Saturday, January 19, 2019

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Photographs Through the Generations

Randy Seaver, of Genea-Musing has another mission for us:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music!) , is to:

1)   How many generations do you have photographs or portraits of your ancestors and descendants?  It can be any just can't be broken!

2)  Tell us the line, or better yet, show us the unbroken line.  Provide birth-death years, and the approximate date that the photograph or portrait was made.

3)  Share your generation picture line in a blog post of your own, or in a Facebook post, or in a comment to this post. 

Well I have five generations that I can show in two photos and a third if I wish to double up in the center (which I’ll do).

My second great-grandparents, Ebenezer Loveless and his wife, Eliza A. Rogers, along with their daughter, my great-grandmother, Lela Ann Loveless.

My great-grandmother, Lela Ann (Loveless) Lancaster with her daughter (my grandmother) Pansy Louise (Lancaster) Johnston, along with her granddaughter (my mother), Lela Nell Johnston.

Then finally, my grandmother, Pansy Louise Lancaster Johnston, my mother Lela Nell (Johnston) Hork, myself, Lisa Suzanne (Hork) Gorrell, and my daughter, Elizabeth.

Copyright © 2019 by Lisa S. Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family, All rights reserved.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Happy 8th Anniversary!


Eight years ago today I attended a class at the California Genealogical Society on starting a blog. It was great fun and I have enjoyed these past eight years.

I have not written as much on this blog. It has limited subject matter, being the ancestors of my maternal grandmother. I have another blog that covers the rest of my family and my husband's family, and I tend to make more posts there.

Over the past year, I have written 21 posts. Several of them got great reception. Here are the five with the most views:

Lancaster Family in Rockwall County, Texas

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 30: Colorful – Earliest Color Photo in the Johnston Family

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 19: Mother’s Day

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Relatives With Facial Hair

I am continuing the 52 Ancestors meme this coming year and hope to write a few more for this blog.

Copyright © 2019 by Lisa S. Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family, All rights reserved.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 1: First Genealogy Road Trip

This is my second year working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I have enjoyed writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

In October 1995, I took my grandmother, Pansy Louise Lancaster Johnston, whom I call Mam-ma, on a trip to Stephenville, Texas, so I could see where my mother grew up.

My mother had passed away on 2 Feb 1992, so I couldn’t take her, or even ask her about her early life in Texas before moving to California. I hadn’t started my genealogy adventure until after her death and I have such regrets now.

So I thought the next best thing would be to take my grandmother to Texas where she could show me first-hand some of the places they lived. I paid for the trip, and she made the arrangements with family as to where we would stay.

We were picked up from the airport in Fort Worth by my grandfather’s niece, Sandra Hall and her husband, Hal, and taken to their home in Burleson, where we stayed the first night. I believe our dinner was the first time I’d eaten French food.

Hal & Sandra with me
Sandra and my mother grew up together in those early years as they were close in age and in my grandmother’s photo collection are many photos of Sandra and Lela Nell (my mother) together with their grandfather, Daddy Tom.

Lela Nell & Sandra with Daddy Tom
Sandra had some lovely photographs of the Johnston family and with my film camera, I set the photos on the carpet in the sunshine and shot black and white photographs of each of them. I treasure this images very much.

From top clockwise: Beryl, Mildred, Luther, Hal, Tom Jr.
The next day, they drove us to Stephenville to stay with Mam-ma’s brother,  R.D. Lancaster and his wife, Barbara. During the ride, everyone reminisced about old times while I recorded notes in my notebook. I continued to do this when we were with RD, too.

RD, Mam-ma, Barbara
RD took us all around the Stephenville and the surrounding area, stopping at various places of interest. The family moved often, and when asked why, my grandmother said to look for cheaper rent. During this time, I had slide film in another camera and took photos of houses, schools, churches, and tombstones at the cemeteries.

We also visited a Welch cousin, Thelma Evans, who was born Thelma Gladys Welch in 1900 to William Madison Welch and Sarah Ann Ward. At the time of the visit, she was 95 years old. I wish I had known more about doing genealogy research then. I would have asked better questions and taken better notes! I did get the address of Elois Evans (her daughter-in-law), who lived in Mississippi and knew all about the Welch family. I corresponded with her for years.

