Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Two Bells, a Fiddle & a Banjo

This is my Great Grandpa Cicero Bell (right) and his son Oren.  It's about the only photo I have of Cicero.  He died in 1944 after suffering a stroke five years earlier.  He was born in 1869 in Wayne County, Kentucky the oldest son of Martha E. Bell.  He first married Mittie Ramsey in 1890 and they had four children, Frank, Oren, Leavie and W. C.  By 1900 they moved to Texas.  In September of 1900, eight days after giving birth to W. C., Mittie and  W. C. both died of malaria and in October Leavie died too.  Cicero and the two boys moved back to Kentucky.

In March of 1901, Cicero married Allie Spann, the widow of John Vickrey.  She had a son, Bill Vickrey.  Together they had four sons, Ben, Edd, Stan and Virgil.  Stan was my Grandpa.  They moved around quite a bit, living for some time in Illinois, Oklahoma, Kansas and finally Giltner, Nebraska.


Back in September, I posted an article on Cicero's Grandparents, John Silas Bell and Rutha Simpson and it was shared in some Wayne County, Kentucky facebook groups.   From that, a descendant of their son Garner, Tammy Bell Wray, contacted me.  She sent me some photos from her old trunk in the attic, including one of Garner and his wife Martha, and THIS photo!  She told me the man with the banjo is her grandfather Bill Bell, son of Garner. Cicero and Bill were first cousins about six years apart in age.  Cicero is holding the fiddle.  Could he really play the fiddle?!  Did he and Bill play often?  Maybe they called themselves the "Bell Bottom Boys".  Their "back up singers" may be distant relatives as well.  Seriously, this photo is such a treasure!  I'm very grateful to Tammy for sharing it with me! 

From what I knew about Cicero before, I had the impression of a very serious, all-business kind of guy.  He had lost a wife and 2 children, had 7 sons to raise, and moved around a lot as if he was always looking for something better.  This photo creates an image of a casual, confident man.  He looks very natural holding that fiddle, like he enjoys playing it.  By the clothes they are wearing, my guess is the photo was maybe taken in the 1890's.  That would have been early in his life, when he was with family back home in Kentucky.

The photo below of Cicero's sons may work to compare a likeness with the one above.  Standing on the left is Bill Vickrey, Cicero's step-son.  Next to Bill are Cicero's two sons with Mittie Ramsey, Frank and Oren.  Seated from left to right are Cicero and Allie's sons, Virgil, Ben, Stan and Edd.  This photo was taken at Cicero's funeral.  Who looks most like his father?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Friday's Faces from the Past - Palmer children

Ivy May Palmer and Raymond Palmer may or may not be brother and sister, I don't know.  I do know they aren't related to me.  

Those chairs are very similar, but it's not the same chair.  Ivy May's photo was taken by Townsend Studio,  Raymond's was taken by Sours Studio, both in Harvard, Nebraska.  

If you are related to either Ivy May or Raymond Palmer, or maybe both, let me know.  I'd be happy to get these photos to family.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Wednesday's Child(ren) Bertha Roscoe and Her Brother

Bertha Roscoe
Jan. 22, 1899
Sep. 27, 1900
Aged 8 months, 5 days

Infant Son
Dec. 31, 1899
Jan. 3, 1900
Aged 3 days

Children of George & Mary Roscoe
Buried in the Swan Cemetery, Saline County, Nebraska

Monday, November 3, 2014

Tombstone Tuesday - George C Roscoe

Swan Valley Cemetery, Saline County, Nebraska
Mary Boggs
Jan. 6, 1868
Sept. 2, 1935
(age 67)

George Corbin Roscoe 
Jan. 26, 1864
Feb. 8, 1952
(age 88)

My Great Great Grand Uncle George was the son of David A. Roscoe and Mary Crosby Fero.  He married Mary C. Boggs on January 1, 1891.  They had 5 daughters - Velma, Zola Martha, Edith Merle, Lucille and Bertha.  Their first son was born in 1899 and lived 3 days, then in 1907 they were blessed with a son they named George Boggs Roscoe.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Boone Ancestors

Still working on my husband's paternal side, his father's mother was a direct descendant of John Boone from England.   The Boone family settled in Calvert County, Maryland adjacent to St Mary's County where the Mattingly ancestors lived.  This is the lineage as I have it, starting with my husband's Great Grandfather.

Robert I. Boone, born August 1, 1837 in Kentucky.  About 1875, he married Elizabeth Johnson, daughter of James Matthew Johnson and Charlotte Ballard.  Robert died February 10, 1900 and is buried in the St Dominics Cemetery in Springfield, Kentucky.  Elizabeth died January 17, 1933 and most likely is buried beside her husband but there is no marker for her there.

Christopher Boone
Christopher Boone, Robert's father, was born about 1792 in Prince George's County, Maryland.   On October 2, 1824 in Nelson County, Kentucky he was married to Ann Rhodes.  Ann's father was Ignatius Rhodes.  Christopher died sometime before 1870 and is most likely buried in the St Thomas Cemetery in Bardstown.  The original map of the cemetery with burial records has been lost and only marked graves are known.  There is no marker for Christopher or Ann Boone, but their son William is buried there.

Christopher's father was Walter.

Walter Boone, born before 1760 in Prince George's County.  He married Mildred Edelen October 9, 1783.  She was the daughter of Christopher Edelen and Elizabeth.   About 1800, Walter moved his family to Nelson County, Kentucky.  Mildred died before 1810, and he died in 1847.  His father was Charles.

Charles Boone, born about 1725 in Prince George's County.  He married Mary Boarman about 1745 in Maryland.  Mary was the daughter of Thomas James Boarman and Jane Edelen.  Charles and Mary died in Prince George's County, Mary by 1780 and Charles in 1783.   Charles was the son of John II.

John Boone II, born 1678 in Calvert County, Maryland.  He married Elizabeth Beaven about 1710 in Maryland.  They both lived into their 80's and died in Prince George's County, Maryland.

John Boone was born December 27, 1645 in England and died before July, 1689 in Maryland.  His wife's name was Grace.  I have no last name, but I've found three different possibilities in other researchers online trees - Head, Meade or Bennett - with no sources for any of them.  John and Grace may have married in Maryland.  After John's  death at about age 43, Grace remarried Robert Brooke.  Grace died in 1725.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Friday's Faces from the Past - Elsie Fairchild

"To Grandma Negley
[This?] is surely our greatest comfort.  Elsie Fairchild, 3 years old"

This is most likely the Elsie Fairchild who in 1910 lived in Benkelman, Nebraska with her parents Milton A and Kate H.  That girl named Elsie was born in 1906, making this photograph possibly from 1909.  In 1920, I believe I found Elsie and her parents in Waco, Nebraska about 250 miles northeast of Benkelman.  Her mother was listed then as Helen Rose.  I found a memorial at findagrave for Helen Fairchild in the Waco Cemetery, she died in 1925 when Elsie was 19.  Then my search came literally to a dead end when I looked for her father.  Milton is buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery in San Diego, California, along with Elsie.  If I've found the right people, the three of them died in successive years, Helen in '25, Elsie in '26 and Milton in '27.  Elsie has no descendants and Milton and Helen didn't have any more children.

"Grandma Negley" was not related to Elsie or her family in any way that I can determine.  But this sweet little girl must have known my Great Great Grandma Sarah Negley somehow.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Surname Saturday - Mattingly

The Mattingly family originated in England and came to the Colonies in the mid 1600's. They originally settled in St Mary's County, Maryland and in the late 1700's several members of the family moved to the Washington, Nelson and Marion Counties area in Kentucky.  This is a summary of my husband's direct ancestral line as I have it, starting with his Great Grandfather.  I have some documentation, but I haven't verified this line.  

James Raymond Mattingly, or "Raymond" as he is listed in census records, was born in Nelson County, Kentucky in 1814.  About 1840 he was married to Julia Mattingly.   1850 through 1870 they were in Washington County.  He died sometime after 1870, but his exact death date and burial location are unknown.

As I have it, Raymond was the son of Barnett Mattingly and Priscilla Cash.  Julia was the daughter of Gabriel and Ann Juliet Molohan.  Barnett and Gabriel were possibly brothers. There are many researchers who have the parents and children switched, or disagree that Barnett and Gabriel were brothers.

Barnett and Gabriel Mattingly were the sons of John Baptist Mattingly and Ann Fenwick.  Gabriel was born in Maryland in 1777 and Barnett was born there in 1785.  I don't have a death date or burial location for either one of them, but Gabriel moved to Washington, Daviess County, Indiana by 1850.

John Baptist Mattingly, born in 1736 at Mount Misery, St Mary's County, Maryland, the son of Thomas Mattingly III and Ruth Cole.  In about 1760, he married Ann Fenwick Spalding, widow of Clement.  John Baptist was deceased by May 12, 1817 at about 81 years old.

Thomas Mattingly III was born to Thomas Mattingly II and Mary Suttle about 1690 in St Mary's County, Maryland.  His first marriage was to Elizabeth Warren.  In 1715 he married Ruth Cole.  He died in April of 1774 at about 84 years old.    

Thomas Mattingly II was born about 1650 in England.  He was the son of Thomas and Elizabeth (last name unknown).   He was married by October 7, 1680 to Mary Suttle in St Mary's County, Maryland.  Then about 1685 he married Elizabeth (last name unknown).  He died at age 64 in 1714 in St Mary's County.  His will is found in the book "Maryland Calendar of Wills:  Wills from 1713 to 1720" Vol. 2, by Jane Baldwin Cotton, Roberta Bowling Henry.

Thomas Mattingly was born about 1630 in England and died July 24, 1664 in St Mary's County, Maryland at 34 years old.  He married Elizabeth (last name unknown) about 1650.

Some other blogs and websites of interest:

The Catholic Gene  

Kentucky Kindred Genealogy

Mattingly's of Western Kentucky

Books to find with Mattingly info:

"The Mattingly Family in Early America", by Herman E. Mattingly, 1975

"Catholic Families of Southern Maryland", by Timothy J. O'Rourke, 1985