Wednesday, April 23, 2014

DNA : Dad's Ancestry Composition

Dad had his DNA tested with 23andMe as well, and here are the results of his test, using their Ancestry Composition section.

Here is the "Conservative" estimate of his genetic make-up : 97.1% European and 2.9% Unassigned.

These results were consistent with the paper trail genealogy, though I found the 0.1% Finnish interesting, as well as the 0.6% nonspecific Southern European.

Here is the "Standard" estimate of his genetic make-up : 99.4% European, 0.5% Unassigned and 0.1% South Asian.

Now where that South Asian comes into the family tree I have no idea as there are a few branches that haven't been traced.  There is a larger percentage of Southern European in this estimate as well.

Here is the "Speculative" estimate of his genetic make-up : 99.7 European, 0.1% South Asian, 0.1% East Asian & Native American, and 0.1% Unassigned.

The 29.3% British & Irish and the 17.1% French & German make sense considering how many of his lines I've been able to trace to those areas of Europe.  The 5.5% Scandinavian and 0.3% Finnish, as well as the 1.7% Italian and 0.9% Iberian indicate lines that I haven't established a paper trail.

The most interesting is the speculative 0.1% Native American - there is no tradition or evidence found of any Native American in my dad's lines, and the South Asian - which 23andMe indicates India or Pakistan is totally new to me.  Will have to see if I can get other members of his family to test and see what percentages show up.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Obituary : Sarah (Haley) Leonard (1862-1900)

Evangelical Messenger
December 5, 1900, page 779
LEONHARD - Sarah Leonhard, nee Haley, was born, Oct. 26, 1862, and departed this life, Nov. 20, 1900, aged 38 y. and 24 d.  In 1878 she was converted and joined the Ev. Church, her choice, and lived a devoted Christian life until death.  She was married to C. Leonhard, March 24, 1886.  To this union were born 7 children, all living.  She bore her affliction with great patience.  She was a loving mother, a kind companion.  When the end of life drew nigh she glorified God with shouts of victory.  Her last word to husband and children was, "Be prompt in going to church."  Truly she was ready to go and be with Jesus.  The deceased leaves an aged mother, 5 sisters and 6 brothers to mourn her departure; but their loss is her eternal gain.  Funeral services by J.M. Smith.

Sarah (Haley) Leonard (1862-1900) was the daughter of Sebastian and Lydia A. (Rader) Haley.  She married Christian Leonhard.  Both are buried in the Mt. Zion Cemetery, Jay County, Indiana.  I have not yet researched this family to identify all 7 of their children.  In the 1900 census, the family was living in Noble Township, Jay County, Indiana with children : Mirlie W., Della A., Grace L., Hazel B., Orval R., Ina F., and William.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Marriage License : Clifford Doty to Fern Metzner, 1915

Goshen Daily Democrat
September 4, 1915,page 8.

Marriage Licenses :

Clifford Forrest Doty, 20, Elkhart; Fern Priscilla Metzner, 18, Elkhart.

Found this mention of the marriage license of my paternal 2nd cousin twice removed, Fern Priscilla Metzner (1897-1917), daughter of Rev. John Metzner.

A previous post about her young death from tuberculosis was posted here.

I don't know much about her young life, whether they had any children, etc.

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Obituary : Susan Jane (Haley) Haldeman (1844-1899)

Evangelical Messanger
September 13, 1899
page 587

HALDEMAN - Susan Jane Haldeman, nee Haley, was born in Fairfield Co., Ohio, March 7, 1844, and died at her home in Morrow Co., O., August 30, 1899, aged 55 y., 5 m. and 23 d.  She was converted to God in early life, and united with the Evangelical Association, remaining a faithful Christian to the day of her death.  Nov. 27, 1862, she was married to Alfred Haldeman. To them were born 5 sons and 2 daughters.  She was a loving wife and mother, and a good neighbor, and will be sadly missed.  Her husband, 5 sons, 6 grandchildren, 4 sisters and 4 brothers are left to mourn her sudden death.   W.S. Mills

Susan Jane (Haley) Haldeman (1844-1899) was the daughter of George J. and Rachel (Gary) Haley.  She was the sister of my ancestor, George Washington Haley.

The names of her children were : Vera B., George Allen, Maude, Christian E., Vernon J., Frank J. and Harvey Levi.  I have not traced their descendants, if you have any information I would love to hear from you.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Grandma June Gilliland Baptized

Elletsville Farm
February 9, 1911, page 1

Ellettsville Baptist Church News

On Saturday Night the pastor baptized eight converts in the baptistry at the Baptist Church at Ellettsville.  The candidates were Mr. W.E. Gilliland, Mrs. Maude Gilliland, Miss June Gilliland, Miss Agnes McNeely, Miss Helen Bauer, Miss Eva Buchana, Mrs. Mary Manors, and Master Albert Gillaspy.

Found this notice while searching newspapers at for mention of my relatives.

The Miss June Gilliland was my maternal great-grandmother.  The W.E. Gilliland was her uncle, William Everett Gilliland and the Maude Gilliland was William's wife, Maude Nell (Arthur) Gilliland.  June was 12 years old at the time, William was 25.

William Everett Gillilland was the son of Robert Farrell and Mary Ellen (Swafford) Gilliland.  Mary was the grandmother of June Gilliland, and raised her after her mother's death.

This tidbit of my ancestor's life was interesting to find, and is also evidence that June was using the Gilliland name, rather than her birth name of Davis.  June was a Baptist later in life in Elwood, Indiana as well.

Friday, April 18, 2014

DNA : Mom's Ancestry Composition

Mom had her DNA tested with 23andMe as well, and here are the results of her test, using their Ancestry Composition section.

Here is the "Conservative" estimate of her genetic make-up: 97.5% European, 2.4% unassigned, 0.1% East Asian & Native American, 0.1% Sub-Saharan African.

This differed somewhat from my results by showing the 0.1% East Asian & Native American.  No known paper trail or family legend of that faint amount in our history.  If I were to guess, I would say it comes from her mother's side.

Here is the "Standard" estimate of her genetic make-up : 99.4% European, 0.4% Unassigned, 0.1% East Asian & Native American, 0.1% Sub-Saharan African.

This break-down has her at 70.2% non-specific Northern European; the 2.9% Scandinavian is interesting and represents ancestors I haven't found yet.

Here is the "Speculative" estimate of her genetic make-up: 99.7% European, 0.2% East Asian & Native American, 0.1% Sub-Saharan African and less than 0.1% Unassigned.

The 50.4% British & Irish makes sense considering the number of lines I've found that trace back to England, notice the Scandinavian percentage jumps to 11.5%.  There is a little bit of French & German there, too at 7.7%.

It would be interesting to see if I could get my mom's brother to test as well, to see how his results compared.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Exploratory Data Analysis : Charles Schaeffer (c1853-????)

Charles Schaeffer (c1853-????) was Corinne's materIal 3rd-great grandfather.  What follows is an exploratory analysis of the biographical data I have discovered about him.

1. Vital Records

     Charles was born circa 1853 in Louisiana1, according to census records.  I believe that he was born in New Orleans to an emigrant German family.

     1.1. Birth Certificate

          Without his parents' names and an exact date of birth, it will be difficult to locate any record of his birth.

          1.1.1. Birth Notice in Newspaper

                Without an exact location or date of birth, it will be impossible to locate mention of his birth in a local newspaper.

          1.1.2. Bible Record

               I am unaware of any surviving family Bible record for the Schaeffer family. Will continue to reach out to extended family in hopes that one can be located.

          1.1.3. Baptismal Record

               Without an exact location or a date of birth, it will be difficult to locate any baptismal record for Charles.

          1.1.4. Adoption Record

                There is no indication that Charles was adopted.

