I live in San Bernardino, California. My Great Grandmother Susie Peace Stone and family moved here. My Grandma Midge said they arrived at the railroad station in 1917 (see Midge’s profile for the picture of the station). My Great Aunt Nellie Blye Stone (later Richards), had come to California on the recommendation from her doctor as a way to ameliorate her asthma. It was also during the First World War. But the whole troupe moved to balmy, warm, dry Southern California and away from long blustery snow in Saint Joe (Saint Joseph, Missouri) forever. Susie told her sons when the war ended, and were out of the service, they would find her in San Bernardino. It must have seemed like heaven to her, because she said she hadn't lived until she came to California.
Of course, all things change. San Bernardino isn't the Garden of Eden anymore. But even as the valley began to deteriorate because of ‘progress,’ my Great Uncle Fred Stone said every time he drove through the Cajon Pass, he still got a thrill at the beautiful view. I will try to find a picture to post at a later date. But as I was saying about Uncle Fred, as much as he was a rolling stone all his life, he still came back here to die, in this valley, at the VA Hospital in Loma Linda. We didn't know he was ill until after the fact, or we would have visited him at the least. I believe he was cremated and is at Mt. View Cemetery in one of the newer mausoleums.
One of the things I wished to talk about is my 2nd Great Grandmother, Rebecca Dunlap Peace. I had never seen a picture of her until I found the picture of the Family Reunion in 1907. I must say I was appalled. She is the old woman sitting down on one of the steps. She is care worn, elderly, and shriveled up by life. I am also sorrowful, because I can guess what her life was like during the Civil War. They were living in Greenville, South Carolina, and the family had been there for many generations.
I only recall something of those stories. They had a farm, I don't know how large, but it was not a plantation. When Rebecca's husband, John Butler Peace, went to war, she continued to run the farm. They say she rode the farm side saddle on a Tennesee Walker (a tall horse with a stately distinct gait). At various times throughout the war, the family would have a mysterious visitor that never revealed himself. But he would bring food, broadclothes, and other hard to find items of that time. Rebecca would never say who it was, but the family guessed it was John Peace, away without leave. Had he been caught, he would have been executed. Although it was a common practice for soldiers to briefly return home, if they were in the area.
After the war, the family had to leave their home. It isn't clear why, but I gathered that it was due to carpet baggers running them off their land. They tried entering a free-state, but were returned away, because a free black woman was in their company. This is a difficult thing to talk about, but this woman was probably a former slave. She may even have been their former slave. But she was apparently unattached at that time and was traveling with them.
I believe the family lived in a number of places. Susie, whom I believe was raised in Illinois, married a railroad man named William Sherman Stone. I will write further about him another time. I think they lived in Monroe, Louisiana and Kansas City, Kansas. My Grandmother was born in White Cloud, Kansas when it was still a territory. Later, William and Susie moved to Saint Joe, Missouri. But Jeff, Rebecca's eldest son, settled in Arkansas, and I believe she lived with him until she died.
If there are any cousins who find my story, they may contact me and we can share stories; and there will be more stories to write about.
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"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/2:2:SY3V-DMY : accessed 30 January 2019), entry for Rebecca /Dunlap/; file (2:2:2:MM74-YM9), submitted 13 May 2011. PARENTS: Father: Henry Dunlap; Mother: Lillia Ravan or Ravengh; MARRIAGES (2): Spouse (2): John Butler Peace; Marriage: 11 February 1859, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA; Spouse (1): G. W. Smith; Marriage: 1853, South Carolina, USA; Birth: 11 June 1830, Gowinsville, Greenville, South Carolina, USA; Death: 18 January 1911, Monte Ne, Benton, Arkansas, USA
"United States Census, 1850," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:M8QN-NM7 : 9 November 2014), Rebecca Dunlap in household of Henry Dunlap, Greenville county, part of, Greenville, South Carolina, United States; citing family 816, NARA microfilm publication M432 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.). Household: Henry Dunlap, M, Age 47, South Carolina; Letty Dunlap, F, Age 35, South Carolina; Rebecca Dunlap, F, Age 19, South Carolina; Mary Dunlap, F, Age 17, South Carolina; Lemuel Dunlap, M, Age 15, South Carolina; James Dunlap, M, Age 13, South Carolina; Elizabeth Dunlap, F, Age 11, South Carolina; Sarah Dunlap, F, Age 9,South Carolina; Cunen Dunlap, M, Age 8, South Carolina; Martha Dunlap, F, Age 5, South Carolina; William Dunlap, M, Age 2, South Carolina
1860 United States Federal Census: Name: Rebecca Dunlap; Age: 26; Birth Year: abt 1834; Gender: Female; Birth Place: South Carolina; Home in 1860: Gowensville, Greenville, South Carolina; Post Office: Gowensville; Dwelling Number: 276; Family Number: 241; Occupation: Seamstress; Household Members: Name: Henry Dunlap; Lilla Dunlap; Rebecca Dunlap; Elizabeth Dunlap; Sarah Dunlap; Curran Dunlap; Louisa Dunlap; William Dunlap; Columbus Dunlap; Joberry Dunlap
1870 United States Federal Census: NameRebecca Peace; Age in 1870: 36; Birth Year: abt 1834; Birthplace: South Carolina; Dwelling Number: 81; Home in 1870: Tunbridge, DeWitt, Illinois; Race: White; Gender: Female; Occupation: Keeping House; Jno B Peace; Watson Peace; Household Members: Name: Jno B Peace; Rebecca Peace; Watson Peace; Mary Peace; Jefferson Peace; Susan Peace
1880 United States Federal Census: Name: Rebecca Peace; Age: 45; Birth Date: Abt 1835; Birthplace: South Carolina; Home in 1880: Tunbridge, De Witt, Illinois, USA; Street: June 8; House Number: 102; Dwelling Number: 199; Race: White; Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Self; Marital Status: Widowed; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: South Carolina; Occupation: House Keeper; Household Members: Name: Rebecca Peace; Watson Peace; Mary Peace; Jefferson Peace; Susie Peace
1900 United States Federal Census: Name: Rebecca Peace; Age: 69; Birth Date: Jun 1830; Birthplace: South Carolina; Home in 1900: Soldier, Shawnee, Kansas; Sheet Number: 8; Keyed Parish: 170; Family Number: 173; Race: White; Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Mother; Marital Status: Widowed; Father's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: South Carolina; Mother: number of living children: 0; Mother: How many children: 0; Can Read: Yes; Can Write: Yes; Can Speak English: Yes; Household Members: Name: Jeff D Peace; Rebecca Peace; Eunice B Peace; Gladys M Peace; Earnest O Coblentz
1910 United States Federal Census: Name: Rebecca B Peace; Age in 1910: 79; Birth Year: abt 1831; Birthplace: North Carolina; Home in 1910: Big Spring, Benton, Arkansas; Street: Geneva St; Race: White; Gender: Female; Relation to Head of House: Mother; Marital Status: Widowed; Father's Birthplace: North Carolina; Mother's Birthplace: North Carolina; Native Tongue: English; Able to read: Yes; Able to Write: Yes; Number of Children Born: 3; Number of Children Living: 2; Household Members: Name: Jefferson D Peace, Age: 46; Rebecca B Peace, Age: 79; Eunice B Peace, Age: 36; Gladdis May Peace, Age: 10; Ethel Peace, Age: 8; Robert Peace, Age: 6
"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV22-SCXZ : 13 September 2016), Rebecca Dunlap Peace, 1911; Burial, Rogers, Benton, Arkansas, United States of America, Rogers Cemetery; citing record ID 74275200, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com. Name: Rebecca Dunlap Peace ; Maiden Name: Dunlap; Event Type: Burial; Event Date: 1911; Event Place: Rogers, Benton, Arkansas, United States of America; Photograph Included: Y; Birth Date: 13 Jun 1830; Death Date: 18 Jan 1911; Affiliate Record Identifier: 74275200; Cemetery: Rogers Cemetery
Web: Arkansas, Find A Grave Index, 1809-2012: Name: Rebecca Peace; Birth Date: 13 Jun 1830; Age at Death: 80; Death Date: 18 Jan 1911; Burial Place: Rogers, Benton County, Arkansas, USA; Household Members: Name: Rebecca Peace
↑ A careful search of each Census taken in the 1800s shows Lillie's age and year of birth were like shifting sand at about a 5 year variance either way. Henry's however, was by 2 to 3 years variance. It has been found this was a common practice in those days, probably in rebellion against what was seen as government intrusion. They could not have known it would later send their descendants on a wild-goose-chase!
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Rebecca by comparing test results with other carriers of her mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Rebecca: