Monday, March 27, 2017

Matrilineal Monday

Jacob B. Bixler

Jacob B. Bixler and Matilda Barclay are maternal line ancestors. Mother's mother was Mary Lavenia Ramsey. Venie, as she was known, was the child of Eliza Jane Burnett and Asa Ramsey. Eliza Jane's grandparents were Jacob B. Bixler and Matilda Barclay. Eliza Jane's mother, Latitia Bixler's parents. In researching these maternal line ancestors a Jacob B. Bixler from Pennsylvania is the only one that I could find. Needless to say this is quite a mystery as to how he could have come to Mississippi Territory and married a Matilda who was supposedly born in Louisiana. It is possible though, but how and why? What happened to Jacob B. Bixler after 1820?

The records found for these two ancestors reveal few clues. Is this the same Jacob. Proving this is one and the same who married Matilda has been a trial in patience and endurance. Since I have no family member in my family who can give insight into this mystery maybe there will be someone to stumble across this blog and give some insight into these two ancestors. I would very much like to have them in their rightful place in my family tree if that is where they belong.

Whether or not this is the same Jacob Bixler as the one in Mississippi is unknown. However, research is ongoing to prove or disprove that mystery.
Marriage of Jacob B. Bixler and Matilda Barclay.

There was a Jacob Bixler who owned the slave John in March 1826. He belonged to Jacob Bixler of woodville. Read the article about this slave John.
Amite County, 1820 Census with Jacob B. Bixler listed on the census. The number of family members listed for that year fits what I have for the head, wife, and three children. However, there was a daughter Matilda C.born about 1818, a son John Barclay born about 1819 , Lavenia born about 1820 all born in Amite. 

There is this J. B. Bixler living in East Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. Is that the same Bixler as the one in the 1820 Amite census? 

Matilda Bixler is head of family on the 1840 Pike County, Mississippi census. What happened to Jacob. I haven't found him. Did he abandon her and the children? Or did he die? Was he killed in the War of 1812? 

Looking at these records and analyzing the information on them I came to the conclusion that Matilda Bixler is the mother of Latitia Bixler Burnett and the grandmother of Eliza Jane Burnett. As to what happened to Jacob B. Bixler, maybe he decided to return to Pennsylvania or maybe this isn't the Jacob B. Bixler who married Matilda Barclay. More questions than answers for Jacob B. Bixler. 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Zachariah Gipson Edwards, Deputy Sheriff

Son of Charles Edwards and Nancy Baker, Zachariah was born 10 Oct 1847 in Cherokee County, Georgia. He died 31 Aug 1903 in Black Springs, Montgomery County, Arkansas. Another of my Edwards great grand uncles.


Source Public Member Stories, The Mena Star, September 17, 1903, Montgomery Circuit Court.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday

Another Fearless Edwards Woman: Dolly Odessa

Dolly Odessa Edwards was born to John Houston Edwards and Dolly Ophelia Lee 25 Nov 1920 in Eros, Jackson Parish, Louisiana.
Dolly Odessa Edwards died 30 Nov 2000 in Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama. She is buried in the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery.
She was married to Jonathan Estes Oakes when she was eighteen years old 5 Nov 1939 in Shelby County, Alabama.
Two known sons Barry Lloyd Oakes and Brett Oakes. One known daughter Patricia Sue Oakes.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Thursday's Fearless Woman

Emma Sophronia Meadows 

Parents John Calvin Meadows and Sarah Ann Oliver
Emma was born 10 March 1851 probably in Troup County, Georgia 
Married to William Alfred Lee 05 Sep 1869 in New Site, Tallapoosa County, Alabama
Died 11 Nov 1920 Oak Grove, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana
Mother of James William, Dolly Ophelia, Robert E., and Alice Lee

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Clarisa Messer Edwards Fearless Woman

Clarisa Messer was born Circa 1835 in South Carolina to John A. and Mary Messer. Clarisa  was married to my grand uncle James A. Edwards son of second great grandparents Charles Edwards and Nancy Baker. Clarisa died 2 April 1891 in Shady Point, Le Flore County, Oklahoma. She is interred in Shady Point Cemetery in Le Flore County. Known children were Sarah, David, Savannah, John War, Charles, and Laura, L, Rebecca Edwards.  Living with her family in 1870 were two nephews.

View the Findagrave Memorial here.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tombstone Tuesday

Rethe Cleby Edwards 

Rethe Cleby Edwards was one of my first cousins once removed and, also one of my half aunts. 
She was known to my family as "Rethie." Rethe Cleby Edwards Gallups was the daughter of John Houston and Dolly Ophelia Lee Edwards. She was married to George Morris Gallups. Memorial #79380223 
Harpersville Municipal Cemetery in Harpersville, Shelby County, Alabama
Harpersville Garden of Memories Cemetery

You can read more about Rethe here.