Sunday, December 29, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Dec. 29-Jan. 4

Jan. 4-
 The fourth anniversary of the death of my Paternal Grandmother Mary Baker Hudson (1920-2010). "Mimi", as we called her, died in her home in Scranton, Florence, SC at the age of 89. She is buried in the Sumter City Cemetery in Sumter,SC.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Three Generations of Nativity Sets

This year I am fortunate to have three special Nativity Sets. The first is the one my Maternal Grandmother Azile Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009)  had in her home. The second is the one I grew up with and the third is the Nativity that I have used in my own home for many years.

My Grandmother's Nativity

My Mom's Nativity

My Nativity

Three Generations of Nativity Sets bring joy and memories to my home this Christmas Season.  

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Blog Caroling-Jolly Old St. Nicholas

  Recently my Mom told me that my Dad had a request for my children to learn the song Jolly Old St. Nicholas for our family's annual Christmas Eve program. The reason why? Because he remembered his Mother,Mary Baker Hudson (1920-2010), singing it. 
 Now, I don't know what version she would sing but I found this 1949 version on youtube. My father was born in 1941 so perhaps she was familiar with it and sang it to her children.

Merry Christmas!

© Cheri Hudson Passey

This Week On My Family Calendar

Dec. 22-Dec. 28-

Dec. 25-
 The death of my Paternal 5th Great Grandfather happened on Christmas Day,196 years ago.  John Dargan (1748-1817) was 68 years old when he died in Sumter County, SC. Burial took place in the Dargan Cemetery.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, December 15, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Dec. 15-Dec.21-

Dec. 18-

 Ezra A. Hudson (1821-1882), my Paternal Great Great Grandfather, died 131 years ago in Sardis, Darlington, SC. He died at the age of 61 from a stroke and is buried in the Sardis Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mary Elizabeth Stafford Dorrity (1843-1930), my Maternal Great Great Grandmother, died 83 years ago at the age of 87 from heart disease. Mary died in Sumter County, SC and is buried in the Sumter City Cemetery, Sumter, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, December 8, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Dec. 8-Dec. 14

Dec. 10-
   My Paternal 3rd Great Grandmother Mary Ellen Jones Baker (1826-abt. 1865) would be celebrating her 187th birthday. She was born in SC, probably in Sumter County.

Dec. 11-
 William A. McManus (1854-1914) and Francis Virginia McRady (1856-1903), my Maternal Great Great Grandparents were married 141 years ago in Sumter County, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, December 1, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Dec. 1-Dec. 7

Dec. 1-
My Maternal Great Great Grandmother, Beulah Mae Price Roberts, (1897-1980) died 33 years ago in Camden, Kershaw, SC. She died at the age of 83 from heart disease. Beulah Roberts was buried in Quaker Cemetery, Camden, Kershaw, SC.

Dec. 2-
 John Milton Dargan (1799-1847), my Paternal 4th Great Grandfather, was born 214 years ago. John lived most of his life in Sumter County, SC and may have been born there. 

Dec. 5-
  Christine Williams Sullivan (1896-1930), the mother of my Maternal Step Grandfather, was born 117 years ago in Camden, Kershaw, South Carolina. 

Dec. 6-
  My Maternal Grandmother, Azile Juanita Daughrity Roberts Sullivan (1921-2009) would be 92 years old on this day. She was born in Sumter, Sumter, SC. 

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, November 24, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Nov. 24-Nov. 30

Nov. 24-

  •   In 1854 my Maternal 5th Great Grandfather, Philip Roberts , II (1783-1854) died at the age of 91 in Harrison County, Ky. His death was 159 years ago.
  •    Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888), my Paternal Great Great Grandfather died and was buried in Statesville, Iredell, NC. He was 59 years old when he died 125 years ago. The burial took place in the Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery. 

Nov. 29-
  The 242nd anniversary of the marriage of Samuel Cook and Alice Dargan (b.1753).  Samuel and Alice were my Paternal 6th Great Grandparents and may have been married in Sumter County, SC. 

