Monday, March 31, 2014

DNA : Eileen's Ancestry Composition

Eileen's results processed from the DNA test she took at 23andMe and her results were not quite what she expected.

Here is the "Conservative" estimate of her genetic make-up : 97.9% European, 2.1% unassigned.



There was no trace of any Native American, or any other ancestry for that matter, than European found.  A full 51.1% of non-specific northern European and 43.6% of non-specific European.

Here is the "Standard" estimate of her genetic make-up : 99.6% European, .4% unassigned.


This is a better break-down, showing 18.7% British & Irish, only 58.3% non-specific northern European and 21.7% non-specific European.  The .8% eastern European is interesting, as this is an unknown aspect of her family history.

Here is the "Speculative" estimate of her genetic make-up : 43.2% British & Irish, 9.8% French & German, .7% Scandinavian and 38.8% non-specific northern European.


The 2.4% non-specific southern European and 1.2% eastern European will be the most interesting to see if we can discover during this DNA research.  There is no known history of this ethnicity in her family.

Eileen was surprised that no Native American showed up on the test, and I was surprised that we weren't related to each other.  We have Swiss Mennonite families in the same area, I thought for sure we would be distantly related.

The good news is that we are hopeful that her mom and brother will test with 23andMe as well.




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Death Certificate : Adam Holzhauer (1845-1910), Erie County, Ohio

"Ohio, Deaths, 1908-1953," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/X88V-NHL : accessed 30 Mar 2014), Adam Holzhauer, 07 Oct 1910; citing Huron, Erie, Ohio, reference cn 54608; FHL microfilm 1952609.
Located the death certificate of Adam Holzhauer (1845-1910), husband of Mary Elizabeth (Haley) Holzhauer, at FamilySearch.  A couple of things stand out about this death certficate.

First of all, the cause of death - strangulation due to hanging himself - suicide.  Such a sad ending.  

Next, the date of death is not filled out, only the date of burial.  Did they not know when exactly he died?  Was he not found for some time?  Perhaps a newspaper search will yield some clues.

The informants name given as Frank A. Holzhauer of Buckingham, Illinois. This was his son, now I have another location to research.

Adam is buried at the Scotts (now Scott Union) Cemetery in Huron, Erie County, Ohio with his wife.  They both have memorial pages at FindAGrave.com

Obituary : Mrs. Adam Holzhauer (1848-1908)

Sandusky Star-Journal
Sandusky, Ohio
February 10, 1908, page 10

DEATH Claimed Well-Known Huron Woman in a Cleveland Hospital

Special to the Star-Journal

HURON, O.  Feb. 10. - Mrs. Adam Holzhauer, a well known resident of this place, died Sunday morning at a hospital in Cleveland, where she had been taken last Tuesday to undergo and operation.  An examination of Mrs. Holzhauer's condition shortly after her arrival disclosed the fact that she was suffering with a cancer in the pit of her stomach, making an operation impossible.

Mrs. Holzhauer was 57 years of age.  She leaves a husband, one son, Frank, and one daughter, Emma.  The remains will be brought here this evening and the funeral will occur Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the Evangelical church.

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Another obituary located at Ancestry.com for Mary Elizabeth (Haley) Holzhauer, daughter of George J. and Rachel (Gary) Haley, my paternal 2x-great grandaunt.  This one gives the names of two surviving children that I previously did not know.

The earlier obit from the Evangelical Messenger did not give the place of death.  

Her memorial page at FindAGrave is located here.  The names of her deceased children are there as well : Jennie and John.

I've done some preliminary research at Ancestry family trees and it appears that daughter Jennie may have died from suicide.  More mysteries.

Obituary : Mary Elizabeth (Haley) Holzhauer (1848-1908)

Evangelical Messenger
February 26, 1908, page 24


HOLZHAUER - Elizabeth Holzhauer, a daughter of the sainted Rev. George Haley, was born October 24, 1848, in Fairfield County, Ohio, and died February 9, 1908.  In the spring of 1863 she came with her parents to Huron, Ohio.  Soon afterwards she gave her heart to God and united with our Church at Huron, Ohio, of which she was a very faithful member.  In 1869 she was united in marriage with Adam Holzhauer; the union was blessed with 2 sons and 2 daughters; one son and 1 daughter preceded her in death.  The cause of her death was cancer of the stomach.  She was a good wife and a loving mother, a noble and devout Christian, a regular attendant at the church services, and ever ready to assist in every worthy enterprise of the church.  She leaves husband, 1 son, 1 daughter, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a large circle of other relatives and friends.    C.H. BUNDT

