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.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 26-Who's Taking Up My Time?

 Since we are Halfway through the year for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition, a blog prompt series by Amy Johnson Crow, I decided to share information on some of my family lines that I have been researching since the early 1980's.
 Amy asks in this week's prompt:
 " What ancestor takes up half of your research time?"

These South Carolina (and a couple of North Carolina) families take up all of mine~

   John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) married 1st. Louvinia Blanche Thames (1886-1918) and 2nd her sister Margaret Anne Thames (1875-1960). They lived in Clarendon County.      
   John's parents were Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882) and Sarah Rebecca (Smith) Flemming Hudson (1835-1916). Ezra and Sarah lived in Darlington and Florence Counties.  
 Blanche and Annie were the daughter's of Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) and Margaret Francis (Gibson) Thames (1854-1929), also from Clarendon County.
Blanche and Annie
Thames Sisters
Left- Louvinia Blanche Thames (1886-1918)
Right-Margaret Anne Thames (1875-1960)
©Cheri Hudson Passey

   Jubal Ransom Early (1888-1964) was born in Statesville, North Carolina. Moving to South Carolina, he married Emma Ruth Baker Early (1901-1993). They made their home in Richland County. 
 Jubal's parents were Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888) and Ellen Caroline (Martin) Early (1850-1926) from Statesburg, North Carolina. 
  Ruth grew up in Sumter County and was the daughter of Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940) and Martha "Mattie" Victoria (Bradford) Baker (1862-1947). 
Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940)
©Cheri Hudson Passey

William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) was the son of George Phillip Roberts (1856-1930)  and Hattie (Brazell) Roberts (1870-1927).  Both the Roberts and Brazell families  
lived in Richland County for many generations.  
  William married Beulah Mae Price in 1914.  She was the daughter of Bertran Campbell Price (1876-after 1922) and Elizabeth "Bessie" Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943).
 The Eargle and Price families were from Aiken and Edgefield Counties. 

George Phillip Roberts and Hattie (Brazell) Roberts family
About 1907
©Cheri Hudson Passey

   Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) married Loretta "Etta" McManus (1894-1936) in Sumter County in 1912. He was the son of Manning David Dority, Sr.(1844-1918) and Mary Elizabeth (Stafford) Dority (1843-1930).
  Family stories say the name Dority was changed to Daughrity by David, Jr. 
  Etta was the daughter of William A. McManus (1854-1914) and Frances "Fanny" Virgina (McRady) McManus (1856-1903). 
These families all have roots in the Sumter County area. 

Mary Elizabeth Stafford (1843-1930)
Sitting in chair
 Sons and grandchildren enjoying time on the porch
©Cheri Hudson Passey

  Francis "Frank" Emerson Sullivan, Sr. (1880-1925) was a soldier who served in WWI and was assigned to  Camp Jackson, South Carolina after the war. Conflicting information has his birth place as Pensylvania or Indiana.
 He married Mary Christine Williams (1896-1930) in Camden, Kershaw County in 1921. Frank's parents are unknown. 
 Christine was the daughter of James Lewis Williams (1873-1937) and Lizzie (Pettigrew) Williams of Kershaw County. Lizzie's birth and death are unknown, but she most likely died between 1895-1900. 

Francis "Frank" Emerson Sullivan. Sr. (1880-1925)
Quaker Cemetery, Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

  Many years of research have provided this and much more on these families. It has also produced many questions still needing answers. 

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

June 28-July 4~

June 28~
  My paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) would be celebrating his 191st birthday on this day.  Alpheus was born in the Sumter District area of South Carolina to Jessie Hinton Baker (1795-1866) and Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1795-1839).

My maternal Great Great Grandparents, William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980) were married 101 years ago most likely in the Columbia, Richland, South Carolina area.  William was 20 and Beulah 17 when, as the family story goes, they eloped due to Beulah's family being against the marriage. They became the parents of 12 children.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 25-Springbank Plantation

   This week's blog post prompt for 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow is Homestead.
In 1807, my maternal 4th Great Grandfather, William Smith (1775-1830) bought Spring Bank Plantation in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. The land passed to his son, my 3rd Great Grandfather, Henry John Smith (1807-1849) upon his death.        The land stayed in family hands until after the civil war. It lay abandoned and in disrepair until it was bought and restructured by the Hadden family in 1930. A fire destroyed the home in 1947 and was rebuilt, it is said, using the original plans. 

 Entrance to Springbank

 Additions and changes have been made throughout the years.
Springbank as it is today.

 Part of the original log home built on the property. It has been expanded and is currently lived in.

The original logs can still be seen inside.

The old stables have been turned into guest rooms.

An outbuilding still stands on the property. It is thought that it may have served as a kitchen at some point.

Several large oaks continue to grow around the property. Many most likely were there when my ancestors walked the land.

This brick wall is behind the main house. The handmade bricks were most likely produced by the slaves who once lived on Springbank plantation.

Behind the brick wall and several yards down a small path is a cemetery. This is the burial place for many of the enslaved people of Springbank Plantation.  Efforts have been made to find and mark the graves. Names and dates are unknown.

 Walking the property was a special experience knowing that I was where my people once lived, loved and died. 
Many changes have been made to Springbank since my ancestors lived there. It is now a retreat for those looking for peace and rest away from the world. 

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