DNA – Glennis’ Paternal Search – Part 9

Following Morgan/Morgan (Dora & Ephriam)
By Don Taylor

My half-sister Glennis is a DNA match on Ancestry.Com with several individuals who have common ancestors with Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan. In the search to determine Glennis’ biological father, I am continuing to develop a tree of the descendants of Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan of Pleasants County, West Virginia. This time I look at Dora D. Morgan and Ephraim Stokeley Morgan. They are the fifth and sixth of twelve children to be examined.

Dora D. Morgan – Born 4 Jun 1876, Died 7 Feb 1879 – No issue.

Ephraim Stokeley Morgan – Born 1 Jan 1883 in Pleasants County, West Virginia.
Married Edna Ethel Wagner 15 May 1904 in Pleasants County, West Virginia.

Helen Virginia Morgan Born 1906, Married Louis Victor Scott 1929.
Helen Lou Scott – Born 1930-1931 – Not considered.
No other children to this couple before 1940.  No Candidates.

Ralph W. Morgan, Born 1911, Died 1912 – No Issue.

Francis and Fannie (McGregor) Morgan’s 12 children

Child Children Notes/comments
Clara M Morgan Gail Hemsworth
Naomi Hemsworth
Married Everett Luzader

Married Earl Deem

Henry Clifford Morgan None. Died at age 15.
Lewis V. P. Morgan Lula Edna Morgan
Opal Jean Morgan
Died at age 2.

Married William Davis

Rosa Virginia Morgan Carrie Vernice May

Clara Bernice May

Mary Fannie May

Edna Marie May

Roy Harold May

Married Pearl W. Dutton

Married Hezekiah Martin Morrison

Married Floyd T. Williamson

Married Clarence Gorell

Married Della Olive Hooper

Dora D. Morgan None Died at age 2.
Ephraim Stokeley Morgan Helen Virginia Morgan

Ralph W. Morgan

Married Louis Scott–
No  CandidatesDied at age 1
Nathan Spencer Morgan
John A. Morgan
Sarah D Morgan
Unnamed Morgan
Orien E. Morgan
James Cyrus Morgan


“Candidates” are males born between 1925 and 1935.

“Not considered” are females who are unlikely to have had a male child between 1925 and 1935.

“Possible but unlikely” are males born between 1925 and 1935, but are not named Paul or Phil, which is the likely name of Glennis’ biological father, or otherwise don’t appear to fit the likely candidate who would have been in Minnesota or Michigan in 1953. I will revisit these possibilities later of this project fails to find a potential candidate.



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Not a Grimm Tale (So far).

My Glennis DNA Project

By Don Taylor

Now that I have solved my greatest genealogical challenge, (Who was my biological father?) it is time to address my second biggest challenge – Who is my half-sister Glennis’ biological father?

The first step was to have her DNA tested. We used Ancestry DNA as our testing service. Initially, there weren’t any close matches, but a few months later a second to third cousin (I’ll call “MA”) tested and matched.  Glennis and MA share 201cM across eight segments. Looking at Blaine Bettinger’s chart, it is clear that the matched amount fits a second cousin better than a third cousin, although both are within range. If Glennis and MA are second cousins, then they share a common great-grandparent. Then, the exciting bit of information, MA has a tree online with all eight of his great-grandparents identified. So, if I follow all of the descendants of those eight great-grandparents, I could have the name of Glennis’ biological father.  If one of them was in the right place at the right time, I might have a definite candidate to be her biological father.

  • Abels
  • Anderson
  • Biddle
  • Bishop
  • Grimm
  • Hemsworth
  • Morgan
  • Wykert

He also had two more surnames for 2nd great grandparents.

  • HallS
  • Sullivan

    Which I will follow-up with, if I need to.I decided to work on each of the family surnames alphabetically for no real reason, so I began with MA’s great grandparents, George W. Ables and Nancy Grimm, who were living in Jackson County, Virginia, when their son, John W. Ables, was born.

Logo for the West Virginia Culture and HistoryTIP: West Virginia Culture (Virtual Research Records) is one of my favorite websites for vital records. They have Birth, Marriage, and Death registers available for search and include images of the various records. http://www.wvculture.org/vrr/. If you don’t already have it bookmarked, you should. It is a great site for anything West Virginia.

William George Ables and Nancy Grimm

William George Ables was born between 1826 and 1827 in Virginia. His wife, Nancy Grimm was about two years younger having been born between 1828 and 1829 also in Virginia. I suspect they were married about 1848-1849.

Known Children:

  • Julia A Ables (1850-1871) – Never married.
  • James A Ables (1851-?)
  • John W. Ables (1854-1925)
  • Jacob L. Ables (1856-?)
  • Joseph M. Ables (1859-?)
  • Arthur Ables (1867-?)

I also traced John W. Ables’ children. He and his wife, Alice P Anderson appear to have had 12 or 13 children. Also, with William and Nancy’s only daughter passing without a child, it reduces the potential for additional surnames. Finally, it appears that the entire family spent all of their lives in West Virginia. As such, it is less likely that their descendants were in Minnesota in 1953. Consequently, I will set aside research of Ables family descendants for the time being. I will return to the Ables research and examine the further if I need to study their offspring closer.

Next, I’ll look at the James Luther Hemsworth and Mary Belinda Morgan descendants.

Another cousin, 3rd to 4th, has a Mary Morgan in his pedigree chart. Not a descendant, but maybe close enough to a common descendant. Based upon that, I probably should have picked the Morgan line first, but didn’t notice the surname match until after I was well into researching the Ables/Grimm line.

If no success there, I’ll look at Jeremiah Anderson & Parcidia Bishop descendants.

Finally, I’ll research the Samuel Biddle and Francis Wykert descendants.

It is so exciting to be zeroing in on Glennis’ biological father.


  • Ancestry DNA Matches (Private)
  • West Virginia Culture & History; Vital Research Records Selection Search; Birth, Marriage, and Death Records. Surname Ables, County Jackson.
  • Family Search, 1850 & 1860, Censuses, Jackson County, Virginia.
  • Family Search; 1870 Census; Jackson County, West Virginia.

Charles F. Schlotterbeck

Where did the name “Frederick” come from?

Sometimes it is the simple things that can be questionable. For example, Charles Fred. Schlotterbeck’s name. On Ancestry.Com there are 2 trees which indicate his name as Charles F. Schlotterbeck. Almost every document I’ve found regarding Charles indicates his middle initial but nothing more. There are 8 member trees which indicate his middle name is Frederick. So, I wondered, where did they get “Frederick” from. One source I’ve encountered, a Christening index, indicates his middle name as “Fred.”; however, it is a leap to say it is “Frederick” from just that. It could just as easily be Fredric or Fredrick. It could be Friduric, Friedrich, or even just plain old Fred and the period in the index was just an interpretation of an errant dot. I’ve emailed a couple of the folks to see what the source for “Frederick” is. I also ordered the microfilm from Family Search to view the original document the index was made from for myself. Possibly, the film will help as well. In any event, I’m sticking with “Fred.” until I see an original source that indicates something else. Even that is tentative until I actually see that original document and not just the index.

SC-04 – Charles Fred. Schlotterbeck (1870-1927)

Charles F. Schlotterbeck
Photo from Mark LeFevre
via Find a Grave

Charles Fred. Schlotterbeck was born 25 Feb 1870, in Hagerstown, Washington county, Maryland, the sixth of eight children of John Jacob and Katherina Bertha (Schmidt) Schlotterbeck. Two of his siblings, Louisa and Emma died before he was born. There is some confusion regarding Charles’ birthdate. His christening index indicates he was born on 23 Feb 1869, however the 1870 Census, taken in June 1870 clearly indicates his age as 3/12 and that he was born in February. So, I am confident that the 1870 year is correct. The 23rd or 25th day might still be in question, again, I’m very interested to double-check the christening record’s original and see if it may have been misinterpreted.

Charles father was a farmer and his mother was keeping house according to the 1870 Census. His two brothers, William and Daniel, and his sister Bettie were living in the same household.

Two more brothers, George & John, were born before the 1880 Census at which time his father was still farming and his two oldest brothers were working on the farm. Charles and his three youngest siblings were attending school. 

Charles moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia and met Wilhelmina Fredericka Rumple. They were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg at a 2 pm ceremony on 24 Oct 1893. 

34 East North Street (Today)
Hagerstown, MD
Was the Schlotterbeck home in 1920
Photo via Google Maps

Their first child, John Frederick was born ten months later on 24 Aug 1894 in Martinsburg. At the time, Charles was a Saloon keeper. John was the first of eleven children the couple would have.

Their second child, Catherine Anna Schlotterbeck, was also born in West Virginia sometime in 1895-1896.

