Anselm Hansel Harper

Anselm is the Hansel Harper that married Elizabeth Rose in Surry County, Virginia on Jan. 27, 1789. From guardianship documents in 1803, we learn that Anselm had three children: James, Joseph and Nancy. Anselm used the nickname Hansel interchangeably which frustrated me because I felt that they were the same person but couldn't prove it …

Continue reading Anselm Hansel Harper

Mal Boyd’s Account of Ancestors

In the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers' Project, writers conducted interviews of more than 2,300 former slaves and their descendants. (Learn more about the project here.) On the morning of November 1, 1938, interviewer Bernice Bowden was walking down Miller Street in Pine Bluff, Arkansas when she spotted Mal Boyd sitting on his …

Continue reading Mal Boyd’s Account of Ancestors

Father of Robert Boyd of Pickens, South Carolina

Documentation is essential to proving your family tree. I have been working hard to find actual proof that Robert Boyd of Pickens County, South Carolina was the son of Robert Boyd who died in 1782 in Granville, North Carolina. Google searches and Ancestry family trees all list Robert's father as Robert, but with no hard …

Continue reading Father of Robert Boyd of Pickens, South Carolina

Harriett Burnett Woodward

Harriett Burnett is my fourth-great-grandmother. Records mentioning her are very limited. I am documenting here what I know so far. Timeline August 3, 1821 - Married Benjamin Woodward in Davidson County, Tennessee. June 1822 - Oldest daughter Martha Woodward was born. She is my third-great-grandmother. 1840 - According to the census under Benjamin Woodward's name, …

Continue reading Harriett Burnett Woodward

Elizabeth Shelly Hilliard of Carroll County, Tennessee

Elizabeth, married name Hilliard, was my fourth great-grandmother. Her maiden name is listed as Shelley on most family trees, but when I started writing this article I had no record to support this besides a biography in Goodspeeds History of Tennessee. Elizabeth has long just been "Elizabeth Shelley" on my tree with no parents listed. …

Continue reading Elizabeth Shelly Hilliard of Carroll County, Tennessee