Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Wednesday’s Words

William Meadows War of 1812 Patriot

William Meadows was born about 1794 in Wilkes County, Georgia. His parents were Frances Acree Meadows and the second Isham Meadows. William married his first cousin Gincy Jane Meadows daughter of John Meadows and wife Lydia. They married in Greene County, Georgia 29 June 1815. All seven of their children were born in Georgia.

 

William and Gincy were living in Dawdells, Harris County, Georgia in 1840-1850. Living near William and Gincy are his sons Seaborn and Gilbert and their families; and William and Gincy’s daughter Elizabeth and her family. Gilbert his son is a carpenter by trade. He was born in Georgia.

William Meadows served in the War of 1812 from Greene County. He served in Company 2, Jenkins Regiment, Georgia Volunteers and Militia. William was doing quite well for a farmer. His real estate value was $5000.00. William was fifty-eight years old and Gincy was fifty-four. Living with them was a thirty-three-year-old male Lasley Odem and a farmer however, he was born in South Carolina. So, what relationship was he to the family? Since relationships were not stated on the 1850 census more research needed to find out what his relationship is to William and Gincy. William and Gincy were first cousins so he would be related to both. William and Gincy’s fathers' were brothers.


William and Gincy’s daughter Elizabeth were living nearby. Joseph Flurry age twenty-seven was a farmer and his real estate value was $600.00. Joseph was born in Georgia also. He could not read. Elizabeth could not read either. Joseph and Elizabeth had one daughter Louisa J. age nine born in Georgia.

Seaborn Meadows, William’s thirty-two-year-old son and his family were living nearby. Living with him was eighteen-year-old John Odem born in South Carolina, and a farmer. He most likely is the brother to Lasley Odem. Lasley Odem married Martha A. Oliver. 28 Jul 1852 in Harris County, Georgia. He is related to the Meadows family on the Oliver line. Her father was John Joseph Oliver.

Children of William and Gincy Jane Meadows are Seaborn, John C., Susan F., Elizabeth, Pricilla, Levisa, and Gilbert Meadows. Direct line ancestors from Daniel Meadows are the first Isham, the second Isham, William, John Calvin, Emma Meadows, to Alice Lee. 
 
In 1860 William and Gincy Jane had removed from Georgia and are living in Tallapoosa County Alabama. William was on the 1866 Tallapoosa County, Alabama State census and would have been about seventy four years old. There was a Wm Meadows in the age category of 70-80 range. Gincy Jane Meadows died after 1860 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. She is on the 1860 Tallapoosa County, Alabama census with three of her daughters and two of her grandchildren.


Tallapoosa County, Alabama 1866 State Census
Wm. Meadows

Daniel Meadows the progenitor of the Meadows family 
lived in this area of Virginia. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Tombstone Tuesday

Ace Crayton Meadows son of John Calvin Meadows and Sara Ann


Photos from Findagrave.com

Monday, November 28, 2016

Mystery Monday

Finding Meadows in the Meadows

Daniel Meadows the progenitor of the Meadows families from Prince George County, Virginia to Granville, Bute, and Warren Counties North Carolina, to Wilkes, Greene, and Taliaferro Counties, Georgia, and Tallapoosa, Talladega, Lowndes Counties, Alabama and beyond probably never realized he would have so many descendants. He probably never thought about his descendants researching his life and writing about him. It looks as though this line of Meadows came from England and this assumption is based on DNA test results. Did Daniel know about the naming patterns in his family when he was naming his children? If he did that would help in finding his parents and his wife’s parents; however, there is no knowledge of his parentage even though extensive research has been done for the Medo, Meadow, Mead, and Meadows in Virginia. The closest record to parentage for Daniel Meadows of Virginia is a birth record for Daniel Meadows 29 October 1687 to John Meadows and Elizabeth White in Suffolk, England; however, the link isn’t proven. 

Daniel’s known sons in order of births are James (according to the naming pattern that was popular in England the first son named after the father’s father), John (the second son named after the mother’s mother), Daniel (the third son was named after the father), William (fourth son named after the oldest paternal uncle), and Isham Meadows (named after the second oldest paternal uncle or oldest maternal uncle.  Same names were used over and over in the Meadows families. This pattern of naming their children after their elders was a way to honor them. Unlike today’s generation that is not the case. Today’s naming of children often focus on names that are popular or what sounds good to the parents. The pattern of naming children resulted in duplication of names which can be a difficult problem for family historians.

