Southern Roots

Family history research in the Southern States.

Civil War Prisoner of War Records

I made an interesting find at Ancestry last week: Civil War Prisoner of War Records. I found the record of Robert C. Purdy of Caldwell Co., Kentucky. The collection includes digital images of the records. The record indicates that R.C. Purdy was captured in Caldwell Co., Kentucky in January 1864. He was listed as a deserter from the Confederate Army. He was released on oath in April 1864.

Desertion was a big problem for the military during the Civil War. The long, bloody war was hard on both the soldiers and their families. It made me think of what the conditions were like that may have prompted Robert to leave his unit.

The compiled service record of Perry G. Baker, a Civil War soldier from Tennessee, states in 1863 that he was missing since the fall of Ft. Henry in 1862. He passed away in 1900, so he wasn’t killed in the battle. Was he wounded, captured or did he slip away and rejoin his family?

I have other Civil War ancestors who were POWs. I’m planning on taking some more time with this database to see if I can learn more about them.

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May 5, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments

O.H.P. and S.M.E. (Baker) Mullins Tombstone

The tombstone of Oliver Hazard Perry and Sarah Margaret Elizabeth (Baker) Mullins in Santa Fe Cemetery, Maury Co., Tennessee

The tombstone of Oliver Hazard Perry and Sarah Margaret Elizabeth (Baker) Mullins in Santa Fe Cemetery, Maury Co., Tennessee

Sarah Margaret Elizabeth Baker was the only daughter of Robert and Mary (Humphrey) Baker. She was born 22 Jun 1840 in Maury County, Tennessee.  On 26 Apr 1860 she married Oliver Hazard Perry Mullins in Maury County, Tennessee. O.H.P. Mullins was born 6 Oct 1834 in Maury County, Tennessee. He was the son of Green and Mahala (Alford) Mullins.

Oliver and Sarah were the parents of one son, Robert G. Mullins, born in 1861 in Maury County, Tennessee. During the Civil War Oliver served in the C.S.A., 4th Tennessee, Cheatham’s Division, Polk’s Corp. He worked as a carpenter (1870), a mechanic (1880) and a farmer (1900).

Oliver Mullins died the 24 Jun 1912 in Maury County, Tennessee and his wife, Sarah, died 12 Mar 1917 in Maury County, Tennessee. They are buried in the Santa Fe Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee.

August 16, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

W.H. Cook Tombstone

W.H. Cook tombstone, Santa Fe Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee

W.H. Cook tombstone, Santa Fe Cemetery, Maury County, Tennessee

W. H. Cook was the father of Meredith Cook who was married to Lula B. Baker. He was born in 1859 in Tennessee and died in 1940. He is buried in the Santa Fe Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee. There were a lot of small Cook family headstones in this cemetery. Does anyone have anymore information?

July 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Matthew and Nettie Blackburn Tombstone

Tombstone of Matthew and Nettie Blackburn, Santa Fe Cemetery

Tombstone of Matthew and Nettie Blackburn, Santa Fe Cemetery

Matthew Blackburn was born in 1888. He was married on the 3 Mar 1910 in Maury County, Tennessee to Lillie Mae Baker. Lillie, the second child of David S. and Lena E. (Hutcheson) Baker, was born 12 May 1891 in Maury County, Tennessee and died in 1916. She is buried in Goshen Church Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee. He later married Mattie or Nettie who was born in 1897 and died in 1993. Matthew died in 1967 and is buried along with his second wife in Santa Fe Cemetery in Maury County, Tennessee.

July 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Kentucky Historical Society

Take time to visit the webpage of the Kentucky Historical Society. Their “Research and Genealogy” link takes you to a page where you can access their library catalog, digital collection, Kentucky historical marker database, Kentucky cemetery records database, Kentucky virtual library and Kentuckana digital collection. The site is easy to use. Here’s the link.

http://history.ky.gov/

March 13, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

South Carolina Archives

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History is located in Columbia, South Carolina. They have a great collection of state and county records available for research and they have online guides to their collection. The website includes a page with information on genealogy research at the archives. They also have a collection of online, digitized records that the interested researcher can view, accessed by an online index. This includes records like Confederate pension applications and Colonial plats. They do offer a limited research service with an online request form. If they find the record you are looking for they will notify you of the cost for copies and after receiving payment they will fill the request. I did not find any explanation of their fees or if there was an additional fee for out of state researchers.

Check out their website at: http://archives.sc.gov/

January 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Southern Roots

Welcome to Southern Roots a home for the exploration of genealogy and family history research in the southern states of the U.S. I have spent much time researching my family from Tennessee and Texas and my husband has family from Mississippi and Alabama. I am studying to become an accredited researcher through ICAPGen in the Mid-South region and think that this could be a good forum to help me explore the resources available.

April 16, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment