Thursday, October 06, 2011

SAR Membership Applications: A Warning

Recently, made available the "Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970."  This is yet another fabulous resource for our research.  

Please keep in mind, however, that these are not primary sources.  Instead, they should be used as "jumping off points" for finding further information.  

For instance:  On my Ancestry profile for our Samuel Reed of Barnwell, I find two historical records available under Ancestry Hints.  Both are SAR Applications for descendants of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed.  One traces back to George Reed of Abbeville who was not our Samuel's father.  The other uses for proof an indent for the "other" Samuel Reed who was George of Abbeville's son.  

For further information this "other" Samuel and his father George, please click here:  George Reed and Abigail Leger Were Not the Parents of Samuel Reed of Barnwell

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Who was Sarah A? Found her!

I've done so much work lately on Samuel Reed (1810-1887, son of Hugh) and his family that you would think I descended from him.  I don't, but some of my favorite people do!

One puzzle surrounding this Samuel eluded me ... until this week.  Who was his third wife "Sarah A.?"  With the help of her grandchildren found on the 1880 census, I found out!  (Interesting to note is that I did all of this research without leaving my desk.)

Sarah (born about 1828) first shows up on the 1870 census as wife of Samuel.  Samuel's first wife Matilda Willis died in 1865.  His second wife Jane died in 1968.  (See "Who was Jane E?" here.)  Some time between Jane's death and 1870, Samuel married Sarah.  Living with them in 1870 were six of Samuel's children.

By the 1880 census, all of Samuel's children had moved away from home, but Samuel and Sarah still had a house full of family.

Image from 1880 Census
D[avid] Bruce Reed is listed as a nephew, but he was actually Samuel's first cousin once removed.  Bruce's father was Samuel James Reed (1826-1862) who was a son of Samuel Reed and Elizabeth Boylston. 

We see "Idella Chisholm" there, listed as granddaughter.  She was in fact Adella Chisolm, daughter of Samuel and Matilda's daughter Adella who had died in 1876.

"John Reed" listed in the household was a mulatto farm hand.  (I would love to know more about him.) 

The biggest clues to finding Sarah were the two little girls listed as granddaughters.  It turns out that they were Sarah's granddaughters.  There names were transcribed as Minnie (born about 1868) and Sarah (born about 1843) "Bessillien." 

You can easily imagine the many ways to spell their last name.  After looking around the internet for all the variations, I found a listing on Ancestry for Sarah Elizabeth Bessellieu (1873-1946).  Her parents were John Howell Bessellieu and Anna Earle Larisey.  Her mother Anna died in 1875.  She had a sister named Mary Earle Bessellieu.  Could this be Minnie? 

Looking further, I discovered that Anna Earle Larisey Bessellieu's mother was Sarah Amanda Earle born about 1828 who married Henry Larisey.  Henry had died in 1867.  The puzzle pieces fell into place!

Sarah Amanda Earle was born about 1828 in Colleton County.  We know that her mother's name was Ann from the 1850 and 1860 censuses.  Ann Earle lived with Sarah and her family then.  (There are some good hints as to her parents' full names on Ancestry, but I have been unable to find any sources.  Therefore I will not add them here until documentation can be found.  Do you have any sources for them?) 

The 1850 census has Sarah living in St. Bartholomew's Parish in Colleton County with her husband Henry Larisey, her children Ann, Mary, and Henry; and her mother Ann Earle. 

In 1860, they are all in St. Paul's Parish in Colleton County.

By 1870, Henry Larisey and Ann Earle (Sarah's husband and mother) had died, and Sarah is married to Samuel Reed and living with him and six of his children in Blackville. 

(For 1880, see above.)

I have been unable to find anything further on Sarah Amanda Earle Larisey Reed.  Do you have a clue about when she died or where she is buried?

I was able to find out a good bit more about Sarah's grandchildren Minnie and Sarah.

Minnie was Mary Earle Bessellieu.  According to her SC death certificate, she was born on 12 Oct 1867. 

Her first husband was George Henry Campsen (1862-1894).  George was captain at the Morris Island Life Saving Station near Charleston, SC.
Minnie and George had at least two children:  Gertrude (b. 1885) and George Earle Campsen (1892-1958).

By the 1900 census, Minnie had married Harry M. Hutson and lived at 557 Meeting Street in Charleston with her children Gertrude and George Campsen and William Hutson, her son by Harry.

Harry died in 1915.  In the 1920 and 1930 censuses, Minnie is living in boarding houses.

Minnie died in Charleston on 24 May 1936 of "cerebral thrombosis" (blood clot forms in an artery that supplies blood to the brain).  She is buried at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston. 

Minnie's son George is also buried at Magnolia Cemetery.  Her grandson George Earle Campson Jr. (1929-2010) served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1958 to 1964.  See his obituary here.  

Minnie's great grandson George Earle "Chip" Campsen III currently serves in the South Carolina Senate (Republican, District 43, Charleston & Berkeley Counties).  For further information, click here. 

Sarah Elizabeth "Bessie" Bessellieu was born on October 6 in 1871 or 1872.  (Her death certificate has 1871 while her tombstone has 1872.)

On 4 Aug 1895, she married Henry Leon Larisey (a second cousin).  They had three children:  Vivian, Karen, and Henry Jr.

Sarah's SC death certificate lists her as "Bessie Bessellieu Larisey" and her parents as John H. Bessellieu and Anne Larisey.  She died in Charleston on 4 January 1946 of cardiac failure (diabetic coma contributing).  She is buried beside her husband Henry Leon at Magnolia Cemetery in Charleston.  (Link to Bessie; link to H. Leon)

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Settlement of Samuel Reed's Estate

Recent finds bring us closer to discovering exactly how Samuel Reed Sr.'s estate was finally settled. 

We know from his will found here exactly what his wishes were.  Looking further in his probate record, we see that his son Samuel, executor of the estate, proceeded with the usual bonds, inventories, vouchers, and accountings until October 1830.  Then, there is a gap in activities until 1846 after Mary Clark Reed's death.  On 10 December 1846, another inventory was ordered (see here).   A sale of personal property was held on 18 January 1847 (see here). 

Samuel Reed Jr. died on 26 May 1847 before the remainder of the estate was settled. 

Two of Samuel Sr.'s grandsons-in-law were willing to help settle the estate, but neither petition was granted: 

On 17 January 1848, William J. Fickling requested to be made executor (see here).  He was the husband of Jane Elizabeth Reed, a daughter of Hugh Reed & Jane McSpeddon.  (William J. Fickling died 10 months later on 26 November 1848.)

On 7 February 1848, Benjamin F. Simmons requested to be made executor (see here).  Benjamin Simmons was husband of Mary Reed, daughter of Samuel Reed Jr. and Elizabeth Boylston Reed. 

Recently at the SC Archives, I found a copy of an agreement dated 25 February 1848 between the heirs of Samuel Reed Sr. and Elizabeth Boylston Reed, wife of Samuel Reed Jr.  The image and transcription of the main text are below.  (Click on image enlarge.) 

Agreement of Reed, Boylston & Others with Elizabeth Reed

Feb. 25, 1848
We the undersigned heirs have this day agreed to settle the Estate of Samuel Reed Senr. deceased and Mary Reed his wife in the following manner, viz  First, those who have notes gone out of date agree to pay the principal of the money, but no Interest.  Secondly, we nominate and designate Elizabeth Reed to hold the papers of the Estate, collect, settle with the heirs, take receipts, She agreeing to act in correspondence with the instructions of the heirs and with the undersigned do Severally and Jointly agree to bind our selves in the sum of one Thousand Dollars, to abide by the foregoing stipulations.

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I've made quite a few trips to the archives this summer, but I've only begun to view the rich treasures to be found there.  More to come ... much more ...

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Who was JANE E.? The answer surprised me.

Jane E. is buried beside Samuel Reed (son of Hugh) in the Hugh Reed family burying ground.  The inscription on her stone reads:  

In memory of 
Wife of 
Who departed this life
March 10th 1868
Aged 44 years, 8 months
and 1 day 

That is all I've known about Jane until a chance discovery this week.  I found a marriage settlement for Samuel Reed and Jane E. Still at the SC Department of Archives and History!  I was excited at the possibility of finding out just who "Jane E." was.  This discovery, another trip to the state archives, and some online searching led to some very interesting discoveries. 

