52 Ancestors Week 32 - Youngest

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AJC - I have to admit that I'm fond of this theme. Not only am I the youngest child in my family, I'm the youngest grandchild of both sets of my grandparents. Were any of your ancestors the youngest in their family? What's the most recent document you've found? Is there a young person who has taken an interest in your research? (Please be careful when writing about living people. Do not share their personal details.)

in The Tree House by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (928k points)
The "youngest" in my case would refer to the death of my grandmothers brother at 8 months old, being born 8 days away from my greatgrandparents being married, and no one in the family knowing of it until I sourced the documents and it could not be refuted!

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I'm going to have to repeat myself this week.

 My father Norman Thompson was the youngest in his family - by 10 years!!

https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Thompson-31032

I think he was a "happy accident".

He told me once that he grew up being raised almost like an only child - with his siblings being more like his aunts and uncle.

By the time he started school at age 5 - all of his older siblings had finished high school and were themselves out working.

ETA - he became an uncle for the first time when he was 8 years old!!
by Robynne Lozier G2G6 Pilot (928k points)
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I'll use this week's theme to celebrate my great uncle Alexander "Sandy" Bremner who was the youngest child of 11 children born to Robert and Alice Maud Bremner, and the only one to die in active service during World War 2 at the age of 22.

My mother was named after him, as is my youngest son.

by Michelle Wilkes G2G6 Pilot (128k points)
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My grandma Ollie was the youngest of her siblings.  She was the youngest of five.My grandpa Marco was the youngest out of two. And when he passed away, my great-aunt and grandma told me stories about him.

My other grandparents were about the second youngest or around there. 

The most recent document I found was my parents' wedding guest list. Using that, I was able to piece together who belonged to who and how various families were connected to me. It turns out that several of the people who were invited and were at the wedding have descendants who are DNA matches on Ancestry. I feel like I've explained that before. Sorry if I repeated myself. 

My nephew, "A" has taken somewhat of an interest in genealogy. When my brother and his family visited a couple weeks ago, "A" saw me working on something on Ancestry. "A"  wanted to know what it was so I showed "A" his family tree. I later printed out the tree for him and his brother, "J". 

by Chris Ferraiolo G2G6 Pilot (450k points)
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I benefit from "youngests", and from a family where people waited until they were mature to get married and have kids:

My mother, Lois (Stoner) Gardner, was the youngest in her family, by 11 years. She was the response to the "happy accident" that ended in miscarriage. Her brother was 11 years older than her, and her sister, 14. Her father was 42 and her mother 38. Both my mother's parents, Peter W. Stoner, and Edith (Forrey) Stoner were the youngest in their families. My grandfather the youngest of 3 widely spaced children, his father being 44 and his mother 37 when he was born.

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Above, my grandfather, around 1890 or 91, with parents and older brother and sister.

My grandmother the youngest of a passel of 9 kids. Her father was 55 and her mother 46 when she was born. I was raised on stories of our nation's history. The fathers of both my maternal grandparents fought in the Civil War (north, of course). My grandparents were raised without electricity, or phones, or cars. My great-grandparents crossed the country in covered wagons, before there were trains. My grandmother died when I was 2, so her stories I heard 2nd hand from my mother. My grandfather lived until I was 21, so I got a lot of stories directly from him, as well as from my mother. I feel very fortunate that with the greater age between the generations in my personal history, that history seems more recent and alive for me.

by Alison Gardner G2G6 Mach 6 (64.8k points)
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Alison. Your mother was the cute little girl with the curly blond hair, pushing her big brother around in a wagon in the Photos prompt way back at the beginning of this challenge. I LOVE that photo!!!

I considered re-posting the photo, and had decided not to, as I'd used for "favorite photo" and it's on my mother's bio page, but you changed my mind. Here it is: my mother pushing her big brother in a wagon.

Lois pushing Willis in wagon.

Thanks Alison!!
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My great grandmother Jane Whiting was the youngest of a family of six.

My Aunt Hester was the youngest of 12 in a blended family, born when her mother was 45. The doctor used the name Ethel Ruth on her birth certificate, which she discovered when she went to get a social security card. There was another girl born on the same day in the same county whose birth certificate was Hester. Although her husband started flying in the mid 1930s and they owned an airport, she never would go up in a plane, but had a flowerbed shaped like one, which was evident from the air.

by Kay Knight G2G6 Pilot (418k points)
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Im at the other extreme.

