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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

In Remembrance

Today marks the 1 year anniversary of the death of Zedith M. (Lachney) Richmond, My Last Grandma. The past few months have been a bit difficult as she has often crossed my mind.

Just recently, we were cleaning out our attic and I found the childhood pictures she had given me many years ago. I was so relieved when I found them, I knew exactly what frame they were in, I just could not locate it. After going through a few boxes in the attic, I was thrilled when I pulled the frame out and both pictures were still inside of it.

Feb 1942, 9 years old

Both of these pictures were taken at Stoco School (Raleigh Co., WV), you can read more about the school in this post.

Even though Grandma lived out-of-state and I was not able to see her when I liked, I miss hearing her deep gut wrenching laugh (while she rocked back and forth in a chair) and hearing her call me by her special name.

I love you dearly Grandma and we miss you every day!

Marriage of William Richmond and Zedith Lachney

Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist has put together a great list of writing prompts for Women’s History Month. The prompt for today is to post a marriage record for your grandparents or great grandparents. Write a post about where and when they  at. Have any family stories about the wedding, post them? Add a photo if you have that as well. 

My grandparents got married in the childhood home of my grandma on 2 Sep 1948 in Beckley, Raleigh County, WV. Consent to the marriage was given by Hunter and Edith Richmond, (William’s parents), and Joe and Mary Lachney, (Zedith’s parents). Click here for information on Raleigh County in the 1940’s.


Unfortunately, I do not have a photo of them on their wedding. This photo is of the house they got married in. The photo is from 2004 when I was lucky enough to take my grandma “home” to West Virginia for the Hilton Family Reunion. 

Lachney Women

Lisa Alzo of The Accidental Genealogist has put together a great list of writing prompts for Women’s History Month.
Post 2 for Women’s History Month, post a photo of a female ancestor, when was it taken and why did you choose this photo?

In this photo are 2 of my great Aunts, my Grandma and my Great Grandma. (from left to right, Charlotte (Markland) Lachney, Mary Swartz, Mary Jane (Hilton) Lachney and Zedith (Lachney) Richmond.

The reason I choose this photo is because it shows my Grandma with what she felt was most important, her family! I miss her greatly and love having the opportunity to go through the pictures I have of her.

Death in 3’s

Growing up, I heard the saying that death always happens in threes. These past few months have been rough for my family. On 20 Nov 2009 we lost my Great Aunt, Viola (Lachney) Rowe. On 31 Dec 2009, we lost my Grandma (Viola’s sister), Zedith (Lachney) Richmond. Last, me lost my Great Aunt, Charlotte (Markland) Lachney (she was Viola and Zedith’s sister-in-law) on 16 Feb 2010.
Taking a look at those dates, Nov 20, Dec 31 and Feb 16, there is:
41 days between the deaths of sisters Viola and Zedith, roughly 6 weeks
47 days between the deaths of Zedith and Charlotte, roughly 7 weeks

How much can one family handle? Personally, I do not think I can handle anymore bad news. I thought 2009 would be the end of the bad news for our family and it seems it is continuing into the new year as well.

Though being reminded by my cousin Sue, on Facebook, that there were many things to celebrate in 2009. Such as, I was able to spend some time with her and Aunt Mae (Viola) before her passing. She is right, I will never be forget the time spent visiting this summer.
Though on the other hand, my time with Grandma was short. I arrived in AL 2 days before she passed and really only had conversation with her for one day. The next day she was in so much pain and agony that conversation was minimal. 

I can only hope this is the end of the sad news for our family. I also pray that the My Aunt Mary and Aunt Susie remain healthy, these are the remaining sisters to Viola and Zedith, I look forward to spending as much time as possible with them.

A Dog Named Joe

Grandma (Zeda (Lachney) Richmond) has always been one to tell us family stories, for as long as I can remember. With her recent passing I thought I should get them written down so that I will always have them and be able to share them with other family members as well. So welcome to my first posting of Grandma’s Tales From Life in West Virginia.

As a child, Zeda’s family had a dog named Joe. They got Joe because he followed her Dad (who is also Joe) home one day from the coal mines. The family really loved this dog.

One day, the dog was hit by a car and died. The girls and their Mom, Mary, were on the porch of the house, just crying. The neighbors had started to show up, hugging Mary and offering their condolences. Saying how much the liked “Joe”. As one neighbor was hugging Mary and offering his condolences, Joe came out of the house and the neighbor exclaimed, “Joe what are you doing, we thought you were dead!”

Our lesson from this family story is…

Do not name your dog after a family member, can tend to cause too much confusion later on.

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

Meeting family members

In the past year I have found family members for a few different lines in my family. Before the holidays, I wrote letters to two people in NY and confirmed that they are my grandfathers cousins. I found another lady who is a distant cousin on my maternal grandfathers line and remain in contact with her. I found another gentleman who put me in contact with a man his again a distant cousin on my maternal grandfathers line. All of this has been exciting to me. I look forward to trying to meet these people when I get a chance. 

The best find so far has been to find a cousin on my maternal grandmothers line. I have met with him and his wife over the past two weekends and truly enjoyed them. It is funny to see the family resemblances, when you are not even looking for them. For both sides of this meeting, I really believe that this will be a family relationship that will last. I love the fact that he has so many family stories to share with us. This past weekend we had a mini reunion for this family and hope to have a larger one this summer.

First trip of the summer…

So, here it is Memorial Weekend and I am taking this opportunity to go and visit some family members in Ohio. It will be a short trip but I am looking forward to the many family stories that I hope to come back with. I hope to have a few good interviews and to learn something new of course that can further the research that has been started on this part of my family.

Lets hope for not so crowded roads today!

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