March 2019 Biography Builders - One Name Studies

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This month’s Bio Builders Challenge theme is people who are in, or could be added to, a One Name Study.

Thank you for your support.

Here's our checklist:

Data Section:

  • birth date/place
  • names of parents
  • marriage date/place and spouse name
  • names of children, if any
  • death date/place

Biography Section:

  • Written (full) 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.
  • Some list siblings. (I think this takes up real estate.)
  • Explanatory remarks, if needed (e.g. disputed persons information, Research Notes, whatever needs extra explaining).
  • Photos or pictures, background. Not a must, but nice (you need to own the copyright unless they are in the public domain).
  • Categories.
  • 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.

Use "comments" below to ask questions.

NOTE: Biography Builders will not show on the tracker. Please add a list to your answer.

in Requests for Project Volunteers by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (197k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
Here is a list of all the One Name Studies on WikiTree.  Use the A-Z picker near the top of the page to choose a name!

Then click on the words 'WhateverName Name Study' just under the coloured box, and it will take you to a list of all the profiles in that Study. Choose one, and write a bio!
Beaugh One Name  Study

Richard One Name  Study

are the two that I have started but really do not know how to add or contribute more to these Studies - I will print out & read your suggestions  

above & see if I can do anything - guess I would need someone to get me started  as I had help a few years back when I started Beaugh One Name Study  I am  older now & tend to forget  -

             Martha  Beaugh-15     Leger
Great turnout this month, and great numbers. Lots of stickers to pass out in April.

Write a biography related to one of your two study names and add the sticker under the == Biography == header.

{{One Name Study|name= Beaugh}}


{{One Name Study|name= Richard}}

The profile will then show up in the study.  Click on the category for the study and you will see them.

Sorry, can't delete

Er...Keith: it's not March any more... wink

Thank you Ros. I must not have been paying attention on what month it was for. Next time I better look what I am answering first.

25 Answers

+9 votes
I need to work on my ONS so might participate
by Hilary Gadsby G2G6 Mach 9 (94.2k points)
Glad to hear it. We need more detailed bios on WT. Thanks, Bob
+8 votes
I will do this month especially it doesn't use the tracker.
by Anonymous Barnett G2G6 Pilot (461k points)
+8 votes
Ok. I have read all the instructions and am still slightly confused. I have never done a One Name Study. Do I basically just work on one line in my family tree that all has the same last name?
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (42.1k points)
One name or one place studies are formal projects with a project manager.  From what I've seen, most are total busts.  The intention of most of these studies is to disambiguate lines of families with the same name and its variants, e.g., Dotson and Dodson.  Same family but various lines.

I just don't understand what this has to do with the people on our watch lists that need better bios.

Most of us have an unusual name or two in our trees.  For some of these, people have set up pages to look at the names, their history and how they connect.  Mine is below as I have a peculiar surname.  And sometime this year I am going to tackle the Debaute family from Louisiana.  They're easy to set up and quite fun.

Here is my Haywood Name Study:

and if you click on the words 'Haywood Name Study' just under the coloured box, you will be taken to its category page, which is a list of all the Haywoods I have included in the Study.  Then, for this BioBuilders Challenge, you would just pick one and write a bio for it! smiley


If you have a family line on your watchlist that needs better bios, check to see if there is an existing name study (ONS) for the famil name. If there is, add the ONS category, and do bios. If there is no ONS, see the G2G post at: , add start an ONS, if you want, and write bios. 

Thanks everyone. That does help. It was pretty close to what I thought it was. I am up to give it a try.
+9 votes

I must start a new listing.  This is too long.

Cummings Name Study (unrelated to me and orphaned)

  1. George Henry Cummings 

  2. Harriet (Dorman) Cummings

  3. Inez (Cummings) Blake 

Couch Name Study (unrelated to me and up for adoption)

  4. Arthur Corts Couch 

  5. Emma Mabel Halsey Couch  

  6. Elizabeth (Couch) Corey  (This one was a real challenge that required untangling three conflated families.)

  7. Henry Marshall Couch 

  8. Sarah Huntington (Couch) Smith 

  9. William Henry Couch 

10. Lottie (Couch) Winegar 

11. Samuel D. Couch 

12. Mary (Sturges) Couch 

Condit Name Study (unrelated to me and up for adoption)

13.  Israel Condit 

Collins Name Study (unrelated to me and up for adoption)

