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Lyles family genealogy notes


Our SOURCES of information

Why has so much genealogical information been so ephemeral?

Although some of us are curious about our OWN ancestry, few of us seem to care, know how, or have the means to preserve for FUTURE generations our own first hand genealogical knowledge.

No matter how honest, intelligent, well intentioned, careful, trustworthy, certain, etc. researchers may be, information and conclusions which are NOT based on first hand experience are more likely to be flawed.

I recommend that genealogical information and conclusions contained in this document be considered hypotheses which require confirmation by ones own research where possible, and that future researchers facilitate confirmation by explaining the reasoning and refer to the documents on which their conclusions are based.

Carrie Lyles Traylor was my grandmother, and I feel confident that I accurately determined the identity of all her grandparents by using deeds, wills, census information and interviews with her surviving children, etc. during the late 1960's.

I have been unable to continue much genealogical research since then even though Internet has made genealogical research incredibly easier by facilitating communication between distantly related family genealogists.

I was not convinced Carrie Lyles Traylor, who only remembered that one of her ancestors was named "Manus", was a descendant of Arromanus Lyles because of her middle name, or that Thomas "The Regulator" Woodward was her ancestor because her uncle was named Thomas Woodward Traylor.

I am reluctant to report genealogical possibilities based on such flimsy evidence.

I consider information about our ancestry to be sacred and its adulteration sacrilegious.

I also love hard science..

I did not know the names of the parents of Nancey B. LYLES until 12 December 1998 when a great great granddaughter of Millie Lyles (~1804 - ~1880 and wife of Benjamin Dickerson), who is searching for information about Millie Lyle's parents (please contact me if you have any) e-mailed me the following:
"Nancy B. Lyles is listed on page 6 of a Lyles genealogy dated May 1991 which was in the Genealogy Room in Winnsboro. She is listed as a daughter of Arromanus Lyles II and his wife Mary Woodward. Nancy married William E. Traylor." Later she e-mailed that "The Lyles information is in the upstairs Genealogy Room in the Museum. It is a rather large book, printed out in what appears to be PAF format. Ruth Stevenson knows where it is.", and sent me a history.

This above e-mail message confirmed what Carrie Lyles Traylor told me. The passenger list of the Earl of Donegal (which sailed from Belfast October 2, 1767) confirmed what Cousin Harvey Baxter Stewart told me about the Stewart's relationship with the White family in Ireland. The stories of Rosa McElduff, who lived in the Stover or Mitford Community of Fairfield County, about her having been named after her great grandmother Rosanna Harvey, who was named after her great grandmother Rosannah Stewart confirmed and verified my interpretation of deeds, etc. Rosa also proudly showed me the rounded half quart sized transparent green glass water jar that had been used by her ancestor Frank Reid on board the ship he jumped after being shanghaied in England. (for many years after the Revolution, Frank celebrated the fourth of July by firing a cannon). These are examples of the value, reliability and usefulness of even "flimsy" or "mythical" information which for centuries has been verbally handed down from one generation to the next.

My distant cousin World War veteran Harvey Baxter Stewart (his children were very emotional at he funeral just south of Great Falls, SC, and lived in the north eastern part of our exploiter's Federal empire) knew far more than anyone else I talked to about our Stewart family (and even offered to pay me to write a book). He was absolutely certain that when young he had read a genealogy book owned by his family which listed members of our OWN (he insisted) Stewart family, which traced our descent from the Stewart kings of Scotland (who could forget such information?).

I tried to extract from him all the information I could about that book. He said that a book publishing company had published it (that it was not homemade), thought the cover of the book was red with gold letters, remembered reading about a "Black Knight" (or prince? - I once read something about a soldier named "Black Knight" because of his lethality), and a Queen Wilamena of Holland (or something like that), but nothing more. I searched but found no such book in the library of Congress, etc., but with Internet, who knows what will be discovered?

Before anyone sneers, remember that,

The pulpwood company would now own my grandparents' farm were it not for the strong instincts (which I also inherited) of one of the most ignorant and insane of her eight children. Since none of the youngest generation seems interested in buying our ancestor's land, a pulp wood company may soon own it.

Kinship and Location Correlated

The children of farmers who travelled by horse and wagon often married the children of their nearest neighbors, so the proximity of our ancestors makes our kinship more likely.

Even if wills, census records, deeds, etc. are not found, an ancestor may be the child of a sufficiently old previous owner or occupant of the same land if both had the same surname. The probability increases if verbal tradition confirms such a relationship.

Evidence of undocumented transfers of land between family members, and therefore information which may help determine their genetic relationships, may be obtained from deeds and surveys (which usually name the owners of adjoining tracts) made by owners of land adjacent to land owned by one's ancestors.

This approach may require weeks of deed book searching, but is facilitated by recently available property tax maps which make it easier to ascertain the chain of title back to the original owner or land grant, even when deeds, estate records, etc. can not be found. Property tax maps show property lines, which rarely change in rural areas, and combined surveys of all the land in a county.


Some of the information below was obtained for me in December 1998 by Mr. James W GREEN III, and may have been mis transmitted or misinterpreted:

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Ivy Hall photographed by Melinda

"When we first spotted the home it sits back off the road up on a rise which overlooks the forest.We parked the car and had to walk up a long drive around to the side of the home. We entered the front where the first picture was taken, just before I entered the gate. After exploring the home inside, we went outside to the back and I then shot the second photo. Ivy is growing up the back side of the home. It is a beautiful place to have walked and felt the lives of others before us."


On 12/20/98 HJ, a very knowledgeable great grandson of John G. Wolling (a store keeper, farmer, machinist, etc. who sold some land to the family of Carrie Lyles Traylor Stewart) told me:


Sibbie C. (Coleman?) (9/12/1850 - 5/26/1901) was the wife of Thomas Woodward Traylor (3/2/1841 - 1/18/1923). All of their many children probably died in infancy except for Clarence Traylor (1882 - 1912). Their graveyard is located on a hill a few hundred feet south west of the intersection of Highway #215 and I believe Road #302 (perhaps one a little further south or north).

Pauline Traylor was Joseph Teems Stewart's wife and mother of Horace (who made a career in the military and who has a daughter named Caroline), and Robert Carl "Bobby" Stewart, who I think told me that Clarence Traylor was a druggist in the Feasterville area and used cocaine, which was once part of the Coca Cola formula and considered as socially acceptable as alcohol and tobacco, etc. Pauline must have been the daughter of Clarence Traylor, since she and her husband were cousins. I heard Bobby Stewart was knifed to death in his apartment in Columbia or Charlotte in the 1980s. He married a Maltese named Maria, and had a son named Steven who became a diesel mechanic and a daughter named Crisie who went to USC.

The "Robert Coleman Family" (1965) book (may not be reliable) by J. T. Coleman says: W. B. Traylor was born in Cahaba County, Alabama in 1847 and died in 1865. He was a member of the S. C. reserves. He was the son of N. B. (Nancy B.?) Traylor but it also says he was the son of W. B. (W. E.?) Traylor. He is buried in the Fitz Coleman cemetery in the woods north of Highway 302 about 3 miles west of Highway #215.

The Feaster cemetery may also contain members of the Traylor family.


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