Jacob Byerly (1759-1858) & Anna Elizabeth Harmon (1760-1826)

Jacob Byerly and Anna Elizabeth Harmon are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

There’s a wonderful publication available online here that covers the Byerly Family. It’s written by siblings D. Jean Byerly Stauffer and Ted A. Byerly. The book has wonderful, exciting information about the life of Jacob Byerly, and his parents, so be sure to take a look.

Jacob Byerly was born on May 7, 1760 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He is the oldest child of Johannes Andreas “Andrew” Beyerle/Byerly (1718-1785), born in Germany, and his 3rd wife Phoebe Beatrice Gulden (1736-1804), born in Pennsylvania. Check out the above linked publication to read about Andrew’s immigration, to what would become the United States, in 1738. Andrew was a tavern owner and baker. Phoebe served as a nurse during the American Revolution, and started a Sunday School for the children at Fort Walthour. His Find A Grave memorial is here, and hers is here.

Anna Elizabeth Harmon was born May 2, 1763. She is the daughter of Christian Harmon (1728-1779, and born in Germany) and Christena Magdelina Lenhart Harmon Dumboldt (1728-1820, and born in Holland). They married in Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here. Christian Harmon served in the American Revolution.

Jacob enlisted to serve in the American Revolution in May of 1777. He was 17 years old. He served in Captain Heath’s Company, in the 13 Virginia Regiment.  He served for 3 years.

Jacob and Elizabeth married in 1781.

On the 1790 US Census, Jacob was head of a household of 7 in Hempfield, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania: 3 males under age 16 (Jacob was 7, Andrew was 6, and Henry was 2); 1 male over age 16 (Jacob was 30); 3 females (wife Elizabeth was 27, daughter Mary was 3, and one unknown.)

On the 1800 US Census, Jacob’s household totaled 11. They were in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of: 4 males under age 10 (Joseph was 6, Benjamin was 9, and two unknowns); 2 males aged 10-15 (Peter was 11 and Henry was 12); 1 male aged 16-25 (Jacob was 16); 1 male aged 26-44 (Jacob was 40); 1 female under age 10 (Susan was 2); 1 female aged 10-15 (Mary was 13); 1 female aged 26-44 (Elizabeth was 37).

On the 1810 US Census, Jacob’s household totaled 12 and they were still in North Huntington, Westermoreland County, Pennsylvania. The household consisted of: 3 males under age 10 (John was 9, David was 7, and Louis was 5); 1 male aged 10-15 (Joseph was 16); 4 males aged 16-25 (Benjamin was 19, Peter was 21, Henry was 22, and Andrew was 26); 1 male aged 45 or older (Jacob was 50); 1 female aged 10-15 (Susan was 12); 1 female aged 16-25 (Mary was 23); 1 female aged 45 or older (Elizabeth was 47).

On the 1820 US Census, the household remained in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and they totaled 9: 1 male under age 10 (unknown); 1 male aged 10-15 (Louis was 15); 4 males aged 16-25 (David was 17, John was 19, Joseph was 26, and one unknown); 1 male aged 26-44 (Benjamin was 29); 1 male aged 45 or over (Jacob was 60); 1 female aged 16-25 (Susan was 22). Wife Elizabeth was 57 but wasn’t enumerated. Sons Peter and Jacob Jr. live nearby. Son Henry had died 7 years previously, leaving a widow who never remarried and 4 children.

Elizabeth died on February 8, 1826. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1830 US Census, Jacob Byerly was listed as an Esquire in Hempfield, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. I suspect he lived with a son’s family, but I haven’t figured out which one. There were 14 in the household: 1 male under age 5 (unknown); 1 male between ages 5 and 9 (unknown); 1 male aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 male aged 20-29 (Louis was 25); 1 male aged 30-39 (Joseph was 34); 1 male aged 60-69 (Jacob was 70); 3 females under age 5 (unknown); 2 females aged 10-14 (unknown); 1 female aged 30-39 (unknown); 1 female aged 70-79 (unknown.)

On the 1840 US Census, Jacob was in North Huntington, Westermoreland County, Pennsylvania. The household totaled 6: 1 male aged 20-29 (unknown); 1 male aged 30-39 (Louis was 35); 1 male aged 40-49 (Joseph was 46); 1 male aged 70-79 (Jacob was 80); 1 female aged 15-19 (unknown); 1 female aged 40-49 (unknown.)

On the 1850 US Census, Jacob was 90 and lived in North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania with son Joseph, age 56, and grandson Josiah Hull, age 20.

Jacob died July 7, 1858 in Stewartsville, North Huntington, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. He was 99. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Children of Jacob Byerly and Anna Elizabeth Harmon, all believed to have been born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania:

Jacob Byerly Jr. – Jacob was born in 1783.  Some people believe Jacob died just a couple of years later. However, I wonder if that is the case. On the 1790 US Census, Jacob Jr. fits into the enumeration as a male under age 10. Jacob Jr.’s step-grandfather Benjamin Lord mentions his step-son Jacob and his son Jacob Jr. in his will in 1793. On the 1820 US Census, there’s a Jacob Jr. living next door to Jacob and Anna. On the 1840 US Census, “Jacob Byerly Senior, age 80” was listed as a veteran. On the 1870 US Census there was a Jacob Byerly, age 87, born in 1783, living in a boarding house in Alleghany County, Pennsylvania. To further complicate things, there’s a Find A Gave memorial for a Jacob Byerly born the same year as Jacob Jr, and the memorial says that he is the son of this Jacob’s brother. Did brothers both have sons named Jacob Byerly in 1783 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania? It’s possible. I’m not sure what to think about Jacob Byerly Jr.

Andrew Byerly – Andrew is Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Mary Elizabeth Byerly – Mary was born May 17, 1787. She married William Skelly, who was born in Ireland and served in the War of 1812. They had at least 5 children. She died on February 14, 1845 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Henry Byerly – Henry was born in 1788. According to “A Genealogy of the Bear Family” as accessed from Ancestry.com, Henry was married and had a son. He then married Rebecca Bear on May 15. 1806. They had 4 children. He died in 1813.

Peter Byerly – Peter was born May 13, 1789. He married cousin Sarah Byerly (daughter of his uncle Andrew Byerly and aunt Anna Christina Fruit Byerly.) They had about 10 children. He died April 21, 1856 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Byerly – Benjamin was born in May 15, 1791. He served in the War of 1812. He married Jane Stewart in about 1822 and they had several children. After Jane’s death, he married Emily Grass in 1854. He died January 3, 1864 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Joseph Byerly – Joseph was born February 1, 1794. He died on December 19, 1860 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. I don’t think Joseph married or had children, and I believe he lived with his father until his father’s death. On the 1850 US Census he is listed by name living with his father. On the 1860 US Census Joseph is living with a nephew (Joseph Byerly, son of his brother Peter), a niece (Rebecca Hull Greenawalt, daughter of his sister Susannah), her husband and children. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susannah Byerly – Susannah was born on April 27, 1798. She married John Hull on December 9, 1823 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. They had at least 8 children. She died in 1854 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

John Byerly – John was born on March 8, 1801. He married Susannah Skiels. They had at least 2 daughters. He died March 1, 1873 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Byerly – David was born June 3, 1803. He married Harriet Clark. They had at least 8 children. He died on November 2, 1888 in Indiana County, Indiana. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Louis Byerly – Louis was born on December 8, 1805. He married Lydia Ann McWilliams.  They had 2 daughters. He died on April 9, 1873 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Andrew Byerly (1785-1845) & Elizabeth Skiles (1787-1866)

Andrew Byerly and Elizabeth Skiles are Todd’s 3x Great Grandparents.

There’s a wonderful publication available online here that covers the Byerly Family. It’s written by siblings D. Jean Byerly Stauffer and Ted A. Byerly. I relied heavily on this document, especially for information on Elizabeth Skiles Black Byerly. Until I read this publication, I thought Skiles was Styles – it is recorded that way everywhere else. I also didn’t know when she died or who her parents were. Most places online record her death as 1826, the year she was married.

