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.

25 September 2009

Gittman, Mise, Taylor, Tanner, King family cemetery

Note: 26 Sep 2009. I am reposting yesterday's slide show, because Cindy Huggett told me that the Dolly J. Tanner has the maiden name of Thomas. So I updated the slide show, and am adding Thomas to the surname list. Dolly was daughter of Robert Massenburg Thomas & Julia Ann Kidd.
Attached is a slideshow of cemetery pictures, labeled with genealogical info. If the text goes too fast, you can pause the video to read it. This cemetery is off of Blackridge Rd. This used to be "Black's Rd." The Gittmans told me when the Road was renamed, it changed a bit in front of their property, and moved about 500 feet to the west of where it used to be. (500 feet closer to the cemetery) This cemetery is located in the Bracey/Backridge area of Mecklenburg, VA, by Olive Branch Baptist church. I went here because I heard there were Taylors & Mise. And I had hoped to learn more about the Elizabeth Mise that married William Archer Dortch, my gr...grandpa. I was able to learn more about Elizabeth Mise, as I tried to learn more about the people in the cemetery. I studied Census from 1850-1930, marriage & military records to work on the relationships between these families with tombstones.

I don't know if Elizabeth Mise or William Archer Dortch could be in this cemetery or not. There are quite a few unmarked graves. In the meantime, while I don't know, I will continue searching, and here is the information on the tombstones that I do know about.

The following surnames are in this slideshow: Baird, Gittman, Griffith, Kidd, King, Land, Mise, Taylor, Tanner and Thomas.

More on this Elizabeth Mise and straightening out the two Elizabeth Mises' confusion in my next posting.

06 September 2009

Edward Beasley Barker House

This picture was sent to me by Teresa Barker Hughes. Someone helped her find this house last month, and she took these pictures. We had hoped by finding the house, we'd be able to talk to the owner and see what they knew about the house or if there was a family cemetery on the property. It doesn't look like the house was lived in. But we'd still love to know what anyone may know about this house or a possible family cemetery on the property. Teresa is a Barker researcher, and a good friend of mine. I am very happy we met last year with our Barker/Jones research interests.
This picture is of Edward Beasley Barker's house. It is the correct picture near the corner of 611 & 662 in Ebony area, at Barkers Crossroad. Edward was the son of Richard T. Barker and Cissila Ann Jones. Teresa is a descendant of Richard Barker's brother: Benjamin Barker & Amanda C. Cleaton.
This is the correction to the message posting on this blog on 14 Jun 2009.
If you wish to contact Teresa about Barker research her email address is: sassyone@widomaker.com
If you know about Barkers and Bracey/Ebony area Jones I'd love to hear from you.