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Most Wanted! Ancestors Lost and Found

A place to post the information you know about that special, elusive ancestor. Let's deconstruct a few brick walls and repair a broken link or two.

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Discussion Forum

charles sherman Hagaman 16 Replies

i am  trying to find the parents of charles sherman Hagaman who was born  nov 16 1844 and die in 1925

Started by maggie. Last reply by Allen Hagerman Mar 28, 2019.

John Louis du Plessis (1858–1956)

Good day,I would like to ask you if you could help me with info on John Louis du Plessis (1858–1956)He was my 2nd great-grandfather and I can not find any info on him.BIRTH 10 NOV 1858 • Franschhoek,…Continue

Started by Cornelia Potgieter Aug 16, 2018.


i am struggling with an ancestor Fillipo Rossini who was born about 1795 in Como, Italy. He moved to Scotland and married Martha Abercrombie in 1819. He died in Gartnavel Asylum in 1849 where he had…Continue

Tags: Rossini, Fillipo

Started by Brian Charles Maclachlan Jul 26, 2018.

Looking for information on Asberry Parks

Hello my brick wall is with Asberry Parks and the knowledge of knowing who his parents were and also his grand parents and so on, I don't know his birth date,just know that he was supposingly in the…Continue

Started by Amelia Underwood Feb 23, 2017.

Thomas J. Sanders, Dyer County, Tenn - Who are my parents?

I am researching my GG-grandfather (Thomas J. Sanders 1839-1916)  who was a Baptist Minister in Newburn, TN. I have found his certificate of death that lists his father as Tom Sanders born in…Continue

Started by Maxanne Sanders Durkee Aug 10, 2016.

James Adair and Alabama Descendents

I have a fairly clear and well researched line from myself to William Issac Adair Born 1780 and married to Eleanor Moon, living in Madison County AL. I'm struggling to find William Issac's parents…Continue

Started by James W Adair Jul 12, 2016.

Information on Ben Scarce is very Scarce!! 1 Reply

Looking for any information on my gr. gr. grandfather Ben Scarce. The 1900 census says he and his mother were born in Tennessee, His father in Virginia. At the time of the 1900 census it states they…Continue

Started by DEANNA IRELAN. Last reply by DEANNA IRELAN Jul 6, 2016.

Elusive Joneses

Dear Researchers,I have been researching for a couple of years and have discovered a lot.  But now, like many of you, I have hit a wall.  Any help would be appreciated.Looking for Robert McClure…Continue

Started by Robert Jones May 15, 2015.

Vaughan Daniel Urbasch - My grandfather.

Birth: September 19, 1895Last seen by family: circa 1942 (47)Parents: Carl Rudolf Urbasch and Gertruida Magdalena VaughanHis last know address is somewhere in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.Continue

Started by Charmaine Carstens Jan 21, 2015.

Carl Nielsen - vanished into thin air 2 Replies

Hi,I am looking for Carl Nielsen, born in Denmark on 23 Oct 1885 to Hans Nielsen and Christina Jonasdotter. He worked as an apprentice seaman for the German shipping line HAPAG. Came to Ellis Island…Continue

Started by Madeline Yanov. Last reply by Madeline Yanov Jan 11, 2015.

Augustus Caesar Glazebrook 1 Reply

Supposedly my gggg grandfather Augustus Caesar Glazebrook existed but I can hardly fine any  mention of him.  Born cc 1790 in Virginia he disappears around 1833 living near Louisville on either the…Continue

Started by Turk Glazebrook. Last reply by Anne Jan 4, 2015.

Mary Ann Shakespeare 1 Reply

I'm hoping to find information on the English family of my ancestor Mary Ann Shakespeare, this is what little I know about her.She was born in England in 1816, I don't know where.She married James…Continue

Tags: Worthington, Ivens, Shakespeare

Started by Kay Ivens Blinebury. Last reply by Laressa Northrup Dec 30, 2014.

Lewis family tree

Hi Everyone.  I'm a newbie here and was wondering if anyone has any ancestors by the name of James B. Lewis, born in 1822 in New Jersey.  He married Martha M. Stackhouse (born in Ohio) and had 10…Continue

Started by Andrea Davis Sep 23, 2014.

Conrad Holsinger & Rosanna Gaerte 10 Replies

My most wanted ancestors are the parents of my ancestors Conrad Holsinger & Rosanna Gaerte. They were married in 1838 in Stark County, Ohio. I do have their marriage record and a newspaper…Continue

Started by Laressa Northrup. Last reply by Laressa Northrup Aug 7, 2014.

thomas hansen

 I have been,for years, trying to find the birth of Thomas, I have his marriage and death cert.,both confirming his birth circa 1852. He claims to have been born in S.Lambeth,London, and his father…Continue

Started by brenda walcroft Apr 12, 2014.

Joseph May Taylor (1826-1892) of KY, FL, TX & OK

I can’t find parents for my 2x great-grandfather, Joseph M Taylorb: 5 Mar 1826 in Louisville, KY; (find-a-grave)m: Sarah Jane Frierson (1839-1880), daughter of Aaron Taylor Frierson and Hester Ann…Continue

Tags: Texas, Frierson, Taylor, Oklahoma, Kentucky

Started by Jeanne Taylor Dewey Apr 5, 2014.

Huldah Surviah Anderson

Hi! My brick wall ancestor is Huldah Surviah Anderson. I am looking for her maiden name. She was born 15 Dec 1776 in Stonington, New London, CT. She died 1 Jan 1859 in Massena, St Lawrence, New York.…Continue

Tags: Connecticut, Vermont, Anderson, Brooks

Started by Dana Kelly Dec 31, 2013.

Andrew Davison b. abt 1806 in Connecticut

Looking for the ancestors of Andrew Davison. He married Sally King (possibly in Delaware County, Indiana in 1837).Children: George b. 1839Nancy b. 1842William b. abt 1841James b. 1845Sarah b.…Continue

Tags: County, Clinton, Michigan, King, Davison

Started by Ginny Sayre Dec 29, 2013.

Rogers from GA >AL > TX

 What I have on the  this 2nd great grandfather is this. His name is Micheal William Rogers b. 1812 in  Milldgeville ,Baldwin, Georgia. I am not sure of the proof of that location. He is seen again…Continue

Started by Angela D Rogers Perez Oct 24, 2013.

Lost Gates in Texas

I have a great grandfather who was born in Texas 1862 (?) Lived in Danville , Montgomery, TX , He married my great grandmother,Margaret Louisa Kirby of San Jacinto County TX , in Polk County TX in…Continue

Started by Angela D Rogers Perez Oct 24, 2013.

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Comment by Carol Dobkins Keith on July 12, 2009 at 1:31pm
Maybe I posted my inquiry in the wrong place? I admit I'm technologically-challenged!!!! Am looking for any information on Evan Dobkins and his wife, Margaret Johnson who migrated from Shenandoah County, VA in the late 1779 to Tennessee.
Comment by Sherry Hightower on July 11, 2009 at 4:06pm
Hey Gene, did you see the graphic? If it isn't what you had in prob..we can work on it together. Let me know what you are looking for.
Comment by Luckie Daniels on July 10, 2009 at 4:04pm
GEORGIA Brick Wall - A New Wingfield Mystery?!

ust when I thought I had the Wingfields of Washington-Wilkes all figured out!

Okay… recently, while searching online for more info related to my Catie’s manumission, I discovered the Digital Library on American Slavery, a collective repository of slave petitions.

Much to my disappointment, I did not find any evidence validating Catie had been freed by Rev. James Dickey in 1861 & after poking around, only discovered one Wilkes County WINGFIELD petition in the DLAS database - Petition 20681714.

But what a doozy this one document turned out to be!:-)

Here’s the abstract…

In his will, the late John Querns bequeathed to his nephews, William and Samuel Arnett, property that included nine slaves, with the stipulation that some of them be freed at the age of twenty-one. He also set aside a small legacy for eighteen other slaves who were to be freed by his executors upon his death, and appointed several men Thomas Lasley and Thomas Talbot as trustees of the bequeathed property and guardians of the slaves’ interest. Samuel and William Arnett claim that the executors, Talbot, Lasley, and one John Wingfield, have taken no steps to execute the emancipation clause of the will, the legislation of the state of Georgia having made it unlawful to free slaves. The slaves are to remain slaves for life and the executors should render account of their executorship and settle the estate.

Why is this so interesting? Well…

* The John WINGFIELD cited in this petition is the father of James Nelson Wingfield {owner of my 4th Grandfather James Wingfield}, who in his will, bequeathed slaves to James Nelson.
* The 31 slaves listed in the petition, who were eventually bound to slavery for life {courtesy of Georgia legislature making it illegal to free slaves}, share a handful of [unique] names with slaves listed on the 1862 estate inventory of Archibald S. Wingfield. And as I’ve confirmed over the past few weeks, Archibald’s slaves were my new cousin Farrel’s ancestors & quite possibly mine {including an 11 year old “Katy”}.
* Although we didn’t know how until now, Samuel & William ARNETT came to eventually own some of Farrel’s Ancestors {ARNETT is also a known surname related to my WINGFIELDS}.
* Post emancipation, Farrel’s Ancestor, Peter Arnett/Cohen founded the city of Cohen Town in Wilkes Co, accumulating land & wealth over the years.

Questions to answer -

* How was the estate settled & who were the slaves awarded to?
* How did it come to be that the next generation of these slaves appear to be owned by Archibald Simpson Wingfield?
* Where are the wills/estates for the Arnetts, Talbot, Lasley, & John Wingfield? What will they reveal?
* How did Peter Arnett/Cohen come to purchase property after emancipation? Was his fortune connected to the “small legacy” bequeathed to his predecessors by John Querns?

I have a feeling that my questions are just the tip of the iceberg!:-)

Comment by Luckie Daniels on July 10, 2009 at 4:02pm
ALABAMA Brick Wall - Help Me Understand Slaveowner Redden Barwick?

Alright all my Genea Pro’s out there, help me to understand some “murkiness” surrounding Redden BARWICK of Henry Co. Alabama, the believed owner of my BARWICK Ancestors.

OK… here’s the skinny…

1870 Henry Co. Census – Precinct 9. I find my 4th Grandfather Cary Barwick {b. about 1830} living with his family that includes my 10 yr. old, 3rd Grandfather James. The Barwick’s are living in between several white families, & are themselves “mulatto”. Also not too far away {Cary’s dwelling number is #117}, is the family of Gus Barwick {b. about 1845} at dwelling #82. Gus is listed as “black” {with the exception of 12 yr. old Rapheus} & is also living between several white families who are, as determined through research, connected to Redden Barwick.

Although I can’t seem to locate Redden in the 1870 Census, I know from this James Lee WEAVER family narrative that he is still living & in 1869 deeded all his property {some 1000 acres} to his Wife Nancy WIGGINS Barwick, & daughters. He also appointed John LISENBY, his son-in-law, as manager of his property. Gus Barwick is actually just three dwelling away from a LISENBY family at dwelling #86.

1860 Henry Co. Census – Freemans. Redden is found living with family at age 52 yrs. He owns about $1500 in personal property & his son, James lives beside him with his family, & owns even less personal property – $378.

The Mystery! According to the 1850 & 1860 Slave Schedules for Henry Co., Redden owns [and/or reports] no slaves. Although Redden’s neighbors own a considerable amount of slaves, I cannot find him owning slaves in all of Alabama, let alone Henry Co?!

The Facts.

1. Although seemingly of question, this BARWICK narrative seems to shed some light on how Redden migrated to Alabama – William Barwick Family.
2. 1827-1828 – Redden Barwick was the ONLY Barwick who migrated to Henry Co. Alabama & did not arrive permanently in the area until after 1827 from Washington Co. Georgia.
3. 1828 – Redden’s in-laws, the WIGGINS, came with him to Henry Co. when he married Nancy.
4. 1850 – Both Redden’s father-in-law, Daniel WIGGINS & neighbor who he boarded with, William Whitten {Whiddon} own slaves in Henry Co.
5. 1870 – Cary & Gus Barwick both live in Precinct 9 – Henry Co., extremely close to where Redden’s relations remain & property exists.

The Questions.

1. How did Cary & Gus come to have the BARWICK surname? Also for fun, was there any relationship between 40 yr. old Cary & 25 yr. old Gus?
2. What is the personal property that Redden owns in 1850?
3. How is it that Redden is a farmer, with land – some 1000 acres by 1869, yet owns [reports] no slaves to work it on either census?
4. Could Redden have drafted a Letter of Indenture early on that would have given the appearance of not owning property?
5. Could someone else, WIGGINS, LISENBY or WHIDDON reported Redden’s slaves?
6. Where do I go from here? Estate, wills, church records certainly! What am I missing?

Scratching her head…


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