Sunday, March 23, 2014

Elizabeth Frances Holmes

Elizabeth Frances Holmes

Garnett Holmes had three sons: Elias Eph Holmes, Lawson B. Holmes and James A. Holmes. His third son, James A. is my ggg-Grandfather, as well as Greg Holmes’, another author on this blog.

James A. Holmes (1805-abt 1904) married Mary Polly McDonald about 1827 perhaps in Alabama. The couple had five children. The focus of this story is about his only daughter, Elizabeth Frances Holmes Isbell.

We do know through solid research that Elizabeth was born in 1833 in Carroll, Georgia. When she was about fifteen she married Hugh Gentry (Hughel) Isbell (1824-1889) on 26 Oct 1848 in Shelby, Alabama.

They lived and farmed in Shelby, Alabama near Monovello and Sterrett, Alabama at least through 1860. By 1870, Hugh and Elizabeth Frances were living near Hillsboro, Alabama. By this time Hugh was 55 years and Elizabeth was 45 years. In 1870, the census snapshot shows us this growing family:
Hiram 24, William Yancey 21 (already widowed), James W., Julia C. 14, Abel 10, Susan 6, and Mollie, a granddaughter 4. 

By about 1890, Elizabeth Frances Holmes Isbell and her husband were living in Lamar, Alabama in the  Crews community with her brother and my gg-Grandfather, Elias S Holmes and his second wife, Josephine Caroline Hawkins. They must have all been Methodists at this time in our family history: for there are church records in Lamar County at the Mt. Hebron Methodist Church with their memberships. Her official record for the church is recorded as Eliz Homes.

By 1889, her husband of many years had died, and in 1893 Frances sold their farmland and seemed to live with her youngest son Abel Isbell in Jefferson County, Alabama. In 1919 Elizabeth Frances Isbell Holmes died and was laid to rest in Mt. Hebron near Crews Depot at the Methodist Church Cemetery. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Brent Family

One of the genetic cousins to the HOLMES and HOMESLEY families was the BRENT family of Charles, Maryland and its environs. The colonization of colonial America was a multipurpose tangle of religious, economic and social relationships that often overlapped. The colony of Maryland was no exception. The Brent families were facilitators of all the relationships of Maryland’s settlement and future.

The story of the BRENT family begins in England with Lord of Lark Stoke and Admington Sir Richard BRENT (1573-1662) and Elizabeth REED (1578-1631) when they married in 1594 in Warwickshire, England. The couple had nine children, but the focus of this story is on their youngest son, Giles BRENT (1606-1671) who became the Deputy Governor of Maryland.
Giles BRENT was born in Gloucestershire, England and migrated to the English colony probably because of his second son status and the laws of primogeniture of England. He arrived with his more famous sister Margaret BRENT and a retinue of servants. The future deputy governor continues his flamboyant, entitled lifestyle in the colonies with at least two marriages that set the stage for colorful conflict and drama. He had familial ties with the CALVERT family who owned Maryland during these tumultuous times that shaped the face of the future United States of America.

Giles BRENT developed a successfully large plantation on Kent Island where he positioned himself to become the Counselor, Treasurer, Deputy Governor, judge and burgess of the Colony of Maryland much to the dismay of the stayed CALVERT family. Politicians are no different today than in the 1600’s in that they will only share so much of the “limelight”.

Giles BRENT (46) was a man of his own destiny when he refused to destroy the Native American culture on Kent Island and in the CALVERT'S eyes the audacity to marry Mary KITTYAMAQUAND (1643), the sixteen-year-old daughter of the tyack or emperor of the PISCATAWAY TRIBE. The CALVERTS believed that this was a direct threat to their authority in that they believed that Giles BRENT sought the inheritance of the lands of the tribe. This is one of the ironies of colonial history; the lack of cultural understanding between the Native American cultural beliefs contrasted English Common Law theories of land ownership in that the lands belonged to the tribe rather than the Emperor. The final episode for Giles BRENT in Maryland was when he began to speak out against the CALVERTS and he migrated to the Colony of Virginia. 

Giles BRENT and Mary KITTYAMAQUAND had seven children:
Giles BRENT, JR. (1652-1679); Mary BRENT FITZHERBERT (1632-?); Richard BRENT; Katherine BRENT MARSHAM (1649-1690); Henry BRENT: Margaret BRENT PLOWDEN; William BRENT (1677-1709).

Giles BRENT, JR (05 Apr 1652-1679) was born at the family plantation in Stafford, Virginia named “Retirement”. Giles, Jr had at least two marriages: Mary Brent (his first cousin) 1671 and perhaps Frances Hammersley.

