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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

This is my X-Husband Brian Rowley's family I have researched his line back to the Mayflower.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

My Irish Ancestors

Patrick Cavit was born 1735 in Ireland and died Jan 1835 in Pittburgh, Allegheny County, PA. He married Mary Potter abt 1772 in Pittsburgh. Allegheny County, PA.

They had five children.
James Cavit
Nancy Cavit
Samuel Cavit
William Cavit
George Cavit

William McBride was born 7 Jun 1750 in Northern Ireland, died 5 Nov 1831 near Baldwin, Randolph County, IL. He married Janet Law abt 1760. She was born abt 1742 in Ireland and died aft Nov 1851 in Randolph County, IL.

They had eleven children
Thomas McBride
Joseph McBride
Andrew McBride
James McBride
Nancy McBride
Samuel McBride
Margaret McBride
Jane McBride
Elizabeth Jane McBride born in Northern Ireland died 5 May 1852 in Sparta, IL Married abt 1798 in Abbeville, South Carolina to James Couch.
Mary Mollie McBride
John McBride

Phillip McBride (William's Father) born 1724 in Ireland, died 20 Oct 1776 in Abbeville, South Carolina. Wife Margaret (last name unknown).

Hugh B Cunningham was born 1708 in Dublin, Ireland. He married Nancy O"Neal she was born 1712 in Ireland. Their son Edward was born 1746 in Peora, Bingamon Creek, Harrison County, Virginia and died 7 May 1804 in Cunningham Run, Harrison County, Virginia

Alexander Cunningham (father to Hugh B Cunningham) was born 1663 in Ireland and died 1749. Married Rebeka Burns who was born in Scotland.

John Baird born 1754 in Ireland died Aug 1803 in Abbeville, Abbeville, South Carolina. Married Lilias McCurken abt 1781 in South Carolina.

This is my Irish Roots....

Carnival of Irish Heritage & Culture, 19th Edition

"Ireland, thou friend of my country in my country's most friendless days, much injured, much enduring land, accept this poor tribute from one who esteems thy worth, and mourns thy desolation."
- George Washington, speaking of Ireland's support for America during the revolution.
Image Credit: Success Creeations

“Gypsy gold does not chink and glitter. It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.” Saying of the Claddagh Gypsies of Galway

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Fearless Females- Mary Jewell Robertson


Mary Jewell Robertson is my mom's sister, she's called Aunt Dolly. Married to Edward Adrian Noel and they had 11 kids. Aunt Dolly was Baptized at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Sioux City, IA on 22 Marched 1925 and was born 26 Feb 1925 in Sioux City, IA. She is now living in Stockton, CA.

She collects eggs any kind, shape or size and has hundreds of them.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Monday Madness/ Friend of a Friend

A Friend of A Friend

I was doing some research on my Turner Line and came upon a Will that has some wonderful information in it. So I have copied and pasted the whole thing here for sharing with all my friends. Hope this will help someone else with their search of treasure.

21 July 1773 (Will Date)
21 Oct 1773 (Probate Date)
Halifax County VA
Will Book I
Page 45
JAMES TURNER, being low in body but in perfect my loving wife
during her widowhood, four Negroes, viz. Daniel, Sancho, Jeanny, and Millie,
also 2 feather beds & furniture, one horse called Lightfoot, one mare called
Flye, & 4 trunks, 3 iron pots, 1 frying pan, 2 dishes, 12 pewter plates,
6 basins, 6 cows & 8 sheep, also 100 ac of land, also 1 doz. of choice
of my hogs. To my son JAMES TURNER after my wife's marriage or decease
the above 4 Negroes, 1 large iron pot called Consions [sic] & the choice
of my best shirts. To my son-in-law JAMES SMITH all my wearing clothes.
I give the rest or residue of my estate to be sold and equally divided
amongst my children. Executor, Son, JAMES TURNER & wife, KIPPERHAPON [sic]
TURNER. Signed: JAMES TURNER Witnesses: Thomas Hope, William Drake, Abraham
LeGrand Sec. Nathaniel Terry . [Chiarito and Prendergast]

This is from a book I came across about the slaves this family owned. It explains their view on slavery and the slaves they owned.

Daniel Thomas, who married Nancy Ann
Morehead the granddaughter of Karenhappuch
Norman Turner, bought a plantation of 3000
acres and some islands in the river where he kept
his sheep. Aunty Betsy said that the land cost on
$2.24 per acre, plus the cost of surveying and for
getting deeds from the state.
The plantation was on the east bank of the
Yadkin River about 8 miles northwest of
Rockingham, North Carolina. Later, a large frame
house with eight rooms was built upon a hill.
Water was brought to the house four hundred
yards up the hill by the aid of a force pump.
There were two good orchards and a picket fence
around the garden that was rabbit tight. Many
flowers were cultivated and there were hardwood
trees, oak, chinaberry, and Catalpa trees. There
was a carpenter shop and a blacksmith shop on
the farm. There was a cotton gin and also a shad
fishery near the Yadkin River. Daniel took delight
in overseeing the work on his farm.
He and his brother Henry employed Silas
Jones from Connecticut to teach their children
allowing the neighboring children to attend free
of charge.
He owned 30 Negroes. He paid $1000.00
for one of them. The Negroes had a little village
near the house where they enjoyed themselves
after the days work, singing, playing the banjo,
and dancing. When a Negro was sold, a whole
family was sold with him or exchanged or when
they married Negroes not on the plantation, the
same rule was followed. This was forty years
before the Civil War.
Much of this story was dictated by Joseph
Harrison Thomas and written by Estella Groutage
in Preston, Idaho, November 2, 1931:
Our view of slavery is this: The North was a
much to blame for slavery being in the United
States as was the South. Some Negroes were
owned by people of New York State and other
States of the North. They didn’t pay as well in the
manufacturing states of the north as in the cotton
states of the south. In some cases no doubt the
Negroes were abused but on the Thomas plantation,
they were not. The Negroes were all sold in
Mississippi when the farm was sold except Aunt
Sue. We believe that slavery is wrong and should
have been abolished but if the method suggested
by the Prophet Joseph Smith had been followed, it
would have been far better for our Country. His
plan was that the Government should buy the
Negroes and send them back to Africa as free
Slavery was not the cause of the Civil War,
but states rights was. The Civil War began April
12, 1861. On that day, Fort Sumpter was captured
by the Southern Confederacy. President
Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation liberating
the slaves was a war measure and was not issued
until the war had been going on for nearly two
years. George Washington had many slaves. He
treated them well and made provision in his will
that all his Negroes be set free. Thomas Jefferson
also had many slaves. At the close of the war our
histories and text books were all written or censored
by people of the North and it would only be
human nature to believe that they would tell their
side of the story well.
The Thomas family living on the plantation
in North Carolina was noted for their hospitality
as many of the families of the South were. Food
stuffs were plentiful, news of the world was scarce.
Mode of travel was principally on horse back
along the trails through forests. When a traveler
or a relative would chance to call at their home,
they were made very welcome and urged to stay
Daniel Thomas died on this plantation,
November 7, 1830. The family lived here after his
death five years then moved to Tipton County,
Tennessee where Nancy Ann Morehead Thomas’
brother, Joseph Morehead and his family were
The History of the Reverend
Daniel Thomas Family
Norma Stewart
July 1996

Another Will I am across which lists a slave is:

The will of Joseph Norman is as follows:

I, Joseph Norman of Culpeper County being in perfect sense mind and memory do make this my last will in manner and form following:

Item: I leave the land I now live on to my two sons Thomas and John Norman. Thomas to have one hundred and nineteen acres and John one hundred. If they cannot agree in dividing the land when John comes of age of twenty years they are to leave it to two men to divide it for them.

Item: I leave to my son William Norman, a Negro woman named Gude and no other part of my Estate.

