Monday, December 30, 2013

On This Day – The Marriage of George Alonzo Loveless & Nancy MacPherson (30 December 1906)

George Alonzo “Lon” Loveless was my great-great uncle, an older brother of my great-grandmother, Lela Ann Loveless. He was born 11 January 1876 probably in Faulkner Co, Arkansas to Ebenezer Loveless and Eliza A. Rogers.[1]  He married first to Eliza Kirby on 20 January 1898 in Faulkner Co. They had three children. She passed away on 18 April 1906. Lon then married Nancy “Nannie” MacPherson on 30 Dec 1906 in Faulkner Co.[2] Lon and Nannie had 2 children.

Here is the image of the marriage record. The transcription follows. This marriage record has five parts: the bond, the affidavit, the license, the marriage certificate, and certificate of record. They were all on one page in the Faulkner County Marriage Book K, page 272.  I have divided up the page so the transcription follows the image.

Know all Men by These Presents:  That we ____G.L.Loveless________________________ as Principal,
and __________Lee Kirby_________ as Surety, are held and firmly bound unto the State of Arkansas,
for the use and benefit of the Common School Fund of Faulkner County, in the penal sum of One Hundred Dollars, for the payment of which, well and truly
to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by the presents.
        Signed this __29__ day of __Dec__ 1906
    The CONDITION of the above obligation is such that, whereas, the above bounden  ____G.L.Loveless   
Has this day applied to the Clerk of the County Court of Faulkner County for a license authorizing the solemnization of the Rite of Matrimony between the
said _____G.L. Loveless     and ____Miss Nannie McPherson_____  
   Now, if the saidparties applying for said license have a lawful right to the same, and if theyshall faithfully carry into effect and comply with the
provisions thereof, and shall within sixty days from the date hereof return said license to the office of the Clerk of the County Court of said County, duly
executed and officially signed by someone authorized bylaw to solemnize the Rite of Matrimony, then this obligation shall be void; but otherwise to remain
in full force and virtue. Witness our signatures of the day above written.
                                                [signed] G.L. Loveless, Principal
                                               [signed] J. L. Kirby, Surety

THE STATE OF ARKANSAS, }                       
                                                             In the office of the Clerk of the County Court of said County
__________________G.L. Loveless             of the County of Faulkner, and State of Arkansas, being
duly sworn, deposes and says that ....he is the identical person who has this day applied to me for License of Marriage......
and that ____he___has arrived at the age of ___29     years, and
______Miss Nannie McPherson________ has arrived at the age of ___18____ years, that
they, the parties for whom said application is made, are now single and unmarried and may lawfully contract and be joined in marriage.
Sworn to and subscribed before me this __29___ day of      Dec   A.D. 1906
[signed] J.H. Harhe   County Clerk.       signed G.L. Loveless

To any PersonAuthorized by Law to Solemnize Marriage--Greeting
You are hereby Commanded to Solemnize the Rite and Publish the Banns of Matrimony
between   Mr. G.L. Loveless      of    Linder  in the County of Faulkner, and State of
Arkansas, aged 29 years, and Miss Nannie McPherson of     Conway     
in the County of Faulkner, and State of Arkansas, aged 18 years, according to law, and do you officially sign and return this license to the
parties herein named.
   WITNESS my hand and official seal, this 29 day of Dec A.D. 1906
(signed) J.H. Harly County Clerk


COUNTY OF FAULKNER.     } SS                           CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

I J.O. Cautrell          do hereby certify that on the 30 day of
      Dec      A.D. 1907, I did duly and according to law, as commanded in the foregoing license, solemnize the Rite and
publish the Bans of Matrimony between the parties therein named.
   WITNESS by handthis 30 day of Dec A.D. 1907
My credentials are recorded in Book _____, Page ____ }            (signed)  ______J.O. Cautrell          
   Recorder’s office _________County, Ark.                   }                           Minister of the Gospel


COUNTY OF FAULKNER.     } SS                           CERTIFICATE OF RECORD

I, J.H. Haryn, Clerk of the County Court of said County, certify that the above
License for and certificate of marriage of      G.L.   Loveless           and
Minnie McPherson were, on the ___15    day of Jan 1907
Filed in my office and the same are now duly recorded on page 272 of Book "K" of Marriage Records.
    WITNESS my had and the seal of said County, this 15 day of Jan A.D. 1907
         J.H. Haryn          County Clerk.

What is learned from this record:
--A license was taken out on 29 Dec 1906
--Lee Kirby acted as surety for the bond. [Lee was the brother of Lon's first wife, Eliza]
--G.L. Loveless was 29.  Nannie McPherson was 18.
--G.L. lived in Linder, Faulkner Co.  Nannie McPherson lived in Conway, Faulkner Co.
--G.L. Loveless and Nannie McPherson were married 30 Dec 1906 by J.O. Cautrell [though the minister wrote 1907]
--The record was filed 15 day of Jan 1907. [Note, Nannie's name was spelled "Minnie"]

[1] "WW I Draft Registration," database and images,, (, Conway, Faulkner Co, Arkansas, George Alonzo Loveless. 
[2] Arkansas, Faulkner Co, Marriage records v. K, p 272, Loveless-McPherson, 1906, film 1033400, Family History Library, Salt Lake City.

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Thursday, December 26, 2013

James Loveless (1771-1846) Will & Analysis

The probate records for South Carolina and Georgia counties are available at FamilySearch.  I have been reaping records from Greenville Co, South Carolina and Bartow Co, Georgia for Loveless families.

Majority of the probate records are for collateral lines but I do have a will for James Loveless, who died sometime in between 28 Aug 1845 when he signed the will and 13 Jul 1846 when the will was recorded.[1]

James Loveless is my fourth great-grandfather, my maternal’s side of the family.

I have a typed version but I don’t remember where I got it.  However, I found this version on FamilySearch and the transcription is here:
p 215

James Loveless Will
SOUTH CAROLINA       }                             
GREENVILLE DISTRICT  }                In the name of God Amen           
     I James Loveless Senr. Being of sound and
disposing memory but weak in body and
calling to mind the uncertainty of life
and being desirous to dispose of all such
worldly estate as it hath pleased God to
bless me with do make and ordain this

p 216
my last will and testament in manner fol=
        First) I desire my executors herein
named to pay all my just debts and funeral
       I give unto my wife Linna Loveless Senr.
my home tract of land whereon I now live con=
taining two hundred acres more or less during
her life and at her death to go to my son
James T. Loveless by his paying my three
daughters that is Mary Loveless Ruth
Loveless and Linna Loveless Jr one hundred
dollars each.
     I also give my wife Linna Loveless Senr.
a negro boy named Ben and at her death
she has the liberty to dispose of him as she
may think proper. __ I also give her two
nags my black mare ?ol and my black
horse Dunk our cow and calf  two beds and
furniture a trunk and small chest and the
small cupboard one table the wheels and cards
the chairs and Kitchens furniture I also give
her my stock of hogs and my sheep my wag-
gon & gear and plantation tools.
     I also give unto my wife Linna Loveless
a Negro woman named Charlott during
her life and at her death for said negro
and her futer increase to be equally
divided between my son James T Love
=less and my three daughters Mary
Loveless Ruth Loveless and Linna Love
=less Jr.  _____    I desire that my executors
hereafter named sell the whole of the re
==sidue of my property consisting of a tract
of land containing two hundred and fifty
acres more or less and six negroes

p 217

named Jim, Abby, Bob Mary Martha and
Rachel and the whole of the balance of my
personal estate that is not heretofore dis-
posed of and that the proceeds be equally
divided between my sons William Loveless
Levi Loveless Thomas Loveless Hazle Love
less Allen Loveless and Jesse Loveless and
my daughter Elizabeth Crawford and
John Loveless’s children to come in for his
equal share in the above dividend. ----
     To each of my daughters Mary Ruth
and Linna  I have given a cow and calf a
bed and furniture I have also given
them bills of sale to a negro each and
they have some household furniture
consisting of bedsteads bed clothing a
table and crockery ware which they have
bought themselves & which is not included
above as I have no clam to them.  ----
     I also wish that the crop that's
growing on the land at my decease or
if it is gathered to belong to my wife
and that it be not sold.  ---------------------
      And lastly I do constitute and ap
point James T Loveless my son and Ira
Arnold, Executor of this my last will
and testament in testimony whereof
I have set my hand and seal this twenty
eighth August 1845 -- Signed sealed and
acknowledged in the presence of
George Gambell        }
Archibald Johnson    }                 James Loveless Senr. (L.S.)
Mason N Gambell     }

p 218

James T. Loveless &          }  Greenville dist. S. Carolina
Ira Arnold Exts                  }
Of James Loveless’ will      }
vs.                                      }  Probate of will in
The heirs of said                 }  solemn form
James Loveless dec’d        }  in the court of ordinary

   Personally appeared Archibald Johnson
and Mason N. Gambrell and after bring
duly sworn saith on said oath that the
said James Loveless late of said district
deceased sign the annexed writing an?? [in binding]
and heard him declare the same to be
his last will and testament.  The said
deponents further state, that at the time
the said testator signed and declared the
above stated he was to the best of their
knowledge and belief of said deponents
of a sound mind memory and un
=derstanding and that the said de
=ponents with George Gambrell did
at the request and in the presence of
said testator and in the presence of each other
sign the said will as witnesses. – Sworn
13th day of July 1846.
Jno Watson                      Mason N. Gambrell
O.G.D.                               Archibald Johnson

The above is all the testimony offered in the above
case none of the parties appeared to contest the
will. – It appearing that all the parties in
this state were duly cited and notified
and that those out of the state were
notified by advertisement in the Greenville
Mountaineer paper for three months
Previous to this day none of them ap
pearing to object their consent is then for

p 219

taken as confest [I think that is the word].   Ordered and decreed
that the ??m said will stand proven in solemn
form and that the same with the above pro-
ceedings be recorded --- July 13th 1846
                                    Jno Watson
                                    O. G. D.

Now that it is all typed out and easier to read, here is what I have learned from these two records:

--James Loveless wrote his will and it was witnessed on 28 Aug 1845
--James Loveless' will was proven on 13 Jul 1846
--His wife was Linna Loveless Senr.
--His sons who were living were: William, Levy, Thomas, Hazle, Allen, Jesse, James T.
--His son who had died: John. His unnamed children were also to receive a share
--His daughters living were: Ruth, Mary, Linna Junr. & Elizabeth Crawford
-- --8 negroes were mentioned: Ben and Charlott, Jim, Abby, Bob, Mary, Martha, and Rachel
--Son James T. Loveless and Ira Arnold were executors.
--He gave wife: tract of land where she lived, negro named Ben, negro named Charlott, two nags, a black mare, horse named Dank, cow & calf, two beds and furniture a trunk and small chest and the small cupboard, wheels and cards, one table, chairs, kitchen furniture, stock of hogs and sheep, wagon, and plantation gear and tools.
--land from mother was to go to James T. Loveless upon her death
--$100 each to be given to daughters Ruth, Linna Junr, & Mary Loveless paid by James T. Loveless after death of mother
--He desired the rest to be sold (250 acres land, 6 Negroes, personal estate) to be divided equally among sons, daughter Elizabeth Crawford, and children of John Loveless.
--Crop on land now was to be given to wife
--James Loveless and Ira Arnold brought will in to ordinary court to be filed
--The notice of the will was listed in the Greenville Mountaineer for three months
--No one contested the will so there were no further records.

What I don’t know from these two documents is when did James Loveless die?  It was between 28 Aug 1845 and 13 Jul 1846.  If the newspaper published information about the will for three months, then he died before April 1846.  I have seen some online trees state that he died 1 Mar 1846. What I would like to view would be copies of the Greenville Mountaineer for any reference to James Loveless. Certainly I should be able to find a reference to the will.

This will does account for all of the children I have for James and Linna Loveless.  I’m sure I learned of this family early in my genealogical research from another researcher. I am now trying to fill in the details using actual records.

My next step will be to look for land records for James Loveless. I plan to do this at the Family History Library in January. 

[1] “South Carolina Probate Records, Bound Volumes, 1671-1977,” digital images, ( : 22 Dec 2013), Greenville District South Carolina, Wills book 1840-1852, Vol. C,  p 215-219, James Loveless.

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Do Some Semi-Random Research

1) We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...

2) Go to your family tree database of choice and determine who the very last person on your list of B names is.

3) What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research? It's OK to do more research if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4) How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

My last “B” name in my RootsMagic database is Joanna A. Byrd. She was married to Jesse Ellis Lancaster, my first cousin 4 times removed. His grandfather, Ellis Wilson Lancaster, is my 4th great grandfather.

I did not know very much about her so did some research today.

Jesse Ellis is the son of James R. Lancaster and Mary Ann Butler. He was born in Dec 1866 in Texas and married Joanna A. Byrd in Parker County, Texas on 22 Sep 1889.[1] They had seven children, six who were living in 1900 (perhaps there was a child between Rosie and Pleasant or one of the children was part of a twin):[2]
  • Rosie G, b. Jun 1890
  • Pleasant Herbert, b 2 Feb 1893; d 15 Nov 1974
  • Jasper E, b Aug 1894
  • Fannie E, b Sep 1896
  • Charles, b Aug 1898
  • Mary, b Dec 1899

Joanna A. Byrd was born 12 Jun 1867 in Little Rock, Arkansas to Pleas Byrd and Lizzie Beth Rucker.[3] She died 21 Aug 1954 of encephalomalacia due to cerebral arteriosclerosis and was buried in Newberry Cemetery in Mineral Wells, Texas on 23 Aug 1954.[4] You can see her tombstone photo here.

I do not know when Jesse died. Joanna appeared in the 1920 census as a widow. I have not found either of them in the 1910 census.[5] If anyone knows when he died, please let me know!

[1] "Texas, Marriages, 1837-1973," index, FamilySearch ( accessed 30 Nov 2013), J. E. Lancaster and J. A. Byrd, 22 Sep 1889.
[2] 1900 census, Parker County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 15, enumeration district (ED) 75, sheet 5b & 6a, dwelling 92, family 92, Jesse E. Lancaster, digital image, ( accessed 21 Feb 2011), citing National Archives and Records Administration publication T623, roll 1664.
[3] Texas Department of Health Bureau of Vital Statistics, Digital Images of Death Certificates, FamilySearch ( :n.d.), State file no. 46298, Palo Pinto Co, 1954, Joanna Lancaster.
[4] ibid
[5] 1920 census, Palo Pinto County, Texas, population schedule, Precinct 3, enumeration district (ED) 189, sheet 12b, dwelling 247, family 257, Rufus L Eaton, digital image, ( accessed 30 Nov 2013), citing National Archives and Records Administration publication T625_1839.

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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Mam-ma 1913-2013

Tonight my grandmother's battle with the kidney failure has ended. I spent most of the day with her as she struggled to breathe. She was pretty much out of it, never opening her eyes when the caregivers performed the every two hour shift to prevent bed sores. I sat with her, holding her hand, and praying. When my sister relieved me at 7 pm, I knew the time was near. I am very glad that she was there at the end. However it is very sad that she will not be celebrating her 100th birthday on November 19th. She had been so looking forward to it and was proud to tell people she was going to be 100.

Hope you are at peace now, Mam-ma, and am enjoying the reunion with your parents, your brothers, and your daughter.

Copyright © 2013 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Where Were They in 1863?

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings has challenged us to find where our ancestors were living on 1 Jun 1863.  This was very challenging but lots of fun.  I found that I need to do land research to learn more about exactly where my ancestors were living!  I have no photos of their residences.  Here are my mother's side of the family:
  • My third great-grandmother, Elizabeth (McCormack) Johnston (1814-1891) was living in either in Oakland, Yalobusha Co, Mississippi (where they were living in 1860) or in Mount Pleasant, Titus County, Texas (where they were living in 1870).  Her husband, Samuel Johnston died sometime between 1860 & 1870, location unknown.  My second great-grandfather, Rueben Mack Johnston (1841-1924) was living in the household.
  • My third great-grandparents, Benjamin W. (1822-??) & Amanda A. (Haley) Jones (1827-1904) was living somewhere in Rankin County, Mississippi. The story told about Benjamin was he died from an illness in the Civil War.  His date or place of death has not yet been determined.  My second great-grandmother, Olivia Jane Jones (1859-1914) was living in this household.
  • My third great-grandparents, Robert (1821-??) & Amanda (Davis) Hutson (1826-??) were perhaps living in Cherokee county, Georgia, or had moved to Texas.  Since I have no death dates for either, I am uncertain as to where they were living in 1863 or if they were living.  My second great-grandfather, Peter Hayden Hutson (1853-1930) was living in the household.
  • My fourth great-grandparents, Benjamin F. (1795-1873) & Sara (Bean) Selman (1798-1868) were living in Cherokee County, Texas.  He was a farmer.
  • My third great-grandparents, Greenlee Bean (1820-1888) & Amanda Deborah (Oldham) Selman (1820-1880) were living in Cherokee County, Texas.  He was a farmer.  My second great-grandmother, Sarah Helena Selman (1858-1916) was living in the household.  She would later marry Peter Hayden Hutson.

This was a good exercise.  I have learned that I have several ancestors for whom I don't have death dates.  I also need to do more land research to find where they lived exactly.  I have no photos of their homes.

