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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

Military Monday – Mom Remembers WWII

As I have mentioned here before, my Mother is fighting Alzheimer’s. I try not to say too much on here about it because I want to respect her privacy. But, this is so hard. Everything you have heard about Alzheimer’s is all that and more. I wish there was a way I could make this easier for my Mom, and my Dad but there is no magical pill or a cure and boy does that scare me. Will I be next?  Will it skip me, but hit my children? Grandchildren? We need a cure people!!  I don’t want a single other person to have to go through this.  My family, currently has three people fighting Alzheimer’s.  Can you believe that?  Please pray for all of them!

I usually cook supper every night for them as she can no longer cook. My brother helps by cooking sometimes, but we all eat together every night at my house and while I get frustrated and tired of doing the dishes, I also know that time is slipping away and so are my mother’s memories, so when she is having a good day and she starts telling stories, like what I am about to share with you, I know the dishes won’t matter in a few years. In fact, when I think about it, they don’t even matter now.  I’m very glad to have this time with my Momma and thankful for a steadfast husband that supports me in taking care of them. I wouldn’t trade this time in my life for anything.  Well, except a cure.

One night after dinner Mom, when Mom was having one of her good days, she started talking about the war and I asked her to stop and let me get my recorder and record her, and this is what I got. I put a few photos with it, and some music and I hope you will enjoy listening to her talk about her memories of life during WWII.

After I put the video together, I decided I would make another Project Life page for my Family History scrapbook. This seemed like the perfect thing to do a page about. I was also thinking about this wonderful video, and how could I possibly incorporate it into my scrapbook.  I didn’t want this wonderful video lost in the depths of my computer!

Then it hit me! A QR Code! If you don’t know about QR Codes, you might consider hitting up Google and learning a little bit.  They are on everything these days.   I have a FREE app on my phone called QRReader, and you can go to this website, Unitag and generate a code for FREE!  It cost me nothing to add this to my scrapbook page, and now anytime someone looks through the book, they can scan the QR code, and watch the video on their phone or tablet.  In fact, if you have a QR reader on your phone already you can actually put it up to the computer screen, scan the bar code in the photo below and it will take you right to the video.

So, here is my page.

Mom Remembers WWII

Mom Remembers WWII Project Life Page

I won’t completely depend on the QR Code to work forever though.  I will always include a flash drive in every album with the photos and videos on it, so if anyone wants a copy of anything in it, no digging around in the depths of my computer, all I have to do is get the flash drive from the album and copy them on whatever they want.

I may at some point make a transcript of the conversation to put in the scrapbook, just in case future technology doesn’t recognize our current technology anymore. I wouldn’t want that wonderful story lost forever if the video can no longer be played.

I also made a DVD of the video above for Mom and Dad, and brother John.  I hope they will enjoy it as much as I did making it.

What a great treasure from Momma, in just a whim of a five minute conversation.  Which is the reason my goofy dog Ringo was barking throughout the video, I really didn’t have plans to do much with the video which is why I didn’t shush him, but it turned out great anyway and I’m thankful to have this history to pass down to future generations.

Thanks, Momma!

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