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Saturday, March 20, 2010
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Very intense happiness... Elation...
"Emotional Triumph", yes, maybe that comes the closest to a real description.
My heart lept! Tears welled. Big smiles.
A big, spoken underbreath, Yes!
The trees were so thick that I began marking my way in, leaving chalk marks on the tree trunks, but I was “home”. Already 'Home'.
I reached down and touched the marker of a man I never knew.
A man born and gone long before I came.
"Our life is ever on the wing,
And death is ever nigh.
When we begin to live,
We all begin to die."
I never saw a picture of his face, and I do not know what he looks like.
But, I came seeking this man, anyway.
He is important to me.
He is my family.
David Ross Ellis.
Also buried here are at least ten family members.
Ellis Children, laid to rest.
Philip Vandorn Turner,
Son of Elijah and Edy Turner.
Brother to our 3rd Great Grandmother,
Sarah A. "Sally" Turner.
Also his wife Nancy P. Lancaster.
Arreny Turner Hopper ~
Sister to our great grandmother,
Sarah Turner Ellis and sister to
Philip Vandorn Turner.
She was eight years younger than Philip and six years younger
than Sarah. She died at the age of 34.
Another important person lies beside David Ross Ellis.
His wife, Sarah A. "Sallie" Turner Ellis.
My third Great Grandmother!
I could not find a marker for her. It is lost, apparently.
Also here are Sarah's parents:
Elijah Turner, her father. My fourth Great grandfather.
Elijah's wife, Edith "Edy" Jane Sarratt.
Edith was a sister to Anthony Sarratt. My Fourth Great Grandmother.
Eady Amelia Ellis ~ Daughter of Charles Heberton Ellis and Nancy Turner
She married John W. Brem.
She died in childbirth, apparently. The child is buried along with her. She was only 17 years old.
In the quiet stillness of that deep wooded area, I heard a snap.
A loud, close by snap of a branch.
Alarmed, I stood up, and peered through the trees.
Heart racing. What was in here with me??
And, then, there was Russ.
He just couldn’t stand , not being there.
He half smiled and said.."Well, I had to see, too , didn’t I?"
He had came in after me, through the thick brambles, despite having perfectly good sense.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
The forename Arthur may owe its origins to the Greek word "arktouros" meaning keeper of the bears and in the Celtic world it came to mean "strong as a bear". The name is now known around the world as a result of the legendary King Arthur who may have been a Celtic chieftain around the 6th century. The first reliable record of the name is in Adomnan's "Life of Columba" which tells of a king of the Scots called Aedan mac Gabhrain named his son Arthur, also in the 6th century.
The MacArthur clan is believed to have the same roots as the Campbells, but claims that further back they are descended from the legendary King Arthur, are unprovable. The clan is certainly regarded as ancient and there is a Gaelic saying "as old as the hills, the MacArthurs and the Devil". The more established records show that they originated from the district of Lennox, part of the old kingdom of Strathclyde and moved into Argyll. The clan seat was established at Strachur, on Loch Fyne.
The clan was at its peak in the 14th century when a MacArthur married the heiress of the progenitor of the Campbell lords of Loch Awe. The MacArthurs from Loch Awe supported Robert the Bruce and fought at the Battle of Bannockburn. Their leader, Mac-ic-Artair, was rewarded with land previously held by the MacDougalls of Lorne (who had supported the Comyns). The MacArthurs became keepers of Dunstaffnage castle.
When King James I attempted to subdue the Highland clans who were becoming too powerful in the 15th century, the MacArthurs were amongst those who bore the brunt of his actions. The clan chief, Iain MacArthur, who could summon 1,000 men, was executed in 1427 and most of the clan lands were confiscated. For all practical purposes that was the end of the clan; unlike others who suffered setbacks and managed to recover, the MacArthurs never regained their clan lands, though the name survived as many of the clan dispersed.
In more modern times, US General Arthur MacArthur, whose parents came from Glasgow in Scotland, became Lieutenant-General in the Philippines in 1906. His son, General Douglas MacArthur, became even more famous in the Pacific and the Philippines during WW2 as commander of the US forces in the Far East.
David L. McCarter
A blacksmith by trade.
Born 1758 ~Died March 05, 1818
He died in York County, South Carolina
and was buried at Bethany ARP Church Cemetery, just outside Clover, South Carolina.
He married Sarah Catherine Dickson and she is buried alongside him.
David McCarter ~ My 4th Great Grandfather.
He and Sarah Catherine had at least six children together.
The last child born to this couple, was Minor McCarter.
Minor is my 3rd Great Grandfather.
We went one sunny day to Bethany ARP Church to seek them out.
The tombstones there are scattered about, no doubt some are missing in between.
The cemetery slopes down and away from the church, studded with old trees that stand sentinel over those souls that are long gone.
We walked among the stones and we each read the names aloud, until we had found those, that we were searching for.
Russ is a trooper. He is convinced that I should have “found them all” by now.
(I have really just gotten started), but there is no need to tell him that.
Thomas McCarter, Son of David L. McCarter, brother to Minor McCarter. Our 3rd Great Grand Uncle.
Loutishe McCarter, Daughter of Thomas McCarter.
Once the markers were found I felt that old familiar feeling.
If you are ever in Clover, stop in and see them .
As with all the others, they will be waiting for you.
There are McCarter cousins all over the place...just about 114 McCarter's or McArthur's here in this cemetery alone.. Lots and lots of cousins.
Thomas MacArthur & Janet Chalmers,
Abraham McCarter & Elizabeth Carson,
David L. McCarter & Sarah Catherine Dickson,,
Minor McCarter & Mary Anne Huffstetler,
William M. Barber & Margaret Ann McCarter,
Robert Samuel Parrott & Nancy "Nannie" Ann Barber,
Wilburn Larry Parrott & Ethel Blanton ,
Sunday, March 14, 2010
The DNA study has been completed, ending a lot of speculation.
Our "Parrott" surname descends from the "Perrott" Family.
Wilburn Larry Parrott has been officially recognized as a true descendant of Richard Perrott.
The line has tentatively been traced all the way back to :
Death: Nov. 3, 1592
English aristocracy. His parentage is unknown but it has long been suggested that he was the illegitimate son of Henry VIII and Mary Berkeley, a lady in waiting to the Queen. Sir John was educated at St David's, Pembrokeshire, and at the age of eighteen was placed in the household of William Paule, first Marquis of Winchester. He was introduced to Court in the autumn of 1549 and was created a Knight at Edward VI's coronation. He took part in the 155l negotiations with Henry II of France toward arranging a marriage between Edward VI and infant Princess Elizabeth of France.
The Chapel Royal of Saint Peter ad Vincula remains a place of worship for about 150 residents within the Tower of London. Ad vincula means in chains and commemorates St Peter’s imprisonment in Jerusalem. The chapel was dedicated some time before the Tower was regularly used as a state prison and at first it lay just west of the tower. The chapel was in existence already before the end of the 12th century. It was destroyed and rebuilt a few times. A number of high-born and eminent persons were spared the indignity of public execution on Tower Hill and were beheaded behind the walls of the Tower on the Green just in front of the Chapel.
January 4, 1672, land was deeded to son Richard, as a wedding gift.
Deed dated 4 January 1672 - Richard Perrot of Middlesex County gent. to my son Richard Perrot of aforesaid County in consideration of good will and affection which I bear to him - tract of land now belonging to me, next to ye mouth of Rappa. River containing by estimation 800 acres and if he should die without issue, the said land to go to Sarah Halfhide for her natural life and then to my second son Henry and his heirs and in case of no issue to go to my brother Robert Parrott, two eldest sons and their heirs.
Richard Perrott, Jr. died at age 36 years old.
Last Will And Testament, of Richard Perrott, Sr.:
Last Will and Testament of Richard Perrot ye elder Written 20 July 1686
-- Probated 7 February 1686/87Middlesex County, Virginia
In the name of God Amen, I Richard Perrot ye elder of ye County of Middlesex, being in perfect health both of Body & minde, But Considering mans frailety, I have made & ordained this my Last Will and Testament in maner & forme following; And ~ first I bequeath my Soul into ye hands of Almighty God who gave it hopeing through ye Merritts of my Blessed Saviour for a joyful Resurrection, And my Body to ye earth from whence it came to be decently buryed at ye discretion of my Executr hereafter named, And for what worldly goods it hath pleased God of his goodness to bestow upon me, I will & dispose of ye Same as followeth, hereby Revokeing and making voyde all former Wills by me made.
Item I give & devise unto my Loveing wife Margritt Perrot the Plantation that I now live on wth ye Stock thereunto belonging to be by her used & injoyed during her naturall life in full and ample Satisfaction of all Dower & title of Dower due to her by ye Law, Alsoe I give & bequeath unto my afores. wife, all my howsehold Goods & other Materialls belonging to ye howse, and afores. Plantation, togeather wth all my Plats to her & her Assignes for ever.
