Sallie Thompson

The facts:

  • Born 1818.
  • Died 1903
  • Children (from 1880 Census):
    • Emma
    • John
    • Betsy M
  • Lived in the Pee Dee Community of Montgomery County, North Carolina

Yesterday as we gathered at my grandfather’s, there had been talk of visiting one of the local cemeteries we all remembered from our childhood.  One aunt suggested we visit another.  One none of us were familiar with.  So, the girls piled in the vehicle for a short road trip and then a short trip through the woods.

The Thompson Cemetery is now in the middle of the woods.  Trees felled, laying over graves and markers. Markers broken and some illegible.

Sallie Thompson lies pretty much in the middle.  She was my great-great-great grandfather’s mistress and evidently fathered four children with him and another three with a different man.  Seven illegitimate children.

In 1850, I find a Sally Thompson, age 31, living with Patrick and Elizabeth (ages 53 and 54) along with Martin (11), Sydney W (6), and Margaret J (1).  I have no idea if those three children belong to Patrick and Elizabeth or if they are the first of Sally’s illegitimate children.  Ages indicate she could be their daughter and the three children their grandchildren.

According to the 1880 Census, Sallie, age 61, was head of house.  Living with her was Emma (26), John (24), and Betsy M (21). Sallie’s occupation was keeping house.  Neither John nor Betsy could read or write.

I had not done much research on her, but found the story interesting.  I asked my grandfather if it was widely known.  He grinned in his usual way and said that the only thing he ever heard was that if someone misbehaved or ‘cut a fit’ someone would threaten to to send them to live with the other family.

I wonder how my grandfather and his siblings felt to know they had half-siblings.  These siblings were likely just through the woods.  Were they friends?  Or did they snub one another?  How were these seven children treated?

Was Sallie the sister to Martha, mother of Elizabeth?  According to Findagrave.com, both Martha and Elizabeth both are buried at the Thompson Cemetery.  Elizabeth was the illegitimate child of Martha and perhaps Collin McRae.  Elizabeth married Absalom Strother. However, this is another story for another day.

Sources:

Church Records Sunday

139--Register of Members--Macedonia--wm 140--Register of Members--Macedonia--wm

 

 

 

 

 

Register of Members (Macedonia)

  1. William Russell
  2. Mary Ann W. Russell
  3. Mary Ann Russell
  4. S. E. Morgan
  5. Eliza A. Morgan
  6. Anna Harris
  7. James David Tucker
  8. Roella J. Cornelia Hall
  9. Nancy Elizabeth Harris
  10. Robt. Prethan Graven
  11. Eunice Minerva Tysinger
  12. N. M. Thayer
  13. Geo. C. Harris
  14. Rufus Chandler
  15. Mary E. Russell
  16. John Chandler
  17. B. L. Harris
  18. S. A. Chandler
  19. Mary Serena Harris
  20. Fred Page
  21. Ella Page
  22. A. B. Maneval
  23. Augustus Clingmon Boyles
  24. John. A. Rackeley
  25. Mary B. Maneval
  26. James Kelly
  27. Marshal Albert Davis
  28. Thos. Hawkins Hall
  29. Sarah Corinna Bell
  30. Margaret Carolina Hearne
  31. Dulcy Ludema Tucker

 

Names transcribed to the best of my ability.  Corrections are welcome!

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!

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

 

Amanuensis Monday

Harris Lee W Harris Reunion Tribute

The subject of this sketch, above named, was born in this vicinity, grew to manhood and made his home here all his natural life, having gone to his final and eternal home since the last meeting of Harris Reunion.  By trade, Lee was a shoe and harness maker, and he prosecuted this trade for many years for the late N.M. Thayer, when the village was known by the people as “Tanyard”, but later changed to Eldorado through the efforts and influence of the late John Davis from Tanyard to the present name.

It was during the time Lee W. Harris made shoes and harness that this writer, who was also employed by Mr. Thayer, learned to know the true value and rugged honesty of Lee Harris.

Lee joined the Baptist church at was then known as Big Creek Baptist church, and he lived, sofar as the writer believes, a true, upright Christian life thereafter; rendering valued service to the  church and the people with whom he mingled for three score or more years.

By profession:  Lee was a local Baptist preacher, serving as such in the churches of this and adjoining counties, until ill health compelled him to superanuate, but his superanuation did not prevent him from preaching occasionally, when circumstances were favorable, and his outstanding usefulness in this community was to conduct burial services for the dead, in which his remarks and admonition to the living were most impressive and effective.  He was usually the leader in singing, and was generally known as the leader not only in the Baptist churches, but in Methodist as well.

Lee loved to read his Bible and to impart to others the light and inspiration he gained by studying the Word.  He had no desire, nor did he expect to ever get worldly riches; but he did acquire that which is of far greater value and importance: Character, which will live and continue to live in the minds of all who knew him, especially by his immediate family for years to come.  His greatest ambition was to live an upright life and do the will of God and to exhort others to do likewise.

Lee was a member of Harris Reunion, and we shall miss him, this community will miss him, his family will miss him and the Church will miss him.  But he has gone the way we all must pass, sooner or later, whether we are prepared or not.  But if we live a life such as the writer believes the subject of this article lived, the promise is for us.

Respectfully submitted,

By the one who knew Lee.

T.N.H

 

Church Record Sunday

Register of Pastors

Register of Pastors

Name Date of Appointment Term of Service
1. J. E. Woosley Dec 1883 One Year
2. R. L. Warlic?e ” 1884 ” “
3. J. M. Pool ” 1885 ” “
4. H. B. Anderson ” 1886 ” “
5. D. C. Geddie ” 1887 Two Years
6.  E. J. Poe ” 1889 Two Years
7. R. S. Abernathy Nov 1891 to December 1892 (1 yr)
8. J. J. Brooks Dec 1892 to Nov 18. 1895 (3 yrs)
9. T. S. Ellington ” 1896 Two Years
10. E. J. Poe Nov 22, 1898 One Year
11. J. P. Davis Nov 27th 1899
12. J.W. Strider 1903-6 4 Years
13. G.A Stawss Nov 28. 1907
14. EM Avett Nov 1908 Three years
15 P.L. Shore Nov 1911 2 years
16 C.C. Williams Dec 1913 2 years

I have transcribed this to the best of my ability, but I am no handwriting expert. I welcome any corrections!

 

Correction to #14 thanks to Jean Warner.

Four Ancestors Ago–John “Sutt” Morris (52 Ancestors)

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

John Thomas “John Sutt” Morris is my 2nd great-grandfather via

  • his son, Charlie Ardell Morris
  • his son, Fred Hoyt Morris
  • his son

The facts:

  • Born:  22 November 1856 to William Morris and Martha Lewis Morris
  • Married:  Susanah Carolina Hall in 1881
  • Died: 4 March 1840 of Pneumonia and heart failure caused by influenza

The following was written by my mother in about 1990.

 

John T. “Sutt” Morris

There were so many John Morris’s in the Moratock, Eldorado, and Ophir communities in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s that they had nicknames.  it was believed that there was Indian heritage in the background of this particular John.  He had sharp facial features and a dark olive complexion,  thus the nickname “Sutt” was given him.  If only we had written down some of the things he said about his Indian Heritage.  We are having a hard time tracing it today.

John “Sutt” was the son of William and Margaret Lewis Morris.  He had brothers named William F. and George, and a sister named Nancy.

He was born 22 November 1859 and died 4 March 1940.  He married Susanah Caroline Hall on 1 January 1882.  She died on 4 June 1948.  She was the daughter of R. Clark and Lea Hall.

John “Sutt” was out horseback riding one day and saw Caroline riding horses with another man.  He thought she was so pretty that he rode up beside her and took her off the horse.  He knew that day that he wanted to marry her.

He lived in various places along the Uwharrie River.  the most time was spent in what is now called the Reservation on several acres of land at the mouth of the Uwharrie River.  In the 1900’s, he and his family lived in the old Moratock Inn on the river road.  At the time of his death he was living in Uwharrie.  After he died, Caroline spent most of her time with their children.

A daughter remembers her father talking about he and his daddy “Billy” digging gold in the hills.

Their children are Charlie Ardale born 1883 died in 1975 and married Annie Cranford.  Minnie D. born December 1885 married W. Reid Harris; Alicia A. born May 1881, married John Thompson; Stella M. born February 1891 married Jessie Mullinix; Myrtle Lucy “Lou” born April 1892, married Tom Hardister; Henry B. “Peck” born March 1894 married Eunice Correll; Sherrill L. Morris born 18 March 1896 and died 3 August 1915, buried at Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery; and Alanta G. born 13 December 1899.  She married Denny Biles and had three children, divorced and married George Chandler.  They too were divorced.  She is now 93 years old and still resides by herself in Albemarle, NC.  Walter was born on 13 February 1904 and died 4 January 1989.  He married Catherine Ballard of Wadeville and they had no children.  Alanta remembers so well that Walt nursed until he was almost ready to go to school.  He would call it is pie and ask for it.  They bribed him to stop by giving him a little beagle dog.

John “Sutt” and Caroline are buried in the Bethany Cemetery now known as Uwharrie Methodist Church Cemetery.

 

Sources:  Census Records, marriage and death certificates, deeds and will recorded at Montgomery County Courthouse, Alanta Morris Chandler.

John Sutt Morris Family circa 1910?

John Sutt Morris Family
circa 1910?

Top left is Charlie Ardell Morris. The middle boy is Peck Morris (Henry), the boy on the far right in the dark suit is Sherrill Morris. The youngest male is Walt Morris (on mother’s knee). Between John “Sutt” and Caroline is Lanta.  I think the girls from left to right are Minnie, Alice, Stella, and Lou.

John Sutt Morris Family before 1940

John Sutt Morris Family
before 1940

Squatting are Peck (Henry), Charlie, & Walt Standing from left are Alice, Minnie, Stella, John Sutt Morris, Lanta Morris, Caroline Hall Morris, Myrtle Lou.

P is for Preacher aka Five Ancestors Ago–LeeRoy Whitson Harris (52 Ancestors Week 16)

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is for Preacher.

 

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

Rev. LeeRoy Whitson Harris is my 2nd great-grandfather via

  • his daughter, Alice Virgillia Harris
  • her daughter, Racie Elmira Harris
  • her son

The facts:

  • Born:  20 March 1853 to William Alexander & Ruth Holland Harris
  • Married:  Sarah Russell before 1874
  • Married:  Nancy Russell 6 Jan 1885
  • Died: 2 Jan 1840 of Mitral Insufficiency with contributing causes of hypertension and influenza

He was a shoemaker according to the 1880, 1900, and 1920 census.  In 1910, he was listed as a farmer.  Was this just the recorder listing everyone as a farmer, or did he actually give up shoe-making for a while?  By 1930, he was a clergyman of Baptist faith.

Here’s LeeRoy, second wife Nancy, and family.

Front: William, Travis, Oscar, Sylvia

Middle:  Nancy Russell & LeeRoy Whitson Harris

Back:  Georgia, Alice, Jessie

LeeRoy Harris Family--After

After
Harris, Lee Roy and family
before 1912

A memorial sketch given at the Harris Reunion after his death said this of his time as a Baptist preacher (transcribed verbatim):

By profession:  Lee was a local Baptist preacher, serving as such in the churches of this and adjoining counties, until ill health compelled him to superanuate, but his superanuation did not prevent him from preaching occasionally, when circumstances were favorable, and his outstanding usefulness in this community was to conduct burial services for the dead, in which his remarks and admonition to the living were most impressive and effective.  He was usually the leader in singing, and was generally known as the leader not only in the Baptist churches, but in Methodist as well.

 

Sources:

  • Harris, LeeRoy Whitson US Federal Census Records 1860, 1870, 1880, 1900, 1910, 1920, 1930.
  • Rev. Lee W. Harris tribute
  • Harris, Lee W death certificate

I is for Indian Princess

I is for Indian Princess

We all  have them, right?  One of your grandmothers was an Indian Princess.  No?  Perhaps just Indian then?  🙂

My supposed Indian Princess is Amelia/Melia/Millie who was perhaps Cherokee.  She was married to John “Jacky” Morris and lived in Montgomery County, North Carolina, in the 1800s.

edited to add:  sarcasm.  🙂

Wordless Wednesday

I find this very sad.  I think this is my great-uncle Paul Morris based on the other pictures I found this one with.

Paul Morris? 1905

Paul Morris? 1905