Monday, June 17, 2019

A Juan d'Espinosa in South Carolina in 1609

The Waterees. The Wateree Chicanee 1732-1736 lived opposite present Camden. 
1609. Twenty-five or twenty-six Spaniards from St. Augustine, Florida, in Company with their interpreter, an Escamacu Indian woman, Maria de Miranda wife of Juan d'Espinosa, took their ship far enough up the Santee River to meet with the chief of the Wateree Indians. The Chief of the Jordan River guided them into the river Jordan to the Chief of the Waterees.

South Carolina Indians, Indian traders, and other ethnic connections : beginning in 1670 / edited by Theresa M. Hicks, from the papers of Theresa M. Hicks and Wes Taukchiray. The Reprint Company, Spartanburg, SC, 1998, p. 46

Note: If this is the progenitor of the Pinholster family, then he was in SC much earlier (1609) than previously thought. This is before the Minorcans came to Florida in 1768. The Spanish called the Santee River the River Jordan. The town of Camden was not settled by the English until 1772 as the town of Fredericksburg. John Pinholster was born before 1776 and died about 1824. 

Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 17 Jun 2019

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Abstract of Confederate Indigent Soldier Pension Applications of David L. Looney 1901-1907

Name: D L Looney
County: Madison
Approx. Application Year: 1901
Application Type: Indigent Soldier
Archive collection name:
Pension Applications of Confederate Soldiers and Widows
Archive Collection #: GCP-321
Number of Images in Packet: 12
9 Apr 1901
Danielsville, Madison County, GA
b. 15 Sep 1837 Franklin County, GA
Served Sep 1864 Athens, GA Co. D First GA Calvary Reserves, abt 8 months
With Co. at Surrender in 1865 at Atlanta, GA
Farming earn $10-12 per annum
Infirmity and poverty, hernia for 12 years, unable to work
1894-1899: no property
1898-1899: Supported by children and people in neighborhood
Wife, daughter, and little boy hire out for any work can get
Applied before under the Indigent Act

Witness: J. P. Looney, Madison Co. GA, 9 Apr 1901
Known applicant about 40 years
Applicant recided Madison Co. all life as far as he knows
Applicant enlisted Sept 1864 Carnesville or Athens GA Co. D First GA Reserve Calvary
J.P. Looney also served there the same 8 months but home sick at time of surrender in 1865 in Atlanta
Doesn't know any income or property applicant has, old and feeble and unable to support himself
No interest in recovery of pension by Applicant

Affidavit of Physician, J. S. Daniel, Madison Co., GA, 9 Apr 1901
Very large right inguinal hernia, renders him unable to work

Ordinary's Certificate, Madison County, GA, 9 Apr 1901, J. N. Boggs
Applicant resident of state since birth
Witnesses: J. P. Looney and W. O. Welch
No tax digest 1899 and 1900

Indigent Soldier's Pension, 1902, applied 14 Jan 1902, 
Danielsville, Madison Co., GA, 7 Feb 1902
Co. D GA Reserve Calvary

Indigent Soldier's Pension, 1903, applied 17 Jan 1903
Danielsville, Madison Co., GA, 19 Jan 1903
Co. D GA Reserve Calvary

Indigent Soldier's Pension, 1904, applied 19 Jan 1904
Danielsville, Madison Co., GA, 3 Feb 1904
Co. D GA Reserve Calvary

Indigent Soldier's Pension, 1905 applied 4 Jan 1905
Danielsville, Madison Co., GA, 1 Feb  1905
Co. D GA Reserve Calvary

Indigent Soldier's Pension, 1906, applied 9 Jan 1906
Danielsville, Madison Co., GA, 1906 (no date)
Co. D GA Reserve Calvary

Indigent Soldier's Pension, 1907, applied 7 Jan 1907
Danielsville, Madison Co., GA, 1 Feb 1907 
Co. D GA Reserve Calvary

Abstracted by Teresa McVeigh 28 May 2019

Abstract of Will of Joseph Walters (Waters)

Joseph Waters
No date.
Heirs: William Carothers, Adam Looney, Robert Prewett, Isham Merritt, Larkin Cleveland, Guardian for J. G. and R. Walters. Samuel Prewett, by his agent, Joseph Prewett. Eliza, Lear, Larkin, and Polly Walters, and Berryman Prewett.

