Please send me any information that you might have on this family that moved to California in 1869 and lived in Fresno County; Woodville of Tulare County; Collegeville and Woodbridge of San Joaquin County; Castoria and Madison of Yolo County.
Nancy (Brown) Black born around 1823 NC and William Harrison Black born around 1813 KY raised their family in Georgia then moved to California in 1869. I can not find evidence of them after that, but have found 3 of their children described below. The majority of the following summary is about their eldest daughter who became a promient citizen of Madison and Woodbridge, CA:
Martha E. Black was also known as Martha A, Mary, Emaline, Emily Black, Emma Black, Martha Bourland, Emma Bourland, and Mrs. Francis Lafayette Bourland. She was born in Feb 1845 at Sugar Valley, Snake Creek District, Cass County, Georgia near Calhoun, Georgia now named Gordon County, Georgia, died 1935 in San Joaquin County, California.
Timeline of residences:
1845 to 1869: Martha lived with her parents in Sugar Valley, Gordon County, Georgia.
1869 to 1870: "Miss. Emily Black" lived in Collegeville, California ten miles from Stockton.
1871 to 1923: She lived in Madison and Citrona near Winters, Yolo County, California upon her marriage to the pioneer rancher Francis Lafayette Bourland until he was buried in Cottonwood Cemetery.
1923 to 1935: She lived in Woodbridge, San Joaquin County at the residence of her daughter Mary Emma Perrott aka Mamie Perrott, Mrs. Fred Perrott and maiden name Miss. Mamie Bourland.
Martha was the daughter of William Harrison Black born about 1813 in Kentucky and Nancy Brown born around 1823 in NC who married in Cherokee County, Georgia. Martha's mother Nancy Brown, through her father Jesse Brown born 1792 or 1793, died Feb 1850 in Cass County, GA was a close relative of Governor Joseph Emerson Brown of Atlanta GA. Gov. Joe Brown was a senator and as governor he served four terms including during the Civil War era.
In 1850 at Sugar Valley, GA, Martha’s family lived next door to her mother Nancy's mother Mary (Powell) Brown (~1803-1883) and Nancy's siblings. Nancy's mother Mary Powell Brown's was born around 1803 and Mary's mother was from the Harper who owned land in Harper's Ferry, Virginia during the 1700s.
In 1869, their family moved to Fresno County, California. Martha was the niece of my g-grandfather Joseph Parks Brown (1844-1907) a confederate veteran buried in Sycamore, Turner County, Georgia.
Martha married 17 April 1870 according to their record F. L. Bourland and Emma Black Vol 3 page 49. Source: San Joaquin Genealogical Society. Marriage Records of San Joaquin County California Jan. 1866-Dec 1884 Vol II, 1973, page 2. This source was provided by researcher Adine Wakefield Gnekow E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org who found this reference for me.
Francis Lafayette Bourland was born 23 Apr 1833 in Chickasaw Purchase, MS. He died 10 Jan 1923 and is buried at Cottonwood Cemetery, Madison, Yolo County, California http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/yolo/cottonwood/index.htm
The first wife of Francis Lafayette Bourland:
Mary Jane Squires Bourland died 14 January 1869 per cemetery marker, leaving several surviving children. Obituary: Mary Jane Bourland, aged 25 years, 11 months, 18 days, death near Collegeville; wife of Lafayette Bourland. Jan. 7, 1869 Source: “Stockton Daily Independent” newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin County, California, dated Jan. 14, 1869, page 2 col 5. In “Gold Rush Days Vol. IX" compiled by San Joaquin Genealogical Society 2000 page 15. This source was provided by researcher Adine Wakefield Gnekow E-mail: email@example.com who found this reference for me, March 2009.
The second wife of Francis Lafayette Bourland:
Martha was his 2nd wife and she had at least two children. According to the source: “History of Yolo County, California” by Tom Gregory. Published by the Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1913, pages 559 – 560. posted online http://www.calarchives4u.com/biographies/ yolo/yolo-wilb.htm "... Mr. Bourland’s second marriage occurred in Collegeville, Cal., uniting him with Miss Emily Block [Black], who was born in Gordon county, Ga., ..."