Their third child, Lillian Marie was born in Maryland in 1897 or 1898, so it appears that the young family moved to Hagerstown by then. 

Charles moved to Martinsburg, West Virginia and met Wilhelmina Fredericka Rumple. They were married at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Martinsburg at a 2 pm ceremony on 24 Oct 1893.

Their first child, John Frederick was born ten months later on 24 Aug 1894 in Martinsburg. At the time, Charles was a Saloon keeper. John was the first of eleven children the couple would have.

Their second child, Catherine Anna Schlotterbeck, was also born in West Virginia sometime in 1895-1896. 

Their third child, Lillian Marie was born in Maryland in 1897 or 1898, so it appears that the young family moved to Hagerstown by then.

On 14 Sep 1899, Charles and his five living siblings attended a birthday party, in Hagerstown, celebrating his father’s 68th birthday.

The 1900 census finds Charles owning a home at 412 North John St Lane(?). rural Washington County. He is working as a baker. With him is his wife, Minnie, of seven years and four of their children, Frederick, Catharine, Lillian, and Rhinehart.

The 1910 census corrects the address where they were living to 412 North Johnathan Street, a location that is a vacant lot today. Charles still owns the home. With Charles is his wife, this time spelled “Relanins” however, she and Charles had been married for 16 years at this point. Another four children are living in the home, Carl J, “Relanina,” Herbert M, and the baby, Robert J only 11 months old. Charles’s occupation is the proprietor of a bakery.
Marker for Charles &
Whilhelmina Schlotterbeck
Photo posted by Sanebee
Via Find a Grave
The 1920 census shows that Charles and family had moved to 34 East North Street. John Frederick & Catherine had moved out by then and “Relania” (Wilhamina) died in 1910, leaving eight children at home. Living with them was Charles’ brother, George. Charles was working as a baker, this time at a pretzel factory.

The 1922 Hagerstown city directory indicates that Charles moved again, this time to 31 E Lee. Also living at 31 E Lee was his son, Herbert M (also a baker) Lillian M., Rinehart V., and Wilhelmina (John’s wife). I also expect that his minor children would have been living there also making for a very full house.

Charles Fred. Schlotterbeck’s wife, Wilhelmina, died on 6 Apr 1925. Charles followed her two years later dying on 24 Oct 1927. The two are buried at Rose Hill Cemetery, Hagerstown, Washington county, Maryland. 

Never accept other people’s work without performing an analysis of where they got their information from. If their citations to match their facts, try to determine how they arrived at the fact in question.
Consider a fact as “tentative” if its source is an index, then seek out the document that the index was created from.


Review Christening Document for Charles Fred. Schlotterbeck – Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995 – GS Film number: 859283, Reference ID: p.368.


Ancestry.Com Census Records – 1870 US Federal Census – Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland; Roll: M593_596; Page: 84A; Image: 174.
Ancestry.com, U.S. City Directories — Hagerstown, Maryland – 1922 – Pgs 644-645.

Family Search – 1880 US Federal Census – John Schloterbeck, Hagerstown, Washington, Maryland, United States; enumeration district 146, sheet 68C.
Family Search – 1900 US Federal Census – Chas H Schlotterbeck, Hagerstown city Ward 5 (east part), Washington, Maryland, United States; sheet 10A, family 212.
Family Search – 1910 US Federal Census – Chas F Schlotterbeck, Hagerstown Ward 5, Washington, Maryland, United States; enumeration district (ED) 149, sheet 7B, family 159.
Family Search – 1920 US Federal Census – Charles F Schlotterbeck, Hagerstown Ward 4, Washington, Maryland, United States; sheet 4A, family 77.
Family Search – Maryland Births and Christenings, 1650-1995, Charles Fred. Schlotterbeck, 23 Feb 1869; citing ; FHL microfilm 859283. 
Family Search – West Virginia Births, 1853-1930, Slanterback, 24 Aug 1894.
Family Search – West Virginia Marriages, 1780-1970, Charles F. Schlotterbeck & Wilhelmina F. Rumple, 24 Oct 1893.
Find-a-Grave – Memorial #42279195 – Charles F Schlotterbeck.
Newspapers.Com –  The Herald and Torch Light (Hagerstown, MD) – 

Oct 19, 1893 · Page 6 – Approaching Nuptial.
Newspapers.Com – The Mail (Hagerstown, MD) 22 Sep 1899 · Page 14 – A Festal Occasion. 
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