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I know some of you have already have gotten this email, and I don't do a lot of forwards, but something has to be done about these gas prices, so maybe we should take these seriously. What did we do in the '80's'?
Anybody with any other ideas I would love to hear from you.
Rumor has it we're going to hit close to $3.00 a gallon by the end of the year and it might go higher!!
Want gasoline prices to come down? We need to take some intelligent, united action.
Phillip Hollsworth, offered this good idea:
This makes MUCH MORE SENSE than the "don't buy gas on a certain day" campaign that was going around last April or May!
The oil companies just laughed at that because they knew we wouldn't continue to "hurt" ourselves by refusing to buy gas.
It was more of an inconvenience to us than it was a problem for them.
BUT, whoever thought of this idea, has come up with a plan that can really work. Please read it and join with us! By
now you're probably thinking gasoline priced at about $1.50 is super cheap. Me too!
It is currently $2.43 for regular unleaded in my town. Now that the oil companies and the OPEC nations have conditioned us
to think that the cost of a gallon of gas is CHEAP at $1.50- $1.75, we need to take aggressive action to teach them that BUYERS control
the market place....not sellers. With the price of gasoline going up more each day, we consumers need to take action. The only way we are going to see
the price of gas come down is if we hit someone in the pocketbook by not purchasing their gas!
And we can do that WITHOUT hurting ourselves.
Since we all rely on our cars, we can't just stop buying gas. But we CAN have an impact on gas prices if we all act together to force a price war.
Here's the idea:
For the rest of this year, DON'T purchase ANY gasoline from the TWO BIGGEST COMPANIES (which now are one),
EXXON and MOBIL. If they are not selling any gas, they will be inclined to reduce their prices. If they reduce their prices, the other companies will have to
But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of Exxon and Mobil gas buyers.
It's really simple to do!!
Now, don't whimp out on me at this point... keep reading and I'll explain how simple it is to reach millions of people!!
I am sending! this note to about thirty people. If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300) ... and those 300
send it to at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000)...and so on, by the time the message reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached
over THREE MILLION consumers. If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people will have been contacted!
If it goes one level further, you guessed it.....
THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!
Again, all you have to do is send this to 10 people.
How long would all that take?
If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day of receipt, all 300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next 8 days!!!
I'll bet you didn't think you and! I had that much potential, did you!
Acting together we can make a difference.
If this makes sense to you, please pass this message on.
PLEASE HOLD OUT UNTIL THEY LOWER THEIR PRICES TO THE $1.30 RANGE AND KEEP THEM DOWN...
THIS CAN REALLY WOrk. this is a repeater, but maybe we need a reminder now and then.
WHERE TO BUY YOUR GAS,
THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT TO KNOW.
Why didn't George W. think of this?
Gas rationing in the 80's worked even though we grumbled about it.It might even be good for us!
The Saudis are boycotting American goods.We should return the favor.
An interesting thought it to boycott their GAS.
Every time you fill up the car, you can avoid putting more money into the coffers of Saudi Arabia.Just buy from gas companies that don't import their oil from the Saudis.
Nothing is more frustrating than the feeling that every time I fill-up the tank, I am
sending my money to people who are trying to kill me, my family and my friends.
I thought it might be interesting for you to know which oil companies are the best to buy
gas from and which major companie! s import Middle Eastern oil:
Shell............................ 205,742,000 barrels
Chevron/Texaco.......... 144,332,000 barrels
Exxon /Mobil................ 130,082,000 barrels
Marathon/Speedway... 117,740,000 barrels
If you do the math at $30/barrel, these imports amount to over $18 BILLION!
Note: The price of oil is now over $50/barrel- - -increasing the take to about $30 Billion!!!!!
Here are some large companies that do not import Middle Eastern oil:
All of this information is available from the Department of Energy and each
is required to state where they get their oil and how much they are importing.
But to have an impact, we need to reach literally millions of gas buyers.
It's really simple to do. Now, don't wimp out at this point... keep reading and I'll explain
how simple it is to reach millions of people!! I'm sending this note to about thirty people.
If each of you send it to at least ten more (30 x 10 = 300).. and those 300 send it to
at least ten more (300 x 10 = 3,000) ... and so on, by the time the message
reaches the sixth generation of people, we will have reached over THREE MILLION consumers!
