Sunday, May 27, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 19

There's another Janice (spelled the "nice" way) in my family tree!

Births

Mary Ann Gantt (originally Gaunt), daughter of Joseph Gaunt and Mary A. Lobaugh, was born May 19, 1816, probably in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Clara Caroline Sellers, daughter of Alexander Sellers and Lavinia Coppelberger, was born May 19, 1861 in Pennsylvania.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Florence L. Major, daughter of Clayton Major and Ida May Lippincott, was born May 19, 1888 in Bordentown, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my 1st cousin 3x removed via the Lippincotts.

Martin Reuben Schumeister, son of Henry Schumeister and Celia Perlmutter, was born May 19, 1928 in St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minnesota.  He is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Nowicki line through the Perlmutters.

Randy Barbara Schumeister, daughter of Hymen Samuel Schumeister and Freda Gene Grossman, was born May 19, 1948 in Ramsey County, Minnesota.  She is my 4th cousin on my Nowicki line through the Schumeisters and the niece of Martin Schumeister, on whose 20th birthday she was born (above).

Brian Levitan was born May 19, 1948 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He married Cheryl Kardish, daughter of Samuel Kardish and Tillie Steinberg, who is my 2nd cousin once removed on my Gorodetsky line through the Kardishes.

Kimberly Ann Gaunt, daughter of Irwin Wilson Gaunt and Shirley Ann Freck, was born May 19, 1958, possibly in Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin.

Nicholas Ryan Appleton was born May 19, 1993 in Los Angeles County, California.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line.


Marriage

Abram S. Clemens and Rachel Darstein, daughter of Abraham Darstein and Catherine Sellers, were married on May 19, 1812, possibly in Pennsylvania.  Rachel is my 2nd cousin 5x removed via the Sellerses.


Deaths

Jane Gaunt, daughter of Daniel Gaunt and Mary Githens, died May 19, 1855 at the age of 50 in Burlingon County, New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Agnes Sellers, daughter of David Wampole Sellers and Anna Frances Jaquett, died May 19, 1906 at the age of 32 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Charles E. Gauntt, son of Mark Lewallen Gauntt and Rhoda Ewing, died May 19, 1909 at the age of about 24 in Haddonfield, Camden County, New Jersey.  He is my 3rd cousin 2x removed.

Anna Frances Jaquett died May 19, 1915 at the age of 77 in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to David Wampole Sellers, son of Samuel Sellers and Barbara Ann Wampole, who is my 3rd cousin 4x removed, and died on the 9th anniversary of her daughter Agnes' death (above).

Janice Kay Hutson, daughter of Clifford Ellsworth Hutson and Alta Ada Gipson, died May 19, 1938 at the age of 5 days in Battle Ground, Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Willie C. Williams, son of Willie Frank Williams and Mattie Belle Dixon, died May 19, 1988 at the age of about 59, possibly in Georgia.  He is the 1st cousin once removed of my not-quite-cousin Angela Williams.

Earl Leroy Slentz, son of Andrew Earl Slentz and Bessie Florence Landis, died May 19, 1989 at the age of 70 in Kerman, Fresno County, California.  He is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Slentzes.

Events in My Family Tree: May 18

As Mary Woolsey was born in Maryland, little Frances Elizabeth Luckscheider died in Philadelphia.

Births

Mary Woolsey was born May 18, 1804 near Baltimore, Maryland.  She was married to John Mack, son of Jacob Mack and Nancy Moser,  who is my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Matilda C. K. Githens, daughter of Thomas Githens and Mary Gaunt, was born May 18, 1835 in Camden County, New Jersey.  She is my 2nd cousin 4x removed via the Gaunts.

Daniel M. Votaw, son of Millard F. Votaw and Ida May Fisher, was born May 18, 1905 in Indiana, possibly in Jay County.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Votaws.

