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January 7, 2012

Laura Alta (Davis) Shoptaugh’s Travel Diary

While on a project in Arizona last summer, I had the pleasure of spending some time with Lee and Linda Shoptaugh. Lee, grandson of Laura Alta (Davis) Shoptaugh, has in his possession much of Laura’s genealogical research and he was kind enough to allow me to photocopy a good portion of that research. Included in the materials copied was a travel diary and correspondence that Laura penned while travel to the Midwest and East Coast on an extensive genealogical research trip.

The travel diary and correspondence details her time on the road from Chicago to Miami to Boston and her time reconnecting with relatives, visiting significant family and historical sites, and discussing the findings of her research. There are currently 69 seperate documents related to her travels that have been added to this site’s document sharing section (Other’s Research –> Laura’s Research –> Research Trip Diary). There are two additional documents that require further analysis to determine when and where the correspondence was written. Enjoy.

Laura Alta (Davis) Shoptaugh

Laura and I are kindred spirits. She invested a great amount of time documenting her family’s history before she passed away in the late 1950s. She was a teacher early in life, eventually went to college and studied business, worked for a few years as an book keeper and stenographer, then married her husband, James Andrew Shoptaugh, in the late 1890s. James and Laura eventually made their way to Oakland where Laura and James raised their 4 kids, established a church where James was the minister, and began a printing business. Below are a few photos of Laura provide by Lee:

June 14, 2010

I met Laura Alta (Davis) Shoptaugh’s grandson.

About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting one of Laura Alta (Davis) Shoptaugh’s grandsons. Laura was an avid genealogist and did extensive research on the Wakefield, Davis, Shoptaugh, and several other associated families (see The Davis and Wakefield Families). Lee, one of her grandsons, has Laura’s original research and many photographs of her and her family.

Lee was kind enough to allow me to bring a small portion of her research home to make copies (see LADS and Laura Alta (Davis) Shoptaugh Wakefield Research in file sharing). I will continue to make copies of her research in the coming weeks while I am working in Phoenix. Correspondence between Laura and Roberta Wakefield (Wakefields of the South), Laura’s Wakefield Research, and a few other items will be posted in the file sharing section.

More information forthcoming when time permits.

September 15, 2009

Wakefield and Davis families in Brookville, IN in late 1810s

I knew that the Davis and Wakefield families were close but it never really occurred to me how close they could or would be. In the miscellaneous records for Franklin County, Indiana found at the LDS Genealogy Library the following was found:

 

The Wakefields were living with the Davis family on Market Street in Brookville. The families did not stay here long as they moved to Bartholomew County, Indiana and then to Tennessee. Not surprisingly, the Wakefields and Davis family are found living next door to each other in the 1830 census in Tennessee.

September 11, 2009

South Carolina Wakefields in Indiana as early as 1812

In effort to determine which Wakefields, and their associated families, moved to Indiana from South Carolina and North Carolina I have been researching Franklin County records from the 1810s. At the Franklin County Pioneer Reunion held in October of 2008, I purchased a reprint of the 1882 book, Atlas of Franklin County by J. H. Beers & Co. where there were references to Wakefields joining the Little Cedar Grove Church in 1812.

On page 61 of the book, John Wakefield and Abel Wakefield are listed as new members of the church along with several familiar associated family members: Elizabeth Stucky, John Davis, Rebecca Davis, Leanah Loller, Mary Ann Loller, and Sally Davis. The Davis and Loller families are very closely tied to the Wakefields. Future research will be conducted to determine clarify the relationship of these families. John is listed as joining sometime between September 4, 1811 and July 4, 1812. Abel was listed as joining on August 1, 1812 in the church’s new meeting house. Further on the page, Sarah Wakefield is listed as joining the church sometime between 1814 and 1830. Listed with Sarah were some of the following familiar family names: Tyner, Gant, and Davis.

William Tyner was the minister of the Little Cedar Grove Church. The Tyners were land-owners in Abbeville County, SC as early as the 1770s and lived only a short distance from the Wakefields. It is possible that the Wakefields and Tyners are related by marriage since, in 1829, William Tyner Wakefield was born to William Wakefield and Polly Shirley. It is also a possible that the Wakefields gave William the middle name of Tyner to honor the minister of the Brookville church.

I recall a reference to the Abel leaving one of the Abbeville churchs and believe it was in/around 1812. Will try and track that reference down. I knew that Abel was in Franklin County in 1817 but was unsure of when the migration into Indiana occurred. Now the picture is become a bit clearer on when the Wakefield made the move to Indiana, where they went, and who made the move. Five years of Abel’s life has now been filled in.