Monday, March 23, 2009

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line

Randy Seaver had another Saturday night fun at Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Your Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line.

This week's challenge was:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line. Answer these questions:

* What was your father's mother's maiden name? Josephine Milam Saunders

* What was your father's mother's father's name? William Henry Saunders

* What is your father's mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

William Henry Saunder's father was William M. Saunders, born about 1842 in Texas and died between 1862 and 1866, probably in Bosque County, Texas. This is one of my brick wall ancestors. I have not been able to find any information about William M. Saunders' death or his parents.

* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

My grandmother had 2 brothers:

John Saunders b. about 1885. I know nothing else about this brother. He only appears in the 1900 census and I have not been able to find him after that. I don't know if he moved somewhere else, or died at an early age.

James "Rex" Saunders, b. 1892, died after 1960. James moved to Arkansas and had at least 2 sons and a daughter. I need to do more research on his family. It might provide some clues.

My grandmother's mother died when my grandmother was only 5 years old. She had several half-brothers:

Gene Saunders, 1910-1982, no children

Edward "Red" Saunders, 1913-1960, 1 daughter

Milton Saunders, 1916-1970, no children that I have found

Hershel Saunders, 1922-1980, no children

After doing this exercise, I see that I need to do some work on the James Saunders line in Arkansas to see if I could possibly find a living relative. Thanks, Randy, that was fun and informative.

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1 comment:

  1. This exercise made it all a little clearer for me and my paternal grandmother's patrilineal line, too, Debbie. I'm glad I went through the steps.


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