Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Quest and Finding Answers

Wow, has it been this long since I've updated my Quest for the Canty family?  Amazing.  It is also amazing the answers I have found since I last checked in.  Yes, I can confirm that my Great Grandfather James Alex CANTY was born on St. Catherine's Island.  It took a while to get from "St. Sincath" to St. Catherine's but I did arrive.  Evidently Great Grandpa was born on this island back in the 1860 era while his father Thomas H CANTEY (the spelling goes back and forth) was working as an overseer on a plantation owned by Jacob Waldburg, a man with 255 slaves.  I was shocked to learn this and dismayed.  I am curious to find out more and will continue to search the facts.  Isn't it interesting how history becomes so personal when family connections bring it alive?

In my quest for Grandpa Canty, I have found answers as well.  The last information was that he lived in Clyo GA and then I lost him.  However, it turns out he remarried and moved to Savannah, GA.  Lost him again around 1930 which I think is more than likely when he passed away.  I am going to try to get a death certificate.

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.