26 September 2014

A Case of Murder

It all began with a death certificate. My Woolsey ancestry can drive me crazy sometimes when I hit brick walls, so I've gotten in the habit of looking at everyone and trying to find everything possible even on distant connections. I was looking at the family of Minnie Agnes (Woolsey) Tandy, my grandfather's aunt when I stumbled across this death certificate for her daughter Amie Urisa Tandy. Normally I would just capture the dates and places and move on in order to establish connections to my direct line, but then I notice the cause of death "punctured lung - gunshot wound, Hemothorax and Severed Spinal Cord" That alone just sounded so sad. I realized though that there had to be a story to this, so I began to search for newspaper articles on Newspapers.com.
I was shocked to discover that my grandfather's very own cousin was shot and murdered by her own husband Leo Nichols. Leo had come home drunk and began taunting his son Bobby Jack by shooting at him! I can only imagine the horror a mother must feel to witness her husband shooting at their own child. She confronted Leo and he turned his attention on her. He began shooting at her. Bobby Jack recalls on the stand that he saw his mother jump. He thought at first she had jumped out of the way, but in fact she had been shot and the impact of the bullet threw her body.
The Sheriff would later recall that he came to the home to find a woman moaning. She lay on the floor in her own blood screaming.
Leo Nichols was found guilty and given a life sentence. I never could find anything more on Bobby Jack Nichols. I can only imagine how hard it would have been on a little boy to witness his father shoot his mother. Bobby was only eight years old at the time. This was a sad sorry to discover in my family.
Amie Nichols, Ancestry.com. Texas, Death Certificates, 1903–1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2013.

16 July 2014

Sarah Ann Revell 1838-1892

I've been writing lately about my great grandmother May Elizabeth Rollett and her ancestors, but I've really focused on her grandmother Sarah Ann Revell. I'm lucky that her father was one of the original members of the Reorganized Church of the Latter Day Saints in Nauvoo, OK. As a result there are many records available to me.

The biggest challenge was not being able to find a husband with her in any of the census I found. She was always in the home of her parents Thomas Revell and Elizabeth (Brierly) Revell. In my previous post I showed her with her parents in 1870 and 1880. Between 1870 and 1880 Brierly was born with the same last name as the older children. So where was this elusive husband?

I had read in several accounts of the LDS that her husband's name was Elmer Rollett. One record Early Members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is recorded that Elmer Rollett died in 1866. So if that's the case he can't be the father of Brierly Rollet who was born in 1871. At this point the only thing that I can figure is that Sarah did remarry after Elmer's death to another man by the same last name as Rollett, who according to Brierly's death certificate is named Phillip Rollet born in France. It's likely they weren't even related as Elmer was born in England. I still am searching for records on this Phillip Rollett.

Finally I found Sarah with her first husband in 1860 census in St Louis, MO. They had another child I wasn't aware of, Elmer F Rollett. He is 8 months old. It's likely he died before the 1870 census. Elmer is 43 years old and Sarah is only 22. Elmer was 21 years her senior, but I have yet to find any indication that he was ever married before Sarah.

I did find an Elmer Rollett age 32 in Northern Lights, Philadelphia, PA in 1870 census in the home of John Edgar. I'm not certain, but this could be my Elmer. I've not found any others that match.

I also found Elmer and Sarah's marriage. They were married 16 April 1858 in St Louis, MO. Elmer's first name though was recorded as Abner, or at least that's the way it was transcribed on Ancestry. I'll have to find a way to see the original.

So now to find the second husband Phillip Rollett. This woman's life is getting so interesting.

14 July 2014

May Elizabeth Rollett and Ancestors Part II

I haven't had this much fun researching one of my family lines in probably more than a year, but once again I'm being sucked into the genealogy vortex and I just can't seem to pull away.

I wrote last week about a little minor detail that had gone unnoticed preventing me from discovering my Rollett ancestors in May Elizabeth Rollett and ancestors. Now that I've put the puzzle pieces together here is a bit more about her family. So far I'm able to trace May's father's side back to her great grandfather, Thomas Revel.

Thomas Revel was born on November 4, 1813, in Radford, England. He was married Elizabeth Brierly 28 Jan 1838. He died on April 24, 1896, in DeKalb, Missouri, having lived a long life of 82 years, and was buried there.

According to the book "Roots of the Reorganized Latter Day Saints in Southern Iowa" by Pearl Wilcox Thomas and Elizabeth joined the Latter Day Saints church in 1847 and came to America in 1851. They first went to Utah, but after nothing but disappointment moved to St Louis, MO where they remained until 1861. From there they moved to Council Bluff where they were one of the first to be baptized in the Reorganized Church. Thomas was ordained a elder 1 May 1862 and in 1864 sent on a mission to England. After he returned the family moved to Nauvoo, Hancock County, IL where they lived until 1890. He died in the home of his grandson Brierly R Rollett in DeKalb County, MO.

