Here is your assignment if you choose to play along (cue the Mission Impossible music):
1) Using your ancestral lines, how far back in time can you go with two degrees of separation? That means “you knew an ancestor, who knew another ancestor.” When was that second ancestor born?
2) Tell us about it in a blog post of your own, in a comment to this blog post, in a status line on Facebook or a stream post on Google Plus.
I need to think about this for a bit…okay…
On my Ford line, I knew both my paternal grandfather and grandmother. I had to go by death dates to see which ancestors were alive when they were born as I’m not 100% sure on whom they actually knew. My paternal grandfather, Harold Chester Ford (b: 1917), most likely knew his mother’s parents, Jonathan (b: 1850) and Susannah Criss (b: 1854) as they died when he was 6-7 years old. My paternal grandmother, Gladys Maxwell (b: 1927), might’ve known her father’s mother, Martha Maxwell (b: 1859, d: 1935) and her mother’s father, Hiram Washington Cole (b: 1870, d: 1935). That would make Jonathan Criss (b: 1850) the earliest born ancestor that one of my paternal ancestors knew, that paternal ancestor being known by me.
On my Ballard line, I knew both my maternal grandfather and grandmother. I know that my maternal grandfather knew his paternal grandmother well, Hannah Katherine Hanby (b: 1856). The others’ grandparents were deceased by the time they were born.
As far as I’m aware, none of my grandparents knew any of their great-grandparents.
With two degrees of separation, I can go back as far as 1850, 121 years before I was born. This was an interesting task and pushed me to do some more research that hasn’t been on my radar of late.
BONUS: I happened upon a picture of my 3rd-great-grandfather! John T. Pendergrass: