Sunday, January 4, 2015

Looking back over files collected

While cleaning up the basement yesterday, I found a stack of files collected over the years from various libraries. Amid this mess of manila folders, I ran across a file that I had been missing on the Hampton and Booher families. The file contained a letter from the Crawfordsville District Public Library dated 6 January 2006. Perhaps the file was set aside as we were packing to move to California in February 2006, but I'm not sure why this was overlooked for so long. The Library had sent me a copy of the probate file for Jacob Booher, my 6th-great-grandfather, as well as several pages from A History and Genealogy of the Booher Family, 1747-1964 by Betty McCay. The McCay book is now available in full from the FamilySearch Digital Library, and provides key information on the composition of the huge Booher family. Both sources will be featured prominently as I dive into the history of these families.

Source: Findagrave, Jacob Booher's headstone
I am not alone as a descendant of Jacob Booher, my 6th-great-grandfather. There is an active Bucher Y-DNA project and a number of published family histories on the Bucher/Booher family are available via the Library of Congress and Crawfordsville District Public Library, as well as online (see John Booher-Barbara Barnett Genealogy from MadeofCotton.com). Jacob's Findagrave entry states that he is buried in Deck Cemetery in Darlington, Montgomery County, Indiana. A large number of the Booher and Hampton family are also buried here. 

I'll be posting transcriptions from Jacob's probate file before I head off to LA this week. The file is 31 pages of small handwriting and contains the disposition of Jacob's estate between 1845-1849. There is a lot of detail here. I need to go through this and clean up my tree before the package of land records arrives from Sullivan County, Tennessee next week.

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