Sunday, September 16, 2012

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (on Sunday morning!) – Three Degrees of Separation

Yesterday, Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offered the following challenge:

1)  Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with three degrees of separation?  That means "you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor, who knew another ancestor."  When was that third ancestor born?

2)  Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google Plus.

Both my grandfathers died before I was born, so I have only my grandmothers with which to work! I didn’t know either of my grandmothers well, so I don’t have much information to go on so this is mostly speculation on who might have known whom.

In my paternal line, I knew my grandmother Mamie Olive (Martindale) Spurlock (1884-1971), daughter of A. B. Martindale (1844-1918) and Sarah Belle Forshee (1856-1923). Gram knew her maternal grandmother Sarah A. (Parker) Forshee (1816-1896), daughter of Benjamin Parker and Elizabeth (LNU). Sarah (Parker) Forshee likely knew her father-in-law John Forshee (about 1770-1850).

In my maternal line, I knew my grandmother Myrtle Arminta (Snider) Yawman (1878-1958), daughter of David A. Snider (1848-1929) and Ruth Franklin (1851-1914). Grandma Yawman probably knew her grandfather Joseph Franklin (1826-1895), son of Arad Franklin (1802-1897) and Nancy White (1801-1882). Joseph Franklin likely knew his grandfather Joseph White (about 1772-about 1840).

So I am able to get back to the early 1770s with three degrees of separation, about 240 years! 

© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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