Sunday, March 29, 2015

Aunt Mary Johnson at the Vaile Mansion Tea Party.....

when we were kids, she had dress up outfits for us when we would visit....she even gave Katie some dress up clothes when she was little....Aunt Mary loves to dress for her part at The Vaile!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

this sure reminds me of my dad...

typed manuscript: James Maxwell

Early American records show James Maxwell being of Scotch Irish heritage and coming to America in the early eighteenth century. Records indicate his birth date being ca(1745-50) in Ulster, Ireland; thence coming to America, and first settling in Augusta, Pennsylvania where he married a Jane Roberts ca. (1765-70). From Augusta, Pennsylvania he moved to Washington, Wythe and Botetourt counties in Virginia. Because of county boundary changes his location in ca (1771-72) became Tazewell Co. Virginia.
James was actively involved in the Revolutionary War, and is referred to as Captain or Major. It was during this time his two young daughters were killed by the Indians. He was the first Sheriff of Tazewell, Virginia, and the first to sign a petition to form Tazewell County from surrounding counties.
James Maxwell b. (ca1745-50) m (ca 1765-70) a, (27MW 1821).
James and Jane Roberts Maxwell are both buried in Tazewell, Va. No dates available of Jane Roberts Maxwell.
checked for James Maxwell in Tazewell Co, VA. no luck there. deb
*I. JAMES & JANE ROBERTS MAXWELL were the parents of :
1. William
2. Elizabeth--m. Henry Marrs
3. John
4. Mary
5. Margaret (Peggy) b. (1776 Montgomery Co. Va.) m. (David Whitley 24 Jan 1797-Washington Co Va.) d. (19 Dec 1851)
6. Mattie killed by Indians in Montgomery Co, Va. now Tazewell Co, Va.
7. Jeanie {deb: is this a typo? everywhere else she is Jennie?} killed by Indians in Montgomery Co, Va. now Tazewell Co, Va.
8. Robert m. Mary Maxwell
9. James Maxwell b(1780) m (Mary Witten 25 April 1804 Tazewell Co Va.) d (1866). Mary Witten was the daughter of Jerimiah and Sarah Witten.
10. Nancy m. (Paul Whitley 10 June 1801 Tazewell Co Va)
11. Jane m. (John Maxwell 8 Jan. 1809)
*II. William James Maxwell was the ninth child of James and Jane Maxwell was b (1780) d. (1866). James was m (25 April 1804 Tazewell Co.) to Mary Witten b(1780) d (1873).
JAMES AND MARY WITTEN MAXWELL were the parents of:
*1. Witten Maxwell b. (1805) m (4 March 1827) to Alice Creswell b (Tues. 19 Nov 1805) d (1866) Witten Maxwell being the first child of James and Mary Witten Maxwell was given his mother's maiden name as was common in those days.
2. Robert Maxwell b (1807) m. (Margaret Bates)
3. Sallie (Susan) m. (Montraville Steele)
4. James Maxwell
5. Margaret Maxwell
Witten and Alice were the parents of:
1. Susy C. Maxwell b (12 May 1828)
*2. James C. Maxwell b (17 Dec 1829)
3. Mary Jane Maxwell b (26 Dec 1832)
4. Henry Evans Maxwell b (4 June 1835)
5. Frank M. Maxwell
James C Maxwell -or perhaps James Creswell Maxwell, because of his mother's maiden name; however all his legal papers are signed James C. Maxwell. He was b (17 Dec 1829) m (2 Aug 1867) d (16 May 1925). James C. Maxwell was born in Tazewell County, Virginia; and according to military records he enlisted in the Confederate Army Company A, 45th Virginia Inf. 5/29/1861; records show his being sick 9/61 and a POW 9/19/64. He was released from service 6/1/65.
The Virginia census lists James C Maxwell's occupation as a saddler. The story as related to his son Thomas Witten Maxwell was, that his father James C. Maxwell fought during the Civil War; and upon his release his saddle or repair shop was or had been vandalized because of the sentiment in those days; so he came to Missouri. Dates show his dismissal from service being 6/1/65, and his purchase of 40 acres in Harrison County Missouri in the fall of 1866. His marriage to Minerva Creswell in 1867 after he arrived in Missouri.
He was said to have left Virginia and come to a Creswell family in Patterson, Iowa; then migrated to Harrison County Missouri. Minerva Creswell b (Tues. 31 July 1838) m (1867 Harrison County Mo) d (26 Feb 1878) with the birth of twins: a boy and a girl.
James C. Maxwell kept his family together with the help of his inlaws (The Creswells) who lived nearby until (4 March 1881) when he married Harriet Hughs {deb: Hughes, I think} Harrison who died (21 Feb 1911) James C. Maxwell d (16 May 1925.)
There was little or no communication from the Maxwell's in Missouri to the Maxwell's in Virginia; therefore the decendents of James C. Maxwell know of the Virginia Maxwell's only through records.
1. John Henry b (1 Oct 1869) m (27 March 1899) Josephine Quigley m (2nd marriage,no dates). Josephine Maxwell d (4 March 1925). John Henry d (25 Feb 1948) John Henry and Josephine Quigley Maxwell were the parents of:
1. James Franklin b (4 Aug 1903) d (1952) two marriages, the second to Opal Ray (23 July 1950) killed in car accident, no children.
2. infant child buried in Cat Creek Cemetery, Harrison County, Missouri.
{deb: google search turned up this have to buy a subscription link: this isn't worth $69 a year to me, because I'll forget to cancel after the 7 day free trial...sigh... The Kansas City Times from Kansas City, Missouri · Page 11 SEPTEMBER 29. 1952. A DAY FOR MOTOR BOATS BUT JUDGE RANDALL HAS TO .... CRASH KILLS A DRIVER, Frank Maxwell, Gilman City. ... (AP)— Frank Maxwell, Gilman City, died in the wreckage of his motor car this afternoon a short ..
September 29, 1952 The Kansas City Times from Kansas City, Missouri · Page 11 Publication: The Kansas City Times iLocation: Kansas City, MissouriIssue Date: Monday, September 29, 1952Page: Page 11View full page

I'm blogging the Aunt Minerva stuff Mom gave me.....our great aunt was a teacher and a farmer....and look what she wrote her genealogy research notes on! made me smile!

esp. the deficiency report....was she researching at school....or did she just carry these about with her in case she felt the need to write one???
handwritten note VIRGINIA 1860 CENSUS TAZEWELL CO.
Witten Maxwell-55-M-farmer (check out) b. date 1805
Alice Maxwell 54-F-b date 1806
Mary J. Maxwell -25-F- b date 1835
James C. Maxwell-29-M-Saddler
*check out*
Register of Marriage Tazewell Co. VA
1878-Oct. 3- Tazewell Co. Witten Maxwell - Sally Carter
huaband: 73 years of age
wife: was 48 yrs. of age
husband: widowed
wife: single
both from Tazewell Co.
husbands parents: Jas. & Polly Maxwell.
wife parents: no info
wife: no info
husband: mechanic
marriage preformed by W.B. Oney
Thomas Witten Maxwell
father: James C. Maxwell
mother: Minerva Creswell
children were 5- 3 boys and 2 girls.
father- Witten Maxwell
mother- Alice Creswell
children were:
1. Susy C. Maxwell b. (MON) May 12 1828
2. James C. Maxwell (Grandpa) b. (MON) Dec 17 1829
3. Mary Jane Maxwell b. (WED) Dec 26 1832
4. Henry Maxwell b. (TUES) June 4 1835
Witten Maxwell born 1805-killed by train 89 yrs. old. married Alice Criswell
father: James Maxwell
mother: Mary Witten
children: James C., Susan, Henry, Evans, Mary G. and Frances M.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

googling for info on the Witten Maxwell being killed by train near Pisgah, VA.....

found this page.....
and this:

handwritten notes by Great Aunt Minerva:

Vol I-Annals of Tazewell Co., Virg. 8/13/87
p#169 James Maxwell qualified as Sheriff First Court of Tazwell Co-June 180_
p#175-(1800-1801) James Maxwell Sheriff of County.
p#437-438 Thomas Maxwell killed by Shawanoe Indians-had on white hunting shirt-requested to remove it-refused-Indians attack killing Maxwell (in pursuit of Indians who had attack Thomas English family) (Burke Garden-Wolf Creek Gap) (1787)
p#24 Colonel James Maxwell settled on Clinch in 1772-lived there until 1784-during that time two daughters were killed by Indians.
p#259 - December term-William H. Maxwell qualified to practice law in this court (1851)
Send for Revolutionary War Records-form to fill out. Washington D.C. ask for additional form. SAS)
Jewett Norris Library p#1 8/13/87
Boone County Iowa Gen. Society , 423 Benton St, Boone, IA. Biblo of material available.
William H Lees, 227 Clinton St, Boone, IA. 50036 (929.2 Maxwell, William -ancestors.)
Grundy Co. Hist.- Birdsall Dean p#376 W.M. Maxwell Depot Agent Trenton (1881-July) Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad Depot burned Aug 25th 1881 p#376 p#407 W.M. Maxwell recorder, Trenton Lodge #21 (A.O.U.W.)
Index of Land Purchases (U.S. Land Sale in Mo. 1818-1837)
Catharine 531
Ele y 459
James 548
Joseph 311-538
/blockquote>Maxwell, Wyatt 319
MO Archives Jackson E Springfield
p#411 John Maxwell, Thomas Maxwell citizens of Tazewell Co posted as citizens in these forts (Burks Garden) probably Volunteer Fort. John Maxwell chose as spy for this group (Time 1776)
Pat Surface 1-703-988-3581
#1. Review Cara Bertrams D.A.R. papers-I'm sure the James mentioned there and in the James will is the same James that married Mary Witten-also did you notice on the back one of the typed sheets she mentions that James an Jane are buried outside the fence of the Crockett place-headstones destroyed.
#2.According to Creswell bible records Alice Creswell was born Tuesday-19 Nov. 1805- and that Alice Creswell married Witten Maxwell-4 March 1827. Children born to Alice Creswell & Witten Maxwell are:
#1. Suzy C. Maxwell -12 May 1828-
*#2. James C. Maxwell -17 Dec 1829-
#3. Mary Jane Maxwell -26 Dec 1832-
#4. Henry Maxwell - 4 June 1835-
#5. Frank - no record- some places indicate his name may be Evans Frank.
* there are no death dates mentioned.
Deed Book 15- p. 245 (29 Sept 1873) 200.00 (labor?)
-Black MAre- 4 hd canes & looam-
-would have been his daughter
1860 Tazewell Co. Census # 1255-
Witten Maxwell-55-farmer born in Va.
Alice Maxwell -54
Mary J. Maxwell-25-according to Creswell records she would have been 28- (Close)
41 years old and her name was still Maxwell.
Witten Maxwell was born 1805 or 1804.
1860 & 1880 Census dates figure out right. Alice Creswell had to die between 1860-1878-wonder why Witten was making a deed to his daughter in 1873.
wonder if Mary Jane Maxwell daughter of Witten Maxwell ever married-evidently not-Francie Maxwell 1880 lists Jane as sister 50.
I suspect Witten Maxwells real name was William Witten Maxwell (Harmon's Annals)
Mary Fields-Annals of Tazewell says Witten Maxwell was born in 1805. married Alice Creswell had 5 children. James C.- Susan, Henry Evans-Mary G. could be J. and Frances M.
Mary F. says James d. 1866, Mary d. 1873
Witten Maxwell killed by railroad train-Pisgah Tazwell-89th year.
1860 Tazewell Co VA Henry Maxwell-23 M. Carder Va.
One Maxwell married a William Marrs-they may have been living with his sister Sally. p.142
1850 Census Tazewell Co. Va.
James Maxwell-68 years-wagon maker
Ailsey Maxwell -45-
Susana Maxwell -22-
James Maxwell -20- farmer
Jane Maxwell -16-
Henry Maxwell -15-
Francis Maxwell -13-
Death Records Tazewell Co- Thurman Wilson & Ruth Wilson
James Maxwell W/M
Jane - 80 yrs old-Clinch- old age 1868
1870 Censys Tazewell Co Va.
Witten Maxwsell b date 1804-66-M-W- TN-farmer
Alice-Alsie-65-F- W- VA b date 1805
MAry J -30-F-W-VA-b date 1840 -at home

letter from Bertie

This is the material Mary sent me she numbered the pages but no page 6 was never in the material sent-probably an error in numbering. There is also a separate sheet, eight in all.
As you will note, lots of incorrect names & spellings, but for someone her age spending days copying information without her glasses was a labor of love for her family.
deb'snote: I love this line: I know I have made many mistakes in transcription, but it is a labor of love, right or wrong!)
:Look through and see what you think Minerva, I want the information back after you're through with it. I didn't attempt to xerox. I'm sure it is much of the information you have.
Enclosed sheets for you and Grace Willa Peery, Mildred Creswell Fulkerson and Henry Fulkerson 's wifes obit. You'll never know from obit who she really was. When I saw Willa at Historical Bldg in 1990 she said this was Henry's wife. Note in Mildred's bio that neither Wilbur or Henry were even mentioned.(?I think? I can't criticize, because I have the worlds worst handwriting, but I also have trouble reading handwriting some days.... deb)
I believe Wilbur was a MD. Don't know where he lived. If a family depended on newspaper obits, they would lack information.
Then, too, I believe it is Adda Lena instead of Addalena. I had her in Cole School-8th grade. She was a fun young person & bright as a dollar. I recall when kids were preparing to take state exams to graduate from 8th grade, they were all studying & reviewing so hard. I even went to school Sat. mornings so we could review & study.
She had trouble remembering how to spell Alfalfa-suddenly she said, "I've got it-I'll say Adda Lena Fulkerson, Adda Lean Fulkerson, Adda-just take my initials. "
deb's note: how cool of a memory is this? honestly! I am proud that my son is carrying on the Maxwell family tradition of school teaching....Great Aunt Minerva would be proud, as well!
I may be wrong, but I do recall that incident vividly. Can't find any of those old school pictures-do don't remember for sure. Spelling makes sense either way, I guess.

letter from Eva

Dear Minerva
I cut out this article, no big deal, but I tell Marsha I rather live in the past. It's been so long since I've been to Winona & don't remember much but one time sat in the car while Leland walked around & I think he went inside a store & visited awhile. I don't know if it was this one or not, of course, but I believe the one he went into was where his Aunt Nan & grandmother had worked.
This weather is so changeable its hard to cope. When its too cold & snowy I stay inside, like to get my car out to keep the battery up.
Im sure I can't tell you a think about lonely-so I won't.
Lester Aude keeps pretty good tabs on you. Some thin must have happened to him his items aren't nearly so long.
Well, I'll stop rambling. Take Care. Love to you. Eva.
and here's the newspaper article she enclosed:
Music keeps the door open. WINONA, Mo.
An aged, two-story stone building on the west side of Winona's square has a sign saying exactly what it once was:
"The Ozark Store."
Indeed. What's here is the genuine article.
The second word-Ozark-has been overused and misappropriated for years. Ozark anymore is a gleaming fast food joint along U.S. 54 near Osage Beach, Mo. Ozark is anything around Branson. Why there's even an Ozark Road in a hilly section in Kansas City.
But hereabouts is the real McCoy-places like Eminence and Greer, Wilderness and Peace Valley. Signs pushing pottery and walnut bowls don't appear every 500 feet, leastways on state routes. Logging and cow-calf operations, not tourism, are how most make a living.
So The Ozark Store fits. It's a spare, no-nonsense structure, plain and solid. Fancy it ain't.
Not so long ago it was empty, another casualty in the depopulation of rural America.
Before that Raymond George sold furniture out of it. One of George's predecessors had groceries and pumped Red Crown gasoline.
Around 1900 the edifice housed the Church & Bolch General Store, old pictures of which show an interior literally crammed to the ceiling with merchandise.
A hint of the old store's vibrancy is still on the north wall-faded yellow letters saying : "General Merchants." Church & Bolch carried just about everything.
Underneath, in smaller letters, is a warning: "Post No Bills," meaning Church & Bolch wanted no truck with anybody pasting advertising broadsides on their building. Broadsides used to be a big deal before weekly shoppers, radio and cable.
The prohibition on posting bills indicates that the store, back when this town of 1,000 plus souls was double that because of logging, was a busy place.
One can almost see the spring wagons and horses filling the square on Saturdays, and the crowds who'd come to buy their flour and sugar, do their business, visit with neighbors from the next ridge.
Of course, all that was a long time ago.
Still, come here on the first Saturday of each month and a little of the old ways still reverberate from, of all places, The Ozark Store.
"We open for a jam session at noon but most people are here by 9," says Judy Taylor, who along with her husband-logger and minister Archie Taylor-has converted the old store into Strings and Things, a shop catering to Ozark musicians. They sell guitars, banjos, fiddles, mandolins and accessories.
"Electric instruments?" asks Judy. "Haven't had much of a call. That kind of music isn't real big down here."
What you hear, says Judy, is picking and strumming, bluegrass and gospel. Somehow, she says, the new country and western music, now often sounding like the cacophony of hard rock, has bypassed this place.
"People here want to play their instruments, not plug them in," Judy says. "When we have the jam sessions, people just pile in here-all the way from Kentucky."
Which pleases Judy, 47, and Archie, 50, no end. They and their teen-age daughter and son, Kelley and Buzz, pick up their instruments and join in.
A group of people, a family, and an old building.
Somehow, that's sort of neat.
article by James J. Fisher
(I love newspaper clippings, what you read and save says something about you, I think. and I really enjoyed this article that Eva saved from an unknown newspaper....deb

pictures from Bertie

June 1991 DeAnna, Karen, & Adam, triplets Mark, Jay, & Steven Phillipe
Lois, Vernon, & Bertie July 15 1992 just returned from a boat trip on the Mississippi River.
The fourth of July 1993 Downtown Edmonds, Wa. watching the parade. Mike, Edith, & Vernon, Michael, Ingrid, Edith (blue sweater). Vernon 90 +

Friday, March 20, 2015

found Vernon Utterback on
Birth: Jun. 13, 1903 Harrison County Missouri, USA Death: Jul. 7, 1994 Davenport Scott County Iowa, USA
Vernon E. Utterback, 91, died July 7 at Mercy-Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa. Funeral services in celebration of his life were held July 12 at the El Bethel Assembly of God in Davenport. Burial was in Davenport Memorial Park. Mr. Utterback was born June 13, 1903 in Harrison County, Mo. He spent his early years in Grundy County, and over the last 55 years lived in Iowa. He attended Brimson schools and was graduated from the high school. He was married to Marsha Ingraham in 1960. Mr. Utterback retired in 1972. Survivors include sisters, Lorene Pederson of Hillsboro, Ore., Roberta Utterback of Columbus, Ohio, and Lois Beal of Greenville, Mich.; sister-in-law Gladys Utterback of Liberty; stepdaughters, Ruth Carraher and Verona Potter, and stepsons, David, Daniel, and Joseph Hodges, all of Davenport,; nieces, Karen Utterback and DeAnna Phillipe; nephews, Mark and Michael Pederson and Victor Beal; great-nices Nora, Edith, and Ingrid Pederson; great-nephews, Michael Pederson and Jay, Steven, Mark, and Adam Phillipe; several cousins and many friends. Mr. Utterback was preceded in death by his wife, Marsha; his parents, Bart and Emma Maxwell Utterback; brother, Harmon Utterback; and sisters, Marie Utterback Dority and Colleen Utterback.
Sister, Marie Ellen Utterback Dority, Find A Grave Memorial# 8913513
Brother, Harmon M. Utterback, Find A Grave Memorial# 110334449
Family links:
Parents: John William Barton Utterback (1870 - 1961) Emma Mary Maxwell Utterback (1875 - 1963)
Siblings: Vernon E. Utterback (1903 - 1994) Infant Utterback (1905 - 1905)* Colleen May Utterback (1910 - 1911)* Roberta F. Utterback (1914 - 2006)* *Calculated relationship
Burial: Davenport Memorial Park Davenport Scott County Iowa, USA
Created by: Chuck Shaw Record added: Jan 26, 2015 Find A Grave Memorial# 141804833

Vernon E. Utterback

Vernon E. Utterback, age 91, died July 7th at the Mercy-Genesis Hospital in Davenport, Iowa.
Born in Harrison County, Missouri June 13, 1903, spent his early years in Grundy County and over the last 55 years lived in Iowa. Attended the Brimson schools and was graduated from the High School. He was married to Marsha Ingraham in 1960.. He retired in 1972.
He was preceded in death by his wife Marsha; his parents Bart and Emma Utterback; sisters, Marie Utterback Dority and Colleen Utterback. Survived by sisters, Lorene Pederson, Hillsoboro, OR; Roberta Utterback, Columbus, OH. Lois Beal, Greenville, MI; sister-in-law, Gladys Utterback, Liberty, MO; step-daughters, Ruth Carraher and Verona Potter. step-sons, David, Daniel, and Joseph Hodges all of Davenport, IA. Nieces Karen Utterback and DeAnna Phillipe. nephews, Mark and Michael Pederson and Victor Beal. Great nieces Nora, Edith, and Ingrid Pederson; great nephews Michael Pederson, Jay, Steven, Mark, and Adam Phillipe, several cousins and many friends.
Funeral services in celebration of his life were held July 12th at The El Bethel Assembly of God Church in Davenport, Iowa. Burial was in the Davenport Memorial Park.
from the aunt Minerva collection.....the Trenton Republican Times obituary July 18, 1994, a poem "Climbing" 'found pinned on top of all rememberances Mother saved of all relatives, friends, and neighbors-beginning with Grandpa Utterback June 1920. I found it a lovely expression about life & had it reprinted for all of us. Bertie', and a picture of Vernon.

X-16. Indian-Settler Conflicts: Bus. Rt. 19 two miles west of Tazewell. Nearby to the south, an early conflict occurred in the upper Clinch River Valley, when Indians attacked and killed John Henry, his wife and their children on 8 September 1774. Additional conflicts took place during this period, including a March 1782 Indian attack on the house of James Maxwell that killed two of his daughters.

