Profile Accuracy Theme of the Week: Power

+17 votes

This week's theme: Power.

To participate, simply:

  1. Choose a profile that fits this week's theme.
  2. Review and improve the accuracy of the profile.
  3. Reply with an answer below to let us know which profile you chose.

Also see: Photo Sharing Theme of the Week: Cousins

in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.9m points)
edited by Eowyn Walker

I have to share this, though it isn't enough to count for the week. I chose to work on the profile of my father's half first cousin, Jackie Lamar Hill, because he had been a Florida Power lineman. The profile looks so much better but I wasn't satisfied, so didn't submit it.

A couple of days ago I was contacted by someone regarding the picture that I included as part of the improvement. It may have helped break an adoption case. I'm not going to share more than that due to privacy but thought it was kind of cool. I wouldn't have added that picture if I hadn't been working on the profile for this challenge.

22 Answers

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My great granduncle John Walker McCullough always looked like a man with power in this photo. He probably did have a great deal of power, since he was a Maryland State Senator. He also was president of the McCullough Coal Company of Friendsville and had extensive lumber interest. I actually adopted his profile only about a year ago, and I will work on it for accuracy this week.

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
He does look very powerful and very serious in this photo.
Stacie, thank you for your comment. I have felt the same way you do about this photo.
Your grand uncle certainly look like a powerful man

Thank you for sharing another wonderful photo alexis
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Horse power! Here is my grandfather, Dece Vander Bogart, with his one horse-power horse and wagon, in 1942. Grandpa never owned a car.

After Grandpa died in 1945, Bill Horse went to live with my Uncle Fred. Uncle Fred had a truck, so Bill Horse had life easier.

This question is supposed to be about accuracy, but I do not expect to find any written record of Bill Horse's life. Instead I asked my sister what she remembered. She said:

When I knew Bill Horse, he lived with Uncle Freddy, Bobby and I would ride him. I had trouble getting on--had to "park" the horse next to the stone wall and climb on from there.

by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (144k points)
He is a beautiful and large horse. I love the photo.
Love this! Thanks for sharing!
What a wonderful horse thank you for sharing
+15 votes

This is August Friedrich Reher, my father's maternal grandfather. He was born in 1859 in Leezen, Segeberg, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, the sixth of eight children of a small farmer.

After leaving school, he became a baker.
In 1895 he bought the run-down farm of a cousin.
When he died in 1949, five of his sons inherited a farm - the youngest inherited his father's farm; a daughter inherited a market garden and my grandmother inherited a large house and some land.

A really powerful man. I will work on the accuracy of his profil this week.

by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (2.0m points)
Thank you Dieter for sharing this wonderful photo
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Sticking with the theme, I used Bio Check to find Oral Power. He was an orphaned profile with no headings, bio, or sources. He's not pretty, but at least he has some beef now. Now off to resolve some 133 suggestions (no dates) for his children, at least the ones who are deceased.

by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (450k points)
What a name. He sounds like a toothbrush.
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I decided to search profiles with the surnames "power" or "Powers". I found Norman Eugene Powers. I gave him more detailed sources and added a small bio.

by Chandra Garrow G2G6 Mach 6 (60.2k points)
+12 votes

George DarbyGeorge Darby was my maternal grandfather, both his parents had died by the time he was aged 6 in 1913 and spent his childhood in an orphanage. I hope to find out more about this when the 1921 census goes online next year. He worked for a while in a cotton mill and then became a security guard at a power station in Manchester, England. I have started improving his profile and those of his siblings.

by Gillian Loake G2G6 Mach 5 (51.4k points)
He looks like a scientist.
+12 votes

My grandfather Kirt West Adams was born on a hill farm in Peru Vermont in 1876.  He worked more than 50 years on the railroad in Vermont, with routes that went into Montreal, Quebec and Chatham NY, centered in Rutland and Bennington VT.   The picture is of him in his last days as conductor, a position he had for decades.  The theme is "power", and I associate that with the railroad that he joined as a young man. Locomotive power.  He was born in the 19th century, the son of a man who exemplified that time in Vermont.  The farm in Peru was called "the Pinnacle".  My line after that is always, does that sound like good farmland to you?  But his father made that hill farm provide for his family, as it had for many generations.  

My grandfather was stripping hemlock one day in the 1890s on the farm.  Hemlock bark was used in tanning leather.   He had an epiphany, that there must be something better to do with his life.  He decided his future might be in the railroad industry, and sought employment there.   While the RR had been around for some decades at this point, I think he made a choice to live a 20th century life, and rejected the subsistence farming of his ancestors.  He provided well for his family.  He and his first wife were proud that their children went to high school, and they were the first in the family to do so.   What we think of now as so routine was not so for that generation.  

Grandpa Kirt latched on to the power of the railroad industry to propel our family into the 20th century.  I improved his profile with his photo in his uniform.  I have more details of his life there.

by Carolyn Adams G2G6 Mach 7 (79.1k points)
edited by Carolyn Adams
wonderful picture & story. Thanks for sharing!
Great story and picture. My great-grandfather drove passengers to or from the station in Chatham, New York, back when 100 passenger trains a day went through town. The train station is now a bank.
+11 votes

I could have gone several ways with this week's theme! However the one person that stood out as needing the most work was an orphaned profile I adopted a few years ago for John Bowden Connally, Jr., former Governor of Texas and probably best known for being in the car with President Kennedy when he was assassinated in Dallas in 1963. 

The profile for this powerful man in Texas politics is woefully poor, so I've added a batch of sources to research and will give him a more presentable biography. I've also added a profile for his mother and am in the process of working on both of his parents.

I actually adopted him originally because family rumor has it that he is somehow related through the Connally line to my 3GGF Bailey Connolly, although I've never found the connection!

by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Pilot (129k points)
+11 votes
With great power, there must also come great responsibility. That is a lesson I learned in comics and it can easily be applied in the field of genealogy.
by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (522k points)
I enjoyed your blog post. It is tricky with DNA and previously unacknowledged relationships but sticking to the facts wins out in the end.
Yep. =) Thanks, Anne!
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In German "Power" means "Kraft". So I looked for an unsourced profile with the surname Kraft. I found Sophia (Kraft) Dagle. I searched for sources for her, found a death certificate of a son. I didn't find any German sources for her, at least not with any certainty. But I added the "Germany Project Needs German Sources" category as well. So we have one unsourced profile less and the accuracy of the Tree is improved.

by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (934k points)
+10 votes

I’ve been working on the profile of my great uncle , John Albert Haeber.  He worked in the power industry by developing technologies used on offshore oil platforms.  I’ve added 39 pictures to his profile.  You can’t see it right now because he is still alive.

by Jared Crayk G2G6 Mach 1 (16.1k points)
+10 votes

I searched for Power or Powers in my tree, but I didn't find any. The closet I found is Powell. I chose Zina Huffman Powell's, Huffman-2862, profile to work on. She looks like a very powerful woman. She is my 3x great aunt. Zina was only 4 yrs old when her mother died and 15 when her younger brother died. She was married at 15 and had her first child at 16. She had to be a strong powerful woman.

by Stacie Briggs G2G6 Mach 2 (28.6k points)
+10 votes

My grandfather, Arthur Deane Dawson,

was associated with power for his entire life. During his youth, he was a powerful athlete, having won many 100-mile bicycle races. He is featured on the right in the photo. During his career of over 50 years with the Long Island Railroad, he was an electrician – also working with a different kind of "power." Because he was a smart and patriotic man, he left a powerful impression on his daughter and grandchildren who copied him in many ways.

by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Pilot (182k points)
+9 votes

Continuing the 52 weeks of accuracy challenge (thanks for the badge wink) I worked on 2 profiles of people surnamed Power (unrelated). One was unsourced and the other, his father, had a confusion of sources . I hope to have made them a little more accurate.

by Anne Young G2G6 Mach 4 (42.3k points)
+9 votes

One of our wiki-genealogists introduced me to a very powerful web tool that is fantastic for tracking births and deaths in England and Wales from 1837 to current ( Using this tool, I was able to locate information about a great-uncle's wife and her childhood family and 1st marriage family, especially utilizing the maiden name feature of their search engine. So this week, I have added the profile for Hannah Furby Reading Waddington and added  the family members that I found using this simple but powerful tool.

by Charlene Hawkins G2G6 Mach 1 (12.7k points)
+9 votes

I wrote about my 1st cousins twice removed Charles F., Herman Edward, and Ary Johansen, who all worked for power companies.  I added sources to Ary's profile, because he's the one I first remembered working for an electric company.

by Auriette Lindsey G2G6 Mach 2 (27.9k points)
+7 votes

There are so many great answers to this week's challenge of Power.  I adopted the James Power  family (all orphaned but one) and will get sources and biographies on them.

by Kathy Zipperer G2G6 Pilot (377k points)
+6 votes

I decided to work on my husband's Uncle Charlie Quentin this week. His father was a draftsman for General Electric Company and in the 1940 census Charlie is listed as a meter tester for the Electric Power Company. I have added sources and added his parents. His profile still needs a bit of work - information on his siblings and a good biography which I will continue to work on.

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Pilot (118k points)
+6 votes
Found another orphaned profile to improve  Orphea Maria Sarah Power - her name just caught my eye
by Kerri McCarron G2G6 Mach 1 (19.6k points)
+4 votes
My great great grandfather was a user of animal power.  He was noted, in his community, for his oxen. I don't have any photos of his oxen, but I do have a photo of his son, my great granduncle Art,  with a powerful team of horses.
by Mark Weinheimer G2G6 Pilot (714k points)

The women in my tree always seem to be the strongest ones. They held it together for so many children and cared for large families during wars, depressions, pandemics with creativity and spunk. Christine Deaver is mostly ignored by my family as she never did much else than sit in a comfortable chair and sip on scotch when we knew her. However doing research on her I discovered she was the youngest of 10 kids and was emancipated at 15 to study to become a nurse. Her mother died when she was 16 and father when she was 17. She worked as a nurse in obstetrics at the age of 17. She was physically strong, stubborn and determined her own fate at a time when that was less easy for women. She assured the women she helped through deliver that they needed to toughen up as this was not so hard. However, the story was that she howled when delivering her first son, my father!

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