My Most Wanted Ancestors

This is where I am posting my Most Wanted Ancestors.  Those brick walls that I haven’t been able to get past yet.

This page is under construction. I will be adding to this (with more details) in the near future.

1. John Robertson. He was born 10 Mar 1804 in Kentucky.  He married Abigail Cowen, who bore him 4 children: Mary Frances, Rachel Ann, Hugh M., and Alexander Cowen (my line).  All of the children were born in KY.  His wife died soon after the birth of their fourth child.  He moved on briefly to Knox County, Ohio, and Louisa County, IA before settling in Washington County, IA where he died on 26 Feb 1879.  He is buried in Woodlawn Cemetery in Washington, IA.

My brick wall is finding him before 1850.  The information I have on the births of his children and of his marriage all comes from family history passed down.  I have a clue in the Civil War records of his son Hugh (who was killed in the war).  It stated that his birth place was Brick (or Breck) County, KY.  I am assuming that this is Breckenridge County, KY and I’m hoping that this will give me some direction on finding him and his family.  Who were his parents?

2. Sophia Talbot : Sophia has been evading me for years.  I know that I have found her family, but I can’t seem to figure out where she fits in.

I know that she was born on 18 Feb 1819 in Montgomery County, Missouri.  She married John C. Davidson on 18 Jan 1842 in Warren County, MO.  They were found in Carroll County, MO in the 1850 census and then moved to Douglas County, KS in 1854 and then on to Leavenworth County in 1863.

I found a family of Talbots who settled in Montgomery County, MO in this same time period.  The names of the children make me think that it is more than coincidence.  She has to belong to this family in some way.  One of the names that they have in common are Hale – she named one of her children Hale and that is one of the names that was passed down in this family. You can see what I have on her here.

I suppose a trip to Missouri is in store!

3. Ella Jane Hattery My great-great grandmother is a bit of a mystery to me.  I have plenty of information on her parents and siblings – and further back.  But I know so little about her.  She was married at least four times and lost custody of her 4 children after her first marriage – for being an unfit parent.  She moved around a lot and I completely lost track of her after the 1925 Iowa State census.  Some of her last names: Hattery, Edwards, Rickman, Proffitt,  and Kryselmier.  I would really love to find out when and where she died. You can read more about my research on her here and here.

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