"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.

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
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                          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

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 13-April 19

April 13~
  My Paternal Great Grandfather Jubal Ransom Early (1888-1964) died 50 years ago of a heart attack in Columbia, Richland, S.C. He is buried in Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbia, Richland,S.C.  Jubal was the son of Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888) and Ellen Caroline Martin (1850-1926). 

  Mary Alice Dargan Bradford (1825-1875), my Paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, was born 189 years ago in Sumter District,S.C. She was the daughter of  John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) and Emily Elizabeth Vaughn (1797-1865) and wife of Samuel J. Bradford II (1815-1875).

April 15~
  Martha Mathis Dorrity (1820-1905), my Maternal 3rd Great Grandmother was born 109 years ago in Sumter District, S.C. She married William J. Dorrity (Abt. 1820-After 1880) in Sumter District, S.C. in about 1836.

  The 189th birthday of my Paternal Great Great Grandfather, Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888). Ransom was born in N.C., possibly in the Iredell County area. 

April 19~
 The 67th anniversary of the death of my Paternal Great Great Grandmother Martha Victoria Bradford Baker (1862-1947). She died from Pneumonia in her home on the Manning Road in Sumter County, S.C. and is buried in the Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, S.C. 
Mattie was the daughter of Samuel J. Bradford II (1815-1875) and Mary Alice Dargan  (1825-1875). She was the wife of Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940).

Are we kin? If so, please contact me! Let's work together to find our people!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, April 6, 2014

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 6-April 12

April 11~
 The 114th Wedding Anniversary of my Maternal Great Great Grandparents, Bertrand Campbell Price (1876-After 1922) and Bessie Mae Eargle (1884-1943). Cam was 23 and Bessie 15 when they married in 1900 in Aiken County, SC.

Are we kin? If so, please contact me! Let's work together to find our people!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Let's Meet In Richmond!

  In just a little over a month, Richmond,Va. will be welcoming Genealogists from all over the world as it host the National Genealogy 2014 Family History Conference.
    One if the best things about attending this, and other conferences, is the networking with other Genealogists and meeting and making new friends.
 I don't know about you, but I have met some great people via Face Book, Google + and Twitter. Most of us have never met face to face, but we consider each other friends as we discuss research, talk about brick walls, share adventures at cemeteries and commiserate over lack of time and organization.
 The opportunity to take a class together, or meet over lunch and other activities with GeneaFriends is one of the many reasons why I am so excited about the NGS Confernce App.  
 Once the App is downloaded, add your name to the list of attendees. Friend requests can be sent from the list so a connection can be made with others who are going. Not only can messages be sent before, during and after the conference through the app, but you can share and see each other's schedules.
  Just click on a name that you want to "friend" and make sure the button for sharing schedules is selected. Once a person accepts a request for friendship and clicks on the button to share schedules, a side by side comparison of your schedule and theirs can be viewed. 
 What a great way to see where and when you can connect! There are quite a few that I would like to meet face to face. Many words of thanks need to given for so much support and advice over the past few years as I have used Social Media to help further my research.
  Take advantage of the NGS2014Gen Moble App. It's not only a handy tool to keep you organized with classes and vendors, but it will help put you in touch with those important GeneaPeeps!
 Download the App, send me a friend request and let's meet in Richmond!

©Cheri Hudson Passey