We are into a new month of themes in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge! The optional weekly theme for Week 6 was “So Far Away.” Considering that many of us are away at the RootsTech and FGS conferences right now, it seems to be an appropriate theme.
Chriss Coleman of Curating Kin tells about Harriet Bolt, who was essentially a single mother because her husband was so far away. Patricia Rohn at Shaking the Tree wondered why her 3rd-great-grandfather Reuben Keiper was so far away — and ended up getting a break in a brick wall. Cindi at My Moynahan Genealogy Blog opted to forgo the weekly theme, and told the story of her relative Patrick Moynahan and shares some wonderful examples of records.
My contribution this week was about my ancestor John Douglass, who was far away from me (he was from England), died far from where his family ended up, and for whom I found his marriage record when I was far away from home. (On a side note, finding his marriage record at the Family History Library was a great way to start FGS/RootsTech week!)
Don’t forget to take a look at the entries from Week 5. There were lots of great examples of “plowing through”!
- Week 7 (Feb 12-18) – Love
- Week 8 (Feb 19-25) – Good Deeds
- Week 9 (Feb 26 – Mar 4) – Close to Home
I did one – and then in doing more research, found another! So I have two this time.
ELDRED, John – one of the farthest from me in time
HOWARD, Allen – part 2 – the really furthest one from me in time..
I wrote of my STILL line. I am back to 1760 in Chester County, PA but am stuck there since my 4x great grandmother had her children out of wedlock and was “put out” by her family. They seem So Far Away. You can read it at: http://www.genealogybyjeanne.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-my-still-line-seems-so-far.html
The McAinsh family – from Scotland to New Zealand and back again
Doctor Amos TOWNSEND, my 4th great-grandfather, born in Massachusetts 1779, moved with family to upstate New York by 1800, but he settled in Maine while the rest of his family moved farther away.
I went far back in time with my ancestor for Week 6, who was coincidentally named Six…my 14th great-grandfather,Six Welshofer
MINARCIK–#48–Joseph Minarcik–You Came a Long Way
Chauncey Roscoe (C. R.) PIETY, minister, hymn-writer, & poet —
Abner Lemon, a recurring theme for me. He was born in Canada, died in the same county I live in now, and I keep wondering, how did he get so far from his home? I doubt I’ll ever solve this mystery.
SCHWARTZ and GORGES of Osweiler, Luxembourg
52 Ancestors: #6 The SCHWARTZ-GORGES Family of Osweiler (1866-1996)
by Cathy Meder-Dempsey at Opening Doors in Brick Walls
Pins this week featuring my maternal grandmother, Ellen Lesley (LYONS) BRASHIER – finishing the other part of the picture from my grandfather that disappeared (Week 5). Next week, I join in with the themes! https://www.pinterest.com/pattidi/52-ancestors-on-pinterest/
Great idea. Enjoyed seeing your pins.
HEINRICH RAMACHER 1800-1862 Germany to Indiana
It was learning of Heinrich’s journey that started my genealogy journal thanks to Esther Ramacher Hand.
KATRINE (no last name)
Using mitochondrial DNA to explore my deep maternal roots.
Katrine – REALLY Far Away http://wp.me/p4ioO6-ai
Very creative post!
Jean RODRIGUE (born João RODRIGUES), circa 1641-1720 – http://shaketree.blogspot.com/2015/02/jean-rodrigue-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks.html. He is my maternal 9th great-grandfather who was “so far away” from me in generations, physical distance, and family legend. Jean immigrated from Portugal to New France (Québec) circa 1668. The Rodrigue family and their descendants became prominent in both Canada and Louisiana, to which many of them later migrated. I went searching my Rodrigue(z) line thinking it was likely Portuguese, becoming convinced it was actually French, and then finding out that my family’s long-told oral history of Portuguese origins was, indeed, correct!
Week 6 found me searching among the women of my direct maternal line and seeking a maiden name for Elizabeth, wife of David WITHROW, and my 5th great grandmother. https://hollieannhenke.wordpress.com/2015/02/10/52-ancestors-6-in-search-of-elizabeth-wife-of-david-withrow/
Hollie, I enjoyed your story and commiserate with your frustration about finding a maiden name for Elizabeth. I wish you much luck in your ongoing search – something will turn up!
Thank you, Joanne. At this point, I’m starting to believe that I will only find it with a large helping of luck!
