Randy Seaver asks in this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun :
“Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.”
I have to admit, I needed to check Legacy’s help file to see exactly how to go about creating an Ahnentafel report to answer this question. 190 pages later, I had my report and was ready to find my MRUA.
The winner is: Elizabeth ? , wife of John Summers. John and Elizabeth are my 4th great-grandparents. Both John and Elizabeth (according to the 1850 census) were born in MD – John in 1790, and Elizabeth in 1791. John died 18 Feb 1856, at which time Elizabeth was still living. As of 16 Jun 1860, she was still living and enumerated inthe 1860 Short Creek Twp, Harrison, OH census. I have no further record of her – not even a date of death. John Summers is buried in the M.E. (Alley) Cemetery in Harrison County, OH – based on an older reading of that cemetery. When I was there in 2008, I could not find the stone – and in fact almost all of the stones there were unreadable. Elizabeth is presumably buried there also, although that is only an assumption.
I’ve checked death records for Harrison County (OH death records don’t begin until 1867), all probate indexes – even Common Pleas indexes, all with no luck. I have also checked the same in Noble County, where son Reuben Paul Summers lived with no luck, either. There was a daughter living in Belmont County, OH in the time frame Elizabeth would probably have died, and I have not checked records there for her.
As far as marriage records, I don’t know where to begin looking. According to the History of Noble County, son Reuben was born in either Greene or Fayette County, PA in 1818 and the family came to Harrison County, OH about 1822. Since both Elizabeth and John were born in MD, it would seem reasonable that they were married there rather than in PA. However, I have no idea in which MD county to begin the search.
I’ve only been to the Harrison County Historical Society once, so I would like to determine for sure that records for the church that corresponds to the Alley M.E. Church are non-existent. I will also check the Belmont records for any mention of Elizabeth. I could try and locate tax records to track them in PA, although I don’t know what township/county to look in as I cannot find them in either the 1810 or 1820 censuses. After that, I might be out of resources besides a blind search through MD.
As the bumper sticker says: “Too many ancestors, not enough time!”