Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Glover Feather in My Cap!

     If you're like me, you rarely get stamped, first-class letter mail anymore.  So, yesterday, when I glanced over at the mail lying on the floor in front of the mail slot, I got kinda excited.  Invitation?  Belated birthday wishes?  A response to a genealogy inquiry?
     As you can guess, I was anticipating something good, by the time I actually held the letter in my hand, and immediately saw that it was indeed for me, and that the return address was from a Glover relative, whom I'd heard of, and knew lived in Arizona.  I wanted to rip it open, but didn't want to chance tearing the letter itself, so I very calmly took a knife and slit open one end.
     The letter began:  Dear Cuz, (Those two little words were music to my ears!) I know we have never met, but I know that we are cousins... I WAS/AM SO EXCITED!  Or, as the young folks say, - stoked!  Not only is this the first time that someone approached me first, (genealogically speaking), but this new connection adds a new leaf to my family tree.  And, he no doubt has information about ancestors/relatives of which I have scant or absolutely no knowledge of.  As a matter of fact, he made reference to a cousin in Ohio.
     I've written about my cousin Howard before in my miniature 'exposes?' of The Glover Family. We sprout from different branches of  the same tree, in the form of Neal Glover, who was my 2X grandfather, and Howard's Grandfather.  Though we both live in Detroit, we've never met, and only became aware of the other other's existence, within the last few years, when I contacted him. My new 'correspondent', is his youngest brother.
     Etiquette might dictate that I respond in kind,- by letter, but let's face it, - I've never been one to follow the rules, Lol!  I did the only thing which made sense to me, looked him up in White Pages, and called.  No one answered.  No problem, that was expected, being a Saturday afternoon and all.  I've paced myself, and reasoned that I'll wait, and try again later, this afternoon, on the off chance that he's a churchgoer.  After that, all bets are off!
     Howard and I have now more or less cemented  plans to meet.(We alluded to it before, but it was never anything definite).  We have another cousin who also lives here in the city. She's Howard's  first cousins, as their fathers were brothers.  I've been tasked with finding her, and making the arrangements for the three of us to have lunch.
     At the risk of being repeating myself, "I'M SO EXCITED!"  Maybe the ancestors aren't upset with me after all.  Or, maybe it's like I said before, 'nothing happens before it's supposed to.' 
This picturesque scene is on the back of the card/letter. which I received.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

"Help.. I Need An Ancestor Intervention!"

     I've truly been floundering.  Kind of like 'knit one, purl two.'   Post 3 weeks, take a break for 2 more.  I work crazy hours, tis true, but I can't totally blame the job.  I'll hit a brick wall, bang my head, become frustrated,  pout in a corner for a while, then try again.  It's my very own vicious circle, but C'est la vie!,
that's life I guess.
     I am beginning to feel that the ancestors are either totally pissed off with me right now, displeased for one reason or another, OR are thwarting my searches and not allowing my efforts to be fruitful because this is simply the right time for connections to be made.
     I embarked on my Alf Glover Journey a few weeks back.  I can't honestly say I've not been successful, I guess I want resolution and answers, - yesterday. LOL!  I continue to bump my head....
First, while cruising the net one Friday Night, I wind up on the site.  Browsing through their family trees, I find my 'Alf', his wife Eliza, and some of their children.  Not all, but a little bit of something is always better than a whole lotta nothing.  Right?  Only problem was, that in order to browse the family tree, I had to join the site.  $76 worth of join!  Turns out I know the owner of this particular tree.  Well, 'know' might be stretching things, but we were genealogical 'conspirators' several years ago, and used to exchange emails (I've since lost his email addie).  I messaged him via the, and have yet to get a response.  And unfortunately, it's been my experience with The Ancestry Message Boards, that members more likely than not, -  do not respond.  Money not exactly well spent, I'd say.  Down the toilet would probably be a more apt description.
     I did find an obituary notice for someone I believe to be one of Alf's grandchildren on Ancestry.  The obituary is in The Flint Journal, from Flint, Michigan.  I called the library there, verified the obit, and was given the publication date, column, page, etc.  Unfortunately, the library no longer handles requests for obits. I would, I was told have to make my request with the Flint Genealogical Society.  I very promptly typed up my request, wrote out a check for fees, and mailed it off.  I live approximately 60 miles away, so I figure they'll receive the letter in a day or two, after all, we're talking Flint, Michigan, not Los Angeles, Ca.  How long could it take, I figured. (Apparently longer than I thought).  Yesterday, I broke down and called to see if there was some sort of snafu (It had been about 2 weeks). The check hadn't been cashed, and if there was a snag, I could take care of it, nipping things in the bud.  Right?  Wrong, again, LOL!.  I was told by the president of the genealogical society, that the volunteer who handled requests was out of the country, in Germany, and wouldn't be back until the end of the month.  Grrrr (the sound of my teeth gnashing!). I don't want much, just to prove or disprove a familial connection.  Jesus, Mary, Joseph!  My mother used to say that sometimes when you keep running into dead ends, it's because you are not supposed to do whatever it is you're attempting.  Could this be one of those times?  Are the ancestors trying to tell me this is a no-no? Or should I be reminding myself that patience really is a virtue?
     There was however, a silver lining in my cloud.  I'd called the Lafayette County Arkansas library, and was advised to call Southwest Arkansas Archives in Washington, Ark.  I spoke with Mrs. Lloyd there, and while she couldn't help me with ' my' Glover's, she was a fount of information in other respects, giving many useful tips.  For instance, it never occurred to me to check tax records for the early part of the century.  I always figured most of my ancestors were too poor to own any personal property of note, thus would not have paid taxes.  She quickly disabused me of that notion, explaining that anything they owned would have been considered personal property (i.e. livestock, a watch), and taxable.  She also gave advise about searching courthouse records, - that they were arranged by school districts.  The only down side is that these searches must be done in person,by me, sooo, it's a dead end for now, and will have to wait until I'm able to travel there on a research trip, which, hopefully, will be next summer.
      Finally, Mrs. Lloyd gave me the name of a fellow Southwest Archives Board Member who works at The Barton Library in El Dorado, Ark.  I called the next day, spoke Mrs. Boulden, who by the way, seems to be very nice, judging by her telephone persona.  She gave me her email info, and asked me to jot everything down, and send it to her, which I did the very next day.  I am on pins and needles, awaiting her response!
     I contacted the Columbia Library Genealogy Dept. in Columbia County Ark., and spoke to Dana. As with Mrs. Boulden, I was asked to email my info, to which I complied, and received a reply 2 days later. Great response time, for which I am grateful.  Dana appears to have given it the all American try, - unfortunately, the cemetery records she was able to find weren't helpful, with one exception. She found a grave for an Eliza Glover, who died in 1924, in  Pine Bluff, Ark, which is in Jefferson Co.  Could this be 'my' Eliza?
Guess it could be a viable lead.  So far, I've only located the family in Lafayette, Columbia & Union Counties.  Doesn't mean they couldn't have lived elsewhere.  God knows the family moved around a lot. Perhaps Alf preceded Eliza in death, and she moved in with one of their children or another relative in the Pine Bluff area.  Only the ancestors know for sure, and so far, they ain't talking!

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Other Glover Families From Claiborne: Alf Glover's Daughter "Mary"

Sometime during the last years of the 19th century, Alf Glover and family move from Louisiana to Arkansas. In 1900, the family is living in Union Co. Arkansas.  The household includes Alf, Eliza, Nannie, Ethie, George, Gemi, Isa B., and Marshall. The 3 oldest children, Frank, Fayette, and Mary, appear to work, if not live outside the home. Fayette works as a servant in the area.  There's a big question mark as to Frank & Mary's whereabouts.
In 1906, 22 yr. old Mary, marries 22 yr. old George Tisby, on March 13th.  Both give El Dorado, Union Co.. Ark, as their city of residence.
Name:Mary Glover
Birth Year:abt 1884
Residence:El Dorado, Union, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:Geo Tisby
Spouse's Gender:Male
Spouse's Age:33
Spouse's Residence:El Dorado, Union, Arkansas
Marriage Date:13 Mar 1906
Marriage License Date:13 Mar 1906
Marriage County:Union
Event Type:Marriage
FHL Film Number:988523
Though both Mary & George are unaccounted for in 1910, by 1920, 40 yr. old Mary,is listed with her parents in their home, and her marital status is that of widow.
There are 2 other 'possible' Mary (Glover) Tisbie sightings:  One, when  a 41 yr. old divorced Mary Glover is listed as a boarder in the household of Charlie H. & Vollie Little, in Bradley, Lafayette, on the 1930 census.  I've since discovered several of Alf's' descendants lived/died in the Bradley area.  Possible? Maybe?
The second is for a Mary Tisbie, age 37, marrying 26 yr. old B.P. Parker in Magnolia, Ark. on Jan. 27, 1923.  Possible?  Maybe?
Name:Mary Tisbie
Birth Year:abt 1886
Residence:Magnolia, Columbia, Arkansas
Spouse's Name:B P Parker
Spouse's Gender:Male
Spouse's Age:26
Spouse's Residence:Magnolia, Columbia, Arkansas
Marriage Date:27 Jan 1923
Marriage License Date:27 Jan 1923
Marriage County:Columbia
Event Type:Marriage
FHL Film Number:1987624

