“When you follow two separate chains of thought, Watson, you will find some point of intersection which should approximate to the truth”
– Sherlock Holmes, “The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax”, Sir A. Conan Doyle
Berry Pool of Laurens County, South Carolina is well documented as my 2nd great grandfather. The paper trail from me to him is littered with enough primary evidence to satisfy even the most scrupulous of modern genealogists.
And the pedigree of a man who signed his name “Seth Petty Pool” and who settled in Laurens County, South Carolina circa 1785 has been well established by multiple researchers of the American Pettypool family.
But the “point of intersection” of those two “chains of thought” is a deceptively simple question: Is Berry Pool the son of Seth Petty Pool? Continue reading “Approximate to the Truth- Berry P. Pool, c. 1792- 1847”
“… many people do not know how different the South used to be. In the case of the South, there are things to be proudly held up for praise, and there are things that we wish could be hidden. Both are integral components of a past in which mules were central.” Ellenburg, Mule South to Tractor South, p. 5.1
If you are tracing your family in the American South, you are almost certain to uncover some connection to the cotton economy. Regardless of how close or distant the ancestral connection may have been, the production of cotton fiber was so central to the economy and culture of the region that every family was touched in some way. And no other image is so closely related to cotton than that of the mule, with “its neck bobbing limber… lifeless ears and its half-closed eyes drowsing… apparently asleep with the monotony of its own motion.”2 Continue reading “…a past in which mules were central…”