Do you have an interest in outcasts, outlaws and outlandish people? Join the Black Sheep Project!

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Hi, if you are interested in working on profiles of individuals who lived unconventional lives, then the Black Sheep Project could be the place for you!

The Black Sheep project members work on profiles for individuals who meet the characteristics of Black Sheep as defined by the  International Blacksheep Society of Genealogists (IBSSG).   We have about 24 different categories of Black Sheep.  There are also sub-projects devoted to Witch Trials, Bootleggers and Moonshiners, Outlaws, Gangsters, Hatfield and McCoy, Pirates and Spies and Traitors.

If you would like to join the Project leave a message here AND follow the instructions on the Project Page ("How to Join").

IMPORTANT: Please also tell us in your post below what your research interests in the Black Sheep Project are - if possible, let us know if you'd like to join a sub-project too.  Thanks for your help!  We look forward to you joining the project.

asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Leigh Murrin G2G6 Mach 2 (26.8k points)
edited by Leigh Murrin

I like to join the black sheep project and get badge. I already registered on site and here some black sheep I have here. There probly alit more I know Potts Hartley might got in the rest we have to add stories on I did spot for the Myers lady years ago but don’t know if she ever got in. The others I think new ones.


I am interested. I have a cousin whose murder was turned into a song. I have a recording of it.
I have a relative who may have stolen sheep during the Irish famine.  Checking to see if the dates fit with what I have about him.  His name was Dominick Roach(e) and he lived in County Mayo, Bohola area.

All I know about him is that he married my great great grandmother Bridget Mulloy in Feb of 1835 in Killedan and that he had four children named Mary, Michael, James and Bridget.
I adopted the profile of Sarah OSBORNE, my 7th/8th ggm.  I also have Mary OSGOOD as 7th ggm.  My son and stepdaughter apparently descend from Thomas FARRAR(1614-1694); I haven't fully sorted him out.  My wife may descend from Joanna, sister of Mary OSGOOD, as 11th ggm, but her descent is unsourceable.  John PUTNAM(1659-1737) is my 7th ggf.  My son and stepdaughter descend from Ann(1645-1676) and Edward(1654-1747) PUTNAM.  I'm interested primarily in resolving the superficial questions about my ancestors.
Marvin Jacob Floyd. Aka "pretty eyes" is the house.©

I would like to join the project. I am a descendant of Susannah NORTH MARTIN | Jane MARTIN  | Esther HADLEY | Nathan GOODWIN | Richard GOODWIN | Benjamin C. GOODWIN | James Prentiss GOODWIN | Cordelia Marie GOODWIN | Lillian Belle LEAMAN | Sarah Elmira HICKS

Those are my mind of people! Hard to explain! But I have found records of my great grandfathers brother being arrested and going in front of the judge! It wasn't in the South, he was caught running a still up here in Massachusetts! During the. Suffrage years of coarse but found it to resemble my old lifestyle! Lol
I would like to join the Black Sheep Project.  My interest is in Witch Trials. in the UK.  I have complied a list of witches and trials - mainly in England (though also a few in Scotland).
Welcome to the project!! The most colorful and interesting profiles are found here.
I would like to join.  My 10th great grandmother is Rebecca Towne Nurse. I am interested in the Salem witch trials..

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Yes, I have an interest in this project. These individuals have played an interesting part of history, let me know what I can do to help with this project.
answered by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (144k points)
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 I have an interest in this project.i have outlaws in the line looking for supporting info 

answered by Lance Dodd G2G1 (1.1k points)
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I have an interest in this project. My greatX10 grandmother was Elizabeth Jackson Howe. Let me know
answered by
Hi Fay! Can you please link to your Wikitree profile? It looks like you weren't logged in when this was posted. Thank you!
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I am interested in this project because I am a black sheep and I descend from black sheep.
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What an interesting project! I'd love to help out with the Black Sheep Project. Particularly interested in tracing and verifying a couple of possible cowboy era outlaws, revolutionary war traitors in my family line.
answered by Kevin Maxey G2G4 (4.7k points)
Thanks Kevin - welcome to the project!
Hi Kevin, please go to the Project Members Page ( and record your research interests there.  Thanks!
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I would like to join the project. I've written a monograph: [[Space:Demographics_of_New_England_Witches|Demographics of New England Witches]]. Thank you.
answered by Jim Moore G2G4 (4.8k points)
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My ansester was Joshua Robert "Brown" Bowen. The notorious Texas outlaw who ran with John Wesley Harden. Their story can be found in "Texas Desperado in Florida" by Jesse Earley Bowhen and William S. Cummings. Brown was hanged for a shooting. Family lore claims Harden committed the crime.
I also have a deserter from the Civil War, two brothers signed up with the same company, did one go home to check on their families? Good question huh? More digging needs to be done!
Oh, the things we find out, like little nuggets of treasure to add interst to those long ago names.
answered by Lynn Pugh G2G Crew (500 points)
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Count me in! I have an ancestor (Sarah Averill Wildes) and two sisters of another (Rebecca Towne Nurse and Mary Towne Estey) killed in the Salem witch trials.
answered by Jo Hollingsworth G2G6 Mach 1 (11.5k points)
edited by Jo Hollingsworth
Hi Joanne, welcome to the project!  Please go to the members page and record your research interests there.   There is also a sub-project devoted to the Salem witch trials - you could definitely help there!
I added a comment but I was unable to edit the page and add my name as I don't seem to have editing rights to the page.
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I'm interested in contributing to the Witch Trials project. I have information from the Descendents of Ancient Windsor Newsletter about the exoneration of two women who were hanged in 1647 and 1654 for witchcraft. The article also includes additional resources.

answered by Victoria English G2G6 Mach 1 (18.9k points)
Brilliant, Victoria, we would love to have you as a member of the project.  Please feel free to work on any profiles relating to witches that take your interest.
Ack! May 8 I posted and I have filled in the information! Meanwhile, as I was fishing for information in the North Carolina State Archives, I happened upon a Bible entry for John Hawthorne and his wife, who were caught up in the Witch trials, escaped from prison, made a triumphant return to Salem years later. Must get busy and document this information.
Necroposting here ... but it turns out my seventh great-grandfather was Bartholomew Gedney. Only one semi-known ancestor, and it would have to be him. Now I'm really worried about the unknown austrians on my mom's side....
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I am very interested in joining!


Margaret Ruiz
answered by Margaret Ruiz G2G Crew (650 points)
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I would like to join the Witch Trials project.  My 7th great grandfather was [[Calef-2|Robert Calef]], who opposed the Salem Witch Trials, and I'd like to help research his ancestors and descendants.
answered by Heather Wood G2G Crew (410 points)
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I would like to join the Black Sheep project, I find them very interesting and have several in my family. Thank you
answered by Carmen Schweitzer G2G Crew (660 points)
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I want to be on the black sheep project, please, and thank you.
answered by Carmen Schweitzer G2G Crew (660 points)
Welcome to the project Carmen - can you go to the Project Members Interest Page and let us know your research interests?  Thanks!
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I would like to join this project. Thank you in advance!
answered by Greg Bowman G2G1 (1.8k points)
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Hello hello! I'd like to join the Black Sheep project (specifically for the Hatfield and McCoy group)
answered by Michelle Paul G2G Crew (410 points)
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I would like to join this project. I just added Anne Dieu-le-Veut and Laurens de Graff. I still need to fill in their biographies - they are pirates, so I linked them to the Pirate category. 

answered by Laurie Power G2G3 (3.9k points)
Hi, welcome to the project, be sure to register your research interests on the project members page, thanks!
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Yes, I would like to join the Black Sheep Project.  I have several Black Sheep in the family including a pirate and several "traitors".

answered by Michael Taylor G2G Crew (410 points)
Hi, welcome to the project, be sure to register your research interests on the project members page, thanks!   the Pirates and Spies and Traitors projects would welcome your help!
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My interests are in the Spies,, which falls under this project I am told.

I added two profiles to this weeks show case for Spies ...

May I have the badge please if I qualify?  Thanks.
answered by Sandra Davidson G2G6 Pilot (127k points)
welcome to the project Sandra
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I am interested in join the Witch Trials project.  I am descendant of Winifred King Benham (last witch tried in CT) and Mary Perkins Bradbury who was involved in the Salem trials. Thanks!
answered by Caryl Ruckert G2G6 Mach 4 (46.7k points)
Hi Caryl, be sure to register your interests on the project members page.  The witches project would welcome any contributions you might be able to make especially - thanks!
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Yes, very interested in this project ... especially Witch Trials, Bootleggers and Moonshiners!

answered by Patty LaPlante G2G1 (1.5k points)

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