Random stranger lurking here!
I feel like a stranger, I never get any notices, and somehow I keep forgetting to check on my own.
Not much going on here. Can't remember when I was last on the porch, but I know it's been awhile.
Did I mention last time I was here about my family FaceBook page? Im really into gen and family history, mainly because I know so little about my family! So I've taken to writing blog type stories on the family page, telling of the stories I've found about family members. It's been fun, but not generating the interest I was hoping among all the cousins. I really want to create a virtual family reunion. Some of us have never met. Especially the younger generation.
But I've gotten a few fun responses. I always knew my paternal granddad was a slack wire walker in the circus, but I never knew until a couple weeks ago that that is where he met Grandma. She was a bareback rider!!
Thought I'd share my first family history story. It may not make a lot of sense, not knowing any of the names, but.....
Ok, so I’ve set up a family page, so what now? Let’s start with who we are. My paternal line goes back to Harry Lee Pope, Sr. So far I haven’t been able to get any information on his parents. There is a suggestion, thru a page from Aunt Louise’s bible that his father’s name was Frank. Uncle Dick also listed his father as Frank, but also mentioned an older brother named Frank. I can’t find any paper trails to back this up, but I tend believe it because they should know what their granddad’s name is. I also have his mom’s name, Louise, or Lulu/Lula, from a 1900 census report. This report shows that Louise was married to a John Jones, with children being Harry L Pope, aged 16, Charlie B Jones, aged 9, Eddie C Jones, aged 7, and Tibbie Jones, aged 2.
Nobody knows what happened to Harry’s dad or why Louise married Jones. Oh, his name wasn’t actually John H Jones, it was Tiberius Gracchus Jones (Jr). So why the name John? Maybe the census taker didn’t feel like trying to spell Tiberius Gracchus? We don’t know, that’s another family mystery. But we do know his name was Tiberius thru other records. In the 1910 census he is listed as T G Jones.
The Jones family rumor has it that Tiberius was disowned by his VERY famous dad for marrying Louise, which suggests there was a problem with her eligibility to marry, possibly because she was divorced? Here is the senior Tiberius bio:
Tiberius Gracchus Jones born in Powhatan county, Virginia, in 1819, son of Wood Jones, of Nottoway county, Virginia, and his wife, Elizabeth Trent (Archer) Jones, the former named a kinsman of John Winston Jones, speaker of the house of representatives, and the latter a member of the well-known Virginia family of Archer. After completing his preparatory education, he entered Richmond College, and in 1842 matriculated at the University of Virginia, where he remained for one session, then became a student at William and Mary College, where he received the honor, which he had also received at the University of Virginia, of being the valedictory orator of the literary society. He held many positions of responsibility and was regarded as a strong preacher, a learned writer and a sound thinker. He was elected president of Wake Forest College, North Carolina, and of Mercer College, Georgia, which positions he declined, and he was also elected president of Richmond College. Among his well known works are: "The Duties of Pastors to Churches," and the "Great Misnomer, the Lord's Supper Called the Communion." At the time of his death he was a resident of Nashville, Tennessee.
Dr. Jones was vice president of the Southern Baptist Convention for several sessions (1874, 1877, and 1878) and Vice-President of the Board of Trustees of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He was the preacher of the introductory sermon before the Virginia General Association on three occasions. In 1873 he preached the introductory sermon before the Southern Baptist Convention.
When Richmond College was reorganized after the Civil War, Dr. Jones became the second President of the College, being elected to that office on August 24, 1866. Along with the Presidency he held the Chair of Moral Science, and also taught English for two years. He was an excellent teacher – remembered by his students for his brilliant lectures and his striking presentation. He guided the College successfully through a critical period.
His heart, however, was really in the pulpit, as he was, above all else, a preacher. During his third year as president, he received a call to return to the Freemason Church in Norfolk, where he was pastor when he accepted the position at Richmond College. He accepted the call on August 29, 1869. Dr. Jones was also a Trustee of Richmond College; was elected to the Board while he was President of the College, and continued to serve as a Trustee until he moved to Tennessee in 1871.
In 1919, Mr. Archer G. Jones established at the University of Richmond “The Tiberius Gracchus Jones Memorial Scholarship” in honor of his father.
He was married on November 7, 1848, to Miss Jane Chandler Reins of Richmond. He married as his second wife Miss Martha Ridley of Norfolk, Virginia. He died June 27, 1895, in Richmond at the home of his son-in-law, Mr. John B. Jeffress. Funeral services were held at the residence. He is buried in Hollywood Cemetery.
- Excerpted from Hackley, Woodford B., Faces on the Wall - Brief Sketches of the MEN and WOMEN whose PORTRAITS and BUSTS were on the campus of the University of Richmond in 1955, Virginia Baptist Historical Society, 1972.
One little not so PC tidbit, but remember, they lived in Virginia, the Gracchus family were slave owners.
So, you can see that divorce was probably NOT acceptable, but we may never know the real reason for disowning his son. I’m not sure of Louise’s parent’s either. The names and dates I’ve been given for them say they died before she was born. Maybe they are her grandparents? No paper trails there, either.
So, we begin with Harry Lee, born Jan 1, 1884, in Indianapolis, IN. I spent several hours in the Indianapolis Archives Library a few years ago and couldn’t find any trace of them. Harry married Edna Florence Hancock, born Aug 6, 1892, in Princeton, Kentucky. I have LOTS of family info on Edna, in fact, I can trace her family back to the Revolutionary War. My intention is to take my paperwork and go the local DAR and get it verified. When I do so, that means all the gals in Edna’s line will qualify for membership. Doesn’t mean a whole lot, unless you’re into history, but they do give college scholarships.