Edward Jackson Genealogy Approved by SAR

5 Sep

I just checked the weekly application status report on the NSSAR web site. My genealogy for patriot Edward Jackson has been approved by NSSAR genealogists. It was officially registered yesterday.

This is a big accomplishment for me for a couple of reasons. First, it validates my discovery and proof of a relationship that was unknown before my recent Hammock investigation … namely that Jane Hammock, wife of Ezekiel Hollingshead of Bibb County, Alabama, was, indeed, the daughter of Jacob Hammock of Autauga County, Alabama.

Second, Edward Jackson was an unrecognized patriot, not found on the databases of either DAR or SAR. It is my first recognition of a previously undocumented patriot. Grandpappy Jackson provide beef cows for the Continental Army in Virginia, and was reimbursed after the war.

Finally, as soon as I receive my Record Copy of Edward Jackson, I will be able to submit my proof correcting the record on Robert Hammock II (Refugee Soldier in Georgia) and recognizing Robert Hammock I (his father), for his patriotic service in Virginia (another provider of beef for the army).

Mission accomplished. Those long research trips to southern Alabama and Southeast Arkansas have paid off!

It just goes to show that there is no substitute for getting your feet on the ground and hitting those archives, courthouses, and libraries!


George F. Baggett – Korean War DD Form 62

2 Aug

I recently discovered this document in a box full of family stuff.  I can’t believe that my mom saved it.  This is my father’s DD62 showing that he was rejected for military service when drafted for Korea.


My parents had only been married four months when he received his draft notice.  He left for the army that morning, with his devastated, sobbing bride wondering if she would ever see him again.  Imagine her surprised when he was back home before supper!

I always through it very curious that he was rejected.  He was an ultra-healthy man, and was even playing semi-professional baseball for a local team at the time.  He always swore that when he was having his physical and the doctor told him to bend over and grab both cheeks, he bent over and grabbed both sides of his face.  The doctor told him, “Bless your heart … son, you can just go home.”  But somehow I still don’t believe that story.

The historical / genealogical significance for me is that it shows the address of my parents’ home in 1951: 710 McLemore Street in Brownsville, TN.  They were living in a garage apartment at the home of my mom’s parents, Rob and Ebbie Lee Williams.  The fact that his selective service number is on it is pretty cool, too.

As you find these documents in your own records, please do not hesitate to upload them online on your own blog or on Ancestry.com to share with all.  They will have historical significance to genealogists and historians in the future.

Breakthrough! – Mary Jane Hammock Proof Passes Muster

24 Jul

I haven’t received official word from the SAR, but I just saw today that my check to cover the cost of my Edward Jackson supplemental application has cleared the bank.  That means my latest proof linking Mary Jane Hammock to her father, Jacob Hammock, has convinced the state genealogist and the application has been forwarded to the national office.

This is GREAT news, since I will now get to file supplementals on Jacob’s father and grandfather, Robert Hammock I and Robert Hammock II … and correct the record on them both.

It’s a good day.  🙂

Baggett DNA Project

16 Jul

I am pleased to announce that I am the new Project Administrator for the Baggett DNA Project at worldfamilies.net.

Baggett DNA

The Baggett DNA Project is a Y-Chromosome study that identifies and maps specific genealogical DNA markers.  Obviously, such a project does not map ones’ entire genome, nor does it reveal any other “secret” genetic information.  It does not look for cancer genes or markers.  It merely identifies the known genealogical markers that identify kinship.

Since this is a Y-chromosome study, it is for men with the Baggett surname only (not to be sexist or anything … it’s simply a test for genes on the male chromosome inherited from the father).

So … if you’re a Baggett-born woman, all you have to do is get a brother or your father, or even a first cousin, to test and get mapped.  This will demonstrate your place in the Baggett family lineage.

My goal is to get as many Baggett men as possible from as many branches as possible to get “on board” and get tested.

It’s not all that expensive, all things considered.  The cost right now is $129 for the Y-DNA37 kit (this is what we need, minimum, as it goes back 8 generations).  Here is the link where you can order a kit and get in on the project.

I’m still getting up to speed on the web site and what it will take to administer the project.  Meanwhile, please (if you are a Baggett male) consider going to the site and ordering your kit.

Let’s map the Baggett genome and settle our lineage questions once and for all!

More Evidence for my Jane Hammock Case

4 Jul

I made the long trip down to Ashley County, AR, yesterday.  We were already in Memphis to visit family, so I thought I would just jet down to Hamburg and check out the courthouse.

It turned into an 8-hour round trip.  Oh, snap!  But it was worth it.

As it turns out, I found absolutely nothing with Ezekiel Hollingshead’s name on it.   I have always assumed that he took his family to Arkansas, bought land, then died suddenly, leaving wife and family to take care of the farm.

Boy, was I wrong!

When I surveyed the earliest deed index, I found this page … (I apologize for the reflection, it was laminated.)

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Jacob Hammock’s Estate Administrator … The Governor?!!!

22 Jun

I just returned from two days in southern Alabama.  I scoured four courthouses, two libraries, and one museum in search of documentary evidence on Jacob Hammock.  My quest is to make a better connection to his daughter, Jane, that will “pass muster” with the Sons of the American Revolution.

I had something of an “out of body experience” when I saw this note on the “Probate Minutes Index.”

Jacob Hammock Probate Index - Perry County, Alabama

Jacob Hammock Probate Index – Perry County, Alabama

I thought, “Eureka!  I’ve found it!”  Surely, this would solve all of my mysteries!  I took me a half-hour to locate Book F.  That was the last year they called them “Orphan’s Court Minutes.”  And when I finally did find it … my mystery only deepened.  Here’s what I found …

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What Is It About Genealogists and Dead e-mail Addresses?

18 Jun

I’m frustrated.  Tired.  Angry.  Mad.

As I am working to network, make contacts, and trade information on various forums and boards, I am discovering that about 90% of email address links are dead and undeliverable.  It so completely ticks me off to invest time in typing a coherent message or query, only to have it bounce back as undeliverable 9 out of 10 times.