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A Tale of Many Elberts ~ CODY, DORSEY, DAWSON, WINGFIELD & STRINGER

Elbert STRINGERNeedless to say, I probably should have documented our family Elberts long ago! Truth is, I’m really just now beginning to get a handle on them myself!:)

Cousin Elbert STRINGER (pictured left) is the reason we have Our Georgia Roots. His razor-sharp memory provided all the early “nuggets” that laid the foundation for what was to come. Elbert passed in 1999 and I miss him dearly. He was a sweet, sharp-as-a-tack, family loving man!:)

All our Elberts descend from the Warren County Georgia CODY and DORSEY family lines.

I believe my 4th Great Grandfather Elbert CODY I had children with two sisters – Ailey I (my 4th Great Grandmother) and Dicey (my 4th Great Aunt; Mother to Pierce CODY and siblings).

So in addition to Elbert CODY I having at least 1 son who was his namesake,  he also had several children and grandchildren gift him the same honor!

The result? Elberts many times over!:)

Below is my first attempt at making sense of the Tale of Many Elberts. Naming patterns is a gift to the descendant researcher of slave ancestry. The naming nuances shed light on family clusters and relationships in the absence of verifiable documentation.

I suspect this post will updated in the days ahead, given my Elbert names and family cluster details are always becoming clearer.

Elbert CODY:

  • Elbert CODY I – b. 1820 and identified in the 1832 estate and will of Michael CODY. 4th Great Grandfather. Father of […]

1832 Inventory & Appraisement Estate of Edmund CODY – Warren County Georgia

Ike & Anne May HILLMAN - Greene County GAEdmund and Michael CODY were the sons of James Archdeacon CODY and Sarah WOMACK. According to Michael’s will, their property lines were adjoined, along with George HARDAWAY’S land. George married Sarah CODY, Edmund’s daughter. The JOHNSON and HILLMAN families were also close by.

Edmund’s descendants originally owned my maternal line – Rachel, Ailey I, Ailey II, Catie, Dicey; Michael’s descendants my paternal line – Elbert, Old Rose, Rosetta, Grace. Eventually, as CODYS died and willed my Ancestors down their family line, and the slaves married and intermingled, the division became far more blurry.

My theory is my 5th Grandfather Elbert CODY owned by Michael, first had children Catie and Ailey II with Ailey I, my 5th Grandmother owned by Edmund first and then his grandson Robert CODY. Sometime after 1855 Elbert began having children with Dicey, also owned by Bob CODY. They remained together post-Emancipation.

The number one question to answer, were Ailey I and Dicey sisters, and was Rachel Mother to both? If yes, this would make Rachel my second 6th Warren County Grandmother, believing Old Rose (owned by Michael CODY) to be the other.

I also need to confirm if Robert Donelson CODY died in 1852 and if he did, which CODY purchased his estate? Catie was born about 1850 and had memories of being on the plantation with “Master CODY”. This tells me I need to look further than Bob CODY and revisit Pierce’s slave narrative for missed clues.

Could Marion Michael (Madison’s Brother, another Michael Descendant) have been […]

1832 Inventory & Appraisment Estate of Michael CODY – Warren County Georgia

Ailey & Catie CODYI’ve said many a day, if I could just see the estate inventories of Michael and Edmund CODY I could really learn some things about my CODY Ancestors.

Well yesterday, I got my wish! Thanks to the ongoing build of GEORGIA Probate Records 1742-1990 by Family Search, for the first time in 15 years I was able to study more than the transcribed wills of the two slave owners who played such a pivotal role in my Georgia Ancestors lives. I now have insight into their estate inventories.

There’s MUCH analysis ahead and many clues to source. I’m relieved to see the names of Ancestors but equally heartbroken by their circumstance.

Today, I needed to get this 182 year old relic, the 1832 Inventory and appraisment of the Estate of Michael CODY, posted and give light to my CODY Ancestors!

