Saturday, March 21, 2009

Saturday Night Fun - My Paternal Grandmother's Patrilineal Line

Randy Seaver at Genea-Musings has tossed out the following challenge for his weekly Saturday Night Fun:

Provide a list of your paternal grandmother's patrilineal line. Answer these questions:

* What was your father's mother's maiden name?

* What was your father's mother's father's name?

* What is your father's mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?

* Can you identify male sibling(s) of your father's mother, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.

Here goes:

My father's mother's maiden birth name (she was adopted) was Jane Marie (one document says Marie Jane) YORK.

Her father's name was Howard Merkel YORK (1898 - 1945). You can read about him on my website here, and there are other posts written about him on this blog here.

Howard's father was James L. YORK (1867 - 1933) - blog posts.

James's father was John H. YORK (1823 - 1898) - blog posts.

John's father was Jeremiah F. YORK, I (1791 - 1876) - blog posts.

Jeremiah's father was probably Stephen YORK (1755 - bef. 1840).

My grandmother had three brothers: Harry Orlando YORK (adopted name: James Howard ERWIN) (1925 - 1962), who died without issue; half-brothers Howard Paul YORK (1943 - 1990) and Peter Alfred YORK (1944 - 1986). I believe both Howard and Peter had sons (I know for certain one did), who could provide Y-DNA samples, if I could locate them and if they were willing to participate. I have been in touch with a few family members of my grandmother's half-brothers' line.

Writing this post made me realize that I have data on both current YORK family members and on Stephen YORK that I need to update to my database.

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