Thursday, April 29, 2010

Susan Walton's children, Benjamin Chaplin 1830-1923, and Rosannah Virgin 1817-1885. Part 5.

(Continued from here.)

Susan’s son, Benjamin Chaplin Walton, married Mary Ellen MacGowan, a refined Quaker lady, of Salem, Iowa, in January of 1857. Mary Ellen died in Salem, Iowa in 1868.
Their children are:
Patalma Philadelphus (son), born 1858
Benjamin Chaplin, born 1862,
James, born 1864
Samuel, born 1866, died 1868.

Benjamin, and his motherless children, and his mother, Susan Walton, arrived in Woodruff, Utah in 1872. There, Benjamin homesteaded and raised his children, with the help of his half-sister, Rosannah (Virgin) Perrigrine Card, who came from “back East” to help him. She was known as Aunt Rose.

Rosannah Virgin [Susan Walton’s oldest daughter], one of the teenagers traveling from Mexico, Maine in 1845, was in the Nauvoo Temple, and did her own temple work, on January 20, 1846. Family records say she was married to Perrigrine Sessions, who is listed in family records as working as a carpenter on the temple in Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1847 he pioneered to Utah and was founder of the settlement of Sessions, Utah (now Bountiful). Divorced.

How many different ways are there to spell Rosannah Virgin, and Perrigrine Sessions? Check out New Family Search. It is amazing!

I haven’t found documentation of Rosannah and Perrigrine Sessions’ marriage, [other than the LofWH and NFS]. Rosannah is not listed with Perrigrine Sessions’ other wives, in various histories. However, their marriage seems plausible to me, because:

1) From Perrigrine Sessions’ history here, “… Father and I rented some land about twelve miles from the town [Nauvoo, then called the city of Joseph] on the Mississippi River…. On June 27, 1839, I left on my first mission to preach the gospel to the Gentiles in my native state of Maine. My company and I started without purse or script and traveled on foot most of the way. We arrived October 10, 1839. Here I labored with good results among my friends and relatives. I baptised many and planted the seed of the everlasting gospel in many hearts that I know will spring forth and bring fruit later on…. On April 23, 1840, I took leave of the saints of my native land and started for my home in the west.…”

2) Perrigrine Sessions is the Elder that Rosannah’s sister, Elizabeth Walton, received a blessing from, while confined to her bed for so many years. Posted here on this blog.

3) Family history in LofWH has Perrigrine Session working as a carpenter on the temple in Nauvoo.

4) When the Stephen Vestal and Elizabeth Walton Frazier family ultimately immigrated to Utah, between 1872-74, they first stayed at the Sessions Settlement, where in 1874, their 9th child, Lizzie Dell, was born.

About 1850 Rosannah married Alonzo Card [born 1818 – died 1854). They had a son, Charles Alonzo Card, who was born in Iowa about that time. In the 1856 Pleasant Ridge, Iowa census, Charles was six years old, living with his mother [widowed], and his grandmother Walton Houghton [widowed] and family.

Charles’ Uncle Harry [Arthur and Martha Walton’s son, William Harrison] freighted iron, needed to manufacture his threshing machines, between Chicago, Omaha, and Salt Lake City. Harry made five trips across the plains—one with oxen, and the others with mules. A son relates, “Father had eight to ten span of mules hitched to each outfit, which consisted of three, and sometimes four, heavy wagons chained together.”

Harry, his eldest son Charles Eugene, and his cousin Charles Card [Rosannah’s son], made the long and hazardous trips together. One of the worst experiences occurred when the two boys made the trip alone. On their way home Charles became ill somewhere east of Evanston, Wyoming and died on the plains. He was buried at Evanston. Charles had lived with his Grandmother Card.

These Waltons are incredible people. In the midst of her many losses, and a move across the nation, Rosannah helped her brother raise his three motherless boys, about 8, 10, and 14 years of age, when they got to Woodruff, Utah.

