Genealogy, Movies, Music

Finally Processing

My maternal uncle’s DNA kit is being processed after a six-week wait.CS_DNA

This small update is a great excuse to share this song from Moana, which I have recently seen for the first time this past weekend.  It was so good!  Definitely one of my favorite ancestor movies right along with The Book of Life and Kubo and the Two Strings.  Disney and Pixar have another Dia de los Muertos movie, Coco, that is scheduled for release November 2017.

I loved this song, “I am Moana (Song of the Ancestors)”.

Celebrations, Genealogy

Dia de los Muertos

Happy Autumn celebrations to you and your loved ones!

Our 2015 Dia de los Muertos altar.  Our son decorated the sugar skull.
Our 2015 Dia de los Muertos altar. Our son decorated the sugar skull.



New DNA Project: Mothers of Missouri

I started a new mitochondrial DNA project at Family Tree DNA, Mothers of Missouri.  The only qualification necessary is that someone on your direct maternal line (this ancestor can only be a woman) started a family in Missouri at some point.  That’s it.  Boom.  Join me.  Open to men and women.

I submitted a new project proposal a while back.  The website said I would hear from FTDNA within 7 business days.  The self-doubter that I am, I thought maybe my project was so outlandish that they didn’t bother getting back to me.  I decided to go another route and hire a professional genealogist instead.  I was surprised to get an email on Wednesday September 30th, “My apologies for the delay in reviewing your project application, we have been a bit backlogged lately. We have approved your application for the Mothers of Missouri Project.”  !!!

This project is open to anyone (male and female) who can trace their maternal line to Missouri.

The goal of this project is to identify the maternal lineages of the people of Missouri past and present.  Participants are encouraged to share names, information, and pictures (if possible) of their Missouri maternal ancestors to aid our collaboration.  Posts to the group, photos, and comments are only available to members of this project.

Maternal line ancestry can be so difficult to research, particularly because of changing family names every generation.  Pairing knowledge of our ancestors’geographical locations along with genetic evidence gives us an edge in identifying families and clusters of related individuals.  With that in mind, I started this project to hopefully one day provide Missouri researchers a catalog of Missouri maternal lineages.

Join my project! Please share!
Join my project! Please share!

Sally Evans’ Parents, DAR update, and Genes for Good

Update October 2016: This line is wrong, please see Sarah Evans Mitochondrial DNA Test Sally Evans’ parents are still unknown.  I’d like to think they are Joseph Evans and Anna Maria Sauer but I don’t have any proof other than Mrs. Evan’s family tree.  The DAR genealogy lady looking over my application called me out on it:

My big concern is proving Sarah Evans to her parents. I am not convinced that we have the correct parents. We need to see if there is a probate in Putnam Co., IN for Joseph Evans and maybe check land records for a distribution of land after his passing. I have not been able to put Joseph Evans in Missouri. For Sarah to get married there we need to show a connection somehow. There is no leap of faith here, it’s just too broad of a jump. All we really know is that Joseph Evans (father) and Sarah Evans (his proposed daughter) are both originally from North Carolina. Chariton County was originally Howard County, till November 6, 1820. From internet sources I see an Andrew Evans in the 1818 tax list and in 1831 lands subject to tax there is a Loverance Evans and a Richard Evans. These are possible parents of Sarah Evans too based on time and locale. 
First, let’s check Putnam Co., IN to see if there is a probate record for Joseph Evans.
Based on this we can proceed further regarding Joseph.
Let’s see what we can develop regarding the three other Evans men in Howard/Chariton Co., MO and see if there is a possibility we have the wrong parents.
Based on the previous issue I looked at your lineage to see if there are other patriots. There are other patriots but each of them present their own problems also. But if we were to consider other patriots if we can prove the parents of William Brummett then this opens a line of patriots through his mother. So since your have done such a great job with your genealogy I thought I would ask if you have anything yet on William Brummett’s line? Also  through James W. Taylor you have patriots, both through is father and mother [Joseph Taylor and Jane Doss].
Work on developing the parents of William Brummett. If we can prove this connection, other patriots open up through this man for you.
What would you like me to do? Would you like me to write to Putnam Co., Indiana to start with? I would be happy to do so. I just don’t want both of us writing the same letters. I will start to do some internet work on the other issues and you can do that also if you would like. More eyes the better.
This is just a really tricky period of time that I see with so many applications proving lineage through these years. But I am on board to help find a good provable lineage for your DAR application. It doesn’t mean they aren’t your family, it’s just what can we prove or prove beyond a reasonable doubt.
Let me know about Putnam Co, okay?
She is right, I was being sloppy.  I contacted Putnam County and there is a will for Joseph Evans.  The county clerk emailed me a few hours ago that she put it in the mail.  I am excited/dreading it.  The idea of digging up a stranger’s will seems wrong to me, like I’m sticking my nose in his personal business.  But at the same time, if it turns out he is not a relative, I still feel like I should share the document for his descendants who are or will go searching for the same information.
Also, I feel like a N00b genealogist because I haven’t been able to find anything more on James Taylor’s parents, Joseph Taylor and Jane Doss.  Or William Brummet.  I want to ask the DAR genealogist what she knows, hahaha!  It’s not her job to do the work for me though, so I have resisted temptation.  Plus it’s just embarrassing to admit.
When I went back to look at my research I noticed that I have William and Sally Brummett with their children (except the oldest 3) on the 1850 census in District 51, Livingston County, Missouri but after that Sally Evans disappears until her death in 1873.  Almost all of her children are missing in 1860 and 1870 but I did find Sarah F. Brummett on the 1870 census with her younger brother, Elijah.  Sarah is now Sarah Rusler after her marriage to Albert Abraham Rusler (both misidentified on the 1870 census of Jefferson, Grundy, Missouri as Abraham and Sarah Russell).  Why is Elijah with his newlywed sister and brother-in-law?  What happened to Sally Evans?  There are so many new questions.
Lastly for now, have you heard of Genes for Good?  They are launching a new Facebook app that is a bit like 23andMe.  They are hoping people will sign up, take the surveys, and submit DNA samples for research at the University of Michigan.  I signed up and was notified today that they will soon send a “spit kit” to me soon.  What fun! Sign up if you are brave and just DGAF about university researchers using your DNA in their studies.  For science, and the greater good!
Sarah F. Rusler (Sarah F. Brummett) on the 1870 census Jefferson, Grundy, Missouri with younger brother Elijah Brummett
Sarah F. Rusler (Sarah F. Brummett) on the 1870 census Jefferson, Grundy, Missouri with younger brother Elijah Brummett

DNA matches to both my mom and grandma

I see surnames/family names and places repeating, including matches on the first list (who match all three of us) but I can’t quite figure out our connection.

A.M. Long

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: James McDonald died in Pennsylvania ca. 1830’s

Maternal: Ellen Hughes b. Llandudno,Wales 1873 d. 1918 PA

Ancestral Surnames

Allen [Ellen Allen b. 1782 PA d.after 1850 Fostoria, OH], Arras [Johann Peter Arras b. Oberkainsbach, Germany b. 18], Evans [Henry born Amlwch, Wales 1786], Hughes [Ellen Hughes b. Llandudno, Wales 1873 d. PA 1918], McDonald [James McDonald born in Pennsylvania ca 1790], McPherson [William McPherson b. Inverness, Scotland 1793 d.], Price [Thomas Price b.Wales 1610 d. St. Mary’s County, M], Scharf [William Scharf b. 1769 NJ or PA d. Maryland 1840], Taylor [Richard Taylor b. England d.1729 Anne Arundel, MD], Tracey [Samuel Tracey b. England d. Anne Arundel County, M], Treusch [Anna Barbara Treusch b. Darmstadt, Germany 1834 d.?

S, McCaffrey

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Patrick McCaffrey b. 1902 d 1984

Maternal:Catherine Brides b 1909 d. 1993

Ancestral Surnames

Brides [Ireland], Kearns [Ireland], McCaffrey [Ireland]

P. Spencer

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: John Milburn, b 1863 d?

Maternal: Fanny Dunning, b? d 1841

Ancestral Surnames

Anderson [New Row Lindale, Lancashire, England], Brockbank [Stavely, Westmorland, England], Brown [England], Castleman [Ohio, Virginia], Cottom [Makersfield, Lancashire, England], Coward [Lowick, Lancashire, England], Curtis [Hebron Twnshp, Tolland, Connecticut], Dennis [Monmouth Cty., New Jersey], Douglass [Leroy, Gennesee, New York], Dunning [Shropshire, England], Fairhurst [Haydock, Lancashire, England], Grannis [New Haven, Connecticut], Greenall [Makerfield, Lancashire, England], Gutridge [HYdock, Lancashire, England], Hosea [Vermont?], Jones [Shropshire, England], Kinnee [Ontario, Canada], Manwaring [England], McAfee [Indiana], Melison [Groton Twnshp, New London, Connecticut], Milburn [St Joseph, Missouri, USA], Pearson [England], Platt [Burlington, Burlington, New Jersey], Rawes [New Row, Lindale, Lancashire, England], Relph [England], Ross [Ohio, USA], Scott [Ogden, Utah], Shaw [Hawmshead, Lancashire, England], Standish [Warwick, Lancashire, England], Thompson [Ambleside, Westmoreland, England], Whaley [Albany Co, New York], Wright [Litchfield, Connecticut]

J. L.

Most Distant Ancestors

Parmelia Coates to Ezekiel Gaskins in Kershaw, SC

Ancestral Surnames

Bevil [SC], Blackman [Florida], Carey [PA], Weaver [PA]

L. Cavner

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: James Cavner b. abt 1830 NJ

Maternal: Sarah Sullivan b.1822 TN

Ancestral Surnames

Allen, ALLISON, BRITTAIN, Brittan, Brittian, Brooks, BROWN, BRUMLEY, Brumley/ S, Buchanan, BUTLER, BUTTS, CANTRELL, CAVNER [Woodson, KS/Ardmore, OK], COMBS, DAVIS, DENTON, DONALDSON, Draper, Duke, Eccles, FAIRCHILD, FAIRCHILD JR., FAIRCHILD SR., Forbis, Frederick, GARB, Hamilton, Hanes (guess), Hanna, HARDY, Harvey, HAWKER, Haynes, HAYWOOD, Heath, HEMPHILL, Henderson, Hocker HAWKER, Hopkins, Howell, HUDSON, HUNTER [OK, TN], Jones, Kesiah, Key [Crawford, MO], LAISNE, LAMBERT [AL], LAND, LANN [AL], LEONARD, LESSENE, LEWIS, Lynn, Lynn Sr., Lynn Sr./ Sr, Mar, Mary Baldridg, Mason, Matthews, MCCLANAHAN, McRary, MILSAPS, Morgan, MORRISON, Moytoy, NATION, NATIONS, Paine, Penelop, Person, Pewitt PREWITT, Pigeon of Tellico Moytoy, PINERNELL, PREWITT, Priscill, PRUITT, Quarles, Ramsey, Ramsey Jr., Ramsey Jr./ Jr, Robins, Robinson, Sara, Sarah Sall, SEAMANS, SELBY, SHARP, SMITH, Starr, SULLIVAN, SWAIM, Swan, Taylor, UNK, J.Cynthi, VAUGHAN, Willaims, WILLIAMS, Williamson, Wright

J. L. Orr

Most Distant Ancestors

Maternal grandfather unknown, resided in Clay County and Ray County, Missouri.

Ancestral Surnames

Battle, Chambers, Chew, Conn, Crowley, English, Hillard, Hilliard, Nicholson, Orr, Pulse, Redfearn, Rose, Ross ?, Townley, Wells

C. M. Achenbach

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Johannes (JOHN RUDOLFF) ACHENBACH b ~ 1700

Maternal: Barbara Rhodes b 1835

Ancestral Surnames

Achenbach [Germany or USA], Bäni [Switzerland], Fischer / Fisher [Germany or USA], Timmins [England or USA]

A. J. Cromwell

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: William Williams b 1443 d 1468

Maternal: Jennie Mae Harwood MOORE b 1867 d 1914

Ancestral Surnames


M. Slusser

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal:  I know nothing about my birth father or his family. All my info is on my maternal side.

Maternal: Rachel Alice Williams, b. 1861 and d. 1936

Ancestral Surnames

Faulk, Hankins, Pace, Smith [United States], Stepp

M. S. Glanders

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Jordan Gibson s/o Gilbert Gibson Louisa Co. VA

Maternal: Caroline Martha Liddon 1832-1879

Ancestral Surnames

Brown [TN], Cowden [AL, TX], Davis [TN], Dobbins, Evans [LA], Gibson [VA], Hughes [Al, TX], Jowell [TX], Kellum [TX], Liddon [TN, AL, TX], Mashburn [NC, TX], Paralee [TN], Puckett [VA,TN, TX], Rice [VA], Rutledge, Scott [TN, MO, TX], Tucker [TN], Turner-Lemay [VA]

J. A. Maddox

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Cornelius Maddox b 1660 d 1706

Maternal: Elizabeth Thompson b 1787 d 1870

Ancestral Surnames

Anderson, Anthony, Aubrey, Awbrey, Beauchamp, Brady, Brown, BURTON, Childers, Douglass, Drury, Eckhols, Fielding, Holland, Howard, Jackson, Jennings, Jones, Kerby, Key, Kirby [Virginia>Indiana>Texas], Langsford, LLoyd, Lucas, Luther, LYNCH, Maddocks, Maddox [South Carolina>Alabama>Mississippi>Texas], Margaret, McDaniel, McDaniels, McKenzie, Meador, Moseley, Mosely [Virginia>Tennesee>Kentucky>Texas], Mozley [Virginia>Tennesee>Kentucky>Texas], Mullins, Mulve, Neale, Owen, Pass, Paul, PERKINS, Phillips, Polteney, Randolph, Ray, Robinson, Ross, Rucker [Virginia>Texas], Rushing, Shelton, Smallwood, Stone, Taliaferro, Thomas, Thompson, Tinsley, Tompkins, Townsend, Tramel, Tucker, Tynsley, Warren, Wheeler, White, Whittle, Woodard, Wright

S. E. Tompkins

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Jacob Sheets, b. 1725, PAd. 1806 MD

Maternal: Margaret Mashburn, b. c. 1793 Burke Co, NC

Ancestral Surnames

Aberli, Adraiens, Allen, Amos, Austin [RI-VT, USA], Babcock, Baldwin, Barber, Baur, Bibighaussen, Bien, Bienhaus, Birge, Bissell, Blunt, Bourne, Brownell, Connett, Cowper, Cram, Crandall, Creighton, Crow [PA-VA, USA], DeLong, Downer [MA-CT, USA], Drake, Drane, Ellsworth, ENGEL, Eno, Enz, Etheridge, Ethridge [TN-MO, USA], Faust, Feucht, Flach, Flick, Freeman, Frey, Fuchs, Gates, Gaylord, Geyer?, Gifford, Grafton, Hlker, Hüber, Habel (Habe), Hall, Hartzell [PA-OH, USA], Hebel (Habe), Hegetschweiler, Helker/Halker [Germany], Henderson [Augusta, VA, USA], Herbel, Hill [Glamorgan, Wales], Holcomb, Holmes, Holt, Huber, Jones [Cardigan, Wales], Kieffer, Kleinhans [PA, USA], Knight, Kuhn, Kusterer, Lazell [MA-CT, USA], Lee, Lerch, Llewellyn, Lloyd [Wales], Loomis [CT-VT, USA], Mashburn [Burke, NC, USA], McMullen [Augusta, VA, USA], Meekcome, Meinel, Melyn, Moore, Morris, Munsell [RI-CT-VT-IL, USA], Nowlane, Oberly [Switzerland-PA, USA], Parry, Partridge [England-MA, USA], Pendergraft [NC, USA], Pendergrass, Pendergrass (Prendergast), Perry [KY, USA], Pugh (Pew), Pugh/Pew [KY, USA], Raymer, Reese [PA-WV, USA], Reh, Roden, Rogers, Rossmeisel, Rusmisel [Bohemia-Ger-PA-VA], Rusmisel (Rosmeissel), Schaufele, Schumacher (Schumaker), Scott, Sheets [MD-KS, USA], Sickhinger, Siglin, Sikinger [Germany], Sommer, Staubes, Staubus [Germany-VA], Stroud, Sutherland [Scotland-OH], Swaine, Talkington [WV, USA], Tracy [England-MA, USA], Trenk, Veare, Vincent, Vincent ?, Wallbridge [CT, USA], Watson, Way, Weare, Wetzel, White, Wilbor, Wilbore, Wilkinson, Wilson, Winans, Wismer, Wolf

D. D. Gililland

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: William Gilliland b. 1801 KY d. abt 1875 in TX

Maternal: Abraham Kuykendall

Ancestral Surnames

Ashworth, Ashworth/, Sr, Bridges, Bridges/, Sr, Clardy [Texas], Flowers [Texas], Ford, Gililland, Gilliland, Gilliland/, Sr, GUFFEE, Johnson, KEITH, Kuykendall, Plumlee [Arkansas Texas], Thompson, Tigert [Indiana Texas], Williams, Williams/ I, Williams/ II, Williams/, Jr, Wood, Wynne

S. E. White

Ancestral Surnames

Smith [Pennsylvania], White [California]

M. Thompson

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Joseph Sanford Hall b 1775 VA d 1851 SC

Maternal: Martha Melinda McCrory b 1820 NC d 1905 TN

Ancestral Surnames

Akin [NC/HardemanCoTN], Alban [CardiganshireWales], Banks [KnoxCoIN/IL/KY/TN], Bishop [AndersonCoSC], Canada [GibsonCoTN/DyerCoTN], Cary [AndersonCoSC], Cox [NC/HardemanCoTN], Davis [AndersonCoSC], Dowdy [Virginia/HardemanCoTN], Evans [FlintshireWales/ChattanoogaTN], Eveleth [RI/OH/KY], Felts [VA/LauderdaleCoTN], Galloway [AL/HardemanCoTN], Green [SC], Hall [VA/AndersonCoSC/TalladegaAL/LauderdaleCoTN], Henderson [HamiltonCoTN/CherokeeCoAL], Henning [SC/LauderdaleCoTN], Hoffner [PA/OH], Jack [KnoxCoTN/CherokeeAL/RomeGA], Johnson [KnoxCoIN/IL], Mayfield [AndersonCoSC/TalladegaAL], McCoy [SC/TalladegaAL], McCrory [NC/HardemanCoTN], Powell [CarmarthenshireWales/FlintshireWales], Pullam [KnoxCoIN/IL], Taggart [RI], Taylor [PA/RheaCoTN], Yates [NC/GibsonCoTN]

C. C. DeVine

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Thomas Lee Devine b: 1748 Ireland and d: 1840 TN

Maternal: Elizabeth Wilson b. abt 1795 NC and d. 1860 AL

Ancestral Surnames

Adcock [NC], Baker [AL], Barfield [N & S Carolina], Berry [South Carolina], Broughton [SC], Callaway, Cannon [SC], Carson [South Carolina], Carter, Chandler [North Carolina], Chinnabee [MS], Couillandeau, Daniel [Alabama], de St. Julien [SC], Debose, DeChastaigner [SC], Desmond [AL], DeVine [South Carolina], Devine (Divine), DeVine/ Jr, DeVine/ Sr, Dill, Divine, Divine/ Sr, Donaldson [VA], Duboise (Debose), DuBose, Dubose/DeBoise [South Carolina], Dunn [North Carolina], Eddins/Eddings [South Carolina], Ervin [South Carolina], Fitzpatrick [South Carolina], Frierson, George, Grimes [North Carolina], Ham [South Carolina], Hardin, Harford, Haws [VA], Hudson [Virginia], Hussey [South Carolina], Jordan [South Carolina], Kearley [Alabama], Lavender [North Carolina], Lawson [North Carolina], Lucas [South Carolina], Mattox [VA], McMahan [North Carolina], Mims [South Carolina], Moffit Farrar, Mott [North Carolina], Nancy [SC], Nolen [Alabama], Pettus [Virginia], Pierce [NC], Pollard [South Carolina], Ragan/Ragin [SC], Ravenel/Ravenal [SC], Salisbury [South Carolina], Sallus [VA], Sinclair [South Carolina], Smith [North Carolina], Stacey [South Carolina], Stiggins [Alabama], Stokeley [VA], Stokes [South Carolina], Thomas [AL], Towles [VA], Turner [South Carolina], Vallott [VA], Wagoner/Waggoner [Alabama], Wall [VA], Welch [South Carolina], Whatley, Wilson [NC]

