Barry's Relatively Speaking: Hunches Pay Off

Posted on Jul 12, 2012

Barry's Relatively Speaking shares the personal experiences and stories of genealogists found in the Everton Genealogical Helper Magazine collection on J. Cropsey shares the following experience.

While doing research on the Simpson family of Newport, Rhode Island, I discovered that a sister of my ancestor married a James Fellowes. Not wanting to leave a clue unturned, I checked into the Fellowes family.

Back in 1932 the New York Genealogical and Biographical Record had published a complete account of the Fellowes compiled by Rosalie Fellows Bailey. Naturally I wasted no time in obtaining the necessary copies.

While reading about the various descendants of this Waite Tripp Simpson Fellowes, I came to two sisters who both married men by the last name of Thompson. Suddenly I realized that a Mr. Thompson living right here in my own home town (and with a completely different first name) would have to be a descendant, and that his middle name would be Fellowes. I called him up, and my hunch was absolutely correct. We have checked the family and have discovered that we are third cousins.

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