Around the Compound – Fly By’s

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I thought I would share this video with you my brother John Higginbotham made.  I’m always referring to our place as the compound and in this video you will see why.  My brother has a helicopter and using GoPro’s he filmed our area.  My nephew William Higginbotham is playing the piano, and later in the video my brother John is playing the guitar.  I’m totally impressed and hope you will be too.

You can see my house around 1:10 in the video.  He comes up from behind my barn and chicken coops and then flies over the house and the next house is his.  When he flies over my parents house, they are surrounded by so many trees you can’t see much but he flies over comes over his pond and around the highway back around the other side of Dad’s property and you can then see his row of Bradford Pear trees.

To give you an idea of the layout of the land, I labeled this shot taken from his video.

The Compound

Awesome video John, thanks for letting me share it.

Category: Genealogy

52 Ancestors – #21 Joseph F. Herring

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I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.  I think this is an excellent challenge as I tend to focus on my brick walls, and this will force me to fan out in my tree and focus on other ancestors.

This is week 22, and my 21st post.  Yes, I missed last week and so I will be doing two posts this week to get caught back up.  For this post, I’ll be talking about Joseph F. Herring, my 3rd great-grandfather.

Thanks to bible records shared with me by cousins Martha Harris Horn, and her brother Butch Harris, we know that Joseph F. Herring was born on 11 Mar 1839.  From other family stories and notes, we know his father was John S. Herring and his mother was Mary Elizabeth Sutner.

JF Herring Birth Record

JF Herring Birth Record

We also know that he married Mary George Hooker on the 19 Jun 1865. You can read about her here:  52 Ancestors – #12 Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley.

JF Herring marriage to Mary G Hooker

JF Herring marriage to Mary G Hooker

We know he died on 20 Jul 1875.

JF Herring Death Record

JF Herring Death Record

We don’t know where he died, or where he is buried.

There has also been some confusion about his name. Every record I have seen either says J.F. or what I thought was Jas. F. Herring. For instance, after finding the date of their marriage in the bible, I found the original record recorded in Lafayette Co., Arkansas.

JF Herring and MG Hooker Marriage Record

JF Herring and MG Hooker Marriage Record

Doesn’t that look like Jas. F Herring to you?

However, after finding this deed record, I know his name is Joseph F. Herring.  I’m not attaching all the pages, but it does go on to say the land was previously owned by John S. Herring, and Mary G. Herring also signs the deed with him.

Deed Joseph F Herring  to Peter R  Johnston

Deed Joseph F Herring to Peter R Johnston

So, all this time I thought his name was James F. Herring and now I find out it’s Joseph.  After finding this out, I found him in the 1860 census with his mother, Elizabeth, and possibly a sister Ellena.

Elizabeth Herring 1860 Census

Elizabeth Herring 1860 Census

And that’s basically about all I know of Joseph F. Herring. I hope to find where he is buried and maybe a picture of him someday. I feel sure that one of the unidentified pictures that Martha and Butch have is surely of him since there were so many of his wife, but since they weren’t named, we will never know for sure if he is in any of the photos. That is such a shame!

This is how I descend from Joseph:

Joseph Herring to Me

All Good Things Must Come To An End!

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But why???  Because it must!  I must return to my children, husband and family before they send out a search party.

I had so much fun here in the DC area with cousins and my niece Leslie.

Last Wednesday I flew up to DC and had literally had my head in the clouds, the day was absolutely beautiful looking at the clouds.

Head in the Clouds

Head in the Clouds

Last Thursday, I went to the DAR headquarters and did research, and found out I have a total of eight American Patriots.

DAR Headquarters

DAR Headquarters

On Dad’s side of the family, I have Thomas Bullard.

On Mom’s side of the family I have Isaac Ball, Jacob Dennard, John Smith Jr., Abraham Neighbours, William Hooks, John Roberts and Godfrey Shelton.

So amazing!  And the good thing was I was able to copy things out of their files like on Lt. Jacob Dennard for instance, I now have a copy of the original pay stubs from the American Revolution.  Top that!  :)  Of course I also collected wills, bible records, and general information about the family.  I think the DAR headquarters is one of the best sources around for genealogical information.

Then on Friday I went to the National Archives and pulled and actually held in my hand a copy of the muster rolls for Sanford Higginbotham from the Indian Creek Wars in 1836.

Sanford Higginbotham Muster Roll

Sanford Higginbotham Muster Roll

I also held in my hand a copy of the muster rolls from the war of 1812 for my great-grandfather Ben Martin.

Benjamin Martin Muster Roll

Benjamin Martin Muster Roll

Then on Saturday, Leslie and I hung around her apartment and watched Six Feet Under all day while working on genealogy and cleaning and organizing some things in her apartment.  Well, mostly she did that but I did assist a bit.  It was a good day at any rate.

Then, on Sunday, we went and got pedicures and drove to Fredericksburg, VA to meet our Hooker cousin.  Ok, close your mouth, not a real Hooker, a cousin with the surname Hooker.  As a family with “Hooker” as a surname of my Ancestors, I’d truly like to thank Gen. Joseph Hooker for ruining the good name and making it feel dirty to say.  Doucher.  I mean, the whole time we were there talking, it was just awkward to talk about Hookers in front of Jamie’s children.  I wish I would have gotten a picture of all of us together, but I forgot!  How stupid!  Anyway, we figured out we are 3rd cousins 2x removed and we all had a great time visiting and getting to know each other.  I really look forward to getting to know Jamie and her husband a lot better.

Then, on Monday, I met up with my 3rd cousin Jim Marsh and we headed over to 3rd cousin John Dawson’s house in McLean, VA where we spent the day scanning photos and other family documents from the Ball side of my family.  It was totally awesome and John surprised me with a video he had taken interviewing his grandmother, Gladys Ball Gregg back in 1985.  To hear her talk about family and my ancestors, was truly a treat.  With John’s permission I will be sharing some of that soon!  This is John and his lovely wife Ann.

John and Ann Dawson

John and Ann Dawson

This was a favorite find of mine, a picture of my great Aunt Dorothy with Jim’s mother Bonnie Harkness Marsh.  I love both of these women.

Bonnie Marsh and Dorothy Johnson

Aunt Dorothy Johnson and Bonnie Marsh

Then on Tuesday, Jim and I met back up and we back to the DAR for a bit, and then Jim left and went to visit some other cousins, and I went to the Smithsonian American History Museum and back to the National Archives for a while and just killed time until Leslie got off work.  Then we had a nice dinner, and went to a movie.  A rocking movie theater with recliners.  How fun and relaxing!

At the movies reclining!

At the movies reclining!

Now, today I’m packing up and will spend the day traveling by planes, trains and automobiles.  Let’s just hope I have an easier time than John Candy did.

52 Ancestors – #20 Godfrey Shelton

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I have decided to accept the challenge of Amy Johnson Crow over at No Story Too Small blog. Amy challenges us: 52 Ancestors in 52 weeks.  I think this is an excellent challenge as I tend to focus on my brick walls, and this will force me to fan out in my tree and focus on other ancestors.

This is week twenty, and my twentieth post.  This week I will be talking about Godfrey Shelton, my 5th great-grandfather.  I had originally planned to talk about Wevie’s husband since I posted about Wevie last week, but that all changed after my visit to the Daughter’s of the American Revolution headquarters in Washington, DC on Thursday.

Since my last trip to DC,  I had filled a huge genealogy chart for myself that holds up to 10 generations, which is enough for me to search patriots of the American Revolution. So I took my chart into the DAR headquarters, sat at one of the computers and started looking up all the men on my chart that would have lived in that time period.  I found three more patriots, including Godfrey Shelton!

Godfrey Shelton, Ancestor # A102775 was found listed on the Virginia War Rolls, Volume 4, page 341 as being in the Virginia Line Infantry.  He is also listed on page 872 of Historical register of Virginians in the revolution, soldiers, sailors, marines, 1775-1783.

As best I can tell Godfrey was born about 1760, and was the son of Josiah Shelton. The will of Josiah Shelton was in his DAR file, listing Godfrey as administrator of Josiah’s estate.

Also in his file, was this abstract from Charlotte County, Virginia regarding the marriage of Godfrey Shelton to Molly Williams on 2 Feb 1768.

Godfrey Shelton and Molly Williams Marriage Record

Godfrey Shelton and Molly Williams Marriage Record

Don’t you just love to find a record like this that lists a parent?!?!  Thank you for the hint , DAR!!!  Cause you all know how easy it is to track the surname Williams, right?!  Not!

According to the 1820 Census, Godfrey was living in Davidson Co., Tennessee and was responsible for 26 people; himself, his wife, five boys, one girl, and nineteen slaves.

Godfrey Shelton 1820 Census

Godfrey Shelton 1820 Census

On the 1830 Census, Godfrey is again listed in Davidson County, Tennessee, this time he has 36 people he’s responsible for, himself, his wife, a boy, a girl and 32 slaves!! Unreal!

Godfrey Shelton 1830 Census

I also found a copy of his will in the DAR file from Davidson County, Tennessee dated Oct, 1830 so he must have died after the census taker came by.

Godfrey Shelton Will

Godfrey Shelton Will

And that is it! And, that’s only a smidgen of what I found out yesterday at the DAR, because I found out about three other patriots as well.

As far as Godfrey goes though, it sure gave me a good start on him, wouldn’t you say??

Leaving on a Jet Plane!

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Today is the day I head to DC! I can hear John Denver singing this song now as I’m waiting in the airport terminal to board. The flight is delayed so I thought I would get a blog post in.

I’m really excited to get to see my niece Leslie and get some research done for another cousin of mine.

I’m also meeting up with another cousin Jim, whom I met last time I went to DC, and another cousin John I haven’t met yet. This is so exciting for us family historians, you know. It’s what we all want when we start this journey, to find family we didn’t know we had, and build a relationship with them for future generations.

There hasn’t been much going on Around the Compound lately. Just watching the garden grow and feeding all the animals. We did manage to get lots of spring cleaning done on the yard and get all the leaves up but I still have one flower bed to clean up.

I did find this really cool tree in my Dad’s woods.

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Have you ever heard about how Native Americans would bend the trees to mark their way, or to a water source, and I guess where they would be living during certain times. I saw a class about this not long ago so I was excited to find this tree in my Dad’s woods. I have emailed the guy that did the class so he can come out and look at it and tell me if it’s the real deal or not.

You can find out more information about these kinds of trees at www.mountainstewards.org.

In the mean time, I hope you all have a good week and I will try to report in about my travels and certainly about any good family stuff I find!

As me and my kids say to each other all the time, Peace and Hair Grease!!

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