We also visited Faye Loveless’s home. She was the daughter of Luther Arthur Loveless and Vera Eden, which made her my second cousin, twice removed. When I walked into the room, she said immediately that I looked like Aunt Jo. Aunt Jo was Josephine Lancaster, who married William H. Loveless, who were my grandmother’s aunt and uncle on both sides of her family. I need to search out some of her descendants to find a photo of her.

We spent a great deal of time at several cemeteries where I found tombstones to take pictures of. I also recorded the information into my notebook. 

Some tombstones from Upper Greens Creek Cemetery
One the last day, I finally got to do some real research. Barbara took me to the county recorder’s office and I got to sit in the vault and look at any book I wanted. I dutifully copied down births, deaths, and marriages. Little did I know that these same books had been microfilmed and were available at the Family History Library. There were probably other books that hadn’t been microfilmed that I should have looked at.

After lunch, I got about 30 minutes in the public library where they had some genealogy books. I found cemetery inscription books and marriage indexes. They had to drag me out (kicking). Someday I’d like to return and get a better look. There are other libraries in the area, too to check out—in Dublin and at Tarleton University.

Still, it was a great trip. I recorded conversations between my grandmother and her brother, telling stories about the family, that is priceless. This trip was also the last time they saw each other. I’m glad I had a part in that, too.  

Copyright © 2019 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Monday, December 31, 2018

Lancaster Family in Rockwall County, Texas: The importance of not just collecting deeds but actually transcribing them

This week, now that I have more time to spend on my own family research, I decided to work on some back-logged records I had collected from microfilm at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City back in 2015. I had nearly 200 deed images from Rockwall County, Texas, which used to be part of Kaufman County. Actually it was more like 75 deed records, as most had two or three images per deed record.

I didn’t fully transcribe each record, but created abstracts of the important information, especially the description of the land being sold, but also kept track of the buyer and seller’s residence, how much they paid for the land, and whether they paid cash or on credit.

I entered each deed into the RootsMagic database on my computer, and tagged anyone who was also in the database. Sometimes family sells land to other family members. Now that I’m writing this, I wished I had kept a log of all of the deeds I collected. The images have been renamed and moved to the appropriate folder, so I really don’t remember how many images I started with. Next time I will create a spreadsheet to keep track of the grantor, grantee, date of deed, description of land, volume and page numbers, citation, and which folder it went to. This way, the data as a whole can also be analyzed and sorted.

The best part of this exercise of abstracting and entering the data, was discovering information about my three times great-grandfather, George W. Lancaster*, that I did not know before. I knew he lived in Rockwall County and I knew he lived a short time in Maricopa County in Arizona Territory. I assumed he moved to Arizona Territory from Rockwall County. Reading the deeds carefully told me he made other moves in-between.

On 26 August 1870, George W. Lancaster sold two town lots in the town of Rockwall to his future father-in-law, N.[Nathan] H.O. Polly.[1] Was this a coincidence, or did George already know Nathan’s daughter, Martha? They married 25 October 1871 by the Justice of the Peace in Kaufman County, and not by Martha’s father, who was a Minister of the Gospel.[2] Why didn’t Martha’s father marry them? Had the families not approve of the marriage? Was George not religious and thus did not want a church wedding?

1871 Kaufman Co TX marriage between
George W Lancaster & Martha J Polly

However, on 9 September 1873, George and his father-in-law, purchased land from Susan McCurry. This 258.5 acres of land was located on the waters of Bois D’arc fork of the Trinity River.[3] Five years later, on 13 April 1878, the two men divided the property and prepared a deed for that.[4]  George took the east side of the property, while Nathan took the west side.

Then on 3 July 1884, George and his wife, Mattie of Dallas County, sold that east side property to H.D. Lanham.[5] Here is a hint as to when they moved from Rockwall County—sometime between 1880 when they appeared in the federal census and this deed transaction.[6]

However, he still owned land in Rockwall County. George W. Lancaster of Johnson County sold 27 2/3 acres of land to James C. Way on 22 March 1886.[7] George and Martha had moved yet again and were now living in Johnson County. Rockwall County is located northeast of Dallas County, and Johnson County is located southwest of  Dallas County.

George purchased the land in Johnson County from E.R. and M.A. Kelly on 18 August 1884, while still living in Dallas County, probably using the funds from the sale of land in Rockwall County in July.[8] He was listed on the 1886 tax list in Johnson County, owning two parcels of land totaling a little more than 170 acres. This was the only tax list he was on.[9]  He and Mattie J., his wife, of Johnson County, sold this land to RH Stoval on 11 May 1886. However, the examination of Mattie J. was done by the clerk of the District Court in Maricopa County, Territory of Arizona on 22 May 1886.[10] Mattie, at least, had already moved to Arizona.

Examination of Mattie J Lancaster in Maricopa Co, Territory of Arizona
In the Territory of Arizona, George W. Lancaster purchased 40 acres of land at $2.50 per acre in the NE quarter of NW quarter of Sect 14 in Township One North of Range 3 East. However there is no patent image available on the BLM website for any of the purchases in that section.[11] According to the BLM tract book, he made the purchase on 19 February 1887, but there is no notice of the patent.[12] The BLM site gave an issue date of 15 July 1890.

Tract Book entry for Geo. W. Lancaster across two pages. Can see that there is no patent number.

So, were they living in Arizona from 1886 on rented land and then George purchased the property from the U.S. government in 1887? Though the tract book makes it seem like he was not issued a patent, George and Mattie sold the property to Mary E. Coulson on 8 January 1889 for a nice profit of $1900.[13]

Sometime after this, George left Mattie and the children and returned to Texas. The records of the divorce complaint by Mattie J. Lancaster, stated George was living in Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, and since August 1889, he had not supported her and the children. She wished the marriage to be dissolved and she have custody of five children: Lonnie, Maggie, Eldon, Reginal, and Jesse. The eldest son, Carlton, was of age at nineteen, was not living with her.  She received the decree on 23 December 1893.[14]

The records of the deeds improves the timeline for the life of George W. Lancaster. Next on the agenda is to check the deed records for Erath County. Mattie claimed in her testimony that he had land in Erath County.

* George W. Lancaster was the paternal grandfather of my grandmother, Pansy Louise Lancaster, aka Mam-ma.
[1] Rockwall County, Texas, Deeds, v. 2, p. 617, GW Lancaster to NHO Polly, Family History Library (FHL) film 1289128.
[2] Kaufman Co, Texas, Marriages, 2: 51, Geo W. Lancaster-Martha J. Polly, 1871; FHL 1302500.
[3] Rockwall County, Texas, Deeds, v. C, p. 511, Susan McCurry to NHO Polly & GW Lancaster, FHL 1289129.
[4] Rockwall County, Texas, Deeds, v. D, p. 444, NHO Polly to Geo W Lancaster, FHL 1289129.
[5] Rockwall County, Texas, Deeds, v. G, p. 191, GW & MJ Lancaster to HD Lanham, FHL 1289132.
[6] For the population schedule, see 1880 U.S. census, Rockwall Co, Texas, pop. sched., Rockwall Village, ED 30, George W. Lancaster, digital image, Ancestry ( accessed 13 Jul 1995), NARA T9. For the agricultural census, see 1880 U.S. census, Rockwall Co, Texas, agricultural census, E 30, p. 1, line 2, Geo W. Lancaster, digital image, Ancestry (, NARA T9, roll 38.
[7] Rockwall County, Texas, Deeds, v. H, p. 165, Geo W. Lancaster to James C. Way, FHL 1289132.
[8] Johnson County, Texas, Deeds, v. 31, p. 70, ER Kelley to GW Lancaster, digital image, FamilySearch ( 29 Dec 2018), citing FHL 1435027.
[9] "Texas County Tax Rolls, 1846-1910," Johnson Co, 1886, p. 84, no. 25 & 26, G.W. Lancaster, FamilySearch ( : 29 Dec 2018). He did not appear in the 1885 or 1887 list.
[10] Johnson County, Texas, Deeds, v. 34, p. 80, GW & MJ Lancaster to JJ Stovall, FamilySearch ( 29 Dec 2018), citing FHL 1435028.
[11] Bureau of Land Management, US Dept. of the Interior, Patent Search, Maricopa Co, Arizona, George W. Lancaster, doc. no. 400, BLM ser. no. AZAZAA 014321,
[12] “United States Bureau of Land Management Tract Books, 1800-c. 1955,” Arizona, vol. 3, p. 5, Section 14, George W. Lancaster, digital image, FamilySearch ( 7 Feb 2015).
[13] Territory of Arizona, Maricopa County, Land Deeds, Bk 21, p 32, 1889, Lancaster-Coulson; FHL film 2196859.
[14] Pima County, Arizona, RG 110, Superior Court Records, SG 8 case 2250, Lancaster v. Lancaster, decree, 23 December 1893; Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Phoenix.

Copyright © 2018 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Thursday, November 29, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 48: Second To Last: Reginold F. Lancaster

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

This week’s challenge is to write about something that was second to last. I thought I’d pick someone from a large family that I haven’t written about before.

Reginold F. “Reggie” Lancaster was the next to the last child of George Wilson Lancaster and Martha Jane Polly. He was born 21 Jul 1887 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona Territory.[1] He had one younger brother, Jesse, and four older siblings, William Carl, Lonnie O, Margaret Rose, and George Eldon.[2]

When he was five years old, his parents divorced.[3] His father had been gone a year, having moved back to Texas. A year later, his mother married Noah F. Parks, who had been working on the ranch.[4] Later, two half-sisters, Daisy and Rosy, joined the family.

Reggie continued to grow up in Maricopa County and the family moved to Imperial County, California before 1910. He married Eda Pearl De Lartique Los Angeles 30 July 1920.[5] Eda’s real name was Ralston and she was an actress.[6] They lived in Corcoran, Tulare County in the 1920s. Reggie was a farmer like his brothers.[7]  They later moved to Atascadero in San Luis Obispo County, where he continued as a farmer. He was registered as a Democrat and his wife a Republican.

By 1940, they were living in Santa Margarita, still in San Luis Obispo County, and Reggie was working for a water works construction as a carpenter. He owned his home and it was valued at $2000.  He had worked 45 weeks the previous year, making $600, plus he had other income.[8] His other income came from ranching.[9]

Reggie, at 54 years old, was five feet, eight inches tall, weighed 153 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion.[10] During the 1940s, he and Eda registered in the Progressive party.

In his later years, he continued ranching in Atascadero. The San Luis Obispo Daily Telegram had an obituary for him, 26 November 1962.

Atascadero—Reginald F. Lancaster, 77, a native of Arizona and resident of Atascadero for 30 years, died early Sunday in San Luis Obispo after a short illness.
        Mr. Lancaster was born July 21, 1885.
        He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eda Lancaster of Atascadero, and a sister, Mrs. Rose White of Fresno.
        Funeral Services will be held Wednesday at 10:00 a.m in the Chapel of the Roses with the Rev. Lee Goodwin, associate pastor of the Atascadero church of the Nazarene officiating. Burial will be in Atascadero district cemetery.

His wife, Eda lived another eleven years, dying 16 January 1973.[11] A search at FindAGrave found no memorials for either of them in San Luis Obispo County. I will send for Reggie’s death certificate to learn more about his burial.

Next to last and the last Lancaster child of
George W. Lancaster & Marta J Polly

I have one photo of Reggie with his younger brother, Jesse. Years ago I corresponded with another member of the family who descended from Jesse. But I have no photos of him as an adult.. Did he look like my great-great-grandfather, William Carl Lancaster, his brother? They had no children, so no descendants to pass down photos.

To do list: Send for the death certificate of Reginold Lancaster. Also discover the land records in San Luis Obispo. The index is online at the recorder’s website, but the actual records need to be ordered. His wife, Eda, did more transactions than he did.

