Saturday, March 31, 2012

It will be epic...the 1940 census will be

The other day I heard a woman talking about the release of the 1940 census, which is set to occur on Monday. She was confused as to whether she would be able to search it starting Monday or even be able to see it. I wanted to explain to her what I know about the release, but didn't want to be that "know-it-all-genealogist." You know the one I'm talking about.

Anyway, to ensure that my "know-it-all" status was legitimate, I signed up for the 1940 Aces Program set up by Ancestry.com. They will be sending me updates on the process of releasing the census and will provide clarification on the process as they move through it. This is a blurb they provided to better help explain the process of releasing the 1940 census:

"The National Archives and Records Administration will open the 1940 U.S. Federal Census on April 2, 2012—the first time this collection will be made available to the public. Once we receive the census, we will begin uploading census images to our site so the public can browse them. Initially, this collection will be what we call a browse-only collection. This means a person can scroll through the pages of the census districts much like you would look at a microfilm or a book. At the same time, we will be working behind the scenes to create an index of the census that will eventually allow people to search for their family members by name as they currently can with all other censuses on Ancestry.com. Note also that the 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be accessible free of charge throughout 2012 on Ancestry.com."


The bottom line is that as soon as the NARA releases the paper census to the public, Ancestry.com will begin scanning it and posting those images online for individuals to browse. Behind the scenes hordes of volunteers and professionals will be creating an index of the pages for a searchable database. I was also excited to learn that Ancestry.com will be providing the 1940 census for free throughout 2012.

For more information and updates on their progress you can visit their 1940 census page. You will also be able to access scans for free from the collaboration between FamilySearch, Archives.com, and FindMyPast.com. Learn more here. Epic!


Thursday, March 29, 2012

I'm an Internet Genealogist

I'm an Internet Genealogist and I'm okay with that. I know, a typical genealogist would argue that you must have visits to dusty archives, trips to cemeteries and coffee with the local historical society. But I'm a different breed. I don't live anywhere near where my ancestors lived so visits to all the typical haunts are out of the question. Not to mention that I have two little boys that aren't big fans of libraries...or I should saying they aren't fans of being quiet.

So how does today's stay-at-home mom that lives far away from her homeland conduct research? Through the joy of the Internet and the lightening quick speed of the U.S. Postal Service. I must admit that I am proud of what I've accomplished on my family research without having left my desk. Here's some of my favorite tips:

1. Subscriptions. I couldn't live without my Ancestry.com subscription. In fact, I maintain my family tree on the site publicly. Through this I've received numerous queries on family that have led to massive brick wall destruction. I also maintain subscriptions to fold3.com, Newspaperarchive.com and genealogybank.com. But you don't always have to pay for these subscriptions. Check out your local library for genealogy sites they subscribe to, sometimes you are able to access them from your home. Some large genealogy libraries also offer library cards to "out-of-towners" for a fee, which grants you access to their subscription sites at a cost less than purchasing your own subscriptions. Keep in mind that Ancestry.com is usually only available from within your library.

2. Google. Have you Googled your ancestors? As part of my research checklist I always do a Google search for each ancestor. You never know what other researchers have posted online. And don't just look at the first page of results, flip through a few pages. I've found worthwhile links on the fourth and fifth pages of results. Also try a search in Google books.

3. WorldCat.org. WorldCat.org is a website that lists the catalog of libraries from across the world that I have already sang the praise of here. If a library includes their catalog on WorldCat.org, it will list all their holdings which could include books, articles and archival material. I found letters written by my third great-grandfather through a catalog listing on WorldCat.org. Can you say Sah-weet?

