Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Michael B. Runyan 1831 - 1900

December 31, 1831 - October 25, 1900

My maternal great, great grandfather, son of Noah and Anna Barnes Runyan, husband of Frances Ann Whiteley.

Buried in Circle Grove Cemetery, Spiceland Twp., Henry Co., Indiana


Monday, August 30, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of John Tyree 1793 Wilkes Co., North Carolina

b. bef. 1727 d. 1793

About Amanuensis Monday: John Newmark, who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog started a Monday Blog Theme called "Amanuensis Monday". John defines "amanuensis" as "a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

About John Tyree

John Tyree married Frances (Fanny) Voul/Vowell about 1763 in Granville Co., North Carolina. I am a descendant through their son David and his son William and William's daughter Louisa who married Jesse B. Wallen.

The last Will and Testament of John Tyree Deceased
April Term 1793

I John Tyre being weak and low in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament revoking all former wills by me heretofore made first I give my soul unto the Lord that gave it and my body to the ground to be desantly intered and all my just debts punctually paid and the rest of my worldly goods to be disposed of in manner and form following that is to say first I bequeath unto my beloved wife Frances Tiry one negro man named Charles and the plantation whereon I now live and a brown mare named Bow and all my household furniture as long as she shall continue a widdo or depart this life Itom I give my daughter Anne one shilling sterling Itom I give my son William Tiry fifty acres of land on luises fork. Itom I give unto my daughter Susanah Pinnil forty acres of land on Luises fork. Itom I give unto my daughter Marther Tiry one cow  I give unto my son Joseph Tiry the mill and sixty acres of land thereunto belonging  Itom I give unto my daughter Mary Tiry one cow  I give unto my son David Tiry my gray mare he to let my son Jesse have the first colt the mare has  also I give to my sons David and Jesse all the land above a holler known by the name of the Bull Holler on the other side of the creek from the house to be divided between them  I give unto my daughter Phanne one cow  I give unto my daughter Hannah Tiry one cow and when my wife Francis Tiry maries or departs this life then the land and property to be sold and divided among the children equal to what I have now left them and I constitute and appoint my wife and my son William Tiry my whole and sole executors and I do acknoledge this to be my last will in testimony whereof I have set my hand and fixt my seal this 25th day of November 1792.

John X Tiry

Witnes Present    

Rowland Judd  jut

John X judd
Georg X Tiry

Will was proved in 1793 - April term of Court - Wilkes Co., NC and recorded in Will Book 1 page 369.

Please Note: In case you have been here before, this blog post was revised on December 13, 2011 to reflect a more exact transcription of the will of John Tyree. This will can now be found at Family Search at this direct link: Will of John Tyree.


Sunday, August 29, 2010

Sentimental Sunday/Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Combo

I'm a bit late responding to Randy Seaver's latest Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge, so I decided to combine it with Sentimental Sunday and make it a package deal!

The instructions for this week's SNGF were as follows:

1) Go to the www.ImageChef.com website and explore their FREE offerings. Click on the "Create" button, or choose to make a slideshow or posters from their main page (there are more than one screen of poster backgrounds).

2) Make one or more posters or other creation - perhaps they relate to genealogy or your own family history. 

Here's mine! Thanks Randy, this was a blast! 

ImageChef.com - Custom comment codes for MySpace, Hi5, Friendster and more
Greatest Dog in the World, Our Best Vacation EVER!
Spanky (Doodle Dandy) and Me
Palm Island, Florida Summer 2004


Thursday, August 26, 2010

Quaker Roots: Robert Henry Whiteley 1815 - 1894


Robert and Jane (Woollen) Whiteley were my maternal third great grandparents. Their daughter Frances Ann Whiteley married my great great grandfather Michael B. Runyan. They had two children, William N. "Willie" and Robert Noah. Willie died childless when he was 25 years old and Robert, my great grandfather, married Mary Elizabeth Darling and they had five children, one daughter dying in infancy. My granddad Lawrence remembers his Quaker grandparents as both the Whiteleys and the Darlings were members of the Society of Friends in Henry Co., Indiana.

Biography of Robert Henry Whiteley:

Robert H. Whiteley, farmer and stock-raiser, was born in Caroline County, Md., Aug. 27, 1815, the eldest son of William and Frances (Newman) Whiteley, also natives of Maryland. When he was nine years old his father died and he lived with his uncle, Daniel Whiteley, five years. When fourteen years of age he began working for farmers by the year, receiving $24 for his first year's work. In 1839 he came to Indiana and located in Milton, Wayne County, where he worked on the canal a short time. In 1846 he came to Henry County and bought forty acres of land in Spiceland Township, where he has since lived, and by economy and industry has accumulated a valuable property, owning at the present time 147 acres of fine land. He was married Jan. 2, 1837, to Jane, daughter of Jacob and Nancy (Cockran) Woolen. They have had twelve children; all lived to maturity and married; eleven are still living - Frances Ann, Mary Elizabeth, George Calvert, Laura Jane (deceased), William Henry, Jacob W., Alexander C., Ruth Hannah, Sarah Catherine, John A., Alice O. and Martha M. Mr. and Mrs. Whiteley are members of the Society of Friends.

Source: History of Henry County, Indiana: Together with Sketches of Its Cities, Villages and Towns, Educational, Religious, Civil, Military, and Political History, Portraits of Prominent Persons and Biographies of Representative Citizens; Also, a Condensed History of Indiana Embodying Accounts of Pre-historic Races, Aborigines, Winnebago and Black Hawk Wars, and a Brief Review of Its Civil and Political History. Knightstown, IN: Eastern Indiana Pub., 1966. Print. [pg. 833]

A biography of Robert's wife Jane Woollen Whiteley can be read here: Funeral Card Friday: Quaker Roots.

Obituary of Robert H. Whiteley:

Source: New Castle Courier Friday 1-26-1894 page 8, column 5:

Robt. H. Whitely, whose sickness we have frequently noted, passed away Tuesday morning, aged 78 years. He was born and raised in Maryland, but settled in this vicinity in 1846 and has since lived here. He leaves a widow and eleven children, all of whom are good citizens. He was a member of the Friends Church. He was a good neighbor and citizen, and an upright man. The funeral took place yesterday. His brother, William, who died less than two months ago, predicted that both would die before the close of winter.

Robert and Jane are both buried in the Circle Grove Cemetery, Spiceland Township, Henry Co., Indiana.

Also see:

Heiss, Willard C. Abstracts of the Records of the Society of Friends in Indiana, Part Four. Indianapolis, IN: Historical Society, 1972. Print. [pg. 275]


Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Charged With Assault: Bedside Trial of Oliver M. Wallen

My great grandfather, Oliver Morton Wallen died in 1907 when he was just a young man of 37 years. Oliver was a farmer, a school teacher, and a Baptist Minister. He was considered by the locals as "one of the town's nice young men." From Oliver's diary it is easy to see that he was mild mannered, gentle, and compassionate. However, there were two or three incidents that proved he could be somewhat indignant over personal injustices...

On October 22, 1901 Oliver made this brief entry in his diary: "Had some trouble with J. G. Larkins Oct. 22, he quit school." Then we hear nothing about this incident until the day of Oliver's trial over this "trouble", approximately 6 weeks later. During this period, Oliver was thrown from his horse which resulted in a painful injury to his hip. This is the diary transcription of what took place starting with the day of the scheduled trial.

Dec. 9 [1901]  – My trial with John Larkins is set for today at Woodstock, Ky. I am in bed and not able to go. My Att. R. G. Williams offers to go into trial without me but they will not. Mr. Larkins is a very selfish man and John a very mean boy, they want to give me all the trouble they can when they know they are doing wrong. May God forgive them. A very rainy day. 

Dec. 10 – Sit up a little but not any better. 

Dec. 11 – Sit up some but still very sore. 

Dec. 12 – Bro. Lee Reynolds and Rila Reynolds brought me a load of lumber. I am still very lame and sore. 

Dec. 13, 14 – In bed most of the time. My hip is hurting me a great deal.

Dec. 15  – Sunday. I am not able to go any where. Several came to see me. 

Dec. 16 – In bed most of the day. 

Dec. 17 – A very cold day. I was tried at my home on the bed sick, for an assault upon one of my pupils John G. Larkins said to have been done Oct. 22, 1901. John Larkins disputed my word and I had to use harsh means to make him hush. He is a very bad boy and wants to give me all the trouble he can. J. N. Thompson has had a great deal to do in urging the thing on. He is a base hyppocrit pretending to be a Christian when his walks show that he is a vile son of Satan. He hates me because I would not lie for him when he got drunk. God will give all such men a just and honest judgement. All men will see who is wright and who is wrong. The jury promptly acquitted me, saying that I ought to have whipped John Larkins. My Att. R. G. Williams, of Rockcastle Co., very ably and eloquently showed the jury that I had been very badly treated and that it was nothing but malice that made them do what they did. He and papa eat dinner at my home. I think Messers Larkin and Thompson went home wiser and it is hoped better men from this days experience for the public was certainly very hard down on them for the way they treated me.   

The local newspaper for Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, the Mt. Vernon Signal, had long been transcribed from micro fiche by a fellow genealogist and placed on the county web site and I have not only had access to the transcription but I copied the entire thing (over 1000 pages 1887 - 1941) to my hard drive and over the years have studied it at my leisure. I never found anything about this trial due to the fact that most of 1901 was missing. The Mt. Vernon Signal newspaper is now online at two other places, The Library of Congress and The Kentuckiana Digital Library and I have found additional pages that were missing from the transcribed version. I am also able to view wonderful ads that could not be seen in the transcribed version that give additional clues to many of those local friends, neighbors and family members I've come to know so well! With a quick scan of these two newspaper holdings I was able to find a small piece on this trial at both sites this week.  

Mt. Vernon Signal Newspaper article December 20, 1901
I have often found newspaper articles that back up the information from entries in Oliver's Diary. This one was long coming.

Wordless Wednesday: Huh?


Monday, August 23, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: Obituary Of Artmezy Darling Luthultz

1854 - 1935

About Amanuensis Monday: John Newmark, who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog started a Monday Blog Theme called "Amanuensis Monday". John defines "amanuensis" as "a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

Artmezy Darling Luthultz was the sister of Mary Elizabeth Darling Runyan, my maternal great grandmother. The obituary below was most likely written by her daughter Beulah Eletha Luthultz Thompson.

Artmezy Luthultz

Weep not that her toils are over, 
  Weep not that her race is run, 
God grant, we may rest as calmly 
  When our work, like hers, is done.
Till then we yield with gladness,
  Our Mother to Him to keep,
And rejoice in the sweet assurance
  He giveth His loved ones, sleep.

Artmezy, daughter of Samuel and Beulah Darling, was born in Delaware county, New Jersey, January 8, 1854. When about three years of age she, with her parents, came to Henry county, Indiana, and the remainder of her life has been spent here.  She grew up in an age when opportunities for an education were very limited. She has seen schools outgrow the small log buildings and move into modern structures. She has seen the rough pole roads replaced by pavements; forests cleared and swamps drained.  She was the sixth of a family of thirteen children, all of whom are gone but one brother.  September 30, 1869, she was united in marriage to Uriah Luthultz, and to this union seven children were born, of these one is living.  Mother loved nature and when physically able spent much time out of doors. She believed in God and His dear Son and when about 41 years of age united with the Christian church.  Almost 21 years ago, after hearing the truths taught by the Seventh Day Adventists she joined that church.  During her last illness she often expressed her thankfulness in tender words to those who so willingly cared for her.  Her family and friends have left her one by one, until she was lonely and anxious to go.  She fell asleep April 6, 1935, age 81 years, 2 months and 28 days. She leaves one daughter, Mrs. Charles Thompson. One brother, Quincy Darling, five grandchildren, a number of nephews and nieces and many friends.  A good mother and grandmother, one who sacrificed much during the past years for those nearest her heart.  A good sister, a kind and thoughtful friend and neighbor has left us.  

I've just laid down to rest a while,
  Nay, do not weep, but wear a smile,
I'll rest a while then new life greet
  And I'll take up my work again,
Without the weariness and pain.
  Relieved of all that hinders here,
I'll feel a nobler, broader sphere;
  Nay, do not weep, but wear a smile,
(cannot read last line)

Note: In the Salem Co., New Jersey 1850 census Artmezy's parents, Samuel and Beulah Smith Darling, are living next door to Charles and Artemisia Newell. Samuel and Beulah named their first born William Newell Darling and I believe William and his sister Artmezy were both named for this couple. It is not yet known if the couple is related or if they were just close friends and neighbors. I have never seen Artmezy's name spelled "Artemisia" but I feel certain that is the name that was intended.


Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Worst Kind of Murderer

Alice Martin Clark Bishop
Hanged October 4, 1648

I suppose Saturday is as good a day as any to air HANG my dirty laundry, err..."grungy genes" I should say...so I bring forth from the darkest corner of the closet my 8th great grandmother Alice Martin Bishop b. circa 1620. Alice Martin married George Clark on 22 Jan. 1628/29 in Plymouth Co., Massachusetts. They had two daughters, Abigail Clark b. 1642 and Martha Clark b. 1644. I do not know what became of George but on 5 Dec. 1644, in Scituate, New Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts, Alice married her second husband, my ancestor Richard Bishop b. 1612. In 1646 Alice gave birth to my 7th great grandmother Damaris Bishop [who married William Sutton in 1666]. I suppose we can't know what happened in Alice's life to trigger the following event. Why does any mother kill her own child? 

"In July 1648 a coroners jury reported that "coming into the house of the said Richard Bishope, we saw at the foot of a ladder which leadeth into an upper chamber, much blood; and going up all of us into the chamber, wee found a woman child, of about foure yeares of age, lying in her shifte uppon her left cheeke, with her throut cut with divers gashed crose wayes, the wind pipe cut and stuke into the throat downward, and a bloody knife lying by the side of the child, with which knife all of us judge, and the said Allis hath confessed to five of us at one time, that shee murdered the child with the said knife" Rachel Ramsden testified that when she went to Richard Bishops's house on an errand, "the wife of the said Richard Bishope requested her to goe fetch her some buttermilke at Goodwife Winslows, and gave her a ketle for that purpose, and shee went and did it; and before shee went, shee saw the child lyinge abed asleepe ..., but when shee came shee found [Alice Bishop] sad and dumpish; shee asked her what blood was that shee saw at the ladders foot; shee pointed unto the chamber, and bid her looke, but shee perseived shee had killed her child, and being afraid, shee refused, and ran and tould her father and mother. Moreover, shee saith the reason that moved her to think shee had killed her child was that when shee saw the blood shee looked on the bedd, and the child was not there". The child was Alice (Martin) Clarke Bishop's daughter, Martha Clark, by Alice's first husband, George Clark. On 1 August, 1648, Alice Bishop confessed she had murdered her daughter and said she was sorry for it. And on 4 October 1648 she was sentenced to be hanged, which accordingly was executed".

Stratton, Eugene Aubrey. Plymouth Colony, Its History & People, 1620-1691. Salt Lake City, UT: Ancestry Pub., 1986. Print. pp. 159/60.


Thursday, August 19, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday: The Perks of Blogging

The Geneaperks

I just started blogging my genealogy in February of this year and in that time I have received several short pieces of communication via the comments section of my posts from excited distant cousins who had stumbled upon my blog. Unfortunately so far, none of them has left a return e-mail address and I have no way of returning the communication. I can only hope they will come back.

But last week I had a change of fortune when I received a wonderful e-mail from one of my husband's distant half-cousins [who found the e-mail button near the bottom of my blog] and with his permission, I am sharing that letter with all of you!

Subject: Logsdon Ancestry
Date: 8/11/2010 5:22:39 P.M. Eastern Daylight Time

Lisa:  Several weeks ago it was my good fortune to stumble on to a Web site "Old Stones Undeciphered".   Just by chance I saw this little question:  Who the heck is Alice?  Knowing that Alice McIlvoy was the second wife of William Logsdon, I continued to read your narrative that answered that question.

My name is Joseph Bernard Thompson, most often called Bernard or "Bernie".  I was born 9/28/1934 in Washington CountyKentucky.  My father was William Lloyd Thompson, b. 2/8/1897, d.2/22/1973.  His father was Richard Alexander Thompson who married Mary Jane "Mollie" Smith, b.11/9/1867, d.12/21/1919.  Mollie Smith's grandmother was Nancy Worland, the first wife of William B. Logsdon.  I have been the beneficiary of the work of several other people who have done research on the Logsdons but found quite a bit of information in your postings that I do not have. I did not have the maiden name for Joseph (Blackhead) Logsdon's wife, Eleanor and the info re her parents from WestminsterMd.the latter which you posted 7/24/10.

I have had an interest in my family's ancestry for a number of years but have only begun to work on it in earnest this past year.  I am learning as I go.  It is amazing for me to see how much information you have posted and I am very appreciative of your efforts, not to mention a bit envious of your ability to gather so much from so many sources.

I live in LexingtonKy  now, am retired and do have some time to devote to "chasing my ancestry".  My wife is also a Thompson and is from Loretto in Marion County. I do get to Washington and Marion Counties on a fairly regular basis.  I did visit the William Logsdon homestead (Horse Shoe Bend Farm) last year.  A Holderman family has owned and lived there for more than 50 years.  According to them, the house is much the same as when originally built.

Obviously I would be receptive to communicating with you regarding the Logsdons although at this point I do not have much to offer. Judging from what you have posted on "Old Stones Undeciphered", you appear to have the capacity to get a lot done, not just in genealogy.

Best regards from Lexington,
Bernard Thompson

Now, I had Bernard's lineage in my data but only down to Mollie, so you can be sure we have much to share. But the real surprise was the fact that Bernard has been to the Horseshoe Bend Farm, a farm I'd never before even considered still existed!! What exciting news! I'm ready to pack up and head for Kentucky the first chance I get!

That's great, I love being "stumbled upon".  And a new genealogist in the makings too....gotta love it!


Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Bond Between Mother And Only Child

Florence Edna & mother, Florence Polly Melvin

My husband's mother and grandmother
Louisville, Kentucky circa 1940


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Sarah Frances Davis Wallen Livesay

b. November 25 1877 d. August 23, 1939
~My beautiful paternal great grandmother~
Daughter of John Miller and Ursula Ann Martin Davis
Wife of 1) Oliver Morton Wallen and 2) John Lloyd Livesay
Cloverdale Cemetery, Cloverdale, Putnam Co., Indiana
Tombstone photo courtesy of my cousin Sharon Gerth


Monday, August 16, 2010

Amanuensis Monday: The Will of James Anderson 1810 Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania

JAMES ANDERSON d. March 1810

About Amanuensis Monday: John Newmark, who writes the TransylvanianDutch blog started a Monday Blog Theme called "Amanuensis Monday". John defines "amanuensis" as "a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another."

James Anderson's dates of birth and marriage are as yet unknown. His wife was Margaret Mitchel. James and Margaret's daughter Margaret Anderson married Samuel Grunden on April 27, 1802 in Huntingdon Co., Pennsylvania. Their son Joseph married Martha Dungan January 3, 1835 in Butler Co., Ohio. Their daughter Mary Louisa was the subject of my blog: Surname Saturday: GRUNDEN.

The Will of James Anderson:

[Will is in the Register's Office of the County of Huntingdon Book No 2, Page 59.]

"In the Name of God, Amen I James Anderson of West township Huntingdon County and State of Pennsylvania being Weak in body but of sound Mind Memory and Understanding blessed be God for the same but considering the uncertainity of this transitory life Do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following to wit -     Principally and first of all I command my Immortal Soul into the hands of God who gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried in a Decent and Christian like Manner at the Discretion of my Executors herein after named and as to such Worldly estate Wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following Manner to Wit.
     In the first place I give and bequeath to Margaret my Well beloved Wife my large Bible and three other books of Divinity such as she may chuse off my books and One bed bedsted and beding suteable for said bed and one cot and the third of the Dresser furniture and My Silver Shoe buckels her Saddle and all her body clothes.  And also to be supported off my Real Estate in a suteable Manner till the same is sold--
     In the Second place I give and Bequeath to Rebecca my Daughter four Dollars Current Money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
     In the third place I give and Bequeth to Elizabeth my Daughter four Dollars Current Money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 
     In the fourth place I give and Bequeth to Silas my Son four Dollars Currant Money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the fifth place I give and Bequeath to Ann my Daughter four Dollars Current Money of yhe Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the sixth place I give and Bequeth to Margaret my Daughter four Dollars Current money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the Seventh place I give and Bequeath to James my Son my Silver Kneebuckels one pare of Silver Sleeve buttons anf four dollars Current money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the Eight-place I give and Bequeath to Mary my Daughter four Dollars Current Money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the Ninth place I give and Bequeath to Thomas my Son one pare of Silver buttons and four Dollars current money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the tenth place I give and Bequeath to Joseph my son one pare of Silver Sleeve buttons and four dollars Current Money of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
     In the Eleventh place I allow my Executors herein after named to Sell my Real and personal Estate within two Years after my Decease or at any time they may think proper to the best advantage and when said Estate is sold and all my Lawful Debts is paid the remainder I allow to be Equally Divided betwist my wife James Thomas and Joseph my Sons
     In the twelfth place I do allow that the aforesaid Bequethments shall be paid within four years after my Real and personale Estate is Sold
     In the thirteenth place I give to Joseph my Son my New Great Coat and the rest of my Body Clothes to be Equally Devided betwixt James Thomas and Joseph my Sons
     In the fourteenth and last place I nominate constitute and appoint James My Son and William Johnston to be the Executors of this my Will hereby Revoking all other Wills, legacies and bequeath bt me heretofore made and declairing this and no other to be My last Will and Testament.
     In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Second Day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and ten. "

                                                                    James Anderson  (Seal)

     Signed, Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of Us who in his presence and at his Request have subscribed as Witnesses 
William Johnston, Thomas Johnston, William Johnston, Jr.       

Tradition is that the Anderson family was of Scots-Irish ancestry. James' father Thomas Anderson who married Ann Allison is said to have been born 1727 in or near the town of McGuire Bridge, County Fermanagh, Ireland; died about 1799. [Family Archive Viewer, CD19 Egles Notes & Queries of PA, 1700-1800, Annual Volume 1899, Notes and Queries - XXXIV, The Learning Company, Inc, Nov 10, 2002.   Burial Records From the Old Presbyterian Churchyard, Bedford, Pa.]

Maguiresbridge is a small village in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. In the 2001 Census it had a population of 774 people. It lies within the Fermanagh District Council area. The town is named after the bridge over the Colebrooke river, first built by the local Maguire family. 

The Scottish Anderson Tartan
This is the tartan I wear regularly to Celtic events & Highland Athletic Games
It is said to be the only tartan with seven colors; all others have six.