Sunday, January 29, 2012

SNGF: Maternal Grandfather's Paternal Line

Photo by daveynin
It's time for Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!  Okay, so it's Sunday but play along with me.  Thanks to Randy Seaver for the genealogy fun. 

The challenge is this:

Find a living male person in your database from your maternal grandfather's patrilineal line who could take a Y-DNA test. Answer these questions:

1) What was your mother's father's name?

2) What is your mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother's father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

Here's mine:

1)  My mother's father was Earle Laurence Martin (1900-1986) born in Fresno, California.  He was the youngest of eight children (3 boys, 5 girls).

2)  Earle's father was Robert Lewis Martin (1855-1929) born in Laurens County, South Carolina.  He had two brothers, George Asbury Martin (1849-1920) and James A Martin (1853-1923). 

3)  Robert's father was Lewis Saxon Martin (1820-1903) born in South Carolina.  He had five brothers, William Martin (1830-1917), Harrison Martin (1832 - ), James Martin (1836 - ), Edmund Martin (1838 - ), Leander Martin (1842 - ).

4)  Lewis' father was George Asbury Martin (1798-1850) born in Laurens County, South Carolina.  He had six brothers, Daniel Martin Jr. (1765 - ), Berry Martin (1774 - ), John Martin (1777-1843), Drewry Martin (1784 - ), John Martin (1784 - ), Herbert Martin (1796-1858).

5)  George's father was Daniel Martin (1746-1829) born in New Kent, Virginia.  He had two brothers, Shadrick Martin (1729-1800) and William Martin (1745 - ).

6)  Daniel's father was William Martin (1726-1784) born in St. Peter's Parish, New Kent, Virginia.  He had no brothers.

7)  William's father was Thomas Martin (1698 - ) born in St. Peter's, New Kent, Virginia.  He had six brothers.

8)  Thomas' father was William Martin (1687-1709) born in New Kent, Virginia.  I have no record of any siblings.

9)  William's father was Abram Martin (1642-1711) born in Galway, Ireland. 

What this tells me is that I have a lot of research on this branch of my family before I can even think about a Y-DNA test.

Before I do that, though, I'd like nothing more than a photo of Earle Martin, my maternal grandfather.  He and my grandmother divorced when my mother was only about 10 and, thus, he wasn't really a part of our lives.  To my knowledge, I only met him once when I was about 10-12 years old and I don't even remember what he looked like.  :-(

Sunday, January 15, 2012

"My" White House

Photo by Monterey Public Library

There is a lot of history in California and more historic buildings than anyone can count.  I'm a native Californian and am proud that so many of my ancestors are also natives.  Both of my parents, all four grandparents (five if you count my mother's step father), and four of my great grandparents were also born in California.  I guess you could say California is in our blood.

One of my first blog posts was about The White House, the store owned by my great great grandfather and several of his sons after his death.  I remember hearing about this business as a child yet could never really grasp the specifics - who owned it, what did they sell, and most important, why should I care?  But here we are half a century later and I do care and really wish I'd paid more attention way back then.

One day as I was surfing the internet I came upon a photo that started to put things into perspective a bit for me.  This White House was really a place and people actually seemed to know and care about it.  Who knew?  And after coveting the photo for awhile, I now have my very own copy framed and displayed proudly in my home courtesy of a Christmas gift from my daughter!