Genea-Santa Came Through!

Every year young children write wishful letters to Santa Claus. Sending Santa their wishes in hopes of obtaining their hearts desire – and avoiding a stocking full of coal!

Well, genealogists write letters to Santa Clause, too. Well, Genea-Santa.

I found my Dear Genea-Santa post from December 2009.  I made my requests and quite honestly forgot about my “letter” to old Santa. Turns out, Genea-Santa was very good to me.

  • I’d like proof of where William Harward (Howard/Harwood) come from prior to buying land in Wake County, NC in 1767. I’d settle for just a clue if that’s all you can find. I have enough evidence to build a good proof argument that William Howard/Harward came from King and Queen County, VA.
  • I’d like a birth record stating the parents of William Henry Haley (of Halifax County, VA). Just a reminder, William was born in 1861. His marriage record states his parents were SC Haley and Margaret. If it’s not too much trouble, could you throw in the identity and parents of SC Haley? Just as a stocking stuffer? William Haley’s parents have been positively identified as Stephen Caswell Haley and Mary Ann Tribble.  Stephen Caswell Haley’s parents have been identified as Jesse R Haley and Temperance Owen.
  • I’d like the identity of my stash of “unknowns” among my photographs. I believe they are all from Halifax and Pittsylvania Counties in Virginia. That should narrow it down a least a little. A number of my unknown photographs have been identified! Others have been sorted into family groups.
  • Genea Santa, if this is too much, could I just have a time machine? I can save you the research (I know you are very busy this time of year!) and zip back through time and check with my ancestors directly. I’m still waiting for that time machine…..
I think I’ll believe in Santa a little longer.


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4 comments to Genea-Santa Came Through!

  • Kat

    How on earth did you find evidence on our common ancestor James Howard? I am beginning now, as it took me a while to prove my lineage as well. I too started this to join DAR and I knew James Howard/Haward was a soldier.
    I enjoy your posts, hope your holidays were good!
    Your cousin,
    Kat Howard

    • LisaL

      I used a variety of sources to track back to James Harward including census, land, wills, tax and Bible records. Tracking the Harward/Howard line back from James gets much more difficult.

  • Kat

    Yes I see it gets tougher cousin:) I have found Jacob Myrick Harward’s will or actually a distant cousin found it and I got to read it today. I have found a pic of my ggf E. Lemuel Howard as well, never dreamed I would see what they all looked like.
    I was wondering if you have any idea where James Harward/Howard is buried? Did you look while you were at Panther’s creek? I see he had a will probated but I have not seen it yet.
    I am going to subscribe to your wonderful blog so I can keep an eye on you, and please dont hesitate if you want to brainstorm or cross ref.
    I am going to Stanly this summer, can’t wait
    Yours truly,
    Kat Howard

    • LisaL

      Kat, I don’t know where James Harward is buried, but I have to assume somewhere in Wake County. I don’t think anyone knows for sure. At the time of his death he and his second wife Rachel (Belvin) were living with Rachel’s daughter and son-in-law Daniel Parham in Wake County. James’s first wife Rosannah appears to be buried outside of Oakboro in Stanley County. Read about that here.

      Thank you for your kind words about my blog!


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