoto set his hand and seal on the day and year
first above written. Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Joseph Leonard.
Thomas Johnson (SEAL)

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Tombstone Tuesday: Josiah Herrick Carroll, Evans Cemetery, Fayette County, IL

Of all the resting places of all my known family, this one of my great-great grandfather, Josiah Herrick Carroll, is among the most significant for my family. Note the fresh dirt at the base from this picture taken in May, 1986.

Josiah Herrick Carroll was the youngest son of Raford and Sarah (Jernigan) Carroll of Fayette County, Illinois. He married Sarah Clementine Reeves and had a daughter named Mary Viola Carroll. When his daughter Mary was 1 1/2 years old, Josiah died. His daughter Mary was left by her mother to be raised by her Carroll relatives as the orphan cousin.

About one hundred and fifteen years later, in the fall of 1985, I went with my grandmother to try to find her grandfather Josiah’s grave, which she had no knowledge of. We went to Evans Cemetery, the location of so many of the Carrolls, and under a bush of peonies, we found his broken off slab gravestone near his parents. It’s a miracle we even found it, as there was no sign of a grave.

In the Spring, Grandma and Grandpa loaded up my brother and me into the car, along with some cement mix and a jug of water. After over 100 years, we restored our forgotten ancestor Josiah’s grave.


Josiah Carroll at Evans Cemetery, Fayette County, Illinois


In 1979, my grandfather died, beginning my interest in genealogy. In 1982, I was introduced to family histories of the Carroll and Andrews families of my grandmother. In 1986, we restored the unknown grave of our forgotten ancestor. By this time, I was really hooked. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Searching For Emma

Thanks to lineagekeeper on Twitter for propagating this.. Just watch.

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Friend of Friends Friday: Slaves named in Worcester Co., MD, property records, Book AW (incomplete)

Recently I discovered that property records for Maryland, ALL of them, have been digitized and put online at MDLandRec.net . While looking through the indexes for the letter L, I have come across entries called “List of Importation of Negroes,” “List of Importation of a Slave,” etc., which I have now begun to make note of, find the records for and transcribe as I run across them in the hope that someone can benefit from them.

Below are entries found for Book AW, Worcester Co., MD, 1830, involving the following:

  • Slave girl named Clarasy (Clarissa?), female aged 18 and boy aged 2 years (her son??) named Azariah coming from Virginia as a result of William Feddeman of Virginia leaving these slaves to his son James Feddeman of Worcester Co., MD, in his will.
  • Emancipation of a slave girl named Mary Elizabeth Armstrong aged three years (this appears to be a recording error as the context clearly states the woman is an adult) by J. Henry Armstrong
  • A slave brought into Worcester Co., MD from Sussex Co., Delaware, named Casa or Case, 29, and the daughter of a slave woman named Peggy Atkinson. The circumstances of this case were that Alexander Campbell had married a widow named Mrs. Mary Townsend of Sussex Co., DE, and had apparently brought the slave girl with her back to Maryland.

Here are the transcriptions:

Transcriptions of records of Worcester County, Maryland regarding slaves in property
Book AW Page 330

A list of Blacks brought from Virginia to the State of Maryland, Worcester County. One woman named Clarasy aged 18 years, one boy child named Azariah aged 2 years. James Feddeman, Oct. 18, 1830 The above mentioned Blacks was willed to me by my father William Feddeman

AW 331October the nineteenth day Anno Domini eighteen hundred and thirty there was delivered unto me the subscriber the forgoing list of Importation of Negroes in order to be
enrolled among the records of Worcester County, which said list of Importation of Negroes is accordingly recorded among the same records in Liber AW folios 330 & 331 –
John C. Handy, clk
To all whom it may concern. Be it known that J Henry Armstrong of Worcester County in the State of Maryland for divers good causes and considerations me thereunto moving as
also further in consideration of one dollar current money to me in hand – in hand paid has released from slavery liberated manumited and set free by these presents do hereby
release from slavery, liberate manumit and set free my negro girl named Mary Elizabeth Armstrong being of the age of three years and able to work and gain sufficient livelihood and maintenance and her the said Negro girl named Mary Elizabeth Armstrong I do declare to be henceforth free manumitted and discharged from all manner of servitude or service to me my executors administrators forever. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal this twenty first day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of George Keating Zadock T. Milbourne. Henry (his X mark) Armstrong
AW 365A List of a Slave brought into Worcester County State of Maryland from Sussex County in the State of Delaware by Alexander Campbell- to wit- a Negro woman named Casa -aged twenty nine years- the daughter of a Negro woman slave named Peggy Atkinson who was a resident of the State of Delaware one of the States comprising the United STates before the twenty first day of April in the year of our Lord seventeen hundred and eighty three . the said slave Casa was brought into the said County of Worcester in the said state of Maryland on tuesday the second day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty. A title to the said Slave Case was acquired by the said Alexander Campbell by his intermarriage with Mrs. Mary Twonsend of the said County of Sussex in the State of Delaware aforesaid – Signed by me this Eleventh day of Novermber in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and thirty. Alex. Campbell
November thirteenth day Anno Domini eighteen hundred and thirty there was delivered unto me the subscriber the foregoing List of Importation of a Negro in order to be recorded among the records of Worcester County, which said List of Importation of a Negro is accordingly recorded among the same records in Liber AW folio 365 John C. Handy clk

