52 Ancestors, Documents, Family Stories

Dear Harvester

Henry Townes Medlock grew up on a farm. He worked alongside his father and older brother on the family farm in Meriweather, Edgefield County, South Carolina. Records indicate that it was a modest farm with a few farm animals that produced butter and eggs and the family harvested corn, oats, wheat, cotton, and peas. As… Continue reading Dear Harvester

52 Ancestors, Documents, Research

Creating a Map

Maps are a big part of my genealogy research. It's a great way to orient yourself to a location and there are lots of different types of maps. There are maps just for census and property records. For example, for 19th century Irish ancestors, this Griffiths Valuation site allows you to fade out the historical… Continue reading Creating a Map

52 Ancestors, Documents, Research

Distant Cousins

"Talk to Pat," my dad said. I had been looking at the family of my ancestors, Oswell and Anne Moore Eve, and found some conflicting information about Oswell's religion. A granddaughter of Oswell and Anne claimed that Oswell was a Quaker and this was published far and wide. My research of Quaker documents told a… Continue reading Distant Cousins

52 Ancestors, Documents

Mistaken

Martha Ellen Settle, my 2nd great-grandmother, was born 7 October 1849 to Edward Horace Settle and Parthenia Thurmond in Edgefield, South Carolina. Her mother died when she was 7 years old and, by 1860, her father had left the state, leaving Martha and her three younger siblings with their maternal grandmother, Eleanor DeLaughter Thurmond. Martha… Continue reading Mistaken

52 Ancestors, Documents, Family Stories

Application Denied

On a recent trip to the National Archives, I was able to look at the widow and minors' pension applications filed by my 2nd great-grandmother, her siblings, and their mother. Augusta Roth Eigenmann was only two years old when her father, Johann Adam Roth, died. This left Augusta's mother, Eleanora Wissig Roth, a widow with… Continue reading Application Denied

52 Ancestors, Documents

I Love Quaker Records

The ancestors of my 6th great-grandmother, Anne (Moore) Eve, have been pretty easy to find. This isn't always the case for ancestors so far back, but this branch of my tree happen to be early members of the Religious Society of Friends, or Quakers, and they kept and preserved excellent records. Anne1 was the daughter… Continue reading I Love Quaker Records