John Thomas Sublett

John Thomas Sublett was my great-grandfather.  He was born 20 August 1877 in Campbell County, Virginia.  John Thomas was the sixth child of seven born to George Bland Sublett and Timotheus Jane Bailey.

According to the 1880 US Census, they were living in Falling River, Campbell County.  His father George was listed as a farmer.  By 1900 however, John Thomas (age 22) and his parents George and Timotheus are living with his sister Ida Sublett Dyer and her family.  Ida’s husband Tom Dyer, is listed as owning a farm.

By the 1910 Census, John Thomas “JT” is now listed as married and living with his family in Falling River, Campbell County, Virginia.  His wife, Georgia Kate Holt are listed as have been married for 9 years.  This would estimate their marriage about 1901.  Claudia, Anne, and Lacy all show up on this census.  JT is listed as a farmer renting his land.

The 1920 Census, JT and his wife are still living in Falling River Campbell County.  Claudia, Anne, Lacy and Mae are listed as well.  JT’s father George Bland is listed as a widow and is living with them.

According to the 1930’s census, JT is listed as a Foreman for the State Highway.  Georgia is there raising the last two girls, Mae and Clarice.  Georgia’s mother now resides with them (Sue Holt).  They also list Ralph Dudley (Boarder).  This census asks the participants the age at first marriage.  JT (25) and Georgia (17).

The 1940 census was just released this year.  According to it, JT is a maintenance patrolman for the Highway Department.  JT and his wife, list his nephew Fred Sublett and Georgia’s mother Sue Holt as residing within the home.  We also know for certain that they live and own the Naruna home (13 County Road 605, Naruna).  Fred Sublett is listed as the Farm laborer.  It is probably safe to assume that he was running the farm.

One of the interesting things I learned about JT came from the inscription on his cemetery marker.  It indicated and Larry Burruss (first cousin 1x removed) confirmed that he was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.  It is an interesting organization built upon three links-Friendship-Love-Truth.  The basic premise is to work together as a community of variety of trades for the common good.  You can read more about them here.

I will post more about JT at a later post.  I just wanted to get his timeline down.

John Thomas Sublett and Georgia Kate Holt Sublett

John Thomas Sublett and Georgia Kate Holt Sublett

JT and Georgia in front of Family Home

JT and Georgia in front of Family Home




1890 Census

One of the first brick walls a young genealogist learns is 1890 US Census.  This census was destroyed by fire in the 1920’s.  As such, there are large gaps in information.  When I post other biographies of key family members, I will not address this missing census.  When possible, other primary information has been gathered to complete the void left by this census.  However, in many cases it is a large enough void where families are all but lost.

If you want to learn more about the lost census, I have attached a link.




Carrie Lou Hicks

Carrie Lou Hicks was my great-grandmother.  According to her birth certificate, her name was listed as Caroline Hicks, but nobody seems to recall that name.  She was born to Lemuel Dabney Hicks and Emma Frances Heath either 21 March 1888 or 4 April 1888.  Her birth certificate states the later.   Carrie was the 5th of twelve children born to Lemuel and Emma.  The 1900 Census has the family living in the Pedler District in Amherst County, Virginia.  Lemuel is renting the land that they farm.

According to the 1910 Census, the family has moved off the farm and is now residing in Lynchburg, Virginia.  Her father, Lemuel is now working as a Watchman at a Factory.  Carrie, now 22 years old, works with her sisters Allie and Elizabeth as Stitchers at a shoe Factory.

According to the certificate of marriage, Carrie marries Thomas Irving Moss on 30 August, 1913.

The 1920 Census has Carrie and Thomas living in Lynchburg, at 2017 Main Street.  Thomas is listed as working in construction at a Foundry.  “Odelle” (my grandmother) is listed here as 3 years old.  Lillian is also listed as slightly over 1 years old.

Normally one would conclude that the family stayed put, but since my grandmother, Virginia Odelle, was born in Petersburg, Virginia as well as her sister Lillian Scott (1918).  We do know that the family did in fact leave Lynchburg sometime after 1913, but returned prior to the 1920’s census.

Virginia Odelle Moss was born 3 October 1916.  According to the birth certificate, Carrie had 2 children that passed away prior to Odelle being born (Thomas Moss and Frances Odessa Moss).
Carrie Lou had Thomas Warren Moss and Margaret Elizabeth Moss in Lynchburg.

