Month: August 2013

My ancestors: Charity J

Charity J is my great, great grandmother. She was born about 1827 in Virginia and died June 18, 1996. She was married to Archibald Gosnell and they had one child.

What I know:

  • Charity was married in 1862 to Archibald Gosnell.
  • She died in 1896.

What I don’t know:

  • I have not been able to find much information about Charity J before her marriage to Archibald Gosnell.
  • I don’t have a specific birth date or birth place.

My ancestors: Archibald M Gosnell

Archibald M Gosnell is my great, great grandfather. He was born May 1828 in Lawrence, Tennessee and died July 12, 1906. On some records he’s listed as Archelaus Gosnell.

He was married three times: Sarah J. Carter was his first wife; Charity J was his second wife (and my great, great grandmother), and Louisa W. Snow was his third wife.

What I know:

  • He was born in Tennessee and lived in Missouri for awhile. After the Civil War, he moved to Arkansas. He lived in Arkansas until his death.
  • He served in the 5th Regiment Infantry of the Missouri State Guard during the Civil War: Link to his war record is here.

My Ancestors: Mary Elizabeth Perrell

Mary Elizabeth Perrell is my great, great grandmother. She was born April 23, 1836 in Davidson, North Carolina and died July 6, 1927 in Spring Valley, Arkansas.

She was married to Franklin Phillips and they had 12 children.

What I know:

  • She spent most of her adult life in Arkansas as a farmer’s wife.
  • She was 42 when she had her youngest child
  • She didn’t remarry after her husband died and according to census records lived alone

What I don’t know:

  • I don’t know where she lived between 1860 – 1880
  • I don’t know where she’s buried

My ancestors: Franklin Barron Phillips

Franklin Barron Phillips is my great, great grandfather. He was born October 27, 1834 in Salem, North Carolina and died February 11, 1911 in Spring Valley, Arkansas. He was married to Mary Elizabeth and they had 12 children.

What I know:

  • He worked as a farmer
  • His father was also a farmer
  • After leaving North Carolina, they briefly lived in Indiana before settling moving to Arkansas

What I don’t know:

  • I don’t know where he is buried
  • I don’t know where he was for a stretch of years between 1860 – 1880

My Ancestors: Emma Holl

Emma Holl is my great grandmother. She was born October 22, 1891 in La Crosse, Wisconsin and she died March 8, 1989 in Sparta, Wisconsin. Emma was married to William Gibson and they had 5 children.

What I know:

  • Emma spent her entire life in Wisconsin.
  • Prior to her husband’s death, she and her daughters were featured quite often in the “Personals” section in the Wisconin Rapids newspaper

What I don’t know:

  • I don’t have much information about what her life was like after her husband passed. I know that she never remarried and she lived an additional 49 years. It looked like after her husband died, Emma worked at domestic jobs — like dishwasher.
  • I’ve been trying to find a copy of her marriage record to William, but haven’t been able to find one yet.