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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: MRUA
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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: MRUA — 2 Comments

  1. A classical problem, well put. We all have these, sooner or later.

    Have you checked death records of all of her children? One or more may list the parents’ names.

    Havbe you check newspapers for obituaries for Elizabeth and all of her children? They may list her parents names.

    Have you checked the probate records themselves for mention of heirs, especially daughters named Elizabeth Summers? Either in the Ohio and Pennsylvania counties or back in the Maryland county.

    This is hard work! But it’s how problems like these are solved and then written up in NGSQ!

  2. It certainly was an interesting question, and I had no idea which ancestor was going to be the MRUA until I created the report.

    In answer to some of your additional questions:

    I did do a limited search through Harrison County papers for Elizabeth Summers. However, I quickly gave up that search since I had no idea (other than after 1860) when she died.

    Her son’s obituary (Reuben) in 1899 stated he was born in 1818 in Greene County, PA – but didn’t name parents. I haven’t worked with the tax records in Greene County, so I don’t know how many townships there are and how many reels of film it would entail, but it would probably be the starting point to at least confirm that a John Summers was in that county as well as when he shows up and leaves. I’ll have to double check, but I think I have checked the deed indexes already with no luck.

    The oldest daughter of John and Elizabeth died in 1849 – before deaths were recorded. I checked for an obit in two of the area papers of the time with no luck.

    I seem to have made an oversight in this case, which your response pointed out to me. I don’t have a copy of son Reuben’s death record. I have his probate file and obit – but do not have a copy or source listing for the actual entry in the Noble County Register of Deaths. Parents, if given, are listed in that register. I’ll have to double check that, as I have that film on permanent loan at my local FHC.

    Also, as I mentioned, I’ve not done any work with the youngest daughter and her death in Belmont County, OH. Looks like it’s back to the FHC to order some more microfilm 🙂

    Thanks for your response, and I’ll drop you a note if I make any progress!