Time to Compile and Distribute My Research

Having decided it is time to restrain my natural impulses toward research and compile what I’ve found, I am copying all the documents, photos, maps, etc. to a DVD for each ancestral line. All are arranged in labeled folders so any item of interest can be easily located. Also prepared for the DVD will be a narrative report for each ancestral family where each fact and story is presented in a chronology. A Family Group Sheet for each ancestral couple and one for each of their children will be included. A Descendants List for the earliest ancestral couple will also be on the DVD.

I have completed compilation of the following lines:

Anderson Line of North Carolina and Bartow County, Georgia: John Anderson (born 1816) & Mary Roberts (born 1815); Jesse P. F. Anderson (born 1856) & Mary Queen (born 1848).

Lewis Line of North Carolina and Georgia: Peter Tilman Lewis (born 1750) & Katherine Strader (born 1761); John Lewis (born 1790) & Susanna Martin (born ca. 1787), Rebecca (Baird) Draper (born 1824); John Henry Lewis (born 1856) & Sarah Caroline Day (born 1856), Martha Angeline Hadaway (born 1866), Georgia E. Clayton (born 1872), Annie Lou Phillips (born 1895), Pearl Winstead (born ca. 1896). (Yes, there were five wives!)

I want to share my work and am adding it to the Family Tree at FamilySearch.org; however, the files I have accumulated are extensive and it would be too time-consuming to upload one at a time. So, if a reader of this blog is related to the above lines or the ones I will be working on in the future (see the ahnentafel tab), I will be happy to send a DVD for a payment of $5 to cover the DVD, jewel case, padded mailing envelope, and postage.

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Witcher’s Chapel of Methodist Episcopal Church South – Macon (now Swain) County, North Carolina – 1858

My ancestor, John Anderson, arrived in Macon County by September 9, 1858, when he was named in a deed as a trustee of Witcher’s Chapel. I am researching this chapel, hoping to learn more about John’s connection with the church. John’s oldest child, Miriam Haseltine Anderson, married John W. Battle(s) in Macon County on 6 September 1858. The ceremony was performed by William Witcher, M.G., a witness to the deed.

1858 September 9: Macon County, North Carolina – Deed Book I: 344-345 (Excerpt)

Elizabeth Poindexter sold one-half acre parcel for $1.00 to Joel Sawyer, Edward Delozier, John Anderson, and James Ingram, Trustees of Witchers Chapel for Methodist Episcopal Church South for a newly built church house for school and church purposes, on the south bank of Alarka Creek. Located in No. 1 Parch Cornflower’s Reservation. Witnesses: William Witcher, J. A. Wiggins, Juratt. Proved 24 September 1868 by J. A. Wiggins. Registered 28 October 1868.

The above referenced land is in Welches District where John Anderson (1816-1898) lived in 1860. Welches District was the area where the Tuckasegee River joins the Little Tennessee River. In September 1847 an election precinct was established at the residence of Joseph Welch and is referred to in census records as “Welches District.” His residence was at the mouth of the Tuckasiege [sic] River per The Heritage of Macon County 1987, p. 524. This area is now in Swain County, but mostly under Lake Fontana.

Welches District is indicated by the red circle.
Parch Corn Flour Reservation shown at left by red rectangle.

Parch Corn Flour was a Cherokee who obtained land legally and then had it confiscated by the government when the Cherokees were removed from North Carolina. His reservation nestled in the confluence of the Tuckasegee and Little Tennessee Rivers and would have been prime farming land.

Eustis Elementary School Safety Patrol

Eustis Elem School Safety Patrol_BMW top, 2nd from rightWhen I attended this school in Lake County, Florida, from 1949 to 1955, there was a student safety patrol. We helped younger students cross the streets. I remember a strong feeling of satisfaction in performing my duties.

This is a photo from my collection. I’m in the top row standing by the teacher. I do not know who made it or the exact year — probably around 1953-54.

 

Buried in the orchard or the church yard? Winnie/Winifred (Winkle?) Reagan (ca 1822 – 1886) Sevier County, Tennessee and Bartow County, Georgia

 

The following is an interesting example of how a family tradition can morph over time and also how there is very often a grain of truth in the tradition that research can use to verify or correct the record.

There is no evidence (to date) for the maiden name of the woman who married John Derias Reagan about 1840-41 in Tennessee,1 possibly Sevier County. Some say Winkle and some say Phillips. The family moved to Cass (now Bartow) County, Georgia, by 18502 where they were enumerated in the 12th Division.