If those three million get excited and pass this on to ten friends each, then 30 million people
will have been contacted! If it goes one level further, you guessed it ...
THREE HUNDRED MILLION PEOPLE!!!
Again, all you ! have to do is send this to 10 people. How long would all that take?
If each of us sends this e-mail out to ten more people within one day,all
300 MILLION people could conceivably be contacted within the next eight days.
A better way to Internet
Let's see if you send it back. We all know or knew someone like
One day, when I was a freshman in high school,
I saw a kid from my class was walking home from school.
His name was Kyle.
It looked like he was carrying all of his
I thought to myself, "Why would anyone bring home all his books on a
He must really be a nerd."
I had quite a weekend planned (parties and a football game with my
friends tomorrow afternoon), so I shrugged my shoulders and went on.
As I was walking, I saw a bunch of kids running toward him.
They ran at him, knocking all his books out of his arms and tripping
him so he landed in the dirt.
His glasses went flying, and I saw them land in the grass about ten
feet from him.
He looked up and I saw this terrible sadness in his eyes
My heart went out to him. So, I jogged over to him and as he crawled
around looking for his glasses, and I saw a tear in his eye.
As I handed him his glasses, I said, "Those guys are jerks. "
They really should get lives.
" He looked at me and said, "Hey thanks!"
There was a big smile on his face.
It was one of those smiles that showed real gratitude.
I helped him pick up his books, and asked him where he lived.
As it turned out, he lived near me, so I asked him why I had never seen
He said he had gone to private school before now.
I would have never hung out with a private school kid before.
We talked all the way home, and I carried some of his books.
He turned out to be a pretty cool kid.
I asked him if he wanted to play a little football with my friends
He said yes.
We hung out all weekend and the more I got to know Kyle, the more I
liked him, and my friends thought the same of him.
Monday morning came, and there was Kyle with the huge stack of books
I stopped him and said, "Boy, you are gonna really build some serious
muscles with this pile of books everyday!
" He just laughed and handed me half the books.
Over the next four years, Kyle and I became best friends.
When we were seniors, we began to think
Kyle decided on Georgetown, and I
was going to Duke.
I knew that we would always be friends, that the miles would never be a
He was going to be a doctor, and I was going for business on a football
Kyle was valedictorian of our class.
I teased him all the time about being a nerd.
He had to prepare a speech for graduation.
I was so glad it wasn't me having to get up there and speak
Graduation day, I saw Kyle.
He looked great.
He was one of those guys that really found himself during high school.
He filled out and actually looked good in glasses.
He had more dates than I had and all the girls loved him.
Boy, sometimes I was jealous.
Today was one of those days
I could see that he was nervous about his speech.
So, I smacked him on the back and said, "Hey, big guy, you'll be
He looked at me with one of those looks (the really grateful one) and
" Thanks," he said.
As he started his speech, he cleared his throat, and began
"Graduation is a time to thank those who helped you make it through
those tough years.
Your parents, your teachers, your siblings, maybe a coach...but mostly
I am here to tell all of you that being a
friend to someone is the best gift you can give them.
I am going to tell you a story."
I just looked at my friend with disbelief as he told the story of the
first day we met.
He had planned to kill himself over the weekend.
He talked of how he had cleaned out his locker so his Mom wouldn't have
to do it later and was carrying his stuff home.
He looked hard at me and gave me a little smile.
"Thankfully, I was saved.
My friend saved me from doing the unspeakable."
I heard the gasp go through the crowd as this handsome, popular boy
told us all about his weakest moment.
I saw his Mom and dad looking at me and smiling that same grateful
Not until that moment did I realize it's depth.
Never underestimate the power of your actions.
With one small gesture you can change a person's life.
For better or for worse.
God puts us all in each other's lives to impact one another in some
Look for God in others.
You now have two choices, you can:
1) Pass this on to your friends or
2) Delete it and act like it didn't touch your heart
As you can see, I took choice number 1.
"Friends are angels who lift us to our feet when our wings have trouble
remembering how to fly."
There is no beginning or end.. Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is mystery.
Today is a gift.
It's National Friendship Week. Show your friends how much you care.
Send this to everyone you consider a FRIEND.
If it comes back to you, then you'll know you have a circle of friends.
