Friday, May 18, 2018

Andrew Johnson

As I have already said in one of my previous posts, during my ancestry research I came across quite a few US presidents in our various family tree branches. Maybe I should write about them in the order following the sequence of their presidential terms. However, I find their random appearance in my posts more interesting.

Andrew Johnson is a relative of our maternal line. Actually, he was the third cousin six times removed of our maternal grandfather, Samuel Hollie McIntosh*. Samuel's mother was Jurita Elizabeth McIntosh nee Ledbetter.

From Jurita the relation goes through our direct ancestors' line:

Jurita's mother Hannah E Ledbetter (nee Hagood),
her father Lemuel Davis Hagood,
his father James J Hagood,
his mother Martha Hagood nee West,
her mother Letitia West nee Martin,
her mother Anna Martin nee Farish
her mother Judith Farish nee Johnston, and
her father William Johnston.

William was born on 16 Dec. 1697 in Annandale, in the historic county of Dumfries, Scotland. He was the descendant of Dr Arthur Johnston (the Johnston Clan line).


 Left foreground - the green valley of the River Annan (Annandale), Scotland

William's brother was Arthur Johnson Sr. (born ≈ 1688, St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia / d. 20 Jan. 1759, Augusta, Virginia).

Then the connection goes down the family line to Artur Johnson Sr.'s son Andrew William Johnson
Andrew's son Jacob Johnston (b.17 April 1778, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina / d. 4 January 1812, Raleigh, Wake County, NC
and finally to his son Andrew Johnson  (1808, NC - 1875, Tennessee) who became the President after the death of President Lincoln.

Andrew Johnson - by Vanneson

To sum up, both Mr. Andrew Johnson and us are descendants of Stephen "The Clerk" Johnston.

 * based on my MyHeritage research

Credits:
Pictures
Annandale - By Scothill - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8320105
Portrait of Andrew Johnson :
Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=44993463




Thursday, May 17, 2018

Garrot Howard - Last Hours of His Life

Garrot was born on 12 Feb. 1855 in Plano, Collin County, TX. He came to this world about three months after his father's death. Garrot was the youngest son and the seventh child of Jarrot Howard and his second wife Lucettie Abigail Howard.

When Garrot was two, his mother married again and the little boy gained a stepfather whose name was William Forman II. The second marriage of Abigail's brought Garrot six younger half-siblings.

Nothing do we know about Garrot's relationship with his stepfather and the rest of the family. Considering the newspaper information regarding the circumstances of his death, we may assume he might have become a bit defiant or desperate.

Garrot's family home was in Plano but because of some reason he was in the village of Valley View in Cooke County, on Sunday, 25 Feb. 1877.* Very likely the young men had gone there to visit his relatives and or/friends.

Valley View Location, TX

Anyway, while staying in Valley View (which was founded by L.W. Lee in 1872), Garrot (Jarrett as given in the newspaper) was to be arrested for carrying a gun. When approached by constable Ball, our Garrot did not wish to surrender and shot his pistol. The bullet pierced the law officer's coat.

According to the newspaper article, Mr. Stokely, the Justice of the Peace ordered posse who went after Garrot to arrest him. The young man hid in the house which belonged to Mr. James Thomas. The latter one could be Garrot's mother's brother (James Breed Thomas). All the Thomas relatives rushed out of their house, scared by what was going on. Garrot was surrounded, but he was not willing to give up.

While he was about to shoot at officer Ball again, one of the posses (of the name T.J. Parker) got closer to Garrot who turned around and spoke: “Damn I'll shoot you, yet.”

The posse needed to get some long-range guns so they fell back, but then they moved toward the house where Garrot was hiding. When Garrot/Jarrett saw the approaching men, he went out and tried to shoot at Mr. Parish. However, Parish shot Garrot twice and, as a result of that, wounded his right groin severely (including damaging an artery). Sadly, our Garrot died a few hours later. He was only 22 years old then.

His body must have been taken home to Plano as he was buried at the Plano Cemetery.