Nov. 30-
 Louvinia Blanche Thames Hudson (1886-1918) , my paternal Great Grandmother died 95 years ago in 1918. Blanche was 32 years old when she died just a week after giving birth to her first child. Her death certificate list complications of child birth as her cause of death. She died in Clarendon County, SC and is buried there in Home Branch Cemetery.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, November 17, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Nov. 17-Nov. 23-

Nov. 18
 William A. Martin (1813-1887), my Paternal 3rd Great Grandfather, died 126 years ago at the age of 74. He died in Statesville, Iredell County, NC and is buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Nov. 22
   The 95th birthday of my Paternal Grandfather Benjamin Allen Hudson (1918-1976). Pop, as we called him, was born in Clarendon County, SC in 1918.

Nov. 23

  •   My Paternal Great Great Grandmother, Ellen Caroline Martin Early (1850-1926), died 87 years ago at the age of 76. She died in Columbia, Richland County, SC and was buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Statesville, Irdell County, NC.
  • The 193rd wedding anniversary of my Paternal 4th Great Grandparents John Milton Dargan (1799-1847) and Emily Elizabeth Vaughn (1797-1865). They were married in 1820 in Sumter County, SC. John was 20 and Emily was 23.

 © Cheri Hudson Passey

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Treasure Chest Thursday- Gilbert Robert's WWII Draft Registration Card

Gilbert Ernest Roberts
© Cheri Hudson Passey

  During the process of creating a Honor Roll Page page for my Grandfather, Gilbert Ernest Roberts,Sr. (1920-1944), I decided to do a search on to see if there were any records added since the last time I had searched.
 To my surprise I found this WWII Draft Registration Card. Gilbert and my Grandmother, Azile Daughrity Roberts (1921-2009), were living in Charlotte, NC where he was working at Highland Park Mill.  He was 21 years old.

WWII Registration Card for Gilbert Ernest Roberts Pg.1 inage

 Although I already knew most of the information on this side of the card, it was fun to see my Grandparent's address as it is different from others that I have for them in Charlotte. My Grandfather Gilbert's signature on the bottom of the page touched my heart.
 I have many of Gilbert's military documents and some of the letters that he sent to family members as he served in the war so I have seen his signature before, but since I never knew him, I love seeing anything that he personally held in his hands.

WWII Draft Registration Card for Gilbert Ernest Roberts Pg. 2 image

  The second image has new information. It has a physical description of my Grandfather. I have a lot of pictures of him, but they are in black and white so it was fun to learn his height and weight and his eye and hair color! The date on the record means that at the time of his registering for the Draft, my Grandmother was just a few months pregnant with my Mom.
 More information to piece together the life of a man that my Mom and I never knew.
 Finding this document made me realize again how important is it to go back and check sites that you have already searched. New data bases and better indexes are added every day. You never know when a treasure may be found!

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Monday, November 11, 2013

The Honor Wall-Remembering My Grandfather

Happy Veteran's Day!
 I have been working on making pages on the Honor Wall for the Veterans in my family.
Today I would like to share the one I have started for my Grandfather. He served in the Army during WWII and was killed during the Battle of Peleliu in 1944.

To get to his page please click on this link: Gilbert Ernest Roberts

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, November 10, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Nov. 10-Nov. 16

Nov. 14 
 The 110th death anniversary of my Maternal Great Great Grandmother Francis "Fannie" Virginia McRady McManus.  Fannie died on this day in 1903 at the age of 47 in Sumter County, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, November 3, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar


Nothing on my Calendar for this week. Any cousins out there who know something that should be on the calendar ,please let me know! 

Sunday, October 27, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 27-Nov. 2

Oct. 28
  My Great Great Grandfather, Arthur Wellington Baker (1857-1940), died 73 years ago in Sumter, SC.  He was 83 years years old.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Wordless Wednesday~A Time To Mourn

Frank Price and Beulah Mae Price Roberts
Graniteville Cemetery, Graniteville, SC  1964
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 My Great Grandmother Beulah Mae Price Roberts (1897-1980) with her brother Frank Earle Price (1914-2002) visiting the graves of their Mother Bessie Mae Eargle Price (1884-1943) and their brother David Daniel Price (1904-1937).

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, October 20, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 20-Oct. 26 

Oct. 20
   Emily Vaughn Dargan (1797-1865) , my 4th Great Grandmother, was born on this day in 1797.  She was born 216 years ago in Sumter County, SC.

Oct. 22
   The birthday of my Great Grandmother, Loretta "Etta" McManus Daughrity 
(1894-1936).  She was born 119 years ago in Sumter County, SC.

Oct. 24
   My Great Grandmother, Emma Ruth Baker Early (1901-1993) died  20 years ago at the age of 92 in Columbia, Richland, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, October 13, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 13-Oct. 19

Oct. 13

 The 101st Anniversary of the marriage of my Maternal Great Grandparents Manning David Daughrity, Jr. (1889-1931) and Loretta McManus (1894-1936). They were married in Bishopville, Lee County, SC. in 1912. David was 23 and Etta was 17.

My Paternal 5th Great Grandmother, Mary Strother Dargan (1772-1822), died 191 years ago. She was 50 years old when she died in Sumter County, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Society Saturday-What I Learned at Our Last Meeting

  Instead of a Genealogical Society in my small town we have a Genealogy Club. We meet once a month at a local library and have scheduled speakers on various topics. Most of the members do not have ancestors that they are researching locally but are either "Snow Birds" or retiree's from other states.
  For our September meeting we were fortunate to have a local photographer come and speak to us about the history of photography.We were told that he was very knowledgeable about the subject and that we should bring any old photos that we needed help in dating.
 Well, I knew right away which photo to bring. Last March I wrote about a mystery picture in this post:
Celebrating Women's History Month: Day 2-Mystery Picture
  Arriving at the library a few minutes early gave me a chance to speak to the photographer before his presentation. He saw my picture and told me that he was glad that I had brought it. He said he would like to use it as part of his presentation and he would tell me then what he thought about the possible time frame in which it was taken. I was excited to see what he had to say.
  The presentation was very well done. Clearly the presenter knew his stuff and had many examples of old photo's. He was able to explain the history of photography and explain the various photo types over the years.
  During his lecture, the photographer came over to me and picked up my picture. He said that he was happy to have an example of a "Crayon Portrait". He explained that photographers would take original pictures or negatives, colorize them with crayons or chalks and then blow the picture up. Many of them were produced in the same oval shape as mine was. This process was done on new pictures as well as older family photo's, sometimes many years after the original was taken.
 If a photographer in the area was not doing Crayon Paintings, often Door to Door Salesman would come and sell the service from out of town photographers. They would take the original and send it away to be made. The owners usually did not get their originals back.
 That makes me wonder what they did with the originals? Are there piles of old pictures in storage rooms of what were once old photo shops?
 In looking at the clothing worn by the woman in the picture he said that, in his opinion, her dress was like those worn in the 1880's and that it was most likely taken during that time frame.  Her family probably then gave the original to a photographer in the early 1900's to become a Crayon Portrait.
 This was great information! I had previously thought her dress looked pre-1900's but with the type of picture I felt it couldn't have been taken that early.
 I have a couple of other pictures from what may be the same family (they were found in the same attic) that were taken in about 1918. I had wondered if they had been taken at the same time. Except for the dress.The only thing I could think of was that she just didn't like the fashions of the day and simply wore an out of style dress!! Now it all makes sense.

