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, Newspapers

After Heart

Building on last week's post, The Edgefield Advertiser records many moments in the life of my Medlock-Carmichael ancestors. My search has, so far, been limited to Martha Carmichael and Henry Townes Medlock and mostly just for the span of Martha's life, 1889-1915. According to the articles over the years, Martha, known to many as Heart, was well-loved… Continue reading After Heart

52 Ancestors, Documents


Newspapers can be fascinating sources when looking for information about ancestors. Some of my ancestors lived in Edgefield, South Carolina and at the beginning of the 20th century the local newspaper,┬áThe Edgefield Advertiser, reported on the social activity of the town's citizens, as well as local news and politics. I've been able to take a… Continue reading 1912

52 Ancestors, Documents

A Marriage Record

I was recently examining my great-grandparent's marriage licence. South Carolina started requiring marriage licences in 1911. It's been fun noticing the little things in this document. First, you can see that both Henry and Martha signed the certificate on the first page. We have letters and other notes that Martha wrote, so I recognize her… Continue reading A Marriage Record

52 Ancestors, Family Stories

The Embodiment of Love

Growing up, we would make semi-annual trips to visit my paternal grandma. As we grew up, our three-week summer vacations turned into long weekends and Christmases always had a slightly different grouping of relatives. But among the things that changed, a few stayed the same, including the way my dad and his mom, siblings, and… Continue reading The Embodiment of Love

52 Ancestors, Biography, Family Stories

Heart Failure Following Childbirth

Martha Lake Carmichael, my great-grandmother, had the nickname Heart. It's not exactly known how this name came to her, but as I've researched her life and death, I've found it very fitting. During her short life, Heart had a very active social and community life and appears to have been loved by all who knew… Continue reading Heart Failure Following Childbirth