I'm still posting about art at Alchemy of Clay.
My own life and my opinions are shared at When I was 69. I am adding my travels and Black Mountain notes there now.
This blog will continue, as I do family genealogy research, but probably just every other day for now.

REMEMBER: In North America, the month of September 1752 was exceptionally short, skipping 11 days, when the Gregorian Calendar was adapted from the old Julian one, which didn't have leap year days.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Longest Day of the Year

Let's see, we could celebrate.

If only
there were world peace

If only the politicians weren't so crazy!

If only differences of opinion could be expressed without hurting each other.

If only our earth were cared for as she deserves.

If only generic MAN would stop behaving so badly!

If only everyone was just like me (nah, I just slipped that one in to see if you were awake.) It would be pretty boring if everyone was like me.  What a relief for diversity of form, opinion, beliefs, race, values, ages, sexes, geography, and anything else that isn't that important after all.

So for "however many hours you have today" (northern hemisphere only) I do wish you well.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Portsmouth's Strawbery Banke museum

Located on the site of the town’s original seaport, known as Puddle Dock, Strawbery Banke (the original 1600s name for the settlement, it’s not a typo for “Strawberry Bank”) is an indoor-outdoor living history museum depicting local life from the late 1600s until the 1950s.

Strawbery Banke museum

Strawbery Banke Museum map of Portsmouth, NH

Strawbery Bank museum.  That's the earliest home built and still standing (center, dark) by Henry's son John Sherburne in 1695. Portsmouth, NH.

 The Shapley Drisco house was brought to the site, and refurbished in its more modern style of apartments of the 1950s on one side, but back to the 1790's on the other side!

 Sherburne House exterior

Sherburne House interior
Sherburne House (c.1695-1703), is dedicated to teaching. It's the sole existing building from that time period remaining at the Puddle Dock site. Built at a time when the influence of late 16th century English architectural style was being blended with new American innovations, it sticks out with its Salem-esque tiny windows.
Inside, you’ll find information, diagrams, and actual examples of the architectural bones required to build houses like these. Source: New England TOday

There is also an old cemetery somewhere in the original area of Prescot Park in Portsmouth, called Point of Graves where at least one cousin ancestor is buried (who I'll be talking about in a few days.)

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day

These are the "fathers" in my life.

Hope y'all have a happy day.

Editorial note:
In order to spend more time doing other things, I'm limiting my publications on blogs to every other day.  So the ancestry blog will be on odd days of the calendar, and the pottery/Black Mountain sites will be on even days.

I know I've tried this kind of thing before...with little success.  Oh well.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

An ancestor who was a descendant of Charlemagne

Henry Sherburne was born in Odium, Hampshire, England in 1611. He arrived in New England in 1631-2.  He married Rebecca Gibbons in Portsmouth New Hampshire in 1637.

High Street, Odium, England.The 18th century frontage of The George Hotel hides an older building originally licensed in 1547. It forms part of the elegant village centre. Source: Wikipedia

 His listing under "Find a Grave" says his grave is unknown. But there is this biography:
Baptized: Odiham, Hampshire, 28 March 1611, son of Joseph Sherburne (deposed 25 June 1662 aged about forty-eight years; deposed 9 October 1665 "aged about fifty-three years." A tavernkeeper and ferryman who came from Odiham, Hampshire to Massachusetts Bay in 1632 on the "James," & settled in Piscataqua NH.
Died by 7 December 1680 (when he failed to appear in court to prosecute his case against Edward Bickford's children). (His daughter Mary said "[m]y father Henry Sherborne died about the year '80 or '83. His death we was not sensible of."
MARRIAGE: (1) 13 November 1637 Rebecca Gibbons, daughter of AMBROSE GIBBONS; she died 3 June 1667 ("My mother, Rebekah Sherborne, died the 3d June 1667 about noon, and was buried by four of her children."
(2) By 30 June 1668 Sarah (_____) Abbott, widow of Walter Abbott (when "Mr. Hen: Sherburne & Sarah his wife executrix to the estate of Walter Abbet" appeared in court

And while looking through other various details of his life, I discovered he was one of the original settlers from England to the New England shores.  And there he is in a book about descendants of Charlemagne.

It is also interesting that he was given the duty of being a ferryman between Portsmouth NH and other nearby sites, including Maine.  And he also was delegated the job of providing a shelter for travelers, and food, becoming a "tavernkeeper". 
Warf at Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH (Piscataqua River, 21st Century) with Maine on opposite shore.
I am thrilled that many records exist of various legal encounters with him...and can only copy a few of them here.

It looks like he had 11 children, with his first wife, Rebecca and then married Sarah Abbott a year after Rebecca died.. His youngest daughter would have been 8 years old at the time.  His daughter Rebecca (1654-1696) was reported to be needing care, being "deaf and dumb."  He designated his oldest son and his wife, Samuel and Love Sherburne, to care for Rebecca's needs by deeding land to them, and "their taking into custody & Christian keeping of...Rebecca Sherburne (who is both dumb & wanting of understanding.)" 3 Sept. 1674 (NHPLR 3:97a-b)

Overview of Strawberry Banke gardens, Portsmouth, NH (21st century)

He is mentioned in many court cases, including being a fighter...towards his wife, and others, and receiving blows from his wife as well.

I'm not sure of the original source, but it's posted on Ancestry as New England and the Great Migration, Vol. 3.  This would have been his second wife, Sarah (widow )Abbot, who he was living "disorderly with and fighting."

I'll share more photos from the Strawberry Banke Museum in Portsmouth tomorrow! I'd love to go spend a week there!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

One of those shipping captains, John Samuel Sherburne

More about the Sherburnes, since I just got those big portrait paintings added to my family tree over on Ancestry (see earlier post HERE.)  Of course they are really pretty far removed cousins, or aunts and uncles. But their portraits are in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, NY, and I quite honestly don't think anyone else on my tree is! (And a quick editorial note, my computer or blogger wants to spell Sherburne as Sherborne, and so if you see it spelled that way, it is unintentional.  Of course there are also Sherbournes who spelled it That way!)

But I do like finding out about some of our leading citizens,so let's look at Captain John Sherburne of Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, (before it became a state.)

John Samuel Sherburne, Capt.


Actually historians know a lot about him, and his home is still standing, as a museum in Portsmouth.  

The John Sherburne house at Strawbery Banke Museum, Portsmouth, NH, built around 1695, which is why a British flag is flying in front of it, because this was a British colony at the time.

John's wife was Mary Cowell Sherburne (1657-1736.)  Her parents (Edward and Agnes Cowell) are my 8th great 
grandparents.  I was surprised, because I had thought her great granddaughter Mary Sherborne Bowers (1735-1799) who married Jerathmel Bowers would be the connection to the Swasey line.  Nope.  Jerathmel's sister married a Swasey, but that made him just an uncle, a few times great.

The Cowells are more direct, and Mary Cowell Sherburne's little sister Amy (Annie) (1657-1736) married into the Ayers family.  (I blogged about her and her husbands here, and some of the history of the Ayers and Cowell families HERE.)  Nathaniel and Amy Cowell Ayers' daughter Amy Ayers Swasey, (1687-1783) married Samuel Swasey, and they became my great times 6 grandparents on my grandmother Ada Swasey Rogers branch of our tree.

Here is more information about the Sherburne home and museum in Portsmouth NH.

I'm glad someone over on Ancestry visited the Sherburne home, and took photos...though not all were in focus.  We'll skip those.

One of the reasons that the Sherburnes did so well started with John Samuel's father, Henry.  I'll give more details about him soon.

 Law enforcement in Colonial America...

Some American colonials who weren't very happy about their taxation.

I'm sharing this with Sepia Saturday, where we look at our history through photographs.  This week are some interesting looking men in uniforms over there.  


"When constabulary duty's to be done (to be done) / A policeman's lot is not a happy one (happy one)"

Mary and Jerathmel Bowers' other children

Today I'm looking at the 2 youngest daughters of the Bowers of Swansea MA...Elizabeth (1774-1850) and Mary Ann (1777-1847). Yes they are first cousins, 6 times removed.

Elizabeth Sherburne Bowers (1774-1850) married Dr. Thomas Danforth.  She had been born in Swansea, Bristol County, MA around 1774.  Her parents both died in 1799 apparently.  She married in Taunton MA (a nearby town) in 1800.

The Danforths apparently moved to Boston, where most of their 5 children were born.  One son was born in 1806 in Vermont.   Their youngest son only lived 11 months.  And her husband died in 1817.

In 1831, Elizabeth lists herself as widow of Thomas Danforth and her address in Boston MA.  She lived until 3 Sept 1850, dying of cancer according to the death record of Boston.  Whoever wrote the record got the wrong name for her father however, listing Jerathmel as Jonathan Bowers, who actually was Jerathmel's brother. But her mother's name was correct.

