Sunday, September 8, 2013

Nelson & Olivia Loften Revisited

A recent discovery of obituaries for Nelson and Olivia Loften and an notice of a marriage for Nelson by cousin Michael Willis, have necessitated an update in the post about them.

In my first post about the Loftens, I did not have the dates of death for them, just a month and year for Nelson's death which was listed on the Social Security Death Index. Michael found obituaries and the marriage notice in the newspaper subscription, Genealogy Bank.  I subscribe to it as well, but don't use it very much.

I lived with the Loftens on and off while I attended Booker T. Washington High School in the 1950s. My folks moved to Metairie when I was in the fifth grade and I needed an address in New Orleans to be able to attend BTW. These obituaries brought back a lot of memories that I had forgotten including the address where I had once resided. I was not living with them at the time of Olivia's death so I knew of the deaths but I did not remember the details. Here are the details:

Lofton - at the late residence 2023 Jackson Ave on Wednesday, October 25, 1961 at 9:25 pm o'clock, Olivia Lofton, beloved wife of Nelson Lofton, foster mother of Dolores Ann Lugo, sister of Emily Derozan and the Florence Hyde Royal, aunt of Mrs. Marcelyn Royal Cahn; also survived by other relatives and friends of the family.  

Relatives and friends of the family, also pastor, officiers and members of Mount Zion Methodist Church , officers and members of Ladies Tammany Benevolent Association and Cement Masons Local 567 are invited to attend the funeral. Services from The Gertrude Geddes, Willis funeral Home, 2120 Jackson Ave. (parking adjoining on Saturday Oct 28, 1961 at 12:30 pm. followed by religious services at Mount Zion Methodist Church, Louisiana Ave at Magnolia St. Rev. R. F. Harrington officiating.

Interment in Mount Olivet cemetery, Wake Friday night at the funeral home. Gertrude, Geddes, Willis Funeral Home, Inc. in charge.

What this obituary failed to state, is that Olivia's sister died the next day and they were waked and buried on the same day.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

New Details About The Wakefield

A couple of weeks after I returned from Audubon Pilgrimage Tour in St. Francisville, Louisiana, I sent Jolie Berry, the new owner of the Wakefield Plantation, an article about my Morgan and Weather families who were slaves on the Wakefield. All of the information that I related is on my blog and I will not rehash that information here.

I also included one question that the tour guides could not answer: "Is there a slave burial site on the Wakefield property?"  Jolie's response to that question gave me a lot of new information about the plantation. This is what I learned from her email:
  • She and her husband, Dr. Eugene Berry, acquired the Wakefield Antebellum Home in 1988 and are the first owners who are not Stirling family descendants.
  • They acquired 50 acres, the remainder of the original 63,000 acres after many divisions and losses through the years!
  • No slave quarters or production buildings (as sugar mill, cotton gin, grist mill, granary) exists.
  • At the peak of Lewis and Sarah Stirling's acquisition of land, the Wakefield Plantation comprised 62,000 acres!
  • Jolie did not know of a slave burial grounds on the Wakefield. Because of the vast acreage, slaves could be buried anywhere.
  • Jolie said that the land for St. Mary's Church and Burial Ground was a gift of a Stirling family descendant in 1880. (author's note: A plaque on the church indicates that the church was established in 1880.)
  • More land was given by another family descendant in 1990 with a request that a fence be constructed to encompass, protect and delineate the church burial ground - the areas of the graves having exceeded the boundaries of the original gift of land.
  • There are at least two Union soldiers who were buried in unmarked graves according to family speculation.
  • Lilie Stirling Sinclair placed the family documents in the LSU Library in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
  • Jolie asked if I and others would keep them informed about the history of the Wakefield and those whose lives were an integral part of the history of the Wakefield and the Felicianas.

Monday, July 8, 2013

AUDUBON PILGRIMAGE



In celebration of John Audubon's stay in West Feliciana, Louisiana, an annual pilgrimage has been held since 1972.  Audubon arrived in St. Francisville area in 1821 and was very excited about the lushness of the landscape and the abundant birdlife.  Audubon resided at the Oakley Plantation and tutored plantation children in that area. 

The Audubon Pilgrimage offers tours of Historic Homes and Gardens, namely Oakley, Wakefield, Beechwood, Catalpa, Evergreenzine, and Rosedown Plantations and Afton Villa Gardens.


