Did Thomas JOHNSON Disinherit His Daughter Sarah? – Ancestors 62 and 31

This is one of a group of articles tagged “The Massa Theory”. It analyzes two statements from “The End of the Trail: The Saga of the ‘Coon’ Indian Heritage,” by Bill and Jane Wilson, and Mary M. Van Duyn Overton, 3 February 1997.

You will find some articles on the blog Coon Genealogy, with some duplication on this blog.

In this article, I will be analyzing two statements that are presented as fact Continue reading

Willie Ann (ROWE) BLUE – She really IS Reuben ROWE’s daughter! – 52 Ancestors (Ancestor 39)

Oh, Happy Day!

In the days before birth, marriage, and death records that list parents’ names, where, besides obituaries (if they exist) does one go to find a potential ancestor’s children? Why, land, probate, and will records, of course! Continue reading

Thomas and Rachel (JOHNSON) JOHNSON – 52 Ancestors (Ancestors 62 and 63)

Before I go further, no I did not post for Weeks 1 or 2 of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge. I didn’t know about the challenge for Week 1. It took me all of Week 2 to decide whether or not to write. So here I am for Week 3. With that said, let me continue. I will use boldface the first time a name (or a couple) is introduced.

Thirty years ago (shhhh!), my interest in genealogy began when I was the wee age of eighteen. I was introduced to family history via a photocopy of a manuscript written by a first cousin twice removed. Her name was Myrtle (KUHN) LARMORE (1891-1986), and she had spent quite some time gathering and writing information on the descendants of our ancestors Thomas JOHNSON and Rachel (JOHNSON) JOHNSON who moved by covered wagon from what is now Union Grove Township, Iredell County, North Carolina, to Brown Township, Hancock County, Indiana. My mother received a copy of the manuscript the early 1980s from, I think, my Uncle Bill (her brother). I confiscated it immediately. Continue reading