Garrot was our great-grandfather's (William James Howard's) half-brother. He was 21 years younger than William. Who knows what made Garrot act as he did. Maybe he just had been an unhappy person.

Credits:

Information
*The Galveston Daily News (Galveston, TEX.) Vol. 35 No. 299, Ed. 1, Thursday, March 8, 1877.
Pictures:
1. map - By The original uploader was Seth Ilys at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2399380
2. By Renelibrary [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], from Wikimedia Commons




Wednesday, May 16, 2018

John Milton

It is time to come back to our Mary Boone Gant again. She is quite an interesting lady as she links us to a few well-known persons including John Milton, the poet.

When in high school, we learned about him and his Paradise Lost in Literature classes. Hope, you have heard about John Milton as he was one of the greatest English poets/authors who created not in English only but in eight other languages as well.


Here is the family relation leading us to the poet  - which I found while working on our extended family tree.

Mary Boone Gant (the wife of our 1st cousin six times removed)
➦her father Hiram Boone (b. ≈ 1765, Culpepper Co., Virginia / d. 13 March 1826, Savannah, Hardin, Tennessee) ➦
➦his father Hezekiah Boone (b. 22 May 1735, Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania / d. 20 Dec. 1823, Woodford, Kentucky)  ➦
➦ his father George Boone (b. 13 July 1690, Bradninch, Devon, England / d. 20 Nov. 1753, Exeter Township, Berks County, Pennsylvania) ➦
➦ his mother Mary Milton Boone nee Maugridge (b. 23 Dec. 1669, Bradninch, Devon, England/ came to America 1717/ d. 2 Feb. 1740, Exeter, Berks, Pennsylvania) ➦
➦ her mother Mary Maugridge nee Milton (b. 25 Oct. 1647, Bradninch, Devon, England/ d. August 1697, Bradninch, England) ➦
➦ her father John Milton ( b. 9 Dec. 1608 - Bread St., London, England).

Based on my MyHeritage research

Credits
  • Picture of poet John Milton:
    Public Domain: https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=134543




Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Wywiady Klubowe: Rozmowa z Pauliną Grunwald

Jakiś czas temu w TV Koszalin był taki program, który bardzo przypominał formą jeden z programów wczesnej MTV - widzowie dzwonili podczas trwania audycji i brali udział w konkursach, prowadzonych przez prowadzącego. Ów prowadzący zawsze zadawał dzwoniącej osobie pytanie: "Kogo witam, kogo goszczę?". Parafrazując jego słowa - dzisiaj w Wywiadach witamy i gościmy Paulinę, mieszkającą w USA, w stanie Illinois.

Paulino, gdzie jest Twoje miejsce w Polsce?

Urodziłam się w Szczecinie i to tam, aż do czasu emigracji, spędziłam swoje całe życie. Muszę przyznać, że jest to zdecydowanie moje miejsce na ziemi! Wracam tam zawsze bardzo chętnie, a każdy dzień spędzony w moim rodzinnym mieście jest dla mnie na wagę złota.

 

Jak dawno temu wyjechałaś z Polski?

W tym roku minie siedem lat mojej emigracji.

Kraj i przyczyna Twojej emigracji to...

Obecnie mieszkam w Stanach Zjednoczonych, w Chicago. Powód mojej emigracji to chyba jeden z tych najczęstszych - uczucie. Do Stanów przyleciałam do mojego ówczesnego chłopaka. Miało być na kilka miesięcy, a wyszło już kilka lat.

Powiedz nam coś o Twoim wykształceniu...

W Polsce skończyłam studia prawnicze i wyemigrowałam tuż po ich ukończeniu. Prawo, mówiąc delikatnie, nie jest najlepszym kierunkiem, gdy przychodzi do emigracji, ponieważ każdy kraj ma swój własny system prawny. Tym samym, mimo że w Polsce zdobyłam dobre wykształcenie, to w Stanach Zjednoczonych musiałam się jeszcze raz zabrać za studiowanie. Nie narzekam z tego powodu, bo nauka zawsze sprawiała mi przyjemność i chętnie uczę się nowych rzeczy i umiejętności.



