Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wedding Wednesday - J. B. Lloyd (again)

Yep, that is James Buchanan Lloyd again marrying a daughter of Dr. David Adams (see this post for info his 1st marriage). 8 years after the death of his 1st wife Maggie Adams, J.B. Lloyd married Sallie B. Adams (1 of Maggie's younger sisters).  Sallie and James would continue to reside in the Pine Apple House.

More on the history of James B and Sallie soon.

Monday, April 25, 2011

They spelled it how?

Ok, one of the 1st things you hear when starting out in genealogy is to try different spellings of a name. Makes sense not everyone could read or write and some just wrote what they heard, I get it. So imagine my surprise when I found a listing on findagrave for my ggg-grandparents with a spelling from way out in left field.

I've been searching for death dates and locations for George S. Hammond and Lucy Spears Hammond for a while now.  I've tried various spellings: Hammon, Hammonds, Hammons; you get the picture. That is why I was so surprised to find their names on their headstones, spelled HAMMOANE. What? Their son is buried next to them with the spelling of Hammond, so my head is spinning trying to figure out where that spelling came from.  They are in several census' with the spelling of Hammond, so did the engraver just put in something that was close? Did they get a discount for having it spelled wrong?

Whatever the reason for the spelling (though I'm going to keep searching for the reason behind it) I'm glad to have found George and Lucy, buried in the same cemetery (Pilgrims Rest, Southside in Gadsden, AL) as their daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Hammond Kilgore.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Tombstone Tuesday - Maggie ADAMS LLOYD

We 1st met Maggie ADAMS LLOYD when I posted her and James Buchanan LLOYD's wedding announcement.  On September 23, 1883, Maggie gave birth to John Bartow Lloyd, John died 6 months later in April of 1884; Maggie died in June 1884, 2 months after her son.  Maggie and John are buried in The Adams Family Cemetery in Pine Apple, AL.

James Buchanan Lloyd will show up again soon in these posts, as will the Adams family.

Photo taken by Jeri Jones, July 2009. (Note, I hope to get better pictures of Maggie and John's tombstones when I go back to Pine Apple in May, fingers crossed the sun will cooperate when I'm there)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Mystery Monday - Thomas Powers where did you come from?

Ok for this mystery Monday I'm putting Thomas Powers out there (I know I said I was putting him on a shelf for a while, but this daily prompt has brought him back down).

What I have on Thomas:

1- According to my gg-grandmother's, Rebecca Emaline POWERS MASON (1876-1943) death certificate, her parents were Thomas Powers and Sarah (Sallie) McNabb, and it states my gg-grandmother was born in Marion County TN.

2 - A brother of my gg-grandmother, William Powers (1866-1937) states his parents were Thomas Powers and Sarah McNabb.

3- Thomas Powers shows up in Marion Co, TN, 6th Civil District, in the 1870 census - in his household are Thomas, age 35, born in Ireland; Sarah 29, born in TN; Margaret age 4, born in TN; William age 2 born in TN; and Mary age 3 mnths born in TN.

4- 1880 census, Marion Co, TN, still in the 6th district, Thomas (age 55 now?) and family are still there with the addition of Silas (spelled Charlis in this census) and my gg-grandmother Rebecca. (Side note, in this census, W. H. Mason is living next door, he is the man who Rebecca would marry so I like thinking of my gg-grandparents growing up next door to each other and knowing each other well before they married and moved to Birmingham, AL).

5- 19000 census, Marion Co, TN, shows that Thomas (spelled Pyers) came to the US 60 years earlier in 1840 - I can not (at the moment) find Thomas listed on a ship in 1840, I did find a good match in 1838 arriving in Pennsylvania. Though there is a possibility he arrived in Canada and made his way south.

6 - A deed index for Marion Co, shows that Thomas bought land from David McNabb (Sarah's father?), the book is labeled 1833-1890, and I haven't seen the deed yet, but it does list him as buying land in Marion Co.

7 - Thomas deeded his land on 22 June 1903, to his son Silas Powers.

8 - The 1906 obit for Thomas I've have states that he battled cancer for over 3 years, so he may have deeded the land to his son so that his son and family could take over the farming (that is a guess). I can not find Thomas in the death index for TN, so all I have is a hand dated obit and a tombstone transcription.

9- Thomas is buried in McNabb cemetery II in Marion Co, TN - the headstone dates are - 1/2/1826 - 1/13/1906. I do not have confirmation on this birth date.

So here is the big question for me: where was Thomas prior to arriving in Marion Co, TN around 1865? Did he fight in the Civil War and for which side? I have a lead that states his wife Sarah was the daughter of David McNabb and Maragaret Long (There is a Sarah listed in the household of David and Margaret in 1860, Marion Co, but I don't have proof yet of this being her family), so if this is the correct family, the brothers of this Sarah all fought for the Union in the TN calvary, so maybe Thomas met one of the brothers while fighting?

Did Thomas have a family prior to coming to Marion Co? The 1870 census shows his age as 35, if he was born in 1826 that would actually make him 44 at the time of the 1870 census, (his age never stays consistent) so he was of an age to have been married and possibly have children. Did something happen to the 1st family? Did he up and leave them? I don't know.

Doing a search for the name Thomas Powers in the 1860 census, only leads to more hair pulling, there are close to 100 Thomas Powers in the same age group and close to half of them were born in Ireland (I have started the slow process of looking up each one of those in the following year to see if they are still there but, well, I fell lost).

I will get to do some research in Marion Co, in May so I'm hoping something leads me to more info on Thomas, a middle initial would be nice, or something.  Thomas is driving me a bit crazy at times, he just seems to have appeared out of nowhere and started a family. I want to know where he was prior to his life in TN, and when he came to the US. So, if anyone out there runs into Thomas in their research, I would love a nudge in the right direction.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Sources, ARGH!

So, I've been going through all of my sources in Reunion for Mac and rewriting the source information. Let me just say how much fun that is (lots of sarcasm intended). I thought I was doing a good job of citing my sources but it seems I've omitted a few key fields here and there. Ugh!  This project is long overdue, but if I want to take my self seriously and find all of my info later, well it needs to be done.

Now the next project may require a small army of volunteers; I'm resorting and refiling all of my genealogy paperwork. If you read Paper and more Paper and you may sympathize or laugh hysterically at my situation.

So, what are the fun projects all of you are working on, outside of research? Any words of advice? Or links to filing systems you all find helpful?


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wednesdays Child - John Bartow Lloyd

John Bartow Lloyd
Born 23 Sep 1883
Died 20 Apr 1884

Son of Maggie Hebert Adams and James Buchanan Lloyd.
Buried in Adams Family Cemetery, Pine Apple, AL
See parents wedding post

Photo taken by J. L. Jones, 2009

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Surname Saturday - Jones (please don't laugh)

Jones - talk about the needle in the haystack. I won't go into the origins of the name, heck it confuses me at times, but this site Jones Genealogy has lots of great info on the origins of the name and a good article on  Jones Patronymics.

So if I'm not giving the history why did I pick the name, well, because I still get nervous jumping into my Jones research. The number of Jones'  is daunting to look at, add on all  the common names like John, Sam, George, well you get the drift.

This post is to A) admit my nervousness B) pledge to conquer my fears and jump deeper in. This feels a bit easier now with another new found distant cousin who is also looking into the Jones line. With all these new distant cousins collaborating together, we just may uncover a few more secrets and have a few extra shoulders to lean on when the brick walls seem too high. So here goes:

My Jones' men

George Washington Jones (g-grandfather) 1890-1962 born in Alabama
 Andrew Belson Jones (gg-grandfather) 1862-1936 born in Alabama
  Belson Jones (ggg-grandfather) 1822-1894 born in SC
   Benjamin Jones Jr. (gggg-grandfather) 1795-1870 (still verifying)
    Benjamin Jones (ggggg-father) 1763-1846 (still verifying)

Andrew and Belson each fathered over 10 children, so the amount of distant cousins out there is, well, a lot (I've never been known for my math skills).

So, for all the other Jones researchers out there (I know your are out there) know this: you aren't alone, and neither am I with my new found cousins. So feel free to say hi, we can share stories and yell at our Jones' together ;)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Those Places Thursday - Pine Apple House

Well, to continue with the story of James Buchanan Lloyd and Maggie Hebert Adams, I'd like to introduce you all to the Pine Apple House. Nope, not a house that is shaped like a pineapple but the home of my gg-grandparents in Pine Apple, Wilcox Co, Alabama, we just always referred to it as the Pine Apple house.

I heard, somewhere from my grandfather (I think) that the house and land were given to James B Lloyd and Maggie H. Adams as a wedding gift from Maggie's father, Dr. David Adams (the Adams house is about 100 yards up the street). I do know my g-grandfather, James Adams Lloyd, was born in this house in 1894, and later his 3 sons were also born here, my grandfather being the 1st in 1916. How I wish those walls could tell the stories of my grandfather and his brothers running in and out of there under the eyes of their parents and grandparents.

I can't think of the Pine Apple house without thinking of sugar cane. Sugar cane grew all around the house and when I was little my grand father or my dad would sit and pull the stalk part off the cane and let us kids chew on the sugary, chewy goodness that was inside the cane. Yumm! I still try and venture off the interstate when I go home to Alabama and at least drive by the Pine Apple house, it is so nice to see a part of your family history sitting on the corner lot.

The Pine Apple house will also continue to make appearances in future blog posts.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Wedding Wednesday!

Here is the invitation for my GG grandfather, James Buchanan LLOYD (Feb 1857- Jul 1951) to his 1st wife, Maggie Hebert ADAMS (Jul 1859 - Jun 1884). The wedding took place in Pine Apple, Wilcox, Alabama.

More on this couple coming soon.

Friday, April 1, 2011


Ok, I'm a day late, but oh well here goes anyway :)

I've only been seriously researching for 2 years, though I did dabble for about 4 years prior to the addiction kicking in.  Recently I was contacted by someone from, she had seen my photo request for Belson Jones (1822-1894), buried in Polk Co, GA and inquired as to if I was related. I said that yes he was my 3rd great grandfather, and guess what, he is her 3rd great grandfather also (we come down through 1 of Belson's sons, Andrew).  We both had information the other didn't have so we started sending emails back and forth and now share a tree on so we can share info. She also introduced me via email to another distant cousin and between the 3 of us we just may bust down a few walls.  One of the greatest gifts I have received from this collaboration are 2 pictures,  1 of Andrew Jones (ggrandfather) and his wife Victoria Carter Jones (ggrandmother) and one of my ggrandfather, George W Jones, standing beside his 2 of his brothers (pic below, standing on left). (The crazy part about the picture below, my dad is the spitting image of his grandfather George W. Jones, and when I saw this picture, I was almost breathless and seeing the resemblance).

I also view this blog as being away to collaborate with others, heck you never know who you will meet and who may have that little tidbit of info that sends you climbing up a new branch.