[1] Maricopa County, Arizona Territory, Birth Index, Reginal Lancaster, 1887, digital image, Ancestry ( : 27 Nov 2018).
[2] For older children see 1880 U.S. census, Rockwall Co, Texas, pop. sched., Rockwall Village, ED 30, p. 590, dwel/fam 2, George W. Lancaster, digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jul 1995). For the younger children see Pima County, Arizona Territory, Superior Court records, SG 8, case 2250, Lancaster  v. Lancaster, decree 23 Dec 1893; Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Phoenix.
[3] Pima County, Arizona Territory, Superior Court records, SG 8, case 2250, Lancaster  v. Lancaster, decree 23 Dec 1893; Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Phoenix.
[4] Maricopa County, Arizona Territory, Marriage Licenses & Certificates, RG 107, SG 8 Superior Court Records, Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, Phoenix, 1893, Noah F Parks & Mattie J Lancaster, p 405.
[5] Los Angeles Marriage Index, 1920, p. 4, De Lartique to Lancaster, digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 27 Nov 2018).
[6] 1920 U.S. census, Los Angeles Co, California, pop. sched, Los Angeles, ED 152, p 22a, Flora Ralston household, digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jul 1995). Edna D. De Lartigue was 38 yrs old, an actress, and living in the household.
[7] California Voter Registration, Tulare County, Reggie Lancaster, 1922, 1924, 1926, digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jul 1995).
[8] 1940 U.S. census, San Luis Obispo Co, California, pop. sched, Santa Margarita, ED 40-34, sht 8b, fam 195, Regonald F Lancaster, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jul 1995).
[9] California Voter Registration, San Luis Obispo County, Reggie Lancaster, 1940, digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jul 1995).
[10] World War II Draft Registration, Local Board 136, Paso Robles, California, Reginald F. Lancaster, digital image, Ancestry ( : accessed 13 Jul 1995).
[11] “California Death Index, 1940-1997,” Ancestry ( : accessed 28 Nov 2018), Eda P. Lancaster, 1973, San Luis Obispo County.

Copyright © 2018 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Friday, November 23, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 47: Thankful for Digital Records!

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

I am very thankful for digital records I can use for genealogical sources. Being able to view images of the records I need from the comfort of my home has been a god-send. This speeds up the research process. In the past, I either had to save a list of films I wanted to view and either order the films from the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, or wait until I made a trip to SLC to personally view the films at the library. Though, I do enjoy a trip to the mecca of family history, the FamilySearch Library in Salt Lake City.

Currently, I’m working on land records in Copiah County, Mississippi, which are digitized at FamilySearch, through the catalog. Many of the deeds are also digitized online at the Copiah County Clerk’s website.

This week I have made much progress in figuring out relationships between COOR, WELCH,  and KETHLEY families, along with other collateral families living in Copiah County, Mississippi in the area near Crystal Springs.

J.M. Coor's patents 32424 & 33795 in Copiah Co, Mississippi, T1 R1 W
The map above I created using the Patent information from the BLM website for the land my 3X-great-grandfather, James Madison Coor purchased 1 March 1859. The Patent images are also on their website.[1] Here is one of the two he received for the above land:

Image of Patent 32424
I then checked the deed indexes at the FamilySearch catalog, looking for how he later disposed of the land. I knew he had to have sold everything before his move to Erath County, Texas sometime near 1881-82.[2]

One tool that helped me was the images of the Section Index.[3] His land was in Township One of Range One West. These pages were organized by Township and Range and then by Sections. He had land in both sections 22 and 27 which are adjacent to each other, as shown in the above map.

The top of these sheets show the land that was patented by the federal government. Then each land transaction is listed for this section in chronological order. What is shown are the grantor and grantee, the date of instrument and date of filing (sometimes different dates), the book and page number of the deed, and then markings for the position of the land in the section.

Section Index for Section 22
I used this last part to see how that particular piece of land changed hands. Sometimes it was confusing, but when the deed was read, it might mean that if a same part of the section was sold, it was a smaller part (say a few acres for a church).

Here is the section of the page showing J.M. Coor's sales of land.

J.M. Coor sold his last piece of land to Wm. Price & F.M. Sexton

I found deeds that I had missed by using the deed index. One of the deeds I missed was actually sold by order of the court and the sheriff’s name was on the deed. I would never have found that unless reading the deeds page-by-page.

Using land records, I have also narrowed down death dates for some of whom I had no date of death. There may not be a probate record for them, but there is often a sale of the land by the heirs.

