Archive | February 2009

On This Day in 1863

146 Years Ago Today
February 23, 1863

On that day, Francis Kiser married Joseph P. Hammonds. “Frankie”, my 1st cousin, 3x removed, was one of twelve children born to James S. “Bell Clapper” Kiser and Susan Sutherland. See January 4th post for siblings. Francis and Joseph had nine children.

  1. Margaret Elizabeth
  2. Sabastian Caleb
  3. Martha Alice
  4. Albert Monroe
  5. Cynthia Jane
  6. John M.
  7. Samuel J.
  8. Robert L.
  9. Mary Etta

105 Years Ago Today
February 23, 1904
Mattie Elizabeth Kiser married Floyd Calhoun Whetsel. See yesterday’s post for Mattie and her siblings.


On This Day in 1860

149 Years Ago Today
February 23, 1860
My 2nd great granduncle Franklin Clemons Gregory married Shelma Shawver in Tazewell County, VA. For a listing of their twelve children, see February 19th post. Franklin was one of fifteen children born to John Keatts Gregory and Elizabeth Holland Corder. See post of February 7th for siblings.
81 Years Ago Today
February 23, 1928 – August 23, 1995
Robert Nolan Davidson, my 2nd cousin, 1x removed, was born to Robert Wallace Davidson and Davida May Hardy in Springville, Utah.

On This Day in 1849

160 Years Ago Today
February 22, 1849 – January 6, 1922

My great grandmother Sarah Jane Tabor was one of eight children born to James Harrison and Nancy Moore (Runyan) Tabor.

  1. Emily Tabor
  2. Sarah Jane Tabor
  3. Samuel G. Tabor
  4. George C. Tabor
  5. William B. Tabor
  6. Joseph Wade Tabor
  7. James Robert Tabor
  8. Meldora Tabor

Sarah married Jacob Alexander Buckland on March 2, 1871 at Mudfork, VA. They were parents of six children:

  1. Nancy Jane Polly Buckland
  2. George Robert Sylvester Buckland
  3. Cora Belle Buckland
  4. William Harrison Buckland
  5. Samuel Graham Buckland
  6. Larkin Watson Buckland, Sr. (my grandfather)

181 Years Ago Today
February 22, 1828 – November 19, 1864
Samuel Houston Letcher was one of at least four children born to William Houston Letcher and Elizabeth Davidson in Lexington, VA. My 1st cousins, 5x removed are:

  1. Governor John Letcher (VA’s Civil War governor)
  2. Mary B. Letcher
  3. William M. Letcher
  4. Samuel Houston Letcher

Samuel Houston Letcher – Captain, Co. H (2nd). b. Rockbridge Co. 2/23/28. gd. Washington College ’48 and LLD ’50. Lawyer and Editor, Lexington 4/18/61. Present until promoted Lt. Col. 58th VA. Inf. 10/31/61. Promoted Colonel 5/1/62. Resigned 10/31/62. Newspaper Editor, Lexington. d. Lexington 11/11/68. Bur. Stonewall Jackson Cem.

On This Day in 1890

119 Years Ago Today
February 22, 1890 – April 11, 1960
Mattie Elizabeth Kiser was one of at least five children born to Allen and Leah Kiser in Russell County, VA. My 2nd cousins, 2x removed were:

  1. Lola D. Kiser
  2. Fletcher Kiser
  3. Mattie Elizabeth Kiser (m. Floyd Calhoun Whetsel)
  4. Mary Edith Sutphin Kiser
  5. Charlie C. Kiser

Leah (d/o Joseph “Polka Joe” Kiser & Martha “Mattie” Hamon)
Allen (s/o James S. “Bell Clapper” Kiser & Susan Sutherland)

On This Day in 1797

212 Years Ago Today
February 20, 1797
My 4th great granduncle Stephen Giles Letcher married Elizabeth Perkins in Goochland County, VA. I believe that he was one of nine children born to John Letcher and Mary Davidson Houston, my 5th great grandparents. However, you can be certain by researching for yourself. This site seems to have some answers about their ancestry from Wales/Ireland/Scotland.

  1. Hannah Letcher
  2. James Letcher
  3. Stephen Giles Letcher
  4. William Houston Letcher
  5. Captain John Letcher, Jr.
  6. Isaac Anderson Letcher
  7. Mary Polly Letcher
  8. Sarah Sallie Letcher
  9. Ann Letcher

On This Day in 1857

152 Years Ago Today
February 20, 1857 – 1929
Phoebe Sutherland was one of ten children born to Elijah Sutherland and Mary Polly Childress. For a list of her siblings, my 1st cousins, 3x removed, see post on February 12th.
139 Years Ago Today
February 20, 1870
Dora Belle Smith was born to Jasper Newton Smith and Martha Jane T. Sutherland. Dora Belle was one of nine 2nd cousins, 2x removed, previously posted on February 11th.

On This Day in 1859

150 Years Ago Today
February 19, 1859

Joseph Kiser, son of Nimrod Kiser, was born.
118 Years Ago Today
February 19, 1891 – January 22, 1985

Dorsey Terry Sutherland, my 2nd cousin, 2x removed, was one of at least five children born to Noah and Rachel (Kiser) Sutherland in Russell County, VA.

114 Years Ago Today
February 19, 1895
Dorsey’s brother Walter Dolphus Sutherland was born.


98 Years Ago Today
February 19, 1911 – March 16, 1990
1st cousin, 2x removed, Gay Nell Brooks was one of seven children born to Joseph B. Brooks and Alverda “Verta” Kiser. See previous posts for siblings. Gay married Henry Dotson