The marriage settlement is dated 17 February 1868, about three weeks before Jane died.  It seems to have been a very short marriage. The settlement deals with Samuel renouncing rights to any of Jane's property to which he might be entitled by law after their marriage except for "130 acres embracing the Mill & Pond."  It gives no clue as to her former identity other than her last name. 

However, on the same page as the settlement is a conveyance from Samuel to Jane regarding land held in trust for her nephew Judson Hair whom she apparently loved dearly.  Here I found the name of her first husband:  T. E. Still. 

I looked up Jane E. Still on Ancestry and found her in 1850 with her husband Tobias and two-year old daughter Rebecca in Barnwell County, SC.  Living with them were Joseph Hair (21) and Furman Hair (16).  I knew from previous research that Joseph and (David) Furman were Jane's brothers.  And I knew they were all already on my family tree! 

So, the second wife of Samuel Reed (son of Hugh) was his first cousin Jane E. Hair Still.  She was a daughter of Lavisa Reed and David Hair.  Lavisa was a daughter of Samuel and Mary Clark Reed. 

But there's more ...

Then I was curious as to when Tobias died and where he was buried.  There were at least two Tobias Still's in the Barnwell area at the time.  Nothing I found seemed to fit. 

My next discovery was Tobias's probate record on where I found a big surprise.  Click here to see the full record.

In Jane's petition for administration of the estate shown above, Tobias E. Still "departed this life on Black Island near the City of New York while a Prisoner in the hands of the Federal Army Intestate on or about the twenty-eighth day of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five." 

The prison was actually on Hart('s) Island in New York Harbor as shown on Tobias's service record to the left.  The date of death matches the probate record. 

Hart Island was used as a Prison of War camp at the very end of the Civil War and housed 3,413 Confederate soldiers.  235 of them died (around seven percent).  (For source and more information on Hart Island, click here.) 

Tobias was listed as a private in Company B of the 14th Regiment of the South Carolina Militia. The 14th was called to duty on 5 January 1865 at Branchville, SC.  Companies A and B were from Barnwell County.  Most of them were captured at Lynches Creek in February 1865.  They were sent to New Bern, NC, at first, and by April 10 they were at Hart Island.  The war ended officially on 9 April 1865 when Lee surrendered to Grant at Appomattox, but it wasn't until June that the release of prisoners began on the island.  Of the men from the 14th listed at this site who went to Hart Island, 50 percent of them died in April, May, and June of diseases such as pneumonia, chronic diarrhea, and typhoid fever.  

Photograph by Glenn Russell on Find-A-Grave (used with permission)
The men who died there were initially buried on the island.  Their remains were transferred to Cypress Hills National Cemetery in Brooklyn on 9 June 1941.  

I believe the grave shown at Find-a-Grave as that of "Thomas E. Still" is instead the grave of Tobias E. Still.  (Click here to see the memorial.)  In several records I have found on Ancestry from the National Archives, "T. E. Still" was a prisoner of war at Hart's Island and died on 29 April 1865.  There is no other T. E. Still who was a POW who died on that date.  The only original record I found that said his name was Thomas was published in 1912.  It is easy to see how the name Tobias could have been transcribed incorrectly into Thomas somewhere along the way. 

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My son Ian and I have made several trips to the South Carolina Department of Archives and History in the last week or so.  My initial goal was to look up some wills that were on Barnwell County's index at Family Search as well as what deeds they had.  We printed pages of the direct and indirect indexes of deeds granted to and from our Reeds, brought them home to study, and then went back to look up our finds.  The indexes range from the first deed record of our Samuel Reed in 1803 to 1930 when my own grandfather and his brothers deeded 2 lots in Barnwell and 67 acres of farmland on Turkey Creek to their mother for $10.00 and "L & A" (love and affection).  

I was browsing this index when I found the record of Samuel and Jane's marriage settlement.  It always amazes me how finding one such little nugget of info can lead to more that leads to so much more.  This is just the sort of thing keeps me going in this genealogical endeavor.  

Many thanks go to Mr. Glenn Russell whose photograph of the grave shows here.  Glenn went above and beyond in helping and encouraging me as I pondered the possibilities surrounding the grave of T. E. Still.  He's exactly the kind of person you love to run into.  He has posted over 3000 photographs for Find-A-Grave and told me that "it's not all that unusual for the name on a government headstone to be in error."  Glenn, thank you so much for all you do!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Josephine Wiley Reed

On March 14, 2008, I sent a note on to a member with whom I shared a 4-great grandfather.  That grandfather was Samuel Reed, and that member was Josie Reed.

Josie and I quickly established that we were fifth cousins and have enjoyed the fact that we were both born Reed girls.  Since then, over 100 emails have passed between us as we discovered more and more about our family.  I trust her word and highly value her extensive research.  You have seen her name on here quite a few times.  Finally you get to meet her and see  pictures from her collection.  Click here to see the first installment of her photographs on our photo blog.  More pictures coming soon ...

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I was born in 1949 in Durham, North Carolina, and grew up mostly in Chapel Hill and in the Burlington area. My family moved to the mountains right after I graduated from high school in 1966.  Boone, NC, has been my home base since. I am the oldest of the four children born to Laurie Tully Reed (1916–1991) and Frances Scott Joyner (1923–2009). My sister Katie, who lived most of her adult life in Manhattan, died in 1991. Susan and her family live in the family home in Boone.  My brother Laurie and his wife live in Vermont.

Tomas, Jason, & Josie
I met my husband Tomas Hudlicky, a chemistry professor, when I was in graduate school at Virginia Tech. We have a son, Jason Reed Hudlicky (age 21), who looks amazingly like his granddaddy Tully Reed.  Jason has just finished his third year at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, studying chemistry and art history. Eight years ago we moved from Gainesville, Florida, to St. Catharines, Ontario, near Niagara Falls, where we still live. (Like my ancestors I too am an immigrant.) I currently work in research administration at Brock University.

I am very proud to be part of the extended Reed family. My lineage is as follows:
     Samuel Reed & Mary Clark
          Hugh Reed & Jane McSpeddon
               Samuel Reed & Matilda Willis
                    Tully Washington Reed & Katie Thompson
                         Laurie Tully Reed & Lula Mae Forehand
                              Laurie Tully Reed, Jr. & Frances Scott Joyner
                                   Josephine Wiley Reed

Tully Washington Reed
My great-grandfather Tully Washington Reed (1856-1910) was the youngest surviving child, the twelfth, of Samuel Reed and Matilda Willis. After a brief marriage to his second cousin Annie Reed (ca. 1856-1878) (Samuel Reed & Mary Clark > Samuel Reed & Elizabeth Boylston > Samuel James Reed & Martha Houser > Anna Houser Reed), he married my great-grandmother Katie Thompson, his first cousin once removed.  Katie's maternal grandmother was Martha Willis (who married William F. Matthews), an older sister of Tully's mother Matilda Willis. (The Willises have a fascinating family history, but that is another story.) Tully and Katie had four children: Leila (pronounced LEE-la), Josephine, Norman and Laurie. All eventually left South Carolina. (Josephine and Laurie are back, buried in Williston Cemetery. Leila and Norman are buried in Maryland.)

Laurie Tully Reed

Tully and Katie’s youngest child, Laurie Tully Reed (1889-1939), was my grandfather.  In his early twenties, Laurie left Barnwell County for Savannah, Georgia, where he got a job at a hotel and where he met and married Lula Mae Forehand (1891-1935). The newlyweds headed to New York City, where Laurie continued in hotel work. Mae returned to Savannah to give birth to their two sons, Laurie Tully Reed and Charles Forehand Reed (1919-1995), but the boys were raised in Manhattan.

Josephine Matilda Reed
Tully and Katie Reed's second child, Josephine Matilda Reed (1884-1970), was named after her two grandmothers Josephine Matthews and Matilda Willis and is my own namesake.  Besides being my father's aunt, she was my mother's step-mother, connecting me to the Reeds on both sides of my family.

As a young woman, Josie was a public school teacher in Williston where she met Fred Parker, one of the other teachers.  She was 30 (and surely considered an old maid by that time) when they married in 1914 in Savannah. They moved to Pantego, a small town in eastern North Carolina, where Fred took a position as high school principal and Josie continued teaching. They had no children. Mr. Parker, as Josie always referred to him, died from influenza in 1929.

In the early 1930s, my father and his brother Charles were sent to live with their aunt Josie when their mother Mae was hospitalized.  They affectionately called Josie "Dodo." 

Elisha Wiley Joyner, a widower, took Fred's place as principal and moved into the Pantego teacherage with his three daughters Sara, Frances (my mother), and Miriam.  In 1933 Elisha and Josie married, and the Reeds and the Joyners were henceforth entwined.
L. Tully Reed at left; Frances, Miriam, & Sara Joyner on running board, cousin Catherine Brodie in rumble seat; Josie Reed Parker driving.
When my parents first met about 1931, Tully was 14, and Frances was 7. During this period until after my father graduated from Pantego High School in 1934, my parents lived in close proximity at the teacherage.

Tully Reed & Frances Joyner on their "first date" in Washington, DC, 1945
Years later, in the summer of 1945, they met up again in Washington, D.C., where my mother was working at the time, and they fell in love. It caused quite a scandal in the family when they decided to get married the following spring.

As they got older, both my father and my uncle Charles took an active interest in their family history. I have notes and various materials Daddy left behind that pointed me in the right direction when I began my own family quest a few years ago.  Both Daddy and Charlie would be amazed at the resources available now for researching family history, at the details uncovered through records found on the Internet, and at the community of cousins of varying degrees that I have met through my research.

Of course, my own journey really began when, as a child, I would pour through old photo albums and listen to the stories Grandmama (Josie was the only grandmother I ever knew) told about life in Williston, South Carolina. I only wish that I could remember all of them.

In my own family research, besides merely constructing the family tree, I am interested in the stories about my forebears and their families and their neighbors. This is one reason I love Cousin Marilyn’s blog. 

The stories of the dark places we all must have in our families are fascinating to me. That most of my forebears (including, of course, the Reeds) living at a certain time of history were slave owners in the South is one of those.

Another dark part of my own family history includes the threads of mental illness that found their way into my own immediate family. My grandfather Laurie was an alcoholic, as his own father most likely was, according to my dad. My grandmother Mae suffered from a mental condition for which she was hospitalized the last four or five years of her life. My mother and my sister Katie both suffered from bipolar disorder, my mother diagnosed only in her seventies, my sister in her thirties. Both alcoholism and bipolar disorder have a genetic component, tendencies passed on through generations and triggered by life experiences, for example, my mother’s early loss of her own mother. 

Finding the traces of these threads is difficult because the generations preceding us, most certainly the generation of my grandparents, just didn’t mention such things. I have found a few clues, but much will probably always remain a mystery.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Samuel Reed (1810-1887), Son of Hugh

Signature on Administration Bond for his father Hugh's Estate, 2 June 1854

Samuel Reed, the second child and eldest son of Hugh and Jane McSpeddon Reed, was born 18 Oct 1810 in Barnwell County, SC.  Samuel and Mary Clark Reed were his grandparents. 

About 1832, Samuel married Matilda Willis (1815-1865), daughter of Robert and Keziah Watson Willis.  They had 13 children. 
  • Cyrena Kesiah Reed (1832-1893) m. William Capers Milhouse (1827-1894); both buried in Blackville Cemetery.
  • Martha Jane Reed (1834-1905) m1 Hugh Charles Ray (1832-1862), m2 William Jefferson Rowe (1816-1884); all three buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.  
  • Anna Acklyn Reed (1836-1902) m. Henry P. Barr (1838-1868); Anna is buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.
  • Emeline Antoinette Reed (1838-1864) m. Nathan A. Walker (1836-1865); Emeline is buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. Nathan died at the Battle of Averysboro, NC in March 1865.
  • Robert Hugh Reed (1841-1851); buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. 
  • Ellen F. Reed (1842-1910) m. Benjamin Franklin Rice (1832-1884)
  • Elliott Reed (abt 1844-1880)
  • Samuel Elijah Reed (1846-1889) m. Emma Warner (1854-1927); both buried in Blackville Cemetery.
  • Adella Ursula Reed (1848-1875) m. Rev. Samuel Prioleau Chisolm (1840-1912)
  • Rosa Matilda Reed (1849-1916) m. Jacob Banks; Rosa is buried at Double Branch Baptist Church in Neeses, SC.
  • Jerome Iverson Reed - (1853-1908) m. Hester B. "Mittie" Center (1853-1883); both are buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. 
  • Tully Washington Reed - (1856-1910) m1 Anna Houser Reed (1856-1878), m2 Katie Thompson (1861-1929).  Tully and Katie are buried at Williston Cemetery; Anna is buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery. 
  • Sissie Reed (1858-1860); buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.  

Samuel and his family were members of Healing Springs Baptist Church. Minutes from the church show that Samuel joined the congregation in July 1843. 

Samuel and his family are found in the 1840, 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1880 Federal Censuses living near Blackville in Barnwell County.  His occupation was farming.  The 1850 Slave Schedules shows Samuel Reed with 15 slaves.  The 1860 Slave Schedule shows 33 slaves.  

When Samuel's father Hugh died without a will on 10 May 1854, Samuel administered the estate.  Click here to see the probate record.  

After Matilda's death on 26 Nov 1865, Samuel married Jane E. _____ (1826-1868.  After Jane's death, he married married Sarah A. _____ (born abt 1828). 

Samuel died on 3 Mar 1887 in Barnwell County.  He, his first wife Matilda, and his second wife Jane are buried in Hugh Reed's Family Cemetery.  

Tombstones of Matilda, Samuel, and Jane E. Reed

From The Working Christian, Issue of March 17, 1887: 
"On the 3rd of March 1887, Mr. Samuel Reed, who was in the 77th year of his age, departed this life. Bro. Reed united himself to the fellowship of the Healing Springs Baptist Church about fifty years ago."  
(Source:  Marriage and Death Notices from Baptist Newspapers of South Carolina, 1866-18,  published in the South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research [database on-line at])

Many thanks to my dear fifth cousin Josie Reed for the portrait of Samuel Reed.  She snapped it from a portrait hanging in her family home in Boone, North Carolina.  In the very near future you will finally get to meet Josie here.  She has a treasure trove of old photographs she has graciously agreed to share with us on this site and on the photo blog.  Look forward to some "can't miss" posts! 

Monday, May 30, 2011

More Probate Records Found

Since the last post post, I've been digging and found 18 more probate records.  Here they are in alphabetical order.  I have shown the "naked links" instead of embedding them for a couple of reasons.  First, it's much easier for me.  Second, in case clicking on the link does not work, you can cut and paste the shown link into your browser. 

Some of these folks are not very closely tied to our Reeds, but they are all on my master tree.  This seems to me to be the best place to share them with all sides of my family.  If you have any questions about any of them, please feel free to contact me. 

If you find any links I haven't listed, please share them with us!
Send an email to samuelreedfamilyATgmailDOTcom.

Aquilla Beard (son of William Beard) – Guardianship Committee by brother Thomas Beard

Asbury Martin Bozard, 1851-1924 – Orangeburg Will Book 11, pages 99-102 (images 328-330)

John L. Bozard, 1822-1888 – Orangeburg Will Book 2, page 191 (not p288 as will book states) (starts image 128)

Norman Cuthbert Bozard, 1880-1937 – Orangeburg Will Book 14 p5-6 (image 32-33)

David Newton Callahan 1875-1947 & Frances “Fannie” Strickland Callahan 1876-1953 – will from Orangeburg County vol 15 image 283-294
Left land to Hampton & Ethel Bell; Son-in-law Laurie Strickland executor or J. O. Reed if not.  Identified Hampton as their youngest son.  What about George? 

