Friday, August 28, 2015

Sepia Saturday: Pay Attention to the Woman in the Hat

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.


This week’s Sepia Saturday photograph of the travelers aboard the WALSH Royal Mail and Day Car has prompted me to revisit my mystery family in New York. My great-grandmother Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen WALSH made many trips from Virginia to visit her sisters and possibly a brother. However, I doubt she ever traveled to New York by postbus.

I can sit for hours trying to coax clues from the photos of Mary Theresa’s relatives in New York. I feel that I’m soooo close to identifying not just the relationship but also the names. Unfortunately, too often the clues lack the facts to support a conclusion.

Take this photo, for example.

Relatives of Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh New York 1918  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
1918 New York

The men in the front seat are unknown, but I can GUESS that the man riding shotgun is John Sr., last name unknown. Why? Because of photos from 1917 and 1918 with “John Jr” and the same poodle.

Relatives of Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh New York 1918  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr. 1917 New York
John Jr and "Cutey" New York 1918  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr. 1918 New York

The two women with him are my grandaunt Lillie Killeen on the right and possibly John Jr’s grandmother on the left in a hat. I used to think the older woman was my great-grandmother Mary Theresa, but other photos make me second-guess myself.

Relatives of Mary Theresa Sheehan Killeen Walsh New York 1918  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
1918 New York

In this view, the younger man has been replaced with an older man, who was likely John Jr’s grandfather. The same older gentleman is pictured with John Jr in other photos.

John Jr and Unknown New York 1918  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr 1918
John Jr and Unknown New York 1921  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr 1921

I know for a fact that Mary Theresa had a number of sisters:  Josie, Sarah, and Delia. There also might have been a brother, possibly named John, but that has not been confirmed. Supposedly there was another sister whose name is unknown.

Josie with John Jr and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie 1920 http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Josie with John Jr.
and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie 1920








Because of this photo of her sister Josie with John Jr and his sister Bob/Bobbie/Barbie, I wanted to think that this was Josie’s family. Josie looks somewhat like the woman on the right in this group photo below.



Mary Theresa Sheehan Walsh relatives New York 1921 http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
New York 1921


If so, the older man in the first photo is NOT Josie’s husband Carl/Charles Krause. He was a carpenter, not someone who would wear a uniform. Besides, Josie was a widow and head of household by 1920. In that census, only one child was out of the house:  Hannah. But marriage records at Italiangen.com do not name a husband “John.” The three records for any Hannah Krause and variant spellings do not pan out since no appropriately named children appear in the 1920 census.

John Jr and grandmother maybe 1917 New York  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr 1917 and maybe his grandmother
Relatives of Mary Theresa Sheehan Walsh, John Jr and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie at the beach 1921 or later http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
This photo from 1917 with John Jr shows a light-haired woman who might possibly be the grandmother. In 1920, the children seem to love this woman whose hair color makes me think they are the same woman. While she does not look particularly like the woman in the hat, she does resemble the woman at the beach with John Jr and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie – despite the darker hair – and the one in some Southern locale with the children.

John Jr and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie Richmond Hill, NY 1920 http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
John Jr and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie
and Unknown 1920
Bob/Bobbie/Barbie and John Jr. with poodle and maybe grandmother http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
The children had whooping cough, according to the back of a similar photo.















So now assuming that the older woman and man in the car are the grandparents of John Jr and Bob/Bobbie/Barbie, the question is whether the couple are Mary Theresa’s sister and brother-in-law or brother and sister-in-law. If this is her brother, then which of the young parents is the direct relation? I doubt “John Sr” was a Sheehan because I cannot find John Sheehan Jr with a sister named Barbara, Barbie, Roberta, Bobbie in the 1920 or even 1930 census. Besides, the group photos seem to emphasize the women, suggesting that John Jr’s mother was the daughter, and therefore Lillie’s cousin.  (Still with me?)

Relatives of Mary Theresa Sheehan Walsh 1921 New York http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Relatives of Mary Theresa Sheehan Walsh 1921 New York http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
















Based on the hatted-woman’s general appearance and body-type, I guess she is Mary Theresa’s sister. Not Josie. Not Delia. Possibly Sarah. I can confirm only one child for her - Sadie, who became a nun – but it is possible she had other children.

That said, I fear the worst – that this is the sister whose name has been lost to history.

Hop aboard a postbus, wagon, or open car and take a ride to Sepia Saturday.



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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The Big 0-4



I was hoping to have something profound to say after 4 years and 745 posts. Nope.

