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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Mannings: The Fall and Rise of a Football Family


Anderson, Lars. The Mannings: The Fall and Rise of a Football Family. New York: Ballantine Books, 2016.

Most people who know me well know I don't cheer for NFL teams but rather for the players. Ever since Peyton left the University of Tennessee, I've cheered first for Peyton. After Eli graduated from Ole Miss, I told everyone I cheered for Peyton first and Eli second. Why? I grew up in Mississippi where Archie Manning was pretty much everyone's hero. Of course, as anyone in Mississippi could tell you, after he went to the Saints, he never had a team with talent. I was small when I followed Archie's career, mostly on a handheld radio broadcasting our home state team. I chose to follow his sons' careers. The author of this book does an excellent job of following Archie and his sons through their college years (and that includes Cooper's short-lived career). He even devotes considerable time to the decisions Peyton and Eli made concerning the choice each made to attend Tennessee and Ole Miss respectively. He does a fairly decent job talking about Archie's professional career, basically reaching the same conclusion that we Mississippians stated for decades. Where he fails is in discussing the professional careers of both Peyton and Eli. Both are given fairly scant attention. There is a wrap-up chapter detailing Peyton's injuries in his late career. If the book had been intended to cover only the college careers of the men, this would have been a 4.5 star book, but the lack of detail on their professional careers where they spent far more time tossing around a football than in high school and college combined weakens the book. In spite of the major flaw, this book will still garner a large audience because it is about the Mannings. Football enthusiasts everywhere, particularly fans of the Mannings and the Southeastern Conference, will want to read it. The book uses the "hidden footnote" system which I hate -- where footnotes exist but no one knows they are there until they flip to the back and see them keyed to specific phrases on certain pages. This review is based on an advance reader's copy e-galley provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Genealogy Blog Picnic: North Carolina Research

When the topic for this month's blog picnic was announced, I pondered long and hard about what my favorite genealogy resource is. With so many choices, it is difficult to settle on just one. Would I select an archive or repository? I use so many of those, and it really depends on my current research as to which I find most useful at the time. I admit I probably do know which one I would select if forced to choose just one, but I decided against writing about a repository. Would it be genealogical software of some sort? I decided against that route because I'm at a stage in my research that while software is helpful it sometimes gets in the way and writing, rather than data input, helps me make more progress and stay focused. Would it be a research log or form of some sort? I confess I never even considered anything in that category as a candidate. Would it be a website or blog? I use Ancestry and FamilySearch almost daily, but once again, those are too obvious. Would it be Evidence Explained that I use on an almost daily basis? I decided it was too obvious of a selection and wanted to select something else -- something really useful, but perhaps something not quite as well known. I settled on Helen Leary's excellent book, North Carolina Research, which is available for purchase from North Carolina Genealogical Society.

Leary, Helen F. M., ed. North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History. 2nd ed. Raleigh: North Carolina Genealogical Society, 1996.

This volume, edited by Helen F. M. Leary, is often referred to as the "Bible" of North Carolina research. However, its usefulness extends far beyond the borders of North Carolina. Almost every southeastern state in the United States based its legal system on common law. Leary's discussion helps researchers navigate the system.

Almost every state in which I research has some unique aspect which makes it necessary to understand the systems of conveyance. Leary explains the systems--the Lords Proprietor, headrights, Granville grants, and more.

Leary also includes some chapters on basic skills such as abstracting which are applicable to every genealogist, regardless of location being researched.

The book is on the Board for Certification of Genealogists' supplemental study list. Its chapters are included in bibliographies at major North Carolina universities and at the State Library and Archives dealing with specific types of records. Michael Hait mentions it in his post "Building a Solid Genealogy Library (Part One)."

I decided to find comments by others on the usefulness of this volume. In her 2012 blog post entitled "Finding NC Court Records," Judy Russell calls it "an absolute steal at $55" and goes on to say, "if it's not in that book, you don't need it to do research in North Carolina." On page thirteen of Research in North Carolina, Jeffrey L. Haines calls the book "the essential textbook and reference for family history in the state." Carolyn L. Barkley's post, "North Carolina Research Opportunities in Raleigh," advises readers to consult the volume before making a trip to the state archives. Her post was written prior to the 2009 NGS Conference in Raleigh, but since NGS is revisiting Raleigh in 2017, it is a timely one today. Lisa Lisson speaks of the book's usefulness, particularly in the area of methodology, in her post "A Few of My Favorite Genealogy Things {March 2016}." On the first page, the unspecified author of "Descendants of Andrew Hampton" quotes a section dealing with ages in which persons could own and sell land from Leary's book.

If a person finds a bibliography on North Carolina genealogical or local history research failing to include North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History, the author of the bibliography made a serious omission. It would make me question the authority of such a bibliography.

When I attended my first National Genealogical Society Conference, three speakers rose to the top of my "must hear" list quickly. Helen Leary was one of those three. Health issues forced her to retire early from the national speaking circuit. So many persons who only recently began attending conferences missed out on the opportunity to learn from Helen. Fortunately she recorded several webinars available to members of the North Carolina Genealogical Society, giving these persons a "second chance." In my opinion, it is worth joining the society to hear Helen. Even if you decide against that, be sure to purchase the book if you do not own it. Regardless of the state in which you research, you will learn many useful things about genealogical research.


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Barkley, Carolyn L. "North Carolina Research Opportunities in Raleigh," In Search of Our Common Heritage, 2 Apr 2009 (http://www.genealogyandfamilyhistory.com/north-carolina-research-opportunities-in-raleigh/ : accessed 20 Aug 2016).

Board for Certification of Genealogists. "Supplemental Study List," Board for Certification of Genealogists (http://www.bcgcertification.org/certification/studylist.html : accessed 20 Aug 2016).

"Descendants of Andrew Hampton," Moultrie County Illinois GenWeb (http://moultrie.illinoisgenweb.org/Families/Hampton_Andrew_descendants.pdf : accessed 20 Aug 2016).

Haines, Jeffrey L. Research in North Carolina. (NGS Research in the States Series). Arlington, Virginia: National Genealogical Society, 2008.

Hait, Michael. "Building a Solid Genealogy Library (Part One)." Planting the Seeds: Genealogy as a Profession, 30 June 2014 (https://michaelhait.wordpress.com/2014/06/30/building-library-1/ : accessed 20 Aug 2016).

Lisson, Lisa. "A Few of My Favorite Genealogy Things {March 2016}." Lisa Lisson: Genealogist, Blogger, Etsypreneur, 21 Mar 2016 (http://lisalisson.com/2016/03/21/a-few-of-my-favorite-genealogy-things-march-2016/ : accessed 20 Aug 2016).

Russell, Judy. "Finding NC Court Records." The Legal Genealogist, 2 Feb 2012 (http://www.legalgenealogist.com/2012/02/02/finding-nc-court-records/ : accessed 20 Aug 2016).

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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Apocalypse Rising



Dailey, Timothy. Apocalypse Rising. Grand Rapids: Chosen Books, 2016.

Timothy Dailey offers alternative interpretations to end times prophecies in this work. He argues interpreting Gog and Magog as Russia was a product of the Cold War with little evidence, yet he offers little concrete evidence to support his alternate theory. He also discusses the rise of Islam and fall of Western civilization, and America's "role" in end times. At many times, it seemed to be an updated version of Armageddon, Oil, and the Middle East Crisis,  reimagined based on current Middle Eastern happenings. The book is not as readable as some of the works that were produced in the 1970s and 1980s, but it is certain to attract a large audience because of interest in end times prophecies. It does deserve an audience, if only to consider whether interpretations of the past were based on the political climate of the time. Some may agree with the author's conclusions; others will not. The evidence is not overwhelmingly convincing. The author missed out on a great opportunity to remind his readers it doesn't matter how the end times play out because we already know Christ has won. Instead of focusing on encouraging believers, he leaves them with a grim outlook on the future. Perhaps the author should have concluded with the words to the persecuted church in Smyrna: "Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life." (Rev. 2:10 NKJV). This review is based on an advance reader's egalley provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Joseph William Knight




1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 293B-294A (stamped), p. 10-11 (written), dwelling 111, family 111, lines 49-50, 1-2, J. W. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8X6 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.

Knight, J. W., W, M, 28, head, married, farmer, MS, TN, MS
–, Julia, W, F, 24, wife, married, keeping house, MS, MS, MS
–, M. S., W, F, 3, dau, single, at home, MS, MS, MS
–, H. W., W, M, 1, son, single, at home, MS, MS, MS

Joseph William Knight was born 15 June 18521 to James and Susannah (or Susan) Knight.2 He was enumerated in Bigby Fork, Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1860.3 By 1870, J. W., living with his parents and siblings, resided in Township 12 of Monroe County, Mississippi.4 The census states it was a Smithville post office; however, it does not specify whether it was range 7, 8, or 9. Based on the neighbors, the family was living in range 8. Although this township includes the Lost Corner area and the area along Old Highway 6 near Malone Lake where Dock's family eventually settled, the family probably resided about halfway between the present-day city of Amory and town of Smithville.



It is not known when or where Joseph William married Julia Ridings,5 but it was likely about 1875 since the oldest child in the 1880 census is three. Daughter Mollie was born 24 Nov 1876.6 Son William H. was born 17 Feb 1879.7 The couple was living in Boyds Precinct, Monroe County, Mississippi, in 1880 along with their two young children.8 Daughter Virgie I. was born 5 October 1882.9 Daughter Gertrude F. was born October 1885.10 Son James P. was born 20 May 1888.11 Son Charles Emmett was born 29 August 1892.12 In 1900, Joseph William, Julia, and the four younger children are residing in Boyds Precinct in Monroe County.13 According to the 1900 census, Julia was the mother of six children, all living.14 By 1910, it states she had seven children with only six living.15 The identity of the seventh child is unknown. A search at Find A Grave on the surname Knight resulted in no possibilities for this child in a currently marked and transcribed grave.

Joseph William Knight died 9 February 1909 and is buried at Liberty Cemetery16 along the Itawamba/Monroe County line. Julia was enumerated in Boyds, Precinct, Monroe County, Mississippi in 1910 with her sons James P. and Emmett, and Emmett's wife, Flora Bell,17 nee Worthy.18 Julia died 21 May 1916 and is also buried at Liberty Cemetery.19






1 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84079111, William Knight (4 Jun 1852-9 Feb 1909), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall indicates the date of birth was 15 Jun 1852.


2 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, Bigby Fork, p. 121 (written), dwelling 790, family 790, lines 16-20, James Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9BS3-FDK : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 583; also 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 12, Smithville post office, p. 212A (stamped), sheet 51 (written), dwelling 328, family 377, lines 25-28, James Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DC67-B15 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741. The 1850 census shows James and Susannah were married by that date, showing Susannah was not a stepmother. 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, District 6, p. 331A (stamped), dwelling 394, family 400, lines 18-19, James Night household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-64KS-CG3 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 373.


3 1860 U.S. census, Itawamba Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 121 (written), dwell. & fam. 790, James Knight household.


4 1870 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 212A (stamped), dw. 328, fam. 377, James Knight household.


5 “Tennessee Death Records, 1908-1958,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), Mrs. Mollie Taylor, 24 Aug 1922, Shelby County, Tennessee, certificate no. 426; citing unspecified records on file at Tennessee State Library & Archives.


6 Ibid.


7 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84077662, W. H. Knight (17 Feb 1879-13 Jun 1921), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall shows a death date of 18 Jun 1921. Although enumerated as H. W. in 1880, he is consistently enumerated as William H. in later censuses. See 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, Beat 3, SD 1, ED 39, p. 181A (stamped), sheet 3A (written), dwelling 42, family 42, lines 23-25, Littie C. McDaniel household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M961-GQB : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 811; 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, population schedule, Bigby Fork, SD 1, ED 17, p. 95B (stamped), sheet 24B (written), dwelling 389, family 389, lines 76-82, Littie McDaniel household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MP8K-58J : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 743; and 1920 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Hatley, SD 1, ED 26, p. 208B (stamped), sheet 5B (written), dwelling 98, family 98, lines 85-90, William H. Knight family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MNTM-VQD : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T625, roll 886.


8 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 293B-294A (stamped), p. 10-11 (written), dwelling 111, family 111, lines 49-50, 1-2, J. W. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8X6 : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


9 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84683918, Virgie K. Edwards (5 Oct 1882-5 Oct 1966), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photographs by Lionel Stegall support the birth and death dates.


10 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 80, p. 258A (stamped), sheet 2 (written), dwelling 29, family 29, line 43, Gertrude F. Knight; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XCHQ-NMX : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M623, roll 822. Gertrude’s cemetery marker provides only a birth year. See Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84780497, Gertrude Edwards (1885-1920), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photographs by Lionel Stegall support the birth and death years.


11 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84079411, James P. Knight (20 May 1888-24 May 1913), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photographs by Lionel Stegall support the birth and death years as well as his parents.


12 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 83652523, Charlie Emmett Knight (29 Aug 1892-1 Feb 1951), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the birth and death dates.


13 1900 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 258A (stamped), dwell. & fam. 29, Joseph W. Knight family.


14 1900 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 258A (stamped), dwell. & fam. 29, line 41, Julia Knight.


15 1910 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 124, p. 75A (stamped), dwelling 32, family 34, line 7, Julia A. Knight; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MPDC-VFH : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T624, roll 752.


16 Find A Grave, memorial no. 84079111, William Knight (4 Jun 1852-9 Feb 1909), Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


17 1910 U.S. census, Monroe Co., Miss., pop. sch., p. 75A (stamped), dwell.. 32, fam. 34, Julia A. Knight household.


18 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 83652571, Flora Bell Worthy Knight (1893-1 Sep 1915), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Monroe County, Mississippi. The accompany photograph by Lionel Stegall shows her name as Florabell, but it supports the birth year and death date as transcribed as well as her status as Emmet’s wife.


19 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), memorial no. 84079353, Julia A Knight (10 May 1851-21 May 1916), created by Peggy Hill; citing Liberty Cemetery, Itawamba County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Lionel Stegall supports the birth and death dates.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

M. L. Morris & M. R. Wilson

Today's installment is basically an exercise in demonstrating online records will not provide everything one needs to do genealogical research.



1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 11, M. L. Morris household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8DQ : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.

Morris, M L, (head), W, M, 22, –, Married, Farmer, MS, NC, MS
–, S E, W, F, 21, wife, Married, At home, TN, NC, TN
–, W A, W, M, 3, son, Single, At home, MS, MS, TN
–, A O, W, F, 3/12 (Mar), dau, Single, At home, MS, MS, TN
–, J I, W, M, 14, brother, Single, At home, MS, NC, TN
–, W F, W, M, 12, brother, Single, At home, MS, NC, TN
Wilson, M R, W, F, 40, mother-in-law, Widowed, At home, TN, NC, NC
–, W J, W, M, 17, brother-in-law, Single, At home, TN, NC, MS
–, G W, W, M, 14, brother-in-law, Single, At home, TN, NC, MS
–, J R, W, M, 11, brother-in-law, Single, At home, TN, NC, MS
–, M B, W, F, 8, sister-in-law, Single, At home, TN, NC, MS

Very little is easily found on M. L. Morris. Marion Morris married Bettie Wilson 2 July 1878 in adjacent Lee County. Bettie is a common nickname for Elizabeth, so it likely matches the S. E. enumerated in 1880. No Morris family matching or nearly matching the information found in the 1880 census was located in either the 1860 or 1870 censuses. It is probable they were living in the same "Lost Corner" area with the Hester family during that period.This Lost Corner is an area of Monroe County accessible only by entering it through a road that begins and ends in Itawamba County with no other connections at one time to Monroe County roads. On the below map, the county lines are not shown. The Monroe-Itawamba line runs between Clay Hill Road (in Monroe County on the north side of Highway 371) and Carolina Road (in Itawamba County on the south side of Highway 371). Overlook Road now provides a means into Monroe County.




Ancestry's suggested records feature hints that the M. C. Morris and wife Synthia in the 1900 Wynne, Cross County, Arkansas census may be this family. It is troublesome that the middle initial appears to be incorrect in one of the censuses if that is the case. Synthia would certainly match the "S" in the S. E., presumably making the wife's name Synthia Elizabeth. The census indicates they had been married 22 years, providing a date of about 1877-1878.2 With a June 1 census date and the actual enumeration taking place that same date, one would expect the length of marriage to be 21 years, but since they married in July, it is so close to 22 years one can see they might have said 22. No children born prior to 1880 are included to provide further insight. In fact, it would appear that both children enumerated in 1880 and three others died before 1900 if this census is the same family since Synthia is the mother of nine children with only four living, all of which are enumerated.3

I am uncomfortable concluding these are the same families without additional evidence. I know of no connections other than being neighbors to my Hester or Harris families who resided in the area so I will not likely pursue the family further.

Efforts to identify M. R. Wilson in earlier censuses failed, even when using probable names for some of the children such as "George" for G. W., since that is like George Washington and "Bettie" or "Elizabeth." No family with probably matches of approximately the right age and matching at least one of the initials for M. R. as mother, and S. E. as a daughter (in both 1860 and 1870), and W. J., G. W., and J. R. as sons (in 1870) were found in Tennessee. No one was found in the 1900 census, and no probable marriage records for any of the persons were located in Monroe, Itawamba, or Lee Counties. The initials only make it difficult to trace, and no suggested records are provided at Ancestry when clicking on the individuals in the record. Once again, I know of no connection to my Hester or Harris families so I do not plan to pursue the family further.


1 “Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 9 Aug 2016), Marion Morris-Bettie Wilson marriage, 2 Jul 1878, Lee County, Mississippi; citing Hunting For Bears, Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com Operations, 2004).
2 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Cross County, Arkansas, population schedule, Wynne, SD 1, ED 28, p. 263A (stamped), sheet 24A (written), dwelling 447, family 459, lines 35-40, M C Morris family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6GT4-SKM : accessed 9 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 57.
3 Ibid.
4 FOOTNOTE
5 FOOTNOTE

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Monday, August 08, 2016

Joseph F. Knight




1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.

Knight, J. F., W, M, 44, --, Farmer, TN, VA, VA
--, E., W, F, 46, Wife, Keeping house, AL, AL, AL
--, M. A., W, F, 16, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL
--, E. B., W, F, 12, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL
--, L. S., W, F, 8, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL
--, Joanna, W, F, 6, Daughter, At home, MS, TN, AL

Joseph F. "Joe" Knight was born 14 August 18381 in Tennessee2 to Charles Knight3 and his wife Lucy Evans Knight.4 He appears on the 1850 census for Pontotoc County, Mississippi.5 He married Elizabeth Gray 7 May 1857 in Itawamba County, Mississippi.6 Daughter Florence was born prior to the wedding on 4 February 1857.7 It is unknown whether she was conceived out of wedlock or adopted by Joseph. Elizabeth Gray's name on her tombstone indicates her name is Elizabeth Carlow Knight. No marriage between a Gray and Carlow (or Harlow, which is a more common surname for this geographic area) has been located in Mississippi or Tennessee. Comparing the DNA of Florence's descendants against that of her siblings' descent would probably show whether or not they shared the same father.

Son Mark A. was born 28 June 1859,8 probably in Monroe County, Mississippi. He died at the age of seven on 2 December 1866.9 Daughter Verona A. was born 4 August 1861.10 She died the day before her eighth birthday on 3 August 1869.11 Daughter Margaret A. was born about 1863.12 Several online family trees suggest her date of birth was 22 October 1863 and she died 30 October 1888,13 but all lack documentation for these assertions.

Son William T. was born 15 October 1865 and died four days later on 19 October 1865.14 Daughter Helen Bell was born 17 September 1867,15 probably in Itawamba County, Mississippi. Daughter Lucy Susie was born 24 Aug 1869,16 likely in Itawamba County.

The family was enumerated in Itawamba County, Mississippi in 1870.17 Daughter Julia,18 enumerated as Joanna in 1880,19 was born in March 1872.20 The family was enumerated in Monroe County, Mississippi in 1880.21 The family moved to Texas by October 1890 when grandson George W. Edwards, son of Helen, was born.22

Joe died 11 April 1900 in Lee County, Texas and was buried at the Lawhon Springs Cemetery in Blue.23 His wife Elizabeth, enumerated as Elise, resided with daughter Susie at the time the 1900 census was taken.24 She died 23 April 1901 and was also buried at Lawhon Springs Cemetery.25



1 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23298307 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 23298307, Joseph F. Knight (14 Aug 1838-11 Apr 1900), created by Sarah Locklin Taylor; citing Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Blue, Lee County, Texas.


2 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658. The Tennessee birthplace is supported by all other censuses.


3 “North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 6 Aug 2016), Charles Knight-Lucy Evans, 28 Aug 1822; citing Granville County Marriage Bonds – Abstracts (1760-1957), RG 48 North Carolina County Registers of Deeds, p. 93 (stamped).


4 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 73A (stamped), dwelling 266, family 266, lines 3-11, Lucy Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4LF-WNJ : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 3880. Her surname comes from “North Carolina, Marriage Records, 1741-2011,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : 6 Aug 2016), Charles Knight-Lucy Evans, 28 Aug 1822; citing Granville County Marriage Bonds – Abstracts (1760-1957), RG 48 North Carolina County Registers of Deeds, p. 93 (stamped).


5 1850 U.S. Federal Census, Pontotoc County, Mississippi, population schedule, p. 73A (stamped), dwelling 266, family 266, lines 3-11, Lucy Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4LF-WNJ : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M432, roll 3880.


6 Hunting for Bears, “Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Aug 2016), Joseph Knight-Elizabeth Gray marriage, 7 May 1857; citing unspecified Itawamba County, Mississippi marriage book.


7 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=24439020 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 24439020, Florence F. Knight Ridings (4 Feb 1857-2 Dec 1921), created by “Lin”; citing Kensett Cemetery, Kensett, White County, Arkansas.


8 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744915 : accessed 6 Aug 2016); memorial no. 61744915, Mark A. Knight (28 Jun 1859-2 Dec 1866), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi. Mark was enumerated as M. A. in the 1860 census. 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Western Division, Aberdeen post office, p. 427 (written), sheet 3 (written), dwelling 16, family 16, lines 10-14, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M6GF-VRZ : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M653, roll 587.


9 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744915 : accessed 6 Aug 2016); memorial no. 61744915, Mark A. Knight (28 Jun 1859-2 Dec 1866), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


10 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744967 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 61744967, Verona A. Knight (4 Aug 1861-3 Aug 1869), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


11 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744967 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 61744967, Verona A. Knight (4 Aug 1861-3 Aug 1869), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


12 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Township 11, p. 391B (written), sheet 2, dwelling 10, family 10, lines 17-23, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-KHN : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 732. Also 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


13 “Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2016), “Aldridge Family Tree” by calvinandelysealdridge, profile for Margaret A. Knight (1863-1888, d. Monroe County, Mississippi), undocumented data; also “Talbot Family Tree” by rptalbot1; “Seals Walker Family Tree” by akumal4me1; “Catherine; Family Tree” by Catherine Lannholm; “Jennifer Bethea Family Tree” by Jennifer Bethea; “Sorrels/West Family Tree” by bjsorrels1; “Ridings Family Tree” by Neldagailr1; “King & Hulsey X3 + More” family tree by PeggyTruesdale70; “BurnettConnections” family tree by Burnett Connections; “Miller Family Tree” by Kelly Parr; “Richardson Family Tree” by rockmytooth; and “Knight Family Tree” by lak31760.


14 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=61744841 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 61744841, William T. Knight (15 Oct 1865-19 Oct 1865), created by Paul Armstrong; citing New Chapel Cemetery, Evergreen, Itawamba County, Mississippi.


15 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 9, family 9, Mack Edwards family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6XBS-R48 : accessed 6 August 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654. This source supports the birth month of September 1867. Exact date from 
“Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2016), “BurnettConnections” family tree by Burnett Connections..

16 “Texas, Death Certificates, 1903-1982,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Aug 2016), entry for Susie Knight Ridings (24 Apr 1869-10 Oct 1943), certificate 44708; citing Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Death Certificates, 1903-1982. This birth is supported by the 1870 census. See 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Township 11, p. 391B (written), sheet 2, dwelling 10, family 10, lines 17-23, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-KHN : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 732.


17 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Itawamba County, Mississippi, Township 11, p. 391B (written), sheet 2, dwelling 10, family 10, lines 17-23, Joseph Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF38-KHN : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 732.


18 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 8, family 8, lines 31-33, George D. Baker household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3PZ-NJV : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654. A marriage record to George D. Baker has not been located. She is, however, residing in the house adjacent to sister Helen, and the information on the birth locations of the parents, although erroneous for the mother, matches, making this something likely known by relatives who created the tree. The relationship to George D. Baker can be found in online trees such as 
“Public Member Trees,” database, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 August 2016), “BurnettConnections” family tree by Burnett Connections and "Jones Family Tree" by PJ7625.

19 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


20 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 8, family 8, lines 31-33, George D. Baker household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3PZ-NJV : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654.


21 1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 113, family 113, lines 14-19, J. F. Knight household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M4G5-B1J : accessed 6 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.


22 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Lee County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 3, SD 10, ED 58, p. 46A (stamped), sheet 1, dwelling 9, family 9, Mack Edwards family; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-6XBS-R48 : accessed 6 August 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1654.


23 “U.S., Headstone Applications for Military Veterans, 1925-1963,” database with images, Ancestry (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 6 Aug 2016), Joe F. Knight (14 Aug 1838-11 Apr 1900); citing Applications for Headstones for U. S. Military Veterans, 1925-1941, National Archives RG92, Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, microfilm publication M1916, 134 rolls. Also Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23298307 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 23298307, Joseph F. Knight (14 Aug 1838-11 Apr 1900), created by Sarah Locklin Taylor; citing Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Blue, Lee County, Texas.


24 1900 U. S. Federal Census, Fayette County, Texas, population schedule, Justice Precinct 1, LaGrange, SD 12, ED 29, p. 25A (stamped), sheet 7 (written), dwelling 92, family 93, lines 1-7, J. P. Ridings household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M3GQ-3WT : accessed 6 August 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 1634.


25 Find A Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=23298304 : accessed 6 Aug 2016), memorial no. 23298304, Elizabeth Carlow Knight (26 Aug 1834-23 Apr 1901), created by Sarah Locklin Taylor; citing Lawhon Springs Cemetery, Blue, Lee County, Texas.

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Friday, August 05, 2016

Walter Rawlins


1880 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 139, p. 294A (stamped), p. 11 (written), dwelling 114, family 114, line 24, Walter Rawlins; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9YBV-8DQ : accessed 30 July 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T9, roll 658.

Walter Rawlins appears in the household of James Best Hester in the 1880 census. This household was adjacent to Dock Hester. It should be noted that J. C. Rawlins is in household 128.

The census indicates he was born in Mississippi between 2 June 1863 and 1 June 1864 to parents who were both born in Mississippi. Since he was boarding, the information could be erroneous. J. C. Rawlins in household 128 was born in Kentucky, and his wife Sophia was born in South Carolina. Their children enumerated in their home in 1880 were aged 34 to 24 with the oldest being born in Alabama and the youngest being born in Mississippi. The grandchildren enumerated in the household were ages 6 and 2 and were both born in Mississippi. The Rawlins must have moved to Mississippi between the time John, aged 29, and Elizabeth, aged 24, were born, so somewhere between 1850 and 1856, depending on the exact date of birth of each child.

I was unable to locate Walter as "Rawlins" in other censuses, but I remembered my grandmother had been friends with a woman named Fanny Rollins, so I decided to search under that spelling for this man. I located a Walter Rollins in the 1900 Monroe County, Mississippi census who was born in February 1864 in Mississippi and whose father was born in Kentucky and mother in South Carolina.1 He was boarding with the Barum Roebuck family.

I, therefore, believe Walter is the son of J. C. and Sophia Rawlins/Rollins. He is not enumerated in their household in 1870;2 however, the family is the very last family enumerated in that enumeration district, and the page ends on the bottom line with the Elizabeth mentioned above. It is entirely possible the remainder of the household was somehow "lost."

Although the 1880 and 1900 censuses support the 1864 birth date, his tombstone at Union Grove Cemetery on Highway 371 in Monroe County, Mississippi shows he was born 11 March 1862 and died 17 February 1910.3

His father's family will be covered later in the series.
 


1 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Boyds Precinct, SD 1, ED 81, p. 270A (stamped), sheet 3, dwelling 49, family 49, lines 36-42, Barum Roebuck household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-XCC3-QD : accessed 5 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication T623, roll 822.
2 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Monroe County, Mississippi, population schedule, Township 16, p. 128B (stamped), sheet 16, dwelling 95, family 95, lines 35-40, James Rollins household; digital image, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DC67-127 : accessed 5 Aug 2016); citing National Archives microfilm publication M593, roll 741.
3 Find a Grave, database (http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=59091049 : accessed 5 August 2016); memorial no. 59091049, Walter Rollins (11 Mar 1862-17 Feb 1910), created by Peggy Hill; citing Union Grove Cemetery, Bigbee, Monroe County, Mississippi. The accompanying photograph by Judy Malone, Barbara Wallace, and Matthew Malone provides support for the birth and death dates.

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