My maternal uncle agreed to take an AncestryDNA test for me and it was just received by Ancestry yesterday. The website notes that lab processing times have increased.
He is under the username CS_DNA (always google interesting matches, it’s worth a shot) and I don’t plan on filling out the tree. His tree is the same as my mom’s “Sauceda Romero Family Tree” since they are full siblings and the link to her tree is included in his profile, anyone looking at his profile will be able to pull it up. You can also see my tab at the top of the page “Maternal Family Tree”. When I started having family members test at Ancestry I didn’t realize you could administer multiple tests from one user account so I had a bunch of separate accounts that I have access to.
I am glad to have another child of my maternal grandmother’s test with Ancestry since I didn’t think she could produce enough saliva to take their test (she was only tested with Family Tree DNA). I will transfer his results to FTDNA where he has Y-DNA results.
I’ve been frustrated with being unable to get further on Bernardo Sauceda Sr. since seeing the record of his marriage to Francisca Garza in Zapata County, Texas, 1900. One of my maternal uncle’s Y-DNA37 matches (distance 4, 69.98% chance they share a common ancestor within 8 generations) is a Mr. SANCEDO, so I went to FamilySearch and searched “Bernardo Sancedo” because, well, why the hell not?
The death certificate for a boy named Dolores Sauseda came up, improperly transcribed as Sancedo (luck!). Parents were Bernardo Sauceda (properly spelled) and Francisca Garzo.
I entered these criteria and found a death certificate for Bernardo Sauceda under the name Bernardo Sanseda who was born in 1864 in Mexico and died in the same Texas county as the boy Dolores on July 5, 1935. His wife is listed as Francisca Sanseda.
Since the son Dolores died in 1927 and Bernardo Sauceda Sr. died in 1935, both in Burleson County, Texas, I searched the 1930 census page by page for them.
The family was there under the name Salsado, and many of their first names were written incorrectly as well so it was no wonder we couldn’t find them on previous census records.
The names should be Bernardo Sauceda, Francsica (Garza), Felipe, Jose, Cruz, Rosa, Bernardo, Ysidro, and Paul (Paulino maybe).
Now we know Bernardo Sauceda Sr. was born about 1864 in Mexico and died July 5, 1935, in Burleson County, Texas. The census says both he and Francisca immigrated to the United States in 1900, though I have not seen immigration records for them thus far. The Texas immigration records start in 1903 or something like that on FamilySearch. They were married in Zapata County, Texas February 2, 1900, so I’m not sure if the arrival year is correct for either of them.
My Missouri First Families certificate for Sarah Evans and William Brummet from the Missouri State Genealogical Association came in today! As I’ve mentioned before, Sarah Evans had a sister, Nancy Evans, who married Elijah Gumbs Boon. Their descendants would be eligible for the same certificate if any cousins are interested in pursuing it. Also, obligatory link to the Mothers of Missouri DNA Project (MoM).
I’m writing this mostly to make sense of it, sorry if it jumps around a lot. I met with a genealogist recently at my local Family History Library and she gave me some really good suggestions about researching Henry Evans.
On this record, he was between the ages of 26 and 44, which would mean he was probably born between the years 1766 and 1784. He had a wife, 2 boys, and 3 girls at the time. If this is the right Henry, Nancy was probably the girl between 10-15 years old which would make sense if she married Elijah Gumbs Boon in 1815. My Sarah may have been one of the girls under 10 as we think she was born around 1809.
I searched Ancestry with this new information and saw a Henry Evans in the Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935. Of course, I got way too excited for someone who knows better. Would a Quaker have participated in the War of 1812? I didn’t think so. So I was surprised when I Googled “Henry Evans Northampton County NC Quakers” and the first document to come up included the line,
“In First Month, 1886, there is a recorded minute to the effect that William Copeland, Thomas B. Elliott, and Henry Evans were not disowned for volunteering their services in the army.”
Wow! A couple of prior paragraphs talk about the War of 1812 so I felt like the genealogy angels were my tech support at the moment. Though, when I read the year 1886 I was a little bummed because if he was born even at the latter end of the 1766-1784 spectrum he would have been 102 years old, and therefore, probably not the guy I was looking for. I checked the Ancestry records and found the record mentioned in the pdf for the year 1866, not 1886. If he were born at the latter end of the 1766-1784 spectrum he’d be about 82 which is more probable than 102.
One of the Quaker Meeting Notes from 1843 lists his wife as Mary, and “six of their children, namely James, Sarah J[?], Martha A, Celia E, Christian, and Henry”. I might be reading too much into “six of their children” but at this time Sarah and Nancy would have been in Missouri. If he were born in the latter end of the 1766-1784 spectrum he’d have been about 59 years old. He can be 59 and still have 6 kids, right? Especially if he remarried?
Henry Evans with his wife Mary and 3 of his children: James, 21 (born about 1829), Martha, 16 (born about 1834), and Celia, 14 (born about 1836) are on the 1850 census in Northampton County, NC. These children were born well after the Henry Evans family on the 1810 census. Still, it is possible that this could be the same Henry but with a different wife. I assume a different wife because she was between ages 26-44 years old on the 1810 census, so if she was the youngest possible, 26, she would have been born around 1784 making her about 52 when the youngest child, Celia, was born in 1836. Celia would have been born about 9 years after my Sarah Evans married William Brummet.
According to the 1850 census, he was about 62 years old, born in 1788. That would have made him 22 on the 1810 census, where he is clearly marked as being between the ages of 26-44 years old. The general rule is to stick with the information from the earliest census, so it is possible he was the youngest age available, 26, at the time making the age given in the 1850 census younger by 4 years. Not impossible. Also, we have Nancy Evans born around 1796. If we add back the 4 years taken from the 1850 census, Henry Evans would have been born around 1784, making him 29 during his service in the War of 1812, 12 years old when Nancy was born (Although I find this date suspicious because her husband Elijah was born 12 Dec 1796 and Nancy is said to have been born 12 Oct 1796, what are the chances they were both born on the 12th day of the month, same year?), and 26 on the 1810 census. There was a female 10-15 years of age on the 1810 census, if it were Nancy she would have been born 1795-1800, so I guess year-wise that is close to what we know about her. The 1810 census pretty much says if Henry Evans had a child born around 1800, he could have been anywhere between 16 to 34 years of age (He could have been born 1766-1784 according to his age bracket).
So how can I tell if the 1810 Census Henry Evans is also the 1850 census Henry Evans? I went back to the 1866 record of the three men who were allowed to retain their Friends (Quaker) membership despite their participation in the War of 1812. The three men named were William Copeland, Thomas B. Elliot, and Henry Evans. Were they in the census for Northampton County back in 1810? That would make it more likely that they were friends in addition to being Friends (punny!). I found William Copeland on page 7 of 44, but no Thomas. There was an Elliot household, though, run by Sarah Elliot.
Another name from the first Quaker record in which I found Henry Evans, in 1843, mentions a Josiah Outland. Truthfully, the name Outland stood out to me because of the Outlander book series. And Josiah isn’t a common name anymore so I went to see if I could find him on the 1810 census, he was there he is on page 29 of the Northampton census.
So, what do you think? Is this the same Henry Evans?
It lists Henry Evans as the bondsman and Tom Hughes as the witness. This is what The Legal Genealogist had to say about marriage bonds and bondsmen:
“When folks married without banns, however, particularly when they married some distance away from where they were known, there wasn’t the same opportunity in advance to have folks “speak up or forever hold their peace.” The bond then stepped into the breach.
What that bond actually was, then, was a form of guarantee that there wasn’t any legal bar to the marriage. Enforcing the guarantee was a pledge by the groom and a bondsman — usually a relative — to pay a sum of money, usually to the Governor of the State (or colony if earlier, or to the Crown if in Canada6), if and only if it actually turned out that there was some reason the marriage wasn’t legal.”
He’s not even my direct ancestor, poor guy. The microfilm that contains the record of his marriage to Nancy Evans is at my local Family History Library, but I have a weird schedule, and they have a weird schedule so maybe I’ll see it this weekend.
Online researchers say Elijah Gumbs Boon was the son of Nicholas Boon citing Nicholas Boon’s will made “on account of Elijah Gumbs [alias?] Boon” by Joyner Boon and Thomas Boon in 1807, Northampton County, North Carolina.
There seems to be some inconsistency as he is said to have been married to Jane Waggoner in Kentucky in 1809 and Nancy Evans in 1814, Northampton County NC. In my previous post I found a book mentioning Elijah Boon’s daughter Mary Magdalene (b. November 13, 1814 here in the book and here on Find A Grave) with conflicting information. Both variations are reflected in numerous genealogies online. There seems to be two Elijah Boons, one born in Lincoln County, Kentucky and one born in Northampton County, North Carolina. This is going to be a fun weekend.