Many bloggers celebrate by sharing their past year’s statistics – blog with most page views, where readers are from, what sites referred readers to the blog, etc. Mine are not that impressive or interesting. In fact, I rarely think to check them.

This is not a “woe is me” post. In fact, several good things have happened at Jollett Etc. that can’t be measured with Blogger statistics. First of all, I completed the A to Z April Challenge once again – 4 years in a row. My “Men of the Eastwind” series caught the attention of the Custom House Maritime Museum in Newburyport, Massachusetts. My sister and I decided to donate our father’s Coast Guard scrapbook from 1947 to their collectionsMore importantly, I finished my Jollett book and printed enough copies for family and for a few historical societies. That has been a goal since I began blogging. Goal accomplished!

Admittedly, working on the book took time away from new research. Looking back over the year, I see something that resembles a rut. Almost every week I posted the same 3 blogs: Wordless Wednesday, Sepia Saturday, and 52 Ancestors.

Quite honestly, I’m satisfied with that rut for now. Having recently purged my Feedly list of blogs that are no more, I’m shocked that so many bloggers have quit. In searching the blog roll on GeneaBloggers, I am likewise surprised at the number of dead links and blogs that have not been updated in years. So my little rut is a sign that at least I’m still here.

It seems that in Blog years, 4 is middle age, if not down-right old.



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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

52 Ancestors - With a Little Help from the Non-Population

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge:  write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.


Our challenge this week is to look at one of the non-population schedules to learn more about our ancestors. In my on-going quest to sort out the various William and Sarah/Sallie Sampsons of Greene County, Virginia, I recently reviewed the non-population agricultural schedules.

There were two William Sampsons in Greene when the special census was conducted in 1850. Both had wives named Sarah. Both couples were roughly the same age. While only one Sarah was Sarah Jollett, both couples lived near other Jolletts or married Jollett cousins making it difficult to determine which Sampson couple is “mine.”

I wonder if the size of farm and near neighbors could shed some light on this puzzle.

1 – William Sampson

1850 Non-Population Agriculture Schedule
100 acres improved land and 142 unimproved
Value of the farm $700 and value of tools $100
2 horses, 2 cattle (non-milking), 7 sheep, 12 swine; value of livestock $250
Production: 100 bushels wheat, 18 bushels rye, 500 bushels Indian corn, 45 bushels oat, 300 pounds of tobacco, 22 pounds of wool, 10 bushels Irish potatoes, 50 pounds of butter, 15 pounds of flax, 1 bushel of flaxseed; value of products $100
Value of homemade manufactures $40
Value of slaughtered animals $80

This William lived close to Lucy Sampson, widow of John Sampson and mother of one of the Williams. His close neighbors in the non-population schedule included John McMullan, James Knight, Jacob Hammer, and Hiram Eddins.

These neighbors match those of the 1850 census in which the household of William and Sarah included two of five children, Maria and Franklin. I know this is Lucy Sampson’s son William and his family because William and Franklin took care of selling some land that had been left to William’s brother in their father’s will.

2 – William Sampson 

1850 Non-Population Agriculture Schedule

76 acres improved land and 71 acres unimproved
Value of the farm $50 and value of tools $6
1 horse, 1 work cow, 3 other cattle, 6 swine; value of livestock $70
Production: 30 bushels wheat, 10 bushels rye, 150 bushels Indian corn, 20 pounds of butter, 1 ton of hay, 1 pound of hops
Value of homemade manufactures $20
Value of slaughtered animals $45

This William’s neighbors included John Jarrell, William Conway, Rufus K. Fitzhugh, John Teal, and William Sims. Close neighbors in the 1850 census were Jarrell, Conway, and Sims. Jarrell and Conway are also mentioned in a deed from 1850 in which this William gave his land to his wife and the children listed in the 1850 census.

What does matching the census and non-population schedule do for my research? Probably not a whole lot. I had previously determined that the second William and Sarah are mine based on ages and gender of children in the 1840 census. However, a closer look at the description of the two Williams’ farms and production has reinforced the impression I’ve long held: that the OTHER William and Sarah were more well-to-do than MY William and Sarah.  


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Friday, August 21, 2015

Sepia Saturday: Before e-Harmony

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.



This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt featuring vending machines triggers a very faint memory of having once dined in an automat. Unfortunately the memory is so faint that no real story emerges, and certainly there is no photo. A more vivid dining memory is from my college days.

When I arrived at Madison College (now James Madison University – GO DUKES!), Gibbons Hall was a mere 5-years old.

Gibbons Hall JMU 1969  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Gibbons Hall -- the D-Hall October 1969
You would think people would have been used to the unusual architecture by then, but Gibbons continued to inspire debate. Round and constructed of brick, it was the first building to depart from the traditional bluestone Madison has become known for. Gibbons was also the first building on the new “back campus.” While a dining room was always available from the earliest years of the college, Gibbons was the first building dedicated to food. On the upper level, eight dining rooms were arranged like slices of pie around a central kitchen. The lower level housed the post office, bookstore, and lounge for day students.

It was during my freshman year that I met Hugh, Keith, and Tom. They were day students who no doubt took full advantage of that day lounge. With the aid of a student directory they made random phone calls to girls in the dorms just to see who would talk with them. Being the pathetic person that I am, I talked. Fast forward to my sophomore year. Hugh, Keith, and Tom were back to their old tricks calling girls again. They called. We talked.

Typical scene at meal time at the D-Hall in the 1970s
image from JMU Library Special Collections
One day I was at the D-Hall with friends. I saw the three guys plus one new one. The new guy was light-haired and had a big smile. He laughed a lot and seemed very friendly. He also had a big appetite. And why not? The food on our campus always ranked among the best in the nation according to the Princeton Review. Homemade rolls every night. Homemade apple dumplings – I always went back for seconds (and yes, thirds). Saturday lunch alternated between open-face roast beef sandwiches and subs. But I digress.

Later that night the phone rang, and it was those guys again. I mentioned that I noticed they had a new person with them and wondered who he was. Keith said, “Oh, that’s Barry. Do you want to date him?” Heck no – I was just making conversation.

Once inside Gibbons, hungry students
climbed these stairs to the D-Hall
It wasn’t long – a couple of days maybe – that I received a phone call from none other than the new guy. No telling what the others had told him about me. One call led to another. We talked many times without ever meeting. Even though I knew Barry on sight, he didn’t know me. He must have felt like a stalking victim whenever I said, “I saw you at the D-Hall.”

So finally Barry got up the nerve and asked me out – probably just to shake that eerie feeling of being watched. When I said, “Yes,” he added, “And if you see me, introduce yourself.”

That opportunity presented itself a day or two before our scheduled date. I was heading to the D-Hall for some lunch just as Barry was leaving. There he was – I had better say something, I thought. I have no recollection of what I said although Barry’s version of this story is, “Hi Barry, I’m your date.” I KNOW I would not have said that – it’s much too dorky, even for me. The part of the story that I remember is that he always told people that after we each went our merry way, he regretted not looking back to check out my legs. HA HA – the joke would have been on him as I was wearing an olive green plaid dress with olive green tights. Oh, smokin’ hot!

Gibbons Hall - where Barry and I first met
Yellow arrow: I was heading down the steps.
Purple arrow: Barry was leaving the D-Hall
and heading towards the steps.

And the rest is history. In those days there was no Match dot com. No e-Harmony. Still, lots of romances began at the D-Hall.

See who else is dining out at Sepia Saturday.


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Monday, August 17, 2015

52 Ancestors: Disabled But Not Defective

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge:  write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.



In 1880, there was a special census schedule for “Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes” — the blind, deaf-mutes, paupers, homeless children, prisoners, insane, and idiotic. Those with mental or physical illness were asked additional questions regarding their medical history. Homeless children were asked about their parents. Prisoners were asked details regarding their imprisonment.

After looking at census records for my 3X great-grandmother Nancy Elizabeth Frazier Shiflett for last week’s prompt, I fully expected to find her son George in this special census. After all, he was enumerated in 1870 as being “Dumb.” Evidently he was also deaf. Census takers had been instructed NOT to check that box if a resident could still speak despite loss of hearing. However, George is not listed at all, suggesting he had possibly died before 1880.

Yet George’s brother John Conway Shiflett made the list. Or so I thought.

In 1880, John Conway and his two children by his first wife were living with his mother.  There is a check mark in the box denoting “disabled.” So I went to the special census schedule to learn more about his disability, assuming that might have caused him to be destitute.

1880 Federal Census Monroe District, Greene Co, VA

“John C. Shiflett” appears in the DDD schedule on the pauper page.

Pauper and Indigent page of the 1880 special census for Defective, Dependent, Delinquent Classes
John C. Shiflett is the second name on the page.
At first the tick marks seemed to add up to “my” John C. Shiflett:

  • Is this person able-bodied?  NO
  • Is he or she habitually intemperate?  NO
  • Is he or she epileptic?   NO
  • Has he (or she) ever been convicted of crime?   NO
Then “Is he or she idiotic?”  Check

Deaf-Mutes
What? Idiotic? This census was conducted on June 1, and there is a marriage record for John C. in July 1880. What woman would marry an “idiotic” man?  (Don’t answer that. I just realized how funny that sounds.)  What’s more, John C. was also listed on the Deaf-Mute page.


“MY” John C. Shiflett married Mary D. Shiflett July 28, 1880.  Together they had 3 children. So now I was not sure that this was the right guy.  Fortunately, the DDD census includes the page and line numbers where the person is listed in the regular population census.  Page 15, Line 13 Monroe District of Greene County. Sure enough there was John C. Shiflett, deaf-mute. Son of James F. and Mary E. Shiflett.
 
1880 Federal Census Monroe District of Greene Co, VA
Note John C. on line 13. The tick marks indicate deaf-mute, idiotic, and disabled.
Oops. Wrong guy after all. But I have to wonder why the right guy is NOT included. Evidently his disability did not cause him to be a pauper, thus sparing him from being included.



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Friday, August 14, 2015

Sepia Saturday: The Value of Money

Sepia Saturday challenges bloggers to share family history through old photographs.



This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is quite the challenge focusing our attention on banks and money. I am certainly no numismatist, but a bag of coins has made me somewhat curious about the history and value.

Many years ago, my little collection of silver dollars and half-dollars moved from a plastic bag to an old bank deposit bag from Bank of Virginia where my husband was employed. Apparently the bag had been retired to the trashcan, judging by the red stain inside, probably from an exploding security dye pack. At any rate, the pouch has held my coins safely for a long time.

Bank of Virginia bank deposit bag  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com

These coins along with some $2-dollar bills were gifts from my paternal grandparents. They never accumulated much in their lifetime, but they managed to remember me on birthdays and Christmas with a little money.

Fred and Julia Slade, Wendy Slade 1952  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
My grandparents Fred and Julia Slade
me probably 1952

Even as a child, I recognized that these silver dollars and fifty-cent pieces were special, which is why I still have them. But I have never paid much attention to them or wondered about their age or value. Until today.

So, what do I have?  Seventeen silver dollars and 10 half-dollars makes $22.  A couple are really old, dated 1896 and 1898.

Morgan silver dollars  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Morgan silver dollars
Top:  obverse
Bottom: reverse
According to Wikipedia, I have 4 Morgan silver dollar coins, which were minted between 1878 and 1904, and then again in 1921. Named for the designer George T. Morgan, the obverse is a profile representing Liberty and the reverse is an eagle with wings spread. If there is no mint mark above the “O” in “Dollar” on the reverse, the coin was minted in Philadelphia; I have three. A mark of “O” represents New Orleans; I have one of those.

Year
If average condition
If mint condition
1896
$31
$250
1898 O
$25        
$161
1903
$30 on eBay

1921
$31
$171

Peace silver dollars  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Peace silver dollars

The other thirteen coins are the Peace dollar minted from 1921 to 1928 and then 1934-35. The idea for the coin originated as a way to commemorate the peace following World War I. The obverse is the profile of the Goddess of Liberty; the reverse is a bald eagle at rest on an olive branch.

Year
If average condition
If mint condition
1922 (3 of these)
$29
$800
1923 (9 of these)
$28
$1,200
1924
$28
$225

Even an untrained eye such as mine can tell that there are no mint coins in the pile. Therefore, these coins in average condition are valued at roughly $484. Even at melt value the silver dollars have proven to be a good investment: $187.

The half-dollars are not extinct, but they are no longer very popular for general circulation. In fact, most banks do not even keep them in stock. My two oldest are the 1943 Walking Liberty coin. The obverse shows Liberty walking into the dawn of a new day. The reverse depicting a bald eagle rising from a mountaintop perch has been a long-standing popular design. However, the difficulty of minting the intricate front design was one reason for the redesign in 1948.

Walking Liberty, Ben Franklin, Kennedy half dollars  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Top row: Walking Liberty
Second row: Ben Franklin
Third and Fourth rows: John F. Kennedy

The Ben Franklin coin was next, and I have three: 1952, 1958, and 1963. But with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, ol’ Ben was kicked to the curb and replaced with the Kennedy half-dollar. Many of the Kennedy coins were hoarded for sentimental value, but in 1965 the silver content was reduced to only 40%. The 1971 model was the first to be cast in a base metal with no silver at all.

Year
If average condition
If mint condition
1943 Walking Liberty (2)
$9
$150
1952 Ben Franklin
$10
$70
1958 Ben Franklin
$14
$42
1963 Ben Franklin
$12
$50
1964 Kennedy (4)
$10
$90
1966 Kennedy
50¢
$80
1967 Kennedy
50¢
$100
1971 Kennedy
50¢
$5

I doubt any of these coins would be deemed “mint,” so I possibly have $95.50-worth of half-dollars. With a melt value of approximately $51, I still come out ahead.

No fortune here, obviously. Judging by the dates, though, I suspect my grandparents collected these coins over many years, most long before I was even a gleam in their eye. Out of love they doled out their private collection as gifts, bit by bit. Can’t put a dollar value on that.


I’ll bet you dollars-to-doughnuts that there are more interesting stories and photos at Sepia Saturday. In fact, you can bank on it.


Sources:
Coin Trackers.  2010-2015. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.
Franklin Half Dollar. Wikipedia. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.
Half-dollar. Wikipedia. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.
Kennedy Half Dollar. Wikipedia. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.
Morgan Dollar. Wikipedia. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.
Peace Dollar. Wikipedia. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

Walking Liberty Half Dollar. Wikipedia. Web. 13 Aug. 2015.

© 2015, Wendy Mathias.  All rights reserved.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

52 Ancestors: 32 Greats

Amy Johnson Crow of No Story Too Small has issued a challenge:  write one blog post each week devoted to a specific ancestor. It can be a story, a biography, a photograph, an outline of a research problem – anything that focuses on one ancestor.



To commemorate the 32nd week of blogging our ancestors, I am following the theme to honor one of my 32 3X great-grandparents. I know the names of only 19 of the 32, but of those 19, three names are incomplete:

Leonard Davis Jr and Fanny Wyant; Samuel Willson and UNKNOWN; 
Fielding Jollett and Mary Ann Armentrout; John Frank Rucker and Mary Jarrell; 
Ezekial Herndon and Sarah Jones; William Eppard and Helena Foland; 
Isaac Shiflett and Susan Jordan; Stephen Slade and Margaret UNKNOWN; 
Unknown Keene and Unknown Douglas; 
Burton Shiflett and Nancy Elizabeth Frazier

One who has always intrigued me is Nancy Elizabeth Frazier Shiflett. She was my maternal grandfather’s maternal grandmother’s mother. She was the oldest daughter of John Frazier and Lucy Hardin Shiflett, born on Valentine’s Day in 1811. In all there were 9 children in this farming family of Albemarle County, Virginia (and later Greene County).

At the ripe age of 23, Nancy married Burton Shiflett on December 1, 1834 in Albemarle County. Albemarle borders Greene where the two then lived and raised 11 children. Nearby were the farms of Burton’s brother Madison as well as Nancy’s brothers Michael/Miley and William. Their other siblings were not far away either.

Shifletts and Fraziers have a long history of intermarriage as well as a colorful history of feuding that could rival the Hatfield-McCoy saga if they had a better public relations representative. I have been unable to uncover what led to the fight between Burton Shiflett and Nancy’s older brother Leland one day in September 1860. But the fight involved a knife, and in the end, Burton lay dead.

Greene County, Virginia
Historic Jail
(formerly a museum run by the Greene County Historical Society)
Poor Nancy – too soon a widow and caught in the middle between brother and husband. I wonder if she attended court to witness her brother’s trial. Did she pray for leniency? The Grand Jury found just cause to charge Leland with Murder. However, Leland’s jury of peers found him guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter:

“We the Jury find the prisoner is guilty of Voluntary Manslaughter, and fixed his term of imprisonment to four years in the penitentiary house, Nov 20, 1860.”

The Judge gave Leland an opportunity to speak for himself but he had nothing to say, and so he was led out of the courtroom and to the jail.

It could not have been easy for a woman in the mid-nineteenth century to keep up the household on her own. In the 1870 census, Nancy was head of household with three unmarried adult daughters still at home “without occupation” and one son “helpless.” George was enumerated as being “Dumb,” meaning he could not speak. That implies he was probably also deaf since census takers were instructed NOT to check “Deaf” if the person could still speak despite loss of hearing. 

Perhaps it was fortunate that Nancy’s daughter Lucy and her husband James Franklin Jollett were next door. He was listed as a farm laborer, so it is likely he worked on his mother-in-law’s farm, which she valued at $600 in the 1870 census.

The next year Nancy and her children sold the land to her brother Miley Frazier for $300.

Nancy E. Shiflet widow of Burton Shiflett decd, John C. Shiflett and Lucretia his wife, Jas. F. Jollet and Lucy Ann his wife, Nancy F. Shiflett, George Austin Morris and Susan C. his wife, Victoria J. Shiflett to Miley Frazier
21 Dec 1871
Greene County Deed Book 

This deed Made this twenty first day of December 1871, between Nancy E. Shiflet widow of Burton Shiflett decd, John C. Shiflett and Lucretia his wife, Jas. F. Jollet and Lucy Ann his wife, Nancy F. Shiflett, George Austin Morris and Susan C. his wife, Victoria J. Shiflett of the first and Mily Frazier of the second part all of Greene County Virginia, Witnesseth, that in consideration of three hundred dollars to them in hand paid by said Mily Frazier, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, The said Nancy E. Shiflet, John C. Shiflett and Lucretia his wife, Jas. F. Jollet and Lucie Ann his wife, Nancy F. Shiflet, George Austin Morris and Susan C. his wife, Victoria J. Shiflet, hereby grant unto the said Mily Frazier with general warranty the following real Estate to wit: Two hundred acres more or less, Beginning on Lynches River at Henry Austins corner thence to Burr? Lanes line, thence with said Lanes line to Wyatt Mills' corner thence to Poison Nole? corner thence to pole hill corner thence to the beginning, the above land lies in the county and State aforesaid.
Nancy E. (her x mark) Shiflett
John C. Shiflett
Lucretia (her x mark) Shiflett
James F. Jollett
Lucy Ann Jollett
Nancy F. Shiflett
George Austin Morris
Susan C. Morris
Victoria J. Shiflett
Acknowledged by all parties 21 December 1871 before Greene County J.P. Nath. B. Chapman and J.A. Davis

In 1880 Nancy and her son John Conway were living together along with his two children by his first wife. John was listed as disabled. (However, he was not SO disabled that he couldn’t marry a third time and father more children.)

Nancy Elizabeth Frazier Shiflett died January 22, 1895 and is buried in Lacey Springs, Rockingham County, Virginia.
Tombstone of Nancy Elizabeth Frazier Shiflett Lacey Springs, Rockingham Co, Virginia  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Tombstone of Nancy E. Frazier Shiflett
photo courtesy of Olen Morris

Two Generations:
Nancy Elizabeth FRAZIER ( 14 Feb 1811 Albemarle Co, Virginia – 22 Jan 1895 Lacey Springs, Rockingham Co, Virginia) & Burton SHIFLETT (1814 Orange Co, Virginia – 06 Sep 1860 Greene Co, Virginia)  01 Dec 1834  Albemarle, Virginia

1. Ola SHIFLETT ( 1835 - )

2. Jacob Haskell SHIFLETT ( 1836 - before 08 Oct 1871) & Lucretia JOLLETT (18 Sep 1838 Rockingham Co, Virginia - 31 Dec 1911 Rockingham Co, Virginia)  05 Aug 1858 Page Co, Virginia

  • Mary E. SHIFLETT ( May 1859 - before 1955) & George R. MAYHEW   17 Mar 1879 Page Co, VA
  • Martha F. S. SHIFLETT ( 15 Mar 1863 - before 1955) & George W. MCCAULEY  08 Jun 1882 Rockingham Co, VA
3. John Conway SHIFLETT ( 02 Jun 1840 Greene Co, VA – 09 Feb 1917 Albemarle Co, VA ) & m1) Lucretia SHIFLETT (1846 Greene Co, VA - ) 07 Dec 1863 Greene Co, VA ; m2) Nancy J. SHIFLETT (May 1848 - ) ; m3) Mary D. SHIFLETT (1849 – 1924) 28 Jul 1880

Children of John and Lucretia:

  • Eudora A. SHIFLETT ( 01 Jul 1866 - 28 Dec 1932) & John Lewis GIBSON 18 May 1884 Greene Co, VA
  • Joseph Ottobine SHIFLETT ( 30 Mar 1868 - ) & m1) Edie COLEMAN 10 Mar 1909 Augusta Co, VA ; m2) Rosa L. ROBERTS
Children of John and Nancy:

  • John Conway SHIFLETT JR. ( 05 Oct 1877 - 27 Apr 1947) & Alice E. SHIFLETT 11 Oct 1901 Albemarle Co, VA
  • Lucy Ann SHIFLETT ( 05 Oct 1877 - 30 Sep 1947) & Adam K. WYANT
Children of John and Mary:

