Did research lead me to … Ohio?
From the time he was five, my oldest son, Junior, and I traced his birth mother’s maternal ancestry. His grandmother helped until she got very ill (and died a year later).
He lost interest then, but up to that point, it was an interesting journey: four generations born in a massive house, with most of the original furnishings — and still in the family’s possession!
Five generations in the local cemetery, with inscriptions of the earliest ancestors migrating from the States; and, upon further digging links to five revolutionary soldiers, possibly six!
The fun part — insert sarcasm here — was finding the proofs linking children and wives to Patriot fathers/husbands.
“Vernon, Ohio” was indicated, but since no one was a genealogist, or had an online genealogy subscription, it wasn’t questioned. Until now.
Enter Deborah: a twitter follower from Trumbull County, Ohio. She confirmed that the Vernon burials were NOT in Ohio, but in Connecticut!
Following up on her lead proved very eventful. A larger family with another three generations and more revolutionary service, including a U.S. Calvary officer who mentored and served with (General) George Armstrong CUSTER; and common lineages to three U.S. presidents.
I shared this with Junior, whose almost 21 now. Told him that this brickwall no longer exists.
His response: “Bricks?”
It didn’t help I woke him at six in the morning.
Review your research often. Find a local living in the trouble area (Thanks, Deborah) and get their input/confirmation — they’ll set you straight!