This week's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun, courtesy of Genea-Musings was too much fun to pass up! So here goes:
"1. Go to The Random Name Generator and click the red “Generate Name” button at the top of the screen
2. Go to Ancestry.com and enter your generated name in the search box on the main search page. [Randy's add: If you don't have Ancestry.com, go to http://www.familysearch.org/ and do it there - it's free.]
3. From the results, your research target will be the first census result for your generated name.
4. Using whatever online resources are at your disposal, see what else you can discover about your random person and write about it. It can be a formal report complete with footnotes, or just a “research story” about what you tried, problems you overcame, or success you had. Maybe you want to create a research plan for practice?
5. Post about it on your blog or wherever you wish, and link here to tell Chris about it. Tell Randy about it too as a comment here or a comment on Facebook or Twitter."
The name I drew was 'Gertrude Pugh' and the first hit I found was for a widow of this name in Atlanta in the 1920 Census. Gertrude Pugh (b. circa 1880, New York; widowed) was living with her daughter Edna Pugh (b. circa 1894, New Orleans; single) and daughter Frances Pugh Kraft (b. circa 1897, New Orleans; married) and Frances' husband Harry Kraft (b. circa 1886, Maryland; married) and granddaughter, Frances Kraft (b. circa 1920, Georgia; single). They were living at 810 West Peachtree Street. I then began to track backwards with Gertrude to the 1910 Census. She was still living in Atlanta on Peachtree Street but for some reason only Gertrude and Edna were enumerated. Gertrude is listed as being born in New York around 1866 and Edna is listed as being born in Louisiana around 1896. In 1900 Gertrude is enumerated as 'Gerdrue' and she and her family are still in Atlanta, living at 266 Jackson Street. Gertrude's husband is still alive at this time, Edgar Pugh is listed as being born in January of 1861 in Virginia. Gertude is listed as being born in November of 1867 in New York. Their marriage year is listed as 1885. Along with Edna and Frances is another daughter, Marjorie G. born in March of 1886 in Louisiana. Edna is listed as being born in October of 1888 and Frances in September of 1894, both in Louisiana.
Since all three of Gertrude's children were born in Louisiana, I decided to look for her and her husband there in the hopes of finding her maiden name. Sure enough, in 'Orleans' on 18 June 1885, E. Gertrude Gregory married a Edgar R. Pugh (after a little more digging which I'll go into later I was sure this was "my" Gertrude).
I had no luck finding her in 1880 in Louisiana but I do believe I've found her for that census year. An E. Gertrude Gregory, born circa 1860 in New York was living in Huntington, Huntington, Indiana. She was living with her father, James G. Gregory (b. circa 1837 in Connecticut), mother, Emma B. Gregory (b. circa 1837 in New York) and brothers, Francis W. (b. circa 1861, New York) and Charles H. (b. circa 1863, New York). One of the reasons I believe this is the Gertrude I'm looking for is because the birthplaces of the parents are the same as the birthplaces Gertrude Pugh lists in later census records.
I also believe I've found Gertrude in the 1870 census. She is enumerated as 'Emma G. Gregory', born circa 1860 in New York and is living with her brothers, Francis W. and Charles H. as well as their parents, James G. and Emma B. in Brooklyn. From here the trail goes kind of cold and I turned my focus back to Gertrude Pugh in Atlanta after 1900.
In 1930, I found her living with her daughter, Edna at 24 Westminster Drive, Atlanta. For some reason she is enumerated as Gertrude G. Bem and is listed as being born in New York around 1865. The next record for Gertrude is for her death on 25 April 1932 in Fulton Co., Georgia. I had hoped to find an obituary for Gertrude but had no luck.
I was, however, able to find quite a bit on her husband and children. In summation, Edgar Reeves/Rieves Pugh was apparently born in Richmond, Virginia and died on 28 June 1903 in Atlanta. Daughter Marjorie Gregory Pugh married Douglas Guinness Gwynne Levick in 1907 and moved to New Jersey. Daughter Edna Pugh married Dr. Ernest Stuart Colvin in 1920. Daughter Frances Pugh married Dr. Harry Nelson Kraft in 1918.
Sources and further information available upon request. Thanks for a ton of genealogy fun, Randy!