I’m back on the hunt trying to find a male descendant of Jacob Staats Sr. to participate in yDNA testing and get my branch of the Delaware Staats family on the DNA map.1 My 4th great grandfather is Elijah Staats, who came from Delaware to Pennsylvania, and eventually to Ohio. Thus far, I’ve found four male living descendants of this famil, and all have declined to test. I’ve had to move another generation back (actually two generations) and come forward, and I work on this as I have time.
Today I had some time, and turned to a source that has been known to contain a number of mistakes, assumptions, and wild speculation. However, the scant info the Genealogy of the Staats Family provides regarding the Delaware Staats family seems pretty accurate and agrees with the research I’ve done on these familes. The book was published in 1921 by Harold Staats and contains a wide collection of Staats family information submitted in response to queries sent by Mr. Staats. Not only does it agree, it provides more complete dates than do the original records.
But there was one entry in particular I found interesting. As it is known that there are a number of mistakes in this book, I am on the alert for misinformation. So when I read in the following section that “Rebecca Leucinda or Louisa Emma Staats, born October 8, 1853,” I was understandably skeptical. Supposedly this information was taken from a family bible. Here is the entry2 :
So I went to the 1860 census to see how she was listed. The result surprised me3 :
My conclusion? Given the information in the book and the odd entry in the 1860 census, I can only conclude that both sources actually agree and her name is actually Rebecca Leucinda Louisa Emma Staats, born 8 Oct 1853.
- Because my great-great grandfather was illegitimate, I and the rest of his descendants are out of the running. Staats is actually my ggg grandmother’s maiden name. [↩]
- Harold Staats, Genealogy of the Staats Family; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : downloaded 30 Jan 2017), 118. [↩]
- 1860 U.S. census, New Castle, Delaware, population schedule, Appoquinimink Hundred, p. 713, dwelling 95, family 95, Jacob Staats household; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : accessed 30 Jan 2017); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M653, roll M653_96. [↩]