Kathryn Hildreth Johnson, daughter of John Daniel Johnson and Mary M. Hildreth, was born May 18, 1907 in Mount Holly, Burlingon County, New Jersey.  She is my 3rd cousin 2x removed on my Fox line through the Johnsons.

Linda Leota Allen, daughter of Elwood Allen and Wilma Darlene Givan, was born May 18, 1948, possibly in New Jersey.  She is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.

Gregory Socherman was born May 18, 1967 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 4th cousin once removed on my Nowicki line.


Marriages

Darwin Monroe McStroul, son of Leo Martin McStroul (originally Strul) and Anna Krebs, and Rose Ruth Bloom were married on May 18, 1938 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin.  Darwin is the paternal uncle of my aunt Mary McStroul.

Pete Earl Dutcher and Carol Alene Gauntt, daughter of James Kirkland Gauntt and Newita Wanda Scott, were married on May 18, 1957 in Downey, Los Angeles County, California.  Carol is my 1st cousin once removed.

Larry Lester Reed, son of Lester Reed and Dorothy Pamela Allen, and Jacqueline McDonough were married on May 18, 1962, possibly in New Jersey.  Larry is my 5th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Allens.


Deaths

Joel Armstrong (oh, how I wish I knew his parents' names!) died May 18, 1854 at the age of about 56 in Northampton Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is my 4x-great-grandfather.

Frances Elizabeth Luckscheider, daughter of Louis Christian Luckscheider and Eva Florence Sellers, died May 18, 1904 at the age of 1 year 2 months in Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 5th cousin once removed via the Sellerses.

Joel Chester Fuller, son of Lyman Fuller and Eliza, died May 18, 1906 at the age of 77 in Stony Creek, Warren County, New York.  He is the 2nd-great-granduncle of my aunt Mary McStroul.

Daniel Zabinsky died May 18, 1986 at the age of 65 in Delray Beach, Palm Beach County, Florida.  He was married to Beatrice Furman, daughter of Benjamin Furman and Sarah Meckler, who is my 1st cousin once removed via the Mecklers.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Who Is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor (MRUA)?

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun is actually a repeat of one from about a year and a half ago.  I often don't participate when the topic is a rerun, but I'm still stuck on the same most recent unknown ancestor, so I figure if I post again I might get some more ideas from people!

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

(1) Who is your MRUA:  your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor?  This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.

(2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently?  Why don't you scan it again just to see if there's something you have missed? 

(3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?

(4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to (2) and (3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a comment on Facebook or Google+.


1.  My most recent unknown ancestor is still my paternal grandfather's biological father, my great-grandfather, #8 on a standard pedigree chart and Ahnentafel.

2.  I admit that I have not looked at my research for Mr. X recently, but that's because I moved from California to Oregon in September 2017, and the house is still full of unpacked boxes.  I don't even know where my research files are right now.  But with the SNGF post from 2016 available, I have a lot of information readily available to remind me where I was with the project.

I showed with Y-DNA testing that my grandfather's biological father was not the man my great-grandmother married, who did indeed father her other surviving son.  Two men match my father on 107 markers through the 111-marker test, and both of those men are named Mundy, so that's my hypothesis for the name of my biological great-grandfather.  Research I had done, and additional documents sent to me by the kind and generous Suzanne McClendon, found a likely candidate, Bertram Mundy, who lived in northern New Jersey (the wrong end of the state) but (1) traveled for work and might easily have gone to the Philadelphia/Burlington County area, and (2) had problems with his first marriage, and his wife divorced him.  Bertram was a name I had already been looking for, because that was my grandfather's name, and my grandfather's youngest sister told me that he was named for "a close family friend."

The number of markers in common with the two Mundy gentlemen indicate a relationship of about 6th cousins, so I was working on tracing Bertram Mundy's family tree back and then bringing lines forward to try to find someone alive today who would be willing to take a Y-DNA test (if I can find a straight-male-line relative) or an autosomal test (although that won't be nearly as helpful, since 6th cousins don't share that much DNA).  So far my research on the Mundy family tree has found no relatives alive today at all.  I also was working on tracing the trees of the two Mundy men my father matches to see if either or both connect with Bertram Mundy's family.

