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52 Ancestors – #19 Wevie Henri (Anderson) Ball

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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 19, and my nineteenth post.  Please meet my great-grandmother, Wevie Henri (Anderson) Ball.

Wevie (Anderson) Ball

Wevie (Anderson) Ball

Wevie was born to John Edward Anderson and Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson on 19 Dec 1884 in New Boston, Bowie Co., Texas. I blogged about her mother Mary, here:  52 Ancestors – #8 Mary Elizabeth (Hoskins) Anderson.

As I posted about her mother in the above post, her mother Mary passed away in 1891 when Wevie was just 6 years old.  This is the earliest picture I have of Wevie, with her father, John E. Anderson.

Wevie Anderson and JE Anderson

Wevie Anderson and JE Anderson

I’ve posted this picture before of Wevie with her sister Smithia, but I have to again because I love it. Wevie is on the left and Smithia on the right.

Wevie and Smithia Anderson

Wevie and Smithia Anderson

In 1892 her father John remarried a wonderful woman, Eva Dalby. She raised Wevie and Smithia as if they were her own children. I don’t know why all stepmother’s get a bad rap?!?  Do you?

 JE Anderson,  Eva Anderson with Wevie Anderson.  I don't know who the young man is.

JE Anderson, Eva Anderson with Wevie Anderson. I don’t know who the young man is.

This next picture of Wevie looks to be around her teenage years or early adulthood.  My cousin Sam has a huge portrait of this one hanging in his home and it’s beautiful.

Wevie Anderson

Wevie Anderson

One thing about it, she could have been in fashion magazine’s. Here she is with a cousin, Daisy (Wever) Missildine. This must have been some special occasion.  Daisy is on the left, and Wevie on the right.

Daisy and Wevie

Daisy and Wevie

While growing up, Wevie’s father owned the local Confectionery Shop and the Telephone company, and the switchboard was in the back room of the Confectionery Shop and Wevie helped operate the switchboard.

Switchboard in the back of the Drug Store in New Boston, owned by John Anderson

Switchboard in the back of the Drug Store in New Boston, owned by John Anderson

I bet Wevie knew ALL the town gossip!  Seriously, my only experience with a town switchboard is from watching Little House on the Prairie and we all know what Mrs. Olsen did, that ole nosy busybody!  tee hee.  I don’t know if Wevie did that or not, but I’m sure it was tempting!

I found this picture at the New Boston Library, in New Boston, Texas. You can see in this picture she has her ear piece on.

John Anderson and Wevie Anderson Telephone Operators

John Anderson and Wevie Anderson Telephone Operators

I heard a few stories about Wevie growing up, and one that I heard was told to my father by Wevie herself.

She said back in the day before they had cars, she and her family traveled by wagon. One day she and Smithia were traveling with their father and they needed to stop and relieve themselves. Well, there were no rest stops so you just pulled over walked out in the grass and relieved yourself. Well, just as she and Smithia started on this task, another wagon came by and Wevie jerked her dress down, but Smithia threw her dress up over her head. After the wagon went by, Wevie asked her, “Smithia, why did you do that??” Smithia calmly replied, “Well, they will see your face again and know who you are and what you were doing, but they will never see my ass again, so they won’t know it was me or what I was doing!!”

We’ve gotten a big kick out of that story over the years.

On April 6, 1910, Wevie married Samuel Hartwell “Bye” Ball. I found this wedding announcement in her bible, and this picture of Wevie in her wedding dress.  I think she was a beautiful bride.

Wevie Anderson Ball in her Wedding Dress Apr 1910

Wevie Anderson Ball in her Wedding Dress Apr 1910

Wevie Anderson Marriage Announcement

Wevie Anderson Marriage Announcement

This next picture of Bye and Wevie looks to be taken on a boat and it looks so romantic!  I love to see men and women dressed up like this.  This is not what society looks like today!

Wevie and Bye Ball

Wevie and Bye Ball

And how about this? You’ve see this in movies, but here it is in real life! How sweet!

Bye and Wevie Ball

Bye and Wevie Ball

They look like they really knew how to have a good time!  I love the bathing suits, but can you imagine swimming in that?

Bye and Wevie Ball on left other couple unknown

Bye and Wevie Ball on left other couple unknown

Bye and Wevie had four children. One baby girl was stillborn and the other three children were amazing people who were each very special to me. First, was Aunt Dorothy and boy did I love her, then Uncle Son was everyone’s hero and one of the best men I knew and last but not least, there was my grandmother, Poo, one of the greatest loves of my life.

I don’t know much about Wevie, but I do know that she raised beautiful children, inside and out.

Mary (my grandmother), Sam (Uncle Son) and Dorothy (Aunt Dot)

Mary (my grandmother), Sam (Uncle Son) and Dorothy (Aunt Dot)

One of the cool things that I  found out about Wevie at the Hooks library was that she had confirmed my birth to the family historian, Cathaline Stern, Man! This made my day!

Wevie Confirms My Birth

Wevie Confirms My Birth

Unfortunately, I don’t really remember anything about Wevie, but I was around her as a baby and toddler. In the next photo, I’m the baby on my mother’s lap and Wevie is next to her.  I love this four generation photo!

John HIgginbotham, Mary Helen Higginbotham, Susanne Higginbotham, Wevie Ball, Mary Parks

John Higginbotham, Mary Helen Higginbotham, Susanne Higginbotham, Wevie Ball, Mary Parks

Here are a couple of pictures of Wevie and Bye.

Bye and Wevie Ball

Bye and Wevie Ball

Bye and Wevie Ball

Bye and Wevie Ball

Wevie lived a very long and beautiful life, I’ve never heard an unkind word about her. Aunt Dorothy’s grandson Marc Burch told me he thought Memaw Ball inherited the Coke Float because she always made him one when he would visit her and it was the best he ever had.

Wevie (Anderson) Ball

Wevie (Anderson) Ball

Here she is with her children, in 1974 celebrating her 90th birthday.

Aunt Dorothy, Memaw Ball, Uncle Son, and Poo

Aunt Dorothy, Memaw Ball, Uncle Son, and Poo

Wevie died on December 3, 1975, sixteen days before her 91st birthday.

Wevie Ball Obit

Wevie Ball Obit

Wevie is buried in the Chapelwood Cemetery, in Texarkana, Texas.

Bye Wevie Ball Headstone

Bye Wevie Ball Headstone

This is how I descend from Wevie.

Me to Wevie Anderson Ball

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

52 Ancestors – #10 Nancy (Allen) Triggs

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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.

Nancy (Allen) Triggs is my 3rd great-grandmother. This is week ten, and my tenth post in the challenge.

I don’t have a photo of Nancy.  I don’t have any personal stories of Nancy, but I have put together pieces of her life from documents left, and knowing the history for the time period, I have a pretty good idea of what her life must have been like.

Her husband, and my 3rd great-grandfather, Rev. John James Triggs, left a very well documented bible.

In this bible, he lists her birth.

Nancy Allen birth from Triggs Bible

Nancy Allen birth from Triggs Bible

It reads: “Nancy Allen was born in Columbia Cty Geo. Sep, 21, 1821. She was the daughter of Francis T Allen and Jane Allen. Thank you for this information I would have probably never found any where else.

He also documented their marriage:

John and Nancy Triggs Marriage Record in Triggs Bible

John and Nancy Triggs Marriage Record in Triggs Bible

It reads: “John J. Triggs and Nancy Allen were married in Columbia County by Rev. Wm H. Evans, September 16, 1845.”

I confirmed this date by finding the marriage record in Columbia County.

John J Triggs to Nancy Allen Marriage Records

John J Triggs to Nancy Allen Marriage Records

I found Rev. Triggs and wife Nancy leaving in Waynesboro, Burke Co., Georgia at the time of the 1850 Census. I know from research that Rev. Triggs was not land poor at all. He had homesteaded, and also been granted land for his service during the war of 1812. So, when it says that he had real estate worth $3,000 on the 1850 census, I was not surprised. That would have been about $81,570 in 2012 according to an inflation calculator. They are shown as living with my 2nd great-grandmother, Jane Matilda (Triggs) Parks, and my great grand-uncle, Francis A Triggs.

1850 Census Triggs Family

1850 Census Triggs Family

I know from the bible that she had three children with Rev. Triggs.

  • Jane Matilda Triggs Parks (1845 – 1913)
  • Francis Allen Triggs (1850 – 1876)
  • George Persons Triggs (1853 – 1855)

 

Now, between the 1850 census and the 1860 census, Rev. Triggs died on the 20th of December 1856. This is a transcription of the part of his will that pertains to Nancy.

Item fourth – The rest of my property consisting of lots of land in the twenty third district of originally Lee now Stewart County ____ number one hundred and eighteen (118) and one hundred and thirty nine (139) also two acres from one hundred (107) adjoining the aforesaid lot one hundred eighteen also my negro man Tom my negro man Toney, my negro boy Ned – my negro woman Hagas, Lucy, Leah and her child Cranford and Frances, together with any children that may hereafter be born of any of the aforesaid negro women – also my horses, mules, cattle and hogs: – Also the household and kitchen furniture and plantation tools: – and everything that is mine not previously disposed of whatever or whereas it is shall belong to my dear wife Nancy and her two children, ___ Jane Matilda and Francis Allen and any other child or children that may hereafter be born to me – the above property to be kept together for the maintenance of my wife and children and for the education of the children, until my wife or one of the children marry or one of the children arrives at the age of twenty one years – then if required a division shall be made as nearly equal as possible, between my wife and the children – the party requiring the division shall receive his or her part – the rest of the property shall be kept together for the maintenance and education of the next until another division is required or contemplated above – provided always that the division mentioned above shall not be so continued or to divide the land so long as my wife lives and remains a widow.

So, this explains why on the 1860 census she is living in Lumpkin, Stewart County, Georgia by herself with her two children, and an overseer and his son.

1860 Census Triggs Family

1860 Census Triggs Family

Who knows what she had to go through while taking care of all that, with the war between the states going on. She had $4,000 worth of real estate property and $7,300 worth of personal property. I have no way of knowing, but I bet men were lined up wanting to marry her and take over her plantation, and Rev. Triggs took care of that in the will. Had she remarried, it would have gone to her children. She was after all only 38 years old in 1860.  I imagine he assumed she would remarry and his son would come of age and take over.

She didn’t have long to think about any of this. She died of Paralysis on September 6, 1863 according to the Triggs Bible.

Nancy Triggs death in Triggs Bible

Nancy Triggs death in Triggs Bible

Her estate was divided up between my 2nd great-grandmother, Jane Parks, and my great-grand uncle Francis Triggs. He died in 1876 and I don’t know what became of anything after his death.

I don’t know where Nancy is buried, who knows what happened with the war going on, but I hope to maybe find this out if I can ever make a research trip to Georgia!

Thank you to cousin Robert Mann, for sharing the bible records with me!

This is how I descend from Nancy.

Nancy Allen to Susie

Throw Back Thursday – Mom, a Junior in High School

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This is my Mom, Mary Helen (Parks) Higginbotham, on the right when she was a Junior in High School. She was in a Sorority and they went to New Orleans. Looks like she was having a good time.

Just wondering though, what was the legal drinking age then? :)

Mom in New Orleans

Mom in New Orleans

Tombstone Tuesday – John D. and Jane M. (Triggs) Parks

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This is the headstone of my 2nd great-grandparents, John D. Parks and Jane Matilda (Triggs) Parks. They are buried in Old Cypress Cemetery, in Willow, Arkansas.

John D and Jane M Parks Headstone

John D and Jane M Parks Headstone

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