Day 17 – More Sleuthing Further Back in Time

Anything after yesterday we knew would be anticlimactic, so we had low expectations for our Saturday. All morning we spent digesting the discoveries from yesterday and got a very slow start into town. Our first stop was another try at the chaotic library genealogy room. We left 1 ½ hours for the task of finding whatever we could in that pile of papers and miscellaneous microfilm.

And we did. We first found the death notice for Eveline Elstun Murray (James’ wife) who died 42 years after James’ death. We had originally hoped it would tell us something about James’ death, but since we learned of that yesterday, we didn’t that information. Good thing, because it didn’t tell us much — no mention at all of her husband, James, and it erroneously noted that her only surviving son was Nathan Powers (who was actually her son-in-law). Oh, those news sources.

We also found a Rush County atlas showing Evaline Elstun Murray’s property in Rush County, so we took photos of those. That was about it.

Off from the library to another cemetery, this time to visit the grave site of Hannah John Brown, a G5 grandmother – way way back on Evaline Elstun’s side. Again, a lovely country cemetery just off a remote country road, surrounded by farmland – so common here in this part of Indiana. It was pretty surprising to see that the marker was eligible at all, Hannah living so far back in time (1783-1869) and the harsh weather on the stones. Don helped remove some of the lichen growing on it. The cool part of this visit was learning that Hannah Brown was a doctor who traveled widely to attend to her patients. A female doctor in the early 1800’s – and she was well supported by her husband and children! Wow!


After getting back to our campsite, we connected to to confirm Hannah Brown was actually our great…. Grandmother. What did we discover? She was indeed married to our G5 grandfather, George Brown (revolutionary war soldier), grandfather of Evaline Elstun Murray, but she is NOT our G5 grandmother; she is instead our G5 step grandmother. Evaline is the granddaughter of George’s first wife, Margaret Conrad Brown. But, hey, it was a find, and there is a connection, and we had a great day sleuthing. Plus, we learned a new bit of trivia – that George Brown willed to his daughter, Anne Brown (Evaline’s mother), a whole $1.00. Wow! Even accounting for the monetary differences of a different time, this seems pretty chintzy.

From our perspective, all fun discoveries.

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