Saturday, August 4, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Four Degrees of Separation

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, please!):

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?

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)).

David Kirby (1740-1832) certainly met his grandfather, Robert Kirby (1673-1755) (David's father was Ichabod Kirby (1705-1793), whose father was Robert Kirby).

 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).

Maria Dorothea (Dinkel) Spangler (1748-1835) certainly knew her parents, Johann Daniel Dunckel (1713-1755) and Maria Ursula von Ernest (1713-1793).  I don't know her grandparents.

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)).

John Underhill (1721-1793) certainly met his great-grandparents, Henry Ambrose (1649-1724) and Susanna --?-- (1646-1730).  John's parents were Sampson Underhill (1692-1732) and Elizabeth Ambrose (1698-1782).  Elizabeth's parents were Nathaniel Ambrose (1678-1745) and Sarah Eastman (1674-1728).  Nathaniel's parents were Henry Ambrose (1649-1724) and Susanna --?-- (1646-1730).  Each of these families resided in Salisbury, Massachusetts.

So I can connect, with four degrees of separation, back to a woman born in about 1646 - over 370 years!  

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


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Janice M. Sellers said...

I predicted last year that you might go for four degrees of separation the next time:

And unfortunately, as I said then, I can't make it to that fourth step. I just don't have the names in my tree. I *really* need to go to New Jersey to do research in person.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here's my 4 degrees: I can't make it back to the 1600s, like you, Randy, but I did get to the 1700s.

Yvette Hoitink said...

Here's my four degrees of seperation, perhaps even six:

Joan Bos said...

Thanks, Randy, for your inspiration. Here's my 4 degrees of separation in Dordrecht, Holland: