Georgia On My Mind: Milledgeville’s Borgus & Lewis Family A Descendant’s Journey continues with some groundbreaking revelations. The Abrams and Borgus Family Tree Three Branches. What’s in a Name? The Meaning of It All! Those are the questions I raised with my blog dated January 23, 2014. In that blog I tracked my journey on the Borgus paternal line of my family. I came across a number of answers after my peeking around in my ancestors’ closets. I closed out the blog with two questions still looming in my Georgia On My Mind: Milledgeville’s Borgus & Lewis Family: A Descendant’s Journey ~Reeves, Duval, Jones, Arnold, Huff.
In the course of tracking the ancestral line of Borgus, I found there was another family name that I needed to review. It was with some detective work that I now have an additional name to add to my paternal line “Abrams” and as well Winkfield. I had some limited knowledge of “Winkfield” as it was noted on the Milledgeville, Baldwin County, Georgia 1930 census. It was noted as the married name of my widowed great great grandmother Jennie Borgus (Winkfield) when she lived in the household of her one and only child Corrine Borgus Lewis married to John Tom Lewis, (I came across the Winkfield link July 2009 but had been unsuccessful in finding any documentation beyond the name on the 1930 census). Ancestry.com was the online source of my research and census data.
Initially I was tracking “Winkfield” to see if I could locate the first name of Jennie’s spouse. It was initially a mystery. Because I was somewhat uncertain if “Winkfield” was blood relationship or if it was a marriage that occurred many years after great grandmother had her daughter Corrine Borgus, I did not include it. My interest was to see if I could find the father of my great grandmother Corrine. What began to develop as noted in the previous blog was a surprise. I found out that Jennie Borgus had been married and widowed twice. The first marriage was to Isaac Abrams (aka Abrahams) on January 3, 1884. (It was through my use of familysearch.org that I found this elusive marriage documentation). As noted previously Isaac Abrams turned out to be a childhood neighbor on the 1870 census. Jennie Abrams is noted as the wife of Isaac Abrams on the 1900 BaldwinCounty, Milledgeville Georgia census page 23 of 31.Census information courtesy of Ancestry.com.
It was in tracing the name Jennie Abrams noted to be a widow (Baldwin County, Milledgeville, Georgia 1910 census page 17 of 41) that I directed my search for Mr. Winkfield between 1910 and 1930 to look for the marriage certificate and census documentation for Jennie’s second marriage to Mr. Winkfield, first name still unknown. It was when I inputted the data of the widow Jennie Abrams married to a “Winkfield” that the information popped up. It was a February 16, 1919 marriage certificate in Baldwin County, Milledgeville, Georgia for a Randal Winkfield married to Gennie Abrams. This documented the first name of the second husband of Jennie Borgus Abrams Winkfield. “Randal” wow after all of these years and I had finally found him. It was also further documented when the Baldwin County Georgia 1920 census also noted a Randal Winfield married to Jennie Winfield. Courtesy of Ancestry.com 1920 census page 56 of 60. (Georgia Marriage Records from select Counties, years 1828-1978 for Gennie Abrams /Baldwin Marriages, White and Colored, years 1916-1920: page 188 of 313)
It had taken me five years to finally track down the documentation. In the search for information on Corrine Borgus Lewis my paternal great grandmother, I found out that great grandmother Corrine had been born to a sixteen year old single mother. I learned of her mother’s name Jennie Borgus and her grandparents who raised her, Andrew and Missouri Borgus as noted on the 1870 and 1880 census. I also found out that Corrine’s mom was the widow, Jennie Winkfield noted on the 1930 census. I further learned that her mom Jennie Winkfield had been married previously to Isaac Abrams a childhood neighbor. They were married on January 3, 1884 three years after Corrine’s birth. It is highly suspect that Isaac Abrams was the natural birth father of Corrine Borgus. In the midst of these finds it was also noted that Isaac Abrams had a sister Martha Ann Abrams who married Henry Borgus the younger brother of Jennie. This is noted on the Putnam County, Georgia marriage license for January 22, 1897.(Courtesy Ancestry.com Georgia Marriage Record from selected counties 1828-1978 for Henry Borgus page 294 of 329).The Abrams and Borgus families were connected by the marriage their children. It was also further noted on a 1900 census that in the household of Abraham Abrams (the older brother of Isaac Abrams as noted on the 1870 and 1880 census) Abraham Abrams and his wife Fannie were raising a granddaughter named Anna B. Borgus age three… It seems that the Abrams and Borgus families are connected through at least three different relations. The various censuses, marriage certificates and even gravesites provided the answer to my question, What’s in a Name? The Meaning of It All!
As I complete the first saga I am now left with additional questions on the next generation of Borgus. The Abram and Borgus connections pose new questions. Who are the parents to the baby Anna B. Borgus noted above? With so many links, I am amazed that I am just finding out about the Abrams name in my family tree. I must add the following information. In my search for Borgus family connections, a few years ago I received a hint on my ancestry.com family tree. It led me to a group of Borgus descendants in Cape May, New Jersey. They were the descendants of Henry Borgus. Henry Borgus is the younger brother of my great -great grandmother “Jennie Borgus Abrams Winkfield.” I am still attempting to finalize a connection with the descendants of this Borgus branch. It is a work in progress.
Now for the drum role of a surprise! I received a post and an inquiry on my blog. It was from L.Abrams. He is a descendant searching for information on the Abrams family connections out of Eatonton, Putnam County, Georgia. Yes, ain’t that a peach. So I am off to a new branch. I am searching for where our connections may be linked. Now I know that the ancestors are shaking this Borgus-Abrams tree so that I can find my long lost family members. As I begin this new search in the Georgia On My Mind: Milledgeville’s Borgus & Lewis Family: A Descendant’s Journey ~Reeves, Duval, Jones, Arnold, Huff I salute my ancestors. I say Ashe Ashe to the Borgus, Abrams (Abraham) ancestors for all of their guidance. Note I use both Abrams and Abraham as the last name “the surname” is used interchangeably on the earlier census and marriage certificates. One lesson that I found very vital is to enter with a sense of unknowing when engaging the ancestors. They will always surprise you. Included in my continued search of the Borgus Abram connection, I will extend the journey into Alabama. Andrew Borgus the father of Jennie Borgus and the grandfather of Corrine is noted on the 1920 Census Eatonton Putnam County, Georgia (page 1 of 51) as an 80 year old widower. He is living in the household of his daughter Lily Borgus Cobb and her husband George Cobb. Andrew Borgus (Sr.) notes on this census that his parents were born in Alabama. So when I return to the trail of the Borgus extended family I will be searching in the state of Alabama.
While I unravel the next set of mysteries on the Borgus and Abrams line, I will begin my next blog on my Huff ancestors before they Huff and Puff and blow my ancestral tree down. Hasn’t this been a peach of a story?