Monday, June 15, 2009

Hindsboro, Douglas Co., IL

This is a very good history of Hindsboro Community High School created by David Kent Coy. In it I found my grandmother Schouten's relatives. Her maiden name was Shields, and two of her nieces graduated from this high school, one going on to become a teacher there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Brick walls

Many times when we research genealogy, we hit proverbial "brick walls," or ancestors that we cannot verify. Two such ancestors include Enoch Canada Morris (b. 15 May 1830 probably in Montgomery Co., IN; d. 11 Oct 1920 in Windsor, Shelby Co., IL). I have yet to establish his parents' names or any other relevant information. The others are the parents of Thomas Swiney (b. 24 Mar 1787 probably in KY; d. 10 Jan 1869 in White River Twp., Johnson Co., IN). His parents' names were John Swiney and Jennet. We found the will of a Jennet Swiney, who died in Bath Co., KY, in 1838, and that is in the close vacinity of Thomas' wife's (Elizabeth Wishard--b. 26 Sep 1783 in Fayette Co., PA; d. 31 Aug 1844 in Johnson Co., IN) parents' graves. Her parents were William Henry Wishart/Wishard (b. 17 Sep 1729 in St. Andrews, Thornhill Parish, Perthshire, Scotland; d. 31 May 1814 in Carlisle, Nicholas Co., KY; buried in Parks Graveyard, Pleasant Valley, Nicholas Co., KY) and Susannah (Susan) Elizabeth Lytle (b. 28 Mar 1753 in County Tyrone, Ireland; d. 16 Jan 1795 in Fleming, KY; buried in Parks Graveyard, Pleasant Valley, Nicholas Co., KY).