Sunday, March 24, 2013

Fearless Females - My Brick Wall -Will It Ever Come Down

In honor of National Women's History Month, I will be following the blogging prompts from The Accidental Genealogist blog. The prompts are interesting and I am truly enjoying this.  Here is day 20.  I have gotten a little behind in the last week so I am trying to go back and catch up.

March 20 — Is there a female ancestor who is your brick wall? Why? List possible sources for finding more information.

I have several brick walls, but since I have been researching for just about a year, that is to be expected.  I know there are people who have been researching most of their lives and still have brick walls.

My great-great grandmother was Milly Mathews Gibson.  Her mother is my brick wall.  I know she married Samuel Mathews.  On her daughter's marriage certificate she is listed as Polly.  On the censuses she is listed as Mary.  I don't know for sure if she is the same person.  I have seen that Polly was a nickname for Mary in those days.  I believe she is the same, but I not been able to find her maiden name on anything.

I really don't know where to go from here.  I am not sure if there are any records for her other daughter's marriages that might have a maiden name listed for her.  

If anyone has any suggestions on how to find a women born in Virginia in about 1815, I would love to hear them.  I haven't been able to go any further back on her husband either, even though I have his last name.

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