WikiTree Challenge Fun – It’s My Turn!

For the previous yr, WikiTree has been having a weekly Problem the place volunteers work with the family tree of visitors.

Each Wednesday at 8 PM Japanese, a publicly viewable reveal is held for the visitor from the week earlier than, and the visitor for the brand new week is launched.

This week, I’m lucky sufficient to be the visitor and it’s going to be like Christmas early. In case you’re , you possibly can view final night’s kickoff, here.

As an added bonus, Shelley, final week’s visitor and I found that a number of of our ancestors lived in the identical locations and even attended the identical church. Serendipity at work. I’ve brick partitions. She does too. Possibly Shelley and I are associated. Wouldn’t THAT be enjoyable!!!

Wish to work on a Problem or study extra? There’s a fantastic video here.

You’ll be able to join a Challenge team here, however you don’t should. Anybody can analysis and add data to WikiTree profiles. You might be most welcome to work on mine this week. In truth, I’m hoping that individuals with frequent ancestors will enhance the data accessible. Possibly you’ll uncover data that’s new to you too!

The Aim

The purpose, broadly talking, is for WikiTree to supply essentially the most full, documented, correct family tree in a one-large-tree format.

Earlier than WikiTree, I used to be skeptical and discouraged about large one-single-trees as a result of there have been (are) so many errors, however WikiTree is completely different as a result of it’s collaborative, genial and there are folks accessible to assist resolve any points. Did I point out that everybody is a volunteer?

I take pleasure in WikiTree. WikiTree is free and permits descendants to enter their Y and mitochondrial data, in addition to their GEDmatch ID for autosomal.

WikiTree now has about 27 million-ish profiles, so assuredly there’s one thing there for everybody.

Problem is Truthful Sport

How do volunteers work with family tree in the course of the problem? Just about any manner you need!


  • Break down brick partitions (my favourite)
  • Discover attention-grabbing details about recognized ancestors
  • Add information and detailed data
  • Present proofs
  • Add images and paperwork
  • Appropriate data
  • Noticed off branches (yep, it occurs)

Volunteers who work on the problem can accrue factors, nevertheless it’s extra about fixing puzzles.

If you wish to analysis, right here’s my tree on WikiTree. I’m RobertaEstes13 at Ancestry and you’ll find my tree by trying to find my father, William Sterling Estes 1902-1963. No, it’s not dishonest to make use of each useful resource accessible.

In fact, every thing is recreation. I attempted so as to add a minimum of the essential data at WikiTree for all of my recognized and confirmed ancestors forward of time as a result of I didn’t need folks to replow a discipline I had already plowed.

I additionally made notes when folks or information beforehand added was questionable or wanted documentation. I additionally add every of the 52 Ancestors articles I’ve written about many ancestors.

Brick Partitions Set in Concrete

I’ve created an inventory of my most painful, notably troublesome, brick partitions that want consideration. I’m hoping that perhaps another person both has that very same ancestor, or maybe has expertise within the area. One thing. Something.

James Lee Claxton’s father

I really feel like this one is so shut, however so far-off. We first discover James Lee Claxton (Clarkson) in Russell County, VA in 1799. He married and shortly thereafter, moved down the valley to Claiborne County, TN. James died in 1815 within the Battle of 1812, and fortunately, his widow Sarah Cook dinner, offered data in her land and pension purposes. The surname is spelled each Clarkson and Claxton in numerous locations, however primarily based on Y DNA matches, the spelling appears to be Claxton within the different household who shares an earlier ancestor with my James.

Within the Claxton Y DNA project, James’s descendants match with a gaggle of individuals from Bedford County, TN, whose earliest recognized ancestor is James Claxton born about 1746 and ultimately present in Granville Co., North Carolina in 1769. He could also be linked to an early Francis Claxton from Bertie County.

Two genealogists compiled information about this line on a now considerably dated web site. Some hyperlinks are damaged, however the information remains to be fairly helpful. Nonetheless, a stunning abstract will be found, here.

James Claxton born about 1746, reportedly, had a son James who was present in 1798 in Sumner County, TN, so my James couldn’t be the son of James born in 1746 if that is correct. Nonetheless, primarily based on autosomal DNA matches between the 2 teams, these two strains, that means mine and the Bedford County line, can’t be very distantly eliminated.

The James from North Carolina is called in 1784 because the executor of the desire of John Hatcher whose spouse, Mary, is confirmed Native primarily based on their son’s Revolutionary Battle testimony. We don’t know why James was named as executor, or in the event that they have been associated. It could be simple to imagine that he was married to a daughter, however there isn’t any proof for that both.

Sadly, there aren’t any different Claxton Y DNA matches that may push this line additional again in time, anyplace.

I wrote about James Lee Claxton, here and his WikiTree profile is here.

Joel Cook dinner and Household

Sarah’s says, in her pension software, that her father was Joel Cook dinner and he’s fairly a conundrum. Based mostly on the historical past of the area, he was clearly born elsewhere and settled in Russell County about 1795, because the frontier was settled. He’s related to a Clayton (Claton) Cook dinner who moved to Kentucky about 1794, then again, then again to Kentucky once more.

Data are sparse. Joel sells his land in 1816. It has been recommended that he migrated to Floyd County, KY, or maybe elsewhere, together with Clayton, however I don’t have any proof of that – or the rest for that matter.

Joel arrived out of skinny air and disappeared into skinny air. The one different trace now we have is {that a} younger man, Henry Cook dinner, served as a drummer within the Battle of 1812 from Claiborne County, TN, and died within the service. It’s actually doable that he was Sarah’s youthful brother or perhaps nephew.

We don’t have Y DNA from this line. If the Floyd County Cook dinner group Y DNA exams, it will be good to know if any of these folks match any of Sarah Cook dinner’s descendants.

I haven’t written about both Sarah or her father, Joel, however Sarah’s Wikitree profile is right here and Joel’s is here.

By the best way, I inadvertently assume I and different early genealogists have been chargeable for the misinformation on her profile that Sarah’s beginning surname is Helloms. In 1850 she resides with a person, John Helloms, 5 years youthful than she is who’s listed as an “fool.” It was assumed that this was her brother and her surname was assigned as Helloms earlier than we had her pension software. Now I think that as a widow, she might have been paid by the Hancock County courtroom to handle him. Courtroom information have burned. There could also be a reference to this household nonetheless, as she was assigned because the administrator of a William Hulloms property in Claiborne County in 1820, not lengthy after her husband’s loss of life.

Sadly, Helloms as Sarah’s maiden identify received’t appear to die, regardless of what number of occasions I noticed that department off of the tree. Having mentioned that, it’s possible that someway, given her comparatively shut involvement with Helloms males twice, 30 years aside, that she is someway associated.

Charles Campbell’s Father

John Campbell born about 1772 and George Campbell born about 1770, in all probability in Virginia, are believed to be the sons of Charles Campbell who lived in Hawkins County, TN. Sadly, Charles, who died about 1825, had no will and far to my chagrin, the deed for his land after his loss of life was by no means really recorded.

The Y DNA clearly supplies matching to the Campbell line from Inverary, Argylishire, Scotland. Each the migration path and neighbors mixed with DNA matching suggests strongly that Charles migrated from the Orange/Augusta/Rockingham County portion of Virginia.

I chased a scorching lead primarily based on matches that recommend Gilbert Campbell’s line and wrote about that, here. Gilbert had a son named Charles, however in-depth analysis signifies that his son Charles might be accounted for in Virginia. Gilbert did have a brother or son named James. We don’t know who the mother and father of James and Gilbert have been and that’s key to this equation.

Oral historical past suggests a reference to a James Campbell. It’s doable that this John and this George have been a distinct John and George than Charles collectively offered land to, though it’s extremely uncertain.

Each John and George Campbell married Dobkins sisters, daughters of Jacob Dobkins who lived up the street from Charles Campbell earlier than all the Dobkins/Campbell group moved to Claiborne County, TN collectively about 1800.

I wrote about John Campbell, here and his WikiTree profile is here. Charles Campbell’s story is here and his profile is here.

Julien Lord or Lore’s Origins

Julien Lord, born someplace about 1652, in all probability in France, is likely one of the early Acadian settlers. Julien is listed in 1665 on a list of soldiers who sailed for Nova Scotia. He would solely have been 13. He’s later listed on numerous census paperwork which is how we obtained his beginning yr.

I do know that just lately extra paperwork have develop into accessible in France and I’m hopeful that maybe his affiliation with the opposite males may pinpoint an space and we will discover Julien’s mother and father. In fact, the surname may have been spelled a lot otherwise in France – Lohr, Loire, Loree, and so forth. I can’t assist however surprise if he was an orphan and that’s why he was shipped out.

Julien Lord’s WikiTree profile is here.

Magdalene (beginning surname unknown,) spouse of Philip Jacob Miller

This one is driving me insane. Magdalena was born someday about 1730, in all probability in Pennsylvania among the many Brethren or presumably Mennonite households. She married Philip Jacob Miller, a Brethren man, about 1751, simply as he was transferring from York County, PA to Frederick Co., VA.

Magdalena was assuredly Brethren or Mennonite, as a result of marriages exterior the religion weren’t allowed at the moment and people who did have been successfully shunned until the partner transformed.

Magdalena’s surname was rumored to be Rochette for years, however thorough analysis produced not one shred of proof that Rochette is correct. There aren’t even any Rochette households dwelling anyplace shut. Everybody has heard that rumor, and nobody is aware of it’s supply.

We do have Magdalena’s mitochondrial DNA signature. Her haplogroup is H6a1a and she or he has 2 precise matches. One match offered no genealogical data however the different match confirmed her ancestor as Amanda Troutwine (1872-1946) who married William Hofaker. I did some genealogical sleuthing a number of years in the past and primarily based on superficial data, discovered the next lineage for Amanda Troutwine.

  • Sarah Baker 1851-1923 and George Troutwine

  • Elias Baker and Mary Baker 1824-1897

  • Jacob Baker and Sarah Michael 1801-1892

  • Mary Myers 1775-1849 buried Clayton, Montgomery Co., Ohio m Jacob Michael

  • Johannes Meyer and Margaretha Scherman 1750-1825

I’ve not confirmed this data. Whether it is correct, Margaretha born in 1750 may very well be Magdalena’s sister or niece, maybe?

I created a tiny tree and found that Mary’s husband lived in Frederick County, Maryland, the identical place that Philip Jacob Miller and Magdalena lived. Mary died in Montgomery County, Ohio, the identical place that many Brethren households settled and really near the Miller males.

Mary’s WikiTree profile is here and reveals her mom, Margaret Sherman/Schuermann to have been born about 1750 in York County, PA, the placement the place the Miller household was dwelling. The query is, who was Margaret’s mom. Is that this the clue to fixing the identification of Magdalena, the spouse of Philip Jacob Miller?

I wrote about Magdalena, here, together with an inventory of recognized Brethren households, and her WikiTree profile is here.

Barbara (beginning surname unknown) Estes Mitochondrial DNA

Barbara (birth surname unknown) Estes, born someday round 1670 was (a minimum of) the second spouse of Abraham Estes.

Abraham’s first spouse, Barbara Burton, died in England earlier than he immigrated in 1673.

For years, on nearly each tree, her surname has been proven as Brock, however there’s completely no proof that’s right.

Abraham’s daughter, Barbara Estes married Henry Brock, so there was certainly a Barbara Brock, however this individual was the daughter, NOT the spouse of Abraham Estes. A person wrote a novel, as in fiction, within the Nineteen Eighties that assigned Abraham’s spouse’s surname as Brock and that fable merely received’t die.

I might very very similar to to discover a mitochondrial descendant of Barbara, Abraham’s spouse to his kids, to take a mitochondrial DNA take a look at. Mitochondrial DNA is inherited from a direct line of matrilineal ancestors. Anybody at this time, male or feminine, who descends from Barbara straight by means of all females from any of her daughters carries Barbara’s mitochondrial DNA. Mitochondrial DNA might lead us to Barbara’s mother and father.

I wrote about Barbara, here, and her WikiTree profile is here.

Bonus Spherical – Elizabeth (surname unknown,) spouse of Stephen Ulrich

Elizabeth was born about 1725, presumably in Germany and if not, in all probability in Pennsylvania. She married Stephen Ulrich someday round 1743 and died in round 1782 in Frederick County, Maryland. Sadly, her identification has been confused with that of her daughter, Elizabeth Ulrich (1757-1832) who married Daniel Miller. And as if that wasn’t complicated sufficient, her mother-in-law’s identify was additionally Elizabeth, so we had three Elizabeth Ulrich’s three generations in a row.

We’ve two testers who consider they descend from Elizabeth. Sadly, considered one of them is inaccurate, and I don’t know which one.

Tester #1 reveals that he descends from Hannah Susan Ulrich (1762-1798) who married Henry Adams Puterbaugh (1761-1839), is haplogroup U2e1, and matches with somebody whose most distant ancestor is Elizabeth Rench born in 1787 in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania and died in 1858 in Ohio. I did as a lot analysis as doable and wrote about that, here.

Then, I went to go to Elizabeth’s WikiTree profile here which, I’d be aware, displays the long-standing oral historical past that Elizabeth’s beginning surname was Cripe.

I seen at WikiTree that another individual has indicated that he has examined for Elizabeth’s mitochondrial DNA, and it’s a completely completely different haplogroup, H6a1b3. Uh oh!

He descends by means of daughter, Susannah Ulrich who married Jacob I. Puterbaugh.

My coronary heart sank. I don’t know who is true and who’s flawed, however each can’t be right.

My tester’s most distant ancestor on WikiTree is found here. If the family tree is correct, her line will join with Hannah Susan Ulrich (1762-1798) who married Henry Adams Puterbaugh (1761-1839).

A 3rd mitochondrial DNA tester by means of a distinct daughter would additionally break this tie. Anyone descend from Elizabeth, spouse of Stephen Ulrich, by means of all females? If that’s the case, please elevate your hand!

WikiTree Problem Outcomes Subsequent Wednesday

I can hardly wait till subsequent Wednesday’s divulge to see what so many fantastic volunteers will discover. Breaking by means of powerful brick partitions can be fantastic, however so would something.

I’m excited and oh so very grateful for this chance.

In case you’re not accustomed to WikiTree, have a look for your self.



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