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Wordless Wednesday: Grandma’s Band, Circa 1925

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Tombstone Tuesday: John C. and Emma McMurry Priest

This couple, who are buried in the I.O.O.F (International Order of Odd Fellows) Cemetery in Shelbyville, MO, share two sides of a pretty unusual gravestone:

I think this is a unique example in my experience..

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Amanuensis Monday: The other one: Nicholas Long of Caroline County, VA, and KY, Rev. Pension Application

Last Monday I provided the transcript of Nicholas Long of Culpeper, VA, mentioning he was one of two Nicholas Longs who frequently get confused in genealogical research of the area. Today I provide the transcription of the second Nicholas Long. (This Nicholas Long can be viewed on the WeRelate.org wiki here.)

What follows is the Revolutionary War Pension Application file transcription of Nicholas Long of Caroline Co., VA, and later Kentucky, who served as Brigade Major in Col. Spottswood’s Virginia Militia.


Nicholas Long, Service in Va., File number S31222—
Kentucky-Nicholas Long of Fayette Co. in the State of Ky. He was a sergeant, adjutant and Brigade Major of the Regt. Commanded by Col. Spottswood in the Virginia line for 2 years.
Inscribed on the roll of Louisville at the rate of 220 Dollars per annum to commence on the 4th day of March 1831..13th October 1846
Certificate of Pension issued the 16 day of April 1851 and sent to — Addison Esq.
Arrears.. $193.33
Recorded Book E2 Vol. 7 Page 31—
State of KentuckyCity of Lexington

On this 17 day of August 1832 personally appeared in open court before C. Hunt Esq. Mayor of said City, now sitting, Nicholas Long, a resident of the county of Fayette & state aforesaid aged 78 years, who being first duly sworn according to law, doth, on his oath, make the following declaration, in order to obtain the benefit of the act of Congress of 7th June 1832. That he was born on the 15th of May 1754 in Caroline County Virginia. There was a record of his age kept in a church prayer book, which was sold by mistake at the sale of his father personal estate and never recovered. He resided in the same county when he entered the service during the revolution, and afterward until the year 1795 when he removed to Kentucky, where he has resided ever since. That he entered the continental service in the month of February 1776 in Capt. Samuel Hawes company in the 2nd Virginia regiment commanded by Col, Alexander Spotswood. He entered the service as a sergeant which post he held during his whole term and was  legally discharged but he has lost that discharge. He was directed to carry the colors in his regiment by regimental order, which was in fact an honorary appointment as ensign, although he never received additional pay for said service. His company remained in and about Williamsburg from about the last of February 1776 until the next winter, when his company marched to Pennsylvania and joined the army under General—Washington. His reginment was a part of Gen. Weedon brigade and Gen. Greene’s division. He marched with the troops across New Jersey in the year 1777 and into the border of New York, from where the troops returned by a forced march to meet the British army under Lord Howe, and was with them in the Battle if Brandywine. He was afterward in the battle of Germantown where he carried the colors of his regiment, and afterward, remained with the army until it entered winter quarters at Valley Forge where he was discharged by General Weedon the 3rd or 4th of February 1778. He lost a brother at Germantown, but he was never wounded himself although engaged in several skirmishes besides the two general actions above named. He remained in Caroline County after the forgoing service except some small expeditions until 1781 when he entered Col. Thos. Matthews’ 3d regiment of militia as Adjutant, in which he served 2 months, and again as adjutant in same regiment when commanded by Col. Samuel Temple for 2 months; and again as Brigade Major to General Weedon for 2 months, which term expired during the siege of York. He had commission as adjutant , but was appointed in general order as Brigade Major. He has no written documents to support his claim, and refers to such documents as are in the War department. He hereby relinquishes every claim to a pension of annuity except the present, and he declares that his name is not on the pension roll of any agency in any state. Sworn to and subscribed the day & year aforesaid. Nicholas Long—State of KentuckyCampbell County
Personally appeared before me one of the acting Justices of the Peace in and for the said State and County Hunt H. Mayo who is now in the 40 year of his age and first being duly sworn according to law. He states that he has lived the near neighbor of Old Nicholas Long who was a pensioner of the General Government and drew at the rate of $195.00 per annum.And that he has been acquainted with him and his family for the space of more than ten years before the death of Nicholas Long. He states that he cannot call to mind the particular time of the death of the said Nicholas Long but to the best of recollection he died about four years since. He further says Nicholas Long deceased left no wife but had three children Gabriel Long, William Long and Mary H. Colwell late Mary Mary H. Long. his son Gabriel Long emigrated to Texas in which state he very soon sickened and died. his brother William Long left this county and went to the State of Texas in search of the interest of his brother Gabriel Long’s interest or property but took sick there and dies likewise leaving Mary H. Colwell late Mary H. Long the only surviving child and heir of Nicholas Long decd. Said Nicholas Long was a very aged and infirm man and lived a number of years in the family and with his daughter Mary H. Colwell who still lives in this County. Mary Colwell took all charge and care of her now decesed father Nicholas Long up to the time of his death and burial.Sworn to and subscribedthis 3d day of January 1851H. H. Mayo
State of KentuckyCampbell County
I do hereby certify the foregoing depposition of Hunt H. Mayo was this day sworn to and subscribed to before me. And I further certify the deposant Hunt H. Mayo is a man of as respectable standing as any man in this county and in all case entitled to full credit.Given under my hand this 3d day of January 1851.Wm. DeCourcy J.P. C. Co. Ky.—
Commonwealth of KentuckyCounty of Campbell
I Benjamin D Beall Clerk of the County Court of the County of Campbell in the State aforesaid, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing signautre of Wm. DeCourcy is genuine and that the aforesaid Wm. DeCourcy was at the date of signing his name and now is, an acting Justice of the Peace in and for the county and state aforesaid, fully empowered by law to take oath depositions — and full faith and credit should be given to his official act.In testimon whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed the seal of the county court this —— D. 1851. Benjamin D. Beall clerk  Wm. DeCourcy J.P.

State of OhioHamilton County
Personally appeared before me one of the acting Justices of the peace in and for said State and County Samuel Cobb who is now in the 44 year of his age and first being duly sworn according to law. He states he is and has been a resident of the City of Cincinnati for the last twenty years and during that space of time he has been undertaker and coffin maker and have done a heavy business in that business. He states that in all casesd he has kept a record of the sale of all coffins that he made also the dates of such sales whether paid for at the time of getting the coffin or not paid for. He further states that hw was called on by Mr. John M. Colwell from the Kentucky side of the Ohio for a coffin for his Grandfather then deceased whose name was Nicholas Long.—Mr. John M. Colwell stating at the same time his Grandfather Nicholas Long was a revolutionary soldier which statement struck me with waxen? affectation?.. He further states that on the request of John W. Colwell this day I turned to my Book of entries and charges and find I amde and delivered to John M. Colwell the coffin for his Grandfather Nicholas Long on the thirteenth day of October in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty six which time or date appears plain and in proper place as to time and date in my book of Charges now before me and from which I make this statement of facts as set fourth in this my deposition.Sworn ot and subscribed to Samuel CobbState of Ohio Hamilton County} I hereby certify the foregoing deposition of Samuel Cobb was this day sworn to and subscribed before me and I further certify that the aforesaid Samuel Cobb  is a highly respectable worthy and good citizen of this City — and Hamilton County and is entitled to full credit. Given under my hand this 3rd day of January 1851 Mark P. Taylor
[There is one summary correspondence of two pages included in the pension file that is not reproduced here.]
Transcribed by Greg Lamberson 29 September, 2010

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Church Record Sunday: The Primitive Baptist Library of Carthage, Illinois

I was looking around for something to share for one of the Geneabloggers.com themes, and I came across The Primitive Baptist Library of Carthage, Illinois. While this may not look like much at first glance, this resource is an amazing little treasure trove of information for Primitive Baptist Churches across much of America. Sadly, they are several hours from me, but 10 minutes of looking at their county-based accounts of their sections called “Church and Family History Research Assistance” turned up about twenty of my close relatives, including my great-great grandfather.

The Primitive Baptist Library is a reference library that seeks to preserve and republish materials of historical interest about Primitive Baptist Churches and Associations. This is one of thiose things you just have to dig into for yourself. If you have any family who were involved somewhere with a Primitive Baptist Church, I strongly suggest you have a look. They have a database of obituaries that have appeared in their movement’s publications containing over 60,000 entries, and they keep adding materials. Notes on the website indicate that they do lookups and recommend you email them for details pertaining to their records.

The records, including minutes of church proceedings, are very detailed for these churches in many cases (comically so for some of the ones I’ve read, as they read like a gossip column in some cases). Stop by and have a look at this website, because within this site are hidden several golden nuggets, not to mention the promise of what their noncirculating library contains.

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