Tuesday, March 18, 2014

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks #9–Joseph Knox Little

 

Joseph Knox Little married Jeanett Deas
Fetna Jane Little, daughter of Joseph Knox Little and Jeanett Deas married Noah Columbus Curlee
Sophronia Mae Curlee, daughter of Noah Columbus Curlee and Fetna Jane Little, married Mallie Devotion Hill
Lonnie Clinton Hill, son of Mallie Devotion Hill and Sophronia Mae Curlee, married Clara Geneva Wilson
Martha Elizabeth Hill, daughter of Lonnie Clinton Hill and Clara Geneva Wilson – That’s me!

So Joseph Knox Little is my 2nd great grandfather.

Joseph Knox Little was the son of Patrick Little and Isabel Medlin. He was born in North Carolina in 1826, the eldest of six children.

1850 US Federal Census, North Carolina, Union
Enumerated 13 November 1850 by R Rogers

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Transcribed:

House #1347 Family # 1347 Joseph Little, 24 year old* male, farmer, born in North Carolina

Jennet _____, 27 year old female, born in North Carolina

Green D _____, 1 year old male, born in North Carolina

*Having found no record of birth year, I used the age in this census to calculate his year of birth.

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Joseph Little and Jeanett Deas were married in Union County North Carolina 8 November 1847. Their bondman was William Sinclair.

In 1860 Joseph and Jeanett were living in Olive Branch, Union County, North Carolina with their five children

1860 US Federal Census, North Carolina, Union, Olive Branch
Enumerated 9 October 1860 by Harrison Lee

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Transcribed:

House #626 Family #611 Joseph A Little, 34 year old male, farmer, born in North Carolina

Jannet _____, 37 year old female, domestic, born in North Carolina

Green O _____, 11 year old male, born in North Carolina

Mary A Little, 9 year old female, born in North Carolina

Frances E _____, 7 year old female, born in North Carolina

Sophrona E _____, 3 year old female, born in North Carolina

Fetney J _____, 1 year old female, born in North Carolina

Joseph Knox Little enlisted in Co F, North Carolina 37th Infantry Regiment on 25 October 1864 at Camp Stokes Virginia.

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Source Information:
Historical Data Systems, comp. U.S., Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles, 1861-1865 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.
Original data: Data compiled by Historical Data Systems of Kingston, MA from the following list of works.
Copyright 1997-2009
Historical Data Systems, Inc.
PO Box 35
Duxbury, MA 02331.

From all I have read Joseph Knox Little died at age 44 in 1870. I have no records to confirm this.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks #8–Martha Ellafaire Brazell

                                                                                

Brazell Martha Ellafaire
Martha Ellafaire Brazell, shown in the above photo with her son Ernest Galveston Wilson and his children, is my maternal grandmother. She was born 31 Aug 1886 in Richland County South Carolina to William “Willie” Brazell and Eliza Ellafaire Brazell. She lived in Richland County in 1900 with her mother, father and siblings. They lived “next door” to Charles Shirer and family and Isaac Shirer and family.

1900 US Federal Census, South Carolina, Richland, Center, District 0080
Enumerated 14 June 1900 by Max LeBorde

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Transcribed:

House # 247  Family #247  Brazil Wm, Head, married white male, married 20 years, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina, farmer

_____ Eliza, Wife, married white female, married 20 years, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Henry, Son, 19 year old white single male, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina, farm laborer

_____Mary, Daughter, 17 year old white single female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Martha, Daughter, 15 year old white single female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Johnny, Son, 13 year old white single male, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Minnie, Daughter, 11 year old white single female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Dennis, Son, 9 year old white single male, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

In 1905 at age 19 she married Elisha Atkinson Wilson, son of Rev Thomas Wilson and Elizabeth Gulledge.

By 1905 she and Elisha had 2 children and were still living in Richland County on Garners Ferry Road. They lived “next door” to William M Ford and his family and Hamilton D Drawdy and his family.

1910 US Federal Census, South Carolina, Richland, Center, District 0073
Enumerated on 26 April 1910 by David M Haithcock

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Transcribed:

105 Garners Ferry Road  Family # 105  Wilson Elisha A, Head, 31 year old white married male, married 8 years, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina, farmer

_____ Matha, Wife, 22 year old white married female, married 8 years, has had 2 children both of whom are still living, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Earnest, Son, 3 year old white single male, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Jessie, Daughter, 1 year old white single female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

There seems to be a discrepancy in the marriage date and the number of years married recorded on the census.

The Elisha Wilson family was living on the Camden Road in Eastover South Carolina in 1920 “next door” to Billy Williams and family and Nathan Williams and family.

1920 US Federal Census, South Carolina, Richland, Eastover, District, 0104
Enumerated 24 Jan 1920 by C M Haithcock

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Transcribed:

299 Camden Road Family #309  Wilson Elisha, Head, 47 year old white married male, born in SC, father born in South Carolina, mother born in North Carolina*, farming

_____ Martha, Wife, 37 year old white married female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina, farm laborer

_____ Earnest, Son, 12 year old white single male, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Jessie B, Daughter, 11 year old white single female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

* This census states Elisha Wilson’s mother born in North Carolina while the previous one stated she was born in South Carolina. I have always heard from all family members that she was born in Anson County North Carolina.

1930 finds the family residing in Eastover, Richland, South Carolina on South Side RR St. Living with them is their younger daughter, my mother, Clara Geneva Wilson. The two oldest children, Ernest and Jessie, have married and moved out. They live “next door” to John A Ammons and Anna Macon.

1930 US Federal Census, South Carolina, Richland, Eastover, District 50
Enumerated on 5 April 1930 by Lawrence J Hook

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Transcribed:

83 South Side RR St Family #83  Wilson Elisha, Head, 55 year old white married male, married at age 24, born in SC, father born in Virginia*, mother born in North Carolina, farmer

_____ Martha, Wife, 40 year old white married female, married at age 16, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

_____ Clara B**, Daughter, 5 year old white single female, born in South Carolina, father and mother born in South Carolina

* this census states Elisha’s father born in Virginia
** should be Clara G

In 1940 Elisha and Martha Wilson lived in Eastover South Carolina. Their “next door” neighbors were George Archie and family and L D Hinson and family.

1940 US Federal Census, South Carolina, Richland, Eastover, District 40-46
Enumerated on 22 April 1940 by Cornelia A McKenzie

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Transcribed:

House #89 Wilson E A, Head, 63 year old white married male, born in South Carolina, lived in same house 1 April 1935, laborer on malaria project

_____ Martha, Wife, 56 year old white married female, born in South Carolina, lived in same house 1 April 1935

There is no mention of Clara Geneva Wilson in the house in 1940 although she was only 16 years old. In speaking with her niece, daughter of Jessie B Wilson Hinson, who is only a year younger than Clara Geneva, I was told that Clara Geneva was living in her parents house in 1940. Whether the enumerator neglected to include her or whether she was living elsewhere, I’ll never know.

After her husband Elisha was killed while serving as town constable, Martha Ellafaire came to live with my family. She was always there while I was growing up. She took care of me and my sister and brother while my mother worked. Nanny had a stroke and we were unable to care for her at home. She entered a nursing home and died there 3 May 1965. She is buried along with her daughters Jessie and Clara at Eason Memorial Baptist Church in Eastover South Carolina.

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Monday, March 3, 2014

52 Ancestors 52 Weeks #7–Sophronia Mae Curlee

Sophronia Mae Curlee  is my paternal grandmother. She was born in Union County NC 1 May 1880 to Noah Columbus Curlee and Fetna Jane Little.

MD Hill & Family 1909.2
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1900 US Federal Census, NC, Union, New Salem, District 0141

Transcribed:

Dwelling #356 Family #358
Curlee Columbus Head, 44 year old white male, born Jan 1856,  married 22 years, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, Farmer

______ Fetney J, Wife, 42 year old white female, born Oct 1857, married 22 years, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Fronnie M, Daughter, 20 year old white female, born May 1880, single, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Jay T, Son, 12 year old white male, born Nov 1887, single, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Susie G, Daughter, 11 year old white female, born Dec 1888, single, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Robert C, Son, 7 year old white male, born Dec 1892, single, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Cebron, Son, 4 year old white male, born Aug 1895, single, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Maggie O, Daughter, 1 year old white female, born Nov 1898, single, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

Sophronia married Mallie Devotion Hill in 1901 in Union County NC

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Index to Marriage Licenses – Union County NC

Transcribed:

1901 Curlee Safronia     M D Hill   Book 6 Page 60  White

Sophronia and Mallie Devotion are living with their children in Burnsville Anson County NC in 1910

1910 US Federal Census, North Carolina, Anson, Burnsville, District 0003

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Transcribed:

Dwelling # 145  Family # 145  Hill Mallie D, Head, 29 year old white male, married 9 years in present marriage, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farmer

_____ Saphronia M, Wife, 29 year old white female, married 9 years in present marriage, mother of 9 children, 9 living children, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farm laborer

_____ Fred C, Son, 7 year old white male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Irene M, Daughter, 6 year old white female, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Martin A, Son, 5 year old white male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Bessie M, Daughter, 2 year old white female, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Heath, Son, 11 month old white male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

In 1920 Sophronia and Mallie were living in New Salem, Union County, NC

1920 US Federal Census, North Carolina, Union, New Salem, District 0160

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Transcribed:

58 Marshville Road  Family #56  Hill Mallie D, Head, 34 year old white married male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farmer

_____ Fronnie, Wife, 39 year old white married female, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Fred, Son, 17 year old white single male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farm laborer

_____ Irene, Daughter, 15 year old white single female, born in NC, father and mother born in NC< farm laborer

_____ Martin, Son, 14 year old white single male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farm laborer

_____ Bessie, Daughter, 12 year old white single female, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farm laborer

_____ Heath, Son, 10 year old white single male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC, farm laborer

_____ Julius, Son, 5 year old white single male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Otis, Son, 2 year old white single male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

_____ Clinton, Son, 5 month old white single male, born in NC, father and mother born in NC

Sophronia and Mallie Devotion were still in New Salem, Union, NC in 1930 with four of their children.

1930 US Federal Census, North Carolina, Union, New Salem, District 30

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Transcribed:

221 Euto Road  Family #228  Hill Mally D, Head, owns house, 49 year old white married white male, 20 years old when first married, farmer

_____ Fronnie M, Wife, 49 year old white married female, 20 years old when first married

_____ Heath M, Son, 19 year old white single male, laborer

_____ Julius P, Son, 15 year old white single male, laborer

_____ Otis B, Son, 12 year old white single male, laborer

_____ Clinton C, Son, 10 year old white single male, laborer

Sophronia Mae Curlee Hill died of spotted fever 30 August 1934.

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She is buried in Rocky Mount Baptist Church Cemetery, Polkton, Anson, North Carolina, with her husband Mallie Devotion Hill.

She was a loving wife and a devoted mother. My father, her son,  Lonnie Clinton Hill, spoke of her frequently and with such love in his voice.