Saturday, January 28, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Three Degrees of Separation

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

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

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

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:

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, Henry Arnold White (1824-1885).  
*  Henry Arnold White 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)).

 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),  surely met his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth (King) Spangler (1796-1863).  
*  Elizabeth (King) Spangler 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) and Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835).

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 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!   
*  Amos Underhill certainly met his grandparents, John Underhill (1721-1793) and Joanna Healey (1718-1809) (through their son John Underhill (1745-1816)).

4)   My Auble/Kemp/Sovereen line:

*  Me (born 1943) knew my great-grandmother, Georgianna (Krmp) Auble (1868-1952).
*  Georgianna Kemp (1868-1952) knew her great-grandfather, Frederick Sovereen (1785-1875) (Georgianna was the daughter of James and Mary Jane (Sovereen) Kemp (1840-1874), Mary Jane was daughter of Alexander and Sarah (Putman) Sovereen, and Alexander (1814-1907) was the son of Frederrick and Mary Jane (Hutchison) Sovereen).
*  Frederick Sovereen (1786-1875) knew his grandfather Frederick Zavering (1711-1805) (through Frederick's son Jacob Sovereen (1759-1845).

So I can connect, with three degrees of separation, back to a man born in about 1711 - over 300 years!  

It strikes me that four degrees of separation might be really interesting!  Another time!


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Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

Here is mine for this week.

Janice M. Sellers said...

Here's my contribution. I didn't get very far.

barb said...

Here's mine! 1812 is my magic date.

Mary Rohrer Dexter said...

I decided to do a Part II of mine. It can be found here

Nancy Ward Remling said...

Wow! I got to 1768! I didn't think I'd get very far at all...