Isabella and William Campbell made the trip across the Atlantic ocean just weeks after they were married in August of 1838. According to Isabella's letters home, they sailed from Belfast to Liverpool and then on to Canada and down to Georgia, probably making stops along the way. By November they were in Augusta, Georgia, staying … Continue reading Unchilled by the Cold
I've been exploring the archives of the Augusta Chronicle lately looking for things related to my ancestors and their families in that place. In this election season, I'm inspired by the activity of my 6th great-uncle, John Bones, who participated in local organizations, committees, and ran for city counsel throughout much of his life. He … Continue reading Many Voters
As I research the descendants of my ancestors, I sometimes come across uncles who never married. The reasons they didn't marry are sometimes clear and sometimes not, but one thing I have noticed, especially for those who lived in the 19th century, there is very little to be found about them. As I thought about … Continue reading Where Have All the Bachelors Gone?
The prompt for Week 30 of 52 Ancestors is Colorful. William Longstreet led quite a colorful life. He was an inventor, often mocked for his dreams, filing early patents for a steam engine and a cotton gin. He was always just a moment behind inventors that earned the credit in the end. He appears to … Continue reading Without a Paddle or an Oar, Billy-boy?
Week 17 of 52 Ancestors is Cemetery. Just south of Augusta, Georgia stood a house called The Cottage Place. It was the summer home of Oswell and Aphra Ann Eve and their children. His daughter, Sarah Eve Adams, would later purchase the property from her father's estate and raise her nieces and nephews there. Other Eve … Continue reading The Cottage Cemetery
This week's prompt for #52ancestors is a Favorite Name. Do you ever hear a new song on the radio and think "meh" or "I don't really like this"? But then the song is everywhere and it plays in your head when you least expect it and after a while you really like the song. And … Continue reading Oswell, Oswell, Oswell
John Bones Mary Bones James Brown John Brown Oswell B. Eve Hannah Longstreet This may seem like a mostly unrelated list of people, but I assure you, the connections are deep and sometimes require pen and paper to understand. This week's topic for #52ancestors is "In the Census." For this topic, I chose this snippet … Continue reading A Census Snippet: 1850 – Augusta, Georgia