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A Moore unmoored

No, he’s not There are roughly a gazillion family trees on Ancestry and elsewhere that say Robert Wilson “Mustang” Moore (b 1808 NC) is the son of Joseph Moore (c1759 NC-1820 KY), and his wife Rebecca (c1759 NC-c1861 MS), whose maiden name may have been Ballew.1...

The separations

In life and in death It is perhaps something only a genealogist would notice. But it is still something ineffably sad. The separations of a babe from her mother, in life and in death. She rests with her paternal grandparents in the Mobridge, South Dakota, City...

One hundred years ago Monday

Not enough water under the bridge Monday will mark the 100th anniversary of his birth. And there is so much good that came from that event. Eight children. Thirteen grandchildren. Eleven great grandchildren — so far. And there is so much on the other side of...

Revisiting the Robertsons

The DNA lines get more tangled… No, DNA doesn’t lie. But it sure can confuse the issue. Case in point: The Legal Genealogist’s Robertson great grandfather and his line. Jasper Carlton Robertson was born in April 1871 in Texas,1 the youngest of the 11...

A Father’s Day whyne…

No help (yet?) from YDNA This Father’s Day, The Legal Genealogist intends to whyne. No, that’s not a misspelling. You see, the couple in this photo are my paternal great grandparents: my father’s father’s parents. On the left Emma Louisa...

Genealogy and Juneteenth

Celebrating freedom It’s been cause for celebration since this day in 1865. June 19th. Juneteenth. The day on which the very last persons held in bondage in the Confederacy learned of their freedom. It began that day, 156 years ago, in Texas: On “Freedom’s Eve,”...

Those snippets

Word-picture postcards of a life They are among the most precious gifts a genealogist can ever receive. Those snippets that help breathe life into the names and dates and places of our research. In late August 1908, The Legal Genealogist’s great grandfather...

The Bug

The day it met the trooper… Yes, The Legal Genealogist knows that 2021 is a Brood X year — the cicadas either are already here or they’re coming to wherever they plan to emerge. This isn’t that kind of bug. The capital letter is there for a...

Memorial Day 2021

Remember and honor You can’t help but think how much they had in common … and yet how very different they were. Their commonalities: both were born to pioneering families. Both chose to fight to protect what they believed in. Both were 23 years old when...

In the backyard

The things we never do It began again with a friend’s question on Facebook. “I’m from St Louis”, she wrote, “and I’ve never been to the top of the arch. Have you?” And that started The Legal Genealogist back down Memory Lane again. Because every last one of us,...