Ruth's Genealogy

“I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” -Abraham Lincoln

madness-monday-01A new meme is out there, folks, and today is Day 1! Suggested by Amy at Untangled Family Roots, it is a Monday Meme to post about our “mad ancestors or elusive ancestors who drive US mad!”

What fun! There are certainly a few “eccentrics” in my family tree, as well as those who really know how to hide!. So many, in fact, that I don’t know where to start…

One ancestor who has hid himself not only from me but from the United States Census Bureau, as well as those state and local folks who live to record facts about people (birth, marriage, death, land, probate, etc, etc) is my second great-grandfather Joseph Rogers.

The only document that I have found that is “first-person”, sort of, is the Social Security application form, the SS-5, for his son, my great-grandfather Charles Arthur Rogers. Theoretically, the information for the SS-5 was supplied by Charles himself, and here he stated his father’s name was Jospeh Rogers. Charles was born on 12 Apr 1970 in Montgomery County, Kentucky, so Joseph was living there in 1870… or not. What if he died before Charles was born and Charles’ mother moved to Montgomery County after Joseph died but before Charles was born…?

That’s it, that’s all I have on Joseph Rogers. The family story is that Joseph died when Charles was a child. Where, when, why…don’t know. I have even browsed the entire 1870 census for Montgomery County, Kentucky, page by page, and found not even a shadow of the Rogers family. No one. Nowhere. Nada.

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