18 May 2013

Old Newspapers: Rowland Reunion - Keowee Courier, 1899

Rowland Reunion, Keowee Courier 1899
Today I got an e-mail from a lady named Kelly with some information about my Rowland family line. It was a link to a newspaper article housed at the Library of Congress, part of their Chronicling America campaign. The following article was posted in the Keowee Courier, 13 July 1899. It is about a family reunion of the descendents of William Rowland and his wife the former Miss Flora Reese. 

Can you imagine having fifty-five grandchildren and thirty-five great-grandchildren? Wow! My paternal grandmother, known to me as Granny Gunter, was one of their great-granddaughters, but she wouldn't be born for another twenty-two years after this reunion. I can't imagine how many great-grandchildren they ultimately had.

I look forward to searching through the various newspapers that are part of the Chronicling America program. This might prove to be a real sledgehammer against some brick walls that I'm facing in my genealogical research.

These are on my immediate list of things to look for:

1. Obituary of Oliphant Williams and hopefully his cause of death.
2. Anything showing what happened to Emma Williams (daughter of Oliphant) after the 1900 census.
3. Wedding announcement for Julius Jared Pressley and Carrie Williams.
4. Articles about our Gunter, McClendon and Williams families in Edgefield, South Carolina.

Be sure to check out the Library of Congress site: Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov to start knocking down some brick walls of your own!

Thank you, Kelly!

Keowee courier. (Pickens Court House, S.C.), 13 July 1899. Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers. Lib. of Congress.


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    1. Thank you, Denise. Family research, learning the stories of my ancestors, is very important to me. I have been working on learning my ancestry for over 30 years now. It is as much a part of me as my skin is. :)

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