Each week on Randy Seaver’s Genea-musings blog he has a post for Saturday night Genealogy fun. Because of the time difference, I have called my series Sunday Afternoon Genealogy Fun. This week the mission was:
1) Who is the person with the earliest known birth date in your family tree? Describe how you figured this out.
2) Tell us in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this post, or in a Facebook or other social media post. Please leave a link to your information on this post in a comment.
3) Extra credit 🙂 Who is the person with the earliest known birth date in North America in your family tree?
My main family history program is Legacy, but I couldn’t find out how to find the person with the earliest birth date. Since I also have RootsMagic, I used the “People” View in my RootsMagic 7 family tree management program – clicked on the “Birth Date” column, and scrolled up/down to find the earliest known birth date:
The person I have in my “complete” tree with the first known birth date is Adam de Hoton, b ca 1140, died 1206. He is an ancestor of mine through my grandmother, Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948), back through the Docwra line to Thomas de Docwra (1243-?) and his wife Bertha Le Venur, who was the daughter of Cecilia de Hoton, a granddaughter of Adam de Hoton. Most of the information I have on the earlier Docwras is from the Docwra Family Research Project. At this stage, my link to him is tentative on the assumption that my known ancestor James Docwra (ca 1620-1682) was the son of Francis Docwra (1560-1626) and Susan Penne (b. ca 1560).
In the tree I use for the internet, the person with the first known birth date is William Tempest, b. abt 1390. He is also an ancestor of mine through my grandmother Edith Meriden Docwra (1904-1948). Edith’s grandfather Alfred Docwra, was the baseborn son of Tempest Sell (1787-1861) and Jane Docwra, and Tempest was descended from Henry Sell (1684-?) and Bridget Tempest (1680-?). The information I have on the Tempests comes from Tempest Pedigrees
I don’t have any ancestors from North America, so I decided to check for the earliest birth of an ancestor, or the sibling of an ancestor, here in Australia. I found on my husband’s side of the family it was his 2x great grandmother Eliza Hooton who was born in 1842 in Collingwood in the colony of New South Wales (now Victoria). On my side of the family it was John Whimpey, the brother of my 2x great grandfather Joseph Whimpey, who was born 19 June 1843 in Richmond in the colony of New South Wales (now Victoria).
I do have earlier births here in Australia for more distant branches of the family.