A WOMAN OF MYSTERY
Years ago, when I first began documenting my maternal family, I reached out to our matriarch at the time, my Great-Aunt Doris. She spoke for hours, naming the ancestors she knew then sharing stories of their lives.
Although she knew a lot about her mother’s family, my great-aunt was less certain about her father’s family, especially his mother, Alice (Manley) Cole.
What little Aunt Doris knew about her grandma was her name and the fact that she disappeared from her father’s life when he was a child.
Alice was an enigma, a woman of mystery. As a family historian/genealogist, I LOVE following clues and solving puzzles, so off to the records I raced.
Have you ever seen a set of wooden dolls, each one of decreasing size placed inside another? These nesting dolls are called matryoshkas, which means “little matrons.”
By now, you might be asking yourself why a family historian with mostly British Isles roots is talking about Russian matryoshkas.
Well, today on Twitter, I saw a new writing prompt, #RussianDollChallenge, inquiring just how far back we genealogists have traced our matrilineal lines. This idea intrigued me, so I took a closer look at my mother’s maternal family. It turns out that on that branch, including me, there are ten generations of women whom I have documented.
On this day, 20 November 1864, George Moore, my 4th great-grandfather, passed away.
Born in Scotland circa 1811, nothing is known of George Moore’s childhood or his parentage, unfortunately.
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On this day, 16 August 1847, Henry Roush (my spouse’s 4th great-grandfather) passed away.
Henry Roush was born in 1787 in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. His parents are unknown. It has been suggested that Henry Roush might be the son of John Jacob Roush, who married Barbara Elizabeth Wittenmyer in 1774, in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania. However, this is merely conjecture.