My 23 & Me DNA results put me (and my mother) into contact with a couple people with whom the only surname we shared was Blackhurst. One of them suggested that their ancestor, William Stephen Blackhurst had a sister who was twelve years younger named Sarah Blackhurst. He also indicated that their parents were Stephen and Fanny (Taylor) Blackhurst. He provided several sources which provided a place for me to look much more closely at my Sarah and his suggestions.
I dove in and found lots of new information regarding Sarah that I didn’t know before.
I learned that Sarah’s husband was Franklin (I had Frank) Barber. They were married in Calhoun County, Michigan. Sarah’s father came to the states about 1848, then Sarah’s mother and kids came to the States two years later (1850). They settled in Auburn, Cayuga, New York, USA. Somewhere between 1855 and 1860, they moved to Sheridan Township, Michigan (near to Albion). Sarah and Franklin were married in Albion (I’m ordering their marriage certificate) and their two children, Ida and Eva were born in Albion, which I knew previously.
Stephen and Fanny are buried in Albion as well. All the pieces connect and I’m certain of the relationship.
So, the 23 & Me connection provided the impetus and the clue that opened up a family line I knew nothing about previously. I am definitely looking forward to what additional connections the 23 & Me results will provide. I’ll be writing more about the Blackhurst line after I finish a deep dive into those ancestors.
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