Copyright © 2013 by Lisa Suzanne Gorrell, Mam-ma's Southern Family

Friday, April 19, 2013

On This Day -- 60th Anniversary of the Wedding of Lela Nell Johnston & William J Hork

    Today would have been the 60th anniversary of the my parents wedding.  Lela Nell Johnston and William Joseph Hork were married on 19 April 1953 in Concord, Contra Costa County, California at Queen of All Saints Catholic Church.

    The accounting of the wedding was in the Contra Costa Times on 23 April 1953.  Lela wore
"a street-length dress of antique white taffeta with unpressed pleats fashioned in the full skirt. The bodice was designed with three-quarter-length dolman sleeves, Peter Pan collar and self-covered buttons. She chose an ice-blue lace picture hat with open crown and matching silk gloves. Her white shantung slippers were adorned with tiny flower sprays on the toes."
    She also "borrowed" pearl earrings belonging to her aunt, Mrs. Hal Johnston.  Her maid of honor was Barbara Boyenger, a friend who lived in Concord.  Barbara wore "a dusty pink silk shantung dress and white linen slippers. Her corsage was white carnations."  Bill's brother-in-law, Eugene F. Soares, was the best man.

    After the double-ring ceremony that was attended by close friends and family, a reception was held at the home of her parents, Pansy L and Tom J Johnston in Pleasant Hill, California.
Bill & Lea Hork, cutting cake with Gene Soares & Barbara Boyenger looking on
    However, Lea passed away 2 Feb 1992 and Bill 13 Oct 2007.  Still, I'd like to wish my parents "Happy Anniversary!"

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wordless Wednesday - Mam-ma's Grandchildren

Six grandchildren, c. Summer 1967

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Saturday Night Fun -- Where My Mother's Family Was a Hundred Years Ago

Randy Seaver, a blogger at Genea-Musing, has created a wonderful blog theme called Saturday Night Genealogy Fun.  Here is today’s mission:
Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1913 - 100 years ago.
2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence from about that time, and does the residence still exist?
3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.
Here is the location of my family in 1913.  This is my mother's side of the family.  I have no photos of their homes.  Most of the sources are from the 1910 census.

  • My grandfather, Tom Johnston was living with his parents, Thomas Newton Johnston and Nell L Hutson in Comanche Co, Texas.  He was just a few months old.  They lived on Gustine & Swan Hill Road in the 1910 census.[1]
  • My great-great-grandfather, Ruben Mack Johnston and his wife, Olivia Jane Jones, were living also on Gustine & Swan Hill Road near Thomas Newton Johnston (according to the 1910 census).[2]
  • My great-great grandparents, Peter H Hutson and Sarah Helena Selman, were living on a general farm in Gustine Precinct 2 in Comanche Co, Texas.[3]
  • My great grandparents, Warren Lancaster and Lela Ann Loveless were living on the farm outside of Stephenville, Erath Co, Texas.  They had been married just 15 days earlier.[4]
  • My great-great grandparents, William Carl Lancaster and Martha Jane “Doll” Coor, were living in Stephenville, Erath Co, Texas.  My great-great-great grandfather, George W. Lancaster Sr was living with them.[5]  
  • My great-great-great grandmother, Martha Jane Polly was living in Imperial, Imperial Co, California with her second husband, Noah Flood Parks.[6]

[1] Texas, Comanche, 1900 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), T623, roll 1541, Justice Precinct 3 (part of), enumeration district (ED) 7, sheet 1a, p. 168a, dwelling 8, family 8, Thomas N. Johnston, accessed 23 Nov 2011.
[2] Ibid.

[3] Texas, Comanche, 1910 U.S. census,, Digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), T624, roll 1541, Justice Prec 1, enumeration district (ED) 5, family 357, Pret K Hutson, accessed 4 Apr 2011.

[4] Marriage Record, Erath Co, TX, Book M, pg 278, Lancaster-Coor, 1912, FHL film #1428410.

[5] Texas, Erath, 1910 U.S. census,, digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), T624, roll 1550, Stephenville, enumeration district (ED) 19, sheet 225, dwelling 225, family 225, William C. Lancaster, accessed 13 Mar 2011.

[6] California, Imperial, 1910 U.S. census,, digital images ( National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), T624, Imperial Twp, enumeration district (ED) 13, sheet 7b, Noah F. Park.

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