Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Is for Mothers: Elisabeth (About 1781 - Before 1750)

Although several tests have indicated that my maternal haplogroup is J1c2 you don't have to go very far up my family tree to find a brick wall in this 4X great grandmother whose surname isn't known and her given name may not even been Elisabeth.


Her birth year is based on the presumption that she's the 40-49 year-old free white woman residing in Emanuel Bixler's household in the 1830 U.S. Census lists and close to her husband Emanuel's age but she could be as much as 9 years younger. Even her place of birth is debatable--her son Jacob thought she was from Maryland and her daughter Leah told enumerators her mother was born in Pennsylvania.


It's also unknown where and when Elisabeth died--was it in Pennsylvania where her family was living in 1830 or in Ohio where the 1850 U.S. Census lists Emanuel as residing in Jacob's household, apparently a widower?

One thing that's almost certain is that she and her husband spoke German because son Jacob's 1887 obituary includes this sentence.

[The Anamosa Eureka Anamosa, Iowa. Thursday , January 27th, 1887 Page : 3
Source: Jones County Genealogical Society.]

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