Saturday, November 7, 2015

David and Mary A. McBrayer

In 1850 in Chickamauga, Walker, Georgia, living in the home of William McBrayer and his wife, Sarah (Dye), are a David McBriers and a Mary A. McBriers. David being born in 1825 in North Carolina and his wife, Mary A. being born in 1832 in Georgia. David could possibly be a son of William, but I have not seen the 1840 census for William to see if he had a son David's age. If he was William's son, then he was born before William's marriage to his first wife, unless she was already pregnant or David's age is off in the record or William had a wife before Drucilla.

I have found a possible child for David and Mary: Emmarilla McBrayer, who was born in 1859. Her death record is as follows:

Name Emmarilla Mcbrayer Cooley
Event Date 01 Sep 1933
Event Place Akron, Hale, Alabama
Gender Female
Age (Original) 74y 3m 28d
Birth Year (Estimated) 1859
Spouse's Name John W. Cooley
Father's Name David Mcbrayer
Mother's Name Mary Ann Bowman
"Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974,"

I cannot locate David and Mary on any other census record, not can I find Emma in any census records before she married.

Who are David and Mary and where do they fall into the McBrayer family??

1850 Census:  Chickamauga, Walker, Georgia
Alabama Deaths, 1908-1974 - Emmarilla McBrayer Cooley

Saturday, October 31, 2015

James Brier Born in 1815 in Ohio

How fun it is to find two people who are so similar that they are confused in various genealogies! Today’s subjects are a James Brier 1815-1894 and the other is a James Brier 1815-bf1860. These Jameses are first cousins. One is the son of John Brier and Damaris West and the other the son of Andrew Dickson Brier and Elizabeth Thornby.

I have seen where these two men have been combined into one. I know it is confusing to find two James Briers, both born in 1815, both born in Ohio, both moving to Iowa before 1850, but I assure you, they are two different people. 

James Brier, son of John Brier and Damaris West was born on February 15, 1815 in Champaign County, Ohio. He married Sarah A. Babb on April 24, 1855 in Iowa and had several children. He died on July 20, 1894 in Brighton, Washington, Iowa. He is buried in Washington County, Iowa. Every census record in which he is found, he has been living in Washington County, Iowa. For people who confuse the two Jameses, this is the one they add the wives and children of the other James to.

James Brier, son of Andrew Dickson Brier and Elizabeth Thornby was born in 1815 in Miami County, Ohio. According to his father’s will, James Brier had died prior to 1860 (which is when the will is written) and stated he was “late of Henry County, Iowa.” This information works quite well with the marriage/census records for James Brier and his second wife, Nancy Brier as they resided in Henry County, Iowa. James married his first wife, Catherine Ann Carter in Miami County, Ohio before moving to Henry County, Iowa. Catherine died in 1851 and is buried in Henry County. James married Nancy in 1852 in Henry County, Iowa and according to the 1860-1885 census records found for Nancy, she was living with no husband and her two surviving children from her marriage with James. It appears she never remarried, though, she may have had a child out of wedlock, or taken in someone elses child in 1870 as a Lucy J. Brier is living with her who is age 4. This Lucy may also be a child of one of James’s children with Catherine. I need to do further research on her. 

So, if these two men were the same person, then that would mean that he married first to Catherine and after she died in 1851, he married Nancy. In 1855, he would have married Sarah. Nancy did not die, so they would have to divorce for the marriage to Sarah to happen. Nancy, however, had children born in 1855 and 1857. This means that there were indeed two different James Briers: a James who married Nancy and a James who married Sarah. 

The only question is whose wife was Catherine? While I cannot prove this directly with records, I can place my best guess using the records I do have. As you see from above, I believe Catherine was the first wife of James, son of Andrew. This is because in 1860, their son, Harrison, is living with William Brier and his wife Priscilla. William would be his uncle as he is also a son of Andrew. Also, the fact that Andrew’s will states his son James was from Henry County, Iowa, and that Catherine died and was buried in the same county also points strongly that she was married to James, son of Andrew.

1850 Census Record: Miami County, Ohio
1860, 1870, 1880, 1885 Census Records: Henry County, Iowa
1860, 1870, 1880 Census Records: Washington County, Iowa
Death Record of Nancy J. Brier
Marriage Records: James Brier and Sarah A. Babb, James Brier and Catherine Ann Carter, James Brier and Nancy Jane Mosier.
Burial information for: James Brier, Catherine Brier, Elizabeth Brier, Sarah Brier
Will of Andrew Dickson Brier

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Sherod Moses Callaham or Sherod and Moses?

As one can see from the title, I want to hash out this person or people.  It is very commonly see in many genealogies that Sherod was Sherod Moses Callaham.  I have been looking at many trees and records that are available to see what I can determine about this man or men.

First we want to tackle what we know about Sherod.  He is the son of Nicholas Callaham and Mary Green.  He married Mary Ussery, daughter of John Ussery on October 3, 1786 in Lunenburg County, Virginia.  We know that she is the daughter of John because he is stated as surety of the marriage record.  This is really all I have been able to find on Sherod at this time. 

Now lets look at Mary, his wife.  On March 7, 1798, a Molly Calliham married a Mathew Calliham in Lunenburg County, Virginia.  John Ussery again served as surety.  On November 24, 1803, Mary is named in her father's will as Mary Calliham.  Mathew Calliham serves as a witness to this will.  It is believed that Molly and Mary are the same person, since Molly is a nickname for Mary and since she is a daughter of John and they both appear in the will of John Ussery in some form or fashion.

Now, lets look at what we have for Moses Callaham.  On January 1, 1800, a Moses Callaham married a Polly Ussery in Lunenburg County, Virginia.  This Polly is said to be "wife of Moses, daughter of John Ussery" in a land transaction.  On December 12,1805 sale of John Ussery's property, both Moses and Mathew buy land from John. 

I feel that Sherod and Moses must be two different people, and here is why:

1.  If Mary remarried to Mathew in 1798, then Sherod would most likely have died sometime prior.  Though I am sure it did happen, it was very uncommon for a women to leave her living husband and marry her brother-in-law in this time.  Mathew is also still alive in 1805, so Mary would still be married to him... unless she left him and went back to his brother?

2.  In 1810 census, Moses is listed as being between 26-44 years of age.  If Moses and Sherrod were the same, Sherrod would be listed as 45+ since he would have been well over 50 at the time.

3.  Polly is not necessarily the daughter of the same John Ussery.  John had a son named John, and depending on how old he was, he could have had a daughter who married Moses by 1800.   This could also explain why both men (Mathew and Moses) bought land from John Ussery's estate.

4.  If this Polly was the same one as Molly and Mary, then why did her father not serve as surety and why was she listed by her maiden name instead of her married name as she was in her previous marriage record?

I feel the confusion of Sherod and Moses comes from the fact they both married women who were named Mary Ussery (Molly and Polly are both nicknames for Mary) and both Marys were daughters of a John Ussery.  It would seem from the information gathered that Sherod and Moses were more likely two different people.  I have no idea who Moses's parents would be, except perhaps he was a cousin or brother of Sherod.  Moses would have been born after 1765 for the 1810 census to be accurate. 

Moses Callaham and Polly Ussery had the following children:  Martha, Elizabeth, Dolly, Patsey, Henry, James, John and Colin.  I have no children recorded for Sherrod and Mary Ussery, or for Mathew and Mary. 

Sources not mentioned in the above article:
Nicholas Callaham and his known descendants by Willie Mae Woods, 2000

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Elam Farmer

This post will attempt to hash out all the Elam Farmers living around Chesterfield County, Virginia in the 1700s.  I am a descendant of one Elam Farmer who married a woman named Polly, through his son, George. 

The first Elam Farmer I will look at is my ancestor.  Elam Farmer was born before 1745. He died in 1811. He was married first to an unknown woman.  With this unknown woman, he had at least three children.  George was born around 1765.  Tabitha was born on February 13, 1775.  She married a Thomas Boles.  He also had a son named Elam who had died by 1811, presumably without child.  Elam, born before 1845, lists himself as Elam Farmer Sen'r in his will, so he must have had a son named Elam at some point.  On September 10, 1795, Elam married to his second wife, Polly Harding.  Some people say she is a widow and her maiden name was Hudson, but I cannot find any proof of this.  Polly was considerably younger than Elam, as she was still able to have children.  The 1810 census of Chesterfield County, Virginia lists 2 females between 0-10 in Elam's home.  One of these should be Anna Farmer, the only unmarried daughter listed in her father's will.  The other daughter is not known and probably died before the will in 1811.  Some people list the Elam Farmer who married Polly Harding was the son of Lodowick Farmer and Sarah Cheatham. Lodowick's will, however, does not mention a son named Elam. There is a connection between Elam and the Cheathams, as we see several mentions of Cheathams in Elam's will, but being that his father, Elam Farmer married second to Phebe Cheatham, that would explain the connection. Phebe and Sarah were sisters. Both children of Benjamin Cheatham and Grace Williams.

The next Elam is the one who married Lucy Nunnally.  Though I do not know for sure that her name was Lucy, it seems to be the most common name given to this Nunnelly woman.  In the will of John Nunnally, from 1765, it lists grandchildren, Elam Jr and Martha.  I feel that this Elam Jr. is my ancestor, who married second to Polly Harding.  In his will, Elam Farmer had married a second wife, Phebe Cheatham.  The following children, in addition to Elam and Martha, are listed as Henry, Lodowick, Hezekiah, Mary, Rhoda, Salley, and Judith.  

A third Elam is one who married Mary Stratton.  They were married in 1808 in Powhatan County, Virginia.  This Elam is the son of Hezekiah Farmer and grandson of the Elam and Phebe Cheatham Farmer.  Hezekiah Farmer left land to his son Elam in Powhatan County, so it seems logical that this Elam, who married and lived in Powhatan County was Hezekiah's son.  In 1820, Elam and Mary had 3 living children, 2 sons between 0 and 10 and one daughter between 0 and 10.  

In 1810, there is an Elam Farmer living in Goochland County, Virginia.  He is listed as 26-44 years old.  His wife is 16-25 years old and his children are one son, 0-10 and one son, 10-15.  I do not know where he fits in our tree.  Any help is appreciated.

In 1830, there is an Elam Farmer living in Chesterfield County, Virginia.  He is listed as 40-49.  There is no wife listed.  He has 3 sons, one is 15-19, one is 10-14, and one is 5-9.  This could be the Elam who married Mary Stratton.  His 2 sons under 10 from the 1820 census could be the two older sons.  The daughter from 1820 could have been married.  Mary could have died.  Without further information on the family, I cannot tell yet.

So, you have the following tree

Elam Farmer married Lucy Nunnelly
...Elam Farmer married unknown
......Elam Farmer
...Elam Farmer married 2nd Polly Harding
Elam Farmer married second to Phebe Cheatham
...Hezekiah Farmer
......Elam Farmer married Mary Statton. 


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Update on Blog

I have a new blog where I am placing my information in detail.  I am leaving this blog to hash out difficult people and post questions and concerns with research I am doing.  As you may have noticed, this blog has not been posted in since last year, almost a full year ago.  I have not been doing a lot of new research with which to write about since the birth of my daughter, so I have not had anything to write.  I still am not doing a lot of heavy research, just here and there. 

I am trying to update my new blog with my files so that they can all be viewed.  It is a slow going process, so patience is necessary!

My new blog is  Please go there to see my research.  If you look under "Introduction" you will see the trees that I have begun to enter.  Please feel free to browse and leave comments as needed.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Oscar Lyle

Wow, talk about a confusing family!  I am researching the family of Jessie B. Lyle and Caroline Cynthia Fleeman.  They had a son named Oscar born in 1872, according to the 1880 census records.  I wanted to try and find out if Oscar had any children or even married, and being a somewhat uncommon name, I though that would be easy!  Boy was I wrong.

Did you know there were TWO Oscar Lyles born in 1872... both living in Jackson County, Georgia...  Both married women named Ella... Come on!  How much more confusing can this get!  To top it all off, one of the Oscar's had a mother who's maiden name was Freeman... the other Oscar's mother has a maiden name of Fleeman.  So, you can see where they are often confused for each other!

Here, I am going to attempt to separate them out, so the confusion can end!!

Oscar #1:  Oscar O. Lyle, son of Isaac H. Lyle and Frances Freeman.  (I have not really researched Isaac and his wife since they are not related directly to me).

Oscar #2: Robert Oscar Lyle, son of Jessie B. Lyle and Caroline Cynthia Fleeman.  I have researched Caroline's line.  This Fleeman branch ties into my Farmers.

Both Oscars are living in Jackson County Georgia with their parents in 1880.

1880 Jackson County, Georgia
Self Isaac H. Lyle M 37 Georgia, United States
Wife Frances L. Lyle F 33 Georgia, United States
Daughter Hester J. Lyle F 12 Georgia, United States
Son Hoyt L. Lyle M 10 Georgia, United States
Son Oscar O. Lyle M 8 Georgia, United States
Daughter Queen V. Lyle F 6 Georgia, United States
Daughter Mable V. Lyle F 4 Georgia, United States
Sister-in-law Lucretia Freeman F 42 Georgia, United States
Sister-in-law Minerva J. Freeman F 30 Georgia, United States

1880 Jackson County, Georgia
Self Jessie B. Lyle M 38 Georgia, United States
Wife Syntha C. Lyle F 33 Georgia, United States
Daughter Dorah A. Lyle F 14 Georgia, United States
Daughter Sarah E. Lyle F 12 Georgia, United States
Son James H. Lyle M 10 Georgia, United States
Son Oscar Lyle M 8 Georgia, United States
Son Charley L. Lyle M 5 Georgia, United States
Daughter Sarah E. Lyle F 2 Georgia, United States
Son Claude E. Lyle M 0 Georgia, United States

Just studying the census records, you can tell the two families apart!!  I have seen so many mistakes in files that could have been fixed by just checking out census records more closely! (For instance, I have an 1870 census record that shows a man age 35, and also in the home is a woman age 70.  I have seen people assume it is his mother.  Upon closer inspection of the record, you see that the man is recorded as white and the woman as black.  The woman is also noted as bring a house maid.  So it is clear from the record she is NOT his mother!)

