Dennis Partridge

Dennis N. Partridge has been conducting personal research into his family since 1980. In 1996, in the infancy of the Internet, he morphed into a web developer bringing with him his passion for genealogy. Today, Dennis owns and operates AccessGenealogy (https://accessgenealogy.com/), one of the largest, privately owned genealogical websites online, well-known and frequented by Native American family researchers. Dennis also serves as President and Webmaster for the Amelia Island Genealogical Society. He specializes in breaking down brick walls, Native American ancestry, New England ancestry, and French-Canadian ancestry. However, his knowledge is broad enough to answer (or find the answer) to any geographical area.

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The following forms will enable our membership to create and document their family history in a more organized manner. The number and types of these forms will increase over time as they are created. Starting out we have a basic set of forms that should encourage better record keeping. Each of these forms are fillable by you using your computer, or you can simply print them out and fill them in by hand. If you intend to fill them out on the computer, then you should first save a clean form each time before using it. In this manner you can simply pull up the form on your computer and continue working on it without losing all of your previous work. To fill out a form you must first save the form to your computer and then open it. Each of these forms uses a series of IDs to be created by you, the preparer. How you wish to number your forms is entirely your decision, but stay consistent with all forms. Individual Form An individual form should be filled out for each person you plan to research. It contains the needed information for you to record, analyze and source the evidence you find on an individual. It’s ID is called the PersonID. Each person should have their own unique PersonID. Family Group Sheet A family group sheet should be filled out for each family you plan to research. It contains the needed information for you to record, analyze and...

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Sarah Braddock Claim File 13525 Page 1

President’s Message for August 2022

The webmaster has been busy this past month adding additional volumes of the Nassau Genealogist to our online collection. Recent additions include biographies, obituaries, newspaper excerpts, several articles on the Goodbread family. These all came from volume V of TNG which were published back in 1998. Please take a look at them when you get the chance if you have Nassau County ancestors. The Nassau County Genealogist: Online Table of Contents Too often genealogists think military records are only there to provide information on your ancestors military service. They are there for that, but as we like to emphasize, they often can provide the genealogical record you need but just cannot find elsewhere. Pension files are often what we like to point researchers to. I discovered a Bible record (or a non existent town record) in my 5th Great-Grandfather Zebulon Crane’s Revolutionary Pension record. It wasn’t even for his family, it was for his wife’s family, but that record helped verify the relationships which I thought were correct but could never positively prove. This month I accidently discovered another source of military records, the Southern Claims Commission Files. If you know me and my family you realize that I would never have need of these for my own family records, My ancestor’s are just a bunch of Yankees that go back to the Mayflower and French-Canadian back to the founding of Quebec. But I was working on updating my Tennessee Genealogy website where I have had an index of these …

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Standing Interrogation for Sarah (Higginbotham) Braddock

In the process of filing a Southern Commission claim, each witness on behalf of the claimant is questioned by an official on behalf of the Claims Commission using a standard set of questions, which by Sarah’s replies to some of these questions, must have changed somewhat during the early 1870s. “The changes from the original form as presented in the first General Report and as amended in the second were not designed to affect the policy of the commission.” So the date the interrogation occurred on is important, as the questions asked and the order of them differ from the 1874 “final version” published online. When a claimant provides an answer it is listed to the left which specific question they answered, but not the question, and it’s very clear by Sarah’s ancestors the questions were ordered differently then the 1874 version. Sarah’s hearing was on 2 August 1872 at Fernandina, and was done by C. L. Robinson, Special Commissioner of the Commissioners of Claims. The packet starts with Sarah’s sworn testimony. Question 1 is a standard form that is filled out for each witness and signed by the special commissioner. This page appears out of order in the packet, stuck between pages 9 and 10. I present it first, however, since the packets contents was scanned in no particular order. Standing Interrogation The following questions will be put to every person who gives testimony: Question 1: What is your name, your age, your residence and how long has it...

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Will of John S Braddock, 1857 Page 1

Will of John S. Braddock, 1857

Found within Southern Claims Commission File #13525 is a copy of the will of John S. Braddock, written in 1857. In order for Sarah Braddock to file for the claim in 1872, she needed to prove she had legal authority over her husband, John S. Braddock’s property, since he was deceased. The commissioner labeled the will Exhibit B. This will is important for it’s identity of the 15 children of John and Sarah, their birth order, and for the identity of the 23 slaves by name and their approximate ages and sex. I found a copy of John’s will in Nassau County’s Land records too. There were noticeable differences in names of some members of the Exhibit B State of FloridaNassau County In the name of God amen — I John S. Braddock of the State and County aforesaid, planter, being of sound mind and in reasonal [sic] body health, do make, constitute and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. ~ And first I direct that my body be decently interred in some fit and proper place, and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my situation in life ~ and as to such worldly goods and estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows ~ First, I direct that all my just debts be paid — — I give and bequeath...