I’m calling your names and I’ve brought Catie and Ailey II out to welcome you home!:)

I’ve learned more about you this week, than in all the time I’ve sought your names and stories. #GRATITUDE

  • 5 aces(?) 2.00 Armsted negro man 275.00 Jack negro man 312.50 — 589.50
  • George negro man 475.00 Lewis negro man 475.00 John do do 500 — 1450.00
  • Jefferson 500.00  Harrison’s John 475.00 Daniel 500.00 Garrison 475.00 — 1950.00
  • Reddick 500.00 Anderson 400.00 Abraham 475.00 Jerry a Boy 400.00 — 1775.00
  • Elias a boy 350.00 Reuben do 325.00 Henry do 275.00 Anthony 250.00 — 1200.00
  • Stephen 250.00 Elbert 250.00 Siller a girl 275.00 Cynthia do 350.00 — 1125.00
  • Eliza 375.00 Ailsey & her 4 children Martha, Mariah, Vina & Ellick 950.00 — 1325.00
  • Phillis & her child Simeon […]

1854 BILL OF SALE: Sarah & Child Sold by Edmund CODY to Jesse R. BEALL

Sarah & Child - 1854 Bill of Sale Jesse R. BEALL

Sale of Negro woman and Child Sold to Jesse R BEALL on Credit of Twelve Months Sold the first Tuesday in March 1854. The property of Elizabeth CODY deceased Sold By Edmund CODY Admin. Sold Sarah & Child To Jesse. R Athensloose BEALL
for $1275.00

Ordinances Office Warrenton
Sworn and Subscribed before me March 10th 1854
Before A.R. MERSHOW

Ordinary

Recorded March 14th 1854
By Arden R MERSHOW Ordinary

*************

RESEARCH NOTES:

  • Name: Jesse Roundtree BEALL
  • Birth: 1 OCT 1812 in Warren County, Georgia
  • Death: 28 JAN 1898 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Georgia
  • Occupation: 1850 Overseer on farm of E. W. Johnson
  • Occupation: 1880 Farmer
  • Burial: 30 JAN 1898 Georgia
  • Census: 1880 District 78, Jefferson Co GA Fed Census, NA Film # T9-0154, p. 199D
  • Event: Note 1880 Age 68 years, born GA, married, h/h, white, male; JESSE B. BEALL

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ROSE CODY: She Saying Something Now!:)

It has been a SURREAL few days.

On Monday night, deep in the midst of final #DREAMFORWARD preparation I found myself on GOOGLE poking for family slave document leads on Emory University’s President James Edward DICKEY, son of James Madison DICKEY, the Methodist minister who was the second owner of my 4th Grandmother Catie WINGFIELD-DORSEY.

How I landed on the AJC article referencing Emory’s slave history and research work by Emory Professor Leslie HARRIS, I cannot tell you. However that lead to my emailing Ms. HARRIS, which lead to additional outreach to Mark AUSLANDER, author of The Accidental Slaveowner. Which leads to a currently running research email thread on its 12th iteration!:)

On the other side of my Ancestor breadcrumb trail there’s Lisa HENDERSON of Scuffalong: Genealogy (our newest AAGSAR member) who inadvertently connects me to an acquaintance, artist Lynn Lynn Marshall-Linnemeier of Miss Kitty’s Cloak believing our Emory, Oxford, Methodist-church research might somehow be connected.

And guess what? It is! Every person I’ve bumped into over the past two days leads back to the exact same Ancestor — Rose CODY!:)

Rose was the first slave purchased by Michael CODY of Warrenton Georgia and many of the CODY slaves descend from her. Rose summoned me in 2009, and I produced these now archived posts […]

Florence ENGLISH & Amanda CODY ~ Sang Hymns While Being Executed

Amanda CODY ~ 1895 PRAISEI’ve always been very careful over the years to focus on the restorative nature of my Slave Ancestry research. I’ve never felt it my purpose to spend time amplifying an Ancestors human flaws. Given the time period and life circumstances they endured, I choose to offer Ancestors peace and ease in lieu of judgement.

Today is no different.

As it often happens, I start out seeking one thing and discover something TOTALLY different! I can’t tell you what lead me to the story of Florence ENGLISH and Amanda CODY today — I’ve never heard of Florence nor paid much attention to Amanda’s 1870 Warrenton Census presence. I do believe it was their intention to be found though. As with all Ancestors, I believe they (Florence and Amanda) desire to not be forgotten or dismissed. I believe it’s possible Ancestors can seek redemption, forgiveness and understanding too.