Czym zajmujesz się na co dzień?

Jak wspomniałam, po przylocie do USA musiałam się przekwalifikować, co zajęło mi trochę czasu. Zdecydowałam się pozostać jednak w branży prawnej i aktualnie pracuję w moim nowym zawodzie, czyli jako paralegal. Jest to zawód praktycznie niewystępujący w Polsce, a jeśli już zdarzy się usłyszeć o takim stanowisku, to zakres obowiązków jest inny niż w rozumieniu amerykańskim. W Stanach Zjednoczonych paralegal może być określony mniej więcej jako asystent adwokata, ale w merytorycznym sensie. Część Twoich Czytelników może kojarzyć tę profesję z popularnego serialu „W garniturach” (ang. "Suits").

Jakie masz hobby / co lubisz robić w czasie wolnym?


W wolnym czasie, jeśli tylko mam możliwość, staram się spędzać jak najwięcej czasu na łonie natury. Uspokaja mnie to, relaksuje i dodaje mnóstwo energii i pozytywnego nastawienia. Ostatnio też zaczęłam uczyć się gry na gitarze - jest to coś, co zawsze chciałam zrobić, a jakoś nigdy nie mogłam zacząć. W końcu pomyślałam: „Hej, Paulina, albo teraz, albo nigdy!” I kupiłam gitarę. 😉
Kocham też podróże, ale na nie potrzeba już zdecydowanie więcej czasu niż na wędrówkę po pobliskich kanionach czy wypad nad jezioro, więc ostatnio musiałam je odstawić nieco na bok.


Z czego jesteś dumna?

To może śmiesznie zabrzmi, ale dumna nauczyłam się być dopiero w Ameryce. Może zmieniło się moje nastawienie i zaczęłam się bardziej doceniać, a może po prostu dopiero tutaj pojawiły się powody do dumy. W każdym razie chyba najbardziej jestem dumna tak ogólnie z tego, że w miarę dobrze odnalazłam się na emigracji. Skończyłam studia, mam pracę, którą lubię, a przy okazji, można powiedzieć po drodze, imałam się też innych ciekawych zajęć - na przykład miałam swój cotygodniowy felieton w lokalnym radiu.


 Kiedy zaczęłaś pisać bloga / o czym piszesz na blogu?

Bloga zaczęłam pisać kilka miesięcy po przylocie do Chicago. Wynikało to częściowo z tęsknoty za Polską, a częściowo z chęci dzielenia się ze znajomymi moim życiem tutaj. Piszę przede wszystkim o życiu w Ameryce z mojej polskiej perspektywy, czyli o tym, co mnie zaskakuje w tym kraju czy w mentalności Amerykanów- zarówno pozytywnie, jak i negatywnie. Piszę również o podróżach po Stanach, jak i o samym Chicago. Turystom daję wskazówki, jak poruszać się po mieście i co zwiedzać, a mieszkańcom Chicago podpowiadam, gdzie warto być.

Czym jest dla Ciebie Klub Polki?

To dla mnie niesamowite miejsce. Skupia kilkadziesiąt dziewczyn z różnych części Polski i mieszkających w najodleglejszych zakątkach świata, a jednocześnie umiejących się dogadać i przyjaźnić wirtualnie. Motywujemy się i inspirujemy nawzajem, a kiedy trzeba to również doradzamy i wspieramy. A jeszcze ponad tym wszystkim tworzymy wspólne projekty i prowadzimy świetny portal. Nie wiem, czy jest taki drugi klub na świecie!



PAULINA GRUNWALD

Strony Pauliny:
Blog: za-oceanem.blogspot.com
Facebbok: www.facebook.com/pamietnikemigrantki/
Instagram: @chicagowianka  


Paulino, pozostajemy pod wrażeniem Twoich osiągnięć i dziękujemy za wizytę.
Koniecznie odwiedzcie strony Pauliny!