Carrie and Thomas are living at 1715 Main Street at the time of the 1930 census.  Thomas is unemployed.  Also living in the home is Odelle, Lillian, Thomas, Margaret and Carrie’s mother Emma Hicks.

Carrie Lou

Carrie Lou



One of the memories that I have of going to visit an ancestral home was going to Georgia.  Once was in 1971, but then later we went again.  Maybe some of my cousins can help me out.  I think it was early 70’s.  I remember going into this home thinking it was crazy because the second level was divided into a girl side and a boy side.  I remember thinking it was unusual.    But when you have 9 children, it might not seem like a bad idea.

Samuel Whitehead, my fourth great-grandfather, was born about 1760 in Person County, North Carolina. I have a Tax Index from 1798 showing that he had now moved to Hudspeth District, Oglethorpe County, Georgia.

Over the years I have been collecting documents, and other primary records to assist in this genealogical journey.  One of them I was able to find the original source to was from a book called The Housing of Oglethorpe County, 1790-1860.  In this book,  to which I have one single sheet, shows a picture of the house and the story.  I am going to quote from the story here.

“The original owner of this house (the one with the unusual design), Samuel Whitehead probably had it built before 1844…The plan of this house is unusual in Oglethorpe County…. According to local tradition, and is one of the three known to have been built under the direction of Henry Pail.  It suggests an elaboration of a ‘possum trot’ or ‘dog run’ plan of North Carolina.  The second flower is divided into two sections, one side for the girls in the family, the other side for the boys.

Whitehead Homestead-Family trip to visit

Whitehead Homestead-Family trip to visit

The Housing of Oglethorpe County1790-1860

The Housing of Oglethorpe County1790-1860



Military Monday

Benjamin F. Sublett (my 5th great-grandfather) fought in the Revolutionary war.  He rose to the rank of Sergeant.  After the war, the government awarded him 200 acres in what is called a “Land Office Military Warrant”.  His family moved from Virginia to Bowling Green, Kentucky.  There is some speculation that his muster rolls list him at Valley Forge, but I have not seen the documents.  The first document has his will and some other information on him.  The second document is the warrant gifting him the acreage.


Benjamin Sublett


Steven’s Family and Adam’s Family Inspirations

One of the reasons that I became interested in genealogy is because I recalled my Father owning books about genealogy.  I was thrilled to see my name in black and white as a part of something much larger than my immediate family.  The Stevens Family, John Line, was written by Claude G. Stevens (first cousin 2x removed) in 1973.  The Adams Family James Adams Line was compiled by Emma Chloe Adams Whitehead (wife of my grand-uncle, Walter Joe Whitehead) was published posthumously in 1983.  Both of these books were kept in the foyer in our home while I was growing up.  It wasn’t until much later did I realize the wealth of information and genealogical gems that lay inside.  It was seeing these books that I decided that I should do the same for the Whitehead and Sublett side.  Both books are different in there approaches.  One is more in line with a pedigree and family tree while the other is written more from in a narrative story telling fashion.  Both are remarkable.  I am going to try my best to live up to these standards.


Thomas Moss

Thomas Moss was Thomas Irving Moss’s father.  He was born about 1845, presumably in Buckingham County, Virginia.  He was a confederate in the Civil War.  According to military records, he was a Private in Company E, 21 Regiment Virginia Infantry.  Muster rolls from that time show he enlisted on 20 March 1862 by Captain Mosley.  He was wounded on 19 September 1863.  One of the Muster Roll Receipts that I have located indicates he was sent to General Hospital #2, in Lynchburg, Virginia.  From what I can tell, something happened to his hands, as they are listed as “v.s. both hands” on his sick call register.  Prior to that injury he was admitted to the CSA General Hospital in Charlottesville for Erysipelas (which is some type of skin infection).

I have looked up the history of the 21st Regiment, Virginia Infantry.  Apparently Company E, went by the nickname, “Buckingham Leaches”.  Below is an example of his Muster Roll.  This was used to keep track of the troops.

Thomas Moss

Thomas Moss



I do not know much more than that.  I am still researching.  It seems that Thomas had a lot of siblings.  So more will be posted later.