Abbeville Alabama 1910

Abbeville Alabama 1910

Friday, January 24, 2014

While rooting through my family photos I found a Negro League Treasure

I am a family history buff and I love old photos especially old family photos.  I was looking through my grandparents photo album that was passed down to me because, pretty much nobody else was interested but me.  I came across these Negro league photos.   I can only assume that one of my grandmothers aunts or uncles attended a practice or a game or knew someone on the team to get these photos.   After talking it over with my mom, brothers and husband, I finally decided to sell them at an auction,  I figured I scanned them and have them in folders on my pc and on backup harddrives so it would be ok to auction them and that's what I did, but I just wanted to share my Negro League photos with you all.  Hope you enjoy!!  

Hilldale Team out of Philadelphia PA
Probably around 1922

Toussaint Allen

Louis Santop Hall of Famer

McKinley "Bunny" Downs

Harry Kenyon in plain clothes on here

Never figured out who Steve was.

My gggrandfather Jasper Thompson the civil war veteran

Jasper Thompson was born in 1847 in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia right near Charles Town.   Jasper was born to Solomon Thompson 27 yrs old at the time and Eliza Grey who was 22. 
Jasper Thompson
 At 20 he enlisted March 29, 1864 and was soon appointed corporal in December and made First Sergeant the next February.  He was honorably discharged at Brazos Santiago, Texas in November 1865 from the 23rd USCT.  Four years later he would marry my gggrandmother.

 On Jan 3, 1869 he married Dolly Ann Irvin where they had 12 surviving children during their marriage.   My grandma Dolly was there to witness first hand the hanging of John Brown.  I don't know if my grandpa Jasper was present or not I assume he was,  he was born and raised in Harpers Ferry and would have been a teenager at the time.  I wonder if that is what inspired my grandfather to join the service or not.   I imagine that would be a huge factor. (Pictured below 10 of the 12 surviving children of  Jasper and Dolly 
Jasper's wife Dolly Irvin/Irwin Thompson
Grandma Dolly said that her real last name was Barr
That's another story for another day, I still have some investigating to do.

My great grandmother Frances Thompson Preston when to 2 years culinary school and used to bake professionally

Jack Jasper Richard Thompson on his graduation from Meharry Med School

Louise Thompson Sanders owned a beauty shop in Phila PA
William A Thompson Sexton at a church in Phila PA

Solomon H Thompson who helped open one of the 1st black hospitals
in Kansas City, Kansas (Douglass Hospital)

Eliza  R Thompson passed at age 16 from Pneumonia

Sarah "Sadie" Thompson Miller

Frank Thompson "Head Red Cap" according to the census in 1940 Los Angeles Union Station 

Margaret Thompson Tolliver Cross

David Thompson

Marie Thompson Holmes

Thompson, Jasper
NAME: 23rd Regiment, United States Colored Infantry
SIDE: Union:
SOLDIER'S RANK OUT:  First Sergeant
FILM NUMBER:  M589 roll 86
DISPLAYED AS:  Jasper Thompson
PLAQUE NUMBER:  B-40 Regiment Details


United States Colored Infantry OVERVIEW: 
 Organized at Camp Casey, Va., November 23, 1863, to June 30, 1864.  Attached to 2nd Brigade, 4th Division, 9th Corps, Army of the Potomac, April to September, 1864. 2nd Brigade, 3rd Division, 9th Corps, to December, 1864. 3rd Brigade, 3rd Division, 25th Corps, December, 1865. 3rd Brigade, 1st Division, 25th Corps, and Dept. of Texas, to November, 1865. SERVICE:-Campaign from the Rapidan to the James River, Va., May and June, 1864.  Guarding wagon trains Army of the Potomac through the Wilderness. Before Petersburg June 15-18. Siege of Petersburg and Richmond June 16, 1864, to April 2, 1865.  Mine Explosion, Petersburg, July 30, 1864.  Weldon Railroad August 18-21. Fort Sedgwick September 28. Poplar Grove Church September 29-30. Boydton Plank Road, Hatcher's Run, October 27-28. Bermuda Hundred December 13. Duty on the Bermuda Hundred front till March, 1865. Appomattox Campaign March 28-April 9. Hatcher's Run March 29-31.   Fall ofPetersburg April 2. Pursuit of Lee April 3-9. Appomattox Court House April 9. Surrender of Lee and his army. Duty in Dept of Virginia till May. Moved to Texas May-June.  Duty at Brownsville and along the Rio Grande, Texas, till November.   Mustered out November 30, 1865.  Regiment lost during service 4 Officers and 82 Enlisted men killed and mortally wounded and 1 Officer and 165 Enlisted men by disease. Total 252.RIN: MH:N2. 

 He died in 1906 in his hometown, at the age of 59.    It was said that Jasper was stern you could even say he was mean according to the neighbors and townfolk.   I don't know if he was that way towards his family, I've never heard that he was but anyway,  he went into town one day and later that night his body was brought home by his horse.  Someone in town shot him and the family never knew what happened to him.  

Jasper was buried in Fairview-Gibsontown Cemetery in Charles Town.  My question about his death, did they shoot him in the back while he was getting on his horse, or did they shoot him and then lay his body on the horse for it to carry him home? 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The McLeod ancestors of South Carolina are they speaking to me?

Or is it just wishful thinking???

