Sunday, November 9, 2014

Sunday's Obituary ~ "Necrology" at The Star Cemetery

Gotta admit, the word "necrological" kinda threw me.  I'd never seen it used in reference to an obituary.  When I checked Merriam-Webster, I discovered that the root word, necrology, actually means obituary, or a list of the recently dead.  Hmm...
I find this obit interesting to say the least. even given its time.
Birth: 1830, USA
Death: Nov. 27, 1914
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Born into slavery, and for the last 25 years of his life sexton at Shreveport's Star Cemetery, where he rests today. 
Star Cemetery
Caddo Parish
Louisiana, USA

Created by: John Andrew Prime
Record added: Aug 31, 2014
Find A Grave Memorial# 135220597
Jordan Johnson
Added by: John Andrew Prime

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Those Places Thursday ~ Claiborne Parish, Louisiana

My ancestors migrated from Claiborne Parish, La. to Clark and Ouachita Counties in Arkansas.

Rural Claiborne.  Might they have enjoyed a similar view?

Was this a Claiborne Road less travelled?

Somewhere in rural Claiborne.
I don't think this old home belonged to my ancestors, but I imagine some of them probably lived in similar dwellings.

Cities & Towns nearby Summerfield:
Junction City, AR 7.4mi NELillie, LA 8.4mi ELisbon, LA 10.6mi SSWSpearsville, LA 11.6mi EBernice, LA 11.7mi SEHomer, LA 17.9mi SWDubach, LA 18.5mi SSEHaynesville, LA 19.4mi WEl Dorado, AR 20.8mi

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday's Tip ~ Place Log

I'm rather slow at times, to get the hang of things, so I'm sure most everyone else already does this, but here goes...
I keep a location/place chart per year and/or census  for each person.  It's helped a lot when I've needed clarification, or a quick at-a-glance,where were you then?  I wish I'd used this technique in the beginning of my research.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Mystery Monday~ What The Heck Happened to Jane & Lucy Glover?

     My Monday Mystery may  not constitute a mystery in the true sense of the word.  It's actually more of a brick wall.  I consider it a mystery because it's like a baffling riddle with no foreseeable solution.
     Jane and Lucy were my great grandfather Isaac's sisters.  They are last seen with the family in the 1880 census, at the ages of 18 and 14 respectively. Then came the 20-year drought, with the gap between the 1800 and 1900 censuses.
      For all intents and purposes, they could have fallen off the face of the earth. Our oldest living Glover descendant (that we know of) says Issac and 3 of his brothers  eventually migrated to Arkansas, while their sister's remained in Louisiana.  But where? What happened to them in that time frame?  Did they die young, or marry?  If they married, whom did they marry?
Assuming their ages given are even remotely correct, and fall within a 5 yr. range, Jane would have been born between 1857-1862.  Lucy's 1861-1866.
     I figure that 1900 was the first available census where I should have been able to  pick up the girls trail.  I started looking in Police Jury Ward 1, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana because that's where all of the brothers were living. My thoughts were that perhaps the girls stayed close to family.
     I searched by first name only, since I wasn't sure what their married names were, and that's assuming they were still alive. ...And was stopped dead in my tracks! There are probably hundreds of Jane's & Lucys' living in Claiborne and surrounding areas. (Realistically, they could have lived in any parish, not just Claiborne), and born between 1857 & 1862.
Guess who'll be contacting Claiborne Parish Clerk of Court to check on marriage records? I'm already seizing up, seeing dollar signs as I type.  Perhaps I  better try Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness first!  Wish me luck!

"Phillip, It's 1900, Where Were You?"

