Fearless Females Blog Post: March 5 – Favorite Female Ancestor – Prompts for Women’s History Month

March 5, 2010

I want to point out a series of daily blogging prompts entitled Fearless Females created by Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist blog in honor of Women’s History Month which starts today, 1 March 2010.
* March 5

How did they meet?

You’ve documented marriages, now, go back a bit.

Do you know the story of how your parents met?

Your grandparents?

Another for my ToDo list, but I am not sure where I am going to find this one since only one of their children is still with us.

There may have been a connection through a Quaker Meeting or the Westtown (Quaker) School. My Grandfather started at Westtown in 9/1900 according to Westtown Through the Years, Catalog 1799 – 1945. My grandmother, his wife, entered Westtown 9/1903. The Catalog references their marriage.

Not far from Westtown is the Birmingham Friends Meeting where they were married.

The home where Mariella Cheyney is also in the area.

Oh to have started Family Research much earlier. Oh to have recorded the stories around the table in the kitchen at my grandparents home. Or while working on the Orchard.

Was listening to a Genealogy Gems Podcast, Lisa Louise Cook was talking to the “Photo Detective” where they were talking about hair styles. Check this out:

As far as I remember, she always had her hair in this way. Only once do I remember her hair “let down”. It was very long.

Mariella Cheyney

Born: September 19, 1887

Died: November 30, 1970

Married June 17, 1915 to Henry Russell Worthington

My To Do list includes talking to my Aunt, asking the questions that have been asked, then checking the Quaker Records for Birmingham Friends Meeting to locate their marriage records.

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Your Paternal Grandmother’s Patrilineal Line

March 23, 2009

Blogger Randy Seaver at http://www.geneamusings.com/ has challenged us again on his “It’s Saturday Night, so it’s time for some genealogy fun”.

The challenge is this:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother’s patrilineal line. Answer these questions:

* What was your father’s mother’s maiden name?Cheyney

* What was your father’s mother’s father’s name?Wilmer (1848 – 1937)

* What is your father’s mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

Joseph R. Cheyney (1808 – 1878)

Curtis Cheyney (1778 – <unknown>)

* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father’s mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)?

From my research, to date, Wilmer Cheyney had three male siblings.

  • Jesse Sharpless Cheyney
  • Edwin Cheyney 1841 – 1955
  • Kersey Cheyney 1844 – 1856

It is obvious from this challenge that I have some work to do.

Thank you, Randy !!


Saturday Night Fun – Who’s Number 21?

February 24, 2009

Blogger Randy Seaver, at Genea-Musing challenged Genealogy Bloggers with this:

Hey, it’s Saturday Night, let’s have some fun figuring out who is Number 21 in your ancestry from your memory or your genealogy database.

A little late for Saturday night, I am posting my Number 21. The individual with the #21 will be one of our eight second-great-grandmothers.  Randy further challenged us to name our eight second-great-grandmothers.

I am up for the challenge:
#17 – Elizabeth Willits – 1820 – 1904
wife of Henry Wilson Worthington

#19 – Hannah Lucinda Garland – 1835 – (unknown)
wife of Job Whitall Reeve

#21 – Edith Sharpless (see below)

#23 – Eliza Pancoast Worrall – 1815 – 1876
wife of Daniel James

#25 – Elizabeth Mercer Darlington – 1823 – 1881
wife of Marshall Strode

#27 – Sarah Jane Dicks – 1840 – (unknown)
wife of Abraham Palmer Worrell

#29 – Sarah McAllister (dates unknown)
wife of Philip Johnston

#31 – Rachel Carroll – 1828 – 1903
wife of William F. Allen

Edith Sharpless, daughter of Jesse and Ann (Harvey) Sharpless, was born 1 mo. 15, 1815 and died in Thornbury Twp. on 2 mo. 21, 1900. In Westtown Twp. on 12 mo. 3, 1835 she married Joseph R. Cheyney, son of Curtis and Ann (Reed) Cheyney. He was born in Thornbury Twp., Delaware Co., Pa on 9 mo. 6, 1808 and died there 10 mo. 27, 1878. Mr Cheyney farmed the homestead of his father in Thornbury.


Jesse Sharpless married Ellen Roberts Moore.
Edwin born 9 mo. 4, 1841 and died 12 mo. 23, 1855.
Kersey born 7 mo. 22, 1844 and died 8 mo. 21, 1856.
Wilmer married Ellen Harrison James.


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