Back in early November I received an email from a lady who stated that she believed we were distant cousins on my mom's paternal family. She had taken an AncestryDNA test and I was apparently a really good match to her.
As we corresponded back and forth, and as I conducted my own research, I discovered that we indeed are second cousins. This was really exciting to my family and me because the relation to this lady is on my mother's paternal side of the family, which has been quite the mystery. My mother did not find out who her biological father was until the mid to late 90s, and come to find out, he died in 1972 when my mother was only 10 years old.
When my mother was told by her grandmother who real father was, that was indeed a shock and surprise. My mother does not have any legal documentation such as a birth certificate, court record, etc. that states who her biological father was. All we had is my grandmother's and great-grandmother's word that he was the father - until now.
When I was contacted back in November about the possible DNA match, and then confirming the match through research, it was a very exciting breakthrough. My brother and I bought a DNA test for my mother so see what her ethnicity results would be, but also to see what DNA matches would show up for her. Last night I received an email stating that her DNA results are in!
Below is a screenshot showing the top results from my mother's DNA test. As you can see, in the Parent/Child relationship section there are two results. The first result is my mother's mother. I had her take a DNA test last summer when her health was failing. I wanted to make sure she took a test before she is gone. The second result is my own DNA test.
The third result is the lady who contacted me back in November. Even though AncestryDNA is suggesting that her and my mother are second cousins, the lady and I are actually second cousins and the lady and my mother are first cousins once removed.
The other day when I was doing some research and making sure my family tree was updated with all of the documents pertaining to some of my Ivory family members. As I was reviewing my research journal and tree I decided that I would try again to find Mathew Ivory and his children in the 1870 census.
Mathew's wife, Mary Elizabeth, died in January of 1870. Family "story" has been that she got sick and left her home in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah, and went to go stay with her parents in Moroni, Sanpete County, Utah. I have always been told that she died in Moroni while staying at her parent's house.
The other night I found the 1870 Mortality Schedule where Mary was recorded. Although I had always been told she died in Moroni, I actually found her in the Mortality Schedule in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah.
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Mortality Schedule), Beaver County, Utah Territory, Page 1, Family 115 on Schedule 1 (actually 107), Mary E. Ivory, .jpeg image (Online: Ancestry.com, 2013) [Digital scan of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.], subscription database, (http://www.ancestry.com), accessed December 2013.
After I found Mary in the 1870 Mortality Schedule, I decided I would search again for Mathew and his children in the 1870 census. Since I couldn't find them searching the index on both Ancestry.com or FamilySearch.org I figured I would manually search the census page-by-page.
I eventually found Mathew and his children, living in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah. It is understandable why they could not be found on either website's census databases using the index. Both of the images are horrible quality and you can barely read the names.
1870 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), Beaver, Beaver County, Utah Territory, Page 13 (11 stamped), Dwelling 107, Family 97, Matthew Ivory household, .jpeg image (Online: Intellectual Reserve, Inc., 2013) [Digital scan of original records in the National Archives, Washington, D.C.], subscription database, (http://www.familysearch.org), accessed December 2013.
Mathew and his children were recorded at Dwelling 107, Family 97. Below is an abstract of the family on the census:
- Matthew Ivory, , male, [occupation unreadable], $100 personal property, $150 real estate value, born in [Pennsylvania]
- George W. Ivory, 12, male, at home, born in Illinois
- Reuben Ivory, 10, male, at home, born in Illinois
- Linus B. Ivory, [age unreadable], male, at home, born in Utah
- Isaac E. Ivory, [age unreadable], male, born in Utah
- Martha Ivory, [age unreadable], female, born in Utah
- Mary A. Ivory, 6, female, born in Utah
- Frederick Ivory, 2, male, born in Utah