I'm an amateur genealogist, a frustrated English teacher, and wannabe librarian. I like things neat and tidy. My long-term employer retired me two years ago and I needed something more to do than tend my wonderful garden. I had started searching for my mother and grandmother's people about five years ago and got nowhere. It seems that my maternal line consists of rogues, renegades, and runaways! They dodged every census, went through men like a deck of cards, and never allowed a photo of them.
Jo Gill participated with Nor'Easters during the 2020 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 81 suggestions.
Jo Gill is participating with Nor'Easters during the 2019 Clean-a-Thon, correcting 384 suggestions.
My paternal line is well documented by the Mormon Church. The Gill-Morrison line came from the Welsh coal mines to Zion (Utah); they went from hewers to pioneers, to farmers, to newspaper men and respected members of the church and society.
Which explains my lopsided family tree.
I live in Hawthorne, Nevada, but I was born in a small mining town (how redundant is that). Ruth, Nevada, is a Kennecott copper town not too far from Ely on Highway 50 - The Loneliest Road in America. I have a personal weather station, a round house, dogs, cats, and chickens.
I moved home to Nevada in 2017. Bought a lot and put up a Deltec kit house - 10 sides, 500 square feet, deck and hot tub. Hawthorne is in a big valley at 4,234 elev. with mountains all around. Mt. Grant (11,285) is my west view.
Some days I check the time and realize that I have not changed out of my PJs, fed the pets, or watered the potted plants. But I found my great-great-grand aunt's birth date - and it only took six hours!
Adding LNAB Drinkwater from the first Drinkwater found in Colonial America, one Thomas Drinkwater. Thomas married Elizabeth Haskell, daughter of John Haskell, a Mayflower pilgrim. Progress - I'm up to the 7th generation ...
Little is know of Robert Muir/Muyer. His marriage certificate with Nell Thompson has him (Muyer), age 23 (b. 1894) born in Rome, New York; parents James Muyer and Mary Davidson. On daughter's birth certificate he is Robert Muir, age 31 (b. 1890), born in Ireland, a coal miner, living in Kittitas, Washington.
Robert Muir - known in the family as "Hit-and-Run Muir" because the only information on him is a name on a birth certificate. He is my mother's father. Grandma Nell said he was from Ireland and served in World War I. He immigrated some time before 1921 when my mother was born. He worked in Roslyn, Washington, a Northern Pacific Coal company town. Nell and he were married, but no marriage record has been found. Gill-3793 17:36, 3 December 2019 (UTC)
It may be possible to confirm family relationships by comparing test results with Jo or other carriers of her ancestors' mitochondrial DNA.
Mitochondrial DNA test-takers in the direct maternal line: