Thomas J. and Florence Anna Ashburn’s Golden Anniversary

This is a photo taken at the 50th wedding anniversary of my great-great-grandmother, Florence Anna Ashburn (born Craney) and great-great-grandfather Thomas J. Ashburn. Based on their marriage date in 1871, it was taken in 1921, likely in Cherry County, Nebraska, where they were then living, and most of their children and grandchildren lived. They were … Continue reading Thomas J. and Florence Anna Ashburn’s Golden Anniversary

Stouts Grove, Illinois (a Digression)

Editor's note: this is a post I started last fall, well before coronavirus. I've been taking a while to get back to my "who was Florence Craney's father" question, since it is a real brick wall but also needs more work.  In the meantime, I've been driving through McLean County, Illinois, somewhat regularly. McLean County … Continue reading Stouts Grove, Illinois (a Digression)

The Search for Florence Craney’s Parents (Part 2)

My break-through in locating Florence's mother's family was when I found Florence in the 1856 Iowa State Census. In 1860, she was with another family in Pottawattamie County, Iowa, and in 1856, I located her in Preparation, Monona, Iowa, which is also in western Iowa, just a couple of counties north: In 1856, Florence (whose … Continue reading The Search for Florence Craney’s Parents (Part 2)

The Search for Florence Craney’s Parents (Part 1)

As mentioned in the last post, Florence Anna (Craney) Ashburn died in 1923, and her husband Tom Ashburn not until 1934. In addition, they both lived close to my grandmother, who was born and grew up in Valentine, Cherry, Nebraska. While she was only 7 when Florence, or Annie, died, many of her aunts and … Continue reading The Search for Florence Craney’s Parents (Part 1)

K2b mtDNA

I will summarize here what I've discovered about the K2b mtDNA haplogroups, which as mentioned above seem to be somewhat rare, especially K2b2. (As discussed in a later post, my matrilineal line is one of my brick walls, and I do have an intriguing mtDNA match who is also a general autosomal match). Two sources … Continue reading K2b mtDNA