I’ve been on Vacation, a girl’s weekend in New Orleans. So I’ve been away from my blog. Good weekend! New Orleans is an amazing town.
So I’ve been working on my Sources. I really thought this was going to be tiresome, but it’s not. I’m actually slowing down and looking at the images. And rethinking about people that I haven’t thought about in awhile.
Mary Elizabeth Gillespie is my great great grandmother. Here is where she fits in my grandfather’s tree:
And I came to the conclusion quite some time ago that Mary’s parents were Willis Gillespie and Harriet Smith. But you know what, I have nothing to prove that. Nothing.
Here is what I know:
- On Wyatt Gillespie’s marriage certificate, his parents are listed as Jere and Mary Gillespie. 1
- Jeremiah Gillespie and Mary Gillespie were married in 1842. Talton Gillespie is listed as Jeremiah’s father, Mary’s parents are not in the index. I suspect it is because Jeremiah was not 21 when they were married. Do I have the original or have I seen it? I have not. 2
- My Great Aunt Eva told my father that Jeremiah and Mary were first cousins.3
I choose Willis and Harriet because they seemed to be the most likely candidates. And they may be correct, BUT that is not proof. And now it really vexes me. What if I am wrong? The earlier you find “the truth” in your genealogy career, I suspect the more likely it is that the Genealogical Proof Standards are not being met.
Parents of Mary Elizabeth Gillespie? Back on the list of what I need to prove.
Good point, Anne. It’s so helpful to go back and re-sort the data. Every now and then, we happen upon those heart-stopping missing confirmations. Ouch.
Glad you had a refreshing weekend away…but glad you are back!
I have Gillespie cousins who might be connected to your Gillespies.
Do tell. Any names in particular that stand out?
I so agree, Anne. I made the same mistake, thinking for years I had traced my husband’s g.g.g.g. grandfather’s birth – we even had an enjoyable short break in the area I thought he came from. It was only when I was writing the narrative family history, I stopped and suddently it hit me – I had absolutely no proof that the Samuel Donaldson I had traced was the Samuel Donaldson, my husband’s ancestor – so back to the drawing board! Good luck with your research.