Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Congratulations Grandmother Willie Laura

Willie Laura Homsley
June 21, 1912
Her 18th Birthday

My grandmother, Willie Laura Homsley, my father's mother, married in December of 1912. This was her wedding photo. I made this page in honor of her 18th birthday on June 21, 1912.
 Scrapbook kit by Star Song Studio -

Original belonging to Jean Richards, digital format used, sent to Judith Richards Shubert by Rita Richards  

Copyright 2014: Judith Richards Shubert

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Dr. John Hammersley - England to USA

Garnet Holmes' ancestors seem to have come from a Baptist family from Staffordshire, England. Doctor John Hammersley, believed to be Garnet's paternal great grandfather, was both from Staffordshire and a staunch Baptist. John Hammersley wrote late in life from Martin's Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia, a letter to Rhode Island Baptist leader Nicholas Eyers on July 28, 1742, giving an account of his brethren Baptists in Virginia. A search turns up a Baptist, and Quaker, Homersley family in Staffordshire, England during the mid to late 1600's. It is believed that Doctor John Hammersley came from that family. His last name would have been "Homersley" at birth.

In the article "Early Staffordshire Baptists" in "The Baptist Quarterly Volume XXXVIII", page 201, it states that a Thomas Hammersley of Dilhorne, Staffordshire, England, "emigrated to America where he established a Baptist Church which for some years corresponded with the church in Staffordshire from which he migrated."  Thomas' name was "Homersley" at birth.  He was baptized as an infant on 13 February 1647 in Dilhorne.

The article "Our Public Worship" in "The Baptist Quarterly, Volume VIII 1936-1937" tells of a "Baptist Church at Berry Hill (Staffordshire, England), which, by Professor Mawer of the Place-Name Society, is at last identified as a mile-and-a-half from Stone in Staffordshire..... The (Berry Hill) church changed its name to Stone."  It also tells of "Doctor John Hammersley emigrated to Albemarle Sound, on the Perqimans River at the north of Carolina..... (where) His friends resumed correspondence with the Orthodox General Baptists in 1702, and secured a gift of books to the Carolina settlers, then the sending of Ingram from Southwark to be Elder at a new Stone..."

Since Doctor John Hammersley's friends resumed correspondence with the Orthodox General Baptists in 1702, it is presumed that the new Stone church was the same Baptist Church that Thomas Hammersley established in America years earlier which corresponded with the church (Stone) in Staffordshire from which he migrated.

Paul Palmer, dubbed by many as the father of the Baptist church in North Carolina, preached at the Camden Church in Camden County, North Carolina. This church was built in 1727 and is considered the oldest Baptist church in North Carolina. It's name was later changed to Shiloh Church. But in the article "The Shiloh Baptist Church (NC) 1727-1927" in "North Carolina Baptist History" it says that there were three arms of this (Camden) church at first. One was on the Chowan River, the next was in Perquimans County, and then the Camden (Shiloh) Church. So these three early churches probably met at “meeting houses”.

Benjamin Laker, whom some give the title of father of the Baptist church in North Carolina, rather than Paul Palmer, made his rounds all across the Albemarle Sound area, including Chowan, Perquimans and Camden counties and was widely known there prior to his death in 1702, about the same time that Doctor John Hammersley arrived to the Perquimans River.

It is almost certain that Benjamin Laker knew Thomas Hammersley. It is presumed that this Thomas Hammersley was the father of Doctor John Hammersley, and that the church Thomas Hammersley established upon arrival in America was the church in Perquimans County.

Greg Holmes

This post picked up and shared by #Genealogy News Daily on October 10 and Tweeted by Nancy Hendrickson. I and my cousins, Len and Greg Holmes, author of this post, are thrilled to have our ancestor included in this edition. Thanks so much!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Reposting from 2010: Search for Vinnie Sapp Plumlee

My Sapp family line has not been one that I have spent a lot of time on gathering information, but my posts about them coming into Texas with my Richards ancestors caught a reader’s attention a few weeks ago.

The Sapp / Plumlee descendant wrote to me asking if I had ever seen the name Vinnie Sapp Plumlee pop up in my research. I hadn’t, but promised I would look further into my seemingly “growing” mounds of paper and contact a few others who might have some knowledge of this link.