Now in the case of the CODY, JOHNSON and ENGLISH families of Warrenton, it would take a lifetime of research and DNA testing to untangle the web of how these blood lines intertwine many times over. Marion Michael CODY (Madison’s brother) married Rachel ENGLISH — bringing together their family lines and slaves. The JOHNSON Farm was adjoined to both Madison and Robert CODY’s property. There was much intermingling across the families — and slaves. So Florence and Amanda were most likely cousins, and they are certainly connected to me.

Their 22 November 1895 story according to

2013 Walk To #EndALZ: We Did It #4GERRIE, #4NAY & #4FAMILY

Wish I could find words to express what Saturday, October 5th meant to me — 2 months to the day of Mom’s passing. We did it #4GERRIE, #4NAY and #4FAMILY. Though the way forward for me is certainly with a broken heart, it’ll also be filled with lots of laughter and my beyond-crazy Family marching along beside me!

#GRATITUDE

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 […]

The Way Forward: What’s Next For OGR?

AlexHaleyFarm_ClintonTNWhenever I return from research hiatus (this makes my 3rd time in 14 years) I always start with a working genealogy “bucket list” of goals I hope to accomplish during the next go-round!

We encounter so much on the journey  digging through our family history “the list” helps keep me on task and stay focused. It’s also my way of alerting the Ancestors and Universe to my intentions, so they can continue to assist in unlocking the doors that have hold of their story.

So, what’s next for OGR? What would I really love to confirm or discover?

  • Did Madison CODY sell or loan Catie to Rev. James DICKEY? What was their (CODY/DICKEY) connection/relationship?
  • Does the journal of Madison CODY’s son have any clues helpful to our research?
  • What happened to Catie when Rev. DICKEY left Wilkes County in 1861? Can we confirm Catie continued to work at the Smyrna Church? Was she purchased by someone else or did he take Catie with him8?
  • Did cousin Elbert STRINGER know how he and cousin Blanche were related? Did Elbert realize Blanche was Ailey’s (Catie’s Sister) Granddaughter?
  • Information about and pics of Joe DORSEY, Catie’s 2nd husband; is there any record of his death?
  • Are there any STRINGER or DORSEY family bibles documenting our lineage?
  • Will I ever be given access to Rev. James Madison DICKEY’s artifacts in possession of his family?
  • Visit(s) to Warren County with cousin Gwen. I want that copy of Ailey’s picture! What other family history will we find there?
  • What other information exists about Pierce CODY (Ailey & Catie’s brother) in the WPA records? Was there ever a picture of […]
By |August 21st, 2013|Journal|2 Comments

Rose CODY, Born About 1782

While reading the CODY and WOMACK Families book sent to me by Lori, I discovered the name of Michael CODY’s first slave — Rose.

The Author notes that:

during the year 1800 he purchased a negro girl, who was then 18 years of age, whose name was Rose.

By my estimation, that would place Rose’s birth sometime about the year 1782.

Interestingly enough, Michael’s 1832 will names a Rose & Rosetta, among his 42 slaves & both the Warren County 1850 & 1860 Census for Rebecca & Madison Derrelle, have a black, female slave that logically, could be our Rose.

From my other family book reference CODY-ROGERS of Georgia, I know that the separation of family was said to be Michael’s greatest issue with Slavery & that his will specifically stated there was to be no selling of slaves or his property.

Could Rose, born in 1782 be my oldest Ancestor to date? YES. Will I ever be able to confirm this fact? I pray God I will, whether it be to confirm or negate a blood connection.

What am I counting on to assist me? If Michael purchased Rose in 1800, hopefully there is a deed transaction living in the Archives to shed light on the transaction. If Rose was so well loved that she remained with the family some 65 years, could she be mentioned somewhere in the CODY family papers or buried near Michael & Rebecca in Warren Co?

I’ll be looking out for my Rose and yes, she is MY Rose now.

I admit, it is hard for me to look past an Ancestor once our paths cross. My knowledge of their being unknown for so long just won’t allow me to leave them unamed or unrecognized.

Be they my CODY blood […]