Someone needs to step forward and help fill in, and finish this tale. Why was Bramhall added to her name? Rosannah Virgin [daughter of Susan Walton] Sessions Card Bramhall. Best known as Aunt Rose.

Rose Bramhall
1817-1885

(To be continued.)
LofWH--Links of Walton History by Hattie Walton Heninger, 1981, pgs. 131-132, (Ref. letter of S. A. [presumably Samuel Augustine] Walton, Auburn, Wyoming, quoting his mother, who knew Charles.) The First 100 Years in Woodruff, Printed by Art City Publishing Co., Springville, Utah, 1972, pgs 461-462. NFS--New Family Search. Rosannah's gravestone in the Woodruff City Cemetery, from my cousin's website, where I borrowed it without permission, which I hope to eventually obtain.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Waltons, Arthur and Martha from Mexico, Maine, arrive in the Salt Lake Valley in 1851. Part 4.

Susan’s sister and brother-in-law, Martha Walton and Arthur Walton, arrived in the Salt Lake Valley, with their family, in 1851. Martha died at her home in Bountiful in the Spring of 1853. She was 55 years old.

In 1854, Arthur married Rebecca Huff Mitchell, an 1852 Sulado steamboat disaster survivor.
She'd lost her husband and three of her four children. Arthur met Rebecca while she was working in Woods Cross, Utah, and he had a threshing job there.

(To be continued.)

Picture from LofWH, pg 53.

Friday, April 23, 2010

#18 Samuel Walton & #19 Susan Walton. The Walton Caravan Divides. Part 3.


View Stephen Vestal & Elizabeth Walton Frazier & Susan Walton in a larger map

Continued from here.

The Walton caravan entered Illinois through Chicago, which, at that time, was “a nest of squat houses in the mud.” They passed through and stayed the night in Joliet, October 2, 1845. By the time they arrived at Rock Island, Illinois, their money was running low. The harvest was in full swing, winter was approaching And though wearied from their journey [102 days from Mexico, Maine], they stayed to work.

Sometime earlier [prior to August 24, 1845], Samuel Walton left his wife Susan, and their children, with his brother-in-law, Arthur, while he went ahead to see if he could find work. Unknown to his family then, he found carpenter work in Nauvoo on the Temple. About a year later Susan went to that place to find him, the exodus from Nauvoo was at its peak, and Samuel could not be found. As his children said, “We never saw Father again.”

While reading Utah Historical and Genealogical Magazine, vl. 29, p. 95, Hattie Walton Heninger, author of Links of Walton History (hereafter LofWH), discovered that Samuel had been baptized in Nauvoo “Week ending 31 August 1840, and his death from typhus fever was recorded 24 Aug 1845, age 43 years.” The sexton’s report signed by W. D. Huntington, was printed in the Nauvoo Neighbor. (LofWH, pgs. 46, 49).

It’s unclear to me how Samuel could have been baptized in Nauvoo in 1840. Samuel’s son, Samuel Augustine Walton, living in Pocatello, Idaho, on 12 Apr 1923, wrote: “Father and Mother and two of her sisters, Martha and Ruth, accepted Mormonism in Maine in 1840.

Susan and her children’s whereabouts are not mentioned further in the “story” of the Walton Caravan West.

Hannah Walton.
From Early Latter-day Saints, A Mormon Pioneer Trail Database, I discovered that daughter, Hannah, was also in Nauvoo. She was endowed on December 20, 1845, and sealed to Daniel M. Repsher on 24 January, 1846.

From New FamilySearch:
Hannah Ann Walton (1825-1848)
Children.
Arthur W. Repsher (1846-1851
Susannah Repsher (1847-1848)

The dates are very telling.

When Susan Walton and her other children appear in the1856 Pleasant Ridge, Iowa, Census, Susan Houghton is widowed, from her 1850 marriage to Lyman Houghton. In 1856, she, and her children, reported they had been living in Iowa for eleven years.

Arthur and Martha Walton, and their children, lived at Montrose, Iowa [about nine miles from Nauvoo] for five years, before resuming their trek west in 1851. They are among the thirty-two Waltons found on the above site; Arthur, Martha, Andrew, and Dana Walton. Also, Samuel, (Mrs.) Susan, and Hannah Walton.

(To be continued.)

From LofWH, pages 49, 51-52, and 131.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

#18 Samuel Walton (Frazier line) & #19 Susan Peabody Walton Virgin Walton. Part 2.

Continued from here.

The book, Links of Walton History, was compiled and written by Hattie Walton Heninger. Neither a publisher, nor a publishing date, is given. Born in 1879, Hattie began working on the Walton history book following her husband’s death in 1954. My parents, Glenn & Helen R. Frazier, wrote the date they received their book, January 1981, in it. I inherited this 429 page volume when my brother and sister and I went through our parents’ belongings. No one wanted it.

The author explained that she wove the story of the Walton’s trip west, written by Sylvester J. Smith, with those written by three Walton women: Susan, Rebecca Card Walton, Dana’s wife and Frances Taylor Walton, wife of the captain. Susan is my great great grandmother. The caption under her picture in part 1 explains, Susan Walton, whose keen mind helped in early records of our Walton line.

Sylvester J. Smith was Susan’s nephew, the son of her sister Rachel, and husband, John Smith. Sylvester J. Smith kept a journal of the Waltons’ travels and wrote Recollections of a Busy Life, from which Hattie quotes.

Samuel Walton
born.
about 1802, Paris, Maine
parents. Benjamin and Mary Wescott Walton
m. 5 Mar 1823, Susan Walton, his cousin.
d. 24 Aug 1845 of typhus fever, Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois

Samuel's son, Benjamin, said his father was a shoemaker, “Father lived in Mexico, Maine, where he had a shoe shop. As a boy I helped him make and peddle shoes.”

Samuel took part in the civic affairs of the town. The old vital records book of Mexico, Maine, recorded his marriage, and in the original minutes book, page 54, he was “voted hogreve [sic], or field rider and empounder [sic].”

[Editor's note: I need a Victorian glossary of a sort for this, and will welcome your input. My best guess is that a hogreve [sic] gathers in, impounds, and tends to stray livestock in the community. Perhaps a fee is collected before the owner can take his pig or cow home.]

Samuel Walton served in the Mexico Village militia under the command of Capt. John G. Brainard. The regiment was formed from a group of Rumford infantry, for the protection of the northeastern frontier, and was mustered into service on 6 Mar 1839 and discharged 29 Nov the same year. Enlisted in the same company was Samuel’s brother-in-law Arthur Walton.

Sylvester J. Smith later wrote about their July, 1845 travels westward from Mexico, Maine,

“We arranged the wagons in a great circle, picketed the horses and pitched our tents within the enclosure. This encampment was on a beautiful grassy plot lightly covered with native oak. The children were soon climbing trees and romping in gleeful abandon that only they can express. Some of the men and boys gathered dead timber for campfires while others set off for nearby farms to buy supplies for the evening meal. Supper over, they all gathered around the campfires and told stories and sang songs until the embers dimmed and all was dark except for the stars which kept their heavenly vigil while the wearly [sic] travelers slept.

Continuing across northern Ohio, “terrible rains came and swamps engulfed wagons to the hubs. Mosquitoes came in such unbelievable swarms that one could scarcely tell the color of the horses they tormented … it is impossible, with pen, to describe the unrest, the cold and bitter winds, the miserable shelters, the shortage of food and clothing these homesick migrants endured in this strange country.”

Teenaged boys and girls who traveled west with the Waltons were: "Dana, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin C., Samuel A., plus Samanthy, Hester Ann, Elizabeth, and, perhaps, Rosannah, Grace, and Hannah.”

The first two children I'm attempting to follow in the above paragraph, are shown with their mother, Martha Madora, in the top picture. Martha Madora is Susan’s sister. Record’s indicate three-year-old Margaret, was drowned in the Swift River in Mexico, Maine.

(To be continued.)
Picture of Martha M. Walton and her children is from Links of Walton History, Hattie Walton Heninger, pg. 41.

Friday, April 16, 2010

#19 (Frazier line) Susan Peabody Virgin Walton Houghton. 1800-1892. Part 1.

Susan Peabody Walton
b. 28 Mar 1800, Newbury, New Hampshire
Parents. Reuben Walton, Ruth Peabody
d. 10 Feb 1892, Woodruff, Utah
b. Woodruff Cemetery
Married. Mr. Virgin [born 1791], daughter, Rosannah, born 1 Apr 1817, in Mexico, Maine.
Married. Samuel Walton [born abt 1802, Paris, Maine, died 31 Aug 1845, Nauvoo, Illinois], her cousin, 5 Mar 1823.
Married. Houghton. Susan Houghton is listed as a widow living (for 11 years) in Pleasant Ridge, Lee County, Iowa, 1856 census.

Recently I discovered a Walton Family history in The First 100 Years in Woodruff, that I'd never seen before. It is on page 461, filed between the Vernons and the Walkers, missing from the eleven Walton histories found in alphabetical order, beginning on page 467. Written in 1972, years after Susan's death in 1892, it holds some clues, and confusion.

Walton Family
Susan Walton, widow of Samuel Walton, came west with her family and arrived in Woodruff sometime between 1872 and 1875 bringing with her eight children: Roseanah, Virginia, Grace, Hannah, Benjamin Chaplain, Samatha Ann, Hester, Elizabeth and Samuel Agustine.

Note: I haven't found a daughter named Virginia. The first child above should probably be Roseanah Virgin. It is interesting to note that Susan Walton began her journey west, from Mexico, Maine, in 1845, and arrived in Woodruff, Utah by 1875, thirty years later.
Susan and two sisters, one being Martha, with her husband Arthur, heard and accepted the teachings of elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They were baptized in the Swift River, in Maine, on the same day in August, 1842.
Susan and Samuel and their family were part of a caravan of 60 persons, migrating west, from Mexico, Maine, July 1845.

"… The project was more fully organized at Mexico where the three Walton families—those of Arthur, Samuel, and Harrison (Harry)—joined the caravan. Teenaged boys and girls included Dana, Andrew Jackson, Benjamin C., Samuel A., plus Samanthy, Hester Ann, Elizabeth, and perhaps Rosannah, Grace, and Hannah. When the wagons began to roll there were 14 families, totaling 60 persons in all."
I wondered after reading that paragraph repeatedly, if I could ever find out what happened to those "teenagers." Well, at least my great grandmother, Elizabeth.

1856 Census of Pleasant Ridge, Lee County, Iowa.


Susan, Houghton, 54, W [widow] 11 yrs, [born 1800] ME
Gratia [Grace] Walton, 33 [born 1824] ME
B C [Benjamin Chaplin] Walton, 26, [born 1830], ME, laborer
Samantha A [Samanthy Ann] Walton, 22, [born 1834], ME, Embroideress
Elisabeth Walton, 16, [born 1840], ME
S A [Samuel Augustus] Walton, (6), [born 1842], ME
F M Cram (5) [born] IA
Rosanna [Virgin] [Perrigrine Sessions, divorced] Cord [Card], 36, W [widow] [born 1817], ME
Charles A Card , 6, [born] IA

Hester Ann Walton, [born 1837] living with David and Mary H. Bames and child Martha J. Bames, the same census.

(To be continued.)
Links of Walton History, by Katie Walton Heninger, 1981, pgs. 44-45, 130-131. The First 100 Years in Woodruff, Art City Publishing Co., Springville, Utah 84663, pgs. 461, 467.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

John Hamilton and Annie Mildred Smith Morgan. Nov.-Dec., 1886. Mannasa, Colorado.

Continued from here.