3.  Something that might help my research is to find a living descendant of Bertram Mundy's family just to talk about him and try to find out if there is any knowledge of him traveling to the area where my great-grandmother lived.  Although this would probably be only anecdotal information, being able to place Mundy in the right area at the right time would support my hypothesis.

I also should try to get a copy of the Mundy divorce file.  Although the newspaper article when the divorce was granted to Mrs. Mundy stated desertion as the cause, details in the file might mention that he was also a philanderer.  Ooh, wouldn't it be amazing to find my great-grandmother's name mentioned?!

As for online resources, gee, it would be great to find a newspaper article saying that Bertram Mundy was in Mount Holly attending some convention in mid to late 1902, but I don't think I'm going to be that lucky.  Besides, Suzanne did a yeoman's job of finding lots of newspaper articles about Mundy already, and nothing discovered then placed him in southern New Jersey.  But hope springs eternal!

Another online resource that I have not yet used is the Lazarus tool at GEDMatch.  I have DNA from three of my grandfather's children (from three different mothers, no less), and from my siblings and myself.  It would be interesting to see what kind of reconstruction of Mr. X's DNA could be accomplished.

Events in My Family Tree: May 17

Not only does my cousin Janis have a cool name (even if she does spell it the famous way, while I spell it the nice way), she is one of my few family members who are interested in the research part of family history.

Births

Samuel Long, son of David Long and Margaret Mock, was born May 17, 1851 in Knox County, Ohio.  He is my 4th cousin 4x removed via the Mocks.

Pearl Ellen Slentz, daughter of Ephraim Slentz and Zilpha Emily Gaunt, was born May 17, 1880 in Pennville, Jay County, Indiana.  She is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Mary F. Gaynor, daughter of James P. Gaynor and Mary Guynan, was born May 17, 1886 in New York, possibly in Manhattan, New York County.  She is the maternal great-grandaunt of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Larry Stevens, son of Sam Berezniak and Anna Perlman, was born May 17, 1929 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Nowicki line through the Perlmans.

Eli G. Budwick was born May 17, 1940 in Cuba.  He is married to Loli Yngber, daughter of Jose Yngber and Edie Ida Jakowszycka.  Edie's sister Anna Tania Jakowszycka married William Socherman (originally Szocherman), son of Chananian Szocherman and Rojzla Perlmutter, who is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Nowicki line through the Perlmutters, but there's a very good possibility that Edia and Anna's mother was a Nowicki, so I am probably related to them also.

Janis Susan Brainin, daughter of Harold Leon Brainin and Ruth Pauline Schwartz, was born May 17, 1955 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.  She is my 2nd cousin once removed.

Reed Allen Gershwind was born May 17, 1964 in Manhattan, New York County, New York.  He is my 3rd cousin on my Nowicki line.

Kathy Legg was born May 17, 1967 in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California.  She is married to Ronald Gershwind, who happens to be Reed's brother, so he is also my 3rd cousin on my Nowicki line.

Sara Kardish was born May 17, 1983 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  Sara is another 3rd cousin, but on my Gorodetsky line.

Tawnee Jessica Wolford was born May 17, 1984 in Madera County, California.  She is married to Jason Dale Preisner, who is the nephew of my aunt Mary McStroul.


Marriage

Brian John Omichinski and Sandra Rosanne Rudin, daughter of Raymond Harold Rudin and Ruth Garfinkel, were married on May 17, 1980 in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.  Sandra is my 4th cousin on my Meckler line through the Garfinkels.


Deaths

Mary A. Lobaugh died May 17, 1840 at the age of 64, possibly in Newport, Perry County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to Joseph Gaunt, son of Joseph Gaunt and Elizabeth Borton, who is my 4th-great-granduncle.