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This obituary for Mary Elizabeth (Haley) Holzhauer helps connect her to the family of George J. and Rachel (Gary) Haley.  Prior to this find, I had only tracked her through the 1860 census, when she was 11, and she was not with the family in the 1870.  As her obituary indicates, she married in 1869 to Adam Holzhauer.  This now gives me another line to track down to the present, as she had 2 sons and 2 daughters for me to research.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Exploratory Data Analysis : Gincy _____ Cromeans / Cummings (c1814-aft1880)

Gincy ______ Cromeans / Cummings (c1814-aft1880) was Eileen's paternal 2-great grandmother.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.

1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Gincy was born circa 1814 in South Carolina1 or circa 1816 in South Carolina2, according to census records.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               Without an exact data and a surname, finding any mention of Gincy's birth in an newspaper will be impossible at this time.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am not aware of any surviving Bible record of the Cummings family.  Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one is discovered.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               I am not aware of any baptismal record for Gincy, and without and a surname, finding one will be impossible at this time.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Gincy is adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Gincy and Spencer Cromeans/Cummings were married before 1832, probably in the Walker County, Alabama area.  To date I have been unsuccessful in discovering a record of their marriage.  Their first child, Patrick was born in September 1832 in Walker County, Alabama.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               Without an exact date to search, finding a mention of Gincy and Spencer's nuptials will be impossible for now.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

                As with a wedding notice, without an exact date to search, finding any mention of anniversary celebrations will be difficult.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that Gincy and Spencer were ever divorced, but a thorough search of court records in Winston County, Alabama will need to be completed.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Gincy's exact date of death remains unknown at this time.  She was living as of June 17, 1880, when the census of Wayne County, Tennessee was completed.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               As with other newspaper items, without an exact date of death, it will be nearly impossible to find an obituary record for Gincy.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Funeral home records in Wayne County, Tennessee will need to be searched to see if a record could be turned up for Gincy.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Gincy's final resting place has not been discovered, though it is assumed that it is in Wayne County, Tennessee.  Will continue to search for it and add it to my "to-do" list.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 17, 1880, Gincy was enumerated as the head of household in District 9, Wayne County, Tennessee1, as Gincy Cummings, white, age 66, housekeeper.  She was born in South Carolina as were both of her parents.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

               As of yet, I have not been able to locate Gincy in the 1870 census.  I believe she should be in Alabama or Wayne County, Tennessee.  Son Patrick was in Winston County, Alabama and son Wyatt was in Colbert County, Alabama in the 1870 census.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               As of yet, I have not been able to locate Gincy in the 1860 census.  I believe that she should be found in Winston County, Alabama.

          2.1.4. 1850 Federal Census

               On October 25, 1850, Gincy was enumerated in the Spencer Cromeans household in Northern District 38, Hancock County, Alabama2, as Gincy Cromeans, age 34, female, born in South Carolina.

     2.2. State Census Records

          Gincy was located in the 1866 state census of Alabama, living in Winston County, Alabama3.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

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

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Gincy was female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by her husband or father that would have made Gincy eligible to receive these types of benefits.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Gincy was female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly researched in Winston County, Alabama and Wayne County, Tennessee to see what records might mention Gincy.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps in Winston County, Alabama and Wayne County, Tennessee will need to be researched to see what might be relevant to my search for Gincy.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available for research on Gincy 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. Gincy Cummings household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, District 9, Wayne County, Tennessee, ED 169, SD 4, page 14B, dwelling 87, family 87; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 1284, page 87.
2. Spencer Cromeans household, 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Northern District 38, Hancock County, Alabama, dwelling 5, family 5; National Archives micropublication M432, roll 6, page 357.
3. "Alabama, State Census, 1866," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V6PL-4JM : accessed 30 Mar 2014), Jency Commins, Winston, Alabama; citing Department of Archives and History, Montgomery; FHL microfilm 1492023.

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.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Throwback Thursday : Dad Addressing the School Board

The Alexandrian, Alexandria, Indiana
July 8, 1996, page 1
Back in the summer of 1986, my dad addressed the Alexandria-Monroe School Board regarding concerns regarding staffing issues in the schools.  He made the front page, and this was the start of his political career on the board. 

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Bloomington Evening World, June 17, 1916 page 3

Bloomington Evening World
June 17, 1916, page 3

ELLETTSVILLE items

Robert Gilliland is confined to his home on account of heart trouble.

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Robert Farrell Gilliland (1849-1916) was my maternal 3x-step-great grandfather.  He married my 3x-great grandmother, Mary Ellen (Swafford) Davis on November 15, 1884.  They had 2 children together, and raised the 2 children of Mary's daughter, Ida Davis.

Robert died August 4, 1916 at Whitehall, Clay Township, Owen County, Indiana.  He is buried in the M.E. Cemetery in Ellettsville, Monroe County, Indiana.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Obituary : Barbara Helen (Haley) Easterday (1835-1908)

Evangelical Messenger
April 15, 1908, page 23
EASTERDAY - Barbara Helen Easterday, nee Haley, daughter of Rev. Geo. Haley, was born at Goshen, Hardin Co., O., Nov. 20, 1835, and died at her home at Portland, Ind., March 28, 1908.  In 1853 she was united in marriage with Christian Easterday.  This union was blessed with 3 sons and 3 daughters.  The youngest preceded her in death.  Mother Easterday was converted when only ten years of age.  She united with our Church and remained faithful.  Her daily life was a living testimony to the saving and keeping power of the grace of God.  She was a true Christian, blessed with a kind, sympathetic and humble disposition, and was esteemed by all who knew her.  She leaves husband, 3 sons, 2 daughters, 19 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 2 sisters and a host of other relatives and friends.  Franklin S. Erne

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Barbara Helen (Haley) Easterday was my paternal 2x-great grandaunt, our common ancestors are George J. and Rachel (Gary) Haley.  Her children were William B., John G., Philemon, Rachel and Mary Abbie.  The family lived in Fulton County, Ohio for a time before moving to Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

DNA : Wardlaw Connection

Researcher Amanda contacted me because she saw my Gedcom file at Gedmatch.com contained a set of common ancestors with her - William Wardlaw and Jane Harper.  They happen to be my maternal 7th-great grandparents.

William born circa 1700 in Scotland or Ireland immigrated to America and ended up in Augusta County, Virginia.  Jane Harper's birth and death dates are unknown to me.  I show they were the parents of seven children : James, John,  Hugh, Joseph, Robert, William and Margaret.  They were the generation that fought in the Revolutionary War.

My line comes through Robert born circa 1745 Augusta County, Virginia who settled in Brown County, Ohio. He married circa 1768 to Janet Downey.  Amanda's line comes through Hugh Wardlaw born circa 1740 who settled in Abbeville District, South Carolina.  He married Elizabeth Coulter.

Taking the information from our kits at Gedmatch, I did the one-to-one match comparison.



The results show that we have no matching DNA.  This can mean a number of things:
  1. My paper trail genealogy from William Wardlaw and Jane Harper is wrong.
  2. Amanda's paper trail genealogy from William Wardlaw and Jane Harper is wrong.
  3. Not enough DNA from William Wardlaw and Jane Harper was passed down to me.
  4. Not enough DNA from William Wardlaw and Jane Harper was passed down to Amanda.
I've posted at one of the FB groups for DNA genealogy to get opinions of those more seasoned in the DNA genealogy game.  So far, it appears that anyone of the options above could be the case.

How secure am I in the paper trail genealogy?  Not as secure as I should be. The early generation comes from a compiled Wardlaw genealogy.  Robert Wardlaw becomes Wardlow when he gets into Ohio.  There is a 45 year gap between William's supposed birth and Roberts.  Could there be another generation in between?  Very possible.

Either way, more research will need to be done on this line to see if it is valid.


Exploratory Data Analysis : Elizabeth (Schafer) Miller (1837-bef1887)

Elizabeth (Schafer) Miller (1837-bef1887) was Corinne's maternal 3rd-great grandmother. What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about her.


1. Vital Records


      Elizabeth was born circa 1837 in Germany1, according to the 1860 census, and more specifically, Hesse-Darmstadt2, in the 1870 census.  I have not discovered her parents or any record of her birth in Europe.

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Without her parents names and an exact date, it will be difficult to locate any record of her birth.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               Without an exact location or date of birth, it will be impossible to locate mention of her birth in a local newspaper.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am unaware of any surviving family Bible record for the Schafer family.  Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one will be discovered.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               Without an exact location or date of birth, will not be able to locate a baptismal record for Elizabeth.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Elizabeth was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Elizabeth married William Miller on January 31, 1856 in Posey County, Indiana.  I do not yet have a copy of their marriage license. Familysearch.org has the marriage index showing Elizabeth's surname as Schaver. Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               I have not yet searched out available newspapers from the time period to see if William and Elizabeth's marriage mentioned.   

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               William and Elizabeth's 25th wedding anniversary was January 31, 1881.  Will need to search contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of any anniversary celebrations.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that William and Elizabeth were divorced, but a thorough search of court records in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana needs to be completed.  Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          I do not have an exact date of death for Elizabeth.  However, husband William remarried May 5, 1887 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana.  Barring an unknown divorce, Elizabeth would have died before May 1887.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               Without an exact date of death, I am unable at this time to obtain a copy of her obituary.  

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Funeral home records might be available that would help identify when and where Elizabeth died.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Once I obtain her death information, will attempt to obtain a photograph of her tombstone.  A preliminary search at FindAGrave did not locate a memorial page for Elizabeth.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 1, 1880, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Miller household in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana3, as Elizabeth Miller, age 42, keeping house.  She was born in Germany, and both her parents were born in Germany.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

              On July 22, 1870, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Miller household in the 3rd Ward of Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana2, as Elizabeth Miller, age 32, keeping house.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, and both her parents were of foreign birth.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 18, 1860, Elizabeth was enumerated in the William Miller household in Robinson Township, Posey County, Indiana1, as Elizabeth Miller, age 23, born in Germany.

     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, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          I have not yet investigated these types of census records to see what light they might shed on the Miller family.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.

     3.2. Pension Records

          I am not aware of any military service by Elizabeth's father or husband that would have made her eligible to receive pension benefits.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable, as Elizabeth was female.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana to see what records might mention Elizabeth.  Will add this to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps in Posey and Vanderburgh Counties, Indiana will need to be searched to see what might be relevant to my search for Elizabeth.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available for research on Elizabeth 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. William Miller household, 1860 U.S. census, population schedule, Robinson Township, Posey County, Indiana, Stewartsville P.O., page 511, dwelling 417, family 362; National Archives micropublication M653, roll 290, page 576.
2. William Miller household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, 3rd Ward, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, Evansville P.O., page 43, dwelling 265, family 263; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 364, page 218.
3. 1880 U.S. census, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, population schedule, enumeration district 83, SD 1, page 2, dwelling 10, family 13; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 14 January 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.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Mrs. Clifford F. Doty, dies of tuberculosis

Goshen Daily Democrat
Goshen, Indiana
September 5, 1917, page 1
DOTY - Mrs. Clifford F. Doty, 20, died at her Elkhart home of tuberculosis.  Surviving are her husband and her parents, Rev. and Mrs. John Metzner

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Located another mention of the obituary of Fern (Metzner) Doty, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. John Metzner and wife of Clifford Doty in the Goshen Daily Democrat, Goshen, Indiana.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Obituary : Fern (Metzner) Doty (1897-1917)

Evangelical Messenger, October 17, 1917, page 2




Fern Doty, daughter of Rev. J.W. Metzner, and wife of Clifford F. Doty, fell asleep one day after her 20th birthday and lay in her casket on her second wedding anniversary.  Born Sept. 3, 1897, she departed Sept. 4, 1917.  Nurtured in an Evangelical parsonage she early received the best Christian training and at the age of 9 years was converted to God and united with our church.  Upon moving to Elkhart, she became a member of First church.  For 6 years she served in the capacity of pianist.  One daughter preceded her to the better world 4 months ago.  She was a dutiful, modest and highly respected young woman.  The Revs. Walmer, Roberts, Mygrant, D.D. Spangler assisted the undersigned in the obsequies.     E.W. Praetorius.

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Fern (Metzner) Doty was my paternal second cousin twice removed, the daughter of John W. Metzner.  Our common ancestors were John Metzner and Catherine Young.

This obituary gave me not only her death and marriage information, but the fact that they lost a young daughter, another fact to be researched.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

GEDmatch Comparison : Cousin Judy

Submitted my raw DNA file from 23andMe to the free third party tool, GEDmatch.com for comparison.  GEDmatch allows users from the three main testing sites, 23andMe, FamilyTreeDNA and Ancestry.com upload their raw data files and then the software will compare your autosomal DNA for matches.

While waiting on my file M170652 to be processed for the "one to many" matches, I was able to compare my file using the "one to one" match of my cousin, Judy.  We had corresponded years ago, and recently reconnected on Facebook. Judy and I connect on my maternal side and has her mother's file at GEDmatch.

This was the comparison that GEDmatch did on the DNA file of Mildred Crane Moore and myself.


 


The prediction was 3.4 generations to the MRCA (most recent common ancestor).

Mary Ellen Swafford (common ancestor)
Ida Davis & unknown                               Mary Florence Gilliland & Thomas Crane  (half sisters)
June Gilliland & Clemon Lambertson            Mildred Louise Crane & Merrill L. Moore (1st cousins)
Bonnie Lambertson & William Wright           Judy Moore & Troy Hill (2nd cousins)
Gloria Wright & Ord LeMaster                     
Travis LeMaster

Judy and my mom are 2nd cousins once removed, and Judy and I are 2nd cousins twice removed.  Though we already knew this on paper, it's nice to have the connection confirmed through DNA.

I'm eagerly awaiting GEDmatch fully processing my files, so that I can match with other cousins and begin sharing.  Another feature of the site is the ability to compare GEDCOMs.  I've uploaded a GEDCOM there as well, and the file number is 924805.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

DNA : Ancestry Composition - Tweaking the Results

When I wrote about my Ancestry Composition results from 23andMe before, I didn’t realize that the numbers could be ‘tweaked’ just a bit, depending on how conservative or speculative an estimate you wanted to have.

For example, here are my “Conservative” estimates of my genetic make-up : 98.7% European, 1.3% Unassigned.


Note that a full 59.0% is Nonspecific Northern European.  That means that 23andMe found the markers in a wide enough group of places that they couldn’t say that part of my DNA came matched a specific population in, say France, for instance.  When you look at the “Standard” estimate results, you will see that play out.

Here are my “Standard” estimates of my genetic make-up : 99.8% European, .1% Sub-Saharan African, .1% Unassigned.


Notice in the “Standard” estimate, I pick up .1% of Sub-Saharan African.  If I’m reading the results correctly,  I have an ancestor back about 10 generations that was from Africa.  At 10 generations, there are 1024 ancestors to choose from.   Also, in this chart I have .3% Iberian and 1.1% Nonspecific Southern European.

Here are my “Speculative” estimates of my genetic make-up : 99.9% European, .1% Sub-Saharan African, less than .1% unassigned.



Now this is where I find it interesting.  Not only do they speculate that the .1% DNA that is Sub-Saharan African comes from Central & South Africa, but look at the break-out of the Southern European : 1.6% Italian, 1.3% Iberian and 1.3% Nonspecific European.  This is where some of the mystery comes in – I know of no ancestry in my paper trail genealogy that comes from these locales.  I’m speculating that this DNA comes from the ‘unknown’ ancestry of my maternal great-grandmother.  The breakout of 42.3% British & Irish and 14.4% French & German is more in line with what I would expect, based on the paper trail genealogy.

With both of my parents being tested, it will be interesting to see if my results change once they are tied to my account.  I also want to know if my theory about the maternal ancestry hold up.  I would be surprised, for example, if the southern European DNA shows up on my dad’s results.

Looks like the results get even better if you have a parent or child in the database :

Monday, March 17, 2014

DNA : My Maternal Haplogroup T2b




The results of my maternal haplogroup tested at 23andMe is T2b, a subset of T2, which comes from my mitochondrial DNA.  This DNA is passed through my maternal line, so it comes from my mother, her mother, her mother, etc. all the way back.


I find it interesting that the example populations are Northern European and Spanish.  My Ancestry Composition results showed 0.3% Iberian and 1.1% nonspecific Southern European.

DNA : My Paternal Haplogroup I1


The results of my paternal haplogroup tested at 23andMe determined that I was a part of haplogroup I1


I find it interesting that the highest frequency of this haplogroup was found in Scandinavia.  Paternal haplogroup is passed down from father to son, so somewhere way back there I have an ancestor from northern Europe.  With my dad being tested, he should also be in the haplogroup as well.

Only males have the Y-DNA haplogroup, but if females have their brothers or father’s tested they can find the haplogroup associated with their surname.

With my direct male LeMaster genealogy not being a definite connection to Abraham Lemaster of Charles Co., MD, I would be interested in seeing how my DNA compares with others who have a paper trail genealogy back to Abraham.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Sauer and Hoffher Lines

Received a message in response to the family tree I created at Ancestry.com regarding Corinne's Sauer and Hoffher lines.  We've begun to exchange correspondence, and though the researcher is not related, he's been helping a fried of his daughter who is related.

