Notes from the past…


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A very interesting find

While searching the 1860 Federal Census for Lauderdale County, Mississippi looking for Susan Martin, I found a 2nd enumeration for Dr John F Kennedy! I had previously found him listed with his brother, Dr Sidney P Kennedy and his family, living in Beat No 2 in Lauderdale County. In the second mention, also in Beat 2, he is listed alone. I’m thinking the first was his medical practice location:

John F Kennedy, 1860 enumeration #1

the second his private residence:

John F Kennedy 1860 #2

Anyway, I have finished with Beat 1 & Beat 2, and am on page 11 of Beat 3.


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Susan is still in hiding!

A few days ago, I began a page-by-page search of the 1860 Federal Census for Sumter Country, Alabama, looking for my 3rd great-grandmother, Susan William Lee Martin, and her family. I had reason to believe that Sumter County was their home immediately prior to the beginning of the Civil War. Well…apparently not! Tonight I finished the search, and Susan & Co are nowhere to be seen! A disappointment, but there are always options. Susan’s husband-to-be, Dr. Nathan Blunt Kennedy, was living in Sumter County in 1860, and then spent the early years of the war in or near Lauderdale County, Mississippi, which is just across the Alabama/Mississippi state line from Sumter County. So, next stop: Lauderdale Country, Mississippi!


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Desperately seeking Susan

Susan William Lee Martin Kennedy, that is. I have spent the afternoon browsing the 1860 Federal Census for Sumter County, Alabama, which I believe is where the James H Martin family was living at the time Susan and Dr Nathan B Kennedy met, and later where they married in 1862. Before a couple of months ago, this task was virtually impossible. Then came DSL…aaah, modern technology!

Anyway, I have gone through all of Gainesville (7 images), all of the Northern Division (40 images), all of Township 22 Range 2 West (only 4 images) and 60 of 103 images of the Southern Dvision.

And now, before my eyes pop out of my head, I’m going to get away from this computer for a bit and… clean my desk. I bought a new, very-much-needed bookcase today, so it’s time to dig out my desk!