Genealogy Brick Walls: 4th Great Grandparents
We all have a brick wall, that one ancestor who defies all research. In reality, most genealogy enthusiasts have multiple brick walls and all we can do is break them down one at a time. A few years ago I decided I would work at my brick walls by generation. I broke through the last of my 3rd great grandparent brick walls about a year ago, read about it here: Sarah Smith. Now I am working on 4th great grandparents. 
In the hopes someone out there may some day search for one of my missing ancestors and find this post, I am going to list all my current 4th great grandparent brick walls. The information in the table below are possible vitals. These are the clues I am working from in hopes of putting a name to an ancestor. If you have any information regarding one of these families, please contact me and let’s compare notes.
4th Great Grandparent Brick Walls
|Name||Birth Yr/Loc||Marriage Yr/Loc||Death Yr/Loc||Spouse||Child|
|Unknown woman, LNP Walston||ca. 1746 MD||1770 Somerset, MD||Aft 1790 Somerset, MD||Joseph Landon 1746-||George Walston Landon 1790-1863|
|Unknown woman, LNP Angle||ca. 1790||ca. 1810 Bourbon, KY||Aft. 1810 Bracken, KY||Robert Hill 1784-1833||Eve Hill 1810-1887|
|Mr. Russell, FNP William||ca. 1790 PA?||ca. 1809 Lancster, PA||Aft 1819 Lancaster, PA||Unknown woman||William Russell 1809-1870|
|Unknown woman||ca. 1790 PA?||ca. 1809 Lancster, PA||Aft 1809 Lancaster, PA||Mr. FNU Russell||William Russell 1809-1870|
|Unknown woman||ca. 1775 PA?||ca. 1797 Hamilton, OH||Aft. 1805 Butler, OH||Thomas Gillespie 1766-1810||Isabella Gillespie Warbinton 1797-1833|
|Mr. Koontz, FNP Henry||ca. 1775 NC?||ca. 1800 NC?||Aft 1810 Rowan, NC?||Unknown woman||George Koontz 1806-1852|
|Unknown woman, FNP Mary||ca. 1775 NC?||ca. 1800 NC?||Aft 1806 NC?||Mr. FNU Koontz||George Koontz 1806-1852|
|Mr. McBride, FNP David or John||ca. 1775 PA?||ca. 1800 PA||Aft. 1803 PA/OH||Unknown woman||Elizabeth McBride 1803-1893|
|Unknown woman||ca. 1775 PA?||ca. 1800 PA||Aft. 1803 PA/OH||Mr. FNU McBride||Elizabeth McBride 1803-1893|
|Mr. Gilbert, FNP George||ca. 1775 PA?||ca. 1800 PA||Aft. 1812 PA/Stark, OH||Unknown woman||Samuel Gilbert 1812-1895|
|Unknown woman||ca. 1775 PA?||ca. 1800 PA||Aft. 1812 PA||Mr. FNU Gilbert||Samuel Gilbert 1812-1895|
|Mr. Smith, FNP Samuel||ca. 1790 PA?||ca. 1815 PA.OH||Aft. 1820 PA/Crawford, OH||Unknown woman||Sarah Smith 1820-1846|
|Unknown woman, FNP Sarah||ca. 1790 PA?||ca. 1815 PA/OH||Aft. 1820 PA/Stark, OH||Mr. FNU Smith||Sarah Smith 1820-1846|
Brick Wall Notes:
LNP – Last Name Possibly
FNP – First Name Possibly
FNU – First Name Unknown
Most of the table entries are informed speculation, other than the children’s names and the three named spouses.
- ‘Osborn‘ family tree, Ancestry.com; https://www.ancestry.com/family-tree/tree/13493206/family
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