Debbie & Brian Page - Our Family Trees

Updated September 23, 2012

Debra Kay Page
deb_page_udc@hotmail.com

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I am researching both mine and my husband's family trees. This includes Jones and Keasler in South Carolina, Popps in Michigan, Adcox in North Carolina, Hurlburt and Page in New York, and even Bertolas, Ravanelli, and Pinamonti in northern Italy.

I have an enormous family tree (14,318 names to be exact) which encompasses all the known branches of mine and my husband's families. Genealogy Reports for each major branch of the family have been added below. The work continues, though.

Due to new technology with Ancestry.com, smart phones, etc., I think the ability to update this page has been permanently shut down. So I am no longer able to change the existing reports here. I have recently upgraded to the latest Family Tree Maker software and will post a link to my new family file once I get it uploaded to Ancestry.com.

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I've been doing quite a bit of research on my family members who were in the Civil War, particularly those on my father's side of the family. They include:

Hampton Riley Jones - my great-great-grandfather
John, David C., & Henry C. Keasler - brothers of my great-great-grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Keasler
William Lemuel & Nathan Keasler - uncles to John, David C., & Henry Keasler
Washington J. Dalton - first husband of my great-great-grandmother
William J. Holbrook - husband of Sarah Ann Keasler and brother-in-law to John, David C., & Henry Keasler
Roland M. Casey, Memminger D. McDade, & John A. Reese - messmates and distant relatives of John Keasler
David Archer & George Washington Keasler, William H. Kesler, & James J. McGahey - cousins of John, David C., & Henry Keasler
Elihu Reese - father of John Reese and son-in-law to Lucinda Wardlaw, stepmother of John, David C., & Henry Keasler
Wiley B. Wright - great-great-great uncle on paternal grandmother's side of the family

Their Compiled Military Service Records (CMSRs) have been obtained from the National Archives in Washington, DC. Summaries of the information from the CMSRs have been written under 'Notes' for each person and can be found in the Genealogy Reports below. The CMSRs have also been transcribed to the best of my ability and are listed under Related Files below.

John, David, and Henry Keasler also wrote several letters home from when they were in the Civil War. My Great-Aunt, Mary Cantrell, has these letters (she also donated many of them to the Pendleton Historical Society) and some of them have been transcribed and included below. Also included is a document Mary Cantrell has that granted Hampton Riley Jones safe passage back to South Carolina from Ouachita County, Arkansas.

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I've recently found out that I had ancestors on the Northern side of the Civil War, as well. On my mother's side, Rudolph Papst was a Captain with the 10th Michigan Infantry and was part of Sherman's "March To The Sea". His brothers Albert and John were also in the same regiment. Rudolph was also a surveyor and is credited with naming the city of Bad Axe in the "thumb" portion of Michigan. More detailed information on Rudolph and others in the Papst/Popps family is provided by the link below.


My Family History

 

Family Photos

  • B & O Rail Road Bridge over Monocacy River (94 KB)
    From the Muster Roll document listed in the Related Files section below, Company L of the Palmetto Sharp Shooters (Hampton, David, and Henry) blew up this Rail Road Bridge over the Monocacy River in Maryland on September 8, 1862.
  • Spotsylvania Battlefield - Laurel Hill (70 KB)
    This is the battlefield that Hampton was looking out upon when he was wounded. There is a line of trees behind me as I was taking the picture and the trenches are still visible within the treeline. That is where the troops actually would have been.
  • Trenches at Spotsylvania Battlefield - Laurel Hill (210 KB)
    This is the trench (aka earthworks or breastworks) within the treeline where Hampton and the other Confederate troops were while firing upon the Union troops on the other side of the field.
  • Spotsylvania Battlefield Map (158 KB)
    This map shows the troop locations during the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse on May 11, 1864. The Confederate troops are the red markings and the Union troops are the blue markings on the map. From the bottom of the map, find Brock Road. Follow Brock Road up the map until you come to a fork. The left-hand side of the fork which goes back towards the bottom of the map is Old Courthouse Road (only "Old" is visible on the map). There is a line of Confederate troops on the left side and running perpendicular to Old Courthouse Road. Hampton's regiment is the first red square closest to the road. For anyone trying to find this spot, Old Courthouse Road is now called Old Block House Road. Also, for anyone interested in the map itself, I had bought the set of Spotsylvania maps from the gift shop at Chancelorsville NBP so that I could find Hampton's precise location during the battle when he was wounded.
  • Confederate Monument at Warrenton Cemetery (65 KB)
    This is the Confederate Monument at Warrenton Cemetery in Warrenton, Virginia, where 600 Confederate soldiers are interrred in one common grave. These soldiers died during the First of Second Battles of Manassas and John B. Keasler is one of them. For you Civil War buffs, John Mosby's grave is to the right of this monument.
  • John B. Keasler's Marker (146 KB)
    The names of the soldiers interred at this Confederate Monument are listed alphabetically by state on these tablets. This particular tablet shows John Keasler's name, his regiment, and the date he died.
  • Cles, Trento, Italy (96 KB)
    These three postcards show the town of Cles in Northern Italy where my maternal grandmother's ancestors are originally from.
  • Castle Cles (153 KB)
    These postcards show the medieval Castle Cles which sits atop a mountain near the town of Cles.
  • San Guistina Lake, Bridge, and Dam (114 KB)
    These postcards show the manmade lake of San Guistina near Cles, the dam that created the lake, and the nearby bridge.
  • Church of Mary's Assumption - 1 (157 KB)
    These postcards show the Roman Catholic Church of Mary's Assumption (loose translation since I don't know Italian) in Cles, including an interior view.
  • Church of Mary's Assumption - 2 (131 KB)
    These are additional postcards of the Church of Mary's Assumption. One of my distant cousins (Don Alberto Pinamonti) was a priest at this church and helped to provide us information about the family.
  • Cles Train/Tram Station (120 KB)
    These postcards show the train/tram station at Cles.
  • Franciscan Convent (198 KB)
    These postcards show the Franciscan Convent that is near the town of Cles.
  • Various Pictures of Cles - 1 (174 KB)
    These postcards show various locations in and around Cles, including what looks to be the dedication of a new church that was built August 8, 1912 (bottom-most picture).
  • Various Pictures of Cles - 2 (114 KB)
    These postcards show various locations in Cles including Piazza Dante (which is outside of the Church of Mary's Assumption), and the Bank of Trento.
  • Home of Anna Fiamozzi & Giovanni Battista Bertolas (76 KB)
    The pink arrow in this picture indicates the home where my great-great-grandparents lived in Cles.
 

