Monday, August 31, 2015

Familiar Places: Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia

The city of Norfolk is located in the common wealth of Virginia. (2)  It was formed as an independent city from Norfolk county in 1845. (1)  It is located at the mouth of the Chesapeake bay. (2)  

In 1619 the Virginia Colony's Governor, Sir George Yeardley incorporated Elizabeth Cittie, one of four jurisdictions.  In 1634 King Charles I reorganized these citties into shires.  Elizabeth Cittie then became Elizabeth City Shire. When the South Hampton Roads portion separated from the shire, Adam Thoroughgood (a large land holder) suggested it be renamed New Norfolk County, after his birthplace in England.  One year later it was split into Upper Norfolk and Lower Norfolk.  Part of what was Lower Norfolk is now the independent city of Norfolk.  It was incorporated in 1705 and George II granted it a royal charter as a borough (town or district).  All that was left from the Revolutionary War was the walls of Saint Paul's Episcopal Church. (2)  The town was gradually rebuilt.

Here is the Seal of Norfolk:
"Seal of Norfolk, Virginia" by City of Norfolk - Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -,_Virginia.png#/media/File:Seal_of_Norfolk,_Virginia.png
 Et Terra Et Mare Diitiae Tuae Crescas is meant to be translated as “Both by land and by sea thy riches (are)" (3)
"Motto: Crescas (Latin for, "Thou shalt grow.")" (2)

Norfolk's location in Virginia:
"VAMap-doton-Norfolk" by The original uploader was Seth Ilys at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -
Here are the city's current boundaries:
Google Maps

The city's boundaries have been the same since 1988 when it swapped some land with Virginia Beach. (2)

People of interest:
  • CHANDLER, living male (x2)


Sunday, August 30, 2015

Familiar Places: Naval Medical Center Portsmouth

Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP)

The Naval Medical Center Portsmouth is located in Portsmouth, Virginia.  It is known as the "First and Finest."  It was the United States' first Naval hospital, opened in 1830.  It is comprised of 3 hospitals sitting on 110 acres. (1)

People of interest:

  • CHANDLER, living male
If anyone else pops up in my family tree for this location, I will add more.  For now though, I am keeping the history simple for my son's family history book.


Thursday, August 27, 2015

Familial Places: Portsmouth, Virginia

Portsmouth, Virginia, USA

Portsmouth is an independent city, located in the state of Virginia.  This means that it is not attached to any county government.  It was founded as an independent city in 1858.(1)  Portsmouth is part of the Hampton Roads Harbor.(2)  John Wood, a shipbuilder, noticed that Portsmouth would be a good shipbuilding location in 1620.  He petitioned King James I of England for a land grant.  Soon the area became a plantation community.  Colonel William Crawford officially founded Portsmouth as a town in 1752.  It was named after the town of Portsmouth in England. (2)

Portsmouth was the county seat of Norfolk County until 1963 when the new city of Chesapeake was formed.

This is where Portsmouth is within Virginia:
"VAMap-doton-Portsmouth" by The original uploader was Seth Ilys at English Wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -
This is what the current city boundaries look like:
From Google Maps
It appears the boundaries haven't changed since it's independence in 1858. (3)

People of interest:
  • CHANDLER, living male
Places of interest:
  • Naval Medical Center Portsmouth.


I will add more to this article as I find ancestors from here.  For right now this is all I felt was pertinent to my son's family history book.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Familial Places: Virginia


Queen Elizabeth gave Sir Walter Raleigh permission to establish a colony in North America.  Queen Elizabeth was often called the Virgin Queen.  So in 1854 Sir Walter Raleigh established the first colony in North America and called it Virginia. (1)  This contributes to it's nickname "Old Dominion." (3)  This is the only nickname officially recognized.  (3)

In 1624 King James made Virginia a royal Colony. (1)  

When Virginia wrote their own constitution they established their self as a common wealth.  A common wealth states that they will be governed by the people and not any king or queen. (1)  Even though they call their self a common wealth the U.S. government treats Virginia as a state.  The first president, George WASHINGTON and four other presidents: Thomas JEFFERSON, James MADISON, James MONROE, and John TYLER all came from Virginia. (1)  This contributes to Virginia being called "Mother of Presidents" (3)  The wiki article sited claims 8 presidents were born there.

During the English Civil War, supporters of King Charles II of England were called Cavaliers.  This gave way to another unofficial nickname "The Cavalier State".  The state dance is a square dance called the Virginia reel.  In March 2015 Virginia named 2 songs their state song.  The official traditional state song is "Our Great Virginia" and the official popular state song is "Sweet Virginia Breeze".  The song emeritus is "Carry Me Back to Old Virginny" this was the official song from 1940-1997. (3)

The state's bird is a Cardinal and it's flower/tree is the dogwood.  It's slogan is Virginia is for Lovers. (3)

This is where Virginia is within the United States.  This picture accurately reflects where Virginia's boundaries are today, the State boundaries have been the same since 1863.

"Virginia in United States" by TUBS - Own workThis vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Usa edcp location map.svg (by Uwe Dedering).This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  USA Hawaii location map.svg (by NordNordWest).This vector image includes elements that have been taken or adapted from this:  Canada location map.svg (by Yug).. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons -
Virginia's state flag was officially adopted 01 February 1950 and this is what it looks like:
"Flag of Virginia" by Commonwealth of Virginia - It is from the xrmap flag collection, specifically "usa_virginia.svg" in flags-2.6-src.tar.bz2. The README file in that collection says of the SVG flags "We release them in the public domain". The blue color has been redone based on vexilla-mundi.. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons -
The seal of Virginia is located in the center of the flag.  Sic Semper Tyrannis means Thus always to tyrants.  This phrase is also the motto of the state.

People in my family tree from here:
  • CHANDLER, living male x2
  • BAILEY, Nancy 1774-1854
  • BARKSDILL, Eliza 1758-1789
  • CARLTON, Thomas Templeton 1814-?
  • CROSHAW, Ursula Unity 1636-1669
  • DARLING, Isaac 1796-1869
  • DAVIS, living female
  • DOUGLAS, Berryman 1785-1855
  • DOUGLAS, Catherine 1788-1860
  • DOUGLAS, Elizabeth 1781-?
  • DOUGLAS, Joseph 1735-1815
  • DOUGLASS, Younger 1805-? between 1860-1880
  • DOWNEY, Barbara Elizabeth "Fauney" (OLINGER) 1769-1833
  • DUKE, Charles 1765-1850
  • ERWIN, Joseph 1787-1851
  • ERWIN, Polly 1811-1821
  • FLANAGAN, James Stephen 1816-1880
  • FULTON, Ruth 1756-1820
  • GARRISON, Mose 1737-1820
  • GILBERT, Archibald 1792-1861
  • GILBERT, Martha Susan Elizabeth 1862-1919
  • GILBERT, Nancy Haney 1774-1870
  • GILBERT, William 1775-1851
  • GLASS, Sarah 1786-1860
  • GREEN, Amy 1720-1800
  • HARRIS, George 1730-?
  • HAVART, Ola 1893-?
  • HIX, Sarah 1755-1800
  • HORN, John George 1775-1859
  • HORN, Ruben Arletha Francis 1898-1956
  • HUFF, Leonard 1781-1851
  • HUFF, Phillip 1785-1857
  • HUFF, Rachel 1774-1855
  • HUFF, Samuel 1778-1845
  • HUFF, William 1785-1872
  • JOHNSON, Calvin 1821-?
  • JOHNSON, Charles 1855-?
  • JOHNSON, Daniel 1854-1946
  • JOHNSON, Debias 1847-?
  • JOHNSON, George 1854-1876
  • JOHNSON, George F 1857-?
  • JOHNSON, Jerome 1851-?
  • JOHNSON, Malinda 1843-?
  • JOHNSON, Margarett J 1849-?
  • JOHNSON, Matilda J 1841-?
  • JOHNSON, Sarah S C 1859-?
  • LEFEBURE, Celia 1867-1952
  • LOFTIS, Ralph 1742-1819
  • LYELL, Charles 1811-?
  • MILCAH, Milkey 1740-1820
  • MONTGOMERY, Margaret 1791-1856
  • MOORE, Joel 1765-1835
  • MOSELEY, unknown 1807-1807
  • MOSELEY, Amey 1757-1819
  • MOSELEY, Arthur 1749-1804
  • MOSELEY, Diana Amy Elizabeth Frances 1800-?
  • MOSELEY, Edward 1718-1808
  • MOSELEY, Edward 1747-1831
  • MOSELEY, Hillery 1815-1835
  • MOSELEY, Isabella Camp 1798-1822
  • MOSELEY, Letita 1767-1859
  • MOSELEY, Martha 1751-1830
  • MOSELEY, Martha Cocke 1805-?
  • MOSELEY, Mary 1753-1815
  • MOSELEY, Nancy 1803-?
  • MOSELEY, Rebecah 1764-1834
  • MOSELEY, Richard 1751-?
  • MOSELEY, Sally 1766-1810
  • MOSELEY, Sarah 1759-1840
  • MOSELEY, Tully 1711-1773
  • MOSLEY, William "Blackhawk" 1776-1850
  • MOZLEY, Edward Ned 1756-?
  • MURPHY, John Edward 1903-1988
  • MURPHY, Mary Margaret 1898-1995
  • NEFF, Isaac 1826-1853
  • NEFF, Sarah Ann 1853-1928
  • NEWSOME, Mary Frances 1813-1873
  • OLINGER, Barbara 1796-1796
