Saturday, May 2, 2020

Henry Barkley's Last Will and Testament 1798



Henry Barkley, my 6th great grandfather, is one of my biggest mysteries. I don't know where he came from. I don't know the full name of his wife, Mary. This is truly a brick wall.

Luckily, Henry left a will so I can trace his descendants. In the will, he is referred to as "Hendry" which is the Scottish form of Henry. I don't know if he went by Hendry, or the person writing the will wrote his name as Hendry.

Henry did live in a Scots-Irish community in Rowan County, North Carolina, near Salisbury. The settlers there included Scots-Irish and Scottish settlers. Some came directly from Scotland or Ireland, but most seem to have come from Pennsylvania, traveling along The Great Wagon Road. Henry's daughter, Mary Elizabeth Barkley (my ancestor), married Thomas Cowan who originated in Pennsylvania. The Cowans moved to Pennsylvania from Chirnside, Scotland.


Here is a bit about Henry and Mary's family, and Henry's will.





Saturday, April 25, 2020

Francis E. Stout: Farmer



Many of my ancestors "worked the land." This week, I thought I would take a look at one of these farmers.

Francis E. Stout and his wife Mary E. Pugh Stout were my 3rd Great Grandparents. They were both born in North Carolina and made their way west into Tennessee where they raised a large family of 12 children. 

Here is part of their story:





Sunday, April 19, 2020

Etienne Philippe dit Dulongpré: A Life on the River





Sometimes you hit the genealogical jackpot!

Etienne Philippe dit Dulongpré was my 7th great grandfather. Years ago, I came across his name in books a few times, but I did not realize he was "mine." And, like most people, I had forgotten about everything I read until recently. That's why it's important to review those old sources every so often.

In Margaret Kimball Brown's book, History as they Lived it: A Social History of Prairie du Rocher, Illinois  (Carbondale, Illinois: Southern Illinois University Press, 2005), the author mentions Etienne and tells a bit about his life and of his brother, Michel, who was also one of my direct ancestors. She writes that Etienne, in 1717, was captured by unfriendly Indians while traveling at the Wabash River. He escaped and made his way to the Carolinas. The British took him to Santo Domingo and he eventually found passage back to Louisiana.

What a story! I have yet to look for the sources for that adventure, but I was able to locate a journal written by Diron d'Artaguiette, the Inspector-General of Louisiana. The men traveled together, along with several others, from New Orleans to Kaskaskia/Fort de Chartres (I'm not sure where Dulongpré's journey ended). The trip took awhile, over four months during the fall and winter, 1722-1723. I have included the entire journey in this post, which makes it a long read, but how often do you find a four month span of time in an ancestor's life that had been detailed nearly day for day?  Besides, what else are you going to do when you're stuck at home?

This is also a great history lesson about how people traveled during the early 18th century in very wild and remote areas. The rivers were the highways. In this one post, you get a picture not only of how people were living three hundred years ago, but also of some strange Native American customs.

So, here it is! 

By the way, Margaret Kimball Brown's book is available on Amazon and at many libraries if you think you need a look at it.














































Henry Barkley's Last Will and Testament 1798

Henry Barkley, my 6th great grandfather, is one of my biggest mysteries. I don't know where he came from. I don't know the full ...