Photo Friday—Ernest Joiner

Earnest Lee Joiner I and unknown child.

­Ernest was born in Georgia, perhaps Mitchell County, the son of Asa Bryant Joiner and Susan Ellen Davis Joiner, and was raised there.

In the 1900 US Census, he is listed as living with his parents in Branchville, Mitchell County, Georgia, and his occupation is listed as farm laborer.

In the 1920 US Census, he is listed as living with his family in Sylvester City, Worth County, Georgia, and his occupation is listed as a laborer in an oil mill. From his Sep 1918 World War I Draft Registration Card, we know that he was working for the Planters Oil Company in Sylvester, manufacturing cotton seed oil. It also tells us that his eyes are blue.

He married Sarah Jane Alderman some time before his draft registration.

Before 1931, his family removed to Miami, Dade County, Florida. It appears that his parents also removed there with them. In 1931, he is working for the Seminole Drug Company.

In the 1940 US Census, he is listed as living with his wife in Miami Springs, Dade, County, Florida, and his occupation is listed as merchant working on his own account.

He was living in Miami Springs when he died in 1964.


Ernest Lee Joiner I (1883-1964) is 1st cousin 4x removed of MKS in the Knight branch.

Source: KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Jacqueline Anne Knight Spratlin collection (photograph).

Photo Friday—Four Sisters

The Olson Sisters—front row, left to right: Bertelle Olson Stai, Pearl Olson Nansen; back row, left to right: Alta Olson Anderson, Mildred Olson Wetherbee; Sep 1993.

Bertelle, Alta, Mildred, and Pearl are the daughters of Bartemus and Anna Olson. They were born and raised in Murray County and Norman County, North Dakota.

This photograph was taken in Sep 1993, the year of Alta’s 85th birthday.

They have a fifth sister, Ruth, who passed away in 1940, and two brothers, Allan and Merrill.


Bertelle Marguerite Olson (1901-1997) is 2nd great-aunt of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Pearl Josephine Olson (1903-2006) is 2nd great-aunt of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Mildred Evelyn Olson (1906-2001) is great-grandmother of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Alta Valentine Olson (1908-2007) is 2nd great-aunt of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Ruth Frances Olson (1909-1940) is 2nd great-aunt of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

Source: KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Joyce Elaine Wetherbee Johnson collection (photograph).

Photo Friday—Thelma Blount

Thelma Spratlin Blount (right), and unknown boy.

Thelma was born on 29 Jan 1921, probably in Barnett Shoals, Oconee County, Georgia, and is the daughter of John Franklin Spratlin and Lucy O’Kelley Spratlin.

She married Wilson Ohlkers Blount on 19 Jul 1940, and they resided in Athens, Clarke County, Georgia. Wilson worked at the Athens Boiler and Machine Works. They had no children.

Thelma and Wilson are interred at Evergreen Memorial Park in Athens.


Thelma Spratlin (1921-2012) is 2nd great-aunt of MKS in the Spratlin branch.

Source: KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Jacqueline Anne Knight Spratlin collection (photograph).

Early Settlers—Watertown, MA—William Shattuck

In our 26 Oct 2018 post, we met John Whitney, one of the founders of Watertown, Massachusetts. There is another family member among the founders—William Shattuck. [1]

Watertown was first settled in 1630, 10 years after the arrival of the Pilgrims at Plymouth, Massachusetts.

William was born in England in 1621 or 1622. He likely arrived in America when he was a minor; when it is not known, but certainly no later than 1642 when he is listed as a proprietor in Watertown. [2, 3]

In 1642, he married Susanna, whose last name, birth date and place, and parents are not known. They are believed to have had 10 children. William was a weaver and farmer. [2, 3]

He purchased several parcels of land in the area including a one acre homestead; three acres of upland; a home, garden, and 30 acres situated on Common Hill; 25 acres upland; three acres of swamp; and 4 acres of meadowland. He also bought a farm at Stony Brook, near the present bounds of Weston, Massachusetts; four acres of meadow in Pond Meadow; and a house and farm. [2, 3]

William Shattuck’s son John and John Whitney’s granddaughter Ruth married on 20 Jun 1664, presumably in Watertown.

William’s will was written on 3 Aug 1672. He died 11 days later on 14 Aug in Watertown, at the age of 50. His will was proved on 29 Aug in Middlesex County, Massachusetts.

William Shattuck is interred in the Old Burying Place Cemetery in Watertown. John Whitney is also interred there. [4]


William Shattuck I (1661-1672) is 11th great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.

John Whitney I (1588-1673) is 10th great-grandfather of MKS in the Wetherbee branch.

John Whitney I (1588-1673) is also 12th great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.

References:
[1] Founder’s Monument—Watertown, Massachusetts, Life From The Roots blog. The two photos above are from this website.
[2] Memorials of the Descendants of William Shattuck …, by Lemuel Shattuck, Dutton and Wentworth, 1855.
[3] Genealogies of the Families and Descendants of the Early Settlers of Watertown, Massachusetts …, by Henry Bond, N.E. Historic-Genealogical Society, 1860; Volume I, page 427.
[4] Old Burying Place, findagrave.com.

2019 Resolutions

In 2019, we have resolved to:

  • Write more family stories.
  • Make it easier to find photos on the site.
  • Find Alpheus Adams’ maternal line.
  • Actually work on the Norwegian lines in the tree—our patience dealing with the Norwegian name thing is unfortunately very low.
  • Take at least one trip to research a brick wall in the tree—Ireland and Virginia are on the short list.

Photo Galleries are now live on the site. Look under the menu Our Genealogy > Photos. There, you will find:

  • Galleries—photos sorted by family branch and various other themes
  • Tag Cloud—click on a word and a gallery is created with the associated photos

One down, four to go!