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About mcartwright1957

I am a member of the senior administrative team at the University of Indianapolis where I have served since 1996. I am married to Mary Wilder Cartwright. We are the parents of four children: Hannah, Erin, James, and Bethany. I currently live in Nashville, IN.

Where they settled — the William “Bill” Starr (Stares) Family at Square Rock

In my response to the question of the week for February 15, I indicated that in her July 2000 response to my brother Paul, Ms. Carolyn Hanna also provided information for another branch of the family. She reported that — … Continue reading

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Where They Settled — The Hezekiah Starr (Stares) Family at Abbott

Carolyn Hanna also provided the following information in response to Paul Cartwright’s request: “The Hezekiah Stares parcel. . . is located in the Abbott community just a 1/2 miles or so north of the turnoff to the Lucas community.” She … Continue reading

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Shifting Borders and Changing Designations — “The Old Home Place”

“The Old Brown Place” — as some members of the family — remember where Jess and Millie were living at the time of Jess’s death (October 1957) is actually located in the southwest corner of Logan County, Arkansas. I thought … Continue reading

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Questions of the Week: March 1, 2015

Please Note:  Due in part to my travel schedule for the month of March and in part to the responses that I have received to previous questions, I am shifting gears for the next four weeks. After Easter, I will … Continue reading

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What did Eliza and company know about Arkansas before they came?

In the absence of letters and other kinds of records by Eliza and her children, we have to rely upon the kind of information that would have been widely available at the time that our Cartwright ancestors were alive. I … Continue reading

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Questions of the Week for February 22

QUESTION OF THE WEEK (February 22, 2015) When I think about what it must have been like for Eliza and her children to move from western Georgia to western Arkansas in late 1871 to early 1872, I sometimes wonder what … Continue reading

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Where They Settled — The Cartwright Families at Shiloh (Blansett)

Although I have referred to the location of the Baptist church and cemetery at Shiloh, I haven’t actually provided the technical information about the geographical coordinates for the nearby homesteads that Eliza Hope Dane Cartwright and her son Thomas Baskin … Continue reading

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Question of the Week — for February 15, 2015

THE QUESTION OF THE WEEK (February 15, 2015): Who currently owns the property where our ancestors once homesteaded farms in Scott County, Arkansas?  That information is available. You just have to take the time to obtain it. Let me illustrate:  … Continue reading

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The Cartwright Branch (Jess’s Siblings & Ancestry) of the Family Tree

Ancestry of Jessie Lawrence Cartwright (1903-1957) His father was Joseph Andrew Jackson Cartwright (1888-1959). born in Scott Co. Arkansas Wife: Adda (Addie) Elliott (1882-1950) . Both buried at Coops Prairie Cemetery. CHILDREN:                                                                                                                      General Lee Cartwright (      ). Wife Eva.                                                                        … Continue reading

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When and Where did our Extended Family Encounter Slavery?

The Georgia census records for 1870 indicate that Eliza Hope Dane Cartwright was living on the farm near Carrollton, GA, with her children and a “servant” named. . . .  The circumstances of Reconstruction are difficult to imagine. In my … Continue reading

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