Thursday, August 28, 2014

Harrison & Probie

My great grandparents love story is one I'd love to see in a movie.

They met at his first wife's funeral & would spend the next 55 years happily married.  

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wednesday's child: Carl Crowe

Carl was Aunt Pal's
(Audrey Palestine Wickliffe Timberlake) only child.

Ishmail (my grandfather/his maternal uncle's middle name) Crowe was his birth name, but we knew him as Carl.
I've also seen the name I. Carl Grossin on records .  (I'm not sure where the Grossin surname came from, because his father was Hiawath Crowe, not Grossin.)

My aunt Pal married Hiawath two months after she turned 18 & Carl was born a year later.  He would be my aunt's only biological child.

I think that Carl married at least 3 times, but only one of those marriages produced children.  I only remember meeting his daughters (he had 2) once as a child, but I knew his grand daughters.  My mother told me that aunt Pal practically raised his daughters & his grand daughters.  His youngest grand daughter & I were close in my early teen years.  She was already out of high school my first year & I was in awe of everything that she did.  She was the big sister I never had.

I don't know a lot about his life, but I know he must have entered the military at some point.

Anyone know anymore info on him?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday Mystery: Wickliffe family reunion

This weekend, I had the opportunity to attend my family reunion (my dad's side).

 It got me to thinking.....why have I never attended a Wickliffe family reunion?

I don't remember my mother ever telling me that we have ever had one.  Have we?

Am I the only one interested in getting together?  

Family gatherings are not a normal way of life for us, but why not?  The main reason I started this blog was to get to know my family.  Why not get to know the family that we still have left?  I've never met most of my Wickliffe side, why not now or soon?

I think that if I worked on it (& had some help), I could make it happen.  Why not?  

My only issue is that I don't know where to start.  How do you organize a reunion for family you barely even know or don't know at all?  


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wednesday's child: Earnest Moppins

My great uncle Bethel called Earnest/Ernest his cousin.  I'm still not sure how, but I've recently starting searching for other Moppins that came from Muhlenberg.

Here's what I think I know about Earnest:

1. Earnest is a Gatton.  His grandmother was Kitty Gatton. His mother was Nancy Gatton.  (not my three times great grandmother's mother, but another Nancy/Nanny Gatton.

2. I think that (Alexander) Roy Moppins was his father.  Nanny & he were married in 1910 & appear together in that same year's census record.  

3. I think he may have been the 2 of 4 children born to Nancy/Nannie Moppins.

What I find interesting about this census record, (1920-Central City, KY) my three times great grandparents (James & Lou) lived just 6 houses from them.

10 years later, Earnest is still living with his parents in Central City.

Unfortunately, this is the last record that I am able to find with (Alexander) Roy Moppins.

I can only find a death index & US directories for Earnest after 1930.  
I don't think that he moved out of Kentucky, because his death index states he died in Jefferson, Kentucky.

Does anyone know how the Wickliffe family is related to the Moppins?  
I assume that the Gatton family is our connection, but I'm just not sure.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Who was Joe/Joseph Bodine?

One of my first blog post introduced the Robert Wickliffe's will
It was this post that I first mentioned my three times great grandfather,  Joe/Joseph Bodine.

Since then, I have made little to no progress in figuring out who he was.  

The only document I can find him in does not give me much information at all.

Why is it so difficult to find records for him?

It's always been a mystery to me that our family name was Wickliffe, even though my ancestor was a Bodine.  

I've been told by a family member, that Joe was a wedding gift to Jane & Jacob Bodine from her father-Robert Wickliffe.  (Which is why we have the last name Wickliffe & not Bodine.)

However, I've also found documentation that says a slave child named Joe was left to Jane in her father's will.  (see first link above)

I'm not sure where to go from here.

He must have either left Kentucky, or there is no further documentation on-line about his life.  

Did he marry someone eventually? 

Is there a death certificate for him?  I only ask because I'm almost positive he was a slave & I know that slave deaths were not always documented.   

I often wonder if contacting someone from the Robert Wickliffe family would help.

ANY ADVICE?????????

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Wednesday's child: My Uncle Dennis

I love my uncle to pieces, so I'm excited that he may one day look at this post.  


Monday, August 11, 2014

Surname Sundays: The Render Family

I'm not sure if I'm on the right track when I search for this family or not.  I've only found 1 person in my family who even married a Render.

I think that this is a classic case of what genealogist call searching for someone else's family.  I found one link in our trees & ran with it.  

However, I do think that there is a link.

This is the last census (1910) that William appears in.  
I see 3 of William & Daisy's children are born, they did have another daughter Gracie before his death in 1914.

(I also see multiple family members in the same area for the first time on a census.)

The census 10 years before is a little tougher to read, but I was able to find my three times great grandparents living next door to the Render family-Nelson, Martha & their 9 children. 

I'm a little curious about the fact that the other families living near them are a Carbin family & another Wickliffe family. 
(There is a Carbin family living on the other side of my three times great grandparents & a Wickliffe family living next door to the Render family.)  

So who are the other Renders in my tree?  

This is where I start to get a little confused. I've found several Render families in the area, but I'm not sure if the families I find after this period or before are the same Renders in these 2 census records.  

I guess this could have been a Monday mystery too.  

Can anyone help?????

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Surname Sundays: Collins

There are a lot of branches to my tree, but the beginning of the other side of my grandparents starts with the Collins family.

Because of this linage, we have my two times great grandmother Probie, whom I think was named after her father's sister. 
(same name different spelling.) 
I've posted about this before.Check it out here.
Now this may not be the finished line, but I've started to make a little headway with the Collins line recently.  As you can see, I still don't know who Lily Collins was married to/who William Collins' father was.