With all the repeated names in the Meadows family, where are we as far as researching the family and proving the link back to this man Daniel? The link back will be the direct line of his descendants from Emma Meadows born about 1851 Troup County, Georgia to Daniel Meadows born about 1685 Charles City County, Virginia. Daniel Meadows and wife Jane had a fifth son named Isham. Isham is in the direct line back to Emma.

Why did Daniel and Jane name their child Isham? Today that would not be a name parents would choose for their child. Was Isham a family name? Per Ancestry’s name and origin of surnames the name Isham is English. Isham is a habitational name from a place in Northhamptonshire named Isham, from the river name Ise (of Celtic origin) + Old English ham ‘homestead’ or hamm ‘promonotory’ or ‘enclosure hemmed in by water.’ http://www.ancestry.com/name-origin?surname=isham. Isham the first had a son and his name was Isham. The next generation from Isham the second was his son William Meadows. Williams descendant was John Calvin and he is the father of Emma Meadows. The direct line back to the progenitor Daniel Meadows is proven.

After all the research and the direct line has been proven the question still  remains, did Daniel Meadows’ family immigrate from England and settled in Charles City County, Virginia? Or was Daniel Meadows born in Virginia and knew of his ancestry? Daniel was a tailor. Where did he learn the tailor’s trade? Where was he schooled? Who trained him? Was this a trade that he knew and learned by working it? Daniel was a from the class of yeomen who owned their own land and tilled it with their own hands. He possibly had help from others in the household.  This small group of farmers were a minority in Virginia; About twenty to thirty percent of the population in the years 1680 to 1760.


Meadows was about twenty-seven years old when he bought fifty acres of land in Prince George County, Virginia in 1712. He bought one hundred acres adjoining the fifty acres five years later. November 10, 1719 court when he was about thirty-four years old Daniel Meadows served on a grand jury in Prince George County.  Who was advising Daniel in making these decisions as a young man? How did Daniel learn all these skills of acquiring land as a young man? Daniel had to have a mentor who was guiding him in these important decisions. But who?


Then, Peter Fairfax of Prince George County, sold land to Daniel Meadows in 1712. There is a Peter Fairfax who arrived in Virginia in 1702. His name showed up on the U. S. and Canada, Passenger and Immigration List Index for 1500s to 1900s. What is the connection with Peter Fairfax and Daniel Meadows?

Prince George County Virginia Land deed from James Lundy from the Isle of Wight sold land to Daniel Meadows. Who are the people named in this deed? What relationship if any are they to Daniel Meadows?


There are several names in the trail of papers such as the Coroner’s Inquest that proof of the connection to Daniel is unknown. Researching names that were on the inquest Silvanus Stanton, Mary Medows, Thos. Morris yielded no results to connect them to Daniel Meadows.
 



Researching in Virginia has been difficult because it is a burned county and many records were destroyed. The few records that have been located for Daniel Meadows are lacking in genealogical value. They have not yielded Daniel’s parentage, nor his wife’s maiden name, nor her parentage. Therefore, the research continues and one day there possibly will be records found that will prove them.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Sunday’s Sentiments

Daisy Ann Lee First Cousin Twice Removed

It is interesting to track an ancestor or collateral relative through the censuses. Sometimes it is easy to track them other times it is challenging. If they stay in one place over time, then it easier to track them. This was the case with Daisy Ann Lee daughter of great grand uncle Benjamin William Henry Lee and his wife Sarah Ann Black Lee.  She stayed in one county from 1900through 1940. Sarah Ann reared her daughter alone in Childersburg in Talladega County, Alabama. Her husband was killed in a tragic accident seven months after Daisy Ann was born.

Daisy Ann was blind. While tracking Sarah Ann after her husband Benjamin died Daisy Anny continued to live at home. My curiosity was piqued as to why she remained at home and no occupation. Carefully gleaning all the information from the censuses bingo, on the 1910 census it stated that twenty-seven-year-old Daisy Ann was blind, she could read and write, single, occupation none, and living at home with her mother Sarah Ann and Missouri Raifield a servant age fifty-five. Sarah Ann was sixty-nine years old.

Daisy Ann and Sarah Ann were living with Minnie C. Coleman sister, and daughter of Sarah Ann. John M. Coleman son-in-law of Sarah was the head of the household and was forty-one years old. They had three children. Daisy Ann is single and was born June 1881 in Alabama.

In 1920 seventy-eight year, old Sarah Ann Lee and thirty-seven-year-old Daisy Lee is single and they are living alone in the same county they have lived in for years. Daisy Ann wasn’t working and didn’t have an occupation. By 1930 circumstances have changed for Sarah Ann and Daisy Ann and they are living with another of Sarah Ann’s daughters fifty-year-old Lilly Lightery a widow. By this time eighty-nine years old. Living with them is a boarder and widow Ada Watson.

Life for fifty-eight-year-old Daisy and her sixty-one-year-old sister have changed drastically in 1940. They are living alone. Their mother Sarah Ann died 12 March 1932 at the age of ninety-one. Lillie and Daisy lived Fourteenth Avenue in Childersburg. Daisy still isn’t working and has no income; however, she has income from other sources. The census shows that Sarah Ann had four years of college. Lillie owned her home on Fourteenth Avenue. About 1965 in Alabama Daisy Ann applied for Social Security. She would have been eighty-four years old when she applied. The 1940 is the last available public census; therefore that is the last census that she is on until the 1950 census is made available.  

Daisy Ann Lee lived a long life even though she was handicapped with blindness. She died 8 November 1973 in Sylacauga, Talladega County, Alabama. She is buried in the Childersburg Cemetery where several other family members are buried.

Photo from Lee Collection on Ancestry.com

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Surname Saturday

Looking for the Meadows

Ten children! Can you imagine feeding and providing for a family of twelve today with the cost of goods with today’s prices? John Calvin Meadows and his wife Sarah Ann had ten children from 1842 to 1864. John was a farmer and Sarah Ann kept the house. The children worked on the farm when they became of age. Families helped each other in those days. Neighbors helping neighbors; and witnesses at weddings; and family members were witnesses on wills or probate records when needed. Families lived nearby unlike today where families are miles apart. John and Sarah Ann moved their children to Tallapoosa County between 1851 and 1853. Each of these family members have a story, and the story gives a glimpse into their lives.

Using the information for each ancestor from the censuses and writing their stories gives a glimpse of their lives; their stories are a vital part of history. They weren’t governors, or trailblazers or world changers, but they were family and their stories needs to be told. John Calvin had a son John Calvin, Jr. his namesake and he was the middle child. John Calvin Meadows Jr. was born in Georgia in 1851. He probably was born in Troup County.

Tracking John C. Meadows, Jr. through the censuses from 1860 to 1930 was easy since they stayed in the same area. The 1860 census gives a snapshot of the population prior to the Civil War. He was living with his parents and siblings in 1860. The Meadows family lived in the New Site, Western Division of Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Seven of John C.’s siblings are living at home with him and his parents.



The 1870 census adds a little more information for the residents to provide about themselves. The 1870 census was the first census after the Civil War and slavery ended. It was the first census to list all persons; however, not included are the relationships to head, including former slaves as individuals. In 1870 John Calvin Meadows Sr. and family are living in Daviston Beat in Tallapoosa County, and John C. Jr. is fourteen years old, and can’t read or write. There are seven siblings still living at home and a ten-year-old Edwin, a black child, and he was born in Alabama. The census enumerator only provided a surname to the head of this family. Therefore, Edwin had no surname listed. Edwin may have been the son of a worker; or a child of former slave who was deceased; or he could be their child; or the enumerator could have made a mistake when recording race. His relationship to the family wasn’t stated therefore the relationship to the family is unknown. By 1880 John Calvin, Jr. is married and a father of a two-year-old.



John Calvin Meadows Jr. married Martha Priscilla Spates 10 September 1876 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. John C. Meadows Jr. and Jordan Spates applied for the marriage bond on 2 September 1876 in Tallapoosa County, and it was signed, sealed and delivered by Allen D. Sturdivant. Who is Jordan Spates? He is the brother of Martha Priscilla Spates. Their parents were William Spates and Zady Priscilla Lee Spates. Zady is the daughter of Jordan and Lydia Lee. John Calvin’s sister Emma married William Alfred Lee, Jordan and Lydia’s grandson.