Winnie died in 1886, it is said, in the midst of a terrible winter with so much snow on the ground that the family could not travel to the nearby Hays Cemetery, the usual family burying ground. So, she was buried in the orchard on the home place (Land Lot 79 of District 6, Section 3).

A church history for the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church,3 published in observance of Old Fashion Day, September 10, 1972, states land for the church was donated by John and Winnie Reagan and that a log cabin church was built there about 1865. John and Winnie may have lived on the land in 1865, but they did not own it until 1869 when John purchased the entire 160 acre land lot from D. T. Collins.4 He did not deed any acreage to the church until 1872, when he donated two acres “off the southwest corner” of Lot 79.5

The church history says services were held in the original church on Reagan land until 1890, at which time W. G. Edwards donated land across the road and a new frame church was built. The deed is dated 09 September 1901.6 Deed Book JJ, page 479.

So, in 1886 a church was present on the two acres deeded by John D. Reagan in 1872. Rather than the land being given to the church to use as a cemetery after Winnie was buried “in the orchard,” as passed down in family tradition, it appears most likely she was buried “in the church yard” in 1886, and the two acres were used exclusively for burials after the new church building was constructed across the road from its first location.

There is a grave marker for Winnie, installed by the Pleasant Valley Baptist Church group “Willing Workers.” Unfortunately, her birth year is inscribed as 1846, four years after the birth of her first child. Her findagrave.com memorial is no. 39076968.7 Her name is inscribed “Winnie P. Reagan.” Perhaps the “P” is a clue to her maiden name.

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NOTES:

  1. Yates Publishing, “U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900,” digital index, Ancestry.com (http://ancestry.com : accessed 17 May 2014), John D. Reagan and Winnifred Winkle (1840) Tennessee; Original data: This unique collection of records was extracted from a variety of sources including family group sheets and electronic databases. Originally, the information was derived from an array of materials including pedigree charts, family history articles, queries; records extracted from many undocumented sources. [bmw note: use with caution.]
  2. 1850 U. S. Census, population census, Georgia, Cass County, (Division 12); Page 212, Line 40, Dwelling 1570, Family 1582, J. D. Ragan [Reagan] family, M432, 63, Microfilm, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D. C.
  3. Church Members, compilers, Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church (10 September 1972), digital images of print version via email from Joe Cook 22 July 2017 to Blanche M. Wallace, (Bartow County, Georgia: Pleasant Valley Missionary Baptist Church, 10 September 1972), p. 5.
  4. Bartow County, Georgia, Deed Book, R: pp.319-320, D. T. Collins to John D. Reagan, 2 September 1869; Bartow County Superior Court, Cartersville.
  5. Bartow County, Georgia, Deed Book, W: 583, J. D. Reagan to Baptist Church of Christ, Pleasant Valley, 25 May 1872; Bartow County Superior Court, Cartersville.
  6. Bartow County, Georgia, Deed Book, JJ: 379, W. G. Edwards to Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, 09 September 1901; Bartow County Superior Court, Cartersville. [Details taken from transcribed deed in 1972 Pleasant Valley Baptist Church history booklet. Verify with recorded deed.]
  7. Jim Tipton, Creator, “Find A Grave database and images,” grave marker photograph and/or memorial, FindAGrave.com (http://www.findagrave.com : accessed 19 July 2017), Winnie P. Reagan, memorial no. 39076968; created by Gail Dessez.

Children of Timothy Reagan (ca 1750-ca 1830) and Elizabeth Trigg (ca 1760-ca 1830) of Sevier County, Tennessee

Timothy Reagan, Power of Attorney, 19 December 1815, to Davis Carter and his wife Caty Carter Madison County, Illinois, Deed Book 6, Pages 206-207-208, Recorded September 7, 1822

This record was discovered in 2013 by Robert C. Evans of Troy, Illinois, a descendant of Davis and Catherine “Caty” (Reagan) Carter, while doing research on Carter and Ragan/Reagan lineage at the Madison County, Illinois court house. Donald B. Reagan, author of The Book of Ragan/Reagan wrote about the find and transcribed it at http://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/reagan/1271/ .