Item: I leave to my grandson Isaac Norman one hundred acres of land lying on the south side of Hickman's Mountain and no other part of my Estate.

Item: I leave to my son Isaac Norman's wife Sarah Norman, twenty schillings sterling.

Item: I leave to my daughter Mary Dillard, £5.

Item: I leave to my wife Sarah Norman after paying all my just debts and legatees all the rest of my Estate to maintain the children that is now living with her during her widowhood and if she should marry or die then it is my desire it should be equally divided between my sons Thomas, John and my daughters Winifred Bywaters, Peggy Calvert, Sally, Fanny, Mimey and Kisiah Norman and it is my desire for her not to be interrupted on the plantation as long as she ... live a widow...

And I appoint my wife Sarah Norman and Thomas Norman my Executors of this my last will.



John Triplett

Thomas Norman

her mark

Fanny X Norman

The will was dated November 20, 1783 and proven February 16, 1784.

Copy of the will of Joseph Norman, Culpeper County, VA, Recorded in Culpeper County Circuit Court, Will Book C, Page 117.

The eldest son of John and Mary Morehead was Charles R.(4.58) He married, in 1756, Mary Turner, the daughter of James Turner and his wife, Kerenhappuck Norman. Kerenhappuck was the daughter of Isaac Norman and Frances Courtney, whose residence was in Spottsylvania County, Virginia.

James Turner was born circa 1715, a descendant of the English family from Devonshire, which claimed the ancestor, Humphrey Turner “of Thorvoston”, to whom arms were granted in 1620. The Turners emigrated to America in 1673 in the person of Captain William Turner, who settled in Boston. A certain line moved southward to Maryland and Virginia, while others of the family remained in New England. James Turner served as a Militia Captain in the colony of Maryland.

Kerrenhappuck Norman, the eventual wife of James Turner, was born circa 1715; her name was a biblical one, meaning ‘horn of beauty’. Kerrenhappuck’s family had come to reside in Spottsylvania County, Virgina before her birth. Isaac Norman is known to have entered into a deed transferring land and cash to his future son-in-law James Turner and wife, Kerrenhappuck on 30 January 1733. According to information obtained by Charles R. Morehead and included in John M. Morhead’s book, Isaac Norman obtained a patent for land in Orange (later Culpeper) County on 30 June 1726.(4.59) James Turner and Kerrenhappuck Norman are believed to have married on 07 May 1734 at Spotsylvania in Gloucester County, Virginia. Kerrenhappuck is claimed to have traveled on horseback (carrying a baby in her arms) to Guilford Court House when she had found out that her one son had received terrible wounds in the battle there. She is believed to have hung wooden tubs, with holes bored into their bottoms, to the rafters above the wounded man, and filled them with water for the purpose of dripping onto his wounds. By that means, his fever was lessened and his life was saved. A monument noting that incident was memorialized in a statue erected on the spot in her honor by the Guilford Battle-Ground Company, which included a number of Morehead descendants. The baby which Kerrenhappuck had taken with her died enroute, and she buried it by the side of the road.

Charles and Mary Morehead were blessed with a large family consisting of five boys and three girls: Turner Gustavus, Mary, Charles Jr., Kerenhappuck, Armistead, James, Elizabeth and Presley. They raised their family in Leeds Parish, Fauquier County, Virginia. Hamilton Parish was divided, in February of 1772 between Prince William and Fauquier Counties. In the court act by which that division took place, Charles Morehead is recorded as one of the “gentleman” of the parish.(4.60) The portion of Hamilton Parish in which the Charles Morehead property was located was in the portion that was established as Leeds Parish.

Charles Morehead served his province in the capacity of a Captain of militia. He received his commission to that position on 27 July 1767.(4.61) Later Charles served in the American Revolutionary War as a Captain, and received bayonet wounds at the Battle of Stoney Point.

Charles Morehead, Sr made out his will on 19 January 1783. He died on 30 September 1783. The will was proved by the oaths of George Carter, William Morehead and Richard Fisher on 27 October 1783.(4.62) To his wife, Mary, Charles bequeathed

“my negro man named Monday, as also one negro woman named Dinah and all my personal estate, she first paying the legacies as hitherto mentioned as they become of age or marry.”

To his daughter, Mary Ransdell, he bequeathed

“a negro woman named Jeany, as also one cow and two ewes with lambs.”

The son, Charles, was to receive a tract of land containing 127 acres, which Charles had purchased from Joseph Hudnall, along with

“one negro named Will, as also one grey horse, two cows, two ewes and lambs. One feather bed and furniture, an iron pot and frying pan, a dish, and half dozen Pewter plates.”

Kerenhappuck was to receive

“Eighty Pounds Virginia Currency, as also one horse and side saddle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, an iron pot and frying pan, a dish and half dozen Pewter Plates.”

The sons, Armistead, James and Presley were to divide up equally amongst themselves a tract of 300 acres on which Charles was residing when he died. Armistead was also bequeathed

“a negro man named Jem, also my still and worm, a horse, bridle and saddle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, one iron pot, one frying pan, a dish and half a dozen Pewter plates.”

James was also bequeathed

“one negro boy named Peter, my silver watch, a horse, bridle and saddle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, a feather bed and furniture, a dish and half dozen Pewter plates, an iron pot and frying pan.”

Presley, the youngest son, was to receive

“one negro man named Monday, with half the increase of my negro woman Dinah, after his Mother’s decease, as also a horse, saddle and bridle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, a feather bed and furniture, a dish and half a dozen Pewter plates, an iron pot, a frying pan and my fiddle.”

And finally, to his youngest daughter, Elizabeth, Charles Morehead bequeathed

“one negro woman named Dinah with half her increase, after her Mother’s death, as also a horse, saddle and bridle, two cows, two ewes and lambs, a feather bed and furniture, a dish and half dozen plates, an iron pot and frying pan.”

Five pounds in Virginia currency was also bequeathed to Ann Butler

“for extraordinary services done.”

Charles named his wife, Mary, and his two sons, Turner and Charles to act as Executors of his will.

Deed Book H, page 367
Joseph Norman sells four slaves to Jesse Ham for $750

Transcribed by: Ken Norman, 04 Aug 2006

Georgia }
Liberty County }

Know all men by these presents, that I Joseph Norman, of the said county and state, for & in consideration of the sum of seven hundred & fifty dollars, to me in hand, before delivery hereof, well & truly paid by Jesse Ham, of the same place, the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, have sold, & do, by these presents, sell, convey, & confirm, to the said Ham, a certain female slave, named Peggy, & her three children, named Isaac, Bristor & Jack: To have and to hold the above named slaves to him the said Ham, his heirs & assigns forever: & I do hereby engage, for myself, my heirs & assigns, forever to warrant & defend the above named slave to the said Ham, his heirs & assigns, aginst all legal claims. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second day of January 1821.

Signed, Sealded & delivered } Joseph Norman {L.S.}
in presence of }
John Way Senr. }
Jas. S Bradwell J.J.C.L.C. } Recorded 22d January 1821 }
Alex. Martin J.P. } E Baker Clk }

I also ran across this web link.
That lists Slavery Era Insurance Policies Registry in Virginia.

Please remeber to be A friend of a Friend, Thank you!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Fearless Females

March 4 — Do you have marriage records for your grandparents or great-grandparents? Write a post about where they were married and when. Any family stories about the wedding day? Post a photo too if you have one.

This is a wedding Anniversary photo of my great-grandparents they couldn't afford a wedding picture taken while living in Germany so they had this taken when they arrived in Pecatonica, IL: Frederick Kubbernus and Johanna Wilhemina Hamp Both from Levin, Mecklenburg, Germany. They were married 7 Feb 1873 in Levin, Mecklenburg, Germany.

Unfortunately I do not have any wedding pictures or marriage certificates to post. Guess I better get to searching.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

A Friend of a Friend

I Found these pictures on and it made me think of the story A Friend of a Friend so I thought i would post them and the information about them hoping that it will help someone connect their family tree to them.

His name is Hampt Glenn born in 1832 in South Carolina and died 1890 in Columbus, Lowndes, Mississippi. His wife Jane born 1845 in Mississippi and died in Columbus, Lowndes, Mississippi.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fearless Females

Gwen Doreen Kubberness

I was named after both my Grandmothers. Ruth Gwendola Converse Kubberness and Dorothy Couch-Robertson.

Fearless Females

Dorothy Couch-Robertson

This is my maternal grandmother, the picture was taken in the 1980's. I picked this picture because it was the last time I saw my grandmother before she died in 2001.

Monday, March 1, 2010

Fearless Females

Cora Alice Amick-Couch

She was born 12 Oct 1874 in LaMars, Ia. She married James Baird Couch 3 Mar 1898. They had 7 children.

Cora is one of my favorite Female ancestors, she was my great-grandmother. That's not why I am drawn her. It's because she must of been a very strong women to endure so much at time that couldn't of been easy. 1898 brought the Spanish War, the first person to buy an automobile. The most popular song at the time was The Amorous Goldfish sung by Syria Lamonte. Annie Oakly promoted the service of women in combat. There were a record number of world disasters and the world's first pornographic film, Tickling the Soles of Her Feet came out.

It was a tough time to get married and start a family, but she did and times only became harder. Her husband James and her son Earl James Couch went out to do some hunting so they would have food to eat. Jan 1, 1908 in Elgin, NE. Earl was 9 years old.

They were walking through the fields and as they were stepping over a fence. James handed his son his shot gun and it discharged killing James. How that little boy must of felt right at that moment. The fear. James died leaving 6 children under the age of 11 and one on the way.

Cora was 6 months pregnant with Jewel Bernice Couch who would never know her father.

How did Cora manage to raise these children all alone? She never re-married.I know they took in sewing and ironing to help feed everyone according to my grandmother Dorothy. My mom would tell me that Cora was a bitter women. I could only imagine why. That's a lot for any women to handle, but in 1908 when running water and electricity were scarce, it would make things even harder.

I would like to find more pictures of Cora and find her birth record. I have the 1920 and 1930 census for her living in Iowa. I would also love to hear more stories.

Monday Madness

I have a problem with my Whiting line. I have run into this huge brick wall and it really hurts. I just can not seem to go through it or around it or even over it. So I decided I will have to rip it down one brick at a time.

My grandmother Ruth Gwendola Converse's mom's line has been a thorn in my side for a very long time and I am removing that thorn ASAP!!!!

Her mother was Annabella Whiting born 27 Apr 1875 near Cherokee, IA and died 2 Nov 1963 in Arlington, SD buried 5 Nov 1963 in Arlington Cemetery. She married Theron Converse. I have her obituary, she was 88yrs old when she passed. It mentions a Mrs. Lyle Whiting from Aurelia, IA. It mentions she made her home with her grandmother after the death of her mother. She was a member of the Eastern Star and was baptised in the Methodist Church. She was also a member of the Women's Soc etorfyCitiansup W.S.C.S. (This is how it appears in newspaper) Also mentions 1/2 brother John Whiting of Roy, NM.

Her folks were Joseph Whiting born 1838 in England and Lucy Wilkinson born 14 Jul 1849 in Wisconsin.

Now I have heard stories that he had two wives and a son named John Whiting who owned a gas station using their last name in Roy, New Mexico.

So there you have it!!!!
My plans for further research
I need to get a death certificate for Annabella which I have tried to do several times, but will not give up. Track down some census records on her father which I have tried on, no luck yet.

I will be keeping you posted on my progress and any suggestions please let me have them. Can use all the help I can get.

This wall will be crumbling sooner or later.

Happy hunting my friends.