Ginny is a professional genealogist in Seattle, WA and has been "doing" genealogy for over 30 years. This blog is a way to share what she's learned about family history research and to share some of her family information in the hopes of discovering some new cousins.
This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge from Randy Seavers of geneamusings is to write a short 100 word story using the phrase "...the most interesting ancestor I have ..." in 100 words and then share it.
Here's my offering:
Robert Henry Collins is my most interesting ancestor...and
my obsession! Born on 6 August 1849 in Benton County, MO to Henry W. Collins
and his second wife, Susannah Bartshe, Robert was an only child with 14
step-siblings and another 14 double-step-siblings (children of his mother’s
other two husbands). He married Rebecca Jane Campbell in 1872, with whom he had
5 children before she died in April 1882. Then he vanished. From newspapers I
know he traveled widely in the West, living in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and
Montana, occasionally returning to Missouri. He committed suicide in my
great-grandmother’s smokehouse in 1924, age 75.