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More Kentucky connections

My boss is coming back to work this next week part-time, so there is finally a light at the end of the tunnel! So, very soon I will be able to really get back into genealogy!
A couple of weeks ago, I got an email from a lady in Ohio who is reseaching the surname Carrico. A new “cousin”! She found this blog and read my posts about my 2nd great-grandfather Crist Hayes Carrico and made the connection. She has been able to give me a lot of info and confirm my suspicion about his parents. I had previously found in the 1880 census for Liberty township, Stoddard Co, Missouri a Benjamin Carrica family who had a son named Chris who was the right age, with Benjamin being from Kentucky, which matched the confirmed info in the 1900 census entry for Crist Carrico. But I was not really sure about the Carrica family being the same as Crist Carrico‘s family. Apparently I was correct in my assumption. My Carrico apparently is related to numerous Carricos of Bullitt Co, KY. My new cousin also sent me some marriage info and several other names to check out. I still have to document everything, of course, but it looks pretty good at this point.
This is pretty exciting for me, not just because of the new data, but because this lady is the first “cousin” that I have met from my Mom’s side of the family! I have met several from my Dad’s side, but now this lady is the first fraternal “cousin”.
A few months ago I commented that when Footnote.com gets a bit more of its Texas Birth and Death Collections completed, that I was planning a subscription. That time is drawing closer. A few days ago, I did a bit of searching and found several birth certificates for “lesser” players, some of my more distant Bennett kin mostly. At $1.95 per copy without a subscription, I’m not ready to start downloading just yet, but maybe in a few more months, hopefully by summer…


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If you could have dinner with four of your ancestors…

I have been so busy at work that I missed the last Carnival of Genealogy, so I figured I’d better get something going right now for the next Carnival! The topic will be: If you could have dinner with four of your ancestors who would they be and why? What a great question! I have “met” some really fascinating people in my research and it would be so neat to actually be able to talk to them.
The first ancestor I would love to meet would have to be my second great-grandfather Crist Hayes Carrico. I have written about him in previous blog entries, but I would so like to know what happened in his life that changed him from an intelligent, educated and distinguished-looking engineer into a drunken old man who died a gruesome death?
The next person on my most-wanna-meet list is my great-grandmother Dovie McBurnett. This lady is one of the reasons that I got interested in genealogy. She is known by my dad as his “Cherokee Grammaw”. He tells stories from his childhood of Dovie dressing in full Indian garb and living the Indian way of life, although by the 1930′s when my dad was a child, the Indian way of life was pretty-much gone in north Texas. When I began to seriously research her, I discovered she was indeed of American Indian descent, albeit Chickasaw and not Cherokee. She also outlived at least 5 husbands! In looking for Dovie, I met the first “cousin” in my genealogy journey, this lady being another of Dovie’s grandchildren by another of Dovie’s husbands.
James Bennett, Jr was my second great-granduncle. He apparently was an outlaw of the “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and the “Hole-In-The-Wall Gang” variety, although more violent, having killed at least one man in 1880′s San Saba, Texas, and probably more during his bank-robbing career. He was eventually killed while attempting his final robbery in Glendive, Montana, and is believed to buried nearby in Miles City, Montana. I hope he wasn’t too trigger-happy towards relatives!
There are a lot more relatives I’d truly want to meet, but for this list, I guess I’d also like to meet my oldest confirmed and documented ancestor, Miles Chappell. Born about 1790 in Virgina, Miles is the oldest member of my mother’s line, the Stanleys. The last official documentation I have of Miles is living in Walker County, Alabama in June, 1880 for that year’s census. He is apparently in at least fair health at age 90. I believe he died on 24 March 1887 in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama, at the ripe old age of 97! This man was born shortly after the birth of our nation, survived its most critical period of the Civil War and Reconstruction and witnessed almost a century of its growth. What would be the topic of conversation at his supper table?


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Finally…

…I have started transcribing the transcription of the Limestone County marriage records. For the first week that I had the cd containing the records, I didn’t do anything with it. Allergy season is really bad this year!!! But, I finally started the job on Tuesday, and I am currently on page 5. I hope to do 2 pages per day, for the total of 33 pages. It is really very interesting. It’s a bit of a challenge to read Miss Mullins’ handwriting, although it is usually very clearly written. The problem is that she was taught (1920′s?) to make certain letters differently from how I was taught (1960′s). For example, her “G” looks almost like my “Y”. But after a couple of pages, I have gotten used to her style and the work is progressing at a comfortable pace.
Last week I ordered the Fort Worth Genealogical Society’s 1890 Census Reconstruction for Tarrant County, Texas on cd. I did this mainly because the price was going up from $15 to $20:


“The US Census of 1890 was heavily damaged during a fire in 1921. Thirteen years later, the Census Bureau ordered the destruction of the remaining records. This gap in census records creates a huge obstacle for genealogists. This CD contains more than 131,000 records taken from 15 sources dating from 1880 through 1900. With this information, you should be able to determine the likelihood that a person or family resided in Tarrant County in 1890, thus working as a replacement for this portion of the lost census. Source documents used: 1880 Tarrant County Census * 1890 Tarrant County Tax List * 1890 Special Veterans Census ** 1890 Fort Worth City Directory * 1892 Fort Worth City Directory ** 1900 Tarrant County Census * Obituaries and news from the Fort Worth Gazette ** Masonic Membership Records 1889 & 1890 ** The Texas State Gazetteer and Business Directory of 1890-1891 ** D.A.R. Burial Records of Tarrant County ** Pioneers Rest Cemetery Records ** S.E. Tarrant County Cemetery Inscriptions ** Cemeteries of Northeast Tarrant County ** Oakwood Cemetery Records ** Tarrant County Marriage Records, 1880-1900

Most of my family, from both sides, didn’t arrive in Tarrant County until the 1910-1920′s time period. So I didn’t think I had any ancestors to be found in this reconstruction, but bought it anyway. Who knows who might turn up sometime in future research!
So when the CD arrived a few days ago, I was wandering through the Surname Index, and there was my great-great grandfather Crist Carrico! I found him in the marriage records section. A bit more looking, and there was my great-great grandmother Hattie Kennedy, soon to be Crist Carrico’s wife. They were married in Tarrant County and no one in my family knew that until I bought that cd and started browsing through it!!!
What a lucky find this is! Now I need to make a trip to the downtown library to find said marriage book to learn the exact date of their wedding.
I’m so glad I bought that cd!