Author Archives: Suzanne Hopper Gray

Robert Cowan (1784-1870) and Elizabeth Colville (1793-1865)

Robert Cowan and Elizabeth Colville are my 4X Great Grandparents. Robert Cowan was born June 22, 1784 in Washington County, Virginia. He was the son of William Cowan, who served in the American Revolution, and Jane Walker. Elizabeth Colville was … Continue reading

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Am I related to Lana Turner on the Cowan side?

I haven’t done much genealogy lately, because I’ve gone back to college. I’m on fall break this week and conveniently a genealogy project has fallen into my lap. My mom died 6 years ago today, and she was a big … Continue reading

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Jacob Lamb (1798-1847) and Elizabeth Adams (about 1799-about 1831)

Jacob Lamb and Elizabeth Adams are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. Jacob Lamb was born October 15, 1798. He was the son of John Lamb (who served in the American Revolution) and Elizabeth Kiplinger. John’s parents came to America from Germany. … Continue reading

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Isaac Short (1795-1858) and Susannah Combs (1798-1872)

Isaac Short and Susannah Combs are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. Isaac Short was born in about 1794 in Virginia. He is thought to have been the son of Isaac Short and Dorcas. Susannah Combs was born in about 1798 in … Continue reading

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Joshua Samuel Burkhead (1813-1876) and Rachel Gray (1817-1893)

Joshua Samuel Burkhead and Rachel Gray are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents, on the Perkins side. Joshua Samuel Burkhead was born February 17, 1813. He was the son of Thomas Burkhead and Rachel Gorsuch. See their Find A Grave memorials here and … Continue reading

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Silas Blakesley (1813-after 1876) and Sally Edwards (1815-about 1850)

Silas Blakesley and Sally Edwards are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. Silas Blakesley was born about 1813 in Franklin, Ohio. He is the son of Obediah Blakesley II and Adah Hart. Sally Edwards was born about 1815 in Indiana. Her parents are … Continue reading

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Reuben Levi Short (1840-1906) and Sarah Blakesley (1839-1908)

Reuben Levi Short and Sarah Blakesley are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents. Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circle for Reuben Levi Short at Ancestry.com. Reuben Levi Short was born December 5, 1840 in Vermillion County, Indiana. He is the … Continue reading

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James Rogers Ruby (1791-1845) and Susannah Jane Baysinger (1799-1864)

James Rogers Ruby and Susanna Jane Baysinger are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circles at Ancestry.com for James and Susannah, plus both of James’ parents. James Rogers Ruby was born February 2, 1791 in … Continue reading

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Bonerges Franklin Ruby (1822-1898) and Mary Polly Blakesley (1823-approx. 1855)

Bonerges Franklin Ruby and Mary “Polly” Blakesley are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents. First, let’s talk about that name. Bonerges is probably a misspelling of the name Boanerges, which appears once in the Bible, when Jesus gives it as a nickname … Continue reading

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Daniel Reece Perkins (1797-1866) and Rachel Herring (1806-1829)

Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring are Todd’s 4X Great Grandparents. Todd’s mother Marilyn is in the DNA Circle for Daniel Reece Perkins and Rachel Herring. Daniel Reece Perkins was born on April 22, 1797 in Livingston County, Kentucky. He was … Continue reading

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