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Just to tell you a little about myself, my name is Vickie and I was born and raised in Kentucky. The majority of my ancestors have been in Kentucky since the 1790’s. I have always loved history, a good mystery and puzzles and that is what Family History Research is all about. As a child we would take day trips on Saturdays and head down some dirt road looking for old cemeteries. A lot of the time we weren't looking for anyone in particular, we just like to read the epitaphs. We would have a picnic lunch packed and have lunch at whatever cemetery we were at. If the weather was bad my Dad and I would go to a courthouse and dig through old records in musty old basements looking for our ancestors. So as you can see I have had an interest in Family History for quite some time.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Some Loftis - Wills in Greenville County, South Carolina

Solomon Loftis, 1763-1849, Greenville County, South Carolina

I don’t know a lot about Solomon Loftis, but he was my fifth great-granduncle and he was probably born in Kent County, Delaware or Maryland.  I do know that he was the son of Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett and one of his brothers or possibly one of his sisters was my fifth great-grandparent.  I have yet, to figure out for certain who my Labon Loftis’ father and mother were, but my DNA puts me in the Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett family.

Sometime before 1785, this Loftis family left the Delaware/Maryland area and moved to South Carolina, possibly stopping in North Carolina for a short time.  Solomon married Margaret B. Dill in South Carolina we believe around 1788 or so and they had at least the following children: William, Andrew, John, Susan, Sarah, Pheny, Prudence, Charlotte ‘Lotty’ Ann, James and Solomon Jordan Loftis.

From the County Wills of South Carolina for Greenville County, 1787-1853, we find Solomon Loftis, Sr. in Volume 2, 1840-1853, Section C, page 192.   Solomon Loftis, Sr. wrote his will January 8, 1847 and he only mentions his three unmarried daughters: Phenia, Prudence and Lotty Ann Loftis, and he also mentions his wife, but not what her given name was.  He mentions other daughters that are married, but again does not name them and he doesn’t mention any of his sons at all.  Solomon only mentions one negro, a boy named Joe.  Solomon’s will was brought to court and recorded on August 3, 1849.  The following is the copy of the will and recording.

John Loftis, 1772-1845, Greenville County, South Carolina

John Loftis born about 1772, died before 22 May 1845, son of Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett and one of his brothers or possibly one of his sisters was my fifth great-grandparent.  I have yet, to figure out for certain who my Labon Loftis’ father and mother were, but my DNA puts me in the Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett family.   The Will of John Loftis, mentions his wife Malissa Loftis and her 3 children Eliza Jane, Margaret Ellen & Sarah Elizabeth; negro named Anderson also called Tony. He mentions all his other children by his former marriage but does not name them.  Executor Edward Clements, my friend & neighbor; dated May 22, 1845; witnesses were John Bomar, William Wheeler & S. Goodlett; on July 14, 1848 Edward Clements refused to accept appointment as the executor.  Proven by Spartan Goodlett, John Bomar & William Wheeler and recorded August 4, 1848.  I only have an extract of this will, I haven’t had time to look for the original.  The following is the extract.

Lemuel Loftis, 1774-1838, Greenville County, South Carolina

Lemuel Loftis, was born in 1774 and died on April 23, 1838 in Greenville County, South Carolina.  He was the son of Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett and one of his brothers or possibly one of his sisters was my fifth great-grandparent.  I have yet, to figure out for certain who my Labon Loftis’ father and mother were, but my DNA puts me in the Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett family.    Lemuel married Susannah Leech in about 1800, probably in South Carolina.   The Will of Lemuel Loftis mentions the following people: his wife Susannah Loftis, sons: Pleasant A. Loftis, Madison D. Loftis, and Spartan L. Loftis; daughters: Martha Green, Prudence Dill, Sarah L. West, Lotty Ann Crane and Achsah Few and the following negroes: Solomon, Alsa, boy named Gilbert, girl named Lurana.  The following is an extract of this will.

Mary Carr Loftis, 1770-1829, Greenville County, South Carolina

Mary Carr Loftis, born about 1770 and died in 1829 in Greenville County, South Carolina.  I know she was the wife of Martin Loftis and that Martin Loftis was the son of Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett and one of his brothers or possibly one of his sisters was my fifth great-grandparent.  I have yet, to figure out for certain who my Labon Loftis’ father and mother were, but my DNA puts me in the Job Loftis and Elvira Goodlett family.  I don’t know much else about Mary at this time.

Mary Carr Loftis died intestate before November 16, 1829 when her son-in-law James G. McClurg ask to be the administrator of her estate.  Margaret Loftis McClurg shared in three negroes, named: Esther, Eliza and a boy named Lewis with her mother Mary.  The following is a copy of the administration and the second page list the three negroes.


Monday, January 18, 2016

Francis Parker of Halifax County, Virginia and Smith County, Tennessee

I don’t know much about the man, I am going to be writing about this time.  His name was Francis Parker and I know he lived in the same area as some of my Parker families, but so far I have not been able to find the connection between him and either of my line of Parker’s.  My DNA however is matching up with the Parker’s of Halifax County, Virginia and Smith County, Tennessee.  The Parker line in Smith County, Tennessee is from my Mom’s side of the family through her Mom’s people.  I also have a Parker line from my Daddy’s side of the family through his Dad’s people, which I have been able to connect to each other.  The given names of Francis Parker’s family and my family on both sides are all pretty much the same, so I believe there is some connection somewhere, I just need to find it.  Here is what I do know.  Francis and his wife Lucy were probably born in the early 1750’s.  Francis Parker and his family lived in Halifax County, Virginia up until at least 1800, before coming to the Smith County, Tennessee area and some of his children went to the county to the north of Smith called Macon.  The following maps shows Halifax County, Virginia and Smith and Macon Counties in Tennessee.

From the will of Francis Parker, I know he had the following children and this is what I know about some of them: Abraham Parker, born ca. 1776 - died before 1860, who was married to Phebe Nichols in 1799 in Halifax County, Virginia; Francis Parker, born ca. 1778, Archibald Parker, born ca. 1787 - died before 1880; John Parker, born 1789 - died 1816, married to Nancy Lovelady; and Womack Parker, born ca. 1794 - died after 1862, married to Elizabeth; Tabitha Parker, born ca. 1780 married to William Nash in 1797 in Halifax County, Virginia; Polly Parker, born ca, 1784, married to Thomas Nash; and Lucy Parker, born ca. 1792.  Francis’ wife was named Lucy, as of yet I do not know what her maiden name was, but I am wondering if it might have been Womack, since that is an unusual given name.  Also, according to the will of Francis Parker, his children: John, Womack and Lucy were all under age and not married.  The majority of the time this would mean they were under the age of 21 and from what I have found so far, John, Lucy and Womack, were approximately 18, 15 and 13 years old respectively when their father wrote his will.

I found Francis Parker’s will and inventory in Smith County, Tennessee Probate Records 1805-1833, SLFHL Microfilm #319178, item 1, pages 141-143, 183-184 = The Will and Inventory of Francis Parker, written: September 28, 1807 = probated: December 3, 1807 = inventory: March 1808.  He didn’t live very long from when he wrote his will, until it was brought to court when it said he was deceased.  He mentions his wife Lucy Parker and the following children, sons: Abraham Parker, Francis Parker, Archibald Parker, John Parker and Womack Parker and daughters: Polly Parker married to Thomas Nash, Tabitha Parker Nash and Lucy Parker.  Also a grandson named Francis Nash, son of his daughter Tabitha.  Some online trees are showing that Tabitha’s husband died young and left her with just the one child. Francis Parker is giving some of his children land, some horses, with saddles and bridles and some get feather beds as well as a little cash. 

None of his children are listed as getting any slaves, but in the inventory of his estate the following negroes are listed: 1 negro boy named Oliver, age 12, 1 negro boy named Joe, age 2, 1 negro woman named Nancy, 1 negro woman named Mary, 1 negro girl named Rose age 11 and 1 negro girl named Mary age 2.

The following is a copy of his will, probate and inventory.

