Saturday Night Genealogy Fun Ahnenfatel Roulette

Howdy folks! I’m back after a week of putting up with the aftermath of Irene. This city girl turned country mouse learned the hard way that when there’s no power, the well pumps don’t work. For the first time in my life I considered building an outhouse in my backyard. I finally bailed out to my parents’ in the next state, so I’m still a bit disconnected, but this SNGF looked like so much fun it is worth attempting to complete it from my iPad. Here’s Randy’s challenge, and my responses:

Hey there, genea-lovers, it’s Saturday Night – time for more Genealogy Fun!!
Your mission, if you decide to accept it, is to (cue the Mission Impossible music, please!):

1) How old is your great-grandfather now, or how old would he be if he had lived? Divide this num ber by 4 and round the num ber off to a whole num ber. This is your “roulette number.”

My grand-daddy Rudolph Kolb was born in 1885 and would be 126 years old were he alive today. Dividing that number by four, I end up with 31.5 which rounds to 32.

2) Use your pedi gree charts or your fam i ly tree geneal o gy soft ware pro gram to find the per son with that num ber in your ahnentafel (ances tor name list). Who is that per son?

Number 32 in my pedigree is the father of Walter Cottrell. All I know about Walter’s father is from Walter’s death certificate, which shows father “unknown.” At this point I skipped to Randy’s number five:

5) If you do not have a per son’s name for your “roulette num ber” then spin the wheel again – pick a grand par ent, a par ent, a favorite aunt or cousin, or even your chil dren!

I picked my Aunt Sue, who died way too young. I miss her terribly. She would have been 68 were she still alive. Dividing 68 by 4 yields 17. Now there’s a number I can handle. Number 17 on my pedigree is Ada Dixon.

3) Tell us three facts about that per son with the “roulette number.”

Ada Dixon was born 2 Feb 1874 in Granville County, North Carolina, United States, daughter of John L Dixon (1848-1928) and Nann Daniel Dixon (1856-1925). Ada died 20 Jan 1943 at the age of 68 in Oxford, Granville County, North Carolina, United States.

Ada married Walter Cottrell (1873-1923) on 27 Jan 1895 in Williamsboro, Vance County, North Carolina, United States.

Ada and Walter had at least three children: Alfred (1898-1990), Lola (1900-1996), and Clarence (1903-1982).

In the 1880 U.S. Census, Ada (age 6) was living with her parents John and Nann Dixon, and her sisters Suella (age 3) and Mary E. (age 1) in Townsville, North Carolina. Her future husband Walter (age 8 ) was enumerated two households prior to Ada’s. Walter was listed as “nephew” in the household of David T Cottrell.

In 1930 Ada was widowed and living with Clarence Cottrell, his wife Kate, and their children Garland and John, in Oak Hill, North Carolina.

Death Certificate, NC State Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics. Microfilm S 123, Rolls 19-242, 280, 313-682, 1040-1297. The Generations Network, 2007. 3 September 2011.

The Generations Network Inc. 2005, 1880 U.S Census Index provided by The Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 3 September 2011.

The Generations Network Inc. 2002. United States of America Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930, Washington, DC: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930, T626. 3 September 2011.

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