Andrew Byerly was born July 28, 1784 in Pennsylvania. He was baptized at Herold’s Reformed Church in Hempfield, Westmoreland, Pennsylvania on September 18, 1784. He is the son of Jacob Byerly (who fought in the American Revolution) and Anna Elizabeth Harmon.

Elizabeth Skiles was born April 15, 1787. She is the daughter of Harmon Skiles and Elizabeth Margaret McGuire. I’ve tried to research them but it’s hard because there are at least 3 generations of Harmons, and even multiples of the same generation. And the spellings – Harman, Harmon, Harmin, Herman, Skyles, Skiles, Skiels. Too much to wade through right now. Anyway …

Andrew served in the War of 1812. He was a Major in Colonel Reese Hill’s Regiment of the Pennsylvania Militia. Andrew then purchased 160 acres of land in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio.

Andrew Byerly and Elizabeth Skyles were married August 18, 1826 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. (Elizabeth was the widow of James Black, who died in 1823. They had no children.) Andrew was 41 years old, and already farming and blacksmithing in Vermillion, Ohio. Elizabeth was 39.

On the 1830 US Census, Andrew was head of a household in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. They were a family of 6: 2 males under age 5 (Peter was 3 and Jacob was 1); 1 male age 40-49 (Andrew was 45); 1 female aged 15-19 (I don’t know who this was); 1 female aged 40-49 (Elizabeth was 43.)

On the 1840 US Census, Andrew was head of a household in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. They were a family of 6: 1 male under age 5 (Joseph was 5); 2 males aged 10-14 (Peter was 13 and Jacob was 11); 1 male aged 50-59 (Andrew was 55); 1 female aged 5-9 (Elizabeth was 9); 1 female aged 50-59 (Elizabeth was 53.)

Andrew Byerly died on May 18, 1845 . His Find A Grave memorial is here. (His birth year is incorrect on the stone.) His estate was probated on April 19, 1847 and those records are available at Ancestry.com.

I can’t find the family on the 1850 US Census. On the 1860 US Census, Elizabeth, age 73, lived with son Joseph, age 25 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Nearby are son Peter and wife Elizabeth, daughter Elizabeth and husband William, and son Jacob and his wife Nancy. The document cited earlier gives an extensive account of what happened to the family land after Andrew died.

Elizabeth died on April 24, 1866. She is buried next to her husband.

The children of Andrew Byerly & Elizabeth Skiles:

Peter Byerly – Peter was born June 24, 1827 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. He married Elizabeth Harlan on November 10, 1853. They had 2 children. Peter was a farmer and blacksmith like his father. He died on October 6, 1903 in Mifflin, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Jacob Byerly – Jacob was born May 4, 1829 in Greentown, Stark County, Ohio. He married Nancy Weddell on October 12, 1848 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 12 children. He died in 1906. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Byerly – Elizabeth is Todd’s 2x Great Grandmother. Read about her here.

Joseph Byerly – Joseph was born in 1835 in Vermillion, Richland County, Ohio. He married Mary E. Shaffer on January 2, 1868 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 6 children. Joseph served in the Civil War with the 114th Regiment of the Ohio Infantry. He died December 22, 1907 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ephraim Davis (1800-1865) & Anna McClure (1800-1840)

Ephraim Davis and Anna McClure are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

Ephraim Davis was born in about 1800 in Pennsylvania. I don’t know who his parents are.

Anna McClure was born in about 1800.  I don’t know who her parents are.

Ephraim and Anna were married in about 1824 (based on the birth of their first child), probably in Pennsylvania since their 3 oldest children were born there.

On the 1840 US Census, the family was in Ashland County, Ohio. They moved here prior to the birth of their 4th child in May of 1834. They were a family of 6: 1 male under age 5 (Ephraim was 4); 2 males aged 5-9 (William was 9 and Henry was 6); 1 male aged 40-49 (Ephraim was 40); 1 female aged 10-14 (Nancy was 12); 1 female aged 20-29 (hmmm, Anna was 40). Their son McClure Davis, age 15, isn’t accounted for.

Anna McClure Davis is said to have died in 1840. However, in his will Ephraim refers to Margaret (born in 1844) as one of his “5 oldest children” and doesn’t list her as a child with his 2nd wife Rachel (who he married 4 years after Margaret’s birth). Her Find A Grave memorial is here. I suspect that Anna actually died in or after 1844.

Ephraim married Rachel Budd on July 6, 1848 in Richland, Ohio. This is according to the Find A Grave memorial for Rachel.

On the 1850 US Census, Ephraim is 50 and Rachel is 33. They lived in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Children in the home are McClure, age 23; William, age 18; Henry, age 16; Ephraim, age 13; and Margaret, age 6. (Listed next on the census is McClure Davis, living alone, age 33, a teacher. I have no idea who this would be.)

The 1850 Agriculture Schedule for Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio lists the following for Ephraim Davis:
48 acres of land, improved, 27 acres of land unimproved
$1500 cash value of farm
$75 cash value of farming implements and machinery
3 horses, 3 milch cows, 3 other cattle, 12 sheep, 13 swine
$250 value of live stock
173 bushels of wheat
28 bushels of rye
250 bushels of Indian corn
150 bushels of oats

On the 1860 US Census, Ephraim was 60 and Rachel was 43 (though the census says 53). They lived in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. They have 6 kids at home: Ephraim Jr., age 22, and a physician; Margaret, age 16; Jared, age 9; Mary, age 8; Elizabeth, age 2; and Susan, age 9 months. Ephraim Jr. died less than a month later.

The 1860 Agriculture Schedule for Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio lists the following for Ephraim Davis:
65 acres of land, improved, 20 acres of land unimproved
$3400 cash value of farm
$100 cash value of farming implements and machinery
3 horses, 3 milch cows, 3 other cattle, 9 sheep, 9 swine
$530 value of live stock
175 bushels of wheat
100 bushels of Indian corn
300 bushels of oats
38 pounds of wool

Ephraim died in 1865. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1870 US Census, widowed Rachel was 52 and remained in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. Her 4 biological children were still at home: Jared, age 19; Mary, age 18; Elizabeth, age 12; and Susan, age 10. (Mary’s future husband, Paxton Applegate, lived next door.)

Rachel died in June 14, 1879. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Ephraim Davis & Anna McClure:

Note: Ephraim’s will is available at Ancestry.com. He refers to his children with 2nd wife Rachel by name, and he refers to his “5 oldest children,” those with Anna, by name also. He had a 6th child with Anna, Ephraim Jr., who died prior to the will.

McClure Davis – McClure was born in February 23, 1825 in Pennsylvania. He married Mary J. Baker on March 10, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had 5 children. His Find A Grave memorial is here, but at the time of this writing the date of death listed is actually the date of death for his son McClure Jr.

Nancy Davis – Nancy was born on July 20, 1828 in Pennsylvania. She married Carmi Maffett in about 1849 in Pennsylvania. They had 5 children. She died on April 4, 1895 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

William Davis – William is Todd’s 3x Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Henry Bascom Davis – Henry was born on May 24, 1834 in Ohio. He married Elizabeth Cole on October 15, 1854 in Ashland County, Ohio. He was a Reverend, and he served Ohio in the Civil War. He died on November 9, 1895. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ephraim Davis Jr. – Ephraim Jr. was born on November 14, 1836 in Ohio. He was a physician. He died on September 1, 1860. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Margaret Jane Davis – Margaret was born April 9, 1844 in Ohio. She married Matthew Turner McClure on October 24, 1865 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had at least 3 children. She died October 29, 1906 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The children of Ephraim Davis & Rachel Budd:

Jared Davis –  Jared was born in August 29, 1851 in Ohio. He married Anna E. Scott in about 1875. They had 3 children. He died in September 29, 1909 in Vermillion, Ashland County, Ohio. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Davis – Mary was born in about 1852 in Ohio. She married Hugh Paxton Applegate. They had 3 children. She died in 1921. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Davis – Elizabeth was born in about 1858 in Ohio. I don’t have record of her after the 1880 US Census when she lived with her sister Mary Davis Applegate.

Susan Davis – Susan was born in about 1859 in Ohio. I don’t have record of her after the 1870 US Census.

Francis Cullom Browning (1798-1854) & Nancy Johnson (1806-1889)

Francis Cullom Browning and Nancy Johnson are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

Francis Cullom Browning was born on June 11, 1798 in Clark County, Kentucky. He is the son of Elias Browning (1765-1845) and Susannah Cullom (1768-1852). Todd’s father Lanny’s AncestryDNA matches people in the DNA circles for Elias Browning and Susannah Cullom. It’s always nice to have that confirmation that we are following the right people.

Nancy Johnson was born May 29, 1806 in Clark County, Kentucky. I don’t know who her parents are.

Francis and Nancy married in about 1828 in Kentucky.

On the 1830 US Census, the family lived in Clark County, Kentucky. It was a household of 4: 1 male under age 5 (Elias was 1); 1 male aged 20-29 (Francis was 32); 1 female under age 5 (Eliza was 1); 1 female aged 20-29 (Nancy was 24).

On the 1840 US Census, the family was still in Clark County, Kentucky. Now they were a household of 8: 1 male under age 5 (Napoleon was 5); 1 male aged 5-9 (Elias was 11); 1 male aged 30-39 (Francis was 42); 2 females under age 5 (Susan was 6, Mary was 2); 1 female aged 5-9 (Almeda was 7); 1 female aged 10-14 (Eliza was 11); 1 female aged 30-39 (Nancy was 34).

On the 1850 US Census, the family was in Holt County, Missouri. Francis was said to be 58, but I think he was 52. Nancy was 45. There were 8 children in the household (only Elias had left): Eliza, age 21; Susan, age 17; Almeda, age 16; Napoleon, age 15; Mary, age 13; Alvira, age 9; James, age 6; Emarine, age 2.

Francis died on March 27, 1854 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

On the 1860 US Census, widowed Nancy was 57, and she lived in Holt County, Missouri with two of her children: Alvira was 19 and James was 16.

On the 187o US Census, Nancy was 65 and lived in Benton, Holt County, Missouri. Son James was 25, his wife Millie was 24, and they had two children: Montgomery was 4 and William was 3 months.

On the 1880 US Census, Nancy was 75 and still sharing a home with James and his family in Benton, Holt County, Missouri.

Nancy died on August 11, 1889 in Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

The 9 children of Francis Cullom Browning & Nancy Johnson:

Eliza Browning – Eliza was born in about 1829 in Kentucky. I don’t have record of her after the 1850 US Census.

Elias William Browning – Elias is Todd’s 3x Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Almeda Browning – Almeda was born June 21, 1833 in Kentucky. She married Andrew Jackson Tolby on October 21, 1855 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 6 children. She died November 20, 1888 in Carroll County, Arkansas. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Susan Elizabeth Browning – Susan was born in about 1834 in Kentucky. Susan married John L. Scott on September 16, 1851 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 7 children. She died between 1880 and 1900. John died after 1910.

Napoleon Browning – Napoleon was born on December 22, 1835. He married Margaret Rebecca Wilson on April 15, 1858 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 10 children. He died on June 13, 1921 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Mary Browning – Mary was born about 1837 in Kentucky. I don’t have record of her after the 1850 US Census.

Alvira Browning – Alvira was born about 1841. I don’t have record of her after the 1850 US Census.

James Benton Browning – James was born June 4, 1844 in Clark County, Kentucky. He married Millie B. Clark in about 1865. They had 4 children. She died in 1882. James married Susan Lentz on December 24, 1885 in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri. She died in 1893 after giving birth to their only child. James married Etta Curtis on April 24, 1895 in Mound City, Holt County, Missouri. They had 2 children. He died February 3, 1928 in Mound City, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Emarine Browning – Emarine was born in 1846. She died April 17, 1852 when she was 6 years and 6 days old. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ansel Parrish (1780-1860) & Winifred Cashatt (1785-1875)

Ansel Parrish and Winifred Cashett are Todd’s 4x Great Grandparents.

Ansel Parrish was born about 1780 in North Carolina. He is thought to be the son of Edward Parrish and  Susanna Wright. Edward fought in the the American Revolution. You can see his Find A Grave memorial here.

Winifred Cashatt was born in about 1785 in North Carolina. She is thought to be the daughter of Jacob Cashatt and wife Mary of Randolph County, North Carolina.

Ansel Parrish and Winifred Cashett took out a marriage bond on June 27, 1805 in Randolph County, North Carolina. Bondsmen were Joshua and P. Wright probably uncles or cousins of Ansel through his mother Susannah Wright. According to Ancestry.com: “When planning to marry, the prospective groom took out a bond from the clerk of the court in the county where the bride had her usual residence as surety that there was no legal obstacle to the proposed marriage.”

On the 1830 US Census, Ansel was head of a household of 10 people in Davidson County, North Carolina: 1 male under age 5 (Ansel was 4); 2 males aged 10-14 (Benjamin was 9, Simeon was 14; 1 male aged 15-19 (William Sumner was 17); 1 male aged 20-29 (Willie was 20); 1 male aged 50-59 (Ansel was 50); 1 female under age 5 (Elizabeth was 4); 2 females aged 5-9 (Sarah was 9, Judah was 7); 1 female aged 40-49 (Winifred was 45).

On the 1840 US Census, Ansel was head of a household in Davidson County, North Carolina. It was a household of 8: 1 male aged 10-14 (Ansel was 14); 2 males aged 20-29 Benjamin was 19 and Simeon was 24); 1 male aged 60-69 (Ansel was 60); 1 female aged 10-14 (Elizabeth was 14); 2 females aged 15-19 (Judah was 17 and Sarah was 19); 1 female aged 50-59 (Winifred was 55). The household includes 1 blind person (Winifred.)

On the 1850 US Census, Ansel was 70 and Winifred was 65. They lived in Davidson County, North Carolina. Winifred was blind. Also living in the house were son Ansel, age 24; Mary Van Carmon, age 24 and of unknown relation; and Emsley Harris, age 11, also of unknown relation.

Ansel died in January 1860 in Davidson County, North Carolina, and probate records are available at Ancestry.com. Those records indicate that he owned 400 acres on Lick Creek. I found notes about this family and it includes a transcript of court proceedings regarding Ansel’s land after his death, and his children are listed.

On the 1860 US Census, Winifred, age 75, was living with son Ansel, age 34, and his family in Davidson County, North Carolina. Emsley Harris, age 21 and going to school, lives with the family.

I can’t find Winifred on the 1870 US Census. She died in 1875 and probate records are available at Ancestry.com.

The children of Ansel Parrish & Winifred Cashatt:

Lucy Parrish – Lucy was born about 1806. She married Redmon Pierce on December 12, 1822 in Rowan County, North Carolina. They had 6 children.

Winifred Parrish – Winifred was born around 1808. She married James Pierce on November 30, 1823 in Davidson County, North Carolina.

Willis/Willie Parrish – Willie was born June 15, 1810. Willie married Anna Eliza Hutson on January 24, 1842 in Guilford County, North Carolina. They had 7 children. Willie died on March 22, 1880 in Guilford County, North Carolina.

William Sumner Parrish – Sumner was born in 1813 in Davidson County, North Carolina. He married Mary Deliah Jones on December 19, 1829 in Guilford County, North Carolina. He died on November 15, 1854 in Randolph, North Carolina.

Simeon Parrish – Simeon was born in 1816. He married Elizabeth Stevenson on July 9, 1850 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 3 children. Simeon was appointed Postmaster of Tarkio, Holt County, Missouri on June 21, 1851. On the 1860 US Census, Simeon is listed as a farmer. On the 1870 US Census, he is listed as a Physician. When Simeon’s sister Judah Arena Parrish Gray, and her husband Franklin William Gray, died in 1864, Simeon raised their sons. He died April 25, 1872 in Craig, Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Benjamin Parrish – Benjamin was born about 1821/1822 in North Carolina. It’s possible that he was Sarah’s twin. He married Frances Harris on September 10, 1843 in Davidson County, North Carolina. They moved to Missouri and had 4 children. He married Nancy Hicks on August 2, 1860 in Buchanan County, Missouri.

Sarah Ann Parrish – Sarah was born December 8, 1821 in North Carolina. She married Robert Holmes and they moved to Missouri. They had 7 children, and she raised her sister Judah’s daughter Sarah after her parents died in 1864. She died April 27, 1900 in Buchanan County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Judah Arena Parrish – Judah is Todd’s 3x Great Grandmother. You can read about her here.

Ansel Parrish – Ansel was born in 1826 in North Carolina. He married Nancy Malinda Davis. They had 6 children. He died June 26, 1905 in Davidson County, North Carolina. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Elizabeth Parrish – Elizabeth was born about 1826, so perhaps a twin of Ansel. I can’t find record of Elizabeth except on various trees posted on Ancestry.com. I include her only because 1840 US Census for her parents indicates there was a female between the ages of 10 & 14, and Elizabeth would have been 14.

Now I get to learn about AncestryDNA

For Christmas, we asked Todd’s parents to do AncestryDNA kits for us. The results came back and I realize I have a lot to learn. I’ll talk about the 4 features of the results.

First, there’s the Ethnicity Estimate:

Todd’s Dad, Lanny – 97% European, with a trace of Native American, Asia Central, and West Asia/Caucasus. His European ethnicity breaks down to 45% Europe West, 32% Ireland, 5% Great Britain, 6% Italy/Greece, 4% Europe East, 4% Scandinavia, and trace Finland/Northwest Russia.

Todd’s Mom, Marilyn – 99% European with trace West Asia/Middle East. Her European ethnicity breaks down to 40% Great Britain, 20% Scandinavia, 16% Ireland, 10% Iberian Peninsula, 8% Europe West, 3% Italy/Greece, and 2% Europe East.

The next feature is the DNA matches with others in the AncestryDNA database. This information will be constantly updating as more people are tested. So far Lanny matches about 8,500 and Marilyn matches about 7,700. One of Lanny’s cousins contacted me, and after exchanging messages and talking on the phone, I extended a branch on Lanny’s tree back three generations, ending at the ancestor he shares with that cousin – Lanny’s 5x Great Grandfather.

The next feature is New Ancestor Discoveries. Lanny had 6, but one has already been added into his tree due to the cousin-related research I mentioned. Marilyn has 5 (all born in the 1700s). I will extend the branches of their trees to include those ancestors. Documentation that far back is so hard to come by, but with the DNA hits I know I’m tracking the correct people. As more people are tested, more ancestor’s will be discovered. I think DNA is the only hope I have to break through my Gray brick wall – Catherine Wadsworth.

The final feature is DNA Circles. Lanny fits into 7 and Marilyn fits into 8. A DNA Circle is a group of individuals who all have the same ancestor in their family trees and where each member shares DNA with at least one other individual in the circle. Like everything else, these connections will grow as more people are tested. One exciting thing I can see coming from DNA circles is the sharing of photographs.

My plan for the weekend is to watch the free Ancestry Academy classes regarding DNA, and read all the articles Ancestry has published about DNA. Maybe I’ll have time to check out some of those New Ancestor Discoveries too.

Greetings for your Birthday

GRAY Alex from JB Reynolds Front

GRAY Alex from JB Reynolds Back

This is the last item I have from the Gray family postcard collection, which I believe came from the estate of Bernice Erma Gray.

This wasn’t mailed, so has no postmark. It was addressed to Mr. Alex Gray, Craig, MO.

Compliments of Mrs. J. B. Reynolds

Joseph B. Reynolds was married to Nancy J. Parrish Reynolds, daughter of Simeon Parrish, who raised Alex after his parents died. She was two years older than Alex. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.