Catie Dickey

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, 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 […]

WINGFIELD: Wilkes Co. Georgia Tax Records (1785-1793)

James WINGFIELD & Catie DICKEY Marriage License ~ Wilkes County 1868The Wilkes County Georgia Tax Records below are a duplication of the transcribed records posted to the WINGFIELD Family Society website. If you are of WINGFIELD descent, membership to the Family Society is encouraged.

Many have often heard me express gratitude to the late Wilsie WINGFIELD CARR, the GG Grandaughter of Arcihbald WINGFIELD, who answered the biggest unknown of my family’s history — how exactly did we become WINGFIELDS? A census record gift from Wilsie confirmed my 4th Grandmother Catie DICKEY had actually married James WINGFIELD, my 4th Grandfather in Wilkes County, October 15th 1868.

As it turned out, widow Susan WINGFIELD, James’ owner and Rev. James DICKEY, Catie’s owner were next door neighbors according to the 1860 Wilkes County Census.

For any researcher of African-American/Slave Ancestry it’s imperative to identify your Ancestors pre-1865 slave owner(s) and to outreach when possible, any descendants online researching the shared family line(s).

Slave ownership and property records are critical elements in completing our collective family history.

Make an effort to extend your conversation and research efforts beyond your family/social circles and in some cases, comfort level.

Is the outcome of white descendant engagement always what you’d expect? NO – sometimes it’s MUCH more and at times, far less.

Nevertheless, if it aids in closing the gaps in your family’s story and helps to restore lost names, connections and lineage, isn’t it well worth the effort?

Happy root digging…



WILKES COUNTY GEORGIA TAX RECORDS, 1785-1805, Vol 1&2, by Frank Parker […]