And I Found Elizabeth!

July 4, 2013

It’s amazing how taking a long time off and coming back to your data can help you see with fresh eyes.

In re-reading some entries below, I noticed that I had a suspicion that a neighbor of Lenora Florella (third daughter of James Banks) might be her sister. They were next door neighbors and the Elizabeth on that 1860 census is Britton. She has four children. One is a girl named Judson (her sister Zeno’s middle name) and another is a girl named Florella (her sister Lenora’s middle name). This is too much coincidence to be ignored.

So I’m going to begin looking for this family in earnest today. I think, though, that we can say we have accounted for all of James Banks’ children.

UPDATE: Well, this has never happened to me in my research before. It looks like this family is recorded twice on the same census. Here is what I have. From the census book, Bradlford Springs, Sumter County, SC on the 30th of August 1860, enumerated by Rob Fraser, page 72:

First is the Rhames Family (George and Lenora), then:

Thomas S Britton, 28, M, Farmer, 500, 400, SC
Elizabeth Britton, 24, F, SC
Judson B. “, 9, F, SC
Henry G. “, 7, M, SC
Maconsio “, 3, F, SC
Florilla H. “, 6/12, F, SC

Then on page 103 (?) on the 23rd of August on the same census, living right next door to Zeno Love Bradley, her aunt (who, get this, was previously married to a Britton), we find:

Thomas Britton, 29, M, Farmer, 100, SC
Elizabeth Britton, 23, F, SC
Judson “, 7, F, SC
Green “, 3, M, SC
McCronies “, 2, F, SC

It’s easy to assume that in at least one case a neighbor was giving the census taker their information. This explains the minor discrepancies. Then when they were present (perhaps visiting family?) and the same census taker came along, they provided the correct information. I’m inclined to believe that the first set of data above is correct, since it is more precise and complete.


I found a widow applying for pension that looks promising. She is Sarah E. Britton, widow of ST Britton, living in Haynesville,  Lowndes County, Alabama (we have a connection with her brother living there as well, though not at the same time). She says on the application (made between 1893 and 1895) that her husband died in the Civil War, fighting as a private in the South Carolina Volunteer Infantry.


I found Mariah C Bradley!

July 3, 2013

Among James Banks children, two daughters have been a bear to find. But I realized re-reading the 1860 census for the family today that Mariah has been under my nose all along. She is living with the family and her last name is Logan! She has two children, also named Logan. With this in hand I’m going to begin the search and hopefully will have good news soon.

UPDATE: All the usual searches aren’t turning anything up, but “Logan” rang a bell for me and then it hit me – There is a Logan on page 2 of the transcription of the family Bible pages (see the images at the bottom of James Banks Bradley’s page). I looked and it is Maria E. Logan. She is listed as Mahaza R. Bradley’s sister and she died in 1851. This is confirmed by the Boykin genealogy. On the one hand, we know these two people are not the same. Maria E. died in 1851. Mariah (or Maria) C is alive for the 1860 census. We might also assume that Mariah C was named after her mom’s sister. But how did Mariah C. end up a Logan just like Mahaza’s sister? Could be a coincidence, or it could be that Mariah married into the same family as Mahaza’s sister.

It’s not much, but I’m putting this information out there in case the few of you following are interested in doing some of your own research.

UPDATE TWO: I meant to add that in 1850 Mariah is still living at home. And in 1860 she is home with her family with two children of her own and named Logan. So, while not necessary, it may be that Logan died, abandoned, or divorced her. If this is the case, their entire marriage was between census records. So unless a marriage record exists, or perhaps property documents, we may never find out more.

Also, although Mariah is with her family in Alabama in 1860, both her children (ages 3 and 1) are listed as born in SC. If this is correct, several possibilities should be kept in mind. Either Mariah was only visiting from SC when the census taker came through, or she had recently lost her husband (by one means or another) and moved out to AL to join her family. The other point is that her entire marriage is likely to have taken place in SC since both children were born there.

New Page

July 3, 2013

Added a page for Virginia Lillian Bradley, sister of Thomas Chester Bradley, daughter of Truman Thomas Bradley.

New Page

July 2, 2013

Added a new page for Thomas Chester Bradley, son of Truman Thomas Bradley.

Military Service

July 2, 2013

The Civil War Soldiers Index lists Stephen Banks Bradley as a private in the 20th Regiment, South Carolina Infantry. I’ve added this to his page.

New Page

July 2, 2013

Page added for Lorena M. Vasser Speegle (daughter of Zeno Judson Bradley).

Truman Thomas Bradley

July 1, 2013

Well after years of little fruitful contact as a result of this blog I’ve been contacted by a second person in less than a week who is descended from James Banks. Well, her husband is, and she has been very helpful. They are descended from Truman Bradley (son of William Thomas and father of Thomas Chester). I’ve posted some pics for Truman Bradley that she was kind enough to share. Look for more work on that portion of the family in the coming days.