I have been contemplating about who's next on the list of ancestors to write about and then they spoke to me or I think they did...I had my cup of coffee on the table next to me, settled into the chair with my daughters laptop.  I was just working on my research as usual, one name leading to the other in and and then Google.  The search lead to me googling the McLeod's from South Carolina as I have so many times before but this time it lead me to Low Country Africana website  I've been on this site before several times but never seemed to
find anything.  All roads before had led me to the McLeod Plantation in Clarendon County South Carolina, because that is where my family had lived. This time, I found something different.   I began to go down the list and I searched for Caldwell's, Singleton's and McCloud's/McLeod's since they are the family surnames from that area.  Well the Caldwell and Singleton links wouldn't come up for me, it kept saying error, but the McLeod link, well....let's just say it spoke, there it was, in black and white.   

Now mind you, this is not an actual ancestor that I know about, but he has the same name as my great grandfather and he lived less than an hour away from where they lived in South Carolina around the same when I started reading this it felt like I actually connected with an ancestor.  I showed my mom, because the McLeod/McCloud is her paternal line, she is a true McCloud.   She begins to tell me that my great great grandfather (Ross father of Jacob aka Jake, Jake father of James,  James father of Mary, my mom), had brothers and sisters that he didn't know what happened to them but knew that they were all in South Carolina somewhere.  There were other similarities..... Jake, the man in the interview states that his family left SC and migrated to Florida and that is what happened with my gggrandfather Ross McLeod and family they left SC and went to FL.  They talked about the witchcraft, my mother always said that family lore is that my ggrandfather Jacob/Jake may have practiced roots or been a seer or psychic (which I might talk about at another time) and people were afraid of him for some reason.  
Now it could be coincidence or he could be one of the lost relatives, I can't connect them to the McLeod line that I know, but I found this for a reason and I'm sure sooner or later I will find out why the ancestors called me and led me to this McLeod who just happened to have the same name and some similarities as my great grandfather.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Laura Corbin Crippen and sons get arrested

Whenever the Crippen family had a gathering at my grandparents house I could feel the excitement, at ten years old walking up the front steps to my grandparents house ringing the bell, walking through the vestibule then through the second door entering their home.   Once you entered you could walk straight into the living room or  through a little small hallway between the living room and dining room.  I used to imagine it was a secret passage way. Herbert (grandpop) in his chair in the corner closest to the opening between the living and dining room and of course near the television and Marie (grandmom) in her chair in the corner nearest to the front window so she could look out, some cousins in the dining room playing pinochle and some in the kitchen making plates.

Pinochle in my grandparents dining room.  My brother dad and Uncle Fats

Ann Rhodes-McBride wife of Melvin McBride and Melvin's sister  Helen McBride their mother was Harriet Corbin-McBride first cousins to Laura, Carl, etc.  Helen sitting in  my grandfathers chair in the corner near the opening of the living room and dining room

We all have memories of our families some good, some bad, this one is more comical than anything.  These are the stories that bring our family history to life.  My grandpop Herbert , grandmom Marie and my grandfather's siblings were all so funny, always telling stories and jokes or busting someone's chops just to make you laugh.  We would gather all the time for Pinochle or Pokeno, drinks and laughter.... The Crippen/Corbin family was such a happy family, people would always want to come over to my grandparents house just to hang out, old and young alike. 
Laura in center of photo standing next to my dad with white shirt

Uncle Fats and Uncle Snags sitting on floor in lower left part of photo
Uncle Junior, my dads older brother

My grandpop and Ben Corbin (father was Levi Corbin brother of Harriet Corbin-McBride) need name of cousin next to Ben

 This story begins in the 1950-60s in West Philadelphia around the Fairmount area.  My grandfather's two brother affectionately called Uncle Fats  and Uncle Snags not sure if Uncle Snags used to run numbers but Uncle Fats did,  they were young still living at home at my great-grandmother Laura's house.   Uncle Fats and Uncle Snags were Laura's two youngest sons so when all of this was going on she was in her 70s' or 80's, she even started smoking in her 80's.   

Anyway,  the cops had raided the house a couple of times, but this one time in particular they came in and raided the place, people scattered everywhere like bugs.  The police tried to get Fats and Snags and  that was Laura's que to start  fighting the cops.  Laura wasn't going to let nobody mess with her sons, she was like a Lioness protecting her cubs.  Laura's daughter-in-law (my grandma Marie) said she learned her lesson, don't nobody mess with Laura's children.

 They were all taken out of the house and put into the patty wagon even Laura my great grandmother.    Laura and Snags were in the patty wagon but Somehow Fats broke out of the patty wagon, jumped over the fence and took off down the alley leaving his brother and mom still sitting in there.  Well when they arrived at  the station and Laura and her son Snags appeared in front of the Judge,   The cop told the judge that Laura had bit him in the midst of all of the chaos and the Judge asked  "Mam did you bite the officer?" and she said, "Your honor, No sir I didn't bite him, I don't even have any teeth" she showed the judge and all you could see was gums.  The judge let her go and my Uncle Snags.   The police never did catch up to my Uncle Fats.   That is my funny moment in Crippen history.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Remembering the unknown

I was sitting here thinking about who to write about next and I'm looking around the room and I see all the photos that I have from my paternal grandparents.   In these albums are photos of some family friends and even some photos with no names.  So I decided to share some of their photos...1.  Just to honor them and...2.  In the hopes that maybe someone may recognize them and they can find their way home..   I also do it, because I have ancestors that I have no photos of and would like to someday be able to view their photos. 
Some of these photos could be from the West Virginia or Philadelphia area.  The news clips are from a West Virginia paper around the late 1920's early 1930's.  (More photos to come in a future blog!)

The name Ruby was on this photo in the book