F. S. Jones

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Thomas Jones Sr. c. 1732 Rowan NC – 1814 Montg. KY


Ancestral Surnames

Armistead, Barnard, Beck, Dotson, Eastman, Farish, Holdren, Iverson, Jones [Rowan NC – Bath KY], LaFon, Lipman [Ger], Lowther, Miller, Ralls, Rogers, Schmid [Ger], Shortridge ?, Stone, Thompson [NC-KY], Williams

B. L. Marston (Grandma also matches C. L. Marston registered to the same email address)

Ancestral Surnames

(Marston), (Smith), Ayres, Beatty, Beaumont, Bennett, Bland, Boulton, Campbell, Carroll, Claxon, Coleman, Colley, Corbin?, Crow, Cummins, Day, Downey, Dunavent, Eads, Elizabeth, Estes, Garvey, Goode, Greene, Groom, Hammon, Hammond, Hill, Hitt, Hudson, Hudson/, Sr, Johnson, Jones, Kemper, Kendrick, Layton, Leanna, Marston, McPherron, Meek, Morgan, Perkins, Roach, Robinson, Russell, Saunders, Slaughter, Smith, Steger, Stephenson, Talley, Thornton, Threlkeld, Venard, Wainscott, Woolums, Wright

B. J. Wilbourne

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Wilbourne

Maternal: Garside

Ancestral Surnames

Aggen, Andrews, Baker, Barker, Baumgartner, Becker, Beeman, Behr, Bell, Bennett, Bierdeman, Bierdemann, Blakey, Boothe, Bowen, Bucy, Carter, Chaney, Courtney, Crabtree, Cron, Davis, Dodge, Donnellan, DUREMANN, Fey, Fickel, Fish, Fuerst, Gallop, Garside, Godfrey, Halstead, Hempstead or Usher, Jay, Johnson, Jones/ Bel, Joy, Joy/, Kezar, Kezer, Kieffer, Lamb, LARCUM, Laycock, Major, MAJORY, MASURY, Masury/ Jo, Moore, Morris, Morse, Pary, Phelps, Prince, Reynolds, Rosser, Runyon, Sallie, Scott, Shriver, Skinner, Stark, Stark/ J, Stark/ Re, stevens, Van Court, Vineyard, Von Muench Brucker, Waggoner, Webber, Wells, Wilbourn, Wilbourne, Willbourne, Willburn, Willburn (Welbourne), Williams, WOODMANSEE, WOODSON

D. D. Kessberger

Most Distant Ancestors

Paternal: Morris E. Potts b.1904 d??

Maternal:  E. Maxine Hardwick b.1910 d.1980

Birth name Potts. Lived in Missouri all my life.


To those whose DNA matches mine, mom’s, and grandma’s

Congratulations, those are some strong genes!  But seriously, I was going through my maternal matches and saw that only a few who match all 3 of us shared any genealogical information in their profiles.  These are them, their most distant ancestors if listed, and their surnames, if shared:

E. H. Vannoy, S. Vannoy, and M. Vannoy
Most Distant Ancestors
Paternal: Elijah Vannoy b c1784 Wilkes NC d c1850 Hancock TN
Maternal: Mary Ann Ford, b 1835 Pulaski KY, d 1925 Pettis MO

[VA→TN], Sims [VA], Talbot [-], Thornton, Thorton [VA], Truel [France→VA→KY→MO], Tryntye, Tussey [DE→NC→TN], Ukn., Unk., Upton [England→MO], Valentine [KY], Van Noy [NC→TN→MO], Vannoy [NC→TN→MO], Vanoy [NC→TN→MO], Walker [NC→TN], Ward [-], Wash [-], Waters [VA], Webb [KY→TN], Whitcher [-], Wisdom [VA→MS], Wolf, Wolfhardt [Germany→PA], Woodruf [-], Zimmerman [Germany]

