Friday, September 23, 2016

Family Friday: Slater

This trio is composed of my biological mother Alta Mae Slater (1917-1986) and her brothers James (1919-1984) and Jack (1923-1943).

[Courtesy of Olive Slater-Kennedy]

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Thursday, September 22, 2016

For the past few weeks my genealogy focus has been on my 4th great grandfather Mahlon Hibbs and his possible origins using the FAN principle.  Once I started to convince myself that maybe Hibbs might actually be Hobbs (in other words, probably starting to lose my mind) I realized my brain needed a break and I needed to come up for some air.  The rest of my focus this week will be on the bigger picture.

Tom Kemp conducted this webinar, "Bringing it All Together and Leaving a Permanent Record," on November 13, 2015:

Perhaps you’ve been researching for 5 years – 15 years – or even 50 years. Your skills improve with each year. Learn how to review and prepare your data – so that you can leave it – permanently – on multiple sites.  Make sure your data is available for your family into the rising generation.
I think I'm doing some of this already by blogging and having a tree on Ancestry, but I'm sure I can do more/better.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Working on Wednesday: Jeremiah Warren (About 1772 - 1832), Part 1, His Life

Over his lifetime Great-Uncle Jeremiah, the oldest son of Jesse Warren Sr., prospered as a farmer in Hancock County, Georgia, where he had moved with his parents around 1791.

From 1812 Property Lists we can see that Jeremiah was paying taxes on nearly 300 acres in Hancock County and on another 202 acres in Laurens County and he owned seven slaves.

[ Georgia, Property Tax Digests, 1793-1892 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2011.
Original data: Georgia Tax Digests [1890]. 140 volumes. Morrow, Georgia: Georgia Archives.]

In the 1820 U.S. Census Jeremiah was the only white person living on his property along with 15 enslaved persons.

[1820 U S Census; Census Place: Claytons, Hancock, Georgia; Page: 91; NARA Roll: M33_7; Image: 96. Township : Claytons. 1820 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data: Fourth Census of the United States, 1820. (NARA microfilm publication M33, 142 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

And by the 1830 census enumeration, Jeremiah had a young white lad between 10 and 14 living with him (perhaps one of his nephews?) and now owned 28 slaves. Jeremiah never married and after his father's death in 1827 he appears to have been the person his siblings turned to when they needed money.

[1830; Census Place: Hancock, Georgia; Series: M19; Roll: 18; Page: 171; Family History Library 1830 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.Original data: Fifth Census of the United States, 1830. (NARA microfilm publication M19, 201 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C.]

On July 12, 1832, the Southern Recorder published his obituary:*
Died, at his residence, in Hancock county, on the 14th ult. JEREMIAH WARREN, in the 60th year of his age, after a severe affliction, of which he was confined more than six months. By his death, a large family connexion are deprived of an affectionate relative and invaluable friend, and the chasm in society will long remain to be filled. When in life, he was respected by all who knew him, and now he is dead, many deplore his loss.
So far what little we know about Jeremiah is pretty standard for his time and place. However, his will, first introduced in Hancock County court by his executors** on July 2, 1832, was so shocking to his brother-in-law Joseph Johnson and his wife Susan (Warren) Johnson that they sought to have the will voided by filing their first Caveat.

["Georgia, Probate Records, 1742-1990," images, FamilySearch (,267802801 : accessed 04 Dec 2014), Hancock - Wills and administration records 1831-1840 vol N - image 77 of 376; county probate courthouses, Georgia.

I've read quite a few Georgia probate records over the years and this was the first t ime I'd ever seen a will contested.*** The whole situation got more intriguing as I read on through the documents so I'm going to share this story with you in subsequent posts.

*Source: Georgiagenealogy,org
**Note that Jeremiah didn't name any of his family as executors of his will.
***In 1844 this same couple contested the will of another of Susan's siblings, her sister Mary Warren.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I'm Going to the 2016 i4gg Conference Next Month!

While I continue to wait impatiently for my Bettinger/Wayne DNA workbook I'm happy to report that my dear mother has bought me a two day pass to the upcoming 2016 International Genetic Genealogy Conference (sponsored by the Institute for Genetic Genealogy) right here in San Diego.  I just have to drive down the road--no extensive traveling needed!

Here is the promo for the event.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Is for Mothers: Most of What I Learned from Mother Was True

I literally can't remember when I first learned that Mother and Dad weren't my birth parents--it was just something I knew. 

Mother and Dad always said that they brought me home when I was three days old because they wanted me so badly. Originally they had been scheduled to adopt a different child but as soon as Dad saw me in my crib at Quintard Hospital he told Mother, "That's our baby!" and started crying.

Fortunately they were able to make the switch.*

[From my personal collection]

Mother and Dad then went about formally adopting me and I always believed that they had done so. However, that wasn't what happened and I didn't learn the truth until I needed my birth certificate to apply for a marriage license. Mother had to produce it then and the name at the top was "Baby Girl Slater" not Patricia Ann Currey as I expected. Explanations were needed.

It turned out that the State of California had denied their petition to adopt me, giving two reasons: First, my birth mother hadn't signed the final release papers, and second, the welfare worker handling the case didn't consider the Currey household a suitable place for a baby. Part of the reason was the relatively advanced age of the Curreys (45 which was old for the time) but mostly because they were still bereaved by the loss of their only child who had been killed during an air raid over Tokyo in 1945 and whose remains had not yet been identified.

The Curreys hired a lawyer who was able to trace my biological mother to Iowa and furnished her married name.** 

[From my personal collection]

But then as far as I know the Curreys didn't pursue my adoption any farther. and except for a home visit when I was about two years old from a different welfare worker responding to a false report that I was being abused,*** I remained with the Curreys until I got married in 1966.

Imagine the distress Mother and Dad had to have felt over the years--they had a child whom they loved very much but I could have been taken away from them at any time and they would have had no legal recourse.

That situation certainly had its effect on me--not only were the Curreys over-protective of me, it was the sole reason I was sent to St. Rita's School and later to Rosary High School. The public school would have demanded my birth certificate before I entered kindergarten but the Mother and Dad were able to explain the situation to the Catholic school principal who was more understanding.

When I applied for my first passport in 2005 the information I had at hand wasn't sufficient and I applied for a court order to un-seal my adoption papers so I've seen the official file.****

*That little girl became the daughter of the woman who was arranging these private adoptions. Mother and Dad stayed in touch with the family over the years and I always was aware of how we came to know them.
**Mother gave me this letter right after she handed me my birth certificate. Of course having this information was enormously helpful when Christine began her search for my biological parents.
***The visitor warned (off the record) that the complaint had come from someone close by and Mother blamed one of her sisters-in-law who had openly resented my presence in the family. (This part of the story was known to me from the beginning also.)
****And I was able to convince the U.S. State Department to issue my passport.

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Sunday Drive: National Railway Museum, York

During our visit to England in May of 2013, Bonnie and I spent hours at the National Railway Museum.

[From my personal collection]

If you're ever in the neighborhood, I strongly recommend you pay this wonderful collection a visit.

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Happy Birthday to Me: Waiting for Bettinger and Wayne's "Genetic Genealogy in Practice" To Arrive

My husband's birthday gift to me this year will be Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne's "Genetic Genealogy in Practice" workbook (available at NGS).  He ordered it 5 days ago but unfornately the receipt did not indicate when I would receive the book (I'm so spoiled by Amazon Prime LOL).  As always, I find it hard to wait!

I've analyzed my DNA and my parents' DNA for the past couple of years now, but I still feel like a novice.  A workbook is exactly what I need.

Debbie blogged about the table of contents here.

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