Gathering Leaves is more than just a history of my family. Its original working title was “How I Did It!” Besides all of the detail and footnotes, I hope to convey to the convey to the casual reader my tips and tricks for how anyone with access to the Internet can find their ancestors and connect with long-lost cousins. This began as a labor of … Continue reading Gathering Leaves – The Book
Of late, I have been reading books by Margaret Mitchell and William Faulkner; while at the same time I have been studying the probate records of an ancestor of mine who died intestate 185 years ago. As I am recounting my analysis from said study, I find the need to restrain myself from injecting too much drama into the proceedings laid before me. The ancestor … Continue reading Now That’s What I Call Southern Gothic!
A third cousin on my mother’s side recently contacted me after visiting the Gathering Leaves blog. She and I share the same great-great-grandparents, Richard and Henrietta Bannon. When I was growing up, my grandmother had hanging in her living room two portrait paintings that were created around 1914 by an older cousin. One portrait was of my great, great-grandmother Henrietta and the other portrait was … Continue reading Photograph of Richard Bannon
Joel Chandler Harris, author of Uncle Remus and B’rer Rabbit fame, wrote in his Stories of Georgia , “The Revolutionary War in Georgia developed some very romantic figures, which are known to us rather by tradition than by recorded history.” This recalls one of my ancestors who is associated with a “tradition” surrounding his occupation during the American Revolutionary war. I was introduced to this … Continue reading The Legend of John McMullan
In August 1788, my fifth great grandfather John Dobbs a veteran of the Revolutionary war from North Carolina was awarded a land-grant in the state of Georgia consisting of 67 acres situated in what was then Wilkes County. In 1790, Elbert County was formed from a part of Wilkes County. From that time on, John Dobbs and his adult sons resided in Christian Township Elbert … Continue reading …and Milly, Uxor.
Yet again, I have solved another family history mystery and as usually happens upon solving one mystery, another mystery makes its ghostly presence known. Allow me to present The Case of Dobbs v. Prothro. The Dobbs in this case is David Judson Dobbs (1843-1877), my great, great-grandfather. The Prothro(s) being his brothers-in-law, Wilson and Gustavus Prothro – the brothers of my great, great-grandmother, Martha J. … Continue reading Dobbs v. Prothro
“I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia, the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.” -Martin Luther King, Jr. Slavery has at times been referred to as “peculiar institution” and at times the word “peculiar” was used to imply that the institution was … Continue reading A Peculiar Institution
I am still sifting through little things that I discovered here & there, hither & yon during my recent exploration of 19th newspaper archives. Searching for my late mother’s ancestors in the deep South, I was finding lots of hits for her great, great-grandfather David Dobbs and his son David Judson Dobbs and his grandson James M. Dobbs who all lived in 19th century Georgia. … Continue reading Intriguing Items
Two cousins on my mother’s-side were famous men in the first half of the 20th century, both living in Atlanta, Georgia. One was a sports figure during the silver-age of baseball and the other was an early civil rights activist. John Gordon Dobbs (June 3, 1875 – September 9, 1934) was the grandson of my great, great-grandfather’s eldest brother, he and my grandfather were 2nd … Continue reading Two Dobbs Cousins
First Baptist Church of Marietta It was about 10 years ago that I learned that there was a street in Marietta Georgia that was named after my great, great, great grandfather David Dobbs. It was the other day, when I was going back through my notes, that I realized that I had never bothered to look to see what was on Dobbs Street in Marietta. … Continue reading Milestones & Tombstones
According to the Roster of South Carolina Patriots in the American Revolution, Evan Prothro, my 5th great-grandfather on my mother’s side, was a soldier of the American Revolution. He served in the South Carolina militia during 1781 and was a hog driver during 1782. In those days, long before canning and refrigeration, hog drivers had the task of keeping the army provisioned with livestock. Following … Continue reading Where It All Started…