R. C. Douglas
Most Distant Ancestors
Paternal: John Douglass b.30/12/1731, St Pauls London Eng.
Maternal: Mary (surname unknown)

Champion [Cornwall], Dixon [West Bromwich England], Douglas [London], Douglas [Cambridgeshire], Douglas [Western Australia], Douglas [Glasgow], Douglas [New Zealand], Douglass [Cambridgeshire], Duglas [Covent Gardens London]

J. Springer

Springer [Pennsylvania]

V. G. Moore
Most Distant Ancestors
Paternal: John Jackson Moore, 1754 – 1842
Maternal: Susan Jane Lite, 1839 – 1906

F. D. Akin
Most Distant Ancestors
Paternal: Brantly Duncan b.1821 SC d.1864, GA
Maternal: Nancy E Cain b.1802 GA, d.1885 GA

Cain [GA], Dobbins [GA], Duncan [GA/SC], Head [GA], Robinson [Carroll-GA], Smith [Carroll-GA], Stewart [GA], Warren [GA]

J. Hagen
Most Distant Ancestors
Arnold Hagenbucher born in Switzerland. Came to US. Married Albertina Polier
Hagen [US], Hagenbucher [Switzerland, US], Moore [Ontario Canada, US], Polier [US]

I have no idea how to connect them, other than some matches one match had family in areas I know we had Taylor, Brummit, or Evans ancestors.  Either I am missing some branch of my family or they are.  Most likely both.


The Mystery of Sarah Jane Taylor: 1860 Census, Shelby Missouri and a Round Up

Ben sent me the 1860 census for Salt River Township, Shelby County, Missouri.  Thank you Ben!

James Taylor's family 1860
James Taylor’s family 1860

We see James (J.W.) is a carpenter,  is already married to Geraldine Dennisson, and only Isaiah and Jane are listed from his marriage to Mary A. Bromett.  The History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas mention a third child who was deceased at the time the book was written (as was Isaiah, Sarah Jane Taylor being the only child of Mary A. Bromett who was alive) so I assume the child was likely already deceased.  James and Geraldine have a two year old Samuel and have James’ brother Wesley Taylor living with them.  They appear to also have a relative of Geraldine’s, Dillard Dennisson living with them as well.  The whole family is living with May Thomas, Walter? W. Simon, a lumber dealer, and William Walker, a carpenter.  Interestingly, only James is listed as having real estate, valued at $3000.

Ben also found a record of marriage for James Taylor and Geraldine Dennisson:

James Taylor and Geraldine Dennisson (2nd wife) were married July 16, 1857 also in Livingston County Missouri. This is the same county James and Mary A. Bromett were married.
James Taylor and Geraldine Dennisson (2nd wife) were married July 16, 1857 also in Livingston County Missouri. This is the same county James and Mary A. Bromett were married.

Why didn’t we know about Isaiah Taylor?  There are hints that he may have had descendants.

Why was our Sarah Jane only known as Jane?  Is this why she chose to go by the name Juanita in New Mexico?

How did Mary A. Bromett and their third child die?  When did it happen?  Where are they buried?

How did James Taylor and family eventually come to reside in Kansas?

Did Mary A. Bromett have sisters born of the same mother?  Who was her mother? When I started this search it was because I would like to trace my maternal line as far back as possible in hopes of identifying a living maternal line descendant who might agree to a mitochondrial DNA test.  I would love to find a match to confirm our line.

This is my timeline for James Taylor so far:

1830-Born in Montgomery County, Missouri

1850-Married Mary A. Bromett in Livingston County, Missouri

1852-Son Isaiah Taylor born to Mary A. Bromett

1855-Daughter Sarah Jane Taylor born to Mary A. Bromett

1857-Married to Geraldine M. Dennisson

1858-Son Samuel G. Taylor born to Geraldine M. Dennisson

1860-Living in Salt River Township, Shelby County, Missouri with family