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(1919 - 2005)
Published Jan. 8, 2005, in The (Rock Hill, SC) Herald
reprinted with permission of the President and Publisher, Valerie D. Canepa
SMYRNA -- Mrs. Blanche Cox Self, 86, of 292 Little Pine Drive died Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005, at Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta, Ga.
The funeral will be 2:30 p.m. Sunday at The Colonial Chapel of Carothers Funeral Home in Gastonia, N.C., with the Rev. Bill Harris officiating. Burial will be at Gaston Memorial Park.
A native of Buncombe County, N.C., Mrs. Self was a daughter of the late James E. Cox and Ollie Campbell Cox. She was a homemaker and was a member of Enon Baptist Church. She was the widow of Romey O. Self.
Surviving are three daughters, Nettie Marie Owensby of Clover, Rose Mary Jump of Hudson, N.C., and Nancy Jo Wilson of Smyrna; two brothers, Danny Cox of Missouri and Tim Cox of Hayesville, N.C.; eight sisters, Sarah Sands of Sweetwater, Tenn., Hazel Jordan of Kentucky, Marie Lamontagne of Springfield, Mass., Beryle Petrides of Logansville, Ga., Bert Ott of Macon, Ga., Daisy Bennett of Savannah, Ga., Louise Ladd of Gastonia and Patricia Cox of Washington, D.C.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight and 2 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to SouthEastern Firefighters Burn Foundation,
Inc., 3614 J. Dewey Gray Circle, Building C, Augusta, GA 30909.
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Andy has not researched the Selfs &
Hudsons personally, other than what he's found in the NC Archive near
his Blackards. He's relied a lot on internet information, but that was
necessary as he's been looking at a group of about 25 families.
Because of the intertwined relationship between the Selfs and his other
surnames, his work continues to be a valuable resource for quite a few
Recently I am beginning to understand some more family parallels. Some of those early Granville NC families seemed to show up in more of the same places later than I knew before.
For example, around 1778/9 the Selfs, Charles Blackard and Hudsons were together on Tar River in Franklin Bute. Later the Blackards married into a
Humphries family and both the Selfs and Blackards married Hendersons.
Isaac Self was the grandson of Issac Hudson who shows up in NC close to Charles Blackard I in 1755/6.
Isaac Self m. Nancy Henderson [note: this is extra "ammunition" for those who believe that Nancy's maiden name was actually Henderson] about the same time that Charles Blackard m. Betty Henderson in Granville. So they were married into the family even excluding my hunch of a Self-Blackard marriage. You may remember that our Job Blackard was named after Job Self, apparently. There were also Willoughby Blackards and Willoughby Selfs.
In 1790 Willoughby Blackard is in Salisbury district, Rowan County. In the adjacent county, in Salisbury District of Montgomery County NC, appear Spencer, Francis, Isaac and Presley Self who are descendents of the Bute Co NC Self family.
Then Charles Blackard, Isaac Self and Job Self show up on the Wake NC tax lists around 1793-9.
Also Presley Self and William Blackard are both named on a 1797 Warren(Bute) estate sale.
Then some of the Selfs, the younger siblings of the Granville Henderson family and part of the Humphries family related to Elizabeth Humphries Blackard all show up in Pendleton SC around 1800. Some unidentified Blackards are also in the Pendleton records. Levi Self is there too.
Some other Selfs and Humphries show up in Chester co SC.
By 1805-1807 Levi Self, the Hudsons, the Humphries and two Blackard lines are all in TN.
In 1810 Ownsby Self and Henry Self (thought to be nephew of Levi Self) appear near Charles Blackard in the Barren KY census. Humphries is also there.
Isaac Hudson's brother Chamberlain and William Blackard die near each other in TN in 1825 and 1821.
Next, Levi Self shows up in White Co IL in 1820 and William Blackards family goes there around 1828. Chamberlain Hudson III appears in the Franklin Ill
So some of the Selfs, Blackard, Humphries, Hudsons and Hendersons all followed a VA->NC->SC->TN/KY->IL migration path. That seems like a whole lot
of coincidences unless they had some connections.
I feel that the Blackards had marriage ties to all 4 other families. I have no hard proof for a Self-Blackard marriage but there is a lot of circumstancial evidence and records of ties to the other families.
Charles Blackard m. Betty Henderson 1783 Granville NC marriage bond 1805 Warren NC Hudson will settlement mentions recipient is wife of William
Blanchard [sic] 1801 Person NC will mentions Elizabeth Humphries Blackard
PUBLISHER'S NOTE: Are there any Self ties to Hudson-Henderson-Humphries that you know of? If so, please let me know so we can pass them on to Andy.
