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Are You My Cousin?: March 2012

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!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

If You Thought Genealogy Was Boring...(Part 3)

....then you:

  • Haven't discovered that your father went to school with the genealogy research assistant at the courthouse where you are researching.
  • Haven't stood on your GG grandparents' farmland on a beautiful day.
  • Haven't wondered who was crazier... your ancestors for what they did or YOU for trying to figure out why!
  • Haven't gotten excited to learn your long awaited for microfilmed tax lists have arrived!

Enjoy!

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Saturday, March 24, 2012

Where Jesse Is Not.....

In my continued quest to learn more about my Haley family line, I have been focusing on my GGGG grandfather Jesse Haley's (1803-1869) "missing years". That would be the years between 1827-1835.  I am hoping to find a clue that will lead me to the identity of his parents.  I originally posted about Jesse's missing years here.

Off to the library I went this morning.  I had a date with 2 roles of microfilm and the #2 microfilm reader. (It's my favorite.)  After reviewing the Charlotte County, VA tax lists for these years I can now say Jesse was not in Charlotte County during these years.

While a bit disappointing to not find Jesse, I did not really expect him to in Charlotte County.  While there are certainly a number of Haleys (Haileys) in Charlotte County, I have not found any evidence that Jesse lived there.  He lived close. He was likely related to these Haleys.  He just does not appear in the Charlotte County records.

So, the search continues.....


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Happy St Patrick's Day!

Okay, I'm not Irish.... at least not much that I know about.

I do have one Irish branch on my family tree.  Her name is Joanna Barrett and she likely immigrated to America  sometime in the 1840's.  I have written previously about Joanna and her daughter Joanna (the younger) and the genealogical challenges they present to me.  You can read these women here and here.



It's possible I (we) have more Irish heritage than I have found so far.  The Haley line may actually turn out to be of Irish origins, but I am a long ways from figuring that out.

Enjoy the day!

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Friday, March 16, 2012

This Is Not George and Daisy

Remember this photograph from the last post?  It was labeled as George and Daisy (Haley) Nichols.


Well, my Haley cousins came to the rescue. (Thanks, Mary and Garland!)

This couple is NOT George Nichols and his wife Daisy (Haley).

Just who are they?  I'm not sure.

 I do believe they are Haley family members.  This photograph was among my great grandmother's family photographs.

It is not a carte de visite nor is it a cabinet card.  It is a small paper photograph.  I think it may have been taken in the early part of the 1900's.  If so, I could have been one generation off by thinking this was George and Daisy.

I look forward to delving into the mystery of this couple.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"New" Photographs of Haleys

I realized something today.  I have a LOT of photographs. I also sometimes forget what I have.

I found these Haley family photographs this morning while looking for a different set of photographs entirely.
Haley cousins, I need your help in filling in the blanks.  These photographs were labeled.  Are these individuals correctly identified? I would love your help in completing the story behind the picture.

The gentleman on the left is identified as Dee Owen.  The others are not identified.  Are they relatives?  Friends?  Any idea as to the location of the picture?

This couple is identified as George and Daisy (Haley) Nichols. I expect this photograph was taken in Charlotte County, VA. Year?

This gentleman is Timmie "Teet" Haley.  This particular photograph indicated he was in Hawaii. Am I correct in his given name being Timothy William Haley?  How did his nickname come about?

This is another photograph of Timmie Haley (right).  Ft McPowell is written on the back. The gentleman on the left is not identified and presumably a friend.

Thanks for your help!

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I Did It - New Website!

Cousins, I did this for you.

I have been looking for a way to share my (our) family history without overwhelming you with charts, trees and fancy numbering systems. (I do have all that, by the way.)  I wanted to share our history in a simple format - one that did not make your eyes glaze over.  You thought I didn't notice, didn't you?

I think I have done that with my new website: Lisa's Genealogy. I told you I was keeping it simple. I have focused on my direct ancestral lines.  You access the information by using a series of drop down boxes along the top of the home page. So far I have the Howard (Harward) family line and the Haley family line on my site.  I have even included an ancestral photo gallery for each family.

I have more information on the individuals and the families listed on my website.  In most cases, I have a LOT more. If you want to know more about an individual or my sources for the information, contact me.  I will be adding more family lines as I go.

I will still share my genealogical adventures, new discoveries and in depth stories about my (our) ancestors here at my blog.

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Monday, March 5, 2012

My GGGGG Grandmother

My GGGGG grandmother was Rosannah Barbee, wife of James Harward.  I know quite a bit about James.  He was born in Virginia about 1760, moved to North Carolina about 1767 and lived in the same area of what is now Wake County for the rest of his life. James is fairly easy to follow through the records.

Being a woman, Rosannah did not generate as much of a paper trail as her husband James.  Rosannah (1756-bef 1828) was  the daughter of  Christopher Barbee and Margaret Vawter.  Rosannah and James married in Wake County on 8 Apr 1786.  That was about it.

Until now.

I answered a query online about the Harward family and discovered the researcher had this:


This is Rosannah Harward's gravestone that reads: A Memoral of Rosey Harward died Nov 2 1827.

Wow! Until I saw this photograph I did not know when Rosannah died or where her stone was located.

Now Rosannah's story gets very interesting.  This marker is located in a Harward family cemetery outside of Oakboro in  Stanly County, NC.  Stanly County.  NOT Wake County. This was not just across a county line.  Today, it would take about 2.5 hours to drive there from Wake County.  I'm not sure how that translates to travel by horseback, but I do know it would have been a much longer and much harder trip in Rosey's time.

Why was she there? 

In 1827 her husband James was still living in Wake County. He remarried in  in Jan 1828. 

James and Rosannh's son Jacob Myrick Harward left Wake County and migrated to Stanly County. Was Rosey visiting her son? She was 71 years old at the time of her death. Did she take ill while she was there and pass away?  Did she leave James and go with her son and his family when Myrick left Wake County? 
We may never know for sure.  But that's okay.  I wasn't sure I would ever know when or where she died.

Thank you to the Myrick Harward descendant and cousin who shared this with me.





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