Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Bedford County Tennessee--District line changes

I've mentioned several of these district line changes on forums and in chats but wanted to blog about this.  There seem to be a number of district boundary line changes in court in the later part of the 1850s in Bedford Co TN.  

From the Minute books of the Bedford Co. TN Court.(1848-1860)

1855 Feb Term pg. 413(page 119 of Marsh book)
On petition of John Jackson, William G Hight, William C. Cook, Thomas Davis, Jno W Manier, William King and Jno Boyce, it was ordered by the court that the line of Civil District #11 be changed as follows, to wit, commencing at Weakley's Creek and running with the public road by Hight's to as to include the lands of the petitioners from District #9 to #10.  21 justices voting in the affirmative.



Also on page 413 there is a petition by Robert Allison which can be seen at FamilySearch(log on required but access is free with registration)

1858 July Term pg. 195(page 142 of Marsh book)
This day ordered by the Court that the District line between District #9 and #10 be so changed that where said line shall reach the land of W. C. Cook &c.

Source:
Marsh, H. C., & Marsh, T. R. (1985). Earliest county court records of Bedford County, Tennessee. Shelbyville, Tenn: Southern Historical Press.

Sunday, August 04, 2019

George W. Gibson's will written April 2nd 1887


George W. Gibson was a resident of Rutherford County's 25th District but his will was recorded in the Bedford Co TN Will books.  I think this happens more than we realize for an assortment of reasons.  The following is my attempt at transcribing the will.  Several of the male descendants of George W Gibson marry cousins from my Jakes/Frizzell and Jakes/Morrow lines.




George W Gibson's Will
In the name of God amen.
I George W Gibson of the 25th District of Rutherford County Tenn. being of sound mind and knowing the uncertainty of life, do make this my last will and testament.
1st I will and desire that all of my just debts be paid
2nd I desire and will that my executors who will hereafter be named, at my death will take possession of all my property that I may be seized and possessed of and that they sell all my property real estate and all other kinds for cash or on a credit publicly or privately as they may think best and I hereby empower my executor to deed away and convey my real estate to the purchase or purchasers as I would myself were I living.  I will that one half of an acre of ground including and around the grave yard be set apart and keep as a family grave yard and that it is reserved out of the sale of my land.  I will that out of the proceeds of the sale of my real estate and other property that I may have at my death that my executors pay to the heirs of my daughter Rachel Shelton dec'd, wife of Harvey Shelton and to the heirs of my son John Gibson and to the heirs of my daughter Manerva Gibson, wife of Wm F Gibson and to the heirs of my daughter Parmelia Crosslin dec'd wife of Andy Crosslin, the sum of one dollar and I will that the heirs of the above named children receive no more of my property than the one dollar.  And I will that the remainder of my estate be equally divided between my children here named and now living or to their heirs and that they share and share alike.   Henry Gibson, Joe F Gibson, Ed T. Gibson, Mary Eaton, wife of Harvey Eaton, Nancy Thornberry, wife of Steven Thornberry and Jennie Hoover, wife of John H Hoover and Jessie Eaton wife of James Eaton and I will that each of the above named children shall share alike.  I hereby appoint and nominate Henry & Ed T Gibson as executors of this my last will
this April 2nd 1887
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  G W Gibson
Witnesses
Jno H. White
S. J. Mankin
J.D. Ensey

Attest--A true copy---Wm L. Fierson Deputy Clerk

Source:
Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.
https://www.ancestry.com/interactive/9176/004776092_00344?pid=3442146
Bedford Wills, Vol 1-2, 1861-1922  img 344 of 832 (vol pg 622)

Friday, August 02, 2019

I'm fishing in the 23andme pond

I purchased a 23&me Ancestry test from Target.com for a little over $50(after tax) which included the lab processing fee.  This was during a sale they had which coincided with Amazon Prime Day.  My test sample went out in the mail on July 18th and I had the results by July 27th.  That's amazingly fast!!  A few days ago, I posted a comparison of the ethnicity results of my test on 23&me's latest chip with the results of the AncestryDNA test uploaded during their Discover23 promo on DNA day of 2018.


Now I am "fishing" in all of the big ponds for DNA matches and can give my observations on this test..  I knew that several of my paternal Cook cousins(in the 2nd cousin range) had tested there and not uploaded to GEDmatch yet so I was able to get that segment data for my DNApainter chromosome painting.  Also I found a known maternal 1st cousin & a known 1st Cousin once removed among those in my match list.  Neither of those had uploaded to GEDmatch.

I was also anxious to see what 23&me would come up with for my mtDNA haplogroup.  As I've mentioned in previous blog post, my daughter took the FULL mtDNA test and is H3-T152C!. This backwards mutation is also present in descendants of my 4th Great Grandmother mother's sister so we know it happened prior to 1797.  I think 23&me did pretty well.  They show me as H3.

I have never liked the 23& me interface but they do seem to have made some improvements.  I've used it over the years with some of my daughter's paternal lines who have tested there so I did have something to compare it to as they were earlier testers at the site.

The improvements over the last few years:  
  • Ability to assign relationships for each match 
  • Relationship chart 
  • Notes Sections which is really essential on any site(wish it was at the top but I'll take it)
  • Ability to include a link to tree
  • I really like the option to download the segment data so I can paint my matches at DNA painter.  I believe this may have been here before but wasn't so obvious.  
It's a bit unclear with the list of shared matches what they mean.  Some you have to request to share to see.  Going to have to read more on that to figure out what it does and doesn't mean.  I'd recommend testing here if you are looking for cousins.  I do feel you are missing out if you don't. If it's not in your budget at the regular price maybe you too can catch it on sale.  





  

Thursday, August 01, 2019

FamilyTreeDNA Summer Sale thru August 31st





FamilyTreeDNA is having their summer sale from now thru August 31st.  There are some great deals.  Also look for sale prices on upgrades by viewing the shopping cart for any test you have there.

Monday, July 29, 2019

23andme Ancestry test comparison

I uploaded my AncestryDNA test to 23andme during a DNA special they had for DNA day 2018.  I believe they called this promo Discover23(at least that it how it's noted in my settings there).  They did not offer matching for the uploaded tests but showed Ancestry Composition.  I recently also tested  with them to get myself in their database for matching purposes.  Below is a comparison of the two tests.  The AncestryDNA test was version 2 and the 23andme is their latest chip test.

DNA Relatives Comparison of the tests:

While the AncestryDNA upload there won't show me my matches it did show me a graphic that said I had 1165 matches which is close to the number on my match list from the test thru 23&me which lists 1177 DNA relatives.



Ethnicity Comparison of the tests:


The ANCESTRYDNA upload




The 23andme site's test


Monday, July 15, 2019

A letter from First Baptist Church of Old Hickory

Found among my paternal Grandmother, Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke's papers, this letter is part of the archived collection of my families papers(Thomas & Pearl Jakes Cooke Family) that I wrote about in an earlier post--Just a Small Portion of a Family's Paper Trail.    I wish I had a copy of the letter which she wrote.  You can click on the letter to enlarge it.






Sunday, June 30, 2019

More statements from Williams vs. Putman et al pages 30 and 31

If you have ancestors in Tennessee, do yourself a favor and search for the surnames of their neighbors in the TN State Supreme Court files at TN State Library and Archives.  Your ancestors may have given statements for them and if so they may contain information you won't find elsewhere.


The following is from the TN State Supreme Court Case(Middle District) of Robert Williams v. William Putman, et al. Filed Feb 24th 1835. Available at TN State Library & Archives(Nashville, TN) on site or thru PDF document purchase via the archives website with option of delivery via email or a printed copy(see end notes) This particular post covers the content of pages 30 and 31 and contains statements by James Sanford, John B. Nixon, Charles A Frensley, Pleasant Puckett and William B Dotson.