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Notes on Fernandina and Nassau County

From Our Place in Time – A Chronology of Putnam County, by Nancy Cooley Alvers and Janice Smith Mahaffey 1736-1742 – James Oglethorpe stationed Highlanders at Plaza San Carlos in present-day Fernandina (Old Town). August 9, 1807 – Don Domingo Fernandez awarded grant which included present-day Fernandina Beach. August 6, 1815 – Elizabeth Esabele Wiggins, free mulatto, resident of Fernandina, and her son, Carlos Clark, free negro, each received a grant of 300 acres on Lake George. 1816 – Fort San Carlos near Fernandina built by Spanish of wood and earthworks and armed with 8 to 10 guns. February 10, 1822 – John E. LeConte and ten men left Fernandina on a project to survey Florida’s interior. December 29, 1824 – Nassau, Florida’s tenth county, was named for the Nassau River and Nassau Sound which help to separate Nassau and Duval counties. The name of the county comes from a German state linked to William the Silent and William III of England who died in 1702, was brought from England during the English occupation. January 1, 1825 – The City of Fernandina was incorporated. February 9, 1842 – Fort Clinch was established on Amelia Island, north of Fernandina. 1855 – Florida’s first senator, David Levy Yulee, was granted a charter to build a railroad from Fernandina to Cedar Key where steamships waited for transport up and down the Atlantic or across the Gulf. One link in New York-New Orleans route, the Florida Railroad would run through a small settlement, Deer...

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Lockwood-Brooks

From a 1929 Fernandina Newspaper Mr. And Mrs. W. M. Brooks of Fernandinaannounce the marriage of their daughterFrancis Alphia,toMr. Robert B. Lockwoodon Monday, September sixteenth,nineteen hundred and twenty-nine. The ceremony was performed at the bride’s home by the Rev. W. T. Overstreet, in the presence of members of the immediate families of the bride and bridegroom. The bride was becomingly gowned in an ensemble of navy blue transparent velvet with hat and accessories to harmonize. Mrs. Lockwood, who has many friends, complted her high school education at McPhaul Institute, Sylvester, Ga. Later Mrs. Lockwood attended Georgia State college, Milledgeville, Ga., from which she received her A. B. degree. Since her graduation she has been a popular member of the faculty of the Fernandina high school. The bridegroom is a prominent young druggist of Fernandina and has a host of friends who will be interested in the announcement of his marriage. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. Lockwood and his bride left for a wedding trip to Miami and Cuba. On their return to Fernandina they will be at home to their friends at the Keystone hotel. Editor’s Notes: Robert Barr Lockwood operated Lockwood’s Drug Store on the corner of North Third Street and Centre Street (in the Kydd Building) for many years. At the time of his death on 3 December 1994, he was 90 years old, having been born on 10 November 1904. He had been a member of the Florida, Georgia and Louisiana Pharmacists Associations for 70 years. He...

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Sanders-Wild Marriage

From an unknown newspaper 1926 Sunday afternoon, July 4, 1926, the marriage of Miss Grace Sanders and Mr. Kelly K. Wilds was solemnized by the pastor, Rev. T. J. Herring, at the First Baptist Church. The church was decorated with white daisies and fern. A chain of daisies was gracefully draped from the choir loft and vases of them made a border around the altar which was most effective. Miss Alice Dana and brother, Mr. Joe Dana, played very sweetly upon the piano and violin and promptly at three o’clock the wedding march pealed forth and the groom and his best man, Mr. Ashley Sanders, entered from the right aisle as the bride and her maid-of-honor, Miss Ray Herring, entered from the left, and were met at the altar by the pastor, who, with the beautiful ring ceremony, pronounced them man and wife. The bride was gowned in gray georgette with hat and all accessories to match and carried a bridal bouquet of radiance roses. Miss Herring wore a becoming gown of tan crepe de chine and carried an arm bouquet of daisies. Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party were driven to the home of the groom’s mother, Mrs. Wilds, where the happy couple only remained long enough to enjoy delightful refreshments consisting of home-made cake and cream and receive congratulations. They left in their car for a honeymoon trip of a couple of weeks to points north. Mr. Wilds is one of Fernandina’s best young men, having been...

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Sky Line at Fernandina Beach Rapidly Changing

From Nassau County Leader, 1926 The sky line at Fernandina Beach is rapidly changing, and it is predicted that before the opening of the 1927 season it will have pretty much the appearance of Pablo or Daytona Beach. Among those who have recently built attractive cottages at the beach are H. P. Livingston, C. H. Klotz, and Mrs. P. R. Brady. Others who contemplate building during the present season are J. M. Adams, T. G. Ozmer and Ben Acosta. The bath house recently constructed adds materially to the casino facilities, which under the management of Webb and Weimar, is doing an unusually fine business. The new building extends to the water’s edge at high tide and is approached by a board walk from the casino. Hundreds of visitors as well as crowds of local people are enjoying a dip in the surf these days. It is perhaps the best bathing beach on the Florida East Coast, not attended with the dangers that are so common at other seaside resorts. In the shallows along the beach children can wade with perfect safety. Life-saving apparatus has been provided by the management of the pavilion and every precaution is taken to forestall accidents....

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Notes From The November 15, 1879, Florida Mirror

Capt. C. W. Yulee and Miss Florida Yulee arrived on Tuesday last. Mr. James W. Thompson, of the Kearsarge House, North Conway, N.H., has leased the Spencer House at St. Mary’s, Ga. Eugene Sweeney, Esq., of Mobile, Ala., was in town this week, in the interest of the proposed steamship line between Mobile and Cedar Key. Mr. Sylvester, of Ellaville, visited our city during the week to inaugurate the shipping business of Messrs. Drew & Bucki through this port. Captain Bell is erecting a frame dwelling on Fourth street, between Centre and Ash. We learn that it will be a very convenient and tastefully built cottage. The City Council met on October 22, 1879. Present were T. Kydd, chairman, and councilmen Winch, Middleton, Brown and Angel. A visitor to Callahan claimed to be the legitimate son of Fredrick VI of Denmark. He said that upon his father’s death, the throne was usurped by a German and the persecution which followed drove him into exile at the age of 18. The visitor was a very old man....

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