Here's Randy's challenge for today:
1) What was your mother's father's name?
2) What is your mother's father's patrilineal line? That is, his father's father's father's ... back to the most distant male ancestor in that line?
3) Can you identify male sibling(s) of your mother's father, and any living male descendants from those male sibling(s)? If so, you have a candidate to do a Y-DNA test on that patrilineal line. If not, you may have to find male siblings, and their descendants, of the next generation back, or even further.
4) Tell us about it in your own blog post, or in a comment on this post, or in a Facebook or Google Plus post.
Part of me wants to cut to the chase (#3) but I'll do the whole thing.
1) Emery Julius Ogden
2) This line goes back a long way:
6. Emery Julius OGDEN (b. 9 Sept 1896 in Elk Point, Union Co., SD, USA, m. 19 Mar 1929 in Gordon, Sheridan Co., NE, USA, d. 8 Apr 1984 in Martin, Bennett Co., SD, USA)
12. William Fredrick OGDEN (b. 10 Oct 1871 in Simcoe, Norfolk Co., Ontario, Canada, m. 25 Jan. 1895 in Elk Point, Union Co., SD, USA, d. 19 May 1951 in Platteville, Grant Co., WI, USA)
24. James Robert OGDEN (b. 9 Feb 1836 in New Brunswick, Canada, m. 12 Nov 1861 in Grey Co., Ontario, Canada, d. 6 Aug 1910 in Rapid City, Pennington Co., SD, USA)
48. Robert OGDEN (b. abt 1807 in New Brunswick, Canada, m. 13 Jan 1825 in Kings Co., New Brunswick, Canada, d. 26 Jan 1892 in Bruce Co., Ontario, Canada)
96. Jonathon OGDEN (b. 1748 in NY, m1. before 1794 to Millie Whitlock in ?, m2. 20 Oct 1801 to Mary Clark in Gagetown, Queens Co., New Brunswick, Canada, d. 14 Nov 1845 in Greenwich, Kings Co., New Brunswick, Canada)
192. Michael OGDEN (b. 1703 in Rye, Westchester Co., NY, m. ?, d. 30 Mar 1790 in Queens Co., New Brunswick, Canada)
384. John OGDEN(b. 1672 in Rye, Westchester Co., NY, m. ?, d. 1746 in North Castle, Westchester Co., NY)
768. John OGDEN (b. 3 Sept 1600? in England, UK, m. 19 Apr 1865 in Stamford, Fairfield Co., CT d. 1682 in Rye, Westchester Co., NY)
3. The person I'd chose for a Y-DNA test would be my mother's only living brother. He also has four sons and a couple of grandsons through them. In addition, my maternal grandfather has three brothers, Elmer, Cecil and James Robert. The last of them died in 1991. I can't find any records of any of them having any children. These are probably branches of the family tree that my brother neglected when he was in charge of my mom's branch of the family tree. My great grandfather had two brothers, Delbert and John. Delbert had two sons, but we don't have any info on John. So my mom's cousins and her dad's cousins are wide open research opportunities.
The main benefit to having a Y-DNA test done on this branch would be to see if there is really a family tie between John Ogden of Rye, NY and the John Ogden of Elizabethtown, NJ. They were contemporaries in the colony of Connecticut and are rumored to have been cousins. The descendants of the latter John Ogden are well documented, those of my Loyalist ancestors, not so much. The other benefit would be to get a foothold on research into our roots in England. Knowing the area of England where our Ogden line sprang from would give us a starting place of where to look for source documents.