I realized quickly that I’d have to “think outside the box” to learn about my ancestors. I LOVE to interview people, and listen to stories about "the older days" when life seemed a little slower and simpler. I study USGS maps, plats, read chanceries, look for long forgotten cemeteries and try to help preserve memories people share with me. This blog is ad free, so it's easier to focus on sharing stories. Feel free to sign the guestbook, or join the FaceBook group. Even if we aren't related by DNA, I'd still love to hear about your research efforts and family stories. I am interested in posting (to this blog) stories relevant to the Mecklenburg-Brunswick families.

15 January 2018

Nannie Gray Kidd house and Frederick Jones cemetery -corrections

While working on my mapping project, I realized I made a big mistake in the history of the Nannie Gray Kidd house. I've been experimenting with drawing plats onto a current map, using Google "My Maps". John B. Kidd had two large properties. One was north of Nellie Jones Rd and one was south of Nellie Jones Road. When my friend and I placed the southern property on the map, I was very surprised to see the portion left to Bartlett Kidd's heirs was layered over top of where the Nanny Gray Kidd house and cemetery are. My friend helped me review what we know, and what neighboring plats and land records stated. I drew out several charts, looked at Lambert and Jones family relationship connections, and reviewed older notes I made from previous interviews and emails. I typed up my scribbles into a flow chart and included them in this post. (Can click on images in this post, for enlargement) I realized I had misunderstood two things: that Nannie and Jimmy Kidd actually owned two properties in 1895 and that the property with the cemetery also became part of the John B. Kidd estate. I do not have a plat for the John Gray home place. Just a description of neighbors in 1840 when John Gray bought it from Zachariah Jones and 1895 when Nannie and Jimmy bought the land.  Both records stated the property was 82 and a half acres. But the old Nellie Brooks Jones dower piece was 149 acres. John Gray's property bordered the John B. Kidd property north of Nellie Jones Rd. Nellie Jones Brooks dower property became part of the John B. Kidd estate south of the road.
Some Lambert -Jones connections (Bracey area)

Here is the plat for Frederick Jones in 1818. Note the upper piece, Nelly's dower piece.
Here is John B. Kidd's estate south of Nellie Jones Rd. Note the upper left piece, was for the heirs of Bartlett and that it is 143 acres. Arimenta's plat is highlighted because that was the first plat I found. It was in a chancery case which involved dividing her land after her death. Arimenta Kidd married my gr...grandfather Granderson Glover.  Jimmy Kidd's family told me that he went to work in the mill at Roanoke Rapids to get cash to purchase this estate. I wonder if  Jimmy worked to get cash so he could pay his siblings their portion of their inheritance? I'm also wondering if he bought this farm at the time he married Nannie and started a family? We do know he raised his family here, in a log cabin behind where the current house sits. The current house was built in 1903. Nannie's brother Alginon Gray was living with them at that time. Alginon was a carpenter, so it is possible he helped them build their house while he lived there. Unfortunately there isn't anyone to ask who would know for sure.  Lula was 10 years old when the current house was built, and her youngest sibling was 2 years old.
"Lower portion" of John B Kidd estate

Stephen Lambert and his brother Andrew Lambert (sons of Lula Kidd Lambert) placed the tombstones for Nelly Brooks and Frederick Jones.

18 December 2017

Old Estate Mapping Project to Share, Requesting Help

I have been mapping out estate records and plats that I've that been finding over the last 15 years. Any name I read about on estate records gets a pin, with an annotation. Example "1862 Zack Jones corner hickory". I uploaded plats that will pop up if you click on the outlined property. Annotations pop up as well, with notes I typed such as acreage amount, date, and neighbors listed on the record. This will be an ongoing project. If you know where I can add any pins, please let me know. Right now I'm mapping the far eastern part of Mecklenburg, between I-85 and the Brunswick County border, which is the area I research the most. Many of the plats and notation info I list, I found in various chancery records. Here is a sneak peak, with the example of John B Kidd's estate in 1862. There is also a "lower estate" below Nellie Jones Rd. This project will soon be a part of this blog. This project is being done with Google maps, under "My Maps". Here is a link with info about these newer mapping abilities, such as plotting, showing acreage and the measuring tool. GPS coordinates don't work on this, but this has what I really need to easily mark and share information.  https://www.google.com/maps/about/mymaps/

13 December 2017

Charles T Jones and his wife Louisa F. W. Cleaton

Charles Jones was the 5th of 15 children. I think it's so amazing that his mother Martha married at age 17, raised 15 children during the early to mid 1800's and lived to be 66 years old!

I'm currently trying to sort through and follow old land and estate papers of James B. Jones. I'm trying to find out exactly where he lived, to guess where his house and cemetery may be. James had two properties: 1) John Gray was his neighbor on the east boundary, on Nellie Jones Road. 2) Blackridge Rd was the east boundary. His property was a little south of Tolbert Rd, with Isaac Taylor his neighbor to the north.  It appears that Charles bought his father James' land, to pay off his father's debts. Charles' father James died in June of 1876, his mother Martha Newman died a year later in Aug 1877. Two and a half years later, Charles married at age 51. His wife Louisa was 42 and this was the first marriage for both of them. Charles and Louisa had been neighbors for most of their lives, possibly all their lives, according to various Census and land records. I don't believe Charles and Louisa had any children. Louisa marrying at 42 makes it less likely, but my conclusion is based on that I can't find any birth marriage or death records for them having a child. But more importantly,  Charles does not list any heirs in his will. Charles and Louisa had been married for 10 years and 3 months, at the time of Charles death.

Charles left a large portion of his estate to his youngest sibling James, with the understanding that James would provide and care for his wife. Charles had only 2 brothers survive him: John and James. John was caring for their sister Agnes and other family members, including children from his wife's first marriage. I have not yet found when Louisa died, or where she or her husband are buried.

Charles died in April 1890. The following siblings survived him:
1-Cissila Barker, died 1900
2-Sarah Gray, died 1891
3-John C. Jones, died 1911
4-Anna Ella Poythress, died 1915
5-James Jones, died 1932

24 November 2017

1874 Will and Estate of Isaac H. Taylor, Mecklenburg, VA

Will & Estate of Isaac H. Taylor
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
                                                                               Transcribed by: Julie Cabitto 24 Nov 2017

Heirs & descendants of Isaac Taylor:
Isaac Taylor’s property given to his daughter Mary was bordered on the north by Tolbert Road (called “New Road” in 1911), & on the East by Blackridge Rd. The Census says Isaac Taylor was born in 1795. His will was written 8 Oct 1874 and proved 19 Oct 1874. Isaac married Elizabeth J. Pyland, and had 5 children that I know of:
1)      Lucy Ann Rebecca Taylor 1830-1894, married John C. Jones (1869)
2)      Robert Taylor 1833-1863 (CSA 56 VA, Co B. died Point Lookout, MD)
3)      Mary Elizabeth Taylor 1834-1906, married David Rideout (1865)
4)      Albert Taylor born 1837. Do not see him after the 1860 Census.
5)      Sarah J. Taylor 1842-1867, married John C. Jones (1865)
14 Dec 1865 was a double wedding. Mary Taylor married David Rideout and her sister Sarah Taylor married John C. Jones on this day. Sarah died in 1867, the year her baby Anna was born. Two years later, 25 Dec 1869, John C Jones married Lucy Taylor. Lucy died in 1894, 25 years after she married John. (John’s 3rd marriage was to Rosa Cole, the widow of RR Temple. John & Rosa were married for 17 years, when John died in 1911.)

Isaac Taylor had 7 grandchildren:
1.      Lorena Rideout b. 1866, married Samuel Kidd (son of Varinda Jones Kidd Taylor)
2.      Sarah Rideout b. 1869, married James M. Lynch
3.      Judy Rideout b. 1871, married John A. Taylor
4.      Florence Rideout b. 1874, married Oscar Dink Barker (1894)
5.      Lucy Rideout b. 1876, married Walton Taylor (son of Varinda Jones Kidd Taylor)
6.      Ada Rideout b. 1879, married Watkins W Taylor
7.      Mary Anna Jones b. 1867, married Oscar Dink Barker (1887). Note: She was 7 years old when her grandfather Isaac Taylor left her 300$ in his will. 

In 1908, the land left to Mary Taylor Rideout from Isaac Taylor’s will, went to chancery, to be divided between the heirs, which were Mary’s 6 children. John C. Jones bought land from Isaac the day before Isaac’s will was written. John’s wife Rebecca was deeded land as gift a few days before the entries below.

I wondered who Mark & Parthenia Guy were, and why two justices of the peace would sign and certify like this. On the 1900 Census, Mark is listed as born Jan 1833, black. Parthenia was listed as born Feb 1829, black, unable to read or write. Which is probably why the record stated it was explained to her before she signed her name. I’m not sure why the Guys were also paid for Isaac’s land. And I’m not sure who’s dower land was being referenced in the sale. Isaac Taylor did not own slaves, he did employ and had several people live with him listed as “free blacks” on the Census. Six people in 1830 & two in 1840. In 1900 Mark & Parthenia Guy lived 4 houses away from Jimmy & Nannie Kidd. In 1880, they are listed next door to Walter Jones & his wife Sarah (maiden name Walker). Also note,  the clerk omitted a lot of punctuation marks.  I typed this all as it was written.