The Maxwell Family

On account of the prominent part the Maxwells performed during the pioneer settlement of Tazewell County, as well as the positions of honor later occupied by their descendants, our space here is too limited to undertake a history of the family. The reader is refered to Pendleton's History of Tazewell County, published in 1920, for many statements therein concerning various members of the family, and especially reference is here made to pages 342-343 for a condensed statement. In Volume I, Annals of Tazewell County the readers will find frequent references to members of the family. Therefore, only a brief outline of the genealogy of the family will be herein noted. (see also pp. 374-379 of this volume.)
James Maxwell, of Scotch-Irish descent, came from Ulster, Ireland to Pennsylvania, and settled there in the early part of the eighteenth century. He married a Miss Roberts, and moved to Augusta County, Virginia (now Rockbridge Co.). He had three sons: Thomas, James, and Robert. Thomas and James settled on Bluestone, and Robert on Plum Creek in Tazewell County about 1771 or 1772. Thomas was a noted Indian fighter and a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was in the battle of King's Mountain.
google search King's Mountain: The Battle of Kings Mountain lasted 65 minutes.[43] The Loyalists suffered 290 killed, 163 wounded, and 668 taken prisoner. The Patriot militia suffered 29 killed and 58 wounded. Kings Mountain was a pivotal moment in the history of the American Revolution. In 1931, the Congress of the United States created the Kings Mountain National Military Park at the site of the battle. The park headquarters is in Blacksburg, South Carolina, and hosts hundreds of thousands of people each year
(okay, back to Thomas.)
Was made Captain of Militia of Washington County, and was killed by the Indians at Maxwell's Gap while taking part in the rescue of the wife and children of Thomas Ingles, who had been made captives in Burke's Garden by a band of Shawnee Indians. James Maxwell was a soldier and Indian scout in 1774, and was later a soldier in the Revolutionary War. He was the first Sheriff of Tazewell County, which was formed in 1800.
google search time again:
By Emory L. Hamilton
From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, pages 93-98.
In Tazewell Co., VA, lies Burke's Garden, one of the most beautiful valleys in all of Southwest Virginia. The valley is a bowl 10 miles long by 5 miles wide, snuggled down between beautiful mountains on all sides, with a narrow outlet at one end. This was perhaps the earliest site of a settlement in Tazewell Co., with the Ingles brothers and son building a cabin there in 1749, (1) although they did not make a settlement at this date, only a cabin. The Ingles and Patton families claimed all of Burke's Garden, and after the death of Col. James Patton, his grandson James Thompson seems to have taken over and most of the land eventually came into possession of James Thompson and Dr. Thomas Walker. In 1760 it was known as "Ingles Craborchard." (2) Kegley, in his "Virginia Frontier," (2), says:
Thomas, John and William Ingles of Ingles Mill Creek of the North Fork Roanoke, were among the most interesting of the early settlers. Thomas and John were brothers, William and Matthew, (3) sons of Thomas. Thomas Ingles a grandson of William says, "My great grandfather, Thomas Ingles, was a merchant of Dublin, Ireland, who, upon suspicion of entertaining liberal principles and engaging in a rebellion him and his two sons were sent as convicts to Wales from whence they made their escape to the United States, my grandfather William Ingles being one of the number, they came first to Pennsylvania and from there to this country. (Letter of Thomas Ingles of Lovely Mount, Montgomery Co., 1851). They were here as early as 1746 and were well established when Dr. (Thomas) Walker visited them in 1750. Thomas and his brother John entered land on the waters of New River and Clinch and William as heir to both, came into possession of it. John was killed at Vause's Fort and his wife, Mary, was carried into captivity. When this Mary Ingles returned she married John Miller and went to Carolina. William Ingles came to the Roanoke with his father and Uncle John before 1746. William in 1750 married Mary Draper, but he continued to live on the Roanoke until after 1753, when he purchased land at Draper's Meadows from Col. Patton. He was on the waters of New River in 1754 and 1755.
A neighbor of Ingles, on the Roanoke River, James Burke sold his property there in 1753 and moved to Burkes Garden and lived there until the Indians saw fit to run him out. From Burkes Garden James Burke migrated to Cumberland Co., NC, and in 1760 he and his wife Lucretia, conveyed the remainder of the original Burke land on the Roanoke to Dr. Walker. This is the reason for calling the place Burke's Garden as James Burke seems to have been the first to actually make a settlement in the valley.
At the Draper's Meadows massacre of July 30, 1755, the wife of William Ingles, Mary Draper Ingles, and her small son Thomas, then four years old, were taken captive by the Indians. Mrs. Ingles made her escape, and the details of which has become the classic Indian story of Southwest Virginia. Her son, Thomas, was held captive until ransomed by his father in 1768. He had spent thirteen years with the Indians, had grown to young manhood, spoke their language fluently, and had adopted Indian ways altogether. It is said that upon return he was very unhappy away from his Indian friends, and had much difficulty in readopting to civilized life. He was finally sent to Albemarle Co. By his father and while there married.
William Ingles continued to live on in the area until his death in 1782, leaving at least five children (4), who were: Susannah who married Abraham Trigg; Rhoda who married Byrd Smith; Mary who married John Gills, and Thomas and John Ingles. (5)
Thomas Ingles eventually settled in Burke's Garden on the land he had inherited from his father. He was Commissary for the troops on the Point Pleasant expedition and his feelings were very strong for the Indians.
On the 5th of April, 1782, the Shawnee, under the leadership of Black Wolf made a raid upon Burkes Garden and captured the family of Thomas Ingles.
Pendleton, History of Tazewell County, (6) gives the following:
The Indians had concealed themselves until Ingles went out on his farm to work, and then surrounded his home; and made his wife, their three children and a Negro man and woman prisoner. After taking as much booty as they could carry the Indians started with their prisoners back to Ohio. The cries of the captives attracted the attention of Thomas Ingles and his Negro man while they were plowing in a field.
Seeing the number of Indians, Ingles knew he could do nothing for his family. He and the Negro man, unhitched the horses from the plow and started to the nearest settlement for assistance. Knowing the Indians would make their way back to the head of the Clinch, Ingles crossed the mountains to the nearest settlement on the North Fork of the Holston.. It happened to be Muster Day for the Washington Co. militia and the settlers on the North Fork of the Holston River had assembled, and were being drilled by Captain Thomas Maxwell, who had formerly lived at the head of Bluestone, in Tazewell Co. Maxwell with a party of fifteen or twenty volunteers, went with Ingle's to Burke's Garden to pursue the Indians. (7)
Joseph Hicks (Hix) (8), a single man and his Negro slave were the only other people who lived in Burke's Garden besides the Thomas Ingles family. The day the Indians attacked the Ingles family Hicks and his Negro man were on their way to the home of Ingles and saw the Indians with their captives. He and the Negro man immediately started across Brushy Mountain for help in Bland County. There they secured six or seven men and arrived back in Burke's Garden about the same time Maxwell and his party arrived. The two parties united under Maxwell and went in pursuit of the Indians.
On the fifth day after the capture the advance scouts discovered the Indians, who were camped for the night in a gap of Tug Mountain. It was agreed that Maxwell should take half of the men, and during the night, get in front of the Indians, and Thomas Ingles should remain with the other half in the rear of the Indians, and at daybreak a simultaneous attack should take place. The night was very dark and the ground rough and brushy. Consequently the party with Maxwell lost their way and did not reach the front by daylight.
Maxwell having failed to get to his appointed place on time, and the Indians beginning to rouse from their slumbers, Ingles determined to make an attack with his men. Dr. Thomas Hale, who was a great-grandson of William and Mary Ingles and who collected his information from the records of the Ingles family thus relates what transpired after the attack was made: 'So soon as a shot was fired, some of the Indians began to tomahawk the prisoners, while others fought and fled. Thomas Ingles rushed in and seized his wife just as she received a terrible blow on the head with a tomahawk. She fell covering the infant of a few months old, which she held in her arms. The Indians had no time to devote to it. They tomahawked his little five year old daughter, named Mary, and his three year old son, named William. His Negro servants, a man and woman, captured with his family, escaped without injury.
Dr. Thomas Hale, in his "Trans Alleghany Pioneers," says that "shortly after this occurrence that Thomas Ingles, his wife, and infant daughter, moved to Tennessee and settled in succession on the Watauga River at Mossy Creek, and at Fort Knox, now Knoxville. There his daughter, Rhoda, who escaped death, grew up and married Patrick Campbell. Subsequent to the marriage of his daughter, Thomas Ingles moved to Mississippi, where he lived until he died.
fter tomahawking the Ingles children in making their escape the Indians ran close to Captain Maxwell and his party, and, firing on them, killed Captain Maxwell, (9) who was conspicious from wearing a white hunting shirt.
The whites remained on the ground until late in the evening burying Captain Maxwell, who was killed outright, and Thomas Ingle's little son, who died from his wounds during the day. Mrs. Ingles and the little girl were still alive, although badly wounded. Four days after the party arrived at William Wynn's Fort at Locust Hill.
On April 26, 1782, Col. William Preston, wrote Governor Harrison (10), a letter wherein he states: Enclosing a letter to himself from Col. Walter Crockett, dated April 15, 1782, giving account of the killing of Captain Moffet's sons, and the whole family of Captain Ingles in Burke's Garden, - also of his having ordered Col. Cloyd to call out the militia to assemble at "David Doack's Mill", to protect the settlements, as the people talk of "breaking up" unless help is afforded them. He calls also for provisions as they cannot be supplied on Clinch. Col. Preston adds, "I wrote to your Excellency the 10th instant informing you of the damages the savages had done in Montgomery. I last night received the enclosed letter from Colonel Crockett. It appears that Captain ingles family were not burned in the house, as he imagined, but were taken prisoners. He raised a party of men and pursued the enemy; after some days march he overtook them and recovered his wife and one child, both tomahawked, but perhaps not mortally, and his slaves. One of his children they murdered, killed an officer of the party, and made their escape. The enemy attacked some other families, but were repulsed though, I believe without loss. They killed a man on Bluestone, and I am told a woman at Culbertson's Bottom on New River. Their signs have been seen in various parts of the country, which has given the greatest alarm to the inhabitants; and what is extraordinary that five houses they attacked, that four belonged to officers, and some of them a considerable distance within the frontier settlements, which induces me to believe they are conducted by Tories. I am at a loss what measures to fall upon for the defense of the distressed inhabitants.
(1) Statement of Matthias Harman in 1809, Maxwell vs Pickens, Augusta Court Causes Ended, O. S. 129; N. S. 45. Bill 1807. (2) Kegley, Virginia Frontier, pages 194-195. (3) Matthew was a seaman and died unmarried at sea. Statement of Samuel Wilson (born 23 February 1733) Augusta Court Causes Ended, Thompson vs. Ingles, O. S. 46; N. S. 16. Wilson married Rebecca, daughter of James Burke. (4) Statement William Wynn, Augusta Court Causes Ended, Wynn vs Inglish's heirs, O. S. 48; N. S. 16. (5) Perhaps the same John English who settled in 1772 on Sugar Hill in Wise Co., near St. Paul, VA, and whose family was murdered there in 1787 by Indians. The name is variantly spelled, Ingles, Inglis, Inglish and English. See story of John English's family in this volume. (6) Pendleton, History of Tazewell Co., VA, page 443. (7) David E. Johnson, History of Middle New River Settlements, page 146, says that Henry Harman was of this party also. (8) Joseph Hix was still in Tazewell Co., in 1809, when he made a deposition in the case, Maxwell vs Pickens, Augusta Court Causes Ended, O. S. 129; N. S. 45. Bill Filed 1807. (9) Killed on Tug River at a place still called Maxwell's Gap. (10) Calendar Virginia State Papers, Vol. III, page 139. This file contributed by: Rhonda Robertson 11443 visitor since May 17, 1998 Back to Russell VAGenWeb
Robert Maxwell, who settled on Plum Creek, had eight children, namely: Robert, Mary, John, Margaret, James, Jennie, Mattie and Elizabeth. Jennie and Mattie were killed by Indians in 1781. Margaret married David Whitley.
James Maxwell, son of Robert, married Mary Witten. Their children were 1. Robert, 2. Witten, 3. James, and there were two daughters.
1. Robert Maxwell (son of James) married Margaret Bates. Their children: (a) Thomas, (b) James W.
(a) Thomas Maxwell (of Robert, of James) married Martha Gillespie, daughter of William B. Gillespie. He died during the second year of the War Between the States. Thomas and Martha Maxwell were the parents of two children: Robert, dec'd, and Mary, who married Cum Taylor. The children of Cum Taylor and Mary Maxwell Taylor are: Mattie, who lives in Washington, D.C.; Bess, who married John McFarland; Nell, who married John McCauley; Margaret, who married Albert Peery, son of J.E. Peery; Kate, who married Ward Peery, son of J.E. Peery; Robert, who married Margaret Todd; Frank; and Hugh, who married Evangeline Albert.
(b) James W. Maxwell (of Robert, of James) was born May 3, 1840, and married Parmelia Ann Deskins, daughter of George W. Deskins, August 27, 1872. He died October 21, 1924. They had the following children: Wyrene Parmelia; Margaret Joanna; John Rader, who married Minnie Cecil; James Sidney; Clara Cecil; Robert L., who married Leola Daily; George Bates, who married Margaret Mahood; and Virginia, who married T.W. Gillespie.
2. Witten Maxwell (son of James) married Alsie Quicksall. Their children: Frank and Jane, dec'd. Frank married Evaline Leedy and they had the following children: Martha, who married Robert M. Sparks; Mary, who married John Maxwell; Albert, who married Kate Bolling; John Henry, who married Mary Umbarger; George, who married Susie Bush; and Sallie, who married Raymond Ellis.
deb's note: SOOOO many Margarets in this family! how confusing!
3. James Maxwell (son of James) married Nancy Lawson. Their children: James Worth; Sallie; who married Ebb Lawson; Frank who died age 24 years; and John, who married Mary Maxwell, daughter of Frank and Evaline Leedy Maxwell.
James Worth Maxwell (of James, of James) married Lou Barrett, first wife. Their children: Myrtle, who married Tuck Cooley; Georgia, who married Thomas Long; Nannie, who married Isaac Taylor; and Tiny, who married Clay Trivett. James Worth married Ruth Patrick, second wife. Their children: Drayton, who married Josie Cole; Harry, who married Willetta Beavers; adn Ivory. (see also pp. 374-80.)
found this free ebook on google: History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia: 1748-1920 By William Cecil Pendleton but can't cut and paste from it (or I can't figure it out, anyhow...)

