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  1. Apple

    I don’t ever expect to solve the adoption mystery in my tree. If my grandparents, who were cousins, hadn’t married I might never have known there was an adoption.

    Good luck with Orlando and the rest of your 16.
    .-= Apple´s last blog ..Etola Robinson, Aug 14, 1900 =-.

  2. Granny Pam

    Thanks, Apple. Luck is a large element. But maybe we make our own luck. Maybe.

  3. Diana Ritchie

    Hi Pam ~
    I see we share some very similar “ethnicity” – I have quite a bit of German and Scottish heritage as well. I haven’t yet tracked down where in Mecklenberg my gr-gr-grandfather was born….but someday! Good luck with the adoption search. I haven’t found any in my tree yet – but have several “husbands abandoning family” scenerios. Hard to find info there as well. So, good luck to all of us :-)
    .-= Diana Ritchie´s last blog ..Saturday Night Fun ~ Genealogy Style =-.

  4. Granny Pam

    Thanks, Diana. I enjoyed your post as well. Funny how some of those husbands/fathers just floated through, isn’t it?
    .-= Granny Pam´s last blog ..Busy, Busy, Busy =-.

  5. M. Stone

    Granny Pam! Our paths mysteriously cross again! We are half-cousins, and corresponded briefly in 2000, remember? Mary E. Ackert was my g-g-grandmother, via her second husband, Ward N. Stone. I am currently going back to re-explore that family branch and just found this on your family:

    “James W. Ascha from White Creek, N. Y., married Mary E. Ackert, and located in Bennington, Vt., rearing three children, William H., Elvia A., and Charles G. Charles G. was married to Anna Chapman, of Pittsfield, Mass., September 3, 1870, and has four children, Hattie E., Mabel, Ada L., and Bessie F. He is now residing in this town. Charles G. Ascha’s grandfather, John Van Bogit, served in the Revolutionary war, and was at the battle of Bennington. He was also aid-de-camp of Gen. Washington.”

    This is from page 178, under the section “Town of Hinsdale” in the “Gazetteer of Berkshire County, Mass. 1725-1885″ by Hamilton Child, Syracuse, NY, Jan. 1885. You can see and download the whole thing on GoogleBooks!

    That should give you a few clues to follow up, including a new surname, Ascha! It also confirms the children with Mary (Charles, born in Vermont, and Elva A.) living with Ward in Peru, Mass. on the 1860 census. Could “John Van Bogit” have been Mary Ackert’s father?

    Please keep in touch–I’d appreciate hearing whatever else you find out.

  6. Granny Pam

    OMG. Of course I remember you. I mysteriously received an e-mail reply from you (about the ancestors we have in common) when I was near your home (for work, not genealogy). I remember you said you wondered if the ghost of Mary Ackert was afoot and helping us. I have all the copies in my “leads to work on folder”. I also remember your kindness in giving me copies of Stone family records you had worked so hard to research.

    This looks like an even bigger breakthrough that you have shared with me. William H. would be my “Orlando William”, with the only difference being the spelling of the father’s last name.

    If anyone asks me, one more time, “Why should I blog about my genealogical research?” I will send them directly to this post. Sooner or later, we all find someone or something we can share with others. What a joy.

    Thanks again!

  7. M. Stone

    My pleasure. I’ll pass on anything else I come across. I have all the material you sent me, too. My contact info is the same, but new email.

    Have fun searching! It looks like “Ascha” may be a German surname, giving you yet more German ancestry.

    How weird you were blogging about the Askeys and Mary Ackert and I just went back to researching her again, after 9 years. She just won’t let it lie! She keeps bringing us together.

    Have fun!

  8. Becky Wiseman

    Granny Pam, I responded in comments to your comment on my post regarding David Lavering http://kinexxions.blogspot.com/2009/08/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-my-sweet.html#comments because I can’t seem to locate an email address for you ;-(

    Your David is a brother of Daniel Lavering my 2nd great grandfather… I have some info on David and his parents.

  9. Granny Pam

    Thanks, Becky. I sent you an e-mail today. I appreciate your response!

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