Marriage record for John C. Meadows Jr. and Martha Spates from FamilySearch.org database. 


By 1880 John Calvin, Jr. is married and a father of a two-year-old. The 1880 census has more information about a resident had been added and the relationship to head of the household was a valuable feature to the census. There was more personal information about an individual added. The resident’s location was an added feature. So, with the information that was added a profile of an individual may be developed. In 1880 John and his wife Martha are living in District 142, Newsite Beat 5, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. They had been married a year. John is a farmer and his wife Martha’s occupation is keeping house. In 1880 John is twenty-six years old and still can’t read or write. Martha is twenty-two years old They have a daughter Lizzie who is two years old.


There is a twenty-year span to the next census so a lot of changes can take place. On the 1900 census the name of each person in the household is named, their relationship to the head of household, and a personal description of the residents are important features of this census. John is fifty years old on the 1900 census and Martha is forty. Lizzie is no longer living with the family. She would be about twenty years old so she is old enough to be married. Martha is the mother of nine children with seven living. Therefore, Lizzy was only two in 1880 so she probably died young, and another child was born and died in the twenty-year span between censuses. There are six additional children in the family. There is James who is nineteen; Mattie is sixteen; Alice is ten; Jody is eight; Carrie R. is five; and Vera is one year old in 1900. The Meadows family are still living in Newsite Beat 5, Tallapoosa County in District 70. John and Martha have been married twenty-four years.


The 1910 census allows the resident to give home data such as owning their home or if they are renting, if they own their home that is stated, and the head of house’s spouse was named, and on this census, was Martha Meadows. He was still farming and owns his home, is free of mortgage, and has a farm. He hadn’t been out of work in 1909, and he is his own employer. The residents can also give a more personal description of themselves. John and Martha had been married thirty-three years. John was sixty-one years old and Martha was fifty years old. They had four children living at home. Martha was the mother of ten children with seven living. Another child died. Alice was ten years old on the 1900 census, but is missing from this census with her siblings.

Another added feature of the census in 1910 is the family can add information about their education, place of birth, their parents place of birth, if they were employed, and if they were a survivor of the Union or Confederate Army or Navy. James W. was twenty-nine years old and living at home and is single. Why would a twenty-nine-year-old still be living at home with his parents? It looks as though he has some disabilities and unable to work, he could read and write so he attended school. However, his father, John Calvin, never learned to read and write. In 1910 John and Martha had three other children living at home. Jodie his seventeen-year-old son, Carrie his daughter who is fifteen, and Vera an eleven-year-old daughter. John and Martha had only been married one time.



The Meadows family has gotten smaller by 1920 and there is only one child living at home, Carrie O. age twenty-three and single. She wasn’t working, but she could read and write. Why is she still living at home? The information on the 1920 census doesn’t provide that information. It provides the relationship to the head of the house John C. Meadows. Carrie is their next to the last child born to Martha. John owns his home and his farm. They are still living in Newsite, Tallapoosa County in District 167. He was sixty-seven years old and Martha was sixty-six. Where is John C. and Martha son James W.? Did he marry? Is he living on his own? Did he die between censuses?



The 1930 Newsite, Tallapoosa County census provides some information about this family. They are living in Precinct 5, District 10. Residents for the 1930 census could provide more personal information such as home data. If they owned a radio set, they could provide that information. John and Martha didn’t own a radio. If they owned or rented their home, the resident could provide that personal information. They owned their home, and lived on a farm. They could give a personal description such as age at last birth, marital condition, age at first marriage, and another added feature was if they attended school or college any time since Sept 1, 1929. John was twenty-four years old at his first and only marriage. He was seventy-four years old. Martha was sixteen years old at her first and only marriage. She was seventy-three years old in 1930 when this census was taken. John Calvin never learned to read and write.


John and Martha had many years together and had ten children. They were married fifty-nine years. They lived in the same area throughout their married lives. John Calvin Meadows Jr. died 21 May 1935 in Rural Road Route 1 in Wadley, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. He was born into a family of farmers and died a farmer. He was eighty years old when he died.


