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Search for family information of Lively Rushing Chairs

Keri Keri

posted on March 5, 2011

I am doing geneology for my family, I am looking for information on a lady called Lively Rushing Chairs. She married a man called Peter Ussery. Information I have said that she was born around 1763. Does anyone know of her. Thank you for any information you might have. I am a Great Grandaughter of Miriam Alene Ussery. ( Who married Carlton Thomas Piper.) I do not know for sure if Lively Rushing Chairs was Choctaw. However it is worth asking. Thanks again.

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 6, 2011

lively rushing chairs b. 1763 place unknown m. peter ussery
possible daughter? miriam alene ussery m. carlton thomas piper

choctaw was an oral tradition until the mid 1800’s. the choctaw have no records earlier than that. the war department started making records in the early 1800’s. genealogists use names, spouse, children, location and dates to match records. natives often only disclosed tribal affiliation when they enrolled but the choctaw enrollment for this tribe was 1896-1906. if any of her descendants enrolled, you should look at their applications and testimony.

your possible sources of information might be local history books, historical newspapers, county records such as wills. you may have some luck trying to find peter ussery (use various spellings) and seeing if any documents refer to his wife. there might be trading logs too, but since you haven’t mentioned a location, i really can’t help you much with these.

federal records are kept at NARA, national archives and records administration fort worth, TX office for southwest tribes and morrow, GA office for southeastern tribes. most NARA offices have microfilms of some records, however not all records have been microfilmed.
i don’t know if this refers to your family or not.
a messageboard for the ussery surname

a DNA website for the surname.

this might be your peter:
8. v. PETER USSERY, SR., b. 08 May 1762, Montgomery County, North Carolina; d. 28 Dec 1834, Giles County, Tennessee.

8. PETER5 USSERY, SR. (WILLIAM4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, JOHN1)1 was born 08 May 1762 in Montgomery Co, NC1, and died 28 Dec 1834 in Giles County, Tennessee1. He married (1) AMELIA “MILLY” JARVIS1 1786 in Montgomery County, NC1. She was born 17631, and died 18101. He married (2) LIVELY RUSHING CHAIRS1 18131. She was born Abt. 17631, and died 18501.
xi. NECESERA BELL6 USSERY1, b. 14 Feb 18131; d. 10 Nov 18781; m. BENJAMIN FRANKLIN HOUSTON1.
xii. DANIEL G. USSERY1, b. 24 Dec 18141; d. 11 Jun 18841.

if you know little about the person you are trying to find, it might be a good idea to look at the documentation for the children.

i suspect some of this information because even if she married peter ussery soon after the death of his first wife, she would have been very old to have children – she would have been around 50 years old. in my opinion, her date of birth is likely inaccurate.

Giles County Clerk and Master
Merry B. Sigmon
Courthouse P.O. Box 678
Pulaski, TN 38478

try the obituary, death certificates first. then the marriage. then a record of birth. childrens’ records point to the parents.

U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900
about Amelia Jarvis
Name: Amelia Jarvis
Gender: Female
Birth Place: NC
Spouse Name: Peter Ussery
Birth Place: NC
Spouse Birth Year: 1762
Marriage State: of TN
Number Pages: 1
you will want to verify that amelia passed away because this might be the native name of living rushing chairs.

you will want to view the online data here and contact them about possible records:
this is a possibility:
these materials are likely available through interlibrary loan. see your local public library for this, taking a list of materials that you want.

i am not finding a record of peter ussery in early records. this could be because peter is a middle name or he was known by another name. there could also be a misspelling of his surname. searched 1790-1850. and i limited the search to TN, but maybe they were elsewhere.

1820 United States Federal Census
about Peter Usrey
Name: Peter Usrey
Township: Pulaski
County: Giles
State: Tennessee
Enumeration Date: August 7, 1820
Free White Males – Under 10: 1
Free White Males – 45 and over: 1
Free White Females – Under 10: 2
Free White Females – 16 thru 25: 4
Free White Females – 45 and over: 1
Number of Persons – Engaged in Agriculture: 3
Slaves – Males – Under 14: 4
Slaves – Males – 26 thru 44: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 14: 1
Slaves – Females – 26 thru 44: 1
Free White Persons – Under 16: 3
Free White Persons – Over 25: 2
Total Free White Persons: 9
Total Slaves: 7
Total All Persons – White, Slaves, Colored, Other: 16
Source Citation: 1820 U S Census: Pulaski, Giles, Tennessee, Page: 39; NARA Roll: M33_124; Image: 33.