WHEN YOU RECEIVE THIS LETTER, YOU'RE REQUESTED TO SEND IT TO AT LEAST
10 PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PERSON WHO SENT IT TO YOU.
A better way to Internet
Thanks Lyn for that information. So sorry for the Sadler Family.
> From: "Lyn Baird" <coriakin(a)charter.net>
> Date: 2005/08/26 Fri PM 10:50:20 EDT
> To: POYTHRESS-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Poythress descendant suffers accidental death
> It is with sadness that I pass along this content from the Sunday, 7 August
> 2005, edition of the South Hill (Virginia) Enterprise -
> "Local farmer killed in tractor accident
> "BLACKRIDGE - A Blackridge man was fatally injured at 10:15 a.m. Thursday
> while pulling a bush hog behind a tractor in the field behind 3615
> Blackridge Road.
> "James S. Sadler, 65, was speculated to have encountered a hornet or yellow
> jacket nest while tending the field, Chief Deputy George Newcomb of the
> Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said.
> "Sadler then dismounted the tractor and suffered fatal injuries to the lower
> part of his body from the bush hog, Newcomb said.
> "The Southside Rescue Squad, LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department and
> Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office all responded to the emergency call."
> [James is the thrice-great-grandson of Lewis Poythress of Mecklenburg Co.,
> Va. He resided on land once owned by his twice-great-grandfather, Thomas M.
> Poythress, and believed to have been owned by Lewis Poythress also. James
> cared for the Poythress-Tanner Cemetery, which is a short walk from his
> home. This cemetery has been reported and discussed from time to time on
> our distribution list, and is the resting place of Thomas M. Poythress and a
> number of his relations.]
> Best regards,
> ==== POYTHRESS Mailing List ====
> Poythress Genealogy Research Web
It is with sadness that I pass along this content from the Sunday, 7 August
2005, edition of the South Hill (Virginia) Enterprise -
"Local farmer killed in tractor accident
"BLACKRIDGE - A Blackridge man was fatally injured at 10:15 a.m. Thursday
while pulling a bush hog behind a tractor in the field behind 3615
"James S. Sadler, 65, was speculated to have encountered a hornet or yellow
jacket nest while tending the field, Chief Deputy George Newcomb of the
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office said.
"Sadler then dismounted the tractor and suffered fatal injuries to the lower
part of his body from the bush hog, Newcomb said.
"The Southside Rescue Squad, LaCrosse Volunteer Fire Department and
Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office all responded to the emergency call."
[James is the thrice-great-grandson of Lewis Poythress of Mecklenburg Co.,
Va. He resided on land once owned by his twice-great-grandfather, Thomas M.
Poythress, and believed to have been owned by Lewis Poythress also. James
cared for the Poythress-Tanner Cemetery, which is a short walk from his
home. This cemetery has been reported and discussed from time to time on
our distribution list, and is the resting place of Thomas M. Poythress and a
number of his relations.]
From Cuzzin Margie, looks like we lost one. If anybody has ever run a
Google search on just "Poythress", this guy's knife
website turns up in top 4 or 5. I'm not into knives but have a friend
who dabbles in 'em. He says John W. enjoyed a
terrific reputation in the "hobby" (if that's what you call it). And
yep, if he's from Swainsboro he likely is a 17th cousin or something.
From: margietanner(a)aol.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 9:40 PM
Subject: Notice for John W. Poythress
Message: He's got to be kin to us isn't he?
Please visit the Notice for John W. Poythress.
Click on the above link or cut and paste the url into your browser's
Thanks Maynard for reminding folks about the info available from
Hening's Statutes, and of your CD of Poythress info.
John M. Poythress wrote:
> Or, more fully: "Hening's Statues at Large, Being a Collection of all
> the Laws of Virginia from the first session of the Legislature, in the
> year 1619" by William Waller Hening.
> This is one of the premier source documents for Virginia genealogy.
> A Mr. or Ms. Spradlin at Earthlink, no doubt a sainted soul, is
> transcribing all 9 volumes (with an all names index) at
> http://www.vagenweb.org/hening/ ...if you wish to search for names
> other than Poythress this is a good one. Unfortunately, Mr. or Ms.
> Spradlin has only gotten through volume 4 but the claim is made that the
> work will progress.
