Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What's In A Date?

When doing genealogy it is so so so important to pay attention to dates. When you search for somebody, the more you know the better your chances are of finding the right person. I can't think of any country in the world where children are recruited by the government to fight in wars, yet I see it all the time. Five year olds listed as being in this War or that. While fixing broken links tonight I found this little tid-bit, he is listed as a Revolutionary War Solider.

Example: William Alexander was born 1752 North Carolina Died 5 or 6 Jan 1821. Married in 1789 to Margaret Cull. Children: William Jr. married Elizabeth Parks.

Source: Page 36, 37, Roster of Soldiers and Patriots of the American Revolution Buried in Indiana, 1938.

What do you suppose could have happened here. Several things come to mind.
  • Our date of 1752 could have been his father or even his grandfather. When you think about it, 18 - 35 is the date range for military service. At least it was in that time frame, without your momma having to sign for you to get in. Still, it wasn't 5 years old.  
  • That is also the time frame for birthing, within 5 years in either direction. Having babies wasn't easy back then. The doctors came to your home, more likely you had a mid-wife or you just sucked it up and delivered that baby with the help of family and friends. Written documents of the time were very difficult to read and a lot of numbers and letters looked a lot alike. A five could be an 3 or and 8. It could even be a 6. 
  • Most first marriages occur somewhere between the ages of 12 and 15 during that period of time. For heavens sake, life expectancy was what? Maybe 40 if you were real healthy. Modern medicine wasn't even heard of really back then. During the Revolutionary War, if you got shot by a cannon ball, they used Lavender as a pain killer. If that cannon ball hit you in the mid-section, it was a long agonizing death. 
What we have here is a clue however and gives you a place to look. Take those clues wherever you find them, welcome them, use them and always, always, consider the time frame and life of the era.

    Sunday, May 10, 2009

    John Christopher Hiatt

    We think John Christopher Hiatt may have been born in Ireland and moved to Wayne co. His son William W. Hiatt was allegedly born in Wayne co. 8 Jun 1844 although we can't find him there and his Civil War record states he was born in Ireland.

    So I thought I would look for a John Hiatt or John C. Hiatt who was born in Ireland and had a wife born in Kentucky. This has driven my son nuts for years to the point he spent $150 to have his DNA tested in an effort to figure out which Hiatt family he belonged to and it really didn't help.

    He connects to Charles Hiatt of the UK and more distantly to John Hiatt and Mary Smith, who he has no known connection to unless its in the old country (England). He also connects to three families in Ireland but none of them are Hiatts. So any help would be appreciated. Thanks so much Judith Jones

    Not from admin: I am working on this and would appreciate any assistance anybody can give us, so if you know anything about the Hiatt's, please leave a comment!

    Friday, October 31, 2008

    Mark Dixon sent us this picture of the Kenworthy Farm. He would like to know where it is located in Richmond, IN. If you can help him please contact him directly, or you can send the info to the blog to share with everybody else. It was a lovely home.

    Wednesday, September 24, 2008

    Join in the Fun!

    Wayne County now has its own blog where we can share information. Please feel free to comment, post pics, and share your family stories. I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about the county. This is the diary for the site, so to speak.