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.

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.

1 comment:

Molly N said...

I'm curious about your statement that the Mays Chapel Cemetery site is submerged beneath Kerr Lake. Please explain what you have learned about this cemetery, and the site that is now in the North Bend Recreation area. Is this the original site, with "some" of being submerged, or was the entire cemetery moved here?

Some of my husband's family is known to have been buried here and moved to other cemeteries when the lake was formed. I have been unable to locate any (online) burial record for many others closely related to those individuals, and I suspect they were/are buried in Mays Chapel Cemetery.

The family I am interested in (and can't find graves for) belongs to Elizabeth "Betty" Thompson, the wife of William A. J. Dunn, who's tombstone still stands in the North Bend area Cemetery. Betty had 7 siblings, 5 of whom never married and were last found living in Boydton, and 1 that I can't find as an adult. Only one brother, Nathan A Thompson (born abt 1850) had a family. Nathan's second wife, Sarah Parish/Parrish, died in her son, John Henry Thompson's home in NC. Ancestry.com has NC death certificates on their sites, and Sarah's states that she is buried in May's Chapel Cemtery. John Henry's grandson knows that John was originally buried in Mays Chapel and was moved to Ebenezer Baptist Cemetery. It seems likely that other children/siblings are/were buried there also.

Also, if someone has the "real" story as to why the Church and Cemetery was named after May Land, it would be nice to set the story straight. Here is a "joke" someone posted that is being quoted online as fact: http://dm.reddit.com/r/CampFireStories/comments/x9mv3/little_may_land_horror/

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