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Name’s the Same ~ 52 Ancestors #10

This prompt just so happened to fit into a blog I had already decided to write, so this one was really exciting. I have been noticing for a few years that when I am researching that I tend to find someone with a last name that I am sure is in one of my lines. So I will go to my default tree, my paternal side, and do a search for that name. When I find it, I am usually disappointed because this information doesn’t match any of my ancestors.

I have had the thought in the back of my mind for a long time about taking some time and comparing the last names of my ancestors between my paternal and maternal sides. I have put it off because of the numbers of ancestors that would be. Just on one side I could have as many as 2048 9x great grandparents and on both sides there could be 4098. Yes, I know that the chances of having all 4098 9x great grandparents found and documented are slim. Even if I had ¼ of them, that is still 1024 ancestors. It would become a daunting task.

Another hindrance to completing this task was the common names I found in my lines. One’s like Smith, Brown, Johnson, Jones, and the like. So what did I do? I decided I would pull up both trees, side by side, and compare some of the uncommon surnames in them. I also pulled up my notes to see which ancestor information I had previously investigated that turned out to not be mine. What an eye-opener.

In a matter of 40 minutes of just scanning through the lines I discovered 19 ancestors with the same surname in both trees. Yes, there were Smiths and Browns but there were also some with a less popular or common name. Here are a few:

1a) Hughes/Hayes: John Graves my 6th Great Grandfather was born in 1680 in Essex County, Virginia and died in 1747 in the same county.
1b) Smith/McGowan: John Graves my 10th Great Grandfather was born in 1589 in Nezeing, Essex County, England and died in 1644 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

2a) Hughes/Hayes: John Jordan my 7th Great Grandfather was born in Isle of Wright, Virginia and died on April 23, 1726, in Chowan County, North Carolina.
2b) Smith/McGowan: Colonel George Jordan my 7th Great Grandfather was born in 1653 in Surry County, Virginia and died in 1718 in the same county.

3a) Hughes/Hayes: Mary Towneley my 10th Great Grandmother was born on May 13, 1614, in England and died on August 11, 1662, at Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia.
3b) Smith/McGowan: Alice Towneley my 9th Great Grandmother was born in 1675 in Gloucester County, Virginia, and died on January 1, 1710, in Middlesex County, Virginia.

4a) Hughes/Hayes: Carl Lee Hughes my 2nd cousin was born on January 6, 1914, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri and died in 1989 in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. He married Sarah Catherine Page my 1st cousin born on September 10, 1910, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri and died on May 10, 1993, In Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri.
4b) Smith/McGowan: Sarah Catherine Page my 1st cousin was born on September 10, 1910, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri and died on May 10, 1993, In Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. She married Carl Lee Hughes my 2nd cousin born on January 6, 1914, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri and died in 1989 in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri.

As you can see from the first ancestors they had the exact same name. Numbers 2 and 3 had an unusual surname with different given names. The last one shows how one cousin from my paternal side married a cousin from my maternal side.

I also went through a few names on my “could be related” list and discovered that several of them did fit into one of the trees, my maternal side.

“Names the Same” is truly the right name for this blog!

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

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Name’s the Same ~ 52 Ancestors #10

This prompt just so happened to fit into a blog I had already decided to write, so this one was really exciting. I have been noticing for a few years that when I am researching that I tend to find someone with a last name that I am sure is in one of my lines. So I will then go to my default tree, my paternal side, and do a search for that name. When I find it, I am usually disappointed because this information doesn’t match any of my ancestors.

I have had the thought in the back of my mind for a long time about taking some time and comparing the last names of my ancestors between my paternal and maternal sides. I have put it off because of the numbers of ancestors that would be. Just on one side I could have as many as 2048 9x great grandparents and on both sides there could be 4098. Yes, I know that the chances of having all 4098 9x great grandparents found and documented are slim. Even if I had ¼ of them, that is still 1024 ancestors. It would become a daunting task.

Another hindrance to completing this task was the common names I find in my lines. One’s like Smith, Brown, Johnson, Jones, and the like. So what did I do? I decided I would pull up both trees, side by side, and compare some of the uncommon surnames in them. I also pulled up my notes to see which ancestor information I had previously investigated that turned out to not be mine. What an eye-opener. Here are a few:

1a) Hughes/Hayes: John Graves my 6th Great Grandfather was born in 1680 in Essex County, Virginia and died in 1747 in the same county.
1b) Smith/McGowan: John Graves my 10th Great Grandfather was born in 1589 in Nezeing, Essex County, England and died in 1644 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

2a) Hughes/Hayes: John Jordan my 7th Great Grandfather was born in Isle of Wright, Virginia and died on April 23, 1726, in Chowan County, North Carolina.
2b) Smith/McGowan: Colonel George Jordan my 7th Great Grandfather was born in 1653 in Surry County, Virginia and died in 1718 in the same county.

3a) Hughes/Hayes: Mary Towneley my 10th Great Grandmother was born on May 13, 1614, in England and died on August 11, 1662, at Warner Hall, Gloucester County, Virginia.
3b) Smith/McGowan: Alice Towneley my 9th Great Grandmother was born in 1675 in Gloucester County, Virginia, and died on January 1, 1710, in Middlesex County, Virginia.

4a) Hughes/Hayes: Carl Lee Hughes my 2nd cousin was born on January 6, 1914, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri and died in 1989 in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. He married Sarah Catherine Page my 1st cousin born on September 10, 1910, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri and died on May 10, 1993, In Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri.
4b) Smith/McGowan: Sarah Catherine Page my 1st cousin was born on September 10, 1910, in Page City, Lafayette County, Missouri and died on May 10, 1993, In Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri. She married Carl Lee Hughes my 2nd cousin born on January 6, 1914, in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri and died in 1989 in Sedalia, Pettis County, Missouri.

As you can see from the first ancestors they had the exact same name. Numbers 2 and 3 had an unusual surname with different given names. The last one shows how one cousin from my paternal side married a cousin from my maternal side.

I also went through a few names on my “could be related” list and discovered that several of them did fit into one of the trees, my maternal side.

“Names the Same” is truly the right name for this blog!

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have written two books “Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time” and “Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip”, both available on Amazon. You can also connect with me on Facebook and Twitter @VHughesAuthor.

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Large ~ 52 Ancestors 52 Weeks ~ #31

f0ff87518dc8f285a33ba22e6db40da7Large could mean so many things. Someone with a large family, a large piece of land, or someone with a large head (joking), however, I do have all 3 of these in my family. Most of my ancestors had between 10 and 15 children, many were landowners of big estates, and yes a few had large heads. Trying to decide which of these to write about was difficult. At least until I decided to go another direction. So here is my interpretation of large.

I have many large gaps in my family trees. Too many of my ancestors seem determined to remain a mystery. They just appear in the tree, so to speak, because they have a couple of documents to prove they existed. However, there are no birth or death records to divulge where they came from and when they left.

One example is my maternal Great Grandfather, Pleasant Smith. I have Pleasant 1an iffy birth date for him because it was written in my baby book family tree. My mother filled in the little tree with names, dates of birth, and place of birth for both her side and my dads’ side. All of the information on the others in the tree have proven correct, so I assume his is also. The only documents I have found for Pleasant is his marriage record, his name on my Grandpas’ death certificate and also on Grandpas’ Social Security application. I can find nothing else that can be proven about him!

peters 1Another example, also on my maternal side is my 2nd Great Grandfather, Peter Walt. I found his “date of birth” on the 1900 Census. It states he was born in November of 1839 and his place of birth is Canada. It’s not definitive proof, but it is a start. I have his marriage record index information but no actual certificate. I did find his Civil War Draft Registration Record that confirms his age and where he was from. I am assuming he died between 1910 and 1920 because his wife is listed as married in the first and widowed in the second. Missouri has wonderful death certificates after 1910 so if he did die after that I should be able to find a record, but no! This is all I have for him.

My last example is my paternal 2nd Great Grandmother, Elisia JaneElisia 1 (White) Register. All I have for her is 2 Census records, one for 1880 and the other for 1900. I have her month, year, and place of birth from the last Census. It states she was born in November 1833 in Missouri. Missouri had been a State for about 4 years at the time of her birth and I can find no record for her. Her marriage date is also taken from this Census as it states how long they had been married. There are no death records to be found either.

I have a lot of “large” gaps the farther back in time that I go. These I would expect. Yes, they bother me, but not as much as these 3 that are so close to me. Maybe one day I will stumble upon something that will kick the doors wide open for me to find what I am missing. A girl can dream, can’t she?

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Unexpected ~ 52 Ancestors 52 weeks #25

It was hard to decide which unexpected genealogy find I wanted to write about. After over 20 years of research, I have found too many to list. So, I decided to not travel way back in time but to write about a discovery closer to home.

Aunt Mary 2My mother had 5 siblings. three brothers and two sisters. Two of her siblings died before the age of two. I was fortunate to be able to meet the other three, however briefly it was. My mothers’ sister, Mary Elizabeth Smith was born on November 4, 1905, in Clay, Lafayette County, Missouri. She was 14 years older than my mother so she had left home and Missouri when mother was 5 years old. Mary moved to Dallas Texas and got a job at Macy’s Department Store. She met and married Otto Glen Claxton who was 7 years older than her and they had one daughter 1937. This is all the information I had on her.

I remember Aunt Mary would send my sister and me very expensive gifts for birthdays and Christmas. One year we each got leather handbags and another year we got Hummel figurines. I only remember meeting her once when she and Uncle Otto came to Arizona to visit. She was a strikingly beautiful woman at least in her older years. It was in the Spring when they came and she wore mink stoles everywhere she went. Spring temperatures in Arizona run 78-90 degrees so I thought this was odd. Uncle Otto was bald and smoked cigars. It is funny the things kids seem to remember.

A few years ago I was talking with my last remaining first cousin on my mothers’ side and he was filling me in on Aunt Mary’s life. Knowing that verifying information is critical to genealogy I began researching the data. Here is what I found.

* In 1935 Mary was a champion skeet shooter. She won numerous awards over the years for her marksmanship.

* Although she had met Otto soon after moving to Dallas it was many years before they got married. She had married and divorced two other men before this. He also had been married and divorced twice.

* Mary and Otto had an affair in 1936 which resulted in my cousin. In those days out of wedlock births were scandalous!

*I found one newspaper article featuring her as the manager of a new dress shop in Dallas.Aunt Mary dress shop

 

 

* And last but certainly not least Mary and Otto had been married 7 times and divorced 8 times!

 

I guess you can say Mary was a woman way ahead of her time as today this would or could be considered normal. She died on December 1, 1980, in Ventura, California, at the age of 75.Aunt Mary obit

 

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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Saturday’s Dilemma ~ Peter Walt, Where Are You?

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Peter Walt is my Maternal 2x Great Grandfather. I haven’t had much luck finding information or documents on him. Here is what I do know.

 

Peter Walt was born in Nov 1839 in New Germany, New Brunswick, Canada.  He immigrated to America in 1857 at the age of 18. He arrived in St. Clair Co. Illinois

Peter Walt 1850 Census

In 1860 (Census) he was living in Grape Grove Missouri. He is listed as being 20 years old and working as a carpenter. He is living with a friend John Taylor aged 21 also a carpenter. John was born in England.

Peter married Elizabeth Marsh in 1861 in Ray County Missouri. Elizabeth was born December 31, 1841, in Chillicothe, Livingston County, Missouri to Henry Marsh and Elizabeth Chestnutt.

They had their first of 10 children, my Great Grandmother Asenath “Dolly” Walt on February 27, 1863, in Camden, Ray County Missouri. Dolly married John Henry McGowan in 1887.

Peter Walt 1863

He registered for the Civil War Draft in Camden in 1863. He is listed as an Alien born in Canada.

 

From 1863 until 1900 they resided in Camden.  In the 1900 Census, they were living in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri.

This is where Peter’s trail ends. In the 1910 Census, Elizabeth is living with her son John and his wife in Kansas. She is listed as being a widow. So, Peter died sometime between 1900 and 1910. The state of Missouri has a wonderful collection of death certificates available for free online. Unfortunately, they only go from 1910 to 1969 so he died before 1910.

HERE IS MY DILEMMA:

I do not have proof of his birth date nor his death date and location. According to the Civil War Draft Registration Records, he was born “Abt” 1840. I only have his city of birth in Canada because his son, John listed it in one of his Census’s.

SOLUTION:

Just writing this out like this has given me some new ideas of where I can search. Any suggestions you may have as to where I may find more information on Peter would be greatly appreciated. Wish me luck!

 

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: Your Family History: Doing It Right the First Time and Planning Your Genealogy Research Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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The Truths You Find While Researching Genealogy

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Growing up my parents didn’t talk much about our family history. I heard a few stories from my Mother but none whatsoever from my Dad. I didn’t get curious about my family until after my Mother died and by then it was too late to ask the questions I had.

I had always been told that my Mother and Dad had each been married before they themselves had gotten married. My Mother said she had been married twice before. She told me her first husband had died from typhoid fever and her second husband has killed in a house fire while she had gone out shopping.

Truth #1: My Mother married to Earl Joseph Wilson on September 4, 1936. My half-brother was born in April 1937. This is where the information stopped. However, after much research I discovered that Earl Joseph Wilson had served in WWII in the army, he also moved to Dayton Ohio after the war and he passed away there on December 23. 1993. So much for Typhoid Fever.                                                                                                  George C Liermans' Death

Truth #2: She married George C. Lierman on July 19, 1940. On May 14, 1948 George did indeed die in a house fire along with 1 of his step-sons. The newspaper article stated his wife Grace had gone to the store and the kerosene stove exploded shortly afterwards. No mention of my Mother. George and Grace were married in 1946 so apparently he and my Mother had been a divorce prior to that.

Truth #3: My maternal Grandfather’s second wife died February 4, 1948. In her obituary it lists her step-children, John P Smith; Raymond Smith; Mrs. Otto Claxton and Mrs. Ike Cook. My Aunt Mary was married to Otto so who was Mrs. Cook. Of course, it had to be my Mother. There was never a mention of her 3rd marriage the entire time I was growing up!

I had been told that my Dad had been married once before and he and his wife Mildred had 2 daughters. Mildred and the two young girls died of Scarlet Fever.

Dad Mildred 1 MLTruth #1: My Dad married Mildred Shockley November 20, 1937. He was 22 and Mildred was just 17. On February 28, 1938, 3 months after getting married my half-brother Benjamin was born. I never knew I had another brother as I only discovered this about 8 years ago! Benjamin died on May 12, 1938 from Pneumonia. Mildred died on June 12, 1938, also of Pneumonia.

 

Dad Mildred Loretta

Truth #2: In March 1944 he married Mildred McQuillen Young who had a 2-year-old daughter. They never had any children. They had to have gotten divorced because both were remarried in 1948. Mildred died on December 5, 1981 not of Scarlet Fever. The young girl died in 2008.

 

I will never know the reason behind my Mother not telling me the truth about their lives. Maybe it was just during that era it was frowned upon to be divorced or married more than once. I also wonder why I was never told about my baby brother who died so young. All I know is I am more determined than ever to leave behind an accurate account of my life, yes even the unflattering things, for my descendants.

Have you uncovered any “untruths” in your linage? I would love to hear about them.

I am a professional genealogist, writer, photographer, crafter, reader, wife, mother, and grandma. I have two books available on Amazon.com: http://tinyurl.com/Your-Family-History and http://tinyurl.com/Genealogy-Research-Trip. You can also connect with me via Facebook or Twitter.

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