When we turn our hearts to our ancestors, something changes inside of us. We feel part of something greater than ourselves~Russell M. Nelson

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. 
   
From 
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
(1835-1916)
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
and
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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Sunday, April 24, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 24-April 30


April 28~
  Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), my paternal Great Great Grandfather, was born on this day 159 years ago. He was born in Sumter County, South Carolina and was the son of Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917) and Mary Ellen (Jones) Baker (1826-1865).


Arthur Wellington Baker
(1857-1940)

 My maternal Great Grandmother, Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts (1897-1980) would have been celebrating her 119th birthday on this day. Beulah was born in Bath, Aiken, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Bertrand Campbell Price (1876-after 1922) and Bessie Mae (Eargle) Price (1878-1943).


Beulah Mae (Price) Roberts
(1897-1980)
57th Birthday-1954
©Cheri Hudson Passey


April 30~
 This day is the 267th birthday of my 5th Great Grandfather, John Dargan (1749-1817). He was most likely born in Sumter District, South Carolina. John's parents were John Dargan (1726-1766) and Catherine Ann (Singleton) Dargan (1729-abt. 1808).


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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: 
   Two new cousin connections this week from blog posts. One published this week and one from a few months ago. Both have sent me information on the family lines we have in common. Finding those connections is what it's all about!
   
                                                                           
                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!





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Friday, April 22, 2016

Friday's Faces From the Past~



Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson
(1886-1918)
©Cheri Hudson Passey
 My paternal Great Grandmother Louvinia Blanche (Thames) Hudson was born in Clarendon County, South Carolina on 17 February 1886. 
 She was one of 9 children born to Benjamin Thomas Thames (1854-1931) and Margaret Frances 'Fannie" (Gibson) Thames (1854-1929).
  Blanche married John McSwain Hudson (1880-1961) 3 May 1913.
   The information written on the back of this picture says that it was taken on theThames family property in Sammy Swamp Township, Clarendon County, South Carolina in November of 1908. She would have been 22 years old when the photo was made.
 Don't you just love her hair and clothing? I wish I knew what she was holding in her hand. Maybe a handkerchief?

   Sadly, Blanche died on 1 December 1918 just nine days after giving birth to her first child, my paternal Grandfather, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976). Her cause of death was "complications of childbirth".

Due to a diligent family member, this picture was identified. Too often, this is not the case. Studying hairstyles, clothing, photo type, photographer. props and where the picture was taken can help. These clues can help narrow down a place and time that can lead to the name of an ancestor.

Did your ancestors think to label family pictures? If not, what have you done to try to identify them?

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Monday, April 18, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 17~April 23



April 19~
   Martha "Mattie" Victoria (Bradford) Baker, my paternal Great Great Grandmother (1862-1947) died 69 years ago in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina. Mattie was 84 when she died from a case of the Flu which turned into Pneumonia. She was buried in the Sumter City Cemetery. 


Martha Victoria (Bradford) Baker
Headstone
Sumter Cemetery, Sumter, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

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Sunday, April 17, 2016

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: 
   Teaching people how to begin their genealogy journey is a joy for me. I was able to do just that twice this week. Two great classes where I saw the light going on in my student's eyes. What fun!  Dancing for sure! 
What's causing you to Celebrate?
   
                                                                           
                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!





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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Travel Tuesday~A Trip to Florida

Ben and Mary Hudson

 In July of 1962 my grandparents, Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976) and Mary (Baker) Hudson (1920-2010) took a trip to Florida. 
     
Welcome Station Postcard
©Cheri Hudson Passey


Postcard of Florida Motel
1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey


Postcard of Florida Hotel
1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey


Florida Hotel Photo
1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey
And they went on a cruise around the bay.

Cruise Ticket
1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey

These pictures show a different boat than the ticket stub. Perhaps a different boat used that day or an activity on another day.

Ben and Mary Hudson
Paddle Boat Cruise
Florida 1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey

Ben and Mary Hudson
Paddle Boat Cruise
Florida 1962
©Cheri Hudson Passey

What trips did your ancestors take?

