From Victor Gearhart, November 04, 2003 Nancy Gearhart:
Nancy, like her father, is an enigma but the Gearhart History gives a clue. It mentions that she married a Russell and lived in Northampton Co, PA.
The 1850 Federal census lists a Samuel Russell living in Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co., PA and his wife's name is Nancy and her age is listed as 51 which would make her birth date somewhere around 1799. Her birth place is listed as PA.
What is interesting is that in the 1880 Federal census her son Stephen Russell lists his mother's birthplace as NJ. The listed birthplaces on the older census' are notoriously incorrect because the census takers were, a lot of times, lazy and would rather write "do" than a new name.
I think that a Nancy Russell living in Northampton Co, with a reasonable birth date and one of her sons lists her birthplace as NJ is more than a coincidence. I think that is our long lost Nancy Gearhart Russell.
From Vic Gearhart Email, July 11,
Nancy is somewhat of an an enigma. I have often wondered if she might have been from his second marriage. I have seen birth dates for Nancy of 1799 and 1813. If it is 1799 then she and Isaac could be twins. If they are twins perhaps that could account for the death of Mathias' wife. According to the History, Nancy married a Russell. The 1850 census has a Nancy Russell married to a Samuel Russell living in Plainfield Twp., Northampton Co, PA with a birth date of both her and Samuel as 1799 . But, she is listed as having been born in PA. The 1813 date is wrong because a female between 16 - 25 appears in the Samuel Russell Jr. (Samuel's father was also Samuel) household in the 1820 census so she may she may have married Samuel Russell about 1818-1819. Samuel & Nancy had four known kids: Ruben b.abt. 1825, Ellen b. abt 1833, Stephen b. abt. 1836 and Isaac, b. abt 1839. There is a listing in the 1860 census for Samuel, Nancy Stephen and Isaac,. The birth dates are wrong for Samuel and Nancy but correct for Stephen and Isaac. There Nancy is listed as having been born in New Jersey. There is no listing in the 1870 census but a death record shows Samuel Russell dying of cancer in May 1870 in Northampton County ( Samuel's father died in 1849).
FYI. I found the burial record of Samuel Russell's parents and it lists all of the kids and who the female Russell's married.
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Nancy by comparing test results with other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
However, there are no known mtDNA test-takers in her direct maternal line.
It is likely that these autosomal DNA test-takers will share DNA with Nancy: