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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Surname Saturday- James Sipes

Here is James Sipes born about 1853 in PA and died before 1930. He was married to Nettie Earhart. In 1880 they lived in Putman, Fulton, IL and in 1920 they lived in Oak Hollow, Hutchinson, SD.
They had the following children:
Viola Mae Sipes born 20 May 1888 in Tripp, SD and died in Kansas City, KS. She married James Cortez Frye, George Sipes, Jay Leo Sipes deid 21 April 1978 in San Diego, Ca, James Roy Sipes, Harold Davis Sipes born 17 May 1909 in Tripp, SD died 25 Oct 1986 in Sioux City, IA and buried in Amour, SD. Married first Anna L Dickey, second Florence Marian Breen., Belle T Sipes born about 1885 in IA and married Jay Pelham. This is my boyfriend Darin Thomas' line. Viola Mae Sipes was his great-Grandmother on his mother's side.

Wordless Wednesday

Cavitt House 30 53 51 N / -96 23 41 W, [1/2 mile west of Wheelock on FM 391], Map The ante-bellum Cavitt house was built by Ann Cavitt and her family on 300 acres of the Sterling Robertson Grant near the town of Wheelock. The house was designed by a Mr. Charleton, a New England architect, who was traveling through the area. Construction began in 1845 and was completed in 1854. The three-story mansion contained eleven rooms. Woodwork, cornices, balustrades, and mantelpieces were hand-carved of Cypress and Pine. Door latches, hinges, and square nails as well as the glass for the windows were made on site. The six fireplaces were fashioned of pink brick and ironstone. The house served as a staging point on the Old Spanish Road, linking San Antonio with Nacogdoches. Among the visitors were Sam Houston, a longtime friend of the Cavitt family. Texas Historic Marker reads: "Old Cavitt House. Republic of Texas homestead established when log cabin was built 1836. Main house of hand finished lumber, begun in 1842, completed in present form 1854. Sam Houston, friend and frequent guest here, who gave a desk to Volney Cavitt." The Cavitt House is one of 12 buildings or groups of buildings in Robertson County that is preserved in the U.S. Library of Congress American Memory Collection. Architectural drawings and floor plans of this historic building from this collection are featured to the left and below.

Ann Cavitt was born 1801 in Knoxville, TN and died 1882 in Wheelock, TX. She married Andrew Cavitt. He was born in Virginia in 1796 and died in Millican, TX in 1836, they were married 8 April 1821 in Madison, AL. They were distant cousin's. She first married Anthony Cavitt Armstrong who may have also been a relation.
The children of Ann and Andrew were Richard Whitley Cavitt, Volney E Cavitt, Josephus Cavitt, Sheridan Cavitt, Andrew franklin Cavitt, James Alexander Cavitt, William Moses Norris Cavitt. She had a son with Anthony Cavitt Armstrong, Thomas Elias Armstrong.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

Andrew Cavitt Was born in 1796 and died 1836. He is my first cousin 6x removed. His wife Ann Cavitt born 1801 and died in 1882 is also a distant cousin and they were cousin's to each other.

They are buried in the Cavitt Cemetery, Robertson County, Texas.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday

Here are some grave I took picture of from some request's off Forrest Lawn Memory Gardens in Peru, IL

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Surname Saturday: Couch Line

Today I am posting some information on my Couch Line. I only have it traced back to my 5th Great-grandfather, but with any luck and lots of hard work I will hopefully get it back even further.

James Baird Couch was my great-grandfather on my mother's, mother's side. He was born 16 Oct 1874 in Hamburg, Fremont, Iowa. and died 1 Jan 1909 in Elgin, Antelope, Nebraska. He was a farmer. Cause of Death: Accidental discharge of his shotgun, died of gunshot wound. Him and son's were out hunting for food, when Jacob went over a fence and his son handed him his gun and it went off and killed him. Cora was left with alot of chirldren to take care of and would do people's laundry and mending. She became a bitter women but a very strong compelling women.

He married Cora Alice Amick on 5 Mar 1898, they had 7 children. At the time of James death Carrie Phyillis was 11yrs old, Eral James was 9yrs old, Raymond Jacob was 7yrs old and My grandmother Dorothy was 5yrs old, Gladys Mae was 4yrs old, Goldie Mae was 1yrs old and Cora was 6 months pregnant with Jewell Bernice. I couldn't even imagine the suffering this family went through. Think of the time and and era and the ages of these children, not to mention the boys who saw there dad die. Did the boy who handed his dad the gun feel responsible? Where they far from the house? How did they tend to their dad while he lay there bleeding to death. Did James have last words with his son's? If so what could they have been?

Residence: 1880, Locust Grove, Fremont, Iowa
Residence: 1900 Wheeler County, Fremont Precinct, IA

In doing research I came across 1900 Census record that has James' last name spelled wrong as Coch and his daughter Carrie Phyllis names as Cory P but if you continue onto the next page his brother is listed also and their last name is spelled correctly.

James Baird Couch's Folks:

James Baird Couch Sr born 20 Aug 1839 in Randolph County, IL and died 6 Apr 1890
in Sioux City, Woodbury, IA. He married on 30 Nov 1865 in Randolph County, IL to Icybinda Jane Barnett. She was born 1 Feb 1843 in Randolph County, IL and died 12 Dec 1931 in Bronson, IA. They had 11 children. Abraham Lincoln Couch, William Couch, Edna Couch, Molly Couch, Fred Couch, Charles C. Couch, Mawde Myrtle Couch, Rachel Caroline Couch, John Porter Couch, Robert G. Couch, and James Baird being the youngest.

There are several buried in the Sparta Cemetery.

Randolph County was founded Oct 5, 1795 from St. Clair County and the Northwest Territory. Illinois became a State Dec 3, 1818 County Deat Chester. County Clerk Chester has birth, death Records from 1877 and Marriage, Probate and Civil War Records from 1809.

Cemeteries in Sparta, Illinois are Hill Prarie Cemetery and Old Bethel Cemetery.
Funeral home in Sparta is McDaniel Funeral Homes, LTD located at 11 W. Main, Sparta, Il 62286 (618)-443-2139.

County Newspaper Sparta News-Plainsdealer located at 116 W. Main, Sparta, Il 62286 (618) 443-2145.

James Baird Couch Sr was a farmer and in the Civil War.

His folks were Millington Couch born 28 Jan 1809 in Randolph County, IL, died 7 Feb 1849, married Mary Jane Baird 20 Aug 1829 in Randolph County, IL. She was born 1 Oct 1811 in Sc and died 13 Feb 1880. They had 6 children. Mary Elizabeth Couch, Amanda Couch, James Baird couch, Robert G. Couch, Hugh Porter Couch and Milton (Millinton) Couch.

Millington was in the Civil War. Civil War Regiment of Home Gaurds at Mossouri, was an interpreter.

He is buried in the Caledonia Cemetery (Walnut Hill Cemetery) Marion or Randolph County, IL.
His wife Mary is buried in the Preston United Presbyterian Cemetery near Sparta, IL.

Millington's folks are James Couch born 29 Jan 1776, died 2 Nov 1827 in Sparta, IL. Married abt 1798 in Abbeville County, SC to Elizabeth Jane McBride born 17 Nov 1782 in Northern Ireland, died 5 may 1852 in Sparta, IL

Not much is known about the early years of James Couch. We can begin from the time he was married to Mary or Polly, as she went by, sometime around 1790 in South Carolina. Since James first appears in the 1800 census records of Spartanburg we can assume that is where they married. There is a James Couch listed in the 1790 census records of Spartanburg District, South Carolina, but at this time it cannot be determined if this is our James or the James who married Mary Spriggs or the Edler James Couch.

In 1800 James and Polly have three sons and one daughter. We know that the daughter would be Priscilla. We also know who two of the sons are. One would be Matthew and the other would be Berry. We know that they did have three sons because the 1810 census also shows that they had three sons over the age of ten. One was listed as being 16-26, we know this to be Matthew who would be about 18 years of age at this time. The other two are 10-16 years of age, Berry who is about 12 years of age and the other son who is probably about 15. This unknown son does not appear in any records with the other children, so he may have died shortly after this. The 1810 census also shows that they now have another son under the age of 10. This would be two year old John. Also, the 1810 census shows that in addition to their daughter Priscilla now about age 14, there were two other daughters under the age of ten, Respha age about nine and Mary Ann age about six.

