Sunday, April 24, 2011

52 weeks of genealogy- Pets- week 17

PETS
I have always had dogs; as far back as I can remember. My first dog was a Beagle; she was given to me by my grandpa Long. I don’t remember what became of her. My second dog was picked out from a litter of puppies that my cousin’s dog had. He lived for a few years and got loose one day and was hit by a truck and died. We had a few more dogs while I lived at home. When I got married, and we moved into our first house with our newborn daughter, we got a dog from some friends, he was part Afghan and maybe Lab, he didn’t have the long hair like the Afghan, but he was so gentle, like a Lab, he let our baby crawl over him and pull his ears. We named him Dog, because we couldn’t come up with a name. He got too big, and we ended up giving him to my sister who lived in the country. My mom then gave my oldest daughter a kitten, only one we ever had, but he was a good cat, very beautiful, independent, and fluffy. My daughter had him from the age of 7 until about 18.We got a puppy in 1992.  She was a big part of my 4 children’s lives, along with the Cat. She was a Lab, German Shepherd, Rottweiler mix. We got her from neighbors, when she was about 6 weeks old, and we had her until her death from cancer at age 12, in 2004. She was a good, gentle, somewhat shy dog, we had many tears when she passed away. She even lived long enough for my first grandchild to know her for a few years. Before her death, my husband got a black lab mix from a friend at work, the mother was a full lab, and he did not know what the father was, the grandparents had been show dogs, she acts very much like the gentle Lab.  We got her in December of 2003, 8 weeks old; she is almost 8 years old, and shares her life with our other dog, a red dog that my daughter got from a shelter as a young pup in 2005. We don’t know what his breed is, maybe some Lab and Vizsla.. He was dumped on the side of the road with his two brothers, and we found him a few weeks later in the shelter. We had a cancer scare just recently with our black Lab, she got a lump removed that was cancerous, but the vet said  they got it all, her hair is still growing back from the operation. I’m sure I will always have dogs, they are such good company and bring so much love into your life, I can not imagine a life without dogs.

My first Dog

Daughter with Dog.

Our 1 and only Cat.

Our Lab/Rot/Shepherd Mix as a baby

Again, Baby

Cat and older Lab/Rot/Shepherd Mix

Black lab mix as a baby and older Lab/Rot/Shepherd Mix

Older Lab/Rot/Shepherd mix

older Black Lab mix

Baby red mix dog

red dog

Best buds



Sunday, April 17, 2011

Brick Wall- James Huston and wife

Time to write about my brick walls, most of them are 3x-5x great grandparents but I have one that is only my 2 x great grandmother and I already wrote about her, here:
 Nancy Ellen Steen Day Mundy

My 4 x great grandparents, James Huston and his wife are a brick wall. Their daughter, Matilda Huston, age 18, married Andrew Johnston, age 47 in Montgomery Co., Indiana on Feb 28, 1830 {Book #1, pg 75} by William Clarke, Ordained Elder.  I can not find any records of James and his wife being in Montgomery Co., IN., why was Matilda there in 1830? Matilda’s death record {Book #1, pg 220, Montgomery Co., IN.} states her father was James Huston and mother unknown, the informant’s name is not given. She died from Gangrene. The death record of Matilda’s oldest son, Kirson Johnson, was answered by Kirson’s son, John.  John states that his grandmother was born in Montgomery Co., Ohio. I know from census that she was born about 1812 in Ohio.
From the book “Early Ohio Tax Records by Esther Weygandt Powell”, I found a James Huston in 1816 in Pickaway Co., Ohio and I found a James and Samuel in 1811 in Preble Co., Ohio living near each other. My mom was told by her mother that they were related to “the” Samuel Huston, but not sure how. The other story in this family is that their grandma’s great grandma {which would be James Huston’s wife} was Native American and was married to an Irish man {Huston surname is Scottish, but maybe he was Scots-Irish}. I can find out if the Native American story is true by my Mom doing mtDNA, as it is her mother’s maternal line.
Matilda says on the 1880 census {last one before her death in 1885} that her mother was born in Virginia, and just a dash for where father was born.
I found a James H. Huston in Hamilton Co., Ohio on the 1820 census, he had 1 female under 10 {Matilda was about 8 in 1820}.
No Huston’s on 1830 Montgomery Co., IN. census, however a Samuel Huston shows up on the 1840 and 1850 and according to birth of his children he was in Indiana 1829-1830. He was married in Montgomery County, Ohio to Nancy Keys. He bought land in Montgomery Co., IN. in 1834, 76.81 acres and it says he is from Montgomery Co., IN., on 1850 he has Phebe, born 1828 Ohio and Joseph, born 1831 in Indiana, Samuel was 72, born 1778 in PA., from the 1840 census he had more children, and one was Nancy who married Teezly Brazilla Taylor in 1842. Somehow, I think Matilda ties to this family. She named her children: George Teezly, Nancy, Phebe, Samuel, Andrew, Matilda, Kirson, Labon, Alexander and Emily, she did not use the name James for any of her children. Samuel Huston’s father was Alexander Huston according to on-line trees, he was born and died in Montgomery Co., Ohio.
Update 7/18/14: Mom has an autosomal DNA match with a son and his mother that goes back to Alexander Huston Sr. and Mary Ann Johnson of Bedford Co., PA. and Montgomery Co., Ohio. Alexander died in 1814 in Montgomery Co., Ohio and his widow remarried. The children took their stepfather to court and court records name all of Alexander's children, his grandchildren and even some great grandchildren. It appears that his son, Alexander Jr., died before him. All of Alexander Huston Jr.'s nine children are listed, one was named James, I think this is Matilda's father. This Huston family has been traced back to an Scots/Irish family that was originally House-son. Two brothers named Abnor and Albert came to America. Albert came first to Jamestown and choose the spelling Houston, Abnor came to Jamestown and choose Huston as his spelling. Abnor had a son named John Huston that went to PA., it is believed that John Huston was probably the grandfather or great grandfather of Alexander Huston Sr., John Huston had 4 sons, but their names are unknown at this time.

Phebe Jane Johnson Simms, 1866, daughter to Matilda Huston Johnson.

Phebe Jane Johnson Simms, 1910 at a Johnson Reunion.


Phebe Jane and husband, George Simms in middle, about 1903

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Civil War Week


Direct Ancestors:

1.Thomas Powers – Union, Co. E., KY 24th as Sergeant on Dec 31, 1861. Was in Battle of Shiloh, and siege of Corinth, was killed in Nashville, TN. Buried at Madison, Davidson Co., TN. At the Nashville National Cemetery. He left a widow with 7 children to raise, the youngest was only 1. She applied for pension and received it, she never re-married and raised the children on her own in eastern Kentucky, maybe got some help from her mother in law, Leah Powers.
2. Wilburn D. Long- Union, 45th Ky. vol. commanded by Alf Killen. He
says in his denied pension he was shot with a musket ball that broke his bone and the 1880 census says gun shot wound, but he was denied pension, as they said he wasn't on the rolls. His Uncle Joel D. Long, and his wife's uncle, William Henley testified. His younger brothers, Joel and Henry were killed at the battle on Little Mud Creek, Floyd Co., KY., Wilburn’s mother, Elizabeth, filed for pension on her young son, Joel, and she was denied, they said he was a deserter.
3. William Henry Kinnaman-  Enlisted in the Cilvil War on Sept. 14, 1861, 33rd Inf. , Reg. Co. H, Ohio. He was 20 years old. He was discharged because of disability at Bacon Creek, Louisville, KY. on Feb. 1, 1862. His pension states he had deafness in both ears, however he had that since young, but got worst after his service.
4. Hiram Nathaniel Davis – Union, Co. F., 54th IN. inf., injured shoulder at Seige of Vicksburg. He enlisted on Oct. 22,1862 in Company F, 54 Indiana Volunteers , as a private, commanded by Caption Nuff. He was discharged on Dec 8,1863. He was injured near Black River in Mississippi. He was out foraging and he fell off of a wagon , striking on his left shoulder, throwing it out of place, which so disabled him that he was unfit for service the rest of his term. This was on his pension form. the person who told this says he was there and witnessed it. I can not read his name as it is sloppy writing but it looks like John Chapman. Hiram  says  that near a place called Vicksburg in Mississippi on the seventh of Aug, 1863 while out with a foraging party he fell while getting off a wagon load of corn and the hind wheel of the wagon ran over his hips, straighten them apart and badly injuring him, at same time he contracted diarrhea. He received hospital treatment in a convalescent camp somewhere in Georgia, I can't read the writing of where in Georgia. A third witness, James Ballard says he was Hiram's bunkmate, and that he fell off wagon striking his left shoulder, and that he remained with the company but was in the convalescent care until his time expired. Said he had seen Hiram a few times since and he still complained of his shoulder pain.  Hiram applied for pension on Nov 6,1875. Mary applied for his pension on June 21,1889.  Hiram has a cross to his honor at Ladoga Cemetery and is also named on the Civil war Memorial in the entrance to the Ladoga, Montgomery Co.,IN.  Cemetery.

