Friday, April 29, 2016

Thank You, Crissouli



I am delighted to be included in Friday Fossicking Interesting Blogs on Crissouli's genealogy blog That Moment in Time.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

James Skaggs, Jasper County, Missouri Probate

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

James Skaggs, husband of Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs, was deceased with an estate in Jasper County, Missouri, by 1859. Notably, Hannah Skaggs was made guardian of their minor children: Sarah Skaggs, Hester A. Skaggs, and Flora Skaggs in early 1860. This is a significant document since the Skaggs family was evidently in route to California by wagon train in the summer of 1860 when the US census was taken. Hester A. Skaggs and Flora Skaggs were born after 1850, were missed by the 1860 census, and evidently married or deceased by the 1870 census when Hannah was living with her daughter Nancy (Skaggs) Witter

Flora Skaggs had married William Simmons, but was deceased by 1880 when her grandmother Hannah Skaggs and great-uncle James Brown were living in the same household with William Simmons and their daughter.

The hunt for Hester Skaggs begins...oh, oh, found her: Hester A. Skaggs married John L. Gibson 3 July 1866 in Calaveras County, California, where her sister Flora married William Simmons.

Meanwhile, the icing on the cake is additional information that Hannah's nephew Andrew Jackson Pool acted as security.

Jasper County Court Monday December 19th AD 1859
Ordered by the Court that Rice Charles administrator of the Estate of James Skaggs, deceased, pay to the widow of the said deceased fifty dollars, for provisions, clothing and tuition of the children of the deceased
Bk. D, p. 43
[Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1855-1861, vol C-D]


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Jasper County Court Tuesday February 28th 1860 (2nd day)
Ordered by the Court that Hannah Scaggs be and she is hereby appointed Guardian of the persons and Curator of the estates of Sarah Skaggs, Hester A. Skaggs and Flora Skaggs. Minor heirs of James Skaggs deceased, said Hannah Skaggs presented cause as such Guardian & Curator in the sum of two hundred dollars with Thomas J. McDougald and Andrew J Pool as securities which bond was approved by the Court
Bk. D, p. 76
[Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1855-1861, vol C-D]

Jasper County Court March 2nd AD 1860
Now at this day came Rice Charles administrator of the estate of James Skaggs, deceased, and made application to the Court to make his amende final settlement, according to an order of this court. It is therefore consider by the Court that said administrator make said amended settlement, and it appearing to the Court from the accounts here produced and fled that said administrator is chargeable with the sum of six hundred and fifty one dollars and forty-nine cents ($651.49) and that he is entitled to credits amounting to the sum of six hundred and eighty four dollars and eight cents ($684.08) leaving the sum of thirty two dollars and fifty nine cents due said administrator, all of which was approved by the Court.
Bk D, p. 96
[Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1855-1861, vol C-D]


Robert and Esther (Holcomb) Jameson Probates

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

FamilySearch has made available probate records for most Missouri Counties. These records have not been indexed by FamilySearch yet, but many of the volumes are indexed. Using them is like spinning microfilm at library, except my library does not have these reels.

In any event, I was able to locate the probate records of Robert and Esther (Holcomb) Jameson, and can draw the conclusion that they were married. Robert Jameson is deceased by mid-1848 with an estate in Jasper County, Missouri. Esther was deceased by early 1852. The minor children of Robert Jameson, who are also Esther's children, chose a guardian in August of 1854. These children were Jasper N Jameson, Anna E. Jameson, and Charlotte Jameson. James Skaggs, husband of Hannah (Holcomb) Skaggs brought suit against the estate.

The Jameson name is most frequently spelled as Jamerson in these records.


In vacation June 8th AD 1848
This day came Thomas W. Jamerson and applied for letters of administration on the estate of Robert Jameson deceased he also presented his administration bond in the sum of one thousand dollars with Mark Richardson & Joseph Zoph as his securities which was by me approved and he had the oath presented by law administered him and Letters of administration were granted him
Ellwood B. James, Clerk
Book A, p. 325
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Monday Morning August 31st AD 184_
Ordered by the court tht the administrator of the estate of Robert Jamerson deceased be authorized to sell of his personal property belonging to said estate to the amount of fifty dollars for the best price he can get and to make report thereof to this court on or before the next term after the said sale or sales
Book A, p. 341
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

In vacation November 4th AD 1851
This day came Thomas W. Jamerson and applied for letters of administration …the estate of Esther Jamerson deceased he presents his administration bond in the sum of Four Hundred dollars with Jas. Skaggs Isham Gibony and Thomas J. Mills as his securities which was by me approved and letters of administration were granted him and he had the oath presented by law administered to him.
Ellwood B. James Clerk
Bk. B p. 32
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Wednesday morning November 26th AD 1851 (3rd day)
This day came Thomas W. Jameson Adminstrator of the estate of Robert Jamerson deceased and applied to make his final settlement and it appearing to the Court from the account here produced and filed that …has come into said adminstrators hands the sum of Three hundred and seven dollars nine and a half cents and that he has distributed the sum of Three hundred and fifteen dollars forty seven and a half cents making an excess of expenditures above Receipts of Eight dollars & thirty Eight cents all of which was approved by the Court It is therefore ordered by the Court that said administration …until otherwise ordered by the court.
Bk. B, p. 40
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Monday February 23rd AD 1852 (first day)
A M McKee
Vs
Esther Jamersons adm
This day came the said McKee and filed his demand the said adm appeared and waved … of notice the said McKee made oath to his demand after ….the …it is considered by the court that said McKee have and Recover of and from the said amd the sum of Ninety two dollars  & sixty cents ($92.60) and also his costs

James Skaggs
Vs
Robert Jamersons adm
This day came the said Skaggs and filed his demand the said adm appeared and waved service of notice that said Skaggs made oath to his demand after hearing the evidence it is considered by the court that the said Skaggs have and Recover of and from the said adm the sum of fifty dollars ($50.00) and also his costs.
Bk. B p. 59
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Tuesday May 25th AD 1852 (2nd day)
John S Reading
Vs.
Esther Jamersons Adm
This day came the said Reading and filed his demand the said Adm appeared and waved service of notice the said Reading made oath to his demand after hearing the evidence it is considered by the court that the said Reading have and recover of and from the said adm the sum of ten dollars ($10.00) and also his …
Bk B, p. 96
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

McKee Scott & Co. Ptff
Vs.
Esther Jamersons Adm deft
This day came the said plaintiff and filed their demand the said deft appeared and waved service of notice the said plaintiff made oath to their demand after the hearing the evidence it is considered by the court that said plaintiff have and Recover of and from said deft. The sum of Six dollars and seventy cents ($6.70) and also their costs.
Bk. B, p. 97
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Thursday morning May 29th AD 1852 (4th day)
Edward H. Hubbard
Vs.
Esther Jamesons Adm
This day came the said Hubbard and filed his demand the said admd appeared and waved service of notice the said Hubbard made oath to his demand after hearing the evidence it is considered by the court that said Hubbard have and recover of and from said admd the sum of Three dollars & Eighty three cents ($3.83) and also his costs
Bk. B, p. 103
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]




Jasper County Court Monday Morning August 28th AD 1854 (1st day)
This day came Jasper N Jamerson, Anna E Jamerson and Charlotte Jamerson Minors of the late Robert Jamerson deceased over the age of Fourteen years and made application to have permission to choose Guardian whereupon they made choice of William H. Maxey as the guardian of their persons and estates which choice was approved and confirmed by the court, whereupon came the said William H. Maxey and accepted the appointment, he also presented his bond as guardian aforesaid in the sum of Six hundred dollars with Daniel Hunt and Isaac Rays as his securities  which bond was approved by the court
Bk B, p. 340 – family search image 489
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Tuesday May 29th AD 1855 (2nd day of term)
Ordered by the Court that William H. Maxey be and he is hereby appointed adm pro tem of the estate of Robert Jamerson deceased and he had the oath presented by law administered unto him

