Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tombstone Tuesday: Ruth Darling 1899-1976

1 Mar 1899 - 15 Nov 1976
Circle Grove Cemetry, Spiceland Township, Henry Co., Indiana

Ruth was the daughter of Elijah D. and Onedia C. (Morris) Darling, and the niece of my maternal 2nd great grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Darling) Runyan. Ruth never married.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Amanuensis Monday: Deed - Cox and Harris 1745

Stephen and Judith (Woodson) Cox were the parents of my 6th great grandmother, Mary (Cox) Wallen, wife of William Wallen, the Revolutionary War patriot.

Deed between Stephen & Judith Cox and John Harris
Goochland Co., Virginia 1745
Deed Book 5, page 26-28

This indenture made the Seventeenth Day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and forty five between Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife of the County of Goochland of the one part and John Harris of the County aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that whereas John Woodson Late of Henrico County deceased was in his Lifetime Seized of and in one certain tract or parcel of Land Containing Two hundred acres be the Same more or lefs and bounded as followeth (Viz) Beginning on the Stephen Woodson lower line of the River thence down the River half a Mile thence into the Woods at Right Angles from the River to the bark line of the Land Surveyed by William Womack thence on that line till it runes opposite with Stephen Woodson Lower Line thence on that line to the River being the place began at Scituate lying and being in Goochland County on the North side of James River opposite to the Manakin Town and the above said John Woodson being thereof Seized did by his certain Last Will and Testament bearing date the twenty fifth day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and fifteen, give, devise, and bequeath to his Daughter Judith Woodson and to the heirs of her Body ~ lawfully begotten forever the above mentioned Tract of Land together with all the Appurtenances thereupon and there unto belonging by Virtue whereof the said Stephen Cox having Married the abovesaid Judith Woodson together with his Wife after the decease of her father in and on the afore mentioned Land Entered and was and is thereof Seized and now they the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife stands possessed (having Lawfull Issue of the body of the abovesaid Judith Woodson) and the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife being minded to Sell the aforesaid Tract or Parcell of Land and to Barr the Entails hath lately Send out a Writ in the nature of an Adquod Dam Bearing Date the Eleventh Day of June One Thousand Seven Hundred and forty five. In the nineteenth year of our Sovereign Lord the King now to the Sheriff of the said County Directed whereby he was Commanded that by the Oath of good and Lawfull Men of his County by whom the truth of the matter might be the better known he should diligently enquire if it may be to the damage or prejudice of our said Lord the King or others, or not, if the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife should Sell the said parcel of Land with the Appurtenances and if it be to the damage or prejudice of our said Lord the King or others, then to what damage, to our said Lord the King, to what damage or prejudice to others, and of what Value the said Land is in good and Lawfull Money of Great Brittain, and whether the said Land be a Separate parcel of or contiguous to other Entailed Lands in the possession and Seizin of the said Stephen and Judith his Wife, to Which Writ Isaac Bates Gent. Sheriff of the said County answered, that by the Oath of twelve good and lawfull men of the County aforesaid, who being Sworn and charged upon their Oaths, did Say that it will not be to the damage or prejudice of our said Lord the King, if the said Stephen and Judith his Wife should Sell the said Land and premises with the Appurtenances, in the same Writ mentioned, but that it will be to the damage of the heirs of the Body of the said Stephen and Judith his Wife and of those claiming in Remainder and Revertion, and further the Jurors aforesaid upon their Oath a foresaid, did say, the Land and appurtenances in the said Writ mentioned, are of the Value of One hundred and forty pounds of good and Lawfull money of Great Brittain, and no more and is a Separate parcel, and not parcel of, or Contiguous to other Entailed Lands, in the possession and Seizin of the said Stephen and Judith his Wife as by the said recited Writ and return remaining of Record in the Secretarys Office, or fully, and at large, doth, and may appear now this Indenture witnesseth that the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife for in Consideration of the Sum of One hundred and Sixty Pounds Currant money to them in hand paid by the abovesaid John Harris the receipt whereof they doth hereby acknowledge and thereof doth acquit, and Discharge, the aforesaid John Harris his Heirs Excutors and Administrators, have granted, bargained, Sold, Enfeoff and Confirm, unto the said John Harris his Heirs and Aforsign all that parcell of Land in the above mentioned recited Writ and return Containing Two hundred acres be the same more or less with the ~ Appurtenances, and the Reversion and Reversions, Remainder and Remainders thereof, And all the Estate, Right, Title, Interest, Claim and Demand of them the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife of in and to the said Land and every part and parcel thereof with the Appurtenances To have and to hold the said Lands and premises with the Appurtenances, to the said John Harris and his Heirs and Assigns forever and the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife and their heirs the premises with the Appurtenances to the said John Harris his Heirs and Assignes Shall and will Warrant and for Ever defend by these presets in witness whereof the said Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife hath hereunto Set their Hands and Affixed their Seals the day and Year first above written
Signed Sealed and Delivered
In the presents of Stephen Cox (seal)
John Woodson
Francis James Judith Cox (Seal)
Robert Boulton
Memorandum. That on the 17th day of March 1745 that given possession and Seizin was had and taken by the within named John Harris from the within named Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife according to the form and Effect of the within written deed of the within Lands and Premises.
In Presents of Stephen Cox (Seal)
John Woodson. Francis James
Robert Boulton. Judith Cox (Seal)
At a Court held for Goochland County March 18. 1745
Stephen Cox and Judith his Wife She being first privately examined acknowledged this Deed with the Livery of Seizin endors'd to be their Act and Deed which was Ordered to be Recorded
Test. Hen. Wood Clk

Amanuensis - A person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another.


Sunday, July 29, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Cordie (Burnette) Thompson

Obituary, hand clipped from
unknown newspaper

Mrs. Cordie B. Thompson

     STANFORD (Spl.) - Funeral for Mrs. Cordie Burnette Thompson, 91, of East Main St. in Stanford, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Beazley-Raney-Speaks Funeral Home in Stanford by the Rev. Charles Jenkins. Burial will be in Buffalo Springs Cemetery.
   She died Sunday morning at Ft. Logan Hospital after a long illness. She was the widow of Morris Thompson and the daughter of the late Cornelius and Ursula Martin Burdette (sic).
     A native of Pulaski County, she was a housewife and member of the Stanford Baptist Church.
     Survivors are one son, M.G. Thompson of Stanford; one daughter, Mrs. Gladys Osborne of Stanford; one grandson, Johnny Thompson of Stanford; two granddaughters, Mrs. James D. Weaver of Lexington and Mrs. Wayne Hazlett of Stanford and three great-grandchildren.
     Friends may call at the funeral home.

Daisy Cordelia (Burnette) Thompson was the half sister of my great grandmother, Sarah (Davis) Wallen. She was married to Morris Milton Thompson on 21 Sept 1904 in Pulaski Co., Kentucky. "Cordie" died 18 Apr 1976 in Lincoln Co., Kentucky. She was mentioned regularly in the diary of my great grandfather, Oliver Morton Wallen.


Saturday, July 7, 2012

John Miller and Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis

John Miller Davis 1874
John Miller Davis and Ursula Ann Martin were my paternal great, great grandparents. They married on October 4, 1874 in Woodstock, Pulaski Co., Kentucky. They had three daughters, Mary (1875), my great grandmother Sarah (1877), and Mallie (1880). John died in 1880 just about 6 weeks after his third daughter was born, at the age of 26. Click here to see John's tombstone.

These photos were likely taken on John and Ursula's wedding day. John was 20 years old, Ursula was 18.

Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis 1874
Ursula remarried in 1884 and had four more children, but when she died in 1900, she was buried next to John as the wife of J. M. Davis. Click here to see her tombstone.

I have very little information about John Davis. His parents were Forney and Mary Ann (Evans) Davis. His father and two of his uncles were casualties of the Civil War. I do not know what John died of but I suspect it was Tuberculosis. His brothers Francis and Leander died shortly after John did in 1882 and 1883, respectively. His mother, Ursula, we know from newspaper articles, died of TB, so it is very possible that this disease took them all as it was prevalent in the area at the time.

The tombstones of John and Ursula were erected in 1904 as indicated in this excerpt from the diary of my great grandfather, Oliver M. Wallen, husband of John and Ursula's daughter Sarah: "Oct 29, 1904.......We put stones to Sarah's father and mother's graves. I furnished the stones..."

Original photos of John and Ursula are owned by my cousin Lewis E. Colyer, grandson of Mallie.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Sunday's Obituary: Mallie (Davis) Colyer 1955

Mallie Colyer
Malvina Katherine "Mallie" (Davis) Colyer was the daughter of John Miller and Ursula Ann (Martin) Davis. She was the sister of my paternal great grandmother, Sarah Frances (Davis) Wallen-Livesay. Mallie married Harvey Green Colyer on 28 Nov 1901 in Clarence, Pulaski Co., Kentucky. They had two children: Losie Katherine and Leemon Green Colyer.

Newspaper clipping hand dated 1-19-55

Obituary of Mallie Colyer 1955
   Mrs. Mallie Katherine Colyer, 75, wife of the late Harvey G. Colyer, died Wednesday afternoon at the home of her son, Leemon Colyer of Woodstock. She had been in poor health for the past six months.
   Mrs. Colyer, the daughter of the late Miller and Ursula Martin Davis, was born at Level Green in Rockcastle County, but spent most of her life in Pulaski County. She was a devout member of the Woodstock Baptist Church for many years.
   Mrs. Colyer is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Alex Shelley, Indianapolis; one son, Leemon Colyer, Woodstock; two sisters, Mrs. M. M. Thompson, and Mrs. C. C. Wilson, both of Stanford.
   Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m., Friday, at the Woodstock Baptist Church, Rev. Esau Huff officiating. Burial will be in Woodstock cemetery.

Click here to see tombstone of Mallie and Harvey Colyer

Original photo of Mallie owned by her grandson Lewis E. Colyer, son of Leemon.