Biography Builders June/July 2017: Fathers

+14 votes

In honor of Father's Day, June 18th, this months theme is fathers. So build wonderful biographies for men who had children.

Biography Builders Goal: To make profiles as complete as possible with well-written biographies and sources. You should research as much as you can find on a person, writing the information onto the profiles to create as complete a life story as you can for that person. Sourcing should be full citations. This includes adding categories and links to events and people connected to that profile and citing all those additions. See the first month for examples of how to participate.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section.

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written sentences stating the facts above, adding inline sources to each fact.
  • Is the profile '''Genealogically Defined?'''
  • As a general rule biographies should be in your own words. Paraphrase and rewrite, don't copy/paste.
  • Baptism, burial, military, and other life events with inline sources.
  • Something to "humanize" the person, such as career or avocation with sources.
  • List of children with at least one pertinent fact.
  • One of the suggestions was siblings. I think this takes up real estate.
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (i.e. Disputed persons sections, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you own the copyright or they are in the public domain).
  • Categories/Projects.
  • Connection to the Global Tree.
  • All duplicates merged or initiated.
  • Links to persons and events, perhaps from Wikipedia.
  • Historical context as related to the person's life.
  • Sources, Sources, Sources.

You can see some ideas on where to find some of this information on the Biography Builders space page, linked below.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

WikiTree profile: Space:Biography_Builders
in Requests for Project Volunteers by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1m points)

Thanks.that's great. I'm starting by adding the Genealogically Defined link to my profiles that are already fully defined except for my grand-parents as i don't want to list living children.

Hope I get some time to add a few profiles this month.

So I have a question about "Genealogically Defined" with regard to children who are of no "genealogical consequence."

For instance, my great-grandfather had four children who died as infants. One I know about from a newspaper report, one from a very early Florida Death Certificate (1919), but the other two (born and died between 1910 & 1920) are only known from family stories and memorial stones which we estimate were placed in the mid-1970s.

Based on the explanation of "genealogically defined," I assume a lack of records for those two children will prevent J P Driggers from ever qualifying as defined. Is my assumption accurate?

I would think you are correct, Debi.
Would a picture of the memorial stones with the details of the family stories be enough to be considered a source for the two without sources?
The memorial stones don't identify a parent, so I'd say no.
Then US Census is invalid before 1880.
Debi's assessment of the stones, I'd say is correct. No parents listed does not genealogically define a relationship. Plus the fact they were put in later throws doubt on their accuracy. However, since this is the 1900s, there is a good chance that there are cemetery records, that have this information. I would contact the cemetery. I'm always amazed at the information they have.

Yes, US Census, before 1880 is invalid as genealogically defining parents, since it does not list relationships
The cemetery association records have been transcribed and are available online. According to the notes on that transcription, the records for the cemetery are inconsistent and incomplete. I've looked at the records of another local cemetery association which has ties to the one the infants are in and I'd say the assessment is accurate. I will still work to getting to see the original records but don't expect much.
In the process of connecting 1 profile to the Tree, 2 of the profiles I had to create ended up with Defined Biographies. Not the usual way to do things, but it sure was interesting.

12 Answers

+3 votes

A bittersweet Build this month, as the death of my father was devastating to me.  So I'll be BioBuilding for other fathers instead.
1.   Edwin William Alabone: father of 8
2.   Samuel Murch: father of 10
3.   John Haywood: father of 8, DEFINED
4.   Benjamin Ball: father of 9, DEFINED

by Ros Haywood G2G6 Pilot (606k points)
edited by Ros Haywood
I'm always overwhelmed trying to write bios for my parents. I have too much information and don't know where to start.
Sorry for your loss. Losing parents is difficult ... It's hard to get used to them not being there. Memories help knowing "What would they do ... ?"
Such a tough time, Ros. I remember those days, quite a while ago now. I have written my Dad's bio, but only because I know he would have gotten such a kick out of it. He would have loved WikiTree.
+2 votes

This is going to be a busy month for me. I will try to do a few profiles.

1. My paternal grandfather was my choice for my first Genealogically Defined profile: Clyde Fuller. (Genealogically Defined)

2. My maternal grandfather, George Weaver. (Genealogically Defined).

3. My uncle, Donald Fuller



by Pat Credit G2G6 Mach 6 (63.5k points)
edited by Pat Credit
+3 votes

I'm a little late starting, but here goes.
1. Henry Harrington Father of 11 DEFINED
2. Robert Harrington Father of 6 DEFINED
3. Jeremiah Harrington Father of 4 DEFINED
4. Philip Russell Father of 10 DEFINED
5. Gershom Cutter Father of 12 DEFINED
6. John Cutter Father of 11 DEFINED
7. Nehemiah Cutter Father of 11 DEFINED
8. Nehemiah Cutter Father 0f 10 DEFINED
9. Isaac Stearns Father of 12 DEFINED
10. Samuel Kendall Father of 10 DEFINED

11. Ebenezer Dodge Father of 9 DEFINED

12. James Livermore Father of 5 DEFINED

13. Abijah Livermore Father of 8 DEFINED

14. Benjamin Harrington Father of 4 DEFINED







by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (175k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
You're not late Bob.
+3 votes

I'll try and do a few this month, starting with an Ontario notable I'm working on.

1. William James Topley: father of 3 DEFINED
2. Horatio N. Topley: father of 4 DEFINED
3. John Witherspoon Bald: father of 5 DEFINED

by Laurie Cruthers G2G6 Mach 8 (88.2k points)
edited by Laurie Cruthers
Nice to have you back for June/July
+2 votes

Genealogically Defined template added (Doesn't count toward father count):Pre-Challenge Participation:
1.Susannah (Wheeler) Maine aka Main-Added Genealogically Defined template
2.Mary (Minor) Frink aka Miner-Added Genealogically Defined template
3.Anna (Frink) Brewster-Added Genealogically Defined template
4.Margaret (Stanton) Frink-Added Genealogically Defined template
5.Lydia Andrus (Brewster) Ladd-Added Genealogically Defined template
6.Mary A. (Frink) Miner-Added Genealogically Defined template
7.Silence (Williams) Grant-Added Genealogically Defined template
9.Bridget (Miner) Grant-Add Added Genealogically Defined template
9.Mary (Miner) Wheeler-Added Genealogically Defined template
10.Eunice (Williams) Gallup-Added Genealogically Defined template
11.Lucy (Gallup) Eldredge-Added Genealogically Defined template
12.Nancy (Eldredge) McClellan-Added Genealogically Defined template
13.Lydia Elizabeth (Wheeler) Chapman-Added Genealogically Defined template
14.Esther (Denison) Wheeler-Added Genealogically Defined template
15.Mercy (Gallup) Denison-Added Genealogically Defined template
16.Silence (Burrows) Wheeler-Added Genealogically Defined template
17.Lois (York) Wheeler-Added Genealogically Defined template
18.Bell York, II-Added Genealogically Defined template
19.Amos Burrows-Added Genealogically Defined template
20.Silas Burrows-Added Genealogically Defined template
21.Hubbard Burrows-Added Genealogically Defined template
22.Hubbard Daniel Burrows-Added Genealogically Defined template
23.Hannah (Burrows) Denison-Added Genealogically Defined template
24.Charles Phelps-Added Genealogically Defined template
25.Hannah (Tyler) Denison-Added Genealogically Defined template
26.Jesse York, Jr.-Added Genealogically Defined template
1. & 27.Simeon Miner-Newly adopted profile, Added Genealogically Defined, Completed Bio and added All References
2. & 28.Issac Wheeler-Sr.-Completed bio with all inline references, Added Genealogically Defined
     29.Alexander Goddard Frink-Added Genealogically Defined Template
     30.Issac Frink Jr.-Added Genealogically Defined Template
3. & 31.Grant Ladd-Whole Bio with all inline references, Add Genealogically Defined
     32.Polly (Frink) Ladd-Added reference recently found that Genealogically Defines, added template, found two more and added.
4. & 33.Darius Ladd-Create full bio w/inline references, Add Genealogically Defined, Correct POB and POD, inc. GED info remove code
     34.Cyrus Wheeler-created profile to finish mom's and make dad's complete, full bio w/inline ref, added Genealogically Defined Template

5.Joseph Burrows-Clean up after merge of adopted profile, missing info, bio with References-There's more to be done with this one, will get to it.

