Ridgely Maryland’s 150th Anniversary 2017

 

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The weekend started with the Oliver Downes Jr placing the ancestor’s dedication plaque on the property marker and the family decorating the parade float. Sisters Edwina Austin and Jean Downes preparing the food.

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One of the posters used on the float.

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Oliver Downes Jr (Black Hat) , Randy Boyce (White neck collar) and Oliver Downes Sr (Light blue Hat)

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Acrees, Cephus, Downes, Flamers, Lockermans, Matthews and Pritchetts together for the first time. Their ancestors should be happy in heaven above.

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Four generations of the Downes: Oliver Downes Jr carrying his granddaughter Anaya, Oliver Downes Sr carrying his great granddaughter Kyrie, Pierre Downes carrying his son Jayden Downes and Marcus Downes carrying his daughter Serenity.

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Oliver Downes Sr. United States Navy (Ret.) Korea-Vietnam Wars

                       Oliver Downes Jr. United States Air Force (Ret.) Gulf War

    The Downes float won Best Representative of the 150th Festival Theme

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When Cora Flamer was born on May 12, 1892, her father, James, was 45, and her mother, Sarah Sparks, was 37. 1900, Cora and her family resided in Queenstown, Queen Anne’s Maryland. Her father James was a farm laborer and her mother Sarah had 15 children and 9 was living at the time. Cora married William Oliver Acree around 1908. 1910 Cora and her family lived in Ridgely Maryland. She had three daughters with William Oliver Acree between 1909 and 1913. Her daughters Mildred I Acree, Mary Grace Acree and Olive Virginia Acree. 1920 Cora and her family lived in Denton Maryland. 1930 Cora and family continue to live in Denton. They own their house, at a value of 500 dollars. Oliver is a barber and Cora is cook for a private home.  February 11 1940 William Oliver Acree had died. Cora was a widow living in Denton by herself. Before 1950 Cora had married Anderson Harry Stanford. November 1951, Cora Stanford said that Norman North, posed as insurance agent, collected $6 from her last July and she never heard from him again. He was arrested. Cora died on July 19, 1972, in Denton, Maryland, at the age of 80, and was buried in Spring Grove Cemetery Denton Caroline County Maryland. Lifelong member of Metropolitan United Methodist Church. Senior Choir and head waitress in the Church dining room for many years.

The ongoing search of Major Acree’s ancestors.

It has been awhile since my last post, but I am still searching for my 4th great-grandfather Major Acree’s ancestors. Since the last post, I found a 3rd cousin Acree on 23andme  DNA. He is a male from a lineage of Acree men.  We share Robert Acree as our 2nd great grandfather.  His paternal haplogroup is E1b1b1a4, which is found in Morroco and Libya. The haplogroup did not confirm the father to son lineage to William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia. This leads me to believe that the Acree name was the surname of  Major’s mother and not the actual surname of Major’s father. So why do I still think I am a descendant of William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia. Due to DNA testing, my Major Acree’s descendants are sharing DNA with several descendants of his sons John, Abraham, and William Acree 1 in the chart below.

The first five men are presumed sons of William Acree (c1710-c1767) of Hanover Co., Virginia.

John Acree Joshua Acree Abraham Acree Isaac Acree William Acree 1 William Acree 2 Jacob Acra
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Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons: Sons:
Edward* William* John* Isaac Jr. William Jr. John* John
John Jr.* Joshua Jr. James* Joshua* Shearin William Jr.* William
William* David* William Abraham John* Ephraim* Thomas*
Henly* Carter Ambrose* Peter
Leonard John* Joel
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Courtesy  Charles Acree.  A Family Tree  Acree/Sachse/Hoover/Ogden/ Skipworth/Nelson/TenEyck/Williamson & Associated Families

There are two scenarios, Major’s mother might have been one of the men above daughter of European descent or his mulatto daughter. Mulatto being that her mother was of Native American/ African descent/European combination.  Major was listed as multiple race on his marriage license. Major and his family lived as Native American.

Thanks to my cousins Oscar “Bunky” Chapman Jr and his daughter Deybra Chapman, I  received a picture of my great-grandfather William Oliver Acree.

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RESERVATION INDIANS AND THEIR “FRINGE”

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(all possible names listed: scattergun method)

(“Res.” in census notes =Pamunkey Reservation, then formally recognized by state.)

Census 1830, 1840, “free coloured” unless otherwise noted. Census 1850, 1860, “mulatto” unless otherwise noted.Census 1870, “Indian” unless otherwise noted. Census 1880, Indians not listed, with few exceptions.Census 1890, burned in Washington. Census 1900, 1910, “Indian” section (not used here, except for less common names.)

ANNE: Pamunkey leader; first appears by petition of Aug. 1706 (Palmer 1875, I: 105). Also petitioned in 1708 (Palmer, 1875, I: 127-128) and 1715 (Palmer1875, I: 184-185. She may also be the unnamed queen in other documents between 1705 and 1723.

ACREY, ELIZA (b. 1834): K. Wm. woman, shown on 1870 census as living out in County, aged 36 (and “white” with daughter Lucy E. (7) and (boarder?) Bertie Hill (17, “black”); shown in 1880 census as living out in County,aged 51 (and “white”), with daughter Susan and…

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Achilles Acree

Subject: Achilles Acree

Born:  In Virginia, United States

Question: Are there two Achilles Acree in Caroline County?

1809 Caroline County Virginia                                                                                                      Name: Archilles Acre  Gender: Male

Spouse Name: Susanna Lavorn

Spouse Gender : Female

Marriage Date: 12 Dec 1809 County: Caroline State: Virginia

                                                                         

1810 King and Queen County Virginia

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Name: Achilles Acree
Home in 1810 (City, County, State): King and Queen, Virginia
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44 : 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 2

 

 

 

1814 Achillis Acree: of Caroline County served under Capt. Wm. H. Hutcherson of King and Queen County from about August 6 to September 18, 1814, and for which service he received 40 acres. On April 25, 1854, he made oath that he was 75 years old.

1817, List of Ambrose Jones, Caroline County                                                                                             Acre, Killes 1 tithe 1 horse free Mulatto

1818, Caroline County list of Ambrose Jones                                                                                                Acre, Killes 1 tithe 1 horse

1819, List of Ambrose Jones                                                                                                                             Acre, Achilles 1 tithe 1 horse

1820 List of Ambrose Jones                                                                                                                             Acree, Achilles 1 tithe 1 horse         Acree, Majer 1 tithe

1820 census Caroline County Virginia

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Name: Achilles Acree
Home in 1820 (City, County, State): Caroline, Virginia
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Persons – Males – Under 10: 3
Free White Persons – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 16 thru 25: 1
Free White Persons – Under 16: 4
Free White Persons – Over 25: 1
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 6

This Achilles Acree who is listed white, lives near Major Acree. Which also the mulatto Achilles Acree live near Major Acree. There is never two Achilles listed at the same time. It appears the Federal census taker noted that Achilles Acree was a white man. The local town clerk noted each year on the register that Achilles Acree as a free Mulatto.

1830 Federal Census Caroline County Virginia 

Name: Achilles Acre
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Caroline, Virginia
Free White Persons – Males – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 2
Free White Persons – Males – 40 thru 49: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 40 thru 49: 1
Slaves – Males – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – 24 thru 35: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 4
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 6
Total Slaves: 3
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 9

Notation:    Index of Marriage Register(1787-1853) Reel#33VSA                                                                        Earliest is 1809, Archilles Acre; may be free black family. Posted by John Stevens                      January 01, 2002 Re: Acree, John 1760-1780 Caroline Co. VA

So another reseacher in 2002 also made the assumption that Achilles Acree had black ancestry.

Achilles Acree remained in Caroline County Virginia, his last two decades he lived as a pauper.

 

Major ACREE CASE 1780-1840

 

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Subject: Major Acree

Born: 1780 in Virginia, United States

Timeline

 1785. Chapter LXXVIII. Every person of whose grandfathers or grandmothers anyone is or shall have been a Negro, although all his other progenitors, except that descending from the Negro shall have been white persons, shall be deemed a mulatto, and so every person who shall have one-                                                                        fourth or more Negro blood shall in like manner be                                                                      deemed a mulatto. This act is to be in force from                                                                           January 1, 1787.

1793 Free Negroes or mulattoes shall be registered and numbered in a book to be kept by the town clerk, which shall specify age, name, color, status and by whom, and in what court emancipated. Annually the Negro shall be delivered a copy for twenty-five cents.

  1813, List of William Sale, Jr., at end of list, A List of Free Negroes & Mulattoes, tithes (includes females over 16), slaves, horses, two wheel carriages

                   Major Acree 1 tithe  Some of his neighbors:  Wm Fortune 4 tithes, Mordecai Bird 1 tithe,  Daniel Johnston 2 tithes 2 horses,Banjamin Reaves 2 tithes,George Bird 1 tithe,Roy Bird 1 tithe,Nancy Bird 1 tithe,Polly Bird 1 tithe, Maga Morton 1 tithe,Armistead Fortune 3 tithes 1 horse,Jane Fortune 1 tithe 1 horse,Betty Fortune 1 tithe, Roy Grymes 1 tithe 2 horses,     Daniel Carter 5 tithes 1 horse,Christopher Hailstock 1 tithe 1 horse, Samuel Grymes 2 tithes 1 horse, Celie the elder 1 tithe,  Celie the younger, Titus Flemming 3 tithes, Jane Grymes 1 tithe 2 slaves, Robert Grymes 1 tithe.

1814  Major Acree   Neighbors: Daniel Carter,William Carter, Barttlett McKnuckles, Joseph                            Welch ,Armistead Fortune,Even Grymes, Robert Jackson, Jane Grymes,  

1816, Caroline County, District of Ambrose Jones                                                                                               Major Acree, Neighbors: Fortune, Lucey 2 slaves over 16, 2 horses,                                                 Grymes, Jane 2 slaves over 16, 1 horse, Jack Munroes free 1 horse                                                      Morton,Matthew Jr. 2 horses,Tombs, William 1 tithe, 1 horse Tombs, Wyatt                                         Welch, Lang 1 slave over 16

July 1816 Major Acree was listed in sales of the estate of Benjamin Vawer dec’d.

Will Book 19, page 216 Caroline Co., VA. At a court of Monthly session held for Caroline County at the Courthouse of Monday the 8 day of July 1816, this report was returned and is ordered to be Recorded, Test. John L. Pendleton C. C. An Account of sales of the estate of Benjamin Vawer dec’d. as follows: (Note: all funds are shown as dollars and cents) Mrs. Beazley: one ax .50, one bed bedstead and cord 10.00, 1 table 1.80, ½ dozen chairs 2.05 total $14.35 Capt. Garnett: 1 dutch over 2.10, Capt. Daniel: 1 pair of pistole molds .10 Mrs. Welch Senr.: One Horse $10.00 George Chapman: Lot of old books .50, 1 choice Mobley stand 2.50 2 choice Mobiley stand 3.05 total $6.05 Mrs. Vauter: 1 testament .12, 3 pewter plates .75, 1 bed and furniture 6.05, 1 pale .12 1/2, 1 piggin .06 total $7.11 J_s Vaughn: 1 book 1.05, 1 bible .06, 2 pewter basons 1.81, 1 hand saw $1.60 total $4.52 Thos. Reynolds: one table 1.00, 1 press 9.25 Total $10.25 MAJOR ACREE: One pewter dish 1.25, one chest 1.05, one tub .83 Total $3.13 John M. Gray: One gun $10.05 Jas. Clift: To hire of Charles $12.00 Colo. Todd: 1 foot adze .85, 1 auger. 85, 1 pot & hooks 1.36, 1 steer 5.07, pistols & holsters 25.00, 2 bottles 1.35, 1still 27.80, 1 funnel .59, 1 gun 3.05 1 pi55 saw 1.95 Total $69.85 Chas. Beazley: 1 drawing knife .27, 1 tble .25, 1 cask .50, 2 cask .12, 3 rd choice of Mobley stands .70 Total $1.84 Jno. P. Walden: 1 candlestick .05, 2 jugs,.35 Total .40 Will Book 19 page 217 Caroline Co., VA. The estate of Benjamin Vauter decd in account with John Scott committee. To amount of bonds returned $155.13 To comm.. on the amt. Of sales 7.79 To this sum for crying property 2.00 To tax account for 1815 3.12 By Amount of sales $155.63 Due to Reuben Tankersley D. S. For John Scott $168.04 Caroline Co., to wit: Pursuant to an order of said county court we have this day examed John Scott shff. Of the said county amount of his admr. On the estate of Benjamin Vauter decd and find a balance due said Shff. Of twelve dollars and forty cents. Given under our hands 8 July 1816. Signed Wilson Allen, Armistead Hoomes, Lewis Madison. At a court of monthly session held for Caroline county at the courthouse 8 July 1816 Teste John Pendleton http://www.vawterfamily.org/Georgine/Bartholomew%20100-211.pdf

1817, List of Ambrose Jones, Caroline County                                                                                                    Major Acre, Neighbors: Acre, Killes 1 tithe 1 horse free Mulatto,Bunday, John 1                              tithe free Mulatto, Byrd, George 1 tithe free Mulatto, Byrd, Roy 1 tithe do                                           Chambers, Joseph 1 tithe free Mulatto at B. Green,Carter, William 1 tithe 1                                       horse, free Mulatto,Fortune, George 1 tithe,Grymes, Jane 2 slaves over 16, 3                                      horses  Grymes, Samuel 1 tithe 1 horseJohnson, Dudley 1 tithe free                                                    Mulatto Jones, George 1 tithe 1 horse free Mulatto.

1818, January 23 Carolune County

Major married Nancy Carter. Nancy’s mother Rachael was listed as multiple races.

1819 List of Ambrose Jones

Majer Acre, Neighbors: Acre, Achilles 1 tithe 1 horse, Byrd, Lawrence 1 tithe free                             Mulatto near Wm Rouse, Chambers, Joseph 1 tithe Mulatto at B. Green                                             Fortune, George 1 tithe, 1 horse,Fortune, Armstead, Jr. 1 tithe Free Mulatto                                       Fortune, Lucey 1 tithe 1 slave over 16,Grymes, Jane 2 slaves over 16, 3 horses                                     Grymes, Roy 1 tithe 1 horse, Grymes, Turner 1 tithe. Grymes, Fielding 1 tithe                                        Jones, George 1 tithe 1 horse, near Baylors Mill,Jones, Bennett 1 tithe, 1 horse                                    Johnson, William 1 tithe Mulatto Freeman,Johnson, Dudley 1 tithe 1 horse, free                                  Mulatto

1820 Caroline County Virginia  M

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Major Acree is listed as free colored. Achilles Acree is now listed as a free white male.

During the 19th century, the legislature had defined that a person with one-eighth or less African ancestry could be considered white. During the years of slavery in effect, white citizens of Virginia were less concerned with non-European ancestry than people had become by the early 20th century, more than 50 years after Emancipation. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racial_Integrity_Act_of_1924

1830 Caroline County, Virginia

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Name: Major Acre
Home in 1830 (City, County, State): Caroline, Virginia
Free Colored Persons – Males – Under 10: 2
Free Colored Persons – Males – 36 thru 54: 1
Free Colored Persons – Females – Under 10: 1
Free Colored Persons – Females – 10 thru 23: 2
Free Colored Persons – Females – 36 thru 54: 1  Total Free Colored Persons: 7
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 7

Major and Nancy had 2 sons and 3 daughters living with them

1834 Caroline Count Virginia                                                                                                                          Major and Nancy’s son Thomas Acree born 1807 married Sarah C, Majors.                                Her father parents Franklin and Nancy Majors.

Notation: ACREE, THOMAS (b. 1827): K. Wm. man, son of Major and Nancy Acree,                                             husband of Sarah C. Major (m. as “Indians” 4/24/1854– old Reg.), dau. of                                           Franklin and Nancy.                                                                                                                             This was listed in the Reservation Indians and their Fringe blog Posted by                                         Strong  Bull on August 20, 2011 in Pamunkey.

Pamunkey Indian Reservation is a Native American Reservation in King William, Virginia, United States. The reservation lies along the  Pamunkey River in King William County, Virginia on the Middle Peninsula.

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It is possible that Franklin Major was related to the family in this picture Lee Major, his wife Sarah Langston Major (a Pamunkey), and their sons: Opitchipan Major (standing), Powhatan Major (seated) and Elston Opechancanough Major, Mattaponi Indians ca. 1900 on the Mattapony River in King William County.

Updated 8/12/2016 Franklin Major’s son is Elston Major the father of Lee Major. So Lee Major’s aunt Sarah C. Major married my 4th great-uncle Thomas Acree.

1840 Census King and Queen County Virginia

Major Acree
Free Colored Persons – Males – 10 thru 23: 1
Free Colored Persons – Males – 36 thru 54: 1
Free Colored Persons – Females – 10 thru 23: 2
Free Colored Persons – Females – 36 thru 54: 1
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
Total Free Colored Persons: 5

So Major and Nancy  2 daughters and  1 son living with them.

Acree DNA Project

DNA project

Charles Acree established the Acree Surname DNA Project at the Ancestry.com testing firm in August 2006 and have administered it since then.

The project currently has more than forty participants. All of them live in the U.S., with the exception of three U.K. participants. In December 2012 the project was established also at the Family Tree DNA (FTDNA) firm, providing an alternative testing environment.

Through a combination of DNA testing and genealogical research, the project has met its primary objectives – finding that most Acrees living in the U.S. descend from an early-18th-century immigrant with origins in the English-Scottish border area and that a substantial minority descend from an unrelated contemporary British immigrant with the surname Akers.

Any male bearer of the surname Acree or its above-mentioned variants is invited to participate. The project compares the unique Y-Chromosome (Y-STR) segments that fathers pass intact to their sons, which remain stable from generation to generation, with only minor, infrequent mutational changes. Females may participate by convincing an Acree-surnamed male relative (grandfather, father, brother, uncle, cousin or nephew) to provide the requisite DNA as a representative of her line.

Further details are provided on the project’s webpages, listed below.

Links

Acree Surname DNA Project (independent homepage): http://acreetree.net/ydnaacree.html

Origin of the Acree Surname: http://acreetree.net/ydnaorigin.html

Earlier Acrees (including deep ancestry): http://acreetree.net/ydnamap1.html

Documentation of Acree Progenitors (in the U.S.): http://acreetree.net/ydnadocs1.html

Later Acrees (in the U.S.): http://acreetree.net/ydnamap2.html

Acree Surname DNA Project – Press Release (August 31, 2006): http://acreetree.net/ydnapress.html

Acree Project History: http://acreetree.net/ydnahistory.html

Acree Project Lineages (in the U.S.): http://acreetree.net/ydnalines.html

Acree Surname DNA Project at Ancestry.com: http://groups.ancestry.com/group/35373197

Acree Surname DNA Project at FTDNA: http://www.familytreedna.com/public/acree/

A Facebook group has been established as the Acree Family History, Genealogy & DNA Project (with more than 450 current members) at:

http://www.facebook.com/groups/127480870350/

 

Charles Acree professional profile may be seen at:

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/charles-acree/15/337/521

Contact details

For further information, contact:

Mr Charles Acree
E-mail: acree@one-name.org

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Major Acree Marriage Record

Major Acree, “Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940”

Name: Major Acree
Birth Date:
Birthplace:
Age:
Spouse’s Name: Nancy Carter
Spouse’s Birth Date:
Spouse’s Birthplace:
Spouse’s Age:
Event Date: 23 Jan 1818
Event Place: Caroline County, Virginia
Father’s Name:
Mother’s Name:
Spouse’s Father’s Name:
Spouse’s Mother’s Name: Rachel Carter
Race: Multiple
Marital Status:
Previous Wife’s Name:
Spouse’s Race:
Spouse’s Marital Status:
Spouse’s Previous Husband’s Name:
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86874-0
System Origin: Virginia-EASy
GS Film number: 30826
Reference ID: RECORD PG. 23