The 1820 census record for James Couch seems to be inaccurate. At this time I do not know if this is actually our James or another James Couch. Our James and his wife would both be over 45. Their son John would be about 12 and their daughter Respha would be nineteen and may be married at this time. Their daughter Mary Ann was about sixteen but did not marry until 1825.

The 1830 census record shows that James and Polly have a male and female in their household who are both between 10 and 15 years of age. These two must be orphans that James and Polly had taken in, probably kin of some sort.

There is no marriage record for James and Polly, so we do not know what her maiden name was. Many researchers believe her maiden name to be Henderson. James and Polly's son Matthew named one of his sons Matthew Henderson Couch and their son Berry named his son Berry Henderson Couch giving reason to believe Polly's maiden name was Henderson. No recorded evidence has surfaced to prove this belief. There was one Henderson family living in Spartanburg District in 1790, his name was Thomas Henderson who did have a daughter by the name of Mary, but her husband's name was not James Couch. Thomas Henderson did have a Mary Johnson in his household and she was about the right age to be our Mary, but no information on who that Mary married. There were several Henderson's living in Laurens District, but no link has been made to Polly.

In November 1801 James purchased 168 acres from Robert Clinton for one hundred and fifty dollars. No neighbors are mentioned in this deed other than that the land was in Laurens District on a Branch of Enoree River. Witnesses to this deed were William Stewart and Benjamin Couch. This Benjamin may be the Benjamin who married Delilah. There was another Benjamin Couch who had married a woman by the name of Nancy, but this Benjamin was living in Greenville District at this time. The Benjamin who married Delilah was living in Spartanburg at the time of this deed on land that was granted to the elder James Couch across the Enoree River from where James Couch of Laurens District had just purchased the land. It seems to me that the Benjamin who lived closer would be the one who witnessed the transaction. The deed, however, gave no indication as to which Benjamin it was.

In January 1812 James purchased eighty five acres for a dollar an acre from Alexander Morison. This land was next to the 168 acres James had purchased earlier. Neighbors mentioned in this deed were Spencer Bobo, Moses Tenant and John Mahon. Witnessing the transaction were John and Martha Harmoning. James sold thirty two of these acres to Joshua Saxon in October of 1839 just months before he died.

In February of 1824 James R. Couch along with Benjamin Byrd and David Templeton appraised the estate of Robert Gilland.

In 1825 James was a purchaser at his neighbor Solomon Langston's estate sale. He was also a purchaser at the estate sale of Nathan Langston in 1834 where he bought a corner cupboard.

There were other records that bear the name James Couch, but at this time I am not sure if it was James Couch of Laurens District or the senior James Couch. James of Laurens District would have been old enough to be the James listed, but not knowing when the senior James died makes it hard to determine which James this may be. In September of 1785 there was a land transaction between Charles Waters and James Couche. Now we know that Charles Waters was a neighbor to the senior James Couch and may have still been alive in 1785. Another land record was between Benjamin Stone and James Couch in 1789. This could possibly show that the senior James Couch may have still been alive and could also show that he was the James Couch listed in the 1790 census records of Spartanburg District South Carolina listed next to Benjamin and Delilah Couch.

There was also a James Couch who received a 200 acre revolutionary bounty grant for his service as a soldier. This grant was dated May 7, 1787. (The war was barely over at this time.) James Couch of Laurens District was twenty to twenty two years of age (or older) in 1787. The elder James Couch was born circa 1710-1715 and would be 72 - 77 years of age and was more than likely too old to have participated in the Revolutionary War. (He was about 60 to 65 when the war started.) There was a James Couch and Millington Couch listed in the muster roll of Colonel Benjamin Roebuck. Millington was about ten years older then James. There was also a land deed in which Middleton (Millington) Couch had 50 acres from Joshua Cates. Joshua Cates land bordered the Enoree River right across from the senior James Couch's land grant. Joshua Cates land was not far from where James Couch of Laurens District would later settle.