1810 United States Federal Census
about Lively Chears
Name: Lively Chears
County: Richmond
State: North Carolina
Free White Males 16 to 25: 1
Free White Females Under 10: 1
Free White Females 10 to 15: 2
Free White Females 16 to 25: 1
Free White Females 26 to 44: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 2
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 8
Source Citation: Year: 1810; Census Place: , Richmond, North Carolina; Roll: 38; Page: 200;Family History Number: 0337911; Image: 00378.

she must have been married before and divorced or widowed.
so she was a second wife.

1790 United States Federal Census
about Peter Usseroy
Name: Peter Usseroy
[Peter Ufseroy]
County: Montgomery
State: North Carolina
Number of Free White Males Under 16: 2
Number of Free White Males 16 and Over: 1
Number of Free White Females: 2
Number of Household Members: 5
Source Citation: Year: 1790; Census Place: , Montgomery, North Carolina; Roll: M637_7; Page: 418; Image: 567; Family History Library Film: 0568147.

get a map and label the residences and evidence.

1830 United States Federal Census
about Peter Urserry
Name: Peter Urserry
[Peter Userry]
Home in 1830: , Giles, Tennessee
View Map
Free White Persons – Males – 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 60 thru 69: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 10 thru 14: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 15 thru 19: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 50 thru 59: 1
Slaves – Males – 10 thru 23: 1
Slaves – Males – 24 thru 35: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 2
Slaves – Females – 36 thru 54: 1
Free White Persons – Under 20: 3
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 5
Total – All Persons (Free White, Slaves, Free Colored): 10
Source Citation: 1830 U S Census: , Giles, Tennessee, Page: 202; NARA Roll: M19-176; Family History Film: 0024534.

his property was substantial enough to appear in court records, newspapers.

1850 United States Federal Census
about Lovely Usery
Name: Lovely Usery
Age: 80
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1770
Birth Place: North Carolina
Gender: Female
Home in 1850 (City,County,State): District 14, Marshall, Tennessee
Family Number: 277
Household Members:
Name Age
B F Houston 42
Neesera Houston 37
Alfred M Houston 18
Peter L Houston 14
Lovely A Houston 11
Patience O Houston 9
Parses D Houston 7
Dewitt C Houston 5
Josephine Houston 2
Mary C Houston 0
Patience Houston 70
Lovely Usery 80
Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 14, Marshall, Tennessee; Roll: M432_890; Page: 116B; Image: 231.
no native reference on this report. b. NC, as is patience houston.

1860 United States Federal Census
about Josephine Houston
Name: Josephine Houston
Age in 1860: 12
Birth Year: abt 1848
Birthplace: Tennessee
Home in 1860: District 14, Marshall, Tennessee
Gender: Female
Post Office: Lewisburg
Value of real estate: View image
Household Members:
Name Age
Benjd F Houston 54
N B Houston 47
Persis D Houston 17
Dewitt C Houston 15
Josephine Houston 12
Calidown Houston 11
Benjd F Houston 6
Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: District 14, Marshall, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1265; Page: 116; Image: 239; Family History Library Film: 805265.

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Slave Owners
Name Home in 1850
(City,County,State) View
Census Save
B F Houston District 14, Marshall, Tennessee

Slave Information
Age Gender Race View Census
60 Female Black
60 Female Black
39 Male Black
36 Female Black
24 Female Black
14 Female Mulatto
10 Male Mulatto
8 Male Black
7 Female Mulatto
5 Male Mulatto
she may have brought the slaves and given them to her daughter.

you may want to make name corrections to so that others can find your family.

North Carolina Census, 1790-1890
about Peter Ussery
Name: Peter Ussery
State: NC
County: Richmond County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1786
Record Type: State or colonial census
Page: 006
Database: NC Early Census Index
north carolina archives

North Carolina Census, 1790-1890
about Peter Ussery
Name: Peter Ussery
State: NC
County: Richmond County
Township: No Township Listed
Year: 1795
Database: NC Early Census Index

but not in 1814 census

in the 1800 census, there’s a benjamin, 2 samuels, a yankel and an elijah chears in richmond county, NC. i suspect one of these is her husband and father of her children. you will have to look closely at ages that were in her household in 1810, when her youngest was born, when her oldest might have been born, # of children.

i suspect this name is peter:
1810 United States Federal Census
about Patsy Usery
Name: Patsy Usery
Township: Capt Chappell
County: Montgomery
State: North Carolina
Free White Males Under 10: 1
Free White Males 10 to 15: 1
Free White Males 16 to 25: 2
Free White Females Under 10: 1
Free White Females 45 and Over: 1
Numbers of Slaves: 8
Number of Household Members Under 16: 3
Number of Household Members Over 25: 1
Number of Household Members: 14
Source Citation: Year: 1810; Census Place: Capt Chappell, Montgomery, North Carolina; Roll: 41; Page: 564;Family History Number: 0337914; Image: 00064.

1840 United States Federal Census
about Benjn F Houston
Name: Benjn F Houston
County: Marshall
State: Tennessee
Free White Persons – Males – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 5 thru 9: 1
Free White Persons – Males – 30 thru 39: 1
Free White Persons – Females – Under 5: 1
Free White Persons – Females – 20 thru 29: 1
Slaves – Males – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 1
Slaves – Females – 10 thru 23: 2
Total – All Persons (Free White, Free Colored, Slaves): 9
Persons Employed in Agriculture: 2
Free White Persons – Under 20: 3
Free White Persons – 20 thru 49: 2
Total Free White Persons: 5
Total Slaves: 4
Total All Persons – Free White, Free Colored, Slaves: 9
Source Citation: Year: 1840; Census Place: , Marshall, Tennessee; Roll: 209; Page: 531; Image: 423; Family History Library Film: 0024548.
it does not appear that lovely chair is listing with them at this time.
ok, this is doable. she is probably in giles county, NC. there are 2,399 records on the 1840 census. you might be able to find her.
check with the local public library and see if they have a subscription to

genealogists use names, dates, locations, children and spouses to match records. if you have a common surname,

you need to give more information rather than less. if you post about women, it is helpful to include the maiden

name and the married name and designate which one is the maiden name.

start with what you know, gather documentation, then you can go backward in time. so get your birth certificate,

your parents’ birth certificates and marriage license and then you can start on your grandparents. if someone

passed away after 1/1/1937, they probably have a social security application on file. if you ask a government

for a birth certificate, and they were born before 1929, they might have sumitted a delayed birth certificate.

death certificates, cemetery information and obituaries are helpful. you can usually get a copy of an obituary,

newspaper mentions such as birth of a child or marriage, through the interlibrary loan program – see your local

public library for this. i usually start with the death and work toward the person’s birth. military records

and pension records can be helpful. census records can tell you where they were at particular times. the census

records up to 1930 are available, although the 1890 census was largely destroyed. the 1940 census will be public

information in 2012.

first of all, heritage and tribal enrollment are two different things. many times natives didn’t apply for

enrollment because 1) they didn’t qualify, 2) they were philosophically opposed to enrollment, 3) they didn’t

have documentation, or 4) they were mississippi choctaw and their ancestor had accepted land or benefits in lieu

of tribal enrollment.

the dawes roll was taken 1896-1906, so you should trace your ancestors down to that time period. mostly, they

had to be living in oklahoma by that time and agree to live there permanently.

2 ways to search:
this will let you enter partial names to get card#. click on the card# in the card column and you can see other

names in that family.
other resources on the left and at the bottom of this webpage. native census records and databases are

especially useful.
this will give you card# (family group) and enrollment #. they have some native marriage records too. other

oklahoma records listed at left.
if the name is common, you may find too many possible records.

the tribe has an excellent information to help you. it is found under genealogy advocacy.

NARA federal records repository. the fort worth, TX office has archives for oklahoma

and texas tribes. atlanta/morrow office has archives for the southwest tribes. many offices have microfilmed

records for several tribes. note that this web address has changed recently from

mississippi choctaw and choctaw tribe explained here:

jena choctaw tribe in louisiana:

MOWA tribe
MOWA Band Of Choctaws Wilford Taylor 1080 Red Fox Road Mount Vernon, AL 36560 (251) 829-5500. E-Mail:

other choctaw tribes:

texas tribes

oklahoma tribes:

some links for the choctaw.
i looked at the land records and those need a lot of work. i have no information about whether or when they will

improve some of these categories.

types of records available for native americans:
pages 366-369 in particular although the entire native american chapter is helpful.
The Genealogist’s Companion and Sourcebook:
Guide to the Resources You Need for Unpuzzling Your Past
Emily Anne Croom
you can ask for these particular pages from your local public library. if they don’t have the book, you can get

the pages through the interlibrary loan program.
native american records are discussed in pages 352-386.

