Tag Archives: Baldwin County

#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: On the Farm

I mentioned last week that farming is in my blood. Loads of my ancestors owned farms or worked on farms. Recently, I learned that my Great Grand-Uncle Isaac Pittman Jr. died on a farm. He was 15 years old. I … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Work

Census records list many of my ancestors’ and relatives’ occupation as “laborer.” I do wonder at the variety of jobs that word must have covered. Some records, of course, are more specific. In the above listing for my 3x Great … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Tragedy

Every family endures its share of tragedies, from severe illnesses and early deaths to disaster-related losses of property. In many cases, the tragedy is that we don’t even really know what we’ve lost, because our loved ones failed to keep … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Favorite Name

I have come to appreciate unusual names, because it makes it easier to sort out families and link records to the right person. That’s not why I love my great-great-great grandmother’s first name, Arminta. First, I should clarify that my … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Fashion

This week’s prompt in Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks project is fashion. When I think of that topic with regard to my family tree, two stories come to mind. After my great-grandfather Billie Stevens left the sawmill, … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Transportation

My maternal grandmother, Willie Stevens Cook, used to teach a book called “Singing Wheels.” I read it when I stayed with her. I don’t remember the details, but it was about a family going west in covered wagons. When I … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Groups

I dropped off some groceries at my mom’s house yesterday, and she traded me a small bag of photos. Three of them are photos taken at the Muscogee Sawmill in Escambia County. A whole group of my ancestors and other … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Mother’s Day

Usually, I take my mom out for lunch or dinner on Mother’s Day. For the second year running, we skipped that, because of COVID-19, but we talked on the phone and I did some grocery shopping for her. Since I’ve … Continue reading

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#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: DNA (#Genealogy)

When I first tested with 23andMe several years ago, I had not yet begun my genealogy work. I knew who all my grandparents were, and a few of my great-grandparents. I think I knew all of six surnames. Back then, … Continue reading

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My Great-Grandmother Maggie Cooper Hahn

This is a photo of Rev. Theodore Hahn and his wife Mary Margaret “Maggie” Cooper (1886-1967). Maggie was the daughter of Henry Merrit Cooper and Sarah Elizabeth Givens, who was the daughter of Joseph Harvell Givens and Mary Susan Holland. … Continue reading

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