Monday, November 5, 2012

Saturday NIght Genealogy Fun - Ancestor Name Roulette!


I was on a mini-vacation on Saturday when Randy Seaver of GeneaMusings posted another Ancestor Name Roulette challenge for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun! These challenges are the ones I really like, so I’m doing it today.

Here is the challenge as Randy presented it:

1) What year was one of your great-grandmothers born?  Divide this number by 90 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 ancestral name list (some people call it an "ahnentafel" - your software will create this - use the "Ahnentafel List" option, or similar). Who is that person, and what are his/her vital information?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the "roulette number."

4) Write about it in a blog post on your own blog, in a Facebook status or a Google Stream post, 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 a great-grandmother, a grandfather, a parent, a favorite aunt or cousin, yourself, or even your children!


My great-grandmother Dialtha Jane (Owens) Spurlock was born in 1847; dividing by 90 results in 20.52222. (It didn’t matter which great-grandmother I used, the result was the same!) Round up for my roulette number of 21!

Ancestor #21 is Mary Elizabeth Eaton, one of my paternal 2nd great-grandmothers. The daughter of Absolem and Sarah (Reeves) Eaton, Mary was born in Missouri about 1817.[1] She married H. B. Martindale on 9 August 1838 in Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri.[2] She died on 11 January 1873 and is buried in Bismarck, St. Francois County, Missouri.[3]

Other than the vital statistics information, I don’t have any other information about Mary, except for the names of her nine children:

William C. Martindale (1839[4]-1863[5])
Lucinda J. Martindale (1841[6]-bef 1880)
Ambrose B. Martindale (1844[7]-1918[8]) – my great-grandfather
Permelia A. Martindale (1846[9]-1888[10])
Sarah V. Martindale (1849[11]-1900[12])
Howell B. Martindale (1852[13]-1889[14])
Missouri Elizabeth Martindale (1853[15]-1943[16])
James Austin Martindale (1856[17]-1892[18])
Randolph B. Martindale (1859[19]-?)





[1] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwelling 525, family 525, H. B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 421.
[2] "Missouri Marriage Records, 1805-2002," database and online images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : accessed 7 Aug 2011), entry for Martindale and Eaton, 8 August 1838; citing Marriage Book A: 162.
[3] Queen, Nedra, email dated 7/26/2002.
[4] 1850 U.S. census, population schedule, Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwelling 525, family 525, H. B. Martindale; digital images, Ancestry (www.ancestry.com : accessed 28 Feb 2012); citing National Archives and Records Administration microfilm M432, roll 421.
[5] Compiled service record, William C. Martindale, Co. G, 2 Mounted Rifles; Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Arkansas, Civil War; 109; digital images, "Civil War Service Records," Fold3 (www.fold3.com : accessed 28 Jan 2011).
[6] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[7] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[8] Texas State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, death certificate 41191 (1918), A. B. Martindale; digital image, Fold3.com, Texas Death Certificates (http://www.fold3.com/documents/19419207/texas_death_certificates/ : accessed 20 Apr 2010).
[9] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[10] "Washington County, MO Cemetery Burials," online transcription, Hopewell Cemetery, Washington Co., Missouri (http://www.mogenweb.org/washington/cemetery/wccem.html).
[11] 1850 U.S. census, pop. sch., Concord Township, Washington County, Missouri, p. 126 (stamped), dwell. 525, fam. 525, H. B. Martindale.
[12] "Washington County, MO Cemetery Burials".
[13] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[14] "Washington County, MO Cemetery Burials".
[15] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[16] St. Francois, Missouri, death certificate no. 35818 (1943), Missouri Elizabeth Jones; digital image, Missouri State Archives, Missouri Death Certificates (http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/ : accessed 14 Jul 2010).
[17] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.
[18] Wayne County, Missouri Cemeteries (St. Louis, Missouri: St. Louis Genealogical Society, n.d.), 26.
[19] 1860 U.S. census, pop. sch., Clear Creek Township, Sevier County, Arkansas, p. 122 (penned), dwell. 850, fam. 854, Howell B. Martindale.


© 2012 Denise Spurlock

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