Profile Accuracy Theme of the Week: On the Farm

+9 votes

This week's theme: On the Farm.

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.

Make it a challenge: You don't need to participate every week, but those who do can earn  52 Weeks of Accuracy challenge badges. Our themes parallel Amy Johnson Crow's 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks in case you want to do both. Click here for more info. 

If you would like the participation badge or pass a milestone (13 profiles in 13 weeks, 26 in 26, or 52 in 52) please post here.

Also see: Photo Sharing Theme of the Week: Boys

ago in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.8m points)

8 Answers

+5 votes
Best answer
For this week's topic, I set out to improve the profile of Hans Harm (1790-1846):

Hans Harm was a farmer (Vollhufner) in Leezen, Kreis Segeberg, Herzogtum Holstein. He was married twice. His first wife was Elsabe Tegen (1798-1829); when she died he married her younger sister, Maria Elisabeth Tegen (1804-1884). Both women are direct paternal ancestors of mine.

With Elsabe he had among others a daughter, Maria Sophia Harm (1824-1892); with Maria Elisabeth he had among others a daughter Maria Elsabe Harm (1838-1915).

Maria Sophia was the paternal grandmother of my paternal grandmother Emma Auguste Lewerenz, née Reher and Maria Elsabe was her maternal grandmother.
ago by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected ago by Star St. John
That is quite an interesting family tree. About the only thing in my tree that comes even close to that is my 3xg grandfather Charles Deane, and his brother William who married two sisters, Sophia and Christian MacIntosh.
+7 votes

This week I will work on the profile for Laura Etta Farm. She does not have sources, so I will add sources and work for accuracy.  I will add parents for her and add sources for her husband.

ago by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (417k points)
+5 votes

I wanted to look for profiles of people who worked on a farm. Instead WikiTree+ gave me lots of people with the surname "Farmer". Ok, I take that too.

Among these was the profile of Thomas Farmer, who had no date, but a relative had. I looked at his wife Matilda Shepard, no date there, but his daughter Eva Elizabeth (Farmer) Whittle had one. She has also a husband Hartwell Eugene Whittle Jr. and children, so the possibility is big that I may find a source for her. And I found her death certificate, naming her parents and her husband. So I used the certificate to source Eva herself, her parents and her husband. None of these had a source. Her husband had a county as birth location, I checked on Google Maps if there is a county with that name in his State - it is - and I deleted the State abbreviation of his death location. Using the birthdate of Eva, I estimated a birthdate for both of her parents.

TLDR: 4 profiles sourced, 2 profiles dated, 1 profile with better locations.

ago by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (751k points)
Wow Jelena! That is great. Keep up the good work.
+4 votes

I selected my grandfather Miller's great grandparents, a farming family in Yorkshire, England.  Joseph Wood had married his first cousin Jane Wood  I added a farming in England photo and I need to improve their profiles.  Joseph needs an explanation of the likely inaccuracy of a FamilySearch birth record.  Jane needs more information on her profile and I want to add her mother as I have found proof of the mother's name.

ago by Pat Miller G2G6 Mach 2 (27.1k points)
I enjoyed Joseph's profile and that you have included a picture and story about farming in England. The interesting thing is that the story tells how picturesque it all was, not about the hard work.
You're right, Joyce. I thought the text from John L. Stoddard was wonderful so I added it.  He wrote from the viewpoint of a traveler, not a farmer.  He wanted to give a sense of place which is great but it's not the whole story. In his photo you see women in the fields, harvesting.  I will continue and add at least another paragraph on the work itself.  Thank you for helping me improve the profile further.
Oh, Pat, I know all about English farms. I watch Shaun the Sheep!
I had to look that up. Never heard of Shaun the Sheep.  My knowledge of Yorkshire farms comes from All Creatures Great and Small, old series, current series.  I need to look into this further. Not finished.
Hello Pat, I forgot to mention that my 3x g grandmother, Amy Wood, wood-33741, was JPHildreth's wife. Do you think we could be related?
Marion, we are 20th cousins. On your side through Dawson to Stillwell and beyond, my side Prichard to Willet to Hartshorn and beyond.  This was my paternal grandmother's origins.  Amy Wood and I are separated by 19 degrees through marriage but again it's through my grandmother Prichard who married a Miller.  The Wood family of North Yorkshire is on grandfather Miller's side. So yes we are distant cousins but not through my branch of the Wood family, nevertheless, it's fun.
+6 votes

Any preschool child can tell you about a farm. There is always a big red barn, and almost always some cows, who are usually black and white. There may also be sheep, goats, horses, pigs, and chickens. Sometimes ducks.

You would think I know better. I have seen fields of tobacco in Connecticut, of wheat in Kansas, of artichokes in California, with never a red barn or a farm animal in sight. Yet whenever a census record shows that someone was a farmer, my mind defaults to My First Farm.

Creating an accurate profile is not just a matter of getting all the dates right. It means asking, "what was this person's life like?" and being aware of my own preconceptions. In my family there were farmers of maple trees, Christmas trees, sugar cane, chickens, or catfish. All are different.

Recently my cousin told me that our grandmother used to go into the city with the horse and wagon, and sell herbs to the pharmacies there. In my mind, herbs grow in an backyard garden or even a kitchen window. I had to rethink. I found an article about a Shaker herb farm. Grandma's  garden couldn't have been that large, but she must have done some of the same things. 

ago by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (105k points)
I just asked another cousin if she had ever heard of Grandma selling herbs. She hadn't, but her husband's grandmother used to go into Troy with her horse and wagon, and sell strawberries and apples.
+4 votes

 The subject of my profile improvement this week will be Anders Larsson (Larsson-4741), my third great-grandfather on my father’s side.  I had always thought that these ancestors were farmers.  But, if I understand the Swedish correctly, he was, at least in the early days, a farm-man—working for someone else.  It may have been his father’s farm.  In any case he worked on the farm.  I have a lot more data on him now than when I first worked his biography.  I will see if I can find anything else.

ago by Wayne Anderson G2G6 (9.4k points)
+3 votes
I just updated the profile of my great grandfather Joseph Warren Hindman ( to include a link to his homestead paperwork for the farm that remains in our family today!  I also attached a picture from the early 1900s of him on the farm with his hogs.
ago by A Hindman G2G Rookie (290 points)
edited ago by A Hindman
+3 votes
My 3x g grandfather, farmer, and land owner, Joseph Pierson Hildreth, Sr.'s (Hildreth-1504) lived in Eastern Long Island, New York, USA. His profile now has fixed typos, and improved research notes, including a note about names used today.
ago by Marion Ceruti G2G6 Pilot (135k points)
edited ago by Marion Ceruti
Marion, I looked up your profile of Joseph Pierson Hildreth and you did an amazing job.  I loved that you told about his faith.  I am impressed by your work.  This certainly took much time to research and organize.
Hello Pat. Thank you for your kind words about my work with Wikitree. My grandmother, Bird S Dawson was a spiritual person and she kept track of everything historical and genealogical. I learned from her.

Related questions

+6 votes
12 answers
+8 votes
14 answers
+6 votes
14 answers
+8 votes
18 answers
+11 votes
16 answers
+13 votes
20 answers
+10 votes
16 answers
+9 votes
19 answers
+14 votes
19 answers
+19 votes
21 answers

WikiTree  ~  About  ~  Help Help  ~  Search Person Search  ~  Surname:

disclaimer - terms - copyright