Monday, September 21, 2009

Cousins Explained - A Handy Chart

Click here to see the chart I use to determine "cousinship."  It is an adaptation of the chart found in the Wikipedia article CousinClick here to see the article.  I would like to show this chart directly here, but it would need to be too small to read!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

How to Subscribe to This Blog

Tired of checking to see if I've posted anything new?  Here is a very simple solution.

In the skinny column of this page, you will see "Follow by Email."  Enter your e-mail address in the blank, and click on "Submit."

Shortly after, you will receive an e-mail asking you to click on a link to verify your address.

That's all there is to it!  Then, each time I post you will receive an e-mail notification.

Sure beats checking often and finding nothing new!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Verifying Information: Mary Clark Reed

Birth: As with Mary's husband Samuel Reed and father Malcom Clark, I have no proof of Mary's date or place of birth.  Do you?  It is believed she was born in Ireland about 1762.

Residence in 1800, 1810, and 1820: In the censuses of these years, I believe we can safely assume that Mary is the eldest female listed on her husband Samuel's listings.  Click here for details on these years.

Residence in 1830: Barnwell District, South Carolina; listed on as "Mary Rud" (transcription error).  Listed are one female age 70 to 80 (Mary) and one female age 20 to 30 (possibly daughter Ellen/Eleanor) plus 15 slaves (8 males and 7 females).  Sons Samuel and Hugh are listed nearby on the same census page. 
Source:  1830 Federal Census; Census Place: Barnwell, South Carolina; Roll  169; Page: 181.

Residence in 1840: Barnwell District, South Carolina.  Listed are one female age 70 to 80 (Mary) and one female age 30 to 40 (not sure who this might be at this point.  Ideas?) plus 23 slaves (12 males and 11 females).  Living nearby are Mary's daughter Ellen and her husband George Hartzog, Mary's daughter Jane and her husband Jonathan T. Waters, and Mary's granddaughter Elizabeth (Hugh's daughter) and her husband William J. Ficklin[g].  On the same page are listed two Samuel Reeds designated as "sen" and "jun."  The senior would be Mary's son Samuel, but his son Samuel was only 14 years old at the time.  Therefore, I believe the junior to be Hugh's son Samuel.
Source:  1840 Federal Census; Census Place: Barnwell, South Carolina; Roll  508; Page: 187.

Death: Believed to be about 1846.  Does anyone have good documentation for this date?

Friday, September 11, 2009

Verifying Information: Malcom Clark

Name:  Malcom spelled his name M-A-L-C-O-M  C-L-A-R-K on most of the plats he signed as a surveyor.  On a few it is spelled "Malcolm" and/or "Clarke."  (Of course, when searching online for information about him, you will usually see it spelled "Malcolm."  Be sure to use all spellings for the most thorough search.)
Source:  South Carolina Department of Archives and History website

Birth:  I have seen no absolute verification proving where or when he was born.  It has been generally accepted that he was born in Ireland about 1730.  But was he?

Possible Arrival in America:  1768.  Two Clarks were on the passenger list of the The Snow Betty Gregg which sailed out of Larne, Antrim, Northern Ireland October 4, 1767, and arrived in Charlestown before February 2, 1768. No first names are given.  While it is quite possible that these Clarks were Malcom and his son Hugh, it is not definite. 
Source:  South Carolina Ships' Lists by Betty Proctor

Occupation 1771-1774:  Surveyor.  Images of some of the plats he surveyed dated 1771-1774 are available at the SC Dept. of Archives and History website. 
Source:  South Carolina Department of Archives and History website

Property in 1774:  On October 25 and 26, 1774, surveyor Thomas Platt wrote two plats for Malcom 's own land "in Orangeburgh District situate on the South Side of the South Fork or Prong Edistow River."
Source:  South Carolina Department of Archives and History website

Public Service in 1775 and 1776
1775 - Justice of the Quorum for Orangeburgh District.  (page 248*)  (A Justice of the Quorum exercised notarial rather than judicial duties.)
April, 1776 - Nominated by the General Assembly and commissioned by President Rutledge as a Justice of the Peace for Orangeburgh District. (page 265*)
Source:  *The History of Orangeburg County, South Carolina (by A. S. Salley, Jr., 1898, R. Lewis Berry, Printer, Orangeburg, SC). Click here to see this book in its entirety on Google Books.
1783 - Justice of the Peace for Orangeburgh District.  (Published in South Carolina Weekly Gazette on 29 Mar 1783 and 12 Apr 1783.) 

Residence in 1778:  Orangeburg District, South Carolina
Source:  Jackson, Ron V., Accelerated Indexing Systems, comp.. South Carolina Census, 1790-1890 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 1999.

Death:  About 1785 as evidenced by the auction of his land and possessions in March, 1786, in accordance with his last will and testament
Source:  Advertisement in Columbian Herald, Columbia, SC, on March 20, 1786

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Verifying Information: Samuel Reed

Verification is a continual process.  As I "polish" my data, I will share with you my sources and even some questions, too. 

Birth.  The prevailing wisdom is that Samuel Reed was born in Ireland.  1750 and 1751 are dates I have seen online, especially on's trees.  Does anyone have a clue as to the origin of this date? 

Residence in 1800:  "South Side of Edisto River;" listed as Samuel Read.
Shows 2 males 0-10 (John and Samuel); 1 male 10-16 (Hugh); 1 male 26-45 (Samuel); 3 females 0-10 (Rebecca, Lavisa, Margaret); 1 female 10-16 (Jane); 1 female 26-45 (Mary)
Source:  1800 Federal Census; Census Place: Orange, Orangeburg District, South Carolina; Roll  49, Page 505, Image 113.

Residence in 1810:  Barnwell Township, Barnwell County, South Carolina; listed as Samuel Reid.
Shows 1 male 10-16 (son Samuel); 2 males 16-26 (Hugh and John); 1 male 45+ (Samuel); 2 females 0-10 (Ellen & Mary); 2 females 10-16 (Lavisa & Rebecca); 2 females 16-26 (Margaret & Jane); 1 female 45+ (Mary).
Source:  1810 Federal Census; Place: Barnwell, Barnwell, South Carolina; Roll  60, Page 162, Family History Number 0181419, Image 00092

Residence in 1820:  Barnwell, Barnwell County, South Carolina
Shows 1 male 16-26 (son Samuel); 2 males 45+ (Samuel & unknown male); 1 female 10-16 (Ellen); 2 female 16-26 (either Margaret, Mary, or Lavisa); 1 female 45+ (Mary).  
Source:  1820 Federal Census; US GenWeb Archives, Index of 1820 Barnwell SC Census (

Death:  About November 1, 1823
Will:  Recorded November 14, 1823
Source:  South Carolina Department of Archives and History website (Reed, Samuel of Barnwell District, Will Typescript (MSS Will: Book B, page 186; Estate Packet: Bundle 42, Package 1).  Link:

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Michael Joshua Reed Family Reunion

Descendants of Michael Joshua Reed* and Mary Alice Fanning Reed are invited to a reunion at 1:00 PM on Sunday, September 27, 2009.  It will be held in the fellowship hall of Denmark First Baptist Church, 433 Beech Ave. in Denmark, SC.  (GPS Coordinates:  33.322788,-81.141543 OR 33° 19' 22.0368", -81° 8' 29.5542")

Bring your favorite foods! Drinks, ice, and paper goods will be furnished.  Bring family photos and information and meet a lot of cousins!

E-mail questions to samuelreedfamilyATgmailDOTcom, and they will be forwarded to reunion organizers. 

Please send me your reunion announcements.  I'll be happy to post them here. Many thanks to our cousins Myrtle Quattlebaum of Blackville and Jane Morgan Rowell of Denmark for this information!

*Michael Joshua Reed > James William Reed & Anna Rebecca Tyler > Hugh Reed & Jane McSpeddon > Samuel Reed & Mary Clark

Thursday, September 03, 2009

Helpful Links

Here are a few more of my favorite links.  What are your favorites?

Note:  All of these links worked on September 1, 2009.  If you have problems in the future with one of them, please let me know. 

Bamberg County, SC, History and Genealogy

Barnwell County by H. Jerry Morris (Book)

Barnwell County, SC, USGenWeb Project

History of Bamberg County South Carolina

South Carolina Historical Magazine online at Google Books

Search Google Books - There are some great references to be found here.  Just type in a name in the search box, and often you will be pleasantly surprised at what you find.  Do remember, that even published histories need verifying.  In the Yates Snowden histories of South Carolina, there is information about some our Reeds, Clarks, Boylstons, Coopers, etc., that differs from one biography to another. 

The Civil War in South Carolina – Soldiers Index

The Barnwell Baptist Association, by Clara Johnston Hitt

The Williams and Tyler Families

Times and Democrat Article 2004:  “Battles fought between Tories, Patriots in Barnwell area of district”

Tyler Genealogy

Cemetery Lists and Coordinates:

Allendale/Bamberg/Barnwell County Cemeteries (Lists)

Barnwell County SC Cemetery Locations with GPS Coordinates

Barnwell County SC Cemetery GPS Mapping Project

Bamberg County SC Cemetery GPS Mapping Project

Orangeburg County SC Cemetery GPS Mapping Project

Willow Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery List

Find-A-Grave Cemeteries:

Barnwell Baptist Church (Old Red Hill Cemetery) in Barnwell, SC

Beaufort National Cemetery in Beaufort, SC

Bethany Cemetery in Aiken County, SC

Bethel Baptist Church in Cope, SC

Blackville City Cemetery in Blackville, SC

Double Branch Cemetery in Orangeburg County, SC

Hartzog/Reed/Waters Family Cemetery in Bamberg County, SC

Hugh Reed Family Cemetery in Bamberg County, SC

Jeremiah Jones Family Cemetery in Orangeburg County, SC

Lexington Memorial Cemetery in Lexington, SC

Norway Cemetery in Norway, SC

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Springfield, SC

Reed Cemetery on Gardenia Road (Reed/Birt/Kemp) in Blackville, SC

Restland Cemetery in Bamberg, SC

Riverside Cemetery in North, SC

Sunnyside Cemetery in Orangeburg, SC

Williston Cemetery in Williston, SC

Willow Swamp Baptist Church in Norway, SC