This ‘N That

  • I got a good laugh when I read Read Michael John Neill’s post 10 Signs You Have Genealogy OCD
  • Being without air conditioning for 24 hours plus, reminded me that I grew up without air conditioning and lived in the South for quite a few of those years. (Go here for the full story of my lack of air conditioning).







My Southern Roots

As usual I am a day late with Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, but I thought I’d play along anyway.

One of the tasks was to make a pie chart with the birthplaces of our 16 great-great grandparents.

So here is mine:

All but one of my great great grandparents were born in the south, most of them in South Carolina. One of them, Francis A. Young, was born in Mexico, probably in an area that became a US territory.

Making the chart was fun and you can make one also here at Kid Zone.


One Mystery Solved

I have a few lines in my ancestry that I can only go back a few generations. On my paternal side, one is the McGraw line, where I can only go back to my great grandfather, Christopher Malachi McGraw (1852-1933).  His death certificate states that his father is R. McGraw and his mother is unknown. I do know that his mother’s name is Betsy, as I found her in the 1870 census in Fish Dam, Union, South Carolina, with her children. Malachi’s wife was Mary E. Johns (1852-?). With the Johns I can go back one more generation to her parents, Daniel Johns (1825-1862) and Emily( 1830-?)

May Agnes Young (1866-1938)

My maternal side is very well researched, except for my great grandmother, May (Mary) Agnes Young’s (1866-1938) heritage.  I have know that her father was Francis A.Young (1833-1904) and her mother was Mary (1846-?) for quite awhile. When I visited my uncle last year, he has some of my great uncle Jim Cook’s (1891-1970) genealogy papers.  Uncle Jim was doing genealogy in the 1960’s when I knew him. I was in high school and college at this time and did not pay too much attention to what he was saying about the family at that time. I sure wished I had. But anyway, his papers said that he thought Francis’ father was William H. Junge. To date I have not found a connection. In these papers he said that Mary was Mary C. Harrison. At the time I could not find proof of that.

But then a couple of weeks ago, I had remembered a Genealogy Tip of the Day that advised to check out Family Search every few weeks. So I searched and found her in “District of Columbia Marriages, 1811-1950.”  It states that Francis A. Young and Mary C. Harrison, married on 12 Mar 1866.  That was so exciting to confirm that her maiden name was Harrison and to get their marriage date.  In Uncle Jim’s paper he alluded that she was related to President Harrison.  I then found her in the 1860 & 1850 census living with her parents Robert H. Harrison(1814-?) and Margaret (1822-?).  At this point I am guessing Margaret’s maiden name as Williams, as a William Williams, age 57 was living with them in 1850. I may be wrong but it is a place to explore in the meantime.

Yesterday was the Bay County Genealogical Society board meeting and some of us went out to lunch afterwards. I was telling them about my discovery and how excited I was and they all sat there and nodded understanding my excitement.  It sure is nice to belong to a group that understand what you are doing and why.  I sure wish other counties had as good of a web site as ours.




Happy Fourth of July Weekend

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

And while you are celebrating this weekend remember to say a little thank-you to the men and women who serve in our armed forces.