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.