Monday, January 6, 2014

52 Ancestors in 52 weeks: #1 William Liming

Genealogist Amy Crow at No Story Too Small has set up a challenge to blog about one ancestor a week for 52 weeks. I think this is a great idea! I realized a few weeks ago that I tend to write about certain branches the most. I'd like to take a look at more of my ancestors, even if it's just a brief write-up. Participating in this challenge will be a way for me to get to know some of them. It will also help me to get back to writing about some of the challenges that I'm having in my research. In this post, I revisit one of those challenges.

William Liming 

Born about 1795 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, my maternal 2nd great grandfather William Liming was a sea captain. (I find this fascinating!) I wrote about him in my post U.S. Seamen's Protection Certificates  when I found one for a William Liming. I'm not sure if I have the correct person, but the city of birth and age fit "my" William.

William was married to Anna (Annie) Morris. (Anna is a research challenge, too. See The Search for Annie's Parents) I have yet to figure out who William's parents and siblings were. I've recently been looking again at the names of his children for clues. I found some naming pattern lists on Rootsweb to use as a guideline. I'm sure families didn't strictly follow the patterns, as you'll see in my spreadsheet below (click on the image for a larger view). These are my tentative assumptions:

The names of William and Anna's children in a naming pattern chart.

At least looking at naming patterns gives me something more to go on!

William died in Mt. Holly, Burlington County, New Jersey, so I've started researching online New Jersey records. There are several William Limings in Monmouth County, New Jersey, which is to the northeast of Burlington. As with other branches in my family, people with the same name sure makes things confusing!



  1. Very interesting post. Good luck with your research. Great way to start off your first entry to the 52 Ancestors challenge.

  2. Thank you, Bernita! What a great way to get us writing about our ancestors :)

  3. I agree and I love reading the different stories.

  4. I love your naming chart. That is a great idea!

  5. Thanks, Sally! It sure helps to see some possible clues.

  6. Catherine, we are most certainly distant cousins!! I just not exactly sure how yet. I descend from the NJ Liming family from Daniel Liming who went to TN in 1780 and was one of the founders of the state of TN. Daniel was the Grandson of the Immigrant John Lyming/Liming b1647-d1697 and was married to Prudence Wainright. The immigrant John I had three sons; John Liming II, William Liming, and Thomas Liming. Thomas did not have any children that survived to adulthood. So all the hundreds of descendants, come from John II and William. I run the Lemon DNA project at FTDNA and we have several men who have taken the y-DNA who are descendants of John II and William. So we good data on the family Y-DNA pattern. We also have many members who have taken the Autosomal DNA test at FTDNA and also people who took the test at 23&me and Ancestry who transferred their results. I have taken the A-DNA, have you?? Lets connect! I have a master Liming tree where I am trying to link all living descendants to it. It is at ancestry, and called "John Lyming b1647" if you are on ancestry give me your user name and I will add you.

  7. Kari,

    I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I am to hear from a Liming cousin! This line has really stumped me. Thank you so much for contacting me and thank you for the information about our ancestors. My mom, my siblings, and I are on 23andme, and my mom and I are on FTDNA (I uploaded our 23andme results). Here's my user name: clpendle and the tree is Pendleton Family Tree. I'm excited to learn about your efforts!

  8. Please add your FTDNA results to the Lemon surname project here click the join button. Please add all your results to!! and then give me the ID#'s My gedmatch ID# is F256056.

    Ohhh I just recently looked at your tree I think, I recognize the username. As part of my efforts to add all living descendants to the tree I go person by person down a lineage and look at all the member connects for each person and then look at the home person for each member connect tree to see if they are a direct descendant. If they are I add them to my excel file which logs the username, URL of the connecting Liming/Leming/ Lemons person, and which branch John II or William. I have done extensive research on William Liming's branch since that is mine. So I am thinking you are from John II's branch. I seem to remember your sea captain in my reading so I will have to track it down. There was a book written in 1946, another in 2008, and then mine in 2014 about this family. Mine starts with Daniel's grandson because though I knew we were related to the NJ Liming family with DNA testing of my uncle and Daniel, I did not have proof of who the missing father was to my oldest known ancestor. I found him about 2 weeks before I was supposed to go to print. I delayed printing for 3 months while I got all the verification and rewrote 2 chapters to include this finding. My book will not be useful to you much but the 2008 one will and it is free. I can send it to you as a pdf do you have google+ I am kari.lemons there

  9. I'll join the project and upload my results.

    I wasn't able to figure out which Kari Lemons you are on G+. I tried searching for "kari.lemons" but all the folks named Kari Lemons showed up in the results. I'm Catherine Pendleton in Valdosta, GA, on G+. See if this link will work

    We're all on gedmatch:

    My mom M140335
    me M182825
    my brother M192231
    my brother M750547
    my sister M200715
    my sister M073330

    Congrats on your book! Thanks for the info on the other books. I'll look them up.

  10. I connected with your google+ already so look for me there. I am in Mountain View CA