14. Cordelia E. (Garfield) Collins

15. Wilbur Collins 

16. Winifred Collins

17. Ernest Leon Collins 

18. Mabel F. (Collins) Dowd 

19. Waterman Collins 

20. Betsey C (Hall) Collins 

21. Daniel Collins 

22. Almina (Collins) Brewer 

23. Susannah Caroline Collins 

24. Emeline (Collins) Harmon 

25. Clarissa (Collins) Whitman 

26. Laura A. (Collins) Dowd 

27. Armenia (Collins) Rouse 

Cole Name Study (unrelated to me and up for adoption)

28. George Malpas Cole

29. Clara Cole

30. George Ezra Cole 

31. Mazie (Kunkle) Cole

32. Donald Malpas Cole

33. May Atkinson (Thompson) Cole

34. Emily B. (Cole) Nye

35. Sadie June (Cole) Robenstine (keeping distant cousin) 

Carson Name Study (unrelated, orphaned)

36. Marion Elizabeth (Carson) Hill

Fleming Name Study (unrelated and orphaned)

37. Curtis Collet Fleming

38. Mary Catherine (Spoor) Fleming

Hawke Name Study (distant cousins, keeping these)

39. Lewis Hawk

40. Margaret A. (Robenstine) Hawk 

41. Gertrude B. (Hawk) Himebaugh

42. Miles Edwin Hawk 

43. Lydia Mae Mumaw Hawk 

44. Harry Ellis Hawk

45. Wesley Edwin Hawk

46. Ruth Eleanor (Shallbetter) Hawk

47. Mary Adelaide (Robenstine) Hawk

48. Albert W. Hawk

49. Ernest Roy Hawk

by Kathy Rabenstein G2G6 Pilot (229k points)
edited by Kathy Rabenstein

You are such a good writer, plus you have an unusual surname.  I am surprised you haven't set one up yourself.  They're fun!

There are hundreds of surnames at the One Name Study link that Ros provided. I'd bet a paycheck that there are a few surnames there that are also on your personal tree. :)
See comment in above answer.

I'm new, as well. I have the Crooke's in my family tree. They are listed as Crook and Crooke in the census. I also found some names in my watchlist that DO have name studies - Smith, for example ;) My dad's last name is Inglett - and I've always wondered about them. He's not genetically related to me, but Inglett is still a fascinating name - and I do have some of his relatives on my watch list.

I also have many German's in my family line. But, my DNA found some Jewish, so I want to see if some of those Germans that came to America in the Early 1900s were actually Jewish. But I'm adopted and know little about my father's family line (since my paternal grandfather was an orphan), so it could also be from his side.

So, I'll be looking at some of their names as well. I find developing the profiles is really the best way for me to get to "know" my ancestors and learn about who they were. I'm excited about this one. We could be "newbie buddies" :)

Even if you decide not to do this challenge this month, I do hope you find a lot of connections and learn something new about your people.

I totally agree and know how you feel about really getting to "know" the histories of our family members by working on profiles and biographies. It's a lot of work, but I'm having fun with it. This is one of the main reasons I'm a fan of WikiTree. :)
Yes. I am on other sites, but this is the one that really encourages you to do more than simply gather data.
Way to go, Kathy!  You are truly an inspiration!
+8 votes
I am in this month.  Unsurprisingly, mine will come from the

1. Let's start with the Granddaddy of them all, the common Trueblood ancestor: John Trueblood of Belton in Lincolnshire: He was born sometime in the reign of Henry VIII.

2. Thomas Trueblood of Belton: Tudor blacksmith and swankeeper.

3. John Trueblood of Claypole in Lincolnshire: Stuart blacksmith and Quaker convert.
by Stephen Trueblood G2G6 Mach 3 (36.6k points)
edited by Stephen Trueblood
4. Next up is Arnold Trueblood, Quaker martyr, who died in Lincoln Gaol for his beliefs:

5. And his remarkable wife, Mary, a woman who buries three husbands:
And now a few of the immigrants:

6. John Trueblood (1654-92)  The first Trueblood in America

7. Agnes Trueblood (1656-92) His wife

8. John Trueblood (1689-1734) Their eldest son

9. Amos Trueblood (1691-1759) Their younger son
10. And here is the first one from the Debaute family study:  He was my great x4 grandfather.  It's a miracle he managed to retire and die in his bed!
Mary Burditt is remarkable.  How upset will you be if her name is corrected to her name at death by one of her Burditt descendants?  I always find this a difficult decision . . . which name should be on the profile.  Often when a second marriage has no children, the children bury the woman as their mother with their father's name . . . and that makes sense.  But when there is surviving issue from both husbands, there could be conflict.
Well she certainly spent more time as a Burditt than as a Trueblood.  I believe the Wikitree guidelines say it should be the last name.  I would have no real issue with that.  I have not tried to see if her Burditt sons line continues down the generations.  I do know there are a few Truebloods left in England today descended from her son William and there are many thousands of Truebloods in America descended from her son John.
It might be interesting to see if the Burditt line continues, too.
11. And another Debaute is done: Author, prisoner, exile, newspaperman, playwright, duelist, twice married and dead at forty!  Over Achiever!
Really nice bio for Prudent.  Where did you find his death bed letter?
A distant cousin has it in her papers, handed down over six generations. I have some silverware belonging to his son, Louis Prudent.  Must write his biography soon

Hi Stephen

Can you add your profile as a numbered list it is easier to count them up at the end of the challange and add them to the challange sheet


No problem!  I've numbered them now...  11 this month...  So far...

12. Norman Trueblood: the only Trueblood killed in the Great War: 

A round dozen for the month, pretty good for me!

+8 votes
by Steven Bohlen G2G6 Mach 1 (10.3k points)
edited by Steven Bohlen
Interesting that the later-born Bohlen reverts to the likely original family name.
+8 votes

I won't have much time this month, but I will try to work on my Louisiana Durbins.

Comment: I was unable to spend any time on this after all. Hoping next month will be better!

by Joyce Rivette G2G6 Mach 8 (80.3k points)
edited by Joyce Rivette
+6 votes

Recently, I've been adding profiles and building bios for the Perkins Name Study. Specifically, adding those Perkins who were KIA in Vietnam, along with their parents/sibs, and ancestors as far I can track them.

  1. Donald Robert Perkins Jr. +6 generations.
  2. Frederick Joseph Perkins +1 generation.
  3. Gary Eldon Perkins +3 generations.
  4. Willie James Perkins added wife, child...but he remains a WT "orphan".
  5. William DeWitt Perkins +4 generations.
  6. Gary William Perkins +8 generations, connected to PGM ancestor John Perkins of Ipswich.
  7. Ernest W. Perkins - my 52 Ancestors Challenge bachelor uncle.
  8. George Peter Perkins +4 generations.
  9. Ira Hilton Perkins +7 generations.
  10. James Barney Perkins +2 generations.
  11. Johnnie Kay Perkins +2 generations.
  12. Keith Charles Perkins +4 generations.
  13. Luther Rives Perkins +3 generations.
  14. Michael David Perkins +4 generations.
  15. Ofalee Perkins + 2 generations.
  16. Michael J Perkins - Medal of Honor, WWI - + 2 generations.
  17. Ronald James Perkins + 1 generation.
  18. Stephen John Perkins + 5 generations.
  19. Wallace Sam Perkins + 7 generations, connected in 1786
  20. Wardell Perkins (not G.D. - only have mother and wife attached).
  21. William Arthur Perkins + 3 generations. 
by Traci Thiessen G2G6 Pilot (121k points)
edited by Traci Thiessen
+7 votes
Thank you. I will try this challenge this month. Hopefully, some of my ancestors already have name studies because I am not in a hurry to head up my own official project just yet. But if not, I will open one for the Crooke's in my family.

Do we just list the names we worked on in our comment like we did last month?
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (42.1k points)
+7 votes

Ok. I started a Crooke name study and an Armstrong Name Study. If anyone wants to join, please comment on this link for Crooke:
This link for Armstrong:

I've already gotten busy. Here are the profiles I've worked on for this month's challenge: 

  1. Adam Crooke:
  2. John Crooke:
  3. Carol Ann Crooke:
  4. Susan Crooke:
  5. Mary Jane Crooke:
  6. Albert Crooke:
  7. Adam Crooke:
  8. George Crooke:
  9. William Adam Crooke:
  10. John Thomas Crooke
  11. Tramble Oresta Armstrong
  12. Kerry Brent Armstrong:
  13. Brenson Neal Armstrong:
  14. Romie Lee Armstrong:
  15. John Henry Armstrong:
  16. Marshall Emanuel Armstrong
  17. John Thomas Armstrong:
  18. David Armstrong:
  19. William Armstrong
  20. Melvin Jeter Armstrong
  21. Adella Canant
  22. William Hardy Canant:
  23. Lois Thrower Smith
  24. Charles David Crooke
  25. John Douglas Tilley
  26. John Michael Tilley
  27. Charlie Lee Crooke:
  28. John Brummet Thomas:
  29. Billie Lee Harding:
  30. Fred Hesse
  31. Sophia Louise Hess:
  32. INfant Henderson
  33. John Hubard Henderson
  34. Almer Henderson
  35. Maggie Henderson:
  36. William Harvey Henderson
  37. Charles Ray Downs
  38. Ida Pearl Armstrong
by Alicia Taylor G2G6 Mach 4 (42.1k points)
edited by Alicia Taylor
Your Adam Crooke is a really interesting chap.  Amazing to have survived that much Civil War fighting.  And I love the Irish Sticker, I'm going to borrow that for some of my Irish ancestors!

There are two you can use:
{{Irish_Clans}} For people with Irish Roots

{{Ireland_Native}} For people born in Ireland.

If you have many, you may want to consider joining the Irish Roots Project

+7 votes
Will be starting to work on the "Kermode" side of my family. There currently isn't a ONS created so I will be creating one. There area quite a few who resided on the Isle of Man. This is going to be long process, but it's time to get busy and start the work.
by Dean Anderson G2G6 Pilot (374k points)
+9 votes

I'm in - I've been wanting to get some more of my ancestors plugged into their applicable ONS or create one if it doesn't already exist.

1. Samuel H. Baty (abt. 1830 - 1912)
2. Wesley John Benskin (1837 - 1908)
3. Virgie Ella (Ulmer) Baty (1914 - 1993)

by SJ Baty G2G6 Pilot (987k points)
edited by SJ Baty
While I usually hate those bios that have a table of contents with three total paragraphs, the organization used for Samuel H. Baty is very effective.  I may consider using it myself as it is sometimes difficult to compact information in a few paragraphs.
+9 votes

I'm in for this month. I've been wanting to focus more on the Wheeler One Name Study as it relates to my Stonington, New London, Connecticut, One Place Study, and want to get the profiles without bios completed (a goal since I started the Study back in August 2016, but haven't been able to focus on like I've wanted to. Update: In Progress on two...had to connect wife to her parents first and so it's taken me a little longer to get something done...research first. Update 2: Had to back track a little, some information I was waiting on for a month finally came through.

Jonathan Andrew Wheeler: full biography with inline citations (too bad I can't include his wife and her tragic story...just created her.)

Charles Phelps Wheeler Jr: add full biography with inline citations

Thomas Wheeler: add full biography including the story about how he died with inline citations (this was a 3 for the price of one for me)

by T Counce G2G6 Mach 6 (62.1k points)
edited by T Counce
+8 votes

I’m in.

1. Jonathan Harrington 1745-1775

2. Jonathan Harrington 1766-1776

3. Jonathan Harrington 1723-1809

4. Jonathan Harrington 1690-1730

5. Jonathan Harrington 1758-1854

6. Jonathan Harrington 1793-1855

7. Jonathan Harrington 1742-1793

8. Jonathan Harrington 1759-1842

All of the above are for a real One Name Study. 

9. John Harrington 1743-1829

10. John Harrington 1743-1824

11. John Harrington 1714-1750

12. John Harrington 1684-1750

13. Daniel Harrington 1657-1728

by Bob Keniston G2G6 Pilot (197k points)
edited by Bob Keniston
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!  This looks like a nightmare . . . or fun--depending on how much you like untangling several balls of string.
IKR, Kathy! *tiptoeing silently backwards*
Fortunately, the descendants of Robert Harrington are well documented, and many names are repeated many, many times. It’s fun to “root” around this family.
My husband's family has a lot of William Crooked and Adam Crooke .It has been interesting figuring them all out
I also have to laugh at "a real one-name study."
+7 votes
Will work on my Elliott side of the family
by Janet Wild G2G6 Pilot (148k points)
+7 votes
I will give this one a try too.  I assume that I come back top this message to add the profile information of the ones I work on?
by Paula Franklin G2G6 Mach 3 (32k points)
That is generally the easiest thing to do.  Update your message.
+7 votes
Add me !! I'm in ONS and have a few pages I mange. I am currently working to add bios, resources, and fixing the location issues. Not sure how well I will do since I'm busy busy busy but I will take a crack at it!!
by Christine Preston G2G6 Mach 3 (37.5k points)
+7 votes

Please add me to the Challenge for this month.  I was amazed when I saw that the list of One Name studies includes more than 2,700 names!

And I'm excited to see that the Jackson ONS has been reactivated!  Not only am I building a few profiles, but I get to participate in my first ONS.  Yipee!!

  1. George Jackson (1795-aft 1860), my brick wall ancestor
  2. William Jackson, (1835-1905)
  3. Rachel Rustay Jackson (1836-1917)
  4. Samuel Jackson (1839-1903)
by Star Kline G2G6 Pilot (534k points)
edited by Star Kline

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