Q is for Questions

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is for Questions.

 

In genealogy do we ever have all the answers.  That’s easy enough.  Not even close to it!  Here’s just a few of mine:

  1. Where did John “Jacky” Morris come from?
  2. Who was his father?
  3. What was Red Kirby?
  4. Who was Allen Thomas’ father?
  5. Who did Alfred Elder kill and what were the circumstances?
  6. Where did Martha Lewis Morris go after her divorce?

 

Six Ancestors Ago–Alfred Elder (52 Ancestors)

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

I haven’t proven most of this myself, so take it with a grain of salt.  However, it does all make sense to me, when looking at names, ages, etc.  I do plan on taking a trip this summer to see what I can dig up.

I believe Alfred Elder is my husband’s 3rd great-grandfather via:

  • his son, John
  • his son, Edd
  • his daughter, Annie
  • his son

The facts..as I know them:

  • Born:  about 1806 in Virginia
  • Married: 13 Jan 1831 in Campbell County, Virginia
  • Died:  after 1880

If census data is correct and I’m attributing it to the correct Alfred Elder, he and Elizabeth had fourth son born between 1835 and 1840 who was dead (or at least not living with Elizabeth) by 1850.

In 1850, Alfred Elder is living in the Richmond Penitentiary having been convicted of manslaughter.  By 1860, he’s served his time and living back with his family.  He’s listed on the census as a “convict.”

In September of 1864, Alfred appeared in Campbell County, Virginia inquiring about his son, Alfred C’s wages.  Alfred Jr was a private in the CSA was killed at Chancellorsville by a horse on or about 3 May, 1863.  He wished to be paid what was left owed to Alfred Jr (approx. $100) as he left neither wife or child.

In 1880, he’s divorced but still living in Campbell County.

I’ve searched Chronicling America for newspaper articles that explain what he did, why he was convicted, but have found nothing so far.  Hopefully, my trip will be fruitful and proving!

M is for Murder

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is for Murder.

 

Two folks, that I know of, in our family tree have been tied up in stories of the taking of another person’s life.

Mean Johnny Bolt’s story is one of outright murder.  Alfred Elder’s story is largely unknown.  All I know is that I believe he was in prison in Richmond, Virginia for manslaughter.  I’ve been unable to find any information about the details.