  • OLINGER, Christian 1802-1855
  • OLINGER, Fredrick 1802-1802
  • OLINGER, George Washington 1789-1845
  • OLINGER, Henry John 1793-1846
  • OLINGER, Johann Jacob 1763-1852
  • OLINGER, Johann Jacob Jr. 1791-1815
  • OLINGER, John Johannes 1794-1794
  • OLINGER, Juliana 1786-1789
  • OLINGER, Phillip Downey 1787-1858
  • OLINGER, William 1798-1870
  • PARRETT, Susannah Engel 1820-1884
  • PARTON, Dennis II ?-?
  • PARTON, Harold ?-?
  • PARTON, Peggy ?-?
  • PENCE, Anna Barbara 1783-1853
  • PENCE, Catharine 1777-1854
  • PENCE, David 1798-1868
  • PENCE, Elizabeth 1780-?
  • PENCE, George 1774-1828
  • PENCE, George 1743-1816
  • PENCE, Jacob 1793-1873
  • PENCE, Joab 1800-1860
  • PENCE, John 1768-1857
  • PENCE, William 1795-1865
  • PERKEY, Sarah 1744-1782
  • RITE, Elizabeth James 1818-?
  • ROBERTS, Catherine 1834-1880
  • RUDY, Francis 1825-1904
  • SEVERNS, Mahala 1795-1835
  • SMITH, Andrew Jackson Sr. 1814-1859
  • SMITH, Barbara Ann 1838-?
  • SMITH, David Bailey 1804-1879
  • SMITH, Franklin David 1845-?
  • SMITH, Isaac Phelps 1800-1817
  • SMITH, Jane 1847-1883
  • SMITH, Judith 1794-1840
  • SMITH, Martha Ann 1808-1864
  • SMITH, Mary Drucilla 1806-1882
  • SMITH, Mary Elizabeth 1842-1912
  • SMITH, Nancy 1798-1835
  • SMITH, Samuel Martin 1850-1925
  • SMITH, Shadrack 172-1855
  • SMITH, Shadrack Cheatwood 1802-1849
  • SMITH, William Philip 1840-1906
  • STROUD, Margaret Elizabeth 1757-1816
  • TUCKER, George 1743-1804
  • TUCKER, Katherine "Kitty" 1835-1880
  • TUDOR , Smith N 1810-?
  • VANATTA, James 1828-1862
  • VAUGHAN, Drury 1750-1827
  • VAUGHAN, Temperance 1783-1864
  • WEST, Anne 1655-1708
  • WEST, Ester 1670-?
  • WEST, John 1632-1689
  • WEST, John 1650-1698
  • WEST, Nathaniel 1655-1723
  • WEST, Thomas 1760-1848
  • WEST, Unity Susannah 1657-1740
  • WILLIAMS, Rebecca "Ann" 1780-1807
  • Unknown, Elenor 1804-? (mother of Thomas COOK)
  • Unknown, Isabell 1823- (mother of Daniel JOHNSON)
  • Unknown, Martha 1814-1880 (mother of Elijah Frank DOUGLAS)
  • Unknown, Martha J 1816-? (mother of Alonzo WILLIAMS)
  • Unknown Named female (mother of Pleasant P. DAVIS)
Look for upcoming memorial pages.  I will link the names of my direct ancestors with their memorial pages, as I make them.
Cities my family has lived in:
  • Accomack
  • Amherst
  • Bedford
  • Buckingham
  • Buffalo Creek
  • Charlottesville
  • Fairfax
  • Gladys
  • Halifax
  • Hardy
  • Harrisonburg
  • McGaheysville
  • Newport News
  • New Kent
  • Norfolk
  • Plains District
  • Portsmouth
  • Proctors
  • Raleigh
  • Richmond
  • Roanoke
  • Staunton
  • Surry
  • Tazewell
  • Virginia Beach
  • West Point
  • York River
Counties my family has lived in:
  • Albemarle
  • Amelia
  • Amherst
  • Augusta
  • Bedford
  • Buckingham
  • Campbell
  • Charlotte
  • Chesterfield
  • Fairfax
  • Fauquier
  • Franklin
  • Gloucester
  • Halifax
  • Henry
  • King William
  • Lee
  • Lunenburg
  • Mecklenburg
  • Monongalia
  • New Kent
  • Norfolk
  • Orange
  • Prince William
  • Princess Anne
  • Richmond
  • Rockingham
  • Scott
  • Surry
  • Tazewell
  • Wise
  • York
Other places of interest:
  • Naval Air Station Oceana
  • Naval Medical Center of Portsmouth
  • Seven Pines Battlefield


CCs Genealogy Today

Today, I managed to put together a few photo album pages of my son, using my canvas.  I plan on making some more once I have our photo albums and boxes unpacked and scanned into my ancestry tree.  Take a look.

Fall Fun

Now I plan on making an info page about where he was born and the places he has lived.  I have been playing around with some layouts but nothing is flowing quite the way I want it to.  I think I'm going to start making some "Familial Places" posts to organize my thoughts a little better.  There are usually multiple people in the family tree that lived in the same locations.  This will help me save the info for later use as well as provide a link to the locations within my memorial pages.  I think that well help the blog flow more smoothly.  I also thought it would be neat to show how the boundaries, flags, and other interesting things changed through out my family's time line in each location.

Ok.  Well that's all for today.  I'm going to go start working on the first familial place post.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

CCs Genealogy Today

This week, I have been extra busy.   I did manage to get my son's story page done though.  I will share it here with all sensitive information erased.  I think it turned out really nice.

This is just a sample of what can be done using My Canvas.  I will be working on his photo album pages next.

As I have said in previous posts.  I am only working on this while taking breaks from cleaning, remodeling, and unpacking.  As we get each of our rooms done there is more to unpack.  So progress seems slow but considering everything else I am doing it really is going by fairly quick.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

CCs Genealogy Today

The next page I want to work on for our family history binder, is a page for the first section divider in the binder.  I am going to have a divider to separate each surname's history.  Since Tommy's last name is CHANDLER, it will be the first section.  Things I hope to include on the page are: The surname's meaning, history, and origin.  I will also include any other interesting tid bits of information I find a long the way.

I am also going to create a Facebook Group and hopefully a Relative finder group, for people to join if they wish.  The Facebook Group will be a nice place for people to get updates on the CHANDLER name, share information and pictures about their CHANDLER ancestors, post any invites to CHANDLER family reunions, and just in general have fun being a CHANDLER.  Anyone with the CHANDLER surname in their family tree may join.  The relative finder group will help anyone in the group determine if and how they are related to each other, if they have a tree built in Family Search.  This may be extremely helpful when comparing research notes, or trying to figure out DNA results.  Oh! That's a great idea!  You can post your DNA results in the Facebook Group too, if you wish.

Here is the Chandler Family & Genealogy group on Facebook.

Here is the Chandler Surname group on Relative Finder (you must have a tree built in Family Search for this to work).  The password for this group is: chandler

Ok.  Now that those groups have been shared...I can start looking up CHANDLER surname resources and information for my son's book, this blog, and the groups.

This page has a lot of information in it.

I decided to Google what the family Crest looked like.  There are a couple of variations.  I think I found one that I like, and I am going to use it on the CHANDLER divider page.

Here is another possible resource.
Ok.  I think I have enough info now to make a nice informative section divider page for the CHANDLER surname in my son's binder.

Yea I have the page done and it is in the binder!

I have a few typos so I need to fix them and reprint it.

Stay tuned for more updates.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

CCs Genealogy Today

Hi everybody.  I know it's been a while since I posted anything.  Writing is a little difficult to do while we are working on this house.  My husband gets frustrated with me if I spend to much time writing.

During my breaks I have managed to write a guest blog for Alexander's.  They asked me to write about my most recent experience making an heirloom quality family history book for my mother-in-law, using My Canvas. My post has been approved, and it will be posting on their website late September to early October. Details will be coming soon.

I also used my break time to start a new My Canvas project. I have started making an ongoing family history binder for my son. Since I wanted to utilize the new story format for my blog, had started my blog half way through my tree, and wanted to make a binder for my son... I thought it best to structure things to where I could do all 3 simultaneously. I also upgraded to ancestry's world explorer plus subscription which includes fold 3 and So I should have more information to share on all of my ancestors. 

This is a lot of information to work on and share. Slow and steady is definitely the way to go. I hope to be sharing 2 types of posts. My CC's Genealogy Today posts will cover updates and resources I find, as well as info I may be hunting down.  I hope to also have a memorial post for each of my ancestors whom have passed on from this life. When I want to share the progress I have made on my son's binder, and it has someone living on the page...I will blot out or leave out any personally identifying information, for confidentiality purposes.  

Now that my new direction and goals are out of the way... I made my own cover page for my son's binder. I found this little picture on Google that I liked and created the page around it.

Cover Page
I also got his first pedigree page done.

Pedigree Page with living PPI removed.
Well it is as done as it is going to get right now.  Sorry I am a little bit agitated that I have 2 sets of grandparents who were married in 1956 that I can't find an exact date on. I have tried every digital source I can think of. One set I'm pretty sure was married in Howard county Indiana. This one I can go to the court house and hunt when I get a chance. The other set may have married in Vanderburgh county Indiana, or Shawnee Illinois, or Kentucky. No one really seems to know for sure, which makes it difficult to know where to look. I checked out digital archives for all 3 places and couldn't find anything. So for now this page says both sets of grandparents were married about 1956. :-\