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.

Three Ancestors Ago–Dillard Jones (52 Ancestors)

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

Dillard is husband’s direct ancestor.  First, the facts:

  • Born 1884
  • Died after 1942
  • Parents:  Fillmore Jones and Lucy T. Mitchell
  • Married Mary Wells then Reba Matherly
  • My husband is descended from him, Dillard, through
  • his son, John Robertson Jones
  • his son

I really don’t know a lot about Dillard other than what shows up in a few historical records.  Dillard was born about 1884 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia to Fillmore and Lucy T. Mitchell Jones.

In 1904, he married Mary Wells and widowed in 1917.  They had three children; Martha, John, and Annie.  Minnie died at about 12-13 years of age.  Mary died at age 37.  Both Mary and Minnie(as well as second wife Reba) are buried in the Matthew Wells Family Cemetery in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.

On September 12, 1918, he filled out his WWI registration card.  Dillard Jones is a short stout, blue eyed, light haired fellow working for Jack Slaydan? in Callands, Virginia.  His nearest relative is Minnie Jones.  He’s not able to sign his name, instead simply leaving his mark.

In 1920, Dillard is living in Pittsylvania County with wife Reba (age 14) and children John and Annie.  His second, very young wife, is only a few years older than his son.  They’re renting in Fransisco Buckingham County, Virginia and he’s a laborer on a general farm.

In 1930, he’s living in Southside, Appomattox County, Virginia with with Reba and eight children, 4 sons and 4 daughters.  John and Annie are listed at the end of the list, instead of being in order by age.  They’re renting a place on William Marshall Road and he’s a farm laborer on a farm.

In 1940, he’s living in the Dan River District in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.  He’s listed as a widower lodger living with Jessie Gosney.  He’s a farmer.

The last evidence I have on Dillard Jones is in 1942 on his WWII registration card.  His nearest relative is Annie Jones of RFD 5, Danville Virginia.  He lives on RFD 5, near Mt. Olivet Church.  He works for Mr. BM Williams at Marshall Terrace in Danville.  By this time, he has at least learned to sign his name.  This card says he has no middle name.

I don’t know what happened to Dillard Jones after this.  I have a couple of pictures I think are of him beyond the one of him, Reba, and seven little children.  I have yet to find where those seven children went after Reba died.  Some were clearly too young to be on their own.  I wonder why they weren’t with him.

I wonder if he’s buried in the same cemetery as his two wives and oldest daughter.  The cemetery which was his first wife’s family cemetery.

Sources:

  • Jones, Dillard.  US Federal Census, 1910, 1920, 1930, 1940
  • Jones, Dillard.  WWI Draft Registration Card
  • Jones, Dillard.  WWII Draft Registration Card
Dillard Jones Family

Dillard Jones Family

 

Three Ancestors Ago–Reba Matherly Jones (52 Ancestors)

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

Reba isn’t my husband’s direct ancestor.  She was his great-grandfather’s, Dillard, second wife.  But there’s something tragic about her.  First, the facts:

  • Born 1905
  • Died 1935
  • I think her parents are Christopher Jack and Florense Matherly
  • My husband is descended from her husband, Dillard, through
  • his son, John Robertson Jones
  • his son

She was right at the same age as Dillard’s prior children.  My husband’s grandfather was only a couple of years older than her.  She was very young when she married Dillard.  In 1910, she’s living with Chris and Florense Matherly.  In 1920, she’s 14, living with, and married to Dillard Jones.  By 1930, she and Dillard have six children.  She’s 24.

By 1935, she’s dead.  You can see a picture of her tombstone here.  I have a photo somewhere.  I’ll add it when I find it.

 

edited to add:  Found the picture.  Reba Matherly Jones with husband Dillard and seven children.   Wow.  I think this is not too long before she died as there are three boys and three girls standing.  This fits the 1930 census.  One more child after 1930 who seems to be about a year old or less.  I wonder if she was pregnant with an 8th child and died due to complications.  Now to find out where all the children went!

Dillard Jones Family

Dillard Jones Family

Three Ancestors Ago–John Ed Robertson (52 Ancestors)

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

I chose John Ed today because it’s the anniversary of the Spanish Flu epidemic.  Whenever I think of a flu epidemic, I think of John Ed.  Our families were lucky in that we didn’t have a lot of deaths caused by the flu, at least not during the epidemic years.  John Ed Robertson isn’t exactly my husband’s ancestor.  He was married to my husband’s great-grandmother.  Mary Thomas was my husband’s great-grandmother via:

  • her daughter, Ruby Robertson
  • her daughter

John Ed was born June 19, 1888 in Pulaski County, Virginia.  The best I can tell, he lived all of his years in Pulaski county.  He was 30 when he died.  According to my mother-in-law, it was the flu that brought his demise.

According to his WWI draft record, as of June 5, 1917, he worked for H.W. Bird as a farm laborer.  He was tall, with a medium build, with brown hair and blue eyes.  Also, according to the draft record, he was born on June 19, 1888.

Interestingly enough, his tombstone lists he was born in 1885 and died in 1919 but he appears on the 1920 census as a 34-year-old farm laborer.

Did someone put the tombstone up later?  Someone whose memory was perhaps off a year?  I haven’t been successful in finding any more information about John Ed.

John and Mary had no children together in the few years they were married.  They were married some time after 1920, if census data is to be believed.

Sources:

  • Robertson, John E.  US Federal Census, 1900, 1910, 1920
  • Personal Stories
  • Robertson, John E.  World War I Draft Registration Card