This is my very first blog post and I'm a bit nervous about it. I've never had a blog before, nor had I any reason to create one. I saw this challenge on my Facebook page, from nostorytosmall.com, and since I'm having so much fun figuring out my ancestors I wanted to share it with others and hopefully I can get some help along the way or meet some family members.
The first ancestor I am going to highlight is the one that is giving me the most trouble. This would be my great-grandfather (gg for short) on my mother's side. The reason why I have so much trouble is that the rumor in the family is that the father of my gg, might actually be his grandfather making my gg illegitimate.
Samuel Robert Oates was born in 1903 in Penzance, Cornwall, England. He migrated to the Massachusetts in 1913 with who my family believes is his grandfather and grandmother. The records of his travel state that he traveled with his father, mother and possibly either a sister or a servant. The part that makes me believe that the rumors are true is that before 1903, his "father", James Oates, was living in Massachusetts, right up until at least 1900 with his wife Honor Chellew. Watching a previous episode of "Who do you think you are" it was mentioned that it was not uncommon for foreigners to travel back home for a few years at a time to fight in wars or take care of families, so I'm not sure if this happened and during that time James and Honor had a child?
I will put more effort into this, including signing up for Ancestry.com international to see if I can get birth records or perhaps more information as to why James and Honor would go back to England. But that will have to wait until March when I'm done with my last semester at school and can devote more time to it.