I decided to do this just for fun. Once I sunk neck deep into the exercise I began to doubt my concept of fun! Anyway, just to put the new year into a genealogical perspective:
Today I have direct family ranging in age from 7 to 95, all living in California,
One hundred years ago today, January 1, 1915 my direct ancestors lived in Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri and ranged in age from 2 to 83. There were eight individuals.
My father, Ralph Lewis Croy was 2 years old. He lived in Henryetta, Oklahoma with
my grandfather, Justus Leonice Croy, age 35,
and my grandmother, Mary (Mollie) Elizabeth Ison Croy, age 32.
Also living in Henryetta were
my great grandfather, Calvin Harrison Croy, age 64,
and my great grandmother, Sarah Angelina Smith Croy, age 61.
My maternal great grandfather, Gabriel Washington Ison, age 59,
and my great grandmother Gillian (Gillie) Virginia Morriss Ison, age 54,
lived in Potosi, Linn County, Kansas.
AND at 83, my great, great grandfather Peter Philander Morriss still lived
near Rothville, in Salt Creek Township, Chariton County, Missouri.
Now, ready to get crazy? I did, figuring this out…hope I got it.
Two hundred years ago today, January 1, 1815, living direct ancestors spread across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Virginia. They ranged in age from 4 to 92. Nineteen people in all, if I counted correctly.
My great, great grandfather Jacob Croy was 4 years old. He lived in Stark County (to be Carroll County,) Ohio with
my great, great, great grandfather, Andrew Croy, age 34,
and my great, great, great grandmother, Susanna Oswalt Croy, age about 30.
Little Jacob had yet to meet my great, great grandmother Margaret Pugh (Croy) age 1. Her history is unknown.
Jacob’s grandmother, my 4X’s great grandmother, Mary Huston Croy (Roberts,) 53 at the time, lived in Plain City, Union County, Ohio. (His grandfather and namesake had died sometime after 1805 and any history before him is unknown.)
Susanna Oswalt’s father, my 4X’s great grandfather, Jacob Oswalt II, age 49,
and my 4X’s great grandmother, Sarah Huston, age about 49, lived in Rose Township, Stark County(to be Carroll County,) Ohio, as well.
Great, great grandfather Henry Smith was about 12 and living in Southeastern Ohio. (His history before then is unknown.)
Meanwhile, 3X’s great grandparents Zerah Payne and Amy Felch Payne, ages at the time 36 and 27 respectively, lived in Coshocton County, Ohio.
My 3X’s great grandfather Thomas H. Morriss, age 16, and my 3X’s great grandmother, Malinda Salling (Morriss), age 11, lived in (likely Rockbridge) Virginia.
Thomas’ father, my 4X’s great grandfather, Allison Morriss, age 38, lived in Amherst County, Virginia with my 4X’s great grandmother Nancy Peters Morriss, age 36.
4X’s great grandfather, George Salling, age 44, and 4X’s great grandfather Matilda Caroline Carter Salling, age 40, lived in Estillville (what would be Gate City,) Scott County, Virginia on the Cumberland Gap.
Oh, and the Ison’s? 3X’s great grandparents Isaac Sterling Ison and Charity Ingram (Ison) both were living in Estillville (what would be Gate City,) Scott County, Virginia on the Cumberland Gap as well. They were 16 and 11, respectively.
And in Pennsylvania, amazingly…
In Londonderry Township, Bedford County, Pennsylvania,
my great, great, great, great, great (that’s 5 greats now) grandfather,
Jacob Oswalt, age about 92, still lived.
(Great, great grandmother Sephronia Payne Smith, great great grandfather Schuyler Ison, great great grandmother Mary Ann Overstreet Ison lived between these two milestones.)