Saturday, October 19, 2013

Louisiana Confederate Pension Applications

     While researching some of my Louisiana Smith/Richardson family I discovered that the Louisiana Confederate pension records were on family search!  I had no clue!  I found my 3x great grandfather Joseph Richardson widow's pension application as well as my 4x great grandfather Alfred Jones Smith's application also done by his widow.  They are great finds for me! 

This is my 4x great grandpa Alfred Jones Smith.  He fought for the CSA in McNeil's Louisiana Cavalry which later became the Louisiana 4th Calvary.  Below is his widow's application for pension.

Under what circumstances did he die his widow Elizabeth put   A man of small means  Old age  General breakdown  I love that!  This record also gives their date of marriage, where they were married, and who married them.  Lots of genealogical information can be gleaned from this records and lead you to others or at least where to look.  Just remember this is all secondary information and might not be right.  Example below with Joseph Richardson.
This letter lead me to fold3 where I was able to find one service record for Alfred. 
I also found my 3x great grandpa Joseph Richardson's widow's application. 
Joseph and Eugenia (McGehee) Richardson

I haven't done a lot of military research on my Richardson line but if I had I would have assumed Joseph Richardson would have fought for Louisiana but as you can see from the application his widow puts he went to Rolling Prairie and enlisted and fought for Arkansas in Company H 3rd Regiment.  I haven't been able to find any service records for him in the 3rd regiment. This is what I was talking about above about the information might not be right.  I found a wonderful website that listed every company and soldier and he is not listed in any company of the 3rd regiment.  I'm going to have to do more research on him to figure it out.  If he was in the 3rd then he would have been only one of 150 out of over 1300 men who survived from the Arkansas 3rd regiment. He would have been at Gettysburg and at Appomattox for the surrender.   That's amazing!!! 

You can find Louisiana Confederate Pension records here   Just click on the surname of you ancestor and then search away.  :) 
I really wish Arkansas had theirs online.  I'm waiting right now for a copy of my 3x grandfather Llewellyn Jeremiah Hollis's pension application.  This application would have been done by him so I'm hoping it will have a lot of good information in it about his service in the war. 

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Lauren's Pre-K Graduation

     Well my baby girl is growing up.  She had her pre-k graduation May 23, 2013.  I was excited for her to start school back in August and now I'm sad the year is over.  We were so lucky this year.  First that she got a place in pre-k.   They only take so many and second that she had three awesome teachers, Mrs. Shepherd, Mrs. Dillard, and Mrs. Hoover.  She loves these women and has said over and over she is going to miss them.  I think that is what makes me so sad is that I don't want her to be so sad.

Mrs. Shepherd, Lauren, Mrs. Hoover, and Mrs. Dillard
They sang five songs at their graduation and they were the cutest! The Humpty Dumpty rap was Lauren's favorite and it was adorable.  I liked the ballet dancing truck driver song.   Lauren is not afraid to sing (yell) in front of anybody.  :)  They all did so good.  After graduation they had refreshments and I took lots of pictures.  
Here are some pictures from graduation and before.


Lauren and some of her friends she made this year.

                                                                            Me and my baby girl!

                                                                              Daddy's girl!!!

 After graduation we went to the zoo and had a great day there.  The weather was perfect! We saw lots of animals and Chris and Lauren rode the train and Lauren got to get her a zoo toy.  Lol.  That was the highlight of her day!!

Ready to go to the zoo!


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Looking for information on Richard Rowe 1842-??? and Seaborn Rowe 1835

I've been off and on doing research on my grandma Betty's side of the family.  I always hit brick walls.   My grandma Betty Wayne Maroney Benson was born to Leroy Maroney and Docia Thompson.

Leroy's parents were Richard Maroney and Caledonia Rowe.

Caledonia Rowe's parents were Mary ? Rowe and ????  Rowe.

That is where I had been stuck and not finding any information until the other day when a find a grave contributor who I didn't even remember writing to :) wrote me back and told me Mary Rowe's first husband was Richard Rowe.   I did write him back to ask him for his source and to thank him for getting back to me but haven't heard from him. 

Richard would make sense though.  Richard Rowe born about 1842 in Georgia had a brother Seaborn Rowe born about 1835.   They are the sons of Charles B. Rowe (1810) and ??? 

Mary and Caledonia are  living with Seaborn and his family in the 1870 census in Allen, Walton, Georgia. 

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Allen, Walton, Georgia; Roll: M593_180; Page: 437B; Image: 513; Family History Library Film: 545679.

In 1880 Mary and Caledonia and another daughter Mary are living in Bradley County Arkansas and Mary is listed as a widow. 

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Clay, Bradley, Arkansas; Roll: 39; Family History Film: 1254039; Page: 33C; Enumeration District: 016; Image: 0395

Also in Bradley County in 1880 there is a Seabrom Rew born in Georgia listed as a widower.  He is listed as black but I do believe this is Seaborn.  He is living with Richard Maroney who would go on to marry Caledonia in 1883. 

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Clay, Bradley, Arkansas; Roll: 39; Family History Film: 1254039; Page: 34B; Enumeration District: 016; Image: 0398.

I have no other information on what happened to Richard, Seaborn, or Seaborn's wife Mahala (White) 

Richard and Mary's daughter Mary was born in 1871 in Arkansas so that does narrow Richard's death down to between 1870-1880. 

Mahala (Seaborn's wife) death is also narrowed down between 1870-1880.

Seaborn's death is narrowed down between 1882-1888???

Richard did serve in the Civil War along with Seaborn.

Confederate Service...Rowe, Richard F.     Co. C  9th Regiment Ga. Volunteer Infantry Walton County, Georgia (Hillyer Rifles)...private March 4, 1862. Wounded at Garnett's Farm, Virginia June 27, 1862. Paroled at Farmville, Virginia April 11-21, 1865...per "Roster of the Confederate Soldiers of Georgia", Vol. 1, page 1017..also appears on the roster of Co.F  16th Regiment out of Walton County, Georgia as a private July 19, 1861 with no later record.

Charles Rowe (father) was looking for Seaborn in 1888. 

By Jonathan Kennon Thompson Smith
Copyright, Jonathan K. T. Smith, 2002
Page 61     March 31, 1888
SEABORN ROU son of Charles B. Rou of Walton Co., Ga., went to Ark. about 17 years ago; if living he would be about 50 years old; his last letter was received about 6 years ago. His father would like to know if he is living or deceased

I have been in contact with a descendent of James Madison Rowe who was a half brother to Richard and Seaborn.   When Charles lost track of Seaborn, James was asked to return to Georgia from Louisiana to take care of Charles. 

If anyone has any information on Richard or Seaborn Rowe or any ideas of where I can search for information please comment below. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

The Smith family! From Alfred Jones Smith to Henry Alfred Smith

  It's been awhile since I have blogged.  I spent last Monday with my Aunt Joyce and it was a really great visit.  We went through all of her pictures and I brought a whole bunch home with me to copy. 

 These are my 4th great grandparents Alfred Jones Smith and Elizabeth Harper Smith
abt 1847

Alfred Jones Smith was born in Alabama May 31, 1826.  He was the son of Charles Smith and Mirah Lacy.  He died in Louisiana February 10, 1897

Elizabeth Harper was born in  Mississippi April 2, 1830 to Samuel Harper and Mary Ann "Polly" Ainsworth.  She married Alfred Jones Smith in Mississippi in 1847.  She died May 25, 1912 in Louisiana. 
Their son John Wesley Smith is my 3rd great grandfather.  I do not have any pictures of him.  He was born 1862 and died in 1901.  His wife was Ella Frances Winn and they married in Magnolia, Arkansas in 1883. 
They had 6 children.
Henry, Lester, and Geneva Smith
My 2nd great grandfather was Henry Alfred Smith (1887-1977).  He married Lillian Geneva Hardaway.  She was the daughter of John William Hardaway and Sally Beatrice Slaton.
They had 4 children
Lester Alfred Smith 1911-1978
James Dolphin Smith 1915-2006
Lillian Beatrice Smith Richardson 1919-2012 (my great grandma)
William Earl Smith 1923-1960
Lester, Henry, William, Geneva, and Dolphin 1945

William, Lester, and Dolphin 1945

Carol Richardson(my grandma, daughter of Lillian) Geneva, and my Aunt Joyce (daughter of Lillian)

Geneva Hardaway Smith

Henry and Geneva Smith

Geneva with the kids 1920s

William Earl Smith
Grandma Carol, Great Grandma Lillian Smith Richardson, and my Aunt Joyce

Lillian Smith Richardson at the house in Lester, Arkansas

Grandma Lillian and Papaw Dude Richardson

My sweet grandma!  I miss her so very much!  I still have the teddy bear she made me when I was little as well as Christmas ornaments she made.  I doubt Lauren will remember her but I'm so glad she got to spend 4 years with her. 

Lauren and her Great Great grandma Lillian.  I don't think many can say they knew their great great grandma. 
Through doing genealogy I have been able to meet some of grandma's family I never knew.  I'm so happy to know them!  It's great finding new family! 

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Samuel Almasi Hungarian christening record.

I forgot that I got in Chris's 2x great grandpa's christening record.  It is in Hungarian and it is very hard to read.  I have tried to use a translator app but the the record is to hard to read.  If anybody can figure it out let me know and thank you!!!!

This is the left side heading  

this is the left side

This is the right side heading

this is the right side

If anybody can help translate this  please do!!! 

I have other information on Samuel here

Elizabeth Kulman Almasi 1859-1914

   Well I finally got in the death certificate of Chris's great great grandma Elizabeth Kulman Almasi.  I ordered it at the beginning of December and feel like I have been waiting for it forever.  I don't know a lot about Elizabeth.   I know her and her family came over from Hungary in 1893.  She had 2 daughters,  Bertha and Mary.  Her husband was Samuel Almasi.  I also have information and pictures of Bertha here .  Here is a copy of the death certificate

I've been having some trouble with her mother's maiden name.  I can't seem to figure out what it is.  If anybody knows please leave a comment and let me know!