Saturday, June 23, 2012

Surname Saturday – Ancestor #19 – Sherreldia Jane Hammontree


One of my goals for 2012 is to use the Surname Saturday blogging prompt as a way to assure that I spend some time researching each of my family lines and that I have appropriate source citations for the genealogical facts related to my ancestors. I’ve decided to use my ahnentafel report and work back through the generations starting with my grandparents, writing a summary of each ancestor. If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.

If you discovered this post through a search engine and find one of your ancestors listed here, please leave a comment to let me know.

My paternal 2nd great-grandmother Sherreldia Jane Hammontree was born 10 November 1825[1] probably in Tennessee.[2] Her name is sometimes recorded as Sorilda or Sarilda. She was the daughter of Hugh Hammontree and Rachel Caskey.

Sherreldia Jane Hammontree married Houston T. Owens on 29 December 1841 in Talladega County, Alabama.[3] They had fifteen children:
  • Andrew J. Owens (1841-?)[4]
  • Nancy C. Owens (1843-1930)[5]
  • Missouri Ann Owens (1845-1927)[6]
  • Dialtha Jane Owens (1847-1893)[7] – my great-grandmother
  • Rachel B. Owens (1849-1851)
  • Hughes R. Owens (1851-1916)[8]
  • Rebecca Ursula Owens (1852-1928)[9]
  • Thomas Alexander Owens (1855-1919)[10]
  • Gabriel Houston Owens (1858-1928)[11]
  • Sarah A. Owens (1861-1947)[12]
  • Steward S. Owens (1864-1937)[13]
  • Sarilda Angeline Owens (1866-1906)[14]
  • John Darius Owens (1868-1951)[15]
  • Charles Taylor Owens (1870-1945)[16]
  • Belzora Owens (1872-died young)[17]


Like most of my female ancestors, I know little about Sherreldia. I think she may have borne more children than any of my other grandmothers. One two died young. The rest lived to adulthood.

Sherreldia died 11 December 1896 (just 15 months following her husband’s death) and is buried at Hurricane Cemetery, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.[18]

As I research Sherreldia's husband, I hope to find more information about her as well.




[1] Kelly Christian Priestly, "Hurricane Cemetery, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana," transcription, USGenWeb Archives (http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/claiborne/cemeteries/hurrican.txt : accessed 21 Apr 2010), entry for Sherreldia J. Owens. Sherreldia’s age at date of death was recorded as 71 years, 1 month, 1 day.
[2] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Western District, Bienville, Louisiana, p. 288A, family 559, household of Huston T. Owens; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 230.
[3] Talladega County, Alabama, Marriage Records, 1833-1942, A1: 246, Owens-Hammonthren; Family History microfilm 1,639,298, item 1.
[4] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Western District, Bienville, Louisiana, p. 288A, family 559, household of Huston T. Owens; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 16 Jan 2010); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 230.
[5] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Nancy C. Owens, Memorial #15477081, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 23 Aug 2006.
[6] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Missouri Anne Owens Spurlock, Memorial #15541349, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 28 August 2006.
[7] Dialtha Owens Spurlock Photograph of grave marker, 1999; digital image, privately held by Denise Spurlock, [ADDRESS FOR PRIVATE USE,] Lomita, Callifornia. 2012.
[8] Charles I. Caskey, Descendants of Houston T. Owens.
[9] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Rebecca Ursula Owens Sims, Memorial #21341670, created by Terri Carter, 3 September 2007.
[10] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Thomas Alexander Owens, Memorial #15541142, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 28 August 2006.
[11] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Gabriel Houston Owens, Memorial #15541182, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 28 August 2006.
[12] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Sarah Ann Owens, Memorial #15477146, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 23 August 2006.
[13] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Steward S. Owens, Memorial #15477194, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 23 August 2006.
[14] Charles I. Caskey, Descendants of Houston T. Owens.
[15] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), John Darius Owens, Memorial #54034110, created by Debbra, 23 Jun 2010.
[16] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Charles Taylor Owens, Memorial #15477291, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 23 August 2006.
[17] Find A Grave, online database (www.findagrave.com : accessed 13 Jun 2012), Belzora Owens Owens, Memorial #15541105, created by Foster L. Spurlock, 28 August 2006.
[18] Kelly Christian Priestly, "Hurricane Cemetery, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana," transcription, USGenWeb Archives (http://files.usgwarchives.org/la/claiborne/cemeteries/hurrican.txt : accessed 21 Apr 2010), entry for Sherreldia J. Owens.

© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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