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.

24 April 2010

Frank Jones Gray's family

Frank Jones Gray was the son of John Gray (immigrated from Ireland) and Sarah Elizabeth Jones. He was born    
8 Feb 1864 in Mecklenburg, VA. Frank married Elizabeth E. Clary 27 May 1885, in Brunswick County, Virginia. They had 6 children born in Brunswick, then later Danville, Virginia:
1) an unknown child that was born and died after they married in 1885 but before the 1900 Census.
2) John R. Gray born 14 Apr 1886 in Mecklenburg and died in Danville, VA before the 1930 Census. He married a lady named Lillie abt 1910.
3) Nora L. Gray was born 20 Apr 1889 in Mecklenburg, VA and died 3 Apr 1953 in Hyattesville, MD. She married Daniel C. Slayton and they had Domer & Daniel Slayton. Then Nora married Mott Van Armes. (buried in Lunenburg, VA). Nora & Mott had Frank, Clyde & Thomas Armes.
4) Bessie May Gray was born abt 1894 & she married John H. Lewis. They had 2 children Frances & Margaret Lewis.
5) Nellie B. Gray was born abt 1903 & married someone with the surname Harrison after the 1930 Census.
6) Richard C. Gray was born abt 1905.

The family moved to Danville, Virginia with Franks siblings' families (except Alginon Gray and Nannie Gray Kidd) in the 1890's. They were there in Danville, on the 1900 Census, but Frank's family had moved to Brunswick, VA by the 1910 Census. On the 1910 Census, Frank's brother-in-law Robert J. Lynch was living with them. Robert was married to Louisa Gray & she had died soon before the census. Frank's wife Betty died on 21 Oct 1912. Later, in Danville, Virginia on 29 Mar 1917, Frank married Eula K. Bernard. Eula was the widow of Adrian M. Jeffriess, and they had Hazel & Raymond Jeffries. Eula, Hazel & Raymond moved to Alberta with Frank Gray & were in Alberta on the 1920 & 1930 Census. 

Frank Jones Gray died on 30 Jun 1941. His obituary said he was buried near Alberta. The death certificate said that too. I have not found where is buried yet. Elizabeth Clary's death certificate says she was buried at Mt. Carmel Church cemetery. There is no tombstone for her there. So she might be in an unmarked grave, or it could be a mistake, because that is not an area our Clary's or Grays lived. (They lived in Ebony & Alberta area) Eula went back to Danville after Frank died. Her brother James Thomas Bernard was there. Eula is buried in Leemont Cemetery, in Danville, by her first husband AM Jeffries. Frank Gray's siblings Martha Moseley & Thomas B. Gray are also buried in this cemetery.

I have made multiple visits to Brunswick County, looking for any cemetery I can find near Alberta, & no sign of Frank's tombstone. No sign of him on the Brunswick County Cemetery site. I have not been able to find any of Frank's children or grandchildren, or Eula's children & grandchildren. I went to Dundas Baptist church & there's no cemetery there. I might look for a cemetery in Dundas, but I don't know if the paper would consider Dundas "near Alberta." I have a picture that I believe might be Frank Gray's family, & would like someone from the family to look at it. I am also looking for several relatives & wondering if Frank is in a family cemetery. I am a descendant of Frank Gray's brother, Alginon Gray.  Click on images to view full screen.
--Frank Gray's obituary was  in an Alberta newspaper.
--The death notice for Raymond Jeffries was in the Danville Bee newspaper, 21 Apr 1930.
--Hazel Jeffries wedding announcement was in the Danville Bee newspaper, 11 Mar 1922.
--Dommer Elizabeth Slayton Huffman's obit was in the Washington Post in 1969. She was a grand daughter of Frank Gray.