Historical collections of the Georgia chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution,
Online publication - Provo, UT: The Generations Network, Inc., 2005.Original data - Historical collections of the Georgia chapters, Daughters of the American Revolution. Atlanta, Ga.: C.P. Byrd, state printer, 1926. Vols. I-IV.

Volume I. Index of Will Book "B" 1848-1867, Franklin County, Georgia, p. 319

Monday, May 27, 2019

Adam Looney Deed to David Barton (1827)

Adam Looney to David Barton
312 Acres on Harbins Branch
The State of South Carolina

Know all men that by these presents that I, Adam Looney of Franklin County, State of Georgia, in consideration of One Hundred and Thirty Dollars to me paid by David Barton of the State of South Carolina, Pendleton District have granted, bargained, sold, and by these presents do grant, bargain, sell and release unto the said David Barton all of that plantation or tract of land surveyed for Adam Looney the 16th day of February 1801 containing Three Hundred and Twelve acres situate in the District of Pendleton on Harbins Branch (by Robert Looney...) waters of Tugalo River bounded by a line running S.W. 8, by land of Thom. Harbins 33.50 thence to a post oak corner N. E. 50.19 thence to a P, Oak S. E. 25.50 (22) , thence to a blk. jack corner by Jno. Keese N. E. 65.40 thence to a blk. jack corner by vacant land N. W. 10.42 thence to a pine corner by vacant S.W. 75.36 thence to a pine corner S.W. 35.38 and form thence to the beginning corner on a post oak. 

Together with all and singular the rights, members, hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging or in anywise incident or appertaining. 

To have and to hold all and singular the premises and above mentioned onto the said David Barton, his heirs, executors and administrators to warrant and forever defend all and singular the said premises unto the said David Barton his heirs and assigns against myself and my heirs and against every person whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. 

In testimony whereof the said Adam Looney hath hereto set his hand and seal this tenth day of October and in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six. 

Signed and delivered in the presence of 
Elias Barton
Cloud Barton   
Adam Looney (L.S.)

State of S. Carolina
Pendleton District
Personally Cloud Barton appeared before me the subscribing Justice and made oath in due form of law that he did see Adam Looney sign, the within deed to David Barton for the purpose within mentioned also that Elias Barton did sign as witness with himself. 

Sworn to and subscribed 15 March A.D. 1827.
John Varner, J. Q.           Cloud Barton
Recorded the 24th March 1828 and examined by:-
John Hunter, D.C. and R.M.C.

Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 27 May 2019 
Deed found in Deeds Office, Oconee County, SC, Book 9, pg 664 [at that time in Pendleton District]
paddypower011 originally shared this on Ancestry. com 04 Jun 2012

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Obituary of William Jonathan "Jon" Looney (1957-2018)

Obituary for William Jonathan "Jon" Looney
William Jonathan “Jon” Looney, age 61 of Cornelia, passed away on Sunday, December 9, 2018.

Born in Demorest, Georgia on September 6, 1957, he was a son of Minnie Ivie Looney of Cornelia and the late William Jarrell Looney. Mr. Looney was a self-employed architect and the co-owner and operator of Precision Detailing. He graduated from Habersham Central in 1975 and went on to Southern Tech from which he graduated in 1980 with an Architectural Engineering degree. A devoted family man, he was an avid University of Georgia fan who enjoyed riding motorcycles and working on home projects. Mr. Looney was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Susan Herron.

In addition to his mother, survivors include his wife, Betsy Higgins Looney of Cornelia; daughter and son-in-law, Katie & Jourdan Smith of Gillsville; brother and sister-in-law, Stephen Looney & Teresa McVeigh of Augusta; nieces, Laura Beth Herron and Ginni East; nephews, Paul Herron and Rev. Jake Herron.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 pm, Saturday, December 15, 2018 in the Chapel of McGahee-Griffin and Stewart with Rev. Johnny Ray officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1 pm until the service hour on Saturday at the funeral home.
  • McGahee Griffin Stewart Funeral Home
  • 175 VFW Post Rd / PO Box 725 
  • Phone: 706-778-8668

Monday, April 23, 2018

Robert Looney (1749-1824) Revolutionary War Land Warrant

On the 10th of July  1788 Robert Looney was awarded 640 Acres for his Revolutionary War Service by the State of North Carolina, County of Davidson (later would be in Nashville, Tennessee).