4. FamilySearch.org. What can I say, it's a great resource. Of course you can look for your ancestors through their searchable database. But also check out records that haven't yet been transcribed. FamilySearch has countless record images for viewing that are not yet available in their search engine. I was able to locate the birth record of my fourth great-grandfather in Norfolk, England, just by browsing through FamilySearch's Norfolk Bishop Transcripts, 1585-1941. It does take a little more time, but it is well worth the effort. A good way to locate these types of records is to visit the FamilySearch wiki, which is yet another great option from the FamilySearch folks. And this may make your head explode, but you can also conduct a search for genealogy books from their homepage.
5. Local/State historical societies. Have you done a search for the historical society serving the area your ancestors lived in? Many local societies have great websites, often including records that they have in their collection. Look for a society for the city, county, region and state of your ancestor as each one will have a different collection and each one may be able to provide a different link to your ancestors' story. State societies also usually offer interlibrary loan for their microfilm/books. Don't be shy and give the society a call or send an email to ask about your relatives. I once made a big connection through an email to a society where the volunteer that returned my email was also researching the same line.

I can see that you are agog with the opportunities available from sitting on your bum. Nothing here is rocket science and you are probably using them now, but I hope that I have shared some new uses from some old friends. These are just some of my old friends. What sites have worked for you?

Monday, March 26, 2012

Military Monday - Camp Robinson, Arkansas

The main entrance of Camp Joseph T. Robinson in the 1940s. Originally named Camp Pike, the post was started in 1917 as a federal training facility for World War I. In 1922 the Camp was returned to the state of Arkansas for use as a training facility for the Arkansas National Guard. It was renamed Camp Joseph T. Robinson in 1937 to honor the death of a long-time Arkansas senator by the same name. In 1940 the camp was returned to the federal government for the 1-year mobilization of the 35th Infantry Division. At the outset of World War II the post was used as a training facility. Today Camp Robinson is the headquarters for the Arkansas National Guard and the location for the National Guard Bureau Professional Education Center (PEC), the national training center for the Army National Guard. Camp Pike still exists, though much smaller, and houses the federal military units in central Arkansas.

For more information on Camp Robinson visit the Arkansas National Guard Museum website.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Surname Saturday - Alexander

I am related to the Alexander family through my paternal great-grandmother, Gussie Creed. I have discussed the Reece family before here. I was lucky to find Elisabeth's maiden name on her marriage record to William Henry Reece.
They were married December 22, 1836 in Johnson County, Missouri. Note that her name is spelled Elizabeth on this record, yet it is spelled with an "s" on her headstone. I'm choosing to go with what was put in granite until I find information to the contrary. I was also lucky to find Elisabeth's brother, George, living with her on both the 1875 Kansas census and the 1880 federal census.
I adjusted the image a little to show the place of birth. George is quite a bit younger than his older sister; there is a twenty-year age difference. And the Alexander family migrated from North Carolina to Missouri somewhere between the births of Elisabeth and George.

Now I have two Alexander siblings. I received a response to a query on an Ancestry message board a few years back from a fellow researcher, John. Based on information he had received he indicated that Elisabeth and George's parents were John Alexander and Polly Ferguson. His deductions are sound, but I have yet to find documentation that proves this link. I did find a John Alexander living in Johnson County, Missouri in 1850. He is widowed and with him live five children, all born in Missouri, to include a George. This George is a year or two older than "my" George.
It is also important to note the name of the youngest child: Araminta. A unique name, one that Mary Reece Creed uses for one of her own children. And in 1850 Elisabeth Alexander Reece lives with her husband and children in the same township, county and state as the above Alexanders.

I added the above individuals to my practice tree to see what information I can find on them that may connect them to Elisabeth. And it's a good thing, too, because Araminta Alexander came up with 6 Ancestry hints. Each one was a census with the married name of Hull. I decided to look for her marriage record and found the following record from Johnson County, Missouri.
It states that Araminta Alexander and James Hull were married April 24, 1860 by none other than W. H. Reece. Have I mentioned that Elisabeth Alexander married William H. Reece, the preacher? An awfully convenient coincidence. Is it conclusive proof? Nope, but we're getting there. So now I return to the 6 Ancestry hints for Araminta. The first I click on is her listing on the 1860 census.
The last name in the listing? Araminta Hull. The first name? W. H. Reece. I had already found this census listing for the Reeces but had never taken note of the James and Araminta Hull listed in the family because I had no idea what the relationship was. I am calling this conclusive proof. At the very least, I am going to say John Alexander is my fourth great grandfather.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

James McGuire - Irish ancestor

For as long as I can remember, I knew that my mother's roots were Irish and that our immigrant ancestor was James McGuire. My 2nd great grand aunt, Bruna McGuire, wrote a history of the McGuire line published in 1954 called Pioneer Families. In her book she discusses James McGuire and his Irish origins. She states he was born in 1747 in County Fermanagh, Ireland and died in 1838 in Anderson County, Kentucky.

Unfortunately, her information is inconsistent. Bruna states in some places that James McGuire is from County Fermanagh, Ireland. This is possible as this county has been a Maguire/McGuire stronghold for hundreds of years.
Enniskillen Castle in County Fermanagh, Ireland, built by Gaelic Maguires nearly 600 years ago.
Yet in another paragraph, Bruna states that James McGuire was born in "Tyrone, County Fermanagh, Ireland." Research shows that there is no Tyrone in Fermanagh, but the county just north of it is County Tyrone. She also states that James' parents and grandparents participated in the Siege of Londonderry in 1689. If James was born in 1747 it is unlikely that his parents were alive to participate in this siege, but his grandparents would be of the right age. But Londonderry/Derry is in County Londonderry, just north of County Tyrone. There was also Siege activity in Enniskillen, the county seat of Fermanagh, so it is possible that his family participated in that as well. Even though Ireland is a rather small country, these three counties still include a wide stretch of area to attribute to an 18th century family.
I do not know what became of Aunt Bruna's genealogy research so I am not aware of her sources for this information. She did gift many things to the Ray County Missouri Museum, but none of her research was included. In her book Bruna attributes some of her McGuire information to Mary Hale Dean, a distant relative, who she interviewed in 1942. I had never taken note of this information before so last night I looked in to Mary Hale Dean. A quick Google search brought up her FindAGrave memorial which states:

"Largely responsible for bringing the first library and starting the Women's Club of Owensboro. The Kentucky Room of the Daviess Co., Library holds what people once referred to as the 'Mary Hale Dean Traveling Library' of genealogical research of area families."

A quick search for the Daviess County Kentucky Library shows that their website does indeed include information on the Kentucky Room. I have sent the staff a note to see if any of Mary Hale Dean's research is archived in the Kentucky Room. Perhaps I will be able to find more conclusive links to the origins of James McGuire.

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Wordless Wednesday - A happy family outing

A family trip in the early 1960s with Pete Underwood (center), Margaret McGuire Underwood and Clifton White (squating). I'm not sure where the photo was taken, but I know that my great-grandparents traveled quite a bit so this may have been on a road trip. I love this photo. The happiness on Pete and Margaret's faces makes me smile and I truly love the contemplative look of my great-grandfather, Clifton.

Monday, March 19, 2012

Military Monday - An Andersonville Connection?

Many months ago I requested two photos on the FindAGrave website for Peter and Susan Bodine. I knew they were buried in Pioneer Rest Cemetery, Plymouth, Richland County, Ohio, but I was not sure of their death information.

Yesterday I received photos of their headstones, plus extras, from generous volunteer MShirleyRN. She sent me not only the photos of the headstone for Peter and Susan, but also photos of all sides of their monument and an additional Bodine surname headstone next to it. Such kindness is wonderful and I will pay it forward. Anyway, it is clear that the individuals on the other sides of the monument are related, though it is not clear how. I would assume they are children of Peter and Susan, but you never know. One side shows the following:
Thos. Smith Bodine
Died March 27, 1864
Andersonville, GA
Aged
38 Y 7 D

If this Thomas was born in 1826 then he would be a son of Peter and Susan. I did not have Thomas in my records because I have not, to date, found a conclusive link for most of Peter and Susan's children. I was immediately intrigued by his death year, 1864, and death place, Andersonville, Georgia. Andersonville is the famous Confederate prisoner of war camp notorious for its deplorable conditions.
Andersonville Prison, Camp Sumter, Ga., as it appeared August 1st 1864 when it contained 35,000 prisoners of war / drawn from memory by Private Thomas O'Dea. Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540
The prisoner of war camp opened its doors in February 1864 as Camp Sumter in honor of the county it was located in. It soon became known as Andersonville due to its proximity to that town. While only open for 14 months, the camp held a total of 45,000 prisoners with 13,000 dying in its walls from disease, malnutrition and exposure. At its height in August 1864 Andersonville held 32,000 captives at one time in a 26 1/2 acre area.

