DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 16

It’s a new first cousin.

DNA image by Caroline Davis2010 via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

After years of researching, we are getting closer to determining my half-sister’s (Glennis) biological father. In AncestryDNA matches, Glennis had a new match with a woman, I’ll call “A,” with whom Glennis shares 1,045cM across 33 segments. Wow, other than me, this is now Glennis’ closest relation and “A” shares no DNA with me proving that the match is on her paternal line.

DNA Painter has a tool that provides possible relationships for various amounts of shared DNA. It indicates that is it a 100% probability that 1,045 cM of shared DNA is one of seven potential relationships, great-grandparent, Great-Aunt, Half-Aunt, 1st Cousin. Because “A” is only a few years older than Glennis, I tentatively believe “A” is a 1st cousin.

The good news is that I have already researched this potential family line and saw “A” on my tree. First cousins share grandparents, which suggests that Glennis’ grandparents are Joseph Franklin Stewart (1875-1940) and Stella Belinda Hemsworth (1883-____). In previous research, I had considered that two of Joseph and Stella’s grandchildren were very likely candidates. However, if that were the case then “A” would be a 1st cousin, once removed. First cousins once removed share between 141 and 851 cM of DNA, so “A” must be closer than that.

Joseph and Stella had five sons that I know about. One of them is “A’s” father and can’t be Glennis’ father – “A” would then be a half-sibling and doesn’t share enough DNA to have that relationship. That leaves four sons as potential candidates. (Note: there is a nine-year gap in ages between two of the boys lending itself to the possibility of other candidates.)

Picking any of the four boys as the father, I need to look and see if all of the other DNA matches fit an expected DNA amount. (If not, then the relationship between Glennis and “A” must be one of the other possible relationships.)

Shared DNA Consistent?

Individual Tree Relationship DNA Shared Range/Consistent?
“A” 1st Cousin 1,045 553-1,225 – Yes
“B” 1st Cousin Once Removed 416 141-851 – Yes
“RB” 1st Cousin Twice Removed 271 43-531 – Yes
“ML 2nd Cousin 201 46-515 – Yes
“KL” 1st Cousin Twice Removed? 195 43-531 – Yes
“SH” Unknown 178 N/A
“BR” 2nd Cousin 173 46-515 – Yes

So, if one of the uncles of “A” is Glennis’ biological father, then all of the known matches fit that relationship. The next step is to take a look at “A’s” uncles and determine if any or all of them are likely to have been in the right place at the right time to be Glennis’ biological father.

PS: If you are a descendant of Joseph Franklin Stewart (1875-1940) and Stella Belinda Hemsworth (1883-____), please consider testing with AncestryDNA® and help us determine who might be Glennis’ father.

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Ancestor Sketch – Emily S. Earle (1850-1926)

Bradley-Hingston Project
By Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.As I get to know an ancestor, it is my practice to look at an individual’s life in several passes. The first pass is, “Just the basics.” That is to say, determine the birth, marriage, and death of the individual. I expect to find the individual in each of the censuses during their lifetime.  As I do this first pass, I expect that I’ll learn many of the basic facts regarding the individual’s parents, siblings, spouses, and children. In most cases, I can find out all of these basic facts using Family Search and Ancestry alone. Occasionally, I’ll confirm a fact with another source, for example, an address not included in a census record which might be easily findable in a city directory. Additionally, I try to document any “odd” things that might need further research to understand.

Bradley/Earle – Ancestor #9

List of Grandparents

4.  Grandfather: Arthur Wilson Bradley(1887-1938)
9.  1st Great-grandmother: Emily S. Earle (1850-1926)
18.  2nd Great-grandfather: John H. Earle (1799-____)


Emma S. Earle was born on 6 June 1850 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was possibly the tenth child of John H and Agnes (Cooper) Earle. John and Agnes had 11 children living with them over the years. I have not confirmed each of them, but I am reasonably sure of the relationships. Also, there were seven years between two of the children and another twelve-year gap between the last two, which suggests further research needs to be done on this family unit. Her father was a tailor; his shop was at 60 Walnut and they lived at 369 Cedar. Both parents were immigrants from England and all of the children were born in Pennsylvania.