 5. George Washington SimmsUnion, 20th Battery, Indiana, light Artillery, fought in Siege of Atlanta and Battle of Jonesboro, suffered with hearing problems after the war.
6. Daniel Horney - Confederate,  his sons were all signed up with the Union,  but according to Records of the War department, prisoners of war at Point Lookout, Maryland, Daniel Horney was captured at Petersburg, VA., April, 1865 and died in prison May 1, 1865. He was 75 years old. His tombstone marks his service in War of 1812.

Relatives:
1.       Andrew Johnson- Union, 20th Battery, light artillery, Indiana, brother to my GG grandma, Jane Johnson Simms, Andrew was killed in Battle of Chickamauga. Buried in National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN.
2.       John L. Christison- Confederate, Co. G, Missouri- killed- youngest brother to my GG grandma, Nancy Christison Wilcox.
3.       William Henry Kinnaman’s 4 brothers from Ohio, John, Jeremiah, George and Albert, John died in hospital in Huntsville, Alabama and is buried in Chattanooga National Cemetery, Jeremiah was with Union, Co. E, 149th Ohio inf., he died in rebel prison in Danville, VA. and is buried at Danville National Cemetery, George was in Union, Co. E., 149th Ohio inf., and the youngest, Albert was in Co. C, 81st inf., Ohio, Union. Joseph and Susan had 5 sons fighting in this war { all Union} and the two oldest boys lost their life.
4.       Nehemiah Davis, Union, 2nd Battery, light artillery, Indiana, brother to Hiram Davis, my GG grandpa. I have his pension papers but not on here so from memory, he suffered heat stroke, which caused him to faint and have heart problems.
5. Robert Marion Rivers and James Madison Rivers, brothers to my G G grandpa , Joseph Butler Rivers, who was too young to serve. This from a Rivers cousin, James Rivers : 
Brothers of my great grandfather are two of many of my ancestors who served during the US Civil War. Being from Kentucky, a divided border state, it is understandable that Robert Marion Rivers enlisted in the Confederate Army in Oceola, Missouri, on August 1, 1862, in Company K of Jackman's Regiment, Missouri Infantry and his brother, James Madison Rivers, enlisted in Union Army September 12, 1861 at Camp Dick, Company D. James Madison died of typhoid fever on Nov 28, 1862, in Columbia, Tennessee, having never married. Robert Marion died of pneumonia in a Little Rock, Arkansas military hospital on February 12, 1863. He left a widow with an infant son whom Robert never saw; Caroline took Marshall down the Mississippi and settled in the vicinity of Paris, Texas where his many descendants live today


6. Anna Horney Chaney was my 3rd great grandmother. Her father, Daniel Horney,  a veteran of the war of 1812, at the age of 74, joined the Confederate Army and is on a list of  prisoners at Point Lookout, MD., says he was captured April 1865 at Petersburg and that he died May 1865 in prison. This seems strange to me that he would join the Confederates at the age of 74, and all his sons were serving in the Union. Paris Horney  was second Lt. in the Co. C, 110th, Ohio infantry, Union,  he died in Charleston Race Course  Rebel prison in  Columbia, South Carolina on Nov. 7, 1864. William J. Horney was in Union 168th Ohio infantry, NG, 1st Lt. and John Horney was in Union, 120th Ohio, Co. G. , he was at Vicksburg. One other brother may have served from Illinois. This family was really hurting from the war, if it is true about Daniel fighting with the Confederates and dying in a Union prison, and his son dying in a Confederate prison.

Joe's Ancestors:
1. Milton D. Hopper- Union, Co. K, 40th IN. Vol., Sergeant served 3 years, died at Indianapolis, IN. of Typhoid Fever, left a widow with 6 children, she applied for pension and received it, she never re-married. the youngest child was 2.
2. James Martin Chadwick- Union, New York 2nd Calvary. He lived in Indiana but wanted to join the calvary in New York, he was only 19 and we have a picture of him. He was at Cedar Mountain, Bull Run, Battle of Gettysburg, Appomattox and surrender of Lee. His obituary tells about his service in the war.
3. William T. FryWilliam was enlisted in Union, Company D, 11th,Ohio in 1861, for about 4 months, his father died and he returned to Ohio and taught school that winter. He then re-enlisted in Co. H, 18th, Ohio,for 3 years. He was in battle of Stone River, Hoover's Gap, and Chickamauga. In this last battle he was captured and put in prison.
He spent 18 months in Libby prison at Richmond, VA and in Anderson prision in Georgia.His family says he would never talk about the horrors of the war. Two of his brothers, David Peter and Benjamin Franklin {after
whom William named one of his sons}lost their young lives to the war. 


Joe's Relatives:
1.Milton D. Hopper, above #1, was married to Nancy Higgason, 3 of her brothers were in the Union, William Thomas Higgason was in the 40th Indiana, Co. K. inf., same as Milton, he was a sergeant and was in Shiloh, Stone’s River, Siege of Corinth, Rocky faced Ridge, Siege of Atlanta, Jonesboro, Battle of Nashville. Beverly R. Higgason, her younger brother joined the Illinois 50th, Co. B., he was in Siege of Corinth, and in Chickamauga, Francis Marion Higgason joined the 83rd Illinois, Co. C, Inf., as a rifleman, one month later he was shot by a sniper and broke both bones in his wrist, his injury was so severe his left arm was amputated below the elbow. The Higgason's father, William Higgason, came to Indiana in the 1830's, it has been said it was because he didn't agree with the family owning slaves. His grandfather, John Higgason and great grandfather, Thomas Christmas owned large plantations and owned many slaves in Hanover Co., VA., they willed their slaves to their children and grandchildren, I believe William's father was also a slave owner, and his grandmother, Caty Christmas Higgason, had slaves willed to her from her father.
2.William and John J. Proctor, brothers to Joe’s ancestor, David Proctor, served a few months as Home Guards in Rockcastle  and Lincoln Co., KY.,they lived in  Rockcastle Co., Kentucky, David  was only 17 so he didn’t sign up.


James Martin Chadwick, 2nd New York Calvary


Hiram Nathaniel Davis, Ladoga, IN. Cemetery, in honor of ones who served.

Andrew Johnson, National Cemetery, Chattanooga, TN.


George Washington Simms, about 1866

Thomas Powers, Nashville National Cemetery, TN.



George Washington Simms


William Fry

William Fry, School Teacher, 1910




Friday, April 1, 2011

Fearless Females- Day 31

March 31 — Pick one female ancestor and write a mini-profile (500 words or less).



I pick my great grandmother, Lovisa Wilcox Hanna Hamilton Davis. She was born in Dawn, Livingston Co., Missouri on July 25, 1861 to Seneca and Nancy Christison Wilcox.  Her father passed away in 1878 when she was 17. About 1881 she married David Hanna, in 1882 she had a baby girl, Nancy Hanna, David died before the baby was born. Her mother wanted to move to Indiana, so about 1883 they all moved to Indiana. In Indiana she married James Hamilton and had another baby girl, Mary Hamilton in 1885, not sure what happened to James Hamilton, but she then married my great grandpa, James Davis in 1887. She had 5 children with James {Richard, Rolley, Roscoe, Rutherford and Sylvia}. In 1913 her daughter, Mary Hamilton Davis, age 28, the mother of 3 little children, passed away. In 1917, her daughter, Nancy Hanna, age 34, passed away, the papers said from using too much headache powder. Then in 1918 three of Lovisa’s boys had to go to WW #1.  Rolley and Roscoe were in France. James and Lovisa got word Roscoe was missing in action, later they received word that he was killed in the Meuse- Argonne offensive, he was only 22 years old, and the family took it hard. She sure did witness a lot of young lives dying, they say a parent shouldn’t have to bury their children, and she had to bury 3 in a 6 year time span. She died in 1927 in Grant Co., Indiana, age 64, of heart disease.