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Tidewater Virginia April 17, 2017

Burwell family   Not all the immigrating ancestors came to New England.  Here is a family that came to Virginia – the Burwells.  I am not surprised.  I’ve been writing a lot about the Gilmans.  Well Elizabeth Thrift my 3X Great Grandmother came to Ohio from Virginia.  She was the young daughter of an itinerant minister.  Elizabeth Thrift married Gilman Bryant, the early ancestor pioneer in Mt Vernon Ohio.  Elizabeth and Gilman had a daughter Mary Gilman Bryant who in turn married James Warner Miller – my Great Grandfather.   There’s the link


Misleading Record

Filed under: Ancestors,Ancestry,Genealogy,Mary Elizabeth Murdock — Janet @ 4:33 pm

I have spent hours puzzling over a record in the 1880 U.S. Census.  1880 is the year my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdock went from her home in Crown Point New York to Newark Ohio.  Why did she go?  I’ve been asking this question for a long time.  Yesterday I asked my 90 year old sister again if she knew – no.  Ditto with my 91 year old sister.

The 1880 Census record for Charles Dana Miller shows a household of 4 – himself age 42, a daughter Lucy age 14, a son Charles D age 13, and a sister/son Elvz Miller age 42 whose occupation is Keeping House.  Obviously this record has inconsistencies.  Charles the head of the household did not have a sister of this age nor a son 2 years younger than himself nor a sister-in-law who would fit this description.  Being a widower with 2 children he would need a housekeeper.  Housekeepers were usually female.  But was this  person in fact my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdock newly arrived from Crown Point?  That had always been the family story.  Was this a case of careless Census recording??