It’s Saturday night – time for Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun over at www.geneamusings.com. Our mission, should we choose to accept it is to:
1) Determine who your most recent unknown ancestor is – the one that you don’t even know his or her name.
2) Summarize what you know about his or her family, including resources that you have searched and the resources you should search but haven’t searched yet.
3) Tell us about it in your own blog post, in a comment to this post, or in a status on Facebook.
My most recent unknown ancestor is #56 on my ancestor list is the father of my great-great grandfather Robert Hunter (ca 1816-1888). I haven’t spent a great deal of time on my Hunter branch to date so I don’t have a great deal of information on Robert Hunter himself. Census records suggest Robert was born around 1816 in Ireland and his death record suggests he was born around 1821 in Ireland. Family lore suggests it’s possible he was born in Scotland, and that it was probably closer to 1821 than 1816. From the various records I have found, and family lore, I think he and his wife Hannah Dool came to Canada around 1840. I know they settled in the Brampton, ON, area and he was a weaver by trade. He died on May 29, 1888 at 67 years of age. His wife, Hannah, was listed on the 1901 Canadian census as having been born on January 21, 1823 in Ireland and emigrated to Canada in 1841. She died on October 22, 1908.
As I haven’t spent much time on this branch, I know there are a lot of stones I have yet to turn over. I have done basic searching for census information and I have death records, but at this point I have nothing much beyond that. And without knowing for certain where they came from – though it does appear to be Ireland - it is going to be challenging to discover who Robert Hunter’s father was. A name like Robert Hunter isn’t going to make it easier! Once I get around to researching the Hunters in more detail, I may be able to better determine if I have any overlooked leads in the information I do have.