I did find the family in 1860 in St Louis, Ward 7, MO. In the home is only Thomas and Elizabeth and the name is spelled as Ravell. However they appear to have boarders, unless they are family. There are four other families listed in the same dwelling. Not sure yet if any of them are related.

By 1870 they are now settled in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL. Thomas and Elizabeth with their daughter Sarah Ann Rollett (miss spelled Ballet in the census) and two grand children Elizabeth and Isaiah D Rollett. Isaiah is David Isaiah who was May's father.

In 1880 they are all still in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL only this time there is another child, Brierly. What I find interesting is that this child has the same name as his siblings, yet two census records have yet to record the father of these children or Sarah's husband. I've never encountered this before over two census records. It makes me wonder if this is the result of a plural marriage. Was she living with her family even though she was one of many wives to an unknown Rollett? I say unknown because I have yet to pin point who really is her husband and the father of these children. On Brierly's death certificate his father was reported to be Phillip Rollett born in France. I do find a marriage record in MO of a Sarah Ann Revel married to an Abner Rollett in 1858. But then there is one more.......in
"The Heritage of Buchanan County, Missouri, 1984
Johnson, Herman, author
Stevenson family biographical information [ca. 1984]
"Faced with the responsibility of raising 6 children, ages 1 to 16, William [Stevenson] remarried on Nove 14, 1880. His second wife was Sarah Ann (Revell) Rollett, widow of Elmer Rollett. Sarah was the daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Revell."
So now I have another name. How can this man be known by three different names. From everything I read and find William Stevenson was only a second marriage for Sarah, so not likely that she was married to two different Rolletts, and I can see Elmer being mistaken as Abner or visa versa.

Sarah Ann Revell was born on April 29, 1838, in England, the only child (so far known) of Thomas and Elizabeth. She had three children, Elizabeth, David Isaiah & Brierly with Phillip/Elmar/Abner (to be determined) Rollett between 1862 and 1871. She then married William Stevenson and they had one child together, Joseph. She died on April 12, 1892, in Nauvoo, Illinois, at the age of 53.

I'm getting the feeling that David or at least his son Leonard was the black sheep of a strict Mormon family. Leonard if you'll recall I reported in one of my earlier post was a bootlegger shot to death by the Sheriff. A family that with in the span of three generations goes from extremely religious to outlaws. I can't wait to find more.

10 July 2014

May Elizabeth Rollett and ancestors

I have been on the search for my Rollett ancestors for years. I've written about that wonderful brick wall a few times. It's funny how sometime we consider a family line a brick wall, when in fact it's just a mater of not seeing the little details. That was the case with this family. I missed one little detail that blew the flood gates wide open when I finally saw it.

As of a few weeks ago I knew that my great grandmother May Elizabeth Rollett was the daughter of David I Rollett and Rosa D Clark of MO.  I wrote about finding her parents and siblings back in a post in 2011, My Happy Dance. Since then I found myself once again stumped, until last night! That's when I realized my brick wall was self inflicted. I simply was not paying attention to every little detail.

So how did I break through.......
  1. I opened up David I Rollett and Brierly R Rollett's death certificates. I still suspected they were brothers, but needed to connect them. Like I stated in my previous post Brierly was the informant on David's death certificate which clued me in to the possibility that they were brothers or at the very least cousins, being close in age with the same surname.
  2. While looking at Brierley's death certificate I realized (and I still can't believe that I've missed it for so long) that it listed his birth place as Nauvoo, IL. So I looked up what county Nauvoo was in. I find that by searching by city, it's too narrow as people in my family often move around in an area, usually with in a county, but often don't stay put in the same city, especially in a family where one child was said to be born in MO and the other in IL. Knowing from Brierley's death certificate that his parents are Phillip Rollett and Sarah Revel, I began to look for the family. It didn't take long really and I had found a family in 1880 census in Nauvoo, Hancock, IL that partially matched the family I was looking for.
    Thomas Revel 67
    Elizabeth Revel 62
    Sarah Rollet 42
    Elizabeth Rollet 18
    Isaiah Rollet 14
    Briley Rollet 9
The problem was that only two of the four names I was looking for matched and since the only one I had a birth year for was Brierly I still unsure that I had even found the right family. I was darn near ready to give up and mark it as another of many possibilities in this family, when the light bulb went on. Notice the child listed above Briley, Isaiah? I can't believe I had missed it. David's middle initial was "I" so I went back and calculated the age. Isaiah being 14 in 1880 would put his birth at 1866. My David was born in 1866!!!! They are brothers. David was just known by his middle name then!

