Sunday, July 10, 2011

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This is my maternal grandfather's mother's line.

Eliza S. "Lida" Harding [1869-1942] m. William H. Downing [1863-1903] m. John Rupp [1878-1935]
Benjamin Harding [1836-1915] m. Mary Ellen Clark [1847-1914]
Daniel Harding [1798-1869] m. Elizabeth Wilson [1801-1884]
John Bennett Hardin [?-1849] probable but not sufficiently proven - his ancestors are known should proof surface

My maternal grandfather's maternal grandmother's line.

Mary Ellen Clark [1847-1914] m. Benjamin Harding [1836-1915]
Rev. Richard Winans Clark [1808-1854] m. Margaret Ann Clark [1808-1867]
Rev. David Clark [1776-1847] m. Rachel Rutter [? - c 1803] m. Sarah Winans [1788-1843]
David Clark [1737-c 1802] m. Sarah Winans [1737-1807]

Margaret Ann Clark was the daughter of Rev. David Clark's brother John Winans Clark [1779-1859] m. Ann "Nancy" Isgrig [1783-1867]. The Isgrig line can be traced back to William Isgrig, son of William and Ann. William Isgrig was transported from Old Bailey in London to Maryland in 1740 instead of being hanged for stealing after his boss testified on his behalf. This record is online.

The Winans go way back and include early New Englanders as well as early Dutch. The ancestry of David Clark is 100% unproven. It's a very common name. A fantasy version can be found online. My theory is he came from Scotland and brought the passion for the Methodist religion his descendants carried west with him.

I know nothing about Elizabeth Wilson except she also came from Virginia but they were married in Ohio. They had at least 13 children, most of whom apparently did not reach adulthood. One, Wilson, appears to be buried at Laenna with his wife Christena. I have no clue.

My maternal grandfather's paternal grandmother's line.

Delilah J. Downing [1842-1909] m. William N. Downing [1839-1865] m. David Shellhammer [1830-1912]
Robert Downing [1793-1887] m. Jane Morrow [1802-1882]
John Downing [1762-1838] m. Hannah Frakes [1766-1842]
James Downing [?-?] m. Nancy Gardner [?-?]
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Several Morrow children married Downings and Shoups [sister of John Downing] in Ohio. The Morrows were from New York. 

Hannah Frakes was the daughter of Robert Frakes, born in England about 1746, who married Mary Dawson in Pennsylvania about 1766. 

Some Downing, Frakes, Shoup and other families traveled from Pennsylvania to Ohio to Illinois together or in tandem.

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I recently had a lengthy email correspondence with another transplanted Logan County native. We have different backgrounds and no ancestors in common but when we started talking our ancestors, collaterals and their families brushed at so many spots that I learned new things.

This indicates to me it would be worthwhile to expand our somewhat limited view and see what turns up.

If you have any connection to these lines or think you might - or know anything that might be interesting - I want to hear from you.

This is my maternal grandfather's direct male line [with spouses]. This is what is used for most DNA, which will come up later. 

Ellis Downing [1888-1978] m L. Ethel Ryan [1892-1975]
William H. Downing [1863-1903] m. Eliza S. Harding [1869-1942]
William N. Downing [1839-1865] m. Delilah J. Downing [1842-1909]
Samuel Downing [1794-1866] m. Margaret Matthews [1797-1836] m. Mary Matthews Day [1800-1847]
George Downing [1867-1848] m. Elizabeth Bennett [1772-1802] m. Winifred Downing [1778-1841]
Timothy Downing [c 1744-c 1800] m. unknown m. Mary Chenoweth [1749-after 1791]
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Samuel Downing came to Logan County with his second wife Mary Matthews. Samuel was born in Maryland, lived many years in Ohio and came to Illinois. Mary was born in Ohio. Samuel's first wife Margaret was Mary's sister. Samuel's brother Thomas, members of his assorted families and various members of the Matthews family also came to Logan County. According to family history John Matthews, father of Margaret, Mary and others, was born in Ulster, Ireland. This is important.

Samuel's father and grandfather were also born in Maryland.

Note that there are two Downing-Downing marriages. Delilah is the daughter of Robert, son of John, all of Logan County. John came from "Virginia" which, at the time, could be about anywhere. Before his father James he is a blank.

Winifred is the daughter of Joseph, another Downing line living in Pike County, Ohio, but Joseph came there from Maryland. Before that he is a blank.

To the best of anyone's knowledge and all research to date, these three lines are not related.

Enter DNA. DNA testing indicates that all three [and one or two others tested] have a common ancestor back about the above Timothy's grandfather. This totally ruins my theory that they came by UFO, a theory which conveniently explains some relatives. 

Further, testing indicates they came from Ulster. It appears likely, from research in yet another DNA matched line which my ancestors did not marry, that this common ancestor came in through District 96, South Carolina. This will come up again. Sarah Kirby and Humphrey Scroggin were married there. But that's another line.

See, we already have circles.