Another Saturday Night Story: March 2007


Saturday, March 31, 2007

This Is A Real Fish Story

My sister Abby with a 33lb. Red fish.

I just love fish stories. My sister Abby, and my brother-in-law Frank LaCourse went fishing this week. They hired a guide, Capt. Bill Lake, to take them Red Fishing, off the coast of Louisiana. I'm including here several photographs of Abby and Frank, along with there big fish. The following is a story from Capt. Lake can tell this story better than I can. Abby said the first Red she got was 18lbs., and he was the smallest they caught all day. Most of the fish they caught were 30 plus ponuders.

Best of both worlds today for Frank & Abby LaCourse as they sure picked the right day to do the DU! Frank had been following the reports on this great website in regards to all the big reds we've been catching. Abby & Frank are on vacation and they wanted some of that action! We started off trout fishing as the tide would not be right for the big reds until late morning. Today was the day I've been waiting for as the yellow-mouths finally showed up in numbers & boy were they hungry. The trout have migrated further south than most people think! Nothing under 16 in. this morning as most everything was 16-21in. LSU chubs tightlined slow on the bottom did the trick although Abby caught some nice trout under a cork. We picked up 65 very nice trout and it was on to the redfish hole. The big reds were waiting for us and Abby & Frank had a blast tackling the bronze beasts. Abby played out fast after catching 3 or 4 big reds but Frank couldn't get enough. He must have caught & released 20 plus reds as Abby and I sat and watched. I think Frank would have spent the night out there if Abby & I would have let him! The couple was a joy to fish with and I'm sure they'll be back soon. Wildlife & fisheries are out on a regular basis as we were stopped for a routine check of life jackets, fishing licenses,fish size & limits,etc. First time I've had my state charter license checked in 12 years. The guys were very nice and professional. Good luck fishing.

Capt. Bill Lake

Enjoy These Pictures of Abby and Frank.

Song of the Week

I guess, for a long time most of us have wondered if anyone could ever sing much better than Barbara Striesand. Here is a duet, Barbara Striesand and Josh Groban called "All I Know Of Love". I believe they are in the same club.

Have a Good Week


Saturday, March 24, 2007

Sarah Oregon Reid Was My 2nd Great Grandmother

Asia Reid born 1801, was my 3nd Great Uncle.

This is a introduction to your REID family. My 2nd Great Grandparents were Richard Clark Gentryb1846 d 1912, and Sarah Oregon Reid b1846d1913. Sarah's parents were George Washington Reid and Nancy Ezzard.

The Reid family from the time they came to America were what I call "Trailblazers". Everytime land opened up for settlement they packed thier wagons and they were gone. All of the men were Officers, and fought in every War that threatened our country. There is some indication that some of this family was on the Oregon Trail. I believe this is where Sarah Oregon Reid, got her name. Enjoy!

The Reid Family Compiled 1938 By L.D. McPherson A Reid Descendant
"George, Samuel, Alexander, Andrew and John Reid, the sons of Alexander and Margaret McCay Reid of Rowan County, NC were in Greene (now Hancock)county, Ga. by about 1788. George first took a deed to land in the 14th district there as a former resident of Wilkes county, Georgia, October 10, 1788 at about which time Samuel bought land and settled on Shoulderbone creek. George Reid was Continental Commissioner of Accounts for South Carolina and Georgia in 1789, Justice of the Peace, Greene county, Ga., 1791-1792. He died there in 1799 as did his brothers, Andrew in 1791, John in 1806, and Alexander in 1814. His brother, Samuel, died and was buried on the old Reid Plantation of his son, Alexander 111, 4 and 1/2 miles northwest of Eatonton in Putnam county, Ga. in 1810, aged 82 years. The Samuel Reid Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Eatonton, Ga., is named in his honor. The first Reid in Carroll county, Ga., for whom dates are available was George Reid II, son of George and grandson of Alexander and Margaret of Europe, Pennsylvania and North Carolina. This George, the second, was born in North Carolina in 1799, married Jane Gaston (possibly in the Carolinas) ; was in the Georgia House of Representives from Jackson county, Ga., Jan. 12, 1801; Justice of the Inferior Court of Gwinnett county, Ga., Feb. 2, 1819 to 1821 and Senator from Gwinnett county, Ga., 1819-21 and Extra Session 1821. He was amoung the first settlers in Carroll county, Ga., upon its organization in 1826. Their children were: Asa, Katie, Reese, Jennie,George III, Robert Alexander, Matthew, Elizabeth, Margaret I., Thomas Henry,and Jack. Amoung their children settling in the section of their new home in Carroll county were: Robert Alexander, Matthew, Margaret I. Hamilton, Jennie Norman, Katie Wiginton and Reese, the latter three at Abernathy, Ala. Ann married McMullen; Elizabeth, Wilson Brown and moved to Mississippi; Asa to Hot Springs, Ark., Dr. Thomas Henry, to the section of Little Rock, Ark. and Jack went West. The other son, George Reid III, was a captain in the Indian and Mexican Wars, going from Gwinnett county, Ga., as shown by a commission to him on which he served to return for commemorative burial at Lawrenceville, Ga.,the remains of officers and soldiers of that vicinity who were killed in the Mexican War at Goliad, Texas, March 7, 1830 and in the Indian War at Shepard's Plantation, Stewart county, Ga., June 9, 1836. He was in the House of Representives from Gwinnett county, Ga., in 1837, 1840, and 1841. He married a Whisenhunt and later moved West."
The above was copied from Reid papers on file at the Georgia Archives by Ottis Guinn.

Alexander and Margaret McCay 6th Great Grandparents
Alexander immigrated from Ireland in abt. 1745 with h
is wife, children, and brothers. Their port of entry was Ph
iladelphia. He was a Scotch Presbyterian. Alexander lived f
our years in Lancaster Co., Pa. and then moved to Rockingha
m Co., Va. On Jan. 11, 1775 he was old, infirm, and lived i
n Rowan Co., SC. At his death, his son Alexander recieved t
he plantation and the seven other children recieved 1/7 o
f the remaining property.This information comes from Kay
e Van Fleet. Her source: VA State Library CS 71 R 184 1939
nell McPherson R.H. 1992. by 1798 Andrew, Samuel,
George and John recieved land grants and had located
themselves in Greene County GA.

George Reid I and Katherine Margaret Chambers 5th Great Grandparents
Owner of the George Reid Family Bible was a Judge L. B. Moo
n, Jefferson, Ga. George was a Captain in the Rev. War. Ire
land Soldier, North Carolina DAR Index; d. Sept. 12, 1799 G
reene Co., Ga.Document by THE REID FAMILY by Bud L. D. McPherson, locate
d in the Arkansas Genealogy Project."George, Samuel, Alexander, Andrew,
and John Reid, the sons of Alexander Reid, and Margaret McKay Reid, of Rowan
County, NC were in Greene (now Hancock) County, Georgia by about
1788. George first took a deed to land to land in the 14th district, as a former resident of Wilkes Co., Georgia on October 10, 1788 at about which time Samuel bought land a
nd settled on Shoulderbone Creek." George Reid was the Continental Commissioner of Accounts for SC and GAin 1789, Justice of the Peace, Greene Co., Ga. from 1791-1792. He died therein 1799 as did his brothers Andrew in 1791, John in 1806 and Alexander in 1814. His brother Samuel died and was buried on the old Reid Plantation, of his son Alexander III, located 4 1/2 miles northwest of Eatonton, Putnam Co., Ga. in 1810, at the age of 82. Sources for the prperty info for George and Katherine Margaret 1792 Greene Co., Ga. Deed Book 2, 239. 30 May 1792 William Wardlow to Geo. Reid, both of Greene Co., the said Wm and Mary Wardlow, his wife for 20 PS Sterling, 30 ac. orig granted Miles Duncan and conveyed to James Ware then to Wm. Wardlow. Bounded by Richland Creek, John Ogletree, Bakes. s/William Wardlow, Mary Wardlow, Wit. Alex Hall, Hannah Hall.

