Saturday, August 3, 2013

MGP Chapter 5

Chapter 5: Home Work Assignment

Reference: Thomas W. Jones, Mastering Genealogical Proof (Arlington, Virginia) : National Genealogical Society, (2013). Book available from Publisher at:

Question 1:

A.    This would be a derivative record.

B.    Looks like the informant could be Ida because it was from her bible.

C.     The birth date would be primary information if the informant is Ida.

D.    This would be direct evidence since it gives the exact birth date of the person.

E.     It gives indirect evidence because you do not have an exact date for the divorce, but with the date of birth for the last child with the surname of the first husband and the wedding date for the second marriage you have a date range for when the divorce took place.

F.     The source was created to have the family vital information in the bible

G.    If the entries were written all the same time as suggested in the footnote, then there would be a time lapse because they would have been written after 1893.

H.    Unknown

I.       Unknown

J.       Unknown

K.     If Ida was the creator of this bible entry then she could have adjusted dates of her marriages and/or birth dates to hide time lapse between marriage and child birth.

L.      The source could be reliable but does not make the information valid.







        Question 2.

   1850 Census (Missouri)                                  

        Don Higele, Born in Germany,

1811-1812, a bricklayer

     Barb Higele, Born in Germany, 1825-1826

     Ad Higele, Born in Germany, 1844-1845

     Fritz Higele, Born in Germany, 1845-1846

    Joh[n] Higele, Born in Missouri, 1847-1848

   Marie Higele, Born in Missouri, 1849-1850

   Corn Higele, Born in Germany, 1826-1827

                1860 Census (Illinois)

  Antoine Higley, Born in Hanover,

1809-1810, Stone Mason

Barb Higley, Born in Hanover, 1826-1827

Adolph Higley, Born in Hanover, 1845-1846

Fred[eric]k Higley, Born in Hanover, 1846-1847

Mary Higley, Born in Hanover, 1849-1850

Sopha Higley, Born in Hanover, 1850-1851

Jacob Higley, Born in Illinois, 1853-1854

Louisa Higley, Born in Illinois, 1857-1858

Commentary: Even with the variation in the names and dates, this does seem to be the same family in both of the census records.

The family appears to have left Germany after having 2 sons born there. They arrived in Missouri for the birth of another son around 1847. This son appears to have died before 1860. Marie, who is 6 months old in the 1850 census, would be Mary in the 1860 census. Given the fact that they were in Missouri for the 1850 census it would be unlikely that Mary/Marie and Sopha would have been born in Hanover. Then between 1851 and 1853 they moved to Illinois and had two more children. Corn, mentioned in the 1850 census, looks like he could be Don’s brother and he most likely started his own family or possibly died before the 1860 census. The differences in the names could be the result of language and understanding on both the part of the enumerator and the family. It looks like for the 1850 census they had not been in this country long, so that could have been the problem.

Question 3.

Narrative: the article’s page 35, Lewis’s Parentage, The evidence presented does link Lewis to being the son of Lewis and Mary Pritchett.

List: Bullet list on the article’s page 30. These three points do identify Philip Pritchett that sued in Virginia in 1783 as being the same person in Kentucky.

Timeline: the article’s page 36-37, the senior Lewis Pritchett. This timeline does support Lewis and Mary as candidates for Philip’s parents.

Table: the article’s page 34, Stafford County Land of two Pritchett Taxpayers. This supports that there were two Lewis Pritchett’s that were landowners.

Map: the article’s page 32, this map shows how the Pritchett Land in Stafford County was closer to the land in Fauquier County where Phillip had the law suit, so it would make sense that the senior Lewis Pritchett was with him in court.

Question 4.

Narrative: the article’s page 107 -108. This presents evidence from a variety of records to find which of the two sources presented could be correct.

List: the list on the article’s page 107 makes good points for the argument of Earl being Charles’ son.

Timeline: The timeline beginning on page 109 brings together many facts about James, the suspected father of Charles. These do support the conclusion that would be father-in-law to both Ida and Emma.

Table: on the table 2 on page 115 we see the tools for David. These are tools of a wood worker, like Charles?

Map: the map on page 103 shows the counties in Michigan that records have been found for the McLain family