21 March 2010

Bartlette Kidd and Varinda Taylor's children

Attached are pictures I took of a few tombstones. Cemetery names are in the text of this message. 
Here is the link to the cemetery on the Cemeteries of Brunswick County page, where George W Kidd is buried. http://www.brunswickcemeteries.org/HTML/rawlings.htm
Bartlette was son of John B. Kidd and Elizabeth Rainey. Virinida was daughter of James B. Jones and Martha Newman. Here's a little about the rest of Bartlette's children:

Bartlette Kidd and Virinida Jones had 5 children:

1) Charles William Kidd was born 19 Jun 1854. He married Sally Elizabeth Rainey, then Martha Moore, then Lucy Burton.   Charles died in 1919, and is buried at Kingswood Cemetery.  I know of 9 children for Charles. (Was Martha Moore related to Mattie Sue Moore that his brother George married?) (My notes from Judy Tudor, interviewing relatives said Charles was buried at Kingswood. I did not see a tombstone, so must be unmarked grave.)

2) George Washington Kidd was born 15 Feb 1857. He married Elizabeth J. King. Then he married Mattie Sue Moore. George died 10 Aug 1907 & is buried in the Rawlings, Moore, Williams Cemetery, in Brunswick County. (see link above, for map, pictures & further info). I know of 7 children for George. Tombstone pictures attached.

3) James "Jimmy" John Kidd was born 10 Dec 1858. He married Nannie Elizabeth Gray, (His first cousin. Nannie's mother Sarah Elizabeth Jones, and Jimmy's mother Virinda Jones were sisters.) Jimmy and Nannie had 8 children. Jimmy, Nannie, several children and grandchildren are buried at Rehoboth church, on Blackridge Rd.

4) Samuel Kidd was born Jan 1860. He married Lorena Rideout.  I don't know much about him, except from a chancery, where his wife was an heir to the DT Rideout land. This property adjoined John C. Jones land, another sibling of Jimmy Kidd's mother and mother-in-law. I believe this plat and property to be at the corner of Tolbert and Blackridge Rd. Four children were listed in the chancery. Lorena died in 1905. See posting 23 Feb 2009, with the plat.

5) Elizabeth Othelia Bart Kidd was born 7 Aug 1862. She married William Henry Taylor. She died 25 Dec 1921. I know of 1 child for her.

Bartlette Kidd died during the Civil War, on 19 Mar 1862. Virinda had a second marriage to James H. Taylor, 20 Dec 1865. They had Andre Taylor abt 1867, William A. Taylor abt 1868, John Taylor abt 1870, Jacob Taylor abt 1871,  and Walton Taylor abt 1872.

Virinda Jones died 18 Jun 1889. I am still looking for the Kidd and  Jones and Taylor family cemeteries. I only have Virinda and her family through the 1880 Census.  Of all the siblings of Varinda and Bartlette (Varinda was one of 15, and Bartlette was one of 11), I've only found 3 tombstones: Varinda's youngest sibling James Newman Jones was married to Sarah E. Burton. They are both buried at Rehoboth church. Also Thomas Newman B. Jones is buried in the Baird-Wray cemetery in Ebony. I only found one of Bartlette's siblings and that's Elizabeth Kidd married to Miles B. Hall, in their family cemetery.

07 March 2010

Arimenta Kidd's family

Granderson F. Glover was a great grandpa of mine. He was born in Warren County, NC and moved with his family to Jackson County, TN then to Smith County, TN. He married Clarkey Anderson (her sister had seizures) and had three daughters: Dorcas, Tabitha and Tennessee (Her daughter had seizures). Clarkey died after the 1850 Census, but before 22 Jun 1854 when Granderson married Arimenta Kidd. Granderson & Arimenta married in Warren County, NC. Granderson's parents and siblings and their families were all in Smith County TN. So I was surprised that a young widow, with 3 small daughters would travel back to near where he grew up, and leave all his family behind.  He was married soon after moving to Mecklenburg, so I can't help wondering if he might have known Arimenta? Ganderson's mother was Elizabeth Cannon. I known Cannon is a very common name, but it isn't in this area of Mecklenburg and Warren County. So I'm hoping to one day find out if there is (or isn't) a connection between Granderson Glover & Archie Cannon. Arimenta Kidd inherited land from her father John B. Kidd. On her plat, it showed Nelly Jones Rd as the north boundary of her property. Archie Cannon was on the adjoining property and was Arimenta Kidd's brother-in-law. I believe from the dates that Granderson did live with Arimenta on her land on Nelly Jones Rd. Both Arimenta and Granderson attended Rehoboth church off Blackridge Rd. (Blacks Rd back then).

Arimenta had 4 children with Granderson Glover:
*** 1) Mary Elizabeth "Betty Glover" born abt 1855. She married James Lundy Clary and is buried at Old Pleasant Hill Church Cem. in Gasburg (Brunswick), VA. (She had seizures.)
*** 2) Richard Field Glover was born 24 Aug 1856. He married Laura Lee Quigly & is buried in Rehoboth Church in Lunenburg County, VA.
*** 3) Oliver P. Glover was born 10 May 1859. He married Orrie F. ____. He is also buried in Rehoboth Cemetey that is in Lunenburg County.
*** 4) Christine Anne "Minnie" Glover was born 27 Jul 1861. She married Charles Allen Tudor. She is buried in Rehoboth Church in Mecklenburg, VA. (Off Blackridge Rd.)

Granderson Glover joined the Confederate Army at age 45, in 1861. He was listed at least 10 years younger on his muster rolls, then he really was. In 1864 he spent much of the year sick, in and out of hospitals. The last Muster Roll page said he was "honorably discharged. Reason being over age." But he never made it home. My family guesses he died from sickness on the way home. He enlisted in TN and was near his brothers, uncles & cousins during the war. It's a long way home from eastern TN to Mecklenburg when you've been sick a lot.

Arimenta Kidd then married another Confederate, Robert R. Carroll, on 20 Jun 1866. That marriage record is attached. Arimenta & Robert Carroll had the following children:
*** 1) Robert "Pete" Carroll born abt 1868.
*** 2) William J. "Buck" Carroll born abt 1869. He married Mary Nora Thomas 5 May 1902. Then he married Bessie Abenback 5 Jan 1905.
*** 3) Thomas Carroll born 23 Oct 1874. He married Addie Blanche Crowder. He is buried in a Carroll family Cemetery in Brunswick, VA.

I was amazed as I learned about my family that there were women with seizures, and it was on the Glover and Anderson line. I have had neurological problems for years too, & it was interesting to see it's a challenge my family has had for awhile. Fortunately I finally discovered my neurological trigger was gluten. But unfortunately these women dealt with it their whole lives.  Granderson's grand daughter Theresa India Dortch died from a seizure in 1896. My friend has a Physicians Desk Reference from 1890, and it says sadly, that the treatment for seizures at that time was Mercury & Arsenic. Can you imagine?!

05 February 2010

Charlie Clark, married Rosa Drewery Dortch

Rosa Drewery Dortch was known as "Drew" to her friends & family. She was the daughter of Charles William Dortch & Rosa Lee Perkinson. She grew up in LaCrosse (Mecklenburg). We knew she married a guy with the last name of Clark, & we knew she lived at Ellwood Ave in Richmond, VA. But that was all we knew for awhile. My first clue to Drew's husband, was that a Charlie L. Clark was the informant for Drew's brother, David Dortch's death certificate. David died from wounds from a fire. David was sent to a hospital in Richmond where Drew & her husband lived. So I figured this Charlie Clark was Drew's husband and went to look for more info. I found a Charlie Clark & a Rosa Clark in the listings for a veteran cemetery. I saw the death date, then went to the Richmond newspapers (Times & Dispatch) & looked for an obituary for Charlie, for within a few days of his death. I found that Charlie Clark in the veteran cemetery was indeed the Mr. Clark that Drew married with the Ellwood Ave address. The obituary for Charlie said he was buried in the Richmond National Cemetery, as the veteran cemetery database online had said. So I went to take a picture of Charlie & Drew's tombstones.

