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Mobility & Migration East Anglian Founders Of New England 1629-1640 May 20, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Books,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 12:59 am

IMG_3115  This book has a great deal of information re my ancestors.  I’ll go into detail in future posts.

 

Marker – Founders Bridge – Wepawaug River – Milford Connecticut May 8, 2017

Henry Botsford Founders Bridge Wepawaug River

 

This marker is for my 9th Great Grandfather.  This is intriguing because I vaguely remember visiting relations named Botsford in the Boston area.  I will pursue this further.

 

More About The Nine Generations Chart May 3, 2017

IMG_3073

 

In reality my 9 Generations Chart has a few gaps in the tree, starting with Generation 7 where there are 10 ancestors missing.

Generation 7 should have 64 ancestors   but there are only 54 identified

 

Generation 1 – Me

Generation 2 – My Parents

Generation 3 – My Grandparents   4 people

Generation 4 – My Great Grandparents  8 people

Generation 5 – My Great Great Grandparents  16 people

Generation 6 – My 3X Great Grandparents  32 people

Generation 7 – My 4X Great Grandparents   64 people

Generation 8 – My 5X Great Grandparents   128 people

Generation 9 – My 6X Great Grandparents   256 people

Ideally there should be 511 people on the tree

I searched again for the missing parents of Agnes Lee.  Agnes Lee is in Generation 6. No luck in finding her missing parents in Generation 7.  So that means I’m also missing her 4 grandparents and 8 great grandparents in generations 8 and 9.  Things compound rapidly.

 

 

Nine Generations May 2, 2017

Filed under: Ancestors,Charts,Family history,Family Tree,Genealogy — Janet @ 4:43 pm

IMG_3073             IMG_3072     Family members are so impressed with my 9 generations genealogy chart – there is a clamour for more.  On I go.  Next thing you know the cat will want to be included also.

 

My Ancestor April 30, 2017

Sir Anthony Browne  Sir Anthony Browne, 1st Viscount of Montagu, 1528-1592         my 12th Great Grandfather

Midhurst Church   Midhurst Church – the church of St Mary Magdalene and St Denys, Surrey England

 

Mary Elizabeth Murdock April 10, 2017

bennett-mr               IMG_0013   My paternal grandfather Major Charles Dana Miller – this is the man my grandmother Mary Elizabeth Murdock married in 1882.  He fought in the Civil War – Mary Elizabeth Murdock was born in 1863.  So the man who was to be my grandfather was a soldier fighting in the Civil War when my grandmother was born.

Mary married a man many years her senior.  How did this come about?  Family rumor has it that she went West in 1880 from Crown Point New York to Mt. Vernon Ohio to look after Charles’s young children after their mother died.

IMG_0014  Mary Elizabeth Murdock, 1882 (?)

Charles was born in 1836.  So he was 27 years older than Mary.  He was a widower with 2 children.  They married in Chicago in November 1882.

Questions – how did this sequence of events happen?

Well, Mary went West shortly after her own mother died and also her younger sister.  A time of sorrow and upset.  Mary had recently graduated from Albany Normal School (State Teachers College) – so she was a qualified teacher.

But my research in ancestry.com reveals that when Charles’ wife died the children were young teens, age 14 and 13, not infants needing a carer.  So if she went West to be a carer she would have been more of a housekeeper than a nanny, and possibly a tutor for the children.

And furthermore, there were Murdocks who had previously migrated from Crown Point New York to Mt Vernon Ohio.

 

A New Angle April 5, 2017

   My grandmother’s self-published book of her poems

What does my paternal grandmother’s family tree look like.  My paternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Murdoch, was born in 1863.  The Civil War was raging.  She lived to experience 4 more wars in her lifetime, the Spanish American War, World Wars I and II, and the Korean War.  She married a Civil War veteran and bore 5 children.  She became a widow while the children were still young and at home.  She was an educated woman, she loved reading.  She wrote poetry.  I propose to explore her life in as much as I can from the genealogical records and what few scraps I have of her personal letters and family memories.

Dad's childhood home Buena Vista Hill Newark Ohio  My grandmother’s home in Newark Ohio where she raised her children

  My grandmother and my father, 1943

IMG  My grandmother and me, 1948, in Raleigh North Carolina

IMG_0014  My grandmother as a young woman