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These pics are of the largest pecan tree in our county. It hasn’t produced pecans for at least 5 years, but we got enough rain this time around.



But now the concern is that this many pecans may cause the limbs to bend under the weight. If the limbs can’t handle the pressure, they will snap, or even worse, the trunk may split.

With luck, this will just be a bountiful season, nothing more.

Brick Wall of the Month: Mary Jane Tomlinson

My brick wall for the month of July is Mary Jane Tomlinson.

Mary Jane was born in Tennessee in 1822, married Samuel S. McCleary in 1839, and died in Fannin County, Texas, in 1901.

Or maybe not. We don’t really know much about Mary Jane, or at least her parentage.

My Travel Buddy’s aunt, who did extensive genealogy decades before personal computers arrived, always claimed that Richard Tomlinson of North Carolina was her father. This Richard Tomlinson married Nancy Waddill, and was from the Quaker community in North Carolina. This branch is originally from Ireland, and has flourished for many generations in North Carolina.

The facts seem to fit, but in the end, it is only strong circumstantial evidence that points to Richard, or at least this particular Richard, as being Mary Jane’s father.

Eventually, we will probably just have to accept this family line as fact without definitive proof. But because I like to tie up all the loose ends, I really would like to put this issue to rest for all time.

What kind of proof could there be? We have not located a will. The census at the time of Richard’s death (1831) does not spell out the family members. What should we be looking for that will definitively prove Mary Jane’s parentage?

I invite your thoughts and comments.

Dutoi Family Genealogy

The Dutoi family came to America about 1700. They were Huguenots, looking for a safe place to live. The English settlers on the James River disliked the French-speaking newcomers, so pushed them to the west of Richmond, hoping the local Indians would wipe them out. Instead, the Huguenots flourished, trading with the Indians on a regular basis.

The Dutoi family, from Geneva, Switzerland, were one of the founders of that Huguenot town on the James River: Manakin Town. Pierre Dutoi had a daughter, Marianne, who married Christoffe DuBreuil, from Lagny, France.

Later on, when the Huguenots wanted to assimilate into Virginia easier, they changed their names to more “acceptable” forms. Thus, Dutoi became Dutoy, DuBreuil became Dibrell, and Benin became Benning.

Any Dibrells in America are descended from these DuBreuil and Dutoi lines.

This is my Travel Buddy’s line. If you would like to get in touch with Travel Buddy, let me know.

Doyle Family Genealogy II

This is an update to the post Doyle Family Genealogy I, published on April 7, 2013. When I figure out how to link to the first post, I will do so here.

This is information I was able to gather from visiting the Crawfordsville, Scott County, Indiana area during the summer of 2013.

What I’m looking for is more information on Farmer Doyle, senior. I located an obituary for a Farmer Doyle, dated March 17, 1883, in the Saturday Evening Journal, but this was more than likely Farmer’s son, Farmer.

I am much more of the opinion that Farmer Doyle, Sr. died in Kentucky, probably still in Shelby County. So far I have not found evidence for this, but I haven’t found evidence against it, either.

The Doyle family line is proving to be a tough nut to crack, but I’ll keep looking…eventually the right clue will turn up.

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