Thursday, April 16, 2020

Who Were the Parents of John Richman (1788-1867) of Hilperton, Wiltshire? - Part 4

I wrote Part 1 of this series (on 12 March 2020), and have made some progress in sorting out all of the Richman data available in the area around Hilperton, Wiltshire in the 1700 to 1900 time frame.  In Part 1, I noted that there were a number of families in the Hilperton area that were having children in the 1775 to 1800 time frame that might include my 3rd great-grandfather John Richman (1788-1867), who is my "end-of-line" ancestor at this time.  

1)  Can DNA matches help me find the parents of my John Richman?  Perhaps!  It Depends (I hear everyone saying this)!  I formulated a plan to "test" which of my candidate Richman families, if any, have descendants who are DNA Matches with me on AncestryDNA.  

2)  I wrote Part 2 of this series (posted 24 March 2020), and added my first candidate family for potential parents of my John Richman (1788-1867), being John Richman (1744-1808) and Mary Parsons (1750-1817) as the biological parents in my Ancestry Member Tree.  That generated 5 AncestryDNA ThruLines for DNA matches from those parents.  That is evidence that I am related to those DNA matches somehow, but it is not proof that those candidate parents are correct.

3)  Heartened by that find, I disconnected John and Mary (Parsons) Richman as the potential biological parents of my John Richman (1788-1867), and connected the second candidate potential parents - Joseph Richman (1749-1829) and Hannah Mission (1749-1832), who married in 1774 - as biological parents to my John Richman.  

Part 3 of this series (posted 6 April 2020) showed that I have no ThruLines for my second candidate potential parents - Joseph Richman and Hannah Mission.  

4)  I moved on to the third set of candidate potential parents - William Richman (1760-????) and Hannah Picture (1774-????) who married in 1793.  My results on ThruLines indicated for William Richman:

And for Hannah Picture:

So William Richman (1760-????) has two other ThruLines who share, 10 and 9 cMs respectively with me.  But Hannah Picture has no other ThruLines!

Why doesn't Hannah Picture have the ThruLines that William Richman has?  The simple answer is that the two DNA matches do not have Hannah Picture in their family trees.  It is likely that the Ancestry collaborative tree used for ThruLines doesn't include Hanna Picture for whatever reason.  She is in my Ancestry Member Tree now, but not in anyone else's tree.  

In addition, William and Hannah (Picture) Richman married about 5 years after my John Richman (1788-1867) was born (according to other records).  And their first son was John Crabb Richman baptized in 1795.  Could this John Crabb Richman be my John Richman?  Perhaps - but the baptism is the only reference to the middle name Crabb in the records, but I don't have a marriage or death record for John Crabb Richman.  The name Crabb also ties this family to the family of John Richman (1724-1807) and Mary Crabb (1724-1817).

5)  This complicates my study, because I found five ThruLines for the first set of potential parents, and now have two ThruLines for the third set of potential parents, but my tree does not show a connection between the two families back three more generations.  So I may have a problem in MY tree - John Richman (1744-1808) and this William Richman (1760-????) may be related - brothers? uncle/nephew?  father/son?  Or I'm descended from two different Richman lines, or from the spouse lines of one of them.

6)  I will move on to the 4th set of potential parents for my John Richman - Charles Richman (1760-???) and Jane --?-- (1762-????) who had children in Hilperton baptized in 1786 and 1787.  

7)  Have you tried doing this "test" with potential ancestors who may be biological parents of your current "end-of-line" ancestors?  If so, how did it work out?


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