Sunday, July 26, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ancestor With Most Census Entries

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another wonderful Saturday Night assignment:

Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):
1) Do you know which of your ancestors appears the most times in the Census records? How many years? Are there duplicate entries?
2) Describe that ancestor's entries in the records in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or on Facebook or Google+.
I checked several ancestors who I know lived a long life. The best candidate turned out to be my daughter's paternal 2nd great-grandfather.

Amos Gorrell, Jr. lived from 1837-1928. He appeared in 9 census records from 1840 to 1920.

  • 1840, he was just a tick mark in the Beaver Co. Pennsylvania household of Amos Gorrell (his father) as one of the males under age 5.
  • 1850, he was 13 year old in the Jackson Co, Ohio household of Amos Gorrell (his father)
  • 1860, he was a 23 year old in the Ross Co, Ohio household of Amos Gorrell (his father)
  • 1870, he was a 33 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife, Catherine, stepson, May, and children Luella, Sarah, and Joseph.
  • 1880, he was a 43 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife, Catherine, stepson, May, and children Luella, Sarah, Joseph, Ada, and Arthur.
  • 1890, he would have been a 53 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri; however the 1890 census did not survive. Yet, he did appear in the 1890 Veteran's Schedule, serving in the 18th Ohio Infantry volunteer.
  • 1900, he was a 63 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife Catherine, and daughter Ada.
  • 1910, he was a 73 year old head of household in Cooper Co, Missouri, with wife Catherine.
  • 1920, he was a 82 year old head of household (however living alone) in Cooper Co, Missouri

His age was consistent through out his life. He was a farmer. does not have agriculture schedules for Missouri, and neither does the FamilySearch Library. However, the State Historical Society of Missouri does have the agriculture schedules for Missouri. Something to put on the To-Do list!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Ahnentafel Roulette!

Another great activity created by Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings to help us share something about our families in our blog.
1) What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 75 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."
2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, or as a comment on this blog post.
1.  Johann Anton Hork was my oldest grandfather on my paternal side. He was born 9 Nov 1843 in Oberhundem, Westfalia (Germany). When dividing this date by 75, I get 24.7. This number will be rounded up to 25.

2.  Number 25 in my ancestry is Olivia Jane Jones. She was my second great grandmother on my maternal side. She was the daughter of Benjamin W. Jones and Amanda A. Haley. She was born 22 Feb 1859 in Mississippi, probably near Brandon in Rankin County. She married Reuben Mack Johnston on 23 Dec 1879 in Comanche County, Texas. She died 11 Dec 1914 in Gustine, Comanche County, Texas.

3.  At least three facts for her are:
  • Olivia and Reuben had 13 children, with 11 living until adulthood. 
Rufus A. Johnston (1880-1954)
Malissie Pearl Johnston (1882-1959)
Robert Lee Johnston (1884-1950)
Thomas Newton Johnston (1885-1951)
Florence Ellen Johnston (1887-1978)
Ruby Hardy Johnston (1888-1938)
Edma Mae Johnston (1891-1976)
Woodie Andrew Johnston (1892-1966)
Lillie Estell Johnston (1894-1943)
Fannie Bertha Johnston (1896-1912)
Oral Dotterage “Pig” Johnston (1898-1987)
Loyce Smith Johnston (1902-1903)
Lloyd Strickland “Nig” Johnston (1904-1956)
She also helped raise the three daughters of Reuben’s first marriage.
  • Olivia had 8 brothers and sisters, and two sisters were twins.
Mary F. Jones
Walter A Jones
Thomas W. Jones
Bettie E Jones
Columbus Jones
Laura C Jones (twin)
Ellen S Jones (twin)
Mattie M Jones
  • The story passed down was her father had been a surgeon during the Civil War and had died of an illness. Her mother brought the family (five girls and one boy) to Texas.
Here is a photo of the Johnston Family taken from the newspaper, Comanche Chief, 29 Nov 1979.

4. Posted on my blog and linked to Randy’s blog post.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

On this day: Birth of Ira S. Hutson (10 Mar 1894)

Today’s ancestor, Ira S. Hutson, was my 1st cousin 3 times removed. Our common ancestor is Robert Hutson (1821-??), who is my third great grandfather. I descend through the son, Peter H. Hutson, while Ira descended through the son, Richard A. Hutson.
Ira's signature from his World War I Draft Registration

Ira S. Hutson was born on this day, 10 March 1894 in Clinton, Van Buren County, Arkansas[1] to Richard Alexander Hutson and Mary S. Middlebrook.[2] He was the fourth of six known children of Richard and Mary.

He married Jennie Brewer on 27 Aug 1914 in Van Buren County. Both were underage and Ira swore that the “parents on each side are knowing and perfectly willing for them to marry.”[3] He was 20 years old and she was 18. They both were from Formosa, Arkansas which was southwest of the county seat of Clinton. 

Ira registered for the draft on 5 Jun 1917, saying he was married with two children. He had black hair and gray eyes, and was of medium height and build. Ira was a farmer.

Together, he and Jennie had 3 children: Flora, Irwin S., and Lula M.

Later in 1935, Ira and Jennie divorced.[4] He lived for a time in Pemiscot County, Missouri and then found his way to McIntosh County, Oklahoma.[5] 

He married Velma Mae Winsett on 2 Oct 1937. By April 1940,  they had two children: Barnie L. and Mary E.  His second wife was just 18 with a fifth grade education. Ira’s highest grade was 8th. He rented his farm and worked as a farmer.

According to a tree on, Ira and Velma had  a total of nine children, two of which had died in infancy.[6]

Ira died on 9 April 1980 and is buried in Park Hill Cemetery in Cherokee County, Oklahoma.[7] Velma died 25 Mar 1997.[8]

[1] "WW I Draft Registration," database and images,, (, Ira S. Hutson.
[2] He was enumerated with his parents in 1900 and 1910: Arkansas, Van Buren, 1900 U.S. census, Griggs, ED 141, sheet 8a, p. 328 (stamped), dwelling 137, family 138, Richard Hutson , digital image, Ancestry ( accessed 2 Apr 2011), National Archives and Records Administration, T623, roll 78.  Arkansas, Van Buren, 1910 U.S. census, Griggs, enumeration district (ED) 123, sheet 2b, dwelling 33, family 33, Richard A Hutson, Digital images, Ancestry ( accessed 2 Apr 2011),National Archives and Records Administration, T624, roll 66.
[3] “Arkansas County Marriages, 1837-1957,” Van Buren County, Bk 11, p 66, 1914, Ira Hutson-Jennie Brewer; FHL film 2131955.
[4] “Arkansas Divorce Index, 1923-1939,” : accessed 10 Mar 2015, 1935, Mississippi County, I.S. Hutson & Jennie Hutson, Doc no. 5883, cert. no. 2323, vol. 12; citing Arkansas Genealogical Society.
[5] Oklahoma, McIntosh Co, 1940 US Census, pop sched, Beck, ED 46-1,sht 1b, fam 14, Ira S Hutson, digital image, ( : accessed 10 Mar 2015), citing NARA T627, roll 3310.
[6] “Hutson Family Tree,” owned by bhutsonii, : 10 Mar 2015.
[7] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 33623749, Park Hill Cem, Park Hill OK, Ira S. Hutson.
[8] "Find A Grave," database and digital images, Find A Grave (, Memorial# 33623764, Park Hill Cem, Park Hill OK, Velma Mae Hutson.

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