I enlisted a Richards / Sapp cousin originally from the Shelby County area of Texas where our ancestors moved from Alabama all those long years ago. She has been instrumental in helping me sort out the riddle of names and places that make up our mutual ancestry. She said the name and information given to me by the one searching for Vinnie sounded familiar but she would have to search for her, as well.

Vinnie Sapp Plumlee has been an elusive figure to her granddaughter in that she can’t find her resting place and hasn’t been able to identify her parents.  She wrote,
“Vinnie died at the age of 29 or 30 in Weatherford, Texas, during childbirth. She married my grandfather, Joshua Preston Plumlee, also known by  the nickname Press or Pres who also died in Weatherford in 1956. He was the son of James Preston Plumlee who died in Springtown, Texas. Some ancestry sites have listed my father as being James Preston Plumlee, Jr., but there was not a son born to the elder Plumlee by that name that I know of. I have a picture of my grandfather’s brothers and they coincide with the known sons of the elder James Preston Plumlee.”

Sons of James Preston & Amanda (Blanton) Plumlee
John Taylor, William Harrison, Joseph M. (Joel?), Joshua Preston (Press), Henry Edgar

Joshua Preston "Press" Plumlee
Vinnie D. Sapp

Joshua Preston Plumlee and Vinnie D. Sapp were married on January 1, 1899 and are listed in the 1900 and 1910 census (Parker County, Texas).

The granddaughter who I will refer to as M writes,
“The first children born to Vinnie were twin boys who died. That was around 1900. She later had three daughters and one son, who is my father. My aunt said her mother died in childbirth July 1912 delivering a second set of twins who also died and were buried with her near a big cedar tree in the Springtown Cemetery; but my father told me she was buried in Peaster. I do not know if the second set of twins were boys or girls.”

Besides not being able to find Vinnie’s gravesite, M has not been able to find a death record for her. In her search she did find a death certificate for an unknown female named Plumlee who died April 15, 1911 and is buried in Zion Hill Cemetery in Parker County. As my great-grandparents are buried in Zion Hill, too, I couldn’t help but believe that I’d find a connection there. I travel back and forth to Mineral Wells, just west of Weatherford and Parker County fairly often, fulfilling my appointment as historian of the MWHS 50 Year Club. The next pretty day I vowed to stop and walk through Zion Hill once more.

I posted photographs of all of the Plumlee stones that I found that day on my blog, Cemeteries with Texas Ties, in the hopes that M or another family member might recognize one of them. The post immediately caught the eye of a fellow GeneaBlogger, Debbie Blanton McCoy who writes Blanton Family Roots and Branches. She also is a very busy gal. A retired educator, Debbie has been researching her family for 15 years. Her main family lines are Blanton, Prestridge, Saunders, McAnear and Scarborough.

She wrote,
“I don't see any Plumlee names that match mine. My 2nd great grand aunt, Amanda Susannah Blanton, married James Preston Plumlee about 1861 probably in Parker County. He is there in 1860 in his father's household, but only initials are given, so I don't know the names of his parents or siblings. James was born in 1839 in Carroll County, Arkansas and died in Springtown (Texas) in 1908. I would think that there is a link somewhere to your Plumlees, but I have not followed them back past 1860.”

I put Debbie in touch with M and they are busily finding answers and clues that link their Plumlees; and in their search, I think they are finding answers to some of my questions about the Sapps who came to Parker County.

Plumlee, sons of James Preston & Amanda (Blanton) Plumlee, in digital format 2010, originals belonging to Martha Plumlee Craig.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Ancestry of Garnet Homesley

Ancestry of
Garnet Homesley


Greg  Holmes
Len Holmes

In the year of 1776, with the announced Independence of the American Colonies into a confederation of sovereign states, a yeoman perhaps desiring gentrification named Homesley and his wife bore a son. They named him Garnet Homesley of Cumberland County, Virginia. Little is known of his rural upbringing or his absolute parentage, but recent DNA matches have concluded that it may have been Benjamin Homesley and his life-long loyal wife
Jemima Self.

Recent studies have revealed that Garnet may have been of a Baptist family of colonial Virginia. Revolution in religion, politics and economics are formed by the wealthy as the yeoman and knaves are swept along in the impending floods of ideas and morals. This may be why no christening records are extant due to the faith of the parents. Baptist does not paedobaptize and kept scant records. This is a stark contrast to the highly literate, state run Anglican Church who tracked everyone from birth to death.

DNA tests arise where paper proof is not extant. Wars, famine and fires destroy paper evidence, yet the family’s chemical signature remains a constant through the centuries, never lying often surprising with obtuse answers to the descendants who have sought diligently for facts rather than fantasy in this newest form of genealogy research.

Among the first paper proof found of Garnet Homesley is 1810 with Garnet being about thirty-four. By this time, he is widowed with three sons according to the Warren County Kentucky Census. Being curious genealogy writers, we often ask: “Why is Garnet Homesley in Warren County, Kentucky during 1810?” One possible answer is business; yet, another is family. Being seasoned researchers, we are trained to look at the whole document. The whole document of the 1810 Warren Census reveals the name of Richard Wilmot. This Richard Wilmot may have been Jemima Self Homesley’s mother’s (Jemima Wilmot Shelton Self’s) brother. This leads one to speculate that land transactions from land grants were changing hands in Kentucky and there was money to be made. This seemed to be a life long interest of Garnet’s on his migrations through the American South.

Alas, most of the records of Warren County were destroyed in 1800 and 1864. Through DNA matches we theorize that Garnet’s first wife was Elizabeth Huffstetler, daughter of John Huffstetler and Eve Whisenhunt Eaker Huffstetler Short.

Elizabeth Huffstetler

Born 1780/1782

Lincoln County, North Carolina

There are no records to prove that Elizabeth Huffstetler married Garnet Homesley about 1796 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. DNA strongly suggests that we have a direct match to Garnet with her. At this time in our research and leaving a legacy for future researchers to build, we think this is correct until disproved.

Elizabeth Huffstetler Homesley left not much of a footprint in the world in which she lived and died. It is believed that Elizabeth was born about 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina where so much of the story of this family takes place. One reason why this family ended up in what was formerly Tryon County, North Carolina was that was where the Philadelphia Wagon Road ended from the migration from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. It is also believed that Garnet’s three sons: Elias, Lawson and James, were born in or near Lincoln County, North Carolina, in contradiction to the 1850 US Census, which states that James Holmes was born in South Carolina. Elizabeth perhaps died at James’ birth. The only fact here is that census records are very subjective.

As an interesting note, Elizabeth Huffstetler had a younger brother named Henry Huffstetler who named three of his sons, amongst others, Elias, Lawson and James. This repetitive naming pattern lasted for many years.

Elizabeth Huffstetler’s mother was Eve Whisenhunt Eaker Huffstetler Short. Eve was born about 1742 at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Eve Whisenhunt married Christian Eaker about 1760, their children being born in Anson, Mecklenburg and Tryon Counties, North Carolina. Mecklenburg County was formed from Anson County in 1762. Tryon County was formed from Mecklenburg County in 1768. Tryon County was divided into Rutherford and Lincoln Counties in 1779. So the families moved around in North Carolina probably less often than counties changed names during this period. Eve and Christian Eaker’s children were Barbary born 1761, Catherine born 1764, Peter born 1765, Christian born 1768 and Daniel born 1773.

 It is noted here that Eve and Christian’s daughter, Catherine Eaker, born 1764 married Enoch Parker; and that several of Eve’s family members were in Carroll County, Georgia by 1830. Enoch Parker was also in Carroll County, Georgia by 1830, listed next to Garnet Holmes on the 1830 Federal Census.

Christian Eaker was born about 1724 in Ratzweiler, Alsace, France. He was the son of Hans Peter Eaker 1689-1773 and Veronica Gillman 1689-1741. Hans Peter Eaker is believed to have emigrated from Bern, Switzerland to Pennsylvania aboard the ship “Lydia” in 1741. “Peter Ecker/Eaker, Sr., a shoemaker, and his two sons, Peter, Jr., and Christian Eaker arrived in Philadelphia in 1741. Peter, Sr., was a widower, and he married 2nd Margaret Mary Stutter Holshauser, widow of Jacob, 23 November 1742 Lancaster County, PA.” Peter Eaker and his family traveled to what is now the Lincoln and Gaston Counties area by 1748. Christian left his will on 25 June 1776, his will proved in July 1777 in Tryon County, North Carolina.

Eve married John Huffstetler about 1780 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They had Elizabeth about 1780, and Henry about 1784. Some of Henry’s descendants started going by the last name “Huffstickler”. John Huffstetler was born about 1750 in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Eve and John separated about 1788, Eve staying in Lincoln County and John making his way to Logan County, Kentucky by 1796 where he had fifty acres of land surveyed on 3 August 1796. John died in either Logan or Barren County, Kentucky about 1802/1805. After separating from John Huffstetler, Eve lived with Peter Eaker, her son, for about three years and then moved in with David Short about 1791. It is thought that Eve married David Short after John Huffstetler died, as she and John separated but apparently never legally divorced.

There is an interesting land grant entry in Lincoln County, North Carolina which shows that Garnet Homesley and Elizabeth Huffstetler were neighbors starting about 1791 when Elizabeth, her mother Eve, and her brother Henry moved in with David Short; that is, David Short’s land adjoined the Homesley’s land.

“Grant # 1684, file #2072, Entry #1278, Jan. 23, 1800, Book 112, page 222, for Christian Eaker, fifty acres of land on the Muddy Fork of Buffalow joining David Short on the North side of said creek and Benjamin Homesly’s land. The survey chain bearers were Henry Hufstitler and Enoch Parker.”

Not only does this entry show that Garnet Homesley and Elizabeth Huffstetler, Eve’s daughter, were neighbors in 1796 when we believe the two were married, it names:

Christian Eaker, Eve’s son

David Short, whom Eve lived with starting in about 1791

Benjamin Homesley, Eve’s neighbor

Henry Hufstitler, Eve’s son

Enoch Parker, Eve’s son-in-law

Eve’s parents were John (Johan) Adam Whisenhunt (1719-1784) and Anna Barbara MNU (1721-1801). John Adam Whisenhunt was the son of Phillip Peter Visinand (1684-1744) and Anna Helena Neff (1695-1750). Phillip Peter Visinand was born in Heilsbruck, Edenkoben Germany, and died at Muddy Creek, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Anna Helena Neff was born in Bad Durkheim, Germany and passed away in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Phillip Peter Visinand and Anna Helena Neff departed from Rotterdam, and arrived in Philadelphia with their family aboard the “Snow Lowther” on 14 October 1731.

Eve’s siblings were George Michael Whisenhunt (1734-1815), Margaret Whisenhunt (1738-1800), Phillip Whisenhunt (1738-1791), Catharine Whisenhunt (1741-1810), John Nicholas Whisenhunt (1743-1831), John George Whisenhunt (1749-1833),  and Anna Barbara Whisenhunt (1751-1801).

Garnet’s paternal great grandparents
were possibly
 Dr John Hamersley of Prince George County, Virginia,
Agnes Mosby Binford 1693-1738

The destroyed records of Prince George County, Virginia, as well as other counties in storied old Dominion State paired with the strong genetic matches form hypotheses which in turn equals rationale for the thinking genealogist. Since this is a treatise on possibilities, we will allow the future to judge this rationale.

Who was Dr. John Hamersley?

“The Baptist Quarterly” Volume VIII 1936-1937 page 316
Says Doctor John Hammersley came to Albemarle Sound, on the Perquimans River in North Carolina.
It is assumed that he came from Staffordshire, England.
It is presumed that John Hammersley moved to Prince George County, Virginia, around 1718 as he, Phillip Claude and John Berry proved the will of Richard Pigeon on 10 March 1718 in Prince George County, Virginia. We have yet to find any earlier documentation of John Hammersley in Prince George County, Virginia.

There is a land deed from John White to John Hamersly in Prince George County on 9 September 1718.

Seven court records from 1719 in Prince George County appear concerning John Hammersley.

In 1720, six court records show up. John proved several persons’ wills, and was security for others in 1719/1720.

“The William and Mary Quarterly”, Ser. 1, Vol. 10, No. 4 (July 1903), p. 261: mentions Dr. John Hamersley as security for the will of Nicolas Wyatt.

“The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography” Volume 4, p. 238 mentions Dr. Hamersley is the only medical man noted of the period. Irony takes the stage with his association with Charles Norden, a prominent early Baptist and schoolmaster.

John Hammersley wrote a letter in 1741/1742 to Nicholas Eyers, a Rhode Island Baptist leader, giving an account of the state of Baptist affairs in Virginia.

There is a twenty-two year span, from 1720 court records to 1741/1742 when John wrote the letter to Nicholas Eyers, from which no records have been found concerning Doctor John Hammersley.

Some associated with Doctor John Hammersley include Robert Norden, Matthew Marks*, Matthew’s daughter Sarah Marks* who married Nicholas Robertson*, Benjamin Laker’s daughter, Lydia Blighton Clements and Benjamin Laker’s grandson, William Blighton.

*genetic match

Agnes Mosby Binford (1693-1738)
John Binford (born abt 1687) married Agnes Mosby  (Sep 12, 1719)

Children of Agnes Mosby and John Binford are:
James Binford ( b. 1726), Charles City, VA, USA, (d. 15 Nov 1801), Westmoreland, PA
Agnes Binford, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (06 Jul 1793).
John Binford, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (1717).
Mary Binford Ellyson, b., Prince George, VA, USA, d. (11 Mar 1791)

Evidence of Mosby from Ray Homesley’s Book “Benjamin Homesley and His Descendants”

Page 7 of Ray’s book shows:
(Cumberland County, Virginia, Court Order Book 1758 - 1762)
"Page 151 dated February 25, 1760 shows Ann Homesly, infant daughter of Jane Homesly, with approbation of the court made choice of Stephen Mosby to be her Guardian, who with Jacob Mosby his security, entered into and acknowledged Bond for securing the said Infants' Estate and indemnifying the court."
Jacob Mosby was Agnes’ brother, Stephen was Jacob’s son

Page 7:
"Stephen Mosby, Guardian of Ann Homesly, an orphan, returned an account of the profits of disbursement of said orphan's estate..."
this account included a credit by Joseph Mosby

 Page 7:
"...that all cash due her (Jane) from the said Mr. McLaurine, Micajah Mosby and others might (after funeral charges are paid) be given to her daughter Nancy Homersly..."
Micajah Mosby was a cousin to Agnes

Page 9:
"A list of Vestrymen for Southam^ shows George Carrington*, John Netherland*, Wade Netherland*, Littlebury Mosby*. These men are listed as witnesses to the court orders which bound out Benjamin*, Ann*, and Joseph Homesly."
* genetic match
^St. James Southam Parish has served Goochland, Cumberland, and Powhatan counties
The aforementioned items show that, in Cumberland County, Virginia, there were five Mosby men who came together concerning Jane’s children, the children’s father being a Homersley.

Author, Greg Holmes comments: “I find it astounding to find a related female Mosby (Agnes Mosby) and a male Hamersley (Doctor John Hammersley) living in the same parish three counties away from Cumberland County.” (Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginia

Garnet Homesley's
Great Great Grandparents
Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Henrico, Virginia

In researching the hypothetical trees of the ancestry of Garnet Homesley it became apparent that Garnet’s possible ancestry was one of the heart and soul of the earliest families of the emerging American Colonies.  Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson became icons to me of the colonial spirit. They did not lead virtuous lives, but seemed typically human and fallible persons who loved their families well. To the future researchers who may find these documents useful we are grateful.

The Mosby Family

“Je Le Feray Durant Ma Vie.”   [I Will Endure to the End.]
So it is with many families who immigrated to the Shires of Henrico County, Virginia, some had somewhat aristocratic ancestry and some are unknown to history. The Mosby family’s journey began in the land of the Ancient Planters with the immigration of Edward Mosby (Mosely). The story of his connection to Mosersby Hall in Lancashire is circumspect. With the destruction of the Charles City County it makes it difficult to tie the lines of the Mosby family, adroitly.

What may be recorded for posterity is the birth of Edward Mosby about 1660 in Henrico Shire Colony of Virginia. By 1688 Edward married Sarah Woodson, the daughter of Robert Woodson and Elizabeth Ferris. This marriage is proven by a Deed of gift from her father of Henrico Shire, Virginia in 1689. By 1705, Edward Mosby is on a tax list with 105 acres of land; this is perhaps a wedding present from his father-in-law, Robert Woodson.

As with so many of our proven and unproven ancestors, religious and social dissension follows a pattern though all the ages.

Edward and Sarah Woodson Mosby were Quakers, not Anglicans. Edward Mosby was also a carpenter by trade. Records show that he contributed twenty-five pounds of tobacco to the building fund for a new meetinghouse at Curles Plantation.

Sarah Woodson Mosby died by 1716 and Edward left with small children married Mary Watkins widow of Henry Watkins at the Curles Meeting House and they had no issue from the marriage.

By 1719, the Quaker monthly meetings were at the home of Edward Mosby.

Edward seemed to be plagued with business disappointments. Many of the contracts for buildings and bridges he constructed were delayed for years in being paid for by the persons and county governments who hired Edward. This led to some strains in relations with Edward Mosby. Not only was he not paid by the Quakers, but also he was kicked out of the monthly meeting house for “disorderly walking” on July 25, 1724.

This rule implies not physical walking but not following the “Quakerly path of conduct”. This took the effect of an excommunication. Edward had been a member in good standing for over twenty-five years. He had built two meetinghouses, made coffins for his friends and neighbors. They shunned him for the rest of his life.  This also means that his family, including his wife, did as well. This made the last seventeen years very lonely.

No further records are seen of Edward Mosby.

The records state that Edward Mosby died in 1742. He seemed to have died intestate and his family had mostly moved away. When he died the sheriff ordered that all his lands and possessions are sold with all the money going to the county. 

To show why truth is stronger than fiction: The cost of his burial was forty shillings and that was the same cost that he was not paid by the Quakers for his labors.

An analysis of the family of Edward Mosby and Sara Woodson Mosby
Edward Mosby (1660-1759) married Sarah Woodson (1666- bef 1716)


Child 1
Jacob Mosby (1704-1780) married Susannah Cox (1703-1782) on 1736 at Henrico, Virginia.
Jacob Mosby, of Cumberland Co., guardien of Jacob Mosby the younger an infant, only son and heir-at-law of Stephen Mosby late of said Co., deceased, deed to Poindexter Mosby of same Co. all that tract of land in Cumberland Co. whereon said Jacob Mosby in his life time and the time of his death dwelt containing by estimation 400 acres adj. Revd. Robt. McLaurin Francis G. Steger and Col. Thos. Tabb. Recites that "by decree of the general Court of this Colony bearing date at the Capitol the seventh day of May in the year of our Lord 1764 in a suit in Chancery there pendening in which Alexander Spiers, John Bowman & Company of the City of Glasgow merchants and partners were plaintiffs and Alice Oneder Mosby widow and Administratrix &c of the said Stephen Mosby deceased and the said Jacob Mosby the younger party to these presents his grandfather & guardian defendant it was among other things decreed and ordered that the said Jacob Mosby should sell" .... the tract of land aforesaid. Oct. 22, 1764 , D. B. 3, p. 525.

Child of  Jacob Mosby and Susanna Cox
Stephen Mosby (1732-1763) married Alice Oneder Minor (1737-?)
"Stephen Mosby, Guardian of Ann Homesly, an orphan, returned an account of the profits of disbursement of said orphan's estate..." (Ray Homesley’s Book)
There were at least five other children born to Jacob Mosby and Susannah Cox Mosby. Their listing here would have no bearing on the Homesley analysis.

Child of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Benjamin Mosby (1690-1772) married Mary Poindexter (b?-d?) 1718.
Their third child Littleberry C Mosby(1728-1809)  married Elizabeth Netherland  on 1748.
It is believed that Elizabeth Netherland Mosby was a sister to Vestryman Netherland of Southham Parish who bound out the Homesley children in part to her nephew and neice Stephen Mosby and Alice Minor Mosby. Another child of Littleberry Mosby’s was Mary Ann Mosby (b. 1733-?) who married John Netherland  (Vestryman Netherland.)

Another child of Littlerberry C Mosby, Theodosia Mosby (1742-1790) married Col. Joseph Powell Carrington on 1763 who was a daughter in law of Vestryman George Carrington of Southam Parish.
Child of Edward Mosby and Sarah Woodson
Agnes Mosby Binford marries Dr John Hamersley (Homersley)
They have a son (unknown Homersley)
       This unknown Homesley marries Jane Nance
Around 1759, Jane MNU Homersly came from possibly Prince George County, Virginia to Cumberland County, Virginia. She might have wanted her children, who would soon be orphans, to be in the hands of the better established Church of England. We don’t know much about her life prior to going to Cumberland County, other than her maiden name may have been Nance.
In attempts to establish Jane, last name possibly Nance, in our tree, we turn to the Nance couple from Prince George County who had a daughter named Jane. That couple was John Nance (1695-1762) and Jane Smart (1687-1761). James Smart Sr and James Smart Jr, believed to be cousins of Jane Smart, both were born in Prince George County, Virginia. Both were documented Baptist preachers in South Carolina. Some family members of the Smart family being Baptist, and James Sr and James Jr becoming Baptist preachers, was in “keeping of the company” that Doctor John Hammersley kept.
 Jane Smart* was the daughter of Matthew Smart* born about 1650 and possibly Jane Goodard born about 1654.
John Nance* (1695-1762) was the son of John Nance* (1645-1716) and Sarah Gookings (1670-1716), both of whom were born in Prince George County, Virginia. John had prominent ancestors back in England, and he has a lengthy family tree to be noticed.
In his will, John Nance* (1695-1762) left his daughter Jane a shilling sterling. His will was signed 28 February 1761, and certified in Lunenburg, Virginia  6 July 1762. Jane’s siblings mentioned in her father’s will were John, Thomas, Richard, William, Frederick, Sarah, Phebe, Susannah, Elizabeth and Molly.

*genetic match

In closing, the Holmes cousins have presented what we believe to be solid research and speculation as to exactly who were the generations that preceded Garnet Holmes.  It is our hope that generations to come will take the challenge that this story of our family represents  and enhance or disprove the representations that we have presented as our unique American family.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Grandma Willie's Apron

John Robert Richards, Jr.
Willie Homsley Richards
John Robert "Bob" Richards
Circa 1955-1956

Grandma's Apron

I don't think our kids know what an apron is.

The principal use of Grandma's apron was to protect the dress underneath, because she only had a few, it was easier to wash aprons than dresses and they used less material, but along with that, it served as a potholder for removing hot pans from the oven.

It was wonderful for drying children's tears, and on occasion was even used for cleaning out dirty ears…

From the chicken coop, the apron was used for carrying eggs, fussy chicks, and sometimes half-hatched eggs to be finished in the warming oven.

When company came, those aprons were ideal hiding places for shy kids.

And when the weather was cold grandma wrapped it around her arms.

Those big old aprons wiped many a perspiring brow, bent over the hot wood stove.

Chips and kindling wood were brought into the kitchen in that apron.

From the garden, it carried all sorts of vegetables.

After the peas had been shelled, it carried out the hulls.

In the fall, the apron was used to bring in apples that had fallen from the trees.

When unexpected company drove up the road, it was surprising how much furniture that old apron could dust in a matter of seconds.

When dinner was ready, Grandma walked out onto the porch, waved her apron, and the men-folk knew it was time to come in from the fields to dinner.

It will be a long time before someone invents something that will replace that 'old-time apron' that served so many purposes.


Grandma used to set her hot baked apple pies on the window sill to cool.
Her granddaughters set theirs on the window sill to thaw.
They would go crazy now trying to figure out how many germs were on that apron.

I never caught anything from an apron…But Love.
 (Author Unknown)

The above narrative about "Grandma's Apron" was shared with us by my first cousin and Willie's granddaughter, Teresa Haws Clements. Several of us who were old enough to remember Grandma Richards remember her wearing her aprons. I was hoping to find a better picture, but she seemed to have taken them off when she was asked to be in family photos. Good for her! The tiny photo above was found in Aunt Betty Richards' photos several years ago when Betty was sharing her pictures with me. I scanned them and gave them back to her. This one was obviously loved a lot ~ had many little scratches and discolorations, but I have chosen not to retouch it. At first, I wasn't sure Grandma was wearing an apron; on second and third look, I believe she was. I will let you draw your own conclusion. Uncle Johnny (Aunt Betty's future husband) looks to be around sixteen or seventeen years old to me, making the picture Circa 1955-56. In the 1940 census the family lived in Parker County, Texas.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Family Tribute to ~ Thank You for Your Service ~ SSgt T. C. Cox, KIA 5 December 1943

T. C. Cox and Dorothy Culwell Cox
with their son
T. C. "Skip" Cox
Circa Mid-1942

T. C.and Dorothy were married in Stephenville, Erath Co., Texas
on 20 April 1941 and Skip was born 22 March 1942.
SSgt T. C. Cox KIA 5 December 1943 Mignano, Caserta Province, Campania, Italy

The third T. C., Troy C. Cox, grandson of SSgt T. C. Cox, told me of the path that his grandpa took after joining the Texas National Guard. He joined the Texas National Guard before 25 November 1940, in Stephenville, Texas.

Troy received some information about the last few days his grandfather was with his battalion. A copy of his file card shows:

"...your grandfather joined the Texas National Guard before November 25th 1940. That is the date they were brought into federal service, so his TNG records would be here on post with retained records. It would only cover the time from his enlistment to Nov. 25, 1940. Company D, 142nd Infantry was based in Stephenville, Texas before the war.

It shows a Good Conduct Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Purple Heart. It shows he was KIA on December 5, 1943. From the 142bs Infantry After Action Report for that date. 

" On the 5th of December the Special Service Force reported a strong German counterattack early in the morning on their right flank, which was repulsed.  At 1000 the 1st and 2nd Battalion commanders (company D is 1st battalion) were informed as follows: It is planned to move the 1st Battalion to an assembly area in the vicinity of the southern slope of MT. LA DIFENSA under the cover of darkness tonight with the future mission of relieving the 1st Special Service Force. Company "I" will relieve Company "A". The positions of Company "B" and "C" will be vacated but will be patrolled by the 2nd Battalion.

Information was then received at the Command Post that the British were on Hill 619 and had a company within four hundred yards of the monastery but did not have their objective. At 1840 it was reported that the 1st Special Service Force had taken hill 907 at 2000, due to enemy shelling all wire lines were out to the 1st and 2nd Battalions, ...During the night it was estimated that one hundred forty-five rounds of enemy fire fell on the pack trail and was quite heavy in the valley.”
Lisa Sharik
Deputy Director
Texas Military Forces Museum

From what I’m able to read from the AAR's (After Action Reports) 142nd 1st Battalion was conducting patrol up and down the mountain. Grandpa just missed being relieved by an Italian Brigade according to the AAR's.

From the 1st Bn, 142nd's unit Journal:
At dawn on 3 Dec, the 142nd infantry, the Special Services Force, which was composed of American and Canadian troops, and the British, launched an attack against German positions in the M. Camino Mt. Maggiore hill mass, with the aid of allied artillery, initial objectives were taken and the units participating drove on to further objectives.
4 Dec,
Active patrols were maintained and all units were alerted for a possible German counter-attack against forces on Mt. Maggiore which had driven the enemy from the greater proportion of the hill mass.
5 Dec.
The company "9" outpost line was hit by German patrol at 0300 hours. Company B opened fire and the Germans retaliated with machine pistol and rifle grenade fire. The enemy force was unable to penetrate into the Company B position and quickly withdrew.
On the morning of 5 Dec. Battalion Staff officers were getting instruction regarding relief of their battalions by the 1st Italian Motorized Brigade. Patrols returned from 1st and 3rd BN after making daylight recon of enemy territory with info on machine gun, mortar, artillery emplacements.
6 Dec.
The 1st Italian troops to enter as American Allies relieved the troops on Mt. Lungo that morning, 1st Bn was not relieved until the night of 6 Dec.

Grandpa T. C. was killed on that mountain - Mt. Maggiore on 5 December 1943. "Mt. Maggiore became known as the "million dollar mountain" because of the huge amount of ammunition expended, and artillerymen called the barrage the 'Serenade to Mussolini and Hitler'". For Christmas last year my parents gave me some letters from him to my grandmother Dot and many from her to him that have never been opened since they sent the letters back to her after he was killed. They are still tied together with the ribbon she tied them with before putting them away.  I also have the Western Union Telegram they sent to my grandmother announcing his death.
The day T. C. died, December 5, was a Sunday after the bombings of Mt. Maggiore started on the evening of December 2. This mountain is near the community of Mignano which is about 18-20 miles southeast of Cassino, where they say T. C. was first interred. That cemetery is no longer there, because all U. S. servicemen that were not sent home for burial were moved to a U. S. military cemetery in Florence when they started re-interring the bodies in 1947. The U. S. bodies were brought down the mountain by mules, but the Italian muleskinners would not bring them down, because they thought it was bad luck to lead the mules down with dead bodies on them, so servicemen did it. If Grandpa T. C. had made it home like Mama Dot kept hoping for, the 36th was home in Texas December 1945, it would have been 2 more years of her waiting for him to come home. I think she would have gladly waited.

Staff Sgt 142 Inf 36 Div
World War II
Jan 5 1915 - Dec 5 1945

Johnsville Cemetery
Erath County, Texas

Johnsville Cemetery
Land for cemetery given by T. C.'s Grandparents
Edward and Mary Shaw Cox

Originals belonging to Troy C. Cox, digital format used, sent to Judith Richards Shubert
Personal Family Information, T. C. "Skip" Cox
Personal Family Information, Troy C. Cox
Texas Military Forces Museum,


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