I am a new member and am hoping this group will help me out with my
genelogical research. I have been researching avidly since 2003 and have
extended my family line quite a ways, but there a still a few lines that I
have had trouble on. I will try to give you a quick run down of my family
lines and what I know of them (off of the top my head as I do not have the
information at hand at this moment).
On my father's side I have surnames of Ragsdale, Atkins, Rebman, Sickling,
Mizell, Caldwell, and others I cannot remember off the top of my head. The
Ragsdales I have traced back to Godfrey Ragsdale who came to VA somewhere
between 1620 and 1644 when the story is his whole family (except a baby boy)
were killed in the indian attack of that year. The family went from VA, to
NC (maybe), to TN/KY to IL.
The Sicklings we have traced back to George Sickling and Katheryn Bernstein
(sp?) Who came to the US in the 1850s from Germany, They ended up in
Pulaski/Johnson/Union counties IL but I have not found where they came to
the US for sure.
The Mizells we have had a little bit of problems with. At one time we
believed we had traced the family back to a Luke Mizell/Measle who came to
VA in the 1600s as an indentured servant. Yet there seems to now be a
possibility of another group of Mizells coming to NC about the same time
Lukes family moved there, so we have not figured out for sure which line we
are descended from. This family we have in VA/NC (depending on the line), to
TN, KY, and then IL.
The Caldwell family I have been unable to get past my gggggrandparents: John
C and Martha (Pittman) Caldwell. They were married in Calloway County KY or
Williamson County IL. They had atleast a son and daughter (maybe more but I
can't remember for sure). Their daughter was California Monterey Caldwell
and married John Mizell. Family stories has it that Callie was part Indian
and that her mother (Martha) was wither half or fullblooded. We have been
unable to find anything more about this.
On my mother's side we have the surnames of Stubblefield, Johnson, Parker,
Little, Copeland, Ewart, Astin, Hutton, Campbell, Bunker, Stump, and some
others. This is the side that I have had many troubles with.
The Stubblefields I only recently found a line back to England. The first
Stubblefield came to Gloucester Co, Va, then they went to Rockingham Co Va,
then to Calloway Co KY, and then my line moved to Massac Co, IL.
The Copeland/Little/Parker family is all one line of my family. David
Copeland and his son William and family came to VA from Ireland in the
1700s. William and his family moved to TN where his daughter (Sara/Sally)
married Robert Little (I know nothing bout him other than he was from NC and
was a veteran). The family then moved to Johnson/Massac county IL before
1818. Robert and Sara's daughter Jane married William Parker (who later
married her sister Martha/Patsy). I know nothing about him other than family
stories of him being a drunk and gambler that made frequent trips on his
flatboat to New Orleans. On one of these trips he disappeared while his boat
was being pulled by a barge.
My ggrandfather Parker married a Sadie/Sally Ewart from New Jersey. This is
on of the sad stories of my family. Sadie came to Massac County, IL to care
for her ill aunt (Mrs Cigar Jones) in the 1890s. When her aunt died, Sadie
returned to NJ. However Tom Parker followed her back there and the two were
married in 1897 (I believe). The couple had a daughter Mary on December 26,
1899, and Sadie died the following February from complications. Tom would
later marry Josie Berlingame, but they said he never was happy again. He
only married her to care for Mary.
I have some information on the Ewarts but it only goes back a couple
generations from Sadie.
The Astin family I have drawn a blank on. My great grandfather was Roland
Astin. His parents were William and Medora Smith (of whom I know nothing
besides her parents were John O Smith and Rebecca Galman). Williams parents
were George and Louisa (Johnson). I have been unable to find much about
George. I know that he was in the Civil War and his name was spelled Austin
instead of Astin. I have also seen it spelled Aston. I think his parents,
may be Walter/walker and Rutha, but I am unsure.
The Bunkers, Stumps, and Campbells I do not know much about. I only go back
a couple generations on them. If you know anything about them I will be
happy to give you the names that I do have.
One of the biggest mysteries that I have had in my genealogical research
comes from the Johnson family. Three branches of my mother's side comes from
this family but I have been unable to find anything. Here is what I have:
Thomas and Lavina Johnson are in Massac County IL in the 1850 census. They
already have one daughter, and maybe a son. The daughter is Laura (who
married Andrew B. Campbell. They are my 4th great grandparents.). She was
actually a Cherokee Indian who came to IL with the Trail of Tears and was
adopted by Thomas and Lavina. She was only five or six at the time. The son
was George Johnson (who married Cordelia Manley whose daughter Lucy married
Charlie Stubblefield my 2nd great grandparents). Thomas and Lavina Johnson
has another daughter
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