Corinne's ancestors are George F. Sauer and Agnes Barbara Hoffher.  George was born May 9, 1838 in either Pennsylvania or Indiana, the son of Louis and Frederika Sauer.  Barbara was born August 23, 1840 to as of yet unknown parents.  They were married April 8, 1860 in Vanderburgh County, Indiana and raised 8 children.  

Corinne's line comes down through son Edward J. Sauer, while the friend comes through Otto William Sauer.  

A pedigree chart submitted suggests that Barbara's parents were Johann Hoffher Sr. and Frederika _____ of Armstrong Township, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.

Marriage Record : Carvie A. Morris to Ida Hancock, 1900 Monroe County, Indiana

Monroe County, Indiana, Marriage Book 9, page 551



Received the copy of the marriage of my maternal 2nd-great grandmother, Ida (Davis) Hancock to Carvie A. Morris that took place July 19, 1900 in Monroe County, Indiana.

The groom's name is a bit hard to read - is it Carvie A. Morris or Carrie A. Morris, or even Cardie A. Morris?  Anyone with better eyes than mine that could help?

Ida died less than two weeks later in Clay Township, Owen County, Indiana of tuberculosis.  

Mr. Morris is indeed a mystery as well. There are Morris families in the area, but I've been unable to connect him with anyone.  I've also been unable to locate any other records of him than this marriage.  Who was he?  What happened to him after Ida's death?

As always, if you have any connection to this family, I would love to hear from you.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Gathering Rosebuds

This week I took to social media in order to learn more about my great-grandmother June and her sister Pansy.  I've been on Facebook, for some time and am a members of several genealogy groups but had not fully utilized the power of social media.

I located the Facebook page for the Monticello Public Library in Monticello, Indiana and posted a request to locate any family members of my great-aunt Pansy (Davis) Decker Timm and her husband, Raymond.  Within an hour, I had a response asking me to email one of the staff members, which I did.  She quickly replied and gave me a phone number to Raymond's son.

Making the call to the stepson of my great-grandmother's sister, who died in 1968, might seem odd to some people, but not to this genealogist.  I was pleasantly surprised that he was very helpful in providing some information about Pansy and his dad, including how they met,  but also directed me to contact Pansy's daughter-in-law, who was still living in Crawfordsville at the age of 98.

Wednesday was a snowy day here in Indiana, and fortunately for me, I was able to catch Mary at home and speak with her about Pansy as well as my great-grandmother, June (Davis) Lambertson. She was sharp as a tack! Again, here I was talking to her about someone who had died in 1951.  We had a pleasant talk, she was able to give me some details on the family, and I was encouraged to call again with more specific questions.

I was glad most to hear that June and Pansy's families were in contact with each other, at least while June was living, and that they would visit each other.  Mary was able to fill me in on where Pansy's grandchildren are living.  On a future call, I will attempt to get all of the names and contact details if she has them.

The old maxim of "gathering your rosebuds while you can", has certainly applied in this case.

Death Notice : Ida (Davis) Morris, 1900

Ellettsville Farm, Ellettsville, Indiana
August 4, 1900, page 2
Mrs. Ida Davis Morris, daughter of Mrs. Bob Gilland, died at the home of the latter near this place on Wednesday.

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This is the death notice of my maternal 2nd-great grandmother, Ida (Davis) Morris.  She died August 2, 1900 in Clay Township, Owen County, Indiana of tuberculosis.  The Mrs. Bob Gilland (actually Gilliland) was Mary Ellen (Swafford) Davis Gilliland.

Ida was only 26 years old when she died of tuberculosis, leaving two small children, Pansy and June, to be raised by Ida's mother and step-father.

I've been able to find a bit of good information lately through my NewspaperArchive subscription.  Newspaper columns like this were the Facebook of the early 20th century.


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Casting A Wider Net

Spent most of the weekend genealogy work by adding to my family tree at Ancestry.com .  I’d kept a very small tree with only a few generations previously.  My hope was to slowly work backwards, making sure that it was as documented as possible.

My tree is available at Ancestry at http://trees.ancestry.com/tree/25951333/family

I decided that since I’m doing the DNA research and directing distant cousins to my family tree, I figured I’d better update it to include as many generations as possible.  So I added branches in the direct lines up to at least the immigrant ancestor.  I’ll go back later and add the children, etc. and flesh it out a bit.

