Today’s post will be a little different. Instead of posting a narrative comprised of facts from my database (RootsMagic) I will be explaining how I finally found my 4xgreat-grandfather in the 1880 U.S. Census. I had searched for him on and off for several years, but never managed to find him. It turns out there was a very simple reason for that. Instead I found him the hard way, by tracing other family members. Either way, at least I have him…even if he is still a brick wall for me…for now.
So far, I have concentrated on my paternal line. In the interests of not letting my mother get too jealous, today I am posting about her grandfather. Thomas Smith McClish is the son of Frederick McClish and Annie Smith. He was born in November 1894 and is a twin. He completed the 8th grade and then worked for his father and older brother on their farms. From July 1918 to July 1919, he served in the Army (American Expeditionary Forces) during the latter stages of WW1.
I’ve previously mentioned that the Hunter family has a tradition of being stone masons. John Hunter (1813-1883) was a stone mason/brick mason as was his father and a few of his brothers. However, another interesting tidbit about this family is that there seems to be 3 straight generations of John Hunters who married women named Elizabeth. John Hunter (1813-1883) married Elizabeth Wardell. John Hunter (1788-1846) married Elisabeth Parks. And John Hunter (1760-1839) married Elizabeth Consitt. Today, here is some information on John Hunter #2 (1788-1846).
John Hunter is my 3xGreat-grandfather. He was born in Yorkshire, England and the family had a history of being stone masons. While John listed several occupations throughout his life (he owned a mill at one point, was a farmer, and even a “publican”), his primary occupation was that of stone mason (and later, in the US, brick maker). The family immigrated in 1853 with the exception of John’s oldest son, who remained in Yorkshire. John and his family initially settled in Ohio, near several brothers of his wife, Elizabeth Wardell. Between 1857 and about 1862, the Hunter family, including grown sons, all moved to Greene County, Indiana, following their daughter Mary Hunter and her husband George Adamson. Here is the outline of John Hunter.
Mary Hunter was born on 31 Dec 1835 in Langdale End, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom., note: While her grave marker indicates Mary’s birth was 31 Dec 1836, it is likely that her actual birth date was 31 Dec 1835. The baptismal record from Wykeham Parish gives her baptismal date as 12 Jan 1836, therefore her birth would have been prior to that date, so it could not have been Dec of 1836.
Well, I am a day (or 2!) later than I meant to be with this post. But nevertheless, my first “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” post. George Adamson. George is my great-great-grandfather and one of my “immigrant ancestors.” He immigrated in 1851 from Yorkshire, England. He settled briefly in Ohio (where family lore reports he “ran” a pub) where he married my great-great-grandmother, Mary Hunter. As referenced in my first blog post, there is a circular relationship involving the Adamsons and Hunters. Mary is the niece of George’s brother-in-law. About 2 years after their marriage, they moved on to Indiana. Sadly, Mary died in May 1870 and George died less than a year later in January 1871, leaving 6 children.
The following contains information from a narrative report generated in my genealogy program, RootsMagic. Have a look.
It was over 2 years ago now, in January 2014, that Amy Johnson Crow posted the “52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks” challenge to her blog. Many genealogy bloggers took her up on the challenge and continued it through 2015 and some still continue it today.
I will be starting that challenge now that I actually started a blog.