Sunday, February 19, 2017

Sunday's Obituary: Rose Ella Brumfield Brown

Mrs. Rosa E. Brown Passes at Pike Home

Time of Services to be Set after Daughter Arrives From California

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Ella Brown, beloved native and lifelong resident of Pike County, have not been completely arranged pending the time of arrival of a daughter who lives in California. Mrs. Brown passed away at her home in the Progress community at 11:30 Saturday morning, Oct. 2. She was born July 18, 1867 in that community and had lived there during a lifetime known for its sterling Christian character, respected by all who knew her. Last rites will be said from Silver Creek Baptist Church with the pastor, Reverend Moore, officiating.
            She leaves her husband, Jasper Brown, Progress; four daughters, Mrs. Ina Alford, Bogalusa, La; Mrs. Lydia Pierce, of Walthall County; Mrs. Mildred Ball, Angie, La.; and Mrs. Thelma Mitzell, Montgomery, Calf.; three sons, Junius and Hubert Brown, both of Magnolia, and Roy Brown, Hudson, N.Y.; a brother, Fletcher Brumfield, McComb, RFD, and three sisters, Mrs. Lillie Alford, Angie, La.; Mrs. Daisy Alford and Mrs. Sally Brumfield, and many other relatives.
            Catchings’ Magnolia Funeral Home will be in charge of services.

Mrs. Rosa E. Brown Passes at Pike Home. (4 October 1948). McComb Enterprise-Journal. Retrieved February 4, 2017, from https://www.newspapers.com; page 1





Rose was my great grandmother. 

1 Rose Ella Brumfield b: 18 Jul 1867 MS, d: 02 Oct 1948 Magnolia, Pike, MS
 +Jasper Pascal Brown b: 15 May 1865 Pike, MS, d: 08 Jun 1950 McComb, Pike, MS, m: 21 Dec 1887 in Pike, MS

2 Lucy Viola Brown b: 16 Oct 1888 MS, d: 23 Mar 1942
+Tate Edward Fortenberry b: 14 Jan 1885 MS, d: Aft. 1940, m: 17 Dec 1908 in Pike, MS
2 Ina Lucille Brown b: 29 Dec 1890 MS, d: 25 Jul 1972
+Dewitt William Alford b: 29 Oct 1874 LA, d: 24 May 1942 LA, m: 08 Dec 1910 LA
2 Junius Earl Brown b: 12 May 1892 MS, d: Jan 1956 +Armetha Brown
            2 Hubert Allen Brown b: 01 Oct 1894 MS, d: 25 Nov 1971 Jackson, Hinds,
MS
+Freddie Smith b: 19 Nov 1899, d: 21 Apr 1988 MS, m: 10 Jan 1920 Pike, MS
2 Mavis Marie Brown b: 18 Aug 1897 in Mississippi, USA, d: 28 Jun 1928 in Mississippi, USA +Denny Herbert Smith b: 03 Mar 1892 in Tylertown, Walthall, Mississippi, USA, d: 18 Mar 1966 in Mississippi, USA
2 Lyda Mearl Brown b: 24 Dec 1900 in Pike, MS, d: 06 Dec 1979 Walthall,
MS
+Arlie Pierce b: 27 Jan 1898 in Walthall, MS, d: 07 Mar 1993 in Hammond, LA
2 Roy Jesse Brown b: 08 Mar 1902 Osyka, Pike, MS, d: 12 May 1956 in
Magnolia, Pike, MS
+Ivy Regina Mark b: 08 Jun 1908 in Medina, Medina, OH, d: 18 Sep 2003 in Rhinebeck, Dutchess County, NY, m: 02 Aug 1927 in Seville, Medina, OH +Mary Thelma Ellzey b: 22 Feb 1906 in Pike, MS, d: Jan 1974 in Magnolia, Pike, MS
2 Mildred Olga Brown b: 23 Jun 1904 MS, d: Unknown
+James Alton Ball b: 22 Mar 1902 in Angie, Washington, LA, m: 24 Dec 1921 Vernado, LA
2 Thelma Lady Brown b: 27 Feb 1908 MS, d: 15 Nov 1979 +Reynolds

