Hatfield Family Genealogy

Hatfield Family Genealogy

My Hatfields are not the infamous ones from the Hatfield and McCoy days. Well, at least my direct Hatfield ancestors never were in West Virginia, even just in passing. I did find it amusing to realize that Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield IS a distant relative, however. His great-grandfather and my sixth great-grandfather were brothers. So it’s kind of neat to connect with history through family…even if this particular family is mostly known for never letting go of a grudge.

At any rate, the connection is so far back, I doubt my family would have claimed kinship with the West Virginia Hatfields, except through some distant relative.

My most recent Hatfield (closest to me in ancestry) is Nancy Ann Hatfield, who was born in 1834 in Mulberry Gap, Tennessee. Doesn’t Mulberry Gap just sound adorable? A gap is literally a gap in the mountains that allows easier travel through the pass. Probably the most famous gap in America, which allowed frontier settlers from Virginia to stream through into Tennessee, Kentucky, and onwards in search of more land and better crops, is the Cumberland Gap, cleared originally for the purposes of through traffic by Daniel Boone.

So Nancy was born in 1834, and married Oliver H. Stanley. She died in Pilot Rock, Oregon, in 1875.

Nancy’s parents were Moses Hatfield and Rebecca Warrick. Moses was born in 1811 in Lee County, Virginia. He and Rebecca married in Tennessee. After Rebecca died, he packed up the kids and moved to Decatur County, Iowa, where he met and married his second wife. They then moved on to Schuyler County, Missouri, where Moses died in 1901.

Moses’s parents were Abner Hatfield and Mary “Polly” Yeary. Abner was born in 1781 in Washington County, Virginia. He and Mary married about 1801 in Lee County, Virginia. They moved to Mulberry Gap, Tennessee, where Mary died. Abner fought in the War of 1812, and later died in 1866, Mulberry Gap.

Abner’s parents were George Goff Hatfield, Jr. and Sarah Ann. Sarah does not have a proven maiden name at this time. George was born in 1752 in Lee County, Virginia. He and Sarah married about 1772. George died in 1810 in Lee County, Virginia.

George’s parents were George Goff Hatfield, Sr. and Margaret Winas. George was born in 1715, Virginia. I do not have death dates for George or his wife. George Goff Hatfield senior is the common ancestor I have with the Hatfield family that fought in the long-running feud with the McCoy family.

I do enjoy stating that my relatives were Hatfields. When people say, really? I respond with, yes, I’m not a real McCoy. Ha!


Preparing for the Road, V

One of the most important categories when planning for any sort of excursion, short or long, is reading material.

I usually take advantage of the extra relaxation time to catch up on magazines. Yep, magazines. I subscribe to several, and the numbers regularly get away from me. I take a writing zine, a few aimed at historical coverage, and some that are very focused on a particular topic. This allows me to do some writing research while on a mostly genealogical road trip. The best part is that as we go along, I can toss them out as read. So even though I give up space on the front end, I gain it back over time. Of course, this vanquishing of the stacks is strictly temporary…when I return, I’ll have a fresh stack waiting for me with the mail. Sigh.

I also bring along a huge stack of books. Way more than I can possibly read during the trip. But this not only gives me a wide selection in choice, but I also always end up reading far more books than I think Is likely.

Guthrie Family Genealogy

Guthrie Family Genealogy

Jane’s mother was a Guthrie, descended through Thomas Lee Guthrie from William Franklin Guthrie.

William Franklin Guthrie was born in 1841 in Georgia. We believed he was born in Coweta County, Georgia for a long time, but as we cannot find his parents’ marriage in that county, it is possible he was born elsewhere. But wherever “elsewhere” turns out to be, William was born in Georgia. He married Mary (Molly) Mullis in Williamson County, Texas. He died in Brownwood, Texas in 1915.

William’s parents were James Martin Guthrie and Belinda Bishop. James was born in Edgefield, South Carolina in 1802. Belinda was born in South Carolina in 1816. They married in 1834, Georgia, but we have not located where, just yet. We are hoping to track this marriage down this summer. James and Belinda moved to Texas in 1846, first living in Upshur County, then moving to Williamson County. James was killed in a dispute with a neighbor over a cow in 1854. Belinda died many years later in 1882. They were both buried in what is now a planted field.   Belinda’s headstone is broken, and James’s is gone, but you can still see the pieces of Belinda’s and other, apparently more recent, stones. It is on private land (which is always a hamper to genealogy research!) but we were lucky to climb through the brambles on this isle of vegetation within this planted field.

James’s parents were William P. Guthrie and Elisabeth Sheppard. At least, the conventional research indicates this is true. So far, no proof has tied James either to William, or to his father, Garrett, but the jury is still out, mainly because no other likely candidate has been discovered. James IS, however, a proven descendent of John Guthrie and Mary Shea. John and Mary were both born in 1689, Middlesex County, Virginia, married in 1722, Middlesex County, Virginia, and died in Middlesex County, Virginia, John in 1733, Mary in 1743. DNA evidence through research has linked James to his great-grandfather John. It’s just the two generations in between that are in dispute. William and Elisabeth married in Caswell County, North Carolina. It is not known at this time who Garrett Guthrie/Guthrey married.

If this is your line, drop me a comment, and I will get you in touch with Jane.

Griffin Family Genealogy

Griffin Family Genealogy

This line is from Jane’s mother’s side. Thomas G. Griffin was born in 1753 in Essex County, Virginia. He married Mary Elizabeth Mullis in 1769, Essex County, Virginia. Thomas died in July 1807.

Thomas’s father, Richard, was born 1720, in Prince George County, Virginia. I do not know his wife’s name. He died in March 1777.

Both Richard and Thomas were buried in Anson County on the old Griffin farm, ten miles east of Monroe, North Carolina. The last time we were in Anson County/Union County (which was a couple of years ago) we tried hard to find this graveyard, driving up and down the road from Monroe to more than twenty miles east. I am convinced we were in the right neighborhood (Richardson creek is in the area, too, and we found that) but as the graveyard is someone’s farm, these two men are of course buried on private property. Private property that we may not be able to access.

When we return to the area this summer, I plan on trying a lot harder to find out if we can gain access to this graveyard. I do not believe Richard has a marker, but Thomas is supposed to. Findagrave.com is not very forthcoming on Thomas, but at least he is listed, along with his wife, Mary Elizabeth.

If you are related to this line, drop me a comment, and I will put you in touch with Jane, who is also a descendent of Thomas and Richard.

Preparing for the Road, part IV

Part of preparing for a trip is getting your house in order before you leave.

This year, this included us clearing our storage units, and rearranging, re-boxing, and stacking what was left.

This project took hours of prep work before we ever started work on the actual storage, buying boxes and tape, borrowing a tape gun and securing numerous big black markers.

Then we picked up a number of small pallets for placement on the floor of the main storage unit. The last time we had a rain storm big enough to produce flood conditions, it turned out to be the same night some idiot left the inner door to the storage corridor open. Plenty of water came in, destroying a number of items we wish we still had. The small pallets keep the boxes just a few inches off the floor…but enough to save them should such a disastrous situation occur again.

I will update this entry as we complete this stage of the process…at the moment, we are still looking for a couple of folks to help us move everything out of the storage units, then disappear for a few hours, returning to place the boxes back in the units. So far we have contacted three sets of folks and gotten agreement from each…but they can’t get their schedules to coincide with ours! Sigh.