GUIDES AT THE WAKEFIELD


On March 15, 2013, I toured the Wakefield Plantation in St. Francisville, Louisiana. No photographing was allowed inside of the plantation but we were able to photograph the exterior and the grounds. That's me on right in the green blouse.

Nell "Nini" Figge was the guide on the verandah.  She talked about the history of the plantation  and said that her great grandmother, Mary Rucker Stirling was born in 1869 at the Wakefield. I almost stated that my great grandparents were born here, too.  I made a mental note to talk to her after touring the plantation. 

When I entered the parlor on the right, I saw a picture of Lewis Stirling on the wall. I asked the guide if it was a picture of Stirling, Senior or Junior. She checked and indicated that it was Stirling, Sr. Since I was not hearing anything about the slaves on the Wakefield, I decided to tell the guide that my ancestors were slaves on that plantation. She was very interested because it was a history that they knew nothing about. We talked long after the tour group moved on and she told me to tell that man, her husband, who was in the dining room, what I had just told her. He, too, was very interested. They gave me their cell phone numbers and invited me to stay with them the next time I was in Louisiana to do  research.

Lewis Stirling's bedroom was next on the tour.  After listening to the guide, I was on a roll;  I told her that my ancestors were slaves on the Wakefield. She said the owners of the Wakefield would want to talk to me, so we left the bedroom and went looking for the owners. Dr. Eugene Berry was not on the property but we found Mrs. Joli Berry in a cottage getting ready to change into her period  costume. She expressed interest in my story and asked me to send her the details via email. 

My tour of the plantation was over.  I sought Nell, the guide on the verandah, and waited until she completed talk. We talked and exchanged email addresses. She also wanted details of my family on the Wakefield. 

The guides and the owner seemed genuinely interested in the slaves who resided at the Wakefield Plantation.  I was received warmly and the guides were gracious. They knew nothing of that history, just the story of the Stirling family.  My cousin Kirk had the same experience at the Beechwood, home of Alexander Stirling, father of Lewis Stirling.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Wakefield Plantation


This is the picture of the Wakefield Plantation that I took while participating in the 42nd Annual Audubon Pilgrimage Tour on March 15, 2013.  The Wakefield was built by Lewis Stirling in 1834 and was the place where many of my Morgan, Weathers and Sterling ancestors were enslaved. The Wakefield is private and is only open to the public during the tour. The current owners allow the Stirling descendants to hold reunions at the plantation.

The Road to the Wakefield Plantation



The road to the Wakefield Plantation is lined with Oak trees which is typical of the plantations in the area.

Longhorn Cattle on the Wakefield Plantation


The Wakefield is no longer a sugar and cotton plantation. Nor is it owned by the Stirling family.  The current owners are Dr. Eugene and Jolie Berry; they raise longhorns.

Monday, April 8, 2013

St. Mary's Baptist Church


St. Mary's Baptist Church is located on St. Mary's Road in Wakefield, Louisiana. This church was rebuilt in 1966. When I attended Grandma Carrie's funeral, St. Mary's was a little, white, wooden church in the woods.  Unfortunately, I was not into family history at the time and I did not take a picture of the church.

There are two plaques on the front of the church.  The one on the right, states:

St.Mary's B. Church
Organize 1880
By Rev. ? White
Officers A. White
H. Taylor
J. White
McKinsey
J. Sterling
A. Sterling
Rev. J. H. Johnson
Pastor
The plaque on the left states:
ST. MARY B.C.
REBUILT 1966
OFFICERS
Morris Kelly, Sr.       Albert McKinsey, Sr.
John McKinsey      Albert McKinsey, Sr.
THE WILLING WORKERS OF NEW ORLEANS, LA.
Sarah King, Secty.
Rev. George Noflin, Pastor
LAID BY THE M.W. ST. ANDREW
GRAND LODGE A.F. & A.M. OF LA., INC.
M.W. COL. W.T. MEADE GRANT, JR.
33 degree GRAND MASTER
OCT 27,1968
                                          
                              




Searching for Family


Samuel Johnson, Carrie's grandson and my cousin, and I searched the cemetery grounds for our ancestors.

St. Mary's Cemetery


St. Mary's Baptist Church Cemetery is located a few yards across the road in front of the church. It is not a structured cemetery, just a clearing in the woods with graves. I found Taylors, Morgans, Sterlings and Johnsons buried here.

St. Mary's Church Cemetery, Wakefield, Louisiana


My grandmother is buried in an unmarked grave in St. Mary's Cemetery.  The graves from left to right are: Sullivan Johnson, son of Carrie Taylor Bayonne and Mack Johnson; Carrie Taylor Bayonne, my grandmother; Ida Taylor Walker, Carrie's sister. 

Sullivan's grave has a marker which states that he was born Feb.2, 1908 and died Jan.26, 1983.

Carrie's grave is unmarked.  She was born on November 29, 1890 and died on Sunday, October 11, 1959.  I was home for the weekend from Southern University in Baton Rouge when we received the call that she had passed. Grandmother Carrie was living with her sister, Ida at 2631 Conti Street in New Orleans. I attended the funeral in Wakefield at St. Mary's Church on October 14, 1959.

Funeral were inexpensive in those days. The casket, complete funeral services and the use of three sedans to Wakefield were $752.80! That may have seemed like a lot of money at the time, but it is nothing compared to today's funeral expenses.

Ida Taylor Walker is buried next to Carrie.  Her grave is unmarked, too. I was living in California when she died and I don't remember the date of her death and I have not been able to locate a death certificate for her.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Mississippi Ratifies 13th Amendment

I was watching the evening news on Monday, February 18th, when I heard the most astonishing news: "Mississippi finally ratifies the 13th Amendment banning slavery 148 years late!" I could not believe what I was seeing and hearing.

Dr. Ranjan Batra, a Mississippi resident and neurobiologist professor,  saw the Academy Awards nominated film, Lincoln, and decided to learn more about the Amendment and its history after seeing the politcal fight to pass it. The Amendment was ratified with the backing of three-fourths of the states in December 1865; four states eventually ratified it - except Mississippi.

Dr. Batra did some research. He noticed that there was asterick about a note which read"Mississippi ratified the amendment on 1995, but because the state never officially notified the U.S. Archivist, the ratification is not official." He contacted his friend, Ken Sullivan, who contacted Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hoseman about the oversight. Sullivan set out to correct the mistake by filing papers with the Office of the Federal Register 18 years later.

On Febraury 7, 2013, it became official - Missisippi ratifies the 13th Amendment 148 years late!  Better late than never.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

USS Constellation, Flagship of the African Squadron

On Sunday, February 6, I checked out the schedule of the History Channel to see if they had any Black History programs on On Demand.  I found a very interesting one and I learned something that I did not know happened during the slave trade.

USS Constellation: Battling for Freedom was the title of the documentary and it will be available until February 28, 2013. It was a story about the USS Constellation, a sloop-of war and the second United States Navy ship to carry the name. Built in 1854, it was the fastest warship with 22 guns and 225 men on board.

The USS Constellation was the flagship of the African Squadron from 1859 - 1861.  Her mission was to disrupt the slave trade off of the western coast of Africa by interdicting ships smuggling slaves and released the imprisoned Africans. The slave trade was made illegal in 1808 U.S. and England and the U.S. considered it piracy and punishable by death. 

The word "interdict" was new to me. Before consulting a dictionary, I thought that it was misspelled. The definition of interdict according to Webster is : to forbid in a formal or authoritative manner; to destroy, cut or damage (as an enemy line of supply) by firepower to stop or hamper an enemy. Interdict is what they did.

The Constellation did not always catch the slave ships.  Many of the slavers out ran her and some lightened their loads by tossing their slaves, also known as Black Ivory, overboard. What an inhumane, despicable, unconscionable act! 

The Constellation interdicted 3 ships as the flagship:
  • the Delicia which had no papers to show nationality. It also did not have slaves but was fitted for slaves.
  • the Cora with 705 slaves, who were set free in Liberia; no effort to return the Africans to their villages was made due to the fear that they would be kidnapped again.
  • the Trition which held no slaves but was fitted for them.
According to the documentary, the Cora was taken to New York by some of the men of the Constellation. Most of the men were not U.S. citzens so they were released; however, four men were charged. The Capitan and another man escaped jail, which was believed to be an inside job; two men were sentenced to ten months. Nobody was put to death. 

The U.S.S. Constellation was move to Baltimore in 1955 for restoration and preservation. Due to the lack of funds, it took almost a decade to restore the ship for public use. There are separate programs for children and adults. To learn more and to view a video about the USS Constellation, go to:
http://www.historicships.org/constellation.html.