            


            

Friday, February 10, 2017

Thomas Ashely, Sr. in North Carolina


 Thomas Ashley, Sr.
My 8th Great Grandfather


At this time the early life of Thomas Ashley, Sr. is unknown. His patents, birth year and birth location are unknown. What we do know about Thomas, a blacksmith, comes from the court records of Bertie County, North Carolina.
Thomas Ashley, Sr. first appears in documents in 1734 when Thomas was the witness to two land transactions. Daniel Frazor and Robert West sold land to each other on 6 May 1734. Two years later he witnessed a deed between George Phenney and Thomas Jones.[i]
            On 3 August 1739 “Thomas Ashley, blacksmith, & wife Ann” were in Bertie County Court once again. They sold 340 acres of land on Rawquiss Swamp to Edward Howkett for 60 British pounds.[ii]
            On 2 August 1740 Thomas Lovick sold to Thomas Ashley 150 acres on Black Walnut Swamp. Thomas Lovick was the executor of the will of Laurence Larson and sold the land in that role. Thomas Ashley paid 30 British pounds for the land.[iii]
            Thomas Ashley and his wife, Ann, had at least one child, Thomas Ashley, Jr. born circa 1710. There is evidence of Thomas Ashley, Jr. in Bertie County on 10 August 1742 when his father sold him 120 acres of land on Cashoke Creek. Thomas Ashley, Jr. paid 100 British pounds for the land adjacent to Henry Van Luven’s land. One of the witnesses to the transaction was William Ashley who may have been a family member.[iv],[v] William’s name appears in many records of the county.[vi]
            Thomas Ashley “the Elder” sold 50 acres on Black Walnut Swamp to Samuel Cook four British pounds May 13, 1747.[vii]
            On 16 May 1753 Thomas Ashley, Sr., blacksmith, sold 100 acres of land on Black Walnut Swamp to Richard Lakey.[viii] On 23 April 1759 he sold 50 acres of land to Patience Demsey. The land was:

50 acres on south side of Solomon Creek, joining Florence Branch, Waters Branch.[ix]

This is the last reference to Thomas Ashley, Sr. in the courthouse records. His death date is unknown.







[i] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. Pages 99 & 114.
[ii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. Page 148.
[iii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc. Page 157.
[iv] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 – 1757 (2nd Edition ed.). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., page 174. Aug. Court 1742. Deed Book F, 317.
[v] Haun, Weynette Parks. Bertie County North Carolina County Court Minutes 1740 thru 1743; 1758 thru 1762. Book II. North Carolina: 1977. From the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte, NC.
[vi] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757 (2nd Edition). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc.
[vii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757(2nd Edition ed.). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., page 190. May Court 1747. Deed Book G, 31.
[viii] Bell, M. B. (1963). Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina: Deed Books A - H, 1720 - 1757(2nd Edition ed.). Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., page 234. May Court 1754. Deed Book H 99.
[ix] Bradley, S. E. (1992). The deeds of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1757-1772. Keysville, VA: S.E. Bradley. Page 13.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

State, County, Town Histories Online Free


Do you want to learn more about the places your family has lived? The history of the area can help explain the lives and movements of your family. Some history books give insights to the everyday lives of our ancestors. From big events to small events the history impacted those who lived there at the time. 

When I write about my family I like to include the history of the area. Those who read my books enjoy getting a full picture of the life and times of our ancestors. I especially like older history books. There is a special 'flavor' to the writing in those volumes. I find local histories in libraries or for sale on line. I just found a super collection of those books online. This website looks like it is helping people with the DAR process and has several good tips. I have focused on the books.

The website is:

From the website:
From the late 1870s to the early 1920s, many counties (particularly in mid-western states) published county histories which included detailed biographies of their citizens.   Many of these histories are now available online for FREE.  In addition to your direct ancestors, look for biographies for your ancestors' brothers, uncles, nephews, etc. as their biographies will often mention your direct ancestors.

Scroll down to:

This site is easy to use. Click on a state. There will be histories of that state and a list of counties/towns beneath. Some states have a long list of histories and others are short. Hopefully, your state has many books available.
[Remember to always cite your source.]

Give these books a good read & let me know if they are helpful to you.
Colleen




Friday, January 27, 2017

The Deeds of Bertie Co., NC, 1757 - 1772

Bradley, S. E. (1992). The deeds of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1757-1772. Keysville, VA: S.E. Bradley.

I stuck gold when I found this book on Amazon. I have Ashley & Lawrence ancestors in Bertie County, NC. This book has several with those surnames. However, as with all discoveries, it has raised more questions. 



Thomas Ryan planter of Bertie Precinct to Jacob Parrott. 1 May 1736. 22L NC. 200 acres (messuage), joining Ducking Run, Mr. Duckenfield, John Hardy, Thomas Ashley, Averit Hick. Signed also by Martha Ryan. Wit: Edward Rasor, William Ashley, John Padget. Aug Ct 1736. (Deed Book K, page 179A). Page 38. [Which Thomas Ashley, Senior or Junior? Is William related?]

David Ryan of Bertie Co. to William Sparkman planter of same, 26 July 1758. 20L proclamation. 430 acres, joining Cypress Swamp, William West, Jacob Turner. Wit: Charles Hardee, Needham Ryan, Humphrey Lawrence. Jul Ct 1758. (Deed Book I, page 91). Page 6. Source: Bradley, S. E. (1992). The deeds of Bertie County, North Carolina, 1757-1772. Keysville, VA: S.E. Bradley.


Thomas Ashley Sr. blacksmith of Bertie Co., to Patience Demsey planter of same. 23 Apr 1759. 10L proclamation. 50 acres on south side of Solomon Creek, joining Florence Branch, Waters Branch. Wit: Ruben Fields, John Ashley. (Deed book I, page 136). Page 13. [Previous to this record, Thomas Ashley Sr. was seen as late as 1753. Now we know he lived at least 6 years longer. His death date still unknown.]


David Ryan of Bertie Co. to Thomas Lawrence planter of same. 21 Apr 1760. 30L proclamation. 150 acres, joining Martin Griffin, Bare Swamp, George Lawrence, Thomas. Wit: Robert West, Peter Winant, Jno. Webb. Oct Ct 1760. (Deed Book I, page 453) Page 25.

William Byrd planter of Bertie Co., son of Edward Byrd dec’d to Thomas Hawkins planter of same. 5L proclamation. 2220 acres (messuage), joining Cypress Swamp, the line of a patent obtained by John Plowman 10 Aug 1720, including ½ the island. Wit: Thom. Ashley, Moses Field, Aaron Powell. Jan Ct 1761. (Deed Book K, page 19). Page 27. [Which Thomas Ashley, Senior or Junior?]

David Ryan planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Lawrence planter of same. 1 May 1763. 70L proclamation. 200 acres which was part of a 640 acre patent to John Hancock 6 Dec 1720, joining Bird, Holboock, Col. Pollock, Thomas Lawrence. Wit: Peter Winant, Humpy Lawrence, William Lewis. Feb Ct 1763. (Deed Book K, page 248). Page 43.

Thomas Larence [sic] of Bertie Co. to Jacob Larence [sic] planter of same. 19 Feb 1763. 5L. 110 acres, joining sd Thomas Larence. Wit: Robert West, Humpy Lawrence. Feb Ct 1763. (Deed Book K, page 242). Page 42. Source: David Ryan planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Lawrence planter of same. 1 May 1763. 70L proclamation. 200 acres which was part of a 640 acre patent to John Hancock 6 Dec 1720, joining Bird, Holboock, Col. Pollock, Thomas Lawrence. Wit: Peter Winant, Humpy Lawrence, William Lewis. Feb Ct 1763. (Deed Book K, page 248). Page 43.

John Ashley planter of Bertie Co. to James Demsey planter of same. 8 Jun 1764. 5L proclamation. 50 acres, joining Patience Demsey (Which she purchased from John Ashley), Salmon Creek. Wit: John Nicholls, David Gaskins, George Capehart. Aug Ct 1764. (Deed Book K, page 419). Page 56.

John Ashley planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Webb planter of same. 9 Feb 1765. 25L. 200 acres which was part of a patent to …? 19 Oct 1763 & sold by mortgage to Thomas Ashley the father of sd John Ashley, joining Gutt Branch, Thomas Ashley. Wit: William …?, Edward Rasor, Jno. Nicholls. Mar Ct 1765. (Deed Book K, page 443). Page 58. [Was this Thomas Ashley Senior or Junior who was the father of John Ashley?]

Wm. Virgin of Bertie Co. to Humhrey Lawrence. 23 Sep 1766. 26 shillings 8 pence proclamation. (no acres) (messuage), joining Main Branch. Also signed Ann Virgin. Wit: Robert Odeon, John Smith. (Deed Book L-2, page 32). Page 64.

Isaac Cook to Christopher Clark mariner of Bertie Co. 22 Sep 1766. 100L proclamation. 100 acres, joining John Cooks former corner, John Rutherford. Wit: Miles Shehan, Joshua Lawrence. Proved 8 Sep 1766. (Deed Book L-2, page 145). Page 75.

James Ryan of Bertie Co. to John Nicholls of same. 20 June 1768. 37L proclamation. 150 acres (messuage) which was part of a patent to John Hardy, joining Richard Lakey, John Ashley, James Ryan, George Ryan, William Fleetwood. Wit: Henry Fleetwood, George Ryan, Isham Webb. Jun Ct 1768. (Deed Book L-2, page 135). Page 74.

John Cook planter of Bertie Co. to Humphrey Lawrence. 12L. 77 acres on Blackwalnut Swamp. Wit: William Ashburn. Dec Ct 1768. (Deed Book L-2, page 162). Page 77.

Robert West of Bertie Co. to Thomas Leath of same. 23 Mar 1768. 13L. 50 acres (messuage) between Joseph Demsey & Thomas Ashley. Wit: Charles Worth Jaicocks, Saml Power. Mar Ct 1768. (Deed Book L-2, page 121). Page 73. [Which Thomas Ashley, Senior or Junior?]

John Lawrence Jr. & his wife Prudence of Bertie Co. to Abial Perry of same. 17 Apr 1769. 50 acres (Messuage) which had been willed to sd Prudence by Thos. Ashley dec’d joining John Ashley, George Ryan. Wit: John Brogdon, Barbre Brogdon, Abraham Perry. (Deed Book L-2, page 177). Page 79. [Was this Thomas Ashley Senior or Junior? Was Prudence his daughter?]

Abail Perry planter of Bertie Co. to Thomas Perry of same. 1 May 1769. 30L proclamation. 50 acres, joining Spring Branch, Ryan Stevens, Wm. Ashley. Wit: James Perry, John Capehart, Bewin Perry. Jun Ct 1769. (Deed Book L-2, page 178). Page 79. [Was William Ashley related?]

Thomas Perry planter of Bertie Co. to Caleb Hooten planter of same. 25 Sep 1771. 40L proclamation. 50 acres, joining Spring Bramch, Myars, John Davison where William Shaw now lives, William Ashley. Wit: George Oxley, John Capehart. Sep Ct 1771. (Deed Book L-2, page 280). Page 93. [Was William Ashley related?]

John Redditt of Bertie Co. to John Lawrence Jr. of same. 14 May 1771. 10L. 170 acres (messuage) joining Bare Swamp Marsh called Redditts Old Field, Walstons former line, Cullen Pollocks former line. Wit: Joshia Redditt, Charles Evans. Sep Ct 1771. (Deed Book L-2, page 271). Page 92.

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