Tag Archives: Michigan

Ancestor Biography – Stephen Blackhurst (1801-1869)

 [Brown]/Montran/Barber/Blackhurst Line By Don Taylor As I have begun to get to know my Blackhurst heritage, I am amazed. It is an incredible group of people descended from 19th century English immigrants, Stephen and Fannie (Taylor) Blackhurst. Fifty years after … Continue reading

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Ancestor Biography – Catharine A. D. Walter

Howell-Darling-2017-Research Waters – Swayze – Darling Line By Don Taylor It seems like virtually every ancestor born before 1880 has a question regarding their birth. Catharine Waters is no exception to that. Most records I have found are consistent with … Continue reading

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1840 Census and Chester Parsons

Census Sunday The 1840 census often exasperates genealogists.  I find the information presented to be challenging and able to provide new questions as well as details. I was getting to know my 3rd great-grandmother, Mary Electa Parsons. In 1840 Mary … Continue reading

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William M Sanford – Pioneer

Roberts-Brown-2016 Research Brown/Sanford Line By Don Taylor My third great-grandfather, William M. Sanford was a pioneer. He is the first ancestor that I have encountered that was identified as a pioneer in two different books relating the history of two … Continue reading

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Don’t avoid those Bright Shiny Objects.

Brown Research I’ll admit it; I get diverted from my goals by Bright Shiny Objects (BSOs).  I was working on a problem ancestor of mine, my third great-grandmother, Mary C. LNU (Last Name Unknown), about whom I know very little. Bio … Continue reading

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In Memoriam – Russell Erwin Kees (1927-2016)

By Don Taylor Russell Kees c. 1952 Source: Don Taylor When I was growing up, my Uncle Russ was always a mystery – almost a myth. He was a photo on the wall and a wonder, as in “wonder what … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Cemetery Kindness – Essie Pansy Barnes Roberts

by Don Taylor During my recent trip to Detroit, one of my newly-met half-sisters, Beverly, and I had the opportunity to visit the Michigan Memorial Park in Flat Rock, MI.  Our common grandmother Essie Pansy (Barnes) Roberts is buried there. Also, … Continue reading

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Bio – Barney Brown (c. 1813-c 1865)

Brown By – Don Taylor Barney/Daney Brown is my third great-grandfather on my mother’s paternal line. I have not found much Barney or his life. In fact, I have only found him in two census records, which is barely enough … Continue reading

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William Henry Brown’s parents were not who most researchers indicate they were.

When a conflict arises regarding an individual’s parents, it is important for me to reset all my assumptions and start afresh. Such is the case with one my more frustrating areas of research, the Browns of Saline, Washtenaw County, Michigan. … Continue reading

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Getting to Know an Ancestor – Essie Pansy Barnes Roberts (1903-1982)

Getting to Know an Ancestor:  Starting with Ancestry and Family Search My primary reason for genealogical research is to get to know someone, an ancestor. Often the ancestor is mine or my wife’s but occasionally the ancestor is a friend’s … Continue reading

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