Thanks to Jill Ball, I caught Thomas MacEntee ‘s revival of Craig Manson’s 2009 meme: “Names, Places & Most Wanted Faces. Thomas suggests that this meme is “‘surname bait’ for other researchers to find out on Google and other search engines.” The directions are fairly straightforward:
1. List your surnames in alphabetical order as follows:
[SURNAME]: State/Province (county/subdivision), date range
2. At the end, list your Most Wanted Ancestor with details!
In this first post, I’ll list the surnames from my family tree (to be followed by a similar post listing my wife’s family tree) –
BARTHEL/BARTLE surname: Pennsylvania (Lancaster County) prior to 1870; Ohio (Mahoning County) 1865 to present.
BRENNER surname: Baden (Adelshofen) prior to 1854; Ohio (Mahoning County) 1854 to present. Related by marriage are Welks, Coles, Renkenbergers, Crumrines, Miedings, and Deeters.
COLE/COALE surname: England prior to 1618; Virginia (Elizabeth County) 1618 – 1665; Maryland (Baltimore County, Frederick County) 1665 – 1840; Ohio (Columbiana County, Mahoning County) 1820 to present.
DEETER surname: Pennsylvania prior to 1879; Tennessee (Lawrence County) 1851-1880; Ohio (Montgomery County, Mahoning County) 1881 – present. Related by marriage are the Kneppers and Smiths.
KNEPPER surname: Ohio (Fairfield County) to present
MESSERALL surname: Pennsylvania to present; Ohio (Mahoning County) 1885 to present.
MIEDING surname: Germany prior to 1857; New York (Monroe County) 1850 to 1879; Ohio (Mahoning County, Trumbull County) 1880 to present. Related by marriage are Messeralls (Pennsyvania), Schaars (Germany then New York), and Shoemakers.
SMITH surname: England prior to 1800; Pennsylvania (Lancaster County) 1800 – 1840; Ohio (Seneca County, Montgomery County, Mahoning County) 1840 to Present; Illinois (Clark County) 1848 – 1852. Related by marriage are Boyers/Beyers (Germany then Pennsylvania), Barthels/Bartles (Pennsylvania), Wentzels (Pennsylvania), Bucks (Pennsylvania), and Albrights (Pennsylvania)
MOST WANTED ANCESTOR: Encer Cole – I have a lot of “abouts” for my 3g-grandfather (born abt. 1793 in Frederick County Maryland; married abt. 1812 to Elizabeth Shaffer in Baltimore County Maryland; died abt. 1846 in Columbiana County Ohio). A lot of research has been done on the Cole lineage, stretching back in England perhaps as far as the 12th Century. Supposedly my Coles link into that lineage, but I haven’t been able to document Encer Cole’s lineage.