Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Notorious Brawdy Family, Part 3 ("Keeping a Bawdy House")

This is a series of posts about the startling discoveries we made at GRIP  (July 2014) in the Intermediate Genealogy class. Our head instructor, Paula Stuart-Warren, chose a random Pittsburgh will for us to research and see what we could uncover about the family. She had no idea of the amazing stories we would find...

The larceny articles I shared yesterday from 1868 were about Martha's brother, Tom. It mentions that the mother (Barbara) is currently in jail for "keeping a bawdy house" or brothel. So, let's head back to Penn State's "Pennsylvania Civil War Newspapers" and Elephind and search the Pittsburgh Daily Gazette and Advertiser to see what we find. (I don't know why, but I get different results with the two search engines.)

On October 30, 1867 we find: Mrs. Brawdy Again

Mrs. Barbara Brawdy, the proprietress of an infamous den on Liberty street, which has frequently been "venillated" [?] through the city papers, still continues to prosper in her infamous business, it appears, notwithstanding the vigilance of the police, and the frequent expressed intention of the authorities to break it up. But a short time since she was before His Honor the Mayor, charged with keeping a bawdy house, and, we believe, was held to bail for her appearance at Court. This was all the Mayor could do in the matter. But some one else must be at fault, as we have not yet noticed in the Court proceedings any account of her trial. The character of the woman, and the reputation of the house she keeps, have so frequently been published, that every body must be familiar with it, and it is therefore [useless?] to speak of it here in a general manner; but as there is always more or less interest attached to particulars connected with such characters, we will relate an incident which is alleged to have taken place at the iniquitous establishment kept by this "virago," Monday evening, from which our readers can form some idea of her manner of conduction business, while it may also serve to teach strangers the impropriety of taking lodgings at what are termed "cheap boarding houses," unless they know the reputation of the houses at which they stop.

Monday evening two men, Mr. McIntyre and Mr. Anderson, from New Brighton, arrived in the city, and at the Union Depot inquired for a "cheap boarding house." The inquiry was heard by one of that class of men with whom our city is cursed to a considerable extent at present, who are too lazy to work, and to poor to live without it, and consequently resort to any means of obtaining a living without labor. It appears he was a "runner" for Mrs. Brawdy's house, to which he conducted them. Shortly after their arrival they discovered the character of the place, and resolved to leave it, but upon signifying their intention to do so, the door was locked and a demand of five dollars each made upon them. They refused to comply with the demand, when the door to an adjoining room was opened and half a dozen "roughs," armed with knives and pistols, confronted them and enforced the payment of the money, when they were allowed to depart.

Mr. Anderson yesterday morning appeared before Alderman McMasters and stated the case, when a warrant was issued for Mrs. Brawdy on  charge of keeping a bawdy house, upon which she was arrested, and after a hearing held in five hundred dollars bail for her appearance at Court.

Anderson and McIntyre are both respectable, hard working men and were led into the "trap," which is always open for the uninitiated, in the manner above stated. We rather think Mrs. B. will be brought before the Court this time, as the prosecutor has no desire to effect a compromise. His motives for prosecuting were not for the purpose of extorting money, or even receiving his own, but to bring the offender to justice. 

And on December 29, 1863 we find: Sentenced

Barbara Brawdy, for keeping a bawdy house, was sentenced to pay a fine for $200, and undergo one month's imprisonment in the county jail.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Notorious Brawdy Family, Part 2 (Accused of Larceny)

This is a series of posts about the startling discoveries we made at GRIP  (July 2014) in the Intermediate Genealogy class. Our head instructor, Paula Stuart-Warren, chose a random Pittsburgh will for us to research and see what we could uncover about the family. She had no idea of the amazing stories we would find...
I already posted about how we tracked down the original will on FamilySearch. With quite a bit of effort, we eventually found the census records for 1850 (Baldwin Twp - surname transcribed as "Brandy" on Ancestry), 1860 (Pittsburgh, Ward 5 - father transcribed as "W Brandy" on Ancestry - all family members listed by first initial ) & 1870 (Borough of East Birmingham - mother transcribed as "Barbara Brady" on Ancestry) where Martha was living with her parents, Martin & Barbara, & her siblings. She also has her 8-year-old daughter, Jenny Cornita living with her. Remember, her name was listed as Jennie C Brawdy in the will, but here it is Jenny Cornita.

Photo posted by Liz Freeman on FindAGrave
We never found any other information about Martha's daughter, Jenny. But, we were able to find quite a bit more about the rest of the Brawdy family including:
  • more census records for various family members
  • a will for her brother, Martin
  • two city directory listing for her mother, Barbara, listing her as a widow in 1865 & 1866
  • a marriage record for sister Maria Jane who married Walter E Barnett before marrying Valentine Green (probable first marriage)
  • a marriage record for brother Thomas M who married Catharine R Fitch
  • a death certificate for sister Maria Jane who married Valentine Green (I believe this is a second marriage)
  • tombstones for her mother, Barbara, & her brother, Martin
  • possible death record for her mother, Barbara, at FamilySearch - however it says her parents are born in Ireland where others state Germany & it says she's only lived there 6 months & her previous residence was Chicago
But, the most interesting 'finds' were the newspaper records! Unfortunately, I can't take credit for these finds. But, another group found some incredible articles using a site I wasn't familiar with: Elephind.

Elephind states it's purpose: to make it possible to search all of the world's digital newspapers from one place and at one time. allows you to simultaneously search across thousands of articles using key words and phrases. 

The first article I'll share is from the Pittsburgh Gazette Gazette and Advertiser dated Monday, April 6, 1868. It is titled "Alleged Larceny of $200 - The Accused Committed for Trial."

Catherine Salzmen, the proprietress of  tavern in East Birmingham, made information before Justice Ammon on Saturday, charging John Schafer and Tom Brawdy with larceny. She alleges that the accused, who frequented her house, and were well acquainted with its arrangement, came in to the bar-room Saturday morning, and remained until she was called out, when they entered an adjoining room and took two hundred dollars from a bureau drawer. Brawdy and Schafer were arrested, and after hearing, were committed for trial in default of five hundred dollars each for their appearance at Court. The Brawdy family are becoming quite notorious in criminal affairs. The mother was, a short time since, convicted on a charge of keeping a bawdy house, for which she is serving a term of imprisonment. Subsequently a son was arrested and committed to jail to away trial on a similar charge, and now the third one of the family is committed on a charge of larceny.

Two months later, in a paper dated June 10, 1868, we find the results of the trial:

The Jury in the case of the Commonwealth vs. Thomas Brawdy, Jno Bell, and John Shaffer, indicted for the larceny of $185 from Mrs. Salzman of East Birmingham, reported yesterday, returned a verdict of not guilty and the accused were discharged.  

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Notorious Brawdy Family, Part 1 (The Russell Index)

This is a series of posts about the startling discoveries we made at GRIP  (July 2014) in the Intermediate Genealogy class. Our head instructor, Paula Stuart-Warren, chose a random Pittsburgh will for us to research and see what we could uncover about the family. She had no idea of the amazing stories we would find...

Our will was for Martha Jane Brawdy who died in Birmingham, Allegeheny County, Pennsylvania. A classmate quickly realized that this was a copy of the will written in the court book and not the actual will. So, we all headed over to FamilySearch to look for the actual will.

Here are the steps to finding the will:
  1. Go to
  2. Go to "search" then "records"
  3. Click on the U.S. on the map and then "Pennsylvania" on the list
  4. Click "start researching in Pennsylvania"
  5. Go to the last item, "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994"
  6. Click on "browse through 3,200,560 images (this number could change)
  7. Click on "Allegheny" to get to the correct county
  8. Click on "Estate index 1788-1971 surname B, first names K-Z" since the surname "Brawdy" starts with "B" and "Martha" starts with "M"
  9. Image 6 is a Russel Index which shows how to locate the person you are searching for
Russell Index image from familysearch
I'd never seen a Russell Index before & it took a little while for me to understand it. I got some help and I was finally able to understand. So, let me try to talk you through it.

We are in the file where all of the surnames start with "B". This particular page is showing you how to locate first names that start with "K", "L", or "M". We need "M" for Martha Jane.

You start with the surname, in this case Brawdy. After the initial letter, B, you mark off any letters that aren't on the key - L, M, N, R or T. In our case we only have the "R" left. (If you have more than two letters left, you still only use the first two.) We are looking for just "R" in the first column. Once you locate the correct letter(s) in the first column, you use the second column if the first name starts with a K or L & the second column if the first name starts with an M. Ours is M (Martha), so we need to look for section 1140.