John Morgan spent the next month in his Manassa, Colorado home, and neighboring settlements. He taught, served, and instructed the people, worked on his own place, received and answered considerable correspondence, and accomplished countless other tasks.

From John Hamilton Morgan Journal, Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah.
1886
November 25 [Manassa, Colorado]
At work piling up lumber during the day. Visited the New Mill site and in the evening administered to sister Kirtland and brother Robert Sellers’ little child.

November 26
At work about the place during the day. In the evening visited and administered to the sick.
November 27Chopped wood and worked about the corral. Read Pres. W. Woodruff’s Epistle to the saints scattered abroad. Met with the brethren and administered to the sick.
November 28 [Sunday]
…Brother and sister Holt spent the evening with Annie.
November 29
During the p.m. put down carpets in the two new bed rooms.
November 30
Attended the funeral of brother Sellerslittle child this a.m. and spoke to the people. At work about the house during the day. … John Morgan traveled to Denver, Pueblo, Richfield, Alamosa, and returned to Manassa during the next week. … On December 6 he commenced to tack canvass on the walls and ceiling of the front room preparatory to papering the room. William Pinckard helped. Through the 10th he worked at papering the rooms in his home, commenting on how “hard” the “ceiling” was, finally he finished, and the carpet went down. That day, Pres. Smith brought us over a fine beef roast.
December 11-17, John Morgan noted his continued work around his place. He purchased a load of wood, which he split, sawed and cut into wood piles. He killed a couple of pigs and “salted them away.” On the 15th and 16th he administered to brother Sellers, who had an attack of fever and seemed but little better the next day.

December 18Heard this a.m. of the killing of Elder E. M. Dalton at Parowan, Utah by a Deputy Marshall. A telegram came to his father who lives in Manassa to this effect and who was very much broken down and unnerved by the information. This makes one more martyr to the cause of truth and one more drop in the cup of Babylon[‘]s iniquity. Called on brother Dalton Senior, during the p.m. [Note: For further information, search for Dalton at this link.] A cold wind blew during the day.

... Through the 23rd John Morgan continued similar work. He now had the help of the Ganus boys [probably Vance boys, see this post] with the wood chopping. They also helped him work on his corral.

December 24Invited Pres. Smith and Bishop Dalton to spend tomorrow with us. Visited brother Daniel Seller’s family, a number of them being sick. At work about the lot part of the day.
December 25Had quite a lot of company during the day and spent it very pleasantly. Attended a Christmas tree distribution in the evening where many of the poor were remembered.
December 26
Attended 2 p.m. service at the meeting house and spoke to the people on the life of Christ and celebration of Christmas.
December 27Busy during the a.m. in getting brother Daniel Sellers and family moved into another house where they could have some chance to get well. In the evening attended a dance at the New Grist Mill building.
December 28Got ready to start for Utah. … After the typical stops, John Morgan arrived at home in Salt Lake City on December 30th, and found all well and all glad to see each other.
The end.

Pictures from The Life and Ministry of John Morgan, by Richardson, pg. 281.

Friday, April 9, 2010

John Hamilton and Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan. 1886. Part 22.


Continued from here.

November 18
Busy during the day looking after the saints who were coming in from the different conferences about all that were expected got in good time and at 6:25 p.m. we left for the west over the [illegible] and C. railroad for Memphis. Sister Knight and family had to remain to wait for Mr. Knight.

November 19
Arrived at Memphis at 7 a.m. having picked up two parties during the night, one of them accompanied by Elder F. R. Lyman. Met a few emigrants here. Re-checked our baggage and had breakfast at the Gaston Hotel and at 10:55 a.m. left for Kansas City over Fort Scott Railroad.

November 20
Arrived in Kansas City at 8:20 a.m. and transferred the people to the Santa Fe Railroad. Bought tickets and started them West in care of Elder Lyman. Mellie and I remained. During the day we visited different parts of the city, the Museum Panorama of the Battle of Gettysburg, and Mission Ridge, some large stores, and other points of interest.

