Family Surnames

  • *Dukes*
  • *Fultz*
  • *Haynes/Haines*
  • *Lynes*
  • *Mills*
  • *Parker*
  • *Shank*
  • *Thornley*

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Stories That Bind Us

I feel a strong connection to my ancestors and our land because someone in my family showed me these places, told me who lived there and showed me pictures if possible. They told the stories of the people's lives. These were my ancestors before me and I felt a connection and have memories that I want to hold on to. That's what I want to pass down. Not everyone feels that connection, but I read an article recently that made a lot of sense to me and I think it explains how important knowing your history means.

The article was printed in the New York Times on March 15, 2013 and titled “The Stories That Bind Us” by Bruce Feiler. A study had been done showing that children who know more about their family’s history tend to do better when faced with challenges, have a stronger sense of control over the lives and higher self-esteem.  Why does knowing where your grandmother went to school help a child overcome something as minor as a skinned knee or as major as a traumatic event? The answers have to do with a child’s sense of being a part of a larger family. The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family’s positive moments and your ability to bounce back from difficult ones.

Yes, as children growing up we all yawned a lot during the “back when” stories of our elders, but believe me, those stories stay in your memory and are appreciated so much as you grow older.

If you would like to read the article in its entirety the link is:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Surprising Discoveries Part 1

Over the past few years the internet has connected me with family that I didn't know about as it has with many others doing their family history research.
The most surprising came about 7 years ago when I was contacted by someone who saw my inquiry on a website regarding my Haynes family. My great-grandmother was Annie Haynes Fultz who passed away when I was 12 years old and I already knew quite a bit about her and her siblings, but not much about her parents and nothing at all about her grandfather (still trying to find out more about him!). Well, this person said we were related because her grandfather was Annie's brother. I said I'm sorry you must have the wrong Willis Haynes because Annie only had one brother and that was not your grandfather. I even have Annie's handwritten paper which lists her parents and siblings with their birth dates and he is not on there, and I have never heard his name before. He was not in the obituary or will, either. She was surprised that I didn't know of him and even provided me with his death certificate listing Willis and Margaret Haynes as his parents! I immediately called my dad (Annie's grandson) who also had no idea this person existed! Unfortunately, Annie's son (my grandfather) had died three years earlier and I really wish I had known about this when he was still alive so I could ask him.  The person (the granddaughter) told me that Willis had an illegitimate child and brought him home to raise as his son. Willis died the following year and all of his children other than this son were already grown, so the son and Willis' wife moved in with their daughter and her husband. I have learned from other family members that there was a rumor that the child was actually the "out of wedlock" child of one of Willis' daughters, but it was 1906 and it was kept secret and he took the child in as his and his wife's. The child and Willis' wife did move in with that daughter after Willis' death. Perhaps I'll never learn the truth, but that was the BIGGEST surprise I've learned so far!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Picture History!

I know I'm slow finding things sometimes, but just ran across two web sites that are really interesting. You can take an image and pin it to a mapping site to see what the current address used to look like. Don't laugh; I'm sure they've been there for ages and I'm just finding out! is a really neat site for this. There are tons and tons of images already there and I love pulling up an address (say Historic Downtown Charleston) and seeing an image from the past overlayed on the current street view of Google Maps! You can slide a bar that fades the image in and out to make is easier to view.

Another similar site is

I'm a visual type of person so being able to see old images overlayed on current images makes it so much more easier for me.  Try it....I'll bet you will be addicted!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Contributing your time to

If you are a member of, consider volunteering to key records. All those records we search for are keyed in by thousands of could be one of them! has just reached is 100,000,000 mark of records keyed. That's a lot of records!!

Friday, May 10, 2013

May 10- Confederate Memorial Day

We bow our heads in solemn prayer
For those who wore the gray,
And clasp again their unseen hands
On our Memorial Day.

In memory of my known Confederate ancestors:
Robert Haines
Samuel Thornley
Nelson Funchess (killed at Fort Fisher, NC)
John Fultz
Thomas Fultz
John Ballentine
Andrew Ballentine
Lewis Ballentine
George Lynes
I will never forget your sacrifice or the sacrifice of your wives and families for the Confederate States.
"Sleep sweetly in your humble graves."

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Those Places Thursday - Bonneau Beach

Growing up near Bonneau Beach on Lake Moutrie meant lots of fun times! I miss the old pavilion with the game room and grill. Lots of's also where my parents met for the first time :-)

Friday, May 3, 2013

Hitting a brick wall on Robert Haines

I, as well as several other descendents, have tried so hard to find out who Robert Haines' parents were for several years. It's driving me crazy! He is my 3rd great-grandfather and the first record I can find of him was in the 1850 Census. He was a Cadet at the Arsenal Academy in Columbia, South Carolina aged 16. The Arsenal Academy was an extension of the Citadel in Charleston where cadets were trained then sent to the Citadel. I was able to locate a copy of the enrollment of cadets in 1850 and it states he is from Charleston. Good; close to where my family has always lived and where I knew he lived after the war and died (Foxbank Plantation, St. John's Berkeley Parish, South Carolina). I just knew if I could get his enrollment papers it would have his parent's names. So I contacted the Historian at the Citadel. Very nice man, but advised me that all papers were moved from the Citadel in Charleston to the Academy in Columbia during the War Between the States for safeguarding. They thought the Yankees were going to burn Charleston. Fortunately they didn't, but unfortunately they did burn Columbia, and the Arsenal Academy as well and most of the records in the process :-(

I have gone through all the 1840 Census records for any Haines/Hains/Haynes family in SC who may have had a son around the age of 6 or 7. I have a few leads, and they are from the same area where he was living in 1860 - St. Paul's Parish, Colleton District, South Carolina. Now it gets tough again...the 1840 Census records are so vague..there are no names except for head of household. So now I have to find another direction to begin searching.

Maybe one day I will find it!