Profile Accuracy Theme of the Week: Thankful

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This week's theme: Thankful.

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.

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

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I am thankful to my mother's great aunt Tena (Streich) Scheel. Tena's sister Augusta was making a tablecloth set for her daughter when she died of Typhoid in 1907.  Tena completed the work and gave it to my grandmother, who gifted it to my mother, who gifted it to me.  This set wouldn't exist without Tena's help.  I plan to work this week on Tena's husband Robert Scheel, give him parents and hook him up to existing profiles.  Pictured here, the tablecloth and napkins.

by Pat Miller G2G6 Mach 4 (45.9k points)
Thank you Pat for sharing your beautiful tablecloth and napkins. It is especially wonderful that you know that Augusta started it and how Tena was able to finish it after Augusta's sad death. Glad you have such a treasure.
Thank you, Alexis, for your kind comment.
What a beautiful tablecloth Pat what a wonderful story there are two different people that has work on it.

Most have been a amazing work

Thank you for sharing this wonderful photo
Thank you, Susan, for your comment.  My mom was using the tablecloth and turned to me and said...there's a story behind this.
That is so beautiful Pat, my mother did a lot of embroidery, and we used the tablecloths for tea each Sunday. They are too precious to use now!
Thank you, Gillian.  I feel the same way.  I don't use these any more.  They're over a century old.  But I take them out from time to time to look at them.
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This week I will work on the profile of Thankful (Mack) Phillips. Her father Elisha Mack was a Captain in the American Revolutuon. Her profile and the profiles of her husband, children and grandchildren lack sources. I work on her prolife and those of her family to add  sources and work for accuracy. 

by Alexis Nelson G2G6 Pilot (444k points)
How interesting to name a child Thankful.  I know of Hope, Charity, Grace and others, but Thankful, it's a new one for me.  I wonder if there was a nickname.
Apparently a pretty common name in Colonial New England, judging from my own family tree.  I have 18 Thankfuls and one Thankslord.  I have two of them written up here.

Thank you Pat for your great comment. Maybe a nickname of “Thanks”…wouldn’t that be confusing. smiley

Thank you Carolyn for your interesting comment. You certainly have several Thankfuls. I have a 5th great grandmother named Thankful Rolandson Nott.
Alexis I never have heard the name thankful before

you never stop surprises me with all the amazing profiles you are working on, you really are a amazing genealogy
Thank you Susan for your nice comment. It looks like Thankful was not an uncommon name for girls in the 1700s.
Alexis! Thank you! I just discovered I have a page just for collecting thank you notes--118 of them. And many from you. It looks like you thanked me for every picture I've ever posted. Now I'm glad I've been doing it. And thank you for all your wonderful stories and photos!
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This week I have chosen someone very special for the theme. When I married my wife in 1987, I did not know that we were related. Since my ancestors came to the Duchy of Holstein from Mecklenburg in 1765 and hers came to Holstein from the Duchy of Schleswig in 1750, it was reasonable to assume that. But when I went a little deeper into family research, I found out that we have two common ancestors, namely Johan Peter Martin Path (1760-1820) and his wife Ida Margaretha née Koch (1764-1835). They are our 5 times great-grandparents. He comes from Neustadt in Holstein (directly at the Baltic Sea) and she from Seth, from the middle of Holstein.

So this week I will make their both profiles more accurate.
by Dieter Lewerenz G2G Astronaut (1.4m points)
Dieter what a amazing start about you being related to your wife. Thank you for sharing this
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I have at least two ancestors with the first name Thankful(l).  The first I want to highlight is Thankfull Parker,, (1704-1790) who married John Alden (not that one) and resided in Dedham and Needham MA.  I made a few corrections to the profile and added a beautiful profile shot of the grave, with every letter and number crystal clear.  Her descendants alas are not all as fortunate in having known gravesites.  

The second is Thankful Dibble, (1685-1735), to whom history has not been kind.  I am happy to make my attempt to rehabilitate her for posterity.  Thankful was married at about age 21 to Isaac Brunson, of Wethersfield, Connecticut.  Her eldest son's birth is of record there, following 10 months after marriage.  She is said to have had a second son named Joseph Brunson, named for her husband's relative, who, with Isaac, left Connecticut behind, bought up land in South Carolina, and developed said land. Isaac's name can be found as a landowner there in 1712.  

Thankful and the children were left behind in Connecticut for many years without Mr Brunson.  She remained in CT, but moved to Suffield, where, in 1714/5, the birth of her daughter Abiah Brunson or Towsley is of record.  Some years later, Isaac came back, divorced her, and remarried a woman named Margaret.  They are said to have had five sons.

John Towsley, the father of Abiah, married Thankful in 1719 and they would have five more children between 1721 and 1728. . Their records are found in Suffield CT.

There is not much mention of Thankful in the Brunson genealogy, other than that Isaac came back to CT and divorced her.  Curiously, it also states that the five boys he had with Margaret were all born in CT and then they went back to South Carolina, where they had a large plantation.  The facts about the plantation seem to be accurate, but I can find no more children of Isaac born in CT.  Some of those children were said to be born during the years he was married to Thankful, but absent and living in SC.  I suspect the children he had with Margaret were in the same category as Abiah.  But history paints Thankful with a scarlet letter, and Isaac as the shrewd plantation owner, with no moral flaw. 

With modern eyes, it isn't hard to sympathize with Thankful as a young abandoned wife, with small children.  I hope John was a loving father.  Clearly the relationship was not clandestine, since his name is on his daughter's birth record, and they made it legal as soon as possible.  It must have been a rough five years waiting. 

I am thankful for both these distant grandmothers, and hope Thankful Dibble Brunson Towsley would approve of me setting the record straight. 


by Carolyn Adams G2G6 Mach 7 (75.4k points)
edited by Carolyn Adams
Carolyn, what a fascinating story.  You've done a good job of rehabilitating Thankful Dibble.  And I am now aware there were many women named Thankful.  But you surprised me with a divorce in the early 1700s.  Surely that was really rare.  I did a profile that included a divorce in the late 1800s and it was statistically rare then.
They were rare but they occurred.  A reference I have here says the Massachusetts Bay Colony legalized divorce in 1629.  My guess: Brunson had some money and wanted his offspring from Margaret to be legitimate.  So he footed the bill for the divorce and traveled back to CT to get it done.  I have not looked for that record but would love to.  I also have some famine Irish in the 1850s who I believe didn’t divorce because there was no money to do so, or maybe it wasn’t done for cultural reasons.   They lived a little under the radar and moved far away so they wouldn’t be criminalized as bigamists.  Again conjecture, but based on a lot of evidence.  Divorce can be a good thing.
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"Blagodariti" is the Old Church Slavonic word for "giving thanks". Out of that word there are some names on the Balcan in use. One of the names is "Blagoje". So, using WikiTree+, I had a look what it gives me when I start with "blago". And it gave me some Blagoje's. One of them is in the tree of one Serbian user who I worked with some months ago to improve his Gedcom. So I took this Blagoje, which had no date at all, and estimated a birthdate using the likely birthdate of his father and assuming a birthdate of his son, who died in 2009.

Please don't at me, Serbian genealogy is not as easy as German or English or even American one.
by Jelena Eckstädt G2G6 Pilot (796k points)
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After Alexis and Carolyn wrote about people named Thankful. I became curious about people whose given names don't appear on modern lists of baby names. On Wikitree there over 3000 people named Thankful, and many others named Preserved, Experience, or Silence. Still looking for unusual given names, I came to Junior. Junior Thomson (Thomson-8412) had been added by someone creating profiles for the Santa Fe National Cemetery. He had a Find A Grave source, which included a nice long obituary, but the information in the obituary had not made it into his biography, so I put it there.

To me, the most interesting thing was that he was the first man in South Dakota to receive a BA in elementary education. A few weeks ago, I learned about Phoebe Jordan, who was the first woman to vote in a national election. Now I am thankful for the people who have worked for gender equality.

by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (118k points)

Thinking of your "is the name in a list of modern baby names" idea I checked my 60,001 + Best Baby Names book and couldn't locate my 7th great grandfather's unusual but lovely name: Hopestill.  They have a profile for Hopestill Bent.  The way I see it, it's a big world with tons of names and new ones keep being invented all the time.

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I am thankful for my ancestors because without them I would not be me.  That being said, I will work on a 2nd great-grandfather, Johannes Olsson (Olsson-4825), husband of Anna Andersdotter, who I worked on last week.  He was only 40 when he died.  I also need to do some work on their children.

by Wayne Anderson G2G6 Mach 1 (12.1k points)
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I have chosen to create and work on a profile for Robert Hichens 1882-1940 He was born in Newlyn, Cornwall, England and was at the wheel of RMS Titanic when she hit the iceberg and sank. He must have been extremely thankful not to have drowned with so many of his crewmates and passengers. I hope to add details of his closest relatives and a little on his career. 

by Gillian Loake G2G6 Mach 4 (45.6k points)
Great idea, Gillian. I look forward to seeing your profile for Robert Hichens.
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I went looking for a "Thankful" name in the tree and found the orphaned Mary Thankful (Wiltse) Phinney (1865 - 1946) who was all but unsourced. She is unsourced no more!

by Ambar Díaz G2G2 (2.1k points)
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There's a lot to be thankful for this year. Let's talk about a few of the things!
ago by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (465k points)

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