Friday, June 17, 2011

Add Another to the Tree

Our family trees just aren't about the past, but the present too.

Today, we welcome my niece Mandy into the Griffith family!!!  Congratulations to my brother & sister-in-law!

I hear she's gorgeous, but seeing as I haven't gotten to see her yet, we'll await further judgment for a later date.  :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Virgle E. Griffith

It isn't always direct lineages we find when looking for our family history.  Last week, I came across a record on that made me sad, but supported a theory I had from an incorrect census record.

You see, James & Stella Griffith had a son named Virgil.  He was born April 18, 1900, and passed away September 1, 1900.  He's buried in Little Flock Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Coalmont, Clay County, Indiana.  I want to give a heartfelt "Thank you" to Miss Amanda Trill who originally photographed his burial location, then posted it on Find A Grave.  When I contacted her regarding the dates originally listed on the web page, she went back through her pictures and confirmed his dates for me.  She then transferred his memorial page to me so he can be with family.

Virgil was only five months old when he passed away.  The 1900 US Census had him living with his mother and father.  Sadly, he's listed incorrectly on that same Census as being born in 1880, but only 1/12 (1 month old) - the same year his father was born.  I've been looking for confirmation of exactly when he was born.  Thanks to Miss Trill, we now know.  Had it not been for that incorrect census, my curiosity wouldn't have been aroused, and I wouldn't know who he is or what happened to him after that census.

You can view his memorial page by clicking here.

One little boy made his mark on the world, and now, Great Great Great Uncle Virgle, you can rest easy.

Image Courtesy Amanda Trill.  Aug. 14, 2010

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Bradaseric - 90% sure we're related...

I would hazard to guess that every single Bradaseric in the United States - of which there are not many - are related to me in some way, shape or form.  While I have not researched this line very much, I thought I would add what I do know.

Joseph Bradaseric came to the US from Austria in 1909 at the age of 9 with his mother Mary, who was born in 1858.  Of his father, I do not yet have any information.  Mary was born of Austrian parents, of which I also do not have any information.  By the 1920 Census, they were settled on a farm in Health, Allegan County, Michigan owed by Joseph.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Recent Generations

To date, I've haven't really included anything about the last 3 generations of my Griffith & related families.  I'd really like too, and maybe connect with some actual living, breathing relatives, but it's sad how little I really know.  In some cases, it's easier finding information on people who've been dead for 100+ years.

Our family isn't a "close" one, and the only real cousins or family I speak to are on my birth mother's side of the family.  But, I guess that's how history gets lost.

I suppose I'll add what I know, and see what happens.  :)

Benjamin Griffith & Ann

Benjamin & Ann GRIFFITH are thought to be my 8th paternal great grand parents.

I say thought to be, because, well, I just don't know.

I have linked Jackson GRIFFITH to Benjamin by one, yes one, document - an abstract of Benjamin's will in which Benjamin leaves to Jackson a parcel of land named "Eastern Neck" - the very same one that Jackson later leaves to his daughters Martha & Asenath. Other than that - not a thing.