As any good sister would do, Donna knocked my birthday gift out of the park! She kept telling me I could never guess in a million years what she had found for me, and, that is very true. She bought a box of old books at an auction, and in one of the books were four very old receipts that she just knew I would love! Have I mentioned she is my favorite sister? And not only because of her gift! We are the two oldest and have spent more time together than the rest of my siblings.
The first is a receipt that says, ‘Received Flemingsburg, December 8, 1804, of Captain Aaron McIntire, one pound three shillings and seven pence in full of all accounts up to this day, William Jacobs.’ What a remarkable find! Flemingsburg is in Fleming County.
Of course, my first thought – who was this Captain Aaron McIntire? Was he a captain from the Revolutionary War or perhaps the War of 1812? I was in research mode.
But, wait. There is more. Two more old receipts.
July/August 20. 1 bbl 35 100 pounds sugar at 14 cents, $14.35, 50 pounds sugar at 14.2 cents, $7.25. 10 pounds coffee at 25 cents, $2.50, 10 pounds granulated sugar at 16 cents, $1.60, for a total of $25.70.
If you can send us the above next week it will be quite an accommodation. Respectfully, W. J. Ross & Co.’
To this amount for medical services from July 27th, 1878 to July 1st 1879 inclusive, $9.00.
June 11 to visit and medicate Charles Jones $2.50. Amount due $11.50.
Received payment October 3, 1881. John F. Fleming per G. W. Fleming.’
Now we are on a quest. The boxes purchased were from Frances Moore’s family. Frances married William Joseph Peterson in 1975, Donna’s husband’s older brother. I found a marriage announcement in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, Sunday, January 12, 1975. It said that Miss Frances May Moore was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. McIntire. Our first clue – the McIntire line comes from her step-father. The wedding took place at the Flemingsburg Christian Church.
With a bit of search through old newspaper articles and the census records of Fleming County, I found that O. W. McIntire was the son of Oscar W. McIntire. In the 1940 census the elder Oscar is 64, wife Pearl is 55 and son Oscar is 22. Living in the household are James Planck, father-in-law, and Alice L. Planck, mother-in-law. From the 1880 census A. James McIntire, 44, and wife Nancy, 35, have a son W. Oscar, aged 4 (father in the 1940 census). In the 1850 census A. James McIntire is listed as son, aged 14, to parents Thomas B., 42, and Mary, 37. Also living in the household is Aaron McIntire, aged 77.
Therefore, our four old receipts are for Aaron McIntire, 1773 – April 3, 1856, and his son, Thomas Bennett McIntire, March 8, 1808 – June 27, 1886. Someone thought them important enough to keep until this year when they were eventually sold at auction. It is quite amazing to think that I am now the proud owner of this history.
When Ritchey and I were in Fleming County on Saturday we tried to find Johnson’s Fork Presbyterian Cemetery where Aaron McIntire, Mary McIntire and John McIntire are buried. We searched but it could not be found. Ancestry gives the direction of ‘two miles north of Elizaville’. We drove northeast on Hwy 170 but could find nothing. Another day we will go to Fleming County Library or the historical society and get proper directions. We did find the gravestones for James A. and Nancy Catherine McIntire, and their son Oscar W. and his wife Pearl Planck McIntire in Evergreen Hill Cemetery in nearby Flemingsburg. I will save those photos for another day. I’m in the process of going through McIntire wills, deeds and other information from Fleming County. There is much information on this McIntire family.
I’m sure Donna didn’t realize quite how happy I would be with her birthday gift, or what a great genealogy adventure it has been! Can she top this next year? We’ll have to wait and see.