Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #4

June 26, 2011

In preparation for a trip to the National Civil War Museum, in hopes of finding information on D. Ridgely Howard, I did another Google Search for him.

What I stumbled upon was an online Family Tree. It was a great website and Family Tree. I don’t normally look at this type of information, nor record information from them and put into my tree. Most times, the information provided does not contain Source material. It is usually just Names and some times relationships.

Since this step is to Search Broadly, I spent a little time looking at what was on the website. Not only did I find my D. Ridgely Howard, but a Family Group Sheet on his family. Looking at the Surnames on this website, it would be very hard to miss the relationships in this online tree and my own family tree.

Looking at the Ancestors of D. Ridgely Howard, there wasn’t a connection back to my Sarah Howard (6th Great-Grandmother), but there were enough Howards that matched mine. (close but no winner)

Looking at the Family Group Sheet and the Census information that was mentioned here:

Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #3

June 7, 2011

the Household was in the Family Group Sheet. So, they MAY BE the right Family Group. But, are there other clues in either the Census Record or this Family Group Sheet.

Two hints, actually appeared. 1) James Howard, the head of household, according to the Family Group Sheet was married twice. 2) D. (now David) Ridgely Howard’s mother was listed as Margaret Oswald CHEW.

James Howard’s other wife (dates or order of marriage not listed) was Sophia Gough RIDGELY. So, that may be a hint for D. (David)’s middle name.

But, David’s mother, Margaret Oswald Chew WAS in my file as my 3rd Cousin 6 times removed, making David Ridgely Howard my 4th Cousin 5 times removed. I haven’t yet proven any of this, so he is not in my file, but I am encouraged to continue this research

Looking at this online tree a little further, besides many names that I know, I found my 6th Great-Grandfather. There was a Descendancy Report feature for my Capt. John Worthington, and many of his children had 6 or 7 generations of descendants, most of which I know and are in my file. However, his youngest son, my 5th Great-Grandfather did not have any descendants, only one of his two wives.

So, by Searching Broadly, found some more hints to follow up on BUT it indicates to me, that I might be on the right track.

I’ll post a follow up on the only SOURCE that was listed for D. Ridgely Howard and the Civil War.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Search Broadly #2

June 6, 2011

The History Channel had a program on Gettysburg. Ridgely Howard, of Baltimore, Maryland was mentioned as part of the Maryland Battalion. His father served in the Revolutionary War and served with George Washington

“His father served in the Revolutionary War” statement has been of concern to me. The time frame doesn’t match up.

So, I returned to my genealogy database, as I knew I had some Revolutionary War veterans in there somewhere.

I looked at my Howard’s, specifically Of the 8 male Howard’s, I found 3 of them married a Ridgely. Did I miss something in my first glance at my file?

Joseph Howard married Rachael Ridgely, but Joseph died in 1777.

Brice Howard married Anne Ridgely, but Brice died in 1799.

Thomas Cornelius Howard married Eleanor Ridgely, but he died in 1801

All three were sons of Cornelius Howard and Rachael Ridgely Worthington.

Note: Naming pattern.

Note: A Worthington, Ridgely, Howard connection.

Brice Howard was a Captain of the Anne Arundel Militia in 1776

Thomas Cornelius was an Ensign in Captain Brice Howard’s Company

Henry C. Paden, Jr., Revolutionary Patriots of Anne Arundel County, Maryland (Family Line Publications, Rear 63 East Main Street, Westminister, Maryland 21157 – 1992), Philadelphia Genealogical Society Library, Page 101.

 

So, there is some validity to the Note about an ancestor being in the Revolutionary was, but also rules out the “father” piece of the statement used in the TV program.


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Stated Goal

June 5, 2011

Although I was not able to attend the 2nd life chat on Tuesday, I did listen to the presentation by Thomas W. Jones, PhD, CG, CGL, FASG, FUGA, FNGS. Because I wasn’t at the meeting, I didn’t get to hear the homework assignment. (that’s my story and I’m sticking to it)

In her blog, DearMYRTLE posted some feedback from the Study Group.

I think that I have been using the Inferential Genealogy approach but certainly not organized as was explained in the presentation and the hand out. So, I thought I would give it a try.

Case Study:

Name: D. Ridgeley Howard
In Civil War at Gettysburg
Confederate
1st Maryland Battalion Infantry

Brief Background:

The History Channel had a program on Gettysburg. Ridgely Howard, of Baltimore, Maryland was mentioned as part of the Maryland Battalion. His father served in the Revolutionary War and served with George Washington. The date was July 2, 1863. Location, Culps Hill.

Was part of Pickett’s Charge July 3, 1863.

A Union Officer, James Wallace, Maryland 1st Regiment, whose father also served with George Washington along with Ridgely Howard’s father.

Now they were fighting each other.

Step One:

Focused Goal:

Identify the parents of D. Ridgeley Howard, who fought in the Civil War at Gettysburg:
This is my focused goal for this project because Ridgeley (Ridgely) and Howard are surnames in my Ancestry. Further information places both Wallace and Howard in Baltimore, Maryland. Very consistent with my research in my Family History.
As I know, and practice, “Don’t jump to “conclusions”. But at the same time, I always ask myself “Where did that name come from?”
As Dr. Jones points out Inferential Genealogy is the Process of piecing together documents to make conclusions about relationships and identities that no record tells you all by itself.
The quest for the Goal, already has two questions:
1) Was the information about the “fathers” of Ridgeley and James Wallace, fathers or at least one generation back?
2) Is the given name “Ridgeley” taken from the Surname of  his Mother? (at this point, the spelling of the given name is not important, for me at least)
It is my hope to use this blog to make some progress to reach the stated Goal, using Inferential Genealogy.

Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 4, Page 4 Fall 1983 – Worthington / Warfield

July 31, 2010

Abstracts:

WORTHIHGTON RELATIONSHIP TO:BESSIE WALLlS WARFIELD

-       THOMAS WORTHINGTON / ELIZABETH RIDGELY

-       ELLIZABETH WORTHINGTON / HENRY DORSEY

-       ARIANA DORSEY / BENJAMIN WARFIELD

-       DANIEL WARFIELD / NANCY MACTIER

-       HENRY WARFIELD / ANNA EMORY

-       TEAKIE WALLIS WARFIELD / ALICE MONTAGUE

-       BESSIE WALLIS WARFIELD:

married

Abdicated, KING EDWARD VIII

(DUKE OF WINDSOR)


Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 3, Page 6 1983 – Worthington, Capt. John

December 2, 2009

The Immigrant Ancestor of the WORTHINGTON FAMILY in MARYLAND came to the Province in 1664. We know nothing of the circumstances that brought fourteen-year-old JOHN WORTHINGTON to these shores. We know nothing factual of the next fourteen years of his life. We do know that in 1678 he was a member of the Anne Arundel County unit of Militia that “went out against the Nanticoke Indians.” In 1686 he purchased a property on the north side of the Severn River, on the Broad Neck Peninsula, from Colonel NICHOLAS GREENBURY. He was to “hold” this property for the remainder of his life. When he died, he was buried upon that property. His tombstone can be found today, not with his interred body, but in the Churchyard of Saint Anne’s Church in ANNAPOLIS. A year or so after he purchased this property, he married SARAH HOWARD, daughter of MATTHEW and SARAH (nee DORSEY) HOWARD. The baptisms of their six children are found in the records of WESTMINSTER PARISH. These children were:

i: JOHN WORTHINGTON Born 1689 He married (1) HELEN HAMMOND, and

(2) COMFORT

ii: THOMAS WORTHINGTON Born 1691 He married ELIZABETH RIDGELY.

iii: WILLIAM WORTHINGTON Born 1694 He married SARAH HOMEWOOD.

iv: SARAH WORTHINGTON Born 1696 She married NICHOLAS RIDGELY.

v: CHARLES WORTHINGTON Born 1699 He died in infancy.

Vi: CHARLES WORTHINGTON Born 1701 He married (1) HAMUTEL HAMMOND, and (2) SARAH CHEW

Captain JOHN WORTHINGTON was an Officer in the Troop of Horse in the Militia. He also served as the Coroner of Anne Arundel County. In 1692 he was appointed an Associate Justice of the County. In 1699 he served in the Legislative Assembly. He was most prominent in military and political affairs of the county. His advice and counsel were often sought by his peers. Captain JOHN WORTHINGTON died on 9 APRIL 1701. He was, as we have noted, buried upon his “plantation” near the present day Naval Academy.

Soon after the birth of her sixth child, “the Widow” SARAH (nee HOWARD) WORTHINGTON married JOHN BRICE. She had three other children from this second marriage. JOHN BRICE died in 1713. She died in 1726.

This Genealogical Sketch written by WILLIAM D. MOUNTAIN, a member of the Anne Arundel and Carroll County Genealogical Societies, at the expressed request of FRANCES EPLER-BRENGLE, Editor of the WORTHINGTON DESCENDANTS and herself a descendant of that CHARLES WORTHINGTON, child “vi” above.


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