Murphy & Aspery
I feel pretty confident on what I’ve found so far with the Murphy and Asperys. A summary of the Murphy timeline from 1810 to present can be found here: Murphy Ancestry and my 3rd Great Grandfather William Murphy. This line includes the surnames: Murphy, Quinn, Aspery, and Perchase. The Murphys moved out of Ireland in the early 1800’s and were always on the go throughout Wales, England, and then finally ended up in Pennsylvania. Their movements seem to be guided by the rise and fall of various ironworks around the UK. I’d love to find more information about their original whereabouts in Ireland, but searching for anything before 1810 on such a common name is difficult.
Richards & Williams
Margaret Ann Richards (husbands James Joseph Murphy and James Paterson) had a sister named Bessie and parents John Richards and Ann Williams. Family lore is that Ann died when the girls were young and John moved them with their step-mother to Pennsylvania from Yorkshire, England in 1882. I’ve found a potential 1881 census record of a Margaret, Bessie and parents John and Ann in Yorkshire. But, it also includes other siblings Polly, Joseph, and Elizabeth. As far as I know, Margaret never mentioned having any other siblings, other than Bessie. I’m still trying to figure all this out since there are many records with the possible name combinations.
Duncan & Rostron
This line includes surnames: Duncan, Glass, Ford, Rostron, and Cain. I’m looking for a descendant of either James Duncan (1769-1861) or Hugh Duncan (1799-1870) to compare DNA with. Also looking for an obituary for Jennie Salina (Ford) Duncan who died in 1936 in Effingham, Illinois.
Definitely need to find a descendant of Samuel Willis (abt 1823-?) or Sarah Jane Hilliard (abt 1818-?) to compare DNA with because I have NO IDEA if these are the correct grandparents of Loretta Alice (Zillifro) Hutchinson. She claimed that her “real” mother was a native american that died during childbirth – which, I know, is very unlikely, but I think it’s still possible that her real mother did die during childbirth and her father, Egbert Zillifro, remarried very quickly after. I’d really like to connect with someone from the supposed step-mother’s line to get to the bottom of it.
I spent so much time on this line, almost an entire year exclusively, that I barely look at it anymore. It includes the surnames: Hutchison, Moorhead, Campbell, Patton, Jamison, Shryock, Anderson, and Blackstone. They are Irish and Scottish immigrants from the late 1700’s and ended up in the area of Indiana, PA and Butler, PA. This is the line that connects to Fergus Moorhead, our Revolutionary War ancestor and would qualify the women in my family to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. Unfortunately, the application rules are so stringent that I completely lost interest.
The Updegraffs are well documented back to the late 1500’s. It’s my oldest line and they have interesting connections to the creation of the Mennonite church, William Penn, and early Philadelphia. But, I have little to no information on any of the women that married into the Updegraff family (it’s a very lopsided tree!). I’m particularly interested in the Millers of Hagerstown, MD and Somerset, PA.
Pirolt & Rauscher
Oh, my Austrian ancestors! I feel like I will never know their story. I have a couple leads. One is that my grandfather’s brother supposedly died in WW2 at the Battle of Monte Cassino. If I could be on the show “Who Do You Think You Are,” I would definitely want to do this family line.