Hannah Ann Peters died May 17, 1852 at the age of 26 in Burlington County, New Jersey.  She was married to Benjamin Selah Gaunt, son of Hananiah Selah Gaunt and Mary Elizabeth Rose, who is my 2nd-great-granduncle.

Elmer Gaunt, son of Samuel Gaunt and Ann Horner, died May 17, 1894 at the age of 69 in Pilesgrove, Salem County, New Jersey.  He is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

Mrs. Ella J. Williamson died May 17, 1915 at the age of about 52 in Riverside, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She was married to Isaac S. Williamson, son of Amos Williamson and Rebecca Armstrong, who is my 1st cousin 4x removed via the Armstrongs.

Jonathan Benjamin Easlick, son of Allen Severs Easlick and Mary E. Shemeley, died May 17, 1976 at the age of 81, possibly in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Easlicks.

Jerry A. Eckman died May 17, 1999 at the age of 53, possibly in New Jersey.  He is the 1st cousin once removed of my 1st cousin Albert Lore.

Lawrence Franklin Mawhorr, son of William G. Mawhorr and Rosetta Sellers, died May 17, 2000 at the age of 86, possibly in Theodosia, Ozark County, Missouri.  He is my 6th cousin once removed via the Sellerses.

Carol Anne Young, daughter of Walter Thomson Young and Gladys Ella Easlick, died May 17, 2003 at the age of 63, possibly in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Florida.  She is my 4th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Easlicks.

Florence Meckler, daughter of Morris Meckler and Minnie Zelda Nowicki, died May 17, 2005 at the age of 89 in Scotts Valley, Santa Cruz County, California.  She is my maternal grandaunt.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 16

Since the Cohen sisters married men who shared the same birthday, I wonder if they all got together for one big birthday party to celebrate every year?

Births

Catherine Darstein, daughter of Abraham Darstein and Catherine Sellers, was born May 16, 1782 in Hilltown Township, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  She is my 2nd cousin 5x removed via the Sellerses.

Jacob Leckrone was born May 16, 1794 in Pennsylvania.  He was married to Agnes Mack, daughter of Jacob Mack and Nancy Moser, who is also my 2nd cousin 5x removed.

Elizabeth Pearsall Gaunt, daughter of Dellaplain Gaunt and Mary Isaac, was born May 16, 1856 in Oxford Depot, Orange County, New York.  She is my 3rd cousin 4x removed.

William Allen Gaunt, son of John B. Gaunt and Priscilla Dye, was born May 16, 1861 in Jay County, Indiana.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Mary Gaunt, daughter of John Gaunt and Hannah Davis, was born May 16, 1876 in Columbiana County, Ohio.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Alfred Winfield Asay, son of Alfred Winfield Asay and Sarah Anna Gaunt, was born May 16, 1892 in Burlington County, New Jersey.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Frances Perlman, daughter of Louis Perlman and Jennie Novitsky, was born May 16, 1914 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  She is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Novitskys.

Richard H. Brashear was born May 16, 1929 in Oklahoma.  He was married to Alice Marie Hutson, daughter of Earl Morris Hutson and Catherine Corenne Utley, who is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Sarah Clarice Higgins, daughter of Ervie Oscar Higgins and Elizabeth Opal Gaunt, was born May 16, 1930 in Sutter County, California.  She is my 5th cousin once removed via the Gaunts.

Donald Lawrence Lederman, son of Gabriel William Lederman and Anna Gordon, was born May 16, 1930 in Brooklyn, Kings County, New York.  He is my 1st cousin 2x removed via the Gordons.

Kenneth Mirsky was born May 16, 1937 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He was married to Linda Cohen, daughter of Louis Cohen and Jennie Kardish, who is my 2nd cousin once removed on my Gorodetsky line through the Kardishes.

George Caplan was born May 16, 1939 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  He was married to Rhoda Cohen, another daughter of Louis Cohen and Jennie Kardish, and therefore another 2nd cousin once removed on my Gorodetsky line through the Kardishes.

