Thanksgiving for the Memories

My cousin, Connie, and I were talking about her Mamma who was my Aunt Nora.  We were discussing her house in Macon Georgia. I had Googled the address but the satellite view showed little except for trees which are forty years older than the last time I was there.  Mamma lived on the corner but there was a small house behind it  her house where her son and his family lived.  Behind that house was a fenced in area with a horse.

During the summer my parents sent my brother and me to the “country” away from Queens, New York.  This was an opportunity to visit and know our family and have a change of scenery.   On some days we would pile into her car and go to the Farmers’ Market.  She would buy butter beans, black-eyed peas, beans, and corn.    She would plunk us kids (four or five of us) into the living room each with a bowl of a vegetable and we would shell the beans and peas and snap the beans.   The hulls would end up in grocery bags.  While we were shelling and snapping, Mamma would be scraping corn for creamed corn.   By the end of the day, there were plenty of bags of vegetables in the freezer.

Mamma had a fig tree outside of her bedroom window.  She made great fig preserves.  She would buy pears and make pear preserves too.   My cousin mentioned a brand name of fig and pear preserves that she says taste almost like Mamma’s.   There was a huge magnolia tree in front of her house at the end of the porch.  There was a swing on the porch and it was frequently in use.  From the swing, we could enjoy the flowers that were growing.   On the side of the house, was a weeping willow.  It provided a lot of shade when we were outside playing.

We often played card games too, war, old maid, and at least once, 52 pick-up.  Roller skating was always a treat.   In New York we skated on the paved sidewalks but in Macon, we went to the indoor rink.   Round and round we would go to the pop music of the day.  Often couples would skate together in a dance.  We would take the bus into town once or twice and take in a movie.

My cousin and I weren’t on the phone long as her son was there and he and his wife were getting ready to leave.   After a while she returned my call and told me that she and her son were talking about Mamma’s house.   He remembered the house and going to our cousin’s wedding and even recalled what he wore.    She laughed because she made his outfit on Mamma’s pedal sewing machine.  I remembered it vividly although I had never seen it used.

Thanksgiving memories passed from one generation to the other.

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Veterans Day 2018

We celebrated Veterans Day in a big way this year as it was combined with the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. There was a wreath laying and as the banners of the fallen soldiers of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars were walked to the remembrance wall with a soldier and an American Heritage scout, the scout then placed a poppy in a wreath. At the end of the program on the courthouse green, the courthouse bell was rung. After the ceremony, there was a program in the courthouse telling the story of the the War in story and song.    It was performed by the Chesterfield Twinning Association in verse and included the songs “Danny Boy” and “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary.”



Here is a link to an article in one of our local newspapers. 

About the bell, it is a new bell.  The original courthouse bell was installed on the original courthouse in 1749 when Chesterfield County was created.  The bell was conserved recently and placed in the museum.  I am told that the bell is older than the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia.

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Patience Harris – Looking For The Missing Pieces

Piecing together the family history of the ladies in our line is not always easy.  Years ago my contact gave me a lot of information about Patience Harris.  She knew about a diary and letters.  I have never seen these items so I cannot document my ancestor’s story.

From the information I do have, I know that Patience was born around 1786 in North Carolina.  By 1807 she was married to Elisha Smith Kirksey.  They were married in either Iredell County or Montgomery County, North Carolina.  They moved to Georgia around 1820.

In 1800 the census of Turner Harris of Montgomery County, NC list four females ranging in age between 10 and 25 and two males in that same range and one male 45 and over.  I would surmise that he was that male in the over 45 category and in 1790 in the same county, Turner Harris is listed with three males under 16; three males 16 and over; and 5 females.  From a comparison, I would offer that Turner’s wife, mother of the children, passed away between 1790 and 1800.

The oldest son of Patience was named West Harris Kirksey and her youngest son, Andrew Jackson Kirksey, named a son Turner Harris Kirksey.  These are recurring family names in the Harris family.

There was a stone marker in the Uwharrie National Forest but it went missing.  According to the card found in the Asheboro Library, the children of Turner were William, West, Nathan, Arthur and Isham.  As I mentioned earlier, the 1800 census lists four daughters, but how do you prove who they are?



