Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: Train Depot --Beaufort, Carteret, NC


This is one of several postcards that I have that show some of the places where my ancestors lived. The image is of the train depot in Beaufort, Carteret, NC. The postcard reads on the back: Historic North Carolina Collection, Copyright 1900-1939, Archival Edition 1999. 

Monday, July 29, 2013

Amanuensis Monday On Tuesday: Probate Record Of Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones --Part two


For those of you who missed part one, here's the link:  The Will And Probate Record of Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones

Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org: North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 
CarteretWills, 1925-1948, Vol. G Image 291 of 348 

Decree Appointing Committee or Trustee Under Chapter 518, Act 1929.
Ex Parte:               }
                             }                    IN THE
In the Matter of     }               CIRCUIT COURT NO. 2
Ula V. Jones         }                      OF
          A Lunatic    }               BALTIMORE CITY

                                   DECREE:
         
               This cause standing ready for hearing and duly submitted, the proceedings were by the Court read and considered:
               It is Thereupon, this 1st day of September, 1943, Adjudged, Ordered and Decreed that JAMES E JONES and HENRY C JONES be and they are hereby appointed COMMITTEE with full power and authority to care for and manage the property of the said ULA V. JONES and upon proper order of this Court to expend cash for the support and maintenance of the said Ula V. Jones under the direction of this Court; but before the said JAMES E JONES AND HENRY C JONES shall proceed to act as such COMMITTEE they shall give a corporate bond to the STATE of Maryland in the penalty of ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS, with a surety or sureties to be approved by this Court or the Clerk thereof, for the faithful discharge of their duties as such COMMITTEE.


                                                                           Edwin T. Dickerson         


STATE OF   MARYLAND,

CITY OF BALTIMORE,  ss:

               I, JOHN S.  CLARKE, Clerk of the Circuit Court No. 2 of Baltimore City, do hereby certify that the above is a true copy of the original DECREE APPOINTING COMMITTEE, signed the 1st day of September, 1943, and I further certify that the Committee named therein has filed its approved bond now on file in this office in the cause therein entitled EX PARTE IN THE MATTER OF ULA V. JONES.

               In Testimony Whereof, I hereto set my hand and affix the seal of the said CIRCUIT COURT NO. 2, this 27th day of August A. D. 1946.

                                                                           John S. Clarke                  
                                                                                             Clerk.

Maryland Sr.
                                        The State of Maryland.
               To all Persons to whom these presents shall come ---Greeting:
               KNOW YE, That the last will and Testament of O. D. Jones of Baltimore City, deceased, hath in due form of law been exhibited, proved and recorded in the Office of the Register of Wills for Baltimore City, a copy of which is to these presents annexed;  and the said O. D. Jones by his said Will appointed


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970 
CarteretWills, 1925-1948, Vol. G Image 292 of 348 


Ula V. Jones Executrix thereof, and the said Ula V. Jones having since been declared by the Circuit Court No. 2 of Baltimore City Non Compus Mentus and no Administration having been granted been granted on the Estate of the said O. D. Jones who had within this State at the time of his death, personal estate, as it is said, the power of granting Administration whereof doth to us rightfully belong: 


                TO THE END, THEREFORE, that the personal estate of the said O. D. Jones deceased, may be collected, preserved and disposed of according to law, Administration of all the goods, chattels, credits and personal estate of the said O. D. Jones deceased, is hereby granted and committed unto James E. Jones and Henry C. Jones who is by these presents appointed Administrators with the Will annexed of the said O. D. Jones deceased. And full power and authority is hereby granted to the said Administrators with the Will annexed, to demand, collect  receive and administer the goods chattels, credits and personal estate of O. D. Jones deceased, according to law, having already executed and filed in the office of the Register of Wills for Baltimore City, h bond to the State of Maryland with approved securities, well and truly to perform the office of Administrators with the Will annexed, of the said O. D. Jo nes deceased, according to law, and also taken an oath well and truly administer the goods, chattels, personal estate and credits of the said O. D. Jones deceased, to the best of their knowledge according to the law, and to give a just account of their administration when thereto they shall be lawfully called.



               WITNESS,  PHILIP L. SYKES Chief Justice of the Orphans' Court of Baltimore City, this 21st day of September in the year of our Lord Nineteen hundred and forty-three 




                                                                               Test:     John H. Bouse              
                                                                                          Register of Wills for 
                                                                                                     Baltimore City 

THE STATE OF MARYLAND 

Baltimore City, Sc.


                I, JOHN H. BOUSE, Register of Wills, and by law, Keeper of the Seal and of the Records, and of the Original Papers of the Orphan's Court of Baltimore City, do hereby certify that the aforegoing is a true and full copy of the Last Will and Testament of O. D. Jones late of said City, deceased, together with the proofs and probate thereof and decree of Circuit Court No. 2 taken from Wills Liber J.H.B. No.211 Folio No. 56 etc., being one of the Records filed, recorded and kept in the office of Register of Wills for Baltimore City., Also copy of Letters Administration C.T.A. granted under the Will which are in full force and effect at present date. 



