Laban Pettypool, Virginia Family

Chance Favors the Prepared Mind

One of “three youngest Sons”: Identifying a Missing 18th Century Pettypool Family Member Carolyn Hartsough My favorite genealogical moments involve discovering the identity of extended family members who are known to exist but haven’t been identifiable using easily accessed historical sources and “reasonably exhaustive research.”1 Although one such individual has eluded my best efforts since …

Davis Family, George B. Pool, Kite Family, Watson Family

Recovering From the War: a Story of Four Grandfathers

The Civil War and Reconstruction brought great social and economic stress to the citizens of South Carolina, and maintaining or starting a family after war’s end was challenging. Examining the 1880 Federal Agricultural Census Schedule gives an interesting snapshot of how well four of my grandfathers coped with the challenge.

Berry Pool, Seth Petty Pool

Approximate to the Truth- Berry P. Pool, c. 1792- 1847

“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 …

Backcountry, Berry Family, Laurens County SC, Sources, Terry Family, William Pool

Journals of the County and Intermediate Court 1786- 1790, Laurens County, SC

The South Carolina Department of Archives and History has a microfilm of the Journals of the County and Intermediate Court 1786- 1790  for  Laurens county.  “The County Court Act of 1785 established county courts… ‘to hear and determine all causes at the common law’… where the debt or damages did not exceed fifty pounds… all …

George B. Pool, Mary Frances Poole

George B. Pool… “a man of extraordinary energy and faithful to his friends…’’

On May 16, 1900, the Laurens Advertiser published the obituary of George Berry Poole (1838- 1900). This good citizen died at his home in this city on the 8th instant after a protracted illness, aged sixty-one years. His remains were buried at Langston’s church, where he held his membership in the Baptist church. He leaves …