When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

Sunday, July 26, 2015

This Week On my Family History Calendar

July 26-August 1


 July 29~
   Thomas McCrady (1821-1896), my paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, died 119 years ago at the age of 74 in the Pisgah Community of Sumter County, South Carolina. Thomas' obituary calls him an "old and highly esteemed citizen". Burial was in the Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Aug. 1~
  My maternal Great Great Grandmother, Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943), died 72 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. Bessie was 65 when she died as a result of heart disease. She was buried in Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, Aiken, South Carolina.

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Friday, July 24, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 29-Musically Inclined

 Week 29 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition by Amy Johnson Crow asks, "Which Ancestor was a musician?".
     Several members of my family tree had musical ability.
     Great Grandmother Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1894-1936) played the piano, Great Uncle Arthur Daughrity (1875-1935) loved to sing, Gilbert Ernest Roberts (1920-1944), my Grandfather played the guitar.
  The ancestor that I was fortunate to be able to witness their love of music was my paternal Grandmother, Mary Baker Hudson (1920-2010). Mimi, as I called her loved to play the piano. She played by ear. That always amazed me. Having taken years of piano lessons, I couldn't get over the fact that she could just hear a song and then play it. Beautifully.
     This picture was taken on a visit from Mimi to our home. She joins my brother and I as we enjoy time together entertaining the family.

Mary Baker Hudson
1977
©Cheri Hudson Passey
               Such a precious memory! Do you have ancestors who were musically inclined? I'd love to hear about them.

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

July 19-July 25



July 22~
 My paternal Step-Great Grandmother, Margaret Annie (Thames) Hudson (1875-July 22, 1960) died 55 years ago in Manning, Clarendon, South Carolina. She was 84 years old and according to her obituary, died in the hospital "after a long period of failing health".  Annie was buried in the Home Branch Church Cemetery, Paxville, Clarendon, South Carolina.

July 23~
  Thomas Philip Roberts (1830-1893), my maternal 3rd great grandfather was born 185 years ago on this day. Thomas was born in Richland County, South Carolina to Philip Roberts, III(1798-1852) and Mary Ann (Evans) Roberts (1800-after 1870).

July 25~
  The 241st birthday of my 5th paternal Great Grandmother, Alice (Cook) Vaughn (1774-1859). Her parents were Samuel Cook and Alice (Dargan) Cook. She lived most of her life in the Sumter County, South Carolina area and may have been born there.

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 28: Genealogy Road Trip~Why Didn't I Take Them?



  "Which ancestor would you like to take on a genealogical road trip?"
    This question from Amy Johnson Crow's blog prompt series called  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2015 Edition, got me thinking. What I quickly realized was I wished I had taken the advantage of road trips with my ancestors when they were still living.
  
  I have interviewed,recorded and noted memories and important events of parents, grandparents, and other family members.
 While this helped me learn about my family, questions about childhood, school, marriage and so on would have produced more information had I asked them on or near the actual places they occurred.

   Why didn't I take my maternal Grandmother, Azile Juanita (Daughrity) Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) to Church St. in Sumter, South Carolina? The lot that her family home was on is still there. Now a city park, it would, I am sure, still bring back memories of her parents, grandparents and sisters. The stories she told of playing with childhood friends, skating down the street and climbing trees would have been so much richer.  
  The schools and the church she attended, and the trips made with her mother to see the Nuns at St. Ann's could have come to life as we visited these places together.
  
Property on Church St., Sumter, South Carolina
Once owned by the M. David Daughrity family

  
Azile with sister Loretta Daughrity
Outside their family home
Mid 1930's Sumter, South Carolina


  My maternal grandmother, Mary (Baker) Hudson (1920-2010), could have told me about her growing up on her grandparent's farm in Sumter if I had taken her there. What memories would have been triggered of her wedding to my grandfather at the Baptist parsonage in Turbeville and their early married years living with her in-laws in Alcolu if we had visited those towns together? Would she have been more open with her memories than she was when I sat her down with a tape recorder and asked her questions?

Mary (Baker) Hudson
Early 1930's
Baker family home
Sumter County, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey


Remnants of the Turbeville Baptist Parsonage
Mid 1990's
It has since been torn down.
©Cheri Hudson Passey

Taking  either of them to these places is not an option as they have both passed away. However, there are those that are still living, others to accompany me on a genealogy road trip.
 Former homes, schools, churches, and first date locations all to visit and reminisce about the past.
An opportunity to make happen now, before it's too late.
 Time to start planning a living ancestor genealogy road trip.
Who are you going to take?

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

June 12-June 18



July 13~
 My maternal Great Great Grandmother, Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price  (1878-1943) would have been 137 years old on this day. She was born in Edisto Hills, Aiken, South Carolina to George David Eargle (1827-1888) and Elvira America (Booth) Eargle (1834-1898). 

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

52 Ancestors Week 27~ Fighting With the Swampfox




For Week 27 of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks by Amy Johnson Crow, the blog prompt asks, " What ancestor fought in the Revolution?"
   A post written two years ago answers that question, or at least these are the ones found so far.



  So for this week, you are invited to click on the link and read about Fighting With the Swamp Fox.

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Sunday, July 5, 2015

This Week On My Family History Calendar

July 5-July 11




William A. Martin (1813-1887), my paternal 3rd Great Grandfather would have been 202 years old on this day. William was born in North Carolina and lived at least the last part of his life in the Statesville, Iredell County area.

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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)
1911
©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)
Headstone
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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