Saturday, June 27, 2020

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - The Time Machine

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

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

Determine which event in your ancestral history that you would love to be a witness to via a Time Machine.  Assume that you could observe the event, but not participate in it.

2)  Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status post.

Here's mine:

I am so tempted to pick the birth of one of my elusive ancestors - the ones that I don't know the names of their parents - like Devier J. Lamphier, Hannah Smith, William Knapp, John Kemp, Mary Hoax (who married Martin Carringer), John Richman (of HilpertonWiltshire), Ann Marshman (of Hilperton, Wiltshire), Jerusha (who married Burgess Metcalf), Robert Seaver (immigrant to Roxbury MA in 1634), etc. I have plenty more!

Or I could pick an event in history that my ancestors participated in - like The Great Migration, the Mayflower, the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the journey to the west, etc.

I'm going to go for the birth of Devier J. Lamphier just because it is a puzzle that I doubt that I will ever solve, because he was adopted by Ranslow and Mary (Bell) Smith of Henderson, Jefferson County, NY in about 1840. Was he a Lamphier child by a male Lamphier, an out-of-wedlock baby by a female Lamphier, or a foundling (and if so, why given the name of Lamphier?). Being a witness to the birth, with the mother and a midwife, and/or her mother/sisters/aunts, in attendance, with the father hanging around where I can figure out who he is, would be a wonderful boon to my ancestral quest.  But how would I source that?


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Marie Cooke Beckman said...

Hi Randy, Regarding your Devier J. Lamphier mystery--Is there a direct line male that you might test YDNA and use in conjunction with others who descend thru him and have taken an Autosomal DNA test? That might point to a specific family. Just a thought. I think I'd pick the birth of my 2nd Gr Grandfather William Clifford Cook as my event to witness(April 4th 1811 somewhere in North Carolina)--Marie.

Lisa S. Gorrell said...

Another brick wall to try to topple.

Liz said...

My ongoing, never-ending brick wall...

Randy Seaver said...


Good thought, but probably not. Devier had one son, David Devier Smith (863-1920) and he had two known daughters, so no Y-DNA passed down from Devier Lanphier Smith.

Cheers -- Randy

Lois Willis said...

Here's mine:

Lacie Madison said...

There are many events I would like to see by using a time machine. My post.

Janice M. Sellers said...

Randy, but what if the father wasn't at the birth?

I decided to wish to answer one of my longstanding questions.

Linda Stufflebean said...

Here is mine:

Anonymous said...

Randy, you do know that many out o wedlock babies were given their father;s surname as a forename or middle name. What about "Devier", do you know it's origin?

Joan Bos said...

Copy the birth records of 's-Gravendeel, Holland, before they were burned (as being "old rubbish"). And then I travel a few miles to St. Anthoniepolder, too, to do the same.