Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – What next ?

July 10, 2011

While I wait for a couple of Civil War books to arrive, I wanted to step back to see what I had.

Over the past several days, I have been looking at Census Records from 1850 – 1900 to see what I could find as I build this family in hopes that I would find the Parents of David Ridgely Howard.

The biggest help to date is this 1880 Census Record. The first census that included relationships.

This is the household of William R. Howard.

1880-CensusRecord-HowardHousehold

David is at the bottom and listed as Brother to William R. The 1850, 1860, 1870, and 1900 Census included some of this same siblings and family members. Over these census records, some come and some go. Had to build an EXCEL spreadsheet to track this “family”. I am continuing to track these individuals and identify their relationships.

To date, the only ‘hint’ to David’s parents is that his parents, both of them, were born in Maryland. His siblings census records confirm that each time I look at them.

It would appear that David’s siblings, other than William remained single. It also appears that William ran a Flower Store, guessing in Baltimore, as he is listed twice as a Merchant and once a Flower merchant.

The funny piece about this research is that I worked very close to where this household was, at least in one census record that reported the street and house number.

Remembering Dr. Jones’ task two, it Search Broadly. What have I missed? It’s obvious to me that the census is not going to get me there.

Summarizing where I am, I checked some of my early research notes, looking for what I haven’t look yet. There is was, the comment in the Gettysburg presentation that James Walllace and Ridgely Howard’s grandparents served in the Revolutionary War. Yes, I have questioned the number of generations back, but I am not counting that number yet.

So, off to see if I can find any Revolutionary War records for any Howards in Baltimore. I know, in advance from other research that I will find a a couple. Another set of records that I haven’t looked at closely before.

Isn’t this fun ???


Inferential Genealogy Study Group in 2nd Life – Civil War Book

July 7, 2011

As the quest to follow the steps outlined in the Inferential Genealogy process, I am looking into sources that I might not have done in the past.

My order from Amazon.com arrived today. Two books, but not the two I wanted. But one of them helped to make the connection in the Gettysburg program on the History Channel.

The Book, Gettysburg – Culp’s Hill & Cemetery Hill, by Harry W. Pfanz (1993) puts Col. James Wallace and D. Ridgely Howard together in this book. What it points out that former “neighbors” were fighting each other on the battlefield.

The point in the story where they were at the same place at the same time, D. Ridgely Howard had been wounded on Culp’s Hill and had a broken leg. The Union soldiers were approaching him, and being taken, he was asked “What made you so brave?” along with other questions, including “Do you know that you are fighting your own men?” meaning fellow Marylanders, and Howard replied, “Yes, and we intend to fight them.”

He was being questioned by the 1 Maryland Regiment, Eastern Shore. The regiment commander was Col. James Wallace. He is reported to say “sorrowfully gathered up many of our old friends & acquaintances [from the Confederate battalion], & had them carefully & tenderly cared for.”


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