Sarah Rebecca Smith Flemming Hudson ?
Copy of original owned by Cheri Hudson Passey
©Cheri Hudson Passey

 I still don't know if this portrait is of Sarah Rebecca Smith Flemming Hudson (1835-1916) but I do have some new clues. If the picture was taken in the 1880's, Sarah would have been in her mid 40's to early 50's. It's hard to judge the age of the woman in the picture but I feel that it could be a woman of the same description. Maybe? Or maybe I just want it to be!
   Learning about different photography styles through the years at my Gene Club meeting certainly shed some light on my mystery picture. If you don't belong to a society or club I encourage everyone to do so. No Club or Society where you live? Then start one! There is so much to learn as we meet and collaborate with others. It's a good thing!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Wednesday's Child- Infant Daughters

Double Marker for Emma and Minnie Early
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
Statesville, Iredell, NC
Photo courtesy of Joy Steele

                " Infant daughters of R. T. Early and Ellen C. Martin"
 This double marker for Emma F. and Minnie B. Early does not have dates of birth or death.  According to church records Emma and Minnie Early were baptized in May 1880.
  The girls are buried in Bethesda Presbyterian Church Cemetery Statesville, Iredell, NC
     Their parents, Ransom Taylor Early (1829-1888) and Ellen C. Martin (1850-1926), are my Great Great Grandparents.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, October 6, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Oct. 6-Oct. 12

Oct. 6-
  73 years ago my Grandparents, Gilbert Roberts, Sr. and Azile Daughrity, were married. The marriage took place in Lancaster, SC.

Oct. 11- 

  • Ezra A. Hudson, my 2nd Great Grandfather, was born on this day in 1821. He was born in Darlington District, SC.  Ezra would be celebrating his 192nd birthday!
  • My 3rd Great Grandmother, Mary Jane Brown McRady, was born 119 years ago. Jane was born in 1894 possibly in Sumter County, SC.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Sept. 29-Oct. 5

Oct. 2
  Frances "Fannie" Virginia McRady McManus was born 167 years ago. She was born in Sumter County, SC. and was my 2nd Great Grandmother.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sentimental Sunday~David and Etta's Favorite Hymns

  The other day I received this Facebook message from my Mom's first cousin:

" Mom had told me that David's favorite hymn was Nailed Scarred Hands and Loretta's was Face to Face.."

This cousin's Mom and my Grandmother were sisters. David and Loretta were their parents, my Great Grandparents.
 How fun to have such personal information about them!
 I never knew Manning David Daughrity and Loretta McManus Daughrity. They died when my Grandmother was a teenager. She told me what she could about them but I had never heard about their favorite hymns.  I don't know if it is something that she knew.

Manning David Daughrity
© Cheri Hudson Passey

David's Favorite Hymn: Nail Scarred Hands

Loreetta "Etta" McManus Daughrity
© Cheri Hudson Passey

Etta's Favorite Hymn: Face to Face


 A little window into their lives to help me get to know them. I love genealogy and family history! It's about so much more than just names and dates!

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, September 22, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar

Sept. 22-Sept. 28

Sept. 24
 Manning David Daughrity, Sr., my 2nd Maternal Great- Grandfather, would be 169 years old . He was born in Sumter County, SC in 1844.

Sept. 27
 The 137th anniversary of the death of my Paternal 3rd Great-Grandmother. Matilda C. Martin died in Statesville, Iredell, NC. in 1876.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday-Relocated Graves

George Phillip Roberts and wife Hattie Brazell Roberts

Headstone of George and Hattie Roberts
Original picture owned by Cheri Hudson Passey
© Cheri Hudson Passey

 My Great Great Grandparents, George and Hattie Roberts were originally buried on property that is now owned by Fr.Jackson, Richland, SC.
 In 1941 the government bought a large parcel of land from local residents in order to enlarge the Army Base.  Many graves were relocated.  
    George and Hattie Brazell Roberts are now buried in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery in Columbia, Richland ,SC.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, September 15, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar-Nada!

Sept. 15-Sept. 21

 The calendar is empty for this week. If you know something about one of my ancestors that should be one this calendar please let me know!

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Some Semi-Random Research~This Week's SNGF

  Randy Seaver from Genea-Musings has issued this Saturday Night Genealogy Fun mission ~

1)  We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...what is your first name? [This is the easy part!]

2)  Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the first person in your alphabetical name index is with a surname starting with the first two letters of your first name (e.g., my first name is RAndall, so I'm looking for the first person with a surname starting with RA).  [If there are no surnames with those first two letters, take the surname after that letter combination.]

3)  What do you know about this person based on your research?  It's OK to do more if you need to - in fact, it's encouraged!

4)  How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5)  Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post.

My results~
1) My first name is Cheri
2) I looked in my Legacy surname index for the first person whose surname started with CH and came up with George Chandler who died in Darlington County, SC about 1820.
3)  What do I know about him? Not much! I have been told that he married Margaret Hawthorn.  I descend from their daughter Margaret Elizabeth Chandler.
4) George Chandler was my paternal 5th Great Grandfather and the end of the line for this family.
 I haven't worked on this line for quite a while. I decided to so some searches on Google and on  I was able to find someone who is researching the Chandlers  and may have information on George and his family.  Hopefully I will get a response to the message I sent asking for help.
Thanks Randy for this mission tonight. I don't know when I would get back to researching the Chandlers without it!

 © Cheri Hudson Passey

Sibling Saturday-Cousin Bait Reels In Another Catch!

        Last week I received an email from a member of my Roberts family. My blog was found during a search of a common ancestor and this cousin wanted to connect!

Four of the Roberts Brothers
Verdy,Walter,William and George
© Cheri Hudson Passey

    My newly found cousin's Grandfather Walter Roberts (1896-1983)-and my Great Grandfather William Roberts (1894-1959) were brothers. They were the sons of George Philip Roberts (1856-1930) and Hattie Brazell Roberts (1870-1927) from Richland County, SC.
  We have already begun sharing information. Thanks for finding me cuz! Can't wait to see what we can discover together!

 ©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, September 8, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Sept 8-Sept. 14

  • Sept. 9

 Thomas Mcrady, my 3rd Great Grandfather, would be celebrating his 192nd birthday. He was born in 1821 possibly in Sumter District, S.C.

  • Sept. 13
The Death Anniversary of my 2nd Great Grandfather William A. McManus.  He died in 1914 in Sumter County, S.C. at the age of 60.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Back To School Pictures-Could This Be Etta's?

All the back to school pictures that have been posted in the last few weeks as everyone's children headed off to school got me thinking about this picture.

Etta McManus Daughrity  (1894-1936)
© Cheri Hudson Passey

       This is my Great Grandmother Loretta "Etta" McManus Daughrity.
She looks to be about 4 or so. Perhaps this her "First Day of School" picture.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, September 1, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar:

Sept.1-Sept. 7


Sept. 4-
   The 161st anniversary of the death of my 4th Great Grandfather Philip RobertIs III. He was born in Kershaw County, SC in 1798 and died at age 54 in Richland County, SC in 1852.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, August 25, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar:


Emma Ruth Baker Early was born in Sumter County, S.C. in 1901. She would be 113 years old. Ruth was my Great Grandmother.

© Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, August 18, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

Aug. 18- Aug. 24

Aug. 20

  •   Mary Jane Brown McRady, my 3rd Great Grandmotherwould be 192 years old. She was born in 1821 in South Carolina.
  • 201 years ago, in 1812, my 3rd Great Grandmother Matilda C. Martin was born. She may have been born in N.C.
Aug. 24
  •    My Grandfather Gilbert Ernest Roberts,Sr. would be 93 years old. He was born in Richland County, S.C. in 1920.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, August 11, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar


 A look at my genealogy data base shows no anniversaries for this week. If we have any family ties and you are aware of something that should be on this calendar please let me know!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing Baby!-Searching Original Records

 Recently I was able to spend a couple of days at the South Carolina State Archives in Columbia. I wanted to search through Civil War Pension Records.The SC Archives has done, and continues to do a wonderful job digitizing records and has many Widows Pensions to view on their website. I had  previously searched this on line data base for my ancestors and had found two.Knowing that I had others who had served in the War from South Carolina, I decided that I would look to see what additional records may be in the Archives.
  My first search of the Index for Sumter County, SC Pension Rolls led me to a Pension Roll Book that had the name of my 3rd Great Grandfather Alpheus J. Baker (1824-1917). It showed that he was living in Bishopville, SC and received  a pension payment on 17 Feb. 1901 for his service in White's Battalion for "service until surrender".


1901 Sumter County,SC Pension Roll Book
Picture of original held by the SC State Archives

    Next, I wanted to look at the microfilm for the Lee County, SC Pension Roll records. Lee County was formed from a part of Sumter County in 1902. Bishopville had become a part of Lee County so Alpheus should be in these lists.
 When I went to get the microfilm it wasn't there. Turns out that some one else was using it. I was told that the original papers would be pulled for me instead!
 Yes! Originals! 
What I was brought was a file box with the Pension Rolls from Lee County, SC 1909-1919.
   Each year had an envelope that contained the Pension Roll papers plus letters. Handwritten or typed letters were in almost everyone. The letters were statements as to the standing of a person receiving or who had been denied a pension. Some were asking that their pension monies be given to various people to bring to them since they couldn't come themselves, or asking the Pension Board to look into their case again. 
 One of the best ones I saw was this typed note from 1914 that includes the name of my 3rd Great Grandfather's sister Julia Dorrity Byd. Julia was receiving a Widow's Pension in behalf of her deceased husband, James Byrd.   
1914 Letter to Comt. Gen, Columbia, SC from R.H. Singletary
 Picture of original held by the South Carolina State Archives

      On the bottom is says:
 " Please let me have a check for Mrs. H.J. Goodman, Mrs. Mary Deas, and Mrs. Julia A. Byrd, who are on my list as dead and who are still living as these people are worrying the life out of me about it,
                                                               Yours truly,
                                                                   R. H. Singletary"
  I hope this got cleared up quickly so that Mr. Singletary could get some peace!

 If I had looked at the microfilm would I have seen this or any of the other letters? Would I have just scrolled through until I found the right place and name? Were the letters microfilmed along with the Pension Rolls? I don't know but I do know that there is great value in looking at the original. How fun it would have been to find a handwritten letter signed by someone in my family tree!
 There is nothing like holding an original record created by or for your ancestor. I am so glad that the microfilm that I needed was being used that day.The next time I have a choice between a copy or the original I will ask for the real thing!

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, August 4, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

 Aug. 4-10

  •  August 5
The 138th anniversary of the death of Samuel James Bradford II.  He was 60 years old when he died in Sumter County, SC.

  • August 7
 In 1847, 166 years ago, John M. Dargan died at the age of 47 in Sumter County, SC.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Tombstone Tuesday-Wm and Alice Vaughn: A Soldier and his Consort

Buried in the Dargan Cemetery in Sumter County, SC

William Vaughn

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dillingham 

 Sacred to the Memory of
Wm Vaughn who departed this life
 Sept. 23, 1857 aged 93 yrs., 4 mos.


  Alice Cook Vaughn

Photo Courtesy of Michael Dillingham 
Mrs. Alice Vaughn
Born July 24 1774   Died Mar. 8, 1859
Consort of Wm Vaughn Soldier of 76 of Sumter District
Age 84 years, 7 months, and 12 days.  

 These headstones are the last remaining stones in the Dargan Cemetery in Sumter, SC. The cemetery is now on private property and the other stones have been lost or removed by various people over the years. The current owners were kind enough to let the photographer, Michael Dillingham, take these photos to place on Find A Grave just a few months ago in order to fulfill my request for pictures.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, July 28, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar:

July 28-Aug.3

  • July 29
The 117th anniversary of the death of my 3rd Great Grandfather Thomas McRady. He died at the age of 74 in 1896 and was from Sumter County, SC.

  • August 1
My 2nd Great Grandmother Bessie Mae Eargle Price died 70 years ago in Columbia, Richland, SC. She was 59 years old.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun--A 100 Word Genealogy Challenge

Randy Seaver from Genea-Musing issued this challenge:

Your mission this week, should you decide to accept it, is to:

This SNGF is based on the 100 Word Challenge ( that school children are participating in around the world.  They are given a word or phrase to write a story about in one hundred words.

1)  Write a short 100 word story using the phrase ",,,the most interesting ancestor I have..." in 100 words.  [Hint:  If you write it in a word processor, you can use Tools > Word Count (or similar) to count words]

2)  Share the story with all of us by writing your own blog post, writing a comment on this blog post, or put it in a Google Plus Stream or Facebook Status or Note.  Please leave a comment on this post so others can find it.

I  chose to write about my Maternal 3rd Great Grandfather for this challenge because he is the one I am currently researching-that makes him the most interesting ancestor I least for now!

The most interesting ancestor I have is William J. Dorrity.
 William was born in South Carolina about 1820 and married Martha Mathis, the girl-next-door. Together they had at least 12 children and possibly as many as 16!
William was a planter with a farm in Sumter County, SC. where he grew corn, cotton, sweet potatoes and had an orchard with fruit trees.  
 He served in Company G. of the SC 20th Infantry during the Civil War.
 The 1880 Census reports William Dority as being bedridden with consumption. In 1897 his wife was listed as a widow on the pension roll.

© Cheri Hudson Passey


Sunday, July 21, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

July 21-July 27

  • July 22 
 130 years ago my father's Step-Grandmother,Margaret Ann "Annie" Thames Hudson, was born in 1875 in Clarendon County, SC.  Annie died on her birthday  53 years ago in 1960.

  • July 23
Thomas Philip Roberts was born in 1830 in Richland County, SC. He was my 3rd Great Grandfather and would be 183 years old.
  • July 25
 My 5th Great Grandmother,Alice Cook Vaughn,would be 239 years old. It is not clear where she was born but she lived in Sumter District, SC.
  • July 27
Bertrand Campbell Price. my Great Great Grandfather, was born in 1876 in Aiken County, SC. Cam would be celebrating his 137th birthday.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Monday, July 15, 2013

This Week On My Family Calendar:

July 14-20

  • July 19
Margaret Frances "Fannie" Gibson Thames died 84 years ago. She died in Clarendon County, SC. in 1929. Fannie was my 2nd Great Grandmother.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Sunday, July 7, 2013

This Week On My Family History Calendar

July 7- 13

  • Monday, July 8
William A. Martin my 3rd Great Grandfather was born 200 years ago in 1813.Some suggest he was born in N.C.

  • Saturday, July 13

  My 2nd Great Grandmother Bessie Mae Eargle Price was born in Aiken County, SC in 1884. She would be celebrating her 129th birthday.

©Cheri Hudson Passey

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Fighting With "The Swamp Fox"

Picture Credit: University of South Carolina Library
 While celebrating Independence Day I started thinking about my ancestors that were Revolutionary War Soldiers. I remembered that I had at least one that fought alongside his famous cousin Francis Marion "The Swamp Fox".
 My 6th Great Grandfather, John Marion, Jr. (1738-1780), and many others of the Marion family fought side by side with the man who is called the father of Guerrilla  Warfare.
   In looking at my database, I saw several others who were of age to serve. Could they have served with General Marion?
 I found this great resource online and started looking.

The Swamp Fox: Francis Marion and the Men who Served with him

I found four more:

Lt. John Frierson (1727-1797) 5th Great Grandfather
Capt. Samuel Ervin (1748-1803) 5th Great Grandfather
Henry Richbourg (1737-1810) 6th Great Grandfather
Philip Roberts (1763-1854) 5th Great Grandfather

Mural of Francis Marion and his troops prepared to fight the British
Picture Credit: Swamp Fox Murals Trails Society, Clarendon County, SC

 There were others that had the same names as my ancestors, but I do not know if they are the same person. Some are last names that could be connected to my lines, but I don't have the proof needed.The names of cousins, brothers, and uncles of my people and the names of friends and neighbors appeared on the list as well. It seems that many of my ancestors, along with those they knew and loved joined up to fight for our country's freedom with "The Swamp Fox".

  In 1969, The Wonderful World of Disney produced a T.V. series called The Swamp Fox. I remember watching it as a child. I didn't know I was looking at the story of my ancestors!
I need to go to youtube and watch it again.

Are we kin? Please contact me. T0gether we can find our people.
Thanks so much for stopping by!