Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Asking for a Friend

I have been working on some family lines for a friend of mine, and the information is not coming easily. The more recent stuff - 1900 - 1957 is covered with obituaries, but the older stuff is being stubborn. 

The families I'm researching are White, Naylor, Brooke, and Gibbons.  They're all from the Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia areas. Some moved on to Ohio later on. The problem is the census. This is the 1860 census. In it you see John C. Naylor, presumed wife Susan, and presumed children: daughter Florence,  son Henry, and daughter, R. C.  Also enumerated with this family is Robert Brooke, wife Caroline and daughter Anne E.  

In this family, the person I was interested in was Henry Naylor, whom I presume to be the son in this family, and whose name is Henry Brooke Naylor.  

When I went looking for this family in 1870, I did not find John C. Naylor, instead the head of household is Henry Naylor, wife Susan, daughter Florence, and son Henry. No R. C. Naylor and no Brooke family. I went back to that 1860 census and I think the census taker carried down the name from the family above. This happens far more often than you might think.  I try not to let the ages concern me, because you really don't know who gave the information. It might have been a neighbor, or the people being counted might have been intimidated by an official of the U. S. government. 

This is just the first discrepancy I've found while working on these lines. There are more!

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Thursday, December 29, 2022

Not What I was Looking For. I'm Not Complaining!

A friend, who also happens to be a very distant cousin (by marriage) and fellow researcher, always says, "Review! Review Review!"

I agree with this wholeheartedly. And it was because of this that I took a look at Find-a-Grave to see if I could find any burials for my Webb family of Orange County, Virginia. I did find a Find-a-Grave record for her and an article celebrating the 250th anniversary of Blue Run Baptist Church, Somerset, Orange County, Virginia. You can find the article here.

On Find-a-grave, there is a photo of her tomb along with the explanation that the tomb was probably built by the family slaves on the spot where she died after being thrown from her horse at the age of 42. The transcription says the stone says 1785; the story and the family bible say 1783. 

I find it ironic that this woman is the only one of her immediate family that is entombed or even has a marker. 

I hope you click on the link. It's an interesting story about the church.

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