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.


Inferrential Genealogy Process – Finding D. Ridgely Howard

June 24, 2011

So, where have I been lately?

Working on a Cemetery Project for a local Historical Society. I’ll use that excuse for now. But, back to the quest for finding D. Ridgely Howard as part of the Inferrential Genealogy Process.

While reading Face Book, Dear MYRTLE mentioned a book store that she couldn’t get away from on a recent trip to central Pennsylvania.

Since this Civil War veteran may be a distant relative, I have been watching the Civil War activity, also on Face Book. Of interest has been the The National Civil War Museum. Checking out the websites from Face Book, I realized that they both were in Harrisburg, PA.

On the Calendar of Events was this entry:

Living History Encampment – 1st Maryland Battalion, Company A, CSA

Now, who could miss this event.

Think its time to pay a visit to Harrisburg stopping in both places. We’ll see if there is more information on D. Ridgely Howard at the Encampment and/or Book Store.

Thank you Dear MYRTLE !!!

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

June 7, 2011

My next place to work, was back to the Census Records. I found two Census Records of interest.

Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore (Independent City), Maryland; Roll: M653_466; Page: 6; Image: 334; Family History Library Film: 803466.

This record shows a family within this Household.

James Howard, aged 63 – Gentlemen

Chas R. Howard, aged 38 – Clergyman

John E. Howard, aged 34

Nannie H. Howard, aged 26

Wm R. Howard, aged 23 – Merchant

J. M. H. Howard, aged 21

Harry C. Howard, aged 18

David R. Howard, aged 16

Margt Fitzgerald, aged 26 – Servant

Ann Carroll, aged 27, Servant

This would put the birth date of David R. Howard at about 1844, and would probably within the age range to serve in the Civil War. So far, there has been no indication that this David R., and D. Ridgeley Howard are the same person. Also, it is not clear whether D. Ridgeley Howard survived the Civil War.

Note: relationships not shown in these Census Records.

Going to the 1870 Census Records.

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Baltimore Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: M593_576; Page: 40B; Image: 84; Family History Library Film: 552075.

It appears to be the same household:

William Howard, aged 33 (perhaps Wm R. Howard, aged 23 – Merchant)

Ann H. Howard, aged 36

Henry Howard, aged 29

John E. Howard, aged 42 (perhaps John E. Howard, aged 34)

J. M. H. Howard, aged 21 (perhaps J. M. H. Howard, aged 21)

David Howard, aged 27 (perhaps David R. Howard, aged 16)

Annie Carlin, aged 40

Joshua William, aged 39

Note: the 1860 Census showed Baltimore Ward 20, Baltimore (Independent City, Maryland and the 1870 Census showed Baltimore Ward 11, Baltimore, Maryland

Will have to resolve this conflict.

Going to the 1880 Census Records.

Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Baltimore, Baltimore, Maryland; Roll: 501; Family History Film: 1254501; Page: 446B; Enumeration District: 103; Image: 0154.

William R. Howard, aged 43, Self – Four Merchant

Elizabeth W. Howard, aged 41, Wife

William R. Howard, aged 7/12, Son

Charles R. Howard, aged 4, Son

Ann H. Howard, aged 46, Sister

Harry C. Howard, aged 38, Brother

David R. Howard, aged 36, Brother – Clerk In Store

Sophia Johnson, aged 55, Servant

Laura Thomson, aged 35, Servant

Jennie Francis, aged 17, Servant

Not sure that this David R. Howard that we are looking for, but this is clearly a family and that several of them were in the same household for the 1860, 1870, and 1880 Census.

Also, there is at least a generation between this family / household and my genealogy database.

At this step in the process, I will broaden my search to look at other records. Baltimore City Directory comes to mind, to find out more about this Merchant, and that was better defined in the 1880 Census with Flour Merchant.

Also, of interest, was that this household, in each of these Census records, had servants. I wonder if there is a connection between that and that our D. Ridgeley Howard volunteered for the Confederacy.

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
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 7 Fall 1983 – Worthington / Brice

August 1, 2010

I am not myself a WORTHINGTON descendant but am related to all decendants of Capt. John WORTHINGTON in this country, being descended from his widow; SARAH HOWARD, and her second husband, CAPT. JOHN BRICE. My interest is in tracing the ancestors of CAPT. JOHN WORTHINGTON and CAPT. JOHN BRICE in England and ascertaining whether there may have been a connection between the families of SARAH HOWARD’S two husbands on the other side of the water. It is alleged that CAPT. JOHN BRICE was a son of JOHN BRICE (1620-1685), son of WORTHINGTON BRICE ( d. 1623 ) and his wife JOAN AVERIC; grandson; grandson of HUGH BRICE and his wife DOROTHY WORTHINGTON. I would be most grateful to any clues. Brice M. Clagett, Holly Hill, Friendship, Md. 20758

Worthington Descendants – Vol 1, No 4, Page 6 Fall 1983 – William Worthington

July 31, 2010

SKETCH OF WILLIAM WORTHINGTON son of Captain John and Sarah (nee Howard)

Worthington, was born 8 January 1691 in Westminster Parish, Anne Arundel County, Maryland. On 5 November 1717 he married SARAH HOMEWOOD, daughter of Captain JAMES and MARY nee PEASLEY) HOMEWOOD. WILLIAM WORTHINGTON died in late 1771; The nine children were: i –WORMOLL B. 27July 1719: ii MARY ANN b. 10 August 1722: iii SARAH WORTHINGTON b. 14 February 1725: iv RACHEL WORTHINGTON b: 10 March 1728: v Artema B. 1730; vi WILLIAM b.1734 d. 1746: vii- ARIANNA b. 20 October 1737: Ruth b. 5 October 1742: ix  William Worthington b. 25 April 1746.

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