Unfortunately, the people that really knew Drew aren't living anymore. So I really don't know much about her or her husband. I do know Drew had a stroke rather young, so she often has a "crooked smile." My great grandmother had the address for Drew of 3112 Ellwood Ave. Since Charlie Clark is a common name, it's nice that his address kept helping identify that we had the right Charlie. I took a picture of their house at Ellwood Ave. Too bad the spray painted car is in the picture, because it's actually in a nice area, just off Monument Ave & I felt totally safe walking around & taking pictures. This picture of Drew was a picture my family had. I kept asking people if they recognized this house. Now that I look at this picture of Drew & her house today (red porch paint), I think it's Drew is standing in front of her Ellwood Ave house. There's a bright spot near the roof, I didn't notice when I took the picture of the row of houses, so I included both views.

Aggie found me from Charlie's family, & shared with me an amazing news article about Charlie. It gives the 3112 Elwood Ave address. I asked for permission to share it on my blog. So attached is the article from Aggie, the picture I took of Drew & Charlie's town house, the tombstone pictures & a picture of Drew. I find it humorous to see snow & she's in short sleeves. If anyone else knows about Drew or Charlie, I'd love to hear about them.
(Click on pictures to see full screen.)

08 January 2010

Some memories of Lindbergh Tudor-pictures taken 14 Oct 2007

My husband & I  met Lindbergh in Oct 2007. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit with him. His grandmother Christine Glover Tudor was sister to my gr...grandma Tennessee Jordan Glover. Christine & Tennessee also had a sister Tabitha that married Edward Kidd, the brother of Bartlette Kidd, Lindburg's great grandfather. Also Arimenta Kidd was sibling of Edward & Bartlette & she is Christine Glover Tudor's mother. So we were related a few times a few decades ago, on both his mother's side & father's side of the family. I was happy to meet another relative that still lived in Mecklenburg, and I'm very grateful for my afternoon with Lindburgh & his family.

 I was immediately impressed with Lindbergh's inventiveness & strength. He was chopping wood for several hours, the day before I came to visit. He asked me if I wanted to go for a ride around his farm on his wagon & I loved it! He built this wagon, and attached it to his riding mower/tractor. He spaced the slats a specific distance apart, just the right width to tuck tools in between the slats. But it's original purpose was that it was just the right width of tobacco leaves, so you could tie the leaves to the slats. They'd plant 7 rows of tobacco then leave one row empty to ride the cart through to make tobacco hauling easier. He also made a step stool when his daughters were young to get up to the wagon. I asked Lindbergh what he farmed the most. Tobacco & cotton were the cash crops. He also grew peanuts & then soybeans in later years.

I saw this huge tree in his yard, very old, with metal patches on the tree. It worked well. I saw the pitch of the roof had been raised. Lindbergh said it needed to be fixed, & Lindbergh, his wife & young daughters did it. I've never known anyone to just fix their entire roof when it needed to be done! So I was seriously impressed with how self sufficient he was. Lindbergh also said his house used to have old weatherboard. But the cost to paint it was so expensive it was about the cost to put brick up. So they took down the weatherboard & put up brick, & he now has a brick house. I met Lindbergh's border collie who did tricks for us. His dog also rounds up the cows for him.

Lindbergh grew up the 8th child, of 10 children in his family. He was the son of James Oliver Tudor & Nancy Elizabeth Kidd. His first name is Oliver, after his father, but he always went by Lindbergh. I had seen Lindbergh spelled several different ways on records & asked how he spelled it. He said he spelled it "Lindbergh" & showed me a boat oar with his name engraved on it. Lindbergh said growing up he hated getting his hair cut, because it often had bits of tar in it from the tobacco fields. He went to the old Bracey school for elementary school with Bessie Nash as his teacher. He also went to LaCrosse high school.  He loved rabbit hunting with his friend, who he called F.A., which was short for Foxhall Alexander Poythress (Jr). (They were second cousins, friends & neighbors.) FA is the one that introduced Lindbergh to his wife. Lindbergh was married on Dec 7th, and affectionately teased his wife about it being on the same day as Pearl Harbor. ( He was married 5 years after Pearl Harbor) I told him my sister was called a "Pearl Harbor baby" so he liked that. If you look in the book: The Heritage of Mecklenburg County, Virginia 1765-2006, Lindbergh is on pg 32. He is in picture 64 & 65, of Bracey Elementary School.

Mr. Tudor passed away last month. So I wanted to share a few memories I had about him.