November 21
Met the 8:20 a.m. Memphis train and met Mr. Knight and family. Bought their tickets and secured berth for Mellie and I to Pueblo and at 9:45 a.m. left for the West.

November 22
Quite cool this a.m. Some snow. Arrived at Pueblo at 9 a.m. where we met Elder Lyman and brother Mooney’s family. Some trouble having arisen over their tickets and they had awaited our arrival. Arranged matters for them in a few moments and went to the Artesian well and had a bath. At 12:35 Mellie left for home. During the p.m. I bought stove and attended to some business about town.

November 23
Left Pueblo at 2 a.m. and arrived at LaJara at 10 a.m. Came on to Manassa where I met Annie and baby [Annie Ray 1884-1972]. Both quite well. In the evening, went to see Victoria Kirtland and Robert Sellers, both of whom are lying very low with Typhoid fever, and latter died at 7 p.m.

November 24
Attended the funeral of brother Sellers [Wm. Roberts Sellers, Nov. 16, 1857 – Nov. 26, 1886]and spoke to the saints at the [Manassa] cemetery, dedicated the grave.

(To be continued.)
Pictures, Battle of Gettysburg by Currier and Ives, and An AT&SF [Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe] Passenger Train, circa 1895, from Wikipedia.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

John Hamilton and Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan. 1886. Part 21.

Chattanooga Cemetery with Lookout Mountain, from Wikipedia

Continued from here.

From John Morgan Journal, Marriott Library, Special Collections, University of Utah.

1886
November 12 Woke at 5:30 a.m. Raining hard. Took train at 6:25 a.m. and came to Chattanooga. Arrived at 10:35 and found quite an amount of mail awaiting me.

November 13 Started at 9:30 a.m. in company with Mellie and brother Spry and drove to top of Lookout Mountain. Visited Rock City, Natural Bridge, Sunset Rock, and Grand View. Had dinner at the Hermitage and returned to the city at dark. Attended the Salvation Army Meeting for an hour.

View of Rome from the historic Myrtle Hill Cemetery, from Wikipedia.

November 14 At 9: 10 a.m. left for Rome with Mellie. Arrived at Woods for dinner and drove in a buggy to brother Jas. Mooneys, Ten miles below Rome met Elder Neils Gardiner and brother Mooney’s family and arranged for their emigration. Returned at night to Rome and took train for Atlanta. Arrived at 12 Midnight and went to the Markham Hotel and went to bed tired.

November 15 After breakfast, walked about town. Visited the Kimball House, some stores, a cotton factory, and at 12:15 p.m. left for Chattanooga where we arrived at 3:13 p.m. Up till late looking after correspondence.

November 16 Took 9:10 a.m. train for Plainville and got off at Tank, two miles below town. Walked across the country to brother Reids where I met Elder Stratford and Madsen and brother Reid and family. Had a talk with them about emigration and returning to Plainsville, took 4 p.m. train for Chattanooga and arrived at 8:10 p.m.

November 17 This has been a very busy day and a very inclement one. Rained in torrents a great part of the time. Telegrams and letters came in from every direction giving information of the arrival of the saints at the various stations who are enroute to Chattanooga to join the company leaving for Zion tomorrow. Sister Kilgore and a number of saints came in from the country. Three Elders arrived from Utah on the 8 a.m. train to fill missions in the south. They came by to the office to spend the evening with us.

(To be continued.)

None of the saints mentioned in these entries are found in The Life and Ministry of John Morgan, by Richardson, with the exception of Sister Kilgore. I will post more about her in the future.

Southern States' Missionaries named in these 1886 posts, are found, with the dates of their service, in the alphabetical listing of missionaries in the John Hamilton Morgan Collection, Marriott Library, University of Utah:
Elder Frederick R. Lyman (November 17, 1884 – November 23, 1886]
Elder Lars Peter Madsen (January 25, 1886 – April 23, 1888)
Elder Francis Wm. Stratford (January 24, 1886 - August 14, 1888)
Elder Neil Gardner (June 1, 1885 – March 6, 1887)


Pictures of Chattanooga sites mentioned in these entries may be found here and here. The nicest collection is in Amy's Southern States Mission Post's Index, found at The Ancestor Files, here.