1900 Bowling Green, Oglethorpe, Georgia
Head Oscar Lyle M 27 Georgia
Wife         Ella Lyle F 30 Georgia
Daughter Katie M Lyle F 3 Georgia

1910 Bowling Green, Oglethorpe, Georgia
SELF Oscar Lyle M 38y Georgia
WIFE Fannie Lyle F 34y Georgia
DAU Katie Lyle F 13y Georgia
DAU Birdie Lyle F 8y Georgia
SON Hugh Lyle M 6y Georgia
SON Harrison Lyle M 0y 9m Georgia
AUNT     Francis C Freeman F 68y Georgia

This 1910 census record shows that Oscar who married Fannie is the son of Isaac since his wife was a Freeman.  The aunt living in the home is also a Freeman.  She is either his mother's sister or sister-in-law.

Oscar O. Lyle's first wife was Ellen White.  A transcript the the record can be found here.  I do not know his second wife's maiden name, nor have I found that marriage record.

1900 Jackson County, Georgia
Head Robt O Lyle M 28 Georgia April 1872
Wife Ella Lyle F 24 Georgia Dec 1876
Daughter Cassie Lyle F 8 Georgia Dec 1892
Daughter Lollie Lyle F 6 Georgia Jul 1894
Son Herman Lyle M 2 Georgia Apr 1898

1910 Census:  Jefferson, Jackson, Georgia
SELF Robert A Lyle M 38y Georgia
WIFE Ella Lyle F 33y Georgia
SON Carrie Lyle M 16y Georgia
DAU Lollie Lyle F 14y Georgia
SON Herman Lyle M 12y Georgia
SON Hubert Lyle M 9y Georgia
SON Robert Lyle M 6y Georgia
DAU Anna Lyle F 2y Georgia

1930 DeKalb County, Georgia
Head Robert O Lyle M 57 Georgia
Wife Ella C Lyle F 53 Georgia
Daughter Annabel Lyle F 22 Georgia

1940 Jackson County, Georgia
Head R O Lyle M 68 Georgia
Wife Ella Lyle F 63 Georgia
Daughter Annie Belle Lyle F 33 Georgia

I know that Robert Oscar's wife was named Ella Mauldin.

So, I feel the above information is correct.  If you have anything to add or change, please comment below and let me know!

Sources (Other than listed above)
Georgia, Death Index, 1933-1998 (Robert O. Lyle)

Thursday, March 14, 2013

James McCollum and Eliza Mullinax

James McCollum was born in 1794 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  He married Eliza Mullinax.  She was born in 1809 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  I do not know very much on this couple.  When I first started researching this family, I had Eliza's maiden name as Mauldin.  I am not sure where this came from since I have never seen a record with Mauldin on it.  The death certificate of their son, William Earl, lists Eliza's maiden name as Mullinax.  I do not know her parents.  If anyone has a clue to point me towards them, please let me know!

I know of six children for this couple.

1.  Jane Elizabeth McCollum was born in 1828 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  She married William Peter Gilstrap.  They had 8 children:  William Andrew, John Wesley, Susan Athalinda, Elizabeth Ann, Sherman T., Martha Jane, Sarah Elizabeth and Emma Josephine.

2. Eliza A. McCollum was born in 1830 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  I know very little on her.  I know she was unmarried in 1860.  Did she marry after 1860 or did she pass away?  Any info is appreciated!

3.  Malissa McCollum was born in 1832 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  I suspect she married before she was 18, but to who?

4.  James Wesley McCollum was born on July 31, 1835 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  He married Jane S. Mauldin.  They had 10 children:  Harriett, James Lindsey, Lydia A., Ranson Nile, Elijah Cannon, Abraham Ford, Sallie Essie, Lillie Bell, Mary and Daisy.   He died on January 20, 1905 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  He and his wife were buried at Tabor United Methodist Church Cemetery in Pickens County, South Carolina.

5.  Martha M. McCollum was born in November 1837 in Pickens County, South Carolina.  She married Tillman Smith.  They had the following children:  Olivia and Laurence A. She died on January 30, 1931 in Pickens County, South Carolina.

6.  William Earl McCollum is my ancestor.  I will include more details on him in a future post.

James died after 1870 and Eliza died after 1860.  Anyone know where they were buried?

1850-1910 Pickens County Census Records
Death Certificate of William Earl McCollum