Six Ancestors Ago — John “Jacky” Morris


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

John “Jacky” Morris is my fourth great grandfather via:

  • His son, William Morris
  • His son, John “Sutt” Morris
  • His son, Charlie Ardell Morris
  • His son, Fred Hoyt Morris
  • His son

The Facts:

  • Born about 1785, probably in Virginia.
  • Married Amelia
  • Died 07 December 1874.
  • Buried in Morris Cemetery in the Uwharrie Community, Montgomery County, NC

This week’s prompt is “First.” John “Jacky” Morris is in many ways first.  He was my first roadblock. He’s also the first mystery in which DNA has been used to attempt to solve.  Thanks to a cousin, several people in the Morris line have been tested. We now have our own group.

For some reason, solving the DNA relationships is something that has proven very difficult for me.  Outside of family I already knew, I don’t recognize any of the names listed. It’s been hard for me to cypher out as to where everyone belongs.  So hard that I haven’t succeeded in solving anyone’s relationship yet.

This is also my first blog post in a long while. I changed jobs and got busier. However, just because I haven’t taken the time to post, I have still worked on my genealogy.  I’m hoping to use Amy Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks to help push me to continue. I also hope to learn more about John “Jacky” Morris and his wife Amelia in the coming year. Quite the lofty goal considering he has been a roadblock for my family for at least the last 30 years.

But back to John “Jacky”.  He appears in the 1850 census in Montgomery County, NC.  HIs occupation is miner and he and Amelia were born in Virginia.  Also living with Jacky and Amelia are Tempy, Disa, and Caroline.  Jacky is 70 and Amelia is 60. They’re surrounded by other Morris’ who I believe to be their sons and respective families.

morris john jacky family 1850 census

In 1860, they’re living in the Bean’s District of Montgomery County.  He’s still 70 but Amelia or Milla is 68.  Living with them are Eliza Morris aged 21 and a Joseph Morgan aged 10.  Jacky is a farmer now and still says he was born in Virginia.  But Milla was born in North Carolina.  I’m not sure if Eliza is their child or possibly a grandchild.

morris john jacky family 1860 census

He died on December 7, 1874 and is buried in the Morris Cemetery in Montgomery County, NC.

morris john jacky tombstone

I have not been able to find him on the 1870 census.

This is an incomplete account of all the research done on John Jacky.  He will indeed be my focus for 2019.

Think of me

1882 08 14--allen david jones letter lizzie mcswain page 02

1882 08 14--allen david jones letter lizzie mcswain envelop front






When this you see think of me

Lizzie McSwain “Lillia” McSwain


David J Allen Esq

Norwood Stanly County Ark


Augus 19th as I did not send my

letter off I will write a little more.

Sisters little girl has been very ill

is some better to day Ma’s Rheuma

tism is some better also she

is at sisters now ma begins

to look tolerable old her hair is

gray, I canot think of any

thing to write I know this

letter will not interest you so I

will quiet

M. E McSwain

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sweet is the dream devinely sweet

when absent souls in fancy meet  

Think of me when far away

your afectionate cousin Lizzie McSwain


This is the back side of the yesterday’s post.  I believe M. E. Lizzie McSwain is Martha Elizabeth who was born in Arkansas in 1862.  She would be the first of M and Lucy’s children to be born there, the elder children being born in North Carolina.  I believe Lizzie later married Charles Kendall, also of North Carolina, and lived out her years in Jefferson County, Arkansas.  Whether she ever visited NC, I am not sure.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

A Bad Set

1882 08 14--allen david jones letter lizzie mcswain page 01--blogLocust Cottage Ark August 14th 1882

Mr David J Allen

My dear cousin David you will

pleas pardon me for not writing sooner, and

I will promis to do better in the future. I

was glad to hear from you. I thought perhaps

you was married, and did not care to write

to your cousin any more. well this leavs us

all as well  as cousins. ma has not been in

good health for some time she is afflicted

with Rheumatism she is able to set up most

of the time, but cannot do much.


well crops are good, better than they have been

for two or three months years there will be

plenty of corn + cotton made this year

wheat and oats were fine.


I am going to school now.  Brother Gabe is

Teaching the school, he has 25 pupils a

bad set two, it keeps him busy to keep

us strait.  I wish you could be here some

Friday to hear us speak and spell (and help us play

Play Ball)  I think you could afford to come

+ see us one time.  I would be so glad to see

you I have heard so much about you

Well I am studying Grammar History

Geography + Philosophy.  I am to precent +

Precentage in Arithmetic. I will have to stop

As I want to send this off to the office

Write soon to your cousin

Lizzie McSwain


I’ll post the rest of this letter as well as the envelop tomorrow.  As the envelope is postmarked Toledo, Ark, I started looking around that area to help me figure out just what the word was before Cottage.  I’m still not convinced it says Locust, but there is a Locust Cottage just north of Toledo, Ark on an 1883 map.

I haven’t found much on the McSwain family of Arkansas and how they got there.  I believe Lizzie may be Martha Elizabeth McSwain who married a Charles E. Kendall and lived her life in Jefferson County, Arkansas.  If I’ve found the right person, she’s the daughter of M. & Lucy McSwain.  I haven’t researched the McSwain line at all and hope to find some of the McSwain family information in these Allen Papers as I continue moving through them.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.


March 15, 1882

1882 03 15

Registry Treceipt

Post Office at Norwood, NC

Registered Letter No  48 Rec’d Mar 15, 1882

of D.J. Allen

addressed to Southern Methodist Pub House

Nashville TN

P.W. Melton PM


This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

December 8, 1881

1881 12 08

Rec’d of D.J. Allen fifty seven 95/100 dollars

amt ?? to date Dec 8th 1881

J. A. Tyson


Here we have J. A. Tyson again.  The John Tyson I find living in Center, Stanly County, NC in 1880 is indexed as John H, but I think the H could actually be an A.  John Tyson was a physician in Center.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.


Church Records Sunday

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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!

October 28, 1881

1881 10 28

This is to certify that I am to pay ??

Melton eight Dollars for D. J. Allen &

this is to be his receipt against his (Melton’s)



John A. Tyson


Again, I’m not sure of the initials, whether it’s PW Melton (I’m pretty sure that’s what the earlier initials are) or something else entirely.  I can really only find the one Melton family in the area.

John A. Tyson also has me a little stumped.  I can find a John H. Tyson in Centre, Stanly County, NC on the 1880 census.  He was a physician.  I can also find a John Tyson of Ansonville, Anson County, NC which is fairly close.  I don’t have enough information, at this time, to made make a judgement call.

This post is part of a series of transcriptions of letters, papers, receipts, and other ephemera that are held in the Smith Family Collection.  All originals are held in this collection, unless otherwise stated.

Four Ancestors Ago–David Jones Allen (52 Ancestors)

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

5/23–I decided to make this one of my 52 Ancestors posts even though it is incomplete as of this time.  Once I’ve posted all his ephemera, I’ll post something more complete.


I decided I would like to give a little background information on David Jones Allen as we are peeking into his life as a farmer and justice of the peace.

The facts so far:

  • Born to William and Nancy McSwain Allen on 13 Jan 1859.
  • Siblings:
    • Oney (perhaps)
    • Sarah
  • Lives in the Center Township of Stanly County, North Carolina

David’s father, William, died during the Civil War and Nancy was left to raise their children alone.  She never remarried.  I do believe David had another sibling, I’ve found the name as Oney but I have not found my own proof of the name.  This child was evidently dead by 1860 as there is no other mention of her.

I haven’t been able to find him on the 1870 census with his mother and sister, Sarah.

In 1879, he’s 20 years old.

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)

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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, 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


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