Sunday, September 30, 2012

Church Record Sunday - Baptismal Records

When we think of Baptismal Records, we generally think of infants being baptized as is the practice of many.   Although the Church of Christ does not practice baptizing infants, records may be found of others being baptized.  This certificate was given to my mother.  Although it doesn't reveal much information of value in genealogy research, it is an important document and time in her life.  I find it interesting that the certificate was numbered and wonder if W. D. Black or C. W. Hoover was keeping a count of the number they had baptized.

On page 60 of Cherokee Creek Country: A History, a book written by my Aunt, Goldie Conley, she lists some of the baptisms from early records.  Even such limited information as this can help pinpoint where our ancestors were at a given time and document important events in their lives.  Some of the women's maiden names are included in this listing.  I marked my paternal grandmother's name with a asterisk.

Name Baptized by: Date:
Genoa Altizer Sallee Bill Alexander July, 1890
Mrs. W. B. Hart Mr. Lane         1890
Charles A. Whitt J. D. Tant         1890
Mrs. R. L. Estep         1892
Mrs. J. M Coffman         1895
William Daugherty George Cypress         1895
May Altizer George Cypress July, 1896
Mrs. Ida Kuykendall  George Cypress         1896
Cora Barber Thaxton George Cypress         1896
Katie B. Whitt Baxter Golightly         1897
Carroll J. Bowden Mr. McCarty         1898
Mrs. Georgia Hanna W. A. Shultz         1899
Anna Ideus W. A. Shultz June 1900
J. N. Yarbrough Daniel Nelson         1900
Mrs. C. J. Bowden         1901
Mrs. Owen (Ernest)
W. A. Shultz         1902
Mrs. B. R. Daugherty  Mr. Young         1903
Ola Yarbrough J. S. Hall         1903
Margie Daugherty C. R. Nichols         1904
J. P. Sallee C. R. Nichols         1905
Mrs. J. R. Robbins* C. R. Nichols         1905
W. C. White James T. Whitt July, 1905
Mrs. A. B. Hanna Mr. Ledlow         1906
Annie Bailey Mr. Cramer         1906
Mrs. Herman Hiilsmeier          1906
Willie Carter White Mr. Nelson Aug. 1906
Lillie Hext Smith Mr. Posey         1908
Ethel Boultinghouse         1908
Lon Boultinghouse         1909
Mary Long Smith         1909
Jim Smith George Cypress         1909
Beulah Smith         1909

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Treasure Chest Thursday - Robbins Families in Arkansas

What a thrill it was for me discover information about the Robbins families in Arkansas in three past issues of “Madison CountyMusings.”  The biggest find was pages 9 through 25 complied and submitted by Lorine Ames in the 1983 Spring issue (volume II, number 1).  How I regret that I never connected with Lorine during her lifetime, but how grateful I am she published what she had gathered. 
Information new to me on page 11 was, “At Durham, Wash Co.,Ar. where the early Robbins Families settled, there is an old cemetery about 500 yds. east of White River and 1/8 mile north of school building.  Size approx. 60 to 70 lots.  On personal inspection in 1981, the only legible stone inscriptions were of three infants of Robert and Sara Robbins with dates 1844, 1847, and 1849. The only other family names were Maloy.” [sic]  I followed this up with a search on and found the cemetery listed under the name Malloy Cemetery.  Based on Lorine’s information, I added two more infants of Robert and Sara(h) Robbins to the listing and all three infants to my genealogy records.

Four more gems are mentioned on page 12.   The first of these is the “Williams and Hanna Families Manuscripts by David Hanna in State Library, Austin, Texas” [sic].  Naturally I'm planning to go take a look at that information in the near future because those are the surnames of men who "married into" the Robbins families.  They were also neighbors in Arkansas and Texas.  Some research that bears closer study mentions a possible link to Texas Ranger Captain Johnny Williams who donated the land for the Cherokee Hanna Cemetery.  I've already looked at the online catalog on Texas State Library website and found the call number for it.   

The second thing mentioned was the “Estate and Property Settlement of Enos Robbins ca 1860, in Williamson Co., Tx.” [sic]   Since I had not really focused on Enos, I went to the County Clerk's office in Georgetown, and paid a dollar a page for the documents.  I have really enjoyed going through them and of course will be blogging about them in the future.

A third is the McCord Cemetery, which I’ve now located on, “was also known as the Robbins Cemetery and may be found as such on death certificates of the 1920’s.”  The gravestone of Nancy, wife of Richard Robbins, that was still standing, but barely legible at the time of Lorine’s writing, has had a newer stone added that is legible.  Photos of both markers have been included on Nancy’s memorial page.

The very last line on page 12 mentions a book by Lloyd McConnell.  I now know there are several books by him I need to locate.  I also need to visit Madison and Washington Counties in Arkansas!  That lead me to look at the Fayetteville Public Library website.  There I found a Request for Research Form that I filled out and sent with a $15 check to their Grace Keith Genealogical Collection.  I have received a packet of information that includes a copies of
  •  pages from Lloyd McConnell's "The Robbins of Washington County Arkansas",
  •  a newspaper article about the McCord Cemetery,
  •  information about land, deeds, marriage records, and other documents, and
  • pages from the "Flashback", the local genealogical quarterly, with information about the Robbins.

All of this treasure is from the first three pages of Lorine's article.  As I continue studying it, I'm hopeful I'll find even more.  Then there are two more pages of information submitted by Lorine in Vol. 1, No. 4, Winter 1982.  They are about Enos Robbins and his daughter, Lucinda.

Even though these aren't my direct lines, they are part of my Robbins family who came from Washington and Madison Counties in Arkansas to the Milam and Williamson District in Texas.  Finding all of this information makes me feel as though I've struck gold!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Sentimental Sunday - 29 Years Ago Today

Far too many years ago and far too soon, my mother, Iva Mildred Conley Robbins, passed from this life on a Friday night, September 23, 1983. 

When I started writing this, the focus was on the night she died, but I decided to save that for more personal memoirs and write instead about what a wonderful mother I had and a few of my many memories of her life because she was such a loving person and loved her family so dearly.  She would do everything she could ahead of time so she would have as much time as possible to spend with her grandchildren when they visited.

She loved to cook and sew for us and she excelled at both.  The family has many precious memories about those talents.  We loved her homemade rolls and her cooking in general.  She remembered everyone's favorite dessert.  When I had a friend spend the night with me she would drive us crazy as teenagers listing all the choices for breakfast, but it just wasn't cool to eat breakfast, so we would usually decline.  She made delicious jellies and jams which is one of her talents I have never attempted.  I will never be as talented at cooking or needlework as she.

Her love of flowers is something I also share, but absolutely do not have the green thumb she had.  Unfortunately I didn't think to dig up the lily she got from her Aunt Violet's yard or the spider lilies that bloomed by our front steps in Abilene before Daddy sold the house.  When I choose something red or pink, especially in flowers, I think of her because she loved those colors.
Now it warms my heart to see pictures of flowers blooming in my daughter's flower beds.  I am certain she must have inherited that love from both of her grandmothers, but it saddens me that she does not really remember her Grandma and how they were so very close.  She even insisted she had to have a "night, night cap" because her Grandma wore one.  (Sitting in a rocking chair with her feet propped on a stool while watching TV was more likely her Grandpas' influence.  These pictures were both taken in 1982 while she  had a black eye from a fall.)

Since it is September, and the month for the  West Texas Fair in Abilene, I want to include this memory.  Mother's Uncle Will Conley gave her an apple tree he grafted just for her.  She planted it in the back of our house, but when we added on to the house the tree was literally at the back door steps.  Since it was precious to her, Daddy cut a hole for the tree so it was growing up through the roof he built around it between the back porch and carport.  Mother would climb up a ladder to get on the roof and tie little bags made from scraps of netting around the apples so they would drop in the bags and not bruise.  The bags also kept insects from damaging the apples so many of them were flawless.  For several years she won first prize for her apples at the fair and was pleased she had beaten others who had professional gardeners.  It always amused me that she used one of the first place ribbons as a bookmark in her Bible.  How I wish we had taken a picture of that tree with the various colors of netting tied in it, but I do have at least two of the blue ribbons.  Only the "back yard neighbors" knew the secret of her beautiful prize winning apples and the reason the tree was adorned with colorful balls of netting.

Two more things so dear to me are memories of her humming as she worked in the kitchen and how she loved opening the blinds each morning to greet a new day.  Rarely does a day go by without me smiling and remembering her as I open the blinds in my home.  

 Packed away in one of my many boxes, I have the 1983 calendar that hung on Mother and Daddy's wall.  Some time after her death, Daddy filled the square for the 23rd of September with black.  It broke my heart when I saw it.  Obviously this date still holds some sadness for me, but I am so thankful she was my mother and that I have so many happy memories of her that continue to comfort and inspire me.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Amanuensis Monday - The Will of Richard Robbins

I have transcribed this without indicating obvious errors except in two instances.  I have tried to replicate the spacing and have ended each line where it ends on the original for easier comparisons.  My plan is to follow this up with some excerpts from the probate records and discussion of the documents.

Washington County, Arkansas - Will Book A-B, Pages 28-29

Will of Richard Robbins                                                     Old A 38
  In the name of God.  Amen. 
  I, Richard Robbins being merely debilitated in body
but of a sound and disposing mind and memory do
make and publish this my last will and testimony
and wish it to be remembered by all as such.
First, I wish my body incased in a plain......
Second, I wish my persable property soled and the money
colected and all my just debts paid.  I do give to
my beloved wife Nancy Richards, and Lizebeth &
George & James and after all just debts is paid
I wish those above stated to retain the balance of
my estate & should my beloved wife Nancy marry
I want her to have a childs’ part & should schee
remain single              I want my three little children
and my daughter that is above named
in the will to take all that is left, and I do
apint my sons Enos and Aaron the executors to my
last will and testament, and I want them to at to
dividing the property equal between the above named
heirs, and I wish it to be understood by all. 
  In testimony where of I have herunto set
my hand and seal this 12th day of November
1844               Richard          X         Robbins   Seal
Witnesses: Evan Williams, Stewart Carlile. 
I Evan Williams        Signed the testators name
at his request.

State of Arkansas,
County of Washington. 
Be it remembered that on this
23d day of November AD 1844 before me J.C. Pittman
Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex officio Clerk of the
Court of Probate within and for the County of
Washington aforesaid came Evan Williams and
Stewart Carlile in proper persons to me personally
[page 29]
known and after being by me duly sworn stated
that Richard Robins, the testator to the foregoing
will authorized Evan Williams one of the subscribing
witnesses to the same to assign his name, and that
the said testator then in in [sic] the presents [sic] of both the
subscribing witnesses made his mark with his own
hand, that at the time of making such mark
he declared to them that the said instrument was
his will and testament  that each of them signed
his name as a witness at the end of said instrument
or will at the request of the said Richard Robins
and that to the best of their knowledge and belief
the said Richard Robins at the time he made his
mark and acknowledged the said instrument to be
his will and testament. 
Evan Williams  =  Stewart Carlile  
Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and date
above written
J.C. Pittman   Clerk. 
In testimony wherof I, JC Pittman   Clerk of
said Court of probate have hereunto set my
hand and affixed the seal of said Court at office
this 23d day of November AD 1844. 
 J. C. Pittman   Clerk.