Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings posted:
“Your mission, should you decide to accept it (cue the Mission Impossible! music) is to:
1) Determine where your ancestral families were on 1 January 1863 - 150 years ago. *2) List them, their family members, their birth years, and their residence location (as close as possible). Do you have a photograph of their residence, and does the residence still exist? How many do you have in each generation living in January 1863?
3) Tell us all about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook Status or Google+ Stream post.”
*(Randy later corrected the date, so this is my list of ancestors 149 years ago)
I thought it might be interesting to see which of my ancestors were actually alive and where they were living. So here goes….
My 4th great grandparents, Joseph Dial (1819-1912) and Martha Dial (1829-1906), lived in Richland Holmes MS with their children including my 3rd great grandfather, John Joseph Dial (1853-1924).
I have no information on my 3rd great grandmother who was married to John Joseph Dial other than her name Sarah Ann.
My 3rd great grandparents, Jacob Myrick Harward (1783-1866) and Milea Yates Harward (1784-9 Jan 1863), lived in Albemarle Stanly NC.
My 3rd great grandmother, Annice Broadaway Parker (1803-1881), lived in Burnsville Anson NC with her son, John Benton Parker. William Wiley Parker, my3rd great grandfather died in 1860.
My 3rd great grandparents, Walter Pharr Burns (1795-1864) and Sarah White Lily Burns (1803-1895), lived in Burnsville Anson NC with their children and a boarder.
My 3rd great grandparents, William M Curlee (1803-1880) and Susan H Hinson Curlee (1804-1880), lived in Olive Branch Union NC with three of their children.
My 3rd great grandparents, John “Big John” Brazell (1794-1874) and Martha Parnold Brazell (1795-1876), lived in Columbia Richland SC with one of their sons.
My 2nd great grandparents, Julius Hill (1802-1876) and Margaret Harward Hill (1809-1898) lived in Burnsville Anson County NC with children including my great grandfather, James Pleasant Hill (1841-1912).
My 2nd great grandparents, William Nicholas Parker (1820-1899) and Dianna Penelope Burns Parker (1828-1899), lived in Wadesboro Anson NC with their children including my great grandmother, Sarah Emeline Parker (1848-1930).
My 2nd great grandmother, Narcissa Howard Curlee (1835-1910), lived in Olive Branch Union NC with her children including my great grandfather, Noah Columbus Curlee (1856-1933). My 2nd great grandfather, Claiborne Clement Curlee, died in 1862.
My 2nd great grandparents, Joseph Knox Little (1826-1870) and Jennette Deas Little (1822-1903), lived in Olive Branch Union NC with their children, including my great grandmother, Fetna Jane Little (1858-1949).
My 2nd great grandmother, Nancy Dial (1831-1910), was living in 1863, but location is unknown. The residence of my 2nd great grandfather, James Brazell (1827-????), is unknown at this time.
My 2nd great grandmother, Jane Dunning (1837-1917), lived in Columbia Richland SC in 1860 with Susan Dunning who may be her mother and three other females.
My great grandparents, Thomas H Wilson (1820-1909) and Elizabeth Gulledge Wilson (1831-1921), lived in The District Richland SC with their children. My grandfather, Elisha Atkinson Wilson, was born in 1878. I do not know either of my great grandparents parents.
My great grandparents, William “Willie” Brazell (1855-1905) and Eliza Ellafaire Brazell Brazell (1862-1940), whereabouts in 1863 is a mystery. Both were born in Richland County SC, but, other than that, nothing is known until 1870.
To recap: I have these ancestors living 1 January 1863:
8 great grandparents (4 living in South Carolina, 4 living in North Carolina)
10 2nd Great Grandparents (3 living in South Carolina, 7 living in North Carolina)
11 3rd Great Grandparents (2 living in South Carolina, 9 living in North Carolina)
2 4th Great Grandparents living in Mississippi
I had 31 ancestors living on 1 January 1863, 149 years ago.
Thank you Randy for this fun exercise.