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.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Aug. 23-Aug. 28

August 24~
  My maternal Grandfather, Gilbert Ernest Roberts (1920-1944) would have been 95 years old on this day. Gilbert was born in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina to William Treadford Roberts (1894-1959) and Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980). 

August 28~
  Emma Ruth (Baker) Early (1901-1993), my paternal Great Grandmother would have been 114 years old on this day. Ruth was born in Sumter County, South Carolina. She was the tenth child of Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940) and Martha Victoria (Bradford) Baker (1862-1947).

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 33-Defective Ancestors-The Dorritys


  Census records can be very informative records of our ancestors.
They can show family units, approximate birth dates, occupations and other information depending on the year.
 In 1880, a special census was taken. The Defective, Dependant, and Delinquent Census recorded those labeled in their communities as blind, deaf-mute, idiotic, homeless children, paupers, and prisoners.
 While some of these terms are not considered appropriate today, we can learn something about our ancestors physical and social conditions with this document.
 Week 33 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, by Amy Johnson Crow, asks if we have any family members listed in this unique census.
 Several years ago while researching my  Daughrity/Dorrity/Dority line from Sumter County, South Carolina, siblings Elizabeth, John and Arthur Dorrity were found on the 1880 Census for the Idiotic and Deaf-Mute. Carolina Department of History and Archives; Columbia, South Carolina; U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes; Year: 1880; Roll: 2. Sumter County, Springhill Township, pg.A, Dorrity

The Idiots portion asks these questions:

 Is this person self-supporting or partly so? 
Age at which idiocy occurred. 
Supposed cause of idiocy (if acquired)
 Size of head (large, small or natural) 
 Has this person ever been an inmate of a training school for idiots? If yes, name the said training school. 
What has been the total length of time spent by him (or her) during life in any such training school or training schools? 
 Date of discharge (year only) 
Is this person also insane?
Is he (or she) also blind? 
Is he (or she) also deaf? 
Is he (or she) also an epileptic?
 13) Is he (or she) paralyzed? And if yes, on which side? (right/left) 

All three of the Dorrity's had the same answers.
  They were not self-supporting, their condition was from birth, head sizes "appeared normal", and they had never been in an institution. Although all three appear on the Deaf-Mute list, only Elizabeth has a check mark by deaf on this census. : South Carolina Department of History and Archives; Columbia, South Carolina; U.S. Federal Census - 1880 Schedules of Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes; Year: 1880; Roll: 2 ,Sumter County, Springhill Township, pg. B, Dorrity

The Deaf-Mute section asked for the following information:
Is he (or she) self-supporting or partly so? 
Age at which deafness occurred
 Supposed cause of deafness, if known. 
 Is this person semi-mute? 
Is he (or she) semi-deaf? 
  Has this person ever been an inmate of an institution for deaf-mutes? If yes, give the name of such institution.
What has been the total length of time spent by him (or her) in any such institution? 
 Date of his (or her) discharge (year only) 
 Is this person also insane? 
Is he (or she) also idiotic? 
 Is he (or she) also blind? 

Again, the answers for all three are the same.
They are not self-supporting, their conditions began at birth, the cause of their infirmity is not known, they were never in an institution and were also checked as idiotic.

   What was the cause of their condition? The census states that it was from birth. My Grandmother, Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) said she heard the boys had come down with polio following a chill caught while swimming in the pond on the family property.  She wasn't aware of their older sister Elizabeth.
 She was incensed by seeing her paternal Uncles and Aunt listed as Idiotic. She remembered her Uncle Arthur singing and disputed the indication that he was a deaf-mute.
 John Dorrity (1874-1934) and Arthur Dorrity (1875-1935) are alluded to in the Sunter County, South Carolina Civil War Widow's Pension Application of their mother Mary Elizabeth (Stafford) Dority (1843-1930):

Widow Pension Application
Mary Elizabeth Dority
Sumter County, South Carolina
South Carolina Department of Archives and History

We, the undersigned County Pension Board of Sumter County have made a careful examination of the application of Mary Elizabeth Dority
We are of the opinion that the said applicant is entitled to a pension thereunder for the following reasons.
(1) That her husband Manning Dority was a bona fide Soldier in the late war between the States.
(2) That she is 74  years of age and was married prior to 1890
(3) That her income does not exceed $500.00-does not exceed $1,000.00 from all sources.
(Here state any other reasons which influenced the Board to grant or reject this position)
The applicant is in most needy circumstances there is in addition to her standing two(2) sons aged 44 and 46 who are helpless invalids who are not able to do for themselves.
County Pension Board 
These two sons are most likely John and Arthur. There is no mention of daughter Elizabeth Dorrity (1869-after 1880).

This pre -1932 picture in an album of my Grand Aunt lists
Mary Elizabeth Stafford Dorrity, along with sons Arthur, Asa, Charlie, and John. It is not clear which is which.
  Further research has not found what became of 11-year-old Elizabeth Dorrity after the1880 census. John and Arthur Dorrity lived with their mother until her death in 1930 and brother Asa until his death in 1932. Charlie Dorrity, another brother, took care of them until their deaths. John died in 1934 after succumbing to the flu, and Arthur passed away in 1935. Both are buried in the Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina.
 Childhood illness, or something hereditary? It is not known what caused three of seven children in the Dorrity family to be listed on the Defective, Dependent and Delinquent Census of 1880. Their inclusion gives insight into the lives they lead.
 Have you looked at this census record? Who, if anyone, did you find?

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Monday, August 17, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 31-Sharing Makes it Easier

 An Easy ancestor to research is the topic for week 31 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, created by Amy Johnson Crow. 

   There should be an easy ancestor to research right? One that lead a life that created an abundance of records. Well, I haven't been that lucky but I have had people that have helped me and made doing research on some of my lines easier.

    The first helper that lead me to several generations of my paternal Baker family was my Great Aunt, Kate (Baker) Ryan (1898-1987).
 A genealogist herself, Auntie Kate gave me a copy of the research she had done with dates, places and pictures and documents. 
She even had a copy of the Civil War record for my 3rd great Grandfather, Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) that she had transcribed.  
Alpheus J. Baker

  My paternal Thames line was easier to research due to the efforts of distant cousin and genealogist Jackie Thames Baker.
 Jackie was one of the first to respond to my letter queries in the early 1990's. Because of her generosity in sharing what she had worked so hard to find, my tree quickly expanded and reached back to the 1600's in Ireland.  

Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) Family

   Sharing. Realizing that we are all part of the same family and that we benefit by encouraging and helping others with their research. How grateful I am for those who made the beginning days of my genealogy journey 'easy'.

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