Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Wehrly Family Photos

Used my Flip-Pal scanner a couple of weeks ago and was able to scan some photographs from cousin Judy (Wehrly) Solms that were in an album her mother had made.  Her brother, Frank Wehrly had told me about the photos and we were able to spend an afternoon together. Frank & Judy are my second cousins once removed. The photos were glued in an album, and I was able to stitch the family photograph together.


Frank & Kathryn (Migron) Wehrly family
Back row : Janice, Paul
Front row : Judy, Frank Sr., Kathryn, Frank Jr.



Several other photos I was able to scan in full.  It was good to be able to scan these and then share them digitally.


 
Frank & Kathryn (Migron) Wehrly in Ft. Recovery, Ohio

Frank's parents were Alva Monroe & Emma C. (Yaeger) Wehrly.  Alva was the younger brother of my great-grandmother, Barbara Isabel (Wehrly) LeMasters.

Alva M. & Emma C. (Yaeger) Wehrly

This photograph was of several members at a reunion in 1960.

Wehrly Family 1960
Hollis & Betty, Lisle & Cora, Frank & Kathryn, Norval & Mary & Grandma W.

These are the children of Alva & Emma and spouses.  Lisle married Cora Baldauf, Frank married Kathryn Migron, Mary married Norval DeLauter and Betty married Hollis Steen.

There are more photographs to sort through and scan, but it was nice to see these distant family members I had never seen before.



Monday, April 14, 2014

Tracing the Tree Up and Down

If there is one thing that working with my autosomal DNA results has taught me – it’s that I need to be sure to work my family tree both up and down. 

While the goal for most people pursuing genealogy seems to be working the tree up, as in “how far back did you go”, when working with autosomal DNA matches and trying to make connections it becomes quickly apparent that you also need to work your tree down as well.

For example, there are several matches that are 3rd and 4th cousins on my 23andMe Relatives page.  I’ve been working on contact them all, making a spreadsheet, trying to figure out where we match, etc.  The hope is that I can connect with as many of these new cousins as possible.  Because many of these matches don’t have a very complete family tree, working “up” it is hard to make a match to my tree if I haven’t worked my tree “down” because the surnames in our files never match.

Does that make sense?  How many branches of my public Ancestry tree (and my database for that matter) are simply taken back generation to generation with just my direct ancestors?  More than I would like to admit.  Yet those are the places where I am likely to make a match.  Rarely did those early American families only have one or two children – often there were a dozen or so – and that is where I need to do some work.

I need to begin to take my far reaching g-g-g-g grandfather’s family and work them forward as much as possible in order to meet in the middle with some of these closer DNA matches.  Otherwise, it will be nearly impossible to figure out just how we are connected.

Looks like I have my work cut out for me!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Gedmatch Cousin : Distant Match but no shared DNA

Cousin Dave reached out to me after seeing a match with the GEDCOM file I had posted at GEDmatch.com.  Though we are not closely related, and shared no DNA, I found it interesting to make another connection.

Dave and I are 9th cousins once removed on the Jewett and Parratt lines. Ezekiel Jewett (1643-1723) and Faith Parrat are my paternal 9th great-grandparents and Dave's 8th great-grandparents.  My line is as follows:


Ezekiel Jewett (1643-1723) and Faith Parrat

Francis Jewett (1665-1751) and Sarah Hardy (1673-????)

Samuel Jewett (1694-????) and Ruth Hardy (1699-1737)

Samuel Jewett (1725-1791) and Sarah ________

Sally Jewett (1749-????) and John Philbrick (1748-1840)
Joel Philbrick (1781-1846) and Sally Fox (1788-1868)

Emeline Philbrick (1817-1881) and Albert Moulton (1819-1864)

Clara Moulton (1843-1899) and John Adam Metzner (1840-1895)

Cora Belle Metzner (1868-1955) and Eli Weldon Haley (1866-1957)
(my paternal great-grandparents)

Dave and I also connect as 9th cousins twice removed. on the Spofford and Burpbee lines.  Samuel Spofford (1653-1744) and Sarah Burpbee (1660-1729) are my maternal 9th great-grandparents and Sarah is the child of Dave's 8th great-grandparents. My line is as follows:


