As I continued to look in GenealogyBank’s Historical Newspaper Archives for the history of the Crofoot family (see: “Case Study: Using Old Newspaper Articles to Learn about Your Ancestors”) I found another clue.
This historical obituary was for Mrs. Esther Crofoot who was the “wife of Ephraim C.”
Notice the newspaper editor simply gave his name as “Ephraim C.,” not repeating the surname Crofoot. The context was clear to the reader in this death notice, but these on-the-fly abbreviations can make it difficult to find every article about our target family.
So—we have an Ephraim Crofoot with a wife Esther, most likely married in the 1820s.
Earlier we found that an Ephraim Crofoot married Elizabeth W. Winship in 1830 and Betsey Sampson in 1850.
Is it the same Ephraim Crofoot in all three marriages?
It takes time to piece together the genealogical clues and facts that document a family tree.
In the weeks ahead I will continue to report on my newspaper findings about the Crofoot family and provide similar examples from other typical families.