Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

52 Ancestsors Week 35: School Days~A Mother, Sisters and Friends

  School Days is the topic of week 35 for Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition.

   One of the first pictures found when beginning my family history journey was of my maternal Great Grandmother, Loretta "Etta"(McManus) Daughrity.  It looks as though she may be at a table with a book.  Perhaps a school picture?

Loretta "Etta" (McManus) Daughrity
About 1898

 Etta graduated from St. Joseph's Academy in Sumter, South Carolina about 1912.

Loretta "Etta" (McManus) Daughrity
Graduation Picture

 Etta married Manning David Daughrity, Jr. on 13 October 1912.  Four of their five daughters had pictures made in about 1925. It is not clear whether these are school pictures, but they were definitely school aged.

Mildred Chrystanella (Daughrity) Jolly Finfrock
Frances Elizabeth (Daughrity) Hicks

Lila Lorine (Daughrity) Robinson

Loretta Geraldine (Daughrity) Dennis (1919-1959)


Daughter number five, my Grandmother Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) was not among these pictures. Most likely because she was not school aged at the time.
 A picture was taken when she graduated from Sumter High School, Sumter, South Carolina in 1939.

Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan
High School Graduation 

 Along with these pictures of the Daughrity sisters, are school pictures of friends. Unknown to me now but important enough for Grandmom to keep in her scrapbook.
Cleveland O.Wilson, 1930

Unknown from 1939
Unknown child from 1939

Unknown child from 1939

 A Mother, sisters, and friends. Precious memories of school days.

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Sunday, August 30, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Aug. 30-Sept. 5

Sept. 4~
 Philip Roberts, III (1798-1852), my 4th Great Grandfather died 163 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. He is buried in St. Westbury High Hill Cemetery in Richland County.
Headstone of Philip Roberts
St. Westbury High Hill Cemetery
Richland County, South Carolina

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Friday, August 28, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 34: Non-Pop Schedules~Picturing Their Lives


     Non-Population Schedules and what they can tell you about your ancestors is the topic for Week 34 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks by Amy Johnson Crow.
  These special schedules were taken in addition to the regular federal or state census and were for specific purposes such as the 1890 Veteran's Census, Agricultural and Manufacturing Censuses. These were used by agencies for statistic purposes. For a genealogist, these unique snapshots of our ancestors lifestyles can help fill in details that we would otherwise not know.
   My paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Benjamin Reese Gibson (1824-1907) was enumerated in two Agricultural and one Special Manufacturing Census.

1860  Paxville,Clarendon County, SC Agriculture Census
Benjamin Reese Gibson

 The 1860 Agricultural Census of Paxville, Clarendon County, SC shows that Benjamin Reese Gibson was the owner of a large piece of farm land. He owned 2, 500 acres-80 of which had been improved. He had $100 of farming machinery which he used to  grow wheat, Indian corn, rice, cotton, peas, beans and sweet potatoes. He also had an orchard and produced butter, clover seed and molasses. His farm animals included 3 horses, 7 milk and other cattle, and 20 swine.

1870 Manning, Clarendon County, SC Agricultural Census
Benjamin Reese Gibson

  Ten years later, after the Civil War, Benjamin reported the following to the census taker.  Although far less than before, he still had a large piece of land consisting of 175 acres of improved land with 525 acres of woods.
 The cash value of the farm was 2,800 with $50 in farm machinery. He had payed $250 in wages including board. His farm was producing Spring wheat, Indian corn, oats, rice, cotton, peas, beans, sweet potatoes and hay. His animals included 1 horse, 3 mules, 5 milk cows and 6 other cows. He also had 20 swine. Benjamin reported that he estimated the total worth of his farm production was $1,035.

1880 Sammy Swamp, Clarendon County, SC Manufacturers Census
Benjamin Reese Gibson
 A Special Schedule of Manufacturers was taken in 1880 and recorded Benjamin Reese Gibson as the owner of a Saw Mill in Sammy Swamp, Clarendon County, SC. The mill was run using the wood from his own land. Employees numbered 7-10 during the year. 
   One of those employees, Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) began work at the mill sometime after 1870. He met the owner's daughter, Margaret Francis Gibson (1854-1929), and were married about 1872. They were my Great Great Grandparents.
    Together, these special censuses help me to piece together the lives of my 3rd Great Grandfather and his family. Other records  indicated he farmed and owned a saw mill but the information on these records forms a picture of the properties. The types of crops, animals and size of the saw mill gives the imagination something to work with when trying to understand and connect with those of an earlier time.

 Have you checked the Non-Population Schedules for your family? 

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