Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Remembering Mississippi Confederates

To everyone who so kindly provided images of Mississippi Confederate soldiers for my book Remembering Mississippi's Confederates: The book is coming out on October 8, 2012, and if anyone is interested in an autographed copy, the cost is $21.99 + $3.50 for first class shipping. Please send a check or money order to the following address:

Jeff T. Giambrone
204 Trailwood Drive
Clinton, MS 39056

I plan to place an order with Arcadia for books on September 25, and the books will ship on or about October 8th. If anyone needs to order more than one book, please contact me and I will figure up the shipping costs.

If you plan to order a book, please send me an email with your address so that I can go ahead and make up the shipping label.
photo/remnants of 16th MS flag

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Granny's Old Southern Recipes

One of the great things about doing genealogy, is finding old family recipes. The older the better, and if it's on an old tattered page or card, that's even better. My mother and plenty of aunts and cousins traded their recipes, and each wrote their comments such, "too tarty," " a big hit" and "he loved it!."
All of these "oldies" were before the days of microwaves and the great kitchen gadgets we love today. The following calls for a double boiler - and yes, I still have my mom's !

This recipe is from 1946, and my mom noted, "very good and very rich."  It sounds delicious !

                                                       BLACK  WALNUT   PIE

1 Cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1/2 Cup chopped nuts

1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2  Cup milk, scalded

3 Tbsp  corn starch

1 tsp vanilla

1 Tbsp melted butter

Combine sugar, butter, corn starch, and milk. Add milk slowly, stirring constantly. Cook over hot water (use a double boiler) until thick and smooth. Add slightly beaten egg yolks. Cook 1 minute. Add nuts and flavoring . Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Pour into baked pastry shell. Bake in a moderate oven at 400F until filling is firm.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A closer look at Algernon Sidney Clement

My cousin, Algernon Sidney Clement. A man dedicated to his family, his country and his God.

Formation of Ellis County Baptist Association
Source: The History of the Ellis County Baptist Association,
A. D. Brooks, 1907

According to Elder E. C. Leake of Navarro County, before this Association was formed in 1872, there were only twelve Baptist churches in the area comprised of all Ellis County, that part of Dallas County west of the Trinity River, those parts of Johnson and Tarrant Counties south and east of the cross timbers and that part of Navarro County between Trinity River and Chambers' Creek. In addition, only four ordained Baptist preachers lived in this area: D. D. Swindall, Josiah Leake, R. Q. Burnett and F. M. Herring, although there were some active laymen. In order to unite efforts for preaching the gospel, in July 1872 at the General Association meeting in Collin County, a movement was begun to create an association in each district. The Waxahachie Association (Ellis County) was formed in October at Liberty Church, Grove Creek, in Ellis County. Representatives at the first session were:

James A. Lindsay, George White, Wm. Orr, James Rafferty and Elders Josiah Leake and E. C. Leake.
Johnson Station
Elders J. C. Burnett, J. D. Blanton, C. C. Strahan and G. W. Evans
Prairie Valley
C. H. Patrick, N. V. Lovett and W. D. Vestal
R. M. Wyatt, W. H. Roberts and E. Finch
Deer Creek
A. S. Clement
(Source: Ellis County Website via

Following listings mention A.S. Clement and is likely part of his wife Rebekka (nee Farrar) family.
A. J. and Anna E. Farrar - page 211
Exs: John R. Flippin, Memphis, Tenn. ; Jas. A. Flippen; Thomas J. Flippen and George W. Farrar, Fayette Co. Tenn.
Date 10 June 1878
Attest: Mollie Farrar, John Burnett, A. S. Clement;
Filed 22 July 1880; rec. 23 Sept. 1880
(Source: Ellis County, Texas via

1880 US Census & National Index CD
Ellis Co., Prect. 4, TX Pg. 499B
Enumeration date, dwelling & family number are not listed

Algernon S. Clement 41 W M Self Farmer Place of birth: Mississippi Father: NC Mother: MS
Rebecca " 37 W F Wife KY NC NC
Lucy Ann " 9 W F Dau TX MS KY
Henry Allen 27 W M Laborer Other AR VA MS

Bee Creek community was located about five miles south of Maypearl at Bee Creek and Bee Creek School House Roads. The creek runs though rolling terrain surfaced with clays and clay loams with oak, juniper and grasses. It is rough land and was used mostly for range with some crop land. Bee Creek empties into Chambers Creek about 5-1/2 miles north of Italy.

Postmasters were Thomas A. Canon, June 14, 1886; Clava V. Via, Sept. 25, 1886; Thomas A. Canon, Dec. 8, 1889; Amanda V. Vancleave, Dec. 1, 1891; Algernon S. Clement June 25, 1892; (name changed to Beecreek); Henry S. Vancleave Nov. 18, 1893; Marion C. Cornwell Juned 18, 1897; Hance Day Jan. 31, 1898; Matthew A. Davidson June 11, 1903. Office was discontinued Sept. 15, 1904 with mail sent to Maypearl.

There once was a school and cemetery on the School House Road, but today the scattered stones of the cemetery are the only reminders of this community.

U. S. Postal Department, Washinigton, D. C.
Handbook of Texas Online
Personal visit to area and interviews with older residents
The following letter was handwritten by Lucy Clement Witten, following the death of her father Algernon Sidney Clement in 1909. Special thanks to Clement cousin and fellow researcher Marty Johnson of Texas, for sharing the letter and permission to transcribe it.

In memory of Bro. A.S. Clement. On Wednesday February 17, 1909. Bro A.S. Clement's spirit was taken from his body to God who gave it. Bro. Clement was born April 9, 1839 in Hines County, Miss. Born of poor parents and in a new country, he had very limited opportunities to gain an education and attended school only a few months in all his life. However in youth, and in later life he used ever available means to educate himself and was a constant reader, especially of the Bible, and such history as he could procure. be it said to his credit, be not only left himself conversant with the topics of the day, but attained a through knowledge of the scriptures.

He professed religion when but a youth and joined the old County Line Baptist Church near his home. He left his home in early life traveling west on horseback with little money, but a good store of determination. He stopped a year or two in Louisiana and then came to Texas, where he became a citizen of Ellis county in 1868, living with his Aunt Mrs. Davis.

Some time in 1862 he was drafted as a soldier and served in Mc Gruder's Calvary, west of the Mississippi river until the close of the war and received his discharge.

In 1870 he was married to Miss Rebecca Farrar, who died June 22, 1901. One child, a daughter was given to them, who is Mrs. Pat Witten of Waxachachie.

He has three sisters living, Mrs. Hudson, Mrs. Thompson and Mrs. Leak and two brothers, G.W. Clement of Maypearl and C.C. Clement of Baylor county.

He was a charter member of Old Bee Creek Church and went into the organization of what is now the Ellis County Baptist Association in 1879.

He was afterwards a member of Greathouse Church, where he was ordained a deacon. Later he became a member anda acting deacon of Plum Grove Church, where his membership was when he died.

Always faithful, honest and true, always standing firm for what he thought to be right. In December 1902 he married a second time to Mrs. L.J. Ray, who survives him and mourns his death.

Be it resolved by the Plum Grove Church, That in his death Plum Grove church lost one of her strongest followers, a model deacon, and a loving member, his wife devoted husband and a most aggreeable companion, his daughter a noble and loving at her; his relatives a friend whose place cannot be filled; Ellis county one of her best citizens, Texas as one of her good men.

Friends, relatives, daughter and wife he has gone never to return until the resurrection morning at which time his spiritual form will come forth from the grave a spiritual tabernacle for the indwelling of that same spirit that has gone to God who gave it.

Knowing these things let us not weep as those who have no hope, but rather rejoice that the time is soon coming when we will go to that glorious time if we follow the example of our dear brother as he followed Christ. His faith in Christ was surpassed by none, but he, like Paul, felt a weakness in the flesh and trusted all to Christ, who he believed would bring him out of the grave at his coming to gather up his followers.

He was a deep thinker and in all things reasonable. It was his delight to talk of the work of the Kingdom of his Lord-A lover of the church work and his pastor was thought of and looked after by him; his friends were many, his enemies few, if any - His presence is gone, but his good works and influences is with us and will remain to point us to a higher life.

He fought a good fight; he kept the faith and God has called him home to wear the crown.
A.W. Willis
A. Wardlaw
D.B. Dearcy

Adopted by Plum Grove Church in regular conference Saturday, April 24, 1909, and ordered sent to the Baptist Echo for publication and a copy sent to his wife and daughter, and also spread on the church records.

In Memory of my dear Father
By Lucy Clement Witten
@ death of Algernon Clement
(Reference to Algernon being born in "Hines County", is actually Hinds County, Mississippi)
transcribed Sept. 1, 2006 by Gayle Hennington -Van Horn

Family Group Record
Husband: Algernon Sidney Clement
Born: 9 Apr 1839 - Hinds County, Mississippi
 Died: 17 Feb 1909 - Milford, Elllis County, Texas
Buried: - Milford Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas
Father: William Sidney Clement (1807-Abt 1874)
Mother: Amelia Ann Mullican (1822-After 1900)
Marriage: 18 Jan 1870 Place: Ellis County, Texas
Other Spouse: Lucinda J. Ray (1849-After 1920) Date: Dec 1902 - Ellis County, Texas

Wife: Rebekah L. Farrar
Born: 9 Mar 1842 - Kentucky
Died: 22 Jun 1901 - Milford, Elllis County, Texas
Buried: - Milford Cemetery, Ellis County, Texas
Father: George W. Farrar (1807-)
Mother: Ann E. Hester
1 F Lucy Ann Clement
Born: Apr 1871 - Ellis County, Texas
Died: 9 Mar 1964 - Ellis County, Texas
Buried: - Hillcrest Burial Park Cemetery, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas
Spouse: Patrick Shields Witten (1868-1950)
Marr. Date: Abt 1892 - Texas

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Zephaniah American Patriot

I am very proud and honored to announce that my application and membership to the DAR, has been approved. This membership was derived from the American Revolutionary patriot, Zephaniah Clement, my fourth great grandfather, an American patriot.

Thank you for your service and committment to a young country

DAR notes include;
"The said Zephaniah Clement who resided during the American Revolution at Edgefield Co., SC - Ninety-Six Dist., assisted in establishing American Independence, while acting in the capacity of Soldier, South Carolina Militia-Pvt. A member of the South Carolina Militia in Pickens' Brigade following the fall of Charleston.
Source: Roster of S.C. Patriots in the American Revolution, B.G. Morse, 1983, P. 177 Stub Entries, Book U-W, Ed. by A.S. Selley, Jr., 1918 u269; SC Audited Accts # 1293

After the war
Deed Book 12: 1794-1796 Edgefield County, S.C.
Page 378-380 5 Oct 1795: Sheriff's Title: William Tennet, Sheriff of Ninety Six Dist. to Charles Goodwin of Cambridge for 72 pounds, sold 650 acres on both sides Cedar Creek formerly called Walnut Creek adj. Henry Parkman, William Tillery and Thomas Davis and Grange Shaw Parkman and Reubin Frazier. Whereas Zepheniah Clements, James Coodie, & Edward Van, Senr. were indebted by joint bond to Mary Ann Hammond, Executrix, & Leroy Hammond, George Whitefield and Charles Goodwin, Executors of LW&T of Leroy Hammond, Esq. dec'd for 150 pounds with Interest and did obtain a writ at Court of Common Pleas in Cambridge 12 Nov 1794...Said William Tennent, Sheriff of Ninety Six Dist. did seize and sell from Zephaniah Clements (see above prop.) and sold at public auction for payment of said last &highest bidder...
Wm. Tennent, Sheriff of Ninety Six Dist.
William Tennent, Esq. Sheriff of Ninety Six came into Court and ack. hisdeed to Charles Goodwin, Esq. for 500 acres and ordered recorded. R. Tutt,
Clk. Recorded 14 Oct 1795.

1795 Zepheniah, of Edgefield, S.C., sold land to Samuel of Granville, next to land of Simon and Stephen, 10 Dec. 1795. 1788 Stephen and Zephaniah Clement appointed viewers of roads. (Simon is Zephaniah's father, Stephen is his brother)

The Will of Zephaniah Clement Bibb Co., AL
{Copied from the original will in the files of Probate Office.}

I Zephaniah Clemment of the Co. of Bibb & State of AL being weak in body, but of sound & perfect mind & memory, do make & publish this my last will & Testament, in manner & form following (to wit) First I give & bequeat unto my beloved son Stephen Clemment One Dolar over & above the amount he has already received - I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved son William Clement One Negro girl named Nell & one Horse, & one cow & Calf worth Ten dollars & one Bed & furniture worth ten dollars & one Bed & furniture worth fifty dollars to him & his heirs forever -

I also give & bequeat unto my beloved son Thomas Clemment on negro girl named Harriett one Horse worth $100 one Bed & furniture worth fifty dollars & one cow & calf worth ten dollars, to him & his heirs forever- I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved son Luellen Clemment one negro girl named Rose & one Horse worth $100 one Bed & furniture worth fifty dollars one Cow & calf worth fifty dollars, tho him & his heirs forever. I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved son Alfred Clemment one negro girl named Amy one Bed & furniture worth fifty dollars, & one cow & calf worth ten dollars, to him & his heirs for-ever I do leave in the care of my executors for the support & maintenance of my beloved dau. Isabel Clemment one negro girl named Writta one bed & furniture worth fifty dollars & one cow & calf worth ten dollars to her during her natural life, & then to return to her Brothers & sisters to be equally divided among them.

I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved dau. Polly Wash one negro girl named Fanny one Horse worth one Hundred dollars, one Bed & furntiure worth fifty dollars one cow & calf worth ten dollars, eifht head of hogs worth fifty dollars to her & her heirs forever. I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved dau. Susanna Terry one negro girl named Mirah & Hundred dollars in money one bed & furniture worth fifty dollars one cow & calf worth ten dollars one sow & pigs worth ten dollars to her & her heirs forever- I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved dau. Leanna Clemment one negro girl named Betty one Bed & furniture worth fifty dollars one cow & calf worth ten dollars to her & her heirs for ever - I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved dau. Nancy Hunt one negro girl named Dina one Mule worth one Hundred & fifty dollars One bed & furniture one cow & calf worth ten dollars, to her & her heirs forever -

I do also give & bequeat untomy beloved dau. Parsada Clemment one negro girl named Juli one bed & furniture worth fifty dollars one cow & calf worth ten dollars to her & her heirs for ever - I do also give & bequeat unto my beloved dau. Annamariah Jones all my right & claim to certain tract of land lying in the state of SC Edgefield Co. Walnut Creek now contested by law, & in case she should fail to recover the said land that she is to receive four hundred dollars in lieu thereof out of the proceeds of my Estate to her & her heirs for ever - It is also my will that the following negroes (to wit) Gilbert, Nan, Milly, Lucy & Dicy, Judy, Pharo & Ester be kept together upon the plantation, under the care & direction of my Executors untill the discharge of all my just debts, & after the discharge of said debts that the said Negroes be equally divided so as to make the smallest legacies equal with the greatest. & lastly, I do appoint my beloved sons William & Thomas Clemment & John Hunt my sole Exectuors of this my last will & Testament - hereby revoking all former wills by me made - In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 25th day of Jan. in the year of our Lord one thousand & eight Hundred & twenty two. Signed Z. Clement {His Seal} Signed, sealed, published, & declared by the above named Zephaniah Clement to be his last will & Testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the Testator: P. Watkins, Samuel Cammack, & Lewis Cammack. Peter Watkins & Samuel Cammak proved the

Execution of the Will 25th Feby {Feb.} 1822. Let it be recorded. A.M. Lusk, Judge of Bibb Co. Ct. This will also recorded in Book C pages 10, 11, & 12.

Signed, sealed, published, & declared by the above named Zephaniah Clement to be his last will & Testament, in the presence of us, who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in presence of the Testator: P. Watkins, Samuel Cammack, & Lewis Cammack. Peter Watkins & Samuel Cammak proved the Execution of the Will 25th Feby {Feb.} 1822. Let it be recorded. A.M. Lusk, Judge of Bibb Co. Ct. This will also recorded in Book C pages 10, 11, & 12.

This was published in the "Alabama Sentinel" which was printed and published by Thomas B. Grantland of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. "March 24, 1826
Adv. Bibb County 6 March 1826. John Hunt, one of executors of will of Zephaniah Clement, deceased with William Clement and Thomas Clement to make
final settlement."

Zephaniah's estate was appraised on March 9, 1822 for $7,087.50.

In "Edgefield County Marriages, 1769-1880, implied in Edgefield County,
South Carolina Probate Records" by Barbara R. Langdon on page 22 is:
Man Woman Box Pack
Frames Lived
Z. ? Jones 15 535
180,181 1826
Zepheniah ? Jones 40 1597
302 1822

Generation 1
Gayle Hennington Van Horn

Generation 2
Loyd Burdette Hennington

Generation 3
Fletcher Woosley Hennington

Generation 4
William Garrison Hennington

Generation 5
Anna Clement Hennington

Generation 6
Stephen Clement

Generation 7
Zephaniah Clement

Monday, May 7, 2012

Returning an old Shore Family Bible

Several years ago, I bought an old Bible at a local auction in North Carolina. Although the copyright page is missing, it dates pre 1901.

Inside is written in script, "Annie Catherine Shore from Aunt Lou, Oct. 9, 1901" and "Commit thy way into the Lord - trust in Him."

On the preceeding page, is written; "Sallie Ward Shore, Blackstone, VA July 25, 1904." The date is underlined twice. Through investigation I have uncovered that Annie was the older sister of Sallie.

Inside the bible, there are no center pages for entering family genealogy information. There is however, scrapes of paper. One is a handwritten reference to "Bessemer, AL. 2216 - 11 Ave." The other is a receipt made out to Sallie W Shore June 22, 1915, from Farmville, VA, To State Summer Normal School of Virginia. For Board 15.00 and Registration 1.00, signed by J.L. Jarwan. There is also a pressed piece of fern between the bible pages, and a red candy wrapper for Apollo chocolates. There is also a small handwritten note of bible scriptures. On the Bible's last back page is written again, "Sallie Ward Shore, July 25, 1904."

My earlier post in 2001 on the Shore Message Board, brought a response from Robert L. Shore. Though he indicates he does not descend from Sallie Ward Shore, she does appear in his family line.

According to his email, it was thought her father's name was "Valley" Shore, though he had some doubts about the accuracy of the first name at that time. It was known though, that he was the son of Dr Henry "Edwin" Shore of Nottoway County, who in turn was the brother of Mr Shore's third great grandfather, Thomas Shore of Petersburg. These two in turn, were descended from Dr John Shore Jr of Petersburg and later of Nottoway County. Dr Robert Shore's first wife was a Ward, so he suspects that Sallie Ward Shore was part of that family.

My further search, brought me to Find a Grave which reveals that Sallie Ward Shore, was born March 1890, and died October 17, 1953. She is buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone, Nottoway County, Virginia. If these dates are correct, that would make Sallie eleven years old when Aunt Lou gave the Bible to her older sister Annie.

Sallie's father was Valentine Shore, born Feb 14.1855, died July 28, 1938. He was the son of H.E. Shore and Ann C. Epes. He married Miss Sallie E.E. Ward on Nov. 21, 1877 in Nottoway County, Virginia. Sallie was born 22 Feb. 1857, died April 28, 1939. She was the daughter of Robert Ward and Louise F. Shore. The Ward family were one of the founding families of Nottoway County.

Known children of Valentine Shore and Sallie E.E. Ward, and listed at Find a Grave, are also buried in the Lakeview Cemetery in Blackstone. Those include; Annie Catherine Shore, Robert Fitzgerald Shore, Sallie Ward Shore, Elizabeth Rebecca Shore and Lelia Valentine Shore.

Another interesting discovery, is the reference of the Shore family and the Red Brick House, which today remains a landmark for the town of Crewe and Nottoway County. You can read the story at . This lovely southern colonial revival style is unique and a living reminder of the late 19th century Southern history. The Red Brick House may also be found at:

Are you related to Sallie Ward Shore, her parents or siblings ? Perhaps you know someone who is related to this family. My goal has always been to return this old tattered Bible to family members. This search for Sallie and her family reminds me how important it is to not lose touch of those special people that have preceeded us. You may contact me at . I look forward to your reply.
Gayle Hennington Van Horn

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The return of an honored sword

Benjamin David Hennington, my 1st cousin three times removed, has always been a fascinating individual to research. He was the son of Rev. Henry Hennington and Susannah Nesom of Copiah County, Mississippi.

When the Civil War broke out, he was 18 years old, and was soon off to Corinth, Mississippi to enlist in the 16th Mississippi, Co. C, along with other friends and cousins. His regiment served in many of the major battles, and was with Gen. Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley Campaign. Some of the battles included Cold Harbor, Antietam, and he was wounded twice. At the battle of Chancellorsville, it was noted in a biography, that he was with "Stonewall" Jackson when he was wounded.

At Gettysburg, Benjamin served with the 16th under Posey's Brigade, Anderson's Division, A.P. Hill's Corp. in action near the Bliss Farm on July 2.
At the Battle of the Wilderness , as 2nd Lt, his sword was captured in battle, as described below in the New Orleans Times Picayune.

Benjamin returned to his beloved Mississippi, and married Miss Mary Narcissus Catchings, daughter of John Noel Catching and Emma Angeline Smith. He received his medical degree in 1866 from Tulane University in New Orleans.

The rest of his life, he and Mary remained in Lawrence County and lived in Tryus. Their children were; Frank Wilmot, Emma Frances, Annie, Henry Livingston, Lamar Lucius, Rosa Love, Beatrice and Benjamin David Jr. Not only was he a beloved and respected physician of the county, he served as a postmaster and storekeeper, and is credited with the name "Tryus." On May 16, 1925 he died after a period of declining health, and is buried in the Bahala Chapel Cemetery, located in a secluded area near Bahala Creek between Sontag and Oma.

Many of us have wondered about the significance of his photo holding the sword, and assumed it was his from the Civil War. Obviously, the sword meant a great deal to him.

I will be returning to Mississippi this spring, and will visit his graveside. I plan to bring flowers and a photo copy of his beloved 16th Mississippi flag.

Thank you cousin Benjamin for your service and sacrifice for so many.

Special thanks to Jeff Giambrone for the newspaper article, and solving the question about Benjamin's beloved sword.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Finding Aunt Somebody Hennington

I always feel really bad when I run across a photo someone has posted that ask, " do you know who this is ?" Last night, while going through my photos file, I found one from my family. No one knows who this lovely lady is. She was listed as " Aunt Somebody Hennington." Was Hennington her maiden name, or did she marry into our family ?

Take a closer look. Her dress is an Edwardian dress style, (known as a Tea Gown). As in this photo, all these dresses were worn with a colorful ribbon at the waist. Judging by these descriptions, this photo was likely taken about 1905, plus or minus a couple of years. Her hairstyle is an upswept Gibson Girl style, also indicative of this era. Judging by both, that would make her possibly born about 1880-1885.

She is a truly beautiful women, one that should not be forgotton. Is she your aunt, cousin or a great grandmother ? Please help me solve this mystery to identify Aunt Somebody Hennington.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Where is Stephen Duff Clement buried ?

Stephen Duff Clement, (son of Zephaniah Clement and Elizabeth Minter) is my third great grandfather, and shares the same fate of several other ancestors - where is he buried ?
If we are to believe the estate records from Hinds County, Mississippi, he died sometime around February in 1836. A closer look at new records indicate he infact died prior to August 12, 1833, possibly in Bibb County, Alabama. It was this former date of 1836, that has been widely reported from the majority of Clement researchers.

Estate Appraisal for Stephen Duff Clement, Bibb County, Alabama, August 17, 1833

The ultimate question remains ... where is Stephen Duff buried ?