James R. Couch died between March and August in the year 1840 on his land on Campbell's Creek in Laurens District South Carolina. Before his death he gave 168 acres to his son John. The condition was that John was not to take ownership of this land until after the death of both James and Polly. He also gave to his son Berry the cotton gin, gin house and all aparatus belong to said machine "together with one acre of land reserved from land conveyed by me to Matthew Couch". The same conditions applied that he could not take ownership until after the death of both James and Polly. Both deeds were dated February 27, 1840 and the witnesses to both transactions were James G. Robinson and William Langston.

On August 3, 1840 Berry Couch applies as administrator to his fathers estate and on September 1 Berry holds the estate sale and he, John and Polly all purchased items from this sale. Other purchasers were John Langston, Berry's brother-in-law James G. Robinson, Sarah Wheat, Johnson Grisle, Davis and Johnson Newman, Polly Luke, Elizabeth Mahan, Thomas Craig, James Templeton, Noah Smith, James Burke, Robert and Ephraim Pitts, Robert Stewart, another of Berry's brothers-in-law Isaac Stroud, Thomas Blakely, Ephraim Campbell, George Byrd and James Toland.

People paid from the estate of James Couch were James G. Robinson, Robert Pitts, Fowler and Park, Robert Stewart, Joshua Saxon, J.F. Dorroh, Davis Newman, J.H. Dillard, W.W. Hitch and John Langston.

In November of 1840 John sold his land that he recieved from his father to Joshua Saxon for seven hundred dollars. His mother gave up her rights to the land stating in the deed that she was moving. In December 1840 Berry, Matthew, Respha, Mary Ann and Priscilla gave up their rights to this land also. Polly and John move to Georgia. John went to Campbell County where his sister Mary Ann was living and Polly went to Coweta County to live with her daughter Resph where Matthew and Priscilla were living close by. Berry stayed behind in South Carolina for at least another 12 years.

There children were: Millington Couch, Margaret Couch, Jenny Couch, Polly Couch, Rachel couch, Jane couch, Abigail Couch, Fannie Couch, Elizabeth Couch.

James Couch's Father was Millington couch born before 1750 and died about 1820 in Randolph County, IL. He had 11 children but so far I only have names of two, James Couch and John C Couch.

This is where my line ends for now but I will prevail and add more in time. I hope you have enjoyed.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Follow Friday:

Today I am suggesting you follow, I have been been lucky enough to find great family photo's and finding lost relatives which I now have a great relationship with. Not to mention all the documents and family trees they have.

I have also ordered books and programs from their web site and I read all the information in the learning center they have on genealogy.

The pictures I posted on Thursday came from this web site and some of the information I gathered. I also use the Family Tree Maker program for my genealogy which I love. I have tried several other ones and they just don't cut it.

I also like that you can research a individual in your tree to a link that Family Tree Maker has attached to the program, very convenient. I also have downloaded my tree to their site for others to look at that maybe researching the same lines as I am.

If your a member you also get a inbox for people to leave messages and for you to leave messages for others.They have message boards too so if there's a certain line you are working on and are stuck you can post a message about the problem your having and hopefully some nice folks will help you out.

Another thing I like about their program is that I can manage many different trees. I have my own genealogy business and Trace peoples family history for them and put it into a spiral bond book. This program helps me do that and sights all my sources and media.

I hope this has been helpful for those not as familiar with and hope you get a membership and try it out, you will be amazed in your journey as your family history comes alive before your very eyes. Until next time God Blessings to you all.

Now they have DNA testing, I did mine, have you gotten yours? 

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday

The first picture is of Hannah Burnett wife of Robert Whiting born 7 March 1819 in Allerton, Somersetshire, England and died 3 Aug 1898 in Winona, MN
His parents were my 3rd Great-Grandparents. James Whiting born 1801 and Sarah Ann Ham.

This line has been a hard one to trace and low and behold one day I was on and there was a message in my in box from Jennifer Woods with information I was searching for. Thanks so much Jennifer.

There are still a few pieces to this puzzle that are missing but at least some of the holes are filling up.

