The WikiTree Challenge 2022 Challenge 4

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WikiTree Challenge Challenge 2

Guest Star: Adrienne Wilkinson

Notes From Guest

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FHL Lookup Requests



  • English Roots Sticker {{England Sticker}} (See their sticker page for more specific locations)


  • German Roots Sticker {{German Roots Sticker}}

Important German Church Record Vocabulary

Name Name, Namen, Nahme, Nahmen
Parish Pfarre, Gemeinde
local hiesig
Baptism Taufe
Birth Geburt
Child Kind
Son Sohn
Daughter Tochter
Mother Mutter
Father Vater
Parents Eltern, Aeltern
Boy Knabe, Junge
Girl Mädchen
Stillborn totgeboren, todtgeboren
Year, Month and Day Jahr, Monat und Tag
Godparents/Sponsors Paten, Pathen, Taufpaten, Taufpathen, Gevatter
Marriage Trauung, Ehe
Groom Bräutigam
Bride Braut
Married verheiratet, verehelicht
Wife Frau, Ehefrau, Gattin, Weib, Eheweib
Husband Mann, Ehemann, Gatte
Location/Place of Residence Ort, Wohnort


  • Tip: The census records are a good start, and you should be able to find images of all the birth records for each child on irishgenealogy. They have exact birth date, places, fathers Occupation, and mother’s maiden names. Once you get that, you can search for the marriage of the parents, and that gives their fathers names. The civil records are great, but only go back to 1864 for births, a bit earlier for marriages.


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Tell Us What You Found!!

Interesting Finds

List interesting finds to share with the guest at the end of the week. Once the survey is sent out via email, you can vote for up to eight Interesting Finds.
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  1. Her great-grandmother Dorthea May (Kruse) Cartwright's sister Alice Christina (Kruse) Key died in July last year (2021) at the age of 103. Her obituary notes that she survived eight brothers and three sisters. No profile has been created for her due to the proximity of her death.
  2. Matthias Hansen Kruse and his wife Helene Holdine Vind were confirmed on the same day, 25 March 1877 at the same church at Fole Sogn, Denmark. They married in 1886.
  3. Noah Wymer, brother of Adrienne's 2nd great grandfather Simeon Wymer, married Elizabeth (Dollar) Wymer, sister of Simeon's wife Percilla (Dollar)Wymer, Adrienne's 2nd great grandmother.
  4. John Cornman (1800-), Adrienne's 4th great-grandfather, was a master wagon maker in Pennsylvania. He and his wife Sarah had ten children. His grandfather,John Cornman (1748-1832), signed the Oath of Allegiance in 1778, making him a DAR patriot.
  5. Adrienne's fourth great grandmother, Jane (White) Norton sought a divorce against her husband John Norton, who abandoned the family 5 years prior to her petition (I have a copy of the divorce file) in Lawrence County, Alabama. She believes that John was a criminal and was being held in jail in Natches in Mississippi. In her affidavit she testified that she married John about 1813 in the state of Tennessee and was being supported by her father. Jane later found love again when she moved to Missouri. She married a John A. Jones and lived next to her daughter Jemima (Norton) Dollar and son-in-law William Dollar. In 1835, her eldest son William Norton was appointed guardian of her minor children (James, John, Rachel and Thadeus), legal heirs of John Norton (deceased). William Dollar was one of the sureties on the bond, living in the adjoining county.
  6. Adrienne's fifth great grandfather, Judge William White was one of the early settlers of Benton County, Missouri. The township of White was named after him in 1838.
  7. William Isgrig (1721-abt.1788) was living at St John, Bow when he was indicted at the Old Bailey for stealing from his master, William Gould. At the time of the offence, William Isgrigg’s father was dying, but no allowance was made. He was found guilty of theft valued under 5s and on 16 Apr 1740 he was sentenced to 7 years transportation, which is how he came to emigrate to Baltimore.
  8. That man’s grandfather, also called William Isgrigg (abt.1680-bef.1755), was robbed of a fortune on his way home and his attacker John Drummond was found guilty at the Old Bailey and sentenced to death. There is a moving account of his life and death in the court records[1]
  9. The probate of the above William Isgrig’s Will was very unusual - he had got his daughter’s married name wrong (calling her Margaret Dukeson instead of Margaret Dewxell), and the wrong name for her son, whom he called George Dukeson instead of his actual name William Dewxell. His son-in-law had to go to court and swear an affidavit that the names were wrong, but that his son was the intended legatee. The other two grandsons named were both over the pond by the time the Will was proved, but this does not seem to have been mentioned in the court documents.
  10. Adrienne's third great grand uncle Jonas H Harmon killed a rattlesnake that measured three feet ten inches in length and had eight rattles!
  11. Adriennes' fourth maternal great grandfather,William Cartwright worked in the coal and iron industry, moving his young family from Ohio to Kentucky, then Missouri, Alabama and back to Missouri where he finally settled down in the late 19th century.

Free Space Pages

List of Free Space Pages created for or linked to members of this family.

Military Profiles

Did any of the guests' family serve in the military or military conflicts?
  • Her great-great-grandfather Robert B. Dotson fought with the Union in the U.S. Civil War. He and his brother Marcus F. Dotson served with both Company A and Company H of the 10th Kansas Infantry. Another brother James enlisted, but died of measles just two months after mustering in.
  • Her 5xGreat Grandfather John DeWatt Weimer served in the 3rd Pennsylvania Regiment during the War of Independence. The 3rd Regiment served in the Battle of Valcour Island, the Battle of Brandywine, Battle of Germantown, Battle of Monmouth and the Battle of Springfield.
  • Her 2xgreat uncle Edd Wilkinson served in the 6th Artillery during the Spanish-American War. (Could use more research.)
  • Very many Rohrer cousins served during the Second World War, but first-cousin, three times removed Virgil K. Rohrer (1915-1945) was killed in action in Luzon, The Philippines. There is a clipping on Find-a-Grave about his memorial service.
  • Her 5x great-grandfather Jesse Blackwell was a volunteer in the Virginia Militia during the American Revolutionary War, serving several 3-month stints in the militia. In 1775, he marched to Williamsburg. In 1777, he guarded prisoners at Albemarle Barracks (including Burgoyne's Army). Those who can document their descent from Jesse can (and have) claimed membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
  • William Blackwell, brother of her 4x great-grandmother Sarah (Blackwell) Stafford fought in the War of 1812, primarily in the autumn of 1813 against Native Americans (who had allied themselves with the British) along the Upper Mississippi and Illinois Rivers. He likely helped build Fort Clark in Peoria, Illinois. Their brother Jesse Blackwell Jr. was also supposed to have served in the War of 1812.
  • 4x great-grandfather Noah Stafford is also said to have served in the War of 1812. Likely, based on his location, in a similar capacity to his brother-in-law William.


Brick Walls

Brick walls will be chosen by mid-week by Mindy and Joan Whitaker. These will also be posted in the G2G under the relevant great-grandparent. Please do not add names to this section, thanks!!
The first parent found beyond these ancestors is worth 10 bounty points. Good luck!

Paternal Brick Walls

  1. Micajah Stone Virginia, US
  2. Robert B. Dotson (Mother only) Missouri, US
  3. Agnes Collier North Carolina, US
  4. Augusta (Kullmer) Kreyling Germany

Maternal Brick Walls

  1. James H Bryson South Carolina, US
  2. Frideriche Lovise Wanned (Mother only) Danmark Solved!
  3. William Dollar North Carolina, US
  4. William B Jones Kentucky, US

Needs Work

Once you complete the task listed, please remove the profile from this list. Thanks!!
  1. Elizabeth (Snavely) Rohrer (1701-bef.1788) Needs children added. Sources are on profiles, some need birth years
  2. Peter Good (1732-1807) Needs children added (USA). Use probate if nothing else found for Christine and Henry
  3. Jacob Good (1712-1777) Needs German research and further profile cleaning. May need US research completed.
  4. Louisa Jane (Eaton) Wilkinson (1854-1928) Missing one sibling, census record on the profile
  5. Isaac Snavely Rohrer (1743-1804) Needs children added. The Mennonite record is a sufficient source for all of them. Please leave the research notes on the page so those records can all be assigned to a Rohrer. Thanks!!
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