My Parker’s on both sides of my family were from Virginia and North Carolina then went to Tennessee and then on into Kentucky.  My good friend Malia’s, Parker line did pretty much the same thing.  To see what all I have collected on both of my Parker family lines and my friend, Malia’s, Parker family, you can go to my online tree at this web link: http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=vaparker

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Capt. Christopher Clark, 1681-1754, of Virginia

Christopher Clark was my 6th great-grandfather, on my Daddy’s side of the family, through his mother’s people.   Christopher’s 2nd great-grandfather was John Clark the Master Mates/Navigator on the Mayflower that I wrote about last year, week #43.   Christopher according to most sources was born in Somerton, Nansemond County, Virginia in about 1681.  Other sources say he came from England via Barbados in about 1710.  I believe it was more like about 1704, if he was indeed in Barbados, as I find his first land grant in 1705 in Virginia and he was married in Virginia in about 1709 to Penelope Johnston, daughter of Edward Johnston and Elizabeth Walker and his first child, Edward Clark, was born in Virginia in 1710.  I know his grandfather, Michael Clark died in Barbados in 1679 and so maybe that is why some think he came from there.  In either case he is supposed to have acquired around 50,000 acres of land.

The majority of this land was located in New Kent, Hanover, Louisa, Albemarle and Goochland Counties in Virginia through the years.  The land grants that I have found so far show him only getting 5526 acres, between the years 1705 to 1741.   There could be other land he bought without it being land grants, but still lots of digging to be done searching for that.  The following map shows where these counties are located in the state of Virginia.

Christopher Clark was a Captain of the Hanover County militia in 1727 and also had a land grant in Albemarle County in 1727 with Nicholas Meriwether and was supposedly a law partner of Nicholas Meriwether as well.  He was Sheriff of Hanover County from 1731 to 1732, Justice of Louisa County in 1742, overseer of a Quaker Friends Meeting near Sugar Loaf Mountain in 1749, appointed High Sheriff of Hanover County on April 24, 1751.  He had large plantations and was a very large slave owner with at least 100 or more slaves at different points in his lifetime, at least until he joined the Quaker Church in the late 1730’s.  owever, However, his will shows that he still had at least eight slaves when he wrote his will, which he gave to his children.   For your information the Quaker religion did not believe in fighting or owning human beings, though there were a few members that did so without being excommunicated.

Christopher Clark, left the following will which was written on August 14, 1741 and was proved in court and recorded in Louise County, Virginia on May 28, 1754.  I do not have an actual date of death for Christopher, but it would have been between the date he wrote his will and the date it was proved in court.  I know he was still living in April of 1751, so I am assuming he probably died in the early part of 1754.  I thought I had a copy of the original will, but I am not finding it right now.  I will be in Salt Lake City at the Family History Library next week, so I will look for it again and make a copy to add to this post after I get that.  Hopefully now that I am more use to reading old handwriting, then I was years ago when I originally find this, I will be able to make out all of the names of the slaves given in his will.  The following though, is an abstract of his will that I did years ago and slave names will be underlined and marked in red so that you can pick them out more easily.


In the name of God Amen.  I Christopher Clark, being sound in mind and memory, thanks to God Almighty, for it, but calling to mind the uncertainties of ye life, make this my last will and testament as follows:

1st I give to my loving son Edward Clarke, one gun and all my wearing clothes and all things else that he was possessed of that was mine. 

2nd I give my loving daughter Agnes Johnson, one negro wench named ----- and her increase, and whatever else she has or ever had in possession that was mine. 

3rd  I give my loving daughter Rachel Moorman, four hundred acres of land in Hanover County, near to Capt. Thomas Dancey, and one negro woman named Moll, with her increase and all things else that she has had in her possession whatever of mine. 

4th I give my loving daughter Sarah Lynch, one negro boy named ------, and all things else that she is or ever was possessed of that was mine. 

5th  I give my loving son Micajah, five hundred acres of land in Hanover County, the same whereon I now live with all rights and hereditaments, thereto belonging, and one negro boy named -----, working tools, and whatever else is or was possessed of that was mine. 

6th I give my loving son Bowling Clarke, four hundred acres of land in Hanover County, lying on the north west side, joining on the land of Mr. Thomas Carr, and on ye County ------ two young negroes, named Nane and Robin, one horse named Spret, one gun and one feather bed and furniture, two cows and calves, my trooping arms, my "Great Bible" and all my law books.  (Bowling Clark is my direct line and my 5th great-grandfather who married Winifred Buford.  I wish that Bible still existed and that family info was written in it.)

7th  I give my loving daughter Elizabeth Anthony, four hundred acres of land in Goochland County, on Footer Creek near the South fork of the James River, two young negroes, Mat and Jenny, cows and calves, one feather bed and furniture. 

All the rest of my estate be it what nature or quality, so ever, I leave to my loving wife during her natural life, who I appoint my executrix and further my will and desire is that my loving granddaughter, Penelope Lynch, at the death of her grandmother, Penelope Clarke, my wife, that them she and the said Penelope Lynch, be paid out of my estate if there be so much remaining, forty pounds good and lawful money of Virginia, and then if any left, to be equally divided among my said children, but not to be appraised.  

In witness to the above promises, I have here unto set my hand and fixed my seal this 14th day of August, 1741.     Christopher Clark

Test: Thomas Martin, Ann Martin (made her mark, she was daughter of Charles Moorman Sr.), James Waring (made his mark)  At a court held for Louisa County, the 28th day of May 1754, this will was proved this day in open court by the oath of Thomas Martin and affirmation of Ann Martin and admitted to record and is recorded.  Test: James Littlepage, Clerk of the Court.


The slaves mentioned by name in this 1741 will, were the following: Moll (female), Nane (male), Robin (male), Mat (male) and Jenny (female).  There were also 2 negro boys and a negro woman which don’t have names from this abstract, so I need to find the original will again and see if I can read and make out their names this time.  I was able to locate the original will this week on microfilm at the library in Salt Lake City.  I have changed the names slightly from my original post, but was still unable to see the names of those with the dashes I have.  The will on microfilm you could tell was in bad shape when it was microfilmed, with torn and faded pages.  The following are the copies of the two pages of the will and the proven record. SLFHL Microfilm #32192 item 1, Will Book 1: 1745-1761 for Louisa County, Virginia.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Indentured Servants & Slaves

I have always loved history and especially American History.  The Revolutionary War and Civil War time periods are probably my favorite time periods to read and study about.   However, for this year’s theme I want to write about indentured servants and slaves and the impact it had on my family for many generations, who were either indentured servants or slaves themselves or who owned indentured servants or slaves.  My intentions are not to hurt feelings or slander one group over another, but to state facts the way I have read and interrupted them for myself over the years.  So for this year 2016, I want to try and write about different ancestors who were parts of these groups in one way or another.  I will write just a brief outline of that ancestor’s life and then transcripts of that ancestors, land, will or probate records showing indentured servants or slaves that they bought and sold, through the years or the records of their indenture or bills of sale.

For those that don’t know what an indentured servant was I will try and explain here for you.  An indentured servant was a person who was usually under contract to work for another person for a certain period of time, usually without pay.  If they were lucky they were treated good and got a place to sleep, food, and clothing and usually ended up learning some kind of a trade, while they were working off their indenture.  Some however, were treated very badly and beat and abused just like a black or Indian slave might have been.  Most of the indentured servants that came to America came in exchange for free ship passage to America.  The usual length of service was five to seven years, every now and again it might be for a shorter time and sometimes even longer.  For instances during the seventeenth century the majority of the white laborers in Maryland and Virginia came from England as indentured servants.

When most people think of slavery, they think of African’s brought to America in the sixteenth and seventieth centuries here in the United States, but slavery throughout the world begin long before the 1600 or 1700’s.  The use of white slaves or indentured servants was even more common than black slaves before this time period.  Slavery was and is something that is still a problem worldwide, but most people seem to think only of the slave time here in the United States, they don’t seem to want to believe that slavery existed long before American slavery and that it still exists to this day in countries across the globe.  For instance some Arab nations still have slaves, but most people don’t want to admit to that fact.  One place I read said that between 650 AD and the 1960’s over 10 to 18 million people were enslaved by Arab slave traders and it still goes on to this day.  Arabs have probably taken more Africans into slavery then any European ever did.

Africans and North and South American Indians had slaves for centuries, they enslaved each other, usually by raiding and looting other tribes and villages.  There are a number of different online sites where you can read a more comprehensive take on slavery in Africa as well as in the America’s.  I have listed just three of them here, but there are many, many more available.