Friday, December 19, 2014

Who was Elizabeth Eddins, born ca. 1777?

I think she was Elizabeth Eddins, born about 1777, first married Benjamin Wingard; widowed; then married Unknown Brown; and widowed again; died after 1830.

I think. Haven't proved it yet, but working on it big time.

Thanks to a spark lit by a possible DNA match through her, I have reviewed my data about Elizabeth Eddins, daughter of John & Zilpha, and found that there were several big—nay, HUGE— discrepancies between family trees and sources. For example:

• Most internet family trees show Elizabeth's Eddins/Eddings birth about 1780, marriage to Benjamin Wingard about 1796, and death in 1796. Specifically, March 30, 1796. Not to pick on any one tree, but here is an example:

http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/22718135/person/1288436348

• Then the trees list her children as Albert, Jacob, Jobe, Joseph, Mary, William, and Samuel.  William born 1795—before her marriage. The rest born after 1796—after her death!!!!

http://records.ancestry.com/elizabeth_eddins_records.ashx?pid=4551354

As if those weren't enough, when you compare them to one of the few primary sources, there's a huge anomaly:

• In 1828 Zilpha Edins ran an ad naming an Elizabeth Brown as an heir of  John Edins. Please note—Elizabeth Brown, not Elizabeth Wingard. Be sure to see my post about Zilpha's ad, because I refer to it a lot in this blog post.

http://alroots2.blogspot.com/2013/04/zilpha-edinss-ad.html

OK, so LOTS of mystery surrounding EEWmaybeB.

Let's start with information from Bob Eddings. I accept Bob's statements as mostly true. As mentioned before, anytime I've investigated independently, facts have born out his assertions 99% of the time. He may not have as much detail as I've ferreted out, but the basic facts are correct. So let's assume he's right and proceed.

Bob says:

"Regarding Elizabeth Eddings who married Benjamin Wingard, I don’t know much. I looked at the World Connect project on the Internet to see what others had posted about them, and the info I found was almost useless. One poster showed their daughter Mary being born before her mother.

Here is what little I have on them. Elizabeth was born circa 1777. About 1794-95 she married Benjamin Wingard and apparently their first child was William, born 12/10/1795. Their other children were: Mary, Jacob, Samuel, Albert, and Jobe. I estimate they all were born during the period circa 1798-1807. Due to Benjamin's young age, he might have lived with his parents for a while.

Elizabeth's father was John Eddings, but I have never been able to determine if Zilpha (Silvia) was his first, second, or only wife. She was born circa 1754. I don’t know John's parents, but he first showed up on the 1790 census. I estimate John was born circa 1750 and died circa 1795."

http://genforum.genealogy.com/eddins/messages/741.html

The only datum that's off in Bob's message is William Wingard's birth date, which is listed as 12/10/1799 at Findagrave. Close enough.

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=wingard&GSfn=william&GSbyrel=all&GSdyrel=all&GSst=3&GScntry=4&GSob=n&GRid=5977292&df=all&

What do the censuses have to say?

• In the 1790 US census for SC, John Edings is living in Orangeburgh (late Lexington) District. There are one male 16 + (John), three males under 16 (Blakely, born abt 1798; John S., born abt 1782; and Ephraim, born about 1786), and six free white females (wife Zilpha, born about 1756; Elizabeth, born about 1777; Phereby, born about 1784; Anna Obedience, born 1789; Martha and Mary, whose ages are unknown). A birth year range of 1777 - 1780 would make Elizabeth 10 - 13. 

http://content.ancestry.com/Browse/view.aspx?dbid=5058&path=South+Carolina.Orangeburgh.Not+Stated.22&fn=John&ln=Edings&st=d&pid=389148&rc=&zp=75

I don't know the source for the very specific marriage date of March 30, 1796, but let's assume it's correct. Elizabeth would have been 16 - 19—well within the realm of possibility. William's birth date fits. Let's also assume that Elizabeth didn't die before giving birth to all her children—also well within the realm of possibility.   ;-)

Any evidence supporting this theory? Yes, there is:

• In the 1800 US Census for SC, Benjamin Wingard is living in the Saluda, Rocky Creek area of Orangeburgh District, Lexington County. In the household are one male under 10, one male 16 - 26, and one female 16 - 26. These are most likely Benjamin, about 16 - 26 (born 1774 - 1784), William, one-ish (born 1790 - 1800), and Elizabeth, 16 - 26 (born 1774 - 1784). And just look at the names of people we know are associated with Eddinses: Wingard, Lee or See, Gibson, Hendricks, Taylor, Gartman.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/7590/4440836_00154/494726?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3d1800usfedcenancestry%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26so%3d3%26MSAV%3d0%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dms_db%26gsln%3dwingard%26msrpn__ftp%3dSouth%2bCarolina%252c%2bUSA%26msrpn%3d43%26msrpn_PInfo%3d5-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3245%257c43%257c0%257c0%257c0%257c0%257c%26dbOnly%3d_F0005140%257c_F0005140_x%252c_F0005107%257c_F0005107_x%252c_F0005106%257c_F0005106_x%252c_F0002915%257c_F0002915_x%26uidh%3d000&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

Benjamin supposedly died on December 19, 1801. But look at the birth years of his acknowledged children from the 1850 Census:

William in Pike, AL, born 1798
Jacob, in Lexington, SC, born 1806
Mary Clarinda in Pike, AL, born 1807

Clearly Benjamin was living until at least 1807. So did he make it to 1810? Probably not. No Benjamin Wingard in the 1810 Census for SC. No plats listed for Benjamin Wingard at the SC Archives. No grave at Findagrave.com. No evidence that he's alive in any source I currently have access to. (But there's a book about Lexington, SC, coming for Christmas, so maybe I'll revise this once I open this present. ;-))

Which means that Elizabeth, if still living, was a widow after 1806ish.

Any records of Elizabeth Wingard after 1806-7? Not that I have found.

HOWEVER, looky here:

In the 1810 US Census for Lexington County, there is a Widow Brown is living in Lexington District. In the household are two females 16 - 26 (born 1784 - 1794) and one female over 45 (born before 1765). Any of the women could be Elizabeth. Neighbors: Williams, Simmons, Ward, Burgess, Gibson, Daniel, Geige, Taylor, Oswalt, Reisinger, Corely. Gibson, Risinger and Corley were around John Edins in 1790. Oswalt married Elizabeth's daughter.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/7613/4433429_00127/582275?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fMS_AdvCB%3d1%26db%3d1810usfedcenancestry%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26so%3d3%26MSAV%3d2%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dms_db%26gsfn_x%3dXO%26gsln%3dbrown%26gsln_x%3dNS%26msrpn__ftp%3dLexington%2bCounty%252c%2bSouth%2bCarolina%252c%2bUSA%26msrpn%3d1751%26msrpn_PInfo%3d7-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3245%257c43%257c0%257c1751%257c0%257c0%257c%26msrpn_x%3dXO%26msrpn__ftp_x%3d1%26dbOnly%3d_F0005108%257c_F0005108_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005107%257c_F0005107_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005106%257c_F0005106_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005104%257c_F0005104_x%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

In the 1820 US Census for SC, Elizabeth Brown is in Lexington County. In the household are one male 26 - 44 (born 1776 - 1784), two females 10 - 15 (born 1805 - 1810), and one female 26 - 44 (Elizabeth, born 1776 - 1784). Neighbors include Griffen, Cattles Greg, Taylor, Oswalt, Rice or Rix, Reisinger, King, Johnson, Bickley or Pickley, Metze, Hendricks, Stagner, Corley, Lee, Busby, Minick, Frie (Frye), Boatwright. A few pages over: Quattlebaum. E's son married a Bickley.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/7613/4433429_00127/582275?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fMS_AdvCB%3d1%26db%3d1830usfedcenancestry%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26so%3d3%26MSAV%3d2%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dms_db%26gsfn_x%3dXO%26gsln%3dbrown%26gsln_x%3dNS%26msrpn__ftp%3dlexington%26msrpn__ftp_x%3d1%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD7%257c_F0006BD7_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD6%257c_F0006BD6_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD5%257c_F0006BD5_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD4%257c_F0006BD4_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD3%257c_F0006BD3_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BC0%257c_F0006BC0_x%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

In the 1830 US Census for SC, Elizabeth Brown is living in Lexington District. In the household is one female 50 - 60 (born 1770 - 1780). Her next door neighbor is John (S) Eddings, son of John and Zilpha. Her brother?? Other neighbors include Lee or See, David King (who measured several land plats for Zilpha to sell), John Quattlebaum (James A. Eddins served in Q's unit in War of 1812), William Newman, Ruff, Cook Thompson, and Levi Oswalt.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/8058/4410695_00718/661013?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fMS_AdvCB%3d1%26db%3d1830usfedcenancestry%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26so%3d3%26MSAV%3d2%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dms_db%26gsfn_x%3dXO%26gsln%3dbrown%26gsln_x%3dNS%26msrpn__ftp%3dLexington%2bCounty%252c%2bSouth%2bCarolina%252c%2bUSA%26msrpn%3d1751%26msrpn_PInfo%3d7-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3245%257c43%257c0%257c1751%257c0%257c0%257c%26msrpn_x%3dXO%26msrpn__ftp_x%3d1%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD7%257c_F0006BD7_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD6%257c_F0006BD6_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD5%257c_F0006BD5_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD4%257c_F0006BD4_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BD3%257c_F0006BD3_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0006BC0%257c_F0006BC0_x%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults#?imageId=4410695_00718

Elizabeth Brown does not appear in the 1840 that I have yet found.

Digression: There is a Widow Brown in Lexington County, SC, in 1810. This household has one woman 45 and older, and two women 16 - 26. This doesn't seem to be Elizabeth, but I'm reserving judgement.

http://interactive.ancestry.com/7613/4433429_00127/582275?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fMS_AdvCB%3d1%26db%3d1810usfedcenancestry%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26so%3d3%26MSAV%3d2%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dms_db%26gsfn_x%3dNP%26gsln%3dbrown%26gsln_x%3dNS%26msrpn__ftp%3dLexington%2bCounty%252c%2bSouth%2bCarolina%252c%2bUSA%26msrpn%3d1751%26msrpn_PInfo%3d7-%257c0%257c1652393%257c0%257c2%257c3245%257c43%257c0%257c1751%257c0%257c0%257c%26msrpn_x%3dXO%26msrpn__ftp_x%3d1%26dbOnly%3d_F0005108%257c_F0005108_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005107%257c_F0005107_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005106%257c_F0005106_x%26dbOnly%3d_F0005104%257c_F0005104_x%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults

Back to the evidence:

Now let's look at Zilpha Edins's ad: "Elizabeth Brown" is named as one of John Edins's heirs. She's listed first. Since we know for sure that John S. was one of the oldest children, and William and James A. were the two youngest,  Elizabeth's place in the listing makes it likely she was the oldest heir. Since the other females are listed as "wife of," we can tell she was possibly an adopted daughter; but most likely a widow of Unknown Brown. Since the ad states that the other children are living out of state except for John and Elizabeth, we know she was a resident of South Carolina in 1828.  Most likely scenario: oldest child, widowed, living in SC in 1828.

A comparison of the two women under discussion shows these details:

• Elizabeth Eddins , born about 1777, married Benjamin Wingard about 1794, first child William born about 1798, other children Mary born about 1807, Jacob born about 1806, Samuel, Albert, and Jobe. Living in Lexington, SC, whenever we see her. Disappears around 1807.

• Elizabeth Brown, widowed, born between 1776 & 1780, shows up in the 1820 & 1830 Censuses, living alone in Lexington, SC, next door to John Eddings, Jr., (Eddins) and with some of the same neighbors as John & Zilpha Eddins. Mentioned in 1828 ad as living in state (SC) and as an heir to John Eddins, by Zilpha Edins, now Winchell.

So there's the basis for my theory that Elizabeth Eddins is the same as Elizabeth Wingard and the same as Elizabeth Brown.

When I find more proof one way or the other, I'll let you know!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Martha Feaster Colvin is not Mattie Colvin Helton

A lot of people confuse Martha Feaster Colvin (MFC) and Martha "Mattie" Colvin (MCH). The names are the same, but as soon as you look at the evidence, it's clear that Joseph Helton married Mattie Colvin, not Martha Feaster Colvin.

