Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Tracking Down a HOCKETT Adoption in Wisconsin

The family tree of the HOCKETT/STEINBACH/FRAZIER family of Wisconsin

2017 has brought many new genetic genealogy surprises!  Lots of people received testing kits from the three testing companies for Christmas, and now many are receiving their results and some are uploading  to, which helps immensely in the search for genealogical evidence & answers via DNA.

This past week, a match showed up on 23andMe in my DNA Relatives list at 3rd-4th cousin level, sharing 1.02% DNA over 4 segments; in my brother's list, the person was matching him at 2-3rd cousin level, 2.32% over 7 segments!

The first thing I did was compare my newly found 3rd cousin, whom I'll call MG, with all the members of my close paternal family who have tested with 23andMe. MG was a match for each & every one of them, on mostly the same chromosomal locations!  So she appeared to be related to my paternal HUBER family.   I checked this theory by comparing her with my known maternal relatives on 23andMe. She did not match any of them.

The next thing I did was to compare her against known relatives of my paternal great grandparents.  I am fortunate in that I now have many solid matches from the HUBER, FRAZIER, BRUTON & WHITECOTTON families in my father's lineage.

Very quickly, I eliminated HUBER, BRUTON & WHITECOTTON as possibilities. That left FRAZIER.  I have about 75  verified  matches to the Quaker FRAZIER family of my great grandmother, CRAMELIA FRAZIER HUBER. When I compared MG to my known FRAZIER relatives, she was a solid match to all of them on 23andMe!!

I contacted MG immediately, to ask if she had an online family tree that I might look at, and she informed me that she had been adopted in Wisconsin, and because the adoption papers were sealed, knew little about her birth parents.  The story she had been told was that her father  was married, but had carried on a long-term relationship with another woman in a different town, and had with her five children who were all placed for adoption in the late 1950s to early 1960s. Her birth mother's married name at the time was Beverly (Harrison) DeVoy; in 1991 she married Fred Hall. Beverly's mother was Shirley (Shaefer) Harrison, and her father was Raymond Harrison.

MG was born in Watertown, Wisconsin, and adopted in either Fort Atkinson or Madison, Wisconsin. Since most of the FRAZIER family lived in Iowa & Indiana, with some migrating to California, at first I wasn't sure which branch MG might be related to.

Going back to my 23andMe DNA Relatives list, I combed through, to see if I might find any more clues within the FRAZIER family.  I did.

One of my DNA Relatives on 23andMe was listed as MG's aunt!  

While I had never been in contact with MG's aunt on 23andMe, I was certainly aware of how she was related to the FRAZIER family, through a branch of the HOCKETT family: LINDEN FLOYD HOCKETT who married MABEL GRACE FRAZIER. MABEL was the daughter of JASPER NEWTON FRAZIER--the brother of my great grandmother CRAMELIA FRAZIER HUBER.

Fortunately, there is a large database for the all Quaker FRAZIER descendants on Rootsweb, which I have used many times before to help verify my FRAZIER DNA matches, so I went there to see if this HOCKETT/FRAZIER family had ever lived in Wisconsin.  They had.  According to census, they lived in Waukesha, Wisconsin from about 1930 onward.

Waukesha, Wisconsin is about 42 miles east of both Watertown and  Fort Atkinson--about a 45 minute drive.

The oldest son of LINDEN FLOYD HOCKETT & MABEL GRACE FRAZIER was NEIL JOSEPH HOCKETT Sr (died 1962) who married HELEN STEINBACH (died 1985).  MG's aunt was one of their daughters, so it would stand to reason that one of her brothers was MG's father.  The youngest son DENNIS HOCKETT was born 1945, so could not have been MG's father. But the two oldest sons, now deceased, were of the correct age to be her father:

NEIL JOSEPH "JACK" HOCKETT Jr born Feb 16, 1930 Waukesha, Wisconsin, died April 26, 2000 Merrill, Lincoln Co Wisconsin.

WILLIAM HOWARD HOCKETT born Jan 17, 1938 Waukesha, Wisconsin, died Sept 12, 2013 Lake Wales, Polk Co Florida.

Please! If anyone has any further information that could help MG find out which of these two men is her biological father, contact me via this blog. 

Have a great day!


© Betty Tartas  2017

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Betty's Genealogical Face Palm Awards for 2016

Simon Fraser, 11th Lord Lovat 1677-1747  who was NOT the father of THOMAS (aka GEORGE THOMAS) FRAZIER b 1725, Quaker, of North Carolina

The last couple of weeks I have been enjoying's new app, "We're Related", which attempts to match ancestors in your family tree with those of celebrities, politicians, historical figures, etc--mostly incorrectly--to see if you are related.  The fun is in finding out for sure,  yeah or nay.  The family tree information in the app comes from user submitted trees on, so you can imagine the level of inaccuracy!

This has got me thinking again about how very important it is to thoroughly document & source your family tree, and not simply copy what you find in someone else's online family tree.

In my research over the past year I have found some really wild bloopers in online trees.  I'd thought I'd share a few here.

