Saturday, July 15, 2017

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Unbroken Chain of Tombstones

This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge by Randy Seaver is:
Determine what is your longest unbroken line of ancestral gravestones - how many generations can you go back in time?  Do you have photographs of them?

Thanks to a Find-a-Grave volunteer, I can go back five generations on my maternal grandmother's side:

Above:  My maternal grandmother, Sara Melzina Wolfe Guokas Archibald, 1907-1997.
Below:  Her father, Louis Henry Wolfe, 1872-1929.

Above:  My great-great-grandfather, Joseph William Wolfe, 1845-1918.
Photo courtesy Kathi Lynn King.

Above:  My 4th-great grandfather, Alfred Smallwood, ABT 1800-1868.

I have a lot of information about Sara, Louis, and Joseph (see also the links within these links).  I don't know as much about my Smallwood ancestors.  

Malinda Jane Smallwood Wolfe Peden was born about 1823 in Pennsylvania.  She married William C. Wolfe (1820-1855) in 1840.  They had eight children.  After his death, Malinda married William Peden (born ABT 1830) and had four children with him.  Malinda died April 9, 1874, and is buried at the Highland Cemetery in California, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

Malinda's father, Alfred Smallwood, was born about 1800 in Virginia.  By 1840, he was in East Pike Run, Washington County, Pennsylvania, and the 1850 Census lists his occupation as millwright.  
According to page 1133 of the 1861 Boyd´s Pennsylvania State Business Directory, Alfred Smallwood owned a saw mill in Pike Run, Washington county, Pennsylvania, although the 1860 Census lists his occupation as farmer.  He died September 24, 1868, "in the 68[th] year of his age," and is buried at the Howe Cemetery in Coal Center, Washington County, Pennsylvania.

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