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  •  Thanks for the tips (5+ / 0-)

    I have looked for Lucretia several times (one of my recurring brainstorms). No luck.

    I've been thinking the same thing with regards to the family situation. The problem is even if I did find them in the 1850 census, since the youngest is 10, I'd bet Catharine would still be the woman of the house - and then I'm into 1840 and prior where only the head of household is listed. So without church records I'm still stuck. I am wishing they lived in a New England state that kept vital records that far back. Maryland sucks!

    There are genealogical societies in Frederick and Carroll counties and I've contacted them. Carroll county doesn't have any information. Frederick pointed me to some members who do freelance genealogical research. I hired one of them who seemed very credible to do the on-the-ground research. He didn't come up with anything I didn't already know. Funny thing - he did mention that Arabella Wiles was a sister of one of his ancestors. They don't know what happened to her either. So he took a special interest in this case.

    I've downloaded the Carroll County and Frederick County 1850 census records so I could browse through them myself. Haven't quite made it through Carroll County yet. They are surprisingly long!

    I've looked at Family Search and Ancestry indexes. And I also became a member of this year just to see if they had anything different.

    •  Figured you'd thought of all of those.... (4+ / 0-)

      but it never hurts to have someone else think out loud.... I've more than once had a new thought based on a comment someone has made about looking at something I've already done a new way ;-)

      It is a big puzzle..... and I'd really want more confirmation that the 1860 census is the right George. He might well be ~ but....just to common a name without further evidence.

      Oh, one more idea for a real long shot.... did Mary apply for a Civil War pension? With small children after the accident that caused George's death, that's a possibility. I've not really explored those records (as most of my family who fought for the Union either died soon after the war or were well enough off that they never bothered to apply) but might be worth poking around. George died too soon for the 1890 veteran's schedule, but if the 1860 census is actually his family, maybe the brothers are there....

      Also, not sure about probate and land records for that area... have you tracked those down? Often not on-line :-(

      The worst sin - perhaps the only sin - passion can commit, is to be joyless. (Gaudy Night, Dorothy L. Sayers)

      by mayim on Fri Nov 22, 2013 at 10:26:53 AM PST

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      •  that's why I wrote this (4+ / 0-)

        Thought I'd get some other brains churning :-)

        She did apply for a Civil War pension. I'll have to see if I can actually find the file rather than an indexed record that might not have all the information available.

        As for the 1860 census... my uncle sounds certain that the William Henry he found civil war records for (and his family) were brothers but I don't know if that's because he actually tracked down other descendants who had first hand knowledge of George and William being brothers or if he just pieced it together based on the census records and dates of birth.

        I think the genealogist I hired would have looked into land/probate records. I'll have to double-check my correspondence with him. I'm pretty sure he found something there but no new information.

        •  This is a very sound idea. (3+ / 0-)
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          Jim H, klompendanser, GrumpyOldGeek

          I have recently run into a long streak of profound luck on my long genealogy past.  (Details are subject for another time.)

          Upshot, I found letters written by my g-grandfather during the Civil War.  He was writing in support of his soon-to-be mother-in-law's request for a pension from Civil War service her late son earned.

          Very, very lucrative area to pursue.

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