Peebles Choice Cotton

Peebles Choice Cotton
Littleton Wyatt Peebles (1848-1914) was a farmer from southern Louisiana. I wrote in a previous post about how he and his wife, Laura Verona Howell, moved to California in about 1910 after they were ruined by the boll weevil. The source material for that post came from a newspaper obituary found online. Today’s post originated from a discovery found ...

“Alef”: Investigating a Namesake

Alef is a unique name. According to a popular book of baby names, it means “Oneness with God,” which is a first rate meaning if ever there was one. Despite its noble meaning, though, Alef is not a name I have encountered outside the maternal branch of my mother’s family tree. It has clung to that branch ...

Four Great-Grandfathers, All Lost at War 4

Four Great-Grandfathers, All Lost at War
Family history research sometimes leads to a discovery that, once you find it, you think, “How did I not see this until now?” I think a main cause for such oversights is that we too often focus on learning about one branch of our tree at a time. Although this approach is the most intuitive way to advance genealogical ...

A Synopsis About the Children of Eugene Townsend and Janie Curry

A Synopsis About the Children of Eugene Townsend and Janie Curry
Eugene Bennet Townsend (24 Jan 1861 – 21 Jan 1926) and Janie Elizabeth Curry (11 May 1864 – 2 May 1946) were married on 12 November 1884. They bought farmland and a large two-story antebellum home less than one mile from Janie’s parents’ plantation near Bainbridge, Georgia. The newlyweds raised cattle, hogs, and chickens, and ...

Elijah Cornelius Dick’s WWI Draft Card

Elijah Cornelius Dick's WWI Draft Card
My wife’s maternal great-grandfather, Elijah Cornelius Dick, was a 29-year-old father of two when he completed this draft card for the United States military in June 1917. Draft cards provide details that are rarely, if ever, found in other standard genealogical documents such as census records, marriage certificates, land grants, and death certificates. First of ...

Unknown Faces from the Ray, McLauchlin, Smith, and Meacham Families of Cumberland and Anson Counties, North Carolina 2

Unknown Faces from the Ray, McLauchlin, Smith, and Meacham Families of Cumberland and Anson Counties, North Carolina
The most frustrating thing a family historian can find is a collection of old unlabeled photographs. I make a point to scan anonymous old portraits of family members that I find in hopes that the identities will one day be revealed. Although the vast bulk of un-named scans in my collection remain mysteries, I am ...

Scant Records About Theodorick Jackson of Monroe County, Mississippi

Scant Records About Theodorick Jackson of Monroe County, Mississippi
Sometimes, genealogists just can’t find a breakthrough when it comes to researching an ancestor. Theodorick Jackson represents such an ancestor for me. He is my great-great grandfather and, falling along the “surname branch” of my family tree, he has occupied an auspicious spot in my research queue for almost twenty years. Yet, despite all my ...