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Irey, Joseph, Hiatt, Griffith, Roberts, ???- my matrilineal line — September 17, 2018

Irey, Joseph, Hiatt, Griffith, Roberts, ???- my matrilineal line

matrilineal ancestry (Copy)

My known matrilineal line goes back to Kentucky, where Jane Griffith was born in 1804. Her mother is believed to be Polly Roberts, but confirming evidence has not been found. One reference to the marriage of Polly Roberts and Benjamin Griffith was found in a book of compiled Kentucky marriages. Jane Griffith married John Hiatt, their daughter Nancy Mahala Hiatt was born in 1838. Nancy and John Fear Joseph had a daughter, Cora Emeline Joseph, born in 1874. Cora Joseph and Scott Lee Irey were married in Oklahoma Territory in 1904. Their daughter, Marie, my mother, was born in 1907.

A full sequence mtDNA test was completed 13 October 2014. Fifteen matches have been reported since that date; 9 of the matches show a genetic distance = 0, indicating an exact match at all test locations. Another match shows a difference of 1, another a difference of 2 and 4 test matches show a distance of 3. All 15 report J1b1b1 as their mitochondrial haplogroup, the same as mine. Some identified an earliest ancestor, some associated family trees with their test. None of my matrilineal surnames were found in any identified ancestor or in any family tree of my mtDNA matches. Eleven of the 15 matches had also taken a Family Finder (autosomal) test. None of the eleven are found on my Family Finder match list.

Conclusion: It is unlikely that the common matrilineal ancestor can be identified unless the matrilineal line can be extended several generations beyond current knowledge.

 

Honoring my Grandparents — September 9, 2018

Honoring my Grandparents

 


Henry Leisher is my paternal grandfather. He was born Heinrich Leiser 17 November 1844 in Eglesbach, in the Offenbach district in what was then the Grand Duchy of Hesse. He came to the United States in 1855 with his family; they settled in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin. He served in Civil War. After the war, he farmed in Illinois, Kansas and Oklahoma. He died 29 November 1939 in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Frances Miller, my paternal grandmother, was born 24 September 1863 in Bond County, Illinois. She married Henry Leisher 27 October 1881 in Greenville, Bond County, Illinois. She died 12 April 1938 in Okeene, Blaine County, Oklahoma.

Scott Lee Irey is my maternal grandfather, He was born 17 November 1862 in Marion County, Ohio. Family stories indicate he led a colorful life, primarily as a cowboy, before he married my maternal grandmother 23 Dec 1904 in Arapahoe, Custer County, Oklahoma Territory, at age 42. He died 19 March 1934 in Waukomis, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

Cora Emeline Joseph, my maternal grandmother, was born 14 February 1874 in Hendricks County, Indiana. Her father died when she 3 years old. She  lived in Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas before moving to Oklahoma Territory. She taught school from age 16 to her marriage to Scott Irey. She died 11 July 1968 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma.

My maternal grandmother is the only grandparent that I remember, as she lived with my parents until shortly before her death. Even though she and I spent considerable time together, I regret missing a golden opportunity to learn from her more about her ancestry. How I wish for a time machine that would take me back to the lifetimes of all four grandparents, providing the opportunity to hear from each of them, and to record, their experiences and knowledge of their ancestors’ lives.

Why “Migration from Europe to Oklahoma”? — September 7, 2018

Why “Migration from Europe to Oklahoma”?

Oklahoma as Migration Destination

Oklahoma is my birthplace; my parents were both born in Oklahoma Territory, before Oklahoma became a state. My paternal grandfather, Henry Leisher, homesteaded a farm in northeastern Blaine County, in 1892. Frances Leisher (born Miller) and the children moved from Kansas to Oklahoma between 1892 and 1895. The family is documented in the 1900 federal population schedule, Cimarron Township, Blaine County, Oklahoma Territory. My paternal grandparents, Scott Lee Irey and Cora Emeline Joseph, were married 23 December 1904 in Arapahoe, Custer County, Oklahoma Territory. All four grandparents died in Oklahoma and are buried there: the Leisher grandparents in Roselawn Cemetery, Okeene, Oklahoma; the Irey grandparents in Waukomis Cemetery, Waukomis, Oklahoma.

Europe as Migration Origin

Henry Leisher (born Heinrich Leiser) and his parents were all born in the Grand Duchy of Hessen. Adolph Miller, the father of Frances, was born in the Principality of Lippe; her mother, Frances Knosp, was born in the Grand Duchy of Baden. Immigration of my paternal line occurred in the mid 1800’s.

Immigration of my maternal lines occurred much earlier; most lines appear in the United States prior to 1800, with birth locations believed to be England, Scotland or Ireland.

DNA Estimate of Ethnicity

My ethnicity estimate from the recently-updated Ancestry DNA algorithm is:

  • England,Wales & Northwestern Europe                   50 %
  • Germanic Europe                                                           46 %
  • Ireland and Scotland                                                      4 %

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