     1.2. Marriage License

          Charles married Mary Victoria Rieber before 1872, possibly in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana.  I have not yet located a copy of their marriage record.

          1.2.1 Marriage Notice in Newspaper

               Once I have an exact date of their marriage, will search out contemporary newspaper accounts to see if mention was made of their nuptials.

          1.2.2. Anniversary Notice

               Both Charles and Mary were deceased before their 25th wedding anniversary.

          1.2.3. Divorce Decree

               There is no indication that Charles and Mary were divorced, though a thorough search of the court records in Vanderburgh County, Indiana needs to be completed. 

     1.3. Death Certificate

          The exact date of Charles' death is unknown, as is his whereabouts after the 1883 murder of his wife.  One possibility was that he remarried and died in Louisville, Kentucky.

          1.3.1. Obituary in Newspaper

               Without an exact date of death, I am unable to search for an obituary for Charles.

          1.3.2. Funeral Home Records

               Once I have an exact date of death, will search to see if there are funeral home records of his funeral available.

          1.3.3. Tombstone Photograph

                Once I have located Charles' final resting place, will attempt to obtain a photograph of his tombstone.

2. Census Records

     2.1. Federal Census Records

          2.1.1. 1880 Federal Census

               On June 2, 1880, Charles was enumerated as the head of household in Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana1, as Charley Schaeffer, age 27, born in Louisiana. His occupation was listed as a varnisher.  Both his father and mother were born in Germany.

          2.1.2. 1870 Federal Census

               On June 17, 1870, Charles was enumerated in the Peter Schaeffer household in the 8th Ward of Cincinnati, Hamilton County, Ohio2, as Charles Schaeffer, age 17, born in Louisiana.  His occupation was listed as a varnisher.  Both his father and mother were of foreign birth.

          2.1.3. 1860 Federal Census

               On June 26, 1860, Charles was enumerated in the Peter Schaeffer household in the 11th Ward of New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana3, as Charles Schaeffer, age 7, born in Louisiana.  He had attended school within the year.

     2.2. State Census Records

         The State of Indiana conducted state census in 1853, 1857, 1871, 1877, 1883, 1889, 1901, 1913, 1919 and 1931.  These, however, were merely for the purposes of legislative apportionment.

          No state census records in Ohio are known to exist.

          There are no state census records in Louisiana during the period they lived there.

     2.3. Agricultural Census Records

          There is no evidence that the Schaeffer family were anything but city dwellers.

3. Military Records

     3.1. Draft Registration

          I have not located any records indicating military service for Charles.

     3.2. Pension Records

          Not applicable.

     3.3. Service Records

          Not applicable.

4. Land Records

     4.1. Deed Records

          Deed records need to be thoroughly searched in Vanderburgh County, Indiana to see what records might mention Charles.  Will add this to my "to-do" list for my next research trip.

     4.2. Plat map / county map

          Plat maps in Vanderburgh County, Indiana will need to be searched to see what might be relevant to my search for Charles.

5. Supplemental Records

     Supplemental records available for research on Charles include city/county directories, court records and will and probate records.  Will add these to my list of "to-do" items for my next research trip.

Sources :

1. Charley Schaeffer household, 1880 U.S. census, population schedule, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, ED 87, SD 1, page 6, dwelling 57, family 68; National Archives micropublication T9, roll 317, page 452B.
2. Peter Schaeffer household, 1870 U.S. census, population schedule, 8th Ward, Cincinatti, Hamilton County, Ohio, page 77, dwelling 367, family 648; National Archives micropublication M593, roll 1211.
3. 1860 U.S. census, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, population schedule, Ward 11, New Orleans, page 253, dwelling 1795, family 1952; digital images, ( : accessed 17 April 2014); National Archives, Washington, D.C.

This post was developed as part of the series relating to Building My 2011 Research Template, an attempt to systematically document and source the details of my ancestors' lives. Comments regarding this template and the conclusions drawn in this article are welcomed.