There are 28 surnames I have identified in my direct ancestry. That sure doesn't seem like much after researching these families for over 40 years (off and on!). For some ancestral names, I have little information. Hoping these posts might find fellow researchers.
Tonight: Nancy Chinn
Here is my connection to Nancy Chinn, my 4th great grandmother:
Looking at the hints on my ancestry tree, there are 25 member trees that show different parentage for Nancy than what I have. So would love feedback on this.
My only documentation at this time is a pamphet sent to me by the Des Moines County, Iowa Genealogy Society titled: "The Pioneer Ross Family in Burlington and Southern Iowa" by William Junken, Nancy's grandson. The pamphlet was published in 1911. Portions of the story were published in the Burlington Hawk-Eye newspaper in Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa.
The excerpts below refer to Nancy and her husband, William 'Captain' Ross AND a connection to George Washington's mother! (where is Genealogy Roadshow when I need them?)
The only record I have, is actually just a reference from Ancestry.com:
This is the family group sheet from my tree on Ancestry.com:
Things to do:
- Obtain probate records for Nancy's father and grandparents
- Obtain probate records for Nancy's husband, Captain Ross
- Obtain birth/marriage/death records for Nancy's children
- Obtain obituaries for Nancy's children.
- Write to historical and genealogical societies in Virginia and Kentucky for further information.
- There are currently no graves listed on findagrave.com nor billiongraves.com for a Nancy Ross in Fayette County, Kentucky.
I have submitted DNA tests on familytreedna.com, 23andme.com and dna.ancestry.com. So far, no Chinn matches.
Also looked at World Family Names on PublicProfiler.org and found the info below. (Screen prints used with permission of Alex Singleton of PublicProfiler.org)
I love how PublicProfiler.org shows name distribution throughout the world. I should probably do this for all the alternate spellings of the name as well.
UPDATE! Nancy's grandfather, Charles a 'love child'? (Most trees identify Charles as Nancy's father.)
I found this on ancestry's message boards, which tells the story of Rawleigh Chinn, married to Esther Ball (half sister of George Washington's wife). The marriage became difficult and they separated. Rawleigh became involved with Esther's cousin, Margaret Ball Downman with whom he had 3 children, one of which was Charles, Nancy Chinn's grandfather. Look for the posting by for the full story. Here is a snippet:
" Since Rawleigh did not get a divorce, he and Margaret could never marry. Despite this, they had three sons, eldest Charles (born 18 Oct 1723 in Richmond Co), Christopher and Elijah. Margaret was, between about 1728 and 1735 repeatedly taken to court for 'adultery', fornication, leud character and at least twice for having an 'illegal' child. On occasion, Rawleigh too would be brought in on charges. Rawleigh died about 1741, and left to his 'godsons', "the sons of Mrs. Margaret Downman", land (in Prince William County) and personal effects, for the most part, equal to his other sons. "
Link for this post: http://midwestancestree.blogspot.com/2013/11/surname-saturday-chinn-other-spellings.html