My dad Donald Kubberness told me that there were Whiting's that owned a gas station in New Mexico and that he was a half brother to someone in my Grandmother's line. That mystery may never be solved but at least we have this treasure found for now.

Ruth Gwendola Converse my beautiful Grandmother's line has been an interesting one. The converse line was much easier than her mother's line, the Whiting line. The tombstone pictures are her Grandparents Joseph Whiting born 1838/Oct 1840 Somersetshire, England and died 17 Jan 1913 Dyersville, IA. His wife was Lucy Wilkinson they married 1869. He arrived in America in 1835. The last picture is of Harry Whiting's grave stone he was son to Joseph and Lucy and my great- grandmother Annabella's brother.

This is one of my favorite lines to work on. I always seem to find speed bumps and walls to climb. I love a mystery. When I find a new discovery it gives me goose bumps, I love it.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

My 6th Great-Grandmother Margaret McAleer was born in 1727 in Ireland and died in 1796 in South Carolina. She was married to Phillip McBride. The top two pictures are of her tombstone and the bottom right picture is of the grave yard Goose Creek Cemetery where she's buried.

The other pictures are of Gov. William Bradford born 19 Mar 1588 in Austerfield, Yorkshire, England and died 19 May 1657 in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY: The early years of Bradford's life are described by Cotton Mather in his book Magnalia Christi Americana first published in 1702:

Among those Devout People was our William Bradford, who was Born Anno an obscure Village call'd Austerfield, where the People were as unacquainted with the Bible, as the Jews do seem to have been with part of it in the Days of Josiah; a most Ignorant and Licentious People, and like unto their Priest. Here, and in some other Places, he had a Comfortable Inheritance left him of his Honest Parents, who died while he was yet a Child, and cast him on the Education, first of his GrandParents, and then of his Uncles, who devoted him, like his Ancestors, unto the Affairs of Husbandry. Soon and long Sickness kept him,as he would afterwards thankfully say, from the Vanities of Youth,and made him the fitter for what he was afterwards to undergo. When he was about a Dozen Years Old, the Reading of the Scriptures began to cause great Impressions upon him; and those Impressions were much assisted and improved, when he came to enjoy Mr. Richard Clifton's Illuminating Ministry, not far from his Abode; he was then also further befriended, by being brought into the Company and Fellowship of such as were then called Professors; though the Young Man that brought him in to it, did after become a Prophane and Wicked Apostate. Nor could the Wrath of his Uncles, nor the Scoff of his Neighbours now turn'd upon him,as one of the Puritans, divert him from his Pious Inclinations.

. . . Having with a great Company of Christians Hired a Ship to Transport them for Holland, the Master perfidiously betrayed them in to the Hands of those Persecutors; who Rifled and Ransack'd their Goods, and clapp'd their Persons into Prison at Boston, where they lay for a Month together. But Mr. Bradford being a Young Man of about Eighteen,was dismissed sooner than the rest, so that within a while he had Opportunity with some others to get over to Zealand, through Perils both by Land and Sea not inconsiderable; where he was not long Ashore ere a Viper seized on his Hand, that is, an Officer, who carried him Unto the Magistrates, unto whom an envious Passenger had accused him as having fled out of England. When the Magistrates understood the True Cause of his coming thither, they were well satisfied with him; and so he repaired joyfully unto his Brethren at Amsterdam, where the Difficulties to which he afterwards stooped in Learning and Serving of a Frenchman at the Working of Silks, were abundantly Compensated by the Delight where with he sat under the Shadow of our Lord in his purely dispensed Ordinances. At the end of Two Years, he did, being of Age to do it, convert his Estate in England into Money; but Setting up for himself, he found some of his Designs by the Providence of God frowned upon, which he judged a Correction bestowed by God upon him for certain Decays of Internal Piety,where into he had fallen; the Consumption of his Estate he thought came to prevent a Consumption in his Virtue. But after he had resided in Holland about half a Score Years, he was one of those who bore a part in that Hazardous and Generous Enterprize of removing into New England, with part of the English Church at Leyden, where at their first Landing, his dearest Consort accidentally falling Overboard, was drowned in the Harbour; and the rest of his Days were spent in the Services, and the Temptations, of that American Wilderness.

