Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Face to Face Connection

So I've slowed down a bit searching for my Canty roots but have also made concrete strides.  Grandpa Canty and Grandma Fanny had two daughters and one son.  My Aunt Leona took some effort to find, but eventually I was able to find that Leona had married Ora Lambert and they had a daughter, my first cousin, whose name was Verna "Val" Lambert.  I persevered and found Verna's obituary and from that found that she had married a Frank Lewis and had a daughter named Linda.  Well, she had also married again and other children, but the fun part of this search is I have made contact with my first cousin, once removed (hope I have that right).  She lives in Texas.  I live in Idaho.  But she is traveling this way and I am going to get to meet her in person!!  So Grandpa we have not forgotten you.  The Canty family is still connecting.  More later y'all.

Saturday, February 4, 2012


I have not been able to find out any more about Thomas Walter CANTY.  The last piece of information was his WWI registration where he was living either with or near his brother William CANTY in Clyo, Georgia.  This was in 1918.  So, was there a marriage? a divorce? and what happened after that? 

Since I have not been able to find out any more YET, I have been taking some side trips into explorating the area where my Great Grandfather James Alex CANTY was from.  Looks like he might have been born on St. Catherine's Island off the coast of Georgia.  Having never been to that part of the country I am finding the barrier islands along the southeastern U.S. to be very interesting.

St. Catherine's Island is now used for wildlife research, but it had an interesting past.  I will share more that next time.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Where Does the Time Go?

I have not given up looking for clues.  But I have been looking, buying and moving.  We are now snug as a bug (surrounded by SNOW) and it is time to dust off those genealogical sleuthing skills!

The last suggestion I received was that St. Sincath was probably St. Catherine's Island!  Sounds interesting and if anyone has St. Catherine information from the early 1800's, I'd be mighty happy to hear.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving whether it is a white one or green. 

Thursday, April 28, 2011

St. Sincath Island, South Carolina

I CANNOT find a single thing on this.  Actually one person suggested it might be the "original" name of one of the islands off of South Carolina.  I have wondered if it was a Planation name.  But I have not found anything.  If you have any ideas, PLEASE make a suggestion.  Thank you.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Another clue! .... Another QUESTION!!!!

A big thank you to Georgia Tim ("My Georgia Roots") for the mention in his blog of GEORGIA'S VIRTUAL VAULT as I found the death certificate of Grandpa CANTY's sister Jenny.  All I had before this was the name Jenny CANTY but over the months of searching I found out that she had married and became Jenny BEARD.  Her husband passed away, she re-married, and her actual name was VIRGINIA PAULINE CANTY BEARD HUMPHREY. 

Listed on the death certificate was her (and Grandpa's) mother and father's names and places of birth.  Before this I knew that Great Grandpa's name was James A. CANTY.  On the death certificate he was listed as Alex CANTY.  Evidently he went by his middle name which I know now is Alex or probably Alexander.  Great Grandma's name in the census was listed as Sally.  On the death certificate her name is listed as Elizabeth DOWGIER.  So, was it Sally Elizabeth, Elizabeth Sally?  I'm not sure about the correctness of the DOWGIER part either.

Of course, Great Aunt Jenny didn't fill out her own death certificate.  Obviously another family member did.  So the spellings are probably off in a couple of items.  For example, James Alex CANTY is said to have been born in South Carolina.  In handwriting "S.C." was written and later someone typed in "St. Sincath Island."  So far I can find absolutely nothing with that name.  I also can't find anything on the "DOWGIER" name. 

So......I continue now with these new clues digging up information.  It seems like I am getting away from finding what happened to Grandpa CANTY.  However, I am getting closer to learning about his (and my) ancestors.  And that's a good thing!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Cold Case: New Clues

It was just a few weeks ago that I sent a letter - snail mail style - to a first cousin (once removed) that I had never met or corresponded with before.  Being the impatient type it didn't look like I would hear back since it wasn't immediately forthcoming.  Shows me!!

My new cousin Dave had sent the letter on to my other new cousin (his older sister) Linda.  Well, Linda answered him and then he answered me - this time by e-mail (my favorite kind of mail). 

Linda had some information which was new to me and included the word DIVORCE.  According to Linda's late mother (my first cousin), Grandma Fannie and Grandpa Canty got divorced.   This was in the early 1900's!  Previously - from another source - Grandma Fannie was referred to as 'The Black Widow" since all of her husbands had died.  I had never really considered that there had been a divorce. 

So... a new avenue to approach.  It still looks like snail mail will be involved as I will have to sit down and write a check and send a letter to the courts to get some definitive answers.   Nevertheless, I have learned that there are always new clues to be found if one is PATIENT. 

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Fannie BILLINGS ENOS was born abt 1890 in New London, Connecticut where her mother's family line (BRIGGS, COMSTOCK) had been living since before the Revolution.  (Proof of this exists.)  Her father's family line (ENOS) came over in the early 1800's from the Azore Islands of Portugal (More proof). 

Thomas Walter CANTY was born abt 1885 in Barnwell, South Carolina where his father's family line I'm still investigating but went back to at least the late 1700's.  (Proof).  His mother is still a brick wall.

Fannie and Thomas were married (no proof yet) at least by around 1910 and lived in New London where the first of their three children were born (Leona, Nellie and Harold).  Harold being the last of their children was born in 1915.  So far, I have no evidence of a divorce or a death.  I do have proof of Thomas relocating back to the South and living in Clyo, Georgia with/near his brother Willie and his wife in 1918.  I also have proof of Thomas being (honorably) discharged from the Army on May 25, 1913 at Fort Moultrie, South Carolina.

Fannie re-married Charles Joseph DURR abt 1918-19 and lived in New York where the first of their two children were born (Anna and Lawrence).  In the 1920 Census Leona, Nellie and Harold are listed as "Cantey [sic] Durr" and referred to as the step-children of Charles DURR.  Charles died before 1930.  Thereafter Harold used only the last name Durr, while Leona and Nellie kept the CANTY name.  Harold's family to this day continue to use the surname DURR.

Fannie went on to marry two other times but that is another story.  [A tongue-in-cheek story of Fannie was that she was referred to by later family members as the "black widow" as all of her husbands passed away.]

THE MYSTERY:  Why does Thomas CANTY leave the Army in South Carolina (he was stationed in New London) in 1913?  Does he move back to New London since it appears he has another child (Harold) in 1915?  Why does he end up back in Clyo, Georgia, working as a salesman and living either with or near his brother Willie?  Also, I have found a newspaper clipping of Harold's death saying he was the child of Fannie and Charles?  

THEORIES:  Thomas deserted Fannie.  She moved to New York, met and married Charles.  Harold may really be Charles' son even though he is listed as his step-son in the census.   Or, really any number of scenarios which I have not been able to confirm.

WHY I CARE:  Thomas and Fannie are my grandparents.  Their second child Nellie Frances CANTY was my mother who passed away when I was 5.  I am trying to write their stories and genealogy for the benefit of not only myself but for my children as well.