Sunday, July 14, 2013

Following wrong lines: a new brick wall for Elizabeth GEORGE

I've manage to break down a few "brick walls" for ancestors in the past, but now I have actually uncovered... a brick wall.

For Independence Day, I had highlighted the service of three known patriot ancestors, one of whom was 5th great-grandfather Captain Jacob WEBSTER (1744-1836) who was at Ticonderoga. On 13 February 1767 he married Elizabeth GEORGE, who died on 13 March 1824 in Kingston, New Hampshire.

I had her, incorrectly, as the daughter of Micah GEORGE and Mary FAVOR, but recently discovered that she could not have been their daughter; the Elizabeth who was born to Micah and Mary GEORGE married a John JONES in 1769, and died in Hopkinton, New Hampshire in 1838.

There is a New Hampshire  marriage record for my 5th greats Elizabeth and Jacob (one of those that were filled out in the early years of the 20th century)  but it does not list the names of the parents.

I'm glad to have caught the error-- a brick wall is better than incorrect lines in the family tree-- but now the task at hand is to find out, if possible, who her father and mother were.

To that end, I've just emailed the Kingston, New Hampshire clerk's office to see if there might be a death record or obituary for Elizabeth. I have a photo of her headstone, which confirms that she died on 13 March 1824, but I haven't found a death record online. I've also checked Judith Arsenault's The Vital Records of Kingston, New Hampshire 1694-1994, but nothing is listed for her there either.

Considering this, I'm not optimistic that the clerk's office will have a death record or obit, but it doesn't hurt to ask anyway. They may have some other document that identifies Elizabeth's parents.

Meanwhile, if any readers have information or suggestions, please feel free to share.


Elizabeth (GEORGE) WEBSTER's grave, Kingston's Plains Cemetery.
Photo courtesy of Find A Grave and contributor Richard Cole


Ancestry line:


Elizabeth GEORGE (1753?-1824) m. Jacob WEBSTER
Mary "Polly" WEBSTER (1772-1861)  m. John WINSLOW
William WINSLOW (1800-1860) m. Mary "Polly" SEVERANCE
James W. WINSLOW (1838-1906) m. Elizabeth MACE
Bessie Maud WINSLOW (1886-1970) m. Frank Bailey PALMER
Dorothy Elizabeth PALMER (1918-1984) m. Henry Richard HOWES
S. HOWES (1937-1999) m. my father 
Me (b. 1974)