The known siblings of Emily include:

Sibling Birth
Agnes 1825
Henry c. 1827
Ann c. 1828
John c. 1830
William c. 1832
Ellen Between 1839-1841
Catharine “Kate” c. 1842
Elizabeth c. 1843
Martha c. 1846
Emily S. 6 June 1850
Frances c. 1862

1850 Census

  • Although Emily was born after the official enumeration date for the 1850 Census, she was enumerated when the census taker visited on the 1st of August. The 1850 Census doesn’t provide for relationships between individuals in a household. In this census, it appears to be parents and 10 children from 25 years old down to Emily, aged “3/12.”
  • Twenty-three-year-old, Henry is an engraver, 20-year-old John is a carpenter, and 18-year-old William is also an engraver. Martha (12), Ellen (10), and Elizabeth (7) are all attending school.

1860 Census

  • Emily’s father, John H. Earle is still a tailor and his property is worth about $3,000. His personal property is worth about $600. Her mother, Agnes, is keeping house. Both her parents were born in England.
  • It appears that Emily’s (apparent) oldest sister, Agnes, and oldest brother, Henry, are no longer a part of the household. Thirty-year-old Ann (Annie) is still there as are William, Martha, Ellen, Kate (Catharine), and Elizabeth. Elizabeth and Emily are attending school.

1870 Census

The 1870 Census finds the family mostly intact. Ann, Martha, Emily, and Elizabeth are still in the household. There is another child, Frances, age 8, who appears to be a child of Agnes. It needs to be researched further to validate that as Agnes would have been 46 when Frances was born. It is possible that Frances has another relationship with the family that needs to be explored.

Finally, it appears that Kate (Catherine) married a “Becksby” and moved back to her parents with her two-year-old. That marriage, birth, and relationship needs confirmation.

Historically, shortly before Emily turned 21, Kaiser Wilhelm I and Otto von Bismark proclaimed the 2nd German Empire and Jesse James and his gang robbed the Obocock Bank in Corydon, Iowa.


Emily married William C. Bradley on 6 June 1872 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The image relating to the marriage is available at a Family Search Affiliate Library. That image may tell us who married the couple and possibly infer their religion.

Ten months after their marriage, the first of their six children was born.

Child’s Birth Name Birth Date Death Date
William Earl Bradly 06 Apr 1873 27 Dec 1923*
David Cameron Bradley 17 Mar 1875 31 May 1913*
Marion Bradley 27 Nov 1877 05 Feb 1960
Walter Cooper Bradley Apr 1879 13 Feb 1913*
Emma Bradley 11 Jun 1885 Probably before 1900
Arthur Wilson Bradley 23 May 1887 05 Jan 1938

Sadly, Emily saw the deaths of four of her six children. A fifth child was admitted to a state hospital at the age of 25 and was an inmate until her death, 58 years later.

1880 Census

William and Emily did well for themselves The 1880 Census finds William and Emily living with four of their children on Prospect Avenue, in Philadelphia. William is a clerk and Emily is keeping house.  They also had two servants living with them. Seven-year-old William was attending school, but the other three were too young to have started school.

1900 Census

Sometime before 1900, the family moved to 608 North 17th Street. The current home at that location was built in 1925, so we can’t easily determine what the house was like in 1900. The family only had one servant but living with them was William’s sister Emma and Emily’s (Emma’s) sister Martha. William Bradley’s wife’s name was both Emma and Emily is evidenced by William and Emma(Emily) had been married for 28 years during the 1900 Census.

1901 – Death of William.

On August 6, 1901, Emily’s husband William died at home of a heart attack, “Angina Pectoris.” He was buried at Section H, Lot 251, at Woodland Cemetery, Philadelphia. Emily acted as executrix during his probate. The following year, Marion was committed to a state hospital.

1910 Census

By 1908, Emily had moved to 4073 Powelton Ave and is living there during the 1910 Census. Two of her sons, William & Arthur are living there. William is an Electrical Engineer for a Patent Attorney and Arthur is a linotype operator for the newspaper.  Emily’s sister-in-law Emma and her Daughter-in-law (Arthur’s wife) are living with her. Additionally, there is still one servant, Mary Rowan, an immigrant from Ireland.


Nineteen Thirteen was a bad year. Her son David died at the age of 38 from Pneumonia and her son Walter committed suicide at the age of 33.

1920 Census

Sometime after 1913 and before the 1920 census, Emily moved from Philadelphia to 67 West Greenwood Ave., Lansdowne, Delaware County, Pennsylvania. Emily is living there with her 81-year-old sister Martha and her 69-year-old sister-in-law, Emma.


Emily’s sister, Martha, died in 1922 and Emily died on April 3, 1926. She was buried with her husband William at Section H, Plot 251, at Woodlands Cemetery in Philadelphia.