               In Testimony Whereof, I hereunto subscribed my name and affix the seal of the said Court and Office, this 27th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-six. 



                                                                                         John H. Bouse                      
                                                                                    Register of Wills for Baltimore
                                                                                                                              City


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina, Probate Records, 1735-1970
CarteretWills, 1925-1948, Vol. G Image 292 of 348 

Maryland, Sct 

               I, PHILIP L. SYKES, Chief Judge of the Orphans' Court of Baltimore City, in the State aforesaid, so certify that the aforegoing Attestation of JOHN H. BOUSE, Register of Wills for said City, is in due form and by the proper officer. 
               Given under my hand, at the City of Baltimore, this 27th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-six 

                                                                                                  Philip L. Sykes                     

STATE OF MARYLAND
Baltimore City, Sct.

               I hereby testify, that the Honorable Philip L. Sykes, by whom the above certificate was given, and who hath thereto subscribed his name, was at the time of so doing, Chief Judge of the Orphans' Court of Baltimore City, duly elected, commissioned, and qualified. 

               In Testimony Whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of the said Court, this 27th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and forty-six 

(SEAL)                                                                                      JOHN H. BOUSE                 
                                                                                               Register of Wills for Baltimore


Okay it is official. My eyeballs have just fallen out of my head. I had to make an adjustment to the title of this post since it is now officially Tuesday (1:27am.)  I will take this as my cue to go to sleep and pick up with things tomorrow.
                                                                                              

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: Another Family Getaway --Sackets Harbor

The family and I just returned from a lovely getaway to Sackets Harbor, NY. It's a beautiful little village on Lake Ontario. Located just south of the village, is the Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site which we visited as well. It was a couple of days of lounging on the beach and good eating. To make a long story short, a good time was had by all.

A couple of views from behind our hotel.





On our first evening we ate dinner at our friend Andy Taylor's restaurant, Tin Pan Galley. What wonderful food we had! I had a delicious New York Strip Steak while my husband dined on pan seared sea scallops. We enjoyed live music while we dined outdoors.


My hubby and my daughter.


Our friend Andy is the one standing and playing the guitar.


My son enjoying the music.


My son and I took a walk through the garden behind the restaurant. 
What a lovely place. It is somewhere truly magical.


A statue in the garden.


A goof ball in the garden.


I think my son's goofiness was a bit contagious because the next thing 
I knew I was taking a picture of this statue's back side.


And then a closeup. :)


Here's another statue we saw in the garden.


Some evening views of the harbor.



















Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday: Freddie Harrison

I was inspired today by a post by fellow researcher and blogger, Jana Last. In Tombstone Tuesday: - Christopher Iverson, she wrote about how a photo request of hers was fulfilled by a lovely Find A Grave volunteer and as a result, she now has a photograph of the grave of her paternal great grandfather. Well, after I checked out her post, it made me think for a second, "Hmm...when was the last time I was on Find A Grave." Then I thought, "it's been a while hasn't it?" I should go take a look and see what I find.

Well, today was a good day. Although I didn't have an outstanding photo request, I did find that a volunteer had kindly photographed the grave of my maternal grand uncle Freddie Harrison.

Image courtesy of Find A Grave: Added by: John Robertshaw on 5/8/13
New Bern National Cemetery, New Bern, NC
Stone reads, "Freddie Harrison
PFC
US Army 
World War II
Jan 20, 1925
Nov 9, 1979"

Freddie Harrison

Freddie Harrison's parents were John Thomas Harrison Sr. and Carrie Whitney Harrison of New Bern, NC.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Amanuensis Monday: The Will And Probate Record Of Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones

Image of a young Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones

To recap, Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones was my 1st cousin 3x removed, a child of William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard Jones of Morehead City, NC. Oscar's father, William, was a brother to my 2nd great grandfather Alexander Hamilton Jones.  If you missed any of my prior posts about Oscar, here are the links:


This recent find is courtesy of FamilySearch.org. The probate record is a bit long so I have decided to break it up and feature it over the next couple of Amanuensis Mondays.

Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina, Probate Records, 
1735-1970 CarteretWills, 1925-1948, Vol. G Image 290 

Last Will And Testament Of Oscar D. Jones

     Know All Men By These Presents:  That I, Oscar D. Jones of Baltimore City, in the State of Maryland, being of sound mind, disposing memory and understanding knowing the uncertainties of this life and to better provide for those entitled to my bounty after my demise, do hereby make, publish and declare, this, my Last Will and Testament, in the manner following; that is to say after the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses:

(1)      I GIVE, BEQUEATH AND DEVISE unto my beloved mother, Emms Jones of Morehead City, in the State of North Carolina, one-third of all the estate to which I may be entitled at the time of my death, to her absolutely.

(2)     I GIVE, BEQUEATH AND DEVISE unto my beloved wife, Ula V. Jones of Baltimore, City, in the State of Maryland, one-third of all the estate of which I maybe entitled or possess at the time of my demise, - to her absolutely.

(3)     I GIVE, BEQUEATH AND DEVISE unto my said beloved wife, Ula V. Jones, Testamentary Trustee, under this, my testament, the remaining one-third interest in my said estate, upon the trust, nevertheless that she shall use the income thereupon to assist in financing the education of my beloved infant son, Oscar D. Jones Jr. until he shall attain the age of twenty-three years at which time he shall be entitled to the corpus of the said interest or interests devised and bequeathed him hereunder.

(4)     ALL THE REST, RESIDUE AND REMAINDER OF my estate, I give, devise and bequeath unto my said wife Ula V. Jones, Trustee, to be applied by her as is set out in paragraph number four of this testament; and should my said mother, Emma Jones, predecease me, then and in that event I direct that heresaid one-third interest shall become a part of the residue of my estate and shall pass unto my said wife, Ula V. Jones, Trustee, to be applied by her as set out in paragraph number three of this, my last will and testament.

     AND I HEREBY NOMINATE AND APPOINT my said beloved wife, Ula V. Jones to be the Executrix of this my last will and testament and I also nominate and appoint her, the said Ula V. Jones as Testamentary Trustee hereunder with full power to sell, mortgage, alien or otherwise dispose of any property of my said estate which my come into her hands as Trustee hereunder, but that in event of any sale I direct that she immediately re-invest the funds arising therefrom in other interest bearing real or leasehold estate; and in event of such sale it shall not be incumbent for the purchaser or purchasers thereof to see to to the application of said proceeds. 

     IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand in Baltimore City, aforesaid, this Twenty Seventh day of January, in the year of Our Lord, one thousand nine hundred and twenty.

                                                                  O. D. Jones        (Seal)


Image courtesy of FamilySearch.org:  North Carolina, Probate Records, 
1735-1970 CarteretWills, 1925-1948, Vol. G Image 291 

Signed, sealed, published and declared by Oscar D. Jones, the above named Testator as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses. 


                                                                 Clark L. Smith    
                                                              Address:  21 E. Saratoga St.
                                                                    Roy S. Bond                  
                                                              Address:   215 St. Paul Pl.   

This seems to me to be a good stopping point. I will pick up with the another portion of this record next Monday. 

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Something About Me Saturday: Another Summer Getaway --Watkins Glen

Thank you dear hubby for taking time off of work so we could take another mini-vacation. This time we overnighted at Watkins Glen, NY, a beautiful village at the southern tip of Seneca Lake.

A view of Seneca Lake from our hotel room.


A closer view of the harbor.


My son at dinner. What a great smile.


Happy husband.


Hmm...What shall I do with this straw?


I know. I'll make a funny face. :)





Follow the leader.














A view from the end of the pier.


The day getting sleepy.




Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Wordless Wednesday: My Mom And Her Dad

My Mom and her dad, Lemuel Harrison.
I think this was Christmas 1981 or 1982 at Grandpa's house.


Monday, July 15, 2013

Military Monday: World War I and II Draft Registration Cards For James Edward Jones

In my last post, Sunday's Obituary: Another Obituary Reveals Clues, I presented how I had discovered another child of my 2nd great grand uncle, William Henry Jones. This child was also a brother to Oscar Dunn Jones. I didn't know of James Edward Jones's existence until I saw his name mentioned in his brother Oscar's obituary. Happily, I found on Ancestry.com his World War I and II draft registration cards.

Source Citation: Registration State: North Carolina; Registration County: Carteret; Roll: 1765626. Source Information:  Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005

Now I have a date of birth for James Jones, Jan. 8th, 1895.  I like draft registration cards because they give you a little snap shot in time of the lives our ancestors. In 1917, he was doing hotel work at a place called Gray's Armory in Richmond, VA. He was single and was claiming exemption because he was supporting his mother and father.


 
Source Citation: National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington, D.C.; State Headquarters: Pennsylvania; Microfilm Series: M1951; Microfilm Roll: 152. Source Information:  Ancestry.com. U.S., World War II Draft Registration Cards, 1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. 

Fast forward to 1942 and we find James married, living in Philadelphia at 4806 Fairmont Ave, and working as a dentist. Now I have to dig up all the bits and pieces of how he made it from point A to B.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Sunday's Obituary: Another Obituary Reveals Clues.


