Plantagenet Ancestry of William Farrar I

In Sisley Jordan Farrar—Ancient Planter, we met Sisley’s husband William Farrar I. William is a descendant of an Angevin (i.e. Plantagenet) King of England—King Edward I of England. [1]

Portrait in Westminster Abbey, thought to be of Edward I.

Here is the line from King Edward I of England to William Farrar I:

13. Edward I of England, King of England (1239–1307)
> m. Alianore de Castille

12. Joan of England [of Acre]
> m. Gilbert de Clare, Earl of Glouchester

11. Alianor de Clare
> m. Hugh le Despenser, 2nd Lord Despenser

10. Edward Despenser, Knight
> m. Anne de Ferrers

9. Edward Despenser, 4th Lord le Despenser
> m. Elizabeth de Burghersh

8. Anne Despenser
> m. Hugh Hastings, Knight

7. Edward Hastings, Knight
> m. Muriel de Dinham

6. John Hastings, 9th Lord Hastings
> m. Anne Morley

5. Elizabeth Hastings
> m. Robert Hildyard

4. Katherine Hildyard
> m. William Girlington

3. Isabel Girlington
> m. Christopher Kelke

2. William Kelke
> m. Thomasine Skerne

1. Cecily Kelke
> m. John Farrar

0. William Farrar I (1583–1637)
> m. Sisley NN (Bayley) (Jordan) (Farrar)

Sisley NN (1600–1637) is 11th great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

William Farrar I (1583–1637) is 11th great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch.

King Edward I of England (1239–1307) is 10th great-grandfather of William Farrar I, and 24th great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch.

[1] David Faros, Plantagenet Ancestry of Seventeenth-Century Colonists (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., 1996).

17,350 and Counting

The early part of 2020 was devoted to finding Alpheus Adam’s maternal line using a combination of genetic genealogy and old-fashion research into the history of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada and the United States. And 2020 closes as we found possible parents for Andrew Porter Sr. in County Donegal, Ireland.

At the end of 2020, there were 17,350 family members in our family tree.

Jacqueline Knight’s First Photo

Jacqueline Anne Knight’s first photo, 1940.

Today we celebrate the 81st anniversary of the birth of Jacqueline Anne Knight.

This photo is one of several in a batch all labeled First Picture, each with Jackie and her mother Marion in basically the same pose.

The handwritten notation on verso is:

Marion Elizabeth Chapman Knight
Jacqueline Anne Knight
First Picture
563 Woodlawn Ave
N. Augusta S. C.

Levi and Marion Chapman Knight roomed at 56 Woodlawn Avenue in North Augusta, South Carolina, from before 22 Oct 1939 (Jackie’s birth) through at least 30 Apr 1940 (1940 US Census).

Woodlawn Avenue was later split into East Woodlawn and West Woodlawn, and the houses were renumbered. Today, 56 Woodlawn Avenue is 214 West Woodlawn Avenue. The house there was built in 1902.

But this photo does not look like that house. The house in the photo is clearly numbered 53. And the address notation on the photo has been changed from 56 to 53 Woodlawn Ave.

Levi and Marion actually roomed in the cottage behind the main house, and the cottage had a number at the time. Here is another photo taken a few months later in front of the main house.

Jacqueline Anne Knight, 5 and a half months.

The house and cottage are both still there, and look virtually identical to these photos from 1940.

Thank you to the Arts and Heritage Center of North Augusta for researching the address change, and identifying the location of the first photo as the cottage.

Marion Elizabeth Chapman (1917-1963)  is great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

Jacqueline Anne Knight (1939–2007) is grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

[1] KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Jacqueline Anne Knight Spratlin collection (photographs).

Photo Friday—Grady and Archie Chapman Family

Left to right: Grady Chapman, Marion Chapman, and Archie Chapman; 15 Jul 1920.

This is one of three photographs in our collection taken on this date of Grady and Archie Chapman, and their daughter Marion. The other two photographs include another as-of-yet unidentified family.

William Grady Chapman (1890–1947) is 2nd great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch.

