Loss – Family Finds

I have previously written about my 3rd great grandmother, Sarah Smith Gilbert 1820-1846, in the post Sarah Smith: Challenge[1] While writing that post I wondered about the impact of her death on her family. What was the impact of her loss on her husband? My 3rd great grandfather, Samuel Gilbert 1812-1895 was left to care for their 2 year old daughter Hannah when Sarah died in 1846. At the age of 34, Samuel was a farmer and laborer. He probably had little time or experience to care for a small child

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Name’s the Same – Family Finds

A few years ago I started researching my maternal grandfather’s linage and quickly recognized several surnames in common with my maternal grandmother’s linage. With the name’s being the same, were they some sort of distant cousins? For last years’ Week 7 prompt Favorite Discovery [1], I wrote about discovering, through same names, that my parents are 9th cousins. So, why not my maternal grandparents? At first, it seemed unlikely since one was from Mercer County, Ohio and the other from Knoxville, Tennessee. Nevertheless, the research is it’s own reward.

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