October 21, 1879

1879 10 21

Rec’d of D J Allen $5.00 dollars

in full of all demands up to

date this Oct 21st 79

T. W. Melton?

 

Possibilities for the signature are Melton or Williams?  I have found a P. T. Melton on the 1880 census.  He is a saddler.   Looking back at the first receipt, the bottom name/signature on that receipt appears to be a Melton/Milton as well.

Seven Ancestors Ago–Absalom Caudle (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.

 

The Facts:

  • Born in Halifax County, Virginia 17591
  • Died in Stanly County in March 7, 18462
  • Married Elizabeth Maness3
  • He is my 5th great-grandfather via
    • His son, Sampson
    • His son, John Calvin
    • His daughter, Rosa Ann
    • Her daughter, Virginia
    • Her son
    • His daughter

There is quite a record concerning Absalom Caudle’s Revolutionary Pension.  He appeared in court to apply for a pension in October 1832.  He was approved.  The Stanly County court record clearly shows Caudle and his signature shows Caudel.  It’s pretty cool to have an ancestor who could sign his own name.  I don’t have too many of those this far back. However, on Fold3.com, his Revolutionary Pension papers have been annotated and indexed as Candel.

In his pension application, he states he was born in Halifax County, Virginia in 1759 and that he was living in Bladen County, NC when he enlisted and for a few years after the war.  He didn’t try to avoid serving, in fact, he substituted for others after his first enlistment. In 1779, he signed a petition against forming a new county from Bladen, Duplin, and New Hanover counties.  Sometime after this, he moved his family to Anson County, NC.

I haven’t been able to find him on the 1790 or 1800 census, however by 1810, he’s living in Anson County.  According to his pension application, he probably moved to Anson in the early 1780’s. There is at least one family bible that was sent to the war pension office to help prove that Elizabeth was indeed Absalom’s wife.  This bible remained there for nearly 50 years before being returned to Stanly County.  I’m not sure where this bible is now, but there images of a handwritten transcription of what was included in that bible (labeled Bible A) and a second (labeled Bible B).

This is where things get interesting for me.  When you look at the Bible A, Absalom and Elizabeth are married March 22, 1787 and have nine children over a 22 year span.  Their first being born in 1788.  Then, written in Bible B, there’s three children listed from 1818 to 1822.  While there’s no other information given regarding the mother, I found the dates to really be pressed for these children to belong to Elizabeth.  In my research, I started to find the following or similar statements:

Elizabeth was insane by 1815 and Absalom had children by another woman.  However, Elizabeth stayed on and they were never divorced.

Also, in a few places, I find the name Martha Parrish as the mother of the last three children.  Where did this name originate?  After Absalom’s death, Elizabeth filed for widow’s pension.  By this time in the 1840’s, it is documented that she’s insane.  It’s also documented that a Martha Parrish had filed for widow’s benefits.  What an interesting twist.  I haven’t found Martha Parrish’s application, but Elizabeth was finally proven to be Absalom’s wife and received his pension after his death.3

I would like to know where the theory about Elizabeth being deranged by 1815 and would love to see Martha’s pension application.  I do believe he had those three children by another woman.  Why didn’t she put herself in the second bible?  Since Martha applied for his pension, it makes sense that she would be the mother, but I have nothing concrete to base this upon.

Absalom Caudle died at the home of his son, Jesse, on the 7th of March, 1846.

-Died: At the residence of Capt. Jesse CAUDELL in Anson, on the 7th, Absalom CAUDELL, aged 89, a revolutionary soldier2

Sources:

  1. Caudel, Absalom Revolutionary War Pension Application
  2. Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC.  March 24, 1846
  3. Caudel, Elizabeth Widow’s Pension Application

1879 03 01

1879 03 01

3-111    Norwood NC Mar 1st 1879

One day after date I promise to pay to

the order of DN Bennett

Five Dollars

at Eight per cent

Value received

No    Due     (Signature torn out) (Seal)

 

In looking through these receipts, I’ve seen the signature removed more than once.  I find it interesting and wonder why my 2nd great-grandfather’s signatures had been torn away.

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

1879 01 01

1879 01 01

 

Rec’d of D. J. Allen One and 05/100

dollars in full of acct to date

Jan’y 1st 1879 D. N. Bennett

Ben Milton

 

I’m unsure of the last name, or even if it is a name.  I wonder what account D.J. Allen had.  In a quick google search, I found the following picture with the caption.

DN Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi circa unk

A scene from the D. N. Bennett Ferry in Norwood, operated by Jim Dusi. The time period is unknown.  SNAP online.  

http://www.thesnaponline.com/archive/x1896269063

Original receipt is a part of the Smith Family Collection.

Church Record Sunday

137--Register of Members--Macedonia--wm

138--Register of Members--Macedonia--wm

 

 

 

 

 

Register of Members (Macedonia)

  1. William Brewer
  2. Wilson Russell
  3. Eliza Russell
  4. Margaret W. Morgan
  5. Mary A Hill
  6. Sarah Coggins
  7. Nancy Hearne
  8. Martha Harris
  9. Louisa Kelly
  10. Alsey S. Harris
  11. Sara Harris
  12. Julia Ann Harris
  13. Camelia Hall
  14. Nancy E. Harris
  15. Eliza Hearne
  16. Nancy L. Russell
  17. Margaret Hall
  18. James D. Harris
  19. W. R. Harris
  20. Emma V. Tysinger
  21. Gonuma Morgan
  22. Jesse Usrey
  23. Gray M. Hearne
  24. Joseph D. Morgan
  25. Noah W. Hearne
  26. Martha E. Russell
  27. Louiza Russell
  28. Martha L. Harris
  29. Gillian Russell
  30. Minnie Wood
  31. Margaret Hearne

 

 

 

Regarding names transcribed,  please let me know if there are corrections!

Funeral Card Friday

Eudy CA funeral card

This was found among the Allen papers.  I am not sure what, if any, the familial tie is.

Treasure Chest Thursday

For the next year, or more, you’ll see my latest family treasure discovery.  All of my life I’d heard about these ‘love letters’ that were sent between my great-grandparents in the late twenties.  She was a teacher.  I’d never actually seen these letters.  I’m not sure how long my aunt had the actual letters, whether it was when my great-grandmother died or before that.  A couple of weekends ago, my cousins found not only these letters but a whole trove of other treasures.

You’ve seen a few snippets in the past few week.  The letter, the “Reward of Merit”, etc.  I don’t have it all organized yet and haven’t figured out how to proceed.  I have a healthy stack of letters between my great-grandparents, some letters to my 2nd great-grandmother, a lot of receipts from my 2nd great-grandfather, both personal and where he was justice of the peace and paid fines on behalf of others, as well as samples of his own handwriting.

For now, I’ll continue to post snippets for which the date doesn’t matter so much.  Miscellaneous items which really have no other place.  I hope by next week to be able to start with something.

What you see is about half of the entire collection of papers and artifacts.  The papers have been digitized, but it remains largely unorganized.  What a task!

allen david jones papers cigar boxcaudle rosa ann cigar box smith jj letters cigar box

Wisdom Wednesday

Allen Papers Poem

Surrounded by children dear

(Some one of them is always near)

A teacher in a children’s school

No wonder her life is very full.

I’m not sure who wrote this.  It was found in the Allen family collection of papers.

Seven Ancestors Ago–George Shankle (52 Ancestors)

This post is a part of 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by Amy Johnson Crow at www.nostorytoosmall.com.

  • Born:  1754 in Anson County, NC
  • Died:  26 Sep 1841
  • He is my 5th great-grandfather via:
    • His daughter Oney
    • Her son, William Allen
    • His son, David Jones Allen
    • His daughter, Virginia Allen
    • Her son
    • His daughter

According to George Shankle’s Revolutionary War Pension Application of 1832, he was born in North Carolina in 1754.  According to the application, he lived

in North Carolina in that part of Anson county which was later Montgomery County on the southwest side of PeeDee river between Rocky River and PeeDee, two and on half miles from PeeDee on Jacobs Creek and the same distance from where he was born.  George Shankle enlisted in 1777 and served three months as private in Captain John Randle’s North Carolina Company.  After remaining at home a short while he enlisted and served three months as private in Captain Jesse McLendon’s North Carolina Company.  Soon afterward he again enlisted and served two months as private in Captain Buckner Kimbol’s North Carolina Company.  He also served various short tours as minuteman during the Revolution. (Source:  Letter from Veteran’s Administration dated June 22, 1940)

George Shankle was evidently married twice as the only wife I know of, Oney, was married previously to a James Raiford who died before 1830.  I haven’t found any evidence of who the mother of George Shankle’s children are.

On the 1840 census, he was living on the West Pee Dee River, listed himself as aged 60-69, a female as 50-59, and 10 slaves.

George Shankle was also a clergyman as he testifies on the behalf of other solders applying for pensions as well as in a statement of his death in the Carolina Observer dated 13 Oct 1841.

Another Revolutionary War soldier gone! 26th ult., at his residence in Stanly County, NC–Rev. George Shankle aged 90 years. For the last forty years, he was a preacher of the M.E. Church.

His wife, Oney, lived on in Anson County until after 1850.  She went west with a son and on the way back, perhaps, stopped in Camden, Alabama to visit her sister and died there 24 Feb 1855.  Proof of her marriages and parents are in her obituary posted in the Southern Christian Advocate.

Died in Camden, Wilcox Co., AL., Feb. 24, Mrs. Oney Shankle, born in Montgomery Co., about the year 1781. Her parents were Zedekiah and Tabitha Ledbetter. She was married successively to James Rayford and George Shankle. In 1851, she went to AR with her son, where she remained a couple of years in April last, stopped to see her sister in Camden

Children of George Shankle as listed in his will are:

  • Levi
  • Margaret
  • Tabitha
  • Barbary
  • Mary
  • Abia
  • Oney
  • Susannah
  • Eli
  • Henry

Sources:

  • Shankle, George, Revolutionary War Pension Application
  • Shankle, George, Federal Census 1790, 1800, 1830, 1840
  • Raiford, Oney, 1830 Federal Census
  • Allen Family History
  • Death Notices, Carolina Observer, 13 Oct 1841.
  • Southern Christian Advocate, Vol. I, 1837-1860
  • Will of George Shankle Sr

 

A Reward of Merit

allen david jones a reward of merit

A Reward of Merit

Presented to Mr. Jones Allen

by ?. ?. Wright for most improvement in Writing

At a School taught at Zoar Church begun Jan 30th

and ended Feb 10th A.D. 1882