Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – What’s Your Ancestral Name Number?

August 19, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is a weekly challenge the Randy Seaver publishes to the Genealogy Community.

http://www.geneamusings.com/2012/08/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-whats-your.html

He opens the challenge this week with:

Hey ahnentafelists (new genea-word!) – it’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

This challenge was also put out earlier this week in several places.

Crista Cowan, I think, started this topic:

http://blogs.ancestry.com/ancestry/2012/08/16/family-history-all-done-whats-your-number/

It was picked up by:

Julie Cahill Tarr

http://genblogjulie.blogspot.com/2012/08/whats-your-number-and-epiphany.html

and Judy G. Russell

http://www.legalgenealogist.com/blog/2012/08/18/more-lost-than-found/

and others, but OK, I’ll bite. How am I doing?

 

Generation

Number

Found

Percentage

Generation 1 1 1 100%
Generation 2 2 2 100%
Generation 3 4 4 100%
Generation 4 8 8 100%
Generation 5 16 16 100%
Generation 6 32 26 81%
Generation 7 64 39 61%
Generation 8 128 51 40%
Generation 9 256 60 23%
Generation 10 512 57 11%
Total 1,023 264 25%

 

Wow, not to bad, but have lot’s to find. I am hoping that by the end of the year, I can fill out some more of my Worthington ancestors as a DNA and Family History Society helps to clarify my line in the U.K. I have the data, but it’s a matter of reviewing what has been provided, and get some of the documentation. My Captain John Worthington (1650 – 1701) line gets a little fuzzy and am not ready to put what I have into my file. My 6th generation “brick wall” is on my maternal grandmother’s family. This may require a trip to Sussex, New Brunswick, Canada as I haven’t found good evidence online (yet).

So, I’m good for 5 Generations but need to fill in some more blanks.

Having said that, the most interesting piece of this “hobby” is finding the stories of these people, AND their impact that they had to their community. Finding out the hero’s what hang out this this tree. Can you say “computer bug”, how about “Baseball Hall of Fame”, did I mention the “Stars Spangled Banner”, first female Vestry person in her Church? Not to mention Fire Chief, Butcher, no candle stick maker (yet). Of course many Bakers, light house keepers, school teachers, Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II and Vietnam war hero’s.


Another Link to the War of 1812

July 3, 2012

While aboard the Pride of Baltimore II earlier this week, I was reminded of an event that took place in the harbor of Baltimore in the War of 1812. Hadn’t really “connected the dots” between this was and a distant relative.

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This is the type of flag that a ship like the Pride of Baltimore might have flown during the War of 1812.

Last summer, I was researching one “Ridgely Howard” using the Inferential Genealogy of family research. Later in my research, Ridgely Howard was really David Ridgely Howard.

His grandfather, John Edger Howard (1752-1827) and his wife Margret Chew (1760-1824) had a number of children, one of which was James Howard, Ridgely’s father and Charles Howard. Charles had 10 children, one of which was also Charles. This Charles married Elizabeth Phebe Key. She was the daughter of Frances Scott Key (1779-1843).

OK, it’s a stretch, but Frances Scott Key is the “Father-in-Law to my 10th Great Grand Uncle”


Montmorenci–Marie Conrad Lehr

June 17, 2012

Marie Conrad Lehr (1884-1921), was an owner of Montmorenci into the 1900’s, but is a Worthington Descendant. Found this newspaper article on her death:

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Transcribed:

Baltimore Sun
June 7, 1921
Mortuary Notice

FUNERAL OF MRS LEHR TODAY

Body Placed In Memorial Chapel She Built Recently

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 o’clock this afternoon in Emmanuel Protestant Episcopal Church for Mrs. Marie Conrad Lehr, wife of Dr. Louis Charles Lehr, who died early yesterday of pneumonia at the home of the Misses Sally and Polly Carter, Washington Apartments. With a simple service, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hugh Brickhead, the body was taken yesterday from the apartment and placed in the Memorial Chapel in Emmanuel Church that Mrs. Lehr built recently in memory of her mother, Mrs. Lawrence Lewis Conrad. Following the services in the church today the body will be taken to Montmorenci and interred in the old-family burying ground tomorrow.

