Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Four Degrees of Ancestral Separation

It's Saturday Night, 
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

For this week's mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1)  Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with four degrees of separation?  That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor."  When was that fourth ancestor born?

NOTE:  If you cannot go back that far, then use the third ancestor, or even the second ancestor.

2)  Tell us 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:

A)  My Seaver/Richmond/White/Kirby line:   

1)  Me (born 1943) met my paternal grandmother Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962, once in 1959. 
2)  Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) was daughter of Thomas Richmond (1848-1917))  knew her grandfather, Henry Arnold White (1824-1885); 
3) Henry Arnold White (1824-1885) probably met his great-grandfather, David Kirby (1740-1832) (Henry's father was Jonathan White (1806-1850), whose mother was Sybil Kirby (1764-1848), whose father was David Kirby (1740-1832)); 
4)  David Kirby (1740-1832) surely knew his paternal grandfather, Robert Kirby (1674-1757).

B)  A Seaver/Gates/Reed line:

1)  Me (born 1943) met my paternal grandmother Alma Bessie (Richmond) Seaver (1882-1962), once in 1959. 
2)  Alma Bessie Richmond (1882-1962) married Frederick Walton Seaver (1876-1942) in 1900, and surely met Frederick's grandfather, Isaac Seaver (1823-1901).
3)  Isaac Seaver (1823-1901) surely knew his maternal great-grandmother Susanna (Reed) Gates (1745-1833)
4)  Susanna (Reed) Gates (1745-1833) surely knew her great-grandfather George Reed (1660-1756).

 C)  My Carringer/Spangler/Dunckel line:  

1)  Me (born 1943) - my maternal great grandfather, Henry Austin Carringer held me when I was a baby.  
2) Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), son of David Jackson Carringer (1828-1902) and Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901),  surely met his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863). 3)  Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1853) certainly met her husband's grandmother, Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835) (Elizabeth's father was John Daniel Spangler (1781-1851), whose parents were Rudolf Spangler (1738-1791) 
4)  Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835); Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835) probably met her grandfather, Johann Daniel Dunckel (1680-1753).

D)  My Carringer/Smith/Vaux/Underhill/Ambrose line:  

1)  Me (born 1943) - was held by my great-grandmother, (1) Della (Smith) Carringer (1862-1944) (I don't remember it, of course!).  
2) Della Smith (1862-1944, born in Wisconsin), daughter of Abigail Vaux (1844-1931), granddaughter of Mary Ann (Underhill) Vaux (1815-1883) may have met her great-grandfather, Amos Underhill (1772-1865, died in New York), but I doubt it!   
3)  Amos Underhill (1772-1865) certainly met his grandparents, John Underhill (1721-1793) and Joanna Healey (1718-1809) (through their son John Underhill (1745-1816));  
4)  John Underhill (1721-1793) (through mother Elizabeth (Ambrose) Underhill (1698-1782) and grandfather Nathaniel Ambrose (1677-1745)) met his great-grandfather, Henry Ambrose (1649-1724).

So I can connect, with four degrees of separation, back to a man born in 1649 (but one of the links likely did not "meet" his great-grandchild) - over 360 years!  For the requirement that they actually met, I can get back to a person born in 1660. 

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