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Subject: Re: [S-I] Two brickwalls gone, Thompson-Mc Cullock, 1747-1845
Date: Tue, 14 Dec 2010 00:55:30 +0000 (UTC)
Hi Don, congrats! That's wonderful.
The church still seems to exist. See history of Orange Co, NY here:
I know that the library in Carlsbad had a lot of history on this county including church histories.
Some of these may now be in Ancestry.
Mc Culloc* is a very common surname in Ulster and there's a lot of spelling variants. Some of the folk living in Orange Co, NY were refugees from Massachusetts, so don't assume she came from Ulster. Maybe Worcester, instead.
What I learned with my Kellys is to not get distracted by how many there are. You make yourself a spreadsheet and vacuum up everything you can find on the locals with the name (very local: the bus didn't come too often in those days) and associated surnames. And restudy everything you got a few times. It's a 'truism' in genealogical research and something that everyone giving a lecture or writing a book or article on how to overcome brick walls will cover, but often the info you seek you already got. We found this true with the Kellys. We had a will -- my mother had obtained it 50 years ago. However never realized that the witness was the son of another ancestor: the Rev. John Black. His brother married into another branch of the family, not this one. But it tied the Kellys into the greater covenanter community since this was where his son Andrew was a minister, AND gave us a specific place to search for more connections. That revealed that a Kelly family had been associated with Covenantors. However my ancestors aren't mentioned in any of the wills of the main line Kellys -- so another brick wall. Maybe my ancestor was a cousin or another kind of relative -- so not named in wills. Usually when I got back through my 'stuff' I find clues I missed the last time through.