A quick search shows that a Thomas S. Bodine did in fact die at Andersonville. Date of death is listed as March 28, 1864, just one day different from that of the headstone above.
The Thomas S. Bodine listed above is buried in the Andersonville National Cemetery. He was assigned to the 45th Ohio Infantry as an Orderly Sergeant. I also found the Widow's Pension documents for Thomas Bodine's wife, Emma. It appears that he died of dysentary.

Are Thomas Smith Bodine of Richland County, Ohio and Thomas S. Bodine of Andersonville one and the same? I'm not sure. It is not unusual for a family to have a headstone placed at a local cemetery for a loved one that died in a distant location. So the headstone in Ohio may only be a place of remembrance for his family. Other than the headstone I have nothing linking Thomas S. Bodine to Thomas S. Bodine...if you get my meaning. The documents I have found for Thomas S. Bodine (POW), put him in Ohio, but not in Richland County. I'm inclined to think it is too big of a coincidence to ignore. Perhaps the next step is to research Richland County newspapers of the time to see if there is mention of his death.

For more information on Andersonville Prisoner of War Camp check out the following links:


Friday, March 16, 2012

At what point will we call ourselves Americans?

As I was thinking about my Irish roots in preparation for St. Patrick's Day I was feeling a little down. I know I'm of Irish descent, but as I look at my tree I see that my most recent Irish ancestor immigrated prior to 1770. Can I really call myself Irish if the link is from 250+ years ago? I've always felt a strong tie to Ireland so I will continue to drink to good health on St. Patrick's Day and listen to my Irish music whenever I feel like it.
A map of North America, by J. Palairet, with considerable alterations & improvements. from d'Anville, Mitchell & Bellin, by L. Delarochette. Created/published in London, Printed for John Bowles, 1765. American Memory Map Collection, Library of Congress.

But that brought up another thought. At what point will we just say we are Americans? Not Irish-Americans, German-Americans, etc., but just plain American? I'm not suggesting that we forget where our ancestors came from, but will there be a time in the future where people born in the United States will just say "I'm American?"

I don't know that I ever see that happening. It is a unique trait about our country that it was built upon the backs of immigrants, which includes all the bad and good things that have happened throughout our history. I don't believe that we will ever let that go, or that we should. We are proud of our Irish ancestors in the American Revolution, our Italian ancestors in the Industrial Revolution and every other culture that participated in the advancement of our country.

Our other unique trait is that we are fiercely American. Isn't it interesting that we continue to claim our ancestors' heritage, yet trump that with the heritage of our birth country? We get our cake and eat it, too.

That being said I will continue to be a German-Irish-English-French American eating my Reuben and crusty bread with cheese, drinking my pilsner and wine and finishing off with shortbread all while wearing the red, white and blue.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Monday, March 12, 2012

Pea Ridge, battle to save Missouri - Military Monday

The battle of Pea Ridge was fought March 6-8, 1862, in northwest Arkansas. The battle was a culmination of the pushing of Confederate troops out of the State of Missouri by Union commander, Brig. Gen. Samuel R. Curtis. Having forced Maj. Gen. Sterling Price and the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard in to Arkansas, Curtis sealed Union-control of Missouri when he defeated the Confederate forces near Elkhorn Tavern on March 8.
Battle of Pea Ridge, Ark., by Kurz & Allison, Reproduction Number: LC-DIG-pga-01888, repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA
One hundred and fifty years later the Pea Ridge National Military Park held a sesquicentennial event commemorating the battle March 9-11, 2012. The weekend included artillery, cavalry and infantry demonstrations as well as re-enactor exhibits.

If it weren't for the mini-vans and tourists with digital cameras, it would almost seem real.

I have documentation that my fourth great-grandfather, Isaac M. Riffe, participated in Pea Ridge. According to his Civil War record posted on the Missouri State Archives website, he was wounded in the left hand and taken prisoner by Capt. A. Allen. He was soon released on parole, which he subsequently forfeited, returning to the Confederate Army. He was a member of Co. A, 4th Missouri Infantry, Missouri State Guard.
A Confederate Soldier with the Missouri State Guard flag.
There is something very special about walking a Civil War battlefield in the same footsteps as an ancestor. I hope that I will be lucky enough to visit other sesquicentennial celebrations in the next few years.

For more information on Pea Ridge, check out the following:
The Battle of Pea Ridge, Civil War Trust
Pea Ridge National Military Park

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Surname Saturday - Tosh II

Recently, I was reading emails in my gmail account and stumbled across the spam mail folder. I had never looked in mine because it does not have a prominent space on the home page. As is my habit, I browsed through spam-mails to make sure no important emails had slipped through. Low and behold there was one from a fellow Tosh researcher: Bill. I had made contact with him many years ago, but had not followed through. When I chose the Tosh surname as a focus for 2012, I sent him another message. Luckily I caught his response before it was deleted!

We ended up talking on the phone for an hour and he has generously sent me some documents that have conclusively proven my Tosh line. Bill has done a lot of work and just recently posted a website on the Tosh line that you can check out here.
The above is an application for letters of administration on the property of Thomas Tosh, who died in February 1874 in Ray County, Missouri. There is no mention of his death in the newspapers and we have not found any record of where he is buried so I have no exact date for his death. Thomas did not leave a will, hence the request for letters on the estate. This document lists his heirs:
Heirs to wit: John Tosh, Texas; Henry Tosh, Texas; William Tosh, Richmond, Missouri; Norma Tosh, Richmond, Missouri; Mary White, Richmond, Missouri; and Ella T. Whitmer, Richmond, Missouri.

Listed as an heir is Mary (Tosh) White also known as my 3rd great-grandmother. Batta bing batta boom, proof. Now for the kicker, the concrete connection from Thomas Tosh to his father and mother, Jonathan and Elizabeth Tosh: Elizabeth's will.
A rough copy of Elizabeth Unknown Townsley Tosh Harris' will. Yep, she was married three times.
In the name of God amen I Elizabeth Harris of the County ofRoanoke and state of Virginia being weak in body, but of perfect mind and memorydo make this my last will and testament in manner and pen following that is tosay

First. It is my will and desire that I be decently buried,and that my funeral expenses, and all my just debts be paid.

Secondly. It is my will and desire that my estate of whatsoeverkind at my death shall be goodly divided between my children or their heirs, namely my daughter Elizabeth Hannah, my son William M. Townsley, my daughter Jane Lewis, my son Thomas Tosh, theheirs of my son Jonathan Tosh and the heirs of my daughter Nancy Bush.
Thirdly and lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint JamesE. Day to be my Executor of this my last will and testament, revoking all otherwill or wills heretofore made by me.

In witness whereof I have hereunto at my hand and seal this20th (?) February, on thousand, eight hundred and fifty four.
Elizabeth (her mark) Harris

What I learned from Elizabeth's will is that it must have either been tough to be married to her (she was married 3 times) or it was tough to be a man in the mid-nineteenth century. They couldn't keep up with her I suppose. To date Elizabeth's maiden name has yet to be discovered. Her first marriage was to James Townsley, her second to Jonathan Tosh and her third to Samuel Harris.
Marriage bond for Jonathan Tosh and Elizabeth Townsley, August 5, 1805, Rockbridge County, Virginia
There we have it. Via two mail packets from a kind fellow researcher I can change my Tosh graphic from this:
To this:
Very sweet indeed.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Civil War Remembered - March 8, 1862

Isaac M. Riffe, an orderly sergeant in Co. A, 4th Missouri Infantry is wounded at the battle of Pea Ridge in Arkansas. Pea Ridge is an important battle in northwest Arkansas, close to the Missouri boarder, that ultimately served to ensure Federal control of the state of Missouri.
 The Battle of Pea Ridge was fought March 6-8, 1862. It is believed that Samuel O. McGuire also participated in the battle, but there is no conclusive proof.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - What is a marriage bond?

I have come across many marriage bonds in my research and have often wondered exactly what it meant. This came to a head when I received the copy of a marriage bond for my Tosh line from a fellow researcher, Bill.
The above image is a copy of the marriage bond between Jonathan Tosh and Elizabeth Townsley in Rockbridge County, Virginia. It mentions that the bond is for $150...roughly $2150 accounting for inflation. What? That is a crazy amount of money. So what is a marriage bond?

I found a great definition in a resource guide from the Library of Virginia:

Marriage Bonds: The first law requiring a bond was enacted in 1660/61. It required the perspective groom to give bond at the courthouse in the bride’s county of residence. The bond was pledged, with two or more sufficient securities (or witnesses), but no money was exchanged. A license was then prepared by the clerk and presented to the minister who performed the ceremony. This practice was discontinued in 1849, although in some communities bonds were pledged into the 1850s. Bonding insured against legal action should the marriage not take place, if either party declined to go through with the union, or if one of the parties was found to be ineligible for marriage—for example, if the bride or groom was already married, or was underage and lacked approval to wed.

So the bond did not exchange hands unless something "untoward" came out about either party and the wedding did not actually take place. Keep in mind that the date on a marriage bond is not necessarily the date of the wedding. Though the above definition speaks of Virginian marriage bonds, the basic concept is the same in other states. To read more about marriage records check out this great resource guide by the Library of Virginia.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Tech Tuesday - Your mobile blog site is ugly

I wish a friend would have told me that my mobile blog site was ugly. But I suppose it takes seeing it for yourself to realize it. In fact, I did not realize that there was a mobile version of my blog. You see, I've always thought mobile sites were ugly and not user friendly. They are too plain and, at least on my smart phone, the mobile blog sites are so sensitive I often find myself flipping back and forth between posts rather than scrolling through the post I actually want to read. For these reasons I never set up a mobile site for my blog. I like color too much!
My truly ugly mobile blog.
I stumbled across my mobile blog site quite by accident this morning as I was reading a comment on my blog. Hideous! And I suppose I'm a bit technically slow because I did not realize that Blogger had forced a mobile blog template on me without me knowing. It is a great idea and I understand the need for blogs that don't take as much of my precious download quantity. Now it appears that Blogger users have more control over the look of their mobile sites. And trust me, I immediately began revising mine.
To update the mobile version of your blog, head to Blogger and click on the "Templates" tab on the left-hand sidebar. (Circled in red above.) You'll note that there are now two options: the blog itself and the Mobile blog. Click on the cog below the mobile version to change the settings.
You still have an option to only show the desktop blog on mobile devices, but choose carefully. If readers are like me, slow loading blogs don't get read.
Click on the "Choose mobile template" button on the left. Several options are listed and there are several template choices within each category. Scroll through the options using the left and right pointing arrows. Another option is "custom." Blogger will take the blog template you already have in place and format it to work on a mobile device. I suggest that you test this template on a mobile device to see how the formatting looks. Mine did not work very well in the mobile format, due to my custom header. Save your changes and test on a mobile device to ensure you like the look.

I'll admit that my mobile blog is still very ugly. I'm currently working on re-sizing by header to fit a mobile format. For adventurous types check out the following links for suggestions on custom mobile sites:

Bloggers Developers Network - Introducing custom mobile templates
Blogger Plugins - Edit Blogger Mobile Templates


From one friend to another, if you have yet to adjust your blog's mobile version it is ugly. There, I said it. Hurts less from a friend, doesn't it?


Sunday, March 4, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - Joseph M. Creed


One of Pawnee's most highly respected citizens has gone from the midst in the death of Joseph M. Creed, which occurred on March 27, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.O. Whitlock, at Maramec, Okla. Mr. Creed was born in North Carolina, August 11, 1841, his age at the time of his death was 75 years and seven months.
He came West early in life. He was married to Mary Reece, who remains to mourn her loss, on September 4, 1862. To this union were born twelve children, three boys and nine girls. Three boys and one of the girls died in infancy. The oldest daughter died eight years ago. Seven daughters remain to comfort the widowed mother, they are: Mrs. J.B. Cox, Masham;  Mrs. W.O. Whitlock and Mrs. Louis Demeville, Maramec; Mrs. Jessie Parker, Los Vegas, N.M.; Mrs. F.E. Kuhn, Utah; Mrs. M.W. Bausell and Miss Mattie Creed, Pawnee. There are living 26 grand children and 7 great grand children.

Mr. Creed was a soldier in the Union army for over two years. He had been a follower of Christ a great many years and was an earnest worker when his strength would permit.

The funeral services were held at the Methodist church in Pawnee Saturday, March 24. Rev. F.D. Stevick had charge of the service. The sermon was preached by an old time friend, Rev. Mr. Cook, of Stillwater, who is 95 years of age and had known Mr. Creed all the time of his religious life. Rev. O.O. Johnson, pastor of the U.B. church added some tender remarks of appreciation. The G.A.R. and Woman's Relief Corps attended the service in a body. Burial was made in the Highland cemetery.

The relatives and friends who attended the funeral of J.M. Creed from out of the city were W.O. Whitlock and family, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Demeville and Will Davis of Maramec, Mrs. Anna Cleveland, Mrs. Audra Olmstead and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Burnette, of Stillwater; Mr. and Mrs. M.N. Wilson, Boyd Wilson and Mrs. Charles Deardorf of El Reno; Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Steward of Council Grove, Kansas; Linton Reece of Moline, Kansas; J.D. Cox and family of Masham, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Speers of Ralston; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hawkins of Guthrie; Mrs. Flora Wiggins of Kansas city; Mrs. Jessie Parker and son of East Los Vegas, N.M. Joseph Cox, a grandson from Masham, who has been in St. Louis undergoing an operation, missed train connections and did not get to Pawnee in time for the funeral.

Printed March 29, 1917 in the Pawnee Courier Dispatch, Pawnee, Oklahoma. Note the error: It lists his death date as March 27, with the funeral being held on March 24. His Civil War pension record lists his death date as March 22, 1917.
Joseph M. Creed headstone located in Highland Cemetery, Pawnee, Oklahoma.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Surname Saturday - Creed

My link to the Creed family is through my paternal great-grandmother, Gussie Creed, born December 9, 1889 in St. Joe, Texas.
Gussie Creed circa 1900.
Gussie's death certificate links her to her parents: Joseph Macaja Creed and Mary Elizabeth Reece.


Joseph Micajah Creed, whose middle named is spelled a myriad of ways, was born in Surry County, North Carolina on August 11, 1841. The same birth date is listed on his pension forms and his obituary.
Joseph Creed's birth information as listed in his Declaration for Pension for service in the Civil War.
Joseph Micajah Creed in 1890
In preparing for this post I realized that I had not requested a copy of Joseph's death certificate. He died in Pawnee County, Oklahoma in 1917. Although the process of requiring death certificates began in 1908 in Oklahoma it was not enforced until 1917, the year of his death. See here for the process of requesting death certificates from Oklahoma.

I am hoping that Joseph actually has a death certificate and that it lists his parents, because I have no conclusive proof linking him to the next generation. There are many online trees that connect Joseph to Edward Creed and Talitha Cockerham both of Surry County, North Carolina. I found an 1850 census for this family that lists a "Micaja" Creed of the correct age to be Joseph.
1850 census from Cherokee County, North Carolina.
Online trees link Joseph Micajah Creed to Edward Creed son of Bennett Creed, Jr., son of Bennett Creed. Sr. I have researched the other children of Edward and Talitha listed above, but have found no further connections to Joseph other than the above census. A family story indicates that Joseph left North Carolina at a young age and made his way to Missouri. There is no indication that he maintained contact with his family. A fellow Creed family researcher indicates that she received the names of Edward and Talitha Creed's children from an old family bible, which included Joseph. But I will never see that bible so I am hoping to find some other sort of documentation, perhaps in probate records for Edward.

Creed To-Do List:
1. Request Joseph M. Creed's death certificate
2. Determine if Edward Creed of Surry County, North Carolina left a will or an estate