Finally a day off, nothing calling for my time. So of course instead of tidying up my house or garden I thought I'd just sit in front of my computer for a few hours... more or less. Every now and then I get the urge to organize my genealogy files in the hope that future generations will be able to decipher them. Naturally I get distracted and that doesn't happen, but my intentions are good.
Now I noticed I still hadn't found an obituary for Milo Galloway, and I really, really need to do that. While looking for Wayne County, NY newspapers that might contain this item, I found one that was supposedly available at the Ontario County Historical Society. I was a little skeptical about that group having a Wayne County newspaper so I went to their site where I discovered a search function had been added since my last visit. I plugged in the surname Galloway, and sat back. I was surprised at the number of hits that were generated, and scrolling down through them I came to the marriage category. My jaw dropped as I read, Galloway, Phebe E. married Daniel Gray! I've been looking for that marriage for a long time to clear up the true parentage of Ellen Galloway, (or Gray depending on the census year). I had searched all the Ontario County sites except this one--because last time I looked it was not searchable.
The link in the previous paragraph will give you the details, but briefly, Ellen Galloway appeared at first to be the youngest daughter in the Russell Galloway household, but several censuses later, she was listed as a granddaughter and her surname suddenly changed to Gray. Either she married, or she was a Gray all along. If she wasn't Russell's daughter, her parent had to be his eldest daughter Phebe about whom I knew nothing. I needed to find a marriage to a Gray for either Phebe or Ellen.
Now that I had a first name for Phebe's husband, I could do a real search! (See how easy it is to get distracted?) In the Google search box I typed, "Daniel Gray" "Phebe E. Galloway", and up came "Ontario County Marriages and Deaths From the Ontario County Messenger". There it was in the January 15, 1851 edition--
"At Vienna New Year's morning, by Rev. S. Hawley, Mr. Daniel Gray and Miss Phebe E. Galloway, both of Phelps."
I had done searches for this marriage before, but I didn't have the husband's forename, or the bride's middle initial, and that made all the difference. Next I turned to the 1850 census to see if I could find Daniel Gray. And find him I did, living in Phelps with Russell Galloway! I hadn't looked at that census in a long time and in my defense, the last time I did I wasn't looking for anyone named Gray; this is the point at which all illusions of competence flew out the window. He was right there all along, hiding in plain sight.
|1850 Russell, Harriet, Phebe, Erastus, Selecta, George, twins Edward & Edwin and Daniel Gray|
My current plan is to visit the Historical Society to see if their records hold more information, and then the Wayne County Historian to see what I can find there. I know from land records that the senior Galloway's moved from Ontario County to Wayne County around 1852, and that by the time the NYS 1855 census was taken, Phebe and Daniel were no longer living with them. I have searched the Ontario County census for that year, and not finding Phebe and Dan, now need to examine the Wayne County version, (not available online), to see if perhaps they moved to Wayne County as Phebe's father Russell did.
So what have I learned today, other than that the marriage did exist and Ellen was the product of that marriage? Well, I learned to re-check sites because new things do get added, and re-check old records you already have for bits you may have forgotten that now make sense. And never, ever give up, as they say on the X-Files, "the truth is out there"!