As intriguing as the possibility was, I’m now convinced that the recently discovered grave in McDuffie County, Georgia is not that of my 5x-great-grandmother.
The great thing about having your own family history blog and website is that researchers can find you through Google. For example, if you Google “phebe brown georgia”, my website shows up on the first page of search results. This can have wonderful consequences.
I stumbled across some new information about Benjamin Black’s father, Samuel Black. Samuel was my 4x-great-grandfather. Up until now, the only documentation I had on him (besides family lore) was a record of his marriage to Elinor Howard in 1812.
That was the subject line of an email I got this morning from FamilySearch, the website and genealogy organization operated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (otherwise known as LDS or Mormons).
Andrew Hallner was a significant person in the lives of my ancestors, in the history of Sunders County and the State of Nebraska, and in the formation of the Evangelical Covenant Church. He has a fascinating life story as well.