August 19, 2017

Google Alert Yielded These Osgatharp Burial Results

In our family line, we have some unusual surnames, one of which is Osgatharp.  In my research I’ve found that the original name was likely Osgathorp/e with the immigrant Richard Osgathorp as our ancestor who fought in the American Revolution.  I’ve written about him and this line before.  I believe this surname is unique to the USA through Richard and his progeny.  Of course, there could have been others who came later.  Listed below are some that settled in Indiana.

Herbert Osgatharp (1901 – 1980) – Find A Grave Memorial

Birth: May 3, 1901. Death: Jan. 15, 1980. Burial: Vincent Cemetery Pike County Indiana, USA. Created by: Genealogy Girl Record added: Dec 26, 2011…

Leona Osgatharp (1896 – 1979) – Find A Grave Memorial

Birth: Mar. 24, 1896. Death: Feb., 1979. Burial: Vincent Cemetery Pike County Indiana, USA. Created by: Genealogy Girl Record added: Dec 26, 2011…

Clarence Osgatharp (1898 – 1976) – Find A Grave Memorial

Birth: Jul. 9, 1898. Death: Aug. 6, 1976. Burial: Vincent Cemetery Pike County Indiana, USA. Created by: Genealogy Girl Record added: Dec 26, 2011…

Marie L. Nussmann Osgatharp (1917 – 2009) – Find A Grave Memorial

Birth: Jun. 20, 1917. Death: Jul. 17, 2009. Family links: Spouse: Dean A. Osgatharp (1918 – 1996)* *Calculated relationship. Burial: Vincent Cemetery…

L. Shirley Osgatharp (1892 – 1984) – Find A Grave Memorial

Birth: 1892. Death: May 20, 1984. Indiana, USA. Burial: Bethany Cemetery Washington Daviess County Indiana, USA. Created by: Genealogy Girl…

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Allene Moore Chapin 1915 – 2010 Newspaper Woman

Her brother Dick Moore called her Mary Allene, but when she and I first began to share family information she instructed me to call her Allene.  Allene will always be thought of in my mind as one of those “grand gals” with spirit and the spunk to speak her mind.  Sadly, I never got to meet her in person, but we had many spirited phone calls, during one of which she told me my voice sounded like my Grandma Minnie.

Allene was one of the few cousins I could talk to about grandma who knew her as their aunt.  Allene was one of those people who would make you feel like family from the first moment you met.  No fussing around, just come on in and sit a spell.  I loved to listen to her speak with that fine Missouri sing-song twang I remember so well from my Grandpa Will Yates and his side of the family.

As one of the founding members of the Ozark Spring Chapter of the DAR, Allene was instrumental in having me join their ranks.  It was for sentimental reasons that I joined that chapter instead of one here in Washington state.  Allene wanted to be one of the ladies who signed my application for membership as a tribute to my grandmother.  As it turned out, I wasn’t able to join through her Patriot because there needed to be more documentation, but I was able to tell her of a few “new” ones, including my [intlink id=”308″ type=”post”]Captain Thomas Poindexter[/intlink].

When I said “spirited” to describe Allene it was our conversation about the “Oglethorpes” that I remembered.  Many years ago Allene, Pauline Pond, and Ruth Dixon put together a family tree of sorts from what they knew and remembered hearing from their ancestors.  When I began looking for my ‘Oglethorpes’ in Clay, Overton and Jackson, Tennessee I soon found out that there were no Oglethorpes of any kind there.  What was there were the Osgatharps and they had been in that part of Tennessee for generations.  I had to send her tangible proof of the family name so she would believe me! Once she had that though, and found that our line connected to Richard Osgatharp/Osgathorpe who had served in the American Revolution, she was accepting of the name change.

A wonderful lady has passed from our midst, but she will never be forgotten. Even if you don’t know her I hope that you will take a few minutes to read her obituary by her son that was extremely well written . I’m adding the two pages as thumbnails. Please click on them till you get them to the size to make them more easily read.

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Rest in Peace Allene

Using Repositories In Your Genealogical Research

I have a funny story to tell you on myself. Many, many years ago when I first began doing genealogy online I was researching my James Harrison line and had joined a mailing list for that surname through Rootsweb. After being on the list just a short time, the list owner invited me to take a look at the Harrison surname repository site. I was so new and not sure of anything in those days, and even though I knew what a repository was, I asked her if there was a charge to get into the site. Of course, there wasn’t, and I felt like a super-noob at the time, but it opened my eyes to the idea that there was a place where everyone researching a particular surname could add their documented information, and also search the site for more. What a deal!

Repositories are kind of the “unsung heros” of genealogical caching. Cyndi’s List has a page dedicated just to U.S. State Level Records, which include State Libraries, Archives, Genealogical & Historical Societies. The site also has a listing of Surnames and Family Associations that is quite extensive too. So now, if I want to go to the Harrison Surname Repository I can just search Cyndi’s List or Google and find it easily.

John Osgatharp In Rev War Record At Footnote

I started using the new website Footnote last week, and within about 15 minutes I found a record with my 3rd Great Grandfather’s signature on it. John Osgatharp was a Justice of the Peace in Jackson County, Tennessee when the document was signed on 20 Dec. 1843.

As a certified handwriting analyst, I was interested in my ancestor’s writing and what it could tell me about him. Taking into consideration that handwriting of the day was dictated by the social flamboyance of this Victorian era, John’s cursive form of writing was not surprising. Being able to read, write and spell tells me that he was an educated man. His position in the county as Justice of the Peace also speaks to his being respected by his peers. Some other things I have noticed is that he most generally crosses his T’s with the bar high on the stem, denoting high goals, but not unreachable. The hook at the end of some of his words says to me that he might have had something in his past that he always thought about, and most of his letters like O’s and small a’s are closed, showing that he was able to keep his mouth shut. Probably a good thing if he was a Justice of the Peace.

This record, as a genealogical source has everything going for it. Names (Miles, Osgatharp), the date (at least twice), location (Jackson County, Tennessee) and references the Revolutionary War. I should mention too, that John’s own father, Richard Osgatharp (official spelling believed to be Osgathorpe) was a Patriot in the RW, serving from Burke County, North Carolina. I have a copies of two of Richard’s pay vouchers issued in Morgan County, NC and plan to add him to my Patriot list for the Daughters of the American Revolution.

It has only been a few days since I began using Footnote, but if this is any indication of what kind of documentation I will be able to find on the site, it is well worth the price of subscribing. I suspect it will only get better as they add more and more documents over time.

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