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Saturday, August 08, 2009

SNGF: 16 Great-Great-Grandparents

Randy has posted our Saturday night genealogy fun question(s):

1) List your 16 great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 - 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

4) If you don't know all 16 of your great-grandparents, then do it for the last full generation you have.

5) Write your own blog post, or make a comment on Facebook or in this post.

Here are my 16 greats:
  1. James M. Thornton (b. 16 Mar 1825, Jefferson Co., Ala.; d. 27 Aug 1913, Monroe Co., Miss.)
  2. Lucinda Aldridge (b. abt. 1826-27, Alabama; d. 4 Sept 1855, Fayette Co., Ala.)
  3. Thomas Duke (b. abt. 1828-29, Virginia; d. 1894, Monroe Co., Miss.)
  4. Nancy/Nora Malinda Allred (b. 3 May 1843, prob. Shelby Co., Tenn.; d. 27 Nov 1926, Monroe Co., Miss.)
  5. John E. Fowlkes (b. 3 Nov 1818, prob. Monroe Co., Miss.; d. 21 Aug 1862, Monroe Co., Miss.)
  6. Elizabeth Parish (b. 17 Sept 1823, Virginia; d. 25 Oct 1896, Monroe Co., Miss.)
  7. William David Phillips (b. abt. 1835-36, Alabama; d. Unknown)
  8. Mary Elizabeth Fowlkes (b. 29 Mar 1843, Monroe Co., Miss.; d. Unknown)
  9. Levi Lantz (b. 21 Jan 1811, Mifflin Co., Penn.; d. 23 Apr 1887, McPherson Co., Kans.)
  10. Barbara Yoder (b. abt. 1817, Centre Co., Penn.; d. 14 Feb 1870, Howard Twp., Howard Co., Ind.)
  11. Stephen Taylor (b. 28 Feb 1814, Marietta, Washington Co., Ohio; d. 20 Jun 1881, Hudson, McLean Co., Ill.)
  12. Betsey Dearborn (b. 4 Sept 1818, Malta, Morgan Co., Ohio; d. 12 Mar 1899, Oklahoma Territory (buried in what is now Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Co., Okla.))
  13. John H. Hester (b. 28 Dec 1812, South Carolina; d. 14 Nov 1879, Monroe Co., Miss
  14. Nancy Cockrell (b. 1 Feb 1825, Greene Co., Ala.; d. 11 Feb 1907, Monroe Co., Miss.)
  15. Walton A. Harris (b. 12 Nov 1812, prob. Wayne Co., Ky.; d. 24 Aug 1897, Itawamba Co., Miss.)
  16. Margaret Mosely/Mosley/Mozley (b. 15 May 1822, Bedford Co., Tenn.; d. 14 Feb 1902, Itawamba Co., Miss.)

Of these sixteen, two are Amish and of Swiss origin. All others that I have "back across the pond" are British. It appears that the Hesters are of British Isles origin, but I cannot rule out German. Most people claim that the immigrant Fowlkes was born in Denbighshire, Wales, but it appears that they may have been in London before coming to America and no records supporting the Welsh origin have been found. It is possible that some of the brickwalled lines are of Scots-Irish origin, but nothing has been proven, and an English origin is also possible. It is, therefore, impossible to do a percentage of ethnicity calculation because of the difficulty of researching Southern lines. I can say that I'm 1/8 (or 12.5%) Swiss based on my 16 great-grandparents. I can also say that I'm more than 50% English. I will make no claims on the remainder. Maybe I should just say that I'm 100% American as all of my lines were in the United States before we became a nation and because all of my great-grandparents were "born in the U.S.A." (Someone should write a song!)

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  • Wow - ALL 16 born in the US!! I guess because of my own family history I tend to think there would be more recent immigrants.

    (and yes, great idea - someone should write a song - LOL)

    By Blogger DianaR, at 2:37 PM  

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