Giles BRENT, JR. and his first wife Mary BRENT BRENT evidently had a stormy relationship because by 1677 she obtained a legal separation on grounds of extreme cruelty. Some records state that a first divorce of its kind in the colonies was recorded; however, he died and she administered his estate. Giles, Jr died at the age of twenty-seven at Potomac, Middlesex, Virginia. In his short life span, he left an indelible mark for the future of the burgeoning English Colonies by participating in the iconic Bacon’s Rebellion (1676-1677).
Giles BRENT, JR led a thousand men to join Nathaniel BACON rebel forces near Jamestown, Virginia.  Due to the indiscriminate racist killings of Native Americans, BRENT changed sides and joined the forces of Governor William BERKLEY. The rebellion resulted in the burning of Jamestown, Virginia thus moving the capitol to Williamsburg, Virginia.

In 1679, young Giles BRENT, JR. converts from Catholicism to Anglicanism because his death is recorded at Christ Church in Middlesex County, Virginia where he is interred.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Researching Unknown YDNA Genetic Cousins

Genealogy research has a new element with the advent of genetic testing to enhance family history studies. Using the genetic clues often presents more problems to solve than linear research.

The Y DNA genetic clues arrive in the form of earliest known ancestors who have been tested through Ancestry and Family Tree Maker. The two companies seem to have different approaches to the DNA markers. Family Tree Maker's 37-Marker test lists individuals with whom we have a common ancestor. Our Holmes group has no other matches to any Holmes families listed. In fact, with Family Tree Maker we are a miscellaneous group. In Ancestry's 200,000 markers, there is no Holmes either, but there are families who seem to have familial relationships with the Holmes group of our DNA.

I have begun to develop family trees from the matches of these markers and have databases that reveal how the family matches are related.

The families that are interrelated are the Robertson, Greenhaugh, Mosby, Brent, Hatcher, Childers, Baugh, Branch, Burton, James, Talliferro, Foster James, Womack and etc. These name spellings represent a consensus by me of the etymological variations over hundreds of years. I have named this the “Cousins Model” of research. I am sure the wheel is still round; however, there is nothing new under the sun. When considering the use of YDNA research it appears to me to be in my case the name of Holmes linearly which is the traditional research method. This had not been the case as it has been discoveries through the female line that have provided the most results.

Family Tree Maker says that this is coincidence. I am happy with any coincidence that provides answers to my genealogy queries.
The first analysis is of the descendants of William Robertson 1620-1708 and Eleanor Dreghorn Pitcairn 1634-1708 of Aryshire, Scotland.  (For a more complete bio sketch of this couple, go to Find A Grave).
One of the early trees developed was a match to John Greenhaugh, which is 458 names over three hundred years of American history.
John Greenhaugh m Unknown and had Elizabeth Greenhaugh who married Benjamin Hatcher of Varina Plantation, Henrico, Virginia. The couple had eleven children between 1668-1685 with information available.
The Robertson’s family may have had fourteen children and down through the centuries the name varied in spelling including Robinson. One clue about the Robertson family is they were ardent Presbyterian.
Jeffery Robertson (1654-bef 1739), son of William and Eleanor, was an immigrant to Henrico, Virginia. He married Elizabeth Bowman (1655-1735) in 1698 in Henrico, Virginia. Elizabeth Bowman’s family has ancestry to the early match of John Greenhaugh (05 Mar 1614-03 Mar 1703). John was an immigrant from Lancastershire, England to Henrico, Virginia. There are some name spelling differences in Greenhaugh, but no definitive data has been drawn.
Anyone with research ideas is welcome to post on this blog about their research conclusions. John Greenhaugh’s wife is a mystery, but some evidence points to her being a Childers. John had one daughter: Elizabeth Greenhaugh (1648-1728) married Benjamin Hatcher (1648-?) of Varina, Dale Parish, and Henrico, Virginia on June 1687.
The Greenhaugh tree now becomes a descendant of the family of William Hatcher (1613-1680). William Hatcher’s family adds the following lines to the genealogy: Edward Hatcher, Sr. (1636-1711) and Mary Ward; Henry Hatcher (1639-1677) and Ann Lound; Jane Hatcher (1641-1710) and William Addie Branch (m 1661), Abel Gower (m 1677), William Baugh, Jr (1656); Susannah Hatcher (1646-1699) and Thomas Burton (1634-1685). 
I will make this data available to anyone who asks. I have data bases on the following families: John Greenhaugh, Edward Mosby, Sarah Woodson, Jane Homersely, Francis Hammersley, Mary Brent, Giles Brent, as well as Holmes and Homesley.

Genetics has advanced the ability to resolve genealogy queries.
Please post any questions to Genealogy Traces.

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