(Page 30)State of Tennessee Rutherford County
Be it remembered that on Monday the 15th day of September 1834 personally appeared before me Richard Ledbetter Clerk and Master of the Circuit Court of said county James Sanford, John B Nixon, Charles A Frensley and Pleasant Puckett all of lawful age witnesses on the part of the complainant and also William B Dotson witness on the part of the defendant, in the suit in Equity now pending in said Circuit Court, wherein Robert Williams complainant, William Putman and Zepheniah Anglin defendants.  The said witnesses appeared before me at my office in Murfreesborough on the day mentioned above and after being duly sworn upon the holy evangelists of Almighty God to speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth deposeth and saith as follows.  There being present the complainant and defendant also William Brady atty. for complainant and Andrew J. Hoover atty for defendants.  The said James Sanford being first examined

James Sanford

Question by Complainant attorney:  State the value of the horse when sold to complainant in this unsound state
Answer:  I think the horse was worth sixty dollars at the time Mr. William purchased him.  I also think the mare given in part payment for said horse worth about the same sum.

James Sanford

The said John B Nixon was next examined who stated as follows.
I think the horse worth about sixty dollars at the time he was purchased by Mr. Williams,  in his unsound condition the mare given in part payment for said horse I saw her on the day the trade was made but did not notice her particularly so I am not able to state her value.

John B Nixon(His Mark)

Charles A Frensley was next examined who states as follows.  I rode with Mr. Williams on the day he traded the horse.  Also I rode the horse to Nolensville some weeks afterwards and owing to his unsound condition at the time Mr.(Page 31) Williams purchased said horse.  I would think him worth nothing to me and the way horses sold at the time the trade was made. I think the mare given in part payment for said horse was worth between fifty and sixty dollars.  I was with Mr. Williams in 1831 when said Williams traded the horse Leopard to Mr. Dotson.  I heard Mr. Dotson ask Williams if this horse Leopard was a perfect sound horse.  Williams answer was that his limbs were sound.  Williams said after we started from Dotsons,  Dotson will say I told him this horse was a perfect sound horse and told me to take notice what he did say The horse Williams got in exchange for Leopard was worth not more than thirty dollars. 

C.A. Frensley

Pleasant Puckett witness for complainant was next examined who stated as follows.

I saw said horse Leopard one or two days after Mr. Williams purchased him owing to his unsound condition I would not give anything for him.  In 1830 or 31 I went with Mr. Williams to the District who rode said horse at which time I would not give anything for him.  I saw the horse Mr. William got for said horse Leopard about a week after he got him and I think he was worth about thirty dollars and I am a brother in law to Mr. Williams. 

P. Puckett

William B Dotson witness for defendant was next examined who states as follows.

State what you know about this horse Leopard owned by Mr. Williams

I traded for said horse from Mr. Williams I think in July or August 1831 Mr. Williams rode the horse to my house in Dickson County at which time I traded for said horse, who stated he had been riding him two weeks through the district.  I gave a young horse with about seventy five dollars.  Said horse Leopard was a dapple gray, and about five or six months afterwards I sold him to Mr. Isaac Teag(sic) for two hundred dollars in property.  Mr. Williams was anxious to trade said horse Leopard stated he was sound and that he had just taken him from standing a season.  Teag when he purchased him knew he snored.  When I sold him I received one season of a mare.  He stood one season in my neighborhood and he performed well as a foal getter.  I was acquainted with the horse about eighteen months.  He never was injured with any disease he went blind about twelve months after I purchased him.  I don't believe the snoring of the horse injured him ..said horse got very fat after I purchased him and I think he was worth two hundred dollars at the time I sold him. 

Wm B Dotson

The foregoing depositions were taken by me at the time and place mentioned in the caption and that all the witnesses were sworn before they were examined 15th September 1834.

Richard Ledbetter 
Clerk & Master

Notes:

Williams vs. Putman--TN State Supreme Court Case Middle District Ordered from TN State Library & Archives via https://supreme-court-cases.tennsos.org/ Delivery(Jan 2, 2019) via email of scanned digital images(PDF) 41 pages. (Location at TSLA Range: 33 Section: A Shelf: 2 Box Number: 375)

Location of Files Searchable---https://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/tennessee-supreme-court-cases

Other posts I've written about this case include pg (mid)19-22 and 50 Person's mentioned in Williams vs. Putman.
 

Sunday, June 02, 2019

Joseph Cook --Rutherford Co TN Court Minutes--April 1811


I own a copy of Carol Wells' Rutherford County Tennessee County Court Minutes 1811-1815 and was interested in finding out if there was any additional information in the minutes books regarding the entries for Joseph Cook.  . 

From page 11 of the Wells' book
Rutherford Co TN Minute Book E  1811-1812
Referencing April 1811 Term Page 99---Deadrick and Pettway vs Joseph Cook, Wm Locke and John Gassway

  • Judgt. on motion for debt-----$171.55 2/3
  • & interest--------------------------12.75
  • Former cost--- ------------------- 12.12 1/2

From page 12 of the Wells' book
Rutherford Co TN Minute Book E  1811-1812
Referencing April 1811 Term Page 109 Hardy Pope vs Joseph Cook and Wm Locke

  • Judgt. on motion for debt----$53.54
  • & interest--- ----------------------6.45
  • Former cost-----------------------7.32 1/2
  • and cost of motion--------------------


I emailed the Rutherford Co TN Archives inquiring about  the Minute Book E as I couldn't find it available from home at FamilySearch.org.  The Rutherford Co Archives assistant sent me image copies of Minute Book E from the WPA for that record book with the news that the microfilm copy(which I have not yet seen as I'm unable to access it from home) and the WPA copy are the only copies that still exist today.

There was no additional information in the WPA copy.  I believe the Joseph Cook in these records may be the same Joseph Cook who dies in Williamson Co TN in the later part of 1838 without a will and who is at that time listed as Joseph S. Cook.  The 25th District of Williamson Co TN where that Joseph Cook lived had some boundary changes and you can find records for persons living in it in Rutherford and Bedford Co as well as Williamson County.  Also of note is the fact that Hardy Pope whether the one in this court record or a descendant made a purchase at the estate sale of Joseph S. Cook in 1838.  More information to add to the timeline grid for all of the Joseph Cooks in this area.





Sources:
Wells, Carol, Rutherford County, Tennessee, county court minutes, 1811-1815. (Bowie, Md:  Heritage Books, 1994), 11-12..

Work's Project Administration Records Tennessee Records of Rutherford County Minute Book E 1811-1812 Rutherford Co. TN 1937.




Saturday, June 01, 2019

At a Smith Shop in Murfreesboro on Sept 5th 1831

The following is from the TN State Supreme Court Case(Middle District) of Robert Williams v. William Putman, et al. Filed Feb 24th 1835. Available at TN State Library & Archives(Nashville, TN) on site or thru PDF document purchase via the archives website with option of delivery via email or a printed copy(see end notes)

It contains the depositions(mid pg 19-22) that were given at the Smith Shop of William Gilliam Esq. in Murfreesboro, Rutherford County, Tennessee for the defense in the above mentioned case on Sept. 5th of 1831. While BarnaB Haley is mentioned as present at the Smith Shop during the depositions there isn't any testimony from him listed in the case papers and the sworn statement by V.D. Cowan J.P does not mention Mr. Haley as one of those giving a deposition. Comments by me are in parenthesis and I have taken some liberty in formatting to make it easier to read. The case is a 41 page file when captured in PDF format though the numbering stops on page 33 with one or two exceptions where it looks like there was an attempt to note the page numbers. An earlier blog post listing persons involved in this case can be found at 50 persons mentioned in TN State Supreme Court Case.