Item I Give & devise unto Henry Perrot ye eldest Sonn of my Sonn Richard Perrot, The Plantation I now live upon togeather wth ye whole Tract or Tracts of Land thereunto belonging or adjoyning thereunto wth all Plantations thereupon. And to ye Heires of his body Lawfully to be begotten for ever, to be held & enjoyed after ye decease of my Said loveing wife, And for want of Such Heires, to Richard Perrot ye Brother ye Sd. Henry my Grandson & to ye heires of his body to be Lawfully begotten, and for want of Such heires to decend to my Right Heires for ever.
Item I give & devise to my Executrix hereafter named, my Plantation and Dividend of Land Situate on the north Side of Pyankotanke River in Middlesex County Contayning One Thousand Acres of Land more or less togeather with Fower Negroes and Forty head of Cattle being upon or belonging to ye Sd. Plantation, or ye whole Stock of Cattle that Stable upon or belonging to ye Sd. Plantation at ye time of my Death, To have & to hold to my said Executrix h[er heires] and Assignes for ever to and for ye uses intents & purposes hereafter mentioned and to & for none other intent or purpose Whatsoever, (That is to Say) to ye intent That my Said Executrix Shall forthwith after my decease, for good & Sufficient Consideration Bargaine & Sell ye said Plantation & One Thousand Acres of Land wth ye Said fower Negroes & Stock of Cattle, and ~ make & deliver Sufficient Deeds or Conveyances for ye Land & confer? to ye Purchasser & his heires & Assignes for ever And dispose of and imploy ye products or purchass money paid for ye Land for and towards the payment of a Debt that I owe to John Jeffryes of ye City of London Esq., And if it should please God that my Executrix Should departe this Naturall life before ye Sale of ye Said Plantation & Dividend of Land Negroes & Cattle, Then I give ye like Power of ye Disposall or Sale of ye Same to ye Overseers of this my last Will hereafter named or ye Survyve of them, to and for ye uses Intents and purposses before mentioned.
Item All my Debts I justly owe being first Satisfyed I give and bequeath to my loveing wife Margrit Perrot and my loveing Sonn Richard Perrot all ye rest? residue of my estate whatsoever or wheresoever ye Same & to be equally divided Between them -
Item I give and bequeath unto my worthy friend Ralph Wormeley Esq. Twenty Shillings to buy him a Ring.
Item I give & bequeath to Dor. Walker Whitaker Twenty Shillings to buy him a Ring.
Item I make Constitute & ordain my loveing wife Margritt Perrot my whole & Sole Executrix of this my last Will & Testam:, And doe desire & appoynte my loveing friends Ralph Wormeley Esq. Dor. Walker Whitaker & Christopher Robinson, Overseer, to See this my last Will duely performed & fulfilled, Witness my hand & Seal this 20th day of July 1686.
Signed Sealed and publishedin ye presece of:
Curtis Perrott married Ann Daniel ( 5th Great Grandparents) on May 03, 1714 in Middlesex County, Virginia.
Curtis Sr. had a son named Curtis Perrott on January 30, 1717.
This couple had a son named John Parrott (3rd Great Grandfather) in Louisa County, Virginia, Colony.
John Parrott apparently went south into Georgia. He died there in about 1845. He married Hannah Kenney on April 01, 1793 in Virginia.
They had a son named Noah Tyre McKinsey Parrott.
He married Mary Nichols on March 20, 1845 in South Carolina. He probably is buried at Beth Shiloh Presbyterian Church Cemetery in York County, South Carolina. There is no marker.
Beth Shiloh Presbyterian Church in York, South Carolina.
He and Mary had at least 11 children:
One of these, was Robert Samuel Parrott, Sr. Our Great Grandfather.
Robert Samuel married his first wife, Amanda A. Curry, about 1878.
It could be that Amanda died in childbirth, with the last child, Alice.
William Curtis Parrott - Born November 26, 1878
Cora Lee Parrott - Born March 12, 1882
Robert Samuel Parrott, Jr. - Born February 10, 1884
Alice Parrott - Born February 1886
He married Nancy "Nannie" Ann Barber after Amanda's death.
Robert Samuel Parrott and Nannie Barber Parrott had seven more children:
Mary Lois Parrott - Born October 20, 1888
Elizabeth "Bessie" Maude Parrott - Born March 01, 1890
John James "Johnny" Parrott - Born June 20, 1892
Mary Hattie Parrott- Born December 14, 1893
Caroline "Carrie" J. Parrott April 17, 1898
Wilburn Larry Parrott - Born October 20, 1903- My grandfather.