The Somerset Town Clerk in 1794 and Justice of the Peace in 1795 was Jonathan Bowers, who apparently joined his niece, Mary Ann and her husband, Thomas Hood in marriage on March 12, 1795.
"John Hood and Mary Ann Bowers both of Somerset were Joined in the Covenent of Marriage Marcy 12th, 1795 by John Bowers Justice of Peace," Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, Somerset. 

Her listing on Ancestry gives her name as Mary Ann Forester Bowers (1777-1847)  I had thought the Forester name was transposed when I saw it, that she'd married someone by that name, but no, it was part of her birth name apparently, though left off of the marriage record.  I wonder who or what it referred to!  The meaning continued into the next generation, for her youngest daughter was also named Mary Ann Forester Hood

Her husband is listed as Captain Thomas Hood (1774-1859). His father had been named Nobel Hood, and they named their first son after him.  I don't think he was a sea captain, but probably got his rank from being in the military, possibly in the War of 1812, but I haven't got any records to say so.

We do find on a hand written death record from Swansea that he died of old age (at 85) and had been a cabinet maker for his occupation.

Though Mary Ann's birth date is not listed anywhere (that I can find) there is on her death record of March 28, 1847, a compilation her age...

"Death at age 69, 10 mos, 20 days" we could maybe count back and get a birthday for her.  That record also states she died of  "heart complaint."  Since I won't try to get the exact date (who knows when the calendar shifted from Julian to Gregorian after all?) I do come up with her birth around 1777, which is what Ancestry has as well.

OK, don't forget like I just did, the Gregorian calendar was adopted by Catholic countries in the 16th century, but...
Many Protestant countries initially objected to adopting a Catholic innovation; some Protestants feared the new calendar was part of a plot to return them to the Catholic fold. For example, the British could not bring themselves to adopt the Catholic system explicitly: the Annexe to their Calendar (New Style) Act 1750 established a computation for the date of Easter that achieved the same result as Gregory's rules, without actually referring to him.[24]
Britain and the British Empire (including the eastern part of what is now the United States) adopted the Gregorian calendar in 1752.
 Good, that means that leap years were already in force when these people lived.  But that's not important in the grand scheme of things.

Palmer Street Cemetery, Somerset, Bristol, MA, where various Bowers and Swaseys were buried.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The Jerathmel and Mary Sherburne Bowers children

Since yesterday one of the biographies of Joseph Sherburne, Esq. mentioned his grandson, John Bowers, I thought I'd check out what the 5 children of Mary Sherborne Bowers did, as much as I could from Ancestry's perspective.

The oldest daughter, Hannah Bowers (1758-1825) married Frances Lindall Bowland (Borland) who has Dr. as his title on one family tree.  Hannah Borland and husband Borland moved from either Swansea or Boston  MA to Savannah GA before their only son was born, Frances Vassall Borland. (Vassall had been his father's mother's maiden name.) However, in the way of all good things recorded, their marriage was listed in Dighton, MA in 1784, while their son had been born in Savanah GA in 1779. 
 Part of the historic district of Dighton MA.

Since I think it very unlikely that Hannah would have gone to Savannah before her marriage in 1784 (taking place in MA near Swansea) I tend to think that records of their son's birthdate were changed instead.  Perhaps because he was younger than his wife? Or some other reason that is unknown.

 View of Savannah GA harbor in 19th century

Detail of above engraving.
Hannah died in Savannah, Chatham County, GA in 1825

The next of the Bowers children wasn't born for another 6 years, Mary Sherburne Bowers, (1764-1816) I know, a confusion because that's her mother's married name as well.   I can't find any other information about her at this time.  That doesn't mean that another member of the Ancestry crew won't give something about her in the future!

How about that, in the time it took to look for further information, 4 'hints' came up, including her marriage! So Mary Sherburne married Joseph Jencks on 15 Mar 1788 in her hometown of Swansea, MA.  They had 8 children, all born in Providence, RI, some of whom died in childhood.  Her husband and one of her children died in Terra Haute IN which surprised me.  Her husband died in 1818, and Mary had died in 1816, in a nearby town of North Kingston, Washington County, RI.

The next to be born was John Bowers, Esq., born in 1765, in Swansea MA, and married Mary Robinson in Newport RI in 1791. I don't know of any children from their marriage. When looking at the brief bio of his grandfather (yesterday's post) Joseph Sherburne, it mentions:
Mary [Sherburne], his sole surviving child and heir, married, July 7, 1763, Jerathmiel Bowers, the rich Quaker of Somerset, Bristol Co., Mass., whose son John laid out Somerset Street, on Beacon Hill, Boston, partly from the estate of Joseph Sherburne. (See Boston Rec. Com. Report, No. 5, p. 74.)
John Bowers not only did some surveying, and having that "Esq." attached to his name usually means he practiced law, but he also was involved in shipping across the Atlantic.  I am pretty sure many of his family members were also engaged in that trade.  But John lost his life "off the coast of Africa" on March 21, 1820. 
He embarked from Providence (RI) last autumn, supercargo of the brig Richard, on a trading voyage.
Published death notice from The New Bedford Mercury, June 23, 1820.  Another notice was published in the New York Evening Post on June 16, 1820, just saying he died on the Coast of Africa.

Unfortunately someone else named John Bowers died in 1820 in England, and was buried in January of that year, and Ancestry was trying to link it to this John Bowers.  I have to check those dates carefully.  He couldn't have been buried in Jan. before dying in March!

His wife, Mary Robinson Bowers died in 1826 in Cincinnati, OH. I wonder how she moved there from Rhode Island.

I'll be back tomorrow with the other children of Jerathmel and Mary Sherburne Bowers.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A great aunt who had a portrait painted by Copley

Mary Sherburne Bowers

Somerset, MA
Painted by John Singleton Copley 

from Bulletin of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Jan, 1916.

She was married to my 6 times great uncle Jarathmel Bowers (1720-1799). He was ancestor to my grandmother, Ada Swasey Rogers, or rather his sister Mary Bowers was (1719-1823) who married Joseph Swasey (1714-1801).

I'm not going into her parents' names, because it seems the more famous people were, the more different biographies there are. (see 2 below) Her father was probably considered rich and famous in his lifetime, Joseph Sherburne, Esq.  I know he was married 3 times, but am not sure which wife was Mary's mother.

He had a portrait also painted of himself, by John Singleton Copley.  I'll let you make your own opinion of it.

Joseph Sherburne (1710 - 1779)

c. 1768
"The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Manhattan, New York, New York, USA
Artist: John Singleton Copeley (1738 - 1815) Medium: Oil on canvas Comment: Joseph Sherburne (1710–1799) was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the son of Mary Lovell and Judge Joseph Sherburne, a man of considerable wealth who served variously as mariner, merchant, selectman, member of the King's Council, and justice of the Supreme Court. The Sherburnes moved to Boston sometime before 1728. The sitter became active in the East India Trade, and later was a successful hardware merchant. Sherburne owned extensive lands in Boston and married three times, first in 1734 to Mary Watson, by whom he had one daughter, Mary. (15.128). Three years later, he married Mary Plaisted of Salem, whose two children both died at an early age".

The above information was published by the Metropolitan Muesum of Art in New York

Another biographer in 1904 wrote:
"He married first, Apr. 4, 1734, Mary, daughter of James Watson, by whom he had one child, Mary; married second, Feb. 2, 1737, Eunice, daughter of William Hubbard, by whom he had no issue ; and married third, Nov. 21, 1750, Mary, daughter of Col. Ichabod Plaisted of Salem, by whom he had Joseph and John, who died young, and Sarah, who married John Hunt, Jr., and died childless, in 1785-6. Mary, his sole surviving child and heir, married, July 7, 1763, Jerathmiel Bowers, the rich Quaker of Somerset, Bristol Co., Mass., whose son John laid out Somerset Street, on Beacon Hill, Boston, partly from the estate of Joseph Sherburne. (See Boston Rec. Com. Report, No. 5, p. 74.)"
Source: "Some descendants of Henry and John Sherburne of Portsmouth, N.H." (1904)


Monday, June 11, 2018


If life hadn't thrown my grandmother several curve balls, her artistic talents would have been used in different ways.

I wrote about her life briefly here back in 2013, and her whole family of sisters HERE in 2018 with some other links in case you want to play click and link a while.

Mozelle Munhall was Grandmommy to me.  Several people in my family had a painting she had done of Bluebonnets.  I have no idea where these paintings have gone, but sure hope they are hanging where they give pleasure still.  I enjoyed thinking about fields of blue flowers, which I had seen only a couple of times in my life.

Texas has a great wildflower, the Bluebonnet, which pops out every spring and brings tourists to the fields where they are allowed to grow (or maybe cultivated these days.)

Mozelle Miller's Bluebonnet painting (location unknown)

My family would drive around the Texas countryside after church some Sundays.  I know neither of my Rogers grandparents drove later in their lives, but I don't remember them coming with us often.  Living in either Dallas or Houston in the 1940s, it might have taken an hour or more to find where the flowers were blooming.  Actually I remember them in ditches first.

I also remember getting out of the car to see these blossoms, and that the red ones were called Indian Paintbrushes.  I thought that was neat.  I was maybe 6 years old.

That nature can paint such beauty still takes my breath away!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

By J. A. Sharp for ancestors

So in checking on the ancestry of Joe (J. A.) Sharp, who I spoke about a few days ago, I was trying to see how he connected to my cousin Rebecca Cannon Sharp,(1812-1901) who lived a very long time.  There were occasionally others on my tree with longevity, but not anything extreme. Rebecca's husband also had a long life, James Madison Sharp (1816-1905). More about him later.

But try as far back as the American Revolution, and none of the Sharps in Rebecca's husband's family seemed to have a line to connect to Joe's line.  He said as much at one time.

So I'll be happy to know that his great grandmother times a few greats (Dialtha P. Rogers Mullendore (1810-1884) was the Rogers sister of my Rogers great grandfather times a few greats (Micajah Rogers 1795-1883).  I'm happy to be related to a historian who contributed so much to the Sevier County genealogical records (imagine 18 reels of microfilm!)

I also found his research was quoted when I was looking at the earlier Sharp families.  I think I'd like to share a bit of what I found...

Under the ancestor's name: John Sharp, (1730-1816) there's an extensive article titled, Capt. James M. Sharp’s 1894 Reminiscences, written for his son Dr. Samuel Pride Sharp 

I'm not including that here, but Joe Sharp's notes about it. The article is long and convoluted, but interesting in a folk history way, as well as includes the lists of children and wives that people had.  Why is it under John Sharp rather than Capt. James M. Sharp's site? I don't know.  

But John Sharp listed was the grandfather of our Rebecca Cannon Sharp's husband, Captain James Madison Sharp (1816-1905), none other than the author of the first article.  John Sharp is on my family tree, and is listed as the paternal grandfather of a husband of a 4th great aunt.  Yep, I'm stretching the relationships.  But part of the fun is learning how these strong people lived and endured their lives.


Captain James M. Sharp, a grandson of John Sharp Sr., wrote in his recollections about 1894 information about his grandparents that he obtained from his father, John Sharp Jr., who settled in Sevier County and 1806 and died there in 1844. Some family birth, death, and marriage dates are recorded in the Thomas Sharp Bible, in 1949 in the possession of Reuben Sharp of Loudon, TN.
In 1925, Mrs. H. C. Jones of New Market, Alabama, corresponded with Mrs. Sterling Fort of Clarksville, TN, and Mrs. Fort gave Mrs. Jones information about the Sharp family. Mrs. Fort said that Robert Sharp and Mary Porter were born in Augusta County, Virginia, were married there, came to Tennessee between 1808 and 1812, and settled in Williamson County. She told Mrs. Jones that William H. Sharp of Nashville said that his grandfather, Robert Sharp, left somewhere in Georgia on May 4, 1794 and settled in Williamson County. He had gotten the information from an old almanac used as a diary, he supposed, by a Dr. James Boyd Sharp. Robert Sharp was still living in 1828 and attended the personal property sale of his brother Joseph’s estate in Augusta County, VA. It seems that he inherited considerable property from Joseph.
The John Sharp Jr. Bible (published by Matthew Carey in 1802) also has family dates recorded in it. It was purchased by John Sharp Jr. in 1803 and is now [1949] in the possession of Miss Mary Sharp, his great-granddaughter, of Sevierville, TN.
The Clark Bible records some family dates and is in the possession of John Clark of Maryville, TN. Some dates are on markers in Clark Grove Cemetery near Maryville, TN. Letitia’s husband, Robert Sharp, presented quite a problem: nothing is known about his ancestry. In 1927, the late Will Parham, Blount County genealogist, interviewed the late Robert Sharp of Rockford, TN, and heard the old family tradition that Robert Sharp was “killed by Indians on Pistol Creek, near Maryville and is buried on the Will Brakebill Farm, 7 miles northeast of here.” Another version of the same story was that the was killed in 1792 “by an Indian striking him on the head with a tomahawk as he was crossing Pistol Creek with a hay fork on his shoulder, on his way to gather up hay.” That Robert Sharp was actually killed by Indians is proven by a contemporary account in the Knoxville Gazette of October t, 1792:
On the 3rd instant Black’s Block House, on the head of Crooked Creek (a branch of Little River) at which there was a serjeant’s command of Captain Crawford’s company, was attacked, by surprise about an hour and a half in the night, by a party of Indians commanded by a Cherokee of Will’s Town, called the Tail, a brother of the Bench and Talohtkfke, consisting of three other Cherokees and five Creek.
James Paul was killed in the house, and George Morse and Robert Sharp at a fire on the outside, and John Shankland wounded, three horses were killed and seven taken off.
In August 1793 the widow, Letitia, settled his estate in the Knox County Court of Pleas and Common Sessions. Letitia Sharp married John Clark, a Revolutionary War veteran, in 1801, and her daughter Nancy married John’s son (by a previous marriage) James. Robert Sharp, before settling in Blount County, TN, owned land in Rockbridge County, VA, and may have lived there with his family.
The Union, Campbell, Claiborne County Sharps are not ours. There, Sharps were German in origin. “Scharp” was the German spelling. Our Sharps were Scotch-Irish, probably English in origin, but migrated with Scotch to North Ireland, from whence they came to Pennsylvania in the early 1790s.
included on same site is this article as well...though I am not as particularly interested in the subject.

Joe A. Sharp’s Article on Flayl Nichols in the East Tennessee Historical Society’s Echoes for January 1957
Flayl Nichols, Revolutionary soldier, settled in Sevier County, TN, about 1790. He married Nancy Hatcher in Bedford County, VA, on January 7, 1780. They sold their Bedford County lands in 1787 and 1788, and records of Franklin County, VA, show Flayl serving as juror and making depositions there during these same years. No details of his Revolutionary service are known, but his misspelled name, “Flail Nicholes,” was recorded on the roll of Captain Adam Clement’s Bedford County militia company. Also, it was said that he served in the regiment of Colonel William Campbell at King’s Mountain, and Captain Clement’s company assisted General Nathaniel Greene in North Carolina in 1781.
Flayl’s father was John Nichols, whose will was probated in Bedford County in 1803. The only bequest to Flayl was the “big family Bible,” but since he was the first heir named, it is believed that he was the oldest child and may have received his share before his father’s death. It is not known what happened to this old Nichols Bible. Flayl’s brothers and sisters, as named in their father’s will, were John Archibald, Elisha, Jesse, Mary Cundiff, Katherine Pollard, and Jane Hancock. Bequests were also made to “my beloved wife Martha Nichols,” but her maiden name was not revealed—unless she was a second wife, she was the mother of Flayl and the other children named above.
Bedford County records show the following marriages of the above Nichols children: Archibald was married twice—(1) Judith Hatcher, daughter of Richard Hatcher, and (2) Sarah Wollington (1799); Elish Nichols married Rosey Slinker (1782); Jane Nichols married Edward Hancock (1783); Jesse Nichols married Sally Fields (1800). It is believed that Katherine Nichols’s husband was John Pollard, but the given njame of Mary Nichols Cundiff’s husband is unknown. Neither is anything definitely known of Flayl’s brother John, except the bequest of a “small shot gun . . . unto my grandson John Nichols, son of my son John Nichols.” This grandson is believed to have been John J. Nichols, who, with his wife, Margaret (Scantlen) Nichols, migrated from Bedford County to Sevier County and settled near Sevierville about 1819. Descendants of Flayl always claimed kinship with descendants of John J. Nichols.
There is good proof that John Nichols, father of Flayl, was also a soldier of the Revolution.
Flayl’s Sevier County home was located on the West Fork of Little Pigeon River, four miles south of Sevierville, near the mouth of Walden’s Creek, where Colonel Samuel Wear established Wear’s Fort not long after 1783. Tradition has it that Flayl and family first resided in this fort after their arrival from Virginia during the early 1790s, when the Cherokee Indians were making their last attacks on the Tennessee frontier. It is likely that Flayl participated in Colonel Wear’s Tallassee expedition against the Cherokee in 1793.
In 1808 Flayl received a Tennessee grant for his occupant claim of 331 acres, which included two horseshoe bends of Little Pigeon and the surrounding hills; the river today makes the same bends as in 1807, when the Nichols grant was surveyed, as shown by the surveyor’s plat in the Tennessee Archives. His lands joined the lands owned by Stephen Winton, George Green, John Mahan, and Alexander Montgomery, also original grant holders and early settlers in the same neighborhood. His home was on the bank of the river a few hundred yards north of Shiloh Cemetery, and he operated a mill nearby.
Details in the lives of humble men are hard to find; so it was with Flayl Nichols, and doubly so in Sevier County, where the early county records were lost in the courthouse fire of 1856. Flayl, however, left a few footprints, although obscure and scattered. In 1801 we find him serving as captain of a Sevier County militia company; later, in 1805, the Tennessee legislature made him a commissioner for the town of Sevierville, although he did not live in the town.
Perhaps Flayl’s greatest claim to fame was his service as state senator in the Tennessee legislature, 1803 to 1804; he represented Sevier and Blount counties. In the impeachment trial of Judge David Campbell, he joined the minority of James White, Senate Speaker and Knoxville’s founder, and Joseph McMinn, future Tennessee governor, and voted for Judge Campbell’s conviction. He introduced bills to “establish fairs in Sevier County,” and to empower the Sevier County Court to levy a tax to repair the “court house, prison and stocks.” He also voted with the majority that defeated a bill to “prohibit the further importation of slaves into Tennessee.” And on November 7, 1803, Flayl joined the overwhelming majority of the State Senate that voted to clear John Sevier of fraudulently obtaining North Carolina land warrants for 105,000 acres of Tennessee lands. Finally, on August 1, 1805, he voted against the bill allowing North Carolina to “perfect titles” to lands in Tennessee, and after the passage this bell, he entered his strong protest in the Senate Journal.
Flayl and Nancy had nine children, as follows: Sarah (born 1780), Martha, born 1783), Rhoda (Born 1785), John (born 1787), Jesse (born 1788), Simon (born 1795), William (born 1797), Robert (born 1800), and Edward (born ?). Only one of these remained in Sevier County—this was John, who married Esther V. Black of Blount County, Tennessee, in 1814. It is believed that she was a daughter of Joseph Black, one of the founders of Blount County and Maryville. The daughter Martha married Irish-born Robert Lawson, early Sevierville shoemaker and saddler, and they migrated to Talladega County, Alabama, soon after the War of 1812, and many of their descendants still live in the latter place today. Sarah married John Matson, War of 1812 soldier; after his death she and her children also settled in Talladega County. The son William married Martha Cannon, and about 1835 they migrated to Randolph County, Missouri—he died there in 1884. Jesse, a soldier in the War of 1812, married Tobitha Coulter, or Cotter, and they migrated to Marshall County, Alabama, where Jesse died in 1841—his widow still lived there in 1872. Nothing is known about the daughter Rhoda, and no trace has bene found of the other sons, but family tradition states that they, like William, also settled in Missouri.
Flayl Nichold died at his home on the West Fork of Little Pigeon on August 17, 1823. The family Bible recorded his death as follows: “Flayl Nichols departed this life on Little Pigeon River Sevier County Tennessee State with gravel Aug 17, 1823.” His grave in Shiloh Cemetery is marked with the original hand-shaped sandstone, with the inscription “F.N. Dc. 1823” and the carving of the old-fashioned canoe-shaped coffin below this inscription. In recent years a flat granite headstone showing his Revolutionary War service was furnished by the War Memorial Division of the United States Army, and it was erected in front of the old stone. The widow Nancy survived for several years—she died in 1840. No original marker remains at her grave, but the writer, with the help of three Alabama descendants, placed a granite marker for Nancy by the side of Flayl’s grave.
and the third article included for the Nichols family was also included, so I've copied it to have it available if ever I get interested in it...

More on the Nichols Family by Joseph A. Sharp, written about 1940

There is a family tradition that Flail Nichols served in the Revolutionary War, but neither the Department of the Army not the Veterans Administration has any record of such service [they must have found some records since the Army erected a Revolutionary War service grave marker sometime before 1957]. On the original marker, the date of his death is plant, but the date of his birth is not very plain; however, it appears to be 1747.
It is not known definitely that Edward (Ned), William, Jesse, and Robert H. were sons of Flail Nichols, but it appears likely that they were. Old land survey books in the Register’s Office of Sevier County contain land entries made by each of these men. William Nichols entered 52 acres on the west fort of the Little Pigeon River in 1824. Edward Nichols entered 100 acres in the same neighborhood in 1826, and in 1836 he entered 150 acres on Gist’s Creek in Sevier County. In 1938, Uncle Ash Nichols, at the age of 85 years, remembered hearing of his father’s, Joshua Nichols, going to mill in the present Shiloh community to his uncle Ned Nichols and also of visiting another uncle who lived nearby. The above land entries by Edward and William Nichols seem to have been located in the Shiloh community, and it is believed these were the two uncles referred to by Joshua Nichols, who was a grandson of Flail Nichols. In 1826, Jesse Nichols entered 50 acres on the west fork of the Little Pigeon River; he also entered 50 acres on Gist’s Creek in 1824. Robert H. Nichols also entered 50 acres on the west fork of the Little Pigeon River in 1828. Of course, the latter two men may not have been the sons of Flail Nichols, but in view of the fact that they were entering land in the same vicinity, it is reasonable to speculate that they were sons or grandsons of his. There was also a Sallie Nichols who entered 50 acres on Knob Creek in 1834, and a Charles Nichols in mentioned in one of the survey books mentioned above.
John and Esther Nichols are buried in the same grave in Shiloh Cemetery since there were only two days’ difference in their deaths (he died on Mar. 16, 1865, twelve days after his 76th birthday, and she died on Mar. 18). John and family lived on Walden’s Creek, about four miles above its mouth. Land entries he made, as recorded in an old land survey book were for 25 acres on Walden’s Creek in 1828, for 100 acres on Walden’s Creek in 1831, and for another 100 acres there in 1851. He also owned land on Knob Creek in Sevier County. In 1938, a grandson of John Nichols, Ashley W. Nichols (Uncle Ash), of Sevier County, remembered visiting his grandfather on Walden’s Creek. His father sent him to plow for his grandfather, and he went home without telling his grandfather. John Nichols was a member of the Methodist church at Shiloh, and, as a very active member, it was his duty to “line out the hymns.” He and his wife are buried very near the location of the old church.  

Saturday, June 9, 2018

(Elijah) Rogers McCamy's photo album - and my father's

Whether it was Rogers McCamy taking the photos, or his wife, or someone else...Ancestry has a wonderful collection of photos of his life.  I can only share a few of them here.  I am so glad to have found this third cousin, 2 times removed.

But to be fair, I'll post photos of my own family as well, but later on the same post, since my goal is to look at the costuming, the environment and how people lived in the 30's and 40s...mainly in Texas.

Annie Mullendore (Dressmaker, unmarried) with her sister, Ida Winfield Mullendore McCamy and Ida's youngest son, Elijah Rogers McCamy 1920

Though this photo is listed as 1924, I'm pretty sure Elijah Rogers McCamy (in back) is wearing the same cap, this time going the wrong way as a 10 year old might do.  Ida Mullendore McCamy on left, and older son, James L. McCamy Jr. on right.

Elijah Rogers McCamy went by the name Rogers McCamy all his life. He was born in 1910, the youngest of 6 children, one of whom was stillborn. His oldest sister, May, apparently had a disability all her life, and died at age 35, unmarried.  All the family was born in east TN, either Knox, Sevier or Blount counties. Rogers McCamy died in 1974 in Texas.

My father, George E. Rogers Jr, was 4 years younger than Rogers McCamy.

Rogers McCamy 1928 or 30.

Rogers McCamy 1933

 Rogers McCamy and Kay Catherine McCamy, Dallas TX 1935.

Rogers and Kay Catherine McCamy 1936.

Kay, Richard and Rogers McCamy 1938.

Rogers and Dick McCamy, 1939

Rogers and Dick McCamy

Dick and neighbor enjoy the wheelbarrow pushed by Rogers McCamy 1940

Now for some of the George Rogers family photos...

Ada Rogers (Gummy) wrote the names of her sons on the back, thus right to left, so Chauncey is actually on the left, my father, George age 12, is in dark shirt seated, James in light shirt seated, and Alex, the oldest standing on right. 1927 Fort Worth TX

1935 visiting Texas capital in Austin, George Jr. on left, Ada Rogers and George Sr. (Gummy and Poppy) standing, James Rogers kneeling.

Jr. (George Jr.) Mom (Gummy or Ada Rogers) and James Rogers Feb 27, 1937.  I think you had to have been there to know who's who. Gummy was probably the passenger, thus James may have been driving at age 15!

George and Mataley walking, date unknown.

George Rogers family, Dallas 1946. Mataley, Barbara, George holding Mary Beth.