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HINTS, ALLEGATIONS, THINGS LEFT UNDONE

I don't know exactly why I am so interested in my ancestors. It's not as if I were particularly intimate with my parents, siblings, and cousins. We are close in an unspoken way, but there's a lot I don't know, and that they don't know about me, and most of us seem to be reasonably comfortable with this arrangement. But the lure of ancestors is not like the desire for intimacy with relatives. Ancestors are mostly dead, and while this is the main problem with them they rarely left behind adequate records of their thinking at crucial junctures in their lives it is also what makes obsessing about them acceptable. They are less likely to embarrass you, or to show up and stay with you.

excerpted from
'The Tree Of Me'
John Seabrook
The New Yorker
March 26, 2001


THE ANCESTORS Additional information, my unanswered questions, discrepancies, allegations and things left undone. Links specific to the individual; USGenWeb sites as well as other research sites whose work mine overlaps.
  FRANCIS Marion Buckner Capt. Philip Buckner
  Josiah Davis George Doster
  Jane Hardwidge Sarah Jeffrey
  Simon Tewksbury Timothy Tuxbury
RESEARCH TIPS Things I wish I had known at the beginning of this project.
BIRTH DATE CALCULATOR Something truly useful.

THE ANCESTORS

This section includes those ancestors who have not given up a secret which seems important to my research or who have piqued my curiosity about something I have not been able prove or disprove. If you have knowledge about any of them, please contact me, if any of it ends up here, I will be happy to acknowledge your contribution.

My research remains a work in progress and I'm assuming that the same is true for you. For that reason, I've included USGenWeb links and the timeframes the individual spent in any given area. Links to sites created by those I've found whose work mine overlaps are noted as 'also see'.

Clicking on the names will take you to the ancestor list.


FRANCIS Marion Buckner

1867 - 1938
(Dale, Frances)

FMB was one of the primary investors in the Bank of Poneto, chartered circa 1912, closed soon after 1929. Family legend claims that FMB covered many of the bank's losses with his personal funds. I have no documentation at all on the bank, if you can help with this, please contact me.

For additional information:
IN THE ATTIC
BIOGRAPHY
OBITUARY


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
Award Winning SiteWELLS COUNTY, IN 1867 - 1938
also see
JUDY BUCKNER'S GENEALOGY PAGE
for information on his maternal ancestors
THE YELTON FAMILY

Josiah Davis

1825 - 1886
( HENRY Sherman, Arch, Frances)

My information on Josiah suggests that he was an independent soul. I've been told that he had a Native American heritage and, prior to desertion, served as a scout for the Union during the Civil War. Is there a list of deserters? I'm assuming that no pension was applied for...

For additional information:
BIOGRAPHY


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
WELLS COUNTY, IN 1848 - 1886
HOCKING COUNTY, OH 1825 - 1848
also see
KOUSIN KATHY'S DAVIS SITE

George Doster

1816 - 1886
(Hezekiah, Stella, Dale, Frances)

George Doster was a British subject who renounced his allegiance to Queen Victoria in his naturalization statement. The Doster surname indicates Germanic ancestry. At some point in history, George's ancestors must have immigrated to England.

Additionally, his biography lists his parents as Hezekiah and Charlotte Webb Doster and states that they both died in England; I have not been able to find them on any census.

For additional information:
BIOGRAPHY
PUBLIC RECORDS


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
WELLS COUNTY, IN 1866 - 1886
HURON COUNTY, OH 1848 - 1855
ROOTSWEB - Somerset 1816 - 1848
also see
GENUKI - Somerset

Jane Hardwidge

1823 - 1908
(Hezekiah, Stella, Dale, Frances)

The Doster family sailed aboard the Liberty Ship during their 1848 voyage to America. On the passenger manifest, Mary Ann Hardwidge is listed between Jane and Hezekiah, who was five years old at the time. The family first settled in Greenfield Township, Huron County, OH, where they are listed on the 1850 census. Mary Ann Hardwidge does not appear on that census, but Benjamin Hartwich, age 25, from England, does. Also listed is George Hardwick, a 60 year-old blind man from England, a resident in the Doster household. George Doster's biography states that Jane's parents were George and Sarah (Jeffrey) Hardwidge and that they died in England. I question that information.

Wells County's Grove Cemetery, final resting place of the Doster family, contains markers for several Hardwidges including John, born 1836, and his wife Eliza, born 1839. I suspect, but have not proved, a familial relationship.

