Thursday, March 2, 2017

Found! The parents of James Bryant

James Bryant has been a brick wall for many years.  First, he does not appear in any census with his parents and secondly, he had real problems making up his mind how old he was.  The person who is probably him in 1880 is listed as age 10, in 1900 his birth month/year is July 1861 and he is 49.  In 1910 he is 37 (so born 1873), in 1920 he is 50 and in 1940 he is 68.  He's not been found yet in 1930.  His death certificate, with information provided by his son-in-law states he was born on 2 July 1873.  He does not appear in the SSDI and having died in 1942, I had always assumed he never had a social security card.  However, it turns out he is in the Social security claims index so I sent for his original SSDI, which gives his date of birth as 2 July 1868 and more importantly, gives his parents as Irving Bryant and Elizabeth Hamlin.

There is no Irving in the 1870 census, but there is I Bryant age 25 with his wife E age 24.  There is no marriage record for them in Crawford county so her surname cannot be confirmed.  They have 3 children, a daughter H.E., age 6, a son C age 7, and a daughter J age 2.  It would be better if names were on here.  There are several errors as to children's sex in this census, so this could be James despite the F.  In 1880, there are no female Bryants who were born about that year, but there are two males, one of whom is James.

In 1880, James is living with John and Sarah Stripling Sandefur.  I am pretty sure this is the correct James since Sarah had a relatively unusual name (Sarah Willie) and he named his oldest daughter that.  He also married John's youngest sister.

Irwin, who is also shown as Ruben Irwin on some family trees, and Elizabeth both disappear from the censuses after 1870, which increases the odds that the apparently orphaned James in 1880 is their child.  More work needs to be done but at least there appears to be a path forward now.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

The children of Tilman Gooch

I know that people have figured out who Tilman Gooch's children were but there was still some variance over birthdates.  Recently I found a Bounty Land application where his youngest daughter applied.  It's rather odd because she claimed on the first document to be his only child - even though her sister Eliza Ann Sutton was one of the witnesses - but then clarified later to explain that she was his only minor child.  The claim could be made by any person who was a minor at the time the law went into effect on 1 Mar 1855, so Mary qualified even though she did not apply until 1883.  One page of the claim lists all the children as follows.  I have tried to keep it true to the original except for adding a line between the children for reading clarity.

Samuel Gooch the oldest child was born on 6th of July 1824.  and now resides at Nimberwill, Lumpkin County Georgia.  Dahlonega PO Add.  [Note in margin:  1st, over age].

Caroline. The second child was born in Rabun County Georgia October 10, 1826 and now resides at Dawson County, Georgia. [Note in margin:  2nd, over age.]

James.  The third child was born in the County of Rabun State of Georgia on the 10th February 1829 and now resides in Gaddistown, Union County Georgia. [Note in margin:  3rd, over age].

And Viney Adaline the 4th child Was born in Rabun County State of Georgia on the 21st of January 1831 and died on or about 1st of December 1864. [Margin note:  4th dead]

Eliza Jane [Second name is written over and may have originally been Anne or corrected to Anne] the 5th child was born in Rabun County State of Georgia Feb 9th 1833 and now resides in Hall County state of Georgia.  [Margin note:  5th over age]

Margaret was born in Rabun County State of Georgia on 18th day of October 1835 and died September 4th 1862.  [Margin note:  6th dead]

Mary the youngest and seventh child was born in Rabun County State of Georgia on the 6th of July 1837. [Margin note:  claimant].