Book 40, page 177
Deed: Isaac Taylor & c., to John C. Jones

This deed, made the 7th day of October in the year 1874, Between Isaac Taylor, Mark Guy and John C. Jones, Witnesseth: that in consideration of the sum of three hundred and sixty dollars to them paid, the said Isaac Taylor and Mark Guy doth grant unto the said John C. Jones, all the right title and interest to a certain tract of land containing one hundred and twenty two acres more or less, lying in the County of Mecklenburg Virginia, adjoining the lands of Tinsy Win Thomas on the south and West and Mr Keaton on the North David Rideout and said Isaac Taylor. With a general warranty. Witness the following signatures and seals.
                                                                                                           Isaac Taylor (seal) 
                                                                                                           Mark Guy (seal) 
                                                                                                           Parthena Guy (seal)

State of Virginia, Mecklenburg County to Wit:
I, W.H. Northington a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid, do certify that Isaac Taylor and Mark Guy whose names are signed to the writing above, having date on the 7th day of October 1874 has acknowledged the same before me in my County aforesaid. Given under my hand this the 7th day of Oct 1874
W. H. Northington J. P.

State of Virginia, Mecklenburg County to Wit:
We, W.H. Northington and David W. Douglass, Justices of the Peace for the County aforesaid, do certify that Parthenia, the wife of Mark Guy, whose names are signed to the writing above, bearing date on the 7th day of October 1874, personally appeared before us in the County aforesaid, and being examined by us privily and apart from her husband and having the writing aforesaid fully explained to her, she, the said Parthenia Guy, acknowledged the said writing to be her act, and declared that she had willingly executed the same and does not wish to retract it. Given under hands this the 8th day of Octr 1874
                                                                                                          W. H. Northington J.P.
                                                                                                          David W. Douglass J. P.

In the Clerk’s Office of
Mecklenburg County Court Oct 31st 1874
The foregoing Deed of bargain and sale together with the certificates of acknowledgement and relinquishment of Dower thereon endorsed, was this day received in the Clerk’s office aforesaid and was admitted to record
                                                                                                           R.P. Hughes Clerk
[Julie’s note: the following line was handwritten in the book underneath the above entry]
Ex & mailed to Jno C. Jones per verbal order Nov 10th 1905.

Isaac Taylor’s will. Will book (#40?), pages 270, & 271. Mecklenburg, VA Courthouse

I, Isaac Taylor, being feable in body, but sound in mind, do make this my last will & testament
1st Whereas I have in the last few days made a deed of Gift to my Daughter Lucy Ann Rebecca Jones to a certain tract of land described in said deed. I now dispose of the balance of my est in the following manner to wit: 1st after all my just debts are paid & my burial expenses, I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Anna Jones, the daughter of my deceased daughter Sarah J. Jones three hundred dollars
2nd I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Elizabeth Ridout all of the balance of my property of every description both real & Personal. In witness whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 8th day of October 1874.
                                                                                                                Isaac Taylor (seal)
                                                                                                                     his mark         
Stephen Tillman
E.A. Tillman

Mecklenburg County Court    Oct 19th  1874
The last will and testament of Isaac Taylor late of this county deceased was this day presented to the court and fully proved by the oath of Stephen Tillman and E.A. Tillman the subscribing witnesses thereto and was thereupon ordered to be recorded. 

And on the motion of D.T. Ridout who made oath as the law directs and entered into a bond in the penalty of $500, conditioned according to law with Stephen Tillman and E.A. Tillman his sureties therein / who justified on oath as to their sufficiency, and which said bond being acknowledged by the obligor & therein is ordered to be recorded, certificate is granted the said D.T. Ridout for obtaining letters of administration on the Estate of the said Isaac Taylor decd with his said will annexed in due form
Teste R. P. Hughes clerk

Isaac Taylor Admin Bond:
Know all men by these presents, that we D.T. Ridout Jr Stephen Tillman and E. A. Tillman are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia in the sum of Five Hundred dollars, to pay which we bind ourselves, our heirs, & c., jointly and severally, firmly by these present. Sealed with our seals, and dated this 19th day of October 1874.

The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas the above bound D.T. Ridout Jr who has this day qualified as Admr with the will annexed of Isaac Taylor late of this county deceased. Now if the said D. T. Ridout shall faithfully discharge the duties of said Admr according to law, then the above obligation to be void, otherwise to remain in full force and virtue
D.T. Ridout (seal)
        His mark
Stephen Tillman (seal)
E.A. Tillman (seal)

Mecklenburg County Court October 19th 1874
This bond was duly acknowledged by the obligors thereto and ordered to be recorded
R. P. Hughes   Clerk