Questioning Your DNA

I have been working on our Stewart/Steward family line for eons… truly …and I cannot break through this brick wall that ends with John Steward and his wife Minerva. You can see my pedigree over there to the right.

Now I’m not a DNA pro by any means but I get the basics.  I have had my DNA (my mom’s and that of my children) floating around on Ancestry, 23andMe, and GEDMatch with positively ZERO hits on our Stewart line.  Three years plus and no hits anywhere, no DNA circles, not even the generic email from a possible relative with a match looking for info… just NOTHING.  So, recently, I decided to go through our DNA circles again to take a closer look.  I have 101 circles with NO Stewart matches and my mom has 25 circles with NO Stewart matches either.  (My circles are much larger because my dad’s KY line is huge.)  Puzzled… I began to dig deeper into our tree.

Stabbed While Going to Church

Every once in awhile you find that stories about your ancestors that just makes you go “WOW!” and this one about my great uncle Frederick Grim was just that.  It’s a whopper!

Frederick Grim was brother to my great-grandmother, Laura Grim Lemaster.  Laura was mentioned previously in a post about her father, Wallace Grim, writing a note to accompany her marriage record saying he was “giving up his girl.”  Laura married Louis Borders in 1902 and he died just a few short years later in 1907.

Giving Up His Girl

I never had the opportunity to meet my great-grandmother, Laura Grim.  In fact, my father never met his grandmother either; she died twenty-four years before he was even born, after suffering many years with tuberculosis.¹ There isn’t anyone alive in my family who knew her. There are no stories, no pictures… nothing of her at all. In documenting my father’s side, I seriously started with practically no information beyond my grandparent’s names and death dates so every discovery I find is new to all of us in the family.  

Lemaster & Cordle Family Resemblances

I have been quite unfortunate to have not found many genealogy references to the Lemaster or Cordle families from Lawrence and Boyd counties in Kentucky during the course of my research. They’ve been notoriously hard to document as many were born or died at home and no probate record of their births or deaths exists.  This is the case with my great-grandmother Tabitha Caudial (Cordle) and her husband Jacob Lemaster who I’ve written about before. Though I have their dates of death and an obituary for each, Kentucky has no death certificate on file for either.  The quickness in which they were buried suggests to me that they might not have been embalmed and hastily buried in the family plot, likely not even seeing a coroner or doctor for a death certificate to be officially filed. Such has been my luck with documenting my Lemasters and Cordles in that area, so when I do find something interesting, I’m happy to talk about them.

Tuesday Time Travel

The Cordle Kids - 1926

The Cordle Kids – 1926

I wanted to share this absolutely *adorable* picture of my paternal grandma Gladys “Earline” Cordle (sometimes spelled Caudill) with her brothers Charles & Homer from 1926.  Her face is so cute all scrunched up and pouty looking.

The whole Cordle/Caudill family was centralized primarily in Lawrence County, Kentucky and many married into the Salyers, Wheelers, Lemasters and Sergeants.  Many branches of this tree still reside there to this very day!