Saturday, September 2, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Research Grief

Randy Seaver of Genea-Musing has another great meme this week. Our mission this week is to:
1)  The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I'm going to use some of them in the next few months. 
2)  Please answer the question - "Which ancestor gives you the most researching grief?"
3)  Write your own blog post, make a comment on this post, or post  your answer on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your answer in comments on this post.
My Answer 
My nemesis is Samuel Johnston, my 3x great-grandfather, who was born about 1816 in South Carolina and died before 1869 in Titus County, Texas.

I do have two census records for him: 1850 and 1860 in Yalobusha County, Mississippi, where he appeared with wife, Elizabeth, and children, Isabella, Reuben, Lovina/Laura, George W(ashington), Madison J, David, and Sarah A (1860 only).[1]  

I also have tax records in Yalobusha County and a voter registration in Titus County, Texas. Then he died. A courthouse fire prevents me for seeing any records before 1895.[2]

So what is my problem with Samuel?
I have no records of him before 1850. The first five children were born in Alabama but I haven’t found him in the 1840 census. Both Samuel and his wife, Elizabeth McCormack were born in South Carolina, but I have no idea which county. I haven’t found a marriage record for them either.

I have done some FAN (Friends, Associates, and Neighbor) research but haven’t found that connection back to Alabama or South Carolina.[3] I need to keep working at it. Likely a road trip is needed to some research on the ground in Mississippi in Yalobusha County and at the archives in Jackson.

This is clearly a stub end on my line.

[1] 1850 U.S. census, Yalobusha Co, Mississippi, pop. sched., North of the Yalabusha River, p 287b (stamped), dwelling/family 161, Samuel Johnson, digital image, ( : accessed 20 July 2013); citing NARA M432, roll 382. And 1860 U.S. census, Yalobusha Co, Mississippi, pop. sched., Oakland, p. 917, dwelling 1182, family 1276, Samuel Johnson, digital image, ( : accessed 23 Nov 2011); citing National Archives and Records Administration M653, roll 594.
[2] “Titus County, Texas Genealogy,” FamilySearch (,_Texas_Genealogy : accessed 2 Sept 2017).
[3] FAN was coined by Elizabeth Shown Mills.

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