Card file of the Asheboro Library in Randolph Co, NC thanks to Lea Morris for this information

From Essex England to the Sunny Southern USA, Harris Family, Robert E. Harris,

1790 Montgomery County NC Census, Page: 404; Image: 560,

1800 Montgomery County NC Census, Page: 478; Image: 26,

1850  Jasper Georgia; District 46, Page: 90B; Image: 420,

Family Source:  Bobbie Meyer von Bremen

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Hugh Barnett

I don’t know too much about this ancestor.   He’s a new leaf on my tree.    He was married to Elizabeth at the time of his death.  From DAR records, during the Revolutionary War he provided services and was an overseer of the road.  Hugh Barnett provided for his wife who was living at the time of his passing.  His son in law Michael Dickson is named in the will.  He was married to Margaret.  Margaret and Michael  are my ancestors.  He had a son Thomas, John, Hugh (who was married to Margurete McFarland on 26 Jan 1784 in Caswell County, NC ) and Curry.   He had grandsons Hugh Barnett, John Barnett Dickson.  He had three younger children named James, Elizabeth and Mary.   (Does this statement that they are younger children imply that Hugh was married twice?)   He mentions daughters Rebekah Dewest.  She was obviously older and married.

What I found most interesting in his will which was signed 1 September 1796 are the four books he bequeathed to his sons:  his Big Bible (I wonder where it is now and what genealogical gems it might include?), The New Testament, Blairs Sermon Book, Bostons Forefold Stakes (Fourfold State).   The will is difficult to read and the spelling leaves a lot to be desired.

10/16/18:  I found an indenture for Hugh Barnett for what looks like the twenty seventh day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & fifty four. Hugh Barnett of the County of Orange & Province of North Carolina a parcel near Mayo Creek, paying a yearly rent of eight shillings … for every one hundred acres on or upon the two most usual feasts or Days of Payment in the Year, that is to say the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Feast of St. Michael the Arch Angel .  This deed is three pages long.   I need to transcribe it.

Hugh Barnett’s will:  Person County Septemr ? 1797, The Execution of this Will was duly provd, open Court and Ordered to be Recorded

Recorded in Book B page 20, 21 & 23 Test Jesse Dickins Clk

Ancestry: Caswell: Marriage Bonds (1780 – 1884)

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A Visit to Ireland

We left in mid September for a vacation in Ireland.  There were eight of us and once we arrived in Dublin we rented two eight passenger vans.  What a great trip it was.  From Dublin we went to the Boyne Valley, to Waterford, the Ring of Kerry, Dingle, Kilarney, Galway, to Aran Islands, Donegal, Derry, and back to Dublin.   In between those stops we took tours, got lost, and just enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Here are some photos of beautiful, historic and colorful Ireland.

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Isaac Kirksey – the youngest?

Isaac may have been the youngest of these Kirkseys in Chatham Co.    When Edward was listed on the tithable list of 1755, he was listed along with two adult males, probably Gideon and Christopher.   Therefore, Isaac was not of age in 1755.

In April of 1768, Gideon and his wife sold Isaac a tract of 57 acres.  Christopher was a witness.  Then in May 1768 Edward sold his 300 acres to Isaac (N. side of Haw River on Pokeberry Creek, known as Cherry Old Field) Orange Co NC Book 3 pages 446-447.   This is the same property he sold to Christopher in 1772 (Book A pg 360)

During this time, Isaac is listed on a Role of Capt Isaiah Hogan’s Co. 19 Sep 1772 (NC Militia)

Isaac purchased from John Ellitts and his wife, Mary, in 1773 (Chatham Co Deed Book A p 324), and from Christopher and Perthania property (Deed A 355).  This was 165 acres on the north side of the Haw River.

Isaac and Mary sold 57 acres to Christopher in October 1778 (B page 156)

In 1778 Isaac wrote his will naming his wife, Mary, sons: John and Edward and daughter, Sarah.  Christopher and Gideon were appointed executors.  Moses Smith Jnr, Absalum Smith, an William Hatley, Jnr were witnesses.

Will written in 1778 and probated Feb Court 1779.
Return made after the sale of Isaac’s estate 18 Feb 1786.

In 1784, Gideon Kirksey gave to Isaac Kirksey an orphan son of Isaac Kirksey dec. 239 acres in Chatham Co south side of Wiliasons Creek, Isaac Kirkseys old line, Willliam Griffins line,  (Book C p 336)

The family of Isaac moved to South Carolina with Christopher Kirksey’s family.

