2020 52 Ancestors Challenge
This is where I'm tracking all my answers for the Ancestors Challenge.
I only made it to 9 in 2019. Sometimes it’s a real struggle but with 48 out of 52 I’m on the home stretch now.
William Andrew my first cousin 3x removed was born shortly after his parents made the trip by sea from Scotland to New York and then overland to Ohio in July 1842. He did not survive the winter and died the following March.
Week 50—WITNESS TO HISTORY
My 6th cousin’s husband North Edward Frederick Dalrymple-Hamilton (1922-2014) was the gun director of the battleship HMS King George V and witnessed the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck during the Battle of the Atlantic.
My 3rd Cousin 5x Agnes Reid (1817-1900) removed left Scotland for the United States in 1858. The first first ship they set sail on ran aground on the rocks at the Mull of Kintrye. They had to walk back home. The next ship was hit by another ship. Finally they arrived in New York and made their way to the Scottish Settlement in Argyle, Illinois.
I’m very grateful to my 5th Cousin 1x removed, Harold Ralston.
I came across his website and saw my grandmother on his Ship Passenger list from Scotland.
I wrote to express my admiration for his work. I just mentioned in passing I was having trouble finding out more about my fathers family and he put me in touch with some relatives who had photos and information that really set me on the path to do all the work I’ve done on Argyll, Scotland and the Scottish community in Winnebago and Boone Counties in Illinois.
Week 47—GOOD DEEDS
|Mabel Walker Herrick|
Mable Hurd Walker Herrick, maternal 1st cousin of wife of my great-uncle was very active in the community. She particularly contributed much in the way of time and money to Rockford College, which began as a Ladies college. In 1893 she was the first to be awarded a Masters degree from there. She was on their Board of Regents for 50 years.
Week 46—DIFFERENT LANGUAGE===
|Lyle Hanson on his Wedding Day|
Well my family is Scottish on both sides and while they may have spoken a little Gaelic I’m going over to my husband’s Norwegian side.
My father law [[Hanson-5212| Lyle Hanson] was born in Wisconsin but had an accent like he just got off the boat. And spoke Norwegian fluently.
My late husband Loren Paul Hanson (1950-1999) would grow a beard in the winter and then shave it the first day in was 60 degrees in the Spring. The first year he shaved after our daughter was born she screamed.
Week 44 —SCARY STUFF
As we are living through a pandemic I think of my Scottish immigrant ancestors living through a much smaller measles epidemic that ravaged their settlement in March 1880. It must have been very scary.
My great aunt Marion died at the age of 21 in that epidemic.
Week 43—QUITE THE CHARACTER
|Hugh Nicol baseball card|
Hugh Nicol, brother in law of my 4th cousin 4th time removed was a professional major league baseball between 1881 and 1891. He was a showman and entertained the crowds with acrobatics. He was known for his speed between bases and holds the record for stolen bases.
|Jeanie Elizabeth House, 1944|
I’m proud to be related to my cousin Jeanie House. She was in the army nurse Corp and after Ww2 provided medical care to concentration camp victims.
|John Hill Gravestone|
This is getting old but I’ve gone this far. I must get my 52 badge! Anyway John Hill the great-grandfather of wife of my 5th cousin 1x removed is the newest profile I’ve added.
|The Rev. Roy Leslie Crawford|
My uncle Roy was the eldest of 9 (six lived to adulthood). He was a Methodist minister. He was an amateur genealogist before the days of the internet, traveling to Scotland to search for records.
Week 39—SHOULD BE IN A MOVIE
I think the husband of my 2nd Cousin 3 x removed, John Greenlees. would make a great subject for a movie. He escaped debtors prison in Scotland (some stories say dressed in a wig and woman's gown), rowed a boat to Ireland and took a boat the United States and founded the Scotch Settlement in Argyle, Illinois.
Week 38— ON THE MAP
|Wood engraving of proslavery riot that resulted in murder of Rev. Elijah Lovejoy|
Argh! This is getting harder and harder but I've gone too far now not to try to keep up and get my 52 badge.
So I offer John Edwards. His obituary in 1871 went across the map both in Massachusetts where he was born and Rockford, where he died. Noted for having stood guard over the bedside of abolitionist Rev. Elijah Lovejoy with a loaded musket
Week 37— BACK TO SCHOOL
|Jennie Walker at Rockford Home|
Well maybe I’m pushing the “back” a bit but I submit Jennie Walker a food chemist at the University of Chicago.
|Ray and daughter Joelle|
I gotta highlight my father, Raymond Colville who was an organizer for the railroad union. My mother said there was a newspaper clipping somewhere of his head bloodied by police in a protest.
I can’t forget the sad story of 22-year-old Carolina Pepper (Aunt of the husband of my 2nd cousin) who suffered from “melancholy” and the love and sympathy of the community when she killed herself. The paper reports over 100 carriages at her funeral procession.
Week 34—CHOSEN FAMILY
|Mae as a young teacher|
Mary Picken, my third cousin, 2x was a teacher in Washington. She never married but had at least three foster daughters.
Week 33–BLACK SHEEP
I found my way into an old New Orleans family by way of my Great Uncle’s father-in-law Oscar Garic.
In 1882 he and his brother were involved in a saloon fight and he shot and killed a man. Both he and his brother were convicted and imprisoned. In 1883 their appeal was denied by the Louisiana Supreme Court but they were pardoned by the Governor in 1884.
There is no mention of the murder in any of his obituaries. His brother Lawson went on to establish Garic Bakeries.
|Mary McDonald Gravestone|
I’m going to take small to mean “young” and share little 12-year-old Mary McDonald, my 3rd cousin 2x removed.
She died in 1880 of the measles during an epidemic that spread through the Scottish Settlement in Argyle, Illinois that March. 30 families were affected. At least five of my relatives in the settlement died that month.
I’m going to go with the obvious large families. I have several but I’ll highlight my first cousin twice removed Lulu (Steiger) Mangham.
She married at 15 and died at age 44 after giving birth to her 14th child, Lulu B. The baby only lived four months.
Her story is told in a book about her husband’s family, “ Oh for the Touch of a Vanished Hand: Discovering a Southern Family and the Civil War” by Dana Mangham.
Week 30—THE OLD COUNTRY
|Map of Kintyre|
Does a free page count? Due to a lot of intermarriages, I’m related to nearly everyone from Kintrye, Scotland.Argyll_Scotland.
|Advertisment for Arcade Manufacturing|
I’ve been saving my great uncle James Colville in case there was ever a “scandal” prompt but I figure I’ve got plenty of other scandals in my tree.
James was a traveling salesman for the Arcade toy company in the late 19th/early 20th Century. This was quite a big deal in Rockford, Illinois and anytime he went out of town, especially to a convention, it was reported in the paper. He seemed to be quite a popular person. His divorce scandal also made the news. He later married a young lady from a prominent Rockford family which also kept him in the news.
My little triplet 4th cousins twice removed all died in infancy.
|Headstone for Robbie Howie|
My first cousin 4x removed Robbie Howie never married. He came from Scotland with his widowed mother to Illinois in 1839 and they were among the first settlers in the Scottish Settlement in Argyle. When his sister and her husband died he took in two of their five young sons.
|Harley & Marion Hanson|
My husband’s Uncle Harley was the middle son of Norwegian immigrants Hans Hanson and Alma Holte. He married another Hanson. They had no children but they were the best Aunt and Uncle and Great Aunt and Uncle.
|Crawford Slip Method|
As a child when I would see my Uncle C. C. at family functions he would pull out a bunch of index cards to tell me how to study. I was too young to understand. It all came back to me when I was researching him for WikiTree and discovered he invented the “Crawford Slip Method”, a brainstorming technique still used today.
Week 24—HANDED DOWN
|Porcelain Doll made by Aunt Myra|
My Aunt Myra made about a dozen beautiful porcelain dolls in the 1950s. When she died, my mother, her sister, got them. When my mom died, I chose the one least likely to break during the drive back to Iowa from California. It is still in one piece, as is the taffeta in the dress that will disintegrate when touched. (I also chose the one easiest to pick up without touching the dress)
In early 1900s Rockford, Illinois were quite the thing with big write ups in the paper. Guests were listed which often helps in researching families
My great Uncle James (I’m saving him for “scandal” if that’s ever a prompt) married Lillian Parker, a young woman from a prominent Rockford family. It was quite the occasion.
Robert Abernathy is my 8th Great Grandfather. That is certain. He did pretty well for himself as an indentured servant from Scotland.
What’s not certain is who his father was. There are claims he is the son of George De Barrie Abernathy but no sources. If he was I’d be related to a lot of royalty and famous people through him. As it is when that connection comes up I always have to say “eh. Prolly not”
This is the gravestone of my father Raymond Colville. He died when I was 15. I only have this photo because a stranger took it and made a memorial on FindAGrave
|Maud Colville Wallis|
My Aunt Maude was a school teacher. She married late in life and they traveled extensively.
|Monument for Mary Greenlees|
You know you have really covered a town when you find you have profiles for unrelated people in censuses. Mary Greenlees, my fifth cousin 2x removed was a domestic servant in the home of John Ralston, my first cousin 3x removed.
Week 18— WHERE THERE’S A WILL THERE’S A WAY
|Young Arthur Carbert|
Arthur Carbert was the brother-in-law of my 4th cousin, Peter McKay. He came from a very large but poor family. At 17 he borrowed money and worked on a cattle boat from England to come to the United States in 1887.
|Robert Colville Home|
The land my grandparents farmed was acquired to make Rock Cut State Park in Harlem, Illinois. In February 1958 my cousin Robert Arthur Colville was awarded $12,510 for 34.11 acres. The old house is now the office building for the park.
|Gravestone David Lusk|
My 5th cousin David James Theodore Lusk was in the Royal Air Force during WWII. He was presumed to have been shot down after he failed to return from a flight over the NW German Coast on 7 May 1940.
My 4th cousin once removed Mattie Ralston Smith. Her husband hanged himself in 1932. In 1949 her dress caught fire from a kitchen burner and she died of her injuries.
|Lighthouse at Mull of Kintyre|
William Harvie (paternal grandfather of wife of my 4th cousin 2x removed and his son Matthew were both lighthouse keepers at the Mull of Kintyre.
|13 in 13 Badge|
Susan Greenlees is my fifth cousin. I saw her stone and I had a heck of a time figuring out who she was. I’m related to every Greenlees in the Scottish Cemetery but could not figure out who she was. Then she turned up in a census living with a cousin.
So it turns out she’s the daughter of William Greenlees who was married to my great aunt, Marion Colville who died young. William married again and Susan was born in this marriage. But her mother died when she was a baby and seems to have been sent to live with her cousins. She is not mentioned in her father’s obituary. She never married and lived with her cousins until they died. Seemed very sad to me
|John and Elizabeth Colville|
When they wrote about my grandmother Elizabeth Picken's wedding they described her as a "charming Scotch lassie, well known in the settlement"
This is kinda lame but I don’t want to break my streak. I consider it lucky when I decide to add a parent whose sources are mainly his children when I discover that awhile ago I had made a profile for another child. That happened when I made a profile for William Fleming, the paternal grandfather of wife of 4th great-uncle, James Colville.
Week 10—STRONG WOMEN
|The Immigrants Ship|
I am always amazed at my Scottish ancestors who undertook an arduous voyage across the sea to America when they were quite elderly.
One of those is Janet Picken Howie.
After her husband, my 4th great uncle died in 1839, she joined her children at the age of 71 to sail to America and was one of the first residents of the Scottish Settlement in Argyle, Illinois.
Her daughter died on the voyage and another daughter died a few years after arriving.
My great uncle Robert Colville owned a threshing business with his brother-in-law, Robert Brown. One afternoon while they were working on my great uncle’s farm, a steam engine boiler exploded and Robert Brown and another worker was killed.
I think my great grandfather Robert Colville is a shoe in for this because his obituary reads: "Robert Colville prospered in that community by his close application to the farm duties". Most of the Scots who farmed in Winnebago and Boone County, Illinois did pretty well.
Week 7—FAVORITE DISCOVERY
|Gravestone for John Andrew and Mary Enoch|
I like this discovery because it was so random. I was looking for my great uncle James Colville at Greenwood Cemetery in Rockford which is a large meandering cemetery. It took three trips to find him. On my first “unsuccessful” try, I saw a stone with a familiar name “Enoch“. I thought she might be related to Henry Enoch, a pioneer buried in my first cemetery page Guilford Union Cemetery
That would not be the last time taking a photo of a gravestone on a hunch would pay off.
Week 6—SAME NAME
|Joelle Crawford Beard Colville|
My mom, Joelle grew up in the south and was named Mamie Jo. I think it’s a cute name but it reminded her of everything she hated about the south so when she left she left her name as well and legally changed her first name to Joelle. My dad liked the name so I was named Joelle. My daughter’s middle name is Joelle
Week 5—SO FAR AWAY
|Registration for transport to Australia|
Most of my Scottish ancestors immigrated to the United States. A few brave souls like my second grat uncle Archibald Colville ventured to Australia. Their third son George was born on the ship during the long voyage.
Week 4—CLOSE TO HOME
My second great aunt Mary Montgomery came to the United States from Scotland when she was 8 years old. She grew up in the Scottish Settlement in Argyle, Illinois and married. Robert Greenlees. They moved to Charles City Iowa, which is less than an hour away from Where I live now.
Week 3—LONG LINE
|Colville Coat of Arms|
William Colville of Lesnessock and Tradigal, 1620, my 5th Great Grandfather. The line goes back farther but this is the farthest with the best resources.
Week 2—FAVORITE PHOTO
Edward Breckenridge, my first cousin 4x removed, built this house about 1890. It's now on display at the Midway Museum in Rockford.
Week 1—FRESH START
|Helen (Brown) Greenlees|
Helen Brown Greenlees my second cousin, 3x removed, left Scotland about 1836 in tears with her children. Her husband was meant to join her but the law had caught up with him and imprisoned him for debt. When they arrived in New York, low and behold he was on the dock waiting to greet them, having escaped and taken a faster ship. They went on to Illinois to found the Scottish Settlement in Argyle.