  • Maude B. SHIFLETT  (Feb 1883 - 31 Oct 1957) & George Burruss SHIFLETT 29 Dec 1904 in Albemarle Co, VA
  • Wilford Clement SHIFLETT ( 05 Apr 1888 - 05 Aug 1961) & Lutitia Jane MORRIS 27 Oct 1921 Greene Co, VA
  • Woodford H. SHIFLETT ( 20 May 1890 - 02 Feb 1926) & Louise LEWIS 06 Mar 1916 in Albemarle Co, VA
4. Lucy Ann SHIFLETT ( 1843 Greene Co, VA - 1884 Monroe, Greene, VA) &. James Franklin JOLLETT (17 Nov 1836 Rockingham Co, VA – 03 Jun 1930 Augusta Co, VA) 12 Nov 1859 Greene Co, VA

  • Burton Lewis JOLLETT  (1860 in Virginia – Before 5 May 1934 in Greene Co, Virginia) & m1) Louisa SULLIVAN (1861 – 1900) 20 Jan 1881 ; & m2) Cornelia MORRIS (Nov 1844 – Before 1920) 19 Sep 1900 Greene Co, Virginia
  • Emma F. JOLLETT (1 Feb 1863 Greene Co, Virginia - 10 Apr 1945 in Shenandoah, Page, Virginia) &  Andrew Jackson COLEMAN (29 Jul 1858 Greene Co, Virginia – 4 Oct 1947 Shenandoah, Page, Virginia) 26 Nov 1880 Greene Co, Virginia
  • Laura E. JOLLETT (30 May 1865 Greene Co, Virginia - 30 Jul 1947 Shenandoah, Page, Virginia) & William J. SULLIVAN (13 Jan 1866 – 22 May 1942 Shenandoah, Page, Virginia) 14 Jan 1886 Greene Co, Virginia
  • Leanna (or Columbia Ann) JOLLETT (14 Mar 1867 Greene Co, Virginia - 20 Sep 1936 Greene Co, Virginia) & James Mitchell KNIGHT (9 May 1866 Greene Co, Virginia – 16 Feb 1942 Greene Co, Virginia) 1 Mar 1885 Greene Co, Virginia
  • Mary Frances JOLLETT (10 Jan 1870 Greene Co, Virginia - 22 Feb 1950 Harrisonburg, Rockingham, Virginia) & Walter Beriah Sylvester DAVIS (12 Sep 1867 Rockingham Co, Virginia - 31 Oct 1934 Shenandoah, Page, Virginia) 11 Feb 1890 in Greene Co, Virginia
  • Sarah Catherine Sallie JOLLETT (11 May 1872 Greene Co, Virginia - 7 Jul 1944 Washington DC) & George Thomas CLIFT (Sep 1865 Virginia - ) 30 Mar 1891
  • Victoria Elizabeth JOLLETT (19 Mar 1878 Greene Co, Virginia - 2 May 1944) & Decatur Bainbridge BREEDEN (15 Sep 1877 – 27 Sep 1952 Washington DC) about 1902
  • William Isaac JOLLETT  (Jan 1880 Greene Co, Virginia - Jul 1903 Newport News, Virginia)
  • Ulysses Finks JOLLETT (26 Jan 1883 Greene Co, Virginia - 30 Jan 1931 Baltimore, Maryland) & Sadie Janiero LAMB 23 Nov 1903 Greene Co, Virginia
5. Francis M. SHIFLETT ( 1844 Greene Co, VA - )

6. Jeremiah SHIFLETT ( 1847 Greene Co, VA - )

7. Nancy Frances SHIFLETT ( 1849 Greene Co, VA - 1926 Fairfax, VA ) & William Gordon MORRIS Jr. (1851 Greene Co, VA – before 1900 Greene Co, VA ) 20 Sep 1872 Greene Co, VA

  • William Layton MORRIS ( 1874 Greene Co, VA - 03 Feb 1895) & Ida Mary DAVIS  09 Dec 1890
  • Upshur MORRIS ( 1875 – 1891)
  • Addie MORRIS ( 27 Mar 1876 - Apr 1901) & Henry ARMENTROUT
  • Lemuel Belvin MORRIS ( 16 Dec 1877 - Oct 1947) & Emma C. UNKNOWN 1906
  • Marvin Tollie MORRIS ( 07 Aug 1878 Greene Co, VA – 1943) & Virginia RHINEHART
  • Ethel MORRIS ( Jul 1881 - after 1940) & Peter DAVIS 1908 Greene Co, VA
  • Vessie Lelia MORRIS ( 15 Feb 1883 - 06 Mar 1950 Fairfax, VA ) & Paul Edgar RHINEHART
  • Margaret Elizabeth “Maggie” MORRIS ( 13 Sep 1884 - ) & Unknown WILLS
  • Blanche Cornelia MORRIS ( 27 Feb 1887 - 25 Dec 1968 Greene Co, VA) & Levin P. SMITH
  • William Gordon “Bill” MORRIS III ( 12 Feb 1891 - 09 Jul 1968 Greene Co, VA) & Dorothy SNIVLEY
8. Susan Clementine SHIFLETT ( 22 Jun 1851 Greene Co, VA - 29 Dec 1928 Greene Co, VA ) & George Austin MORRIS (06 Apr 1848 Greene Co, VA – 14 Nov 1934 Greene Co, VA)  12 Dec 1870 Greene Co, VA