Martha Priscilla Spates Meadows died 30 January 1946 in Wadley, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. She was eighty-six years old when she died. They are both buried in Newsite in the Harmony Cemetery. Martha’s son James Washington Meadows died the same year she died. He died 13 December 1946 in Wadley. He was sixty-six years old when he died. A death record for Carrie O. Meadows hasn’t been found; however, a marriage record that is an odd record. It has Carrie married Feb. 1947 however, the groom isn’t named. More research on this record to prove this information.



John Calvin Meadows and his wife of many years lived a laborious life farming and raisin seven of the ten children. They are both at peace now and their memories will live on.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Friday’s Family

Robert C. Meadows

There must have been something going on in the John Calvin Meadows family. Martha Francis was born about 1844 in New Site, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. She was living with her family on the 1850 through the 1880 census. Then she disappears and isn’t found again. She apparently didn’t marry because she was thirty-four years old living with her father John C., her sister Elizabeth age thirty-two, two brothers Asa age seventeen, and James age fifteen.  Her father was sixty-one years old and widowed.

Then, there is Mary Elizabeth on the 1860 census through the 1880 census. By 1880 their mother Sarah had died and Elizabeth along with her sister are keeping house for John C. and the two younger brothers. Sarah, their mother is on the 1870 census and is forty-eight years old; however, by 1880 she is no longer living. There possibly is a physical disability or health issue with the two daughters. On the 1870 census, they both are listed as assistant house keepers. Neither can read or write. There are no suggested records for the two daughters. There are no family trees with Martha Francis and Mary Elizabeth married. Death records are not found for the two daughters. So, the conclusion is they died between 1880 and 1900.

The seventh child of Sarah Ann Meadows wife of John Calvin was Robert C.  Meadows. Robert was born June 1853 in New Site, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Robert like the rest of the family was an ordinary farmer. He owned a farm and worked it along with his family.
Robert married Sophronia C. Malear in Tallapoosa County, Alabama 13 August 1876 by J. C. Allen Justice of the Peace in Tallapoosa. Witnesses to the marriage were J. C. Meadows his father, and J. W. Spates uncle of Robert C. Meadows. J. W. Spates married Robert’s sister Dolly.

The marriage bond for Robert C. Meadows and Sophronia C. Malear. 

Marriage license for Robert C. Meadows and Fronia Malear. At the bottom
of the license John Calvin give his permission for him to marry. John Calvin is 
Robert C. Meadow's father.
In 1880 Robert and Sophronia were living in Newsite, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. They had two children Seretha J. E. age two years and Frances B.  age one. Sophronia was twenty-one and Robert was twenty-three years old. By the time the 1900 census was taken they had moved to DeKalb County. He owned his farm and it was mortgaged. The couple had been married twenty-four years and Fronia was the mother of eight children and all eight were living.


One can only surmise the reasons for Robert moving to another county away from family. Possibly better farming land and a better opportunity for raising a large family. Both of his parents were deceased by 1900. In 1910 Robert and his wife Sophrona were still living in DeKalb County, and he was farming, owned his farm and it was mortgaged. Five of his eight children were still living at home with him. Francis B. daughter was twenty-eight years old and single, Robert E. a son was nineteen years old and was single. Robert’s three daughters Eumer L. was fifteen, Jessie I. was fourteen, and Obera E. was eleven. Robert and Saphrona were married thirty-six years and they were married only once. 


By 1920 live was changed for Robert C. and Sophronia. They had aged and were living with their daughter Seretha Germany and her family on Dutton and Hunger Road in District 49, Dutton, Jackson County, Alabama. Their daughter was widowed. Seretha “Reathie” Meadows married William Oscar Germany 11 November 1894 in Tallapoosa County. This possibly was the reason for Robert C. and Sophronia moved to DeKalb County. Their daughter was living there after she married. By 1930 neither parent was living with Seretha. Robert Caleb died 23 January 1925 in Jackson County; and he was seventy-two years old when he died.  Sophronia Catherine died 16 March 1931 in Dawson, DeKalb County, Alabama, and she was seventy-five years old when she died. Both are interred at the Lusk Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.  


