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Wedding Wednesday: Kerr – Hilton Union

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SNGF – List Your Matrilineal Line

Randy at Genea-Musings has put out the call for some Saturday night fun. He says:

“Hey genealogy buffs – it’s Saturday Night again — time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, should you decide to accept it, is to:

1) List your matrilineal line – your mother, her mother, etc. back to the first identifiable mother. Note: this line is how your mitochondrial DNA was passed to you!

2) Tell us if you have had your mitochondrial DNA tested, and if so, which Haplogroup you are in.

3) Post your responses on your own blog post, in Comments to this blog post, or in a Status line on Facebook or in your Stream at Google Plus.

4)  If you have done this before, please do your father’s matrilineal line, or your grandfather’s matrilineal line, or your spouse’s matriliuneal line.

5)  Does this list spur you to find distant cousins that might share one of your matrilineal lines? ”

So I took a gander at my line, or lack thereof…To protect the identity of my living relatives, I am going to start this with my maternal grandmother.

a. Zedith Marie Lachney (17 Mar 1933 Raleigh Co, WV – 31 Dec 2009 Trinity, AL) married William H. Richmond Jr.

b. Mary Jane Hilton (14 Dec 1903 Perry Co, OH) – 18 July 1992 Seminole, FL) married Joseph Lachney

c. Susie Kerr (12 Feb 1876 Arlington, OH – 11 Sep 1943 Beckley, Raleigh Co, WV) married John James Hilton, Sr.

d. Margaret Garlinger (Feb 1849 – Somerset, PA – Dec 1910 Perry Co, OH) married John Kerr

e. Mary Hashsmith (1815 PA – 1870 Bairds Furnace, Perry Co, OH) married Adam Garlinger

As far as I know, no one has had any DNA testing done. Being a female in this line, it only makes sense that I should be the one to do this. Add another thing to my long line of to do lists.

My fathers matrilineal line is as follows:

a. Margaret (Ida)  Jaeger (1 Jan 1919 Cook Co., IL – 15 Apr 1980 Chicago, Cook Co, IL) married 1) Frederick Fischer 2) Ambrose (Larry O’Connell)

b. Ella Martha Marie Jonas (12 Apr 1898, Cook Co, IL – 11 Oct 1956 Cook Co, IL) married Frederick Jaeger

c. Marie Lustgens (10 Mar 1862 Germany – 28 Aug 1944 Morton Grove, Cook Co, IL) married Wilhelm/William Jonas

Again, as far as I know, no one has completed any DNA testing on this line either. I do have a few aunts that I can ask to do this for me. Seems I could send them a Christmas gift and hope they will take it.

Thanks Randy for keeping all the genealogists busy, and having fun with the research we have completed.

This is the Face of Genealogy

Mary Jane (Hilton) Lachney with daughters, West Virginia

Sharing Family Stories

I recently watched a home video that my daughter, Brittany, taped in 2004 when we were in West Virginia for  the Hilton Family Reunion. The battery was low on the camera and we did not have the charger with us. I had searched for it before we left on the trip and was not successful, I was so upset by this. Brittany got a good hour to an hour and a half of our family together. This is a treasured gift for me. I have so many family stories that she taped on this night, that we will always be able to remember our family telling these stories and memories that Grandma and her sisters shared of their uncles, family we never met (or do not remember meeting). I plan to take some of these stories and post them here on Finding Our Ancestors, I cannot think of a better place for them to be. Check back soon for the first installment of our families stories. 

Does anyone have any good suggestions for keeping your chargers were you will find them? As technology changes we seem to add more and more chargers and I try to keep them with the item they belong to, but sometimes it proves to be difficult. Suggestions welcome to help me end this problem.

SNGF Ahnentafel Roulette

Tonight’s request for SNGF by Randy Seaver from Genea Musings is Ahnentafel Roulette. Here are the instructions:

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

1) How old is your father now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 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 ahnentafel. Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person with the “roulette number.”

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook note or comment, or as a comment on this blog post.

5) If you do not have a person’s name for your “roulette number” then spin the wheel again – pick your mother, or yourself, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your children!


So, here is mine:

1. My Dad was born in1949, right now he is 59.   59/4= 14.75, rounded up it is 15.

2. # 15 is Mary Jane Hilton. She was 14 Dec, 1903 to John James and Susie (Kerr) Hilton. She married Joseph Lachney in IN. They had seven children together. Mary died 18 Jul 1992 in Seminole, FL.

Mary Jane was my Great Grandmother, I was in my early 20’s when she passed. She did get to meet 1 of my 3 children. 

3. Three facts about Mary Jane:

In 1910 census she is 6 years old, 1 of 7 children at home. They lived in Dover, Athens, Ohio.

In the 1920 census she is 1 of 10 children at home, though 1 is a Grandchild to John and Susie. They lived Nelsonville, Ward 4, Athens, Ohio.

In the 1930 Census Mary Jane is married to Joseph Lachney and they have to children. Lawrence is 6 and Joan is 1 9/12. They live in Dana, Vermillion, Indiana.  They resided on East C Street. It shows she was married at the age of 19.

Mary died in the home of her Grand daughter Debbie, while vacationing in 1992. She passed the day they arrived. The family the returned to OH for services. 

There really was not a lot of information to post from the census records. Mary went from being a child in the home of her parents to a wife with children. What I learned from this post is:

1. I need to go through each ancestor and make sure I have found them in all census records available. I did not have Mary in the 1930 census until I did this post. 

2. Mary and Joseph were married about 1922, I need to search for their marriage record. 

5534_1101491654370_1139047548_30279254_2849421_nJoseph and Mary (Hilton) Lachney

Tombstone Tuesday – Susie Hilton

This photo was taken by Terri O’Connell,
at Sunset Memorial Park
1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Resting place for (inscription reads)
 Susie Hilton
Susie (Kerr) Hilton was born 12 Feb 1876 in Arlington, Ohio to John and Margaret (Garlinger) Kerr. She married John James Hilton around 1893 and had 11 children. She passed 11 Sept 1943, in either Beckley or Oswall, WV. Here she lies to the right of her husband. She is also resting with many family members nearby.

Saturday Night Fun – Surname Wordle

Tombstone Tuesday – John Hilton

Sunset Memorial Park

1915 Harper Road
Beckley, WV 25801
Inscription reads:
John Hilton
1869 – 1947
This photo was take June 28, 2004. John Hilton is my Great Great Grandfather. His resting place, as well as other family members,  is on the side of a steep hill in Sunset Memorial Park. This trip was taken with my Grandmother and  two of her sisters; one who had just gone through a few major surgeries the previous year. The steepness of the hill made it extremely difficult for me to visit. I can only imagine that Grandma and my Great Aunts found it challenging to maneuver. 
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