For additional information:
IN THE ATTIC
PUBLIC RECORDS
OBITUARY


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
WELLS COUNTY, IN 1855 - 1908
HURON COUNTY, OH 1848 - 1855
ROOTSWEB - Somerset 1823 - 1848
also see
GENUKI - Somerset

Simon Tewksbury

1819 - 1904
(Sarepta, Stella, Dale, Frances)

The World Family Tree Volume 1 has a complete family tree for Simon. That tree asserts that Simon's wife, Polly Porter, died March 15, 1849, and that Simon subsequently married Mary Jane (Louisa) Dove May 9, 1849. The family resided in Summit County at that time. Summit county records show the Porter marriage, but I cannot locate a primary source record of the Dove marriage there or in neighboring counties, nor can I locate any record of a grave. I did locate the grave of Simon's father, Daniel, through DAR's holdings. DAR did note that the graveyard where Daniel is buried is not maintained and most likely contains overgrown graves that were missed. Simon had a brother, Lyman, who married Lucinda Dove in 1840 and I wonder if this fact explains some of the confusion. Additionally, a letter dated 1871 from Simon to Sarepta refers to 'your mother'. The combination of all of these items leads me to reject the 1849 marriage until it can be proved through a primary source.

For additional information:
IN THE ATTIC
OBITUARY


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
LAPEER COUNTY, MI circa 1875 - 1904
MACOMB COUNTY, MI 1855 - circa 1875
SUMMIT COUNTY, OH 1823 - circa 1855
also see
TEWKSBURY FAMILY GENEALOGY FORUM
THE TEWKSBURY FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES

Captain Philip Buckner

1747 - 1820
(Thomas, William Nicholas, Francis Marion, Dale, Frances)

For additional information:
BIOGRAPHY


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
BRACKEN COUNTY, KY 1790 - 1820
CAROLINE COUNTY, VA 1747 - circa 1790
also see
JUDY BUCKNER'S GENEALOGY PAGE
AUGUSTA, KENTUCKY
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION

Sarah Jeffrey

circa 1800 - after 1830
(Jane, Hezekiah, Stella, Dale, Frances)

Family Search has an IGI record for Sarah's marriage to George Hardwidge in Huntspill, Somerset, England April 15, 1815. They also have an ancestral file that has a Sarah Jefferies born circa 1797 in Frome. Her parents are George and Elizabeth Clark. I have not added this to my ancestry chart, but I keep it in my notebook because I'd like to.


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
ROOTSWEB - Somerset 1800 - 1830?
also see
GENUKI - Somerset
FAMILY SEARCH

Timothy Tuxbury

circa 1749 - after 1800
(Daniel, Simon, Sarepta, Stella, Dale, Frances)

Early census returns and secondary sources lead me to make the assumption that Timothy is the father of Daniel Tewksbury born May 4, 1783 or 1782. The children of Timothy and Mary Jewell, as shown in the ancestor list, are from a secondary source and have been only partially substantiated by IGI holdings. Please note that there are no discrepancies; only a few extras that I could not locate. The list of children appears to match more closely with the counts on the census, again, not perfectly, but better.

For additional information:
PUBLIC RECORDS


USGenWeb Residence
and the period spent in that area
SANDWICH, NHcirca 1774 - after 1800
AMESBURY, MA 1749 - before 1774
also see
TEWKSBURY FAMILY GENEALOGY FORUM
THE TEWKSBURY FAMILY IN THE UNITED STATES

RESEARCH TIPS

* Keep track of your sources, even those that did not provide useful information, save web addresses, photocopy or write down all the information on title pages; this will keep you from repeating unproductive research.
* Take good notes or be prepared to make lots of copies. Organize those notes in any manner that makes sense to you and update your files frequently.
* If you start a correspondence with anyone in the hopes of gaining from their research, be very clear about what you want and what you are willing to share before you give anything away. You may not consider your information highly proprietorial, but it's a nasty feeling to hand it over hoping for something in return and get 'thanks, but I worked far too hard and couldn't possibly...' or some variation of that.
* Be prepared to spend years on this project.
* One further note: The USGenWeb Project sites are part of a massive undertaking and provide a wonderful tool for the amateur genealogist. Created almost entirely by voluntary contributions, some of these are excellent resources. I have made extensive use of the resources housed at the Wells County, IN site which is an award winner. Please consider contributing to your local project; actively support free genealogy.

Birthdate Calculator

A very special thank-you to Ben Buckner for generously providing the software needed to calculate the birthdate. Please visit his site for a detailed explanation of the routine used in the below formula and for other useful routines.

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