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Mary Ann Deskins was married to Charles Creigh Fields, June 2, 1868. Were the fond parents of three sons, Robert E. Fields, was born April 13, 1869, Lilborn Rush Fields was born April 11, 1871, at the age of two years he died, March 10, 1873. He was buried at Peterstown, Virginia. Care B. Fields was born December 6, 1873. C.C. Field's father was William Fields, his mother was named Elizabeth Browning Finorey of Russell County. There were four children born to them: John W. Fields, Nancy J. Fields, Charles C. Fields, and Lilborn Fields. The three boys were all in the Confederate Army. All returned, John was badly wounded in the right leg below the knee. He suffered a great deal from it. Lilborn went west after the War, was last seen in Omaha, Nebraska. The family never heard from him again. Nancy J. Fields married Montraville Steele,son of Thomas Steele. She was a devoted wife and mother. Her husband was a great and noble man. He was also in the Confederate Army. Charles C. Fields was a fine mechanic in iron and steel. Was a plow maker by trade with H.H. Hall of Maysville, Ky. In the year 1877 he patented an adding machine, made quite a success. In later years he received several patents, at his death he was getting out a combination wrench. Both his sons have also received patents. Both have a mechanical trend of mind. Robert E. Fields has been fireman and Engineer on the Rock Island Railroad, since he was twenty years old. He is now on the pension list, but still running his engine. He has been very successful. Never had a serious accident and never was hurt during all those years.
Robert E. Fields married a Miss Myrtle M. Sutton in Horton, Kansas. Two sons were born to them: Burt Elmo Fields, born July 24. Robert Keith Fields was born November 27th. They are both in the U.S. Navy. The mother died at an early age. Later he married Miss Elizabeth Finney Steel, daughter of Montraville Steel and Nancy Fields Steel, of Tazewell, Virginia. A most esteemable and beautiful character, and grand and noble wife and mother. To the little boys they never realized the loss of a mother from the kind and affectionate care of them. She was a mother to them in deed and truth. She also raised her sister's little daughter until five years of age, when she burned to death. They had adopted her. After ten years of married life they are blessed with a lovely daughter, Dorothy Louise Fields, she is seven years old to cheer them in declining years.
Carl Birdine Fields has been in the U.S. Navy for fourteen years, will soon finish his fourth term. His first four years he made a complete tour around the world. Started from San Francisco went to New York, joined the Navy sailed east came back to San Francisco making the circumference of the earth. He has sailed on many oceans and seas, visited all the continents of the world, except Australia. Most of the Islands of any note in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. He has been true to his colors. He is a fine mechanic, a sober, honorable and trust-worthy son, one of whom any mother can be proud of.
I feel thankful to know, I am the mother of two boys with such sterling qualities. I have no regrets, but am indeed a proud mother.
C.B. Fields was married to Mrs. Olive Cox, January 3, 1918. She has a daughter, Juanita Cox Fields, they are a happy family. They live at Vallijo, Cal. He works at Mare Island, California.

Margaret Maxwell Deskins was born January 14, 1818, departed from this life September 15,1886. They are buried in the Dickenson County, Virginia. Peace be to their ashes.

The rest of the family are still living. Mary Witten Maxwell my grandmother was the famous stock of Wittens and Cecil's from England. It was always a well grounded fact that a large fortune was awaiting the Witten heirs in London. Which they never received from an unknown cause, a missing link among some of the heirs.
My grandmother was a loving wife, a kind and affectionate mother. A most estimable woman, a noble Christian character, many times I have found her in secret prayer when a child. She was a Methodist.
The Witten family were long lived people. Jerry Witten, her father was ninety-six years at his death. Her brother James Witten was ninety-three years when he died. She had twin sisters, Hettie and Lettie Witten. They lived to a grand old age. Moved west and died. My grandmother had two cousins captured and made prisoners by the Indians; James and Mary More. They were quite young and Mary could not keep up with them, so they left her behind. Some people took her as their own. She never got home. They liked James, he would show fight when they wanted him to carry blankets and bows and arrows, and throw them down. He was spirited and high tempered. He was with them seven years. When he returned he was very much an Indian. wore beaded suits, cap and moccasins, sang and danced their war songs, would give their war whoops, he said he liked the Indian life. He wrote the history of his life with the Indians after he came home. I read it when I was quite young. I do not suppose the book is to be had at this time. I enjoyed reading it very much.
The Maxwell and Deskin families were represented in both the Union and Confederate Army. Now I learn from Virginia that severaL of both families have responded to their countries call, and are at the front in service in this great struggle for the freedom of all nations, tongues and people who are oppressed and denied their freedom. May they be an honor to the cause and may return to loved ones at home and free America. "God speed the day last all my be free."

Saturday, March 14, 2015


John C. was a prisoner on Johnson Island.
The creation and administration of the Depot of Prisoners Of War, Johnson’s Island, Sandusky Bay, Ohio, is perhaps the most historically interesting part of the island’s colorful history. During the 40 months of its existence, approximately 10,000 men were processed into the stockade on Johnson’s Island. Most were Confederate officers. Twenty-six were either generals or officers who became generals during or after their imprisonment. Others confined there were a small number of privates, bushwhackers, guerrillas, and citizens suspected of disloyalty to the Union. The maximum number of prisoners at any one time was about 3224 in January, 1864. For more information, explore the history section of this web site.
they have a prisoner list, but not sure what John C's last name it through twice and didn't see the name of little Margaret's husband....(sigh)
After the surrender of Lee they all returned home, during the month of May, Margaret Maxwell, Sallie Maxwell, and John C. were taken with a strange malady from which all died. Sallie and John C. were buried the same day. In the fall Johana died, a promising young girl. Thomas Bates died with flux during the war. The father died in the fall of 1904 in his ninety-seventh year. There are only two living to my knowledge. They were buried near Roarks Gap on his farm. He never was rich, but a well-to-do farmer, also a merchant of note. He was frugal, honest, and a good father. Near the family burying ground stands a large and sturdy oak, below it at the brink of a little hill a large living spring of pure water runs gurgling into Clinch river. Near this spot the Roarks family was taken prisoner by the Indians, the youngest child too small to walk, they dashed it's brains out against the big oak. It may not be standing now, I have seen it many times. Sallie Maxwell married James Deskins in 1839. Was the parents of two boys, namely: Stephen Rush, and Moses Shanon, the mother died at an early age. Later her husband married Miss Rachel Herndon, had two children, George and Elizabeth. He sold out his farm, moved his family to Linn Co, MO. Moses Shanon and George Deskins both died in the Union Army.
time for a google search! Massacre of the Roark Family of Tazewell County By Emory L. Hamilton From the unpublished manuscript, Indian Atrocities Along the Clinch, Powell and Holston Rivers, pages 79-80. Bickley, in his History of Tazewell County (1), says: James Roark lived at the gap of the dividing ridge, between the waters of Clinch and Sandy rivers, through which passed the Dry Fork road, and which has since been known as Roark’s Gap. Early in 1789,a band of Shawnee Indians left their homes in the west, and ascending the Dry Fork, fell upon the defenseless family of Mr. Roark, and killed his wife and several children. Two sons and Mr. Roark were from home, and it may be, thus saved their own lives, as the Indians were rather numerous to have been beaten off by them, even if they had been home. This is the only instance that I have met with, of the Indians visiting the settlement of Tazewell before the winter had clearly broken. There was a heavy snow upon the ground at this time. From this time forward, the Roarks became the deadly enemy of the Indians, and sought them, even beyond the limits of the county. Mr. Roark and one of his sons (John), were afterwards killed in a battle, fought at what was then known as the Station Bottom, within the present limits of Floyd Co., KY. Bickley is mistaken by nine years in the date of this occurrence, as proven by a letter written to Col. William Preston, from Major (John) Taylor, dated Head of Clinch, March 18, 1780, (2) wherein he states: The 18th instant the Indians was in this neighborhood and fell in at James Roark’s, where they scalped seven (7) of his children and his wife. They are all dead, only one girl (except one girl?). They took 7 head of horses, 5 of which were the property of William Patterson. This part of ye country is in a scene of confusion, and I make no doubt that the country will break up without we can get some assistance. Corn is very scarce. Bickley does not list the names of Roark’s children or his wife. As to the Roark men becoming Indian fighters and James, and his son, John, being killed "in a battle at what was then known as Station Bottom, within the present limits of Floyd Co., KY" I can find nothing that confirms or denies this statement. The Station he refers to in Floyd Co., KY, could only have been Harman’s Station, built perhaps in 1789, by Matthias Harman, of Tazewell Co., and made famous by the escape story of Jenny Wiley from the Indians. (1) Summer’s "Annals of Southwest Virginia", page 106. (2) Taylor’s letter to Preston, Draper MSS 5 QQ 26.
James Deskins and wife are buried in Lynn County, MO. Stephen Rush married and lived on his father's farm. I had the pleasure of visiting his family and Elizabeth Smith and family in North Salem, MO.
google search: North Salem township, Linn County, Missouri (MO)
James Maxwell married Nancy Lawson, they were the parents of four children, James Worth and Sallie Ann, Frank M., and John Maxwell. They are dead and buried in the Deskins cemetery. Two of the children are dead, Frank and Sallie.
Margaret Maxwell married Berdine Deskins, July 14, 1840. were the fond parents of five children, three sons and two daughters.
George Washington was born April 8, 1841. He was drowned in Clinch river at the the age of two years. Stephen Rush, was born April 22, 1843. Mary Ann Deskins was born December 31, 1845. Sallie F. Deskins was born March 10, 1847. John Witten Deskins was born April 28, 1855. Stephen Rush fought in the Confederate Army. Was gunner in Captain Jackson's battery.
google search: Congratulations! We found 26 Record(s) for Stephen Rush Deskins in our database. has more than 13 billion genealogical records. Information that can often be found on these records includes: -Draft registration cards -Veterans' gravesites -Soldier pension indexes -Enlistment records (hit free trial button....but have to go out with my husband now and have some excitement in my life.)Berdine Deskins was born December 19, 1816, departed from this life April 15, 1897. Was eighty years and six months.


aunt Minerva collection
June 2, 1918 being my fiftieth marriage Anniversary, also I am seventy-two years and six months old. I, Mary Ann Fields, will endeavor to write from memory a brief history of the Maxwell and Witten families. What I learned on my grandfather's knee, when I was a curious and inquisitive child.
James Maxwell came to America from Ireland in the Eighteenth Century in the days of George Washington. He was a Scotch and Irish descent. Was in several Indian skirmishes during the Revolution. He fought at the Battle of Kings Mountains. Was never wounded. He was a very large man, over six feet tall, and weighed 225 pounds, broad shouldered, well built, had powerful voice, had coarse straight hair which stood straight on his head, fair complexion, blue eyes, he was considered a very powerful man. He married a Miss Roberts, (someone has hand written "Jane") some time before the Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776. Raised a family during the hostilities with the Indians, the mothers with their children lived in forts together for protection. My own grandfather and grandmother lived in the same fort in Virginia. They used to tell me of their many hardships, trials and fear of the Indians when living in forts.
In the4 course of human events and the Indians became less hostile and more friendly to the white man. My great-grandfather emigrated to the western part of Virginia. Settled in Tazewell County, Virginia on Cavitts Creek near Clinch River, four miles from the Courthouse. He owned a nice farm, owned cattle, horses, sheep, and hogs, was considered a "well-to-do" farmer at that time. His horses, cattle and sheep ran at large for want of fences and enclosed pastures. He kept four large Dane dogs for protection when he went in search of his cattle and horses. He had a large dog before and behind him, his gun on his shoulder, a knife at his side. He never looked to the right or left, went straight forward with a firm step and a fixed determination to conquer or die. The Indians never molested him, they were deadly afraid of him, called him: "The Great White Chief." He left two dogs with the family. He had a neighbor, a small sickly man, named "Scaggs", whom the Indians called "Nobody."
My great grandfather and his sons worked hard, cleared the timber from their land built a crude log house and out buildings, had a garden, also set out a young orchard, had also fields to riase corn, rye, and such grain as they could get seed for. Autumn rolled around and he had to take his horses and sons and go to King's salt works, now called Palmer works, to get salt, to save his meat, also for his stock. The mother was left with the younger sons and oldest daughter. The mother was confined to her bed with an infant. Some stray skulking Indians were passing through came to the little home in the forest, scalped and tomahawked the two little sisters, Jennie and Mattie Maxwell. They each had a pet lamb, they asked their sister, Mary if they could go in the orchard to find their pets, she gave them her consent. They tarried too long, she went in search of them found the dead lambs and the two children slain, one was dead the other died that night. Oh, the horrors of that awful night, no friends near them to lend a helping hand. Oh, the said coming home of that father. Night settled down upon them, in the bleak forest. Night where screams of the owl shrills ghastly through the stillness. Could you imagine anything more horrible? His farm at one time had been an Indian village, there were large mounds still in the orchard of pinwincles shells, they had got them from the creek and Clinch river, they had used them for soups. I had the pleasure as a child of visiting the old homestead of my forefathers, where he lived and raised his family. I do not know when he sold his farm. There was born to this union: Robert Maxwell, Mary Maxwell, John Maxwell, Margaret Maxwell, James Maxwell, Jennie and Mattie killed by the Indians, and Elizabeth Maxwell. I never knew who my grandfathers brothers married his sister Margaret married David Whitley, had a home on Clinch river a few miles from the county seat in Tazewell County. He was a fine mechanic, very thrifty and industrious. He built a fine grist mill run by water power, also a saw mill, cut all his lumber. He and my grandfather Deskins built the first two stone dwellings in Tazewell, both on Clinch river, six miles apart, of lime stone in the rough dressed by hand, built very substantial and strong, well finished in those pioneer days. At that time were considered mansions, they are now in good condition, still inhabited. They are living monuments of honest labor of over a century ago. Many of their posterities are living and bear the name of Whitley in Tazewell County, Virginia.
-----turned to my trusty friends google and to find out what pinwincles shells are, they both suggested I was looking for "periwinkle shells."??? image periwinkle shells. Periwinkles are a large family of gastropod molluscs found on the shore. The flat periwinkle is so-called because the spire of the shell is flattened (2). The tear-drop shaped aperture is large (3), and the colour is variable depending on the habitat. It is usually olive-green but may be brown, yellow, banded or have a criss-cross pattern (2). Lighter colours are associated with sheltered shores (3).
Elizabeth Maxwell married William Marrs, raised a family, his sons, William and Maxwell Marrs, married two sisters Jennie and Sallie Brooks. Maxwell Marrs had a family, two have visited his widow and children. William and his wife had no family. The brothers and their wives are buried in Tazewell. The rest of the Marrs families moved to Kentucky. James Maxwell, my grandfather was born the spring of 1780, was married to Mary Witten, daughter of Jerry Witten, she was born in 1780. They were married in the year of 1804. They lived a long and happy life. He was of a lively and jolly temperment, honorable, sober, industrious man, a fine mechanic, a wagon maker by trade, also plows and harrows, and all kinds of implements by hand. He lived near Clinch river, owned a good farm, an orchard, a good home and shops. The Maxwell families owned very few slaves. They preferred land, fine horses and cattle, grist mills, merchantile, also fine mechanics. They were good citizens, beloved by all who knew them. Sober, industrious, kind husbands, and fathers. No office seekers, not rich but well-to-do. The bone and sinew of the Country. The happiest days of my life, I spent in my grandfather's shop among his sharp, bright, well kept tools. I spent a good part of my time when a child with my grand-parents. They always kept the big red apples for me, which made me very happy. They were the fond parents of five children; three boys and two girls, namely: Witten Maxwell, Robert Maxwell, Sallie Maxwell, James Maxwell, Margaret Maxwell.
Witten Maxwell, the first born in the year 18058, married Alice Criswell. They had five children, namely: James C., Susan, Henry, Evans, Mary G., and Francis M. (deb's note: this is 6 names?)
Susan Maxwell married Montraville Steele in 1850, They were a lovely couple. There were born three sons, and one daughter. They all died of flux in ten days. Later she had a daughter, Rebecca, and the mother died of diphtheria during the War of the Confederacy.
----google search for FLUX gave me dysentery (aka BLOODY FLUX) *Dysentery is a general term for a group of gastrointestinal disorders characterized by inflammation of the intestines, particularly the colon. Characteristic features include abdominal pain and cramps, straining at stool (tenesmus), and frequent passage of watery diarrhea or stools containing blood and mucus. The English word dysentery comes from two Greek words meaning "ill" or "bad" and "intestine." *It should be noted that some doctors use the word "dysentery" to refer only to the first two major types of dysentery discussed below, while others use the term in a broader sense. For example, some doctors speak of schistosomiasis, a disease caused by a parasitic worm, as bilharzial dysentery, while others refer to acute diarrhea caused by viruses as viral dysentery. *Dysentery is a common but potentially serious disorder of the digestive tract that occurs throughout the world. It can be caused by a number of infectious agents ranging from viruses and bacteria to protozoa and parasitic worms; it may also result from chemical irritation of the intestines. Dysentery is one of the oldest known gastrointestinal disorders, having been described as early as the Peloponnesian War in the fifth century B.C. Epidemics of dysentery were frequent occurrences aboard sailing vessels as well as in army camps, walled cities, and other places in the ancient world where large groups of human beings lived together in close quarters with poor sanitation. As late as the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, sailors and soldiers were more likely to die from the "bloody flux" than from injuries received in battle. It was not until 1897 that a bacillus (rod-shaped bacterium) was identified as the cause of one major type of dysentery. Dysentery in the modern world is most likely to affect people in the less developed countries and travelers who visit these areas. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most cases of dysentery in the United States occur in immigrants from the developing countries and in persons who live in inner-city housing with poor sanitation. Other groups of people at increased risk of dysentery are military personnel stationed in developing countries, frequent travelers, children in day care centers, people in nursing homes, and men who have sex with other men.
Witten Maxwell and wife are both dead. Witten was killed by a railroad train near Pisgah in Tazwell. He was far in the eighty-ninth year, if he had not been killed perhaps would have lived to a grand old age.
Grandfather Maxwell died in the spring of 1866, being eighty six years old. Grandmother died in the year of 1873, being ninety three years old.
Robert Maxwell was born in 1807, the same year of Abraham Lincoln's birth. Married Margaret Bates. Her mother was the daughter of Ebenezar Brewster, married Thomas Bates. The young husband and wife moved by wagon, west to Illinois. After they got to their destination, very soon little margaret (this is how it is printed...lower case. deb) came to brighten their home in the west. But it was only a short time when the sad news came that the young wife had lost her life. The kindhearted Ebenezar Brewster made ready to go horseback for little Margaret to bring her home to be reared by the grandfather and mother. He made the lonely trip, found the little Margaret, carried her safe and sound horse back on a pillow in front of him all that distance to the anxious grandmother who was waiting. The little girl was only 2 years old. This was in pioneer days, railroads, telegraph, telephones and steam boats had not been in use. Illinois seemed so far west at that time, when the morning came he was to take his leave, all relatives and neighbors came from far and near, made a great gathering to say good-bye, and God speed a happy return. But thought it doubtful if they should ever see him or the little girl. But the same God that ruled over the destiny of man then as now. And they both returned home to the arms of loved ones. She grew to womanhood. Was a devoted and affectionate wife and mother. A most estimable Christian character, esteemed and beloved by all who knew her. They were the the fond parents of nine children. Four boys and five girls, namely: Thomas Bates, Charles J., Mary E., Sallie, James W., Manerva, John Chatten, Johanna, and Laura Maxwell. Charles, James and John all fought in the Confederate Army. John C. was a prisoner on Johnson Island.
to be continued.....

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Vicki's snow pictures....

Tuesday's Treasures: The first picture was taken March 29th after the second blizzard on March 28, 1987. Yesterday I posted two pictures after the first blizzard on March 24th. You can see how the strong winds blew the snow into drifts and left some of the ground completely snowless! The boys and I had the best time sliding down these drifts. We used cookie sheets, leftover roofing shingles and pieces of cardboard to slide. I snapped my camera over 36 times until I discovered there wasn't any film in the camera! So sad. Please look carefully in the distance where you can barely see the top of a house. Then notice that same area in the second picture after the snow started to melt.
Monday's Memories! First set of pictures taken after the first blizzard March 24, 1987 four miles west of Colby, KS. My parents took the opportunity to stop by on the 26th before going to Winona to pick up my grandfather. They took him to Ft Dodge Soldier's Home. The wind drifted the snow so badly that we had an 8 to 10 ft. drift all across our front yard. I told my mom that they would have to climb a 10 ft. drift to get to our front door. When she got to the top, she yelled down, "I thought you were kidding, but you weren't!" The day they came turned out to be pretty sad for all of us because our Corgi/Sheltie named Scarlet got hit by a truck while all of us were outside checking out the other drifts, etc. We had to wrap her up and put her in the shed to await burial because the snow was so deep in the back and the ground was frozen solid.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

This was in Grandma Gilly's handwriting in Grandpa Tom's book

transcribed by my mom, all typos are by me.
This 14th day of March 1960-one year since Pop passed away-has been a real snowy lonesome day and I'm all alone. Minerva was the only one of the children that has called (this 9 o'clock) and my usual bedtime. Some way am not sleepy.
Just thinking of what the year has been like, that I wished to think about and the decisions I wished to make. By that time I have decided to deed the property to LeLand and Minerva and shall not let them know only thru this if they should happen to see it. Should any one of the children wishes to own it, they will have the fix the values according and if it is sold to a stranger, I wish enough to be taken to put a good fence on the Cat Creek Cemetery on the part that is on the "Cresswell-Maxwell" part of the from Dunkin to Maple Land at least.
This is why I have chosen these two-would have put John & LeLand had John been closer. I find these two can think of all concerned with the least hard feeling or hurting words.
Each child has had their share in helping with the home-Jim with Grandpa and helping buy Evie chairs, LeLand with fence and taxes, John everyway even to the allotment. Grace with taxes and a home to take them to in sickness.
The five in-laws are find, have all been good to - especially Dale and Thelma, they look over my shortcomings, so well. Vermal has been wonderful in the helping as he could please by knowing how and doing as he thought best.
Now children don't think I should not do this, for just now you are all alive-there would not have to be probated, although you may not be here when I go. I have earned all the place so can do this. I never married the in-laws, that is your problems. Grace and Minerva will know what you children can use and will sale all other household goods and if I don't get Pops stone up- Match Evie's at Blackmores.
Love and God Bless You

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

more Jean Frisbie pictures....

these girls are my distant cousins....their dad was my dad's cousin....we grew up together, in the same era...and went to school together. at times Cathie & I were in the same group of friends. and now we're all grownup, married, parents, grandparents, and facebook friends....

little Cathie & Nancy Frisbie

posted on facebook by their mother Jean Frisbie

Bryan family

posted on facebook by Jean Frisbie

Lower pictures are of Minnie Flanagan , Mervel Flanagan and my Dad, Delbert Flanagan; Then Bueford and Lois Flanagan.

posted on facebook by Jean Frisbie, not sure I got them in the right order....but they are wonderful, wonderful pictures! so glad she is sharing!

Jean Frisbie posted this picture of her mother

Jean Frisbie posted this adorable picture of her oldest daughter Cathie

I love the outfit, the really do say a thousand words, and bring back so many memories....

Jean Frisbie posted this adorable childhood picture of her daughter Nancy....

and not only is this an amazing genealogy treasure, I have that exact same kind of cat toy from my childhood!