Sunday, April 24, 2011

Aunt Polley

Mary "Polley" Hogan was an aunt of mine, but a long way back. I'm not even sure how far back. She was either the sister of my great great grandfather James Henderson Hogan or the sister of his father, James Hogan.

She was born about 1829 in Stewart County Georgia shows up on the census as of 1850. She is just listed with the Hogan family so it is impossible to know if she was a sister or aunt. Later she was living with James Henderson Hogan's sister Rebecca Hogan Purvis.

In fact she lived with Rebecca and her grown children for the rest of her life. On the census records she was listed as either Mary or Polley, as the Aunt of the householder.

Polley died 111 years ago today, on April 24, 1900 in Webster County Georgia. She was buried in the Poplar Springs Baptist Church cemetery near Preston, Georgia. I was sent a very poor photocopy of her picture about 15 years ago and then two years ago another Hogan researcher sent me an original.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Major Adams

Major Alden Joseph Adams was quite a colorful character in the history of Manatee County Florida. He has a cemetery named for him, due to donating the land. It was because of the cemetery that I discovered he was a relative.

My great grandparents, Benjamin and Ida Wilson are buried in Major Adams Cemetery and I have been there a couple times. I took photos of many of the graves and put them online at findagrave. I recognized a couple of the names on the markers but didn't see any relatives other than those I already knew about.

Major Adams was born in 1843 and received his rank after enlisting in the 44th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment on August 29, 1862. He served during the Civil War as a clerk, never in combat. He is listed in the military records as being discharged as a private, but somehow, I guess because he claimed family connections to two US Presidents also named Adams, he was called Major after the war. It didn't hurt that he was on he winning side.

After the war he became a writer and traveled to Europe doing stories for newspapers. Adams is better known for his land development than his military career. He bought a 400 acre plot on the Manatee River in south Florida in 1876 and started to build his home there. Well he went
a little beyond the scope of a home or anything folks in the area had ever seen before. His Villa Zanza or Adams Castle as some called it had 16 rooms, three stories and was made of concrete, He finished it around 1882 and then bought thousands of additional acres in the area. Adams collected wild and exotic animals and raised horses long before middle Florida ever dreamed of having a Derby winner.He built a citrus grove that was reported to have over 8000 trees.

Major Adams became senile in his old age and was committed to the mental ward of the DeSoto Sanatorium in Jacksonville, Florida where he died in 1915.

The family connection? His second wife Maude M. Davis was the daughter of Charles Luke Davis who was a third cousin and Mary C. Bishop who was a 4th cousin. Both the Davis and Bishop family came from Carteret County North Carolina.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Googled again

Google has put more old newspapers online. The search feature isn't perfect because not all the articles are indexed. I'm not sure how it works, you can find some articles by searching for keywords but the article in the next column on the same page may not show up in the search.

In any event, if you know the date of an event you can browse the newspapers by year, month and day and then read the issues that has the article you are looking for. They don't have every issue of the papers but it looks like they have 50-60% of them.

To see which newspapers and locations are available start with this page.

I have found a number of articles about family members, going back to the 1920-30s. You can't print or save the image but you can read the article and if you want, transcribe it or save the link.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

A Baker's Dozen

For many years I thought my great grandparents on the Green side had 12 children.

My grandfather Millard Fillmore Green was the oldest child of the twelve, or at least that is what I had been told all my life. It wasn't until I looked at the actual family bible owned by his parents a few years ago that I realized there were thirteen children and he had an older sister.

She wasn't listed on the birth register of the bible. I was given a photocopy of those pages listing births and deaths 15 years ago and transcribed it for my genealogy records.

My cousin Hubert Horne let me take the bible and scan all the pages that had writing on them and that is when I realized her mother listed Elizabeth on a separate page under the title family history.

Granted she didn't live long, but Elizabeth Green was born April 5, 1879, (132 years ago today) almost nine months to the day after her parents were married, July 4, 1878. She died the next day and the only memory of her was the entry her mother made in the bible. Younger brother Millard was born 11 months later on May 15, 1880.


i. ELIZABETH GREEN, b. April 05, 1879, Perry, FL; d. April 06, 1879, Perry, FL.

ii. MILLARD FILLMORE GREEN, b. May 16, 1880, Perry, Florida; d. July 08, 1973, Perry, FL

iii. JOHN HENDERSON GREEN, b. January 01, 1882, Perry, FL; d. June 13, 1918, Perry, FL

iv. ELVERTON NAPOLEON GREEN, b. March 04, 1884, Perry, FL; d. October 28, 1934, Cortez, Manatee County FL

v. LUTHER DANIEL GREEN, b. February 07, 1886, Perry, FL; d. July 04, 1886, Perry, FL

vi. ARTHUR SYLVESTER GREEN b. June 02, 1887, Shady Grove, Taylor County FL; d. October 22, 1937, Gainesville, Alachua County FL

vii. FLORENCE LEONA GREEN, b. November 27, 1890, Perry, FL; d. October 1965, Bradenton, FL

viii. MARIAN EQUILLA GREEN, b. February 22, 1891, Perry, FL; d. March 12, 1895, Perry, FL

ix. KATHLEEN ELMIRA GREEN, b. November 06, 1892, Perry, FL; d. July 08, 1986, Bradenton, FL

x. JAMES EUGENE GREEN, b. May 22, 1895, Perry, FL; d. November 17, 1899, Perry, FL

xi. LYDIA IRENE GREEN, b. March 13, 1899, Perry, F; d. August 28, 1999, Bradenton, FL

xii. EVA LAVINIA GREEN, b. December 24, 1901, Perry, FL ,d. August 14, 1990, Bradenton, FL

xiii. SARAH EVELYN GREEN, b. April 19, 1903, Perry, FL; d. September 16, 1989, Bradenton, FL