Sunday, August 25, 2013

Cousins found from Robert WITHERINGTON/ Lovy OLDS line

It's been a year since finding Lovy's maiden name of OLDS. The other day, I was searching in for the state of North Carolina and found a post by Cliff Darden which mentions the Witherington/Olds names. I contacted Cliff and he referred me to Martha Marble who, in turn, referred me to Mike Edge, director of Greene County Researchers for contact information for Sybil Thomas of Snow Hill, Greene County, North Carolina. I phoned Sybil and talked with her daughter, Dorothy and then Sybil. Sybil is 94 with a very sharp mind. They both gave family history information and I figured that Sybil and I are fourth cousins. Her line is 1. Martha Witherington md. Amos H. Joyner (Martha was the daughter of Robert and Lovy) 2. Charles Exum Joyner md. Ava Elizabeth Pridgen 3. Amos Henry Joyner md. Addie Melissa Sugg, then 4. Sybil Joyner md. Lewis Thomas. My line: 1. Lavina Ann (Lovy) Witherington md. Thomas Wiley P. Wright (Lavina is daughter of Robert and Lovy and is sister to Martha) 2. John Franklin Wright md. Annie Etta Wells 3. Verna Fay Wright md. Barney B. McBride, then me, Barbara McBride md. Robert Larry Vaughn. Sybil suggested I purchase the "Greene County Heritage" book because she has put her family history in it. I ordered it right away. She is also sending me more information by mail so I am very excited to have found her and Dorothy. More to come.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Maiden name found for Lovy Ann

Jul. 2012---I searched and found the following:

Carolina Federal Republican Newspaper; New Bern, NC (CFRep) Mar. 5, 1814)

"Married. Greene Co. on the 24th Ultimate, Robert WITHERINGTON of Lenoir Co. to Miss Lovey OLDS."

My assumption: 24th Ultimate would have been Feb 24, 1814 since 24th of Mar had not happened yet.

After a little doubt, and a lot of hope   I immediately went to and looked for family trees who might have listed Lovey Olds and found several. Some have 5 generations back on her line.  There are several family stories and documents which all tie in to our Lovey.  Lovey mentioned her children and grandchildren's name in her will and these families are found in Greene Co, NC also.  In fact, there is a town there now, named "Olds".   Her daughter Martha and husband, Amos Joyner are found there in Olds in 1860 and in Snow Hill just a few miles away in 1880, both in Greene County.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Transcription of Lovy Weatherington Outlaw's will

Last Will and Testament of Lovey Outlaw
State of Tennessee, Haywood County, , ordered from Haywood Co. Clerk, 1 N. Washington, Brownsville, TN 38012   Book E, page 475

"I Lovy Outlaw do make and publish this my last will and testament.  First I direct my funeral expenses and of my just debts to be paid.  Secondly I wish my executor who may be hereafter named to sell my tract of land that I now live on to the highest bid(d)er on such terms as he may think best and I give him full power to make a good deed for the same and after selling all of my effects and collecting the money to settle my estate and pay all expenses I wish the balance divided and paid to the following heirs one sixth to be equally divided between Lovy Ann Brown, Jessee Dismall, Francis Dismall, Samuel Dismall and Nancy Dismall, children of my daughter Julia to them and their heirs for even.

The balance I wish divided and paid equally between the following heirs my son, Gideon Weatherington, my daughter Mary Fife, my daughter Martha Joyner, my daughter Lovy Wright, my grandchildren Charles L Weatherington, Barthena Weatherington and James R Weatherington, children of my son, Robert Weatherington.

Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint John H. Cobb my executor in witness where of I do to this my last will set my hand and seal this the 1st day of September in the year of our Lord 1860.  Signed, sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereto in the presence of testator
Simion A. Cobb                                                                   Lovy Outlaw
Robert W. Vann
Acknowledge to me the 2nd day Dec 1876
                                                             W.T. Cobb

Transcriber's Note: It appears Lovy Outlaw actually signed the second page and the word "attest" appears after Simion A. Cobb's and W.T. Cobb's signature.

Will of Lovy Weatherington Outlaw (mother of Lovy Weatherington Wright)

 This is the will of Lovy (maiden name unknown) Weatherington Outlaw
Note: Both pages of will appear to be the same however Lovy signed the second one.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

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Saturday, June 9, 2012
Sometimes these ancestors tap me on the shoulder and tell me to look in a new website for their information.  Lately, I have been using almost every day in my research.  There is a fee to use that site, however, it is well worth it if you plan to do much researching.  They have census records, military records, birth, death and marriage records and much more.  I have put my family tree on their site as well as others so we can coordinate our family lines.  Another good site is  This site will be changing their name soon to  For a list of almost all websites that  pertain to family history research, see:

Monday, February 7, 2011

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