Now you have to kind of jump around the various images to locate the section where pages are numbered 1140. I first went to image 400 which was record 1415, BUT the first names started with R. I have went way too far. Image 220 is labeled 2013. I need to keep going back. Image 160 is labeled 1143. I'm getting close! Image 140 is labeled 1141. So, I'm just going to page back from here. (By the way, if you 'jump' to an unnumbered page, just scroll forward or backward a page or two until you see a number.)

from FamilySearch
I found the first page of the 1140 series on image #124 of 818. (Under the 1140 you will see a 1 for the first page in the series.) On the first page of a series, you'll find a list of commonly seen names and the 'special' pages these are located on. "Brawdy" is actually listed on this page and it says you can find the "Brawdy" surname on 2017.

Now, we need to find 2017 the same way - kind of jumping around until we land on the correct series. Remember to watch the first names and make sure you don't get out of the names with the first name starting with an M! (I found the first page of 2017 on image #228 of 818.)

from FamilySearch
We find "Brawdy, Martha J" as the 5th person on this page. It lists her residence as "Birmingham" and her Personal Representative as "Wm C Moreland Exr". Lastly, it tells you were to find the proceedings index: Volume 12, page 220, block 1.

Our next step is to go back to the "Allegheny" probate records & look for the "Proceedings Index" volume 12. (The entire title is "Proceedings index 1788-1971 vol 11-12.) Remember, there are TWO volumes here so you need to be looking in the later half of the images! Once again we will 'jump around' until we find page 220. I found it on image #690 of 929.

And, we have found Martha J Brawdy as the first image! It lists her executor, Wm C Moreland. It lists three documents, including the will which is located in Will Book #15 on page #68. This is where we'll start for Part 2.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Ahnentafel Roulette

Today's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge by Randy over at GeneaMusings is to play Ahnentafel Roullete. The 'rules' are as follows...

  1. What year was one of your great-grandfathers born? Divide this number by 80 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."
  2. Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?
  3. Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."
So, here goes!
  1. I picked my great grandfather, Emil Wilhelm Peters who was born in 1877. After dividing by 80, I rounded the answer to 23.
  2. Person #23 in my tree is my great, great grandmother, Elizabeth Bennett who was born in 1849 in Greene County, Missouri and died in 1914 in Sumner County, Kansas.
  3. 3 facts about Elizabeth Bennett: 

Newton County marriage record for Miss Elizabeth Bennett & Josiah R Coppenbarger (image from

  • She married Josiah Randolph Coppenbarger on the 20th of February, 1873 in Newton County, Missouri at "the home of her father", Henry Bennett 
  • She had 6 children: 3 sons & 3 daughters 
  • She moved from Newton County, Missouri to Sumner County, Kansas within a year or two of getting married (they moved before the 1875 Kansas state census)
Elizabeth Bennett (seated) with husband & her 6 children
Photo posted on FindAGrave by JRS
As always, I uncovered something new while participating in this SNGF post. This time, I uncovered the marriage record for Elizabeth Bennett on Ancestry! I also see that I can order a copy of it, which I'll probably do as the online copy is poor.

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Home from GRIP 2014!

Last night I got back from GRIP (Genealogical Research Institute of Pittsburgh) in Pittsburgh where I attended the "Intermediate Genealogy" course. What a neat week!

GRIP was held at La Roche College in the outskirts of Pittsburgh. It's a very nice, small campus. The building on the left was the main dorm building and on the right is the building where we had classes, meals, larger gatherings and even Maia's Books. As you can see, it is only a short walk if it rains - which it threatened to do but never did! In fact, the last two days were BEAUTIFUL with temperatures in the 60's in the mornings and highs only in the 70's! Gorgeous!

I stayed in a "double" room in the dorms, but used it as a private room. The rooms are a nice size for a dorm room and have a microwave, fridge, & a private bathroom! You can bring an ethernet cable and access the internet for free. Unfortunately, the a/c in my first room was broken and I ended up changing rooms after two days because they couldn't find a part. This room had actually been kind of dirty (hair in the bathroom drawers & some kind of gooey stuff in the cabinet under the sink). The second room was cleaner, but it was a handicapped room so I had less storage space. The beds weren't very comfortable and the pillow was very thin. They provided us with linens & a towel, floor towel, hand towel & one washrag (yes, one for the week!). Thankfully, a friend who lived in town brought me some more washrags!

Each day included several breaks and sometimes we would sit outside or walk around and enjoy the flowers and benches that are scattered around the college grounds. This amazing hibiscus was as large as a dinner plate!