Now I can add anther generation to my tree. I have been busy over the last two days finding more records and attaching to my tree records. My tree is once again going. Not only did this census confirm that Sarah and Phillip (based on the death certificate) were David's parents and that Brierley was his brother, but I also now know that Thomas and Elizabeth Revel were their grandparents! I'm off to do more research on another generation!

25 April 2014

Minor photo restoration

This is a photo of my mother and her sisters in Mexico. With this one I started by removing the scratches and spots as always. Then I began to selectively correct the contrast in layers. I created a layer and selected all the washed out white areas and brought some of the detail back. Then by selecting different areas on the photo I was able to adjust them individually until they all worked together. This was such a cute photo of them and now I can give them and even cuter version of the photo.

23 April 2014

Severely Damaged Photo restoration

This photo was approximately six hours of restoration. I started with the background. A solid background is the easiest to repair. After repairing the cracks there was discoloration and tail-tail signs of the restoration in the background. So I used a fill with very little opacity to help blend the background. This would not be an option if the background had any sort of pattern. Solid background are a gem as a result. That's where the easy part ended. In the most severely damaged part of his hair  I had to use a healing patch from another cleaned up portion of his hair that matched as closely as possible. Then blending is makes it look normal.

The rest of the restoration was pretty straight forward healing and cloning, keeping a close eye on shadows and lines that need to be maintained. Then a little selective color adjustment and some added film grain and I have a completely restored school photo of my dad.

21 April 2014

Restored photo to Art piece

This is the original photo of my grandmother Mary Ellen (Hayes) Roe. This took a lot of hours of work to clone and heal all the little spots of damage in the photo and remove the writing on her shoulder

Here is the photo part way through the restoration. As you can see there are still little specs in the photo. So I continued to clean up the photo and balance the levels.
Once the photo was cleaned up I began the fun part of recoloring the photo. By selecting each portion of the photo I wanted to recolor and then choose the "Hue/Saturation" option to create a layer. I could then adjust the Hue and Saturation until I got the desired colored. This is the best option especially when working with the face. However, you can also create again a layer with each new color and set the color using a brush and color in the area you desire (this was what I did for the shirt), this option is tricky and not always user friendly.


Here is the final result of a completely restored and recolored photo of Mary Ellen (Hayes) Roe. This is one of my favorite photos of her. I believe she was about 15 years old in this one.
For photo restoration contact me at amygennut at gmail dot com

07 April 2014

New fun tool on Ancestry

This is really cool. With the new tool on Ancestry.com you can create "Story" pages of your ancestors from the photos and documents that you have collected. So far it looks like it does a pretty good job of telling the story from the data. Again though what you put into it is what you will get out of it.

Here is the "Story" for my great grandmother Mary Joann (Williamson) Woolsey

Also on my dad's side of the family is my 3rd great grandfather Curtis Grubb Beeson A confederate Civil War Veteran. Though there is much more to his story that I have at home on his computer, Ancestry.com has put together his story as I have entered it into their data base. What it doesn't show are the pictures I have gathered of the Beeson property and graves. He lost the Beeson property after the war as his records that proved he was the owner of the land were burned during the war. Though he was wealthy and unfortunately owned slaves, he died a poor man not long after the war ended.

This is pretty cool. I will have to make efforts to put more into my Ancestry data base so that I can compile more complete stories of my ancestors.

27 November 2013

Extreme photo restoration.

Here is a before and after of the photo I just finished restoring of my mother. It's one of my favorite photos of her. This one was an extreme challenge since the emulsion on the photo was deteriorating so badly. I'm not very happy with the hair, but it's probably as good as it's going to get considering there wasn't much of the hair to work with. I had to recreate the right eye, since there wasn't enough of it to use the healing function to restore it.

12 March 2013

Restored Memories

I have been extremely busy lately. I'm now a volunteer with CARE for Sandy. I'm putting my skills to good use to restore photos that were damaged in Hurricane Sandy. At the same time I'm working on some of my own family photos. Here are just a few of the photos I've restored form my collection.

This photo is of my mother (striped shirt), her twin (blue), their baby sister (sitting), and their parents.
This is a photo of my grandma and grandpa Roe


These two ended up in my Jenkins genealogy book that I just finished. Yes I finally finished my Jenkins book! Woohoo!!!!!!

