July 19, 2009
Googling my whole name and my city I came up:
-4 videos (which had nothing to do with me)
Googling my nick name:
-2 web pages (both for a race I ran a few years ago)
– 0 images
– the same 4 videos from previous
I guess this means I have achieved my goal of being completely non-existant in an anonymous world! *snorts*
July 18, 2009
I got my DAR membership certificate in the mail! I’m excited, definitely excited.
Darlene suggested I try to find perhaps civil service on Abraham Riggs, but I’m having trouble even finding books on the history of Accomack County, Virginia, much less the equivalent of The Annals of Southwest Virginia for it! If anyone knows books I can look in, or borrow from the libary, or anything, I would certainly be appreciative!
July 15, 2009
Continuing on from the previous two posts, this one is a little more illegible as it seems parts of the ink smudged or something.
After being drafted, his company rendevoused at Accomack Courthouse Va. and was immediately thereafter in each of his several tours marched out + joined the main army under the command of Geo. Washington. His companies to which he belonged, in every instance — in that division of the army commanded by Gen La Fayette. He does not remember whether here was an Colonel that exercised an immediate command over him. He was engaged in the Battle of Bandywine in which he was wounded and where — William Bickman and two cousins — Ingans (Ingess?) + William Ingans (Ingess?) were killed. He was also engaged in skirmish at Wilmington. — is ——- from top of memory to fix the times when his several tours commanded on — Capt. — commandeda company from the adjoiing County of Northampton. He canot recollect the names of any other of the officers engaged in the army with him.
July 12, 2009
Continuation from the last post:
That he entered the service of the United States and served under the following named officers as herein after stated –
1st he was born in the County of Accomack, Virginia —
2nd He is now about eighty-six years of age. He does not recollect his birthday – His age is set down in his father’s Bible – which he expects, — in Virginia. He states it — from recollection.
3rd He was three times drafted — sd County of Accomack, in the Continental — of the Virginia troops on tours of nine months each. The first tour —- by Captain Gilcrease of sd County. The second by Capt Levin Teagle, the third by Capt. Thomas Parker.
So far, we’ve got a bunch of information:
1. a Captain Levin Teagle, Captain Thomas Parker, and Captain Gilcrease all possibly in Brandywine.
2. He was born in Accomack County, VA. I’d like to verify this as well.
3. There’s a family Bible that was/possibly still is floating around. This could shed light. I have a copy of a later Riggs family Bible but it starts with Abraham’s son Eli.
United States of America State of Louisiana
Parish of St Marys —
Be it known that before me John Moore Parish Judge and Judge of the Parish Court of the sd Parish of St. Mary’s personally appeared Abraham Riggs a resident of this Parish + State afore., at — house — Mr John D Mathias in sd Parish + State for the sd Riggs, being unable from age + bodily infirmity to attend Court who being duly sworn according to law, does on his oath make the following declaration in order to obtain the benfits of the act of Congress —– June 7th 1832.
From here we see a few different names: John Moore, the judge; John D Mathias who perhaps was a friend, neighbor of Abraham’s.
We also see that at the time of the declaration Abraham was old and unable to go to Court personally.
July 11, 2009
From Randy Seaver’s Geneamusings website:
1) Let’s go time travelling: Decide what year and what place you would love to visit as a time traveller. Who would you like to see in their environment? If you could ask them one question, what would it be?
2) Tell us about it. Write a blog post, or make a comment to this post, or on Facebook, or in Genealogy Wise.
Right now I’ve let go of my mother’s family for awhile. There are lots of things I could get: marriage certificates, death certificates, etc, but it costs money, and I really don’t think I want to shell out any money just yet.
So now, with my entry into DAR, my gaze has settled on the ancestor my grandmother used….Abraham Riggs. I will expound upon him in a later post, but now, suffice it to say this: He was born about 1757 in Accomack County, VA, died in the 1843 in New Iberia, LA, making him about 86ish or so when he died.
I want to meet him. I want to go back in time (when he is younger and has a more trustworthy memory) and ask him if he really fought in the Revolutionary War. I want to tell him not to throw away any papers he may have, and to tell him what trouble he has caused by doing so. Of course if I suddenly popped up in front of him, wearing my normal jeans, and t-shirt, he’d probably run screaming, or try to attack me for being a witch. *laughs*
July 10, 2009
The General Israel Putnam Chapter of DAR will have our (yay, I get to say our!) New Member welcome Tea on September 13th. Unfortunately, that’s my weekend to work, but I’ll see if I can switch with someone that day to work one of their weekend days in exchange, so I can free up that day.
We’re also having another genealogy workshop sometime in October I believe, and there’s talk about doing an outing to one of the local graveyards. Yay! Excitement! I may go back later and transcribe it, if the cemetery isn’t too big.
July 8, 2009
So, from my last post, yes, Thursday can’t come fast enough. But then yesterday I get a call from our registrar saying that the meeting actually wasn’t tomorrow. It was Monday!
And I’m in! Yay! *does a happy dance* All my hard work finally paid off. I just hope Uncle Jimmy still has Granny’s DAR certificate. I would love to put mine and hers on the wall together. I mentioned to him that he could join SAR now if he wanted to. He said he would think about it.
I think I’m going to fill out his application, and copy all of his proofs, just in case he wants them. Yep, I’ll start that now!
July 5, 2009
Being very close to being the newest member of DAR (Thursday can’t come fast enough!), the 4th of July has meant alot to me this year. What did my ancestors do to celebate? Were they even celebrating, or still hard at fighting? How was the fighting changing ther lives? Were they scared? Was Ann Sharp Laughlin scared to lose her husband and the father of her children? Or was she proud of him and the rest of her family for fighting for what they believed in?
As I was talking yesterday to our registrar, I mentioned to her that I may pay someoen to go check the Southern Cal. Historical Society for the Thomas Price and Susan Sharp book to see if there is any hard proof of Ann’s parentage, as I do believe that Ann and Susan were sisters. She told me not to spend the money, that there may be other DAR members in that area that would be willing to help me for free. That would be nice!
I can’t wait to get my membership number and welcome packet! I am so excited as the days wind down.
June 29, 2009
Ever since DAR turned me down based on the inadequate proof I had given them for the relationship between Ann Sharp Laughlin and her father John Sharp Sr, I’ve been rather obsessed over finding enough proof.
Plan for next week is to pay to have someone go into the SoCal Genealogy library and copy the info I need from Thomas Price and Susan Sharp.
This week though, I’ve asked Jim from my local ILL to try to get the bibliography information from the proof I used from Granddad was a Cowboy by Alice Hammond Brooks. Perhaps she will list further sources, and lead my treasure hunt onto the real proof that I can then give to DAR and prove the real father of Ann Sharp Laughlin.