Tuesday, February 23, 2016

The DNA Test

For those who have considered taken a DNA test to determine your ancestry, let me share with you my experience with the Ancestry.com $99 DNA test.  Back in January I sent a test tube of spit to Ancestry.com for the DNA test.  The results came back last week.  The lab results consisted of first, an analysis of where your DNA came from.  Second, a list of 7,800 other people who took the DNA test and were a match to be immediate family or a distant cousin.   

The Ethnicity Estimate, or where my DNA came from, was no surprise since I have done family tree work for a while.  In my case it showed;

Great Britain 56%

Ireland 25%

Scandinavia 8%

Iberian Peninsula 3%

Finland/Northwest Russia 3%

East Europe 2%

Italy/Greece less than 1 %

European Jewish less than 1 %

Asia Central less than 1 %

For the most part, you can see the origins follow trade routes, wars and invasion routes

The list of 7,800 people that had a DNA test done and I was a relative of them was of a questionable value.   My daughter had a DNA test done last year so they showed her as immediate family,  the second and third cousins I could see how they were relatives.  The problems came when you got beyond third cousins; because everyone who is a native of the area tends to have the same surnames in their family tree.  For me, the number of Hearnes, Ellis, Hastings, Callaways, Culvers etc  is staggering so when you look at the remaining 7,700 “relatives” you have no idea how they are relatives other than they have a number of the same surnames your family tree has.  In some cases there are no familiar surnames and you would have to research deep in order to find the connection.

If you were to take the DNA test results seriously you would want a second DNA test made by a different company and then you could compare the results to have a better feel for how accurate they are. 



Thursday, February 18, 2016

Delmar Extend The water Line

From The Salisbury Times Feb 21 1957

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Delmar Twins 1961

From the Salisbury Times April 14 1961
James Lee Powell
Raymond Trader
J. Kinsey Budd
George Sevier

Stansbury B. Adkins Went To the Panama Canal

A Panama Canal employee record showing S. B. Adkins  a locomotive Engineer went to build the Panama canal in 1907.  He was paid $180 a month.  In 1909 he returned to Delmar.

from the Wicomico News (Salisbury Md) 1920

The 8870 Formula

Out at St. Marks church in Ralph is a number of tombstones.  Included in the tombstones is one for Stephen Ellis
a little closer look at the tombstone will show
Stephen Ellis died June 25 1857  at 52 years 9 months 6 days of age
What is missing is the year that he was born
An approximation of the birth year, month and day can be made by using the 8870 formula

The Stephen Ellis Problem:

1857|06|25     Died June 25, 1857

–  52|09|06
     Age 52 years, 9 months, 6 days

–         88 70
     Subtract constant formula of 8870
1804|08|49     Person was born August 49 1804, obviously August does not have 49 days so subtract 30 and add one month to the birth date giving us September 19, 1804.

It happens that the birthdate of September 19 1804 is consistent with other known data on Stephen Ellis but if you use the 8870 formula you should always refer to the birthdate as about Sept 19, 1804 as you can never be sure.

There are online calculators for the birthdate for those who won't do manual math.
Photos were made by Terry Phillips Seitz


Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Jesse Davis

From The Salisbury Advertiser July 9, 1898

Mr.. Jesse Davis died last Sunday morning at his home in Rockawalking, aged 79 years.  His remains were interred in Parsons cemetery.  Mr. Davis was born in Worcester County and when a small boy, he came here to live with the late Jehu Parsons, who than owned a large tract of land on the north side of the Wicomico River from Salisbury, two miles down, and whose residence stood just beyond the mill property.

When a young man, Mr. Davis married Miss Freeny, daughter of Elijah Freeny, Esq. of Delmar.   Three daughters and a son were their offspring.  The son went south and engaged in the rebellion where he lost his life. One daughter married a Mr. Pusey of Somerset county.  The other two, Misses Esther and Alice have remained single and have resided with their father on the Rockawalking farm.

Mr. Davis was one of the largest land owners in the county.  He was a quiet man, but never hesitated to take any dispute with his neighbors in to court for a righteous settlement.  Some of the most famous law-suits ever tried in Wicomico county were the " Jesse Davis Land Cases". 

Note: Tombstone in Parsons cemetery on other side;
Esther A. 1844-1929
William B. 1845-1865  Co I 1st Md Cav
Mary Alice 1850-1925  .
Josephine 1854-1876
Emmie 1857-1857

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

The Unicorn Book Shop History Page

That amazing old book store called the "Unicorn Book Shop" in Trappe, Maryland has a web page that features history items on Trappe, Maryland .  I found it interesting and you may also.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

William Carver From Delmar To Iowa

Above from The Daily Gate City newspaper October 22, 1908 Keokuk, Iowa

Note in census data William Carver is shown as being born in Pennsylvania.