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.

Here are some posts related to these very elusive ancestors…

  • NoOceanInKansas - December 1, 2011 - 10:32 am

    Hi Jen,

    I also have a Kentucky Robertson brick wall. His name is Jeremiah Robertson, born approx. 1809 in what we think is Breckinridge County, KY. We believe he married Patsy “Martha” Nicholson. Lots of Robertsons in Kentucky!ReplyCancel

    • Jen - December 1, 2011 - 12:23 pm

      Yes, that’s the problem – so many Robertsons and so little evidence!! :) I will keep your Jeremiah in mind while I’m researching!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Miller Dotson - March 1, 2012 - 8:14 am

    I found your website, which I have been enjoying very much, from searching Jasper Marion Miller. I was looking at your Most Wanted wall and I believe that John Edgar Robertson may have been from Barron Co., KY. Do you have any reference to an Isaac Robertson? I’m wondering if he might have been his father. I have another question for you…John died when his last child was 2 weeks old. I also found where you posted that the baby was 2 weeks old when Abbey died, also??? Is that correct? I’m assuming she may have died from complications due to childbirth, but how did John Edgar Robertson die? Do you know?

    I would love to help you and work with you on more research. I read how you got into doing genealogy. Your story sounds very similar to mine. I got into doing it when I was pregnant with my first child and living in Florida. I found out that her father was a descendant of Pocahontas and I didn’t even have TV to keep me busy, so I got my hands on a journal of the family history that was handwritten in pencil by my ex-husband’s GG grandfather. I have been doing this as a hobby ever since. Advances with the internet have helped significantly!!! LOL

    I am currently working, driving for a living hauling railroad crews around where they need to go and assisting them as needed. I will be back to work a year on the 14th of this month. I was off for a year and a half after getting hurt on the job and subsequently, because of the injury, finding out that I have a rare form of leukemia (APL Leukemia). When they gave me my 1st dose of chemo (ATRA), I had a reaction to it and ended up on a ventilator for a week in a coma at UVA in Charlottesville. I spent a month in the hospital there and came home to a nursing home for another week and a half. Whatever happened to me, when I got off the ventilator, I found out that I could not walk or write and I had temporarily lost my voice because of the tubes. I was a real mess. I was diagnosed with APL on November 3, 2009. Now, I am in complete remission, but still undergoing maintenance chemo and bone marrow biopsies. (UGH!!!)

    Anyway, before my life is over, I’d like to accomplish as much of my genealogy passion as I possibly can. I know I’ll never live long enough to find answers to all my questions, but I’ll get as close as I can and hope someone in my family will take over with my research where I left off.

    I hope to hear back from you soon. I am also on Facebook under ROBIN MILLER DOTSON.



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