The timeline makes one wonder if Isaac was ill and making arrangements for his family by disposing of his property.


A copy of Isaac’s will can be read here


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Christopher Kirksey’s Descendants

Elhanan William:  E. William was married to Catherine Cobb on 2 Jan 1794. She died 4 May 1837. In Pickens District, South Carolina, Robert Kirksey was the administrator of the goods chattels Rights and Credits of E.W. Kirksey deceased.  The date in the documents is the 11th day of September 1854. He is known as William Kirksey Senr.   His children who were born between 1795 and 1817 included D. Garvin (Nancy), Jared Kirksey, Robert Kirksey, Wm Kirksey, Christopher Kirksey, Catherine Hallam and B.F. Holland (Penelope) (this document lists 7 heirs.  His deceased children included Silas, Fair, Elhanan Winchester, and Perthany who died as a very young child.

Jehu:  Jehu was born in 1776 in Chatham County North Carolina.  He married Eleanor Crow Foster on 1 May 1808 in Pendleton District Edgefield County.   He moved to Madison County Alabama by 1810 and died in Greene County on 9 August 1841.  He is buried in the Mesopotamia Cemetery.   His children were John Madison, Cicero Luther, Elisha B.W., Isaiah Jackson, Foster M., Robert Brown Winchester, and Mary E.  The children were born between 1808 and 1822.

Christopher:  Not much is known about this Christopher.  It appears that he did not marry.   He died in South Carolina on 29 August 1844.

Elisha:  Elisha was married to Vashti Barton and by 1850 had relocated his family to Itawamba County Mississippi.  His children were Teressa, Christopher Columbus, Augustus Price (Dock), Elisha , Vashti Ruth, Daniel, John Robert T., Helen, C.A. (son), Dorcas, Camelia.   There evidently was a Bible in this family but the family record was
fragmented. The names or initials of Elisha’s sons are: E.S. or E.J. Kirksey born 1
Aug. 1820, C.C. Kirksey born 18 June 1823, D.E. Kirksey 30 Jun 1835, J.R.T.
Kirksey born 23 Dec 1837, C.A. Kirksey 8 Sep year torn, A.P. Kirksey date torn.
Daughters were not on the fragment.

Isaiah:  In March of 1816 he was in Pendleton District and was a Justice of the Quorum for Pendleton.  By 1830 Isaiah was living in DeKalb County, Georgia.  He died on 24 August 1859 in Cobb County, Georgia and is buried in the Pace Family Cemetery, Vinings, Cobb County.  (First Hundred Years, A short history of Cobb County in Ga by Sarah Blackwell Gober Temple 1935 page 662)  There is no probate record for Isaiah due to the courthouse fire during the Civil War.  It appears that he did not marry.

Mark:   Mark Kirksey was a manager at Hunter’s Store on Wolf Creek Page: [2] (Full Page) Date: 1822-08-09; Paper: City Gazette and then according to Upper South Carolina Genealogy & History, February 2004, Vol. XVIII, No. 1, page 8: he was one of the Managers in the Polling places and in Chester and Pendleton Districts for the Midterm Election of 1826. #15 at Wolf Creek managers: Jno. Clayton, Mark Kirksey, Levi Murphree.  Mark moved to DeKalb County, Georgia with his brother Isaiah.  He died in November 1831.  (Milledgeville, Georgia, Newspaper Clippings – (Southern Recorder), Volume II 1828-1832 by Tad Evans, p283 Legal Notice: Georgia, DeKalb County: Hardy Pace and Isaiah Kirksey apply for letters of Administration on the estate of Mark Kirksey, late of said county, deceased. (Signed) C. Murphey, C.C.O.)  It appears that he did not marry.

Lucy Pace:  Lucy Kirksey was the wife of Hardy Pace.   She was born on 12 Nov 1786 and died in Vinings Georgia in Cobb County and is buried in the Pace Family Cemetery.

Nancy Davis: Nancy Kirksey was the wife of Jonathan Davis.  She was born 8 July 1773 and married c1793.  She died in Walker County Georgia.  Jonathan was the son of the Rev. Elnathan Davis.

Sarah Foster:  Sarah Kirksey was born 10 July 1777 and was married to John Crow Foster in 1797.  She died 16 May 1852 in South Carolina.

When working with these families it is important to create a timeline.  The generations repeat names.  In order to determine which generation a person belongs, I have checked their birth dates.


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