Flip what you said and add a generation and we are all the oldest
by Lloyd de Vere Hunt G2G6 Mach 2 (26.4k points)
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I think I'm meeting my bad pun allowance for the week, but my 3rd great-grandfather, Friedrich Zinn, was born in Reuss Younger Line in Germany.
by K. Anonymous G2G6 Pilot (126k points)
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 Weird timing... I connected with an ancestor of the youngest child in the Veitch family tree branch this week. I know absolutely nothing about them, and she has a lot of oral history. Really looking forward to learning more about this tree branch when the summer cools down. She's busy getting her grandson off to university, so we'll reconnect in the fall. Her ancestor is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Veitch-317 the sister of my 4th great grandmother. Here's my blog post - http://www.libbyonthelabel.ca/2018/08/52-ancestors-week-32-youngest.html#.W24FJL5D0hI.link

by Libby Park G2G6 Mach 1 (17.2k points)
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I will do this also. Mine is Wilma Jeanette (Adams) Hassan and her profile is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Adams-39172. I did her on Week 12 but she is the youngest in her family so I decided to do her again.  There was an articles on her death in Chicago, Illinois in April 6, 1963. Her husband killed her with a hammer to the skull and then cut her to pieces and strewn her body all over Chicago. Parts of her body were found in April and May of 1963. When she had disappeared she was working as a nurse's aide in a Chicago hospital. Her husband was an immigrant from Baghdad, Irag. He was questioned  by the Illinois authorities but was released after lie detector tests proved inconclusive.

She met her husband while she was a student at University High School and he was a student at East Tennessee State University in 1959.When he killed her they had a 3 year daughter named Venus Lynn. She was sent to Baghdad to live with his parents. There was search for her that was started because of her father writing a letter to President John F. Kennedy. Her husband told the police that had last seen her on April 6, 1963 as he left Chicago to fly to New York City with the couple's three-year old daughter. He also told the police that he had not reported her missing because she had left home on two previous occasions and also they had quarreled and he thought she had left him. He said that he had written to her parents that she had left him and that he suspected that she was running around with a wealthier man than himself. That was written in July, four months after she disappeared. He also wrote in the letter "Mama, please if you ever hear from Jeanette let her know that he still loves her and if she promised that she will not leave him again. That he was ready to accept her back as an honest wife and mother to us." The letter was written to President Kennedy to appeal for help in finding his missing daughter. The letter found it way to Chicago Immigration Official who initiated the search for her through Chicago police.

The identification of the dismemberment parts of the body of her was climaxed six months of investigation by Illinois police officials. They had checked all missing persons from a wide area who might have fit the description they had drawn from the body parts they found. They had not known she was missing apparently until someone in July according to officials.

The last letter she wrote to her parents  was dated March 10. In the letter she had said she had been sick most of the winter and had lost weight to 85 pounds. Her mother said her daughter had told her in a telephone call just before her disappearance that she had though she was pregnant again. She had a daughter by a previous marriage but the daughter is with  the father.

She had apparently met her husband while he was in school in Tennessee. She was a senior at University High School in 1957 dropping out in February of that year according to the principal.

The principal remembered her as a shy quiet girl who had been in school band while she was in high school. She started in ETSU Training School in the first grade.

Some woman at grocery store in Johnson City, Tennessee recalled that she had worked in the grill at the store and used to visit the woman there.

Her brother had not been heard from Johnson City since June 1062. Her father had been trying to find him since that time. Her father said that her brother wife and three children are with him but he had no idea where they might be.

They found her skull and four vertebrae and they were found in a blue and white plastic bag. The skull was found Christmas Eve in a slough near Crystal Lake, Illinois. She was a native of Johnson City, Tennessee. The other parts of her body was found in Lake County, Illinois in April and May of 1963. Crystal Lake is in adjoining McHenry County.

She had been listed as missing since April 6, and the first part of her body was found on April 11. The baffling case was broken when a Deputy Captain found some x-rays taken of the woman's foot when she was in the sixth grade in Johnson City and he sent them to Illinois State Police. Her father told them that she had been living in Chicago for over four years. She had married her husband a foreign exchange student at East Tennessee State University before going to Chicago.

Five days after she was reported missing boys playing near the Des Plaines River in Chicago suburb of Gurnee found a woman's right leg floating  in the water wrapped in blue and white plastic and tied with twine.

Other parts of the woman's body were found through May 15, She apparently slain in early April and various parts of her body turned up from April 11 through May 25 in Lake County, Illinois. She had unusal bone structure in her feet which made identification certain, It was learned. Chest x-rays were also used in the identification of the portions of the body.

This was her second marriage.
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
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Sarah Elizabeth (Thorpe) Hart (1850-1912), my great-grandmother, was the youngest of the nine children of Thomas and Elisabeth Mary (Savoy) Thorpe born between 1830 and 1850.  Until I started looking at Sarah’s life in terms of birth order I hadn’t given much thought to how that affected the relationships within such a large family.  It quickly became clear that Sarah’s experiences would have been quite different than her older siblings.   

-          The second born child, a son died about age 3 before the family left England.  The next boy born after his death, 10 years later, was also named William.  The first William was named William Savoy after his maternal grandfather.  The second William was named William Henry Harrison after the American president.  She was born into a family becoming Americanized.

