Ancestral Clues and Lessons: Enoch Tinsley

Enoch Tinsley was born in (probably) Kentucky in the 1790s and died in Shelby County, Indiana, in 1875.  He married Nancy Dunaway in Kentucky. Some things I learned about research from Enoch:

  • the importance of neighbors–Enoch was initially located in the 1830 census by finding his 1840 neighbors, searching for them in 1830 and looking carefully at the names on their pages to see if Enoch was there. That’s how he was found–over twenty years ago.
  • the importance of court records–Enoch’s relationship with his father is documented in an affidavit made in a Fleming County, Kentucky court case over a farm his father rented. That’s the only document evidencing his parentage.
  • some people don’t leave many records–The bulk of the records on Enoch are personal property tax records and census records. He just didn’t leave behind many records. Some people don’t.

Enoch Tinsley is my fourth great-grandfather. You can view my ancestor list on my website.


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