We have a winner in The First GeneaBlogie Challenge!
The most popular feature ever in this space, The First GeneaBlogie Challenge was a test of genealogical research skills. It required the ability to draw reasonable inferences, make reasonable assumptions and to use various records available on the Internet. I hope it was a learning experience for all. It was a learning experience for me–it’s hard to put together a good problem!
This problem involved a misspelled name and a few other anomalies.
Recall the problem was to find the relationship between George Stafford and my father. Dad vaguely referred to George as his “cousin,” but doesn’t really know how they were cousins. Here’s how to get to the answer from where we left off.
We knew that George’s mother’s given name was Martin and that her maiden name was Green, or Stern, Stean, Stein, or Steen. So we need to find her maiden name and that will lead us to how she (and therefore her son George) is related to my father. We also knew that Martin’s mother’s given name was Ida. Our winner searched my blog posts (I had said that the posts might contain some useful information) for the name “Martin.” This was similar to my earlier suggestion that we look through the census records for the first name Martin. Searching the blog for information is analagous to searching our family memory for some bit of known information that might be a clue.
The winner noticed that I had written before about the family of Isaac and Amanda Martin. (Martin? Ahhhh. . .) They had two daughters, Amanda and Ida. Amanda I believe to be Amanda Maria Martin who married Guy Bryant, my dad’s great-grandfather. In the Aransas County Marriage Records, volume 1, Ida Martin is shown having married Nelson Steen on March 26, 1885. So now we know to a fair degree of certainty that Martin’s maiden name is likely Steen and that she is probably the daughter of Nelson Steen and Ida Martin. That would make George Stafford the grandson of Ida Martin and the great-grandson of Isaac Martin.
We know Maria Martin married Guy Bryant, that Guy Bryant and Maria Martin were the parents of Hattie Bryant, that Hattie Bryant was the mother of Jessie Bowie, and that Jessie Bowie was my father’s mother. (All of this is supported by records I have in my possession). The winner tracked all of this through census records and Aransas County birth and marriage records available online. Congratulations to our winner for such diligent work!
And now it’s time to announce the winner of The First GeneaBlogie Challenge and recipient of the possibly-suitable-for-a-refrigerator-door certificate . . . (drrrumrrrollll!). . . . Randy Seaver!
[Martin Steen Stafford died in Rockport, Texas, on April 25, 1951 at the age of 53. Her son, George Stafford, Jr., died in Rockport, Texas, on May 13, 1985, at the age of 52.]
See Randy’s solution in the comments to the original post. Thanks to all who played!
[EDIT- 2/11/07 11:02 pm-Spelling of winner's last name corrected.]
February 12, 2007 Monday at 5:15 am