2014-04-28_007The time I’ve had to spend on genealogy and blogging over the past few years has been scarce – and it’s made me sad.  I’ve really missed it.


When the kids were babies, it was easy enough.  I spent many hours with a nursing baby in my arms or a toddler at my feet and I could still get plenty of researching done. It gave me something to work on.  A mystery to solve.

You would think that I’d have more time as the kids got older and I made my way out of the diaper years, but that hasn’t been so.  We homeschool, which means I’m currently teaching kids in 11th, 8th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd grades.  Plus, I get to cart them around to various classes, field trips, and scouting events almost every day.  Add to that the fact that they have to be fed and clothed makes my day even shorter. My extra money goes to them instead research and conference trips.  And I don’t begrudge them that.:)


On top of all of this, I overstretched myself when we lived in El Paso.  I volunteered a couple of days a week, I started my own photography business, and I said “yes” to more things than I could fit on my calendar.  It left me with absolutely no free time.

(I really do love taking pictures though!!)


We’ve recently moved to Georgia and I’m making a fresh start with my calendar.  I’m limiting my volunteer time.  I’ve decided not to pursue my photography business here (it takes up SO MUCH TIME away from my family).  I’ve also decided that I’m going to spend some of my new found free time getting back into my genealogy groove.


I felt like I was genealogically isolated in El Paso.  We were SO far from everything, making my dreams of genea-trips an impossibility. (Here we are we are at the World’s Biggest Pistachio).


We’re on the East coast again though, and everything is much closer to us.  Within 3 hours, I can be to Atlanta, Savannah, Charleston, Columbia, Charlotte.  Within 6, I can be in Birmingham, Montgomery, southern Virginia, Orlando, or Nashville.  It’s exciting!!!


I’ve already gone to the local genealogy meeting and have contacted the local DAR to finally get my paperwork together.  Now I just need to schedule some dedicated time a couple of times a week, just for genealogy.  I know that I can’t work on it daily – my time will come when the kids are grown (and I’m not anxious for that – they’re growing too quickly!!)

I’m curious, do most of you have a dedicated time you spend working on family history?  Is it early in the morning or late at night?  I’m a night owl, so that’s probably when my time will be.  Do you pencil it into your calendar or just pick it up when you’re free?



  • Doug N Dolly DeAntonio - October 23, 2014 - 6:09 pm

    I too have recently decided to get back on the genealogy trail again. I had stopped for a while because I had the opportunity to go back to school and that took plenty of my free time. Now I am going through my family documents and photos and starting once again to work on my family tree. I really love the photos you took! You are a fantastic photographer!! ReplyCancel

  • Shaz - October 28, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Glad to see you back online. I missed you while you were moving this summer. One of your cemetery photos looks like the old pioneer cemetery in Savannah??? Even tho you are not going to pursue your photography business, please keep the great photos of your kids and flowers coming. They are fantastic. I’m happy with our social life and family near Phoenix, but there are several things we miss in the SC Low Country.ReplyCancel

    • Jenn - October 31, 2014 - 10:23 pm

      You are right – that picture was taken in Savannah!! We are hoping to make a trip or two down there while we’re living in Augusta. It’s such a gorgeous area!!
      I promise to keep the pictures coming. :)ReplyCancel

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Sarah L. Shafer born Jan 30, 1843 died Oct 31, 1916.

She was born Sarah Lucretia Franklin and married Peter Paul Sanchez Tereso.  I am not sure when she married George Shafer, but Peter died in 1888.  She is buried in Halferty Cemetery in Keokuk County, Iowa.


  • Colleen Pasquale - March 2, 2014 - 1:28 am

    Happy Blog Anniversaary! This is my 1st visit to your blog. Very attractive set up. Wishing you many more happy posts, exciting discoveries & a future filled with the past.ReplyCancel

  • Adam Murphy - July 15, 2014 - 6:54 pm

    Beautiful site. If you need to find records on the tomb stones you are researching you might want to head over to County Clerks where we just updated all contact info for every county clerk in America!


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Charles Moorman was my 5th great-grandfather.  He died 23 Oct 1803 in Bedford County, Virginia.

This is the Account Current report for his estate, dated 23 July 1805. The transcription is below the images.

2013-12-21_0062013-12-21_007The Estate of Charles Moorman Decd in a/c with Nancy Moorman administratrix

To Cash paid John Taylor as Recd No 1 ” 15 9
” Ditto paid Wm Clayton 2 ” 16 ”
” Ditto paid Moses Embre 3 ” 12 3
” Ditto paid Henry Deardorf 4 1 3 –
” paid James Eckhols for selling property 5 3 3 –
” paid James White Season of
” 3 Mares to Telegraph 6 2 14 –
” paid John Hancock 7 ” 12 9
” paid Wm Burnsides 8 2 1 3
” paid Joseph Fugua 9 3 ” –
” paid Mary Hampton 10 – 16 –
” paid Joseph Fugua 11 1 19 –
” paid Ditto 12 3 19 –
” paid Charles Marckle 13 3 9 9
” paid Enoch Hogan 14 ” 15 –
” paid Saunders + Leftwich 15 16 8 6
” paid Hunter Peal 16 2 18 10
” paid Ditto 17 1 ” ”
39 14 12
” paid Ditto 18 – 16 5
” paid Ditto 19 ” 3 7
” paid Ditto 20 ” 19 6
” paid Uriah Squires 21 3 11 3
” paid D Crenshaw 22 ” 8 4
” paid John Vest ” 6 ”
“paid Wm Brown 64 15 7
71 0 6 1/2
paid for Spirits at Sales 1 4 –
To 1 years boarding Charles Moorman 7 10 ”
To 2 Do boarding + Cloathing Thomas Moorman 17 10 ”
To boarding + Cloathing 4 children to wit Nancy, Sam Edwin + John two years at 9 pounds 1 year each 72 – –
To 1 years nursing + raising one child Achilles Moorman 9 – –
To boarding + cloathing 2 Small Negroes two years 10 – –
To my thirds of Hire of Negroes 63 10 4
To Cash paid … at Sale ” 6 ”
To Do Do for … Tobo ” 2 ”
181 9 4
To allowance for Services as administrx 18 18
To Balance the estate … 298 13 –
615 7 0

By amount of Sales of personal Estate
Slaves excepted as if returned made to Court } 200 11 2
By William Mitchell for parcel Tobo
with T. Watson} 2 14 2
By sale of a Negro Jack sold Elisha Perkins } 142 14 –
345 19 4
1805 By Hire of Molly + Lucy to Willis Cole 32 16 –
1804 By Hire of Jack + Lucy to Eckaner Brambell 40 4 –
1804 By Hire of Molly to W. Moorman 15 1 –
By Hire of David two years 50 – –
By Hire of Beck two years 27 – –
By Hire of Ezbell two Do 25 10 –
By sale of Crop Tobo 4380 78 16 8
269 7 8
615 7 –
By Balance as …… 298 13 –
July 23rd 1805
W.L Walker
W Leftwich Jun
Christopher Clark

In a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 23rd day of July 1805. This State + Settlement of the account Currents of the Estate of Charles Moorman Decd with Nancy Moorman the administratrix exhibited in Court + ….recorded.
Teste J. Steptoe CBC


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Frederic J. Sanchez, 1873-1919  Halferty Cemetery, Keokuk County, Iowa.

He was the son of Peter Paul Sanchez-Tereso and Sarah Lucretia Franklin.2013-12-31_010

  • Marian Wood - February 21, 2014 - 2:13 pm

    Hi and I hope all is well. Sending you warm regards from rainy New England,

    – Marian (from the other “Climbing My Family Tree”)ReplyCancel

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This document was in Bedford County, VA Will Book 2, page 125-6.

Thomas Moorman was my 6th great-grandfather.  He died in 1766, but this document is dated 1792 (in court in 1794).  At first, I couldn’t understand why there was probate paperwork almost 30 years after he died, but then I realized that his wife died in 1792 and that this division must have been done upon her death.  According to his will, after a couple of bequests were given out, the rest of his estate was to be divided equally amongst his children.

I’m not quite sure what to make of this document though. From what I can tell, it is a division of the slaves from his estate, although I don’t understand what it all means.  Please correct me if I”m wrong!!

There are 13 slaves listed in total: Rore, Peter, Pall, Venus, Jenny, Moll (Moll Sambo), Davy, Isabella, Sycy, Harry, Little Batt, Judy, and Moll (called Mooll Peter).

I transcribed the words below the images, but I left out the numbers.

Rore Rachel Goggins Lot
To pay Clark Moorman
Peter Andrew Moormans Lot
To pay Molley Miller
To pay Zachariah Moorman
To Charles Moorman
To Micajah Moorman
Pall William Johnsons Lott
To Pay Clark Moorman
Venus Achilles Moorman Lot
To Pay Clark Moorman
To Pay Molly Miller
Jenny Zachariah Moormans Lot
Moll (Calld Moll Sambo)
To Receive from Andrew Moorman
Davy Charles Moormans Lot
Isabella ———–
To Receive from Andrew Moorman
Lycy Micajah Moormans Lot
To Receive from Andrew Moorman
Dinah Clark Moormans Lott
To Receive from Rachel Goggins
From William Johnsons
From Achilles Moorman
Little Batt Molly Millers Lot
Moll (Called Mooll Peter)
To receive from Achilles Moorman
From Achilles Moorman
In obedience to an Order of Bedford Court We the subscribers have divided the Estate of Thomas Moorman Deceased agreeable to his Last Will + Testament amongst the several Legatees as above recited. Given under our hands this 26th Decr 1792
Joseph Poindexter Bolling Clark Jesse Binton

At a Court held for Bedford County the 27th day of January 1794 This Division of the Estate of Thomas Moorman Deceased was returned to Court + ordered to be recorded, Teste
Ja. Steptoe CBC

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