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52 Ancestors – #12 Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley

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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 12, and my 12th post in the challenge.  Please meet my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley.

Mary George Hooker Herring Bickley

Mary George Hooker Herring Bickley

Mary, is the daughter of Alfred Hooker and Martha (Clark) Hooker.  According to the family bible, which you can find a copy of all the pages posted here:  Bible of Mary George Hooker Herring, Mary was born 11 Jan 1835, and according to census records, she was born in Alabama.  Her father was listed in the 1840 census, as living in Franklin Co., Alabama.

Bible Record of the Birth of Mary George Herring

Bible Record of the Birth of Mary George Herring

Unfortunately, her death was not listed in this bible, and I have been unable to find when she died or where she is buried.  I have talked about this before on Tombstone Tuesday – Where is Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley’s Tombstone?

So, instead of retyping all the information I listed in the above blog post, such as her husband’s and children, and where she was when, I’ll just share some more photos of Mary that our family is very fortunate to have.  Thank you to Martha (Harris) Horn and her brother Butch Harris for kindly sharing the bible and photos with me.

Now, none of these photos were labeled, but from the ones that were labeled, I can tell these photos are of her.  If you disagree, let me know.

Mary George (Hooker) Herring

Mary George (Hooker) Herring

Here is a favorite of mine.  I don’t know who the lady on the left is, but Mary is on the right. Don’t they look beautiful? I wonder if the lady on the left is her sister?  The sister (Sarah C R (Hooker) Bickley) that was first married to Mary’s second husband?  Sounds juicy right? I think it was pretty typical for the day.  Her sister died, and years later after Mary’s husband J.F. Herring passed, she remarried to J.J. Bickley.

Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley on right

Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley on right

I’m also very fond of this close up of Mary.

Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley

Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley

Now, this one I’m not even sure what to think about this. Even Martha was a little creeped out by it when she was showing it to me while I was scanning other pictures that she was letting me copy. Do you think this is a postmortem picture of her? I simply can’t tell, but it has a little creepy edge to it for sure.  I think it’s Mary’s eyes that do it for me!  Her daughter Martha (Herring) Harris is sitting on the step of the porch.

Martha A (Herring) Harris and Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley

Left: Martha A (Herring) Harris and Right: Mary George (Hooker) Herring Bickley

I wish we knew more about Mary, but we just don’t.  We haven’t found her final resting place or her death certificate and I haven’t been in touch with any Herring’s or Hooker’s from this area that might know something on her or the family.  It would be wonderful if I could make that connection.

This is how I descend from Mary:

Mary to Me

Throw Back Thursday – Susie Higginbotham Reynolds, ca 1978

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Yep, that’s me, about 1978 shortly before my grandfather Daddy-O, Bill Parks, passed away.  I’ll never forget laying on that green plaid stool and crying for hours when I found out. I talked about it here on 52 Ancestors – #6 William John Parks.

Susanne ca 1978

Susanne ca 1978

Wordless Wednesday – Venetia (Smith) Ball and Wade Marshall Ball

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This is a photo of my 2nd great-grandmother, Venetia (Smith) Ball and her son, my great-grand uncle, Wade Marshall Ball.  Thank you to Bonnie Marsh and Jim Marsh for sharing this photo.

Venetia Smith Ball and Wade Marshall Ball

Venetia Smith Ball and Wade Marshall Ball

Tombstone Tuesday – Audie and Mittie Lou (Harris) Brock

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This is the headstone of my great-uncle and aunt, Audie Brock and Mittie Lou (Harris) Brock.  They are buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, in Texarkana, Arkansas.

Mittie Lou and Audie Brock Headstone

Mittie Lou and Audie Brock Headstone

52 Ancestors – #11 Thomas Bullard

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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 eleven and my eleventh post in this challenge.  Thomas Bullard is my 5th great-grandfather, and an American Revolution Patriot.  I became a member of the Daughter’s of the American Revolution under Thomas Bullard.  This is Thomas’ signature taken from his pension application.

Thos Bullard signature

I made the video you will see below with information from his pension application and lots of research by myself, cousin Tony Davis, and documentation supplied from Billy Boykin.  If not for them, I wouldn’t have been able to do this.  Tony supplied the voice of Thomas and I narrated. Yes, I’m from Arkansas, and I apologize for sounding like such a hick!  :)

There is no better way for you to get to know my ancestor than this video so without further ado, please met my 5th great-grandfather, Thomas Bullard.

I’ve been reluctant to share this video before now because there are still a couple of pictures I used in this video that I have had trouble finding the original owner of. The photos were just used on so many websites, it was impossible to find the owner. So if I have used your photo without your permission, it wasn’t from a lack of trying to find you I promise. Please contact me and I will make it right immediately.

I hope you enjoyed the story of Thomas Bullard and if you would like to put something similar together for your patriot ancestor, here are a few websites I used to find information about my patriot and/or information about battles, geography and the way of life from the time period.

  • Maps from 1779 available at Wikimedia Commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
  • Transcripts of Pension Applications: http://revwarapps.org/index.htm
  • North Carolina Digital Archives for family records: http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/digital/ncfamilyrecords/
  • Original Pension Applications, pay ledger and service ledger: www.fold3.com
  • DAR Headquarters for further documentation regarding the Patriot and descendants, in the Patriot’s file available for 25 cents a page, or you can order a copy from their website at www.DAR.org
  • Colonial Williamsburg has a wonderful website, and that is where I downloaded the song for the video – Touch Me Lightly. They also have other sound clips such as people from the time period telling their thoughts on the war, slave songs, Patrick Henry’s speech “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death”, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence. I also bought some of the pictures for the video from their website. www.history.org
  • http://swampfoxbrigade.blogspot.com/ has quite a bit of information on the Revolutionary War for the states of South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.
  • http://flintlockandtomahawk.blogspot.com/ has quite a bit of information on culture, art, movie clips and general information from the time period.
  • http://www.google.com/earth/index.html Awesome application for charting the path of an ancestor, you can add place marks, photos, videos and they have really cool map overlays from many different time periods.
  • Tons of information here for Duplin Co., North Carolina: http://www.usgwarchives.net/nc/duplin.htm
  • Pictures in chronological order of the American Revolutionary War: http://www.archives.gov/research/military/american-revolution/pictures/index.html#central

 

This is how I descend from Thomas:

From Thomas Bullard to Me

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