Gene Notes

Some random and some not-so-random thoughts on family history.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Matilda, Matilda

Ever since I found out about my great-great-great grandfather's first wife, I've been curious about her. Her name was Matilda Fleet Hinton Goodridge. She was the daughter of William Goodridge and his wife Catherine Hinton. I've never discovered where the Fleet comes from.

She married my great-great-great grandfather, John Stearns Percival on May 22, 1817 in Boone county, Kentucky. She had permission of her father for the marriage to take place.

She is the only grandchild mentioned in her grandfather George Goodridge's will, which was made February 4, 1802 and probated July 15, 1802. Her brother Fountain was born about 1795-96; her brother Walter about 1797-98.

Matilda had two children, only one I can verify. Her son Egbert Davis Percival was born about 1819 in Boone county, Kentucky. He is listed in his grandfather's will - that is William Goodridge, who died in 1850. William's will was made March 2, 1850 and probated in April of 1850. By this time Egbert would have been about 30-31. No mention of any other Percival children is made in his will.

Dr. John Stearns Percival, Matilda's husband remarried on April 4, 1822 in Boone county, Kentucky. They had the following children that I have verified: Eliza Ann, John Stearns, Jr., and Jabez. There is also reputedly a son William, whom I have never found in any record. I think he may have died young. Maybe that was Elizabeth's fate also.  Dr. John Stearns Percival died intestate in 1841 and the only children mentioned were his sons. Certainly Eliza was still alive as she married in 1844 and died in 1884, but not considered a minor as were the sons.

I guess one of Matilda's brothers love his sisters so much, he named some daughters after them. One was Matilda Fleet Hinton Percival Goodridge. I guess the family names weren't lost by them!

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

When Did Your Great Grandfather Live?

While viewing a mini tutorial on 23andme about ancestry, there was this graphic. You'll note that in this graphic it has great-grandparents as living ~90 years ago. That seems kind of vague to me.  Now, one of my great grandfathers was born in Lancaster, New York in 1839. That's 178 years ago. He died more than 90 years in 1925 in East Tawas, Michigan. He was the earliest born of all my great grandparents, most of whom were born in the 1860s. And he was the youngest of all the children of his parents. His youngest son was my grandfather who was born in 1888 when August was 49 years old. My mother was born in 1924 when her father was 35.

August's own father was born in 1796, so you can see that I can go back only four generations to find someone born in the 18th century.

I'm not sure whether I should be awed by this or not. My oldest daughter missed meeting her great grandfather (my grandfather) by 10 months. However, on their father's side I have a picture taken at Christmas of 1982 with four generations. Below, are my youngest daughter with her great Aunt Stella, their Grandma, my older daughter with her daddy, and their great Grandma!
It's awesome to be able to document generations like this. I wish I had some for myself, but my last great grandparent died three years before I was born.

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Friday, July 28, 2017

Elijah Kirtley Home/Hotel

My four times great grandfather Elijah Kirtley built this beauty in 1830. Unfortunately, Elijah died in 1835. The home is in the Boone County Historic District. If you have family connections there, you need to check out the Boone County Public Library Local History & Genealogy! Photo is circa 1976.

Courtesy of the Boone County Public Library, Boone County Historic Preservation Collection.

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