Saturday, April 18, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun -- Which Ancestors Would You Like to Talk To?

It's Saturday Night - 

time for more Genealogy Fun! 

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible music here) is to:

1)  We sometimes find we have questions we would love to discuss with our ancestors - the who, what, when, why and how questions that might help with our genealogy research.

2)  Which ancestors would you like to talk to?  What questions would you ask?  

3)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this blog post, or in a post on Facebook.

Here's mine:

I have so many brick walls, and so little information about many of my ancestors.  I have several whom I would love to ask questions of, including:

a)  Third great-grandmother Sophia (Buck) (Brigham) (Newton) Stone (1797-1882):  I would ask Sophia who the father of her daughter, Sophia (Newton) Hildreth (1834-1923) is.  Sophia's first husband died in May 1834, and her daughter was born probably in September 1834.  Was it Lambert Brigham or Thomas J. Newton, or some other dude?  If it was Thomas J. Newton, who were his parents and what happened to him?

b)  Third great-grandfather John Richman (1788-1867):  I would ask John who his mother and father were, and his grandparents too.  The Wiltshire parish records are incomplete, and the answer here would help me sort them out.

c)  Probable 4th great-grandfather Isaac Lanfear (1777-1851):  I would ask Isaac which of his children had a male baby that was born in 1839 and was adopted by the Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith family, who named him Devier J. Smith (1839-1894), my 2nd great-grandfather.  If he didn't know, I would ask his wife, Rosina (Laun) Lanfear (1781-1881).  I would also ask who the other parent was of baby Devier.

d)  4th great-grandmother Hannah Smith (1768-1827):  I would ask Hannah who her parents and grandparents were.  She was probably from Amherst, Massachusetts, where she married Josiah Sawtell (1768-1847) in 1789.

e)  4th great-grandmother Maria Magdalena Hoax (1768-1850):  I would ask Molly who her parents and grandparents were.  She may have been from Frederick, Maryland, and she married Martin Carringer in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania in 1785.

f)  4th great-grandfather Cornelius Feather (1777-1853):  I would ask Cornelius two questions - what was the name of the mother of his daughter, Sarah Feather (1804-1848), and what was the maiden name of his mother, who married Stephen Feather (1736-1804)?  I would ask who his grandparents were also.

Of course, for all of these, I would have many more questions about their family, their life, their work, their accomplishments, their migrations, etc.  


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Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Here's mine. I just picked on two of my ancestors.

Liz said...

Here's mine:

I really enjoyed that, Randy. One question just leads to another!

Lois Willis said...
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Lois Willis said...

Here's mine:

Janice M. Sellers said...

I have so many questions!

Lacie Madison said...

I only chose 5 of my ancestors. My post.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here are my ancestors and questions: