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Friday, October 19, 2018

Ballad of Little Musgrave: Versions

Our Musgrove surname derives from the Musgraves of Cumbira, England. We've blogged about the 'Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnet'; a tale of infidelity, passion and murder.
'The Roud Folk Song Index contains over 300 instances of this ballad, and shows that the ballad has been collected mostly in North America: 113 versions listed in Roud were found in the USA, with the bulk in North Carolina (24), the Virginias (24), Kentucky (23), New England (16) and Tennessee (9). In Canada, 18 versions were found, the majority in Nova Scotia. Scotland produced 9 versions, and England; only 2.'  Wikipedia
In this post we share a variety of musical versions of this song.

The Ballad of Little Musgrave

We've blogged about the Musgrave family's surname; their castles, their treasures and their legacy. We've explored their Border-Reiver heritage.

Ballad of Little Musgrave
Old ruins and the Luck of Edenhall are the physical remains of the Musgrave clan. The Border-Reivers left their legacy on our language with the phrases 'Blackmail' and 'Red Handed.'

But the families living on the border of Scotland and England in the Medieval period are best known for their impact on our music and literature because of their ballads.

This post is about The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnet.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Musgraves: Border Reiver Clan

L to R: Lyndon Johnson,
Richard Nixon and Billy Graham
What do Richard Nixon, Lyndon Jonson, Billy Graham and Neil Armstrong - the first man on the moon - have in common with the Musgroves?

We all come from families along the English/Scottish border. These clans were known as Border-Reivers.
"The Musgraves..., among the fourteen most notorious of the reiving (robbing ed.) clans, were known locally as de’ils (devils) dozen and consisted of the following families:  
Armstrong, Bell, Carleton, Dacre, Elliot, Graham, Johnstone, Kerr, Maxwell, Musgrave, Nixon, Routledge, Scott and Storey." - Wikipedia 
This is their story.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Musgrave: Distinguished Surname

Musgrove Surname


Our name, Musgrove* (see relationship notes below), was originally Musgrave.

"This distinguished surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and a locational name deriving from a pair of villages near Kirkby Stephen in Westmorland, called Great and Little Musgrave." Surname Database

We've previously blogged about the Musgrave men and their castles. This post follows our Musgrove family's journey and what remains of their landmarks.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Elizabeth (Bryan) Musgrove

Elizabeth (Bryan) Musgrove is our third great grandmother* (see relationship notes below). She had three sons: John 'David', Charles and James Musgrove. Her middle child died in 1915.

"Charles 'Charley' H. Musgrove was born in August of 1850 in either Baker or Ware County, Georgia. Charles is thought to be the son of James W. Musgrove and Elizabeth Bryan. He was the grandson of James Bryan (b. 1799) of Bladen County, North Carolina, and the great grandson of William and Sarah Bryan (Vol 5)." 
Folks Huxford "Pioneers of Wiregrass, Georgia" Vol 12, page 350.
This is what we know of her story.

Friday, September 21, 2018

John Collins Meets Larkin Musgrove

Richard Graham Musgrove
1923-2016
Our family history is recorded in Richard Graham Musgrove's book "The American Family Musgrove". In 1993, on page 725 of his book, the author wrote of our family line:

"James Walter Musgrove, Sr. has been reported by descendants to have come from Baker County, Georgia. However, I have been unable to tie him back to one of the many Musgrove families from that area."

Until now, we'd no clue how our family's line became Musgroves. There was no known point of contact between Elizabeth (Bryan) Musgrove - James Walters' supposed wife - and any other known Musgrove.

This post tells the story of a meeting between John Forbes Collins - our third great grandfather* (see relationship notes below) - and Larkin Cuthbert Musgrove of Baker County, Georgia.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Musgroves in War: Letters Home

Melvin Musgrove
Viet Nam 1968
Our last blog was about Joshua John Musgrove and included a letter home  from a Confederate camp in Virginia during the Civil War. Joshua had five young children back at home.

Your humble family historian was an Army brat. My father, Melvin Musgrove, served two tours of duty in Viet Nam. In the days before cellphones and Skype, letters were the only communication between soldiers and their families.

Soldiers deployed in active locations were sometimes barred from writing for months at a time. These times were scary for Mom, though she didn't tell us kids at the time. 
The soldiers also were careful what they wrote home. They usually spared their families the gruesome details. From this perspective we present the entire article by Earl 'Tige' Pickle that contained the very young Joshua John Musgrove's letter home.