Events by Location

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Birth, 1850, 1860, and 1870 censuses, marriage, 1880, 1900, and 1910 censuses.

Landsdowne, Pennsylvania (about 6 miles west of downtown Philadelphia) – 1920 census and death.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Determine the Church or Religion. Was Emily baptized or confirmed?
  • Confirm the relationship of Frances to John & Agnes.
  • Confirm the marriage of Catherine to a “Becksby” and the birth of her child.
  • Get a copy of the marriage record for Emily and William via an Affiliate Library.
  • Determine the death date of Emma Bradley (born 1885).
  • Learn about the reason for Marion’s hospitalization.
  • Review Emily’s death for probate.

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Ancestor Sketch – Thomas Washington Harris

Welch-Harris Line
By Don Taylor


Welch-Harris Project – Ancestor WH12

List of Grandparents

  • 6 – Grandfather: Living
  • 12 – 1st Great-grandfather: Thomas Washington Harris
  • 24 – 2nd Great-grandfather: Raymond O. Harris
  • 48 – 3rd Great-grandfather: Thomas L. Harris

Thomas Washington Harris (1897-1987)


Thomas Washington Harris was born on 12 Mar 1897 in Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln, Maine, USA. He was the first child of Raymond Orlando Harris and Addie Richards. William McKinley was sworn in just days before Thomas’ birth. Later that year, the first Boston Marathon was run with fifteen men competing. Also, a strike by the United Mine Workers union brought an 8-hour workday to the mines.


Siblings of Thomas W. Harris

Dorothy E. Sep 1898
Gladys M. Jan 1900
William C. ca. 1902

The 1900 Census finds the Harris family living in Boothbay Harbor. Three-year-old Thomas is living with his parents and two siblings.

Thomas’ mother died sometime between 1900 and the 1910 Census. Likewise, it appears that his sister, Gladys, had also passed.*

The 1910 Census found Thomas living with his father (a widower), and Dorothy and William. Thomas is attending school and his father is a restaurant proprietor. Thomas continued with his education through the 8th grade.

Thomas was too young for the First World War I draft registration on June 5th, 1918 (He was only 20 years old). However, he turned 21 in time for the second draft on June 5, 1918, and registered in Saco. Thomas was living on Thorton Ave., Saco. He was working as a shoemaker at the Mechanic Shoe Co. in Biddeford. Thomas was medium height, medium build, had black hair, and brown eyes. He was inducted three months later, on 4 September, and accepted the next day, 5 September.  His military service needs further research.*


On 13 December 1919, Thomas filed an “Intent to marry” to marry Alise Dorcas Ladd, also of Saco, Maine. They married on Christmas Eve December 1919 in a ceremony performed by Horace H Hauyer, a clergyman, in Saco, Maine.*

Thomas and Alise had two children, both of whom are living.

Just a week after their marriage, during the 1920 census, they can be found rooming at 106 Elm Street in Saco. Thomas is a laster at a shoe factory, and Alise is a beamer at a cotton mill.  A laster is a person who shapes or stitches soles on shoes or boots. A beamer was a person who watched over a beamer machine or carried new beams to the loom. According to Wikipedia, “The taper’s beam is a long cylinder with flanges where 400 plus end (thread) are wound side-by-side. Creels of bobbins with the correct thread mounted on a beaming frame wind their contents onto the beam.”[i]

By 1930, Thomas, his wife, and two children had moved in with his wife’s parents, Edwin and Dorcas Ladd, on Boon Road, Saco. Thomas is still working in a shoe shop as a puller and is identified as a WW veteran. He is probably a tack puller doing shoe repairs at this time.

In the 1940 Census, Thomas was the head of a household consisting of Thomas, his wife, Alice[ii], lived on Boon Road with their two children, and Alice’s mother, Dorcas, who is identified as a widow. All are living in the same house that they lived in on 1 April 1935.

Thomas is in the 1948 Town Directory for Saco and Biddeford. It indicates that he was employed in Biddeford, and he and Alice are still living on Boon Road. He continues to appear in the town directories into the 1960s.


Thomas died in May 1987. I have not been successful in finding a burial location.*


  • Boothbay, Lincoln County, Maine –1900 – Lived
  • Boothbay Harbor, Lincoln County, Maine – 1897 – Birth
  • Fairfield, Summerset County, Maine – 1910, Census
  • Saco, York County, Maine – 1918 through 1987 – Enlisted, Married, Lived (1920, 1930, 1935, 1940, 1948, 1951, 1961), Death.

Other than military service, it appears that Thomas Washington Harris spent his entire life in Maine and his adult life in Saco, York County, Maine. Map available here.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • Research Thomas’ mother’s death.
  • Research Thomas’ sister, Gladys, death.
  • Research Thomas’ military service.
  • Research what church/religion Horace H Hauyer was a clergyman for.
  • Determine what happened with Thomas’s remains.

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Sketch – Albert B. Chase

Blanchard Project
Research by Don Taylor

Photo of Don Taylor with cat Nasi.It is so good when everything comes together during an initial inquiry into an ancestor. To me, an initial inquiry includes finding birth, marriage, and death records for the individual, plus following the individual through all of the census records during their life. I was able to do so for Albert Chase, a great-grandfather in my Blanchard Project. While doing this basic information, I look for possible conflicting individuals with the same or similar names, places, and times. Although there are several people named Albert Chase, there only appears to one Albert B. Chase in Maine. This knowledge is very helpful when I further expand research.

Blanchard Project – Ancestor #14

List of Grandparents

  • Grandmother: Annie Evelyn Chase (1908-1976)
  • 1st Great-grandfather: Albert Bardsen Chase (1878-1958)
  • 2nd Great-grandfather: William F. Chase (1846-____)

Albert Bardsen[i] Chase (1878-1958)


Albert was born on 13 Dec 1878 in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine. He was the second of four children born to William F and Ruth Ann (Ash) Chase. Patten, in the 1880s, was “the center of extensive lumbering operations. The lumber cut in that vicinity [was] very much above average and probably never before have the woods thereabouts been the scene of so much business.”[ii]


I am sure that growing up in the small community of Patten, (Population 716 in 1880) with three sisters and no brothers was difficult.

The 1880 Census finds Albert living with his parents and his sister, Ida. His father was a farmer and his mother kept house. Sometime before 1900 his older sister, Ida, died.

The 1900 Census[iii] indicates that he apparently went to school as the 1900 census indicates he could read and write. His two other sisters, Lottie and Lucina, are attending school. Albert is working as a farm laborer.


On 1 November 1905, Albert married Sadie A. Waters in a civil ceremony performed by Daniel Scribner, Justice of Peace. The two quickly began a family and had nine children.

Children of Albert Bardsen and Sadie A (Waters) Chase

Hilda B. Chase 24 Aug 1906
Annie Evelyn Chase 24 May 1908
Leita M Chase 18 Jun 1909
Fred Chase 02 May 1911
Floyd Chase 11 Feb 1913
Franklin William Chase[iv] 20 Oct 1914

All of Albert & Sadie’s children were born in Patten, Penobscot County, Maine.


The 1910 Census shows Albert as a farmer owning his mortgaged farm. His wife, Sadie, is keeping house for their three young daughters.

The 1920 Census shows Albert as a farmer owning his mortgaged home. With him are his wife, three daughters and three sons. All the children, but five-year-old Franklin, are attending school.

Sometime between 1920 and 1930 Albert and Sadie moved from Patten, Penobscot County, to Monmouth, Kennebec County, about 175 miles south of Patten.

The 1930 Census then finds Albert owning his farm. With him are his wife and their two youngest children, Floyd and Franklin.

In 1935, were living in the “Same Place” as they would be in 1940, indicating they moved again sometime between 1935 and 1940.

The 1940 Census finds Albert and Sadie living at “Village Corner”[v]. With them is a lodger, Walter Cushman.

Death & Burial

Albert died in 1958, presumably in Monmouth, Kennebeck County, Maine. According to the Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, he was buried at the [Monmouth] Ridge Cemetery. I created a memorial for him (#201226016) at Find-a-Grave based upon that information[vi] and have requested a photo.

Events by Location

  • Patten, Penobscot County, Maine – Birth, childhood, marriage, six children born – Birth to about 46 (+-5).
  • Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine –Death, burial — Age 46 (+-5) to 79.

Further Actions / Follow-up

  • With the basics complete, continue researching Albert B. Chase’s life.
  • Research the death dates for Albert’s children.

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  • “United States Census, 1880,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MF3 15C : 15 August 2017), William F Chase, 1880; citing enumeration district ED 1, sheet 386A, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d), roll 0485; FHL microfilm 1,254,485.
  • “United States Census, 1900,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MML KLJ : accessed 16 July 2019), Albert B Chase in household of William F Chase, Mt. Chase & Patten towns & T.4-8/R.6- 8, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 115, sheet 1B, family 11, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,598.
  • United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MR3F-2WN : accessed 11 January 2017), Albert B Chase, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 183, sheet 1A, family 2, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 545; FHL microfilm 1,374,558.
  • United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MFZY-Q7Z : accessed 12 January 2017), Albert Chase, Patten, Penobscot, Maine, United States; citing ED 115, sheet 2A, line 7, family 18, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 646; FHL microfilm 1,820,646.
  • “United States Census, 1930,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XM8 V9P : accessed 17 July 2019), Albert B Chase, Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 31, sheet 5A, line 49, family 131, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 834; FHL microfilm 2,340,569.
  • 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012. Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.
  • “Maine Marriages, 1771-1907,”
database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F46S L21 : 10 February 2018), Albert B. Chase and Saddie A. Waters, 01 Nov 1905; citing Patten, Penobscot, Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 11,747.
  • “Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921,”
database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:2HV FTY : 17 October 2017), Albert Bardsen Chase, 13 Dec 1878; citing Patten, ,
Maine, United States, Division of Vital Statistics, State Board of Health,
Augusta; FHL microfilm.
  • “Maine, Faylene Hutton Cemetery Collection, ca. 1780-1990,” database
with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QKM 1C91 : 16 March 2018), Albert B Chase, 1958; citing Burial, Monmouth, Kennebec, Maine, United States, Maine State Library, Augusta; FHL microfilm 1,769,511.


[i] There is only one record which uses his middle name “Bardsen.”  That is a late birth registration, registered in 1944, 66 years after his birth, by his aunt Mary.

[ii] Internet – Maine: An Encyclopedia – Patten – report of the Industrial Journal, 1887. https://maineanencyclopedia.com/patten/

[iii] There is no 1890 Census available for Maine.

[iv] William Franklin Chase in many records.

[v] I have been unable to locate “Village Corner” in Monmouth using current maps.

[vi] https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/201226016/albert-b-chase

Vigo County Public Library

Some time ago, I was researching ancestors who lived in Vigo County, Indiana. While researching, I found the Public Library there had some excellent genealogical resources. I added their website, http://www.vigo.lib.in.us to my bookmarks and promised myself that I’d return.

Of particular interest to me was that their website has marriage records from 1818 through 1958. They also have a database of obituaries from 1900 to present and an obituary lookup service.

When I research, I usually focus on an ancestor and see what records I can find for that ancestor. In this case, I thought I would work backward from my usual process.  I took the Vigo County Public Library site and their databases, then searched to find various individuals I had in my tree who lived there.

Using Family Tree Maker 2017, I went to the Places tab, then selected Vigo County, Indiana. I immediately saw that my tree had 34 individuals associated with that place.  Most were Roberts and Lister but had several Volkers from two of my grand-daughters’ maternal line.

The Vigo County Marriage Record Database has five searchable fields of which you can use one, two, or three at a time. The process was speedy and easy to use. I was able to discover three new marriage records, and one of them was the marriage of Stewart Volkers and Irene Garver, two of my granddaughters’, 2nd great-grandparents on their mother’s side. A great find.

Next, I used a similar process for the obituaries. The “Wabash Valley Obituary Index: 1900 to Present” includes four fields to search with. I used the minimum I could to see if a record existed. For example, when I searched for “Volkers,” I found 28 records. The first names were presented alphabetically, so it was easy to see how many of my known Volkers were there. On more common names, like “Hart” I added the first name to see if any of my known Harts were in their obituaries. Both of my known Harts were there.  I found many obituaries in the Index that were of interest. At this point, I could have ordered all of them through the library for $5.00 per obituary, but I thought it might be more prudent for me to see what might be available with the newspaper and obituary sources I have access to, first. Having the obituary name and year of death makes searching those other sources quick and easy.

Discover you family history through historical newspapers at Newspapers.comNewspapers.Com has several Terre Haute (Vigo County) newspapers from 1900 to 1973. Six of the obituaries of interest were available on Newspapers.Com.

Of particular interest to me is the obituary of Stewart Volkers, the great-grandfather of two of my granddaughters. Altogether, I was able to add 39 new relatives to my tree, thanks to the Vigo County Public Library. That makes for a good day of genealogy.

My foray into the Vigo County Public Library online resources reminded me of the importance to check out the genealogy resources available online at local libraries and local historical societies for places your ancestors lived. They often have a wealth of resources available.