-          Sarah’s parents and the 3 oldest surviving children (ages 8, 4 and a baby) immigrated from England twelve years before her birth.  Sarah had no contact with her English relatives that her older siblings would have known.

-          The oldest child, Jane was twenty when Sarah was born and had a child older than Sarah.  Jane died just six years later and her children appear to have been taken in by their father’s family.  Sarah probably had limited contact with Jane's children as she grew older.

-          Sarah’s father Thomas Thorpe died only two months after she was born.  Her mother married Thomas Dean who was also an English immigrant in 1855 when Sarah was five.  Sarah never knew her father and when she was a small child her mother was a single parent.  The only father she knew was Thomas Dean.

-          Although the surviving children were evenly divided by gender, the 3 of the 4 oldest were girls so Sarah’s sisters were 20 (Jane), 13 (Mary Ann) and 11 (Susannah) years older than she was.  Jane and Mary Ann were married by the time she was 3. 

-          At the time of the 1860 U.S. Census, only Sarah and her brother Edwin were recorded as part of the household of her mother and stepfather. Sister Mary Ann and her family are next door.   

-          Three of the four brothers (John, William and Charles) were U.S. Civil War soldiers enlisting when Sarah was ages 11-13.  Where these three were at the time of the 1860 Census isn’t clear, probably working as hired boys for farmers and boarding in their households.

-          Sarah’s brother Edwin married Laurilla Hart in 1866 and Sarah married Laurilla’s brother Ephraim in 1867.  At the time of the 1870 U.S. Census, Thomas and Mary Dean, Edwin and Laurilla Thorpe, and Sarah and Ephraim Hart are consecutive entries.

-          By 1880, both Thomas and Mary Dean and Sarah and Ephraim Hart were living in the village of Vernon where both families remained the rest of their lives.

by Jill Perry G2G6 Mach 4 (41.2k points)
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I wish my husband was a member of WikiTree.

You see, he is the youngest of 12 children, and he is 62 years old. I call him the baby and so do a lot of his siblings.

The funny thing is - my mother and his oldest sibling are the same age - 85.

His mom and dad had 12 children in 23 years. I always thought his dad's nickname "Popsy" was because he had so many children, but he was called that from the time he was a little boy.  Maybe someone saw his future.

I should tell you that he is an ancestor of Walter B. Hess, and that family has a history of lots of children. Either they loved children, or they had a lot of time on their hands with nothing to do - just kidding.  All of the Hess men were very busy - they started out farming in New York, and slowly traveled across the country.  In the mid 1850's, they were still farming, but in Illinois.

Thanks for reading about my "youngest" husband this week.

He really is adorable, and is my baby!
by Cheryl Hess G2G Astronaut (1.6m points)
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My great aunt, Myrtle Viola Stewart McDow (https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Stewart-13589), was the youngest of 14 children born to my great grandparents, Luther Stewart and wife Sarah Elizabeth Simmons.  She was born in 1913.  Her oldest sibling was born in 1885.  At least that is what I have been able to find through research.  Two of the children died young and were buried in unnamed graves listed only as Luther's child, so we have know way of knowing exactly when they were born or died.

Myrtle was my grandfather's sister.  I never met her or any of grandpa's siblings.  I didn't even know they existed until I began doing genealogical research about 25 years ago.  I was able to talk to her next older sister, Zora, by phone decades ago, but she died a few years later.  Zora gave me a lot of oral information about the family.  I have no idea why grandpa never talked about his parents or siblings, or maybe he did, and I was just too young to pay attention since I was 12 when he died.
by Carolyn Martin G2G6 Pilot (189k points)
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My youngest are photos of ancestors when they were small children.

The above shows my father (middle) and his two sisters.  He is around 5 here  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Pennie-19

My mother and her sister mid 1930s https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hempen-4 and https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hempen-9

My Grandfather and his twin sister  https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hempen-5  and https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Hempen-8

and finally

My great grandparents with their two oldest children, Martin and Mary my great  uncle and great aunt. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Woerner-41 and https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Woerner-54

by Laura Bozzay G2G6 Pilot (670k points)
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I'm playing catchup on the 52 Ancestors Challenge- don't know if I'll get all caught up by the deadline, but I'm giving it a go. So, I'm replying to Week 32's challenge just a couple of days after the anniversary of Pearl Harbor. And I had just re-read some notes my Mom had written, recalling where she was and what she was doing when they heard the news. My parents were born in 1924. In 1941, they were 17. And Dad went to war at 18. His father had gone to war too, but at 22. And his great-grandfather went to war at 20. So Dad was the youngest among the three to go to war (our American Revolution-era Noland, George, appears to have been on the rolls younger, at 13, but his birth year still needs confirmation).

by Liz Shifflett G2G6 Pilot (457k points)

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