  • Ida Belle MORRIS (15 Oct 1871 Greene Co, VA - 02 Apr 1917 Greene Co, VA) &  George Allen KNIGHT 11 Jul 1894 Greene Co, VA
  • Francis Monroe MORRIS ( 21 Jul 1873 Greene Co, VA - 10 Aug 1936 Albemarle Co, VA) & Ludelia MORRIS 28 Dec 1899  Greene Co, VA
  • Leviston Ervin MORRIS ( 01 Mar 1874 Greene Co, VA - 25 Dec 1957  Albemarle Co, VA ) & Roberta Ella MORRIS 28 Dec 1899 Greene Co, VA
  • Altie Zora MORRIS ( 02 Dec 1876 Greene Co, VA - 29 Dec 1954) & Charles PERKEY  23 Dec 1902 Greene Co, VA
  • Mary Ann MORRIS ( 02 Dec 1878 Greene Co, VA - 18 Jun 1947 Greene Co, VA) & James Charles SULLIVAN 19 Sep 1900 Greene Co, VA
  • John Paul MORRIS ( 30 Mar 1880 Greene Co, VA - 21 Dec 1916 Greene Co, VA)
  • Rhoda Green MORRIS ( 17 Nov 1882 Greene Co, VA - 22 Apr 1902 Greene Co, VA)
  • Columbus Abell MORRIS (02 May 1884  Greene Co, VA - 20 Apr 1964 Pennsylvania) &  Elizabeth Bessie COLLINS 1913
  • Sylvester E. MORRIS ( 22 Feb 1886 Greene Co, VA - 12 Nov 1967 Charlottesville, VA ) & Nettie Jane MORRIS 05 Aug 1930 Greene Co, VA
  • Myrtle Nelson MORRIS ( Feb 1887 Greene Co, VA - 01 Mar 1970 Gordonsville, VA) & m1) Iola CRAWFORD ; m2) Anna COLLIER  05 Aug 1930 Greene Co, VA
  • Willie Lee MORRIS ( 27 Feb 1889 Greene Co, VA - 15 Jul 1918 France)
  • George Washington MORRIS ( 1892 Greene Co, VA - 1892 Greene Co, VA)
  • Julia Catherine MORRIS ( 02 Apr 1893 Greene Co, VA - 01 Jun 1979 Alexandria, VA) & George C. GILMER 03 Jul 1918 Greene Co, VA
  • Eveline Marie MORRIS ( 12 Mar 1895 Greene Co, VA - 26 Jul 1976 Fairfax, VA ) & Robert Lee COLLIER 22 Jun 1922 Albemarle Co, VA
  • Mabel Alice MORRIS ( 12 Dec 1897 Greene Co, VA - 27 Jun 1966 Baltimore, MD) & Isaac Jackson “Jack” RICE
9. Victoria SHIFLETT ( Mar 1854 Greene Co, VA - before 1930) & Ambrose VERNON 26 Dec 1875 Greene Co, VA

  • Ira McClellan VERNON ( 1876 Greene Co, VA - ) & JoAnn Josie MARSHALL  27 Jan 1898 Greene Co, VA
  • Madie VERNON ( 1878 Greene Co, VA - )
  • Unnamed VERNON ( Mar 1880 Greene Co, VA - )
  • John F. VERNON ( Oct 1881 Greene Co, VA - )
  • Lucy Ann VERNON ( 13 Jun 1884 Greene Co, VA - 03 Feb 1972) & Beauregard George SNOW  23 May 1906 Greene Co, VA
10. George W. SHIFLETT ( 20 Apr 1856 Greene Co, VA - )

11. Unnamed SHIFLETT ( Dec 1856 Greene Co, VA - 10 Mar 1857 Greene Co, VA)



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