52 Ancestors Week 4: I'd Like to Meet

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You're encouraged to share a profile of an ancestor or relative who matches the week's theme. This week's sharing prompt:


From Amy Johnson Crow:

Which ancestor would you like to meet? I have a whole list, but I'd have to include the woman pictured here, my great-great-grandmother Susan Tucker Kelley, so I could ask if she remembers anything about her parents!

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in The Tree House by Eowyn Walker G2G Astronaut (1.7m points)
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I have participated in all four weeks now and the sticker in my profile says that I have participated in 1 week.  Did I participate the wrong way? Don't tell anyone but Monday is my birthday and it would be nice to have it fixed all nice before then :oP if possible. Thanks in advance.
Hi Jerry! The sticker you'll need to update each week yourself :)

I believe I would love to sit down with my 2nd Great-grandmother, [[Shelton-4148|Lucinda Shelton]] .

She has been so difficult to track down. Us cousins who find her extremely interesting have located 5 children in the census records with her but never a husband and she is never listed as married or widowed. We have no clue if she ever married and we cannot locate a death record or burial site for her. She was born in 1834 in North Carolina and travelled to Kentucky with her family where her children were born. She had 3 girls and 2 boys. We've tested the yDNA on both of the male lines and they do not match so we know there were at least 2 fathers. I want to ask her "what happened to you!". Where did she disappear to?

Great prompt this week!

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Meet my gg-grandfather, - William Henry Hunt, because I'd like to meet him too...in real life.

 I know all 16 of my gg-grandparents. I've identified 22 of my 30 ggg-grandparents. Yes, 30, not 32. Cousins sometimes marry. 'Nuf said. Of the eight ggg-grandparents, William looks like he may be the last wall to fall. According to family lore, he killed a man in a bar fight in Missouri and fled to Texas to lie low and avoid the law. With a name as common as William Hunt (if that's even his real name) who was actively keeping a low profile, I'd like to talk to him about his parents. #FamilyWall

by Jeff Gentry G2G6 (7.9k points)
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I really would like to have met and known my own grandmother, Mary Evangeline Garner.  I didn't have any living grandparents, and Eva's pictures always intrigued me.  So much so, that I asked my father to write me something about her and he later handed me five typewritten pages!!!  I wish I had asked more about more ancestors, as he was a storehouse of information.  

Later I took some acting classes and wrote a monologue (based on my interpretation of her character) which I titled "Mother, Please" for pictures depicting different stages of her life and other events my father wrote about.  I spoke as her speaking to her mother, and I still really like it.
by Isara Argent G2G4 (4.6k points)
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I would like to meet Nathaniel George , the furthest back I can go with my paternal grandmother’s family. I would ask was his father a Nathaniel, and are they related to the ‘other’ George family I am investigating?

I find it interesting that Nathaniel carried through a few generations and then it was William that followed down many generations.

by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.1m points)
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There are so many to choose from...

I would love to meet my Grandmother's Aunt Myrtle Sanders Grant. I don't know much about her, she was a teacher in Bristol, Tennessee but in 1916, she married Edward Grant in Victoria, British Columbia. He was killed in France in January of 1918, and she died almost two years later in November of 1919.

There are stories that she called Edward "BF" for Boyfriend and she had quite a bit of expensive jewelry he gave her. There are also stories about her being involved in a silver mine. In 1918, when Edward's estate was being probated by her brother in California, her residence is listed in an article as Pony, Montana. 

I would love to sit down and talk with her about how she traveled west, how she and Edward met, and just hear her stories.

by Emily Holmberg G2G6 Mach 9 (95.2k points)
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My great-great- grandmother Elizabeth Mary (Savoy) Thorpe Dean (1809-1886) is my choice to meet.  Questions come to mind and I've listed many, but I think I would most like to know what qualities she possessed that were passed down to her children and beyond. 

 My great-grandmother Sarah (Thorpe) Hart was the youngest of Elizabeth's nine children and her father died just two months after her birth.  My grandfather Lucian Hart, who was one of the younger children in his family, was not quite four when Elizabeth died.  My mother was the youngest of Lucian's children and born seven years after her grandmother Sarah died.  And, I was only six when my grandfather Hart died.  The opportunity to hear stories directly from earlier generations in our family was limited.  The few stories that have come to me raise lots of questions  about “the rest of the story”.

 What was it like to travel in the spring of 1838 from Friskney, Lincolnshire in England to Liverpool to  New York City as a Steerage passenger on  the Ship St. Laurance with three small children (8,4 and 1)?  And, then to travel on to what was then the wilderness of Michigan?

 Why did Elizabeth and her husband Thomas decide to leave England for Michigan in the United States in the first place?  Did people who had already immigrated to the United States influence them? 

 John Thorpe, whom I believe to be Thomas' father, in 1837 was the first  purchaser of 480 acres of land in Fenton Township, Genesee, Michigan.  John appears with his stepson John Reeson on the passenger list of the St. Laurance with Thomas and Elizabeth's family .  John Thorpe and John Reeson are returning to the United States. It appears John Thorpe was dabbling in land speculation just as the Panic of 1837 hit.  How did this affect Elizabeth's family?  And, please help me sort out these people!

 Thomas Thorpe was head of a household on the Unites States Census taken at Fenton in 1840.  Two people are engaged in “commerce”.  Since their oldest child was only ten, the other person would appear to be Elizabeth.  When she was widowed in 1850 and left with seven children at home, Elizabeth didn't remarry for another five years.  Did she have some kind of occupation that helped her carry on?  Elizabeth's children and their spouses had a variety of occupations and tended to live in towns and cities. Her daughter Mary Ann Savage had a bakery in Saginaw, Michigan after she was widowed and prior to that had been a seamstress.  Had Elizabeth done something similar?

 One story, that was passed on to me from a cousin who received it from the daughter of Elizabeth's oldest son John, is about Thomas death.  He died suddenly in July of 1850. The family was living in Pontiac, Oakland, Michigan.  Elizabeth had gone to Fenton about 24 miles away.  She was returning to Pontiac driving an ox-cart when she was met with the news that her husband had died.

 There are a number of questions that come to mind about this.  Did women just go out on jaunts in their ox-carts?  Was it a visit to relatives or something to do with business?   Who was with her or was she alone?  The story doesn't say.  Not her husband or oldest son, as the story places them at Pontiac.  Possibly some or all of the younger children (daughters 10 and 13, sons 7, 5 and 3) and where was her youngest child my great-grandmother Sarah?  She was born 22 May 1850 so one would think she would have had to have been close by her mother.  

 Elizabeth also lived in the small town I grew up in later in her life.  I wonder what Vernon was like almost a hundred years earlier?  How many of my other relatives did she know (both sides of my family have ties there) and what were they like?

by Jill Perry G2G6 Mach 4 (41.1k points)
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There are a few people I would like to meet; grandparents now passed away who I never got around to asking about their family memories, and having a chance to properly listen to the stories that bored me as a child. I'd like to be able to talk to a census enumerator too - what was it like knocking on doors asking people about their lives - were they welcoming, rude, suspicious?

The one person I have most questions of (and an unfinished profile) is  John Mackellow my great, great grandfather – why did he leave Kent with most of his family, was it because his only two sons died as infants? Why did one of his daughters seem to be “dropped off” in Berkshire while the rest went to Leicestershire? Why Leicestershire; was it a pull towards a new life or a push away from an old one? I’d offer condolences that his wife died not that long after they arrived, and how did he meet his second wife who was from Devon? What was the family dynamic like, as even though he married again, his daughter Clara remained a spinster caring for the home (my Grandma’s Aunt Clara – Clara pronounced with as “air” not “are”).

by Alison Wilkins G2G6 Mach 2 (29.8k points)
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I'd like to meet 4G Grandfather Johannes Resche to ask him more about his perspective (Hessian) of the Revolutionary War.

by Judith Brandau G2G6 (9.6k points)
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I'd Like to Meet --- my 3rd great grandfather - Addison Brown Grindle (Grindle-353).  He was born 18 Nov 1816 in Sedgwick, Hancock, Maine.  He died at sea off the coast of Abaco, Bahama Island 2 Oct 1866.  He was a sea captain.  His photo makes him look very stern,  his daughter didn't describe him that way in her diary.  He took his wife and three of their five girls on a cruise at the beginning of the Civil War.  Tons of questions for him: about sailing, places they visit, what brought them down from Maine to New York to New Jersey.   What were his parents, siblings, his wife, Mary Ann Gray, daughters, Frannie, Laura, Mary Susan, Lillia, Kate like.   The little boy Harvey Addy Grindle that Camden City, New Jersey records say was his son.  Was it his son or grandson? And I would like him to know that the photo of him is one of my most prized possessions. I believe it was taken between 1860 and 1866.

by Cathy Claycamp G2G5 (6.0k points)
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I would love to meet my grandmother, Harper. She died several decades before I was born, but was the mysterious force behind me getting interested in genealogy being known as "Ma Gray" to me. After my father died, I realized there was hardly anyone who could give me any information on her, and I started digging. 

by Patricia Ferdig G2G6 Mach 3 (31.4k points)
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I, as many people, have to pick one of my brick walls, who I think was named Amanda Moriah (Schmidt) Eastman. She was born 13 Jan 1813, married Nelson Lee Eastman, had twelve children, and died in 1899. I would like to talk to her about her parents, her ancestors, and her travels. I think that would make a lively discussion and I would love to know it all.

On the other hand, I might chose Evardina Paulsen Flamer, my grandfather's mother who died when I was about seven, but in Norway so I never met her. I would love to know how her life was under both World Wars under the Nazis with a sympathizer living in her own home. And I would like to tell that that our grandmother passed on her cookie recipes to all her granddaughters and we still cook them at Christmas.
by Judy Bramlage G2G6 Pilot (103k points)
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I would like to meet my Great Grandmother Sarah Ann (Cassidy) Yates https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Cassidy-1261 I would love to talk to her about the family in Cork, Ireland as I have several brick walls associated with this side of the family.

Then there is the matter of the Cassidy Conk, as she is the originator of the large noses seen in later generations..... need I say more
by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (172k points)
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I would love to meet my great-grandmother Effie Tallulah Camp Davis, http://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Camp-2766.  She was one of four daughters and married a man, John Peter Davis, who became a judge.  She was the mother of 13 children but only lived for 56 years.  My father never knew his grandmother so he has no stories to tell.  Her daughter, Marie, my grandmother, was one of the last born of the children.  

When I recently came into contact with some photos of Effie, I was quite intrigued.  The previous photos had all been soberly posed family pictures, but these new ones show a vivacious, laughing lady, having fun with her grown daughters and with a crying grand-baby.  I am so glad to see photos of movement and life.  It makes ancestors seem so much more real.  And now I wish I had known her, had heard her laugh and sing and share all the funny stories of her life.

There are many more I would love to spend time with, but Effie is the newest to strike my fancy.

by Kathryn Wenzel G2G6 (7.8k points)
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This is a really tough one to answer, because there are sooo many ancestors I’d love to chat with! Especially those that are “brick walls” in my tree. But if I had to pick one, I’d pick my great great grandfather [[Stewart-5407 | William Stewart]]. I’d be curious to know more about him, his family, where his parents came from, etc. I know very little about him, and with a name like Stewart, it’s almost impossible to research a name that common. All I know about his heritage is that his father was probably named Franks, and was from New York. That’s it.
by Alex Stronach G2G6 Pilot (301k points)
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My great grandparents on my grandmothers side. https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Schneider-5475

I have heard the story of when they were in America for their first time. They used to call my father Der Mann in der Bergen (The man in the mountains) because he lived in the mountains in my grandfathers house. I would go to Germany to visit them and ask many many many questions.
by Christine Preston G2G6 Mach 4 (43.1k points)
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I would like to meet my Grandfather, Thomas Joseph Mahoney 

He is the only one of my grandparents who  died before I was born.

by Sally Mahoney G2G6 Mach 2 (28.9k points)
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I would like to meet my 6x Great Grandfather Barnaby Dolman-203 just to find some information on him. I would ask him about his parents and his siblings. I would also ask him the places that he lived. And tell him how much  of a pain in the dupa he has been for the last 7 years. LOL
by Jerry Dolman G2G6 Pilot (166k points)
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This is a hard one for me too. I would like to met and I think I have met her when I was in elementary school and the Leonards had a Leonard Family Reunion in Johnson City where a lot of the Leonards had land and lived in the upper East Tennessee is https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Leonard-8012 - Ella Walls Leonard. She is similar she had handicaps and dealt with it and would like to know how it was back then when people had handicaps and how people treated her. She was never married and remained at the family home until her death and she lived with one of her sisters. In her early twenties she developed tuberculosis of the bone. It was concentrated in one of her hips and resulted in her being crippled for the remainder of her life. She ended up wearing a shoe that was higher than the other so she could walk normal. She also developed sever arthritis in her hands which made it impossible for her to open her fingers. However, it did not prevent her from crocheting beautiful doilies, etc. She was always full of life, with a ready smile for everyone. I have a genetic disease that I was born with and had to deal with all my 59 years and that is Prader - Willi Syndrome. Also my mom has developed sever arthritis that gives her a lot of pain. So I want to know if she had a lot of pain with her arthritis and tuberculosis of the bone and how she dealt with people who were bullies and other things and be full of life and with a ready smile for everyone.

by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (465k points)
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I would love to meet My G-Grandfather James McKie Lamberton to get the real story of how he came to the states.

After that, his parents would be great because they could clear up the who family line in Kilmaurs Scotland.

Unfortunately, that ain't gonna happen.
by Roy Lamberton G2G6 Mach 4 (41.9k points)
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I have two, only because we have to pick, otherwise it would be almost every ancestor!

My maternal 3x's great grandmother https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Whitworth-791

She was and possibly still is a brick wall. She was married to Watson Kelley Scarborough and they had 6 children, 4 sons and 2 daughters. They were living in Maryland during the Civil War. Would love to know what life was like as a farming family in that period of time and their location.

Then my paternal great grandmother https://www.wikitree.com/wiki/Guida-24

What was it like living in France? Where was she from Italy, Austria, France? What was it like coming to America after her husband so she was alone with 4 sons on the boat. What was life like in Philadelphia, what did she like and what did she miss? How did she survive having 10 children and counting....

by Louann Halpin G2G6 Mach 6 (62.2k points)
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I would love to meet my husband's father. He died of a heart attack when my husband was only 15. Frederick "Fred" Herman Bockelman, Jr., was born in Queens, New York in 1923. He joined the Marines in 1943, and then went to Cornell University. He was a Geologist, and called back into service in July, 1951, to Quantico, Virginia. He learned Japanese and was in Intelligence. He served in Korea for one year. 

by Sheri Taylor G2G6 Mach 2 (24.6k points)

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