Saturday, September 7, 2013

The Other Glover Families From Claiborne: Alf Glover's Son '"Fayette"

If  you recently noticed a small black squirrel scampering around, rooting amongst trees in your yard, don't be alarmed.  It's just me, and I'm not looking for nuts, I'm searching for my ever so elusive kin! No stone has been left unturned in my hunt for Alf Glover descendants.  And, I'm proud to say, searches may have been fruitful.  You know the saying, "It ain't over till the fat lady sings."
Though I often become giddy with excitement when  it appears I've made a breakthrough, and found a record or person, I can't afford to conclusively say, "eureka, I've found so & so!", until I 've found that it really is a tie that binds.  Otherwise known as corroborating evidence.
Meanwhile, I've made some headway. A person I believe to be Fayette Glover, 46 (the second oldest son, born at. 1878), is living in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1920, with his wife Clara/Claire, 27.  I was kinda surprised when his name jumped out at me from the census page, as  my last sighting of him was in 1900, working as a servant in  a private home.  Not even a WWI draft registration enlistment,  although at 40+ years of age, he might not have had to register.  Looking  into WWI age requirements goes on my "Check these out list."
Now that I knew he's married, and to whom, I needed to find out when.  When I did find the marriage record on Ancestry, I was pleasantly surprised,and a little taken aback.  Assuming this record was actually for "my" Fayette, - this marriage to a Clara Woods, took place in Raleigh,West Virginia, in 1906. The vitals given claim they were both born in Louisiana (check), Fayette's age is about right (check).  But what the heck was he doing in West Virginia?
I poked  in and around the WV area, looking for him and/or other family members. Nothing. Also tried to find some history on Clara.  Nada.  And, It certainly doesn't help matters, that the marriage record gives no clue as to race.  It also helps that I've only run across one other man with the given name of Fayette, and that name was really LaFayette. I wonder if WV, has any more information.  (Added to my check on list).
By now, I truly intrigued by Fayette's  presence in WV. When I think of West Virginia, for some reason, I automatically think of coal mining. Was he a coal miner for a time?  Questions, questions pepper my thoughts:  How'd he come to be there? (WV, is not exactly around the corner from Arkansas)  Did he follow his employer for whom he farmed or was servant to in 1900?  Were there hitherto unknown relatives there? Did he join them?  Was it a railroad or coal mining job that led him there?  There is a Fayette as well as a Fayetteville, Wv.  Also a  newspaper, - "The Fayette Journal.". Could he have been drawn there to check out his namesakes? (Possible I guess, but not plausible).
Although there were  some African-Americans in the area, there definitely was not a large Black population. The first black doctor, J.M. Grandison, began a practice in Adkinsville, in 1904, moving to Lester in 1910.  And, the first black school opened near the borders of Beckley & Mabscott, in 1907.  But, WHAT drew Fayette there?  I have no doubt become too vested in this, because as things stand now, I'm not even sure this is my Fayette.

Raleigh in reference to the rest of the state.

Wv in reference to Arkansas.

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Other Glover Families From Claiborne: Alf Glover

By 1910,  'Alf' And Eliza are living in Cleveland, Columbia, Ark, with three of their children:
Alfred Glover, 60/65, head
Lizeran, wife, 53
G Sue, daughter, 17
B Is*, daughter, 15
Marshall, son, 12
It's noted that Eliza is the mother of 12 children, 10 of whom are still living.