> If you are specifically looking for Poythresses a better source is
> likely the CD database as I have captured only the Poythress items for
> ALL nine Hening volumes. They are listed under the section for the Swem
Or, more fully: "Hening's Statues at Large, Being a Collection of all
the Laws of Virginia from the first session of the Legislature, in the
year 1619" by William Waller Hening.
This is one of the premier source documents for Virginia genealogy.
A Mr. or Ms. Spradlin at Earthlink, no doubt a sainted soul, is
transcribing all 9 volumes (with an all names index) at
http://www.vagenweb.org/hening/ ...if you wish to search for names
other than Poythress this is a good one. Unfortunately, Mr. or Ms.
Spradlin has only gotten through volume 4 but the claim is made that the
work will progress.
If you are specifically looking for Poythresses a better source is
likely the CD database as I have captured only the Poythress items for
ALL nine Hening volumes. They are listed under the section for the Swem
Thanks Barbara, for that info.
> From: Beetle72(a)aol.com
> Date: 2005/08/21 Sun PM 02:51:02 EDT
> To: POYTHRESS-L(a)rootsweb.com
> Subject: Kenneth Milton Poythress
> Kenneth is a great-great grandson of David Poythress (1800-1876) who was
> born in Mecklenburg, Virginia.
> This following is his obituary from the Mobile Register newspaper in Mobile,
> Barbara (BPW)
> Kenneth Milton Poythress
> 67) Kenneth Milton Poythress -- a native of Jacksonville, FL and long
> time resident of Saraland died Friday, August 19, 2005. Mr. Poythress retired
> from Scott Paper Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. A.
> Poythress and Blanche Poythress Harrison and his sister, Shirley Gabriel.
> Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Poythress, Saraland, AL; three children, Kenny
> Poythress, Fort Walton Beach, FL, David (Catherine) Poythress, Saraland, AL
> and Tanya (Jonathan) Ellisor, New Springs, TX; three step-children, Dwayne
> (Christine) Kelly, California, Tammy (Larry) Smith, Saraland, AL and Kim (Tim)
> Haney, Saraland, AL; one brother, Charles Poythress, Pensacola, FL; seven
> grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral services
> will be held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home on Monday, August 22,
> 2005 at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be Sunday, August 21, 2005 from 5:00 PM until
> 8:00 Pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial
> Gardens. Arrangements are by RADNEY FUNERAL HOME, 1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland,
> AL 36571.
> Published in the Mobile Register on 8/21/2005.
> ==== POYTHRESS Mailing List ====
> Poythress Genealogy Research Web
Kenneth is a great-great grandson of David Poythress (1800-1876) who was
born in Mecklenburg, Virginia.
This following is his obituary from the Mobile Register newspaper in Mobile,
Kenneth Milton Poythress
67) Kenneth Milton Poythress -- a native of Jacksonville, FL and long
time resident of Saraland died Friday, August 19, 2005. Mr. Poythress retired
from Scott Paper Company. He was preceded in death by his parents, J. A.
Poythress and Blanche Poythress Harrison and his sister, Shirley Gabriel.
Survivors include his wife, Phyllis Poythress, Saraland, AL; three children, Kenny
Poythress, Fort Walton Beach, FL, David (Catherine) Poythress, Saraland, AL
and Tanya (Jonathan) Ellisor, New Springs, TX; three step-children, Dwayne
(Christine) Kelly, California, Tammy (Larry) Smith, Saraland, AL and Kim (Tim)
Haney, Saraland, AL; one brother, Charles Poythress, Pensacola, FL; seven
grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Funeral services
will be held from the chapel of Radney Funeral Home on Monday, August 22,
2005 at 10:00 AM. Visitation will be Sunday, August 21, 2005 from 5:00 PM until
8:00 Pm at the funeral home. Interment will be in Forest Lawn Memorial
Gardens. Arrangements are by RADNEY FUNERAL HOME, 1200 Industrial Pkwy, Saraland,
Published in the Mobile Register on 8/21/2005.
Well, Maynard, from the mention of "Powell's Creek" it certainly sounds
likely that it's the same mill mentioned in July, but I know that there
are lots of duplicate creek names in VA. And from the portion of the
quote that Michael Tutor found earlier in the Brown book (included in my
July 11th message, copied below), referring to Peter Poythress having
bought it from Hardyman, it also sounds likely. I just wish the Brown
book's quotation had actually included the year Peter got it from
Hardyman. Without further resources at my disposal, it looks to me like
you've found the right record to go with that quote from the Brown book.