State of Tennessee Rutherford county

Be it remembered that in pursuance of the inclosed(sic) commission to me directed from the Circuit Court of Equity for the county aforesaid I have cause to come before me at the smith shop of William Gilliam Esquire in Murfreesborough in the county aforesaid on the 5th day of September 1831 Samuel Anglin, Absolom Vickery, Noah Putman, BarnaB Haley(refer to above note), and William C Cook all of lawful age witnesses in a certain matter of controversy in said Court descending wherein Robert Williams is complainant and William Putman and Zepheniah Anglin defendants who being first duly sworn upon the Holy evangelist of Almighty God to speak the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth

def___ ? as follows

Samuel Anglin being called

Question by defendants--where you acquainted with a certain stud horse called Leopard sold by defendant Puitman to Robert Williams, Plaintiff?

Answer: I was acquainted with the horse whilst he was in the possession of Zepheniah Anglin up to the time said Anglin sold him to Putman.

Question by same---Was or was not said horse a sound thrifty animal whilst said Anglin owned him

Answer: I kept the horse at my house from the expiration of the season about the first of July 1828, until said Anglin sold him to Putman in the fall or winter of the same year and during the whole of the time the horse was sound and in good health eat hardy and continued to thrive so long as I kept him.

Question by Complainant---You are the father of the defendant Anglin are you?

Answer: I expect I am.

Question by the same---When you had charge of the horse, did you examine him minutely to ascertain whether he was deficient or not

Answer: I did not examine him minutely to see whether there was any deficiency in him not suspecting any.

Question by the same--Had you a knowledge of the horse after your son parted with him to Putman?

Answer: I was not acquainted with the horse after my son parted with him and further his desenent saith not.

--Samuel Anglin.

Page 20

Absalom Vickery’s Deposition

Absalom Vickery was next called in question by defendants

(Question by Defendants) Were you acquainted with a certain stallion named Leopard sold by defendant Putman to Plaintiff Williams

(Answer: ) I have seen the horse before Anglin purchased him and was slitely(sic) acquainted with him whilst in the possession of Anglin but I was better acquainted with him during the time Putman owned him than I was before.

Question by the Same Did your acquaintance with said horse enable you to form a correct judgment as to his qualities or soundness and was he or not sound and free from defect whilst owned by Putman and a the time of his sale to Williams.

Answer: I was well acquainted with the horse whilst in the possession of Putman. I frequently rode the horse and am fully of the opinion the horse was sound for I never knew the health of the horse questioned till after Putman sold him to Williams.

Question by same--Did you whilst Putman owned said horse ever gallop him any distance and if so did you perceive any defect in his wind

Answer: About two or three days before Putman sold the horse I rode him about two miles from my home and on my return I galloped him about one mile but I did not discover any deficiency in his wind or action but appeared well as usual.

Question by complainant--State if you are related to the defendants

Answer: I married Mr. Putman’s sister

Question by the Same--Mr. Vickery describe the difference of the horse at the time you speak of him,  his form, muscle, general appearance, and age and state if you know what Mr. Putman sold him for.

Answer: He was a large bone horse from his outward appearance I should judge him about five years old what he sold him for I know not . his colour was a dapple gray.

Test W. D. Cowan         Absolem Vickery (his mark)


Noah Putman’s Deposition

Noah Putman being next called on

Question by defendants--Did you or did you not keep a certain stallion named Leopard whilst owned by your brother William the defendant aif if so was he sound or not whilst in his possession.

Answer: I kept the horse about two weeks whilst my brother owned him and I believe the horse was perfectly sound and healthy.

Question by same--How long did William Putman own said horse before he sold him to Williams

Answer: about six weeks to the best of my knowledge

Question by same--Were you present when Robert Williams offered to return said horse to Putman and what was the conversation between them in relation to that matter.

Answer: I saw Mr. Williams bring the horse back in July following the (page 21)purchase in November, and proposed to recant the bargain with my brother.he Mr Williams stated the horse was not sound. My brothers reply was to the best of my recollection that if he had discovered him to be unsound he ought to have returned him sooner. Mr Williams stated that he had not discovered it would injured him till about two weeks previous to the time he returned him and then it had fallen in his eyes.

Question by same--Will you describe the horse as to the size and appearance of and age while in the possession of your brother

Answer: He was a large horse and a dapple gray. I should judge him to be five or six years old

And further this deponent saith not.

Noah Putman


William C Cook's Deposition

William C Cook was next examined.

Question by defendant. Do you or not know a certain stallion named Leopard purchased by Robert Williams of William Putman and if so state whether your acquaintance with him enables you to form a correct opinion of his soundness whilst owned by Putman.

Answer: I have seen the horse before Mr. Anglin purchased him. I also saw the horse frequently whilst in the possession of Anglin and Putman both and I never recollect to have heard the health of the horse questioned until after Mr. Williams purchased him.

Question by same: Did you or not ever ride said horse after Williams purchased him and did you perceive any defect in him.

Answer: I do not recollect to have noticed any defect in the performance of said horse when I rode him after Williams purchased him. I rode the horse two or three times but I did not discover any difference.

Question by same: Were you present when Williams the plaintiffs offered to return said horse to Putman and if you were state the conversation between them.

Answer: I was present when Mr. Williams offered to return the horse. To the best of my recollection Mr. Williams proposed to Mr. Putman to give up the horse and take back the mare and te note that he had given to Mr. Putman for the horse but Mr. Putman would not consent to the proposal made by Mr. Williams . Putmans' reply was why did you not bring back the horse sooner if you had discovered he was not sound. Williams reply was he thought he had better keep him til the season was out so as to make all he could as not to injure either of them.

Question by same--Did you or not perceive the horse when brought back by Williams to be very much diseased in his eyes.

Answer: His eyes looked very badly.

Question by same-- Did you ever hear Robert Williams State that he did not accuse nor did he believe that defendant Putman knew of any defect in the horse's eyes at te time he sold him to him.

Answer: I heard Mr. Williams state that he never accused Mr. Putman of having any knowledge of the deficiency in the horses eyes.

Question by complainant:  When you rode the horse did you not discover a difficulty in his breathing.

Answer: If he was galloped (Page 22) or whipped he breathed harder than when he was rode moderately but that is the case with any Stallion or most of Stallions.

Question by same--Did not Leopard breath with more difficulty than would another horse rode and whipped in the same way at the time of what you speak if such horse was not injured in his wind?

Answer: He is not able to answer that question.

Question by same--Do you stand related to either of the defendants

Answer: I am the brother-in-law of Mr. Putman

And further this deponent sayeth not.

William C Cook

This is to certify that the foregoing depositions of Samuel Anglin, Absalom Vickery, Noah Putman and William C Cook was taken before me , V.D. Cowan an acting Justice of the Peace for Rutherford County in the State of Tennessee at the place and on the day in the caption mentioned and the answers were written by me in the presence of the complainant and the defendants and both their counsels and I furthermore certify that I am not interested related or any way concerned with either of the parties given under my hand and seal September 5 1831

V. D. Cowan J. P. (Seal)

Notes:

Williams vs. Putman--TN State Supreme Court Case Middle District Ordered from TN State Library & Archives via https://supreme-court-cases.tennsos.org/ Delivery(Jan 2, 2019) via email of scanned digital images(PDF) 41 pages. (Location at TSLA Range: 33 Section: A Shelf: 2 Box Number: 375)

Location of Files Searchable---https://sos.tn.gov/products/tsla/tennessee-supreme-court-cases 

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Honoring PVT Aron J. Frizzell KIA Feb. 20th 1945

Honoring my Frizzell cousin(2C1R)

Aron J Frizzell
Tennessee
PVT 27th Marines
5th Marine Div
World War II
January 20 1926
February 20 1945

My Dad's maternal 2nd Cousin, Aron J Frizzell was one of the US Marines KIA at Iwo Jima on February 20, 1945.  The information above is from his tombstone inscription

Pedigree from my family file at Ancestry.com Cooke/Luna Main File(marieclassof86)

From his WWII Draft Registration which he filed on the 21st of January 1944 in Berrien Co. Michigan, we learn that he is 5 feet 10 inches in height and weighs about 145 pounds.  He has a light complexion with brown hair & hazel eyes.  His mother died when he was 6 years old and his Dad remarried.  His family lived in Berrien Co. Michigan and Coffee Co TN.   He enlisted on the 5th of April 1944.   I have his Serial # and I plan on ordering his military records.