16 February 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

Blessed Katharine Drexel



My mother, Augusta, and her sister, Onita, attended the cannonization of Mother Katherine Drexel in Rome in 2000.  It was a banner year for my mother: she had her first plane ride; she went to a foreign country for the first time; and she had her first birthday party at the age of 80.  The trip to Rome was an early birthday gift from Onita.

Augusta was chosen to read her composition to Mother Katherine in 1934 at St. Monica. The assigned subject for the composition was "Building for Eternity."  Augusta wrote about doing chores for an ederly neighbor.  She was in the eighth grade and who knew that Mother Drexel would become a saint.

Mother Katherine Drexel was a Philadelphia heiress who founded the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and started school such as St. Monica to educate poor African Americans and American Indians. Mother Katherine was the daughter of Francis Drexel, whose firm became the investment giant Drexel Burnham Lambert. She used her trust fund to fight poverty and racism through education. Mother Drexel died in 1955.

"When you look back on it, that is great to know somebody who has become a saint," Mom said. "I feel blessed."

15 February 2013

Thursday, February 14, 2013

St. Monica Catholic Church


St. Monica was built in 1924 at the corner of South Galvez and First Streets in New Orleans, Louisiana. It was built and opened with hopes of  erecting a school for four hundred poor Colored Catholic children who had no opportunity of a Catholic education. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament (SBS) taught Sunday School to about one hundred fifty children in the church but they were on their own for the rest of the week.

In less than 6 months, St. Monica Catholic church had a school. The school was dedicated on October 1924 and was run by two SBS sisters who commuted from Xavier University. All of the Hicks siblings and their children attended St. Monica Catholic School. Nace Hicks, Sr., my grandfather, was a founding member of St. Monica and he built built an altar to the Blessed Mother with a place to kneel in the corner of each room,

My mother, Augusta, was in the first graduatiing class.  At that time, St. Monica Church and School was grey. In Mom's day, it was a four-room school that housed eight grades. When I attended, St. Monica had at least eight rooms, a room for each grade level.

 I can remember my days at St. Monica.  We wore uniforms, blue skirts and white blouses. Mom made our uniforms. The blouses were starched heavily, so much so, the collar would scratch our necks when we turned our heads.  We lived in Dixie Court at the time and right around the corner from cousins, Brenda and Linda. Each morning we would get dressed, pick up our cousins and continue walking to school with our lunch and book bags.

On October 3, 1987, First Annual Alumni Gathering was held and the Hicks family presented a card catalog and a dictonary stand in honor and memory of Nace Hicks.

The above photograph was taken in 2003 or 2004 before Katrina struck the city.  The Hicks/Estes family had a reunion in 2004 and we attended mass in the church on Sunday. After Katrina, St. Monica was shuttered and never reopened. It was merged with two other church parishes and is now a part of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church on Broad Street.

Although, some of has moved out of Louisiana and some have moved to other church parishes, we still consider St. Monica as our home.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Walking With Ancestors II


Patricia Bayonne Johnson & Bennett Headstone
 
 
Benjamin Bennett was my "ancestor" to research and present at Walking with Ancestors II at Fairmount Memorial Cemetery in 2011.
 
13 February 2013   to be continued
 


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

JULES BAYONNE REVISITED

 

 
My great grandfather inspired me to research my family history.  I began my research in 1999 when my siblings and I inherited interests in a property from our father that Jules and his friend, Francois Francis, purchased in Livonia, Louisiana.  A royalty statement with Walter Parlange's name led me to search for answers as to why  his name was on the statement.

It did not take long for me to discover that Walter Parlange owned the Parlange Plantation in New Roads and wells were being drilled on this property. For years, I researched the Parlange and the Ternant families, the original owners of the Parlange Plantation, looking for a connection to the Bayonnes.  For years, I thought that Jules was a slave on the Parlange and  the property had been given to him by Walter Parlange.  All of that change when my mother decided to clean the room where my ailing father spent his last days.

Mom found a copy of a Bill of Sale that indicated that the property had been purchased by Jules and Francois in 1870. We did the happy dance that day.  A few years later, I hired a genealogist who discovered a birth register that indicated that Jules was born a free child of color...another happy dance. 

