Wednesday, May 27, 2020

30 Mothers in 30 Days: Leavy

I believe her name was meant to be Olivia. However, as a child born in the middle years of the the 19th century, Olivia, which trended in the Starnes family, had been corrupted to "Arleavis" and as a dimunitive, to Leavy.

Leavy and her two daughters, Maude and Minnie.

The one thing my father would recall about his Great Grandmother, was that she had a scar across her face, that she had acquired from being kicked in the face by a cow. Margaret Arleavis Starnes had grown up a farm girl, no doubt. Although several of my Second Great Grandmothers had suffered the Civil War as children, Leavy had been more fortunate than Caroline or Julina, in my mother's day series. Her father had lived, and not only that, had prospered.

Leavy was born on January 19, 1855, in Union County, North Carolina, the daughter of Frederick Fincher Starnes and Mary Louise Byram. She was the granddaughter of Frederick Starnes III and Sarah Fincher Starnes, and William Byram and Martha Phifer Byram.

As a child, the family lived near the state line, and later in the Goose Creek area of Union County, which was a center  for the Starnes family.

Leavy holding unknown Great Grandchild with her daughter and Granddaughter.

After the war they would move to Township One in Cabarrus County. She had a little brother, John, who passed away and was buried in the Stallings family cemetery, in Stanly County, near Mission Church, so they were probably living near the Cabarrus/Stanly County line.

Name:Margaret A. Starns
[Margaret A. Starnes] 
Birth Date:Abt 1857
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Rocky River, Cabarrus, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:28
Relation to Head of House:Daughter
Marital status:Single
Father's name:F.F. Starns
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's name:Mary L. Starns
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Cannot Write:Yes
Household Members:
F.F. Starns51
Mary L. Starns43
Margaret A. Starns23
Thomas M. Starns19
Dalphia A. Starns10
Georgia A. Starns7
Fredrick L. Starns5
Dasie L. Starns2
Martha Byram70

The above is the 1880 census. Grandmother Martha Byram is living with them. This is just before Leavy is to marry. She is shown as Margeret A.. 23 in this census. Leavy was the second born child. Sister Sarah Alice had already married and firstborn son, John L. had already passed as well as a younger sister.

Communities of Faith: Historic Rocky River Presbyterian Church ...

The family attended Rocky River Presbyterian Church in Cabarrus County, after their move. Leavy's mother, Mary, is buried there alongside a few of her sisters who died as children: Martha Ann, who died in 1877, before this census and Georgia Ann, who died in 1880, after this census was taken. Mary Louise died in 1894 at the age of 54. One son, Frederick Lafayette Starnes, also is buried here, but he attained adulthood and had a family of his own.

Leavy was married on January 20, 1881, at the age of 24, a bit later than several of her generation, but it served her well. The groom was Robert B. Lemmonds or Lemmons, whose family had originated around Mint Hill and had deep roots in Mecklenburg and Union Counties. She became pregant immediately, giving birth to first child, Maude Alice Lemmonds in November.

Bob farmed, did odd jobs and worked as a postman. I've featured him and Leavy before in posts.

Leavy and Bob had 5 children during their 11 years of marriage:

1881 Maude Alice
1884 Frederick Cleveland
1886 Harvey Lafayette
1888 Samuel Grier
1891 Minnie Louise

Bob passed away in 1892, at the age of 40.

Leavy would move her young family to Charlotte, where her father and his second wife Abigail lived. As the single mother of 5 children, she had to lean on her father quite a bit.

Name:Leann Lemmons
[Leavy Lemmons] 
[Leara Lemmons] 
Birth Date:Jan 1855
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
House Number:8
Sheet Number:20
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:334
Family Number:347
Relation to Head of House:Head
Marital status:Widowed
Marriage Year:1881
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother: Number of Living Children:5
Mother: How Many Children:5
Can Read:No
Can Write:No
Can Speak English:Yes
House Owned or Rented:R
Farm or House:H
Household Members:
Leann Lemmons45
Maud Lemmons18
Fred Lemmons16
Harris Lemmons13
Minnie Lemmons18

She would settle brieflly in a community in Union County called "Brief" on a small plot of land givent to her by her father, but by 1920, she had settled finally in Cabarrus County, in Concord, where the cotton mills were.

Leavy died at the age of 84 and is buried at Oakwood Cemetery in Concord near her daughters.

Happy Mother's Day Grandma Leavy.

Obituary for Margaret R Leavy LEMMOND (Aged 84) -

The Charlotte Observer
Charlotte, North Carolina
05 Aug 1939, Sat  •  Page 12

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

30 Mothers in 30 Days: Obedience

I've got a number of "Virtue" names in my family tree, especially the further back I go. Virtue names were typically used for women, althought I've came acros men named "Devotion" or "Grief". This trend was much more popular in the 18th century than the 19th, but some carried over into 19th Century Stanly County and into my family tree.

I've found their origins to sometimes, but not alway, leading back to the Quakers and Puritans of Pennsylvania or Massachusetts. Names like Prudence, Patience, Deliverance, Temperance, Hope, Faith, Charity, Destiny, Honor, Constance, Mercy, Verity, Purity, Clarity, Rejoice, Redemption, Trinity, Amity, Peace and Grace.

Some of these names are making a comeback and can be found in Kindergarten class lists.

In fact, my mother's name, Joyce, was derived from a Puritan virture name, "Rejoice" and my only granddaughter has a virtue name, "Felicity". 

In the branches of my family tree, I find Prudence Jones, Patience Wells and Patience Painter, Charity Huneycutt, Gracey Broadaway, Honor Tucker, Deliverance Tuthill, Deliverance King, Temperance Edgerton and Temperance Randle. But the one virtue name that took up the most residence in my branches was "Obedience".

I have Obedience Broadway, Obedience Carpenter, a couple of Obedience Burris's, either as Grandmothers of various range, Aunts or cousins.

In 19th Century Stanly County, Obedience "Beedie" and Temperance "Tempy" seemed to be the two most popular.

And there is found my Third Great Grandmother, Obedience Ramsey.

Obedience was the daughter of Samuel Ramsey and his wife, Rebecca Helms Ramsey. They were from Anson County, near the Rocky River, above Burnsville.

Samuel settled his family on the other side of the River in the Saint Martin's Church area.  This is the southwestern portion of the county, between Albemarle and Oakboro, an area with lightly rolling hills and many creeks and springheads.

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Beedy was their oldest daughter and the second of 8 children. She had been preceded by brother, William Riley Ramsey (1824-1865) and was followed by: 1829 Rowena Jane, 1830: Jane Louisa, 1834 James Thomas, 1836 John Franklin, 1837 Gilliam O and 1838 Hubbard K Ramsey, sometimes seen as Harborn or Hurburt.

At the disturbingly young age of 13, on Christmas Eve of 1840, Beedie Ramsey would marry William Hill, son of Julius Hill of the Rocky River.

A year later, the portion of Anson County where her mother grew up would become a part of Union County, and this is where William Hill would settle his family. 

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This area is known as New Salem.

Name:Beedy Hill
Birth Year:abt 1825
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1850:Union, North Carolina, USA
Cannot Read, Write:Y
Line Number:17
Dwelling Number:1242
Family Number:1242
Household Members:
Wm Hill25
Beedy Hill25
James Hill8
David Hill6
John Hill4
Sarah J Hill3
Danl Hill0

In 1850, the Hills are in their 20's and the teenaged parents already have a housefull of children.

Name:Bedy L Hill
Birth Year:abt 1818
Birth Place:North Carolina
Home in 1860:Union, North Carolina
Post Office:Olive Branch
Dwelling Number:567
Family Number:553
Cannot Read, Write:Y
Household Members:
William Hill40
Bedy L Hill42
James R Hill20
David K Hill18
John W Hill15
Sarah J Hill13
Julus A Hill10
Samuel P Hill8
William M Hill6
Margaret B Hill4
Rebecca E Hill3

1860 finds them living in a little town called "Olive Branch" and the children have increased from 5 to 9. Bedie is working as a Seamstress, if raising 9 children were not enough. Will is working as a farmer, with all of his boys helping. 

It seemed the typical life of the Yeoman Farm Family, having a large brood of kids to work the farm. This was not a wealthy family and they did not own slaves. They took care of their own and struggled to survive. But War came, and changed all of that. The War took Will and Beedies oldest sons.
Will and oldest son, James Ramsey Hill did not come back.

Will died on Jan 6, 1863 of disease.

Son Jamsey Ramsey Hill had just married to Aisley Clementine Gilbert in 1860 in Stanly County. He was no doubt ecstatic about falling in love and starting his own family. They had one child, a little girl named Roxanna Then tragedy would strike. James was a Prisoner of War, taken by the forces of General A. E. Burnside on Roanoke Island. It is written in his war records that he was paroled at Elizabeth City on February 23, 1862. He was never heard from again. I am going to do more research on this 

Aisley or "Elsie", as she was sometimes called, would go on to marry James's younger brother, David King Hill. Together, they would have a large family.

The tragedy for Beadie, however, did not end there. I believe she also lost her son John W. Hill in the Civil War. He is not shown after 1860, and would have been in the 17 to 19 year old age group during the course of it. There were multiple John Hills who were.

Daughter Sarah J is living in the home of  a Charles Burns family in Burnsville, Anson County, near her 78 year old Grandfather, Julious Hill, as is her brother Julius Daniel Hill and his young family. They are living right next door. Oddly, the Burns family is black and Sarah is their housekeeper. She then disappears from record. I must do more research on the Hill family.

Daughter Rebecca is seen as 3 years old in the 1860 census and then is seen no more. This is a tragic decade for Obedience Ramsey Hill. In Thru-Lines, only 4 of her children have descendants matching to my tree: David K, Margaret Hill Deese, Julious Daniel and my line, William Mathew. Samuel Peter did marry and have children, but possibly no one in that branch has tested. 

As the ashes fell, and the troublesome and heartbreaking decade of the 1860's came to an end, we find Beadie still living in Olive Branch across the Union/Anson County line from Burnsville. With David King Hill having married his deceased brother's widow and Julious Daniel and Sarah both living near their grandfather, Julious Hill, we find Beadie with her three youngest surviving children, Samuel Peter, Margaret and Benjamin Franklin Hill. Son William Mathew Hill  had set his course for Cabarrus County and was building a Mill there near the Rocky Ridge community.

Name:Budy Hill
[Beedy Hill] 
Age in 1870:46
Birth Year:abt 1824
Birthplace:North Carolina
Dwelling Number:360
Home in 1870:New Salem, Union, North Carolina
Post Office:Olive Branch
Occupation:Keeping House
Cannot Read:Y
Cannot Write:Y
Inferred Children:Franklin Hill
Henry Hill
Peter Hill
Margaret Hill
Household Members:
Franklin Hill11
Henry Hill2
Budy Hill46
Peter Hill18
Margaret Hill16

The two year old child, Henry, is a mystery. He is likely one of her grandchildren. Possibly William Henry Hill, son of Julius Daniel, who supposedly was born in 1870, but might have actually been born a bit earlier, or either a son of Sarah, who was 22.   Living near Beadie is her brother-in-law, Allen Hill and a widower, Mr. James Whittington, with 3 teenaged children of his own. 

Name:Bessy L Hill
[Bedy L Hill] 
[Bessy L Ramsey] 
Marriage Date:15 Aug 1870
Marriage Place:Stanly, North Carolina, USA
Father:Saml Ramsey
Spouse:James Whitington
Spouse Gender:Male
Spouse Mother:Catharine Whilington
Event Type:Marriage

Whether for convenience or love, soon after this census was taken, Mrs. Obedience "Beadie" Ramsey Hill would marry Mr. James Whittington. I believe the marriage prolonged Beadie's life, because she lived a long one.

Name:B. L. Whittington
Birth Date:Abt 1822
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1880:Mallard Creek, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, USA
Dwelling Number:196
Relation to Head of House:Wife
Marital status:Married
Spouse's name:James Whittington
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Occupation:Keep House
Cannot Read:Yes
Cannot Write:Yes
Household Members:
James Whittington51
B. L. Whittington58

With most of her living children migrating into Stanly and Cabarrus Counties, James and Beadie decided to try their luck in Mecklenburg.  James had bought a farm in the Mallard Creek community. He was originally from South Carolina. They would remain there for nearly 20 years. 

Name:Beaddie L Whitington
Birth Date:Jan 1815
Birthplace:North Carolina
Home in 1900:Poplar Tent, Cabarrus, North Carolina
House Number:5
Sheet Number:14
Number of Dwelling in Order of Visitation:247
Family Number:254
Relation to Head of House:Mother in Law
Marital status:Married
Spouse's name:James Whitington
Marriage Year:1870
Father's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother's Birthplace:North Carolina
Mother: Number of Living Children:7
Mother: How Many Children:10
Can Read:No
Can Write:No
Can Speak English:Yes
Household Members:
Ruffus Due49
Margret A Due44
Daniel B Due16
Earnos C Due10
Eugenia S Due8
Samuel J Due6
Leeroy Due3
James Whitington69
Beaddie L Whitington85

Obedience Lucinda Ramsey Hill Whittington would make the jump into the 20th century. By 1900, she had James, both now elderly, would move in with the family of her daughter, Margaret. Beadie was a bit older than James, but that seemed not to matter. Her marriage to James was not the families only entanglement with that of the Whittingtions. I will cover that when I look at her daughter-in-law, Sarah Jane Hooks Hill, my Second Great Grandmother. 

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Beadie didn't live quite long enough to get a death certificate. She did not make it to 1910. We believe she was buried at Rocky Ridge where her son, William Mathew Hill, my ancestor, is buried.

Beadie states in 1900 that she was the mother of 10 children with 7 living. That is going to take some more in depth research as I lost track of several of her children I thought had died who apparently were not. This is my known list of children of Beady Ramsey and William Hill:

1480-1862 James Ramsey Hill
1844-1917 David King Hill
1845-1860's (?) John W Hill
1845 - ? Sarah J Hill (last seen in 1870)
1854 - 1905 William Mathew Hill
1856-1931 Samuel Peter Hill
1856-1918 Margaret Ann Hill
1857-? Rebecca Elizabeth Hill
1861-1927 Benjamin Franklin "Doc" Hill

The children I know were living in 1900 were David, Matt, Sam Pete, Margaret, and Doc. That's only 5, so two more were living, meaning I need to look closer at John W and Sarah as I don't believe Rebecca is the one. I also intended to look closer at 2 year old Henry to discover who he may have been.

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Happy Mother's Day Grandma Beedy.