Lee Baldwin's Family History Highlights Example
Lee Baldwin’s extended family history research over four decades has disclosed much interesting information. Many of the findings are based on credible research. Other findings from the Internet are only clues for future research.
The military records of twelve Confederate soldiers from Lee Baldwin’s family were found. The Wade family, from which Lee Baldwin received his spiritual heritage, had eight sons serve in the army. One son died of a wound at Petersburg. A second son died of illness. Another son was seriously wounded. The Baldwin family had two sons in the army. One son was captured at Island 10. The Brandon family had a soldier in the Union Army that rode through Georgia with General Sherman. His autobiography is in the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Lee Baldwin found that a great-great-grandmother was an American Indian from western South Carolina. She was probably a Cherokee, but she married and moved west before the two censuses of the Cherokees. One Revolutionary War soldier named John Petty was found, and his military service provided the basis for Lee Baldwin’s membership in the Sons of the American Revolution. The Internet indicates that one ancestor, Sir John Baldwin, presided at the trials of Sir Thomas More and Anne Boleyn. He received numerous grants of former church land for his services to Herny VIII. Another ancestor, John Goode, was a supporter of Charles Stuart, King Charles I of England. When King Charles I was beheaded, John Goode fled to Barbados and then to Virginia in about 1660. According to the Internet, Lee Baldwin is a descendant of Charlemagne, William I “The Conqueror” King of England, King Robert II of Scotland, and James I King of Scots.
The family of Rosanne Neff Baldwin, Lee Baldwin’s wife, also revealed much interesting information. During the Civil War, Addison Kiracofe moved from Virginia to the North and paid $500 for a substitute to avoid military service. The records of eight Confederate soldiers were found. One great-grandfather, Y.O. McClanahan, was a Sergeant in the Confederate cavalry. After the Civil War he drove cattle up the Chisholm Trail. He contracted small pox on his last drive, and he died in the Fort Dodge Post Hospital on March 12, 1883. His father-in-law, Joel Bonney, M.D., died of yellow fever during an epidemic in Victoria, Texas on October 28, 1853. Dr. Bonney was a descendant of William Mullins, John Alden, and Peter Browne who migrated to America in 1620 on the Mayflower. They signed the Mayflower Compact. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a distant cousin, immortalized the romance of Priscilla Mullins and John Alden in The Courtship of Miles Standish. According to the Internet, Mrs. Baldwin is a descendant of King Hrolf Nefja Jarl of Norway.
Research Example for Yelverton Oliver McClanahan
Yelverton Oliver (Y. O.) McClanahan was born in Roanoke County, Virginia on 13 April 1837.1 His parents were Charles McClanahan2and Elizabeth R. White.3 The family had notable ancestors. William McClanahan, the great-grandfather of Y. O., was a Captain in the Botetourt Militia in 1779 during the American Revolution, Deputy Sheriff of Botetourt County in 1779, and Sheriff of Botetourt County in 1782.4 William Walton, another great-grandfather of Y. O., was a 2nd Lieutenant in the American Revolution, and he was Commissioner of the Peace in Botetourt County, Virginia.5 William Leftwich, the great-great-grandfather of Y. O., was a member of the Revolutionary Committee of Bedford County, Virginia in 1775, Justice of the Peace in 1777, a major in the militia in 1778, a lieutenant colonel in the militia in 1780, Sheriff of Bedford County in 1786, and Colonel in command of the militia in 1791.6 Elijah McClanahan, another great-great-grandfather of Y. O., arrived from Ireland in 1740, and he was one of the first trustees of the town of Staunton, Virginia when it was chartered in 1761.7
Y. O. McClanahan went to California in 1852.8 He was in Texas by 1859. Mary Lucy McClanahan, the grandmother of Y. O., made financial provision in her will for him to have two years of college.9 He never returned to Virginia to take advantage of the inheritance. Amelia Cassendra Bonney married Y. O. McClanahan on 11 June 1862 in Indianola, Texas.10 She was the daughter of Dr. Joel L. Bonney and Irene Cushing from Maine.11 Joel Bonney’s ancestors, John Alden, Priscilla Mullins, William Mullins, and Peter Browne, came to the new world in 1620 on the ship “Mayflower.”12 Y. O. McClanahan and "Cassie" Bonney had four children. They were Blanche McClanahan, Minnie McClanahan, Walton McClanahan, and Edwin Proctor McClanahan.13 At the start of the American Civil War, Y. O. McClanahan sold a cattle herd and its brands.14 He then enlisted in the Confederate Army, and he was elected Sergeant of Company E, 13th Cavalry Battalion, Walker's Texas Division.15 The unit fought in fifteen named encounters in Louisiana in 1863 and 1864.16 Y. O. McClanahan ranched in South Texas after the war. He drove cattle herds up the Chisholm Trail to sell in Kansas. He contracted smallpox on a cattle drive in 1883, and he died in Dodge City, Kansas.17
5 Katharine K. Williams, “THE MCCLANAHANS OF AUGUSTA AND ROANOKE COUNTIES,” (unpublished paper compiled from the notes of: Rev. H. M. White, “The McClanahans”, Stone Printing Co., 1894; Mary B. Fay or Bray, 8 Grant Ave., Takoma Park, Md.; Natalie Roberts Foster; Frances R. White Patton; and Lily A. Patton Kearsley), 104 Windmere Drive, Chattanooga, Tenn. 37411, February 1983, p. 28.
11 Warren Cushing, “Genealogy of the Cushing Family,” published on http://www.Ancestry.com, 2004.
12 Don Dickenson, “Don Dickenson’s Ancestry World Tree,” published on http://www.Ancestry.com, 2002.
Relationship Chart Example
Yelverton Oliver McClanahan to John McClanahan
b: County Antrim, Irelandd: 22 Feb 1793
b: 25 Dec 1740
Augusta County, Virginia
d: 19 Nov 1819
Roanoke County, Virginia
b: 30 Apr 1780
d: 09 Sep 1814
Roanoke County, Virginia
d: Jun 1869
Calhoun Co., Texas
Yelverton Oliver McClanahan
b: 13 Apr 1837
Roanoke County, Virginia
d: 12 Mar 1883
Dodge City, Kansas
Yelverton Oliver McClanahan's Family History Example
The McClanahan family history paralleled major events that shaped the American West. Descent from a prominent Roanoke County, Virginia family did not adequately foretell the pioneer story of Yelverton Oliver McClanahan and the three subsequent generations. The twelve family members in the four generations had very unusual experiences. These experiences included traveling to California shortly after the gold rush, fighting in the American Civil War, driving cattle up the Chisholm Trail, trading horses in Africa after the Boer War, marrying an attorney that would become the Lieutenant Governor of Texas, assisting the boomtown development of Houston, accompanying a spouse who drilled for oil in East Texas and offshore Louisiana, serving in the U. S. Marine Corps, and performing research for the Atomic Energy Commission. The family lived in extraordinary times and participated in extraordinary events.