Long ago and far away, gee, you ever hear that before, yes way over there in Pennsylvania
around 1800, plus or minus a year a birth happened.
That was enough to start a major journey across the state and into the mid west region by many.
Some are known relatives, and many were unknown relations.
After 50 plus years of research and back to basic bare bones research, Mary and I started over.
We started with what we could prove. Not what we were told or heard but the bare fact of a census.
Yesk a census, the ever not to be trusted document, but it was closer to the truth than the family story.
The 1830 census shows John Pentico in residence with wife and children. JerseyShores, Lycoming
1830 census Lycoming Jersey Shore, PA
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Jacob Young beneath John Pentico His wife was a Young
jacob Plantz beneath him Ironic but kin on my side.
Census has name same rather Ironic, papers do not. Land and other records indicate name variant of Penticoff.
Alas, he has moved in 1840 and in same region in 1850. Then Scott Co. IA in 1857.
1840 Burnside Clearfield Co PA
1850 Burnside Clearfield Co PA
|Estimated Birth Year:||abt 1801|
|Home in 1850 (City,County,State):||Burnside, Clearfield, Pennsylvania|
Now next to him is the NEFF's, YINGLINGS and potential other kin.
The page before has much more family listed for interlinkings. YOUNG, Rorabaugh, McQuillin etc.
1857 Pleasant Valley, Scott Co IA death
Tracking name variants in other papers and family stories did not help much but we did learn his name was probably
Penticoff type spelling. So who were his parents? Did he wander far from home? We did not think so, no idea why just didn't seem to fit the mold his data gave us.
So we did a search for any name in region of Lycoming Co that would sound like PENTICOFF PENTICUFF PENTICOPE.
WE found about 20 miles away the Benninghoff family and they also have all these variants in their lineages.
They also have a few holes that needed filled. So YDNA was in order. YDNA gave us answers.
Watch for follow up.