Elizabeth N. Coor, the sister of James M. Coor, married Shelton H. Heard 14 January 1841 in Copiah Co, Mississippi.[4] By 1860, she was a widow with three children. I found her name on the Section 35 sheet, obtaining a patent on 1 March 1859.  She had the Northeast quarter and the Southeast quarter of the Northeast quarter of Section 35 in Township 1, Range 1 West.[5]

Section 35
By following the land down, I found a transaction concerning that land.  The heirs of Elizabeth N. Heard sold the property to William Thomas on 18 November 1866.[6] This helps narrow the date of her death. A probate record for her did not appear in any index found on FamilySearch. This may be the closest I can get to her death.

There were two deeds. The first, a conveyance between James M. Coor, guardian of John H. Hurd [Heard], who was a minor heir of Shelton and Elizabeth Hurd, late of the County of Copiah, deceased, and William Thomas of the same county. Here was mentioned the March 1866 term of probate court, so I will need to search page by page to find the order allowing the sale. John’s portion of the land was the Northeast quarter of Section 35.[7]

The land sold by the heirs was the Northeast quarter of Section 35. This deed was signed by Anna Trimble, E.V. Shamburger, and W.F. Shamburger. These two women are likely John’s sisters. Now I have possible marriages for them, as well.

Indexes to marriages, I found the two marriages of the daughters: Sarah A. M. Hurd to Drury W. Trimble, 5 Sep 1861, and Ellen V. Hurd to W. F. Shamburger on 14 May 1865.[8] 

Unfortunately, the films have not been digitized yet. I will have to put them on the list to view the next time I’m at the FamilySearch Library or wait until they are digitized. I might have to rethink the spelling of the surname. It might actually be HURD.

So you can see why I love digital images and am very thankful for the ones that are now available.

[1] Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, database & digital images, General Land Office Records  ( : accessed 25 Apr 2011), James M. Coor (Copiah Co, MS), cash entry sale no. 32424 & 33795.
[2] Stephenville (Texas) Empire, 6 Jan 1883, p. 3, col. 2, J.M. Coor. This article spoke about the good citizen, Mr. J.M. Coor, who had come about a year ago from Mississippi.
[3] These sectional indexes are located under Land in the Copiah County, Mississippi section of the catalog. I used digital films 8567987 and 8567988.
[4] Copiah County, Mississippi, Marriages, v. B, p. 46, Shelton H Heard to Elizabeth Coor, digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 21 Nov 2018).
[5] Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office, database & digital images,, no. 32420, Copiah Co, MS, Elizabeth N. Heard.
[6] Copiah County, Mississippi, Deeds, v. U, p. 511, Heirs of Elizabeth N Heard to Wm. Thomas, 1867, digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Nov 2018).
[7] Copiah County, Mississippi, Deeds, v. U, p. 510, John H Hurt to Wm Thomas, 1867, digital image, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Nov 2018).
[8] "Mississippi Marriages, 1800-1911," database search for H*rd between 1857-1867, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 Nov 2018).

Copyright © 2018 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Friday, October 19, 2018

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 42: Conflict

I am working on this year-long prompt, hosted by Amy Johnson Crow. I will write each week in one of my two blogs, either Mam-ma’s Southern Family or at My Trails Into the Past. I’m looking forward to writing about my children’s ancestors in new and exciting ways.

Our theme this week is "conflict" and I have had a hard time thinking up a story about conflict. It's hard to know if the move they made to another state was due to conflict with those left behind or just a chance to find a better life somewhere else. 

I do have a little snippet of a story told to me by my grandmother, Pansy Louise (Lancaster) Johnston.

When my mother, Lela Nell, was about two years old, my grandparents, Pansy Louise and Tom Johnston, separated for a short time. Pansy went to live with her aunt, Maggie Self. Maggie was her father, George Warren Lancaster’s sister, Margaret, who married Herbert Acklin Self around 1919. They lived in Fort Worth and never had children.

The story did not come with a reason for the separation. It didn’t last long because they were together the rest of my grandfather’s life, as far as I know.

My grandfather always seemed a little gruff to me. He barely tolerated us six kids. I could see how it might have been hard to live with him. It was about 1936, and perhaps the work and living situation was difficult during that time in the Depression.

I do have a photo of my mother, my grandmother, and Maggie Self. Lela looks about two years old, so this might have been taken during the short time they stayed with Maggie.
Pansy (Lancaster) Johnston, Maggie
(Lancaster) Self, and Lela Nell Johnston

Copyright © 2018 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family