Noticed that several invites to view the family tree for my immediate family have gone unaccepted.  So sad, they’re not as interested in genealogy as I am.

Saturday, March 08, 2014

Grandma June's Birth Announcement

Indianapolis Sun, Indianapolis, Indiana
June 13, 1898 page 2
Located my maternal great-grandmother, June Davis' birth announcement in the Indianapolis Sun newspaper of June 13, 1898.  

The birth announcement lists her only as a girl born to Atkinson and Ida Davis, just as her birth certificate lists.  Instead of a street address, the residence is listed as "Door of Hope".

Door of Hope was associated with the Wheeler Mission in Indianapolis and was established as a home for fallen women.  I have previously found Ida living at the Door of Hope in the 1900 census, this confirms that she was there in 1898 as well.  I remember my grandmother, Bonnie, when I had asked where her mother was born, saying that June was born in the city of Hope.  For a long time, I had assumed this was Hope, Bartholomew County, Indiana, where incidentally, there were Gilliland families.  Gilliland was the surname that June was raised with.  After her mother, Ida, died, June and her sister were raised by their grandmother, Mary Ellen (Swafford) Davis Gilliland.  Keeping this straight has been quite a lot of fun.

I have not been able to determine if the father listed on June's birth certificate is an Atkinson Davis or a _______ Atkinson.  I have not been able to locate an Atkinson Davis in Indianapolis are at the time.  This might be a mystery that is never solved.  Perhaps there is a bastardy proceeding somewhere that might shed some light.

DNA Relatives : Closest Matches


23andMe's DNA Relatives finder has identified 3 individuals as being between 3rd and 4th cousins.  I've reached out and sent introductions to all of them, so far I'm sharing genomes with two of them.

The first relative, Ed, shares the most DNA with me 1.02% and we connect on two segments.  The locations of his ancestry (Fort Wayne, IN and Jay County, IN) led me to believe I would find a connection to my paternal lines.

Comparison Chromosome Start point  End point Genetic Distance # SNPs
Ed vs Travis LeMaster 1 3000000 42000000 63.8 7637
Ed vs Travis LeMaster 5 1000000 5000000 11.9 1244

The second relative, Bill, shares DNA with me of .70% but we connect on five segments.  Again, the locations listed for his ancestry (Geneva, IN and Ft. Recovery, OH) led me to believe the connection would be on the paternal side.

Comparison Chromosome Start point End point Genetic Distance # SNPs
Bill vs Travis LeMaster 1 201000000 215000000 20.4 3098
Bill vs Travis LeMaster 3 174000000 180000000 7.9 1216
Bill vs Travis LeMaster 13 74000000 85000000 9.1 2047
Bill vs Travis LeMaster 14 43000000 51000000 6 1414
Bill vs Travis LeMaster 19 55000000 59000000 9 844


The third relative has not responded to my request to share genomes, yet.  We share DNA of .58% on four segments.

By comparing Ed's family tree he provided, I quickly discovered a paternal line connection through the Moulton and Finel families. Selah Moulton (b. 1790 Rutland Co., VT d. 1848 Licking Co., OH) and Lydia Finel (b.1796 Rutland Co., VT d. 1869 Licking Co., OH) were my paternal fourth great-grandparents.  Ed and I are fourth cousins once removed.

Looking at Bill's surnames, I recognized a common surname and discovered that we have a paternal line connection through the LeMasters and Chew families.  Luman Walker LeMasters (b. 1842 Shelby Co., OH d. 1931 Jay Co., IN) and Mary Keziah Chew (b. 1847 Burlington Co., NJ d. 1927 Jay Co., IN) were my paternal second great-grandparents.  Bill and I are third cousins. 

This is exciting - I've found a couple of fairly close cousins and have reached out to several more.  In fact, my inbox has been flooded with responses to my invites to share genomes.  Now I have to go through them and see if we can start finding the connections.

This DNA testing has re-energized me and inspired me to dig deeper, share more online with my family trees (Ancestry, WorldConnect, etc) and get more family members tested.

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Exploratory Data Analysis : Luman Walker Lemasters Sr. (1808-1888)

Luman Walker Lemasters Sr. (1808-1888) was my paternal 3rd-great grandfather.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data  have discovered about him.