11 March 2013

Jenkins Genealogy Book

It was nearly two years of blood sweat and tears, but I finally finished my first family history book. This book is about my Jenkins family. I could have never put together such a lovely scrap book with out the generosity and love of some very wonderful distant cousins that I met in the process. Very few of the photos were in my possession when I started this project. Now I have a 29 page book of photos and stories about my Jenkins ancestors. A few of the cousins ordered their copies. Now I'll be offering this book to anyone that wants a copy. If you'd like a copy of the book you can contact me to order. This book traces the genealogy of my grandmother Olivia Joyce Jenkins, her father John Hubert Jenkins, John Stephens Jenkins, and Michael Oliver Jenkins. Then the history gets interesting. We may never know for sure the name of MO's mother or father, but we had Jewel Dial's interview of him that spoke of his Grandfather Joseph Jenkins and his Aunt Margaret (Jenkins) Fronburger who raised him along with his cousin Barbara who was the same age.
I then spent a year researching this family of North Carolina Jenkins. They were an early family to Rowan and Lincoln Counties, NC. There is some mention in documents of Hugh Jenkins (the farthest ancestor) being from Lancaster County, PA. In Lancaster, PA is where the trail grew cold. If I ever break through there, I'll write a sequel.

10 September 2012

Where were you 11 September 2001?

Fall was in the air. I was six months pregnant with our second child. Our oldest Christopher was four years old. We were living in a two bedroom duplex in Coeur d'Alene, ID. My morning routin was always to get up and have my cup of coffee and breakfast while watching the news. This morning was no different. I had gotten Christopher up and given him breakfast and gone to take my shower. As always I left the TV going so I could listen to the news while I got around.

I was in the bathroom doing my hair when I heard something about a plane crashing. I came out of the bathroom and stood behind the couch that was by the hall way watching the TV to see what was going on. I'll never forget the sight of the second plane as it hit. I stood there frozen for some time. My hand rested on my belly. I still get teary eyed when I remember rubbing my tummy and looking down while whispering to my unborn child "what kind of world am I bringing you in to?"

I continued to get myself and Christopher ready for the day while listening. Popping back in to the front room often to see what was happening. We loaded up and headed out. I dropped Chris off at daycare with an extra big hug and rushed to work.

At that time I worked for a photography studio as their sales consultant. September was always a slow time of year. The senior pictures were done and no more sales to do. The gal who did the masking of the negatives was very busy in the office, but I had a lot of free time. We had a large TV in my sales room to show the customers their portraits.  This day it was not being used to show photos. Instead the photographer and I spent most of the day on the couch, where customers would normally sit to view their photos, and watched the tragedy unfold.

It wasn't easy to hold back the tears. It must have been the hormones. We didn't know anyone in that part of the country, but my heart broke for them. At some point though, life goes on, especially if you weren't personally effected by the tragedy. I'll never forget that dreaded feeling of bring another child into such a horrible world, but three years later we were bringing another child into the world. For us life went on.

12 July 2012

If a Prostitute can make a living then why can't I as a genealogist

I hate it when I get online for a quick read and before you know it I've got 50 pages up of a hot subject. Today was one of those day. It started with find a link on my facebook Looking for Ancestor's post To Pay or Not to Pay? The Cost of Genealogy which just sent me on a wild chase of all the others who have weighed in on this topic. First stop Genealogy – What Do You Mean It Isn’t Free? A 2012 Update and then on to the various links through. In this post I especially like the part "I Don’t Live In Beverly Hills Because I Can’t Afford It" Amen to that. I'm the same way. I don't buy things I can't afford, and though I may complain to my family that I can't afford something I really like, I don't complain to the person providing the product/service because I know what it takes to get there and why they charge what they do. I am also quit creative and in many ways can find away to do or make it myself if need be ;-) Then when I ended up here: What Do You Mean It Isn’t Free? and started to rant on that post I decided I best move my comment here.

From personal experience I can say that it does no one justice to undervalue your product/services. I did and as a result I ended up with pain in the butt customers (a few of them anyway, others were great) that in return undervalued all the hard work I put into their research especially when I didn't find what they wanted me to find, even though what I found was the reality and not the fantasy they want......oh Lord here I go again. I digress.

I also volunteer my time when I can spare it. It's always been my way of paying it forward. But nothing gets under my skin more than to see my hard word (when my name is attached ie: my blog) stolen and reposted elsewhere with out any credit. Though I must add that I actually get a really good laugh when I see a mistake I've made that resulted in the connection to a wrong family run like wild fire on the Internet and my name (though I was the original idiot) isn't attached LOL ;-) There is always a silver lining I guess.

But I agree with all of you that somehow we need to put our heads together to change this awful perception that everything in genealogy should be free (or at very little cost). It's time to educate the public when is really involved in what we do. I've actually walked away from a lot of what I did because it irritated my husband that I spent so much time in the genealogy helping others and in the end (considering the time I'd spent on a project) I'd make nearly nothing, compared to working full time and bringing home a paycheck. I'd love to do genealogy professionally, but I'd need to make a REAL LIVING to do it and support my family of three kids. Many of us that are wanting to make a living at this are not granny's looking for a hobby to fill our time (sorry ladies, I love many of you and many of you are the reason I volunteer) but busy mothers and fathers who need to support our families. Think of that the next time you think you deserve our hard work for free. Money doesn't grow on trees and it's getting hard to come by these days, partially because of the availability of "free" information, but with enough creativity and collaboration in the right direction we may get there.

I've come to see it this way: If a Prostitute can make a living then why can't I as a genealogist. Not everyone is willing to pay for a prostitute and some find creative ways around it, though not recommended. So if you are unwilling to pay then I agree with the best of them, find a way to be creative. If you're willing to pay then someone else can do the hard work and you can reap the benefits. Dear Lord here I go again with my ranting and imagination getting the better of me.

I've abandoned my services of research for others. I'm working on another avenue and I hope this one pans out. I just got tired of the complainers and those that wanted something, including my help, for nothing, family/cousins excluded.

Okay I'm done ranting

02 July 2012

Madness Monday - Two Sides to Every Story

I have been searching for seven years for the ancestors of my great great grandfather, William G "Billy" Woolsey. I wrote about William Grant Woolsey (I had been told by my Aunt his middle name was Grant. Till this day I don't know where so got that) in my Madness Monday post in April '09. Today I can finally, with a great deal of confidence, say he is much less of a brick wall then three years ago.

I was contacted about two months ago, while I was eyeballs deep into my Jenkins family research, about my William Woolsey. If you read my recent post about my Jenkins, you'll know that I finally set that project aside for a break and picked this one up. So I contact John Woolsey again and we began working together. He has since brought two other people into the research that are also likely cousins, Jeff and Marci.

Until a month ago the only thing I knew of Williams life before he married my gg grandmother, Lillie, was that he ran away from home to escape an abusive Irish step mother when he was a young lad. He had also mentioned that he named two of his daughters after his sister, supposedly Eva and Minnie. He said he was born in Iowa. This was all I had to go on in order to discover who his parents were. As you can imagine, there were too many William Woolsey's so my search was not going to be an easy one.

When John contacted me my search became a whole lot easier. You see for every story in a family that is told there is often someone who knows the story from the other side. Such was the case with John. He had known of a young William Woolsey in his family that was born in Iowa and had gone west to be a cowboy (which really sounds right, because that was my William). His story of an abusive Irish step mother may also have some credence to it as well, though facts paint a slightly different scenerio. More on that later.

John had first brought to my attention the work of Donald C Hart who was a grandson of Eugene Denton Woolsey who died in Modesto, CA. Wait back up.......Modesto, CA that's right this possible brother of my great great grandfather lived in Modesto, CA where I was born and raised! When I discovered this I about tripped over myself to get back to my email and write to John, who also still lives in Modesto, CA!!! He said as a young child he use to ask his dad about the other Woolsey's that lived in the area and his dad use to tell him they weren't related. Little did he know they were! John even mentioned some of my family when he listed some of the names he saw in the phone book. We were all living in the same town, could have solved this mystery even before I was born and they didn't even know it, but I digress.

John sent me the following items that have aided me in piecing together this family:
  1. Arkansas City Traveler, Cowley Co., KS, Thursday, Oct 22, 1908, page 5, Col 3. "Death of Richard W Woolsey Last evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs George O Allen.......aged eighty-six years....his daughter, Mrs Eva N Brown......burial in Riverview cemetery.......He was familliarly called by them Uncle Dick Woolsey. He came to this city in 1870 and remained until 1876. In that year he went to the Black Hills and remained there for several years......he was living with a family near Hillsboro, New Mexico.....Al Percival [grand son-in-law] was sent to Hillsboro to bring him to this city...... father of seven children, six of them still living as follows; Al W Woolsey of Kildare; Mrs George O Allen and Mrs Eva N Brown of this city; Eugene Woolsey of California; Mrs Gallatin of Des Moines, Iowa; and Wm Woolsey, whose post office address is not know by relatives in this city."
  2. Weekly X-Ray, Arkansas City, Cowley County, KS, issue Saturday, Oct 24, 1908. this article was nearly a repeat of the previous, but also added "In the early days Mr. Woolsey built and ran the Central Avenue hotel, then, of course the leading hostelry of the town and in fact about the most important hotel in Southern Kansas."
  3. LaGrange County, Indiana, Marriage record #3 Page 189 Richard Woolsey to Charlotte Ann Nolen, married 6 Sept 1863.
  4. LaGrange County, Indiana, Marriage record #2, Page 6, Richard Woolsey to Alice S. Buck married 9 Jan 1848. Transcribed to record by Clerk Earline Harrin 14 May 1974.

With that we all did some digging. We found:
  1. Wm Woolsey age 4 born in Iowa in the home of Charlette Woolsey age 32 born in Ohio. Living in Lincoln, Linn County, KS. Also in the home were three Nolan childre: Elizabeth (12), John W (11) and Bell (8).  Ancestry.com, 1870 United States Federal Census, Year 1870, Place: Lincoln, Linn, KS, roll: M593_438; Page 39A; Image 81; Family History Library film: 545937.
  2. Wm Woolsey age 10 in the home of Jas Kennedy age 43 born in NY. Listed below Jas is C.A Kennedy, Female,  age 37 born i Ohio. I believe this is Charolette Ann (prev Woolsey, prev Nolan). Also in the home of Nancy Nolan (17), C. B. Nolan (14) and John W Nolan (15). I believe these are Charolette three Nolan children previously listed. So sometime between 1870 and 1875 she remarried. Did she divorce Richard, as he was still living? Ancestry.com, Kansas State Census Collection, 1855-1925 [database online]. Provo, UT, USA; Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2009.Microfilm reels K1-K20. Kansas State Historical Society.
  3. George Woolsey age 14 born in Iowa living in the home of Eva and John Brown in Bolton, Cowley, KS. Eva's name was mentioned previously in Richard Woolsey's obituary. I believe that William's middle name was George and that this George Woolsey in Eva's home is none other that William G Woolsey her half brother. The odd thing is that George is listed as "Border" as relationship to head of house, instead of brother-in-law. Ancestry.com, database online, 1880 United States Federal Census, Year: 1880, Census Place: Bolton, Cowley, KS; Roll: 377; Family History film: 1254377; Page 458B; Enum Dist: 170; Image: 0470
  4. Richard Woolsey age 57 born in NY, marital status: widower [not sure if that was true] miner. All of this fits Richard except he may not of been a widower. We know that Richard left KS in 1876 to seek his fortune in the Black Hills of the Dakotas and supposedly traveled for some time before he ended up in Hillsboro, NM. Ancestry.com, 1880 United States Federal Census; Year: 1880; Census Place: Sauk City, Whatcom, WA; Roll: 1398; Family History Film: 1255398; Page 317B; Enum Dist: 004
  5. Rich Wolsey age 43 born in New York living in Crewell, Cowley, KS. In his home is Phoebia (17) [this is Eva Alfred's twin sister] Alfred (17) and Alice (15) and next door is his son Eugene (22). Ancestry.com; United Stated Federal Census; Year 1870; Census Place: Creswell, Cowley, KS; Roll: M593_431; Page 335B; Image: 192; Family History Library Film: 545930.
  6. Richard Wolsey age 35 born in New Yord living in Bloomfield, LaGrange, IN. In the home is [his first wife] Alice (32), Eugene (11), Caroline (10), Mary (8), Alfred (7), Evangeline (7) and Alice (5). Ancestry.com, 1860 United States Federal Census; Year 1860; Census Place: Bloomfield, LaGrange, Indiana; Roll: M653_274; Page: 693; Image: 247; Family History Library Film: 803274.
  7. Groom: John W Nolan and bride: Charolette A Beck married 17 Dec 1855 in LaGrange County, IN. Familysearch.org; Indiana Marriage Collection, 1811-1959; Film Number: 1871247; Digital Folder Number: 4839056; Image Number: 00495
  8. John W Nolen, Union Soldier, Civil War, 88th Infantry, Pvt.  Fold3.com: Index to Compiled Service Records of Volunteer Union soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Indiana; Publication: M540; Content Source: NARA; Source Publication Year: 1965; Fold3 Publication Year: 2011; Record Group: 94.
  9. John W Nolen, Widow: Charlotte A Nolen, Minor: Richard Woolsey (Gdn), Service G 88 Ind Inf, Date of filing: 1863 June: Widow Application No 23169, Minor: 1866 Sept 15, App No: 133775, Certificate No: 142185. Fold3.com; Organization Index to Pension Files of Veterans Who Served Between 1861-1900. Publication No.: T289, Publisher: NARA; Civil War Pensions.
  10. Dr Woolsey built the first hotel, his and and partner purchased a livery stable and his daughter Eva was the first to be married in Cowley County to John Brown. All of this came from Interesting first Facts About Arkansas City, KS online at: http://www.ausbcomp.com/~bbott/wortman/ArkansasCityFacts.htm
I'm still looking for records, but from this I can began to piece together the family story. Their story begins in LaGrange County, IN. Richard's first wife Alice passed away 29 Jan 1862 [this according to other trees and not verified by me]. It is unclear when John W Nolen died, but likely before Jun 1863 when Charolette applied for her widow pension. Then Richard Woolsey and Charolette Nolen were married 6 Sept 1863. I still don't have exact proof of when my William was born. His headstone states December, but records range from 1863 to 1866. Judging from the census records closest to his birth I'd say it's very likely he was born Dec 1866.

