52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks 2019 – Week 1

I completely failed last year in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week challenge.  Started out gung ho and then life got in the way.  So I’m going to try it again this year.

The prompt for Week 1 in 2019 is ‘FIRST.’

Didn’t take me long to figure out what ‘FIRST’ I would write about.  It’s my new found FIRST cousin.  Okay, maybe he is only a half FIRST cousin, but I will focus on the FIRST part.

My younger brother and I were born to wonderful parents who happened to both be only children.  That meant we had no aunts or uncles.  No first cousins.  We grew up with what I call the ‘old people.’  Those ‘old people’ were our maternal and paternal grandmothers.  Our maternal grandfather died a couple years after I was born in 1957.  My paternal grandfather was unknown.

My father was born in Los Angeles in 1931 to an unwed mother.  The birth certificate we had a copy of didn’t list the name of the father, and my father was given his mother’s name, Schumacher, with a slight spelling change of Shumaker.

When my father and paternal grandmother were alive, it never occured to me to ask about our family history.  It never came up in conversation.   Oh how I wish I had asked.

One day, my mother and I were watching TV back in 2015 and there was a commercial by Ancestry and their DNA test.  I ordered 3 test.  One for me, my younger brother and our mother.  The results came back and were less than robust for our paternal side of the family.  I sighed and went about my maternal tree.  That proved to be very beneficial in validating my research.

Mid 2017 I started seeing DNA matches that me and my brother shared that didn’t match our 3 known family lines.  I build mirror trees up the wazoo.  I finally realized that those 50 or so DNA matches should be in one tree and not 50 different ones.  So I bought Family Tree Maker to help with my research and combining the trees.

I found that our unknown paternal grandfather’s last name was Hutson, and the family was from Perry County, Missouri.  But who was our grandfather?

In most of the DNA Groups on Facebook, people kept saying to spread your DNA into the most ponds.  So I uploaded all 3 tests to GEDMATCH, FTDNA and MyHeritage.

I had previously used MyHeritage as my family search website.  Their search features and database offer records that Ancestry doesn’t.  It became apparent to me that I should just bite the bullet and renew my membership with MyHeritage for a year and see if there was any benefit.  What’s a couple hundred dollars in the grand scheme of things?

My Ancestry tree was uploaded to MyHeritage as a gedcom and I waited.  One day there was a record match to my father as if his last name was HUTSON!!! I thought, are you kidding me?

Off I went to get a copy of my father’s original birth certificate.  Who was this Hutson guy?  How did they know the name Hutson?

My father’s OBC came in the mail.  His father was listed as Clarence Roy Hutson.  Clarence was in my tree, but I never suspected him to be the birth father.  He was born in 1910 and my grandmother in 1894.  My grandmother was a ‘Cougar’ long before it became a part of the contemporary vernacular.

Clarence Roy Hutson was married at least 3 times that I could find.  He only had one other child I could find.  That was a daughter born to his 1st wife.  She ended up being my father’s only half sibling and her son was named Robert, just like my father.

I talked to my 1/2 ‘FIRST’ cousin on the phone last year.  He seemed nice but very detached to his mother’s family.   But I do have a 1/2 ‘FIRST’ cousin, even if he isn’t interested in building a relationship.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 2 Revisted

I’m very far behind in posting about my 52 Ancestors is 52 Weeks, but I found something that made me pause and take a look back.

Week 2 of the challenge was Favorite Picture.  Through DNA testing and age, I had suspected that George Roy Hutson was my previously unknown grandfather.  This is his picture from Week 2.

Inline image 1

Fast forward and now I know that age should never ever be the final consideration in making a definitive conclusion.

I typically use Ancestry for searching my family history.   In the past, I had used MyHeritage as well.  Since we were using DNA to search for our unknown grandfather, and MyHeritage allowed for the transfer of DNA from Ancestry to their site for free, I did.  Then I paid for a subscription to their site as well.  A ‘hint’ showed up for my father with a birth record with the last name Hutson.  I had never seen that before and I ordered a copy of my father’s original birth certificate and this is what I received.

Dad's Birth Certificate

My grandfather’s name was actually Clarence Roy Hutson.  The nephew of George Roy Hutson.  DNA doesn’t lie.  But who would have thought that my grandfather would have been 17 years younger than my grandmother?

Clarence Roy Hutson, lower left.

Day At The Beach

My dad in Korea, 1950.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 11

This weeks challenge in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Lucky.”

As it turns out, I am the lucky one.  An 80 plus year old mystery was solved.  I found my Mom’s paternal grandfather.

What I had to work with was her father’s delayed birth certificate showing his fathers name and occupation.


William Henry Beauchamp and Artie Rether Freeland were married in Polk County, Texas on February 27, 1909.   They were still living in Polk County during the 1910 Census and had one child, Edward.  By 1920, Edward was living with his maternal grandparents, his 2 siblings and his mother, Rether.  Rether was listed as a widow.

There were no death records for a William Henry Beauchamp that died before 1920 in Texas.  I pretty much gave up on finding him.  Then one day, with the help of another Beauchamp researcher, who still lives in Texas, found this;  the divorce petition filed by William Henry Beauchamp and Rether Freeland.  He hadn’t died after all.


With this new information in hand, I went searching for William Henry Beauchamp.  I found one in 1920, living with a wife, Clara and their 2 children, in Shreveport, Louisiana.   In 1930, I found this family of 4 living in Hardin County, Texas and in 1940, Jefferson County, Texas.  This William Henry Beauchamp died on October 15, 1943 in Beaumont, Jefferson County, Texas.  But was he the one I was looking for?

Mid-2017 I got ‘Lucky’ when the grand daughter of Ruby Jewel Beauchamp took an AncestryDNA test.  Ruby was the daughter of the William Henry Beauchamp and Clara.  DNA proved that Ruby was my grandfather, Edward’s half sister and the 80+ year mystery was solved.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 10

This week in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week challenge in ‘Strong Woman.’  Normally someone would write about their mother, who I believe is a really strong woman, however, since she is still alive a doing well at 86, I decided on another woman in my family.  I chose my Grand Aunt, Susan Mae Schumacher.

This is Susie, as we all called her, with her 2nd husband, Oscar Franklin.

Susie and Oscar

Susan Mae Schumacher was a younger sister to my paternal grandmother.  She is the middle girl in the header picture on my page.

Susie married James Tipton Turner on April 23, 1914 in Spokane, Washington.  The married couple moved to Los Angeles and James died on April 11, 1929.  They had no children.

Susie was a very nurturing kind of person, so when her younger sister, Helen Schumacher Burch died on February 3, 1929, Susie took in two of her 5 children and raised them as her own.  The life of the other three children will be discussed in another post.

Susie’s older sister, my grandmother, Margaret Ann Schumacher had my father in 1931 as an unwed mother.  Susie helped to raise him as well

On December 25, 1937, Susie married her life partner, Oscar Franklin.  They didn’t have any children either.

My brother and I would spend summer’s with Susie and Oscar at their home in Minden, Nevada.

Susie died in 1983 and I miss her to this day.  She was the glue that held the family together while she had no children of her own.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 9

This weeks prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week challenge is ‘Where There’s A Will’

 Robert Daniel Freeland

Robert Daniel Freeland was my 3rd great grandfather. He was born on April 6, 1798 in Hillsboro, Orange County, North Carolina and died on July 24, 1878 in Henry County, Tennessee. He had been married 3 times and I descend from his 2nd wife.

A cousin of mine had written in her family history book that when Freeland was on his death bed, his 3rd wife convinced him to sign over his entire estate to her and leave everyone else out of his will. I was rather pleased when I found that this was not true.



52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 8

This weeks prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks is “Heirloom.”  Our family never did practice the tradition of passing something down from generation to generation.  We did however, practice the tradition of ‘Hairloom.”  You know, the tradition of saving a locket of hair during a babies first haircut.

That first haircut can be really traumatic.  I’m almost 6 years older than my brother, and I vaguely remember going to the barber shop with our mom when he got his first hair cut.  He had a head full of red ringlets and being the trooper he is, he never cried.

Other world cultures have their own beliefs about “Hairloom.”

Read here:  First Haircut 1

Or here: First Haircut 2

Our family will still just keep the Baby Book with the little ringlet of curl, just can’t find the books.

People have gotten creative with saving baby hair.  I really like this one.


