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SNGF-Correction and Addition to “Your Maternal Grandfather’s Paternal Line”

The end of January Randy Seaver at Genea-Musing had us play a little detective game to find possible men in our Maternal Grandfather’s Paternal Line.

There is one thing I forgot to post and it was number one on Randy’s list….my glasses must not have been anywhere near my eyes!

 What is your mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

Roger Terrell  b. Between 1614 and 1616 Nanzing, Essex, England d. Abt 1681 Milford, New Haven, CT m. Abigail Ufford Bef 1638 Milford, New Haven, CT b. Abt 1620 probably England d. Abt 1658 Milford, New Haven, CT

Thomas Terrell b. 23 Oct 1656 Milford, New Haven, CT. d. Bef 26 Apr 1725 Elizabeth Union, Co., NJ m. Mary Dayton

Josiah Terrill b. 1699 d. 12 Dec 1749 Elizabethtown , Essex Co., NJ m. Hannah

Lewis Terrill b. Abt 1709 Elizabethtown, Essex, NJ m. Ann Babcock 30 May 1745 Lebanon, CT b. 15 May 1721 Coventry, CT

Josiah Terrill b. 23 Aug 1750 Coventry, CT m. Elizabeth

David Covey Terrill b. 8 Jun 1808 Cambridge VT d. 13 Dec 1888 Sheffield Twsp, Ashtabula Co., OH m. Susan Foreman 10 Nov 1845 Crawford Co., PA b. 7 Jun 1829 PA d. 18 Jun 1907 13 Strong Street, Ashtabula, OH

Adelbert S. Terrill b. 23 Jul 1859 Crawford Co., PA d. 15 Jun 1935 Ashtabula , Ashtabula Co., OH m. Dency Jane Rugg 15 Nov 1882 Ashtabula , Ashtabula Co., OH b. 15 Jan 1864 Sheffield Twsp, Ashtabula Co., OH d. 11 Mar 1958 Rock Creek, Ashtabula Co., OH

Walter I. Terrill 12 Mar 1905 Ashtabula Co., OH d. 6 Dec 1999 Kinsman, Trumbull Co., OH m. Arleen Louise Beach 2 Aug 1931 Cleveland OH b. 13 Aug 1907 Ashtabula , Ashtabula Co., OH d. 2 Sep 1972 Willoughby, Lake Co. OH

Dency J. Terrill m. James R. McCartney

Julia McCartney m. James E. Hogston

Now that I have all that out-of-the-way. The addition to the story.

I commented in the original posting that my Uncle Milton (Mom’s brother) was having his DNA tested for this line. The results came back today and I am truly the 8th great-granddaughter of Roger and Abigail Ufford Terrell.  There are a few question that remain in this tree and hopefully in time we will be able to fill in all the blanks.

This has been a fun journey.  I am wondering if I could get my spouse to do one for his family as there remains  a huge question about 4 generations back. It is a question about parentage of one of his grandfathers. Hummm 😀

Happy Hunting!

SNGF-Your Maternal Grandfather’s Paternal Line

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has posted another SNGF assignment! Have fun below find the directions and my contribution to the fun!



It’s Saturday Night, so it’s time for some Genealogy Fun.

Many of us have traced our patrilineal line and had a Y-DNA test done for the line.  I thought that some of you might be interested in tracing another Y-DNA line – that of your maternal grandfather.

The challenge is this:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather’s patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions:

1) What was your mother’s father’s name?

2) What is your mother’s father’s patrilineal line? That is, his father’s father’s father’s … back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother’s father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

4)  Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.

Here is mine :

My mother’s fathers name is Walter I. Terrill  1905-1999 born in Ashtabula, Ohio. He had three sons:
Butler A. deceased (two sons, one deceased)
Chester N. (four sons)
Milton E. (two sons one deceased) actually Milton has already had this done, we are waiting on the results

Grandpa Terrill had two brothers
Butler  E. 1891-1915 never married, no issue known
Royal 1900-1905

Walter’s father is Adelbert S. Terrill 1859-1935 b. Crawford Co., Pa.

Adelbert had the following brothers
Henry Butler Terrill b. 1849 no information at this time
John Terrill 1857-1887 no information at this time
David “Stewart/Stuart” Terrill 1862-1935
had at least one son William Terrill
James Terrill 1870-1872

Adelberts father was David Covey Terrill 1808-1888

David had the following brothers:

Nathan Covey Terrill 1800-1870
Josiah Terrill 1805-1854
Hibbard Terrill 1811-1888
Fernando Cortes Terrill 1813
Butler Ephriam Terrill 1816-1895

We have wives for all the boys above except Fernando. So there is the potential for male heirs here as well.