Martha Bourland b. 1845, d. 1935, age: 90yr, is buried in Plot #2.14 which was a cemetery sponsored by the Masonic organization, according to the California Genealogy & History Archives Online, Woodbridge Cemetery, San Joaquin County, California. Contributed by Barbara Filbin [email: firstname.lastname@example.org] http://www.interment.net/data/us/ca/san_joaquin/woodbridge/wood_ae.htm
1866 Francis LaFayette Bourland, age 33, born MS, farmer, living in Castoria township, registered Sept. 25, 1866. Source: San Joaquin Genealogical Society, The Great Register of Voters 1866-1871 of San Joaquin County, CA. This source was provided by researcher Adine Wakefield Gnekow E-mail: email@example.com who found this reference for me.
1868 Stockton Daily Independent, Newspaper published in: Stockton, San Joaquin County, California Contributed by deesar FRIDAY, 21 AUG 1868 INJURED by a THRESHING MACHINE - On Wednesday last, Lafayette BOURLAND, brother-in-law to George S. LADD, of this city, and who resides about 10 miles from Stockton on the Mariposa road, got his arm caught in a threshing machine, crushing it severely and severing the principal artery. Medical aid was promptly rendered. Source: http://www.newspaperabstracts.com/link.php?action=detail&id=61060$
1880 census Dent, San Joaquin County, California Martha is listed as "Emily Bourland" living with husband listed as Lofayette Bourland and children.
1900 census Cottonwood, Yolo County, California Martha is listed as "Martha E. Bourland" actual birthdate Feb 1845, number of living children: 2, How many children: 3, living with only husband listed as F. A. Bourland.
1910 census Martha is listed twice:
(A) Listed as "Mary E. Bourland" in Cottonwood, Yolo Co, California, Martha is living with husband Francis L. Bourland at their home;
(B) Elkhorn, San Joaquin County, California listed as "Martha E. Boehland" in Ancestry.com living with Sarah E. Thomas age 71 and Albert C. Thomas age 41, but census taker made errors and Martha is really living with son-in-law Fred and family listed on census page.
1920 census Cottonwood, Yolo County, California Martha is listed as "Emily M. Bourland" age 75 but Ancestry.com states her age is 25 in error, living with husband Francis L. Bourland age 86 and George Bourland age 52.
1930 census Elkhorn, San Joaquin County, California Martha is listed as "M. Emily Bourland" living with son-in-law Fred G. Perrott.
Children of Francis Lafayette Bourland and Martha Emma Black:
(1) Mary Emma "Mamie" Bourland also known as Mary Emma Perrott and Mamie Perrott born 29 Jan 1871 in California and died 27 Jun 1952 in California per the California Death Records Online http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi
Mary married Fred G. Perrott born 18 Sep 1909 and died Nov 1978 in Stockton, San Joaquin County, California per Social Security Death Index.
(2) William Lafayette "Bud" Bourland aka W. L. Bourland born 29 Jan 1873 in California and died 12 Jul 1945 in California per the California Death Records Online http://vitals.rootsweb.ancestry.com/ca/death/search.cgi buried near his father.
William married Eva May Tadlock born 18 Jan 1874 in California died 1 Oct 1963 in California buried near husband and father-in-law; family tree per Internet site: Starting from Northwest Arkansas, mostly Franklin County and connecting those lines to their ancestor and descendents by Will wjhonson http://worldconnect.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=wjfranklin&id=I8555
Bud Bourland was a successful farmer with a large variety of crops, including grapes, and apricots.
In-law family members of William Lafayette “Bud” Bourland:
The following abstract is a biography for the family of Eva Tadlock who married the son of Francis Lafayette Bourland and Martha Emma Black: Yolo County Biographies, Rilford General Tadlock, Source: “History of Yolo County, California” by Tom Gregory. Published by the Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1913, pages 759 – 761. Transcribed by Bea Barton http://www.calarchives4u.com/biographies/yolo/yolo-ridl.htm "... Eva married William L. Bourland ..."
In-law family members of Martha:
The following abstract is a biography for the brother-in-law of Francis Lafayette Bourland: San Joaquin County Biographies GEORGE SAMUEL LADD. http://www.calarchives4u.com/biographies/sanjoaquin/sanjo-ladd.htm History of San Joaquin County, California – Los Angeles, Historic Record Co., 1923, p 503 Transcribed by Kathy Sedler. "... Miss Abigail Bourland, a native of Arkansas, born January 30, 1840. Her parents, Alne and Rebecca (Cook) Bourland, were born, reared and married in Alabama, but shortly after their marriage removed to Arkansas and settled at Fort Smith, where they remained for a number of years. During 1854 they started for California across the plains and proceeded as far as Surprise Valley without misfortune, but while camping there the mother died of heart disease. The survivors arrived in Stockton September 22, 1854. A brother, Lafayette Bourland, now of Woodland, Yolo County, aged ninety years, had come in 1853, and met the family and conducted them to Stockton. The maternal grandmother, Mrs. Abigail Bourland. lived to be ninety-six years old."
Parents of Martha Emily Emma Black Bourland:
1850 Census, Sugar Valley, Gordon County, Georgia, Page, Household, Family
Wm. H. Black (William "Harison or Harrison" Black)
white male Farmer 37 (1813) KY
Nancy (Brown) Black white female 27 domestic (1823) NC
Asberry Black (Asbury Parks Black) white male 8 Farm Laborer (1843 / 1844) GA
(married 3 Sep 1865 Webby Dorinda Groover, Sugar Vly, Gordon Co, GA Bk A Pg 12)
Martha E. Black white female 6 (1844) GA
William J. Black white male 3 (1847) GA
(Note: William J. Black is not listed on 1860 census so he maybe died young)
Mary (___?___) Black white female 78 mother (1772) Virginia
Elizabeth Black white female 48 domestic (1802) KY
1860 Census, Sugar Valley, Gordon County, Georgia, Page 439, Household, Family 1316
Wm. H. Black (William "Harrison" Black)
white male Farmer 47 (1813) KY
Nancy (Brown) Black white female 36 domestic (1823) NC
Asberry Black (Asbury Parks Black) white male 17 Farm Laborer (1843) GA
Martha E. Black white female 16 (1844) GA
(Note: William J. Black is not listed on 1860 census so he maybe died young)
Mary E. Black white female 13 (1847) GA
Eliza J. Black white female 8 (1852) GA
Sarah A. G. Black white female 5 (1855) GA
Victoria Black white female 1 (1859) GA
also in the household:
Burnessta ?? McDonald white female 12 (1848) GA
(maybe married 4 Feb 1869 Mr. H. M. Goss, Sugar Vly, Gordon Co, GA)
Brother of Martha Emily (Black) Bourland:
Asbury Parks Black aka A. P. Black
born 8 Nov 1842 in Cherokee County, Georgia
died 3 Mar 1873 in Collegeville, San Joaquin County, CA.
Martha’s older brother Asbury Parks Black was a respected Methodist preacher of the Stockton Circuit 1869-1873, (nephew of my g-grandfather Joseph Parks Brown 1844-1907):
1870 census Ancestry.com image 17, Family 133, Township 3, Fresno Co., California,
Alsberry A. Black, (Asbury Parks Black) 28. School teacher, b. GA
Weblee, 25, Keeping house, b. GA (wife)
Chas A., 3, b. GA (son)
Florence’s note: This is Asbury Parks Black & Webby Dorinda Groover Black Fuller (dau of Daniel Groover, grn-dau of Peter Groover). After she remarries to John Fuller, Webby dies in Downey County, CA where her brother Peter Groover dies.
1872 May 25 Land Patent: A. P. Black Doc. 403 issued, 160 acres described as the NW qtr of Sec 34, Twp 13S, Range 22E located in Fresno County, California.
1873 Apr 10 Land Patent: William H. Black Doc. 653 issued, 160 acres described as the NE qtr of Sec 34, Twp 13S, Range 22E located in Fresno County, California. [should be Martha’s father, have not found him on 1870 or 1880 census]
Asbury Parks Black was born 8 Nov 1842 and died; "In 1861 he came to California and located in the bounds of the Millerton Circuit." ... "He was in feeble health..." "His first work was on the Stockton Circuit." "The next year he was sent to the Sonora Circuit." "... his health was hopelessly gone, yet they desired his return, and he was accordingly sent back." "... parsonage [in Collegeville, San Joaquin County, CA] .... to await the end."
Source: Simmons, Rev. J. C. The History of Southern Methodism on the Pacific Coast. Page 361 and 362. Southern Methodist Publishing House: Nashville, TN, 1886.
"Collegeville Cemetery" "Located about ten miles from Stockton on the road to Sonora. At one time there was a Cumberland Presbyterian College there. It was burned down about 1872 and not rebuilt." "Rev. Asbury Parks Black, a member of the Pacific Conference M. E. Church South [Methodist], born in Cherokee Co., Ga., Nov. 8, 1842, died Mar. 3,1873, age 30 yrs, 3 mos, 23 d. He died at his post."
Source: Old Cemeteries of San Joaquin County, California, page 18.
"The Mariposa Road"
"... The college [Morris College] was the project of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; when the three-story frame structure housing ... it burned in 1874, it was not replaced. At the corner of Mariposa and Jack Tone Roads is a remnant of the Collegeville cemetery, no longer used but still cared for by the local Boy Scouts."
Source: Hoover, Mildred Brooke, and Douglas E. Kyle, Ethel G. Rensch, Historic Spots in California. page 372 and 373. http://books.google.com/books?id=AYMPR6xAj50C&pg= PA373&lpg=PA373&dq=%22Collegeville+Cemetery%22+california&source=bl&ots =8QPfH6tdv7&sig=Tr4iUpoSwLhrDqiflOeO4yY5YYM&hl=en&ei=6lyiSbeRJIGCt wfdvPmGDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&resnum=5&ct=result#PPA372,M1
The name Morris College for this college was provided by researcher Adine Wakefield Gnekow E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, March 2009. Since the Morris College located in Collegeville, San Joaquin County, California 10 miles from Stockton was the project of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, their archives located in Cordova, Tennessee should have a file with more information on the property and its history. This archive is the official repository of historical materials for the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. E-mail: email@example.com http://www.cumberland.org/hfcpc/
“The Collegeville Cemetery, California,” Find A Grave webpage by Steve Campbell http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46962470
Hillman, Raymond W. and Leonard A. Covello. “Collegeville Methodist Cemetery” – picture in Cities & Towns of San Joaquin County since 1847, page 208. This source was provided by researcher Adine Wakefield Gnekow E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org who found this reference for me.
Sister of Martha Emily (Black) Bourland:
Eliza Jane Black aka Mrs. Eliza J. Hensley married transcribed as the name Louisa J. Black on 3 Oct 1872, Book A, Page 303 in Woodville, Tulare County, CA to Fred Hensley. Source: “Tulare Co. Marriages - Grooms to 6/1893,” Contributed by Steve Williams, January 2009. http://www.cagenweb.com/archives/VitalRecords/Tulare/tularecokingscogrooms 1852to1893.htm
1880 Census of Tulare County, California, Township No. 8.
Eliza is listed as “Jane Hensley” living with her husband, child, Fred’s parents James Perry Hensley born about 1821 and Rachel Robert born about 1857 and family.
1898 June 13, Eliza died at the residence of her sister Martha Emily (Black) Bourland in Madison, Yolo County, California. Eliza’s body was shipped on a train back home to Woodville, Tulare County, California according to the Stockton newspaper obituary announcements.
1900 Sept 27 Probate record for Eliza J. Hensley: Case Number 1089, Ct S (Supreme Court), Type E, Date Filed 27 Sept 1900. Source: http://cagenweb.com/cpl/tulare/tularprb.htm
In-laws of Eliza Jane Black Hensley:
1860 Census of Tulare County, California 13 July 1860 Township 1 Visalia P.O.
Pg 84, D 112, Family household 98.
Name Age Sex Col Birth Occp. ValRE ValPP
James Hensley 39 M W MO farmer 300 700
Rachael Hensley 33 F W KY
John Hensley 17 M W MO
Amanda Hensley 13 F W MO
Mary E. Hensley 10 F W MO
Federick Hensley 8 M W MO
Virginia Hensley 3 F W CA
Emily C. Hensley 1 F W CA
Other researchers who list Martha Bourland family connections online include:
(1) Willow Prokop-Aliento, on posting http://cookshangout.com/cooklinks.html "Rebecca Cook, born 1814 Tennessee, died 1853. ... They had six children, ... Francis Lafayette Bourland (my g-g-g-grandfather) ..." [Martha Black Bourland's husband]
(2) LaVere Peters of Wenatchee, Washington email: email@example.com on posting http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lavere&id=I22958
(3) Will email: firstname.lastname@example.org
ID I8554 Mary Emma "Martha" "Emily" Black
(4) Carolyn Feroben, Mariposa County History and Genealogy Research, email: email@example.com http://www.mariposaresearch.net/ Santa Clara County History http://www.santaclararesearch.net/ http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=mr&MRid=46962470
by Florence Carrie Brown
P O Box 492557, Leesburg, Florida, Cell: 352-223-0919, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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