Saturday, August 15, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who is Your "Bad Behavior" Relative?

Calling all Genea-Musings Fans: 

 It's Saturday Night again - 

time for some more Genealogy Fun!!

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):

1)  Who is one of your relatives (ancestor or not) who behaved poorly during his or her life?   It can be any time period.

2)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment on tjhisp ost, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.

Here's one of mine:

Charles Auble (1849-1916) was my great-grandfather, husband of Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) and father to my maternal grandmother, Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977).  

Great-grandpa Charlie apparently lied to Georgianna throughout their courting in Chicago and marriage in Milwaukee,. Wisconsin.  He said he was born in October 1864 (age 35) in the 1900 U.S. Census, was age 54 in the 1910 U.S. Census, and his date of birth is listed as 31 October 1854 in his death certificate.

By family accounts, Charlie was fond of strong drink.  So much so that he fell down the stairs in the house on F Street in San Diego and ruptured his gall bladder, then lingered bed-ridden for  three months before he died, leaving a wife and 15 year old daughter to remember him not so fondly.  

Charlie was a painter and interior decorator - I think it was probably painting houses and fences and things, rather than art, because he was a member of the Painter's Union in Chicago and San Diego.  I can't find any newspaper items about Charlie in the San Diego newspapers on GenealogyBank about him, other than an obituary and several listings as an election official in April 1916 (but he died 23 March 1916).  

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Lynn David said...

My ancestor lied about his surname, and his wife even continued with that lie after his death. Thankfully, there have been enough records found to ferret-out the truth about his parentage and his life.

The link for story sharing still works from the old ancestry despite the change-over to the new website:

Greta Koehl said...

There is pretty strong competition among my ancestors for "bad behavior" honors. The Brinlees (my paternal line) probably top the list. My great-great grandfather Hiram Brinlee Sr. and his brother George were tried for murder and attempted murder during the Republic of Texas days (around 1844). They must have gotten off, because they continued to farm and have children. Then two of Hiram's sons, David and William, were also tried for murder; as the family story goes, Hiram spent so much money on lawyers to represent them that he had to sell of a lot of his Texas land (originally thousands of acres) to pay for them. A grandson, William Carroll Brinlee, was a Texas lawman and was also tried for killing a man while he was sheriff. Last but not least, there was the infamous "Bristow Bomber," Rex Brinlee. The Floyds are runners up, mostly for engaging in nasty lawsuits against one another and also for numerous infractions such as stealing cattle (my great-grandfather Charles Augustus Floyd was charged at least one for this).

kathy said...

My Great Grandmother's brother and his wife had a tumultuous relationship.

Lois Willis said...

I chose a more distant relation for my post

Janice M. Sellers said...

My 7th-great-grandfather's brother was hung for treason. I think that qualifies!