Friday, 30 November 2012

Making doubly sure?

Still plugging away on the DAWE families of Sth West Devon, many descendants of whom are descendants of my KING and BARTER ancestors.
Many of the KING/BARTER rellies have now been better documented as a result of this exercise, which has highlighted, yet again, how inter-related many of these families are!

Today's intriguing find is a couple who appear to have married twice within a month - and no it doesn't look like banns in both parishes.

Mary Maria Pitt GILES and William SPURRELL are indexed as marrying in Devonport, with the FindMyPast transcription showing this was 22 Oct 1913 at St John's.
FamilySearch has the image of a marriage licence in Cook Co., Illinois of a 36 yr old William SPURRELL of Chicago marrying a 33 yrs Mary Maria Pitt GILES on 11th Nov 1913!
In between there's an passenger list into Montreal on 5th Nov 1913 showing William, 36, and Mary,  33, as SPURRELL, both "married", with William's children, William and Joseph, from his prior marriage (which children are with their grandparents in Wembury in the 1911 census).

Friday, 23 November 2012

Traps for not so young players

Still digging around in the family of Donald Cowper HENDERSON & Margaret BROWN.
Back in 2006 I'd found an ancestral file entry for the family showing they had a son James born about 1882 in Scotland, married to Della HAUCK - which family I'd never been able to validate, coming or going to/from Scotland to California, marrying, dying, nothing.
But I did have a brother in the family named Hinckley who married a Della someone.
For the latter I had at least found some evidence in records, including the "perfect" speicimen his father, the registrar, thought he was in his WWI draft registration below.

Think I've cracked that one.
James supposedly born 1882 Scotland turns out to be James Cowper HENDERSON, born Hinckley Stn, San Bernadino County, California in 1896, on exactly the same day as the above Hinckley always uses, with the same parents.
Haven't yet figured out who his supposed child is and reconciled the conflicting marriage information between census and military records.

The Californian branch adds in a few new names: KLEINSCHMIDT, McDONALD, BOGGS, FAYLE, EARLE, SMITH, GOLDING, TRAPNELL to add to those already there - ALLAN, HAWLEY, MILLER, CRAWFORD.

The descendant chart on the HENDERSON page  has been updated to reflect current status.

Thursday, 22 November 2012


Came across an interesting case of bias in military registrations today.
The WWI draft card for Hinckley HENDERSON of Barstow, San Bernadino Co. had a slightly less than usual answer to the question:
Has person lost arm, leg, hand, foot, or both eyes, or is he otherwise disabled (pelase specify)?
The registrar had written "Perfect".
The more usual aswer is a non-commital No, or stark list of infirmaties.
All explained when checking the registrar's name - one Donald C HENDERSON, Hinckley's father!

This activity on the HENDERSONs, last touched back in Sep 2006, being explained by a contact from Robert, a relative of Donald's mother Margaret Aitken COOPER/COWPER.
Such contacts always make me check where I'd got to on a family, and there are several loose ends in the family of Archibald and Margaret HENDERSON, which family Linda and I had only found by accident in chasing Archibald's sister Margaret at the time.

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Have you considered...

FamilyTree DNA have announced another good round of test discounts.
Details available on the DNASurnames project diary where the list of projects I have an interest in may also be found.
Direct male line descendants of my DAWE, WIGHT, & FAMILTON lines are particularly wanted.
Happy to explain how this is a painless, harmless process that will enhance our knowledge of the families concerned - contact details in footers of most pages.
We've had great successes with the RUNCIMAN and FAIRBAIRN projects.
Some links that may help explain dna testing for genealogy can be found on my Lorna Genie site.

Sunday, 4 November 2012


Naomi is a sister of one of the "Seven Daughters of Eve".
This is of interest as the mtDNA results are just in for the direct maternal descendant of Margaret McEWAN, wife of Archibald HENDERSON.
Don't think our overall sum of genealogical knowledge has been advanced a lot, but it is good to know that her descendant belongs to haplogroup W, a subgroup of haplogroup N.
The results did make me check where the direct maternal line led back to, and as a result a few dates have been amended, and an extra generation added - that of George STEVENSON & Jean OSWALL of Stirling, parents of Margaret.