It would cinch it, if you have any resource at hand that would show
whether or not that intersection I described July 11th (copied below)
at/near Garysville, VA was *in* PG Co, and *in* Martin's Brandon Parish
at the time of the 4 Oct 1721 sale record you found. Right now I'm in a
hotel room, far from my info about various county boundaries at various
times, and about various parishes & their locations.
> 7/11/2005 BPN wrote:
Aha, right after sending off my below message just now, I coaxed
MapQuest into showing the creeks of the area of Garysville. Indeed
Powell's Creek runs right there (about 0.1 to 0.2 mile from the
intersection mentioned below).
> I don't know whether it would be the same mill or not, but the
location sounds like it could be. First I looked on MapQuest to see
where Garysville is located. It is at the intersection of the Old Stage
Road and James River Drive (aka state/county? Route 10 -- the road from
Hopewell toward Surry). MapQuest doesn't show Powell's Creek, so if one
of you has some source that shows Powell's Creek, perhaps we can tell if
this is the same mill.
> I found the following in our Poythress-List Message Archives, one of
Michael Tutor's wonderful "Poythress Chronicles" messages, from 17 Jan
> In Michael's section regarding "Peter Poythress (c. 1684-), son of
John Poythress (c. 1639-1712)" with the info coming from "A Virginia
Heritage" by Eleanor Brown Merrill. Michael noted that this book was
privately printed in 1968 and is in The National Genealogical Society
Library. CS71.B88 1968 C.1 6417. Michael abstracted info from pages 51
and 52, ending with the following paragraph:
> "From the above we gather that Peter Poythress married Mrs. Ann Baker;
they owned a water mill on Powell's Creek sold to them by John Hardyman,
and had one daughter, Anne, who married Richard Bland of "Jordans;" the
grandson of John Bland who in 1657 had acquired this tract of land from
the first Benjamin Harrison's widow. A daughter, Christian Poythress,
married John Fitzgerald and their daughter, Elizabeth, married Archibald
Robertson; whence came the dual relationship of Susannah Peachy
Poythress, whose aunt, Mrs. Richard Eppes of Appomattox Manor, is
referred to later..."
Barbara .surely this one stands a good chance of being the
aforementioned grist mill that came up
a week or so ago?
4 Oct 1721
Sale of Corn Mill John Hardyman and his wife Henrietta Maria of Prince
Peter Poythres of the same county
Sum: £200 Sterling
Transaction: all that Water Grist or Corn Mill now called by the name
Hardymans Flower Mill being on Powell Creek in Parish
Martins Brandon and 100 acres of land to the said mill
belonging and on part of which the said mill was
John Hardyman late of said County father to the
Hardyman by deed dated 3 Mch 1690.
Signed: John Hardeman, H. Maria Hardyman (sealed with a waxer)
Wit: Fran. Eppes, Jr., Elizabeth Duke, Margaret Goodrich.
(PG Wills, Deeds & Settlements 1713-28 with 1719-22 as a separate
book, p. 495-7)
This came through on the Warren County, NC website:
For those looking for early ancestors, I came across this database for
searching for people who came from England as indentured servants during the
period 1654- 1686. It's a searchable database which also accepts wildcard
I know some of y'all are probably already members of the Friends of the
Archives in Virginia & other states, as I am; the annual membership
contribution is a tax-deductible donation & helps these organizations
purchase books & materials at their respective state archives, and
sometimes to also fund (or to assist in funding) an intern position to
do some special project that wouldn't otherwise get done. In these days
of states cutting the budgets of their archives, such funding is a great
benefit to all us researchers.
For example, the Friends of the Virginia State Archives has donated to
the Library of VA money to purchase all 192 rolls of microfilm of
Revolutionary War Service records, plus 61 additional reels covering
other Continental Army units, Continental Navy, Quartermaster &
Commissary General, artillery, cavalry, etc, plus 4 additional rolls of
soldiers who served in volunteer VA units 1784-1811. Members of
"Friends" get a discount (10%, I believe) on purchases of items sold
thru the Library Shop, including the Library's published books.
Membership in the Friends of the VA State Archives has catagories of
$15/yr for Individual; $25/yr for Family; $50/yr for Patron, and $600
for a Life membership; checks payable to "FVSA: The Community
Foundation" mailed to FVSA, P.O.Box 4804; Richmond, VA 23220. (Again
these contributions are tax deductible.)
The North Carolina state library -- properly named the North Carolina
Dept of Archives & History (NCDAH) -- has recently published a book,
"Photographers in North Carolina: The First Century 1842-1941" that was
compiled by Stephen E. Massengill. The photographers include at least
one of our ancestors & his family members in a photo that BPW sent to
them a couple of years ago. When I called there a few minutes ago to
order the book if it included "Charles Poythress" the lady read out
numerous Poythress names from the index, including not only Charles
himself (who lived 1849-1924), but also the names of his wife & kids who
I know were in that family photo.
The review in the NC Friends' newsletter read, in part, "The 264-page
biographical directory identifies more than 2,500 photographers. In the
early days, a good number of those photographers were itinerants from
other states. By the twentieth century, resident image-makers had become
commonplace, particularly in North Carolina's largest cities." The book
includes one essay tracing the evolution of photography from the early
19th to mid-20th century, and another essay that "places a selected
number of early photographers in their geographic settings." For the
general public, the book sells for $28 (plus shipping); Friends of the
NC Archives get a 10% discount. (See bottom paragraph of this message re
how to join NC's Friends) For more info on this book or their many other
publications, call NCDAH's Historical Publications Section at
919-733-7442, or visit their on-line store at:
Friends of the (NC) Archives is a great organization that has done great
work to support important preservation projects & fund internships for
the state archives; in the face of the 22 employees lost since the early
1990s from Archives & Records such support via the Friends has been
vital. Their membership catagories are $30/yr for Individual; $100/yr
for Sustaining; $500 for Life Patron, and there is also listed $1,000/yr
for Corporate; checks payable to Friends of the Archives, Inc; mailed to
4614 Mail Service Center; Raleigh, NC 27699-4614. (Again these
contributions are tax deductible.)
Andie Harris has written to me that she has recently participated in the
"My Family DNA WINN Project" by having her *maternal* DNA tested (mtDNA).
In addition to the Winn line, she also descends from various other lines
(Gaither, Matlock, Poythress, Weddle, Melton) so she wants to make her
her participation known in case others are also having their *maternal*
DNA tested. She is willing to compare results, however she did not
specify which of these lines are the surnames of her mother; her
mother's mother; etc on back thru her *maternal* line, so I personally
do not know how valid a comparison it would be on any of the above surnames.
The mtDNA *maternal* test checks a completely different part of one's
DNA than the *paternal* Y-DNA. The results are *not* comparable.
In our Poythress-Surname Y-DNA Study, we are testing only a tiny portion
of mens' DNA that *only* men inherit from their fathers; their father's
father; etc back thru the male line.
If anyone reading this is separately doing a *maternal* mtDNA test, you
are welcome to get in touch with Andie & find out whether you & she
share any of the same maternal lines, and compare test results.
Andie's full name is Marian Alice Andrea Harris. You can reach her at
Hello BPW & BPN. I found the following. Is this who you were looking for?
? means image is very faded and smudged on actual census page, so I am
1900 Federal Census
Florence County, South Carolina, Florenct Twp. Sheet 4B, ED 37, June 9
Household (?) #274 Lines 92-94
Eason, Lucy- Head, age 42, Widow, born Oct 1857, NC, NC,NC
Eason, Effied, daughter, born (?)April 1883, age 17, single, NC,NC,NC
Poythress, John A., brother, (?) March 1875, age 25, machinist R.R.,
Thanks to BPW for bringing to my attention this household of the
Poytress family in Fresno County, CA, in the 1900 Census. The husband &
wife both came here to the US from England, where their parents were
also born. You will note that the surname is spelled without the "h" as
is consistent with the English spelling we learned of years ago from our
then-List members in England.
In response to BPW's question of me (copied below), no, these names do
not appear in the present day Poythress family in the Fresno County &
adjacent Madera County area of California. That Poythress family
descends from William E. Poythress (born 1833 in Georgia) & his wife
Martha J. Usher (born 1841 in Georgia), who married in 1857 in Georgia.
