Carolina Girl Genealogy

Researching My Southern Roots

"Who were their people? My grandmother used to ask. She wanted to know family connections.
Like her, I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery and helping others discover theirs.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

May 1-May 7

May 3~
   This day marks the 102nd anniversary of the marriage of my paternal Great Grandparents, John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) and Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson (1886-1918). John was 34 and Blanche 28 when they married in Manning, Clarendon, South Carolina. 
Marriage Announcement
John and Blanche Hudson
Manning Times (Manning, SC)
9 May 1914 

May 5~
   My paternal Grandmother, Mary (Baker) Hudson (1920-2010) was born 96 years ago in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. Mary was the daughter of Jubal Ransom Early (1888-1964) and Emma Ruth (Baker) Early (1901-1993).
Miss you Mimi!

Mary (Baker) Hudson
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Celebration Sunday~Genealogy Happy Dance!

You know the dance. You know you've done it. The one every researcher does after finding something new. The one where you want to jump up and down and shout to everyone around that you found the document, contacted a cousin who has the family Bible, made a DNA connection or found a whole new branch to your tree. The one that is met with glazed stares and eye rolls.
                                                          Celebration Sunday is a place to share your discoveries. 
This is a weekly series to enable everyone to tell about their Genealogy Happy Dance moment. This can be done by scrolling down and adding your story to the comments section. You may also put a link to a blog post.

                                                                           Let's celebrate and dance together.

                                                                                A No Eye Rolling Zone!

My Happy Dance This Week: 
   A ship passenger list coming into Charleston Harbor included the name of Thomas McCrady born about 1798. He was a merchant traveling back to Charleston from Havana in August of 1822. My paternal third Great Grandfather was Thomas J. McCrady (1821-1896) from Sumter, South Carolina. The merchant Thomas just may be a clue to lead to who my Thomas' parents were! Happy Dance for sure!!
                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Those Places Thursday~Midway Presbyterian Church

The Midway Presbyterian Church in New Zion, Clarendon, South Carolina was named because of its location, halfway between churches in Sumter and Williamsburg Districts. The congregation began meeting about 1801.Work started on the original log building in 1802 and was officially organized in 1804.The church seen now was built in 1850. It was moved back 100 feet from the road in 1939 and remodeled. 
The Register of Session Minutes of Midway Presbyterian Church Clarendon County, South Carolina 1801-1902 by Lois Anne Warren-Daniels, Linda J. Warren & Dianne C. Warren, 2002, pg. 1 
  " Sept. 20th 1801
       Nine men of the inhabitants of Bull Savanna & Pudding Swamp met a the house of Mrs. Mary Conyers in order to form a church & raise a salary for a minister one fourth of his time.
  Sept. 2nd 1802
    The congregation employed Wm. McIntosh & Saml. Fleming to build a church for one hundred & eighty dollars. Nov 10th 1802 the house was raised & called Midway because it was built half way between Williamsburg & Salem Church & members from those two churches aided in the building, a house of worship & support of the gospel. 
  January 10th 1803
   The Rev. G.G. McWorter preached his first sermon in Midway Church.
 October 22nd 1803
 The house was completed & rec'd by the Building Committee.
 In the year 1804 the church was organized."                          
Historical Marker
Midway Presbyterian Church
New Zion, Clarendon, South Carolina

 Sarah Rebecca (Smith) Flemming Hudson (1835-1916), my Great Great Grandmother, attended Midway Church.
Midway Presbyterian Church and Cemetery
The Register of Session Minutes records on page 119: "January 17th 1902
  Session met-opened with prayer. Present Rev. James McDowell, R.E. McFadden and R.W. Wheeler, elders at the house of Mr. R.S. Flemming. Mr. Henry While Flemming was examined and received as a member of the church. Also Mrs. Sarah R. Hudson by examination and received."

The Register of Communicants published in the same book on pg. 119 shows that Mrs. Sarah R. Fleming was admitted to the church 26 April 1857 by examination. She was dismissed [date not given] because she had united with the Baptist Church. 

 Sarah was admitted to the church most likely after her marriage to James E. Fleming (1831-[?]). She was widowed and then married Ezra Ashby Hudson (1821-1882). Her admittance back into the Midway Presbyterian Church in 1902 may have been because her daughter Ila O. (Hudson) Flemming (1877-1939) and son-in-law Lewis Patrick Flemming (1873-1953) were married there and were members. Son, John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961), my Great Grandfather was admitted 18 May 1902.
 The records also indicate that Sarah and James Flemming's children were baptized at Midway and that her mother, Martha Julia (Epps) Smith (1808-1854) my 3rd Great Grandmother, also joined.
   Register of Communicants pg. 129:
 Mrs. Martha Smith Admission: 17 Jan 1852, by Examination, died July 1854, Wife of H.J. Smith. 
   Many other members of the family were involved in the Midway Presbyterian Church. Some of the surnames in the records include Epps, Frierson, Fleming, and Smith.

Sarah Rebecca (Smith) Fleming Hudson
Midway Presbyterian Church Cemetery
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 Sarah Rebecca (Smith) Flemming Hudson died 9 March 1916 of influenza. Her death is recorded in the Register of Deaths, pg. 144. She was buried in the church's cemetery.
  Daughter Ila and son-in-law James were also buried there.

Ila O. (Hudson) Flemming (1877-1939)
and husband
Lewis Patrick Flemming (1873-1953)
©Cheri Hudson Passey

Double Marker
Lewis P. Flemming
Ila O. Hudson Flemming
Midway Presbyterian Church Cemetery
 Midway Presbyterian Church was and still is an important part of the Clarendon County community of New Zion. 
 My family worshiped here. Did yours?

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