Okay this is a case of  "Ooops, my bad."  I mentioned in my last post, Reveling In This Moment, how I connected with a Jones family cousin a little more than a year ago and that she shared with me several images.  One of those pictures was a newspaper obituary. Upon receipt, I glanced at it and accessed that it was pretty much the same obituary that I already had, which I featured in my post, Sunday's Obituary: Dr. Oscar Dunn Jones.  Well, my bad, it wasn't. I looked at it again this past week and read it thoroughly this time. 

This obituary gave a bit more detail on the circumstances surrounding Oscar's death. Unfortunately, I don't know what paper it came from. Now I took liberties to fill in information that had been cut off if I was able to figure out the gist of what a sentence was saying.

Dr. O. D Jones Dies in N.C.

Dr. O. D. Jones, a practicing dentist in Baltimore for thirty years, died Wednesday at 11 p.m. at the home of his brother T. M. Jones, in Raleigh, following a heart attack.  

Dr. Jones in company with another brother, Dr. James Jones of Philadelphia, was en route to visit still another brother in Morehead City, N. C. They had stopped overnight in Raleigh.

Preparing for Bed

The Baltimore dentist was preparing for bed when he was taken suddenly ill. He had been ordered to take a month's rest because he had recently suffered two serious heart attacks.

Another brother, Henry, of Philadelphia, and a sister Miss Elizabeth Jones of Morehead City.

(Continued on Page 3, Col. ?)


(a portion of obituary is missing)

... O. D. Jones Jr. of Selfridge Field, MI survive. 

Son to Accompany Body

Corporal Jones has been notified of the death and will bring the body to Baltimore for funeral services.

Howard U. Grad

Dr. Jones graduated from Howard University where he completed both his undergraduate and graduate work. He was an active member of St. James (part cut off) Church.

He was vice president of (part cut off) Club and former superintendent of the church school (part cut off) associate vestryman.

Dr. Jones lived at 1128 W. Lafayette Ave and conducted office at 1405 Druid Hill Avenue.

Clue #1:  Oscar Dunn Jones died at the home of his brother T. M. Jones., in Raleigh, N.C. 

Who was T. M. Jones?  I didn't have him listed on my family tree among the children of William Henry Jones and Emma Shepard?  Was he a child missed by the census?  

Answer:  He may have been a child missed by the census but I am more inclined to believe at this time that he was visiting the home of his brother Dr. Caeser N. Jones of Raleigh, NC. His initials were C. N. and perhaps were misheard by whoever took down the information for the obituary. 

Clue #2:  Who was this Dr. James Jones? I did not have a record of him anywhere or so I thought. Was there another brother who lived in Philadelphia? Could this be true?

Answer:  Yes! My cousin confirmed this information. There was another brother named James Edward Jones who was also a dentist. Then I went back and looked at the obituary I had found quite some time ago in the ProQuest Historical Newspapers Colletion: The Baltimore Afro-American (1893-1988.) Yes, indeed there is mention of a Dr. J. E. Jones

Lesson learned from this:  Read through everything sent to you thoroughly. I made an assumption when I received the above featured obituary that it was identical to the one I already had all because they had the same picture shown in each. Like I said before, Ooops my bad!

More on James Edward Jones tomorrow. Happy researching everyone! 


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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Reveling In This Moment


Image courtesy of Microsoft Office Images

I feel like I am on a roll with my Jones family line lately. I know if you are into genealogy and are reading this right now that you can probably relate to what I am about to describe. You know how this whole thing is like a giant jig saw puzzle. You get different pieces to the puzzle at different times in your life. Some go together right away. Other pieces kind of remain scattered to the side waiting.  They are waiting for additional information. Some important clue so you can finally say "A-ha! That's where this piece goes!"  The connection becomes clear and you fit the piece into it's proper place. 

About a year ago, I connected with a Jones family cousin. I believe it was through Ancestry.com.  Anyway we started to correspond via email and even spoke on the phone. She sent me pictures of her grandparents and of several other relatives. I enjoyed the pictures she had sent but I didn't see at the time how they truly fit into my large genealogy puzzle. Well, that's not exactly true. I saw where they fit but I didn't feel it. The pictures I had received hadn't become people yet. They were still just pictures. That's because I didn't know yet about the neighborhoods in which these ancestors lived, who they married, or where they went to school.  I learned some had became dentists. Another was a fisherman and yet another had worked for the postal service. I didn't know that a year later, I would connect with another Jones cousin who would be searching for information on her grandfather and how it would turn out that her grandfather and this other cousin's grandfather were brothers. It all started to come together. These were my people and those pictures I spoke of before at last had taken on flesh.

So with that being said, I am reveling in this moment of understanding and connection. I find myself smiling unconsciously as I sip on coffee and daydream about my ancestors.