Sunday, April 10, 2016

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun (On Sunday Morning!)

Over at GeneaMusings, Randy Seaver posted a two part series of questions. I missed last week's, so this week I will answer all six questions.

What four places did my ancestors live that are geographically the farthest from where I live today?


  • The Netherlands (Van Pelt)
  • Germany (Beem)
  • Wales (Thomas)
  • Wisconsin (Beem, Dennett)


What are the four most unusual given names in my family tree?


  • I guess I have to start off with mine! I was named after my grandmother, Marceline Jacoups Thomas, born in St. Clair Alabama.
  • Laban Price (Melrose, Florida)
  • Elbridge Beem (Ohio & Illinois)
  • Florida Cail (Melrose, Florida)


What are the four most common given names in my family tree?


  • William
  • Elizabeth 
  • James
  • John


Name four places on my ancestral home bucket list I’d like to visit:


  • Wales, where my Thomas family lived before coming to Virginia in the 1600's (Plus that has always been a place I've wanted to visit - even before I got into genealogy)
  • Germany, where my Beem family  lived before coming to Pennsylvania in the mid-1700's
  • Anderson and Campbell County, Tennessee, where my grandfather's family lived in the 1800's
  • Maine, where my Dennett family lived in the 1700's and early 1800's


What are the four most unusual surnames in your family tree?


  • Jacoups (Alabama)
  • Mashburn (North Carolina & Alabama)
  • Cail (North Carolina, Georgia, & Florida)
  • Dennett (Maine, Ohio & Wisconsin)


Which four brick walls would you most like to smash through?


  • Laban Price - He's puzzled many of us for years. Born in Marion County, South Carolina around 1827. Married Sarah Smith, daughter of Rev. James D. Smith, in 1848. Moved to Putnam County, Florida by 1860 and died there in 1876.
  • Richard D. Horton - Born in Tennessee around 1831. Married 1) Rhoda Frost (ended in divorce) and 2) Mary J. Trail in Anderson County, Tennessee. Moved to Kentucky by 1870 and died there. I believe his mother is Rebecca, but all I have to base that on is the 1850 census.
  • Margaret Jacoups - born in Alabama about 1825. Creek Indian. Her father has been identified, but we can find nothing about her mother - not even a first name. 
  • James V. Thomas - Settled in Warrior, Alabama in the early 1800's. My mother thought she knew who his parents were, but recent DNA  testing doesn't back it up. We aren't even sure he was a Thomas now.


  1. Marceline,

    I want to let you know that your blog is listed in today's Fab Finds post at

    Have a great weekend!

  2. Welcome to Geneabloggers!
    Reading your blog, I saw the Dutch Van Pelt name. Being Dutch myself, I was very much interested. I also have a blog with many genealogical subjects. One of my posts shows a survey of foreign genealogical blogs/sites showing Dutch origin surnames. The URL is The idea is to try and establish contacts between people who have an interest in the same surname. There are numerous cases in The Netherlands where people emigrated centuries ago without leaving a trace in Dutch archives. With my blog I try to bring Dutch and foreign (mainly US/CAN) genealogists together.
    Therefore, I like to have your permission to show your site in my a.m. blog.
    I look forward to your reaction!
    Kind regards,

    1. Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the welcome. I just took a look at your website. What a fabulous resource! I haven't done much research on my Van Pelt line, but I do know mine went from New Amsterdam to North Carolina by the mid-18th century.

      And yes, of course you can list my blog. Thank you!


    2. Thanks Marceline, for your permission. I have added your blog and if there is anything wrong or you want me to add anything, please let me know.