07 December 2013

Valeria Trousdale's Secret

Civil War sentiments played an instrumental role in hiding family ties according to The Bean Station Story, Valeria Trousdale's Secret:  excerpted from the Walton Family History at Rootsweb.  The family roots of  (Caroline) Valeria Trousdale Lafferty and her daughter, Ophelia, were obfuscated.... (see the "Secret" link):


There's an Ophelia living in former Governor William Trousdale's household in 1870 [listed under Trousdale, not Lafferty].  In 1880 Ophelia is living with her husband and Walton in-laws.

It is an interesting story on its own merit, but as a Trousdale descendant, too [Alexander, son of John, not a descendant of Gov. William Trousdale], there was an added interest for me.

United States Census, 1850
Sumner county, Sumner, Tennessee, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Wm Trousdale M 58 North Carolina [Governor]
Mary Trousdale F 39 Virginia
Valeria Trousdale F 17 Tennessee
Charles Trousdale M 12 Tennessee
Augustus Trousdale M 10 Tennessee
Frances Trousdale F 8 Tennessee
Jno S Bugg M 44 Virginia
H W Bugg M 50 Virginia
Richd Payne M 35 Virginia
Benjn Malone M 24 Tennessee

Tennessee, State Marriage Index, 1780-2002
marriage: 8 December 1854 Sumner, Tennessee, United States
spouse:  Caroline Valeria Trousdale

Death record of William Trousdale Lafferty at FamilySearch, son of James Lafferty and "Unknown."

At Bean Station, James Lafferty, well known at that day as a noisy Democratic politician who had been a militia General on the staff of Governor Trousdale, indignant that such a traitor, as he esteemed Johnson to be, should escape called on the people assembled there to aid him in arresting the fugitive. [Source]

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