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Thanks again, Randy!

Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings blog is one of my favorites. Why? Because he always has something that you can use. Now. Today. No pre-ordering needed!

Case in point: yesterday’s blog post, Devier J. Smith in 1880 Agricultural Census. Somewhere in the back of my dusty and cob-webby brain I remembered that Ancestry has some “agricultural” census schedules, but I’ve never checked them out.

Ok, I’ve got oodles of Texas farmers in my tree, so let’s see what I can find among the Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880.

Isaac Turner was my second great-grandfather and a farmer in rural Hill County, Texas in the late 1800’s. And..

here he is in the 1880 Hill County Schedule 2- Products of Agriculture schedule:

IsaacTurner 1880 agri

Lots of data here… where IS my magnifying glass… :)

(Of note, there is also an Isaac Turner enumerated in neighboring Johnson County. Is this my Isaac? Don’t know, need to check that out!)

P. S. I also found another second great-grandfather, Miles Francis Stanley, in the 1880 Hill County Schedule 2- Products of Agriculture schedule. Glad I investigated this database. Thanks, Randy!


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Daily Journal 30 Oct 2009: an online wiki anyway

Yesterday I posted about my plan to upload my TiddlyWiki research notebook to my hosted site. I even found digestible instructions and everything. (You like that word?) Well, as usually happens when something sounds to good to be true, it was. In spite of those tasty directions, I couldn’t get my little wiki uploaded. Not to my site, that is.

But it is online, hosted at TiddlySpot for free. I still have complete control and can edit my notebook online or locally and sync the two as needed. I even created another page here that links to my wiki. Click on the Wiki page to check it out. All the info is there for anyone to see, but only I can edit it, as a password is required. I could also make it private if I preferred.

I also completed my great-grandfather William Earl Hall’s files. Didn’t take long, as I have almost no data on him. A 1910 census entry, a 1906 marriage license, and his name on both my grandfather’s and my great-uncle’s delayed birth certificates, that’s it. He was the first of my great-grandmother’s 6 husbands and is believed to have died in a railroad accident ca 1917 (?). As I did my routine cursory search that I do as I examine each ancestor’s file, I did locate a possible 1900 census for him, but there is no way to know if this person is really my William Hall:

  • Born about Mar 1885 (my William ca 1887)
  • Born in Kansas (my William in Kansas)
  • Living in Indian Territory, now present-day Oklahoma (my William married my great-grandmother in Indian Territory, OK)
  • This William’s parents’ names are unreadable (smudged!) on the census page and the names of his brothers and sisters don’t ring a bell (not carried down to descendants’ names that I can tell)

So is this my William? Who knows… it would explain why my great-grandparents were married in Indian Territory, OK even thought they lived in north Texas and why my great-grandmother frequently dressed in full Indian garb (according to my Dad). There is an Indian connection, at least. I have never been able to prove that my great-grandmother Dovie McBurnett was actually a Native American and I have researched the McBurnetts back several generations with no mention of it. Perhaps her “Indian blood” was by marriage?

I’ll keep that census sheet in William’s file, but at this time I haven’t added it to my RootsMagic database.

I also posted my Follow Friday entry for Lifehacker.com. A great site, definitely check it out!


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The McBurnetts and the Civil War

If I were to do a one-name study, the McBurnett surname would probably be my first choice to examine. Nicholas McBurnett lived and raised his family in Georgia during the most turbulent period in United States history, the Civil War Era. Of his 11 children, 3 sons and 2 sons-in-law fought in the conflict. Sons Thomas and Joshua died while in the service and son-in-law Shadrack Thompson was severely wounded in the leg and left a cripple for the rest of his life. A second son-in-law, James Seigler, developed chronic diarrhea while serving and suffered from it until his death in 1883. 2 of the men were captured at the Battle of Vicksburg and 1 at the Battle of Perryville and became Prisoners of War. The families of four of Nicholas’ sons received Confederate Pensions in later life. Son Daniel McBurnett, only 13 years old in 1860, may also have joined up. Footnote has documents for D McBurnett of Carroll County, enlisting in March 1862 into the same unit as older brother James and being mustered out in July 1862. As not many men were mustered out of the service of the Confederacy in 1862, unless due to injury or illness, perhaps this D McBurnett was young Daniel and he was discharged because of his age.

Thanks to Ancestry’s Georgia, Confederate Pension Applications, 1879-1960 and Civil War Prisoner of War Records, 1861-1865 and Footnote’s Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Georgia, I have downloaded a wealth of documents pertaining to the McBurnetts’ Civil War experiences.

Some of the genealogical data to be found in these documents:

  • Name of the subject, including initials or little-used middle name
  • Names of spouse and children
  • Dates and locations of birth and death
  • Date and location of marriage
  • Military units served in and dates and locations of service
  • Financial data
  • Physical descriptions and wounds or illness from military service
  • Where the subject lived after Civil War service
  • Names of friends and fellow veterans

In conjunction with census documents, I have been able to trace Nicholas’ children and their families and have developed a good overall image of life in Civil War Georgia. Still needed is land, voter and tax documentation and also anything probate.

And where are all of these people buried at? Still working on that…