First page of letter
Letter from J. A. Chase (possibly related to Henrietta Thacker)
Jan 30, 1889,
Mr. F. M. Self
Yours of recent date is to hand, and I was
very glad to hear
from you and family all. It had been quite a long time since I had a
from you and I was very anxious to hear from you and the family and the
The winter hear is delightful, it is what we call up hear an open winter. It is not very cold but for the most part the weather is clear and bright. E have not had a great amount of rain or snow up to this time. The ground is frozen all the time but it is not cold enough to make much ice. Ice men are hoping for some colder weather in February then we have yet had. The ice crop in this country is a very important item indeed.
The great corn crop of this country has all been gathered and it is simply immense. And when it all goes to market it will bring in an immense amount of money. There has been a great amount of pork already feted and sent to market and it has brought a pretty fine price. It has ranged all the way from four seventy five to something over five dollars per hundred pounds. Beef has been some lower then usual ranging from four to five dollars per hundred pounds. I mean gross and I mean that the pork was gross.
The crop of oats was immense and they I
think are worth from
25 to 30 cents per bushel. The immense hay crop I think is worth some
dollars per ton. The wheat crop of last year was not a large crop in
I was glad to hear that Miss Corrilla was at
that she will do well and learn much. I should be glad if she could
hear and attend
I should be so glad to see you one time at my house. I think that we would have a good time and if you all can come I want you to come and bring any or all of your family with you. I should like if you could bring your wife and see us. I want you all to feel that you have a standing invitation to come and see us and stay as long as you can with us.
I want you to fee that if I ever can I shall come and see you and stay as long as I can with you. I was well pleased with you all and have been sorry that I did not remain longer with you when I was at your house. As for the treatment, it was the kind that suited me and I am sure that it was all given with freedom and that is what makes a thing good is for it to come free.
As for the things that I wanted you to get for me, I want anything that would be a curiosity and I shall pay you for your trouble. I was thinking that I should have liked very much to have sent you a piece of our Christmas beef but the weather has been two warm to make it safe to express meat so far South. One of our butchers killed a yearling steer that weighed 1380 pounds gross. This was as fine beef as I ever saw. I did wish that you had a piece but the weather was two warm to send it. I hope to see you all sometime again.
I want you to give to your wife and children
and to Edward
and James and their families my best regards. I should like to see them
am sorry that your brother Frank will not write to any of us. I hope
will do better in the future. I had my second son to visit us a few
He lives in
The name of this son is Virgil and he is now
in his 31st
year. He married a Miss Zimmerman of
I had a letter this week from my son-in-law.
He lives at
I had a letter today from my son at
I want you to tell you daughter that I have not forgotten that I promised to send her my picture and some other things. Tell her that I will send them when I can. The winter season is always the busy time for me. I will have more time when winter is over.
Give my love to all the family. Jane and Mary send their love to all the family and to Edward and James.
James A. ChaseNote in letter - I sent this letter to you but it came back and I never sent it again. Hope that you may get it this time. All well at the present time. J. A. Chase
Were you excited when you met your first close relative online at a
genealogy site or message board? Then imagine how it felt for
Yvonne Luchetti and Margaret Curren of Tarrawanna, Wollongong,
Australia when they unexpectedly heard from their half-brothers in
Queensland--especially since they had no idea that they even existed!
In 2002, we were contacted by Ken Self who was researching his Self roots in Australia and England. Three years later, Kay Strang--also of Australia--wrote to us, and we introduced her to Ken. It's by way of Kay, with Ken's permission, that this story is told.
Keith Self, Ken's brother, sent for his birth certificate in 1962 and learned from it that his father had been married before and had had two children, both girls, from that union. His parents refused to talk about the marriage or the boys' half-siblings. Keith and Ken, however, were determined to find their half-sisters when they began compiling their family history. There were two more Self brothers also. Norm had died young in the service of his country. Byran, who was also interested in his sisters, had to care for his sick wife and therefore had limited participation in the reunion.
Keith Self and Yvonne Luchetti were the first pair of siblings to meet over the telephone. Yvonne hadn't known any more about her half-brothers than they had known about her. Ken Self called Margaret Curren who was also surprised. "Surprised" is probably a very mild word for what the sisters felt. "Shock" seems more appropriate--but having been there mySelf, I know that sometimes the only way to establish a connection is simply to write or call and say, "Guess what?"
This tale has a very happy ending. Ken and Keith Self undertook a long journey to visit their sisters for the first time. They had so much to catch up on. There were family stories and photos and memories of childhoods that they finally shared after so many years apart. This is one huge example of a successful research project. Let's hope that the brothers and sisters can now find the ancestors that bind them together.
STORY OF A MIDDLE NAME
by Tim Kenney
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