I am looking
for information about my gr.grgrandmother, Leonora Sellers,
who married George Washington Hammett sometime around 1885-90 in the
Spartanburg/Gaffney SC area. Leonora is buried with her husband in Zion
Hill Cemetery, Spartanburg, and dates listed are (18 May 1871-13 July,
1900) I cannot find out ANYTHING about Leonora's family, except that my
grandmother said she was from Gaffney, SC. Can you help? I have looked for
years, and just stumbled onto this website? You can "call" me at
email@example.com or write to 722 Maple Avenue. Conneaut, Ohio 44030
Any help is appreciated. Gloria Hammett Bartone
"Chris Bartone" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
I am descended from
an SC Sellers---Leonora Sellers married George
Washington Hammett somewhere around 1895, and I can't find out anything.
was suggested that she might have come from Virginia, but I cannot find
confirmation of thisand so far not the census records to prove it either.
South Carolina did not require birth and/or death certificates before
and much of the earlier records were destroyed in the Civil War. If you
suggest any sources other than census, I'd be glad to hear'em, 'cause the
census for Spartanburg SC tells me nothing.
Gloria in Ohio
When some county is burned = does NOT mean ALL records were destroyed!
Some were recorded in State Capitol records= (where State told them to
Marriages sometimes were kept? with Ministers and recorded Later=
Land deeds sometimes were with Recorders-Many times separate=
War Records were recorded in Federal Records also
Tax Records were saved by some
some CHURCH info is saved=
WILLS were made/recorded
THERE is INFO there - We do Not have All of It!
MOST 1880 census are recorded - Who said she lived in this
CHECK surrounding counties =
OR 1870 census=
sometimes 1875 STATES have census =
DIG DIRT or We Are Not going to get smarter here in SC -
YES, its Hard State to study = Not many have shared these county minutes
out and etc
READ ALL 1880 SC census first , And if you don't find her=
READ 1880 NC census=
IF you don't like census - Read Tax Lists/Wills/Marriages of her and
And then Where Their kids were married,
and census Where kids lived.=
NO , you do Not need to read census - till - or ?
But, It will sure get you to the place to Trace the other records in That
county and See if they are Ours!
BY then, you should have birth certificates on kids and find out/know
SOMETIMES starting with PROVEN families and moving Backwards on census
OR Family info by years/generations
Will give Same results -
CHECK death certificate / obituary?
FUNERAL homes/cemeteries have this info - even when court house burnt!
NOT all records were in court house!
SOMETIMES a childs record will show history=
Or their Brother/Sister=
YOU must check out this family - Till you get to where 'SOMEONE KNOWS
Thankx for the input; Some of it will probably be useful. Brothers and
sisters are out--my grandfather was the only child to survive childhood.
Been there. We are looking into close county records in the surrounding
area, and will expand as needed. But we keep trying.