George Reid II and Mary Jane Gaston 4th Great Grandparents
George Reid..b.November 27, 1774 married Jane GastonMarried JANE GASTON Born 1/9/1777 in GREEN Co. Ga Married on 1796 in GREENE Co. by/or Witness J.P. Ross. , George Died in Carroll Co. Ga 12/13/1853 & Jane Gaston Reid Died Carroll Co. Ga 3/17/1853 George Reid (Source: Families of Gwinnett Co. 1818-1968)George Reid (1773 Rowan Co., NC 12/12/1853 Carroll Co.,Ga.) son of George Reid of Ireland, volunteered as a private in 1792 GREEN CO., GA. for the duration of Wayne's War against Creek and Cherokee Indians. He continued actively in military service for four years, guarding forts and scouting after Indians. "George Reid, Gentleman at Arms" is one of forty-six names on an "original muster roll" 2/25/1794 of a militia troop of dragoons organized in Greene Co. "to protect settlers from repeated invasion of indians" This troop was to become famous in the annals of Middle Georgia. This roll is almost a complete roster of prominent families of Greene Co. George Reid moved from GREENE CO. to JACKSON CO. Ga. and subsequently represented the latter in the Georgia legislature in 1798, 1804 and 1817. He was justice of the peace in Jackson Co. in 1801. When Gwinnett Co. was formed in 1818, it took that part of Jackson Co., where George Reid resided. He was appointed Justice of the Inferior Court of Gwinnett Co., Ga. 2/2/1819-1821. He served in the legislature as a Senator from Gwinnett Co., Ga. in 1819, 1820-21 and in the extra session of 1821. In 1822, while a resident of Gwinnett, he was granted by the state 597 1/2 Acres of "headright" lands in Jackson Co.; however, he moved to Carroll Co. soon after it's formation in ca. 1827. George Reid married 1796 in Greene Co., Ga. JANE GASTON, b. 1776 in Ga., daughter of Matthew and Ann (Simonton) Gaston. Jane, as a widow, resided in Carroll Co., Ga. on 3/17/1855. From the Family Bible Pages of George and Jane Gaston Reid...(need to track down who originally sent this to me and get a duplicate copy.) Issue: Rhesa Reid, b. 1799; Asa Reid b. 1801 (see below); Catherine Reid, b. 1803;' Matthew Reid, b. 1806; Jane Reid, b. 1805; Margaret Reid, b. 2/29/1809; Robert Alexander Reid b. 4/30/1811; George Reid; Ann Reid; Thomas Henry Reid; Jackson Reid and John Reid. (dates on these last five neames unreadable)Asa Reid (above) was in FINCHER'S DIST. Gwinnett Co. in 1827 and there drew land lot #34 in the First Dist. of Troup Co., Ga. Asa remained in Gwinnett after 1830. In the 1840 HE IS IN BENTON CO., ALA. but finally settled in the area of CONWAY CO., ARKANSAS. He married Winney Castleberry. Matthew G. (Gaston?) Reid son of Asa Reid was born in Gwinnett Co., ca. 1825. He moved with his father to Conway Co., Arkansas prior to 1855 when he md. 1/26/1853 Martha Prince b. 1833 Tn, d/o Simeon Prince. Matthew joined the Union Army 12/26/1863 and d. 3/16/1864 in a military hospital in Clarksville, Arkansas.George volunteered as a private in Greene Co., Ga for service in Waynes War with the Creek and Cherokee Indians. He served four years "guarding fort and scouting about after Indians" (taken from Georgia Land Lotteries and Grants) His name "George Reid, Gentleman at Arms" appears on a muster roll of a militia troop of dragoons under the command of Capt Jonas Fauch, dated February 24 1794, he and his brother Alexander were with the regiment in its campaign against Elijah Clark and his "Trans-Ocenee-Republic" which fell that year. From History of Gwinnett Co., Ga.1794: (source Spring and Summer of 1794 AUGUSTA CHRONICLE) A series of attacks on William Melton of Greene County, who had been a Captain in the Greene County Militia were published. Judging from the articles, Melton must have taken undue credit for his prowess as an Indian fighter, so much so that George and Alexander contributed the following: Dated May 17 1794 & July 12 1794."I call upon the State to judge what Greene men can do When torn by factions, party men and their leaders too; We then all combine as one to effect their hellish plan, Promoting Tories, knaves and fools to break down honest men. They oft times in committees meet to know what best be done. To execute their dark designs before they can be known. Behold Tom---n fits as judge to hear what they propose. and if by chance an honest man, He answers, "He's no friend of ours" If so be we should elect a man in whom we can confide To execute the plans proposed Our power will soon be laid aside, then no longer should be judge nor you no more secure They antics than will you insult the militia will be raised in more.1798: George served in the Georgia State Legislature from Greene Co. He received 597 and 1/2 acres of head right lands in Jackson Co. George received from the United States, 40 acres of bounty land (warrant # 42663) for service in Waynes War, his widow Jane Gaston Reid, received an additional 120 acres. (warrant 14390)Jan 12 1801: George is named Justice of Peace in Jackson Co.1803: (source: Cherokee Indian Agency Pass Book) "George Reed and Alexander Hall have permission to pass from hence to Jackson County in the State of Georgia, through that part of the Cherokee County in the direct route to that place, taking care to make no infraction of the Laws & Regulations adapted to the Government & the Indian Department.So West Point Rtn: J. Meigs 14th June 1803 A. War in Tennessee 3201803-1804-& 1817 Served in the Georgia State Legislature, in the session of those years from Jackson Co., Georgia.1812: George Joined the War of 1812 first serving as Sergeant in Johnston's Georgia Militia and later receiving a commission on February 26 1813 as Captain of the Volunteer Troop of Dragoons, 8th Squadron and 4th Reg. of Cavalry. A payroll preserved in the Georgia Archives Military Record Book 1779-1839 states "Pay roll of a scout of men under the command of George Reid, Capt. of the Cavalry of Jackson County in the service of the state of Georgia by orders of Major Tandy Key Comdt. 25 Red. Georgia Militia for seven days furnishing their own horses, provisions, forage, arms, and ammunition commencing the 14th Nov. and ending the 19th same month including both days."Among the thirteen men assigned to George were Rhesa Reid and Samuel Reid. At the bottom of the payroll is written, "I certify on honor the above is a true return subscribed the 8th day of July 1814." Signed: George Reid, Capt. Cavalry, Jackson County.Mar 30, 1814 Honorably discharged at Ft. Harrison1819-1821: George is now in Gwinnett County (formed from Jackson Co. in 1818) He was Justice of Inferior Ct. of Gwinnett Co, Georgia from Feb 2 1819 to 1821. He also served as Senator from Gwinnett in sessions of 1819, 1810-21 and a special session in 1821.1826 George moved to Carroll County where in this year he was employed as a surveyor to help set the boundary lines between Georgia and Alabama. On Jan 22 his party was accosted by a group of Indian who took their compass and instruments and forced them to leave the area.One of the men in the group wrote Governor Troup:"They threatened me very serverly if I should be caught over Bright's line again surveying. I have come on the McIntosh's old place and have stopped my hands until I hear from you...provisions is scarce and my hand uneasy to go home. As to the number of men it will take to guard me, I am unable to say...There are three settlements of Indians in my district, that have in them about 10 men and in two miles on the Alabama side...there is forty to fifty warriors...who are to be placed on the treaty line as spies....1860 census shows George and his younger children living close to each other, including Matthew, son in law John Hamilton, Isaac Wiggington, and Charles Norman. Those sons who remained in Gwinnett Co. were Asa Rhesa and George III. 1830: George is found in Carroll Co. with his younger children living close to one another. They include, Matthew, son in laws John Hamilton, Isaac Wiggington, and Charles Norman. Those sons who remained in Gwinnett Co. at this time were Asa, Rhesa, and George III.1850 Carroll Co. Census lists839 1 George Reed 74 m NC 839 2 Jane Reed 73 f GADec 13 1853: George died in Carroll Co. Ga. He and Jane are said to be buried in the Reid Family Graveyard on top of Reid's Mountain near Bremen, Ga.1860 Widow Jane is living in the household of son Mathew and his wife Martha. Janes age is listed as 84, per the Carroll Co. Ga. census.Reid, George, Waynes' Indian War, BLW#100624-40-50 & BLW#6281-120-55, Soldier Jan 1853 Carroll Co., Ga. age 79, widow applied 17 Mar 1855 Carroll Co. Ga. age 79 however on 14 June 1854 she gave her age as 76. Soldier had volunteered at Greensborough Ga. in 1793 or 1974, soldier married Jane Gaston in 1796 and soldier died 13 Dec 1853History of Gwinnett Co. lists 12 children for George, we, however, know 14 were born to them.

George Washington Reid and Nancy Ezzard 3th Great Grandparents

George Washington Reid had a brother George Reid III. They were both Captains, and served in the indian and Mexican War's. They had another brother named Asa Reid,my 3rd Great Uncle, pictured above. Asa was born in 1801.
In 1830, George Reid is listed as head of household on page 320 in the census for Gwinnett County, Georgia. There is a male child 0-5 years old (probably Robert); 2 male children 5-10 years old (probably John and William); and 1 man 20-30 years old (George W. Reid). There are 2 females 0-5 years old (probably Elizabeth and Jane); and 1 female 20-30 years old (Nancy Ezzard Reid).In 1850, Captain George Reed (Reid) is listed as head of household #531 on page 165B in the Georgia Census in Gwinnett Co., Harbens District, enumerated on August 30, 1850. He is shown as age 47, farmer, born in Georgia. The value of his real estate is $1300. Also living with him is his wife, Nancy W. (Nancy Ward Ezzard Reid), age 45, born in Georgia (an error since she was born in South Carolina). Nine children are living in the home. They are:1) George W., age 16; 2) Asa M., age 15; 3) Wesley H., age 12; 4) Mary S., age 10; 5) Martha M., age 8; 6) Isaac S., age 5; 7) Sarah O., age 4; 8) James R., age 2; 9) Charles W., age 1.All children are shown as being born in Georgia. Also on this census in Gwinnett County are the households of four older married children of George and Nancy Reid: John L. Reid, Robert A. Reid, Jane C. Reid Rollins, and Elizabeth Reid Horton. Two other older married children are not in Gwinnett County. They are William M. Reid and Nancy E. Reid Bridges.In 1860, George Reid is listed as head of household #229 in the Arkansas Census for Clark County, Terre Noire Township. He is shown as George "Read", farmer, age 56, born in Georgia. His wife is listed as N.W. Read, age 54, born in Georgia (an error since she was born in South Carolina). Four of their children are living in the household. They are:1) Isaac, age 15; 2) S.O., age 12; 3) J.R., age 10; 4) C.W., age 9.All children are listed as born in Georgia. Also living in the household is a man named John M. Kels, age 21, born in Tennessee. His relationship to George, if any, is unknown.In 1870, George appears as head of household in Clark County, Arkansas in the Antoine Township, household #70. He is shown as George Reed, age 67, born in Georgia. Wife Nancy is listed as Nancy W., age 65, born in South Carolina. Living with them are:1) Sarah O. Reed, age 23; 2) James R. Reed, age 21; 3) Charles Reed, age 20; 4) Adaline Reed, age 20.All children are shown as born in Georgia. Adaline Reed has not previously shown up listed with the family for the census in 1850 or 1860. According to the article on the Brock/Reid family in the GEMS magazine published by the Pike County, Arkansas Archives and History Society (Volume 7, No. 2, page 7-43, Spring 1996), Adaline was a twin sister to Charles W. Reed. This information may have been surmised from the 1870 census and been due to the fact that she was the same age as Charles. One has to wonder if perhaps she was a niece of George Reid's and was living in the household at the time of the 1870 census. This is especially true considering that she was not on the 1850 census with the family when she would have been just 1 year old. Charles was listed as 1 year old and the youngest child of George W. and Nancy Reid on this census. In the 1860 census, Charles is listed again as the youngest child (C.W. Read, age 9), but again Adaline is not on this census. More research needs to be done to determine if she was indeed a child of George and Nancy and a twin to Charles since the circumstances tend to point to her not being their daughter but another relative.In 1880, George Reid was widowed and living alone on the Arkansas Census for Pike County, Wolf Creek Township. He is on page 443, household #3. He is shown as age 76, merchant, born in Georgia. His father is listed as born in North Carolina and his mother as born in Georgia (an error, she was born in North Carolina also). George is living next to the household of his daughter Sarah Oregon Reid Gentry and her husband Richard.George W. Reid died on February 10, 1881 and was buried in the Reid Cemetery in Clark County, Arkansas. This information comes from cemetery inscriptions published in the ARKANSAS FAMILY HISTORIAN, by Lewis E. Roberts, Vol. 24, No. 3, September 1986. According to this article, the Reid cemetery was lost to the public for many years and then rediscovered on October 2, 1983. The cemetery is located on Highway 26 between Clear Springs and Hollywood in Clark County, Arkansas. It is on the farm of Lloyd Stockton. The cemetery inscriptions for the article on the Reid Cemetery were submitted by Geraldean Horton Musgrave, a descendant of George W. Reid's daughter Elizabeth Reid Horton.
Nancy Ezzard Was the daughter of John L Ezzard and Margaret Ward 4th Great Grandparents
Nancy had a brother William Ezzard.
Birth: 12 JUN 1798 in Abbeville District, SC 1 Death: 24 MAR 1887 in Atlanta, Fulton County, GA 1 Note: Judge, served 3 terms as Mayor of Atlanta. He was Mayor of Atlanta in 1856,1857 and in 1861. He was administrator of estate of Elizabeth Ward, his aunt. In 1827 was State Senator from DeKalb County, GA. He was Methodist. In 1822 he was in Decatur County, GA. Discrepancy between Zeller marriage date and marriage date from Bible Records of NC and SC by Holland.

Song of the Week

This weeks song is by Willam Clarke. He started his career when he was forty years old, and was dead by the time he was forty five. One of the great harmonica players of old juke joint music of the 1940's. One of my favorites "Must be Jelly".
Have A Good Week

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Why Such Oddities?

Little kids should not be allowed in the airports. Specifically the baggage claim areas. There are a hundred passengers waiting for their baggage, standing right next to the luggage carousel. Why do parents think it is so cute for little Johnny to be up next to the carousel sticking his fingers in and out between the conveyer belts? In all of my travels, little Johnny is always there.

Who has been running the business? The accountants and lawyers have failed corporate America with lying, cheating, and stealing. Your 401K program was supposed to be the answer to a failing Social Security System. Now it’s worth squat. With all that said, isn’t it time to hand the business back to the Sales Department, and let them take care of the customer, as it should have been long before now, and was years ago. It’s funny how things come full circle.

When my Dad died, I watched him take his last breath. He died in his own fluid, as most people do. The oddity of coming in this world submerged in fluid, only to be taken out of this world in the same manner. God Bless Him!

I find it odd that in the north states the American flag is prevalent. Not just small flags, but huge flags. Flags fly at most businesses. This is prior to any war or September 11 attack of the WTC. You just don’t see that many flags being displayed in the south. There is an imaginary line that separates the north and south, and the east and west. Kearney, Mo., separates the north and south. This was also the hometown of Jesse James located just north of Kansas City. Columbia, Mo., separates the east and the west. East of Columbia, the people talk deliberately through their nose and it gets worse the further east you go.
Do you know of some of these Oddities, which you have encountered? If you do, send them to me and I will post on a later Blog.
Song of the Week
This song goes out to my sister Abigail and Frank. She lived in New Orleans for awhile, and then they moved up North a little. It is much quieter where she is now. There are no abandon cars, broken water pipes, and street lights that don't work. This is one of my favorites, by Otis Clay "Since I've been Loving You".
Have a Good Week

Saturday, March 10, 2007

One Year Anniversary

This week marks the first anniversary of the "Another Saturday Night Story" Blog. Reflecting back now, there has been many stories of family, stories of current events, and many stories of memories that will never be forgotten. I share these thoughts with you, with one purpose. That we may share together, those memories, and jog those memories of your own, so we may somehow make sense of this upside down world we live in.

Take the time tonight, if you haven't already, to go back and review the archives offered here month by month.

Thank you for listening to my rantings.

Song of the Week
I thought I would put up a few old songs for tonight, celebrating the anniversary. You can listen to the music while you browse the archive.

Tom Jones - It's not Unusual

The Beatles - When I'm 64

Broadway - Music Man - Ya got Trouble

Mitch Ryder - Shake A Tail Feather

Spanky and our Gang - Like To Get To Know You

Strawberry Alarm Clock - Incense and Peppermints

The 5th Dimension - One Less Bell To Answer

The Associations - Cherish

Classics IV - Traces Of Love

Have a Good Week

Saturday, March 03, 2007


Our Tapscott Ancestry
6th Great Grandfather - The Emigrant Boy - Henry Tapscott b 1685 d 1727
5th Great Grandfather - James Tapscott b 1722 d 1770
4th Great Grandfather - Henry Tapscott b 1769 d 1832
3rd Great Grandfather - Samuel Tapscott b1777 d 1858
2nd Great Grandfather - Dr. A. B. (Arlen Byron) "Ira" Tapscott b 1835 d 1882
Great Grandfather - Dr. Charles Vaught Tapscott b1869 d1921
Grandmother - Mary Sue Tapscott b.1905 d 1984

3rd Great Grandfather - Samuel Tapscott b1777 d 1858

Our story tonight begins with Samuel Tapscott who b1777d1858, he married Winifred Hill. Winifred Hill was also a first cousin to Samuel.

Our Hill ancestry in descending order:
7th Great Grandfather - William Hill b1636d1685, married Ann Bradshaw
6th Great Grandfather - William Hill Jr. b1660d1745, married Alice Castello
5th Great Grandfather - Castello Hill b1706d1750, married Ann Webb
5th Great Grandmother - Winifred Hill b1743d1828, married Henry Tapscott
(She is also our 4th Great Grandmother on the Tapscott side)
4th Great Grandfather - Isaac Hill b1749d1806
3rd Great Grandmother - Winifred Hill b1798d1860, married Samuel Tapscott
Samuel Tapscott and Winifred Hill had seven children:
John Hill Tapscott b1812d1877, married Mary Elizabeth Hobson
Henry C. Tapscott b1813d?
George H. Tapscott b1821d1886
Dr. James W. Tapscott b1830d1862
Dr. Samuel T.(S.T) Tapscott b1832d1919, married Elizabeth McPherson
Dr. Arlen Byron "Ira" Tapscott b1835d1882, married Mary L. Jones
Amanda Tapscott b1838d1912, married James Decater Sherman
My family descends from A.B. Tapscott

This was the 1850 Census from Rockingham County, NC. As John Fox pointed out in his posted comments last week. Maybe Samuel and Winifred were deprived of education, but they knew the importance of a good education, and raised thier children with these values. Although they could not read or write, they had three sons who became Doctors. In this Census it says that James was a teacher 1850, but we know in 1862 he was a Doctor.
Lived in Rockingham County, North Carolina. 1850 US Census NC Rockingham Co page 40B:
Samuel Tabscott 59 b VA farmer unable to read and write
Winfred Tabscoot 52 b VA unable to read and write
George Tabscoot 27 b VA laborer
James Tabscoot 20 b NC teacher
S. T. Tabscoot 17 b NC laborer male
A. B. Tabscoot 14 b NC male attended school
Amanda Tabscoot 12 b NC attended school
The will of Samuel TAPSCOTT was written 10 May 1857 and was probated in the March 1859 court session of Alamance Co NC. It names
"my wife Winefred"; sons John & Henry Tapscott; "my five younger children, namely George, James, Thomas, Byron & Amanda"; and "my dec'd brother James". "Know all men by these presents that I Samuel Tapscott being of sound & disposing mind do make and declare this to be my last will and testament. Ist. I bequeath to my wife Winefred four negros & their increase, Julius, Mario, Sina, & Eliza to have and to hold so long as she remains a widow but in case she marries or dies the foursaid property is to be divided equally among my five younger children, namely George, James, Thomas, Byron & Amanda. ÊI also give and bequeath to my wife the interest I own in the estate of my dec'd brother James together with my carriage, wagon, household & kitchen furniture, farming utinsils, Stock of every discription and two horses, all of which I wand divided at her death equally among my children whose names appear above. 2nd. ÊI give and bequeath to my daughter Amanda my girl Cornelia & claybank mare to own during her natural life but if she marry & die without issue the property must revert to my four sons above named. 3rd. I give to my son George at his mother's death all the land lying west of the crop road running from Zion church in the section of Hatchie river embracing the houses in which I now live, to have and to own so long as he shall live, but in the event that he should die, I want it divided equally between my three sons and daughter, namely, James, Thomas, Byron and Amanda. The remainder of the tract which lies east of the above named road I wish my son Byron to have & to use after her death it must be divided among his three brothers & Sister himself to wit: George, James, & Thomas. 4th. In consideration of the kindness of my son Thomas in nursing & administering medicine to a sick negro, I give him fifty dollars, extra. 5th. My two other sons, John & Henry Tapscott have already rec'd more than their proportions of my estate, I therefore give them one hundred dollars. 6th. I appoint my wife & Son George executrix & Executor of my estate May 10 1857 [Signed]
Samuel Tapscott [X his mark] Witnesses: John B. Thomas, Allsen Harris MD."

