In 1780, James Robertson, John Donelson, and their party of settlers (including my ancestors Abel Gower Sr., Obedience Blakely Gower, Abel Gower Jr., Nancy Gower, and Andrew Lucas) built a settlement at the French Lick along the Cumberland River. They named it Fort Nashborough after General Francis Nash. It was the first settlement in what became Nashville, Tennessee.
Fort Nashborough was reconstructed in 1930 and rebuilt in 1962.The reconstruction was funded by the local Daughters of the American Revolution. In July 2011, the fort was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Fort Nashborough is currently closed for renovations. It is scheduled to reopen in 2015, and will be an open plaza rather than an enclosed structure.
I visited Fort Nashborough in 2007. The photos were taken on that trip.
The first two children of my 3rd-great-grandparents Davidson Binkley and Angeline Mayo died young. Their firstborn, Sara Elizabeth, was born on 28 September 1853 and died on 11 October 1853. Their next child, Louise Jane, lived just over a year; she was born on 15 November 1854 and died on 18 November 1855. The information about these children came from a family group sheet compiled by P. C. Lampley in 1983. Most of the information on the family group sheet came from the family Bible of Laura Belle (Tarkington) Leech, the granddaughter of Davidson and Angeline (Mayo) Binkley. Although no places of birth were given for any of the children on this family group sheet, the Binkley family lived in Tennessee until sometime between 1856 and 1858.
Paula Christina Schneider, my maternal grandmother's sister, was born on 27 January 1913 in St. Louis, Missouri. She was the daughter of John Schneider and Paulina Gersbacher. She married Laszlo James Nagy on 18 September 1934 in St. Louis. He was born on 21 September 1908 in New York and was the son of Alexander Nagy and Rosa Koncz. Laszlo died in Waban, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts on 5 December 1992. Paula died in Hadley, Hampshire County, Massachusetts on 7 February 2004. They are buried in Newton Cemetery in Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. Paula designed the tombstone. She and Laszlo were both musicians.
This map shows Kinneved and the surrounding towns in the hundred of Frökind, in the former Skaraborg County in the province of Västergötland, Sweden. In 1997, the counties of Skaraborg, Gothenburg and Bohus, and Älvsborg were merged to form Västra Götaland.
My great-great-grandfather Charles John (Carl Johan) Dahlquist and his parents Johannes Christiansson and Maria Christina Jonsdotter were born in Kinneved.
Sarah, wife of Francis Hardgrave, was born on 7 February 1751, according to family Bible records. Edythe Rucker Whitley identified her as Sarah Skelton, and the book The History of the Hardgrave Family also states that Francis Hardgrave's wife was Sarah Skelton. Numerous online family trees also refer to Francis Hardgrave's wife as Sarah Skelton. However, she was actually Sarah Greer, daughter of John Greer.
Around 1770, Francis and Sarah Hardgrave moved from Virginia to Surry County, North Carolina; in 1778, the area became part of Wilkes County. They lived near John Greer and other members of the Greer family. John Greer's will mentions Sarah Hardgrave; she was one of the heirs of his estate. She must have been his daughter, since she inherited a portion of his estate along with his other children.
According to the family Bible, Francis and Sarah had the following children: James (born 12 December 1772), Sarah (born 31 December 1776), Robert (born 17 August 1778), Nancy (born 6 August 1780), Hannah (born 22 February 1782), Micajah Lewis (born 1 November 1783), Seeley (born 27 April 1786, died 1791), John (born 29 October 1787), and Skelton (born 7 May 1792).
Skelton is an unusual given name; Edythe Rucker Whitley may have assumed that Skelton Hardgrave was given his mother's maiden name. But he was not the only child in the family who was named Skelton. Hannah Greer, John Greer's daughter and Sarah's sister, named a son Skelton Taylor DeMoss. Sarah's grandson James Russell named a son Skelton. At first I thought that James named his son after his uncle, but then I found out that James' wife Miriam Hill had a brother named Skelton. The name may have come from a family surname, but if so, it must have come from an earlier generation. There is no other evidence that suggests that Sarah's surname was Skelton.
The Hardgrave family moved to Kentucky about 1795, and then to Davidson County, Tennessee around 1799.
Francis Hardgrave died in 1828, and Sarah was listed as head of household in the 1830 United States census. Sarah died on 30 November 1832.
Davidson County Tennessee tax list, 1929. Tennessee, Early Tax List Records, 1783-1895. Ancestry.com. Original data:Early Tax Lists of Tennessee. Microfilm, 12 rolls. The Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee.
I'm back home now after a long day! I started off Day 2 of the Celtic Connections Conference with Sheila O'Rourke Northrup's presentation on Irish immigration patterns. It was a very interesting lecture on an important topic. She mentioned the Erie Canal and its expansion, which is relevant to my family history. I then attended Brian Donovan's lecture "Murderers, Rebels and Drunkards: Your Irish Ancestors and the Law." Considering how many black sheep ancestors I have (and I keep finding more!), I may need this information! I then heard Bill Budde talk about Celtic timelines. During lunch, we heard a performance of traditional Irish songs. I then attended Kyle Betit's presentation on society records, which was of great interest to me because one of my ancestors was a member of the Repeal Association. The day ended with John Grenham's lecture on the reasons we sometimes cannot find Irish ancestors in online records when they are there, and ways to improve our chances. It was a great conference! The next one will be in Minnesota in 2016. I hope I will be able to go: I could combine the conference with a research trip!