Military Timeline from my Ancestry Family Tree file



Sources:

"Find A Grave Index," database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVG4-L3JL : 13 December 2015), Aron J Frizzell, 1945; Burial, Shady Grove, Coffee, Tennessee, United States of America, Shady Grove Cemetery; citing record ID 108820167, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.

"United States Headstone Applications for U.S. Military Veterans, 1925-1949", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV1Z-C6XP : 15 March 2018), Aron J Frizzell, .

U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947 [database on-line: https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/ymdraftcardswwii/]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.



Friday, May 17, 2019

Shared segments: How my 3 siblings compare to me

In addition to my own test, I now have 3 of my siblings who have taken autosomal DNA tests.   I've been concentrating on our paternal line because it contains a research roadblock beyond the 2nd great Grandfather of our Cook(e) line.  I was curious what Paternal DNA I had gotten from Dad that none of my other siblings had.  A little background---We are full siblings.  Dad passed before we began DNA testing.  Our Mom has tested.  I've generated phased kits for myself and my 3 siblings at GEDmatch.

I compared each of my 3 sibling's Paternal Phased kits to my Paternal Phased kit and I painted those segments on my profile at DNApainter.  You can click on this to enlarge.  I didn't include Chr 23(X) in the comparison.  As you can see in the image below there are portions on pretty much each of the chromosomes where none of the 3 match with me. (Note:  You should exclude the first portions of Chr 13, 14, 15, 21, and 22 which aren't included in testing.)




Looking at these paternal segments of each of the siblings compared to me, there is a range of about 200 cM.  My sister and I seem to have gotten a variety of different segments from our Dad. See the comparison of the paternal matching segments for she and I in the image below.



Paternal Overlap with Siblings --Dad (Non-Tested Parent)
Becca to Marie  1499.9 cM shared  42 segments
Michael to Marie  1662.4 cM shared 45 segments
David to Marie 1712.4 cM shared 48 segments

I used the same process explained above to compare the maternal segments.


With very few exceptions it looks like my siblings and I have received more of the same maternal segments.  That would make me think that more of the DNA which Mom had might have been lost.  Thankfully she tested so I have her test for comparison to others.




My sister also shares the least amount in common segments maternally as well.  Still a good bit more In-Common-With segments on the maternal lines than paternal.  My recommendation remains the same.  Test as many siblings as possible.

Maternal Overlap with Siblings--Mom(Tested Parent)
Becca to Marie 2473.8 cM shared  63 segments
Michael to Marie   2605.2 cM shared 56 segments
David to Marie 2696.5 cM shared 63 segments


Monday, May 06, 2019

Info from the Obits of Mr. & Mrs. Robert Jakes

I've pulled the information from two obituaries that were posted in the Nashville newspaper in March 1938.  Robert Jakes Sr. was my double 1st cousin 3 times removed.  He died one month and one day after his wife.  I've added some notes(shown in parenthesis below) using information known to me from my research of our families over the years.  I've also included a chart I made showing the intermarriages which it's essential to know when working with DNA matches from that side of my family.  These are all from my Paternal Grandmother's Dad's lines but there are Jakes who marry into the Frizzell family(other than my two lines of Frizzells) which are from my Paternal Grandmother's Mom's lines.

There are additional Jakes/Harger and Morrow/Sutton siblings
which I have not included here so that I could focus on these couples.
Mrs. Robert Jakes(Clementine Pearson Jakes)
Age 78
Place of Birth:  Bedford Co. TN
Parents:  John & Mary Pruett Pearson
Wife of Robert Jakes, Sr.(President of Jakes Foundry Co.)
Died Monday, Feb. 28 1938
Residence:  3509 Gillespie Ave. Nashville, TN
Ill for 3+ years
Member of Nashville Methodist Church for 40 years

Survivors
Husband:  Robert Jakes Sr.
4 Daughters:

  • Mrs. H. M. Goodloe of Nashville(Bertha Lee Jakes)
  • Mrs. Nannie C Ring of Nashville(Nannie Clementine Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom C Ashley of Valdosta, Georgia(Mary Margaret Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom McDonnough of Richmond, Kentucky(Ophelia Jakes)

6 Sons:

  • J.W. Jakes of Nashville(John William Jakes)
  • E.F. Jakes of Nashville(Edward Franklin Jakes)
  • Robert Jakes Jr. of Nashville
  • P.W. Jakes of Nashville(Percy Warner Jakes)
  • C.B. Jakes of Nashville(Claud B. Jakes)
  • J. T. Jakes of Newport, TN(James T. Jakes)

Sister:
Mrs. George Jakes of Nashville(Sarah C. Pearson--Geo Jakes was brother of Robert Jakes)

Brother:
Hiram W. Pearson of Weatherford, TN

18 Grandchildren & 3 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral March 2, 1938 (10:30 am)
Officiating:  Rev. John W. Estes with Rev. N. Burch Tucker assisting
Burial:  Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery

"Mrs. Robert Jakes," The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee) Tuesday, 01 Mar 1938, p. 3, col. 6, ; image copy, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 6 May 2019).


Mr. Robert Jakes, Sr. 
President of Jakes Foundry Co. he established abt 50 yrs ago
Age 79
Wife Clementine Pearson Jakes died a month ago(a month & 1 day ago)
Died Tuesday. March 29, 1938 at home of daughter Mrs. H. M Goodloe
POD: daughter's residence--3520 Byron Ave Nashville, TN
Ill for 3 months
Born in Bedford Co. TN Sept. 22, 1858
Member of Knights of Pythias and the Junior Order of United American Mechanics
Active member of West Nashville Methodist Church.

Survivors
4 Daughters:

  • Mrs. H. M. Goodloe of Nashville(Bertha Lee Jakes)
  • Mrs. Nannie C. Ring of Nashville(Nannie Clementine Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom C Ashley of Valdosta, Georgia(Mary Margaret Jakes)
  • Mrs. Tom McDonnough of Richmond, Kentucky(Ophelia Jakes)

6 Sons:

  • J.W. Jakes of Nashville(John William Jakes)
  • E.T. Jakes of Nashville(Edward Franklin Jakes--middle initial wrong in obit)
  • P. W. Jakes of Nashville(Percy Warner Jakes)
  • C. B. Jakes of Nashville(Claud B. Jakes)
  • Robert Jakes Jr. of Nashville
  • J. T. Jakes of Newport, TN(James T. Jakes)

Brother: 
A. D. Jakes of Nashville

18 Grandchildren & 3 Great Grandchildren.

Funeral March 30, 1938 (3:00 pm)
Officiating:  Rev. J W. Estes & John R. Stewart
Burial:  Woodlawn Memorial Park Cemetery

"Jakes Funeral Planned Today," The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)Wednesday, 30 Mar 1938, p. 10, col. 4, ; image copy, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 6 May 2019).

Saturday, May 04, 2019

King cousin in U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925 database at Ancestry

Working with some of my Thrulines™ suggestions at Ancestry and found an entry in the U.S. Passport Applications collection for my 2nd Cousin 3 times removed, Arthur Dale King.   I share DNA with several of his descendants.

This database is one that contains actual images of the applications.  Here were a few of the things listed on Arthur's application.

  • Names, Place of Birth, & Date of Birth for Arthur, his wife, & daughter
  • His Father's name, Place of Birth and place of residence.
  • The # of a former Passport Application
  • Arthur was on a pleasure trip in Europe in 1921
  • List of Countries he intends to visit
  • Port he will be leaving thru
  • When he is expected to return.
  • Oath of Allegiance
  • Description of Applicant(see image below)
  • Mailing address where the passport could be sent
  • A photo of Arthur, his wife & daughter.
Snippet from Back side of Application for Arthur Dale King  Application #235030


Judging from the information on the application as well as the other Suggested  Records(shown to the right when viewing the record) this family traveled outside of the US several times.   You can find a lot of additional info in the Suggested Records but you need to evaluate them as you would any other hint.  They may not be the person in the original record.  What a great resource.  I'm thinking I might search for others persons with ties to Bedford County, TN or other key areas where my family lived.


Source List:

"U.S. Passport Applications, 1795-1925," database with images, Ancestry (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/uspassports/ : 2007), Imaged from National Archives and Records Administration (NARA); Washington D.C.; Roll # 2143.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Obituary: Oscar Pete Earp(1888-1967)

I found my paternal great aunt(by marriage) listed in her brother's obituary.  I thought this was such a great example of how I wish every obit was written--full of details.  It also shows how family becomes scattered out across the country.  This is something to think about for those who are using DNA in our family history research.  The following is a listing of the information contained in the obituary.

Oscar Pete Earp
Age:  79
Born:  March 26, 1888
Died:  November 14, 1967
Place of Birth: Murfreesboro, TN
Parents:  Thomas Jefferson & Lydia Earp

Married:  Sept 1911 to Florence Adcock who died in 1923.  Four children from this marriage--3 sons and 1 daughter.

Married:  1925 to Lillie Mai Adcock
Ten children from this marriage--4 sons and 6 daughters.

One son & one daughter preceded him in death.

Survivors
Wife
Six Daughters:
Dessie Egenes(Storden, MN)
Betty Koch(Bucyrus, MO)
Marie Fields(Roby, MO)
Joyce Inscore(Roby, MO)
Faye Barnes(Sugar Creek, MO)
Sharon Kaye Earp(of the home)

Six Sons:
Alfred Earp(Loda, IL)
Frank Earp(Seattle, WA)
Ervin Earp((Success, MO)
Eugene Earp(Richland, MO)
Marlo Earp(Anchorage, AK)
Harold Earp(of the home)

Sisters:
Emma McKnight(Nashville, TN)
Arminda Jakes(Murfreesboro, TN)

30 Grandchildren
20 Great-Grandchildren

He moved to Missouri in 1935 and lived here until his death.

Member of Roby Baptist Church

Funeral: Friday, November 17, 1967
at Roby Baptist Church with Don Brower officiating.
Burial:  Palace Cemetery
Evans-Elliott Funeral Home in charge.

"Deaths: Earp, Oscar Pete." The Houston Herald(Houston, MO) 23 Nov 1967. Digital images, Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com  accessed Apr 24, 2019.) citing original p. 11 col 5.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Check your GEDmatch settings


If you have uploaded DNA kits to GEDmatch please check to make sure your settings on the GENESIS side are as you would like them.  If you have uploaded duplicate kits, the software that they are using seems to mark the 2nd kit as the duplicate.  PLEASE make sure that the 2nd kit isn't the only one you have designated as Public because doing so will keep you from showing up in the One-To-Many Reports of your matches.  You can check the status of any kit by using the DNA File Diagnostic Utility located on the Genesis page under DNA Applications(see image below).  If that is what you want to do that's fine of course but if that was not your intention you will need to modify your settings.






You can change the status of your kits at any time by clicking on edit(the pencil image) beside the kit # and name and then selecting Yes, No or Research for that kit.  Be sure to click on change after any modifications.



This happened with my cousin's kit.  Neither of her kits were showing in the One-To-Many Reports of her half brother, or any of her other matches.  It may not be obvious to the manager if they only view that Kit's One-To-Many Report as they will see all the others they expect when running it for that particular kit.

If you have taken an Autosomal DNA test and haven't yet uploaded to GEDmatch Genesis please consider doing so if you agree with their User Policy.  We have all of our family DNA tests there and have also uploaded or tested at FTDNA & MyHeritage.  I have two tests at FTDNA that aren't at AncestryDNA but they are at GEDmatch GENESIS & MyHeritage.  I know I need to test at 23&me eventually when it becomes financially possible.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Record those events and names from the more recent past

When we are researching, I think sometimes we forget to record and research things we remember from our earlier childhood.  I know I'm guilty of doing that.  Perhaps we think that information will be readily available later.  What if we are wrong?  This past year I contacted the Register of Deeds here in Dickson County Tennessee to inquire about the house which my Grandmother, Pearl Jakes Cooke had rented.  My Mom was fairly sure that it was owned by the Sheltons which the clerk confirmed.   I had also remembered the neighbors.  I've written notes in my Grandmother's file about her neighbors.  Checking with the Deeds office and also consulting online tax records helped to get a picture of who her neighbors were and also who owns the homes today.  Having the listing of the neighbors to verify what I remembered from my childhood helped as I was going thru my Grandmother's papers.  As I was recording and preserving ephemera I was able to identify people who had sent postcards and written notes and zoom in on a time frame because I knew the years she had lived at that address.

Don't assume that those records will be available when you or your family decide they are important.  Go ahead and record them now.


See also:
March 31 1891-Birthday of Pearl Gray Jakes Cooke
Just a Small Portion of a Family's Paper trail


My Grandmother in her yard at 203 North Charlotte St Dickson TN  abt 1973.
The houses across the street are still pretty much the same thought
they show the signs of age.


Friday, April 12, 2019

Gilford Cook--Dickson County Tennessee

In a previous blog post, I'd written a bit about Garrison King who lived in Dickson Co., TN and some of whose descendants are among my DNA matches.  In that post, I also mentioned Gilford Cook who is likely the brother-in-law of Garrison King(Garrison's wife was a Cook).

I found two entries in Tennessee Convicts:  Early Records of the State Penitentiary Volume 1. These gave me a lot of additional information on him which I used in the summary below.

Gilford Cook was born and raised in Franklin County, North Carolina and it was there where he married Sarah Bass, December 2nd of 1821.  Gilford was a shoemaker and lived in Wilson Co TN(near Richard Drake) before moving to Dickson Co. TN in 1833. He was charged with and convicted of larceny in a Dickson Co Court and thus sentenced to 3 years in the penitentiary where he was received on the 19th of February 1837. His family lived near Kendrick Myatt's on old Natchez trace 15 miles from Charlotte.  Gilford was discharged January 8, 1840, where his conduct while there was recorded as good.  His description according to this record was:  age 48, 6 foot 2 inches with dark hair and grey eyes.

Below is the 1840 census entry for Gilford Cook's family which would have been almost 4 months after his release.



Sources:

Charles A. & Tomye M. Sherrill, Tennessee Convicts:  Early Records of the State Penitentiary 1831-1850 Vol. 1, (Mt. Juliet, Tenn:  C. A. Sherrill 1997), pgs. 22 & 197.

"North Carolina, Civil Marriages, 1763-1868", database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q296-MHWZ : 11 May 2018), Gilford Cook and Sarah Bass, 1821.

"United States Census, 1840," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33SQ-GYTB-92VB?cc=1786457&wc=31SJ-16P%3A1588669927%2C1588670578%2C1588665902 : 24 August 2015), Tennessee > Dickson > Not Stated > image 11 of 72; citing NARA microfilm publication M704, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Granville Co. NC indenture --Nov. 1796

While reading thru Granville County, North Carolina court records, I found this record and thought it worth noting.  This record set contains many different types of court records dealing with indentures, enslaved, land, tax, and probate, etc. as it is a running list of items that were taken care of in the court during that time period. 


"Ordered that Reuben Pettiford son of Easter Pettiford be bound to Stephen Melton to learn the art & mystery(sic) of a Black Smith he being about seven years of age until he arrives to the age of 
twenty one years." November Court 1796 Tuesday

Source: NC Court Minutes 1746-1868
Film # 306206 contains 1746-1789  and 1796-1799

North Carolina. County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Granville County) :
Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Dept. of Archives and History, 1961, 1962 and 1973

Digital image of Microfilm hosted at FamilySearch Image 201 of 424 (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CSLK-X9XV-4?i=200&cat=157946)

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Family Pastimes

Today is Opening Day of Major League Baseball's 2019 season.  Did your parents or grandparents have a favorite baseball team?  When we are writing about our ancestors, sometimes we get so focused on their paper trail that we forget about their hobbies and pastimes.  If we are lucky and they played sports that can be a part of their paper trail.

My Mother has always been a Dodger fan.  I asked her a few years ago about that and she told me that she and one of her friends used to listen to the games on the radio.  I remember her and my Dad's brother smack-talking about whose team was going to win the World Series.  Uncle Morris was a Yankees fan.  I never knew my Dad to support one team or another.  He didn't talk about sports much really.  I do have a letter he wrote home to his brother while he was in the Army, stationed in Korea around August 1953.



He writes,

"Wish I could be there watching the ball games with you.  Well it won't be too long before we will be watching them together.  We hear a ball game every day thru the week over here. They're brought to us by the AFRS. (Armed Forces Radio Service)"
This letter is part of the archived collection of my families papers(Thomas & Pearl Jakes Cooke Family) that I wrote about in an earlier post--Just a Small Portion of a Family's Paper Trail.

Also, think about some of the other sports or group activities.  My Uncle Morris played baseball and basketball in school and also was known for his skills as a bowler.  My mother played basketball in high school when girls just played half court.  My nieces and nephew all played in their school's band.  My brother, David and I were active in the Chorus/Choir at our high school. 

My daughter and I will be watching(via television) our favorite team today--the Atlanta Braves.  ⚾




Sunday, March 24, 2019

The Top 5 of my Top 5 Resources.

This is a listing of the top 5 of each of the top types of resources I use in my research.  Some are for educational services and organization while others are more record content focused.  I do also have memberships in Virtual Genealogical Association, TN Genealogical Society, Middle TN Genealogical Society as well as the local Dickson Co.(TN) Historical & Genealogical Society.  What are your favorites of each of these categories?

1.  Blogs--Most of these blogs I read using Feedly.  I do quick reads of the blogs of the major Genealogy Database companies to keep aware of new record availability.
  1. Kitty Cooper's Blog
  2. Genealogy Tip of the Day
  3. The Genetic Genealogist
  4. Behold Genealogy
  5. DNAeXplained
2.  Podcasts: Search For and Listen to them via Google Play, Apple Tunes, Spotify or your favorite podcast listening app.  I usually listen to these podcasts using Google Play on my phone.  If I"m listening from my Desktop PC I use Spotify(basic). 
  1. Generations Cafe
  2. Genealogy Guys
  3. Research Like a Pro
  4. Genealogy Gems
  5. Genealogy Happy Hour

3.  Webinars--There are many sites that offer webinars.  Some are free for a limited number of days or to attend Live with registration.  After the free period, they require subscriptions or membership to access their entire library.  The majority of the webinars I attend are free with registration.  These are such a great resource.
  1. Legacy Family Tree Webinars
  2. Southern California Genealogical Society and Family History Research Library
  3. Georgia Genealogical Society
  4. Illinois State Genealogical Society
  5. Utah Genealogical Association

4.  YouTube Channels--A lot of the channels I used to watch are kind of dated now so I've listed below the ones that have current content and I'm always looking for more that would be helpful in all areas of genealogy research.
  1. Blaine Bettinger
  2. Ancestry
  3. FamilySearch
  4. GeneaVlogger
  5. Allen County Public Library

5.  Subscription Services--These are the services that I feel offer the most value to my research.   You list likely will vary.  The DNA tool sites aren't overly expensive but Ancestry and Newspapers.com can be.  I only purchase subscriptions when they are on sale and I don't combine the two because normally the two sale prices are cheaper than what a combined price would be.
  1. Ancestry.com
  2. DNAgedcom
  3. GEDmatch Genesis
  4. Newspapers.com
  5. DNAPainter





Monday, March 04, 2019

Working with the NEW DNA Analysis Tools at MyHeritage



After my previous blog post about ThruLines™ and how I was using it with my Putman line, I moved on to MyHeritage's new tool  Theory of Family Relativity™.  I have about 12,800 DNA matches at MyHeritage for which about 77 theories were generated.  Among the theories was one for a descendant thru one of the Putman/Tyler children thru which I had previously found no testers descending thru.  Now to verify and check and recheck. 

In the example below, you will notice that there is hyperlinked text which says "View Full Theory."  This will allow you to see additional information about the connection or connections if there are more theories than one. It will also give you a confidence level for the relationship(s) on that page.




I'll be the first to admit, I don't do such a great job of my notes at MyHeritage(or FTDNA).  This makes it hard when I run AutoCluster reports because my note field offers very little hints.  I would recommend that you write notes on your first 100 or so matches at MyHeritage and use the Theory of Family Relativity™.tool for help with your notes before running the AutoCluster tool.  It will make the report far more useful.


Using ThruLines to Visualize DNA Testing Coverage of an Ancestor Couple




In November I blogged about Visualizing DNA tested Descendants of an Ancestor Couple.  For those who have tested at AncestryDNA, the ThruLines™ tool that Ancestry introduced this past week just made this so much easier.  It's not completely automated and even if it were I'd still need to follow good research guidelines but that is a given with any tool or resource.

Putman/Tyler Descendants DNA Testing Chart
From WATO Tool at DNApainter.com

Below is a table which shows the Putman/Tyler Children and how many of their children are represented among my families DNA test matches. The table and the chart I have built using WATO(www.dnapainter.com) also includes any Putman/Tyler descendants that I've identified at other testing sites.

The "Spread" of Putman/Tyler Grandchildren's Descendants
Represented among DNA Matches

I really like viewing the descendants in List View See the example below of my branch of the Putman/Tyler Descendants

List View of  Putman/Tyler Descendants Tested at AncestryDNA



When you are using ThruLines™ and see an error in the way it's working please provide feedback using the Feedback pop-up which is on the bottom right when you are viewing a page in ThruLines™ view.  I've found and reported several. Feedback reports of errors are necessary to improve the performance and ensure that it works as it's intended.

Saturday, March 02, 2019

RootsTech 2019--Day 4

Day 4 of RootsTech 2019.  Here is my take on Saturday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Saturday's Live Stream

Trace the Story of Immigrant Ancestors in 3 Steps (Power Hour)-- D. Joshua Taylor explained the importance of knowing the context of your immigrant's arrival into the country.  Ashley gave us some great ideas on where to search for the customs passenger and immigration lists. "Don't be afraid to use wildcards in your searches of the online databases."  Fred talked to us about the naturalization process and records and how they have evolved over time.

