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  • ID: I112549640
  • Name: Nannie Woodson CARNEFIX
  • Given Name: Nannie Woodson
  • Surname: Carnefix
  • Sex: F
  • Birth: 01 Jul 1854 in Snow Hill, Nicholas Co., WV
  • Death: 20 Jun 1911 in Richwood, Nicholas Co., WV
  • Note:
    1907 Photo

    [Norma May Miller family history] Schoolteacher, lived in Greenbrier Co., WVa after marriage in wilderness log cabin (Richwood, WVa). Orphan at 11 in about 1865, raised by uncle who was Confederate surgeon.

    1860 US census entry; possible listing under uncle Frederick Patterson (which see).

    [Ruth Virginia Miller's Bransford ancestry gives pedigree from Nannie (written Nancy by Ruth) back to John Bransford who came to America from England in 1729.]

    [Elizabeth Elson email] Ruth Miller reported that slaves starched Nannie's underdrawers when she misbehaved as a child.

    Carnefax or Carnefix or Carnifax? I will adopt "Carnefix", as appears in census documents of Nannie's father and two brothers.
    Alternate first name "Nancy" probably incorrect according to Norma Miller.
    Married in White Sulphur (Springs??).

    From autobiographical notes by Nannie Carnefax (see
    The notes are concerned with evacuation of a family farm ahead of Yankee troops toward the end of the Civil War. Nannie was then, on 6 Apr 1865, 11 years old and orphaned. She was being raised on a farm in Cumberland Co., VA by "Uncle Alex" (presumably Robert Alexander Patteson) and his wife "Willie" who was a first cousin (presumably Harriet Woodson Bransford). The conjunction of this information makes the identifications very likely. Alex and Willie had a baby. The farmhouse belonged to Willie's father. They left first in a carriage with a team of horses belonging to "Uncle John" (probably either John B. Patteson or John David Carnefax)

    Genealogical table from Phyllis Anne Bransford July 2003 confirms b/d dates of Nannie and gives mdate 8 Mar 1876. Also repeats birth, death and marriage dates of all children listed in this gedcom.

    Gedcom file: Addie Rickey, 235 15th St., NE, Salen, OR 97301
    Nannie W. is age 45 in 1900 and says that she is the mother of 10 children
    all of whom are living and 8 of them are listed in the household.

    From research by Margaret Smithson written in the early 1940's about her mother:
    "The old Bransford Plantation is in the Eastern Part of Cumberland Co., Va. on the old Buckingham Turnpike. There my great-great grandmother Lucy Hatcher came as a bride. Tow of her daughters married Pattesons. Her son, John Bransford, lived there. His daughter, Willie, married Uncle Robert Patteson. They were Cousin Loydie Farrar's parents, who reared my mother after her parents death. Willie was Mother's cousin and became her aunt by marriage to her own first cousin and Mother's Uncle. Mother was born in Snow Hill, Nicholas Co., W. Va. and married at White Sulphur Springs, W. Va. The most of the intervening years were spent in Kentucky and Virginia."

    Father: George W. CARNEFIX b: 26 Nov 1832
    Mother: Sarah Elizabeth PATTESON b: 12 Aug 1834 in Cumberland Co., Virginia

    Marriage 1 Thomas Henry SMITHSON b: 15 Jun 1852 in Alderson, Monroe Co., WV
    • Married: 8 Mar 1876
    1. Has Children Lucy Blanche SMITHSON b: 10 Feb 1877 in Alderson, WV
    2. Has No Children Emory Keyser SMITHSON b: 9 Sep 1878 in Sugar Hill or View, WV
    3. Has Children Mary Willie SMITHSON b: 14 Dec 1879 in Sugar Hill or View, Greenbrier Co., West Virginia
    4. Has Children Henry Woodson SMITHSON b: 18 May 1881 in View or Sugar Hill, West Virginia
    5. Has Children Verner Leile SMITHSON b: 16 Dec 1882 in Sugar Hill, View, WV
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth Clendenning SMITHSON b: 27 Jun 1884 in Sugar Hill, View, WV
    7. Has Children Margaret Rucker SMITHSON b: 17 Dec 1887 in View (near Richwood), WV
    8. Has Children Lewis Miller SMITHSON b: 2 Jul 1890 in View or Sugar Hill, WV (in/near Richwood, West Virginia)
    9. Has No Children Charles Osborne SMITHSON b: 31 Aug 1892 in Sugar Hill or View, WV
    10. Has No Children Taney Given SMITHSON b: 22 Oct 1895 in Sugar Hill or View, WV
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