The other day, my stake president asked me to make sure I worked with youth with my Temple and Family History Consultant calling.
It took me a few days, but then I remembered I have a youth living right here under my roof!
I know, right?
I asked Mark which line of the family he wanted to work on. He said Davis.
So we moved past the Linn Adams and Lester Van Horns (there are two of each, alternating--Adam broke the pattern by not being a Lester Van Horn.
We got to Mary Hitchcock (who was the first Lester Van Horn's mother) and then looked at her family. What a mess!
Mary is one of 15 children, her parents listed are Heber and Elizabeth. The oldest and 13th children are both named Lois and then Heber has a second wife (after Elizabeth died) named Lois. They have no children but eight of Heber's children were born after Elizabeth died.
There were obvious mistakes (the wife Lois and one daughter Lois had the same ID number for starters).
Mark and I decided to make a "forensics wall" to try to keep it all straight.
It's possible we've watched a lot of British murder mysteries.
We have pretty much concluded there was an Elizabeth but the one that died in 1806 was not married to Heber. She was married to Jacob. Elizabeth is buried at Copp's Hill Burying Ground in Boston. We've been there!
(but she's not related to us)
The 1800s are no match for Mark and me!
(or the other way around)
Wish us luck.