Pozdrawiamy wszystkich Czytelników i zapraszamy do ponownego spotkania w Wywaidach Klubu Polki. 

Zdjęcia:
Paulina Grunwald





Monday, May 14, 2018

McCoys

In one of my previous posts, I promised to tell you why Mary Elizabeth Trollinger was the person mentioned in the article. The answer is: she connects us to the McCoy family branch.

No, do not get me wrong. I do not claim McCoys are our direct relatives. They are only a sideline in our family tree but, still, I find that connection quite interesting.

I learned the story about McCoys and Hatfields when I came to Texas and watched the mini-series about them. At that time, nothing did we know regarding any family relations, though.

The McCoy family lived in Pike County, Kentucky. Tons have been written about that family feud so I will make it all short, just in case if you have never heard about it.

Breaks Interstate Park situated on the Kentucky and Virginia border.

The conflict between the two families - McCoys and Hatfields  - lasted for a few decades. It got worse and more intense after the Civil War when Asa Harmon McCoy was shot. Asa was coming back home from the war, he was killed not far from his house on 7 January 1865. The alleged killer was Jim Vance, a relative of the Hatfields.

Then, there was a land dispute between Devil Anse Hatfield and Perry Cline. The latter one was related to McCoys. Hatfield took P. Cline to court with a lawsuit against him and won the case and the land both of them claimed. McCoys found the court judgment unfair.

1878 - a hog was stolen from McCoys. The family members saw the animal among the ones which belonged to William Anderson Hatfield (Devil Anse). Randall McCoy - the head of the McCoy family - sued Devil Anse, accusing him of stealing the hog.

William Anderson Hatfield was favored by the court after the testimony of Bill Staton (related to McCoys and Hatfields as well). Devil Anse - the accused - was found innocent. The McCoy family found it as severe injustice.

What was more, Roseanna McCoy (daughter of Randall and Sarah McCoy) charmed by Devil Anse's son Johnse Hatfield, fell in love with him. Johnse was a ladies' man but Roseanna believed he would marry her. Johnse impregnated the girl, and she (being still single) lived with the Hatfield family for some time. However, both Randall and Devil Anse were against the marriage of the two young ones.

All in all, Roseanna had to leave the house of the Hatfields' and stayed at her aunt's. Johnse married Roseanna's cousin. At the final period of her pregnancy, Roseanna got measles. The girl whom she bore was sick as well. The baby girl, Sarah Elizabeth, died in 1881, not long after she was born.

On 7 August 1882, three of Randall McCoy's sons - Randall "Bud" (15 years old), Pharmer (19) and Tolbert (21)  - got drunk and had a fight with Ellison Hatfield, Devil Anse's brother. Ellison was stabbed and shot by the McCoy brothers. The boys were to be arrested but before it happened, they were caught by Devil Anse Hatfield and imprisoned by him at an old school house in Logan County, Virginia. Ellison died two days after the fight. Subsequently, the Hatfields took the three ones to Kentucky, across the River Tug. They strung the brothers to the bushes and shot them multiple times.

 The feud site along The Tug River

1 January 1888 - the Hatfields assaulted the McCoys' farm in the night. They burned the house of McCoys when the family were asleep. Calvin McCoy, Randall's son, was shot at once when he ran out of the burning house. Alifair McCoy, Randall's daughter, was shot when she attempted to get the water to extinguish the fire. Sarah, Randall's wife, was attacked as well. Her skull was crashed and ribs broken. Randall McCoy and his other kids managed to get out of the house and hide in the woods. The children got frostbites as they all left their home in a hurry and had no time to get dressed. Sarah McCoy never recovered and passed not long after the assault.


How does Mary Elizabeth Trollinger connect us to the McCoy family?

Mary Elizabeth was our great-great-great-grandmother.