Next door to the college is Sisters of Divine Providence, which I believe is a catholic church and convent. The first morning I slept with the windows opened since I didn't have air conditioning and I heard the chimes at 6 am, but I didn't hear it the other mornings when my windows were shut. We took several walks on these beautiful grounds.

We found a series of statues which, I was told, were the Stations of the Cross. As a protestant, I wasn't familiar with these though I've heard that phrase before. The angel is holding a cross which says, "In Cruce Salus" which means "salvation in the cross." Their are 14 stations which depict events of Jesus' crucifixion from his condemnation to being laid in the tomb. I wish I would have taken a photo of the station where Veronica wipes the face of Jesus & his face is left imprinted on her veil. I have written about the artwork of "Vernoica's veil" on another blog.

At the top of a hill was a beautiful cemetery for the nuns. I was amazed at how long many of the nuns lived, and also how many died each year. Often, there were four or five a year! I'm wondering how many nuns live in the convent, or if this is where some go to retire.

On the Sisters website was a neat article about the six pioneer sisters who immigrated from Germany in 1876 to teach German immigrants first in Ohio and later in Pittsburgh. As a genealogist, I loved how the article on the site ends: "The difficulties the pioneer sisters faced were many--insufficient housing, insufficient food, the challenges of learning a new language, adapting to a new culture, and more. Through it all, they maintained a firm trust in God's providence."

Sunday, July 20, 2014

First Evening at GRIP!

I'm now in Pennsylvania at GRIP (Genealogical Research Instituted of Pittsburgh) where I'll be taking the week-long course, "Intermediate Genealogy: Tools for Digging Deeper", taught by Paula Stuart-Warren along with Debbie Mieszala and Joshua Taylor.

I got a private dorm room and it's pretty nice though a little dirty and my air-conditioning isn't working. I'ts about 8 pm, though, and it's cooling off and I have my window open so I should be OK through the night. And, I hope they get it fixed tomorrow!

I'm on the 'meal plan' so I get three meals a day in the cafeteria. Tonight we had salad, chicken parmigiana, ziti & marinara sauce, garlic bread, green beans & some dessert. It was pretty good for cafeteria food.

We also had our opening session where we met the coordinators & the teachers & some door prizes were given away. And, no, I didn't win any!

I've met several people and am enjoying hearing their stories. I also met Karen from "Karen's Genealogy Oasis" as I was walking back to my room from getting a snack!

My class starts at 8:15 and I have to get breakfast first. It's an hour later here so 8:15 will feel like 7:15. It's a good thing I'm an early riser!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Genealogy Fun - 16 Great-Great-Grands

Carrie at Under the Nut Tree Genealogy participated in an 'old' Saturday Night Genealogy Fun posted at Genea-Musings by Randy. The title is "Your 16 Great-Great-Grands." I thought it sounded like a great activity, so I'm going to participate, too.

Here are the steps:
  1. List your 16 great-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-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.
My results:
  1. Alexander STEWART (1852-1922) born in Pennsylvania - mixture of German/Irish/French
  2. Catharine Jane McCLINTOCK/McCLINTICK (1852-1929) born in Pennsylvania - some German
  3. Augustus L MERRILL (1848-1920) born in Pennsylvania - unknown
  4. Sarah Jane EASTWOOD (1848-1923) born in England - English
  5. Charles PETERS (1847-1910) born in Germany - German
  6. Guntherine Fredericka WERTHER (1847-1888) born in Germany - German
  7. Josiah Randolph COPPENBARGER (1844-1934) born in Illinois - primarily German
  8. Elizabeth BENNETT (1849-1914) born in Missouri - unknown
  9. Rheinhard KAECHLE (1844-1900) born in Germany - German
  10. Mary Magdalena "Lena" KARBACH/KOERBACH (1848-1938) born in Germany - German
  11. Francis "Frank" ADAM (1826-1902) born in Germany - German
  12. Francesca "Frances" HOLTHOEFER (1833-1907) born in Germany - German
  13. James B DICKSON (1840-1902) born in Tennessee - unknown
  14. Elizabeth Ann BOYERS (1842-1882) born in Mississippi - unknown
  15. Reuben Houston WARD (1859-1906) born in Tennessee - unknown
  16. Sallie Harried DICKSON (1860-1960) born in Tennessee - unknown
My "nationalities" from my great-great-grandparent are:
7 German
1 English
8 unknown (with a little more German, Irish & French thrown in).