Cindy Ann Bowen was born May 16, 1977 in Mineola, Nassau County, New York.  She is the 2nd cousin of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Whitney Victoria Lore was born May 16, 1988 in Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky.  She is my 1st cousin once removed on my Sellers line.


Marriages

Nathan Millstein and Sarah Gordon (originally Gorodetsky), daughter of Victor Gordon (originally Gorodetsky) and Esther Leah Schneiderman, were married on May 16, 1912 in Bronx, Bronx County, New York.

Oliver Franklin Clark, son of Oren Wilson Clark and Anna G. Gaunt, and Mildred Blanche Benson were married on May 16, 1931 in Clark County, Indiana.  Oliver is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

William Thomas Guy and Patricia Claire Gauntt, daughter of Irving Lester Gauntt and Mildred Hoffman Childs, were married on May 16, 1953 in Collingswood, Camden County, New Jersey.  Patricia is my 5th cousin.

Charles Lester Danley and Brenda Lee Gauntt, daughter of Clarence Leon Gauntt and Elizabeth Major, were married on May 16, 1981, possibly in New Jersey.  Brenda is my 5th cousin.

William Thomas Guy, Jr., son of William Thomas Guy and Patricia Claire Gauntt, and Linda Kaminski were married on May 16, 1987 in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, on William's parents' 34th wedding anniversary.  William is my 5th cousin once removed via the Gauntts.


Deaths

Johann Peter Söller, son of Johann Conrad Söller and Anna Maria Margarethe Reinwirth, died May 16, 1750 at the age of 5 months in Weinheim, Baden.  He is my 2nd cousin 7x removed.

Harmon Sellers, son of Samuel Sellers and Elizabeth Barton, died May 16, 1923 at the age of 43 in Lima, Allen County, Ohio.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

John Robert Benham died May 16, 2000 at the age of 77 in Batesville, Ripley County, Indiana.  He was married to Bessie Marie Hoyer, daughter of Rollin Henry Hoyer and Bessie Floreen Schwier, who is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Schwiers.

Anita Clarice Loveman died May 16, 2015 at the age of 88 in Toccoa, Stephens County, Georgia.  She was my paternal grandfather's second wife and the mother of my aunt Carol Sellers.

Events in My Family Tree: May 15

Vibilia is an interesting and unusual name.  I wonder if it was recorded correctly.

Births

Faber Sellers, son of Tobias Sellers and Elizabeth Faber, was born May 15, 1812 in Franconia, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.  He is my 1st cousin 4x removed.

Vibilia Amanda Sellers, daughter of Alexander Sellers and Lavinia Coppelberger, was born May 15, 1853, probably in Pennsylvania.  She is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Sarah Ann Williamson, daughter of Amos Williamson and Rebecca Armstrong, was born May 15, 1854 in Medford Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is my 1st cousin 4x removed via the Armstrongs.

Levi Calvin Ault was born May 15, 1885 in Jay County, Indiana.  He was married to Hazel Pearl Gaunt, daughter of Ross B. Gaunt and Mary Ann Dale, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Henry Bauch Sellers, son of Orlando Bach Sellers and Sarah Amelia Springer, was born May 15, 1900 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 5th cousin once removed.

Alice Louise Gaunt, daughter of Lewis Allen Gaunt and Opal Esther Westrick, was born May 15, 1922 in Indiana.  She is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Treva Elizabeth Caldwell, daughter of John Calhoun Caldwell and Treva Louise Gaunt, was born May 15, 1938 in Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin via the Gaunts.

Joyce L. Tessin was born May 15, 1962 in Michigan.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line.

Joann Therese Lore was born May 15, 1975 in Wilmington, New Castle County, Delaware.  She is my 1st cousin once removed on my Sellers line.

Jenna Bresge was born May 15, 1998, possibly in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  She is my 4th cousin on my Meckler line.


Deaths

Anna Gill West died May 15, 1922 at the age of 57 in Philadelphia, Phladelphia County, Pennsylvania.  She was married to George Washington French Gaunt, son of John Gaunt and Elizabeth Colson French, who is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

Oliver Franklin Clark, son of Oren Wilson Clark and Anna G. Gaunt, died May 15, 1988 at the age of 79 in San Francisco, San Francisco County, California.  He is my 4th cousin 2x removed via the Gaunts.

Events in My Family Tree: May 14

This is one of those unusual days when the number of deaths outnumbers births and marriages combined.

Births

William Mane Fox, son of John Fox and Catherine Fisher, was born May 14, 1827 in Pennsylvania, possibly in Germantown, Phliadelphia County.  He is my 3rd-great-granduncle.

Ephriam Sellers, son of William H. Sellers and Nancy L. Derr, was born May 14, 1876 in Pennsylvania.  He is my 4th cousin 3x removed.

William Bound Gauntt, Jr., son of William Bound Gauntt, Sr. and Lucy Bound, was born May 14, 1918 in New Jersey, probably in Atlantic County.  He is my 4th cousin once removed.

Janice Kay Hutson, daughter of Clifford Ellsworth Hutson and Alta Ada Gipson, was born May 14, 1938 in Tippecanoe County, Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.

Twins Lauren Hope and Marni Ann Levy were born May 14, 1993, probably in New York.  They are my 3rd cousins on my Gordon line and the first twins I have found on that line.


Marriage

Harvey Zabinsky, son of Daniel Zabinsky and Beatrice Furman, and Carolyn Helaine Lewis were married on May 14, 1972 in Flushing Meadows, Queens County, New York.  Harvey is my 2nd cousin on my Meckler line thorugh the Furmans and was my mother's favorite cousin.


Deaths

Susanna Mack, daughter of Jacob Mack and Hannah Englehart, died May 14, 1862 at the age of 84, probably in Pennsylvania.   She is my 2nd cousin 6x removed.

David Gaunt, son of John Gaunt and Mary Kinsey, also died May 14, 1862, but at the age of 73 in New Jersey.  He is my 1st cousin 5x removed.

Martha Johnson Atkinson died May 14, 1945 at the age of 67 in Mount Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey.  She is the paternal great-grandmother of my 1st cousin Albert Lore.

Thomas Daniel Swain died May 14, 1994 at the age of 74, probably in Newport News or Virginia Beach, Virginia.  He was the third husband of Rachel Anna Armstrong, daughter of Joel Armstrong and Sarah Ann Lippincott, who is my paternal great-grandaunt.

Cecil Thurman Phillips, Jr. died May 14, 2001 at the age of 84 in Lawrenceburg, Anderson County, Kentucky.  He was married to Martha Ann Surran, daughter of William Earl Surran and Martha Ann Naylor, who is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Naylors.

Ernest Alexander Douglas Ellett died May 14, 2002 at the age of about 85 in Balwyn, Victoria, Australia.  He is the maternal grandfather of my 2nd cousin once removed Jeff Gordon.

Robert Leonard Tessin, son of Fred M. Tessin and Minnie Caroline Slentz, died May 14, 2012 at the age of 77 in Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan.  He is my 6th cousin on my Gauntt line through the Slentzes.

Deborah Lee Pierce died May 14, 2015 at the age of 68 in New Port Richey, Pasco County, Florida.  She was married to Harvey Joseph Gaunt III, son of Harvey Joseph, Jr. and his first wife, who is my 3rd cousin.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Events in My Family Tree: May 13

My brother's birthday is six days after mine, but growing up it was almost like having the same birthday, because my mother always did a combined birthday party for both of us.

Births

Henry Bullock Heath, son of Henry Heath and Eliza Bullock, was born May 13, 1846 in Thurman, Warren County, New York.  He is the maternal great-granduncle of my aunt Mary McStroul.

Elizabeth Heath, daughter of Henry Heath and Eliza Bullock, was born May 13, 1851 in Thurman, Warren County, New York on her brother Henry's birthday.  She therefore is the maternal great-grandaunt of my aunt Mary McStroul.

David Clinton Gaunt, son of Jacob Gaunt and Melvina F. Bennett, was born May 13, 1856 in Jay County, Indiana.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Mary E. Shemeley was born May 13, 1871 in Southampton Township, Burlingotn County, New Jersey.  She was married to Allen Severs Easlick, son of Jonathan Easlick and Susannah Sever, who is my 2nd cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Easlicks.

Wilhelmina Martin was born May 13, 1888 in Pennsylvania.  She was married to Leidy Hunsberger, son of Joseph M. Hunsberger and Anna Amelia Heckler, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Sellers line through the Hunsbergers.

Barbara June Springfield, daughter of Robert Springfield and Helen Laverta Slentz, was born May 13, 1932 in Oklahoma.  She is my 6th cousin on my Gauntt line through the Slentzes.

Helen Eunice Bohn was born May 13, 1936 in Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana.  She was married to Roger Lee Sellers, son of Loren Floyd Sellers and Dorothy Eilene Crawford, who is my 6th cousin once removed.

Barbara Baker, daughter of Sidney Baker and Adele Garfinkel, was born May 13, 1958 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.  She is my 3rd cousin once removed on my Meckler line through the Garfinkels.

Janet Beth Podolsky was born May 13, 1961 in Paterson, Passaic County, New Jersey.  She is my 3rd cousin on my Gordon line.

Rita Lynn Swaim was born May 13, 1965.  She is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line.

William Randall Ellis was born May 13, 1977 in Oklahoma.  He is my 2nd cousin once removed on my Gauntt line.


Marriages

Abraham Kulp and Barbara Sellers, daughter of John Leonard Sellers and Barbara, were married on May 13, 1794, probably in Pennsylvania.  Barbara is my 1st cousin 6x removed.

Almost 200 years later, another Sellers girl got married.  Kenneth Charles O'Brien and Carol Beth Sellers, daughter of Bertram Lynn Sellers and Anita Clarice Loveman, were married on May 13, 1979 in Lake Worth, Palm Beach County, Florida.  Carol is my paternal aunt.


Deaths

John Fox, son of John Fox and Catherine, died May 13, 1841 at the age of about 23, possibly in Germantown, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania.  He is my 3rd-great-granduncle.

Rachel Anna Armstrong, daughter of Joel Armstrong and Sarah Ann Lippincott, died May 13, 1928 at the age of 49 in Norfolk City, Virginia.  She is my paternal great-grandaunt.

Margaret Adeline Williams died May 13, 1942 at the age of 58 in Jackson Township, Wells County, Indiana.  She was married to David Wise Gaunt, son of Arthur Lee Gaunt and Rachel Lavinia Stutsman, who is my 4th cousin 2x removed.

Walter Everett Gaunt, son of James Knox Polk Gaunt and Sarah Naomi Boone, died May 13, 1966 at the age of 69 in Santa Clara County, California, possibly in Los Gatos.  He is my 3rd cousin 3x removed.

Peter J. McGovern died May 13, 1967 at the age of 83 in Woodside, Queens County, New York.  He was married to Mary F. Gaynor, daughter of James P. Gaynor and Mary Guynan, who is the great-grandaunt of my half-sister Laurie Sellers.

Owen M. Walker died May 13, 1999 at the age of 87 in Greensburg, Decatur County, Indiana.  He was married to Marguerite Maureen Thackeray, daughter of Logan Thackeray and Virginia Steele, who is my 5th cousin 2x removed on my Gauntt line through the Thackerays.

Lois Jean Hutson, daughter of Clifford Ellsworth Hutson and Alta Ada Gipson, died May 13, 2008 at the age of 76, possibly in Indiana.  She is my 6th cousin once removed on my Gauntt line through the Hutsons.