Civil War Letter

This letter was written by my third great grandfather, Noah Richardson Smith in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War. I found the text of the letter among family documents after my father died in 2013. The original letter, according to my father's records, is in possession of a Henryetta Green of Greenville, South … Continue reading Civil War Letter

The Illustrious Wardlaws

When researching family history, you find that some families have an influence beyond their direct descendants, an influence that reaches the larger community and even the nation. Such is the case with the Wardlaw family. I'm related to the Wardlaws through my great, great grandmother Jane Moore Farlow. Her great grandfather was James Wardlaw. After … Continue reading The Illustrious Wardlaws

Mining Away For You

Thus far I've written only about my family. Recently, however, I began to research my wife's family and found such an interesting story I couldn't help but tell it. Like my own family, my wife's family is from Georgia for several generations back. Her second great grandparents on her mom's side were Hezekiah Stone and … Continue reading Mining Away For You

Give That Man A Hand

One of the fun things about researching family history is experiencing those "ah ha" moments when the pieces of a story come together. I had one of those recently while researching the Creels. As I've mentioned before, my great grandmother Farlow was a Creel before she married. In researching the uncles and cousins on that … Continue reading Give That Man A Hand

Segregation Through the Eyes of A Child

This comes from the memoirs of my dad's oldest brother Floyd. Uncle Floyd lives in California and is now 84 years old. As you read this, consider the impact it had on my uncle as a child, so much so that he remembered it decades later. Your children watch what you do and it impacts … Continue reading Segregation Through the Eyes of A Child

Captured at Pulang Lupa

The Spanish-American War was fought on two fronts, Cuba and The Philippines. When the war ended in December 1898, the US granted Cuba independence but decided not to do the same for The Philippines. This led to an additional conflict with Filipino "Insurrectos" led by Emilio Aquinaldo which became known as the Philippine-American War. Fighting … Continue reading Captured at Pulang Lupa

A Twisted Tale

Once upon a time there were two brothers originally from Tennessee, Amezy Shores and Alonzo Shores. They each had a daughter; to Amezy was born Sarah Lucinda Shores and to Alonzo, Susan Emaline Shores, my great grandmother. Meanwhile in Rome, Georgia there were two other brothers William G. Smith and James Edgar Smith. William died … Continue reading A Twisted Tale

The Battle of Olustee

When asked to name a Civil War battle, names like Gettysburg, Antietam and Chancellorsville come readily to mind.  There are, of course, many lesser known battle sites but among the least known might be those in Florida. Many people don't associate the state of Florida with the Civli War at all, but there were a … Continue reading The Battle of Olustee

I’m A Step Great, Great Grandson

John Otis Lawrence was my great, great grandfather. He was still living when I was born so my parents gave me his last name as my first, Lawrence. But, he was not related to me by blood. Sometimes the people who mean the most to you are not blood relatives but those God puts in … Continue reading I’m A Step Great, Great Grandson

Pension for an Aged Patriot

Sometimes the only reason you know a member of your family served in the American War for Independence is because they applied for a military pension years after their service. Records were not kept of every person who served, especially those who volunteered in state militias. They enlisted and were discharged sometimes verbally with no … Continue reading Pension for an Aged Patriot