Samuel Spofford (1653-1744) and Sarah Burpbee
Thomas Spofford (1678-????) and Bethiah Hazeltine (1682-????)
 Elizabeth Spofford (1715-1772) and Bennett Field (1709-1770)

Bethiah Field (1746-1807) and Seth Pierce (1744-1835)

Gordon Pierce (1773-1875) and Thirsa Smalley (1775-1861)

Francis S. Pierce (1806-1881) and Rebecca Page (1806-1893)

Edmund G. Pierce (1837-1875) and Catherine Groenendyke (1843-1913)
William Francis Pierce (1865-1950) and Clara A. Penisten (1869-1906)

Edna Muriel Pierce (1897-1968) and Virgil Lee Wright (1894-1972)
(my maternal great-grandparents)
Both sets of these families were early settlers of Rowley, Essex County, Massachusetts.  

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Obituary : Sebastian Haley (1823-1900), Jay County, Indiana

Evangelical Messenger
September 5, 1900, page 571



HALEY - Sebastian Haley was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, March 1, 1823, and departed this life in Jay Co., Ind., Aug. 19, 1900, aged 77 y., 5 m. and 19 d.  He was united in marriage with Lydia Rader, Feb. 5, 1846.  To this union thirteen children were born, of whom twelve survive.  Bro. Haley united with the Evangelical Association in his boyhood days.  He was a subscriber for the "Messenger" over 40 years.  He leaves 12 children and his aged companion with a large number of other relatives.  J.M. Smith.

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Sebastian Haley (1823-1900) was my paternal 3rd-great granduncle, the brother of my ancestor, George J. Haley.  The names of twelve of his children were: Mary Ann, George, John, Frederick, Samuel, Amanda, Elizabeth A., William, Sarah, Rebecca, Jacob and Allie M.  I do not yet know the name of the 13th child, and there is much I need to gather on his descendants.

Sebastian is buried at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.

Friday, April 11, 2014

DNA : Eileen's Maternal Haplogroup T1a1


The results of Eileen's maternal haplogroup tested at 23andMe is T1a1, a subset of T1, which comes from her mitochondrial DNA.  This DNA is passed from the maternal line, so it comes from her mother, her mother, her mother, etc. all the way back.



The example populations of British fits nicely with Eileen's very European Ancestry composition results.


Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Exploratory Data Analysis : Nancy (Young) Lemasters (1812-1904)

Nancy (Young) Lemasters (1812-1904) was my paternal 3rd-great grandmother.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.
1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Nancy was born June 2, 1812 in Pickaway County, Ohio1.  Census records and tombstone records consistently place her birth at this time and place2,3,4.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               If Nancy's birth was mentioned in a local newspaper, it has been lost to time.  I am not aware of any surviving contemporary newspapers from the area.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of any surviving Young family Bible records.  Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one does exist.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               I am not aware of any baptismal record for Nancy.  The family were members of the Methodist Episcopal church in days.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no evidence that Nancy was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Nancy married Luman Walker Lemasters on January 19, 1832 in Shelby County, Ohio5.  Their marriage license was the subject of a previous post.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period to see if Luman and Nancy's nuptials were mentioned.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Luman and Nancy's 25th wedding anniversary was January 19, 1857 and their 50th anniversary was January 19, 1882.  Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if any mention was made of anniversary celebrations.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that Luman and Nancy were ever divorced, and a search of the Jay County, Indiana court records did not produce any evidence.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Nancy died August 26, 1904 in Salamonia, Jay County, Indiana1.  I do not have a copy of her death certificate from the Jay County Health Department.  Will add this to my list of 'to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               Nancy's obituary appeared in the September 1, 1904 edition of the Portland Commercial-Review in Portland, Indiana.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Funeral home records might be available that would help in my research for Nancy.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Nancy's tombstone in the Salamonia Cemetery, Jay County, Indiana has been photographed.

               Her memorial page at FindAGrave is located here.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1900 Federal Census

               On June 4, 1900, Nancy was enumerated in the William Cunningham household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana6, as Nancy Lemasters, mother in law, white, female, born June 1812, age 87.  She was a widow, mother of 12 children, 7 of whom were living.  She was born in Ohio, and both of her parents were born in Virginia.  She could not read or write, but could speak English.

          2.1.2. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 7, 1880, Nancy was enumerated in the Luman Lemasters household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana7, as Nancy Lemasters, wife, age 67.  She was born in Ohio, and both of her parents were born in Virginia.  She could not read or write, and her occupation was listed as keeping house.

          2.1.3. 1870 Federal Census

               On August 3, 1870, Nancy was enumerated in the Luman W. Lemaster household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana8, as Nancy Lemaster, wife, age 57.  She was born in Ohio.  She could not read or write, and her occupation was listed as keeping house.

          2.1.4. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 4, 1860, Nancy was enumerated in the Luman W. Lemaster household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana9, as Nancy Lemasters, age 48, born in Ohio.  She could not read or write.

          2.1.5. 1850 Federal Census

               On September 25, 1850, Nancy was enumerated in the L.W. Lemasters household in Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio10
, as Nancy Lemasters, age 38, born in Ohio. She had attended school within the year.
          2.1.6. 1840 Federal Census

               Nancy was likely the white female between the age of 20 and 30 in the Luman W. Lamasters household enumerated on June 1, 1840 in Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio11.

     2.2. State Census Records

          The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931.  These,Ihowever, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.

          No state census records in Ohio are known to exist.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet examined these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Lemaster farm.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Nancy was female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by her husband that would make Nancy eligible for pension benefits.  Her father, Philip Young, was a veteran of the War of 1812.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Nancy was female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Shelby County, Ohio and Jay County, Indiana to see what records might mention Nancy.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Jay County, Indiana published a plat map in 1874, 1881, 1887, 1901, 1910 and 1920 that might be relevant to my search for Nancy.  I have access to the 1887 and 1901 maps, and need to see what information they contain.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records to research for Nancy include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records. Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

Sources :

1. Young, L.I.C. Biography of the Young Family 1759-1904, Fremont, Ohio: Fremont Printing Co., 1904, p. 50.
2. Lemaster, Howard M. & Margaret Herberger, "Lemasters, U.S.A., 1639-1965", Carlinville, IL, 1965, p. 195.
3. Luman W. Lemaster household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana, Salamonia P.O., page 2, dwelling 10, family 10; National Archives micropublication M563, roll 269.
4. William Cunningham household, 1900 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Madison Township, ED 62, SD 8, sheet 3, dwelling 48, family 49; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 380.
5. "Ohio, County Marriages, 1789-1994," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XZVP-THV : accessed 06 Feb 2014), Luman W Lemaster and Nancy Young, 19 Jan 1832; citing Shelby, Ohio, United States, reference 64; FHL microfilm 562857.
6. William Cunningham household, 1900 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Madison Township, ED 62, SD 8, sheet 3, dwelling 48, family 49; National Archives micropublication T623, roll 380.
7. 1880 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Madison Township, enumeration district 161, SD 6, page 6, dwelling 52, family 53; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
8. 1870 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Salamonia P.O., page 31, dwelling 231, family 234; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 4 March 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
9. Luman W. Lemaster household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana, Salamonia P.O., page 2, dwelling 10, family 10; National Archives micropublication M563, roll 269.
10. L.W. Lemasters household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio, dwelling 109, family 109; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 729.
11. 1840 U.S. census, Shelby County, Ohio, population schedule, Salem Township, page 101, Luman W. Lamasters, digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 5 March 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.


This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Obituary : Katie (Metzner) Kile (1873-1895), Jay County, Indiana

Evangelical Messenger
January 22, 1859, page 59


KILE - Katie Kile, daughter of W. and W. Geo. Metzner, was born in Jay Co., Ind., March 25, 1873, and after an illness of four weeks, departed this life at her home in Portland, Ind., Jan. 1, 1895, aged 21 y., 9 m. and 4 d.  She leaves to mourn her loss husband, mother, one sister and two brothers.  She joined the Ev. Association about two years ago and was a faithful worker and always ready to advance the cause of Christ.  Funeral services were held by the writer.  E. J. Thompson.

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I have not yet placed Katie in my Metzner family in Jay County.  Did locate her marriage record on September 27, 1894 in Jay County, Indiana to Henry Kile.  Henry was born September 19, 1862 in Marion County, Ohio and died September 15, 1933 in Jay County, Indiana.  Both are buried at the Mt. Zion Cemetery in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.