I love solving a 200-year-old mystery! In the 1907 Descendants of Benjamin Chamberlain book, the author writes that Gabriel Chamberlain married Mary Ann McClenen, and Susan Chamberlain married John McClenen. These marriages would have taken place in the 1830s somewhere around Jefferson Township, Morris County, NJ, but no one seems to know who this McClenen … Continue reading The 1834 Will of Lydia Shores McClenen
My Walker and Allen families in Baltimore, Maryland have been a mystery to everyone. Isaac Allen and Elizabeth Walker marry on December 31, 1834 in the First Methodist Church in Baltimore (aka "Lovely Lane Church.") They are my third great-grandparents. I did find the parents of Isaac Allen eventually, and I'll write more about him … Continue reading Finding the Parents of Elizabeth Walker Allen
Who is Nicholas Devore and how is he related to the Devore and Deveaux families from colonial New York and New Jersey? Nicholas Devore is supposedly born in 1732 France, and marries Sarah Decker in Sussex County, NJ before heading out to Washington County, PA before the Revolutionary War. DNA matches show he's part of … Continue reading Nicholas Devore – Was He Born in France?
One of the best tools I know for figuring out an entire family tree is to do a timeline. That way, you can see migration patterns, and cross-match records that might otherwise not be obvious if you work only in one person's set of records. In order to find Phebe Devore Henion and Uzal Devore's … Continue reading Sussex County, NJ Devore Timeline
John D. Adams married Mary Willis in 1857, in Sussex County, NJ. He lists his father as Samuel Adams. But before that (and for about 10 years after that), he uses the name Henion. Why? Betty Mann's Devore genealogy book says that John's father is William Adams and that William and Phebe Devore were married … Continue reading Who is John D. Adams/John D. Henion?
I started on a journey to map every Hendricks, Hendrix, Hendrickson and Hendrixson in Kentucky from 1780-1840 to make sure I knew who everyone was, and which families they belonged to. Along the path, I stumbled across a Polly Hendrixon who married Isaac Johnston in Hardin County, Kentucky in 1816. This immediately captured my attention: … Continue reading Who Are the Parents of Mary Johnson of Vermillion County, Indiana?
Finding the father of Noah Hendrix is proving to be difficult. Many researcher have worked on this in the past. One thing we know, for sure, is that Noah is related to the Hendrickson family in Mercer/Washington/Nelson Kentucky. This is proven through YDNA testing. YDNA is the Y chromosome passed down directly, father to son, … Continue reading Who is the Father of Noah Hendrix?
We need to dispel this myth: there is no Separate Hendrickson married to Eve Citth. Let me explain how the mistake got made...and then got replicated all over the internet. How John Hendrickson became Separate Hendrickson We know Simeon Hendrickson's grandmother's name is Eve, because he says so in his Mormon (LDS) 1841 "baptisms for … Continue reading Why Separate Hendrickson and Eve Citth Are the Wrong Names