This is the only known document which lists the names of the eleven children of Timothy Reagan and Elizabeth Trigg. It also lists the spouses of the eight married children. The Timothy Reagan family was in Tennessee at the time the document was created. The original perished in a Sevier County, Tennessee, Court House fire in 1856, and was not known to Reagan researchers until found in 2013. This is an excellent example of the need to follow descendants through time. The gems are the reward of careful and thorough research.

Timothy Reagan executed the power of attorney for his family in Sevier County, Tennessee, to Davis Carter and his wife Catherine (Reagan) Carter of Madison County, Illinois, as true and Lawful Attorneys to handle and settle the estate of Rezin [Reason] Reagan (a son of Timothy and Elizabeth) who died in the Illinois territory. The Carters recorded the power of attorney in Illinois, and so it survives today.

It is always recommended that original documents be obtained, if they exist, to support transcriptions. I have transcribed a portion of the document which lists the names of the children of Timothy and Elizabeth, using copies of the original document which I obtained from the Madison County Recorder’s office. That portion of the digitized document is also presented below.

 Please note that the affidavit made by Timothy Reagan clearly states he and Elizabeth had eleven children; however, other researchers state there were thirteen based on some early family-authored writings. I’ve not tried to verify that claim. In 1815, Elizabeth would have been about 55, so it isn’t likely she had two more children after that date. The names in question are: Robert Nelson Reagan and Rhoda (Reagan) Huskey. Their reported ages indicate they would fit in with the children of lawful age in 1815.

Timothy Reagan received a land grant of 50 acres in Sevier County, Tennessee, 1810 from the Governor of the State. The land was in the area which is now Gatlinburg. At the time it was known as White Oak Flats. Timothy, his wife, and various kin are believed to be buried in White Oak Flats Cemetery, located on a hill behind a village-themed shopping area in Gatlinburg. The only access is by walking through the village, according to various online posts.

Affidavit Transcription:

 State of Tennessee.
Severe County Court December Sessions 1815. Present and in their seats the Worshipful Joseph Vance, Josiah Rogers, Andrew Cowen Justices; this day Timothey Reagan senior [came] into open Court and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he had Eleven Children sons and daughters born to him in Lawfull Wedlock by his wife Elizabeth, named as follows, to wit, Richard Reagan his Eldest son – Rizen [Reason] Reagan – Rachel Reagan formerly now Rachel Mahan by Entermarriage with Edward Mahan – Nancy Reagan – Sally Reagan – Betsey Reagan formerly now Betsey Emmett by marriage with Philip Emmett, Caty  Reagan formerly, now Caty Carter by Marriage with Davis Carter, Drusilla Reagan formerly now Drusilla Emmett by Marriage with Frederick Emmett, and his three youngest sons (to wit) Timothy Reagan, Jeremiah Reagan and Joshua Reagan all of whom the above named are Brothers and Sisters and now living except for Rezin Reagan above mentioned, whom he the said deponent is Informed, is deceased and died as he the said deponent understands in the Illinois Territory and the said deponent further states that the above named Brothers and Sisters are the true and Lawfull heirs of the estate of above named Rezin Reagan decd and all now of Lawfull age except his three youngest sons above mentioned, (to wit) Timothy Reagan – Jeremiah Reagan and Joshua Reagan aforesaid who are minors and under Lawfull age and are now living under his care and tutition of him the aforesaid Timothy Reagan senr aforesaid their father: Sworn to and subscribed in open Court the 20th day of December one thousand eight hundred and fifteen 1815. Test. Timothy Reagan

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Evidence for the Parents of Eliza Jane (Rainey) Wallace (1862-1911)

Since I began compiling the history of my family, I have searched for the parents of Eliza (see my  post dated 22 May 2013). She was born in 1862 but has not been found on the 1870 U.S. census. The first record found is her marriage in 1878 to Toliver Watson Wallace in Marshall County, Alabama. An affidavit included in the marriage record gives the name of Eliza’s father as William Rainey. There is considerable indirect evidence as to her parentage, but no single document has been found. Until now.

A hand-written, family-authored, document of three pages lists the parents, grandparents, spouse, and children of Thomas Hawkins Wallace, one of the sons of Eliza and Toliver Wallace. It provides similar listing for Tom’s wife, Willie Mae Reynolds. A copy is provided below, courtesy of the current owner, Cynthia Estes, a descendant of Tom and Willie Mae. Used with permission.

The names of Tom’s grandparents are shown as William and Vinis Rainey. I believe that “Vinis” is yet another version of Dwmity [sic], the name that appears on a 1896 deed where William and Dwimity Rainey sold land in Cherokee County, Alabama, to William L. Wallace (brother of Toliver Watson Wallace and son-in-law of William and Dwmity Rainey). Dwimity appears on census records as Lavinia, Vinity, Vinda, Lavinathy,

I’d like to find additional evidence for my conclusion that Eliza’s parents were William and Dwmity Rainey. If you have knowledge or a document, please contact me through the comment section below. Thank you.

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Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Reagan Edwards (1858-1928) – Georgia and Florida

My second great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Reagan Edwards, was born to Oliver C. Powell and Eliza (McCrary) Powell in Fulton County, Georgia, on 16 April 1858. Mary’s middle name (Elizabeth) is from her death certificate. All other records give her middle name as Eliza.

Mary’s father was killed in the War. Her mother Eliza Powell [Mrs. O. C. Powell] is listed as a widow on the 1863 Salt List in Bartow County, Georgia. Mary Powell married first Albert H. Reagan on 16 November 1873 in Bartow County, Georgia. They had two known children: McAfee and Birdie [Bertha Lorena] – my great-grandmother. Albert H. Reagan died 09 May 1889 in Bartow County. On 07 July 1892 (Mrs.) Mary Ragan married W. T. Edwards in Bartow County.

1900 U.S. census – Georgia, Bartow County, Sixth District

William T. Edwards (49, born Georgia), Mary E. (35, born Georgia), Mettie E. (F, 16), Henry (12), Artie (6), Linnie (F, 3), and Arthur (1) lived in dwelling 115 on a farm that was owned. All children born in Georgia. William and Mary had been married 8 years. Mary had borne 5 children, all living — 2 with Albert H. Reagan: McAfee and Bertha Lorena “Birdie”; 3 with William T. Edwards: Artie, Linnie, and Arthur. Since all five of her children were alive, indication is that the elusive McAfee Reagan was still alive in 1900. Daughter Bertha Lorena “Birdie” Reagan married James Edmon Green in 1895, Bartow County. The Edwards family lived next to Bunyon T. Green and his family. Bunyon was a brother of James Edmon (both were sons of John Calvin Green).

1910 U. S. census – Georgia, Bartow County, Sixth District [936 GMD]

William T. (56), Mary E. (52), Artie L. B. (F, 16), Linnie S. (F, 13), Arthur (11), and William G. Edwards (84) lived in dwelling 60 on Cedar Creek and Cassville Road. William and Mary had both been married twice and married to each other for 18 years. Of Mary’s 5 children, 4 were living. McAfee Reagan must have died between 1900 and 1910. William G. was the father of William T. The family of William T. lived next door to John H. [John Calvin] Green and his family. The next family was James E. and Birdie (Reagan) Green. James was a son of John Calvin and Phoebe (Barton) Green and Birdie was the daughter of Mary Powell and her first husband, Albert H. Reagan.

1920 U. S. census – Florida, Orange County, Zellwood

W. T. Edwards (67) and Mary (57) lived in dwelling 68 with the family of James A. Edwards (23). James and his wife, Lottie (18), had a daughter, Mary Hazel (2 months). James and Lottie were born in Georgia; Mary Hazel in Tennessee. William and James were farmers. Lottie, daughter of James Edmon Green and Bertha “Birdie” (Reagan) Green, was Mary Edwards’ granddaughter.

1928 – Florida, Lake County, Mount Dora

Mary Edwards (70) died of chronic endocarditis with contributory pulmonary tuberculosis on 09 May 1928. Although her age varies considerably over the available records, Mary’s birth date on her Florida death certificate (16 April 1858) is consistent with earlier records. Her father’s surname is given as Powell on her death certificate. Mary was born in Atlanta per the death certificate and this is consistent with her presence there in the family of O. C. Powell in 1860, age 3.

Mary Elizabeth (Powell) Reagan Edwards is buried in Pine Forest Cemetery, Mount Dora, Lake County, Florida, with related Green(e) and Edwards families. FindAGrave.com memorial no. 17793247.

Note to researchers: Mary Powell, daughter of Henry T. Powell in the 1870 U.S. census, Bartow County, Georgia, is not the Mary Powell who married Albert H. Reagan. She married R. S. Hill, 02 Feb 1879 and died May 1938, Etowah County, Ala.