So without further ado, here are my "Genealogical Face Palm Awards" for 2016:

--THOMAS FRAZIER b 1725 (aka GEORGE THOMAS FRAZIER in many online trees, another error that also has been passed on exponentially, but ah, I digress....).  THOMAS FRAZIER b 1725 North Carolina, the Quaker, who  lived his entire life in North Carolina, who married MARY PUGH, and whose children, grandchildren & great grandchildren for the most part were Quakers, down to this very day, was in no way the son of SIMON FRASER, 11th LORD LOVAT  b 1667  & LADY KATHERINE MARGARET McKENZIE--whoever that was, if in fact she even existed!

SIMON FRASER 11th LORD LOVAT  was actually married three times; first a forced marriage to AMELIA MURRAY;  second in 1717 to MARGARET GRANT with whom he had five children: GEORGINA, JANET, SYBIL, SIMON & ALEXANDER; and after MARGARET's death in 1729 to PRIMROSE CAMPBELL, by whom he had one son, ARCHIBALD.

SIMON FRASER  11th LORD LOVAT, chief of clan Fraser, was convicted of treason after the battle of Culloden, and was beheaded at the Tower of London April 9, 1747.  He was a prominent historical figure, and is easily researched. He was absolutely not the father of THOMAS FRAZIER b 1725 (aka GEORGE THOMAS FRAZIER). 

--NANCY MORGAN WHITECOTTON (?) born 1780 who married WILLIAM MANNING in Whitley Co Kentucky. She was not the daughter of ISAAC NEWTON WHITECOTTON b 1775 & ELIZABETH STUMP, who were  both born in Hampshire/Hardy Co Virginia (now W VA), and both died in Jackson Co Alabama.

NANCY was practically the same age as ISAAC NEWTON WHITECOTTON, so it would be biologically impossible for her to be ISAAC's daughter.  ISAAC & ELIZABETH did have a daughter named NANCY born circa 1800, but she married HIRAM ROSS and lived in Jackson Co & Marshall Co Alabama, according to census records 1830-1860.

In the 1850 Jackson Co Alabama census,  ELIZABETH (STUMP) WHITECOTTON age 77 was living in her daughter NANCY & HIRAM ROSS'  household.

WILLIAM MANNING, a blacksmith & wife NANCY age 75 & 70 respectively, were actually living in Whitley Co Kentucky at the time of the 1850 census. Sons WILLIAM MANNING Jr age 18 & JACOB MANNING age 16 were in the household.

NANCY MORGAN WHITECOTTON was also not the daughter of JAMES WHITECOTTON (Rev War) born March 14, 1750 Stafford Co VA, (lived Hampshire/Hardy Co VA; Washington, Mercer & Marion Co KY ) and his 2nd wife RUTH NEWTON HUDSPETH. They also had a daughter NANCY, but she was born circa 1800 and married HENRY BROWN, according to Washington Co Kentucky marriage records.

--IGNATIOUS BUTLER born Oct 2, 1755, of Monongalia Co Virginia was absolutely NOT the son of Rev BENJAMIN BUTLER, Harvard graduate & DORCAS ABBOTT, of Rockingham Co New Hampshire.  I wrote about this hugely glaring error in a previous blogpost.

--ANN DAWSON was not the wife of ISAAC THOMAS THOMPSON b circa 1754 of Rowan/Burke Co North Carolina.   There was a couple with these names, but the marriage record, available on, indicates this couple was married June 11, 1782,  in Skelton in Cleveland, York Co England.

ANN DAWSON absolutely could not be the correct spouse for ISAAC T THOMPSON of Burke Co NC for two reasons. One:  By his own admission in his Rev War Pension application, he had always resided in the same area of Rowan/Burke Co NC, all his life.  Two:  According to his Rev War pension record, he fought in the Revolutionary War, and in fact was still enlisted in 1782. The Revolutionary War did not end until 1783.  There is no way that a patriot fighting for liberty from England would drop everything, sail over to England to marry in 1782, and then return to fight some more!!

If you examine the 1800, 1810 and 1820 Burke Co NC census records, it becomes apparent that ISAAC T THOMPSON was married at least 3 times.  The names of his wives have never been determined. However, I now have numerous DNA matches to descendants of many of the families who lived in Rowan/Burke Co NC from the time that it was first settled:  HENNESSEE, NEILL, SHERRILL, BALLEW, CONNELLY.  This should come as no surprise, since this particular THOMPSON family lived in Rowan/Burke Co NC from about 1750 onward to the present.

And while we're at it: ISAAC THOMAS THOMPSON b circa 1754 Virginia  was NOT the son of JOHN THOMPSON born Nov 10, 1711 South Berwick, York Co Maine & MARY SUNLEY born March 28, 1703 Yorkshire, England.  ABSOLUTELY. NOT.  ISAAC by his own admission was born "near the Dan River" which was in Halifax/Pittsylvania Co Virginia, and moved to Rowan county North Carolina at a very young age.  He never lived in either England or Maine.

All the best for the New Year!


© Betty Tartas  2016