Friday, May 22, 2015

Memorial Day Tribute to Veterans: Richard Franklin Jarvis

Richard Franklin Jarvis (1845-1943) - He looks very serious!
Description in his compiled military service record:  fair complexion, light brown hair, hazel eyes, 5'9".

His Civil War timeline:
  • 15 Mar 1864 Enrolled at age 18 in Co. E, 54th N.C. Infantry
  • 16 May 1864 Wounded - gunshot in arm by comrade (accident) at Drewry's Bluff, Virginia
  • 14 Aug 1864 While on furlough to recover from gunshot wound, married Martha Ann "Mat" Pardue (1845-1934)
  • 25 Mar 1865 Captured at Petersburg, Va. and taken as P.O.W. to Point Lookout, Md.
  • 28 Jun 1865 Released from Point Lookout, Md. on taking oath of allegiance to the U.S.

He died on 23 Feb 1943 at age 97.  He was the last Confederate veteran in Wilkes County, N.C.
  1. Compiled service record, R. F. Jarvis; Civil War Soldiers - Confederate - NC, U.S. Civil War; 109; digital images, "Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of North Carolina," Fold3 ( : accessed 19 Oct 2012).
  2. Wilkes County, North Carolina, Marriage Bonds 1778-1868, folder Holloway-Kilby, Jarvis-Pardew, 1864; North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh.
  3. "AGED MINISTER DIED TUESDAY," (North Wilkesboro) Journal-Patriot, 25 Feb 1943, p. 1, col. 3.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mother's Day - Five Generations of Women

In honor of all the women in my direct maternal line:
Mom, Carrie Mae Snyder (1926-2001).

 My mother's mother, Nora Bessie McNeil (1900-1992) on her wedding day in April 16, 1919.

My grandmother's mother, Clara Eva Hettie Ellen Jarvis (1873-1959) in 1900.

My greatgrandmother's mother, Martha Ann "Matt" Pardue (1845-1934).

That's as far back as I can go with photographs.  I wish I had a photo of my maternal line 3rd greatgrandmother, Prudence Padgett (1827-1888).

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Grandma's Photo Album Page 82 - Unknown People

These photos are in my grandmother's photo album but I don't know them.  My grandmother was Nora Bessie McNeil Snyder (1900-1992) who lived in Millers Creek, Wilkes County, N.C.  She also lived in Winston-Salem for a few years in the 1920s.

(Left) These two children look like a sister and brother.  The sister appears to be slightly taller so I guess she's maybe a year or so older.  I searched all the descendants of my great-grandparents but couldn't figure out any two siblings who matched.

(Right)  This lady is quite dressed up but I have no idea who she is.

If anyone has an idea, please comment below!