Mrs. Lehr was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Lewis Conrad. Her mother was Miss Sally Howard Worthington, of Montmorenci, in Worthington Valley. On the paternal side Mrs. Lehr was a direct descendent of Nellie Curtis, daughter of Martha Washington. On November 9, 1909, Mrs. Lehr married Dr. Lehr, son of the late Robert Lehr, who died in 1887. The ceremony was performed at the Hotel Belvedere by the late Cardinal Gibbons, assisted by the late Rev. Francis X. Brady, president of Loyola College.

During the war Dr. Lehr served in France and Mrs. Lehr worked under Miss Anne Morgan on the committee for reconstruction work in France.

End:

June 7, 1921 Mortuary Notice for Marie Conrad Lehr, Baltimore Sun, Baltimore, Maryland.  Genealogy Bank.

There are a number of follow up items, on my ToDo list, about her and I know there are other newspaper articles, and another visit to Baltimore will need to be scheduled.

She isn’t the first one to have a note about being buried in “the old-family burying ground”. I have other notes, indicating that some have been moved from this burial ground to Saint John’s Episcopal Church Cemetery. Will have to see if she was one of those who was moved.

Of interest, is the notation what she is a descendant of Nellie Curtis, daughter of Martha Washington.

Lesson Learned: The study of this house, continues to show the impact of the people in this house to their neighborhood. Based on this article, once again there appears to be an impact on the Episcopal Church in the area. I suspect that this will be more obvious as time goes on.


Montmorenci–Samuel Worthington, Jr

June 16, 2012

Samuel Worthington, Jr – 1776 – 1811

 

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Mortuary Notice : December 12, 1811, Page 3, Column 2. Samuel Worthington – 1776 – 1811, Federal Gazette, Baltimore, Maryland.  Genealogy Bank.

Samuel Worthington Jr, Son of Samuel Worthington (1734 – 1815) and Mary Tolley Worthington (1740 – 1777) was born 23 Sep 1776 in Worthington Valley, Baltimore County, Maryland.

May have been buried at Montmorenci initially, be later moved to Saint Johns Episcopal Church Cemetery, Reisterstown (Worthington Valley).

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House History

June 15, 2012

Last evening, there was a presentation at the Second Life Association of Professional Genealogist (SL-APG) by mayrumblepois.

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May, is her Second Life name, and I will refer to her by that name. I can only say that she IS the House Historian.

Her presentation was about her passion in this line of research. She explained that WE, those around the “Fire Pit” (as seen above) have the skills to also be House Historians. The skills are very much the same, the types of records might be the same, but what we are looking for is not about People, but the physical house.

The biggest difference is audience, and WHERE the research is done. “May” reminded us that her research is very local. No travel, no conferences, and it’s not ‘family’ who will receive any questions or reports based on the information gathered.

I have talked to “May” in RL (Real Life) about this, and shared a story with her about a project that I had done in 2007. It was on a House, a historical one at that, and a bit of the journey that I had in a presentation that I had done on that house. I have blogged about “Montmorenci” in the past, have a continuing search for the reason for a “staircase” that is in the Maryland Montmorenci, and the discovery of another Montmorenci Staircase. That search continues, as well as some contact, based on this blog, about family members from “the other” Montmorenci. What contact was within the past month or so. The search continues.

I re-looked at a book that I created, in 2007, and gave to the owners at that time, to see what it would take to really do a House History on that house, based on the presentation last night.

I have notes that track the owners of that house, from the beginning, through 2007, I have notes from the surrounding area and the impact of the families who owned that house to that area (History of the area), so I might have the beginning of a House History for this specific house. In addition, the notion of researching in a “local” area, might not be true, in this case, but it would mean a visit to one or two repositories to gather the “missing” information that might be important for the history of the house, rather then the family history of the families who lived there.

During the presentation, that some of these houses do have “stories” of their own. Some to be told, others, maybe not. While I have been “Looking for ….” Montmorenci, I have one of those stories. In researching that mystery, I saw a number of other stories of events that took place in that house, so I know the information is “out there”.

Once again, May, “the House Historian”, I may be up to your challenge. I will blog about it here.

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