Much of the evidence that people use as proof comes from the Sons of the American Revolution application of Ainsley Colvin Terrell. You'll find that application here:

http://interactive.ancestry.com/2204/32596_242269-00101/620908?backurl=http%3a%2f%2fsearch.ancestry.com%2fcgi-bin%2fsse.dll%3fdb%3dSARMemberApps%26rank%3d1%26new%3d1%26so%3d3%26MSAV%3d1%26msT%3d1%26gss%3dms_db%26gsfn%3dmartha%26gsln%3dfeaster%26dbOnly%3d_F0006399%257c_F0006399_x%26uidh%3dwy5&ssrc=&backlabel=ReturnSearchResults#?imageId=32596_242269-00102

If you read the application, it's clear that Terrell is the fifth "great-grandson of William Colvin, born 1762, died 1835, and his wife, Martha Feaster, born 1766, died 1866, married 1783...." Terrell is also sixth "great-grandson of Andrew Feaster, born 1735, died 1821, and his wife, Margaret Fry Cooper, born 1728, died 1823, married 1756...."

• First of all, "Feaster" was MFC's maiden name, as her father was Andrew Feaster. Mattie's maiden name was Colvin.

• Secondly, MFC died in 1866, while census records prove that MC lived until at least 1880.

• Thirdly, Mattie's War of 1812 pension application states that she married in 1811, not 1783 as Terrell's application claims.

The discrepancies go on and on.

Please check your facts, people.

Friday, April 12, 2013

The probable life of Fereby/Feribe Eddins Hendricks

Her name has been written a million ways:

Fereby...Faribe...Feribe...Pheribe..Pharibe...Faribay..Feribah...Cleopatra...OK, OK—not the last one...


Like her name, there are a million ways her life may have played out. This blog entry is my theory of how her life did play out, based on facts. I don't claim that every conjecture is correct. I do claim that the facts and sources are true as stated. 


For simplicity, let's use "Fereby" throughout to denote this specific woman.


We know that Fereby existed because of an ad that Zilpha Edins ran in the South Carolina State Gazette on November 22, 1828. Fereby was an heir, probably a daughter, of John and Zilpha Edins of Orangeburg District, later Lexington Dist, SC. Fereby was probably the second daughter and fourth child* of John and Zilpha Edins/Eddins of Orangeburg, later Lexington District, SC. (Zilpha may have been her step-mother.) An image of the ad is located at GenealogyBank.com, or you can simply check out my earlier blog entry " Zilpha Edins's ad" here at ALRoots2.blogspot.com.

The ad lists Fereby as "Fereby, wife of Samuel Hendrix." The ad further says that "Samuferb" (or "Ferbuel"; I like the former) lives out of state as of that date, i.e., November 22, 1828.


FamilySearch.org says that Lexington Distict, SC, legal records were burned in February 1865. Darn. So no marriage records for Samuferb. No help from there. Darn.


But there's hope:


In the 1810 U.S. Census for SC, Samuel Hendrix is living in Lexington County. In the household are three males under 10 (born between 1800 & 1810), one male 26 - 45 (Samuel, born 1765 - 1784 ), and one female 16 - 26 (born 1784 - 1794, probably Fereby). Neighbors include Michael Oswalt, Elizabeth Hendricks, Peter Hendrix, Jacob Lites, Martin Frie, Strickland, and the Widow Edins a few pages over. All of these surnames are found around the Eddins family in later censuses. 

http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/view.aspx?dbid=7613&path=South+Carolina.Lexington.Not+Stated.24&sid=&gskw=Widow+Edins 

The next site I looked at was the BLM/GLO. Fereby's sibs either stayed in SC or settled in GA (Blakely, Ann Obedience, William D.) or AL (James A.) So I looked at "Samuel Hendricks/Hendrix/Hendrex/Hendrecks" in GA and AL. No one of that name bought land in Georgia. However, in 1824 Samuel Hendricks bought land in Tuscaloosa County, AL. Hooray!!!


http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=AL0700__.226&docClass=STA&sid=uiqmbmei.sda#patentDetailsTabIndex=1


The 1820 Alabama State Census does not include Tuscaloosa County, and neither does the 1820 U.S. Federal Census. The next place to look is the 1830 U.S. Census. Lo and behold:



In the 1830 U.S. Census for AL, Samuel Hendrix lives in Tuscaloosa. In the household there are four males: one 15 - 20, one 20 - 30, one 30 - 40; oldest 50 - 60 (b. 1770 - 1780) is Samuel. Three females: one 10 - 15, one 15 - 20, one 40 - 50 (presumably Fereby, born 1780 - 1790). Neighbors: Benjamn Oswald, Lewis Hendricks, Jno Eds, Abraham Harrell, Nimrod Hendricks. Also Ashford, Pumphrey, Rolling, Ab Green, Gray, Harkness, Lawrence, Moses, Seals, Arnold, W. Pruitt, Ray, King, Thomas Newman, Herring, Keneda, Riggins, Burchfield, Felix Oswalt.

This entry meets our criteria on several key points: name of the husband (Samuel Hendrix); out of SC (in AL); near another Eddins (James A. in Wilcox County); and near neighbors with names from Lexington District (Oswald, Hendrix); oldest female born before death of John Edins in 1795. 

Another point: assuming the oldest female is Fereby, her birth year would be between 1784 (1810 Census) and 1790 (1840 Census).


Next:


In the 1840 U.S. Census for AL Samuel Hendrick lives in Tuscaloosa County. In the household are one male five to ten, one male 30 - 40, one female under five, one female five to 10, and one female 20 - 30. Obviously not the "Ferbuel" Samuel, who would have been 60 - 70. 

http://search.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=8057&iid=4411216_01036&fn=Samuel&ln=Hendrick&st=d&ssrc=&pid=1374192

However—and here's the exciting part—

Wait for it—

On the same page but up 23 names is—TAH DAHHHHHHH!!!!—Fenby Hendrick.

Or at least, that's how Ancestry has the name listed. If you zoom in on the name, it's obviously "Fereby Hendrick!!!!!!!!!"

More importantly, in the household are one female five to 10 and one elderly female 60 -70. This female would have been born from 1770 - 1780. Yes, the dates are a little early for her probable birthday, which is more likely 1784 - 1790. But that's not a huge issue. Census takers made mistakes. People didn't know their exact birthdates. And, really, GEEZZZZ....it's an elderly female in the right place at the rightish age at the right time with the right name!!!!!

So now we are left with the impression that this person is most likely Fereby Eddins Hendricks. If husband Samuel died between 1830 and 1840, then the Samuel Hendrick listed in the 1840 Census is probably her son Samuel, who would have been born between 1800 and 1810, and would have been one of the three males in the household in the 1810 U.S. Census for SC. 

Sadly there are no Fereby or Samuel Hendricks/Hendrix/other variations in the 1850 U.S. Census for AL or, indeed, in any other state. There's nothing for either of them at Findagrave.com in Alabama. The 1850 Mortality Schedule for Tuscaloosa lists Eddie Hendrix, 70, born SC, died July 1849, but since the Samuel of Ferbuel died before the 1840 Census, this can't be him. No other variations of the name at all in the 1850 AL Mortality Schedule.

So the likelihood is that they died or moved. Probably died, as I can't find any trace of them anywhere in the 1850 Census.

Where else could I check? Aha! The AL marriage index 1816 - 1957 at FamilySearch.org. Bingo!


Limiting the search to marriages 1816 - 1850 and the surname to "Hendri*" provides 34 results! Several of the results jump out:

• Samuel Hendrix, Jr., (probably son) who married Abigail Grizzle

• Simon Hendrix, (maybe son) who married Elezebeth Ann Grezzel (Simon/Simeon is a Hendrix family name)

and—tah dah!!

• Pheribe (Fereby! Fereby!) Hendricks, (probable daughter) who married Seth Bowen

If you look in the 1850 U.S. Census for AL, you'll see Seth and Pheriba Bowin in Tuscaloosa County. She was born about 1811 in SC, which fits perfectly with the facts from the 1810 U.S. Census for SC; Pheriba would be the female 15 - 20 in Samuel Sr.'s household. 

So there you have it. Lots of circumstantial facts outlining the life of Fereby Eddins Hendrix, but no smoking gun. I think it's her. There may be definitive evidence out there. If it's there, I'll find it. 

Fereby, I'll be looking for ya. 



* Zilpha's ad gives new information that may rearrange the order of children. At the moment that's where I think Fereby belongs, but the issue bears further scrutiny. Oh, boy!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Zilpha Edins's ad

Zilpha Edins, widow of John, ran an ad in the South Carolina State Journal on November 22, 1828, and for many weeks afterwards. In it she identified heirs of John Edins. They may all be her children; some may be step-children. However, she obviously considered all of them his heirs, and—luckily for his genealogically-inclined descendants—she ran the notice.

The notice reads:

"STATE OF SOUTH-CAROLINA,
LEXINGTON DISTRICT.

Zilpha Winchell, formerly Edins, applicant, vs. Mary, wife of George Turner, Elizabeth Brown, Fereby, wife of Samuel Hendrix, John Edins, Martha Edins, Blakely Edins, Obedience, wife of Edom Moon, James A. Edins, and William D. Edins, defendants.

It appearing to my satisfaction that George Turner and wife Mary, Samuel Hendrix and wife Fereby, Martha Edins, Blakely Edins, Edom Moon and wife Obedience, James A. Edins and William D. Edins of the above named defendants, reside without the limits of this state: It is therefore ordered, that they do appear and object to the division of the real estate of John Edins the elder, deceased, on or before the 15th day of January next, or their consent will be entered of record. A.H. Fort, Ordinary J.D.    

December 18"


Here is the ad's link at GenealogyBank.com:

http://www.genealogybank.com/gbnk/newspapers/doc/v2:11B55F04C806628C@GBNEWS-11BB0829CEC090C8-11BB0829F754F290-11BB082A76102238/?search_terms=edins%7Czilpha&s_dlid=DL0113040920374005294&s_ecproduct=SUB-Y-6995-R.IO-30&s_ecprodtype=RENEW-A-R&s_trackval=&s_siteloc=&s_referrer=&s_subterm=Subscription%20until%3A%2006%2F07%2F2013&s_docsbal=%20&s_subexpires=06%2F07%2F2013&s_docstart=&s_docsleft=&s_docsread=&s_username=rsjmc@earthlink.net&s_accountid=AC0112050822015911400&s_upgradeable=no



What I just noticed is that Elizabeth Brown was still in SC at the time of the ad. Everyone else had moved. Bears investigating. Oh, boy—more reasearch!!!





Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The last of Zilpha Ellen

I took a truncated trip to AL last month. Wasn't able to do much genealogy because of family sickness. However, I DID find the answers to a couple of unsolved questions. And proved that most of my Zilpha theories were correct. Not bad for only three hours at the Huntsville Public Library. 

For background, please refer to my original post about Zilpha Elender Edins Pope Freeman, which lists her marriages and children. That post is here:



http://alroots2.blogspot.com/2011/10/zilpha-emily-eleanor-eddins-pope.html


We know this is the right person from mother Nancy Ann Hendricks's application for an 1812 widow's pension. Nancy Ann lived with Zilpha Ellen E.P. F in Opelika until 1880. The pension application is here:



https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-12848-1000-16?cc=1834325&wc=11768031


The source of my joy:


See, at the HPL there's this book...long title, but here's all the info you need to find it:



TAP ROOTS: Epitaphs in East Central Alabama Cemeteries, Vol. 3, Rosemere Cemetery, Opelika, AL, by Robert C. Horn and Mariemma Fuller, et. al., Copyright 1985 by the Genealogical Society of East Alabama, Inc., P.O. Box 84, Dadeville, AL 36853. 

This is part of the info gathered by the Genealogical Society of East Alabama. They cover Chambers, Lee, Macon, Russell and Tallapoosa Counties. Their mailing address has changed from 1985, when the book was written; now the P.O. Box is in Opelika. You can find more FREE info from them here: 


http://www.gsofea.org/


The joy itself:


I found the epitaphs of Zilpha, her children, and her sister-in-law Ann Eddins. 


At first I thought Ann Eddens was Zilpha's mother, Nancy Ann Hendricks (who married James A. Edins), but Ann's age at death (62) didn't match Nancy Ann's age in the 1880 Census (84). Obviously two different people. Still haven't found Nancy Ann yet, but there's time this year for another trip to AL.  :))))


Returning to Zilpha's family: 


At the Rosemere Cemetery one finds:


"F. M. Pope (two markers)

Co. F 18th ALA Infantry, Regiment  - C S A
October 29, 1838 - October 26, 1924"

F. M. Pope = Francis Marion Pope, Zilpha's son by William H. Pope



"Martha Jane Pope b. November 13, 1836, d. October 17, 1917 (on reverse F. M. Pope #1)"

MJP = Martha Jane Pope, Zilpha's daughter by William H. Pope

"W. H.  Pope 
Co. G 37th ALA  - C S A
1840  - 1906"

W. H. Pope = William H. Pope, Zilpha's son by William H. Pope

"Ann Eddens, 62"

Ann Eddens = Ann M. Kennedy Edins, widow of James F. Edins, Zilpha's brother. 

And finally....

TAH DAH!!!!!!

Ellen Pope Age 72 years
No dates (below F.M. Pope #1)

Zilpha Elender "Ellen" Eddins Pope Freeman. If she was born 1821 - 1826, an age-at-death of 72 years would give a death year between 1893 - 1898. Which makes sense, because she appears in the 1880 Census but not in the 1900 Census. 

Other Popes lie in the same plot, but I have no information on them: Lula Pope and Sallie Pope. Who can they be??

I wish there were more to tell about Zilpha. She seems to be as dynamic and delightful as her namesake grandmother Zilpha. If there's more to find, I'll find it next trip to AL. Can't wait!!!!!



Saturday, September 1, 2012

The family of origin for Peter Hendricks and Elizabeth Gibson

Peter Hendricks/Hendrix/Hendrex was born about 1765 in South Carolina, probably in the Lexington/Orangeburgh area. Most people agree about the members of Peter Hendricks/Hendrix/Hendrex family. He was the son of Tobias Hendricks and Margaret Sprenckels. (All surnames have multiple spellings. Figures.) 

The best family tree I have found is here:

http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG&db=:3202133&id=I0419


Peter's family of origin included:

• Father Tobias Hendrix, born about 1732

• Mother Margaret Sprenckels, born about 1731

And siblings:


• Samuel Hendrix, born ? ( I wonder if he was the Samuel Hendrix who married Fereby Eddins??)

• Elizabeth, born about 1757, married Amos Hendrix in 1779

• Tobias Hendrix, born 5 AUG 1759, and died in Rowan County, North Carolina.

• Henry Hendrix, born about 1761, married Modolanah (??)

• John Hendrix, ABT. 1761, and died BEF. 1800 in Lexington County, South Carolina.

• William Hendrix, was born ABT. 1763, and died 21 JUN 1827 in Lexington County, South Carolina.

• Peter, of course, was born ABT. 1765, and died AFT. 1850 in Alabama.

• David Hendrix, born about 1775 in Lexington County, SC, 
and died BEF. 14 MAR 1847 in Monroe County, Alabama.
http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/13964615/person/28034044


I have not found any proof of Elizabeth Gibson's parents, but I suspect that her father (maybe uncle) is Benjamin Gibson, who lives in Lexington/Orangeburgh District, SC, in 1800 and 1810, and Monroe County, AL, in 1830. I can't find him in the 1820 Census, but in the 1830 US Census for AL, Benjamin Gibson again appears within a few households of Peter and Elizabeth. 

Peter married Elizabeth Gibson by 1798, when Susannah, their first child that anyone lists,  was born. But there are no SC licenses that prove the marriage date; only speculations as to when the marriage took place based on the year when the first child was born. 

The family tree link above lists these children for Peter and Elizabeth:

  1. Susanna HENDRIX b: 1798
  2. Nathan HENDRIX b: 1800
  3. Aaron HENDRIX b: 1805
  4. Matilda HENDRIX b: 1808
  5. Dolly HENDRIX b: 1810
  6. Simeon HENDRIX b: 1813 in South Carolina
  7. Joseph HENDRIX b: 1815
  8. Eli Edmund HENDRIX b: 1818 in South Carolina

According to the 1800 and 1810 Censuses for SC, Peter and Elizabeth had one male and two female children born 1790 - 1800. Susannah was born about 1798--this accounts for one of the females born before 1800 but allows for another one born at another time. Such as in 1796, when Nancy Ann was born (various censuses). Nathan, born about 1800, is the male child. 

Peter and family arrived in Monroe County, AL, between 1816 and 1825. Here's how we know:

In the 1816 tax list for Monroe County, AL, there are no Hendricks/Hendrixes of any kind listed. 

http://www.trackingyourroots.com/data/1816mnro.htm

However, on March 30, 1825, Peter Hendrix bought a plot of land in Monroe County. 

http://www.glorecords.blm.gov/details/patent/default.aspx?accession=0117-572&docClass=CV&sid=zmuvy0ih.qre

In the 1830 US Census for Al, Peter Headen (Hendrix) is in Monroe County, AL. In the household are one male 10 - 15 (Eli Edmund, 12), one male 15 - 20 (Joseph, 15, or Simeon, 17), one male 20 - 30 (probably Aaron, 25, who didn't marry Widow Hixon until 1836; or Nathan, about 30) and one male 60 - 70 (Peter, about 65). There are also one female 10 - 15, one female 15 - 20 (Dolly, 20, who married Lawrence Rickard in 1833), one female 20 - 30 (Matilda, about 22), and one female 50 - 60  (Elizabeth, about 58). Neighbors include Reuben Headen (Hendrix), William Headen (Hendrix), Craps, Boatwright, Henry Hendrix, Jr., Henry Boozer, Frederick Daniel (who married Susannah Hendrix), George Rawl, Rebecca Kennada, Thomas P. Kennada, Aldridge, Harbin, Griffen, Johnson, Partin, McMillian, John Stagner, David Hendrix, and significantly, Benjamin Gibson.

http://search.ancestry.com/iexec?htx=View&r=an&dbid=8058&iid=4410702_00096&fn=Peter&ln=Headen&st=r&ssrc=&pid=1819695 

In the 1840 US Census for AL, Peter Hendrix is in Monroe County in an unnamed township. In the household is one male 70 - 80  (Peter, 75). There are also one female 5 - 10 (unknown), one female 15 - 20 (unknown), and one female 60 - 70 (Elizabeth). There is one female slave. Neighbors include Lawrence Rickard (married to Dolly), Andrew Fry (who married a Nancy Hendrix, but not the one from this family), Susanna Daniel lives nearby. 

http://search.ancestry.com/Browse/view.aspx?dbid=8057&path=Alabama.Monroe.Not%20Stated.55&fn=Peter&ln=Hendria&st=r&pid=1255983&rc=&zp=75

In the 1830 US Census Peter Headen (Hendrix) is in Monroe County, AL, with family and neighbors nearby. In 1840 Peter Hendrix is in Monroe County in an unnamed township. 

In 1846 "Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hendrix" gave land to the First Baptist Church of Monroeville for the construction of a new church building. 

In 1850 Peter and Elizabeth Hendrix are in the 1850 US Census for AL, Peter Hendrix is living in the household of James Hendrix in Monroeville, Monroe County. Peter is 75, born NC, can read and write. Also in the household is his wife Elizabeth, 78, born SC, can read and write.

James is listed in the list of taxable properties in 1854 Monroe County, along with his aunt Susannah Daniels. James is probably a nephew. 

http://www.trackingyourroots.com/data/monrotax.htm

This is pretty much all I know about the Hendrixes at the moment. As soon as I find more, I guarantee to post it!

Additional evidence for Joseph Helton research

Today I wrote to my cousins who are interested in genealogy. Here's the body of the out-going message:

"Hi there you,

Several years ago I corresponded with RR, who was a cousin on the Edins side. Before RR died, he asked me if I had any knowledge of Native American roots in our family. I asked my aunt if she knew of any. She said no. So I reported "no" to him. 

Well, guess what? 

He may have been right.

You remember that Blakely Edins married Elizabeth Helton, right? Her parents were Joseph and Martha "Mattie" Colvin Helton. 

My latest research at ALRoots2.blogspot.com details the connections between Joseph Helton and the McDaniel family of Pike County, AL. They are DEFINITELY connected; probably a step-family. John McDaniel, the step-father, was 1/2 Scottish & 1/2 Cherokee. The mother Mary, who I believe is Joseph's mother, was born in the Cherokee Nation in TN, and thus maybe full Cherokee. 

My research has indicated only that there was a connection, not exactly what the connection is—but I do believe that Mary is Joseph's mother—thus giving our family NA roots and proving Russell correct. 

I hope you'll find the info helpful and interesting. I would like to hear your take on the info, positive or negative. Thank you for sharing it with me."
One of my newly discovered and highly artistic cousins just wrote back:
"This is great news!  Mother, my grandmother (BE), and my great aunt (CE) always said we had an Indian in the family, but they could not pinpoint the person.  They said it was a woman and grandmother.  I have been wanting to hear about this person all my life. Thank you so much."

WOW! This message made me so happy because it independently confirmed that I'm on the right track. 

Yes, the information is hearsay—but so often family legends are correct, and they deserve attention and further investigation. 

So I guarantee you, JE, I'm on it!

(It's important to respect privacy, so I've used initials instead of living people's real names. But if I know you, I'll identify the folks in the message.)