The photo was given to me by a cousin, Vera Colar Keen. When I began my research, I sent her a letter with questions about Jules and his wife, Victorine. She visited me soon afterwards and said that her sister, Anita, had a picture of Jules and she would make a copy when she visited her in New Orleans. When I got that picture, I was so excited that I could barely contain myself. I made copies for my siblings and anyone who wanted one. I put that picture on a chair for months where I could see it first thing in the morning and the last thing at night. Now, it hangs on the wall in my vanity and it is still the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see at night.  I had Henry Watson, a wood carver to carve Jule's picture and he did a fine job.  Henry said that it was the first and the last portrait that he would carve. I guess it was challenging. We do not have a picture of Victorine Randall Bayonne.

I have made great strides in my search for Jules and his family, but one aspect of his life is still missing. Besides the birth record I have for Jules, I have found no information about his early childhood. He knew how to read and write, but it is a mystery how he learned. Jules signed the Bill of Sales slip, crossing out the "x" that the notary had written on his signature line before wrting his name. The woman who sold the property and Francois could not write. A "x" was on their signature lines.

The Bayonne descendants have had two family reunions to honor Jules and Victorine Bayonne. The first one was held in New Orleans in 2003, the same year that Louisiana was celebrating the 200th anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. We, too, were celebrating a land purchase, the land that Jules and Francois purchased 133 years prior.  The second reunion was held in 2008 in Baton Rouge.  Baton Rouge was about 30 miles from Livonia, the town where the Bayonne property is located.  The family picnic was in New Roads, the parish seat of Pointe Coupee Parish and a few miles from Livonia. The highlight for my siblings and I, was a tour of the Parlange Plantation where Jules was a domestic servant in 1870.

We also visited St. Mary Catholic Church Cemetery where Jules is buried in an unmarked grave.  He died in 1903 of causes unknown. One day the family will have to get a gravestone for Jules. I do not know where Victorine is buried. Locating Victorine's burial place will be my next project.

The descendants filed a lawsuit four years ago to get get rid of a lawyer who managed to keep the succession open since 1980 and who is collecting 20% of the royalties generated by the gas and oil wells. Hopefully, these matters will be resolved in 2013. 


6 - 8 February 2013        

Monday, February 4, 2013

WILMA E. HICKS

Wilma Elizabeth Hicks
1923-2012
 
 
Our family lost another member on September 28, 2012. My aunt Wilma died four days before Jerry and I were supposed to leave for South Ecuador.  We canceled our trip and attended the funeral instead.

Wilma was the second child of Wilie Estes Hcks and Nace Hicks, Sr. My mother, Gussie, was the first born.  As the first grandchild in the Hicks/Estes family, I received a lot of attention from Mom's siblings, especially from Wilma.  After my birth, Wilma assisted Mom in caring for me; she did a lot of babysitting which did not always happen at the house. Anyone who knew Wilma at that time, knew that she loved to party and had a few favorite bars that she patronized. Wilma took me to the bars while babysitting.  Mom often said that I had been in more bars than she had. Smile. Nowadays, this could not have happened as minors are not allowed, but in the good old days I went bar hopping with my beloved aunt.

Although Dad loved all of the Hicks girls, Wilma, "Bill" as he affectionately called her, was his favorite. He loved her very much, especially her buoyant joy of life.

When I was a young girl, many people thought that I looked like Wilma. Some even said that we looked more like mother and daughter than aunt and niece. I loved being compared to her because of her beauty, fashion sense, dedication to family and her passion for life.

Wilma was a wonderful aunt. Her life was well lived and her soul was well loved.  She will be forever in our hearts.
 
4 & 13 February 2013   


Sunday, February 3, 2013

GlADYS HICKS BUTLER

Our family lost two members in 2012 thirty four days apart. My aunt Gladys was the first; she died on August 16, 2013.  Jerry and I were planning to go to New York for Onita's Open House party when we got word that Gladys was dying.  The party was canceled and we went to New Orleans for the funeral instead.

Gladys was the fourth child and the third daughter of Willie Estes Hicks and Nace Hicks, Sr. She worked as a cook and became highly respected for her extraordinary culinary skills.  Gladys home became the site of many holiday and family celebrations. Gladys was very active in social clubs and always elegantly dressed in her fancy hats, gloves and beautiful suits and dresses.

I will always be grateful for the sacrifices that Gladys made when she went to Virginia to assist Gussie, my mother and her Big Sis, in caring for us during WWII. Our Dad served as welder of damaged ships and Mom was a housewife with two small children, Jackie about five weeks old and me, a toddler about one and a half years. Mom could not have made it without Gladys.

We deeply appreciate Gladys for all of the things that  she did and to have her presence in our lives as a loving aunt.

3 & 15 February 2013 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

HAROLD FERGUSON BAYONNE, JR.


Harold Ferguson Bayonne, Jr.
1949-2009
 
 
Harold Ferguson BayonnE,Jr. passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at Ochsner Hospital surrounded by family and friends. Juney, as he was known to all, was the last of five children of Augusta Hicks Bayonne and the late Harold F, Bayonne, Sr.
 
Juney attended Washington Elementary School in Kenner, Louisiana and graduated from Shrewsbury High School. As a teenager he learned carpentry from his father and worked in construction all of his life. Harold Jr. had a great sense of humor and was adored by his grandchildren who got a kick out of the funny things he said to them. He was an avid reader and especially enjoyed western novels and the mystery novels of Walter Mosely and James Patterson. Juney loved his dogs and his bike, Sugar.
 
Harold married Charlene Heard and together they had one son, Dino. Following a divorce, he met Deborah Reid Norah of Metairie, Louisiana. To this union, two daughters were born, Simone and Ingrid.
 
Harold, Jr. is survived by a large family which includes his mother, Augusta Bayonne of Metairie, LA; his son, Harold "Dino" Bayonne, III (Tracee)of Florida; two daughters, Simone Yvette Norah and Ingrid Niesha Norah (Jason Brown) of LaPlace, LA. There are four sisters: Patricia Bayonne(Gerald) Johnson of Spokane, WA; Jacqueline Bayonne of Seattle, WA; Annette Rodgers of Metairie, LA; and Carol Bayonne of New Orleans, LA. He will be missed by many nieces, nephew, aunts,uncles and cousins. 
 
A funeral mass was held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28, 2009 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help church, 1908 Short Street, Kenner, LA. Father Miles, celebrant. Interment: Providence memorial Park, Metairie, LA.
 
It is hard to believe that my handsome brother has been dead almost three and one half years. He was the last of the Bayonne siblings to be born and the first to go.
 
2 February 2013



Friday, February 1, 2013

WALKING WITH ANCESTORS I: Rudolph B. Scott


Walking with Ancestors is a program sponsored by the members of Eastern Washington Genealogical Society in Spokane.  Members and friends of the society research a person buried in the cemetery and make a presentation to the public who are invited to attend.  Our "ancestors" are not related, just names that are randomly chosen in a certain area of the cemetery. 

WwA I happened in 2010.  My "ancestor" was Rudolph Bowman Scott, the best known and most prominent of the Black Pioneers in the Inland Northwest.  Born free in New Haven, Connecticut, Scott became interested in politics at a very young age.  He took up the cause of the Union and enlisted in the Navy in 1861 for service in the Civil War.

After the war, Scott engaged in mining in Colorado, New Mexico, Washington and Idaho.  He came to Spokane in 1883 and established one of Spokane's first fire and life insurance companies which was able to payall claims that occurred during the Spokane fire of 1889.

Rudolph Bowman Scott was actively involved in politics. In 1889, Mr. Scott, President of the John Logan Colored Republican Club, was appointed by the Republican Party as a delegate from Spokane County to the state convention that organized the government of the state of Washington. He was one of the leading representatives of the Grand Army of the Republic, attained the thirty-three degree of Scottish Rite in Masonry and a personal friend to Chief Joseph, the Indian Chief of the Nez Perce tribe, accompanying him and other chiefs to Washington to presenttheir cause to the Indian Commission and the President.

Rudolph B. Scott was appointed United States Chinese inspector from 1902-1906 in and about the city of Spokane. He was the first black man to hold a federal position in the Northwest. He resigned in 1906 due to health problems and died on March 23, 1909.

Mr. Scott married Adele Wagner in 1883 in Denver, Colorado and together they had three children: Rudolph, Jr., Henry and Adeline Scott.  The Scotts are buried in Fairmount Memorial park in Spokane, Washington.

1 February 2013

Sunday, January 13, 2013

BIRTH DATES - STERLING, MORGANS, WEATHERS

The following birth dates were found on the document, Record of the Births of Negroes all now Living taken from Original Record January 20th 1846 by Lewis Stirling. The names were provided by Suzanne, a cousin who viewed my blog and discovered that we are related.

Adam, son of Sarah & Barika, was born April 29, 1826; died May 201892
Ned, son of Sarah, was born 19 May 1839
Ed(ith)?, daughter of Sarah, born August 7,1858; died aAugust 1865
Fanny, daughter of Sarah,was born Nobember 15, 1824
Rose, daughter of Sarah & Barika, born March 29, 1830 at night; died_ 1850
Delily, daughter of Sarah, was born Feb 20, 1814
Nelly, daughter of Sarah, was born March 1818

Marion, daughter of Adam and Margaret, ws born September 17, 1861;died may 7, 1862
Charlotte, daughter of Adam& Margaret, was born Aug 1st or 7, 1865
Ruffin, son of Adam & Margaret, born June? 25, 1852
No name provided, son of Adam & Margaret, was born January 31, 1857

Harriet, daughter of Yanko & L(ittle) Judy, born September 5, 1823
Major, son of Yanko and L Judy, born March 29, 1830 at night; died _ 1850
Jack, son of L Judy & Yanko, born 4, 1831
Hannah, daughter of Yanko & L Judy, was born August 1812
Liddy, daughter of (Do) Yanko & L Judy, was born march 1815
Peter, daughter of (Do) Yanko & L Judy, was born March 1820;died 1845
Washington, son of L Judy & Yanco, was born 17 May 1827

Jack, son of Delily, born July 3, 1835; House George the father
Richard, son of Delily, was born March 28, 1851
Joe, son of Delily & Big Ben, born September 21, 1839
Stephen, son of Delily & Ben, born April 26, 1861
Henrietta, daughter of Ben & Delily, was born April 28, 1849
Sally, daughter of Delily, born August 26, 1837 dead
Delia, daughter of Delily &Ben, born 17 July 1841
Wiley, son of Delily, born May 21, 1843
Winney, daughter of Delily & Ben, was born June 29, 1845

Barica, son of Nelly, born 19 May 1839
Sam, son of  Ben & Nelly, was born March 1817
Sam, son of Nelly, was born Feb 1809
Lucy, daughter of Nelly, was born June 12, 1841
Riley, son of Erwin & Nelly was born April 28, 1849
Charles, son of Nelly an Erwin was born March 10, 1850; died July 1855
Edmonds, son of Nelly, was born September 21, 1843
Mary, duaghter of Nelly, & Erwin, was born September 20, 1845/died 47
Isabelle. daughter of Nelly, born August 9, 1836
Sarah, daughter of C_ __? & Nelly, born about middle  of March 1852
John Wedinstraud, son of Erwin and Nelly, born May 1, 1854

Hannah, daughter of Affy & Jack White, was born Dec 29, 1856 at night
Lad, son of Jack White and Affy, was born oct 27, 1854

John Anderson, son of Charlotte & Bartlet, was born Dec 2, 1825
Allen, son of Bartlet and Charlotte was born Feb 1817
John Butler, son of Charlotte, born June? 12, 1852

Joe, son of Big Hannah & Joe at Solitude, born Nov 24, 1834
Mary, daugher of Charlotte, was born jan 10 1856 at night

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Lewis Stirling, slaveholder


Lewis Stirling was the slaveholder of my Morgan and Weathers ancestors. My family lived on his Wakefield plantation in St. Francisville, West Feliciana Parish, Louisiana. The Wakefield was a large cotton and sugar plantation.

Lewis Stirling was born in 1786 to Alexander and Ann Alston Stirling. On July 14, 1807 he married Sarah Turnbull and resided at the Wakefield which was built in 1834. Prior to that they lived in a log cabin which he built in 1807, the same year that my great-great grandfather, George Morgan, was born on that plantation.

Stirling was a lieutenant in the 10th Regiment of the Louisiana Militia during the War of 1812. he received a commisson as quartermaster of that regiment from Gov. William C.C. Claiborne.

The Stirling had six children: Catherine, Anne, James, Lewis, Daniel and Ruffin. Stirling died in 1858 before the Civil War. During the war, the Stirlings and and a number of their slaves moved to Natchitoches, Louisiana and then to Texas where they lived until the war was over. Lewis Stirling, Jr. served as a colonel during the Civil War.