Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):
1) Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation? That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor." When was that second ancestor born?
2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google Plus.
Here are several of mine:
1) My Seaver/Richmond line: Me (born 1943) - I met my paternal grandmother once in 1959. My paternal grandmother Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962, daughter of Thomas Richmond (1848-1917)) knew her grandfather, James Richmond (1821-1912).
2) My Carringer line: Me (born 1943) - my maternal great grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer held me when I was a baby. Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), son of David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) and Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901), knew his paternal grandfather Henry Carringer (1800-1881) well. He also knew his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863).
3) My Carringer/Smith/Vaux/Underhill line: Me (born 1943) - my great-grandmother, Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) held me (I don't remember it, of course!). Della Smith (born in Wisconsin), daughter of Abigial Vaux (1844-1931), granddaughter of Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux (1815-1880) may have met her great-grandfather, Amos Underhill (1772-1865, died in New York), but I doubt it!
So I can connect, with two degrees of separation, back to a man born in 1772 (but that man likely did not "meet" his great-grandchild). For the requirement that they actually met, I can get back to a person born in 1796. 218 years ago.
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