Friday, January 19, 2018

John F and Adelph (Butler) Collins:Part 2

The Clinch County Collins

We blogged about our third great grand-parents*, John and Adelph Collins. They married in Gadsden County, Florida, had two daughters and moved to Baker County, Georgia.
"Sometime after James Sr. died, John F. separated from his wife and lived in common law with Elizabeth Bryan Musgrove and her three sons David John, Charles H. and James Walter." 
American Family Musgrove pg 734 (lge pdf file)

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Calvin Greenberry Washington Parker

Calvin Green Berry Washington Parker

Calvin Greenberry Washington Parker was the second great uncle* of our grandmother, Carrie Mae (Merritt) Musgrove, through her mother, Mary Jane Elizabeth (Williams) Merritt.

Calvin Greenberry Washington Parker
Calvin was the half brother of our third great grandfather, William (Short-Armed Bill) Parker, Jr., whose home was attacked by Indians.

He was the uncle of Sarah Parker who married Allen Raymond Williams. The Parker and Williams family were founding members of the Little Utah Mormon Church.

He was the great-uncle of Mary Jane Elizabeth Williams and he was  the namesake for her brother, Calvin Greenberry Washington Williams. She married the son of a former Union soldier, George, known by his middle name, Henry, Merritt.

Calvin G. W. Parker was also the great uncle of our grandmother, Carrie Mae Merritt, through her father, Henry Merritt.

Friday, January 12, 2018

John Musgrove: Husband of Mary

John and Mary Musgrove: Georgia's First Family

Mary 'Coosaponekeesa' Musgrove

The story of  Mary Musgrove is well known in Georgia History.

"Mary Musgrove served as a cultural liaison between colonial Georgia and her Native American community... .
As Pocahontas was to the Jamestown colony and Sacagawea was to the Lewis and Clark expedition, so was Musgrove to the burgeoning Georgia colony."
New Georgia Encyclopedia

Less is known of her husband's story. This post is about John Musgrove, Jr.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

John Forbes Collins and Adelph Butler: Part 1

John Forbes Collins

Our third great-grandfather*, John Forbes Collins, was born around 1815 in Darien, McIntosh County, Georgia.  

Shortly after the 1820 census (zoomable pdf file), his father, John, sailed the family and twelve slaves  to middle Florida (now Gadsden County) for "The Forbes Purchase".

John Sr. died in 1827.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Laura Janet Musgrove: Spanish Flu

Laura Janet Musgrove

Laura Janet Musgrove
When Laura Janet Musgrove - daughter of John 'David" Musgrove and Elizabeth Arissa Collins - married Phillip Eugene Wildes in 1887, his family had a tragic story.

Phillip's father, John, survived the Wildes family massacre, which occurred during the Second Seminole War
Little did Aunt* Janet know, her new family would also befall tragedy as the result of a war.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Laura Musgrove: Wilde's Family Massacre

John and Laura Janet (Musgrove) Wildes
Spencer and Katie Wildes
Laura Janet Musgrove 

The story is Laura Janet Musgrove - born on November 14, 1868, in Ware County, Georgia to John 'David" Musgrove and Elizabeth Arissa Collins - married Phillip Eugene Wildes in 1887. 

Phillip's father survived when his family was massacred in 1838; two years after the attack on our Grandpa* Parker's house in Berrien County, Georgia

William and Lydia Webb

William and Lydia Webb

George Henry Merrit
The story is the parents of our great grandfather, George 'Henry' Merritt, were a younger former Union soldier and an older Confederate widow named Lydia.

The 1850 U.S. Federal Census

Grandma* Lydia is twenty-three years old on the 1850 Federal census. Married to William Webb, her first child, Rebecca, was born when she was twenty. Her son, William, is an infant. They live near the Okefenokee Swamp. Neither adult could read or write. They farmed, but owned no land nor personal property of value.