Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rev. John James Triggs – A Voice From the Past

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Have you ever wondered what your ancestors would say to you if you could sit down and chat with them?

I have.

Many times.

I’ve thought about all the questions I would ask them if I could just have even a few minutes.

Luckily for me, I have had a chance to hear from Rev. John J. Triggs in his own words.

While I have been researching the Rev. Triggs, my 3rd great-grandfather I have come across his name listed in many books.  There is quite a bit of information out there about him.  He was one of the first Methodist Circuit Riders to ride over 400 miles by horseback, into Indian Territory to spread the gospel.

I’m pretty sure that any whining I could do about “my phone has no signal or being stuck in traffic (while sitting in cushy car with a/c)” would be seriously frowned upon by Rev. Triggs considering the things that he went through to deliver his sermons.

There could hardly be any comparison.

I found a letter that he wrote to the Chattahoochee Mission dated June 11, 1823 in the book “A History of Methodism in Alabama” by Anson West, published in 1893 and Rev. Triggs states “yet through the warmth of the weather, excessive rides, and other difficulties peculiar to the country, our horses are both blind; but, supported by grace, and animated with the prospect of promoting the happiness of our fellow-men, we persevere, sometimes riding and sometimes walking over the bogs and through the mud singing: 

‘In hope of that immortal crown,

We now the cross sustain;

And gladly wander up and down,

And smile at toil and pain.’

He goes on to say, “I hope, my dear brother, you do no forget to pray for us, who labor in the wilderness, for I am sure none need the prayers of God’s people more than your humble servant, John J. Triggs”

Here is the whole letter should you like to read it.

Rev John J. Triggs letter to Chattahoochee Mission

When I first found out that John J. Triggs was a Methodist Circuit Rider, I read all up on what they did and what they went through, but to hear it from his own words, 189 years later, is truly amazing.

Not only that, but he wrote two books and I located copies of them at the University of Georgia in the rare books section.

Yes, oh Yes, I got copies of most of the pages of both books.  Thanks to Julie Hardaway, who kindly went to the library and made copies of the pages she thought would interest me.

A Treatise on Christian Baptism by Rev John J TriggsAnd this one:

A Review of the Controversy on Baptism by Rev John J TriggsWho knew right?  I didn’t.  I would have never believed that I could read a book that an ancestor wrote back in 1842 and 1843.  I feel as though I actually got to sit through a couple of his sermons, and that was a great feeling!

Over the next few days, I will be adding copies of the pages that I do have to my website in case anyone else would like to read them.  I’ll let you know when I get them up.

They are really interesting reading!  Thanks again Julie, for bringing my Ancestor’s voice back from the past.  It’s truly a treasure!

Military Monday – Using

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Yes, I’m still here.  Barely though.  I’ve been fighting a case of the shingles and let’s just say that I haven’t felt like doing much of anything but scratching lately.

I’ll be doing several posts over the next few days to catch you all up on what’s been going on around here.  Also, my one year blog anniversary is coming up and you should really keep checking back because I will be doing a give-a-way to celebrate!

One thing I have been working on while being sick is getting my paperwork together to become a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the United Daughters of the Confederacy.

Yes, I’m totally crazy to have taken on such a task while being sick, but honestly I have been working for two years to get the paperwork I needed and so the last month has just been about tying up loose ends.

Loose ends which enabled me to tie up from the comfort of my home so I didn’t have to spread the shingles out to the nice people at the History Commission.  I know they are grateful.  🙂

For my Daughters of the American Revolution application, I have been working on documenting my lineage up to Thomas Bullard, my 5th great-grandfather, a private in Capt. Sharps Co. 10th Regiment, as I mentioned in this post here.  I was able to find all the documentation I needed about his role in the American Revolution on

This is just one of the many pages of his service record, and pension files that they have on their website.

For my United Daughters of the Confederacy Application, I have been working on documenting my lineage up to Kennedy Wade Ball,  my 2nd great-grandfather, a Commissary Sgt. with the 11th Texas Cavalry who was wounded by a member of his own company on May 9th, 1862 in action near Farmington, Mississippi during the war between the states.

Oh, how do I know this??

Why, thanks for asking! of course!

I found all his muster rolls, the casualty list of the wounded and dead from the action near Farmington, Mississippi and his wifes widow’s pension, all on

Here is the casualty report that lists him.  Totally never expected to find anything like this.

Page 2 Conf Casulty Reports Kennedy Wade Ball

By the way, I’m totally not affiliated with nor am I getting paid to make this post. I’m just totally happy about the fact that being at home sick, I was still able to obtain much-needed paperwork without leaving the house.

It’s a win/win situation for me and the people at the History Commission, right??


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Military Monday – Danny Gray

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I would like to share this video with you that my cousin Harry Short made about his cousin Danny Gray.

Harry and Danny grew up together in Fordyce, Arkansas.  Danny’s grandmother was Harry’s grandfather’s youngest sister.

Danny had many plans for his life, but he was drafted and went off to Vietnam.

He never came home.

This is his story….

A Heart Touched With Fire from Harry Short on Vimeo.

Thank you, Harry.  This is a very touching story and I’m very pleased to know the story behind Danny Gray, who is NOT just another name on the wall.

He’s a Hero.

Thomas Bullard – Private in the American Revolution

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This Independence day will have a whole new meaning for me.   Up until now, the 4th of July has always been about picnics, barbeques and fireworks.

Don’t get me wrong, I know that today is the anniversary of when the Second Continental Congress approved The Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring the United States independent from Great Britain.

But what I didn’t know was that just a few short years after that, Thomas Bullard, my 5th great-grandfather, armed as a private enlisted on November 10, 1778 in Capt. Sharps Co. 10th Regiment and aided in the fight against the Tories to keep us independent from Great Britain.

Here you can see on his actual pension statement, that he served 12 months and 12 days, and who he served under.

It was quite the surprise to read his pension statement and see in his own words where he went and what he did through out his service.

On one particular incident he reported about, he stated that the company and regiment to which he belonged fought at the battle of Stono Ferry; that at the time he was sent in a detachment of about three hundred men to capture some British on board a boat up Stono River; that the detachment fired upon the boat and killed some of the men on board and took the rest prisoners.

Researching this, I found that the battle of Stono Ferry was fought on January 20, 1779 near Charleston, South Carolina.   It’s amazing to me after all this time, I can locate a document that can tell me precisely where my ancestor was during the American Revolution.

Not only that, but on the North Carolina Digital Collection site I found images of his family bible.

This page shows not only his birth, but the birth of his granddaughter, and my 3rd great-grandmother.

This chart here will show you how I descend from Thomas Bullard.

I’m very thankful to my ancestor Thomas Bullard, and what he did for our country.

This 4th of July not only will I be hanging out by the pool, enjoying a barbecue and wishing we could shoot fireworks (too many wildfires to even consider this), I’ll be talking to my children and family about Thomas Bullard and his role in the American Revolution.

Today I will be honoring his memory.  He deserves it!

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