To all to whom these presents shall come, Greetings:
Know Ye, that We, pursuant to an act of our General Assembly, entitled “An Act for the relief of the officers and soldiers of the
continental line, and for other purposes,” and in consideration of the Signal brave and persevering Zeal of Robert Looney
one of the Chair Soldiers to the Commissioners for laying off the lands a___ the officers and Soldiers—
of the said s___ have given and granted, and by these presents to give and grant unto the said Robert Looney—
a tract of land containing Six hundred and forty acres, lying and being in our county of Davison,
Lying on St___ creek Beginning at a Sugar Tree and black walnut in Edward Douglass’
line his ___ ___ forty poles with said line to his corner a black walnut and dogwood south fifteen
poles to ___ _________ forward line and corn(er) John Rice East Cross the creek
at twenty ___ ____ ____ two poles ___ ___ sugar tree ____ ____
dred and twenty poles Crost the creek to a dogwood and Chestnut tree South to the Beginning –
as by the plat here unto annexed appear: Together with all woods, waters, mines, minerals and hereditaments, appurtenances, to the said
land and belonging or appertaining. To hold to the said Robert Looney his heirs and assigns forever.
Yielding and paying to us such sums of money yearly, or otherwise, as our General Assembly from time to time may direct. Provided al-
Ways, that the said Robert Looney shall cause this grant to be registered in the Register’s
of our said county of Davidson within twelve month of the date hereof, otherwise the fam___ void and of none effect.
In testimony, whereof we have caused these our letters to be made patent, and our great seal to be affixed. Witness
Samuel Johnston, Esquire, our Governor, Captain-General and Commander in Chief, at ___ the Tenth
day of July in the ____ year of our Independence, and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-eight.

Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh, 23 April, 2018
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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Looneys in A History of Kirk Maughold

A History of Kirk Maughold
J.W. and C. K. Radcliff
The Manx Museum and National Trust
Douglas, Isle of Man, 1979

p. 86 One of builders of Christ Church, Dhoon (consecrated 1855) was John Looney. 

pp. 268-9 in the Farms and Families chapter

Looney Crowcreen (or Looney Yack)
In the form Lowny, this surname is found in Maughold Register from the beginning (1647), and there was a family of Looneys on the croft Bwaillee Losht, below Ballafayle Kerrush, in the seventeenth century. The fact that John Looney was “of Ramsey” in 1748 does not preclude the possibility of him being a Maughold man, although we must admit that we have not yet found his baptism in Maughold. His wife Margaret Kevin belonged to one of the Scottish families who came to Ramsey in the eighteenth century to engage in business, and even in her later years was a determined and masterful woman. On John’s death in 1770, she married William Creetch of Ballachrinck, whom she also survived. In 1791 she settled her goods on her youngest son Ewan and his wife Mary Taggart, who were to keep her “and live with their loving mother during her natural Life, and to content her with a Decent Living as becometh a loving mother in her old age”. This settlement was accepted as part of her will in 1798; and she had also inserted a clause that if Ewan and Mary disagreed with her, she could go anywhere else she pleased, taking her goods with her!

