Monday, March 25, 2013

The Max & Margaret Ewing Question Solved



Back in October of 2011, I posted A Marriage Conundrum – Max & Margaret (Leisure) Ewing. The conundrum existed because we had found two marriage records for this couple – one in 1927 and one in 1937. The question was did they divorce between marriages.

Thanks to Mariah Kendall Allen who left comments regard this couple we learned more about the them but still had no confirmation of a divorce. Mariah stated Margaret was her great-aunt and the family story “was Margaret’s dad Dora Roscoe ‘Dode’ Leisure did not like Max William Ewing and Margaret left for a while”. When exactly the separation took place is unknown but thanks again to Mariah for providing the copy of their second marriage license we know they divorced in 1936.


I’m sure that somewhere in the depths of Bartholomew County, Indiana court records the actual divorce file exists. However, for now, I’ll take this as confirmation of this couple's divorce. If the reason for the separation and divorce was the feelings of Margaret’s father, it appears that love won out in the end.

Thanks again, Mariah for the update.

~Becky

Thursday, March 21, 2013

My Leisure Book is Out

I had posted a message similar to this earlier but, after some printing problems, I took it down. The issues have been resolved and Our Leisure Family is ready to print for anyone who would like a paper copy. I make no profit from the sale of the book as it is priced at cost. To order go to lulu.com and search for Our Leisure Family or my name Becky Stewart Higgins.


Anyone who would prefer can contact me at bhiggins9@gmail.com and I'll give you access to the PDF file on Dropbox. The PDF is free.

I just received my test copy of the book and am quite pleased with the outcome. I'm looking forward to doing business with Lulu in the future.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Nearing the End of a Journey

I'm finally nearing the ending of my Leisure project. I have some final proofing to do and perhaps a thing or two to add but the book is almost ready to publish.

The biographies included thus far are for my direct line: Joseph, Nathan, George Washington, Joseph, Mary Frances "Fanny", Clara Elizabeth "Lizzie", and Earl. I've also included the orphan train rider, William Sidney Emay - Fanny's husband - since I don't know anything about his ancestors.

Of course, there are many genealogy reports, with source citation, which include many of my indirect lines.  I've created a Page on this blog titled Outline Report which includes six generations from Joseph (Sr.) and show the full scope of this project. Any cousin who would like to have a biography of one of these relatives is more than welcome to send it to me at bhiggins9@gmaildotcom. However, time is short as I hope to decide exactly how and where to publish this project within the next month or so.

I hope the final publication will be of help and interest to fellow Leisure family members and genealogists in the future. I'm excited about closing out this project and am already thinking about my next.

~ Becky ~

Monday, November 26, 2012

Joseph Leisure and Slavery

Check out How My Hopes Were Dashed to learn what I learned in Kentucky about Joseph Leisure.

"Betsy" Montgomery Leisure Protects Her Property

Check out My Genealogy Pondering to see a transcription of how Betsy Leisure protected the estate left to her by Joseph prior to her second marriage. She was a smart cookie!!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

More About Rachel (Leisure) Pierce

In my previous post for a Surname Saturday , I raised some questions about Rachel (Leisure) Pierce. Since my journey to Garrard County, Kentucky, I've learned a bit more and am happy to share.

What I know about Rachel Leisure:

  • Rachel Leasure married Alfred Pierce in Garrard County, Kentucky on 12 Feb 1824.[i]
  • Rachel Pearce is named as daughter and heir in Joseph Lasure will written Oct 1835 and probated in July Court 1838.[ii]
  • Rachael Pearce is found in the 1850 census in the 1st division in Garrard County, Kentucky. She is listed as age 41 with $40 value of real estate. With her are most probably her children; Will H age 24, Almira J age 22, and Amanda G age 16. There is no indication of marital status but most likely Alfred died sometime after 1834 and before 1838.[iii]
  • R. R. Pierce is found in the 1860 census in the Lancaster post office area, Garrard County, Kentucky. She is listed as age 50. She is living in the David Baker household. (“Mandy” aka Amanda Pearce married David Baker 21 Apr 1851 in Garrard County according to Family Search database Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979, Index; Indexing project MO1079-7; source film 183256; reference 1040 p55).[iv]
  • Rachel R Pierce is found in the 1870 census in Lancaster District No. 3, Garrard County, Kentucky. She is listed as age 58 with $325 value of real estate. With her is the Benjamin Waldrige family. (Almira Jane Pearce married Benjamin Worlledge [sic] 15 Oct 1857 in Garrard County according to Family Search database Kentucky Marriages, 1785-1979, Index; Indexing project M01079-9; source film 183256; reference V7 p259.).[v]
  • Rachael Pearce is found in the 1880 census in Brandy Springs Precinct #1, Garrard County, Kentucky. She is listed as age 75, living alone.[vi]
Based on the ages listed in the census records Rachel was born between 1805 and 1812. Because of the age of her father and probable age of her mother, Rachel, I’m inclined to believe the earlier dates. But then again, Rachel is listed in all the census records as being born in Kentucky. If that is true, then the 1809-1812 dates are more likely as one of her brothers was married in Virginia in the 1804 which places the family still in Virginia at that time and the first records for Joseph in Garrard County is the 1810 census.
I haven’t found a death record for Rachel yet but at least I know she died after 1880.



[i] Marriage License Register, Alfred Pierce and Rachel Leisure, Box 6, bond 1567; Bond and license issued 12 Feb 1824
[ii] Garrard County, KY Will book 1, #391. “Item, at the death of myself and wife [Elizabeth], I give and bequeath my land on which I now live to my daughter, Rachel Pearce, to her own proper use and behold forever.”
[iii] 1850 U.S. census, Garrard County, Kentucky, population schedule, 1st District, page 252A, dwelling 755, family 796, Rachael Pearce household; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Nov 2012); from National Archives microfilm M432, roll 201.
[iv] 1860 U.S. census, Garrard County, Kentucky, population schedule, , page 44, dwelling 291, family 285, David Baker household; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Nov 2012); from National Archives microfilm M653, roll 368.
[v] 1870 U.S. census, Garrard County, Kentucky, population schedule, Lancaster District No. 3, page 419, dwelling 278, family 277, Rachel R Pierce household; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Nov 2012); from National Archives microfilm M593, roll 463.
[vi] 1880 U.S. census, Garrard County, Kentucky, population schedule, Brandy Springs Precinct #1, ED 45, stamped page 551, dwelling 1, family 1, Rachael Pearce household; digital image by subscription, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 10 Nov 2012); from National Archives microfilm T9, roll 415.