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

This Week On My Family History Calendar

April 9-April-16


April 10~
 My maternal Great Aunt, Lila Lorine (Daughrity) Robinson (1918-1951), was born on this day in Sumter, Sumter, South Carolina. Lorine was the 3rd daughter of Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta (McManus) Daughrity (1894-1936). She would have been 98 on this day.

Lila Lorine (Daughrity) Robinson
(1918-1951)
©Cheri Hudson Passey


April 13~
  Jubal Ransom Early (1888-1964), my paternal Great Grandfather, died at the age of 75 as the result of heart attack.His death occurred in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina and was buried in Greenlawn Memorial Park in the same city.

Jubal Ransom Early Headstone
Greenlawn Memorial Park
Columbia, Richland, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudson Passey

  The same maternal Great Aunt, Lila Lorine (Daughrity) Robinson (1918-1951), who had celebrated her 33rd birthday 3 days earlier, passed away on this day 65 years ago. She had been suffering from a lung disease for many years and died from cardiac arrest in Columbia, Richland, South Carolina. Lorine was buried in The Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina. 

Lila Lorine (Daughrity) Headstone
Wateree Baptist Church Cemetery
Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina
©Cheri Hudon Passey


Mary Alice (Dargan) Bradford (1825-1875), my paternal 3rd Great Grandmother, was born on this day 191 years ago in Sumter, South Carolina. Her parents were John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) and Emily E. (Vaughn) Dargan (1797-1865).

April 15~
 My maternal 3rd Great Grandmother Martha (Mathis ?) Dority (1821-1905) died 111 years ago in the Springhill area of Lee County, South Carolina. She was buried in the St. John's Methodist Church Cemetery nearby. 

Martha (Mathis ?) Dority Headstone
St. John's Methodist Church Cemetery
Springhill, Lee, South Carolina
photo credit: Michael & Alice Dillingham
FindAGrave.com


Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888), my paternal Great Great Grandfather, was born 187 years ago in North Carolina, possibly in Statesburg, Iredell County area. 

April 16~
 This day is the 7th anniversary of the death of my maternal Great Uncle, Lester Phillip Roberts (1919-2009). He died in Attalla, Etowah, Alabama at the age of 89. 


Lester Philip Roberts
(1919-2009)
©Cheri Hudson Passey

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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: 
   Over 40 people to attend our Grand Strand Genealogy Club meeting! We are a small club that has seen a lot of growth in the last year. There have been times when we have only had a dozen or more people.  Our board members did some celebrating as we watched the crowd coming in. A Happy Dance moment for sure!
What was yours?
                                                                           
                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!



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Friday, April 8, 2016

Friend of Friends Friday~Finding Their Names

 
  Researching my southern ancestors often leads to finding information on the enslaved. 
  While looking for information on Samuel J. Bradford II (1815-1875), my 3rd Great Grandfather, on Newspapers.com   advertisements were found for Runaway Slaves.                  
                   
                                                                                                     Nathan


   Prince

John

Richard (Dick)

Source for above notices: The Sumter Banner (Sumter, South Carolina) 29 March 1853, Tuesday, First Edition, page 3, www.newpapers.com (accessed 25 Feb. 2016) 

     Joe

Source: The Sumter Banner (Sumter, South Carolina) 5 Sept. 1849, Wednesday, First Edition, page 3, www.newspapers.com (accessed 25 Feb. 2016)

For African American researchers finding ancestors before emancipation can be challenging. The Slave Name Roll Project begun by Shalene Dagutis as a place to post information researchers may come across. This post will be included to help in the effort to assist the descendants of 
Nathan, Prince, John, Dick, and Joe.
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Sunday, April 3, 2016

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: 
  It's been so much fun to read about the finds others have had over the past few weeks! I really appreciate each of those who have taken the time to either leave a comment or link to a blog post telling about what they are excited about in their genealogy journey. Doing the Happy Dance with you has been so much fun! Please continue to share. Your excitement is contagious!
                                                                           
                                                                                           Share your discovery!
                                                                                   Let the dancing commence!



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