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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – My MRUA- It’s a Four-Way Tie!

From Randy at Genea-musings: “Hey, genies, it’s Saturday Night, time for some Genealogy Fun!!”

Your mission, should you decide to accept it (where’s my Mission Impossible music…drat, lost it), is:

1) Who is your MRUA – your Most Recent Unknown Ancestor? This is the person with the lowest number in your Pedigree Chart or Ahnentafel List that you have not identified a last name for, or a first name if you know a surname but not a first name.

2) Have you looked at your research files for this unknown person recently? Why don’t you scan it again just to see if there’s something you have missed?

3) What online or offline resources might you search that might help identify your MRUA?

4) Tell us about him or her, and your answers to 2) and 3) above, in a blog post, in a comment to this post, or a comment on Facebook or some other social networking site.


My most recent unknown ancestor would be a four-way tie with my 3rd great-grandmothers:

Maria _____, wife of John Freisman, married in Quebec, had one daughter, Elizabeth, before coming to Niagara before 1807when son, John, was baptized at Fort George. In 1851 census, her religion is Catholic, born in Quebec about 1780. I figure that she was probably French-Canadian, so I have searched the Drouin collection for any records of marriage or baptism with no luck. John Freisman was born in England, according to information on children’s 1891 census (Peter Freisman, never married, Elizabeth Freisman, never married and Sarah Freisman Haines). John Freisman is said to have died about 1835.

Lydia _____, wife of Nathaniel Haines, married in Niagara in 1786, children baptized at At. Mark’s Church in Niagara, said to have died about 1805. Nathaniel Haines is said to have died before 1811, lived in Grantham Twp., Lincoln County, UC.

Eliza _____, wife of James Stevenson, married about 1850, daughter, Mary, born 1851 Ontario, James was born in Ireland. Mary married Robert Queen about 1868, marriages were not registered until 1869.

Polly Charlotte ____, wife of Isaac Doan, born in Crowland Twp., Welland County. Polly died in 1874 at the age of 69, which would have made her birth year about 1805. Said to be the daughter of Aaron Doan UEL and Rhoda Cook. Rhoda Cook was the sister of Noah and Moses Cook, builders and owners of the Cook’s Mill, scene of the battle in the War of 1812. In the Doane Family Book, by A.A.Doane, 1902, Aaron and Rhoda had three daughters named Polly, two died young, the third was born in 1805.

My cousin and I have been trying to prove or disprove this. She emailed the Doane family genealogist yesterday and is awaiting a reply.

update:
I decided to do some research of my own this morning and found this in the Doane Family Book Vol 2 and got the answer about if Aaron and Rhoda Cook Doan were Polly’s parents, they weren’t.

619. (Vol. I. #229. p. 240)

AARON^ DOAN (Joseph,^ Israel,'^ Daniel,^ Daniel,^ John'). As one of
the "Tory Doans", Aaron was arrested in 1 784, tried and condemned to death.
In 1 787, however, this sentence was commuted to exile. Aaron went to Canada
and spent the rest of his life in the township of Humberstone; m. Rhoda
Cook. A little more about his children can be found in the land records of
the Ontario Archives. Nine of his children received Crown grants of land.
Benjamin, a son listed in Vol. I, does not appear in these records.

i. Levi,'' Humberstone. Crown grant, June 3, 1817.

ii. Martha;'' m. Manuel Winters of Humberstone, Crown grant, Aug. 22,

1834.
iii. Ruth;'' m. William Pawling of Humberstone, Crown grant, Aug. 19, 1833.
iv. Huldah,'' Crown grant. May 1. 1834.

V. Sarah,'' Crown grant. Feb. 5, 1835.

vi. Mary;'' m. Jacob Wade of Humberstone, Crown grant, Feb. 5, 1835.
vii. Robert,'' of Humberstone. Crown grant, Dec. 3, 1828.
viii. Timothy,'' of Humberstone. Crown grant. Nov. 3, 1831.
ix. Joshua,^ of Humberstone, Crown grant, Dec. 10, 1831.

Source: Land records of the Ontario Archives.
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