The family also knew that William E. Poythress' forebears came to
Georgia from Virginia -- hence their statement that BPW recalled, that
their line was from Virginia.
I found it quite interesting on the below-mentioned Census page and
adjacent pages, that many many families who came from various European
locations to grow fruit in that area of California.
1900 Census, 4th Judicial Township of Fresno County, CA; Supervisor's
District 5, Enumeration District 11, Sheet 7-B, enumerated 13 June 1900
by A.E.Balch, Dwelling 151, Family 152 (only the following 3 people in
- Poytress, John A., head, white, male, born Mar 1871, age 29, married
6 yrs, born England, father born England, mother born England,
immigrated to US in 1891, 9 yrs in US, Naturalized citizen, occupation
fruit grower, 0 months unemployed, can read, can write, can speak
English, owns farm, mortgaged, Farm, 132 is the number of his farm on
the Census Farm Schedule
- ---, Mary, wife, white, female, born Sept 1867, age 32, married 6
yrs, mother of 1 child, 1 child living, born England, father born
England, mother born England, immigrated to US in 1893, 7 yrs in US,
(naturalization status is a squiggle that probably means Not Applicable
since she gets her status from her husband), can read, can write, can
- ---, Eleanor M., daughter, white, female, born July 1894, age 5,
single, born California, father born England, mother born England,
attended school 4 months
Suggestion to BPW for finding your own John A. Poythress (son of Charles
David Poythress & Indiana Peru Twisdale): I don't now recall whether you
indicated to me in years gone by that he married Effie Eason in 1901, or
whether I just guesstimated that marriage year from the kids' births? If
indeed they weren't yet married as of June 1, 1900 (Census day) it would
be worthwhile to look for him in the vicinity of her. I know Effie was
daughter of Willis & Lucy. I looked briefly for their family in the 1900
Census, figuring JAP (who turned 26 in Jun 1900) *may* have been living
near that family. I suspect Willis Eason was dead by then. I saw a Lucy
Eason living as a boarder in another household in the town of Burgaw,
Pender Co, NC (just north of Wilmington), with a younger Julia Eason and
various other people there, too. Since I don't know Effie's siblings'
names, I'm not sure that's the right Lucy, but if it is, you might want
to browse thru that area's census pages, looking for a
no-doubt-misspelled John Poythress. One other thing I found interesting,
in case Effie had a brother also named Willis, is that there was a
younger Willis Eason in Sumter Co, AL, in the town of Payneville, so
that may be another good place to look for Effie (I didn't search on her
name; I think that Willis was shown as age 32; I don't have birthdates
for Effie's parents to be sure it's possible for this to be a son of
theirs.) Good luck, and please keep me posted if you find him/them.
8/7/2005 Barbara Poythress Wolfe wrote:
> Hi Barb,
> I have been searching for all the census records on my grandfather John
> Alexander Poythress. The one that I would like to find is 1900.
> And I ran across a John A. Poythress, about the same age as my JAP and
> he and his wife are in Fresno, CA. They are both from England. He is a
> fruit farmer. Just 'musing' if this might be any connection to the
> Poythress family that farms in this area. Know they responded at one
> time that they were from VA. Interesting.
Aw Shucks, twarn't nothin', mam....but I always love hearing from you.
How'd you know? You are just a wealth of information and I thank you
sharing it. May your tribe increase!
Kailua HI 96734
Elaine, how great -- Yes, it looks to me like you found them. Guess the
Census-taker wrote down "brother" due to mis-info given or received <g>
Seems like "boyfriend" or "fiance" of daughter may have been more
Thanks so much for your quick help on this.
> Hello BPW & BPN. I found the following. Is this who you were looking for?
> ? means image is very faded and smudged on actual census page, so I am
> 1900 Federal Census
> Florence County, South Carolina, Florenct Twp. Sheet 4B, ED 37, June 9
> Household (?) #274 Lines 92-94
> Eason, Lucy- Head, age 42, Widow, born Oct 1857, NC, NC,NC
> Eason, Effied, daughter, born (?)April 1883, age 17, single, NC,NC,NC
> Poythress, John A., brother, (?) March 1875, age 25, machinist R.R.,
> Take care,
In a message dated 8/7/2005 6:12:56 AM Hawaiian Standard Time,
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