Sunday, May 1, 2016

Saturday (Sunday Afternoon) Night Genealogy Fun - Lifespans



Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:

1)  We each have 16 great-great grandparents.  How did their birth and death years vary?  How long were their lifespans?

2)  For this week, please list your 16 great-great grandparents, their birth year, their death year, and their lifespan in years.  You can do it in plain text, in a table or spreadsheet, or in a graph of some sort.

3)  Share your information about your 16 great-great grandparents with us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.  If you write your own blog post, please leave a link as a comment to this post.

I didn't get to this until Sunday afternoon, but here are my 16 great-grandparents with their lifespans. The blue are my paternal great-grandparents and the green are for my maternal.

Joseph Heinrich Horoch
1804
1857
53
years
Maria Catharine Trösster
1813
1874
61
years
Vincent Sievert
1823
1890
67
years
Susana Raduntz
1832
1911
79
years
Jeremiah Sullivan
1811
1888
77
years
Mary Sheehan
1822
1892
70
years
John Gleeson
1833
1915
82
years
Margaret Tierney
1835
1920
85
years
Reuben Mack Johnston
1841
1924
83
years
Olivia Jane Jones
1859
1914
55
years
Peter Hayden Hutson
1853
1930
77
years
Sarah Helena Selman
1858
1916
58
years
William Carl Lancaster
1873
1946
73
years
Martha Jane "Doll" Coor
1873
1942
69
years
A. Ebenezer Loveless
1851
1929
78
years
Eliza A. Rodgers
1854
1907
53
years


More than half of my ancestors (9 out of 16) lived past 70 years, which is pretty good. The average lifespan was 70 years. 

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

Z is for Zilpha “Mama Zip” Johnston

Zilpha was the second wife of my great grandfather, Thomas N. Johnston. They married 12 December 1931 in Stephenville, Texas. This was the second marriage for both of them; he was a widower and she was divorced.  She had previously married Walter Burford and in 1920, they lived in Fort Worth, Texas. He worked for the railroad as a receiving clerk and she was a telephone operator for a hardware company.

I found her in the 1930 census and she worked as a PBX operator for a lumber company. She was divorced sometime between 1920 and 1930. I bet she worked at the same lumber company as Thomas N. Johnston!

She was the only grandmother my mother knew. She called her “Mama Zip.” A cousin of my mother wrote:
She “was a grandmother to die for. She was very neat about everything. Dressed really well—worked at a department store selling really nice clothing.”

West End Cemetery, Stephenville, Texas; photo by author


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Friday, April 29, 2016

Y is for Elizabeth Young

I am participating in the Blogging from A to Z Challenge (April 2016), where we write 26 blog posts featuring each letter of the alphabet.

Y is for Elizabeth Young

Elizabeth Young was my 4th great-grandmother. She married Dempsey Welch on 21 Jan 1821 in Clarke County, Alabama. I scanned a copy of their marriage record from microfilm today.

1821 Marriage for Dempsey Welch & Elizabeth Young
Not long after marrying, Dempsey got land in Copiah County, Mississippi where they lived until their deaths.  They had possibly sixteen children, depending on the sources. I have records for seven known children.

Here is the only census record with Elizabeth’s name on it. In 1850 it was the first federal census that listed everyone in the household. Dempsey was a planter, not just a farmer, and his property was worth $2400. Perhaps they also had a large house and Elizabeth had household slaves. The Melissa A. that is 10 years old was my 3rd great-grandmother, who married James Madison Coor.
1850 Copiah Co, Mississippi population schedule for Dempsey & Elizabeth Welch's household
A 1852 tax list for Dempsey listed some luxury items: a pleasure carriage was worth $100. He had 1 watch and 2 clocks. He had 40 head of cattle and 1 stallion. Also listed were 37 slaves under the age of 60. By 1860, his estate was worth $15,000. I have no slave schedule for 1850, but in 1860 he had 12.
   
Elizabeth died on 1 July 1952. She was buried at the Welch Plantation Cemetery.  A book written in 1953 gave the cemetery inscriptions that can’t be read today.[1] Their tombstones read:

Dempsey Welch                               Elizabeth 
b. Dec 24, 1798                                Wife of Dempsey Welch
d. Dec 6, 1864                                  b. Jan 8, 1804 
                                                         d. Jul 1 1852

The end of Dempsey’s life was during the Civil War. He had no probate taken out in court in Copiah county that I can find. Perhaps there was either nothing left of the estate or he had already given away most of his property to his children. More research is needed to determine this. I do know that his daughter Melissa A. had some land that she sold to her husband. She might have inherited it.

[1] Mississippi Genealogical Society, editor, Cemetery & Bible Records Vol 1 (Mississippi: n.p., 1954.), 44.

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