Monday, August 8, 2016

Salt Lake City FHL Trip Preparation: Planning a Search for the Parents of Isaac Leonard and Jemima White

I think it is safe to say that I don't really have much of a handle on Hannah's ancestry. I'm not even entirely sure about her mother's name, for which we only have one source (Hannah's sister Cynthia Leonard Belcher's Michigan death certificate).

I'm going through my tree right now to see where my ancestral gaps are, and my 4th great grandmother Hannah Leonard is a prime candidate.  I can trace Hannah to her father Isaac because he lists his children's names in his will and in the probate notice published in Jefferson County, New York in 1863.

Also, Isaac Leonard's possible father, Ebenezer Leonard, was living in Burlington, Otsego, New York, the same place that William White was living in 1800, but that connection has yet to be made solid.  William White's widow's name, Jemima, was included in William's extensive Revolutionary pension file, giving the detail that she and William White were married on 13 Dec 1781 in Adams, Berkshire, Massachusetts, by Elder Peter Worden/Werden (the ancestor of Hannah Leonard's husband, Porter Worden).  So I think I am on the right track, but finding records on people in the mid/late 1700's/early 1800's in Western Massachusetts and New York has proven to be more difficult than I initially anticipated.

Last night I started to map out where Wrights were in the 1790 Census, 9 years after Jemima and William were married:

Wrights listed as head of household in Berkshire County, Massachusetts in the 1790 Census.

Jemima and William were already out in Canajoharie (Ancestry has Canajoxharrie), Montgomery, New York (a few counties west of Berkshire County) by the 1790 Census.  There were a number of Wrights there as well, and might very well be related to Jemima Wright.

Wright, Daniel--1-2-2-0-0
Wright, Earl--3-0-2-0-0
Wright, Gideon--2-2-2-0-0
Wright, Humphry--1-1-4-0-0
Wright, Jacob--1-3-4-0-0
Wright, John--1-3-1-0-0
Wright, Luther--1-0-3-0-*
Names from the New York GenWeb site on Montgomery county

Canajoharie was only a few counties west of Berkshire County.

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