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.

27 August 2009

Jesse Jones family history about the Mecklenburg Jones

Jesse Jones of Jarrett, Virginia wrote a wonderful family history in Dec 1981 about the Richard Jones family that is buried at Olive Branch Baptist church off Blackridge Rd. I was hoping to find Jesse and tell him how much I enjoyed the work he did. But I calculated he was born about 1908, based on him stating how old he was at several events in the book. So he would be over 100 years old now, and I can't find an address listing for him. So it's likely he's not still living. I am very grateful he wrote some memories down. He describes life so well & descriptively, about the old ways. I wish to quote something he wrote that I feel captures the reason why I love to learn about my Mecklenburg roots!

(pgs 9-10. His grandmother he writes about was Martha Alice Malone, who married Richard L. Jones)
"It would not be fair if I did not include here some items about Grandma. She, too, was very industrious, always busy. As a boy I recall she impressed me as being able to do most anything. She could knit socks or she could get the hammer and nails and repair a chicken coop. I remember, in spite of all her housework, she would milk the cows. She kept a lot of chickens and I remember seeing those big baskets of eggs she would send to the store to trade for sugar, coffee and many other items. In those days, if you did not trade out all the value of the eggs, you would be given a "due bill". Merchants would not pay money for eggs. I often think off all the work our ancestors did in those days, how they, as the saying was,"dug a living out of the ground". You heard a lot about "sun to sun" and nothing about forty-hour work weeks. In a lot of instances, they raised six or eight children, had no conveniences as we have today. We would be surprised, too, at how many of these people, after all the toils of the week, would have the stamina to show up at their church for Sunday Services.

We owe so much to our ancestors who labored, sweated, toiled and struggled to pull out of the poverty so many had known, especially following the Civil War. Let's be appreciative of their efforts!"

I'm thankful Mr. Jesse Jones shared his thoughts.

16 August 2009

Tennessee Jordan Glover Dortch

Attached is Tennessee Jordan Glover's death certificate. She married Alvin Dortch 5 Apr 1866, in Mecklenburg County, VA. They had 11 children:
1) Theresa India Dortch, married Alginon Gray
2) Charles William Dortch, married Rosa Lee Perkinson
3) Mary Belle Dortch, married Clement Thomas Bryant
4) Weldon Hall Dortch, married Sarah Frances Pool
5) Hester Ann Dortch, married William Joseph Cliborne
6) Walter Gee Dortch died as a baby
7) Sally Gooden Dortch, married Vernon Vick
8) Martha Newman Dortch, married Alginon Gray. Then Artie Oakley
9) Richard Oliver Dortch, married Laura Catherine George
10) Jasper Newton Dortch, married Lucy D. Nussbaum
11) Millard Seal Dortch, married Minnie Bell Sirles

In about the 1890's, Alvy, Tennessee and their younger kids (still at home) moved to Southampton County, VA. They lived near a man named Samuel J. Glover, who was a Confederate in the same unit as Alvin Dortch. We haven't been able to find a connection of this Samuel to our family yet. Also, Theresa died very young. So Theresa & Alginon's girls: Fannie & Maude Gray were raised by Alvy & Tennessee. Then soon after 1900, the family moved to Kankakee, IL which is by Chicago. Tennessee was sole proprietor of the American Hotel there. Some family members worked in the Hanes knitting mill there.

After Alvy died in 1915 in Kankakee, Tennessee went to live with her daughter Hester Dortch Cliborne. At that time, Hester was living in the Cusckowilla area, near Mays Chapel. Hester's young daughter Lucy Cliborne died in 1911. Tennessee died in 1919. We guess & assume that Tennessee was buried by her grand daughter Lucy. Mays Chapel cemetery was moved to accommadate the dam being put in. (The original area is currently submerged under water.) Tennessee does not have a tombstone, and we don't know if she ever did. But her death certificate says she was buried in Mays Chapel Cemetery.

Tennessee's mother Clarkey Anderson lived her whole life in Tennessee. After Clarkey died, Granderson took his 3 girls, they left TN, and they moved to Mecklenburg, VA. Soon after arriving, Granderson married Arimenta Kidd. They lived on Nellie Jones Rd, (on land Arimenta inherited from her father John B. Kidd) and attended Rehoboth Church. Tennessee's siblings born in TN were Dorcas and Tabitha. This Tabitha married Edward Kidd. Tennessee's siblings from Arimenta Kidd are: Betty Clary, Richard & Oliver Glover & Christine Ann Tudor.