52 Ancestors 2015 #33 Almira, wife of Timothy Holt

Week 33 (August 13-19)

UPDATE:  So, I had my DNA test done through Ancestry and VOILA! I now know where Almira came from!

Almira A. Perkins was born June 1, 1808 in Sterling, Windham, Connecticut to Ransom Perkins(1768-1814) & Huldah Montgomery (1773-1846).  She had 8 brothers and 2 sisters and was the 9th child and third daughter born to Ransom and Huldah.

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The question for this week was about the 1880 Defective Census and I don’t have anyone in my direct line (or easily found) that is on this census. So I went back to look at week 32 and the list of my third great-grandparents. Particularly Timothy Holt (1801-1864) & Almira A. (?) (1808-1874).

Almira is listed as Almira A. Perkins in her marriage to Timothy Holt – 24 March 1836 in Connecticut Marriages. After years of digging, I am wondering if perhaps this was her second marriage.  At her death, she is listed as Almira P. Holt, Burial Place: Connecticut, Death Date: 29 Apr 1874, Age: 65, Birth Date: 1809, Marital Status: Married.

If it was her first marriage and she used P. to be Almira Perkins Holt – common for some women to take their maiden name as a middle name – then where is her birth records and her parents?  It could have been her first marriage – she was twenty-seven at the time. Or her second marriage, since many women married young – but there were no children brought in to the second marriage if that is what it was.

The closest I’ve found is Almira Perkins, born June 1, 1808 in Sterling, Connecticut, the daughter of Ransom Perkins and Huldah Montgomery – but the birth dates don’t match.

This is going to take more research. (Don’t they all?)

 

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One Response to 52 Ancestors 2015 #33 Almira, wife of Timothy Holt

  1. Celia Lewis says:

    These turn-of-the-century 1800’ish births are big challenges, aren’t they?! I find my self listing all the names of their children and grandchildren for clues, and poring over old maps to see the county boundaries, digging in any newspapers hoping for a mention… and if only there were always detailed wills!!
    These themes are always interesting and make me do more research and analyzing what I have found to date. Occasionally I can’t seem to match anyone up – I’m trying to keep to direct ancestors if possible, partly so my adult kids can follow up and down the lines eventually.
    Good hunting!

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