Genealogy Field Trip!!
You know how we read we should be getting out from behind our computer now and again as we do our genealogy research? Well I did this past week and it was so much fun!
Do you remember my post a couple weeks back about meeting distant cousins at a family reunion? We swapped emails with the promise of trading info and recently received some photos and an obit. One of those photos stood out. A pic of a house, taken years ago, with the label “Home of James Hayes Marshall”.
My “new” cousin and I share James Hayes Marshall as a great-great-grandfather. I’d love, love, love to think his house was still standing but I was a bit skeptical. So my genea-buddy sister came up with an 1880 plat map of the area and comparing it to a modern map we were able to drive right to the property once owned by James Hayes Marshall.
**Let me just insert here I know how lucky I am that I live within 20 – 25 minutes of where most of my ancestors lived. Giving my research the added bounce of seeing what they saw and walking where they walked.**
So this first picture is the photo sent by my “new” cousin which she says is the Marshall home. The next two photos are a home sitting on the property right where the plat map says the home sat and this property, as labeled by the map, belonged to James Hayes Marshall.
What do you think? There is a garage now so it’s harder to see the side of the house completely but the structure is the same. Only the second floor door and window on the front of the house are gone now. The third floor attic window on the side has been replaced by a vent.
I think it’s the same house! Yippee! I’m thrilled beyond imagination. Next week we’ll go to the courthouse to research the history of the property but today I’m feeling pretty good that we found the home of my great-great-grandfather!