Monthly Archives: September 2013

Thinking on Sandra…

Luckie & Sandra - Wilkes County, GA April 2010
Yesterday was Sandra Jean Taliaferro’s birthday.

Sandra was as stubborn, fiery and brilliant as they come! A master with the pen and an impeccable researcher, she was sister, cousin, confidant to me.

We shared several arguments, endless laughs and most likely more than one ASKEW-JACKSON-DORSEY Ancestor between us.

I was reminded yesterday of our April 2010 road trip to GREENE County, where local response to my on display tattoos brought us to tears , Sandra ‘ate crow’ when I demonstrated the art of gleaning intel from COMPLETE strangers in a country town, and how we celebrated being led to a small church graveyard by new friend Minister Baugh, where we discovered MANY of San’s Ancestors! Tears, tweets and pictures were flying!:)

We miss you San. I miss you San.

Should you decide to enlist us to finish tracking your/our GREENE and FULTON County Ancestors, we will be ready!:)

Sandra Jean Taliaferro
Sept. 27, 1952 – Feb. 12, 2013

Sandra’s SURNAMES: Taliaferro, Toliver, Lawrence, Brewer, Askew, Dorsey, Jackson, Poole, Butler, Allen, Gilbert, Crawford, Middlebrooks, Gates, Parks, Thompson, Alford, Favors, Guise, and related surnames

To Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil & Have My Say – Part II

Madison D. CODY - 1858 AugustaTo Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil – Part I

In September 2009, I discovered the The Claude Carr Cody Collection, a special collection of Madison Derrell CODY’S personal papers available at Southwestern University.

At the time I found the collection online, I’d chased M.D. CODY, the once believed first owner of my 4th Grandmother Catie WINGFIELD DORSEY for 10+ years through Ancestry.com, numerous emails/threads with CODY descendants, the National Archives and Warren County’s Probate Court records.

As a result, I found Pierce CODY, the 1/2 brother of my Catie in the WPA Slave Narratives. I discovered my 5th Grandfather Elbert CODY and a 6th Grandmother, Rachel CODY (b. 1780).

In Michael CODY’S (M.D.’s Father) and Edmund CODY’S wills I confirmed more family — my 5th Grandmother Ailey, 1st wife of Elbert and Mother of Catie.

And finally, after 11 years of research divine intervention allowed me to find Ailey CODY DORSEY, the sister Catie left behind in 1859 when given to Rev. James M. DICKEY in route to Wilkes County, GA.

So when I found the C.C. CODY Collection, I just […]

My Little Geraldine…

I’m at peace, because you’re at peace dear heart. Uncle Walt (Sonny) & Geraldine, age 5 years old.

Love you Mama…

Little Walter (Sonny) & Geraldine, age 5 years old

To Tell the Truth & Shame the Devil – Part I

Pierce CODY ~ WPA Slave NarrativeInteresting enough, this is a challenging post for me to pen.

I’ve always been respectful of Ancestors — both their flawed nature and their personal journeys. I’ve never written to deliberately expose an Ancestor’s faults or failures. I’ve recognized there are some stories appropriate for the Internet, and others not.

I have though always vested in telling the truth and not “interpreting” history to make myself or other family members more comfortable. I stick to the facts of what I know and learn, leaving interpretation — and judgement — to the reader.

I have reservations/conflicts writing today about the CODY family that owned many of my Warren County Georgia Ancestors — including my 4th Grandmother Catie and her Sister Ailey.

So know this documentation isn’t about vengeance — slave owning CODY Ancestors have had to answer for their actions themselves.

Today’s post is for posterity of record, so should someone in my line pick-up the work, they’ll know which questions remain and which have been answered.

I also write to make sense of it all, as much of the information I’ve learned over the past 24 hours, I’ve chased for 14+ years! A very surreal experience, I need to “see” it mapped out.

Chronology…

9/11: I wrote about the reunion of Sisters Ailey and Catie, separated at ages 12 and 10 years, when Catie was loaned to Rev. James Madison DICKEY as he traveled to oversee the reconstruction of the Smyrna Church in Wilkes County. As I put […]

LUCKIE DANIELS: 2014 SPRING ANCESTOR CHALLENGE

Catie WINGFIELD-DORSEYMystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints

Challenge: Under what conditions was Catie given and/or sold to J.M. Dickey in 1859-60 & which CODY owner was involved in this transaction?
Ancestor(s): 4th Great Grandmother Catherine WINGFIELD DORSEY (b. abt 1850 – d. 1933)
Others: Slaveowners – Robert Donnelson CODY & Rev. James Madison DICKEY
Years: 1859-1865
Tribe(s): Georgia – Wilkes & Warren County
Summary: Mystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints

QUESTIONS:

  1. Did Minister Dickey purchase Catie or was she loaned by her CODY owner?
  2. Where did Catie go, once Reverend DICKEY left Wilkes in 1862 — still 3 years before Emancipation?
  3. Who Pastored Smyrna Church AFTER Rev. DICKEY? Could Catie have been given to another family in 1862/63?
  4. How did Minister DICKEY cross paths with Catie’s owner anyway? What was their connection?

REFERENCES:

Luckie Daniels – What Reference Materials Do I Need?

  • Estate Inventory for Robert Donelson CODY
  • Will of Robert D. CODY
  • Confirmation of HARDSHELL BAPTIST church attendance by Robert CODY
  • Insurance Policy if Catie was “loaned” to DICKEY
  • Smyrna Church Roster/Minutes
  • DICKEY bible […]

Mama’s With Me…

Birthday Memories X3 - Jaiya, Gerrie & LuckieMama’s with me this morning…

From the early morning laugh with my big sister Gina in DC, quoting Mom’s favorite prayer to cover her future generations — blessings to her children’s, children’s, children… to my eldest Jerold, Mom’s namesake, posting her Marvelous Tribute video via Facebook. Memories too beautiful to make me do anything but smile.

