Sunday, July 13, 2014

More Genealogy Fun

I saw last night's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun by Genea-Musing's Randy Seaver-- Do Some Semi-Random Research-- thought I'd give it a try! Let's see what we can find! 

Here's the challenge: 

1) We're going to do a little bit of Semi-Random Research tonight...

2) Go to your family tree database of choice (you know, like RootsMagic, Reunion, Ancestry Member Tree), and determine who the very first person on your list of C surnames is. Or the first person on your list of J surnames. Or P surnames. Or any other name you need to research. Your choice! 

3) What do you know (or not know) about this person based on your research? It's OK to do more research if you need to- in fact, it's encouraged! 

4) How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

5) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, or in a Facebook Status post or Google+ Stream post. 

Here's Mine: (I decided to do two!)

1) The first C surname in my list of individuals in my tree is: 

Cain, Andrew

~ This is what I know about him:
Andrew Cain: b. abt 1810; d. bef 1880
His father's name: Dyre Cain
He married Sarah Mendenhall (1814-?) on 25 Jun 1842 (daughter of Moses Mendenhall (1778-1847) and Mary Benbow (1790-1822).
Daniel H. Cain       1845- 1907
Martha A. Cain     1847- ?
unknown Cain       1847-1847

Andrew is the husband of my 2nd cousin, 7x removed. He is in this tree because I like to add as many cousins as I can! :) 

Let's see what I can find doing more research!

~Marriage Bond- "North Carolina, Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868"
Bond Date: 25 Jun 1842
Bond #: 000053877
Image #: 005429
County: Guilford 
Record #: 01 059
Bondsman: Benjamin Benbow

(Sarah's mother was Mary Benbow and her grandfather was called Benjamin Benbow- so this could be the same person as the bondsman or a brother of Mary's). 

~1850 U.S. Census: Guilford, North Carolina
Andrew Cain- 70
Sarah Cain- 36
Danl Cain- 5
Martha A. Cain- 3
Peter Surmine- 15

~1860 U.S. Census: Guilford, North Carolina 
Andrew Cain- 78
Sarah Cain- 46
Danle Cain- 15
Martha Cain- 14
Susan Bord- 20 

~1880 U.S. Census: Clay, Hamilton, Indiana
Daniel Cain- 36
Sarah Cain- 66
Mary Mendenhall- 53 (Sarah's sister)

(These census' show that Andrew wasn't born in 1810, but the late 1700s'...and he was a farmer.)

~Nothing new was found in "public member trees"

~Same marriage record as in

~Sadly, nothing else.

2) The first surname in the list of J surname's is:
Jackson, Ann

~This is what I know about her:
Ann Jackson: b. 13 Dec 1719 in London Grove, Pennsylvania
                      d. 08 May 1808 in Delaware Co., Pennsylvania 
Ann's parents were Caleb Jackson and Hannah Bennett.
She married Nicholas Newlin (1726-1766) on 15 Feb 1747 in Chester Co., Pennsylvania in the Concord Meeting House. (Son of Nathaniel Newlin Jr. (1690-1732) and Jane Woodward (1687-1738)
Richard Newlin      09 Sep 1747- ?
Elizabeth Newlin    05 Sep 1749- 08 Sep 1841
Jane Newlin            08 Oct 1750- ?
Thomas Newlin      02 Oct 1753- 29 Mar 1811
Joseph Newlin        21 Oct 1754- ?
Nicholas Newlin Jr.11 Jun 1756- ?
Ann Newlin            24 Jul 1759- 28 Oct 1779
Rachel Newlin        06 Nov 1760- 06 Mar 1855
John Newlin            04 Feb 1763- 1828
James Newlin          13 Feb 1766- ?  

Ann is the wife of my 2nd cousin, 10x removed. She is in this tree because I like to add as many cousins as I can! :) 

Let's see what I can find doing more research!

~Chester County, Pennsylvania Wills, 1713-1825
Anne Newlin
14 Mar 1768
Remarks: Nicholas Newlin. [Nathaniel marked through and Nicholas added.] Concord. Mar. 14, 1768. Adm. to Anne Newlin and Micajah speakman.

~According to other member trees on this site, Ann was married three times:
James Walter (1726-bef 1768) before 1769
James Moore (1716-1809) on 04 May 1769
Nicholas Newlin (1726-1765) on 15 Nov 1747


  1. Wasn't this a fun challenge? Unfortunately, I think I spend too much time doing random research like this when I need to learn to stick with a plan. But, I really enjoyed it and uncovered quite a bit of new information on the husband of my great grand aunt!