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Rhoda (Schermerhorn) Bird (abt. 1793 - abt. 1826)

Rhoda Bird formerly Schermerhorn aka Schamerhorn
Born about in Washington County, Kentuckymap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 27 Jan 1814 in Chaplin, Nelson County, Kentuckymap
Descendants descendants
Died about in Chaplin, Nelson County, Kentuckymap [uncertain]
Profile last modified | Created 28 Jan 2019
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Biography

Rhoda Schermerhorn was born about 1793 in Washington Co., Kentucky. She may have moved to Knox Co., Indiana around 1806-7. If so, upon the death of her father in 1812-13 she returned to Washington Co. and married Francis Bird in Nelson Co. in 1814. She gave birth to four children and is believed to have died shortly after giving birth to the last one around 1826.

There is a Jacob Schamahorn in Knox Co., Indiana in 1807 but it is unclear if this is the same man.[1][2]His disappearance from the records in 1813, however, does roughly correspond to Rhoda's marriage date in Nelson Co. in 1814. There is a Ledia Raley - apparently a widow - living in Washington Co. in 1820.[3]

DNA Profile

Rhoda's DNA establishes descent from Jacobus Quick II and Annetje Oosterhout[4] and Samuel DeMaree/Lea Demarest[5]

Research Notes

The death certificate of John Owens Bird lists Rhoda as having been born in Washington Co., Kentucky. Her parents are undocumented. The tax lists for Washington Co. between 1799-1814 list three male Schamerhorns: Joseph Schamerhorn, Peter Schamerhorn and Jacob Schamerhorn and one widow Schamerhorn - Susannah - likely the widow of Peter. The 1810 U.S. Census lists Joseph and Peter, neither of which have female household members of the right age to be Rhoda.[6] That leaves Jacob Schamerhorn as the most plausible candidate for parentage. Jacob married Liddie Rigley on 10 Apr 1798, too late for the birth of Rhoda. It does not, however, preclude a prior marriage for Jacob. DNA suggests her maternal grandparents may have been Hendrick Banta and Antjin de Marest.

Sources

  1. Knox County, Indiana Genealogy Trails History Group
  2. Western Sun, Vincennes, Knox Co., Indiana, 16 Oct. 1813
  3. "United States Census, 1820," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XHLJ-9HM : accessed 2 April 2020), Ledia Raley, Washington, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 30, NARA microfilm publication M33, (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 29; FHL microfilm 186,189.
  4. Paternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch consisting of John Byrd, Robert Borczon and Dawn Mattheson who share a segment on chromosome 5 at 9.4 cM.
  5. Maternal relationship is confirmed by a triangulated group on GEDmatch consisting of Anthony Meyers, GEDmatch kit #M811320 and Heather Burkhead who share a segment on chromosome 19 at 10.4 cM.
  6. "United States Census, 1810," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XH29-XPH : accessed 2 April 2020), Peter Scharmahoone, Washington, Kentucky, United States; citing p. 313, NARA microfilm publication M252 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 8; FHL microfilm 181,353.
  • "Kentucky, County Marriages, 1797-1954," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V5ZD-JFS : 17 May 2018), Francis Bird and Rhody Seamerhorn, 25 Jan 1814; citing Marriage, Nelson, Kentucky, United States, various county clerks and county courts, Kentucky; FHL microfilm 9,665.
  • "Kentucky Death Records, 1911-1965," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N9P5-2VY : 3 January 2019), John Owens Bird, 1912; citing Death, Washington, Kentucky, United States, certificate , Office of Vital Statistics, Frankfort; FHL microfilm 1,904,682.


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Schamahorn-3 and Schamerhorn-4 appear to represent the same person because: Exact dates, same spouse and children

Variation in spelling of Last Name at Birth to be added to the Other Last Name field until a primary source can be added

Difference in date of birth to be noted in the biography until a source can be added.

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