Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) We all have elusive ancestors - those persons that we cannot connect to parents or children, or a wife without a known surname. Identify one of those elusive ancestors, and how they are related to you..
2) Tell us what you do know about your elusive ancestor - what events, dates and places do you know for them? Who did they marry, what are the names of their children?
3) What research do you plan to perform to solve your elusive ancestor problem?
4) Share your information in your own blog post (but please comment on this post with a link to your post), in a comment to this post, in a Facebook status or a Google Plus Stream post.
My elusive ancestor is Mary Kent. She was born in about 1726 in New Jersey, and married William Cutter (1722-1780), and they had 8 children, all born in Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey: Stephen, Richard, Sarah, Mary, Hannah, Samuel, Kelsey, and Keturah.
Mary is one of my 5th great-grandmothers, and I descend through her first son, Stephen Cutter (1745-1823).
Mary Kent's parents are unknown. It is possible that she was the daughter of Stephen Kent, and the granddaughter of another Stephen Kent who resided in Woodbridge, Middlesex County, New Jersey. There are some town records with birth, marriage or death entries in this area in this time period, but there are very few records for Kents. I have reviewed the will abstracts of all of the Kent persons in northeastern New Jersey in the 1700s and Mary is not identified in them.
It is possible that she was the daughter or sister of William Kent, who witnessed the will of Richard Cutter, her husband's father, in 1757.
However, there are no records to prove these suppositions.
What I plan to do next: Obtain and review land records for Middlesex County for all Kent persons and Cutter persons in hopes that a Kent is mentioned in one or more of them.
I hope that other descendants of Mary (Kent) Cutter will contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if they have more information about her.
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