Last year, I started a journey in search of “from whence I came.” I uncovered new information since writing the first two posts, “From Whence I Came: Gilbert and Mary” and “Family History: New Information-New Questions”.
A review of the Census Reports from 1900-1920 revealed new information about the eleven children of my great-great-grandparents, Gilbert and Mary Shegog. According to the:
1900 Census Report there were seven (7) children in the household:
- Minerva (13-years-old) – My Great-Grandmother
- Tommie (13-years-old) – Uncle Buddy
- Abbie (9-years-old) – ????
- Lily (8-years-old) – ???
- Roxie – (4-years-old) – Aunt Roxie
- Willie – (8-years-old) – Aunt Willie
- Johnnie – Uncle Johnnie
1910 Census Report there were four (4) new children in the household.
- Sallie (6-years-old) – Aunt Sallie
- Walter (5-years-old) – ?????
- Josie (3-years-old) – Aunt Josie
- Robert (0 years old) – Uncle Robert
- I didn’t know about, Abbie, Lily and Walter. What happened to them.
- What was my Great-Grandmother Minerva’s first husband’s name?
- What was my Great-Great-Grandmother Mary’s maiden name?
I reached a dead-end searching through Census Reports because:
- I could not find verifiable matches for Gilbert Shegog in the Census Report for 1870, 1880 or 1890;
- The name of slaves were not recorded on Census Reports until 1870. Only their age, gender, race, and the slaveholder’s name were recorded.
I hope to find more information about those who came before when I visit my cousin this summer. She is the keeper of our family Bible and photo album.
In the meantime, I plan to:
- write of times spent with the children of Gilbert and Mary Shegog — Uncle Buddy, Aunt Roxie, Aunt Willie, Uncle Johnnie, Aunt Sallie, Aunt Josie, and Uncle Robert.
- search for information in public records and other documents.
I began this journey to find out from “Whence I Came.” for me, my children, grandchildren, future generations as well as others who may have an interest in following me on this journey.
2 thoughts on “Maternal Family Ancestry Search – The Children of Gilbert and Mary Shegog”
Best of luck with this heartfelt but most difficult research. ❤️
They will come to you in time and I am sure you will find the documents you need. Although my mother knew her grandmother, Sarah Riley it took my sister 25 years of (on and off) searching to find the documents to verify her information.