C.H. her father and her family

DNA shows C.H. (a living person; name protected) is quite closely related to myself (70cM), my 2 sisters (109cM & 67cM) and an aunt (98cM) – in the range 3rd – 4th cousin. C.H.’s father is not known. The match with our aunt (for reasons other than relevant here) evidences that our ‘Most Recent Common Ancestor’ with C.H. is an ancestor of our maternal grandmother, Nellie Plant (1902-1968).

C.H.’s birth father is still proving elusive. However, by using WATO? (What Are The Odds? v2), a great deal of C.H.’s previously unknown family has been set out. By inputting into WATO? other of C.H.’s known shared matches (from Ancestry), ranging from 367cM to 45cM, a comprehensive tree has been produced. The ancestors of every DNA match entered has, as far as is possible, been checked and verified.

This first serious attempt to get to grips with WATO? (https://dnapainter.com/tools) has proved invaluable and instructive.

The Most Recent Common Ancestors we share with C.H. are almost certainly Ann Gorton (1845-) and James Plant (1838-1891) – north Staffordshire families. They had a daughter Agnes (1868-1915) who married James Mycock (1865-1944). Agnes and James had a son William Mycock (1890-1971) who emigrated to Manitoba Canada where he married Minnie Myrtle Grasby (1895-1969). So far everything points to William and Minnie as the best next steps for family history research, if C.H.’s birth father is to be found.

Seth Hurt 1845

Seth Hurt (Beckitt tree) is named in the 1851 census as one of 5 grandchildren of William Hurt (1895) and Sarah Ann born Hall. But who were his parents?

His marriage certificate records that his father was John Phoenix. In 1845, a Sarah Hurt married a John Phoenix. They went on to have 12 children together. Evidence from later censuses tends to confirm the identifications.

Seemingly, Sarah Hurt gave birth to Seth Hurt before her marriage to John Phoenix, hence the surname. Could that have been a spur to their marriage? However, one caveat: the marriage of Sarah Hurt and “John Fenix” took place on the 25th February 1845 at Southwell, Nottingham. Seth Hurt’s birth was not registered until the last quarter of 1845.

Turning once more to Rousham

I have turned once more to Rousham. 

From 1770, when William Perrin married Sarah House at Chastleton, until his son John died in 1847, two generations were settled at Rousham; a period of nearly 80 years that spanned the introduction in 1837 of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths and in 1841 of the first census. Although John was the last Perrin by name to live at Rousham, his youngest daughter Sarah, who had married the local shepherd Charles Day in 1847, lived there until she died in 1874.

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Graham Franklin Phillips

This evening I thought to take a look, again, at the tree of Graham Franklin Phillips. To my great sadness, I found that Graham had died in 2008, when his motorcycle hit a deer on Highway 1 just north of Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, when on a short day trip on Sunday, July 13. He died instantly.

It was a while since he and I had emailed each other, Martha Ann Franklin our common ancestral link.  What I did find, and what I urge you to read, is an account of Graham’s life, written and posted perhaps by his wife Fern. What a remarkable man! What a great life!