Tracing ancestors among the Five Civilized Tribes: Southeastern Indians …
By Rachal Mills Lennon
this book could be accessed through the interlibary loan program also.

always find the state archives. some records are online, some records are not. but many times you can find a

record not found in other places. you want to see also about newspaper mentions for obituaries, births,

marriages in particular.

check courts for probate, civil and criminal cases, marriage records.

if your ancestors lived on a reservation, they might not appear on a federal census because they were not taxed.
1860 census, indian territory.

this book is a good read about the dawes roll and how they implemented it.
The Dawes Commission and the allotment of the Five Civilized Tribes, 1893-1914
By Kent Carter

good advice about native research:

if your relatives came from a different geographic location or belonged to a different tribe, try searching

google for the state and tribes. you might find a contact for a state-recognized tribe or a federal recognized


i have collected many resources over the years. if you want to write to me, and request the

choctaw resource list, i will be glad to send it to you.

i am just a volunteer that wants to empower people to learn how to do genealogy.

suzanne hamlet shatto

suzanne hamlet shatto suzanne hamlet shatto

posted on March 6, 2011

rushing might be her maiden name.
William Ussery and Rebecca Rushing

William Ussery was born about 1794 in North Carolina. His parents are unknown at this time. He died Aug 16, 1875 in Giles Co, TN. He married Rebecca Rushing, born Apr 4, 1802 in NC and died May 13, 1865 in Giles Co, TN. Both are buried in the Lucy/Colvett/Roper Cemetery on Factory Creek.

Their children:

1. Jemima Ussery 2. Martha Ussery? mar. A.E.Y. Tacker 3. Mary Ussery? mar. Joe Day *2nd Husband of Mary Ussery?: Bob English 4. Mastin Ussery b: Jan 20, 1821 d: Aug 1883 in Giles Co., TN Roper Cemetery 5. Joseph Carroll Ussery 6. Lively D. Ussery b: Aug 27, 1828 d: Aug 1848 in Giles Co, TN Roper Cemetery 7. Rebecca Ussery b: Abt 1830 mar. John Alexander 8. William G. Ussery b: Abt 1832 9. Evan R. “Ibbin” Ussery b: Abt 1834 d: Jul 10, 1961 in Giles Co, TN Roper Cemetery mar. Helen Colvett 10. Anness Ussery b: Abt 1836 in Giles Co, TN mar. Tom Wells 11. Hester Jane Ussery 12. Sophronia Ussery b: Abt 1842 mar. Doc Yoakley 13. Frances Ussery b: Abt 1844 14. Sarah “Sally” Ussery b: Abt 1845 mar. Mr.Smith 15. Eliza Ussery b: Aug 1848 mar. Mr.Colvett

i got this from a cached page that might not exist anymore.

SUBMITTED BY: Aubrey C. Doggett, Houston, TX (July 2004)

WIFE: Mary Doggett
BORN: May 7, 1813, Tennessee
MARRIAGE: Daniel G. Ussery
DIED: January 5, 1897, Maury Co., TN (Shane Cemetery)
FATHER’S NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH: Miller Doggett, March 30, 1789
MOTHER’S NAME AND DATE OF BIRTH: Delilah Griffis, January 17, 1787

HUSBAND: Daniel G. Ussery
BORN: December 24, 1814, Tennessee
MARRIAGE: Mary Doggett
DIED: June 11, 1884, Maury Co., TN (Shane Cemetery)

you might contact this person about family:
seems to be a cemetery record.
note amanda?
this is lively’s daughter.
Eunice Bell “Niccie” Ussery Houston
Birth: Feb. 14, 1813
Tennessee, USA
Death: Nov. 20, 1873
Marshall County
Tennessee, USA

Wife of Benjamin Franklin Houston m 19 August 1834

Daughter of Peter Ussery and Lively Liveret.

Mother of:
Alfred Marshall Houston
Peter Leroy Houston
Lively Ann Houston Richardson
Patience Olivia Houston Perkins Meadows
Persis Daniel Houston
DeWitt Clinton Houston
Josephine Rosena Houston Meadows
Mary Caldonia Houston
Benjamin Franklin Houston, Jr.

Houston Cemetery
Marshall County
Tennessee, USA

Lively D. Ussery
Birth: Aug. 27
Tennessee, USA
Death: unknown
Tennessee, USA


this message might explain some things:

Lucy Cemetery
Giles County
Tennessee, USA

Keri Keri

posted on March 11, 2011

Thank you. This is some good information. I will continue the search.

Keri Keri

posted on October 15, 2011

Thank you so much for this information. You have put in a lot of time to help me. I appreciate it.

Don Cheairs Don Cheairs

posted on October 16, 2011

Hello, I have never seen anything to indicate that Lively Rushing Cheairs had any Native American Blood, but I have information about her and a partial on her line. Would you mind sharing information. Don R. Cheairs North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Texas line.