Sunday, August 31, 2014

52 Ancestors: #35 - The JARRELLS

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.


My 3X great grandmother Mary P. JARRELL managed to accomplish something few of my oldest ancestors couldn’t:  she had family who provided a tombstone that could survive the trampling of cattle and loss of cemeteries. 

Mary P. RUCKER 1791 - 1871 Rockingham County, VA http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Mary P. Jarrell 1791-1871
photo courtesy Jan Hensley


She was the wife of John Frank RUCKER and mother to five children.  Other than some dates, I know little about Mary since my research has thus far been limited to online sources.  At Ancestry.com, many Rucker researchers claim Mary was the daughter of Daniel and Mary Terry Jarrell.  However, there is no supporting evidence.

In fact, there is significant supporting evidence that those researchers are just wrong.  A website dedicated to the Jarrells and related families provides thorough research as well as documentation.  










Here is where that research differs from the common view on Ancestry:
  • Daniel Jarrell was not married to Mary Terry.  He was married to Mary DAVIS, as proved by the wills of James Davis and Benjamin Davis II as well as a number of records that support this close Jarrell and Davis connection.
  • MY Mary Jarrell was not the daughter of Daniel and Mary.  Their daughter Mary married William Humphreys.

Searching through the siblings of Daniel Jarrell leads to the conclusion that MY Mary wasn’t a niece either.  All the Mary Jarrells and their husbands were present and accounted for.

The fact that Mary and John Frank were married in Madison County puts them in the neighborhood of this family of Jarrells.  After all, the Jarrells and Ruckers shared property lines, served together in the Revolutionary War, intermarried, bought land from one another, and supplied witnesses for countless records.

So who was Mary’s family if not Daniel’s or his brothers'?

One possibility is that she was part of the Fitzgerald family who also lived in Madison County.  They were a totally separate family unrelated to the Jarrells.  However, a number of proven Fitzgeralds used the name Jarrell or Garrell interchangeably with or instead of Fitzgerald.  The often-used spelling “Fitzjarrell” and “Fitzgarrell” makes it easy to see how that could happen. 

This quirky name game was evident in my 4X great grandmother’s experience.  Mary “Polly” SELF was married to Eason Fitzgerald in 1801 in Orange County.  What became of Fitzgerald is unknown – he might have died or Polly might have left him (or him her).  Being legally unavailable might explain why during her time with Jacob Shiflett she was a common-law wife known as Polly Garrell/Jarrell. 

Fitzgerald names that need investigating include James, Thomas, William, Stephen and Lewis.   

SOURCE:
Horsley, Joan. The Jarrell Family of Early Virginia with focus on Daniel Jarrell and his wife Mary Davis: Their Family, Relatives, & Neighbors. Raleigh, NC: J. Horsley, 2009. Available online at www.joanhorsley.org.




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Friday, August 29, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Well-Suited for the Beach

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




This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt suggests many possibilities ranging from beaches to trains to aquariums to running away.  The image of the well-dressed gentleman making his way across the dunes made me recall this photo:


Unknown men in suits Ocean View, VA 1919-21 http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
from photo album of Helen Killeen Parker
Ocean View, Virginia about 1919-21

As one who can’t tolerate sand in her shoes, I am perplexed that these men would trudge out toward the water in their Sunday best. 

Since I have no story to accompany this photo, I’ll do like Agnes Whoever and wave good-bye for this week.

Agnes Unknown Ocean View, VA 1919-21  http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
Agnes Unknown
friend of Helen Killeen Parker
about 1919-21


Please visit Sepia Saturday for more stories and photos of beaches and escapes.



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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Days of Summer #7

Wordless Wednesday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks family historians to create a post in which the main focus is a photograph or image.

 
Poodles of New York 1917 http://jollettetc.blogspot.com
from album of Lillie Killeen 1917
Much loved poodles belonging to Lillie's cousin yet to be identified
One of the dogs was named "Cutie."





Counting down the number of photos of dogs in my collection




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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Three Years of Blogging Happiness



Jollett Etc. is three years old today.  To celebrate, I’ve given her a little facelift.  A couple weeks ago, Alex Daw of Family Tree Frog invited all interested bloggers to join her in a quick project to revamp our blogs.  We visited one another, praised what we liked and made suggestions for improvement. 

Some lovely compliments about the color of my blog, the font style and size, the format, and use of photos really brightened my day.  Aw shucks, I’m still blushing. 

At the same time, some really good suggestions for improvement have now been implemented:
  • I like my color scheme because it is appropriate for the historical focus of my blog, but I also agreed with one comment that it was drab.  So I lightened the background and added a new blog banner.  The colors brighten up the place yet retain that antique feel.
  • I added the Search box since so many bloggers mentioned it.  (Was that always a Blogger option?  I don’t remember seeing it three years ago.)
  • Several bloggers recommended moving “About Me” up in the sidebar, so I did.  One person said it was too long.  In editing, I decided it was also outdated, so I started over.
  • I found a new “Email Me” image with a more vintage feel in keeping with the focus of my blog.
  • Several noted that my sidebar is cluttered.  Unfortunately, it is still cluttered because whatever was removed was replaced by something else.  I edited my labels cloud dramatically by restricting it to family surnames.  That helps somewhat.
  • The family pages have been updated with newly revised family charts. Some pages were eliminated either because they were redundant or woefully under-researched.  Maybe they’ll make a return one day. 
  • I updated my photo, not that it matters.

While in the remodeling mood, I also implemented some changes suggested by Thomas MacEntee and Lisa Alzo in Blogger Boot Camp:
  • I added more “follow” options.
  • I added some Twitter and Pinterest buttons.
  • I added copyright notices to blog posts.   

Do I know how to celebrate or what?



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Sunday, August 24, 2014

52 Ancestors: #34 - Stephen SLADE

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.



My 3X great-grandfather Stephen F. SLADE must have been a stonemason because he surely did set up a sturdy brick wall.

Stephen was born about 1815 in Georgia.  He’s pretty clear about that in the 3 census records in which he appears, all in Florida.  Apparently the only Slade in 1820 Georgia was William Slade.  Stephen fits right nicely as one of two boys and one girl under age 10 with parents older than 26. 

1850 Madison Co, Florida
Stephen was first enumerated in 1850 Madison Co, Florida.  A farmer, Stephen was 34 and his wife Mary was 30, so it’s not likely she was the mother of all the younger members of the household.  If the James M. at 19 was their child, then Mary would have given birth at age 11.  Others in the household included Mary 17, Joseph 13, Peter 11, William 9, Andrew 7, Julia 5, and Cabell 2. 

In 1860 Stephen and family were in Lafayette, Florida.  However, wife Mary has been either renamed or replaced by Margaret, who was two years older than Stephen rather than four years younger.  As for the children, there was only one familiar name:  Julia.  The others were either married and on their own, dead, or parading around with a new name.  Pilester was 22, so were Peter and Pilester the same person?  If so, then one of the enumerators erred in noting the gender.  Instead of Cabell at age 12, there is Louiza, age 12.  Again, if they were the same person, which enumerator got the gender right?  A new child has been added:  Stephen, age 5. 

During the same census year, next door was James Douglas 80 and his wife Nancy 63.  According to a marriage record dated 1853, James married one Nancy Slade, so possibly she was Stephen’s widowed mother. 

In 1870, the Douglases were gone, but the “Slaid” family was still in Lafayette.  Wife Margaret was listed as Peggy, a common nickname for Margaret.  Also in the household were Julia 23, Cabel 21, and young master Luther born December 1869. 

And that’s where the Slades come to a screeching halt and all the questions begin:

  • Cabel Slade was indexed as male in 1850 and 1870, yet there is a marriage record in Lafayette County in 1874 for Cabel Slade and CHARLES Ross.  What the heck?  To make matters worse, they are consistently MIA as far as census records are concerned.
  • Andrew?  Peter?  Joseph?  Mary?  You too, James.   Where are you?
  • Young Stephen born 1855 SHOULD be my 2X great-grandfather, but I can’t be sure without a paper trail.  After 1860, I cannot find him except in the 1890 City Directory for Atlanta, Georgia and again in the 1898 City Directory for Norfolk, Virginia, where Julia Slade is listed both times as the widow of Stephen F. Slade. 
In an effort to learn more about the Slades of Georgia and Florida and how they arrived in Virginia, we joined the Slade Surname Project and had Daddy’s DNA tested.  That was eight years ago.  Do you know how many “Slade” hits we’ve gotten?  Zero.  However – and it’s a BIG HOWEVER – we apparently have a definite common ancestor within four generations with the Calhoun family. 

I have corresponded with our match families, and none of us can figure out where we intersect.  But I have a theory.

In 1860 two doors away from Stephen and Margaret is a farm laborer living with the White family.  His name was John C. Calhoun. 

1870 Lafayette, Florida
He was a few years younger than Margaret.  Perhaps he was the father of little Stephen, age 5.  The one hang-up in this theory is that so far none of the Calhouns that I have corresponded with can claim him.  Maybe they just haven’t connected him to their tree YET. 

Or maybe I’m just wrong.

To Do:
Find a genealogist in Florida! 



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Friday, August 22, 2014

Sepia Saturday: Sea the World

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




This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt with its mantilla-bedecked senoritas whispering behind decorative fans suggests all things Spanish.  What is more Spanish than a bullfight?

Bullfight Lima, Peru Plaza de Toros de Acho 1920s, collection of Ray Rucker
Photo Postcard of bullfight in Lima, Peru

Plaza de Toros de Acho, Lima, Peru
from Wikimedia Commons









On the back of the photo postcard is written “Bull fight Lima, Peru.”  This must be a souvenir from one of my granduncle’s tours in the Navy.  My maternal grandmother’s brother Ray Rucker served on board the USS Nevada sometime between 1918 and 1922. 

A comparison of the bullfight photo with a photo on Wikimedia Commons suggests the event took place at the Plaza de Toros de Acho, the most prominent bullring in Lima. It is classified as a national historic monument. 









USS Nevada Fifth Anniversary March 11, 1921 souvenir booklet


A booklet marking the Fifth Anniversary of the USS Nevada contains photos of places Ray saw on his travels to the British West Indies; Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Lima, Peru in 1920-21. 

Page from USS Nevada Fifth Anniversary booklet March 1921
Scenes from Cuba and Lima, Peru
Page from the Fifth Anniversary booklet

But that was not the Nevada’s first brush with Spanish. 

 
USS Nevada off coast of Spain, collection of Ray Rucker 1920s
On the back Ray wrote
"USS Nevada off the coast of Spain"

In December 1919, the USS Nevada was one of 10 battleships and 28 destroyers that escorted President Woodrow Wilson aboard the oceanliner George Washington to the Paris Peace Conference that officially ended the Great War.

When the posters promised “Join the Navy and see the world!” they weren’t kidding. 

Por favor visitar a mis amigos en Sepia Sábado.


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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Dog Days of Summer #6

Wordless Wednesday is a daily prompt at Geneabloggers that asks family historians to create a post in which the main focus is a photograph or image.

Helen Killeen Parker, friend, dog Ocean View, VA Jollettetc.blogspot.com
Helen Killeen Parker and unknown girl and dog
Ocean View, Virginia about 1920-21






Counting down the number of photos of dogs in my collection




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