Sunday, December 9, 2018

Sunday Drive: Jesse Rowe Persinger Hibbs & Daughter

The note on this photo, attached to Jesse's profile in an by egodwin17, says only "aunt jess." I believe the child is her oldest daughter, another Jesse Persinger, who was born in 1921.* Unfortunately I don't know anything about the airplane she's standing in front of.

[Courtesy of egodwin17]

Here's the newspaper announcement of her marriage to Dr. Henry H. Hibbs, Jr. in 1918.

[8 June 1918, Page 4 - The Albany-Decatur Daily at]

Jesse is one of my paternal 4th cousins (from my Freeman line):


*Her younger daughter Mary Sue Hibbs was born in 1925.

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Saturday, December 8, 2018

And Now for Something Totally Different: Inside the Denisova Cave

In 2010 DNA sequencing of a young girl's tiny finger bone from this Siberian cave proved to be from an individual who was neither a Neandertal nor a modern human. Since then more discoveries* have been made and this extinct line of ancient humans has been named Denisovan in reference to the location where their traces were found.

Several days ago a new discovery was announced: A woolly mammoth tusk “tiara” that could have been worn by a Denisovan man. The Siberian Times has an extensive article about the find and they also provided a video of a visit to the cave which made me realize I had no idea of what the region looks like.

[Warning: this video's sound is very loud, be prepared to turn down your speakers.]

Oh, and that "tiara"? Here's The Siberian Times' graphic:

[Source: The Siberian Times]

Hat tip to The History Blog.

*Including a female (nicknamed Denny) whose DNA is a mixture from her Neandertal mother and Denisovan father.

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Family Friday: Some Distant Cousins (Through the Porter Line)

John Graves Shedd (1850-1926) married Mary Roenna Porter (1853-1942), a paternal third cousin, three times removed,* in New Hampshire in 1878. The couple had two daughters, Laura Abbie Shedd Schweppe (1879-1937) and Helen May Shedd Reed (1884-1978). This newspaper photo of their children was taken a year after their grandfather's death.

[27 Mar 1927, 151 - Chicago Tribune at]

John Shedd's obituary explains why he's referred to here as "the late merchant prince of Chicago."

[22 Oct 1926, Page 1 - Battle Creek Enquirer at]

He was a noted philanthropist, donating $2 million to the creation of Chicago's Shedd Aquarium. He also supported the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Shedd-Porter Memorial Library in New Hampshire.

*Here's how we're related:

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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Family Friday: Augusta Ewing Haugh Hardy & Her Sons

Augusta married James Daniel Hardy* in 1928. The couple had two children, James Daniel Hardy Jr. and George Frederick Hardy.

[Augusta Hardy & Sons, New York, Fall 1938. George Hardy (age 1 1/2), Augusta Hardy, James Hardy Jr. (age 4 1/2).
Posted to the Hardy Family Tree  on by Charles Hardy]

I just realized that today isn't actually Friday--for some reason I've been a day ahead all this week.

*Who is one of my paternal second cousins, twice removed, and someone whose career merited a biographical memoir published by the National Academy of Sciences. (We'll look at him in a later post.)

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Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Fantastic Find: Irish "DNA Atlas"

A year ago The Irish Times published an article about "a new Irish DNA atlas" derived using "DNA samples collected from 196 Irish people whose eight great-grandparents were born within 50 km of each other in Ireland." Here's the project's map as published in the newspaper:

[Thirty genetic clusters have been identified from 2,103 Irish and British individuals. The map shows the geographic origin of 192 Atlas Irish individuals and 1,611 British individuals from the Peoples of the British Isles project, labelled according to the geographic origin of their DNA. Source: The Irish Times]

The study has discovered that "before the mass migration of people in recent decades, there were at least 10 distinct genetic clusters across the country, roughly aligned with the ancient provinces or kingdoms of Ireland." And for the first time genetic evidence of Viking settlement in Ireland was confirmed.

It is hoped that data from the project will improve the diagnosis of genetic diseases, "particularly for illnesses that are prevalent among people with Irish ancestry, including multiple sclerosis, cystic fibrosis and celiac disease."

The article included a link to the original study which was published by the journal Scientific Reports.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

A Sunny Day in the Backyard in Encanto - 1973

Christine and Rastafari* hanging out together on the path next to our vegetable garden.**

[From my personal collection]

*Our handsome ruddy Abyssinian cat who was very protective.
**All that visible in this photo is a bit of the asparagus bed.

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Monday, December 3, 2018

Book Shelf: Jamestown People to 1800

Deciding that it's time to take a closer look at my father's Warren lineage and its Virginia roots, I ordered Martha W. McCartney's 2012 book Jamestown People to 1800: Landowners, Public Officials, Minorities, and Native Leaders via Amazon and it arrived this morning.


I already own another book by this author.

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