In 1920. the family lives in Carnie, Columbia, Arkansas:
'Alf' Glover, head, 70
Eliza E., wife, 63 (mulatto)
Mary Tisby, daughter, 40 (widowed)
Benjamin Glover, grandson, 6, born Ark.
Voosevelt Glover, grandson 3- 1/2, born Ark.
Printice Glover, grandson, 11/12 mths., born Ark.
This census marks the first time, that the designation of Mulatto was made in reference to Eliza, or to anyone for that matter.  And although I don't know which child the grandchildren belong to, I'll go out on a limb and assume it's a son, since the last name is Glover.  I know, I know, what making an 'ass'umption makes me.  They very well could have been born out of wedlock.  I don't believe the children are Mary's, due to her age.  I'd believe that any children she might have had would be older, not such babies.
After the 1920 census, Alf & Eliza appear to have dropped off the face of the earth.  I don't know if they both died, or one died, and the other went to live with one of their children/another relative, or even if they both moved in with someone else.  They very well could have died, and a certificate of death was simply not filed, for whatever reason.  I've contacted Vital Statistics in Little Rock twice, attempting to get a copy of my Great Grandmother Elizabeth's d/c, only to be told that it could not be found.  I've tried variations in the spelling of her name, and switched first and middle names. To no avail.  I have to accept that I will never be able to get a copy.
The family seems to have moved around a great deal.  I pulled up an Arkansas County map for perspective.  The town of Carnie no longer exists, presumably incorporated in to another township.

I still haven't proven a connection between my Glover Family, and Alf's.  I've been trying to either dispel my assumption that we are all related, 'somehow,' or to disprove it altogether.  The head banging against the brick wall as already begun! My battle cry from this point forward, should be - "let the games begin!" LOL!
I'll continue my hunt for Alf's children & descendants. Who knows, maybe I'll find both 'Alf' and Eliza once again , up front & center, hiding in plain sight!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Other Glover Families From Claiborne

Too bad the Guinness Book of World Records has no category for 'most challenging/hardest to find ancestors.  My elusive kin would  always win, - hands down!  I do stand corrected.  Anyone remotely associated with my family would grab the brass ring.  I've heard of families with a distrust of the government and/or who simply did not wish to be counted in the census disappearing, but mine take things a bit too far. They must leave the planet!
Last Tuesday, loomed bright with promise, hope, and....dare I say it... foolish .e-x-p-e-c-t-a-t-i-o-n? (there's a lilt to my voice on the end). I'd decided to make a genealogical foray into the Slave Schedules. Rolled up my shirt sleeves, and dug in.  But then, in the 1870, I discovered 2 other African-American Families living in Ward 7, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, in addition to my GG Grandfather Neal Glover's. I opted to put The Slave Schedules on the back burner for now, and to follow the evidence, or in this case, to get on the trail, and pray I find evidence!
1870 Ward 7, Claiborne Parish, La. - J. Glover & N. Glover Families

As mentioned before, Cousin Ora Lee, recalled that 2GG Neal had a brother named "Alf," One of these families had a son named "Alf", and a male head of household, old enough to be Neal's father. They may not be related, but you'd think that just 5 years out of Slavery, finding 3 African-American Families sharing a surnames, living in the same general; area, would all but guarantee a connection of some sort.  Right? Well, maybe. There may not be a direct relationship, but I've at least got to try to rule for or against one.
I fast forward 10 years, to the 1880 census.  Hiding in plain sight, are The Neal Glover Family, and Alf Glover and his Family:

My 2GG Neal Glover & Family, 1880

1880 Census - 2nd Ward, Claiborne Parish La.
Alfred Glover, 28, b. Ga.
Eliza Glover, 26, wife, b. La.
Frank Glover, 3, son, b. La.
Fayette Glover, 2, son, b. La.
Mary Glover, 3m, daughter, b. La

'Alf' is married with 3 children, and living in the next ward. All the other Claiborne Glover's seem to have vanished.  Nary another Glover Family to be found, though I run exhaustive searches. - First & last name, first name only; only those born in certain years;  those born in La; African-Americans born during particular time periods/in La.  I searched page by page, checked for marriage records.  I'm guessing, most of them must have 'jumped the broom.' because I find records of no marriages.  Not even for the males
Since records for the 1890 census, are all but non existent, my next stop is the 1900 census. Once again, 
'Alf' is up front and center:

1900 Census - Garner, Union Co., Arkansas
Alfred Glover, age 49, born in Ala, 3/1854, married 24 years (1876)
Eliza Glover, wife, 43, b. 1/1857, in La
Nannie, daughter, 16, b. 9/1886 in La.
Ethie, daughter, 15, b. 5/1885 in La.
George, son, b. 1/1889 in La.
Gemi, son, b. 7/1891 in La.
Isa B., daughter, 7, b. 9/1892 in La.
Marshal, son 2, b. 11/1897 in Arkansas.

Fayette,Glover, is 21, is also living in Garner, and is a servant in the household of Jno Wms.  Per the census, he was born in La., in 11/1878. 
Frank and Mary also appear to be living on their own, but where?
I've learned 2 things about 'Alf.' One, he married about 1876, and two, his family moved to Arkansas around 1898, based on all the children being born in La., except Marshall, who was born in Ark. 


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Detours On The Road to Slave Schedules

I've long been curious  about my Great Great Grandfather Neal Glover's roots.  I think it's a foregone conclusion that he was enslaved. The question becomes where? Had he been the property of a plantation owner?  Farmer?  If so, which one?  If not, where did he live and work? Was he ever sold?  How many times?  Did his wife, my GG Grandmother Mariah live on the same farm/plantation as he?  So many,many questions...
Neal's son Issac (Ike) my great grandfather, was born about 1863, which might mean he was born during the tail end of slavery,or he could have been horn 1865 or later, or which should have automatically made him a free man, theoretically that is.  Would I ever find answers to any of these questions?
I've long heard of the slave schedules, even tried to 'decipher' them once or twice.  When I tell you they were Greek to me, I almost mean that literally.  For instance, I type in Glover, the page opens. Mind you, there's more than one Glover slave owner listed.  Beneath his name, there are numerous  ages given of slaves.  Sometimes,only a first name is given.   There may be  multiple persons with the same given name. How does that help you? There could be 10 men, aged 48.  Who is who?
what exactly?  Which of these Glover's would Neal belong to?
Last week, I joined the FB Group, "African-American Genealogy & Slave Ancestry Research," which has turned out to be a godsend.  Not only is the group chock full of knowledgeable and interesting people, each with unique stories and tips, but there's the sense of camaraderie that comes when you're in the presence of like minded people. (I'm rambling, which always happens when I'm excited!  Anyway Felicia, one member, responded to another member's questions about slave schedules, which I read with a great deal of zeal and relish!  Just what I needed! These were Felicia's suggestions or recommendations:   First, she says check the 1870 census for your ancestors location. If they have remained in the area, then the slave owner might be one of the nearest white families  closest to them.  If there is more than white family with your ancestors' surname you might narrow the ''field of suspects," by property ownership. Who was the largest property owner at the time of the 1860 census?  Then she said to check each landowner individually to see if they owned slaves.  If they did, try to match names, and possibly ages with your ancestors.
At the time of the 1870 census, The Neal Glover Family lived in ward 7, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, (Homer Post Office).  The household included, Neal 28, born Georgia; Mariah, 27, born Alabama; and their 4 children: Thomas 11, Jane 9, Issac 7, and Jack 6. The children were all born in Louisiana.
I noticed a category at the top of the census, labeled: "Value of Real Estate Owned."  There were 2 columns: value of real estate, and value of personal estate. Of the 4 Black families on the page, each had been assessed a value, - $300, $250 $150 & $100 (Neal's household). Gotta admit I was shocked!  What could they possibly have owned?  Or, was this a ploy (for reasons unknown) pretending that in this post slavery period, they had  walked away with, or been allowed to accumulate something?
Neal Glover & Family, 1870 Ward 7, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.


3 pages over, there are two other African-American Families surname Glover. living next door to one another.  My 80-ish cousin, Ora Lee, told me that Neal had a brother named 'Alf.' and there is an Alford living in the household of 'J,' Glover.  There is also a 21 yr. old male whose name is written and/or transcribed as Carter D. living there.  It is said that 'he' works on the farm.  It doesn't just say farm laborer as it does for the other sons.  I've also been told by Ora Lee that Great Grandma Mariah was born a Carter.  I'm wondering now if this 'Carter' was her brother
J. Glover's wife was born in Georgia,  Neal is born in Georgia.
Wow!  Coincidences or Facts??!!
And next door to J. Glover, is the household of an N. Glover (God, all these initials are driving me 'battier!'), who is 27, one year younger than Neal, and a brother??? Another thing, J. Glover's wife was born in Georgia. N. Glover's was born in Georgia. too.
I DEFINITELY have my work cut out for me!  Just the other day, Someone in the FB group asked if anyone else ever got sidetracked?   You're working on one family/ancestor and before you know it, you've veered off that path, and onto another.  Think it's just happened!  Slave schedules, I'm on my way.  Hang tight just a bit longer.  I've got to dig into J. & N. Glover. Is it possible, that I've gone where no relative has gone before and found the ultimate Glover connection?!?!?!
It's time to call cousin Ora yet again, and pepper her with more questions!