Thomas W. Jemerson Plaintiff
Vs.
Robert Jamerson’s Adm pro tem deft.
This day came the said plaintiff and filed his demand the said deft. waved service of notice, after hearing the evidence the court takes until to morrow morning to consider demand.
Bk B, p. 445
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Thursday May 31st AD 1855 (4th day of term)
This day came Thomas W. Jamerson administrator of the estate of Ether Jamerson deceased and applied to make his annual settlement and it appearing to the court for the account here produced and filed that said administrator is charge …the sum of one Hundred and Fifty Six dollars one cents ($156.61) and that he is entitled to credits amounting to the sum one Hundred and thirty three dollars Forty three & a half cents ($133431/2) leaving a balance in said administrators hands the sum of Twenty three dollars Seven & a half cents ($23.07 ½) all of which was approved by the court.
Bk B, p. 452-453
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1841-1855, Vol A-B]

Jasper County Court Thursday February 28th AD 1856 (4th day)
This day came Thomas W. Jamerson administrator of the estate of Esther Jamerson deceased and applied to make his final settlement and it appearing to the court from the account here produced and filed that said administrator is chargeable with the sum of one hundred and Sixty three dollars and thirty two cents ($163.32) and that he is entitled to credits amounting to the sum of one hundred and Sixty three dollars Twenty three and a half cents ($163.23 ½) leaving an unexpended balance in said administrators hands of Eight and a half cents (.08 ½) all of which was approved by the court. It is therefore ordered by the court that said administration cease until other ….. are discovered or until it is otherwise ordered by the court.
Bk C p. 51
[Source: Jasper County, Missouri, Probate Court Minutes, 1855-1861, Vol C-D]


Sunday, February 28, 2016

John Kelly Jr. of Kershaw County, South Carolina

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

JOHN KELLY, JR. of Kershaw County, South Caroline is believed to be the son of John Kelly Sr.  of Fairfield District, South Carolina. Born c. 1786 in South Carolina, John Kelley Jr. married Nancy Missouri Owens, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Hood) Owens.

John Kelly died April 1859 and was buried on his plantation in Kershaw County, South Carolina with a large rock to mark his burial place.

Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly, born 22 Nov 1819, died 14 March 1912 and was buried in the Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery in Westville, Kershaw County, South Carolina.

Children of John and Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly:

1. William Kelly
2. Mansel Pinkney Kelly
3. Mary Jane Kelley
4. Harvey H. Kelly
5. Singleton Frost Kelly
6. Edna Elizabeth Kelly

Census records for John and Nancy Missouri (Owens) Kelly:

19 Nov 1850, Kershaw County, SC p. 126:

852-852
John Kelly 64 M Farmer $2,800 b. SC
Nancy Kelly 31 F b. SC
Wm Kelly 10 M b. SC
M. Kelly 7 M b. SC
Mary Kelly 4 F b. SC
Harvey Kelly 2 M b. SC
Mary Jones or James 80 F b. SC

1860 First Division, Kershaw County, South Carolina:

Kelley, NM M 40 b. SC
-----, M.P. M 17 b. SC
-----, M.J. F 15 b. SC
-----, H.H. M 12 b. SC
-----, S F M 10 b. SC
-----, E.E. F 5 b. b. SC

9 July 1870, Flat Rock Twp., Kershaw County, SC, p. 212:

173-202
Kelly, Nancy 59 F W Keeping House $0 - $300 b. SC
-----, Singleton 17 M W At Home b. SC
-----, Elienezer 15 F W At Home b. SC
Kelly, Harvey 20 M W Farmer b. SC

11th & 12th June 1880, Flat Rock Twp. (East), Kershaw County, South Carolina, p. 158:

