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Are You My Cousin?: October 2010

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!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Lester Howard

Lester Howard (1915-2004) in the hospital in the 1930's after coming down with pneumonia while at CCC camp.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I've Decided.....

After much thought, I have decided to pursue becoming a certified genealogist. I am excited and nervous at the same time. The process is long and the requirements are stringent, but I am looking forward to the challenging learning experiences the process will provide.

So stay tuned, I'll keep you updated as I go through the process.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Another Photo Identified

Clara (Holt) and Will Haley
Halifax County, VA
(1867-1959) (1861-1948)

Thank you to the Haley cousins who identified this photo!
(Yes, I did the genealogy "happy dance"!)


Friday, October 15, 2010

Haley - Green Deed

I have been spending much of my research time in recent months on my Haley family line. Winnie Haley Carr was my great-great grandmother. As a review, my line is Winifred Haley-William H Haley (aka George William Haley)-Stephen "Case" Haley-Jesse Haley. I have been very fortunate to have my grandmother and her cousins provide me with information and stories about the Haleys.

I found the deed below while actually looking for something else. It is a deed selling land from the estate of Jesse Haley to James W Green. I found several valuable leads in this document.

Haley-Green Deed
4 Oct 1870

This Deed made and entered into this 4th day of October in the year 1870 between Catherine M Haley Executrix of Jesse R Haley dec’d and Stephen C Haley and Anne his wife of the one part and James W Green of the other part. Whereas heretofore considered on the 4th day of October 1870 the said Catherine M Haley Executrix as aforesaid by virtue of the last will testament of her testator which was duly proved and admitted to probate in the County Court of Halifax exposes to sale the land belonging to the estate of the said Jessee R Haley dec’d containing by estimation seventy nine and three fourth acres (be the same more or less) herein after more particularly described and the said Stephen C Haley being the highest bidder therefor became the purchaser thereof at the price of three dollars and twenty cents per acre and he having sold the same to the said James W Green has requested the said Catherine M Haley, Executrix as aforesaid to make title to the said James W Green which is signified by the said Stephen C Haley’s being a party hereto. Now therefore the said Catherine M Haley for and in consideration of the premises aforesaid for the further consideration of the sum of one dollar to her in hand paid by the said James W Green and the said Stephen C Haley and Ann his wife for and in consideration of the sum of two hundred and fifty five dollars and twenty cents to them in hand paid by the said James W Green do release to him all their claims upon the land aforesaid embracing the following tracts or parcels to wit: Sixty three and three fourth acres on which said Jessee R Hailey lived at the time of his death adjoining the lands of Nancy Treble and others and also the said Jessee R Haley’s undivided interest in the landed estate of the late Fleming Owen dec’d devised to the said Jessee R Hailey and others by the will bearing date the 13th day of August 1846 and duly administered to probate in the County Court of Halifax the 28th day of Sept of the same year supposed to contain sixteen acres (be the same more or less) adjoining the tract above mentioned and the sd. Stephen C Haley and Ann his wife covenant with the said James W Green that they will warrant generally the property hereby conveyed.

Witness the following signatures and seals
Witness Catherine M “X” Haley Seal

Wm A Sydnor
S. C. Haley Seal
Mary A Haley

From previous research I know that Catherine Haley and Stephen C Haley are children of Jesse Haley. Jesse had two other children as well. His son Robert Alexander Haley was killed in the Civil War. I am unsure of what became of his oldest daughter Christiana. Jesse's wife Temperance (Owen) is not mentioned in this document leading me to think she was not living.

From this document, I can obviously determine that Jesse Haley died prior to 4 Oct 1870. Learning that Jesse had a will and that it went through the probate process was enough to cause me to do the genealogy "happy dance". (Yes, the microfilm is on order!) I find it interesting that Jesse's daughter Catherine is the executrix of his estate and not his son. Does anyone know if this was a common practice?

Jesse Haley's neighbor Nancy Treble is actually Nancy Tribble. The Tribble family was present in Halifax County during this time. In fact, Stephen C Haley's wife Ann was (Mary) Ann Tribble . Knowing who Jesse's neighbor was will help in determining the location of his land.

This deed also tells me Jesse Haley inherited land in Halifax County, VA from the estate of Fleming Owen in 1846. (I actually have a transcript of this document in my files.) Fleming Owen (1782-1846) was the uncle of Jesse's wife Temperance Owen.

I learned a lot of information and gained new leads in my accidental find. I hope this helps other Halifax County researchers who my be seeking any of these family lines. I'll keep you updated on further Haley developments.


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Wordless Wednesday Another Unknown

Here is another unknown photo from among my collection. This young man's photo came to me with other photos that were Esther Lee Richardson Talbott's. Perhaps he is a Richardson or Elliott cousin from the Pittslyvania County area of Virginia. I hope another researcher of cousin recognizes him. (Oops! I guess I wasn't so "wordless" again!)


Monday, October 11, 2010

Amanuensis Monday Reuben Richardson

This week's letter is a real gem in the correspondance collection of my great grandmother Esther Lee Richardson. It is a letter to Esther from her brother Reuben Richardson. It was written in May 1915 when Reuben (1897-1918) was about 18 years old and working in Ashville, NC. I do not know a lot about Reuben. He died in WWI, 3 years after this letter was written. His handwriting is not quite as easy to read as his sister's, but I have endeavored to transcribe his words as he wrote them.

Reuben Richardson
Ashville, NC

May 1915

Dear Sister,

I received your letter all _____ and real glad to hear from you'll, but sorry to hear that Uncle Mitt [?] is so bad off, but I hope that he is much better now. I got a letter from Atwood also today and he said that he had been sick also, but was feeling much better when he wrote. You asked me about my boarding place. I have got one of the swellest places in town with a lady name Scott her husband is here, and also and three daughters. All young too about 16, 18, and twenty I guess I can't tell and also two other young ladies and one man and two married ladies and myself that is the bunch I like just fine so far. The Dr is not going keep me in I don't guess. I have been helping Sumpter on his elevator enough to make all my expenses except board I don't work regular. I have made $3.60 since I cam and I guess I will make a right smart more I get $1.20 a day when I help and don't go to work until 8 o'clock and stop at 4.30 and 30 min for dinner. I feel a little bit better tonight than usual I feel just that I want to do something real _______ and if I was at home I guess I would. I was supprised to hear of Mr Hupp's wedding, but am glad. Tell Uncle Mitt I can sertainly sympathize with him and hope that he will soon be well, and feel better after this. Say write me what are you'll doing and all about crop affairs you know that I am anxious to know what is going on Give my love to Mamma and all of the little one and tell Katie (Howdy).

By By

Your loving Brother


Reuben mentions several names in the his letter and all are related to him. Atwood is Atwood Gosney (b 1888), son of Thomas Gosney and Amanda Sarah "Sallie" Richardson and first cousin to Reuben and Esther Lee. Sumpter is Sumpter Adams (b 1891), son of Thomas Adams and Julia Richardson and another first cousin. Katie is Reuben and Esther's younger sister. This is the first time I have heard of an Uncle Mitt. I'm not sure who he referring to here.

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Haley Photo Needs Identification (Please!)

Thank you so much to the cousin who identified the young boy and the man with my great x 2 grandmother Clara Holt Haley in my Wordless Wednesday published here in May. Putting names to faces really makes my day.

Here's another photo I need help in identifying the cousins. Based on other photos I have, I believe it was taken Jan 1957 which would have been Clara's 90th birthday. I'd love to hear from anyone who can put names to the faces as well as any background story to the photo.