Monday, April 5, 2010

John Hamilton and Helen Melvina Groesbeck Morgan. Part 20. November 1886, Mellie joins her husband in Kansas City.

From John Morgan journal, Marriott Library, University of Utah, Special Collections.

1886
October 29
Writing all day and making arrangements for the expected arrival of the Elders from Zion. Brother William Spry arrived in the city at 7 p.m. on a delayed train to take brother Kimball’s place in the office.

About a month earlier, on October 1st, President Morgan wrote, Writing letters and attending to mission business. Brother Kimball [presumably Elias] got ready to start home. He has been in the office since November 1885 and has proved himself a good Elder and a most excellent man in every way. He has been of incalculable benefit in corresponding with the Elders and returns home with the satisfaction of knowing that he has filled an honorable mission and has done much good.

You might enjoy these brief histories of each 19th Century Southern States Mission President, posted here at The Ancestor Files.

1886
November 4
Busy writing and mailing reading matter during the day. In the evening at 6:25 p.m. took M. and C. train for Memphis going to Kansas City to meet my wife, Mellie …
John Morgan arrived in Kansas City on the 6th at 5:20 p.m. Met Mellie at 5:40 and started on our return to Memphis at 6:45 p.m. She came through from Salt Lake City alone and left all well at home.

November 7
Had breakfast at Thayer and arrived at Memphis at 3:30 p.m. Visited the Wharf, Elmwood Cemetery, and the First Presbyterian Church. Stayed all night at Gastons.

November 8
After visiting some of the stores about town, took 10 a.m. train and started for Chattanooga. During the day a boy threw a rock through a window and dashed quite an amount of glass into Mellie’s eyes and face, but fortunately no serious damage was done. Arrived in Chattanooga at 9:30 pm. Tired and ready to rest.

November 9
Rained this a.m. and a very unpleasant day. Read and looked over the mission correspondence received while I have been away and answered a number of letters.

November 10
Walked down in town with Mellie and bought little Mellie a dress. Visited the ice house and other points of interest about town. Answered a number of letters.

November 11
In company with Mellie, took train at 10:30 a.m. and went to Knoxville. Arrived at 3:10 p.m. and after talking business with [illegible] an hour, went to the Hattie House and registered and visited the Iron works and other points. Attended the Theatre and saw Mr. and Mrs. Knight in “Over the Garden Wall.”

(To be continued.)

An interesting history of the Gaston Hotel proprietor is found here (search for Gaston).

Pictures from Wikipedia. Bird's eye view of Kansas City, Missouri. January 1869. Drawn by A. Ruger, Merchants Lith. Co. Elmwood Cemetery, Memphis Tennessee.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

#58 James Hamilton and #59 Margaret Turner.

I’ve discovered evidence to support the fact that family member, #59, Margaret Tanner, under my Frazier line, is in error. It should read Margaret Turner.

Margaret Turner’s marriage to James Hamilton is in the same record book that Garrard and Eliza Ann Hamilton Morgan’s marriage, posted here, is recorded in. They were married in Nicholas County, Kentucky.

Page 5, James Hamilton to Peggy Turner, 4th Oct 1810, by M. B. [Bart] Stone

In 1988, descendant Marjorie Morgan W., had an independent genealogy research firm gather information for her about this family. Her daughter, cousin Karen M., generously shared this family group sheet, and the researcher’s notes with me.

Picture of Nicholas County Site, main street Carlisle, Kentucky from Wikipedia. Marriage record from FHL film 252,392, Nicholas County, Kentucky County Court, Clerk's Office, Marriage Register, 1800-1855. Note, Peggy is a diminutive form of Margaret.