Of course, shaking the old brain did lead to revisiting past sources and clues, just to see if any old research can reshape the family landscape.
In my files of old, I found this clip transcribed from
What has me befuddled are the parents of Maria(h) D HENRY, or rather her mother. Her parents were Samuel Smith HENRY (bat 1786-1853) and second wife Jane COOKE. Good ole Uncle Samuel was born and raised in Lower St Clair Twp, Allegheny, PA. Jane COOKE.... now was she the daughter of David COOKE or maybe James COOKE(1758-1830)? David COOKE did have seven children. Were there 2 David COOKEs in the area? Still a mystery to solve!
What left me speechless today was the sentence "Judge William Reed spent his early life in Columbiana County, Ohio, receiving his rudimentary education in the public schools. He later entered Washington College, from which he graduated in the class of 1845. He at once entered upon the practice of his profession, his able instructor being C. L. Vallandigham whose reputation is so widely known."
Why wordless? Because Maria(h) D HENRY's father, Samuel Smith HENRY, was first married to Eleanor LAIRD. Eleanor LAIRD was the aunt of Clement Laird VALLANDIGHAM(1820-1871). To intertwine this tree branch even further, VALLANDIGHAM's parents raised the half sister to Maria(h) D HENRY after the half sister's mother, Eleanor, died when Margaret Eleanor HENRY was an infant.
See, I told you on July 7th the story of Clement, the only American to be exiled from the Union, was deep in my family tree. More later on him.
Ahh, genealogy. Perhaps bright light will shine and a new tree will surface out of the dense forest of the past.
Cushing, Thomas. A Genealogical and Biographical History of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania