|Hannah Daughter of James D |
and Francis may be key
The question I am trying to answer is who are James D. Owens parents? He was born between 1775 and 1780 in Pennsylvania. Are they John and Hannah Owens of 10 Mile Creek PA?
There were two James Owens in Bracken County, KY who were about the same age, and either could be the son of John and Hannah.
The 5 C's for success in genealogy webinar also emphasized the importance of extracting every clue you have. It's important to gather everything you've collected and analyse it, and put it to work to solve your problem. You really have to milk it for every clue. I have collected most of the traditional source documents. James D Owens died intestate and his wife was appointed administrator. I wasn't able glean James relationship to the other Owens families in the area using these documents. I also have tax lists for Bracken County which do not state relationships to the other Owens families either.
As Barbara Renick stated proximity of other families can point to a relationship. She pointed out that finding someone listed next to your family on the Census meant they most likely lived near to you ancestors. I found that James Owens was listed 3 pages from the nearest Owens family which was that of George Owens. So they weren't next door but likely not too far away. With a common name like Owens it's hard to make these differentiations.
|Locust Creek where red pin is|
|James D. Owens Bracken County, KY 1810|
|James D. Owens Bracken County, KY 1820|
|Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1830|
|Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1840|
|Francis Owens Bracken County, KY 1860|
|Hannah Hicks Daughter of James D. and Francis 1880 Census|