Saturday, November 3, 2012

SNGF - Ancestor Name Roulette

Randy Seaver has been up to it again! Coming up with another great Saturday Night Genealogy Fun  challenge over at GeneaMusings. Here's tonight's challenge:

"Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) What year was one of your great-grandmothers born? Divide this number by 90 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your "roulette number."

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an "ah
nentafel" -
your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

So... opening up my FTM program, I chose my 7x great-grandmother, Mary MURLON, who was born in 1645, England, as my original ancestor.

When divided by 90 this number becomes 18.2, so I rounded down to 18.

And who is number 18 on my ahnentafel?

Number 18 is Reverend Samuel PERKINS/PARKINS [his name is written both ways, so we really can't determine which is the most correct!].

The good Reverend was born on 21 April 1778, in Virginia. Just where is still open for debate in Virginia.

Three facts:

[1] By 1812 he was living in Greenbrier County, [West] Virginia, which was still "wilderness" at the time of his arrival. It was on September 15th of that year that he married Elizabeth TUCKWILLER.

[2] The couple had 9 children.

[3] The Reverend was the first minister of the MT Vernon ME Church at Fort Springs, located in Greenbrier County. He was also the first person buried in the cemetery that sits behind the church. [It is now known as the "old" cemetery, as the newer one sits before the church on the acreage that surrounds the building.] He died on 19 January 1854.

Reverend Samuel PARKINS daughter, Margaret Smith Parkins was my paternal great-grandmother.

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