William Bradford came on the Mayflower with his wife Dorothy (May), leavings on John behind in Holland. Dorothy fell off the Mayflower and drowned on 7 December 1620, when it was anchored in Provincetown Harbor.

This was an accidental drowning. The story of the suicide,affair with Captain Chrostopher Jones, etc. comes from a fictional "soap opera" story published in a national women's magazine in 1869--a story published as truth by the author, based on "family stories", but which the author later admitted was an invention of her own imagination. For further information on this, see Mayflower Descendant 29:97-102 ,and especially 31:105.

After the death of John Carver in April 1621, Bradford was elected governor of the Plymouth Colony, and continued in that capacity nearly all his life.In 1623 he married Alice (Carpenter) Southworth, widow of Edward Southworth. A description of the marriage is found in a letter written by a visitor to Plymouth Colony, Emmanuel Altham, in 1623:

Upon the occasion of the Governor's marriage, since I came, Massasoit was sent for to the wedding, where came with him his wife, the queen, although he hath five wives. With him came four other kings and about six score men with their bows and arrows--where, when they came to our town, we saluted them with the shooting off of many muskets and training our men. And so all the bows and arrows was brought into the Governor's house, and he brought the Governor three or four bucks and a turkey. And so we had very good pastime in seeing them dance, which is in such manner, with such a noise that you would wonder. . . . And now to say somewhat of the great cheer we had at the Governor's marriage .We had about twelve pasty venisons, besides others, pieces of roasted venison and other such good cheer in such quantity that I could wish you some of our share. For here we have the best grapes that ever you say--and the biggest, and divers sorts of plums and nuts which our business will not suffer us to look for.

William Bradford died in 1657, having been governor of the Plymouth Colony for almost the entire period since 1621. Cotton Mather in his Magnalia Christi Americana wrote that William Bradford:

. . . was a Person for Study as well as Action; and hence, not withstanding the Difficulties through which he passed in his Youth, he attained unto a notable Skill in Languages; the Dutch Tongue was become almost as Vernacular to him as the English; the French Tongue he could also manage; the Latin and the Greek he had Mastered; but the Hebrew he most of all studied, Because, he said, he would see with his own Eyes the Ancient Oracles of God in their Native Beauty. He was also well skill'd in History, in Antiquity, and in Philosophy; and for Theology he became so versed in it, that he was an Irrefragable Disputant against the Errors, especially those of Anabaptism, which with Trouble he saw rising in his Colony; wherefore he wrote some Significant things for the Confutation of those Errors. But the Crown of all was his Holy, Prayerful, Watchful and Fruitful Walk with God, wherein he was very Exemplary. At length he fell into an Indisposition of Body,which rendred him unhealthy for a whole Winter; and as the Spring advanced, his Health yet more declined; yet he felt himself not what he counted Sick, till one Day; in the Night after which, the God of Heaven so fill'd his Mind with Ineffable Consolations, that he seemed little short of Paul, rapt up unto the Unutterable Entertainments of Paradise. The next Morning he told his Friends, That the good Spirit of God had given him a Pledge of his Happiness in another World, and the First-fruits of his Eternal Glory: And on the Day following he died, May 9, 1657 in the 68thYear of his Age. Lamented by all the Colonies of New England, as a Common Blessing and Father to them all.

William Bradford wrote Of Plymouth Plantation, chronicling the history of the Plymouth Colony, and the events that led up to their leaving England for Holland, and later to New England. William Bradford also wrote part of Mourt's Relation: A Journal of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, and he recorded some of the important letters he wrote and received in a letterbook which still partially exists. Nathaniel Morton's 1669 book, New England's Memorial also records a poem written by William Bradford on his death bed. There are also two elegy poems written in 1657 after Bradford's death--the first elegy poem is anonymous, and the second elegy poem was written by Josias Winslow.

SOURCES: Robert S. Wakefield, Mayflower Families in Progress: William Bradford for Four Generations (Plymouth: General Society of Mayflower Descendants,1994).