At this point I don't doubt that Charolette is William's mother. There was a therory that Charolette was a step mother and that William was the last child of Alice, but the evidence says that is not the case. By 1870 Charolette and Richard are two hundered miles apart. I have yet to find a record of a divorce, but that will be one of my next searches, since it appears Charolette may have remarried a Kennedy. Richard only has three of his seven children at home. William is with his mother and it's likely that Richards two oldest daughter's, Caroline and Mary are already married. Eugene is living next door to Richard.

According to Arkansas City town history Richard Woolsey was building and running his hotel in the early 1870's. It was known as the Woolsey house back then, today it's known as the Osage Hotel. At this point no records have been found of Charolette beyond the 1875 Kansas State census. In 1875 she and her four children, including William, are living in the home of James Kennedy. It's unknown if she really married him or was just living in his home and was assumed married in 1875.

By 1880 William is then living with his half sister Eva Brown and her family. They are living in Bolton, just outside of Arkansas City where Richard had been living previously. This is nearly two hundred miles south of where William lived with his mother. He is also going by his middle name, George. At the same time Richard is seeking his fortune in Sauk City, Whatcom, WA.

It is yet unknown what happened to William's, Nolen, half siblings, but again that is another search I will conduct. Eva and Alice raised thier families around Arkansas City, KS. Eugene went first to MO and move out west to CA. Alfred went just over the border to Kildare, OK. None of the Woolsey children knew where William went.

Then I began another search back on Charolette's line, and in finding the following records was able to learn a bit more about her roots:
  1. Charolette Beck age 12 born in Ohio she is in the home of William Beck age 41 born in Ireland. Her mother is Elizabeth age 35 born in Ohio. Ancestry.com, 1850 United States Federal Census (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Year: 1850; Census Place: Richland, De Kalb, Indiana; Roll: M432_142; Page: 242A;
  2. William Beck born 1809 in Ireland married Elizabeth Carney born 1816 in Ohio. Married in 1835 Yates Publishing, U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 (Provo, UT, USA, Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004), www.ancestry.com, Database online. Source number: 5131.020; Source type: Family group sheet, FGSE, listed as parents; Number of Pages: 1; Submitter Code:.
This now tells us that Charolette was of Irish descent even though she was born in Ohio. I think that's where the Irish connection comes from in William's story. Now whether he was actually referring to his mother as abusive, one may never know. Though it's apparent this family as a little mixed up.

Now I need to search for:
  1. Divorce record of Richard and Charolette
  2. Each of the Nolen children after 1875 (likely census records) to discover where they may have gone.
  3. Death record of Charolette Woolsey (Kennedy?)
I still have so much more I need to learn and holes to fill in, but I am so excited about all I have learned over the last couple weeks and thanks to the help of a few wonderful people and possible cousins, Jeff, John and Marci.

20 June 2012

Jenkins of Lincoln Co., NC

For those who follow my blog you'll notice that I've not been around much over the last year. It's all been for a few good reasons. One I finished my queen sized Native American themed Lone Star quilt for my bed, but that's off the subject. The rest of my time has been in studying and write a book about my Jenkins line.

My grandmother, Olivia Joyce (Jenkins) Woolsey was the daughter of John Hugh and Leota (Morton) Jenkins. John Hugh Jenkins was the son of John Stephen and Olive (Swofford) Jenkins and John Stephens Jenkins was the son of Micheal Oliver and Mary Ann (Freshour) Jenkins. There is where my colossal brick wall began several years ago. That was until a lovely lady named Betty Ann Roach found me.
I had began to put together a digital scrap book thinking, "Well this is as far as I'll get on my Jenkins line." Now we all know that given enough time and hard work, brick wall eventually crumble. Only this one I saw as granite. I had been told many time that no one knew who the parents of MO Jenkins were, and to this day I still don't know for sure, because it had always been known that he was as illigetemate child. However that doesn't mean you can't skip to the next generation if you know, from his account, who his Aunt and Grandfather were. This is where Betty came into the picture. She had wrote me about the works of Jewel Dial, a grandaughter of MO Jenkins who interviewed him personally! Now what a treasure! If it weren't for Jewel then my wall would most certainly have been made of granite, but today it is a pile of rubble!

Photo: Micheal Oliver Jenkins and wife Mary Ann (Freshour) Jenkins

According to Jewel's interview notes MO accounted that he had been raised by his Aunt Fronburger whose father (his grandfather) was Joseph Jenkins. This family actually wan't very hard to research. Thanks to the extrordinary efforts of Familysearch.org and the records of Lincoln County, NC. Using Wills, Probates, Land records and census records I was able to piece together the Jenkins family.

Margaret Jenkins the daughter of Joseph Jenkins did marry William Froneberger 7 March 1820. She was nursing her daughter Barbara at the same time that MO was born, so she was able to take on the care of MO as well. Once this connection was established, which matched with the details in MO's interview, the flood gates opened.

Most records I could find on this family were found on the Family Search website. Betty had sent me a copy that she already had of Margert's brother's (Hugh) will. Though this record can also be found in the Lincoln County wills on the Family Search website. Most of the records were not indexed, so I had to search them individually until I found who I was looking for. It was time consuming, but well worth it.

Here is the lesson I learned, never assume that all records on a genealogy data base site are indexed or that only the ones indexed are available for online viewing. I began looking through the catalog list for Lincoln County, NC when I notice something I had not noticed and certainly not taken advantage of before. In the list some records indicated they were online and no longer gave a film number. So I clicked on the link for North Carolina Probates and found that I could browse the records. Eventually I found probate, estate files and or wills for David and Hugh, both brothers of Margaret, Joseph, their father, Hugh and Steward, brother's who turned out to be cousins of Joseph, Aaron, brother of Joseph and Hugh Jenkins, the father of Joseph. From these records and support by census records I was able to compile two more generations back from my MO Jenkins. Now that I know the family came from Lancaster, PA guess where I'll start my research next. Though from what I've seen there doesn't seem to be the abundance of records that I had found with Lincoln, NC for Lancaster, PA. At this point I've decided not to finish writing my book until I can find more about Hugh Jenkins' family in Pennsylvania.

Generation 1

1. HUGH1 JENKINS was born in 1722 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died in Nov 1800 in
Rowan County, NC. He married (1) MARY MASON KENT. She was born in 1739.
Hugh Jenkins and Mary Mason Kent had the following children:

     2. vii. JOSEPH JENKINS was born in 1758 in Rowan Co, North Calolina. He died in 1821 in
              Lincoln County, North Calolina. He married ELIZABETH HAMBRIGHT, daughter of
              Frederick Hambright and Sarah Hardin. She was born in 1755 in Lincoln County,
              North Calolina.
        viii. SAMUEL JENKINS.
    3.  ix. MOSES JENKINS.
    4.   x. MARY JENKINS. She married DAVID KILPATRICK.
         xi. SUSANA JENKINS. She married ROBERT JOHNSTON.
        xii. AARON JENKINS was born in 1762 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. He died in
            1834 in Rowan, North Carolina, USA.
    5. xiii. HUGH JENKINS.
    6. xiv. JAMES JENKINS.
    7. xv. ANN JENKINS. She married WILLIAM COWAN.
       xvi. MARY JENKINS. She married MATTHEW STUART.

Generation 2
2. JOSEPH2 JENKINS (Hugh1 Jenkins) was born in 1758 in Rowan Co, North Calolina. He died in 1821
    in Lincoln County, North Calolina. He married ELIZABETH HAMBRIGHT, daughter of Frederick
    Hambright and Sarah Hardin. She was born in 1755 in Lincoln County, North Calolina.
    Joseph JENKINS and Elizabeth Hambright had the following children:
            died in 1870 in Gaston County, North Carolina, USA. She married WILLIAM
            FRONEBERGER on 07 Mar 1820 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA.
        ii. HUGH JENKINS was born on 09 Jan 1788 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA.
           He died in 1835 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA. He married SUSANA BEST
           on 25 Jun 1829 in Lincoln, North Carolina.
      iii. SARAH JENKINS was born in 1793 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA. She died
          in 1852 in North Carolina, USA.
     iv. SUSANNA JENKINS was born in 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA. She
         died in 1827 in Rutherford County, North Carolina, USA.
     v. ANN JENKINS was born in 1782 in Lincoln County, North Calolina. She died on 14
         Aug 1858 in Lincoln County, North Calolina. She married HUGH ROBISON.
     vi. ELIZABETH "BETSEY" JENKINS was born in 1796 in Lincoln County, North Carolina,
    vii. AGNES JENKINS was born in 1796 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA. She died
         in Poke, AK.
   viii. DAVID JENKINS was born in 1786 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA. He died in
         1835 in Lincoln County, North Carolina, USA.
     ix. MARY JENKINS.

3. MOSES2 JENKINS (Hugh1).
    Moses Jenkins had the following children:
       i. HUGH3 JENKINS.

    David Kilpatrick and Mary Jenkins had the following children:

5. HUGH2 JENKINS (Hugh1).
    Hugh Jenkins had the following child:
      i. POLLY3 JENKINS.

6. JAMES2 JENKINS (Hugh1).
    James Jenkins had the following child:
       i. SARAH3 JENKINS. She married BENJAMIN TROTT.

7. ANN2 JENKINS (Hugh1). She married WILLIAM COWAN.
   William Cowan and Ann Jenkins had the following children:
      i. JANE3 COWAN.
     ii. POLLY COWAN.