Here is what I believe.
Shortly before 1860 and the beginning of the Civil War, the Tapscotts moved South. There were many families, southern sympathizers, who smelled the fire of War, long before it started. These families would move on further South, and settle, in knowing the War was to begin shortly. In the 1860 Census of Obion, TN, I find mother Winifred Tapscott, with son A.B., and George. In another 1860 Census in Surrey County, MS, we find John Hill Tapscott, and younger brother S.T. This is also where S.T. met his wife Elizabeth "Lizzie" McPherson, she was born and raised in MS. In 1862, Dr. James Tapscott was killed in the Battle of Whitney Lane. When James died 1862, I believe that brothers A.B. and S.T., went to Westpoint AR to bury their older brother. It was then that they fell in love with this part of the country, vowing to come back here someday. It was not until after 1870 that A.B. settled in Westpoint, and two years later, S.T. opened a practice in Searcy, AR. In the will of Samuel Tapscott, he had left his lands to Winifred and the sons. I believe after the War, that Winifred and George did go back to the land and farm, although when George died they brought him back to Westpoint, AR, to be buried. So all four brothers are buried there, together, James, George, S.T., and my 2nd Grandfather A.B. Tapscott.

These are from my notes:
A brother James W. Tapscott settled in White County, AR. I recently found a Land Patent for James W.Tapscott in White County, AR, in 1861. James W. Tapscott died in 1862, in the Civil War, "Battle of Whitney Lane", around West Point, AR.
Both of A.B., and S.T. Tapscotts son's, became Doctors.

Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Eastern Arkansas Chicago: Goodspeed Publishers, 1890 Prepared by Kara Spence of the White County Historical Society
A. Byron Tapscott, M. D., although a young man, is one of the leading physicians of West Point, and has a large practice, enjoying a reputation of which many older in the professional experience might well be proud. Dr. Tapscott is a native of Tennessee, and a son of Ira and Mary (Jones) Tapscott, natives of North Carolina and Tennessee, respectively. Ira Byron was also a physician, and a graduate of the Medical College of Richmond, Va. He was a surgeon in Forrest's cavalry, in the late war, and after that struggle practiced in Tennessee until 1872, when he removed to Arkansas, continued his professional duties at West Point. He was a strong Democrat, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and also of the I. O. O. F., and died in January, 1887, at the age of fifty-one years. Mrs. Tapscott is still living in West Point, and is the mother of five children, all living: A. Byron (our subject), Charles V. (also a Doctor), Emma J., Mary G. and Samuel F. At the age of fifteen Byron Tapscott commenced the study of medicine under his father's instruction, and in 1887 and 1888 attended the Missouri Medical College, at St. Louis. After graduating. he returned to West Point and embarked upon a career as a physician, also opening up a drug store, which he continued until October, 1889. Then he sold out, and has since devoted his whole attention to his rapidly increasing practice. He is firmly Democratic in his preferences, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

Dr. ST Tapscott, and Dr. AB Tapscott were brothers born within 3 years of each other. Cora and Winnie were ST's daughters. A.B. practiced in Kinsett, and S.T practiced in Searcy.

Here is what I believe.
Three brothers attended, at the same time, Richmond Medical College, in Richmond, VA., sometime before 1860.

Cora Tapscott, daughter of Dr. S.T, founded the Searcy female Institute.
Winiford (Winnie) 1873 1942 , daughter of Dr. S.T., returned to Searcy to
teach at Searcy Female Institute after her graduation from Ole Miss in 1904. She was also librarian, after her father donated space for the Library in Searcy.

Dr. S.T. Tapscott, his house was located in Searcy, AR. It was a big house for it's day. Dr. S.T. donated part of the house, for awhile, as a public Library in Searcy. Mother remembers that when Flora Tapscott died, her life at that time was a blur. She had just had Becky, this was 1950. Now losing her Grandmother, which she loved very much. Mamaw Rice watched Tim and Becky while mother went to Arkansas for the funeral. She stayed at Dr. ST Tapscott's house, as shown in the photo, and remembers Cora. It was a beautiful house, and she remembers waiters bringing the food to the table. She remembers the fence around it, and the 2nd level. She said they all "hung around" in the back, which is behind the right side of the photo.The house is now an historic site.

Dr. A.B. Tapscott, my second Great Grandfather, was a surgeon for General Bedford Forrest during the Civil War. He had such admiration for the General, and had told many stories of the Great General to my Great Grandfather, Dr. Charles Tapscott, that he then named one of his son's Bedford Forrest Tapscott. Bedford Forrest Tapscott was born in 1910, and just recently past away in 2003. Bless Him!

We also know that A. B. probably told Civil War stories about the "Forrest Calvary", for which he served as a surgeon. Then Charles V. named one of his son's Bedford Forrest after the great General. Also our Grandmother was named Mary after her own grandmother named Mary who married A.B. Sr.

I am listing below my Tapscott family and where they are buried. It all falls into place now. That George H. Tapscott buried here is my A.B.'s brother, and I believe we have also found James. He is listed here as James W. Tapscott M.D. He died in the Civil War. The MD's of White County Arkansas Honored him with a eight ft. Obelisk at his gravesite in 1999. We did not know whether he belonged to us or not. I'm now convinced that in this 1850 census it shows he was 20 years old in 1850, and born 1830 on his gravestone. His occupation says he is a teacher on this census.
A brother James W. Tapscott settled in White County, AR. I recently found a Land Patent for James W.Tapscott in White County, AR, in 1861. James W. Tapscott died in 1862, in the Civil War, "Battle of Whitney Lane", around West Point, AR. Here is the way things worked in those days. If a local War Battle was eminent. The Commanding General would ride into nearby towns, and recruit Doctors for the Battles. They were in a sense contracted laboror's. They were not regular military soldiers. When the battles were over they would go back to thier practice in their nearby towns. Although after extracting, A.B. Tapscott military record, I believe he stayed with General Bedford Forrest for quite sometime, battle after battle. Some say he was the Generals personal physician. Back to the Battle of Whitney Lane. Here was James Tapscott, a volunteer Doctor, there on the battlefield only to nurse those who are sick and injured, and he was brutally stabbed in the back by a Union soldier. This is a very sad story, but well documented to this day.

Sometime between 1850 and 1860, the three brothers, James, S.T., and A.B., all went to Medical College in Richmond Virginia. I surmise that all three brothers served as Physicians during the Civil War with loyalty to the CSA. Amazing as it seems, all of these brothers are buried, together, there in Arkansas.

Here is the story of Dr. James W. Tapscott, who is a hero in the "Battle of Whitney’s Lane" on May 19, 1862.

All of the Tapscott Family members are all Buried at WestPoint Cemetery, WestPoint, Arkansas, and others are buried at Oak Grove Cemetery Searcy, Arkansas.

Great Grandfather - Dr. Charles Vaught Tapscott b1869 d1921

Dr. Charles Vaught Tapscott married Flora Louise Foster b1875d1950. Charles and Flora had five children:
Charles V. "Uncle Tarls"
Clinton Houston "Uncle Coochie"
Bedford Forrest "Uncle Buffa"
Mary "Sue"
George S.

Here is the census of 1920:
1920 U.S. Census • Arkansas • White • Kensett •ED# 171TAPSCOTT,
Charles V. Head 50 TN. N.C. TN.
Flora Lorette(Foster) Wife 44 Ark. TN. TN.
Charles E. Son 22 Ark.
Clinton Son 17 Ark.
Mollie J. Daughter 14 Ark.
Bedford F. Son 10 Ark.
George S. Son 5 Ark.

Dr. Charles and his wife, Flora, would be called out many times during the middle of the night for house calls, infant deliveries, e.t.c.; They had a
horse and buggy, and Dr. Charles carried a big black bag with him. When the automobile was made, he sweared at them. He never bought one till later years. He said they would never make it down to the river bottoms, which is where most farm folks lived back then. Dr. Charles died about four years before my mother was born. But she fondly remembers Flora, her grandmother. For a time Flora lived with my Grandfather and Grandmother.

It is Flora Foster Tapscott that I have found our ancestry back to Adam and Eve on my mothers side. She descends from Royalty. If anyone is interested in seeing this ancestry, let me know, it goes back some 93 generations.

Song of the Week
After researching the Tapscotts family for some fifteen years. There is one thing I have found to be constant. They were a very close family, that watched after each other, and shared their love with each other. This is an old song by Johnny Rivers called "Mountain of Love".
Have a good Week