Sunday, April 27, 2014

The Life & Times Of John M Calvert And His Descendants

Sidney W Calvert (1835- 1905) 
Burial, Walton County, Georgia
Grandson of John M Calvert
Photo Credit Pat Calvert 

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If you have any information 
pertaining to the John M Calvert
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John M Calvert, created a Will 27 June 1842 in Jasper County, Georgia. John M Calvert's Will was probated 12 January 1849, in Jasper County, Georgia. Transcribed Will of John M Calvert HERE. John M Calvert, mentions wife Sarah Calvert, son James R Calvert and unnamed grandchildren - grandsons and grand daughters (Plural) and this is important when establishing the children of John M Calvert's son James Richard(s) Calvert. When searching for James R Calvert in the Georgia census, and marriage records, his name alternated between James R Calvert and Richard Calvert/Colbert. 

I first found James R Calvert mentioned in his father John M Calvert's 1842 Will, and living next door to his father in the 1840 Jasper County, Georgia census. 

1840 US Census Jasper Co GA Dist 293
John M Calvert 00000001000000000001

James R Calvert 01001000000003001

James R Calvert married 1st Cecile Catherine Claramond unknown date and unknown place. They had issue:

Sidney W Calvert born January 1835 Jasper County, Georgia died 1905 Walton County, Georgia of the headstone above. Married Sarah McWaters 18 December 1853 in Newton County, Georgia.

Ellafair Calvert born 24 September 1836 married Jesse M Wilborn/Welborn 3 September 1854 in Newton county, Georgia.

Louisa Catherine Calvert born 4 May 1840 married Jonathan Wilborn/Welborn in 3 February 1859 Newton County, Georgia.

We don't find these Calvert's in the 1850 census any variant spelling.

The next sighting of James R Calvert is a marriage to Emeline Mitchell 28 September 1856 Newton County, Georgia. Apparently he was widowed and remarried. Note he married in the same marriage county (Newton) as Sidney W, Lousia Catherine and Ellafair Calvert. 

I found James R and Emeline (Mitchell) Calvert, in the 1860 Atlanta, Fulton county Georgia census enumerated
Richard Colbert age 49 (1811) born Virginia
Emeline Colbert age 42 born N.C.
James Colbert age 19 born Georgia circa 1841
John Colbert age 16 born Georgia circa 1844

John M Calvert mentions his grandsons and granddaughters when he wrote his 1842 Will. I believe these two children are from James Richard(s) Calvert's first marriage to Cecile Catherine Claramond. James R Calvert didn't marry Emeline Mitchell until 1856 these two sons are too old to be from his second marriage. These 5 children of James Richard(s) Calvert, comprises the grandchildren mentioned in John M Calvert's 1842 Jasper County, Georgia Will. 

The next time I find James R Calvert is in the 1880 Henry County, Georgia census, he is enumerated Richard Calvert age 70 (1810) born Georgia, wife Emeline Calvert age 55 born South Carolina born (1825).  Richard Calvert list his father's birth place as Maryland, and mother's birth place South Carolina.

In the 1860 Newton county, Georgia census, are found Sidney W Calvert, head of household. J D Welborn with wife Louisa C in his household.  J.M. Wellborn and E C "Ellafair" his wife in his household. 

By 1880 Walton county Georgia census Sidney W Calvert, and family are living in Broken Bow,  Walton county, Georgia. Sidney W Calvert, enumerated born Georgia father born Virginia, and mother born Georgia. Walton county Georgia is where Sidney W Calvert died and is buried. 

John M Calvert migrated to Georgia around the 1823 time period. This is when John M Calvert can be first found in Georgia land records. In April of 1823 John M Calvert bought land from George Alexander. John M Calvert was on the list of 1827 Jasper County, Georgia Land Lottery. 

John Calvert is enumerated on the 1830 Jasper County, census (40-50) years of age, born 1780-1790. We have established his son James Richards Calvert was born circa 1810 in Virginia, and he enumerated his father born Maryland in his 1880 Henry County, Georgia census. There is some evidence that James R Calvert also participated in the Civil War, but more research is necessary to establish his military service.

With this information, I looked at Maryland records in attempt to locate John M Calvert born no earlier than 1780 in Maryland. I found four interesting records. 

1. John W Colbert single (16-26) residing in Frederick County, Maryland 1800 census

2. John Colvert variant spelling, married Mary Richards 1809 Frederick County, Maryland

3. J Calvert was living Frederick County, Maryland 1810  census. 1 male under 10, 1 male 26-45, 1 female 26-45, living next door to G Richards and M  Richards.

4. John M Calvert variant spelling, enlisted Maryland,
    in Hawkins Regiment War of 1812

It is entirely possible that John M Calvert married twice, and that his first wife was Mary Richards, mother of his son James Richard(s) Calvert, and second Sarah LNU his widow. John M Calvert appears to have only one child who grew to majority, and had issue himself. 

We have a descendant of Sidney W Calvert, that is participating in the Calvert FTDNA surname project. Sidney W Calvert's YDNA participant is matching the Prince William County, Virginia Calvert YDNA participants. These Calvert's descend from George Calvert the Elder, who first appeared in Stafford county,Virginia circa 1690. Two of his sons George and John Calvert who also resided in Prince William County, Virginia, participant's match Sidney W Calvert's participant.

At 25 markers -1 15 matches to the Calvert surname, 1  Covert, 1  Keys.  -2  8 matches Calvert surname.

At 37 markers -3 11 matches to the surname Calvert, 1 Covert, 1 Keys. 3 matches -4 Calvert surname.

1 match (Covert) Oldest known ancestor *Robert Covert born 1790- death 1877 Brown County, Ohio. This Robert Covert can be found in the 1870 Brown County, Ohio census. (researching this Robert Calvert may lead to break through in the before mentioned John M Calvert ancestry)

The YDNA marker distance from the Prince William County, Virginia Calvert's YDNA participants, show's that John M Calvert's descendants share a common ancestor as closes as -3 at 37 markers. The common ancestor may be further back in the Calvert family's ancestry, perhaps an older connection-generation than George Calvert the Elder, who resided 1690's in Stafford county, Virginia.

The Calvert FTDNA surname project is actively seeking YDNA participants male's carrying the surname Calvert and spelling variant's.  We can be found here on Facebook Calvert Genealogy Group. We can be found here at our Calvert Genealogy Webpage. We can be located here at the Calvert FTDNA surname project. 

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