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Are You My Cousin?: July 2009

Are You My Cousin?

Discovering My Ancestors -- One Cousin at a Time

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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina

I tell the stories of my ancestors’ lives. Whether they lived 20 years ago or 200 years ago, they each have a story to tell. Some ancestors tell their stories willingly. Others must have their stories carefully teased from the records. Sometimes the stories are sad. Sometimes the stories are happy. Sometimes the stories are just funny. Regardless, my ancestors’ stories shaped their lives and the lives of those that followed. Come and share in the tales!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Martha Jane Patsy Womack

Martha Jane Patsy Womack (1810-1872)
I have very exciting news in my world of genealogy this week. I discovered a "new cousin" on the Lett side of the family. She posted a picture of Martha Jane Patsy Womack online. Martha Jane Womack was the wife of Andrew J Lett. She was the grandmother of Mattie Maddox Howard and the mother of Martha Jane Lett.

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William Harward -- Our Earliest Ancestor

Today I introduce you to William Harward, the earliest known ancestor in Howard/Harward/Harwood line. I must clarify that no evidence has been found that definitively proves William is our direct ancestor. Like many researchers who have studied this line, I long for that one piece of evidence that states "I, William, am the father of James." Alas, that would be too easy. In any event, I base my theory on the circumstantial evidence found in federal census and land records.

What do I know about William Harward? William is presumed to have been born about 1740. Whether in NC or VA, it is not known. He is believed to have married Mary Myrick. He first appears in Orange County, NC in August 1767 where he bought land from Joseph Barbee. The actual registration of the deed reads:

"A Deed of Sale from Joseph Barbee to William Howard for 700 acres of land was proved in open court by the acknowledgement of Joseph Barbee and was ordered to be registered."-- Orange Co, NC Court of Pleas and Quarters Session held at the Courthouse in Hillsborough on the second Tuesday of August 1767.

There are a couple of interesting points to bring out in this document. William's surname is spelled Howard. This is the earliest spelling for Howard that I have come across so far. Most often William's surname is documented as Harward or Harwood. Also of interest is the land he bought in Orange County, became Wake County in 1771. Today that land is the vicinity of Apex, NC.

William and Mary had seven children: William, Jr, Nancy, John, Elizabeth, James, Martin, and Mary. All married spouses of families in the Wake and Chatham County areas and stayed in the area as documented through the federal census records. One of the difficulties I have had in researching this line is that many of the same names appear in the different family lines. For example, I currently have five Williams that I am trying to separate from each other. In order to distinguish one from the other, I have been researching each Harward family line in that time period. Let's just say there were of lot of us back then.

William Harward died about 1804/1805. This is based on a Wake County, NC land deed where James Harward buys the land from the heirs of "William Harward, Snr, decd. This document comes as close to indicating parentage as possible so far.

So...where to go from here? Where did William come from? Is he part of the Harwood line out of Edgecombe County, NC? Or is he from VA? If so, where? And the big question---What was the original surname? Are we really who we think we are?!

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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Lye Soap

I found this recipe in a box of Aunt Elma (Talbott) Solomon's things. I'm not sure who the original recipe belonged to, but I would assume one of the women in Elma's life.

Lie [Lye] Soap
1 1/2 qt cold water
1 can Lye
Stir together until disolved.
Add 1 1/2 cup amonia [ammonia].
Add 1/2 cup Borax.
Pour 5 1/2 lb greese [grease] into mixture. Stir 40-45 mi [minutes].
Let set over night til firm, cut in squares.
Yikes! I don't think I will be trying that anytime soon. It makes me appreciate Ivory soap!


Friday, July 3, 2009

Ann Elizabeth (Betsy) Howard

Ann Elizabeth Howard was the 6th child of Caswell and Mary Adline Harward/Howard. Betsy (Aunt Betts as she was known on our side of the family) was born 26 Jan 1867 and first showed up in the 1870 federal census as Ann E, a 3 year old female. Her father died the following year. In 1880, Ann E. (along with her siblings Mary Henrietta, James Robert and Helen Caswell) was listed as living in Moore County in the home of Allen Suggs Harward and his wife Emma. Their mother Mary Adline was listed as living next door. It is possible they were not living in 2 separate homes, but were in one household.

Betsy married Marshall Simon Bradley (1864-1934). They had six sons: Julian Shakespeare, William Robert, Cary Pierce, Claude Marshall , John Wesley, and Nerlie David. The picture at the top of the post shows Besty with her husband and the five youngest sons.

Marshall and Betsy made their home off of Buckhorn Rd near Broadway, NC. Their road was eventually named Bradley Rd. The homeplace still stands today with Bradley descendents still occupying it.

Betsy passed away 13 Apr 1951. She is buried at Baptist Chapel Church on Buckhorn Rd. Her descendents still live in the area.

Posted by PicasaBetsy, Marshall, and Granddaughter Eugenia.

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