Her father (our g-g-g-g-grandfather) Jacob Henry Trollinger (b. Mar 10 1762, Haw River, NC/d. Feb 29 1844, Haw River, NC)
his sister Barbara Trollinger (b. ≈ 1768, Dublan, Frederick County, Province of Maryland/d. ≈ 1825, Gallatin County, Illinois)
her husband William McCoy (b. ≈ 1773, Frederick County, Province of Maryland/ d. ≈ 1839, Gallatin County, Illinois)
his brother Daniel McCoy (b. Apr 24 1788, Montgomery, Virginia/d. Jul 10 1885, Logan, Logan County, West Virginia)
his son Randolph "Randall" McCoy (b. Oct 30 1825, Pike Co., Kentucky/d. Mar 28 1914, Pikeville, Pike County, Kentucky).

Some time after we learned about that relation, we re-watched the mini-series about the two families. You look at things differently when you know they happened to a relative, even if a distant one.

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Credits:
Pictures
  • Breaks Interstate Park - By Dan Grogan - Flickr, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=33480667
  • The map - By Kmusser - Own work. City and county data source: National Atlas [1]. Hydrology data source: National Hydrography Dataset [2]., CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=11784236



Sunday, May 13, 2018

On Mother's Day

Our mother Bessie Hazel was born on 22 November 1919 in Harrison County, Texas.
She had twelve siblings - three older sisters, one older brother, six younger sisters and one younger brother.

Bessie got married not long after she completed her education. The marriage took place in First Christian Church in Plano, TX, on 13th April 1919. Our mother was about twenty then.


During her marriage, she bore five children. Bessie Hazel was a kind-hearted woman, a devoted and caring mother and a loving wife. Mom took care of her children and husband, and the family home. She made delicious, Southern-style dishes and exquisite desserts as well. When eating out, the food places of her choice were the ones which served home like Southern type meals. Her favorite restaurants were Luby's and Cracker Barrel. Mother did not drink any alcohol.

Bessie Hazel was a great fan of Dallas Cowboys and always watched their games on TV. Besides that, she also enjoyed watching various TV shows and listening to country and western music on Channel 11.


Our mother passed a few days before her 79th birthday, on 5 November 1998. She was buried at the Restland Memorial Park in Dallas.

Thank you, Bessie, for your son, my wonderful husband.





Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Mary Elizabeth Trollinger and Trollinger Family

Mary Elizabeth Trollinger was the wife of our great-great-great-grandfather, Jonathan Kerr Gant.
She was born in December 1791 in Orange County, North Carolina. Mary's parents were Jacob Henry Trollinger and Mary (Polly) Thomas. She was the couples' first daughter and second child.

The Trollinger ancestors came to America from Germany. The one who immigrated first was Mary's great-grandfather Adam Drollinger born on 4 April 1708 in Ellmendingen, Baden, Germany (he is/was our 6 times great-grandfather).

Vines, Ellmendingen, Baden, Germany

Adam left Germany when he was 30 years old. He traveled on the same ship together with his wife Margaretha Valencia Beck (b.1710) and their children. They were accompanied by Adam's cousin Johann Eberhard Drollinger (b. 1706) and cousin's wife Anna Maria Fuess (b. 1708). In 1738 they all arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "Nancy and Friendship".

Later, Adam Drollinger moved with his family to North Carolina. In 1743, Adam's father Hans Michael Drollinger emigrated to North Carolina as well. He arrived in Philadelphia on the ship "Rosanna".

Mary Elizabeth Trollinger Gant died on 24 June 1883 in Graham, Alamance County, North Carolina.


Mary's husband and our ancestor Jonathan Kerr Gant departed on 8 September 1858. The couple found their eternal resting place at Providence Cemetery in Graham, Alamance, NC.


In America, the surname Drollinger got changed into Trollinger (and Trolinger). An interesting thing is that Trollinger is the name of the wine vine variety. That particular type of dark grapes was originally grown in South Tyrol but these days it is mostly cultivated in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany.


Why I have chosen to tell you about Mary Elizabeth Trollinger and her (and our) ancestors, I will explain later, in one of my May posts.

Credits:
  • Photo - Vines in Ellmendingen: Von Augenstein, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46589064
  • Photos of gravestones by Jason & Mitzie