Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Don't Stop Believin' in Message Boards!
This morning when I opened my email "Don't Stop Believin' instantly sprang to mind. In fact, while writing this post I'm humming away with each typed word.
Why that song?
The email concerned a query on RootsWeb I completely forgot about posted back in 2009. That is when this genealogy adventure started. I went a wee bit crazy on the boards and left messages about every family line in the hopes of connecting.
One feature of the boards is to receive emails when someone leaves a response. Periodically there would be a nibble resulting in a few additional pieces of the puzzle. Nothing ever as amazing as the information received today from that long ago planted seed!
This message has me singing and dancing this fine morning.
"Henry and Nancy (husband's 3rd great grandparents) had 7 children, all born in caroline co. md. Mary Ann Conley (husband's 2nd great grandmother) (b) 8/28/1932 (d) 9/12/1970. she (m) David Montague (husband's 2nd great grandfather) (b) 1815 (d) 1858 the (m) 10/5/1852. David was also married 2 times before, 1st to Mary Pippin d/0 Dauris Pippin, 2nd to Henretta Williams who died in child birth. Mary Ann and David 3 children Margaret M., Rachel M., (husband's great grandmother) and David Frank. Samuel Conley (b) 12/24/1834 (d) 6/24/1862. He married Ann Levinia Hinsley on 9/3/1853. Samuel was hit by lighting while standing at the screen door, the had three children Marian, Walter A. and William Henry. William Henry had a finger cut off and two others mashed while working of the railroad. Henry and Nancy to Charles Henry to Samuel Pippin, to Samuel E. to my mother. Samuel Pippin Conley Wife Agusta lived to be 98 and her mind was sharp as a tack. David and Mary Ann Montague's (husband's 2nd great grandparents) daughter Rachel (b) 3/1856 married Nathan H. Hindsley (husband great grandparent's) ;(b) 10/4/1858 (d) 4/14/1895. They had on child Mary A. Hindsley (husband's grandmother)."
From this one message I have verified dates, discovered family members and have several interesting stories! Best of all the poster left her email and wants to collaborate.
Also, I hope this new connection can help with the photograph in this post. We know one of the woman is my husband's great grandmother, Rachel Montague Hindsley. The other may be one of her sisters. Maybe this new friend can help identify them?!
Moral of the story? Don't stop believing in message boards. Someday you may connect with a person holding the keys to your family history.