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What is Your Brick Wall?

Posted on September 26, 2010 at 4:35 PM

For all of us who do genealogy research, we all have a brick wall or two or three.  You know, that long lost family member that just disappeared off the radar.  You've searched and searched but can't find any information to take you back to the previous generation...  Who is your brick wall?  Tell everyone about him or her!

 

My brick wall, the one that drives me most crazy, is James K. Isett of Marklesburg.  He was born in 1813 to a woman named Elizabeth.  She remarried a man with the last name of Matthew sometime before 1820.  Court records say James' father absconded to parts unknown.  Who, oh who, was his father?  What happened to his mother and her new husband after 1820?  What was his mother's maiden name?  Did James have any siblings?  The questions just continue to flow...

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7 Comments

Reply Sharon Pratt
11:50 PM on September 27, 2010 
I find it funny, well not really funny, that my hardest lines are the ones closest in time to me. My Pratt line begins in Canada abt 1750 and Pratt researchers for years have been trying to figure out where he came from. Than my Mom's g-Grandfather, William Perry Hoyt, is a mystery to move beyond. We suppose his Father was Seth Hoyt, but that goes no where. Than there is Joseph Ashalter (Ashenfelter) who is involved in this Isett family. His Father was David, but beyond that...only the Universe seems to know at this time. I hope the Universe gives up its secret before I depart.
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
5:44 AM on September 28, 2010 
Sharon, I can relate about giving up secrets. Every year, I walk by the grave of James K. Isett when we place flags for Memorial Day, and I ask if there is anything he would like to give up from the grave. Even the tiniest little hint would be welcome!
Reply Sara Nell Troxel Jones
10:19 AM on October 5, 2010 
The brick wall I have hit has nothing to do with Huntingdon Co. Is it allright to post it on this wall?
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
10:25 AM on October 5, 2010 
Sara Nell Troxel Jones says...
The brick wall I have hit has nothing to do with Huntingdon Co. Is it allright to post it on this wall?

Sure, go ahead and post it. Maybe some day the right person will see it!
Reply valene
3:31 PM on October 5, 2010 
I say post anything you have. It may lead to other doors that can be opened by someone out there.
Reply valene
3:34 PM on October 5, 2010 
I just posted a comment about two Simon Isett's. See the Court referance.. Does anyone have anything on Simon Isett??? One was born19 July 1806, died 26Jan1877, Duncansville...The other one Born about 1752..Died 2/26/1822, 70 Yr./5 mon/ 12 days.... Both busired Carson Valley Cemetery, Duncansville,Pa.
Reply Deb (Fisher) Riley
5:59 AM on October 7, 2010 
valene says...
I just posted a comment about two Simon Isett's. See the Court referance.. Does anyone have anything on Simon Isett??? One was born19 July 1806, died 26Jan1877, Duncansville...The other one Born about 1752..Died 2/26/1822, 70 Yr./5 mon/ 12 days.... Both busired Carson Valley Cemetery, Duncansville,Pa.


I hate to break the news, but there is only one Simon Isett in the Carson Valley Cemetery. There is a book in publication by the Blair County Genealogical Society that was put together by a school group. When they transcribed the stone, they did it incorrectly, and recorded his death date as 1822 instead of 1877. If you look at Find A Grave, you will see the correct information. I also have a photo of his tombstone under the Isett photos on this website. I got really excited at first! However, some research into the matter yesterday confirmed there is only one Simon Isett buried there. Simon Isett (1806-1877) who married Caroline Beamer, was the son of Jacob Isett (1780-1853) and his first wife Sarah. Simon had 4 siblings that I am aware of: Joseph Isett Sr., Eleanor, John T., and Margaret. And to set the record straight, there is still an older Simon Isett out there somewhere - he just is not buried in the Carson Valley Cemetery.

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