Recently, while attempting to scale a
brick wall in search of a couple of great great aunts Jane & Lucy, I made what may be an awesome discovery!
I decided to locate each of their brothers, with the hopes that they were living nearby.  And nearly fell over, when I couldn't find the youngest brother, Phillp in 1900.  He's found up front and center in 1910, 1920, 1930-40.  Thought that was weird, soooo, I verified his marriage date, and to my surprise, discovered that he didn't marry until Jan. 12, 1901. That might prove significant, because IF (and its a big if), he can be found in 1900, I  MIGHT also find his mother and my great-great grandmother, Mariah!
It's uncertain what became of my great-great grandparents, Neal & Marian Glover.  Folklore, (and several public family trees) say that  he died in 1890.  Exactly when where is unknown.  There's no info on Mariah.  When did she die? Before or after Neal?  Assuming that Neal died first, did she move in with Jane or Lucy (if they were alive), or Phillip? I do know she was not iving with Philip & his family in 1910.
It appears that Phillip, though the youngest, was the first of The Glover Brothers to venture forth into Arkansas.  His marriage record states he was living in Wheelen Springs, Clark Co. Arkansas at the time of his marriage.  His wife lived there also.
Sounds like a good a place to start digging....Such possibilities!
****Hindsight is really 20/20.  If I'd been tracking Phillip on a place/locale chart, I would have (let's be serious now), should have come to this realization sooner!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Census Sunday ~ Beginning

     It was supposed to be an exercise in futility, a fluke, a one time peek into "all the hoopla that was family history." Instead, a door opened into a world I hadn't  even known existed, - genealogy. The search for my beginnings, and all who had come before me, began.
     A co-worker had began researching her ancestry.  Everyday, she'd come to work, regaling us all with fascinating stories, of her finds.  Sooo, one afternoon, before I went to work, I sat down at the computer, logged into, and typed in the name of my  grandmother's father, and my Great Grandfather, Issac Glover, finding him with his family in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana in the year 1880.  He was 15 years old, and I was hooked! I thought wow. Went back 10 more years to 1870, and there he was at age 7.
Name:Isaac Glover
Age in 1870:7
Birth Year:abt 1863
Home in 1870:Ward 7, Claiborne, Louisiana
Post Office:Homer
Value of real estate:View image
Household Members:
C Glover 28
Mariah Glover 27
Thomas Glover 11
Jane Glover 9
Isaac Glover 7


Friday, October 31, 2014

"To Tree or Not to Tree, That Is the Question"

     I've grappled with this idea/thought for what seems like forever.  Do I make my family tree, public or not?  If I decide to go public, which forum should I use? Ancestry, Familysearch, Myheritage, others?  Decisions, decisions!
    I see two distinct advantages to putting it online.  First, someone else researching the same person/surname, might reach out, and we could both connect with long- lost kin.  Or, I may actually help someone else.  Sometimes, all you need to complete your tree, is another branch or twig.
    The downside that I see, is other researchers simply copying, extracting your data, verbatim, giving you no recompense, not even a footnote, to explain where the data came from. Sharing is one thing.  Just taking, something else entirely.  Most records are costly.  If not monetary, you spend your time, laboriously gathering information, fitting it all together, constructing your tree, each twig snapping into a branch, and each branch slotting into one particular notch on the tree.
     Case in point, - earlier this year, a cousin from Ohio, (who shall remain nameless) contacted my mother, who in turn referred her to me (I'm the only person in my family the least bit interested in family history, those dead or alive!).  Anyway, this cousin proceeds to feed me this ruse about her granddaughter needing to do a family tree for school.  Each of my questions was met with  an "I don't know, I'm not sure, I'll have to find out."  How indeed was I expected to 'help' if you don't know what it is you need? 
     We talked for about an hour.  She told me several times, that she had no interest in family history, - she could care less about it...dadadadada.  She explained that some of her adult children wanted her to do/write/compile a book about her family.  Ding, ding, ding! Bells, whistles, and red lights are flashing.  Ah, that's what she needed!
      Don't get me wrong!  I love the challenges, bunting my head against the brick walls, waiting for records requested to arrive.  Sometimes I don't even mind shelling out the money for documentation which offers no information at all, when it finally does arrive.  But, I do not like or appreciate someone attempting to use data which I've struggled to compile, without so much (I'd wager), as an acknowledgement or a thank you! Tis true, I was born at night.  But, it was not last night!
       Back to my original premise, - "to tree or not to tree..."