Jacob Cupstid / Cubsted / Cupstead, 1822-1862

Vastine R. Cupstid, 1857-1894

Elizabeth Fickling, 1808-1851 (daughter of Hugh & Jane McSpeddon Reed, wife of Rev. William Johnson Fickling 1806-1848, AKA Jane Elizabeth Reed)

F. L. [Florence L.] Fickling, et al., Guardianship of (children of William J. & Elizabeth Reed Fickling)

William Johnson Fickling, 1806-1848 (husband of Jane Elizabeth Reed who was daughter of Hugh & Jane Reed)

Andrew Foster, 1782-1866 – Spartanburg County Inventories, Appraisements, Sales, 1863-1871, page 45-46 (images 389-390)

Moses Foster, 1749-1813 – Spartanburg County Wills book, 1810-1820, Vol. A, page 43 (image 32)

John Hartzog 1760-1821 (father of Henry Barnard Hartzog who married Rebecca Reed)

Caroline Ann Salley Milhous (1825-1897)

Jane Jeter Ray, 1788-1849 (wife of Charles Ray 1785-1849)

Charlie P. Reed, 1860-1935 (son of John Wiley Reed & Louvisa Hair) – will from Orangeburg county vol 13 image 199-200

Tullie W. Reed, 1856-1910 (son of Samuel Reed and Matilda Willis)

Tilden F. Riley – Orangeburg Wills, 1944-1957, Vol. 16, pages 81-83 (images 69-70)

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Digitized Treasures

On May 9, released two collections that include wills, records of estates, and guardianships recorded in many South Carolina counties.  Many, many thanks to Cousin Brenda White for alerting me to this release. 

Folks, this is really BIG!!!

This week I have discovered much treasure, all available right here at my desk.  It has been a thrilling week! 

Here are links to these gold mines: 

Although the inclusive dates span a larger range, most of the records in these collections fall between the year 1800 through 1930.

These are not simply transcripts of wills, but images of the original estate records.  

Click here for a detailed description as well as some guidance on finding, using, and sourcing these records.

I must alert you that finding records on your ancestors will not be a matter of entering a name in a search engine and having the record pop up.  These records are not tied to a search engine.  It required a lot of looking around, discovering how the indexes on microfilm work, and a lot of hit and miss.  But the effort is definitely worth it!

I am glad to tell you, however, that Barnwell County records in the Files and Loose Papers were the easiest to find, in my opinion.  A tip about the index available (click here to see the index):  Pages 1-6 are headers; pages 7-65 seem to be wills only; pages 66-184 are wills, estate administrations, and guardianships.  Pages 185 to end seem to be a duplicate of pages 66-184.   (If you find out differently, please let me know.)

When you find a person on the index whom you want to look up, jot down the date(s), number of package, and number of case.  In Barnwell County, the case number will be the "bundle" number on the microfilm.

Armed with these notes, go to "Probate Court, Cases" and then click on "1787-1958."  You will see a ranges of numbers (click here to see).  These numbers are case/bundle numbers.  

Important to note is that the case numbers go only through 170.  Case numbers larger than that are not available at this time in this section.  (I really do hope they are made available in the future!  However, it is hard to be too disappointed, considering what has been made available.) 

Pick your appropriate range.  For example, Samuel Reed's will is bundle 42, pkg1, the easiest one I found because it was the first one in that range.  For others, it's a matter of fishing around, looking at dates, and getting lucky enough to find a page with the beginning of a package which looks similar to this:

From one of these pages you can tell easily whether you need to go forwards or backwards in your search. 

That's the best I can explain it for you at this point.  It becomes sort of a game - certainly a challenge!

If you get really stuck finding someone, please leave me a comment here, and I'll be happy to see what I can do to help.  

Now, for the really good stuff.  Here are links that will take you straight to wills, estate administrations, guardianships, and other information I have found so far: 

Samuel Reed, 1751-1823 (Husband of Mary Clark)

John Reed, 1792-1851 (Son of Samuel & Mary) John Reed was my 3gGF.  Now, for the first time, I have a correct death date for him rather than the "abt 1855" we've always had!

Hugh Reed, 1783-1854 (Son of Samuel & Mary)
Samuel Reed, Jr., 1795-1847 (Son of Samuel & Mary)
Samuel J. Reed, 1826-1862 (Son of Samuel Jr. and Elizabeth Boylston Reed)
George J. Reed, 1812-1857 (Son of Hugh & Jane McSpeddon Reed) (indexed as George I. Reed, but it is actually George J.)

Major Benjamin Odom, 1758-1822 (My 4gGF, Father of Emelia Odom and Julia Odom, wives of John Reed) 
Jesse Holman, 1792-1816 (First husband of Lavisa Reed 1794-1837, daughter of Samuel & Mary)
David Hair, 1791-1843 (Second husband of Lavisa Reed 1794-1837, daughter of Samuel & Mary)  These records include all the fees for the care of his children with Lavisa after his death. 
Guardianship of Henry Hair, (only son of David Hair with second wife Narcissa) Guardianship with his mother Narcissa H. Hair during which time Narcissa married William Stanyarne Johnson

George F. Hartzog, d 1855 (Husband of Eleanor “Nellie” Reed 1810-?, daughter of Samuel & Mary)
George F. Hartzog, 1812-1843 (First husband of Rebecca Kennerly Hartzog Reed, wife of George I. Reed.  This is not the George F. Hartzog who married Eleanor “Nellie” Reed.)
Henry Barnard Hartzog, 1791-1856 (husband of Rebecca Reed 1798-1871, daughter of Samuel & Mary)

Guardianship of Levicey I. Hartzog, Et Al. (Children of Henry Bernard Hartzog, 1791-1856, and Rebecca Reed)  Here is a page with information about Eleanor Reed Hartzog and her ward Levicey (daughter of her husband George F. Hartzog) that got mixed in with this set.
James Alexander Reed, 1859-1909 (Son of James W. Reed & Anna Rebecca Tyler) – will only
Daniel Hair, 1793-1846 (Father of 1- Louvisa Clementine “Clemmie” Hair who married John Wiley Reed and 2- Isaiah Hair who married Julia F. Reed.  Wiley and Julia Reed were children of John Reed, son of Samuel & Mary.)  Here is a page for Daniel's estate that got mixed up in David Hair's estate.

Henry B. Sanders, 1808-1835 (First husband of Narcissa H who next married David Hair and by whom she had a son named Jarvis)
William Stanyarne Johnson, 1799-1859 (Husband of Narcissa Hair after David Hair’s death)  p 632- image 326 – middle of left page

William Beard, 1784-1851 (My 3gGF, father of Thomas Beard, grandfather of Nan Jerusha Beard who married John William Cook Reed)
William McMillan Chitty, 1798-1850 (My 3gGF, father of Catherine Chitty Beard, grandfather of Nan Jerusha Beard who married John William Cook Reed)

Jacob Cook, 1780-1861 (My 3gGF, father of William Cook, grandfather of Mary A. Cook who married James Henry Reed)
John Canady, Sr., 1750-1822 (My 4gGF, 1gGF of Mary A. Cook who married James Henry Reed)
John Canady, Jr., 1780-1851 (My 3gGF, grandfather of Mary A. Cook who married James Henry Reed)

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Parents of Mary A. Cook Reed Found!

This weekend I found the last bit of information to confirm the parents of my 2-great grandmother Mary A. Cook who married James Henry Reed.  Most of this puzzler has been solved!

Mary's parents are William Cook (abt 1820 - before 1870) and Vesta/Vashti Canady (born 1819).  She shows up with them on the 1850 census living in Barnwell County.  By 1860 she was married to James Reed.

Mary and James Reed named their first son John William Cook Reed after both of his grandfathers.  John was for John Reed, son of Samuel and Mary.  William Cook was for Mary's father.

Mary's mother is found as Vashti early on, but was more consistently Vesta or Vesti later on.  Mary and James named a daughter "Vesta Ida" who was listed as "Vesta I." on the 1870 census.  She was most often known as Ida.  Ida's son Samuel Reed Copeland named one of his daughters Ida Vesta Copeland.

William Cook's parents were Jacob Cook (1780-1861) and Eliza (born abt 1790).  Vesta Canady's parents were John Canady (1780-1861) and Mary Johnson.  Mary was born about 1800 and died after 1880.  On the 1880 census, she shows up along with Vesta living with the family of Vesta's youngest daughter Ella in Rocky Springs, Aiken County, SC.

A portion of my brick wall still exists.  I have yet to determine when Mary Cook Reed died or where she is buried.  Also, her birthdate is still a quandary.  The 1850 census has about 1839, 1860 census has 1840, 1870 says 1845, 1880 claims 1840, and 1900 has Feb 1844.  I am going to use "abt 1840" until I learn something more definite.