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Related Files

  • Civil War-Era Family Letters (9 KB)
    These are links to letters written by different members of my family. All of the letters were written during the Civil War or just prior to the war. They are arranged by writer and date.
  • Muster Roll for Company L, Palmetto Sharp Shooters (16 KB)
    I came across this Muster Roll (or summary of the troop movements) for Company L, Palmetto Sharp Shooters (Hampton, David, & Henry's unit) at the National Archives in Washington, DC, and transcribed them here as best I could.
  • Family Wills (2 KB)
    These are links to the few wills that I have been able to find copies of. They are arranged alphabetically.
  • Revolutionary War Service of William Henry Kesler (1 KB)
    This letter proves the Revolutionary War service of William Henry Kesler, although his name was spelled 'Kiesler' in the letter.
  • Roland Marion Casey CMSR (20 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Roland M. Casey who was part of John Keasler's mess and his son Walter later married Hampton's daughter Alice.
  • Washington J. Dalton CMSR (13 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Washington J. Dalton who was Mary Elizabeth Keasler's first husband.
  • William J. Holbrook CMSR (4 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for William J. Holbrook who was Sarah Ann Keasler's husband (sister to John, Mary, David, & Henry).
  • Hampton Riley Jones CMSR (26 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Hampton Riley Jones who was Mary Elizabeth Keasler's second husband and my great-great-grandfather.
  • David Archer Keasler CMSR (15 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for David Archer Keasler who was the 'Cousin David' mentioned in the June 1862 letter from John Keasler, but I haven't been able to find his parents' names to prove the relationship. He was also the 'D.A. Keasler' that was a witness to Mary Elizabeth Keasler's claim for her deceased husband's remaining pay (see Washington Dalton's CMSR).
  • David Campbell Keasler CMSR (17 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for David Campbell Keasler who was my great-great-great uncle.
  • George Washington Keasler CMSR (7 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for George Washington Keasler who was a first cousin of John, Sarah, Mary, David C., & Henry C. Keasler.
  • Henry Calhoun Keasler CMSR (29 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Henry Calhoun Keasler who was my great-great-great uncle. Henry was the only Keasler brother to survive the war. He also served in four different regiments throughout the war.
  • John Berry Keasler CMSR (15 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for John Berry Keasler who was my great-great-great uncle.
  • Nathan Keasler CMSR (8 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Nathan Keasler who was my great-great-great-great uncle (uncle to John, Sarah, Mary, David C., & Henry) and was also married to Memminger McDade's sister, Lucinda.
  • William Lemuel Keasler CMSR (25 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for William Lemuel Keasler who was my great-great-great-great uncle (uncle to John, Sarah, Mary, David C., & Henry). Lemuel had been captured three times during the war.
  • William H. Kesler CMSR (1 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for William H. Kesler who was second cousin to John, Sarah, Mary, David C., & Henry. After the war, Henry married William's sister, Nancy Henrietta.
  • Memminger D. McDade CMSR (16 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Memminger D. McDade who was part of John Keasler's mess and his sister Lucinda was married to Nathan Keasler (John's uncle).
  • James Josephus McGahey CMSR (4 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for James Josephus McGahey who was married to Nancy Dorinda Keasler, a cousin of John, Sarah, Mary, David C., & Henry and sister to George Washington Keasler.
  • Elihu Milton Reese CMSR (6 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Elihu Milton Reese who was married to Caroline Wardlaw, daughter of Lucinda Wardlaw who was step-mother to John, Sarah, Mary, David C., & Henry.
  • John Alexander Reese CMSR (23 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for John Alexander Reese who was part of John Keasler's mess and was also the son of Elihu Milton Reese, step-brother-in-law to John Keasler.
  • Wiley B. Wright CMSR (2 KB)
    This is a transcription of the Compiled Military Service Records for Wiley B. Wright who was my great-great-great uncle, brother to Emily Deliah Wright (another great-great-grandmother of mine).
 

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