Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Rebecca (Tinsley) Newman (about 1820-1880s)

Rebecca Tinsley (Newman) was born about 1820 in Fleming County, Kentucky, and died (according to her daughter) “near to Moberly, Missouri,” in the 1880s. She married William Newman in 1839 in Rush County, Indiana. Some things I’ve learned about research from Rebecca:

  • don’t assume people with similar names are one person. Early in my research, a researcher insisted Rebecca Tinsley and a Polly Anna Tinsley were the same person. They weren’t they were clearly distinct sisters–because they had different husbands at the same time.
  • some couples are related not just by marriage. Rebecca and her husband were both great-great-grandchildren of Edward Tinsley who died in the 1780s in Amherst County, Virginia.

My ancestor table can be viewed on my site. Rebecca is my 3rd great-grandmother.


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