Examining Your DNA Matches with DNA Painter--Jonny Perl
Really enjoyed Jonny Perl's session.  Loved that he showed his earliest version of what would eventually become DNApainter.  He explained the process of painting Chromosome match segment data and also gave a tour of the site.  My hope is that many of my AncestryDNA matches will watch this and want to use this great tool. They will need to upload to a site which has the Chromosome browser so they can get the segment data which is not available at AncestryDNA

Saturday General Session: Jake Shimabukuro
Blown away by Jake Shimabukuro's talent.  Who doesn't like to sing along?  Loved it!
The Winner of the RootsTech FilmFest '19 was Enge Van Wagoner's "My Name is..."

Leading with Science at 23andme
Sarah Laskey spoke about the science behind the 23andme health studies.
Genetic Data + Survey Answers = Discoveries

The Silent Language of the Stones: Reading Gravestones through Symbols and Carvings --Joy Neighbors
This session contained so much information.  She talked about the types of stone used and gave the time period in which each type was popular. This brought back some good memories of my own Cemetery touring. Joy is the author of "The Family Tree Cemetery Field Guide."

Saturday's Hottest News
The announcement of the winner of RootsTech FilmFest and the date for RootsTech 2020 which will be February 26–29 were the top news of the day.

A big THANK YOU to all who helped make RootsTech and #NotAtRootsTech possible.  Be sure and check out the recorded sessions posted at RootsTech.org

Friday, March 01, 2019

RootsTech 2019--Day 3

Day 3 of RootsTech 2019.  Here is my take on Friday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech

Friday's Live Stream

Why and How to Put Yourself into Your Family History--Curt Witcher, Amy Johnson Crow, Scott Fisher  What a moving presentation.  Amy shared some of her family stories and reiterated the importance of recording our stories.  "Experiencing stories alter our brains and make us better individuals," said Curt Witcher.  Scott Fisher gave us some great points to consider when planning the interview(Who? What? When?)  The Q & A portion made me cry.  I was reminded of my Grandmother when an attendee asked what to do when interviewing a family member who has Alzheimer's or dementia.

Essential Considerations for DNA Evidence--Blaine Bettinger
I LOVED this session!  Blaine covered so many things that we should consider when we are evaluating our DNA matches--Confirmation Bias, Tree Completeness, Pile Up Regions, Small Segment Matches, Segment Frequency, Total Shared DNA.  Catch this when they post today's sessions!  You won't be sorry!

Friday General Session: Saroo Brierley
What an AMAZING story!

Getting the Most Out of Billions of Records on MyHeritage SuperSearch--Mike Mansfield
Mike introduced us to the tree Sync feature between the FamilySearch tree and MyHeritage tree and how it was handling exceptions and conflicts in data, especially as it pertained to LDS researchers and maintaining the integrity of the FamilySearch tree.  He showed examples of the tree features and MyHeritage's SuperSearch.  He also discussed the new tool Theory of Family Relativity that premiered this week.

Discover Your Japanese Ancestors--Valerie Elkins
Valerie explained that while the Japanese are excellent record keepers they value their privacy.  When researching Japanese ancestry you need to understand the Japanese culture Names are laid out differently.  The Japanese have 3 different alphabets and use a different calendar.  They also have male heir adoptions and she offered an explanation of that.  The Koseki is a Japanese family registry.  Why did my Colonial Americans not have those?  Very informative presentation.

The Research Road Map: Your Path to Success--Amy Johnson Crow
We need research goals and a question we want to answer.  "Phrase it in the form of a question.  Pretend you are on Jeopardy." Review what you already have....your notes and your sources.  Identify holes in your research or opportunities.  Use a Timeline.  Evaluate your sources.  Is there a better source available now?  Amy gave a really great explanation of sources, information, and evidence and the two types of each of these. Be sure to check out her genealogy podcast, Generations Cafe.  It's available on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Spotify.  She is a wonderful speaker and above all an inspiring teacher.

Friday's Hottest News
MyHeritage announced that they are donating an additional 5000 kits to DNA Quest, a project they initiated which is helping adoptees to find their biological parents.  All of today's sessions were great and my news-feed was buzzing with people talking about the new AutoCluster tool at MyHeritage as well as the new Ancestry tools.



Thursday, February 28, 2019

RootsTech 2019--Day 2

Day 2 of RootsTech 2019.  Here is my take on Thursday's happenings from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech.

Thursday's Live Stream

Making the Leap—Becoming a Professional Genealogist (Power Hour) --Luana Darby, Valerie Elkins, and Anne Teerlink  If you are thinking of going professional as a genealogist, this session was so FULL of great information.  Make sure you download the handout.  This presentation made me so glad that I have never wanted to go Pro. Not that I don't aspire to have my research at the professional level.  So glad they are now streaming the Q & A for the sessions today.

Finally! German Church Records and How to Use Them on FamilySearch--Trish Melander
Trish told the story of how the German Church Records were saved by Paul Langheinrich.  These are on FamilySearch and she showed how to navigate to them either using Records or Catalog.  I also enjoyed the case study by Karl Bodamer.  Loved the use of the Geogen site.  This has given me several ideas on where to search when working on my daughter's paternal lines.

Thursday General Session: Patricia Heaton--It was fun hearing from Patricia Heaton.  She's a funny lady.  She was so excited about her DNA reveal.

What You Don't Know about Ancestry (Sponsored by Ancestry)--Crista Cowan
YouTube feed was not working on this Livestream but I did manage view via the RootsTech.org homepage.  I think everyone wanted to hear what Crista had to say and that broke the feed. She talked about the new tools at Ancestry:  MyTreeTags™, DNA Matching List. and ThruLines™. ThruLines have replaced DNA Circles although you can still view your circles at this time if you have DNA tested.


Heirloom, Documentation or Junk: What to Keep or Toss--Janet Hovorka
What's important to keep? Preserving your personality.  Who should inherit specific items? Organize and explain what you can now. Preserve your digital materials. Who will you pass the torch on to...who will best preserve your precious items'  She also brought up the need for a Digital Will.  Definitely, something to think about.


Perilous Assumptions: Revisiting Those First Finds--Kris Rzepczynski
Love the case studies especially the one of the letter found in the WWI records.  An amazing account!  I've been researching for almost 30 years.  I need to revisit ALL of my earlier research.  Sometimes we build our own brick walls..


Thursday's Hottest News
The official announcement of the new Ancestry Tools.  Also monitoring social media and genetic genealogy Facebook group members' post as they worked with the new tools was insightful.  The announcement that GeneticAffairs' AutoClusters would be coming to MyHeritage was officially made and that option appeared on my account at MyHeritage this morning.

Link to RootsTech 2019 Day 1  --







Wednesday, February 27, 2019

RootsTech 2019--Day 1

Today was the first day of RootsTech 2019.  Although I'm not physically there are many ways to participate.  Here is my take on Wednesday from the viewpoint of someone who is #NotAtRootsTech.


Wednesday's Live Stream

What’s New at FamilySearch?--Ron Tanner(FamilySearch International) talked about the exciting additions at FamilySearch as well as some new tools in the works.  I like the expanded fan chart(see mine below)  Also high-speed possible duplicates.  He also talked about an upcoming feature which will allow corrections to indexed images.  This is something that has been needed for a LONG time and I'm so glad to hear that's in the works.


Hear Them Sing! Social History and Family Narrative--Rebecca Whitman Koford CG, CGL
What a great reminder of something I need to do more of--write the stories of my ancestors.  She talked about using timelines to pull the history together.  I LOVE timelines.  They are such a great help in our research.

Uncovering Family Stories with British and Irish Historic Newspapers--Myko Clelland(FindMyPast)
Lots of great information on wildcard searching in this session.  Excellent list of the different types of articles in which you may find ancestors.  Get the App and download the handout!  It contains links to Newspaper sites, some of which are free.

Connecting Your DNA Matches--Diahan Southard
Great outline of what a genetic network is and how to create them.  Also, some tips about how to search for ICW(in-common-with)ancestors.  She also included a bit about the new features ThruLines(at Ancestry) and MyHeritage's Theory of Relativity.  I loved that she gave examples of why these are HINTs.and some situations where the suggestion is wrong.  I always enjoy Diahan Southard's presentations.


Wednesday's Hottest News

Today's hottest news--Genetic Network tools from MyHeritage(Theory of Relativity) and Ancestry(ThruLines).  Ancestry also has several other tools including TreeTags and AncestryDNA Custom Groups

The most exciting news for those with African American ancestry beyond the new tools for use with DNA research would be the donation of $2 Million dollars by the LDS church to the International African American Museum.


I also love the Extended Fan Chart mentioned in Ron Tanner's presentation.


My personal favorite announcement was that the GeneticAffairs' Autocluster tool will now be part of the MyHeritage Tools.  A VERY busy day!.

Tuesday, February 05, 2019

50 Persons Mentioned in a Tennessee State Supreme Court Case from 1835


In early January I obtained a copy of a Tennessee State Supreme Court case in which my 2nd great grandmother's brother, William Putman was accused of fraud in the sale of a horse.  There is an amazing amount of people involved in this case.  People involved included citizens from 4 different counties of Tennessee--Bedford, Dickson, Rutherford, and Williamson counties.  If you are a researcher whose ancestors were in Tennessee, please consider at least running a search or two in this collection. It appears these are a work-in-progress.  The last update from what I can tell showed it being only 25% complete.  I look forward to the day when it's 100%


Listing of persons involved in the case of Robert Williams vs William Putman, et al. 

The case is heard by the Middle District of the Tennessee State Supreme Court in 1835 and originated in Rutherford County Tennessee on 7th of October 1829.  I ordered the file from TN State Library  & Archives via https://supreme-court-cases.tennsos.org/ and it was delivered  2nd Jan 2019, via email and contained scanned digital images in a 41 page PDF document.  The physical location of the case at TSLA is in the TN State Supreme Court Cases Collection Range: 33 Section: A  Shelf: 2  Box Number: 375 as noted by the listing at the previously mentioned webpage.  The quickest way to find it is by searching for Keyword "Putman"  in Rutherford County in the search box of the site.  I've tried to alphabetize by surname after removing duplicates and came up with 50 persons which I have listed below.

Anderson Anglin
Samuel Anglin
Zepheniah Anglin
Thos L Anthony
Wm Brady
William G Childress
John Coleman (age 28--1833)
William C Cook
Charles Coursey
John B. Coursey
V. D. Cowan
M.S. Cummings
Richard Davidson
William Deason
William B Dotson
Daniel Dwiggins
Charles A. Frensley(age 27--1833)
William Gilliam
BarnaB  Haley
Thos Heaton
Jordan Holden
Andrew J. Hoover
John Jackson
Dennis Lark (age 56--1833)
Richard Ledbetter
William Ledbetter
James H Lyle
James C Mitchell
John Nixon
David Pounds
Pleasant Puckett
Noah Putman
William Putman
Richard Ransom
George Redmond
Jesse Roberts
Enoch Rushing
James Sanford(age 42--1832)
John G Smotherman
Yancy Stokes
Thomas Stuart
Valentine M Sublett
William Taylor
Amanuel Toomes(age 55--1832)
John Toomes (age 57--1833)
Anderson Vaughn(age 20--1832)
William Venson
Absolum Vickery
Lee? Williams
Nathaniel W Williams
Robert Williams




Monday, February 04, 2019

Enslaved from Probate Records of Newton Cannon--Williamson Co. TN 1841



Two listings of enslaved negroes found in the inventory portion of the probate file of Newton Cannon which was filed in 1841 at Williamson Co TN. 

List from Nashville & Williamson place(45)--There were two different copies of this list so I compared them as they were in the same numerical order and consulted both when one was hard to read-- See image 23 & image 39 of the source.

1 Jacob 38 years
2 Tabby sickly 40 years
3 Jacob 9 years
4 Mitchel 5 years
5 Frierson 6 months
6 Eliza 3 years
7 Jim Cole 50 years
8 Lucy 32 years
9 Hezekiah 6 years
10 Henderson 1 year
11 Hatty 8 years
12 America 4 years
13 Mary 23 years
14 Henry 2 years
15 Emily 6 years
16 Carmella 4 years
17 Jo 23 years
18 Polly 20 years
19 Simpson 4 years
20 Howard 2 years
21 Nathan 4 months
22 Hal 63 years
23 Miles 55 years
24 Ailsey 48 years
25 Washington 3 years
26 Miles 10 years
27 Edmond 33 years
28 Dan 19 years
29 John 23 years
30 Malinda 16 years
31 Tipton sickly 10 years
32 Julia 38 years
33 Fanny idiot & deformed 20 years
34 Jack 57 years
35 Kitty 38 years
36 Malissa (Rickety)  2 years
37 Elizabeth 22 years
38 Jim Westley 7 years
39 Letitia 20 years
40 Lunah 15 years
41 Mary 13 years
42 Minerva 17 years
43 Martha 12 years
44 Emeline 12 years
45 Aaron 24 years

Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 : accessed 4 February 2019]  > Williamson > Probate and Divorce Records, 1800-1899 > Cannon, Mary-Carter, D Ruth > images 23& 39 of 2964.

List from Randolph & River Farm formerly owned by Jones(74)--There were two different copies of this list so I compared them as they were in the same numerical order and consulted both when one was hard to read-- See image 23-24 & image 40-41 of the source. (Total number is actually 75 due to math and logic error of administrator)

1. Named Age(sic)
2 Peter 50 years
3 Sarah 40 years
4 Jackson 20 years
5 Ruth 18 years
6 Bob 15 years
7 Rhody 8 years
8 Frances 6 years
9 Lina 4 years
10 Nancy Jane 2 years
11 Dianna 8 months
12 Angelina 7 months
13 Diley 26 years
14 Antony 7 years
15 Gabriel 2 years
16 Dandy 55 years
17 Dinah 50 years
18 Simon 17 years
19 Hezekiah 12 years
20 Jane 38 years
21 Harriet 13 years
22 Amanda 10 years
23 Washington 8 years
24 Matilda 6 years
25 Jim 4 years
26 Washington 2 years
27 Lucy 3 months
28 Henry 26 years
29 Jinny 23 years
30 Caledonia 4 years
31 Daphine 2 years
32 George 2 months
33 Alfred 20 years
34 Jacob 28 years
35 Lott 25 years
36 Louisa 24 years
37 Frances Ann 1 year
38 Bassell 40 years
39 Joicy 30 years
40 June 13 years
41 Simon 5 years
42 Mary? 4 years
43 Sally 2 years
44 Cato 1 year
45 Reuben 50 years
46 Clora 37 years
47 Jeny? died Jany 11 years
48 Joshua 3 years
49 Chary? 1 year
50 Hanny 55 years
51 Lewis 25 years
52 John 18 years
53 Lucy 13 years
54 Andrew 30 years
55 Judy 28 years
56 Nelly 14 years
57 Patsey 13 years
58 Liley 45 years
59 Andrew 19 years
60 Rany 2 years
61 Enoch 16 years
62 Harriet 14 years
63 Alennica? 13 yrs
64 Narcissa 4 years
65 Jim Beard 50 years
66 Monah 35 years
67 Horrace 12 years
68 Pauline 16 years
69 Houston 14 years
70 Cullen 12 years
71 Saml 17 years
72 Alfred 16 years
73 Mack 35 years
74 Ned 18 years
Three Infants
Ancestry.com. Tennessee, Wills and Probate Records, 1779-2008 [https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=9176 : accessed 4 February 2019]  > Williamson > Probate and Divorce Records, 1800-1899 > Cannon, Mary-Carter, D Ruth > images 23-24 & 40-41 of 2964.