My calculated percentages are:
44% German
6% English
50 % unknown (with a small portion of that being Irish & French)

Strangely, my DNA results show:
35% Scandinavian (which could include German)
30% Irish (which could include French & English)
20% Western European (which could include German & English)
10% Italy/Greece (which could include French)

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Sharing Memories Week 27: First Loss

Lorine at Olive Tree Genealogy offers a weekly challenge to share some of our own memories. Her weekly themes are a great way to preserve our own stories. Last week's challenge was to share about your first loss.

I had three grandparents who died during my childhood, but the first two happened when I was very young and the third one was a grandfather I barely knew. What really stood out was the death of my best childhood friend, Shona. Her mom married the man who lived next door and she became my neighbor. I still remember how we met...

We must have been about 7 or 8 years old the first time we saw each other across the chain link fence. She had a picnic table in her backyard;  I had a swing set. And, for some reason, we started taking turns showing off. She would do some kind of dance move or gymnastic trick on her table and then look at me. I would swing as high as I could and jump off. I guess we eventually started talking, but I just remember that initial feeling of trying to 'one up' her.

With blond hair and a crooked smile, Shona made up dances to our favorite movie soundtrack, "Grease." We learned all the moves and the words, though there was one curse word we always had to bleep out. I still consider "Grease" one of my favorite movies.

We lived in a small Kansas town in houses that were about one hundred years old. Each house had several steps going up from the sidewalk to the main yard and there was the chain length fence between us. The fastest way to get to her house was to grab onto the end pole and swing out over the sidewalk. I remember one crazy day when it was raining in her yard and not in mine! 

Shona moved to an even smaller Kansas town after only a few years. I got to visit her the summer after our fourth grade year. The houses were spread out and most families had enough land for horses. Instead of walking or riding bikes to visit friends, we rode horses! This was my first real time on a horse and I remember one of them peeing and being told to yank my feet up and learning the hard way that pee splashes on blacktop! I was shocked to see the young boys our age chewing and spitting tobacco while we each sat on a horse and talked. On a weekend night, we attended an old-fashioned barn dash and the teenage girls wore their jeans so tight I saw one of them jumping up and down trying to pull hers back on in the restroom.

The next year, I moved farther away, too. We continued to write each other and at one point she told me that she had Hodgkin's Disease, but then went into remission. We talked less and less as the years went by, but we still sent Christmas cards to each other.

Our senior year I sent out a card but didn't receive a card in reply. Instead, a few days after Christmas, I got a phone call from her older sister. She told me Shona had passed away shortly before Christmas. I hadn't even known her cancer was back.

After hanging up the phone, I ran outside and hid behind a bush near the driveway. I sobbed! I couldn't imagine that Shona would never graduate from high school or go to college. She would never marry or have children of her own. I couldn't believe she was gone. We were just kids with our whole lives before us!

I recently found Shona's tombstone on Find-A-Grave and am thankful for the volunteers who post photos and other details and give family and friends a place to remember loved ones and leave virtual flowers.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Some Semi-Random Research

Last night's "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" challenge at Genea-Musings involved doing some semi-random research. I wasn't able to do the research last night, but I'm ready now!

Step #1: 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!

I chose the letter "U" and my name was Boyd Ungard.

Step #2: 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!

Boyd Ungard was born about 1875 in Pennsylvania and died after 1930. He was married in 1895 in Lycoming County, Pennsylvania to Edith Stewart. They had at least 7 children: 4 daughters & 3 sons including a son named Stewart, evidently from his mother's last name.

Boyd Ungard & Edith Stewart's 1895 marrige record
found at Ancetry
Records I have: 
  • 1910, 1920, & 1930 census - all 3 near St Louis, Illinois (which is across the Mississippi from St Louis, Missouri) 
  • a Methodist church marriage record stating both the bride & groom were "from Flemington" 
  • a 1926 city directory showing his occupation as a laborer and his middle initial as "K" which I had never recorded 
New findings on Ancestry:
  • U.S. Social Security Death Index - shows exact birth date (13 Feb 1875) & death facts (Oct 1968 in St Louis, Missouri) - age of 93 
  • A listing for a St Louis obituary, though I wasn't able to view a copy of it 
  • Several more city directories 
  • A baptism as an adult in June of 1894 in the same church (& same month) as his marriage to Edith Stewart 
  • A church record (same Methodist church) showing he was received in June of 1894 & later "removed to Pitsburgh" (no date recorded) 
  • A church record (same Methodist church) showing his probationary membership starting in November of 1893 & "received into full connection" in June of 1894 
Findings at Mocavo:
  • 1940 census - I had to play around with this to find it on Ancestry & found they'd transcribed the last name as "Ungood", not 'Ungard" (I found it by searching for the fairly unusual first name of Stewart with no last name) 
  • 1880 census - he is 5 years old & living in same county as wife as a young girl - his 7 year old sister is listed as having scarlet fever - found siblings & parents 
  • Methodist baptism record of two siblings listing same parents
front of Body Ungard's WWI draft registration card
found at FamilySearch
Findings at FamilySearch:
  • WWI Draft Registration with date of birth! & his middle name & wife's middle name (she's the sister of a direct ancestor)! 
Records I'd still like:
  • a copy of the obituary I found 
  • probate records 
  • 1900 census 
  • location of burial 
  • names of any other children (there is a 5 year & a 10 year gap between children) 
Step 3: How are you related to this person, and why is s/he in your family tree?

Boyd King Ungard is the husband of my great grand aunt, Edith Virginia Stewart. I try to research the siblings of my direct ancestors, so this was a great bit of research!

Step 4: Share!

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Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - My Father's Mother's Paternal Line

I've done a few of Randy Seaver's "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" challenges over at Genea-Musings. This week's challenge is about your father's mother's paternal lines.

1) What was your father's mother's name?

My grandmother's maiden name was Hazel Lucille Peters. At the end of her life, she lived with my aunt & uncle who lived in the same town as I. She had almost white hair and, as a young child, I thought that was just her hair color. So, when I received a doll with white hair, I named her Hazel. She died when I was only 5 and I have just a few memories of her - one of them being of her eating pork skins.

A photo of my grandmother Hazel long before she had white hair
(Photo in possession of my family)
2) What is your father's mother's patrilineal line? That is, her father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
Hazel Lucille Peters was born in 1910 in Comanche County, Oklahoma. Five years before her birth & five years after her family was living in Sumner County, Kansas. So, I wonder why they were in Oklahoma for those years.

Photo of Emil & brother, Will, with their tractor & J.I. Case steam engine threshing machine
(posted by Teri, aka "Twee3", on
Hazel's father, Emil Wilhelm Peters (1877-1955), was born in Sumner County, Kansas and stayed in that area except for the few years he lived in Comanche County, Oklahoma. He worked as a farmer & did threshing alongside his brother, William.

Charles Peters & his wife Fredericka (Werther) Peters
Photo from Webbe family album in possession of Scott Hawley of Westerville, Ohio
(used with permission)
Emil's father, Charles Peters (1847-1910), was also a farmer. He immigrated from Germany to Pickaway County, Ohio when he was about 11 years old. Shortly after he married in 1871 he moved to Sumner County, Kansas. Like his sons, Emil & Tony, and young granddaughter, Hazel, he was living near Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma in the early 1900's and died there in 1910.

1859 New York Passenger List for "Joach Peters", age 44, and family - traveled "Between decks"
(image from
Charles' father, Joachim Otto Peters (abt 1815-abt 1894), was also a farmer. He was born in Germany, possibly Gustrow in Mecklenberg, and immigrated with his wife, Henrietta (Bingher), and six children to the United States in the summer of 1859. He lived in Pickaway County, Ohio before migrating to Sumner County, Kansas in the early 1870's. I have not been able to locate any information about this family in Germany.

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

My grandmother had two brothers. One married later in life and didn't have any known children. The other had three sons, two of whom I remember from my childhood. I remember one had a grandson that was just a few years older than me. I'll have to ask some older family members to help me fill in this tree and trace these three brothers.

4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.
Clipping from "The Wellington Daily News", 13 November 1902
So, here's my post! It took me a little over two hours to write it as I was doing research as I went along. While doing it, I uncovered some new records! Specifically, some newspaper clippings about Charles Peters and the farm he sold when he moved to Oklahoma. Apparently, the buyer didn't make his second payment and so the farm was to be sold at auction. This is something I want to follow up on!

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The 1828 Will of Peter Close's Relict: Catharine Elizabeth Close

Yesterday, I shared the 1810 will of my 5th great grandfather , Peter Close of Armagh, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. Peter's wife, Catha...