Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Looking Forward To Figuring Out This Connection

Yesterday, I featured two of the deeds of my 2nd great grand uncle Alfred Mitchell on this blog. If you missed that post, here's the link:  Amanuensis Monday on Tuesday: Alfred Mitchell --Deeds #1 & #2.

On those deeds, there was a name that intrigued me to due to recent updates to my AncestryDNA connections.

Before I go into that, I just want to say that I have this theory about the ancestors. Some of those folks that have crossed over I think are just chomping at the bit to get information to their living folks. I think if they find someone researching a place or person they were associated with then they figure out a way to get us to "speak their names" and get that information passed on to the right people.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time reviewing my research on my Riverdale, NC ancestors. Many of my most recent posts have featured folks who once lived in that area. 

Here's where it gets interesting. On yesterday's post, one of the names mentioned on Alfred Mitchell's deeds was a Scipio Toodles. Now unique names have a way of making an impression on me. That name in particular seemed familiar and I quickly realized why. Now lets go to AncestryDNA.



Images courtesy of Ancestry.com



Sipp Toodle... Hmmm?!

When did this new cousin of mine appear on my connections list? I actually don't know the answer to that question. It had been a while since I last checked. What I do know is that I decided to look this past Friday to see if there was anyone new on my list of DNA matches. My newly found cousin had a Sipp Toodle listed on their tree and that's why the name Scipio Toodles seemed familiar to me. 

I didn't get a chance to write to the administrator of T.T's tree until this evening. I have a couple of theories on how we may be related. We share a number of the same folks on our family trees. Hopefully, we can put our heads together and figure this out. I'll keep you posted if I find anything out.



Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Amanuensis Monday on Tuesday: Alfred Mitchell --Deeds #1 & #2

As I mentioned in my post from last week, 52 Ancestors: #12 Alfred Mitchell --A Son Bears Witness, I want to share over the course of the next few Mondays (well, for this week Tuesday) the deeds of my 2nd great grand uncle. Like his father, Mortimer Mitchell, and sister, Rosa Mitchell Jones, Alfred went on to become a property owner as well. Here is the earliest deed I have for him, dated December 23, 1882.  I really did try to get this post out last night but my parenting duties take priority over blogging. As a result, we have Amanuensis Monday on Tuesday.  

(Part one)

     This indenture made and executed this 23rd day of December, A. D. 1882, by and between Alfred Mitchell of the one part and Abram D. Fisher of the other part, both of the County of Craven and State of North Carolina; Witnesseth that the said Alfred Mitchell for and in consideration of the sum of Two Hundred and Ten dollars, to him in hand paid by Abram D. Fisher the receipt where is hereby acknowledged, hath granted, bargained, sold and conveyed and by these presents doth grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said Abram D. Fisher his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, a certain tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the County of Craven, and on the South Side of Neuse River and South Side of Crooked run adjoining the lands of Solomon Allen, James Ryan, Scipios Toodles and Crooked run containing Forty acres more or less.

(Part two)

     
      To have and to hold the aforegranted premises with the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging to him the said Abram D. Fisher, his heirs executors, administrators and assigns in fee simple. Provided nevertheless that if the said Alfred Mitchell his heirs executors and administrators shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid to the said Abram D. Fisher his heirs, executors administrators or assigns, Two hundred and Ten dollars, according to the condition of two certain Bonds bearing even date here with payable one on the 1st day of December, 1883, for One Hundred Dollars with interest from date at 8 percent, One note on the first day of December, 1884, for One Hundred and Ten Dollars with interest from date at 8 per cent, then this deed to be null and void: otherwise to be in full force and effect, But if default shall be made in the payment of the said notes or either of them and the interest or any part thereof at the times hereinbefore specified for the payment, the said party 

(Part three)

of the first part his heirs in such case doth here authorize and fully impower the said party of the second part his heirs executors administrators assigns, upon written notice to the party of the first part for ninety days that prompt payment is expected and in default there of sale will be made under powers of this mortgage, to sell the said hereby granted premises at public auction or cash at the Court House Door in New Berne and three other public places in Craven County and convey the same to the purchase in fee simple, and out of the monies arising from such sale retain the principal and interest which shall then be due on the said notes, (and if the default be on the first note, the second note shall be due also) together with all costs and charges and pay the surplus (if any) to the said party of the first part his heirs, executors, administrators or assigns. In testimony whereof the said Alfred Mitchell hath hereunto set his hand and seal  ? day and date first herein written. 

     Signed, Sealed, and delivered in     {Alfred Mitchell {Seal}
          presence of W. G. Brinson

(Part four)

North Carolina -----                                   Craven County
The execution of the foregoing instrument was this day acknowledged before me by Alfred Mitchell the grantor for the purposes therein expressed. Witness my hand and private seal this 23rd day of December A. D. 1882

                                    W. G. Brinson J.P. {Seal}

State of North Carolina 
            Craven County}  SS: Probate Court.
The annexed certificate of W. G. Brinson, Justice of the Peace of Craven County is adjudged correct. Let this Instrument with the certificates be registered. Witness my hand and official seal, this 23rd day of December A. D. 1882


E. W. Carpenter Probate Judge
Presented Dec. 23rd 1882, at 12 M.
Recorded Dec. 28th 1882 



(Part five)

In presence of }  I acknowledge the satisfaction of the provision of 
     Jos Nelson }  the annexed mortgage from Alfred Mitchell to 
     Reg Deeds }  to Abram D Fisher fully satisfied and paid and do 
                          hereby release and discharge the same this 17   

                          Day March 1885.
                                                           A. D. Fisher

I also have part of another deed that was also written in December 1882 which shows Alfred's purchase of another piece of land from Abram Fisher. I am lucky to have these deeds due to the kindness of a fellow researcher from the New Bern, NC who made copies for me a few years ago. Unfortunately, I don't have the second page to this other deed but a lot still can be learned from the page I do have.



(Part six)

This indenture made and executed this 23rd day of December 1882 by and between Abram D. Fisher of the one part and Alfred Mitchell of the second part, both of the County of Craven and State of North Carolina; Witnesseth that the said party of the first part for and in consideration of the sum of three Hundred and fifty dollars to him in hand paid by the said party of the second part the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged, hath granted, bargained and sold and conveyed and by the presents doth grant, bargain, sell and convey to the said party of the second part his heirs, executors, administrators and assigners, a certain tract or parcel of land situate lying and being in the County of Craven and on the South side of Neuse River and South side of crooked run adjoining the lands of Solomon Allen James Ryan Scipio Toodles and crooked run, containing Forty acres more or less. 
     To Have and to hold the aforegranted premises with the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging to him the said Alfred Mitchell his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns in fee simple forever. And the said Abram D. Fisher for himself and his heirs do warrant and ...

Those names that I have in bold have some significance. Solomon Allen was Alfred Mitchell's father-in-law. The other name Scipio Toodle I will have to explain what is interesting about him tomorrow.  Let's just say, sometimes I think the ancestors have a way of making things come together. 


To be continued...

Friday, April 25, 2014

More Siesta Key 2014 Vacation Pictures

Here's some more pictures from our recent trip to Siesta Key, Florida. I can't believe we've been home almost a week already. Vacations always go by so quick.

















































Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Book Of Me: Prompt 30 --Your First Day Of School


If you are not familiar with this wonderful project that was created by Julie Goucher of the Angler's Rest blog, please refer to this link:  http://www.anglers-rest.net/book-of-me-written-by-you.html

This week's prompt is - Your First day of School
Do you remember the day?
The weather 
What you wore 
How you got there
Who took you to school
Where was the School
Any stories?
Friends
Teachers
How old were you?
Were you perhaps home schooled or taught in a different way to the usual traditional methods - such as were you in a remote area and lessons conducted using the phone etc
Do you have any other memories or thoughts of your first day of school?
Or perhaps ask a sibling, parent, child etc
Caution - do not spend lots of time on your junior school that will be in another prompt!.....


I slacked off all last week on My Book Of Me Prompts, while I was on vacation. Bad me (pretend hand slap.) So now I have to catch up even more. Oh well. In the words of my freshman year college roommate, "I'll get there...when I get there." (smile)

I truly have no recollection of my first day of school! Don't know if that's a good or bad thing. (I will assume that this is good and that it was an uneventful day and that's why I don't remember it.) Anyway, I attended parochial school up through the fourth grade. My brother and I went to St. Pascal's Baylon School in St. Albans, NY. I started kindergarten at the age of 4 because my birthday falls in October. I do know that I was happy because I didn't have to wear a uniform until I started the 1st grade.  Kindergartners could wear regular clothing as long as the clothes were neat and put together looking. My mother drove us to school every day. 

A picture of my paternal grandpa Lemuel Harrison and me standing in front of St Pascal's Baylon School.

View of the school building. Image capture September 2013.
Image courtesy of Google Maps

Here's a picture of my kindergarten class. Had the best teacher ever, Mrs. Carroll. Sweet lady. I definitely miss her.  She was one of those teachers who always went the extra mile and took great care of her students. 

I'm pictured in the middle row center. That jumpsuit is 
something else isn't it? LOL. Definitely a 1970's thing.



Tuesday, April 22, 2014

52 Ancestors: #12 --Alfred Mitchell --A Son Bears Witness

I am participating in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Challenge put forth by Amy Johnson Crow of the blog No Story Too Small. If you aren't familiar with the challenge be sure to check out her blog.


Imagine it's March 11, 1878. You are 22 years old. You were born a slave but now you and your family are free. You were once considered property but now you are bearing witness to your father signing a deed to purchase land. What would that feel like?

Well, that scenario describes what it was like to walk in the shoes of my 2nd great grand uncle Alfred Mitchell. Alfred Mitchell was one of the children Mortimer Mitchell and Annie Taylor Mitchell. Based on information from his marriage record and his death certificate, I believe he was born on July 31, 1856. His death certificate showed his place of birth as being Beaufort County, NC.

What a moment for a father and son together! A father showing his son how it is done; How to purchase land. A son sharing in the moment by bearing witness and signing his name on the deed. What a great example Mortimer was for his son.  If you would like to see more of Mortimer Mitchell's deed, take a look at my post, The audacity to own land.

Alfred and his family settled in Riverdale, NC after the Civil War. He married Chloe Ann Allen, a Riverdale native, on January 29, 1880.



"North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VXTS-NF7 : accessed 20 Apr 2014), Alfred Mitchill and Cloe Ann Allen, 29 Jan 1880; citing Craven, North Carolina, United States; FHL microfilm 000288301


I know that Alfred and Chloe Mitchell had at least one child together, a Sarah Mitchell born around 1889. The family group can be seen here on the 1900 Federal Census.


Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
 Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.

I was able to go on and find a marriage record for Sarah Mitchell which again showed Alfred and Chloe Mitchell as her parents.

 "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VXTR-1LG : accessed 20 Apr 2014), Joe Ward and Sarah Mitchell, 19 Jun 1909; citing Craven, North Carolina, United States; FHL microfilm 000288285.

In addition to Sarah, there were two other children who may in fact be the children of Alfred and Chloe Mitchell. On the 1910 Federal Census it lists a Shem H Mitchell living in the Mitchell household. His relation to the head of the family is listed as "grandson."

Here's the household in 1920:

Source Information:  Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line].
Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010. 
There were two sons listed, Shem H., who I believe is the same one who was listed on the 1910 census and Napolian. I haven't found much on either individual as of yet. Napolian/Napoleon's trail runs cold after 1930 for me. I think "Shem" may be an abbreviation for Sherman. I did find a Sherman Mitchell who passed away in May 1979 in Brooklyn who might be a candidate for my Sherman Mitchell but for now this is all I know.

Back to Alfred now. Alfred indeed took after his father and was able to purchase a few properties of his own. His first purchase took place just four short years after his father bought his land. This I find absolutely amazing. Over the course of the next few Mondays I will share Alfred Mitchell's deeds using the "Amanuensis Monday" theme.

According to his death certificate, Alfred Mitchell died on February 24, 1934 from cardio-renal vascular disease (arteriosclerosis).  He's buried at Mt Olive AME Zion Church Cemetery in Riverdale, North Carolina.  There is no marker left to note the location of his grave but he's more than likely buried near his mother Annie Mitchell and his Sampson relatives.


Mitchell and Sampson graves at Mt. Olive AME Zion Church Cemetery.
Riverdale, North Carolina.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thankful Thursday: Thankful For Another On-Line Connection

On my post, The Wonder Of Wandering, I featured a couple of newspaper articles that discussed an enterprise that was run by a family with the last name of Mallett. They ran Clare Fibre Works in Riverdale, NC which employed a large number of individuals from the area. One of the the Mallets, specifically one by the name of Charles E. Mallet had a connection to one of my ancestors.  David Sampson was my 2nd great grand uncle who I have written about quite a bit on this blog.  If you are new to my blog, here are two posts about him.

Dave Sampson a True Riverdale Character --Part one

Dave Sampson a True Riverdale Character --Part two

On the 1880 Federal Census, Dave Sampson was listed as working as a porter in a store for Charles E Mallett. Charles and David were approximately the same age. I wonder what their relationship was like.  


Source Information:  Ancestry.com and The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
 1880 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Township 7, Craven, North Carolina; Roll: 959; Family History Film: 1254959; Page: 227B; Enumeration District: 039; Image: 0623.

Recently, I connected with a descendant of the Mallett family on Ancestry.com who happened to have a public family tree with a picture of the Mallett gentlemen posed together.  Guess who was pictured with the bunch?  Mr. Charles E. Mallett!

(Standing --left to right:   James Fleming Mallett, Charles Edward Mallett, Charles Peter Mallett, Robert Gibbs Mallett.  Seated --left to right:  Eugene Pierre Mallett and George Hooper Mallett.)

 Charles Edward Mallett



I have to send a thank you out to Mr. David Mallett Jr. for allowing me to use this photograph. There's just something about seeing the faces of people who knew your ancestor that resonates with me. I look at Charles Mallet's picture and I just want to go up to him and say, "Hey, what did you know about my 2nd great grand uncle David Sampson?  What was he like? What sorts of stories could you tell?" 

Speaking of Dave...I have to say there is always a story to be found about this guy. Just today, on Newspapers.com I found this article regarding the man. Check this out.




 The New Bern Sun, August 20, 1908, Page 8


Image courtesy of the book, Craven County 
by Lynn Salsi and Frances Eubanks
Dave Sampson is on the left.


P.S.  Okay technically now it is 12:10 AM Friday, but I did start it Thursday, so I am sticking with the Thankful Thursday title. :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday: Siesta Key, Florida 2014

So we are in Siesta Key, Florida again and you know what that means...


Meaney's Mini-Donuts!

"Oh yeah!"

The Beach

"Must dig"

"Still digging"

"Find anything yet?"

"Okay I'll stand still for a picture."

Happy Family!

Happy Me :)