Archie June Williams (1890–1965) is 2nd great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

Marion Elizabeth Chapman (1917–1963) is great-grandmother of MKS in the Knight branch.

[1] KMS Family Genealogy Digital Archive, Jacqueline Anne Knight Spratlin collection (photograph).

Ninety Six in the American Revolutionary War

In Finding Alpheus Adams’ Mother : Part V, we learned that Alpheus’ maternal line, the Strains, emigrated from Ireland to Pennylvania (about 1750), and then removed to Virginia (before 1762), South Carolina (before 1765), and Ohio (about 1808).

In South Carolina, the Strains lived in Ninety-Six District, and served in the American Revolutionary War alongside the Tutt, Martin, and Key families from our Knight branch.

Stockade Fort, Ninety Six, South Carolina.

We recently bumped into someone else who followed the same path. In Who Do You Think You Are?, Season 10, Episode 4 (aired 17 Dec 2018 on TLC), Matthew Morrison, actor on Broadway and the television show Glee, learns about his 6th great-grandfather James Lindley.

James Lindley (1735–1779) was born in London Grove, Chester County, Pennsylvania. The Lindleys had emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania (about 1713), and then removed to Orange County, North Carolina (by 1759), and Ninety-Six District (early 1768) before the American Revolutionary War.

In this episode, Matthew Morrison visits the South Carolina Historical Society in Charleston, South Carolina. From there, he visits the Kettle Creek Battlefield in Wilkes County, Georgia, and the Ninety Six National Historic Site in Greenwood County, South Carolina.

Star Fort, Ninety Six, South Carolina.

William Strain, Benjamin Tutt, and Gabriel Tutt served in the Upper Ninety-Six District Regiment of the South Carolina Patriot Militia, and that regiment was at the Battle of Kettle Creek on 14 Feb 1779. We do not know if they were actually at the battle, or in Ninety Six during the events of Apr 1779 described in the episode. We do know that James Lindley was there.

Ninety Six was a small settlement on the edge of the frontier in 1779. It is likely the Strains, Tutts, Martins, and Keys knew or knew of James Lindley.

For an interesting look into life in Ninety-Six District during the American Revolutionary War, we highly recommend you watch this episode.

Alpheus Adams (1845-1910) is 3rd great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.

Say Anything …

By a curious quirk of human nature, rather than Mother Nature, every American family of the surname Washington is related to George, all Adamses are of the family of John Quincy, and all Jeffersons are cousins of Thomas—at least as far as family traditions are concerned.

—Elizabeth Shown Mills, C.G., F.A.S.G.

Finding Alpheus Adams’ Mother : Part V

In Part V, we meet the family of John Strain, probable 2nd great-grandfather of Alpheus.

John Strain and his family emigrated from Ireland to Pennsylvania around 1750. That is 90 years before the Porters, Gallaghers, Hannahs, Virtues, and associated families (all the other families represented in the cluster diagrams) emigrated from Donegal, Ireland, to Ontario, Canada, in the 1840’s.

John had at least seven children including six sons (John Jr., David, William, Thomas, James, Samuel) and one daughter (Sarah).

Before 1762, John and his family removed from Pennsylvania. John’s son Samuel was born in 1762 in Augusta County, Virginia. We do not know if they settled there, or Samuel was born there while they journeyed south.

Before 1765, they settled in what is now Abbeville County, South Carolina. In 1765, the counties of Tryon and Mecklenburg, North Carolina, exercised some jurisdiction over this northern area of present-day South Carolina. In 1769, the area became part of Ninety-Six District, one of the seven original Judicial Districts of South Carolina.

The Strains resided in the Long Cane Settlement, which was near the Long Cane River and Little River. There they learned to love grits and say Y’all with a proper accent. It’s documented. Trust us.

The South
\ thə ‘sau’th\, noun

The place where …
1) Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter.
2) Summer starts in April.
3) Macaroni & Cheese is a vegetable.
4) Front porches are wide and words are long.
5) Pecan pie is a staple.
6) Y’all is the only proper noun.
7) Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy.
8) Everything is Darlin’.
9) Someone’s heart is always being blessed.

Unknown; displayed in the dining room of a member of the Spratlin family, in the South

[faint sound of author chuckling]

John passed away there in 1766, and is buried there.

The first major battle of the American Revolutionary War in the South was fought at a fort named Ninety Six in Ninety-Six District.

All six of John’s sons served in the war, but we don’t have all the details for each. Son James was killed in a battle at Thicketty Fort, South Carolina, in 1780, and son Thomas is said to have been killed in 1781.

Son William served as a lieutanant and captain in the Upper Ninety-Six District Regiment. Private James Watts served under him. Son Samuel Strain married Hannah Watts in 1782.

Ok, this is where things gets weird.

[sound of author chuckling louder]

Also serving in the Upper Ninety-Six District Regiment are Major Benjamin Tutt, who was Justice of the Peace in Ninety-Six District in 1776, and Ensign Gabriel Tutt.

In the Lower Ninety-Six District Regiment, we find more members of the Tutt family, and several members of the Martin and Key families.

Liberty flag, the standard of the South Carolina militia during the American Revolutionary War.

These families are living on the edge of South Carolina’s sparsely populated frontier, members of the families serving together for several years in two regiments of the South Carolina Patriot Militia. They must have known each other.

Tutt, Martin, Key; who are they?” you ask. You haven’t been reading our blog.

They are family.

They are members of our Knight branch. Major Benjamin Tutt is the 7th great-grandfather of MKS in the Knight branch. The Martins and Keys are in this branch as well.

Where is Ninety-Six District, South Carolina? Across the river from Georgia, where this author grew up.

At the end of the Revolutionary War, Ninety-Six District was on the western frontier of the United States. Large numbers of soldiers were awarded land grants, and headed farther west.

Son Samuel Strain and his family remained in South Carolina until the early 1800’s.

Before 1808, they removed to Highland County, Ohio. In 1833, Samuel applied for his Revolutionary War pension while residing in Ohio. He passed away on 29 Apr 1845, and is buried in Rocky Spring Cemetery in Highland County.

Samuel’s son Thomas McCartney Strain was born in Abbeville County, South Carolina. He also headed west with the family, but did not go immediately to Ohio.

We find Thomas McCartney Strain in:

  • Barren County, Kentucky, before 1810
  • North Carolina, before 1815
  • Fayette County, Ohio, before 1820
  • Highland County, Ohio, before 1823
  • Montgomery County, Indiana, about 1829
  • Boone County, Indiana, Feb 1860

The families of John Strain’s son David and daughter Sarah also removed west to Ohio and Indiana with their brother Samuel. John is also believed to have siblings who removed with him from Pennsylvania to South Carolina. And some of these families also then removed west to Ohio and Indiana at the same time as Samuel.

By 1844, we find too many Strains living in Ohio and Indiana to count.

From 1814 to 1871, Reverend Ezra Adams was a Methodist Episcopal circuit rider. In a prior post, we detailed his circuit assignments across Ontario, Canada.

In 1844, he is preacher in the Newmarket circuit, York County, Ontario, Canada West. Ezra’s son Henry Proctor Adams is living nearby, by today’s standards, in Halton County, Ontario.

It is 569 miles from Halton County, Ontario, to Montgomery County, Indiana. In 1844, it would have taken days or weeks to travel this distance. It would have involved boat travel across Lake Erie, or railway travel around Lake Erie.

We now know the Strain family, but we haven’t put the Adams and Strain families together in the same place at the same time. They are not even in the same country.

Will this mystery ever end?

Benjamin Tutt (1739–1790) and Maria Barbara Stalnaker (1743–1799) are 7th great-grandparents of MKS in the Knight branch.

John Strain (1730–1766) is probably 7th great-grandparent of MKS in the Watne branch.

Samuel Strain (1762–1845) and Hannah Watts (1762–1798) are probably 6th great-grandparents of MKS in the Watne branch.

Ezra Adams (1788) and Isa Proctor (1797–1832) are 5th great-grandparents of MKS in the Watne branch.

Henry Proctor Adams (1822–1882) is probably 4th great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.

Alpheus Adams (1845-1910) is 3rd great-grandfather of MKS in the Watne branch.

Lucian Lamar Knight—State Historian Emeritus of Georgia

While climbing our family tree, we meet our ancestors and relatives in many varied ways. We met Lucian Lamar Knight on the cover of the book Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution (a list of the state’s soldiers of the American Revolution)—he is its author [1]. It took only minutes to confirm he is one of our Knights, but not through our Knight branch. It took a few days to understand the role he played and continues to play in Georgia’s history—in preserving it.

Lucian Lamar Knight, State Historian Emeritus of Georgia. [2]

Lucian was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1868. He earned the degree of A.B. at the University of Georgia, where he was class valedictorian, and the degree of A.M. at Princeton where he studied theology. He was on the editorial staff of the Atlanta Constitution (1892–1902), and was editor of the Atlanta Georgian (1908–1910). [2]

In 1913, Lucian was appointed compiler of state records for the state of Georgia. He found Georgia’s historical records were not being preserved—and some were literally being burned in the basement of the state capital as fuel. General Sherman’s army never did as much damage.

Lucian personally began a five year campaign to convince the Georgia General Assembly and the Governor to create the first Georgia Department of Archives.

I am not an alarmist, but I come to sound an alarm. If the perishing records of Georgia are to be saved from destruction, the most vital need of our state at this time is a Department of Archives …

Lucian Lamar Knight, 30 Jun 1917 [3]

Careful what you wish for! Lucian was appointed the first head of the department and served for six years until his retirement in 1925, when he was designated state historian emeritus for life.

The State Department of Archives and History was created by an act signed by Governor Hugh Dorsey in 1918. In 1931, oversight of the Georgia archives was transferred to the Secretary of State. In 2013, it was transferred again, to the University System of Georgia.

The Georgia Archives moved to its current home in Morrow, Georgia, in 2003. The Southeast Regional Branch of the National Archives opened next door in 2004.

Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia.

Lucian was not content to just create a place to preserve Georgia’s history. He was a prolific author, co-author, editor, and co-editor; his more than twenty works include:

  • Reminiscences of Famous Georgians (two volumes)
  • editor with Joel Chandler Harris (author of the Uncle Remus stories) of the Library of Southern Literature series
  • first publication of the Statistical Register of Georgia
  • Georgia’s Colonial Records (volumes 22-26)
  • Georgia’s Landmarks, Memorials, and Legends
  • A Standard History of Georgia and Georgians (six volumes)

Lucian’s biography appeared in Men of Mark in Georgia, …, Volume VI [2]. His obituary appeared on the front page of the Atlanta Constitution, and Evelyn Ward Gay wrote an account of his life [4].

Scholar, Historian, Orator, Poet, First State Historian of Georgia, Founder of the State’s Department of History, and Author of Many Important Works Relating to the History of the Commonwealth.

Here lies one who loved Georgia, every page of her history, and every foot of her soil.

Gravesite tablet of Lucian Lamar Knight, St. Simons Island, Georgia

Lucian Lamar Knight (1868–1933) is 5th cousin 5x removed of MKS in the Spratlin branch.

[1] Lucian Lamar Knight, Georgia’s Roster of the Revolution, … (Atlanta: Index Printing Co., 1920).
[2] William J. Northen, editor, Men of Mark in Georgia, …, Volume VI (Atlanta: A. B. Caldwell, 1912), 182.
[3] Lucian Lamar Knight, Shall Our Records be Lost? Georgia’s Most Vital Need: A Department of Archives, Report of Lucian Lamar Knight, Compiler of State Records, to the Governor, June 30, 1917 (Atlanta: Byrd Printing Company, 1917).
[4] Evelyn Ward Gay, Lucian Lamar Knight: The Story of One Man’s Dream (New York: Vantage Press, 1967).