Ahnentafel Roulette

Randy Seaver has Saturday Night Genealogy Fun up at Genea-Musings.  Check out this week’s assignment:

1) How old is one of your grandfathers now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this number by 4 and round the number off to a whole number. This is your “roulette number.”

2) Use your pedigree charts or your family tree genealogy software program to find the person with that number in your ancestral name list (some people call it an “ahnentafel”). Who is that person?

3) Tell us three facts about that person in your ancestral name list with the “roulette number.”

My grandfather, John Edward Hemphill, would have been 95 in a few days, had he lived.  Following the rules of the game, I divided 95 by 4, which resulted in 23.75; this is rounded up to 24.

Hemphill genealogyThe 24th person on my Ahnentafel chart happens to be the above grandfather’s grandfather, James  Young Hemphill.

Three facts about J. Y. Hemphill:

  • J. Y. married sisters.  He married his first wife, Rhoda Jane McEntire, on 18 Aug 18591.  Rhoda died giving birth to twins on 23 Jun 1864 (one of the babies died at birth; the other died at age 17).  Three years later, J. Y. married Mary Elizabeth McEntire (my great-great-grandmother – see the photo at right).2
  • In May 1866, J. Y. paid $10 to the United States Internal Revenue Service.  The tax was on a stallion.3
  • J. Y. was appointed by the Grand Jury to Murray County’s first Board of Education.4

This was a fun exercise and, in reviewing the data, I found an error in a source citation, so it was also valuable.  Check out Randy’s post for complete details and tell us what you find in Ahnentafel Roulette.

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  1. Murray County, Georgia, Marriage Book 4: 56, James Y. Hemphill-Rhoda McEntire, 1859, recorded license (with original signatures) and return; Probate Court’s Office, Chatsworth.
  2. Murray County, Georgia, Marriage Book 4: 129, James Y. Hemphill-Mary E. McEntire, 1867, recorded license (with original signatures) and return; Probate Court’s Office, Chatsworth.
  3. The Generations Network, Inc. Original data:National Archives (NARA) microfilm series, U.S. IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918 {database on-line}.
  4. Murray County History Committee, Murray County Heritage (Fernandina Beach, Florida: Wolfe Publishing, 1987), 85.

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