177-177
Clyburn, Lewis L. W M 40 Farmer b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Mary J. W F 34 Wife Keeping House b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Lottie J. W F 18 Dau At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----Thomas B. W M 14 Son At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, William R. W M 12 Son At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Stephen W M 10 Son At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Lewis W M 8 Son At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Edna A. B. W F 3 Dau At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Henry W M 1 Son At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Kelly, Nancy M. W F 60 m-i-l At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----Edna E. W F 25 s-i-l At Home b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----Harvey H. W M 31 b-i-l Miller b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
Drakeford, Jess B M 16 Servant Domestic Servant b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
-----, Caesor B M 17 Servant Domestic Servant b. SC fb. SC mb. SC

14 June 1900, Flat Rock Twp., Kershaw Co., SC, p. 160:

244-244
Clyburn, Stephen Head W M July 1860 29 M  Ginner b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
----, Lizzie R. Wife W F b. July  1873 28 M b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
---,  Edna  Dau W F  b. July 1899 10/12 S b. SC fb. SC  mb. SC
Kelly, Harvy H. Uncle W M b. Dec 1849 50 S  Miller b. SC fb. SC  mb. SC
---, Nancy M. Grandmother  W F  b. Nov 1819 79 Wd  b. SC fb. SC mb. SC7

7 May 1910, Rock Twp., Kershaw Co., SC p. 220:

221 - 223
CLYBURN, L.L.  Head M W 70 W b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
KELLEY, Nancy M. M-i-l F  W 90 W  7 - 4 b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
----Edna s-i-l F  W 55 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
PERRY, Eva grdau F  W 20 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC
----, Stephen grson M W 18 S b. SC fb. SC  mb. SC
JORDAN, Morgarek servant F W 32 S b. SC fb. SC mb. SC

Rev. D H Selph Graduates and Gets His First Teaching Job


© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Duncan Hyder Selph graduated from Union University on 15 July 1852. The following account appeared in The Classic Union on July 1852:





Prior to graduation, Duncan H. Selph had secured his first teaching position at the West Tennessee Baptist Male Institute at Spring Creek in Madison County, Tennessee. The doors opened for the first time in the newly built brick building on the first Monday in March of 1852, and Rev. D. H. Selph would have been its first teacher. This advertisement ran in The Classic Union on 15 March 1852:










Sunday, February 14, 2016

MRS. T.R. GALT ILL

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

This tidbit regarding Florence May (Brown) Galt was found by googling her husband Thomas Resin Galt's name. For this I used just his initials, so the google search was for T.R. Galt. The notice is, in fact, about her and not him. Women for a large portion of the twentieth century were mostly referred to by their husbands' names.

Apparently, she had taken ill while on a visit to New Mexico, possibly to visit one of her children - daughter Beulah Frances (Galt) Graham was living in New Mexico at the time. She had become so ill that Thomas, who had not accompanied her, went to New Mexico to bring her home to Hale Center, Texas. She died less than five months later and is buried in the Hale Center Cemetery.










Saturday, January 23, 2016

Thomas Resin Galt Celebrates His 87th Birthday

© Kathy Duncan, 2016

Newspaper articles of all sorts can add or confirm information. These articles are not limited to birth, death, and marriage announcements. Wedding anniversaries and accounts of birthdays can also provide valuable information. This clipping honors the birthday of my husband's great-grandfather, Thomas Resin Galt, of Hale Center, Texas. His 87th birthday has newsworthy in 1947. From this clipping we can glean that his birthday was February 7, 1860 and that he was born in Appleton City, Missouri. He moved to Hale Center in 1913 and quit farming in 1937 when he sold out and moved in with his daughter, Mrs. Wallace Louthan. It is not mentioned in the article, but he had become a widower in 1934. Although they are not named, he had a total of three sons and five daughters still living. Among them was my husband's grandmother, Beulah (Galt) Graham. He lived for six more years.


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As you are searching for information on your ancestors in newspapers, remember to also search for them by their initials as well as their given names. Initials became very popular in the last half of the 19th century and that trend continued well into the 20th century. Also, remember that women like Mrs. Wallace Louthan disappeared into their husband's identities. Look for your female ancestors lurking behind their husband's names rather than their own.