1. Vital Records

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Luman was born March 11, 18081 in Mason County, Virginia (now West Virginia). Luman's birth in Virginia is noted in several successive census records.  There were no birth certificates recorded during this time period. One published genealogy cited his date of birth as February 19, 1808 in Mason County2.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

               If Luman'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 Lemasters family Bible records.  Will continue to reach out to extended family members in hopes that one does exist.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

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

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

               There is no indication that Luman was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Luman married January 19, 1832 in Shelby County, Ohio2,3 to Nancy Young.    

          A copy of the marriage record was the subject of a previous post.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               I have not yet searched historical newspaper collections to see if any mention was made of Luman and Nancy's nuptials.  Will add this to my "to-do" list for future research.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Luman and Nancy's 25th wedding anniversary would have been January 19, 1857 and their 50th wedding anniversary would have been January 19, 1882.  Will need to search out newspaper collections 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, though a thorough search of records in Shelby County, Ohio and Jay County, Indiana needs to be completed.

     1.3. Death Certificate

          Luman died April 15, 1888 in Jay County, Indiana2, 4.  His death certificate listed the cause of death as uraeumic poison (i.e. kidney failure).  His death certificate did not list the time of death or the location of his burial. 

          A copy of his death certificate was the subject of a previous post.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               A search of local newpapers from the time period did not locate an obituary for Luman.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Will need to search local funeral home records to see if they have mention of Luman's funeral.  The Jay County Historical Society has many of these records.  Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

               Luman's tombstone in the Salamonia Cemetery, Salamonia, Indiana has been photographed1.


2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 7, 1880, Luman was enumerated as the head of household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana5, as Luman Lemasters, age 72, Farmer, born in Virginia.  His father and mother were both born in Pennsylvania.  Living in the household was his wife, Nancy, age 67, born in Ohio, and daughter Mary, age 25 and son John, age 24, both born in Ohio.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

               On August 3, 1870, Luman was enumerated as the head of household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana6, as Luman W. Lemaster, age 61, born in Virginia.  His occupation was listed as a farmer.  The value of his real estate was $5000 and his personal estate was $500.  He was a U.S. citizen.  Living in the household was his wife, Nancy, age 57, born in Ohio, daughter Phebe J, age 23, daughter Mary, age 21, daughter Martha J., age 18 and son John S., age 15, all born in Ohio.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 4, 1860, Luman was enumerated as the head of household in Madison Township, Jay County, Indiana7, as Luman W. Lemaster, age 52, Farmer.  He was born in Virginia.  The value of his real estate was $4000 and the value of his personal estate was $545.  Living in the household was his wife, Nancy, age 48, born in Ohio, son Philip, age 23, daughter Catharine, age 19, son Walker, age 17, son Jacob, age 15, daughter Phebe, age 13, daughter Mary, age 11, daughter Martha J, age 9, all born in Ohio and son John S., age 5, born in Indiana.

          2.1.4. 1850 Federal Census

               On September 25, 1850, Luman was enumerated as the head of household in Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio8, as L.W. Lemasters, age 42, Farmer, born in Virginia.  Living in the household was his wife, Nancy, age 38, born in Ohio, son Philip, age 14, daughter Rachel, age 12, daughter Catharine, age 10, son L.W., age 7, son Jacob, age 6, daughter Phebe, age 4, and daughter Mary, age 1, all born in Ohio.

          2.1.5. 1840 Federal Census

                On June 1, 1840, Luman was enumerated as head of household in Salem Township, Shelby County, Ohio9, as Luman W. Lamasters.  There was 1 white male under 5; 1 white male between 30 and 40; 2 white females under 5 and 1 white female between 20 and 30 in the household.

     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, however, 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 investigated these types of census records to see what light it might shed on the Lemaster farm.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          I have not located any records indicating military service for Luman.

     3.2. Pension Records

          Not applicable.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable.

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 Luman.  Will add this to my "to-do" list 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 Luman.  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 Luman 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. Franklin, Phyllis (Strock). Salamonia Cemeteries: Salamonia, Madison Twp., Jay County, Indiana. Portland, Indiana, USA : The Jay County Genealogy Society, 2000, page 19.
2. Young, L.I.C., Biography of the Young Family 1759-1904, Fremont, Ohio : Fremont Printing Co., 1904, page 50.
3. "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.
4. L.W. LeMasters, death certificate Book H1 page 71 (1888), Jay County Health Department, Portland, Indiana.
5. 1880 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Madison Township, enumeration district 161, SD 8, page 8, dwelling 52, family 53; digital images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 26 February 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.
6. 1870 U.S. census, Jay County, Indiana, population schedule, Madison Township, 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. 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.