09 August 2009

Rebel or Yankee? Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Makes Me Wonder.

I've always considered myself a Southern gal. And I am, being born in the great state of Georgia and all. Thanks to Randy's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, however, my rebel roots are in question. Just how deep do they run?

Here was the assignment:

1) List your 16 great-great-grandparents in pedigree chart order. List their birth and death years and places.

2) Figure out the dominant ethnicity or nationality of each of them.

3) Calculate your ancestral ethnicity or nationality by adding them up for the 16 - 6.25% for each (obviously, this is approximate).

4) If you don't know all 16 of your great-great-grandparents, then do it for the last full generation you have.

5) Write your own blog post, or make a comment on Facebook or in this post.

I didn't follow Randy's directions exactly, but follow me for a moment.

Here's my list:

- Francis Marion Lincecum, b. 8 Jan 1857 Cape Girardeau County, Missouri
- Annie Victoria Gibbs, b. 15 Jul 1871 Missouri
- John William Hector, b. 30 Dec 1870 Missouri
- Louella Summerlin, b. Missouri
- George Moore Campbell, b. 11 Jul 1883 Camack, Massac County, Illinois
- Hattie Ann Lancaster, b. 2 Nov 1883 Morley, Missouri
- Columbus Marion Robbins, b. 6 Apr 1875 Missouri
- Alice Mae Huffman, b. 1879-1880 Missouri
- William Benjamin Logue, b. 1852 Hancock County, Georgia
- Sara Evelyn Brown, b. 1848-1852 Georgia
- Michael C. Peavy, b. 13 Jan 1835 Perry, Houston County, Georgia
- Sara Ann Rebecca Turner, b. unknown
- Abraham L. Prine, b. 4 Feb 1862 Tennessee
- Sarah Elizabeth Deckard, b. 8 May 1868 Douglas County, Missouri
- James Riley Watts, b. 1860-1861 Missouri
- Amanda Stubbs, b. 1857-1868 Missouri

According to my math, here are the results:

62.5% Missouri
18.75% Georgia
6.25% Illinois
6.25% Tennessee
6.25% unknown

Some would say this would conclude I am a deep rooted rebel. However, we cannot assume this! Georgia and Tennessee are easy southern states, and Illinois is an easy northern state. We all know about Missouri, the Mason-Dixon line, and the compromise. But it's so much more complicated than that. The "show-me" state might have been considered southern, but it is rumored to have large pockets of northern sympathizers. My great-great grandparents had nothing to do with the Civil War (except for one). This has nothing to do with slavery. This is identity. How did my ancestors think of themselves? Did they consider themselves to be from the South, or from the (gasp!) North?

All of this brings to mind an unfortunate memory. Just so you know, I don't like tea. Sweet or unsweet, I don't like it. Anyway, when I was little, Grandpa Logue would always act shocked and dismayed whenever I said I didn't like tea. The conversation would go like this:

"Stephanie! You don't like tea?!"

"No sir, I don't like tea."

"Well, you ain't from the South if you don't like tea."

Did Grandpa know something I didn't? Lord, please don't let anybody down in Dixie find out about this...

Thank-you, Randy, for a fun assignment!


Greta Koehl said...

An interesting take on this edition of SNGF. My Illinois ancestors ended up in Texas and their son fought for the Confederate side, but there are whiffs of Emancipating Baptists/Union sympathizers among my South Carolina relatives, so sympathies are not strictly dictated by geography.

S. Lincecum said...

Oh, you are so right, Greta! The post was a little in jest, but I really do wonder what the thoughts of my Missouri ancestors were. They might have been too busy making their way in the world to even think about politics.

Craig Manson said...

A great post, Stephanie! You're a native of Georgia with roots in Missouri; I'm a native of Missouri with roots in Georgia...

S. Lincecum said...

Thanks, Craig! As you know, some of the Lincecums traveled down to Georgia, over to Louisiana, then all the way to Texas...

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