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Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Which Ancestor Moved the Furthest?


Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings offers us the following challenge:

For this week’s mission (should you decide to accept it), I challenge you to:

1) The Family History Hound listed 20 Questions about your Ancestor, and I’m going to use some of them in the next few months.

2)  Please answer the first question – “Which ancestor moved the farthest from their home?”

3)  Write your own blog post, make a comment on this post, or post  your answer on Facebook or Google+.  Please leave a link to your answer in comments on this post.

This was very difficult for me.  For the most part, once my folks got to South Carolina and Georgia, they stayed put.  For most of my branches, there are over 300 years of family history in those two states.  The immigrant ancestors arrived in what would become the United States way back in the 1600s and the information that I have on most of them is slim and none.

But, I do have Catherine Montgomery, my 8th great-grandmother, wife of James Patrick Calhoun, family matriarch, and grandmother of VP John C. Calhoun, and victim of the Long Cane Massacre.

Born: County Donegal, Ireland

Died: Long Cane, South Carolina

County Donegal, Ireland to Augusta, Virginia USA ~ 3415 miles

Augusta VA to County Donegal, Ireland ~ 3415 miles

County Donegal, Ireland to Lancaster, Pennsylvania ~ 3213 miles

Lancaster, Pennsylvania to Long Cane, South Carolina ~ 660 miles

Approximately 10,703 miles from one side of her dash to the other.

Now, for David’s family…

Dennis McClendon, Sr. – 7th Great-grandfather

Born: Cromarty, Cromartyshire, Scotland

Died: Burgess, Perquimans County, North Carolina, USA

Cromarty, Scotland to Barbados ~ 4207 miles

Barbados to Elizabeth City, North Carolina~ 1905 miles

Elizabeth City, North Carolina to Burgess, North Carolina ~ 20 miles

For a total of 6132 miles.

Franz Blecha – David’s 2nd Great-grandfather

Born: Bohemia, Austria

Died: Elk City, Kansas

Bohemia, Austria to Seneca, Kansas ~ 5091 miles

Seneca, Kansas to Decatur County, Kansas ~ 247 miles

Decatur County, Kansas to Elk City, Kansas ~ 397 miles

Elk City, Kansas to Oak Valley, Kansas ~ 11 miles

Oak Valley, Kansas to Longton, Kansas ~ 6 miles

Longton, KS to Elk City, KS ~ 14 miles

Elk City, KS to Oak Valley, KS ~ 11 miles

Oak Valley, KS to Elk City, KS ~ 11 miles

Elk City, KS to Needville, Texas ~ 618 miles

Needville, Texas to Elk City, KS ~ 618 miles

Elk City, KS to Spearville, KS ~ 253 miles

Spearville, KS to Elk City, KS ~ 253 miles

For a total of 7530 miles.

Be sure to drop by and read Mr. Seaver’s post for this week.

Have a blessed evening, y’all!

4 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: Which Ancestor Moved the Furthest?

    1. Thank you, Ellen. I’ve been working on my own family history for nearly 40 years and on David’s for over 30. I still have a very long way to go. It is a fun adventure and very educational, in many ways. Not just in regards to our families’ histories, but the history of this country and world history, too.

      You ought to make a family tree and learn your family’s stories, too, if you haven’t already. Getting started is easy, well, if you have a family willing to share with you it is easy. You start with what you know and go from there. I would be more than willing to help if you need help with it.

      Have a blessed night. 🙂


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