By her marriage to John Looney, she had nine sons and one daughter, and from six of these sons are descended all the Looneys of Maughold at the time of the 1841 Census, and subsequently. The Parish Register often refers to them as “Yack” (Jack) after their original ancestor. The eldest son William was described in his father’s will as a “poor pitiable object”, and it was the second son Daniel (1745-1826) who lived in Crowcreen after the parents’ deaths. The third son John (1748-1835) bought the intack Boshin and other land near what became the Hibernian., the inn first opened by his son John and his wife Rachel. The fourth son, Thomas, (c. 1750-1826), a shoemaker, bought part of Ballagilley. The sixth son Robert (Robin) (1751-1826) bought East Ballaterson (the White House) from an old established family of Callows, and after the White House was sold to Thomas Quayle and his son John, in 1832, Robin’s eldest son John and his family were farming from Croit ny kennipey (the present Sexton’s house). The eight son, Patrick (1764-1816), was a stonemason, a trade also followed by sons Patrick and Simeon. The youngest and favorite son Ewan (b. 1766), for a long time tenant of Ballaglass, was the father of Joseph later owner of Crowcreen and Magher e kew, of John who farmed the croft on the lowers Ballaskeig Beg; and of George who was farming 30 acres of Ballagilley in 1851.

Sad to say, there have been no Looneys farming Maughold since the War, although there are many descendants and relations of the family, bearing different surnames, resident in the parish. 

Chapter 11 Inns and Hotels
The Brumish Veg., Hibernian, and Folieu Inns
p. 214-215
…we do know that there were two innkeepers in Maughold in 1841, William Kissack of Ballagorry Beg, and Rachel Looney at the Hibernian. [Footnote: No doubt so-called after Rachel herself, who was nee’ Redhead and was of Irish extraction.]

The Hibernian was the first of several inns whose existence arose out of the improvement of the main road from Ramsey to Douglas and the consequence increase in traffic. Their principal purpose was to serve travelers rather than the local population, for indeed it would be difficult to say where the biggest concentration of people in Maughold lay. From time to time the number of travelers varied and so the fortunes of the inns was not constant. The available evidence suggests that innkeeping did not provide a particularly good living in Maughold in the nineteenth century….

[The 1851 Census]…indicates that there was no licensed house in the parish in 1851. Even the Hibernian, so popular in the 1830s, was in temporary abeyance.

The Hibernian was first mentioned in Pigot’s Directory of 1837. The licensee was the most famous of all the Maughold innkeepers, the redoubtable Rachel Looney. A description of her in 1834, when she was about 47, reads:

“She was an odd figure, dressed in a blue petticoat of some sort of cloth or flannel, surmounted by a man’s pilot jacket a good deal too long in the sleeves. To obviate the inconvenience this would have caused, the cuffs were turned back, displaying a large pair of muscular hands and wrists quite out of proportion to her size, as she was considerable below the middle height…When going into Ramsey she rode a large raw-boned carthorse on which what did for duty for a saddle was a sack thrown across the animal’s back from which straw might be seen sticking out. I then saw her come out exactly as before except that instead of a sunbonnet on her head she wore a man’s hat of rough beaver.”
(Quoted by Miss M. Douglas in the Manx Star, Jan 1974)

From this description, it is easy to believe that she had a man’s strength and a story which we have heard recently confirmed it. She employed some men to build an extension to the house, and when they ran short of stone, assured them that a supply would be ready on the following day. In order to obtain this, she is said to have spent the whole night carrying stones down off Barule in her brat (apron). But if she had the strength and resolution of a man, she was also an excellent caterer , as Miss Mona Douglas has written:

“But if costume was of the country style at the Hibernian, amenities were exceptionally good for that period. The inn had its own brewery and also a museum and an excellent library for residents.

Weddings were occasions of great gaiety in those days and often included a party of anything from 50 to 100 folks. The only honeymoon was usually the wedding day itself, on which the whole party went for a long drive after the wedding ceremony and then had dinner at an inn.

At the Hibernian, Rachel, as she was called generally, would be in her element providing for a weeding party arriving from Ramsey or Kirk Maughold or even from Laxey or Douglas.

She would sever a substantial meal, which often included such delicacies as fresh salmon, pigeon pies, lobster salad, roast duckings, lamb and beef, succulent vegetables grown by herself, puddings, light pastries, jellies and fresh fruit (all of these are from an actual menu).”

By 1841, on account of financial difficulties on the island, Rachel’s husband John Looney had emigrated to Australia, where she followed him in 1843….In the 1880s the house ceased to be licensed, but it is still a well-known private residence and landmark on the road, and has given its name to the crossroads when it stands and the little group of houses surrounding.

Transcribed by Teresa McVeigh 
4 Mar 2018