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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Capt. Giddins' Company (Detailed and Petitioned Men) North Carolina




I knew that my great-great-grandfather, George L. Giddens, fought in the Civil War, was wounded at Malvern Hill, provided a substitute so that he only fought for one year, and applied for a pension. 

However, I didn't know about the Capt. Giddins' Company (Detailed and Petitioned Men) until recently when searching Google. Although the name is spelled Giddins instead of Giddens, my great-great-grandfather, was the only George L. Giddens of any spelling in Sampson County, NC. 

Organized on October 8, 1864, in Sampson County, this company appears to be considered a local defense or militia. I was unable to find an explanation of "detailed and petitioned men."

George L. Giddens was elected captain of this company of over 70 men. Elected Lieutenants were David King, Isaiah McPhail, and James M. Williford. 

Visit The Cumberland Plough Boys
Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp #2187 Stedman, NC to see a list of all of the men in this company. 

Diana


© 2016

Sources

"3rd North Carolina Detailed Men, Gidden's Company - The Cumberland Plough BoysThe Cumberland Plough Boys." 3rd North Carolina Detailed Men, Gidden's Company - The Cumberland Plough BoysThe Cumberland Plough Boys. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2016. <http://ploughboys.org/3rd-north-carolina-detailed-men-giddens-company/>.

"Page 2 Civil War Soldiers - Confederate - NC - Fold3." Page 2 Civil War Soldiers - Confederate - NC - Fold3. N.p., n.d. Web. 27 Feb. 2016. <https://www.fold3.com/image/58231095>.

Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday's Photo: Cemetery Photos - Ellen Agnes Murray

Mount Calvary Cemetery, Columbus, Franklin County,Ohio, USA - Plot: HC-D-141-1


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I like cemeteries and Find A Grave.com is the best. I can virtually visit many cemeteries while still in my pajamas (and I don't have to worry about snakes). At Find A Grave.com, cemetery lovers visit cemeteries, take photos, record information, and post their finds at Find A Grave.com. I really appreciate contributors such as Nancy Ann Mull Buchanan who posted these photos and allows me and other viewers to share the photos. 

Ellen Agnes Murray was born on January 09, 1888  in the villiage of Burren, in the old Parish of Abby, now New-Quay, County Clare, Ireland.  She was the daughter of James Murray and Cecilia Linane.  Her name is listed as Helena on the Register of Baptismal, her Record of Apostolic Services gives her name as Ellen Murray and her obituary gives her name as Ellen Agnes Murray.  As a nun, she took the name Sister Mary Columbkill.

Sister Columbkill was visiting her sister, Julia Murray Moylan, in Ireland when she fell ill and returned to the United States by plane.  She died several weeks later on June 18, 1955 at Mount Carmel Hospital.  Her funeral was attended by many.  Honorary pallbearers included the Governor of Ohio and the Mayor of Columbus.  Burial was in Mount Calvary Cemetery. For more about Ellen Agnes Murray click here

Search for your family at Find A Grave


Diana

© 2016

Sources

"Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Sunday's Obituary: Ellen Agnes Murray - Sister Mary Columbkill." Moments in Time, A Genealogy Blog: Sunday's Obituary: Ellen Agnes Murray - Sister Mary Columbkill. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Feb. 2016. <http://momentsintimeagenealogyblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/sundays-obituary-ellen-agnes-murray.html>.

"Sr Ellen "Mary Columbkill" Murray (1888 - 1955) - Find A Grave Memorial." Sr Ellen "Mary Columbkill" Murray (1888 - 1955) - Find A Grave Memorial. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Feb. 2016. <http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=murray&GSiman=1&GScid=42241&GRid=100817726&>.

Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday's Photo: Could this be a Murray Family Photo?


I will be going to Ireland soon so will be posting Irish family photos before and after my trip. This photo was an old photo that belonged to my husband's grandparents, William Quinn and Susan Murray. The tape on the top leads me to believe that it came out of the same album as two others that had tape at the top. Both were Murray family photos. Susan's family lived in New Quay (the village of the Burren). Could this be a Murray family photo? 

Diana

© 2016

Friday, February 12, 2016

Friday's Photo: The Criswell School

The Criswell School, Falls County, Texas
I took this photo when visiting the Criswell Cemetery. To learn more, visit the Criswell Cemetery page. 




I've mentioned very little about my Criswell ancestors on this blog. My father, Whit Criswell Bryan, was named for his mother's favorite uncle, Thomas Leroy "Whit" Criswell. Dad's mother was Myrtie Hairston, daughter of Lodema Walker Criswell and Phillip Hairston who met and married in Falls County, Texas.

Lodema was the 6th born of the 13 children of William Moore Criswell and Mary Ann "Polly" Evans who settled in Falls County prior to the Civil War.

I visited the Criswell Cemetery in 2005 where I saw the schoolhouse and burial site of many of my Criswell family members.

While researching the Criswell School, I learned that the original school was built in the Criswell community, a farming community consisting of several hundred residents in the late 1800s and early 1900s. According to an article found at Newspapers.com, the original was rebuilt sometime in the 1920s and that newer building burned on January 28, 1927. The building pictured was said to have been erected soon after the fire.

I don't know the date the original Criswell School was built, but did find mention of Criswell's school house in the adjacent 1874 clipping found at Newspapers.com

A little about the clipping - The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, is a fraternal organization in the United States that encourages the promotion of community and agriculture. Many of these persons listed were children or spouses of the children of William and Mary Ann Criswell. 



Diana

© 2016

Sources

"Criswell Community School Pictures." Criswell Community School Pictures. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~txfalls/School_Photo/School_Pictures_Webpages/CriswellCommunitySchoolPics.htm>.

"Patrons of Husbandry legal definition of Patrons of Husbandry." Patrons of Husbandry legal definition of Patrons of Husbandry. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 Feb. 2016. <http://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/Patrons+of+Husbandry>.