Sunday, June 19, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Who Is Your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor?

Sometimes Saturday night fun has to wait until Sunday. This week's mission from Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings is:
1) Determine who your most recent unknown ancestor is - the one that you don't even know his or her name.
2) Summarize what you know about his or her family, including resources that you have searched and the resources you should search but haven't searched yet.
3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status on Facebook.
I guessed who this would be in my tree before I even looked. It is the mother of my 2nd great-grandfather, John R. Petty. I don't have a hint for even her first name.

In the past year, I've spent a lot of time trying to determine if an older John Petty who was in Bradley County, Tennessee in 1860 and 1870 and neighboring Whitfield County, Georgia in 1880 was my John R.'s father. I blogged about this extensively starting in February with the four-part series Searching for John R. Petty’s Parents and continued with more posts in March and April (see links below).

If this John Petty was John R.’s father, then his mother was probably deceased by 1860. At least she wasn't listed in the older John’s census household. She would have been living in 1850, since the youngest child was born about 1851, but I haven’t been able to find the family in 1850. (Isn’t that always the case?) The only thing I know about her is that she appears to be listed in the 1840 census as a female between 20 and 30 years old.

Of course, if this John Petty wasn’t John R.’s father, then there would be a tie for my most recent unknown ancestor - both of John R.’s parents.

More about the Pettys:

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