Findagrave.com
Lusk Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetetery
Dawson, DeKalb County, Alabama

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thursday’s Thoughts

Martha Francis Meadows

Martha Francis Meadows was the oldest daughter of John Calvin Meadows and Sarah Ann Oliver Meadows. Francis was born about 1845 in Georgia. Francis is little known, in that she isn’t on any records after 1880 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. There isn’t any evidence that Martha Francis married, and it looks as though Martha Francis Meadows died after the 1880 census was taken. She is listed on the 1850 through 1880 censuses, however, those censuses don’t yield a lot of information about her or her family.

Martha is shown with her parents J. C. and Sarah Ann living in District 699, Troup County, Georgia in 1850. She was five years old. Her father was a farmer and his real estate value was $1000. 
The 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses do not name the relationships of individuals listed with the head of the house. As a matter of fact, these censuses give very little information on an individual. It does show that Martha was born in Georgia, she was sixteen years old on th1860 census.  By 1860 Martha was sixteen years old and her family had moved to the New Site, Western Division, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. It states that John Calvin was a farmer and his real estate value was 1000, and his value of personal estate was $2800.


The 1870 census the family is living in Daviston, Tallapoosa County, Alabama. Her father continues to farm and his real estate is 700, and his personal is 500. Francis is twenty-three years old on this census. Francis cannot read or write, and she states she is an assistant in house.


Now, Francis is living at home with her widowed father who is sixty-one years old. He is still farming. Francis can’t read or write, and has never married. Possibly she had a disability of some kind. She states on this census she is keeping house. She is living with her sister Elizabeth age thirty-two, and Asa her brother age seventeen, James age fifteen her brother, and Henry Meadows age twenty-one a laborer, and he had married with the year. He probably was working for John Calvin on the farm. Henry is probably related to the family. There are family members living nearby them.Living nearby John Calvin Meadows family are relatives. His daughter Dolly, his son Robert and wife Sephronia, another relative Zada P. Spates, his son Asa Crayton's mother-in-law.    


Martha Francis Meadows apparently died after the 1880 census was taken because she hasn’t been found on any records after that census.There no death information for her. There isn't a marriage record for Martha Francis and she doesn't show up in suggested records with another name.  Research continues on this line. 


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Wishful Wednesday

William Thomas Meadows

The wish for Wednesday is there will be a marriage record for William Thomas Meadows and Nancy Oliver placed online. The other wish is that their place of burial will be found and there will be a memorial and headstone for them. William was a Confederate Veteran and he deserves a memorial to be placed on his grave site to honor his service for his country. William and his wife Nancy were the typical hard working farmers. While researching the Meadows family, there has been a recurrent occupation listed on the censuses – farmers or farm laborer; and own their farm or rent their farm. The Meadows families worked the land. Their wives kept house. William Thomas Meadows was no different than his ancestors. He was a farmer and a veteran. He served in the Confederate War, survived, and came home to his family.  

There isn’t much to tell about William Thomas Meadows. He was born 10 December 1842 in Harris County, Georgia. He died after the 1910 census was taken and before 1920. He isn’t found in the census after 1910. He died intestate or he died without having a will.  Nancy Oliver was his wife, and they married about 1864 in Tallapoosa County, Alabama. There isn't a record of death for either of them. 

William Thomas Meadows was the oldest child of John Calvin Meadows and his wife Sarah Ann Oliver. William is listed on the 1850 District 69, Troupe County, Georgia census with his parents and siblings. Before the next census was taken the family was on the move from Georgia to Alabama. They are on the 1860 New Site, Western Division, Tallapoosa County, Alabama Census. He is eighteen years old on this census. 
On the 1870 census has William Meadow age twenty-six living with Nancy Meadow age twenty-four, William Jr. is five years old, Sapronia is three, and John is one year old. In 1870 William is surrounded by family. His Uncle Caleb Oliver lives nearby in dwelling 307, where William is 304. Uncle Thomas Oliver brother to Caleb and Sarah Ann William's mother live in 308. There were Oliver families living all around the Daviston, Tallapoosa area where William lived. Then living in 309 is William's parents John and Sarah with his siblings. 
These folks were farm laborers and the paper trail was almost nonexistent except for censuses. However, censuses tell a story about the family. The one great feature of censuses is that a family can be tracked through time.  The next census is the 1880 Daviston, Tallapoosa County, Alabama Census W. T. is on there with his wife and three children and an uncle C. C. Oliver living with them. C. C. Oliver is Caleb C. and is the brother Sarah Ann Oliver mother of William Thomas.
The next census William Thomas is on is the District 70, New Site, Tallapoosa County 1900 census. He is widowed by 1900 and his thirty-five-year-old son William Jr., his two daughters Sophronia, and Evie are living with him. Sopronia was a widow and her daughter, Johnie M. Abbett, was seven years old. Sopronia his daughter was born March 1867, Evie was born October 1886, and William was born July 1865. Sopronia was married to an Unknown Abbett. The 1900 census was of poor quality. It looks like the name was written through on the original copy of the census. 
In 1910 William Thomas is sixty-seven years old and living with his son William T. Jr. Junior is forty-four years old. Sophronia and her daughter are still living with them.  Junior is single, and his father is widowed. He didn’t marry again after the death of Nancy. Nancy was about fifty-one years old when she died.
The census or enumeration of Confederate Soldiers residing in Alabama record provided the vital information for William Thomas Meadows. His birth date and place of birth was on the record, as was his military information.  
Census or Enumeration of Confederate Soldiers Residing in Alabama in 1907
William Thomas Meadows was born in Harris County, Georgia 10 December 1842. He was a private on 4 March 1862 at Montgomery, Alabama in the Company H 8th Confederate Calvary. He continued until paroled at Greensboro, North Carolina May 1865. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Tuesday’s Tips

Zady Lee

For years researching was all about finding direct line ancestors. Grandparents great grandparents, and great great grandparents are ancestors, and it was important to make that link back to maternal and paternal line parents. Once you are satisfied with the research of the direct line ancestors, it may be time to focus on those other relatives – collaterals.

Researching direct line ancestors is the focus of most genealogists, and these individuals are the ones who are most researched and tracked down when possible. They give us the family histories and in some cases interesting ones. If for some reason there is a difficult problem in finding ancestors then the focus is on collateral relatives or cousins, nieces, nephew, aunts, uncles, siblings, and those family members who might lead you to the ancestor. One way to remember what a collateral is think of someone related, but are not in the direct line of descent. They may have migrated together, married within the family, been a witness on a record, attended the same church, lived near one another, lived in the same household, or had spelling variations of their surnames. Collateral relatives share a common ancestor with you. Recently when researching a Meadows great grand uncle, the brother of a direct line second great grandfather John Calvin Meadows, the research lead me to another collateral a second great grand aunt – Zady Lee.

This second great grand aunt’s name kept coming up in the census records. She was living with her daughter and son-in-law and their children. The name was familiar from previous research on the Hodge and Lee paternal lines. Once, she was found in the family tree program, then her relationship to the Hodge and Lee families was clear. She was the daughter of Jordan Lee and his wife Lydia Hodge Lee. She was the mother-in-law to Asa Crayton Meadows, and the relationship was stated in the 1900 census. Research on Asa Crayton Meadows lead me to the second great grand aunt. That was a fantastic find since finding women in records after they have married has proven difficult. 

So, that research lead to Zady, and while researching her the records for a Margaret Strange came up in the suggested records. Margaret was another familiar name from previous research on the Lee and Hodge families. When going back to the family tree program to look for the connection Jordan and Lydia had a daughter named Margaret; and their daughter Margaret married a Strange. If the birth month and year are correct on the 1900 censuses Zady was born July 1819 and Margaret was born July 1819 in South Carolina – they were twin sisters.  Siblings are our best friends and our worst enemies, and our ancestors were no different. Apparently, these two sisters were friends because they lived in the same area near each other. They shared life, love, good times and bad times, and probably were there for each other.

The research on Zady began to move forward after getting more pertinent information such as marriage information. In addition, research for Margaret and her family will begin when Zady and her family are firmly established in the family tree. 

While researching, the collateral relatives remember they are part of family. They have an important part in the family and their relationships. They are the ones that were witnesses to weddings, probates, deeds; or they shared meals with your direct line ancestors and were there when they needed them. They called on each other for support and assistance when life got rough. Our ancestors related to the folks they were related to; they turned to them in a time of need. That is what being a family is all about. Cousins are friends, neighbors and acquaintances we meet. Their nieces and nephews were like their own children, and when needed they took them in as their own. These folks are family and they are collateral relatives; and they have secrets to tell; therefore tell them. 

The story of the collateral relative Zady Lee will continue. ■

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