52 Ancestors: 6/52–The “Greats” of the Netherlands, So Far Away. That’s the theme for this week–so far away. Half of my DNA (paternal) comes from northern Netherlands, mainly the province of Friesland. I’ve tended to avoid this group, not only because they’re far away geographically, but also because the language difference (both Dutch and Fries) makes them seem even farther than my mother’s English/Irish ancestors. It’s time to learn how to use the Dutch records and learn more about my far-away great grandparents. I’m working with 56 paternal ancestors here (going back to my 4x great grandparents), so this might take more than one week–ha.
MANSFIELD — “Robert Mansfield, U.S. Consul for 19 Years” on Green Family Archives
Read how a young newspaper writer from Muncie, Indiana ended up in Zanzibar, Chile, and Switzerland.
My daughter had surgery and I think that’s why I’m a week off on the themes! My 5th great grandfather, Cornelius Vincent, was marched to Canada as a prisoner during the Revolutionary War. His wife probably thought she’d never see him again. And then, one day, a “roughly dressed stranger” entered into her life…
Sorry, I forgot the link! http://theenthusiasticgenealogist.blogspot.com/2015/02/cornelius-vincent-prisoner-of-war-love.html
Get well soon wishes to your daughter.
My grandfather’s brother Peter Brawley 1901-1925 was so young and so far away from home when tragedy struck.
When he emigrated to the USA, Hans Olai Johnson changed his name to Bardahl, his far away Northern Norwegian birthplace.
We met an old relative, we call her “Aunt”, last Wednesday by accident. My daughter wanted to know “Who’s that for me?” and I used a chart to show her. We found out, this Aunt is a far away relative for her. Not a planned post but it perfectly fitted the this week’s theme:
This week, I wrote about the graves of my Wilson pioneer ancestors. These graves have been lost or destroyed, making them very far away.
My Indiana WILSON Pioneer Ancestors: Bones Gone Away
Okay, mine’s about a little more than one ancestor, but it tied in perfectly with the theme of So Far Away. It’s about an oral tradition that was passed down over a great distance over 600 years.
I’m a week ahead on the theme because my parents love story demands to be told on the 9th of the month. So last Monday, I wrote about…
PAUL and HARRIETTE ANDERSON KASER
Love Letters and the Course of True Love
As a bonus, because some of the letters came from mother on a road trip, I also wrote this week about our family members who visited World Fairs–over a period of 70 years. And my recipe offering is recreating one of the things they ate when they were poor newlyweds in 1938. Depression Era Soup.
I’m not following the theme idea…still just plowing through each branch, looking for interesting stories.
BITTINGER, Hans Adam (1698-1768)
Hans Adam (39) and his family chose to leave Strasbourg (for religious reasons?) and they arrived in Philadelphia on 30 Aug 1737 from Rotterdam on the ship Samuel.
OMG – My post this week also mentioned the ship SAMUELL. I was searching everywhere for a picture with no luck.
my 6th great grandparents
RYEN, SKOJE, SKOGE – Halvor Ryen, also known as Halvor Skoje (or Skoge)
My 10th-great-grandfather, and the most distant ancestor that I have identified in my maternal grandfather’s direct paternal line; he was born about 1580 and lived in Telemark, Norway
My g-g-g grandmother Mary KELLY nee MOLOUGHNEY from Tipperary
I found a TON of info about my 9th great grandfather, Rev. Rowland JONES. He is my “first to arrive to America” ancestor thus far. He’s going to be the subject of upcoming posts, too … such a fascinating family. http://rootedinfoods.com/rev-rowland-jones/
CHURCH, Henry – no. 22 (week 6 – So Far Away) – Old Hundred is my husband’s fifth great-grandfather and can be claimed as the ancestor who is the “farthest from him” in generations
RICHARDSON, Damaris (1834-1856) – my 3G Aunt – is buried in St George’s churchyard, Brede, Sussex, England. Her grave is marked by a small oak cross which we saw on our trip to England in 2012.
COX, John, 11th great-grandfather, in Pitminster Eng. No.6 “So Far Away. Same area as several other ancestors of mine I’ve written about.
MCMAHON – Phoebe McMahon (c1741-after 1815), Frontier Wife
The moved across the frontier three times in wagons during two wars. One hearty woman.
Isobel Burness or Burns, from Scotland, the Matriarch of my Fraser family branch – and a mystery, so far away …
This week, I wrote about my great grandmother who lived in Germany. She’s not the ancestor who lived furthest from me, but she did live far away and I feel somewhat far away from her because I don’t know much about her. I knew her, but I was too young to really know her.
BENDER, Johann Christoph
Johann was an original immigrant from Germany to the lower Volga River area in Russia.
Bartolomeo Stefani is the earliest I’ve found in a line of 11 Generations of Stefani men who all lived in the tiny town of Sporminore in the Italian Tyrol. He is far away in generations, years (born about 1540) and miles.
Convicts: from England to Australia 52 Ancestors 2015 – So Far Away
His parents were from Russia (what is now Belarus); moved to Palestine; professional training in Switzerland; settled in Singapore; died in a WWII internment camp; children flung to the far corners of the world.
BRISK, Albert Wolfe (1880-1942)
Flung to the Far Corners of the World
Talking to your ancestors to find them? I do that! They may be far away, but they may be close!
FICCA – 52 Ancestors 2015 Edition: #6 Helen Bianchi Ficca (1900 – 1939) (Tombstone Tuesday) by Eileen A. Souza at Old Bones Genealogy
This week I wrote about my paternal great grandmother who was from Barbados. Here’s the link: http://www.howdidigetheremyamazinggenealogyjourney.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-2015-edition-6-my-paternal.html
This week I wrote about my great great grandfather who left a place so far away in the Azores for Hawaii…and it wasn’t his only migration. http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-the-longest-migration/
I wrote about Margaret Potter, my GG-grandmother, who made a few moves in her lifetime.
Some people don’t leave much of a paper trail. Such was the case with this week’s ancestor, Mike Hensel, the second husband of my great aunt Maria Arnold Biel.
LYFORD, Rev. John – the first husband of Sarah, who married Edmund Hobart (my 11th great-grandfather). Rev. Lyford tried to outrun his past, but it caught up with him in the colonies.
My slightly late week six entry is on my great-grandfather who we were very far from knowing ANYTHING about: Antanas Visnauskas: Near? Far? Wherever Are You?! – http://bit.ly/1A5V2DE
BOLT, Harriet (1812-1894) Sidmouth, Devon to Bath, Somerset. My husband’s 4th great-grandmother. Non thematic.
Evelina Tourville Bissonnette (1879-1956)
In English: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wp/?p=781
In French: http://www.huboutourvillegenealogy.com/wpfr/?p=541
BAARS, Caroline nee TEWS
My grandmother did not live far away but I’m so far away from knowing who this woman was.
SAINT BEGGA: Amazing ancestor born so long ago and so far away
I went all the way back to Biblical times to research my SAMUEL family surname.
I looked at my immigrant ancestor, Elisabeth Magdalena Mayer, born in Germany, immigrated to NY. She her birthplace is furthest from my home.
Jennie Schreurs and Gerrit Jan Schreurs
My grandmother’s poem about how her own grandmother felt arriving on a wild continent as a small child.
Let me recommend http://www.dutchgenealogy.nl
# 6 – Friedrich Wilhelm Primas. My great-great-grandfather. He died too young.
#6 So Far Away my 3rd Great Uncle leaves the United States joins a missionary group and heads to The Philippines and practices medicine.
I just started 52 Ancestors for this week, and wrote about someone in my tree with two identities – John Reeve / John Thomas Richardson. He remains “so far away” from my pinning him down, traveled “so far away” via his military service, and seemed to be “so far away” from his own family:
I enjoyed that! I’m Haplogroup H.
Thank you Lynda! I know I’m a bit of an “oddity” here since I don’t have a blog, but I appreciate the compliment. I’ve enjoyed reading through your blog and love what you did for week 7!
Barnett, Joseph 1754-1838
Week 6 – So Far Away – Ciro, Adriano, Pasquale and Romeo Giorgio
Week 6 – So Far Away – Frances Tough – http://acoupleofwhiles.blogspot.com/2015/02/52-ancestors-in-2015-6-frances-tough.html
So Far Away – Roman MISCOVITCH. Came over from Russia/Poland now Belarus, and was separated from his wife and son for more than twelve years before he could send for them to come to Canada.
WW1 Nurse, RENSTA (Simms) Jennie
Raymond Turner of Belmont county Ohio. Not the farthest from me, but just the other side of the country.
I am so hopelessly behind, but the great news is that I am writing the stories! Life is busy and I just have to write at the rate that I am able. Thank you to Roberta Estes for the borrowed idea! I wrote a photo blog about my mitochondrial DNA.
WANDAPIKINUM, Marie Anne