Sun Catcher


You can find it here on Etsy here:

Sun Catcher

Dirty Rotten Scoundrel

According to the Lubbock Morning Avalanche (Lubbock, Texas)  on· 30 Aug 1934, Governor, Mariam A Ferguson on 29 Aug 1934 pardoned 6 inmates.  Leon O Steed, who was convicted in Angelina County in January, 1934 and sentenced to one year, received a full pardon.

Leon O Steed was born on 10 Oct 1891 in Sulphur Springs, Hopkins County, Texas.  He was married at least 3 times.  First to Eva Mae Fears on 4 Jan 1926 in Lamar County, Texas.  It appears not to have lasted very long because he married Viola Mae Fowler on 10 Oct 1927 in Collins County, Texas.  This marriage failed as well.  Viola married Oscar Killian on 24 Dec 1928 in Lubbock County, Texas.

Sometime between 1930 and January of 1934, Leon O Steed married Meady “Oates” Nerren, widow of Benjamin Holt Nerren.  This marriage also ended abruptly, but this time because of the untimely death of Meady on 27 Aug 1934 in Lufkin, Angelina County, Texas.

Leon didn’t take long to petition the Governor for an early release.  He claimed in his petition that he needed to care for his newly deceased wife’s young children.   It appears that the Governor’s office accepted the assertion from a known criminal at face value.

The issue is that Meady didn’t have young children.   She had 5 daughters, 4 of which were already married and a 16 year old daughter, Bernice.  Bernice was living with her grandmother in 1930, and most likely in 1935 as well.  By 1940, Bernice was living in the Austin State School in Austin, Travis County, Texas where she died in 1948 of  tuberculosis.

Leon was living in Springfield, Green County, Missouri in 1935 and De Queen, Sevier County, Arkansas in 1940.  By 1942, he had returned to Texas, living in Fort Worth when he registered for the WWII draft.  He then made his way to Oklahoma and died in October, 1949 and is buried in an unmarked grave in Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma.


52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7

This weeks prompt in the #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge is Valentine.  I had already posted for this week, however, the Valentine’s Gift I received this morning is worthy of another.

I have a ritual every morning.  Turn on the coffee pot and scream at it for not brewing fast enough.  Sometimes I pour a cup after it’s brewed half a pot.  Today was one of those days.  Coffee in hand, I boot up the laptop, check Ancestry for any new DNA matches in hopes to break down the last remaining brick walls and then I check email.

My email had about 10 from one of my cousins.  I checked the subject line first to see what she was sending.  This was the 1st email I looked at:


This is my Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother, Mathias Schumacher and Mary Timlin.  I had never seen a picture of them before.

Julia, standing on the left with attitude, Mathias, Edward, Mary, Margaret (my grandmother), Helen, Susie and baby Frances.  I suspect this might be the only picture of Frances.  She died on 14 Nov 1899 at the age of 6 months.

Another cousin and I have been discussing our DNA connection to the Timlin family.  She had always been told that her grandmother, Nora Timlin had been an orphan, with no family.  Well we have proved that to not be true.  A picture speaks a 1000 words.  This was the 2nd email I opened.

Timlin siblings.jpg

This is a picture of Nora Timlin and 4 of her 6 siblings and here they are.

Nora Timlin – Top Left
Margaret Timlin – Top Right
Julia Timlin – Bottom Left
Mary Timlin – Bottom Right (My great grandmother)
Thomas Timlin – Center
Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 7

This weeks prompt in the 52 Ancestors in 52 Week challenge is ‘Valentine.’  
 Mabel Lee Munroe was my great aunt. She was born in Lufkin, Angelina County Texas on January 20, 1923 and died on April 1, 1978, in Los Angeles County. She married the love of her life on December 24, 1943, Donald McDonald. He was a private in the United States Army during WWII. Unfortunately, he died on the battlefield on July 14, 1944. All of the stories I heard about her, she was extremely distraught over his death and became a recluse. Then today the whole situation was turned upside down. It appears that Mabel had an unknown relationship with a man by the name of Gordon Eugene Flanagan, they had a son in 1957 and then had a daughter in 1960. Since Mabel was unable emotionally to care for a child at this time, Gordon put his newly born daughter up for adoption. Gordon died in 1964 and as a result, the son he had raised was also put up for adoption.
Not all love stories on Valentine’s Day ends with balloons, red roses and a box of chocolate.