"Who are their People? My grandmother used to ask me this whenever we discussed anyone. She wanted to know family connections. Like her I want to know "My People". This blog is about that discovery.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Treasure Chest Thursday~From Cedar Chest to FB Success!

   A few weeks ago my Aunt brought me some pictures that were found while cleaning out a chest that belonged to my Paternal Grandmother"Mimi". Unfortunately, most were unidentified and looked to have been taken in the early 1900's. The people who would know who they were have long since passed. 
  Asking myself why Mimi had kept them for so many years lead me to believe that they probably were family pictures. Another question was-why didn't she ever tell me she had them!! I have several pictures of Mimi's ancestors and a few pictures of my Grandfather's Maternal line. Could some of these pictures be from my Grandfather's Paternal line?
  After scanning the photo's I posted three of them on the Facebook page for Williamsburg County,SC Genealogy. My Paternal Great Great Grandmother, Sarah Rebecca Smith Flemming Hudson, (1835-1916) was from this area. The people in this group are very helpful and I hoped that someone would be able to identify the pictures or lead me to someone who could.
   Not long after posting, I received a comment telling me that one of my pictures looked like her Dad's Grandparents.  I asked the comment maker, Lynette, to post the picture to compare and she did. The men in the picture did indeed look very much alike! Her photo was of Samuel and Caroline Mouzon. Looking at my data base, there was a collateral line with a Mouzon. My Great Great Grandmother's sister Emma Jane married a Mouzon.Could they be related? 
  Next, I went to Ancestry.com to  find any information on the Mouzon family. Searching for the Mouzon in my tree, Duncan King Mouzon (1837-1911) from Williamsburg, SC married to Emma Jane Smith (1837-1906), lead  to an amazing discovery! Attached to a tree page for this couple was the exact same picture that was in my Grandmother's trunk! My unknown picture is of my Great Great Grandmother's sister Sarah and her husband Duncan. I contacted the owner of the tree and asked for more information. A cousin connection has been made as she is a direct descendant. Our Great Great Grandmothers, Sarah and Emma Jane were sisters!
  A little more searching and I realized why the man in my picture looked so much like the man in the picture that was shared via Facebook.... they were brothers!

    Photo from Mimi's Chest
Duncan King Mouzan(1837-1911) and Emma Jane Smith(1831-1906)
©Cheri Hudson Passey

  Photo from the Williamsburg County FB page
Samuel Ruffin Mouzon II(1842-1926) & Caroline Austin Montgomery Mouzan(1848-1937)
Picture courtesy of Lynnette Ard
  But wait! That's not all!!
   Another picture that I posted to the FB page was also an unknown couple. There is faint writing on the back. The pencil markings are very faded and look to say something about a Mr. & Mrs. D(?).H(?),...maybe Welsh? It has a faint address that says Cades,SC. Cades is in Williamsburg County,SC. Once I realized that the first picture was a sister of my Great Great Grandmother, I decided to see if this photo could be another sister. Sure enough, after doing some research, I discovered that Susanna Caroline Smith (1845-1915) married twice. Her second husband? David H.Welch (1835-1903). They lived in the Cades area of Williamsburg County, SC.
  Now two of those mystery pictures are identified thanks to using social media.
The Genealogy pages and groups on Facebook and the Communities on Google+ are wonderful places to learn and share.Wherever you are researching or whatever types or records or methods you are interested in, there's probably a page,group or community that can help. It's easy to start one if there isn't. If you aren't using this wonderful resource in your research you are missing out!
   ©Cheri Hudson Passey

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Monday, April 21, 2014

NGS 2014~Did You See The Menus? Time Is Running Out!


 Are you going to Richmond in May for the NGS 2014 Family History Conference? If you are, you probably have already checked out the wonderful classes offered and decided on your schedule.....well, maybe decided and then changed your mind and are having trouble making a choice between such wonderful presenters and classes!
 Have you looked into the Luncheons and Dinners that are being offered?  These are being offered by various Societies and Organizations.The speakers are incredible and the menus...have you seen the menus? 
 Here's a link to the Conference Menus being served during the week. Yes, these cost extra, but with the wonderful speakers and food being served, I believe they are well worth it! You can even ask for Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian meals.  Hurry though, some are already sold out!
 Tomorrow, April 22, 2014 is the last day for pre-registration. On site registration will begin 6 May 2014. For more information on how to register for the Conference and Special Events before time runs out here's the link for the Press Release I received.
Can't make it this year? Registration for the Live Streaming  tracks is available until April 30, 2014.  So excited for this option! 
 For those of you going....contact me and let's meet in Richmond!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, April 20, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 20-April 26

Happy Easter y'all!
Nothing on the Calendar this week. Just means I have much more work to do!
 Are we Kin? Do you know something that needs to be added to the calendar? If so contact me! Let's work together to find our people!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday's Tip ~Tax Day Came For Our Ancestors Too!

 In April of 1866, my Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather was visited by the Tax Man.
  Samuel J. Bradford,II (1815-1875)  was living in the Privateer Township section of Sumter County, SC when he was assessed $10.10 for his $125 yearly income, 2 carriages, 1 watch and a silver plate.

April 1866  S.C. Tax List
Image from Ancestry.com

Enlarged April 1866 S.C. Tax List image from Ancestry.com

And...then again in November of the same year.

November 1866 S.C. Tax List
Image from Ancestry.com

                          This time he was taxed $52.50 for his Cotton crop
Enlarged November 1866 Tax List Image From Ancestry.com

Finding our ancestors in Tax Records can help us to place them in areas in between Census years and can give us an idea of how they lived. Unlike the with the Census Taker you couldn't hide, the Taxman came and sometimes he came twice!

©Cheri Hudson Passey