52 Ancestors Week 15 - DNA
What DNA has allowed me to do in a week has amazed me! Last week (14) my brick wall was my grandfather, Bishop Marvin Smith. I had his mother and father's name, and even his grandparent's names. I was stuck. I received a DNA match - not to his father, but to his mother. I was looking in the wrong direction. It has been a wonderful lead.
His mother was Wesley Anna Floyd (Floyd-3659). Wesley was born in 1858 in Illinois. She married twice and had three children. The family occupation was farming. She died in 1920 in Kentucky. She was my great-grandmother and I never had the privilege of meeting her. She was the daughter of:
James Fountain Floyd (Floyd-3662) and Mary V. Buntain. James was born 1 Mar 1825 in Kentucky. Mary was his only wife and they had five children together. He was a confederate soldier and a prisoner of war. James was a prisoner in Camp Douglas in Chicago, Il. Conditions were horrible and 1 in 5 prisoners died. James died in Chicago 12 March 1865. James was my 2nd great-grandfather. He was the son of:
Henry Crosby Floyd (Floyd-1105) and Anne Threlkeld. Henry was born 1 Jul 1789 in Nelson, Kentucky. He married Anne on 27 Jan 1818 in Union, Kentucky and they had seven children together. Anne died in 1834 and he was quick to remarry. He married Elizabeth Atkinson on 6 Nov 1834 in Henderson, Kentucky. They had one child. Henry Floyd was also a veteran. He died 19 Apr 1858 in Waverly, Kentucky. He was buried in the Floyd Cemetery, Union County, Kentucky. Henry was my 3rd great-grandfather, and the son of:
Henry Helm Floyd (Floyd-1102) and Frances Ann "Frankie" Crosby. He was born 21 Sep 1761 in Prince William County, Virginia. He enlisted in the Revolutionary Army in 1781 and served under Gen. George Rogers Clark. He was a Col. in the War of 1812, and served with Gen. Stonewall Jackson at the Battle of New Orleans. The city of Louisville, Kentucky is built on a portion of a land grant that he was given for his service. He married Frankie on 20 July 1783. They had nine children. He died 6 Sep 1850 in Waverly, Kentucky and is buried in Floyd Cemetery, Union, Kentucky. He is my 4th great-grandfather and the son of:
Lt. Henry Bruce Floyd and Nancy Ann Helm. I am going to continue to research them.
All of this information because of a DNA test.