I’ve enjoyed the Who Do You Think You Are program from day one, and so admittedly, this is a biased opinion from me. I’ve been trying to determine just what has changed this season, and I think I can say the show seems a bit more streamlined. Not so much of the “how to’s” as other years, but still very interesting to see where each person gets their documentation.
It was interesting to see the parallels between the lives of Sheen’s two multiple grandfathers with both of them fighting for rights and freedoms that they believed in, and the consequences they had to endure.
I found out an previously unknown bit of information on my own Yates family this week. My grandfather Will Yates’ youngest sister Cerilda Eller Yates had a husband who was murdered. One of Cerilda’s descendants shared that information with me.
I was confused about a death record for Cerilda that listed her correct birth date and location, but had her name as Betty Burnley. That first name is about as far away from her actual first name as you can get, and I found out from my cousin that she changed her name so that the people who murdered her husband Earl Deshay wouldn’t be able to find her! I’ll post more about his if I find new information.
One of the many benefits of having your family tree on Ancestry is that people can find your tree and see your photos to determine whether or not the photo they found might be someone from your family line. That is exactly what happened to me this week.
I received a message on Ancestry from a lady named Karen who had found a photo of who she thought was Burl and Maude Uttley, but Maude’s parents John and Elizabeth (Wright) Breedlove! I suspect that someone didn’t know the family value of the photo and so it ended up in an antique store in Paradise, California. Not so surprising though, since Maude Uttley died in Fortuna, Humboldt, California in December of 1966.
John Breedlove died in 1908 in Missouri, and his wife Elizabeth died three years later in 1911, same location. In looking at my family tree it looks like only Maude and her younger brother Russell Coke Breedlove moved to California. The rest of the siblings stayed in the Missouri-Arkansas area.
And so, the hunt for more Breedlove family documentation begins again!