6. & 35.Thomas Wheeler-GEDcom cleanup, full bio w/inline Ref, Defined

by T Counce G2G6 Mach 5 (55.3k points)
edited by T Counce
+2 votes

1. Isaac Maxwell, father of at least two but maybe three

2. Reuben Lapham, father of nine

3. Jacob Lapham, father of seven

4. Herbert David Randolph, father of six

5. William B. Dailey, father of seven (I haven't added all of his children though because most are living)

6. Lawrence Doyle, father of ten

7. Charles Russell March, father of one

8. Thomas Marsh, father of eleven

by Amanda D. G2G6 Mach 1 (12.4k points)
edited by Amanda D.
+2 votes

I was still working on the 1700s..but this profile meets both 1700 and fathers!

1) Batchell-1 DEFINED -father of 11 -Still needs a bit of tweaking..just about to add newspaper article..oops..Newspaper is about his son with the same name..but will do him next.

2) Tapsell-14 DEFINED - father of 4 children

3) Batchell-2 DEFINED - father of 11 children

4) Phillpott-21 DEFINED - father of 6 children

5) Nott-342 DEFINED - father of 3 children

6) Nott-344 DEFINED - father of 3 children

7) Nott-346 - DEFINED - father of 8 children

8) Nott-553 - DEFINED - father of 9 children

9) Pope-4232 - DEFINED - Father of 4 children

10) Bremner-459 - DEFINED - Father of 11 children

11) Phillpott-18 - DEFINED - Father of 2 children

12) Phillpott-20 - DEFINED - Father of 4 children and one adopted daughter

13) Mitchell-16178 DEFINED - father of 10 children

14) Mitchell-16989 DEFINED - father of 12 children

15) Lawrence-8847 DEFINED - father of 2 children

16)  Giles-3443 DEFINED - father of 6 children

17) Hurrell-196 phew!..finally finished this one..father of 12 children by 2 sisters (first one died and second took over) - DEFINED

18) Munday-636 DEFINED - father of 13 children

19) Munday-594 DEFINED - father of 9 children

20) Jenner-869 DEFINED - father of 8 children

21) Jenner-870 DEFINED - father of 3 children

22) Tizzard-26 DEFINED - father of 6 children

23) Muston-51 previously unsourced - now Defined with 6 children (probably past the deadline as I did it today lol)


by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (108k points)
edited by Michelle Wilkes
+2 votes

Let's see how many of my direct male ancestors I can include this month.

  1. Charles E. McGee: father of 3, DEFINED - My Dad
  2. Edward Swillie McGee: father of 3, DEFINED - My paternal grandfather
  3. Martin Helms: father of 10, DEFINED - My maternal grandfather
by Debi Hoag G2G6 Pilot (220k points)
edited by Debi Hoag
Hi Debi, I'm looking at counts and realize that you hit 10 profiles this month. If you would like you can add the following to your profile

{{Biography Builders 10}}
Thanks, Anne. I stopped tracking because I so seldom participate. I never expected to get there LOL
+2 votes

I've been working on bios for my husband's Crevier ancestors and their spouses this month.  Its going slow as I have so much to add and I'm finding I need to do a lot of GEDCOM and merge cleanup as well.

1. Michel Gamlin father of 7

2. Nicolas Gatineau father of 6

by Mary Jensen G2G6 Mach 7 (77.9k points)
edited by Mary Jensen
Thank you for participating in the Bio Challenge for July/July.
+2 votes
by Anne B G2G Astronaut (1m points)
edited by Anne B
+1 vote

Thought I would give this a try this month.

  1. John Bayley/Bailey, father of 6. DEFINED
  2. son of above: John Samuel Bailey. DEFINED.
  3. Thomas Bayley, father of 12. 
  4. son of above: William Bayley. DEFINED.
by Kathryn Hogan G2G6 (9k points)
edited by Kathryn Hogan
Nice little biography Kathryn. Thanks for joining bio builders this month
+1 vote
by Connie Graves G2G6 Mach 4 (40.6k points)
edited by Connie Graves
Nice to have you back Connie

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