Thankfully Uncle Milton has had the DNA done. There may at this point in time be no more male heirs. Something we need to fill in !

Happy Hunting and Happy Saturday Night of Genealogical Fun!




SNGF-Doing Random Research

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun with Randy Seaver at Genea-Musing

Hey genealogy buffs – it’s Saturday Night and time for more Genealogy Fun!  Play along with us and tell us about it.

Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to follow Chris Staats’ rules (from Freaky Friday: Random Research Reports)  for picking a random person’s name and then doing some online research about that person.  Here are Chris’s rules:1. Go to The Random Name Generator and click the red “Generate Name” button at the top of the screen (more than once if you want).  Pick one of the names you see.

2. Go to and enter your generated name in the search box on the main search page. [Randy’s add:  If you don’t have, go to and do it there – it’s free.]

3. From the results, your research target will be the first census result for your generated name.

4. Using whatever online resources are at your disposal, see what else you can discover about your random person and write about it. It can be a formal report complete with footnotes, or just a “research story” about what you tried, problems you overcame, or success you had. Maybe you want to create a research plan for practice?

5. Post about it on your own blog, or as a comment here at Genea-Musings or a comment on Facebook, Google Plus or Twitter.

Here is mine:

Owen Wilkerson

I didn’t read the directions closely. I didn’t pick the first Owen because he had a middle initial. Maybe it made my search easier and maybe it didn’t. Having said this, here is what I found on “My” Owen Wilkerson.

According to the 191o-30 Census,
Owen Wilkerson was born about 1888 in Kentucky.
In the 1910 Federal Census District 4, Washington, Kentucky, we find Owen at age of 22 single and the son of William A. age 60 and Ruth Wilkerson age 55. His probable siblings listed as sons of William, are  John Wilkerson age 24 and Albert Wilkerson age 17.

In the 1920 Census we find Owen again at the age of 32 married and with children.
He and his wife Susie are found in Springfield, Washington Co.,Kentucky. Susie is listed as being 26 in 1920 Census she is listed as being born in Kentucky. They lived in a rented home. The following children are listed as theirs:
Edgar Wilkerson 7
Gracy Wilkerson 5
Raymond Wilkerson 2
Lee Wilkerson 0 [4\12]<— notation added to Ancestry record by other then the census taker.

I also found his brother Albert living with Owen and Susie in the 1920 census, with his wife and his child.  Albert is listed as being 27 which is consistent with the 1910 census, his wife Dicie is listed as 20 and  a daughter named Lily who at the time of this census is listed as 1. We also find living with Owen, his mother listed as 65 years of age.

On I found The Powell Family, which includes what seems to be William, Ruth and family. This researcher has William Eliot and not William A. these look to be the same men. It is worth taking a look at.

According to the census research, we lose William somewhere between 1910 and 1920. The Powell Family site lists his death in 1912, I found his death in Kentucky death index 1911-2000 and Kentucky Death Records 1852-1953 Ruth’s is listed there as well as dying on March 14, 1920, the Kentucky Death Index and the Kentucky Death Records are used as sources for her death. Enumeration of the 1920 census was done on January 20, for this area so March is a reasonable time period for her death.

We find the little family again in the 1930 Census Owen age 42, Susie (Lulie as transcribed) aged 37 and the following children can be found residing with them:
Edgar Wilkerson 17 b. KY
Grace Wilkerson 16 b. KY
Raymond Wilkerson 13 b. KY
Lee Wilkerson 10 b. KY
Margrite Wilkerson 8 b. KY
J W Wilkerson 6 b. KY
Owen Jr. Wilkerson 4 b. KY
Henry Wilkerson 2 b. KY

With this bit of information a possible family tree for Owen would look something like this.

William E. (A) Wilkerson b.  abt 1850 in Kentucky d. 28 October 1920 in Washington Kentucky. He married Ruth (to further research her name I would look at the death information, it might give her parents names also for marriage information) about 1870. Ruth died March 14, 1920 Washington, Kentucky

William and Ruth had the following children:
i John Wilkerson b. circa 1886
ii Owen Wilkerson b. circa 1888
iii Albert Wilkerson b. circa 1893 m. Dicie

ii Owen Wilkerson (William 1)
was born in 1888 in Washington, Kentucy m. Susie about 1908
again more research needs to be done to prove births, deaths and marriage.
Owen and Susie had the following children:

Edgar Wilkerson  b.  circa 1913 KY
Grace Wilkerson  b. circa 1914 KY
Raymond Wilkerson  b. circa 1917 KY
Lee Wilkerson  b. circa 1920  KY
Margrite Wilkerson  b. circa 1922 KY
J W Wilkerson  b. circa 1924 KY
Owen Jr. Wilkerson  b. circa 1926 KY
Henry Wilkerson  b. circa 1928 KY

iii Albert Wilkerson (William 1) b. circa 1893 in Kentucky  m. Dicie b. circa 1900 Kentucky m. circa 1918

They had a daughter:
Lily b. circa 1919 in Kentucky

A nice start for an hour search on Ancestry and Rootsweb, but certainly much is yet to be found. If I let my genealogy mind keep going, I will be working on this family all night!

On a side note I did find one of my husbands surnames living down the street from William Wilkerson……and here she goes running another rabbit 😀 Can you say GADD (Genealogy Attention Deficit Disorder!)

Happy Hunting!







SNGF: Ancestors Geneameme

Tonight’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posted by Randy Seaver over at Genea-Musings is to fill out the The Ancestors’ Geneameme posted by Geniaus Blog.

This is the list and instructions:

The Ancestors’ Geneameme

The list should be annotated in the following manner:
Things you have already done or found: bold face type
Things you would like to do or find: italicize (colour optional)
Things you haven’t done or found and don’t care to: plain type
You are encouraged to add extra comments in brackets after each item
Which of these apply to you?
  1. Can name my 16 great-great-grandparents 
  2. Can name over 50 direct ancestors
  3. Have photographs or portraits of my 8 great-grandparents 
  4. Have an ancestor who was married more than three times
  5. Have an ancestor who was a bigamist
  6. Met all four of my grandparents
  7. Met one or more of my great-grandparents[they met me, but I don’t recall meeting them]
  8. Named a child after an ancestor
  9. Bear an ancestor’s given name/s [give name one grandmother, middle name another]
  10. Have an ancestor from Great Britain or Ireland [many from England, 1 from Scotland, no Irish yet]
  11. Have an ancestor from Asia
  12. Have an ancestor from Continental Europe [Germany]
  13. Have an ancestor from Africa
  14. Have an ancestor who was an agricultural labourer [quite a few]
  15. Have an ancestor who had large land holdings [how large is large?]
  16. Have an ancestor who was a holy man – minister, priest, rabbi
  17. Have an ancestor who was a midwife
  18. Have an ancestor who was an author [great grandmother wrote and published a poem, my mother is published :D]
  19. Have an ancestor with the surname Smith, Murphy or Jones [Three lines of Smith]
  20. Have an ancestor with the surname Wong, Kim, Suzuki or Ng
  21. Have an ancestor with a surname beginning with X
  22. Have an ancestor with a forename beginnining with Z [great Aunt Zetta]
  23. Have an ancestor born on 25th December [Ruth Terry b. 1750, Mary Terry b. 1752, Meredith Martin b. 1851]
  24. Have an ancestor born on New Year’s Day [Bridget Winthrop b. 1529]
  25. Have blue blood in your family lines [If Winthrop counts]
  26. Have a parent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
  27. Have a grandparent who was born in a country different from my country of birth
  28. Can trace a direct family line back to the eighteenth century
  29. Can trace a direct family line back to the seventeenth century or earlier
  30. Have seen copies of the signatures of some of my great-grandparents [ I found census that 2 great grandfather enumerated]
  31. Have ancestors who signed their marriage certificate with an X
  32. Have a grandparent or earlier ancestor who went to university [Ohio State, Michigan State, Wooster there are others but I am not sure where they attended]
  33. Have an ancestor who was convicted of a criminal offence
  34. Have an ancestor who was a victim of crime
  35. Have shared an ancestor’s story online or in a magazine (Tell us where) [The now defunct AOL Golden Gate Genealogy Forum, also defunct, my own website]
  36. Have published a family history online or in print (Details please)
  37. Have visited an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries
  38. Still have an ancestor’s home from the 19th or earlier centuries in the family
  39. Have a  family bible from the 19th Century
  40. Have a pre-19th century family bible

If any of my readers would like to do this, post a link!  It will be fun to see how much work we all have done and still need to do.

Happy Hunting!


Randy at Genea-Musing has again come up with a neat exercise this week, it is as follows.

1)  If you have your family tree research in a Genealogy Management Program (GMP), whether a computer software program or an online family tree, figure out how to find how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database (hint:  the Help button is your friend!).

2)  Tell us which GMP you use, and how many persons, places, sources, etc. are in your database(s) today in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook status or Google+ stream comment.

Here is mine:

As you can see I use Legacy, I also have FTM 10 on my desktop. Yes I need to update it 😀 Legacy is my main program.

This contains both my husband’s genealogy and mine.

Happy Hunting!