Then as I attempted to replay her favorite, Walter Hawkins “Marvelous“, I somehow ended up with “I’m Not The Same” on the Hawkins Love Alive CD!

You talk about memories?! Her FAVORITE Gospel CD — EVER!

It’s a if I can see her swaying, rocking her head and singing…

And now I’m not the same
Because everything has changed because of Christ
Somebody said, somebody said, they told me
They said that I wouldn’t make it
Somebody said, somebody said
They said that I couldn’t take it
Oh, I’m not the same, I’m not the same
Can’t you see?
Everything, oh everything, everything has changed because of Christ

I hear you Mama…

Without question, I KNOW you’re okay! And yes… we, all your children’s children’s children, are getting there.

#4GERRIE

Luckie

Birthday Memories X3 - Jaiya, Gerrie & Luckie

Mystery of The Smyrna Church: Retracing Rev. DICKEY’S Historical Footprints

The Smyrna ChurchIf you’ve been on the Our Georgia Roots journey since its inception, sometime in 1998/99, you know I sought Ailey, my 4th Grandmother Catie’s Sister for a very long time before discovering her in 2010 via the 1870 Warrenton Census married as Ailey DAWSON, and then eventually being connected to Ailey’s descendant Gwen and my DAWSON/DORSEY/JONES family in 2011.

Even longer than seeking Ailey, I’ve sought to understood how it came to be a family not known for selling slaves (CODY) somehow allowed a 10 year old Catie to leave Warren County Georgia in 1859, to accompany Rev. James Madison DICKEY as he traveled to Wilkes County to oversee the reconstruction of The Smyrna Church.

Did Minister Dickey purchase Catie or was she loaned by her CODY owner? Where did Catie go, once Reverend DICKEY left Wilkes in 1862 — still 3 years before Emancipation? How did Minister DICKEY cross paths with Catie’s owner anyway? What was their connection?

So no one could have been more surprised than me when recently working on the Ailey & Catie post, the Sisters began whispering in my ear. Subtle thoughts yes, but clear as a bell — “you know Madison Derrelle CODY didn’t own Catie, it was Robert Donnelson CODY. That’s the connection you’ve been missing with the minister. Go back to Pierce’s narrative, it’s there…”

Just like that, in the […]

#4GERRIE: Walking With Purpose

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Sisters Ailey & Catie CODY: Separated By Slavery, Connected By Love

Ailey & Catie CODY“You & Gwen are the glue holding this family together… Keep Sticking!” ~ Cousin Ed, Family Patriarch

Though I’d attempted to research a few random Ancestors, my “calling” didn’t really kick-in until the day my cousin Elbert STRINGER, 1 of 2 living Grandchildren of my 4th Grandmother Catie WINGFIELD DORSEY, shared the story of how Catie would reflect on being owned by “Master CODY” in Warren County. Grandma Catie told of how she’d been sold, leaving behind her Sister Ailey. The year was 1859. My Catie was 10 years old and Ailey 12 years old.

That was 1998/99 and aside from knowing Catie had been taken to WILKES County and somehow acquired the surname WINGFIELD, I had no more real information about our family history.

Over the years with the assistance of Elbert, Johnnie Mae (the 2nd living Grandchild of Catie’s and Elbert’s baby sister), Washington-Wilkes hometown elders and the WINGFIELD Family Society, I discovered and introduced my living family to our Washington-Wilkes and Warrenton heritage.

I progressed fast, filled many historical gaps and collected BEAUTIFUL vintage images that gave me a glimpse of the proud, hardworking folks I’d descended from.

But still no Ailey.

From 1999 until 2009 I researched numerous CODYS of Warrenton, Georgia to find the original slave owner of my Catie. Without question, Madison Derrell CODY and/or Robert D. CODY. And though I would find many family members, Ailey was not among them.

In 2010 by way of Ancestry I helped another non-related DORSEY confirm that his Rachael DORSEY of Rockdale, Georgia was not my Rachael DORSEY, Daughter of Ailey […]

#4GERRIE’S WALK PAGE: Let’s END Alzheimer’s Disease!

#4GERRIE'S WALK PAGEJOIN TEAM #4GERRIE & Help Us END ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE!

GERALDINE BARWICK (July 6, 1941 to August 5, 2013) was so much more than the fragile shell left behind by Alzheimer’s Disease.

Our “Gerrie” was brilliant, fearless, funny, loyal and loving. She adored life, laughter, fine clothing and most of all – FAMILY!

Gerrie took her rest on August 5, 2013, four years to the day of her formal August 5, 2009 Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia diagnosis.

Though her family will FOREVER miss her presence, we Gerrie’s children, grandchildren, extended family and friends will honor her memory by continuing to support Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Prevention through ADVOCACY + ACTION!

Our prayer, our goal is to live to celebrate the END of ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE!

On Saturday, October 5th, beginning at 8:30AM, we’ll travel to Atlanta to walk #4GERRIE and join our cousins, Bell Family Memories in fighting back against the toll Alzheimer’s Disease has taken on our loved ones, Gerrie and Nate, and us as a family!

I have to believe that our newest Family arrival in Heaven, Geraldine is standing with Cousins Elbert and Nettie BENTON STRINGER, smiling and cheering us on!:)

My Mama NEVER gave-up on anything! We’re doing exactly what Gerrie would do –> STAND. FIGHT. NEVER QUIT!